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COUGAR Sponsored Team INTZ Emerges Victorious as LoL Champion in Brazil

COUGAR Sponsored Team INTZ Emerges Victorious as LoL Champion in Brazil   22nd April, 2015 Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR, leading brand in the gaming hardware market, is strongly committed towards the development and support of eSports. This is expressed in, among other actions, sponsorships of professional gaming teams, who also participate in COUGAR’s product development with direct input and feedback. This helps COUGAR in the process of creating the best available gaming peripherals on the market.   INTZ an elite Brazilian team sponsored by COUGAR since earlier this year, has managed to achieve an impressive victory in the CBLoL 2015 championship. The finals were decided at the best of five, but INTZ managed to secure a fast victory over strong rivals Keyd Stars by winning the first three games. This victory against another prestigious team makes INTZ’s record even more remarkable, and positions them as the number one LoL team in Brazil. A mere year after the team’s formation, this victory has earned INTZ a ticket to participate in 2015 International Wild Card Invitational in Turkey, which is taking place from April 21st to April 25th 2015 and in which INTZ will continue their impressive performance. COUGAR wants to express its support towards INTZ and eSports, and will reinforce its role as one of the leading brands in the sector by bringing new and better products that improve gamers’ experience. For more information go to www.cougargaming.co...



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HyperX Fury Pro Gaming Mouse Pad (420mmx500mm)

Introduction HyperX, a division of Kingston technologies, has started to step up its game in the accessories department. The popular memory and storage manufacturer has expanded it wings and is now bringing additional accessories to the table, adding to its gaming product line. With the popular PC gaming scene, it’s not a surprise that HyperX is looking to join into this market share. Today, we are going to be looking at the new HyperX Fury Pro Gaming Mouse pad. Mouse Pads are a pretty universal accessory for most gamers today. Finding the right fit and feel is important but most of all, finding the right thickness and surface is vital. So… we are going to take a quick look at the HyperX Fury Pro Gaming Mouse Pad and see what it brings to the table.   Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about HyperX:     “HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology, the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer. Started in 2002, HyperX began with one line of high-performance memory and has grown over the years to encompass multiple product lines of memory modules, solid-state drives, USB Flash drives, headsets and mouse pads. Featuring best-in-class components that have delivered superior performance, quality and aesthetic design for more than a decade, HyperX products are the choice of top-rated gamers, tech enthusiasts and overclockers worldwide. From setting memory world records to achieving the most stringent produc...



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Biostar Hi-FI Z97Z7 MotherBoard Review

iostar has released multiple "Hi-Fi" models over the last few years that were designed to fill the mainstream and multimedia space. With a heavy focus on audio reproduction and connectivity these board have done well in this arena. However none have taken on an appearance that speaks to being a higher end product like the Hi-Fi Z97Z7 has. This new look has genuinely piqued my interest. I do however remain optimistically cautious for fear it may turn out to be a budget board in mid-range product's clothing.



Tesoro Sponsoring Hearthstone Tournament at UK’s Biggest Gaming Festival: Insomnia 54

Tesoro Sponsoring Hearthstone Tournament at UK’s Biggest Gaming Festival: Insomnia 54 Play the Latest Games in VR and Win Prizes at the Charity Raffle April 1, 2015, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today announces that it will be the headline sponsor of the Hearthstone tournament at Insomnia 54, April 3 – 6, and attendees will be able to win PC gear and play the latest games in VR as well as enter for a chance to win a car at its booth. Enter a Draw for a Chance to Win a Car Visitors to the Tesoro booth will be able to enter a prize draw to win a car. The winner will be selected at Insomnia 55 in August. Headline Sponsor of the HearthStone Tournament Tesoro will be the headline sponsor of HearthStone tournament. With up to 128 possible entrants competing for up to £3,000, this strategy card game tournament will be one to watch. Game in VR with Tesoro Several gaming stations featuring the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will be set up at the Tesoro booth for visitors to play the latest PC games. Tesoro invites all to feel the difference in the gaming experience when you game with Tesoro. Charity Raffle in Collaboration with Gigabyte Tesoro. Gigabyte UK Motherboard, and Gigabyte BRIX have teamed up at Insomnia 54 to raffle over £2000 in prizes, including Tesoro mechanical keyboards, Gigabyte motherboards and the BRIX mini-PC. All proceeds will go to charity. Full Tesoro on Display The full Tesoro lin...



