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ORICO Unveils USB4 plus Thunderbolt 4 Cable, First Cable Meeting 40Gbps USB4 Standard

ORICO unveiled the first USB type-C cable that meets USB4 and Thunderbolt 4 standards. The cable utilizes an Intel IC to offer 40 Gbps transfer speeds, DisplayPort 1.4 passthrough with support for display resolutions of up to 8K @ 60 Hz, and bi-directional 100 W USB PD (power delivery). The cable features a solid alloy casing at the connectors, Nylon braiding throughout, and a reinforced bender that can take up to 10,000 bends. Available in cable lengths of 30 cm, 80 cm, and 2 m, the cable comes in two variants based on connector orientation, with the TBZ cable being standard, and TBW angled 90°. The 30 cm variant is priced at $20, the 80 cm variant at $27, and the 2 m variant at $57. Find them on Amazon here.

EK Launches PCIe 4.0 X16 Riser Cable

EK, is launching a stand-alone PCIe 4.0 X16 riser cable. This premium high-speed cable is compatible with all modern motherboards. That includes those based on Z590, Z690, X570, and B550 chipsets. It was tested with both the RX 6000 series AMD GPUs and RTX 30 series NVIDIA GPUs. Although a true PCIe 4.0 riser cable, it is 100% compatible with PCIe 3.0 standard.

This high-speed 4.0 GPU riser cable features improved individual PCIe laneway shielding that blocks unwanted external EMI/RFI and interference between channels. EK-Loop PCI-E 4.0 Riser Cable is designed to match the PCIe impedance differential of 85 ohms. Signals that are traveling between the motherboard and the GPU are matched at the proper frequency without any capacitors in the cable that would introduce a potential point of failure and result in a less compact riser.

Comcast Announces World-First Test of 10G Modem Technology Capable of Delivering Multigigabit Speeds to Homes

Comcast today announced the successful test of a prototype 10G modem using the core technology that will deliver multigigabit speeds to tens of millions of homes. In a world-first lab test, a Full Duplex DOCSIS 4.0 system-on-chip (SoC) cable modem built by Broadcom delivered upload and download speeds faster than 4 gigabits per second (Gbps) powered by 10G network technology. Today's announcement is the latest in a series of 10G milestones from Comcast. In October 2021, the company announced a successful test of a complete 10G connection using a virtualized cable modem termination system (vCMTS) powered by DOCSIS 4.0 technology. That announcement followed major 10G milestone announcements in April 2021, of the first-ever live lab test of a 10G system-on-chip (SOC) and October 2020, of a trial delivering 1.25 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) upload and download speeds over a live production network using Network Function Virtualization (NFV) combined with the latest DOCSIS technology

A key component of 10G, DOCSIS 4.0 is an evolutionary leap forward in the ability to deliver multigigabit upload and download speeds over the connections already installed in hundreds of millions of homes worldwide. "The great strength of our smart network design is that we are able to exceed our customers' demands today, even as we continuously evolve to meet the needs of the future," said Charlie Herrin, President of Technology, Product, Experience at Comcast Cable. "As our 10G journey continues to accelerate, customers will reap the benefits of ever-increasing security, reliability, and speed."

Phanteks Previews Robotic-Looking Evolv Shift XT Case, Compact PSUs, and White Edition Products

Phanteks debuts a host of new products for the upcoming year at CES 2022 - The brand new Evolv Shift XT Mini-ITX Chassis and Revolt SFX Power Supplies, Matte White Editions for the Evolv X & Eclipse P600S Chassis, white SK PWM D-RGB Fans, white AMP Power Supply and a complete range of Gen4 PCIe Riser Cables and Gen4 Vertical GPU Bracket.

Brand new and unique Evolv Shift XT Mini-ITX Chassis and super compact Revolt SFX Power Supplies
Evolv Shift XT - Compact, Powerful, Futureproof
The Evolv Shift XT brings a unique small form factor that can extend in size to tailor to your cooling performance needs. The Evolv Shift XT has no compromise on performance with support for powerful hardware, whether in Compact, Aircooled, or Liquid Cooled Mode.

