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August 31, 2015

NVIDIA GRID 2.0 Launches with Broad Industry Support

By: Low Chern Lin

SINGAPORE — Aug. 31, 2015 — NVIDIA today launched NVIDIA® GRID™ 2.0 with broad industry support for its ability to deliver even the most graphics-intensive applications to any connected device virtually.

Nearly a dozen Fortune 500 companies are completing trials of the NVIDIA GRID 2.0 beta. Major server vendors, including Cisco, Dell, HP, and Lenovo, have qualified the GRID solution to run on 125 server models, including new blade servers. NVIDIA has worked closely with Citrix and VMware to bring a rich graphics experience to end-users on the industry’s leading virtualisation platforms.

NVIDIA GRID 2.0 delivers unprecedented performance, efficiency and flexibility improvements for virtualised graphics in enterprise workflows. Employees can work from almost anywhere without delays in downloading files, increasing their productivity. IT departments can equip workers with instant access to powerful applications, improving resource allocation. And data can be stored more securely by residing in a central server rather than individual systems.

“Industry leaders around the world are embracing NVIDIA GRID to provide their employees access to even the most graphics-intensive workflows on any device, right from the data centre, said Jen Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “NVIDIA GRID technology enables employees to do their best work regardless of the device they use or where they are located. This is the future of enterprise computing.”

The ability to virtualise enterprise workflows from the data center has not been possible until now due to low performance, poor user experience and limited server and application support.  

NVIDIA GRID 2.0 integrates the GPU into the data centre and clears away these barriers by offering:
  • Doubled user density: NVIDIA GRID 2.0 doubles user density over the previous version, introduced last year, allowing up 128 users per server. This enables enterprises to scale more cost effectively, expanding service to more employees at a lower cost per user.

  • Doubled application performance: Using the latest version of NVIDIA’s award-winning Maxwell™ GPU architecture, NVIDIA GRID 2.0 delivers twice the application performance as before - exceeding the performance of many native clients.
  • Blade server support: Enterprises can now run GRID-enabled virtual desktops on blade servers - not simply rack servers — from leading blade server providers.
  • Linux support: No longer limited to the Windows operating system, NVIDIA GRID 2.0 now enables enterprises in industries that depend on Linux applications and workflows to take advantage of graphics-accelerated virtualization.

Positive Feedback on NVIDIA GRID 2.0
More than a dozen enterprises in a wide range of industries have been piloting NVIDIA GRID 2.0 and are reporting direct business benefits in terms of user productivity, IT efficiency and security improvements.

“With NVIDIA GRID, our engineers are able to run a wide range of engineering design and analysis applications. It led to increased productivity by streamlining our use of design data and eliminating the need for data replication to our remote production facilities,” says Fred Devoir, senior architect and IT infrastructure manager at Textron. “With the latest 2.0 release, we’ve been able to double the number of concurrent users per GPU or increase the maximum amount of video memory which allows a greater array of applications to be used without a compromise in performance. I am excited about the potential of enabling these capabilities for even more design and manufacturing engineers.”

“NVIDIA GRID 2.0 with VMware Horizon® marks the next phase of innovation in enterprise-wide virtual desktop deployments,” said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware. “VMware End-User Computing solutions have  transformed the way organisations empower their workforces, with technologies that are simple to use, and are secure. Our close alignment with NVIDIA continues to bring forth powerful capabilities to customers, and is one of the key reasons for our gaining market-share in the desktop virtualisation market.”

“In 2013, Citrix and NVIDIA released the first joint vGPU solution to enable multiple virtual desktops to share a single GPU and deliver an uncompromised experience that scales easily,” said Calvin Hsu, vice president, product marketing, Windows App Delivery, Citrix. “NVIDIA GRID 2.0 with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop app and desktop delivery now allows more users to take advantage of rich applications on any device.”

"The ability of our newest desktop product, ArcGIS Pro, to deliver a great user experience in virtual environments with GRID is extremely important to Esri,” said John Meza, performance engineering lead at Esri. “It allows our users to continue their great work in whatever environment, physical or virtualised, they choose."

“With GRID 2.0 we can provide our customers a powerful, secure and reliable blade server configuration, giving them more options to virtualize all their graphics-accelerated workflows,” said Neil MacDonald, vice president and general manager, HP BladeSystem. “GRID technology allows HP to provide the highest density virtualised graphics offering on the market today so that our customers easily scale to accommodate the highest possible number of users.”

“Dell has a long history of being first to market with innovative solutions that help customers address their IT challenges,” said Brian Payne, executive director, Server Solutions, Dell. “We’ve worked closely with NVIDIA to be the first to enable our server ecosystem to improve productivity, security and efficiency through enterprise GPU solutions."

