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Friday, September 23rd 2016

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Global PCle SSD Market to Grow 33.24% by 2020

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global PCle SSD Market 2016-2020" report to their offering. The report forecast the global peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) SSD market to grow at a CAGR of 33.24% during the period 2016-2020. The report has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

According to the report, need for managed service data centers will be a key driver for market growth. It is advantageous for an enterprise to operate a colocation facility rather than to build a data center. Data center colocation allows enterprises to rent computing storage, servers, and network. It enables minimal utilization of power and bandwidth and enhances the security of enterprise IT equipment.
Thursday, September 22nd 2016

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SanDisk Announces the World's First 1TB SDXC Card

Western Digital Corporation, a global storage technology and solutions leader, today unveiled its SanDisk 1TB terabyte (TB) SDXC card prototype at the world's leading trade fair for photo and video professionals. With increasing demand for high resolution content, such as 4K and 8K, the company continues to push the boundaries of technology with solutions that support the exponential growth of data-intensive production demands.

"Showcasing the most advanced imaging technologies is truly exciting for us," said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product management, Content Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. "Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD card and today we are enabling capacities of 1TB. Over the years our goal has remained the same; continue to innovate and set the pace for the imaging industry. The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates."

In Win Intros the Classic Series 80 Plus Platinum PSUs

In Win today released its Classic series premium power-supplies. Available in two variants, the C-750W and the C-900W, these PSUs feature fully modular cabling. Both units offer an identical power connector loadout, with four 6+2 pin PCIe, one 4+4 pin EPS, the 24-pin ATX, nine SATA-power, six Molex, and two Berg. Under the hood, the In Win Classic series PSUs feature single +12V rail design, with 80 Plus Platinum switching efficiency, a suite of electrical protection mechanisms, active-PFC, and support for ATX v2.4/EPS2.92 standards. The units are cooled by 120 mm temperature-activated fans. The In Win C-750W is priced at 169.90€, while the C-900W goes for 194.90€ (including taxes). Both models are backed by 7-year warranties.

Thermaltake Announces the Pacific V-GTX 10 Series Water Block

Thermaltake together with its premium water cooling partner ASUS is proud to introduce the latest Pacific V-GTX 10 Series Transparent water block, crafted exclusively for the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080/1070 Gaming Graphic Card. The Pacific V-GTX 10 Series, specially designed for virtual reality (VR) gaming system, has complied with the highest "Tt LCS Certified" standard that guarantees the best performance, compatibility and features. The CNC machined copper base can avoid corrosion. Moreover, the aluminum alloy made backplate is used to prevent twist and bow on the PCB. Most importantly, the Pacific V-GTX 10 Series features a 0.5mm internal fin construction with a high-flow water block that allows coolant to flow directly over all critical areas, eventually delivering the ultimate cooling performance.

"We always seek for a chance to build a stronger relationship with our consumers and in turn better understand their needs. From CES 2016 to COMPUTEX 2016, we saw how virtual reality changed gaming, and how this technology created a truly immersive gaming experience for people. We also found how important the liquid-cooling solution is in this market trend. ASUS is one of the most realizable brands in gaming, so it is our great honor to collaborate with them. Together we not only can provide gamers around the world with an unbeatable 4K gaming experience, but can also create a greater e-Sports community," announced Kenny Lin, President and CEO of Thermaltake.
Wednesday, September 21st 2016

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Microsoft Entering Agreements with Laptop Makers to Block Linux

Digital freedom activists are up in arms over a discovery by Lenovo Yoga 900S and Yoga 710S users that you simply can't replace the pre-installed Windows 10 Signature Edition operating system with one of your choice, such as Linux. Redditor BaronHK tried installing Linux on their notebooks and couldn't, so a support ticket was raised with Lenovo to guide them to install Linux. Lenovo responded that the notebook features Windows 10 Signature Edition, and that "it has been locked as per Lenovo's agreement with Microsoft."

On the Yoga 900S and 710S, Lenovo deployed a proprietary soft-RAID setup that cannot be recognized by Linux installers. You can't even change the SATA controller mode in the BIOS setup program. Even Windows installations don't succeed without special F6_install drivers by Lenovo, and the company only provides drivers for Windows. Lenovo cannot argue that its hardware specifically requires Windows, because Live images of Linux, (such as Ubuntu) function just fine on these notebooks. It's just that you can't make your Live session permanent by installing Ubuntu on the device. Lenovo has since gone into full damage control and denial. It removed the thread from its support forums (view a cached copy), and even changed its explanation from "we blatantly admitted to anti-competitive practices that could cost us a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit" to "we simply don't have drivers for our deliberately unusual RAID setup."

Source: The Next Web

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2

AMD Wednesday released the latest version of Radeon Software Crimson Edition. Version 16.9.2 (beta). These drivers come with day-one optimization for "Forza Horizon 3," the latest addition to Microsoft's smash-hit race sim. The drivers also lack the AMD Gaming app by Raptr, the app that started out at AMD's equivalent to NVIDIA GeForce Experience. This move shaves the installer size by about 35 MB.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2 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

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 372.90 WHQL Game Ready Driver

NVIDIA released its latest GeForce "Game Ready" drivers. Version 372.90 WHQL drivers come game-ready for "Forza Horizon 3." This includes optimization, and GeForce Experience optimal settings. The game releases, at least to owners of the "Ultimate Edition" variant, tomorrow, on 21/09. The drivers also includes GeForce Experience 3.0, NVIDIA's game settings optimization app, which features a revamped user-interface. Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 372.90 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit

Scythe Announces the Byakko CPU Cooler

Japanese cooling expert Scythe announces a new addition to the tower-design CPU cooler line-up. Scythe Byakko is a compact cooling solution with a total height of mere 130 millimeters, which fits in virtually every PC case. Great compatibility is assured thanks to the asymmetric alignment of the base-plate and the heatsink. Byakko is equipped with Scythes Slip Stream 92 PWM fan, offering a wide speed range for different purposes. User friendly and fast mounting of Byakko on both Intel and AMD Sockets is accomplished thanks to the supplied mounting clips.

Scythe Byakko was designed with the aim to fit into most PC cases on the market and to offer maximum compatibility to tall memory modules as well as VRM heatsinks. All this is possible thanks to the compact dimensions of 102 x 130 x 84 mm (W x H x D) and the new asymmetric design of the heatsink. Three high-quality copper heatpipes with 6 millimeter diameter are connecting the solid copper base-plate and the aluminum fins-stack heatsink. Both the copper-heatpipes and the copper-baseplate are nickel-plated in the final process, in order to avoid corrosion and to improve the quality.

Shuttle Announces the XPC Nano NC02U SFF Desktop

Shuttle Computer Group, Inc., one of the world's leading designers of small form factor computers, today announced the upgrade to its XPC Nano line of barebone computers. The XPC NC02U Ultra Small Form Factor Series supports the latest Skylake-U platform technology. It has a new elegant, space saving design and can attach directly to a monitor with a standard VESA mount, for an uncluttered workspace or all-in-one commercial application.

"Like all of Shuttle's computers, the new NC02U can be custom configured, which sets us apart from many other computer manufacturers with competing products," said Marty Lash, director sales and marketing, Shuttle Computer Group. "And the ultra-small form factor design makes it perfect for integrators who work in digital signage, kiosks, POS, and the SOHO and SMB markets."

Toshiba Expands 24nm SLC NAND Flash Lineup to Address Industrial Applications

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) has expanded its family of 24nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory solutions. The new 16 gigabit (Gb) BENAND is housed in an industry-standard 48-pin TSOP package, and offers a combination of high read/write performance, effective write endurance (using 8-bit BCH error correction code), and extended temperature operation. This makes it suitable for a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications.

The new addition rounds out Toshiba's broad SLC product lineup, allowing designers to take advantage of the price/performance of advanced 24nm NAND flash SLC technology at densities from 1Gb to 128Gb. Based on a 4x4Gb die, 16Gb BENAND operates from a power supply of 2.7V to 3.3V with a temperature range of -40°C to 85°C. Many industrial applications have a long life expectancy. Toshiba designed BENAND with this in mind. With the ability to replace older generations of discrete SLC NAND, BENAND extends the product life of everything from telecom applications and LCD TVs to robots and printers - while also potentially reducing BOM costs.

Samsung Announces the 960 Pro and 960 EVO Series M.2 NVMe SSDs

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a worldwide leader in advanced memory solutions for more than two decades, today unveiled the Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO, its newest solid state drives (SSDs). The V-NAND based, M.2 form factor SSDs were built on the company's category-defining Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD leadership. With powerful performance, endurance and capacity topped with all new and more robust Samsung Magician software package, Samsung continues to accelerate the NVMe era.

Packed with more technology and innovation than ever, the 960 PRO and 960 EVO are designed for users who seek smaller and faster storage solutions that deliver higher bandwidth and lower latency for processing massive amounts of data for everything from gaming and large file transfers to 4K video rendering, data analytics and more on their ultra-thin notebooks and PCs.

Lexar Announces 256GB High-Performance 633x microSDXC UHS-I (U3) Card

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the new 256GB capacity Lexar High-Performance 633x microSDXC UHS-I (U3) memory card. Designed for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones, the 633x microSDXC UHS-I card has read transfer speeds up to 95MB per second and can capture more than 36 hours of HD video; 67,600 photos; or 58,100 songs. The 256GB capacity card is currently on display at Photokina 2016.

"We've seen the storage demands of our customers grow by leaps and bounds, especially with the massive popularity of 4K video-so we designed this 633x high-capacity microSD card to meet that need," said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. "In today's world, whether you're shooting 4K action footage with a sports camcorder or downloading your entire music library onto your smartphone, the storage space and speed provided by the 256GB Lexar microSDXC card will prove invaluable."

Lexar Expands Suite of Mobile Storage Products with C20c and C20m JumpDrives

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced two high-performance storage solutions to easily transfer and share content between devices with USB Type-C or micro-USB port. The Lexar JumpDrive C20c USB Type-C flash drive (USB-C) and JumpDrive C20m micro-USB flash drive are the newest products to join the premium suite of C-series mobile products, including the Lexar JumpDrive C20i flash drive. The new JumpDrive products are being launched at Photokina 2016.

"Today's users are capturing and storing immense amounts of high-quality content on their devices every day," said Yeon Kim, product marketing manager, Lexar. "Both the Lexar JumpDrive C20m and Lexar JumpDrive C20c provide users with an easy way to transfer, share, and offload content on the go."

Lexar Announces New microSD Readers with USB Type-C and micro-USB Connections

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced two new microSD readers: the Lexar C1 microSD Reader and the Lexar M1 microSD Reader. On display at Photokina 2016, the new C1 and M1 microSD Readers allow users to easily offload content from their sports camcorder or aerial camera to their devices.

