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Pivos XIOS DS Media Player

The era of digital media has grown at faster rate then we might have guessed 20 years ago. The world of media streaming, sharing and Social Networking has taken a big step forward in the last few years and so has the technology behind it. Who remembers the days of sitting popping in a VHS to watch a movie on your 27" Tube TV? Obviously those days have changed. In the recent years we have seen the progression from the old school VHS, to DVD players, to Blu-ray players. Now, media players are the popular medium for entertainment. Today we have the opportunity to look at the New Pivos XIOS DS Media Player. The XIOS DS Media player combines the power of digital home theater and its powerful Android OS and aims to provide you the best overall solution. You can watch TV, stream movies (live or locally), follow your favorite social network like Facebook or even browse the internet right from your TV. All of this is without having to turn on a PC. This simple device developed almost like a "mini PC," and can be considered one of the smallest media devices available today. Can it fill nearly all of your digital entertainment needs? Let's give the Pivos XIOS DS Media Player a thorough look and find out.



 
 
 
 
 
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HIS 7970 IceQ X2 GHz Edition

INTRODUCTION It’s no secret that the Radeon 7970 isn’t a new graphics card. In fact, it’s the eldest of AMD’s current product lineup, one that still has life left in it, but is also looking to the not-too-distant future with the next series of cards not far off. But showing your cards right off the bat likely isn’t the smartest business move, so after initially seeing reference designs, board partners were freed to produce custom 7970 cards, complete with improved PCB and power designs, pushing high overclocks, and topped off by fancy heatsinks. And we’ve seen a few of those, with the latest one to see our test bench being the subject of today’s discourse: the HIS 7970 IceQ X2 GHz Edition. No doubt you can infer from the name that this card comes with a factory overclock with speeds of at least a GHz, and the card does indeed sport the company’s redesigned custom cooler. We’ve seen this cooler before in testing, and came away suitably impressed. Hopefully we’ll see more of the same today on this 7970 GHz Edition. Let’s find out.



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GIGABYTE Launches New HD Motherboard Series

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today launched its latest HD series motherboards, bringing unprecedented dual digital display support, including HDMI and DVI, to a range of value segment motherboard models. The new GIGABYTE HD motherboard series defies the current ethos that means true digital display outputs are reserved for upper mainstream models, adding both HDMI and DVI ports to a range of motherboard models at attractive and affordable price points. All DIY enthusiasts can now enjoy true HD display capability using the most commonly integrated digital output technologies on today’s HD displays and TVs. “The new GIGABYTE HD motherboard series means our customers can get much more bang-per-buck from their value segment motherboards,”commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “Adding dual digital display ports to this segment really sets GIGABYTE apart from the competition, raising the bar for value segment motherboard design.” Making Digital Display Support a Standard Feature Digital output technologies like HDMI are becoming the de-facto standard on most HDTVs and PC monitors, with the advantage of carrying both HD audio* and video signals over a single cable. As well as offering higher screen resolutions than analog display outputs, digital display outputs also offer support for the latest 3D media content as well as access to protected content via H...



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ADATA Introduces DashDrive Durable UD310

ADATA Technology a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash storage application products, today announces the release of the DashDrive Durable UD310 USB Flash Drive, a tiny, water resistant USB flash drive with an attractive gem-like appearance. The UD310 is manufactured through a special chip-on-board (COB) process, resulting in high water and impact resistance for the drive. A sparkling jewel-like faceted end-cap highlights the ultra-small and extremely portable design that takes up no space when used in a laptop or desktop. It allows for unrestricted sharing of pictures, music and videos, making the UD310 an ideal accessory for Ultrabooks and various slim and sophisticated electronic devices. The UD310 will launch in capacities of 8, 16, and 32 gigabytes and is available in red and black. Purchasers of the UD310 will be eligible for a free download of ADATA’s proprietary UFDtoGO software, an indispensable tool for maintaining and updating personal data when on the road. Availability The DashDrive Durable UD310 USB Flash Drive is now available at Newegg.com, TigerDirect.com and Amazon.com at a MSRP of $7.99, $12.99, $21.99 for 8GB, 16GB and 32GB, respectively.



