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September 30, 2016

Apacer Introduces Z280 M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD

By: Low Chern Lin

Apacer knows it best when it comes to speed and uncompromised gaming performance. Z280, the latest answer to advanced SSDs, supports PCIe Gen 3 x4 and is compliant with NVMe 1.2 in a M.2 form factor. The blazing speed will boost the game status without getting too costly. With sustained read/write performance at 2500MB/s and 1350MB/s, the compact M.2-2280 keeps everything efficient at a massive capacity of 480GB. Want to be one step ahead of others? Look no further than Z280, the high-performing SSD that is compatible with mini PCs and laptops. 

Rapidity & Jumbo Storage 
Built with upscale SSD technologies that Apacer is synonymous for and excellent quality MLC, the cutting-edge Z280 is compliant with NVMe 1.2 standard and features the latest PCIe Gen 3 x4 interface to provide up to 4 times of bandwidth. The expert team at Apacer raised the bar of the industry by creating a blistering transmission at 2500/MB & 1350MB per second. Offering a massive memory capacity of 480GB, Z280 has a random write of 175,000 IOPs to ensure all actions in each gaming scene is smoothly processed, fluid and sharp, efficiently boosting a gamer’s status. 

With only 80mm in length, Apacer Z280 adopts the ultra slim size of M.2-2280 and fits most of the laptops and mini PCs, easily turning any devices into highly portable gaming tools. With utmost performances and superb qualities, Z280 is undoubtedly the most powerful booster you can find for gameplay enhancement. 

Swiftness in a Stable, Safe Environment Enabled by Technical Advancements
Z280 is equipped with several advanced features to ensure PCIe Gen 3 x4 performs at optimum, including ECC with 120bit/2KB BCH, End-to-End Data Protection, Smart ECC™, Global Wear Leveling, for fortified SSD life, SmartRefresh, for maintaining accuracy and safety of data access, and S.M.A.R.T. monitoring system to keep all performances at their smoothest. Meanwhile, Apacer publishes specially designed Apacer SSDWidget software which allows users to examine the SSD status as well as instant firmware update.

In addition to all the phenomenal features, Apacer Z280 is an efficient power saver, capable of performing at low-power consumption, enabling to the laptop battery to sustain longer and PCs to be eco-friendlier. 

Facehugger Mod - KINGMAX DDR4 Memory Kit Mod By Jengki WMP

By: Low Chern Lin

The case modding scene has grown remarkably throughout the year and we can see plenty of modding competition going on, hosted by renown manufacturers like Cooler Master, In Win, Thermaltake, MSI, and more. 

These events acted as a stage to allow the hidden talent found in the modding scene to shine and modders from Thailand in particular, has gained quite a lot of attention with their wide variety of modding project that covers not only case mod, but scratch build, laptop modding, components modding has brought the meaning of modding in the PC enthusiasts community to another level.

Siratas “Jengki WMP” Vutipapornkul of Thailand, is a well-experienced case modder who is renowned for many of his Marvel character-themed mods and his mods can be spotted in quite a number of major events in the region, i.e VMODTech's Asia Lan Party, Computex, Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational, MSI PRO MOD, etc. 

If his Marvel character-themed mods doesn't impress you, you might want to have a check on one of his work for Gigabyte Extreme Gaming booth at Computex 2016, the Flying Killer Machine mod that is done with extreme precision in every last detail . 

The Facehugger mod is Jengki WMP's latest project in working, featuring the KINGMAX's DDR4 memory kit. Each memory module has a miniature Facehugger from the all time classic SciFi movie 'Alien' attached to give the memory kit a new flavor from the outer space. According to the modder himself, will be making its appearance at VMODTech's Asia LAN Party 2016 later in October 15, 2016 at Palladium World Shopping Mall Bangkok 5th Floor, Bangkok. 