Many HDMI and Coaxial Antenna Cables in the Market Don't Meet EU EMC Regulations

The German Federal Network Agency, together with Agentschap Telecom Netherlands, BAKOM Switzerland and Elsäkerhetsverket Sweden have tested consumer HDMI and coaxial antenna cables and come to the conclusion that many of them don't meet regulations when it comes to Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). The four groups tested 30 coaxial antenna cables and 30 HDMI cables, of which only 11 percent of the antenna cables met the manufacturers declared attenuation and and only 10 percent of the HDMI cables met an acceptable EMC quality of at least 50 dB coupling attenuation.

Usually EMI, or electromagnetic interference is what's being discussed, but EMC is about how a device works and interacts in an environment so it doesn't cause EMI. In terms of cables, the normal cause for EMI tends to be because the cable ends up working like an antenna and starts to simplify the signal being transmitted inside the cable. This can cause all sorts of problems, with the most obvious example being poorly shielded USB 3.0 cables, which can interfere with 2.4 GHz radios, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, wireless mice and headphones etc.

ASUS ROG Joins the Expensive Cables Club with ROG CAT7 Cable

Cables, why is it that some people are so fixated about them? We've seen companies like Monster Cable base their entire business around them, yet most people don't even seem to know why they're buying expensive cables. Asus has now joined the club of expensive cable sellers with its new ROG CAT7 Cable, which has started to appear in various markets around the world.

In all fairness, Asus isn't asking for thousands, or even hundreds of dollars for their ROG branded cables, but a 1.5 metre cable will set you back in the region of $22, whereas a longer 3 metre cable comes in at around $37. An ROG branded velcro tie is included in the box as the only accessory. We're not sure that nylon braiding is going to be useful on an Ethernet cable, but Asus is at least using shielded FTP wires (although Asus say STP on their site), which suggests it should be a decent quality cable at the very least. It's worth keeping in mind that CAT 7 isn't recognised by the TIA/EIA as part of the Ethernet standard and offers no real world benefits over CAT 6A on a 10 Gbps or slower network.

Ainex Releases Ingenious GPU Power Cable Hider Adapter

Japanese company Ainex has recently announced an ingenious solution to hide GPU PCI-Express power cables by reversing the orientation of the power cable. The adapters feature a compact size so can be used in parallel for power-intensive devices, the adapters are available in upper and lower latch versions to accommodate all cards. Ainex is offering 4 models for 6 and 8 pin connectors ranging from 600 - 700 yen (~6-7 USD) with shipping starting on November 25. The adapters are unlikely to see an official international release however you can likely import the item or find similar products online.

Phanteks Offers Free 12-Pin GPU Power Cables To Their Customers

Phanteks today announced the availability of the new 12-Pin GPU Power Cable specifically designed to connect the new RTX 30 Series Founders Edition Cards directly to select AMP and Revolt series power supplies. Any customers who have purchased a qualifying Phanteks AMP or Revolt power supply and supported RTX 30 Series Founders Edition graphics card qualify for a complimentary 12-Pin GPU Power Cable.

The Phanteks 12-Pin GPU Power Cable has been developed with Seasonic to offer a cleaner and direct connection between the RTX 30 Series Founders Edition GPU and a Phanteks power supply. The power cable is made with high quality 9 A terminals and heavy duty 16 AWG copper wire to deliver a highly efficient and stable power delivery. The black flat-ribbon cables are 750 mm long and connect directly to two 8-Pin ports on the power supply.

