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Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Review

Today marks the launch of Nvidia's newest generation of graphics cards, and th Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming is the specific model we're looking at today. It's latest in the company's popular model series, coming with an updated version of its namesake cooler. We've been impressed in the past with Windforce graphics cards, and we suspect this new one will be no different. It's not an entirely fresh look, constructed in metal rather than plastic, but does come with an aggressive factory overclock and a few new surprises in store.



be quiet! Straight Power 10 is even quieter than its predecessor

 be quiet! Straight Power 10 is even quieter than its predecessor With a SilentWings 3 fan, better voltage stability and even more watts at the same price Glinde, September 16th, 2014 – be quiet! the market leader for PC power supplies in Germany for eight successive years*, today announced its brand new Straight Power 10 series. These new power supplies feature an extremely quiet and brand new 135 mm SilentWings 3 fan. Voltage stability has been improved by extending the PSU’s topology with DC-to-DC. The overall wattage has been increased and a high-quality PFC capacitor has been installed to prevent high-frequency noise. The previous generation Straight Power E9 was the best seller for be quiet!. Now, be quiet! is introducing the next step in the Straight Power series. The German based company and design team was focused on improving the earlier product in every critical performance parameter. Noise Levels The new power supply units are equipped with a revised cooling system, including a 135 mm SilentWings 3-fan with a high-quality Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB). This fan has been developed by be quiet! exclusively for use in power supplies. The new six-pole motor and the FDB not only provide an exceptionally long lifespan, but silent operation as well. The funnel-shaped, larger air inlet of the SilentWings 3 increases airflow, while reducing unwanted turbulence. Thanks to the larger diameter the same amount of air can be transported at lower fan speeds and at lowe...



Thecus Announces World’s First Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS

Thecus® Thecus® NAS W2000, W4000, and W5000 Thecus® Announces World’s First Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS Thecus releases small business storage solutions designed with cloud computing in mind September 16, 2014, Milpitas, California – Thecus Technology Corp., the creator in NAS and NVR storage, has announced another world first: Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials is now available for Thecus NAS users. In stores this October, the 2-bay W2000, 4-bay W4000, and the 5-bay W5000 are new NAS models specifically for small businesses running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials and seeking advanced data protection, integrated cloud services, and secure remote access. “Thecus NAS provide users with a complete solution to their storage needs. With the additions to the W Series, Thecus is able to offer a more diversified product to its customers. Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials is an ideal pairing with Thecus NAS and will equip small businesses with a powerful and trusted storage solution.” – Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology Corp. By running Windows Server software on a Thecus NAS, users will be able to simplify the integration of Microsoft’s cloud-based applications and services, including Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. These new NAS offerings provide users with an affordable, flexible solution that minimizes resources spent on business operations while still optimizing productivity. “The Windows Storage Serve...



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Enter to Win a SilverStone ML07 HTPC Case from PureOverclock

                Simple to win. Shipping to US addresses only. Have a family member in the US that will ship to you or you just want them to have this sweet HTPC case? Then go ahead and enter! Share to make it easier for us to continue the giveaways! Want to know more about the MILO ML07 HTPC Case? Click here for more info—–>> CLICK ME! Classic SilverStone styling Support graphics card up to 13 inches Mini-ITX motherboard & SFX PSU compatible Maximum performance in slim form factor with support for liquid cooling* Fits in nearly any environment with horizontal or vertical orientation  



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XtracGear Carbonic and Ripper Mouse Pads Review

Today we're looking at three gaming surfaces / mouse pads from XTracGear, a specialist in the mouse pad accessory market. We've got the Carbonic, the Ripper, and the Ripper XXL up for testing. All are flexible control pads, and they range in size from rather small to utterly massive. Let's have a closer look at these mouse pads from XTracGear.



