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G.SKILL Releases Extreme Performance Phoenix Blade Series 480GB PCIe SSD

G.SKILL Releases Extreme Performance Phoenix Blade Series 480GB PCIe SSD A Beast of Blazing Speed and Massive Capacity Taipei, Taiwan – 22 October 2014 – G.SKILL International Co., Ltd., the leading high performance memory and SSD designer and manufacturer, is excited to announce the Phoenix Blade Series PCIe SSD, the next generation of high-speed, high-capacity storage device. The Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is the perfect storage solution for extreme gaming, professional graphic design, industrial design, and HD video & audio content creation.  By introducing extreme read and write performance, the potential of today’s multi-core processors can be unleashed, resulting in higher productivity and performance, whether you are in extreme gaming or professional design. x4 SSD Controllers in RAID0 Setup Built with x4 LSI SF-2281 SSD controllers in a RAID0 setup and integrated with a massive 480GB array of MLC flash, G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD increases the bandwidth performance up to 4 times over typical SATA3 based SSDs! PCIe Gen 2.0 x8 Interface G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is designed with a PCIe Gen 2.0 x8 high-speed interface, allowing the system to effortlessly send massive amounts of data to and from the SSD and drastically improves performance for professional and industrial graphic applications. Up to 2,000MB/s Extreme Read and Write Performance With 480 gigabytes of storage capacity, the G.SKILL Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is pushing the maximum limit of read ...



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bequiet! Dark Rock 3 190W TDP

Introduction: One name that comes to mind when you are talking about superior air cooling performance is bequiet!. As you may already know, bequiet! has now become one of the industry leaders with their Dark Rock series of high performance air coolers. Well bequiet! is at it again, entering the ring with a new middleweight contender called the Dark Rock 3. It is a single stack profile in a push configuration which is geared for those higher end rigs and gaming cases that offer very little space around the CPU area. Today we will be taking an up close and personal look at another addition to the bequiet! family of coolers. The Dark rock 3 is a single tower mid-size cooler that includes the same technologies we have seen in bequiet!’s larger builds with their wave contour fin designs. The Dark rock 3 sports a 190w TDP and smaller profile, done in the same dark nickel plating. Six high performance heat pipes are embedded within the block, along with bequiet!’s signature black aluminum top. All this is packed together in a smaller footprint. Read on and let us see how this middleweight contender stacks up against the competition. Can it pack a punch like its heavy weight bigger brother? We’ll find out! Our Thanks go out to bequiet! for providing us with our review sample. About bequiet: bequiet! Is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC. The Number 1 for power supplies in Germany bequiet! Products are convincing which...



In Win Launches 707 and 703 PC Chassis

In Win Launches 707 and 703 PC Chassis [Taoyuan, Taiwan, October 2014] In Win Development Inc., a leading innovator in PC design and winner of internationally renowned design awards, has today announced availability of its new 707 full-tower and 703 mid-tower, mainstream PC chassis. 707 Full Tower Available initially in Gaming Black, with Silent White following shortly after, the 707 is a full tower PC chassis with svelte, contemporary styling that blends great features and value for PC builders. Both are constructed from strong and reliable SECC steel, with the black featuring an acrylic side panel window, and the white fitted with sound damping to provide a choice of style and features. The case affords exceptional cooling capacity with support for both 360mm and 240mm water cooling radiators in the roof and bottom respectively. Up to 10 fans can be fitted (Gaming Black version), and there is 206mm in depth to the opposite side panel giving ample clearance for extra-tall coolers, while a large cut-out in the motherboard tray aids heatsink or water block installation. The three 5.25-inch bays are hidden behind a one-touch, pop-open door, and inside the eight 3.5-inch HDD bays require no screws for drive installation. Plenty of cable management and a large 20mm gap behind the motherboard tray keeps PC builds extremely neat for great looks and airflow. The 707 is the first step to a PC build you can be proud to show off through outside, in! 703 Mid Tower The 703 is ...



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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...



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ADATA SP900 256GB SATA M.2 2280 SSD – Review

  Introduction There has been a lot of anticipation for M.2 to be fully released upon the masses. Well folks, we are still waiting. With only a handful of M.2 compatible drives available choices are limited. Apparently, it’s better than having a bunch of motherboards available, but no M.2 devices to choose from (Z97 release day). So now that Intel’s newest flagship platform has shipped we are starting to see more M.2 SSDs on the market. There is still not an abundance of choice or enough to continue the downward push of SSD prices, however we see light at the end of this tech tunnel, even if it’s just a little further than most of us would like. ADATA, a leader in memory technology, sent us one of the two types of M.2 drives available, the SP900 256GB M.2 SSD. Here is a little about ADATA and what they do… then we can move on to learn about M.2.   The World’s Leading Memory Brand Founded in May 2001, ADATA Technology Co., Ltd. is committed to providing top-notch memory solutions that enrich the customer’s digital life. The company’s dedication to integrity and professionalism has made ADATA the leading memory brand with the most award-winning product designs. Backed by technical expertise, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, and premium customer service, ADATA offers complete memory solutions including DRAM modules, USB flash drives, memory cards, solid state drives and portable hard drives. ADATA understands that professi...



