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    CABLEMOD LED Strips Review

    Introduction It’s time that we settle the debate once and for all. LED’s make your computer go faster. Don’t argue it. Don’t even question it. It’s just fact! The real mystery is which LED strip will make your computer the fastest. As e...
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    AMD FX-9590 Overclocked Review

    Introduction Back in 2013, AMD released a chip that had many scratching their heads. Between the abnormally high TDP and ridiculous price tag, everyone thought the company had lost their minds. In hind sight, it’s easy to see that AMD hadn’t found their n...
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    CREATIVE Sound BlasterX H5 Gaming Headset Review

    Introduction Headsets are devices I’ve avoided most of me life. Being a PC gamer, it seems odd to say this. On the other hand, when I would try a headset, I would find them, hot, uncomfortable, and lacking the type of sound quality I’ve come to expect fro...
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    SWIFTECH H320 X2 Review

    Introduction Today we have yet ANOTHER CLC…. Haha! I’m just kidding. What SWIFTECH is doing in the cooling market is unprecedented and to say that it’s “just another” AIO unit would be doing the H320 X2 a vast injustice. That being said,...
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STEELSERIES Releases the Rival 700, First Modular Mouse

Remember when a mouse was just a mouse? Pepperidge Farm remembers! To be far, Pepperidge farm still thinks a mouse is a furry rodent in a barn. STEELSERIES has been known for their high-end peripherals so being the first to introduce a modular mouse is no surprise. What is a surprising is how far the mouse has come from it’s humble beginnings of track and ball. With an OLED display to notify you of in-game events and a modular design that puts a new spin on customization, the Rival 700 certainly takes gaming mice to a new level. I can’t say that I would ever look at my mouse enough to see the notifications, but if I can put a fun design on that screen, that would make me pretty happy. Customization always seems like a good thing though and the RGB lighting is always welcome in my book. Take a look at the details below and check out our forums to tell us what you think of the features in the Rival 700! SteelSeries Rival 700, World’s First Modular Gaming Mouse with OLED Display and Tactile Alerts Now Available in North America  Taking Orders Exclusively on SteelSeries.com Starting Today   CHICAGO – May 24, 2016 – SteelSeries, leader and innovator in gaming peripherals, ships the Rival 700, the world’s first gaming mouse equipped with a fully customizable onboard OLED display, real-time tactile alerts, and interchangeable components. Available exclusively at SteelSeries.com to customers in North America for $99.99, gamers can now head into battle with a...


BIOSTAR at COMPUTEX 2016: Let’s Race to the Future

BIOSTAR at COMPUTEX 2016: Let’s Race to the Future You are invited to the most intense and fast-paced booth at Computex May 20th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is excited to invite everyone to their booth at COMPUTEX Taipei 2016 where BIOSTAR will exhibit its exciting lineup of products including motherboards, VGA and IPCs during May 31st (Tue) – June 4th (Sat) 2016 in Nangang Exhibition Hall (4th floor, booth number M1213a). BIOSTAR’s focus in this showcase is its latest flagship RACING series motherboards, which is their theme for this year’s design along with the slogan of LET’S RACE TO THE FUTURE to highlight the pursuit into tomorrow’s experience. BIOSTAR will be showcasing its full line-up of RACING series motherboards including the latest Intel LGA1151 motherboards. The BIOSTAR RACING series features the latest innovations and technologies from BIOSTAR and visitors can check out for themselves these exciting new features during COMPUTEX 2016. BIOSTAR VGA will also be on display demonstrating some of the excellent graphics cards to complement its motherboard lineup. BIOSTAR IPCs are also on display for specialized applications featuring excellent innovations and reliable technologies including the Smart Locker. Visitors will get to experience first-hand the thrill of BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards powered by BIOSTAR VGAs with RACING machines present at the booth to try out. Race against time and enjoy the high-speed thrill with these machines l...


G.SKILL Announces 3200MHz Breakthrough in DDR4 SO-DIMM High Capacity Memory Kits!

G.SKILL Announces 3200MHz Breakthrough in DDR4 SO-DIMM High Capacity Memory Kits! Taipei, Taiwan (19 May 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces an all-new high performance breakthrough in DDR4 SO-DIMM memory with an intense speed of 3200MHz CL16 in large capacity kits of 32GB (2x16GB) or 16GB (2x8GB), all at 1.35V. Built with ultra-high performance Samsung DDR4 8Gb ICs, the performance of laptops and small form factor systems will never be the same again. Tested and validated on the latest Intel platform featuring the latest 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, this new DDR4-3200MHz SO-DIMM memory kit allows you to wield the power of a desktop system in a portable laptop or mini PC, perfect for casual gaming or working on-the-go. For a screenshot of the validation, please see below: Availability & Specifications This high speed SO-DIMM memory kit model will be released under a 2x16GB configuration for a total of 32GB and a 2x8GB configuration for 16GB. With integrated XMP 2.0 support, high-performance memory can be enabled with a simple setting. The 3200MHz SO-DIMM kit will be available to authorized distribution partners in June 2016. About G.SKILL Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory, SSD products, and gaming peripherals designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technical inn...


