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TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE 600 WattOut Giveaway: The Winners!

Here are the winners of TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE 600 WattOut Giveaway. Up for grabs were some rad PC gaming hardware by GIGABYTE's Aivia brand, for answering a few simple questions about GIGABYTE's 600 WattOut series VGA cooling solution. The contest was open for our readers from around the globe, from which we picked three winners using random.org randomization. Without further ado, the winners:
  • Levi from the United States
  • Jacob from the United States
  • Jimmy from the United States
A huge congratulations to you guys! You each win a keyboard + mouse combo of a GIGABYTE Aivia Osmium mechanical keyboard (Cherry MX Brown switches), and GIGABYTE Aivia Uranium gaming mouse. TechPowerUp will return with more such contests!

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE Announce 600 WattOut Giveaway

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE are back with a brand new Facebook giveaway, for you to win some cool gaming hardware by answering a handful simple questions. The giveaway celebrates GIGABYTE's 600 Watt Out graphics cards, equipped with coolers that can handle thermal loads of up to 600W, letting you tweak your GPU as if it were under more complex liquid cooling systems. Three lucky winners in this giveaway will each win a keyboard + mouse combo of GIGABYTE Aivia Osmium with Cherry MX Brown switches; and GIGABYTE Aivia Uranium wireless gaming mouse. To enter, simply feed in a little form (or make Facebook do it for you), and answer a few simple questions.
For contest rules, and to participate, visit this page.

Rosewill Unveils Color Keycaps for Cherry MX-based Keyboards

To help organize and color-code your keyset, in case the simple F and J indices don't cut it for you, Rosewill unveiled Color Keycaps. Sold in 104-piece sets, in four colors - yellow, red, green, blue, and pink; the key-caps are compatible with all mechanical keyboards that use Cherry MX switches. Rosewill showed off an example of a heavily color-coded keyboard. Interestingly, these key-caps don't appear to support back-lit illumination.

Rosewill Unveils RGB80 Compact Gaming Keyboard

Rosewill took serious strides in the direction of gaming peripherals this Computex, beginning with the RGB80 compact gaming keyboard. Featuring a signature Ducky (likely OEM) styling, the RGB80 is an 80-key mechanical keyboard. The Cherry MX Red keys are topped with RGB colors, letting you pick the color, apart from brightness, of the key back-lighting. Its likely Ducky roots can be traced back to its core-logic, which offers 10-key roll over (press up to 10 keys at once, without roll-over). The keyboard features a limited macro system, and common quick-access keys. The WASD keys stand out, with different key caps.

Cooler Master Shows Off New Nepton & Hybrid Capacitive Keyboard

Cooler Master, a leading provider of desktop components, peripherals, and mobile accessories, shows off the renewed line-up of the low-noise Nepton liquid cooling series and the ultra high-end keyboard Novatouch TKL with hybrid capacitive switches. Both will be available in July, but will be on display during COMPUTEX 2014 at the Nangang Exhibition Hall, M0320 from June 3rd - 7th.

Cooler Master's Nepton liquid cooling series has been renewed with a low-noise design across the entire line-up which now includes 120mm, 140mm, 240mm and 280mm radiators to improve case compatibility. The Advanced Silent Driver in the Nepton pump features extremely low vibration levels and provides a high 120 L/hr flow rate with minimal noise at 11dBA. A Cooler Master-designed water block is manufactured using a special manufacturing process to produce a large microchannel surface area and a high-efficiency jet impingement system to optimize hotspot cooling performance. The exclusive manufacturing process eliminates microchannel imperfections in the waterblock to prevent blockage and allows for an increased surface area over 4 times greater than the competition, resulting in an extremely high performance waterblock. The Nepton series now uses the all-new Silencio Fan that offers 11dBA noise levels and high air pressure rated at 1.2 mm H2O.

