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Getting up to Speed with Fiji and Maxwell

If you have no idea about what’s happening with AMD and NVIDIA, then you either live under a rock, or you just don’t care about computer components that much. Assuming that you’re here because you don’t fit into either category, then let me get you up to speed with what’s been happening in the GPU world, especially since the anticipated release of stacked memory is right around the corner. The stage is set with NVIDIA dominating the GPU market. Maxwell was impressive when it released, but has managed to become one of the most notable GPUs to date. AMD on the other hand, is telling us they aren’t out yet. With a slew of refreshes, as well as two high end GPUs that are the first ever to feature stacked memory, the Green team might be facing some stiff competition in the upcoming weeks. DirectX 12 could also have some new implications on the gaming front so let’s throw all of this together and take a stab and what the future holds for us. We now have a fully unlocked GM200-400 die in the form of the Titan-X and a slightly cut down GM200-310 die in the GTX 980 Ti. The Titan-X is the graphics card most of us loftily dream about having some day, but never seriously imagine owning. The GTX 980 Ti is the card that we might actually sell a kidney for. Many people were shocked to see a $649 starting price tag for what would be considered NVIDIAs go-to enthusiast card. When you factor in that the gaming performance is right up there with t...



Lian Li Launches PC-O8 Dual-Compartment Chassis

Lian Li Launches PC-O8 Dual-Compartment Chassis Tempered Glass Panels and RGB Lighting Put the Spotlight on Hardware June 11, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today launches the PC-O8 dual-compartment chassis. Comprised of aluminum and tempered glass, the PC-O8 allows DIY builders to show off their high-end, intricate setups, while hiding cables and less eye catching components in the large compartment behind the motherboard tray. Two Compartments Through the front glass panel, the PC-O8 is divided into two zones. Zone 1 allows DIY enthusiasts to show off their motherboard and graphics cards through the edge-to-edge side panel windows. On the other side of the motherboard tray, Zone 2 gives plenty of room for cables and less eye-catching components such as hard drives and the power supply. Adjustable RGB Interior Lighting DIY enthusiasts can adjust the interior lighting through the included RGB lighting kit complete with LED strips, cord clip, dimmer and controller. The back mounted controller allows instant analog color selection. Tremendous Water Cooling Support With plenty of room to work with, installing elaborate water cooling setups is simplified in the PC-O8. In Zone 1 the top panel can support a 240mm radiator, while in Zone 2 the front intake can house a 360mm radiator in a push/pull configuration. Modular Hard Drive Cage The PC-O8 chassis supports up to six 3.5″ drives and two 2.5″ drives in the removable drive cage in Zone 2. This HDD...



BIOSTAR showcases Skylake Motherboard Z170X at Computex

BIOSTAR showcases Gaming Z170X Intel Skylake Motherboard at Computex – Available this August   June 12th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – At this year’s Computex trade show in Taipei, BIOSTAR showcased upcoming Intel 100 series chipset motherboards, gaming oriented motherboards and VGA cards as well as mini PCs designed for Karaoke and IPC Embedded solutions.     BIOSTAR “Gaming Z170X” motherboard turned out to be the star product this year at Computex. Based on the Intel Z170 chipset with support for Intel’s Skylake CPU and DDR4 memory, the kit comes with BIOSTAR’s Gaming Commander Box, Gaming Armor design, on-board USB 3.1 Type C connector and Dual GbE LAN (Intel & Killer) along with PCIe M.2, SATA Express and Touch OC. Also on display were the Intel 100 series chipset based motherboards Z170, H170, B150 that support the 6th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor family (codenamed Skylake).     The Gaming Z170X has two LAN connectors, with the most popular Killer LAN and Intel LAN chips. With Dual GbE LAN, the primary advantage is doubling bandwidth from 1G to 2G, and with two high-speed gigabit networks plus zero packet delay that provides super high data transmission efficiency. Another major advantage is “Load Balancing”, it allows a gamer to attach both network adapters to a single network. It will therefore support the aggregation “teaming” function by merging the two connections to support multiple aggregation modes....