Fractal Design Releases Flex B-20 GPU Riser Bracket

Fractal Design have recently unveiled their new Flex B-20 GPU riser accessory for vertical GPU mounting. The Fractal Design Flex B-20 was designed specifically for the Define 7 and the Define 7 XL to ensure sufficient clearance between the cooler and side panel. The Flex B-20 bracket is compatible with other ATX cases which feature bridgeless expansion slots and supports full-length GPUs with single or dual-slot brackets and coolers of any size. The cable used supports PCIe 3.0 x16 and features a heavy-duty double sided wiring design to allow for maximum power draw.

ASUS Releases ROG Strix Riser Cable for Your Graphics Card

ASUS has released a ROG-branded riser cable for your graphics card, which will allow you to display it in different configurations on your case. Whether you make a custom solution or have a case that supports vertical graphics cards already, the ROG Strix Riser Cable is the perfect solution. There is no RGB lighting, but ASUS has equipped the ROG Strix Raiser Cable with EMI shielding and special PCB layout to prevent any signal losses from the extended travel distance between your graphics card and your boards' PCIe slot.

The ROG Strix Riser Cable also includes ASUS' patented Safe Slot design, which they employ in their motherboards for securely fastening your graphics cards to your system. The ROG Riser Cable supports PCIe 3.0 x16 signaling, and is available for a relatively hefty €49.99.

NZXT Announces the RGB & Fan Controller

NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, today announces the NZXT RGB & Fan Controller. Powered by NZXT CAM, the RGB & Fan Controller gives users the tools to customize lighting and fan profiles to perfection.

The NZXT RGB & Fan Controller was created for builders to easily and affordably add digital RGB and fan control to their system controlled via NZXT CAM. Any chassis can now have the same enhanced capabilities found in the i versions of NZXT award-winning H Series cases. Bringing beauty to any battlestation is simpler than ever with two RGB lighting and fan channels that are compatible with all NZXT lighting accessories such as LED strips, underglow, cable combs, and AER RGB 2 fans. Additionally, three dedicated 10 W fan channels are included, giving users direct control of their airflow performance digitally.

ASUS Intros ROG Strix PCIe Riser Cable

Quite a few cases have a pair of vertical expansion slots that let you show off your graphics card through the glass side-panel, but don't include a PCIe riser cable. ASUS swooped in with a solution, the ROG Strix Riser Cable. Possibly the first ROG Strix product in years without any RGB LED illumination, the Riser features of a thick base plate that doubles up as PCB, with a metal reinforced PCI-Express x16 slot, dubbed Safe Slot. ASUS uses this slot in many of its premium ROG-branded motherboards. It offers up to 1.8x shearing force endurance compared to a traditional unshielded plastic slot. The baseplate is connected to a thick ribbon cable with rubber outer insulation, which connects to the PCIe x16 gold fingers. ASUS did not mention the length of the cable, but states the total dimensions of the accessory as 240 mm x 127 mm x 10 mm (LxWxH), so the cable should probably be 18-20 cm in length, if not more. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability information.

Power Matters with EVGA PowerLink - Clean up your Power and System!

Everyone knows that the EVGA PowerLink does wonders to improve your cable management for your graphics card. But did you know that the EVGA PowerLink also stabilizes the power going into your graphics card? The EVGA PowerLink is designed to provide both a more stable power source and reduce ripple and noise, compared to connecting your power supply directly to the graphics card. The EVGA PowerLink features two solid state capacitors that help to filter/suppress ripple and noise from the power supply.

The practical impact can be seen in power graphs. The 12V line going into graphics card without a PowerLink under load rates a Peak-to-Peak voltage of 1,008mV, while the 12V line going into the graphics card with a PowerLink is only 728mV. That's nearly a 28% reduction in voltage variation from the external power source!

Compete at the Speed Of Light With the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the Huntsman Tournament Edition (TE) compact gaming keyboard designed for esports tournaments.

The Huntsman TE joins the Huntsman premium keyboard family built with Razer's ultra-fast light activated Optical Switches. After its introduction in June 2018, the critically acclaimed Razer Huntsman Elite has taken the world by storm, becoming the best selling gaming keyboard in the U.S. The Huntsman TE, the latest addition to Razer's lineup of high-performance gaming keyboards, now features a new type of optical switch that actuates even faster - the Razer Linear Optical Switch.

