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Hardware Roundup: Friday, January 1, 2016, Edition

Posted: January 1, 2016 @ time: 11:20AM
Author: bp9801

The new year has dawned, so hopefully you're starting the switch to writing 2016 instead of 2015. We have some items for you to kick off the new year, including a review of the HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive. It offers plenty of speed and compatibility with the new USB 3.1 standard, so it just might be your next portable storage solution. There's also a look at the SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset, which offers high comfort during long gaming sessions and an affordable price tag. For some high powered gaming in a laptop, look no further than the MSI GT72S Dominator Pro G with a GTX 980, the actual desktop part, packed inside. If you just need a way to capture your games to share on Twitch or YouTube, the Elgato Game Capture HD60 could be for you. We take a look back at 2015 with some of the best case mods seen throughout the year, as well as a podcast covering the latest news and reviews from the final week of last year.

Storage/Hard Drives
HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 Drive @ LanOC Reviews

Speakers/Headphones
SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps

Laptops/Tablets
MSI GT72S Dominator Pro G with GTX 980 @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
Elgato Game Capture HD60 @ ThinkComputers
The Best Case Mods of 2015 @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #381 @ PC Perspective


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BIOSTAR Unveils the Z170GT7, H170GT3, and B150GT5 Motherboards

Posted: January 4, 2016 @ time: 06:54AM
Author: gebraset

BIOSTAR, a major motherboard supplier in the PC industry, as officially debuted the Z170GT7, H170GT3, and B150GT5 motherboards. The latest products from the manufacturing company combine entirely new designs with some of the latest technology features, and are badged as members of the BIOSTAR RACING series. This series from BIOSTAR offers a new shield for the I/O panel and its components, LED effects and animations, touch-based mode selection for performance as well as energy efficiency optimization, and dual BIOS technology. The Z170GT7, H170GT3, and B150GT5 motherboards all boast LGA 1151 compatibility, 100 percent solid caps, four memory slots, 7.1 channel Blu-ray audio, Intel i219v LAN, as well as plenty of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. Additionally, all of the newly unveiled motherboards offer the exclusive BIOSTAR 6+ experience, which includes offerings from the company such as Speed+, Audio+, Video+, Durable+, Protection+, and DIY+.

Source: Press Release


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New Means Found of Doping Graphene with Great Precision

Posted: January 4, 2016 @ time: 08:33AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Carbon is an amazing element as its various forms can have wildly different and useful properties, with graphene exhibiting great strength and conductivity. This would make it ideal for use in electronics, except that it lacks a natural band gap and thus requires special doping to act as a semiconductor. Now researchers at Berkeley Lab have found a new dopant that is very effective at turning graphene into a p-type semiconductor.

Graphene is a sheet of carbon just one atom thick, making it effectively two dimensional, and it is able to carry electrons at speeds near that of light. Without a means of switching off that conductivity though, its usefulness is limited. By doping it with other atoms and molecules though, its properties can be altered and the Berkeley researchers found that F4TCNQ does a very good of this, when the graphene is on a boron nitride substrate. This pairing causes the F4TCNQ molecules to self-assemble islands on the graphene that pull in electrons. This causes the graphene to take on a positive charge, making it a p-type semiconductor, and also reduces its energy, which leads to island cohesion.

On its own this discovery could help graphene enter electronics, but the mechanics behind the island forming should occur with other materials as well. This could open the door to actually tuning the properties of graphene for use in devices.

Source: Berkeley Lab


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NVIDIA Announcing GeForce GTX VR Ready Program at CES

Posted: January 4, 2016 @ time: 08:53AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There are a lot of expectations for technology in this new year and virtual reality is near the top of the list. Multiple head mounted displays are set to launch this year, but to drive them is going to require powerful computers. To help consumers know if a machine is capable of pushing out two simultaneous images at 90 FPS, NVIDIA is launching its GeForce GTX VR Ready program at CES. This program will award systems a badge if they are VR ready and several manufacturers are already partnered with NVIDIA, including Alienware, MAINGEAR, MSI, Asus, Acer, HP, and more.

At the center of this new program is NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture featured in the GTX 970 and GTX 980. The architecture was designed with VR in mind and has support for features like Multi-Res Shading, which can improve performance by 50%. Other system requirements include USB 3.0 support, HDMI 1.3, an Intel Core i5-4590 or better CPU, 8+ GB of RAM, and Windows 7 SP1 or newer.

Source: Press Release


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AMD Officially Reveals the Upcoming Polaris Architecture with Release Target of Mid-2016

Posted: January 4, 2016 @ time: 09:40AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It is really nice that CES 2016 is finally here, because we are finally getting a look at some long-awaited technologies. Today AMD has unveiled its upcoming Polaris GPU architecture, which features a 4th generation GCN core and will be built with 14 nm FinFET. A lot of improvements have been made with it, including new architecture features and a significant jump in power efficiency. It is already being sampled to OEMs and is expected to ship in mid-2016.

The new 4th gen GCN will bring with it several features, including primitive discard acceleration. This is a feature that DirectX 12 will be able to take advantage of. It is also going to support the DisplayPort 1.3 and HDMI 2.0a standards, HDR monitors, and have h.265 decoding at up to 4K and 4K h.265 encoding at 60 FPS. All of this along with a significant improvement to power efficiency in part thanks to the switch to 14 nm FinFET. This technology allows for considerably better performance-per-watt compared to current 28 nm devices.

To demonstrate the improved efficiency, a Polaris powered system was put up against a Maxwell NVIDIA GTX 950 that was otherwise identical and measured the power usage. At the medium preset in Star Wars Battlefront the GTX 950 system was pulling around 140-150 W while the Polaris wielding system used just 86 Watts. WCCFtech did a little math and determined the Polaris GPU was likely drawing just about 50 W on its own, and as the GTX 960 typically draws around 100 W that puts it at double the efficiency for the same performance. With Polaris launching months from now though, we could see further improvements to its efficiency by various hardware and software optimizations. This efficiency will help Polaris enter small form-factor designs and bring without sacrificing too much performance.

 

 

Source: WCCFtech and AMD


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, January 4, 2016, Edition

Posted: January 4, 2016 @ time: 11:14AM
Author: bp9801

A new week and a new year is upon us, with some items along the way to kick things off. We have a look at the Corsair Carbide 400Q case, a new model that follows along a more traditional layout than the company's other new case. We have a preview on the Polaris architecture from AMD, giving us a hint at what to expect when the cards arrive later this year. Locked Intel Skylake parts recently have been shown to overclock, and now it seems the Xeon Skylake parts may follow suit, too. For those needing to keep their CPU cool, there's a look at the Gelid Antarctica heat sink. Or if you want some options, we have a list of the best AiO coolers from 2015. A look at the amount of VRAM on cards and how much you really need should prove an interesting read, especially in the war for more VRAM. Wrapping things up is a review on the Toshiba 16GB TransMemory U401 USB 2.0 flash drive.