Best of Computex 2015

Computer hardware news is getting pretty stagnant as of late. It’s not that there isn’t new things coming out, it’s just most of the releases I’ve been seeing are hardly more that a slight revamp of what’s already out. That being said though, there are still some components that can turn heads and Computex brought us some intriguing devices that I feel are worth some honorable mentions. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 5 releases in components from Computex 2015. #5 LEPA EXllusion240 It’s going to be pretty apparent why this unit is last on the list. There isn’t very much that separates this unit from just about any other AIO on the market. The ability to add custom dye to the coolant is a neat feature, but isn’t anything revolutionary. The EXllusion240 may be expandable, but I haven’t seen anything that officially confirms that. The only thing that caught my eye is the massive 400w + TDP rating. That’s a huge thresh hold and while other coolers brag about great cooling performance, very few put a number like that on it. We’ll have to wait for some reviews to see how well LEPA lives up to it’s claims, but when all else fails, I would gladly like to break my previous records. http://www.lepatek.com/eng/newscontent/93/ #4 INTEL Z170 Motherboards For the last few generations, INTEL has been giving us minor improvements that involve fairly hefty price tags. About the only notable f...



Noctua at Computex 2015

Noctua at Computex 2015 Vienna, June 11th 2015 – At last week’s Computex Taipei trade fair, Noctua exhibited a wide range of its upcoming products and received the 1st European Hardware Award for its renowned NH-D15 dual-tower cooler. Ranging from fan and heatsink prototypes on custom designs for industrial clients to updates on its Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) project, Noctua’s line-up for this year’s show has received excellent feedback from the international press. Awarded best cooling product of Computex 2015 by Tom’s Hardware, the highlight of the Austrians’ line-up was the upcoming next-generation 120mm A-series fan, which will succeed the award-winning NF-P12 and integrates Noctua’s latest technologies in order to provide unprecedented efficiency across a broad range of applications. Featuring an ultra-tight 0.5mm tip clearance and a pressure/airflow (P/Q) curve that has been carefully fine-tuned for mid to high impedance applications, the new fan performs exceptionally well on CPU heatsinks and water-cooling radiators. Noctua also showcased a redux version of the NF-P12 that is going to be introduced at the launch of the new 120mm A-series fan, which is currently scheduled for Q1 2016. After updating their 92mm coolers and 14cm dual-tower model last year, Noctua gave the first preview of future updates to the renowned NH-U12 and NH-U14 single tower series. The fins of the prototypes are deeper than those of the current NH-U12S and NH-U14S, resultin...



Futuremark Begins Development of VR Benchmark, Invites Industry Participation

Futuremark Begins Development of VR Benchmark, Invites Industry Participation HELSINKI, FINLAND – June 10, 2015 – Futuremark® is developing a VR benchmark that uses a combination of software and hardware to measure performance, latency, and accuracy. Designed primarily for manufacturers, analysts and press, the VRMark™ benchmark will test a system’s ability to deliver high quality virtual reality experiences for a range of content types from photos and video to games and simulations. http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/vrmark With development under way, Futuremark is inviting VR system manufacturers to join its Benchmark Development Program™. BDP members will have exclusive access to VRMark throughout its development, gaining a deep understanding of its workloads, right down to the source code. Using a development process that’s been government-vetted for neutrality, members can provide input to Futuremark at every stage from specification to public release. Companies creating VR hardware and software, and others with an interest in VR system performance, are invited to apply for VRMark BDP membership today at http://www.futuremark.com/bdp. “There are already more than a dozen different head-mounted displays for VR at various stages of completion. Analysts forecast that VR will reach 10.8 million users by the end of 2016. But delivering a great VR experience relies on overcoming significant performance challenges,” said Jukka Mäkinen, Man...



