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    Gigabyte X99-SLI Motherboard Review

    Introduction We are starting to see more and more Intel X99 series motherboards hit the market. The X99 series wasn’t designed to be a budget series platform, but that doesn’t mean it can’t fit into other marketing segments as well. There are many...
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    Azio MGK1 Mechanical Keyboard and EXO1 Mouse Review

    We're looking at the Azio EXO1 mouse and MGK1 mechanical illuminated keyboard, two devices that seem very capable on their own. However, when used together, the matching gunmetal finish and white illumination speak volumes for sleek aesthetics. Hey, we love innovati...
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    Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler Review

    Introduction When it comes to the CPU Cooling market, we know that there are lots of choices out there. But with so many options, how do we know which one is the right one? There are many aspects to choosing the right cooler for you. First, you need to look at what&...
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    Samsung EVO+ and PRO+ Micro SD Review

    Today we're looking at the Samsung Micro SD PRO+ 64GB and EVO+ 32GB cards. They promise very different speeds for consumers and professionals alike, and we'll discuss those differences as we take a closer look at what Samsung has to offer with their latest splash int...
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Benchmarking on Windows 10 with Futuremark benchmarks

Benchmarking on Windows 10 with Futuremark benchmarks As Windows 10 rolls out today, I’d like to share the latest status on our benchmarks’ compatibility with the new OS. In summary, all currently supported Futuremark benchmarks except PCMark Vantage are compatible with Windows 10 provided you have the latest version of our SystemInfo component installed, (download it here). 3DMark, 3DMark 11, 3DMark Vantage and Powermark all work fine with Windows 10. PCMark 8 is compatible with Windows 10 but we have seen some problems with the Photo Editing test on select NVIDIA hardware, possibly related to drivers. NVIDIA has been notified, but we don’t have a workaround at this time. PCMark 7 is compatible with Windows 10 but seems to have the occasional stability issue on some configurations. We’re not yet sure of the cause, but we’re looking into it. PCMark Vantage is not compatible and will not be supported on Windows 10. You’ll find the latest Windows 10 compatibility information on our website: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/windows10


3D XPoint Memory isn’t the Storage we Deserve, but the Storage we Need

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INTEL and MICRON held a press conference yesterday and revealed something that could potentially turn the storage world upside down. The average gaming system benefits immensely from a single good performance SSD, but in the case of Big Data, storage is still the major bottleneck of being able to process information at higher rates. However, if 3D XPoint Memory really does work at 1000X the speed of NAND Flash with 10X the capacity of DRAM, storage could be taking a huge turning point within the next year or two. This isn’t first time we’ve heard of some crazy fast technology being worked on with the potential to change the market. For instance, graphene keeps hitting the headlines but even just a working sample is still a long ways away and could potentially never materialize. What’s different about the INTEL/MICRON press conference is this technology is going to be ready to sample towards the end of this year. MICRON even showcased a chip wafer that was already fabricated. Based on what was said, the initial technology can hold 128 Gb per die across two memory layers. It’s hard to picture exactly how this will turn out just yet but if multiple dies can be added to one device, similar to the way multiple NAND chips are combined on an SSD, we might see 1 Tb + devices pretty quickly. 3D XPoint is in it’s early stages but future generations can increase the memory layers and lithographic pitch scaling for higher capacities. This is some pretty h...


G.SKILL Conquers 4000MHz Speed Barrier and Releases New Trident Z and Ripjaws V Series DDR4 Memory

G.SKILL Conquers 4000MHz Speed Barrier and Releases New Trident Z and Ripjaws V Series DDR4 Memory Designed for 6th Gen Intel Core Processors    Taipei, Taiwan (29 July 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory, solid state storage, power supplies, and gaming peripherals, is extremely thrilled to announce the first retail memory kit to break through the 4000MHz barrier and two brand new memory series – the Trident Z and Ripjaws V series – with updated performance specifications designed for the latest 6th generation Intel Core Processors and Z170 motherboards!   Trident Z Extreme DDR4 Memory – It’s Over 4000! The new Trident Z DDR4 memory is the successor to the high-end Trident memory series and making its debut on the latest DDR4 standard, designed and tested for the next generation Skylake-S platform! For the first time in the history of extreme memory kits, Trident Z is entering the arena with a 4000MHz memory kit, built with highest-end Samsung IC memory chips and validated on the ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboard. Featuring a single-piece design that allows direct heat dissipation from heatspreader to cooling fin, dual-color construction for the ultimate system builds, and extreme XMP 2.0 support for simple overclocking setup that ranges from DDR4-2800MHz all the way to DDR4-4000MHz, nothing else comes close to the brink of extreme. Built with exceptionally hand-screened IC chips...