The Lexar C1 microSD Reader is a small, compact reader designed for devices with a USB Type-C (USB-C) connector port, enabling users to freely transfer, view, and play back photos and videos on their smartphone or tablet. The Lexar M1 microSD Reader is equal in size and portability, but is designed for devices with a micro-USB port, such as Android smartphones and tablets.
Tuesday, September 20th 2016

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Mionix Announces the Naos QG Gaming Mouse

Mionix today announced the launch of the Naos QG (Quantified Gaming) mouse. The mouse lets users monitor and share their body reaction in real time. Mionix new gaming mouse is developed in collaboration with Kickstarter and the Twitch streaming community. The Mionix QG mouse measures the user's biometric information and movement data via integrated sensors and visualizes the captured data through an in-game overlay.

Coming in a unique grey color, with open APIs and the cutting edge PMW-3360 sensor the Naos QG will be presented from 30th Sep - 2nd Oct at TwitchCon, San Diego, California.

AMD Gives Away "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided" with Select AMD FX Processors

AMD is giving away game codes to "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided," with select AMD FX desktop processors. Game-codes will be included with the AMD FX-8370 with Wraith, FX-8370 (standard), FX-8350 with Wraith, FX-8350 Black Edition, FX-8320E, FX-8320, FX-8300, FX-6350 with Wraith, FX-6350, and FX-6300. With the game code to a recently launched AAA game title added, you can imagine just how the value-proposition of parts such as the $99 FX-6300 is enhanced. The giveaway is limited to select retailers, AMD will update us on more participating retailers shortly. Newegg is handling the promotion in the US.

NVIDIA Announces Gears of War 4 Bundle with Select GeForce GTX GPUs

NVIDIA today announced that it is bundling "Gears of War 4" with GeForce GTX 1080, and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards, and notebooks powered by mobile variants of the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. What's more, the game will be given away as an Xbox Anywhere digital entitlement, so you can enjoy not just its PC version with eye-candy maxed out, but also its Xbox One version in your living room.

Microsoft recommends GeForce GTX 1080 as the "ideal" solution for "Gears of War 4" at 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution. It also finds that a GeForce GTX 1060 should have the muscle for running the game at WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels). A GeForce GTX 750 Ti should handle 1080p. NVIDIA also set up this page, which helps you locate which retailer in your country is running the promotion.

AMD Vega 10, Vega 20, and Vega 11 GPUs Detailed

AMD CTO, speaking at an investors event organized by Deutsche Bank, recently announced that the company's next-generation "Vega" GPUs, its first high-end parts in close to two years, will be launched in the first half of 2017. AMD is said to have made significant performance/Watt refinements with Vega, over its current "Polaris" architecture. VideoCardz posted probable specs of three parts based on the architecture.

AMD will begin the "Vega" architecture lineup with the Vega 10, an upper-performance segment part designed to disrupt NVIDIA's high-end lineup, with a performance positioning somewhere between the GP104 and GP102. This chip is expected to be endowed with 4,096 stream processors, with up to 24 TFLOP/s 16-bit (half-precision) floating point performance. It will feature 8-16 GB of HBM2 memory with up to 512 GB/s memory bandwidth. AMD is looking at typical board power (TBP) ratings around 225W.

HP Socket AM4 A320 Chipset OEM Motherboard Pictured

Here is perhaps the first picture of a socket AM4 motherboard up close. The HP "Willow" is a micro-ATX motherboard custom-designed by the company to deploy on several of its upcoming desktop PC models, offered initially with AMD A-series "Bristol Ridge" socket AM4 APUs. Since this is custom-built for desktops that will probably be sold under $500, the board is built to a cost. The board features AMD A320 chipset.

The picture reveals socket AM4 to have extremely fine pins, and feature a square bolt-type cooler retention mechanism similar to that of contemporary Intel sockets. It does away with the rectangular layout. The advantage of a square layout is that it allows you to orient your cooler in any direction. Since the core-logic is moved to the APU/CPU package, the remaining rump of what AMD refers to as "chipset," is just a PCIe multi-function chip that puts out additional SATA and USB ports. With its TDP under 5W, this chip can make do without a heatsink. Other noteworthy features include two DDR4 DIMM slots, a PCIe gen 3.0 x16 slot, a short M.2 slot, a couple of SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and basic connectivity.

OWC Introduces Drive Dock with USB 3.1 Gen 1

OWC, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, today introduced a new version of the Drive Dock with USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity. The new Drive Dock offers exceptional performance with speeds up to 434 MB/s, two drive bays (each supporting 2.5 or 3.5-inch drives) and an internal auto-switching power supply for use around the globe, all in an elegant design featuring a silver aluminum enclosure and a matte black top. For anyone with bare drives around the house or office, Drive Dock is the ideal solution for a quick and easy way to access their data, archive files, and perform backups.

"We've been thrilled with how our customers have responded to the OWC Drive Dock with Thunderbolt 2 technology. I've seen how it can transform professional workflows, and it has driven us to make sure that as many people as possible can experience the same benefit," said Larry O'Connor, Founder and CEO of OWC. "I am pleased to introduce the new Drive Dock with USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity, giving our customers exceptional performance at a price that is accessible to everyone."

EVGA Announces the SuperNOVA G2L Series Power Supplies

The unbeatable performance of the EVGA SuperNOVA G2 power supply line is now available with LED lighting in the new G2L versions. These units feature 80 Plus Gold rate efficiency, and clean continuous power to every component. The ECO Control Fan system offers fan modes to provide absolutely zero fan noise during low to medium load operations. Backed by an award winning 10 Year Warranty, and 100% Japanese capacitor design, the EVGA SuperNOVA 850/750 G2L power supplies offer unbeatable performance at an unbeatable value.
Monday, September 19th 2016

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HP Deliberately Cripples Third-party Inkjet Cartridges?

A legal storm is brewing for HP, one of the world's largest manufacturers of inkjet printers. Users around the world are adding to empirical evidence that HP programmed its printers to not play well with third-party ink cartridges. Apparently, HP Inkjet printers and PSCs (AIOs) are programmed to malfunction when a non-HP made ink cartridge is used, on an arbitrary date of 13/09.

The printers are programmed to recognize that a non-HP cartridge is installed, and tell the driver to report a "damaged cartridge" error to the end user. HP has been responding to individual support calls from end-users so far, that the problem is caused by using third-party cartridges. The company recently redacted this statement, replying that a firmware bug is causing this error. Users on online boards were quick to retort that printers with no Internet connection, and no scope for OTA firmware updates, too are exhibiting this behavior. The only explanation that make sense is that HP programmed this date to deliberately make third-party cartridges malfunction, and drive up sales of its own brand cartridges.

Source: MyCE

PNY Announces HP v236w USB Flash Drive

PNY Technologies (PNY) considered one of the worldwide leaders in consumer electronics market and flash memory products, has officially released the good-looking, slim and powerful HP v236w flash drive. The HP v236w gives you the storage, performance and power you need to store, back-up, transfer or share your favorite pictures, videos or music and to secure your private data.

It is ideal for students of all ages, traveling professionals and everyone who has a need to share a file or a photo with friends and colleagues. The HP v236w features a handy easy to grip cap-less USB connector. With simple plug-and-play function, users can effortlessly use the connector for easy one-handed operation.

AMD "ZEN" Mobile Chips En Route Q2-2017 Launch

AMD will follow up its Q1-2017 launch of socket AM4 desktop processors and APUs based on the "ZEN" microarchitecture, with single-chip mobile processors and APUs in the following quarter, according to an Expreview report. These solutions could take advantage of the fact that "ZEN" CPUs and APUs completely integrate platform core-logic (chipsets), even though on the desktop platform, AMD is launching the A320, B350, and X370 chipsets to expand connectivity given out by the SoCs.

With requirements for fewer M.2, SATA, and USB 3.0 ports on mobile platforms such as notebooks, designs that completely do away with the chipset should theoretically be possible, and the company could use this to score design wins. Intel currently offers CPU and PCH on single packages, as multi-chip modules (MCMs).

Source: Expreview

GPU Market to Surpass 67.61 Million by 2020

The global graphics processing unit (GPU) market 2016-2020 report says the increasing adoption of integrated GPUs over discrete GPUs is one of the major trends witnessed in the global GPU market. Currently, there is increasing adoption of integrated GPUs, which are used in notebooks, desktops, and workstations across the globe.

This increasing adoption is mainly attributed to the growing need of enhanced visual content by end-consumers. In addition, end-consumers are demanding high memory graphics in their systems. In order to meet such demands, graphic processor vendors are providing high graphics through integrated GPUs. Thus, the increasing adoption of integrated GPUs over discrete GPUs is one of major trends that is propelling the growth of the market. Complete report on graphics processing unit market spread across 58 pages, analyzing major companies and providing 30 data exhibits is now available here.
Saturday, September 17th 2016

PNY Announces the GeForce GTX 1080 XLR8 OC Graphics Card

PNY today announced its premium custom-design GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, the GTX 1080 XLR8 OC. The card combines an NVIDIA reference-design (Founders Edition) PCB with a custom-design air-cooling solution, to support factory-overclocked speeds of 1708 MHz core, 1848 MHz GPU Boost, against reference-design clocks of 1607 MHz core and 1733 MHz GPU Boost. The memory is left untouched at 10 GHz (GDDR5X-effective).

The cooling solution features a split aluminium fin-stack heatsink to which heat drawn directly from the GPU core is fed to two aluminium fin-stacks by 8 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes. The heatsink is ventilated by a trio of 80 mm fans, which stay off when the GPU is idling. The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4, and one each of HDMI 2.0b and dual-link DVI. Available now, the PNY GTX 1080 XLR8 OC is priced at US $ 659.99.
Friday, September 16th 2016

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Kingston HyperX Revolver Gears of War Gaming Headset Now Shipping

HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, announced it is shipping its official Xbox licensed gaming headset, CloudX Revolver Gears of War. Fans of Gears of War can show their pride as the headset features an exclusive battle-weathered design that complements the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle and Xbox One Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition Wireless Controller.

HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War headset is ideal for FPS and open-environment gameplay. It offers a studio-grade sound stage that lets gamers hear opponents from farther away and more accurately. HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War features a 3.5mm (4-pole) plug and 2M PC extension cable to go with the genuine leather headband and high-quality, award-winning HyperX memory foam for hours of gaming in ultimate comfort.