Experience NVIDIA GRID
Users are encouraged to experience NVIDIA GRID for themselves through the NVIDIA GRID Test Drive. This experience gives users instant access to hours of NVIDIA GRID vGPU acceleration on a Windows desktop with 2D and 3D industry-leading applications such as:
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS
  • Esri ArcGIS Pro
  • Siemens NX

NVIDIA GRID 2.0 is available worldwide starting September 15, 2015. Read here to learn more or sign up for a 90-day evaluation.

To see GRID 2.0 in action at VMworld, visit NVIDIA booth 629.

Plextor M6V 256 GB SSD Review

By: Low Chern Lin

AS the competition arises, prices of SSD has plummeted drastically to the point where almost everyone can afford at least a 120GB SSD that would probably cost you an arm and a leg back in the time when it was first introduced.  Plextor is among the brand renown for its highly reliable SSD and is one of the most recommended brand when it comes to picking a SSD.

August 30, 2015

MSI announces its latest flagship GTX 980Ti Lightning

By: Low Chern Lin

MSI is proud to officially announce the latest addition to the legendary Lightning series of graphics cards. Built to be perfect, the GeForce GTX 980Ti Lightning combines groundbreaking new technology with proven features such as TriFrozr, Torx Fan, SuperPipe and Military Class 4 components, evolved from the last generation Lightning. The GTX 980Ti Lightning is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece. 

Supreme Thermal Design 

MSI’s reputation in thermal design is well known to be excellent. The evolved TriFrozr design on the GTX 980Ti Lightning features three 90mm Torx Fans that combine the advantages of both traditional fan blade and dispersion fan blade, generating huge amounts of airflow while remaining quite silent. Three 8mm SuperPipes transfer heat much faster to the fins, enabling up to a whopping 700W of heat dissipation.

Twin BIOS and Enhanced Power Design 

Extreme overclockers can use the special LN2 BIOS on the card to reach for overclocking records without special hardware modifications. By removing restrictions, the full potential of the graphics card is unlocked. The enhanced power design contains more power phases than other models to ensure plenty of power is available, with 12 phases for GPU and 3 phases for Memory on a custom designed 10 layers PCB.

Military Class 4 Components 

Equipped with Military Class 4 components, the MSI GTX 980Ti Lightning is built to deliver the best quality and stability. The components have gone through rigorous testing by a third-party laboratory to satisfy the MIL-STD-810G standard. Featuring DrMOS 60A power phases, the highest rated available ensuring plenty of power. Hi-C CAP cores, Super Ferrite Choke, and Dark Solid CAP, each aspect of the LIGHTNING ensures the best possible performance. 

On-board and in control

With the 3x3 OC kits you're in complete control of the GTX 980 Ti LIGHTNING. V-Check points allow you to accurately measure GPU, Memory and PLL voltages. Triple Temp Monitor checks the real-time temperatures of the GPU, Memory and PLL while Triple Overvoltage allows you to overvolt those same components in order to achieve higher clock speeds.

Mystic Light

Customize and set up your own color scheme with Mystic Light. Make your build look on fire or cold as ice. You are in control. You can select any of the colors from the palette to match your systems’ design. Tired of always the same color? Just change it to another one using the easy to use Mystic Light software available on PC, and make your PC look & feel brand new!

Technical Specifications
GTX 980Ti Lightning
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Processor Units
Core Clock
1304/ 1203 MHz
Memory Clock
7096 MHz
Memory Size / Type
Memory Bus
330x140x53 mm/ 1365 g

August 29, 2015

Buka Puasa Bersama Corsair

By: Low Chern Lin

The Malaysian Independence Day, as known as Hari Merdeka in Malay is the day where we celebrate our independence from the UK colony. Apart from celebrating our independence for the 58th year, it is a day where we celebrate unity of the people in our country that made the independence happen.

We would like to seize the opportunity to do a little #throwback on one of the recent events that shows that we, Malaysians, unite as one, regardless of skin color and the language we speak.

August 27, 2015

NVIDIA Establishes Deep Learning Technology Centre in Singapore

By: Low Chern Lin

Photo courtesy of Edward Lim, CIZA Concept
SINGAPORE—Aug. 27, 2015—NVIDIA today announced plans to establish the NVIDIA Technology Centre Asia Pacific, the first of its kind in the region to focus on deep learning research and development (R&D). The establishment of this centre is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board.

