CM01
CM02

Win a trip to Hollywood with Cooler Master!

Check out Cooler Master's Power Rangers movie campaign now to learn more.

MSI Gaming GT73VR 6RF Titan Pro Gaming Notebook Review

The portable gaming powerhouse packed with the latest GeForce GTX 1080 desktop grade graphics and 4k resolution.

Cooler Master MasterBox 5 Dual Tone Review

Great features and modularity at smaller size and lower price.

Unboxing and Review: Logitech K380 Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard

It's a pain to get just a bluetooth keyboard for each device. Why not go for one that actually works with multiple device altogether?

Unboxing and Preview: Raijintek Triton 280 Liquid Cooler

This is probably the best AIO we have tested to date.

August 31, 2016

ASUS Announces VivoStick, Intel Atom Powered Pocket-sized PC at RM699

ASUS today announced VivoStick, a pocket-sized PC that turns any HDMI display or TV into a Windows PC or smart TV for work or play. VivoStick is powered by an Intel® Atom™ processor with 2GB RAM, and has 32GB of onboard storage space. It delivers fast and responsive performance and is plug-and-play-ready without the need for complicated setup. Despite its compact size, it has 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® 4.1, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port and an audio jack, plus an internal cooling fan to guard against overheating. VivoStick is an affordable and space-saving PC that is ideal for the home or office.
Elegant design with Zen-inspired elements
The fountain pen-inspired VivoStick features smooth, elegant lines and an understated high-sheen luster coat. Its power button and HDMI cap sports the classic Zen-inspired spun-metal-effect finish. Its slim and compact design measures just 135 x 36 x 16.5mm to save precious desktop space; and it can be mounted on the back of a display thanks to its extension cable and VivoStick Holder.
Wireless home entertainment
Users can cast content to larger screen with ASUS HyStream, this app lets them mirror or stream Full HD movies, videos, or photos stored on their Android™ or iOS smartphones, tablets, or PCs to a HDMI-enabled TV in any home theater setup. 

Users can control VivoStick via their mobile phones or tablets with the ASUS VivoRemote app. This app gives users a wireless keyboard and mouse feature, one-click shortcuts to Home or the Windows start menu, as well as media playback and volume control. In addition, VivoRemote Center provides a mobile-like experience by grouping frequently-used apps in a single folder; users can also create categorized folders and shortcuts to open files or execute commands.

VivoStick gives users the full PC experience anywhere in the home, allowing them to get work done, stream HD videos, or catch up with family and friends via social media apps on their TV. Xbox One™ support even allows users to access their console with VivoStick. VivoStick can also be plugged into a projector for presentations or movies. In addition, users can bring VivoStick instead of their laptops when going on vacation; they can hook it up to their hotel room TV to watch videos on YouTube™, Netflix® or Amazon Prime®. 


For business or commercial use
VivoStick is ideal for individuals who are always on the go, or as a low-maintenance and cost-effective solution for a fleet of computers for business, commercial, and educational use. VivoStick can be used as a thin-client platform for call centers, computer labs in schools, or small businesses. The firmware-based Trusted Platform Module (fTPM) safeguards internal data structures against real-world threats.

Touchscreen support makes VivoStick PC an attractive proposition as a cost-effect self-service guest computing kiosk in airports, hotels, malls, and tourist attractions. It works as a dedicated single-purpose point-of-sale (POS) machine at checkout counters, retail stores, fast food chains, and restaurants. It can serve as a digital signage solution for in-store displays, outdoor sign boards, or even outfield scoreboards.

To guard against theft when used in public places, an eyelet notch lets users secure VivoStick to a monitor or display, with a buzzer sounding if it is removed.

Availability & Pricing
The VivoStick is available in all major retail stores nationwide from today onwards at the price of RM699.

