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Lian Li Unleashes Hell on the PC Market with the PC-D666

Lian Li Unleashes Hell on the PC Market with the PC-D666 One Chassis, Two Systems 31 October 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today unleashes a hellish beast onto the enthusiast PC market with the dual system PC-D666 double wide brushed aluminum chassis. With a red and black aesthetic to match the number of the beast name, the PC-D666 supports a full EATX/ATX “workhorse” system on one side of the chassis, and a Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX “gaming” system in the other. Two Systems / One Chassis Separating the two systems into two compartments, the PC-D666 allows DIY enthusiasts to show off high end and intricate setups through oversized windows on both sides of the chassis. The latest high-end hardware is supported in the PC-D666 as well as extensive watercooling setups. Extensive Water Cooling Support With tons of room to work with, installing elaborate water cooling setups is simplified in the PC-D666. Thick 480mm and 360mm radiators can be easily installed on the “workhorse” side of the chassis, while another 360mm radiator can be installed in the “gaming” system compartment. 100mm of space above the motherboard tray allows the CPU cooler, cables, or radiator to be effortlessly moved between the compartments. Hot-Swappable Storage The six 3.5” bays in the two removable HDD cages feature hot-swap backplanes for convenient storage installation. Four 2.5” drives can also be mounted in the two hard drive cages. In the “workhorse” compa...



MSI Unveils World’s First Gaming Laptop with Mechanical Keyboard

MSI Unveils World’s First Gaming Laptop with Mechanical Keyboard 18-inch trailblazer outfitted with SteelSeries gaming keyboard featuring Cherry Brown MX Switches City of Industry, Calif. – October 30, 2014 – MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, unveils the GT80 Titan, the world’s first gaming laptop with a mechanical keyboard. First of its kind, MSI’s GT80 Titan ushers the future of gaming by integrating a SteelSeries gaming keyboard with Cherry Brown MX switches into the 18-inch gaming beast. Mechanical keyboards provide superior tactile feedback, increases durability, and enhances overall gaming experience by eliminating key jamming even during the most heated battle sessions. “Performance is key for gamers and the GT80 Titan will forever change the mobile gaming experience,” says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. “We are proud to be at the forefront of the gaming evolution and will continue to provide solutions that deliver the most outstanding gaming experience in the world.” MSI’s newest gaming laptop uses standard Cherry switches and a standard keycap with 27mm of thickness, nearly 5 times of traditional laptop keyboards. It is also the world’s slimmest and lightest 18-inch gaming laptop, measuring 17% thinner and 22% lighter than its closest competitor. To fully optimize the keyboard, the GT80 Titan features an enhanced SteelSeries Engine with CloudSync, allowing users to save and synchr...



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Chip News

  Chipmaker AMD hires Dell senior executive in server push SAN FRANCISCO Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:49pm EDT (Reuters) – Advanced Micro Devices Inc said it hired a former Dell Inc [DI.UL] senior executive to lead the chipmaker’s push into microservers and other new markets. Forrest Norrod will be senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s enterprise, embedded and semi-custom business group and report to Chief Executive Lisa Su, AMD said in a news release on Monday. Norrod, 49, was general manager of Dell’s server business and joins AMD as the company develops chips for new low-power servers that might challenge heavyweight Intel Corp in cutting-edge data centers. AMD has been expanding into new markets including low-power “microservers” and game consoles, but progress has been slower than demanded by Wall Street. Earlier this month, Su took over as CEO, replacing Rory Read. Norrod fills Su’s previous position, which she h ad held temporarily since July. Following Su’s appointment as CEO, AMD announced on Oct. 16 it was cutting 7 percent of its workforce to reduce costs. SOURCE   Microsoft Said to Work on Software for ARM-Based Servers Source Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is working on a version of its software for server computers that run on chips based on ARM Holdings Plc (ARM)’s technology, people familiar with its plans said, a move that could help loosen Intel Corp. (INTC)’s grip on the market. The world’s largest s...



Apacer Introduces UrKey Security Dongle at Cloud EXPO 2014 Silicon Valley

Apacer Introduces UrKey Security Dongle at Cloud EXPO 2014 Silicon Valley Compact USB security dongle offers increased options for data   October 27th 2014,Taipei, Taiwan,– Apacer’s UrKey USB dongles use their exclusive CoreSecurity Technology for SSD core data security tailored for customers’ system design and use. The newly launched UrKey USB dongle can trigger, enable or remove the three major special security instructions of CoreSecurity through its usb-based 2-way dongle. These include CoreEraser, CoreDestroyer and CoreProtector, which deliver quick erase, full erase and security protection that will facilitate data security and increase storage reliability. The UrKey technology acts as a literal key for computer security. Once inserted in the preset USB slot, it will easily activate any CoreSecurity function and quickly ensures security protection. Specifically, the UrKey acts as a token for activating or triggering security functions. The UrKey is pre-programmed with the designated Apacer security features of Erase, Destroy, or Write Protect, depending on the specific request. Each UrKey is unique to its paired SSD due to the identification recognition process. In other words, the identifications between the UrKey and the SSD have to match in order to trigger the security feature. If the UrKey is connected with another SSD, the drive’s firmware will not be able to recognize the ID and thus there will be no function triggered. Come join Apacer at Cloud E...



