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Leadtek launches GTX 750 Ti OC and GTX 750 OC graphics cards

  Taipei, Taiwan, March 31, 2014 Leadtek simultaneously launches GTX 750 Ti OC and GTX 750 OC, two brand-new GeForce series overclocking graphics cards. They are equipped with the first generation NVIDIA® Maxwell™ GPU architecture, and their main appeal is low power consumption. Their capabilities have also been improved, compared to products of the same grade in the previous generation. GTX 750 Ti OC and GTX 750 OC are equipped with 2GB GDDR5 and 1GB GDDR5, respectively. Their memory bandwidth is 128-bit. GTX 750 Ti OC is embedded with 640 CUDA cores and its base clock is 1072 MHz, allowing it to support Boost 2.0 technology to 1150 MHz, overclocking more than 5%, offering better performance and excellent cooling effects, and giving more choices to professional gamers.   Maxwell GPU architecture can greatly improve the gaming experience, delivering twice the performance at half the power consumption of previous generation cards, all at a great value. Its price is also very user-friendly. Professional gamers can receive the strong display capability they need and cruise through the most popular games at the highest settings, backed-up by exquisite 1080p high resolution.   GTX 750 Ti OC and GTX 750 OC support technology such as CUDA™ parallel computing, GeForce Experience™, PhysX® physics computing, FXAA, and TXAA. They not only fully support Microsoft DirectX® 11.2 and PCI-E3.0 but also allow gamers to experience exquisite graphics in 3D games with high res...



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Raidmax Cobra Z Case Review

Are you in the market for a budget priced chassis that looks like you spent more? Introducing the Cobra Z from Raidmax, a mid tower case that offers a wide variety of hardware configurations and cooling support. Raidmax frequently leans toward a more budget build of case, yet they don't seem to be lacking the interesting character which appeals to many builders. Does the new Cobra Z live up to the expectations builders look for in a budget case? Read on to find out!



GX Gaming Zabius Headset is Now Available in North America

GX Gaming Zabius Headset is Now Available in North America Experience Explosive Gaming Sound on PS3, XBOX 360, PC and Mac March 27, 2014, Chino, California – GX Gaming,the professional gaming peripheral line by Genius, has launched the Zabius universal gaming headset. This comfortable universal headset system thoroughly brings crystal clear audio from each of its 40mm drivers with explosive bass and pulsing tones to the gaming battlefield on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, PC, and Mac. Compatible with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, PCs, and Mac Connected by a 3 meter (10 foot) long anti-tangle cable, the in-line controller allows gamers to switch between XBOX 360, PS3, and PC/Mac mode and adjust chat and volume settings on the fly. GX Gaming Style The Zabius gaming headset brings that extra touch of style to any gaming system. Accompanied by 40mm neodymium drivers for crisp, clear sounds, the stealthy black exterior framing, aggressive red trimming, and cool metallic finish ushers gaming style in true GX-Gaming fashion. Brilliant red LED illumination flashes along with the bass. Comfortable for Long Gaming Sessions Comfortable to wear during long gaming sessions, the Zabius’s durable, lightweight framing lowers its center of gravity to evenly distribute headset weight. The ear cup and headband cushions are lined with dynamic fibers designed for active heat and sweat dissipation. Users can adjust the Zabius for a comfortable fit with individually positioned swivel ear pieces a...



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NVIDIA Unveils First Mobile Supercomputer

Supercomputers for everyone! That may be a huge overstatement, but NVIDIA is definitely making the possibility closer to a reality with the release of their Jetson TK1. The tiny board sports the same architecture found in the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratories even though it runs at a much slower pace than it’s gargantuan brother. NVIDIA said that the board was designed for advanced robotics (autonomous cars) but also mentioned the idea of the board showing up in quirky projects. At first glance, this seems like a huge thing for the DIY (do it yourself) community, but there is a lot of competition for NVIDIA to find a place for this board. DIY enthusiasts love boards like the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi for their projects. The boards are inexpensive, compact in size and fairly easy to program since they use Linux and simple program languages like Python. While a $192 might sound like a great deal for a supercomputer, that price is a little steep when compared to the $40 cost of a Raspberry Pi. The size of the NVIDIA board is also about double the size of other boards, making it harder to fit in smaller projects. Not to mention, the Jetson TK1 uses the NVIDIA VisionWorks toolkit which could be more complicated than the programming languages used elsewhere. This doesn’t mean the board is incapable, or doesn’t have the ability to do impressive things, but it does mean that unless consumers are very experienced programmers, it’s l...



