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SWIFTECH Keeps Reshaping the AIO Market for the Best with the Drive X2 Series

Companies that can take an amazing product and say it wasn’t good enough scare the daylights out of me! SWIFTECH gave me a heart attack. The H220-X and H240-X were the first coolers to really bring the AIO product to the level of a custom loop. The use of a high quality block with a custom quality pump and reservoir was bound to mean great performance. That wasn’t good enough for SWIFTECH however, so now they have improved the previous versions, as well as adding larger 360mm rads in the H320 X2 Prestige and H320 X2. The Drive X2 series comes in three different sizes and while the 240mm and 280mm units are pretty normal, it’s the 360mm unit that is adding a new selection to the previous versions. The H320 obviously caught my eye, especially since each variant still comes with a full brass/copper radiator. Most AIOs are built around aluminum rads which can keep cost down, but can certainly lack in the quality and performance the H320s can bring. Currently, the main differences between the Prestige and the regular version are some slightly better fans and fittings. Performance wise, there’s likely to be little difference, but expand ability should be a bit easier on the Prestige. The $215 price on the Prestige is expected, but I was pleasantly surprised with the $165 price on the regular H320 X2. Let’s look at some other key features that really set the Drive X2 series apart, some more than others. First, we have RGB lighting in the reserv...



BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 Available Now

BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 Available Now  Drive your game with the new BIOSTAR H170GT3   January 28th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR proudly introduces the latest addition to its new flagship gaming series with the BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3. Meeting the needs of gamers’ by providing features perfect for an all-around gaming system. Like all BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards, the H170GT3 features improved features dedicated for gaming and entertainment with the RACING H170GT3 focusing on a balance of features and accessibility for light-purpose machines to heavyweight muscle rigs. Balanced and Tuned  The BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 simplifies decision-making for gamers by providing a platform which can scale with the gamer. Supporting the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors, the RACING H170GT3 enables gamers to have the latest technology powering their systems for the best experience when they play. Support for high-speed storage via M.2 and SATA Express enables high-speed access to data so games load faster so you can get to the action quicker. Gamers will also be able to show-off their personal style via VIVID LED DJ and 5050 LED FUN features allowing customizable lighting for gamers who want a color-themed rig.  The BIOSTAR RACING H170GT3 supports dual-GPU configuration via AMD Crossfire for upgraders looking to get more FPS in their systems with another AMD Radeon GPU which supports AMD Crossfire technology. The motherboard has optimal spacing in-between the P...



NZXT is taking the Edge off with the Manta

I keep thinking I’m looking through a fish lens, but it’s actually the new design on a mini-ITX case just revealed from NZXT. The Manta is bringing a new aesthetic design to the computer case, challenging the idea that everything has to be box shaped. It looks very sharp and it seems to give a bit of a modern edge to an already modern industry. The Manta may be bringing a new aesthetic design, but there’s a practical purpose behind it as well. The first thing I latched onto about this case was how the rounded design gives more space for cable management. That’s hugely advantageous for smaller systems, especially since the Manta can house a full sized PSU. What’s also intriguing is the amount of liquid cooling space this case has. It can handle a full 280mm rad on top, as well as one in the front. It’s great to be able to fit a Kraken X61 in there, but custom loop builders will be able to do a great setup for overclocking the CPU, motherboard and the GPU. On top of all of that, there’s matte finishes, some nice color choices, a PSU cover and an included fan hub. NZXT seems to be outdoing themselves on this case which is impressive considering their offerings. Looks are important, but functionality has to be right as well. The Manta seems to have the best of both worlds. Personally, I’d love to see what some good case mods could do with this shape. Sure, I have Star Wars on the brain, but I can’t help wishing for a good K...



ECS announces brand new LIVA mini PC at CES 2016

ECS announces brand new LIVA mini PC at CES 2016 One liter book-size Core i mini PC [Taipei – Taiwan] World’s leading hardware manufacturer – Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) is proud to introduce its brand new LIVA mini-PC – One at CES 2016. It features a flexible hardware configuration in a book-size, one-liter form factor. In addition, LIVA mini PC with Windows 10 will have a remote control application natively built-in; providing full wireless usage with your own mobile devices. ECS will also display the World’s first HDMI 2.0 motherboard – LEET Gaming Z170-CLAYMORE, which offers doubled FPS (up to 60) UHD 4K screen with an advanced video experience. About ECS ECS, Elitegroup Computer Systems, was established in 1987. In recent years, ECS’s main focus has expanded from motherboards to All-in-One PCs, notebook computers, Mini PC and other mobile products. ECS is strongly committed to developing cutting-edge technology in order to create innovative products under environmentally friendly designs. ECS’s comprehensive quality control system ensures all of ECS products can be counted on for stability and reliability. Visit http://www.ecs.com.tw to learn more.



