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October 29, 2014

RAZER INTRODUCES LEVIATHAN SOUND BAR FOR SURROUND SOUND GAMING, MOVIES AND WIRELESS MUSIC STREAMING

By: Low Chern Lin



CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today unveiled its Razer Leviathan elite gaming and music sound bar. The new device provides premium quality audio for a wide range of entertainment applications, from desktop listening to home theater sound that’s perfect for gaming, movies and music.


The Razer Leviathan’s 5.1 surround sound mode is ideal for gaming and movies. It also features a wireless music streaming mode via Bluetooth 4.0 for seamless music listening. The Razer Leviathan is able to deliver deep, powerful bass tones through a dedicated subwoofer, distinguishing it from other sound bars in its range that cannot produce lower frequencies as accurately.

Engineered for versatility, the Razer Leviathan can be repositioned easily for any situation – under any desktop monitor, in a living room console setup, or wherever high-fidelity sound is desired.


“The opportunity to produce a precision-engineered surround sound solution for high-performance gaming, movie watching and music listening, and make it versatile to use in any setting, was a very exciting proposition for us,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO.  “The Razer Leviathan delivers what music aficionados, movie buffs and gamers alike are looking for to improve their entertainment setup.”


Rich, full-range 5.1 virtual surround sound is produced by the award winning Dolby Virtual Speakers in the Razer Leviathan. The sound bar features four finely tuned drivers (two 2.5-in. full-range drivers and two 0.74-in. tweeters) that are optimized for surround sound gaming. Regardless of source type (stereo or multichannel audio via optical input), Dolby® Digital will convert audio from a sound card, console or set-top box into a virtual surround sound stage. The result is an immersive aural experience that is perfect for recreating epic in-game battle scenes or simply enjoying favorite movies scenes.

The Razer Leviathan seamlessly connects to other Bluetooth devices in wireless music streaming mode via Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX technology for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from a wired connection. With a connecting range of up to 10 meters, music can be enjoyed without the hassle of wires. The Razer Leviathan also remembers recently paired devices, allowing users to quickly connect with a single tap, and built-in NFC technology allows for ultra-fast pairing.


The Razer Leviathan delivers chest-thumping, deep impact lows by way of a powerful 5.25-in. downward firing subwoofer that is dedicated to accurate bass reproduction and is tuned to produce distortion-free lower tones. Crystal clear mids and impressive highs are delivered by the two precision-tuned, full-ranged drivers and tweeters, rounding-out the full spectrum of frequencies created by the sound bar.

For more information on the Razer Leviathan – Elite Music & Gaming Sound bar, please visit www.razerzone.com/gaming-audio/razer-leviathan

FEATURES
·         Powered by 4 expertly tuned drivers plus subwoofer
·         5.1 virtual surround sound powered by Dolby Virtual Speakers, Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic® II
·         Direct audio streaming from any mobile device via Bluetooth v 4.0 aptX
·         Dedicated subwoofer for impressive bass reproduction
·         Space-saving design for versatility
·         Multiple connection methods via analog, optical or Bluetooth v 4.0 aptX
·         Adjustable tilt angles (0⁰, 15⁰, 18⁰) for optimal sound
·         3 preset equalizer modes tuned for gaming, music and movies


TECH SPECS
Sound bar
·         Total power output: 30 W (15 W x 2 RMS)
·         Full range drivers: 2 x 2.5 in. / 63.5 mm
·         Tweeter drivers: 2 x 0.74 in. / 19 mm
·         Impedance: 8 Ω
·         Frequency response rate: 180 Hz – 20 KHz
·         Approximate weight: 4.4 lbs. / 2 Kg

Subwoofer
·         Type: Passive 
·         Total power output: 30 W RMS
·         Full range drivers: 5.25 in. / 133 mm
·         Impedance: 8 Ω
·         Frequency response rate: 20 Hz – 180 Hz
·         Approximate weight: 6.6 lbs. / 3 Kg

PRICE:  RM 689.00 

AVAILABILITY
Razerzone.com – Pre-Order
Worldwide – November 2014

October 28, 2014

WD® EXPANDS SURVEILLANCE-CLASS HARD DRIVE LINE

By: Low Chern Lin



WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and storage industry leader, today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Purple™ line of 3.5-inch hard drives for video surveillance applications, with the release of the 6 TB capacity. Video surveillance is a highly data-rich application within the “Internet of Things (IoT)” ecosystem. WD Purple hard drives excel in new and existing home and small business security system environments with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition (HD) video cameras. Available today, WD Purple hard drives are being offered in capacities from 1 TB up to 6 TB.

“Video surveillance has long been a pioneering Internet-of-Things application. Driven by machine-to-machine interaction between high-resolution, high-bit-rate video cameras and high-capacity surveillance video recorders, IoT applications bring access and big data analytics to improve user’s security,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager of WD’s Storage Technology group. “WD Purple 6 TB drives enable innovation in this fast growing market.” 

Features
WD Purple hard drives are equipped with exclusive WD technologies, including:
  • AllFrame™ - In conjunction with ATA streaming, AllFrame reduces video frame loss, improves playback and increases the number of drive bays supported. WD Purple includes exclusive firmware enhancements that enable improved playback and minimize interruptions within a surveillance system.
  • IntelliSeek™ Technology - With low power consumption playing a crucial role in high-temperature always-on surveillance environments, IntelliSeek™ technology calculates the optimum seek speeds for the system workload, enabling lower power consumption and reducing noise and vibration.


Engineered for Compatibility
Built for seamless integration into new or existing video surveillance systems, WD Purple hard drives are designed and tested to surveillance-class standards and are compatible with industry-leading chassis and chip-sets. First introduced in February 2014 with the launch of WD Purple, WD worked closely with surveillance partners to develop a proprietary benchmark to define and demonstrate performance in surveillance systems. Tests of WD Purple hard drives indicate superior performance to competitive surveillance-class brands of storage, especially as cameras, channel count and workloads increase. A special Compatibility Selector is available to assist customers with surveillance drive selection at: http://www.wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1210.