Intel's 7th Generation Core Processors Announced, Desktop Variant To Be Available On Jan 2017


Intel has finally revealed its 7th Gen Intel Core processor family today, the final member of its 'Process, Architecture, Optimization' 3-stage development plan, with Broadwell as the product of the 'Process' stage, Skylake for 'Architecture' stage and the 7th Gen for the current 'Optimization' stage. As previous rumor which suggests that the latest gen CPU is already on its way to the OEMs, we can confirm that those are actually the mobile variant of the 7th Gen targeted for the sales in 2016 Q3. The desktop variant, however, will not be arriving by 2016 Q4 but rather, later in Jan 2017.


The 7th Gen are built on the strong foundation of the 14nm Skylake architecture Gen9 graphics and it's further optimized to deliver an even responsive performance to get users ready for the immersive internet. The new media engine as Intel claims, allows faster 4K UHD creation, watching and streaming of 4K UHD content longer than the previous gen processors, thanks to its HEVC 10-bit decode capability delivers smooth premium content playback up to 4K UHD, VP9 decode capability allows power efficient smooth 4K UHD, 4K 360° video playback while multitasking.


According to some of the slides provided by Intel, the 7th Gen measures a total of 19% more responsiveness and 12% more productivity over the previous gen Skylake CPUs, as well as battery life gain of 1.75x and 2.6x respectively while watching  4K VP9 content on YouTube and 4K HEVC 10-bit local videos.

Unboxing & Preview: SilverStone SFX Series SX500-LG Power Supply


Small form factor builds were often used as HTPC for home entertainment purposes, a lightweight gaming machine for LAN party enthusiasts who wanted to enjoy games with other enthusiasts, or perhaps gamers who always travels around and prefer a proper gaming machine over a gaming notebook. Regardless of its purposes, these builds usually require a small form factor power supply that will fit in a small form factor chassis, especially a slim type small form factor chassis like the SilverStone RVZ02.

Unlike the mainstream power supply, a small form factor power supply isn't widely available and most of them comes only in 400W or lower, which aren't capable of supporting high-end graphics card even though graphics card manufacturer like NVIDIA has vastly improved the power efficiency of its high-end graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1080 to run on a mere 500W power supply. 

SilverStone is one of the very few power supply manufacturers that offers high-powered small form factor power supply and in this article, we'll be checking out on the SFX Series SX500-LG 80 Plus Gold certified power supply, which is just about the minimum requirement to power up a GeForce GTX 1080... Or is it? 

(The SilverStone SFX Series SX500-LG retails at RM 435)

Specifications
Model No.
SST-SX500-LG
Max. DC Output
500W
Power density
484W per liter
Load Range

+3.3V
+5V
+12V
+5VSB
-12V
Max.(Amps)
20A
20A
40A
3.0A
0.3A
Peak (Amps)
/
/
/
/
/
Min.(Amps)
0A
0A
0A
0A
0A
Range (%)
±3%
±3%
±3%
±5%
±10%
Line Reg.(%)
±1%
±1%
±1%
±1%
±2%
Ripple(mVp-p)
50mA
50mA
120mV
50mV
120mV
Color
BlackLead-Free Paint
combined +3.3, +5V
105W
combined +12V
480W
Input Voltage
90V ~ 264V
Input Frequency Range
47Hz ~ 63Hz
PFC
Active PFCPF>0.95 at full load
Efficiency
87%~90%20% to 100% loading
MTBF
100,000 hours
Operating temperature
0°C ~ 40°C
Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Voltage Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Under voltage protection
Short Circuit Protection
Connectors
1 x 24 / 20-Pin motherboard connector300mm
1 x 8 / 4-Pin EPS / ATX 12V connector
400mm
2 x 8 / 6-Pin PCIE connector
400mm / 150mm
3 x SATA connector
300mm / 200mm / 100mm
2 x 4-Pin Peripheral connector
300mm / 200mm
1 x 4-Pin Floppy connector
300mm / 200mm / 200mm
Cooling System
Single 120mm silent fan
Noise Level
0 ~ 36 dBA (SX500-LG V1.0)
18 ~ 36 dBA (SX500-LG V2.0)
Dimension
125 mm (W) × 63.5 mm (H) × 130 mm (D)
Weight
1.4 Kg
Form factor
Certification
80 PLUS Gold
Other
Includes SFX to ATX bracket for use in ATX case
GPU Support list
Compatible with ATX12V v2.4

Packaging

Highlighted features and some specifications of the SX500-LG can be found at the front of the box for easy reference. Detailed specifications ready with graphs can be found at the back of the box in case if one is interested to know more after looking at the highlighted features at the front of the box.


