The portable gaming powerhouse packed with the latest GeForce GTX 1080 desktop grade graphics and 4k resolution
Need a promising water cooling kit for your system? The XSPC RayStorm Pro Ion AX240 is one you might want to consider for.
Great features and modularity at smaller size and lower price.
It's a pain to get just a bluetooth keyboard for each device. Why not go for one that actually works with multiple device altogether?
This is probably the best AIO we have tested to date.
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- Getting practice parts for modding
- Finding replacement parts for mods that went wrong
- Extra parts for scratch builds
- Additional side panels for creating custom window mods
Wireless technology has been making our life easier, allowing more users to join a wireless network without having much of a concern with limited ethernet ports nor ethernet cable length. The only concern here is that wireless signal has range limitations and walls is one of the thing that gets in the way in most cases. A wireless repeater can be used to overcome the limitation by expanding the coverage of the wireless network.
We have a wireless repeater with us here for today's unboxing and review, the Aztech WL580E Dual Band Wall Plugged 300Mbps Wireless N Repeater, courtesy of Aztech Malaysia. Price for the WL580E is still yet to be decided while this review is being written, but let check out what does the WL580E can offer us shall we?
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- Heterogeneous-computing and power optimization: Through Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA), AMD combines CPU and GPU compute cores and special purpose accelerators such as digital signal processors and video encoders on the same chip in the form of APUs. This innovation from AMD saves energy by eliminating connections between discrete chips, reduces computing cycles by treating the CPU and GPU as peers, and enables the seamless shift of computing workloads to the optimal processing component. The result is improved energy efficiency and accelerated performance for common workloads, including standard office applications as well as emerging visually oriented and interactive workloads such as natural user interfaces and image and speech recognition. AMD provides APUs with HSA features to the embedded, server and client device markets, and its semi-custom APUs are inside the new generation of game consoles.
- Intelligent, real-time power management: Most computing operation is characterized by idle time, the interval between keystrokes, touch inputs or time reviewing displayed content. Executing tasks as quickly as possible to hasten a return to idle, and then minimizing the power used at idle is extremely important for managing energy consumption. Most consumer-oriented tasks such as web browsing, office document editing, and photo editing benefit from this “race to idle” behavior. The latest AMD APUs perform real-time analysis on the workload and applications, dynamically adjusting clock speed to achieve optimal throughput rates. Similarly, AMD offers platform aware power management where the processor can overclock to quickly get the job done, then drop back into low-power idle mode.
June 22, 2014
3 June 2014, Los Angeles, CA – NZXT is proud to introduce GRID+, a discreet software-controlled digital fan controller, and Kraken X41/X61, the first consumer closed loop coolers with an integrated variable speed pump.
Both products are fully compatible with CAM, NZXT's first piece of software. A simple companion for the PC, CAM brings cloud integration, mobile support and a modern user interface together to create an effortless PC management experience.
GRID+ Fan Controller
The GRID+ has 6 channels and up to 30 watts of total output. Working alongside CAM’s desktop and mobile applications, the GRID+ software allows users to manually or automatically adjust and monitor fan speeds with ease. Additionally, CAM will notify users of any abnormalities such as disconnected fans, unusual voltage or odd fan speeds. Following in the footsteps of NZXT’s original Grid, GRID+ can be installed in any discreet location, making cable management a breeze.
Kraken X41/X61 Liquid Coolers
The Kraken X41 and X61 take NZXT’s industry-leading 140/280mm CLC platform to new heights by combining the latest in cooling hardware and software technology. The new Krakens' integrated variable speed pump provides minimal noise during use without sacrificing top end pump power.
NZXT’s modernized Kraken software lets enthusiasts control and monitor the Kraken’s fan speeds, pump speed, HUE LED lighting and more. CAM will also notify you of any problems and allow you to access vital cooling performance data over time to ensure optimal PC performance. Complete with newly designed high performance fans, an industry leading six year warranty and improved installation hardware, the Kraken X41/X61 offer a truly refined liquid cooling experience.
CAM Adapts to New Hardware
CAM is designed to grow alongside your PC. When you upgrade your system with a CAM-compatible product such as the new Kraken or GRID+, you will automatically unlock additional functionality for your own CAM Ecosystem.
Price and Availability
The GRID+, Kraken X41 and Kraken X61 are all available for immediate pre-order at the NZXT Armory Store (store.nzxt.com) for just $29.99, $109.99 and $139.99 respectively.
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Founded in 2004, NZXT is dedicated to manufacturing the best gaming hardware for consumers worldwide. With the unveiling of every product, NZXT improves upon on weaknesses and strives for excellence. Achieving perfection is not an easy task, however, NZXT is determined to meet and surpass consumer expectations. For more information about NZXT, visit the NZXT website at www.nzxt.com.