Corsair Introduces World's First Cherry MX RGB Gaming Keyboards

Last January, Corsair captured the excitement of the gaming world with the MX RGB Project - a prototype keyboard demonstrating the brilliance of Cherry MX RGB mechanical key switches with customizable per-key 16.8 million color animated backlighting. After months of anticipation, the K95 RGB and K70 RGB mechanical gaming keyboards, plus a M65 RGB gaming mouse, are making their debut. The new keyboards are the first and only keyboards featuring the high-precision German-made Cherry MX RGB key switches.

The K70 RGB and K95 RGB exhibit all of Corsair's hallmark features: sleek design, ultra-accurate components, and sturdy metal construction combining for minimalist looks, pinpoint accuracy, and long-lasting performance. Powerful editing software enables creation of unlimited lighting effects and macros, from solid colors that can highlight key groupings, to gradients and ripple patterns that can provide a visual cue that a macro or in-game timer has completed. In addition, program effects such as background, foreground, action, and type lighting to run concurrently with up to ten levels of brightness. These customization options let a gamer match PC system lighting, find gaming keys faster, and provide critical visual feedback for executing in-game objectives.

Keyed Up Labs Announces High-End Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard

Keyed Up Labs (aka KUL), based in Irvine, CA releases their first reduced form factor Cherry MX switch based mechanical keyboard, the ES-87. Designed with professional typists and gamers in mind, the KUL ES-87's sleek design offers choice of different tactile mechanical switches and Multi-OS compatibility in a standard "Tenkeyless" US layout. Key features of the ES-87 include an angular modern case, extra-rigid steel backplate to prevent keyboard flex, swappable Ctrl and Caps Lock, detachable USB cable, media keys, big grippy rubber feet, and power-user friendly configurability through on-board DIP switches. USB and PS/2 interfaces ensure both foward and backward compatibility.

Func Releases Two New Versions of the KB-460 Mechanical Keyboard

Func, manufacturer of gaming peripherals, is proud to announce a new version of the Func KB-460 mechanical keyboard. The new version is identical to the present model but comes equipped with either Cherry MX Blue or Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches to meet the customer demand for other switch alternatives.

The Cherry MX Blue and Brown mechanical switch variants of the KB-460 provides users with a popular switch alternative option in Func's growing product portfolio.

Corsair Releases Black Aluminum Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC gaming hardware, today announced that the award-winning Vengeance K70 mechanical gaming keyboard -- in black aluminum with red backlit keys - is now available with Cherry MX Blue and Brown keyswitches in addition to the original Cherry MX Reds. Similar to all Vengeance gaming keyboards, the latest K70 doesn't miss when it counts due to genuine German-made Cherry MX switches, the most popular and accurate mechanical keyswitches for gamers - with over 5 billion sold.

The sophisticated aesthetics of the refreshed Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard starts with an anodized black aluminum chassis for long-lasting durability and timeless style. Vibrant red backlighting shines through each key, oozing an industrial look capable of complimenting any gamer den. The overall backlighting can be adjusted to four levels of intensity while the lighting for each key can be independently enabled or disabled. The key-by-key lighting customization allows users to highlight just the keys they need to emphasize, such as WASD, and then save the setting directly to the K70's onboard memory.

Cooler Master Announces CM Storm QuickFire Rapid i Keyboard

Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator and manufacturer of desktop components, mobile accessories, and gaming peripherals, today announced the much requested Quick Fire Rapid i, a fully featured and backlit mechanical keyboard. Quick Fire Rapid i builds upon its predecessor's legacy with full keyboard illumination and unique lighting effects.

Information on the new Quick Fire Rapid-i, including features and notification of availability can be found here. This signup page lets you find out about one of the five unique LED backlight modes on the Rapid i called ActivLite. ActivLite means that every individual LED can be controlled separately. The mode as shown on the micro-site shows the backlight illumination upon each key press and fade out softly as your fingers move to the next key.

