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Manufacturers News (867)

Thermaltake Launches Professional Liquid Cooling and Modding Online Shop

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 28, 2016 02:36AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Thermaltake has officially launched its TT Premium website, which is the most comprehensive and professional liquid cooling and modding online shop available, according to the company. The website boasts four categories of items, which include products, liquid cooling kits, chassis, and digital power supplies. Consumers who visit the website will be able to order items that are already available, as well as those that will be released in the near future. TT Premium features a new logo design and follows Thermaltake's core values of excellent quality, unique design, diverse combinations, and boundless creativity, ensuring a stellar experience when shopping on the website. Thermaltake has revealed that TT Premium features global shipping as an option, and notes that customer service is standing by if any issues or questions arise in regards to product availability, product fit, payments, shipping, and more.

Source: Press Release



Pascal GPUs May Have Been Found on Shipping Manifest

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 13, 2016 09:24AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This is definitely a rumor, but one many people have likely been looking forward to. It appears some of NVIDIA's Pascal GPUs have been found on shipping manifests on Zauba, which is a typically accurate source of such information. If correct, the manifest appears to describe the GP104 chip and it will be 35 mm2 in size with 2152 pins. The GP104 is expected to replace the GM204 chips found in the GTX 980, which are about 40 mm2 and have 1745 pins. The manifest also lists water cooling, which suggests the upcoming NVIDIA GPUs may have that as a stock feature, like some AMD GPUs.

Of course this is just a rumor because the manifest does not specifically identify the parts as being the GP104 or even for NVIDIA. In order to protect against leaks, companies will try to obfuscate the information by scrambling codenames and ship from different ports than they normally do. Apparently the source of this rumor has some inside information to positively identify the parts listed on the manifest, or this, like other rumors, may be a false lead. Only time will tell.

Source: WCCFtech



AMD Moving to Unified Socket with Zen

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 8, 2016 02:42PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A lot of people are already looking forward to the release of the Zen architecture by AMD later this year. It is expected to come with a significant performance improvement over current AMD processors and include support new technologies like DDR4. Now it has been confirmed that it will be on a unified socket named AM4.

Currently AMD employs three sockets and each covers a different platform class. The AM3+ socket is the one used by the company's high performance CPUs, with FM2+ for the APUs, and finally the AM1 socket is for entry level platforms. Going to a single socket will tremendously simplify things for many people as all Zen-supporting motherboards will be able to accept any Zen-based processor. This does also mean that anyone wanting to upgrade to Zen, when it launches, will also have to upgrade their motherboard, so you will have to save up a bit more to make the move.

Source: Legit Reviews



MSI Showcases Plenty of Products at CES

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 6, 2016 01:56PM
Author: Brentt Moore

MSI, a worldwide leader in computer components that was founded in 1986, has chosen to unveil a wealth of different products at this year's CES. In terms of laptops and mobile computing units, MSI is showcasing the GS40 Phantom, the GT72S Tobii, the GS72 Stealth Pro, and the WS72 Workstation. The company is also showing off various desktop units, such as the Cubi 2 Plus, the Vortex Gaming Tower, and the Nightblade X2/MI2. The Gaming 27XT is also on display at CES, which is the world's first all-in-one computer that is capable of supporting an external desktop graphics card. Motherboard wise, MSI is revealing the Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON Edition, the X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON Edition, and the B150M GAMING 3X. While the company is not showing off any new graphics cards at CES, it is showing off various accessories such as three-way and four-way SLI bridges, as well as technology advances and partnerships..

Interested CES attendees can take a look at all of the aforementioned products and more at the MSI booth, which will be available from today until January 9.

Source: Press Release



Consumer Files Class-Action Lawsuit Against AMD Over Bulldozer Core Count

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: November 9, 2015 04:46AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Tony Dickey has officially filed a class-action lawsuit against AMD in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division. The lawsuit, which features the case number of 5:15-cv-04922-PSG, has been filed on the behalf of himself and other consumers like him, and states that AMD claimed and advertised that it’s Bulldozer CPU had a total of eight cores, when in reality it only has four. Dickey notes that Bulldozer CPUs from AMD are not able to perform eight instructions simultaneously and independently, as normal eight core processors can, due to the manufacturing process where AMD stripped away components from two cores and combined them to make a single module.

