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Introducing the EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN Z

Introducing the EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN Z Wednesday, May 28, 2014 — Introducing the EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN Z. This card is a gaming monster, built to power the most extreme gaming rigs on the planet. With a massive 5760 cores, 12 GB of 7 Gbps GDDR5 memory, and the most advanced power delivery system, GTX TITAN Z offers truly insane performance. It’s easily the fastest graphics card we’ve ever made. GTX TITAN Z is designed with the highest-grade components to deliver the best experience – incredible speed and cool, quiet performance—all in a stunningly crafted aluminum case. The groundbreaking dual-GPU GTX TITAN Z uses new dynamic power balancing technology that ensures peak performance across two GPUs with optimal power delivery. This means you can game on multi-monitor displays and hyper PCs at high setting and super-fast frame rates. With support for NVIDIA SLI®, you can even add a second card and immerse yourself in graphically intense games like Watch_Dogs® in full 4K Surround. Learn more at: www.evga.com/articles/00833/ Specifications • Dual-GPU Processing Cores • 5760 CUDA Cores • Quad SLI Ready • 12,288MB GDDR5 Memory • 672 GB/s Memory Bandwidth Additionally, EVGA will be offering an exclusive version with next generation EVGA Hydro Copper watercooling! Next Generation Hydro Copper Watercooler • Full Cover Design – End to End • High Flow Design • Microchannels Improve Heat Transfer • Nickel Plated Electrolytic Copper • G1/4”...



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SilverStone Strider Essential ST60F-ESG 600w PSU Review

One of the most common questions we ask when working on a new computer build is “what power supply (PSU) should I get?” Often times it can be a tricky decision, as many manufacturers make the same claims as one another. What can compound this decision-making process is the amount of space you have to work with in your rig. If you are building a smaller form-factor PC, the size of your PSU can limit the total wattage you can get in your PSU as well, which can confound you even more. SilverStone is here to tell you that size doesn’t mean everything. Enter their Strider Essential series power supply. For today’s review, we have their ST60F-ESG 600W unit on hand. It is rated with an 80 Plus Gold certification, is non-modular, and provides 600W of total power output. We’ll see if this PSU lives up to Silverstone’s legendary quality.



ASUS Announces Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780

  ASUS Announces Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780 New gaming graphics card series features 0dB fan technology and DirectCU II thermal design for performance up to 15% faster, 20% cooler and 3X quieter than reference Taipei, Taiwan (21st May, 2014) — ASUS today announced Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780, two new graphics cards powered the RadeonTM R9 280 and GeForce® GTXTM 780 graphics-processing units (GPUs) and designed for players who like to game on the edge of instinct. Taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for owl, Strix is the brand name for the stunning new ASUS gaming-gear series. Strix means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight and the ability to feel the environment, enabling the player to detect and react to even the slightest movement. Strix means survival on the very edge of instinct. Strix is in gamers’ blood, just as it is in ours. The Strix brand will this year expand to include a wide variety of gaming gear, including exceptionally-agile mice, super-cool gaming graphics cards, boundary-pushing keyboards and awesome gaming headsets. The first products are these graphics cards and the Strix Pro gaming headset. The new Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780 graphics cards are packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II that delivers cooler, quieter and faster performance for high-end action gaming and 0dB-cooling technology for lighter-gameplay sessions in total silence. The cards also feature exclusive ASUS DIGI+ voltage-regulatio...



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Intel does Something Amazing!

The reality is, being on top can get pretty boring. Nothing proves this more than Intel’s CPU market. Lately, all we’ve seen from them is minor improvements using existing architecture trying to give consumers a reason to spend money that hardly anybody has. Instead, people are pretty much buying the Intel latest if they were planning a major upgrade anyway or they have pretty deep pockets. Unfortunately, much of what I was hearing about the Haswell refresh, the Haswell-E, was much of the same, but then I saw one release that absolutely blew my mind. Many of you would be surprised to hear me say say that the eight core i7-5960X chip isn’t all that exciting but before you hack my IP and fry my computer, hear me out. While it’s true this is Intel’s first 8-core consumer chip, the specs are a little bit of a give and take. Eight cores and an L3 cache boost force the sacrifice of a pretty significant amount of frequency. This means we can expect some significant multi-threaded performance, but the single core performance probably won’t be blowing away the charts. At what looks to be around a $1000 price tag, this doesn’t seem to be a worthy investment for the average user/gamer in consumer computing. (Then again, when is it ever at $1000!) The next chip, the i7-5930K, is more of a minor factory boost from the i7-4930K. Since both CPUs have six cores, the trade off is getting a slightly higher frequency and L3 cache, but I wouldn’...