THE MIONIX CASTOR – FIVE FINGERS, THREE GRIP STYLES, ONE MOUSE

THE MIONIX CASTOR – FIVE FINGERS, THREE GRIP STYLES, ONE MOUSE For the first time, a mouse caters all grip styles alike. Named for one of the brightest stars in the night sky, this 6-button, multi-color optical gaming mouse is crafted especially for right-handed gamers with dedicated ring and pinkie finger grooves and enhanced rubber grip. With its unique shape and the outstanding technical performance it is setting a new standard in ergonomic comfort and gaming performance. The Castor truly is a fine piece of craftsmanship. Pre-order now by hitting the button below and secure yourself one of the first units worldwide – we are shipping in September! Pre-order now


Fury X Overclocking Failing to Meet Expectations

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When Fury X first released, overclocking was abysmal, but that wasn’t any surprise once it was pointed out that voltage control wasn’t being supported yet. Now however, TechPowerUp seems to have found a breakthrough in the voltage control and plans on releasing software soon for other users. The bad news is, it doesn’t look like AMD understands the phrase “overclocker’s dream” when it comes to Fiji overclocking. To begin with, TechPowerUp was able to get a good 60 MHz extra out of the HBM. That isn’t a bad number considering how fresh the technology is and since AMD wasn’t bragging about memory overclocking, it’s a nice bonus. The problem is how little the GPU itself was able to be pushed. The most they could get out of it was an extra 165 MHz while remaining stable. When you do the math, that’s only slightly over a 15% overclock. The good news was that temperatures still remained great, but the power draw on the system raised exponentially. All considering, the extra energy needed only amounted to roughly a 5 FPS gain in gaming. Some minor tweaks in voltage would be fine if you wanted to reach stability but overall, there doesn’t seem to be a worthwhile benefit to pushing the Fury X to the max. Check out the link below to see the scaling in more detail. There’s really no way to spin this in a positive light. AMD really dropped the ball by claiming that Fury X would be a “overclocker’s d...


Gigabyte X99-SLI Motherboard Review

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Introduction We are starting to see more and more Intel X99 series motherboards hit the market. The X99 series wasn’t designed to be a budget series platform, but that doesn’t mean it can’t fit into other marketing segments as well. There are many users who don’t feel right spending $500+ on a motherboard, but are okay with something in between this price and the low-end/budget models. Now that this platform has had its time to mature, manufacturers are releasing a range of X99 motherboards to meet the demands of all types of consumers. We have a wide variety, from high end enthusiast boards to the more basic motherboards. Today, we have a chance to take a look at a Gigabyte X99 motherboard that meets “mid range” description perfectly: the Gigabyte X99-SLI. This motherboard is designed with quite a few bells and whistles, but with a more moderate price. Let’s dive in and take a closer look…   About Gigabyte: GIGABYTE was founded in 1986, establishing our uncontested position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader in the globe. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, we have offered a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Slate Devices, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones. W...


 

AOC presents new UHD and QHD monitors – supreme sharpness at 32 inches

  Supreme sharpness at 32 inches: AOC presents new UHD and QHD monitors Brilliant UHD images on an imposing 32″ screen: the AOC U3277PQU Amsterdam, 28 July 2015 – Display specialist AOC introduces two new 32″ (81.3 cm) displays with UHD and QHD resolutions. Both the AOC U3277PQU with its 3840 x 2160 pixel AHVA-IPS panel and the AOC Q3277PQU with its 2560 x 1440 AMVA panel combine high resolutions and an extra-large screen size in order to provide power home users, photographers, designers and other professionals with highly detailed images and additional desktop real estate. Flicker FREE technology and a rich set of features contribute to eye-health and comfort. High-resolution images in a new size With their 32″ (81.3 cm) screen size, the AOC U3277PQU and AOC Q3277PQU are two impressive new options for users in search of a large high-resolution display. The U3277PQU boasts an AHVA-IPS panel with a 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is four times as much as a standard Full HD panel. This way, photos, text, videos, games and other content appear considerably sharper and more detailed. Even Full HD video material can be upscaled to look notably crisper on the UHD display. Users without a modern 4K compatible graphics card can still get brilliant high-resolution images with the Q3277PQU and its QHD AMVA panel. The QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels offers a vastly improved pixel density over Full HD monitors of the same size. Both of the new models cove...


