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    Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming Review

    The Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming is the graphics card we're looking at today, and it's latest in the company's popular model series, coming with updated features for the namesake cooler. We've been impressed in the past with Windforce graphics cards, and we suspect thi...
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    be quiet! – Pure Rock CPU Cooler Review

    Introduction Over the last few years, be quiet! has developed quite a reputation for quality and performance. Now be quiet! offers quite a line up products from CPU Coolers, fans and even power supplies. Like their name implies, they have been praised because of ho...
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    Cougar 200K Scissor Gaming Keyboard

    Today we're looking at the Cougar 200K Illuminated gaming keyboard, an affordable board that sports rather smart styling and a couple of interesting features, such as lighting effects and anti-ghosting technology. We often see such features on expensive keyboards, bu...
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    HyperX Savage DDR3 Memory Review (HX318C9SRK2/16)

    Introduction Over the last few years, the HyperX…a division of Kingston Technologies has increased its product line and today we add a new addition to the memory category. HyperX introduced to us the Fury series last year which offered great speeds for its entr...
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Vardar vs. Gentle Typhoon. Is it a copy? Absolutely not!

True story of Vardar Over the last few weeks there was a lot of wind around (and through) our new Vardar fans. There were many comments made that Vardar series are just a copy of the Gentle Typhoon fans. Do they look similar? Maybe. Are they a copy? Absolutely not! We had a dream, for years, to design our own fans from the ground up optimized for liquid cooling without any compromises in performance and noise levels. Vardar fans are a result of a long and rigorous in-house development process. Members of our team had a background in industrial fan design with over 10 years of experience and that needed to be utilized. Unlike chassis fans which are built to provide high air flow, a good radiator cooling fan must generate high static pressure as well while generating least amount of audible noise. This is also the reason why Vardar ended up with the square shape – it ensures optimal performance in either pull- (suction) or push (pressure) regime without hydraulic losses. The fan itself is powered by a high quality industrial motor with double ball bearing which has actively cooled motor windings to allow better air flow and long lasting performance. We felt the need to upgrade the fan with dominantly popular PWM functionality, which stands for pulse width modulation, where the pulse is turning DC voltage on and off very fast. This allows active regulation of speed from your motherboard and better power efficiency. Gentle Typhoon was the market benchmark that we set to...


Tesoro Announces the Lobera Spectrum Per-Key RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboard in North America

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Tesoro Announces the Lobera Spectrum Per-Key RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboard in North America Full Spectrum, Full Customization, Full Features March 17, 2015, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., announces the Lobera Spectrum mechanical keyboard, featuring RGB per-key illumination, 9 LED effect modes, instant recording capabilities for every key and USB pass-through. Full Spectrum, Full Customization The Lobera Spectrum allows gamers to individually customize virtually any color, to any key. With 9 different LED effects, such as dimming, full zone, trigger, ripple, firework, radiation, rainbow wave, and per key customized mode as well as 5 levels of brightness and 5 distinct profiles to store them. There are endless combinations for a truly unique configuration. Audio Mode When Audio Mode is activated, the LEDs of each individual key dance to the beats and bass of your favorite tunes. Switchable N-Key Rollover / USB 6 Key Rollover Allowing gamers to switch between N-Key Rollover (NKRO) and USB 6 Key Rollover, the Lobera Spectrum is immune to ghosting or jamming issues. A fast 1000Hz polling rate helps makes sure no keystroke is missed, and with instant game mode switching, users don’t have to worry about accidental key presses taking them away from the heat of battle. USB and Audio Jack Pass-Through The Lobera Spectrum comes with a pass-through hub with audio/mic jacks and 2x USB 2.0 ports with a DC-in jack allowing gamers to charge their smart phones and tab...


COUGAR releases QBX, the Most Advanced Compact Gaming Case

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COUGAR™ releases QBX™, the Most Advanced Compact Gaming Case on the Market Taipei, Taiwan March 16th, 2015 – COUGAR, leading brand in the gaming hardware market, announces today the arrival of COUGAR QBX™, the most advanced compact gaming case on the market. This Mini-ITX case stands above the crowd for three reasons: its compact dimensions, its expandability and the best cooling on the market for a case of its size.   The first of QBX’s virtues is self-evident. Its 178 x 260 x 368 mm make QBX a highly compact case. With it, gamers no longer need enormous desks with lots of space to install high-end gaming components in order to enjoy new generation games. Whether on a desk or near the TV, QBX will fit in any gamer’s room and leave them space for a bigger screen or whatever they want to do with it. The second of QBX’s distinguishing features is what makes it a gaming case. A compact case with very good cooling is great, but virtually all of those are limited to smaller components with limited capabilities, which makes it impossible to enjoy the most demanding games. QBX shatters that limitation, allowing the user to enjoy high end graphics cards (up to 350mm long), up to five hard disks (both HDD and SSD), Slim ODD for different media formats, USB 3.0 and much more. All this is well powered, since QBX supports PS2-ATX PSUs (up to 140mm long), which can fuel even the most demanding system and can also be easily found anywhere, in contrast ...


