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ASUS U7 USB Sound Card

ASUS is one company that has for a while now been making quality PC-audio components for both gamers and audiophiles. Good sound quality can come in a variety of packages, and today, we will take a look at the self-powered U7 DAC/Amp solution from ASUS. Not a bulky, grid-powered solution, it makes sense for laptops and uncluttered desktops. The U7 is packed with features for home entertainment and has full 7.1 out and both coax and optical S/P-DIFF, which you don’t see in a lot of external DAC/Amps. Apart from its many connectivity options, the U7 also features a headphone amplifier that can be used with medium demanding headphones. Full Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/U7/



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PowerColor HD 7870 Devil 2048 MB

The Radeon HD 7870 is now one and a half years old. Its GPU, Pitcairn, is a downscale from the HD 7900 “Tahiti” silicon that introduced AMD’s Graphics Core Next architecture. Targeting a wide price-range, the HD 7800 series falls into the market-segment both AMD and NVIDIA have referred to as the “sweet spot”. Apart from 1280 stream processors, Pitcairn has 80 Texture Memory Units (TMUs), 32 ROPs (Raster Operations), and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface holding 2 GB of memory.   Full Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_7870_Devil/



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CM Storm Pulse-R Aluminum Gaming Headset for E-Sports

Get Lound. Be Heard. Chino, California – July 30th, 2013 – Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator and manufacturer of desktop components and more, today announces the CM Storm Pulse-R aluminum gaming headset. The Pulse-R is the first modular headset that allows gamers to represent and brand their team in the growing e-Sports world while providing powerful sound to keep gamers immersed in the action. Get Loud. Be Heard. The Pulse-R is fitted with custom 42mm drivers for thumping sound and astonishing clarity while the convenient in-line remote can also be detached for easy travel and storage. The Pulse-R also comes equipped with a detachable noise cancelling microphone for pristine voice chat while the cushioned ear cups and aluminum headband provide a luxurious feel and remain comfortable even after the most epic gaming sessions. Full product info on the CM Storm Pulse-R aluminum gaming headset can be found at Pulse-R. Learn all about the benefits of the Pulse-R’s technology at Cooler Master University’s Power of Sound at: www.coolermaster-usa.com/cmuniversity The Headset Designed for E-Sports Teams Heading to a tournament or streaming for your fans? Stand out from the crowd with stylish white-LED lighting and customize the removable laser-etched aluminum ear plates to represent your squad and intimidate your foes. The Pulse-R is the first gaming headset that empowers users to take their creativity to new levels. Availability The Pulse-R is now shipping to...



 
 
 
 
 
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XSPC Photon 270 Glass Tube Reservoir Review

When getting a new CPU for you system build, the first thought used to be "which heatsink and fan am I going to use?" but today that thought process has changed and years ago, adding water cooling to your PC was a risky task. However, the traditional paradigm has been shifting in PC cooling over the last few years. Today's modern cooling technology has taken several leaps forward in advancement. Because of this we are seeing more and more PC builders using water cooling as your every day cooling solution. Water cooling has proven to be a reliable and easy solution to help keep your hottest processors and graphics cards cooler. Today we are going to be looking at water cooling manufacturer XSPC. XSPC has been in the cooling business for over ten years and has built a positive reputation for itself. They continue to lead the market in custom liquid cooling solutions, delivering a complete range of cooling components worldwide. On our test bench, we have XSPC's new glass tube reservoir called the Photon 270. As we move forward, we are going to fully explore the XSPC Photon 270 Tube Reservoir and share our experience and impressions. Can the Photon 270 Tube Reservoir from XSPC live up to their previous reputation? Read on to find out.



