Archive for May 2012

OCZ to Showcase Game-Changing Solid-State Solutions at Computex

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OCZ will showcase the Company's latest enterprise and client storage solutions at Computex 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan June 6 through June 9 at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC).

Continuing to demonstrate leadership in both the enterprise and consumer markets, OCZ will display a comprehensive lineup of its innovative SSD products. For business, server, and OEM clients, OCZ will showcase PCI Express (PCIe) SAN acceleration and replacement solutions, and unveil the impending Intrepid 3 SATA III SSD Series based on the Everest 2 architecture. Live demos at the booth will include both the current industry-leading Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe SSD that delivers over one million IOPS, and the highly anticipated Z-Drive R5 Series based on the co-developed OCZ-Marvell Kilimanjaro platform that raises the bar in performance, reliability, and endurance. OCZ will also showcase the VXL Storage Accelerator software that enables large scale deployment of a virtualized environment for businesses to eliminate the need for costly tier-1 SANs in a wide range of enterprise IT infrastructures.

For client storage, OCZ will showcase the flagship Vertex 4 SATA III SSD, along with the upcoming 'Lightfoot' portable SSD designed with the Intel

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Lian Li Announces Two New Aluminum Cases

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Lian-Li Industrial Co., Ltd. today announces two new brushed aluminum chassis - PC-V355 and PC-A55.

The micro-ATX supported PC-V355 and the slim PC-A55 ATX chassis both have the features that are to be expected from Lian Li, including: brushed aluminum frames, pop-off panels, and many tool-less features.

PC-V355 - HTPC/Mini-Tower with Slide-Out Motherboard Tray
Designed to be either a larger HTPC or mini-tower with the dimensions of (WxHxD) 283 x 263 x 386 mm (11.14" x 10.35" x 15.19"), the PC-V355, supporting a micro-ATX motherboard, has many features to make installations, upgrades and upkeep easier. The slide-out motherboard tray lets users setup their system outside of the chassis. The HDD cage supports up to three 3.5" HDDs which are secured using thumb screws with rubber suspensions for reduced vibration. A 2.5" hard drive can also be installed in the HDD bay.


Two 120 mm intake fans at the front of the PC-V355, which blow cool air directly on the HDD bay and VGA card, are easily removable, and have washable twist-off air filters. The cooling capabilities can be easily adjusted thanks to the 3-speed fan controller.

The front I/O panel has two USB 3.0 slots and HD audio support. However, the 5.25" ODD is located on the side panel.

The PC-V355 has four expansions slots for future upgradeability, and can take VGA cards up to 310 mm cards in length. The PC-V355 supports a PSU up to 210 mm that is to be rear mounted, and a CPU cooler up to 100 mm.

The PC-V355 is available in black or silver for the suggested retail price of US$139 (VAT not included).

PC-A55 - ATX Chassis with Front-Mounted PSU and Unique Cooling Design
With a standard ATX PSU up to 160 mm in length able to be mounted vertically in the front on the chassis, the PC-A55 is shorter and smaller than average ATX chassis with the dimensions of (WxHxD) 188 x 375 x 455 mm (7.40" x 14.76" x 17.91") while still having enough space for easy installations.

The PC-A55 has a unique cooling design to push cool air through the case in high volumes at low RPMs. The 140 mm intake is located in the bottom of the chassis blows air directly over the VGA card and across the motherboard. The 140 mm fan on the top panel is directly over the motherboard so that excess heat is removed quickly and effectively.

The front panel can be removed tool-lessly for easy access, and the I/O panel and power button is located on the top panel.

The PC-A55 supports two 3.5" HDDs, two 2.5" HDDs, and one 5.25" optical disk drive. There are seven expansion slots for future upgradeability, and VGA cards up to 310 mm in length and CPU coolers up to 150 mm fit in the PC-A55.

The PC-A55 is available in black or silver for the suggested retail price of US$119 (VAT not included).