Price and Availability
WD Purple surveillance-class hard drives are available at select retailers and distributed by Achieva Technology Sdn Bhd, Amble Action Sdn Bhd and Eternal Asia (M) Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. It is now available from 1 TB to 6 TB capacities and covered by a three-year limited warranty. MSRP for the 3.5-inch 6 TB drive, model #: (WD60PURX) is RM 1,088.00. Additional information about WD Purple hard drives and limited warranty terms may be found on the company website at http://products.wd.com/wdpurple.

October 27, 2014

AMD Radeon™ Supercharges Sid Meier’s Civilization®: Beyond Earth™ With Mantle Graphics API

By: Low Chern Lin



AMD today joins Firaxis Games in celebrating the release of Sid Meier’s Civilization®: Beyond Earth™, which features day-one support for AMD’s Mantle graphics API to enable top gaming performance for AMD Radeon™ graphics customers.

“AMD Radeon™ GPUs with Mantle are over a year ahead of other graphics companies in delivering high-throughput, high-efficiency graphics to gamers and developers,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Product and Platform Solutions Business Unit, AMD. “As gamers settle in for a marathon session of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, we’re proud that the potent combination of Mantle and the award-winning Graphics Core Next architecture effortlessly enable the definitive experience.”

Mantle is a “low-overhead” graphics API that can help improve performance for gamers by making better use of multi-core CPUs, streamlining game code execution, virtually eliminating software bottlenecks and utilizing GPU resources with incredible efficiency.

In performance testing, the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X GPU with Mantle rendered Sid Meier’s Civilization®: Beyond Earth™ at higher frame rates than any other single-GPU graphics card.[iii] Gamers looking to secure Mantle’s blistering performance for their own empires can do so today with the purchase of an AMD Radeon™ R9 or R7 Series GPU starting at just $99 USD.   

October 24, 2014

GIGABYTE Announces the Release of Raptor FPS Gaming Mouse

By: Low Chern Lin



GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium hardware brand, announces the release of the Raptor FPS gaming mouse, the champion design from the 2013 GIGABYTE Make It Real Mouse Design Competition. Co-designed by three emerging designers, this award winning piece was highly appraised by all judges and won the opportunity to turn the prototype into a mass-produced product. With its ergonomic low profile and lightweight design, the Raptor is crafted for claw and fingertip grip gamers to perform sharper movements and quick attacks with precision in comfort.

Resembling the sickle-shaped raptor claws, the GIGABYTE Raptor gaming mouse outlines a deadly weapon crafted for serious FPS players. Its compact body offers them with the agility to perform with sharp and precision movements quickly during intense in-game shooting. The optimally positioned sniper hotkey also provides a valuable tool in the combat, helping gamers immediately lower the cursor speed while aiming at the target to assure accuracy for every single headshot whilst making a rapid move or a sharp turn.

Weighing merely 85g, the low profile Raptor significantly reduces hand fatigue as the battle goes further, which makes the Raptor perfect for fingertip grippers who rely on fingers to control the mouse. The anti-slick ergonomic rubber grip on both sides of the mouse provide proper resistance for fingertips to ensure a firm grip during quick movements or even when lifting the mouse. For claw grippers, the added rubber supporting area on top of the mouse further stabilizes mouse balance with this sixth contact points as the palm comfortably sits on the mouse. The Raptor further adopts a weight adjusting design, allowing gamers to personalize the mouse mass best suited for their feel and control.

Built for precision, the Raptor’s 4000dpi pro-optical sensor supports 4-stage, on-the-fly DPI switching, offering precise tracking capability for enhanced gaming control. The ultra-durable Omron switches can survive the most click-intensive FPS game with a guaranteed lifespan of 10 million clicks coupled with the perfect clicking response. What makes it even better is that all keys on the Raptor are programmable via GHOST engine to ensure the maximal flexibility is met for customizing each personal skillsets. With the winning combination, the Raptor makes a true champion for champions.

October 23, 2014

Unboxing & Review: be quiet! Silent Wings 2

By: Low Chern Lin



be quiet!'s product has received various awards for having outstanding performance, especially on power supplies, cooling fans and CPU cooler. We too, have a very pleasant experience with be quiet!'s products, especially for the Pure Wings 2, Dark Rock Pro 3 and Shadow Rock Slim

We'll be examining the be quiet!'s Silent Wings 2 120mm in today's review, courtesy of be quiet!. The Silent Wings 2 is retailed at $ 23.99 (approximately RM69) and can be purchased from NCIX and Amazon. Without any further adieu, let us proceed with the review and see what the be quiet! Silent Wings 2 is capable of.

October 22, 2014

Unboxing & Review: Noctua Redux & IndustrialPPC

By: Clement Thien


Back in May 2014, we were ecstatic when Noctua announced the launch of the Redux and IndustrialPPC line of fans. Aside from performance tweaks, the Austrian manufacturer also changed the colours from the traditional beige and brown to grey for the Redux and black for the IndustrialPPC, something everyone has been looking forward to ever since god-knows-when.

Noctua has been kind enough to ship us some 120mm and 140mm versions from both of the series, so as to say our thanks, here is the review article of the Noctua Redux, which we'll start off with, and Noctua IndustrialPPC that will follow through.

October 21, 2014

Unboxing & Review: Cooler Master Nepton 240M

By: Low Chern Lin



The Cooler Master Nepton 280L has won many awards due to its advanced design, special manufacturing process, and outstanding performance. What's left now is to get rid of the exaggerated noise of the JetFlo 140 as we've seen in our Cooler Master Nepton 140XL review. After the long wait, Cooler Master has announced the new and improved Nepton 120XL and 240M with a new exclusive design that provides higher efficiency and lower noise levels compared to the existing Nepton(s).

We have the Cooler Master Nepton 240M arrived in our lab for today's review, courtesy of Cooler Master Malaysia. It's pretty obvious that the Nepton 240M is made to replace the Seidon 240M, but will it stand up to the fierce competition of self-contained liquid coolers?