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Kingston HyperX Announces a Global Sponsorship of Intel Extreme Masters Season 8

Kingston Technology Europe Co LLP, an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced, it is taking its support of eSports to the next level as the newest global sponsor of Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Season 8. Kingston HyperX will join Intel Extreme Masters on tour in New York, Singapore, Sao Paulo and at the World Finals in Poland. During the tour, HyperX memory modules will be used globally in over 120 elite pro gaming tournament systems to provide cutting-edge performance for the world’s best gamers. Kingston kicked off its sponsorship at the just-completed ChinaJoy World Mobile Game Conference in Shanghai, China. Continuing throughout the tour, Kingston will give away products including HyperX memory, solid-state drives, USB Flash drives and more online and through social media. Celebrating its 10th anniversary year, HyperX is the high-performance line of Kingston products encompassing memory modules, SSDs and USB Flash drives. “We’re very happy to enter into a relationship with a memory partner with such close ties to eSports,” said Micha? Blicharz, Director Pro Gaming, ESL. “HyperX is all about gamers so I’m looking forward to having a fantastic IEM season together.” “It is a very exciting time for Kingston HyperX as we align ourselves with one of the world’s leading eSports tournaments to deliver top-quality competitions paired with the highest perf...



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Mach Xtreme Technology Launches Affordable LX USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Mach Xtreme Technology Inc., a worldwide leader in top performance, high reliability and user-friendly designed PC components, today launched LX Series USB3.0 flash drives. The MX-LX is based on a native USB 3.0 controller chip and implementing advanced dual-channel technology. It is an economical USB 3.0 peripheral for those who demand leading-edge technology without paying more. There is a wide range of high-end USB 3.0 flash drives available on the market. These pendrives typically carry a relatively high price tag compared to traditional USB 2.0 flash drives. MX-LX series utilizes the latest USB 3.0 specification and delivers blazing fast performance at an extremely competitive and affordable price. MX-LX USB 3.0 flash drive is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, at USB 2.0 speeds. Its dual-chip design and compact size makes it easy to carry virtually anywhere. The aluminum housing is also extremely durable, making it an ideal upgrade flash drive for users with busy and active lifestyles. The MX-LX flash drive delivers decent read and write speeds clocking in at up to 190MB/s read and 85MB/s write along with its ultra compact size (57mm x 17mm 7.5mm). Mach Xtreme LX flash drive comes in 8GB to 64GB flavors. All this combined with 2-Years warranty and consumer friendly pricing nominates MX-Technology LX Series USB 3.0 flash drive as the best price/performance solution on the market. LX Series USB 3.0 Flash Drives at A Glance: USB 3.0 Interface Max. Read Perfor...



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GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force Overclocking Motherboard Review

Being one of the top tier manufacturers of computer parts, GIGABYTE isn’t a new comer to the performance and overclocking scene. Today we have the latest entry from their OC Series of motherboards. It started with the X58A-OC a few years ago, and now we are on the Intel Z87 platform with the Z87X-OC Force! First glance at the board and specifications look promising! Will it hold true to first impressions? Read on to find out! Full Review: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2231/1/



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CYBERPOWERPC Announces Power Mega III Graphics Workstation Series

– Intel 4th Gen Haswell Paired with NVIDIA Quadro K-Series or AMD FirePro Graphics Shifts Graphics/CAD Performance into High Gear   CITY of INDUSTRY, CA (July 30, 2013) – Cyberpower Inc., www.cyberpowerpc.com a manufacturer of custom gaming machines, notebook systems, and high performance workstations, today announced its Power Mega III series – a family of Intel 4th Generation Haswell or Xeon-based professional workstation PCs with NVIDIA Quadro K series or AMD FirePro graphics that set the bar for high-performance workstations.   Power Mega III workstations offer precise, professional performance to tackle the most demanding CPU and GPU-intensive applications out of the box. Offered in six configurations, the Power Mega III series is powered by the latest 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Haswell processors with Z87 Express chipset for supreme multi-tasking and content creation.   For those who demand extreme processing power, Intel Xeon processors are also offered in several models in single or dual CPU configurations. These advanced performance workstations are perfect for applications such as 3D rendering/modeling, sciences and medical imaging, engineering and earth sciences, matte painting, compositing, and CAD/CAM.   The Power Mega III features world-class workstation graphics powered by NVIDIA Quadro K series or AMD FirePro GPUs. These proven graphic processing cards provide impressive speeds and accelerate rendering or graphically intensive tasks dramat...



