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Transcend’s ESD200 USB 3.0 Portable SSD Continues to Rack Up Awards

June 27, 2013 - Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, is proud to announce that its ESD200 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 portable solid state drive (SSD) continues to be recognized as one of the best portable SSDs available. According to many popular tech magazines and websites, the ESD200 deserves to be commended for its incredible high-speed performance, extremely convenient design, and a host of impressive reliability features. Recent awards include: “Recommended Award”, Hexus, UK; “Gold Award”, PC Format, UK; “Cool Product Award”,Prohardver, Hungary; “High Functionality Award”, Easycom.com.ua, Ukraine; “Performance Award”, Techno-labs, Turkey; “Best of the Year 2012″, PC Magazine, Russia; “Great Buy Award”, Hard-H2O, Spain. The ESD200 is built using high-quality multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory and features the next-generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection interface that provides 10 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0. As a result, the ESD200 is especially admired for its outstanding real-world data transfer speeds of up to 260MB/s read and 225MB/s write: “These speeds blow rival external drives out of the water,” said the reviewer at PC Format magazine. The ideal drive for mobile use, the reviewers found the ESD200 portable SSD to be particularly handy when it comes to transferring large or numerous files on a regular...



 
 
 
 
 
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NZXT FZ-200mm High Performance Fans

When it comes to computers, cooling is one of the first and foremost issues that must be confronted whether we are running our computers at stock settings or overclocked. It really makes no difference because there is always going to be heat generated from every electrical component in our system. My question to you is, how do you keep it under control? We all are aware of the vast amount of ways to accomplish this, whether it’s faster or bigger fans, or water cooling for example. Fans usually are the cheapest, easiest and most cost effective resolution to improve or adjust cooling throughout your system. Today on the test bench we have four NZXT FZ-200mm fans, including the non-LED and colored LED FZ-200 additions to the NZXT family of fans. The NZXT FZ 200mm fans are engineered to provide high performance cooling with an airflow rating of 103 CFM while maintaining a silent operating profile of only 20 dBA at the highest settings. This provides a 15% increase in cooling performance over their previous FS models. The FZ 200 sets a new standard with a true 200mm wide diameter fan blade and is NZXT’s most ambitious 200mm fan yet. If you’re anything like me and feel that looks are equally as important as performance, you are in luck. The FZ-200 comes in five different LED colors: Blue, Red, Green, White and Orange to match almost any build. Moreover each fan comes with long sleeved cables that will help you keep unattractive fan wires hidden from view. The NZ...



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BitFenix Unveils Ronin PC Chassis

Known for its signature clean yet modern designs, premier PC hardware designer BitFenix is proud to reveal its latest ATX chassis creation – Ronin. Featuring enhanced cooling capabilities, DIY-friendly features, unique styling, and legendary BitFenix quality, Ronin represents a next-level chassis design that shows your opponents no mercy. Modern, stylish, and clean, with a menacing all-black finish, Ronin is the epitome of BitFenix design. The top and front panels, coated in BitFenix SofTouch Surface Treatment for excellent stain resistance and quality feel, are bordered by micro-mesh strips that not only perfectly compliment the matte black exterior, but also act as additional ventilation. Moving to the side panel, users are greeted by a massive see-through acrylic window that allows enthusiasts to clearly see their hardware payload. Here, BitFenix innovates yet again with the Stealth Cover – an easy to install panel that effectively covers up optical drives, hard disks, power supply, and cabling for a clean and tidy look. The Stealth Cover, adorned in a micro-texture finish, looks incredible on its own, and enables an incredibly clean-looking build even for the most novice builders. But the beauty of Ronin goes much beyond the surface. On top, Ronin accommodates two 140 mm fans or water cooling radiators up to 240 mm in length. Combined with two 120 mm fan locations in front, one on the bottom, and one on the back panel, Ronin offers tremendous cooling potent...



