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Streaming Games On Facebook Live - NVIDIA ShadowPlay or OBS Studio?

Streaming games on Facebook Live is a faster way to reach your audience, but which one is better?

ASUS VivoBook S15 (S510U) Review - The 15-Incher On Budget

Check out on this review article to learn more about ther ASUS VivoBook S15 (S510U)!

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and Ryzen 5 1400 Performance Review - It's finally here!

Why pay more for Intel i5 when the Ryzen 5 can give you more?

July 31, 2017

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix RX Vega 64

By: Low Chern Lin


Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced StrixRX Vega 64, a VR-ready gaming graphics card with ultra-fast gaming performance, advanced cooling and reliability, and personalized styling. 

Kingston Server Premier DDR4 2666MT/s Registered DIMMS Receive Validation on Intel Purley Platform

By: Low Chern Lin



Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its 32GB, 16GB and 8GB Server Premier DDR4-2666 Registered DIMMs have received validation on the Intel Purley Platform, featuring the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor family (formerly known as “Skylake-SP”). A link to the validation page can be found here. This validation also marks the launch of Kingston’s new Server Premier product line, which is focused on the latest server architectures making their debut in 2017. Kingston’s new Server Premier builds on a legacy of class-leading server memory quality that target system builders, SMB and data centers with a fully locked build solution for guaranteed consistency. 

July 28, 2017

Delided Threadripper CPU Shows No Sign Of Poor Quality TIM - It's Soldered!

By: Low Chern Lin



Der8auer, renown overclocker from Germany has recently delided the much hyped AMD Threadripper 1950X CPU in one of his recent video, showing that the IHS are actually soldered to the CPU die. 

MSI Announces List of RYZEN 3 Ready AM4 Motherboards

By: Low Chern Lin


MSI, world leading in gaming motherboards design, is pleased to announce that all its X370, B350 and A320 based GAMING & PRO Series motherboards support the all-new Ryzen 3 line of processors, out of the box.

July 27, 2017

Western Digital Announces Four-Bits-Per-Cell Technology on 3D NAND - 50% Capacity Increase Over Three-Bits-Per-Cell Architecture

By: Low Chern Lin



Western Digital Corp. today announced its successful development of four bits per cell, X4, flash memory architecture offering on 64-layer 3D NAND, BiCS3, technology. Building on its pioneering innovation of X4 for 2D NAND technology and past success in commercializing it, the company has now developed X4 for 3D NAND by leveraging its deep vertical integration capabilities. These include silicon wafer processing, device engineering to provide sixteen distinct data levels in every storage node, and system expertise for overall flash management. BiCS3 X4 technology delivers an industry-leading storage capacity of 768 gigabits on a single chip, a 50 percent increase from the prior 512 gigabit chip that was enabled with the three bits per cell (X3) architecture. Western Digital will showcase removable products and solid-state drives built with BiCS3 X4 and systems capabilities in August at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California.

July 25, 2017

ASUS ROG G752VS Gaming Notebook Review

By: John Diew


The ASUS Republic of Gamers G-series gaming notebook is the brand's premium gaming lineup. Today what we have in our labs is the ASUS ROG G752VS gaming laptop where it has received a refresh and now comes with Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake Core i7-7700HQ processor. Special thanks to ASUS Malaysia for the provision of the review unit. Without further ado, let's dive into the review.

The ASUS ROG G752VS Kaby Lake retails for RM 11,099.

July 24, 2017

Microsoft Paint Will Be Removed In The Next Windows 10 Creators Update

By: Low Chern Lin



While there will be a ton variety of new features in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators update, something that most of us are familiar will be taken off in this time around. Microsoft has hinted that Microsoft Paint (aka MSPaint.exe) is on the list of features to be removed with the introduction of the new Paint 3D in the previous Windows 10 Creators update.

Transcend Offers DrivePro Body 30 Body Camera For Optimum Protection

By: Low Chern Lin


Transcend Information, a leading manufacturer of storage and multimedia products, announces the introduction of the DrivePro Body 30 body camera. Designed specifically for public safety professionals, the camera features a 12-hour battery life, IP67 rated dust and water resistance, and U.S. military-grade shock resistance. 

July 22, 2017

Kingston Unveils Its Latest USB Type-C microSD Card Reader

By: Low Chern Lin


Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the launch of its newest card reader, MobileLite Duo 3C. The microSD card reader features a dual-interface to work with both USB Type-A and Type-C ports, as it is specifically made for devices with USB Type-C ports. 

