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Sapphire Dual-X R9 285 OC Review

Introduction The graphics card market has been getting properly shaken up since the release of the new GTX 900 series Maxwell cards, but that doesn’t mean that AMD doesn’t still have a few tricks left up their sleeves. AMD has been diligently at work refreshing and modernizing their GPU lineup, and their most recent efforts have produced for us the Tonga core; a more power efficient and better binned GPU core which, like AMD as a whole, is capable of more than what its specs would suggest. Think of it like this: you get the raw power and value of Tahiti, plus the features of Hawaii and beyond… I can’t really think of anything wrong with that picture if you ask me.   For this review, I’ll be taking a look at Sapphire’s take on the new core. Their Dual-X R9 285 OC comes overclocked out-of-the-box, equipped with a great cooling solution that has withstood the test of time, and utilizes a more robust, custom-designed PCB that should help us take this card to the next level. Let’s see just what this card has to offer, and see if the claims of better performance than the GTX 760 hold true for our testing.     www.sapphiretech.com SAPPHIRE Technology is well established as a leading manufacturer and world-wide supplier of innovative graphics and mainboard products for over a decade. Its AMD Radeon based products are just as well known in the mainstream PC markets as they are to the gaming and performance graphics enthusias...



COUGAR Launches 600M Gaming Mouse

COUGAR Launches 600M Gaming Mouse October 16th 2014, Taipei –. COUGAR announces today the release of the new 600M gaming mouse. The 600M is COUGAR’s second gaming mouse after the acclaimed award-winning 700M. This mouse has been specially designed to suit gamers with a claw grip, but palm and fingertip grip users will find it very comfortable too. The COUGAR 600M has been designed with the clear objective of offering gamers a mouse that can both provide state-of-the-art technology, all the features necessary to enhance the gaming experience and an aesthetically pleasing design. Its premium components (OMRON switches, ADNS-9800 Sensor, premium quality soft touch surface) guarantee a flawless performance during gameplay, and its 32-bit ARM processor and 512KB on-board storage provide virtually instantaneous responses and the possibility, without depending on any computer or external device, of keeping up to 3 full configuration profiles stored on board. Aesthetically, this mouse is very stylish and has a unique feature in that the left mouse button is a floating key with a big LED backlight that can display up to 16.8 million colors. The 600M is also packed with a broad range of features, with 8 fully configurable buttons including a 45º sniper button designed to be pressed without affecting the mouse’s movements. If the high-precision wheel’s up and down motion are included, and taking into account that the mouse can store up to three full profiles on its internal ...



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ASRock X99 WS Workstation Board – Review

Introduction With the release of Intel’s X99 platform there has been a groundswell of new boards from every manufacturer. Most of the emphasis has been placed on boards modeled for gaming, thereby leaving boards for professionals to the wayside. Workstation boards offer some unique features and additional GPU support that can be used for gaming or GPGPU functions. With X99 there are even more additions to what is usually an already stacked product line. Not to mention the ability to use the absolute best processors available in a desktop form factor. ASRock was ready to rock and roll on X99 launch day by dropping not one or two boards but instead a full lineup of seven X99 gaming and professional boards. Today we will be looking at the X99WS, a workstation board designed for those that require a bit more than any standard gaming board could provide. We are excited to see what ASRock has in mind for professionals and gamers that take their craft to the max.   About ASROCK ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”, the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept. ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard brand with headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan and...



Tesoro Releases Ancile Z1 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad in North America

Tesoro Releases Ancile Z1 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad in North America High Precision Mousing Control to Dominate the Battlefield October 14, 2014, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today releases the Ancile Z1 hard gaming mouse pad in North America. Shield of the War God According to legend the shield of the Roman war god, Ancile, fell from the heavens, and guaranteed Rome would be the mistress of the world. Much like the mythological Ancile, Tesoro’s Ancile hard gaming mouse pad ensures domination of the competition by providing high precision mousing control. High Texture Density, Low Friction Surface The Tesoro Ancile with its unibody construction is designed for the hardcore gamer. The low friction surface optimizes gliding capabilities while the high texture density and reflecting surface technology effectively improves the capture sensitivity for optical or laser gaming mice. Non-Slip Rubber Base The rubber base of the Ancile ensures the mouse pad does not slip or slide during intense gaming sessions. Price and Availability The Tesoro Ancile Z1 hard gaming mouse pad is available at Tesoro Gaming USA, Newegg, Amazon, NCIX for the suggested retail price of US$29. More information about the Tesoro Ancile Z1 can be found at: http://www.tesorotec.com/gaming-mouse-pad/tesoro-ancile-z1-hard-gaming-mouse-pad.html Product Highlights of Tesoro Ancile Z1 High precision hard gaming mousepad Micro textured, low friction...



