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Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate Review

  Introduction: With the release of a new generation of graphics cards there can be so much fan-fare and attention paid to the higher end offerings that lower end models get overlooked. System enthusiasts and hardcore gamers rarely even think of the models that can’t crank out maximum FPS or look awesome in a huge water cooled system. Some may be surprised to know there are GPUs for everyday people and entry level gaming. Shocking isn’t it? The vast majority of GPUs are of the integrated type, sold within the CPU/APU. Research has shown 50% of these IGP (Integrated Graphics Processors) go unused in favor of more robust discrete solutions. That is what we will be looking into today, a discrete solution that can offer more graphical prowess than any integrated solution. Its other defining characteristic is that it can do this in total silence. We are referring to the Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate silent GPU. Specs: Display Support 3 x Maximum Display Monitor(s) support Output 1 x HDMI (with 3D) 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 1 x Dual-Link DVI-I GPU 800 MHz Core Clock 28 nm Chip 512 x Stream Processors Video Memory 1024 MB Size 128 -bit GDDR5 4.5 MHz Effective Dimension 185(L)X120(W)X50(H) mm Size. 2 x slot Software Driver CD   Innovation, performance and value for money have always made SAPPHIRE the supplier of choice for enthusiast graphics. SAPPHIRE was the first company to introduce fanless silent cooling solutions based on heatpipe technology and continues to offer...



Scythe presents Kama Thermo 3 Thermometer with two temperature sensors and aluminum chassis

Scythe presents Kama Thermo 3 Thermometer with two temperature sensors and aluminum chassis 25.08.2014, Oststeinbek (Germany) – Japanese cooling-expert Scythe announces the third version of its Kama Thermo thermometer, featuring two individual temperature channel. Unlike its predecessors, new Kama Thermo 3 comes in a solid aluminum chassis, which benefits the sturdiness and lifetime. The Kama Thermo 3 comes with a built-in screen, which displays the temperature values of two individual temperature sensors both in degrees Celsius and degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the application, users are able to connect one or two temperature sensors on the rear side of the thermometer. Scythe offers an alternative power source, by adding a USB connector to the rear side of Kama Thermo 3. The alternative power source activates the blue screen illumination in addition. The backlight is deactivated when used with the integrated Button-Cell Battery, in order to allow a long-term stand-alone operation of the thermometer.   Scythe Kama Thermo 3 – Product Page Scythe Kama Thermo 3 – Data Sheet About Scythe Scythe is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of CPU coolers, graphic card coolers, fans, fan controllers, power supplies, cases and other PC accessories. Operating since November 2002, is headquartered in Tokyo (Japan) and has offices in Oststeinbek (Germany) and Taipei (Taiwan). Scythe Kama Thermo 3 suits many different applications from measurement of temperatu...



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Inside the ECS Press Event

LIVE & LIVA ECS (EliteGroup Computer Systems) recently held what they titled the “LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337″ press event in San Jose to unveil some new products and to discuss the future of ECS. PureOverclock was one of the lucky few to be invited to attend this event. One of the main products ECS seemed to be most proud of and focused a large amount of their attention to was the LIVA mini PC Kit. LIVA is one of the smallest fully functional PCs capable of running Windows 8.1 I have seen. There are a few models available based on color (Black or White) and Drive space size(32GB or 64GB). The plan is to install the OS and a few other apps on the internal non upgradeable drive and use an external drive for storage, either a USB flash drive or an external Hard drive. I/O options starting from the left are a micro USB for power, Realtek RTL8111G 10/100/1000LAN, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI and VGA. The tiny passively cooled pc is powered by the 64bit Intel Bay Trail-M N2807 1.58GHz Celeron processor with 2GB DDR3L memory. LIVA is fully capable of pushing dual displays as well. Within the kit is a M.2 WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 card that needs to be installed during assembly. Hey look it is everyone’s favorite song! Let’s sing along! Just kidding please don’t! ECS setup the LIVA to support Karaoke with dual microphones and HD video playback. I will be experimenting with my own LIVA over the coming days to see what I can really do with it. Window...



