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Great features and modularity at smaller size and lower price.

Unboxing and Review: Logitech K380 Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard

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This is probably the best AIO we have tested to date.

July 31, 2015

Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Keyboard now available in Malaysia

By: Low Chern Lin


Corsair Gaming, a division of PC gaming hardware leader Corsair, today announced the addition of the STRAFE mechanical gaming keyboard to Corsair's award-winning line of PC gaming accessories. By bringing the unmatched lighting customization and Cherry MX switches found in Corsair's RGB keyboards to STRAFE, Corsair has created the most advanced mono-backlit mechanical gaming keyboard available. Sporting a sleek new industrial design, STRAFE is now available in Malaysia!



The STRAFE mechanical gaming keyboard's brilliant red backlighting can be customized to a virtually unlimited number of lighting configurations and effects. Each key can be programmed with automated macros using CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) software. Users can choose from six unique lighting effects or craft their own custom profiles and share them on Corsair Gaming.
    
"As a former pro gamer, I know firsthand that performance and customization matters. STRAFE, like all Corsair mechanical keyboards, features the world-leading Cherry MX gaming keys to deliver the ultimate performance and confidence when in battle," said Jason Christian, product manager at Corsair. "Combined with the virtually unlimited advanced lighting and macro customization of our CUE software, STRAFE is the definitive choice for gamers dedicated to improving their game."



STRAFE Features:
  • German-made Cherry MX red switches with gold contacts for fast, precise key presses
  • Fully programmable brilliant red LED backlighting for unrivaled personalization
  • USB pass-through port for easy connections
  • Textured and contoured FPS/MOBA keycaps
  • 100% anti-ghosting technology with 104-key rollover
  • Enhanced, easy-access multimedia controls
STRAFE has a RRP of RM 419.00 from authorized distributors and resellers. It is backed with a limited 2-year warranty and Corsair customer service and technical support.

Kindly visit the product page of Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Keyboard for more info:
http://www.corsair.com/en/landing/strafe

July 30, 2015

Plextor has it all! Releases all new PlexTurbo and M6V series SSDs for simple system upgrades

By: Low Chern Lin


SSD may have always felt unattainable to average consumers, but today, the leading global SSD brand Plextor has released a new mainstream SSD - the M6V series SSD. Perfect for beginners looking for a PC upgrade that noticeably increases speeds; the M6V is also equipped with the all new exclusive PlexTurbo, Plextor’s smart SSD cache technology. It aims to allow your average consumer to gain access to optimal high performance and the durability that SSDs brings.


The M6V series uses SMI’s newest generation 2246 controllers, which have outstanding high-performance, low-power utility. They also use Toshiba’s newest and highest-level 15 nm process Toggle NAND flash memory with sequential read/write speeds up to 535/455 MB/s and random read/write speeds up to 83000/80000 IOPS. This great combination along with the superior customization of Plextor’s exclusive firmware makes the M6V a great choice for consumers. 


Besides the excellent pedigree of the product itself, the M6V series that Plextor released is also equipped with PlexTurbo, which shined during COMPUTEX 2015. It uses dynamic cache buffer instead of the average SSD cache, and can automatically identify cold and hot data, releasing the cold data from the system cache and making use of memory cache space more efficiently. The three major features of PlexTurbo include: increases access performance up to 8 times, prolongs SSD usage life, and prevents memory cache data loss. 


Upholding Plextor SSD’s excellent, stable performance and quality, the M6V also passed rigorous tests executed with Plextor’s strenuous SSD testing equipment. Professional simulations on actual read/write statuses were performed with several “Plextor endurance testing mechanisms” to ensure that the M6V series SSD have a MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) of 1.5 million hours. Three-year warranty and global Plextor extensive support and maintenance center services are also provided. 

Plextor M6V series SSD is estimated to hit the SEA market in August 2015, and will come in three specifications and capacities shown in the table below:

Model
Capacity
PlexTurbo Supported
M6V (2.5")
128GB
256GB
512GB
V
M6GV (M.2 2280)
128GB
256GB
512GB
X
M6MV (mSATA)
128GB
256GB
-
X




The PlexTurbo smart SSD cache software is estimated to be available for user download at the official Plextor website with an estimated starting date of August 2015. (The PlexTurbo equipped with M6V series SSD is the 1GB cache version.)

OnePlus 2 available from Maxis soon

By: John Diew



Maxis were the only telco in the country to retail the OnePlus One, and just in time with OnePlus 2's announcement 2 days back, Maxis also tweeted that they will be bringing in the 2 into Malaysia.


