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ASUS Announces the World’s Fastest Wireless Router is Available for Pre-Order

— The ASUS RT-AC68U features dual-core CPU and TurboQAM technology that boosts wireless performance and coverage — Fremont, CA (September 25th, 2013) – ASUS is excited to announce that the RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual-band router is now available for pre-order at select resellers. Capable of delivering speeds up to 1.3Gbps over 802.11ac and 600Mbps over 802.11n thanks to Broadcom TurboQAM technology, the RT-AC68U is the world’s fastest dual-band wireless router*. Powered by a dual-core processor, the RT-AC68U eliminates the performance drops that plague other routers with busy networks. So even on the busiest home networks HD video streaming is always smooth, low latencies enhance online gaming and VoIP calls, and file downloads are not interrupted. The RT-AC68U also features dual USB ports for file, printer and 3G/4G modem sharing that includes a USB 3.0 port for high-speed data transfers. ASUS AiCloud technology transforms home networking into your personal cloud for easy streaming and sharing to smartphones, PCs, and tablets. AiRadar intelligently strengthens the signal for extended and enhanced coverage while dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz technology ensure full backward-compatibility with current wireless devices. Pre-Order Information- The RT-AC68U is available for pre-order at the following resellers- Amazon, NCIX and Newegg SPECIFICATIONS* Full specifications are available at https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC68U . * Specifications and product ava...



OCZ Introduces new Deneva 2 Series

OCZ Introduces new Enterprise SATA III SSDs based on 19nm NAND Flash Process Geometry to Its Popular Deneva 2 Series  New Deneva 2 Models Deliver Improved Features and Superior Total Cost of Ownership SAN JOSE, CA – September 24, 2013 – OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the latest addition to the popular Deneva 2 Series which now utilizes 19 nanometer (nm) NAND flash. The new models are 2.5-inch, 6Gbps SATA III-based Multi-Level Cell (MLC) drives that implement the Deneva 2 SSD Series feature-set and are built around a smaller NAND flash process geometry. This cutting-edge drive solution also features a completely new power architecture that was designed from the ground up to optimize server back plane functionality, providing enhanced management of in-rush current and power fluctuation. The result is an advanced SSD series that delivers superior storage performance, enterprise-class endurance, reliability and quality, and excellent total cost of ownership for customers. “Our Deneva 2 has been a popular SSD series among IT professionals not only as an HDD replacement but to dramatically accelerate I/O access of such popular enterprise applications as OnLine Transaction Processing, database warehousing, read intensive data caching and server boot-ups,” said Daryl Lang, SVP of Product Management for OCZ Technology. “By implementing new fea...



Team.AU Go Sub-Zero At Respawn LAN with Gigabyte and Intel

Melbourne, Australia: Over the weekend of September 21st and 22nd, Team.AU demonstrated the new Intel Core i7 4000-series “Ivy Bridge-E” enthusiast processor at RespawnLAN v28 using liquid nitrogen (-196°C) based cooling. The demonstration utilised Intel X79 based motherboards from GIGABYTE, graphics by NVIDIA and memory, power supplies and storage by Corsair. The Team.AU extreme overclockers also continued to explore the Intel Core i7 4000-series “Haswell” consumer platform based on GIGABYTE motherboards using the Intel Z87 chipset. Using a system based on the new Intel Core i7 4960X “Ivy Bridge-E” processor, Team.AU demonstrated the increase in processing efficiency in this next generation Core i7 6-core CPU. This new fastest enthusiast desktop processor on the market showed a clear dominance in the CPU and Physics scores of benchmarks such as 3DMark11, 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark06, showing off the multi-threaded power of the new Ivy Bridge-E micro-architecture. The Team.AU members in attendance, James “Youngpro” Trevaskis, Dino “Dinos22” Strkljevic and Carl “SniperOZ” Hollingsworth ran the Intel Core i7 4960X just over 5.5GHz using the extreme sub-zero temperatures possible using liquid nitrogen. System Specifications Used: 1x Intel Core i7 4960X @ 5.5GHz 1x GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 with X01 BIOS 1x NVIDIA GIGABYTE GTX 780 OC @ 1200MHz 1x Corsair Platinum 2666 Quad Channel RAM @ DDR3-2646 9-12-12-21 2T 1...