Aerocool presents value for money chassis Cyclops and Cyclops Advanced

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Aerocool presents value for money chassis Cyclops and Cyclops Advanced 12.03.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – Aerocool Advanced Technologies, one of world’s leading manufacturers of excellent gaming PC gear, presents new value for money chassis for the entry-level market. The Cyclops and Cyclops Advanced midi-towers are part of the PGS-V series, which combines great features with a futuristic design. At times, where the gamer’s demands are growing, Aerocool raises the bar for entry-level chassis once again by offering great amount of functions for a sweet-spot price. Aerocool designed the Cyclops chassis in a futuristic style and offers gamers the choice between a red and a black version. The case is made of steel with 0,5 mm thickness to provide decent stability. In spite of the great value-for-money ratio, many technical advantages and features have been implemented. ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX Mainboards as well as VGA cards with a length of 390 millimeters can be fitted easily. CPU coolers with a total height of 155 mm are supported as well. The mainboard-tray has been fitted with several openings, in order to allow neat cable management. In addition, a bigger opening has been prepared for easy mounting of backplate-based CPU coolers. Aerocool includes a removable dust filter for power supply units, an acrylic-window in the side-panel and a special adapter, allowing users to mount a fan or HDD into the exposed 3,5” bay. The Cyclops chassis comes with one pre-installed bl...


Lian Li Giving a Sneak Peak of the Latest Desk and O Series Chassis at CeBIT 2015

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Lian Li Giving a Sneak Peak of the Latest Desk and O Series Chassis at CeBIT 2015 Hall 17, Booth D26 12 March 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd is pleased to announce that prototypes of the latest O Series Chassis and Desk Chassis will be on display at CeBIT 2015. Lian Li invites all to get a sneak peak at its booth (Hall 17, D26) of the latest editions of the some of the most talked about chassis lines. Desk Chassis Prototype – DK-Q2 Combining the symbiotic relationship of desks and computer cases, the DK-01 and DK-02 were the first desk chassis to be brought to the mainstream market. Now, almost a year after their initial release, Lian Li will be debuting a desk chassis prototype, DK-Q2, that is a result of user feedback. Major updates include a removable motherboard tray, new leg design, and a slimmer body. Newest Addition to the O Series – PC-O8The O Series was initially launched in 2014 featuring a combination of Lian Li’s traditional high-end aluminum construction with an oversized tempered glass window, and allowed DIY builders to show off their hardware creations. The newest addition to the O Series, PC-O8, which is to be previewed at CeBIT 2015, follows the series’ philosophy, but does so in a bigger and more expansive form factor. With a history of eye-catching unveilings at CeBIT, Lian Li will once again prove itself an industry leader and innovator without sacrificing product quality. Attendees will be able to see the engi...


Noctua launches NH-L9x65 low-profile CPU cooler and NF-A6x25 PWM fan

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Noctua launches NH-L9x65 low-profile CPU cooler and NF-A6x25 PWM fan Vienna, March 11th 2015 – Continuing its recent focus on premium grade cooling components for compact systems such as ITX based gaming or Home Theater PCs, Noctua today released its new NH-L9x65 low-profile cooler and a 4-pin PWM version of its popular NF-A6x25 60mm fan. While the latter adds PWM support for automatic speed control to the proven NF-A6x25 design, the NH-L9x65 is a taller, performance-enhanced version of Noctua’s award-winning NH-L9 low-profile coolers. “Our NH-L9 coolers have become a default choice for customers seeking premium grade quiet coolers in the sub-40mm class, but with a height of only 37mm, their performance is inevitably limited”, explains Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO), “The new NH-L9x65 provides the increased performance necessary to cool high end CPUs quietly while still offering excellent case and component compatibility.” Due to its compact heatsink and the renowned 14mm thin NF-A9x14 PWM fan, the NH-L9x65 stands only 65mm tall (the same height as low-profile expansion cards), which makes it ideal for use in compact HTPCs or Small Form Factor cases that offer limited clearance for CPU coolers. With 65 instead of 37mm height and four instead of two heatpipes, the NH-L9x65 is more powerful than its smaller siblings yet retains their 95x95mm footprint, which guarantees 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility on Intel based ITX mainboards and make...