Intel and Micron Produce Breakthrough Memory Technology

By: Low Chern Lin


SANTA CLARA, Calif., and BOISE, Idaho, July 29, 2015Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc. today unveiled 3D XPoint™ technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process technology and the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989. 

The explosion of connected devices and digital services is generating massive amounts of new data. To make this data useful, it must be stored and analyzed very quickly, creating challenges for service providers and system builders who must balance cost, power and performance trade-offs when they design memory and storage solutions. 3D XPoint technology combines the performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost advantages of all available memory technologies on the market today. The technology is up to 1,000 times faster and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory.

“For decades, the industry has searched for ways to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to allow much faster analysis,” said Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. “This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions.”

“One of the most significant hurdles in modern computing is the time it takes the processor to reach data on long-term storage,” said Mark Adams, president of Micron. “This new class of non-volatile memory is a revolutionary technology that allows for quick access to enormous data sets and enables entirely new applications.”

As the digital world quickly grows – from 4.4 zettabytes of digital data created in 2013 to an expected 44 zettabytes by 2020 – 3D XPoint technology can turn this immense amount of data into valuable information in nanoseconds. For example, retailers may use 3D XPoint technology to more quickly identify fraud detection patterns in financial transactions; healthcare researchers could process and analyze larger data sets in real time, accelerating complex tasks such as genetic analysis and disease tracking. 

The performance benefits of 3D XPoint technology could also enhance the PC experience, allowing consumers to enjoy faster interactive social media and collaboration as well as more immersive gaming experiences. The non-volatile nature of the technology also makes it a great choice for a variety of low-latency storage applications since data is not erased when the device is powered off. 

New Recipe, Architecture for Breakthrough Memory Technology
Following more than a decade of research and development, 3D XPoint technology was built from the ground up to address the need for non-volatile, high-performance, high-endurance and high-capacity storage and memory at an affordable cost. It ushers in a new class of non-volatile memory that significantly reduces latencies, allowing much more data to be stored close to the processor and accessed at speeds previously impossible for non-volatile storage. 

The innovative, transistor-less cross point architecture creates a three-dimensional checkerboard where memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to faster and more efficient read/write processes. 

More details about 3D XPoint technology include:
  • Cross Point Array Structure – Perpendicular conductors connect 128 billion densely packed memory cells. Each memory cell stores a single bit of data. This compact structure results in high performance and high-density bits.
  • Stackable – In addition to the tight cross point array structure, memory cells are stacked in multiple layers. The initial technology stores 128Gb per die across two memory layers. Future generations of this technology can increase the number of memory layers, in addition to traditional lithographic pitch scaling, further improving system capacities.
  • Selector – Memory cells are accessed and written or read by varying the amount of voltage sent to each selector. This eliminates the need for transistors, increasing capacity while reducing cost. 
  • Fast Switching Cell – With a small cell size, fast switching selector, low-latency cross point array and fast write algorithm, the cell is able to switch states faster than any existing non-volatile memory technology today.
3D XPoint technology will sample later this year with select customers, and Intel and Micron are developing individual products based on the technology.

Fun Facts: How Fast and Robust is 3D XPoint™ Technology?

By: Low Chern Lin


July 29, 2015 — Technology, and memory technology in particular, can be overwhelming with so many speeds and specifications to keep track of. 3D XPoint technology presents many potential advantages for certain high-performance applications. The examples below help visualize these advantages in a more abstract way, using examples from daily life.

3D XPoint Technology Performance

3D XPoint technology is up to 1,000x faster than NAND. 
  • The average daily commute of Americans would reduce from 25 minutes in traffic to 1.5 seconds. 
  • Traveling by plane from San Francisco to Beijing could happen in about 43 seconds, instead of the 12 hours it takes now. 
  • The Great Wall of China could have been built in 73 days instead of 200 years.

HDD latency is measured in milliseconds, NAND latency is measured in microseconds, and 3D XPoint technology latency is measured in nanoseconds (one-billionth of a second).

In the time it takes an HDD to sprint the length of a basketball court, NAND could finish a marathon, and 3D XPoint technology could nearly circle the globe.

If computer storage were modes of travel: 
  • HDDs could take you from New York to Los Angeles by car in 4 days (2,500 miles).
  • SSDs could get you to the moon in the same amount time (240,000 miles)
  • 3D XPoint technology could get you to Mars and back in the same time (280 million miles).

