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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...



Fractal Design new Kelvin Series Water Cooling System

Fractal Design new Kelvin Series Water Cooling System Fractal Design is proud to launch KELVIN, a uniquely Expandable All-In-One water cooling series. Available in three different versions T12 (120mm radiator), S24 (240mm radiator) and S36 (360mm radiator). Simple to install, silent operation, powerful performance and easy expandability define the Kelvin Series. The silent high-performance ceramic pump is strong enough to support considerable expansion, should you decide to include GPU blocks and/or additional radiators in the same loop.  The Kelvin Series water cooling systems are constructed from enthusiast class components. Both the CPU block and the radiator are made from pure copper, for maximum performance and an increased product life span with zero maintenance required.  All modern CPU sockets are supported by the versatile, easy-to-use mounting kit. Key Features Kelvin T12, S24, S36 The strong pump and the full-copper construction places the Kelvin Series water cooling system ahead of the pack in cooling performance. Easily Expandable system. Just open it up to get the full benefits of custom water cooling, with the ability to add any parts you want to the loop. High pressure pump provides impressive water flow rates even when an additional CPU or GPU water block or an additional radiator has been added to the loop. All parts have fully standard G 1/4″ thread fittings for compatibility with the vast majority of enthusiast water cooling products. The tubes ...



ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Wide Array of Products at Computex 2014

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Wide Array of Products at Computex 2014 – Gaming focused products include the new G20 desktop, GR8 console PC, GX500 notebook, Maximus VII Formula, Impact and Crossblade Ranger motherboards, plus the Ares III graphics card and SWIFT PG278Q Display – Fremont, CA (June 3, 2014) – ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today displayed at Computex 2014 its new line-up of products for gamers in pursuit of portability, class leading design and extreme performance. These exciting products include the powerhouse G20 small-form-factor desktop, the GR8 that delivers PC gaming power in a console design and the ultra-thin, ultra-cool GX500 gaming notebook. To tantalize gaming and performance enthusiasts, ROG also showcased the flagship Z97-based Maximus VII Formula, Maximus VII Impact mini-ITX powerhouse, Crossblade Ranger — ROG’s first AMD FM2+ gaming motherboard — and the limited-edition Ares III, the world’s fastest graphics card powered by dual Radeon™ Hawaii XT GPUs and cooled by a custom-designed EK water block. Commenting on ROG’s Computex 2014 presentation, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih said, “Performance is what we live and breathe for at ROG. Our design aesthetics are about creating a sense of pride and belonging, way beyond the use of lines or colors. We take it upon ourselves to transform your desires and imagination into a myriad of products that are both beautiful and powerful — to deliver an epic gaming experience. T...



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SilverStone ML06 HTPC Case Review

With more households "cutting the cord" to make the move to an all internet streaming solution, having access to a full fledged PC can be key to entertainment bliss. Some home smart theater equipment has YouTube, Amazon Prime, Netflix or Hulu interfaces built right in. However, none of these boxes will have access to all of the named options, or a full fledged browser. They are also not capable of playing the latest PC games. This is why having a real PC connected to your television remains the best option. There are many choices when it comes to cases for your Home Theater PC. These will range from a full tower to the really small Intel NUC sized systems. Towards the smaller side of cases you will find the SilverStone MILO series of HTPC cases. The MILO series cases are designed to blend in with existing home theater equipment with simple styling and smaller profiles. Silverstone recently added the ML06 to the MILO lineup to add another layer of options for HTPC builders using Mini ITX boards. You were able to use the ML03 and ML04 cases but the ML06 is a whopping 50% smaller than the ML03! At a reported 7 liters, let's see if the ML06 stands up to the style and smart designs of the previous MILO HTPC cases.



AOC’s New 24-inch IPS Monitor packs Two 7W Onkyo Speakers in a Full HD Display

Connect to PCs, gaming consoles, smartphones and DVD players to enjoy Full HD visuals and stereo quality sound while gaming, surfing the web or watching videos Fremont, Calif. – May 12, 2014 – AOC, a worldwide leader in display technology, today announces the 24-inch Full HD IPS Display with ONKYO sound technology. With two 7W speakers onboard, the monitor is an ideal entertainment hub and has both VGA and HDMI inputs for easy connection to consoles, PCs and other electronic devices. The flicker-free LED backlit display offers 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, and the IPS panel ensures consistent color and brightness regardless of viewing angle. The AOC 24-inch Full HD monitor (i2473Pwm) is available for $249 MSRP at Amazon.com, and is backed by AOC’s three-year warranty as well as the EASE exchange program. The AOC 24-inch Full HD IPS Display with ONKYO sound technology has a sleek body framed by an extremely narrow black hairline-textured bezel. The monitor offers a 5ms refresh rate, 250 cd/m² typical brightness, and 50M: 1 dynamic contrast-ratio for clear and crisp images. Connectivity includes VGA and HDMI to bring vivid colors, no matter what you are watching, along with MHL (mobile high-definition link), which allows you to connect mobile phones, tablets and other portable electronics devices for quick charging while also mirroring content to AOC’s 24-inch Full HD display. With the ability to connect to various devices such as PCs, gaming consoles, smartphones...



