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    HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 Review

    Today we're looking at the HIS R9 380 IceQ X2, a card that boasts a custom heatsink and a factory overclock, offering strong gaming values for consumers on a modest budget. With a reasonable price tag of $225, it sounds pretty good so far. Let's get this card on the...
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    Gigabyte X99-SLI Motherboard Review

    Introduction We are starting to see more and more Intel X99 series motherboards hit the market. The X99 series wasn’t designed to be a budget series platform, but that doesn’t mean it can’t fit into other marketing segments as well. There are many...
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    Azio MGK1 Mechanical Keyboard and EXO1 Mouse Review

    We're looking at the Azio EXO1 mouse and MGK1 mechanical illuminated keyboard, two devices that seem very capable on their own. However, when used together, the matching gunmetal finish and white illumination speak volumes for sleek aesthetics. Hey, we love innovati...
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    Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler Review

    Introduction When it comes to the CPU Cooling market, we know that there are lots of choices out there. But with so many options, how do we know which one is the right one? There are many aspects to choosing the right cooler for you. First, you need to look at what&...
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ADATA Launches the UV140 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

ADATA Launches the UV140 USB 3.0 Flash Drive Featuring a Compact Clip for Handy Storage July 21, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the UV140 USB 3.0 USB Flash Drive. It features a unique tail wing-shaped bookmark clip and a capless, light, and compact design. Users save time on data transfers with the USB 3.0 high speed interface, while enjoying convenience, efficiency, and ease when using the drive on the go. The UV140 helps users embrace a more successful lifestyle. Unique, Compact, and Convenient Designed with a bookmark clip at its tip, the UV140 can be clipped onto folders, books or lanyards whenever necessary, making it portable and convenient to use. A capless design frees users from worrying about losing a cap. The UV140 comes with a strap mount at its tip, so buyers can get creative matching it with a strap that best suits their personal style. The matte texture material on the UV140 is scratch, smudge, and fingerprint-resistant, so it can be used worry-free in any setting or environment. USB 3.0 Speed and Efficiency The UV140 uses the USB 3.0 high speed specification which greatly enhances transfer speeds and reduces waiting times when transferring large media files and documents to boost productivity. The UV140 is available in Calming Blue and Passionate Red, and comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions for different aesthetic preferences and capacity needs. ...


INTEL Core i7-6700K Overclocked to 5.2 GHz on Air

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Monday morning brings some pretty awesome news to the world of overclocking. The Chief Reporter at HKEPC recently posted on Facebook that Skylake was much funner to overclock than Broadwell after reaching 5.2 GHz with the flagship chip. The even more impressive news is that he did this on air. There’s a couple of considerations to take in with all of this but at the moment, this looks like some incredibly exciting news for overclocking enthusiasts who are considering the upgrade. This sounds pretty huge, but we need to consider a couple of factors before we take this as a guarantee of what’s to come. First of all, while the source seems like someone who’s very trusted in the hardware industry, it’s important to note that we don’t have any word on the specific cooling used or verification of stability. While an NH-D15 is considered air cooling, it isn’t the kind of accessible solution that everyone has. Also, we all know that while you may be able to boot into the OS, it doesn’t mean you can pass a stress test or even load a reasonably heavy application. The other bit of info missing is the core temp. While the temperature is said to be within specification, that doesn’t mean we want to see our core temps raising up above the 70’s all the time. However, these are just some considerations to keep in mind and since the source seems like a credible one, let’s get back to what makes this exciting. This is a 5.2 GHz...


AMD Releases the A8-7670K APU

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AMD has a new APU for us that looks like it will fit extremely well in a low budget gaming machine. Based on the slides, if you’re one of the many that is hopping on board to the ever growing MOBA genre, or just like to kill time on Roblox, then you may have found the perfect chip that won’t break the bank. Honestly, while I know many of us are just waiting for Zen, my only true complaint is how little we see these APUs in laptops. The reason I say this is I know plenty of kids who use their parents laptops for League of Legends, Minecraft and Roblox. If AMD could market chips like this as the perfect solution for the family laptop, especially since many families use the laptop as a slightly more mobile desktop anyways, I think they would be hitting the mark perfectly. As it is, this is still a very budget friendly solution for some decent gaming so check out the press release and slides below. New AMD A-Series Desktop Processors: Smart Choice for Everyday Computing, Powerful eSports Engine and Ready for Windows® 10 — New AMD A8-7670K APU delivers an excellent experience and value for today’s modern workloads and Microsoft® Windows® 10 support — SUNNYVALE, Calif. — July 20, 2015 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD), the company whose technology helps power the Microsoft® Xbox One™ and the Sony® PlayStation 4™, today introduced the newest addition to its A-Series line of desktop processors. The A8-7670K APU provides a superb experience for Microsoft Windows 10...