AMD Actively Promoting Vulkan Beyond GPUOpen

Vulkan, the new-generation cross-platform 3D graphics API governed by the people behind OpenGL, the Khronos Group, is gaining in relevance, with Google making it the primary 3D graphics API for Android. AMD said that it's actively promoting the API. Responding to a question by TechPowerUp in its recent Radeon Technology Group (RTG) first anniversary presser, its chief Raja Koduri agreed that the company is actively working with developers to add Vulkan to their productions, and optimize them for Radeon GPUs. This, we believe, could be due to one of many strategic reasons.

First, Vulkan works inherently better on AMD Graphics CoreNext GPU architecture because it's been largely derived from Mantle, a now defunct 3D graphics API by AMD that brings a lot of "close-to-metal" API features that make game consoles more performance-efficient, over to the PC ecosystem. The proof of this pudding is the AAA title and 2016 reboot of the iconic first-person shooter "Doom," in which Radeon GPUs get significant performance boosts switching from the default OpenGL renderer to Vulkan. These boosts aren't as pronounced on NVIDIA GPUs.

Raidmax Readies the SIGMA Mid-tower Chassis

Raidmax is working on the SIGMA mid-tower chassis. The case features a unique horizontally-compartmentalized interior design that sets it apart from the scores of similar case designs. The horizontal partition, instead of running the entire length of the case, stops short of the front panel by a few centimeters. This frees up room for a large 360 mm x 120 mm radiator along the front-panel, including fans attached to its inner side.

The case features a brushed aluminium front-panel with four perforated steel polygonal intakes. The case provides room for 2.5-inch drive bays along the motherboard tray, and two 3.5-inch bays under the bottom compartment. Besides the three 120 mm front intakes, you get two 120 mm top exhausts, and a 120 mm rear exhaust. A tempered-glass side panel is thumb-screwed to the side. Front-panel connectivity include USB 3.0 ports (standard header) and HDA audio jacks. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.

Rivet Networks Announces Killer E2500 Ethernet Controller

Rivet Networks Thursday announced its latest gigabit Ethernet controller, the Killer E2500. The E2500 is characterized by advanced QoS features, such as the proprietary ASD 2.0 (advanced stream detect). ASD 2.0 is a feature with which the NIC driver shapes traffic specific to applications. It senses which kind of applications deserve priority over the others. The driver also provides optimization for the top-500 websites on the Internet, by squeezing out the best page-load performance at the web-browser level. The PHY itself offers checksum offload, interrupt moderation, frame-spacing, and large-send offload.

Another major change on the software-side is the new Killer Control center, which gives you manual control over network performance specific to not just games and apps, but also specific websites. The company's asymmetric teaming tech DoubleShot Pro also received an update, giving you control over which app/traffic you want to send through which pipe. The company claims that it has already scored design wins for the chip with motherboard makers ASRock, MSI, Gigabyte; and notebook design wins with Dell-Alienware, Dell-XPS, Lenovo, Clevo, Acer, and Razer.

Source: HotHardware

Logitech Acquires Saitek, to Make a Big VR Move

Peripherals major Logitech announced that it has acquired gaming peripherals maker Saitek from MadCatz. Logitech paid MadCatz USD $13 million in cash for the acquisition. Ujesh Desai, head of Logitech's gaming peripherals brand Logitech G, said that the acquisition should augment the kind of gaming peripherals Saitek specializes in - joysticks for flight-simulators, and customized racing wheels for motorsport sims.

Desai also hinted that Logitech G could make a big move in the VR gaming space, not necessarily with HMDs, but with other related input devices. Over the past few years, Saitek's product line has been increasingly game title-specific, by tapping into specific markets (eg: the Flight Simulator community). Logitech G, on the other hand, makes gaming input devices for the masses. Logitech could tap into Saitek to create input devices for VR games that are highly game-specific.
Thursday, September 15th 2016

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announces its 7 nm FinFET Technology

GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced plans to deliver a new leading-edge 7nm FinFET semiconductor technology that will offer the ultimate in performance for the next era of computing applications. This technology provides more processing power for data centers, networking, premium mobile processors, and deep learning applications.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES' new 7nm FinFET technology is expected to deliver more than twice the logic density and a 30 percent performance boost compared to today's 16/14nm foundry FinFET offerings. The platform is based on an industry-standard FinFET transistor architecture and optical lithography, with EUV compatibility at key levels. This approach will accelerate the production ramp through significant re-use of tools and processes from the company's 14nm FinFET technology, which is currently in volume production at its Fab 8 campus in Saratoga County, N.Y. GLOBALFOUNDRIES plans to make an additional mutli-billion dollar investment in Fab 8 to enable development and production for 7nm FinFET.

"The industry is converging on 7nm FinFET as the next long-lived node, which represents a unique opportunity for GLOBALFOUNDRIES to compete at the leading edge," said GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Sanjay Jha. "We are well positioned to deliver a differentiated 7nm FinFET technology by tapping our years of experience manufacturing high-performance chips, the talent and know-how of our former IBM Microelectronics colleagues and the world-class R&D pipeline from our research alliance. No other foundry can match this legacy of manufacturing high-performance chips."

8Pack Announces the Rocket Compact LAN PC

Aesthetically unparalleled. Uncompromised in performance. Most popularly known for pushing PCs past their limits and holding multiple records at the world's largest overclocking events, Ian "8Pack" Parry is no stranger when it comes to breaking the laws of what many PC enthusiasts would commonly consider to be the impossible.

Meet the 8Pack Rocket. Distinctly crafted, highly refined and equipped with nothing less than the best, 8Pack's latest beast isn't one that's happy being confined to the home. Designed for portability and travel, all-the-while packing the power; the 8Pack Rocket is an overclocked powerhouse for on-the-go performance that's perfect for LAN parties.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Specifications Leaked, Inbound for Holiday 2016?

NVIDIA is giving finishing touches to its next enthusiast-segment graphics card based on the "Pascal" architecture, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Its specifications were allegedly screengrabbed by a keen-eyed enthusiast snooping around NVIDIA website, before being redacted. The specs-sheet reveals that the GTX 1080 Ti is based on the same GP102 silicon as the TITAN X Pascal, but is further cut-down from it. Given that the GTX 1080 is unflinching from its $599-$699 price-point, with some custom-design cards even being sold at over $800, the GTX 1080 Ti could either be positioned around the $850-mark, or be priced lower, disrupting currently overpriced custom GTX 1080 offerings. By pricing the TITAN X Pascal at $1200, NVIDIA appears to have given itself headroom to price the GTX 1080 Ti in a way that doesn't cannibalize premium GTX 1080 offerings.

The GTX 1080 Ti is carved out of the GP102 silicon by disabling 4 out of 30 streaming multiprocessors, resulting in 3,328 CUDA cores. The resulting TMU count is 208. The card could retain its ROP count of 96. The card will be endowed with 12 GB of GDDR5 memory across the chip's 384-bit wide memory interface, instead of GDDR5X on the TITAN X Pascal. This should yield 384 GB/s of memory bandwidth, significantly lesser than the 480 GB/s bandwidth the TITAN X Pascal enjoys, with its 10 Gbps memory chips. The GPU is clocked at 1503 MHz, with 1623 MHz GPU Boost. The card's TDP is rated at 250W, same as the TITAN X Pascal.

ZOTAC Announces the Cozee IoT Gateway

ZOTAC International, a global manufacturer of innovation, is pleased to introduce Cozee, a Smart Home line dedicated to helping users live smarter, and improve quality of life with ease of use. "We want to deliver a unique experience beyond computing to our customers," says Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. "More and more hardware are connected to a home or workplace network. Accessibility and ease-of-use are the main factors that will influence the adoption of smart home technology. We want Cozee to be the bridge connecting people to their home and more."

The Cozee Smart Home family includes a Mini Gateway, Multi-Sensor and Smart Plug. These devices are all connected via the dedicated Cozee Smart Home app, available on both Android and iOS. The devices are designed for a wide range of applications, including remote access, connecting home electronics or appliances, to monitoring and quantifying home comfort level.

Intel "Coffee Lake" Architecture by Q2-2018, 7 nm Process By 2022?

Intel's silicon fabrication has evidently hit a huge roadblock. It turns out that not just "Kaby Lake," but its two successors "Cannon Lake" and "Coffee Lake" could also be built on the 14 nm node, at best with a few process-level improvements. "Coffee Lake" is the company's 9th generation Core architecture, which is two steps ahead of even the "Kaby Lake" architecture, which is due later this year. "Kaby Lake" makes its way to the 45W mobile (H-segment) and 15W mobile (U-segment), in Q4-2016 and Q3-2016, respectively. The 15W U-segment will be augmented by "Cannon Lake" (8th generation Core) in Q4-2017. By mid-2018, Intel plans to launch "Coffee Lake" across both H- and U-segments.

According to a "Hot Hardware" report, based on a job listing for a systems engineer at the company, Intel could be staring at the scary prospect of holding out on 14 nm for the next three years, only to be relieved by the stopgap 10 nm node, which makes its debut with the 10th generation Core "Tiger Lake" architecture, due for 2019. "Tiger Lake," its succeeding "Ice Lake," and one other architecture could be launched on 10 nm, before finally deploying 7 nm around 2022.
Sources: HotHardware, AnandTech Forums

LG Unveils the 24UD58-B 24-inch Ultra HD Monitor

LG Electronics unveiled the 24UD58-B, its entry-level 24-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor, which could be priced around the $300 mark. Its specifications are anything but "entry-level," with an IPS panel that puts out 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) at 60 Hz, with 10-bit color support (1.07 billion colors), active blue light reduction, 5 ms response time, 250 cd/m² maximum brightness, 178°/178° viewing angles, and dynamic mega-contrast ratio. On the input side of things, the monitor supports AMD FreeSync technology, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.2a.

Rosewill Intros the Gram Mid-tower Chassis

Rosewill today introduced the Gram ATX mid-tower chassis. Built in the contemporary horizontally partitioned layout, the case serves up room for a standard ATX motherboard, graphics cards up to 260 mm in length, and CPU coolers up to 160 mm in height. Storage areas include one 5.25-inch drive bay, two 2.5-inch drive bays along the motherboard tray, and two 3.5-inch bays in the lower (PSU) compartment.

Cooling features include two 140 mm front intakes, two 140 mm top exhausts, and a rear 120 mm exhaust. A blue LED-lit 120 mm front intake fan, and a black 120 mm rear exhaust fan come included. Measuring 454.9 mm x 210 mm x 465 mm (LxWxH), the case weighs about 6.3 kg, and is made of SECC steel. Its side panel features a clear acrylic window. Front panel connectivity includes two USB 3.0 front-panel ports, and HDA jacks. The company didn't release pricing or availability information.
Wednesday, September 14th 2016

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NEC Announces the MultiSync EA245WMi Display

NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, today announced the MultiSync EA245WMi display, capable of simplifying multiple-monitor configurations with an improved, sleek cabinet and 3-sided ultra-narrow bezel design. The new 24-inch widescreen model features IPS panel technology, LED backlighting with wide viewing angles (178° horizontal/vertical), and 3 ultra-narrow bezels, each less than 1 mm thick, in order to create desktop configurations with little distraction so users in corporate, command and control, and financial industries can focus on their work.