June 21, 2014
When it comes to PC customization, some of us spend hours, days, weeks or even months to choose the components, assemble them and par them in a way that it'll look good; a truly satisfying experience for enthusiasts that not only the PC to perform well but also aesthetically pleasing to look at.
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It's been a while since we take a look at a Power Supply Unit (PSU) at Tech-Critter.Com, and what better way to come back to it other than going Platinum? hence I now present to you dear readers the Seasonic 860W 80+ Platinum as the main character for this article.
Specs & Features
Special features of the P860 as listed by Seasonic; the 7-year warranty shows how confident they are with the PSU. This should outlast a number of builds or upgrades before it'll give up the ghosts.
The P860 is packed inside a handsome box, no doubt platinum-coloured. The front featured a simple outlook with the back side of the P860 featured on the left side and the Platinum-series etched to the right. Note the branding as well as the 80+ Platinum rating at the top and the wattage is indicated at the bottom.
Turning to the back, you'll find descriptions of the innovative technology that goes into the PSU.
More pictures on the left side.
Greeting you when the box is opened is the owner' manual and a nylon pack at the side. The actual PSU is sandwiched between the soft foam.
Additionally, you get a nice felt-cloth bag to keep the PSU in pristine condition.
Bundled extras include some plastic cable ties, mounting screws, a case badge and a few reusable cable ties.
Looking at the nylon pouch, you actually have two compartments for you to manage the cables. Be mindful that this is a 860W PSU so you will have a lot of cables at hand; thankfully the P860 is modular so one does not need to plug in everything unless absolutely necessary.
And my oh my that's a lot of cables (thank you for being modular) notice that, except for the 24-pin, they are the flat/ribbon type which makes it easier to manage the cables behind the motherboard tray. Here is a list of what's at hand here:
A closer look at the felt-cloth bag with the PSU inside.
Note that the bag is reusable.
The P860 is no larger than your standard PSU despite the high wattage rating. The finish on the surface is a matte black which deters fingerprints quite well. Looking at the fan intake, you get the classic honey-combed grill that is partially hiding the Sanyo Denki San Ace fan that's providing the cooling.
At the front of the P860 you'll see a plethora of connection points which should be sufficient to power most builds. The Hybrid fan control switch at the top right lets you change the PSU to operate in Hybrid mode or Normal mode. Enabling Hybrid mode will let the PSU operate fanless until the components reaches certain temperature which gives a quieter computing experience; though it's not that the P860 is loud at all.
You will find more honeycomb mesh at the back where the power switch and power socket is present.
One side of the P860 only has a simple Platinum Series branding on it while the other side has a sticker that depicts the specification along with a warning message in multiple languages.
If there is anything preventing anyone from getting one is that a power supply of this calibre does not come cheap at RM799 (SRP); Good news is that Seasonic has a whole lineup of 80+ Platinum-rated PSU from 400W to 1200W priced reasonably according to wattage to cater for any user requirements that offers the same quality that one can expect from the Platinum series.
- 80+ Platinum rating
- Fully modular cable connection
- Flat / Ribbon modular cables
- Hybrid silent fan mode
- 7-year warranty
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The specs are found at the side of the box.
Popping the top flaps, you would find the users manual and the chassis encased in hard foam and wrapped in plastic for protection whilst travelling and shield against the elements.
Loo and behold! Yes I cheated a little bit and had this done in gold trim ;) aside from that, it's pretty much what you get from a retail unit. Available in black or white, the front and top surface is treated with BitFenix's SofTouch coating which gives it that premium feel and more importantly, fingerprint-proof surface.
Back at the side panel, one of them anyway, are where the I/O connections can be found. Beside that is a mount for two 2.5-inch drives.
And a plastic 5.25-inch to 3.5-inch adaptor tray in case you wanna mount a HDD on the internal bay provided.
So at the end, we decided to use the Black Edition CPU cooler from Gelid Solutions that we reviewed a while back. Sure enough, everything fits nicely. Added the BitFenix Spectre Pro LED (White) fans with BitFenix Alchemy Cables and an LED lighting strip to spruce the build.
That said, BitFenix did make the Phenom-M a little easier to build by giving a removable PSU bracket, tool-less expansion slots and access via the top panel (so it is definitely recommended to install the fans at the end of the build). It is challenging but managing everything into the chassis is very satisfactory indeed. I would recommend this chassis to anyone looking for a HTPC system as this chassis is something that'll blend into any living room AV systems or you could choose to hide a monster rig inside a small chassis.
- Sleek outlook
- Quality construction
- Tool-less expansion slots
- Supports huge CPU coolers
- No dust filters for PSU and bottom fan mount
- Could have more room for cable management
- Some features had to be sacrificed for others