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Plextor M7V Series Takes Lead of the TLC SSD Market

By: Low Chern Lin



Plextor, the world's leading brand in high-performance digital storage devices, announced the longest lifetime M7V series solid-state drive. The M7V series is Plextor's first TLC SSD product, combining top-class components and exclusive firmware, allowing the M7V to surpass the current TLC SSD's key technical limits, reaching a P/E cycle of up to 2,000 times. The best P/E lifetime, speed, capacity and stability will stand to satisfy the consumer's demands for the best cost performance, providing users with a new generation TLC SSD product to choose from.

The key to dramatically increasing Plextor M7V's lifetime as a TLC SDD is through coupling the highest grade components from the industry with advanced firmware. The M7V series applies the new generation Marvell control chip, designed exclusively for TLC products, along with Toshiba's latest 15 nm process TLC NAND flash memory. It also applies multiple technologies developed exclusively by Plextor, including the tailor-made write acceleration technology PlexNitro, the Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) troubleshooting technology with three times the average rate, and PlexTurbo, a software that applies system memory to decrease the amount of reading and writing.


The result brings about the astonishing 2,000 times P/E cycle lifetime of the M7V series, 2 to 4 times as durable as a normal TLC SSD, providing the largest TBW (Total Bytes Written) for its users. Using the 512GB capacity version as an example, it has a TBW of 320TB. The M7V has set up a new milestone for TLC SSD products, marking a new page with its outstanding lifetime, P/E durability and stability, bringing forth an unforeseen top notch quality application.

Plextor's superb firmware and software technology has always been the key to surpassing and receiving recognition above products of the same level. Looking at the firmware technology applied, the M7V series uses the exclusive PlexNitro technology that differs from other TLC SSD products, allowing the M7V to not require reserving hard drive space, increasing its writing capability while keeping the most complete SSD storage capacity for its users, giving the user's the best return for their choice. Using the lowest capacity products of 128GB for example, when other TLC brands can only provide a true 120GB of storage space, Plextor can support a complete 128GB TLC SSD capacity.

The widely recognized PlexTurbo software can apply the system's DRAM to accelerate the SSD's read and write efficiency, allowing the M7V that has a designed sequential read/write speed of 560/530 MB/s, random read/write speed of 98K/84K IOPS to increase its speed by 6 to 10 times. PlexTurbo can also reduce the frequency of data writing, greatly increasing the lifetime of the SSD, bringing advanced efficiency for the TLC SSD.

Apart from PlexTurbo, the M7V series can also use two other additional softwares, the PlexCompressor & PlexVault - PlexCompressor can compress files that have a low usage rate while not affecting the SSD's efficiency, providing more available space for its user; PlexVault can set up an exclusive space for sensitive information by tapping on a few hot keys, providing utmost privacy and security to the data conveniently.

Operation Director of Plextor, Eva Lee, expressed, "Facing the market trend of TLC SSDs with high cost performance ratios, consumers have higher expectations for the product's lifetime, efficiency and reliability. In response to this, Plextor has applied various advanced technologies and components, building the much more reliable M7V product series, providing the best data stability and security with various fast access-enhancing and troubleshooting technology while greatly increasing the SSD's lifetime, guaranteeing users the highest cost-effectiveness and protection for their SSD. As we deliver the M7V series, we will also make the PlexTurbo, PlexCompressor and PlexVault available to all M6 series users, and we promise to continue to provide premium services for the users of Plextor."

The Plextor M7V Series Solid-State Drives will be delivered in April of 2016, providing two different standard specs - the 2.5 inch (PX-M7VC) and the M.2 2280 (PX-M7VG), with 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities to choose from, satisfying SSD system requirements from desktop computers to ultra-slim notebooks.

March 30, 2016

Animax Carnival Malaysia 2016 comes to a spectacular finish with 30,000 visitors

By: John Diew



KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia 28 March 2016 – The leading Japanese anime channel in Asia has done it again! The fifth Animax Carnival Malaysia (#AnimaxACMY), held on 26th and 27th March at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, came to a resounding end with a huge turnout of 30,000 visitors!


Since the announcement of the event in mid-February, it has generated a copious amount of conversation and buzz online amongst the anime community, making #AnimaxACMY one of this year’s most anticipated anime events in Malaysia! The carnival has certainly lived up to its hype; fans were treated to an authentic anime experience without even stepping foot in Japan – from live ani-song performances to spectacular cosplays.

Transcend’s DrivePro Car Video Recorders: Drive Safer with a Reliable Eyewitness

By: Low Chern Lin

Transcend Information, Inc. a leading manufacturer of storage and multimedia products, is proud to announce the complete DrivePro Car Video Recorder series, including the DrivePro 100, DrivePro 200, DrivePro 220, and DrivePro 520. Day or night, your DrivePro Car Video Recorder is your most reliable eyewitness on the road.


