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    Thermaltake Urban T81 Case Review

       Introduction   Thermaltake shook up the market a few years ago with the release of the Level 10 chassis. It took everything we knew about what a computer case was supposed to look like, and tossed it out a window. It won Thermaltake (sometimes referred ...
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    MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard Review

    A few months ago we had the honor of reviewing the new MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboards during the launch of the Z97 chipset. Today, we are here again to look at another MSI motherboard. We have MSI's flagship Gaming Motherboard the MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC. At first glan...
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    HIS R7 260X and R7 250X Review

    Today we're focusing on two cards from HIS, a company we're very familiar with, having seen many of their products in the past couple of generations in AMD cards. HIS typically produces cards with custom coolers and aggressive factory overclocks, but these two are a ...
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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 o...
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VERTO headset – Stay sharp through fierce competition!

 VERTO headset – Stay sharp through fierce competition! Taipei, Taiwan – July 14th, 2014 – Tt eSPORTS, the leading expert in professional e-Sports gaming peripherals is releasing the new VERTO, a headset offering strong styling paired with comfort. The head band design is auto adjusting to get the right sizing for anyone who wears it, and protein leather ear pads maintain comfort even over long hours of use. The bold geometric design is strong enough for gaming yet sophisticated enough for in-office use. The stainless steel outer-headband frame was carefully tuned over time, to provide the most optimal angle and width for the best ergonomics. The inner handband, with leatherette padding for comfort, slides to conform to the weare’s head. The VERTO was designed to offer a secure grip on the head, without clamping down hard, for comfort over both short and long term wear. The earpads feature the use of protein leather, which feels soft and supple upon the skin while maximizing breathability The VERTO is a stereo headset with an overall balanced sound, and a tinge of bass emphasis. Maintaining an overall balanced sound makes the VERTO great for competitive gaming, and the slight bass emphasis maintains a great atmosphere for both movies and casual gaming. The bendable and pivotable omni-directional microphone gets in and out of the way conveniently as needed, while providing crystal clear voice communications. The VERTO features a removable cable design, and is both ...


Take Your Musical Experience to New Heights with LUXA2 Groovy Duo Live Wireless Speakers & LUXA2 Groovy Audio Center App

Take Your Musical Experience to New Heights with LUXA2 Groovy Duo Live Wireless Speakers & LUXA2 Groovy Audio Center App   Taipei, Taiwan -July, 11, 2014- LUXA2, a market leader in power, audio and holder solutions, today announced the Groovy Duo Live Wireless Speaker, the newest and most dynamic addition to the LUXA2 Groovy audio series. The Groovy Duo is a set of compact twin speakers that provides the most remarkable musical experience for all your lifestyle experiences. You can share your twin speaker with friends for mono to mono sound, or simply pair it up with its unique dynamic pairing mode for true stereo sound – watching movies, music and game playing, or even use as a mini home theatre system, the Groovy Duo compliments all your wireless musical needs. With its smooth black matte finish, crisp physical control functions and laser lined LED indicator, the Groovy Duo mixes hi-tech with hi-fashionistic appeal for the ultimate portable musical experience. One thing you must not do is mistake the Groovy Duo as an innocent looking little speaker as it is no slouch in the volume department, for it packs a whopping 6W (Watt) combined total audio output which is more than enough to keep that party going all night long. With up to 8 hours of long lasting playtime available, and requiring just 3 hours to recharge from flat, you spend more time jamming to your beats than anything else. The Groovy Duo is also compatible with LUXA2’s Groovy Audio Center App which...


HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 Review

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Today we're looking at the HIS R9 280 IceQ X2, a mid-range performance graphics card that retails for around $260. We've been impressed with cards from HIS in the past, particularly those with the vaunted IceQ cooler, which has proven to be very impressive with low temperatures and noise levels. Can this card continue the trend? Lt's take a closer look at the HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 to find out.


 

Introducing the Kraken X31, NZXT’s First 120mm Based Liquid Cooler!

It’s time to take the plunge. Los Angeles, CA – The Kraken X31 takes our Kraken liquid coolers to new depths by reimagining our industry-leading 140mm platform in a smaller, more affordable 120mm package without sacrificing performance or the cutting edge hardware the Kraken has come to be known for. By utilizing a 120mm radiator, we’re able to increase the radiator’s compatibility to include cases that don’t support our traditional 140mm standard. The X31 radiator is also optimized to run on a single fan without losing static pressure, airflow, or performance. Extended tubing make installing the Kraken X31 a breeze, while our industry leading six year all-inclusive warranty keeps your rig performing reliably at top performance. The Kraken X31 includes the same state-of-the-art integrated variable speed pump that keeps noise to a minimum during use without sacrificing top end pump power in our X41 and X61. A single 120mm pressure-optimized PWM fan connects directly with the pump to give complete software control over your Kraken cooler. In addition to the cutting edge hardware and a robust warranty, our legacy Kraken Control software has been replaced by the Kraken+ module within our new software suite, CAM. Kraken+ allows you to control your Kraken X31’s fan speeds and other custom cooling settings directly from your PC or mobile device regardless of where you are in the world. The Kraken X31’s mix of performance, affordability, and reliability makes thi...