If you wish to see more of his current and previous project worklog, kindly visit his Facebook profile at

Thermaltake Unveils Engine 27 Low Profile CPU Cooler, Powered by CoolChip's Kinetic Cooling

By: Low Chern Lin

CoolChip's partnership with Cooler Master on the Kinetic Cooling, a uniquely designed low-profile CPU cooler which consists of a metallic structure and copper base that provides more fortified and efficient thermal paths for CPU has gained quite an attention during CES 2015.

September 29, 2016

MSI Announces Intel 7th Generation LG1 1151 Socket CPU Support On All Existing MSI 100 Series Chipset Motherboards

By: Low Chern Lin

MSI, world leading and most popular gaming component brand, is pleased to announce that all current MSI 100 series chipset motherboards fully support the next generation LGA 1151 socket processors. The BIOS updates are now made available for download via the official MSI website. With these BIOS updates users can benefit from better performance and compatibility using the latest Intel processors with better specification and higher frequencies. Highly acclaimed, MSI continues to push for outstanding performance, a unique and attractive look & feel and solid reliability for its 100 series motherboards.

MSI 100 series motherboards latest BIOS list with next gen. of CPU support, available for download at

CORSAIR Launches DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition DDR4 Memory

By: Low Chern Lin

Corsair®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the immediate availability of its new DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition DDR4 memory. Adding a new level of refinement and distinction to the long standing CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM legacy, DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition is available in two exclusive new styles, mirror finish Chrome and brushed aluminum Blackout. Precision crafted in strictly limited quantities of 500 kits each of 32GB (4x8GB or 2x16GB) 3,200MHz DDR4, DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition also boasts improved integrated lighting via an illuminated light-pipe, patented DHX cooling technology and full XMP certification for one-touch overclocking.

ID-COOLING Announces Pure White ICEKIMO 240W Liquid Cooler

By: Low Chern Lin

ID-COOLING has been a strong presence in the PC cooling solutions market with quite a number of its exceptionally well performed coolers, especially for its pure white ICEKIMO 120W liquid cooler, With a large number of positive response and demand from the end users, ID-COOLING today releases the 240mm version of the pure white ICEKIMO 240W liquid cooler - square white water block, white tubing, painted white radiator and a pair of SF-12025 fans with white LED lighting. 

ASUS Republic of Gamers Opens First Ever MY Concept Store At Low Yat Plaza

By: Low Chern Lin

It might took them a while but it's finally here. ASUS Malaysia has officially launched the first Republic of Gamers Concept Store in Malaysia, as a part of the company's 10th Anniversary celebration. Located at G023B, Ground Floor, Low Yat Plaza, you'll find all the latest ROG products ranging from gaming laptops, desktops, peripheral, gaming monitors, routers to latest graphic cards and motherboards.

September 28, 2016

be quiet! Introduces Its New Silent Loop All-in-One Liquid Cooler

By: Low Chern Lin

be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for ten consecutive years*, today introduces its line of Silent Loop All-in-One water cooling systems. Through the use of an innovative decoupled reverse-flow pump, Silent Loop delivers high-performance cooling at a minimal sound level, guaranteeing quiet, efficient cooling for overclocked and high TDP CPUs in high-power computer systems. To ensure compatibility with all types of performance-heavy PCs, be quiet! offers three different Silent Loop models.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Centurion, Premium 7.1-Channel Surround-sound Gaming Headset

By: Low Chern Lin

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Centurion, a premium true 7.1-channel surround-sound gaming headset designed especially for professional and hardcore gamers. Created during ROG’s 10th anniversary, Centurion packs a decade of design and technological expertise into a one-of-a-kind gaming headset that delivers incredibly immersive sound, crystal-clear in-game communications, and amazing comfort with interchangeable ear cups. Together with an intuitive suite of hardware and software features that provide full audio control, this ultimate gaming headset sets a new standard in the proud ROG tradition of providing the best, most entertaining experiences to gamers.

