Monday, June 24th 2019

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Logitech G MX518 (Legendary)

Logitech G MX518 (Legendary)

Logitech's iconic gaming mouse is back, and it's better than ever! The G MX518 (also known as the MX518 Legendary) features the flagship HERO optical sensor, Omron switches rated for 20 million clicks, an updated, flexible cable, and many great features, and of course all this inside the truly legendary shape that many love to this day.

SilentiumPC Presents New 120 and 140 mm Case Fans With RGB and ARGB Lighting

The European PC case and cooling manufacturer SilentiumPC, adds the new Stella HP fan series both as an RGB-enabled and ARGB-enabled product line to its portfolio. The new lines are based on the same PWM-enabled fan, which feature the HBS (Hydraulic) bearing, excellent efficiency, high static pressure and built-in anti-vibration rubber grommets. The Stella HP RGB as well as the Stella HP ARGB series are available in the mainstream fan sizes 120 mm and 140 mm.

Stella HP ARGB PWM

With the Stella HP ARGB, SilentiumPC is able to deliver the ultimate RGB experience for modern PC systems by utilizing 9 bright, addressable RGB LEDs in the translucent fan rotor with nine specially profiled blades. Full sync with components such as motherboard, RAM or even chassis is possible thanks to the fact that the SilentiumPC Stella HP ARGB fans are equipped with a standardized 3-pin ARGB connector, which is compatible with the majority of ARGB motherboards' sockets.

Dungeon Action-RPG 'Underworld Ascendant' Available Now For PlayStation 4, Coming Soon To Xbox One

Underworld Ascendant, the fan-funded title from independent game studio OtherSide Entertainment is now available digitally for PlayStation 4 from the PlayStation Store. The action-RPG, published by 505 Games, will soon be available to Xbox One players via the Xbox Games Store. Both versions are priced at 24.99.

Underworld Ascendant is a fantasy RPG that challenges you to think creatively in an interactive sandbox environment. Players can mix and match dozens of combat, stealth and magic skills to develop their unique style of play and devise clever plans to overcome challenges as they navigate the foreboding Stygian Abyss.

ASUS Rolls Out the Prime A320I-K Mini-ITX Motherboard

ASUS today rolled out an entry-level mini-ITX motherboard for the AMD socket AM4 platform, the Prime A320I-K. Based on the AMD A320 chipset, the board supports 1st and 2nd generation Ryzen processors out of the box, including the 8-core models. The tiny A320 chipset is tucked away behind a metal heatspreader underneath the M.2-2280 slot. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, conditioning it with a 6-phase VRM that makes do without a heatsink.

Storage connectivity on the A320I-K includes four SATA 6 Gbps ports, and an M.2-2280 slot with PCI-Express 2.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gbps wiring from the SoC. The board's lone expansion slot is a PCI-Express 3.0 x16. USB connectivity includes six USB 3.1 gen 1 ports, four on the rear-panel and two via headers; and four USB 2.0 ports, of which two are via headers. Display connectivity includes one each of DisplayPort and HDMI. Networking is care of a single 1 GbE interface driven by a Realtek RTL8111H controller, and the onboard audio solution is an entry-level Realtek ALC887. We expect the Prime A320I-K to be priced around $60.

MSI Releases a Low-profile GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card

MSI released one of first low-profile (half-height) graphics cards based on the GeForce GTX 1650. The card uses a monolithic aluminium heatsink that's ventilated by two 60 mm fans. Although there's just one row of display outputs, the cooler is over 1 slot thick, and so you get dual-slot I/O shields for both full-height and half-height (low-profile). The card relies on the PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot for all its power, and sticks to NVIDIA-reference clock speeds of 1665 MHz boost, and 8.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. Based on the 12 nm "TU117" silicon, the GeForce GTX 1650 features 896 "Turing" CUDA cores, 56 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory. Display outputs on this MSI low-profile card surprisingly lack DisplayPort, you only get an HDMI 2.0b, and a dual-link DVI-D (lacks analog D-Sub pins).
Sunday, June 23rd 2019

NVIDIA Joins Tencent E-Sports Technology Alliance as Founder Partner

NVIDIA was invited to attend the Global E-sports Summit and Tencent E-sports Annual Conference held in Hainan, Chinaon June 20th 2019. Tencent E-sports will establish E-sports technology standards in China, including technology of E-sports network, hardware, and broadcast to improve the management of the industry. As a founder member of E-sports Technology Alliance, NVIDIA is committed to constantly supporting the development of E-sports industry, boosting technological progress of the industry, and bringing better E-sports equipment to gamers.

