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Archive for May 23rd, 2018

ModSynergy 10-Year Celebration Contest!

ModSynergy is celebrating 10-years of being online, the opening of our new Facebook page, and the promotion of our Twitter page. We’re also celebrating in anticipation to our 300th review! Now and leading up to our 300th review, we’ll be having contests, firstly for our home country of Canada, and secondly for our American and International readers. These contests are a way of saying THANK YOU for your endless support! With both our Facebook and Twitter pages, you will be able to see and view the latest reviews on ModSynergy from the moment they are posted, faster than ever before. You’ll also be able to see the latest product press releases from within the industry, have the chance to interact with us, and win prizes in future events. We hope you join us in making this a successful launch! In order to successfully enter your name in the running of the following prizes provided by Samsung Canada QA-LAB and ModSynergy, please complete the following steps. Failure to comply with the rules will result in automatic disqualification. It should be simple enough! 1. Like our Facebook Page here, and post something on our wall (you can say anything, for example, the product you’d like us to review next). 2. Like our Twitter Page here, and follow us 3. Like the Samsung Canada Facebook page here Contest ends May 23, 2013. Check back here (or on your Facebook) for the names of the winners. This contest is open to residents of Canada ONLY. Good luck to all! &nbs...



Capture Stunning Cinematic Experiences with Transcend’s 1000x CompactFlash Card

  April 30, 2013 – Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, is proud to showcase the extraordinary performance capabilities of its next generation 1000x CompactFlash card designed specifically to meet the rigorous demands of professional photographers and creative DSLR filmmakers. When used with today’s high-end digital SLR cameras and camcorders, including the Nikon D4, the Sony Alpha 700, the Olympus E-5, and the Canon EOS C500 and EOS-1D C Cinema EOS series DSLR cameras, Transcend’s 1000x CompactFlash cards are perfect for capturing extremely high-resolution image data and recording up to 4k Ultra High Definition video content.   There is growing interest from independent filmmakers in using midrange to professional-series DSLR cameras for shooting movies due to their excellent recording capabilities, compact size, straightforward operation, and affordability. These top quality digital devices usually feature a powerful image processor, which requires a high-speed memory card to optimize shooting performance. Transcend’s “Ultimate” series 1000x CompactFlash cards implement the CompactFlash revision 6.0 specification and operate in Ultra DMA (UDMA) transfer mode 7, the fastest interface speed available for CF cards. Fully compliant with the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-20) and boasting blazing fast read/write transfer rates of up to 160MB/120MB per second, these cards...



Enermax Power Supplies Ready for Intel’s Haswell Processors

Enermax has published a power supply unit (PSU) compatibility list which comprises all its current high-end to mid-range models that support Intel ‘Haswell’ CPUs, allaying fears that some PSUs aren’t capable of delivering small amounts of power to support the processor’s new C6/C7 low-power states. The Enermax Platimax 1350W PSU. (EPM1350EWT) (Image Source: Enermax) According to various online reports, the next generation Intel ‘Haswell’ Core processor’s C6/C7 low-power states require a minimum current of 0.05A (amperes) on the 12V2 line. Some older and budget PSUs may not be capable of delivering stable voltages at such low loads; hence, when the Haswell processor enters its C6/C7 low-power state, the system may shut down due to the under voltage protection (UVP) feature of an affected PSU. For a PSU that doesn’t have the UVP feature, the system may experience hang-ups due to the unstable power delivery of the PSU. According to Enermax, most PSU manufacturers don’t state the possible minimum load of their products. In order not to leave consumers groping in the dark, Enermax has announced its list of PSUs that are capable of supporting the chip’s C6/C7 low-power states. One such power supply is the Enermax Platimax 1350W. The listed PSUs are equipped with a DC-to-DC converter, which enables the ZERO Load Design, and these power supplies will deliver steady voltages even at 0W load. The ZERO Load Design has been ...