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Rosewill® unleashes the Monster – the HERCULES 1600W

City of Industry, CA – Rosewill®, the recipient of multiple awards for their innovative power supplies, has decided to hold nothing back and has just unleashed a new member of their 80 Plus certified power supplies, and it’s a monster. Joining the Rosewill® power supply family such as Tachyon, FORTRESS, CAPSTONE, HIVE and SilentNight, Rosewill® is proud to present, HERCULES, 1600W of raw power. The most powerful power supply Rosewill® has released and it’s built ready to power the biggest, toughest, and most Extreme Ultimate PC Gaming Enthusiast machine. The HERCULES is packaged in a deluxe silver casing, and with 1600W, it’s built ready to carry your computer gaming energy needs to the next level. The 80 Plus Silver certified HERCULES 1600W power supply adopts a 135mm silent fan which features an auto fan control to regulate the fan speed to keep it cool while also incorporating a Turbo button to rev the fan to maximum performance. HERCULES features 16 6+2 pin PCI-E connectors, 16!, to support power hungry top high end motherboards requiring multiple 6 or 8 pin PCI-E connectors and also power a 4 way SLI or Crossfire for the highest-end GPU PC Gaming setup. Also included are an attached 8-pin EPS, 4+4 pin EPS, and 24-pin ATX, and support for sleeved modular cabling with up to 16 SATA power connectors. With an efficiency rating up to 89%, you’ll get the maximum performance from each HERCULES power supply which will be available only in a 1600W rating. The 80 ...



 
 
 
 
 
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Cooler Master NotePal I-100 and NotePal ERGO 360

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing two new arrivals from the Cooler Master NotePal family of coolers. The first device is the Cooler Master NotePal I-100. It is a slim and light-weight device cooler that’s easy to store and carry. It features not only the slimmest design to date, but also the lightest as well. The NotePal I-100 also packs a powerful 140 mm silent fan complete with a cable management system that’s powered by a USB connection. The Cooler Master NotePal I-100 is available in seven different colors: White, Black, Blue, Red, Orange, Green, and Pink. It should fit right in with your laptop, notebook, or tablet color scheme, and is ergonomically designed for a better viewing and working environment. It even supports laptops and net-books of up to 15.4 inches. The second device we have on the test bench is Cooler Master's NotePal Ergo 360. It is a cooler that is stylish and rugged in design with a brushed aircraft aluminum style. It incorporates two 80 mm fans for efficient cooling along with superb low noise levels. It also features multiple height settings for ergonomic management and includes two separate cooling solutions. The NotePal Ergo 360 is designed to create optimal comfort for laptop users and could be the ideal companion whether you’re at the office, gaming at home, or on the go. It has the capacity for Laptops of up to 17 inches and also accommodate tablets with its versatile laptop stand. The Cooler Master Ergo 360 also provide...



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Christmas special at Aquatuning!

The raffle is already online as a little foretaste, but that is not all! To make ordering even easier and more pleasant, a great discount special is available, as well as the possibility to order without shipping charges! With this we give you ideal ordering options, making ordering even more fun! Here all specials at a glance: - Daily one item at an unbeatable prize - Each Advent a raffle is held* - Free shipping from December 1st to 24th for all orders** This way to the Advent calendar. Aquatuning wishes all customers an enjoyable holiday season! * Terms and conditions will be announced each Friday at 8 AM. ** Within Germany, only with DHL, COD fees still apply.



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BitFenix Introduces the Survivor White PC Chassis

Today, BitFenix is pleased to introduce Survivor White – a portable mid-tower ATX gaming chassis in a new white color that combines elegant styling with ruggedized features engineered for the mobile digital warrior. In continuation with our latest white accessories such as the Recon fan controller and Spectre Pro LED fans, Survivor White blends elegant aesthetics with high performance. Like the classic Survivor, the case maintains all of its classic aesthetics including the uniquely curved design that helps to protect Survivor White and the hardware inside during transportation. Proprietary BitFenix SofTouch surface treatment helps protect it from stains and scratches, while the Blue LED BitFenix logo adorning the front of the case offers a subtle look that users can turn also on and off at a press of a button. Sliding open the stealthy I/O panel the cover open reveals the LED on/off controls compatible with BitFenix Spectre LED fan light and Spectre Pro, audio jacks, power and reset buttons, an eSATA port, two USB 2.0 ports, and two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. Survivor White features a hideaway carry handle that locks into place when you need mobility, and easily folds down when you don’t. The removable hard drive cage wall accommodates extra-long graphics when removed or up to seven 2.5″ SSD drives or six 3.5″ hard disks when intact. And to keep things cool, space for up to two 200 mm fans or three 120 mm fans is included as well. Survivor White als...