Designed for multiple-monitor configurations, NEC's exclusive ControlSync technology allows users to automatically control settings on up to six displays from one primary monitor using the included ControlSync cable. Additionally, the DisplayPort 1.2 daisy chain capability allows for connectivity of up to four monitors through one DisplayPort 1.2 input, simplifying cable connections.

MSI Announces the GeForce GTX 1080 30th Anniversary Edition

MSI is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a leading manufacturer of innovative PC hardware. During the past 30 years, MSI has earned a reputation for providing products featuring cutting edge technology and striving to create and use only the best quality components. To celebrate this milestone, MSI has created an exclusive limited edition graphics card, combining the excellence of MSI GAMING graphics cards with a unique custom designed EK waterblock for this anniversary edition.

At the heart of this exclusive card is NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 GPU to provide all the power you need at up to 4K resolution gaming. The card comes fully assembled in a closed loop liquid cooling configuration that is covered by warranty and maintenance-free. Enclosed in the exquisite and sturdy wooden box is a small gift which is perfect for enjoying the latest epic games in full comfort.

AMD to Bundle "Battlefield 1" Upgrade Code with Radeon RX 480 Graphics Cards

AMD is preparing a "Battlefield 1" promotion for its Radeon RX 480 graphics cards. Starting today, RX 480 purchases in select markets are eligible to receive Origin codes that upgrade your "Battlefield 1" Standard Edition purchase to the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition. As an Early Enlister, you get to play the game a few days ahead of the October 21 launch. The way this code works is that you add BF1 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition to card in the Origin store, and enter the code as a "promo code" during checkout. Its final price is reduced to that of the Standard Edition. If redeemed after launch, you get the Digital Deluxe Edition at the price of the Standard Edition.

Source: AMD

Sharkoon Announces the Skiller SGM1 RGB Gaming Mouse

Sharkoon expands their lineup of the new Skiller series and introduces an optical gaming mouse: The Sharkoon SKILLER SGM1 Gaming Mouse, with an optical PixArt PMW3336 sensor with up to 10,800 DPI. Five quickly accessible macro buttons provide decisive advantages for demanding gamers, who appreciate the benefits of comprehensive programming.

The SGM1 offers, in addition to its stylish ergonomic design, a seven-step weight tuning system. Using the six weights, each weighing four grams apiece, the weight of the mouse adjusts in seven increments between 106 to 130 grams. No tools are required; the spring-loaded locking mechanism on the bottom allows easy access to the weight tuning system tray. Durable Omron switches in the left and right mouse buttons promise stability, even during continuous use. The maximum polling rate is 1,000 Hz; lift-off distance is 2 mm. The optical aspects were also well thought-out, the RGB illumination of the mouse wheel and SKILLER logo are fully customizable. The SGM1 connects via a textile braided cable in a black-blue design with gold-plated connector, which offers sufficient room with 180 cm.

CryEngine to Support Vulkan This November, DX12 Multi-GPU Next February

Game developer CryTek is planning to implement Vulkan API support for its in-house game-engine, CryEngine. To be released in November 2016 as CryEngine 5.3, CryTek will implement Vulkan across platforms, including PC (Windows desktop/notebook), and mobile (smartphones, tablets). The decision to implement Vulkan could have been fueled by Google's decision to make Vulkan the primary 3D graphics API of Android.

CryTek will also expand its support for DirectX 12, which it implemented in March 2016. With CryEngine 5.4, scheduled to be released in February 2017, along the sidelines of the Game Developers Conference (GDC), CryTek is introducing support for DirectX 12 native multi-GPU; deferred shading in sandboxed viewports, and multi-threaded rendering in sandbox.


Source: OC3D

NZXT Announces the Aer Series RGB LED Fans

NZXT announced the Aer line of 120 mm and 140 mm case fans with RGB LED lighting along the fan frames. The fans are characterized by non-circular inlets, housing a multi-color RGB LED array with 8 diodes. Interestingly, the impellers are opaque, matte-black. The LED colors, and lighting programs can be controlled using the NZXT CAM software, and through the NZXT Hue+ fan-controllers. The fans themselves are driven by 4-pin (PWM) power input, with a wide RPM range. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.

Source: OC3D
Tuesday, September 13th 2016

New California Energy Commission Regulation Threatens Pre-built Gaming Desktops

California Energy Commission (CEC), the body tasked with keeping the US state of California both energy-rich and energy-efficient, is preparing a new series of regulations aimed at reducing power-draw of computers and the overall consumption of PC monitors. These regulations could have a profound effect on the PC industry at large, as California-based tech companies create industry standards. The regulations could come into force at various stages, between 2017 and 2021.

The CEC is said to have conducted wide-ranging consultations with stakeholders in the industry, to formulate regulations that make certain kinds of computers energy-efficient, while not creating the kind of regulation that prevent certain other kind of computers from being sold altogether (eg: gaming desktops and workstations). For example, it's realistic to sell a desktop PC for Internet and office productivity apps that draws under 100W, but it's not realistic to make one for 4K Ultra HD gaming, or even industrial CAD. These kinds of computers will be governed by a separate set of rules, and as you'll find out, some of these rules are very arbitrary, and not very well thought out.

Cooler Master Announces the MasterCase 3 Pro Chassis

Cooler Master, a leading manufacturer of desktop components and peripherals, today announced the MasterCase Pro 3. This is the newest installment of the MasterCase series. The goal here was to create a case that gives users the same level of customization as the MasterCase 5 but for Micro-ATX builds.

"Based on our community research, we found that Micro-ATX motherboards are becoming increasingly popular. People using Micro-ATX motherboards also want a smaller case much of the time. Therefore, we decided to make the MasterCase Pro 3 smaller than the MasterCase 5 series," said Mark, Product Marketing lead for cases. "Being part of our MasterCase series, the Pro 3 is also modular thanks to our FreeFormTM system, allowing users to customize, adjust, and upgrade their case the way they want. Moreover, despite being a mini-tower, this case is able to handle large components like long PSUs, tall CPU coolers and long graphics cards. Users can finally enjoy powerful PC rigs without having to use an ATX case."

Toshiba OCZ Announces the VX500 Series Performance SSDs

Toshiba company OCZ today announced the new VX500 line of performance SSDs in the 2.5-inch form-factor, featuring SATA 6 Gb/s interface. The drives are based on a new-generation platform by OCZ's parent company Toshiba. The drives combine Toshiba TC358790 controller with 15 nm MLC NAND flash memory chips by Toshiba. The drives come in capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB, and offer price/GB comparable to TLC NAND flash-based drives; yet with performance comparable to high-end MLC NAND flash drives.

All four variants offer up to 550 MB/s sequential reads. The 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB variants offer up to 485 MB/s, 510 MB/s, 515 MB/s, and 515 MB/s of sequential writes, respectively. Random access performance is rated around 90,000 IOPS reads, with up to 65,000 IOPS writes. The 128 GB variant is priced at US $63.99, the 256 GB variant at $92.79, the 512 GB variant at $152.52, and the 1 TB variant at $337.06. The drives are backed by 5-year warranty. Acronis TrueImage disk cloning software comes included.
Read our review of the VX500 512GB here.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z v1.11.0 Released

TechPowerUp today released the latest version of TechPowerUp GPU-Z, the handy graphics subsystem information, monitoring, and diagnostic utility. Version 1.11.0 introduces a user-interface change. The app now displays the full set of Device IDs of your graphics card. This should prove particularly useful if you're claiming the $30 settlement by NVIDIA for the GTX 970 class-action lawsuit, letting you note down your GTX 970's entire set of device IDs. TechPowerUp GPU-Z 1.11.0 also adds support for BIOS extraction from GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards. Improvements were made to the system-tray notification icon creation code.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 1.11.0 | GPU-Z 1.11.0 ASUS ROG Themed

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AMD Readies X370 High-end Chipset for "Summit Ridge" Processors

AMD is readying three motherboard chipsets for its next-generation socket AM4 desktop platform. With its 7th generation A-series "Bristol Ridge" APUs, the company launched the A320 mainstream and B350 premium motherboard chipsets, while keeping a better-endowed high-end chipset under the wraps, which makes its debut with the ZEN "Summit Ridge" processors. It turns out that this chipset is the AMD X370. The X370 chipset will debut with the first ZEN "Summit Ridge" processors along the sidelines of the 2017 International CES, next January.

AMD "Summit Ridge" desktop processors, much like the 7th generation A-series APUs they share the platform with, are SoCs, in that the chips combine the entire platform core-logic along with the CPU and its relevant uncore components. AMD is still giving this platform a sort of chipset, which adds to the number of SATA, USB, and general-purpose PCI-Express connectivity that the processor gives out. The AMD X370 should feature more 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports, SATA 6 Gb/s ports, 32 Gb/s M.2 or U.2 ports, and general-purpose PCIe lanes than what the B350 offers. This chipset should drive motherboards that are ready for multi-GPU setups.


Source: Expreview

Samsung Readies SSD 960 EVO Based on New "Polaris" Controller

Samsung is giving finishing touches to a new line of PCI-Express solid-state drives (SSDs) that offer performance that matches or beats the current SSD 950 Pro series, at lower price-points, the 960 EVO. These drives leverage the company's 48-layer 3D-VNAND flash memory, and the new "Polaris" SSD controller by Samsung, to serve up performance that beats the 950 Pro. Samsung could transfer some of the cost-savings in using the inexpensive flash standard to the consumer, highlighted by the company's decision to brand these drives "EVO."

Tom's Hardware discovered that the Samsung PM961 drives are analogous to the 960 EVO, featuring identical components - the "Polaris" controller, and 48-layer TLC 3D-VNAND flash chips . These drives come in capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB, with sequential transfer rates of up to 3000 MB/s reads, with up to 1150 MB/s writes; up to 360,000 IOPS 4K random-read, and up to 280,000 IOPS 4K random-write. The 960 EVO will ship in M.2 NGFF-2280 and PCIe add-on card form-factors, with PCI-Express 3.0 x4 bus interfaces. The drives will support the NVMe protocol.

