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QNAP Announces New Energy-efficient TS-x31+ Turbo NAS Series Powered by ARM Cortex-A15 Dual-core Processor

QNAP Announces New Energy-efficient TS-x31+ Turbo NAS Series Powered by ARM Cortex-A15 Dual-core Processor Taipei, Taiwan, January 22, 2015 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the TS-x31+ series Turbo NAS for small and home offices. Embedded with a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM® Cortex®-A15 CPU, the TS-x31+ series provides a powerful yet energy-efficient solution for file storage, sharing and data backup with hardware-accelerated encryption, coupled with the easy-to-use cloud-based Notes Station 2.0, various multimedia applications and more. “For home & small businesses, a powerful, secure yet affordable cloud storage solution is becoming a key investment for improving everyday business workflow,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “With the TS-x31+ series, users can build a cost-efficient private cloud with ensured security and comprehensive business applications, ” added Hsu. Powered by an energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A15 dual-core 1.4GHz processor, new VFPv4 floating point unit, and 1GB DDR3 RAM with native support for SATA 6Gb/s drives, the TS-x31+ series delivers outstanding transfer and multitasking performance of up to 200MB/s throughput. The enhanced hardware encryption engine provides transfer speeds of over 150 MB/s with AES-256 bit Full NAS Volume Encryption, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive data. Equipped with dual Gigabit LAN ports, the TS-x31+ series supports dual IP settings, p...



Tesoro Debuting RGB Mechanical Keyboards with Individual Key Illumination at PAX South

Tesoro Debuting RGB Mechanical Keyboards with Individual Key Illumination at PAX South Check Out the Spectrum Series Mechanical Keyboards at Booth #1361 January 22, 2015, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today announces attendees of PAX South 2015, January 23 – 25, will be able to check out their yet to be released RGB mechanical keyboard series at Booth #1361. Check out the Latest PC Gaming Gear with Tesoro Tesoro will be showcasing their yet to release Excalibur Spectrum and Lobera Spectrum RGB mechanical keyboards with individual key illumination as well as the Kυνέη.pro True 5.1 gaming headset. Excalibur Spectrum and Lobera Spectrum: the Excalibur and Lobera Spectrum offer customizable individual full color RGB key backlighting featuring numerous programmable LED effects, instant record for every key, on-board memory and the power of N-Key Rollover (NKRO). Kυνέη.pro: With a total of 8 drivers (4 in each ear cup) and fully customizable control of every channel, the Kυνέη.pro immerses the player into the battlefield by providing realistic, directional audio. Game with Tesoro Several gaming stations 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. Win Tesoro Prizes Everyday PAX South 2015 attendees are invited to participate in Tesoro raffle which will be run daily at our booth ...



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The Hardware Hound Episode 2

After a crazy 2014, the Hound is back taking care of business and boy did he have some catching up to do. On this episode, he covers a nuclear reactor disguised as a CPU cooler, some important features on Windows 10, and most importantly, new GPUs from both NVIDIA and AMD. So sit back, enjoy the show and get excited because great hardware news is always good news!



ASUSTOR and DIGIEVER Create Optimal Surveillance Storage Solution

ASUSTOR and DIGIEVER Create Optimal Surveillance Storage Solution All ASUSTOR NAS devices come equipped with high performance Intel processors and feature cross-platform file sharing, Rsync, FTP and Cloud backup, Windows PC backup utility Backup Plan and Time Machine support for Mac. Provides DIGIEVER professional surveillance NVRs and hybrid enterprise environments with an optimal storage solution.   Taipei, Taiwan, January 14th, 2015 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that all of its NAS devices are now compatible with all DIGIEVER NVRs, providing a stable backup and storage solution for DIGIEVER NVR users. ASUSTOR NAS provides cross-platform file sharing, suitable for hybrid enterprise environments and comes built-in with the ADM operating system which offers an intuitive user experience that easily integrates with existing IT environments, providing IT professionals with seamless Windows AD integration and easy file permissions management. ASUSTOR provides a flawless surveillance storage solution for users with demanding professional surveillance needs. “DIGIEVER NVR’s exceptional surveillance management platform combined with ASUSTOR’s innovative network storage devices, allow us to provide an optimal solution for professional management and storage expansion,” said Allen Tseng, Product Manager at DIGIEVER. “No matter if for personal or business use, this solution offers a lot of added value for bo...



