Saturday, April 25th 2015

NVIDIA Discloses Batman: Arkham Knight PC System Requirements

Ahead of its June 23 release, the minimum- and recommended-system requirements of Rocksteady's next installment to the super-hit Batman: Arkham franchise, Arkham Knight, was disclosed by NVIDIA. The PC version appears to have some clear visual benefits over the console variants of this game, given its steep storage requirements. Given that it will get an NVIDIA GameWorks varnish, PC gamers can expect eye-candy that won't make it to the console versions, including support for high-resolution display standards, such as 4K Ultra HD.
Without further ado, the system requirements lists.

GeIL Announces Super Luce DDR4 Enthusiast Memory Series

GeIL announced its top-of-the-line Super Luce Enthusiast DDR4 memory series. The Super Luce series, is equipped with the patented iLuce Thermal-beaming technology. Users will be able to observe real-time temperature condition of memory modules right through different LED breathing-light tempos, directly from the Super Luce heat-spreader.

As the working temperature of the memory rises, the tempo of the breathing-light goes up in five different levels, Level 1 is with the mildest tempo and the lowest temperature rand of below 40°C, while Level 5 being the most rapid, with the the highest temperature range of above 55°C.

X2 Introduces the ISOLATIC Chassis

From the design heart of Europe X2 is introducing a new addition to its product line: The iconic ISOLATIC series full-tower pc enclosure is built for people that just love playing with computers. With ample room for up to 5 drives, 7 expansion slots for the installation of long graphics cards ( 370mm length VGA card ) and superior cooling through the 4x 120/140mm fan mount locations throughout this chassis. The ISOLATIC 6020 offers easy upkeep shortcuts like tool-free removal of side panels, hard drives, and graphics cards.

An all-speed fan control button and generous options for peripheral connections make the front-panel a complete multimedia gateway. Constructed out of 0.5mm SPCC steel with reinforced EMI shielding the ISOLATIC 6020 chassis structure is furnished with great cable management features that facilitates neat cable routing & enhanced system airflow. Show off your hardware and neat interior through the stylish acrylic window this chassis is versatile and a great pick for your next system build, modding project or gamer system. X2 performance PC hardware.
Friday, April 24th 2015

Today's Reviews

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Cooling
Desktop PC
Harddisks
Keyboards
Memory
Mouse
NAS
Notebooks
Processors
PSUs
Sound Cards
SSD

Acer Delivers 15.6-inch Budget-Friendly Chromebook

After launching the Acer Chromebook 15, the industry's first Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display, Acer today expands this line with a new model, the Acer CB3-531, available at a wallet-friendly price of only $199.99. The new Acer Chromebook 15 features 11.5 hours of battery life, the longest in the industry's 15-inch Chromebook segment.

"Our Acer Chromebook line has been pleasing customers and winning awards since we introduced the first model in 2011," said Jerry Kao, president of Acer Notebook Business Group. "The new model is a homerun for an important segment in the market - people who want a large 15.6-inch display Chromebook and long battery life at a price that fits in a limited budget. The capabilities and ease-of-use of the Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531 make it a great choice for families, seniors, and anyone who wants to enjoy the many benefits of Chrome on a large display."

Acer Announces World's First Curved Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology

Acer today announced the 34-inch curved 21:9 ultra-wide Acer XR341CKA monitor, the world's first curved monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC, providing an immersive gaming experience with minimal stutters and screen tears. DTS sound, 2x7W speakers, a zero-frame design with a futuristic aluminum base and ambient lighting options create an exciting entertainment experience with style.

The Acer XR341CKA features a curved 21:9 UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) resolution IPS display panel with a 178-degree viewing angle, providing an immersive experience in games and entertainment with a broader view. It supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut, delivering accurate color reproduction desired by design professionals and photo enthusiasts for precise color matching across applications and print output.

GALAX Launches Liquid-Cooled HOF GTX 970 and GTX 980 Graphics Cards

GALAX, a leading manufacturer and innovator of extreme performance gaming hardware, today announced the long awaited custom water-cooled HOF series. Pushing the limits is the Hall of Fame series' reason for being-fueling the passion for World record breaking overclocks and peerless in-game performance. This passion is rivaled only by GALAX's dedication to engineering the most capable, powerful and uncompromised hardware for the task, and the results have earned HOF series graphics cards a reputation as the best since their global debut in 2013.

