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ThermalTake Core V1 revealed for Mini-ITX builds July 30, 2014 - 14:44
Corsair Link Commander Mini controls your airflow July 30, 2014 - 14:37
ASUS unveils orange-themed Strix Tactic Pro keyboard July 30, 2014 - 14:29
Microsoft makes almost 95 percent of Windows Phones July 30, 2014 - 14:16
AMD teases Core Evolution July 30, 2014 - 13:48
Cryorig shows off its H5 Universal tower heatsink July 30, 2014 - 12:07
Logitech claims G402 Hyperion Fury is fastest gaming mouse July 30, 2014 - 11:27
LEPA delivers the LV12 processor cooler July 29, 2014 - 16:41
Intel switches back to soldered heatspreaders for Haswell-E July 29, 2014 - 16:35
Researchers make battery with pure lithium anode July 29, 2014 - 16:15
NVIDIA publishes GeForce 340.52 WHQL driver July 29, 2014 - 16:10
NVIDIA develops cascaded display technology for VR headsets July 29, 2014 - 16:07
NVIDIA to debut three GTX 800 cards in October? July 29, 2014 - 15:42
Intel 14nm Broadwell 2015 parts to get new Iris 6000 series graphics July 29, 2014 - 13:09
Tesoro Lobera Supreme Full RGB Mechanical Keyboard is out July 29, 2014 - 12:24
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John Romero claims PC is decimating console landscape July 28, 2014 - 13:08
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Posted on Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 14:44:02 CEST by
ThermalTake presents the Core V1, a new compact case for Mini-ITX systems. Special features include a 200mm fan in the front panel and room for large graphics cards such as the GeForce GTX Titan. ThermalTake also notes that watercooling solutions like its Water 3.0 Performer and Pro fit without a problem in the Core V1. The pricing is unknown.
Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units today launch the new Core V1, a small and cute ITX based chassis with a 200mm fan in the front panel, now available worldwide. Carrying on the mission of “Delivering the perfect user experience”, Thermaltake continues developing innovative and amazing products. After the ultimate powerhouse Core V71, which gained favorable reviews, Thermaltake new Core V1 is ready to lead Core Series to another trend! Especially designed for gamer who looks for a powerful mini system with mobility and portability. Smart interchangeable side panels allow users to flip it accordingly to showcase either for superior liquid cooling or superb airflow. Additionally, Core V1 has the ability to house various overclocking components to keep it really cool! Don’t miss out!

Take a Closer Look at Core V1:

Chambers Concept: Core V1 has divided into two main chambers: the upper chamber is made for cooling performance and efficiency, and the lower chamber is made for PSU and cable management. With the aid of the removable 2.5”/3.5” drive device racks, users can enjoy to the freedom of gain the maximum interior space for advance cooling performance or liquid system build.

Advanced Ventilation: With a promising cooling ability, Core V1 has various mounting points to support all types of cooling systems that includes DIY/AIO liquid cooling systems and air cooling units. A large 200mm fan is preinstalled in the front, along with two optional 80mm turbo fans at the rear, guarantee to hold up any type of gaming system.

Interchangeable Side Panel: Symmetrical panels allow users to build the system with personality. Play around the panels accordingly for either the best viewing presentation or cooling performance. A removable PSU dust filter and adjustable shockproof rubbers is built with the bottom panel of the chassis to prolong the PSU usage.

Handy I/O Ports: Design with convenience and cleanness in mind, Core V1 has built in dual USB 3.0 and HD audio connectors together with the Power and Reset Button on the side of front panel, which not only keep the panel clean and simple, it also grants a direct and easy access for external devices.

Great Expansion in Compact Size: Core V1 is designed with high-end gaming system compatibility, gamers can easily install up to 4 data storage devices with the modular drive racks, a dual expansion slot VGA with the length up to 260mm, a tower CPU cooler with height up to 140mm, together with a high wattage PSU of length up to 180mm, and still offers a 80mm cable management space.