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ASRock Fatal1ty B85 Killer Board Review

Far too often we pay attention to the biggest and best boards on the market and overlook the ones that actually make up a large portion of the sales. Entry to mid range components are used by the majority system builders to do a specific function and to keep costs down. Today we will be looking at a board from ASRock that falls right into the Mid-Range market but does so without skimping on features. The Fatal1ty B85 Killer is directed right at system builders that are also hardcore gamers. The Fatal1ty series of products are made to address the desires of all gamers: quality audio, network lag and FPS. The B85 Killer is one of four new boards from ASRock to carry the Fatal1ty name.



Next Gen Ultra-Portable Gaming Notebooks Available

Thin and light gaming notebooks now armed with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 870M/860M Series Graphics City of Industry, Calif. – March 25, 2014 – MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, announces the immediate availability of the ultra-slim, yet powerful GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth gaming notebooks. Now available in 17-inch and 15-inch models, the GS Series offers gamers unmatched gaming power in incredibly thin and light gaming notebooks. Thinnest and lightest 17” gaming notebook, the GS70 Stealth, returns with next generation GeForce GTX 870M GPUs  Designed for the serious gamer, the GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth notebooks deliver next generation graphics with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 860M/870M Graphics and blazing fast performance with 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor and Killer Gaming Networking. The gaming notebooks also feature a variety of cutting edge components, including SteelSeries gaming backlit keyboard, powerful customization options with SteelSeries Engine, Sound Blaster Cinema, Dynaudio Technology and XSplit Gamecaster.  The new GS60 Ghost, the lightest 15” NVIDIA 800M series gaming laptop  “The GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth answers portable gaming prayers by packing smoking speeds and deadly graphics into featherlike notebooks,” said Andy Tung, CEO for MSI Pan America. “NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 800M Series graphics gives the GS Series incredible graphics processing ability, translating into an ultra-rea...



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Func MS-3 Revision 2 Gaming Mouse Review

We heard rumblings of a newer version of the original Func MS-3 gaming mouse, with the latest set to promise gamers a more advanced laser engine, higher DPI, and better quality internals. So we had to get one to study more closely for ourselves. Func now has the MS-3 Revision 2, a refresh of a winning formula that captures the same outstanding ergonomics while bringing new guts to a smartly designed body. And as an added bonus, we'll also be examining the Func Surface 1030² L, an update of a double-sided gaming mouse pad that now comes with a few new and interesting features. Can the MS-3 Revision 2 and Surface 1030² L improve upon the predecessors without losing its original appeal? Let's find out.



Team Group Inc. presents new mSATA MP1 – First choice of economic and rapid computer upgrade

The key to heighten the computer performance Team Group, the global leading brand of memory storage launched on a brand new mSATA MP1 with only 1/8 size of general 2.5” SSD, which can meet JEDEC mSATA size specification. Focused on the lightest and thinnest volume and outstanding performance, it becomes perfect collocation of Notebook, Ultrabook, Tablet PC and NUC, etc.   Even though a small mechanism, mSATA MP1 SSD combines all the advantages of SSD in one- high speed, low power consumption, high stability and zero noise. mSATA MP1 supports SATA III, having 6Gb/s transmission rate, reading speed up to 530MB/sec and writing speed up to 440MB/sec. Compared with traditional mechanic HDD, it sharply decreases the time to wait for boot up, running program and windows operating and effectively increases operation efficiency. Meanwhile, parts of Ultrabook and PC/Notebook are either changed to built-in small capacity mSATA or installed with mSATA slot to respond market trend of pursuing light mobile device. Consumers have choice to purchase mSATA MP1 as system boot disk or go with HDD, which is used for disk cache to strengthen traditional disk performance. To compare with traditional HDD, mSATA MP1 can save you about 2 times boot operation time and significantly boost overall computer performance. Team Group mSATA MP1 SSD supports Intel® ISRT. Users can use mSATA MP1 as cache memory between HDD and computer to improve overall work efficiency. ISRT can cache application progr...