Dickey notes that tens of thousands of consumers have been misled into buying Bulldozer CPUs, and the he claims that AMD violated the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, California’s Unfair Competition Law, false advertising, fraud, breach of express warrant, negligent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment. Dickey is suing for damages, including statutory and punitive damages, litigation expenses, pre- and post-judgment interest, as well as other injunctive and declaratory relief. 

Source: Legal News Line



Target OC: Open Target Competition Being Hosted by GIGABYTE

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: November 6, 2015 04:32AM
Author: Brentt Moore

GIGABYTE has officially revealed that it will be the host of the upcoming overlocking competition known as Target OC: Open Target. The competition, which will allow overclockers from across the world to compete with one another in different cooling and CPU categories, will run from November 8, 2015 until December 31, 2015 on HWBOT. Participants will have to utilize the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility and Geekbench 3 to overcome various challenges, which happen to change each weak. A wealth of prizes are available to contestants, such as the GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 3, GIGABYTE Z170X-SOC FORCE, and GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboards, as well as $500 and $250 cash winnings.

For more information on the GIGABYTE hosted Target OC: Open Target challenge, to include a full list of rules and guidelines, please visit the competition’s official website.

Source: Press Release



Jim Keller Leaves AMD Amidst Zen Architecture Development

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: September 18, 2015 09:19PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Jim Keller, the microprocessor engineer at AMD that held the Chief Architect of Microprocessor Cores title and was involved with the creation of the K7 architecture and served as the lead architect on the K8 architecture, has officially left the company in order to pursue other opportunities. Keller has left AMD in the past, when he went to Apple to help develop the A4 and A5 SoCs, but rejoined the Intel rival in 2012 in order to work on the company’s Zen architecture. An AMD spokesperson noted that "Jim was responsible for overseeing the teams defining the roadmaps for AMD’s CPU cores, systems IP, and server and client SoCs." Despite the strong role that Keller held within AMD, the company revealed that "Jim’s departure is not expected to impact our public product or technology roadmaps, and we remain on track for "Zen" sampling in 2016 with first full year of revenue in 2017."

Mark Papermaster, the Chief Technology Officer for AMD, will take the place of Keller to oversee the continued development of the Zen architecture, which AMD is counting quite heavily on.

Source: HEXUS



AMD Supposedly Regains Slight GPU Market Share from NVIDIA

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: September 17, 2015 06:45PM
Author: Brentt Moore

It was reported just around a month ago that AMD lost considerable GPU market share to NVIDIA, with the company claiming only 18 percent of all add-in-board shipments in the second quarter of this year. It looks like AMD may be turning the unfortunate situation around, as Barron’s, an American financial magazine that provides in-depth analysis and commentary on the markets, has reported that AMD has regained a very small piece of the total market share concerning GPUs. Barron’s uses analysis that involves the tracking of discrete GPU prices over various time periods, and notes that concerning the third quarter of this year, AMD cards found within the $200 and $400 range are selling at or above MSRP. Meanwhile, NVIDIA cards are sold below their MSRP and generally feature rebate offers of up to $60. This analysis concludes that AMD is regaining market share over NVIDIA, since it is able to sell its cards to consumers at their suggest value instead of at deep discounts just to entice sales.

With the third quarter of this year still having around two weeks left, and no hard data being provided in terms of percentages, time will tell if NVIDIA market share is actually slipping as Barron’s analysis shows.

Source: WCCFtech



Radeon Technologies Group Formed by AMD

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: September 9, 2015 10:59PM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD ended up acquiring ATI roughly nine years ago for a whopping $5.6 billion, and since then has successfully offered a wealth of products in the graphics card realm by utilizing various company technologies. The company unfortunately has been failing to capture market share, as it was recently reported that AMD controls just 18 percent of the total GPU market, with NVIDIA obviously leading. Now, AMD has decided in a strategic decision to split off its GPU business from its CPU business and has formed the Radeon Technologies Group. President and CEO of AMD, Dr. Lisa Su, publically noted that "With the creation of the Radeon Technologies Group we are putting in place a more agile, vertically-integrated graphics organization focused on solidifying our position as the graphics industry leader, recapturing profitable share across traditional graphics markets, and staking leadership positions in new markets such as virtual and augmented reality."

The latest group formed by AMD is being led by Raja Koduri, who will oversee all of the aspects of various graphics technologies used in the company’s APU, discrete GPU, semi-custom, and GPU compute products. Koduri, who will report directly to Dr. Su, has more than 20 years of experience in developing solutions for visual computing on personal computers and has been directly involved in development of the industry’s first graphics chip with integrated High-Bandwidth Memory as well as AMD’s LiquidVR initiative.