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ECS LIVA X Mini PC- Review

Introduction   Here we are at the beginning of a new year where we can start fresh on old habits, forgotten projects of days past, and new promises to self and others; it is all about moving forward. Last year ECS released a mini PC kit called LIVA. We were invited out to a press event in San Jose to discuss it and a few other products.  Article here.  The small black box PC was meant to be assembled before the end user installed their preferred OS. This wasn’t overly difficult for even a beginner but it may have intimidated some into looking for other solutions. LIVA had a decent amount of processing power, small footprint, built in Bluetooth/WiFi and was priced competitively. Overall it was a good first out for ECS. Now we have a new year and a fresh attempt to introduce Mini PCs to those with an imagination, limited space, HTPC or even digital signage. The LIVA X is an update to add features and correct some of the pitfalls found in the first iteration of the LIVA MINI PC. I have high hopes for the LIVA X so let’s see if it can replace my current full size HTPC solution.     ECS, the Elitegroup Computer Systems, was established in 1987, and almost 30 years of business. More than two decades, ECS has overcome a great deal of obstacles facing new businesses and has experienced the joy of significant growth and development. Her main focus has expanded to not only motherboards, but also desktop and notebook computers, graphics cards and other mo...



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GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 Gaming Speakers – Review

Audio has been a major component of gaming dating all the way back to Pong and Centipede. A good soundtrack and audio reproduction adds to the overall experience of any game just as a bad soundtrack or sub par reproduction can take away from that experience. Discrete sound cards, integrated audio chips, gaming headsets and complete speakers systems are some of the more common items discussed for delivery of gaming audio. Often you will find multiple solutions in a serious gamers tool box, A gaming headset for late night gaming sessions and a speaker solution for when free to play as loud as possible.



SP/ Silicon Power Received Ten Awards from Taiwan Excellence 2015 for Six Consecutive Years

SP/ Silicon Power Received Ten Awards from Taiwan Excellence 2015 for Six Consecutive Years Taipei, Taiwan – January 14th, 2015 –SP/ Silicon Power, the world’s leading provider of memory storage solutions, today is honored to announce that SP has once again been crowned as the biggest winner of Taiwan Excellence Award 2015 for the sixth consecutive year. This year, SP was granted the most awards for its ten outstanding products, not only setting the record for the industry but also showing how perfection can be even more perfect. After winning numerous worldwide prestigious design awards in 2014 including iF Product Design Award, reddot Design Award, COMPUTEX d&i award and GOOD DESIGN AWARD, SP continues to exceed expectations and further demonstrates its strength in innovative product design by the great recognition from Taiwan Excellence Award 2015. Commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in 1992, Taiwan Excellence Award was established to encourage quality products made in Taiwan and has now become one of the most reliable and distinguished design awards. In its 23rd year, Taiwan Excellence Award attracted 1,155 entries from 448 companies running for the award. Judged by 91 experts and evaluated with the criteria of “R&D”, “Design”, “Quality”, “Marketability” and “Made in Taiwan”, SP outperformed many other competitors and received tremendous success with ten awards,...



COUGAR’s 200 Series Now Available in UK market

COUGAR’s 200 Series Mouse and Keyboard Now Available in UK Market January 13th, 2015, London, U.K. – COUGAR After recently announcing that Ebuyer and CCL cclonline.com are carrying COUGAR peripherals and cases, COUGAR are announcing a new and strong contender to the UK gaming market. The 200K Gaming Keyboard and the 200K Gaming Mouse. The new range is available to buy from Ebuyer, CCL cclonline.com, and Aria PC Technology– all firms currently offer a wide array of COUGAR’s award winning products. The COUGAR 200M Gaming Mouse stays away from complicated and extravagant designs and focuses on the core of what gamers ask for in a gaming mouse: accuracy, durability and functionality. The heart of the 200M is a 2000 DPI optical sensor, which provides excellent accuracy both for gaming and for any other task. For those users who need extra control over the speed and accuracy of the mouse, it offers even more: a dedicated on-the-fly DPI adjustment button which allows the user to instantly switch between 800, 1600 and 2000 DPI modes. This allows 200M to stay always perfectly adapted to the task at hand. Almost as important as a mouse’s sensor are its buttons, and the 200M certainly does not lag behind in this area: the high quality OMRON switches guarantee 5 million clicks, an incredibly long gaming life. They also provide unsurpassed reliability when it comes to responding to the user’s clicks. Other important features are its special rubber coating, which gua...



