Friday, November 28th 2014

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Keyboards
Memory
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Mouse
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Storage

ASUSTOR to Debut New NAS Applications at CES 2015

ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, will showcase its latest 70, 51, and 50 series NAS models at CES 2015 in Las Vegas from January 5th - 8th. These new models are equipped with Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz dual-core, Celeron J1900 2.0GHz quad-core, and Celeron J1800 2.41GHz dual-core processors respectively, providing home and business users with brand new storage solution options.

ASUSTOR's unique NAS lineup was developed based on an App-based concept. Different from traditional NAS operating systems, ASUSTOR's ADM operating system allows users to add functionality to their NAS via add-on Apps, creating a customized device. In addition to providing reliable enterprise storage and backup, ASUSTOR has made great efforts to develop functionality such as integrated multimedia hardware and software, which allows users to easily create a personalized multimedia entertainment hub. ASUSTOR will be presenting its latest achievements in NAS technology at CES 2015 and sincerely welcomes everyone to come visit their exhibit at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas.

EK Announces Full-Coverage Water Block for ASUS GTX 980 STRIX

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce a new Full-Cover water block, designed and engineered specificaly for ASUS Strix series NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards - the EK-FC980 GTX Strix.

EK-FC980 GTX Strix is a high-performance Full-Cover water block, co-developed with ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) engineering team. The cooler actively cools the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water flows directly over these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and it's VRM to remain stable under high overclocks.
Thursday, November 27th 2014

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Cooling
Desktop PC
Keyboards
Monitors
Motherboards
NAS
Notebooks
Processors
Speakers
SSD

Mushkin Announces Reactor 1 TB Solid State Drive

Mushkin Enhanced Mfg., an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical digital storage products, unveils the new REACTOR series of solid-state drives that offer cutting-edge 1TB capacity. The REACTOR SSD provides the extreme performance benefits of a solid-state drive, while enabling the big data capacity of mechanical hard drives.

"Solid-state drive technology is growing in leaps and bounds. Mushkin has been a leader in unleashing performance-maximizing products for a wide array of consumers, and we are pleased to be able to - once again - offer an SSD solution that can quench the growing need for large-scale data capacity at incredible speeds," said Nicolas Villalobos, Director of Global Marketing at Mushkin.

EK Announces Fans Specially Designed for Radiators: EK Vardar Series

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to announce company's first fully in-house engineered computer cooling fan, designed and built primarily for highest-performance computer liquid cooling systems - the EK-Vardar. This product is the result of one year worth of development, CFD analysis, careful motor selection and anechoic chamber testing.

Dubbed Vardar, this family of cooling fans carry the name of a type of the cold northwesterly wind blowing from the mountains down to the valleys of Macedonia. It is a type of ravine wind, enhanced by a channelling effect while blowing down through the Moravia-Vardar gap, bringing cold conditions from the north to the Thessaloniki area of Greece. Most frequent during winter, it is blowing in the rear of a depression when atmospheric pressure over eastern Europe is higher than over the Aegean Sea.

ASUS Announces the Strix 7.1 Gaming Headset

ASUS today announced Strix 7.1 True 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset, a top-of-the-line gaming headset that boasts a premium design with 10 discrete drivers for incredibly-immersive surround sound and precise positioning, as well as stunning lighting effects to let gamers express their own unique gaming style. Strix 7.1 comes with a plug-and-play USB audio station that features a headphone amplifier, 90% environmental noise cancellation performance for clear voice capture, and four game-audio spectrum profiles that enable gamers to tailor their audio experience to the type of game being played.

Taken from the ancient Roman and Greek work for owl, Strix is the name for the stunning new ASUS gaming-gear series. Strix means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight, and the ability to feel the environment, enabling the player to detect and react to even the slightest movement. Strix means survival on the very edge of instinct. Strix is in gamers' blood, just as it is in ours.

Samsung Gives Away Far Cry 4 with 840 EVO SSDs

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced a new gaming bundle offer through a partnership with Ubisoft. Available starting on Black Friday and while supplies last, the deal will provide purchasers of a Samsung 840 EVO solid state drive (SSD) with a bonus download of Far Cry 4, the newest action-adventure game in the popular Far Cry Series.

With the 840 EVO, players of the action-packed Far Cry 4 will be able to enjoy superior gaming through Samsung's best-in-class drive performance. The drive is significantly faster than a standard hard disk drive (HDD), providing users with a better gaming experience through decreased loading times, enhanced responsiveness and overall improved gameplay.

