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August 1, 2016

Rumor: NVIDIA Pascal based GeForce Mobile GPUs to be announced at Gamescom

In a recent article by Digitimes, it has been reported that NVIDIA may be announcing their lineup of mobile GPUs based on their all-new Pascal architecture at this year’s Gamescom in Germany on August 17th-21st.

NVIDIA GeForce 10 Series Mobile Specifications

It is reported that notebook manufacturers such as ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI would likely showcase their new gaming notebook lineups, equipped with GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 graphics parts. While we don’t know the exact specifications of the GTX 1080 Mobile variant, we do have some information on the GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 mobile chips, which are very similar to the desktop variants. It is [...]

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July 31, 2016

Toshiba, Western Digital Announce 64-Layer BiCS3 3D NAND

Toshiba and Western Digital recently announced that they’ve completed development on BiCS3, their third generation BiCS 3D NAND. According to the announcement, BiCS3 utilizes a 64-layer design and will be available in 256-bit and later on in 512-bit per die capacities.

“BiCS3 will feature the use of 3-bits-per-cell technology along with advances in high aspect ratio semiconductor processing to deliver higher capacity, superior performance and reliability at an attractive cost. Together with BiCS2, our 3D NAND portfolio has broadened significantly, enhancing our ability to address a full spectrum of customer applications in retail, mobile and data [...]

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July 30, 2016

XFX Radeon RX 470 Double Dissipation Leaked Ahead of Launch

It hasn’t been long since AMD launched the RX 460 and the RX 470 and early images of custom designed cards are already showing up online.

Thanks to Chinese tech site EXPreview, we have an early look at XFX’s RX 470 Double Dissipation custom designed graphics card. Measuring in at 24cm, or just under 10 inches, the card is fairly small as expected.

At the top, the card uses XFX’s Double Dissipation cooler which houses an aluminum fin block, what appears to be three heatpipes, and dual 80mm fans that may be removed for cleaning. At the bottom is a very nice looking backplate with the XFX logo that stretches across the length of the [...]

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July 30, 2016

Nvidia Settles GTX 970 Class Action, Buyers Get $30 USD

When Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 970 back in 2015, it was quickly found that Nvidia had been less than truthful with their originally advertised specifications.

Nvidia originally advertised the GeForce GTX 970 as having 4GB of onboard VRAM, but in actuality only 3.5GB was actually connected to the GPU with an additional 0.5GB only accessible only as “spillover”. This was unfortunately something that was hardwired and not fixable via driver or firmware which caused quite a big controversy as it lowered total available bandwidth available to the GPU to the 3.5GB VRAM amount. Furthermore, it was discovered that there was incorrect information provided to [...]

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July 29, 2016

Thermaltake Releases Toughpower SFX Power Supplies with Universal Compact Design

If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t sit. Form-factor is the foremost factor in purchasing a power supply. But with the Thermaltake Toughpower SFX series 80+ Gold power supplies, maybe the decision becomes a little bit easier.

As its name suggests, the Toughpower SFX series power supply is built around the SFX form-factor. The SFX form-factor is more compact than the standard ATX form-factor, allowing them to be squeezed into tight builds like mATX or uATX. With that said, Thermaltake also includes a SFX to ATX adapter bracket so it can be used for ATX cases as well.

The 80+ Gold rated Toughpower SFX power supplies are guaranteed to operate [...]

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July 29, 2016

AMD Launches RX 470 and RX 460 – Starting at $149 and $99

Today, AMD has officially detailed the specifications, pricing, and expected launch dates for their all-new Polaris based RX 470 and RX 460 GPUs which aim to cater to the mainstream gaming markets in the sub-$100-$200 price range. These new GPUs will complete their Polaris family of GPUs which also includes their higher-end RX 480 which was recently last month to rave reviews. We even got to take a look at it ourselves and came away very impressed.

RX 470 and RX 460 Officially Detailed

The RX 470 and RX 460 will be available on August 4th, and August 8th, respectively and priced starting at $149 for the RX 470 4GB, and $99 for the 2GB variant of the RX 460. Both models [...]