Cases
Corsair Carbide 400Q @ TechSpot

CPUs
Xeon Skylake overclocking might happen soon @ TechSpot

Video Cards
AMD Radeon Technologies Group Previews Polaris Architecture @ PC Perspective
VRAM to the Test: How Much Memory Is Enough? @ TechSpot

CPU Cooling
Gelid Antarctica @ Frostytech
The Best AiO CPU Coolers of 2015 @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Toshiba 16GB TransMemory U401 USB 2.0 Flash Drive @ Madshrimps


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Corsair Unveils the Carbide SPEC-ALPHA, 400Q, and 400C Cases

Posted: January 4, 2016 @ time: 11:55AM
Author: bp9801

CES kicks off in a couple of days, but plenty of companies like to get a headstart on things. One company is Corsair, which has three new entries to its Carbide series of cases. Two of the Carbide cases, the 400Q and 400C, are pretty typical of what you expect from Corsair. However, it's the SPEC-ALPHA that really changes up the game, with its angular lines, unique style, and two different color options. The SPEC-ALPHA features a sharp, stand-out design with those angular lines and a shape that sets it apart from the rest. It features three 120mm LED fans for cooling and lighting options, with the interior featuring a Direct Airflow Path to help keep everything inside from overheating. There's no 5.25" cage inside, so the front intake can directly hit both the CPU and GPU. The three included fans can be controlled via a three-speed switch on the front of the case, plus the front can fit a 240mm radiator for those going under water. The SPEC-ALPHA can fit an ATX motherboard, up to four SSDs, has support for USB 3.0, and features a large side window to show off your system. It also comes in black or red for your case color, with the inside of both in all-black.

Flipping to a little bit more of a traditional case, we have Corsair's new Carbide 400Q and 400C. The 400Q features sound dampening material to keep your system from being heard, while the 400C features a full-sized case window on the left side to show off the internals. Both feature the Direct Airflow technology to keep your components nice and cool with a 140mm fan in the front and a 120mm in the rear. More fans can be installed, or you can go for water cooling, as both cases feature support for a 360mm radiator in the front, a 240mm rad up top, and a 120mm rad on the rear. Dust filters are featured on both cases, as is tool-free drive installation and two modular covers for the PSU and 3.5" drives. A full-sized ATX motherboard and multiple GPUs are also supported in the two cases. The 400Q features sound dampening material in the front, side, and top panels, while the 400C has the left side panel replaced with a window to better highlight what you're running.

The Corsair Carbide SPEC-ALPHA, 400Q, and 400C can be seen during CES later this week. The 400Q and 400C will be available for purchase next month for $99.99 each, with the SPEC-ALPHA coming in March for $79.99 for either the black or red color. Each case comes with a two-year warranty.

Source: Press Release, YouTube [1] & [2]


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Oculus Rift Pre-orders Start January 6

Posted: January 4, 2016 @ time: 05:03PM
Author: CheeseMan42

At E3, Oculus revealed its plans to release the Rift Virtual Reality (VR) headset in Q1 2016 and late last month it started to ship headsets to registered developers. The company has now announced that it plans to start accepting pre-orders for the Rift on Wednesday January 6 at 8 AM PST, which puts it on track for a Q1 release. That is less than 48 hours away so plan to be ready to buy it if you want to be one of the first to get your hands on it. The company founder Palmer Luckey will be hosting an AMA on Reddit on January 6 at 6 PM PST to answer any questions you might have.

Source: Oculus


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Acer Debuts Several New Systems at CES

Posted: January 4, 2016 @ time: 05:13PM
Author: CheeseMan42

CES 2016 is just about to get underway and Acer has already revealed several of the systems it plans to show off at the yearly trade show. A new all-in-one Chromebase utilizes the Chrome OS and Intel Core processors. These features are matched with a 23.8" 1080p display, up to 8GB of RAM, 802.11a/c Wi-Fi, and an HD webcam. The CB3-131 is a new Chromebook built with durability in mind with a "nano-imprinted" cover allowing for drops up to two feet and up to 130 pounds of downward pressure. It will use hardware similar to other Chromebooks and starts at $179.99. The Iconia 8 tablet has an 8" screen powered by Android 5.1 and is "designed to be family friendly, including a Kids Center app that provides parental controls, child-appropriate content, and a simplified UI designed for younger users," at a cost of $99.99. The company is also planning updates to its Aspire Switch, Aspire Nitro V, and TravelMate Windows laptops.

Source: ZDNet


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Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and Hellfire PCIe AIC Released by Patriot

Posted: January 5, 2016 @ time: 07:44AM
Author: gebraset

The Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC are the latest solid-state drive offerings from Patriot, which happens to be a leading manufacturer of various products such as SSDs, computer memory, flash storage solutions, mobile accessories, and gaming peripherals. The Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD is an excellent storage solution for content creators, gamers, and PC enthusiasts, as it features a Gen 3 x 4 interface, NVMe 1.2 compliance, MLC NAND, and read and write speeds of 2,500MB per second and 600MB per second, respectively. The Hellfire PCIe AIC is Patriot's premium performance drive, and while it also features a Gen 3 x 4 interface and MLC NAND, it differs in offering insane read and write speeds of up to 3,000MB per second and up to 2,200MB per second, respectively. Both the Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC utilize a Phison 5007 controller.

The Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC will come in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB variants, with the former shipping in a M.2 2280 form factor. The Hellfire drives from Patriot are expected to be available for purchase during the first quarter of this year.

Source: Press Release


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Nanoparticles Used to Etch Straight Paths in Semiconductors

Posted: January 5, 2016 @ time: 08:22AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If there is one thing scientists have to bear in mind at all times, it is to always take a second look at bad results. Researchers at NIST and IBM were disappointed when their attempts to create nanowires failed due to a contaminant, but then they put the results under the scanning electron microscope. To their surprise, there were long straight channels etched into the semiconductor they were working with, which could have some interesting applications.

The researchers were working with gold nanoparticles on indium phosphide and were expecting nanowires to be created, but the presence of water completely changed that. Initially a gold layer was deposited on the semiconductor, and when heated this film broke apart to form droplets, and some of the indium phosphide was absorbed by the droplets to form a gold alloy. With water vapor present, these nanoparticles are surrounded by water molecules that will etch into the semiconductor by oxidizing it. This results in indium oxide and phosphorus, which evaporate away. At temperatures below 300 ºC, pits are formed, but at 440 ºC and above, long V-shaped channels are created. These channels are the size of the nanoparticle, which can be controlled.

While this is not the nanowires the researchers were aiming for, this ability to create precise and straight nanochannels could be used to bring lasers, sensors, wave guides and more to lab-on-a-chip devices. So far the researchers have found this works with indium phosphide, gallium phosphide, and indium arsenide, which are used to create LEDs and high-speed electronics, but we could see it adapted for patterning channels into silicon and other materials in the future.

Source: NIST


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Rumor is No Assassin's Creed Game in 2016

Posted: January 5, 2016 @ time: 08:58AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Rumors can be a lot of fun, but as always, remember they are rumors and thus might not be true to any degree. A new rumor has appeared recently about the Assassin's Creed franchise coming from someone claiming to be an Ubisoft developer. According to the claims, the next entry in the franchise is going to be set in Ancient Egypt, is being developed by the team behind Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and is not going to be released on the yearly schedule. Ever since Assassin's Creed II the franchise has been receiving new titles annually and this pause is supposed to allow for a "complete revamp of the series." Considering the stated time period predates the Assassins and Templars and allows for greater freedom with the history, such a revamp should hopefully be possible.

