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3DMark Time Spy – DirectX 12 trailer and screenshots

3DMark Time Spy – DirectX 12 trailer and screenshots Since 1998 gamers have turned to 3DMark benchmarks to see the latest advances in real-time graphics made possible with each new version of DirectX. That’s why today I am excited to share the first official trailer and screenshots from 3DMark Time Spy, our new DirectX 12 benchmark test. Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test, coming soon to all Windows editions of 3DMark. With its pure DirectX 12 engine, built from the ground up to support new features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal benchmark for testing the DirectX 12 performance of the latest graphics cards. Developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of the Futuremark Benchmark Development Program, Time Spy shows the exciting potential of low-level, low-overhead APIs like DirectX 12. In the trailer, you’ll get a glimpse of gaming’s future while revisiting classic 3DMark scenes from the past. For a bit of fun, see how many can you spot.   http://www.futuremark.com/hwc/tmp/3dmark-time-spy-screenshot-1.jpg http://www.futuremark.com/hwc/tmp/3dmark-time-spy-screenshot-2.jpg http://www.futuremark.com/hwc/tmp/3dmark-time-spy-screenshot-3.jpg http://www.futuremark.com/hwc/tmp/3dmark-time-spy-screenshot-4.jpg The Steam Summer Sale has just started. Grab 3DMark for just $4.99 and save $20 off the usual price. Everyone who buys 3DMark now will be able to...



BIOSTAR Racing to the Future with Dealer Conference in Vietnam

BIOSTAR Racing to the Future with Dealer Conference in Vietnam BIOSTAR Reaffirms Commitment to Vietnamese Market Expansion June 23rd, 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam – BIOSTAR is proud to announce its successful dealer conference recently held together with their Vietnam distributor, Anh Ngoc Trading Technic Informatic Company Limited, (ANC, http://www.anhngoc.com.vn ) Công ty TNHH Thương mại Kỹ thuật Tin học Anh Ngọc, who together with key dealers in the country served as guests in an evening of enjoyment and entertainment as BIOSTAR highlighted its undying commitment to the Vietnamese market, its clear direction for the country’s local landscape with its RACING and PRO series products. Attendants were treated to a gala night worthy of royalty as BIOSTAR showcases its new products including motherboards from the RACING and PRO line of products together with BIOSTAR graphics cards, including GTX1080, the VR ready graphics cards. “We’re thrilled to have organized another successful event in Vietnam this year” said Kevin Cheng, Global Marketing Manager at BIOSTAR. “BIOSTAR are committed to the Vietnamese market and look forward to many more events to come in the near future.” BIOSTAR distributor ANC also took to stage to welcome all their customers and elaborated on BIOSTAR being part of their core business and throughout their 15 years in the industry, Biostar has met their vision for a win-win situation for both clients and consumers. BIOSTAR and ANC expect...



BIOSTAR at COMPUTEX 2016: Let’s Race to the Future

BIOSTAR at COMPUTEX 2016: Let’s Race to the Future You are invited to the most intense and fast-paced booth at Computex May 20th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is excited to invite everyone to their booth at COMPUTEX Taipei 2016 where BIOSTAR will exhibit its exciting lineup of products including motherboards, VGA and IPCs during May 31st (Tue) – June 4th (Sat) 2016 in Nangang Exhibition Hall (4th floor, booth number M1213a). BIOSTAR’s focus in this showcase is its latest flagship RACING series motherboards, which is their theme for this year’s design along with the slogan of LET’S RACE TO THE FUTURE to highlight the pursuit into tomorrow’s experience. BIOSTAR will be showcasing its full line-up of RACING series motherboards including the latest Intel LGA1151 motherboards. The BIOSTAR RACING series features the latest innovations and technologies from BIOSTAR and visitors can check out for themselves these exciting new features during COMPUTEX 2016. BIOSTAR VGA will also be on display demonstrating some of the excellent graphics cards to complement its motherboard lineup. BIOSTAR IPCs are also on display for specialized applications featuring excellent innovations and reliable technologies including the Smart Locker. Visitors will get to experience first-hand the thrill of BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards powered by BIOSTAR VGAs with RACING machines present at the booth to try out. Race against time and enjoy the high-speed thrill with these machines l...



