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May 31, 2015

NVIDIA's GameWorks VR Will Blaze Trail for Virtual Reality

By: Low Chern Lin

(Source from NVIDIA: )
Virtual reality is among the most compelling advances in next-generation gaming, providing full immersion in a virtual world. But delivering a great VR experience requires serious computing power.

That’s why NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 980 Ti — their new flagship GPU. Along with it, NVIDIA has also announced a new software development kit, GameWorks VR, to help VR headset and game developers build incredible experiences on GeForce GPUs.

This kind of technology is needed now more than ever.

In May, Oculus recommended that gamers run a GeForce GTX 970 or higher GPU for the optimal experience with the upcoming Rift VR headset. It’s no easy feat to drive stereo gaming on a high-resolution 2160×1200 display at 90Hz, with near-zero tolerance for latency or stutter.

To deliver that, GameWorks VR combines features announced back at GDC 2015 under the banner of VR Direct with new and enhanced capabilities.

GameWorks VR includes:
  • NVIDIA Multi-Res Shading (MRS) — An innovative new rendering technique for VR. With NVIDIA MRS, each part of an image is rendered at a resolution that better matches the pixel density of the final displayed VR image. This technology uses the multi-projection architecture of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU to render multiple viewports in a single pass. The result: substantial performance improvements for VR games.
  • VR SLI — Provides increased performance for VR apps. Multiple GPUs can be assigned a specific eye to dramatically accelerate stereo rendering. With the GPU affinity application programming interface, VR SLI allows scaling for PCs with two or more GPUs.
  • Context Priority — Enables control over GPU scheduling to support advanced VR features such as asynchronous time warp. This cuts latency and quickly adjusts images as gamers move their heads, without the need to re-render a new frame.
  • Direct Mode — Delivers plug-and-play compatibility for VR headsets. With Direct Mode, the NVIDIA graphics driver recognizes the headset as a VR display rather than a standard desktop monitor, providing a more seamless user experience.
  • Front Buffer Rendering — Lets the GPU to render directly to the front buffer to reduce latency.
  • An alpha version of the GameWorks VR SDK is already in the hands of – and receiving positive feedback from — VR industry leaders such as CCP Games, Epic Games, HTC, Oculus, and Valve.  If you’re a VR developer interested in receiving the SDK, check out our GameWorks VR developer page.
VR is coming. If you have seen any of the stunning demos like Thief in the Shadows, Back to Dinosaur Island, EVE: Valkyrie or the HTC Vive demos, you know this is going to be a wild ride. Happy gaming.

May 29, 2015

AMD Lights Up Broadway with Times Square’s Largest High Definition Display

By: Low Chern Lin

May 28, 2015 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced  the details behind one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced display walls, located in New York’s Times Square at 1535 Broadway, between 45th and 46th Streets. The stunning visuals that drive the digital sign’s massive size – 25,000 square feet of Ultra-High Definition digital signage incorporating nearly 24 million pixels – are powered by AMD FirePro™ professional graphics cards. 

 The sign, with playback system designed and managed by Diversified Media Group, is a single surface covering a city block in length and stands eight stories high. Driving the visual display are three AMD FirePro professional graphics cards using AMD Eyefinity Technology, with each card powering six sections of the display for a combined resolution of 10,048 x 2,368 pixels. The individual display sections are synchronized across graphics cards and zones using the FirePro™ S400 synchronization module. 

 “Graphics realism is a key driver for the next generation of immersive experiences, whether through display walls, virtual reality, or other aspects of visualization,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, EESC Business Group, AMD. “The Times Square display powered by our AMD FirePro professional graphics and scalable Graphics Core Next architecture is a great example of how AMD is ready and able to innovate with customers and push the boundaries of visual technology.”
AMD FirePro graphics and Graphics Core Next architecture meet a broad set of application needs by executing an enormous number of operations in parallel within a single computer clock cycle. Those operations applied to billions of polygons every second are what make a display wall or animation look real to the human eye. 

“The visual and technical requirements for creating one of the world’s largest display walls and with Ultra-high Definition were daunting,” said Mitchell Mittler, vice president, Technical Solutions, Diversified Media Group. “To achieve a state-of-the-art implementation on this scale necessitated industry leaders who could meet these requirements and also deliver rock solid support. With the cutting edge AMD FirePro professional graphics cards, AMD delivered on all fronts and we couldn’t be more pleased with the result.” 

Tech-Critter Mobile: Google I/O 2015 Special

By: John Diew

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May 28, 2015

ASUS ROG Hosts Extreme-Overclocking Gathering at Computex

By: Low Chern Lin

Taipei, Taiwan (26th May, 2015) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that it is a key partner of the biggest extreme-overclocking gathering to coincide with Computex 2015, one of the world’s largest IT trade shows.

Organized by HWBOT in conjunction with ASUS ROG, Hyper®, Seasonic®, Intel®, DimasTech® and OverClocking-TV, the high-profile assembly will run from 6th June to 8th June, 2015 at the MakerBar next to the famous GuangHua Computer Market. It is the third and final stop of HWBOT World Tour 2015 and is the global showcase for HWBOT World Series — a worldwide search for the world’s finest overclocking talent.