Futuremark Announces 3DMark Sky Diver Benchmark

Futuremark Announces 3DMark Sky Diver Benchmark Trailer shows new test for DirectX 11 gaming laptops and mid-range PCs   HELSINKI, FINLAND – May 28, 2014 – Futuremark today announced 3DMark Sky Diver, a new DirectX 11 benchmark test for gaming laptops and mid-range PCs. 3DMark Sky Diver is the ideal test for benchmarking systems with mainstream DirectX 11 graphics cards, mobile GPUs, or integrated graphics. A preview trailer for the new benchmark shows a wingsuited woman skydiving into a mysterious, uncharted location. The scene is brought to life with tessellation, particles and advanced post-processing effects. Sky Diver will be shown in full at Computex from June 3-7, or find out more on the Futuremark website: http://www.futuremark.com/3dmark Screenshots: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/3dmark#skydiver  Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark CEO said,  “Some people think that 3DMark is only for high-end hardware and extreme overclocking. Yet millions of PC gamers rely on 3DMark to choose systems that best balance performance, efficiency and affordability. 3DMark Sky Diver complements our other tests by providing the ideal benchmark for gaming laptops and mainstream PCs.” 3DMark – The Gamer’s Benchmark for all your hardware 3DMark is the only benchmark that offers a range of tests for different classes of hardware: Fire Strike, for high performance gaming PCs (DirectX 11, feature level 11) Sky Diver, for gaming laptops and mid-range PCs (DirectX ...



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Lian Li Makes the Ultimate Computer Desk

Every once in a while, I see something so “nerd-gasmic,” that I pass out for about an hour before I can come back to reality and write something coherent about a new release. Lian Li has done this to me with the release of their DK-01X and DK-02X desk chassis’. As soon as I saw this, I completely fell in love with the design they implemented while fantasizing about the two of us bravely conquering computer hardware across the world. Unfortunately, I had to come back to reality and while the design seems exceptional, the consumer will have to pay for it. First, let’s look at these releases as computer cases. A case is a bit counter-intuitive to what an enthusiast is trying to do in keeping one’s components from over-heating; however, a case serves a great purpose in protecting fragile hardware. With these desk chassis’, the airflow design doesn’t seem like it could be any more ideal. With three 120mm fans on each side of the case…desk…case, fresh air is brought in on one side, expelling the hot air inside on the complete opposite side. There is virtually no chance of hot air being recirculated through the components until you heat an entire room up. That’s not all though. This desk…I mean, case, would be ideal for bench testing. One of the major downfalls of many conventional bench cases is the lack of places to mount liquid cooling, which leads to shots of a nice test system having a radiator sloppily hangin...



FinalWire Introduces AIDA64 v4.50

FinalWire Introduces AIDA64 v4.50 GPGPU AES-256 Benchmark and Extended Mantle Diagnostics Budapest, Hungary – May 28, 2014 Today FinalWire has announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 v4.50. All four editions of the popular system information software have been updated to the new version, including the award-winning PC diagnostics and benchmarking tool, AIDA64 Extreme, as well as the company’s flagship IT asset management solution for business customers, AIDA64 Business. The new AIDA64 release introduces a multi-threaded OpenCL GPGPU AES-256 benchmark to measure cryptographic processing performance of modern graphics processors and APUs. It also provides extended Mantle API diagnostics for the latest AMD Radeon graphics accelerators, and supports the latest video adapters and storage devices. “Besides our regular updates supporting the latest technologies and innovations, the core AIDA64 features are key to our customers. We could also feel the turbulence caused by the end of support for Microsoft Windows XP as AIDA64 is widely used by system administrators to take a precise hardware and software inventory of PCs connected to their network. With AIDA64, you can get accurate data from even thousands of computers in a few seconds, and then you can easily identify machines running outdated or unsupported software, which greatly helps the IT staff estimate upgrade volume and costs”, said Tamas Miklos, CEO and lead developer at FinalWire. New features & im...



