Friday, September 19th 2014

GIGABYTE Unveils the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 G1 Gaming Graphics Cards

GIGABYTE, the world's leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the release of GV-N980G1 GAMING-4GD and GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD, two new graphics cards from the next generation G1 Gaming Series. Both cards are respectively powered by the highly-anticipated GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 Maxwell GPUs and combined with GIGABYTE technologies and innovations to outperform the reference.

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming graphics cards are crafted for perfection in pursuit of the ultimate graphics experience for gaming enthusiasts. Through GPU Gauntlet Sorting, the graphics cards are forged with only the top-notch GPU cores to deliver the maximum processing power for going Super Overclock. Further armed with the acclaimed WINDFORCE cooling system and innovative Flex Display technology(patent-pending), the G1 Gaming graphics cards ensure incredibly fast, cool and quiet performance, whilst providing gamers with greater flexibility in output connectivity options for multi-display gaming.

EVGA, K|NGP|N and TiN Break New Records with EVGA GeForce GTX 980

EVGA, K|NGP|N and TiN have once again broken new records with the new EVGA GeForce GTX 980. Armed with liquid nitrogen, the latest EVGA hardware including an EVGA X99 FTW motherboard, 1600W power supplies and an EVGA GeForce GTX 980 running at over 2050MHz, K|NGP|N was able to set new records on 3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme, breaking 19,000 and 9,000 barrier in each benchmark.

"The Maxwell GPU in the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 is an overclocking monster," said Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido. "There is a ton of headroom on the GPU and Memory clocks, and performance scaling is some of the highest I have ever seen. Internally we have hit the highest clocks ever achieved on a GPU."

Inno3D Announces the iChill GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970

Inno3D is excited to announce the launch of the iChill and Inno3D GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. The GeForce GTX 980 is the world's most advanced graphics card, powered by the new incredibly fast, power-efficient NVIDIA Maxwell architecture. With twice the performance of prior-generation graphics cards and exciting new gaming technologies, this innovative GPU provides an elite experience on virtual reality, HD, and ultra-resolution 4K displays.

Enjoy hyper-realistic real-time lighting with advanced NVIDIA Cone-traced global illumination, as well as NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology for smooth, tear-free gaming. Plus, you get Super Resolution technology that delivers a 4K experience on a 1080p display. The GTX 980 even delivers great gaming to go with NVIDIA GameStream technology, that lets you stream PC games to NVIDIA Shield devices.

EVGA Announces its GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 with ACX 2.0

The EVGA GeForce GTX 980/970 are the world's most advanced GPUs. Powered by next-generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, it delivers incredible performance, unmatched power efficiency, and cutting-edge features like NVIDIA Super Resolution Technology. With up to twice the performance of prior-generation cards and breakthrough graphics technologies, the EVGA GeForce GTX 980/970 provides an elite gaming experience on virtual reality, HD, and ultra-resolution 4K displays.

Most graphics card manufacturers only focus on one aspect when designing their cooling solution and neglect all other aspects of the fan design and heatsink. With EVGA ACX 2.0, we focused on the details that make a real difference, not just marketing jargon. In fact, did you know that the power consumption of a fan can directly affect your overclocking ability? Modern NVIDIA graphics cards have a maximum power ceiling that takes into account the fan power consumption, meaning the lower the power consumption from the fan, the more power available for the GPU! Triple fan coolers from competitors increase power consumption, thereby lowering your maximum overclocking headroom. When it comes to graphics cards cooling, less is more!

MSI Announces GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 OCV1 Series

MSI announced a pair of minimalist lateral blower-equipped GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970-based graphics cards, under the OC V1 series. The two don't feature flashy TwinFrozr cooling solutions, or even over the top features, but offer PCBs that are close to NVIDIA's reference design, albeit with MSI's own copper channel-flow heatsinks. The GTX 970 OCV1 offers factory-overclocked speeds of 1076 MHz core, 1216 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. The GTX 980 OCV1, on the other hand, offers clock speeds of 1152 MHz core, 1252 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. Both cards feature 4 GB of memory across 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interfaces.