ENERMAX Invites RGN Top Tier CS Player Relyks to the PAX East 2016 with New Product Showcase

ENERMAX Invites RGN Top Tier CS Player Relyks to the PAX East 2016 with New Product Showcase April 19th, 2016, Taoyuan, Taiwan – PAX East, a grand gathering of gamers in Boston this year is coming up on 22nd to 24th April. At booth #11104, ENERMAX will invite RGN and a top tier player to interact with ENERMAX’s supporters. Everyone is welcome to our booth and challenge the professional CS player Relyks on the spot and win special prizes! 1 vs. 1 Challenge Want to challenge with the top tier CS player? Now you have a rare chance to battle with Relyks. If you can win the game against Relyks, you can win a special prize too! Is there any more chance to win more prizes? Yes, you can! Just “like” or “follow us” on ENERMAX’s FB, Twitter or become a subscriber of our YouTube channel and screenshot the page, we also have a small surprise for you. DFR Technology for Modern Gaming Machine Apart from a match with Relyks, what can attendees do at ENERMAX booth? Attendees will have a chance to play and experience the latest technologies and products developed exclusively by ENERMAX. One of the latest technologies that will be showcased is the DFR (Dust-Free Rotation) technology that offers self-cleaning solution. This new DFR technology will be available on upcoming products that include D.F. PRESSURE case fan and Platimax DF power supply. New Gaming Cases for True Gamers ENERMAX also introducing an all-new LED gaming case, the lighting “Ostrog ADV”, featuring the Ma...



HWBOT Partners with TAITRA and CyberMedia to Promote Overclocking at COMPUTEX 2016

HWBOT World Tour 2016 Arrives in Taipei, Taiwan for the First Official Overclocking Event at COMPUTEX April 14th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – HWBOT, an organization regulating international Overclocking competitions and rankings is delighted to announce its partnership with TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) and CyberMedia as the HWBOT World Tour 2016 attends COMPUTEX 2016.   From May 31st – June 4th 2016, the HWBOT World Tour 2016 will host a booth located on the 4th Floor of the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall. Visitors to COMPUTEX 2016 will find a relaxed social environment for overclockers to learn, share and compete, as well a platform to learn about overclocking, the OC community and the significance of overclocking to the enthusiast PC market. The highlight of the World Tour stop in Taipei will be the HWBOT World Series overclocking contest where Extreme overclockers compete for some great prizes and a chance to face the best of each World Tour stop during the OC World Championship final in Berlin, Germany at the end of the year. In short, HWBOT will bring all of the excitement of competitive overclocking to COMPUTEX 2016. “As one of the most important events of year, we are thrilled to join TAITRA and bring the HWBOT World Tour to COMPUTEX 2016,” commented Pieter-Jan Plaisier, Director at HWBOT. “Visitors to the HWBOT booth will discover a quickly evolving and dynamic world of overclocking, a sport and hobby that is e...



BIOSTAR Races to the Future with New and Improved Website

BIOSTAR Races to the Future with New and Improved Website New website offers a more interactive, modern and intuitive way to get information about BIOSTAR April 6th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to announce the launch of its official website which recently went online to serve as the new information portal for customers to get information for BIOSTAR products as well as the company. As part of the BIOSTAR’s 30th Anniversary celebration, this milestone marks a momentous occasion in the company’s storied history and serves to mark the beginning of its reinvigorated presence in the components industry. The live website can be viewed here: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/index.php   BIOSTAR’s History at a Glance Backtrack 30 years of achievements and milestones in BIOSTAR’s updated history timeline. Highlighting the key achievements in BIOSTAR’s history, this new presentation allows easier viewing of the company’s activities throughout the years in an easy-to-understand timeline allowing users to backtrack at a glance. View the new timeline here: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/about/history.php   Get the Info You Need – All new PRODUCT OVERVIEW Get all the information you need with BIOSTAR’s new product overview page. Scroll through all the features and details of any BIOSTAR product and get detailed information at your fingertips. The new product overview layout details specifications, unique features and includes video and graphs for...



AMD Fx

Is the New AMD Right Around the Corner?

Rumors are flying everywhere about Polaris, Pascal, Zen and even Kaby Lake. While I love following the rumors, not much is being leaked that gives a concrete idea of performance, price, etc. What is catching my eye is what AMD is doing right now. Last week gave us the release of the 16.3 drivers. The release schedule on these drivers is certainly improving, but what really caught my eye was some of the fixes. The bug list is getting smaller and that’s the kind of improvement enthusiasts like to see in drivers. We have to wait for Polaris and Zen to know if AMD’s financial future will look brighter in the years to come, but the things I’m seeing now indicates that they are already turning things around for the better. I already touched on the 16.3 Crimson driver, but I will elaborate further on that. The bug fix I’ve been closely watching is one that involved AMD GPUs losing their clock speed settings during use. This is kind of a big deal and I was fairly certain this was affecting those who were overclocking their video cards. March’s driver fixed that issue and it’s off the list of known issues. In fact, the known issues seem pretty minor now, with most issues related to new game releases. There is the issue of the Gaming Evolved app causing games to crash that I’m hoping get’s resolved soon, but that’s mostly because it keeps crashing my WoW. At least it’s easy to close for temporary fix but for those who use...



