Thursday, October 20th 2016

Today's Reviews

Graphics Cards

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.2 Beta

AMD today released a new beta update to their Radeon Software Crimson Edition. Version 16.10.2 Beta features driver support for upcoming games like "Battlefield 1", "Sid Meier's Civilization VI", "Titanfall 2", "Serious Sam VR Early Access", as well as "Eagle Flight VR". Also included is a new AMD CrossFire profile for "Sid Meyer's Civilization VI" under DX11, and Battlefield 1 AMD CrossFire profile updates for the game's launch.

The release notes also list some fixed issues, namely:
  • Fan speed may sometimes remain elevated on select Radeon RX 400 series graphics products even when an application has been exited;
  • Eyefinity group settings may not be retained after driver upgrade when using AMD CrssFire configurations;
  • Gears of War 4 may experience an application hang when using select high resolution and quality configurations i some specific game maps;
  • DirectX 12 content may be unable to launch on some older CPUs that do not support "popcnt" instruction.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.2 Beta for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8.1 64-bit | Windows 8.1 32-bit | Windows 7 64-bit | Windows 7 32-bit

Nintendo Switch Announced: Hybrid Game Console to Leverage NVIDIA's Tegra

After months of speculation, the lid is off Nintendo's "NX" project, with the company finally announcing today its much-awaited games console, the Nintendo Switch. With an expected release slated for March 2017, the console blurs the line between a games console and a handheld device, by making use of a docking station which will allow it to connect to a television, much like a traditional games console, while instantly entering a so called "portable mode" when it is undocked. As both a console and a portable device, the Nintendo Switch will use cartridges known as Game Cards, displaying games in a "high definition display" embedded on the console while on the go, with two detachable Joy-Con controllers stepping in as input devices.

For PC hardware enthusiasts, that may not be all too interesting. What is arguably more interesting is that this games console will make use of NVIDIA hardware: most notably, a custom Tegra processor is the one pulling out all of the console's processing needs, with the graphics being served by what the company calls "the same architecture as the world's top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards."

QNAP Announces TS-531X 5-bay Business NAS

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the TS-531X - a powerful 5-bay business NAS that features two integrated 10GbE SFP+ ports, providing a cost-effective NAS solution with 10GbE connectivity. The TS-531X features Container Station, allowing users to rapidly develop and deploy IoT (Internet of Things) applications and supports VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) as an economical method for expanding the capacity of other QNAP NAS using unused storage space. The TS-531X is a versatile NAS that satisfies small/medium businesses' demands for 10GbE connectivity, container virtualization, and storage expansion.

The TS-531X comes with an Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-341 quad-core 1.4 GHz processor by Amazon and uses 2GB/8GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 16GB). Offering two 1GbE ports, two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports and SATA 6Gb/s ports for HDDs and SSD, the TS-531X can reach up to 1723MB/s throughput speeds. The model also features a hardware-accelerated encryption engine and SSD cache support, ensuring security without compromising performance.

Phanteks Announces the Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass

Phanteks, the award-winning case manufacturer, is excited to announced the availability of the new Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass. The Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass Editions will feature a full tempered glass side panel and will introduce two brand new Special Edition colors. The Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass Editions will be available in Satin Black, White, and Anthracite Grey. In addition to the standard colors, the Eclipse P400 and P400S Tempered Glass will also introduce two Special Edition colors, Black/Red and Black/White.

The Eclipse Series P400 and P400S Tempered Glass Editions are compact mid-towers that are easy for beginning PC builders that wants to create a clean and beautiful build. The P400 Tempered Glass Edition features a full metal exterior, RGB lighting system with color control, 1x RGB LED strip, removable dust filters, front all-in-one radiator mounting location, power supply shroud, 2x 120 mm fans. While the P400S Tempered Glass Edition adds in the soundproofing layers and integrated 3-speed fan controller to the list of features included in the P400 model. The budget-friendly case now has a premium feel and look. With the full tempered glass side panel, enthusiasts can now showcase their system.

PowerColor Starts Selling the DEVIL Box External Graphics Solution

TUL Corporation, a leading and innovative manufacturer of AMD graphic cards since 1997, has announced DEVIL BOX is ready to sell Now. PowerColor DEVIL BOX is based on AMD XConnect Technology which was introduced on March 16th, 2016 by AMD. AMD had developed this technology in collaboration with Intel's Thunderbolt group and Razer Inc.