CM Storm Trigger-Z Gaming Keyboard Launched

Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator and manufacturer of desktop components and more, today unveiled the successor to the Trigger mechanical keyboard that launched the CM Storm Gaming keyboard line. The Trigger-Z, a premium mechanical gaming keyboard. Utilize fully programmable macro and standard keys with profile management for up to five profiles and up to 75 macros. Significantly reduce setup times by storing profiles and key assignments directly on your Trigger-Z with 128KB of onboard memory. This means the keyboard is ready for plug and play use when you are taking the keyboard to LAN parties.

Integrated multimedia keys make it easy to control your audio experience in and out of the action while the Windows Lock Function can quickly disable the Windows key input to avoid accidental presses during intense matches.

NZXT Also Outs Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboards in Partnership with Ducky Channel

In celebration of the H440 launch, NZXT is happy to announce its collaboration with Ducky Channel to create the extremely limited edition NZXT Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboard. Available in black/white and black/red flavors, the keyboard features Cherry MX Red switches and an abundance of LED backlighting capabilities.

The NZXT Shine 3 features seven different backlighting modes with user defined dynamic LED backlight areas, allowing you to choose exactly which keys you would like to have illuminated. Physical DIP switches allow you to access additional features such as: windows key lockout, ctrl and capslock swap, windows key and alt swap, or demo mode. The Shine 3 also comes standard with a braided, detachable cable and will be available exclusively on the NZXT Armory Store for $149.99.

Corsair Debuts First Gaming Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX RGB Switches

At CES 2014, California-based Corsair and Germany-based Cherry Corp. are debuting the "MX RGB Project" gaming keyboard. The technology showcase , based on a Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard fitted with new Cherry MX RGB keyswitches, gives gamers a first look at the vast customization and game enhancing benefits of per-key 16.8 million color backlighting.

In the second half of 2014, Corsair will bring the concept to life by launching the world's first Cherry MX RGB-based gaming keyboards. The new keyboards promise to give gamers all of the precision, feel, and reliability of Cherry MX-based Corsair gaming keyboards enhanced with new personalization and gaming customization provided by nearly limitless per-key lighting combinations. The new keyboards will be available in several Cherry switch types: super-fast Cherry MX Red, the light tactile feedback of Cherry MX Brown, or the tactile and audible feedback provided by Cherry MX Blue.

A video presentation follows.

Cooler Master Outs CM Storm QuickFire TK in Cherry MX Green Limited Edition

Cooler Master rolled out its QuickFire TK compact gaming keyboard in a limited edition with Cherry MX Green switches, and Razer-like green key back-lighting. Cherry MX Green switches are preferred for their moderate stiffness, good tactile feedback, and clicky actuation, compared to the smooth push of the Cherry MX Red. The keyboard is otherwise identical to the original, with 377.5 x 138 x 33 mm (LxWxH); 92 keys, including the main cluster, and a number pad; 7 macro multimedia keys, and full NKRO over USB. It's priced at US $122.

Func KB-460 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Now Available

Func is happy to announce the availability of the KB-460, a mechanical keyboard that features Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, designed for fast reaction times and equipped with an individual key illumination system.

"We are working hard to create a complete range of gaming products with interesting features, designed for an enhanced gaming experience" says Calle Conradsson, Brand Manager for Func, "What makes the KB-460 unique is the combination of functionality and superb build quality. We are extremely proud with the result and glad to say that there is more to come from us!"

CHERRY Unveils MX Keyswitch Engineered for RGB Multicolor Illumination

With its "MX RGB switch", CHERRY is presenting the next evolutionary stage of its billion-fold proven mechanical keyswitches of the "MX" series. The MX switches with Gold Crosspoint technology have up to this point been appreciated by millions of users due to high precision, the best possible operating feel, and an extremely long service life.