G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS Gaming Keyboard Wins iF Design Award 2016

G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS Gaming Keyboard Wins iF Design Award 2016 Taipei, Taiwan (25 February 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is honored to be awarded the iF Design Award, one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world, for the design of the Trident Z Series DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS KM780 Series Gaming Keyboard! Competing with over 5,000 entries from 53 countries, the latest Trident Z series memory and RIPJAWS KM780 series mechanical gaming keyboard have received the collective approval of 58 jurors for the iF Design Award 2016. The Trident Z DDR4 memory is the flagship series of G.SKILL’s line of DRAM memory, available in extremely fast frequency speeds of DDR4-2800MHz and above. The dual-tone brushed aluminum heatspreader design for Trident Z series gives DDR4 memory a sleeker, modern look to match its prowess in high performance specifications. Designed for the gamers around the world is the RIPJAWS KM780 series mechanical gaming keyboard. Sporting Cherry MX mechanical key switches, ergonomic five-level contoured keycap design, and full per-key programmability and LED lighting function, the RIPJAWS KM780 series keyboard combines the ultimate comfort and customizability in a single product. “Over the years, we have devoted ourselves in developing the most outstanding and unique designs for our customers and would continue to do...



Will The Internet Of Things Enable Your Kettle To Steal Your Car?

Will The Internet Of Things Enable Your Kettle To Steal Your Car? Barry Mattacott, marketing director at security specialist Wick Hill Group, looks at the security risks of linking more and more smart devices to our networks. Are we just creating ever more vulnerable endpoints in today’s world of the Internet of Things? Back in the good old days, we nailed the front door up tight with a firewall and we knew, that with good security on our gateway, our network was safe from the nasties of the outside world. But those pesky kids in their bedrooms, not to mention state sponsored cybercriminals, worked out that they could circumnavigate our state-of- the-art firewall by looking for a way in at the opposite end of our network – the endpoint. Barry Mattacott, marketing director Wick Hill So now we all agree that securing the endpoint is essential, but just where is it and what does it look like? Since those early days, there has been a massive proliferation of endpoints and security issues have grown alongside them. You can’t go anywhere or do anything without risking an infection. A recent survey found that almost two thirds of USB sticks that were lost/found on public transport were infected with malware. I guess this raises several issues. Definitely, don’t plug any old USB stick you find into your computer – that’s how Stuxnet got its start in life after all. The survey also begs the question, of why so many of these USB sticks are infected. C...



GIGABYTE Announces the Z170 March OC Madness Competition

GIGABYTE Announces the Z170 March OC Madness Competition Shoot for high scores this March with GIGABYTE Z170 motherboards City of Industry, California, March 8, 2016 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced its next competition for the overclocking community with the GIGABYTE Z170 March OC Madness Competition, to be hosted this March on HWBOT.org. Kicking off March 12th, the GIGABYTE Z170 March OC Madness Competition will challenge overclockers to push their motherboards and 6th Gen Intel® processors to the limit, in a two category, three stage competition that’s absolute madness. This competition is open to all skill levels, with Novice, Rookie, Enthusiast, Elite and Extreme category levels allowing anyone to participate. There are a number of cash and hardware prizes up for grabs! The winner for each category will be awarded $500 USD. In addition, participants that submit a score in all stages of their respective categories are eligible to enter a lucky draw for one of three GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 motherboards as the grand prize. Here’s a breakdown of the categories and stages: Category 1: Enthusiast, Rookie and Novice Overclockers Stage 1: XTU - Submissions open March 12 - Submissions close on March 24 - CPU frequency must be set at 4.5GHz max Stage 2: HWBOT x265 1080p - Submissions open on March 24 - Submissions close on March 31 - No restrictions, such madness! Stage 3: SPI 32M - Submissions open Marc...



G.SKILL Announces 3rd Annual “OC World Cup 2016″ Extreme Overclocking Competition

