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Cougar shows off 700K aluminium gaming keyboard September 17, 2014 - 13:41
Galaxy and KFA2 brands to be replaced by GALAX September 17, 2014 - 13:28
MSI and Gainward GTX 980/970 cards teased September 17, 2014 - 13:06
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 final specifications leak, TDP of just 165W? September 17, 2014 - 12:57
Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB mechanical keyboard sets you back $180 September 17, 2014 - 12:27
ThermalTake ships Luna LED case fans September 17, 2014 - 12:15
ASML: 10nm to offer little cost reduction September 17, 2014 - 11:51
Kingston lowers HyperX DDR4 voltage from 1.5V to 1.35V September 17, 2014 - 11:41
Microsoft to fundamentally change the way Windows ships September 17, 2014 - 11:32
Samsung rumored to be developing its own mobile GPU September 16, 2014 - 14:35
Be Quiet! Straight Power 10 PSUs are out September 16, 2014 - 12:18
CRYORIG offers free upgrade kits for LGA 2011-3 September 16, 2014 - 12:08
GeForce GTX 980 to have 2048 CUDA cores, 175W TDP? September 16, 2014 - 11:59
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and 970 to cost $599 and $399? September 16, 2014 - 11:47
Next Windows to be presented on September 30, 2014 September 16, 2014 - 11:41
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX Black/White edition is out September 16, 2014 - 09:01
Microsoft buys Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion September 15, 2014 - 17:40
Intel outlines transition from DDR3 to DDR4 September 15, 2014 - 16:44
Antec EDGE PSU lineup is now available September 15, 2014 - 16:08
VESA DisplayPort 1.3 standard offers 50 percent more bandwidth September 15, 2014 - 16:04

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Posted on Wednesday, September 17 2014 @ 13:41:40 CEST by
Cougar announces its 700K, an aluminium gaming keyboard with Cherry MX switches, N-key rollover, LED backlight, 6 programmable keys, etc.
COUGAR, COUGAR, leading eSports and computer peripherals brand has launched a cutting-edge aluminum keyboard which has already managed to win the 2014 iF International Design Award. COUGAR has invested two years of intense work in designing what is arguably the best gaming keyboard of the market, the 700K.

The Cougar 700K Gaming Keyboard is a premium mechanical gaming keyboard aimed at professional level PC gamers, especially those who engage in Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOs). It comes with COUGAR’s UIX™ System, a powerful software with a simple interface that combines your COUGAR peripherals (for example the new gaming mouse 700M) into a single application interface and allows you to conveniently configure all their functions. This way a single software can control all the peripherals, instead of needing, as most products on the market, an app for each device.

The design of the Cougar 700K was inspired by stealth warship technology, and it is based on carefully selected geometrical shapes: mechanical key modules are mounted on an exposed aluminum structure with premium anodized surface treatments, and a plastic frame wraps its ends to create a stylish, sturdy and durable device. This, together with the wrist support points, makes possible a faster, more precise and comfortable keyboard experience.

The 700k features German Cherry MX mechanical key switches that last up to 50 million keystrokes. The mechanical keys deliver gaming-grade responsiveness and a distinctive tactile feedback.

The COUGAR 700K keyboard is not just attractive on the outside, but also brings an impressive set of features for gaming and serious work, with a 32bit ARM processor in charge and on-board memory storage for up to 3 full configuration profiles. This allows you to bring your setup to other PCs without needing to re-configure the keyboard.

With form & function come results. Looking pretty is one thing but actually being a good and usable device is another. The 700k has features that allow you to focus on speed or productivity such as full led backlights, giving individual keys a backlight setting which can be customized by choosing any single key to set the backlight on or off.

In USB mode, the N-key rollover allows for use of any number of keys without needing a USB to PS/2 adapter. Normally, it is difficult to reach N-key rollover in USB mode but the 700k allows for unlimited simultaneous key presses, without missing any function. Also the user can choose the repeat rate of his preference: 1X, 2X, 4X or 8X. The keys are always ready for action, with the 1000HZ polling rate giving a 1ms response time.

There are also 6 programmable G-keys, one for thumb use in an ergonomical position near the space bar and 5 silver buttons on the left side. Lastly, there is the FPS magnetic soft touch palm rest that provides great ergonomic support for WASD keys control.

