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    Samsung USB 3.0 16GB and FIT 32GB Review

    Samsung is targeting mobile users who want both capacity and durability in a very small form factor. Today we're looking at the Samsung 16GB and FIT 32GB USB 3.0 flash drives. They promise very quick speeds for mainstream consumers and professionals alike, so let's t...
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    Corsair H110i GTX Review

    Introduction Who says reviews have to be 100% serious all the time? With the time of the year being what it is, I decided to have a little fun with the video portion of the review. This could be the first and last time you get to see a star ship captain explore the f...
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    Mionix Castor Gaming Mouse

    Introduction We’ve seen several mice from Swedish company Mionix, and we’ve been impressed. The Naos remains one of the most comfortable mice I’ve ever grasped (admittedly, it’s my go-to daily mouse of choice), and we’ve seen models from...
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    Azio MGK1-K and RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboards Review

    The Azio MGK1-K and MGK1-RGB mechanical keyboard look to offer solid designs for gamers on modest budgets. Both models are stylish and functional, both come with unique illumination effects, and both come with very attractive price tags. Can these two boards stan...
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AMD Updates the Price of the Fury Nano to $499

The Nano was quite an interesting release from AMD. The small form factor and power efficiency made it a great fit for mini-ITX systems, but the performance was surprisingly close to the full-fledged Fury X cards. It’s a hard card to beat when compared to other small cards, but the price was still at a premium side. Now the price is not only much better for the Nano, but it’s at a very competitive point for other full sized cards as well. AMD just announced that the Nano will dropped to $499 and that’s a great price for this card. It puts it at a very competitive point with the GTX 980 but the 980 isn’t going to easily fit in a small system. This is an interesting move from AMD but I have to admit, I think consumers are going to eat this one up. Check out the AMD link below for more details on the R9 series and there’s a Newegg link so you can easily keep track of when those prices hit the retail space. http://www.amd.com/en-us/products/graphics/desktop/r9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100007709%20600566293


G.SKILL Announces DDR4 3000MHz CL14 128GB(8x16GB) Memory Kit

G.SKILL Announces DDR4 3000MHz CL14 128GB(8x16GB) Memory Kit   Taipei, Taiwan (11 January 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is delighted to announce the world’s fastest DDR4 128GB (8x16GB) 1.35V kit at 3000MHz CL14, designed for high capacity and low latency for the Intel X99 platform. After releasing the ultimate DDR4 3200MHz 64GB(4x16GB) kit for Intel Skylake & Z170 platform in mid-December 2015, G.SKILL has continued the development of high speed DDR4 16GB module for Intel X99 platform. Today, G.SKILL is excited to announce the release of a colossal memory kit of DDR4 128GB (8x16GB) ultra-capacity at the extreme speed of 3000MHz with CL14-14-14-34 ultra low CAS Latency. It’s truly one of the highest-end DDR4 solutions available for building the ultimate workstation for content creation, 3D rendering, scientific calculation, or other professional applications. XMP Support for Intel X99 platform This new ultimate DDR4 3000 128GB kit will come with the latest Intel XMP2.0 standard designed for Intel X99 quad channel memory platform. The following screen shows this ultimate DDR4 kit on the Intel Core i7-5820K processor and ASUS ROG RAMPAGE V EXTREME motherboard under a stress test environment: Product Availability This ultimate DDR4 128GB kit will join G.SKILL’s latest Ripjaws V series and will be available via G.SKILL authorized distribution partners b...


BIOSTAR Announces RACING Z170GT7 Motherboard

BIOSTAR Announces RACING Z170GT7 Motherboard  The Future is here, the King of the gaming road   January 11th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to introduce the flagship of the new RACING series: RACING Z170GT7 motherboard. Flaunting the new Super 5 Design Concept, the RACING Z170GT7 flaunts the best of the BIOSTAR RACING series together with its latest motherboard design features including the all new RACING IO armor, carbon-fiber design treatment on the heatsink, checkered flag PCB print on a matte black surface treatment and Titanium-color RACING audio shielding. The BIOSTAR RACING Z170GT7 features support the latest Intel 6th-generation Core processors featuring the Intel Z170 chipset. The board supports up to four DDR4 memory modules of speeds up to DDR4-3200 (OC) with capacities of up to 64GB. Signature BIOSTAR Hi-Fi audio solution for a better listening experience than standard built-in audio. Other features include support for USB3.1 Type-C reversible connector for existing and future devices supporting the interface and also SATA Express and PCI-e M.2. Featuring more bandwidth than USB3.0, USB3.1 along with the new reversible Type-C connector allows greater bandwidth and more flexibility to use devices with your motherboard. Dual-BIOS protection allows greater security against BIOS corruption and damage from faulty BIOS update procedure. A manual switch allows toggling between BIOS chips for full control of which BIOS you want to use. Super 5 Design ...