Everything else we saw at CES 2016

Intro CES was a ton of fun and we already saw a ton of great releases coming up. Now it’s time to sum up the rest of what we could get to. Some parts of the show may not have been as relevant to high end computer components as others, but it didn’t stop the exhibitors from showing us some impressive feats. If you want to jump to a specific page, just click on the exhibitor below to take you straight there, or you can see each one by going through each page. So without further ado, here’s the rest of what we were able to see at CES 2016!   ADATA MSI INTEL NZXT CREATIVE D-LINK MYCHARGE



CableMod WideBeam LED Strips

CableMod® WideBeam™ LED Strips Premier Purveyor of Premium PC Cables Perfects the LED Strip (January 22, 2015) – With the release of premium CableMod cables just one short year ago, PC enthusiasts can see the difference some innovation and care makes to PC cables. Today, CableMod announces our foray into the world of PC lighting with CableMod WideBeam™ LED Strips – the ultimate PC lighting solution. CableMod WideBeam LED Strips exhibit the very same care and attention to detail that CableMod brings to PC cables. We’ve rethought virtually every component – from the adhesive and power connector, to the LEDs themselves. The result of all of this is a series of LED strips that truly have no equal – a perfect lighting solution for the discerning PC enthusiast. The story begins with the specially-designed LEDs used on these LED strips. Dubbed WideBeam™, these LEDs are not only some of the brightest available, but also feature a beam angle that is up to fifty percent wider than conventional LEDs for a more even lighting effect. With WideBeam LEDs, you can be sure that your prized components are lit evenly and beautifully. Modern PC cases are being made from a wide variety of materials, which means one adhesive doesn’t fit all. To address this, WideBeam LED Strips come in two series – Magnetic and Foam. Designed for cases made out of steel, the WideBeam Magnetic Series have several rare earth magnets underneath the waterproof resin. These magnets are super...



Presenting the BIOSTAR PRO Series AMD Motherboards: AMD A70MD PRO, A70MG PRO and A68MD PRO

Presenting the BIOSTAR PRO Series AMD Motherboards: AMD A70MD PRO, A70MG PRO and A68MD PRO Redefining affordable AMD motherboards January 22nd, 2015 Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is heavily committed in delivering the absolute best value products for consumers and today marks the introduction of the new BIOSTAR PRO series line of motherboards for AMD processors. BIOSTAR has taken into consideration the demand of system builders for more cost-effective systems based around the AMD platforms and is introducing the AMD PRO series motherboard to offer a better value option for consumers who want to opt for an AMD system Redefining price-to-performance, the BIOSTAR PRO series is simply beyond better. The new BIOSTAR PRO series motherboards feature enhanced power design for increased stability and durability coupled with a reinforced metal CPU retention backplate for secure, long-term usage. Additionally, BIOSTAR has integrated an improved audio solution featuring Nichicon high-end audio capacitors for better sound quality BIOSTAR PRO Series Features    BIOSTAR 6+ Experience The new BIOSTAR PRO Series will carry on the exclusive BIOSTAR 6+ Experience feature set which delivers the best BIOSTAR has to offer: Speed+, Audio+, Video+, Durable+, Protection+ and DIY+. BIOSTAR PRO Series Models AMD APU Series Available soon in BIOSTAR’s eBay store: http://www.ebay.com/usr/biostar_microtech?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BiostarHQ  ABOUT BIOSTAR BI...



ASUSTOR Releases Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta

ASUSTOR Releases Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta The next evolution in ASUSTOR’s Photo Gallery brings support for multi-level folder structures, increased thumbnail processing speeds, more sorting functions, auto rotation to correct orientation of uploaded images, a concealable side navigation bar that shows album folder structures, an intuitive search function and customizable browsing quality based on device and network environment which provides for an optimal browsing experience. All ASUSTOR users are welcome to upgrade to the newest version of Photo Gallery to experience all the new functions firsthand. Taipei, Taiwan, January 21st, 2016 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the release of its Photo Gallery 2.0 beta version App, which significantly upgrades the foundational database technology of the previous version, provides a more intuitive interface and enhances overall performance. Photo Gallery provides an extremely efficient cloud photo album management platform for users who enjoy engaging in digital photography with their cameras, phones and other mobile devices. The latest version of Photo Gallery offers significant upgrades, using new database technology, adding support for multiple levels of folders, and greatly increasing thumbnail processing speeds for a smoother browsing experience. Furthermore, a variety of intuitive features have been added to the user interface. Users can now choose between “Album...