Product Features of PC-V355

  • Micro-ATX chassis
  • Slide-out motherboard tray
  • Holds three 3.5" and one 2.5" HDDs
  • Supports one 5.25" optical drive
  • Two 120 mm fans blowing directly on the HDD bay
  • Three levels of cooling with fan controller
  • Two color options: black/silver
  • MSRP: US$139 (VAT not included)
  • Available in the US in the beginning of June

Product Features of PC-A55

  • ATX chassis
  • Front mounted PSU for a shorter and smaller footprint
  • Hold two 3.5" and two 2.5" HDDs
  • Supports one 5.25" optical drive
  • Innovative thermal design
  • Removable front panel
  • Two color options: black/silver
  • MSRP: US$119 (VAT not included)
  • Available in the US in the beginning of June

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EVGA GeForce GTX 690 review

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We review the EVGA GeForce GTX 690. The GTX 690, in a nutshell, NVIDIA took two of their best (Kepler GK104) GPUs, placed them onto one card, topped it off with a very nice and dandy cooler and called this symbiosis of components a single solution graphics card. Internally on that card a small PLX chip functions as a PCI Express bridge in-between the two GPUs and sure, that means SLI is in full effect.

Intel Core i7 3770K Breaks 7 GHz Mark

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An overclocker from Taiwan by the name of HiCookie has overclocked Intel Core i7 3770K E1 (Ivy Bridge) past 7 GHz. He used Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard, Corsair memory, Corsair AX 1200 power supply and of course liquid nitrogen to achieve this. 3 cores were disabled while HT was enabled, FSB was 111.63 MHz, 63x multiplier was used and the core voltage was a whopping 1.956V. Before this, the record was held by nkdfactory from Japan who achieved the highest frequency of 6931.1 MHz.

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Creative BlasterAxx Bluetooth Speakers

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Creative is about to release the BlasterAxx Bluetooth speaker series. The speaker series consists of three models -- SBX 20, SBX 10 and SBX 8. These speakers can be powered by a USB 2.0 connection to playback digital audio from any Mac or PC.

The Creative SBX 10 and SBX 20 support Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to play music from your smartphones and tablets. You can also control the Creative BlasterAxx Bluetooth speaker series with the Sound BlasterAxx Control Panel program or download the Creative Central app for iOS and Android devices.

These speakers also feature a touch sensitive control panel on the top, which offers access to five SBX modes. Additional features include speakerphone capabilities, which utilizes a dual-microphone setup to improve voice quality. The Creative BlasterAxx SBX 20, SBX 10 and SBX 8 are priced at $199, $149 and $99, respectively.

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10-Channel SATA III SSDs inbound

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Biwin announced the world's first 10-channel 2.5-inch SATA III (6 Gbits/sec) SSD, the enterprise class NuvoDrive NX, offered in 80 GB, 160 GB and 300 GB capacities.

Virtually all current SATA III SSDs have 4- or 8-channel controllers. The NuvoDrive NX's is based on an advanced new 10-channel controller that alleviates the issue of flash bandwidth on the SATA III bus for high speed sequential transfers. The 10-channel controller also, for the first time, makes popular 80 GB, 160 GB and 300 GB capacities available in a SATA III SSD.

NuvoDrive NX features a large 256 MB DRAM cache to dramatically accelerate random write performance. NuvoDrive NX will deliver up to 80,000 4K random write IOPS for both compressible and incompressible data types. It supports sequential read and write speeds upwards of 500 MB/sec.

NuvoDrive NX SSDs are equipped with all the latest endurance, reliability and security features including: BCH ECC built in, global wear leveling, AES 128 and 256 encryption, native TRIM support, and support for SMART commands. NuvoDrive NX is sampling now to OEMs, and will be in mass production in Q3. Biwin will showcase a working demo system with the NuvoDrive NX at Computex Taipei, June 5-9 in Nangang Hall booth # J1218.