G.SKILL Announces 3rd Annual “OC World Cup 2016” Extreme Overclocking Competition   Taipei, Taiwan (4 March 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, thrilled to announce the commencement of the 3rd annual “OC World Cup 2016” overclocking competition! ach year, G.SKILL hosts the OC World Cup overclocking competition with the live four-day finals at the G.SKILL booth during Computex. This year, G.SKILL will be providing a $16,200 USD total cash prize pool for the winners. Following the tradition of the event, the Grand Champion of the OC World Cup 2016 will walk away with a grand cash prize of $10,000 USD!   OC World Cup Structure G.SKILL OC World Cup is split into three rounds: Online Qualifier, Live Qualifier, and Grand Finals. Live Qualifier and Grand Finals will be held live at the G.SKILL booth during Computex from 31st May to 3rd June 2016. Online Qualifier Rules The Online Qualifiers round will be held on HWBOT (hwbot.org) from 7th March to 11th April 2016, featuring 3 benchmarks: Highest DDR4 Frequency, 3Dmark 01 with IGP, and 3DMark 11 with IGP. The benchmarks are selected to challenge the memory tweaking skills of overclockers on G.SKILL DDR4 memory, 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, and Z170 platforms. The top 6 Online Qualifier contestants will win the tickets to participate in the OC World Cup 2016 Live Qualifiers at Computex 2016. For more compet...



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Everything else we saw at CES 2016

Intro CES was a ton of fun and we already saw a ton of great releases coming up. Now it’s time to sum up the rest of what we could get to. Some parts of the show may not have been as relevant to high end computer components as others, but it didn’t stop the exhibitors from showing us some impressive feats. If you want to jump to a specific page, just click on the exhibitor below to take you straight there, or you can see each one by going through each page. So without further ado, here’s the rest of what we were able to see at CES 2016!   ADATA MSI INTEL NZXT CREATIVE D-LINK MYCHARGE



ADATA and Arco Commence Global Industrial Distribution Alliance

ADATA and Arco Commence Global Industrial Distribution Alliance Delivering quality memory products and solutions to worldwide markets with a personal approach Taipei, Taiwan – Jan. 19, 2016 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, is proud to announce the signing of a distribution agreement with New Jersey-based Arco Inc. The two companies share a passionate commitment to personal service and customizable solutions that meet diverse yet specific customer needs. Industrial distributor Arco maintains strong presence in the US, Germany, Hong Kong, mainland China, and other markets. Coupled with ADATA memory and Flash product excellence and tradition of close partner relations, the ADATA-Arco alliance promises better service to industrial users around the world, with improved access to the technologies they need and the quality service they require to keep businesses and processes at optimal performance. Comprehensive product portfolio enhanced Arco has been in business since 1994, focusing on memory technology distribution for industrial users. Primarily, products include DRAM, EEPROM, NAND Flash, and NOR Flash. ADATA can easily integrate into and bolster Arco offerings, especially since the two companies emphasize a balance of innovative technology and long-lasting commitment to legacy products to ensure customers get the most mileage out of every purchase. ADATA and Arco will work closely on formulating marke...



The Hardware Hound

The Hardware Hound is at CES 2016

Hey everyone! Hardware hound here. I’ve been dreaming of getting to a trade show for some time now, and after a slightly snowy drive, I’m at CES! I’m already seeing some really cool things so keep your eyes peeled because more updates will be forth coming. I also decided to warn a dragon about his/her impending doom at my hands! I don’t think it was too afraid. I’ll be at Las Vegas for the rest of the week with plenty more to do and see. I’ll keep you updated as fast as I can on what’s happening and I hope my schedule let’s me bring some new releases before the weekend. Once I get back, I’ll make sure to update you on everything I’ve seen and why I think it’s worth being excited about. Course, you probably don’t need me to do that for you, but I enjoy doing it anyways!



ADATA Showcases Future Evolution at CES 2016

ADATA Showcases Future Evolution at CES 2016 Highlights include XPG Dazzle LED DDR4 modules, ultra-fast PCIe Gen3x4 SSD with 3D NAND, stylish Apple Series accessories, and diverse USB Type-C storage and memory devices Taipei, Taiwan – Dec. 17, 2015 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, will bring a broad range of innovative technology products to the Consumer Electronics Show 2016, taking place January 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ADATA will reveal high performance and eye-catching XPG Dazzle LED DDR4 modules alongside extra-speedy SO-DIMM DDR4 for notebooks rated at 2800MHz. Visitors will be able to experience ADATA PCIe Gen3x4 (32Gb/s) SSD featuring 3D NAND Flash, stylish Apple Series accessories, and USB Type-C offerings that include SSDs, USB Flash drives, power banks, and cables. ADATA cordially invites CES 2016 attendees to witness the multiple ways it will shape the evolution of technology towards a more enjoyable, productive, and perfect future for people worldwide. Extreme performance XPG Dazzle LED DDR4 ADATA will debut a new line of XPG DDR4 memory, dubbed Dazzle due to the inclusion of proprietary LED lighting inspired by high performance automotive headlights. The first Dazzle offerings are 4GB modules clocked up to 3866MHz. They cater to devoted gamers, overclockers, and case modders that seek a combination of top-tier performance and unique gaming-themed styling. The XPG Dazzle range implement...






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