COUGAR shows new gaming peripherals at Computex 2015

COUGAR Shows the World the New Generation of Gaming Peripherals at Computex 2015 9th June, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR, leading brand in the gaming peripherals, cases, fans and PSU sectors, is proud to announce the absolute success of its Computex 2015 presence. COUGAR´s new products managed to attract the attention of media, professionals and, in general, all of those who happened to pass by.     COUGAR surprised the world with a massive amount of new products that will start arriving world markets very soon. With 10 new gaming mice, 5 new gaming keyboards, 3 new cases and 2 new PSUs, COUGAR´s offer surpassed all expectations. Among the most relevant products were a splash resistant hybrid mechanical keyboard, the award-winning Mini-ITX gaming case COUGAR QBX, the digital power supply COUGAR CMD and a new series of ergonomic gaming mice. Those products significantly expand COUGAR’s offer and consolidate the brand as one of the references when it comes to quality gaming hardware. More information about all the products shown at Computex 2015 will be coming in the next months. About COUGAR COUGAR products target enthusiast gamers who not only demand state-of-the-art PC chassis and highly efficient power supplies, but also want to enjoy gaming with the best peripherals. COUGAR provides these enthusiasts with cutting-edge high quality gaming products. Founded in 2007 by a group of enthusiasts in Germany tired of the boring looks of PC hardware, COUGAR ai...



BIOSTAR Z97X Motherboard Certified for Windows 10

BIOSTAR’S Z97X Gaming Motherboard is first Intel Z97 Motherboard to be Certified for Windows™ 10 June 4th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR’s latest high-end gaming board, the Gaming Z97X, is the first Intel Z97 based motherboard to be certified for Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system. The Gaming Z97X is the first complete gaming motherboard designed by BIOSTAR from the ground up. The Gaming Z97X is an ATX form factor board that comes with key features such as USB 3.1, three PCI Express 3.0×16 slots, PCIe M.2 support, Dual GbE LAN and BIOSTAR exclusive Super Hi-Fi Audio technology and support for DisplayPort. The on-board HDMI supports 4K and 2K resolutions. There is also the introduction of the SATA Express Connector which supports both SATA and PCIe storage solutions giving maximum data transfer speed of up to 10Gb/s. BIOSTAR is proud to work with partners like Microsoft and Intel to be the first to bring high-end motherboards like the Gaming Z97X certified for Windows™ 10. For more on the Gaming Z97X go to: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=784 About BIOSTAR BIOSTAR is a manufacturer dedicated to the production of motherboards, graphics cards and industrial computing systems. Since its establishment in 1986, the BIOSTAR GROUP has become a major motherboard supplier in the PC industry. In order to pursue continuous growth, BIOSTAR has invested heavily in acquiring the physical and human resources to excel at research and dev...



Nixeus Technology unveils its Nixeus Vue 24″ 1920×1080 144Hz FreeSync™ Gaming Monitor

Nixeus Technology unveils its Nixeus Vue 24″ 1920×1080 144Hz FreeSync™ Gaming Monitor   The NX-VUE24 is engineered with AMD FreeSync™ to deliver a better PC Gaming Experience! Los Angeles – June 2, 2015 – Nixeus Technology, a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics, has announced the world’s first 24″ Full HD 144Hz AMD FreeSync™ Certified Gaming Monitor! The NX-VUE24 supports multiple video inputs to allow for both work and as a general use monitor. With the DisplayPort input, the Nixeus Vue 24″ evolves into the ultimate gaming monitor using VESA’s Adaptive-Sync to work with AMD FreeSync™ compatible Radeon Graphics Cards to help reduce or eliminate screen tearing, latency and stuttering to deliver the best possible PC gaming experience. Combined with a gaming grade display panel’s ultra high 144Hz refresh rate and low 1ms response time, the Nixeus Vue 24″ FreeSync™ Monitor is designed to help PC Gamers dominate their opponents and elevate their gaming experience to the next level. Key features include: AMD FreeSync™ Certified Monitor  Resolution: 1920x1080p  Refresh Rate: 144Hz with 30Hz – 144Hz Adaptive-Sync Range  Response Time: 1ms  Inputs: DisplayPort 1.2a, HDMI, Dual-Link DVI, and VGA “We are proud to be partnered with AMD on Project FreeSync™ to develop the ultimate gaming monitor solution that solves screen tearing and stuttering issues that have been plaguing PC Gamers for de...



G.SKILL Showcases the Ultimate DDR4 Memory in Multiple Configurations at Computex 2015!