Inside the box, you'll find a user's manual, mounting frame for chassis that only takes standard sized power supply, a power cord, modular cable set consist of 24pin connector, PCIe power connector for 2 x 6+2pin, 4pin molex connector, SATA connector, and the SX500-LG itself.


As a small form factor power supply, the SX500-LG comes in a smaller dimension of 125mm x 63.5mm x 130mm and with a 120mm cooling fan installed instead of the usual 140mm cooling fan on a standard sized power supply.


On closer inspection, we can see that the SX500-LG uses a slim 120mm cooling fan to gain better compatibility among most chassis used for small form factor build.


The SX500-LG is using the same honeycomb ventilation design like most of the power supply available in the market, a design that has been proven to promote maximize airflow throughout the enclosure of the power supply.


Despite its small size, the SX500-LG is a mini beast that is capable of delivering 20A on both +3.3V and +5V rail, and a whopping 40A on the +12V rail. Technically, the power output from the SX500-LG is more than enough to support even a GeForce GTX 1080 with ease.


As it's specially tailored for small form factor build, on the SX500-LG comes with a fully modular design and the connectors available are meant for a mini-ITX form factor motherboard and one graphics card. You can use it on a build with ATX form factor motherboard of course, but that will defeat the purpose of its small form factor design. 

User Experience
As Tech Critter do not own any industrial grade load tester to perform intensive tests on the power supplies on hand, we will be performing tests from the end user's angle. 

We've mounted the SilverStone SFX Series SX500-LG on our Raven Series RVZ02 small form factor test system and have gone through numerous tests which involve stress test and overclocking various hardware throughout the weeks; AIDA64 System Stability Test is done using Intel i7 4790K installed on the ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VI Impact, as well as FurMark stress test using all of NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics cards. We're glad to report that the SX500-LG easily survived the stress test with our i7 4790K overclocked to 4.6GHz and all the GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics cards overclocked to its best stable performance.

Final Thoughts
While the SX500-LG might be a little costly for a 500W 80 Plus gold rated power supply, we shouldn't overlook its features such as small form factor and fully modular cable design, all cables with flexible flat array, high power output on the +12V rail, which is an obvious beneficial features for a small form factor build. If you're really into building yourself a small form factor powerhouse, the RM435 that you'll be spending on the SX500-LG is definitely a worthy investment.  

August 30, 2016

Thermal Grizzly Kyronaut Thermal Compound Review


Thermal Grizzly is a rather new name in the thermal paste market but it didn't take long for the company to step into the spotlight as both its Kyronaut and Hydronaut thermal paste quickly took the crowd by storm and with all the positive feedbacks and reviews that are flooding in, Thermal Grizzly is now the new king in the thermal paste market. 

We ourselves has been curious of the Kyronaut since our visit to the HWBot World Tour 2016 and we were able to secured a Thermal Grizzly Kyronaut 5.5g syringe from Thermal Grizzly Malaysia to finally experience the much endorsed thermal paste ourselves here at Tech Critter's lab.

(Thermal Grizzly Kyronaut retails at RM29 for 1g syringe and RM69 for 5.5g syringe) 

Specifications

Packaging

The packaging is rather simple and not as attractive as most of the renown thermal compound that comes in a hard plastic or fancy box, but we find this a more preferred packaging as it's way much easier to unbox when you're in a hurry. Thermal Grizzly offers both of its Kyronaut and Hydronaut in the same type of packaging, except for the label stickers used to differentiate both of the company's thermal compound. 


