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VisionTek CryoVenom Wins Gold Stevie Award at 2014 American Business Awards

VisionTek CryoVenom Wins Gold Stevie Award at 2014 American Business AwardsSM   Industry’s first AMD-powered, liquid-cooled R9 290 graphics card awarded highest honor for New Computer Hardware Product of the Year at 12th annual ABA   September 15, 2014, East Dundee, IL – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®) http://www.visiontek.com, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PCs and Macs®, today announced the CryoVenom™ R9 290 won a Gold Stevie® – the highest honor awarded – in the “New Product or Service of the Year – Computer Hardware” category at the 2014 American Business AwardsSM awards ceremony held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco this past Friday. First announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show as the first and fastest custom-built liquid-cooled R9 290 graphics card, the CryoVenom R9 290 offers 38% temperature reduction, nearly silent operation, and warranty-backed overclocked performance gains up to 24% over a stock R9 290.   Selected The Best By Leading Business Executives More than 3,300 nominations from U.S.-based organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories for the nation’s premier business awards program. More than 240 leading executives nationwide determined the Stevie Award winners during final judging. Other 2014 Stevie Award winners included AT&T, Accenture, Cisco, and Epson Am...



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ECS: Design Your Own LIVA Competition

Design Your Own LIVA Competition   1 September 2014, Fremont, USA – ECS USA is proud to announce the kick off of its “Design Your Own LIVA” competition in North America. All the participants are able to vote for the entries for the opportunity to win grand prizes. Starting September 1, 2014, ECS will be searching for the most creative person of the year. The Grand Prize winner will win US$1,000. ECS will be promoting the competition via its media partners and local colleges and universities in Northern California including: College of San Mateo, Mills College, San Jose City College, De Anza College and Foothill College.     How to enter: 1. Participants: (1) Group or Individual (assign one representative if group type, Max. 3 people at on one team). (2) Entry number – Max 3 pieces. 2. Contest: Design your own LIVA case Round 1 (September 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014 – design draft audition: Participants submit a soft copy of design draft via Facebook. The 10 participants with the most “likes” will advance to the next round to be evaluated by judges. Round 2 (October 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014) – Real entry audition: participants make the actual LIVA case based on their design draft (ECS will provide white cases to Top 10 participants nominated in Round 1. Participants must send their photos by October 31, 2014 to be considered by our judges to enter the final contest. Final contest – November 7, 2014: ECS’ judges will pick a 1st, 2nd a...



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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...



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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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Phanteks Enthoo LUXE Full Tower Case

After all these years reviewing computer equipment, especially case reviews, it takes a lot to get me excited. There are not too many manufacturers that will spark my interest or kindle and light that fire inside of me. Today Phanteks has now moved to the top of my list as one of those manufacturers. Phanteks as some of you may already know has been on the forefront as leader in the manufacturing of thermal solutions, with their high performance fans and air coolers. Phanteks this year took the industry by surprise when the company ventured into computer case manufacturing, introducing for the very first time their award winning Phanteks Enthoo Primo full tower chassis, a chassis specifically targeting the computer enthusiast and water cooling aficionado. Today will be looking at yet another offering from Phanteks: the Phanteks Enthoo LUXE Full Tower. The Enthoo LUXE is very similar looking to the coveted Phanteks Enthoo Primo, sporting many of the distinct features and designs of its predecessor which includes multiple radiator support, modular HD cages, power supply shroud, and all aluminum look. The Phanteks Enthoo LUXE is available in both a black and a white windowed version. The Enthoo Series is all about versatility, a spacious and clean interior and, of course, Enthoo is famous for making it very easy to build water cooling systems. Read on to see why this case has got me very excited. We are taking an up close and personal look into this new arrival from Phante...



