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    AMD FX 8320E Processor Review

    Introduction The AMD FX Series processors are a few years old now and we haven’t seen any really big changes with AMD’s road map for these aging chips. Going back down memory lane a bit, during AMD’s original launch of the Bulldozer FX 8150, many of...
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    GIGABYTE Hosts X99 CHAMPION CHALLENGE on HWBOT.org

    GIGABYTE Hosts X99 CHAMPION CHALLENGE on HWBOT.org Tweak your GIGABYTE X99 Systems for Big Cash Prizes     City of Industry, California, April 20th, 2015 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announce...
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    Phanteks PH-TC12LS & PH-TC14S CPU Cooler Reviews

    Introduction Phanteks has recently started to branch out with more products to add to their already popular name; they have set a standard in the cooling market with some of today’s top performing air coolers. The quality and superb performance reputation they ...
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    Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 2400MHz Review

    The Ballistix performance series memory has proven popular for their stock performance, overclock-ability, quality and the ever changing style employed by Crucial. Recently we had the pleasure of reviewing the DDR4 Ballistix Elite 2666MHz kit, these featured beautifu...
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Club 3D : SenseVision Designed for Surface

Amsterdam, April 24th 2015. Club 3D is proud to announce that its family of SenseVision MST Hubs has now been certified by Microsoft under their ‘Designed for Surface’ program. The Club 3D Multi Stream Transport Hubs CSV-5200, CSV-5300A and the unique Y-cabled Docking Station with MST Support CSV-3203 are now allowed to carry the Microsoft Designed for Surface logo. This certification is an important next step in Club 3D’s effort to increase awareness and recognition by users of the increasingly popular Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and 3 platforms. They are the first tablets really capable of replacing a traditional notebook. Club 3D SenseVision products see a sharp rise in demand as sales of Microsoft Surface continue to grow rapidly, mainly in the B2B market where users want full Desktop PC functionality from their mobile devices. Club 3D will continue to expand the range of SenseVision products which aim to offer the desired connectivity and enable use of your favorite USB peripherals and multiple external monitors to the Surface Pro tablets. The Multi Stream Transport (MST) Hub DisplayPort™ 1-2 CSV-5200 enables you to connect two external displays with up to 2560 x 1440 resolution at 60Hz to your Surface Pro 2 or 3 tablet. The Surface Display will still work with two external displays attached to the CSV-5200. To use your Surface tablet with the MST-Hub a Mini-DisplayPort™ to DisplayPort™ adapter is required. The MST-Hub CSV-5200 draws its power from the USB ca...


AMD FX 8320E Processor Review

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Introduction The AMD FX Series processors are a few years old now and we haven’t seen any really big changes with AMD’s road map for these aging chips. Going back down memory lane a bit, during AMD’s original launch of the Bulldozer FX 8150, many of us had high expectations for AMD’s Piledriver architecture. Unfortunately, the 8 core 32nm processor didn’t match up to the marketing hype, and many folks saw it as a huge failure. Despite that, the engineering behind the architecture was actually a good idea, but the “ecosystem,” as some have put it, just wasn’t ready for AMD’s leap into this territory. Many of today’s applications and software just weren’t designed to adapt to the architecture’s full potential. AMD quickly re-positioned themselves and focused on competing with Intel’s mid-range line up based on price to performance. Shortly after the FX 8150, AMD pushed out their “slightly” revised processor, the FX 8320/8350, which was intended for its flagship AMD line up based on the Vishera platform. The FX 8350 was a little better received and took a strong market hold with solid price to performance, and held its ground for some time. Unfortunately, the platform was not what we would call “new,” and with Intel’s Tick Tock pushing ever forward, AMD again was left behind again. In reality, AMD hasn’t really released a new processor in a little over 2 years...


 

G.SKILL Announces the World’s Fastest DDR4 128GB (16GBx8) Memory Kit at 2800MHz!

G.SKILL Announces the World’s Fastest DDR4 128GB (16GBx8) Memory Kit at 2800MHz! Featuring Samsung 8Gb Chips & Validated on ASUS ROG X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard Taipei, Taiwan (23 April 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprises Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, is thrilled to announce the world’s first DDR4 128GB(16GBx8) 2800MHz CL16-16-16 -36 1.35V memory kit based on the newest 16GB capacity DDR4 consumer-class memory modules. These high capacity memory modules are manufactured with new 8Gb ICs produced on the latest 20nm fabrication process, which takes performance to a whole new level, by Samsung Electronics. While 16GB capacity have been available for server memory in the past, support and design for such large capacity memory modules are now paving its way to consumer memory modules, suitable for workstation level workloads where high capacity memory is vital. These new G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series high capacity memory kits are capable of running in quad-channel at a grand total of 128GB, and have already been validated on the latest ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme motherboard with Intel Haswell-E processors. A stress-testing screenshot of the newly released memory kit with 16GB DDR4 modules can be found below. Following the G.SKILL tradition of high end memory kit releases, the new 16GB memory modules are available in kits of up to 8 modules per kit, as well as high performance frequencies fro...


