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      Chipmaker AMD hires Dell senior executive in server push SAN FRANCISCO Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:49pm EDT (Reuters) – Advanced Micro Devices Inc said it hired a former Dell Inc [DI.UL] senior executive to lead the chipmaker’s push into microservers and ot...
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    Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Motherboard Review

    Introduction When it comes to Intel’s Extreme or “Enthusiast” series of motherboards and processors, like the X79 and its Ivy-Bridge-E combo, we seem to get a bit more time between updates. Intel initially launched its X79 Chipset with Sandy-Bridge-...
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    Gigabyte FORCE H3X Headset Review

    Gigabyte is continuing their foray into the gaming peripheral market, and this time it's the audio arena with the launch of a new gaming headset, the FORCE H3X. This set of cans looks sleek, is lightweight, versatile, and reasonably priced at about $100. But what abo...
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    bequiet! Dark Rock 3 190W TDP

    Introduction: One name that comes to mind when you are talking about superior air cooling performance is bequiet!. As you may already know, bequiet! has now become one of the industry leaders with their Dark Rock series of high performance air coolers. Well bequiet! ...
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ROCCAT and Alienware Become Exclusive Partners

ROCCAT and Alienware Become Exclusive Partners  Two of the biggest names in gaming peripherals and hardware combine creative forces Hamburg, October 28, 2014 – ROCCAT Studios proudly announces an exclusive partnership with legendary cornerstone in PC gaming greatness, Alienware. Together, ROCCAT and Alienware are bringing the first of their collaborative efforts to gaming fans the world over with the melding of Alienware’s incredible AlienFX lighting system, and some of ROCCAT’s most innovative peripherals, the Kone XTD, Isku FX and groundbreaking Tyon gaming mouse. Says René Korte, ROCCAT’s CEO and founder, “We are extremely proud and honored to begin this rich, collaborative partnership with Alienware. Since 1996, Alienware has been a benchmark for quality, exciting design, and love for the PC Gaming community. Like us, they value high standards in every product they bring to the public, and relentlessly strive to innovate. Our ROCCAT family is thrilled to take these first steps in what will without question be a fruitful partnership, combining some of our very best peripherals with Alienware’s AlienFX software.” AlienFX will be paired with the ROCCAT products named above after a driver software update efficient end of November at the latest. Having pioneered some of the most vibrantly striking, highly customizable lighting systems in the market, ROCCAT’s Kone family of mice were the first in industry sporting multicolor LEDs. Additionally, ROCCAT’s T...


ASUSTOR Adds New AS7004T Tower Model to 70T Series

ASUSTOR Adds New AS7004T Tower Model to 70T Series ASUSTOR follows up the AS7008T and AS7010T with the AS7004T. Part of the AS70T series the AS7004T is a compact, high-performance tower model NAS created for demanding enterprise and multimedia applications. The AS7004T is powered by an Intel® Core i3-4330 3.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB SO-DIMM DDR3 RAM (Expandable to a maximum of 16GB) and features 4 disk-bays providing up to 24GB in storage space, and read and writes speeds of over 112 MB/s. Cutting-edge hardware allows for 4K multimedia playback, equipped with HDMI 1.4a, S/PDIF output port for high-definition audio, allowing for the creation of a high quality multimedia center. Taipei, Taiwan, October 28th, 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the launch of its new AS7004T tower model NAS device. The 4-bay AS7004T model is the most compact model in the AS70T series and features a storage capacity of up to 24TB. Powered by an Intel® Core i3-4330 3.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB SO-DIMM DDR3 RAM (Expandable to a maximum of 16GB), the AS7004T features blazing read and write speeds of over 112 MB/s. Also included, are 2 gigabit Ethernet ports, 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and 2 eSATA ports for added expansion possibilities. Additionally, the AS7004T boasts a specialized cooling system featuring a single extra-large fan and dedicated heat pipes that work with the ingeniously designed disk tray vents to ...


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  Chipmaker AMD hires Dell senior executive in server push SAN FRANCISCO Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:49pm EDT (Reuters) – Advanced Micro Devices Inc said it hired a former Dell Inc [DI.UL] senior executive to lead the chipmaker’s push into microservers and other new markets. Forrest Norrod will be senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s enterprise, embedded and semi-custom business group and report to Chief Executive Lisa Su, AMD said in a news release on Monday. Norrod, 49, was general manager of Dell’s server business and joins AMD as the company develops chips for new low-power servers that might challenge heavyweight Intel Corp in cutting-edge data centers. AMD has been expanding into new markets including low-power “microservers” and game consoles, but progress has been slower than demanded by Wall Street. Earlier this month, Su took over as CEO, replacing Rory Read. Norrod fills Su’s previous position, which she h ad held temporarily since July. Following Su’s appointment as CEO, AMD announced on Oct. 16 it was cutting 7 percent of its workforce to reduce costs. SOURCE   Microsoft Said to Work on Software for ARM-Based Servers Source Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is working on a version of its software for server computers that run on chips based on ARM Holdings Plc (ARM)’s technology, people familiar with its plans said, a move that could help loosen Intel Corp. (INTC)’s grip on the market. The world’s largest s...