CRYORIG Announces New QF120 Fan Line

CRYORIG Announces New QF120 Fan Line 12.01.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – CRYORIG, innovator of PC thermal solutions is releasing it’s new QF120 line of 120 mm PWM system fans. The new QF120 line features CRYORIG’s proprietary Quad Air Inlet™ system. Four strategically placed air intakes line up the corners of the QF120 fan frame, allowing the static pressure optimized fan blades take in extra air from the sides of the fan frame increasing overall air output. HPLN™ High Precision Low Noise bearing from the XF140 line makes a return in the QF120 Series for low noise performance. The fans will cover a wide RPM spectrum with PWM control, allowing users to fine tune it to their liking individually. Integrated rubber Vibration Absorbers also come preinstalled to absorb excess vibration. The QF120 will initially be released in three different models, QF120 Silent, QF120 Balanced and QF120 Performance. The QF120 Balanced features a moderate fan speed range from 330 to 1.600 RPM in order to offer good balance between performance, RPM and noise. The range is low enough for low noise use, and powerful enough for high load computing. The QF120 Silent features ultra low RPM speeds of 200 to 1.000 RPM with the minimum noise level of 5 dBA, virtually inaudible inside a PC chassis, while still pushing good airflow. The perfect solution for those who need near silence but still want their system cool and stable. The QF120 Performance at 600 to 2.200 RPM is extremely fast and extremely c...



CRYORIG Releases the compact H7 CPU Cooler

CRYORIG Releases the compact H7 CPU Cooler 12.01.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – CRYORIG, innovator of PC thermal peripherals has released the H7. The next step in CRYORIG’s H series heatsink, the H7 holds an even smaller footprint while keeping an extremely high performance efficiency. Keeping almost all award winning features from the larger H5 Universal, the H7 packs great value in it’s small size. Featuring series moniker HiveFin™ technology for better air management and also CRYORIG’s much renowned Zero RAM Interference design among many others, the H7 will also feature CRYORIG’s brand new QF120 Balanced 120 mm 330~1.600 RPM PWM fan with Quad Air Inlet™ technology. The CRYORIG H7 is the next piece in CRYORIG’s quest for PC thermal solution dominance. Targeted at entry and mainstream systems, the H7 brings affordability and CRYORIG innovation to the masses. With a total height of only 145 mm, the H7 is almost certain to fit 99% of all mainstream mid-tower cases. While Zero RAM Interference allow users to use any RAM of choice, with no compatibility issues period. With the H7, CRYORIG went back to the drawing board for an even simpler mounting system. The brand new X-Bar™ System needs even less individual pieces and even less steps to install. Literally install your H7 within minutes of opening up the box. Multi-platform support for both Intel™ and AMD™ is already included, and does not require separate parts. A dedicated backplate made from fiberglass augm...



Best of 2014

Best of 2014

Intro and Honorable Mentions With 2014 having come and gone, I’m sure all of us are greatly looking forward to amazing hardware coming in 2015. But one thing we get to see a lot of is the “Best of” everything that happened in 2014. So even though 2015 is looking very promising, we thought it would be great to look back through the year and do our very own “Best of 2014.” We decided on 5 news pieces, and 10 reviews that were considered to be the cream of the crop. Are you ready for the picks? Before we go into our official list, something always gets left out that just couldn’t be squeezed in with the leaders of the pack. Due to the overwhelming guilt we felt on a couple of really good articles that we just didn’t want to leave out, we decided to have some Honorable Mentions. Our first one comes from the news category, The Hardware Hound Presents: Windows 10, a Gamer’s Perspective. Honorable News http://www.pureoverclock.com/2014/10/the-hardware-hound-presents-windows-10-a-gamers-perspective/ Windows 10 made a big wave that increased the more that details about the upcoming OS were released. Windows 8 had become a pretty big disappointment and 10 was poised to fix many of those problems. Then Microsoft released the tech preview. The Hardware Hound took it upon himself to give Windows 10 a full blown try, and the results were surprisingly satisfying. Windows 10 made a good first impression and as such, Pure Overclock was ab...



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HyperX Launches High-Performance PCIe SSD

HyperX Launches High-Performance PCIe SSD Powered by Marvell Controller Bootable via Standard AHCI Drivers Speeds up to 1400MB/s Read and 1000MB/s Write PCIe Gen. 2×4 Interface in M.2 Form Factor (with optional Half-Height, Half-Length Adapter) 2015 International CES & Fountain Valley, CA – January 6, 2015 – HyperX®, a division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the HyperX Predator PCIe SSD. Shipping in February, HyperX Predator PCIe SSD will be the highest-end SSD with the fastest speeds in the HyperX lineup. HyperX Predator PCIe SSD offers large capacities (240GB, 480GB) and incredible speeds to take systems to the edge. A 960GB version will ship in later Q1/Q2. Faster than SATA-based SSDs, the generation 2.0 x4 interface delivers speeds up to 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write for ultra-responsive multitasking and an overall faster system. It is powered by the Marvell 88SS9293 controller. The M.2 form factor ensures next-generation platform support with an M.2 PCIe slot. An optional half-height, half-length (HHHL) adapter is also available for many existing motherboards without an M.2 socket. The HHHL adapter comes with both standard and low-profile brackets to fit in slim profile desktop builds. “As enthusiast desktop users and datacenter customers seek greater performance to break through 6Gb/s SATA limitation, Marvell’s X4-lane PCIe SSD Controller 88SS9293 provides lightning fast, n...