EVGA Launches Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 FTW Hybrid

By: Low Chern Lin

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 FTW HYBRID cards are built from the ground up to be the best closed loop cooling solution for NVIDIA based graphics cards on the planet. It starts with power, our cards use our award winning FTW components, giving you the best power delivery, plus additional features like dual BIOS's, RGB Lighting, a 10CM fan and more.

AMD Announces Its Polaris GPU For The Embedded Market - Radeon E9260 and E9550

By: Low Chern Lin

AMD today announced the AMD Embedded Radeon E9260 and E9550 graphics processing units (GPUs), the industry’s first discrete embedded graphics cards leveraging the new AMD Polaris architecture. The cards are ideal for applications requiring rich multimedia and 4K video in power-constrained embedded environments. Use cases include immersive casino gaming, digital signage, 4K teleconferencing and interactive digital whiteboards, enhanced medical imaging for clinical diagnoses, and transportation instrumentation.

Nanoxia Announces The Availability Of Project S Silver

By: Low Chern Lin

The base for the development of the Project S has been the widely known “NanoXia Project”, which we first showed at Computex 2015 and which was also a great eye catcher at this year’s Gamescom in Cologne. The very elegant and extremely user friendly case combines high-grade steel for maximum stability, an aluminum front panel with RGB LED bar for the classic look and a top cover made of tempered glass to allow an unobstructed view on the interior of the case. 

The main feature of the case is – without a doubt – the „drawer-priciple”. This unique feature goes back to the original Nanoxia Project: A drawer allows users to pull out the complete system, including motherboard, power supply, hard disks and fans/radiators. It is also easily possible to simply take the whole drawer out – which makes the installation of the hardware a breeze. 

The particular elegant front offers not only HD audio and two USB 3.0 connectors, but also a UDB Type-C connector, which is looped to a corresponding connector at rear of the user’s motherboard. A multi-colored rigid LED bar can be found in the lower part of the aluminum front panel. By simply pushing the LED button – located in the I/O-panel – it is possible to switch between different colors or to simply switch it off completely, if desired.

The HDD/SSD mounting cages are fully modular, which makes the case very versatile. Two 3.5 inch drives can be mounted in a separate HDD cage located at the left side as seen from the front. Three 2.5 inch SSD holders can be found behind the front. The generous cable management below the motherboard tray allows for a very clean interior. Fans of water cooling can install 240/280 mm radiators behind the front, as well as a 360 mm model on the right side of the case. If users decide not to make use of the 3.5 inch cage, they can also mount a 120 mm radiator on the left side of the case. 

If users decide not to use the Project S as an HTPC case, they can also consider to use it as a mid-tower in an upright position. In this case, the glass top becomes the left side panel, the power supply will be located at the bottom and three case fans will allow for optimal ventilation. The case comes with easy-to-clean dust filters all around. 

The Project S in silver is now available in stores. The MSRP is 249.99€, including 19% VAT. The black edition is expected to arrive at the beginning of November.

September 27, 2016

Toshiba Introduces the Value Oriented OCZ TL100 SATA SSD Series

By: Low Chern Lin

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), a committed technology leader, today announces the launch of the OCZ TL100 SATA solid state drive (SSD) series. Designed for entry-level users with traditional hard disk drive (HDD) storage seeking an affordable upgrade solution, the Toshiba OCZ TL100 series provides the performance of SSD technology at an attractive price point.

Offering an easy and affordable way for value-oriented users to enhance their mobile or desktop systems, Toshiba OCZ TL100 SSDs improve home/office computing experiences, enabling increased system responsiveness and productivity over hard drives. With Toshiba TLC NAND flash memory under the hood, the TL100 series prioritizes both quality and affordability delivering the reliable system storage end users can rely on.

The TL100 series is rated for sequential read/write speeds of up to 550 MB/s and 530 MB/s, and random read/write performance of up to 85,000 and 80,000 4KiB input/output operations per second (IOPS), all while providing low power consuming storage that translates into a long battery life for on-the-go users.