Visitors to the ROG OC Showdown area and HWBOT World Series will be able to meet the planet’s best overclockers, and watch them in action as they compete. Prizes for the winning overclockers include cash awards and a small mountain of ROG gear, topped by the flagship Rampage V Extreme gaming motherboard. Prospective participants should register for a bench spot at

Those unable to attend Computex will be able to enjoy a live stream of the three-day event at, provided by OverClocking-TV. Viewers tuning in to watch the live stream will have the chance to win great prizes and exclusive ROG apparel, including ROG OC Showdown T-shirts and caps, ROG Enthusiast SLI Bridge, ROG and ASUS Strix gaming headsets and Strix mouse pads.

World-class overclocking action at the ROG OC Showdown area
The ROG OC Showdown Area exists to encourage the world’s most-talented overclockers squeeze the maximum performance from cutting-edge PC hardware from some of the planet’s finest hardware manufacturers. Overclockers will compete to achieve the best scores across 13 benchmarking targets, including four world records, seven global first places and two hardware first places. Overclocking hardware is limited equipment manufactured by event partners ASUS ROG, HyperX, Intel and Seasonic. At the end of the event, the world-record winners will each be awarded a ‘WR’ title and USD$750 each, while each global first place (GFP) and hardware first place (HFP) winner will receive USD$250. The cash pool available to be won totals USD$5,250.

HWBOT World Tour Series 2015
During the World Tour 2015 third stage every overclocker with an allocated bench is eligible to compete in the World Series competition. The hardware is limited to the event partners — ASUS, HyperX, Intel, and Seasonic.
The competition will be divided in three stages: SuperP 1M hardware points, SuperPI 1M target score and Cinebench R15. The winners will be awarded a variety of prizes, including a forthcoming graphics card, ROG’s Rampage V Extreme gaming motherboard, a HyperX DDR4 memory kit, and a HyperX SSD. A cash prize will also be awarded to the top three participants, with a total purse reaching double the revenue from ticket sales.

Even more chances to win
ASUS ROG will also be running an online contest open to anyone worldwide offering even more great prizes, including the high-performance ASUS Matrix R9 290X graphics card, ROG’s Maximus VII Gene no-compromise microATX gaming motherboard, ultra-fast HyperX DDR4 3333MHz memory kit and a bright-white Seasonic Snow Silent 1050W power-supply unit (PSU). The online content launches at on May 29, 2015 and runs to June 14, 2015. Entries can be made at


By: Low Chern Lin

U Mobile Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s most dynamic and innovative telco, and Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Malaysia’s Convergence Champion, today collaborated for the provisioning of backhaul connectivity services through TM Next-Gen Backhaul™ (NGBH) services as part of the telco’s continuous commitment to achieve network excellence for superior customer experience. The agreement is sealed for a period of nine (9) years.

The collaborative deal was signed by Mohamad Rozaimy Abd. Rahman, Executive Vice President, Global & Wholesale, TM and Too Tian Jen, Chief Technology Officer, U Mobile Sdn Bhd. The ceremony was witnessed by Datuk Bazlan Osman, Executive Director / Group Chief Financial Officer, TM and Wong Heang Tuck, Chief Executive Officer, U Mobile Sdn Bhd. 

Speaking at the event, Mohamad Rozaimy said, “We are happy to seal this collaboration today with U Mobile as it reflects the trust and confidence that the industry players have on us, in line with our aspiration of becoming the preferred partner in fulfilling end-to-end ICT and connectivity requirements. Such collaboration will help to avoid unnecessary duplication of network infrastructure and it is a strategic move by mobile operators to be more operationally efficient. We also see this partnership as a positive move towards delivering enhanced service experience to Malaysians nationwide when they access high-bandwidth digital content, high definition video streaming or run real-time applications via their mobile devices.” 

TM as a neutral wholesale service provider is committed to supporting the growth of telecommunications industry as well as is working hard towards delivering an enhanced service experience to end customers. By leasing wholesale bandwidth services and leveraging on TM’s strength on its nationwide fibre coverage and resilient network platform, U Mobile will be able to gain quick access to fibre infrastructure to support its future network capacity demands, to deliver affordable and high-quality internet connectivity to more Malaysians.

“As a data centric telco we have introduced many market defining products that are aligned with the mobile Internet trends to our consumers in the past few years. We hold customer’s satisfaction close to our heart, and that needs to be supported by a robust network infrastructure. We will continue to invest in our network to ensure our customers enjoy the best user experience in the market. We are glad to partner with TM as their technologies are able to support our network capacity demand”, said Too Tian Jen during the signing ceremony.
Under this collaborative deal, TM will be providing fibre mobile backhaul connectivity via its TM Next-Gen Backhaul™ Services (NGBH) of up to 1Gbps per site that covers Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern regions of the country. TM NGBH™ is a fiberised point-to-point backhaul connectivity network that is specifically optimised to support 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) rollout in providing high speed Internet experience, excellent voice and video quality through its high bandwidth capacity and reliable low latency. This collaboration will facilitate ramping up of U Mobile’s capacity, hence accelerating its 4G LTE rollout nationwide. This signifies TM’s strength in rolling out mobile backhaul in an effective, efficient manner ensuring resource efficiency, as U Mobile could focus on their core business while outsourcing the backhaul planning and deployment to TM. 