COUGAR Makes Pro Gaming Affordable with 230M and 250M

COUGAR Makes Pro Gaming Affordable with 230M and 250M July 24th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR announces today the arrival of a revolutionary pair of gaming mice to the market: 230M and 250M. These mice’s significance comes not only from their specs or appearance, but also from the idea behind them: putting pro level gaming mice within everybody’s grasp The new 230M and 250M offer a solution to every gamer, including both right and left handed users: Their ambidextrous design is highly comfortable for everybody. While their appearance and objective is similar, there are differences between both: 230M has been designed for purists who care mostly about the mouse’s quality and accuracy, while 250M adds to that a broad functionality. Both products share many features essential for gaming. Both have a 1000 Hz polling rate, which guarantees extremely low (1ms) response time, and their components are all of the highest quality, as shown for example in their OMRON Switches and gaming grade scroll wheel. Apart from that, they both sport extremely high quality sensors (3200 DPI for 230M, 4000 DPI for 250M) that allow the user to adjust the DPI levels on the fly (4 fixed levels for 230M, configurable DPI levels for 250M). 230M caters to purists who do not require any extra functionality apart from the essential DPI adjustment option. They care only about having an accurate and reliable sensor, the minimum response time and a good ergonomic design, and with 23...


Addonics Announces Rack-Mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter

Addonics Announces Rack-Mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter SAN JOSE, CA (July 23, 2015) — Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) today announced a rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter, which allows users to turn any SATA device into the latest SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 storage solution. When connected to a USB 3.1 port, the converter can deliver data throughput up to 10 Gbps. This effectively doubles the speed of USB 3.0 and is 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Since it is backward compatible with previous USB standards, any SATA hard drive, SSD (Solid State Drive), and even optical drives can easily be converted into USB 3.1 storage. It comes mounted on a SCIS-I bracket, which means it can easily be mounted onto any storage enclosure with a standard SCSI-1 (Centronic 50) cut out. It can be mounted on a standard desktop computer chassis by using an optional PCI mounting bracket. The converter comes in a choice of models. There’s also a model with a WRITE-PROTECT function that is ideal for sharing drives containing important data among different users or for forensic application. Drives connecting to this bridge appear as READ-ONLY media, similar to a CD or DVD disc. All features are identical as the standard version except the WRITE function is disabled. This unique feature ensures absolute protection on any hard drive or SSD against virus contamination or data tampering. The new products are an ideal companion to the Addonics USB 3.1 PCIe controller, which the company announ...


Futuremark Peacekeeper benchmark will no longer be supported after July 29

Peacekeeper benchmark will no longer be supported after July 29 With the public release of Windows 10 coming up next week it’s a good time for us to review our current line up. As a result, we have decided to move Peacekeeper, our browser benchmark, to our list of unsupported products. Peacekeeper is a universal browser benchmark for measuring JavaScript performance. More than seven and a half million people have tested their browsers and mobile devices with Peacekeeper since its release in 2009. But today, competition between browsers has largely shifted from speed to features. Modern browsers are typically fast enough on a wide range of hardware, and the differences in speed in everyday use are trivial. A browser’s features, extensions, and memory use are now much more likely to be the deciding factors reducing the relevance of pure JavaScript performance benchmarks. For future testing of Windows PCs, we recommend PCMark 8. And for Android smartphones and tablets, we recommend PCMark for Android. Both include tests for measuring web browsing performance based on real-world activities instead of the narrow, synthetic workloads found in JavaScript benchmarks. Even though Peacekeeper will be unsupported after July 29, you will still be able to use it and your saved results will continue to be available at http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/. Changes to the availability of other benchmarks With the launch of Windows 10 we will also be removing the Windows RT ver...





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