Turtle Beach Releases the Ear Force Z60 PC Gaming Headset

Turtle Beach, the leading audio brand in the video games industry, today announced that the Z60 PC gaming headset is now available in stores and through online retailers. The Z60, which was unveiled at the CES trade show in January 2014, is the first PC gaming headset to feature new DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound. Turtle Beach is the gaming audio brand of Turtle Beach Corporation.

DTS Headphone:X is an innovative new sound experience designed to make movies, music and games sound better over headphones. Because it enables much more discrete control over speaker position and angles, the engineers at Turtle Beach have created audio presets using DTS Headphone:X designed to provide soundscapes that are more realistic than provided by existing surround sound solutions.

Gainward Announces its GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 Graphics Cards

As the leading brand in enthusiastic graphics market, Gainward proudly presents the brand-new GeForce GTX graphics, base on the next generation MAXWELL architecture, GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 series. Gainward GeForce GTX 980 and 970 series are the world's fastest, most advanced graphics cards. The next generation MAXWELL architecture delivers incredible performance and unmatched power efficiency. With this MAXWELL powered GPU, the Gainward GeForce GTX 980 and 970 series offer cutting-edge features like advanced sampling and Dynamic Super Resolution technology that delivers 4K (UHD) fidelity - even on 1080p displays.

Gainward GeForce GTX 980 board comes with 4096MB memory, gives you twice the performance of previous-generation cards (GTX 680). And Gainward GeForce GTX 970 series leads by GTX 970 Phantom 4GB, which is factory over-clocked at 1152MHz base clock (1304MHz boost clock) and 3500MHz memory clock speed, Gainward GTX 970 Phantom 4GB performs up to 9% more than NV's GTX 970 reference clock speed under games and benchmark score. To compete with previous-generation GTX 770, it gets up to 45% performance enhancement and 35% less power consumption. The Gainward GeForce GTX 970 4GB, with standard clock speed, offers two-slot fan cooling and better C/P value for your choice.

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 344.11 WHQL Software Suite

The new GeForce 344.11 WHQL drivers are now available to download automatically through GeForce Experience, and from GeForce.com. These new drivers give GeForce GTX owners the ultimate gaming experience in the latest blockbuster titles, including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, F1 2014 and Alien: Isolation, and add support for the brand new, Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970, the world's most advanced graphics cards.

Learn more in our announcement article, and tune in to the GAME24 livestream to see world exclusive demos of new Maxwell technologies that will dramatically improve your gaming experience. Additionally, GeForce 344.11 WHQL drivers add support for NVIDIA G-SYNC Surround displays, making your gaming experience more realistic and immersive than ever before. Learn more on the Surround technology page.

DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 344.11 WHQL for Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista 32-bit | Windows XP 32-bit | Windows XP 64-bit

MAINGEAR Offers New NVIDIA Maxwell Graphics on All Desktops

MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system builder of custom gaming desktops, notebooks, and workstations, delivers pure gaming high-performance with the addition of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 graphics cards, now available on all MAINGEAR desktops. MAINGEAR desktops with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 offer the world's most advanced graphics card, powered by the new incredibly fast and power-efficient NVIDIA Maxwell architecture.

The Maxwell architecture is based on the same 28 nm manufacturing process as Kepler, but offers more precise control that improves performance per core by 135 percent, and it doubles the GPU's performance per watt compared to the previous Kepler architecture. With twice the performance of prior-generation cards and exciting new gaming technologies, this innovative GPU provides an elite experience on virtual reality, HD and ultra-resolution 4K displays.

SYBER Launches the Vapor Xtreme GTX 980-Powered 'Gaming Console'

SYBER, a division of custom computer manufacturer CYBERPOWERPC, today announced the availability of its Vapor Xtreme gaming console with the all-new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. The inclusion of this cutting edge graphics card combined with high-end hardware makes the Vapor Xtreme the fastest PC gaming console on the market.

The new GeForce GTX 980 is powered by next-generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, providing incredible performance and power efficiency to match all of the features that really round out the ultimate gaming experience. The new graphics card offers double the performance over previous generations, and is ready to take on heavy graphical loads like intense gaming and virtual reality. On the Vapor Xtreme, the GeForce GTX 980 enables seamless gaming at ultra-high 4K resolution, quadruple the resolution of typical Full HD (1080p) TVs.

