Monday, August 19th 2019

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Metallic Gear Neo-G Mini

Metallic Gear Neo-G Mini

The Metallic Gear Neo-G Mini is a fancy version of the Neo Mini with a glass front in addition to the glass side panel. From the minds behind Phanteks, the brand aims to offer their very own mainstream approach to enclosures, and the Neo-G Mini turns out to be quite the fun enclosure to work with, clearly and unapologetically showing off its roots.
HiFiMAN Sundara Planar Magnetic Headphones

HiFiMAN Sundara Planar Magnetic Headphones

The HiFiMAN Sundara is the name of the wildly successful HE-400i which set the bar in terms of sound quality for entry-level planar magnetic headphones. The Sundara is roughly the same form factor, but a lot has happened on the design front. The Sundara features a new headband, new cup, and new pads, which are more in line with their higher-end offerings.

HyperX Announces the Cloud Alpha S Headset

At Gamescom 2019, Hyperx has announced an update to their Cloud Alpha headset, in the form of the Cloud Alpha S. This headset builds upon the company's previous Cloud Alpha, which is often recommended as the best choice in the $100 price-point. The new Cloud Alpha S sports bass sliders, which offer users a three-level adjustment for bass, adjustable on-the-fly to suit the content you're currently experiencing. There's also virtual 7.1 surround sound, and it remains to be seen how well this feature works. Virtualized soundstages aren't usually the créme de la créme of audio quality, but they definitely have their use-cases. The HyperX Cloud Alpha S will be available at $129, a $30 premium over the Cloud Alpha, on Q4 2019.

Alienware's 55", 4K, 120 Hz OLED Monitor AW5520QF to Release September 30th for $3,999

Remember that awe-inducing Alienware OLED monitor that we introduced you to back in CES 2019? Well, new information has been made known in regards to that particular 55", 4K, 120 Hz OLED panel. In essence, it will be releasing for avid, deep-pocket gamers' hands everywhere on September 30th, for the low, low price of $3,999. Add to that an impressive 0.5 ms response time and FreeSync support, and this will be a giddying piece of hardware.

The Alienware AW5520QF sports a 130,000:1 contrast ratio (due to OLED's pure blacks that are the hallmark of the technology), achieved with a mere 400 nits of brightness (which denies HDR support), as well as coverage of 98.5% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 3x HDMI 2.0 ports, 4x USB ports, 1xS/PDIF audio line-out and 1x headphone jack round out the monitor's connectivity. There's also RGB lighting on the back of the monitor. If only it was something akin to Philips' Ambilight tech...

HyperX Expands Memory Lineup with FURY DDR4 RGB

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, Inc., today announced the release of FURY DDR4 RGB and a new look to the FURY DDR4 lineup. The new memory kits both offer automatic Plug N Play overclocking functionality. For DDR4 users that need fast, high-density memory, HyperX has added models up to 64 GB at 3466 MHz. The new FURY DDR4 and FURY DDR4 RGB are cost-effective, high-performance upgrades for Intel and AMD's latest platforms that feature Plug N Play, which enables automatic memory overclocking at standard DDR4 1.2 V settings. The new FURY models also feature Intel XMP-ready profiles optimized for Intel's latest platform.

The HyperX FURY DDR4 RGB comes equipped with an LED light bar with fluid RGB lighting effects and utilizes HyperX Infrared Sync, which allows the modules to remain synchronized. The memory is compatible with lighting control software from a range of motherboard vendors, including ASUS Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, and MSI Mystic Light Sync. Additional information about software and motherboard compatibility is available online at respective partner websites. FURY DDR4 RGB memory is also compatible with HyperX NGenuity software.

Thermaltake Launches its First Level 20 Gaming Mouse

Thermaltake, a market leader in eSports gaming peripherals, today announced the release of the Level 20 Gaming Mouse, as the first gaming mouse of Thermaltake Gaming, which will be available on the market in September.