The PowerColor DEVIL BOX is primarily for the users who would like to have an even more powerful graphics card on his/her notebook in pursuit of desktop-class graphics performance. With a qualified graphics card, not limited to either AMD or nVidia, installed in the PowerColor DEVIL BOX and connecting with Thunderbolt 3 specification, gamers and enthusiasts will be able to play any types of games on the market without sacrificing the portability of a thin'n'light notebook.

AMD Pushes for VR iCafes in China

Gaming iCafes are a popular phenomenon in markets such as China, and although it will take a while for VR headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive to become mainstream among consumers in such markets (owing to their steep prices), it's possible for iCafes to at least sell the experience of VR to the masses. Given the size of the Chinese market, engaging directly with iCafes presents companies like AMD with a big commercial opportunity.

According to a report by Taiwan-based industry observer DigiTimes, AMD is pushing for the concept of "VR iCafes" in China. This would be your everyday iCafe with special booths that have VR hardware (HMDs, controllers), letting people play VR content/games. The company is reportedly engaging with the vast industry of indigenous game developers, as well as the entertainment industry, to create games and content to serve in these iCafes. AMD is promoting VR through its LiquidVR technology, which among other things, cuts down effort by game developers to create VR content.
Source: DigiTimes, Image Courtesy
Wednesday, October 19th 2016

Today's Reviews


Samsung Announces World's First 8GB LPDDR4 Memory Package

Samsung Electronics, announced today that it is introducing the industry's first 8-gigabyte (GB) LPDDR4 (low power, double data rate 4) mobile DRAM package, which is expected to greatly improve mobile user experiences, especially for those using Ultra HD, large-screen devices. The 8GB mobile DRAM package utilizes four of the newest 16 gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4 memory chips and advanced 10-nanometer (nm)-class process technology.

"The advent of our powerful 8GB mobile DRAM solution will enable more capable next-generation, flagship mobile devices around the world," said Joo Sun Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "We will continue to provide advanced memory solutions offering the highest values and leading-edge benefits to meet the escalating needs of devices having dual camera, 4K UHD and VR features."

G.Skill Achieves First CMTL-Approved DDR4 SO-DIMM Kit for Intel Skull Canyon NUC

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to be the first memory module manufacturer to pass the demanding Intel Approved Testing Process with a DDR4 SO-DIMM at the intense speed of 3200MHz, the fastest DDR4 SO-DIMM memory kit to be ever validated on an Intel platform. The testing and validation was performed by Computer Memory Test Labs (CMTL) on the Intel NUC Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK platform.

G.SKILL has been working closely with Intel to bring the fastest DDR4 SO-DIMM kits to the market and such milestone once again establishes G.SKILL's active role in leading the development of extreme performance computer memory for not only desktop systems, but also mini PC and laptop systems. The SO-DIMM test result has been added to the "CMTL Advanced Tested Intel Approved Memory List" on the Intel NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK website. For the CMTL test report on the DDR4-3200MHz SO-DIMM kit, please refer to this page.

Closer to the Metal: Shader Intrinsic Functions

Shader intrinsic functions stand as a partial solution for granting developers more control over existing computational resources and how they are leveraged. This capability (much touted by AMD as a performance-enhancing feature on their GCN-based products) essentially exposes features and capabilities that exist on the hardware developers are programming for, but wouldn't generally be able to access. This can happen either because they're being abstracted by a high-level API (Application Programming Interface, like DX11), or because the API isn't functionally able to access them. To understand why high-level APIs such as DX11 don't usually offer support for a piece of hardware's full feature list, or full processing capabilities, we must first look at the basic architecture of a given computer system.

Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Seagate Technology plc today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended September 30, 2016. For the first quarter, the Company reported revenue of $2.8 billion, gross margin of 28.6%, net income of $167 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.55. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 29.5%, net income of $299 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.99.

During the first quarter, the Company generated $592 million in operating cash flow and repurchased 3 million ordinary shares for $101 million. Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments totaled approximately $1.5 billion at the end of the quarter. There were 299 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter.

