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October 30, 2015

G.SKILL Announces Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM Up to 2800MHz 64GB (4x16GB) Ultra Speed


Taipei, Taiwan (30 October 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces the new addition of DDR4 SO-DIMM to the Ripjaws series, with extreme performance kits at up to 2800MHz 64GB (4x16GB).


Designed for Ultra Performance and Reliability
Built only with specially screened components, hand-picked from G.SKILL’s rigorous and highly selective binning process, every Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM memory kit is prudently tested to guaranteed maximum performance and reliability.

Auto-Overclocking
G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM series features auto-overclocking, which will automatically detect and set the rated overclock speed when the memory is installed on qualified systems, so you can instantly enjoy the performance boost without having to deal with manual BIOS settings. It’s that easy.


Ultra Power Efficiency at 1.2V 
Requiring only 1.2V, the Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM reduces power consumption and at the same time, lowers heat output that helps your systems run cooler, more stable, and more efficiently.

Specifications

Unboxing & Review: Sapphire Nitro R7 370 4GB


Sapphire, a familiar name to those who has been with the red team for the past decades and it is known to offers ridiculously affordable price of their graphics cards compared to majority of its competitor. Sapphire is one of the very few brands that focuses heavily on AMD Radeon GPU, much like to how EVGA focuses on NVIDIA GeForce GPU.

Mega thanks to the awesome guys at ROOTS Asia Pacific for sending over a Sapphire Nitro R7 370 for today's review. AMD's R7 series GPU is pretty much similar to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 950 which both are meant for games that is less taxing to the GPU itself such as DOTA 2, League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and many more that falls into the same category.  

Unlike the ordinary R7 370 we've seen, the Sapphire Nitro R7 370 comes with a little more extras - factory overclocked and a whopping 4GB worth of GDDR5 VRAM. Now, let's see how will the Sapphire Nitro R7 370 do in our tests.

(The Sapphire Nitro R7 370 retails at RM 799.00)

Specifications

Packaging

Sapphire has gone with its usual cyborg image at the front of the box, along with some of the highlighted features such as factory overclocked, Dual-X cooling fan, 4GB GDDR5 VRAM, etc.


At the side of the box you'll find a brief specifications of the Nitro R7 370.


If you're not into lengthy descriptions, you'll find a labelled diagram that briefly describes the overall construction of the graphics card.

Accessories

Inside the box you'll find a Sapphire product catalogue, User's guide, Warranty guide, Driver CD, DVI-VGA converter and the Sapphire Nitro R7 370.

Overview

The Sapphire Nitro R7 370 undoubtedly one of the best looking entry level graphics card, much better looking that the previous R7 270. 

The signature Dual-X fans that has been used on the previous generation of Sapphire's R7 and R9 graphics card. 


Powering up the Sapphire Nitro R7 370 requires a 6-pin PCIe from a power supply with a minimum power of 500W, as suggested by Sapphire. 



The PCB however, has an unused slot for a 6pin connector which somehow looks a little inferior.


A single CrossFire setup is possible for the R7 370 in case if you've decided to get another one in the future to slightly juice up your system.



Output option for the Sapphire Nitro R7 370 consist of 1 x DVI-D, 1 x DVI-I, 1 x HDMI and 1 x DisplayPort.


Performance Test
Test Rig Configuration
CPU Cooler
Corsair H100i
CPU
Intel Core i7 4770K
Motherboard
ASUS Maximus Gene VI 
Memory
Kingston HyperX Savage 16GB
Primary Hard Drive
Crucial M500 120GB
Power Supply
Be Quiet! Straight Power 10 600W
Chassis
Vector Benchcase

We've conducted our test by installing the Sapphire Nitro R7 370 to our test bench as above. Each and every benchmark is conducted in a room with 30C° ambient temperature.