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Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset Review

Introduction Headsets are practically a dime a dozen in today’s market. With the large variety available on the net, it makes it tough for us to filter out the good ones from the bad ones. As PC enthusiasts we love our games and our music. We want to blast our ears without waking up the neighbors or maybe our significant other sitting next to us. Today we will be adding more choices to the mix by introducing a new headset from Kingston, called the HyperX Cloud. Kingston has been a name we have come to know in the PC industry, especially with system memory products. However, with the growing number of PC peripherals and accessories, it was only a matter of time before Kingston started to tap their brand cache and jump into this arena too. With the e-sports crowd growing in popularity, Kingston saw an opportunity. They created a division called “HyperX.” Under the HyperX branding, Kingston is now developing accessories and peripherals to feed this growing group. This new HyperX Cloud Headset is one of those products. Let’s put it to the test and see how well it holds up against the competition. Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about Kingston: “Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston Technology now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2007, the company’s sales exceeded $4.5 billion....



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ANDROMEDIA AM Bluetooth Speakers

When you are shopping for a Bluetooth speaker, Andromedia I believe has covered all the bases, with the four options available. I personally like them all for various reasons, the first being portability, they are easy to store and carry, for the money spent the features included on all four are phenomenal, and sound quality is the best I have heard from speakers in this price range of this size.



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Genius MX Gaming Gila Mouse

Today we’re going to test drive the Genius GX Gaming Gila, a mouse that's specifically geared to MMO/RTS gamers. Coming with a huge assortment of buttons and some unique features as well, the Gila looks rather exciting. With a very attractive price tag of only $66, can the GX Gaming Gila stack up well in a competitive market? Let's take a closer look and find out.



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ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Motherboard Review

Introduction A few months back we took a look at the ASUS Maximus VII Hero Motherboard (HERE) . The Maximus VII Hero, which is part of ASUS’ mid range Republic of Gamer’s line, took home the Editors Choice award for its great performance and outstanding aesthetics. However, that was only the tip of the iceberg for the ROG line up. Today… we have the chance to take a look at ASUS’ flagship motherboard the ASUS Maximus VII Formula. We are really excited to start putting this motherboard to the test. Its aesthetics alone really stand out, especially its Armor Shield. If you are an water cooling enthusiast, the hybrid CrossChill Cooling VRM block is also a great feature. Can the ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula live up to its little brother the Hero and earn another Editor’s Choice Award? Let’s dive in and take a look.   But before we do, let’s here a word from ASUS. Origin of the Name “Asus” ASUS comes from the last four letters of Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that represents the inspiration of art and learning. ASUS embodies the strength, creative spirit and purity symbolized by this regal and agile mythical creature, soaring to new heights of quality and innovation with each product it introduces to the market.



G.SKILL Releases World’s Fastest DDR4 3333MHz Memory, Available Now!

G.SKILL Releases World’s Fastest DDR4 3333MHz Memory, Available Now! The Bleeding Edge of Speed Has Arrived!  Taipei, Taiwan – 4 September 2014 – G.SKILL International Co., Ltd., the leading high performance memory designer and manufacturer, is releasing the world’s fastest DDR4 memory kit at a breath-taking and neck-breaking 3333MHz!!! With a total capacity of 16GB (4GBx4), the system can take full advantage of quad channel mode and crank up the bandwidth speed to new heights. Not to mention the CAS timings are maintained at a nice CL16-16-16-36, and fully validated on the newest ASUS Rampage V Extreme X99 motherboard!   In addition to the extremely high end DDR4 3333MHz memory kit, Ripjaws 4 series memory kits are also now available in 3300MHz 16GB (4GBx4) and 3200MHz 16GB (4GBx4). These high end models are available in sleek black and slated to be available September 5th, on Newegg.com. For all other countries and regions, these high end Ripjaws 4 will be available very soon! Newegg Links: 3200MHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231803&Tpk=20-231-803 3300MHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231804&Tpk=20-231-804 3333MHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231805&Tpk=20-231-805  About G.SKILL Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory and SSD products, designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technic...