Radiator and Fan Support: Core V1 has mounting points for 120mm and 140mm fans/radiators with an additional 200mm fan mounting points in the front and two 80mm at the back. Guarantee to hold up AIO liquid cooling system Water 3.0 Performer and Pro as well as fan series of Pure, Luna and Odin or any other cooling solutions.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 14:37:23 CEST by
Corsair debuts the Link Commander Mini, a new device that offers software-based control over the voltage level of up to six fans via the Corsair Link software. It also provides control over the RGB LED lightning chain of any Corsair product with this feature. Pricing is unknown.
Corsair announces the Link Commander Mini air-flow control unit. The new Corsair Link Commander Mini is a tremendous evolution over the first generation Commander, giving you full voltage control over up to six fans, support for one RGB LED lighting chain, and connectors for up to four thermistors…and that's before you even get into the Corsair Link ecosystem. A single small box connected to an internal USB 2.0 header and powered by a single SATA power lead.

Corsair Link has had a slow but steady progression since its initial rollout. The software, the Corsair Link Dashboard, is your interface with Corsair Link-enabled hardware, and it allows for a level of precision in Windows that you just can't get with conventional motherboard fan control.

For starters, the new Commander Mini features fan voltage control in the hardware. While PWM fans are typically preferable, with the Commander Mini, you can now easily control any three-pin fans you plug into the unit. If you need additional fans, our Cooling Node can be connected to the Commander Mini to handle five more, but is PWM only. Hydro Series H80i and H100i coolers with fans connected to their headers are also fully controllable by Corsair Link.

Any Corsair product that features RGB LEDs can also be controlled in the Corsair Link Dashboard, and that includes RGB LED strips plugged directly into the Commander Mini or expanded upon with the Corsair Link Lighting Node. You can set them to change color depending on individual system temperatures, or just have them pulse between two colors. The LEDs in the cap of your H100i can gradually change from blue to red as your CPU heats up, or you can have LED strips in the case brighten or darken as your graphics card heats up.

HXi and AXi series power supplies can also have their loads monitored and Over Current Protection toggled from within Corsair Link, either by connecting to the Commander Mini or plugging directly into a USB 2.0 header on your motherboard.

This is really the tip of the iceberg. Corsair Link has been admittedly rocky in the early going, but the Commander Mini is a substantial hardware revision designed to improve functionality and reliability. Meanwhile, the Corsair Link Dashboard itself continues to see great strides and a renewed focus on development, and there are big plans for the future of the Corsair Link ecosystem.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 14:29:13 CEST by
ASUS shows off its new Strix Tactic Pro, a mechanical gaming keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches. The company decided to do things a little different and instead of giving the keyboard a red or blue backlight it opted for orange. The keyboard is equipped with 21 programmable macro keys, it has an adjustable backlight brightness and offers NKRO support. Pricing and availability is unknown.
Strix Tactic Pro is a mechanical gaming keyboard available with MX red (light no click), blue (light with click), brown (heavy with click) or black (heavy no click) keys, depending on your preference, that are good for 50 million keystrokes. The Tactic Pro has the highest-specification N-Key Rollover (NKRO) technology over USB which ensures that every key press is registered, regardless of how many keys are held down at once. When it needs to behave like a traditional keyboard, the 6-Key Rollover (6KRO) switch flicks its mode instantly. It’s got a total of 21 macro keys; between the 13 dedicated keys, plus, F1-F8 can be additionally reassigned, while the on-the-fly macro-recording key allows actions and keystroke sequences to be captured without interrupting gameplay. The keyboard can be modified with its software or left to use the hardware PnP modes.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 14:16:19 CEST by
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According to research figures from adduplex, Microsoft is the only one keeping the Windows Phone market alive via its Nokia division. The software giant now builds 94.5 percent of all Windows Phone devices and is still gaining marketshare as it picked up 0.7 percent in the last month.
So that makes Microsoft the de facto Windows Phone OEM. Microsoft is working with global OEMs in an attempt to broaden the hardware base of its mobile platform. Those efforts, in many cases, are nascent. We should, however, see a number of new handsets running Windows Phone inside the next 12 months.

