Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Cooler Master Announces the MasterPulse Pro Headset

Cooler Master, a leading manufacturer of desktop components and peripherals, today announced the MasterPulse Pro headset. Bring your entertainment to a new level and tailor your listening experience based on the games you play or movies you watch. The MasterPulse Pro headset is the second in a new line of over-ear audio products for users of various types and interests and will be followed by the wireless MasterPulse Maker in early 2017.

MasterPulse Pro is a USB version of MasterPulse headset that provides all the features of the original version plus virtual 7.1. channel surround sound, RGB LEDs in the ear cups and an on-board sound card with a built in equalizer.

FinalWire Announces AIDA64 v5.80

Today FinalWire released a new stable update to the desktop editions of its popular system information software. AIDA64 v5.80 supports the latest Windows 10 builds and the most recent hardware components, including the AMD RX 400 series and NVIDIA's GTX 1050 GPUs.

As a new feature, it now allows users to define global hotkeys with which they can enable or disable the AIDA64 hardware monitoring panels or switch between multiple hardware information pages on external displays, even when AIDA64 is running in the background. Using these customized key combinations, PC enthusiasts can also start and stop saving temperature, voltage and power measurements as well as fan RPM readouts to a CSV or HTML log file. The developers have made AIDA64 v5.80 DPI aware so that all elements of its graphical user interface scale properly when the DPI zoom is active in Windows. In practice, this means that users will see no more blurry or incorrectly sized graphics or text on high-resolution screens as AIDA64 now looks crisp even on 4K and 8K LCD and OLED displays.

DOWNLOAD: FinalWire AIDA64 v5.80 Installer | FinalWire AIDA64 v5.80 ZIP Package
Monday, October 24th 2016

Today's Reviews

Desktop PC
Graphics Cards

Kingston Ships the HyperX Alloy FPS Gaming Keyboard

HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the HyperX ALLOY FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is now shipping in Germany, UK, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. The full-size mechanical gaming keyboard has a space-saving layout allowing gamers to maximize desktop real estate for FPS mouse movement. The HyperX ALLOY FPS keyboard features Cherry MX Blue Mechanical switches to provide the tactile feedback and performance to support extreme gameplay and enable players to be the best gamers possible.

Built with a solid steel alloy frame, the HyperX ALLOY FPS keyboard features Cherry MX Blue Mechanical switches, HyperX red LED backlighting and six preset LED modes - including a custom mode. The keyboard also offers Game Mode to easily disable the Windows key to prevent game play interruptions, along with 100 percent anti-ghosting and full N-Key rollover functionality. For added flexibility and performance, HyperX ALLOY FPS features an easy access USB charging port located on the back of the keyboard, additional HyperX red-colored WASD/1234 keys, a detachable braided cord, and mesh travel pouch for protection and storage on the move.

EVGA GTX 1070/1080 Overheating Issues - Company Says Thermal Pads A Solution

After users' reports (and Tom's Hardware.de testing) of EVGA FTW 1080 and 1070 cards displaying black screen issues, and sometimes even sparking and dying altogether, even at stock voltage, the company is now moving towards fixing the issue.

Apparently, the issue stems from the absence of any thermal pads over the VRM area of the FTW line of cards, which prompts higher operating temperatures. Some users were reporting heat transfer in such quantities that even the GDDR5X memory chips on the cards were being heated at 107 ºC, significantly over their rated operating temperatures of (0°C ≤ TC ≤ +95°C).

Acer Announces the Predator XB241YU 24-inch G-SYNC Monitor

Acer announced the new Predator XB241YU, a premium 24-inch gaming-grade monitor. Its key features include NVIDIA G-SYNC support with refresh-rates of up to 165 Hz, 1 ms response time, and WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels). The monitor achieves these refresh-rates with a TN-film panel. Its new ZeroFrame LED back-lighting keeps the front bezels framing the panel to a bare minimum. Its stand allows height, tilt, and rotary adjustments. The monitor takes inputs from DisplayPort 1.2 (needed for G-SYNC), and HDMI. A 4-port USB 3.0 hub and 2W stereo speakers come embedded. Available now, the Predator XB241YU is priced at US $499.99.

BIOSTAR Announces its GeForce GTX 1060 Dual Fan Graphics Cards

BIOSTAR is proud to announce the availability of the newest addition to its VGA product series with the new BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, avaialble in both 6GB and 3GB variety, the BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card bring affordable VR and high-performance gaming closer to the masses making it an ideal choice to be your first VR gaming GPU.

The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1060 6GB will have an MSRP of $289 and the 3GB version at $239. The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card features the GP106 GPU sporting 1280 CUDA cores and runs with a base core clock of 1506Mhz. Featuring GPU Boost 3.0, the BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1060 6GB can run up to 1708Mhz and features 6GB of GDDR5 video memory connected a 192-bit bus interface. The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1060 3GB version features 1152 CUDA cores running at 1506Mhz and has a boost frequency of 1708Mhz also. The 3GB of GDDR5 memory also sports a 192-bit interface bandwidth. Both cards require only a single 6-pin power connector.