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RAIDMAX’ Holiday Special and New Version of AGUSTA

RAIDMAX Announces Special Discount for Selected Chassis for the Holiday Season Holiday Special and New Version of AGUSTA Just in Time for the Holiday Season November 27, 2012, L.A., California, U.S.A. – RAIDMAX is pleased to announce that selected chassis is available for a special discount for the holiday season. This holiday special with a drop of the price of $10 and more on the latest selected RAIDMAX’s cases includes: AGUSTA, RAPTOR and ORION. In addition to offering this sale just in time for the holiday season, RAIDMAX is also releasing a new version of AGUSTA. This new version of AGUSTA not only features the original two-compartment internal design but also features a titanium colored front shield, green LED lighting and a side panel window to show off your hardware. Be sure to check out this newly released RAIDMAX AGUSTA as well as the holiday discount special at Amazon, Fry’s, Newegg and etc. For more product details, please check out: http://www.raidmax.com/chassis/agusta.html About RAIDMAX RAIDMAX was founded in 1988. The brand became well-known in early 2003 with its debut of the “Scorpio” PC chassis – the very first in the industry focusing purely on gamers. RAIDMAX’s core-competence in offering price-performance PC cases makes the brand top seller on many online shops in North America, Asia and Europe. RAIDMAX dedicates itself in designing innovative and exceptional PC chassis, in addition to providing the best cost-effectiv...



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OCZ Launches Vector SSD Series and Proprietary Barefoot 3 Controller

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the availability of its new SATA III-based Vector SSD Series featuring the company’s next-generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. OCZ’s worldwide technology hardware and firmware teams developed the new controller silicon and firmware completely in-house to enable full design control over the Vector SSD Series roadmap, while delivering exceptional I/O performance, enhanced reliability and endurance, and a host of differentiated features to empower high performance laptops, desktops, and workstations with superior storage capabilities. OCZ Vector SSDs provide exceptional input/output operations per second (IOPS) performance and the cutting-edge Barefoot 3 controller consistently delivers superior sustained performance over time regardless of whether the data streams are in compressed or uncompressed formats. As a result, this groundbreaking SSD series provides faster file transfers and boot-ups, and a quicker, more responsive storage experience. “The development of the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller architecture is a crowning achievement in our company’s history, being our first controller silicon and firmware completely designed in-house from start to finish using all of the OCZ technology development teams,” said Ralph Schmitt, CEO for OCZ Technology. “These are the first SSD products deliver...



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GIGABYTE Thunderbolt™ Desktop PC Motherboards First to Support 4K Resolution Displays

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced that their dual Thunderbolt series of motherboards support 4K resolution monitors in configurations derived from two Mini DisplayPort connectors, each capable of 2K resolution output. Testing was successfully carried out at GIGABYTE’s regional facility in Tokyo, Japan with the EIZO FDH3601 high resolution color monitor that is designed for air traffic control and geophysical services. “Desktop PC motherboards are all about cutting edge features, performance, and upgradeability, and this is why GIGABYTE was the first motherboard company to adopt dual Thunderbolt ports instead of the single port option,” commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE. “When combined with other innovative products, such as EIZO’s 4K resolution FDH3601 monitor, GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboard users can enjoy next generation display options with their existing platform, without having to wait for future 4K resolution standards.” GIGABYTE Motherboard’s Dual Thunderbolt Ports As the first motherboards to be certified by Intel featuring dual Thunderbolt ports, GIGABYTE’s ‘TH’ models offer up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds from each port: this means you can transfer industry-leading HD graphics and data simultaneously! Each Thunderbolt port complies with the DisplayPort 1.1 standard (with support for 2K res...