July 18, 2017

MSI GE62VR 7RF Apache Pro Gaming Notebook Review

By: Low Chern Lin



In case if you haven't notice, NVIDIA has removed the M moniker for Pascal GPUs in gaming notebooks. NVIDIA recently made a bold claim that its Pascal architecture is so energy efficient and it will perform just as good regardless of the system that it's running on.  
In this review, we will test that out with the MSI GE62VR 7RF Apache Pro gaming notebook here at Tech Critter's lab, special thanks to MSI Malaysia Notebook for the provision of the review unit.

(The MSI GE62VR 7RF Apache Pro gaming notebook is retailed at RM7699)

Seagate IronWolf 4TB NAS Hard Disk Review

By: John Diew


Seagate completely rebranded their HDD lineup in 2016 by having each of their specific function drives reintroduced as one of the Guardian Series. BarraCuda drives for everyday computing, SkyHawk drives for surveillance systems and finally the IronWolf for network attached storage (NAS) systems.

Today what we have in our labs is the Seagate IronWolf 4TB NAS HDD, in fact, 2 units of them so that we could perform a real-world test in our Synology DS216j 2-bay NAS.

(Seagate IronWolf 4TB NAS HDD is retailed at RM 699.)

July 14, 2017

Transcend Unveils Road-Safety Features For DrivePro 130 and DrivePro 110 Dashcams

By: Low Chern Lin


Transcend Information Inc., a leading manufacturer of storage and multimedia products, is proud to announce the introduction of the DrivePro 130 and DrivePro 110 dashcams. Equipped with a Sony high-sensitivity imaging sensor, both dashcams capture high-resolution images with extremely fine tonal gradation even in low light. Among the devices’ other features are a G-sensor, a high-capacity Li-polymer battery, and a convenient snapshot button.

July 13, 2017

GIGABYTE Updating BIOS for Q270 and Q170 Series Motherboards in Response to Intel Updates

By: Low Chern Lin


GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announces that it is in the process to update BIOS for Q270, Q170, and X170-WS ECC Series Motherboards.

July 12, 2017

1000 GeForce Experience Members To Receive A Free Copy Of For Honor

By: Low Chern Lin


One thousand GeForce Experience members will receive a copy of the hit Ubisoft title For Honor in the latest GeForce Experience reward.

ASUS Announces The Availability Of Its Latest X299 Motherboards In Malaysia

By: Low Chern Lin


ASUS has recently announced its latest X299 motherboards lineup in Malaysia. The X299 motherboards consists of 3 different family, the ROG, Prime and TUF catering for different type of users, from professional content creation to hardcore gaming. 

July 11, 2017

A Bold Claim From AMD - Ryzen CPU Efficiency Is Close To A RX 470 For Monero Mining?

By: Low Chern Lin



AMD today announced an update on the Ryzen processors for cryptocurrency mining, involving open-source cryptocurrency Monero (XMR). According to AMD, its Zen architecture with its high efficient cores and thread count paired with the fast and large L3 cache is currently on the lead in hash rate and efficiency altogether.

July 06, 2017

ASUS Announces Tinker Board With Quad-Core ARM Processor, 2GB LPDDR3 memory and Mali-T764 GPU

By: Low Chern Lin

ASUS today announced Tinker Board, a Single Board Computer (SBC) in an ultra-small form factor that offers class-leading performance while leveraging outstanding mechanical compatibility. The Tinker Board offers makers, IoT enthusiasts, hobbyists, PC DIY enthusiasts and others a reliable and extremely capable platform for building and tinkering their ideas into reality.

Class Leading Performance

With its powerful and modern quad-core ARM-based processor — the Rockchip RK3288 — Tinker Board offers significantly improved performance versus other popular SBC boards. To provide the flexibility needed for different builds and projects, Tinker Board features 2GB of LPDDR3 dual-channel memory. Tinker Board is also equipped with an SD 3.0 interface that offers significantly faster read and write speeds to expandable microSD cards used for the OS, applications and file storage.

Robust GPU Performance & Functionality

Featuring a powerful but energy-efficient design, Tinker Board supports next-generation graphics and GPU computing API's. Powered by an ARM-based Mali™-T764 GPU, Tinker Board's GPU and fixed-function processors allow for a wide range of uses, including high-quality media playback, gaming, computer vision, gesture recognition, image stabilization and processing, as well as computational photography and more. Multimedia enthusiasts will appreciate the fixed-function H.264 and H.265 playback support, including playback of HD and UHD video.

