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Habey Launches MITX-6770 Mini-ITX Motherboard

HABEY USA, a leading manufacturer of embedded computer products, today announces MITX-6770, the latest embedded board powered by the Intel J1900 Quad Core 2.42 GHz Celeron Processor. This thin Mini-ITX board is designed to meet the increasing demand for variety of network connectivity, higher network performance, flexible storage options and improved security of the Internet of things (IoT). The board has dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports build-in with Power over Ethernet (PoE) option, on-board Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security feature and support of two mSATA slots for storage redundancy.

Unique features of the MITX-6770 also include Digital Display Interface (DDI) headers for additional rear panel HDMI, DisplayPort (DP) or LVDS, eDP expansion, 7.1 High Definition audio header for RCA device outputs, LPC expansion header for legacy I/O device add-on cards and a SIM socket for cellular radio connectivity.

Philips Announces BDM3270QP 32-inch WQHD Monitor

Philips announced the BDM3270QP, a 32-inch monitor with WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) native resolution. Don't let the size and resolution put you off; at its size, this monitor offers the same pixel density as a 24-inch 1080p monitor (91.8 ppi). Under the hood is an AMVA panel, offering 178°/178° viewing angles, 5 ms response time, 300 cd/m² maximum brightness, dynamic mega-contrast, and 10-bit color (1.07 billion-color palette). The monitor takes input from dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI 1.4. Its stand allows height, 90° rotation, and tilt adjustments. Other features include stereo audio output, and a 2-port USB 3.0 hub. The display is expected to be priced around 700€ (including taxes).

Acer Announces World's First Curved Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology

Acer today announced the 34-inch curved 21:9 ultra-wide Acer XR341CKA monitor, the world's first curved monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC, providing an immersive gaming experience with minimal stutters and screen tears. DTS sound, 2x7W speakers, a zero-frame design with a futuristic aluminum base and ambient lighting options create an exciting entertainment experience with style.

The Acer XR341CKA features a curved 21:9 UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) resolution IPS display panel with a 178-degree viewing angle, providing an immersive experience in games and entertainment with a broader view. It supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut, delivering accurate color reproduction desired by design professionals and photo enthusiasts for precise color matching across applications and print output.

BenQ XL2730Z 27-inch AMD FreeSync Monitor to Launch Next Week

BenQ XL2730Z, a 27-inch monitor featuring support for AMD FreeSync, will be available from April 30. Designed for gaming PC builds, the XL2730Z offers WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) native resolution, with 144 Hz refresh rate, and 1 ms response time. It can synchronize its refresh-rate with the GPU's output frame-rate between 40 Hz and 144 Hz. To be able to use FreeSync, you need to plug the monitor to a graphics card featuring DisplayPort 1.2a (or higher) output. Currently, only select AMD Radeon GPUs, such as the R9 285, R9 290, R9 290X, and R9 295X2 support DP 1.2a. Other vitals include 170°/160° (H/V) viewing angles, 120,000:1 contrast-ratio, and 350 cd/m² maximum brightness. Slick looks aside, its gamer-friendly features include an accessible physical control pad, a USB 3.0 hub, and a headset stand. The XL2730Z will be priced at US $599.

GIGABYTE Intros its GeForce GTX 960 ITX Graphics Card

GIGABYTE rolled out its latest GeForce GTX 960, designed for space-constrained builds, the GV-N960IX-2GD. This full-height graphics card is just 18.1 cm long, and should squeeze into most compact cubical ITX cases. It features a custom-design PCB that draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector; mated to a compact single-fan cooling solution, which uses a single 90 mm fan to ventilate a dense aluminium fin heatsink, to which heat drawn directly from the GPU die is fed by a pair of 8 mm thick copper heat pipes.

The card offers out of the box clock speeds of 1127 MHz core, 1178 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory (all reference), and features 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across the chip's 128-bit wide memory interface. Display outputs include a pair of dual-link DVI connectors, and one each of HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2. Based on the 28 nm GM206 silicon, the GeForce GTX 960 features 1,024 CUDA cores based on the "Maxwell" architecture. The company didn't announce pricing or availability information.

ViewSonic Introduces New Line of Ultra HD Monitors

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, introduces its new line of Ultra HD monitors. The VP2780-4K is ViewSonic's flagship Ultra HD monitor designed with a professional grade panel and connectivity; the VG2860mhl-4K is designed for commercial and enterprise applications featuring a flexible ergonomic stand; and the VX2475Smhl-4K brings multimedia to life from video games to action-packed movies. Building upon its award-winning display heritage, ViewSonic's new Ultra HD monitors meet the needs of demanding gaming enthusiasts to color-critical design professionals.