The supposed-developer shares quite a lot of information actually, though no definite proof of any connection to Ubisoft is provided (they just say to screencap their comments and look back at them when Assassin's Creed is missing at E3 2016). This includes a desire by the developers to try for a "Witcher feel" for progression and freeform combat, the main character will be a slave or ex-slave, only animations might be recycled from previous games, and that online co-op has been cut from the series for now. Also the supposed-developer claims that only programmers and technical directors have console devkits, with everyone else on PC with an average spec of an Intel i7, 64 GB RAM, and a GTX 670. "The rest work on PC since the ports to consoles are so easy with the new gen."

As someone who has played and reviewed every main Assassin's Creed game I want to share my opinion and admit I hope this rumor is true. A complete revamp with the time necessary to create it, could significantly improve the health of this franchise. Of course this is just a rumor and could be completely false, but only time will tell.

Source: NeoGAF


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Hardware Roundup: Tuesday, January 5, 2016, Edition

Posted: January 5, 2016 @ time: 10:59AM
Author: bp9801

A new day brings several items along for you to check out, starting with the Mad Catz L.Y.N.X. 9 Mobile Hybrid Controller. This controller features a quite unique design, but has the capability to hook up to your computer, phone, tablet, or TV by a variety of means to control whatever games you're currently playing. There's a review on the Thermaltake Core X71 case, a massive tower that features a modular internal design to customize your setup however you see fit. We also have two different coverages of CES, with one featuring a bunch of articles and the other a podcast hitting the highlights of the show so far. CES officially kicks off tomorrow, so expect plenty more coverage here and at our affiliates!

Cases
Thermaltake Core X71 @ ThinkComputers

Input Devices
Mad Catz L.Y.N.X. 9 Mobile Hybrid Controller @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
CES Unveiled 2016 Coverage @ ThinkComputers
CES 2016 Podcast Day 1 @ PC Perspective


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Seagate Launches the Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB Mobile Hard Drive

Posted: January 5, 2016 @ time: 11:36AM
Author: bp9801

Seagate has long been known for its hard drives, and with CES this week, it has a new model to introduce. The new hard drive is the Backup Plus Ultra Slim, the world's thinnest 2TB mobile hard drive. It builds on the success of Seagate's Backup Plus Slim line, but drops the height to 9.6mm, making it 50% thinner than other 2TB drives on the market. This means the Backup Plus Ultra Slim can hold over 500,000 songs, 320,000 photos, or 240 hours of HD video, or any combination of those and more, giving you access to a ton of content on the road. It also features 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage (for two years) and Lyve software compatibility, letting you backup and share data from any device or location. The exterior of this portable hard drive comes in either a gold or platinum finish, helping it match your phone, tablet, or laptop.

The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB mobile hard drive will be available soon, although no exact release date or price was given at this time. The Backup Plus Slim 2TB drive is priced around $130, so expect something similar for the Backup Plus Ultra Slim.

Source: Press Release


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CyberPowerPC Unveils New Streaming PCs, All-in-Ones, Gaming Laptops, and More at CES

Posted: January 5, 2016 @ time: 12:14PM
Author: bp9801

CyberPowerPC has expanded plenty throughout the years, offering custom built gaming PCs to laptops, monitors, All-in-Ones, and more. Today it has a little bit of everything for CES, with 2-in-1 gaming and streaming PCs, a curved screen All-in-One, new gaming laptops, and even gaming PCs that are VR ready. The 2-in-1 gaming and streaming PCs come in the form of the Pro Streamer series, which come pre-installed and configured with OBS open-source streaming and XSPLIT live streaming applications so you can broadcast your games right from the start. CyberPowerPC pre-installs the software based on which configuration you select, with three models ranging from an Intel Core i3 to Core i7 Skylake processors for whatever quality you're after. Other highlights include 8GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD, an H110 Mini-ITX motherboard, and an Avermedia Live Gamer HD capture card.

Moving over to an All-in-One, CyberPowerPC took a 34" curved monitor from Samsung and fit a full-featured PC inside. The Arcus features a 3440x1440 resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate, with up to an Intel Core i7 Skylake processor and single NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN video card inside. It can be either air cooled or liquid cooled, features dual 2.5" HDD/SSDs, UDIMM desktop memory, a USB webcam with dual mics, and plenty of connections to use this as your main PC or even a TV if you choose. Its use of off-the-shelf components mean it can be easily upgraded, too.

On the laptop side of things, we have the Fangbook 4 SK-X with G-SYNC. It features an Intel Core i7-6820HK Skylake processor, the first ever mobile K-Series CPU, and a 17.3" screen to display all your games. It features a range of NVIDIA GeForce GTX mobile cards for G-SYNC goodness, giving you smooth gameplay by syncing the refresh rate to the GPU. The Fangbook 4 SK-X also has 32GB (4x8GB) of DDR4 2133MHz SODIMM RAM, USB 3.0, USB C, an SD card reader, HDMI 1.4, Mini DisplayPort, Killer GbLAN, and 802.11ac WiFi. There are two other gaming laptops launching, as well. The Vector is another 17.3" model with a 1080p IPS panel and an Intel Core i7-6820HK CPU. It also has a GeForce GTX 970M, 16GB DDR4 RAM, an M.2 SSD, a backlit keyboard, and more. The Tracer drops the size down to 15.6", with another 1080p IPS panel. It also has an Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, a GeForce GTX 965M, DDR4 RAM, an M.2 SSD, and a backlit keyboard.

Switching to VR, CyberPowerPC is teaming up with Valve's Steam VR and HTC's Vive teams to deliver a VR gaming experience without breaking the bank. CyberPowerPC's VR line starts at just $999 and features an Intel Core i5 Skylake processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 Series video cards. No other details are available on these just yet, but expect that information before long.

The CyberPowerPC Pro Streamer series is avaiable now, starting at $1899 with an Intel Core i5-6600K and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 video card with Windows 10 Home. There's also a "Standard" model with a Core i3-6100 CPU for the same price if you don't want any customizations. The Arcus will be available soon, but no price is announced for it just yet. The Fangbook 4 SK-X is also availble now and starts at $1885 for the base model with Windows 10 Home. The Vector and Tracer arrive later this month, with the Vector starting at $1800 and the Tracer at $1300.

Source: Press Release


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G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse Announced by Logitech

Posted: January 5, 2016 @ time: 12:26PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Logitech has announced the new G502 Proteus Spectrum mouse today, which adds RGB customizable lighting to the already popular G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse. It still has the PMW3366 sensor for best performance and accuracy across a DPI range of 200 to 12,000. It also sports the 11 programmable buttons, mechanical micro-switches beneath the buttons, and multiple placements for the five 3.6 gram weights for altering weight and center of balance from the Proteus Core.

The Proteus Spectrum is expected to be on sale in the US and Europe soon and has a suggested retail price of $79.99 (€89).

 

 

Source: Logitech


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HP Unveils EliteBook Folio Laptop

Posted: January 5, 2016 @ time: 05:10PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The EliteBook Folio is the latest laptop from HP and is "HP's answer to the MacBook." The laptop measures just 0.5" thick at a weight lower than 2.2 pounds allowing for easy portability. The small size means you won't be able to get the fastest components, but what you do get should be more than enough for any tasks you would want a lightweight laptop for. The Folio is powered by the latest Intel Core M processors utilizing the Skylake architecture, SSDs up to 512GB, 8GB of RAM, and a 12.5" 1080p display, with the ability to upgrade to a 4K screen. HP claims that the battery will last for 10 hours. The base model of the EliteBook Folio starts at $999.

