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Z8 In Car Dashcam Review

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The Z8 in car dashcam from Pakatak is a neat little device for those who like to play it cautiously on the roads. There could be that one time you wish you had recorded an event along your drive.

Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler Review

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With the release of the NH-D14, Noctua brought to us a goliath of a passive CPU Cooler. It has dominated at Noctua’s top end solutions for over 4 years. One would think that the gigantism would end there. This isn’t the case as the newer and even bigger NH-D15 goes that one step further.

ASUS announces X99 series motherboards

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ASUS today announced X99-Deluxe, X99-Pro and X99-A, three new ATX motherboards based on the Intel X99 chipset and packed with exclusive technologies, including OC Socket and 5-Way Optimization, to ensure ultimate performance from the latest LGA 2011-v3 Intel Core i7 processors.

X99-Deluxe is the flagship model, with a bundled ASUS Hyper M.2 x4 expansion card for ultra-fast 32 Gbit/s transfer speeds; onboard 3×3 (3T3R) 802.11ac for ultra-fast Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1,300 Mbit/s; and an ASUS Fan Extension Card for flexible additional cooling. With a cool, streamlined outlook that includes a broad, striking-white shield, X99-Deluxe and X99-Pro also deliver the futuristic style and strong performance demanded by PC enthusiasts.

All new X99 Series motherboards also feature Crystal Sound 2 for flawless audio; Turbo LAN technology for lag-free online gaming and productivity; and our renowned UEFI BIOS for intuitive setup and control.

GIGABYTE launches its X99 series motherboards

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GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the availability of their new X99 motherboard lineup based on the Intel X99 chipset with support for Intel’s new Core i7 Extreme Edition (LGA 2011-v3 socket) processors and latest DDR4 memory support. Featuring 3 main categories of motherboards including G1 gaming, SOC overclocking and signature GIGABYTE Ultra Durable, GIGABYTE has an X99 series motherboard custom built for any ‘Dream Machine’ build.

“Given this incredibly powerful platform from Intel, GIGABYTE wanted to make sure each one of our X99 series motherboards delivered that ‘WOW’ factor for our enthusiast customers,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “In addition to being the first motherboards to support the latest Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition CPUs and recently released DDR4 memory, GIGABYTE X99 motherboards offer an extensive range of unique GIGABYTE features that truly unlock the full potential of the platform.”

Corsair announces Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 memory

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Corsair today announced the availability of Corsair Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum lines of high-speed DDR4 computer memory. This new generation of memory ushers in a new age of ultrafast computing with optimizations such as increased DRAM bandwidth, higher bus frequencies, lower power usage, and higher reliability.

Corsair Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 memory kits are validated with motherboard partners (ASUS, ASRock, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI) and use the new XMP 2.0 profile to deliver easy, reliable overclocking performance with the upcoming next-generation Intel X99 platforms and Intel Core i7 processors (codenamed Haswell-E). The Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum memory kits are supplied with a limited lifetime warranty.

Rapoo announces VPRO V900 gaming mouse

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Rapoo today proudly presents the V900 Laser Gaming Mouse under its VPRO Gaming label. The V900 will get its first public unveiling in Europe at this year’s gamescom. Winner of multiple accolades from the press and international bodies such as the Industry Forum Design (iF) for its product quality and design, Rapoo will now fully utilize its vast experience and incredible inventiveness, which it has already proven in other areas, in the gaming sector.

With its first mouse VPRO Gaming Labs intends to show that a high-end gaming mouse doesn’t need to be expensive, despite using premium materials and components – and the V900 Laser Gaming Mouse is clear proof of this. The 7-button mouse combines an ergonomic right-hand optimized design with an LED multi-color light system with 16 million colors to choose from, Omron switches for a very positive click action, plus an 8200 dpi VPRO Laser Gaming Sensor.

Noctua provides free mounting upgrade for upcoming Intel ‘Haswell-E’ platform

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Noctua today announced that it will continue its tradition of supplying customers with its premium-class SecuFirm2 mounting kits for novel platforms free of charge. While newer Noctua heatsinks support Haswell-E’s LGA2011-3 socket out of the box, older models can be upgraded with the NM-I2011 kit at no additional cost.

“We’re determined to provide the best possible support to our customers and over the years, we’ve sent many thousands of mounting kits free of charge to users who wanted to upgrade to new platforms”, says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “With Haswell-E just around the corner, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll extend this offer for LGA2011-3. Owners of older Noctua retail heatsinks that don’t support LGA2011 out of the box will be able to upgrade to the new socket free of charge!”

Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA2011-0 and 2011-3, Noctua’s previous SecuFirm2 mounting systems for LGA2011 also support Intel’s upcoming ‘Haswell-E’ X99 platform. The following Noctua coolers already include SecuFirm2 mounting systems for LGA2011 and can be used on LGA2011-3 mainboards without any upgrades or modifications:

Razer goes full spectrum colour with all-new Chroma feature

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Razer today announced the all-new Chroma feature that allows full-spectrum, color-customizable lighting for enabled Razer devices. The Chroma feature also allows multiple devices to sync lighting colors and patterns and comes with an open SDK that enables game developers to integrate advanced lighting effects that are customizable on a game-by-game basis.

Razer will be updating its 2015/2016 range of peripherals starting with the BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard the DeathAdder gaming mouse, and the Kraken 7.1 headset with the all-new Chroma feature — fully customizable, full spectrum lighting with inter-device color synchronization via Razer Synapse. Each of these devices will now come with the option of 16.8 million customizable colors and a range of effects through Razer’s cloud-based hardware configurator Razer Synapse.

ADATA Launches XPG Z1 DDR4 Overclocking Memory

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ADATA today launches the first DDR4 overclocking memory of XPG series – XPG Z1, which supports the latest Intel Haswell-E platform for ultimate performance. With the benefits of DDR4, the XPG Z1 is not only a powerful weapon for gaming, also an important component for overclocking.

Performance Boosts with Great Power Efficiency
DDR4 outperforms DDR3 with improved performance and lower power consumption. The operating voltage has decreased from 1.5V to 1.2V, which is a 20% reduction of power, and keeps the system at a low temperature for stable operation. With speeds of up to 2800 MHz, timings of CL 17-17-17 and transfer bandwidth reaching 22 GB/s, the XPG Z1 provides improved efficiency of data transfer than ever. It only requires 1.2V to achieve high clock frequency of 2800 MHz for overclockers. In addition, the SPD (Serial Presence Detect) of XPG Z1 allows direct application without changing settings in the BIOS, facilitating usage and system stability.

ASUS Republic of Gamers announces Swift PG278Q gaming monitor

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor, a 27-inch WQHD display with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time to cater to the graphical requirements of today’s fast paced games. It boasts gamer-centric features for a better gameplay experience, NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology for smooth, fluid visuals, as well as exquisite and ergonomic design touches.

The world’s first and only WQHD G-SYNC fast gaming monitor
Designed especially for gamers, the ROG Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor features a 27-inch WQHD 2560 x 1440 panel with a pixel density of 109 pixels per inch (PPI). The use of a WQHD panel gives it four times (4X) the resolution of 720p for sharper images, and provides 77% more screen workspace than similarly-sized 1080p displays.

The PG278Q is ideal for today’s fast-paced games and delivers fluid visuals thanks to a 144 Hz refresh rate and rapid 1 ms response time. Users have the option of selecting their preferred refresh rates, with the exclusive Turbo key for one-click switching between 60 Hz, 120 Hz or 144 Hz display modes.

The PG278Q has built-in NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to deliver the smoothest, fastest and most breathtaking gaming visuals imaginable. G-SYNC synchronizes the display’s refresh rate to the GPU in a NVIDIA GeForce GTX-powered PC, eliminating screen tearing and minimizing display stutter and input lag.

ASUS launches the RT-AC87 Dual-Band Wireless-AC2400 Gigabit router

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Following its preview at CES 2014, ASUS is excited to launch the ASUS RT-AC87, the world’s first Wave 2 802.11ac consumer router and the fastest 5 GHz with speeds up to 1.73 Gbps. Powered by Quantenna’s award-winning QSR1000 4×4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) chipset, the ASUS RT-AC87 offers unparalleled speed and range for a superior wireless experience.

“As the number of wireless devices in the home increases, so does the importance of Wi-Fi quality. Our customers value high-performance Wi-Fi and know the importance of a reliable and fast wireless connection in order to stream bandwidth-intensive data. The RT-AC87 provides them with class leading performance, as well as incredible range and reliability,” said Margaret Chen, President of Open Platform Business (OPBG) Group for ASUS Computer International.

“Now is the time to purchase an 802.11ac router,” said Dr. Sam Heidari, CEO of Quantenna. “Together with ASUS, we are delivering the first Wave 2 solution to meet consumer’s high performance expectations. We are implementing the killer features of 802.11ac including 4×4 MIMO and MU-MIMO. We are extremely pleased to be partnered with ASUS in delivering this value to consumers.”

Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 flash drive now available

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Corsair today announced the availability of the Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 flash drive that was announced at Computex in June. Available in 256 GB and 128 GB capacities, the Flash Voyager GTX is the fastest USB flash drive Corsair has ever produced, offering blisteringly fast peak transfer speeds of up to 450 MB/sec read and 350 MB/sec write, vastly reducing waiting time when accessing or transferring files on the go.

The Flash Voyager GTX boasts the inner technologies of an SSD that will keep the drive operating at peak performance for years to come. USB Attached SCSI and S.M.A.R.T. monitoring ensure blazing fast, error-free transfers of large video music and photo collections, while TRIM support curbs degradation so the Flash Voyager GTX retains its performance, even after extended heavy use. Compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, the Flash Voyager GTX works on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with no additional software required.

With up to 256 GB of storage, Flash Voyager GTX’s enormous capacity options ensure that even the largest files, such as operating systems, game installs or high definition video projects, can easily fit on the drive alongside other multimedia content — with plenty of room to spare. Take your favorite games with you to a LAN party, or quickly transfer your whole movie collection for easy viewing later. It’s the perfect storage gadget for any student, content-hoarder, or computer power user.

ViewSonic launches 28-inch VX2858Sml desktop monitor

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ViewSonic introduces the VX2858Sml high-end desktop monitor. With a premium SuperClear Pro panel and 28-inches of screen space, the ViewSonic VX2858Sml features one of the best front-of-screen experiences for all types of cross-platform computing needs. The VX2858Sml is a native Full HD 1080p display with a stylish sleek design and versatile input options.

Featuring premium connectivity options like dual HDMI ports, as well as Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) connectivity, the ViewSonic VX2858Sml has been designed for cross-platform computing, including gaming and multimedia applications. Designed with MHL connectivity, the VX2858Sml ensures flexibility between MHL-enabled mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, allowing users to view content on a larger screen in Full HD resolution. With dual HDMI and VGA ports, the VX2858Sml monitor can link to multiple video sources, accommodating various video sources at one time.

With SuperClear Pro technology, the VX2858Sml delivers true 8-bit color capability, a 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 50M:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio and wide viewing angles for superior color performance. The VX2858Sml comes with built-in features that can reduce eye fatigue, including Flicker-Free Technology and a Blue Light Filter. Flicker-Free Technology reduces screen flickering at all brightness levels, which helps to reduce eye strain. The proprietary Blue Light Filter from ViewSonic allows users to dim the blue light levels to ease potential eye strain. Combined with the exclusive ViewMode settings that deliver five preset user options, including “Text,” “Game,” “Movie,” “Web,” and “Mono,” the VX2858Sml offers maximum viewing comfort.

Tt eSPORTS introduces the VERTO gaming headset

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Tt eSPORTS is releasing the new VERTO, a headset offering strong styling paired with comfort. The head band design is auto adjusting to get the right sizing for anyone who wears it, and protein leather ear pads maintain comfort even over long hours of use. The bold geometric design is strong enough for gaming yet sophisticated enough for in-office use.

The stainless steel outer-headband frame was carefully tuned over time, to provide the most optimal angle and width for the best ergonomics. The inner handband, with leatherette padding for comfort, slides to conform to the wearer’s head. The VERTO was designed to offer a secure grip on the head, without clamping down hard, for comfort over both short and long term wear. The earpads feature the use of protein leather, which feels soft and supple upon the skin while maximizing breathability.

The VERTO is a stereo headset with an overall balanced sound, and a tinge of bass emphasis. Maintaining an overall balanced sound makes the VERTO great for competitive gaming, and the slight bass emphasis maintains a great atmosphere for both movies and casual gaming. The bendable and pivotable omni-directional microphone gets in and out of the way conveniently as needed, while providing crystal clear voice communications. The VERTO features a removable cable design, and is both PC and mobile friendly; via two included cables. Fold flat design also makes the VERTO convenient to transport.

The VERTO headset MSRP is USD $79.99, will go on sale globally in select regions such as the USA and Taiwan in July, with global roll out following that. Please kindly refer to your local stores for information regarding its availability.

Samsung introduces new branded SSD powered by 3D V-NAND

Samsung today launched the 850 PRO, a new solid state drive (SSD) line-up featuring Samsung’s cutting-edge three-dimensional (3D) vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology. The new Samsung 850 PRO, unveiled at the 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul, offers a new breed of performance for solid state drives and will be available globally across 53 markets from this month.

Based on Samsung’s proprietary V-NAND technology, the new 850 PRO is ideal for use in high-end PCs and workstations. Samsung’s V-NAND features a proprietary vertical cell structure and represents a breakthrough in overcoming the density limit currently facing planar NAND architecture used in conventional flash memory, yielding significant speed, endurance and energy efficiency improvements.