(The Cooler Master Nepton 240M is retailed at RM389)

NEW WD® PORTABLE STORAGE DRIVE WIRELESSLY CONNECTS TO SMARTPHONES, TABLETS CAMERAS AND MORE

By: Low Chern Lin





WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today unveiled My Passport® Wireless, an easy to use Wi-Fi™ enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device. For the frequent business traveler to the family on a road trip or creative professional working in the field, the My Passport Wireless drive is a simple way to connect all computing and mobile devices to content without any wires or Internet connection. Additionally, when users need to transfer large amounts of data, the My Passport Wireless drive provides the option of using a high speed USB 3.0 connection. 

“As we celebrate its 10th anniversary, the success of WD’s My Passport®line of portable hard drives is unprecedented,” explains Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales. “Our new My Passport Wireless drive continues the evolution, resolving a common problem for today’s mobile consumer; too many devices with limited storage and no way to offload their content and free up space on-the-go. Now, consumers will have one drive to easily store content from all their devices and enjoy that content anywhere they go.”


The My Passport Wireless drive broadcasts its own wireless network that allows up to eight devices to connect at the same time and access any content stored on the drive. Available in 1 TB or 2 TB models, users now have the ability to store and access up to hundreds of hours of movies and music, as well photos and other digital files, from their smartphones and tablets that are typically limited by minimal storage capacity.  

The portable wireless drive features Wireless N with MIMO technology for enhanced wireless performance so that users can access and transfer files quickly, as well as stream up to four HD videos simultaneously. The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to six hours of continuous streaming and up to 20 hours of standby power making the drive a perfect travel companion.



With the My Passport Wireless drive users have anywhere, anytime access to their favorite digital content by using WD’s award winning WD My Cloud® mobile app for iOS® or Android™ mobile devices. The WD My Cloud mobile app easily connects to a My Passport Wireless drive for simple product setup, and once setup the mobile app provides intuitive navigation, sharing and playback of the drive’s content. The WD My Cloud app also helps unify all of a users’ content under a single app and user interface, by allowing access to content on the My Passport Wireless drive, the WD My Cloud family of personal cloud storage, and on major public cloud services such as Dropbox™, neDrive™ and Google Drive™ from just one app. 

In additional to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the portable wireless storage drive is an ideal companion for cameras with its integrated SD card slot. Whether shooting large commercial photography and video production or just taking photos and videos of the family while on vacation, the My Passport Wireless drive will never let you miss a moment because your memory cards are full. The built-in SD card slot lets users copy their content from the SD card to the My Passport Wireless drive to make room for more memorable moments. Additionally, with integrated FTP, the drive connects to compatible wireless cameras so that users can automatically transfer photos from their cameras to the drive as they are taking them. 

 


Price and Availability 
The My Passport Wireless drive is currently available at select retailers and is distributed by Amble ActionSdn Bhd and Eternal Asia (M) Sdn Bhd in Malaysia, while the MSRP is RM599.00 for 1 TB and RM699.00 for 2 TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App Store™ and Google Play™.

Apacer announces new Bluetooth Speaker WS211

By: Low Chern Lin



The Apacer Bluetooth Speaker is one of Apacer's classics leading the way to explore the wireless market. The fashionable and elegant wireless Bluetooth speaker is with an arc streamline appearance, which comes in two color selections of Classic Black and Fashionable Red. Besides, its perfect-size design is a handy to use either at home or outdoors. Not only does the Bluetooth wireless connection allow music transmission from the mobile phone, its NFC automatic pairing function also saves the time necessary for Bluetooth pairing. 

In addition, Apacer thoughtfully offers a Music Player APP for users to enjoy the music by simplifying music file management. With the battery’s capacity of playing music for 7 consecutive hours, the relaxing time with your music is always at hand.


Fashionable and elegant design with two colors for choice.
Apacer Bluetooth Speake WS211 is with an arc streamline appearance, its fashionable and elegant design comes in two color selections of Classic Black and Fashionable Red. 

Support easier and faster tap-and-pair function with NFC technology.
Not only does the Bluetooth wireless connection allow music transmission from the mobile phone, its NFC automatic pairing function also saves the time necessary for Bluetooth pairing.

Built-in microphone for handsfree calls.
With a built-in microphone, WS211 lets users easily take incoming calls just press the speakerphone button, and listen to the music continually after handed up the phone calls.

Easily organize audio files and enjoy your music via Apacer Music mobile APP.
Apacer thoughtfully offers a Music Player APP for users to enjoy the music by simplifying music file management.

Enjoy music by connecting directly to the speaker via AUX-in port.
WS211 also supports AUX-in port for users to enjoy music by connecting directly to their audio devices.

1200 mAh Li-Polymer battery supports 7 hours of playtime
WS211 embeds 1200 mAh Li-Polymer battery. Users could enjoy the music continually for 7 hours of playtime.


October 20, 2014

Unboxing & Review: Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler

By: Low Chern Lin

Cooler Master has been one of the pioneer in PC cooling products, CPU cooler especially. Among the coolers that Cooler Master has produced, the V8  renown for its unique shape that resembles a car engine that adds a shine for themed builds. Its legacy continues as Cooler Master announced the new revision of V8, the V8 GTS - a colossal triple tower heatsink design CPU Cooler with vapor chamber that comes with a pair of 140mm cooling fans sandwiched in between.  

The Cooler Master V8 GTS arrived at our lab earlier and we thanked to Cooler Master Malaysia for their support in making this review possible. With no further adieu, let us proceed with the review and see what the V8 GTS is made of!

(The Cooler Master V8 GTS is retailed at RM329)

October 18, 2014

Unboxing & Review: ASUS X99-Deluxe

By: Low Chern Lin


A numbers of Intel X99 chipset based motherboards is seen after the announcement of Intel's LGA 2011-V3 (aka Haswell-E), but each manufacturer has their own design and feature to stand out in the market. ASUS has introduced their patent pending O.C Socket earlier which they've claim to be able to provide better overclocking results with the extra pins added to the CPU socket.