The U Mobile and TM agreement is also in support of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)’s call for key industry players to work together to provide a robust backhaul network for LTE rollout. It is also in line with the Government’s resolution for greater industry alliance and at the same time promoting healthy competition among the players, as service providers will be focusing on delivering improved customer experience and better value offerings, which ultimately will benefit Malaysian consumers.

The collaboration with TM is a testament of U Mobile’s commitment to deliver superior customer user experience. Being a data centric telco, U Mobile emphasises on the network reliability, quality and performance. With TM’s extensive services coverage nationwide, end customers can expect faster access to rich multimedia experience anywhere, any time through their mobile devices.

For further information on TM, visit For more information on U Mobile, visit

ViewSonic Introduces New Professional Ultra HD 4K Monitor

By: Low Chern Lin

May 27, 2015 – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, introduces its new line of Ultra HD monitors. The VP2780-4K is ViewSonic’s flagship Ultra HD monitor designed with a professional grade panel and connectivity. Building upon its award-winning display heritage, ViewSonic’s new Ultra HD monitors meet the needs of color-critical multimedia design professionals.

The 27” VP2780-4K offers an ultra-high 3840 x 2160 4K UHD resolution. The SuperClear™ IPS display technology provides a consistent and true-to-life image from any viewing angle. It delivers the ultimate color performance with 100% sRGB color coverage. The VP2780-4K has 10 bit color, 14 bit processing, 3D LUT and Delta E≤2 color accuracy which renders the image on display and print-out as accurately as it is on camera. Each display is individually calibrated and manually adjusted for greater color accuracy as part of the production process to ensure a perfect image quality. The VP2780-4K also offers five gamma settings, Gamma 1.8, 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, to 2.6 to deliver optimized color performance and contrast ratio for graphic design, video editing, photography production, and more.

ViewSonic’s MultiPicture functionality allows for efficient multitasking by providing simultaneous viewing of up to four split windows. MultiPicture supports Picture-in-Picture (PIP) and Picture-by-Picture (PBP) for multitasking and simultaneously viewing of up to 4 video sources at 1080p Full HD resolution. MultiPicture also supports equally split images from top to bottom (4K1K), from left to right (2K2K) and in 21:9. It features future-proof HDMI® 2.0 to support 3840x2160 content at 60Hz,  the VP2780-4K also includes advanced DisplayPort, dual MHL, and 4-port USB 3.0 connectivity. With MHL, the VP2780-4K enables users to connect compatible mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

ViewSonic’s proprietary Eco-mode energy-saving feature is built into the VP2780-4K. Eco-mode adjusts brightness of the display thereby reducing power consumption to reduce running costs and prolong the life of the display. The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient mark is an extension of the ENERGY STAR brand and is designed to recognize and advance the most efficient products among those that qualify for ENERGY STAR. The ViewSonic VP2780-4K has been designated as one of the Most Efficient ENERGY STAR certified products in 2015. As for EyeCare functions, the VP2780-4K comes with Flicker-Free and Blue Light Filter technology. The Flicker-Free technology completely eliminates screen flickering by integrating DC-modulation LED backlights, and will positively impact the comfort and eyesight of users. ViewSonic Blue Light Filter technology can be adjusted to 100 levels, lowering the amount of blue light output and protecting viewers from the possible side effects of blue light with little or no compromise of color. ViewSonic's Blue Light Filter reduces blue light by up to 87%. The VP2780-4K allows users to adjust the amount of blue light emitted from the screen enabling longer viewing times and increased eye comfort for work and multimedia applications.

“With more UHD content now available and consumers showing increased interest of using Ultra HD displays at work and at home, ViewSonic is harnessing two decades as a leader and innovator in displays to deliver a complete portfolio of Ultra HD monitors,” said Max Hsu, PM Director for ViewSonic Asia Pacific. “ViewSonic the VP2780-4K advanced in terms of its features, plus the Most Efficient ENERGY STAR certified and praise from media, is to deliver stunning 4K Ultra HD definition experience for color-critical applications”

For more information about ViewSonic products, please visit

May 27, 2015

CRYORIG Announces 2015 Computex Lineup

By: Low Chern Lin

27.05.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – Ahead of the coming 2016, Computex in June computer cooling innovation brand CRYORIG is introducing multiple new products and even multiple completely new product lines. This will be CRYORIG's biggest Computex showing ever, introducing a total of 7 new products, 6 new product lines and four new product categories. Full products at the booth J1318 in Nangang hall will include:

The C7 is designed to be a “fit anywhere, cool anything” low profile cooler. Thanks to it’s total height of under 53mm, it is just as small as the Intel stock cooler, but comes with so much more. With stagger total of four 6 mm copper heatpipes and a full proprietary 92 mm 600~2500 RPM PWM fan with Quad Air Inlet™ technology, it may be small but has all the making of a high-end CRYORIG cooler. The C7 fits both Intel 115x and modern AMD sockets, and basically any case on the market. If the system can fit the stock Intel/AMD cooler, then it will not only fit the C7, it should be upgraded to the C7 immediately.

