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VisionTek 26 Piece PC Tool Kit Review

With Tax Return Season upon us there are many who might be considering putting together their first new PC build or perhaps updating their current build. During the process of putting together the parts list, there is one item that is frequently neglected; that item is the tool-set you will need assemble your rig. Any old average set of tools (as long as they contain at least a philips screwdriver) will do you in a pinch, but it's best not to use dad's rusty-old screwdriver because it could get rust flakes and who knows what other kinds of dirt and grime all over your new PC hardware. Thankfully there are tool kits designed specifically with system building in mind, and VisionTek has a fairly comprehensive kit of their own, which we will review for you today. Their kit comes with 26 pieces of surprisingly versatile, yet simple tools. We'll be taking a quick look at what something like this offers you, the budding system builder, in your quest to construct the perfect metal monolith. First, here's a word about VisionTek:



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FZtech CPU Coolers feature pulse width modulation.

Introduction On January 30, 2014 FZtech introduced the Server Cooler Freezer 120 Series a cooling solution designed for the INTEL® LGA1366 CPU (1U Server Industrial PC). These units are compatible with Intel® LGA1366 type CPUs up to 85 W, Freezer 120 Series is available with pulse width modulation, allowing the fan speed to change automatically, based on CPU loads. The fan operates within range of 800–4500 rpm with maximum airflow of 27.02 cfm and noise range of 0–39 dBA. These coolers have 2 ball bearings and are rated for 12 V operation. In the PWM enabled model, the Freezer 120 series of CPU coolers measure in at 90 x 90 x 26.5mm and weigh in at 700 gm .The fan runs within a range of 800 to 4500 RPM with maximum airflow of 27.02 CFM and a noise range of 0 to 39 dBA. FZtech’s Freezer Series 120 are compatible with the following CPUs: • Core i7 (Up to 85 W) • Intel Xeon (Up to 85W) • Intel Celeron (Up to 85 W) About FZtech, Inc. As a creator and supplier of cutting edge, high-quality, reasonably priced, thermal and metal products for use in PC, LED, and consumer electronics product applications, FZtech offers total metal and thermal solutions and provides OEM services to various industry leading companies, including Advantech, Advansus, Avalue and Tranquil PC. For more information visit FZtech online at www.fztech.com.tw.



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Team Zeus Memory Modules Continue to Rack up Awards

On January 29, 2014 Team Group Inc., announced its new overclocking series, Zeus DDR3 1600/2133 which has amazed overclockers and the media worldwide. It has also been racking up awards recently. It won Best Performance for Zeus DDR3 1600 and Gold Performance for Zeus DDR3 2600 from Vmodtech.com, a renowned website in Thailand! 【About Team Group】 Team Group Inc. is a manufacturer of computer products and consumer electronics, established in Taipei, Taiwan in 1994. We manufacture and distribute high quality Memory modules, Memory cards, USB disk, SSD, and Portable Hard Drives. Team Group is recognized as one of the leading memory products and consumer electronic manufacturers in the industry. We cover most business regions in the world. Team provides the highest quality products to customers in volume with competitive prices and the best possible after services. Through many years of the close and direct relationships with the leading manufacturers and OEMs, we are able to provide various products even during the shortage and allocation periods. As we continue to grow, we start to develop mobile application devices in 2012 and we will continue committing to support our customers with superior products, first class service and excellent business growth  



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Leadtek WinFast WS1000 Graphics Workstation Wins iF Design Award

Introduction In Taipei, Taiwan, on January 29, 2014 Leadtek, a world’ leader in the manufacturing of professional graphics cards announced that the WinFast WS1000 graphics workstation received the iF design award 2014 for the “Product Design” category .The WinFast WS1000 workstation design is so versatile that you can customize your workstation to suit your needs adding 16 memory slots, hot-swappable hard drives, latest USB 3.0 etc. The WinFast WS1000 workstation offers a green and large power supply at super quiet level and it also features tool less chassis for easy installation and serviceability . For further information on the award please visit: http://www.leadtek.com/maximus/en/index.html. About Leadtek Research Inc Established since 1986, Leadtek Research Inc. provides customers with best quality services upon the corporate motto ‘Innovation and Quality’ by extending the corporate spirit ‘Integrity and Honesty’. As one of the world’s oldest professional graphics card developer and maker, Leadtek is dedicated to total solutions for multimedia and communication. Today, Leadtek has developed into a multifaceted solution provider with main product ranges covering the zero client and thin client for desktop virtualization, graphic cards for both computer games and workstations, multimedia phones, GPS, digital monitoring systems, cloud computing workstations, and others, aiming to serve the global market with multidimensional, innovative technologies ...