We're lucky enough to got our hands on one of ASUS's latest X99 chipset based motherboard, the ASUS X99-Deluxe for today's review courtesy of ASUS Malaysia. Buckle up as we take the X99-Deluxe for a quick ride to explore what the equipped O.C Socket is capable of!

(The ASUS X99-Deluxe retails at RM1560.00)

October 17, 2014

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces G551 Gaming Notebook

By: Low Chern Lin




Kuala Lumpur (16th October 2014) — ASUS today announced the Republic of Gamers (ROG) G Series G551 gaming notebook. The new ROG G Series represents a performance leap over previous predecessors, with Intel® Core™ i7 processors and enthusiast-grade NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ graphics for the horsepower to drive today’s games smoothly at their highest settings. The ASUS ROG G551 exhibits visual prowess with wide-angle IPS displays, and provide gamers with Full HD visuals. There’s also 4K/UHD-ready Trinity Display output for multi-monitor gaming or multitasking.

The distinctive gaming notebook design features a matte-black brushed-aluminum finish with red diamond-cut edges, and bears an illuminated ROG logo on the lid. The keyboards are designed especially for gamers, and the almost-silent cooling system efficiently removes heat with minimum fan noise.




Enthusiast-grade gaming performance
The new ASUS ROG G551 are powered by 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors for ultimate performance required by the latest gaming titles; while enthusiast-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics with Microsoft DirectX 11 provide sharper visuals and smoother in-game animations. To cope with the amazing power, ROG G551 features an advanced cooling system that efficiently removes heat with minimal fan noise so as not to disrupt the gaming experience.




Audio visuals that deliver immersive game worlds
The ASUS ROG G551 comes with a 15.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) LED backlit display. The IPS displays have wide 178-degree viewing angles, so color shift is minimized even when viewed from extreme positions in both the horizontal and vertical planes. Gamers are guaranteed accurate, lifelike colors that further enhance their gaming experience. Trinity Display technology enables users to hook their G Series up to three other external displays via HDMI 1.4 or Mini DisplayPort 1 — ideal for multi-monitor gaming and multitasking.

The exclusive SonicMaster Premium provides rich, crystal-clear high-fidelity audio while ROG AudioWizard features five easy-to-use preset modes with settings tailored to suit different game genres. And since most LAN gamers utilize headsets, ASUS ROG G551 incorporates a powerful headphone amplifier that has been fine-tuned by audio specialists in the ASUS Golden Ear team for an even more immersive experience. Every effect and note comes out with increased power, range, and clarity. This is more than enjoyment, as any gamer knows, sound is critical to success play, giving the edge with sonic awareness and positioning.


ROG-infused design
Aesthetically, the ASUS ROG G551 exudes ROG DNA, sporting a premium matte-black brushed-aluminum finish, red diamond-cut edges and an illuminated ROG logo on the lid. In keeping with the ROG theme, the ROG G551 has a seamless one-piece chiclet keyboard and specially-marked WASD keys for easy navigation and gameplay. The backlit keys glow red to make it easy for gamers to read keys in dim environments, and further adds to the ROG mystique.


AVAILABILITY & PRICING
G551JM-DM052H
RRP: RM 3,499 Available this week!
(Core i7 Processor / 4 GB DDR memory / GeForce GTX860M with 2GB GDDR5)

G551JM-DM053H
RRP: RM 4,099 End October (ETA: Week 44)
(Core i7 Processor / 8 GB DDR memory / GeForce GTX860M with 4GB GDDR5)

ADATA Launches HC500 External Hard Drive for TV Program Recording & Personal Cloud Storage in Singapore and Malaysia

By: Low Chern Lin


Taipei, Taiwan – Oct. 16, 2014 – ADATA™ Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the Choice HC500 2.5” Hard Drive with TV recording support and personal cloud storage features.

Smart Looks for Smart TV & PC Data
Flawlessly crafted in either titanium or gold matte, the HC500 Hard Drive with a super-fast USB 3.0 cable offers both the easy connectivity of directly attached personal data and TV media storage. For those who require direct connectivity, simply plug the hard drive into your PC or smart TV. Store and manage any kind of personal media via super-fast USB 3.0 on your PC, and then connect the HC500 to your smart TV to enjoy full-featured video capabilities such as playback, rewind and fast-forward. Too busy to enjoy your favorite TV programs? Just leave your Choice HC500 Hard Drive plugged into your television and record hours of movies and programs to enjoy later.

 

No Strings Attached: Your Personal Data Cloud
Set up your Choice HC500 Hard Drive as your own personal data cloud. First, install the included smart backup software, NTI Backup Now EZ, and back up personal business files, pictures, movies and other media using your PC or smartphone. Then install the included NTI MiST Personal Cloud software trial for safe cloud backup as well as remote access to your important data wherever you are. 

NTI Backup Now EZ & MiST is available for Windows, while only MiST is available for MacIntosh OS, Android, and iOS. Check out even more tools for qualified purchases by going to ADATA’s website and clicking the “Valuable Software” link.



 

Shock Protection / Super Quick USB 3.0
ADATA’s Choice HC500 Hard Drive helps you back up your data not only on the cloud, but provides local protection, too. If your hard drive suffers a severe shock from being struck, ADATA’s proprietary G Shock Sensor Protection automatically starts up and displays a flashing red light on your HC500 interface. When the shock has passed, a solid or flashing blue light displays indicating normal operation has resumed. While your HC500 Hard Drive comes loaded with the latest super-fast USB 3.0 interface, it’s also USB 2.0 backwards compatible for legacy devices.

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October 16, 2014

Unboxing & Review: Cooler Master CM Storm Octane Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo

By: Low Chern Lin


Entry level gaming peripherals are suppose to be more affordable for those who wish to own gaming optimized peripherals without breaking their bank, but there aren't many choices that is actually cheap yet being able to offer the aesthetics and functionality most gaming peripherals should have.

