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ASUS VivoBook S15 (S510U) Review - The 15-Incher On Budget

Check out on this review article to learn more about ther ASUS VivoBook S15 (S510U)!

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and Ryzen 5 1400 Performance Review - It's finally here!

Why pay more for Intel i5 when the Ryzen 5 can give you more?

May 30, 2014

ASUS R7 260 Performance Review

By: Low Chern Lin

Having a high-end graphics cards like the GTX780 Ti, R9 290X has always been the dream to many gamer and enthusiasts, but the cost might be out of hand to budget gamer whos unable to afford these beast. This is when middle-end graphics cards with a decent performance and affordable price comes to play. 

Introducing the ASUS R7 260, the middle-end budget graphics card that we will be looking into in today's review. Let's find out what the ASUS R7 260 is capable of, compared to what's above it - ASUS R7 260X.

*SRP for the ASUS R7 260 is set at RM479.00.*

GIGABYTE Introduces the World’s Most Powerful VGA Cooling Systems during COMPUTEX 2014

By: Clement Thien

A new realm gaming experience with WINDFORCE & WATERFORCE

Taipei, Taiwan, 30th May 2014 – GIGABYTE, the leading manufacturer of graphics cards unveils the industry-leading graphics card cooling system during the COMPUTEX 2014. Whatever the preference of air-cooling or liquid-cooling, gamers can find the most outstanding VGA cooling system designs this year! Continuation of the stunning performance of WINDFORCE 450W cooling system, GIGABYTE once again self-breaks and launches the WINDFORCE Air Cooling System 600 Watt Edition. It is not only equipped with the patented “Triangle Cooling” technology, GIGABYTE also re-designs the fans and the fins of the cooling system and using the high-performance composite cooper heat pipes for new WINDFORCE. The heat dissipation performance is enhanced up to 33% than the reference card. GIGABYTE can proudly announce that WINDFORCE 600 Watt is the best air cooling system for graphics card in the world! Even more, GIGABYTE introduces WATERFORCE All-in-one External Liquid Cooling System with 3 GeForce GTX 780 Ti, specially designed for the gamers who dream about a silent and super gaming PC. With intuitive control panel, WATERFORCE allows gamers to separately control the GPU temperature, fans speed and pumps speed. No more noise nightmare or harass of uneven temperatures while using multi graphics cards. With the world’s first 3 way SLI water cooling solution, WATERFORCE, gamers can easily enjoy every moment and victory during the games. 

The best air-cooling system ever – WINDFORCE 600W
GIGABYTE understands that a fan is crucial to the graphics card, so only the fan with the most efficiency is selected for WINDFORCE. Therefore, GIGABYTE constantly evolving the WINDFORCE to provide the latest and the best cooling solution to gamers. The latest WINDFORCE 600W with excusive cooling technology can signifcantly disspate up to 600W heat. 

Patented “Triangle Cool” technology enhances 35% cooling performance
Features with the patented “Triangle Cool” technology, WINDFORCE 600W can bring away the heat easily from GPU. The cooling performance is 35% better than the regular fin designs. 

Unique fan design increases 23% CFM 
The whole new fan design with special 3D stripe curve can split the air flow, reduce the calm zone and increase the cooling performance. The air flow is amazingly increased up to 23%! 

Special fin architecture augments 45% heat dissipation area
GIGABYTE also designs WINDFORCE 600W with a special fin architecture. The height differentiation design increases more than 45% heat dissipation area for better cooling capacity and significantly reduce the air resistance. 

Composite heat-pipes increases 29% cooling capacity
The cooling system is supplemented by the composite heat-pipes, a heat-transfer device combines both thermal conductivity and phase transition for efficiently managing the transfer of heat between two solid interfaces which increases 29% of cooling capacity. 

With only 2-slot height heat sink, the compact WINDFORCE 600W increases more than 33% thermal performance. It is not only the most powerful air-cooling system, but the best choice for a ultimate gaming experience.

All-in-one external liquid cooling system – WATERFORCE

WATERFORCE is specially designed for the gamers who dream about a silent and powerful super PC. With the exclusive 3-way SLI closed loop liquid cooling system, it can dissipate the heat of GPU, memory and MOSFET. The WATERFORCE intuitive control panel can let gamers to check the performance of the 3 graphics cards from the panel and separately adjust the temperature, fan speed and pump speed for uniform temperature of the cards. 