Inside the packaging, you'll find a quick start guide, Thermal Grizzly sticker, a rubber TIM applicator which is to be attached to the syringe and the syringe containing the Kyronaut thermal compound.

Thermal Performance Test
We've conducted the test with an Intel Core i7 4790K running at 4.6GHz using a Raijintek Triton 240 liquid cooler and the grain of rice application method. We've conducted a set of burn-in test to see how well will each of the thermal compound used performs. As curing time is always required for most of the thermal compound, so we divided the burn-in test into few sets and each set of test is to run for days in order to monitor the supposed curing time. Temperature reading is then recorded and presented in the graph as below:



As we ramp up the heat with prime95 for maximum heat output, we can observe temperature spiked up to the range of 76°C ~78°C during the first set of the test. Lower temperature reading can be observed after a few days across all the thermal compound used in the test, displaying different curing time of its own. 

The Thermal Grizzly Kyronaut performs a whole lot better than we've expected, beating some of the market-leading thermal compound with the least curing time and best thermal performance displayed.

Verdict
With such excellence displayed throughout the test, we have no reason to doubt the Thermal Grizzly Kyronaut as one of the most popular thermal compound used by PC enthusiasts and overclockers around the globe.

If you find that RM69 for the 5.5g syringe might be an overly expensive amount of money to pay for a thermal compound, here's the deal, it beats pretty much all of the popular high-performance thermal compound available and you can opt for the RM29 1g syringe, which is more than enough for few times of generous amount of pea-size application.

Pros
  • Excellent thermal performance
  • Almost no curing time is required to reach optimal performance
  • No signs of bleed
  • Easy application with the rubber spreader
Cons
  • Costly

ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura Now Available In Malaysia


ASUS today announced Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura, the world’s first 3D-printing-friendly motherboard with a patent-pending mounting design, plus Aura RGB LED lighting to enable the creation of exciting color-matched custom builds with ease. 

Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura is packed with many exclusive features optimized for the best gaming experience and incorporating multiple performance-boosting overclocking technologies. Features include flawless gaming audio with SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II, plus superior gaming networking and speed with Intel Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard, GameFirst IV and RAMCache technologies. The new motherboard even protects itself and the gamer with Gamer’s Guardian components, multiple smart DIY features and the all-new, reinforced SafeSlot PCIe®.

Based on the Intel® Z170 chipset, Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura’s ASUS-exclusive performance-enhancing features include 5-Way Optimization auto-tuning technology for instant speed boosts, second-generation T-Topology for next-level DDR4 memory overclocking, and Pro Clock technology for turbo-charged base-clock (BCLK) frequencies.
Built to customize: Patent-pending mounting of 3D-printed parts, plus Aura RGB LED lighting
Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura is the world’s first 3D-printing-friendly motherboard with a patent-pending mounting design, and represents the roll-out of the Make It Your Own 3D Printing Project, demonstrated by ASUS on a variety of modified X99 motherboards and concept designs at Computex 2016. Our patent-pending mounting application gives users exclusive freedom to easily mount their custom 3D-printed parts in the Z170 Pro Gaming/ Aura’s M.2 area, or even extend to the audio area, using the standard included M.2 nuts. Hobbyists can download, design and print custom nameplates and then integrate them seamlessly into their Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura builds. Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura also enables enthusiast and modders to design protective armor or cable-management solutions using the exclusive dedicated 3D-printing mounts. ASUS intends to release a variety of 3D source files, from customizable nameplates and cable-management solutions, making it easy for users to create perfectly color-matched aesthetics.

Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura users can also customize their builds using Aura, the exclusive RGB LED-illumination technology invented by ASUS. Aura makes it easy to light up any Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura build with an endless spectrum of color combinations, as well as enabling loads of fascinating and fun effects — all of which can be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable ASUS hardware. 