"With more UHD content now available and consumers showing increased interest of using Ultra HD displays at work and at home, ViewSonic is harnessing two decades as a leader and innovator in displays to deliver a complete portfolio of Ultra HD monitors," said Kenneth Mau, senior product marketing manager at ViewSonic Corp.

BIOSTAR Announces a GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

As part of its comeback streak with PC graphics, BIOSTAR announced its GeForce GTX 960 graphics card. Based on a custom-design by the company, the card features a custom PCB design, and a dual-fan aluminium fin-stack heatsink, to which heat is fed by copper heat pipes. The cooler keeps its fans off until the GPU reaches a temperature threshold. The card offers reference clocks of 1127 MHz core, 1187 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. The card draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector. Display outputs include a pair of dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 connectors. Expect the card to be priced at $199.

Dell Announces P2416D 24-inch WQHD Monitor

Dell announced the P2416D, a 24-inch monitor featuring WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) native resolution. Based on an IPS panel, the monitor offers 99% coverage of sRGB palette, and wide viewing angles, although the company didn't specify them. The monitor takes input from DisplayPort 1.2 (required for 2560 x 1440 @ 60 Hz), HDMI 1.4 (native resolution at 30 Hz), and D-Sub (lower than native resolution). Other features include a 4-port USB 2.0 hub, and a stand that allows tilt and height adjustments. Backed by a 3-year warranty, the P2416D will be priced at US $369.99, when it hits the stores, later this month.

AMD Announces FreeSync, Promises Fluid Displays More Affordable than G-SYNC

AMD today officially announced FreeSync, an open-standard technology that makes video and games look more fluid on PC monitors, with fluctuating frame-rates. A logical next-step to V-Sync, and analogous in function to NVIDIA's proprietary G-SYNC technology, FreeSync is a dynamic display refresh-rate technology that lets monitors sync their refresh-rate to the frame-rate the GPU is able to put out, resulting in a fluid display output.

FreeSync is an evolution of V-Sync, a feature that syncs the frame-rate of the GPU to the display's refresh-rate, to prevent "frame tearing," when the frame-rate is higher than refresh-rate; but it is known to cause input-lag and stutter when the GPU is not able to keep up with refresh-rate. FreeSync works on both ends of the cable, keeping refresh-rate and frame-rates in sync, to fight both page-tearing and input-lag.

EIZO Unveils a 23.8-Inch 4K UHD Monitor

EIZO Corporation today announced the release of the ColorEdge CG248-4K, a 23.8-inch monitor with a UHD (ultra-high-definition) 4K (3840 x 2160) native resolution for creative professionals who work with high-resolution content such as photography, print, and video.

The ColorEdge CG248-4K features the highest pixel density yet in the ColorEdge lineup at an astonishing 185 ppi (pixels per inch), making high-resolution image display smoother than ever. This allows professionals to display the high level of detail captured in 4K photographs with exceptional clarity. Alphanumeric characters and contours are also distinguished with excellent sharpness for the printing workflow.

Acer Releases the H257HU 25-Inch WQHD Monitor

Acer America has announced that its Acer H257HU monitor with a brilliant WQHD resolution and a stunning zero-frame design is now available for customers in the United States. This premium display's high WQHD (2560x1440) resolution shows four times more detail than HD, offering a high-caliber visual experience for viewing movies, games and more.

Progressive styling features a beautifully-crafted brushed metal, diamond cut stand and a slim, aluminum front bezel. The zero-frame design maximizes screen real estate and provides a more seamless viewing experience for multi-monitor setups. Thanks to the IPS screen, the Acer H257HU delivers clear and bright 178-degree wide viewing angles horizontally and vertically.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN-X Specs Revealed

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX TITAN-X, unveiled last week at GDC 2015, is shaping up to be a beast, on paper. According to an architecture block-diagram of the GM200 silicon leaked to the web, the GTX TITAN-X appears to be maxing out all available components on the 28 nm GM200 silicon, on which it is based. While maintaining the same essential component hierarchy as the GM204, the GM200 (and the GTX TITAN-X) features six graphics processing clusters, holding a total of 3,072 CUDA cores, based on the "Maxwell" architecture.

With "Maxwell" GPUs, TMU count is derived as CUDA core count / 16, giving us a count of 192 TMUs. Other specs include 96 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 12 GB of memory, using 24x 4 Gb memory chips. The core is reportedly clocked at 1002 MHz, with a GPU Boost frequency of 1089 MHz. The memory is clocked at 7012 MHz (GDDR5-effective), yielding a memory bandwidth of 336 GB/s. NVIDIA will use a lossless texture-compression technology to improve bandwidth utilization. The chip's TDP is rated at 250W. The card draws power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 2.0, and one dual-link DVI.