3D XPoint Technology Endurance

3D XPoint technology has up to 1,000x the endurance of NAND. 
  • If 3D XPoint technology were your car’s engine oil, you would need an oil change a lot less often: once every 3,000,000 miles – the equivalent of driving around the world at the equator 120 times, or close to once around the sun.
  • If your car got 1000x the gas mileage, the average driver would fill up once every 25 years. 
A consumer-grade SSD can write 40 gigabytes per day—enough to write 8.6 copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica or 10,000 MP3 files to the drive, every day for five years. 
  • An SSD with up to 1,000x increase in endurance could write the entire printed collection of the U.S. Library of Congress (20TB) twice every day. After five years, that’s the equivalent of 1.46 billion standard four-drawer file cabinets full of text or 73 petabytes.

ASUS Ultra-Low Blue Light Monitors Receive Most Number of TÜV Rheinland Certifications for Low Blue Light Emissions

By: Clement Thien


Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (29 July, 2015) — ASUS today announced that 26 ASUS monitors have been certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue light — more than any other monitor brand. The latest ultra-low blue light monitors feature four filter settings to reduce blue light emissions by up to 70%. In addition, 28 monitors have also been certified flicker-free by TÜV Rheinland[1].  This full range of ultra-low blue light monitors is designed to reduce blue light emissions and onscreen flicker for a comfortable viewing experience.

Game Better with Windows 10 on MSI Gaming Notebooks

By: Clement Thien



MSI is the first in the world to offer Windows 10 and brings gamers amazing DirectX12 3D effects with better gaming experience

Taipei, Taiwan – MSI, the leading gaming notebook manufacturer and innovator, today announces that MSI Notebooks are now upgradeable to the latest operating environment, WINDOWS 101.

July 29, 2015

OnePlus 2 Official: The 2016 Flagship Killer?

By: John Diew


OnePlus just announced the OnePlue 2, successor for last year's renowned super value flagship - OnePlus One.

If you're not familiar with OnePlus, the smartphone company was founded in December 2013 by former Oppo VPs. The company's main goal was to design a smartphone that comes with high-end quality but at much affordable price range.

OnePlus One was the first phone unveiled by the company as a "flagship killer" due to high performance at low price strategy.


July 28, 2015

NVIDIA Launches Summer GeForce Game Bundle, featuring the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

By: Low Chern Lin

(Source: http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2015/07/23/metal-gear-v/)
Previous chapters in the Metal Gear saga allowed players to experience the thrilling world of Snake and his gang. The latest chapter, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, has arrived — with its photorealistic thrills enhanced with NVIDIA technology.

Starting today, NVIDIA GeForce customers can live in the Metal Gear world for free. For a limited time, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be free with the purchase of qualifying GeForce products. The offer includes GeForce GTX 960, 970, 980 and 980 Ti-based graphics cards as well as notebooks that feature the GeForce GTX 970M or 980M GPU.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is set in a sprawling digital world.
As we announced last month, our engineers are working closely with Konami to get the graphics just right. We’re also ensuring the game takes advantage of unique GeForce technologies such as G-SYNC, Dynamic Super Resolution and ShadowPlay.

Metal Gear is a beloved franchise that offers great stories and lots of fun. Last year Konami’s teaser, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, gave us a glimpse of what to expect next. The world of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is going to be bigger and bolder.

For more details, visit GeForce.com, or our “Game Like a Boss,” landing page.

July 20, 2015

be quiet! Silent Base 800 Review

By: Low Chern Lin


be quiet!, a brand that is well known by enthusiasts around the globe for its power supplies, CPU coolers and silent fans. Despite being one of the best in the industry, be quiet! never stop to amaze the end users with every product that they came up with every year.

During Computex 2014 at Taipei, be quiet! unveils the Silent Base 800, which is its first attempt in making PC chassis. Despite being totally new in the PC chassis section, be quiet!'s first attempt prooves that they're putting a lot of effort in developing new products for end users. 

Today, we're given the chance to get our hands on this badass looking chassis, million thanks to be quiet! in provision of the Silent Base 800. With no further adieu, let's take a deep breath and dive into the depths of the Silent Base 800! 

(The be quiet! Silent Base 800 retails at $149.90 and is currently available from NCIX.com and Amazon.com but it'll be available very soon in the Malaysian market as be quiet! have now acquired an official distributor here in Malaysia.)

July 17, 2015

Cooler Master B-series ver.2 Power Supplies Now Available in Malaysia!

By: Low Chern Lin


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (16th July 2015) – Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator, and manufacturer of desktop components and peripherals, announces the launch of the B-series ver.2 power supplieshere in Malaysia.

The new B-series ver.2 has been revised with a completely new circuit layout and new components which is compliant to the EU regulation. It is also officially listed at the ecoPSU Efficiency Program and has been rated ecoPSU Level 85.