Source: Press Release



AMD Lowers Q2 Guidance Due to Poor Sales Performance

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: July 8, 2015 02:53AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD just cannot seem to catch a break when it comes to its own financial wellbeing. According to a press release recently published, AMD noted that investors should expect revenue to be down eight percent sequentially, which is two percent lower than its worst case scenario financial situation the chipmaker described in a conference call with financial analysts last April. As of right now, it is expected that AMD’s Q2 revenue will be roughly 34 percent lower than the same quarter last year. Additionally, AMD is now expecting its gross margin to be 28 percent, down from its 32 percent expectation that it previously set this year. Most of the blame regarding AMD’s poor results come from "weaker than expected consumer PC demand." While its enterprise, embedded, and semi-custom segment met company expectations, the computing and graphics reporting segment will take the largest losses. The Intel rival will also take a on a onetime charge of $33 million to transition some of its chip designs from the 20nm process to the latest FinFET node.

The lowered Q2 guidance announced by AMD pushed investors to sell a wealth of shares, and as a result, AMD’s share price dropped over 15 percent. AMD is expected to announce its Q2 2015 results on July 16.

Source: NASDAQ.com and The Register



Fractal Design Launches New Products at COMPUTEX 2015

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: June 2, 2015 05:27AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Fractal Design, which brings consumers products that feature Scandinavian design and quality, has launched a few new products at this year’s COMPUTEX in Taipei. The new products include the Node 202 chassis, the Node 202 with a bundled Integra SFX power supply unit, the Core 500 computer case, and updated Kelvin T12, S24, and S36 models.

The Node 202 is a highly versatile case that supports Mini-ITX motherboards and can be placed horizontally or vertically. The case provides consumers with separate motherboard and graphics card chambers and includes strategically placed air filters that help to ensure a dust free case interior. The Node 202 with the Fractal Design Integra SFX power supply offers consumers with all of the benefits of the Node 202 along with a 450W 80PLUS Bronze PSU that features specialized cables for the case as well as a three-year warranty. The Core 500 is a compact chassis that is roughly double the size of the Node 202, and while it only supports Mini-ITX motherboards, it does offer support for ATX power supplies, tall CPU cooler towers, and water cooling gear. The Kelvin series by Fractal Design has been updated with Dynamic GP-12 PWM fans, an included 9V speed adapter, and improved dedicated fill port design and quality.

The Node 202, the Node 202 with the Integra SFC 450W PSU, and the Core 500 feature an MSRP of $79.99, $139.99, and $59.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release



ECS Will Display New LIVA Mini PCs, LEET Motherboards, and DURATHON 2 Technology at COMPUTEX 2015

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: June 1, 2015 05:42AM
Author: Brentt Moore


COMPUTEX, which happens to be one of Asia’s largest trade shows that broadcasts technology from some of the most respected brands in the electronics industry, will go underway in Taipei, Taiwan very soon. ECS, a motherboard manufacturer which happens to be based out of Taiwan, has announced that it will show off a wealth of new products and offerings, to include new LIVA Mini PCs, LEET motherboards, and DURATHON 2 technology, at COMPUTEX 2015. 

The company has revealed that it will showcase the brand new flagship LIVA Core, the world’s first PC to include the Intel Core M 14nm processor, as well as the LIVA X2. According to ECS, both new Mini PC products are the world’s first Mini PCs to support Windows 10 Cortana voice assistance via native dual microphones. ECS has also revealed that it will be showcasing new LEET motherboards at COMPUTEX 2015. The motherboards, which are marketed towards gamers, provide Dragon gaming Ethernet, HDMI 2.0 video output, 10Gbps USB 3.0 ports, two-way graphics card support, and M.2 and SATA-Express connectors. Thanks to its research and development department, ECS will also showcase its DURATHON 2 technology at this year’s COMPUTEX. The technology ensures that motherboards are built with high-quality components, undergo strict environmental testing, utilize simple PCB printing, and feature an enhanced overclocking function in the BIOS.

