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ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme Golden (Gank Machine) Motherboard Review

ECS Elitegroup has been around for more then two decades and is known to provide consumers with some of today’s most budget friendly motherboards. While ECS has been providing some of today's most affordable products all these years, recently ECS did a complete overhaul on its design and beefed up it's components. They did this to compete with some of today's big name manufacturers in the performance arena. ECS is what we would call "Out with the old, in with the new" and we were quite impressed with ECS Elitegroup's new aesthetics and layout on its new Z87 series motherboard. Today we have a chance to dive in and take a closer look at the new ECS A87H3-A2X Extreme Golden Gank Machine Motherboard. The Gank Machine is ECS Elitegroup's flagship Gaming motherboard and we are going to put this motherboard to the test to see how well it stacks up to its competitors. First, let's first find out a little about ECS Elitegroup.



Enermax Launches Five New Fan Models

Enermax is pleased to announce their launch of the latest advanced series of fan models equipped with their all-new patented technology, APS (Adjustable Peak Speed) Control. As the name implies, the peak speed of these fans can be adjusted as preferred, and the speed will be regulated automatically by pulse-width modulation (PWM) or by an integrated thermal sensor after selecting the particular RPM range. New Twister Advance Series with APS Control: Cluster Advance, Everest Advance, Magma Advance While the current Twister Series have been introduced into the market for more than 5 years, Enermax decided to add a refreshing twist to the series by adding the new Twister Advance series offering three different RPM modes which can be selected with a small switch at the fan hub. Users can then easily adapt the Enermax fans for various applications. For instance, the new Cluster Advance 12cm version fan runs within the ranges of 500 to 1200, 500 to 1500 or 500 to 1800 RPM, so that users can select the best combination for their chassis. Other features such as the patented Twister http://www.enermax.com/userfiles/image/close-up.JPGBearing, carved halo frame and batwing blades are still retained to offer users the best cooling performance. New Vegas LED Fan with APS Control and Carved Halo Frame: T.B.VEGAS QUAD, T.B.VEGAS On the basis of the design of the APS control that allows end users to have different RPM settings and specifications, Enermax releases two new Vegas fans, the 4...



Samsung 840 EVO SSD Review – Samsung Caches In On Value and Performance

Our SSD analysis today is perhaps the most detailed typical SSD report we have published to date, and so it should be. Actually, the word ‘typical’ doesn’t quite fit as the Samsung 840 EVO SSD, that I am now using as my mainstream system drive, is pushing over 1GB/s sequential speeds and an unbelievable 685MB/s low 4K random write performance. If you think this might be magic, you would be right and this magic is within the reach of every Samsung 840 EVO purchase, performance not even closely matched prior to this release. Full Review: http://thessdreview.com/?p=69903  



ROCCAT Kone Pure Optical and Sense Meteor Blue Now Available

Optical version of award-winning Kone Pure gaming mouse is in stores now   Hamburg – July 25, 2013 – ROCCAT Studios, the Hamburg-based manufacturer of competition gaming peripherals, today announces immediate availability of the optical version of its award-winning Kone Pure gaming mouse. This release ensures that there is now a Kone for both breeds of gamer: those preferring the maxed out DPI of a laser mouse, and those yearning for the unique feel of an optical sensor gliding over their mousepad. The Kone Pure Optical combines the design innovations and ergonomic shape of original Kone Pure – 91% the size of the Kone – with an ultra-accurate, cutting-edge Pro-Optic (R3) optical sensor. Equipped with high-quality Omron® switches, ROCCAT innovations such as Easy-Shift[+]™, Easy-Aim, and ROCCAT Talk™, and a top-end sensor with DPI adjustable up to true 4,000 DPI, the Kone Pure Optical is designed for discerning gamers who want the best from their peripherals.   ROCCAT founder and CEO René Korte comments: “The new sensor featured in the Kone Pure Optical is the successor to the sensor featured in the famous Savu mouse. The Savu drew praise from gamers and reviewers alike, who complimented the mouse for its accurate and reliable tracking. Building on this success, the Kone Pure Optical has a new and more powerful MCU, which features more memory, and two new native DPI steps.” By popular demand, the optical mouse arms gamers with a powerful weapon i...



