Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Well folks, it is this time of the year again! Everyone at TechPowerUp (and NextPowerUp) would like to wish you a Merry Christmas with your loved ones! We hope the festivities are grand and the presents of high performance. May all your wishes have come true and you are able to celebrate in a tranquil atmosphere.

And, we also want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for making 2014 another awesome year. We had lots and lots of interesting things to tell you about, but rest assured, that 2015 will be even greater! We hope you will enter the new year with a great big bang and wish you all the best for the new year.

From all of us, here at TPU/NPU: Merry Christmas, Frohe Weihnachten, Joyeux Noël, Καλά Χριστούγεννα, Buon Natale, Feliz Natal, Feliz Navidad,...
Monday, December 29th 2014

Today's Reviews

Sound Cards

TechPowerUp and MSI FarCry 4 Giveaway: Here are the Winners

Here are the winners of TechPowerUp and MSI FarCry 4 Giveaway, celebrating the season's hottest open-world shooter, which would play even better on a rig powered by MSI Gaming. Over the past 20 days, we raked in hundreds of entries on our Facebook page, which is little more than dropping in your hat for the giveaway. Without further ado, the winners!
  • Sezgin from Turkey, wins an MSI X99S Gaming 7 motherboard
  • UPlay keys to FarCry 4 won by:
  • o Kevin from Belgium
    o Mark from Denmark
    o Abdul from Pakistan
    o Terrence from the United States
    o Eduardo from Chile
A huge Congratulations to you guys!

MSI X99 Motherboard Achieves World's Fastest DDR4 Memory Clock: 4032 MHz

The MSI X99S SLI PLUS, one of MSI's latest Intel X99 based motherboards, just managed to set the worlds' fastest DDR4 memory clock speed using Kingston Hyper X DDR4 4GB memory in the thands of overclocker Toppc. Running at an amazing 4032 MHz clock speed, the mighty X99S SLI PLUS remained fully stable and was even able to perform everyday tasks while setting this giant milestone at the 4032 MHz clock speed. This great achievement once again shows that the MSI X99S SLI PLUS motherboard is not only packed with an arsenal of features, it also packs plenty of power for heavy workstation tasks such as rendering and calculations.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Launch Date Revealed

Originally expected to launch its mid-range GeForce GTX 960 graphics card on the sidelines of the 2015 International CES, in early January, NVIDIA is now expected to launch the card on the 22nd of the month. The card will be based on NVIDIA's new GM206 silicon, that's based on its "Maxwell" architecture. Among its known features are a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, 2 GB of memory, and significantly lower power draw compared to its predecessor. The card will draw power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector. It's expected to be priced around the $200 mark.

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Apple's Next 12-inch MacBook Air to Feature USB 3.1 and Core M

Apple's next entry to its pathbreaking ultra-portable notebook, the MacBook Air, will be a new 12-inch screen size version. As with every new MacBook Air release for the past two years, there's talk of a screen resolution jump to "Retina" standards. Apple is preparing other cutting-edge hardware updates.

To begin with, Apple will tap Intel's latest Core M "Broadwell-U" chip, an SoC that combines a dual-core "Broadwell" CPU with graphics, a dual-channel DDR3L IMC, and system agent onto a single chip, with an overall TDP of 15W. Apple is working on a new fanless cooling system for this chip. The other big feature-set upgrade is the USB 3.1 port, which Intel plans to launch with the system agent for its next processor platform. USB 3.1 doubles bandwidth to 10 Gbps, and steps up power-delivery, letting you charge your portable devices faster.

Source: Expreview
Friday, December 26th 2014

Today's Reviews


DeepCool Announces the Landking ATX Mid-Tower Case

DeepCool announced the Landking, an ATX mid-tower case for gaming PC builds, featuring a matte gunmetal gray, industrial design. Measuring 512 mm x 218 mm x 515 mm (LxWxH), the case is made of SECC steel, and ABS plastic, dry-weighing 6.67 kg. It offers three 5.25-inch exposed drive-bays, its front-panel features a SATA drive dock, in addition to USB 3.0 ports, and HDA jacks.

Inside, you'll find five 3.5-inch drive bays, which can each hold 2.5-inch drives; a motherboard tray with room for graphics cards as long as 28 cm, and CPU coolers as tall as 16.5 cm; and eight expansion bays, letting you install a dual-slot graphics card on even your bottom-most slot. Ventilation includes a 120 mm front intake, a 120 mm rear exhaust, and two 120 mm top exhausts. All four fans are included. DeepCool didn't announce pricing or availability.
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