Cooler Master follows EU Regulation
As part of the EU regulation all internally installed power supplies must achieve a minimum level of efficiency in several load conditions and have a power factor of 0.9 at full load.This means that within the EU, focus will be on energy saving and nature friendly designs. The standby power consumption is regulated by the ErP lot6 and cannot exceed more than 0.5W in standby mode. All of Cooler Masters current PSU line-up follow these new regulations.


B-series upgraded to ver.2
The biggest difference for the new B-series ver.2 is that it now only has a single rail +12V DC out with a max current of 38A. This now means that all Cooler Master power supplies makes use of a single rail instead of multi rail.

Benefits of Single Rail 
Cooler Master opts for single rail usage because of two simple reasons. The first one is that we believe it is better to have more power to one place which really needs the power, then to divide it on several lanes which might not be powerful enough. The second reason is the best one: it is just easier. Some people might not know which contact they need to use on a multi rail PSU but with a single rail you can’t go wrong!


80 PLUS EU 230V &ecoPSU Level 85 Certified
The ecoPSU label not only shows that a power supply is part of the ecoPSU efficiency program, it also provides valuable information about the average efficiency of the tested units. The ecoPSU level number on the label represents the average efficiency of the tested unit at 20/50/100 percent Load. A power supply can only receive the label if the average efficiency complies with the EU regulation requirements that are defined in COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 617/2013 of 26 June 2013 of the European Commission.

Availability and Pricing
The following B-series ver.2 power suppliesare now available locally.
  • B700 ver.2 : RM 359
  • B600 ver.2 : RM 305
  • B500 ver.2 : RM 239

* Price Listed are Inclusive of 6% GST

Celebrating 29 Years of MSI: Months of fun events, prizes and merriment well underway!

By: Low Chern Lin


MSI set its foothold in the IT industry as a widely-acclaimed motherboard and graphics card manufacturer and was proudly the world’s 1st to launch an overclocking motherboard. Since its establishment in 1986, the core value of Innovation with Style has motivated MSI to constantly challenge the seemingly impossible and has been the driving force behind its technical innovation and achievements. MSI is looking to build a more intelligent future for everyone with its extensive lineup of motherboards, graphics cards, GAMING laptops, All-in-One PCs, servers, industrial PCs, panoramic cameras, smart cleaning robots, vehicle infotainment solutions and GAMING peripherals. For 29 years, MSI has achieved a global footprint with sales in over 120 countries and has been recognized with over 10,000 awards from 350 global media. 

At the core of MSI’s innovation remains an unwavering commitment to provide Top Player with Top Choice products. Apart from its partnership with 12 pro-gaming teams around the world, MSI is also an active participant in international gaming tournaments and the host of MSI Masters Gaming Arena (MGA), a world-renowned gaming event, cooperating withthe gaming giants Blizzard and ESL. Unanimously acclaimed by gaming enthusiasts and eSports players around the world, MSI is proudly the world’s leading gaming brand!  


Amazing 29th anniversary celebration events and prizes!
MSI launched a series of celebrations and promotions for fans for the upcoming 29 years anniversary. There would be a “Happy Birthday, MSI”event in Julyas well as“29th anniversary video FB sharing” event in August. Fans post photos with MSI productsor sharethe MSI 29thanniversary video on theirFacebook will havea chance to win a Far Cry 4 game code and a mouse pad.In addition, there will be limited MSI 29th anniversary mascot dragons and pins for purchasingthe MSI designated products. Click "Like" to be the MSI fan andgetthe latest events and news.

Event 1: Happy Birthday, MSI 
  • Event Time: July 16th– July 31st
  • Winner List Announcement: August 7th
  • Participants need to post their photos with MSI products on theirFacebook and leave “Happy Birthday, MSI”  with  hashtag (#msi29th) to be qualified for the lucky drawof a Far Cry 4 game code and a mouse pad.


Event 2: 29th anniversary video FB sharing
  • Event Time: August 1st- August 15th
  • Winner List Announcement: August 21st
  • Any participant who gives “Likes” on MSI GlobalFacebook page, sharesthe “MSI 29th Anniversary Video” on personalFacebook page and leaves “Happy Birthday, MSI” on the wallwill be qualified for the lucky draw of a Far Cry 4 game code and a mouse pad.


Please Do Pay Attention regarding MSI's 29th anniversary event
  • Winners must reply their names, phone number, e-mail and address to MSI before Aug.21st for event1 and Sept.4thfor event 2 to retrieve the prices, anytime later than the designated date will be disqualified.
  • The prizes cannot be exchanged for other equal-value products or cash.
  • The organizer reserves the right to review the eligibility of participants. Winners will be disqualified and prizes will be recalled if participant takes part in any act of obstructing the fair game principle with malicious computer programs or any other methods or if nonconformance withthe activity rules are detected or reported by a third party. 