ASUS Announces the Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970 Graphics Cards

ASUS today announced Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970, all-new gaming graphics cards packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II for cooler, quieter and faster performance for incredible action gaming; 0dB fan technology for light gameplay in total silence; and Blu-ray movie playback that's free from distracting background noise.

The new cards feature exclusive ASUS Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) technology and Super Alloy Power components for enhanced durability and cooling, and GPU Tweak for overclocking and online streaming that's as simple as it is flexible. Both cards come equipped with a DisplayPort interface to support connections up to 4K/UHD (ultra-high definition) resolution.

Zotac Debuts Its GeForce GTX 980 & GTX 970 Cards

ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards and mini-PCs, today unleashes the powerful and very efficient ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 series next generation graphics card. The NVIDIA Maxwell architecture powered ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 and 970 series arrives with customized versions including the elite AMP! Extreme Edition and premium AMP! Omega Edition.

"ZOTAC is launching the highly anticipated GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 series with a big bang. We listened to our most demanding enthusiasts to create a new lineup that is truly unique and special," said Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. "The new GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 AMP! Extreme and AMP! Omega Editions is the start of a new era of next-level performance and overclocking capabilities from ZOTAC."

GALAX Launches the GeForce GTX 900 Series Graphics Cards

GALAX, a leading manufacturer of performance gaming products, recently merged from Galaxy and KFA2, announced today the release of the GeForce GTX 980 series and GeForce GTX 970 Series Graphics cards. Both series are built with the latest Maxwell GPU architecture to deliver jaw dropping performance with double the efficiency of previous generations. With the additional custom features with GALAX raise the bar even further with an aggressive factory overclock, enhanced PCB design and superior custom coolers.

A host of exciting new graphics technologies makes their debut with the GALAX GTX 900 series, including NVIDIA GameWorks technology, GameStream technology, and Super Resolution is about to provide 4K quality with 1080P monitor. All cards are DirectX 12 capable and support multi display gaming on a single card. Gamers can connect up to four simultaneous displays to the GALAX GeForce GTX 980/970 series, including one DVI-I, one HDMI, and three DisplayPort connections. For further information click here.

Palit Introduces the GeForce GTX 970 JetStream

Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, releases the latest GTX 900 series in Palit GeForce product line-up, GeForce GTX 980, GeForce GTX 970 JetStream and GeForce GTX 970. The revolutionary Palit JetStream series of graphics cards features advanced innovative cooling and an optimized product design to deliver gamers the ultimate gaming experience. As the latest and the next generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, the Palit GeForce GTX 970 JetStream guarantees gamers cutting-edge performance and a explosive new gaming experience.

Palit GeForce GTX 970 JetStream has 1664 cores and clocked at 1152 MHz, making it much faster than the stock 1050 MHz of NVIDIA's reference design. Equipped with the JetStream cooler and optimized product design, Palit GeForce GTX970 JetStream provides gaming benchmark up to 9% compared with GTX 970 reference board. With new JetStream thermal design features, the temperature is 9℃ cooler and the noise level is 9dB quieter under the hard game loading. With the new 0-dB Tech features, there is zero noise while you are at general workload, such as internet or multi-media application. Stay Quiet, Stay Cool and Enjoy the High gaming performance with Palit JetStream.

MSI Announces the GAMING Series GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 Cards

MSI is pleased to announce its next generation of GAMING graphics cards powered by NVIDIA's new GTX 970 and GTX 980 GPUs. The new GTX 970 GAMING 4G and GTX 980 GAMING 4G build on the enormous legacy of MSI's #1 position in Gaming graphics cards. Kept cool by the all-new Twin Frozr V with Hybrid Frozr technology, the new MSI GTX 970 and GTX 980 GAMING cards provide new standards for low-noise and low-temperature Gaming graphics. Besides the GAMING series, MSI also provides Classic models to just meet the requirements of great performance.

Twin Frozr V Thermal Design
The new MSI twin Frozr V Thermal Design is the pinacle of Graphics Card air cooling. With a smaller than 2-slot design the new Twin Frozr V is able to surpass previous generation's by a large margin. The new 10cm Torx fans ensure huge amounts of silent airflow and visually match the bold new look of the Twin Frozr V.

EK Unveils Its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Water Blocks

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce full-cover water cooling solution for NVIDIA reference (NVA-1G401) design GeForce GTX 980 series graphics cards, based on Maxwell GM204 graphics processor.