Performance, Overclocking
We ran a few graphically demanding games and synthetic benchmark in our possession on 1080p with the highest achievable clock speed for both its memory and GPU that is stable enough to be able to complete each benchmark with the following values:
  • Maximum boost clock of 1125MHz 
  • 6320MHz on the memory clock
  • 1.2V on the voltage for GPU
That's a 140MHz gain from the stock boost clock of 985MHz for GPU and 720MHz gain from the stock memory clock of 5600MHz in total.

Performance

We ran a few graphically demanding games and synthetic benchmarks in our possession on a selected settings, which is considered as high for much of our test as usual.The final result of each benchmark is presented in the form of the graph below:



Temperature
We've ran a 15 minute burn-in test on the FurMark GPU stress test utility with the fan operate under normal mode and maximum fan speed mode and the temperature for both test is recorded and populated in the graph below.





Verdict
The Sapphire Nitro R7 370 might be marketed as an entry level graphics card that is meant for MOBA games, but our benchmark result shows that it is more capable than just handling the common MOBA game. Most of the graphically demanding games used for our benchmark is set on ultra settings and the Sapphire Nitro R7 370 managed to keep most of the games running on 30fps, which is deemed playable.

Compared to the cheapest GTX 950 which priced about the same as the Sapphire Nitro R7 370, RM799 isn't really an appealing price for what it can deliver. However, if you really need to enjoy your game on multiple display on a budget gaming system, the Sapphire Nitro R7 370 that comes with 4GB VRAM will do far better.

Pros
  • Comes factory overclocked
  • Good appearance 
  • Great choice for budget gamer who wants to enjoy gaming on 2 display setup
Cons
  • A little expensive
  • Limited overclocking headroom on GPU

October 29, 2015

ROCCAT announces the Isku FX White Multicolor Lighting Gaming Keyboard


The ROCCAT Isku FX White is available now, equipped with all of the features you expect from an Isku, and more! Enjoy the incredible multicolor lighting system providing countless personalized color options, with off-white UV-coated keys and your choice of backlighting in 16.8 million colors and 6 adjustable brightness levels. Also, our exclusive partnership with Alienware gives you access to AlienFX, making in-game events for some of the most popular titles that much more thrilling and immersive, bringing you closer to the worlds you play in than ever before with lighting effects tied to the action. Finally, ROCCAT’s fan favorite ROCCAT Talk protocol allows the Isku FX White to communicate with our line of high-performance gaming mice, giving you the power to execute mouse macros quickly and easily directly from your keyboard. Add to that our Easy-Aim tech that enhances your accuracy in games that demand quick and effective marksmanship, and you’ve got a keyboard like none other. The Isku FX White Gaming Keyboard is a must have at only $109.99 / 109,99€. 

Find out more here.


Noctua celebrates 10-year anniversary


Vienna, October 29th 2015 – Noctua today celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Since the introduction of the first generation NH-U12 heatsink in October 2005, Noctua's products have received more than 6000 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines, making them a default choice for quiet cooling enthusiasts all over the world.

"Our products have come a long way since we launched our first cooler in 2005 and our first fan in 2006," says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO), "but we're still driven by the same passion to create the best quiet cooling solutions money can buy."

Noctua's first-generation NH-U12 and NH-U9 tower coolers were launched in October 2005 and took the international quiet cooling market by storm. Today, ten years and four generations of NH-U coolers later, the current NH-U12S, NH-U9S and NH-U14S are built to the same strict quality standards and, like their predecessors, are widely recognized to be among the best quiet single-tower coolers on the market. At the same time, Noctua's dual-tower coolers (following the legendary NH-D14), as well various other models such as the popular L-type low-profile coolers, have established themselves as leaders in other market segments. Over the years, the initial two-cooler line-up has grown into a family of 17 models that range from the tiny NH-L9i to the huge NH-D15 flagship and to the DX and DO lines of server and workstation coolers.

While the continuous optimisation and progress in heatsink technology gives the latest models a healthy performance lead over their older siblings, Noctua's unique service of providing mounting upgrades free of charge makes it possible to keep using older models on the latest platforms.