In Tencent report, eSport market has been reached to RMB 13.8 Billion with 350 Million eSport users in China after years of development. Through the Tencent E-sports Technology Alliance, NVIDIA will work more closely with Tencent to level up competition equipment for the growing market with better PC gaming experience. GeForce and NVIDIA G-SYNC are the choice of many international top lighthouses E-sports events and professional teams to fuel up for their stable performance. NVIDIA has been supporting the professional E-sports players for years to provide them with competitive hardware solutions.
Friday, June 21st 2019

Today's Reviews

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Networking
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ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7

X570 is around the corner, but ASRock hasn't forgotten the current king of gaming: Z390. The new Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 offers a new look, but the same great performance and rock solid stability ASRock has come to be known for.

Intel to Cut Prices of its Desktop Processors by 15% in Response to Ryzen 3000

Intel is embattled in the client-segment desktop processor business, with AMD's imminent launch of its 3rd generation Ryzen desktop processors. Intel's 9th generation Core processors may lose their competitiveness to AMD's offerings, and are expected to get relieved by the company's "Ice Lake" desktop processors only in 2020. Until then, Intel will market its processors through price-cuts, promotions, bundles, and focusing on their gaming prowess. The company will refresh its HEDT (high-end desktop) processor lineup some time in Q3-2019. According to Taiwan-based industry observer DigiTimes citing sources in the motherboard industry, Intel's immediate response to 3rd generation Ryzen will be a series of price-cuts to products in its client-segment DIY retail channel.

According to these sources, prices of 9th generation Core processors could be cut by a minimum of 10 percent, and a maximum of 15 percent, varying by SKUs. This could see prices of popular gaming/enthusiast SKUs such as the Core i9-9900K, the i7-9700K, and the i5-9600K, drop by anywhere between $25 to $75. AMD is launching the Ryzen 9 3900X to compete with the i9-9900K, the Ryzen 7 3800X to compete with the i7-9700K, and the Ryzen 5 3600X to take on the i5-9600K. The three SKUs, according to AMD's internal testing, match the Intel chips at gaming, and beat them at content-creation tasks. At the heart of 3rd generation Ryzen processors is AMD's new Zen 2 microarchitecture, which brings significant IPC gains. AMD is also increasing core-counts on its mainstream desktop platform with the introduction of the Ryzen 9 family of 12-core and 16-core processors in the AM4 package.

Scythe Announces Mugen 5 TUF Gaming Alliance Edition with RGB Enhancement

Japanese cooling expert Scythe announces a special edition of the Mugen 5 CPU Cooler as part of the ASUS TUF Gaming Alliance series. Outstanding performance with overclocking potential, high cooling efficiency and an exceptionally sophisticated heatsink design are just three of the many advantages the Scythe Mugen series has to offer. Mugen 5 TUF Gaming Alliance incorporates all the features of the acclaimed series and combines them with the unique TUF Gaming Alliance design along with exclusive RGB illumination. For an even more convenient installation, Scythe has implemented the third revision of its Hyper Precision Mounting System for Mugen 5 TUF Gaming Alliance.