Apacer Introduces UrKey Security Dongle at Cloud EXPO 2014 Silicon Valley

Apacer Introduces UrKey Security Dongle at Cloud EXPO 2014 Silicon Valley Compact USB security dongle offers increased options for data   October 27th 2014,Taipei, Taiwan,– Apacer’s UrKey USB dongles use their exclusive CoreSecurity Technology for SSD core data security tailored for customers’ system design and use. The newly launched UrKey USB dongle can trigger, enable or remove the three major special security instructions of CoreSecurity through its usb-based 2-way dongle. These include CoreEraser, CoreDestroyer and CoreProtector, which deliver quick erase, full erase and security protection that will facilitate data security and increase storage reliability. The UrKey technology acts as a literal key for computer security. Once inserted in the preset USB slot, it will easily activate any CoreSecurity function and quickly ensures security protection. Specifically, the UrKey acts as a token for activating or triggering security functions. The UrKey is pre-programmed with the designated Apacer security features of Erase, Destroy, or Write Protect, depending on the specific request. Each UrKey is unique to its paired SSD due to the identification recognition process. In other words, the identifications between the UrKey and the SSD have to match in order to trigger the security feature. If the UrKey is connected with another SSD, the drive’s firmware will not be able to recognize the ID and thus there will be no function triggered. Come join Apacer at Cloud E...


Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Motherboard Review

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Introduction When it comes to Intel’s Extreme or “Enthusiast” series of motherboards and processors, like the X79 and its Ivy-Bridge-E combo, we seem to get a bit more time between updates. Intel initially launched its X79 Chipset with Sandy-Bridge-E, then 18 months later Ivy-Bridge-E hit store shelves without a major Chipset change. Unlike its mainstream Z series Chipset, which has seen updates almost every 12 months or so (give or take a few months), the X79 chipset is roughly 3 years old now. Today we have the new X99 Chipset which promises a large improvement over its predecessor X79. With the rise of DDR4 memory and demand for faster and larger bandwidth capabilities, it was only a matter of time. As we dig a little deeper today, we will talk a little more about this Chipset later. Along with the new Chipset comes a newly released processor refresh. The X99 Chipset has made some other improvements which now allow users to sport the new Intel Haswell-E Processor. This CPU starts with a 6core for the HT 5820K, 6core for the HT 5930K, and lastly an 8core for the HT 5960X with a Socket 2011-3. Of course with these changes, it has pre-empted the design of new motherboards, so we now have the chance to put the Gigabyte X99-UD4 motherboard to the test and see if the improvements are going to be worth the upgrade.   In recent years, Gigabyte has grown to be one of the most recommended brands. The reputation of great performance to value has put them on ...


 

CYBERPOWERPC Fangbook III HX6 15.6-Inch Gaming Notebook Looks Hot, Runs Cool & Includes a “Kickstand”

CYBERPOWERPC Fangbook III HX6 15.6-Inch Gaming Notebook Looks Hot, Runs Cool and Includes a “Kickstand” – Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M-Infused Gaming Notebook   CITY of INDUSTRY, CA (October 24, 2014) – CyberPower Inc. a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming laptops, and performance workstations, today announced the Fangbook III HX6, a gaming notebook PC that performs as hot as it looks, but knows when to cool its jets. The Fangbook III HX6 is based on the Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics card, but unlike many gaming notebooks, CYBERPOWERPC offers a variety of CPU/GPU upgrade options. The 4th Generation Intel Core i7 mobile processors used in the Fangbook III HX6 offer varying levels of performance. The processor sips power when idle or under general workloads. It cruises at 800MHz, and then kicks up to 3.4GHz when you need it. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M features 4GB of GDDR5 memory and exceptional power efficiency that can extend battery life. The notebook features a 15.6-inch Full HD (1080p) LED-backlit display with anti-glare technology. This ultra-responsive panel is great for gaming and draws very little power to prolong battery life. A two megapixel HD webcam is standard and located above the display to allow full screen video conferencing or Skype calling. The Fangbook III HX6 supports mSATA SSDs in addition to standard 2.5-inch hard drives for a variety of storage configuration...