"It makes us proud that there are still a lot of people out there who use Noctua coolers that are eight, nine or ten years old and who have updated the mounting kit several times in order to make them compatible with the latest hardware," says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "I think this is a great example of what we are trying to achieve when we strive to combine premium quality products with premium quality service!"

Noctua first provided free mounting kit upgrades when AMD introduced the AM2 socket in 2006 and continued to do so with the advent of Intel's various LGA115x variants, LGA1366 and LGA2011. As a result, even 10-year-old NH-U12 and NH-U9 coolers can still be used on Intel's latest LGA1151 platform.

In mid-2006, Noctua introduced its first fan, the NF-S12, which was the first 120mm PC fan developed for low-speed quiet cooling applications from the ground up and the first fan to feature Noctua's signature SSO bearing technology. In the meantime, Noctua has introduced the third iteration of the successful S-series design, complemented its 120mm range with pressure-optimised models and expanded its overall line-up with fans ranging from 40mm to 140mm diameter. Last year, Noctua launched its new industrialPPC line of ruggedised high-speed fans, catering for its growing base of industrial clients, as well as the more affordable redux line that reissues some of Noctua's classic, most popular models with a fresh new look.

"Fan technology has seen significant progress since the very first NF-S12, but it's a great testimony to its design and the reliability of our SSO bearings that there are still thousands of them being used today. It's our methods that have evolved since the development of the first S12, not our goals," explains Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "While our current fan developments are infinitely more complex and elaborate than 10 years ago, even our most ambitious project of introducing fans with integrated Active Noise Cancellation is still following the same idea of continuously pushing the envelope in performance-to-noise efficiency."

In addition to its long-term Active Noise Cancellation project, Noctua is researching various other innovative technologies such as flock-coating and novel bearing systems in order to stay true to its legacy of being one of the driving forces in quiet cooling technology. Impending product launches include 24V versions of Noctua's industrialPPC fans as well as the new "chromax" project that will allow users to colour-customise their industrialPPC fans in order to create PC builds with specific, focused aesthetics.

"Last but not least, we would like to use this anniversary as an opportunity to say thank you to our loyal customers," says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "We're proud that we have managed to win the hearts of so many enthusiast users around the world over the last 10 years and we'll be honoured to keep supplying you with state-of-the-art quiet cooling equipment for the decade to come!"

Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G Platinum Series Smart Power Supply Unit with Smart Power Management (SPM) Platform


Taipei, Taiwan-October 29th, 2015-Thermaltake, unveils the latest Toughpower DPS G Platinum Series, an innovative 80 PLUS Platinum certified digitally-controlled power supply (850W/1050W/1200W) with Smart Power Management (SPM) Platform. Due to the positive feedback from fans and the media about the DPS G Series that was first launched last year, Thermaltake decided to expand the series and offer a more affordable price for all system builders. The new Toughpower DPS G Platinum Series with the aid of the DPS G Software –DPS G PC APP 2.0, DPS G Smart Power Management Cloud 1.0 –provides the system with not only clean and stable power, but also three intelligent platforms that allows users to monitor and record the status of power consumption, voltage distribution and the electricity cost for advance usage. Furthermore, the SPM Platform helps save energy, reduce CO2 emission, and in turn protect the environment. 



What is Smart Power Management (SPM)?

Thermaltake would like to raise the awareness of the dangers of global warming to all PC MOD/ PC users through Smart Power Management (SPM) platform. SPM is a cloud computing platform that tracks and analyzes PC electricity consumption, allows user to observe and learn their own energy consumption whereby alter their behavior to achieve the goal of reducing CO2 emission, and together contribute to slowing down global warming.


Toughpower DPS G Platinum Series Features:


Core Component MCU:

Comes with a 32Bit Microcontroller Unit (MCU) from STMicroelectronics. The 32Bit MCU is a small computer on a single integrated circuit containing a processor core, memory, and programmable input/output peripherals. MCU can digitally control devices and processes, such as automobile engine control systems and office machines.



80 PLUS Platinum-Certified and Haswell-Ready

Delivers up to 91% efficiency in real-world load conditions, promising the lowest power loss. Optimized to work with Intel’s new, fourth-generation Haswell processors to achieve maximum energy savings.