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Cryorig R1 Ultimate Cooler Review

The running trend today in top-of-the-line CPU cooling performance seems to be water cooling. If it’s not under water then most seem to think you’re doing it wrong and will never achieve properly high performance. However, there are those enthusiasts who would rather have peace of mind, knowing that they will never have to worry about one of the lines in a water cooling loop springing a leak or their pump failing on them, destroying their high performance rig. How do you gain maximum performance while minimizing the risk? Cryorig seems to feel they have a proper solution with the R1 Ultimate. Designed with the expressed intent of providing the strongest air cooled solution available, we are here to find out if it can provide the cooling performance the enthusiast craves without the mess and maintenance. First, here's a word about Cryorig:



CYBERPOWERPC Debuts Zeus Mini SFF Series With Eight Pre-Built Models

Introduction In CITY of INDUSTRY, CA on January 28, 2014 CyberPower Inc unleashed its Zeus Mini desktop series. Each model will be priced from $599 to $1479, and each unit t is crammed with enough AMD or Intel processing and graphics power to rival any full size desktop PC. The new Zeus Mini can be configured with a choice of either three different AMD Kaveri A-series processor models, while the Zeus Mini-A can have five different 4th Generation Intel Core processor models. Additionally, the Zeus Mini-I begins  with a Core i5-4440 and can go up to a Core i7-4770K at 3.50GHz. All processors in the Zeus Mini series are mounted to a Mini ITX motherboard.using the latest AMD and Intel chipsets and include 802.11ac wifi, and PCI Express 3.0. The Zeus Mini’s can accommodate full-size dual GPU’s. Customers have the option of AMD Radeon R7 and R9 series or NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX Series graphics with Kepler GPU architecture.       Specifications AMD Zeus Mini-A 100 Zeus Mini-A 200 Zeus Mini-A 300 CPU AMD A10-A7850K AMD A10-7700K AMD A10-7850K Chipset A88 A88 A88 GPU Onboard R7 AMD R7 250 2GB AMD R9 290 RAM 8GB (4GBx2) 8GB (4GBx2) 16GB (8GBx2) HDD 500GB SATA-III 1TB SATA-III 2TB SATA-III CASE Zeus Mini-ITX Small Form Factor Gaming Chassis ODD 8x Slim DVD-RW OS Windows 8.1 MSRP $ 599.00  $679.00  $1,079.00   INTEL Zeus Mini-I 100 Zeus Mini-I 200 Zeus Mini-I 760 Zeus Mini-I 770 Zeus Mini-I 780 CPU Intel i5-4440 Intel i5-4670K Intel i5-4670K Intel i5-...



 
 
 
 
 
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DeepCool Gabriel CPU Cooler Review

Small form factor PC builds have been very popular over the last few years and when it comes to cooling your processor with an mITX motherboard, we find very few low profile coolers on the market that perform well in small confined spaces. However, today we are going to be looking at a new lower profile CPU cooler that looks to fit the bill for not only great cooling, but also great aesthetic appeal. We have the DeepCool Gabriel CPU Cooler on the bench today and we have installed this massive low profile cooler into a very confined chassis to put the cooling feature to the test. DeepCool isn't as mainstream as some of the other manufacturers in the States, but our past experiences with DeepCool show they have released some very impressive coolers for both budget builders for high-end PC enthusiasts. Before we dive in and take a full look at the DeepCool Gabriel CPU Cooler let's talk about DeepCool.



Func HS-260 Gaming Headset, now available!

