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    ECS LIVA X Mini PC- Review

    Introduction   Here we are at the beginning of a new year where we can start fresh on old habits, forgotten projects of days past, and new promises to self and others; it is all about moving forward. Last year ECS released a mini PC kit called LIVA. We were invi...
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    GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speakers – Review

    Audio has been a major component of gaming dating all the way back to Pong and Centipede. A good soundtrack and audio reproduction adds to the overall experience of any game just as a bad soundtrack or sub par reproduction can take away from that experience. Discre...
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    Introducing the NZXT DOKO! A Unique Take on PC Streaming

          A PC streaming device that brings you the full functionality of your pc, anywhere in your home.     Los Angeles, CA – DOKO is a PC streaming device that connects to your network and allows you to easily use your PC in the comfort of y...
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    Gigabyte Raptor Gaming Mouse

    With the Raptor gaming mouse, Gigabyte is targeting a rather specific crowd in the gaming world: those who want a claw-style rodent. We don't see many of these, and the Raptor looks sleek and comes with a few interesting features. Not only is it a claw mouse, but it'...
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QNAP Announces New Energy-efficient TS-x31+ Turbo NAS Series Powered by ARM Cortex-A15 Dual-core Processor

QNAP Announces New Energy-efficient TS-x31+ Turbo NAS Series Powered by ARM Cortex-A15 Dual-core Processor Taipei, Taiwan, January 22, 2015 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the TS-x31+ series Turbo NAS for small and home offices. Embedded with a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM® Cortex®-A15 CPU, the TS-x31+ series provides a powerful yet energy-efficient solution for file storage, sharing and data backup with hardware-accelerated encryption, coupled with the easy-to-use cloud-based Notes Station 2.0, various multimedia applications and more. “For home & small businesses, a powerful, secure yet affordable cloud storage solution is becoming a key investment for improving everyday business workflow,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “With the TS-x31+ series, users can build a cost-efficient private cloud with ensured security and comprehensive business applications, ” added Hsu. Powered by an energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A15 dual-core 1.4GHz processor, new VFPv4 floating point unit, and 1GB DDR3 RAM with native support for SATA 6Gb/s drives, the TS-x31+ series delivers outstanding transfer and multitasking performance of up to 200MB/s throughput. The enhanced hardware encryption engine provides transfer speeds of over 150 MB/s with AES-256 bit Full NAS Volume Encryption, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive data. Equipped with dual Gigabit LAN ports, the TS-x31+ series supports dual IP settings, p...


Tesoro Debuting RGB Mechanical Keyboards with Individual Key Illumination at PAX South

Tesoro Debuting RGB Mechanical Keyboards with Individual Key Illumination at PAX South Check Out the Spectrum Series Mechanical Keyboards at Booth #1361 January 22, 2015, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today announces attendees of PAX South 2015, January 23 – 25, will be able to check out their yet to be released RGB mechanical keyboard series at Booth #1361. Check out the Latest PC Gaming Gear with Tesoro Tesoro will be showcasing their yet to release Excalibur Spectrum and Lobera Spectrum RGB mechanical keyboards with individual key illumination as well as the Kυνέη.pro True 5.1 gaming headset. Excalibur Spectrum and Lobera Spectrum: the Excalibur and Lobera Spectrum offer customizable individual full color RGB key backlighting featuring numerous programmable LED effects, instant record for every key, on-board memory and the power of N-Key Rollover (NKRO). Kυνέη.pro: With a total of 8 drivers (4 in each ear cup) and fully customizable control of every channel, the Kυνέη.pro immerses the player into the battlefield by providing realistic, directional audio. Game with Tesoro Several gaming stations will be set up at the Tesoro booth for visitors to play the latest PC games. Tesoro invites all to feel the difference in the gaming experience when you game with Tesoro. Win Tesoro Prizes Everyday PAX South 2015 attendees are invited to participate in Tesoro raffle which will be run daily at our booth ...


ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4 3333 Overclocking Memory Breaks New Record – 4255MHz!

ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4 3333 Overclocking Memory Breaks New Record – 4255MHz! Performance Uncompromised! Taipei, Taiwan – January 21, 2014 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, is honored to announce that its XPG Z1 DDR4 3333 Gold Edition computer memory is able to clock up to 4255MHz CL17 when used with an ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme motherboard cooled with liquid nitrogen. This creates a new overclocking world record for production line DDR4 memory! Best Choice for Ultimate Performance! In cooperation with motherboard manufacturers, ADATA strives to achieve the best performance in DDR4 memory compliant with the Intel® X99 architecture. The XPG Z1 DDR4 3333 Gold Edition breaks the record with extremely high clock frequency of 4255MHz CL17, impressing both gamers and standard CPU clock users alike with outstanding sustained performance, cooling and stability! XPG Z1 DDR4 3333 overclocking memory keeps stable supply to fulfill the market demand, enabling every overclocker, gamer or enthusiast to pursue the ultimate in performance! World-renowned reporting authority CPU-Z tested and recorded the ADATA Technology XPG Z1 DDR4 3333 Gold Edition’s recent record-breaking performance in a controlled laboratory environment. About ADATA ADATA Technology, one of the world’s largest vendors of DRAM Modules and USB Flash Drives, provides complete memory solutions, including memory cards, solid state dr...


Free Windows 10…For a Year?

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If you’re following any of the tech news happening today, then I’m sure you’ve heard something about Microsoft’s Windows 10 event. We’re seeing some cool things coming into focus as more user features are being displayed. The Continuum interface calms the conflict that involves touch screens versus keyboards and mice, Cortana is integrated into everything, and the Spartan browser is looking like it’s going to do some great things for web browsing, but the one bit of news that keeps popping up is the free version of Windows 10 for 7, 8 and 8.1 users. This seems like great news, but I keep sniffing a trap here. Seriously, am I the only one here who feels like the phrase, “for a year” is a very bad sign? In all honesty, I know I’m not the only one, but I do want to share my cautions with the computing community since nobody likes to be blind-sided. A few months back, rumors came out that Microsoft might be looking into a subscription model with the release of Windows 10. The thing was, there wasn’t a whole lot evidence to substantiate that rumor back then and consumers always hope that dissatisfaction with particular announcements cause companies to rethink their stance and sweep things under the rug. However, with the announcement that Windows 10 will only be free for a year makes it very hard to imagine that this will fit in with anything but a subscription fee. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is very ...


CRYORIG Animated Install Guides Now On Handhelds

CRYORIG Animated Install Guides Now On Handhelds! 21.01.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – CRYORIG, innovator of PC thermal products is always looking for new ways to innovate and improve the user experience. Beginning with the recently announced CRYORIG H7, checking step-by-step installation videos will be as easy as holding your phone up. Most users cannot access the web through their PC when they’re installing a new heatsink. So once you’re stuck on a step while installing, there’s no way to ask for help or check out the manufacturer’s site for tips and tutorials. Now CRYORIG users can just pick up their phone and scan the QR Code on their user manual to be directly linked to a video demonstration. Each step has a separate QR code available that corresponds to the exact video demo of that step. All that’s needed is an Android, iOS or Windows Phone compatible device and working internet connection to view detailed demos on how to install your CRYORIG CPU cooler correctly. CRYORIG Animated Install Guide CRYORIG’s Offizielle Facebookseite About CRYORIG Officially founded in 2013, CRYORIG is a fresh new comer to the PC peripherals and Cooling market with a core team of seasoned veterans. The team’s resumes include experiences with renowned brands such as Thermalright, Prolimatech and Phanteks. The members are overclockers and PC modding enthusiasts, with a passion to strive for nothing but the best. With the long experience and drive for innovation and improvement, ...


Tesoro Technology Collaboration with Team Infused Announced

Tesoro Technology Collaboration with Team Infused Announced Infused Mouse Pad is the first announcement of many Tesoro/Infused products Janurary 20, 2015, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products announces an extended contract with Team Infused, a global eSports professional gaming team. Tesoro is pleased to become a main sponsor for Team Infused and is looking forward to an exciting partnership that leads to team branded products that enhance the look and gaming ability of the team and the fans alike. The first Infused branded product that is being announced is the Infused Mouse Pad. Improved Cooperation The Tesoro/Infused partnership is sure to being many new themed products to thrill hard core eSports fans and general gaming enthusiast alike. The new mouse pad is just the beginning; there are soon to be released products too exciting to be mentioned here. Team Infused and Tesoro have been working together since 2014 and this new enhanced partnership is designed to enhance both brands worldwide. Who is Team Infused? Team Infused has been playing local and online eSports since 2005, before eSports was even a thing. Team Infused has participated in Insomnia, DreamHack and MLG, and their most recent offline achievements include: CSGO – i51, Epic.13 & i53 Champions BF4 – i51 Champions Dota2 – i50 Champions LoL – Epic 13 Champions CoD – EGL10 & 11 Champions Infused Mouse Pad Infused Mous...