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Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Released

Recently there has been great deal of talk about Virtual Reality in the gaming industry. Most of this talk is centered around a product which has been in development for some time. Oculus VR’s Oculus Rift made quite a splash with its announcement in 2012. Since then it has had gamers on the edge of their seats, eager to hear more about this device. With the built-in display and ability to monitor your head movements, the Rift was designed to make the user’s gaming experience seem more “real.” This technology is the next step up from what is being seen with consoles currently; the addition of cameras to bring the user into the game by making it more interactive with their bodies. Hopes for this device are high, and many are waiting anxiously for the release date. Earlier this week, Oculus VR released their Oculus Rift DK2 (Developer’s Kit 2) for developers. Priced at $350 this early version of the product boasts a resolution of 960 x 1080 for each eye, refresh rates of 75 Hz, 72 Hz, and 60 Hz, and a persistence of 2 ms, 3 ms, and full. They also have a 100 degree nominal field of view. In order for this device to work correctly, it has sensors such as a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer which update at a rate of 1000 Hz. These allow the device to correctly interpret the user’s head motions. There is also a CMOS sensor on the outside to provide for positional tracking. It is obvious that the Oculus Rift is indeed a very innovative piece o...



Micron and Crucial Introduce Next-Generation SSD for Personal Storage, Media and Entertainment Markets

Boise, ID, March 18, 2014 – Micron Technology, Inc. today announced a new personal storage class, solid state drive (SSD), continuing a legacy of developing foundational memory technology into reliable, high-performance storage solutions. The M550 SSD is designed to meet the increasingly demanding needs of high-performance computing, ultrathin, and media/video applications. It is available today to consumers, businesses and system builders under the Crucial® brand and to OEM customers under the Micron® brand. Faster Storage Performance The M550 SSD offers 20 times higher performance1 than a traditional hard drive, while consuming significantly less power. It enables quick boot-up, speedy file and program access, near instant wake from sleep, as well as ultra-efficient power management for increased battery life. In fact, the M550 draws as little as 0.15 watts during normal operation1. The M550 design tightly integrates Micron NAND and firmware to deliver up to 95,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). The drive’s sequential speeds reach up to 550 MB/s for reads and 500 MB/s writes, which maxes out the capabilities of the SATA 6 Gb/s interface.[iii] To understand the benefits of upgrading to an SSD and see the dramatic performance gains compared to traditional hard drives, watch our video. Advanced Feature Set The M550 SSD incorporates a host of advanced features to provide users with a powerful computing experience: · Best-in-Class Hardware Encryption: Keeps...



Microsoft uses 3DMark to show DirectX 12 benefits

Microsoft shared the first public details of DirectX 12 at GDC yesterday. And I’m delighted that they chose 3DMark 11 to demonstrate the advantages of the new API. In their words, “3DMark [11] on Direct3D 11 uses multi-threading extensively, however due to a combination of runtime and driver overhead, there is still significant idle time on each core. After porting the benchmark to use Direct3D 12, we see two major improvements – a 50% improvement in CPU utilization, and better distribution of work among threads.” The chart shows the time 3DMark 11 spends in each thread in DirectX 11 (top) and DirectX 12 (bottom). This MSDN blog post explains how the efficiencies in DirectX 12 are achieved: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/directx/archive/2014/03/20/directx-12.aspx A new 3DMark test for DirectX 12 With DirectX 12 game developers will be able to create richer scenes with more objects by better utilizing modern GPU hardware. DirectX 12 also introduces a set of new rendering features that will dramatically improve the efficiency of algorithms such as order-independent transparency, collision detection, and geometry culling. I’m excited to announce that we are creating a new 3DMark benchmark that will demonstrate and test the full capabilities of DirectX 12.