Source: The Verge


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NVIDIA Announces DRIVE PX 2 System at CES

Posted: January 5, 2016 @ time: 05:46PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Information about what to expect from the NVIDIA press conference at CES this year began to circulate last month, with a heavy emphasis on systems for the automotive market expected. NVIDIA has delivered on those expectations with the DRIVE PX 2, the successor to the DRIVE PX, which was announced at CES 2015. The system will be powered by a pair of Tegra "Parker" SoCs and a pair of Pascal based discrete GPUs. The end result of this is four NVIDIA Denver and eight ARM Cortex-A57 CPU cores and four Pascal GPUs. The added GPU power will help with the computational needs of computer vision necessary for self-driving cars, packing an estimated 8 teraflops 32-bit floating point and 16 teraflops 16-bit floating point performance. The added GPUs will come at a cost of increased power and heat dissipation requirements, causing NVIDIA to design the PX 2 with liquid cooling. In the presentation, NVIDIA was comparing the performance to that of a GTX Titan X, but worth noting is that the PX 2 will need to be programmed with multiple GPUs in mind while the Titan X is a single GPU card. NVIDIA reiterated its commitment to "develop a hardware ecosystem for the automotive industry rather than an end-to-end solution. Which is to say that they want to provide the hardware, while letting their customers develop the software."

Source: NVIDIA via AnandTech


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Phone App Used to Encourage Safe Driving

Posted: January 6, 2016 @ time: 10:30AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Most, if not all people know not to use their phone when driving, because the distraction can lead to accidents. That view may be changing slightly, thanks to researchers at MIT and the spinoff Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT).

Using MIT research, CMT developed the DriveWell app which monitors and scores your driving from 1 to 100. This score is based on data collected on road types, driving smoothness, speeding, phone distraction, and more, and all of the data is collected in the background. Some insurance companies offer devices that similarly track driver safety, but DriveWell takes it a bit further with its feedback and scoring. Instead of just offering insurance discounts, the scores can be collected into leaderboards, creating social games with badges and other prizes.

In South Africa, which has one of the highest traffic accident fatality rates (31.9 per 100,000 inhabitants), a competition was run with some 65,000 participants. While the competition ran for four months, after just two weeks the riskiest participants improved significantly with 40-50% less speeding, less hard braking, corning, and less phone usage, and in some cases the improvements were noticeable after just two days. The next step for CMT is, naturally, to bring DriveWell and its other apps and products to as many drivers as possible.

Source: MIT


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Patriot Announces New Viper and Mega USB Drives and SSD Enclosure

Posted: January 6, 2016 @ time: 10:53AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Patriot has announced two new USB drives, the Viper USB and Mega USB. Both are USB 3.1 Gen 1 compliant, with backwards compatibility for USB 2.0. The Viper features a red and black aesthetic with a swinging protector for the connector, so you do not have to worry about losing a cap. It will come in 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB capacities for $34.99, $54.99, and $94.99 respectively, when it launches later this quarter.

The Supersonic Mega USB has been designed to offer the performance of the high end Magnum drives, but at a more affordable price. These drives will be able to reach 380 MB/s read and 70 MB/s write speeds, so you can access the 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB of storage very quickly. It will be available on January 18 for $49.99, $89.99, and $229.99, depending on the storage capacity. The Supersonic Magnum 2 drive has also been announced, and it will feature speeds of up to 400 MB/s read and 300 MB/s write, making it among the fastest high capacity USB flash drives available.

For those looking for something a little different, Patriot is also releasing the Gauntlet 4 SSD enclosure. It is able to accept any standard 2.5 in SATA drive, both SSD and HDD, and uses the USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard for to provide high speeds and does not require any additional power. It will ship with two connectors so you can connect its microB port to a computer via a Type-A or Type-C port. The Gauntlet 4 launches at the end of Q1 with an MSRP of $39.99.

Source: Patriot and Press Release


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Thermaltake Introduces the Core X71 and Core X31 Cases

Posted: January 6, 2016 @ time: 11:11AM
Author: bp9801

CES time means plenty of new product, with Thermaltake introducing two new members to its Core line of computer cases. The Core X71 and Core X31 feature a design with water cooling in mind, with plenty of space inside for whatever kind of rig you want to build. The Core X71 is a full tower case, with the Core X31 a mid-tower, making one or the other ideal for system builders. The Core X71 features a dual chamber design that places the hard drives, PSU, fans, and radiators in the lower compartment, with everything else in the top one. It allows the motherboard, video card(s), CPU, and other high heat gear to be isolated away and get as much cooling directed at it as possible. The Core X71 also has a fully modular design, so you can remove the HDD/SSD cage and set it wherever you wish inside the case. Radiators can be installed in multiple locations thanks to the case's 250mm width, with the lower chamber even supporting a 360mm rad on either side. Two 140mm Riing fans are pre-installed in the front of the case, with a 140mm in the rear to help aid in airflow if you plan to stick with air cooling. Or for water, if you're only doing a partial water build.

The Core X31 retains the modular concept of its big brother, but lacks the dual chamber design since it's a smaller case. The X71 features a "2+5" bay design, but the X31 is only a "2+3" design, but that doesn't limit your creativity. It still allows for all manner of water cooling inside, with a triple 120mm rad, dual 140mm, or even 200mm case fans possible. It also is 250mm wide just like the Core X71, so fitting your gear inside shouldn't be an issue. A magnetic dust filter up top helps keep particles out of your case, with super-fine filters on the front and bottom helping to block dust, too.

Both the Thermaltake Core X71 and X31 can fit video cards up to 420mm in length inside, a CPU cooler up to 180mm in height, and a PSU up to 220mm long. The X71 can even fit a 480mm radiator at the front of the case (X31 is only a 360mm rad), so size certainly isn't an issue with these cases. Each one has a front I/O panel with two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0, and audio in/out, with eight expansion slots each at the rear. The Thermaltake Core X71 and Core X31 will be available by the end of January, with the Core X71 priced at $149.99 and the Core X31 at $99.99. The Core X31 also features an RGB edition, which replaces the three pre-installed 120mm Riing fans with three 120mm RGB Riing fans. It carries a $129.99 price and launches at the same time as the others.

Source: Press Release


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RIOTORO Launches the Prism CR1280 Case

Posted: January 6, 2016 @ time: 11:32AM
Author: bp9801

RIOTORO isn't a name you should be familiar with right now, given that it's a brand new company, but it is formed by former Corsair and NVIDIA employees who wanted to do something a little different. RIOTORO has a presence at CES where it's showing off its first product, the Prism CR1280 case. The Prism CR1280 is a full tower case fully decked out in RGB LED lighting, letting users customize its look from over 256 different colors. The front panel trim and dual LED fans can have their color customized to whatever suits your mood or build, with the front panel controls providing easy access. The front panel not only lets you select the case lighting, but also the fan speed: Performance Mode for maximum cooling and Low-Key Mode for silent operation.