Source: Press Release




AMD May Regain GPU Market Share from NVIDIA with Upcoming GPUs

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: May 25, 2015 05:25AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Roughly a month ago, it was reported that NVIDIA successfully controlled 76 percent of the GPU market, leaving AMD with a paltry 24 percent. While NVIDIA is currently enjoying the sales of its 960, 970, and 980 series GPUs, a wealth of rumors surrounding the AMD Fiji GPUs and leaked benchmarks for the Fiji XT make the upcoming graphics card lineup from AMD look quite promising. Depending on the launch success of the various cards, AMD may be able to capture some of the market share currently controlled by NVIDIA, thereby lessening the gap between both companies. The highest profit margins for AMD and NVIDIA come directly from high-end products, and if AMD is able to release a competitor to the GeForce GTX TITAN X, the card may find its way into builds of enthusiasts and hardcore gamers and generate substantial revenue for the company.

Source: Investopedia



NVIDIA Currently Controls 76 Percent of the GPU Market

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: April 20, 2015 05:40AM
Author: Brentt Moore


While NVIDIA and AMD have been competitors for years upon years, with each graphics card manufacturer releasing flagship products at critical times to boost their respective market share, it looks like NVIDIA is dominating the arena quite heavily. According to a graph compiled by Beyond3D’s member "dbz," NVIDIA currently controls 76 percent of the GPU market with AMD holding only 24 percent. The graph, which is compiled from aggregated quarterly reports, mainly from Mercury Research with fillers from JPR, effectively shows that at present time three out of four gamers purchase an NVIDIA GPU.

With the upcoming release of the Radeon R9 390X by AMD and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti by NVIDIA, it will be interesting to see if AMD can begin to gain additional control of the GPU market.

Source: The Dark Side of Gaming



GIGABYTE Overtakes ASUS as Leading Motherboard Vendor

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: April 2, 2015 03:37AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to recently released data that compares motherboard shipments between four different motherboard players, GIGABYTE has officially overtaken ASUS has the leading motherboard vendor. GIGABYTE successfully shipped roughly 4.7 million motherboards in the first quarter of this year, while ASUS managed to deliver around 4.5 million motherboards. While demand for motherboards in areas such as China has been steadily declining, GIGABYTE and ASUS, which together make up 80 percent of the motherboard market in China, are expected to ship nine million units each in the first half of this year alone. This number is quite different than the target of 20 million units slated by each company for the same time period, but when compared to MSI and ASRock, which are estimated to ship roughly 3 million units each in the first half of this year, GIGABYTE and ASUS are doing quite well as motherboard vendors.

Source: DIGITIMES



NVIDIA Enjoyed Record $1.23 Billion in Revenue in Q3

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: November 7, 2014 09:36PM
Author: ClayMeow


$1.23 billion in revenue is a lot for just one quarter; for NVIDIA, it was the company's best quarter ever, up 16 percent over last year. It also puts NVIDIA on pace for its best year ever, as the recorded revenue of $3.43 billion thru the first three quarters is also tops, up 15 percent over last year. Unsurprisingly, a large majority of the Q3 revenue is courtesy of NVIDIA's GPUs, which accounted for $991 million, up 13% from last year. Tegra processor sales brought in only $168 million, but enjoyed an impressive 51% increase over last year. The final piece of the puzzle was $66 million in license revenue from the company's patent license agreement with Intel.

Source: NVIDIA



iBUYPOWER Optiboost Now Available on ASUS Desktops

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: July 25, 2014 06:23PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Optiboost, an iBUYPOWER customization program that provides customers with upgraded hardware specifications for gaming computers, is now being offered on ASUS desktops. The program will allow iBUYPOWER customers to purchase an ASUS desktop and personalize it in ways never before offered, increasing performance and overall value. Examples of customization options that are available through Optiboost include upgraded processors, larger storage, and additional memory. Darren Su, Vice President of iBUYPOWER, noted that both companies together will bring trusted engineering, incredible customization, and tuning options to customers.

Multiple ASUS desktops are available immediately that support iBUYPOWER Optiboost, including the M11, M51, and G10.

Source: techPowerUp


SanDisk to Acquire Fusion-io

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: June 16, 2014 11:01AM
Author: Brentt Moore

California based SanDisk has revealed that it has signed agreement paperwork to acquire Fusion-io, a leading developer of flash-based PCIe hardware and software solutions for enterprise data centers. Currently, SanDisk focuses heavily on consumer based products such as flash based memory cards. However, with the acquisition SanDisk will use Fusion-io to enter the business market on a large scale, focusing on the enterprise management of heavy workloads and lowering the total cost of ownership for companies.  SanDisk president and CEO, Sanjay Mehrotra, noted that the company looks forward to working with the sophisticated engineering and marketing teams currently at Fusion-io in order to provide global customers with high value solutions.