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GIGABYTE Shatters AMD ‘Trinity’ APU Speed Record

GIGABYTE TECHNOLGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the record highest clock speed 7.86GHz on AMD’s A10 5800K APU using the GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 motherboard. Attending an AMD Extreme OC show on 20th Nov. in Taipei Taiwan, GIGABYTE’s overclocking team, The Killers (featuring HiCookie, S.Dougal and John Lam), took part in an overclocking demonstration achieving two new records on AMD’s new Vishera and Trinity platforms. The GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 motherboard was able to push the AMD 5800K to an incredible 7.86GHz, more than twice the 3.8GHz stock clock. The AMD FX8350 processor was pushed to 8.47GHz using a GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3 board. “This new record underlines just how much potential performance can be unleashed by our new Trinity platform, clearly demonstrating how GIGABYTE Ultra Durable motherboards help enthusiasts get the absolute maximum performance from their unlocked AMD APUs,” said Michael Liao, Vice President, Sales of AMD. “We are extremely excited with this OC result because the F2A85X-UP4 is the first motherboard from GIGABYTE to use our new Ultra Durable 5 technology – so the OC record is a testament to the high caliber of components that we use on our products,” said Henry Kao, Vice President of the GIGAGYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “These results solidify GIGABYTE’s position as the go-to platform for AMD overclocking enthusiasts.” The flagship GIGAB...



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Thermaltake Introducing New Mini-ITX Chassis SD101 With Greater Performance Unleashed

Thermaltake, being the industry pioneer brand in PC chassis, power supply and thermal solution, introduces the Mini-ITX Chassis SD101, a case designed exclusively for Mini-ITX motherboards. Unlike any other recent PC chassis Thermaltake has introduced, the Mini Case is reaching new combinations of stylish design with maximum functionality which is ideally for space saving. From petite desktop option to home theatre enjoyment, the minimalistic proportions, yet sleek front panel creates an exquisite lifestyle. Mini Case, Maximum Performance Thermaltake SD101 embodies revolutionary materials of personal and entertainment computing emerged blazing performance with trendy appearance into one small size. The compact design has a dimension of 261 (D) x 119 (W) x 264 (H) mm helps users with space saving. The duo SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports on the front panel are provided for fast file transfers with ease. Moreover, built-in 180 W PSU along with 80 PLUS Bronze certified power saves energy through its high energy efficiency of 82-88%. The air cooling system of SD101 is compact embedded in the chassis by utilizing an 80 mm turbo fan and meshed side panel to maximize the ventilation system for Mini-ITX motherboard. Mini Case, Maximum Ideas Versatility is offered for by an optimized space design that allows users to equip standards peripherals such as a 5.25″ and 3.5″ devices, even with the two PCI expansion slots at the back makes it greater expandability for double thick VGA...



 
 
 
 
 
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ADATA SP600 128GB

It's not always the enthusiasts (and well-heeled) that want blistering speeds, and certainly not just in the SSD arena. Anyone with an SSD can benefit from massive performance gains over a hard drive, from the most diehard to the budget-oriented consumer. So the ADATA Premier Pro SP600 targets the latter, offering an SSD that's very accessible to users on a modest budget of less than $100. But how does the performance of the ADATA Premier Pro SP600 measure up? Is it worth the investment? Let's dive in and find out.



 
 
 
 
 
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Cougar Challenger

Cougar may be a brand familiar to Europeans but North American gamers may not have heard of this company and the products they offer. The new Cougar Challenger mid tower case definitely shows a distinct personality which makes it standout compared to other mid tower cases. The case's bold styling really makes it stand out, the front cover in particular has an aggressive design that would feel equally at home as the front of a starship or as a character in a Transformer movie. The materials, design and build quality are excellent and it is apparent that a lot of thought went into the design and manufacturing of this case. This case is packed with all the features you would expect in a mid tower gaming case like great cooling with a built in 200mm fan, a top mounted SATA hot swap bay, top panel USB 3.0, a side window, good cable management and easy to use tool-less drive bays. The case itself is black with front panel detailing available in three different colors; black, grey and orange. If you are looking for a quality case that will make your rig standout then the Cougar Challenger is something you might want to consider. Today we will review it to help you make that decision. Let's learn a little more about the manufacturer and see if this case has all the features you would want for your next build.






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