Inside the case are separate compartments for the motherboard, power supply, and drives to keep everything nice and cool. The dual front and rear fans help direct airflow over the motherboard, CPU, and video card, with support for more fans and water cooling to let you build to your heart's content. A 140mm radiator can be installed in the rear, three 120mm rads up top, and two 120/140mm rads in the front, so water cooling shouldn't be an issue with the Prism CR1280. The front I/O panel features two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0, and audio in/out, as well as the lighting and fan speed controls. Motherboard support ranges from Mini-ITX to eATX, with eight expansion slots in the rear. Video cards over 400mm in length aren't an issue, and neither are CPU coolers up to 180mm in height or PSUs up to 2200m in length. Cable routing holes with grommets are plentiful on the motherboard tray, so you can hide your wires for a clean and tidy build.

The RIOTORO Prism CR1280 case arrives next month for $139.99 and comes with a two-year warranty.

Source: Press Release and YouTube


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MSI Showcases Plenty of Products at CES

Posted: January 6, 2016 @ time: 02:56PM
Author: gebraset

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


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Kingston Announces Encrypted USB Drive

Posted: January 6, 2016 @ time: 04:50PM
Author: CheeseMan42

The latest addition to the Kingston DataTraveler series is the DataTraveler 2000, a USB drive built with high security in mind. The drive uses hardware based encryption through the AES 256-bit algorithm with an alphanumeric keypad built-in to provide access to the drive. It is "designed for global security IT professionals, small-to-medium businesses and corporate end users who require electronic data protection." All encryption is done on the drive, removing the need for any special drivers and making it Operating System agnostic. The drive is automatically locked when removed from your system and the encryption key and password are deleted upon 10 unsuccessful login attempts. Flash business manager Ken Campbell described it as the "perfect option to deploy in the workforce where a uniform encrypted data storage solution that works on many different OS’ are in use." The DataTraveler 2000 will be available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Source: Press Release


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DEEPCOOL Shows Off Genome All-in-one Liquid Cooling Solution at CES

Posted: January 6, 2016 @ time: 05:04PM
Author: CheeseMan42

DEEPCOOL is the latest company to throw its hat into the all-in-one liquid solution market with the Genome, which it describes as "Not A PC Case, But An Extreme Liquid Cooling Solution." The system consists of an ATX computer case with a 360mm radiator, three 120mm PWM fans, reservoir, pump, and CPU block. The case itself is a full size ATX case with a side window and routing holes for cable management. Users will be able to install four 2.5" drives and two 3.5" drives. The Genome will be available sometime this month at an MSRP of $249.99. If you happen to be at CES, then stop by Caesar's Palace where the company has the Genome on display.

Source: Press Release


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Thermaltake Unveils Core W100 and WP100 Cases

Posted: January 7, 2016 @ time: 12:59AM
Author: bp9801

Hot off the heels of the earlier announced Core X71 and Core X31 cases come the Core W100 and WP100 from Thermaltake. These two cases feature a fully dismantable modular design; everything you see in the case can be taken apart and reassembled however you wish for a custom build all your own. It's also a pretty good learning experience in just how your new case goes together. The Core W100 is something Thermaltake calls a super tower case, as it's a massive 26.7" x 12.2" x 26.7" behemoth. Inside it can fit more hard drives than most consumers know what to do with, as up to 10 are possible. Water cooling support is pretty high with the W100, as a 280mm radiator can be installed in the bottom, a 120 or 140mm rad in the rear, up to a 420mm rad in the front, and up to a massive 600mm rad at the top. For those on air, it's quite extensive, too, as three 120/140mm fans can fit up front, four in the top, one each in the rear, three in the bottom, and 12 on the left and right sides. If those aren't big enough, up to three 200mm fans fit in the top and six each on either side.

The W100 can stack with the P100 pedastal case to morph into the WP100, which lets you house more water cooling gear (the sides can hold anything from a 120mm rad to a 560mm rad), pure storage heaven that bumps the 10 HDD/SSD count to 20, or even dual systems. Internal clearance is quite high in the case, as 200mm is possible for the CPU cooler height, 470mm long video cards can fit inside with the HDD rack (635mm without), and a PSU up to 180mm with three bottom fans or 220mm with two bottom fans. Four USB 3.0 ports and audio in/out adorn the front I/O panel, as do three external 5.25" bays. Motherboard support ranges from XL-ATX all the way down to Mini-ITX, with even the SSI MEB server motherboards a possibility. Magnetic dust filters adorn the sides and top to help keep particles out and for easy cleaning.

Thermaltake bills the W100 and WP100 cases as the ultimate DIY builds (plus server and workstation), and it's pretty easy to see why. Both cases arrive at the end of February, with the W100 setting you back $329.99 and the WP100 $439.99.

Sources: Press Release and YouTube


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Kingston Announces KC400 SSD for Enterprise Environments

Posted: January 7, 2016 @ time: 08:17AM
Author: gebraset

Kingston Digital, the flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, has officially announced the latest addition to its SSDNow family, the KC400 SSD. The latest product from Kingston offers consistent performance for a wealth of enterprise applications, allowing customers to experience the true value that the drive provides. The KC400 from Kingston makes use of an advanced Phison PS3110-S10 eight-channel controller and quad-core processor, and also includes technologies such as SmartECC and SmartRefresh, which assist in guarding data and protecting again read errors., respectively.

The Kingston KC400, which comes in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities, features a 2.5-inch form factor, an average power consumption of just 0.335 watts, and a MTBF of 1 million hours. The KC400 includes a limited five-year warranty and free technology support from Kingston.

Source: Press Release


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Gigabyte Launching Three New Motherboards and Updating Its Mini-PC Line

Posted: January 7, 2016 @ time: 09:28AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today GIGBYTE has launched and is showing off three new motherboards with the LGA1151 socket, the GA-X150-PLUS WS, GA-X150M-PLUS WS, and GA-X170-Extreme ECC. The X150-PLUS WS is an ATX board with several features meant to provide the best speed and reliability, including DDR4 support, two x16 PCIe slots that have their lanes directly connected to the CPU, and an onboard PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connector with up to 32 Gb/s transfer speeds. If you are still looking for a LGA1151 motherboard to drop an Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 processor into but want something cheaper and with fewer extreme features, the X150M-PLUS WS, a micro-ATX board, may be the thing for you. It still has the DDR4 support and its x16 PCIe slot still has its lanes coming directly off of the CPU for the greatest possible bandwidth. Finally the X170-Extreme ECC board supports ECC Memory and sports more USB 3.0 and SATA3 ports, so you can have both stability and performance.

GIGABYTE is also updating its GIGABYTE BRIX barebone mini-PC to come with Intel's 6th Gen. Core processors. With it you can hold the power of a Core i3 up to a Core i7 processor in the palm of your hand. Different configurations are available, including some with support for 2.5 in drives, for those who need additional storage. They also have USB 3.0 ports and can power three displays with their support for HDMI and DisplayPort. These new BRIX are also going to be the first to support Intel's Thunderbolt 3 standard over USB Type-C, which have single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s.

Source: GIGABYTE


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Thermaltake Reveals Pacific R360 D5 Water Cooling Kit

Posted: January 7, 2016 @ time: 09:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For 17 years Thermaltake has been a leader for cooling technology and to continue that, the company has revealed its new Pacific $360 D5 Water Cooling Kit. The kit comes with a CPU water block, a D5 pump and reservoir combo unit, a 360 mm slim radiator, six chrome compression fittings, three Riing 12 LED Blue radiator fanes, one tube, blue coolant, and some other accessories. It is compatible with Intel LGA 2011, 1366, 1155, 1156, 1150, and 775 sockets and AMD FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, and AM2 sockets. The reservoir is 288 mm long and can has a 400 ml capacity and the pump can move 500 L/hr.