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Tt eSPORTS Reveals the VOLOS Gaming Mouse and CRONOS Gaming Headset

Tt eSPORTS, the top gaming gear brand appreciated with the “2012 Taiwan Excellence Award”, proudly introduce its latest gaming peripherals – the fierce “VOLOS Gaming Mouse” and high efficiency “CRONOS Gaming Headset” to worldwide players! Tt eSPORTS brings the most personalized and the highest quality weapons for the most competitive cyber battles, provide you unprecedented digital entertainment experience! The market launch of the new Tt eSPORTS VOLOS Gaming Mouse and CRONOS Gaming Headset start in mid-July 2013. The VOLOS gaming mouse is the next generation laser mouse, specifically made for MOBA/MMORPG gamers. For MOBA/MMORPG players it is critical to capture the right timing in activating abilities, and VOLOS has been designed to tackle this task. Equipping with 3 additional side buttons on the front right, 2 on the back left, and four thumb buttons on the front left, in addition to the buttons on top of the mouse, this adds up to 14 macro keys & up to 140 programmable macros across 10 profiles. In addition, macro keys can be disabled via the function lock switch, or in software, to prevent accidental presses. Vibrant thumb button designs for more intuitive key commands. It’s a lot easier to discern which button you’re going for with the colorful design. VOLOS is not only shaped to provide the perfect control and glide, but also comes with special balanced weighting design so that when users add the customizable...



 
 
 
 
 
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MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

Haswell has been on store shelves for a little over two weeks now, and we have seen an abundance of motherboard releases. Choosing the right one for your needs is the challenge. Some are looking for pure aesthetics, some are looking for pure performance, and some look for both. Today we are going to take a look at an MSI motherboard to see if it can live up to that last one. We have in for review today the MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Edition motherboard. MSI's release of their gaming series motherboards stood out with both aesthetics and performance during its Z87 chipset series. Today we are going to see if they were able to maintain that same level of performance and aesthetic appeal to capture the widest audience. To test the MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Edition, we are going to use the latest Haswell processor, the Intel i7 4770K. The 4770K works with the lastest Z87 chipset and comes with great performance changes that we are going to put to the test. But, before we do, let's talk a little bit about MSI.



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ADATA Launches Sleek New External Hard Drive

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launched the DashDrive HV620, an external hard drive that sports sleek lines and a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. Weighing in at just 152 grams (5.4 ounces), the HV620 sports an eye-pleasing glossy housing, coupled with a bright blue LED that lights up when data is being read from or written to the disk. A raised lip on the edge of the drive protects the lustrous surface from scratching when the drive is laid flat. Its compact profile and smooth lines make it a likely choice for professionals and home users alike. The DashDrive HV620 will be available initially in capacities of 500 gigabytes and 1 terabyte. Purchasers of ADATA’s external storage devices are eligible for a free download of the latest Norton Internet Security 2013 anti-virus (60 day trial version), as well as the company’s propriety HDDtoGO software, ensuring better mobility, security and convenience. The HV620 comes with a three year warranty.



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Addonics secure NAS storage appliance

– Combines RAID, NAS, DAS and Encryption in One Enclosure SAN JOSE, CA (June 27, 2013) — Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) today announced the Secure NAS series of storage appliances, which combine the benefits of RAID, Network Attached Storage (NAS), Direct Attached Storage (DAS) and hardware AES 256-bit encryption all in one enclosure. It is an ideal solution for storing large volumes of sensitive data, for securely transporting large volumes of data between different locations, or for any application that requires protection against data theft. The Secure NAS can be directly attached to any system via high speed eSATA connection, which allows the quick transfer of large data volumes. The same data in the Secure NAS can be shared over a 1 Gigabit network. The entire RAID volume, including the boot sector and partition table, is encrypted. Data written onto or retrieved from the RAID is encrypted and decrypted on the fly by a high performance FIPS certified AES 256-bit crypto engine. Encryption is activated via the simple insertion of a Cipher key when powering up the Secure NAS. There is no password to remember or the installation of any software. The Secure NAS R5 model, the first in the Secure NAS family, accommodates up to five 3.5″ SATA hard drives. All five drives are configured in a single RAID volume for high performance and reliability. By using RAID 5 configuration, a storage volume up to 16 TBs can be created by using five 4TB hard driv...



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Goal Zero Announces Availability of Yeti 150 and Yeti 400 Solar Generators

