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    VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 Review

    It has been several months since AMD shook up the GPU market a bit with its R9 series of GPUs. Now that the dust has settled there has been time for AMD partners to design better cooling solutions for the Hawaii based GPUs at the top end of the R9 lineup. When the 29...
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    Enermax T.B. Vegas 120mm and T.B. Apollish 180/200mm Fan Review

    When you look at most of the LED case fans out there, they're largely uninspired. Sure the lighting is solid on many of them, and some of them even offer up good cooling performance to match their look, but the lighting effect is ultimately the same: just a blob of ...
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    Bitfenix Collosus Mini ITX Review

    Lately it seems I have been covering the smaller side of things in reviews. If you read any of them, you will know that I am not a big fan of the diminutive size of Micro and Mini anything when it comes to computing. The bigger the better has been my motto. Huge case...
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    In Win 901 Aluminum Mini-ITX Case Review

    In Win has been known to release some pretty unique PC chassis; their design team have some pretty creative ideas when it comes to its aesthetics and overall style. Of course, that's not always true. Sometimes we've seen some pretty questionable designs and wonder ...
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AMD to Increase Global Foundries Chip Production

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After Global Foundries was formed from the Advanced Micro Devices manufacturing arm, they have flourished into one of the top semiconductor foundries on the global markets. Part of their success can be contributed to their contracts with AMD to produce a portion of their processors. Recently, Global Foundries has been looking to even further increase their size by the potential acquisition of IBM’s semiconductor fabrication facilities. AMD and Global Foundries reached an agreement increasing the amount of production done by the company. With this agreement, AMD projects that they will pay Global Foundries around $1.2 billion by the end of 2014. Their production prices will be fixed for the duration of their agreement. AMD has made this decision reflecting their projections for this year, increasing production quantities of PC semiconductors and some GPU and APU products. Between the increase of production for AMD and the prospective purchase for Global Foundries, both companies seem to be in very good shape for the future. AMD is in a very good position to increase their own sales and finally stand up against the massive Intel market. In all, Global Foundries just continues to grow in success as AMD and other companies increase their demand for semiconductor products. As Originally Written by DanielB Sources: http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2014/04/04/glofo-ibm/1 http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/amd-amends-wafer-2014apr1.aspx


Nvidia GeForce Experience 2.0 and Performance Update

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We recently had the opportunity to meet with Nvidia to hear some of the upcoming newly minted features of their popular GeForce Experience software, and Nvidia is promising even better features to reach a wider audience, and are now calling this their GFE 2.0, presumably the new and improved version. Notebooks are getting the love this time around, receiving the full treatment like the enthusiast desktop brethren, and mobile gaming is looking to get a boost as well with Nvidia's new Gamestream. As an added bonus, we've got some new drivers from Nvidia as well, version 337.50, which promises performance increases. Not ones to blindly believe the claims, we get a GTX 780 on the bench and see what these drivers can do.


 

Samsung Jumps into Memory Card Market

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Today, tech giant Samsung announced it’s jumping into the retail memory market, looking to make a big splash with new Samsung-branded memory cards. Expecting to capitalize on its market position as an industry leader, Samsung is launching an entirely new lineup of SD and micro-SD cards geared to mainstream, enthusiasts, and professionals with the Standard, EVO, and PRO models, a naming convention which appears to follow the company’s popular SSD lineup. With capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB, and speeds up to a blistering 90mB/s, the products have been branded for easy recognition to consumers, easily identifying the difference between recommended phone, tablet, and camera uses, depending on your needs for various media uses.   Standard The Standard model offers solid mobile performance and is a must-have for mobile phones, tablets, point-and-shoot cameras and mid-range camcorders. It’s the smart choice for storing more music, photos, videos and apps. EVO The EVO model boasts ultra-high-speed performance and is the preferred memory card for your smartphones, tablets, full HD (FHD) camcorders and digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. Its ultra-fast performance brings you improved data transfer of more photos and videos on your mobile devices and high-resolution photo and video capturing on your cameras and camcorders. PRO The PRO model delivers extremely high performance speeds and reliability for premium smartphones, tablets, FHD camcorders a...