Introduction On January 27th, 2013. Func announced that their HS-260 Gaming Headset is now available through selected resellers.The HS-260 has been designed to assist you with comfortable, breathable ear cups and an extremely accurate sound image. The closed ear cup design blocks background noise allowing you to stay focused on your game, with intuitive controls located on the ear cup for easy access. This allows you to keep your eyes focused on the screen, eliminating distractions. The added features of the removable microphone and detachable cord solution ensure that you have a well-rounded, multi-functional gaming headset. This headset comes with an MSRP of $ 79.95.   Specifications Driver: 50mm, tuned and paired Acoustic construction: Closed Frequency response: 20-20 000 Hz Impedance: 32 Ω Cable length: 3m Connection: 2 x 3.5m About Func Func was founded 1999 by a group of gamers and is one of the oldest gaming brands on the market. When Func released the first products, it hit the market in a spectacular way. The double-sided Func Surface 1030 won awards from nearly every major site and magazine in the industry.  



 
 
 
 
 
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Func HS-260 Gaming Headset

Func is continuing the foray into the component market, and this time it's the audio arena with the launch of a new gaming headset, the HS-260. This set of cans brings convenience and versatility to consumers, as the HS-260 has some some advanced audio features included, while looking to keep things simple and functional. The HS-260 looks sleek, is lightweight, versatile, and reasonably priced at about $80. But what about performance? Indeed, this is where headsets make their reputations, so let's take a closer look and see just how well the Func HS-260 gaming headset performs.



Func Launches HS-260 Gaming Headset

  Func is continuing their foray into the component market, and time it’s the audio arena with the launch of a new gaming headset, the HS-260. This set of cans brings convenience and versatility to consumers, as the HS-260 has some some advanced audio features included, while looking to keep things simple and functional. “The goal with the HS-260 is to meet the increasing need of customizable, analogue stereo headset. Through our research we discovered that our target group demands highly functional, easy to use headsets. We also identified that in order to fully enjoy the gaming experience the end user required clear, crisp immersive audio.”     Below are the features and specifications for the Func HS-260 headset: 50mm driver A larger driver tends to deliver a more powerful sound, which in turn delivers deeper bass reproduction. The sound image also benefits from greater resolution in terms of audio clairty, which means that you will be able to hear and distinguish a much more detailed sound image. Intuitive control interface integration The HS-260 has been designed to integrate the sound and volume controls intuitively on the headset itself. When these controls are found on an in-line control on the headset cord, it tends to get stuck on your table, chair or wrapped in your clothes. With the controls being directly integrated onto the headset, it helps to eliminate distractions such as looking for the volume/mute control while you are in...



 
 
 
 
 
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ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP

We're focusing on the ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP, an upper-range peformance card that retails around $420. ASUS is a company that continues to challenge notions and offer cutting edge technology for enthusiasts, and as a result, we've come to expect big things from ASUS. In terms of competition, the R9 280X is positioned against Nvidia's GTX 770, but as you'll see in testing, it's not quite that simple, as there are some apples and oranges comparisons here in terms of features; after all, gaming framerates only tell part of the story. So, let's take a closer look at the ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP to find out how it measures up.



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CES Las Vegas 2014 MSI overview with PureOC

MSI CES 2014 – Overview This year we had the opportunity to meet with MSI at CES 2014 Las Vegas. We were excited to take a glimpse at what we can expect from MSI this year, but before we go over that, let’s cover something else first. Over the last few years, MSI has taken a leap in marketshare. We have seen this with their Gaming Series, their MPower line of motherboards, and with their Gaming and Lighting Series graphics cards. Their recent release with the NVIDIA and AMD line up really sparked a lot of interested with fans, and we hope to see MSI continue this trend in 2014. Thanks to MSI for spending time with us at CES! Now, let’s have a look at what we saw from MSI at CES 2014. We will first star off with MSI’s Intel line up. The Z87 Gaming and MPower series motherboards have been well received by consumers during the launch of Haswell. One item in particular which that sparked our interest was MSI’s new mITX format Gaming Series Z87 chipset motherboard. With the popular and growing demand of small form factor builds recently, we weren’t surprised that MSI started growing their Gaming series line up. Here is a glimpse at what we saw. We were quite impressed with the features this board offers. It also has great aesthetic appeal, which it shares with its bigger brothers the Z87M Gaming and Z87A Gaming Edition motherboards. The fact that it was shrunken down in size and now offers an on-board Wifi Adapter was a pleasant surprise. We ...