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AMD Strikes with Revolt and Valkyrie at iBUYPOWER

July 30, 2013, City of Industry, CA – iBUYPOWER and AMD are proud to announce that its two most sought after systems, the Valkyrie and the Revolt, are both now available in new powerful AMD flavors.  iBUYPOWER’s class-leading mobile gaming platform, the Valkyrie, is now available with AMD’s application shredding A10 quad-core CPU and comes equipped with Radeon HD 8970M graphics paired with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Those looking for the most bang for the buck in a mobile gaming system that delivers unrivaled performance need not look any further.  Customers can configure the new AMD-based Valkyries with both a SSD and an HDD for the best of combination of speed and capacity.  We’ve also answered the call for those seeking to get their hands on our no compromise Revolt. We now feature Revolts configurable with both AMD and Intel CPUs. Available with up to an AMD A10-6800K quad-core CPU, the Revolt remains the industry’s leading benchmark in compact, high-performance gaming systems.  “At iBUYPOWER, one of our core strengths is being able to offer customers a wide selection of configurations for any of our systems,” said Darren Su, VP of iBUYPOWER. “Yes, we’re about producing the best performing systems, but we also want to answer the call for choice. With new Revolts and Valkryies featuring AMD components, we cater to our customer’s needs.”  iBUYPOWER AMD-based Valkyries are available in 17-inch configurations starting at $1129. Customers can configure ...



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Phanteks Launch PH-F140SP series & PH-F140XP 140mm premium fans

Walnut, California – July 30, 2013- Phanteks introduces the new PH-F140SP Series premium fans. Two models are set to be released, PH-F140SP_BK and PH-F140SP_BK_LED. The fans are specifically designed to overcome high static pressure, blade deflection, and noise challenges. PH-F140SP also feature 140mm mounting holes and constitute a great case/radiator fan upgrade option for users who want better airflow for their cases and radiators. PH-F140SP_BK_LED comes with 4 LEDs attached, these fans will make any case more aesthetically appealing. The ON/OFF switch allows user to enable or disable the LEDs. PH-F140SP’s nine blades with MVB feature produce powerful yet silent downdraft airflow. With the UFB bearing, composed by MOSS and SSC systems, long lifespan and rotation stability are made possible. The new redeveloped blades in PH-F140SP are angled lower to achieve higher air pressure. The redesigned MVB blades generate better airflow and produces better performance. It improves the balance of airflow and air pressure when used as a case fan. The new nine high pressure MVB blades are precisely angled to generate a silent controlled airflow. The blades produces a downdraft vortex allowing for greater amount of air passage through and reduce airflow turbulence across the surface of the blades, to create significantly better performance and airflow while keeping noise to a minimum. Composed by MOSS and SSC systems, Phanteks’ UFB bearings have an effective hub-tip...



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Raijintek Ereboss

With the aim of designing high-end products for Lifestyle , Computer and Day-to-Day usage, RAIJINTEK was established in 2013 to accomplish the future of IT and Lifestyle products. This task and aim allows us to grow into a global brand. Not only do we provide highly recommended IT products but we also have Gaming Gear, like Chassis and PSUs, and Lifestyle products for Smartphones and all your tablet PCs. Fully dedicated to developing the best products for global users, RAIJINTEK’s R&D team never forgets the aim to provide a user-friendly and well-performing product. With decades of experience in the industry, RAIJINTEK management would also never jeopardize the high service- and product quality our customers deserve. Founded in 2013, Raijintek is a newcomer to the world of PC parts and peripherals. A unique look and exceptional price to performance products had them burst onto the scene with aplomb. Being new to the market makes Raijintek an interesting company to watch as their competitors, having been around for many years, are predictable while Raijintek still has the ability to surprise. Having targeted the entry to mid-level CPU-cooling market with their initial product launch, the Aidos, Themis, and Ereboss make up their first round of CPU coolers with additional products to follow. Raijintek, offering up solid products and the desire to expand, could soon become a force to be reckoned with in the PC-enthusiast market. Looking toward the future, I have high hop...