EK-FC980 GTX directly 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, September 18th 2014

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NVIDIA Kills the GTX 780 Ti, GTX 780, GTX 770, Cuts GTX 760 Pricing

Following the launch of its GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards, NVIDIA announced discontinuation of three of its top-selling high-end graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, the GeForce GTX 780, and the GeForce GTX 770. The $549 GeForce GTX 980 cannibalizes the GTX 780 Ti and GTX 780; and is cheaper to make, with 2 billion fewer transistors, four fewer memory chips, and a lighter VRM; while the GTX 970 targets several key sub-$350 products, blasting the GTX 770 to irrelevance. NVIDIA also tweaked pricing of its GeForce GTX 760 performance-segment graphics card, which now starts at $219. The company is expected to launch its replacement, the GeForce GTX 960, some time in October, 2014.

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970

At the Game24 event held at several locations around the world, and online, NVIDIA launched its next-generation GeForce GTX 900 series high-end graphics cards, led by the GeForce GTX 980, and the GeForce GTX 970. The two are based on the company's new 28 nm GM204 silicon, derived from the "Maxwell" GPU architecture. The GeForce GTX 980 leads the pack, featuring 2,048 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory.

The GeForce GTX 970, on the other hand, features 1,664 CUDA cores, 104 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and the same memory configuration. Both cards feature TDP rating of under 170W, and clock speeds above the 1 GHz mark. The GTX 980 features clock speeds of 1126 MHz core, 1216 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. The GTX 970, on the other hand, offers 1050 MHz core, 1178 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. Both cards offer 224 GB/s of memory bandwidth, but feature technologies that help them make the most of it, such as 3rd generation Delta-color compression, a lossless texture compression algorithm. The GeForce GTX 980 starts at US $549, while the GTX 970 starts at $329.

Lian Li Releases the PC-V359 and PC-Q36 in Two New Color Options

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces that the PC-V359 and PC-Q36 are now available in two new color options: Red/Black and Champagne Gold.

Taking Modularity to the Next Level in New Colors
The PC-V359 and PC-Q36 are almost entirely modular - the acrylic top panel can be removed with the twist of four thumbscrews, and once removed, the side panels can be slid right off, providing total access to interior hardware in a matter of seconds.

Tesoro Updates the Shrike Laser Gaming Mouse

Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, is launching an update of the Shrike Laser Gaming Mouse. Now available in five color options (black, orange, white, yellow and brushed silver). The updated Shrike also features an increased max DPI, updated software, and improved RGB lighting.

Impale Opponents with the Shrike
Designed for FPS fans, the Shrike, has 128kb built-in memory, an adjustable weight system and 8 fully programmable and independent buttons. Additionally, with the increased max DPI of 8200, the Shrike allows for lightning fast movements to get the upper-edge on opponents.

The Shrike also features dpi, lift of distance, shooting speed and ultrapolling control.

Acer Brings 4K2K Displays With NVIDIA G-SYNC to North America

Acer America is bringing its new XBO series gaming displays featuring NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to gaming enthusiasts in North America. This cutting-edge line delivers significant performance advantages that infuse gaming with incredibly smooth, realistic and responsive visuals, elevating game play to a new level of stunning realism.

The two XBO series display models for North America include the Acer XB280HK boasting a 28-inch 4K2K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) display with a @ 60Hz refresh rate and the Acer XB270H with a 27-inch screen and a maximum Full HD 1080p @ 144Hz resolution. Both models provide a quick 1ms response time, further enhancing in-game performance. They also feature revolutionary NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, comfortable ergonomics and excellent connectivity.

Industry's Biggest Scaler Vendors Pledge Support for AMD's Project FreeSync

Today, AMD announced collaborations with scaler vendors MStar, Novatek and Realtek to build scaler units ready with DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync and AMD's Project FreeSync by year end.

"Since the dawn of hardware-accelerated graphics, gamers dreamed of liquid smooth gameplay free of stuttering and tearing," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. "AMD's Project FreeSync is aimed at realizing that vision with an open, standardized and license-free approach that will encourage lower prices and wider adoption."

Worldwide PC Monitor Shipments Down By 2.9% in Q2, According to IDC

Worldwide PC monitor shipments totaled 32.5 million units in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), a year-over-year decline of -2.9%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. IDC expects worldwide shipments to continue on their current trajectory, slipping to 107 million units for the full year 2018.