NVIDIA Keeps saying Async Support…

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“You keep using that term. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Inigo Montoya. Before anyone gets upset about my rant, I want to mention that AMD has been just as guilty of marketing hype. That’s what Pascal’s Async Support is looking like it amounts to and I’m getting tired of companies using our politician’s tactic of repeating the lie to try and convince “dumb” consumers to believe it. A.) We’re smarter than that. B.) The GTX 1080 is such a great release that it doesn’t need false hype to brag it up! Admittedly, while the technicality of the matter could actually mean the 1080 has Async support, it’s beginning to look like NVIDIA is using some marketing tricks to smokescreen what’s really going on. A benchmark came out showcasing various tests with Ashes of the Singularity and a GTX 1080. While Pascal fared better than Maxwell, the results aren’t particularly good. In some cases, we see the performance drop again from DirectX 11 and the gains that were made were practically unnoticeable. The key quote from WCCF in understanding how Pascal supports Async is here. ” Dynamic load balancing and improved pre-emption both improve the performance of async compute code considerably on Pascal compared to Maxwell. Although principally this is not exactly the same as Asynchronous Shading or Computing. Because Pascal still can’t execute async code concurrently without pre-emption. ...


NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Round Up

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You might be wondering why there was so little news on the site about the upcoming Pascal GPUs from NVIDIA. That’s mostly because the info was pretty iffy most of the time. The great thing about the hardware industry is that new releases can be very exciting, but they can also be over-hyped. I sat back for some time trying to determine if and what I should be covering about this release, ultimately deciding to wait until the reviews came in. Well, they’re in, and the GTX 1080 is a monster of a GPU! Overall, NVIDIA looks like they really outdid themselves on this one, which is impressive considering how well they outdid themselves with Maxwell. The 1080 achieves performance that’s almost impossible to believe and is certainly a worthy successor to the previous 900 series architecture. The only head scratcher that has some reviewers questioning it is in the high price of the founder’s edition. Outside of that, NVIDIA has knocked it out of the park. Here’s a list of reviews that have released already so that you can easily browse through them at your leisure. GTX 1080 Reviews http://www.pcgamer.com/gtx-1080-review/ http://www.techspot.com/review/1174-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080/ http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-review,1.html http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-pascal,4572.html http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/05/nvidia-gtx-1080-review/ https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_1080...


Crucial Announces Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 SODIMMs

Crucial Announces Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 SODIMMs   New modules give gamers more speed, more performance, and better gaming   Key Messages:   Increased performance and enhanced integrated graphics frame rates with speeds starting at 2400 MT/s Easy plug-and-play installation with Intel® XMP 2.0 profiles for simple configuration Black PCB design with digital camo features and limited lifetime warranty1 Up to 16GB on a single SODIMM     Multimedia Elements: How Crucial Ballistix is Made Crucial Image Gallery Boise, ID, and Glasgow, UK, — May 17, 2016 – Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced the availability of Ballistix® Sport LT DDR4 SODIMMs. Ideal for gamers and performance enthusiasts, the new modules accelerate gaming laptops and small form factor systems by packing faster speeds into every memory slot, enabling users to run demanding games and applications with ease.   With speeds starting at 2400 MT/s, Ballistix Sport LT SODIMMs offer better latencies, reduced load times, and improved frame rates with integrated graphics. The new modules also feature a sleek black PCB and digital camo design and support Intel® XMP 2.0 profiles for easy installation.   “We’re constantly seeking ways to empower gamers with affordable, easy-to-use products that help them gain that competitive, performance edge,” explained Jeremy Mortenson, product marketing manager, Crucial. “With new platforms supporting fast...


CABLEMOD LED Strips Review

CableMod LED Strips (1)

Introduction It’s time that we settle the debate once and for all. LED’s make your computer go faster. Don’t argue it. Don’t even question it. It’s just fact! The real mystery is which LED strip will make your computer the fastest. As easy as it is to convince the inexperienced of these sort of “truths,” the reality is PC builders want an LED strip that looks great while having the kind of quality that will help it last a long time. This is exactly what CABLEMOD is setting out to do with their LED Strips. With a wide variety of colors to choices between stick on or magnetic, CABLEMOD is bound to have something that will appeal to the lighting needs of your computer case. We’re going to take a look at what they have, but first, here’s a quick look at what CABLEMOD is trying to do. Cables Perfected. Made from premium materials and crafted with the utmost care, CableMod cables are engineered for more than just function; they are built to delight and inspire. By utilizing choice components, these cables are constructed without the use of unsightly heatshrink. Tweaked with input from the modding community and offered in a large selection of colors, CableMod cables can turn even the most ordinary systems into works of art. Not much about LEDs there it seems. That’s okay because I found some more quotes explaining there choice to use WideBeam, as well as other details. LED Strips Perfected. CableMod brings the same care...