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AORUS Thunder K7 Keyboard Review

Today we're looking at the AORUS Thunder K7 mechanical gaming keyboard, a fully backlit board that sports some solid styling and a unique design, looking to attract consumers who want something a bit different. The Thunder K7 is not your average mechanical board, as one of its most unique features is detachable and movable numpad, suitable for both lefties and righties. Question is: can the AORUS Thunder K7 can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards? Let's get to it and find out.



Tesoro Sponsoring Dota Pit League Season Two Tournament

Tesoro Sponsoring Dota Pit League Season Two Tournament Top International Dota 2 Teams Competing for Over $75,000 in Prizes September 30, 2014, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, is proud to announce that the company is sponsoring Dota Pit League Season 2. With a prize pool over $75,000 and featuring 16 top North American and European teams, Dota Pit League Season Two, starting at the end of September and ending November 30, is one of the highest caliber professional Dota tournaments of the year.“We are huge Dota 2 fans here at Tesoro. When we first heard that Dota Pit was organizing a tournament with some of the best teams out there, we just had to get involved. Not only are we directly supporting the tournament, but two of our own teams, NVMI (aka Virtus Pro Polar) and Na’Vi, are also competing in the tournament,” Maciej Burno, Associate Vice President, said. About Tesoro Technology USA Inc. Established in 2011, Tesoro Technology USA Inc is a team of multinational gaming enthusiasts with over 30 years industry experience with one objective – make ultra-durable products that give the best gaming experience. To achieve this, Tesoro conceptualizes products from the input and feedback from the gaming community, and then builds them using the highest grade components. As a gamers company, Tesoro continues to expand into new horizons and push the limit further with each product unveiling. To learn more visi...



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ROCCAT Ships Tyon Gaming Mouse

The Future is Here, ROCCAT Ships Tyon Gaming Mouse   Revolutionary gaming mouse with a dorsal fin, 16 assignable buttons and 31 distinct functions now available at Best Buy   Hamburg, September 30, 2014 – ROCCAT™ announces the global availability of the highly touted and much anticipated Tyon All Action Gaming mouse. The next step in gaming mice evolution and a true game changer, the Tyon sets the bar for gaming control and precision by putting every major action in the palm of the players’ hand.       ROCCAT Tyon features the X-Celerator, a two-way analog stick that allows gamers to throttle, sprint, rotate tank turrets, and more directly from their mice. Extensively tested and perfected by professional gamers to guarantee responsiveness and ease of use, the X-Celerator is a major shift in mouse design for FPS gaming and beyond.   The Tyon offers 16 assignable buttons, 31 distinct possible functions, and a nearly limitless levels of customization thanks to ROCCAT’s dedicated Easy-Shift[+] Button. While optimized for FPS gaming, the Tyon is an efficient, combat-ready and aestherically facscinating masterpiece for all genres, including MMO, RPG, and more.   “Today’s games demand that players master the different layers and dimensions of gameplay, whether on land, at sea, in air or space,” says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. “The efforts placed on perfecting the Tyon is beyond comparison and we are confident that it will take ...



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AORUS Thunder M7 Mouse and P3 Mouse Pad Review

Today we’re going to test drive the AORUS Thunder M7, a mouse that's specifically geared to MMO/RTS gamers. Coming with a huge assortment of buttons and some unique features as well, the M7 looks rather exciting. It's got well-established Gigabyte backing it through their new AORUS gaming division, and the M7 is the flagship MMO mouse. And as an added bonus, we have the Thunder P3 mouse pad for a closer look as well, a control mat that's utterly massive. Let's dive in.



SYBER Launches Vapor Xtreme – World’s Fastest Gaming Console With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Graphics Card

SYBER Launches Vapor Xtreme – World’s Fastest Gaming Console With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Graphics Card – Windows based console will boot directly into Steam’s Big Picture mode and is ready for Valve’s SteamOS upon availability   City of Industry, CA (September 19, 2014) – SYBER, a division of custom computer manufacturer CYBERPOWERPC, today announced the availability of its Vapor Xtreme gaming console with the all-new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. The inclusion of this cutting edge graphics card combined with high-end hardware makes the Vapor Xtreme the fastest PC gaming console on the market.   The new GeForce GTX 980 is powered by next-generation NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, providing incredible performance and power efficiency to match all of the features that really round out the ultimate gaming experience. The new graphics card offers double the performance over previous generations, and is ready to take on heavy graphical loads like intense gaming and virtual reality. On the Vapor Xtreme, the GeForce GTX 980 enables seamless gaming at ultra-high 4K resolution, quadruple the resolution of typical Full HD (1080p) TVs.   Besides the cutting-edge hardware inside, the Vapor Xtreme is also unique among gaming consoles for its ability to be fully customized. Unlike other consoles, the Vapor Xtreme can always be upgraded as needed – whether you need more memory for multitasking and productivity, or you need a bump in graphics performance for a br...