DEEPCOOL Debuts GENOME at CES 2016

DEEPCOOL Debuts GENOME at CES 2016[  2016-01-07 10:09:08 Author: DEEPCOOL Editor: DEEPCOOL - – It’s Not A PC Case, But An Extreme Liquid Cooling Solution Let’s make PC liquid cooling system simple PC enthusiasts have been suffering a hard case for years that it’s quite difficult for most of the PC consumers to build up an extreme liquid cooling system by themselves. To improve PC user experience is why DEEPCOOL comes up with the product. DEEPCOOL Genome is an integrated PC liquid cooling solution, consists of an ATX PC case and an extreme liquid cooling system. Integrated Pre-installed liquid cooling system, including a 360mm radiator, 3 PWM fans and a reservoir offers PC gamers not only cyclic great cooling performance but also an aesthetic design. Aesthetic liquid cooling system blends in the ATX case provides PC builders an integrative PC building experience. Optimized Amazing side window reveals the interior and ensures visible effect. Wider space and logical holes design offer a better cable management. Detail Innovative structure with separated functional areas provides extended support: Extra slots for vertical GPU installation (PCI-E extension cable is not included) Extended window reserved, supports longest 330mm Graphic Card ×2SLI Product video:https://youtu.be/WDhF9j-66G0 Available in January, 2016 MSRP: $249.99 USD Show Time: January 6, 2016 Show Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas For more information, please visit:www.deepcool.com


ENERMAX announces the all new D.F. fan series at CES 2016

ENERMAX announces the all new D.F. fan series at CES 2016 January 8th, 2016, Taoyuan, Taiwan –We are pleased to announce, for the first time at the 2016 CES, that ENERMAX is making a giant leap forward for the future fan product specification, the patented DFR (Dust Free Rotation) design. The concept of DFR design is to greatly reduce the dust of the internal PC system or the fan blade. The revolutionary DFR function allows the fan to spin in reverse action at the highest RPM set by the user for 10 seconds upon startup before it resume to the normal operation. In conjunction with ENERMAX’s patented DFR and Twister Bearing Technology for easy blade removal, the new D.F. Fan series[/quote] offers a total solution for self-cleaning: prolong the product lifetime and extend the intervals for fan and system cleaning maintenance. D.F.PRESSURE – keeps it innovative Based on our successful TwisterPressure series with incredible static pressure of 3.845mm-H2O; the new DFR embedded D.F.PRESSSURE not maintain this industry-leading performance, but with brand new APS (Adjustable Peak Speed) PWM side control configuration for maximum user safety and usability. This is truly an ultimate DIY fan choice for all types of PC chassis, CPU coolers and other indoor applications. D.F.VEGAS – light up the party The brand new D.F.VEGAS also adapted with the innovative DFR and Twister Bearing patents for an unsurpassed self-cleaning solution. The D.F.VEGAS can displays amazing 3 different l...


Noctua industrialPPC 24V Fans and Chromax Accessories Review

Chromax

Introduction Typically, nobody is supposed to run a piece of hardware outside of the way that it was intended to run. Of course, we make exceptions because we love to overclock things and see how much extra performance there is to be gained. So it may seem a bit strange to review something and only give it half of what it’s capable of. When you consider that the goal is silence in cooling, then it begins to make sense. NOCTUA just released a new series of industrialPPC fans that rate at 24V. While this can be useful for high end server environments that don’t care about noise as much, the benefit for everyday consumers is at 12V, the fans will run more silently while hopefully giving decent air flow. We’ll find out how well they do, but there’s one more huge thing that consumers have been waiting eons for. COLORS!!! That’s right. NOCTUA is finally giving consumers a broad range of colors to customize their fans beyond brown or beige (I suppose there were those grey colors too). Personally, all it took for me to fall in love with a NOCTUA fan was to see how it performed in person, but I totally understand people who don’t go in on one of them because of the color scheme. Now there are Chromax accessories that allow the user to customize each fan to have a splash of color that matches a build better, while still having the professional look that comes from having a NOCTUA fan over a flashy LED fan. We’ll see how those look in a b...


 

The Hardware Hound is at CES 2016

The Hardware Hound
Hey everyone! Hardware hound here. I’ve been dreaming of getting to a trade show for some time now, and after a slightly snowy drive, I’m at CES! I’m already seeing some really cool things so keep your eyes peeled because more updates will be forth coming. I also decided to warn a dragon about his/her impending doom at my hands! I don’t think it was too afraid. I’ll be at Las Vegas for the rest of the week with plenty more to do and see. I’ll keep you updated as fast as I can on what’s happening and I hope my schedule let’s me bring some new releases before the weekend. Once I get back, I’ll make sure to update you on everything I’ve seen and why I think it’s worth being excited about. Course, you probably don’t need me to do that for you, but I enjoy doing it anyways!