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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...



Taking gaming performance to the edge – Philips presents G-SYNC monitor

Taking gaming performance to the edge With a 144 Hz, GPU-synchronized refresh and 1 ms response rate, this new 27-inch Philips monitor reinvents the gaming experience for intense, competitive players Amsterdam, 14 October, 2014: MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces a superb new monitor for true gaming fans: the 27-inch Philips 272G5DYEB display with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™. With a refresh rate of 144 Hz, this display updates the screen content nearly two and a half times more often than a standard monitor. By letting the GPU control the refresh, it delivers ultra-smooth image motion that includes the critical images that are otherwise missing on displays with standard refresh rates. So players can target objects more accurately – and level up their game. NVIDIA G-SYNC – groundbreaking display technology One drawback of gaming with a standard monitor, at least for serious gamers, is the lower refresh rate, which can make objects appear to jump suddenly from one spot to another on the display. The NVIDIA G-SYNC chipset is designed for gamers who are looking for a display that can game just as hard and fast as they can. The Philips 272G5DYEB NVIDIA G-SYNC monitor, with its advanced graphics support, is more than a match for the sharp, fast responses of experienced gamers. It redraws the screen image up to 144 times per second, making objects less likely to jump around and easier to target accurately. The revolutionar...



New AOC 24” Gaming Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology Promises Gamers The Competitive Advantage

New AOC 24” Gaming Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology Promises Gamers The Competitive Advantage Advanced AOC gaming display eliminates tearing, stuttering and lag so gamers can focus on the game and hit their targets with greater accuracy Fremont, Calif. – September 22, 2014 – AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the AOC 24” Gaming Monitor, powered by NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Technology, designed for competitive gamers who demand a lag-free, ultra smooth gaming experience. G-SYNC technology synchronizes display refresh rates between the monitor and the PC’s GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag. This advanced AOC gaming display (2460PG) gives competitive gamers a serious edge so they can focus on the game without the distraction of screen tearing, ghosting or latency. This means gamers receive critical images, such as enemy movement, on screen the moment they are rendered for greater accuracy and a serious gaming advantage over competitors. The display is available at Micro Center for $449. The AOC G2460PG display combines stylish design with high-performance features optimized for gamers that will impress the most demanding players. From first-person shooters to high-speed racing games, you’ll never miss out on the action with 144Hz w/ 1 ms response time for blur-free images. This 24-inch display with Full HD resolution offers sharp, stunning picture quality with typical 1000:1 contrast rat...



A new source of POWER: EDISON M Series is here!

Introducing EDISON M modular PSUs! Fractal Design is proud to announce the NEW modular PSU family, Edison M, available in a variety of wattage levels. The Fractal Design Edison M series of power supplies feature excellent electrical performance, including 80PLUS® Gold efficiency certification. Designed for maximum reliability, the Edison M units feature Japanese electrolytic capacitors with a full protection suite, including over-temperature protection. The modular cable system assists with a clean installation and the extra-long ATX12V cable accommodates cases with bottom mounted PSU positions. Fractal Design Edison M units are equipped with a large, temperature-controlled FDB-bearing 120mm fan contributing to a maximum lifespan while keeping noise levels at a minimum. The Edison M is a highly reliable choice, for both gaming computers and powerful workstations. Key Features Modular construction to assist with a clean build with only the most essential cables permanently attached 80PLUS® Gold efficiency with a 5 year warranty on the PSU ATX 2.4 compliant, including full support for the new C6 / C7 power states introduced with the 4th generation Intel Core CPUs DC-DC design for improved system stability and maximum 12V output Tight voltage regulation: +/- 2% for +12V and +/- 3% for minor rails Japanese electrolytic capacitors, rated at 105°C; Japanese and Taiwanese solid polymer capacitors Extra-long ATX 12V cable Silent, temperature-controlled 120mm fan with quiet, lon...