Lian Li Updates O-Series Cases with New White Color Options

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd is thrilled to announce the PC-O5SW, PC-O7SW and PC-O8WBW: stunning white colors for stunning chassis. Lian Li's O-series cases are emblematic of its dedication to premium materials and exceptional engineering. After a rough winter worldwide last year, Lian Li chose a new snowy white theme in hopes of an auspicious, less extreme winter season in 2016.

The O-series is a perfect chassis for displaying high-end hardware. Both the PC-O5SW and PC-O7SW feature a full tempered glass panel for an unfettered view of gleaming builds. VGA cards are mounted vertically, parallel to the motherboard, using an included riser cable. Both chassis have four expansion slots and support SLI and Crossfire setups. They can be mounted directly on walls, placed on a desk with a vertical stand, or laid horizontally on four removable rubber feet.

Cherry Announces the MX Board 9.0

Cherry, makers of the Cherry MX mechanical keyboard switches, and keyboards under its own brand, today announced the MX Board 9.0, a high-end mechanical gaming keyboard featuring Cherry MX RGB switches. Measuring 500 mm x 220 mm x 65 mm (LxDxH), the keyboard comes in variants featuring RGB-lit Cherry MX Blue, MX Brown, and MX Red switches. The Cherry MX Board 9.0 is characterized by an inward-curving design that makes keys along the top easier to reach, an overall asymmetric design, and a large rotary multi-function dial. Cherry didn't announce pricing or availability.

ASUS Announces its GeForce GTX 1050 Series

ASUS today announced the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Strix GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Strix GeForce GTX 1050, all-new gaming graphics cards powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 graphics processing units (GPUs) that deliver ultra-fast performance, advanced cooling and reliability, and ASUS Aura Sync technology for personalized styling.

Also announced were the ASUS Expedition, Dual, and Phoenix series, three all-new graphics cards series powered by the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 GPUs that give gamers a range of options for building the perfect gaming PC. Expedition series graphics cards are built for non-stop gaming action with extra-durable designs. Dual series cards feature color themes that perfectly match ASUS Z170-A and Z170-PRO motherboards, making them easy to design and build a great-looking PC. Phoenix series cards feature compact designs, making them the ideal choice for smaller gaming PCs. ASUS Expedition, Dual, and Phoenix series graphics cards' low power consumption when run at stock clock speed keeps them below the 75W power limit provided by PCI Express (PCIe) expansion slots. All power to the graphics cards is delivered by the slot, with no need for an auxiliary connection to the power supply.

Intel Reports Record Quarterly Revenue of $15.8 Billion

Intel Corporation today reported third-quarter GAAP revenue of $15.8 billion, operating income of $4.5 billion, net income of $3.4 billion and EPS of 69 cents. Intel reported non-GAAP operating income of $5.1 billion, net income of $3.9 billion and EPS of 80 cents. The company generated approximately $5.8 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $1.2 billion, and used $457 million to repurchase 13 million shares of stock.

"It was an outstanding quarter, and we set a number of new records across the business," said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. "In addition to strong financials, we delivered exciting new technologies while continuing to align our people and products to our strategy. We're executing well, and these results show Intel's continuing transformation to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected devices."

Colorful Announces its GeForce GTX 1050 Series

Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, proudly debuts the world's first GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti graphics card series. This time, Colorful first brings us three series of GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards: Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G, Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti S-4G and Colorful iGameGTX1050 U-2G.

The GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti series is based on the 16nm FinFET Pascal structure armed 640&768 CUDA cores. Complementing it will be 2GB&4GB of GDDR5 video memory running at an effective clock rate of 7 GHz on a 128-bit bus. The Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G still keeps the feature of iGame one-key overclocking and will reach at 1379MHz (Boost: 1493MHz). The new designed BALZE DUO thermal module is based on the idea of Circle-Power Theorem, which is the golden ratio and will provide the GPU with a more powerful radiating efficiency and a lower operating temperature. Together with the 3+1 phase I.P.P(iGame Pure Power) digital power supply and S.P.T(Silver Plating Technology), Colorful iGameGTX1050Ti U-4G will go to a higher frequency under a suitable temperature.
Tuesday, October 18th 2016

Today's Reviews

Gaming PC
Graphics Cards

Inno3D Announces its GeForce GTX 1050 Series

INNO3D, a leading manufacturer of high-end hardware components and computer utilities, introduces its new family of INNO3D GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards. Improving performance and power efficiency over previous-generation GPUs, the INNO3D GeForce GTX 1050 family lets the gamer now enjoy fast, smooth gameplay, supporting the latest DirectX 12 features in both classic and modern games at even 1080p @ 60 fps.