The transaction itself will be made with cash between SanDisk and Fusion-io, totaling $1.1 billion. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of this year and is subject to customary closing conditions.

Source: Business Insider



Thermaltake Celebrating its 15th Anniversary in Style at Computex

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: June 4, 2014 03:21PM
Author: ClayMeow


Earlier today I discussed Thermaltake's new Tt eSPORTS offerings being shown off at Computex this week, and now it's the core brand's turn. To celebrate its fifteenth anniversary, Thermaltake is presenting a new "HARDCORE" image at Computex with the slogan, "Pure Performance, Built for Enthusiasts by Enthusiasts." On display at the company's booth are a range of cases, coolers, power supplies, and a storage solution, with the highlight being the world premiere of the new Level 10 Gaming Station Titanium Limited Edition chassis.

Restricted to just 500 builds worldwide, the new special edition Level 10 case is not only built with Titanium for extreme durability, light weight, and dent and corrosion resistance, but has also been upgraded to feature six EasySwap hard drive bays (up from five) and four USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports (up from two). Pricing has not been provided, but with the Level 10 GT having an MSRP north of $200, expect this limited edition version to be well over that.

In addition to the Level 10, the other cases on display include: the new Core Series introduced earlier this year, featuring five flavors: V1, V31, V41, V51, and V71; the Ubran T81; and the Versa Series, featuring four flavors: H24, H25, H34, and H35. For coolers, Thermaltake is showing off the new Frio Silent Series of CPU air coolers, along with the Water 3.0 Ultimate liquid cooling solution, which comes with a whopping 360mm radiator. The company is also showing off a variety of do-it-yourself liquid cooling components, including radiators, reservoirs, a waterblock, a pump, tubing, and coolant.

For power supplies, Thermaltake is showing off the new Toughpower DPS 1250W Platinum along with other, slightly lesser, members of the Toughpower DPS Series: the 80 PLUS Gold 750W, 850W, and 1050W. The company has also added the new Toughpower G Series, which includes a variety of 80 PLUS Gold PSUs ranging from 450W up to 1050W.

Lastly, in the storage department, Thermaltake is debuting the BlacX Urban Wi-Fi Edition Docking Station. It features hot-swap capability, USB 3.0 SuperSpeed data transfer for a maximum transfer rate of up to 5.0 Gbps, and built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with support for WEP/WPA/WPA2 security protocols. Thermaltake has also provided a mobile app called "TtCloud", available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Market, allowing quick access to your data on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Source: Press Release and Official Site




Cooler Master Shows Off Various New Products

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: June 4, 2014 12:02PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Computex is bringing out the best of products from manufactures of computer components and accessories. Cooler Master has just shown off some new and renewed products for consumers, to include a water cooling series, a keyboard, and a power supply unit. The water cooling series is renewed and is known as the Nepton Series Water Cooling. The series features an advanced silent driver and a low noise fan for minimum noise levels while in operation. Cooler Master is offering the low noise Nepton Series Water Cooling with 120mm, 140mm, 240mm and 280mm radiators in order to ensure maximum case compatibility.

In regards to the keyboard revealed by Cooler Master, the Novatouch TKL is a premium offering that features hybrid capacitive switches that are designed for gaming and heavy-duty typing. According to Cooler Master, the keyboard is built for precision and offers smooth but tactile feedback while maintaining low noise levels. Lastly, Cooler Master showed off a power supply unit that provides Bluetooth connectivity with a smartphone application and 1200W of power while maintaining 80PLUS Titanium certification

Source: Press Release



Google Reportedly Considering HTC Partnership for Nexus 8

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: April 21, 2014 01:12PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although ASUS and Google have been good friends in regards to their partnership involving the first two generations of the Nexus 7, Google may be looking elsewhere for its new tablet. According to sources within the supply chain, Google is considering a partnership with HTC for its new Nexus 8 tablet that is rumored to be released during the third quarter of this year. The change in partners for Google is due to the technology giant considering a new design for the Nexus 8, along with ASUS not being as aggressive with the next generation Nexus tablet due to partnership restrictions put in place by Google.

According to the sources, Google approached HTC prior to its cooperation with ASUS in order to push the Nexus 7, but was denied partnership due to HTC attempting at the time to build its smartphone business.

