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October 5, 2012

Kingston Introducing Low Voltage HyperX LoVo SO-DIMMs at AMD Fan Day 2012

Press Release

Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it will give a sneak peek of its upcoming HyperX LoVo low voltage SO-DIMMs at AMD Fan Day on Saturday, October 6, in Austin, Texas. HyperX LoVo SO-DIMMs are designed for notebook users looking to boost system performance as they auto-overclock with no need to adjust system BIOS settings. They also allow systems to run cooler and quieter. The full specifications for HyperX LoVo SO-DIMMs will be announced when they ship later this month.

“AMD Fan Day is all about making direct connections between AMD, our high-performance partners like Kingston, and the [...]

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October 5, 2012

BitFenix Introduces Recon White Fan Controller, Spectre Pro White LED Fan

Press Release

With the influx of white PC chassis reaching the market, users have been asking for white-themed versions of BitFenix accessories. Today, BitFenix is pleased to announce the Recon White fan controller and Spectre Pro All White LED fan series – two perfect additions to any white-themed system.

Recon White

Sporting an Arctic White SofTouch bezel and a bright white LED touchscreen, Recon White looks fantastic in virtually any white case. The world’s first Internet-connected fan controller, Recon White enables users to connect to it using smartphones, tablets or laptops via the Internet. Five fan channels offer plenty of connectivity for [...]

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October 3, 2012

ROCCAT Kone [+] Gaming Mouse Review

Max Customization

When it comes to gaming peripherals, ROCCAT isn’t a name that’s often heard of especially in the USA, but with their recent expansion into the US market earlier this year, this European gaming peripherals brand has been gaining quite a bit of traction among gamers.

In order to find out what all the fuss was about, today we’ll be reviewing one of ROCCAT’s flagship gaming mice, the ROCCAT Kone [+]. With customizable lighting options, a fully programmable macro system, an adjustable weight system, 6000 DPI sensor, as well as innovative features such as ROCCAT Talk, the Kone [+] certainly has the features to compete with other premium [...]

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October 2, 2012

SAPPHIRE Launches Pure Platinum A85XT Motherboard

Press Release Support for new AMD Trinity Series APU

SAPPHIRE Technology, a leading manufacturer and global supplier of graphics, mainboard and multimedia solutions has just announced a new mainboard developed to support the latest Trinity family of APUs from AMD.

The SAPPHIRE Pure Platinum A85XT is a full ATX sized board that supports the latest generation AMD APU A10/A8/A6/A4 series Trinity processors using socket FM2. It includes full implementation of the A85X chipset features, including USB 3.0, SATA 6G, PCI-Express expansion and extensive I/O support.

“SAPPHIRE is very excited about the launch of the Trinity platform and the new architecture it [...]

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October 2, 2012

Synology Unleashes the Monster 24 Bay DiskStation DS2413+

Press Release Synology Releases the DiskStation DS2413+, Optimized for Photographers

Bellevue, Washington—Synology America Corp. is pleased to announce the release of its newest twelve-bay DiskStation, the DS2413+.  Along with the DX1211 expansion module, it can scale up to 24 drives for up to 96TB storage in your choice of Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) or classic RAID, making it an ideal answer to the growing data storage needs of today’s photographers.  The DS2413+ is Synology’s first 12-bay system to incorporate USB 3.0 for improved transfer speeds to and from external disks.

“The DS2413+ can easily scale its storage to keep pace with even the most prolific [...]

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October 2, 2012

Synology Launches DS213air with Built-in Wireless N

Press Release Synology® Launches the First DiskStation NAS with Integrated Wireless, the DS213air

Bellevue, Washington—Synology America Corp. today announced the release of their first DiskStation with built-in wireless support, the DS213air.  The new two-bay addition to the DiskStation family comes on the heels of Synology’s new Web Assistant, designed to simplify the installation process.