August 25, 2015

Palit releases GeForce GTX 950 StormX Dual: the best rig for MOBA

By: Low Chern Lin

Palit Microsystems Ltd, the leading graphics card manufacturer, releases the Maxwell-based power efficienct Palit GeForce GTX 950 StormX Dual. With its full function gaming features, all gaming will starts from Palit GeForce GTX 950 series.

Palit GeForce GTX 950 StormX Dual is a true gaming GPU designed for every PC gamer. It's built to the exacting specifications of the GeForce GTX family and powered by NVIDIA Maxwell-the most advanced GPU architecture ever created-to deliver 3x the performance of previous GTX650 series. GeForce GTX 950 transforms your PC into a gaming rig to rival any game console. Enjoy fast and responsive MOBA gaming and the latest games in 1080p @60 FPS. The OC version Palit GTX950 StormX Dual equipped with 2G GDDR5 memory and has boost clock at 1241MHz, making it 53MHz higher than the reference speed. For the optimized design, not only dual TurboFan Blade coolers, but also with solid capacitors, ferrite core chokes, and an improved PWM design. Bring you better performance and thermal solution.

Palit GeForce GTX 950 StormX Dual Features:
  • 0-dB Tech: Keep Silent while you are experiencing the multimedia application and general workload. The operating fans only occurs while working on heavier loading such as gaming that the GPU temperature surpasses 60℃.
  • Dual Fan: A Dual Fan design offers double the cooling performance, and combined with the 8CM-8CM Smart Fans, heat is effectively drawn away from hot spots.
  • TurboFan Blade: Inspired by the power of jet engines, the TurboFan Blade is designed to improve cooling performance by generating a powerful air stream and air pressure.

August 23, 2015

WD Red™ Pro Drives Now Available In 6 TB

By: Low Chern Lin

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21 August 2015WD®, a Western Digital® (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and world leader in storage solutions, today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red Pro hard drive line with the release of 5 TB and 6 TB capacities. The WD Red Pro family is ideal for NAS (network attached storage) systems having up to 16 drive bays and serving businesses with more expansive storage needs than the standard WD Red drives. 

Shipping now, WD Red Pro 5 and 6 TB drives leverage an enhanced design and 128 MB cache to deliver data transfer rates of 214 megabytes per second (MB/s). WD’s NASware™ 3.0 features technology promoting data protection, high NAS performance and reliable integration. 

“WD is providing customers a full portfolio of high capacity NAS storage solutions (WD Red and WD Red Pro) for home, consumer and business NAS solutions.” said Cindi Grace, senior vice president of WD storage technology group. “With the capacity expansion, there is now a path for customers to increase the storage density of their systems while knowing their data is protected with the most trusted and valued brand on the market.”

WD Red Pro 6 TB hard drives feature the following: 
  • Up to 16 Bay Shock Protection – Equipped with a multi- axis shock sensor, the drive automatically detects subtle shock events and, along with dynamic fly height technology, adjusts each read-write function to compensate and protect the data, further protecting the drive in large 1- to 16-bay NAS environments.
  • NASware 3.0 – Exclusive advanced firmware enables seamless integration, robust data protection and optimal performance for systems operating in the demanding NAS environment.
  • Vibration Protection – Hardware vibration compensation technology monitors the drive to correct both linear and rotational vibration in real time, further increasing drive reliability and enabling high performance in higher vibration systems caused from drive to drive vibration as well as from the high speed fans used to cool the larger systems.
  • Longer Warranty Coverage – Complimenting WD Red drives at a 3-year limited warranty, WD Red Pro offers longer warranty coverage with a 5-year limited warranty.
Availability and Pricing
The WD Red Pro drive comes with a five-year limited regional warranty and is available at select retailers and distributed by Achieva Technology Sdn Bhd, Amble Action Sdn Bhd and Eternal Asia (M) Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. The WD Red Pro 5 TB drive (model #: WD5001FFWX) has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of RM1,450 while the WD Red Pro 6 TB drive (model #: WD6001FFWX) has a MSRP of RM1,550. More information about WD Red Pro hard drives including terms of the limited warranty may be found on the company website at

WD My Cloud Expert Series EX2100 8TB NAS Review

By: Low Chern Lin

When everything around us started getting digitized, the most significant changes is that your once favorite video tape, bulky photo album, etc the you used to keep on shelf now takes spaces on your hard drives instead of your living places in the form of digital media files. The quality of audio and video improved along the way and the growing size of these media files that stretches from the once seemed to be large sized MB to the even larger size of GB or TB and not even with 2TB of storage now is able to satisfy majority of the data hoarders, especially for those who enjoys collecting their favorite series of dramas, blockbuster videos, collection of photos, etc.