The union of a stylish and sturdy design, a wide range of well thought functions and the precision coming from its high quality components qualifies the 700K as the best gaming keyboard currently on the market.
Cougar 700K


Posted on Wednesday, September 17 2014 @ 13:28:15 CEST by
Video card maker Galaxy will reportedly consolidate its brands. Previously, the company sold video cards under the Galaxy brandname and had a separate KFA2 brand for Europe but according to VideoCardz it will now only be GALAX.
GALAX will probably continue with GC and HOF series. The only card that has been shown so far (not exactly from official channel) is GTX 970 with GC-like cooler (see below).
Galax brand

Galax GeForce GTX 970

Posted on Wednesday, September 17 2014 @ 13:06:41 CEST by
VideoCardz published photos of the Gainward GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 as well as MSI's GeForce GTX 970 GAMING.

The Gainward leak shows two GeForce GTX 970 models, a reference-based version with core/boost clockspeeds of 1051/1178MHz and a Phantom edition with custom cooling and 1152/1304MHz frequencies. The GeForce GTX 980 is a reference model with 1127MHz core and 1216MHz Boost.

The GTX 980 is said to cost 600EUR while the GTX 970 is expected to retail for 400EUR in Europe.

 Gainward GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970

The other leak reveals MSI's GeForce GTX 970 GAMING with TwinFrozr V cooling. This cooling solution has two 100mm propeller-blade fans with a black/red shroud. The card offers a 1140MHz core and a 1279MHz turbo boost. The GTX 970 reportedly has a 148W TDP.

MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING with TwinFrozr V

Posted on Wednesday, September 17 2014 @ 12:57:41 CEST by
VideoCardz claims it got its hands on the final specifications of NVIDIA's soon-to-be-revealed GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. Based on the Maxwell GM204 GPU, this card reportedly has 16 Streaming Multiprocessors “Maxwell” (SMM), 64 ROPs, 128 TMUs and 2048 CUDA cores. All this takes up 5.2 billon transistors and is packed in a die area of 398mm².

The biggest surprise perhaps is the extremely low TDP, the latest rumor puts it at just 165W! Official confirmation is expected on September 19th, pricing is said to be around the $599 mark.
By comparing it to Kepler parts, we notice that Maxwell-based graphics cards arrive with relatively higher clock speeds, GTX 980 has a base clock of 1126 MHz and boost clock of 1216 MHz.

The biggest news here is that GTX 980 has only a TDP of 165W. That’s amazing power reduction compared to 250W GK110.

Last but not least, I can now confirm that GeForce GTX 980 has HDMI 2.0 support. And if you somehow missed my previous news, GTX 980 has 5 display outputs: DVI-I, HDMI2.0 and three DisplayPorts 1.2 (not 1.3).
GTX 980 specs

Posted on Wednesday, September 17 2014 @ 12:27:20 CEST by
Logitech introduces the G910 Orion Spark RGB mechanical keyboard. This keyboard features Logitech's new Romer-G mechanical switches, which promise 25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, enhanced durability and intelligent illumination.

The LED lighting of every key can be individually customized from a palette of 16.8 million colors and the keyboard features dedicated macro buttons with profile management and media keys. One of the special features is a pullout tray that supports most iOS and Android devices, you can connect your smartphone to the keyboard to serve as an auxiliary screen to display game information, media controls, system performance stats, etc.

The Orion Spark keyboard will hit the market in November for $179.99.
Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI), a leading innovator of gaming peripherals, today announced the Logitech® G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard. The keyboard features Logitech’s exclusive new Romer-G™ mechanical switches, offering 25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, improved durability and intelligent Illumination.

“This keyboard is the culmination of years of ongoing development by our engineering team, incorporating feedback from gamers and eSports athletes to develop a next-generation mechanical key,” said Vincent Tucker, director of Logitech gaming. “Our team was charged with developing a keyboard that truly improves the gaming experience, and Orion Spark delivers.”

Orion Spark combines lightning speed responsiveness, improved accuracy with superior RGB illumination in a performance-driven design.

“My players love the new switches,” said Andy Dinh, owner of Team Solomid. “They are so excited about them, that the whole team is using them in the League of Legends World Championship.”

Fast, Responsive, Durable: Romer-G Mechanical Switches
Orion Spark features exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches, which can’t be found on any other keyboard. With an actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches. Improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, up to 40 percent longer than others on the market, also allows this keyboard to weather the wear and tear of intense gaming.