MSI 29th Anniversary event website: http://event.msi.com/2015/29th
MSI GAMING Products: http://gaming.msi.com

July 15, 2015

ViewSonic Unveils VA65 Series Energy Saving and Cost Saving Display

By: Low Chern Lin


July 8, 2015 – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, today adds 6 new models to VA65 series of LED displays that are specifically designed to offer a more efficient and comfortable viewing environment to meet the needs of various market segments. The VA65 series complies with a current Energy Star 6.0 eligibility criterion which is an international standard for energy-efficient consumer products, originated by EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the United States. Meanwhile, this model meets the MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standards) with a 6-star, certified by Australia. VA2265S is definitely a monitor with great efficiency that meets stringent energy-efficient requirements globally. 

ViewSonic uses exclusive SuperClear® Image Enhancement technology to optimize the characteristics of all kinds of panels, and delivers more consistent brightness, Color quality and detail from each section of the screen. The VA65 series comes with VA wide viewing angle panels, which extend conventional displays (TN panels) from 170/160 to 178/178 degrees. The VX65 series ensures that every color best represents its original source – without color decay, color shift or washout – from the widest range of viewing angles. This series not only comes with a highly ergonomic design, but it also features eye-care technologies such as Flicker-Free, Blue Light Filter, and ViewMode Settings. 

For users who utilize their displays for long periods of time, ViewSonic VA65 series comes with eye-care technologies including Flicker-Free, Blue Light Filter, and ViewMode Settings. ViewSonic flicker-free displays use DC modulation backlights that maintain a steady stream of direct current power—rather than using Pulse Width Modulation that continuously turns the LED backlight on and off—nearly eliminating screen flickering at all brightness levels by providing a constant LED light source. In addition, Blue Light Filter feature can be adjusted to different digital activities. The amount of blue light output can be decreased to protecting viewers from the possible side effects of blue light – with little or no compromise of color. In fact, ViewSonic’s Blue Light Filter lets you reduce blue light by up to 87%. These displays also feature unique ViewMode settings that deliver preset user options, including “text,” “game,” “movie,” “web,” and “mono.” These scenario presets incorporate ViewSonic’s proprietary color gamma adjustment to produce the best combination of color and brightness modifications for the best viewing experience.

With dual interface input options, HDMI and D-Sub or DVI and D-Sub, the ViewSonic VA65 provides versatile connectivity to transmit high definition audio and video contents from laptop PCs, set-up-boxes, Blu-ray DVD players,  digital cameras, VCR and video game consoles. ViewSonic also provide an option for HDMI and D-Sub model equipped with two integrated 2-watt speakers for enhanced multimedia performance with crystal-clear stereo sound. Moreover, ViewSonic’s proprietary Eco-mode function comes standard with the VA65 series. It offers Standard (100%), Optimize (75%) and Conserve (50%) modes based on the users’ working scenarios to reduce display brightness and conserve energy by up to 25%. In low ambient lighting, this function adjusts brightness to improve visibility and reduce eye fatigue.

The VA65 series utilizes an energy-saving LED backlight that consumes 35% less power than conventional CCFL backlight displays. This provides for a lower overall cost of ownership, along with a higher ROI, making this display a great long-term investment.  The VA65 series features a VESA mountable design and built-in Kensington® security lock slot that allow the user to mount it on a monitor stand or on a wall, depending on the specific needs. 

“ViewSonic LCD displays have been praised for its features and technologies by global consumers,” said Max Hsu, PM Director for ViewSonic Asia Pacific. “Our selected ViewSonic VA65 displays are specifically designed with prestigious eye-care and energy saving technologies, which are usually only available in high end models, and ViewSonic’s exclusive SuperClear® Image Enhancement technology, to add up additional value to this entry-level series. Our customers can enjoy a variety of product features at an affordable price.  In the future, ViewSonic will keep the advantage and introduce more products with health benefits and green concepts.” 

The whole new ViewSonic VA65 series displays include the 22-inch VA2265Smh/Sh/S and 24-inch VA2465Smh/Sh/S. The VA65 series features energy saving, eye-care technologies, and versatile connectivity options.  For more information about ViewSonic products, please visit www.viewsonic.com

ASUS Announces Strix R9 Fury

By: Low Chern Lin


Taipei, Taiwan (14th July, 2015) — ASUS today announced Strix R9 Fury, a super-cool new graphics card with pumped gaming performance, perfected manufacturing, and strong fortification for extreme reliability and longevity.