Continuing where the CRYORIG H series left off, the CRYORIG M line features even more choices for entry level PC’s or systems with size constraints. The M9 features three high quality U-Type nickel-plated copper heatpipes. The M9 will come in two flavors, the M9i is for Intel 115x systems and the M9a for modern AMD sockets. The M9 is targeted at budget systems or slim systems which need the cooling power of a tower cooler. It is a good balance of price, performance and size.

CUSTOMOD line of colored heatsink covers offers unprecedented customization options for critically acclaimed R1 Universal and R1 Ultimate heatsinks. The CUSTOMOD Cover for R1 will initially come in 6 different colors, Red, Blue, Green, Orange and the original Black and White. Each CUSTOMOD Cover pack comes with two covers for you to match your R1 series heatsink with your PC rig.

Also being released during Computex will be three new CRYO-Paste thermal interface products, the CP5, CP7 and CP15. Each will feature different characteristics, and will be leveled based on Thermal Performance, Spread Ease and Particle Density.

There will also be sneak previews of the following new product lines.

Focused on both high-end performance and memory compatibility, the Z1 Universal features memory compatibility for both front and back rows and the Intel X99/X79 platform. The Z1 Universal is the first round shaped cooler with CRYORIG’s 2nd Gen. Radial Jet Fin Acceleration™ tech that mimics the fin alignment of a turbine engine, and is optimized to catch and accelerate fan exhaust airflow. The Z1 Universal will allow for a RAM height limit of 63 mm on the back DIMM slots and has Zero Ram Interference on the front DIMM slots.

Samsung Revolutionizes the Viewing Experience With Innovative New SUHD TV

By: Low Chern Lin

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – April 9, 2015 – Samsung Malaysia Electronics, the leader in TV segment for nine consecutive years, today introduced an extensive lineup of SUHD TVs that will set a new standard in premium UHD (Ultra High Definition) content and elevate the viewing experience to the next level. 

The innovative SUHD TV celebrates a major milestone in the UHD era.  It surpasses the limitations of previous displays, delivering superior picture quality with stunning contrast, striking brightness and spectacular color.

Additionally, Samsung’s SUHD TVs have a number of new and exciting features–its SUHD re-mastering engine delivers an unrivaled viewing experience; its stylish curved design provides viewers with a more immersive viewing experience; and its Smart TV functions are now powered by Tizen, giving viewers easy access to their favorite content.

“Samsung has achieved significant milestones in the market for Visual Displays, both through collaboration and by always striving to be the best. As a result - and for the ninth consecutive year - Samsung is now the world’s leading TV manufacturer, shaping the future of the TV industry with award winning designs, unparalleled picture quality and innovative content partnerships – all developed with consumer preferences in mind and consumers can trust that we are more committed than ever to consistently deliver a superior home entertainment experience for years to come,” said Lee Sang Hoon, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics. 

“See more and feel more with the stunning contrast, striking brightness, and spectacular color in superb UHD detail as it makes for the most immersive and breathtaking viewing experience possible. It’s almost as if you’re there, right in the midst of the action", continued Lee. 

Samsung’s Premium “S” TV: The New SUHD TV
Samsung reserves the “S” identification for its most premium, flagship products that signify a true leap forward in technology. As the leader in the TV industry, Samsung is excited to extend the prestigious “S” identification to its newest premium TV line, the SUHD TV. The SUHD TV is designed to excite all of the senses, with sensational picture quality, seamless interaction and stylish design.

Introducing Unmatched Picture Quality
Samsung SUHD TVs demonstrate groundbreaking advances in contrast, brightness, colour reproduction and detail to deliver a superior picture quality experience. They utilize proprietary, eco-friendly nano-crystal technology and include an intelligent SUHD re-mastering picture quality engine.

The SUHD TV’s nano-crystal technology transmits different colours of light depending on their size to produce the highest colour purity and light efficiency available today. This technology produces a wide range of more accurate colours, providing viewers with 64 times* more colour expression than conventional TVs. The intelligent SUHD re-mastering engine has optimized all* content to match the colour and brightness reproduction of the SUHD TV. It automatically analyzes the brightness of images to minimize additional power consumption, while also producing ultimate contrast levels, showcasing images with much darker blacks and an elevated level of brightness that’s more than 2.5 times* brighter than conventional UHD TVs.

By collaborating with 20th Century Fox, Samsung has optimized content to meet premium quality SUHD standards. This partnership allows for consumers to enjoy an unrivaled UHD viewing experience. Samsung partnered with the Fox Innovation Lab to re-master multiple scenes from its critically acclaimed film, “Life of Pi,” directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee, specifically for the SUHD TV. The result was spectacular – generating more vivid colours and lifelike scenes. 

Samsung is also working with leaders in the industry to promote the secure and steady growth of a comprehensive UHD ecosystem. In order to establish premium UHD quality standards, Samsung has announced the UHD Alliance – a coalition of companies united to set the bar for next generation video entertainment. The new body will implement new standards that support innovation in video technologies including 4K and higher resolutions, high dynamic range, wider colour gamut and immersive 3D audio.