ADATA Launches ISMS312 Industrial SATA III 6Gbps 7pin Disk On Module SSD

ADATA Launches ISMS312 Industrial SATA III 6Gbps 7pin Disk On Module SSD Wide Application Meets Customization Taipei, Taiwan – August 21, 2014 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the ISMS312, a high-performance industrial SATA III 6Gbps 7-pin Disk-On-Module (DOM), which is suitable for embedded storage systems, industrial computers, medical and network infrastructure devices by providing the best balance between performance and cost. It also features the industrial grade S.M.A.R.T. and capability of customization for industrial application. A+ SLC Solution for Various Upgrade Demands The ADATA ISMS312 SATA III 6Gbps 7pin DOM is a high-speed MLC NAND flash, providing excellent performance and reliability with a sequential read/write speed up to 250/40MB per second and MTBF of up to 1 million hours. In addition, the ISMS312’s low 1.15W power consumption can save power and significantly extend the lifespan of the devices it supports. And thanks to the industrial grade operable temperature range of -40°C to +85°C, the ISMS312 can work in harsh environments for long-term operation. The ISMS312 is available in both horizontal and vertical pin orientations to accommodate a wide variety of system form factors. To fulfill performance and cost-saving demands for various industrial applications, ADATA has developed the A+ SLC solution to effectively improve the SSD’s perfor...



LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337 – ECS Brings Together Media Partners and Customers in Silicon Valley

LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337 ECS Brings Together Media Partners and Customers in Silicon Valley   20 August 2014, Fremont, USA – ECS has gathered its top North American media partners and local customers in California at the Aloft Hotel Silicon Valley to showcase it new product offering. In its press event named LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337, it plans to officially launch its new LIVA Mini PC Kit 64GB, its new line of Z97 motherboards and also communicate the kick off of its LIVA Design Contest for the North American market. This congregation of media and partners comes as a clear sign of the company’s intent to unveil a new ECS (a new team, new products and a new focus) and its plans to reestablish itself in the North American market.   ECS proudly introduces LIVA Mini PC Kit 64GB White Edition and Black Edition which will be available in August 2014. LIVA is derived from “Living” and “Viva (Life)”, and it is all about living a better life. As the world’s smallest Windows-Based Mini PC Kit, the new LIVA adopts a storage upgrade, eMMC 64GB, to fulfill the high storage requirement and to enjoy the quick Read/Write Speed advantage from eMMC, and still, LIVA remains to be the palm-size Mini PC. LIVA Mini PC Kit has been applied to many different territories with different applications, such as HTPC, office PC, secondary PC usage, industrial PC…etc., and with the arrival of LIVA 64GB, LIVA will bring more convenience and change the whole landscape of PC industry. ECS ...



Employee Mass BYOD Deployment On The Rise, For Enterprise and Government Sectors

Employee Mass BYOD Deployment On The Rise, For Enterprise and Government Sectors Windows To Go, a feature of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Enterprise, and Super Talent’s RC4 bond to create a new and improved solution for today’s portable work styles San Jose, California — August 18, 2014 — Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, presents its enterprise and education Windows To Go drives. Super Talent’s Windows To Go drives are widely used for bring your own device (BYOD) services. Currently the USB 3.0 Express RC4 is a very popular enterprise choice among companies who choose to implement the route of BYOD mass deployment. A USB 3.0 device, the size of car keys, is able to boot a sandboxed version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise on any computer that allows booting from a USB device. This allows for our government, education and all enterprise sector clients to significantly reduce operational TCO, while still keeping their human resources mobile. These drives are rigorously tested to pass and exceed Microsoft’s standards in order to be certified to be used with Windows To Go. With read and write speeds of up to 320/120 MB/s, these drives are quick to boot and built with high quality parts for users looking for a personalized USB workspace drive. Additional information on Super Talent’s Microsoft certified Windows To Go drives can be found here. Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB*...



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Cooler Master V550 PSU Review

Introduction With power consumption getting smaller and smaller, even in our high performance computers, sometimes we just don’t need or want that massive 1500 Watt power supply. We want something that is relatively tiny in comparison to the standard power supply, yet will also offer clean power and only the fewest cables we will absolutely need. This automatically points us towards semi-modular units. Cooler Master thinks that their newest V-Semi-Modular Series lineup might just be the thing you are looking for.   Boasting all Japanese capacitors, a slightly smaller form factor, 450-750 Watt capacities, and an 80+ Gold rating, could this be the power supply to go into your next small form factor machine? Before we go on to find out, let’s get to know Cooler Master a little bit better. www.coolermaster.com Cooler Master was founded with the mission of providing the industry’s best thermal solutions. Since its establishment two decades ago, the company has remained faithful to this mission, emerging as a world leader in products and services for companies dealing with devices where heat issues must be resolved. In pursuing this mission, Cooler Master is absolutely committed to delivering solutions that precisely meet customer requirements for features, performance, and quality. Moreover, we strive to be a reliable long-term partner for our customers that they can truly depend on. It aims to be the first and foremost name that comes to mind for compani...



