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BIOSTAR’s iDEQ-T1 Minicomputer Ready To Subvert the Desktop PC

BIOSTAR’s iDEQ-T1 Minicomputer Ready To Subvert the Desktop PC  October 20th, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR has announced the iDEQ-T1 series mini PC, a micro-mini computer specifically designed to subvert the conventional desktop PC by being smaller, lighter and more mobile but with similar features and capabilities. At just two thirds the surface area of an A4 sized piece of paper and with a weight of only 0.8Kg, the iDEQ-T1, in conjunction with the HTPC platform, is a great solution for a variety of environments needing a small, yet fully-featured, PC. Inside the iDEQ-T1 the hardware is based on the mini-ITX form factor which allows small and energy efficient solutions because of the affordable and internet centric board design in a compact 17x17cm size. It supports 2 SO-DIMM of DDR3L 1333MHz for up to 16G of RAM capacity and will provide full Intel powered HD Graphics. It also supports BIOSTAR’s BIO-Remote 2 Technology and Charger Booster Technology. The iDEQ-T1 has some nice BIOS features such as the “RESURE BIOS”. This allows the BIOS to be automatically loaded into a hard drive. Using the UEFI BIOS design it supports a variety of graphics manipulation operations and BIOSTAR’s research team added the “Super Rescue Function” where if the iDEQ-T1 is attacked by a virus you can recover the BIOS with Super Rescue. With Intel’s Bay Trail processor you get the Intel Gen7 display chip which can pump out up to 2560×1440 resolution displays with Direct...



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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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Nexus Lan Live- Dayton Ohio Part 2

  Sorry for the delay on updating you all. I got sucked in to all of the fun at Nexus LAN, these guys know how to have a good time. No matter what flavor of game you enjoy Nexus has you covered. Tourneys for a list of games where you can win some of the sponsored prizes. Speaking of sponsors, thanks to ThermalTake, Silverstone, Sapphire (Ed), and many more for awesome goodie bags! Take a look at some of the fun going on at Nexus LAN 2014. Ed Crisler, our buddy at Sapphire getting his game time in on his mITX AMD based system. AMD APU, SSD, memory and of course a Sapphire 285 mITX GPU inside of Core V1. Quiet but more than capable of playing everything on Eds list.   Check out the dual 760 Asus MARS in Big Spence’s rig. 3 of the GPU cores in SLI and using #4 as a dedicated PhysX processor. Nexus LAN does a great job of getting next generation female gamers to the LAN. They can play with the best so why not come and show it off. Not just card games, they all had systems and was kicking butt. I plan on bring 1 or 2 of my daughters next year. Check in when you arrive and get handed a bag-O-goodies! Can you say prizes? Everyone leaves with something! Dave AKA Renegade (bottom photo, right hand side arm on the black bag thing), the person responsible for Nexus LAN sitting at the Magic the Gather table schooling folks. Thanks Dave for having PureOC! We will back back again. You can’t come here without ordering a pizza. Great price from some really good fresh...



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Nexus LAN Live- Dayton Ohio

Ohio gets put down so often I just stopped caring. Turn on a movie to see some smart mouth have something to say about Cleveland or jokes about Columbus being a cow town. Keep on making jokes buddy, Ohio has something most of the States don’t have and may never get the chance to. No it is not the many LAN events Ohio host every year, like Nexus and LANOC, we have something much bigger. Major League Gaming has purchased and setup an arena right here in Columbus Ohio. MLG.tv Columbus Arena is a 14,000 sq. ft venue!!! Does your state have that? Nope because as of right now it is the only MLG.TV facility in the US. One is NYC is coming soon. I sit here with some of the coolest nerds, geeks, techies or whatever name you wish to give them, knowing that we are on the forefront of being a major location for Esports worldwide. Nexus is filled with people that will travel an hour to Columbus for COD tourneys. Bring it on. Thanks Nexus for hosting PureOC. Check out some of these pics as things setup to play all night. If you are within a few hours of Dayton, you should try to make it next year. Or to LanOC. Both sell out quickly. http://www.nexuslan.org/ or http://lanoc.org/lan-parties   Here is the system I put together for Nexus LAN. Computer Ed from Sapphire and I both agreed to go with smaller systems…… My idea of small is kind of different… :} Will be getting some pics of Eds rig here shortly. He ran off somewhere. I crammed a Ek 45mmx360mm rad insid...