Every model in the DrivePro series captures crystal-clear Full HD 1080P (1920 x 1080) video at 30 frames every second, faithfully recording everything happening on the road with its wide 130° to 160° viewing angle and large aperture lens. 

Your DrivePro safeguards your valuable video record with its built-in battery to keep recording for 30 seconds in the event of power failure or interruption, plus the G-sensor emergency recording function protects video files from erasure after any unusual shock or impact is detected. The Auto Power On/Off feature ensures your DrivePro is ready whenever you need it.

The bright built-in 2.4" color LCD screen lets you review video at any time, and your recordings can also be copied to PCs and other devices, and viewed with Transcend’s free-to-download DrivePro PC Tool for Windows. There’s also a quick snapshot feature to take photos at any time.

Capture every detail and every moment
The camera of a Transcend car video recorder is built to the highest optical standards, to capture critical details such as license plates, even in sub-optimal conditions. The DrivePro camera uses not just one, but 6 or even 7 glass lenses, plus an infrared filter lens, for sharp and clear images. Unlike competing products, this design avoids fogging from heat generated during long periods of operation, reliably recording in difficult conditions. The large aperture of the lens, from F/1.8 up to F/2.0, ensures clarity in low light. 

Powerful navigation, driving assistance, and safety features 
Choose the DrivePro that's most suitable for you. Start your journey into car video recording with the entry-level DrivePro 100, move up a gear to the DrivePro 200 and 220, or accelerate to the front of the field with the powerful DrivePro 520. Features available in the range include GPS, rear-facing in-car camera, collision warning and driving assistance, and a mobile app with Wi-Fi connectivity.

The top-of-the-line DrivePro 520 features a dual lens camera: drivers can clearly capture both the road and the interior of the vehicle simultaneously, thanks to the rotatable rear lens with infrared LEDs for night vision. 

Both the DrivePro 520 and the DrivePro 220 record GPS coordinates along with video, to precisely determine the location of an incident, or to display your journey path later with the free PC software.

The DrivePro 220 also offers innovative driving assistance functions, including Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) to keep a safe distance at speed, Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) to warn if the vehicle is drifting out its lane while moving at high speed, and Parking Mode, to record video and capture evidence automatically if the car is bumped while parked unattended.

DrivePro series car video recorders all include a free microSD Card, and are available with a choice of either a suction mount or adhesive mount and include a car lighter power adapter. Get the most out of your new Transcend product with Transcend accessories, such as additional mounts, additional car lighter power adapters, and high endurance, shock resistant microSDXC/SDHC memory cards for extended recording or to archive video. Every DrivePro product is protected by Transcend’s two-year Limited Warranty.

Streacom, HWBOT and OverClocking-TV Team Up to Develop the Open Benchtable For Overclocker on the Move

By: Low Chern Lin




Streacom is delighted to announce its involvement in forming the Open Benchtable Project, joining with OverClocking-TV and HWBOT to create an open, community-developed benchtable that towers above current offerings in terms of portability, esthetics and general design.

The first prototypes of the Open Benchtable design, manufactured by Streacom and referred to as the ‘Special HWBOT World Tour Edition’, will be used by overclockers during OC Workshops and contests throughout the World Tour, including forthcoming events in Europe and North America.

“We are excited to bring the HWBOT World Tour Edition benchtable with us on the World Tour, giving us a chance to expose our latest design to the global OC community,” commented Timothée Pineau, head of Project Development at HWBOT and VP of OverClocking-TV. “We are confident that overclockers of all levels and abilities will be impressed and appreciate the portable design and open nature of the Open Benchtable project.”


The Open Benchtable Project : Designed By Overclockers For Overclockers on the Go
The Open Benchtable project is the brain-child of several conversations with Streacom dating back to Computex 2015. Overclocking is a community driven hobby and sport where overclockers are willing to traverse the globe to get benching with like-minded people. Initially the project arose out of a desire to develop a benchtable that would be suited to the needs of an overclocker who tends to travel. 

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Streacom, the current prototype, the Special HWBOT World Tour Edition is a solid proof of concept. Subsequent retail models from Streacom will be branded as the BC1 benchtable. Measuring 36 cm x 27cm and with a thickness of only 8mm, the Streacom BC1 is made from a single piece of milled aluminum, making it light (only 2.5kg), portable yet rugged and ideal for carrying on the road. Despite its sleek light design the Open Benchtable is in fact extremely solid and designed to offer overclockers support for a full subzero cooled rig, including a CPU pot plus four LN2 cooled VGA cards.


Central to the design is the ability to neatly store the table’s components within its sleek aluminum base. The legs of the table, plus screws and other components reside within a cavity in the table’s main base which is easily sealed for transportation. The result is elegant, refined, light to ca rry and utterly effective in an overclocking session, wherever you are.