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Thermaltake Urban T81 Case Review

   Introduction   Thermaltake shook up the market a few years ago with the release of the Level 10 chassis. It took everything we knew about what a computer case was supposed to look like, and tossed it out a window. It won Thermaltake (sometimes referred to as TT) many accolades and awards for design and innovation. The down side to this was the Level 10 set a high level of expectation that Thermaltake could not live up too with follow up cases. It is hard to please everyone and even harder to please the most hard core enthusiast as they set the tone for what makes for a great case. When faced with such a monumental task as this, it is good to take a step back and reset. The Urban series of chassis is exactly that, a reset of Thermaltake’s design team. The days of boisterous designs are being replaced with sleeker lines and more modern curves. This is an effort to attract gamers, water cooling and overclocking enthusiasts with this new Urban series of chassis. The flagship model, the Urban T81, will be put to the test in this review. We will attempt a build that should please all three segments.    About ThermalTake The brand personality of Unique, Aggressive, Vivid, and Stylish makes Thermaltake an expert in creating Exciting things and Fascinating environment for gamers and enthusiasts, also Keep them Constantly High physically and mentally. Moreover, Thermaltake Technology get close to consumers and observe lead users’ behavior and requirem...



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NZXT Kraken X31-X41-X61 AIO Water Cooler Roundup

AIO (all in one) liquid cooling units continue to gain popularity due mostly to the cheaper cost to performance ratio, as well as their leak-proof and low maintenance design. If we look back a mere 2 years ago, liquid AIO cooling units were few and far between, and only a few manufacturers offered this type of cooling solution. Today we find a lot of AIO units flooding the market, and as you may already know, selecting the right one can be a hard choice with so many different styles and types readily available. I am very excited today, because I will be putting three new units on my test bench from NZXT. The NZXT KRAKEN X31, X41 and, Kraken X61 AIO coolers. These three closed-loop liquid coolers are follow-up products to the Kraken X30 X40 and Kraken X60 that were reviewed last year. The NZXT X31 X41 and X61 have kept their same 120mm, 140mm, & 280mm respective CLC design; however, they now come with some new additions in the form of variable pump speed control, increased radiator thickness, and Cam software. Before I continue, let me tell you a bit about NZXT.



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Be Quiet! Gives their case a name.

It finally has a name…. At this past Computex in Taipei, Be Quiet! surprised many of us by showing off a custom design case. Nice clean lines, angled top cover, smooth front surface, matte black paint job with a bright contrasting orange trim and out cropped feet, did wonders for creating a bit of buzz. The case with no name would be their introduction into the already crowded and competitive chassis market. This is a divergence from Be Quiet!’s bread and butter, performance fans and power supplies with whisper quiet operation. We should have been expecting Be Quiet to join in the fray as noise reduction among enthusiast reaches epic importance, what better way to start a silent system other then the body that will hold everything else. There has been some speculation on the naming of this mystery chassis based on Be Quiet!’s previous products such as the Shadow Rock, Dark Rock, Dark Power, Silent Wing and Shadow Wing, true to form, Be Quiet! drops the name right in the middle of their naming convention, “Silent Base 800″. Why Silent Base 800? I would guess that it is silent, past that I have no clue. Guess we will have to wait until October, the expected release date, to find out more. What we do know is that it will be available in Black/Black, Black/Silver and Black/Orange (Just in time for Halloween). Surprisingly there is no mention of a Black/Red affair to coordinate with the vast majority of boards sold today. I leave you to check out t...



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BitFenix Fury 650G Power Supply Review

Innovation is the name of the game; if you want to keep your product line relevant and interesting then you need to mix things up a bit and give people a reason to be genuinely excited about choosing a part from your repertoire. In the world of power supplies, this innovation is coming slowly but surely as manufacturers determine how to better serve their PC enthusiast community with products that make their jobs a little bit easier and their builds a little more awesome. BitFenix opted to take the road less traveled with this, their first-ever power supply. They took a solid, stable 80 Plus Gold certified platform using all Japanese top shelf capacitors, then sleeved every single cable for you right out of the box. The name is somehow ironic to us, as they call it the BitFenix Fury, yet this power supply is poised to be anything BUT infuriating. Having well sleeved cables with a myriad of connector options and varying wattage ratings for your individual computing needs, could this be part of your next build? No spoilers yet on what we think of it, so let's read on.