Source: DIGITIMES


AMD Launches New Reward Program

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: February 19, 2014 02:36PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Most discrete graphics cards are made for gamers, who wants to get the best visual experience when gaming. That was the reason AMD started its "Never Settle" bundles. So people actually had some games to play, when they had spent so much money on the graphics cards. Now AMD is ready with another promotion for gamers. Called the AMD Rewards, it is a program that allows Radeon and AMD APU owners to earn points, which in turn can be spent on graphics cards, games, GameFly subscriptions and various gaming equipment, such as Gunnar Glasses and Astro gaming headsets.

In order to obtain the points, the user must download the Gaming Evolved application that keeps games optimized by adjust the graphical settings to suit the user's hardware. The user can also use the software to broadcast games to Twitch, take screenshots, and more. Once the app is installed, all that needs to be done is to play games, and the points should start to accumulate. 

Source: MaximumPC



Futuremark Announces Server Benchmark Servermark

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: February 13, 2014 08:05AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Futuremark, the company behind the 3DMark and PCMark benchmarking tools, has recently announced it is developing Servermark, as benchmarking tool for servers. The software is being designed for measuring and comparing the performance of x86-based, Linux-running servers, and is to be well suited for testing virtual machines. It will include benchmark tests for web servers, file servers, database servers, media servers, and more.

Servermark, like every Futuremark benchmark, will be developed in partnership with leading hardware companies.

Source: Futuremark



OCZ Provides Warranty Information Following Acquisition by Toshiba

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: February 2, 2014 12:14AM
Author: bp9801

Toshiba's acquisition of OCZ Technology went through recently, which leaves the latter operating pretty much as it is, just with the new OCZ Storage Solutions name. The acquisition is good news as it helps keep one of the more popular SSD companies around, but you may be wondering what exactly that means for all its existing products, especially the warranties. Luckily information has come out on that matter, and the news is mostly good. All of OCZ's latest SSDs will continue with normal warranty support, so that means all the Vertex products (including the new 460 series), RevoDrives (but not the Hybrid), and Vector series are covered. However, the Agility series will only be covered until January 22, 2015. That means some warranties for the Agility 3 and 4 (like what I'm using) are going to be shortened a little.

Now to the bad news: all SSD series not listed above are not covered by a warranty. Also any non-SSD product made by OCZ won't be covered anymore, so that means power supplies, RAM, flash drives, and any peripherals. Speaking of power supplies, OCZ has found a buyer and will be announcing details in the next couple of weeks.

So there you have it. If you have an OCZ product still covered by warranty, it's business as usual. If you have one that will no longer carry a warranty and something happens to the product within reason, OCZ will try to replace it with the same model or a similar one (or even reimburse you the current market value).

Source: AnandTech and OCZ



Dell to Offer 3D Printers and Scanners

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: February 1, 2014 09:32PM
Author: tpsreport

Dell acknowledges that 3D printing is increasingly being used regularly in businesses and that engineers, architects, and designers would benefit from an "end-to-end solution, from concept through to print." So Dell has partnered with MakerBot, a leading manufacturer and supplier of 3D printers and scanners. This partnership allows 3D design solutions to be faster and more affordable for individuals, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.

Andy Rhodes, executive director of Dell Precision workstations, said, "At Dell we strive to arm start-ups, designers and engineers with the powerful, reliable and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed." Therefore, starting February 20, six MakerBot 3D printers and scanners ranging from $949 up to $6,449 will be available for purchase from Dell's website (US only). In the line-up are the MakerBot's Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, Replicator Z18 3D Printer, and lastly, a Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.

For those unfamiliar with 3D printing, it's the ability to print solid objects from a device that was designed on a computer. Anything from jet parts, prosthetic limbs, food, to even synthetic living tissue. With Dell's announcement, 3D printing will be more publicly available to consumers. It'll be very interesting to see the variety of things being printed in the near future. What would you make?

Source: Press Release



Patriot Introduces FUEL Active Batteries

Category: Manufacturers, General News
Posted: January 21, 2014 10:50AM
Author: Brentt Moore

A global leader in memory and mobile accessories, Patriot, has today unveiled its new line of mobile batteries known as the FUEL Active battery brand. The new brand of batteries is marketed towards consumers who enjoy outdoor exploration, need reliable power sources while doing so, and do not want to worry about running out of power on their mobile devices. Patriot is introducing the FUEL Active 2000 and the FUEL Active 6000, which both offer mobile charging of devices such as smartphones, GPS units, and other USB powered gadgets and accessories. Both batteries by Patriot feature built-in protection in the form of safeguarding devices from over charge, over current, over temperature, short circuit, and under discharge.