ROCCAT Moves Forward on the Sova, Brings Fans Into the Mix

ROCCAT Moves Forward on the Sova, Brings Fans Into the Mix  The wireless modular gaming board goes full-speed into development   Hamburg – July 7, 2014 – It’s been a summer of major announcements for ROCCAT Studios, with a few more yet to come, the most recent being the E3 reveal of the in-development ROCCAT Sova Wireless Modular Gaming Board. The positive fan and media response to the Sova at E3 was massive, with fantastic articles and word of mouth. Building on the wave of enthusiasm for a wireless keyboard/mousepad combo custom made for a living room gaming experience, ROCCAT is immediately moving into its next phase of development for the Sova, and inviting our fans to join the ride. “We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response we have received for the Sova,” Says René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT. “We realize that now is not the time to sit back and wait, but to give fans what they want as quickly as possible. We’re ready to go full speed into our refinement process, and want our fans to see the hard work that goes into moving a ROCCAT product from its development phase, into what you see at retail. The Sova is coming, it is going to be an amazing piece of gaming hardware, and you’ll get to follow every step on that journey in our newly launched Sova Development Blog.” Starting today and going forward, ROCCAT’s Sova Blog will take fans into the world of our designers and developers, where they will drop in to discuss featur...


XSPC DDC Photon 170 Reservoir/Pump Combo – Review

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XSPC has been known to bring attractive product to the market usually at an equally attractive price tag. These two factors have made them very popular over the last few years. Radiators, reservoirs, tubing and fittings all were released with a good amount of fanfare. None of those came close to the buzz created by the Photon D5 combo. The sturdy glass Photon was already an instant success and combining it with a strong D5 pump sent a strong message to everyone: XSPC has great minds at work. The sticking point was the overall size left some out in the cold wishing for a combo setup that could fit in the smaller chassis. Ok folks, we are here today to finally silence those that have been complaining, wishing or requesting loudly to XSPC after they released the combo Photon D5 Reservoir . You got your wish! XSPC decided to follow up the incredibly popular Photon D5 with a sought after DDC version. This will make many people happy, including me as I have been working on a lot of small systems lately. The smaller size, good head pressure and sturdy stain resistant glass has me excited to see what it can do and how well it can fit into a beloved small form factor case. Let us get started then.


 

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 ...


NZXT Sentry 3 Fan Speed Controller Review

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As any system builder can tell you, the proper way to tune your system involves balance. Part of that balance which often goes overlooked by many novice builders is configuring your system fans; without proper airflow, your system might not be performing to its peak potential or might just be making a bit more noise than it needs to. Let us not forget that often times we find ourselves wondering how we are going to supply power to our fans without having to use motherboard headers and having all those unseemly cables running all over the place like so many cob webs. NZXT's Sentry line of fan speed controllers has been a staple for many system builders for several years, ranging in style from simple, mesh-style rheostat dials (varying resistor to control fan speed), to dual bay touch screen units. Here to serve another segment, as well as to update their lineup, is the Sentry 3. Offering 15 watts/three fans per channel, an increased size single bay touch screen, temperature probe, five total channels and an alarm monitor, can these features really create a more balanced build for you, or does this amount to nothing more than a bit of case bling? Before we find out, here's a bit about NZXT:


 

CYBERPOWERPC Configurator Lets You Build a Dream Custom SFF Mini-ITX PC Machine

CYBERPOWERPC Configurator Lets You Build a Dream Custom SFF Mini-ITX PC Machine   CITY of INDUSTRY, CA (July 2, 2014) – CyberPower Inc. www.cyberpowerpc.com, a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, today unveiled its custom small form factor (SFF) configurator, which allows customers to choose from a carefully selected menu of high-end components to build the custom SFF Mini-ITX gaming rig of their dreams. As far as performance goes, the sky is the limit. The CYBERPOWERPC design and engineering teams worked hard to stuff enough processing, graphics and cooling power into these pint-sized machines to rival any full-size desktop PC. According to CyberPower Inc., small form factor gaming systems have traditionally been limited from the start because of their inability to support many advanced options. For example, most designs were limited to 1U, 2U server or SFX power supplies, which are more difficult to upgrade and are often not powerful enough for high-end graphics cards. Customers start first with a wide selection of SFF gaming chassis that have the headroom to support full size graphics, liquid cooling and other advanced components. Selections include the Corsair Obsidian 250D, BitFenix Prodigy SFF, Fractal Design Node 304 and more. The SFF Configurator will offer the latest 4th Generation Intel Core processors including the screaming fast, unlocked Intel Core i7-4790K “Devil’s Canyon” chip that starts at 4.0GHz. All processors will be mounted to a Mini-ITX...


Arctic Accelero Xtreme IV 280(X) GPU Cooler Review

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Today's high demanding games can cause serious heat issues with improperly cooled graphic cards, so what do we do when they start to overheat? Look into water cooling? Not if your graphics card uses a non-referenced PCB. I'm in that boat; I picked up a few video cards without realizing they were non-referenced. The question is, what other options do we have in order to better cool the GPU and memory? Arctic has came up with a solution with the Accelero Xtreme IV 280(X), which is an upgraded air cooling solution that cools the GPU and memory utilizing 5 heatpipes and a custom rear heatsink.


 



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