Add the Finishing Touch with a Host of New Premium PC Accessories from CORSAIR

CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the availability of a wide range of new PC enthusiast accessories to help complete the look of a custom PC: CORSAIR Premium Individually Sleeved PSU Cables, Premium Sleeved Front Panel Extension Kit, Premium Sleeved SATA Cable, Premium PCIe 3.0 x16 Extension Cable, and TM30 Performance Thermal Paste. From custom paracord cables available in a range of colors, to flexible PCIe mounting and dependable thermal paste, the new range of accessories are the perfect way to build and complete a stunning professional-looking custom PC.

Be Quiet! Expands its PSU Cables Lineup

be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for twelve consecutive years*, is adding new and improved fully-sleeved all-black power supply cables for use with its latest modular power supplies. The supported models include Dark Power Pro 10 and newer, Straight Power 10 and newer, Power Zone, Pure Power 9 and newer, and SFX L Power product lines. Available immediately, the new cable sets enhance a PC's interior aesthetics with a timeless look, while still maintaining the be quiet! power supply's technical excellence and stable performance that the products are known for.

Large side windows are the common standard for PC cases, increasing the demand for better cable management and clean interior layouts. In April 2017, be quiet! transitioned all ATX PSU lines to ship with all-black power supply cables, but for some customers, that is not enough. The new cables offer an even higher quality, further increasing the fit and finish of a PC system and increasing airflow by reducing cable clutter. Using the official cables from be quiet! will not void warranty of a be quiet! power supply.

Caavo Introduces the Spotlight HDMI Cable

Caavo Inc, an entertainment-obsessed hardware and software start-up based in Silicon Valley, today introduced the Spotlight HDMI cable, a high-speed HDMI cable that combines premium performance, superior durability and uniquely shows consumers the right connection instantly. With its patent-pending light-up technology, the Spotlight HDMI cable makes tracing simple for consumers confronted with an overwhelming sea of cables to identify in their home entertainment centers.

Now available for purchase at Caavo.com, the Spotlight HDMI cable features a LED indicator pressed to show which device the cable is connected to. The cable head on the connected device will then illuminate, making it easy for consumers to identify their cable and device connections, as well as ensure cables are fully connected.

NZXT Announces Limited Edition H700 PUBG Licensed Case

NZXT, a leading provider of desktop components for PC gamers, today announced the Limited Edition H700 PUBG mid-tower case, in collaboration with PUBG Corporation and Gamers Outreach, creating the ultimate PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) airdrop. Sharing the iconic look of one of PUBG's most lucrative and sought after in-game resources, the H700 PUBG chassis is the ultimate set piece for the battle royale fan.

NZXT is limiting production of the H700 PUBG to 2,000 units, with 10% of all sales donated to Gamers Outreach, a charity organization that provides equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment inside hospitals.

HDMI 2.1 Specification Sets New Resolution Standard

HDMI Forum, Inc. today announced the release of Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification which is now available to all HDMI 2.0 adopters. This latest HDMI Specification supports a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, and resolutions up to 10K. Dynamic HDR formats are also supported, and bandwidth capability is increased up to 48Gbps. Supporting the 48Gbps bandwidth is the new Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable. The cable ensures high- bandwidth dependent features are delivered including uncompressed 8K video with HDR. It features exceptionally low EMI (electro-magnetic interference) which reduces interference with nearby wireless devices. The cable is backwards compatible and can be used with the existing installed base of HDMI devices.

Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification is backward compatible with earlier versions of the specification, and was developed by the HDMI Forum's Technical Working Group whose members represent some of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components.