Powered by the latest Radeon™ R9 Fury graphics-processing units (GPUs), Strix R9 Fury is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU III with a patented triple wing-blade 0dB fan design to deliver maximum airflow for 30%-cooler and three-times (3X) quieter performance. 
Strix R9 Fury also has ASUS Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components for premium quality and reliability, plus GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.

Cool, silent gameplay: DirectCU III with a patented triple wing-blade 0dB fan design
Strix R9 Fury is equipped with ASUS-exclusive DirectCU III cooling technology, which features two exclusive 10mm direct-GPU-contact heat pipes — outperforming reference designs for gaming performance that’s up to 30% cooler. It has three fans engineered with a patented, new wing-blade design that delivers maximum airflow and static pressure over the heat sink — giving a 105% improvement over fans without wing-blades. This exclusive triple wing-blade design operates at noise levels three-times (3X) quieter than reference cards, making DirectCU III the coolest and quietest graphics-card-cooling solution available to date. Strix R9 Fury also features 0dB fan technology, which stops fan rotation completely during lighter gaming sessions — eliminating noise for undisturbed gameplay.

Premium quality and reliability: Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components
Strix R9 Fury benefits from ASUS-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology, the industry’s first 100%-automated manufacturing process that removes human fallibility from the production line for consistent perfection — making it ultra-reliable in all scenarios, from general everyday use to hardcore gaming and overclocking. Auto-Extreme technology eliminates flux to minimize dust buildup and oxidization, and makes the rear side of the graphics card’s printed-circuit board totally smooth, increasing comfort for system-builders. This new manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.

Strix R9 Fury features Super Alloy Power II components that enhance efficiency, reduce power loss, decrease buzzing under load, and lower thermal dynamics for unsurpassed quality and reliability. Strix R9 Fury features a superior 12-phase power design compared to reference cards built with 8-phase power designs.Complementing its amazing reliability, Strix R9 Fury is built to be incredibly tough. It comes with a GPU-fortifier and strengthened backplate that provides superior GPU protection and also prevents the PCB bending over time.

Strix R9 Fury also comes equipped with High Bandwidth Memory (HBM), a new type of RAM featuring ultra-wide communication lanes and low power consumption to deliver ultimate performance and energy efficiency.

Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster
Redesigned with an intuitive, all-new user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier and more visual than ever, while still retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the new Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included 1-year XSplit Gamecaster premium license — a $99 value — lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay.

The final must-have flourish for Strix R9 Fury is the Strix LED that lends a style statement to any system, with pulsating light effects.

July 14, 2015

NVIDIA announces the GeForce Garage PC Modding Competition 2015

By: Low Chern Lin


High-end machines built by specialist PC manufacturers are examples of engineering and expert craftsmanship. However, there is no substitute for the sense of pride and satisfaction that comes from designing and building your very own gaming PC machine from the bottom up, assembled from parts you selected according to your needs and desires. For those of us with no experience, it seems like a daunting task to build a powerful gaming PC rig. That’s why we created the GeForce Garage web site, a resource center that will guide you through the process, whether you’re a DIY beginner or seasoned vet. Come join NVIDIA’s GeForce Garage PC Modding Competition for the chance to win!


[How to join]

  • Modding Competition online registration is open from August 03-August 10, 2015
  • You can submit your modding case on the competition website by following the link provided on NVIDIA Malaysia Facebook (The website link will be announced on NVIDIA Malaysia Facebook)
  • You must prepare at least 4 pictures clearly displaying the graphics card used inside the machine – you can use any NVIDIA GeForce GTX card. (Picture quality: 150 dpi)


[How to win]

  • Voting will go public between August 11-August 31,2015
  • All visitors to the competition page can vote. 1 vote is allowed per person. 
  • NVIDIA will collect all votes cast on or before August 31, 2015 (11:59pm) .The winners will be based on the number of votes received.


[Prizes]

  • 1st Prize: US$1,000 Cash Prize
  • 2nd Prize: US$600 Cash Prize
  • 3rd Prize: US$300 Cash Prize
  • PLUS we will be giving away GeForce GTX 980Ti and GTX 960 for participants and voters.


[Rules & Judging Criteria]

  • PC modding participant
  • Your modding case must integrate NVIDIA GeForce GTX 
  • The modding system must run in operation system.


[Voting participant]

  • Voting participant must log in and vote via their personal Facebook account.
  • Each voting participant can only vote once.
  • The winners will be determined by number of qualified votes received.

