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Archive for March 20th, 2019

Deepcool GamerStorm CPU cooler for ITX boards GABRIEL

Deepcool, the leading manufacturer of CPU cooler, VGA cooler, DC case fan and Notebook cooler, officially releases a small form factor CPU cooler—GABIERL under the sub-brand GAMER STORM. GABRIEL is ideal for HTPC, Mini ITX and MATX build due to its low profile design. Based on the concept of designing a SFF cooler for Mini ITX boards, the overall dimension of GABRIEL is 120X118X40mm with a 20mm thick fan included. GABRIEL consists of a copper base with four copper heatpipes soldered and aluminum fins. The full set of heatsink is nickel plated in order to keep away from oxidization to ensure a long lifespan. GABRIEL is equipped with a high performance 120mm cooling fan, which can push 61.93CFM airflow to cool down the heatsink. This slim fan is PWM controlled, running at 900-1800±10%RPM. However, it is very quiet, minimum at 18.2dBA, due to its extraordinary dynamic balance. The fan cable is made of PTFE(Poly Tetra Fluoro Ethylene), which withstands high temperature and heavy duty usage. Two pieces of rubber cable ties are attached to route the fan cable to make everything in place. With multiple clips, GABRIEL can support all mainstream Mini ITX built processors including Intel LGA1150/1155/1156 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2. GABRIEL will be available worldwide from November and the availability may differ in different regions. The suggested retail price of this cooler is $40. For more information, please check here: http://global.gamerstorm.cn/Product/Gabriel/. You...



Benchmark Surface 2 with 3DMark for Windows RT

3DMark is now available as a free app for Windows RT devices from Windows Store: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/3dmark/f71eedf2-76ac-4be9-a073-13142d4a87fe 3DMark on Windows RT includes the same benchmarks as the Android and iOS editions. Cross-platform benchmarking across Windows, Android, iOS, and Windows RT is easy, fast and accurate with 3DMark. 3DMark Ice Storm is a DirectX 11 feature level 9 benchmark, (the modern equivalent of DirectX 9), for testing Windows RT tablets and notebooks. It includes two 720p Graphics tests designed to stress graphical (GPU) performance and a Physics test to stress processing (CPU) performance. 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme raises the Graphics tests’ rendering resolution to 1080p and uses higher quality textures and post-processing effects to create a more demanding load for the latest mobile devices. 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited is a different type of benchmark, one designed to test the raw performance of the underlying hardware. Use Ice Storm Unlimited to compare different chipsets, CPUs and GPUs without vertical sync, display resolution scaling and other operating system factors affecting the result. You’ll find more details in our technical guide: http://www.futuremark.com/downloads/3DMark_Technical_Guide.pdf 



Toshiba Set To Change SSD Landscape with Upper Tier SSDs at Rock Bottom Pricing

If the fact that Toshiba is now selling retail SSDs to the consumer surprises you, it should. For some time now, the SSD industry has had its eye on Toshiba as they seemed to get caught behind the eight ball. From our perspective, the only Toshiba SSDs we had reported on were the client THNSN 128GB SATA 2 mSATA SSD found in our Toshiba Z830 Ultrabook Review, and the ‘SandForce Driven’ Toshiba 6Gbps SSD that we briefly spoke of in our MBA Ivy Bridge Mid-2012 Report. For the most part, Toshiba was nowhere to be found in the consumer SSD market, at least until Q3 of this year, and their presence in client systems is still not as those in the SSD world might have predicted. Toshiba’s importance in the SSD market cannot be overlooked and Wayne Eisenberg (formerly of SMART and now OCZ) provided reason in his article, ‘Examining the SSD Industry – Benefits of Owning The Fab’. He spoke of the main NAND manufacturers being Samsung, Toshiba, Hynix, SanDisk, Intel and Micron, and these manufacturers having the ability to shape the SSD industry, much to the disadvantage of third party SSD manufacturers. In a nut shell, those who ‘Own the Fab’ could manufacture and sell SSDs at a lower price than third party manufacturers, forcing them to realign their products in areas that are more likely to support their revenue goals. Examples of this are evident with Patriot and Corsair who have changed product direction slightly, as well as OCZ who seems to be moving more into the...



 
 
 
 
 

BitFenix Ronin Case Review

Introduction BitFenix has made some pretty impressive cases in the past, from their Shinobi XL all the way down to the small yet powerful Prodigy. Let’s also not forget about the Spectre series fans, the Alchemy sleeved PSU extensions, and their LED strips. We all have seen one of these cases modded at some point. I’ve seen at least 100 case mods/builds featuring one of BitFenix’s cases. This is because of their innovative thought and design process. Now we’re back with another innovative case design, the Ronin. The Ronin has a feature we usually only see on modded cases, a feature that has to be hand made. It’s BitFenix’s stealth cover. This stealth cover is used to add a great aesthetic look and feel to the case. It also helps hide those unsightly ODD/HDD bays and PSU out of site so we can focus on the actual parts we want to display. We have support for a 240mm rad out of the box, a removable FlexCage, and it includes 2x 120mm fans. One of the new features the Ronin offers that I’ve never seen on a case is its SofTouch™ surface treatment. This adds a classy style to the Ronin. Before we start this review let’s read a little bit about BitFenix.   BitFenix is the result of the collaboration of several veterans in both the technology and gaming industries. From the same minds behind some of technology’s most venerable products, BitFenix creates hardware and peripherals that grant the user the utmost control, strengt...





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