“The release of the DS213air is the next step on Synology’s path to simplify access to their invaluable data,” said Jason Bonoan, Product Marketing Manager at Synology America Corp.  “When combined with the new Web Assistant, users can now set up and manage their DiskStations from [...]

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October 1, 2012

Corsair Force Series GS 240GB SSD Review

A Proven Formula

While it’s very much preferred to be an SSD manufacturer who also produces their own NAND, there are some advantages to not doing so. One of those advantages is that you’ll be able to offer a much wider range of SSD products which can cater to a larger majority of customers. Whereas SSD manufacturers with their own NAND fabs such as Intel, Micron/Crucial, SanDisk and Samsung are likely to use their own NAND, they’re more limited to offering maybe one or two products – one geared towards enthusiasts and one towards the general consumer.

On the other hand, companies without their own fabs such as Corsair, OCZ, and Kingston are [...]

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September 30, 2012

Samsung 840 250GB SSD Review


When we look at the SSD market today, there are currently two major barriers to increased adoption – first is cost and second is capacity. Despite recent price cuts bringing SSDs to the lowest prices we’ve ever seen, traditional hard drives such as the Seagate Barracuda 3TB are currently retailing for a mere $0.04/GB, which in comparison to the $0.76/GB found off the Samsung 830 256GB is a lot more capacity for a lot less money.

Now the solution to this problem is fairly complex, but in the most basic way, it almost always involves cramming a lot more stuff into a smaller space. In SSDs for example, moving to a smaller process from say 27nm to [...]

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September 27, 2012

CM Storm Scout 2 Review

Second Generation Scout

When Cooler Master first introduced the CM Storm Scout, it quickly became one of my most highly recommended cases. Despite the case being oriented as a budget gamer case, it had been packed with tons of features which made it one of the best price to performance cases out there. While the CM Storm Scout is still a fairly competitive case, the design is almost 3 years old and it’s definitely time for an update.

This then brings us to our review for today, the recently introduced CM Storm Scout 2 gaming case. Like the original CM Storm Scout, the CM Storm Scout 2 is still a mid tower case, still features a windowed sidepanel (albeit a bit smaller), and [...]

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September 24, 2012

Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB SSD Review

The Magic of Samsung

A number of weeks back, I had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing the famous Samsung 830 SSD and while the drive is still in the upper echelon of drives with all things considered, the performance of the drive just isn’t up to snuff when put in comparison to all the new drives popping up on the market these days. After all, the Samsung 830 was unveiled about a year ago, and in technology years, a year is a long time.

So right now, I’m sitting here in Seoul, Korea witnessing the launch of Samsung’s newest SSD, the Samsung 840 and the Samsung 840 Pro. Yes, that’s right people, Samsung is introducing two SSD models – one [...]

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September 23, 2012

Samsung Unveils 840 Series SSDs at the 2012 Samsung SSD Global Summit

Samsung is pulling the wraps off their latest and greatest SSD, the 840 and 840 Pro, and we’re here in Seoul, Korea to witness its launch!

According to Samsung’s latest press release, the 840 series will come in two flavors, a standard edition along with a “Pro” edition with the standard edition being geared towards general consumers and the “Pro” edition is geared towards “serious users” (power users, enthusiasts, etc.). Most details are still kept under wraps on these drives, but they are expected to support the SATA 3 6Gb/s interface and will contain Samsung’s all new in-house MDX SSD controller. Additionally, [...]

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September 23, 2012

Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Razer Blackwidow to Go

Razer’s BlackWidow line of mechanical gaming keyboards have become quite well known with the PC enthusiast community as of late especially with the popularity of mechanical keyboards gaining traction lately, but one problem with most mechanical keyboards is that they’re large and heavy. This is why those looking to take their mechanical keyboards on the go will find that it’s quite difficult to do so, which is what brings us to the tenkeyless keyboard – a smaller, more compact keyboard designed for those on the go or for those who simply don’t have the desk space for something larger. While companies such as Filco or [...]

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