Supporting Quote
"The Biwin NuvoDrive NX offers superior write speed compared to existing SATA III SSDs. Its advantage increases in small block random writes. And it beats competing SSDs hands down in 4K random write operations for incompressible data. Technology innovations like the 10-channel controller architecture and beefy DRAM cache make this performance possible." - Joe James, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Biwin America.

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ASUS to release two Maximus V Formula SKUs

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ASUS has been keeping the lid  on the Maximums V Formula R.O.G. motherboards however now more info has been revealed, by way of VR-zone:

Asus will be offering two slightly different SKUs of the motherboard in question. Beyond what we reported back in March, not that much appear to have change with the board itself, but it looks like Asus will be bundling a dual band mini PCI Express 802.1a/b/g/n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0 card with the board, something that wasn't clear at the press event.

Sadly this is the best picture we've managed to dig up of the two SKUs. The big secret that Asus was hiding on the boards with a small cardboard cover with an R.O.G. logo on it is a headphone amplifier. Sadly we don't have a picture of it, but it's using a Texas Instruments 6120A2 amplifier, an amplifier Asus has used in some of its higher-end sound cards like the Xonar Essence STX. We're still not sure about the audio codec for this motherboard, so we'll have to wait and see, as Asus is simply using its SupremeFX IV branding which doesn't really give away a lot of details, as the company has used various audio controllers with the SupremeFX branding.

As we mentioned, Asus will be offering two SKUs of the Maximus V Formula, one with and one without the ThunderFX USB sound card and amplifier. We're still not sure we get the point of the ThunderFX as a motherboard bundle, as this C-Media 6631 powered USB sound card appears to have been designed more for console use as a headset amplifier and noise cancelling solution. We'd rather have had the noise cancelling built into the motherboard audio in this case via some external microphone array, but then again, a pair of noise cancelling headphones ought to do the job just as well.

Asus should be unveiling the Maximus V Formula at Computex next week, alongside a range of other new R.O.G. products at a press event.

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be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 PSUs

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be quiet! introduces the Dark Power Pro 10, a new line of power supplies available in 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W, 1000W and 1200W editions. These units offers 80Plus Platinum efficiency and promise an efficiency of up to 94 percent. Pricing ranges from 135EUR to 279EUR.

be quiet!, market leader for power supplies in Germany for six years in a row*, announced today the release of its new high end line of PC power supply units (PSUs) called Dark Power Pro 10. The flagship series now uses state-of-the-art power conversion and cooling technologies along with other design enhancements to be the quietest and most energy efficient models in the company

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Cubitek ICE aluminium cases

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Cubitek presents their latest cases series by the name ICE, which are full Aluminum enclosures in various sizes from Mini-ITX to the massive HPTX format. These offer modern features like USB 3.0, dust filters, space for long graphic cards and large CPU coolers, thus offering the perfect choice for every scenario.

The fairly young brand Cubitek managed to turn heads right from their debut in 2011, as the designer cases impressed with incredible engineering, usually reserved for the big players in the market. The modular chassis design of the Magic Cube pushed the boundaries of case concept, offering separate enclosures and allowing unheard of customization.

With the new ICE series of cases, Cubitek is aiming to deliver immaculate enclosures constructed with light weight Aluminum, offering plenty of space and functionality at competitive price points. The ICE series is available in three different sizes and named accordingly. the Mini-ICE is intended for Mini-ITX motherboards, the ATX-ICE utilizes full size ATX variants, while the HPTX-ICE has enough space for even the largest multi-socket boards like the EVGA SR-X.

Even though these three cases are of different sizes, Cubitek has ensured, that all of them utilize the same design elements, with black anodized and brushed Aluminum on the exterior with a whooping 2.5 millimeters thickness. Such a choice of the light material make the Cubitek ICE cases extremely sturdy, also thanks to the fact that the panels are made of two solid pieces, which is bent into shape.

This manufacturing process results in cases with very few exterior parts. The Cubitek ICE series bodies are made of just four parts. These are not simply hooked into each other to form the beautiful shape, but held together with rubber mounted screws, further underlining the overall quality of these enclosures.