"We have made sure that all the wonderful innovation and technology that went into this GPU also comes out by designing an ultra-efficient and silent cooling solution", said Stanley Wong, General Manager at INNO3D. "Gamers can now enjoy the best of both worlds in optimized graphics performance; low noise while staying optimal cool with our iChiLL fan coolers."

ASUS Bets on Domestic 10 Gbps Ethernet with Two New Consumer-Grade Products

With 802.11ac and WLAN standards getting faster by the day, wired Ethernet is going the way of the dinosaur, at least in case of home (domestic) markets. ASUS is betting against this trend, and believes that if marketed properly, there's scope for 10 Gbps Ethernet (802.3ae-2002) to dominate domestic markets such as high-end gaming networks and home-studios. To this effect, the company launched two new products styled for the home - the XG-U2008 switch, and the ROG-10G add-on 10 Gbps Ethernet card included with certain ROG motherboards, which could probably also be sold separately.

The XG-U2008 is an unmanaged or plug-n-play 10-port switch with two 10 GbE ports, and eight 1 GbE ports. In full-duplex mode, this works out to 20 Gbps per 10 GbE port; and 2 Gbps per 1 GbE port. This should let you plug-in NAS servers with 10 GbE to one of the ports, your desktop to the other, and a WLAN router or other desktops to the 1 GbE ports. The ROG-10G card, on the other hand, sits across a PCI-Express gen 2.0 x4 host interface, and features a Tehuti Networks TN9710-class single-port 10 GbE controller. It comes included with the Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly motherboard for now, although one can't discount the possibility of ASUS selling it separately.

NZXT Announces New Kraken Series

NZXT today announced the latest evolution of its renowned Kraken series, featuring the most advanced controls included in an all-in-one liquid cooler. With the debut of the Kraken X52, and the now upgraded Kraken X42 and X62, everything, including pump, radiator and fans, has been designed and engineered to deliver cooling performance that is second to none. The new Kraken series also feature reinforced extended tubing across the board, with reinforced nylon sleeves that add strength while showing no compromises in flexibility.

GIGABYTE Announces its GeForce GTX 1050 Series

GIGABYTE, the world's leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today introduced both GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 graphics cards based on the Pascal GP107 core architecture. Equipped with 4GB of 128-bit GDDR5 memory, GIGABYTE GTX 1050 Ti series comes in 4 models with enthusiast' favored G1 GAMING edition leading the charge, followed by the WINDFORCE OC edition, the dual-fan OC edition, and the single-fan D5 edition. The GTX 1050 lineup will feature 2GB of GDDR5 memory and offered in the same 4 variants as well. The vast array of graphics arsenal is set to provide gamers with maximum performance for diverse PC build requirements at various budget ranges.

Powered by the Super Overclocked GPU, the G1 GAMING edition ups the ante with hefty overclocks right out of the box, together with the signature WINDFORCE cooling and RGB Illumination for gamers who crave superior cooling and boost in performances with style. Through GIGABYTE's GPU Gauntlet Sorting technology, the top-notch GPU cores built in the G1 GAMING cards push overclocking capability to the limit without compromising the system reliability. The ultra-durable components augmented with 4+1 phase design make the MOSFET working at a lower temperature to provide more stable voltage output for superior overclocking.

MSI Announces its GeForce GTX 1050 Gaming Series

As the world's most popular GAMING graphics card vendor, MSI is proud to introduce its full line up of graphics cards based on NVIDIA's new Pascal GPU with fierce new looks and supreme performance to match. Building on the monumental success of MSI's award winning GTX 10 GAMING series, the MSI GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti series are kept cool by a scaled down version of the imposing TWIN FROZR VI thermal design, allowing for higher core and memory clock speeds for increased performance in games.