Eurocom Launches Uno 4 All-in-One Desktop

Eurocom has launched the Uno 4, a 21.5" All in One Multi Touch computer with a built in battery, Trusted Platform Module, high efficiency Intel Core i7 mobile processors, VESA mount and a plethora of connectivity options. The EUROCOM Uno 4 is a highly flexible All in One touchscreen computer that is designed for corporate, government, education and medical/dental professionals.

The EUROCOM Uno 4 is built with heavy duty materials yet maintains a high degree of elegance. By combining a robust exterior chassis with a high degree of customization options, an upgradable design and with high quality current generation components, the Uno 4 can accommodate small and medium businesses. The EUROCOM Uno 4 boasts an integrated battery pack which provides up to 6 hours of backup power in case of electrical failure and allows for easy relocation without shutting down.
Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Graphics Cards
Harddisks
Memory
Motherboards
Mouse
NAS
Networking
Notebooks
PSUs
Sound Cards
Speakers
SSD
Storage

Speedlink Announces Kudos Z-9 Gaming Mouse

Speedlink announces the Kudos Z-9 gaming mouse. Speed is the key: the KUDOS Z-9 responds to your commands with no delay and gives you a considerable competitive speed advantage over your opponents. Customise your KUDOS Z-9 Gaming Mouse with its easy-to-use and extensive programming function to suit the way you game.

All this is rounded off by the KUDOS Z-9 Configurator app, allowing you to easily customise your driver settings - without sacrificing precious gaming time calling up the driver menu. The effects of changing are felt instantly. Among other things, the self-explanatory interface lets you switch profiles, assign keys and adjust the sensor resolution, paving the way to victory.

Shuttle Announces XPC Barebone SH97R6

Based on the Intel H97 chipset, Shuttle today launches the XPC Barebone SH97R6, a solution measuring just 20 cm in height and designed for the rapid creation of customised Mini PCs. Motherboard, cooling system and power supply come pre-installed enabling speedy assembly.

The chassis, case cover and front panel are all made from strong lightweight aluminium. Measuring just 33.2 x 21.6 x 19.8 cm (DWH), this model opens up new options for stationary and mobile applications with multiple high-resolution monitors.

Phanteks Also Announces the TC14S Slim Dual-tower CPU Cooler

Phanteks announces the release of the PHTC14S. A slim dual tower CPU cooler designed from the concept of the award-winning PH-TC14PE. The PH-TC14S incorporates the dual tower and performance from the PH-TC14PE but in a slimmer form. PH-TC14S's slim form elminates any conflicts with high RAM and VRM modules in newer motherboards. The six 6mm nickel plated heatpipes with the slim aluminum fins improves heat distribution and creates better thermal convection resulting in immediate cooling.

Standing only 6.3 inches in height and 2.83 inches in width, the PH-TC14S follows INTEL's Keep-Out-Zone. Thanks to the slim design, compatiblity issues of high RAM and VRM modules are non-exsistent. PH-TC14S uses Phanteks' patented P.A.T.S. technology which has been proven to withstand high temperatures and increases cooling performance by deflecting thermal radiation from other heat sources.

Phanteks Announces the TC12LS Low-Profile CPU Cooler

Phanteks announces the release of the PHTC12LS, a low profile CPU cooler. The PH-TC12LS comes equipped with the latest PHF120MP PWM High Static Pressure fan designed to overcome airflow restriction caused by high fin density.

Designed specifically for HTPC, the PHTC12LS stands at only 47mm tall (74mm with fan) and compatible with 99mm small form factor case. The six 6mm C-type nickel plated heatpipes with the slim aluminium stacked fins delivers thermal conductivity more efficiently. The new design aluminium stacked fins are slimmer, resulting in faster heat distribution on the surface of the fins.
Tuesday, November 25th 2014

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Cooling
Graphics Cards
Keyboards
Memory
Motherboards
Mouse
NAS
Speakers
SSD
Storage

Super Talent Unveils its DDR4 DRAM Modules

Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, announces line of DDR4 DRAM modules. DDR4 is the successor to DDR3 which is widely used in global enterprise computing solutions. Chip support for DDR4 comes with Intel's next-generation Xeon server processors based on Haswell architecture.

DDR4 provides double the rate of data that DDR3 is able to and allows for increased module densities to provide greater DRAM capacity. In addition, the power usage of these modules is 1.2V compared to DDR3's 1.5V - 20% lower than the previous generation's standard power draw. With lower power usage and higher bandwidth to work with, overhead costs can be reduced while providing increased bandwidth.

Lian Li Announces Windowed Version of PC-Q33

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces a windowed version of the PC-Q33 Mini-ITX Chassis - PC-Q33W. The PC-Q33W features the same flip-open design and space-efficient hardware support as the original PC-Q33, while also having windows on both side panels, allowing DIY builders to show off their hardware creations.