Fully Modular Cable Design

Fully modular power supply offers cable selection for users while powering the system at an advantageous voltage. All new flat and low-profile cables allow for easy cable routing, reduced clutter, and increased internal airflow.



High Quality Japanese Capacitors

Features Japanese brand capacitors that greatly improve the durability and offers the highest stability and reliability. No more capacitor explosion and leakage.



High Current Single +12V Rail

Equipped with a powerful single +12V rail.


For more details on the Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G Platinum Series please visit: 

October 28, 2015

be quiet! Pure Wings 2 PWM: excellent entry-level fans get even better


Glinde, October 28th, 2015 - be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for nine consecutive years*, introduces the latest version of the Pure Wings 2 fans with PWM functionality. This allows for an even easier control of this proven entry-level fan and makes it suitable for a wide range of applications. The all-new Pure Wings 2 PWM offers the highest reliability and an extremely low noise level at an excellent price-performance ratio, just like the 3-pin version.

PWM-control for optimal airflow
be quiet! adds PWM functionality to the rock solid Pure Wings 2. This low-cost entry-level fan can easily be controlled over a 4-pin connector via Pulse Width Modulation, either automatically by the motherboard or manually through the BIOS or with the appropriate software. The flexible rotational speed of the new Pure Wings 2 is ideally suited for a wide range of applications and represents the ideal choice for air and water cooling setups. The fan can be mounted on the radiator, radiator body or in the case to support an optimum airflow.

Durable technology and optimized airflow
The Pure Wings 2 PWM is assembled with a durable rifle bearing which, together with a high-quality motor control, does not just provide a low noise level but also enables an operating lifetime of up to 80,000 hours. To drop the noise level even further, be quiet! utilizes airflow-optimized fan blades that reduce noise-generating turbulence to a minimum. The advanced IC chip isn't just very efficient, it has also been optimized for a low switching noise. Through all these measures, the Pure Wings 2 PWM is nearly inaudible even at maximum load: the fan generates (depending on its diameter) an extremely low noise level of 19.2 to 20.2 decibels.

Four models for a wide range of applications
be quiet! offers the Pure Wings 2 PWM in four sizes, with a diameter of 80, 92, 120 or 140 millimeters. The two smaller versions are working at 1,900 rpm. As for the 120mm and 140mm models, the rotational speed drops to 1,500 and 1,000 rpm, respectively. Due to the availability of different sizes, this new fan is optimally suited for use in HTPCs, multimedia and gaming systems, as well as high-end water-cooled configurations.

The Pure Wings 2 PWM is available immediately at a suggested retail price of $9.90 (80mm), $10.90 (92mm), $11.90 (120mm) and $12.90 (140mm). In early 2016, the fans also will be available in North America.

*Source: GfK Panel Market Germany, sales units internal computer power supplies, January 2015

October 27, 2015

AVF Gaming Freak AKB-GK2 Gaming Keyboard Review



Peripherals (like keyboards, mouse) are often one of the most niche topics when it comes to the whole gaming rig setup. Most of us (I believe) dumped a whole lot of cash into the machine (or rig) itself, leaving out others like mouse, keyboard, or even speakers to a limited budget.

The GK2 is here in the market to tackle this issue. At a pretty low price tag of RM99, acceptable for a membrane technology based gaming keyboard, will this keyboard be the most sought-after part of the hardware that will make your rig complete?

Unboxing
First off, the front side of the box is pretty informative. We're presented with the keyboard's core feature of the GK2, from being water resistant to having a lifespan of a million keystrokes (per key).


The other side of the box shows other features of this board in detail; Gold plated USB head, braided USB cable (which is non detachable by the way), function keys and lots more.


Upon the unboxing of the keyboard, there's this huge (but simple enough) card with manual instructions and features of the board at a glance. You can call this a cheat sheet for the function keys to this keyboard.