Lian Li Releases the PC-10N Mid Tower Chassis in North America

Side Mounted Radiator Support and Railing Motherboard Tray Design 24 September 2013, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today releases a new brushed aluminum mid tower chassis with side mounted radiator support, PC-10N, in North America. Besides allowing for a 240mm radiator to be placed on a hinged bracket, the PC-10N forgoes the traditional motherboard tray, and instead implements a railing mount design for increased thermal performance and better cable management. Side Mounted 240mm Radiator Support A hinged bracket directly across the CPU allows DIY builders to install a 240mm radiator in the PC-10N. The bracket secured by thumbscrews can be swung open on its hinge to allow for easy access of the internal components. Railing Mount Motherboard Tray Lian Li’s railing mount technology greatly improves airflow under the motherboard, helping systems run cooler. This design replaces the traditional solid motherboard tray which can block airflow and adds to system weight and cost. The railing system also provides better routing options for internal wiring and cables, reducing clutter, improving system appearance and further improving airflow. Tool-Less Hard Drive Installation Hard drives can be tool-lessly installed in the PC-10N. The six 3.5” drives and one 2.5” drive are secured in the two HDD cages by quick-access thumbscrews with rubber suspensions to greatly reduce irritating noise and vibrations. An additional 2.5” can be installed using four...



New TP-LINK Power-Over-Ethernet 8-Port Gigabit Switch Offers Network Expansion With 75% Power Savings

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA (September 24, 2013) – TP-LINK, a global provider of networking products, today announced a new Plug-N-Play fully enabled 8-port PoE+ (Power over Ethernet Plus) gigabit desktop/rackmount switch, offering a simple and eco-friendly means to expand an existing wired network. The TL-SG1008PE transfers electrical power along with data in a single ethernet cable, allowing users to expand their network to hard-to-power locations. The 124W total power budget is perfect for users that need to extend their network to IP surveillance cameras, IP phones, access points, or other PoE+ enabled devices. Most competing 8-port PoE switches provide power to only four of the eight ports, significantly limiting usability. The TL-SG1008PE expands this limit by supplying power to any IEEE 802.3af/at compliant device across all eight available ports. The built-in priority function protects the system in the event of a power overload and is intuitively arranged according to the number of each port, one being the highest priority and eight being the lowest. If all connected devices consume power that is greater than or equal to 124W, the switch will cut off power from the lowest-priority port, preserving the functionality of the most essential devices. With its Plug-N-Play design, no additional configuration or management is required to install the TL-SG1008PE. It can be placed on a desktop or fitted to any standard 1U rack with its 13-inch steel case. Its innovative, ene...



Cooler Master Announces the Release of the Cosmos SE

Chino, California – September 24th, 2013 – Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator and manufacturer of desktop components and more, today proudly launches the newest addition the ultimate line of premium cases, Cosmos SE. Built and inspired by the spirit of the Cosmos and Cosmos II and their supercar design origins, Cosmos SE comes loaded as a more aggressive and more nimble sports car in a decidedly more compact form. Driven by this aesthetic, Cosmos SE features the trademark curved aluminum handles and sleek outer exterior that fans have come to love. Its divergent styling comes from a more forceful, road hugging, and compact sports car feel. Contained within the desirable exterior of the Cosmos SE is the support for truly exceptional system builds. Cosmos SE comes capable of supporting up to 8 fans with four being preinstalled. Two 120mm blue LED fans in the front with LED on/off control, one 140mm fan in the top, and one rear 120mm fan provide strategically placed cooling for all of a user’s systems components. Superior liquid cooling support is built in for 120, 240, 280, and 360mm radiators with users being able to install a 120, 280, and a 360mm radiator all at once. Users with light to massive storage needs will find their needed balance with support for up to 8 HDDs / 18 SSDs via removable HDD/SSD cages. The Cosmos SE supports multiple high-end graphics cards up to 395mm / 15.5 inches long and even support for tall CPU coolers up to 175mm / 6.9 inche...



