Archive for December, 2014
In a market which is quickly becoming saturated with a great selection of All-In-One (AIO) water cooling systems, it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish yourself from the rest of the crowd. After all, there's only so much innovation to be had before you've exhausted all of the possibilities of the specific form factor that these products really have to take. Antec believes that there is some unexplored territory left in this realm and have answered the call to be different with the introduction of their new lineup of AIO CPU coolers. On hand today is the middle child of the bunch, the Kuhler H2O 950: Will it's unique design and feature set enable it to stand out in the crowd, or does it fall flat and just blend in with everything else? Read on to find out, but first here's a little bit about Antec:
Introduction In San Jose, California on December 30, 2013 Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules announced the release of their new USB 3.0 Express Motile drive. This device is aimed at the consumer that is constantly on the move. This drive can be accessed by plugging it into a USB port on a computer or a micro-USB port on a mobile device. Capacities on this drive range from 8 GB to 64 GB and it has read speeds of up to 67 MB/s and write speeds of up to 24 MB/s over the USB 3.0 interface. Capacity USB 3.0 Express Motile P/N 8GB ST3U8EMT 16GB ST3U16EMT 32GB ST3U32EMT This USB 3.0 Express Motile is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 and it will plug and play in any cell phone running Android. Additional information about this device can be found at www.supertalent.com About Super Talent Technology Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures flash based SSD and USB storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilizes its state-of-the-art factories and leading-edge components to produce award winning products with outstanding reliability. Super Talent is an active member of the JEDEC and ONFI. With over 200 patents, the company was ranked in the top 50 of the Wall Street Journal’s Patent Scorecard ™ for the IT industry three consecutive times. Facebook Youtube Twitter
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As performance has increased, traditional cooling solutions have struggled to keep up. Engineers have made air coolers larger, and added more fans and heat pipes in an effort to keep CPU temperatures in check. This approach has only taken us so far in the quest for the ultimate cooling solution. The popularity of custom water cooling has been on the rise among the elite and hardcore gamers. Others find it too bothersome or worrisome to add liquids where we have been taught not to put them. Over the last two years there has been an explosion of middle ground solutions called All in One Liquid (AIO) Cooling or Sealed Loop Systems. These have allowed the better cooling of water without the maintenance or fears of a fully custom water cooling system. Cooler Master has been successful with their previous outings in the seal loop arena but now they want to tackle the last hurdle for all AIO’s; expandability. The Glacer 240L Liquid CPU cooler is meant to address all of your current needs and those you may have in the future. That is a tall order for any CPU cooler but Cooler Master feels the Glacer 240L is up to the task. We will find out soon if they are correct.
With technology growing, the size of storage has grown too. We constantly need more space for moving larger files from one system to another, but we don't always have network accessibility. Whether it is movies, music or a system backup, the external storage size can be crucial to solving this dilemma. The Transcend Jetflash USB 3.0 drives are available in a variety of sizes and styles and might be exactly what we need. The Jetflash 810 is available in 4/16/32/64GB sizes while the Jetflash 760 is available in 4/16/32/64/128GB and available in either white or black. We have the opportunity to test the 32GB version of the 760 and 810. Continue reading to find out how well these drives do in our testing.
On December 26, 2013 BitFenix Design Lab Announced the launch of an all-new support center to even better serve their customers. At the BitFenix Support Center, users are now able to submit their inquiries via an easy-to-use ticketing system. With this new system, end users can quickly get their questions answered and have the ability to track the progress of their request. With the new support system, Bitfenix aims to respond to their customers within 48 hours of submission. Beginning today, users are welcome to head over to http://support.bitfenix.com if they are experiencing any issues with their BitFenix product. Users who currently have open Tickets and are already communicating with the Bitfenix support are encouraged to continue using the old system until their problem is resolved. To see the new BitFenix Support Site, go to http://support.bitfenix.com. For more information on BitFenix, please visit http://www.bitfenix.com.
December 20th 2013, Taipei – Leading PC CASE and Power Supply maker, COUGAR, is giving away prizes in promotion with media partners and having a “Look Back at COUGAR 2013” Christmas Giveaway contest on Facebook. Considering all of the outstanding products COUGAR has released this year you can choose which is your favorite, then “Like, Share and Win”. Check out the details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/229458737235466/ COUGAR has had a banner year for products in 2013. For PC Chassis, there have been products to fit into every type of computer build, like the high-end mini gaming tower PC case, the COUGAR SPIKE. The SPIKE delivers expansion capability in a micro-ATX space-saving design as it is a mini tower but is designed to accept longer high-end gaming graphics cards thanks to the 330mm of clearance. And also one of the more famous cases released this year was the Archon. With an elegant look and support for longer high-end graphics cards up to 310mm, this case is the latest iteration from COUGAR’s line of sleek gaming cases. COUGAR’s fan products have been designed and tested under a series of strict criteria including air flow, air pressure, noise, performance and lifespan making them some of the best cooling fans on the market. In 2013 COUGAR introduced a new line of 120mm and 140mm fans with LEDs called CFD LED. For computer Power Supplies, COUGAR released the SL PSU as part of their value line of power supply solutions and it is fully compl...