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ASUS Z97 Maximus VII Hero Motherboard Review

ROG is the popular abbreviation for Asus' Republic of Gamers line of PC enthusiast products. The ROG series motherboards started out as the flagship line of the ASUS series motherboards as far back as the X58 chipset. Since then, it has featured the signature red and black aesthetic theme, which has carried on over the last few years, and has continued due to its popularity and success. Since that time, Asus has made several variations of their ROG line for multiple price points. Today, we are going to be looking at the ASUS Z97 Maximus VII Hero. This motherboard is the evolution of the previous Maximus Hero line, which was originally developed for the more budget conscious consumer during the Z87 chipset launch. With on-going success, ASUS continues to bring the Maximus Hero line, which is now feature packed and is available for any board within its price point. Let's put the ASUS Z97 Maximus VII Hero to the test to see if it can meet the great performance that ASUS is known for.



ADATA to Display New SSDs, DDR4 Memory and Award Winning Products at COMPUTEX 2014

ADATA to Display New SSDs, DDR4 Memory and Award Winning Products at COMPUTEX 2014 Experience the Radiance of Technology at Nangang Exhibition Hall Booth J0606 Taipei, Taiwan – May 27, 2014 – ADATA Technology Co., Ltd., will be displaying total SSD solutions, DDR4 memory and the award-winning wireless charger CE700, as well as a series of macaroon-colored consumer products at COMPUTEX 2014. ADATA invites all attendees to “Experience the Radiance of Technology” in Nangang Exhibition Hall Booth Number J0606. Complete SSD Solutions Provider and Leader 1.PCIe SSD: 2.5” and M.2  With transfer speeds up to three times faster than SATA 6Gb/s, support for the latest LDPC (Low-Density Parity-Check) technology, and maximum storage capacity of 2TB per platter, ADATA’s new PCIe SSDs in the 2.5” and M.2 specifications are ideal for a wide array of enterprise and business server applications. 2.Small Form Factor SSD: μSSD and M.2 Ideal for ultrabook and tablet storage applications, ADATA’s SATA 6Gb/s μSSD (microSSD) and small form factor M.2 specification are 16×20 and 22×30 mm, respectively – which is less than 1/10th of the size of a 2.5” drive. These small form factors are available in capacities up to 128GB, have transmission speeds up to 500MB/s, and support DevSLP power save function greatly enhancing the stand-by time, which is the best storage solution for mobile devices.   3.Customizable Industrial SSD Solutions ADATA will also be showi...



Apacer extends to cloud and mobile fields and shows off innovative applications at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2014

Apacer extends to cloud and mobile fields and shows off innovative applications at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2014 Three experience scenarios offering the best user experience!  May 28th, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan—Asia and Taiwan’s biggest technology industry event, Computex Taipei 2014, will take place from June 3rd to June 7th.More than 130 thousand people are expected to visit. The world’s leading memory brand Apacer (TAIEX 8271) will continue to extend its brand’s commitment “Access the best” and offer optimized user experiences through its “Access the best experience” philosophy. It will offer corporate customers and consumers three important experiences from a user standpoint: Best Solution & Service, Best Gaming Performance, and Best Smart Life. Apacer will show its unique products and applications at Computex Taipei 2014. The applications cover a wide range of fields, including embedded, overclocking, cloud, mobile, and end devices.Additionally, Apacer will display their fruitful results in the cloud and mobile applications. Strategic deployment in the fields of the cloud and mobile, significantly expanding business scope The popularity of cloud applications and mobile devices hasaccelerated the development of networking and smart lifestyles. Apacer,keeping pace with global industry trends,is continued focus on its existing business, additionally developing potential cloud and mobile markets, and providing users with complete and di...



COUGAR’S First Gaming Mouse Wins Coveted Design Award

COUGAR’S First Gaming Mouse Wins Coveted Design Award   May23rd 2014, Taipei – COUGAR, after having firmly established itself in the PC market, has stepped into the new industry of leading eSports and gaming peripherals markers and is well prepared for the challenge. One of the first products COUGAR has just launched is a new PC gaming mouse, the 700M.COUGAR took two years to develop the first aluminum framed gaming mouse, and it has subsequently won the iF (International Design Award) of 2014 and the COMPUTEX Design & Innovation Award of 2014. The iF design awards are considered the design “Oscars” in the IT/PC industry. The COUGAR 700M is an adjustable gaming mouse which is dedicated to professional gamers. With the design strategy of “Framing Structure”, the parts and components are built on a simple folded aluminum chassis which provides better product strength and a lightweight design. The arched frame supports the palm ergonomically and it has an adjustable and interchangeable palm rest module. The standard palm rest module can be replaced with a “Sport Mode” version which is provided. The sniper button is designed with a 45 degree angle of activation, to provide a quick access, better stability and more precise aiming during game play. Aluminum Framing Structure To provide more rigid and robust input device for the fierce computer gaming, the design principle of the COUGAR mouse ”Framing Structure” makes the product different fro...