42.9% lower temperature and 13.1dB lower noise than reference cooler
Comparing with 3-way SLI reference cooler, the cooling solution by WATERFORCE presents 42.9% lower temperature and 13.1 dB lower noises! 

No more noise nightmare or harass of uneven temperatures while using multi graphics cards. No more try & error liquid cooling system DIY. With the world’s 1st 3 way SLI water cooling solution, WATERFORCE, gamers can easily install and enjoy the battles!

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GIGABYTE, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, is known as a global leading brand in the IT industry, with employees and business channels in almost every country. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a research and development team and has since taken the lead in the world's motherboard and graphics card markets. On top of Motherboards and Graphics cards, GIGABYTE further expanded its product portfolio to include PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones to serve each facet of the digital life in the home and office. Everyday GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” with innovative technology, exceptional quality, and unmatched customer service. Visit for more information. 

May 29, 2014

GIGABYTE Launches The Ultimate Powerful GeForce® GTX TITAN Z, Dual-GPU Gaming Graphics Card

By: Clement Thien

The unprecedented fastest gaming monster for the super gaming PC!

Taipei, Taiwan, 28th May 2014 – GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacture, is pleased to introduce the latest super gaming graphics card, GV-NTITANZD5-12GD-B.

Quick Review: Edifier H690 Stereo Headset

By: Clement Thien

Edifier gave me another white box, so I won't cover the unboxing, this time containing their latest headset, the H690 stereo headset. At the time of writing this, the H690 is already made available in your local I.T stores at RM119 SRP. Before I made off with the sample, I was told that this is to be Edifier's highest end headset yet, needless to say I was very excited after that :) so lets get to business.

May 28, 2014

New 3DMark benchmark landing soon - Watch the trailer now!

By: Low Chern Lin

HELSINKI, FINLAND – May 28, 2014 – Futuremark today announced 3DMark Sky Diver, a new DirectX 11 benchmark test for gaming laptops and mid-range PCs. 3DMark Sky Diver is the ideal test for benchmarking systems with mainstream DirectX 11 graphics cards, mobile GPUs, or integrated graphics. A preview trailer for the new benchmark shows a wingsuited woman skydiving into a mysterious, uncharted location. The scene is brought to life with tessellation, particles and advanced post-processing effects. Sky Diver will be shown in full at Computex from June 3-7, or find out more on the Futuremark website:  

Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark CEO said, 
"Some people think that 3DMark is only for high-end hardware and extreme overclocking. Yet millions of PC gamers rely on 3DMark to choose systems that best balance performance, efficiency and affordability. 3DMark Sky Diver complements our other tests by providing the ideal benchmark for gaming laptops and mainstream PCs."

3DMark - The Gamer's Benchmark for all your hardware
3DMark is the only benchmark that offers a range of tests for different classes of hardware:
  • Fire Strike, for high performance gaming PCs (DirectX 11, feature level 11)
  • Sky Diver, for gaming laptops and mid-range PCs (DirectX 11, feature level 11)
  • Cloud Gate, for notebooks and typical home PCs (DirectX 11 feature level 10)
  • Ice Storm, for tablets and entry level PCs (DirectX 11 feature level 9)

With 3DMark, you can benchmark the full performance range of modern DirectX 11 graphics hardware. Where Fire Strike is like a modern game on ultra high settings, Sky Diver is closer to a DirectX 11 game played on normal settings. This makes Sky Diver the best choice for benchmarking entry level to mid-range systems and Fire Strike the perfect benchmark for high performance gaming PCs.

See 3DMark Sky Diver in full at Computex
3DMark Sky Diver will be on display on the ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, Galaxy, Inno3D, and G-Skill booths at Computex, June 3-7.  
S.Y. Shian, ASUS Vice President & General Manager of Notebook Business Unit said,
"We are proud to partner with Futuremark to show 3DMark Sky Diver at Computex. Sky Diver helps PC gamers choose systems that offer great performance and great value. We invite everyone to visit our stand to experience 3DMark Sky Diver on a range of new ASUS products."