ADATA to Display New SSDs, DDR4 Memory and Award Winning Products at COMPUTEX 2014

ADATA to Display New SSDs, DDR4 Memory and Award Winning Products at COMPUTEX 2014 Experience the Radiance of Technology at Nangang Exhibition Hall Booth J0606 Taipei, Taiwan – May 27, 2014 – ADATA Technology Co., Ltd., will be displaying total SSD solutions, DDR4 memory and the award-winning wireless charger CE700, as well as a series of macaroon-colored consumer products at COMPUTEX 2014. ADATA invites all attendees to “Experience the Radiance of Technology” in Nangang Exhibition Hall Booth Number J0606. Complete SSD Solutions Provider and Leader 1.PCIe SSD: 2.5” and M.2  With transfer speeds up to three times faster than SATA 6Gb/s, support for the latest LDPC (Low-Density Parity-Check) technology, and maximum storage capacity of 2TB per platter, ADATA’s new PCIe SSDs in the 2.5” and M.2 specifications are ideal for a wide array of enterprise and business server applications. 2.Small Form Factor SSD: μSSD and M.2 Ideal for ultrabook and tablet storage applications, ADATA’s SATA 6Gb/s μSSD (microSSD) and small form factor M.2 specification are 16×20 and 22×30 mm, respectively – which is less than 1/10th of the size of a 2.5” drive. These small form factors are available in capacities up to 128GB, have transmission speeds up to 500MB/s, and support DevSLP power save function greatly enhancing the stand-by time, which is the best storage solution for mobile devices.   3.Customizable Industrial SSD Solutions ADATA will also be showi...



Apacer extends to cloud and mobile fields and shows off innovative applications at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2014

Apacer extends to cloud and mobile fields and shows off innovative applications at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2014 Three experience scenarios offering the best user experience!  May 28th, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan—Asia and Taiwan’s biggest technology industry event, Computex Taipei 2014, will take place from June 3rd to June 7th.More than 130 thousand people are expected to visit. The world’s leading memory brand Apacer (TAIEX 8271) will continue to extend its brand’s commitment “Access the best” and offer optimized user experiences through its “Access the best experience” philosophy. It will offer corporate customers and consumers three important experiences from a user standpoint: Best Solution & Service, Best Gaming Performance, and Best Smart Life. Apacer will show its unique products and applications at Computex Taipei 2014. The applications cover a wide range of fields, including embedded, overclocking, cloud, mobile, and end devices.Additionally, Apacer will display their fruitful results in the cloud and mobile applications. Strategic deployment in the fields of the cloud and mobile, significantly expanding business scope The popularity of cloud applications and mobile devices hasaccelerated the development of networking and smart lifestyles. Apacer,keeping pace with global industry trends,is continued focus on its existing business, additionally developing potential cloud and mobile markets, and providing users with complete and di...



COUGAR’S First Gaming Mouse Wins Coveted Design Award

COUGAR’S First Gaming Mouse Wins Coveted Design Award   May23rd 2014, Taipei – COUGAR, after having firmly established itself in the PC market, has stepped into the new industry of leading eSports and gaming peripherals markers and is well prepared for the challenge. One of the first products COUGAR has just launched is a new PC gaming mouse, the 700M.COUGAR took two years to develop the first aluminum framed gaming mouse, and it has subsequently won the iF (International Design Award) of 2014 and the COMPUTEX Design & Innovation Award of 2014. The iF design awards are considered the design “Oscars” in the IT/PC industry. The COUGAR 700M is an adjustable gaming mouse which is dedicated to professional gamers. With the design strategy of “Framing Structure”, the parts and components are built on a simple folded aluminum chassis which provides better product strength and a lightweight design. The arched frame supports the palm ergonomically and it has an adjustable and interchangeable palm rest module. The standard palm rest module can be replaced with a “Sport Mode” version which is provided. The sniper button is designed with a 45 degree angle of activation, to provide a quick access, better stability and more precise aiming during game play. Aluminum Framing Structure To provide more rigid and robust input device for the fierce computer gaming, the design principle of the COUGAR mouse ”Framing Structure” makes the product different fro...



COUGAR Launches eSports Gaming Line at COMPUTEX 2014

COUGAR Launches eSports Gaming Line at COMPUTEX 2014   May 22nd 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR will be launching a new line of products tailored to the eSports gaming peripherals market at the COMPUTEX 2014 trade show in Taiwan at the Nangang Exhibition Hall, Booth #J0624, June 3rd through the 7th. In addition to this, there will be new power supply and case products announced as well.   2014 was a year of innovation at COUGAR. At Computex, with the launch of many new products, COUGAR will be showing products that reflect an accumulation of more technological experience, which has grown more sophisticated and more mature in quality. COUGAR is launching series of gaming eSports products and aims to be one of the top brands of eSports gaming product going forward. For the next generation of upcoming power supplies, COUGAR will be launching a digital and budget bronze power supply. The power supply will no longer just be a cold metal box. The digital features of the PSU will allow for the interaction between users and the product. Gamers will instantly be able to monitor power data in real time such as efficiency, output status of consumption, voltage and electric current as well as the temperature of each PC component. Users can also adjust features depending on their preferences and needs, such as power-saving mode, voltage output adjustment, PC system fan speed control and silent mode. The outstanding aspect to this is that the price of these digital power supplies will...






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