Well-known manufacturers of high-quality mechanical keyboards - especially in gaming - use the Cherry MX switches in different variants. Cherry has now enhanced its leading product with RGB technology. Directly mounted on the circuit board, SMD LEDs (SMD = "Surface Mount Devices") illuminate key symbols in specially designed keycaps using the MX RGB switch in the entire RGB color spectrum - all 16.7 million RGB colors.

CM Storm QuickFire TK Stealth Gaming Keyboard Launches in Europe

Cooler Master, an industry leading case, thermal solution, gaming gear, and mobile accessory manufacturer, has announced the release of the QuickFire TK Stealth gaming keyboard.

The QuickFire TK Stealth is a mechanical gaming keyboard with the printed letters on the side of the keys instead of on top. When you look directly down on the keyboard, it appears all the keys are black. Yet, the print is easily viewable from the front. Besides form, this also has function. Front printed keys last longer than normal keycaps because there is no finger friction to wear away the print.

Rosewill Unveils New Gaming Products at BlizzCon 2013

The leading hardware solutions provider, Rosewill, will be showing their latest products at BlizzCon 2013. Rosewill will debut PC gaming and audio focused products for all to experience hands on. On the gaming front, Rosewill is showing the new BLACKHAWK Blue Special Edition mid tower gaming case. It's everything our fans love about the BLACKHAWK but with a bit of blue for the additional pop.

After a largely successful release of the RK-9000, RK-9000i, RK-9100 illuminated keyboard mechanical keyboards, Rosewill is showing the Apollo RK-9100x Mechanical Keyboard series and STRIKER RK-6000 mechanical keyboard. Apollo RK-9100x will have Cherry MX blue or brown and come illuminated in red or blue backlighting. It is fully programmable with macro support, multiple profile support, n-key rollover via a braided USB cable with gold connectors, USB pass-through ports, removable wrist wrest, and wrapped in a rubber textured enclosure. The STRIKER RK-6000 mechanical keyboard will also have fully programmable keys with macro support and include 8 textured keys for quick key location.

ROCCAT Ryos Series Gaming Keyboards Launch In The US

US gamers will be the first to get their hands on ROCCAT's highly acclaimed mechanical gaming keyboard series. In terms of build quality, design and innovation, the German leading manufacturer of professional gaming peripherals sets a new standard with the release of the Ryos series. Three varying models offer popular features like Easy-Shift[+], ROCCAT Talk, innovative per-key illumination and high quality Cherry MX key switches, therefore providing the perfect fit for any kind of gamer.

"PC gamers all over the world have been wishing for ROCCAT to come up with a mechanical keyboard - and finally here it is" says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. "Congratulations to everyone who has been waiting patiently, you are now able to get the most advanced mechanical keyboard on the market".

CM Storm Unveils the Trigger-Z Gaming Mechanical Keyboard

Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator and manufacturer of desktop components and more, today unveiled the successor to the Trigger mechanical keyboard that launched the CM Storm Gaming keyboard line. Trigger-Z, a premium gaming hub and mechanical keyboard.

Fully Programmable Mechanical Keyboard
Utilize fully programmable macro and standard keys with profile management for up to five profiles and up to 75 macros. Significantly reduce setup times by storing profiles and key assignments within your Trigger-Z with 64 KB of onboard memory. Stay ahead of the competition with easily downloadable firmware and software updates via the CM Storm Gaming site at: cmstorm.com/en/products/keyboards/triggerz/.

Func Starts Shipping the KB-460 Gaming Keyboard

Func has just sent word that the Computex-unveiled KB-460 has finally begun shipping to various territories. Seen below, this new gaming keyboard features a customizable individual key illumination system, Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, 128 KB of on-board memory for storing up to five key profiles, a 1.8 meter-long braided cable, a gold-placed USB connector, a two-port USB hub, and a Func Mode for gaming (activates re-assigned keys and disables the Windows key).

The Func KB-460 is currently listed (on pre-order) with a price tag of €79.90.

