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Leadtek Take on your most challenging workloads, Quadro M6000 12GB is right there

Take on your most challenging workloads, Quadro M6000 12GB is right there Taipei, Taiwan, March 23, 2015 LEADTEK, the authorized channel partner of NVIDIA® professional graphics card in the Asia-Pacific region, today releases NVIDIA® Quadro® M6000 and NVIDIA® Quadro® K1200. These 2 new products are aimed at the ultra-high-end users and entry-level users with small form factor workstations separately. Featuring large memory let you tackle the most challenging visual computing tasks effortlessly. The NVIDIA Quadro M6000 has 3072 CUDA cores, powered by the latest NVIDIA Maxwell™ GPU. The heart of Maxwell’s power efficient performance is its newly designed streaming multiprocessor which delivers incredible performance and unmatched power efficiency, through an improved instruction scheduler and new data path organization. It allows professionals to take on the most challenging digital prototyping, visual effects, and geophysical or architectural visualization workloads with the graphics horsepower, realism, and interactivity that only the NVIDIA Quadro M6000 can deliver. Moreover, it features 12 GB of ultra-fast memory, and supports four displays natively with resolutions of true 4K. Enjoy exceptional accuracy and photorealism in your creative workflow by using NVIDIA® Iray® technology* to reach new levels of interactive, physically based rendering. Users can’t miss the most powerful graphics in a compact form factor: NVIDIA Quadro K1200. Enjoy amazing 3D applicat...



BIOSTAR reveals Hi-Fi B85Z5 Motherboard

 BIOSTAR reveals Hi-Fi B85Z5 Motherboard March 23rd, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – The newest motherboard based on Intel B85 single chip architecture by BIOSTAR is ready to work hard and play hard. The Hi-Fi B85Z5 supports Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package and is ready for a work out with 4 channel DDR3 slots for maximum memory support of up to 32GB. BIOSTAR’s Hi-Fi B85Z5 delivers a business-rich option at a value price compared to the other companies. The Hi-Fi B85Z5 features BIOSTAR innovative Hi-Fi technology, a built-in powerful headphone amplifier and Super LAN Surge Protection which enhances Ethernet protections. Being an Intel B85 chipset based system, it comes with features like Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST), for faster system boot and shorter application load time, and Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA), which delivers business-centric security protection, such as after-hours virus scans and data backup, and blocks recognition of unwanted USB drives and Intel’s Smart Connect Technology. The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85Z5 also perfectly fills entertainment needs with support for Direct3D 11.1 and HDMI. It has Blu-ray audio and provides a higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz rather than 16 bit/48KHz from typical motherboards. In addition, the Hi-Fi B85Z5 is the first to embed the “Double Hi-Fi” integrated AMP which allows users to enjoy the same high quality of sound; whether the sound source o...



Aerocool presents elegant Aero-1000 Chassis as part of the new PGS-A Series

Aerocool presents elegant Aero-1000 Chassis as part of the new PGS-A Series   18.03.2015, Taipeh, Taiwan – Aerocool Advanced Technologies, one of world’s leading manufacturers of excellent gaming PC gear, presents the Aero-1000 chassis as part of its new PGS-A (Performance Gaming System) series. “A” stands for Airflow, which is one of the most important aspects, when it comes to building a PC case. All chassis from the PGS-A series stand out by extraordinary airflow capabilities, great cable management functions and much space for high-end water-cooling systems. The Aero-1000 is first to incorporate these great features in combination with an extraordinary design. Aerocool launches the Aero-1000 in two color variations. Users are able to choose between the all-black and the black-and-white model, depending on their preference. The overall design is fresh and elegant at the same time. Huge metal mesh grids in both top and front panel indicate the great cooling potential and focus of the Aero-1000. Aerocool uses very solid steel with 0,8 mm thickness for the chassis to assure great stability. Curved top panel offers extra space for latest 240 mm or 280 mm water-cooling radiators with a thickness of 35 mm. Should this not be enough, it is furthermore possible to mount radiators with 45 mm thickness in the front panel. In addition to that, another 120 mm radiator can be installed in the rear of the chassis. Aerocool ships the Aero-1000 chassis with three pre-installed...