“The Toshiba OCZ TL100 SATA SSD series demonstrates that “value” doesn’t have to mean end-users need to sacrifice performance or quality,” said Alex Mei, VP of Marketing, Consumer SSDs & Storage Outbound Marketing at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. “As an affordable upgrade option for home and office users, the TL100 series makes SSD performance and responsiveness more accessible to a wider audience.”

The OCZ TL100 SATA SSD series will be available in 120GB to 240GB capacities and will be backed by a 3-year Advanced Warranty Program, created to provide reliable customer service and mitigates the frustration surrounding warranty and support claims.

September 26, 2016

Logitech Unveils New M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Mouse

By: John Diew

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Sept. 26, 2016 — Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced the versatile Logitech® M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Mouse, designed to help people be more productive and easily work across multiple screens and operating systems. The mouse pairs with up to three devices at once and allows you to switch between them with the touch of a button. It works with Windows®, Mac OS®, Chrome OS TM , Android TM and Linux®. Built for endurance, versatility and comfort, the M720 Triathlon is sculpted to fit comfortably in your hand.

September 25, 2016

NVIDIA Rumored To Launch Both GTX 1050 And GTX 1050 Ti In October

By: Low Chern Lin

While some may be excited with the GeForce GTX 1050 that is expected to arrive later in October, a recent rumor from WCCFTech suggests that we might be expect for another surprise from NVIDIA - the GTX 1050 Ti.

According to the unconfirmed specifications on, the GTX 1050 Ti seems to have the same specifications as the GTX 1050 earlier. The GTX 1050 Ti will feature the Pascal GP107-400 that comes with a total of 768 CUDA Cores count, GPU clock of 1290 MHz and boost clock of 1381 MHz, a total of 4GB GDDR5 memory on 128-bit bus, with the memory which is clocked at 7GHz. 

The new specifications of the GTX 1050 as so it may seem, will feature a lower Pascal GP107-300 GPU, total CUDA core count of 640, higher GPU clock of 1354 MHz and boost clock of 1455 MHz, a total of 2GB GDDR5 memory on 128-bit bus but with undefined memory clock as of now.

Both the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti will feature a mere TDP of 75W and will still be positioned in between AMD's Radeon RX 460 ($119) and RX 470 ($179) with expected SRP of $149 for the GTX 1050 Ti and $119 for the GTX 1050.

(Source: WCCFTech, videocardz)

September 23, 2016

Choosing High Performance HDD Over Mainstream HDD - Is It Worth The Money?

By: Low Chern Lin

Be it a PC enthusiasts, gamers or people in the creative industry, they're all looking for responsive and fast performance from their system and storage drive is one of the crucial component that plays an important role in delivering the best possible performance.

High performance storage device, SSD especially, is definitely a way to go for if you need a blazing fast performance, but what stands in the way is non other than limitation in terms of capacity and cost. SSD for OS and HDD for storage in a system is a commonly used solution, but the choice HDD is debatable as always -  - will high performance HDD do any better than a mainstream HDD? 

WD Black drives, Seagate Barracuda, Toshiba P300, etc are some of the widely known high performance HDD in the market and many of us is eager to know if the money that we're planning to spend on it will be a worthy investment, since some would cost roughly 30 - 50% more over the mainstream choices.

We ran a series of test to verify the performance difference with a WD Blue 6TB drive, WD Black 6TB drive and an Intel 520 Series 240GB SSD, and the results of those test is populated graphs as below:

Just to highlight again, performance HDD doesn't comes cheap, as according to the current pricing for a WD Blue 6TB (RM989) and WD Black 6TB (RM1349) on Lazada. Significant difference in terms of performance can be observed on the WD Black drive throughout our test, but that doesn't means that it's totally superior over the mainstream WD Blue drive as it is pretty much negligible if the drive is used ONLY for office work i.e processing document, checking emails. 