Source: Tom's Hardware
Monday, September 12th 2016

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NVIDIA Unveils Palm-Sized, Energy-Efficient AI Computer for Self-Driving Cars

NVIDIA today unveiled a palm-sized, energy-efficient artificial intelligence (AI) computer that automakers can use to power automated and autonomous vehicles for driving and mapping. The new single-processor configuration of the NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI computing platform for AutoCruise functions -- which include highway automated driving and HD mapping -- consumes just 10 watts of power and enables vehicles to use deep neural networks to process data from multiple cameras and sensors. It will be deployed by China's Baidu as the in-vehicle car computer for its self-driving cloud-to-car system.

DRIVE PX 2 enables automakers and their tier 1 suppliers to accelerate production of automated and autonomous vehicles. A car using the small form-factor DRIVE PX 2 for AutoCruise can understand in real time what is happening around it, precisely locate itself on an HD map and plan a safe path forward. "Bringing an AI computer to the car in a small, efficient form factor is the goal of many automakers," said Rob Csongor, vice president and general manager of Automotive at NVIDIA. "NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 in the car solves this challenge for our OEM and tier 1 partners, and complements our data center solution for mapping and training."

Razer Launches zVentures, Earmarks up to $30 Million for Startups and Tech

Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the establishment of zVentures, a dedicated arm of Razer Inc. that will identify and exploit investment and funding opportunities with innovative new businesses and emerging technologies. The premise behind Razer's new initiative is rooted in its belief that financial returns should be balanced against the objectives of innovation and strategic progress. To that end, zVentures will specifically focus on start-ups and emerging companies that will have a role to play in the expansion of Razer's product platform.

Additionally, other business units and functions within the wider Razer ecosystem will look to zVentures as an embedded partner for business development, as a source of inspiration for new product advents, and as a prism through which to attract new talent into developing areas of business. "Razer has a long history of supporting partners, third-party product and business development," says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. "The cumulative benefit of those initiatives over the past decade has been very positive and significant. zVentures promises to take the sensibilities of our ventures work forward with far greater reach and impact."

ENERMAX Launches the D.F.VEGAS Series with Self-cleaning Function

ENERMAX announces the extension of the D.F. series by adding two LED fans, D.F.VEGAS and D.F.VEGAS DUO. The D.F.VEGAS is a single blue color LED fan; the D.F.VEGAS DUO comes with 2-color LED (red and green). Both D.F. LED fans featuring the latest Dust Free Rotation technology can provide not only incredible lighting effects but also self-cleaning solution.

The innovative DFR technology makes the fan to spin in reverse at the highest RPM set by the user for 10 seconds upon startup before it resumes to the normal operation. The DFR technology offers a smart self-cleaning solution to prolong the product lifetime and reduces the dust on radiator that gradually build-up throughout the time.

NVIDIA GTX 970 Memory Class-action Claims Now Open

As a follow-up to the late-June 2016 decision by NVIDIA to enter a settlement with owners of GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards over the 2015 class-action lawsuit over falsely advertised memory amount, a website ominously named gtx970settlement.com sprung up by the law firms representing the class. This website connects legitimate owners of the GeForce GTX 970 graphics card to the class, and enables them to claim the USD $30 in damages NVIDIA agreed to pay each member of the class. You have to be a resident of the United States to enter the class, because the court adjudicating the class-action lawsuit only has jurisdiction over the US.

HP Acquires Samsung's MFP Business

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), the world leader in printing, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.'s (KSE: 005930) printer business in a deal valued at $1.05 billion. The acquisition positions HP to disrupt and reinvent the $55 billion copier industry, a segment that hasn't innovated in decades. Copiers are outdated, complicated machines with dozens of replaceable parts requiring inefficient service and maintenance agreements. Customers are frequently frustrated with the number of visits needed to keep copier machines functioning. Today, HP is investing to disrupt this category by replacing copiers with superior multifunction printer (MFP) technology.

Samsung has built a formidable portfolio of A3 MFPs that deliver the performance of copiers with the power, simplicity, reliability and ease-of-use of printers and with as few as seven replaceable parts. Integrating the Samsung printer business' products, including their mobile-first and cloud-first user experience, with HP's next-generation PageWide technologies will create a breakthrough portfolio of printing solutions with the industry's best device, document, and data security.

BIOSTAR Announces the Racing Z170GTN Flagship Mini-ITX Motherboard

BIOSTAR is pleased to announce its latest and greatest motherboard to join the prestigious RACING series motherboard family with the unveiling of the BIOSTAR Z170GTN mini-ITX motherboard. Everything that makes the RACING series motherboards from BIOSTAR now comes in a tiny form factor giving you all the power you need without compromising size and space. Gamers who want unrestricted performance but want a compact machine for their entertainment and gaming needs, the BIOSTAR RACING Z170GTN delivers everything you need.

The BIOSTAR RACING Z170GTN allows full control of your system with support for unlocked 6th-generation Intel Core processors allowing you to fully maximize the capability of your system and increase performance. Support for memory speeds up to DDR4-3200 allows high-speed memory to compliment the overclocked system for improved responsiveness. The Intel Z170 chipset allows a full array of connectivity including rich USB3.0 connection and high-speed storage via built-in U.2 connector with up to 32Gbps bandwidth for next-generation storage allowing users to utilize the fastest storage platforms of today for super-fast access to data so games load faster so you can get to the action quicker.
Friday, September 9th 2016

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AMD GPUs See Lesser Performance Drop on "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided" DirectX 12

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the latest AAA title to support DirectX 12, with its developer Eidos deploying a DirectX 12 renderer weeks after its release, through a patch. Guru3D put the DirectX 12 version of the game through five GPU architectures, AMD "Polaris," GCN 1.1, GCN 1.2, NVIDIA "Pascal," and NVIDIA "Maxwell," through Radeon RX 480, Radeon R9 Fury X, Radeon R9 390X, GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1060, and GeForce GTX 980. The AMD GPUs were driven by RSCE 16.9.1 drivers, and NVIDIA by GeForce 372.70.

Looking at the graphs, switching from DirectX 11 to DirectX 12 mode, AMD GPUs not only don't lose frame-rates, but in some cases, even gain frame-rates. NVIDIA GPUs, on the other hand, significantly lose frame-rates. AMD GPUs tend to hold on to their frame-rates at 4K Ultra HD, marginally gain frame-rates at 2560 x 1440, and further gain frame-rates at 1080p. NVIDIA GPUs either barely hold on to their frame-rates, or significantly lose them. AMD has on multiple occasions claimed that its Graphics CoreNext architecture, combined with its purist approach to asynchronous compute make Radeon GPUs a better choice for DirectX 12 and Vulkan. Find more fascinating findings by Guru3D here.
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GlobalFoundries Announces its 12 nm FD-SOI Silicon Fabrication Node

GLOBALFOUNDRIES today unveiled a new 12nm FD-SOI semiconductor technology, extending its leadership position by offering the industry's first multi-node FD-SOI roadmap. Building on the success of its 22FDXTM offering, the company's next-generation 12FDXTM platform is designed to enable the intelligent systems of tomorrow across a range of applications, from mobile computing and 5G connectivity to artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.

As the world becomes more and more integrated through billions of connected devices, many emerging applications demand a new approach to semiconductor innovation. The chips that make these applications possible are evolving into mini-systems, with increased integration of intelligent components including wireless connectivity, non-volatile memory, and power management-all while driving ultra-low power consumption. GLOBALFOUNDRIES' new 12FDX technology is specifically architected to deliver these unprecedented levels of system integration, design flexibility, and power scaling.

IBASE Technology Announces the ASB200-909 IoT SBC

IBASE Technology Inc., a global leader in embedded computing and IoT solutions, today announces the release of ASB200-909, a new compact fanless system based on the IBASE IB909 3.5-inch SBC powered by a 5th Generation Intel Core i75650U or ir-5350U processor with 4GB DDR3L memory on board.

Designed for automotive and factory automation applications, the ASB200-909 comes with low power consumption and supports an optional 60W power adaptor, VESA mount bracket, as well as a 12V~24V DC wide-range power input terminal block on the rear of the system. Other external I/Os include four serial ports, two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, one DVI-I, two RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet connectors, a CFAST socket, HDD LED and power button. Having no fan for heat dissipation, the aluminum enclosure serves as a heat sink to protect the system from overheating and withstand demanding manufacturing environments.
Thursday, September 8th 2016

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HIS Unveils the Radeon RX 460 iCooler OC

HIS today unveiled the Radeon RX 460 iCooler OC graphics card. The custom-design card combines a custom-design PCB that draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector in addition to slot power, to support factory-overclocked speeds of 1090 MHz core, 1220 MHz boost, and 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. The card features 2 GB of memory across the chip's 128-bit wide memory interface. Keeping the chip cool is a simple fan-heatsink type cooling solution that's decorated with the company's "Roaring" cooler shroud. The card is priced at 119.90€ (incl. VAT).

AMD Rolls Out the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.1

AMD today rolled out the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.1 Beta drivers. The drivers add optimization for the DirectX 12 renderer of "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided," and adds an AMD CrossFire profile for the DirectX 11 renderer of "DOTA 2." The drivers also address flickering on certain 144 Hz displays, and some rare game crash bugs on "DOOM," "Total War: Warhammer," "DiRT Rally," and "GTA V." Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.1 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

Inno3D Announces the GeForce GTX 1080 iChill Black

Inno3D, a leading manufacturer of high-end hardware components and computer utilities, introduces its new flagship Inno3D GeForce GTX 1080 iChiLL BLACK. The iChiLL BLACK edition stands for an industry-leading Hybrid cooling solution that combines super-silent air-flow with ultimate water-cooling. Taking place at the absolute top-of-the-hill, the latest descendant of INNO3D's GeForce GTX 1080 high-end graphics card family, comes with 8GB GDDR5X at a bit-rate of 256bit and a core clock rate at 1759MHz. The DVI, DP and HDMI ports enables the gamer to connect with up to three screens for the ultimate gaming experience.

"We're aiming to satisfy the enthusiast gamer who has ridiculous demands and with our iChiLL BLACK edition they get the Brute among High-End Graphics Cards" states Stanley Wong, Managing Director at INNO3D. "The Hybrid cooling solution makes it possible to squeeze every single drop of performance out of the highest performing components. It not only results in an awesome performing product, it also runs at extremely low noise levels."

QNAP Unveils Dual-core NAS TS-251A and TS-451A

QNAP Systems, Inc. announced the release of the dual-core 2-bay TS-251A and the 4-bay TS-451A. These models feature a unique USB QuickAccess port to directly connect them to computers via USB 3.0, offering great plug-and-use convenience to access files stored on the NAS with up to 100 MB/s throughput. Coupled with NAS and iSCSI SAN features, it provides a complete storage solution for file backup, synchronization, and remote access. With two Gigabit LAN ports for delivering up to 211 MB/s throughput, 4K video playback and transcoding support, and an array of multimedia applications, the TS-x51A is an ideal NAS system for photographers and audiovisual enthusiasts.