 
 
 
 
 

Roccat Kone Pure and Kone Pure Color Gaming Mice

The right gaming mouse can make or break your gaming session. You want a mouse that will handle high-speed precision movements for FPS gaming, but will also handle slow technical stuff for MMORPGs and productivity stuff. Today I might just have the mouse that will satisfy all your needs without breaking your wallet. ROCCAT is a German-based manufacturer of high-end gaming peripherals. They make some of the coolest, most feature-packed gaming mice, keyboards, audio gear and gaming notebooks. They've recently released the fifth generation of their Kone gaming mouse - the Kone Pure, and more recently added colored variants to the Pure's lineup. They were kind enough to send me out their new Kone Pure and Kone Pure Color gaming mice to review. Let's dive in and see how this one measures up!



Introducing the COMFORTER mini and COMFORTER Air

Keep Your Legs and Laptop Cool in Any Position Chino, California – July 23rd, 2013 – Cooler Master, a designer, manufacturer, and innovator of leading PC components, today announced an extension to their popular COMFORTER series of laptop coolers – the COMFORTER mini & COMFORTER Air. Both the COMFORTER mini and Air are packed with features while being built to fit tablets and most laptops (9″ ~ 15.6). Keeps You and Your Laptop Cool Placing a laptop on your legs can be uncomfortable due to the heat, but the COMFORTER mini & COMFORTER Air keep your laptop and your legs cool while providing an ergonomic platform to enjoy your content. A sponge cushion is provided on both models to function as a comfortable padded surface for your legs. COMFORTER mini includes a concave shape that leaves space between the mini and your laptop for great airflow and to prevent overheating. Additionally, two rubber points keep your laptop gripped in place while a grooved storage section for cable management prevents a mess of cables from getting in your way. Use Your Laptop on Your Lap, On a Desk, or on Your Bed in Total Comfort Place it on your lap while on the couch. Turn it around and now you have a wrist rest for comfortable typing. Flip it and use your laptop or tablet while lying down. For an extra cooling boost, Comforter Air includes a silent, yet effective, cooling fan with that steadily provides fresh, cool air to your laptop. Whichever way you choose, the CO...



MSI GE40 Dragon Eyes

Best choice for performance and mobility As a gaming laptop only less than 1 inch and under 2kg, GE40 Dragon Eyes is the latest powerful and amazing laptops. It features with Intel’s 4th generation Quad Core processors and nVIDIA’s GTX760M discrete graphics in a compact 14 inch size. In addition, it supports MSI’s exclusive features such as Super RAID, Audio Boost, and Matrix Display. Super RAID design brings 1000MB/s fast storage access  MSI’s GE40featuresMSI’s own Super RAID technology with 2 SSD on RAID 0 combination. Super RAID with 2 SSD RAID0 gives you over 1000MB/s reading speed!! Matrix Display multi-display output MSI’s innovative design with up to 2 external display capability. Users can work on multi tasks at same time. Audio Boost for better headset sound detail Greatly enhance headphone performance!MSI Audio Boost design enhances sound output by 30%. Together with the gold flash audio jack, this technology also provides stable sound transmission and low noise/ distortion.. Sound Blaster enhanced wrap around sound Hear your enemies perfectly, even on an ear-drum shattering battlefield. Your most important sound effects are reproduced crystal clear allowing you to focus on your game even during extremely long sessions. The slimmest and lightweight 14″ notebook with exclusive Dragon Eyes and aluminum design Comparing to other 14″ notebook in the market, GE40 is the slimmest and lightweight one with high-end graphic card, and allows you to...



