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    XtracGear Carbonic and Ripper Mouse Pads Review

    Today we're looking at three gaming surfaces / mouse pads from XTracGear, a specialist in the mouse pad accessory market. We've got the Carbonic, the Ripper, and the Ripper XXL up for testing. All are flexible control pads, and they range in size from rather small to...
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    ANDROMEDIA AM Bluetooth Speakers

    When you are shopping for a Bluetooth speaker, Andromedia I believe has covered all the bases, with the four options available. I personally like them all for various reasons, the first being portability, they are easy to store and carry, for the money spent the feat...
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    Genius MX Gaming Gila Mouse

    Today we’re going to test drive the Genius GX Gaming Gila, a mouse that's specifically geared to MMO/RTS gamers. Coming with a huge assortment of buttons and some unique features as well, the Gila looks rather exciting. With a very attractive price tag of only $66,...
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    ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Motherboard Review

    Introduction A few months back we took a look at the ASUS Maximus VII Hero Motherboard (HERE) . The Maximus VII Hero, which is part of ASUS’ mid range Republic of Gamer’s line, took home the Editors Choice award for its great performance and outstanding a...
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VisionTek CryoVenom Wins Gold Stevie Award at 2014 American Business Awards

VisionTek CryoVenom Wins Gold Stevie Award at 2014 American Business AwardsSM   Industry’s first AMD-powered, liquid-cooled R9 290 graphics card awarded highest honor for New Computer Hardware Product of the Year at 12th annual ABA   September 15, 2014, East Dundee, IL – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®) http://www.visiontek.com, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PCs and Macs®, today announced the CryoVenom™ R9 290 won a Gold Stevie® – the highest honor awarded – in the “New Product or Service of the Year – Computer Hardware” category at the 2014 American Business AwardsSM awards ceremony held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco this past Friday. First announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show as the first and fastest custom-built liquid-cooled R9 290 graphics card, the CryoVenom R9 290 offers 38% temperature reduction, nearly silent operation, and warranty-backed overclocked performance gains up to 24% over a stock R9 290.   Selected The Best By Leading Business Executives More than 3,300 nominations from U.S.-based organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories for the nation’s premier business awards program. More than 240 leading executives nationwide determined the Stevie Award winners during final judging. Other 2014 Stevie Award winners included AT&T, Accenture, Cisco, and Epson Am...


XtracGear Carbonic and Ripper Mouse Pads Review

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Today we're looking at three gaming surfaces / mouse pads from XTracGear, a specialist in the mouse pad accessory market. We've got the Carbonic, the Ripper, and the Ripper XXL up for testing. All are flexible control pads, and they range in size from rather small to utterly massive. Let's have a closer look at these mouse pads from XTracGear.


 

Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset Review

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Introduction Headsets are practically a dime a dozen in today’s market. With the large variety available on the net, it makes it tough for us to filter out the good ones from the bad ones. As PC enthusiasts we love our games and our music. We want to blast our ears without waking up the neighbors or maybe our significant other sitting next to us. Today we will be adding more choices to the mix by introducing a new headset from Kingston, called the HyperX Cloud. Kingston has been a name we have come to know in the PC industry, especially with system memory products. However, with the growing number of PC peripherals and accessories, it was only a matter of time before Kingston started to tap their brand cache and jump into this arena too. With the e-sports crowd growing in popularity, Kingston saw an opportunity. They created a division called “HyperX.” Under the HyperX branding, Kingston is now developing accessories and peripherals to feed this growing group. This new HyperX Cloud Headset is one of those products. Let’s put it to the test and see how well it holds up against the competition. Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about Kingston: “Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston Technology now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2007, the company’s sales exceeded $4.5 billion....