The FUEL Active 2000 features a 2000mAh battery that is able to fully charge most smartphones once, while the FUEL Active 6000 features a 6000mAh battery that is able to fully charge most smartphones three or four times, while making use of either the 1A or 2.5A available ports or the integrated USB cable. An LED flashlight is incorporated into both FUEL Active batteries, with the larger of the two offering three stage technology to control light output.

The Patriot FUEL Active 2000 and Fuel Active 6000 are available for immediate purchase and currently sell for an MSRP of $19.99 and $69.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release



CyberPowerPC Debuts SteamOS Computers at CES

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 6, 2014 11:24AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


As many have expected of this year's CES, hardware partners of Valve have been revealing their machines designed for SteamOS. Among these is CyberPowerPC, a custom gaming PC manufacturer. CyberPower has announced two pre-configured Steam Machines thus far, both expected in the second half of this year, and naturally you can customize them as you wish.

SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system Valve developed specifically for gaming. It has the ability to run Linux-supported games in your Steam game library. To drive those games, the CyberPowerPC Steam Machines sport an AMD Radeon R9 270 and AMD A6-6400K 3.90 GHz or an Intel Core i3-4330 3.50 GHz with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, for the CyberPowerPC Steam Machine A and I, respectively. Both machines have the same 500 GB SATA III HDD, 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM, and mITX form-factor motherboards. Both models also come with the Steam Controller, which was developed by Valve.

For games lacking Linux support, SteamOS can stream content from a Windows-based machine, potentially allowing you access to PC gaming in the living room. The Steam Machine A currently has a base price of $499 and the Steam Machine I has a base price of $699.

Source: Press Release



TRENDnet Introduces New Wireless Router

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 3, 2014 08:40AM
Author: Brentt Moore

As the IEEE 802.11ac standard gains popularity due to its sheer speed and network capability, more manufacturers are building wireless routers that take advantage of the 5GHz standard. TRENDnet is no exception, as it is announcing its AC1900 wireless router. The TRENDnet AC1900 will provide one AC network operating at 1.3Gbps along with an N network that will perform at 600Mbps. By broadcasting two separate networks simultaneously, the TRENDnet AC1900 allows newer wireless devices that support the AC standard to connect, along with older devices that make use of IEEE 802.11n to connect. The TRENDnet TEW-818DRU will also feature a 1GHz processor, high power radio amplifiers, all Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port, and a 5Gbps USB 3.0 port. Available from retailers starting in February, 2014, the TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 Wireless Router will sell for $259.99 and include a 3 year limited warranty.

Source: techPowerUp



ZTE to Introduce Multiple Smartphone at CES

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 2, 2014 05:09PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Chinese telecommunications equipment and systems company, ZTE Corporation, plans to introduce five new smartphones at CES which starts on January 7, 2014. ZTE will display their Grand S II, Iconic Phablet, Nubia 5S and Nubia 5S Mini, and Sonata 4G. The Grand S II will feature new technology that will allow users to take pictures and unlock their phone by using their voice. The Iconic Phablet is a 5.7-inch Gorilla Glass device that features Dolby Digital Sound, a dual-core processor, and wireless charging. Both the Nubia 5S and Nubia 5S Mini will incorporate quad-core Snapdragon processors, though the screen sizes differ with the former having a 5-inch 1080p display and the latter featuring a 4.7-inch display. The Sonata 4G, which will be featured on Aio Wireless, will boast a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, a 4-inch display, a 5 megapixel camera, and a 1,780mAh battery.

Souce: CNET



HP Increases Layoff Projections

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: December 31, 2013 02:26PM
Author: Brentt Moore

More layoffs are being announced from technology giant Hewlett-Packard. HP has now publically revealed that it plans to layoff a total of 34,000 employees by October 2014, which is 5,000 more employees than previous projections made in May 2012. Currently, HP has a total of 331,800 employees and is claiming that it is downsizing due to the combined pressures of the market and business overall. Meg Whitman, CEO of HP, stated that the company is taking a new direction and is now focusing more on multiple Operating Systems, multiple architectures, and multiple form factors. Despite the employee cuts, Whitman noted that HP is moving quickly to produce devices that customers want to purchase.

Source: DailyTech



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