QNAP Supports Netflix: the QTS-Android Dual-system TAS-168/268 Supports Netflix Video Streaming to TV

QNAP Supports Netflix: the QTS-Android Dual-system TAS-168/268 Supports Netflix Video Streaming to TV Taipei, Taiwan, January 21, 2016 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced that the QTS & Android™ dual-system TAS-168/268 NAS now supports Netflix. The TAS-168/268 is the first Android-based NAS that supports Netflix, and users can download the free Netflix app from Google Play™ on Android™. Simply connect a TAS-168/268 to an HDMI display to enjoy the numerous programs and multimedia content on Netflix with a smooth and convenient streaming experience. ”Netflix is one of the most popular Internet video streaming services in the world, and we are pleased to announce that it is compatible with our Android-based TAS-168/268 NAS.” said Hanz Sung, Product Manager of QNAP, “with the addition of Netflix, TAS-168/268 users can further maximize their home entertainment options by streaming their favorite movies and TV shows to a big screen in their living room.” Powered by an ARM® v7 dual-core processor with 2GB DDR3 RAM, the TAS-168/268 is designed as a compact media NAS optimized for home use. Certificated by Google®, users can download Netflix and many other multimedia apps from Google Play on TAS-168/268. Coupled with terabytes of storage capacity and 4K (H.265 & H.264) HDMI output, the TAS-168/268 is the optimal budget-friendly multimedia NAS that provides near-unlimited entertainment possibilities for modern digital lifestyles. Learn more from QNAP o...



The Tenda P1002P Gigabit Powerline Adapter Now Available

The Tenda P1002P Gigabit Powerline Adapter Now Available Add The Network Benefits of a Wired Home Without All The Extra Wires January 20, 2016, Walnut City, USA – Tenda Technology Inc.® a subsidiary of Shenzhen Tenda, an experienced, global brand of wired and wireless networking hardware, announces the P1002P powerline adapter. With two LAN ports, HomePlug AV2 compliance, and Gigabit 1000Mbps speed, the P1002P brings the perks of a stable, fast wired connection anywhere. It’s perfect for areas with poor WiFi coverage and unreliable connections or when stretching out long, messy wires is impossible or too tedious. The P1002P makes setting up a home network as easy as plugging into an outlet. Quick, Simple Installation and Operation The P1002P is designed for ease of operation. It really only needs to be plugged in. There is no need to lay down a web of complicated cables – the P1002P uses your existing power lines, saving time and money. It works over any power line in your home at distances up to 300m. Each device in the pair plugs into a power socket with two 1000Mbps Ethernet ports. One device needs to be located near and connected to the home router. Hitting the ‘Push-and-Secure’ button activates 123-bit AES encryption for added security between the paired devices. It supports QoS and IGMP managed multicast IO transmission to optimize IPTV streaming. Compatibility with HomePlug AV2 For MIMO and Sustained Throughput The P1002P adheres to the HomePl...



GIGABYTE Launches the Z170 Winter OC Challenge

GIGABYTE Launches the Z170 Winter OC Challenge Overclock Like a King on GIGABYTE 100 Series Motherboards   City of Industry, California, January 19th, 2016 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced its next competition for the overclocking community with the GIGABYTE Z170 Winter OC Challenge, to be hosted this February on HWBOT.org. All overclockers are invited to overclock their 6th Gen. Intel® processors on GIGABYTE 100 series motherboards. A total of 5 GIGABYTE motherboards are up for grabs, so warm up your test benches, Winter OC is coming! Starting January 31st 2016, overclockers can join 4 different rounds for a chance to win the big prize. The participant with the most points amongst all stages of a category wins — it’s as simple as that! But don’t fret if you don’t think you can win it all, you also have a chance to win the lucky draw which is a Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard! Simply submit a score in all stages of a round to be eligible. Here are the rounds and stages details. Round 1: Enthusiast, Rookie and Novice Overclockers – 2 Cores Stage 1: 3DMark11 Physics – CPU frequency limited to 4503.00 MHz Stage 2: HWBOT Prime – CPU frequency limited to 4503.00 MHz Stage 3: Geekbench Multi Core – CPU frequency limited to 4503.00 MHZ   Round 2: Enthusiast, Rookie and Novice Overclockers– 4 Cores Stage 1: XTU – CPU frequency limited to 4500.00 MHz Stage 2: HWBOT Pri...