Perhaps the most crucial aspect of the Open Benchtable project is that its design is open to third party developers of additional accessories. Started by HWBOT and OverClocking-TV and later joined by Streacom, the project will allow full access to the blueprints files of the final product revision all owing third party developers to build accessories for these Open Benchtable products, modify and share their design improvements and more. 

Ultimately, community enthusiasts will be able to share their own unique accessory designs via 3D files on the Open Benchtable site for others to use.

To learn more about the Open Benchtable project, visit this website:

March 29, 2016

Unboxing & Review: Sharkoon BW9000-W

By: Low Chern Lin


Sharkoon has been around for years as one of the renown brand for PC chassis and cooling fans but to be frank, we don't really see much of Sharkoon chassis around Malaysia compared to big competitors like Corsair, Cooler Master, NZXT, etc. However, things might be different this time as Sharkoon introduces a new member in its ATX chassis line up, the BW9000-W. 

We have our thanks to Ideal Technology for supporting today's review on the Sharkoon BW9000-W. Retails at RM299, does the Sharkoon BW9000-W have what it takes to be a chassis that worthy of that price? 

Specifications



Unboxing

The packaging of the BW9000-W is pretty straight forward and simple, a cardboard box with the image of the BW9000-W printed on, along with the highlighted feature of the chassis.


The specification of the chassis itself can be found on the side of the packaging, printed in various languages.


The accessories included are the screws for HDD installation, PSU installation, motherboard installation, speaker for troubleshooting, zip ties for cable management, user's manual, etc.


Inside the box, we find the BW9000-W flanked in between 2 pieces of thick foam as a shock absorbent to minimize damage during transportation.


Our first look at the Sharkoon BW9000-W, its clean and simple design seems to be something that will attract the minimalist enthusiasts. Clean overall design, simple and minimalist, a side panel window that shows only the compartment where the motherboard and the graphics card is located for visual enjoyment.


The Sharkoon logo printed on the front panel.


The mesh at the side of the front panel allows air to flow through even though the front panel isn't the kind of meshed design like most chassis with high airflow design. 


Removing the front panel, we find a large piece of dust filter at the front as well, but this isn't the magnetic dust filter like the one on the top.


There are 2 pieces of 140mm fan at the front as the intake fan, but if you're into custom water cooling setup, there's just enough space for either a 280mm radiator / 360mm radiator.


The front I/O consists of 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 and 2 audio jacks, which is pretty standard nowadays after USB 3.0 become more mainstream.


The BW9000-W looks really promising at this point, as it supports cooling solution such as 2 x 140mm fans, 3 x 120mm fans, 280mm radiator and even a 360mm radiator on the top of the chassis. 


A flexible magnetic dust filter comes together with the BW9000-W, which helps not only to reduce dust intake to your system but also easier to clean. 


Moving forward to the bottom of the chassis, a rather unusual design it has. Instead of having case feet like most minimalist design chassis we've seen, the case feet of the BW9000-W is made up of the part of the chassis. 


Right under the mesh where the power supply is supposed to be installed, you'll find a removable dust filter to minimize dust intake into the power supply.


The back of the chassis. 


There're 2 holes covered with 2 rubber grommet that's meant for external water cooling setup if the available spaces for radiator aren't enough for you. 


The interior of the BW9000-W might look a little odd on first sight due to the HDD cage, but it is quite spacious we must say. It fits a full-sized ATX motherboard, graphics card length of up to 430mm, etc, pretty much everything you can get for a high-end gaming rig. 


With that much of space, you'll have no problem fitting a 280mm/360mm up there. 


The tool-free ODD drive lock allows you to secure the ODD drive without the use of screws that we've normally seen on most traditional design chassis.


The top 3.5" HDD cage fits a total of 3 HDD, but it can be removed in case if you need more for a longer graphics card, or perhaps to install a radiator at the front of the chassis. 


The bottom drive cage allows you to install 2 pieces of 3.5" HDD and 2.5" HDD or SSD each, which is pretty much enough for most users.


The PCIe expansion slot is enough for a full sized motherboard, 7 slots in total.


The motherboard tray comes ready with these stand-offs to make your motherboard installation much easier, as well as the cutout for cable routing, sweet! 


Behind the motherboard tray, you'll find pretty much everything that a proper mid-end chassis should have, the cutouts for cable routing, large cutout for CPU cooler installation, etc.


You'll also find the screws that keep the middle HDD cage secured, you'll need to remove these before you can remove the HDD cage.


There's plenty of space behind the motherboard tray and there's no problem for us to hide all the PSU cables here even if you're using a non-modular PSU, thumbs up for Sharkoon for that!