Thanks to the use of Aluminum, the Cubitek ICE cases are extremely light, while offering exceptional cooling capabilities. With numerous air vent and pre-installed fans, every of enclosure of this series offers more than enough air flow - regardless of size.

Not only the overall design spans the entire series of ICE cases, but also various functional elements. Each of the enclosures offers two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and a pair of audio connectors, dedicated use of thumb screws, rubberized feet and blue LED equipped fans right out of the box. On top of that each of the ICE cases - including the Mini-ICE - offer exceptional cable management possibilities.

The Cubitek ICE series, consisting of the Mini-ICE for Mini-ITX, the ATX-ICE for full size ATX and the HPTX-ICE for HPTX boards are available shortly from and cost

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Doom 3 BFG Edition Announced

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Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced that DOOM 3 BFG Edition will be available this Autumn and features DOOM 3 and the Resurrection of Evil add-on pack, both of which have been completely re-mastered

DOOM 3 BFG Edition is the ultimate collection of groundbreaking games that defined the first person shooter. It includes DOOM, DOOM 2, DOOM 3, and DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil, as well as the 'Lost Mission.' All DOOM 3 content has been re-mastered for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in stunning 3D for an even more terrifying FPS experience.

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OCZ Agility 4 SSD released

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OCZ has released the Agility 4 -- aimed at the mainstream segment is comes with the Indilinx Everest 2 controller. It's available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, with the latter one delivering a read speed of up to 400MB/s, write speed of up to 400MB/s, and 85,000 IOPS random 4k write IOPS.

OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today unveiled its new Agility 4 SSD series that delivers an ideal balance of 6Gbps SATA III interface speed, exceptional input/output operations per second (IOPS) performance, and enterprise-grade endurance and reliability all in a value-oriented SSD. Utilizing OCZ

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Guru3D Rig of the Month - May 2012

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The Rig of the Month May 2012 is unique for the reason that it is a woody :)

Yep - a wooden cabinet was revamped into a stylish desktop. The build is not extreme with flashing lights, liquid cooling and extravaganza at all -- the build has very clean looks and serves the owners needs really well. Have a peek at the build from Petar from France.

Check out the build right here.

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RotoSub and Noctua Partnership PC Fans With Active Noise Cancellation

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Noise reduction specialist RotoSub and renowned quiet cooling fan manufacturer Noctua today announced a strategic partnership agreement for the development and commercialisation of PC fans with integrated Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). A first prototype of a Noctua fan with integrated RotoSub ANC technology will be shown at Computex Taipei next week.

Active Noise Cancellation (also referred to as Active Noise Control or Active Noise Reduction, ANC) is the technique of using sound waves to reduce noise by means of an effect called phase cancellation or destructive interference. Lars Str

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AIDA64 v2.50 Released

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What was known as EVEREST is now AIDA, a shareware hardware diagnostics and memory benchmarking solution for home PC users.  

FinalWire released updated AIDA64 Extreme Edition software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition  software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.

The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.

The new AIDA64 release further strengthens its solid-state drive health and temperature monitoring capabilities, and implements support for the latest graphics processors from both AMD and nVIDIA.

New features & improvements

  • Speech API information
  • SensorPanel graphs and gauges
  • Intel 330 and OCZ Vertex 4 SSD support
  • GPU details for nVIDIA GeForce 600 Series

What's new since AIDA64 v2.00

  • OpenCL GPGPU Stress Test
  • Enhanced UPS support
  • Revamped Desktop Gadget
  • Support for Intel Atom "Cedarview" processors
  • Support for Intel Core "Ivy Bridge" APUs and Intel 7-Series chipsets
  • Preliminary support for Intel "Haswell" APU and Intel "Lynx Point" PCH
  • Preliminary support for Intel "Penwell" SoC
  • ACPI 5.0 and OpenCL 1.2 support
  • Intel 520, Intel 710, Samsung 830 SSD support
  • GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series


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Enermax to release Liquid Cooling AIO kit

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At next week's Computex ENERMAX will present its new product sector - liquid-cooling:

We will showcase our new all-in-one liquid cooling system, together with new patented liquid cooling design. So please wait for the exciting moment and behold!