Governments Choose PCMark Benchmarks to Specify PC Performance

European Commission and Three National Governments Choose PCMark Benchmarks to Specify PC Performance in High Volume Tenders European Commision, France, Northern Ireland, and Brazil turn to Futuremark benchmarks for impartial performance comparisons HELSINKI, FINLAND – July 7, 2014 – Futuremark announced today that its PCMark benchmarking software has been chosen by the European Commission Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT) to specify the minimum required performance for over 100,000 PCs to be supplied to more than 50 European Union organisations. PCMark has also been incorporated into the tendering, procurement and purchasing departments of the governments of France, Northern Ireland, and Brazil. PCMark is a complete benchmarking solution for business, enterprise, government, and other professional users. PCMark provides procurement departments, supply chain managers, and IT departments with accurate and impartial benchmarks for specifying and comparing the performance of Windows PCs, notebooks, and tablets. PCMark is developed in close cooperation with the world’s leading technology companies including AMD, Compal, Condusiv Technologies, Dell, HGST, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Quanta Computer, SanDisk Corporation, Seagate Technology, and Western Digital Corporation. Developer Futuremark is an independently owned company developing benchmarking software to a strict code of neutrality. European Union The Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT) defines ...



QNAP Launches High-Performance Turbo NAS TS-ECx80 Pro Series with New Tower SAS-enabled Scalability Solution

QNAP Launches High-Performance Turbo NAS TS-ECx80 Pro Series with New Tower SAS-enabled Scalability Solution Taipei, Taiwan, June 30, 2014 - QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the release of enterprise-class TS-ECx80 Pro series Turbo NAS and a flexible, high-density SAS/SATA/SSD RAID expansion enclosure REXP-1000 Pro. Available in 8 and 10-bay tower models, the TS-ECx80 Pro series is powered by a Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® 3.4GHz processor and 2GB DDR3 ECC RAM and delivers high-performance and extreme scalability to fulfill the mission-critical storage needs of entry-level enterprises. The powerful TS-ECx80 Pro series is 10GbE ready, supports SSD caching options (including up to two internal mSATA slots), and is capable of providing up to 2,200 MB/s throughput and 226,000 IOPS to boost the workflow of IOPS-demanding applications such as virtualization and data center deployment. The new series features stability with persistent throughput to balance resource-demanding applications. “With the support of high-capacity, low-cost SATA hard drives for large data archiving and high-speed, high-stability SSDs for I/O-intensive operations, the TS-ECx80 Pro series provides a wide range of options to assist businesses to deploy a tiered storage plan to meet their storage requirements,” said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. The TS-ECx80 Pro series’ high-scalability design allows administrators to expand their total storage to up to 250TB raw capacity (varies by model) on d...



Official BitFenix Parts Store Opens Today

Official BitFenix Parts Store Opens Today Spare parts for BitFenix products now available via online store (BitFenix Design Lab, June 27, 2014) – By popular demand, BitFenix is launching the official BitFenix Parts Store – the best place to obtain additional spare parts for BitFenix chassis and other products. At the BitFenix Parts Store, users can easily browse through a wide selection of parts, select the ones they need, and get them shipped conveniently to their doorstep. Users can check out the BitFenix Parts Store by visiting: http://parts.bitfenix.com. Once there, users are greeted with an intuitive, easy to use interface where they can find and purchase the parts that they need. Want a spare side panel for your next modding project? No problem. Need extra hard drive trays to juice up your BitFenix Ghost? Absolutely! Just add the parts you need to the shopping cart, make the payment via credit card or PayPal, and the parts you’ve purchased will be shipped to your door. The BitFenix Parts Store is a fantastic resource for things like: Getting practice parts for modding Finding replacement parts for mods that went wrong Extra parts for scratch builds Additional side panels for creating custom window mods Always looking for ways to better serve the community, the BitFenix Parts Store came into being after dozens of requests from enthusiastic BitFenix fans around the world. In addition to offering a multitude of sleeved cables, LED strips, LED fans, and fan...



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SilverStone Raven RVZ 01 Small Form Factor Case Review

Since the original RAVEN RV01 debuted in 2008, the RAVEN team at SilverStone has demonstrated many times how it can truly define or defy computer enthusiasts’ expectations of what a performance PC is capable of in both form and function. For 2014, the Silverstone team had a new target, which was to exceed and reshape the small form factor landscape with yet another breakthrough case design. The result of this effort is a new line of case products from SilverStone called RAVEN Z. As the first model, this Raven RVZ01 is unlike any SilverStone small form factor cases before it. Utilizing a PCI-E riser and custom designed fans, this slim, 14-liter case is capable of housing some of the biggest consumer graphics cards on the market with superb air cooling performance and the ability to also support liquid cooling. Read on and let’s see if the Silverstone Raven RVZ01 is what we have all been waiting for.