The keyboard
The surface of the keyboard has this very eerily cool looking 'cracked skin' design, which definitely adds the the freakiness of this Gaming Freak keyboard (get it?)


Not only that, the addition of the Gaming Freak alien logo to the Escape button is pretty cool as well!


Fonts that is used in this keyboard is pretty big and clear too. There is some keys with has some 'box' shape around the fonts, these are the anti ghosting keys (in which we'll explain more in a bit)


The right Windows key and the menu key is replaced by the FN (function) key and the LED color changing key respectively.


F1 till F12 have a secondary function in which it can be activated with the FN key. You would have to press on the FN key and then the respective Function key to activate the function of the key. The secondary function of the Page Up and Page Down key is to increase and decrease the LED's brightness respectively.


We've tabulated the functions to their respective keys so that you can have a rough idea on what functions are available.

F1 Launch Music Player
F2 Volume Down
F3 Volume Up
F4 Mute
F5 Stop
F6 Previous
F7 Play / Pause
F8 Next
F9 Email
F10 Home page (Web page)
F11 My Computer
F12 Calculator
Page Up Brightness Up
Page Down Brightness Down

Now onto the exterior of the keyboard, the design is pretty nice as it has the futuristic look to it. Do note that this can be very subjective as beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Not to mention, the palm resting area does its job well at keeping away only one of my palm (the right hand palm to be exact) from excessive pain and fatigue.


This keyboard comes attached with a gold plated USB head and braided cables as well. Very neat! However, the braided cable is pretty thin and might succumb to wear and tear if you're a frequent traveler with your keyboard.


The keyboard also comes with rubber pads and adjustable feets at the bottom, in which you can set it to suit your typing angle.


Anti-Ghosting keys and more features
With all the nice features that this keyboard has, there is definitely one thing that caught my attention; the anti-ghosting keys.

Unfortunately, with this keyboard not all of the 104 keys has the feature. However, you can press all of the most used keys for gaming (FPS, MOBA, RPG) at once.

The keys that falls into this category are:
Q, W, E, A, S, D, Z, X, C, B, Space, Tab, Left Shift, Control, Alt and also Up, Down, Left, Right keys, total up to a 19 number of keys where you can press simultaneously.

So what does this mean? This means that FPS gamers, MOBA / RPG gamers do not have to worry on having another key input (ghosting) which is unintended.


There are 3 LED colors where you can choose, namely Red, Blue and also Purple (with a slight bluish hue) and 2 lighting modes, Static and Breathing. However, the LED breathing is only available in only one style, in which you'll get a better picture after viewing the video below.



And oh, did I mention that this is water resistant as well? This means that water spills shouldn't be able to take this board down. While I've personally haven't tested this, some people have actually submerged the whole board underwater, left it to dry for a week and the board works as normal!

Typing test
When it comes to membrane keyboards, I'm pretty skeptical as I don't really have a good experience with them. All the bias aside, the GK2 is a pretty nice board to begin with.

The tactility is crisp and the sound of every key press is not that noisy as well. It feels like a lighter (mechanical) blue switch keyboard without the excessive noise which is pretty nice and well crafted for a membrane keyboard.

I've tested this keyboard at both office and my house (for almost 2 months actually), simulating both long typing sessions and also gaming sessions. While the typing experience is pretty positive, my abnormally big hands begs to differ. The palm rest area (only after long usage) starts to feel uncomfortable for me because I'll always end up placing my left hand palm very near the border of the palm rest. This might be an issue to people with huge hands (or palms?) and it doesn't seem to concern people with normal sized ones.



Verdict
For a keyboard, which has pretty neat features and design, and most importantly, nice typing feel, that retails at RM99, it's a pretty good buy! There are some cons to it but I believe that this doesn't bother most people right here. What are the chances people would have huge hands?

What I've liked about this board?
  • Good typing feel for something that's membrane
  • Design, futuristic look
  • Features
  • Pretty solid build


What I've disliked about this board?
  • Short palm rest for guys with huge hands or palms like me
  • Limited selection of LED lighting modes