Furthermore, Samsung’s SUHD TVs use environmentally-friendly technology to deliver best-in-class energy efficiency and reliability.

Samsung will offer three new series of SUHD TVs – JS9500, JS9000 and JS8000 – from 55- to 88-inches, so consumers have the flexibility to purchase the perfect TV that fits their style and taste. The Samsung JS9500 TV has recently received more than eight awards including Ubergizmo’s Best of CES award, Digital Trends’ Best Television at CES 2015 award and’s 2015 CES Editors’ Choice award. 

Sophisticated and Improved Curved Designs
When Samsung introduced the curved form factor in 2014, it dramatically enhanced the home entertainment experience. Taking cues from contemporary art and architecture, Samsung’s TVs were designed and enhanced with many modern and minimalist highlights.

The newly announced Samsung SUHD TV JS9500 features a chamfer bezel design, adding more depth to the TV screen, and the elegant frame makes the display look like a piece of art when mounted on the wall. The SUHD TV JS9000 also has a soft, textured shirring design on the rear of the display, giving the TV a premium look and stylish edge when viewed from any angle.

With the increase in consumer demand for Curved TVs, Samsung will continue to add new models to its product portfolio to complement every unique viewing environment.

New Smart TV Redefines the Future Entertainment Experience
As of this year, all of Samsung’s Smart TVs, including the new SUHD TV, will be powered by Tizen – an open-source platform that supports web standards for TV app development. With Tizen, Samsung’s new Smart TV platform not only has a multitude of new features, but also a more intuitive UI, a more integrated entertainment experience, and more ways to access content than ever before. 

The new user interface for Samsung’s Smart Hub is more responsive and playful. It is simplified to just one screen, displaying consumers’ most recent content and tailored recommendations for even more entertainment options. 
With Quick Connect, Samsung Smart TVs automatically recognize Samsung smartphones once paired via BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology. Consumers can share video content from their Samsung smartphone to their Smart TV with the press of a button. Also, users can watch TV through their mobile devices without any apps or complicated pre-settings.
Samsung Smart TV owners can wake-up more easily with Briefing on TV. Samsung Smart TVs now act as an alarm and sync up with Samsung mobile devices to turn on and display important items such as the time, weather and consumers’ schedules.
Samsung’s Smart TVs offer an integrated entertainment experience, including games such as Hello Hero and Minion Rush, which keep consumers entertained for hours with their family.
Samsung’s platform powered by Tizen allows Samsung Smart TVs to become part of a much larger content ecosystem, allowing easy collaboration with various partners for ultimate flexibility and unparalleled access.
With all Samsung TVs poised to become Internet of Things devices by 2017, Tizen’s compatibility with other devices establishes Samsung’s Smart TVs as the control center of any Smart Home. 

Samsung Introduces Features for Southeast Asia Region
To meet the needs of consumers in Southeast Asia, Samsung is introducing a number of features, tailored to match the unique lifestyle of users in the region.

Samsung Seasons allows customers in Malaysia to enjoy a handpicked selection of popular international TV shows. Users can watch the first episode free, and rent the full season of a show for 30 days, to enjoy on their Smart TV, or on a Samsung tablet or phone.

Users in Southeast Asia will also be able to enjoy Family TV 2.0, which further enhances the overall viewing experience. Maintaining the features of last year’s popular Family TV feature, Family TV 2.0 allows consumers to save and send photos and sound bites of their favorite TV moments. The feature now also has Story Replay, which can record still photos with the audio of TV programs.

Availability and Pricing
The three new series of SUHD TVs – JS9500, JS9000 and JS8000 will be available April 2015 onwards at the following recommended retail price:
SUHD TV 78JS9500: RM39,999  (inclusive of 6% GST)
SUHD TV 65JS9000: RM24,999 (inclusive of 6% GST)
SUHD TV 55JS8000: RM9,999 (inclusive of 6% GST)

May 26, 2015

MSI first motherboard brand to be Windows 10 certified

By: Low Chern Lin

MSI, leading in motherboard design, is proud to announce being world’s first motherboard manufacturer to receive official Microsoft Windows 10 WHQL certification. The H81M-P33 motherboard passed Microsoft Windows 10 official certification today. The H81M-P33 is the world's first motherboard to be completely compliant with Microsoft Windows 10. Other MSI motherboards are to achieve official WHQL certification very soon. With a true testament to compatibility and performance, the MSI R&D team is making sure you never have to worry about your MSI hardware supporting for the latest version of Microsoft Windows. If you want to enjoy the full benefit of the latest Microsoft Windows Operating System, MSI motherboards are the best choice.

For more information about MSI Windows 10 certified motherboards, please visit

Unboxing & Review: Razer DeathAdder Chroma

By: Clement Thien

It took us a long time to get a hand on this one, especially when no emails we sent are replied to. So we went about our lives without a Razer product to review, all the while covering news and launches so far of this insanely famous brand. That is, until my mouse of 6 years died on me. To be honest, it wasn't my first choice, but I decided to give it a shot after the friendly salesperson in the local Thundermatch outlet said that it wasn't rubber coated. After a damage of RM255, I came home and went straight to unboxing this mouse, the Razer DeathAdder (DA) Chroma.