"Despite the overall decline, there was a strong quarter-over-quarter growth rate of 11% in the United States and a slight increase in PC Monitor shipments in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ). In addition, the shipment totals were stronger than forecast by 4%," said Keerthi Maganti, Research Analyst, Worldwide PC Monitor Trackers at IDC.

EK Introduces Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290X Water Block

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce a new Full-Cover water block for Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 290(X) graphics cards with amended (non-reference) Vapor-X circuit board design.

EK-FC R9-290X VaporX directly 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. Additionally this water block also directly cools exposed copper drain on the circuit board to achieve best cooling possible. The cooling engine features a very high flow design therefore it can be easily used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps.

MSI ECO Series Motherboards Receive TÜV Certified Status

MSI, world leader in motherboard technology, is proud to announce its ECO Series motherboards have passed extensive testing by the renowned testing and certification agency TÜV and were awarded the TÜV certificates for Energy Efficiency and Long Term Stability. TÜV has recognized MSI's unique power-saving design of its ECO series motherboards and highlights the increased expected lifetime of the motherboard of 25 years, a true testament to the purpose and intent of MSI ECO series motherboards.

BitFenix Introduces the Pandora Micro ATX PC Chassis

With the release of the venerable Prodigy, BitFenix changed what people expected from compact cases by combining groundbreaking aesthetics with supreme functionality in a compact form factor. Today, the BitFenix Lab is releasing our latest achievement in chassis design - Pandora. Combining a fresh and clean modern look with never-before-seen functionality in a slim form factor, Pandora represents the next level of BitFenix case design.

The Journey
Nowadays, computers are not restricted to the study or computer room. With the advent of digital media and streaming services, more and more PCs are breaking free from their traditional computing environments and moving towards the living room.

Toshiba to Restructure Its PC Business

Toshiba Corporation today announced that it will accelerate the restructuring of its PC business to focus on the profitable B2B field, and to control volatility in the B2C business by significant downsizing measures, including withdrawal from certain B2C markets. These moves are expected to support the business in securing consistent profit in the future.

In the B2B market, Toshiba will continue to cultivate new customers and businesses. The company will expand its wide product range, from workstations to tablet PCs, along with its diversified business-user sales channels, and enhance solutions by utilizing the diversity of its business partners in the current business.

Samsung Unveils the S27D590C 27-inch Curved Monitor

Samsung Electronics introduced the 27-inch S27D590C Full HD Curved Monitor designed to enhance visually compelling entertainment content. The advanced display creates a more immersive viewing experience through its curved design and innovative features.

"Our new, 27-inch curved monitor takes movie watching and gaming to new heights from the monitor's unique curved screen and comprehensive entertainment features, to the incredible picture quality and the impressive sleek design," said Seoggi Kim, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "The S27D590C embodies our singular focus to create a truly unforgettable entertainment experience."

EIZO Announces the DuraVision FDF2305W 23-Inch Monitor

EIZO Corporation announced the release of the DuraVision FDF2305W, a 23-inch full HD monitor for security and surveillance equipped with EIZO's Smart Insight visibility-enhancing technology. The DuraVision FDF2305W is equipped with DVI-D 24 pin and D-Sub mini 15 pin inputs for digital and analog signal support respectively. It also has two HDMI inputs which support both PC and AV signals and can be connected to video cameras, recorders, and other AV devices.

The 1920 x 1080 full HD native resolution allows it to display images taken with a full HD camera pixel-by-pixel for viewing content in high detail.

AOC's New Anti-Blue Light Technology Helps Protect Eyes While at the PC

AOC, a worldwide leader in display technology, is rolling out an innovative and patent-pending, solution called Anti-Blue Light technology to protect users against the damaging effects of blue light from LED-backlit computer screens. Like Ultra-Violet light waves (UV) from the sun, extended overexposure to shortwave blue light (380-450 nm) from LED-backlit devices can be a contributor to vision impairments.