Multi-tasking for mobile users – AOC presents portable monitor

Multi-tasking for mobile users: AOC presents portable monitor Amsterdam, 16 October 2014 – More space for higher efficiency: AOC introduces an extremely versatile monitor targeted at users of netbooks, notebooks or other portable computers. With its 17.3″ (43.9 cm) screen the myConnect E1759FWU creates additional display space for increased working efficiency. The monitor’s USB 3.0 compatibility allows extra fast charging and a brilliant picture quality. Simply practical: only one USB cable handles data transfer as well as power supply. This monitor is a lightweight champion – quickly installed and easily toted along. Additional display space which can be carried around effortlessly: the AOC E1759FWU The perfect companion for business users The myConnect E1759FWU provides mobile users with a dual monitor set-up in an instant. This way, business users are able to set up a comprehensive work environment when working outside the office. The monitors light weight of only 1.28 kilos as well as its super slim design make this monitor a perfect companion on business or leisure trips. Despite its great portability, the myConnect E1759FWU impresses with a 17.3″ (43.9 cm) screen which roughly equals the size of an A4 sheet of paper. Furthermore, the monitor simplifies many business situations as users can conveniently share information with customers on the additional screen. For ease of transport and for safe keeping of this ultra-portable lightweight display, a prote...



Lian Li Announces the PC-T80 Test Bench

Lian Li Announces the PC-T80 Test Bench Brushed Aluminum Test Bench with Radiator Support and Modular Design October 16, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the brushed aluminum PC-T80 DIY Test bench. An update of the PC-T60, the PC-T80 features the same high quality, simple design that has made its predecessor a favorite across the DIY community, while adding native radiator support and a more modular design. Three Zones The PC-T80, with the dimensions of 440mm x 435mm x 335mm (17.3”x 17.1” x 13.1”) WxHxD, is separated into three zones, allowing for easy configuration and updates of hardware. Modular Design A dual functioning bracket allows for the installation of radiators up to 360mm or three 3.5′/2.5” HDDs. The HDD cage and power supply location in the lower zone can be easily exchanged, and if desired an additional HDD cage can be installed in the lower zone. The bottom zone also allows for the hard drive cage and power supply to be mounted in several different positions according to the builder’s preference. An additional HDD cage can be mounted in the middle position. Fast Access to all Components The PC-T80 is designed for easy and fast access to all components, including motherboards up to XL-ATX, expansion cards, power supplies, and DRAM modules. The tool-less mounting system of the hard drives adds even more to the hassle free installation and upgrade experience. Optional Accessories The PC-T80′s mo...



COUGAR Launches 600M Gaming Mouse

COUGAR Launches 600M Gaming Mouse October 16th 2014, Taipei –. COUGAR announces today the release of the new 600M gaming mouse. The 600M is COUGAR’s second gaming mouse after the acclaimed award-winning 700M. This mouse has been specially designed to suit gamers with a claw grip, but palm and fingertip grip users will find it very comfortable too. The COUGAR 600M has been designed with the clear objective of offering gamers a mouse that can both provide state-of-the-art technology, all the features necessary to enhance the gaming experience and an aesthetically pleasing design. Its premium components (OMRON switches, ADNS-9800 Sensor, premium quality soft touch surface) guarantee a flawless performance during gameplay, and its 32-bit ARM processor and 512KB on-board storage provide virtually instantaneous responses and the possibility, without depending on any computer or external device, of keeping up to 3 full configuration profiles stored on board. Aesthetically, this mouse is very stylish and has a unique feature in that the left mouse button is a floating key with a big LED backlight that can display up to 16.8 million colors. The 600M is also packed with a broad range of features, with 8 fully configurable buttons including a 45º sniper button designed to be pressed without affecting the mouse’s movements. If the high-precision wheel’s up and down motion are included, and taking into account that the mouse can store up to three full profiles on its internal ...