The PC-Q33W provides plenty of working space for DIY builders. Builders can swing open the top and front panel of this brushed aluminum chassis providing easy access to the internal components.

Cooler Master Announces Seidon 120V Ver 2 CPU Cooler

Cooler Master announces today the Seidon 120V Ver.2, the latest additions to Cooler Master's all-in-one liquid cooling line. Cooler master already launched its first AIO liquid cooler in March 2004, getting back to the liquid cooling market in 2012. This was when the award winning Cooler Master Seidon series was introduced with the 120M, 120XL and 240M models, based on Cooler Master's own liquid cooling engineering.

2014 sees the culmination of a decade of liquid cooling engineering, fan feedback and more than 20 years of manufacturing cooling solutions to bring this high performance platform in a compact package.

Fractal Design Announces Define R5 Chassis

The wait is over! Fractal Design is proud to announce the next generation of the, worldwide, award winning Define series. Fractal Design Define R5 is the next evolution in the widely popular Define Series. Packed with intelligently designed enthusiast-oriented features delivering a silent case with powerful and expansive air and liquid cooling support, presented in a stunning Scandinavian inspired construction.

The Define R5 case reaches the highest level of silent computing through strategically placed dense sound-absorbing material, updated ModuVent fan vent covers and finely tuned, new Dynamic Series fans. The Define R5 was designed with configurability in mind, accommodating up to 8 hard drives and all modern graphics card. Should you wish to expand your system with water cooling components or more fans the layout can easily be configured to meet your demand, now with more configuration options with simple modification opportunities.

Synology Unveils DiskStation DS215j NAS

Synology today launched DiskStation DS215j, a 2-bay NAS server designed for home and personal users to manage data, stream media contents, synchronize files on the cloud, while keeping their digital assets safe and secure. "The DS215j is packed with advanced technologies to deliver feature-rich applications for users to organize and share their data. Its appealing price tag and intuitive user interface make it a perfect fit for users who are looking to upgrade their NAS or to use NAS for the first time," said Michael Wang, Synology's product manager.

The DS215j is powered by a dual-core processor with Floating-Point Unit (FPU) that unlocks its power in multitasking and multimedia processing. The platform upgrade enables the DS215j to deliver average read speeds over 111 MB/sec and average writes over 87 MB/sec, a 19% gain in writing compared with its predecessor, while keeping its power consumption as low as 13.4 watts in full operation and 5.3 watts when hard drives hibernate. The addition of the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface further boosts its file transfer speeds.
Monday, November 24th 2014

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Mouse
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Patriot Upgrades its LX Series of SDXC and microSDXC Cards to Higher Capacity

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of computer memory, USB/flash and mobile accessories, added two new additions to its LX Series of SDXC and microSDXC cards reaching new capacities making it easier than ever before to capture images and record in high definition.

Compliant with the latest SD Association 3.0 specifications consumers are able to capture images and video in real time without having to worry about delay or storage. The perfect item for an aspiring photographer or a seasoned veteran using the latest equipment, it is fast enough to record in HD 1920 x 1080 and has a read speed of up to 80 MB/s and a write speed of up to 20 MB/s. Its write protection switch prevents users from accidentally deleting videos or images. The Patriot LX Class 10 SDXC memory cards are available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB and are backed by a 5 year warranty.

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE Announce Game on X'mas Giveaway

Is the snow outside thicker than you think? Prefer crafting to building a snowman? Is your idea of the holiday a hot chocolate and some of the latest games NVIDIA and AMD badgered us for driver updates every week? Then TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE got you covered. By simply "Liking" our Facebook page, and filling in a tiny form (or having Facebook fill it for you), you could stand a chance to win a rad GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 G1.Gaming SOC graphics card, which combines this season's hottest GPU (pun not intended), with GIGABYTE's latest WindForce 3X cooling solution. The contest is open to everyone. Good Luck!

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Sunday, November 23rd 2014

AMD Mobile "Carrizo" Family of APUs Arrive in 2015

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today at its Future of Compute event announced the addition of its first high performance system-on-a-chip (SoC), codenamed "Carrizo", and a mainstream SoC codenamed "Carrizo-L" as part of the company's 2015 AMD Mobile APU family roadmap. In collaboration with hardware and software partners, these new 2015 AMD Mobile APUs are designed as complete solutions for gaming, productivity applications, and ultra high-definition 4K experiences. With support for Microsoft DirectX 12, OpenCL 2.0, AMD's Mantle API, AMD FreeSync and support for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 operating system, the 2015 AMD Mobile APU family enables the experiences consumers expect.