Both utility class solar generators are available now in time Hurricane Season SALT LAKE CITY – June 26, 2013 – Goal Zero’s Yeti 150 and Yeti 400 Solar Generators keep lights, phones , laptops and even appliances powered on through any situation. The two newest additions to the award winning Yeti line offer a clean and quiet solution for adventurers looking to keep a campsite lit and connected, or coastal families that want to be prepared for the fast approaching 2013 hurricane season. “The Yeti line is all about preparation and gaining a sense of security,” says Joe Atkin, President and CEO of Goal Zero. “We wanted to provide enough power to keep the lights on after a big storm or keep a basecamp connected to the world in a smaller, more portable form factor than our first solar generator, Yeti 1250. Yeti 150 and 400 offer industry leading size to power ratios and provide our customers with the peace of mind to know they’ll have power whenever and wherever they’ll need it.” The 29 pound Yeti 400 delivers 400 watt-hours of power, the equivalent of recharging a smartphone 30+ times, a laptop 5 times, running a TV for 3 hours or 100+ hours of light with Goal Zero’s Light-a-Life LED lantern. The AGM lead acid recharger features an internal pure sine wave inverter (grid equivalent), 2 AC outlets, 2 USB ports, and 3 12V ports. The Yeti 400 can be charged from the wall in just 5 hours or from the sun in 30 hours with the Nomad 27 Solar Panel The similarly equ...



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Better Storage for Digital Signage – The BIWIN Half Slim H6201 Embedded SSD

June 26th, 2013, Shenzhen, China – BIWIN, a world-leading expert in the development and manufacture of flash and advanced NAND flash memory, has launched a new business-grade SSD that is perfect for the digital signage market, the half slim H6201. There are many different industrial applications for digital signage and the field is growing. To operate in public and outdoor environments, it is critical that the components are reliable, scalable, efficient and of low maintenance cost. Flash memory is suitable for industrial grade products for a variety of reasons. By comparing with traditional HDD, SSDs are far more reliable because they have no moving parts. This makes them an ideal solution for deployments where heat, cold, dust, humidity and even shock and vibration are common. BIWIN SATA II Half-slim SSD H6201’s MTBF of 2,000,000 hours is more than doubled comparing with mechanical hard drives, leading to lower maintenance costs. H6201 is extremely fast with the ability to handle high IO data throughput such as multiple data streams suitable for graphics and video in a very small package. SSDs are much more energy efficient. For example, H6201’s maximum power consumption is 0.97W, which eliminates the dependency on system fans for cooling. The result is a quieter design with lower annual energy costs. The H6201 comes in a variety of densities: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, allowing for all signage storage needs such as small capacities available for costing do...



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Over a Decade in the Making, Digital Storm Releases Aventum II – a Steel and Copper Dream Machine

Digital Storm is the first boutique system builder to offer handcrafted, custom copper pipping liquid cooling solutions FREMONT, Calif. – (June 26, 2013) – For more than ten years Digital Storm has worked diligently to build some of the world’s finest, high-performance computers. That commitment to building the best culminates today with the release of Aventum II, a system that is as much a work of art as it is a finely tuned piece of technology. Digital Storm’s in-house team of engineers designed every inch of Aventum II, incorporating ten years’ worth of the most challenging customer requests to create a dream machine. They knew there was no off-the-shelf chassis or cooling solution that could meet the extreme requirements of Aventum II, the world’s most advanced performance PC. “We (Digital Storm) unveiled an Aventum II prototype at CES 2013 and have been working to prefect the design since,” said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development. “The final product is a unique system, completely designed from the ground up featuring a bold look and packing enough power to go toe to toe with any PC on the planet.” Crafted exclusively from steel and copper, Digital Storm did not use any plastic in the construction of Aventum II. The exotic nickel-plated copper piping solution was inspired by high-end automotive cooling systems and is handcrafted, ensuring no two Aventum II’s are identical. Combined with three huge 420mm radiators...



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SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review (240GB)

The SanDisk Extreme II SSD has shown some of the best test results we have seen to date and they have been consistent. In examining PCMark Vantage alone, surpassing that 70,000 point plateau is hard enough, but scoring between the Samsung Pro and OCZ Vector we truly never believed would occur! Full Review: http://thessdreview.com/?p=68942  



 
 
 
 
 
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Eagle Tech:ET-ARHP300FC-WH (Cleansing) HeadPhones

We recently reviewed the Eagle Tech:Arion ET-AR306-BK 2.1 Compact Speakers. Now we're back with another product from Eagle Tech, the ET-ARHP300FC-WH Cleansing Headphones. The Eagle Tech ET-ARHP300FC-WH Cleansing Headphones are part of the Eagle Tech Arion Urban Zen line of headphones. The Urban Zen line of headphones uses artists from different backgrounds to express different forms of art. This series includes the Zen Sound, Samurai Song, Koi and Cleansing. We will be reviewing the Cleansing version. This version comes in white or black, and we have the white. The Cleansing headphones are over the ear headphones that sport a 40mm Alnico alloy driver that has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz with a sensitivity level of 105 +/- 3 dB. The audio input is your standard 3.5mm jack with a 1.5m flat cable. Included with the Cleansing headphones is a handy carrying case with a carabiner for extra added portability for people on the go. These lightweight and compact headphones weigh in at 1.3lbs, with a size of 5.7 x 3.9 x 2.3 inches, making the Cleansing headphones ultra-portable. Before we start this review let's read a little about eagle Tech.