The TS-x51A is powered by the latest 14nm Intel Celeron dual-core 1.60 GHz processor (burst up to 2.48 GHz) with a low TDP of 6 watts and dual-channel 2GB/4GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 8GB). It features two Gigabit Ethernet ports and supports AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption to deliver up to 205.14 MB/s throughput with AES-NI full-volume encryption. "The USB QuickAccess port is the true highlight of the TS-x51A. It enables a direct connection between the NAS and a Windows/ Mac for file transferring," said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP, adding "It provides users with a familiar USB plug-and-use experience to quickly complete the first-time installation and then to access NAS files in day-to-day use. It is an easy-to-use NAS packed with performance and functionality."

Intel and TPG to Set Up McAfee as an Independent Company Valued at $4.2 Billion

Intel Corporation and TPG today announced a definitive agreement under which the two parties will establish a newly formed, jointly-owned, independent cybersecurity company. The new company will be called McAfee following transaction close. TPG will own 51 percent of McAfee and Intel will own 49 percent in a transaction valuing the business at approximately $4.2 billion. TPG is making a $1.1 billion equity investment to help drive growth and enhance focus as a standalone business.

Through this transaction, TPG, a leading global alternative asset firm with demonstrated expertise in growing profitable software companies and carve-out investments, and Intel, a global technology leader that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices, will work together to position McAfee as a strong independent company with access to significant financial, operational and technology resources. With the new investment from TPG and continued strategic backing of Intel, the new entity is expected to capitalize on significant global growth opportunities through greater focus and targeted investment.
Wednesday, September 7th 2016

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Sony Launches AMD "Polaris" Powered PlayStation 4 Pro

Sony today announced an addition to its PlayStation family of entertainment systems, with the new PlayStation 4 Pro (PS4 Pro). The PS4 Pro isn't meant to succeed the PS4, and is still a "current generation" console, in that all of its games are compatible with the PS4, and there won't be PS4 Pro-exclusive games. What sets it apart is higher-resolution game rendering that looks best on 4K Ultra HD TVs. This doesn't necessarily mean that the games are being rendered at 3840 x 2160 pixels. They could be rendered at resolutions higher than 1080p, and using just the right upscaling algorithms, made to look significantly better than 1080p. Another key visual component is hardware HDR. The PS4 Pro falls in line with Sony's big push for 4K HDR TVs this holiday shopping season.

Under the hood, the PlayStation 4 Pro features an all new semi-custom SoC designed by Sony and AMD. The CPU component sticks to the "Jaguar/Puma" architecture, with 8 cores, but features higher CPU clock speeds. The 8 GB GDDR5 memory is said to run at higher clocks, too, and is bolstered by new lossless memory compression tech by AMD. The GPU component is where the action is. The GPU features over double the shading power of the PS4, and is based on the "Polaris" GPU architecture. The PS4 Pro also ships with a bigger 1 TB hard drive. There is seamless interplayability between PS4 and PS4 Pro. PS4 games you already own are being added with higher-resolution content meant for PS4 Pro. The console also has the muscle for PS-VR. For those still holding on to 1080p HDTVs, the PS4 Pro rewards with higher visual detail, more geometric complexity, and better effects, at that resolution. The PS4 Pro starts at $399.

In Win Unveils the D-Frame 2.0 Chassis

In Win today unveiled the second edition of its pioneering open-air case, the D-Frame. The new D-Frame 2.0 sets itself apart from its predecessor by adding a 2-tone color-scheme to its main chassis beams, and styling elements, without compromising on its core design principles. The case comes in 2-tone color options of black+gold, black+green, and white+blue. The case comes with tinted tempered glass side panels.

Inside, you get room for an E-ATX motherboard, graphics cards up to 35 cm long with the drive cages in place, up to 41.5 cm with them removed; CPU coolers as tall as 16.5 cm, and four 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drives. The case includes an In Win SIII 1065W PSU. Ventilation (besides the obvious openness), includes fan-brackets that hold on to two or three 120 mm fans along the front or top panels, and a rear 120 mm exhaust. Front panel connectivity includes USB 3.1 type-C and type-A ports. Measuring 548 mm x 291 mm x 726 mm (HxWxD), the case weighs about 22.5 including the PSU (those steel beams aren't hollow). The D-Frame 2.0, including its 1065W PSU, is priced at EUR 1,299€ (incl. VAT).

Antec Announces the GX1200 Mid-tower Chassis

In the year of their 30th anniversary, Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, is presenting the new Gaming Mid-Tower GX1200. The exceptional gaming chassis will soon reach store shelves and online retail outlets in Europe with a MSRP of EUR 84€.

The GX1200 is a successful blend of stylish design and cooling performance - ideal for Gamers. The mid-tower measures 500 mm x 200 mm x 520 mm (L x W x H). The GX1200 is compatible with mini-ITX / micro ATX / standard ATX/ E-ATX motherboards and supports up to 410 mm VGA cards. The case boasts two 3.5"/2.5" HDD drive cages, three 2.5" SSD drive cages as well as seven PCI-Expansion slots. The enclosure's thought-out cooling system offers two pre-installed 120 mm front LED fans (customizable with seven color options) and offers space for optional four 120 mm fans, one in the front, two on top, one exhaust fan the rear section of the GX1200.

ASRock Intros H110M-DS Hyper for Gaming PC Builds on a Shoestring Budget

ASRock rolled out the H110M-DS/Hyper, an entry-level socket LGA1151 motherboard for gaming PC builds on a shoestring budget. The company is positioning this board as a gaming-grade product, with a cooled CPU VRM, and an all-solid-state capacitor design. The board is based on the Intel H110 Express chipset. It draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, conditioning it for the CPU with a 4+1 phase VRM.

The CPU socket is wired to two DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2133 MHz memory; and one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. The only other expansion slot is a PCI-Express 2.0 x1, wired to the H110 PCH. Connectivity is basic, with four SATA 6 Gb/s ports, four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two by headers), 6-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111GR). The only display output is a dual-link DVI connector. The board is driven by UEFI BIOS. Expect a sub-$60 price.
Tuesday, September 6th 2016

SMT and Power Management Behind "Kaby Lake" and "ZEN" Windows 10 Restrictions

Microsoft recently sparked a stir when it was reported that the company will support upcoming CPU architectures by Intel and AMD only on Windows 10, with the keyword being "support" and not "compatibility." This means that Microsoft will offer customer-support and likely serve updates to Intel "Kaby Lake" and AMD "ZEN" machines only running Windows 10 (and its enterprise variant Windows Server 2016, based on the NT 10 kernel), and not older versions of Windows. The processors themselves are compatible with any x86 operating system, Windows or *nix, 32-bit or 64-bit. HotHardware dug out the likely causes of this decision.

Apparently, new power-management and SMT features are behind the decision. With its "Kaby Lake" microarchitecture, Intel is introducing a new power-management feature called Speed Shift Technology. This lets the processor adjust its clock-speed to match processing loads at response time of 15 ms. This likely requires OS-level hooks, so the on-die power-management components can poll for processing loads and accordingly raise or lower clock-speeds 66.66 times each second, at no CPU cost. In its ZEN microarchitecture reveal, AMD too spoke about fine-grained, multi-domain clock-gating (≠ power-gating) on its "ZEN" based processors, such as "Summit Ridge."

Razer Announces the ManO'War 7.1 Wired Gaming Headset

Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the launch of the Razer ManO'War 7.1. This analog-digital gaming headset is an encore to the recent debut of the wireless Razer ManO'War, an editor's choice among the ranks of TechRadar, Tom's Guide, VentureBeat and more. Powerful 50 mm drivers deliver virtual 7.1 surround sound to the listener. The Razer Synapse configuration software allows gamers to customize the sound. The Razer ManO'War 7.1 is equipped with sound isolation technology, while in-line volume controls and a retractable MEMS boom mic offer a streamlined gaming audio experience.

An included USB digital-to-analog convertor (DAC) allows the Razer ManO'War 7.1 to deliver crisp, outstanding audio on PC and Mac platforms. The pure analog connection (3.5mm audio jack) offers universal compatibility for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and other platforms. "The Razer ManO'War 7.1 is a fantastic addition for any gamer, especially those that play on both PC and console," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. "There may not be a more versatile high-performance headset available today."

Be Quiet! Intros the Pure Rock Slim CPU Cooler

Be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for ten consecutive years*, extends the Pure Rock range with a new, compact cooler model: due to its space-saving and asymmetric design, the Pure Rock Slim is especially suitable for smaller PC-based systems. Nonetheless, be quiet! has not lost sight of cooling efficiency: the new model can dissipate up to 120 watts of power. As always for the Pure Rock series, offering an optimal price-performance ratio is key.

The Pure Rock Slim is equipped with a finned coil block, which has three high-performance heat pipes. These have a diameter of 6 millimeters and are fitted with aluminum caps. The Pure Rock Slim is also equipped with a 92-millimeter fan so this compact cooler is capable of dissipating a TDP of 120 watts. The seven airflow-optimized fan blades produce a maximum volume of 25.4 decibels. Thanks to the PWM connection, the speed can vary in order to achieve an optimal balance between cooling and quiet operating noise.

ADATA Releases the i-Memory AI920 Ultra-Slim Flash Drive

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of highperformance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the i-Memory AI920 Flash drive. Extremely compact and light, the AI920 combines an Apple MFi-certified Lightning connector with a USB 3.1 plug for diverse connectivity. It makes transferring content to and from iOS devices eminently easy and fast, offering support for an extensive range of media and file extensions, subtitles, and Live Photos. The AI920 supports strong encryption and has been designed to resist water and dust for more care-free user mobility. The AI920 is available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities, with Gold and Rose Gold schemes. A lanyard is included in the package with every AI920.

While extra-compact and light, the AI920 integrates Lightning and USB 3.1 connectors to increase its versatility and compatibility. The Lightning connector has been stretched to enable easy plug-in even on iOS devices protected by thick covers that would otherwise prevent connectivity using a shorter plug. The AI920 shares a luxurious, sandblasted metal design that measures just 6.9mm in profile and weighs only 3.6g, making it very easy to store and carry.

MSI Announces the Z170A Gaming M6 Motherboard

MSI is proud to announce the new Z170A GAMING M6 motherboard for the enthusiast gamers. Premiering two significant new features, Lightning USB and the next generation Killer networking technology, the Z170A GAMING M6 adopts evil gray as its major color scheme, bringing a whole new look and feel to the game table. This motherboard also offers Twin Turbo onboard M.2, Audio Boost 3 and a plethora of other game enhancing features.