I've came across a very good deal from Cooler Master last year, with their CM Storm Devastator gaming keyboard and mouse combo at a surprisingly low retail price of RM 149. This year, Cooler Master revised their Devastator with more added features. The star of today's review - the CM Storm Octane Gaming Gear Combo. Its retail price is a little higher than its predecessor (RM 199) but let's put aside the pricing for now and have our attention on what's new!

Unboxing & Review: CM Storm NovaTouch TKL

By: John Diew

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Introducing CM Storm NovaTouch

We see a lot of hype about mechanical keyboards in recent years, boasting better usage experience, feel and of course durability compared to membrane keyboards. Cooler Master has released a few of their own varieties of mechanical keyboards as well and they were all actually quite affordable compared to most other brands in the market.... that is until they released the CMStorm NovaTouch TKL. This piece of technology retails at RM699. 

Big thanks to the folks at Cooler Master for providing the sample for this article, so sit tight and let us explore the reasoning for the NovaTouch's pricetag.

October 15, 2014

Microsoft Malaysia Continues Strong Support For Local Developers With //bina/ 2014 - Malaysian Developers Conference

By: Low Chern Lin





KUALA LUMPUR, October 2014 — Microsoft Malaysia (“Microsoft”) continues its drive to accelerate the local app developer community by bringing together the best innovative minds and growth opportunities at //bina/ - Microsoft’s Malaysian Developers Conference – built by Malaysians, for Malaysians. Billed as the local version of Microsoft’s renowned annual global //build/ tech conference, //bina/ saw more than 400 local developers – ranging from startups to students and Independent Software Vendors – gather at the Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) Convention Centre, to learn new skills, upgrade their abilities and explore the possibility of commercializing their ideas.

//bina/ provided a platform for developers to go beyond just creating awesome apps – talk tracks at the event covered multiple topics, further equipping them with the essential skills and knowledge necessary for the 21st century. Participants were also provided a pathway towards entrepreneurship – the opportunity to commercialize their hard work and talent, made possible via the wide market access of the various partners at the event. At the event, participants learned how to create new experiences that would reach hundreds of millions of devices on people's desks, in their pockets and in their living rooms – all through Microsoft, open source and multi-platform solutions.



According to Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, MDeC, “Providing the right foundations for the creativity and passion of our local talents to flourish is equally as important as recognizing them. Programs such as //bina/ is in line with our efforts to spur the growth of a vibrant Digital Economy in Malaysia and complements MDeC’s initiatives which are focused on enabling up-and-coming creative local talents to create world-class applications and content. With ICON3 and the Intellectual Property Creators Challenge (IPCC), we aim to empower developers to move up the value chain by engaging the industry and individuals to spearhead the use of digital technologies to produce high quality creative content. MDeC’s is to drive the nation's digital economy and accelerate efforts to spur generational change through technology, and that is what we are accomplishing here.”

Doors were opened to developers to sharpen their skills and find out more about partner app programs such as MDeC’s ICON3 and IPCC 2014 initiatives; TM’s Innovation Exchange (IX) Malaysian Mobility Apps Program – a joint collaboration with MDeC; Media Prima’s D3 Hackathon; and OSDC’s (Open Source Developers Club) My Mobile App Development (MyMAD) Hackathon.

//bina/ saw the return of the Microsoft Asian TechElite Contest, now available in Malaysia.  Developers are rewarded for learning online via Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA), a free, 24/7, at-your-own-pace massive open online course (MOOC). At //bina/, Microsoft also announced the Microsoft Worldwide Community Champion Contest – launching in November – which is open to all local developers through MVA. Participants stand to win over RM30,000 and more than 20 Lumia smartphones. KL Converge’s AT&T Asian Hackathon with Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission (MCMC), supported by Microsoft Malaysia, was also mentioned to encourage developers to register for this opportunity.

Guest speakers such as PEMANDU, a unit under the Prime Minister's Department tasked to oversee implementation and assess progress of the government’s Economic Transformation Program (ETP) and the Government Transformation Program (GTP), provided updates on the government’s initiatives for Education and Human Capital Development, while MDeC hosted a session on industry and business development – providing insights into how developers can take their ideas and apps one step further. General Manager of Microsoft Mobile Devices Sales for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Bruce Howe, was also on hand to explain how Microsoft Mobile Devices is helping developers gain free market access to amplify their apps across Malaysia. Third-party tools such as Xamarin were also covered, which allows for cross-platform app development on not just Windows but also Android and iOS. Unity Technologies Singapore delivered multi-platform gaming development solutions that could be used by developers for participating in MDeC’s IPCC 2014.



The talk tracks by various speakers at //bina/ provided plenty to digest for local developers. Among them included a series of MDeC sessions on the Big Data National Analytics Initiative Program; the Azure Machine Learning & HDInsight Apache Hadoop session; and a Hands-On Lab on how to use Apache Hadoop & Hortonworks. Developers were given a special free 3-month Azure pass which allowed them to advantage of this Azure offering to build not only Windows platforms, but also Android & iOS and take advantage of the free market access offered by Windows published apps to promote their other platforms.

Developers also heard from a guest speaker from Microsoft China, who shared what China is doing with Cortana to advance search in the world’s largest growing economy. Other highlights at the event included the Azure ISV Awards, an awards ceremony to recognize ISVs for their contributions to the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ecosystem in Malaysia using Microsoft Azure, where participants had the exclusive opportunity to access Menara TM’s helipad where it was held. Cortana also made an appearance at //bina/, as developers participated in a Selfie contest with Cortana to win prizes.

Dinesh Nair, Director of Developer Experience and Evangelism, Microsoft Malaysia was enthusiastic about the platform //bina/ provided to help realize the enormous potential of the local developer community, saying, “Microsoft has been driving innovation and creating a real impact in transforming Malaysia for more than 20 years. We are inspiring students and software developers to take up the challenge to gear up for success, personally and professionally. Only by nurturing our local talents and providing a healthy ecosystem can we achieve the nation’s aspirations of becoming a high-income, knowledge-based, and innovation-driven economy. Nation-building is not solely the role of the Government alone but is a shared responsibility with the private sector and other key stakeholders. Partnerships are key to achieving this; from the technology that is needed to drive these innovations, to the support system and the infrastructure these innovations are built on, and that is why we are committed to working with the Government and industry stakeholders to invest – and invest big – in empowering our Malaysian talents.”