Working in-conjunction with Diamond Cooling based in Europe, specialists in all things custom and cool, GALAX has developed a water cooling solution designed to fully unleash the raw potential of the GTX 980 and 970 HOF graphics cards with the unprecedented cooling capacity needed for extreme overclocks.
Thursday, April 23rd 2015

Today's Reviews

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Cooling
Desktop PC
Graphics Cards
Keyboards
Memory
Motherboards
Mouse
Mousepads
Networking
Notebooks
PSUs
Sound Cards
Speakers
SSD
Storage

Mercury S8S Gets a Permanent Spot in CaseLabs' Lineup

Premium custom PC case maker CaseLabs announced that the limited-edition Mercury S8S is now a permanent addition to the company's lineup, with plans for a new production run. The case will start at US $389.99, with a boat-load of customization options. A successor and variant of the Mercury S8, the S8S is a cubical E-ATX / SSI-EEB case with a motherboard tray along the plane of the base, which acts as a partition for its three chambers.

Designed for liquid-cooling builds, the case features multiple locations where you can place 360 x 120 or 240 x 120 mm radiators, and a full-fledged liquid cooling loop for builds with 3-4 graphics cards and up to two CPU sockets. The case offers a great deal of flexibility, letting you convert space for liquid-cooling hardware into additional drive bays, to accommodate up to 18 3.5-inch hard drives, or up to 36 2.5-inch SSDs. Measuring 369 mm x 483 mm x 380 mm, the case dry-weighs 7.25 kg, and is made almost entirely of aluminium.

ZOWIE Announces ZA Series Gaming Mouse

Announcing the ZOWIE ZA series of mice, the new ambidextrous shape in three different sizes. The ZOWIE FK1 and FK2 mice have been very popular among fans of the ambidextrous shapes, but ZOWIE understands that nothing is perfect. The new ZA series has an increased height on the back of the mouse, giving the answer for the gamers who want to rest their palms comfortably on top their mouse and have an easier lift with a claw grip.

The ZA series comes in three different sizes to give gamers more choice for different hand sizes and also people that prefer bigger or smaller form factors. ZA11 is the biggest, ZA13 is the smallest and ZA12 is in between. This mouse was built with palm grip in mind due to this ZOWIE has made the design changes to the sides of the mouse that make lifting the mouse easier while the pam is resting on the mouse.

Sharkoon Announces Shark Zone H40 Gaming Headset

Sharkoon announced the SHARK ZONE H40 stereo gaming headset. The illuminated SHARK ZONE H40 Gaming Stereo Headset is specifically designed to meet the demands of gamers. The yellow LED illumination of the SHARK ZONE logos on the outside of both ear cups underlines the trendy design of the series. It persuades with its padded, adjustable headband; lightweight design of only around 350 grams and generous, soft earpieces: The H40 provides excellent comfort during wear, especially during long gaming sessions. Thanks to the metal reinforcing headband it is very sturdy and can withstand high stress.

Two professional 50 mm premium speakers provide superior sound with penetrating bass and crystal clear highs. The H40 was specifically designed to meet the sound demands of gamers, so no game deciding details were overlooked. Through the ergonomically designed in-line controller, which is even sleeker on the SHARK ZONE designed connection cable for an easier hold, the volume and microphone mute function can be easily controlled.

G.SKILL Announces the World's Fastest DDR4 128GB (8x 16GB) Memory Kit

G.SKILL International Enterprises Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, is thrilled to announce the world's first DDR4 128GB(16GBx8) 2800MHz CL16-16-16 -36 1.35V memory kit based on the newest 16GB capacity DDR4 consumer-class memory modules. These high capacity memory modules are manufactured with new 8Gb ICs produced on the latest 20nm fabrication process, which takes performance to a whole new level, by Samsung Electronics.

While 16GB capacity have been available for server memory in the past, support and design for such large capacity memory modules are now paving its way to consumer memory modules, suitable for workstation level workloads where high capacity memory is vital. These new G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series high capacity memory kits are capable of running in quad-channel at a grand total of 128GB, and have already been validated on the latest ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme motherboard with Intel Haswell-E processors. A stress-testing screenshot of the newly released memory kit with 16GB DDR4 modules can be found below.