The recognizable shapes of the eye-catching TWIN FROZR cooler are intensified by a fiery red GAMING glow piercing through the cover, which can be animated together with the MSI GAMING dragon LED on the side. A completely tailored 4-phase PCB design using Military Class 4 components with an 6-pin power connector enables higher overclocking performance to push your graphics card to the max.

EVGA Announces its GeForce GTX 1050 Series

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti & 1050 hit the perfect spot for that upgrade you know you need, but at the price you want! With the latest NVIDIA Pascal architecture, the 4GB GTX 1050 Ti displays stunning visuals and great performance at 1080p HD+, while the 2GB GTX 1050 will break through any obstacle at 1080p.

Installing a EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 card gives you the power to take on today's next-gen titles in full 1080p HD - with room to spare. These cards give you a choice of memory sizes, cooling options, factory overclocks, and power options to fit every need and every system. Of course, no GTX card would be complete without essential gaming technologies, such as NVIDIA GameStream, G-Sync, and GeForce Experience.

ZOTAC Announces its GeForce GTX 1050 Series

ZOTAC International, a global manufacturer of innovation, is pleased to change the playing field of graphics cards once more with a new member in ZOTAC GeForce GTX 10 Series. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti series is the latest addition within the NVIDIA Pascal architecture, with superior performance that drives a new age of gaming experience.

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Mini and 1050 Ti Mini are both super compact short length cards. Measuring at a length of 5.8 inches, it represents the smallest card in the Pascal family. Raw gaming power runs through the small builds while maintaining superior thermal performance and noise level. This is made possible with a single wide 90mm fan connected to an all-aluminum base with direct GPU contact.

Palit Announces its GeForce GTX 1050 Series

Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, releases the Pascal-based power efficient Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 StormX. With its full function gaming features, all gaming will start from Palit GeForce GTX 1050 series.

Palit GeForce GTX 1050 series is a true gaming GPU designed for every PC gamer. It's built to the exacting specifications of the GeForce GTX family and powered by NVIDIA Pascal-the most advanced GPU architecture ever created, it's loaded with innovative NVIDIA Game Ready technologies that let every gamer experience the latest titles in their full glory. GeForce GTX 1050 transforms your PC into a gaming rig to rival any game console. Enjoy the classic and modern games at 1080p @60 FPS.

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

NVIDIA today announced the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, its two new mainstream graphics cards based on the new GP107 silicon, the smallest chip based on the "Pascal" architecture. The two are designed with sufficient power for MOBA games at HD and Full-HD resolutions, respectively. The GeForce GTX 1050 is priced at USD $109, while the GTX 1050 Ti goes for $139.

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti features 768 CUDA cores spread across 6 streaming multiprocessors, 48 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and 4 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 128-bit wide memory interface. The core is clocked at 1290 MHz, with maximum GPU Boost frequency of 1392 MHz, and memory at 7.00 GHz, working out to 112 GB/s memory bandwidth. The GTX 1050 features 640 CUDA cores across 5 streaming multiprocessors, 40 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across the 128-bit memory interface. This card is clocked slightly higher, with 1354 MHz core, 1455 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. The two cards will be available from 25th October, 2016.

Phanteks Also Announces the Enthoo PRO M Tempered Glass

Phanteks, the award-winning thermal cooling and chassis manfacturer today announced the release of the new Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass Edition. The premium verison of the Enthoo Pro M will now feature a tempered glass side panel.

The Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass features a open interior layout and a modular HDD system that allows you to utilize the space to your needs. The Enthoo Pro M will be equipped with 2x Phanteks Premium 140mm fans, 1x SSD bracket, a removable optical drive case. The case will be watercooling ready with the integrated radiator bracket, reservoir mounts, and pump slots. Stylish, compact and featured packed, the Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass will offer enthusiasts a way to unleash their creativity and showcase their build through the full tempered glass window.

Phanteks Intros Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass

Phanteks, the award-winning thermal cooling and chassis manfacturer today announced the all new Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass. The Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass now combines the award winning chassis with a full tempered glass side panel. The Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass will be available in two colors, Satin Black and Anthracite Grey.

The new Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass features a sand-blasted aluminum panels, clean interior, and ambient lighting with LED control. The Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass will be equipped with 4x Phanteks Premium 140mm fans, PWM hub, 2x SSD bracket, removable HDD cages, and velcro cable ties for better cable management.