BIOSTAR INTRODUCES RACING SERIES MOTHERBOARD: Z170GT7, H170GT3 AND B150GT5 DEBUTS

BIOSTAR INTRODUCES RACING SERIES MOTHERBOARD: Z170GT7, H170GT3 AND B150GT5 DEBUTS  The new legend of performance motherboards   December 31st, 2015 Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to introduce the next-level of performance motherboards: the BIOSTAR RACING Series. Featuring an all-new design, the BIOSTAR RACING series ushers in the future of performance with all new cutting-edge features and a new racing design for a stylish and powerful build.   Featuring the latest in gaming hardware from BIOSTAR, the all-new RACING Series is built with powerful hardware design based around the Intel 100-series chipset. Super Durable Ferrite chokes for high-quality power delivery to vital components, Super Durable Solid Caps for longer-lasting performance, low-latency Intel LAN. Storage via super-fast SATA Express and PCI-e M.2 slot allow rapid access to the latest generation of storage devices. DUAL BIOS guarantees resilient motherboard operation whenever BIOS fails. Super 5 Design Biostar has built the Racing series motherboard from the ground up, taking into consideration the ever-changing needs of gamers and enthusiasts. The new BIOSTAR Racing Series is proud to introduce the Super 5 Design Concept: Super Face – all new racing design theme for visual appeal Super Power – powerful hardware design Super Sound – signature BIOSTAR HI-FI audio experience Super Easy – User-friendly design and accessible touch control Super Fun – unique DIY concept for enthusiasts an...


The small system cooling vanguard, ENERMAX ETS-N30II Air CPU Cooler

The small system cooling vanguard, ENERMAX ETS-N30II Air CPU Cooler   December 23th, 2015, Taoyuan, Taiwan – ENERMAX introduces a new ETS-N30II compact air CPU cooler to succeed the former version. The ETS-N30II is designed with a 9cm fan in side flow configuration. The asymmetrical heat pipe construction shifts the heat sink position and ensures perfect compatibility with extended dimensions of RAM. The heat sink incorporates ENERMAX’s patented VGF (Vortex Generator Flow), VEF (Vacuum Effect Flow) structure for advance thermal exchange ratio, and HDT (Heat pipe Direct Touch) to ensure rapid heat abortion from the CPU. All cutting edge designs along with a compact size of 137.2mm in height, support 150W TDP CPU, and perfectly fit in small chassis. Moreover, ETS-N30II is the optimal stock cooler replacement to cool your home and office desktop pc’s processor. Perfect RAM compatibility Small systems usually take Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX form factor motherboards, which has limited clearance for add-on devices. Example: Adding an advance cooler might restrict the RAM installation. The ETS-N30II finds the solution by ingeniously shaping the 3 x Ø6mm heat pipes in an asymmetric layout and shifting the heat sink toward the rear I/O area of the motherboard. This creates extra clearance not only for the fan to intake air, but also gives perfect RAM compatibility. The ETS-N30II gives no restriction on RAM height and enables 4-channel RAM setting. Performance cooling by comp...


BIOSTAR HyperOC Technology for Non-K Overclocking Revealed

BIOSTAR HyperOC Technology for Non-K Overclocking Revealed   Break the limitation of non-K CPU and experience the power of overclocking   December 23nd, 2015 Taipei, Taiwan – Overclocking has been reserved mostly for high-end unlocked CPUs including the latest Skylake K series processors and many overclockers and high-performance gamers want this processors because of their easy overclocking capabilities via their unlocked multiplier. The time has come to empower everyone, BIOSTAR makes overclocking a reality on non-K 6th-generation Intel Core CPUs and makes it even easier now with the announcement of BIOSTAR HyperOC Technology for overclockers and performance seekers that enables overclocking on non-K Intel 6th-Generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium Skylake processors on BIOSTAR Z170 motherboards.  Take your non-K Core i5 and i7 and give it that boost you need without an unlocked multiplier to overclock. With BIOSTAR HyperOC, you can take entry-level processors like the 3.3GHz Pentium G4400 and increase its clock speed up to 36%*, bringing it to a lofty 4.48Ghz clock speed. The same can be done with a Core i3-6100T from a 3.2GHz frequency, via HyperOC, you can now enjoy up to 4.32Ghz. That’s a 35%* overclock. A simple BIOS update on compatible BIOSTAR Z170 motherboards unleashes the full potential of your Skylake CPU taking your performance to the next level without an unlocked multiplier. Increase performance up to 35%* on capable non-K processors and experience the...





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