 

Scythe Tatsumi available as dedicated version for AMD™ and Intel™ sockets

Scythe Tatsumi available as dedicated version for AMD™ and Intel™ sockets 11.09.2014, Oststeinbek (Germany) – Japanese cooling expert Scythe ads two new versions of Tatsumi CPU cooler to its portfolio. The most significant difference to the original version of the Tatsumi is that the “Type A” version comes only with the mounting clips for AMD based sockets and “Type I” with clips for Intel sockets. Mounting process for the sockets LGA775, 1150, 1155, 1156 and 1366 is now as simple as it gets thanks to the use of Push-Pins mounting clips. Both new versions of the Tatsumi offer great cooling performance for latest AMD™ and Intel™ processors at an affordable price. The black and white package differs from the original version, indicating weather it is an AMD™ or Intel™ version, in order to avoid mix-ups. Users with AMD socket based systems need to choose the “Type A” model and “Type I” for Intel socket based systems, to make sure that all required mounting clips are in the product package. In spite of its low weight of only 416 grams (14,67 oz, Type B, incl. fan) and compact dimensions 102 x 146 x 59 mm (4,01 x 5,78 x 2,32 inch, incl. fan), great performance above the market average is provided. Tatsumi CPU Cooler achieves efficient heat dissipation thanks to the utilization of latest technology developed by Scythe over a time period of more than a decade. The large nickel-plated copper-baseplate matches the CPU heat-spreader perfectly and tr...


ANDROMEDIA AM Bluetooth Speakers

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When you are shopping for a Bluetooth speaker, Andromedia I believe has covered all the bases, with the four options available. I personally like them all for various reasons, the first being portability, they are easy to store and carry, for the money spent the features included on all four are phenomenal, and sound quality is the best I have heard from speakers in this price range of this size.


 

Noctua expands A-series with new 92, 80 and 40mm fans

Noctua expands A-series with new 92, 80 and 40mm fans Vienna, September 10th 2014 – Noctua today introduced several new additions to its popular A-series of premium quality quiet fans. While the new NF-A9 and NF-A8 models succeed the award-winning NF-B9 and NF-R8, the NF-A4x10 5V is a dedicated 5V version of the renowned NF-A4x10. All models feature Noctua’s proprietary AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames as well as sophisticated aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels and come with full 6 years manufacturers warranty. “The NF-R8 and NF-B9 have become well established references in the field of quiet 80 and 92mm fans and it took us almost 3 years of development to achieve consistently better efficiency”, explains Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “We’re very happy with how the NF-A8 and NF-A9 turned out in the end, they really push the limits in their fields.” Featuring all of Noctua’s latest technologies such as Stepped Inlet Design, Inner Surface Microstructures and Flow Acceleration Channels, the NF-A9 and NF-A8 provide higher static pressure and an even better airflow/noise ratio than their much acclaimed predecessors, which will continue to be available via Noctua’s redux line. Whereas the NF-A8 will be available in PWM (2200rpm max.), FLX (2000/1650/1200rpm) and ULN (1400/1000rpm) variants, the NF-B9 will be available as PWM (2000rpm max.) and FLX (1600/1250/1050rpm) models. “Fe...


Crucial Expands DDR4 Server Memory Portfolio

Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, has expanded its DDR4 memory portfolio with LRDIMM and VLP RDIMM modules. Designed to enable next-generation enterprise environments with increased speed, bandwidth, and energy efficiency, Crucial DDR4 load reduced DIMMs (LRDIMMs) and very low profile registered DIMMS (VLP RDIMMs) are available for immediate purchase through select global channel partners and at www.crucial.com. Crucial DDR4 LRDIMMs By utilizing a memory buffer chip that helps reduce the electrical load presented to the memory bus, Crucial DDR4 LRDIMMs allow for more DIMMs per channel and are up to 50 percent more energy efficient and deliver up to 50 percent more memory bandwidth than DDR3 LRDIMMs. Furthermore, by using less voltage and standby current, Crucial DDR4 LRDIMMs transmit power in a more efficient manner to the CPU, allowing for additional power savings and lower total cost of ownership. Crucial DDR4 VLP RDIMMs Designed for space-constrained form factors like blade servers, Crucial DDR4 VLP RDIMMs measure just 18.7mm in height and are 40 percent shorter than standard-size modules for improved airflow, enabling more effective cooling. Additionally, Crucial DDR4 VLP RDIMMs offer up to twice the speed and the bandwidth, and are up to 40 percent more energy efficient than DDR3 VLP RDIMMs at introduction. “The addition of DDR4 LRDIMM and VLP RIDMM modules expands our overall DDR4 server memory offering as Crucial continues its commitm...


Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 and DDR4 Desktop Memory Now Available

Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced the availability of Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 memory and Crucial DDR4 desktop memory. Designed to enhance high-performance gaming and computing environments, the new Ballistix Sport DDR4 modules deliver introductory speeds of 2400 MT/s, while Crucial DDR4 desktop memory speeds start at 2133 MT/s and are expected to increase as DDR4 technology matures. Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 Optimized for the latest Intel X99 platforms, the new modules have increased bandwidth over mainstream DDR3 memory and are up to 40 percent more energy efficient. In addition, select Ballistix Sport DDR4 modules are plug and play, featuring XMP 2.0 profiles for easy configuration as well as an integrated heat spreader and black PCB. Crucial DDR4 Desktop Memory Crucial DDR4 desktop memory fuels next-generation processors to deliver faster speeds, increased bandwidth, and improved energy efficiency compared to DDR3 technology. Crucial DDR4 memory is more than 30 percent faster than previous generation technology and offers up to twice the bandwidth (17 GB/s). “The wait for the next generation in computing is over,” said Jeremy Mortenson, product marketing manager, Crucial. “Combined with Crucial DDR4 memory, platforms based on Intel’s latest X99 chipset promise to deliver entirely new levels of computing power and immersive gaming experiences.” Available for purchase from Crucial.com and through select globa...


BIOSTAR’s J1800NH2 – Feature-Filled Intel SOC Solution

BIOSTAR’s J1800NH2 – Feature-Filled Intel SOC Solution September 9th, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR has announced the J1800NH2, a mini ITX mainboard with CPU on board, (known as System on a Chip or SoC). These boards are small and efficient using a small form factor with a fan-less embedded CPU, and have low power consumption. It’s a small, quiet solution for all manner of industrial applications. The BIOSTAR J1800NH2 is the latest in all-in-one board that takes advantage of the optimized performance of Intel’s Bay Trail chipset by delivering a new generation of technology with value-added features and easy integration. The J1800NH2 board, being in the mini-ITX form factor, is backwards compatible with ATX and micro-ATX form factors. The ITX form factor allows you to build small and energy efficient solutions. The J1800NH2 is a simple, affordable and internet centric computer design in a compact 17x17cm size. It is the ideal solution for an ultra small form factor system and easily used with various chassis makes. For the Smart Office situation, the J1800NH2 ITX board will give you a budget saving dual core computing based on the Intel J1800 chips. This is a silent, fan-less design featuring low power consumption. It is perfect for office space saving and creating a neat and tidy office area, and ultra speed data transfers are no problem with the USB 3.0 interface. It also features USB Poly-switch which is BIOSTAR’s on board dedicated power fuse to help preven...


ADATA DDR4 Memory Modules Ready for Intel Haswell-EP

ADATA DDR4 Memory Modules Ready for Intel Haswell-EP On Show at Intel Developer Forum 2014 Taipei, Taiwan – September 8, 2014 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, is pleased to announce its full line of DDR4 extreme performance memory modules already support Intel® Haswell-EP series processors. All ADATA DDR4 memory modules will be on display in Booth #379 at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF 2014). ADATA’s DDR4 memory supports server, consumer workstation and gaming PC applications. ADATA’s lightning-fast DDR4 products deliver superior scalability, power-saving capability, and ultimate reliability for consumer, enterprise and industrial applications across the globe. Intel® Haswell-EP Compatible: Power for Big Data and Cloud All of ADATA’s DDR4 DRAM memory solutions are Intel® Haswell-EP compatible to leverage the best in performance, scalability, power efficiency, and reliability. Further benefits such as accessibility and serviceability offer top-to-bottom transparency that factors significantly with the Internet of Things (IoT). ADATA’s DDR4 DRAM memory solutions range from 4–16GB to meet the high-volume demands of Big Data and Cloud applications. Low-Power Consumption, Faster Performance, Eco-Friendly With speeds of up to 2133MHz and transfer bandwidths reaching 17GB/s, ADATA’s new DDR4 memory modules provide lightning-fast data transfer without compromise to reliability. By ...





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