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January 15, 2017

CES 2017: Kingston Unveils 2TB DataTraveler Flash Drive, A400 Entry Level SSD

During CES 2017, we stopped by the Kingston suite who had several new memory products to showcase including a brand new world’s highest capacity flash drive and an upcoming value SSD.

 

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT

When Kingston launched the DataTraveler Ultimate back at CES 2013, it was touted as the highest capacity flash drive ever made, touting up to 1TB of storage in a very compact form factor. With the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT, Kingston beats that by doubling the capacity to 2TB while still keeping the drive in the same compact form factor.

Performance unfortunately hasn’t changed a whole lot [...]

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January 15, 2017

NZXT Announces Noctis 450 ROG Edition Chassis

NZXT has announced a new version of their previously available Noctis 450 mid-tower chassis. The new Noctis 450 ROG, is a special edition case which is nearly identical to the standard version with a few new added features.

NZXT Noctis 450 ROG – Republic of Gamers Certified Chassis

The new chassis, which was developed in conjunction with ASUS’ Republic of Gamers division, is designed with high-end gaming systems in mind. What separates it from the standard Noctis 450 are two key design elements: Firstly, the Noctis 450 ROG comes to an exclusive, “Gun Grey” finish, which is more than just a different color; it also includes a unique, [...]

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January 14, 2017

How We Built a DIY Home Office Server Using FreeNAS

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Being an Editor here at Custom PC Review, I’m constantly in need of lots of mass storage. At CES 2017, I took over 1,000 14-bit RAW images using a Nikon D800 camera which generated files somewhere between 40MB-45MB each. After exporting them, another set of images are then created which take less, but still require quite a significant amount of storage space. Tack that onto 50Mbps 1080p video along with the thought of possibly doing 4K video down the road and the need for lots of reliable storage quickly adds up.

Of course, the easy solution is to throw a couple hard drives into your PC because that’s cheap and easy, but I also wanted the data [...]

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January 14, 2017

CES 2017: MSI Shows Off New Z270 Motherboards, X370 Ryzen Motherboards, External Thunderbolt GPU Solution

Last week at CES, MSI displayed their new batch of PC hardware for 2017. The new roster highlights include AMD Ryzen X370 motherboards and an external graphics dock.

With Kaby Lake’s launch, MSI had a full range of Z270 motherboards are also ready and on display. At the time of writing, MSI has an huge lineup of 30 boards scattered in 4 different segments.

 

MSI Z270 GAMING M7

The MSI Z270 M7 includes Boost Audio 4 Pro which MSI says will provide gamers a premium audio experience for a “competitive edge”. To fit the RGB theme of 2016, all heatsinks and covers are fitted with RGB Mystic Light which can be easily controlled via [...]

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January 13, 2017

T-Mobile’s Un-Carrier Next Simplifies Pricing for One Plan, Adds Bill Credit for Low Data Users

T-Mobile US COO Mike Sievert announced the industry-first move to include taxes and fees for T-Mobile ONE customers during the Un-carrier Next event at CES on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP Images for T-Mobile)

Last week at CES 2017, T-Mobile announced their newest un-carrier event which seeks to simplify pricing and make their T-Mobile One plan just a little more attractive.

Those who are currently subscribers to any cell phone plan know that one of the most annoying things about a postpaid plan is that there’s the plan price then there’s the plan price plus taxes, regulatory fees, and everything else. [...]

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January 13, 2017

Nvidia Releases High-Level Abstraction Layer For Vulkan

Nvidia recently published a high-level abstraction layer for the Vulkan API. Dubbed VkHLF (Vulkan High-Level Framework), this new framework aims to simplify the task of creating content for game developers.

VkHLF is an experimental high level abstraction library on top of Vulkan. It adds features like transparent suballocation, resource tracking on the CPU & GPU and simplified resource creation while staying as close as possible to the original Vulkan API.

VkHLF adds several useful functions on top of the Vulkan API including reference counting, device suballocator, and GPU resource tracking. In contrast to the Vulkan-Hpp, VkHLF is designed to operate at a [...]

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January 13, 2017

Microsoft Reveals High Performance “Game Mode” for Windows 10 Creators Update

Several months ago, Microsoft held their “Imagine What You’ll Do” event where they revealed the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is the next big update to come to Windows 10 after its Anniversary Update released a year after the launch of Windows 10.

At the time, most of the big Creators Update features revealed at the event were largely focused at improving 3D/VR functionality with several little hints about gaming improvements here and there mostly focused on Xbox and Xbox Live. In a recent post on the Xbox blog however, it looks like Microsoft has quite a bit more in store for PC gamers as the update will also include very interesting “Game [...]

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January 13, 2017

CES 2017: EVGA Shows Off New iCX GPUs, B3 PSUs, Z270 Motherboards, Quick Disconnect Coolers

At CES 2017 we had the chance to stop by EVGA, which had a huge lineup of new products including the all-new iCX cooled GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards, Intel Z270 motherboards, a brand new lineup of budget-minded B3 power supplies, and the finished version of the quick disconnect CLC coolers we saw back at Computex last year.

 

EVGA Shows off all-new iCX Cooled GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 FTW2 and SC2

Starting off our tour we had the chance to take a look EVGA’s brand new “iCX” cooled graphics cards which are set to replace the ACX 3.0 cooled cards which make up the majority of their current GeForce 10-series lineup. The new [...]

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January 13, 2017

Razer’s Stolen Prototype Gaming Laptop Discovered for Sale in China

During CES 2017, Razer reported that several of their precious Project Valerie triple-monitor gaming laptop prototypes were stolen from the show floor. Now we may have some clues as to where it went.

According to a recent screenshot, it appears that the laptop was up for sale at Taobao. According to the ad, the laptop is for sale at a price of CNY 150,000, which translates to around $21,739.76 USD.

No information on whether the seller actually has the laptop or if it’s a hoax, nor were we able to find the ad for ourselves as it’s been taken down at this time. Guess the crooks realized it was a stupid idea to list highly publicized stolen products on [...]

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January 13, 2017

Synology Launches RT2600AC Router, VPN Plus

Synology is getting ready to launch their RT2600AC router which we recently saw at CES 2017.

Being the best router Synology has to offer for home/small office users, the RT2600AC supports all the latest Wi-Fi standards including 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, boasting up to 1,733Mbps on the 5.2GHz band and 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band for a total throughput of up to 2,533Mbps. In order to achieve this, the RT2600AC features MU-MIMO which ensures a dedicated antenna for each receiver/transmitter radio pair to ensure the best possible performance even if there are many users on the network.

Powering the RT2600AC is a dual-core 1.7 Ghz processor along with 512MB of DDR3 DRAM [...]

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