The kit is currently available at TT Premium.

Source: Thermaltake


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Hardware Roundup: Thursday, January 7, 2016, Edition

Posted: January 7, 2016 @ time: 11:32AM
Author: bp9801

CES keeps rolling along, with plenty of new product left and right. We also have some other articles for you to check out today, starting with a review of the Corsair VOID USB Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset. This headset features a unique design and a handy USB connection to handle its audio and deliver that Dolby 7.1 experience. We also have a look at a first trip to BlizzCon to see the sights and sounds of Blizzard's massive convention. Ten tech predictions for 2016 get made that may provide a bit of insight as to what we can expect from this year. Wrapping things up is a podcast covering CES and some of the things seen on the show floor.

Speakers/Headphones
Corsair VOID USB Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Maiden voyage to BlizzCon @ LanOC Reviews
10 Tech Predictions for 2016 @ TechSpot
CES 2016 Podcast Day 3 @ PC Perspective


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New NVIDIA GeForce Bundle Pairs GTX 900 Cards with Rise of the Tomb Raider

Posted: January 7, 2016 @ time: 11:49AM
Author: bp9801

So much CES news on new hardware, sometimes it's nice to see something about software. Well, in this case it's more like software bundled with hardware, as NVIDIA has announced a new GeForce Gaming bundle. When gamers purchase an eligble GeForce GTX 900 video card or laptop, they'll receive a free copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the upcoming (for those of us without an Xbox One) sequel from Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics. Starting today, anyone who purchases a GTX 970 or higher video card, or a laptop with a GTX 970M, 980M, or 980 GPU will receive a free copy of the game. Rise of the Tomb Raider is set one year after the events of the rebooted Tomb Raider, with Lara on the trail of her late father to the lost city of Kitezh. Plenty of danger and peril exists along the way, with Lara having to use all her skill, puzzle solving expertise, and exploration knowledge to get to the bottom of the adventure.

The PC release for Rise of the Tomb Raider occurs on January 28, so this gives you plenty of time to decide on that new upgrade or laptop. The promotion runs until February 16, so don't delay too long!

Sources: Press Release and GeForce.com


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be quiet! Launches the Pure Power 9 Power Supply Series

Posted: January 7, 2016 @ time: 12:23PM
Author: bp9801

Be quiet! is a name that's been gaining ground in the U.S. over the years, and with CES this week it saw the perfect opportunity to launch a new power supply series. The be quiet! Pure Power 9 builds on the success of the Pure Power 8 and improves it in a number of key areas. It's available in both a fixed cable and modular style, so you can pick whichever one will best suit your build. It has a higher performance level than its predecessor, but a lower operating volume thanks to a new 120mm fan so you can hardly hear it running. Reliability is improved so it's now 80 PLUS Silver certified. The cables for both the fixed and modular versions are plentiful, with more SATA connectors, a longer P8 and 24-pin to better provide power to your system without worrying if the cables will reach, an all-black connector and wire design, and flat peripheral and PCIe cables for a slimmer look.

The be quiet! Pure Power 9's modular version will arrive in March, with 400, 500, 600, and 700W models available. The fixed cable version arrives in June, with the same wattage models available. Each PSU comes with a three-year warranty. Be quiet! also announced a red version of its SB600 and 800 cases will be available soon, with the same price as the windowed and non-windowed of the current colors. You can also see some shots of the Shadow Rock Slim, Shadow Rock 2, Pure Rock, Shadow Rock LP, Dark Rock TF, and the massive Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU coolers below.

Source: Press Release


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Thermaltake Announces Toughpower DPS G RGB 1250W PSU

Posted: January 7, 2016 @ time: 04:57PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Thermaltake has announced its latest Toughpower series power supply, the DPS G RGB 1250W, at CES this week. The PSU is 80 PLUS Titanium certified and is the "world’s first patented LED RGB 256 colors designed green power supply." It is compatible with the Thermaltake Smart Power Management (SPM) platform with monitoring applications for PC, cloud, and mobile giving users the ability to monitor power consumption, voltage distribution, and electricity cost. Thermaltake also includes the ability to receive a daily energy report to detail energy consumption. The Toughpower DPS G RGB is available now at participating retailers.

Source: Press Release


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Razer Debuts the Blade Stealth Ultrabook and Core External GPU Enclosure

Posted: January 7, 2016 @ time: 05:11PM
Author: bp9801

Razer isn't typically a name you think of when you're looking for a new Ultrabook, but that just might change. At CES, Razer announced the Blade Stealth Ultrabook and the Core external GPU enclosure. The Razer Blade Stealth comes in at just 0.52" thick and weighing a mere 2.75 pounds, bringing it right into the realm of Ultrabooks. It's powered by an Intel Core i7-6500U processor, with a 12.5" LED touchscreen featuring either a 2560x1440 or 3840x2160 resolution panel. It comes with 8GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM, a Chroma keyboard with individually backlit keys, and 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 3.1 Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, HDMI 1.4b, and a combined 3.5mm audio port round out the connections on the Blade Stealth. The base model has the smaller resolution and a 128GB PCIe M.2 SSD, but you can bump up the storage to 256GB. If you want to increase the resolution, you can get either a 256 or 512GB SSD. Now, the included graphics on the Razer Blade Stealth are just through the Intel HD 520 on the CPU, but that's where the Core comes in.

The Razer Core is an external GPU enclosure that can fit nearly any video card from NVIDIA and AMD, provided it doesn't exceed 5.98" x 1.73" x 12.2". Sadly only a single card is supported. A 500W PSU is included inside the Core that can power a video card with up to a 375W TDP, so really, most any video card you can think of can run inside the Core. The Blade Stealth connects to the Core via a Thunderbolt 3 cable, giving you access to an additional four USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet. An external display can also be powered by the Core, so you can game on your monitor of choice or stick with the Blade Stealth.

The Razer Blade Stealth's base model starts at $999, with the 512GB SSD and 3840x2160 resolution screen jumping things up to $1599. Razer lists the Blade Stealth as shipping at the end of January, although right now the price and launch of the Core is still unknown other than it arrives sometime in the first half of this year. Also unknown is whether or not Razer will update its Blade and Blade Pro laptops, so keep it tuned for any word on those.

Source: Press Release


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Synology Announces DiskStation DS416j

Posted: January 7, 2016 @ time: 05:20PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Synology has announced the DiskStation DS416j, a four-bay network attached storage (NAS) server "designed for home and personal use to manage data and enjoy multimedia." The budget friendly NAS allows users to stream and view content on a variety of platforms including computers, tablets, projectors, and smartphones. The DS416j runs the DiskStation Manager OS and is powered by a dual-core CPU, providing read and write speeds up to 112MB/s and 101MB/s, respectively. An included floating-point unit boosts the systems computational power and allows for a 37% increase over the previous model. A USB 3.0 port is included for high speed transfers to or from external hard drives. Synology product manager Jason Fan described the NAS stating, "The 4-bay DS416j comes with rich applications and large storage capacity, letting users enjoy cloud synchronization and multimedia streaming at a competitive price."