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Aerocool presents value for money chassis Cyclops and Cyclops Advanced

Aerocool presents value for money chassis Cyclops and Cyclops Advanced 12.03.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – Aerocool Advanced Technologies, one of world’s leading manufacturers of excellent gaming PC gear, presents new value for money chassis for the entry-level market. The Cyclops and Cyclops Advanced midi-towers are part of the PGS-V series, which combines great features with a futuristic design. At times, where the gamer’s demands are growing, Aerocool raises the bar for entry-level chassis once again by offering great amount of functions for a sweet-spot price. Aerocool designed the Cyclops chassis in a futuristic style and offers gamers the choice between a red and a black version. The case is made of steel with 0,5 mm thickness to provide decent stability. In spite of the great value-for-money ratio, many technical advantages and features have been implemented. ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX Mainboards as well as VGA cards with a length of 390 millimeters can be fitted easily. CPU coolers with a total height of 155 mm are supported as well. The mainboard-tray has been fitted with several openings, in order to allow neat cable management. In addition, a bigger opening has been prepared for easy mounting of backplate-based CPU coolers. Aerocool includes a removable dust filter for power supply units, an acrylic-window in the side-panel and a special adapter, allowing users to mount a fan or HDD into the exposed 3,5” bay. The Cyclops chassis comes with one pre-installed bl...



COUGAR releases first Digital PSU – COUGAR CMD

COUGAR™ releases first 80 PLUS BRONZE Digital PSU, making Digital Power accessible March 09, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR™, a leading player in the computer gaming hardware market, announces today the release of its first 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Digital Power Supply Unit, the COUGAR™ CMD™ Digital Power Supply Unit. Its arrival marks a radical change for Digital PSUs, freeing them from their current status of niche product and putting digital power in the right direction towards becoming the mainstream option for PC gaming. This is due to the emphasis on practical functionality put during its development, which has led to a product whose specifications all target real user needs. CMD™ is fully integrated with COUGAR™ UIX™ System The basis of the CMD™ is the state of the art technology and quality materials COUGAR™ is already well known for in the PSU market. On top of this, COUGAR™ has implemented its newly developed Digital Power technology and integrated it with the COUGAR™ UIX™ Device management system. The Digital Power technology brings a broad range of functions to CMD™ that will assist the user mainly in two areas: the electric supply of the computer and its temperature and cooling. Those two areas have been chosen because they are especially relevant for gamers. CMD™ provides the user with detailed information and control about his system The CMD’s electric supply-related functions include monitoring of the PSU’s elect...



BIOSTAR Reveals the TA970 Plus

 BIOSTAR Reveals the TA970 Plus AMD Mainboard with Advanced Clock Calibration March 9th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR has released an AMD socket AM3+ motherboard, the TA970 Plus with AMD OverDrive™ and the ACC (Advanced Clock Calibration) feature. This AMD 970 chipset board supports AMD multi-Core (x8, x6) and Socket AM3 processors including the AMD FX/ Phenom II and Athlon II versions. This is a powerful platform for gamers and enthusiasts. The TA970 Plus is a full sized ATX board with 4 DDR3 DIMM slots and mSATA/Mini PCI-E combo connector. It supports SATA 6Gb/s speeds, which are two times the speed of current SATA 3G. Of course there is USB 3.0 support as well. Powerful graphics are supported with AMD’s CrossfireX capability. To get every power advantage the TA970 Plus features the AMD OverDrive™ and the ACC (Advanced Clock Calibration) function. This allows power users to overclock their system by precisely calibrating the clock timings between the processor and RAM chips. These timings are critical in maintaining system stability when overclocking, otherwise you will end up with a system that crashes often. As they say, “Timing is Everything” and the TA970 Plus allows you to get it right. Premium BIOSTAR exclusive features of the TA970 Plus include the BIO-Remote II, Smart Speed LAN and PURO Hi-Fi technology. The PURO Hi-Fi technology features an integrated independent audio power design with a built-in amplifier. The technology utilizes audio component...



Akasa releases Euler T and Euler M

Akasa releases Euler T and Euler M   Euler T is an evolution of the popular Euler / Euler S passive case for Thin mini-ITX motherboards. The slightly larger and redesigned chassis still doubles as CPU cooler, but now accommodates three 2.5″ drive bays. The Euler T will be available this month for $250. ✓ Designed for Thin mini-ITX motherboards ✓ Designed for 35W TDP ✓ 3 x 2.5″ bays ✓ 245 x 215.5 x 68.5mm ✓ 2.5kg   Euler M is the first fanless case from Akasa compatible with a short list of regular Mini-ITX motherboards ( Asus Z97I-PLUS, Asus H97I-PLUS, Gigabyte GA-Z97N-WIFI, and Asrock Z97E-ITX/AC). Hundreds of movies can be stored locally thanks to four 2.5″ drive bays. The Euler M will also retail for $250. ✓ Designed for Mini-ITX motherboards ✓ Designed for 35W TDP ✓ 4 x 2.5″ bays ✓ 80W PSU ✓ 245 x 274.5 x 68.5mm ✓ 3kg Available at  Performance-PCs.com sales@performance-pcs.com www.performance-pcs.com 1701 Robert J Conlan Blvd. NE Unit #5,Palm Bay, FL 32905 USA About Akasa Akasa design and manufacture a comprehensive range of high quality technology products including coolers, heatsinks and fans. We work closely with Intel and AMD to ensure our products match the complex demands of CPU and form-factor technology. So when new, advanced technology arrives, Akasa have the products and expertise to make it work for you.



