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    GIGABYTE Hosts X99 CHAMPION CHALLENGE on HWBOT.org

    GIGABYTE Hosts X99 CHAMPION CHALLENGE on HWBOT.org Tweak your GIGABYTE X99 Systems for Big Cash Prizes     City of Industry, California, April 20th, 2015 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announce...
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    Phanteks PH-TC12LS & PH-TC14S CPU Cooler Reviews

    Introduction Phanteks has recently started to branch out with more products to add to their already popular name; they have set a standard in the cooling market with some of today’s top performing air coolers. The quality and superb performance reputation they ...
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    Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 2400MHz Review

    The Ballistix performance series memory has proven popular for their stock performance, overclock-ability, quality and the ever changing style employed by Crucial. Recently we had the pleasure of reviewing the DDR4 Ballistix Elite 2666MHz kit, these featured beautifu...
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    HyperX Fury Pro Gaming Mouse Pad (420mmx500mm)

    Introduction HyperX, a division of Kingston technologies, has started to step up its game in the accessories department. The popular memory and storage manufacturer has expanded it wings and is now bringing additional accessories to the table, adding to its gaming pr...
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BIOSTAR reveals Hi-Fi B85Z5 Motherboard

 BIOSTAR reveals Hi-Fi B85Z5 Motherboard March 23rd, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – The newest motherboard based on Intel B85 single chip architecture by BIOSTAR is ready to work hard and play hard. The Hi-Fi B85Z5 supports Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package and is ready for a work out with 4 channel DDR3 slots for maximum memory support of up to 32GB. BIOSTAR’s Hi-Fi B85Z5 delivers a business-rich option at a value price compared to the other companies. The Hi-Fi B85Z5 features BIOSTAR innovative Hi-Fi technology, a built-in powerful headphone amplifier and Super LAN Surge Protection which enhances Ethernet protections. Being an Intel B85 chipset based system, it comes with features like Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST), for faster system boot and shorter application load time, and Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA), which delivers business-centric security protection, such as after-hours virus scans and data backup, and blocks recognition of unwanted USB drives and Intel’s Smart Connect Technology. The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85Z5 also perfectly fills entertainment needs with support for Direct3D 11.1 and HDMI. It has Blu-ray audio and provides a higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz rather than 16 bit/48KHz from typical motherboards. In addition, the Hi-Fi B85Z5 is the first to embed the “Double Hi-Fi” integrated AMP which allows users to enjoy the same high quality of sound; whether the sound source o...


be quiet! – Pure Rock CPU Cooler Review

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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 how quiet there products are while still maintaining a superb performance standard. Today, we are going to be looking at a new CPU Cooler from them: the be quiet! Pure Rock. The Pure Rock is designed with the budget conscious consumer in mind, but with their well-known build quality behind it. We can’t wait to see what it brings to the table. The be quiet! Pure Rock CPU Cooler offers a single tower design with 4 copper heatpipe, offering a simple yet aesthetically pleasing fit and feel. There isn’t a whole lot of flashiness or bling to the Pure Rock Cooler, but its simplistic design can fit well with many builders not looking to add too much flare. Today, we will put the be quite! Pure Rock to the test and see how well it stacks up to its competition. Before we do that… let’s talk about who be quiet! is: About bequiet: bequiet! Is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC. The Number 1 for power supplies in Germany bequiet! Products are convincing which is proved by reaching and defending the market leadership in PSU business in Germany since 2006 *. This is validated and accompanied by numerous awards for both power supplies and cooling solu...


 

Cougar 200K Scissor Gaming Keyboard

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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, but Cougar looks to be targeting gamers who are on a tight budget yet still want something capable. Let's get to it and take a closer look at the Cougar 200K Scissor keyboard.


 

TRENDnet® Ships AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router

TRENDnet® Ships AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router TORRANCE, Calif. – March 18, 2015 -TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability, in North America only, of the AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router, model TEW-828DRU. This next generation WiFi router features three concurrent wireless networks-two separate ultra-performance 1,300 Mbps WiFi AC networks and a 600 Mbps WiFi N network. “Three separate extreme WiFi bands can handle all devices in the busiest connected home,” stated Sonny Su, technology director of TRENDnet. “SmartConnect technology further increases performance by automatically migrating faster WiFi AC devices to the highest performing WiFi AC band.” TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router Three concurrent WiFi bands maximize device networking speeds AC3200: 1300 Mbps AC1 + 1300 Mbps AC2 + 600 Mbps N bands SmartConnect automatically migrates faster AC devices to the highest performing WiFi AC band Beamforming technology increases real-time performance by directing stronger wireless signals to your specific location Pre-encrypted WiFi for your convenience All Gigabit wired ports SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 share ports Extreme performance 1 GHz dual core processor Create isolated guest networks TEW-828DRU product page: http://www.trendnet.com/products/proddetail.asp?prod=100_TEW-828DRU TEW-828DRU warranty: 3 year limited TEW-828DRU availability: Available from retailers and o...


Aerocool presents elegant Aero-1000 Chassis as part of the new PGS-A Series

Aerocool presents elegant Aero-1000 Chassis as part of the new PGS-A Series   18.03.2015, Taipeh, Taiwan – Aerocool Advanced Technologies, one of world’s leading manufacturers of excellent gaming PC gear, presents the Aero-1000 chassis as part of its new PGS-A (Performance Gaming System) series. “A” stands for Airflow, which is one of the most important aspects, when it comes to building a PC case. All chassis from the PGS-A series stand out by extraordinary airflow capabilities, great cable management functions and much space for high-end water-cooling systems. The Aero-1000 is first to incorporate these great features in combination with an extraordinary design. Aerocool launches the Aero-1000 in two color variations. Users are able to choose between the all-black and the black-and-white model, depending on their preference. The overall design is fresh and elegant at the same time. Huge metal mesh grids in both top and front panel indicate the great cooling potential and focus of the Aero-1000. Aerocool uses very solid steel with 0,8 mm thickness for the chassis to assure great stability. Curved top panel offers extra space for latest 240 mm or 280 mm water-cooling radiators with a thickness of 35 mm. Should this not be enough, it is furthermore possible to mount radiators with 45 mm thickness in the front panel. In addition to that, another 120 mm radiator can be installed in the rear of the chassis. Aerocool ships the Aero-1000 chassis with three pre-installed...


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...





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