ADATA Launches PV120 Power Bank with Opulent Leather-Like Exterior

ADATA Launches PV120 Power Bank with Opulent Leather-Like Exterior An Elegant Companion to Charge up Your Mobile Life! Taipei, Taiwan – April 23, 2015 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launches its PV120 Power Bank. Featuring a leather-textured exterior with smooth metallic side-striping, a bright LED power level indicator shows how much power remains for more charging. The ultra-slim PV120 Power Bank comes with metallic-trimmed siding in black, white, or blue and packs a sizable 5100mAh capacity for discerning users who need to charge up to two mobile devices at once. A Great Look! A Great Charge! No need to worry about running out of power when you‘re on the go! Thanks to its elegantly streamlined easy-grip design, you can carry your PV120 with confidence. With a smudge-free leather-textured exterior colored in your choice of black, white, or blue, the opulently stylish PV120 Power Bank sports a single 2A input for faster self-charging, and 1A / 2.1A outputs so you can charge up to two devices simultaneously. The PV120 comes with a whopping 5100mAh charge capacity – enough for nearly 2 charges on an iPhone 6 and more than 1 charge on an iPhone 6 Plus.  To save your time, the PV120 supports simultaneous charge and discharge for improved efficiency. No need to wait for the PV120 to be fully charged: you still can charge your mobile devices simultaneously while the PV120 is being charged. Pe...


COUGAR Sponsored Team INTZ Emerges Victorious as LoL Champion in Brazil

COUGAR Sponsored Team INTZ Emerges Victorious as LoL Champion in Brazil   22nd April, 2015 Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR, leading brand in the gaming hardware market, is strongly committed towards the development and support of eSports. This is expressed in, among other actions, sponsorships of professional gaming teams, who also participate in COUGAR’s product development with direct input and feedback. This helps COUGAR in the process of creating the best available gaming peripherals on the market.   INTZ an elite Brazilian team sponsored by COUGAR since earlier this year, has managed to achieve an impressive victory in the CBLoL 2015 championship. The finals were decided at the best of five, but INTZ managed to secure a fast victory over strong rivals Keyd Stars by winning the first three games. This victory against another prestigious team makes INTZ’s record even more remarkable, and positions them as the number one LoL team in Brazil. A mere year after the team’s formation, this victory has earned INTZ a ticket to participate in 2015 International Wild Card Invitational in Turkey, which is taking place from April 21st to April 25th 2015 and in which INTZ will continue their impressive performance. COUGAR wants to express its support towards INTZ and eSports, and will reinforce its role as one of the leading brands in the sector by bringing new and better products that improve gamers’ experience. For more information go to www.cougargaming.co...


GIGABYTE Hosts X99 CHAMPION CHALLENGE on HWBOT.org

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GIGABYTE Hosts X99 CHAMPION CHALLENGE on HWBOT.org Tweak your GIGABYTE X99 Systems for Big Cash Prizes     City of Industry, California, April 20th, 2015 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced another great competition for the overclocking community with the GIGABYTE X99 CHAMPION CHALLENGE, to be hosted this May on HWBOT.org. This new challenge gives the community a chance to test their skills on the GIGABYTE X99 platform by tweaking both the CPU and graphics side of things. By participating, overclockers have the chance to win $2,800 USD in cash prizes and some exciting hardware, including the leader of them all, the X99-SOC Champion!   Attention overclocker nation. You have until May 1st 2015 to get your platform ready and jump in to become the X99 Champion! To make your way up to the grand prize of $1,500 USD, you’ll have to collect the most points by submitting your best scores in 6 different stages designed to test both your CPU and Graphics card overclocking skills. Do you feel up to the challenge? Good luck to all!!   How to win Points will be given to the top ranking scores in each stage. The top 3 participants with the most points at the end of the challenge will win cash prizes. You also have the chance to win some great hardware via 3 lucky draws. Lucky Draw #1 will be rewarding participants that submitted scores with temperatures set above 25 Celsius, Lucky Draw #2 will...