TechPowerUp Announces GPU-Z v1.12.0

TechPowerUp today announced the latest version of GPU-Z, the popular graphics subsystem information, monitoring, and diagnostic utility. Version 1.12.0 released today, adds support for new GPUs, and introduces new features. To begin with, GPU-Z now supports NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1080 Mobile, GTX 1070 Mobile, GTX 1060 Mobile, Quadro P6000, 920 MX, and 940 MX; AMD Radeon R9 M385X, and R5 315; Intel HD Graphics 620 and 515.

GPU-Z now displays NVIDIA "Fermi" DirectX feature-level support as "11.0" and SLI status for GTX 1060 and GTX 1050 series is displayed as "not supported by GPU." New AMD socket AM4 APU platforms will correctly show memory type as DDR4 on motherboards with DDR4 memory. The BIOS Database uploader is made more functional, letting you open the Database page for the uploaded BIOS (or if your BIOS is already uploaded.) The PCI-Express warm-up stress test window now spawns to the left of the GPU-Z window, if the main window is too much toward the right of your screen.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 1.12.0 | GPU-Z 1.12.0 ASUS ROG Themed

Apacer Announces the Armor+ AS682 Series SSD

In the world of gaming, time is literally a matter of win or loss. In less than a second, a game's performance is determined. Boost your PC with Apacer's AS682 ARMOR+ solid state drive and get ahead of your opponent in every move! Equipped with SATA III interface, AS682 ARMOR+ operates read/write speed at 540/475MB per second with 95,000 IOPs. Available in 250GB and 500GB, this SSD is advantaged in many ways, including high performance, low power consumption, high durability, excellent value for money, and multiprocessing architecture.

The first generation of ARMOR was born out of Apacer's dedication in perfecting SSD for better gaming experience. The latest release, AS682 ARMOR+ is even more advanced in processing speeds, with 540 MB/s (read) and 475 MB/s (write). The 95,000 IOPS makes one thing clear: from scene changes, battles, to fast moves, the smooth fluidity is unparalleled even with most complicated in-game actions. Compatible with most of the PCs and motherboards, the SATA III interface delivers a blazing fast performance, making it an ideal must for enhancement.

Razer Reinforces Audio Business by Acquiring Majority of THX Assets

In a bid to reinforce its audio business, Razer has now acquired the majority of THX's assets. THX, which was founded in 1983 by George Lucas, has for the past thirty-three years focused on cinema audio systems, home audio systems, and audio certification. It is now to operate as an independent subsidiary of Razer, under its own management and the leeway to run its own operations and make its own business decisions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Razer stressed that it intends to maintain all of THX's management and staff.

It is expected that this won't bring about major changes to THX's business model; their main focus points, namely Certification (testing and validation that a given system has passed a set of criteria determined by THX); THX Live! (focused in the audio experience unto itself, whether at cinema-like venues or at home); and THX Inside (focused on hardware's underlying technologies), are to continue operating within their given framework. That said, THX will now further expand their Certification programme to additional lines of products: headphones, Bluetooth speakers, streaming video, set-top boxes, and connected speakers, which are all, unsurprisingly, part of Razer's product portfolio.

LiteOn Unveils the CV5 Series Entry-level SSD

LiteOn unveiled the CV5 line of entry-level SATA SSD in the 2.5-inch form-factor. Available in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities, the drives offer performance suitable for "everyday usage," according to their makers. The drives feature TLC NAND flash with limited SLC cache capabilities for burst performance. All three variants offer up to 520 MB/s of sequential reads; while the three variants churn up sequential write speeds of up to 160 MB/s for the 128 GB variant, up to 320 MB/s for 256 GB, and up to 450 MB/s for the 512 GB variant. Most common SSD features are offered, including gen 3.0 low-density parity check (LDPC Gen 3) ECC.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Series Pricing Could Surprise

According to a press-deck slide leaked by VideoCardz, NVIDIA could surprise with pricing of its GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards. The GTX 1050 could be offered at $109, cheaper than the previously-rumored $119; while the faster and better-endowed GTX 1050 Ti could be offered at $139, cheaper than the $149 price-tag touted in older articles. Both SKUs, as previously reported, could be available from 25th October, 2016. The leaked slide also confirms specifications of the GTX 1050 to include 640 CUDA cores, and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, while the GTX 1050 Ti will feature 768 CUDA cores, and double the memory amount, at 4 GB.