Check out GeForce Garage and get started! http://nvda.ly/PvOPF

Welcome to join 2015 NVIDIA GeForce Garage PC Modding Competition, to keep up to date on important announcements to this competition, follow us on Facebook!

AMD Delivers World’s First Server GPU with Industry-Leading 32GB Memory for High Performance Compute

By: Low Chern Lin


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia. — July 13, 2015 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced the new AMD FirePro™ S9170 server GPU, the world’s first and fastest 32GB single-GPU server card for DGEMM heavy double-precision workloads, with support for OpenCL™ 2.0. Based on the second-generation AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU architecture, this new addition to the AMD FirePro™ server GPU family is capable of delivering up to 5.24 TFLOPS of peak single precision compute performance while enabling full throughput double precision performance, providing up to 2.62 TFLOPS of peak double precision performance. 

Designed with compute-intensive workflows in mind, the AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU is ideal for data center managers who oversee clusters within academic or government bodies, oil and gas industries, or deep neural network compute cluster development.  

 “AMD is recognized as an HPC industry innovator as the graphics provider with the top spot on the November 2014 Green500 List. Today the best GPU for compute just got better with the introduction of the AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU to complement AMD’s impressive array of server graphics offerings for high performance compute environments,” said Sean Burke, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Professional Graphics group. “The AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU can accelerate complex workloads in scientific computing, data analytics, or seismic processing, wielding an industry-leading 32GB of memory. We designed the new offering for supercomputers to achieve massive compute performance while maximizing available power budgets.”

“There are some HPC workloads which require as much data as possible to stay resident on the device, and so the 32GB of memory provided by AMD FirePro S9170, the largest available on a single GPU, will enable the acceleration of scientific calculations that were previously impossible,” said Simon McIntosh-Smith, head of the Microelectronics Research Group at the University of Bristol. “For example, our new OpenCL version of the SNAP transport code from Los Alamos National Laboratory needs to keep as much data resident on the device as possible, and so the 32GB of memory will let us run problems of a much more interesting size faster than ever before. The large memory, combined with the 320GB/s memory bandwidth and double precision floating point performance, will make the AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU a ‘killer’ solution device for many HPC applications.” 

The AMD FirePro S9170 offers unparalleled GPU compute performance and power efficiency with the following benefits:
  • With up to 2.62 TFLOPS of peak double precision performance, the AMD FirePro S9170 is the fastest single-GPU server card available for DGEMM heavy workloads, delivering up to 40% more performance than the competitive solution;
  • Support for 40% better double precision performance, while using 10% less power than the competition;  
  • The AMD FirePro S9170 is the industry’s first server GPU with 32GB ultra-fast GDDR5 on-board memory and features a 512-bit memory interface for 320 GB/s of memory bandwidth;
  • Equipped with 32GB of GDDR5 memory, the AMD FirePro S9170 GPU can accelerate memory-intensive applications and process larger and more computationally complex workloads with ease; and
  • The AMD FirePro S9170 GPU features 33% more memory than the competitive GPU, helping to improve overall workload speed and system responsiveness, especially when working with large amounts of data.


"Based on our company’s development and integration of leading-edge high-performance solutions to support design optimization, testing operation, simulation and maintenance of complex systems, SILKAN can attest that the AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU is the most powerful on the market,” said François Guérinea, chairman and CEO at SILKAN. “What makes the difference is the amount of memory, and accordingly we have chosen the AMD FirePro S9170 GPU with 32GB of memory as a necessity for a client’s major project."

“By combining the new AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU with our G250 Series of 2U eight GPU systems, we are able to deliver HPC servers with up to 256GB of GPU memory,” said Alex Liu, product marketing executive of the GIGABYTE Network & Comm. Division. “This unprecedented density of GDDR5 memory will help our customers offer very attractive machines to industries processing large datasets.”

“ASUS is pleased to see the AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU complement the AMD FirePro™ S9150 server GPU, the November 2014 Green500 List-winning solution,” said Robert Chin, General Manager, ASUS Server Business Unit. “We are seeing customers not only obtain significant results in the HPC arena, but also achieve power efficiency for more green environments. The arrival of the AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU sets a new milestone for the HPC market segment. As a top Green500 List provider and one of the greenest HPC building block providers, we’re excited to see the AMD FirePro S9170 GPU featured in our top ASUS ESC product family to enable excellent performance matched with significant savings in total cost of ownership.”