CYBERPOWERPC Delivers Trinity Gaming PC With Other-Worldly Form, Fashion and Function

CYBERPOWERPC Trinity Gaming PC Delivers Other-Worldly Form, Fashion and Function  Radical Triple Blade Design is not Just Eye Candy, It’s a Performance Beast   CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA (April 21, 2015) – CyberPower Inc., www.cyberpowerpc.com, a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming laptops, and performance workstations, today announced it is taking orders for its Trinity gaming PC, a striking new concept in gaming PC design that splits the common hulking tower enclosure into three distinct “blades.”   The CYPOWERPC Trinity is both an exercise in radical case design and a case study on the benefits of component compartmentalization. While the case defies imagination, there is a method to the madness of segregating certain components from others in order to dissipate heat while not sacrificing performance.   Split into three blades, the Trinity is designed to individually provide maximum cooling capacity to the major heat-generating components in the system. The tri-point design of the Trinity allows for powerful configurations in this striking chassis. The chassis supports the biggest and highest-output power supplies, as well as the longest and most powerful graphics cards. Support is also included for 120mm liquid cooling for the CPU.   The “Performance Blade” houses the graphics card that allows the Trinity to rip through the latest games. It supports full-length graphics cards, including the NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X and AMD Radeon R...


BIOSTAR releases the Hi-Fi B85S1 Motherboard

BIOSTAR brings out the Small but Powerful Hi-Fi B85S1 Motherboard April 20th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – The newest motherboard based on Intel B85 single chip architecture by BIOSTAR is ready to work hard, play hard and fit in. The Hi-Fi B85S1 supports Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package and is value designed in a Micro ATX form factor with 2 channel DDR3 slots for 16GB, enough to handle any modern computing requirements and be usable in small or tight spaces. BIOSTAR’s Hi-Fi B85S1 delivers a business-rich option at a value price compared to the other companies. The Hi-Fi B85S1 features BIOSTAR innovative Hi-Fi technology, a built-in powerful headphone amplifier and Super LAN Surge Protection which enhances Ethernet protections. Being an Intel B85 chipset based system, it comes with features like Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST), for faster system boot and shorter application load time, and Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA), which delivers business-centric security protection, such as after-hours virus scans and data backup, and blocks recognition of unwanted USB drives and Intel’s Smart Connect Technology. The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85S1 also perfectly fills entertainment needs with support for Direct3D 11.1 and HDMI. It has Blu-ray audio and provides a higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz rather than 16 bit/48KHz from typical motherboards. In addition, the Hi-Fi B85S1 is the first to embed the “Double Hi...


Phanteks PH-TC12LS & PH-TC14S CPU Cooler Reviews

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Introduction Phanteks has recently started to branch out with more products to add to their already popular name; they have set a standard in the cooling market with some of today’s top performing air coolers. The quality and superb performance reputation they have built, helps keep the air cooling market competitive and creates a leveled playing field with other top contenders like Noctua, be quiet!, NZXT and Cooler Master. In the past, we have seen some pretty unique air coolers from Phanteks. With features from beefy tower style coolers to color matching heatsinks, Phanteks has a style that fits everyone’s needs. Today…we are going to be looking at 2 new coolers that not only looks aesthetically pleasing, but have a price point that can fit anyone’s budget. We have for you today the Phanteks PH-TC12LS and Phanteks PH-TC14S.   About Phanteks “Phanteks was founded from a group of engineers with a total of 20 years of international experience in thermal solutions. They paired up with a Dutch design team and established Phanteks in 2007. Phanteks venture into the CPU cooling industry with two goals in mind, high-end quality and innovative products in thermal solutions. As a relatively young company, we strive to develop top quality and superior products. Our Phanteks Design Team is situated in the Netherlands and consists of creative researchers, designers and developers whose only desires are to bring the latest cutting edge technology to yo...


 

Wellness and Eye Care Take Center Stage with the 24” Philips SoftBlue Monitor

Wellness and Eye Care Take Center Stage with the 24” Philips SoftBlue Monitor Anti-blue light technology eliminates emissions of harmful blue-light to reduce the impact on eyes without sacrificing color quality Fremont, California – April 16, 2015 – Today EPI announces the availability of the 24” Philips Soft Blue display (247E6BDAD) which uses Anti-blue light technology to protect users against the damaging effects of blue light from LED-backlit computer screens. With people spending more time than ever interacting with digital devices, continuous blue light exposure through extended screen time poses a potential risk of long-term damage to eyesight. The Philips SoftBlue monitor is now available on Amazon.com for $170. Blue light, the end of the visible portion of the color spectrum (380-450 nm), is made of high-energy waves. These waves are strong and penetrating. Blue light radiates from computer monitors, smart phones, and tablets. Consumers spend hours a day in front of their screens working and socializing, however screen time comes with side effects. Headaches, eyestrain and eye fatigue are common complaints after working on a computer for an extended period of time. The Philips SoftBlue display reduces eye fatigue by eliminating 90 percent of blue light at harmful wavelengths, helping to mitigate the negative impact on eyes and improve well-being. Unlike software-based approaches, the SoftBlue display works using a new technology which changes the peak of t...





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