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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...



Tesoro Releases Ancile Z1 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad in North America

Tesoro Releases Ancile Z1 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad in North America High Precision Mousing Control to Dominate the Battlefield October 14, 2014, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today releases the Ancile Z1 hard gaming mouse pad in North America. Shield of the War God According to legend the shield of the Roman war god, Ancile, fell from the heavens, and guaranteed Rome would be the mistress of the world. Much like the mythological Ancile, Tesoro’s Ancile hard gaming mouse pad ensures domination of the competition by providing high precision mousing control. High Texture Density, Low Friction Surface The Tesoro Ancile with its unibody construction is designed for the hardcore gamer. The low friction surface optimizes gliding capabilities while the high texture density and reflecting surface technology effectively improves the capture sensitivity for optical or laser gaming mice. Non-Slip Rubber Base The rubber base of the Ancile ensures the mouse pad does not slip or slide during intense gaming sessions. Price and Availability The Tesoro Ancile Z1 hard gaming mouse pad is available at Tesoro Gaming USA, Newegg, Amazon, NCIX for the suggested retail price of US$29. More information about the Tesoro Ancile Z1 can be found at: http://www.tesorotec.com/gaming-mouse-pad/tesoro-ancile-z1-hard-gaming-mouse-pad.html Product Highlights of Tesoro Ancile Z1 High precision hard gaming mousepad Micro textured, low friction...



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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World’s first 4K Ultra HD benchmark – available now

World’s first 4K Ultra HD benchmark – available now The buzz around 4K gaming continues to grow, but can the latest hardware really deliver? And are the extra pixels worth the extra cost? Lately, we are being asked the same questions again and again: Should I buy a 4K monitor for my current PC setup? What hardware do I need to play games at 4K Ultra HD resolution? To answer those questions, we’ve created Fire Strike Ultra, the world’s first 4K Ultra HD benchmark, available now and ready to use in the latest version of 3DMark. Run Fire Strike Ultra on your existing PC to answer the first question. Fire Strike Ultra renders the test content at 3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD) before scaling the output to your PC’s display resolution. This means you don’t need a 4K monitor to run Fire Strike Ultra, though you will need a GPU with at least 3 GB of dedicated memory. For the second question, you can help your readers understand whether new hardware delivers on the 4K promise by testing it with Fire Strike Ultra. And while it’s always been possible to run 4K tests with custom settings in 3DMark, using a dedicated 4K test will provide a common reference point for all your reviews. Your readers will also be able to search for and compare Fire Strike Ultra scores for different hardware configurations on our website. To say that Fire Strike Ultra is demanding is putting it mildly. Most people know that 4K Ultra HD is four times larger than 1080p, bu...



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The Hardware Hound Presents: Windows 10, A Gamer’s Perspective

The rumors have been floating around for some time but we finally have a preview version of Windows 9….I mean 10….Windows 10! Maybe skipping a number doesn’t make a ton of sense, but let’s face it: Windows 10 is way better than calling the iWatch the Apple Watch! The real mystery isn’t a number, but whether Windows 10 is going to be worth it and the greater mystery is whether you should risk installing the preview on your system, particularly if you don’t have one to spare. Thankfully, the Hardware Hound is crazy enough to try it out (on my main system none-the-less), and I’m ready to give you some highlights to help you decide whether you want to make the plunge or not. The good news is, it looks like Microsoft is heading in the right direction so far! Let’s begin with the painful part of any operating system and that’s the installation, which, really wasn’t that painful! Having been an habitual reformatter most of my life, I was used to popping the CD in the drive (after a several hour ISO download), clicking on the upgrade tab instead of the advanced tab, and being told that I needed to load Windows and run the CD from there. So I did that, and roughly 15 minutes later, Windows 8.1 was upgraded to 10 with all my settings in tow. I also ran a fresh install on a spare workstation I had with an i5 CPU and once again, the install was quick and painless as far as OSes go. Also, I typically hate doing upgrades and hi...