Arctic – Rich Sound in vibrant Colors

    Rich Sound in vibrant Colors 6 Reasons, why ARCTIC meets all tastes with the new version of the Mini Sound-System S111 ARCTIC has given his successful mini sound-system S111 a new coat of paint – and provides no fewer than six reasons why the new version of the speaker duo really meets all tastes: 1) From now the small sound genius shines not only as usual in elegant silver … 2) … but also in maritime blue … 3) … in bright pink … 4) … in pure white … 5) … in deep black … 6) … and in gleaming lime! What has remained the same is the unexpected sound quality of the mini boxes which outpace any conventional laptop speakers with more powerful sound and higher volume levels. USB Power dispenses all electrical outlets and batteries . With just 200 g for each of the two 7cm³ cubic speakers, the S111 fits comfortably into any pocket. As a perfect companionit provides the best sound wherever you are. QUICK FACTS S111 - Bold Colours including: Silver, Blue, Pink, White, Black, Lime - USB Powered Speakers - Sleek and compact Design - 3.5mm Jack – compatible with Desktop PCs, Laptops - Well balanced Bass and Vocals for a natural Sound We are selling at USD $16.90 , get them now at: Plantinum Mirco  Amazon Newegg Arctic



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Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce Review

Today we're specifically looking at the Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce, a budget-oriented card that comes with a factory overclock out of the box and a cooler design that promises very low temperatures, while looking to trounce AMD's R7 260X not only in performance, but also power efficiency. Let's take a closer look and get it on the bench to see if real world tests can fulfill Nvidia's aspirations.



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Dual GPU Cards Fighting for Dominance Once More

Back in January, NVIDIA leaked specs for their GTX 790, a new dual GPU card. Now, AMD is doing the same. The last time AMD and NVIDIA went rounds in this market, it was a one sided fight with NVIDIA getting the first release, and AMD getting in the ring so late that everyone had already gone home. This time around, AMD has announced a new dual GPU chip, only shortly after NVIDIA, called the R9 295 X2. As expected, the specs on both of these cards look pretty monstrous. Some frequencies have been tuned back a tad to compensate for the two chips, but what’s really interesting is the architecture choices. In spite of everyone’s excitement about Maxwell, NVIDIA chose to keep to the GK110 GPUs in the 790. While it’s obvious that Maxwell still needs some time in development, it also seems like the perfect choice with the heat and power efficiency performance seen in a dual GPU card. While it might be worth the wait, AMD has Hawaii architecture coming to their dual GPU card now. And if bitcoin miners loved the performance of the R9 290X, there is no doubt the R9 295 X2 will be an instant success. As it is, Hawaii architecture has already made great strides in the gaming market and if it wasn’t for mining inflating the prices, AMD would be the top pick for many gamers. If everyone comes to see the fight, it’s good to know both competitors showed up this time around. Another exciting thing about these releases is the future of dual GPU card...



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KTC Ultra Narrow Bezel TV w/Quad-core Processor, The L51, Production Ready

March 18th, Shenzhen, China – With access to the Internet, TVs, an old product boasting a history of over 100 years, are experiencing a new evolution. As intelligent operation systems transition from mobile phones to TVs, smart TVs are rejuvenating an industry and becoming a hot product. According to AVC statistics, the penetration of smart TVs in China’s color TV market reached 45% in 2013 and it is predicted that they will reach up to 70% in 2014. Accordingly, KTC, an OEM flat panel TV making giant, is actively engaged in research and innovation, and has recently launched the L51 Smart TV series. With the Android 4.2 operating system, a built-in quad-core processor and a dual-core GPU, this product series features excellent performance and functions. At present, five mainstream sizes are planned to be put into mass production, including 32″, 39″, 42″, 48″ and 55″. In terms of exterior design, the KTC L51 TV has two highlights. First, the innovative design of a complete narrow bezel is adopted with no part of the bezel exceeding 9mm, saying farewell to past designs that only have a narrow bezel at the bottom edge. The full narrow bezel design highlights the delicacy of the entire TV and maximizes users’ view. Second, the body of the KTC L51 TV is designed with a brand-new structure; the thinnest part of the body is only 15mm thick, making it the thinnest body among existing direct-lit flat panel LED TVs. The distinctive black glossy ful...






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