Source: VideoCardz
Monday, October 17th 2016

Today's Reviews

Desktop PC
Graphics Cards

MSI Gives Away "Mafia III" with Gaming Series Motherboards and Desktops

The two prestigious families of MSI and 2K GAMES have joined forces to present you a bundle you can't refuse. By purchasing any of the eligible MSI Intel GAMING X99/Z170/H179/B150 Motherboards or Windows 10 GAMING Desktops, you will get the MAFIA III game for free! Six years in the making, MAFIA III is the latest masterpiece by 2K GAMES and Hangar 13. Presenting a vast Open-World gaming experience with the legendary cinematic narrative the MAFIA series are known for. Featuring incredibly vivid facial animations and tense action, MAFIA III pledges to provide the most engaging gaming experience yet.

Fierce gunfights, close quarters combat and nail-biting car chases form some of the most thrilling chapters of this action masterpiece. MSI GAMING Motherboards & Desktops will keep you at the edge of your seat with Audio Boost 3 providing supreme audio components to support 8-channel HD audio output. While Military-class audio enhancer NAHIMIC will fully immerse you into the heart of the action with a full 3D surround experience. Gamers will feel the explosions, the gunshots and the screams of enemies biting the dust like they are there in person.

Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSDs Up for Pre-order

Cashing in on the popularity of its "EVO" brand extension in the client SSD space, Samsung this September announced the 960 EVO family of PCI-Express SSDs in the M.2 form-factor, supporting the NVMe protocol. The drives are up for pre-order on the company's US online store. The series is topped with the 1 TB variant, priced at USD $479.99, followed by the 500 GB variant priced at $249.99, and the 250 GB variant priced at $129.99.

All three variants target a price-per-GB value around the $0.50/GB mark, however, one has to note that these are PCI-Express drives. The cheapest 250 GB variant serves up sequential transfer speeds of up to 3200 MB/s reads, with up to 1500 MB/s writes; the 500 GB variant up to 1800 MB/s writes; and the 1 TB variant up to 1900 MB/s writes. All three drives feature 3D V-NAND flash memory by Samsung, while the controller takes advantage of PCI-Express gen 3.0 x4 interface over the M.2-2280 form-factor, taking advantage of the NVMe protocol.

Samsung Electronics Launches Quantum Dot Curved Gaming Monitor

Samsung Electronics today announced the global launch of its newest industry-leading gaming monitor. The CFG70 curved monitor, designed specifically for professional gamers, includes enhanced picture quality and player-friendly features for a truly immersive gaming experience. The display was first introduced at the Gamescom 2016 and IFA 2016 conferences.

As the industry's first curved gaming monitor to feature quantum dot technology, the CFG70 monitor (24- and 27-inch models) expresses brilliant and accurate colors across a 125 percent sRGB spectrum. This added luminance produces a 3,000:1 contrast ratio and amplifies previously-hidden gaming details in both light and dark settings. The monitor also employs an environmentally-safe, cadmium-free design.

AMD Details Radeon Pro Pipeline for Cinematic VR Content

AMD today outlined powerful new solutions to two of the largest issues facing professional VR content creators today: how to create compelling VR content that approaches cinematic fidelity, and how to maximize that content's viewership. In the opening keynote at VR on the Lot, a two-day summit bringing together the top players in media, entertainment and technology, AMD detailed innovative Radeon Pro technologies designed to fuel the creation of real-time photorealistic VR content, and announced collaborations to facilitate the distribution of premium VR content to out-of-home experiences around the world.

"In creating Radeon Pro, we sought to address the industry's biggest problems, and for many creators, there's none bigger than cinematic VR content," said Roy Taylor, corporate VP and head of alliances, content and VR, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. "Bringing your creative vision to life can be a demanding and laborious process and working in VR, those demands are exponentially multiplied. Through extraordinary Radeon Pro hardware and software, we're helping alleviate the technical burdens of creativity, empowering artists to focus on telling their story, and through our efforts in location-based entertainment, giving them new opportunities to share their work with the world."