Tesoro Unveils Colada Saint G3NL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Tesoro's newest creation named after historical weaponry is the Colada Saint G3NL, an aluminium-clad mechanical gaming keyboard. Armed with 103 physical keys, with macro-tied multimedia/shortcut keys, Colada Saint G3NL features a silvery-gray brushed aluminium front panel. Its keys are made of matte plastic. Under the hood, the keyboard features Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, with 45 g actuation force, 2 mm key stroke, and 4 mm key travel. The keys are white LED lit, with 6 levels of backlight brightness, and theater dimming. The electronics manage full N-key rollover, even with a USB connection.

The keyboard includes a 2-port USB 2.0/1.1 hub, and relays your 3.5 mm headset jacks over from your PC. Apart from the USB connection, an optional DC-in jack is provided, if you decide to plug in power-hungry devices to the USB hub (such as external hard drives). Measuring 44.4x20.6x4.4 cm, the Colada Saint G3NL weighs about 1.56 kg (~3.12 lbs). Apart from Cherry MX Red, the keyboard is available other Cherry MX variants, depending on which, it can be priced anywhere between 169€ and 172€.

Now, a Mechanical Keyboard for Developers

Jeff Atwood, behind the "Coding Horror" blog, collaborated with WASD Keyboards to co-develop a mechanical keyboard for quick, comfortable typing, with a consistent tactile feedback that doesn't come with the clicking noise associated with mechanical keyboards. Called CODE Keyboard, the contraption is a no-nonsense 102-key mechanical keyboard with white LED back-lighting, so you can code away into the night. Its gaming credentials aren't bad, either. CODE Keyboard packs Cherry MX Clear switches, which are said to provide great tactile feedback, without a noisy activation. The switches and other electronics are placed on a thicker 2-layer fiberglass PCB, with a steel back-plate that grounds the keyboard. This adds to its 1.2 kg weight.

The CODE Keyboard supports both USB and PS/2 inputs, when plugged into USB, it offers 6-key roll-over; and N-key roll over, when wired to PS/2. You'll notice that the key between Ctrl and Alt has no label, that's because it can be used as both Win (on Windows) and Command (on OS X), by flicking a row of DIP-switches at the back. The same switches can be used to change the keyboard layout from QWERTY to Dvorak or Colemak, disable the Win key, and change Caps Lock to Ctrl. Its context-menu key doubles up as a Fn (function) key, which gives it six multimedia keys over existing ones. In the package, you get a detachable USB cable, a PS/2 adapter, and a tool to remove and place keys, to clean or mod the keyboard. All this, with no drivers or software whatsoever. Find this the holy grail of keyboards? Prepare to input $149.99.


Source: Engadget

Cooler Master Also Unveils the CM Storm MECH Customizable Mechanical Keyboard

Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer unleashes a new customizable and fully mechanical keyboard, The MECH. Part of the AL-Series, it includes a full suite of premium features including aluminum in its construction and a high speed processor and USB 3.0 ports.

High Bandwidth Gaming
Delivering the utmost quality in construction and features, the MECH mechanical keyboard features a powerful ARM based processor to run its Rapid Fire Engine. This helps the MECH take full advantage of its ability respond at high speeds to in game actions and record and edit not only macro keys, but profiles as well. MECH is equipped with the ability to store 5 easily accessible profiles while making up to 75 total macros available for multiple gaming needs.

Cooler Master Introduces the CM Storm QuickFire Ultimate Gaming Keyboard

Cooler Master, an industry leading case, thermal solution, gaming gear, and mobile accessory manufacturer, announced the release of its newest keyboard: QuickFire Ultimate. Cooler Master has taken all the features of previous QuickFire keyboards and added enhancements. The result is the QuickFire Ultimate - the most feature packed mechanical gaming keyboard in the QuickFire line.

The QuickFire Ultimate is a full sized, steel-reinforced, completely backlit mechanical gaming keyboard.
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