Lenovo Announces ThinkVision T Series Monitors

Lenovo, today introduced a refreshed lineup of its ThinkVision T Series monitors featuring the latest green certificates and a new more refined ThinkVision design. The new generation models have thinner profiles and a new LTPS (Lift, Tilt, Pivot, Swivel) stand design allowing perfect ergonomic positioning and a swivel capability for portrait mode viewing. Equal bezel width on all sides make for a seamless and improved multi-monitor set-up and a new ThinkCentre Tiny Clamp Bracket solution enables a picture-perfect desktop environment. The ThinkVision monitors continue to provide an unmatched visually-rich experience while meeting the latest environmental and regulatory standards.

The ideal companion for all Lenovo PCs, users are able to boost productivity with excellent screen quality, while comfortably adjusting the monitor to suit height, tilt, swivel and pivot angles. The lineup includes - In-plane switching 178/178 wide viewing angle models consisting of the T2424p, T2324p, T2224p, T2454p and T2224z VOIP monitor, that all tout enhanced connectivity with USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2. In-place switching panels not only allow consistent wide viewing angles, but better color fidelity and improved contrast and response times. The T2224z boasts best in class VOIP experience with an integrated FHD webcam, digital microphone, and dedicated VOIP buttons including physical camera lock, mute and volume controls.

ZOTAC Unveils a Pair of 4 GB GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Cards

ZOTAC joined the 4 GB GeForce GTX 960 party with two factory-overclocked models. The ZT-90308-10M features a minor overclock of 1177 MHz core, with 1240 MHz GPU Boost (vs. reference clocks of 1126/1178 MHz); while the AMP! variant (ZT-90309-10M) offers higher 1266 MHz core with 1329 MHz GPU Boost. The memory clock is untouched on both cards, at 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective).

The ZT-90308-10M features a more cost-effective dual-fan cooling solution, while the AMP! offers a meatier dual-fan one. Both cards draw power from single 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and come with back-plates. Display outputs on both include three DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 2.0, and one DVI. Based on the 28 nm GM206 silicon, the GTX 960 features 1,024 CUDA cores, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. ZOTAC didn't announce pricing or availability information.
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ASUS Intros GeForce GTX 960 STRIX 4GB Graphics Card

ASUS joined the 4 GB GeForce GTX 960 party with a variant of its STRIX OC graphics card, the STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5. The card features 4 GB of memory across the chip's 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory bus, and offers factory-overclocked speeds of 1291 MHz core, 1317 MHz GPU Boost, compared to reference speeds of 1126/1178 MHz, and an untouched 7010 MHz memory (GDDR5-effective).

A star attraction here, is ASUS's DirectCU II STRIX cooling solution, which features a meaty aluminium fin-stack heatsink that's ventilated by a pair of fans that stay off until a temperature threshold is reached. So the card is completely silent unless you're subjecting it to heavy 3D loads. The card features a back-plate, to cool memory chips located there. It draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.2, and one each of HDMI 2.0 and dual-link DVI. ASUS didn't announce pricing or availability.

ViewSonic Launches New 28-inch LED Monitor with VDI Client Endpoint Mount

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, introduces the VG2847Smh 28-inch Full HD monitor. The VG2847Smh delivers superior screen performance with a SuperClear MVA panel while an integrated virtual desktop infrastructure endpoint mount makes it an ideal desktop monitor solution for business, government and educational organizations deploying VDI solutions.

With its SuperClear Pro MVA panel and 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, the ViewSonic VG2847Smh delivers a crisp viewing experience with wide viewing angles, and smooth color gradient. The easy-to-use integrated endpoint mount allows client boxes to be installed on the back of the monitor, without interfering with the ergonomic design. For company's investing in VDI-based desktop or need a high performance business monitor, the VG2847Smh comes with future-proof connectivity options including HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA inputs, and USB ports.

Apple Announces its Slimmest MacBook Yet

Apple announced its slimmest MacBook yet, equipped with the Retina display. Barely ripping the scales at 1 kg, just 13.1 mm thin (at its thickest point). Dressed in an all-metal unibody, including the antenna. Bolstered by a slimmer "butterfly" keyboard that's slimmer and more precise; and a new 12-inch Retina display with 2304 x 1440 pixels resolution; and a slimmer Taptic-engine backed trackpad. The best part? It's versatile connector that combines power, USB-C (10 Gb/s), DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, and more.