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XSPC DDC Photon 170 Reservoir/Pump Combo – Review

XSPC has been known to bring attractive product to the market usually at an equally attractive price tag. These two factors have made them very popular over the last few years. Radiators, reservoirs, tubing and fittings all were released with a good amount of fanfare. None of those came close to the buzz created by the Photon D5 combo. The sturdy glass Photon was already an instant success and combining it with a strong D5 pump sent a strong message to everyone: XSPC has great minds at work. The sticking point was the overall size left some out in the cold wishing for a combo setup that could fit in the smaller chassis. Ok folks, we are here today to finally silence those that have been complaining, wishing or requesting loudly to XSPC after they released the combo Photon D5 Reservoir . You got your wish! XSPC decided to follow up the incredibly popular Photon D5 with a sought after DDC version. This will make many people happy, including me as I have been working on a lot of small systems lately. The smaller size, good head pressure and sturdy stain resistant glass has me excited to see what it can do and how well it can fit into a beloved small form factor case. Let us get started then.



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Arctic Accelero Xtreme IV 280(X) GPU Cooler Review

Today's high demanding games can cause serious heat issues with improperly cooled graphic cards, so what do we do when they start to overheat? Look into water cooling? Not if your graphics card uses a non-referenced PCB. I'm in that boat; I picked up a few video cards without realizing they were non-referenced. The question is, what other options do we have in order to better cool the GPU and memory? Arctic has came up with a solution with the Accelero Xtreme IV 280(X), which is an upgraded air cooling solution that cools the GPU and memory utilizing 5 heatpipes and a custom rear heatsink.



ASUSTOR Launches Surveillance Center 2.1 Beta Version

ASUSTOR Launches Surveillance Center 2.1 Beta Version ASUSTOR NAS is the first in the world to support the local output of surveillance feeds via HDMI, users can choose between single and four feed displays as well as automatic cycling between single feeds, users can also use the official ASUSTOR remote, AiRemote mobile app, or a keyboard and mouse to control their viewing experience, users will now be able to expand their total number of channels via purchasable camera licenses providing additional flexibility. Additional features included in Surveillance Center 2.1 include IVA (Intelligent Video Analytics) playback, user defined cameras via Generic RTSP, camera patrol functions, remote viewing of surveillance feeds via the mobile app, and new compatible camera models from Grandstream, TRENDnet and Lilin. Taipei, Taiwan, June 24th 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the release of the Surveillance Center 2.1 beta version for all of its NAS devices. This new version of ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center features a range of upgraded functions that ASUSTOR users are sure to enjoy. In addition to the 4 free IP camera channels that Surveillance Center offers, users will now be able to expand their total number of channels via purchasable camera licenses. This provides flexibility for users to incrementally expand their surveillance systems. ASUSTOR’s 6 series NAS devices are able to support a maximum of 12 camera...



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New Puget Systems Peak Quad Socket Workstations

Puget Systems Launches New Quad CPU Workstations   With up to 64 cores and 1TB of memory, the new workstations from Puget Systems offer not only extreme performance, but also excellent cooling and quiet operation.   Puget Systems has been providing quad socket workstations for years now. Today, we refresh that product with a new duo of quad socket workstations that offer even more capacity, better cooling, and quieter operation. Models and Features Peak Quad Intel Xeon Peak Quad AMD Opteron Quad Intel Xeon CPU Up to 48 CPU cores Up to 1TB memory Intel Phi ready NVIDIA Tesla ready Quad AMD Opteron CPU Up to 64 CPU cores Up to 1TB memory NVIDIA Tesla ready The new Peak Quad CPU workstations come in both Intel and AMD varieties. Our intention with this refresh is to take some of the highest performance workstation configurations available today and make them something you can put in your lab or office. Most workstations and servers of this caliber come with a prohibitive noise level but the Peak line of workstations solves this problem while still providing excellent cooling and long component lifespan. In addition to supporting four CPUs, these workstations also support other high performance options such as large SSD arrays and accelerator cards including Intel Xeon Phi and NVIDIA Tesla. Most importantly, we have designed these workstations to be flexible. With systems at this level, it is typical for us to plan, design, implement and test a custom solution fo...






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