Dinesh’s sentiment resonated with Moharmustaqeem Mohammed, Head of Mass Market Marketing Operations (MMMO), TM. “At TM, we couldn’t agree more on the key components in building a truly advanced, digital nation – innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration. //bina/ is the perfect avenue where all these key components come together. As the Innovation Partner of the event, we are delighted with yet another partnership with Microsoft to help local developers and startups realize their potential. This event also allowed us to share our resources in support of Malaysia’s startup ecosystem for creative and innovative solutions through our Innovation Exchange (IX) Accelerator Programme. Leveraging our competitive advantage as Malaysia’s leading integrated information and communications group, IX is designed to stimulate ideas within TM whilst driving innovation across the industry. We look forward to the birth of more Digital Icons for Malaysia through our collaborations with Microsoft such as //bina/, with hopes that IX can assist these icons in fast forwarding the future of digital in Malaysia,” he said.


A lesser known fact in the industry is how Microsoft is a strong advocate for open source and multi-platform opportunities. “As a company, Microsoft is becoming more open in the way that we work with and collaborate with others in the industry, in how we listen to customers, and in our approach to the cloud – especially in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world. We contribute to and partner with open source communities and promote interoperability to make it easier and less costly for customers to develop and manage mixed IT environments. Our presence at the Malaysian Open Source Conference (MOSC) 2014, and our collaboration with OSDC for the MyMAD Hackathon at //bina/, are prime examples of how we are promoting development initiatives using Open Source Tools for our local talents and providing commercial viability for their ideas,” added Dinesh.

“Microsoft is opening doors for the local developer community to showcase their talents both locally and globally. We are dedicated to not only help Malaysian developers harness their talents and accelerate their progress, but also to provide an environment in which they can thrive. Our call to all developers is this - seize this opportunity to put your creative talents to good use. Go out and participate in the various programs that were announced at //bina/. It is clear that our local developers have the brilliance and the tenacity to be the world’s best, and all they need is the opportunity to show it. That is exactly what we have been doing, and will continue to do – providing opportunities,” concluded Dinesh.

//bina/ was held in collaboration with MDeC and TM, and supported by partners of the event – PEMANDU, Media Prima Digital, KOSTEM, Hack In The Box, Dreamcatcher, InfoTrek, Universiti Malaya, Tandemic.

Unboxing & Review: TTEsports LVL10M Gaming mouse

By: Clement Thien


Everyone needs a good gaming mouse, and I bet that most of you reading this will have one of their preferences. If you haven't found one, how about taking a look at one designed by BMW? yes the German car manufacturer... and yes I know it's in collaboration with Thermaltake as well; so here we have the TTEsports Level 10 M Gaming Mouse.

Big thanks to AV Future Link Sdn Bhd for the sample today. Retailing at RM329 (SRP) in the Malaysian market places it head to head with high end offerings from the likes of Razer and Steelseries. So let's see how the Level 10 M Gaming Mouse stacks up against the competition.

October 13, 2014

Unboxing & Review: Gigabyte X99-UD7 WIFI

By: Low Chern Lin


It's been 2 month since Intel unveiled the Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition processor, the first 8-core desktop processor targeted for power users who craves for the best performance from their system. There's a wide variety of X99 chipset motherboards available and we're lucky enough to get our hands on the Gigabyte X99 UD7 WIFI - great thanks to Gigabyte for the review unit that makes this review possible.

The retail price is yet to be decided while this article is being written, so let's put aside the pricing for now and see what kind of performance we can expect from the The Gigabyte X99 UD7 WIFI!

October 10, 2014

Unboxing & Review: ASUS Maximus VII Ranger ROG Motherboard

By: Clement Thien


I know for a fact that the majority of PC gamers and enthusiast will be familiar with the Republic of Gamers (ROG) line of products from ASUS. For many of us it is a dream to own one and only until recently that the dream became more accessible.

The ASUS Maximus VII Ranger is dubbed as a "High Value Entry Level ROG Gaming Motherboard" and at RM699 SRP, we believe this is much more affordable to more users. We agree with the high value part, but we'll see how much of an entry level is the motherboard. A mighty thanks to ASUS Malaysia for procuring the star of this article, lets get to business!

A new source of POWER Fractal Design EDISON M PSU Series

By: Clement Thien



10/9/2014 - Fractal Design released their Edison M series of power supplies that features excellent electrical performance, including 80PLUS® Gold certified efficiency.

The Fractal Design Edison M is an 80PLUS® Gold efficiency certified, top quality modular PSU. Engineered for a solid construction featuring Japanese electrolytic capacitors, a full protection suite and a large, temperature-controlled FDB-bearing 120mm fan contributing to a maximum lifespan while keeping noise levels at a minimum.

Designed for maximum reliability, the Edison M units feature Japanese electrolytic capacitors with a full protection suite, including over-temperature protection. The modular cable system assists with a clean installation and the extra-long ATX12V cable accommodates cases with bottom mounted PSU positions.

Fractal Design Edison M units are equipped with a large, temperature-controlled FDB-bearing 120mm fan contributing to a maximum lifespan while keeping noise levels at a minimum.

The Edison M is a highly reliable choice, for both gaming computers and powerful workstations.