SAPPHIRE Launches R9 290 Vapor-X OC

  SAPPHIRE Launches R9 290 Vapor-X OC Combines Vapor-Chamber Cooler with Tri-X fans and new features for optimum performance SAPPHIRE technology, the leading manufacturer and global supplier of AMD-based graphics products, has just announced an exciting new model in the successful R9 series of graphics cards. The SAPPHIRE R9 290 Vapor-X OC features several of the company’s industry-leading technologies and a factory overclock to deliver best in class performance with very low noise. Based on the award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture from AMD with 2560 Stream Processors, the SAPPHIRE R9 290 Vapor-X is an Overclocked edition which boasts 4GB of the latest GDDR5 memory running at 1400MHz (5.6GB/s effective) and high speed engine clocks of 1050MHz. Together these clocks deliver industry leading performance – but to achieve this performance with stability and reliability demands high quality components throughout the design (especially in the power control circuitry) together with a sophisticated cooling solution. SAPPHIRE Innovations The advanced cooling system for the new SAPPHIRE Vapor-X series has been engineered with a combination of SAPPHIRE innovative technologies to provide not just efficient cooling, but also quiet operation. At the core of the cooling system is the SAPPHIRE exclusive Vapor-X technology. SAPPHIRE pioneered the use of vapor chamber technology on graphics cards and has now used it in several generations of highly successful product...


Digital Storm Unveils Four New Gaming Laptops

 Digital Storm Unveils Four New Gaming Laptops   FREMONT, Calif. – April 3, 2014 – Digital Storm is excited to unveil four new gaming notebooks – the 15.6 inch Javelin and Lance and the 17.3 inch Krypton and Behemoth. The four laptops provide a variety of sizes, configurations and features to meet the needs of almost any mobile PC gamer.   All four models in Digital Storm’s new line feature the new NVIDIA GTX 800M series of graphics cards. The new generation of graphics cards offers improved performance and advanced technology like Battery Boost, to maximize battery life during gaming, and ShadowPlay for recording gameplay streams.   “We’ve wanted to refresh our notebook line for a while and the NVIDIA GTX 800M series launch provided the perfect timing,” said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development. “The cards’ ability to deliver gaming performance comparable to a desktop system allow our notebooks to dominate anywhere.”   Starting at just $1,196 the custom built Javelin gaming notebook delvers stellar gaming performance and a high-definition multimedia experience. The Javelin’s 1080P display allows gamers to experience every inch of the battlefield in incredible detail.   The powerful Lance utilizes a high performance notebook cooling system that compartmentalizes critical hardware to keep the notebook frosty during even the most intense sessions. The notebook also comes equipped with Sound Blaster’s ...


AOC Debuts 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor Built for Speed

r AOC Debuts 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor Built for Speed 3 Apr 2014   High-performance G2460PQU display brings a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time to your gaming PC and console   Fremont, Calif. – April 3, 2014 – AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor (G2460PQU). Designed for high-performance gaming, the AOC G2460PQU delivers a refresh rate of 144Hz and response time of 1ms for ultra smooth, crystal clear visuals that give gamers decisive advantages including reduced input lag and more frames per second.   The AOC G2460PQU is the ultimate gaming monitor with ample connectivity options and a sleek design to meet your competitive gaming needs. The wall-mountable monitor has a black hairline textured design with a sleek red bar at the bottom bezel, and comes with Display Port, HDMI, DVI-Dual Link, VGA, with four USB 2.0 ports. The USB hub includes a fast-charging port for mobile devices that is three times faster than a standard USB port. Plus the monitor’s four-way adjustable stand allows gamers to change the monitor height by 130mm, swivel left and right, tilt the screen angle, and pivot 90 degrees to landscape or portrait view to maximize the gaming experience. The AOC G2460PQU is now available for $399.99 at national CE retailers. The display is backed by AOC’s three-year warranty as well as the EASE exchange program.   The AOC 144Hz Gaming Monitor’s 24-inch screen displ...