HD Audio Quality 

Further improving on key areas found lacking on many SBC boards, Tinker Board is equipped with an HD codec that supports up to 24-bit/192kHz audio. Its integrated audio jack supports audio output and a microphone in, without an extension module.

Maker-Friendly, with IoT Connectivity
Tinker Board features standard maker connectivity options, including a 40-pin GPIO interface that allow for interfacing with a range inputs from buttons, switches, sensors, LEDs, and much more. Tinker Board is equipped with one DSI MIPI connection for displays and touchscreens. The secondary CSI MIPI connection is for connection to compatible cameras allowing for computer vision, and much more.

Tinker Board also features Gigabit LAN for Internet and network connectivity. A dedicated bus resource designed for the LAN port ensures consistent Ethernet performance. The integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth controller on the Tinker Board is shielded with a metal cover to ensure minimal interference and improved radio performance. An integrated IPEX antenna header allows for easy antenna replacement or upgrades.

Tinker Board also features a full-size HDMI output. Additionally, it includes four USB 2.0 ports for extensive peripheral and accessory connectivity.

Enhanced DIY Design

The PCB dimensions and topology of the Tinker Board align with standard SBC boards, allowing support for a wide range of chassis and physical accessories. The PCB features silk-screening with a connection header and location callouts, for improved connection clarity. The onboard MIPI headers also feature color-coded pull tabs.

Tinker Board also includes a heatsink, which helps improve heat dissipation under heavy loading or in hot ambient environments.

TinkerOS -Supported OS 

A Debian-based distribution ensures a smooth and functional experience, directly out of the box. Whether it's browsing the web, watching videos, or writing scripts, TinkerOS is a great starting point for your next project or build.

List of other supported OS: 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Tinkerboard is available now in Malaysia at RM285 with 1-year limited warranty (1 to 1 exchange). End users can purchase via our first ASUS Authorized Online Reseller of Tinkerboard here.

For more info, kindly visit the global site at https://www.asus.com/Single-Board-Computer/Tinker-Board/You can join the Lowyat Forum community at https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/4284903

July 04, 2017

Apacer Unveils The PT920 COMMANDO PCIe SSD, Sequential Read Performance of Up To 2500MB/s

By: Low Chern Lin


Today announces its new PT920 COMMANDO SSD, which takes inspiration from an assault rifle to mimic the powerful weapon. The PT920 COMMANDO SSD caters for the gamers in ever aspects; the distinctive heatsink design is specially tailored to allow excellent heat dissipation, and the SSD are made to handle multitask during intensive operation, with technological advancements to ensure stability and extended lifespan. Complete with a 3-year warranty from Apacer, PT920 COMMANDO will elevate your gaming experience and ensure every strike is forceful. 

The Armory of Rapid and Fluid Actions

Available in 240GB and 480GB, PT920 supports the latest PCI Express Gen 3 x4 lanes and is in compliance with NVMe 1.2 standard, operating at a bandwidth of quadrupled efficiency. Built with Apacer’s unique technology and quality MLC, the 480GB model can reach up to an impressive 2500MB/s read and 1300MB/s write, as well as 175,000 IOPs, to make every intensive gaming moment fluid and sharp. 

PT920 COMMANDO comes with multiple advanced SSD technologies to provide flawless performances. For accuracy and safety of data read and write, PT920 is equipped with 120bit/2KB ECC, End-to-End Data Protection, Smart ECC™, and SmartRefresh. The S.M.A.R.T. monitoring system and Global Wear Leveling keep the operation at its optimum. What’s more, PT920 has advantages like low power consumption and strong capability to cope with intensive workloads, making it an ideal component to any professional high speed computing system. 

Victory Starts From Within 

PT920 COMMANDO’ s shape of an assault rifle literally takes the meaning of gaming to a deeper level : the spirit must start from the very core, from the very inside of your computer. The grip of the rifle is actually a thoughtfully designed cooling system, while the rest of the piece is finely built with details like sight aperture and ejection port. In addition to the convection dynamics that keeps the unit running with an excellent heat dissipation, there is a 3-year warranty, along with protective technologies that will extend the lifespan. Ready to claim your field? Unleash your power with PT920 COMMANDO SSD!

GALAX Malaysia Announces The Availability of The GAMER SSD L S11, Price Starts At RM249

By: Low Chern Lin



GALAX Malaysia today announces the availability of the GALAX GAMER SSD L S11 in Malaysia from today onward. The GALAX GAMER SSD L S11 comes in 2 different capacity of 120GB and 240GB with retail price of RM249 and RM389 respectively.

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