D-Link Now Shipping Weatherproof 802.11ac Outdoor Wireless Access Point

D-Link today announced immediate availability of its new Wireless AC1200 Concurrent Dual Band Outdoor Access Point with PoE (DAP-3662). Designed with weather-resistant features and an IP67-rated housing, the DAP-3662 is an ideal solution for creating outdoor wireless hot spot networks in high-demand business applications.

The DAP-3662 delivers reliable, high-speed wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standard, with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 300 Mbps using the 2.4 GHz band, and 867 Mbps using the 5 GHz band. It supports impressive device densities and offers optimal range and coverage over both bands.

AMD to Skip 20 nm, Jump Straight to 14 nm with "Arctic Islands" GPU Family

AMD's next-generation GPU family, which it plans to launch some time in 2016, codenamed "Arctic Islands," will see the company skip the 20 nanometer silicon fab process from 28 nm, and jump straight to 14 nm FinFET. Whether the company will stick with TSMC, which is seeing crippling hurdles to implement its 20 nm node for GPU vendors; or hire a new fab, remains to be seen. Intel and Samsung are currently the only fabs with 14 nm nodes that have attained production capacity. Intel is manufacturing its Core "Broadwell" CPUs, while Samsung is manufacturing its Exynos 7 (refresh) SoCs. Intel's joint-venture with Micron Technology, IMFlash, is manufacturing NAND flash chips on 14 nm.

Named after islands in the Arctic circle, and a possible hint at the low TDP of the chips, benefiting from 14 nm, "Arctic Islands" will be led by "Greenland," a large GPU that will implement the company's most advanced stream processor design, and implement HBM2 memory, which offers 57% higher memory bandwidth at just 48% the power consumption of GDDR5. Korean memory manufacturer SK Hynix is ready with its HBM2 chip designs.Source: Expreview

EK Water Blocks Introduces D Series Drop-in Liquid Cooling Kits

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is excited to introduce two new kits of EK-KIT D series performance orientated liquid cooling starter kits. EK Water Blocks has prepared two different models: EK-KIT D240 (In Win D-Frame Mini drop-in) and EK-KIT D360-X2 (CaseLabs Mercury SM8 drop-in).

These new D-series EK-KITs are designed as a perfect drop-in for either CaseLabs Mercury S8 (EK-KIT D360-X2) and In Win D-Frame Mini chassis (EK-KIT D240) as they includes all the necassery components, required to build high-performance liquid cooling system.
Wednesday, April 22nd 2015

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Mouse
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SSD

Intel Compute Stick Now Available

The Intel Compute Stick, a new pocket-sized computer based on a quad-core Intel Atom processor running Windows 8.1 with Bing, is available now through Intel Authorized Dealers for much of the world.

The Intel Compute Stick can transform any HDMI display into an entry computer capable of working with productivity apps, playing local or streamed content, driving basic digital signage or enabling thin clients. It will support Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, a microSD card for expandable memory, MicroUSB power supply and Bluetooth 4.0 for keyboard and mouse.

Thermaltake Announces Core X9 Snow Edition Chassis

Thermaltake, an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, launches the Core X9 Snow Edition E-ATX cube case, a continuation of Thermaltake's tradition of innovative design and edgy technology, particularly for liquid-cooling system cases. Featuring a cube design, the series offers endless stackable ability and expandability for enthusiasts to create massive liquid cooling systems for a single system, file server or even dual systems. Users can customize the chassis for the best viewing presentation with interchangeable window and I/O panel design. Delivering outstanding cooling performance with compatibility for extensive DIY/AIO LCS and overclocking components, the Core X Series further enhances the reputation Thermaltake enjoyed for its earlier air cooling units.

Core X9 Snow Edition offers an expandable system allowing enthusiasts to incorporate externally-modular upgrades. When stacked together, the chassis opens up space to expand the liquid cooling system, the storage solutions, or even create dual systems, thereby enabling a dedicated top/bottom set-up for pure cooling. Also, the maximum radiator length supported is 600 mm on the front side.

