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Big Release from Be Quiet! at Computex

Computex is finishing up and the hardware news is getting exciting. Be Quite!, a company renowned for their PSU and CPU Cooler quality, brought some pretty cool releases that are not only an improvement for their markets in Europe, but give consumers more items to choose from here in North America. The Straight Power 10 is a new PSU series that will finally be available in North America and the Pure Rock is a very nice looking budget CPU cooler, but the big release is a new computer case that will introduce Be Quiet! to the very competitive chassis market. Having a new PSU line up in North America is great due to the quality that Be Quiet! offers. The Straight Power series had only shown up in European markets but I’m sure the Straight Power 10 series will be welcomed warmly in North America. While the details may be sparse on the PSUs, the new CPU cooler has some very exciting connotations for the budget PC. Right now, the king of the budget CPU coolers is the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ and the close second is the Hyper 212 Evo. These have great price to performance ratios, but they leave a little to desire in the noise and aesthetics departments. Each cooler has what looks like unfinished tips sticking out of the top and while the Evo fan looks slightly better, both are slightly plain while holding the Cooler Master reputation of being pretty loud at full speed. Be Quiet! is now introducing their Pure Rock cooler that is planned to release at $35.00. If this cooler o...



ROCCAT Unveils Tyon,The Next Step in Gaming Mouse Evolution

ROCCAT Unveils Tyon,The Next Step in Gaming Mouse Evolution Revolutionary gaming mouse provides multi-dimensional gaming control with 16 assignable buttons and 31 distinct functions Hamburg, June 3, 2014 – ROCCAT™, industry leader and high-water mark for computer game accessory development and design, has once again raised the bar for gaming control and precision with the Tyon, the next step in gaming mice evolution.ROCCAT Tyon offers 16 assignable buttons, 31 distinct possible functions, and a near limitless levels of customization thanks to ROCCAT’s dedicated Easy-Shift[+] Button. A true game changer, it answer the needs of an increasingly nonlinear gaming experience with the most extensive set of streamlined, tested and expertly designed features available in the market. “Today’s gaming experience demands that players adapt to the many dimensions of gameplay, whether on land, at sea, in air or space,” says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. “Our designers and developers worked in close collaboration with gaming experts to craft, test, fine-tune, and ensure that the Tyon’s abilities meet these challenges.” The Tyon is an efficient, combat-ready weapon and an aesthetically fascinating masterpiece in one. It provides the simplest access to the most features in a gaming mouse, reduces the need to make hand adjustments on the keyboard with the ROCCAT X-Celerator and Dorsal Fin, and is exceptionally comfortable with exhaustively tested button placement sch...



ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Wide Array of Products at Computex 2014

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Wide Array of Products at Computex 2014 — Gaming focused products include the new G20 desktop, GR8 console PC, GX500 notebook, Maximus VII Formula, Impact and Crossblade Ranger motherboards, plus the Ares III graphics card and SWIFT PG278Q Display — Fremont, CA (June 3, 2014) – ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today displayed at Computex 2014 its new line-up of products for gamers in pursuit of portability, class leading design and extreme performance. These exciting products include the powerhouse G20 small-form-factor desktop, the GR8 that delivers PC gaming power in a console design and the ultra-thin, ultra-cool GX500 gaming notebook. To tantalize gaming and performance enthusiasts, ROG also showcased the flagship Z97-based Maximus VII Formula, Maximus VII Impact mini-ITX powerhouse, Crossblade Ranger — ROG’s first AMD FM2+ gaming motherboard — and the limited-edition Ares III, the world’s fastest graphics card powered by dual Radeon™ Hawaii XT GPUs and cooled by a custom-designed EK water block. Commenting on ROG’s Computex 2014 presentation, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih said, “Performance is what we live and breathe for at ROG. Our design aesthetics are about creating a sense of pride and belonging, way beyond the use of lines or colors. We take it upon ourselves to transform your desires and imagination into a myriad of products that are both beautiful and powerful — to deliver an epic gaming experience. T...



NZXT Releases the Kraken X41/x61 and the Grid+

How do you make a great product better? Sometimes companies can redesign a product to squeeze every ounce of performance out of a design, release an updated model, then call it good. Or, a company can simply add a feature that makes an already great product even better. That’s exactly what we have today because NZXT just announced the release of the Kraken X41, x61 and the Grid+ that are all compatible with their new CAM software. As an enthusiast, nothing excites me more than writing about CPU cooling. This makes the release of new AIO coolers from NZXT all the more exciting, especially since the Kraken x60 had such a huge reputation. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any huge design changes with either loop. You still have a 140mm and 280mm rad with what looks to be the same power pump. On the other hand, NZXT did make some minor improvements that sound pretty good. The pump now has integrated speed control allowing the user to easily tone down the RPMs for quieter operation. This is great since controlling pump speed off a fan header isn’t the best and this can save a valuable connection on the fan controller. They also improved the fans to give a little better air flow but only the reviews will prove if these fans have better static pressure for the radiator. Combine all these features with the ability to control and monitor everything through the new CAM software and what you have is a system that you can monitor from anywhere anytime if you wa...