The Level 20 RGB Gaming Mouse is a high-performance gaming mouse equipped with a powerful gaming grade 16,000 DPI optical sensor and durable OMRON switches rated up to 50 million clicks for endless hours of gameplay. With ambidextrous, ergonomic and lightweight design, Level 20 Gaming Mouse perfectly suits all hand sizes and grip styles for the utmost comfort. Users can customize up to 8 programmable buttons and also synchronize the Level 20 Gaming Mouse into ecosystem for maximum customization. Take the full control on lighting effects, advanced macro setting, and your key profile to extend personalization possibilities.

Minecraft to Get NVIDIA RTX Ray-tracing Support

Minecraft is the perfect gaming paradox. It's a stupidly-popular title, but with simple graphics that can run on practically any Windows machine, but supports the latest 3D graphics APIs such as DirectX 12. The title now adds another feather to its technical feature-set cap, with support for NVIDIA RTX real-time raytracing. RTX will now be used to render realistic light shafts using path-tracing, global illumination, shadows, ambient occlusion, and simple reflections. "Ray tracing sits at the center of what we think is next for Minecraft," said Saxs Persson, Franchise Creative Director of Minecraft at Microsoft. "RTX gives the Minecraft world a brand-new feel to it. In normal Minecraft, a block of gold just appears yellow, but with ray tracing turned on, you really get to see the specular highlight, you get to see the reflection, you can even see a mob reflected in it."

NVIDIA and Microsoft are yet to put out a release date on this feature update. It remains to be seen how hardcore crafters take this feature. Looking at images 1 and 2 (below), we can see that the added global illumination / bloom blurs out objects in the distance. This gives crafters the impression that the draw-distance is somehow affected. Crafters demand the highest possible draw-distance, with nothing blurring their view. We can't wait to try this out ourselves to see how RTX affects very-large crafting.
A video presentation by NVIDIA follows.

NVIDIA CEO Says Buying a GPU Without Ray Tracing "Is Crazy"

During NVIDIA's second quarter earnings call, the company's co-founder and CEO, Jensen Huang, talked about earnings and what drives demand. When talking about sales, Huang noted a few things about NVIDIA's RTX lineup of graphics cards and why buying one is the only reasonable thing to do.

Specifically, Huang said that "SUPER is off to a super start for and at this point, it's a foregone conclusion that we're going to buy a new graphics card, and it's going to the last 2, 3, 4 years to not have ray tracing is just crazy. Ray tracing content just keeps coming out. And between the performance of SUPER and the fact that it has ray tracing hardware, it's going to be super well positioned for throughout all of next year."

BenQ Announces Matte Black Version of Zowie EC Series Gaming Mouse

The updated EC series was first released in a glossy finish as the DIVINA EC-B Series. This DIVINA range was released in conjunction with the DIVINA women's tournaments to further bring attention to women's esports. Since then, we have received positive feedback from professional, competitive and casual players alike. This is why we are now releasing the updated EC series in the standard black coating to meet more players' personal preferences. This series will be named EC-1 / EC-2, and like the DIVINA version, uses the 3360 sensor as well as the two large mouse feet design.

ASUS Launches its TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700-series Graphics Cards

ASUS today launched its TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700-series "Navi" graphics cards. The TUF Gaming series is positioned a notch below the company's premium ROG Strix RX 5700-series, and above its cost-effective custom-design Dual-series. A common board design is used for both the RX 5700 XT and the RX 5700. It features a macho-looking plastic cooler shroud with the TUF "urban camo" pattern. There's also a metal backplate with the same pattern. The card is based on a custom-design PCB that's shorter than that of the ROG Strix card.