"We continue to innovate and build upon our existing IP to deliver great products for our customers," said John Byrne, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics business group, AMD. "AMD's commitment to graphics and compute performance, as expressed by our goal to improve APU energy efficiency 25x by 2020, combines with the latest industry standards and fresh innovation to drive the design of the 2015 AMD Mobile APU family. We are excited about the experiences these new APUs will bring and look forward to sharing more details in the first half of next year."

Spire Introduces the PowerCube 710 mATX Chassis

Have you been looking to build a small yet powerful game system, console type computer, media-player or HTPC system? Well look no further, the Spire PowerCube 710 is the enclosure that can host all your powerful hardware, starting with a Micro ATX mainboard and ATX form factor power supply unit of your choice. This stylish and innovative case is a designer piece on its own. This case has been made out of high quality and SPCC metal and is loaded with all the features you need on today's systems.

The PowerCube 710 is engineered to the highest possible quality to provide you with the satisfaction you are looking for in a small, yet powerful enclosure. Complete with front integrated HD-Audio ports and two USB3.0 ports to provide maximum connectivity and flexibility. No matter your application, the PowerCube 710 from Spire is guaranteed to deliver what you want, when you want.

OCZ Introduces Saber 1000 Enterprise SATA SSDs

OCZ Storage Solutions -- a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced its new enterprise-class Saber 1000 SSD Series designed for read-intensive applications targeting high-volume deployment hyperscale, web-hosting and distributed computing environments. The SATA-based Saber 1000 Series solves demanding key customer business challenges and supported by an enterprise-optimized feature-set, large storage capacities, and low total cost of ownership (TCO).

The new series leverages the latest A19nm NAND flash from Toshiba and is available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB usable capacities. It utilizes OCZ's internally developed Barefoot 3 controller and firmware which delivers consistent sustained I/O performance across all capacities to accelerate enterprise applications.

Corsair Carbide 330R Case Now Available in Titanium Edition

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the immediate availability of the Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition, which brings a new attractive dark gunmetal anodized aluminum front panel and a convenient 3-speed fan controller to the already popular and stylish Carbide Series 330R quiet mid-tower case making it a great choice for media rooms, bedrooms, dorm rooms, or any place where both silence and performance are essential.

The Carbide Series 330R cases are designed with features that make it easy for users to build extremely quiet PCs. The Direct Airflow Path layout provides a unobstructed path between the included 140mm fan and the CPU and GPU, providing cold air directly to the hottest components with less restriction and less noise. Sound damped doors and panels and clever intake fan design are combine to further minimize noise. The Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition adds a three-speed fan controller on the front panel, making it easy to adjust the speed of two included cooling fans to optimize cooling and sound levels. The case has generous expansion room with tool-free drive mounts and cable routing that make building or upgrading a PC a snap.

ENERMAX Launches LIQMAX II Series Liquid CPU Coolers

ENERMAX rolls out the second generation LIQMAX All-In-One CPU liquid cooler series. LIQMAX II has 2 models: LIQMAX II 120S and LIQMAX II 240, the radiators' length are 120mm and 240mm, respectively. LIQMAX II features a new cooling block with advanced impellers, ENERMAX patented Shunt Channel Technology (S.C.T) and the 2nd generation batwing fans with patented APS(Adjustable Peak Speed) triple RPM range setting function. LIQMAX II 120S and 240 TDP are rated at 320W+ and 350W+ respectively, and support the most modern CPU socket types, including LGA1150, LGA2011, AM3+ and FM2+.

ENERMAX's patented Shunt Channel Technology (S.C.T) is a dramatic improvement on thermal performance. This precise technique successfully boosts heat exchange efficiency by eliminating the boundary layers and increases the coolant exchange ratio. LIQMAX II continuously adopts this technology on the copper cooling base plate of the cooling block. Moreover, the advanced impellers enable increased pumping pressure strength to keep the smooth coolant circulation. The pump inside the cooling block is a ceramic beating pump, featuring high corrosion resistance, noiseless operation and exceptional durability with MTBF 50,000 hrs.

Tesoro to Display New Mechanical Gaming Keyboards at Dreamhack

Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today announces attendees of DreamHack 2014, November 27 - November 30, will be able to game with Tesoro as well as have a chance to win Tesoro gaming peripherals at the DreamStore.

Tesoro gaming peripherals will be at Tesoro's booth for visitors to experience the latest in PC gaming technology. PC gaming attendees will be able to try out RGB mechanical keyboards, surround-sound headsets, gaming mice and mousepads, and more.
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