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Archive for April 24th, 2019

DirectX 12 Looking Better with an End to Mantle

News just arrived that AMD is ending the Mantle API and directing developers to start working towards DirectX 12 instead. I’m sure the thought that comes to everyone’s mind is, “What on earth is going on!?!” When I first saw the end to Mantle, even I was slightly disappointed but as that segued into the appeal to start using DirectX 12, I felt the rush of excitement again. It may not seem like it, but I have a feeling this is really good news for what’s in store for the future of gaming. Let’s review what’s been happening in the API world a bit. A couple years back, Mantle starts claiming how it can boost performance on AAA titles and as results start flowing in, the potential for the gaming industry looked promising even if more work was needed. Fast forward to GDC 2014 and Microsoft announces DirectX 12 coming to the next version of Windows. What everyone was scratching their heads at was the inclusion of AMD, along with NVIDIA, INTEL and QUALCOMM, as one of the major supporters for the new Microsoft API. Why would AMD support something that was seemingly in direct competition with Mantle? Now, it looks like AMD saw potential to get in on the ground floor, which not only allowed them to make sure performance was going to reach their standards, but also allowed them to determine if they needed to spend resources keeping Mantle in the mix if their GPUs could benefit just as well from DirectX 12. So is this good news? At first, it ...



Noctua NF-A9 and NF-A8 Fans Review

Introduction Noctua brought us something that might seem a little unexpected to those of us who know their fan reputation. At first glance, 80mm and 92mm fans appear to be somewhat of a waste of effort when larger fans are not only quieter, but provide better airflow as well. That’s until we remember that there are still server chassis’ and home theater PCs that can use exceptional cooling as well but lack the larger form factor cases. We’ll dive into the fans soon but before we do that, let’s take a word from the designer of our products today.  



Tesoro Announces the Excalibur Spectrum Mechanical Keyboard: Key-by-Key Customizable Backlighting in North America

Tesoro Announces the Excalibur Spectrum Mechanical Keyboard: Key-by-Key Customizable Backlighting in North America Game in Your Own Spectrum of Colors March 3, 2015, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., announces the Excalibur Spectrum mechanical keyboard, featuring individual key-specific customizability in 16.8 million colors. Full Spectrum, Full Customization The Excalibur Spectrum allows gamers to individually customize virtually any color, to any key. With 8 different LED effects, such as dimming, full zone, trigger, ripple, firework, radiation, rainbow wave, and per key customized mode as well as 5 levels of brightness and 5 distinct profiles to store them, there are endless combinations for a truly unique configuration. Switchable N-Key Rollover / USB 6 Key Rollove rAllowing gamers to switch between N-Key Rollover (NKRO) and USB 6 Key Rollover, the Excalibur Spectrum has no ghosting or jamming issues to speak of, it polls keystrokes at a fast 1000Hz to ensure precision. With a quick set of hotkeys, gamers can jump between PC and Gaming modes to prevent any compromising accidental key strokes, and stay competitive. Instant Recording / 512kb Built-in Storage Gamers are able to instantly program macros on the Excalibur Spectrum with the help of newly designed software. Built-in storage gives players the freedom to carry their preferences with them, even on different computers, preventing any tedious reprogramming. Built to Last, Designed for Play The Excali...



ADATA Launches OTG microReader

 ADATA Launches OTG microReader A Smarter Way to Share Taipei, Taiwan – March 3, 2015 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the OTG microReader, which combines microUSB and standard USB connectors to share files among different devices such as mobile phones, tablets and PCs, making it an extremely convenient tool for sharing and backing up data in your mobile life.  Use It Simply By Sliding Thanks to its OTG (On-The-Go) design, the microUSB interface connects directly to mobile devices running Android 4.0 or higher without the need for a cable or an adaptor; and its standard USB 2.0 head connects to any desktop or laptop computer’s USB port. If you want to switch the connectors, just press and slide out the desired connector. The OTG microReader supports all microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards. Simply insert the card into the base of the standard USB connector, connect to your device and access to the data directly. To eject the card, just slide another button on the back and remove the card.   Compact, Easy-to-Carry  With its slim profile, the OTG microReader won’t interfere with other USB devices you are using your PC. Thanks to its capless design and strap hole, the OTG microReader is easy to carry without worrying about losing an end cap. There are two configuration options to choose from – the OTG microReader and the OTG microReader with a microSDHC or ...





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