The new Mugen 5 TUF Gaming Alliance CPU Cooler features a carefully designed top-cover, which incorporates the unique patterns as well as logo of the TUF Gaming Alliance series from ASUS . The large and translucent surface area in the top-plate is fitted with RGB LEDs. This illumination is further enhanced thanks to the new Kaze Flex 120 RGB fan, offering rich colors and versatile effects. Kaze Flex 120 utilizes eight RGB LEDs inside the ring around the fan motor for consistent and bright illumination. Users are able to take full control of the RGB settings by connecting the fan directly to a RGB-enabled motherboard. This way it is possible to synchronize the colors and effects using the Asus Aura or other compatible RGB systems.
Thursday, June 20th 2019

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Cooling
CPU Coolers
Game Controllers
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Keyboards
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Mouse
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Storage

URCDKeys Brings You the Summer Vacation Sale: Windows 10 Pro OEM Under $12, Up To 90% Off

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What's in a Lootbox? EA Says "Surprise Mechanics, Quite Ethical"

Kerry Hopkins, EA's VP of Legal and Government affairs (and yes, apparently that's an actual position within EA) said before a UK parliament session that loot boxes in video games are surprise mechanics that aren't any different from Kinder eggs or from any other "Surprise!" factor product. AS Hopkins put it, lootboxes are also very fun and very ethical experiences in the way EA has implemented them: "We do think the way that we have implemented these kinds of mechanics - and FIFA of course is our big one, our FIFA Ultimate Team and our packs - is actually quite ethical and quite fun, quite enjoyable to people". Never mind that a government-commissioned study on the matter, "Young People and Gambling 2018 Report" claiming that 450,000 UK kids, aged between 11 and 16, bet regularly.

Hopkins explained further saying that "We do agree with the UK gambling commission, the Australian gambling commission, and many other gambling commissions that they aren't gambling, and we also disagree that there's evidence that shows it leads to gambling. Instead we think it's like many other products that people enjoy in a healthy way, and like the element of surprise." I'm sorry about the meme, but I just had to do it. But I feel tempted to circle back to the job position for VP of Legal and Government Affairs... I mean doesn't that just sound like something an evil company would have?

Team Group Releases T-FORCE CARDEA II M.2 SSD and PD400 Portable SSD

Today Team Group launches two solid state drives with different features. The internal model, which under Team Group's gaming brand T-FORCE, is CARDEA II M.2 solid state drive. This solid state drive emphasizes on features like PCIe Gen3 x4 high speed interface and cooling module with patent gaming fin type design. The portable solid state drive PD400 uses the latest generation of high speed USB 3.1 Gen1 interface. It is lightweight, easy to carry and also has three major features: pressure resistant, shock proof, water proof. The two internal and external solid state drives offers solutions for the need of performance and appearance. Consumers not only can possess the latest visual design, but also enjoy the great advance in performance of storage devices.

T-FORCE M.2 PCIe SSD - CARDEA series release the CARDEA II solid state drive with improved performance. The gaming fin type cooling module has patented design (Taiwan Utility Model Patent No. M541645), and has passed rigorous tests and burn-in test. It can be cooled down about 10 degrees in a closed space, and 30 degrees in an open space. The radiating performance can be increased by 15% comparing with traditional cooling module. Module's superconductivity - thermally conductive adhesive can effectively accelerate the heat transfer process, so the speed performance won't be affected by high temperature anymore. CARDEA II uses PCIe Gen3 x4 high speed interface and supports the latest NVMe 1.3 protocol. It has a truly outstanding sequential read/write speed of up to 3400/3000 MB/s, and random read/write speed of up to 180K/160K IOPS.

SK hynix Launches World-Class Low-Power NVMe Enterprise SSD

SK hynix Inc. announced today that it launched a new low-power Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) Enterprise SSD (eSSD) with the 72-layer TLC 3D NAND flash that offers best-in-class performance for power as well as Quality of Service. The product features an in-house NVMe controller on top of the 72-layer 3D NAND technology currently in mass production. With the launch, SK hynix has established itself as a memory producer that designs, develops, and mass-produces all key components, from NAND and DRAM to controllers, in-house, for not only Client but also Enterprise applications.

Meanwhile, power consumption of datacenters is an increasingly important concern in terms of energy and environmental preservation, as their footprint grows amid rising enterprise demand for cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML). As datacenters are expected to account for one-fifth of the world's energy consumption in 2025, low-power components that enable datacenter energy efficiency are expected to only grow in importance.
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