Source: Press Release


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Thermaltake Launches Water 3.0 Riing RGB Series AIO Coolers

Posted: January 8, 2016 @ time: 10:17AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Thermaltake has launched a line of all-in-one coolers, the Water 3.0 Riing RGB Series. As you might guess from the RGB in the title, this series features lights and they give you 256 colors to choose from. The two radiator lengths you can choose from are 240 mm and 360 mm, and they will come with the appropriate number of 120 mm fans. These fans use compression blades to enhance air pressure and hydraulic bearings to keep everything quiet. The fan speed can be controlled by the smart controller, which is also what controls the display colors.

These coolers are available now for the United States, via Newegg and Amazon, and Australia, via mwave and PC Case Gear.

Source: Thermaltake


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Hardware Roundup: Friday, January 8, 2016, Edition

Posted: January 8, 2016 @ time: 10:52AM
Author: bp9801

CES ends today, bringing to a close a week full of new hardware and software announcements. We do have a couple of other items to help send the week off, starting with a review of the Zalman ZM-K700M Mechanical Keyboard. This model features Cherry MX Red switches and LED backlighting, as well as a column of macro keys and a speed meter to show you how fast you're typing (or gaming). Finishing the day off is a preview of the Corsair Hydro H5 SF CPU cooler to give you an idea of what this new model offers.

CPU Cooling
Corsair Hydro H5 SF Preview @ Madshrimps

Keyboards/Mice
Zalman ZM-K700M Mechanical Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews


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ECS Debuts New Liva Mini PC at CES

Posted: January 8, 2016 @ time: 01:51PM
Author: CheeseMan42

ECS has grown the Liva series of small form factor systems to feature several models over the past few years and has revealed another addition at CES this year. The Live One "features a flexible hardware configuration in a book-size, one-liter form factor." The system is powered by Windows 10 and takes advantage of built-in remote control functionality, allowing for full interaction with mobile devices. In addition to the new Liva, ECS also showed off the first motherboard to support HDMI 2.0, the LEET Gaming Z170-Claymore.

Source: Press Release


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AMD Moving to Unified Socket with Zen

Posted: January 8, 2016 @ time: 03:42PM
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


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AMD Announces the A10-7890K APU and the Wraith CPU Cooler

Posted: January 8, 2016 @ time: 04:49PM
Author: gebraset

AMD recently unveiled that it is utilizing the new AM4 socket as a unified platform for its upcoming products. The company has also just revealed the A10-7890K APU, which offers a small speed increase over the current flagship APU from AMD, the A10-7870K. The A10-7890K features a max turbo frequency of 4.3GHz and offers four CPU cores and eight GPU cores, just like the other top of the line A10 APUs offered by the company. AMD also announced the new Wraith cooler, which is considerably better than the current CPU cooler that ships with AMD products. The Wraith Cooler features a back-lit AMD logo, a constant velocity fan, and a similar footprint of its predecessor. AMD has noted that its Wraith Cooler, which will ship with all retail APUs and CPUs going forward, features one-tenth of the noise, 24 percent more cooling fin surface area, and 34 percent more air flow than its predecessor.

Source: HotHardware


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Intel to Release 10 Core Consumer Processor at Computex 2016

Posted: January 11, 2016 @ time: 09:17AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It does not seem all that long ago that the first dual core x86 CPUs were released, but now we are approaching the release of the first 10 core CPU for consumers; Intel's Core i7-6950X. It is a Broadwell-E chip, so it is being manufactured on a 14 nm process, and will have a base clock of 3.00 GHz, with a 3.50 GHz. It will also come unlocked, so overclockers are free to push that higher, and so long as you have an X99 motherboard with an LGA 2011-v3 socket, you should be good to make the upgrade.

If you are looking for something with a lower price tag, Intel is also set to release the i7-6900K, i7-6850K, and i7-6800K. The 6900K has eight cores and 16 threads, with a base clock of 3.20 GHz and 3.70 GHz boost, and is expected to cost $999. The two 68xxK processors are both hexacores and the 6850K has a base clock of 3.60 GHz, with a 3.80 GHz boost, while the 6800K starts at 3.40 GHz and goes up to 3.60 GHz. Coming in at $550 and $390 respectively though, these may be a good solution for some.

With these new CPUs coming, it is not surprising that some AIB manufacturers are going to release new or refreshed motherboards to provide the latest features. Apparently Gigabyte showed off a refreshed X99 motherboard at CES 2016, which Computerbase spotted, which is WCCFtech's source. I do not read German though, which is why WCCFtech is the first source below.

Source: WCCFtech and Computerbase (German) [1] [2]


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New Single-Photon Detector Created with Significantly Improved Performance

Posted: January 11, 2016 @ time: 09:18AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Detecting single photons may not seem like something most people will have to worry about, but as we come closer to developing quantum communication networks, it is becoming more important. To that end, researchers at NIST have developed a new single-photon detector that cuts in half the jitter of a previous design. Reducing jitter allows for a higher bit rate.

The new detector uses nanowires of the superconductor molybdenum silicide. Even though a single photon does not carry much energy, it will still transition the nanowire back to being a regular conductor, which can be detected. What makes this new detector better is that molybdenum silicide is a superconductor at a higher temperature than that in NISTs previous design. This simplifies the necessary refrigeration and allows a higher electrical current to be run through it. This higher current cuts the uncertainty of when a photon is detected, or the jitter, from 150 picoseconds down to 76 ps. It also has a high detector efficiency of 87% at telecommunication wavelengths.

Beyond its uses for quantum communications, this new detector will likely also see use in tests of different physics theories that require examining the properties of billions of photons and entangled photons.

Source: NIST


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Hardware Roundup: Monday, January 11, 2016, Edition

Posted: January 11, 2016 @ time: 10:29AM
Author: bp9801

A new week is upon us, with several items kicking it off. We start with a review of the SUPERMICRO C7Z170-SQ motherboard, a gamer-friendly model offering a wealth of features for something that won't break the bank. There's a look at the be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1000W PSU to see how this massive wattage version can power your system. If you need to keep your CPU cool, perhaps the Deepcool Gamer Storm Lucifer K2 heat sink is for you. Or maybe the next step in the water cooling 101 guide is where it's at. The KeyedUpLabs ES-87 TLK keyboard has Cherry MX switches and a host of features to appeal to those needing a small keyboard for work or play. For those needing plenty of storage, the Thecus W4000+ Windows Server NAS may be just the thing you need. In the world of tablets, we have a review on the Google Pixel C, the company's first in-house built tablet to show off what an Android tablet can really do. Wrapping things up is a look back at the best products seen during CES 2016.

Motherboards
SUPERMICRO C7Z170-SQ @ PC Perspective

Power Supplies
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1000W PSU @ PC Perspective

CPU Cooling
Deepcool Gamer Storm Lucifer K2 @ Frostytech
Water Cooling 101: Your Parts Arrived, Now What? @ ThinkComputers

Keyboards/Mice
KeyedUpLabs ES-87 TLK @ LanOC Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Thecus W4000+ Windows Server NAS @ Madshrimps

Laptops/Tablets
Google Pixel C @ TechSpot

Miscellany
TechSpot Best of CES 2016 @ TechSpot


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Thermaltake Goes Green with Smart Power Management

Posted: January 11, 2016 @ time: 04:10PM
Author: bp9801

During CES last week, Thermaltake teamed up with modders from around the world to try out the new Smart Power Management (SPM) Platform it launched late last year. The SPM Platform features DPS G PC App 2.0, DPS G Smart Power Management Cloud 1.0, and DPS G Mobile App 1.0 to give users the ability to monitor and record power consumption, voltage distribution, and electricity cost of their system. In order to help raise awareness of global warming and to reinforce the benefits of energy saving, Thermaltake had modders from rhe United States, Australia, Philippines, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Malaysia, and Japan try out SPM on the Smart DPS G Gold and Bronze power supplies. The modders were impressed with SPM, with many commending the ability to monitor how much power each system is using, as well as the potential electric utility bill each month. Not only that, but SPM can also show the CO2 emissions and energy consumption of the current data set compared to the previous three months, giving you an idea of how lean or hungry you were with the power.