Alpenföhn Announces Matterhorn Black & White Edition CPU Coolers

European PC cooling specialist Alpenföhn announced two additions to its popular Matterhorn CPU cooler series, the Matterhorn White Edition, and Black Edition. This tower-type cooler features a monolithic fin-stack with trapezoid fins, to which heat drawn from the CPU is fed by six 6 mm thick copper heat pipes. Measuring 138 x 100 x 158 mm, the heatsink weighs a little over 1.06 kg. The heatsink is ventilated by an included Alpenföhn WingBoost 2 fan. This 120 mm spinner takes in 4-pin PWM-controllable power, spins between 500 and 1,500 RPM, pushes up to 106 m³/h of air, with a noise output ranging between 18 and 20 dBA. Available now, the two are priced at 52.90€.

EK Releases EVGA GTX 980 Kingpin Edition Water Block

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 EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Classified K|NGP|N Edition graphics cards - the EK-FC980 GTX Classy KPE.

EK-FC980 GTX Classy KPE - with Classy KPE standing as Classified K|NGP|N Edition abbrevation - is a high-performance Full-Cover water block, designed for EVGA non-reference Classified K|NGP|N Edition GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards. 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.

CyberPowerPC Announces Trinity Gaming Desktop

CyberPower Inc., a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming laptops, and performance workstations, today announced it is taking orders for its Trinity gaming PC, a striking new concept in gaming PC design that splits the common hulking tower enclosure into three distinct "blades."

The CYPOWERPC Trinity is both an exercise in radical case design and a case study on the benefits of component compartmentalization. While the case defies imagination, there is a method to the madness of segregating certain components from others in order to dissipate heat while not sacrificing performance.
Tuesday, April 21st 2015

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Cooling
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Keyboards
Memory
Monitors
Motherboards
Networking
Notebooks
Speakers
SSD

BenQ XL2730Z 27-inch AMD FreeSync Monitor to Launch Next Week

BenQ XL2730Z, a 27-inch monitor featuring support for AMD FreeSync, will be available from April 30. Designed for gaming PC builds, the XL2730Z offers WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) native resolution, with 144 Hz refresh rate, and 1 ms response time. It can synchronize its refresh-rate with the GPU's output frame-rate between 40 Hz and 144 Hz. To be able to use FreeSync, you need to plug the monitor to a graphics card featuring DisplayPort 1.2a (or higher) output. Currently, only select AMD Radeon GPUs, such as the R9 285, R9 290, R9 290X, and R9 295X2 support DP 1.2a. Other vitals include 170°/160° (H/V) viewing angles, 120,000:1 contrast-ratio, and 350 cd/m² maximum brightness. Slick looks aside, its gamer-friendly features include an accessible physical control pad, a USB 3.0 hub, and a headset stand. The XL2730Z will be priced at US $599.

Presenting The All New NextPowerUp

TechPowerUp announces the official launch of its sister publication, NextPowerUp, after a radical new redesign from its stint as a public beta. NextPowerUp is your place on the web for the very latest on consumer electronics, personal technology, and the vast world of gaming. Lightning fast news, reviews of the detail and quality you've come to expect of TechPowerUp, and commentary by writers who live and breath technology meet a slick and snappy site design, developed in-house. The biggest part of our redesign is the home page, which now gets a linear list of news headlines, with quicker animations, and a site engine that's scales the design for the smallest smartphone screens, to the biggest Ultra HD displays, and everything in between.
Be sure to check out NextPowerUp every day!

Buffalo Launches the MiniStation Extreme NFC Portable Hard Drive

Buffalo Americas, a leading provider of external storage, network attached storage (NAS) and networking solutions, today announced availability of its new MiniStation Extreme NFC portable hard drive. Buffalo's ruggedized drive features advanced hardware encryption and near field communication (NFC) technology to block unauthorized access. It also adheres to U.S. Military Standard shock protection and is safeguarded against water and dust damage.

"When examining the rugged portable drive market, many of our competitors focus on being the best at a single metric of device protection while sacrificing other data security capabilities," said Matt Dargis, COO, Buffalo Americas, Inc. "We designed the MiniStation Extreme NFC to be the most complete rugged portable drive on the market, including features that not only protect against the elements, but also support the latest hardware encryption technology and NFC secure access functionality. We packaged all of this functionality into a sleek, compact design that sets it apart from the competition."