COUGAR Launches eSports Gaming Line at COMPUTEX 2014

COUGAR Launches eSports Gaming Line at COMPUTEX 2014   May 22nd 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR will be launching a new line of products tailored to the eSports gaming peripherals market at the COMPUTEX 2014 trade show in Taiwan at the Nangang Exhibition Hall, Booth #J0624, June 3rd through the 7th. In addition to this, there will be new power supply and case products announced as well.   2014 was a year of innovation at COUGAR. At Computex, with the launch of many new products, COUGAR will be showing products that reflect an accumulation of more technological experience, which has grown more sophisticated and more mature in quality. COUGAR is launching series of gaming eSports products and aims to be one of the top brands of eSports gaming product going forward. For the next generation of upcoming power supplies, COUGAR will be launching a digital and budget bronze power supply. The power supply will no longer just be a cold metal box. The digital features of the PSU will allow for the interaction between users and the product. Gamers will instantly be able to monitor power data in real time such as efficiency, output status of consumption, voltage and electric current as well as the temperature of each PC component. Users can also adjust features depending on their preferences and needs, such as power-saving mode, voltage output adjustment, PC system fan speed control and silent mode. The outstanding aspect to this is that the price of these digital power supplies will...



G.SKILL 3rd Annual OC World Record Stage at Computex 2014

G.SKILL 3rd Annual OC World Record Stage at Computex 2014 Featuring 5 Major Motherboard Brands and 12 Professional Overclockers! Taipei, Taiwan – 22 May 2014 – G.SKILL International Co. Ltd., the leading high performance memory designer and manufacturer, is proud to host the 3rd annual OC World Record Stage at Computex 2014! Over the course of five days, G.SKILL will partner with Intel, ASUS, ASRock, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI to break as many overclocking world records as possible with the latest and best PC hardware. Gathering an all-star team of 12 world-class professional overclockers, G.SKILL TridentX memory kits, and the latest Z97-based systems, the OC World Record Stage event aims to reach new overclocking heights. Join us at the G.SKILL Computex Booth I0218 in Nangang Exhibition Hall, 1F! A major special thanks to Intel, Kingpin Cooling, and Seasonic for sponsoring this exclusive annual overclocking event with 4th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, Kingpin Cooling Liquid Nitrogen containers, and Seasonic 1000W Platinum PSUs!   “Our high quality Platinum units are quite often selected for extreme overclocking as they are known to deliver clean power that relieves the strain from all the other setup components. However, the most desirable features of our Platinum series power supplies do not stop at their excellent voltage regulation and extremely high efficiency, as these units also attract many enthusiasts because of their built-in safety features, long-term reli...



Lian Li Releases DK-01X and DK-02X Desk Chassis

Lian Li Releases DK-01X and DK-02X Desk Chassis Single and Dual System Chassis Fuse Desk with Computer Case   22 May 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the release of two desk chassis – the single-system DK-01X and the dual-system DK-02X.Constructed of aluminum and combining the symbiotic relationship of desks and computer cases, these all-black hybrid chassis allow DIY builders to build a full computer inside a desk and show off their hardware creations through tempered glass desktops. Desk Chassis The DK-01X and DK-02X feature a lockable sliding door to make installations and upgrades easy. The adjustable/removable keyboard tray makes typing and mousing comfortable, and the side mounted pocket with headphone rack allows users to easily store unused accessories. The DK-01X support motherboards up to HPTX. The DK-02X supports motherboards up to HPTX for its workhorse-oriented system side, and mini-ITX motherboards on the gaming-oriented side. Flexible Cooling Options From air to water cooling, the DK-01X and DK-02X are ready to take on the latest cooling hardware. Both desk chassis support 360mm radiators on the side, and also have removable brackets on the front – the DK-01X has one 360mm bracket while the DK-02X has two 240mm brackets. Storage Options The DK-01X has 10 individually removable hard drives bays, while the DK-02X has 8 HDD bays for the smaller system and 9 HDDs for the larger workhorse-oriented system. This sto...



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Mionix NASH 20 Headset Review

Mionix has been on a roll lately with the expansion of their lineup of gaming peripherals, incorporating smart revisions and improvements into new revisions and subsequent designs that create top notch winners. Continuing their foray into the gaming peripheral market, Mionix has launched their latest set of headphones, the NASH 20. The NASH 20 headset looks decidedly sleek and lightweight. 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 Mionix NASH 20 performs.






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