The Nokia assets that Microsoft purchased provided the company with partial-quarter revenue of just under $2 billion, and negative earnings per share for the truncated period of $0.08. It’s expensive revenue, in other words. Microsoft indicated during its earnings call that it expects the division to stop losing money by the middle of 2016.
Source: TechCrunch
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Posted on Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 13:48:43 CEST by
AMD uploaded a teaser clip to YouTube to promote CORE Evolution. The video proclaims "Core is Back in 2014" but it remains rather cryptic what this is all about. Most likely it's promotion material for an upcoming APU or CPU.
As you browse the web, play games, watch videos, and get work done -- your PC is being tested. Applications fight for resources in order to be responsive and complete tasks. Processors battle these applications to control resources and maintain balance. Re-live the epic battle within your PC and watch hardware rise to the challenge as applications become more robust.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 12:07:04 CEST by
CRYORIG shows off the H5 Universal, a new tower CPU cooler designed for high performance. The heatsink features a copper base, four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes, and a large aluminium fin array that's cooled by a 140mm Slim Profile PWM fan that delivers up to 65CFM at a noise level of 24dBA. The HSF measures 98mm x 143mm x 160mm (L x W x H) nd weighs 628g. The MSRP is 34EUR (excl. VAT) / $46.99.
First introduced during the 2014 Taipei Computex, the innovator of PC thermal peripherals CRYORIG is now releasing the H5 Universal as part of a new line of single tower coolers. CRYORIG H Series will for the first time feature CRYORIG’s proprietary Hive Fin™ technology. The Hive Fin™ design allows for turbulence reduction of the airflow as well as Jet Fin Acceleration™ for faster hot air exhaust. CRYORIG’s H series will fit into the mainstream range within CRYORIG’s lineup. Similar to the high-class R1 Universal, H5 Universal will be equipped with CRYORIG’s XT140 slim profile fan for zero ram interference on Intel/AMD platforms. With a total height of 160 mm, the H5 Universal will be able to fit into almost all mainstream PC chassis setups.

“With our new H series of heatsinks, we are again trying to bring innovative solutions in improving our products. Our new Hive Fin™ design allows for improved airflow intake as well as better airflow management. Besides innovative optimizations, we truly want the H series to be a cost effect solution. We want to bring the premium build quality and detailed designs of our higher-end product lines to the mainstream user. So you’ll find a lot of CRYORIG proprietary tech from our flagship R1 and C1 series on the H5 and the later H series heatsinks. If the H5 Universal is your first CRYORIG product, you’ll be surprised by CRYORIG’s attention to performance and detail, even more so at this price range.” – Alex W. Co-Founder of CRYORIG.

The H5 Universal CPU utilized the XL Surface Area, where the fin surface area is being extended to the back. In result, phenomenal cooling performance can be achieved compared to common Dual Tower coolers and heatsinks. H5 Universal is equipped with four pure copper heatpipes with 6 mm diameter. The nickel-plated baseplate is made of pure solid copper and uses the Heatpipe Convex-Align™ technology, which allows the heatpipes to be concentrated directly above the center of the CPU.

Industry first Animated Installation Guide
Along with the H5 Universal, CRYORIG is introducing an industry first, step-by-step, segmented video installation guide. With the new Animated Guide, users will be able to get a clear and easy view on how to install their CRYORIG H5 Universal correctly. The Animated Guide broken down into individual steps for easy viewing and access. Allowing users to view and repeat each step along the way. The guide is also accessible on all mobile smart devices through CRYORIG.com. CRYORIG’s Animated Guide is an easy to use companion for all system builders. The Animated Guide will first be made available for the new H5 Universal, and soon to be released for all CRYORIG products.