The triple-slot cooling solution of the TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700-series features a compound aluminium fin-stack heatsink much like the ROG Strix, albeit slightly smaller. Three 80 mm fans ventilate it, although the cooler lacks idle fan-stop. The fans feature IP5X-certified dust-resistance and fluid-dynamic bearings with a "space-grade lubricant." Both cards come with factory-overclocked speeds. The TUF Gaming X3 RX 5700 XT ships with 1650 MHz base, 1795 MHz "gaming" clocks, and 1905 MHz boost; while the TUF Gaming X3 RX 5700 ships with 1565 MHz base, 1720 MHz "gaming" clocks, and 1750 MHz boost. Both cards feature software-based one-click "OC" modes that dial up clock speeds by around 4 percent, which require you to install the GPUTweak utility. The company didn't reveal pricing.
Friday, August 16th 2019

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WiFi)

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WiFi)

Need a break from the relentless AMD coverage? The ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WiFi) is a premium Z390 motherboard from ASUS that promises top-tier performance and a classic ROG aesthetic. AMD might have stolen the show this year, but Intel still carries an edge at the top end of gaming performance.
FSP Hydro G PRO 850 W

FSP Hydro G PRO 850 W

The FSP Hydro G Pro 850 W is of terrific build quality and uses a modern platform, but something in its final recipe didn't turn out as planned. Overall performance isn't as good as with the competition, and the HG2-850 costs more than the popular Corsair RM850x or Seasonic Focus Plus Gold of similar capacity.

Phanteks Announces Enthoo Luxe 2 Chassis

Phanteks today announced the release of the new Enthoo Luxe 2. Designed for performance, the Enthoo Luxe 2 brings the ultimate in cooling, flexibility, and performance allowing for the best building experience in a full tower chassis. The case incorporates all the premium and latest high-end features of the Enthoo Elite and Evolv X, such as, SSi-EEB motherboard support, extreme water (cooling) with dual 480 and dual 360 radiators installed simultaneously, and extensive storage for up to 12x HDDs / 11x SSDs.

Whether you are looking to build an extreme gaming machine or a professional workstation, the Luxe 2 offers the flexibility you need to configure the perfect system. Capture all your glorious moments and stream without interference with a Dual System Setup (Revolt X required) or build a high-end workstation for deep learning with a Dual PSU Setup (Revolt Pro required) to expand the power output. Create a revolutionary pc experience with the new Enthoo Luxe 2.

ZADAK and TechPowerUp Summer DDR4 Giveaway: The Winners

Earlier this month, premium PC memory maker ZADAK and TechPowerUp brought you the Summer DDR4 Giveaway, with a chance for two lucky winners to get a ZADAK Spark DDR4-4133 16 GB (2x 8 GB) dual-channel memory kit, each. These modules don't just luck great in a new-age industrial case-mod, but also pack some serious chops. Hundreds of entries are in, with much love given to the Facebook pages of ZADAK and TechPowerUp. Without further ado, the Winners:
  • Stoyan from Bulgaria
  • Kevin from Kansas, USA
A huge Congratulations to you, Stoyan and Kevin! TechPowerUp will return with more such interesting Giveaways.

Thermaltake View 71 Tempered Glass ARGB Edition Now Available

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is thrilled to announce the new member of the View 71 TG Series - the View 71 Tempered Glass ARGB Edition. Designed to expand the legacy of the View Series lineup, the View 71 Tempered Glass ARGB Edition Full-Tower chassis features three 140 mm 5 V ARGB fans for outstanding ventilation that can sync with motherboard brands including ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, and ASRock. The seven drive trays and modular drive racks deliver advanced storage capacity and excellent liquid cooling expansion. This elegant chassis utilizes swing-out side panels, and is enclosed in four-side 5 mm tempered glass panels for users to demonstrate their DIY handwork and showcase their internal components. With support for the latest PC hardware, the View 71 TG ARGB Edition is not only fascinating in appearance but comes with endless possibilities for PC lovers.