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MSI Powers 3D Animation

MSI mobile workstations launched for few months already, now actively looking for partnership in M&E (Multimedia & Entertainment) industry. “MIDA” starts the page! MIDA*, is an animation, which created by Win-Land Multimedia* & Kent ADIP with mixed styles of 2D & 3D images. On 27 July, a 3D holographic projection live show will be held during Fancy Frontier Animation in Taipei. MSI Workstation provides product mobility and optimized 2K (2048 x 1536 pixels) images and contents during the show. It will be one of the few 3D holographic projection performed by virtual and cosplay singers. “ We spent years of investment in creating original digital content. This year, we expect MIDA and her virtual band- The Evolutionary Voice, can lead Taiwan animation artworks into one of the top animation countries. We believe with the help of MSI Workstation continuous compute power, we can shorten the time of success and bring amazing films to asian animation markets.” said Kent Chang, Director of Kent ADIP*. Behind the scenes, MSI workstation & Taiwan National Center of High-Speed Performance render farms delivered hardware and cloud computing infrastructure. For Taiwan, it’s the very first time to present a full-length animation feature combine with 2D, 3D, motion capture characters which requires rendering over tens of millions of polygons. “ In order to make this stand out from many other animation in Asian market, we introduced the world’s advanced mo...



 
 
 
 
 
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Mushkin Ventura USB 3.0 64GB

Looking for a small flash drive that's speedy and affordable? The Mushkin Ventura 64GB sports a USB 3.0 interface to vastly improve performance, and this little drives pack a huge capacity onto a form factor that can fit onto your key ring. But what about performance? Around here, we think Performance is King, so just how fast is this flash drive from Mushkin? Let's find out.



 
 
 
 
 
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Gigabyte GTX 780 OC Windforce

We're looking at a custom implementation of the behemoth GeForce GTX 780. This one is from Gigabyte: the GTX 780 OC Windforce, sporting an insane factory overclock and a stunning cooler. The If you have he budget to afford something special that'll get you bragging rights along with a killer card, then read on to find out more about this Gigabyte card.



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Take to the extreme in style

MSI’s GS70 Stealth ultra notebook offers the power and portability Can you imagine a powerful 17” notebook that you can easily pick up with just one hand? Who says that a top-of-the-line notebook has to weigh a ton? Not MSI. Marvel at our newest feather-light GS70 Stealth notebook. Measuring less than 2.18 centimeters thick, the GS70 is the industry’s thinnest 17” notebook powerhouse. At just 2.65 kilograms, the GS70 is even lighter than most 15.6” models, so you can conveniently take the action anywhere. With a big 17.3”Full HD monitor packed into a sleek21.8 millimeters, this platform is equipped with a long-lasting, high-capacity battery that can power nearly four hours of video. We also heat with our two channel cooling system design. Take your notebook on the road without worrying about your battery life or overheating. Now with that attention to detail, the MSI GS70 Stealth, exclusively equipped with the newest Steelseries backlit keyboard, also features 2.1 channel surround sound that rivals most home entertainment systems. Even when wearing headphones, you can enjoy awesome 5.1 channel audio. You are bound to appreciate the bright colorful visuals and booming audio experience exclusively available on the GS70 Stealth. Our Matrix Display multiple display output technology means you don’t have to fight the battle alone. In the past, one screen meant just one view of the action or tedious toggling between screens. Not only did it waste time, it was hard ...






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