CRYORIG H5 Universal Feature List
  • Proprietary Hive Fin™ Design.
  • JetFin Acceleration System™ For Faster Hot Air Exhaust.
  • Air Turbulence Reduction System.
  • Heatpipe Convex-Align™.
  • 4x 6 mm Pure Copper Heatpipes.
  • 1x XT140 140 mm Slim Profile PWM Fan With HPLN™ Bearing.
  • Patent Pending Solder-less Environmental Friendly Manufacturing.
  • Maximum 6-Year Warranty Upon Product Registration.

    The H5 Universal will be released on August in Asia and September in North America and Europe. Suggested Retail Price of the H5 Universal is set at 34,00 Euro in Europe and 46,99 USD in North America.
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    Posted on Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 11:27:55 CEST by
    Logitech delivers the G402 Hyperion Fury, a new gaming mouse it claims offers world's fastest sensor. The press release is filled with marketing speech, Logitech claims the new "Fusion Engine" sensor technology can reliably track over 500 inches per second and the "Delta Zero" sensor technology promises unrivaled accuracy.

    The mouse will ship in August for $59.99 / 59.99EUR.
    -Logitech (SIX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI), a leading innovator of gaming peripherals, today introduced the fastest gaming mouse ever made, the Logitech® G402 Hyperion Fury™ Ultra-Fast FPS Gaming Mouse. The Hyperion Fury features Logitech’s exclusive Fusion Engine™ sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second (IPS) and Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero™ sensor technology for unrivaled accuracy.

    “We took on the challenge of creating the world’s fastest mouse in service of FPS gamers, and after three years of intensive R&D we are proud to launch a mouse that only Logitech could develop,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. “The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury is the fastest gaming mouse, bar none, and the best mouse for high-speed FPS gameplay. Its lightweight design, combined with the precision and capability of the Fusion Engine, lets you make fast, furious swipes and dominate the battlefield, proving once again that Science Wins!”

    The Fusion Engine in Hyperion Fury, created by Logitech engineers, solves a problem many FPS players have: their mouse can’t track as fast as they can move. By combining state-of-the-art optical sensor technology with an accelerometer and gyroscope, the Fusion Engine provides unmatched tracking speed.

    “Hyperion Fury is now the go-to in my hardware arsenal,” said Braxton “Swag” Pierce, a Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) champion for iBUYPOWER. “It’s the mouse I have been waiting for.”

    Superior Tracking Speeds
    A 32-bit on-board ARM processor powers the Fusion Engine in Hyperion Fury, allowing reliable and accurate tracking speeds exceeding 500 inches per second. In addition, lightweight materials and low-friction feet allow for high-speed moves, while offering the most comfortable feeling.

    Unrivaled Accuracy and Precision
    The Logitech exclusive Delta Zero technology ensures pinpoint accuracy for Hyperion Fury. Four DPI settings can be accessed in an instant, so you can shift down for pixel-perfect sniping or shift up for high-speed maneuvers, all with maximum precision. Using Logitech Gaming Software, you can add a fifth DPI setting and customize the experience to your liking. With DPI shifting, Hyperion Fury can go from 4000 DPI to 240 DPI in the blink of an eye, giving you the flexibility to thrive in the chaos of battle.

    Customizable Settings
    Hyperion Fury features eight programmable buttons that can be configured for anything – whether complex macros or single keystrokes – using Logitech Gaming Software. Your personal configuration can be saved to onboard memory for maximum speed and accessibility. And with a consistent 1-millisecond report rate, Hyperion Fury ensures all your commands are executed as quickly as possible.
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    Posted on Tuesday, July 29 2014 @ 16:41:34 CEST by
    LEPA announces the LV12, a new processor cooler with an all-black finish. Priced at 36.90EUR (incl. VAT), this cooler features four 6mm direct-touch heatpipes, a large aluminium fin array and a 120mm fan that it claims delivers up to 112CFM at a noise level of 23dBA. The HSF measures 138(L)×85(W)×160(H)mm and weighs 460g.
    With high-end power supplies like the G1600, LEPA has already built a reputation in Europe. Also the chassis and fans of the young brand enjoy an increasing popularity. Now, the manufacturer enters another cooling section: The CPU cooler LV12 is the result of extensive research and development. The engineers designed a slim and compact heat sink which avoids compatibility issues with higher RAM modules while maintaining a high performance capability.