CYBERPOWERPC Fangbook III HX6 15.6-Inch Gaming Notebook Looks Hot, Runs Cool & Includes a “Kickstand”

CYBERPOWERPC Fangbook III HX6 15.6-Inch Gaming Notebook Looks Hot, Runs Cool and Includes a “Kickstand” – Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M-Infused Gaming Notebook   CITY of INDUSTRY, CA (October 24, 2014) – CyberPower Inc. a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming laptops, and performance workstations, today announced the Fangbook III HX6, a gaming notebook PC that performs as hot as it looks, but knows when to cool its jets. The Fangbook III HX6 is based on the Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics card, but unlike many gaming notebooks, CYBERPOWERPC offers a variety of CPU/GPU upgrade options. The 4th Generation Intel Core i7 mobile processors used in the Fangbook III HX6 offer varying levels of performance. The processor sips power when idle or under general workloads. It cruises at 800MHz, and then kicks up to 3.4GHz when you need it. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M features 4GB of GDDR5 memory and exceptional power efficiency that can extend battery life. The notebook features a 15.6-inch Full HD (1080p) LED-backlit display with anti-glare technology. This ultra-responsive panel is great for gaming and draws very little power to prolong battery life. A two megapixel HD webcam is standard and located above the display to allow full screen video conferencing or Skype calling. The Fangbook III HX6 supports mSATA SSDs in addition to standard 2.5-inch hard drives for a variety of storage configuration...



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Gigabyte FORCE H3X Headset Review

Gigabyte is continuing their foray into the gaming peripheral market, and this time it's the audio arena with the launch of a new gaming headset, the FORCE H3X. This set of cans looks sleek, is lightweight, versatile, and reasonably priced at about $100. But what about performance? Indeed, this is where headsets make (or lose) their reputations, so let's take a closer look and see just how well the Gigabyte FORCE H3X gaming headset performs.



Lian Li Announces the Brushed Aluminum PC-Q26 Mini-ITX Chassis

Lian Li Announces the Brushed Aluminum PC-Q26 Mini-ITX Chassis NAS-Centric Chassis with Ten 3.5” HDD Bays October 23, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the brushed aluminum PC-Q26 mini-ITX chassis. Ideal for users who want to build their own NAS as well as system integrators, with its support of up to ten 3.5” drives, the PC-Q26 packs a lot of storage in a compact package. Small Chassis with Vast Storage Support With a volume around 32.3L, the PC-Q26 supports a vast amount of storage for its size. Up to eleven hard drives can be installed: ten 3.5” and one 2.5” drive. A hot-swap backplane for two 3.5” drives is included. Additional backplanes can be easily added. With the ever-expanding storage capacity of mechanical drives, this small and lightweight aluminum chassis provides vast storage potential for the home or small office. Tool-Less Installations and Features The PC-Q26 has pop-off side panels for simplified installations, upgrades and maintenance. Hard drives, 3.5” and 2.5”, can be tool-lessly mountedwith thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. Additionally, the expansion slots are secured by a single thumbscrew. Efficient Thermal-Flow Three front 120mm fans bring cool air into the chassis through side ventilation. Filters with magnets prevent dust and debris from entering the PC-Q26. A top 120mmm exhaust fan with a removable filter pulls hot, hardware damaging air out of the chassis. More ventilation on the rear an...



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COUGAR 700M Aluminum Gaming Mouse & Speed Mouse Pad – Review

Introduction   Cougar is known for making exotic looking cases, performance chassis fans and the color “orange”. They’ve also been working on expanding to other product sectors over the last few years; We even saw them release a line of power supplies that was generally well received. Hoping to expand on that success, we are now witnessing Cougar reach into the very competitive “gaming peripherals” market. As eSports continues to pick up momentum and followers, hardcore gaming itself is rising from parent’s basements to being broadcast to millions across the globe. As a result, each day new gamers are born into this growing market, and Cougar is looking to “pounce” on this potential revenue stream (Editor’s Note: I see what you did there… -Mike). Cougar sent us the 700M Gaming Mouse and the Cougar Mouse Pad Speed, their latest enthusiast gaming products, to take a look at. We’re going to see if Cougar has what it takes to survive in this tough market, or if they could end up on the “endangered products” list. First, a few words about Cougar:   About COUGAR COUGAR was started in Germany in 2007 by a group of computer peripherals engineers who wanted to design with passion. We established a professional team, adhered to the design philosophy of technology centered on human use and aesthetic perfection. These combinations lead to products that met the global demand for high-end profession...



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...






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