ADATA and Arco Commence Global Industrial Distribution Alliance

ADATA and Arco Commence Global Industrial Distribution Alliance Delivering quality memory products and solutions to worldwide markets with a personal approach Taipei, Taiwan – Jan. 19, 2016 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, is proud to announce the signing of a distribution agreement with New Jersey-based Arco Inc. The two companies share a passionate commitment to personal service and customizable solutions that meet diverse yet specific customer needs. Industrial distributor Arco maintains strong presence in the US, Germany, Hong Kong, mainland China, and other markets. Coupled with ADATA memory and Flash product excellence and tradition of close partner relations, the ADATA-Arco alliance promises better service to industrial users around the world, with improved access to the technologies they need and the quality service they require to keep businesses and processes at optimal performance. Comprehensive product portfolio enhanced Arco has been in business since 1994, focusing on memory technology distribution for industrial users. Primarily, products include DRAM, EEPROM, NAND Flash, and NOR Flash. ADATA can easily integrate into and bolster Arco offerings, especially since the two companies emphasize a balance of innovative technology and long-lasting commitment to legacy products to ensure customers get the most mileage out of every purchase. ADATA and Arco will work closely on formulating marke...



AOC curved 35″ monitor immerses gamers more than ever before

AOC curved monitor immerses gamers more than ever before AOC C3583FQ comes with 35 inches, a refresh rate of 160 Hz and a mind-bending curvature of 2000 mm Amsterdam, 19 January 2016 – AOC, one of the top global brands in the display market, presents a 160 Hz curved gaming monitor that gives users a fully immersive experience for games, streams, movies and more – the AOC C3583FQ. When gamers feel surrounded by their virtual world it is a more complete viewing experience. That is exactly what the AOC C3583FQ does: With a radius of 2000 mm it is more curved than other conventional curved monitors, providing an outstandingly high level of immersion to gamers. mposing 160 Hz and a radius of 2000 mm: the AOC C3583FQ curved gaming monitor This exciting new experience is supplemented by an extremely fast refresh rate of 160 Hz, Adaptive-Sync technology (compatible with FreeSync™, with a 45 to 160 Hz range out of the box) and Wide Full HD resolution (2560 x 1080 pixels), which results in an ultra-smooth gaming experience without image tearing, stuttering, input lag or blur. In addition, this monitor features two HDMI (MHL) ports and two DisplayPort inputs, thereby meeting cutting-edge connectivity standards. More enhancements for eyes and ears Equipped with an MVA panel that displays a deeper black and higher contrast of 2000:1, the way that all types of content looks is further enhanced when compared to TN panels, while still maintaining a considerably quick response time o...



PCMark 8 update – changes to Adobe Applications and Storage benchmarks

PCMark 8 update – changes to Adobe Applications and Storage benchmarks   PCMark 8 v2.6.512 This major update accommodates a change in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC and provides better support for NVMe SSDs. These changes affect the workloads in the Adobe Applications benchmark and the Storage benchmark. Scores from the new versions of these tests should not be compared with older versions. Home, Creative, and Work benchmark scores are not affected. Adobe Applications benchmark Adobe Applications benchmark has been updated to version 2.0. Scores should not be compared with earlier versions. The After Effects test output has been changed to uncompressed AVI format as the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC no longer supports output to compressed Windows Media Video format. Use Compatibility mode to compare scores with historical result data. This also requires an older version of After Effects that supports Windows Media Video. Storage benchmark The Storage and Expanded Storage benchmarks have been updated to version 2.0. Scores should not be compared with earlier versions. The tests now provide better support for NVMe drives. Scores from NVMe drives will improve in some cases. The faster the drive, the bigger the difference. Other types of drive are unaffected. Improved General stability and error handling have been improved. SystemInfo module updated to 4.41 for improved hardware compatibility. Fixed Video Chat test now works even when there ...



LIAN LI wants Everyone to own a Yacht at CES 2016, Just don’t Put it in the Water

We all learn something new in this business and I just found out that LIAN LI does a special case mod every few years or so. What surprised me was that it was one they sell as well. Needless to say, I was grinning from ear to ear when I walked up to a computer in a boat. Could that be considered ironic? Either way, LIAN LI didn’t just have computer cases shaped like yachts, they had numerous computer cases as well as some other designs that just screamed of top quality. The yacht was easily one of the funnest things I saw at CES. I really think I need a good mini-ITX system just so I can have “fun” builds. I suppose my Lego Tie Fighter will have to suffice for now though. The design was fun, but what really made it pop was the way LIAN LI designed the RGB lighting effects. With a simple knob turn, you can easily set the color of the chassis to what you want, but the yacht may not have been the most impressive thing I saw. The desk that was a computer case was pretty astounding! Some of you might remember LIAN LI doing something like this a while back. This is a redesigned version however, that has some great features. This one is only meant to handle one build, but the airflow is optimized from back to front (or vice-a-versa), has RGB lighting as well, and has a motorized height adjustment with the ability to set up to four presets. Once again, it has a glass top with a smokey tint but the front of the desk cuts out better so your knees have more space th...






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