Under the hood, the MacBook Retina features a completely fanless design, and a logic board that's 67% smaller than the previous generation. The notebook is driven by an Intel Core M processor (5W TDP). With a new space-efficient layered battery, it offers 24-hour battery life, including 10 hours video playback. Storage is care of a 256 GB PCIe SSD. Connectivity includes 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0. And then there's OS X "Yosemite." The MacBook Retina comes in silver, space-gray, and gold. Prices start at US $1,299 for the base-model with 8 GB RAM, 1.1-2.4 GHz processor, 256 GB SSD storage; and $1,599 for a 1.2-2.6 GHz processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 512 GB storage.

ASUS Announces the ROG GR8S Steam Machine

A fusion between PC hardware giant ASUS' Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand, and Valve's Steam Machines, was bound to happen. With the new ROG GR8S, ASUS has taken a plunge into the exciting new gaming platform that bridges living room gaming consoles, and full-blown gaming PCs, backed by Steam. The ROG GR8S is roughly as big as a modern console such as Xbox One, but features ASUS' signature red and black ROG product design.

The ROG GR8S is peppered with a lot more wired connectivity than a console, offering two USB 2.0 (for controllers, keyboards, mice), four USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0 - both of support 4K Ultra HD at 60 Hz; gigabit Ethernet (Intel controller), digital and analog multi-channel audio connectivity. Under the hood, ASUS offers Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors (options), GeForce GTX 900 "Maxwell" graphics (options), between 4 GB and 16 GB of DDR3 system RAM (options), either 500 GB to 1 TB HDD or 128 GB to 512 GB SSD storage, and an 802.11 ac WLAN controller with Miracast receiver.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN-X Pictured Up-close

Here are some of the first close-up shots of NVIDIA's new flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX TITAN-X, outside Jen-Hsun Huang's Rafiki moment at a GDC presentation. If we were to throw in an educated guess, NVIDIA probably coined the name "TITAN-X" as it sounds like "Titan Next," much like it chose "TITAN-Z" as it sounds like "Titans" (plural, since it's a dual-GPU card). Laid flat out on a table, the card features an a matte-black colored reference cooling solution that looks identical to the one on the original TITAN. Other cosmetic changes include a green glow inside the fan intake, the TITAN logo, and of course, the green glow on the GeForce GTX marking on the top.

The card lacks a back-plate, giving us a peek at its memory chips. The card features 12 GB of GDDR5 memory, and looking at the twelve memory chips on the back of the PCB, with no other traces, we reckon the chip features a 384-bit wide memory interface. The 12 GB is achieved using twenty-four 4 Gb chips. The card draws power from a combination of 8-pin and 6-pin power connectors. The display I/O is identical to that of the GTX 980, with three DisplayPorts, one HDMI, and one DVI. Built on the 28 nm GM200 silicon, the GTX TITAN-X is rumored to feature 3,072 CUDA cores. NVIDIA CEO claimed that the card will be faster than even the previous generation dual-GPU flagship product by NVIDIA, the GeForce GTX TITAN-Z.

Intel Readies 4K-ready NUC NUC5i7RYH Desktop

With 4K-ready media center PCs upon us, Intel decided to equip one of its next-gen NUC (next unit of computing) desktops with one of its most powerful integrated graphics solutions, which can either accelerate 4K video, 1080p to 4K upscaling GPU algorithms (think MadVR), or make for a reasonably fast 720p or 900p gaming machine. The NUC5i7RYH from Intel features a Core i5-5557U processor, which integrates Iris 6100 Graphics. Based on the "Broadwell-GT3" silicon, Iris 6100 offers 48 execution units, between 300 and 1100 MHz GPU core frequency, and an L4 eDRAM cache. A passive cooling solution deals with this 28W TDP chip. Other specs include two DDR3-1866 SO-DIMM slots, supporting up to 16 GB of memory, HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 display-outputs, four USB 3.0 ports, including one high-current port.

Philips Intros BDM3470UP 34-inch 21:9 Monitor

Philips launched the BDM3470UP, a high-resolution 34-inch monitor with the ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. Featuring an AH-IPS display panel, with a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, 178°/178° viewing angles, 320 cd/m² maximum brightness, and a 10-bit color palette (1.07 billion colors), the monitor is designed for multi-tasking in a content-creation environment. Display inputs include dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, and MHL (mobile high-definition link). It also features two independent USB hubs, a 2-port USB 2.0 hub, and a 2-port USB 3.0 hub with high-current "fast-charger," in addition to stereo audio input for a headphones jack. Its stand offers height, tilt, and rotate adjustments; the monitor supports standard VESA wall mounts. Available in Denmark, the BDM3470UP is priced at 7,949 DKK (US $1,208), including taxes.