The group of people who will sure to benefit from it would be PC enthusiasts, gamers and people in the creative industry who is looking for a storage solution that offers the sweet spot for speed and capacity without having to break the bank with a high capacity SSD, given that a 1TB SSD would cost you almost the amount as a WD Black 6TB drive.

September 22, 2016

Scythe Announces Byakko Compact CPU Cooler

By: Low Chern Lin

Japanese cooling expert Scythe announces a new addition to the tower-design CPU cooler line-up. Scythe Byakko is a compact cooling solution with a total height of mere 130 millimeters, which fits in virtually every PC case. Great compatibility is assured thanks to the asymmetric alignment of the base-plate and the heatsink. Byakko is equipped with Scythes Slip Stream 92 PWM fan, offering a wide speed range for different purposes. User friendly and fast mounting of Byakko on both Intel® and AMD® Sockets is accomplished thanks to the supplied mounting clips.

Scythe Byakko was designed with the aim to fit into most PC cases on the market and to offer maximum compatibility to tall memory modules as well as VRM heatsinks. All this is possible thanks to the compact dimensions of 102 x 130 x 84 mm (W x H x D) and the new asymmetric design of the heatsink. Three high-quality copper heatpipes with 6 millimeter diameter are connecting the solid copper base-plate and the aluminum fins-stack heatsink. Both the copper-heatpipes and the copper-baseplate are nickel-plated in the final process, in order to avoid corrosion and to improve the quality. 

The new heatsink comes with a pre-installed Slip Stream 92 PWM (SY9225SL12M-P) axial-fan, which offers flexible speed range, starting at ultra-silent 300 RPM and going up to 2.300 RPM for best performance. This speed range allows steady airflow from 11,38 to 79,09 m³/h, respectively 6,70 to 46,55 CFM.

Byakko is equipped with a simple yet versatile mounting system, allowing secure and fast mounting process on various CPU sockets. The list of compatible CPU Sockets is long and covers all major sockets, such as the Intel® Sockets LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366 as well as the AMD® Sockets AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 and FM2+. The package includes all required clips for mounting, a user-manual as well as a package of thermal grease.

Scythe Byakko with the Model-No. SCBYK-1000 is available as of today on the European market with the MSRP of 20,50 € (VAT/Taxes not included).

September 21, 2016

Cooler Master MasterBox 5 Dual Tone Review

By: Low Chern Lin

Started off with the MasterCase 5 and its 'Make It Yours' initiative, Cooler Master has made quite a progress after they announced its maker concept and maker ecosystem 2 years ago during Computex 2015. While things are looking good for the MasterCase, some find its form factor inconvenient, especially for users who is fond with a smaller sized chassis. 

Cooler Master expanded its product line this year, during Computex 2016, with the MasterBox series as one of the highlight throughout the exhibition and we're reviewing one of them in the lineup today, white with DarkMirror front panel, the MasterBox 5 Dual Tone.

(The MasterBox 5  comes in 3 variant, windowed and non-windowed black with meshed front panel and windowed white with DarkMirror front panel, a retailed at RM399) 

Model Number
Available Color
Steel body, Plastic front cover
Dimensions (LxWxH)
500 x 220 x 475mm
Motherboard Support
ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Expansion Slots
Drive Bays
Cages are sold separately
Combo 3.5"/ 2.5"
I/O Port
USB 3.0 x 2
Audio in / out
Pre-installed Fan(s)
120mm x 1
120mm x 1
Fan Support
120mm / 140mm x 2
120mm x 1
Liquid Cooling Support
240mm / 280mm radiator, up to 50mm thickness without fan
CPU Cooler
167mm / 6.5"
180mm / 7.1"
410mm / 16.1"
Cable Routing
Behind Motherboard Tray
25mm - 35mm
Dust Filters
Front, bottom
Power Supply Support
Bottom mount, ATX


The MasterBox 5 ships in an environmentally friendly cardboard box and with its features highlighted at the back of the box.