The ELC-120 is, as its name suggests, an Enermax Liquid Cooler featuring a 120mm fan. Enermax claims to have added some new innovations to what otherwise seems a generic closed loop liquid CPU cooler, those innovations are:

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Dell XPS One 27 All-in-One PC offers 2560 x 1440 resolution

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Dall has introduced three new All-in-One PCs; the 27" XPS One 27, the 23" Inspiron One 23 and the 20" Inspiron One 20:

Dell is reimagining the all-in-one computer with a new portfolio of solutions for consumers who desire beautifully designed systems for multimedia creation and entertainment. The new computers include the XPS One 27, Dell

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Far Cry 3 - E3 2012 Teaser Trailer

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Ubisoft has released the E3 teaser trailer of Far Cry 3.  Far Cry 3 takes you into the depths of your psyche in this lawless and disturbed jungle island. Watch the Ubisoft E3 Press Conference live on June 4th at 11pm GMT for the mind-blowing new reveal.

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Prototype 2 - Excessive Force DLC Trailer

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Activision sends word that the "Excessive Force" DLC for Radical Entertainment's action game, Prototype 2, is now availbale on XBLA for 400 MSP, and will be availble on PSN in a matter of hours for $4.99. The Windows PC version of Prototype 2 will be available at retail on July 24, 2012.

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GeForce GTX 660 Photo Surfaces

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Well, hey now. The folks at vr-zone got their hands on a picture of MSI's GeForce GTX 660. This fifth GK104 based part might be introduced at next week's Computex:

While the image of the board is obviously photoshopped (the lower part of the bracket is not present, the heatsink has a six-pin connector slapped on top), we checked with our sources and the product appears to be legit. The highlighted single six-pin connector on the heatsink was positioned there to highlight that the board cannot pull more than 150 Watts, which the author of the leaked image made sure off.

The photo is courtesy of vrzone.

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Swiftech Apogee Drive II CPU Water-Block w/Integrated Pump

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Swiftech announced the release of the Apogee Drive II, a CPU waterblock featuring an integrated pump. "Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the Apogee Drive II returns to take its place at the helm of Swiftech's CPU waterblock product line and it includes all the latest and greatest technological advancements that we have to offer today" said Gabriel Rouchon Swiftech's Chairman and CTA.

Derived in general concept from the company's Apogee Drive initially released in 2007, the Apogee Drive II much differs from the original in terms of its execution. The original was conceived as a moderate cost unit, using plastic injection molding for its body, the entry-level MCP350 pump and it came with bare essentials. In contrast, the Apogee Drive II is conceived as a luxury vessel: its uses the PWM controlled MCP35X, Swiftech's most powerful pump to date, a precision CNC machined water-block body that lends itself to easy upgrades for future socket form factors, adjustable inlet and outlet ports, a heatsink to further cool the pump, LED illuminated logo in a choice of 3 colors, braided cables, and the company's now famous retention system. The only concession to cost and waste-cutting measure the company made was to not bundle all the retention systems into one SKU, and to make 3 separate product versions.

According to the Company's own benchmarks, the Apogee Drive II edged the current Apogee HD in thermal performance, which is no small feat considering that the HD is currently hovering at the top of the world's performance charts. Given the considerable headroom afforded by the pump, uses for this type of device span across the entire spectrum of the high-end liquid cooling arena, but will particularly please system builders with space-constrained applications. The initial SKU being released is compatible with Intel CPUs using socket LGA 775, 1155 and 1366. Two more versions are expected to be released in June: a version compatible with Intel socket LGA 2011, and one compatible with all current AMD processor sockets.