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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...



ECS Impresses Everyone at COMPUTEX 2014

 ECS Impresses Everyone at COMPUTEX 2014  Great products and shows with innovation by ECS and $100,000NTD design winner is chosen  2014/06/17 Taipei, Taiwan— During 6/3~6/7, the leading motherboard manufacturer ECS put on a great show with innovative product lines and fascinating stage events and activities at COMPUTEX 2014. Attract more than 50,000 international visitors from over 40 countries, ECS is definitely the biggest shining star among all the exhibitors in this COMPUTEX. ECS launched the high-end gaming brand, L337 GAMING, brand-new Z97-MACHINE with Intel® Z97 Express Chipset, a gaming-oriented motherboard with world-class ESS SABRE audio to rock gamers’ sounding experience. Also two new L337 GAMING family members with ITX form factor, Z97I-DRONE and H97I-DRONE, were exclusively announced in COMPUTEX 2014. Besides gaming motherboards, ECS emphasizes the importance of customer satisfaction and tries to fulfill different aspects of motherboard applications, such as multimedia, business, and industrial PC, ECS provides a total solution for different motherboard needs. The most anticipated and asked product in this COMPUTEX is LIVA Mini PC Kit, which is recently released in Taiwan and Japan and will be introduced to other regions in the near future. With only 190g and 15 watts power consumption, a PC consumes just as a light bulb, LIVA is not only the world’s smallest Windows based mini PC kit but also a milestone of how people change the perception of using...



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Crucial Announces Ballistix Elite DDR4 and Availability of DDR4 Server Memory

Get ready for DDR4 people, it’s coming! We expect some blistering speeds for the next gen memory, and Crucial will certainly be one of those companies leading the charge. We’re looking forward to seeing the new Ballistix kits in action in a couple months. In the meantime, we have some more detailed information below, announced today at Computex. Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced new Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory modules, which deliver the next generation of memory to high performance gaming. Designed for gamers and enthusiasts, Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory delivers introductory speeds that start at 2666 MT/s and 3000 MT/s and is expected to get faster as the technology matures. The new modules offer nearly twice the bandwidth of mainstream DDR3 memory at up to 24GB/s, and deliver improved system responsiveness and increased frame rates. Furthermore, Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory delivers up to 40 percent more power efficiency than standard DDR3 memory. Designed for the ultimate gaming experience, Ballistix Elite DDR4 modules are optimized for next-generation Intel X99 platforms with support for XMP 2.0 profiles. The new modules also introduce a new design to the Ballistix line-up, featuring an aggressively styled anodized aluminum heat spreader for improved heat dissipation on a custom-designed black PCB. Supported by the Ballistix Memory Overview Display (M.O.D.) utility, an integrated thermal sensor allows for ...



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...



G.SKILL 3rd Annual OC World Record Stage at Computex 2014

G.SKILL 3rd Annual OC World Record Stage at Computex 2014 Featuring 5 Major Motherboard Brands and 12 Professional Overclockers! Taipei, Taiwan – 22 May 2014 – G.SKILL International Co. Ltd., the leading high performance memory designer and manufacturer, is proud to host the 3rd annual OC World Record Stage at Computex 2014! Over the course of five days, G.SKILL will partner with Intel, ASUS, ASRock, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI to break as many overclocking world records as possible with the latest and best PC hardware. Gathering an all-star team of 12 world-class professional overclockers, G.SKILL TridentX memory kits, and the latest Z97-based systems, the OC World Record Stage event aims to reach new overclocking heights. Join us at the G.SKILL Computex Booth I0218 in Nangang Exhibition Hall, 1F! A major special thanks to Intel, Kingpin Cooling, and Seasonic for sponsoring this exclusive annual overclocking event with 4th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, Kingpin Cooling Liquid Nitrogen containers, and Seasonic 1000W Platinum PSUs!   “Our high quality Platinum units are quite often selected for extreme overclocking as they are known to deliver clean power that relieves the strain from all the other setup components. However, the most desirable features of our Platinum series power supplies do not stop at their excellent voltage regulation and extremely high efficiency, as these units also attract many enthusiasts because of their built-in safety features, long-term reli...






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