SilverStone ML06 HTPC Case Review

With more households "cutting the cord" to make the move to an all internet streaming solution, having access to a full fledged PC can be key to entertainment bliss. Some home smart theater equipment has YouTube, Amazon Prime, Netflix or Hulu interfaces built right in. However, none of these boxes will have access to all of the named options, or a full fledged browser. They are also not capable of playing the latest PC games. This is why having a real PC connected to your television remains the best option. There are many choices when it comes to cases for your Home Theater PC. These will range from a full tower to the really small Intel NUC sized systems. Towards the smaller side of cases you will find the SilverStone MILO series of HTPC cases. The MILO series cases are designed to blend in with existing home theater equipment with simple styling and smaller profiles. Silverstone recently added the ML06 to the MILO lineup to add another layer of options for HTPC builders using Mini ITX boards. You were able to use the ML03 and ML04 cases but the ML06 is a whopping 50% smaller than the ML03! At a reported 7 liters, let's see if the ML06 stands up to the style and smart designs of the previous MILO HTPC cases.



Corsair Hydro Series HG10 Unleashes Your GPU’s Hidden Performance

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the Hydro Series™ HG10 GPU cooling bracket, a powerful new accessory that gives gamers the opportunity to replace a stock graphics card cooler with any of Corsair’s Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers. The resulting upgrade unleashes the GPU’s hidden graphics performance by reducing GPU temperatures by as much as 50°C (122F), cutting down on droning fan noise, reducing GPU throttling, and boosting overclocking potential. In conjunction with the new HG10, Corsair also premiered new LED-infused versions of its award-winning Air Series™ SP120 and SP140 static pressure fans in five different colors — red, white, blue, green, or purple. Hydro Series HG10 GPU Liquid Cooling Bracket The HG10 offers full coverage for compatible reference-design GPUs, meaning it’s not just cooling your GPU itself, but the red-hot VRMs and VRAM on your card. After installing the HG10 GPU bracket, a PC enthusiast can mount any Corsair Hydro Series liquid CPU cooler (available separately) to chill their graphics card’s GPU (up to 50°C) and VRM/VRAM (up to 25°C) lower than stock temperatures. Don’t be afraid to push that overclock and extract every bit of performance from a graphics card — paired with a Hydro Series cooler, the HG10 can quickly dissipate large amounts of heat, and will reduce noise significantly compared to the GPU’s stock fan. The HG10 is a straightforward to install. With only an o...



Crucial Announces Ballistix Elite DDR4 and Availability of DDR4 Server Memory

Get ready for DDR4 people, it’s coming! We expect some blistering speeds for the next gen memory, and Crucial will certainly be one of those companies leading the charge. We’re looking forward to seeing the new Ballistix kits in action in a couple months. In the meantime, we have some more detailed information below, announced today at Computex. Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced new Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory modules, which deliver the next generation of memory to high performance gaming. Designed for gamers and enthusiasts, Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory delivers introductory speeds that start at 2666 MT/s and 3000 MT/s and is expected to get faster as the technology matures. The new modules offer nearly twice the bandwidth of mainstream DDR3 memory at up to 24GB/s, and deliver improved system responsiveness and increased frame rates. Furthermore, Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory delivers up to 40 percent more power efficiency than standard DDR3 memory. Designed for the ultimate gaming experience, Ballistix Elite DDR4 modules are optimized for next-generation Intel X99 platforms with support for XMP 2.0 profiles. The new modules also introduce a new design to the Ballistix line-up, featuring an aggressively styled anodized aluminum heat spreader for improved heat dissipation on a custom-designed black PCB. Supported by the Ballistix Memory Overview Display (M.O.D.) utility, an integrated thermal sensor allows for ...



AOC’s New 24-inch IPS Monitor packs Two 7W Onkyo Speakers in a Full HD Display

Connect to PCs, gaming consoles, smartphones and DVD players to enjoy Full HD visuals and stereo quality sound while gaming, surfing the web or watching videos Fremont, Calif. – May 12, 2014 – AOC, a worldwide leader in display technology, today announces the 24-inch Full HD IPS Display with ONKYO sound technology. With two 7W speakers onboard, the monitor is an ideal entertainment hub and has both VGA and HDMI inputs for easy connection to consoles, PCs and other electronic devices. The flicker-free LED backlit display offers 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, and the IPS panel ensures consistent color and brightness regardless of viewing angle. The AOC 24-inch Full HD monitor (i2473Pwm) is available for $249 MSRP at Amazon.com, and is backed by AOC’s three-year warranty as well as the EASE exchange program. The AOC 24-inch Full HD IPS Display with ONKYO sound technology has a sleek body framed by an extremely narrow black hairline-textured bezel. The monitor offers a 5ms refresh rate, 250 cd/m² typical brightness, and 50M: 1 dynamic contrast-ratio for clear and crisp images. Connectivity includes VGA and HDMI to bring vivid colors, no matter what you are watching, along with MHL (mobile high-definition link), which allows you to connect mobile phones, tablets and other portable electronics devices for quick charging while also mirroring content to AOC’s 24-inch Full HD display. With the ability to connect to various devices such as PCs, gaming consoles, smartphones...






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