MSI launches new ultra-slim All-in-One PC

MSI Adora24 MSI, the leading international motherboard, graphics card and All-in-One (AIO) manufacturer has launched an all new, ultra-slim AIO series. The Adora24 is the first AIO PC in the world to use flickerfree display technology. The casing has a thickness of just 21mm at its thinnest point and the visual golden ratio achieved through the use of staggered lines make the Adora24 look even slimmer. The flowing lines down the sides enhance the feeling of crisp speed as well. The Adora24 is equipped with the Intel® 3rd Gen Mobile Core™ i3 / i5 multi-core processor and a high-end NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M discrete graphics card. In addition to the flicker-free display technology, the anti-glare display allows the user to use the computer for extended periods without experiencing eyestrain. Furthermore, the Adora24 comes with an SSD (optional) and Creative Sound Blaster™ Cinema speakers. The MSI Adora24 will become available in Europe by the first week of August. A new series, a new design The Adora All-in-One PC features a totally new design and chassis, built around the concept of ultra-slim and visual awe. A big portion of the I/O connections are neatly tucked away on the backside of the AIO, creating a neat desk when fully installed and connected to other devices. A beautiful frameless display works conveniently with 10-point touch control and Windows 8. The Adora24 is a fashionable addition to any office or study and can be mounted on a wall via the VESA wallmount t...



 
 
 
 
 

MSI GK-601 Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

We all know MSI produces some top of the line motherboards and GPUs on the market today. I personally own 2x MSI 660 TI Power Editions as well as an MSI Z77 M-Power motherboard. Today we will be looking at something new from MSI, the GK-601 Back-lit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This is also something new to me since I've never used a mechanical keyboard before. This should prove to be a lot of fun. The MSI GK-601 aesthetically matches the MSI M-Power series Z77, the newly released Z87 motherboards and their Lightning series GPUs. With its yellow highlights and yellow back-lit keys you're sure to have a winning combo. The GK-601 offers 128KB on board memory so there is no worry about losing the macros you have created. With five profiles and ten possible macros per profile we get a grand total of 50 dedicated macro keys. Having a braided cord on a keyboard was also a new experience for me, but I can say after seeing this, it's pure genius in my book. The MSI GK-601 comes with dedicated multimedia keys for controlling all your media needs; plus it also comes with dedicated keys for switching between all five profiles. The keyboard I'm using now has been the best keyboard I've ever owned so it's going to be hard to beat it. Let's see if MSI is up to the challenge. Before we get into this review here is a video and a word about MSI!



OCZ Technology Delivers the Plug-and-Play SQL Server Optimized ZD-XL SQL Accelerator

Tightly Integrated PCIe Solid-State Drive Hardware and Enterprise Software Storage Solution Accelerates and Optimizes Microsoft SQL Server Applications SAN JOSE, CA – 07/23/13 – OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the general availability of its ZD-XL SQL Accelerator which was first showcased live at Interop® 2013 and won the Best of Show Award in the Data Center and Storage category. This award-winning product is a tightly integrated hardware/software storage solution that accelerates and optimizes Microsoft SQL Server database applications in enterprise environments. ZD-XL SQL Accelerator includes a high-performance flash-based PCIe solid-state drive working in combination with innovative acceleration and caching software to deliver the right and relevant SQL Server data when the application needs it. Through a user-friendly advanced graphical user interface, ZD-XL provides simple step-by-step implementation wizards that guide database administrators (DBAs) through best practice models of its flash-based resources to deliver easy and efficient deployment into SQL Server environments. The unique ZD-XL SQL Accelerator architecture exposes its PCIe-based on-host flash as both local and cache volumes, and efficiently distributes random database workloads in parallel between all of its available flash to provide up to 25 times improved databas...



 
 
 
 
 

CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse

The Havoc is the latest in Cooler Master's gamer-oriented Storm series of products, with an 8200 DPI laser engine and a fabulous finish. With an attractive price $55, this is a highly competitive segment in the gaming peripheral market for those who want a new rodent for their system. Question is: can this mouse wreak Havoc on the competition? Let's find out.



Introducing premium sleeved Power Cable

Mix and match lengths and connector arrays to achieve the perfect combination be quiet!, the market leader of power supplies in Germany for seven consecutive years*, introduces its brand new premium sleeved power cables, with custom lengths and various connector options. By covering every single wire of the cable with a sleeve, be quiet! again offers a unique premium look inside the PC. Power cables for every possible PC situation Regular power supply cables are generally medium in length to fit most PC enclosures. However, to set up a very small Home Theater PC or a very large desktop PC most power supplies will be fitted with an unsuitable cable length. But even in the normal cable length some users often do not have the desired connectors on the cable. To solve this problem, be quiet! produces premium power cables with many different connector and length variations. Whether you want a compact 30 cm power cable with only one connector or need a meter-long cable with connectors for three SATA drives and a HDD connector, be quiet! now offers all these possibilities. Looking perfect in every situation Instead of just bundling all five wires together and putting them into a sleeve, be quiet! has decided to separate each and individually sleeve every wire. The result is a fantastic looking cable with a lot of flexibility compared to a stiff regular cable. Not only are be quiet! cables bundled with high quality mesh material, but also sleeved with black wires beneath the mesh,...