Introduction December 19th, Shenzhen, China based KTC Technology Group is an OEM leader in the manufacturing of LCD TVs around the globe and provides high quality products with competitive prices. KTC stepped into the manufacturing of tablets in 2012 and launched a series of products providing global brand customers with professional OEM service. Now, they are proud to introduce a cost-effective 8-inch model, the 800P31C.The 800P31C is an eye catching unit and uses a silver aluminum alloy rear housing and white front frame.Which is extremely thin, at only 6mm at its narrowest point.It is an 8″ tablet that weighs in at about 300 g. In the future, KTC plans to offer more product models in different colors. This unit comes with Android 4.2 operating system, optimized in UI design and In addition, the 800P31C is equipped with built-in WiFi and supports 3G cellular data The 800P31C is equipped with a built-in telephone module which supports both WCDMA and GSM cellular voice systems, so you can make calls without earphones. The 800P31C is a tablet as well as a mobile phone. About KTC Group Established in 1993, Shenzhen KTC Technology Group is specialized in the manufacturing of flat panel display terminal products. KTC group consists of Shenzhen KTC Technology Co., Ltd., Shenzhen KTC Commercial Display Technology Co., Ltd., Huizhou KTC Technology Co., Ltd., KTC Computer Technology (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. KTC, through independent research and development, gradually started it...
Today we're looking at a unit from Lepa, specifically the G Series 850W power supply, which comes with a partly modular design, flat cables, and 80Plus Gold certification. With a solid feature set and the ability to run a couple of high-end graphics cards, the Lepa G Series 850W looks like a promising power supply. Lepa is the sister company to Enermax, a company which is known to make some of the best power supplies on the market, though interestingly they are not the OEM on this particular unit. So, can this non-Enermax Lepa unit measure up? Let's take a closer look and find out.
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Introduction Bitfenix just released a case aimed squarely at builders on a budget. The Comrade case delivers high-end features at a very competitive price point. It is available in two classic colors,white and black .The Comrade brings a sleek design that’s ideal for the first-time builder. It comes with dedicated 3.5″ and 2.5″ drive racks as well as room for long graphics cards up to 300cm in length. The tool-free drive locking mechanisms make installation of hard drives a breeze, while dual dust filters allow for quick and easy cleanup. A high-speed USB 3.0 port has also been included. This case comes with powder-coated interior and an aluminum-finish BitFenix badge. The Comrade case is a mid-tower design and an unprecedented value. Specifications Materials Steel, Plastic Color (Int/Ext) Black/Black, White/White Dimensions (WxHxD) 185mm x 428.55mm x 470.5mm Motherboard Sizes Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX 5.25” Drive Bays x 3 3.5” Drive Bays x 3 2.5” Drive Bays x 3 Cooling Front 120mm x 2 (optional) Cooling Rear 120mm x 1 (1 included) PCI Slots 7 1 x USB3.0, 1 x USB2.0, HD Audio Power Supply PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction) Extras Front Dust Filter, PSU Dust Filter, Tool-Free Drive Locking
Today we're focusing on the Sapphire R9 290, an enthusiast-classed peformance card that's a reference design. We typically see custom cards from Sapphire, and that may yet be in store in the not-too-distant future, but for now the R9 290 is Sapphire's competition against Nvidia's GTX 780. Looking to offer excellent performance for higher-resolution gaming, the R9 290 looks to be a powerhouse. Let's delve a bit deeper into the details with a closer look at the Sapphire R9 290 to find out how it measures up.
In an ideal world, when you want to build your next PC, you want to get nothing but the best components for the money you can get your hands on. Unfortunately, life tends to sometimes get in the way, and some corners must be cut somewhere to make the build happen. This is why various price points exist for different ranges of products, though lately several manufacturers have taken to the notion that the ratio of paying less for getting less is too heavily skewed in favor of paying less for getting nowhere near enough for your money. Cougar figures it's their turn to toss another chip into the stack of afford-ably priced gamer cases with the introduction of the MX500 mid tower case. Said to be a sleek, modern designed gaming tower, does this offer gamers the features they crave without breaking the bank? Let's dig in and find out, but first here's a bit about Cougar:
Antec is at it once again developing stronger and more powerful closed loop coolers. Their newest addition to the Kuhler family is the 650, 950 and 1250. The 650 unit is a high performance cooling solution with an integrated large pump built into the cooling fan providing a more efficient and optimized product. With the PWM fan designed to automatically adjust fan speed based on temperature, its directional blade is designed to focus on maximum airflow. It even includes an LED on the block that changes color based on temperature. Continue reading to find how well the 650 stays cool under our heat producing machines.
Introduction On December 17, 2013,in Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, announced the release of the brushed aluminum M-ATX cube chassis PC-V358 in North America.This unit comes with a front hinge allowing builders to swing open the top and front panel of this brushed aluminum chassis providing easy access to the internal components.This unit supports 240mm radiators and AIO cooling systems. It also has a compartmentalized heat zone design meaning the chassis is separated into two zones. The top section holds the motherboard, graphics card and 2.5” drives, while the bottom compartment holds the PSU and 3.5” hard drives. The PC-V358 will be available at the end of December on Newegg for the MSRP of $179. Specifications Model PC-V358 Case Type Mini Tower Chassis Dimensions (W) 324mm (H) 286mm (D) 390mm Color Black Silver Front bezel Material Aluminum Side Panel Aluminum Body Material Aluminum Net Weight 4.2KG 5.25″ drive bay (External) Slim ODD 3.5″ drive bay (External) None HDD bay 3.5″ HDD x6 2.5″ HDD x2 Expansion Slot 4 Motherboard Micro-ATX Mini-ITX System Fan (Front) 120mm Fan x2 System Fan (Rear) 120mm Fan x1 System Fan (Side) 120mm Fan x2 (Optional) I/O Ports USB3.0 x 2 HD Audio Maximum Compatibility VGA Card length: 330mm PSU length: 200mm CPU cooler height:130mm Power Supply ATX (Optional) Package Dimension s (W)375mm (H)338mm (D)445mm Gross Weight 5.5 KG MEAS 2.0 CUFT