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Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Review

Today marks the launch of Nvidia's newest generation of graphics cards, and th Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming is the specific model we're looking at today. It's latest in the company's popular model series, coming with an updated version of its 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 not an entirely fresh look, constructed in metal rather than plastic, but does come with an aggressive factory overclock and a few new surprises in store.



COUGAR Launches Smart, Feature-Rich, Aluminum Gaming Keyboard

COUGAR Launches Smart, Feature-Rich, Aluminum Gaming Keyboard September 17th 2014, Taipei – COUGAR, leading eSports and computer peripherals brand has launched a cutting-edge aluminum keyboard which has already managed to win the 2014 iF International Design Award. COUGAR has invested two years of intense work in designing what is arguably the best gaming keyboard of the market, the 700K. The Cougar 700K Gaming Keyboard is a premium mechanical gaming keyboard aimed at professional level PC gamers, especially those who engage in Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOs). It comes with COUGAR’s UIX™ System, a powerful software with a simple interface that combines your COUGAR peripherals (for example the new gaming mouse 700M) into a single application interface and allows you to conveniently configure all their functions. This way a single software can control all the peripherals, instead of needing, as most products on the market, an app for each device.   The design of the Cougar 700K was inspired by stealth warship technology, and it is based on carefully selected geometrical shapes: mechanical key modules are mounted on an exposed aluminum structure with premium anodized surface treatments, and a plastic frame wraps its ends to create a stylish, sturdy and durable device. This, together with the wrist support points, makes possible a faster, more precise and comfortable keyboard experience.   The 700k features German Cherry MX mechanical key switches that last...



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XtracGear Carbonic and Ripper Mouse Pads Review

Today we're looking at three gaming surfaces / mouse pads from XTracGear, a specialist in the mouse pad accessory market. We've got the Carbonic, the Ripper, and the Ripper XXL up for testing. All are flexible control pads, and they range in size from rather small to utterly massive. Let's have a closer look at these mouse pads from XTracGear.



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Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset Review

Introduction Headsets are practically a dime a dozen in today’s market. With the large variety available on the net, it makes it tough for us to filter out the good ones from the bad ones. As PC enthusiasts we love our games and our music. We want to blast our ears without waking up the neighbors or maybe our significant other sitting next to us. Today we will be adding more choices to the mix by introducing a new headset from Kingston, called the HyperX Cloud. Kingston has been a name we have come to know in the PC industry, especially with system memory products. However, with the growing number of PC peripherals and accessories, it was only a matter of time before Kingston started to tap their brand cache and jump into this arena too. With the e-sports crowd growing in popularity, Kingston saw an opportunity. They created a division called “HyperX.” Under the HyperX branding, Kingston is now developing accessories and peripherals to feed this growing group. This new HyperX Cloud Headset is one of those products. Let’s put it to the test and see how well it holds up against the competition. Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about Kingston: “Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston Technology now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2007, the company’s sales exceeded $4.5 billion....



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Genius MX Gaming Gila Mouse

Today we’re going to test drive the Genius GX Gaming Gila, a mouse that's specifically geared to MMO/RTS gamers. Coming with a huge assortment of buttons and some unique features as well, the Gila looks rather exciting. With a very attractive price tag of only $66, can the GX Gaming Gila stack up well in a competitive market? Let's take a closer look and find out.



Tesoro Releases Virtus.Pro Gaming Mouse Pad

Tesoro Releases Virtus.Pro Gaming Mouse Pad Special Edition Gaming Mouse Pad Designed with Virtus.Pro Profesional Gaming Organization September 4, 2014, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today releases the Virtus.Pro gaming mouse pad. A collaboration with the professional e-sport organization Virtus.Pro, this high-performance mouse pad was truly designed by gamers to provide the best possible gaming experience. Smooth Gaming Experience After receiving feedback from the professional gaming organization, Virtus.Pro, Tesoro implemented these ideas with the latest 3D fabric techniques. The Virtus.Pro gaming mouse pad features a high-texture density and an ultra smooth surface. Whether using an optical or laser mouse, gamers will feel like their mouse is gliding across the mousepad – without hindrance. The soft touch of the Virtus.Pro provides excellent wrist support and comfortable mousing. Anti-Slip Design The Tesoro Virtus.Pro features a rubber base which prevents the mouse pad from slipping or moving in the heat of battle. The large dimensions (14.2”L x 11.8” W) of the mouse pad allows comfortable and unrestricted movement. Tesoro and Virtus.Pro Style Featuring the Virtus.Pro artwork and Tesoro logo, the Virtus.Pro mouse pad’s aggressive styling complements any gaming mode. Price and Availability The Tesoro Virtus.Pro will be available in the US at end-September via Tesoro Gaming USA, Newegg, Amazon, NC...






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