Thermaltake fully supports the SPM Platform and plans to have more power supplies (like the recently announced DPS G RGB 1250W) hit the market with it soon. It also hopes more companies and retailers join in on the company's Green Movement, since there's plenty to do still to save the planet and its resources.

Source: Press Release


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G.SKILL Announces 128GB DDR4 Memory Set

Posted: January 11, 2016 @ time: 05:00PM
Author: CheeseMan42

G.SKILL has announced a new set of DDR4 memory to join the Ripjaws V series, a set that it claims is the world's fastest 128GB set of DDR4 memory. The set uses eight sticks of 16GB RAM operating at 1.35V and 3000MHz with Cas Latency 14. Designed for the X99 platform, G.SKILL envisions the memory being used for memory intensive applications, such as "content creation, 3D rendering, scientific calculation, or other professional applications," where low latency memory can further benefit users. The new Ripjaws will be available before the end of the month.

Source: Press Release


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BIOSTAR Announces RACING Z170GT7 Motherboard

Posted: January 11, 2016 @ time: 05:37PM
Author: CheeseMan42

BIOSTAR announced a trio of motherboards last week, including the Z170GT7, and has now added another motherboard to the release list with the RACING Z170GT7. Described by the company as "the King of the gaming road," the board combines elements of the RACING series with the latest Intel chipset. It can support sixth generation Intel Core processors, up to 64GB of DDR4, four PCI-E x16 slots, and three SATA Express ports. Also included is the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi audio solution "for a better listening experience than standard built-in audio." As part of the RACING series, the Z170GT7 includes Racing I/O Armor to protect the I/O panel from dust and static, Vivid LED DJ to control motherboard LED lighting, and DUAL BIOS technology to protect against BIOS failure or corruption.

Source: Press Release


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Material Developed for the Efficient Storage and Release of Solar Heat

Posted: January 12, 2016 @ time: 07:15AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Conservation of energy tells us that energy cannot can neither be created nor destroyed, but can be converted to different forms. Because the Sun provides us with so much energy, many are trying to find efficient ways to convert sunlight into something more useful, like electricity or heat, but storage becomes a problem. The Sun does not shine the entire day, so that energy is not always available, but researchers at MIT may have an interesting and very effective solution.

Currently many methods for storing the energy of Sunlight involve converting it to electricity, which is not always efficient. Instead the MIT researchers have examined how to store solar heat by a chemical reaction, which can easily be undone to release the energy on demand. This work builds on previous work, where the material involved was a liquid, but now it is a solid state polymer. When Sunlight strikes the molecules in the polymer, they are kicked into a new configuration with greater energy, and can stay there for long periods of time. By hitting it with a specific stimulus, like a jolt of heat, light, or electricity, the molecules will fall back to a configuration with a lower energy state, releasing the difference as heat.

This polymer material is based on azobenzenes and can be made very easily and cheaply with a two-step process. It can also be made into transparent thin films, which is important as those both open up possibilities. One potential application is as a film on car windshields that can store up solar heat and then release it to suddenly melt ice that may have built up on them. The researchers are currently working to remove a slight yellow tint to the material, making it more transparent, and increase its ability to release bursts of heat. Currently the bursts can be about 10 ºC over the ambient temperature, but they think they can reach 20 ºC.

Source: MIT


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Homefront: The Revolution Gets New Trailer and Release Date

Posted: January 12, 2016 @ time: 09:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Some new information about Homefront: The Revolution was released today, including its release date of May 17 for North America and May 20 for the rest of the world. For those not aware of this upcoming game, it is an open world FPS set in Occupied Philadelphia in the year 2029, where you are a member of the resistance trying to undermine and overthrow the occupying KPA. Your enemy has superior technology, firepower, armor, and air support, so you will have to rely heavily on guerrilla warfare to succeed. If you do not want to wait until May to start playing, Deep Silver is having a closed beta in February, but it is an Xbox One exclusive beta. You can get a chance at the beta token by registering at the game's official site, which is linked below, but you can also take part in upcoming promotions to hopefully earn one.

In addition to the above information, Deep Silver has also released a new trailer for the game, titled This is Philadelphia. In this trailer we get a close look at the Yellow Zones of the historic city. These are the areas that hold the civilians under the watchful eye of the police state. Here you will have to hide in plain sight amongst the crowd. Besides the Yellow Zones, the city has also been cut up into Green and Red zones, with Green Zones housing KPA command centers, iconic landmarks, and the elites amongst the KPA and American collaborators. The Red Zones are the wastelands left by the KPA after the first armed uprising was crushed.

When Homefront: The Revolution launches in May, it will be available on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One for $59.99 and $49.99 on the PC.

 

 

Source: Press Release and Official Homefront Website


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NITRO R9 FURY Introduced by Sapphire

Posted: January 12, 2016 @ time: 10:28AM
Author: gebraset

Sapphire, a leading manufacturer and global supplier of innovative components and solutions for personal computers spanning both consumer and professional sectors, has introduced the NITRO R9 FURY, which is the latest addition to the Sapphire NITRO Gaming series. The NITRO R9 FURY by Sapphire includes all of the traditional features found with the AMD R9 Fury, but also includes premium offerings as well. For example, the Sapphire NITRO R9 FURY offers the company's most efficient cooling solution yet through the implementation of a Tri-X cooler that was specifically designed for the card. The Tri-X cooler includes a solid copper plate, an array of copper heatpipes, three 90-millimeter fans, a diecast mounting frame, and a aluminum backplate. Besides the excellent cooling of the card, the Sapphire NITRO R9 FURY also includes a six-phase circuit for stable power delivery, a dual BIOS switch that provides an increased power draw limit, the Black Diamond choke for minimized coil noise, and a factory overclocked core clock of 1050MHz.

Along with the new NITRO R9 FURY, Sapphire is starting the Year of the NITRO, where it is giving away a NITRO card each month throughout the year. This month we have the NITRO R9 FURY up for grabs, so follow the link and see what it takes to enter!

Source: Press Release


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Bug Found in Intel Skylake CPU Using Prime95

Posted: January 12, 2016 @ time: 05:39PM
Author: CheeseMan42

A bug has been found in the latest Skylake processors from Intel which can "cause a system to freeze when performing complex workloads." The bug was found using the GIMPS Prime95 Advanced Exponent Test and can occur under either Windows or Linux operating systems. Intel acknowledged the bug and has released a fix that can be applied through the UEFI/BIOS of the motherboard. To fully roll out the updates, Intel will have to work with individual motherboard manufacturers to apply the fix to the UEFI of each board.

Source: Legit Reviews


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