Aura includes simple software controls for customizing the LED lighting. The intuitive interface lets gamers cast a stunning multi-color glow across builds, including static, a breathing effect, strobing, and color cycle, plus the ability to change shades to indicate CPU temperature, or pulsate in time to the beat of favorite music. Other named effects include Rainbow, Comet, Flash and Dash, Wave, Starry Night and Glowing Yo-Yo.

Built to game: SupremeFX, Sonic Radar II, Intel Ethernet, LANGuard, GameFirst IV and RAMCache
Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura has SupremeFX audio technology built in with a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 115dB for near-lossless audio quality, and premium Nichicon® audio capacitors for warmer, more natural sounds.

SupremeFX is engineered with effective shielding to prevent electromagnetic interference, preserving the integrity of audio signals for the premium quality. It also has a 300ohm-headphone amplifier to drive some of the very best headphones available for exceptional, immersive gaming audio and music-listening. The illuminated red-line shielding is even customizable, enabling the user to create eye-catching lighting effects.

For a helping hand on the battlefield, Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to, all managed via a simple control panel and customizable game list. This allows the player to see the direction and origin of key in-game sounds, and practice enemy-pinpointing skill. It also includes exclusive Audio Enhancement technology to clarify every blast.

Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura has the very latest Intel Gigabit Ethernet (I219-V) integrated to reduce CPU overhead and deliver exceptionally-high TCP and UDP throughput, freeing up more computing power for gaming and gameplay. It also has ASUS-exclusive LANGuard with signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted to ensure reliable connections and better throughput, plus electrostatically-guarded and surge-protected components (ESD Guards) for 1.9X-greater tolerance to static electricity and 2.5X-greater protection (up to 15KV) against surges.

GameFirst IV optimizes network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming, and includes Multi-Gate Teaming that enables Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura users to team all their networks for maximum bandwidth and the smoothest-ever gameplay. GameFirst IV also includes all-new Intelligent mode, which automatically compiles a database by parsing new app data to ensure that every game is optimized to maximize performance potential.

Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura’s uniquely-intelligent RAMCache technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds, getting to work the moment it’s activated. RAMCache turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times to stratospheric levels, and minimizes risk of data loss.
Built to perform: 5-Way Optimization, second-gen T-Topology and Pro Clock technology
Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura’s 5-Way Optimization technology provides instant, highly-controllable performance boosts. This exclusive tool dynamically optimizes ASUS TPU (TurboV Processing Unit), EPU (Energy Processing Unit) and Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM), Fan Xpert 3 and Turbo App technologies for precision-enhanced performance and efficiency, and all with a single click. Performance is smoother, energy use is lowered, power is ultra-stable, operation is cooler and fans are quieter.

The new motherboard also has second-generation ASUS T-Topology built in, enabling users to take DDR4 memory overclocking to new heights: up to 3466MHz is possible with all memory slots populated. Featuring a customized trace layout for reduced crosstalk and coupling noise, second-generation T-Topology ensures time-aligned signal transfer for improved memory stability and compatibility.

Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura includes Pro Clock technology, a dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 6th-generation Intel processors that allows overclocked base-clock frequencies up to 400MHz. This custom solution works in tandem with the ASUS TPU to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control. Boot times can be reduced, jitter is lowered and stability is increased under heavy overclocking — providing an exciting new way to boost performance to the extreme.

Built to protect: ASUS-exclusive SafeSlot, Gamer’s Guardian components and smart DIY features
Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura has loads of self-defenses called Gamer’s Guardian, including the all-new, reinforced SafeSlot PCIe. This has been engineered by ASUS to provide superior retention and shearing resistance. Manufactured in a single step using a new insert -molding process that integrates the slot with the fortifying metal for an inherently stronger slot, which is then firmly anchored to the motherboard through additional solder points.

Gamer’s Guardian also includes the Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) for ultra-smooth and ultra-clean power delivery to the CPU, DRAM Overcurrent Protection with resettable fuses to prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage, and superior chokes.