Team CompLexity Won 2014 Call of Duty World Championship

  Team CompLexity Won 2014 Call of Duty World Championship L337 Gaming sponsorship team CompLexity took the first place with $400,000USD grand prize   3rd April 2014, Taipei, Taiwan –Breaking news! ECS proudly announced that the L337 Gaming sponsorship gaming team, CompLexity, won the first place in 2014 Call of Duty Championship with $400,000USD grand prize in Los Angeles on 3/30/2014. Congratulations, Team CompLexity!     CompLexity scored wins over both TCM Gaming and XFinity in 3-0 matches during round one and two, respectively, and FaZe in round three. The team’s 6-0 win over OpTic in round four advanced them to the Championship Final Round against EnVyUs. CompLexity, which includes Patrick “Aches” Price, Tyler “TeePee” Polchow, Damon “Karma” Barlow, and Ian “Crimsix” Porter, showed their excellent skills and superb team work and defeated EnVyUs in overtime of Championship Final Round.   The full list of finalists for the 2014 Call of Duty Championship is as follows:   1st: CompLexity———$400,000 2nd: EnVyUs————-$200,000 3rd: OpTic Gaming——$120,000 4th: Strictly Business—-$100,000 5th: Trident T1dotters—$70,000 6th: FaZe——————-$50,000 7th: Rise Nation———-$35,000 8th: VexX Revenge——$25,000 World-famous professional gaming team CompLexity has been the leading organization in e...


ADATA Moves Quickly on New DDR4 Specification

ADATA Moves Quickly on New DDR4 Specification New RDIMM supports Intel® Xeon™ processor E5-2600 v3 product family   Taipei, Taiwan – April 3, 2014 – ADATA™ Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, has announced the launch of new DDR4 modules.  Working in close cooperation with Intel®, ADATA has successfully developed and launched DDR4 RDIMM (ECC Registered DIMM) that are fully compatible with the newly announced, next generation platform of Intel® Xeon™ processor E5-2600 v3 product family.   Coming in densities of 4, 8 & 16 gigabytes, the new modules run at 1.2 volts, and at a frequency of 2133MHz. The higher clock frequencies, faster data transfer rates, and low voltage operation of DDR4 memory make it especially suited for use in the growing cloud server, storage and networking application fields. Specification Type Capacity Voltage Frequency Part Number DDR4 RDIMM 4GB 1.2V 2133MHz AD4R2133W4G15 DDR4 RDIMM 8GB 1.2V 2133MHz AD4R2133Y8G15 DDR4 RDIMM 16GB 1.2V 2133MHz AD4R2133Y16G15   According to Jacky Yang, Product Manager at ADATA: “We are enthusiastic about the great potential of this new DDR4 specification, and we will move quickly to bring this new technology to our customers. Currently in development are DDR4 versions of ECC SO-DIMM, VLP RDIMM, & LRDIMM, so we look forward to providing the stability and reliability that ADATA is known for in a low voltage and high performan...


Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard Review

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In the past several months, the push for Home Theater PC's (HTPC's for short) has started to grow wildly. The allure of a fully modular home theater machine that does more than just play your movies or music is simply too strong for many to resist, and rightfully so. Oftentimes the question we may ask is "What platform should I build a HTPC on?" The answers vary wildly based on individual hardware preferences. AMD seems to think that one of the best choices out there for the discerning HTPC enthusiast lies with their newest Kaveri APU. While there are many choices out there of associated hardware, with more on the way, Biostar has one now that appeals directly to the audiophile: the A88W Hi-Fi 3D. Designed with both a high-end isolated audio solution and potential for tuning an unlocked APU, this motherboard looks to be a very sensible choice for those who want a little bit from every buffet of tech; the question is, "does it deliver finely tuned notes for enthusiasts of all kinds, or does it fall flat?" We're here to find out just that.


 

New Solid State Drive from ADATA Technology

New Solid State Drive from ADATA Technology SATA 6Gb/sec Premier Pro SP920 series SSD utilizes Marvell controller Taipei, Taiwan – April 2, 2014 – ADATA™ Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today announced the launch of the Premier Pro series SP920 solid state drive (SSD). Designed to meet the high-performance requirements of multimedia file transfers, the SP920 comes in a 2.5” form factor, and is equipped with the latest generation Marvell controller implementing the SATA III 6Gb/sec specification. SSDs continue to become mainstream storage selections for a cross-section of user types, largely due to the higher demands placed on primary system disks by operating systems, games, and high definition media. The SP920 is designed for high performance across a wide range of demanding applications, but it is especially fast in the transmission of multimedia files (uncompressed data). 4KB random read / write speeds are as high as 98,000/88,000 IOPS, with sequential read and write speeds of up to 560/500 MB/sec. In addition to these impressive numbers, the SP920 maintains consistently high read and write speeds even when the disk is 90% full. This is in contrast to some solid state drives that suffer performance degradation as the drive nears capacity. The range of capacities that the SP920 comes in is likely to excite enthusiasts and power users. The initial launch of 128GB and 256GB capacities will...





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