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NZXT S340 Chassis Teaser

A few days ago, NZXT teased us with their latest release of the NZXT S340 Chassis. Our first impressions with its latest addition is WOW! Talk about “value” with a retail price of right around $69.99 USD. With most Press Release we only get a glimpse of what to expect, but this time around, it is bit different. To make a long story short, I had been looking for a replacement panel for my NZXT Phantom P630 that I had managed to damage. So I took to NZXT’s website to purchase the replacement panel. After short chat with customer service rep Lauren Kim regarding my matter, she was able to help me by warrantying my existing panel and offered a replacement for FREE, talk about outstanding customer service! Since I was local to the NZXT headquarters, I had offered to come pick up the panel to save on shipping cost. During my visit, I managed to catch Eric Henry, a NZXT Community Rep at the office since it was still during business hours. Eric was nice enough to give me a short tour and I was able to meet with the Mitch from PR and the NZXT Staff. Great people by the way! While I was here, we were able to get first hand look at the NZXT S340 Chassis up close and personal. While the one they had on display was still a prototype, it was nice to see first hand what to expect before we receive our review sample. Here are some pictures of the NZXT S340 during our visit (sorry about the quality, I only had my cell phone with me at the time since the visit really was u...



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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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AMD FX-8370 & FX-8370E Processor Review

  Introduction   We all know the woes AMD and their fans have been dealing with over the last few years so we will not be hashing that topic again. We will instead focus on the updated line for what they are, a place holder. They are designed to hold the interest of fans, budget shoppers and gamers until further notice. There have been no grand design changes that will suddenly put AMD on top of the performance heap. Instead, this is a product to cover those that have yet to make the switch from an older AM3 or AM3+ CPU or even a lesser CPU in the current AM3+ product stack. There is also a shift in how the FX series chips line up to the competition. We will move right into the overview and benchmarks that cover the new FX-8370 and FX-8370E 8 core CPUs.   Press Release   Introducing AMD FX Optimized for Power and Efficiency Multi-core processing is the future. Game engines are being designed to do more at a time; particle effects, physics calculations, light rays, and shadows are growing progressively more complex by the day. Large-scale computing now relies more on the overall throughput of parallelism than the singular speed of CPU cores. Today, AMD FX-Series CPUs return to push the boundaries of value to the high-performance desktop platform – introducing the speed-optimized 125W AMD FX-8370 and power-optimized 95W AMD FX-8370E and AMD FX-8320E processors. Featuring the “Piledriver” x86 core architecture, all of our new FX solutions feature...



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DirectX 12 a Big Deal for AMD CPUs?

Back in 2011, AMD made a bold statement with the release of the FX-8150. Their premise was that single core performance was holding the industry back and that it was time to start trading in single core performance for the more advanced multi-threading performamce. That totally blew up in their face. The end result was a CPU that only out performed the previous gen chip (the Phenom II X6 1100T) in multi-threading benchmarks while suffering a hit in the single-threaded arena. Meanwhile, gaming as well as a vast amount of common applications continued to predominantly use single threads and INTEL garnered the massive lead they have today. But what if AMD was right all along and only jumped the gun a few years too soon? PC & Tech Authority had an interview with Crytek, a major game developer, and the resulting discussion shed some very interesting details on what DirectX 12 could mean for the future of multi-threaded performance. The most interesting statement from Crytek was the fact that Microsoft has been “really keen on listening to developers.” The reason why is that developers are the ones who want to utilize more resources from the CPU by having more multi-threaded support. According to Crytek, the main concern not only to them, but also other developers, is improving throughput from the CPU. They explain that for many years now, the best way to move forward is to go massively parallel. There’s more to the picture than just this one piece, but it ...



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Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite Keyboard

A fully mechanical keyboard that sports a sleek design and caters to gamers who want something uncomplicated, the Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite has some unique features including a detachable and movable numpad, suitable for lefties or righties. That certainly got our attention, so we had to test drive the Tizona G2N Elite firsthand. Let's delve a bit deeper and see if the Tizona G2N Elite can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards.






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