First DirectX 12, Now Vulkan

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About a week ago, I posted my thoughts on AMD putting an end to Mantle and what that could mean for DirectX 12. While I was pretty excited, some people were quick to remind me that while DirectX 12 is low-level, it’s still proprietary. Well the good news is that I only had half of the story. Not only was AMD pointing developers to DirectX 12, but they also started pointing them to the new API from Khronos Group, Vulkan. For those unfamiliar with the Khronos Group (as I was a few days ago), they are the people responsible for OpenGL. In short, this API was originally designed for graphics workstations and while it could be used for gaming purposes, the code was built up over the span of 20 years making it difficult to program to. OpenGL ES was cleaner, but was only designed towards mobile devices. This is where Vulkan comes in. Vulkan has taken the best and brightest features of Mantle and brought the “close to the metal” concept to a completely open and cross-platform API. To put it simply, what DirectX 12 is accomplishing for Windows, Vulkan should be able to accomplish for pretty much every major graphics player in the industry including the Big 3 (INTEL, AMD, NVIDIA). Those of you who wanted something non-proprietary; it looks like you got it and it isn’t fragmenting the industry, which was a concern back in the early days of Mantle. The other really interesting thing about Vulkan is what it could mean for the future of SLI and Crossfire. Rumors ...


SP/ Silicon Power Releases the Sportscar-like USB 3.0 Flash Drive—Blaze B50

SP/ Silicon Power Releases the Sportscar-like USB 3.0 Flash Drive—Blaze B50 Taipei, Taiwan – March 9th, 2015 –SP/ Silicon Power, the world’s leading provider of memory storage solutions, today releases the specially-designed USB 3.0 flash drive—Blaze B50. Inspired by muscular curving and dynamic spirit of sports cars, the Blaze B50 is tailored to delivering the streamlined and breathtaking look with powerfully-sculpted lines and delicate carbon fiber surface treatment. Consideration to every detail is echoed in the exterior design that represents a sense of movement and appears to be a great attraction for sports car enthusiasts. Not just a characteristic styling choice for fashion-conscious users, the Blaze B50 also appears to be the top gear by offering comprehensive capacity solutions up to 256GB and utilizing the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. Emphasizing the power of remarkable performances and superb designs, the Blaze B50 lines up as the very best in its segment. Give in to the euphoria in every curve and angle Encouraged by the dynamic concept of sports cars, the Blaze B50 USB flash drive is designed to be an artistic production with flowing lines and exquisite surface treatment that altogether create a sensuous character and an aggressive expression of style. To thoroughly accentuate the sense of speed and sportiness, the Blaze B50 applies the special surface treatment with carbon fiber pattern that lends the drive an exceptionally energetic gesture. No ...


COUGAR releases first Digital PSU – COUGAR CMD

COUGAR™ releases first 80 PLUS BRONZE Digital PSU, making Digital Power accessible March 09, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR™, a leading player in the computer gaming hardware market, announces today the release of its first 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Digital Power Supply Unit, the COUGAR™ CMD™ Digital Power Supply Unit. Its arrival marks a radical change for Digital PSUs, freeing them from their current status of niche product and putting digital power in the right direction towards becoming the mainstream option for PC gaming. This is due to the emphasis on practical functionality put during its development, which has led to a product whose specifications all target real user needs. CMD™ is fully integrated with COUGAR™ UIX™ System The basis of the CMD™ is the state of the art technology and quality materials COUGAR™ is already well known for in the PSU market. On top of this, COUGAR™ has implemented its newly developed Digital Power technology and integrated it with the COUGAR™ UIX™ Device management system. The Digital Power technology brings a broad range of functions to CMD™ that will assist the user mainly in two areas: the electric supply of the computer and its temperature and cooling. Those two areas have been chosen because they are especially relevant for gamers. CMD™ provides the user with detailed information and control about his system The CMD’s electric supply-related functions include monitoring of the PSU’s elect...


BIOSTAR Reveals the TA970 Plus

 BIOSTAR Reveals the TA970 Plus AMD Mainboard with Advanced Clock Calibration March 9th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR has released an AMD socket AM3+ motherboard, the TA970 Plus with AMD OverDrive™ and the ACC (Advanced Clock Calibration) feature. This AMD 970 chipset board supports AMD multi-Core (x8, x6) and Socket AM3 processors including the AMD FX/ Phenom II and Athlon II versions. This is a powerful platform for gamers and enthusiasts. The TA970 Plus is a full sized ATX board with 4 DDR3 DIMM slots and mSATA/Mini PCI-E combo connector. It supports SATA 6Gb/s speeds, which are two times the speed of current SATA 3G. Of course there is USB 3.0 support as well. Powerful graphics are supported with AMD’s CrossfireX capability. To get every power advantage the TA970 Plus features the AMD OverDrive™ and the ACC (Advanced Clock Calibration) function. This allows power users to overclock their system by precisely calibrating the clock timings between the processor and RAM chips. These timings are critical in maintaining system stability when overclocking, otherwise you will end up with a system that crashes often. As they say, “Timing is Everything” and the TA970 Plus allows you to get it right. Premium BIOSTAR exclusive features of the TA970 Plus include the BIO-Remote II, Smart Speed LAN and PURO Hi-Fi technology. The PURO Hi-Fi technology features an integrated independent audio power design with a built-in amplifier. The technology utilizes audio component...





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