Super Talent’s Custom USB Services

Super Talent’s Custom USB Services Customized USBs provide clients with several unique marketing options San Jose, California – October 6, 2014 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND flash storage solutions, announces updates to its USB customization options. Super Talent offers a selection of custom USBs that can be built to order with a variety of options. Customers can also choose from a selection of generic USB molds. A USB 3.0 option is now available for those wishing for very fast USB 3.0 custom drives. Additionally, customers can also get a preview of their logo on Super Talent’s USB drives. Super Talent has made these steps extremely easy with our online logo master preview. A sample can then be created for client approval. Pre-loaded software can be placed on the drive as well at request. The customized USB line is available in capacities of 2GB to 64GB. “The logo printing option is very popular with many companies that give away drives at large conventions. Business creativity can expand and leave users w! ith a physical reminder of a product or service that can double as a storage device.” –Shimon, VP of Engineering, Super Talent Technology Further Information on Super Talent Custom USBs can be found here. About Super Talent Technology Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures flash based SSD and USB storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 90...



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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.



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Azza Z mITX Case Review

Introduction ITX style cases never cease to amaze me. Just when you think there can’t possibly be a better/different way to house and organize your hardware, along comes another case to once again challenge your thinking on how these form factors can be laid out. This is especially important for those of you who, like myself, enjoy a bit of tasteful case modding from time to time to really make the rig stand out as being uniquely your own. It can also be just as important to those who simply require a specific shape/size to accommodate their usage scenario.   Azza, always one to bring us somewhat “outlandishly” designed cases, is now offering up their first mITX case: the Z. Somewhat conservatively designed in comparison to their other offerings and providing a unique layout that accommodates both water cooling radiators and a slim profile, can this case really offer an enthusiast what they need out of their next small form factor (SFF) build? I was bound and determined to find out, so I tried to cover pretty much all of the bases here. Now, let’s dig in!   www.azzatek.com AZZA’s Mission is simple: You satisfaction is our success! Jumpstarted with the Vision to build a premier corporate company that consistently exceeds the managed expectations of our customers, team members and partners, AZZA is driven by the Mission to provide the highest quality products of unmatched value, along with exemplary customer support. We do this via t...



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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 ...



CM Storm NovaTouch TKL “The Ultimate Typing Experience”

CM Storm NovaTouch TKL “The Ultimate Typing Experience” Cooler Master, a leading developer of PC and electronic components and accessories, today announces the NovaTouch TKL, a hybrid capacitive keyboard designed for high speed, extreme accuracy, and total comfort in the ultimate typing experience. Pure Performance The Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL provides the ultimate typing experience for all – including the eSports professional and the expert typist. To achieve this, the NovaTouch TKL uses a Japanese made hybrid capacitive switch with a uniform 45 gram actuation force and a 1mm actuation point. This Cooler Master exclusive unique switch has an ultra smooth press, a tactile trigger point, and a rapid debounce time. The debounce time is 3x faster than traditional mechanical switches, allowing Actions per Minute (APM) to not be hindered by hardware limitations. Additionally, the switch is designed with a custom stem that is fully compatible with Cherry MX keycaps for keyboard customization enthusiasts. The NovaTouch TKL is equipped internally with N-key rollover and anti-ghosting technology for improved typing accuracy. The keyboard also comes with on-the-fly repeat rate adjustment keys for quick control of key repetition. The keyboard runs at a 1000 Hz / 1 ms polling rate and is supported by 128kb of on-board memory for swift response of the functional media control keys, repeat rate changes, and key rollover to ensure that it will never let you down. Functional ...



Super Talent Updates 7-pin SATA Flash Disk Module for Advanced Performance

Super Talent Updates 7-pin SATA Flash Disk Module for Advanced Performance SATA III version of the 7-pin modules with faster speeds is now available San Jose, California – September 22, 2014 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, updates its 7-pin SATA FDM with the 7-pin SATA SJ1. The very popular 7-pin SATA FDM is now available in a SATA III version which allows for read speeds of up to 300 MB/s and write speeds of up to 100 MB/s. Capacity 7-PIN SATA FDM SJ1 (Left) 7-PIN SATA FDM SJ1 (Right) 8GB FF7008JMRM FF6008JMRM 16GB FF7016JMRM FF6016JMRM 32GB FF7032JMRM FF6032JMRM 64GB FF7064JMRM FF6064JMRM These modules mount directly onto a mainboard and are perfect for maximizing performance of embedded computing applications. The small form factor along with a left or right facing version allows for space saving solutions where component placement is very important. Further information on the 7-pin SATA SJ1 can be found here. About Super Talent Technology Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures flash based SSD and USB storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilizes its state-of-the-art factories and leading-edge components to produce award winning products with outstanding reliability. Super Talent is an active member of the JEDEC and ONFI. With over 200 patents, the company was ranked in the top 50 of the Wall Street Jo...






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