G.SKILL Showcases the Ultimate DDR4 Memory in Multiple Configurations at Computex 2015! Taipei, Taiwan (3 June 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, displays the highest frequency DDR4 3800MHz kit and the largest DDR4 128GB kit running at a full 3000MHz CL14. The New Heights of quad channel DDR4 Speed: 3800MHz After the announcement of the DDR4 3666MHz kit in May 2015, G.SKILL continued pushing DDR4 speed to new heights. At Computex this year, G.SKILL demos the ultimate DDR4 3800MHz 16GB(4x4GB) kit on two live demo systems with GIGABYTE GA-X99-SOC-Champion and ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer motherboards! The Ultimate DDR4 128GB (16GBx8) Kit at 3000MHz CL14 No compromises on performance! G.SKILL has managed its DDR4 128GB kit, based on unbuffered 16GB DDR4 modules with Samsung 8Gb Chips, at an ultra-high 3000MHz frequency with low timings of CL14. This luxury premium memory kit is displayed on the ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme motherboard with the Intel Core i7-5960X processor. Pushing the Extreme Limit of 64GB (16GBx4) at 3333MHz Demonstrating the extreme limit of 16GB modules with Samsung 8Gb Chips, G.SKILL also showcases a total of 64GB with four modules of 16GB running at 3333MHz, surpassing even the latest 8GB-module based 64GB capacity memory kits. Installed on the ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme motherboard with the Intel Core i7-5960X processor, this is possibly the most d...



CYBERPOWERPC Debuts Gaming Series Loaded with Intel 5th Generation i7-5775C “Broadwell” Processors

CYBERPOWERPC Debuts Gaming Series Loaded with Intel 5th Generation i7-5775C “Broadwell” Processors CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA (June 2, 2015) – CyberPower Inc., www.cyberpowerpc.com, a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming laptops, and performance workstations, today announced the immediate availability of a series of custom gaming computers and laptops featuring Intel’s new “Broadwell” processors. Intel’s new processors will be featured in all of CYBERPOWERPC’s Z97 based desktop gaming PCs including the Fangbook III, Zeus EVO, Zeus Mini, and more. The systems are available today at the CYBERPOWERPC web site and from the company’s online partners such as Newegg, Amazon, Walmart, Bestbuy, etc.   Intel’s latest 5th generation flagship Core i7-5775C processor comes with a core clock of 3.3 GHz and 3.7 GHz turbo frequency. The chip is a quad core model with hyper threading enabled and features 6 MB of L3 cache, DDR3 memory rated at 1600 MHz native support.   CYBERPOWERPC systems built with the new 5th generation CPUs feature integrated Iris Pro 6200 graphics, which includes 48 Execution Units, 128 MB of eDRAM (L4) cache and 128-bit memory interface to provide acceleration for a variety of tasks including video encoding and gaming without putting added stress on the cooling system.   CyberPowerPC systems based on the i7-5775C processor will start under $999. The Core i7-5775C gaming system includes: CPU Intel Core i7-5775C with included Iris Pro 6...



CRYORIG Reveals the A Series of Hybrid Liquid Coolers, and IoT enabled PSU

CRYORIG Reveals the A Series of Hybrid Liquid Coolers, and IoT enabled PSU 02.06.15 Taipei, Taiwan – At this year’s Computex, CRYORIG is revealing the next generation of Hybrid Liquid Cooling (HLC) units and IoT enabled power supply units. CRYORIG’s new A Series A40, A40 Ultimate and A80 Hybrid Liquid Cooling units combines the strength of both Air Cooling and Liquid Cooling in an innovative package. CRYORIG’s Pi Series of Power Supply Units with IoT or Internet of Things capability, allows users to remotely control their PSU unit’s through phones apps.. CRYORIG’s A Series Hybrid Liquid Cooling (HLC) products is designed to solve one of the major problems with Closed Loop Cooling liquid units, which is the severe lack of airflow for the CPU’s surrounding components. At Computex, CRYORIG’s live thermal imaging demo shows the potential impact of how HLC can benefit the system. Heat imaging shows a drastic drop of over 10° Celsius in regions of the surrounding Voltage Regulator Modules, RAM and even the GPU card can benefit from added airflow from CRYORIG’s patent pending proprietary Airflow Circulator fan. In lowering the surrounding heat of these areas, systems may achieve benefits ranging from higher stability and component life span, and may even achieve better stable performance and overclocks for the CPU/RAM and GPU. The Airflow Circulator fan can be removed and attached in reverse along with adjusting your CPU water block allows users to choose which...