August 22, 2015

ASUS Announces Strix GTX 950

By: Low Chern Lin

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (21st August, 2015) — ASUS today announced the immediate availability of Strix GTX 950 here in Malaysia. The Strix GTX 950, a super-cool new graphics card with pumped gaming performance and ASUS Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components for premium quality and reliability. 

Powered by the latest GeForce® GTX™ 950 graphics-processing unit (GPU), Strix GTX 950 features GPU boost clock speeds of up to 1329 MHz in gaming mode and 1355 MHz in OC mode, delivering up to 11.5% faster gaming performance than reference cards in The Witcher® 3. It is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II with a patented wing-blade 0dB fans to deliver maximum airflow for 20%-cooler and three times (3X) quieter performance. 

Strix GTX 950 features GPU Tweak II, an intuitive yet powerful overclocking tool designed to let users get maximum performance out of their graphics card. It also comes with a free 14-day XSplit Gamecaster premium license,so gamers can easily stream or record their gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay. Additionally, Strix GTX 950 includes a free 15-day World of Warships premium account together with an exclusive invite code for a Diana Cruiser ship. 

Cool, silent gameplay: DirectCU II with wing-blade 0dB fan design
Strix GTX 950 is equipped with ASUS-exclusive DirectCU II cooling technology, which features direct-GPU contact heat pipes that outperform reference designs and achieve up to 20% cooler gaming performance. A patented wing-blade fan design delivers maximum air flow and improved static pressure over the heat sink for efficient cooling. Strix GTX 950 also features 0dB fan technology, which stops fan rotation completely during lighter gaming sessions — eliminating noise for undisturbed gameplay, while operating at 3X-quieter volumes than reference cards.

Premium quality and reliability: Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II
Strix GTX 950 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 GTX 950 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.

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 14-day XSplit Gamecaster premium license,lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay.

August 21, 2015

MSI introduces GTX 950 graphics cards

By: Low Chern Lin

MSI is pleased to announce the latest additions to its next generation GAMING graphics cards lineup. The new MSI GTX 950 graphics cards are powered by NVIDIA's latest GM206 Maxwell GPU, which fully supports the new DirectX 12 that comes with Windows 10.

The MSI GTX 950 GAMING 2G features the famous Twin Frozr V cooler, delivering a supremely silent gaming experience with Zero Frozr technology and Torx Fan design. The MSI GTX 950 GAMING 2G is the perfect card for 1080p and MOBA games such as DOTA2 and League of Legends.

Besides the revered GAMING series, MSI also provides factory overclocked Armor2X models featuring the striking Black & White cooler to match the design of MSI’s Krait series motherboards. MSI also ads in system integrator OC Edition models with higher clock speeds and reference exhaust fans, catering to the needs of a wide audience.

Twin Frozr V Thermal Design
The famous MSI Twin Frozr V Thermal Design is the pinnacle of graphics card air cooling. With a smaller than 2-slot design, the Twin Frozr V is able to surpass previous generations by a large margin. The twin 10cm Torx fans ensure huge amounts of silent airflow and visually match the bold look of the Twin Frozr V and other MSI GAMING products. The heatsink is re-organized through the SU-design which increases heat-pipe efficiency, especially when combined with Airflow Control Technology. Hybrid Frozr is a throwback to 2008 when MSI was the first to market high-end, zero noise graphics cards thanks to fans that stop spinning in low-temperature situations.

With the addition of the GTX 950 GAMING 2G to the next generation of MSI GAMING graphics cards, MSI is levelling-up the PC gaming experience. The MSI GAMING App allows gamers to quickly switch between OC, Gaming and Silent modes, depending on their needs. Now featuring the EyeRest tab, which offers quick access to specific monitor color profiles for games, movies and a special EyeRest mode which reduces blue light for less strain during nightly gaming sessions. Also featuring the LED control tab, allowing gamers to choose from 5 unique lighting modes to set the right ambience for their gaming moments with just one click.

Get Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for free!
For a limited time, buying a GTX 950 GAMING 2G graphics card will include a voucher for the new Final Fantasy Type-0 game. 

Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of students from an elite military academy whose country is attacked by an aggressive neighboring Empire. In the brutal and harrowing struggle that follows, defeat the Empire and uncover the secrets behind the war using a range of powerful magical and combat abilities and an exciting new battle system. This promotion runs till September 30th 2015 or while supplies last.