G.SKILL Announces 2nd Annual “OC World Cup 2015” Overclocking Competition

G.SKILL Announces 2nd Annual “OC World Cup 2015” Overclocking Competition $16,200 Total Cash Prize; $10K for the Champion Taipei, Taiwan (4 March 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprises Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, proudly announces the 2nd annual “OC World Cup 2015” overclocking competition! This year, as a contribution to the overclocking community and to dedicated extreme overclockers worldwide, G.SKILL is raising the total cash prize to a staggering $16,200 USD! Following the tradition of the event, the Champion of the OC World Cup 2015 will receive a cash prize of $10,000 USD. The OC World Cup 2015 is split into three rounds: Online Qualifier, Live Qualifier, and Grand Final. Live Qualifier and Grand Final will be held live at the G.SKILL booth during Computex 2015. Online Qualifiers, the first round of the competition, will be held on HWBOT (http://hwbot.org) from 9th March to 13th April 2015, featuring 3 benchmarks: SuperPI 32M, MaxxMem Read Bandwidth, and 3DMark Fire Strike Physics on specified hardware. These selected benchmarks and specified hardware are chosen to challenge the memory tuning skills of contest participants. The top 6 Online Qualifier contestants will be eligible to enter the OC World Cup 2015 Live Qualifiers at Computex 2015 for a chance to claim part of the $16,200 USD cash prize pool. In the Grand Final, the top 2 Live Qualifier contestants will battle head to he...



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Noctua NF-A9 and NF-A8 Fans Review

Introduction Noctua brought us something that might seem a little unexpected to those of us who know their fan reputation. At first glance, 80mm and 92mm fans appear to be somewhat of a waste of effort when larger fans are not only quieter, but provide better airflow as well. That’s until we remember that there are still server chassis’ and home theater PCs that can use exceptional cooling as well but lack the larger form factor cases. We’ll dive into the fans soon but before we do that, let’s take a word from the designer of our products today.  



Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX chassis launch

ENTHOO EVOLV itx Walnut, California, March 2, 2015 – Phanteks introduce their first Mini ITX, a budget oriented chassis that uses metal exterior, to their EVOLV lineup in the Enthoo Series. The case has many useful features, such as a unique Bracket solution for a radiator on top and a multi-functional mid plate bracket for a reservoir, pump, and SSD/HDD. The Enthoo EVOLV ITX retains the minimalist design from the original EVOLV and features a metal exterior. The case measures at 9.1 x 14.8 x 15.6 inchesand is equipped with 1x PH-F200SP fan, front I/O port, 1x SSD Bracket, and 2x 3.5” removable HDD bracket. The EVOLV ITX is capable of high end video card up to 13 inches in length and supports serious water-cooling. The EVOLV offers a unique bracket solution for the radiator to be mounted on top without any conflicts between the radiator and memory. Extra storage is possible with the included Drop-N-Lock SSD bracket and a Multifunctional mid plate Bracket which allows for mounting reservoir, pump, and SSD/HDD. There are many upgrade options for the EVOLV ITX. Accessories like, the 3.5” HDD bracket (PH-HDDKT_01), SSD Brackets (PH-SDBKT_01/PH-SDBKT_02),Pump Bracket (PH-PUMBKT_01), and the PWM hub (PH-PWHUB_01) are all compatible with the EVOLV ITX. Unleash Unlimited Possiblities “Features such as being very versatile, having a spacious and clean interior and of course making it very easy to build water-cooling systems is what the Enthoo Series is all about.” Sai...



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Cougar 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Review

Introduction     A few months ago we were invited to review a new gaming mouse from the folks at Cougar: the 700M. The 700m was adjustable, customizable and a pleasure to use. One of the 700m’s advertised features was the ability to interact with other Cougar devices using something called Fusion. This got our attention pretty quickly because what gamer does not want all of his/her peripherals on the same page? It was also somewhat shocking to see Cougar jump headlong into this already saturated market space; however, they have done well by offering competitive products that cover each market segment. The 600M & 600k are a step down from the 700 series products, but they still offer top of the line features; the 500M & 500k offer mid range pricing, and more recently, the 200K and 200M cover the entry level. At the end of the 700M review we mentioned we would be covering the 700k Mechanical keyboard so we could experiment with Fusion. The 700K is the flagship of Cougar’s recently released gaming oriented peripherals. In this review will be focusing on the 700k mechanical keyboard to find out if it is as good as advertised. Brand philosophy Passion X Innovation With utmost passion COUGAR is keen to provide most innovative solutions that 100% meet customer needs. Thinking differently and adopting new trends while constantly focusing on functionality and user-oriented product improvements, that is our foremost corporate culture. COUGAR is always s...