The traditional ASMedia 1142 USB 3.1 controller chip on current motherboards is connected via either PCIe Gen2 x2 (10Gb/s) or Gen3 x1 (8Gb/s) which limits the USB 3.1 Gen2 transfer rates (10Gb/s). MSI is now proud to introduce the first ever motherboard to have the next generation Lighting Asmedia 2142 USB 3.1 Gen2 controller chip which runs at PCIe Gen3 x2 (16Gb/s) which is twice as fast. In combination with MSI's exclusive USB Speed Up there is no faster USB 3.1 Gen2 solution on the market. The PCIe Gen3 connection will also help to boost transfer speeds enormously when using two USB 3.1 Gen2 devices at the same time. The MSI Z170A GAMING M6 comes with both an USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C interface.
Monday, September 5th 2016

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SoftBank Completes Acquisition of ARM

SoftBank today announced that it has concluded the acquisition of British chipmaker ARM, in a USD $31 billion purchase. The acquisition was first announced in July 2016. Following this, ARM will be de-listed from the London Stock Exchange from the 6th of September 2016. Although ARM is a CPU architecture designer with a mere $1.5 billion in revenue last fiscal, and licenses the architecture to other SoC makers such as Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple, Huawei, etc., SoftBank is betting on ARM CPU architecture's emergence as the prime-mover of the IoT (Internet of things) revolution. This is SoftBank's largest tech acquisition following the $20 billion acquisition of American cellular network Sprint, and a $15 billion investment in Vodafone Japan.

Source: The Verge

AMD Unveils its 7th Generation A-Series Desktop APUs

AMD today unveiled its 7th generation A-series desktop APUs. Unlike its predecessors, the new chips are full-fledged SoCs, built in the new socket AM4 package, on which the company plans to launch its "Zen" processors. The 7th gen A-series APUs are based on the "Bristol Ridge" silicon, and are the first fully-integrated SoCs (systems-on-chip) from the company in the performance-desktop segment, in that the APU completely integrates the functionality of a motherboard chipset, including its FCH or southbridge.

This level of integration includes PCI-Express root-complex, USB 3.0, and storage interfaces such as SATA 6 Gb/s emerging directly from the AM4 socket. Some AM4 motherboards could still include a sort of "chipset," which expands connectivity options, such as USB 3.1 ports, additional SATA ports, and a few more downstream PCI-Express lanes. The amount of downstream connectivity and features decide the grade of the chipset. AMD is initially launching two chipsets, the A320 for the entry-level segment, and the B350 for mainstream desktops. The company plans to launch an even more feature-rich chipset at a later date (probably alongside ZEN "Summit Ridge" CPUs).

Thermaltake Unveils the Versa C22 RGB Snow Edition

Thermaltake today unveiled the Versa C22 RGB Snow Edition chassis, a variant of its Versa C22 featuring white body panels with contrasting tinted-acrylic side panels, and black inserts; and strips of multi-color RGB LEDs running the height of the front-panel, and margins of the top fan vents. These strips are controlled by a native RGB LED controller, with LED control buttons on top of the case.

The case features all-black interiors, with a typical horizontally-split dual-compartment layout. You get room for an ATX motherboard, video cards as long as 390 mm (with one of the 25 mm front fans removed), and CPU coolers as tall as 160 mm. Storage spaces include two each of 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drive bays. Fan vents include either two 120 mm front intakes (or one 140 mm intake), two 120 mm top exhausts, and one 120 mm rear exhaust. The case measures 538 mm x 198 mm x 490 mm (LxWxH), and dry-weighs about 5.7 kg.

PNY Announces HP x765w USB 3.0 Flash Drive

PNY Technologies (PNY) considered one of the worldwide leaders in consumer electronics market and flash memory products, has released the super-speed HP x765w flash memory drive with USB 3.0 specifications. The HP x765w is a great storage option, especially in larger capacities, so you can use that high-speed port to transfer large files or stream media. Designed with a compact body and enhanced portable features, the lidless flash drive is the perfect backup storage for all your digital needs.

Featuring a cool black and white monochrome design, the ergonomics wave body makes it easier to grip and anti-fingerprint finish ensures it free from scratches or finger stains. The HP x765w features a handy lidless design with retractable connector and convenient one-hand slide mechanism for quick and easy operation. The drive comes with a loop hole at the base of the drive that can be easily attached to bags, wallets or car keys.

BIOSTAR Announces its GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Graphics Card

BIOSTAR is proud to announce its latest graphics card for gamers and VR enthusiasts, the BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1070. Designed to offer an excellent balance of performance and price, consumers can now experience the latest generation of PC game titles and virtual reality experiences with the GeForce GTX 1070. BIOSTAR takes gaming to the next level once again with price, performance and efficiency that is significantly superior than the previous generation graphics cards with the all-new Pascal GPU architecture fabricated on the new 16 nm FinFET process technology.

The BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1070 features the Pascal-based, high-efficiency GP104 GPU with a total of 1920 CUDA cores capable of running with a Boost core clock of 1683 MHz and base core clock of 1506 MHz. With GPU Boost 3.0, the BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1070 can run up to and above 1683Mhz and features 8 GB of GDDR5 video memory wired to a wide 256-bit bus interface.

Razer Unveils Worlds First Mecha-membrane Keyboard Technology

Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the Razer Ornata, a line of gaming keyboards featuring revolutionary Razer Mecha-Membrane technology. Designed to combine the most desirable traits of membrane rubber dome design with the merits of mechanical keyboard technology, the Razer Mecha-Membrane delivers both a soft, cushioned touch and a crisp, tactile click with each keystroke.

Traditionally, users choose membrane rubber dome keyboards for comfort, while mechanical switches are favored for fast actuations and distinct tactile feedback. The Razer Mecha-Membrane is a unique mid-height keycap hybrid that provides a comfortable and efficient typing experience unlike any key type on the market.
Sunday, September 4th 2016

Antec and Razer Team Up to Co-brand a New Mini-ITX Gaming Chassis

In the year of their 30th anniversary, Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, has announced the release of a co-branded Razer Edition of Antec's Cube, a mini-ITX gaming case. The Antec Cube-Designed by Razer combines the e-sports design elements of Razer, with the reliability and build quality of Antec, into a small form factor case for gamers.

Debuting at PAX West 2016, the Antec Cube-Designed by Razer is the product of extensive collaboration between Antec and Razer. The efficient interior layout features one 3.5" HDD drive bay, up to four 2.5" SDD bays, three expansion slots, and accommodates graphics cards of up to 350 mm in length. To allow for a seamless building experience, the Antec Cube-Designed by Razer features a basement compartment that separates the PSU and allows for easy cable management. The side and top panels are fitted with darkened acrylic windows and an innovative, click system which enables users to open and close the case in a quick and easy way. This thought-out case could serve as a conventional PC, gaming rig, or home theatre device and media center, but is also well-suited for professional users.

NVIDIA Readies GeForce GTX 1050 Based on New GP107 Silicon

NVIDIA is reportedly giving finishing touches to the new GeForce GTX 1050, based on a brand new silicon, dubbed "GP107." NVIDIA's fifth ASIC based on the "Pascal" architecture (after GP100, GP102, GP104, and GP106), the GP107 features 768 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 4 GB of memory.

The GTX 1050 should max out all resources present on the chip, and come with clock speeds of up to 1318 MHz core, 1380 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, working out to 112 GB/s of memory bandwidth. NVIDIA could take a crack at running this chip under 75W, or at least under 100W, and position this SKU between the Radeon RX 460 and the RX 470 4 GB.
Sources: BenchLife.info, WCCFTech
Friday, September 2nd 2016

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Alienware Creates World's First Intelligent Notebook With Tobii Eye Tracking

Alienware, a leading pioneer in specialty high-performance PC gaming systems, today unveiled the Alienware 17 gaming notebook with integrated eye tracking hardware and software from Tobii. The device is the world's first notebook to capitalize on eye tracking's unique ability to identify and anticipate a user's actions based on their presence and attention. Armed with this new intelligence, the Alienware 17 provides greater convenience, enhanced security, optimized power management and even insight into a gamer's style and technique.

"Alienware, never shy to innovation or groundbreaking design, understands the value of eye tracking as it relates to the interaction between gamer and machine," said Oscar Werner, president of Tobii Tech. "With a greater understanding of its user and a better idea of their intentions, the Tobii solution in the Alienware 17 can bring gamers new experiences and insights unlike any other seen in gaming PC."

New Razer Blade Updated with Next-Gen Graphics

Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the new Razer Blade 14-inch gaming laptop. Striking a perfect balance of power and mobility, the new Blade is designed to be the most portable PC that can play games at maximum settings. Earning a multitude of editors' choice awards from LinusTechTips, PC Magazine, Laptop Mag and more for its performance and portability, the new Razer Blade is now more powerful than ever by way of a next-generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics processor.

Designed with the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, the GPU is three times faster than its predecessor, with a performance increase of more than 40 percent. The result of this enhancement is incredible graphics power that allows users to game at max settings effortlessly while enjoying realistic cinematic experiences with technologies like NVIDIA GameWorks.

Corsair Announces New RGB LED Lit Products at PAX West

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced a number of new RGB products and technologies, continuing the CORSAIR commitment to stunning user-customisable lighting started by the release of the CORSAIR K70 RGB in 2014.The new SP120 RGB and HD120 RGB LED fans combine CORSAIR's legendary cooling with easily adjustable lighting, offering reliable and quiet airflow with vibrant RGB lighting in either 4-LED or 12-LED configurations.

The never-before-seen Crystal Series 460X RGB tempered glass case combines jaw-dropping tempered glass panels with three SP120 RGB fans to show off a system like never before. The MM800 RGB POLARIS mouse pad extends CORSAIR RGB lighting from the keyboard and mouse right onto the desktop, with class-leading 15-zone RGB lighting and USB pass-through. Finally, the launch of CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE) 2 software brings a whole new way to control your CORSAIR RGB peripherals. Redesigned from the bottom up to offer more intuitive control over lighting effects and patterns, it's never been easier to create your own custom profiles and light your peripherals just how you want them.

Corsair Announces the Carbide Air 740 Chassis

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today extended its multi-award winning range of performance PC cases with the release of the new CORSAIR Carbide Air 740. Featuring CORSAIR's innovative dual-chamber Direct Airflow Path design, exceptional cooling capabilities, unique bold design and a stunning tinted, fully removable side windowed panel, the CORSAIR Air 740 offers remarkable cooling performance and the flexibility to handle even the most ambitious enthusiast system builds.