Computex2015 – G.SKILL Showcases Ripjaws Power Supply, from 750W Gold to 1250W Platinum 80 PLUS Certified

Computex 2015- G.SKILL Showcases Ripjaws Power Supply, from 750W Gold to 1250W Platinum 80 PLUS Certified Taipei, Taiwan (2 June 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, showcases its new Ripjaws series PC power supply units at Computex 2015. The G.SKILL Ripjaws series PC power supply units consists of four models ranging from 750 watts up to 1250 watts, suitable for the needs of all PC system builders whether it’s a high-end workstation or a gaming oriented system. All four Ripjaws series PSU feature a full module design that allows cleaner cable management and better case airflow. The Ripjaws PS750G/PS850G models, certified with 80 PLUS Gold and rated for 90% efficiency, along with the Ripjaws PS850P/PS1250P models, certified with 80 PLUS Platinum and rated for 92% efficiency, can lower your overall operating cost and lower internal system temperature. All Ripjaws series PSUs are made from the highest-quality materials possible, such as 100% Japanese-made capacitors, for higher reliability and longer lasting lifetime. A unique automated G.SKILL ECO Optimized (GEO) Thermal Fan Control also provides zero fan noise during low load operations. And when it does get warm, the durable double ball bearing 140mm fan cools your PC system quietly and efficiently. With Ripjaws series PC power supply units, you will have the convenience of a full modular design, superior power per...



G.SKILL Showcases Ripjaws Series Mechanical Keyboard, Gaming Mouse, and 7.1 Surround Headset at Computex 2015

G.SKILL Showcases Ripjaws Series Mechanical Keyboard, Gaming Mouse, and 7.1 Surround Headset at Computex 2015 Explore, Expand, and Express Your Inner Gamer Taipei, Taiwan (2 June 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, is excited to showcase a completely new series of high end gaming peripherals at Computex 2015! The new Ripjaws series gaming peripherals include two mechanical gaming keyboards, a RGB gaming mouse, and two 7.1 surround sound headsets. Fully Customizable Ripjaws KM780 RGB / MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboards Available in two lighting flavors, full range RGB and crimson red, the KM780 RGB and KM780 MX are fully loaded mechanical keyboards designed and built with durability and practicality in mind for the ultimate gaming and typing experience. Featuring Cherry MX Red and Brown key switches with 50 million key-press lifecycle and a braided 2.0m USB cable, allows the Ripjaws KM780 series keyboard to last for years of daily usage. The KM780 RGB and KM780 MX keyboard is capable of storing your settings within onboard memory, so you’ll have a personalized keyboard experience no matter which computer you’re connected to. You can store up to three independent modes of settings on the keyboard, easily switchable via Mode hotkeys (M1-M3), each containing its own lighting patterns, macro setup, timer setting, key delay and repeat rate, polling rate, and various other...



Computex 2015 – G.SKILL Showcases New Trident Z series DDR4 Memory

Computex 2015 – G.SKILL Showcases New Trident Z series DDR4 Memory     Taipei, Taiwan (2 June 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, showcases the brand new Trident Z series of DDR4 memory designed for PC enthusiasts. With numerous overclocking records under its belt, G.SKILL TridentX series is known as the most powerful overclocking memory series in the PC enthusiast community. The new Trident Z series comes with high quality aluminum heatspreaders and a customized bar in various colors, providing PC builders the options to match their own system’s color scheme, while maintaining efficient heat dissipation. The new Trident Z series DDR4 memory will be available in quad channel and dual channel, starting July 2015. Detailed specifications will be announced soon.  About G.SKILL Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory and SSD products, designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technical innovation and rock solid quality through our in-house testing lab and talented R&D team, G.SKILL continues to create record-breaking memory for each generation of hardware and hold the no. 1 brand title in overclocking memory.






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