Noctua releases PWM version of award-winning NF-A14 140mm fan

Noctua today released a higher speed PWM version of its award-winning NF-A14 140mm fan. Its performance-oriented 1500rpm top speed and comprehensive speed control options make the NF-A14 PWM an elite choice for users who strive to strike a perfect balance between excellent cooling capacity and superb quietness of operation, be it on watercooling radiators, on heatsinks or in case ventilation. “Our NF-A15 and NF-A14 fans have been very well received by customers and hardware journalists alike”, says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO), “but we got many requests for a square frame PWM version for use as a case fan and on watercooling radiators. We can now meet this demand with the new NF-A14 PWM.” Introduced in late 2012, Noctua’s NF-A15 and NF-A14 140mm fans have already received more than 50 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines. So far, only the round frame NF-A15 was available with PWM support for automatic speed control though. While the NF-A15’s round frame is ideal for use on CPU heatsinks, the new NF-A14 PWM now combines PWM support with the A14’s square frame that lends itself to use as a case fan or on watercooling radiators. Like the NF-A14 FLX and ULN models, the new PWM version complies with Noctua’s AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) standard and features sophisticated aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels. Noctua’s custom designed NE-FD1...



Thermaltake receives prestigious “COMPUTEX d&i Awards 2013” for the 6th time!

Taipei, Taiwan – May 2, 2013 – World famous “COMPUTEX d&i award 2013” recently announced the recipients this year, ever since “COMPUTEX d&i awards” established, Thermaltake receives this honor every year since the d&i award started in 6 years ago! Standing out among 254 works from 7 countries this year, the jury comprising some of the world’s leading design experts crowned the one-off Thermaltake Urban S41 mid-tower Chassis and Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset as winners! Both products reached the high specifications of the iF design award, including the Degree of innovation, Design quality, Finish, Ergonomics, Environmental impact, Brand value & branding, total of 11 criteria. With the ultimate productivity to fulfill users’ different needs, Thermaltake managed to show its leadership in the entertainment and technology industry.   Thermaltake Urban S41 mid-tower Chassis-Simple yet Elegant Urban S41, one of the latest chassis Thermaltake recently launched, has a minimalistic appearance design concept by using a large aluminum metal brushed door front panel, unified top panel and heighten footstands to keep the appearance simple and elegant. With the aid of internal silent foams will guarantee the system has a near silent operation. Further, it has equipped with four USB ports including two USB 3.0 ports, HDD docking station, innovative tool-less drive bays, excessive fans and retained with grommet holes ready to support liquid coolin...



3DMark Android Edition updated

An update for 3DMark Android Edition is now available from the Google Play store. While most of the changes in this update are minor optimizations and small bug fixes, there is one change to the Ice Storm Extreme test that is worth explaining in detail. There are three tests in 3DMark Ice Storm and Ice Storm Extreme: Graphics test 1, Graphics test 2, and the Physics test. The two graphics tests are designed to measure GPU performance. The Physics test is designed to measure CPU performance. Ice Storm uses an off-screen rendering resolution of 720p. Ice Storm Extreme raises the rendering resolution to 1080p and, while this is fine for the Graphics tests, we have noticed that the additional rendering load can affect the Physics test score on devices with low-end GPUs. With this update, the Ice Storm Extreme Physics test now runs at 720p to ensure the result is not influenced by the GPU. Ice Storm Extreme scores may improve slightly on devices with low-end GPUs. Score are unaffected on the majority of high-end devices. As a rule of thumb, you should use Ice Storm Extreme to compare devices that can run the standard Ice Storm benchmark at more than 40 frames per second. ————- What’s New in 3DMark Android Edition v1.0.2-1109 NEW – Added chipset model to device detail pages. IMPROVED – Ice Storm Extreme Physics test for measuring CPU performance now runs at 720p to ensure the result is not influenced by the GPU. Ice Storm Extreme scores ...



 
 
 
 
 

MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

The Z77 Chipset has now been on the market for almost a year since its first debut. During its launch we saw several products from various manufactures that jumped into the pond to bring their latest and greatest at the time. Now that we have seen this platform and chipset mature a bit, many manufacturers have hit the drawing board and are trying to revamp new revisions to this already well bloomed platform. With that being said, today we are going to look at a new motherboard from MSI. On the test bench today we have the MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Edition Motherboard for the Intel 1155 socket platform. We have seen the well matured version of the MSI Z77-GD65 perform above the average standard and actually received our Editors Choice award during its initial release. The new MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Edition has spruced up its aesthetic appeal but that's not all. MSI has given this board a new set of software and hardware to meet the demands of today's gamers. Let's put it to the test and see if it lives up to its predecessor.





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