The new technology, Anti-Blue-Light (ABL), enables users to enjoy a quality picture, brightness and color fidelity without subjecting their eyes to the prolonged detrimental impact of shortwave blue light exposure. The technology will be incorporated into new AOC 76V Series Anti-Blue Light displays announced this year.
Wednesday, September 17th 2014

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Samsung Now Mass Producing Industry's First 20-Nanometer 6Gb LPDDR3 Mobile DRAM

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing its six gigabit (Gb) low-power double data rate 3 (LPDDR3) mobile DRAM, based on advanced 20 nanometer (nm) process technology. The highly-efficient new mobile memory chip will enable longer battery run-time and faster application loading on large screen mobile devices with higher resolution.

"Our new 20nm 6Gb LPDDR3 DRAM provides the most advanced mobile memory solution for the rapidly expanding high-performance mobile DRAM market," said Jeeho Baek, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We are working closely with our global customers to offer next-generation mobile memory solutions that can be applied to a more extensive range of markets ranging from the premium to standard segments."

Samsung's new 6Gb LPDDR3 has a per-pin data transfer rate of up to 2,133 megabits per second (Mbps). A 3GB (gigabyte) LPDDR3 package, which consists of four 6Gb LPDDR3 chips, can be easily created for use in a wide range of mobile devices. Also, the package greatly strengthens our product portfolio for premium mobile applications.

TechPowerUp and Cooler Master Announce V-Series PSU Giveaway

TechPowerUp and Cooler Master announce a new V-Series PSU giveaway, celebrating the launch of its new line of high-end, 80 Plus Platinum-certified, modular, smart power supplies, designed from the ground up, to power the newest generation of high-end desktop PC builds. Up for grabs are each of the top-five models of the V-Series, including the V1200, V1000, V850, VSM750, and GM750.

To stand a chance to win, simply "Like" our Facebook page, if you haven't already, fill up a short form, and answer a questionnaire by Cooler Master. There are no right or wrong answers, and Cooler Master is simply trying to find out what high-end PSU buyers of today look for most in a PSU, with the dawn of digital-PSUs, with the ability to interface with the system software, giving you a great degree of control over them. The giveaway ends on the 30th of September, 2014. Winners will be announced shortly after. Good Luck! For contest rules, and to participate, visit this page.

Seagate and Baidu Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

Seagate Technology, a worldwide leader in storage solutions, today announced it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Baidu, China's largest web services firm, in the areas of low-cost online storage, archiving and Big Data analysis.

Under the agreement, Baidu will give priority to Seagate products when considering components for all Baidu servers and storage facilities. In return Seagate will align with Baidu as a Strategic Customer and give priority to Baidu when providing enterprise storage products and relevant support, as well as maintain a dedicated engineering team for Baidu. Seagate will supply enterprise capacity and performance products as part of the relationship. The agreement also allows for joint research in new technology projects in the areas of Cold Storage, Big Data analysis and Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR). Big Data analysis is the process of examining large amounts of various types of data to find useful information and patterns to assist in decision making.

XOTIC PC Launches new PHANTOM X1 Intel i7 Gaming Laptop

September 16, 2014 - XOTIC PC has served the needs of gamers, designers and business owners since 1999 with custom built laptop and desktop PC's. XOTIC PC is very excited to announce a new gaming laptop to its family of custom built mobile gaming solutions; the PHANTOM X1. Powered by the latest Intel Haswell i7-4710HQ, paired with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 860M (4GB GDDR5 w/ Optimus Technology) the PHANTOM X1 is a very powerful and affordable mobile gaming solution starting at $1159.00. Not to mention, XOTIC PC offers further money saving options which includes Student/Military Discounts and 3% Cash Discounts.

The PHANTOM X1 also features a bright 15.6" Full-HD Matte-Type IPS Panel Screen, which helps reduce eyestrain during those long late night gaming battles. Upgradeable to 16GB 1866MHz ram, the PHANTOM X1 stock memory starts out at 8GB 1600MHz and XOTIC PC always offers the latest in RAM/MEMORY options at very affordable upgrade prices. To round out the specs on the PHANTOM X1; its storage drive is a 1TB Hard Drive with optional open mSATA SSD slot, and built in wifi plus Bluetooth 4.0 combo card.

