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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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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.


 

QNAP Launches New Silent & Fanless Living Room NAS HS-251 with HDMI-out for best audiovisual experience

QNAP Launches New Silent & Fanless Living Room NAS HS-251 with HDMI-out for best audiovisual experience Taipei, Taiwan, July 1, 2014 – QNAP® Systems Inc. today announced the release of its Silent NAS series addition, the HS-251, designed for the living room with powerful hardware, a wide range of multimedia applications, real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding, and HDMI connectivity for local playback. Housed within a stylish & compact set-top box design without a fan inside, the silent HS-251 is the perfect choice for those looking for the perfect living room NAS, as well as a Home Theater PC/NAS combo. Network-Attached Storage (NAS) has become increasingly popular in home environments, but normal NAS are mostly available in heavy and sometimes unwieldy boxes that are too big & noisy for being an integral part of a digital lifestyle and living room. With the HS-251, QNAP delivers a silent & stylish NAS that fits alongside HDTVs, cable boxes and game consoles. With HDMI output and powered by an Intel® Dual-Core Processor, the HS-251 brings the NAS fully into the living room by providing the power, connectivity and apps for users to enjoy a brilliant entertainment & centralized storage solution. “With its powerful dual core processor, HDMI connectivity and completely fanless design within a set-top box: the HS-251 is a marvel of engineering,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP, adding “This amazing product is coupled w...


TRENDnet® Ships High Gain Wireless AC USB Adapter

TRENDnet® Ships High Gain Wireless AC USB Adapter TORRANCE,Calif. – June 30, 2014 – TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the AC600 High Gain Wireless USB Adapter, model TEW-806UBH – which offers significantly extended coverage and increased connection speeds at range. TRENDnet’s TEW-806UBH connects a Windows® or Mac® computer to a Wireless AC network at 433 Megabits per second (Mbps) speeds or to a Wireless N network at 150 Megabits per second (Mbps) speeds. The adapter’s high gain antenna significantly increases wireless coverage of a connected computer as compared to other Wireless AC adapters. The adjustable antenna rotates and tilts to further improve wireless connectivity. Additionally, the TEW-806UBH maintains much higher connection speeds when located far from the connected wireless router or access point. Additional Information TEW-806UBH Warranty: 3 year limited TEW-806UBH Availability: Currently available from retailers and other TRENDnet partners TEW-806UBH MSRP: $39.99 About TRENDnet To learn more about and connect with TRENDnet, visit www.trendnet.com/company/, www.facebook.com/TRENDnet, www.twitter.com/trendnet, and www.youtube.com/Pixelpro80.


QNAP Launches High-Performance Turbo NAS TS-ECx80 Pro Series with New Tower SAS-enabled Scalability Solution

QNAP Launches High-Performance Turbo NAS TS-ECx80 Pro Series with New Tower SAS-enabled Scalability Solution Taipei, Taiwan, June 30, 2014 - QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the release of enterprise-class TS-ECx80 Pro series Turbo NAS and a flexible, high-density SAS/SATA/SSD RAID expansion enclosure REXP-1000 Pro. Available in 8 and 10-bay tower models, the TS-ECx80 Pro series is powered by a Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® 3.4GHz processor and 2GB DDR3 ECC RAM and delivers high-performance and extreme scalability to fulfill the mission-critical storage needs of entry-level enterprises. The powerful TS-ECx80 Pro series is 10GbE ready, supports SSD caching options (including up to two internal mSATA slots), and is capable of providing up to 2,200 MB/s throughput and 226,000 IOPS to boost the workflow of IOPS-demanding applications such as virtualization and data center deployment. The new series features stability with persistent throughput to balance resource-demanding applications. “With the support of high-capacity, low-cost SATA hard drives for large data archiving and high-speed, high-stability SSDs for I/O-intensive operations, the TS-ECx80 Pro series provides a wide range of options to assist businesses to deploy a tiered storage plan to meet their storage requirements,” said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. The TS-ECx80 Pro series’ high-scalability design allows administrators to expand their total storage to up to 250TB raw capacity (varies by model) on d...


Thermaltake Poseidon Z Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Introduction   Mechanical keyboards are practically everywhere now. If a manufacturer makes enthusiast-grade peripherals, chances are there’s a mechanical keyboard somewhere in their product stack. The tactile feedback and resilience of mechanical keys has always been a draw for gamers and enthusiasts the world over, and as time progresses these keyboards get more and more bells and whistles added to them: RGB back lighting, integrated ARM processors for advanced macros and saving specific data, braided cables, and the list goes on. The one thing that has remained the same until late last year was the switches: every single switch out there was a Cherry.   Flash forward to today and we have a patent that Cherry had which has expired, allowing other manufacturers to start producing their own brand of mechanical switches. Thermaltake was among the first companies to pick up some of these new switches from Kailh (pronounced like the plant: KALE) and use them on their newest variant of the Poseidon Z keyboard. By using these switches, they have shaved off quite a bit of the premium normally seen for mechanical keyboards, but has it shaved off quality as well? Let’s learn a bit about Thermaltake eSports and find out. www.ttesports.com “Challenge is the Game” highlights the philosophy to bring out healthy addictions in gaming and the ambition of reaching the pinnacle of success. Tt eSPORTS, a gaming obsessed division from Thermaltake, is uniting gamers ...