Coming soon
Sky Diver will be released as an update for all editions of 3DMark, including the free 3DMark Basic Edition. Further details, including the release date, will be announced at Computex and on Futuremark's website: 

May 26, 2014

Unboxing & Review: Prolimatech Samuel 17 Low Profile CPU Cooler

By: Low Chern Lin

When it comes to small form factor build, huge and tall CPU coolers is usually something small form factor PC builders would want to avoid as there will not be much space available in most small form factor PC chassis that will fit those colossal CPU coolers - This is where low profile CPU coolers come to play. 

We have the Prolimatech Samuel 17 sent to us for today's review, courtesy of Prolimatech. The Samuel 17 is Prolimatech's only low profile CPU cooler that offers an amazing total of 6 heatpipes and 120mm fan support. Let's see how well can this David handles the Goliath of our test rig (i7 4770K) shall we?

*The Samuel 17 is priced at $44.99 from newegg, estimated to be around RM145 after converting to our currency of Malaysian Ringgit.*

May 24, 2014

Unboxing & Review: ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro

By: John Diew

ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro - 01

Introducing ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro

The Ryos MK Pro mechanical gaming keyboard was unveiled by ROCCAT during Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013. Shortly afterwards, the keyboard has gone on sale at various countries except Malaysia. One year has passed since the Ryos MK Pro starts shipping and finally the keyboard has reached our hands at Tech-Critter.

ROCCAT has 4 choices of Cherry MX switches available for Ryos MK Pro. The unit we got in house comes with Cherry MX Red, light-linear-non-clicky switch. Read on to know more about this keyboard.

SRP for ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro is MYR555.

May 23, 2014

NZXT Introduces Free Hardware Monitoring Application – CAM

By: John Diew

21 May 2014, Los Angeles, CA – NZXT is pleased to introduce CAM, a free hardware monitoring application designed to provide the best user experience possible.

As computer hardware has advanced, monitoring software has become increasingly complex. Upgrading, managing and maintaining all of the components inside a computer can be a daunting task for both new builders and veterans alike.

CAM changes all of that – its streamlined interface combined with an interactive feature set provides a hassle-free approach to computer maintenance.

Giving a modern makeover to antiquated monitoring methods, CAM offers the ability to sync data with the cloud, allowing users to access data and control CAM from anywhere using a mobile device.

With its all-encompassing approach to PC health, CAM actively monitors and tracks important PC stats, ranging from network speeds and storage space to component temperatures and load usage over time, and much more.

CAM also offers a proactive approach to PC health by notifying users of issues long before they become big problems. It is the first monitoring software to provide meaningful notifications in real-time about things such as suggested upgrades, critical issues, malfunctioning hardware and more.

CAM is a big step in NZXT’s long-term goal of contributing to the growth and development of the DIY building community, and more is on the way.

For more information or to download CAM for free, visit:

Visit NZXT Facebook

May 22, 2014

Unboxing & Review: ROCCAT Apuri

By: Low Chern Lin

Mouse bungees has been around since 1998, back when Quake was quite a phenomenon in the gaming scene. Gamers used mouse bungees to keep the mouse cord managed for better gaming experience; without the mouse cord getting in the way, it's as if they're using a wireless mouse.

Huge thanks to Play Interactive for sending us  a ROCCAT Apuri review unit as the star of today's unboxing and review. Without any further adieu, let's see what kind of features does the ROCCAT Apuri offers and see if it's worth of its MSRP of 129.00MYR.  

May 21, 2014

Unboxing & Review: Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Surround Sound Headset

By: Clement Thien

When one purchases a good set of cans, we often would want a good soundcard to get the total experience that the headset could produce but which one would you buy? if you're not such an accomplished audiophile like I am this could be a real headache. or maybe you've had all your PCI/PCIE lanes occupied already? What if I tell you that you that you could just buy one that comes with it's own soundcard?

Introducing the Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Surround Sound Headset. Like I said, this comes with it's own proprietary soundcard that plugs straight into a USB, a simple solution that packs a lot of features that most would find interesting. Many thanks to Play Interactive for providing the sample for us to tinker around with. At the time of reviewing the Kave XTD, the SRP in Malaysia has yet to be determined.

*Update: As at 30/5/2014, the Roccat Kave XTD is priced at RM585 (SRP)

May 18, 2014

Unboxing & Review: Armaggeddon Tarasque Mouse Bungee

By: Clement Thien

Most of us gamers would have considered a wireless mouse at some point. While some of us did manage to jump ship, the others are either just discouraged making that purchase due to the higher cost or weight of the wireless mouse or even cats that sweep down your peripherals from atop of the desk. So to grant that same feeling of wireless freedom, you might wanna check out a mouse bungee.