Antec Announces the NX400 Mid-tower Case with Front Panel RGB Lighting

Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, presents the latest addition to their range of enclosures: the Antec NX400. The mid-tower is now commercially available from 53,99€ (suggested retail price including VAT). Antec's NX -Series offers a wide range of gaming cases featuring LED lighting and eye-catching front panel designs. The models NX100, NX210, NX300 NX400, NX500, NX600 and NX1000 are the latest models on the European market.

The new Antec ATX case ensures an easy building experience, supports high end components without breaking the bank. It features a full-sized plastic side window panel to show off your components. The entry-level enclosure measures 425 x 230 x 465 mm (D x W x H) and is compatible with ATX, micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. The NX400 supports VGA cards with a length of up to 330 mm and CPU-radiators with a maximum height of 170 mm. It accommodates up to a total of six 120 mm fans, and includes one 120 mm rear exhaust fan to start with. Furthermore, the NX400 offers space for a 360 mm water-cooling radiator in the front, a 240 mm radiator on the top and a 140 mm radiator at the rear of the chassis.

Assetto Corsa Competizione Dumps NVIDIA RTX

Assetto Corsa Competizione, the big AAA race simulator slated for a September release, will lack support for NVIDIA RTX real-time raytracing technology, not just at launch, but even the foreseeable future. The Italian game studio Kunos Simulazioni in response to a specific question on the Steam Community forums confirmed that the game will not receive NVIDIA RTX support.

"Our priority is to improve, optimize, and evolve all aspects of ACC. If after our long list of priorities the level of optimization of the title, and the maturity of the technology, permits a full blown implementation of RTX, we will gladly explore the possibility, but as of now there is no reason to steal development resources and time for a very low frame rate implementation," said the developer, in response to a question about NVIDIA RTX support at launch. This is significant, as Assetto Corsa Competizione was one of the posterboys of RTX, and featured in the very first list by NVIDIA, of RTX-ready games under development.

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SilentiumPC Presents SPC Gear SM900 Mic for Streamer and Twitcher

The gaming division of SilentiumPC, branded as SPC Gear, proudly presents the SM900 streaming microphone kit as the newest addition to the gaming portfolio. SPC Gear has tailored a prefect kit for Games, who are seeking an affordable full-fledged recording setup. The SM900 package consists of the high-end cardioid USB microphone, an adjustable arm, shock mount as well as a pop filter. Be it for streaming of your favorite games on Twitch or YouTube or recording of podcasts and voiceover, the SM900 USB streaming microphone kit is the perfect starter-kit.

Flawless Recordings Quality
The recording quality is one of the major functions of a great microphone. The SM900 uses a cardioid collection pattern, which is praised by almost everybody who works with their own voice, be it a streamer, vlogger or a musician. The advantage here is, that any unwanted feedback and background noises are effectively eliminated, while maintaining the fullest depth of voice possible. In addition to that, the SM900 is able to offer a wide frequency range from 18 to 21.000 Hz while the sound pressure level is rated with 135 dB.
Thursday, August 15th 2019

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PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil

PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil

The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil is overclocked out of the box and uses a massive triple-slot, triple-fan cooler that delivers outstanding noise levels. It's actually the quietest Radeon card we ever tested, and quieter than all NVIDIA RTX cards except for one custom-design.

Logitech Announces G915 Lightspeed and G815 Lightsync RGB Mechanical Keyboards

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech and leading innovator of gaming technologies and gear, today introduced two new high-performance gaming keyboards - the LogitechⓇ G915 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and the LogitechⓇ G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. By combining Logitech G's advanced LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, with its new high-performance, low-profile GL Switches, these new keyboards were designed and built to be the most advanced and innovative keyboards imaginable.

"These new keyboards are perfect examples of what's possible when our award-winning designers and engineers at Logitech G push the envelope of advanced gaming technology and design," said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming. "The G915 combines LIGHTSPEED Wireless, RGB lighting and amazing battery life in a sleek, ultra-thin, aluminium case that creates a new standard for gaming keyboards."