ASRock Gaming PC M8 receives 2013 Chicago GOOD DESIGN AWARD

Introduction In TAIPEI, Taiwan on January 23, 2014 ASRock’s Gaming PC M8 received the 2013 Chicago GOOD DESIGNTM AWARD. This is the most prestigious and oldest Design Award in the world. It is given out by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in conjunction with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. ASRock M8 won the award with its innovative and futuristic design of the M8.   The M8 has an aluminum exterior and inside the Case is a Z87 mini-ITX motherboard for portability and an efficient use of space. The functionality of this gaming PC lives up to its appearance. This case may contain any standard mini-ITX for future upgrades, and M8 is sold as a barebone system so that end users will have the freedom to choose their own components, such as swappable DDR3 DIMMs, and any standard PCIe x16 graphics card. It and also has 6 SATA3 ports for storage. Specifications Color Storm Black Material Steel Body / Aluminum + Plastic Dimension 372mm (W) x 123mm (H) x 400mm (L) Motherboard ASRock Z87-M8 CPU Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® Processor Family Memory Supports DDR3 1600/1333/1066 MHz, 2 x SO-DIMM slots, Max. up to 16GB VGA Supports 1 x Dual-slot Graphics Card* Optical Drive 1 x Slim Slot-in Super-Multi Drive Hard Disk Supports 3.5″HDD and 2.5″HDD WiFi + BT 2T2R WiFi 802.11 ac + BT v4.0 Front I/O 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x MIC, 1 x Headphone, 4-in-1 Card reader (SD3.0/MMC/...



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OCZ Storage Solutions Announces New Vertex 460 SSD Series

Introduction In SAN JOSE, CA on January 22, 2014 OCZ Storage Solutions – a Toshiba Group Company announced its new Vertex 460 SATA III SSD Series, which evolved from the 20nm-based Vertex 450. The Vertex 460 uses the company’s proprietary Barefoot 3 (BF3) M10 controller with Toshiba’s 19nm MLC NAND flash memory. This drive offers up to 545 MB/s sequential reads, 525 MB/s sequential writes, 95,000 4K random read IOPS, and up to 90,000 4K random write IOPS. It further features sustained 4K random write performance up to 23,000 IOPS. OCZ’s BF3 M10 controller is derived from the original controller that features AES-256 encryption and a power-optimized clock. Vertex 460 SSDs are rated to deliver 20GB of host writes per day for a 3-year warranty and are available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. Specifications PERFORMANCE 120GB 240GB 480GB Sequential Reads1 530MB/s 540MB/s 545MB/s Sequential Writes1 420MB/s 525MB/s 525MB/s Random Read Speed (4K, QD32)2 80,000 IOPS 85,000 IOPS 95,000 IOPS Random Write Speed (4K, QD32)2 90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS Steady-State Random Write Speed (4K, QD32)3 12,000 IOPS 21,000 IOPS 23,000 IOPS 1. Maximum sequential speeds are determined using ATTO 2. Small file I/O performance is measured using IOmeter 2010 3. Measured with Iometer 2010, 12 hour precondition to SNIA guidelines Please Note: Current performance specs reflect update to latest firmware. PHYSICAL Usable Capacities (IDEMA) 120GB, 240GB, 480GB NAND Component...



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Toshiba Corporation Completes Acquisition of OCZ Technology Group’s Assets and Launches New Subsidiary, OCZ Storage Solutions

Introduction In SAN JOSE, CA un January 21, 2014, the Toshiba Corporation finalized the purchase of substantially all assets of OCZ Technology Group, thus making it a wholly owned subsidiary of the Toshiba Group Company. Effective immediately it will operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions. This acquisition provides Toshiba with OCZ’s enterprise and client SSD businesses and enables the established OCZ brand to continue in full force. OCZ Storage Solutions will leverage Toshiba’s cutting-edge NAND and combine it with the Company’s proprietary controllers, firmware and software to provide both client and enterprise customers with innovative and cost-effective solid-state storage solutions.“The acquisition of OCZ further expands our solid-state storage capabilities and represents Toshiba’s commitment to this high-growth area,” said Mr. Seiichi Mori, Vice President of Toshiba’s Semiconductor and Storage Company and Corporate Vice President of Toshiba. As a Toshiba Group Company, OCZ Storage Solutions will be able to maintain its established worldwide sales channels. The new Company’s headquarters will remain in San Jose, California, with strategic design centers located in Irvine (California), Tel Aviv (Israel), and Abingdon (UK). About Toshiba Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range...






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