    LEPA relies on a new technique for efficient air stream conduction: Small air vents improve the air circulation inside the heat sink and increase the heat dissipation rate. The heat pipes rest directly on the CPU so that hot spots can be eliminated quickly. Due to these techniques, LEPA engineers have been able to lower down the thermal resistance of the cooler to just 0.095°C/W.

    Quiet BOL Fan
    LEPA includes a high-quality PWM fan with the durable "Barometric Oil-less" (BOL) bearing. Thanks to the application of self-lubricating materials, the patented technology allows for a consistently silent operation with 160,000 hours MTBF. Apart from that, you can detach the fan blades in order to clean them from dust and avoid a drop in performance. The 12 cm fan comes with an automatic PWM control and three RPM modes. That way, you can adjust the RPM setting according to your individual system requirements: Silence Mode (800 - 1,500 RPM), Performance Mode (800 - 1,800 RPM) and Overclocking Mode (800 - 2,200 RPM).

    Matt Black High-Tech Finish
    The stylish matt black coating is not only upgrading the cooler optically, but also protects it from corrosion. LEPA applies a high-tech finish ("Super Thermal Conductive Coating") which makes sure that it does not affect the thermal conductivity and cooling performance of the cooler. The quick and user-friendly mounting system supports all current Intel and AMD platforms. In short, the cooler will be available on sale for a MSRP of 36.90 Euro incl. VAT.
    LEPA LV12
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    Posted on Tuesday, July 29 2014 @ 16:35:03 CEST by
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    Leaked shots of a delided Haswell-E processor reveal Intel may once again use soldered heatspreaders for its upcoming Haswell-E series. The company switched from soldered heatspreaders to thermal grease when it introduced its Ivy Bridge series but this move resulted in a poorer transfer of heat between the CPU die and the heatspreader.
    Previously, Intel has soldered its heatspreaders directly to the die, creating a strong bond at the molecular level that ensures good heat transfer. In its Ivy Bridge family, it moved to using a thermal paste with an impact in heat transfer and a sudden resurgence of interest in de-lidding accessories. Although many considered the move to have been made out of a desire to boost profits, there were sound engineering reasons relating to smaller die sizes causing cracking of the solder and the formation of heat-trapping voids that can damage the chip.

    Those issues appear to have been resolved in time for the Haswell-E enthusiast chip family, thankfully. An image published by OCDrift shows a de-lidded Core i7-5960X Haswell-E processor with half the die stuck to the heatspreader - suggesting that solder or an extremely strong thermal epoxy, rather than the weak-adhesive thermal paste of previous chips, has been used to join the two.
    Intel Haswell-E soldered heatspreader

    Source: Bit Tech
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    Posted on Tuesday, July 29 2014 @ 16:15:43 CEST by
    Hexus reports researchers at Stanford University devised a way to create a battery with a stable lithium anode. Current lithium battery designs use this metal within the electrolyte solution contained inside the cells but not as the anode material due to issues with its stability and reactivity. By using a 20nm thick carbon coating on the lithium, the researchers managed to achieve a working battery with a pure lithium anode that promises to deliver three to four times times the capacity of current li-ion batteries.
    The Stanford scientists have overcome the above problems using a carbon nanosphere wall to coat the lithium anode. This 20nm thick "flexible, uniform and non-reactive film… protects the unstable lithium from the drawbacks that have made it such a challenge," reports Phys.org. The layer is both "chemically stable to protect against the chemical reactions with the electrolyte and mechanically strong to withstand the expansion of the lithium during charge," said Prof Cui.

    There is still refinements to be done but batteries made using the above outlined method are "within reach". The coulombic efficiency of these new design battery cells is currently at 99 per cent over 150 recharge/discharge cycles. To be commercially viable this efficiency should be 99.9 per cent or more explains Cui. However this is a big step up from previous lithium anode attempts where the efficiency dropped to less than 50 per cent in just 100 cycles.

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