New AOC 24” Gaming Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology Promises Gamers The Competitive Advantage

New AOC 24” Gaming Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology Promises Gamers The Competitive Advantage Advanced AOC gaming display eliminates tearing, stuttering and lag so gamers can focus on the game and hit their targets with greater accuracy Fremont, Calif. – September 22, 2014 – AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the AOC 24” Gaming Monitor, powered by NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Technology, designed for competitive gamers who demand a lag-free, ultra smooth gaming experience. G-SYNC technology synchronizes display refresh rates between the monitor and the PC’s GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag. This advanced AOC gaming display (2460PG) gives competitive gamers a serious edge so they can focus on the game without the distraction of screen tearing, ghosting or latency. This means gamers receive critical images, such as enemy movement, on screen the moment they are rendered for greater accuracy and a serious gaming advantage over competitors. The display is available at Micro Center for $449. The AOC G2460PG display combines stylish design with high-performance features optimized for gamers that will impress the most demanding players. From first-person shooters to high-speed racing games, you’ll never miss out on the action with 144Hz w/ 1 ms response time for blur-free images. This 24-inch display with Full HD resolution offers sharp, stunning picture quality with typical 1000:1 contrast rat...



A new source of POWER: EDISON M Series is here!

Introducing EDISON M modular PSUs! Fractal Design is proud to announce the NEW modular PSU family, Edison M, available in a variety of wattage levels. The Fractal Design Edison M series of power supplies feature excellent electrical performance, including 80PLUS® Gold efficiency certification. Designed for maximum reliability, the Edison M units feature Japanese electrolytic capacitors with a full protection suite, including over-temperature protection. The modular cable system assists with a clean installation and the extra-long ATX12V cable accommodates cases with bottom mounted PSU positions. Fractal Design Edison M units are equipped with a large, temperature-controlled FDB-bearing 120mm fan contributing to a maximum lifespan while keeping noise levels at a minimum. The Edison M is a highly reliable choice, for both gaming computers and powerful workstations. Key Features Modular construction to assist with a clean build with only the most essential cables permanently attached 80PLUS® Gold efficiency with a 5 year warranty on the PSU ATX 2.4 compliant, including full support for the new C6 / C7 power states introduced with the 4th generation Intel Core CPUs DC-DC design for improved system stability and maximum 12V output Tight voltage regulation: +/- 2% for +12V and +/- 3% for minor rails Japanese electrolytic capacitors, rated at 105°C; Japanese and Taiwanese solid polymer capacitors Extra-long ATX 12V cable Silent, temperature-controlled 120mm fan with quiet, lon...



ADATA Releases SSD Firmware Update

ADATA Releases SSD Firmware Update New Firmware 5.8.2 Offers Enhanced Stability Taipei, Taiwan – Oct. 9, 2014 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, has released a firmware update v5.8.2 for the following solid state drives (SSD) equipped with SandForce 2200 series controllers: SX910/SX900/SP900/S510. The new firmware improves overall SSD stability and SSD reliability after unsafe power cycling. Purchasers who wish to update their SSD firmware should go to: http://www.adata-group.com/index.php?action=ss_main&page=ss_content_driver&lan=en, select the corresponding SSD product, and then download the compressed Firmware 5.8.2 file and extract it. Then locate the executable file ADATA_SF_FieldUpdater and run it as administrator.  About ADATA ADATA Technology Co., Ltd., one of the world’s largest vendors of DRAM Modules and USB Flash Drives, provides complete memory solutions, including memory cards, solid state drives, and portable hard drives. ADATA products are internationally recognized by Germany’s iF Design Award, red dot Award, CES Best of Innovations Award, Japan’s Good Design Award, Best Choice of Computex Award, and Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. The company’s slogan of Love, Life, Dreams, embodies the ADATA brand and the role of innovative memory products in the human pursuit of universally cherished ideas. For more information, please visit www.adata.com.






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