  • 1155/1366 version: $144.95
  • 2011 version: $135.95
  • AMD version: $138.95


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Lian Li to Shows Moving Chassis at Computex

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Lian-Li Industrial Co., Ltd. will be attending Computex Taipei 2012 from June 5 to June 9, 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan. Lian Li invites and welcomes all distributors, system integrators, media, and technology enthusiasts to visit their booth (#J1009a at Nangang Exhibition Hall 1F) and get a hands-on preview of the new line before they enter the market later this year.

This year at Computex Lian Li will be showcasing two moving cases. The eye-catching CK-101 resembles a traditional steam engine train and will be moving up and down the tracks at the Lian Li booth. While the CK-101 even has smoke coming out of the exhaust, it is not just a model. The CK-101 supports 3.5

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Guru3D Rig of the Month - May 2012

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The Rig of the Month May 2012 is unique for the reason that it is a woody :) A wooden cabinet was revamped into a stylish desktop. The build is not extreme with flashing lights, liquid cooling and extravaganza at all -- the build very clean looks and serves the owners needs really well. Have a peek at the build from Petar from France.

Tt eSPORTS KNUCKER Pro-Gaming Keyboard

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Gaming keyboards are hot an snazzy stuff to release and use these days. Tt eSPORTS is announcing the latest keyboard creation KNUCKER. Collaborated and co-designed by Tt eSPORTS Team Tt Apollos pro-player Hermes, KNUCKER pro-gaming keyboard is unique in its unprecedented key-switch design. Installing Tt-Plunger switch technology, developed by Tt eSPORTS' Key-switch Product Development workshop, KNUCKER is bringing the ultimate key response experience simulating to mechanical switch, but with extreme ease and comfort.

The design concept came from Team Tt Apollos' Hermes and his specific demands in easing the key-press strength during the competition. KNUCKER was co-created and went through phases of testing and evaluation by the members of Team Tt Apollos, and the KNUCKER demonstrated the obvious differences when Hermes delivered an All-Star performance in game Kart Rider since the beginning of 2012.

KNUCKER pro-gaming keyboard is installed with the plunger-switch that simulates mechanical switch feedback, but with extra elasticity and comfort.

The KNUCKER is also designed with the S4Key-Function to accelerate gamer's need in rotating the command repeat rate in 4 modes: 1x, 2x, 4x, and 8x. This feature derives from the common gaming behavior also known as the Repeat-Rate Rotating Movement, or R3M in short. This behavior motivates the initial creation of KNUCKER, and to apply in gaming environment, the keyboard acts as a gaming solution to allow gamers such as Team Tt Apollos' Hermes to switch the mode rapidly.

Each key cap of KNUCKER is meticulously designed by Tt eSPORTS' Industial Painting Workshop crews to select the most durable yet visually vibrant Electric Cyan silk-print technique, applying on the KNUCKER and the silk-printed keys immediately attracts attention.

8 replaceable red caps are provided for gamers' visual convenience, spotting the most-used keys: W, A, S, D, and the direction keys. Battle Dragon logo has been well-recognized as a representation of Tt eSPORTS by the e-Sports community. KNUCKER gaming keyboard designs F12 key as the Battle Dragon key, locating at the center of keyboard's palm rest, seemingly floating between you and KNUCKER.


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GeForce GTX 690 passes P20000 in 3DMark 11

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The GeForce GTX 690 might be expensive, but it certainly is sexy. In Taiwan there is this pro-overclocker called TIN and he applied some tender love adn care (TLC) to the card, with the result of setting a new 3DMark 11 record -- P20962 points using a single GeForce GTX 690 graphics card (well okay 2 GPUs).

TIN achived this by tweaking an EVGA GeForce GTX 690 to clock speeds of 1509 MHz on the baseclock and 1639 MHz on the GPU Boost. The memory was clocked at an effecitve datarate of 7336 MHz. To be able to do that you will need subzero cooling and as such ... liquid nitrogen was used.