 

Lian Li’s Two-faced PC-O9: Two Different Chassis Linked as One

Lian Li’s Two-faced PC-O9: Two Different Chassis Linked as One Latest PC Case Fits Powerful AIO/DIY Water Cooling and Highlights Attractive Components May 11, 2016, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd announces the PC -O9 chassis, the latest in its esteemed O-series open-air chassis. This new mid tower case features a distinctive dual-compartment design: one side uses all aluminum panels, the other is wreathed in beautiful tempered glass. Two Faces, Glass and Aluminum The PC-O9 is split into two sections for optimized cooling, organization, and style – it’s like two different cases fused together as conjoined twins. Similar to the PC-O8, the primary compartment uses two large tempered glass panels spanning the sides of the case to showcase the motherboard, VGA cards, and overall flashiest components. The secondary compartment houses the PSU and drive rack in a windowless aluminum exposure. Both compartments are separated by a band running down the middle of the chassis, which contains the inputs and power button. No other case lets builders isolate different components into organized compartments to this degree. Lian Li’s Best Chassis for Water Cooling The PC-O9 has the most flexible cooling layout in its series. It includes five 120mm fans – two exhaust fans behind the drive cage and three intake fans mounted between the compartments. The top panel in the glass compartment has three additional 120mm fan mounts; both top and bottom panels include r...


Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Titanium Green and Anthracite Grey New Color Release

Enthoo Pro M Walnut, California, May 10th, 2016 – Phanteks today introduced the new Titanium Green and Anthracite Gray Enthoo Pro M Acyrlic Edition. The new color will be available for immediate release. The PRO M Acryclic Window Edition has a full acrylic window, front and top brushed aluminum look panels, and the innovative radiator bracket. The I/O port now resides on the side of the front panel creating a simple but elegant design without the cost. The PRO M Acrylic Window Edition will feature a large interior to support full ATX. A innovative top radiator bracket to allow easy installation of the radiator and/or fans like the Enthoo EVOLV ATX and the EVOLV ITX. The PRO M Acrylic Window Edition comes with the all new HDD mounting system that can support multiple storage with the optional HDD bracket (PH-HDDKT_02). TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS   The Enthoo PRO M focuses on delivering great design without compromising price. Water-cooling builds will be a simple task with the help of our innovative radiator bracket and pump mounting locations. Whether you are a system builder or water-cooling enthusiast, the PRO M will give you unlimited possibilities. APPEARANCE Brushed aluminum look HIGH AIRFLOW CABLE MANAGEMENT FEATURES WATERCOOLING READY ACCESSORIES PRICING AND AVAILABILITY AVAILABLE AT MOST LOCAL RETAILERS IN MAY 2016 THE RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE PH-ES515PA_TG – $89.99 PH-ES515PA_AG - $89.99 WARRANTY 5 Years Limited Warranty


FSP Announces 80PLUS Gold Certified Hydro X Power Supply Series

FSP Announces 80PLUS Gold Certified Hydro X Power Supply Series Low Standby Power Usage, Dynamic Cooling, and DC-DC Design for High Efficiency and Reliability 10th May, 2016 – Taipei, Taiwan – FSP, the performance power specialist, announces the release of its Hydro X Series 80PLUS Gold certified power supplies. These ATX PSUs use premium components and Japanese-made electrolytic capacitors made to exacting standards in order to provide users excellent cooling performance at high efficiency with minimum noise.   Efficient, Reliable DC-DC Module Design Both +3.3V and +5V modules use a custom DC-DC design with solid capacitors for efficiency, voltage stability, and high system compatibility. This design is also optimized for the latest power-saving 6th Generation Intel Skylake processors. Tight Voltage Regulation and Smart Cooling A bespoke variable resistor (VR) design better controls the balance point of the +12V rail for tight regulation. Hydro X series PSUs ensure the output voltage is regulated within 1% under any load change. A thermometer monitors the internal temperature and automatically adjusts the speed of the 120mm double ball bearing fan to provide optimal cooling. Eco-Minion Controller Reduces Standby Power Consumption Computers spend most of their time sleeping. When a PC is in sleep or idle modes, most of its functions are powered by the +5Vsb rail. The Hydro X series includes an Eco-Minion Controller that enhances the overall performance of this rail. G...





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