SK Hynix Announces the Gold S31 Consumer SATA SSD

SK hynix Inc. announced today the launch of its "Gold S31" solid-state drive (SSD). Gold S31 (SATA III - first generation) is the first of the Company's new SuperCore series of consumer SSDs, an internal drive lineup based on SK hynix's core technology. With its speed and reliability, SK hynix's Gold S31 will be a perfect choice for all PC users, particularly for gamers, designers, and content creators. Gold S31 pushes the limits on high-performance SSDs, providing users the next level of speed with sequential read speeds up to 560 MB/s, as well as superior quality, reliability, and five-year warranty.

The 2.5-inch drive supports the SATA III interface based on 3D NAND Flash technology, and is now available in 1 TB, 500 GB and 250 GB capacities on Amazon US. All key components in Gold S31, from NAND Flash and built-in controller to DRAM and firmware, were designed and produced by SK hynix. The in-house components are built for robust performance and reliability.

NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2020

NVIDIA today reported revenue for the second quarter ended July 28, 2019, of $2.58 billion compared with $3.12 billion a year earlier and $2.22 billion in the previous quarter. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.90, compared with $1.76 a year ago and $0.64 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.24 compared with $1.94 a year earlier and $0.88 in the previous quarter.

"We achieved sequential growth across our platforms," said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. "Real-time ray tracing is the most important graphics innovation in a decade. Adoption has reached a tipping point, with NVIDIA RTX leading the way. "NVIDIA accelerated computing momentum continues to build as the industry races to enable the next frontier in artificial intelligence, conversational AI, as well as autonomous systems like self-driving vehicles and delivery robots," he said.

PowerColor Announces its Custom Navi Series Including Red Dragon and Red Devil Series

TUL Corporation, a leading and innovative manufacturer of AMD graphic cards since 1997, brings today the highly praised Red Devil and Red Dragon series to the RX 5700 line, engineered to provide the best hardware for the ultimate 1440p gaming experience.

To celebrate the new Red Devil branding as well the introduction of RGB lighting to the product line for the first time, PowerColor is having a special limited-edition RX 5700 XT Red Devil, to celebrate the new Red Devil series with an entire new cooling solution to bring the best of Navi as well a more neutral use of colors that will match any gaming rig color scheme. In addition, the Red Devil includes RGB lighting both on the side and on the back of the card for awesome tweaks.

Realtek Announces New Flash Controllers, Including one for PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs

At the 2019 Flash Memory Summit, Realtek announced a slew of new Flash memory controllers targeting a diversity of devices, spanning from USB flash drives to USB external SSDs, M.2/U.2 NVMe internal SSDs. Leading the pack is the RTS5771, the company's new flagship NVMe SSD controller that features a PCI-Express 4.0 x4 host interface, 8 NAND Flash channels with up to 1,200 MT/s speeds per channel, NVMe 1.3, and DRAM cache. This becomes the third PCIe gen 4.0-capable client-segment NVMe SSD controller after the Phison E16 and the Marvell 88SS132x.

The RTS5765DL is its cost-effective sibling, which has PCI-Express 3.0 x4 host interface, just 4 NAND Flash channels, and is DRAM-less, allowing manufacturers to design cost-effective SSDs. It still has 1,200 MT/s bandwidth per channel, so drives that implement it can offer sequential speeds similar to premium drives from the previous generation. The new RTL9210 is a bridge chip that converts USB 3.1 gen 2 (10 Gbps) to PCI-Express 3.0 x2, ideal for cost-effective external NVMe SSDs. The controller also features an integrated RGB LED logic, so drive designers can bling up their creations.

Need for Speed Heat Arrives on November 8th, Burning All Limits

Ghost Games, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, today announced Need for Speed Heat, the ultimate street racer versus cop fantasy. The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed fans love - expressive customization, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game. Watch the announce trailer here.

"Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customization, and more challenges, and we're tuning up on every aspect. From your character's style to your car's performance and your driving style, we're fuelling everyone's creativity with this new game."
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