GTX 950 2GD5T OC
GTX 950 2GD5 OC
GM 206 - 250
Core Clock (Boost/Base) MHz
1317 / 1127
1253 / 1076
1127 / 1178
Memory Speed
6650 MHz
6610 MHz
Memory Size / Type
2048 MB / GDDR5
Twin Frozr V
Armor 2X
DL-DVI-I / HDMI / DisplayPort x3
DL-DVI-D / DL-DVI-I / HDMI / DisplayPort

August 20, 2015

Experience the GeForce GTX 950 this September 4, 2015

By: Low Chern Lin

NVIDIA today announced its GeForce GTX 950 and for those of you who wonder how the GeForce GTX 950 actually performs, NVIDIA Cordially Invites You To The NVIDIA Play The Future Event On September 4, 2015 @ The Coffee Club, Subang Jaya SS16!

Date:           4th September, 2015 (Friday)
Time:          18:00 Reception
Venue:        The Coffee Club 
Address:     Lot No. LG 33 & G 32, Subang Parade, No 5, Jalan SS 16/1, 
                   47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, 

Get yourself registered now at and be the First 50 to be present on the event day and get the exclusive NVIDIA bag. What's best, you'll stand a chance to walk away with awesome prizes like NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Graphic Card, Acer XB240H Monitor and Plextor M6V 128GB

August 18, 2015

Cooler Master Launches MasterCase 5 & Pro 5 with FreeForm™ Technology

By: Low Chern Lin

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Cooler Master is excited to announce the availability of the MasterCase 5 and MasterCase Pro 5, the world’s first mid-sized modular towers with exterior expandability, made possible with accessories purchased separately. Debuting at Computex 2015, the MasterCase ushers in a new era of products with FreeForm™ Modular System that offers unparalleled control over form and function. 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Raymen Wu, Global Marketing Director said, “The MasterCase represents the first of a new wave of products with our unique FreeForm technology that enables endless build possibilities. Launched in tandem with the new slogan ‘Make It Yours.’, we kicked off a new drive to harness the maker spirit in our products and community. FreeForm will be applied across all of our products in the near future ensuring you have the freedom to fully express yourself.” 

Harness the Maker Spirit
Cooler Master invited eight Makers to Computex 2015. They came from varied walks of life: artist, engineer, designer, pro gamer, modder, and VR developer, yet they shared one thing in common: the spirit of making. 

The MasterCase 5 enabled each Maker to create a computer system that was uniquely theirs without compromising their build requirements. From aggressive looking gaming rigs to classy workstations, and even a robotic bartending machine that could prepare drinks, the MasterCase 5 was the platform used to share their passion with the world. Meet the makers by visiting: Meet the Makers

Upgrade Your PC Inside Out with the MasterCase 5’s FreeForm™ Modular System
The MasterCase 5 breaks new ground in the way PCs are designed, made, bought and used. Fundamental to this reimagination is the FreeForm technology. Cooler Master wants users to have absolute control over how their case looks and functions. FreeForm provides options to not only adjust the case exterior, but also offers interior layout flexibility in a mid-sized case. It is Cooler Master’s interpretation of the “Form Follows Function” principle.

In the MasterCase 5, FreeForm allows a single case to support a host of different configurations, enabling users to upgrade rather than replace their case and system. Through a unique Clip-and-Click panel, FreeForm lets users adjust vertically or remove the drive cages entirely. This flexibility allows building multiple system configurations like home servers, water-cooled workstations, or gaming rigs with dual-slot extra-long graphics cards using one single case. 

Two models will be made available at launch: the base MasterCase 5 and the upgraded MasterCase Pro 5. The base MasterCase 5 comes with dual top handles and a standard door while the MasterCase Pro 5 comes with a side window panel, elevated mesh top cover, and additional interior expandability options. Users wishing to upgrade from the MasterCase 5 to the Pro 5 version can do so through an ecosystem of accessories.

All these accessories, including external panels and kits will be available for purchase from authorized retailers and also online at the Cooler Master online stores in North America, Europe, and Asia. More modular accessories are to be announced at a later time. To learn more visit:

List of Accessories
Side Window Kit*
Top Cover Kit*
3.5” HDD Bracket 3-Bay
3.5” HDD Bracket 2-Bay
2.5” SSD Bracket

Pricing & Availability: 
The MasterCase 5 is now available to purchase for a suggested retail price of RM 479 while the MasterCase Pro 5 will be available beginning August 20th, 2015 at RM 599. Price listed is inclusive of 6% GST. 

Both MasterCase 5 and MasterCase Pro 5 will be available at selected Cooler Master Channel Partners:
1. Jayacom Information Sdn Bhd
2. Viewnet Group
3. Compuzone
5. Thunder Match Technology Sdn Bhd
6. Ideal Tech
7. PC Image
8. E-Tech Computer Accessories