Manli Announces its GeForce GTX 1050 Gallardo Series

Manli Technology Group Limited, the major Graphics Cards and other components manufacturer, today announced the brand new overclocking solution, Manli GeForce GTX 1050Ti & GTX 1050 Gallardo. The name of Gallardo is in Italian, and represents "elegant" and "bravery." The golden and soldier elements are exactly as "elegant" and "bravery" image which Gallardo Series would like bring the luxurious gaming experience to gamers.

Manli GeForce GTX 1050Ti & GTX 1050 Gallardo equipped with dual 8cm fan to improve cooling performance, meanwhile, clock increases up to 7% compared with standard version.

Seagate Introduces the 5th Gen FireCuda SSHDs - Up to 2 TB, 8Gb NAND

Seagate has officially updated their FireCuda line, the solid-state supported, high-capacity hybrid drives. The new, 5th Gen models sport a thinner form-factor (2.5"), rocking the company's multi-tier cache technology as well as 1 TB SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) plates. The SMR plate's difference compared to conventional, perpendicular recording HDD technology allows these hybrid drives to increase storage density by up to 25%, by allowing newly-written magnetic tracks to partly overlap previously-written ones, reducing the amount of platter real-estate occupied.

The caveat with this technology is that the overlapping-tracks architecture may slow down the writing process, since writing to one track overwrites adjacent tracks, and requires them to be rewritten as well. However, according to Seagate, the large, multi-tier cache technology and large NAND caches are enough to offset any performance loss incurred by the SMR technology employed on these drives, and then some.

NVIDIA releases 375.63 WHQL bug-fixing drivers

After pulling last Friday's 375.57 WHQL drivers from their website, NVIDIA has now replaced them with a new build. The new 375.63 drivers are largely equal to the previous ones, including performance profile and game support, with the only notable differences being the fixing of a bug with Windows 10 tiles, introduced by the previous driver build, as well as introducing support for the company's upcoming GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti products.

As always, you can grab the new drivers right here from TechPowerUp. Just follow the links below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 375.63 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit
Saturday, October 22nd 2016

Today's Reviews

Graphics Cards

AMD Cuts Prices of the Radeon RX 470 and RX 460

AMD's domination in the sub-$200 market is rattled with NVIDIA's introduction of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and the GTX 1050. In addition to sending out media flyers pointing out what makes its GPUs better consumer choices than NVIDIA's, the company cut prices of two key SKUs - Radeon RX 470 4GB, and Radeon RX 460.

Pricing of the Radeon RX 470 4 GB is cut down to $159.99, from its $169.99 launch price. This puts the SKU just $20 above the GTX 1050 Ti. For $20 more you get double the memory bandwidth and higher performance, says AMD. Price of the Radeon RX 460 2 GB is cut down to $99.99, from $109.99, making it $10 cheaper than the GTX 1050 (non-Ti). The GeForce GTX 1050 series goes on sale from the 25th October, 2016.

Source: GamersNexus

AMD Wants You to Choose Radeon RX 470 Over the GTX 1050 Ti, For Now

Hot on the heels of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti launch, AMD fired off an elaborate press-deck explaining why consumers should choose its $169 Radeon RX 470 graphics card over the $139 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti it announced last Tuesday (18/10), which is due for market launch a week later (25/10). The presentation begins explaining that the RX 470 is better equipped to offer above 60 fps on all of today's games at 1080p (Full HD) resolution, with anti-aliasing enabled.

Later down the presentation, AMD alleges that NVIDIA "Pascal" architecture lacks asynchronous compute feature. There are already games that take advantage of it. AMD also claims that its "Polaris" based GPUs RX 480, RX 470, and RX 460, will be faster than competing GTX 1060, GTX 1050 Ti, and GTX 750 Ti at "Battlefield 1" with its DirectX 12 renderer. The presentation ends with a refresher of the company's current product-stack, and how it measures up to NVIDIA's offerings across the competitive landscape. Turns out there is indeed a big price/performance gap between the RX 460 and RX 470, just waiting to be filled.
Friday, October 21st 2016

Today's Reviews

Gaming PC
Graphics Cards

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 375.57 WHQL Game Ready Drivers

NVIDIA today released its latest GeForce Game Ready drivers. The new GeForce 375.57 WHQL drivers come game-ready for "Battlefield 1," "Civilization VI," and "Titanfall 2." The drivers are also recommended for the best VR experience with "Eagle Flight" and "Serious Sam VR." The drivers also fix flickering noticed with "Mirror's Edge Catalyst" on GeForce GTX 980M, decal corruption on "Overwatch," and display signal loss when switching between 144 Hz to 240 Hz refresh-rate, on BenQ Zowie monitors. Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 375.57 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit

GENUI Acquires ZF Subsidiary Cherry Group

Friedrichshafen/Auerbach/Hamburg. German private investment company GENUI and the Cherry management has announced the acquisition of the international Cherry Group from ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Excellent growth prospects for the computer input device manufacturer and its employees will result from the investment.

"It was very important to us to find a new owner for Cherry that would offer the company and its employees a solid future with good prospects," explains Michael Hankel, ZF member of the Board of Management responsible for Cherry. "GENUI offers precisely such a future and is therefore an outstanding partner for Cherry." ZF will sell its 100-percent share in the subsidiary as it concentrates investment in its core business. The Cherry Group posted sales of roughly €80 million in 2015. It has 380 employees worldwide, 280 of whom work at the company's headquarters in Auerbach, situated between Nuremberg and Bayreuth.
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