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DXRacer Formula Gaming Chair Review (OH/FE57/NG)

Introduction Today we are going to be touching on a subject that we don’t hear too often when it comes to building that special gaming/workstation PC. It’s often an accessory that gets lost in a conversation about hardware and accessories, but believe it or not, many of us don’t think about how critical this piece of equipment or accessory can be. What is this you say? We call it “that office chair.” Now… when we talk about office chairs, the first thought that comes to mind is: Oh it’s that thing you sit in for hours at a time. But do we really think about how important it can be? If you really think about it, this should be a critical piece of equipment we should think about. For many of us that spend hours at a time in front of the computer, comfort and support can be very important as it helps you do the work you need to do without making you feeling achy or tired. While most standard office chairs can do the job, often times they are not the most comfortable. If you are looking for a comfortable office chair, you could spend a few hundred dollars to get one of the better brands, but it’s still just another boring office chair. How about we take an office chair, spruce it up it a bit and provide that extra support? Now that’s something that sounds interesting. Today… we are going to be looking at an office chair with a unique design and flare. We’d like to introduce to you the DXRacer Formula Gaming ...



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Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming Review

The Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming is the graphics card we're looking at today, and it's latest in the company's popular model series, coming with updated features for the namesake cooler. We've been impressed in the past with Windforce graphics cards, and we suspect this new one will be no different. It's constructed in metal rather than plastic, and comes with an aggressive factory overclock and a few great features such as ShadowPlay, Adaptive Temperature Control, and GPU Boost clocks. Suffice it to say, we're rather excited to get this card on the bench.



COUGAR releases the 300M Gaming Mouse

COUGAR™ shakes the Gaming Mouse Market with 300M March 24, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR, leading brand in the gaming hardware market, announces today the arrival of a new gaming mouse that targets the mainstream pro-level gamer. With a 4000 DPI sensor, 7 programmable buttons and a 1000Hz polling rate, COUGAR 300M Gaming Mouse offers everything a gamer might ask for. Its support for UIX, the unrivaled leader in gaming device management, sets it a further step above competitors and allows the user to unleash its full potential. The COUGAR 300M has the successful ADNS-3090 Optical Sensor as its beating heart. With its 4000 DPI, it can provide gamers with the precision required for playing any kind of games. On top of this, the 1000 Hz polling rate and 1ms response time guarantee instant reaction, thus avoiding defeat by mouse lag situations. This precision and this quality are further enhanced by the OMRON switches used for its main buttons, which guarantee a minimum life of 5 million clicks, and the braided cable that protects the mouse-computer link. Apart from excelling in quality, the 300M does not lag behind in functionality. With 7 fully programmable buttons and on-board memory for up to 3 complete configuration profiles, a maximum of 24 functions can be accessed directly from the mouse. But this all gets to a new level thanks to UIX, which allows all this functionality to be easily and intuitively managed through a single app. The DPI LEDs included on the mous...



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Cougar 200K Scissor Gaming Keyboard

Today we're looking at the Cougar 200K Illuminated gaming keyboard, an affordable board that sports rather smart styling and a couple of interesting features, such as lighting effects and anti-ghosting technology. We often see such features on expensive keyboards, but Cougar looks to be targeting gamers who are on a tight budget yet still want something capable. Let's get to it and take a closer look at the Cougar 200K Scissor keyboard.



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Tesoro Announces the Lobera Spectrum Per-Key RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboard in North America

Tesoro Announces the Lobera Spectrum Per-Key RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboard in North America Full Spectrum, Full Customization, Full Features March 17, 2015, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., announces the Lobera Spectrum mechanical keyboard, featuring RGB per-key illumination, 9 LED effect modes, instant recording capabilities for every key and USB pass-through. Full Spectrum, Full Customization The Lobera Spectrum allows gamers to individually customize virtually any color, to any key. With 9 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. Audio Mode When Audio Mode is activated, the LEDs of each individual key dance to the beats and bass of your favorite tunes. Switchable N-Key Rollover / USB 6 Key Rollover Allowing gamers to switch between N-Key Rollover (NKRO) and USB 6 Key Rollover, the Lobera Spectrum is immune to ghosting or jamming issues. A fast 1000Hz polling rate helps makes sure no keystroke is missed, and with instant game mode switching, users don’t have to worry about accidental key presses taking them away from the heat of battle. USB and Audio Jack Pass-Through The Lobera Spectrum comes with a pass-through hub with audio/mic jacks and 2x USB 2.0 ports with a DC-in jack allowing gamers to charge their smart phones and tab...