Armaggeddon stepped up into the fray with the Tarasque, a mouse bungee with built in USB hub. The idea is to hold the mouse wire in place that it would not be snagged in any way while in use, creating that "wirelessness" of using a wired mouse while still being secured to the PC. The Tarasque is retailing at RM99 (SRP) but at the time of reviewing this unit, you can get one for RM1 when you purchase the Armaggeddon AlienIV G9X gaming mouse in the local stores.

May 17, 2014

Quick Review: Edifier Studio R1600T III 2.0 Speaker System

By: Clement Thien

A white box was handed over to me by the folks of Inter-Asia Technology asking me to do a quick review of the new Edifier R1600TIII. For those of you who aren't familiar with the brand, Edifier is a Chinese-based company that specializes in producing high-quality consumer audio electronics. 

Truth be told, I was impressed with their W670BT Bluetooth Headset that I reviewed back in April so as part of the Edifier Studio Series, I'm expecting nothing less from the R1600TIII. Retailing at RM339 SRP, lets head right into business.

May 15, 2014

Color Your World with BitFenix Neos

By: Clement Thien

Smart and simple case design with multiple color options to suit your own personal style

(BitFenix Design Lab, March 27, 2014) – Introducing Neos, the latest case design from the BitFenix Design Lab. With clean, uncluttered styling, multiple color options, and excellent upgradability, Neos brings the value case segment to the next level.

Playing With Color
At the BitFenix Labs, chassis design is all about balance. You want something eye-catching, but not ostentatious. Something simple enough to appeal to the refined tastes of the modern user, but not something that will get lost in a sea of chassis designs.

With Neos, we wanted a design that was simple enough to fit into just about any decor, but also have enough personality to enable users to express their own personal style. How we've accomplished this starts with the clean and simple front panel. With clean shapes that provide openings for the optical drive bays and front ventilation, This panel is adorned with a large piece of mesh that comes in a variety of eye catching colors, allowing users to choose the one that fits them best. Looking to match the room the PC is stationed at? No problem. Wanting to match the components inside? You can do that, too. With both black and white models available in a variety of bold mesh colors, BitFenix pushes the design envelope once again with a simple eye-catching case that can match anyone's computing environment.

Keeping Cool

Of course, the mesh itself is not merely cosmetic. A closer look reveals extra-large holes that allow for unencumbered airflow to system components. At the same time, this mesh design allows the negative space behind it to actually become a part of the overall design, providing a subtle yet appealing design element to the case.

Want to add more bling? Simply install LED fans to the front panel, and you've created yet another exciting look. A window version of Neos is also available should you want to show off your system components. With its elegant yet simple styling, Neos is a blank canvas for you to create your own masterpiece.

Tremendous Value
On top of all of this, Neos was designed with first-time builders and value-seekers in mind. Niceties like removable dust filters, tool-free drive locking, all black cabling, and even an aluminum BitFenix logo badge have all been included. When it comes to offering value, Neos is one chassis that punches well above its weight.
Neos Window
Steel, Plastic
Colors (Int/Ext)
Black/Black, White/White
Dimensions (WxHxD)
185mm x 428.55mm x 470.5mm
Motherboard Sizes
Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
5.25" Drive Bays
x 2
3.5" Drive Bays
x 3
2.5" Drive Bays
x 3
Side Panel
Solid Steel
Cooling Front
120mm  x 2  (optional)
120mm x 2 (1 x LED fan included)
Cooling Rear
120mm  x 1 (included)
PCI Slots
x 7
USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, HD Audio
Power Supply
PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)
Removable front and bottom dust filters, tool-free drive locking, all black cabling

Solid Side Panel
Neos Black/Black
Neos Black/Blue
Neos Black/Red
Neos Black/Silver
Neos White/White
Neos White/Blue
Neos White/Red
Neos White/Silver
Window Side Panel
Neos Window Black/Gold
Neos Window White/Purple

BitFenix Neos will be available on store shelves in April.
For more information on Neos, please visit
About BitFenix