Transcend Launches New e.MMC Memory Chips

Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a leading manufacturer of industrial-grade products, is proud to announce the launch of the new EMC210 e.MMC (embedded Multi-Media Card) storage solution. The MLC-based EMC210 features simplified interface design, enhanced storage capacities, upgraded performance and a set of comprehensive functions. The small factor e.MMC is an embedded storage ideal for mobile devices, embedded devices and industrial applications, and is compliant with JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) version 4.51 standards.

The e.MMC is comprised of the NAND Flash and the Flash Memory Controller in a 153-ball BGA package. By integrating the controller into the flash memory package, the e.MMC supports the MMC interface and streamlines the development of new products that comply with a simpler set of industry-standard specifications for memory management. Transcend's e.MMC solution provides greater flexibility with interface voltage of either 1.65~1.95V or 2.7V~3.6V. Consequently, manufacturers can benefit from a more efficient design process, lower costs, and reduced time-to-market for end products.

GIGABYTE Intros its GeForce GTX 960 ITX Graphics Card

GIGABYTE rolled out its latest GeForce GTX 960, designed for space-constrained builds, the GV-N960IX-2GD. This full-height graphics card is just 18.1 cm long, and should squeeze into most compact cubical ITX cases. It features a custom-design PCB that draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector; mated to a compact single-fan cooling solution, which uses a single 90 mm fan to ventilate a dense aluminium fin heatsink, to which heat drawn directly from the GPU die is fed by a pair of 8 mm thick copper heat pipes.

The card offers out of the box clock speeds of 1127 MHz core, 1178 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory (all reference), and features 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across the chip's 128-bit wide memory interface. Display outputs include a pair of dual-link DVI connectors, and one each of HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2. Based on the 28 nm GM206 silicon, the GeForce GTX 960 features 1,024 CUDA cores based on the "Maxwell" architecture. The company didn't announce pricing or availability information.

PNY releases the 2-in-1 DUO-LINK OU4 OTG USB 3.0 Flash drive

PNY Technologies, world renowned manufacturing giant for USB and Memory products, has officially announced the release of their latest OTG flash drive, the DUO-LINK OU4 OTG USB 3.0 drive. It provides an alternate external storage solution for adding digital content and transferring it from a computer to your smartphone, tablets, iPads and more. The drive offers fast transfers of photos, videos, and music to any computer with a USB 3.0 port, making it easy to free up space on your Android device.

The OU4 comes manufactured in durable metal casing and features a swivel design cap that can be rotated to the side to reveal the microUSB 2.0 placed underneath it. The swivel plastic cap is cleverly attached to the drive, which makes it convenient to slide it back when not in use and protect the port from dust and scratches. For added mobility, it features an integrated strip hole located at the cap, so it can be securely attached to your mobile straps, keychain, wallets or it can be looped around a lanyard and adorned as an accessory.

Sharkoon Announces SilentStorm SFX Power Supply Series

Sharkoon expands its range of computer power supply units under the SilentStorm SFX brand and presents two new SFX power supply unit series with "80 PLUS Gold" and "80 PLUS Bronze" certification. They offer the highest efficiency in a compact design for powerful computers such as multimedia or mini-PCs. With the included ATX mounting frame, the power supplies can be used in standard ATX cases.

The SilentStorm SFX Gold 500W is an "80 PLUS Gold" certified SFX power supply for high demands. It offers outstanding efficiency of over 90 percent by 50 percent load and meets the strict requirements of the independent 80 PLUS Initiative "PLUG LOAD SOLUTIONS". The compact dimensions total to only 130 x 125 x 63 mm. Thanks to the modular cable system the only cables used are those needed in the PC. For the setup of modern systems there is a 500 Watt power supply with two 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors for high-performance graphics cards.

Fractal Design Announces the Define S Chassis

Introducing the Define S. A new segment within the Define family is born and it's all about flexibility, silence, cooling and beyond. The Fractal Design Define S lends the appearance, sound dampening technology, and support for a wide variety of components from the widely popular Define Series, while introducing a new, innovative internal layout. The Define S case is 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 modernized internal layout of the Define S omits the optical drive bays, instead focusing on a clear straight airflow path and uncompromising water cooling support.
The Define S case reaches the highest level of silent computing through strategically placed dense sound-absorbing material, multiple ModuVent fan vent covers and finely tuned Dynamic Series fans.
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