Processor wise there was nothing extreme going on, an Intel Core i7-3960X processor was overclocked towards 4.50 GHz. The setup used 16 GB quad-channel DDR3-2133 MHz memory and EVGA's X79 Classified motherboard.

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Revolutionary soft-body physics in CryEngine3

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Check that out, very interesting. It's soft-body physics that you might know from Rigs of Rods, now even better in CryEngine3.

Anything can be built in the Beam physics system - cars, trucks, planes, boats, trains, cranes, tanks, helicopters, and even destructible map objects and crash test dummies. It's all real physics. Anything is possible.

This is still an early work in progress - don't mind the shading and collision issues, they're working on it. Thanks Outrance for posting.

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ASUS GeForce GTX 680

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ASUS released their latest graphics card the GeForce GTX 680 with DirectCU II cooling. Codenamed GTX680-DC2T-2GD5, the card is equipped with 1536 CUDA Cores, a 256-bit memory interface, a core clock of 1058MHz (1201MHz Boost Clock) and a 2GB of GDDR5 memory set @ 6008MHz.

The card comes with a dual-fan DirectCU II-based cooling system and features 1x DVI-I, 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI and 1x DisplayPort outputs. Currently in Asia the GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 sells for around 64,000 Yen (about $805).

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PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 X2 Devil13 Graphics Card

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Last week we already made mention of the fact that AMD's partners are developping X2 versions of the radeon 7900 series, thus Dual-GPU products.

Donim haber leaked photo's of the Radeon HD 7970 X2 Devil13. It is a dual GPU based solution thar comes with PowerColor's Vortex III cooling solution.

Again, the card is a custom-design dual-GPU graphics card and thus has two 28 nm Tahiti GPUs setup internally in CrossFire configuration. There's no info available on the number of shder processors and clock frequencies. The two GPUs however would hold 6 GB of GDDR5 memory / 384-bit memory bus. The card takes power from a whopping three 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors, and has a rated TDP of 525W.

Here are some photo's - click on the thumbnails:


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AMD FX 8150 processor at 8.80 GHz

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The AMD processors can run high clock frequencies, this one it even beyond that, 8805.64 MHz, to be precise. 

A Thai overclocker under the name "ksin" took dibs and was to able to run the chip using a base clock speed of 303.29 MHz, and multiplier of 29.0x. A scorching 1.86V core voltage was used.

On the motherboards side of things an ASUS Crosshair V Formula was used with 4 GB (2x 2 GB) of ADATA memory (1417 MHz). No details such as cooling has been shared, but you can betcha it was sub-zero.

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TP-Link N750 dual-band router

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TP-Link releases the new TL-WDR4300 N750 router dual-band router. The TL-WDR4300 we're is a router capable of delivering up to 450Mbps in the 5GHz band and 300Mbps in the 2.4GHz band and unlike TP-Link's older TL-WR2543ND, the TL-WDR4300 is a simultaneous dual-band router.

There are also four Gigabit Ethernet port for the LAN side and one for the WAN side and TP-Link claims NAT throughput speeds of 800Mbps or more. The router also sports a pair of USB 2.0 ports to which printers and storage devices can be connected and in the latter case there's support for FTP and media streaming over UPnP. The TL-WDR4300 is expected to rail for only US$90.

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Battlefield 4 to require 64-Bit OS

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Here is the interesting update on upcoming games to be developed on Frostbite Engine including Battlefield 4 or Battlefield 2143. Johan Andersson, Rendering Architect at DICE working on Frostbite and future DICE/EA games, tweeted:

We'll have Frostbite-powered games in 2013 that will _require_ a 64-bit OS. If you are on 32-bit, great opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8

Whilst I doubt DICE is all too interested in fighting viruses with the NX-bit of an x64 system, with increasing texture sizes and level complexities, I can understand DICE's wish to address more memory, especially for its historically demanding Battlefield game series. 64-bit will also allow the team to reduce its codebase and engine complexity with the knowledge that it won't have to support 32-bit instructions or variables, as, even current-gen consoles are also natively 64-bit.

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