COUGAR Releases 550M Gaming Mouse

COUGAR Announces New Flagship Gaming Mouse, COUGAR 550M July 16th, 2015 – Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR is proud to announce today the launch of its new flagship gaming mouse, COUGAR 550M. This device is the result of years of continuous work with a single objective: creating the most perfect gaming mouse the world has ever seen. This mouse’s claim to hegemony rests on three pillars: First, its ergonomic design, created in collaboration with several international gaming teams. This unique shape allows the user to sustain high levels of performance during long gaming sessions with the minimum amount of fatigue. Second, its high end SDNS-3988 Optical Gaming Sensor provides users with 6400 DPI precision, while its 1000 Hz Polling Rate bring the fast response they need for gaming. Third, it includes all the functionality gamers want (DPI and Polling Rate control, button function customization, etc.) and allows users to manage it easily through COUGAR UIX. COUGAR 550M stays away both from gimmicks and from other mice that hide their lack of basic functionality under claims of “purity” or “no-nonsense design”. COUGAR 550M brings you everything a pro gamer needs. Precision and speed adjustments, independent control for the 2 RGB backlight areas, up to 21 functions with 3 full configuration profiles stored on board… COUGAR hasn’t left anything out. For those who want to enjoy this design and want a quality option at a lower price, COUGAR...


CableMod Launches CM-Series Kits

CableMod Launches CM-Series Kits Premium Cables Designed for Cooler Master V Series PSUs (July 16, 2015) – Since the launch of CableMod cables, users have been urging us to introduce new cable kits compatible with more power supplies. One of the most often requested brands is Cooler Master®, and today, CableMod is proud to launch CM-Series Premium Cable Kits designed for Cooler Master V Series PSUs. Made from premium materials and available in a wide variety of luscious colors, CableMod CM-Series Premium Cable Kits add the perfect finishing touch to any V Series build. Traditional cable extensions complicate cable management by adding additional length to each cable. Instead, CableMod cables are complete power supply cable replacements, which means less cable clutter and a uniform look across the entire cable length. Our exclusive ModFlex™ sleeving lends excellent flexibility for easy cable management, and a wide assortment of colors and color combinations means there’s a CableMod Cable Kit that’s perfect for your build. CableMod CM-Series Premium Cable Kits will launch with the following colors: Here is a list of the PSUs and models that currently work with CableMod Cable Kits: For a complete list of compatible models, check out our compatibility list: http://www.cablemod.com/compatibility Which power supply should we develop cables for next? Let us know on our CableMod Facebook Page (http://fb.cablemod.com/) and check out our official homepage (http://www.cablem...


ADATA Launches XPG SX930 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s Gaming SSD

ADATA Launches XPG SX930 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s Gaming SSD Invincibility Redefined Taipei, Taiwan – July 16, 2015 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launches the XPG SX930 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s Gaming SSD for professional gamers and overclockers. It comes with a JMicron controller and Enterprise-grade MLC plus NAND Flash, offering excellent performance and durability for gaming systems and workstations. Thanks to ADATA’s exclusive pSLC Cache Technology and DDR3 DRAM Cache Buffer, the SX930 leads to victory when you’re in a 3D battle with highly-improved efficiency! Faster, Tougher – The Fiercest Weapon For Gaming! Featuring Enterprise-grade MLC plus NAND flash, the XPG SX930 outperforms other SSDs with excellent durability. It is not only suitable for gaming systems, but also ideal for workstations, which require long-term and stable operation. By applying JMicron controllers, the sequential read/write speed of SX930 is up to 560/460MB/s, and it’s available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. In addition, the SX930 is equipped with the innovative and exclusive “pSLC Cache Technology” by ADATA, which can effectively enhance the data transfer speed for the ultimate performance to meet professional gamers’ demands! More Efficient, More Reliable For the optimum efficiency, the SP930 is equipped with a DDR3 DRAM Cache Buffer, improving the random read/write performance up to 2 times when compa...


Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips

  Intro: Alchemy 2.0 LED strips now make it easier than ever to illuminate your system thanks to powerful magnets embedded directly into the LED strip substrate – It only takes a minute to open your case, connect the alchemy strip to your PSU and attach it to your case! Whether you want to simply illuminate your components with natural looking white light or give your system a cool color theme with either red, blue, green or purple alchemy strips, or illuminate the bottom of your case to give it a cool bottom glow, theres no faster and easier way to make your system look like a lean mean gaming machine. Alchemy 2.0 magnetic LED strips are based on the same TriBright 5050 SMD LED modules used in our original alchemy LED strip lineup, but feature a number of improvements: • based on popular demand we fine tuned the wave-length of the green LED strips to match the NEON yellow-green on High-End VGAs • based on popular demand we added PURPLE as an all new color option • For the easiest cable routing the 4pin component power cable features a pass through connector and is daisy-chainable, the LED strips themselves are daisy-chainable and we increased the length of the power cable to a generous 50cm • On top of this, we embedded a small powerful magnet in the power plug itself so it doesnt pull down the LED strip, making cable management easier than ever. for more information visit http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/premium-modding/alchemy2-magnetic-led-...


What to Make of the Leaked Skylake Performance Scores

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INTEL’s new CPU lineup is getting closer and closer by the day, but some performance numbers have released to give us a early glimpse of what to expect performance wise. The Core i7 6700K will be the successor to the i7 4790K and it looks like the gains are following the trend we’ve been seeing from INTEL as of late. The gains on the CPU side of the architecture are pretty nominal with some of the more impressive gains coming form the built in graphics architecture. For PC enthusiasts, this isn’t good news considering built-in graphics isn’t a selling point for high-end systems, but there are a couple of considerations to ponder in determining how good Skylake will end up. The first important thing to realize is the i7 6700K is targeting multi-threaded applications more so than previous generations. This may not be a huge thing to many of us outside of the server market, but if things like DirectX 12 make good use of multi-threading in games, then the 6700K could be a more tempting offer to upgrade to. The other important factor is overclocking. This will be the first standard consumer chip (by standard consumer, I’m basically saying CPUs that aren’t Xeons or included in the X79 and X99 chipsets) that doesn’t include a stock heatsink. It looks like INTEL is marketing this chip more specifically to overclocking enthusiasts and as such, knows that after market cooling is a must. Since the new architecture design isn’t offering...


Super Talent Updates its SATA Slim Flask Disk Modules

Super Talent Updates its SATA Slim Flask Disk Modules The SATA Slim SJ2 is Super Talent’s latest flash solution for embedded systems San Jose, California – July 14, 2015 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, announces its SATA Slim SJ2. Super Talent’s SATA Slim flash disk modules are used extensively in industrial and embedded computing applications. These low power high performance SSDs are utilized in solutions such as: medical instruments, point–of–sale terminals, laptops, and surveillance set–ups every day. The SATA Slim is a great choice when physical space is a limiting factor for a host system. Capacity Part Number 16GB FML016MURM 32GB FML032MURM 64GB FML064MURM 128GB FML128MURM The SATA Slim SJ2 can be built with industrial parts that withstand extreme temperature ranges for applications in much harsher environments. Transfer speeds on the SATA Slim SJ2 can reach up to 480 MB/s reads and 400 MB/s writes which uses the SATA–III interface. Additional information on Super Talent’s SATA Slim SJ2 can be found here. About Super Talent Technology Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures flash based SSD and USB storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilizes its state-of-the-art factories and leading-edge components to produce award winning products with outstanding reliability. Super Tal...


Azio MGK1 Mechanical Keyboard and EXO1 Mouse Review

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We're looking at the Azio EXO1 mouse and MGK1 mechanical illuminated keyboard, two devices that seem very capable on their own. However, when used together, the matching gunmetal finish and white illumination speak volumes for sleek aesthetics. Hey, we love innovation and cool features just as much as anyone, but good looks will only get you so far. Let's take a closer look at the Azio EXO1 and MGK1 see if they can manage to impress.


 



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