Key Features
  • Modular construction to assist with a clean build with only the most essential cables permanently attached 
  • 80PLUS® Gold efficiency with a 5 year warranty on the PSU
  • ATX 2.4 compliant, including full support for the new C6 / C7 power states introduced with the 4th generation Intel Core CPUs
  • DC-DC design for improved system stability and maximum 12V output
  • Tight voltage regulation: +/- 2% for +12V and +/- 3% for minor rails
  • Japanese electrolytic capacitors, rated at 105°C; Japanese and Taiwanese solid polymer capacitors
  • Extra-long ATX 12V cable
  • Silent, temperature-controlled 120mm fan with quiet, long-life FDB bearings
  • Full protection suite: Over Power Protection, Over Voltage Protection, Short Circuit Protection, Under Voltage Protection, Over Current Protection and Over Temperature Protection
  • Sleek look to add to the overall design of your build
  • Available in Black
  • Available in different wattages: 450W, 550W, 650W and 750W













Nvidia's Maxwell GTX 970M, GTX 980M Comes to Notebooks

By: Neo Vilson Wong

NVIDIA recently unleashed an onslaught on the gaming world, an onslaught named Maxwell. NVIDIA launched the new graphics architecture during GAME24, an unprecedented 24-hour celebration of gaming. And it blew away gamers across the globe.

NVIDIA held onto one big secret, which we’re revealing today: the introduction of the GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 980M notebook GPUs.

Maxwell, the company’s 10th-generation GPU architecture, is undeniably the world’s most advanced. It solves some of the most complex lighting and graphics challenges in visual computing. And it does so with twice the energy efficiency of the previous generation. It’s a combination that will pay huge dividends in notebooks.
Why?

A Quick History Lesson
Let’s start with some history. NVIDIA’s 8th-generation GPU architecture, Fermi, delivered about 40% of the desktop equivalent in 2010. Kepler, our 9th generation GPU, launched in 2010, closed the gap to 60%, giving gamers 1080p resolution and “ultra” settings for the first time in a notebook.
With Maxwell, that gap shrinks to 80% of the desktop equivalent and pushes the resolution well beyond 1080p. It’s an astonishing achievement when you compare the thermal and power differences in a desktop tower and a notebook chassis.

Just like the generations preceding it, GeForce GTX 980M is the world’s fastest notebook GPU, a title NVIDIA has held for a long time. But how fast is it?
Maxwell doubles performance compared with the first Kepler notebook GPUs on “video card killers” like Battlefield 4 and Metro: Last Light. Them were pushing playable resolution to 2500×1400+ at ultra settings. But most notebooks don’t have a native resolution that high, and this is where NVIDIA gives you more than just killer frame rates.

Closing the Gap

DSR Delivers 4K-Quality Resolution
The GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs deliver a higher fidelity gaming experience even on standard 1080p display. Maxwell’s Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) technology can render games at 4K or other high-end resolutions. Then they’re scaled down to the native resolution on the notebook’s display. The results are an image that is much higher quality than one rendering directly to 1080p.

BatteryBoost Gets Better
A second ask from notebook gamers is the ability to untether from the wall socket and really game on battery. They were addressing this with our next evolution of NVIDIA BatteryBoost. Instead of your notebook pushing every component to its max, BatteryBoost sets a maximum frame rate from 30 to 60 FPS. The driver-level governor takes over from there, running all your system components including CPU, GPU and memory at peak efficiency. All while maintaining a smooth, playable experience.

NVIDIA also made big improvements to BatteryBoost in the six months since its launch. The first thing you’ll notice is many more systems achieving playable frame rates on battery. This was the result of collaboration with OEMs to enhance on-battery performance.
Another big update is an improved governor to enhance battery savings. Them also added features to GeForce Experience, allowing gamers to set specific game settings for use while on battery, along with a one-click optimize-for-battery button.

Anti-Aliasing Gets Amped
GeForce GTX 980M and 970M GPUs also get all the same cool technology that their desktop counterparts get. That means 30% more AA performance at the same quality with NVIDIA Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing (MFAA).

They also support Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI) technology, which better depicts indirect lighting – including diffuse lighting, specular lighting and reflections. This enables gaming GPUs to deliver real-time dynamic global illumination for the first time.
All the features, performance and efficiency combine to make Maxwell the world’s most advanced GPU architecture. Over a dozen SKUs are now available with GeForce GTX 980M and 970M.
MSI has the GT72, GS70 and GS60 models. Asus is offering the G751. Gigabyte has the Aurus X7 and P35 models. Boutique vendors like AVADirect. MainGear and OriginPC are also selling gaming powerhouses with these new GPUs.