 

Official BitFenix Parts Store Opens Today

Official BitFenix Parts Store Opens Today Spare parts for BitFenix products now available via online store (BitFenix Design Lab, June 27, 2014) – By popular demand, BitFenix is launching the official BitFenix Parts Store – the best place to obtain additional spare parts for BitFenix chassis and other products. At the BitFenix Parts Store, users can easily browse through a wide selection of parts, select the ones they need, and get them shipped conveniently to their doorstep. Users can check out the BitFenix Parts Store by visiting: http://parts.bitfenix.com. Once there, users are greeted with an intuitive, easy to use interface where they can find and purchase the parts that they need. Want a spare side panel for your next modding project? No problem. Need extra hard drive trays to juice up your BitFenix Ghost? Absolutely! Just add the parts you need to the shopping cart, make the payment via credit card or PayPal, and the parts you’ve purchased will be shipped to your door. The BitFenix Parts Store is a fantastic resource for things like: Getting practice parts for modding Finding replacement parts for mods that went wrong Extra parts for scratch builds Additional side panels for creating custom window mods Always looking for ways to better serve the community, the BitFenix Parts Store came into being after dozens of requests from enthusiastic BitFenix fans around the world. In addition to offering a multitude of sleeved cables, LED strips, LED fans, and fan...


ASRock FaTal1ty Z97 Killer Series Motherboard Review

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Introduction Over the last few years we have seen ASRock gain movement in the motherboard arena. They have developed and revamped some rock solid motherboards at a very affordable price. In the past, we have seen many flagship motherboards from ASRock that have been top performers when it comes to overclocking and stability. Not only has ASRock performed well in the past, they have great aesthetic appeal too. Today, we have a chance to look at their newest variation from their already popular Fatal1ty series. This is the ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer Series Motherboard. With Haswell’s refresh chipset in full swing, we have tested a number of great performing motherboards. But today, the ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer Series has another advantage in this arena due to its aggressive pricing. So let’s move forward and put this motherboard to the test and see what it can do with our Intel 4770K Haswell Processor.       Just in case you are unfamiliar with ASRock, let’s take a look at who they are first: ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”, the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept. ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard ...


 

SilverStone Raven RVZ 01 Small Form Factor Case Review

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Since the original RAVEN RV01 debuted in 2008, the RAVEN team at SilverStone has demonstrated many times how it can truly define or defy computer enthusiasts’ expectations of what a performance PC is capable of in both form and function. For 2014, the Silverstone team had a new target, which was to exceed and reshape the small form factor landscape with yet another breakthrough case design. The result of this effort is a new line of case products from SilverStone called RAVEN Z. As the first model, this Raven RVZ01 is unlike any SilverStone small form factor cases before it. Utilizing a PCI-E riser and custom designed fans, this slim, 14-liter case is capable of housing some of the biggest consumer graphics cards on the market with superb air cooling performance and the ability to also support liquid cooling. Read on and let’s see if the Silverstone Raven RVZ01 is what we have all been waiting for.


 

ASUSTOR Launches Surveillance Center 2.1 Beta Version

ASUSTOR Launches Surveillance Center 2.1 Beta Version ASUSTOR NAS is the first in the world to support the local output of surveillance feeds via HDMI, users can choose between single and four feed displays as well as automatic cycling between single feeds, users can also use the official ASUSTOR remote, AiRemote mobile app, or a keyboard and mouse to control their viewing experience, users will now be able to expand their total number of channels via purchasable camera licenses providing additional flexibility. Additional features included in Surveillance Center 2.1 include IVA (Intelligent Video Analytics) playback, user defined cameras via Generic RTSP, camera patrol functions, remote viewing of surveillance feeds via the mobile app, and new compatible camera models from Grandstream, TRENDnet and Lilin. Taipei, Taiwan, June 24th 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the release of the Surveillance Center 2.1 beta version for all of its NAS devices. This new version of ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center features a range of upgraded functions that ASUSTOR users are sure to enjoy. In addition to the 4 free IP camera channels that Surveillance Center offers, users will now be able to expand their total number of channels via purchasable camera licenses. This provides flexibility for users to incrementally expand their surveillance systems. ASUSTOR’s 6 series NAS devices are able to support a maximum of 12 camera...





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