MSI Bolsters Selection of Mobile Workstations Powered by NVIDIA Quadro Graphics

State of the art components deliver precise 3D graphics for professionals demanding the utmost performance on the go   City of Industry, Calif. – September 24, 2013 – MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, announces the availability of GT70 20K and GT60 20J, two new additions to their repertoire of mobile professional workstations powered by NVIDIA® Quadro graphics. The GT70 and GT60 has been certified by Adobe® Creative Suite 6, Autodesk and SolidWorks and come with NVIDIA® Quadro® K3100M and K2100M graphic processors, designed to tackle the most challenging professional applications, including: AutoCad Design Suite, Avid Media Composer, Pinnacle Studio 16, AutoDesk Smoke, Siemens NX, PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 and more. Both units possess NVIDIA® Maximus technology, which enables designers and engineers to perform simultaneous rendering or structural/fluid analysis on the same system. “MSI has long been praised for the performance of our gaming laptops, and the new workstations leverage that expertise to deliver the same quality and effectiveness for professionals,” said Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI Pan America Region. “We’ve successfully combined the power and design of our acclaimed GT70 and GT60 laptops with the performance needed to tackle professional applications.” The GT70 and GT60 Workstations feature state-of-the-art components including Intel® Core i7 Quad Core processors, Killer™...



Explosive, 28 Watt of Sound – The SuperTooth Disco!

The SuperTooth Disco is a Bluetooth multimedia speaker which can be connected wirelessly to a Bluetooth mobile phone, a PDA or to a Bluetooth enabled computer. Once connected, you can stream stereo music from your phone or from your PC or Laptop to the SuperTooth Disco.



HighPoint RocketU 1144C: Now Shipping

UAS takes Dedicated USB 3.0 Performance to the Next Level!  September 2013 – Milpitas, CA – HighPoint, an industry leading Storage HBA and solutions manufacturer, is now shipping the world’s fastest USB 3.0 controller – the RocketU 1144C.  Powered by HighPoint’s award winning per-port performance architecture, blazing fast PCI-E 2.0×4 host interface and UAS technology, the RocketU 1144C is the world’s fastest USB 3.0 storage controller! The RocketU 1144C is an all-in-one, high-performance USB 3.0 connectivity solution for any PCIe capable desktop and workstation PC. In addition to high-performance storage devices, the 3rd generation RocketU 1144C supports all industry standard USB 2.0 and 3.0 peripherals, such as device hubs, card readers and interface devices.  USB 3.0 UAS Enabled – 30% Performance Boost  The RocketU 1144C delivers unprecedented levels of performance when paired with UAS capable storage devices, such as the RocketStor 5422 USB 3.0 Storage Dock. UAS (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) enables USB 3.0 devices to store and process multiple commands in parallel; significantly reducing wait time and streamlining data transfers. The speed and efficiency advantages provided by UAS technology are ideal for multi-tasking and performance-hungry applications.  Superset of All Previous RocketU 4-Port HBA’s  HighPoint’s third generation 4-Port USB 3.0 HBA provides all of the same features as previous 4-port HBA’s. Customers using the RocketU 11...



MSI GTX 660 GAMING 2 GB

MSI’s new GTX 660 GAMING seeks to introduce the popular MSI GAMING brand to the GTX 600 Series. The card, which comes overclocked out of the box, was very quiet in our testing, and is available online at an affordable $210. Full Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Gaming/



Cooler Master 2013 Case Mod Competition

Win Cash & Hardware Prizes that total over US$20,000 Chino, California – September 23th, 2013 – Cooler Master is announcing the 2013 Case Mod Contest, with cash and hardware prizes that total up to US$20,000, sponsored by: ASUS, GeIL and Plextor. Previous years have produced some incredible builds and gone on to gain strong fan followings worldwide. We look forward to seeing the artistry and innovation of the 2013 entries. Modders are invited to enter in one of two categories: “Tower Mod” and “Scratch Build.” Hardware plus cash prizes await the 1st place x 1, 2nd place x 2 and 3rd place x 3 winners of the two existing categories. Register and start your worklog now! See full contest details at: mod.coolermaster.com. Winners of the 2013 Mod Contest will be calculated based on public votes (30% of total score) and judges’ scores (70% of total score). This year includes cash prizes for 1st and 2nd place winners in both categories of US$1,000 or US$500 respectively. We also have exciting hardware prizes, such as Cooler Master cases, V1000 power supplies and Nepton liquid cooler, ASUS Maximus VI Formula and ASUS TUF Sabertooth Z87 motherboards, aluminum peripherals form CM Storm, GeIL EVO Potenza 2666+MHz Limited Edition Frost White 16GB Dual Channel Kit, Plextor SSD and more. See full prize details at: mod.coolermaster.com/prizes.html 2012 Winners: Titanium PC – Paul Tan 2012 – 1st Place Tower Mod ATCS 840 PoLoMoD 2012 – 2nd Place Tower ...