BitFenix is the result of the collaboration of several veterans in both the technology and gaming industries. From the same minds behind some of technology’s most venerable products, BitFenix creates hardware and peripherals that grant the user the utmost control, strength, and performance to complete their computing tasks. Combining a deep understanding of gaming and other high-demand computing applications with superior engineering and design know-how, the BitFenix Team is dedicated to creating the go-to computing products and peripherals for those who refuse to quit. For more information, check out

May 14, 2014

Unboxing & Review - ASUS Z97I-PLUS

By: Low Chern Lin

ASUS announced its Haswell refresh Z97 and H97 chipset motherboards which we happens to be lucky enough to be given the opportunity to review the top of the line Z97-Deluxe. In today's review, we presents you another ASUS' Z97 Haswell refresh motherboards review of ours - The ASUS Z97I-PLUS. Huge thanks to ASUS Malaysia for another given opportunity to get our hands dirty with the ASUS Z97I-PLUS.

*The SRP for the ASUS Z97I-PLUS is RM 728.00    

Noctua introduces two new fan product lines and accessory kits

By: Clement Thien

Vienna, May 13th 2014 - Noctua today expanded its product portfolio with two new fan product lines and a wide range of accessory kits. Whereas the redux line addresses price-conscious users by reissuing some of Noctua’s most popular, award-winning models and presenting them in streamlined, more affordable packages, the industrialPPC (Protected Performance Cooling) line is conceived for industrial heavy duty applications that require enhanced cooling performance and advanced ingress protection.

"Our new product lines allow us to address audiences we have not been able to reach in the past", explains Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO), "Coming at about 3/4 of the price of our standard models, the redux line is ideal for all those looking for a more affordable entry into the world of premium quality quiet cooling. The industrialPPC fans fulfil our industry client’s requests for high speed models that are suitable for use in challenging environments. However, I think they will also appeal to PC enthusiasts striving for extreme performance. Last but not least, the introduction of the two new product lines allows us to respond to the recurring demands for Noctua fans in different colors."

Whereas the redux fans feature an attractive light/dark grey colour scheme that is reminiscent of the two shades of brown used Noctua’s standard line-up, the industrialPPC models come in an all black design.

The redux edition comprises both 4-pin PWM and 3-pin versions of NF-P14, NF-S12B, NF-B9 and NF-R8, all of which are proven, time-tested models that have convinced thousands of customers and helped to found Noctua’s reputation as a first-tier supplier of premium grade low noise cooling equipment. Altogether, there will be 13 redux models with speeds ranging from 700 to 1700rpm.

The industrialPPC line features ruggedised 2000 and 3000rpm versions of the award-winning NF-F12 and NF-A14 fans. Thanks to the outstanding aerodynamic efficiency of these designs and the use of a novel three-phase motor, the industrialPPC versions provide superior airflow and pressure capacity while keeping noise levels and power consumption moderate as against comparable high-speed fans. Their fibre-glass reinforced polyamide construction and certified water and dust protection (up to IP67) make the industrialPPC fans an ideal choice for highly demanding applications that require superior flow rates and ultimate dependability.

In addition to the new fan product lines, Noctua also introduced a wide range of accessory sets to complement these fans. For example, customers can upgrade their redux or industrialPPC fans with anti-vibration mounts (NA-SAV2), Low-Noise Adaptors (NA-SRC7 & NA-SRC10), extension cables (NA-SEC1 & NA-SEC2) or y-cables (NA-SYC1 & NA-SYC2).

Prices and availability
All redux and industrialPPC models are currently shipping and will be available shortly. The manufacturer suggested retail prices are as follows:
redux 140mm: EUR 15.90 / USD 19.90
redux 120mm: EUR 13.90 / USD 17.90
redux 92mm: EUR 11.90 / USD 15.90
redux 80mm: EUR 10.90 / USD 14.90
industrialPPC 140mm IP52: EUR 26.90 / USD 29.90
industrialPPC 140mm IP67: EUR 29.90 / USD 34.90
industrialPPC 120mm IP52: EUR 24.90 / USD 26.90
industrialPPC 120mm IP67: EUR 29.90 / USD 34.9
Accessory sets: EUR 5.90 / USD 7.90

About Noctua
Designed in Austria, Noctua's premium cooling components are internationally renowned for their superb quietness, exceptional performance and thoroughgoing quality. Having received more than 3000 awards and recommendations from leading hardware websites and magazines, Noctua's fans and heatsinks are chosen by more than a hundred thousand satisfied customers around the globe.