The Hardware Hound Episode 2

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After a crazy 2014, the Hound is back taking care of business and boy did he have some catching up to do. On this episode, he covers a nuclear reactor disguised as a CPU cooler, some important features on Windows 10, and most importantly, new GPUs from both NVIDIA and AMD. So sit back, enjoy the show and get excited because great hardware news is always good news!


ASUSTOR and DIGIEVER Create Optimal Surveillance Storage Solution

ASUSTOR and DIGIEVER Create Optimal Surveillance Storage Solution All ASUSTOR NAS devices come equipped with high performance Intel processors and feature cross-platform file sharing, Rsync, FTP and Cloud backup, Windows PC backup utility Backup Plan and Time Machine support for Mac. Provides DIGIEVER professional surveillance NVRs and hybrid enterprise environments with an optimal storage solution.   Taipei, Taiwan, January 14th, 2015 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that all of its NAS devices are now compatible with all DIGIEVER NVRs, providing a stable backup and storage solution for DIGIEVER NVR users. ASUSTOR NAS provides cross-platform file sharing, suitable for hybrid enterprise environments and comes built-in with the ADM operating system which offers an intuitive user experience that easily integrates with existing IT environments, providing IT professionals with seamless Windows AD integration and easy file permissions management. ASUSTOR provides a flawless surveillance storage solution for users with demanding professional surveillance needs. “DIGIEVER NVR’s exceptional surveillance management platform combined with ASUSTOR’s innovative network storage devices, allow us to provide an optimal solution for professional management and storage expansion,” said Allen Tseng, Product Manager at DIGIEVER. “No matter if for personal or business use, this solution offers a lot of added value for bo...


ECS LIVA X Mini PC- Review

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Introduction   Here we are at the beginning of a new year where we can start fresh on old habits, forgotten projects of days past, and new promises to self and others; it is all about moving forward. Last year ECS released a mini PC kit called LIVA. We were invited out to a press event in San Jose to discuss it and a few other products.  Article here.  The small black box PC was meant to be assembled before the end user installed their preferred OS. This wasn’t overly difficult for even a beginner but it may have intimidated some into looking for other solutions. LIVA had a decent amount of processing power, small footprint, built in Bluetooth/WiFi and was priced competitively. Overall it was a good first out for ECS. Now we have a new year and a fresh attempt to introduce Mini PCs to those with an imagination, limited space, HTPC or even digital signage. The LIVA X is an update to add features and correct some of the pitfalls found in the first iteration of the LIVA MINI PC. I have high hopes for the LIVA X so let’s see if it can replace my current full size HTPC solution.     ECS, the Elitegroup Computer Systems, was established in 1987, and almost 30 years of business. More than two decades, ECS has overcome a great deal of obstacles facing new businesses and has experienced the joy of significant growth and development. Her main focus has expanded to not only motherboards, but also desktop and notebook computers, graphics cards and other mo...


 

G.SKILL Releases Extremely High End DDR4 Memory Kit at 3400MHz, CL16-16-16!

G.SKILL Releases Extremely High End DDR4 Memory Kit at 3400MHz, CL16-16-16! Accompanied by a new DDR4 3200MHz CL15 memory kit Taipei, Taiwan – 15 January 2015 – G.SKILL International Co. Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid-state storage, is proud to release the Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) memory kit at CL 16-16-16-36, and a new Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (4GBx4) memory kit with a faster CL15 timing. These extremely high end memory kits also come with awesome Turbulence III memory fans! Below are the specifications for these two new extreme high end DDR4 memory kits: The new Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) memory kit is made from hand-picked IC and G.SKILL’s highly-selective binning process. It has also been tested for compatibility on the Asus Rampage V Extreme and Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion motherboards, shown in screenshots below. Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) on Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) on ASUS Rampage V Extreme About G.SKILL Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory and SSD products, designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technical innovation and rock solid quality through our in-house testing lab and talented R&D team, G.SKILL continues to create record-breaking memory for each generation of hardware and hold the no. 1 brand title in overclocking memory.





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