Testing Method
Test Rig Configuration
CPU Cooler
Raijintek Triton 240
CPU
Intel Core i7 4790K
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 
Motherboard
ASUS Maximus Hero VII 
Memory
G.Skill TridentX 8GB
Primary Hard Drive
Crucial M500 120GB
Power Supply
Be quiet! Straight Power 10 600W

Moving on to the performance test, we ran a few stress test with the setup that we've prepared as above. Without any overclocking done to the test setup, our stress test involves the CPU stress test utility Prime95 with the option 'In-place large FFTs' while GPU stress test utility FurMark with its Furry Donut stress test for maximum heat output from both the CPU and GPU.



Before proceeding any further, I would like to clarify that the stress test is done purposely to obtain the maximum heat output from both GPU and CPU for us to observe the air circulation of the chassis. It is very unlikely for both components to hit this temperature reading in most of the real world usage (gaming, office work, music, video,etc).

The airflow isn't bad at all as according to 
the 2 test we've done separately - with and without its side panel. We're able to maintain both CPU and GPU at a decent temperature, with only around 2°C to 3°C.


Final Thoughts

The Cooling performance that goes as decent as how it looks, hardware compatibility was good too as we can shove pretty much any components we have in our arsenal in without any issue, excellent cable management feature and more, is what makes the Sharkoon BW9000-W is one good chassis that could potentially overshadow many chassis that falls under the same category and price range. 

The price of RM299 isn't really a bad price and if we put it side by side with many chassis of its category, not many of them is able to stood up against the offered feature and build quality of Sharkoon BW9000-W, which makes it a worthy option to consider for.   

Pros
  • Clean and minimalist design 
  • Sturdily build
  • Reasonable price
  • Removable HDD cage
  • Easy to install and disassemble
  • Good hardware compatibility and water cooling setup friendly 
  • Lots of space behind the motherboard tray for cable management
Cons
  • Installing radiator at the front of the chassis requires the removal of the middle HDD cage

March 25, 2016

Cooler Master Case Mod World Series 2016 Highlights #1

By: Low Chern Lin


It's been quite a while since the Cooler Master Case Mod World Series 2016 kicked off and modders around the globe are giving their very best effort to create the best-looking mod that will win them not only cash and prizes but also the glory that every modder can dream of.

Modders can choose to participate between 2 different category, Tower Mod and Scratch Build. We'll be highlighting the Tower Mod this time and here're some of the notable mentions from the list of Tower Mod submission:

Project Biohazard by Alex Snopek

Build Highlight

The first mention is the Project Biohazard by Alex Snopek from Poland, who has been a veteran in case mod for the past 10 years. Alex gave the Project Biohazard a touch of the beauty of the post-apocalyptic world with a lot of rust and that industrial like environment - something you can tell from the pipes and rusty toxic liquid. Alex also included a custom LCD screen on the side of the case that really adds up the vibe, as well as a pair of ASUS Strix gaming gear Strix Tactic Pro and Strix Claw in the same color scheme.

H.A.F Reborn by neSSa

Build Highlight

The second mention is the H.A.F Reborn by neSSa from SS PC Modding, the experts in bench tables and project based builds. neSSa mentioned that he's very emotionally attached to the Cooler Master HAF 932 and hence, gave birth to the H.A.F Reborn mod. The H.A.F Reborn mod gave the HAF 932 a new breath of life, just like the legendary Pheonix that rises from the ashes and it's one of the best looking Tower Mod we've seen so far. 

There's still quite a number of mods that is still in progress, but here's some sneak peak of the mods that we're looking forward to seeing its finish product:


Gigantea by David Cathey. We're totally unsure what will the finishing product look like, but from the looks of it... This is definitely a beast.



Fire And Blood by Gustavo Carvalho. The curves and layers totally reminded us of the badass Daedric armor from the game title The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Can't wait to see how will it looks like when it's done!



Porsche 917 Le Mans Tribute by MonsterMawd. The mod is based on the all time classic of Porshe's, the race car that gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in the year 1970 and 1971. Will it bring the same glory for MomsterMawd in this category? Stay tuned for the end product!



LaFerrari by Mubashar Aftab, a mod that makes its first appearance during the Cyberfusion 2015 in Malaysia and still continue to evolve until this very day. The mod is based on the renown racing car Ferrari and you can pretty much recognize the prancing horse logo and the high quality paint job done with the same Ferrari Red. 



Back to nature - Ivy by MegaSkot. This is a very unique mod that is made to look like as if it's totally made out of wood. The components is yet to be installed to this beautifully painted case but we're sure that MegaSkot has more surprise for everyone in the upcoming update on the worklog.

The mentioned Tower Mods above is only a part of the list of submission and just in case if you're interested to find out more on the other mods that's not mentioned above, kindly visit the Cooler Master Case Mod World Series 2016 forum: community.coolermaster.com

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