“We have been developing a fully-parallel computational tool based on the AMD GPU heterogeneous computing platform and OpenCL,” said Omid Mahahadi, co-founder and director, Geomechanica Inc. “This tool accurately captures the complex physics of massive mines plus oil and gas fields rapidly and reliably. Thanks to the impressive 32GB of memory of the new cards, we expect to run computations on massive data structures containing tens of millions of data elements. The combination of rapid double-precision operations with the large memory capacity enables accurate, detailed, and reliable computations. A similar performance using CPUs would likely require much higher capital and maintenance costs. Moving forward, we plan to take advantage of the recent features of the OpenCL 2.0 open API to further enhance the performance of our software.”

To address future needs for HPC development, AMD FirePro™ S9170 server GPU supports the latest version of OpenCL™ while ready for the OpenMP and OpenACC developer tools with planned availability in Q3 2015.

SAPPHIRE Takes Tri-X to the Next Level with R9 FURY - FURY Fast and Super Cool

By: Low Chern Lin


SAPPHIRE Technology has just introduced a new enthusiast level graphics card, designed to deliver “Best in Class” performance in 4K gaming and multi-screen applications, while at the same time running cool and quietly. The SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 FURY is based on an exciting new GPU from AMD that combines Graphics Core Next architecture with the revolutionary high bandwidth memory (HBM). This is coupled with a new and sophisticated cooling solution developed specially for this card, based on SAPPHIRE’s award winning multi-heatpipe triple fan Tri-X cooler to allow the card to run totally silently at low loads, and quietly and at low temperatures even when gaming or in demanding applications.


Most efficient Tri-X Cooler yet
The SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 FURY has the most efficient Tri-X Cooler ever built by the company. The multiple heatpipe array now consists of two 8mm and four 6mm heatpipes in addition to the central industry leading 10mm heatpipe. Heat is transferred from the GPU and core components with a solid copper transfer plate, and the heatpipes are surrounded by high density stacked cooler fins. Great but quiet airflow is provided by three 90mm fans each with aerofoil section blades and dual-ball bearing hubs for long reliable life. A diecast mounting frame supports the PCB and cooler assembly and provides rigidity. The cooler shroud mounts to this frame and controls airflow, and because the cooler assembly extends beyond the PCB there is increased air circulation through the end section of the cooler. Finally a thick aluminium backplate reduces the temperature of the PCB mounted components.

Running temperatures of the card are controlled by two sophisticated systems. The FURY GPU has multiple thermal sensors and AMD’s Advanced Fan Control system regulates fan speeds by arbitrating the signals from these multiple sources to achieve the lowest fan speeds for a given target operating temperature. The default target temperature results in very low fan speeds and quiet operation even under load. In addition, the second generation of SAPPHIRE Intelligent Fan Control (IFCII) implemented on this card interacts with this so that all fans are completely stopped at light load – meaning the card is totally silent until the operating temperature rises under increased load.

The user has a visual indication of the running status of the card with a bank of LEDs. The first LED indicates the card is in AMD ZeroPower Mode. Beside that an 8-LED bar indicates the intensity of GPU activity, based on power draw under load. The colour of these LEDs is user configurable.


Latest AMD Graphics Core Next GPU
The SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 FURY is based on AMD’s much anticipated FIJI Pro Chip featuring HBM (High Bandwidth memory). In this solution, the GPU and Memory are assembled together in one “module”. This saves PCB space, improves power efficiency and speed of communication between the GPU and memory. The latest evolution of AMD’s GCN architecture, this device has 3584 Stream Processors and a core speed of 1000MHz core (raised to 1040MHz on the SAPPHIRE OC model).  It is equipped with 4GB of superfast HBM memory with a 4096-bit memory interface delivering 512GB/s bandwidth.  The architecture also supports AMD CrossFire for high performance multi-GPU operation, and an onboard DSP delivers AMD TrueAudio for the most realistic audio effects.

Specs & Performance
The SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 FURY is designed for enthusiast gaming. It has been given a SAPPHIRE Performance Index* of 5, meaning it is rated at Ultra Enthusiast Level and is suitable for 4K Gaming and demanding multi-monitor applications. To support multiple monitors, the card is fitted with three DisplayPort and one HDMI (1.4a) outputs. This enables it to support 4 monitors natively, or up to six monitors with an MST hub or Daisy-chain capable monitors. For the enthusiast, the card is fitted with a Dual BIOS Switch. In one position the power envelope is limited to 300W. In the other position, this limit is unlocked to 350W allowing more headroom for overclocking.

The SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 FURY is DX12 Ready and supports all the latest AMD features including AMD FreeSync, VSR and Liquid VR. It will be available from the usual SAPPHIRE etailers and retailers from July 14th 2015.

For a limited time, end users have the chance to win one of these exciting new cards. Please publish this link which gives more information: http://sapphirenation.net/theclock/

For further information, please visit www.sapphiretech.com

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