Smart DIY features include the pin-protecting CPU Installation Tool, one-clip Q-Slot graphics card installation and Q-DIMM memory slots with one-sided clips for super-simple, super-secure handling of memory modules. Q-Shield prevents nicks and cuts during building, while four Q-LED lamps indicate problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card or boot device for quick diagnosis.

ASUS ESD Guards actively protect against sudden electrostatic discharge (ESD), ensuring port protection for USB, audio and LAN that's up to twice as resilient as industry standards.

Availability & Pricing
The ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura is available in all major retail stores from today onwards at the price of RM820.

August 27, 2016

20% More Power Efficient Than GDDR5X, Samsung To Debut GDDR6 In 2018


As the 2nd Generation High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) is about to make its debut to the consumer market via AMD's next generation graphics, SK Hynix is already preparing for the HBM3 that is capable of delivering a whopping 2TB/s memory bandwidth. Samsung however, is working on a relatively inexpensive standard, GDDR6, hoping to be able to deliver it by 2018.


According to Samsung, the proposed GDDR6 will offer a much higher bandwidth of 16Gbps, which is roughly 60% more bandwidth over the 10Gbps offered by the current GDDR5X. Of course, higher memory bandwidth isn't the only thing to expect from GDDR6, as it also feature a much more efficient LP5 controller that is capable of reducing up to 20% power draw over GDDR5X while maintaining a higher capable clock speed in proportionate to the power drawn.

(Source: TechPowerUp)

August 26, 2016

30 Lucky Winners Of Samsung Great Galaxy Raya Deals Contest Drives Away Brand New Honday City


It was definitely an unforgettable day for 30 lucky winners as they drive away with a brand new Honda City each from the Samsung Great Galaxy Raya Deals contest, today. 

The ‘Samsung Great Galaxy Raya Deals’ was organised with the objective of creating touch points with the public who purchased selected Samsung’s Galaxy mobile devices, tablets or wearables above RM300 from any participating Samsung authorized dealers from 23rd May 2016 till 17th July 2016. The ‘Samsung Great Galaxy Raya Deals’ was launched and received strong support with a total of more than 28,000 successful submissions. 

Mr Lee Jui Siang, Vice President, IT & Mobile Business Unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics mentioned that the reception towards this promotion has been very positive and is pleased to know that Samsung Galaxy devices continued to received customers’ confidence and support after all this time. 

“We certainly hope that a brand new car will put a smile on their faces as they drive back to their hometowns next month during the long Hari Raya Aidiladha weekend. Congratulations to all the 30 lucky winners and we thank you for your trust in Samsung brand!” said Mr Lee. 

Needless to say, the 30 lucky winners of a brand new Honda City were thrilled and surprised when they were notified as the winners. 

“I have wanted to get the Galaxy S7 edge so when I came across the promotion; it made my decision even easier. I was trying my luck and I certainly did not expect that my purchase would win a brand new car. Thank you Samsung Malaysia Electronics for your continuous offerings of these amazing rewards!” said Mohd Fathollah Zamir bin Mutti. 

“This is a lovely surprise and a very nice gesture from Samsung Malaysia Electronics. I didn’t think much about this after my purchase but what are the odds! The Galaxy Note5 is by far my best purchase ever and I can’t wait to ride in my new car!” share Yap Mooi Kheng. 

“I am so excited beyond words now! I bought the Galaxy J5 because I need a new phone; and now I have a new car! This Raya Aidiladha will be even sweeter now that I can drive my family back to our hometown in comfort. Thank you, Samsung!” said Nurul Alya. 

“At Samsung, our customers are our utmost priority. We will always go that extra mile to show our gratitude to our customers by having great deals like this one. So please stay tuned for upcoming deals!” Mr Lee added. 

For the complete list of winners of the Samsung Great Galaxy Raya Deals, do visit: http://www.samsung.com/my/raya2016/im-WinnerPage.html.