Tuesday, January 17th 2017

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Headphones
Motherboards
Mouse
PSUs
SSD

Antec Presents New Mini ITX Case Certified by EK Water Blocks

Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, has cooperated with EK Water Blocks (EKWB) to create a new Mini ITX case which offers PC enthusiasts the best watercooling options in a small format case. The Cube's case design has been certified by EKWB and is now available.

"This is the first time in the history of PC peripherals that a case manufacturer cooperated with a cooling company to offer enthusiasts the best of both worlds: an elegant, compact design paired with internal structures to install efficient cooling options", explains Jack Wu, General Manager Europe at Antec. "Our double-branded PC chassis will demonstrate a whole new scenario on the market for computer peripherals. We are very proud of this collaboration with EK Water Blocks."
Monday, January 16th 2017

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Game Controllers
Graphics Cards
Keyboards
Memory
Motherboards
Mouse
NAS
Notebooks
Processors
PSUs
Speakers
SSD
Storage

Crucial Ballistix Elite 3200 MHz DDR4 16 GB

Crucial's Ballistix Elite DDR4 are on our test bench today. These 3200 MHz 4 GB DIMMs are the top speed Crucial offers right now, featuring large heatsinks and fairly respectable timings. Also included is a nice software suite that lets you monitor temperatures and adjust the LED lighting.

Seagate is Shutting Down One of Its Largest HDD Assembly Plants

The woes for the trusty old HDD continue, as Seagate, one of the world's biggest players on the HDD manufacturing field, has confirmed they are closing up one of their largest plants. The factory, located in Suzhou, China, is one of the company's largest HDD production epicenters, and its closure will significantly reduce the company's HDD output - a step in the company's purported "optimizations" towards reducing their HDD production capabilities from 55-60 million HDDs per quarter to around 35-40 million. Production and demand's age-old feud are once again taking their toll, as demand for spindle-drive technology subsides on the wake of SSDs increased performance and consecutive price declines, with most laptops now shipping with either SSD-based storage or cheaper, yet less power-hungry, eMMC solutions.

Gamdias Introduces the Zeus P1, M1 and E1 Gaming Mice

Gamdias has recently introduced three new gaming mice with general availability, and an interesting take on the mice product wars: instead of developing different designs and ergonomics for virtually every different mice available in their portfolio, Gamdias seems to be taking an approach more in-line with boutique PC makers and OEM assemblers. They develop a single chassis, and then market several different tiers of products around that same base design.

The Gamdias Zeus P1, M1 and E1, therefore, are based on the same generally ambidextrous design (though the existence of two additional thumb buttons on the left side of the mice does take a little away from a true ambidextrous design), with the Zeus P1 being the top-of-the-line model - with a 12.000 DPI sensor (identical to the one found on the M1, but higher quality than the 7.000 DPI one on the M1) and full RGB lighting (of which the M1 also makes use, while the E1 makes do with "multi-color" lighting).

MSI Z270 Motherboards Automate Core i7-7700K Overclock to 5.20 GHz

The "Game Boost" overclock automation feature the UEFI setup program of MSI Z270 motherboards, apparently is successful in overclocking Core i7-7700K processors to 5.20 GHz with liquid CPU cooling. Most motherboard vendors include some degree of automated overclocking with their motherboards, which let overclocking novices squeeze a little bit of extra performance out of their CPU and memory without having to tinker with settings they know nothing about. These technologies use automated trial-and-error overclocking and stability testing over multiple reboots, to achieve a somewhat high overclock setting that takes system stability and temperatures into account.

The highest automated overclock setting of MSI "Game Boost" within its UEFI setup program of the company's Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium motherboard is having success in getting the CPU to run at 5.20 GHz. The program presents the user with 11 grades of overclock. At its highest grade, the program pushes the CPU all the way to 5.20 GHz, with 52x 100 MHz multiplier/base-clock setting, a vCore voltage of 1.507V, vDIMM of 1.2V, and disabled C-states. Keeping this overclock stable, however, took AIO liquid CPU cooling.

Source: LegitReviews
Saturday, January 14th 2017

Presenting the New TechPowerUp iOS App

TechPowerUp today announced its new app for iOS devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. Developed masterfully by Mugur Moscaliuc, the app gets you all of our content at your fingertips, with a clean, streamlined user interface that's highly responsive. The app presents our reviews and news in a format that's best suited for small screens. It also gets you a fully functional version of TechPowerUp Forums, our rich and vibrant community of PC enthusiasts.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp App (App Store)
Friday, January 13th 2017

Today's Reviews

Cooling
Desktop PC
Graphics Cards
Keyboards
Memory
Motherboards
Mouse
Storage

CRYORIG A80

CRYORIG looks to improve their share of the all-in-one liquid cooler market by dominating the competition with the A80. Featuring their unique Hybrid Airflow Fan paired with a large 280 mm radiator, this interesting design might just turn a few heads.

Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake-based Systems Vulnerable to USB Exploit

At this year's CCC hacker congress, researchers from Positive Technologies have released information, which documents vulnerabilities in Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake series processors' handling of USB 3.0-based debugging - which could be used to attack, corrupt, and even subvert a user's system.

This vulnerability allows attackers to bypass typical security mechanisms - both at the hardware and at the OS level - by using a new debugging interface, which could allow them to install malware and/or rewrite the system's firmware and BIOS. The exploit is currently undetectable using existing security tools, and according to the researchers, this mechanism can be used on a hacked system regardless of the OS installed.

BIOSTAR Announces Line-up of Z270 Motherboards

BIOSTAR is proud to announce the full line-up for the new 2nd-generation RACING series motherboards featuring support for Intel's 7th-generation Core processors. Following the announcement last week of the flagship RACING Z270GT9, today BIOSTAR proudly announces the different level products of the new RACING series family with the introduction of the RACING Z270GT8, RACING Z270GT6 and RACING Z270GT4 motherboards featuring the latest technology from BIOSTAR inspired by the quest for the best in gaming features. The 2nd-gen RACING series Z270 motherboard lineup brings a new level of gaming experience and performance-oriented motherboards to gamers and enthusiasts.
Thursday, January 12th 2017

Today's Reviews

Gaming PC
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Motherboards
Mouse
Networking
Notebooks
PSUs
SSD
Storage

Ozone Announces the Neon M50 Gaming Mouse

The international gaming manufacturer today announced the launch of a new optical pro gaming mouse that combines precision, a high-resolution Pixart sensor, superior control in any crucial moment while in-game and style, as it allows buttons and lighting customization. The latest member to the new generation of Neon series, M50 is crafted to withstand the competitive demands of gamers.

Ozone's expertise in eSports is proved once again providing a pro gaming mouse that meets the high demands of esports athletes and enthusiast gamers today. " We are well known for our continual support to pro gamers and eSport organizations and we are constantly learning from them. We know what they need, and what challenges they hav e to face in every single tournament ", comments Rojo Galvín, Ozone's General Brand Manager.
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