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July 29, 2016

Patriot Unveils Blazing 3,733MHz Viper 4, Viper Elite DDR4

Need a bit more speed in your memory? Sure you do and Patriot has the solution for you. Available beginning August 3, Patriot will offer the Viper 4 and Viper Elite 16GB (2x8GB) dual channel DDR4 memory kits at frequencies up to 3,733MHz.

According to Patriot, the new Viper 4 and Viper Elite 3,733MHz kits will be spec’d with timings of 17-19-19-39 and will be rated for 1.35v. The memory kits will be hand tested, are validated for full system compatibility, and will be backed by Patriot’s lifetime warranty.

The Patriot Viper 4 and Viper Elite 2,800MHz kits is expected to MSRP starting at $159.99. More information can be found at Patriot’s [...]

 
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July 27, 2016

Review: Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 2,800MHz 16GB Kit (2x8GB)

Solid Memory at a Reasonable Price

Several years ago, we reviewed the Patriot Viper 3 which was a great memory kit with aggressive styling, good performance, and a reasonable cost. Since then, we’ve seen the launch of DDR4 alongside several new platforms which support the new memory including Intel’s Skylake and Broadwell-E platforms.

The switch to DDR4 brings on several new features, the most notable benefit is that DDR4 dies are expected to be significantly higher density than DDR3, allowing manufacturer to achieve higher capacities per DIMM. DDR4 also operates at higher frequencies yet requires lower operating voltages paving way for higher performance memory as [...]

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July 27, 2016

Crucial MX300 Gets Additional Capacities, New Formfactor

When Crucial launched the MX300 a month ago, it was quite interesting as they decided to only launch the 750GB model and call it a “special edition” drive. Now, Crucial is expanding the MX300 lineup with 275GB, 525GB, and 1TB models to round out the lineup. The Crucial MX300 product sheet also has a 2TB and M.2 versions of the drive listed as well although that’s expected down the pipe.

The Crucial MX300 is Crucial’s newest SSD featuring a Marvell 88SS1074 controller and Micron’s 3D TLC NAND. With Crucial’s Dynamic Write Acceleration technology, the Crucial MX300 is able to achieve up to 530MB/s sequential reads and 510MB/s [...]

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July 27, 2016

Seagate Unveils 2TB XM1440 M.2 NVMe SSD, XP7102 NVMe AIC

With FMS 2016 coming up soon, new and exciting products are beginning to emerge from the various flash vendors and Seagate is among the first to let loose some details of their upcoming products.

To cater to the needs of the enterprise customer Seagate recently announced the Nytro XM1440 now with capacities up to 2TB. 

The Seagate Nytro XF1440 and the Seagate Nytro XM1440 are both drives that were launched at FMS last year, but at the time only the Nytro XF1440 in the 2.5″ x 7mm form factor scaled up to 2TB. With the recent announcement, the Nytro XM1440 will now achieve a full 2TB capacity in the M.2 22110 form factor. This will make the Nytro XM1440 [...]

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July 26, 2016

Review: Tesoro Excalibur V2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The New Best in the Entry Level Segment

As awesome and essential as mechanical keyboards are, it’s often difficult to justify tossing a benjamin or two on a keyboard when a cheap $10 one works just fine. However for PC enthusiasts, gamers and typists, a good mechanical keyboard is not just a commodity, but a necessity.

So what’s out there for those who aren’t looking to drop some serious money on a keyboard? Well, there honestly weren’t a whole lot of options for a long time until recently when Cherry’s mechanical switch patents expire making way for cheaper cloned designs.

Manufacturer Tesoro Model Excalibur V2 Layout ANSI 106 [...]
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July 26, 2016

Xbox One Prices Slashed, Now Starts at Just $249

Microsoft has slashed its Xbox One gaming console to half of its MSRP price. This is the third and final price cut to the Xbox One console before the launch of the Xbox One S on August 2nd. This is in addition to the “Buy a Microsoft Surface, Get $400 Towards an XBox One” deal that Microsoft is currently running.

At the time of press, the Xbox One 500GB can be purchased for just $249 while quantities last. The console comes bundled with one of several titles including Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Forza Motorsport 6, Watch Dogs, The Crew, and Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Microsoft is looking to clear its existing inventory in preparation for the launch [...]

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