The accessories included aren't exactly fancy - a pack containing zip ties, necessary screws, stand-offs, but it's definitely sufficient to get the job done.

The protection were pretty standard, flanked in between 2 pieces of polystyrene foam as protection against shock during transportation and plastic cover to prevent minor scratches.

Though it comes in smaller size, the MasterBox 5 does share quite a few similarities with the MasterCase 5 in terms of design. 

The front I/O has everything well labelled, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, power and reset button, audio jacks.

The front panel is equipped with a DarkMirror panel for the aesthetics with LED fans, and under that panel you'll find a 120mm fan for intake, as well as the support for up to 360mm radiator with an optional bracket that can be purchased from the CM Store.

The MasterBox 5 has a windowed side panel with a large window to satisfy your need for hardware showcase.

Everything looks pretty standard at the back of the chassis, but we can see that the MasterBox 5 did come with an extra feature for vertically mounted graphics card for hardware showcase - you'll have to get your own PCIe riser though.

At the bottom of the chassis, you'll have the elevated design which supports better airflow for the bottom mounted power supply. And like most of the chassis nowadays, the MasterBox 5 has a dust filter included at the power supply area to minimize the dust intake to your power supply.

The interior of the MasterBox 5, with and without the power supply cover and hard drive cage. It's surprisingly spacious for a PC chassis of its size and it's capable of supporting CPU cooler up to 167mm height, graphics card of up to 307mm length, motherboard with form factor of ITX to not only ATX as what's stated in the specs, but E-ATX as well. 

The MasterBox 5 too comes with a power supply cover for the aesthetics, a design that has become a new trend and can be seen on the products of big players in the PC chassis market.

The removable hard drive cage support up to 2 HDD and the SSD bracket can be mounted on top of the cage, which ever that suits you, just make it your way. 

The MasterBox 5 supports 240mm/280mm radiator by default, and up to 360mm radiator with an optional bracket that can be purchased from CM Store for water cooling setup and if you need a thicker radiator, or just wanted to have a push and pull setup, all you have to do is to remove the hard drive cage for that extra space required. 

The 2.5" drive mount supports up to 3 drives, though you will need to purchase that extra 2.5" drive bracket as the MasterBox 5 only comes with one.

Behind the motherboard tray, you'll find more of what the MasterBox 5 can offer. Cutout for 2.5" drive mount, cutout for cable routing and of course, a plenty amount of space to get all the magic done with this small chassis.

Performance Test
Test Rig Configuration
CPU Cooler
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 
I7 4790K @4.6GH
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC
ASUS ROG Maximus VII Hero
Kingston Savage DDR3 16GB kit
Primary Hard Drive
Crucial M500 120GB
Power Supply
be quiet! Straight Power 10 600W PSU
Cooler Master MasterBox 5
Display Monitor
Dell U2312HM

Moving on to the performance test, we ran a few stress test with the setup that we've prepared as above. These 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. 

While it doesn't offer modularity and expandability as much as a MasterCase 5, the MasterBox 5 is one very capable chassis of its size, a small sized but spacious mid-tower that offers quite a reasonable support for high-end motherboards and graphics card, CPU coolers and water cooling kit - all that's enough for you to build a very capable gaming rig. On top of that, the large window on the side panel provide excellent hardware showcase, something you can proudly brag to your friends and family.

In short, if you need a good enthusiasts grade chassis for all the high-end components, cooling solution, yet not a big fan of a colossal chassis, the MasterBox 5 is one good alternative for all those needs, at a considerable price tag of RM399.

  • Simple and sleek design
  • Good features and build quality
  • Good hardware compatibility
  • Comes with power supply cover
  • Decent cable management design
  • Reasonable support for water cooling setup
  • Comes with only one 2.5" HDD/SSD mounting bracket
  • The included fan isn't moving a lot of air
  • Odd position of the PSU cover cutout for cable routing