Acer Announces XG270HU Monitor with AMD Freesync

The Acer XG270HU gaming monitor with AMD FreeSync technology and support for AMD Radeon R-Series GPU eliminates screen tearing and stuttering to offer users an ultra-smooth gaming experience. This 27-inch monitor also comes with WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, a fast 144Hz refresh rate, and an edge-to-edge frameless design for enhanced gaming performance and seamless viewing.

With FreeSync technology, the XG270HU monitor's frames are synced with the graphics card's frames to eliminate screen tearing and stuttering. This technology minimizes lag and latency, thereby offering ultra-smooth action sequences that are essential for enjoying the latest games. The XG270HU's edge-to-edge frameless display maximizes the viewing area and affords a seamless viewing experience for multi-monitor setups. Its fast 1ms response time assures that actions or dramatic transitions will be rendered smoothly without smearing or ghosting effects.

AOC Unveils the Q2778VQE 27-inch WQHD Monitor

With a WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a super short response time of just 1 ms, the 27" (68.6 cm) AOC Q2778VQE is not only ideal for enjoying fast-paced games and movies in full detail. Professional users also benefit greatly from the impressive screen real estate, e. g. while working with complex multi-window applications or high-resolution imagery.

Display specialist AOC's new WQHD monitor AOC Q2778VQE boasts a 27" (68.6 cm) TN panel with an aspect ratio of 16:9, wide viewing angles (170° horizontal / 160° vertical) and a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. This way, computer games can be enjoyed in significantly richer detail than with standard Full HD monitors. In addition, entertainment users in particular benefit greatly from the extremely short response time of just 1 ms, which virtually eliminates ghosting effects. This way, players and movie enthusiasts can enjoy crisp and clear images even during fast-paced, action-packed scenes. The monitor's super-fast DisplayPort input option is an ideal choice to transmit high resolution content in a particularly smooth way.

VESA Publishes Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) Standard Version 1.4a

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today published the Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) Standard version 1.4a. Replacing eDP v1.4, published in February 2013, eDP 1.4a enables a higher video data transfer rate for increased panel resolution, greater color depth and higher refresh rates. It also incorporates the VESA Display Stream Compression (DSC) Standard v1.1, and includes a new segmented panel architecture that enables higher panel integration. These and other refinements were made to the eDP 1.4a standard to take advantage of higher GPU video performance and newer display technologies, while also enabling reduced system power and form factor.

The eDP v1.4a standard leverages the VESA DisplayPort (DP) Standard v1.3, published in September 2014, as a base specification. That standard's new higher HBR3 link rate, which operates at 8.1 Gbps per lane, is now also part of eDP v1.4a. With both HBR3 and the DSC v1.1 standard included, the latest eDP standard can support embedded panels with up to 8K resolution. For embedded display applications, DSC is most often used to decrease video interface data rate or wire count, as well as reduce display frame buffer size, thereby reducing system power usage to extend battery life. It also enables reductions in system complexity and form factor.

Gigabyte Unveils P37X 17.3-inch Gaming Notebook

GIGABYTE announced a 17.3" slim gaming laptop P37X for anyone who seeks uncompromised gaming performance and multimedia fun on the move. Boosted by a top-of-line GTX 980M graphics, P37X is capable of fantastic gameplay and splendid P10000+ in 3DMark 11. Measuring just 22.5mm thin and weighs 2.8 kg, this beast boasts a slender posture despite its dominating performance. GIGABYTE exclusive Macro Hub translates personalized macro recording into a matter of seconds and takes gaming experience on to another level. P37X equips hardcore gamers with full-spectrum features for uncompromised gaming experience without the heft synonymous to the desktop systems. Users looking for uncompromised mobile platform with larger vision would definitely find the P37X a dream all-rounder.

Powered by P37X a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, a more punchy graphic force bringing a stunning score, P10000+ in 3DMark 11, yet staying efficient when battery life and running time are concerns. The long awaited Maxwell architecture brings multiple visual innovations including DSR, MFAA & VXGI for more realistic, stunning images and thus unprecedented gaming virtual reality, creating users a solid edge when running the most resource crunching games in high settings and graphic professionals desirable processing resources comparable to desktop systems. Storage is configured to two rapid 512 GB mSATA SSDs and dual 2TB hard drives, blending speed and capacity into an incredibly thin and lightweight chassis.
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