 
 
 
 
 

Corsair H100i Review

Introduction Corsair – if you have been into PCs over the past few years, you will probably view them fondly. They make some of the best cases, RAM and power supplies available, not to mention other accessories like SSDs, keyboards, mice and audio products. Corsair got into the AiO cooler market a few years ago with the H50. It was a great cooler for an initial offering, and despite being a thin 120mm radiator, it performed admirably well. In fact, I still have an H50 running on a Q6600 @ 3.7GHz in a spare system right now! Things have come a long way since the original H50, though. The radiators are thicker and longer, the tubing is larger, and the fans are quieter. Fast forward to today and you’ll notice that Corsair’s new H100i has “all that and then some” in an effort to keep your system cool and quiet. They were kind enough to send me one to check out, so without further delay let’s get to it!   About Corsair: “Meeting Performance Computing Demands since 1994. Corsair is a global company bringing innovative, high-performance components to the PC gaming market. Specializing in very high performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, and other key system components, our products are the choice of overclockers, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere. Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release...



Diamond Multimedia Introduces USB303HE Three-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub and Mini Docking Station with 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet Port

The USB303HE USB 3.0 Hub and Mini Docking Station is a high performance and simple plug-andplay and gigabit Ethernet network connection capability for desktops, notebook PCs and any embedded system using a standard USB port. LOS ANGELES, CA – Diamond Multimedia has introduced the newest addition to their USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter line, the Diamond USB303HE 3-port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hub with 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet Port and mini docking station. The high performance plug-and-play Gigabit Ethernet port offers energy efficient settings while still providing the most proficient Ethernet adapter services for most operating systems by using a standard USB port. It is equipped with ASIX AX88179 chipset and USB to RJ45 connection. The pocket-sized USB303HE does not require an external power supply. making it ideal for not just the home and office but also traveling – when WiFi is not easily available. The USB303HE is a fully functional, easy to use and outfitted for desktops, notebook PC’s, Ultrabooks, Macbooks®, docking stations, game consoles and digital-home appliances. It ensures true 10/100/1000Mbps network speed through an existing USB port with a small form factor and simple, fast plug-nplay connectivity. The USB303HE can provide high speed wired connectivity for Ultrabooks that don’t have a standard RJ45 port. The USB303HE is able to outfit many operating systems such as: WIN 8, WIN 7 64, WIN VISTA 64, WIN XP, MCE, MAC OS X. Additionally it is compliant wi...



MSI Intel 8 Series OC

MSI OC on Z87, H87, B85 and H81 Chipsets Z87 the only true Overclocking platform MSI, a leading Motherboard and Graphics Card manufacturer has updated the BIOS for its H87, B85 and H81 based motherboards with Intel’s latest Microcode update. Since the Initial release of this BIOS, it has allowed CPU overclocking on all MSI motherboards with a H87, B85 or H81 chipsets. MSI, as a technology leader had this feature exposed since the initial release of each of the more than 30 models that were announced back in June, such as the H87-G41 PC Mate and the B85-G43. At this time, it was apparant that, in order to offer the highest stability and compatibility, it was not in the interest of our community to announce a “feature” that we knew would be removed after a microcode update. Intel has since then updated the microcode for their 8 series chipsets and we advise everyone to always use the latest BIOS for their motherboard as this allows them to enjoy the highest level of stability and compatibility. It is with great pain that we see other motherboard manufacturers announce this a feature for short-term marketing gain, neglecting to mention that users would use this function in the near future. We want to urge the PC community to only chose Z87 based motherboards if they want to enjoy the benefits of overclocking since Z87 based motherboards, like the Z87 MPOWER are guaranteed to provide a great overclocking exprience now and in the future, regardless of the use ...






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