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Corsair Debuts Hydro Series H110i GT Liquid CPU Cooler and HG10 N780 Edition GPU Cooling Bracket

Corsair Debuts Hydro Series H110i GT Liquid CPU Cooler and HG10 N780 Edition GPU Cooling Bracket CES 2015 — Las Vegas — January 6, 2015 — Corsair®, a world leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the all-in-one Hydro Series™ H110i GT , the company’s most advanced liquid CPU cooler, and a new Hydro Series HG10 N780 Edition GPU cooling bracket for NVIDIA® GeForce® 700 Series graphics cards. Hydro Series H110i GT Liquid CPU Cooler The Hydro Series H110i GT liquid CPU cooler pairs two 140mm fans with a 140×322 millimeter radiator to deliver extreme CPU cooling in the most processor-intensive applications or quiet operation when the PC is idle. The H110i GT also features a new generation, high-efficiency cooling block with a striking new look with logo inserts on the block and radiator. Integrated Corsair Link support provides monitoring and customization of built-in logo lighting, fan speed, pump speed. As with all Hydro Series CPU coolers, the H110i GT is completely self-contained, requires no maintenance or filling. 140mm x 322mm x 27mm aluminum radiator Two SP140L 140mm high static pressure fans Corsair Link support for customization and monitoring Sleeved wide diameter, low evaporation rubber tubing Support for Intel LGA 115x, 1366, 2011 and AMD AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2 5-year limited warranty MSRP: $129.99 Hydro Series HG10 N780 GPU Cooling Bracket The Hydro Series HG10 N780 Edition GPU liquid cooling bracket allows users to adapt a Corsair Hyd...



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TRENDnet Launches AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router

TRENDnet Launches AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router TORRANCE, Calif. – January 5, 2015 – TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router, model TEW-828DRU, a next generation WiFi router featuring three concurrent wireless networks-two separate ultra-performance 1,300 Mbps WiFi AC networks and a 600 Mbps WiFi N network.   The average North American home has almost 10 WiFi-networked devices. Globally, there are currently 16 billion WiFi devices connected to the internet and that number is projected to more than double by 2020 1. TRENDnet’s TEW-828DRU is designed to effortlessly and intelligently manage the tremendous growth of WiFi devices in the home. SmartConnect technology virtually combines the router’s two separate 1,300 Mbps WiFi AC bands, so that only one WiFi AC network is visible, while managing each band individually. Slower WiFi AC devices are grouped together and assigned to the lower performing WiFi AC band and faster WiFi AC devices are moved to the highest performing WiFi AC band-thereby optimizing the WiFi speeds of each connected device. Networking throughput is further bolstered by an extreme performance 1 GHz dual core processor and by Broadcom’s second generation 5G WiFi XStream platform. The TEW-828DRU sports six high performance external antennas, all Gigabit network ports, and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 share ports. Six high-end WiFi amplifiers maximiz...



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ASUSTOR to Debut New NAS Applications at CES 2015

ASUSTOR Unveils Trendsetting NAS 4K Multimedia Solutions at CES 2015 ASUSTOR will be showcasing its innovative NAS products for four straight days starting from today, at CES 2015 at the Trump International Hotel. ASUSTOR will be exhibiting its 70, 51, 50 series models equipped with powerful Intel Haswell and BayTrail processors. The ASUSTOR Portal app is the first to integrate XBMC 13 and provide 4K UHD or 1080p Full HD playback, and offering a comprehensive, high-value home multimedia center and cloud storage solution. The latest ADM 2.3 version will be introduced along with the new video streaming and digital TV recording app LooksGood and mobile multimedia streaming app AiVideos. Surveillance Center has added electronic maps and ONVIF Profile S support functions while enterprise functions such as the new VM Center virtual machine console, SSD Trim and SNMP have been added. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, January 5th, 2015 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, will be showcasing its innovative NAS products for four straight days starting from today, at CES 2015 at the Trump International Hotel. ASUSTOR will be exhibiting its cutting-edge 70, 51 and 50 series NAS devices and exclusive ADM 2.3 operating system featuring all new functionality including multimedia, surveillance, business management and data protection applications. ASUSTOR’s 70 series devices come with powerful high performance processors combined with ASUSTOR’s multim...






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