An evolution of the best-selling CORSAIR Carbide Air 540, the Carbide Air 740 takes full advantage of its predecessor's ground breaking dual-chamber design. Fully utilizing the space within the case, the Air 740 splits the system's hardware between two compartments. The main chamber houses the core heat generating system components; the motherboard, CPU, graphics cards and memory, while the rear chamber mounts the 3.5"/2.5" drive bays and the PSU. This arrangement maximizes the airflow from the three pre-installed CORSAIR AF140L 140 mm fans, delivering amazing unimpeded airflow through the main compartment. Drive cages and cables are neatly tucked away and don't interfere with airflow, all without compromising on storage capacity.

G.SKILL Announces DDR4-3866MHz 32GB (8GBx4) Trident Z Kits

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is announcing a new high-end Trident Z memory kit with the growing popularity of 32GB (8GBx4) capacity configuration at DDR4-3866MHz CL18-19-19-39 under 1.35V. Manufactured with the high performance Samsung IC memory chips and selected for its high frequency performance, this memory kit marks the continuous growth of high performance DDR4 on the popular Intel Skylake platform.

With the transition into higher capacity memory kits for gaming, work, and daily use, G.SKILL is raising the bar on DDR4 memory kits with 32GB (8GBx4) capacity, resulting in a jump from a previous DDR4-3600MHz speed to an astounding DDR4-3866MHz. See below for the test screenshot with the memory kit on an Intel Core i7-6600K processor and ASUS Z170-Deluxe motherboard.

Corsair's Boldly Styled Air Series 740 Chassis Pictured

Following up on the disruptive Air series 540 chassis launch, Corsair is ready with the larger, more boldly styled Air 740. Pictured below, the vertically-partitioned dual-chamber case one-ups the main design quirk of the 540's asymmetric look, with a new, bold-looking front that has hints of enterprise/workstation styling to it.

Inside, you get room for an E-ATX motherboard, some very tall and long graphics cards, CPU coolers, liquid cooling setups, and a boat-load of drives, including 5.25-inch, a well-plated 3.5-inch external drive bay, and multiple internal 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive bays. The left side compartment has room for the PSU, and a number of drive bays. We spy multiple radiator bays. The case measures 458 mm x 415 mm x 332 mm (HxDxW). It's listed on Italian online store Draco.it for €159.90 including taxes.

Source: Comptior-Hardware

EK Releases JetStream Series Water Blocks for Palit and Gainward

EK Water Blocks, Slovenia-based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing the EK-FC1080 GTX JetStream water blocks that are compatible with multiple PALIT and Gainward GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 series graphics cards. This water block directly cools the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) as water flows directly over these critical areas, thus allowing the graphics card and it's VRM to remain stable under high overclocks.

EK-FC1080 GTX JetStream water block features a central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance, which also works flawlessly with reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, such design offers great hydraulic performance allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps.

Logitech G Announces Prodigy Series Gaming Peripherals

Logitech today announced the Prodigy series, a family of gaming gear that was designed to enhance the way you play. The new series, which includes two mice, a keyboard and a headset, all share the same attributes of high-performance technology, exceptional comfort, and a sleek and modern design.

"We love building products for hardcore gamers, and we'll never give that up," said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech G. "With the explosion of play across all ages and skill sets we knew we needed something more. Our new Logitech G Prodigy series gives all gamers access to our best technology. It's gaming gear made exclusively for everyone." The Logitech G Prodigy series includes the Logitech G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse, Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse, Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard, and the Logitech G231 Prodigy Headset.

AMD "Zen" and Intel "Kaby Lake" will Only Support Windows 10 and *nix

If you're holding out on Windows 7 as your PC gaming platform, you may also want to hold out on your current hardware for a long while. Microsoft is making good on a warning it made earlier this year, that it would not provide support to users of upcoming processors on older Windows operating systems. At their launch, Intel's 7th generation Core "Kaby Lake" processors and AMD "Summit Ridge" and "Bristol Ridge" will receive support from Microsoft only on the Windows 10 operating system. Older Windows versions will not receive drivers from Microsoft that support the new platforms. This is similar to Microsoft cutting off support for Windows XP from Intel's 3rd generation Core "Ivy Bridge" processors.

Without platform support, your Windows installation won't utilize many of the CPU features introduced with "Kaby Lake" and "Zen" and will likely run on a bare-minimum compatibility mode. This effectively cuts off PC enthusiasts from using older Windows versions on new hardware, such as the still-popular Windows 7. Non-Microsoft operating systems such as the latest *nix distributions such as ChromeOS, SteamOS, and OS X are still fully compatible with the upcoming chips.Source: PC Gamer, Many Thanks to 95Viper for the tip.
Thursday, September 1st 2016

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Arctic Announces the Liquid Freezer 360 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

Arctic expanded its Liquid Freezer line of closed-loop/AIO liquid CPU cooler series, with the new series-topping Liquid Freezer 360. The series made its debut in November 2015 with the Liquid Freezer 120 and Liquid Freezer 240, which as their names suggest, feature 120 mm x 120 mm, and 240 mm x 120 mm radiators, respectively. The new Liquid Freezer 360, features a large 360 mm x 120 mm radiator, with a segment-first six 120 mm fans being included in the package.

Each of the six included Arctic F12 fans take 4-pin PWM input, spin between 500-1350 RPM, push up to 74 CFM of air, and have a noise output of 0.3 sone. The new Liquid Freezer 360 is rated by Arctic to handle thermal loads of up to 300W. This makes it fit for LGA2011v3 HEDT, AM3+ 220W, and other current CPU socket types, such as LGA115x and FM2+. The copper base of the block comes with pre-applied Arctic MX-4 thermal compound. The radiator is 27 mm thick, and comes with mounts for the six included fans. Available now, the Arctic Liquid Freezer 360 is priced at 110 GBP (incl VAT).

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.8.3

AMD late Wednesday released the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.8.3 Beta drivers. The drivers come with optimization, including CrossFire support, for the week's biggest game releases, "Battlefield 1" Open Beta, and "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided." The drivers address a rare bug noticed on machines with AMD "Polaris" GPUs, in which a blank or colored screen is noticed intermittently when gaming. Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.8.3 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

HP Reinvents the Desktop to Enable New Experiences

HP Inc. today debuted two new PCs, HP Pavilion Wave and HP Elite Slice, that are revolutionizing traditional designs for the home and workplace. HP is transforming the desktop PC to create unique experiences that deliver the power customers expect in small, creative designs. The HP Pavilion Wave is designed for entertainment and productivity for the home by combining desktop power and great audio experiences.

For customers who want a PC that can fit into small places, the new offering is a beautiful and compact design with the power of a full-sized desktop. This unique desktop is built around a fully integrated, advanced audio system to play music, listen to movies, web chats and Cortana. It features an iconic triangular form with an innovative parabolic reflector with an integrated speaker on top of the PC for superb, 360-degree sound to fill a room with crisp audio.

Lenovo Also Reveals the Yoga Book Convertible

Lenovo today launched the Yoga Book, the world's thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 tablet, designed for unmatched productivity while on-the-go. Built for mobility and to solve the most common challenge among tablet users - how to achieve productivity and entertainment in one device - the Yoga Book is a tablet that looks and acts like no other. Up until now, we've been using tablets in ways we weren't meant to: for productivity, for example, which becomes painful when typing or applying a stylus onto a touch screen that you're using on-the-go.

The Yoga Book removes that difficulty by taking the fundamental building blocks from the DNA of what makes a great tablet - namely portability, long battery life and a rich app ecosystem - and entwines it into a strand of creativity and productivity through a suite of powerful new hardware and software features, including: the instant halo keyboard, the dual-use stylus that writes on paper and screen, and the productivity-driven Book U.

Lenovo Announces the Yoga 910 Convertible and Yoga Tab 3 Plus

Lenovo today announced the expansion of its multimode Yoga family with the new Yoga 910 convertible laptop and Yoga Tab 3 Plus Android tablet. Today's PC customer is constantly challenged by the demands of quickly evolving consumer lifestyles, an evolving workplace and digital demands. To meet this continuous shift of consumer expectations, Lenovo has built its latest Yoga products based on extensive user research and feedback. That's why each new Yoga range adds new technology, like the Yoga 910 fingerprint reader that simplifies PC log-in.

Our latest ultra-thin convertible laptop at just 14.3mm is also one of the most powerful convertibles around with up to Intel's latest 7th Gen Core i7 processor. For many Yoga users, their convertible has become the primary platform for work and entertainment. That's why we've upgraded the Yoga 910 with the choice of a new 4K or Full HD screen. Both options feature a near edgeless display (5mm bezel) that offers 10 percent4 more screen area, a 14 percent5 increase in pixel density compared to the previous model for sharper, clearer images, and 100 percent sRGB color gamut coverage for users to see a wide range of colors when viewing photos and videos. Music and sound are enhanced on the Yoga 910 with Dolby Audio Premium. With up to 15.5 hours of battery, users can work or watch movies without worrying about battery life.
Wednesday, August 31st 2016

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Cherry Announces the MC 3000 Ergonomic Mouse

CHERRY, the specialist for computer input devices, has expanded its affordable MC mouse series with a new model: the MC 3000. Apart from its ergonomic design, this cable mouse offers great functionality at a low price without compromising on quality. Main features of the MC 3000 are its optical sensor and plug & play installation .

With the MC 4000, CHERRY has gone for a high-quality, optical sensor that scans either 1,000 or 2,000 DPI (dots per inch). This allows the user to select the optimal resolution for a wide variety of daily tasks. The DPI setting will be indicated by two predefined colors that light the scroll wheel, side panels and the DPI switch: blue for 1,000 DPI and red for 2,000 DPI. Together with a high-speed motion detection of 1.5 meters per second (60 IPS) the CHERRY MC 4000 represents the ideal solution for high-speed professional use.

AMD Announces Amendment to Wafer Supply Agreement With GLOBALFOUNDRIES

AMD announced that it has entered into a long-term amendment to its Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA) with GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. (GF) for the period from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2020. "The five-year amendment further strengthens our strategic manufacturing relationship with GLOBALFOUNDRIES while providing AMD with increased flexibility to build our high-performance product roadmap with additional foundries in the 14 nm and 7 nm technology nodes," said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. "Our goal is for AMD to have continued access to leading-edge foundry process technologies enabling us to build multiple generations of great products for years to come."

GLOBALFOUNDRIES' Fab 8 in Malta, N.Y. is playing a significant role in providing leading-edge capacity for AMD's graphics and processor products, including the recently launched AMD Radeon Polaris GPUs and upcoming "Zen"-based processors.