Check with OEMs in your region for exact shipping dates of their GeForce-based notebooks. For more information on notebook GPUs that feature the Maxwell architecture, visit NVIDIA’s web site.
NVIDIA recently unleashed an onslaught on the gaming world, an onslaught named Maxwell. We launched the new graphics architecture during GAME24, an unprecedented 24-hour celebration of gaming. And it blew away gamers across the globe.
We held onto one big secret, which we’re revealing today: the introduction of the GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 980M notebook GPUs.
Maxwell, the company’s 10th-generation GPU architecture, is undeniably the world’s most advanced. It solves some of the most complex lighting and graphics challenges in visual computing. And it does so with twice the energy efficiency of the previous generation. It’s a combination that will pay huge dividends in notebooks.
Why?
A Quick History Lesson
Let’s start with some history. NVIDIA’s 8th-generation GPU architecture, Fermi, delivered about 40% of the desktop equivalent in 2010. Kepler, our 9th generation GPU, launched in 2010, closed the gap to 60%, giving gamers 1080p resolution and “ultra” settings for the first time in a notebook.
With Maxwell, that gap shrinks to 80% of the desktop equivalent and pushes the resolution well beyond 1080p. It’s an astonishing achievement when you compare the thermal and power differences in a desktop tower and a notebook chassis.
Just like the generations preceding it, GeForce GTX 980M is the world’s fastest notebook GPU, a title NVIDIA has held for a long time. But how fast is it?
Maxwell doubles performance compared with the first Kepler notebook GPUs on “video card killers” like Battlefield 4 and Metro: Last Light. We’re pushing playable resolution to 2500×1400+ at ultra settings. But most notebooks don’t have a native resolution that high, and this is where NVIDIA gives you more than just killer frame rates.
Closing the Gap
DSR Delivers 4K-Quality Resolution
The GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs deliver a higher fidelity gaming experience even on standard 1080p display. Maxwell’s Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) technology can render games at 4K or other high-end resolutions. Then they’re scaled down to the native resolution on the notebook’s display. The results are an image that is much higher quality than one rendering directly to 1080p.
BatteryBoost Gets Better
A second ask from notebook gamers is the ability to untether from the wall socket and really game on battery. We’re addressing this with our next evolution of NVIDIA BatteryBoost. Instead of your notebook pushing every component to its max, BatteryBoost sets a maximum frame rate from 30 to 60 FPS. The driver-level governor takes over from there, running all your system components including CPU, GPU and memory at peak efficiency. All while maintaining a smooth, playable experience.
We’ve also made big improvements to BatteryBoost in the six months since its launch. The first thing you’ll notice is many more systems achieving playable frame rates on battery. This was the result of collaboration with OEMs to enhance on-battery performance.
Another big update is an improved governor to enhance battery savings. We also added features to GeForce Experience, allowing gamers to set specific game settings for use while on battery, along with a one-click optimize-for-battery button.
Anti-Aliasing Gets Amped
GeForce GTX 980M and 970M GPUs also get all the same cool technology that their desktop counterparts get. That means 30% more AA performance at the same quality with NVIDIA Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing (MFAA).
They also support Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI) technology, which better depicts indirect lighting – including diffuse lighting, specular lighting and reflections. This enables gaming GPUs to deliver real-time dynamic global illumination for the first time.
All the features, performance and efficiency combine to make Maxwell the world’s most advanced GPU architecture. Over a dozen SKUs are now available with GeForce GTX 980M and 970M.
MSI has the GT72, GS70 and GS60 models. Asus is offering the G751. Gigabyte has the Aurus X7 and P35 models. Boutique vendors like AVADirect. MainGear and OriginPC are also selling gaming powerhouses with these new GPUs.
Check with OEMs in your region for exact shipping dates of their GeForce-based notebooks. For more information on notebook GPUs that feature the Maxwell architecture, visit NVIDIA’s web site.
- See more at: http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2014/10/07/maxwell-comes-to-notebooks/#sthash.J2jU0ldA.dpuf
NVIDIA recently unleashed an onslaught on the gaming world, an onslaught named Maxwell. We launched the new graphics architecture during GAME24, an unprecedented 24-hour celebration of gaming. And it blew away gamers across the globe.
We held onto one big secret, which we’re revealing today: the introduction of the GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 980M notebook GPUs.
Maxwell, the company’s 10th-generation GPU architecture, is undeniably the world’s most advanced. It solves some of the most complex lighting and graphics challenges in visual computing. And it does so with twice the energy efficiency of the previous generation. It’s a combination that will pay huge dividends in notebooks.
Why?
A Quick History Lesson
Let’s start with some history. NVIDIA’s 8th-generation GPU architecture, Fermi, delivered about 40% of the desktop equivalent in 2010. Kepler, our 9th generation GPU, launched in 2010, closed the gap to 60%, giving gamers 1080p resolution and “ultra” settings for the first time in a notebook.
With Maxwell, that gap shrinks to 80% of the desktop equivalent and pushes the resolution well beyond 1080p. It’s an astonishing achievement when you compare the thermal and power differences in a desktop tower and a notebook chassis.
Just like the generations preceding it, GeForce GTX 980M is the world’s fastest notebook GPU, a title NVIDIA has held for a long time. But how fast is it?
Maxwell doubles performance compared with the first Kepler notebook GPUs on “video card killers” like Battlefield 4 and Metro: Last Light. We’re pushing playable resolution to 2500×1400+ at ultra settings. But most notebooks don’t have a native resolution that high, and this is where NVIDIA gives you more than just killer frame rates.
Closing the Gap
DSR Delivers 4K-Quality Resolution
The GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs deliver a higher fidelity gaming experience even on standard 1080p display. Maxwell’s Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) technology can render games at 4K or other high-end resolutions. Then they’re scaled down to the native resolution on the notebook’s display. The results are an image that is much higher quality than one rendering directly to 1080p.
BatteryBoost Gets Better
A second ask from notebook gamers is the ability to untether from the wall socket and really game on battery. We’re addressing this with our next evolution of NVIDIA BatteryBoost. Instead of your notebook pushing every component to its max, BatteryBoost sets a maximum frame rate from 30 to 60 FPS. The driver-level governor takes over from there, running all your system components including CPU, GPU and memory at peak efficiency. All while maintaining a smooth, playable experience.
We’ve also made big improvements to BatteryBoost in the six months since its launch. The first thing you’ll notice is many more systems achieving playable frame rates on battery. This was the result of collaboration with OEMs to enhance on-battery performance.
Another big update is an improved governor to enhance battery savings. We also added features to GeForce Experience, allowing gamers to set specific game settings for use while on battery, along with a one-click optimize-for-battery button.
Anti-Aliasing Gets Amped
GeForce GTX 980M and 970M GPUs also get all the same cool technology that their desktop counterparts get. That means 30% more AA performance at the same quality with NVIDIA Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing (MFAA).
They also support Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI) technology, which better depicts indirect lighting – including diffuse lighting, specular lighting and reflections. This enables gaming GPUs to deliver real-time dynamic global illumination for the first time.
All the features, performance and efficiency combine to make Maxwell the world’s most advanced GPU architecture. Over a dozen SKUs are now available with GeForce GTX 980M and 970M.
MSI has the GT72, GS70 and GS60 models. Asus is offering the G751. Gigabyte has the Aurus X7 and P35 models. Boutique vendors like AVADirect. MainGear and OriginPC are also selling gaming powerhouses with these new GPUs.
Check with OEMs in your region for exact shipping dates of their GeForce-based notebooks. For more information on notebook GPUs that feature the Maxwell architecture, visit NVIDIA’s web site.
- See more at: http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2014/10/07/maxwell-comes-to-notebooks/#sthash.J2jU0ldA.dpuf

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