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ASUS Launches GeForce® GTX 760 DirectCU Graphics Card

ASUS today announced the GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II, GTX 760 DirectCU II OC, and GTX 760 DirectCU Mini graphics cards, based on the latest 28nm NVIDIA GPU technology. They use 1152 CUDA cores, and have 2GB GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory interface. Exclusive DirectCU coolers ensure up to 20% lower temperatures and twice quieter operation compared to a reference GTX 760. The DirectCU Mini design has been created especially for small form factor PCs and other situations where gamers have to consider interior chassis spacing while demanding fully-fledged performance. It uses the CoolTech fan for wider heat dissipation and lower in-case temperatures. All cards feature exclusive Super Alloy Power components to enhance high load endurance and extend graphics card lifespan. They also use Direct Power architecture to increase stability, lower impedance and power delivery latency, and reduce PCB heat levels. For user-friendly overclocking, the GPU Tweak utility enables intuitive adjustment of graphics card settings. ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC: adding to the sweet spot range Powering the latest DirectX 11 PC gaming, the GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC offers customers excellent value. It runs 1072MHz maximum boost on the core and for video memory uses 2GB of 6008MHz GDDR5. The exclusive DirectCU II cooler has direct GPU-contact copper heatpipes to speed up heat removal, and maintains up to 20% cooler performance than reference. Its dual 80mm fans have been carefully tested to ens...



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Cooler Master Sponsors Cloud 9 Gaming

Chino, California – June 25th, 2013 – Cooler Master, an industry PC component and accessory manufacturer, has further extended its support of the eSports movement by becoming a preferred sponsor of Cloud 9. Cloud 9 will sport the finest mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, and gaming surfaces from the CM Storm line of gaming products. Cloud 9 and Cooler Master have come together to showcase the best gaming peripherals while Cloud 9 furiously competes for the top spot during the third season Summer Split of Riot Games’ League of Legends – one of the most played free-to-play online games. They are currently in first place. “I’m proud to announce that Cooler Master is the official keyboard, mouse and gaming surface sponsor for Cloud 9 HyperX,” says Jack Etienne, team manager of Cloud 9. “We found Cooler Master’s CM Storm gaming equipment to be of the highest quality, giving my team the responsiveness and comfort we need to perform at our best.” “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Cloud 9 and supporting e-Sports as a whole,” says Bryant Nguyen, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, “CM Storm gaming peripherals are built around individual gamer types and we are confident that our products will provide them the precision, comfort, and responsiveness they need to continue their success.” Cloud 9 will be equipped with the latest CM Storm peripherals: the QuickFire XT mechanical keyboard, Havoc laser mouse, and Control-RX gaming surface. For more informat...



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MSI Unveils GeForce GTX 760 Gaming Graphics Cards

Leading international motherboard and graphics card maker MSI has just officially unveiled its latest high-end GTX 760 Gaming graphics cards! Featuring NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 760 GPU with 2GB of high-speed GDDR5 and PCI Express Gen 3, the MSI GTX 760 Gaming also comes with the exclusive MSI Gaming App tuning utility which enables gamers to instantly switch between Overclocking, Gaming, and Silent modes. In addition, MSI’s proprietary Flow Control technology, dual over-sized 10 cm fans, and patented Propeller Blade technology perfectly complement the Twin Frozr IV’s impressive cooling performance. With a core temperature of just 71°C and noise level at a mere 22.81 dB* under full load, the GTX 760 gives gamers unparalleled gaming performance and stability. MSI is also proud to highlight that its Military Class components are now in their 4th generation of development, delivering longer service life and better stability than ever before. The exclusive Predator audio-video capture software allows gamers to easily record and share their gaming highlights with friends. In terms of both software and hardware, every single feature underscores MSI’s continued commitment to the gaming market. MSI is also offering the GeForce GTX 760 equipped with a reference fan for general users. Exclusive Gaming App Makes Graphics Card Tuning a Breeze MSI specifically developed its Gaming App tuning utility with true gamers in mind. All it takes is one push of a butt...






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