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First DirectX 12, Now Vulkan

About a week ago, I posted my thoughts on AMD putting an end to Mantle and what that could mean for DirectX 12. While I was pretty excited, some people were quick to remind me that while DirectX 12 is low-level, it’s still proprietary. Well the good news is that I only had half of the story. Not only was AMD pointing developers to DirectX 12, but they also started pointing them to the new API from Khronos Group, Vulkan. For those unfamiliar with the Khronos Group (as I was a few days ago), they are the people responsible for OpenGL. In short, this API was originally designed for graphics workstations and while it could be used for gaming purposes, the code was built up over the span of 20 years making it difficult to program to. OpenGL ES was cleaner, but was only designed towards mobile devices. This is where Vulkan comes in. Vulkan has taken the best and brightest features of Mantle and brought the “close to the metal” concept to a completely open and cross-platform API. To put it simply, what DirectX 12 is accomplishing for Windows, Vulkan should be able to accomplish for pretty much every major graphics player in the industry including the Big 3 (INTEL, AMD, NVIDIA). Those of you who wanted something non-proprietary; it looks like you got it and it isn’t fragmenting the industry, which was a concern back in the early days of Mantle. The other really interesting thing about Vulkan is what it could mean for the future of SLI and Crossfire. Rumors ...



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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 ...



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...



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Cougar 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Review

Introduction     A few months ago we were invited to review a new gaming mouse from the folks at Cougar: the 700M. The 700m was adjustable, customizable and a pleasure to use. One of the 700m’s advertised features was the ability to interact with other Cougar devices using something called Fusion. This got our attention pretty quickly because what gamer does not want all of his/her peripherals on the same page? It was also somewhat shocking to see Cougar jump headlong into this already saturated market space; however, they have done well by offering competitive products that cover each market segment. The 600M & 600k are a step down from the 700 series products, but they still offer top of the line features; the 500M & 500k offer mid range pricing, and more recently, the 200K and 200M cover the entry level. At the end of the 700M review we mentioned we would be covering the 700k Mechanical keyboard so we could experiment with Fusion. The 700K is the flagship of Cougar’s recently released gaming oriented peripherals. In this review will be focusing on the 700k mechanical keyboard to find out if it is as good as advertised. Brand philosophy Passion X Innovation With utmost passion COUGAR is keen to provide most innovative solutions that 100% meet customer needs. Thinking differently and adopting new trends while constantly focusing on functionality and user-oriented product improvements, that is our foremost corporate culture. COUGAR is always s...



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Raidmax Hyperion Form Factor MATX/ITX Gaming Case

The Raidmax Hyperion Mini-Tower Gaming Case is an entry-level case that is not only made for the cost conscious individual, looking for a small form factor chassis, but one that also offers you something to build on in return.



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HyperX Cloud II Headset Review

Introduction HyperX, a sub-division of Kingston, hit the market strong over the few last years. They have created a name that has been praised by many and they have taken a big leap into PC Peripherals and Accessories arena. During CES 2014, HyperX announced the launch of its headset the HyperX Cloud. The Cloud headset got great reviews from many sites last year including our own, and this year at CES 2015 they launched a revision called the HyperX Cloud II headset. With its relaunch of the headset, our question is…will the HyperX Cloud II headset live up to its older brother’s expectations? Well… today we are going to put the new HyperX Cloud II to the test and find out. If you have not read our review on the version 1 of this headset, head over to our review section Here and read the full review so you can compare the difference like we are doing today. But before we do that, let’s talk a little bit about who HyperX is.   About HyperX: “HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology, the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer. Started in 2002, HyperX began with one line of high-performance memory and has grown over the years to encompass multiple product lines of memory modules, solid-state drives, USB Flash drives, headsets and mouse pads. Featuring best-in-class components that have delivered superior performance, quality and aesthetic design for more than a decade, HyperX products are the choice of...






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