ASUS Monitors on Display in the Canon Grand Presentation 2015

By: Low Chern Lin

Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (25 May, 2015) - ASUS, a global leader in consumer electronics, will participate as a sponsor in the Canon Grand Presentation 2015, an event that showcases the capabilities of the new Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS. The event will be held on 27th May 2015 at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre. During the events, ASUS will also present and make available various monitors that can be used by professionals to bring life into the images that they capture. 

May 23, 2015

Unboxing & Review: ASUS X99-Pro

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've got our hands on the ASUS X99-Pro for today's review, courtesy of ASUS Malaysia. To make it short, the ASUS X99-Pro is a slightly stripped down version of the  feature rich ASUS X99-Deluxe. Though there are some features that has been slightly downgraded on the X99-Pro, we'd expect that some of the prominent features like O.C socket, on board power on / reset switch, Q-Code display to be retained. Let us find out what kind of feature and performance we can get from the ASUS X99-Pro!

(The ASUS X99-Pro retails at RM1329.00)

May 22, 2015

Mobile Weekly Byte #21

By: John Diew

This week's mobile news:

  • Android Wear 5.1.1 rollout
  • ASUS ZenWatch 2 event scheduled for Computex 2015
  • Google Play Books new typeface - Literata

Unboxing & Review: Noctua NH-U9S

By: Clement Thien

Sometimes, the PC in the lab doesn't need a monster rig. Yup, this one goes to the people who would need a sleek or small systems. Problem is that smaller systems tend to get quite toasty, especially on the CPU, as it may not be designed to be 'airy' so to speak. One solution is to get an efficient CPU cooler but one small enough to dissipate all the heat effectively, hence, we're back with another Noctua product! Say hello to the NH-U9S, a 95mm U-Type Tower cooler. (SRP @ RM295)

May 21, 2015

FSP Launches 80 Plus Gold Power Supply with Optimized Cooling: Hydro G More than 90% Efficient PSU with Changeable Logos

By: Low Chern Lin

May 21, 2015 – Taoyuan, Taiwan – FSP, an experienced power supply manufacturer, today announces the Hydro G 80 Plus® Gold Power Supply that has been redesigned to maximize cooling efficiency with features such as a smart fan, internal component arrangement for increased airflow, enhanced heat dissipation and efficient energy conversion. This FSP power supply also features changeable logos that allow DIY enthusiasts to match the logo with the rest of the hardware.

Smart, Silent Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan
The smart 135mm FDB (fluid dynamic bearing) fan of the Hydro G PSU automatically starts when over 30% load, and automatically stops when lower than 20% load. This smart design keeps the power supply cool, and your system quiet.

Redesigned Interior with Efficient Energy Conversion
The interior of the Hydro G PSU has been completely redesigned to allow for a better flow of air inside the PSU chassis. Additionally, the internal server grade copper pipes connecting the motherboard and daughterboard increase the conversion efficiency and output reliability of this more than 90% efficient power supply, leading to less excess heat.

PSU Chassis is Transformed into Heatsink
With the Hydro G's chassis acting as a heatsink that is then cooled by the system's airflow, this FSP gets rid of excess heat efficiently.

Choose Your Logo
The FSP Hydro G PSU is the first power supply that features changeable logos. DIY Enthusiasts can choose either a blue, red or green logo to complement the rest of the system hardware. Out of the box, the logo is blue. Builders can apply either a red or green sticker over the original blue logo to fit their preferences.

Fully Modular / New Cable Layout
To aid in simple and clean looking installations, the Hydro G PSU is fully modular. The cable plug layout has also been completely redesigned for neater installations. The ribbon cables of the power supply aid in unrestricted air flow throughout the chassis.

Price and Availability
The Hydro G PSU will be available in Q3 2015 for suggested retail price of:
  • 650W: $124.99
  • 750W: $139.99
  • 850W: $159.99

May 20, 2015

Apacer announces the Thunderbird AST680S SSD, the Ultimate 550MB/s Reading Speed

By: Low Chern Lin

Many countries regard broadband network as “must-have” of digital times, and Apacer further believes that the read/write speed of computer data should be equally considered! Apacer views promoting the popularity of high-speed transmission as its own mission and rolls out the latest SSD AST680S, which adopts the next generation SATA III transmission interface. It provides excellent performance of read/write speed reaching 550/520 MB/s. The ultra-cost effectiveness deeply impresses the computer players!

Technologies progress with each passing day, and the capacity of files and applications in the computer increase rapidly. Optimal user experience can be maintained only by updating hard drive read/write speed. “The users are supposed to enjoy their experience of fast start-up and starting application in a twinkling and there’s no need to waste time in waiting for reading or writing!” said CK Chang, President of Apacer Digital Storage Application Business Unit. “Apacer’s leading technology and market scale in SSD area enable us to roll out outstanding and cost-effective SSD products. Users can easily enjoy the ultra read speed of 550MB/s.”

Easily upgrade to the ultra reading speed of 550MB/s
AST680S is the latest product of Apacer, which represents the popularity of SSD. It adopts the next-generation SATA III interface, provides ultra transmission speed of 6GB, along with the most advanced 8-channel synchronous transmission design. Hence, read/write speed up to 550/520 MB/s can be achieved. In addition, AST680S has superior cost-effectiveness among the same level products and offers users the easy upgrade and 550MB/s reading speed experience.