Club 3D Expands its Product Portfolio with New MST Hubs and HDMI Cables

Club 3D as the pioneer of Multi Stream Transport Hubs strengthen our presence in this segment with the announcement of the following products to complement our already established MST Hubs. Since our first introduction back in 2013, we are reaching a maturity level on these product lines and therefore we are introducing a lighter version packed in a polybag and powered solely with USB power. Compared to our further continued CSV-5XXX line of MST Hubs the new items will differ in some major points:
  • all models are powered by USB only, no power supply needed
  • different packaging: polybag instead of retail box
  • no reset button on the product, for repeating digital handshake just plug the MST Hub on/off from the Display Port.
  • no MiniDP to DP Adapter included in the box.

Cooler Master Reveals Their Vibrant RGB Hard Gaming Mousepad

Cooler Master launched the product page for their upcoming RGB Hard Gaming Mousepad, which is aimed at pro-level gamers. The mousepad's textured, low-friction hard surface was designed to work flawlessly with both optical and laser mice sensors. It also has five large rubber pads on the bottom, which help prevent the mousepad from slipping during intense gaming sessions. Cooler Master opted to use a braided cable for added durability.

The RGB Hard Gaming Mousepad comes with RGB lighting on the sides and on the Cooler Master logo as well. Users can choose from a palette of 16.7 million colors and nine different presets and effects to combine the mousepad's lighting with their other RGB peripherals. The touch sensitive button allows them to cycle through the LED backlight colors and modes.

Phanteks Announces Universal Extension Cable Kits

Phanteks is excited to announce the immediate availability of the new Universal Extension Cables Kit lineup. The premium cables comes in variety of colors and patterns to offers a more customizable solution to the modding market. The extension cables are made from premium quality materials to ensure great performance and reliability. The kit includes one 24-pin ATX, one 4+4 pin EPS, and two PCI-e extensions with cable combs to keep the cables in place.

BitFenix Announces Alchemy 2.0 PSU Extension Cables

As BitFenix is striving to provide high-quality chassis and modding accessories, offering diversity and customizability has always been a major focus. Today BitFenix is proud to announce the Alchemy 2.0 Extension Cable Kit, giving modders even more tools to tweak their systems.

The Alchemy 2.0 Extension Cable Kit contains extension cables for the 24-pin, the CPU and two VGA power cables, thus enabling clean and
organized cable management. Featuring high current alloy terminals and pure copper stranded cables, the performance loss of the power
supply is kept to a minimum.

Intel Atom-based Puma 6 Modem Chipset has Severe Latency Issues, Many Cable Modems Affected

Sometimes as a news reporter, a story drops right into your lap. That was the case with me and my latest experience with my ISP rented modem, which I recently upgraded to support higher speeds.

The modem I got was based on the Puma 6 chipset, which is an Atom based chipset from Intel. I immediately noticed a more sluggish web experience, despite the bandwidth nearly doubling (going from 8 downstream pipes to 24 will do that). I began to google this issue, and came up with a much-underreported issue from a thread on dslreports.com where the dedicated members there have extensively documented the issues with the Puma 6 chipset, and Intel's apparent inability to patch them.

BitFenix Announces the Alchemy 2.0 Cables

Introduction of Alchemy sleeved cables allowed many end users customized their computers. Now, BitFenix is ready to help ease modding with Alchemy 2.0 Sleeved Cable Kit. With input from some of the world's most prolific case modders, BitFenix Alchemy Modular Multisleeved Cables offer a premium ultra-dense weave and a unique multisleeved construction for an unparalleled look. These premium cables feature precision molded connectors and come in a variety of colors and cable types, enabling modders to transform normal PCs into objects of wonder.

Alchemy 2.0 quality is manufactured to premium standards with the use of premium materials. These connectors use High Current Alloy Terminals to provide the best connection on the terminal and minimize the efficiency drop in modular connections. Using pure copper strand cables that are up to 16AWG thick, Alchemy 2.0 reduces the resistance while increasing efficiency in modular cables.
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