Club 3D Launches World's First 4K USB 3.0 Docking Station

Club 3D officially launches the first USB 3.0 to 4K Docking Station in the world, making it the third SenseVision world premiere after our MST Hub and USB 3.0 to 4K graphics adapter. While Club 3D is best known for its high quality, high performance (AMD based) graphics cards for gamers and professionals, we have been expanding our SenseVision label which is targeting (semi) professionals. SenseVision offers them a selection of USB Graphics Adapters, MST Hubs and Docking Stations to boost their productivity by expanding their setup and allow for additional monitors, peripherals, storage devices to be connected.

This new Docking Station, item code CSV-3103D is packed with features, making it the ideal companion for anyone who requires more connectivity to their USB 3.0 fitted professional tablet, notebook, ultrabook or desktop PC. While a USB 3.0 Docking Station with Display outputs is not new, the fact that you can connect a 4K Ultra HD monitor via DisplayPort or HDMI and experience the full 3840x 2160p resolution is a world's first! The CSV-3103D uses the latest DisplayLink DL-5000 series USB to 4K SoC, the most capable DisplayLink USB Graphics SoC to date.

Silicon Motion Announces the Fastest Single-Channel UHS-II SD Card Controller

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, a global leader in designing and marketing NAND flash controllers for solid-state storage devices, today introduced the SM2704, the world's fastest single-channel UHS-II SD card controller solution. The SM2704 supports the highest-level SD card standards: UHS-II bus interface & UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) featuring a maximum data read speed of up to 280 MB/s along with a maximum data write speed of up to 260 MB/s. By supporting the new U3 Speed Class, the SM2704 delivers ample performance to handle the needs of professional photography, high-definition video recording and compressed 4K video capture and playback.

"Silicon Motion is the number one merchant supplier of UHS-I/II card controllers, which are the majority of our overall SD card controller sales. The SM2704 extends the company's leadership with the highest performance UHS-II controller while utilizing a cost-effective, single-channel design," said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. "We are pleased to partner with Micron in enabling the world's fastest UHS-II SD cards in the market today."

COUGAR Launches 700K Feature-Rich, Aluminum Gaming Keyboard

COUGAR, leading eSports and computer peripherals brand has launched a cutting-edge aluminum keyboard which has already managed to win the 2014 iF International Design Award. COUGAR has invested two years of intense work in designing what is arguably the best gaming keyboard of the market, the 700K.

The Cougar 700K Gaming Keyboard is a premium mechanical gaming keyboard aimed at professional level PC gamers, especially those who engage in Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOs). It comes with COUGAR's UIX System, a powerful software with a simple interface that combines your COUGAR peripherals (for example the new gaming mouse 700M) into a single application interface and allows you to conveniently configure all their functions. This way a single software can control all the peripherals, instead of needing, as most products on the market, an app for each device.

Logitech Unveils the G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard

Logitech, a leading innovator of gaming peripherals, today announced the Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard. The keyboard features Logitech's exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches, offering 25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, improved durability and intelligent Illumination.

"This keyboard is the culmination of years of ongoing development by our engineering team, incorporating feedback from gamers and eSports athletes to develop a next-generation mechanical key," said Vincent Tucker, director of Logitech gaming. "Our team was charged with developing a keyboard that truly improves the gaming experience, and Orion Spark delivers."

ASUS Readies Silent and Stealthy GTX 970 Strix

ASUS is giving the GeForce GTX 970 its ROG Strix treatment. The cooler features a unique fan-speed curve that keeps the fans dead until a temperature threshold is approached, and only gradually spins it up from there on. So, in most non-gaming and light-gaming applications, the card should be completely quiet. The underlying heatsink is a meaty dual-slot variant of DirectCU II. The card ships with a factory-overclock, although the exact clocks are not known. ASUS plans to launch the card on the 19th.

Source: VideoCardz

Gainward Readies GeForce GTX 970 Phantom, GTX 980 Reference

Gainward will launch three graphics cards based on the GM204 silicon later this week, its GeForce GTX 980 board, which sticks to NVIDIA's reference board design, a slightly non-reference GTX 970 which comes with reference clock speeds, and a completely non-reference Phantom Edition board, featuring the company's iconic air-pulling concealed fans, which could ship with a factory-overclock. The GTX 970 Phantom could ship with some of the highest factory-overclocks in the lineup, with core clock speeds of 1152 MHz, GPU Boost speeds of 1304 MHz, and an untouched 7.00 GHz memory.
Source: ComputerBase.de, via VideoCardz
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