ROCCAT Kone XTD Now Compatible with Mac

  New driver download empowers Mac gamers with ultra-precise, max customization, gaming mouse with advanced LED lighting system   Hamburg – September 19, 2013 – ROCCAT is expanding the compatibility of the legendary Kone XTD max customization gaming mouse to Mac gamers worldwide. The award-winning mouse has been highly touted for its premium components, advanced precision, and unique lighting and effects system. “We are thrilled to unleash the Kone XTD to the millions of Mac gaming enthusiasts worldwide,” says René Korte, ROCCAT Founder and CEO. “The number of Mac gamers continues to grow, and the release of the Mac driver for the Kone XTD is just our first step towards more widespread support for the operating system’s user base.” The 8,200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor in the Kone XTD offers superb tracking, transmitting even the fastest mouse movements with no lag. Click Master switch tech – powered by Omron ensures that every button press registers with extreme precision. Every click also delivers pronounced feedback, letting you feel your way to successful gaming. The Kone XTD features world famous Easy-Shift[+]™ technology, which lets you set two functions for each mouse button and the scroll wheel – giving you the power to pack a massive amount of quickly-accessible control into a clean, uncluttered space. And the included ROCCAT™ driver software lets you easily program and fine tune a multitude of settings – and gives you sound feedback...



Mountain Mods Ascension CYO (Custom Computer Case)

  Most computer cases seem to say, “be happy with what you get or mod what you want.” Since I’ve started building I’ve been hacking up almost every case I’ve received because there is always a feature that seems to be missing to support all of my components. Mountain Mods knows this first hand and they are giving the buyer every possible option. From horizontally mounted motherboard trays to 480mm radiator support this isn’t a case that works with what you need. The Mountain Mods Ascension CYO is a case that supports everything that you could ever want in a computer. It is only limited by your wildest dreams. Full Review: http://www.modders-inc.com/mountain-mods-ascension-cyo-custom-computer-case-review/



ASUS Xonar Essence STU DAC/Amp

ASUS’s most recent DAC/amp gets put to the test. This time, the Xonar Essence One gets a new little brother in the Essence STU. The new STU is a sleek-looking, small foot-print DAC/amp with excellent specs. We put it to the test to see how it measures up to other similar solutions! Full Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Xonar_Essence_STU/



iBUYPOWER Announces Battalion M1771 “Ultra-Thin” Laptop

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Sept. 18, 2013 – Is it possible to gain something when one removes something? iBUYPOWER is proud to announce our ultra thin gaming laptop, the 17-inch Battalion Ultra-thin — where all excesses were trimmed, leaving only absolute performance.  Created from the ever increasing need to be mobile and be nimble, the new Battalion Ultra-thin sports everything a relentless gamer could want: a theatrical 17.3-inch Full HD 1920×1080 screen, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700-series graphics, the latest Intel Core-i7 processors, and excellent battery life. And while all that’s on the inside of the new Battalion hails to performance junkies, it’s what’s on the outside that shows “less is more” is a great thing. Built around strong yet striking dark aluminum, the new Battalion is the thinnest 17-inch gaming laptop.  “It used to be that the biggest notebooks carried the biggest power, but that’s not the case anymore,” remarked Darren Su, Vice President of iBUYPOWER. “Our new Battalion demonstrates that you don’t have to sacrifice on mobility if you desire incredible gaming power. For those who want the best of both worlds, this is it.”  The new Battalion Ultra-thin laptops are available immediately from iBUYPOWER, and are available in two configurations starting from $1429. To celebrate, iBUYPOWER is also launching Laptop Gaming Week, a full week-long sales event to celebrate just how powerful l...






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