Multiple advantages - prime choice for desktop and notebook speed upgrade
Apacer suggests that desktop users use AST680S as system drive, and the original hard drive can serve as data drive. Therefore, high transmission speed and massive storage can be achieved. AST680S is thoughtfully available in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 480GB and meets the demand of different users. Upon upgrading their notebooks with AST680S, users can enjoy performance boost immediately. Boot time and speed of application start can be significantly improved. It also features 20G anti-vibration and 1500G anti-shock protections. There’s no need to worry about hard drive failure and data corruption even on the go. It can be considered the necessary upgrade for notebook.

AST680S boasts built-in advanced Wear Leveling and ECC (Error Correction Code) functions and supports Windows 7 TRIM command. These not only extend SSD life and improve operation stability, but also maintain long-term performance. In addition, AST680S supports DEVSLP mode (Device Sleep) which provides lower power consumption and can effectively extend notebook computer battery life. AST680S has 3-year global warranty and users can enjoy ultimate read/write speed to their hearts’ content!

May 19, 2015

CRYORIG Announces new line of CUSTOMOD Covers and CRYO-Paste

By: Low Chern Lin

Ahead of Taipei Computex in June, computer cooling innovator CRYORIG is releasing information of two new product lines, the CUSTOMOD line of customization accessories and a new line of CRYO-Paste thermal interfaces. These two new lines are one of the many new items that will be shown at CRYORIG’s booth during the coming Computex beginning June 2nd, 2015.

CRYORIG in an act of pushing forward true aftermarket modding and customization possibilities release it’s brand new CUSTOMOD line of colored heatsink covers for it’s critically acclaimed R1 Universal and R1 Ultimate heatsinks. The CUSTOMOD Cover for R1 will initially come in 6 different colors, Red, Blue, Green, Orange and the original Black and White. Each CUSTOMOD Cover pack comes with two covers for you to match your R1 series heatsink with your PC rig. The high quality finish of the CUSTOMOD Covers has a near metallic feel, fitting perfect with high-end boards from each major mainboard brand. The CUSTOMOD line will not end with the Covers for R1. CRYORIG plans on introducing many other colors and different coating finishes for the R1 and also for other heatsink models. The CUSTOMOD line will be a stand-alone accessory line for PC users that want the most options to switch and match their PC setup. Currently there are no plans to release fully colored heatsink products.

Working with some of the most well known PC Build/Mod Photographers in Europe, CRYORIG will be featuring the amazing work from Malik Customs, Kurpiewski Concept and many more, to show off the customization possibilities of the CUSTOMOD Covers for R1.

Also being released alongside the CUSTOMOD line of products during Computex will be three new CRYO-Paste thermal interface products, the CP5, CP7 and CP15. Each will feature different characteristics, and will be leveled based on Thermal Performance, Spread Ease and Particle Density. The CP5 will be the absolute best in Performance and Particle Density that CRYORIG has ever had. While CP7 will be a good combination of Performance and easy to apply and spread. The CP15 is extremely easy to apply and is perfect for entry level users. A mini spreader that’s specially designed for CPU application is also included, as well as an alcohol pad to clean the CPU surface for a pristine application.

The CUSTOMOD Cover for R1 and the CP5/7/15 will all be on show at Taipei Computex 2015, at Nangang Exhibition Center booth J1318. Both lines will be available worldwide summer, 2015.

Noctua announces the brand new NH-D15S and NH-C14S CPU Coolers

By: Clement Thien

Vienna, May 18th - Noctua today announced two new additions to its portfolio of premium-quality, quiet CPU coolers with 140mm fans. Whereas the NH-D15S is a high-compatibility single fan version of the elite-class dual tower model NH-D15, the NH-C14S replaces the proven top-flow cooler NH-C14. Both the NH-D15S and NH-C14S feature an asymmetrical layout in order to avoid blocking the top PCIe slot.

May 15, 2015

Unboxing & Review: i-Rocks Golem Series K50E Illuminated Gaming Keyboard

By: Low Chern Lin

i-Rocks has been a manufacturer of gaming peripherals well known to the Chinese eSports scene and sponsor to Team WE over the years, made its initial debut in our local market with their ROCK Series gaming peripherals and A05-G Gaming Headset. While it's not as popular as the gaming peripherals titans like Razer, SteelSeries, i-Rocks does have some pretty awesome budget oriented products with wide range of features that can easily surpass the big brands. 

We have the i-Rocks Golem Series K50E Illuminated Gaming Keyboard arrived at Tech Critter's lab just very recent, many thanks to i-Rocks Malaysia in provision of the K50E. Our initial impression with the i-Rocks Golem Series K50E isn't as good as the i-Rocks keyboards - it comes with a pretty steep price of RM229 and it doesn't support cherry MX keycaps like the K10 and IK6, but we'll put that aside for now and take a closer look at it to determine if it's really worthy of spending that RM229 for!  