Introducing Bitfenix AEGIS

Introducing Bitfenix AEGIS Intro: AEGIS features a beautiful rounded shield-inspired front with the same ICON logo display featured on Pandora, and a sporty fresh design all around. It comes in black, white and 3 vibrant colors (red, blue, yellow) and supports an impressive amount of fans and radiators: up to 8 120mm fans or 5 140mm fans, dual 280 radiators and even a dual 360 build is possible with slim rads. The 3 tool free storage cages are modular and can be moved around or taken out all together, in which case there is still a hidden 2.5″ slot behind the PSU and a “show off” 2.5″ slot next to the mainboard tray. Besides some nice dust filters on the top, front and bottom, it comes with a built in fan controller, a stylish PSU cover, a rubber padded pump bracket and last but not least a neat Reservoir bracket, that let users attach a reservoir or pump/res combo to a 240 or 360 radiator. Bold Design Bitfenix ICON™ Logo Display AEGIS features an even larger 2.8″ ICON color Display than Pandora Simple Plug n Play USB cable and Drag and Drop app to customize the Case Logo Open Source – ready for custom apps and scripts MATX Performance Up to 8 120mm Fans or 5 140mm fans – there is no air standing still in this case! And thanks to Magnetic and clip-on dust filters all around, dust bunnies are banned for life Watercooling Ready AEGIS supports a 360+240 loop or a dual 280 radiator combo! Pumps and reservoirs can be installed on the ...



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Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666 Memory Kit Review

Crucial, a leader in all things memory has already released Jedec DDR4 2133 kits, the lower profile DDR4 Ballistix Sport variants and now look to the top end with the Ballistx Elite DDR4 2666. Ballistix Elite has been looked at as some of the best memory on the market as each chip is hand picked. This binning process allows Crucial to create a product that can withstand pressures of world class overclocking.



BIOSTAR Promotes Family of Gaming Hardware

BIOSTAR Promotes Family of Gaming Hardware with Gaming Motherboard and VGA Combo February 24th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is promoting the gaming motherboard, the Gaming Z97X along with the VGA cards that are powered by nVidia’s GeForce GTX750Ti chipset as a compelling gaming hardware combo set. The motherboard comes with the new Gaming Commander Box accessory as well as cutting-edge features like USB 3.1 on-board and innovative durability enhancements. This gaming family of hardware from BIOSTAR gives you a gaming combination comprised of the best motherboard and value priced GPU for a superlative gaming experience. BIOSTAR’s GeForce GTX750Ti series of cards brings the visual horsepower needed for high-end gaming. With 2GB GDDR5, on a full size PCB with a unique dual fan cooling design, this card in combination with the Gaming Z97X motherboard is all you need. It has Dual DVI/miniHDMI output support and supports NVIDIA PuroVideo HD Technology as well as DirectX 11. It also supports NVIDIA PhyX and CUDA Technology. You will need a motherboard that has a PCI Express 3.0 x 16 bus interfaces to stick this card in. For that BIOSTAR has the Gaming Z97X. The basis for this super combo is of course, the motherboard. BIOSTAR’s Gaming Z97X mainboard ushers in the first complete gaming motherboard designed by BIOSTAR. This is something new from BIOSTAR, because it’s not just a regular gaming motherboard that satisfies a typical gamers’ needs by just merely o...



Space to think: the new 34-inch Philips QHD display

Space to think: the new 34-inch Philips QHD display • 34-inch UltraWide display delivers panoramic viewing for a big-picture experience • Brilliant CrystalClear QHD makes graphics and images come to life • Multitasking to the max Amsterdam, 24 February 2015: MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces a new addition to the line-up of Philips UltraWide displays. Promising a dazzling viewing experience, the new 34-inch BDM3470UP display offers Quad HD resolution to bring graphics and images to life. The UltraWide panoramic desktop provides plenty of space for managing bright ideas, easily showing several windows side-by-side with detail-rich clarity. Panoramic CrystalClear performance with AH-IPS technology The latest Philips display uses advanced AH-IPS LED panels, which keep colours consistently bright and accurate even at a 178° viewing angle. And at 34 inches, the new BDM3470UP is expansive enough to provide users with space for their brightest ideas. The UltraWide 21:9 panoramic view offers room to arrange multiple windows, for side-by-side comparison or for busy multitasking involving a whole range of applications. The CrystalClear Quad HD resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels makes it possible to zoom into fine detail with unrivalled clarity. And for even greater brightness and colour fidelity, the new display also features Philips SmartUniformity mode: with dedicated metrics to assess colour accuracy, the mode is...






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