Gigabyte FORCE H3X Headset Review

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Gigabyte is continuing their foray into the gaming peripheral market, and this time it's the audio arena with the launch of a new gaming headset, the FORCE H3X. This set of cans looks sleek, is lightweight, versatile, and reasonably priced at about $100. But what about performance? Indeed, this is where headsets make (or lose) their reputations, so let's take a closer look and see just how well the Gigabyte FORCE H3X gaming headset performs.


 

Lian Li Announces the Brushed Aluminum PC-Q26 Mini-ITX Chassis

Lian Li Announces the Brushed Aluminum PC-Q26 Mini-ITX Chassis NAS-Centric Chassis with Ten 3.5” HDD Bays October 23, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the brushed aluminum PC-Q26 mini-ITX chassis. Ideal for users who want to build their own NAS as well as system integrators, with its support of up to ten 3.5” drives, the PC-Q26 packs a lot of storage in a compact package. Small Chassis with Vast Storage Support With a volume around 32.3L, the PC-Q26 supports a vast amount of storage for its size. Up to eleven hard drives can be installed: ten 3.5” and one 2.5” drive. A hot-swap backplane for two 3.5” drives is included. Additional backplanes can be easily added. With the ever-expanding storage capacity of mechanical drives, this small and lightweight aluminum chassis provides vast storage potential for the home or small office. Tool-Less Installations and Features The PC-Q26 has pop-off side panels for simplified installations, upgrades and maintenance. Hard drives, 3.5” and 2.5”, can be tool-lessly mountedwith thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. Additionally, the expansion slots are secured by a single thumbscrew. Efficient Thermal-Flow Three front 120mm fans bring cool air into the chassis through side ventilation. Filters with magnets prevent dust and debris from entering the PC-Q26. A top 120mmm exhaust fan with a removable filter pulls hot, hardware damaging air out of the chassis. More ventilation on the rear an...


COUGAR 700M Aluminum Gaming Mouse & Speed Mouse Pad – Review

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Introduction   Cougar is known for making exotic looking cases, performance chassis fans and the color “orange”. They’ve also been working on expanding to other product sectors over the last few years; We even saw them release a line of power supplies that was generally well received. Hoping to expand on that success, we are now witnessing Cougar reach into the very competitive “gaming peripherals” market. As eSports continues to pick up momentum and followers, hardcore gaming itself is rising from parent’s basements to being broadcast to millions across the globe. As a result, each day new gamers are born into this growing market, and Cougar is looking to “pounce” on this potential revenue stream (Editor’s Note: I see what you did there… -Mike). Cougar sent us the 700M Gaming Mouse and the Cougar Mouse Pad Speed, their latest enthusiast gaming products, to take a look at. We’re going to see if Cougar has what it takes to survive in this tough market, or if they could end up on the “endangered products” list. First, a few words about Cougar:   About COUGAR COUGAR was started in Germany in 2007 by a group of computer peripherals engineers who wanted to design with passion. We established a professional team, adhered to the design philosophy of technology centered on human use and aesthetic perfection. These combinations lead to products that met the global demand for high-end profession...


 

G.SKILL Releases Extreme Performance Phoenix Blade Series 480GB PCIe SSD

G.SKILL Releases Extreme Performance Phoenix Blade Series 480GB PCIe SSD A Beast of Blazing Speed and Massive Capacity Taipei, Taiwan – 22 October 2014 – G.SKILL International Co., Ltd., the leading high performance memory and SSD designer and manufacturer, is excited to announce the Phoenix Blade Series PCIe SSD, the next generation of high-speed, high-capacity storage device. The Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is the perfect storage solution for extreme gaming, professional graphic design, industrial design, and HD video & audio content creation.  By introducing extreme read and write performance, the potential of today’s multi-core processors can be unleashed, resulting in higher productivity and performance, whether you are in extreme gaming or professional design. x4 SSD Controllers in RAID0 Setup Built with x4 LSI SF-2281 SSD controllers in a RAID0 setup and integrated with a massive 480GB array of MLC flash, G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD increases the bandwidth performance up to 4 times over typical SATA3 based SSDs! PCIe Gen 2.0 x8 Interface G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is designed with a PCIe Gen 2.0 x8 high-speed interface, allowing the system to effortlessly send massive amounts of data to and from the SSD and drastically improves performance for professional and industrial graphic applications. Up to 2,000MB/s Extreme Read and Write Performance With 480 gigabytes of storage capacity, the G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is pushing the maximum limit of read ...





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