The packaging of the Golem Series K50E has that fancy look of the mainstream gaming keyboard, with its prominent features such as the scissor structure switch, gaming optimized key matrix of 24 key rollover on the most commonly used area. 

The back of the box has the technical specifications printed on, as well as a brief introduction on the gaming optimized key areas. Do note that the 24 keys mentioned works only on P/S2 connector, but you'll still be able to enjoy up to 13 keys rollover on the gaming optimized key areas under USB connection.

Content of the box is very simple, just the i-Rocks K50E, a USB to P/S2 converter and a user's guide.

There's a ferrite bead attached to the USB cable which function as a filter to help eliminate noise which could potentially affect a gamer's performance when fast and rapid input takes place.

The legends / font used is the same as the i-Rocks K10, we're not exactly sure why i-Rocks picked it but it looks really weird for us who has already been used to the standard legends / font used on majority of the keyboards you can find on the market.

 The space bar comes with i-Rocks logo that will illuminate along with the other keys.

Unlike the commonly seen ANSI layout, the K50E comes with a big return key (Enter) and an ultra small backspace key. 

Upon removing the keycap we can see the mechanics behind, scissor switch. It's still a rubber dome switch, but with enhancement of the scissor mechanism. The perks of the scissor mechanism is its extra stability where each corner of the keycap has its own support for the scissor switch structure to keep it from wobbling too much, compared to any standard type rubber dome switch keyboard or even a mechanical switch.  

The Print Screen key act as the trigger key to activate the backlit feature of the K50E by holding it down for at least 1 second. 

While function of the volume control keys is easily comprehensible from its symbol, the mode key activates rapid character input for gaming purpose.

Mode behaves differently under P/S2 connector and USB connector. There's a total of 3 level for the turbo mode; level 1 supports up to 13 character input per second, level 2 supports up to 50 character input per second and level 3 supports up to 120 character input per second. As USB has become the mainstream connector for most input devices, the level 3 turbo mode is pretty much less accessible for most users. While under USB connection, you're limited to only the 1st level of turbo mode, which supports up to 13 character input per second. 

Here's how the K50E looks like in the dark. Hot stuff we'd say!

You'll find plenty of holes at the bottom of the keyboard, which helps to let liquid to flow out from the keyboard to prevent any further damage in case of any accidental spillage.

Large keyboard feet is used to keep the keyboard in place to reduce the chance of mistakes during intense gaming session, especially when the keyboard decided to troll you by sliding across the table.

There's cable routing path as well to make way for the setup on your desk.

Testing Methodology
The actuation force required to register each key feels really close to Cherry MX Clear except for the fact that you will still need to bottom the key to make it register. Bottoming the key gives a solid but comfortable landing from the rubber dome which makes it really comfortable for different occasion, be it rapid taps or to type on. 

Gaming wise, the K50E response very well to our rage press on FPS games like Battlefiled 4, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and rhythm games like O2Jam, DJMax Trilogy with ease. Each key pressed response almost immediately. As for its key rollover capability, we've done some test on the key configuration for the games tested and the result is as below:

From the registered keys shown in the Aqua KeyTest screenshot above, we can see that the i-Rocks IK6 is pretty much game ready with optimized key matrix for most FPS and RTS games. 

As for rhythm games like o2jam, DJMax, etc, if you're not into the non-mainstream key configuration, the commonly used key configuration will work just well. 

There is however, a small finding that we've noticed while testing out all the possible key press that will trigger a ghosting effect. While pressing the key 'A','W','D', 'Space', 'J' and 'L' altogether, tapping the 'I' key will trigger a ghost signal where the 'PrintScreen' key is registered. There's no major issue with our games tested so far, but some might find it annoying because holding down this key combination will trigger the backlit On / Off.

Final Thoughts
While its pretty kickass in terms of aesthetics, the i-Rocks K50E however, isn't going to be the alternative for customizable keycaps like both the i-Rocks K10 and IK6 - but that won't be an issue if you're planning to customize its keycaps with any fancy 3rd party keycaps.  

Usability wise, it works great as both office and entertainment use. Typing experience is excellent and we have no issue nor complaint on that. While i-Rocks promised a total of 24 key rollover in the common gaming used key area, it will only work that way if you're connecting it to your system via the P/S2 connector, else it'll be limited to only 13 key rollover in the common gaming used key area. Still, the 13 key rollover is more than enough for some of the most commonly played games genre (FPS, RTS, Rhythm games). 

Price wise, RM 229.00 is a pretty steep price compared to both K10 and IK6 that offers freedom of customization for keycaps, and not to mention that there are mechanical keyboard with a very close price point to it but without the fancy backlit feature. We're not really over the moon with it but if the price point can be lowered, the i-Rocks K50E is still a gaming keyboard that is worthy to be considered by taking account of the overall features offered.

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Scissors structure keeps the keycaps stable and wobble less compared to normal membrane keyboard and even mechanical switches
  • Gaming optimized key matrix
  • Very responsive
  • Windows key lock function to prevent unintentional actuation during gaming session

  • A little costly
  • Odd choice of legends / font
  • Gaming optimized key matrix is limited to 13 key when under USB connection
  • Minor ghosting effect that triggers the 'PrintScreen' key