Samsung Begins Mass-production of First SoC on 10-nanometer FinFET Node

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced that it has commenced mass production of System-on-Chip (SoC) products with 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET technology for which would make it first in the industry. Following the successful mass production of the industry's first FinFET mobile application processor (AP) in January, 2015, Samsung extends its leadership in delivering leading-edge process technology to the mass market with the latest offering.

"The industry's first mass production of 10 nm FinFET technology demonstrates our leadership in advanced process technology," said Jong Shik Yoon, Executive Vice President, Head of Foundry Business at Samsung Electronics. "We will continue our efforts to innovate scaling technologies and provide differentiated total solutions to our customers."

GIGABYTE Unveils GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming WaterForce WB

GIGABYTE, the world's leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the latest GeForce GTX 1080 XTREME GAMING WATERFORCE WB graphics card that combines the most advanced Pascal architecture with GIGABYTE open-loop liquid cooling solution. Packed with a custom-designed full-cover water block, the card is ready for custom liquid cooling loop setups without having to swap the existing cooler the conventional way, costing less while keeping the warranty intact. The card also features RGB lighting, VR-friendly connectivity, and premium quality components to make it the ultimate gaming graphics card for water cooling enthusiasts looking for the most extreme gaming experience.

Delivering fierce cooling for the most heated gameplay, the card boasts a water block covering the entire length of the board and incorporates a large copper base plate in direct contact to the GPU core, VRAM and critical components to maximize heat dissipation. The optimized liquid flow over these critical areas is able to rapidly remove the heat, keeping the card to remain cool and stable even when aggressively overclocked.

Lian Li PC-V3000 Prototype Chassis Pictured

Here are some of the first pictures of Lian Li PC-V3000, the company's upcoming flagship chassis. Characterized by Lian Li's favorite material, aluminium, the case features the company's signature design language, with dark, brushed-aluminium exteriors, and silvery aluminium interiors. The company released pictures of a prototype case, with a final release out later this year. Keeping up with the times (i.e. horizontal partition), the PC-V3000 features a vast twin-compartment layout, only that the motherboard layout is inverted (opens out at the right side, with the motherboard being positioned BTX-style).

The Lian Li PC-V3000 has room for ATX and E-ATX motherboards, with room for graphics cards with lengths in the neighborhood of 40 cm, and coolers with heights around 20 cm. The bottom compartment is further partitioned vertically, with the left-side compartment housing the PSU bay and a 3x 3.5-inch drive-cage; while the right-side compartment either serves up room for your liquid cooling gear (such as a 420 mm x 140 mm radiator), or additional 2.5-inch drives. The motherboard tray has three drive mounts on its reverse side. Cooling includes 3x 140 mm side intake, 120 mm rear exhaust, and 3x 120 mm top exhausts.

Swiftech to Launch Custom Water Block for AMD's RX 480

Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech, is reportedly bringing to market a custom water block for AMD's RX 480. According to reddit user CBwardog, who spoke with a company representative, the water block is expected to come in an Acetal + Nickel package, bearing a price-tag of $99.95. No official announcement from Swiftech at this time, though it is expected that the water block will become available for sale to end-users worldwide through the usual channels in a mere three weeks.

Source: Reddit

ATP Introduces Industry's First DDR3L-1866 ECC SO-DIMM

ATP, the leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM and flash memory solutions, has announced the industry's first DDR3L ECC SODIMM technology capable of operating at 1866MHz. The ATP DDR3L-1866 modules are available with capacities of 4GB and 8GB and address the need for low voltage (1.35V) DDR3 memory running at 1866MHz (instead of 1600 MHz). As a result they can maximize system performance when used in conjunction with Intel Apollo Lake processors.

The new ECC SODIMM is available in both commercial temperature (CT 0°C to 85°C) and industrial temperature grade (IT -40°C to 95°C) options, providing the flexibility to meet the operating conditions of a wide variety of IoT (internet of things) systems. The industrial temperature range durability feature is especially beneficial in harsh environments and embedded applications such as industrial IoT and automation devices, telecommunication systems, healthcare technology and outdoor data collection systems.
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