Intelligent RGB Illumination
The lighting in every key of Orion Spark can be individually customized from a palette of 16.8 million colors. You can mark keys by color to keep track of spells and other commands, change colors to match your setup, or set lighting by game. The lighting is centrally located within each switch and is directed by precision optics, to ensure that the lettering on each key is evenly illuminated.

Arx Control Integration
Arx Control is a new app from Logitech G that works with LGS to enable delivery of a wide range of information on your mobile device including anything from in-game intelligence, to vital system performance stats, to media controls. Using our Arx Control SDK game developers can even create customized applets to deliver content unique to their game. Major developers like Valve have been given early copies and are exploring possible integrations for Steam and for their popular games. Orion Spark features a pullout tray that supports most iOS® and Android™ devices, providing easy access to Arx Control data.

Nine Programmable Buttons
You can also customize your favorite game by assigning game controls and macros to the nine individually programmable G-keys, for quick and easy access to complex commands. Orion Spark supports up to 27 commands across three profiles for maximum convenience, and setup is easy using Logitech Gaming Software.
Logitech G910 Orion Spark

Posted on Wednesday, September 17 2014 @ 12:15:53 CEST by
ThermalTake introduces Luna, a new line of LED case fans. You can get them in 120mm, 140mm and 200mm sizes and with blue, red or white LEDs.
Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, now unfolds full range of Luna Series case fan in 120mm, 140mm, and 200mm sizes with various LED lighting options. Particularly, as the new stunning focus for Thermaltake PC case fans in 2014, Luna LED series is an all around case fan, providing an effective radiator, heatsink, and case cooling solution inside the chassis. With an anti-vibration mounting system covered all four corners, it strengthens the stability during operation. Balanced seven, nine, and eleven-blade fan design ensures optimal airflow, undoubtedly guarantees ultra low noise and heat dissipation. Luna Series releases three LED colors selection: red, white and blue, to add style to your PC case.

  • Anti-vibration Mounting System: In-mold injection anti-vibration rubber pads provide hassle-free usage for 80% protection coverage, including all four corners and the frame.
  • Long-life Bearing: With better stiffness, long-life sleeve bearings are suitable for moderate- to high-speed applications, offering enhanced reliability and extended life spans.
  • Higher Air Inflow, Less Noise: Enlarged fan frame opening enhances air inflow and the unique fan blade design delivers exceptional airflow at a low noise level.
  • 3 Colors of Luminous LED: The Luna LED series is available in three vivid colors: red, white, and blue. Embellish the chassis in your own way.
  • ThermalTake Luna LED 200mm

    Posted on Wednesday, September 17 2014 @ 11:51:20 CEST by
    Chip manufacturing tool maker ASML confirmed that companies will make 10nm chips mainly using traditional immersion lithography as extreme ultraviolet (EUV) continues to be delayed. The firm claims 10nm will be a squeezed node that no one will like but notes that there will be just enough cost reduction to let it go forward.
    Most critical layers will require three or even four exposures, said ASML president and chief technology officer Martin Van den Brink in a 90-minute interview here.

    “10 nm will be a squeezed node that no one will like, due to insufficient cost reduction, but there will be enough cost reduction to let it go forward,” Van den Brink said.

    For the follow-on 7 nm generation, chipmakers will need to use EUV to make chips cost effectively, he insisted. Without it some layers would require as many as 13 passes through an immersion stepper, he told us.
    Full details at EE Times.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 17 2014 @ 11:41:40 CEST by
    Kingston logo
    Kingston hasn't started shipping any DDR4 memory kits yet but the company has just made a major change to the specifications of its HyperX DDR4 modules. Legit Reviews notes that while pre-production kits that were send to a number of review sites ran at 1.5V, the retail kits will be programmed to run up to 1.35V depending on what kit you purchase. Kingston says internal testing showed 1.5V isn't necessary with the latest DDR4 ICs and PCB combination.
    Legit Reviews recently had an X99 platform failure and one of the areas of concern was the high voltages that the Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB (4x4GB) 3000MHz memory kit was running. We are happy to hear that Kingston has lowered the voltages as it wasn’t really needed and will reduce temperatures and hopefully improve the reliability and lifespan of the memory kits. After speaking with many Intel engineers that worked on Haswell-E we do not think out platform failure had to do with the 1.5 Volts running on this particular DDR4 memory kit as the Haswell-E processors memory controller supports both DDR3 and DDR4 memory. DDR3 memory comes standard now at 1.5V, but many kits are still on the market at 1.65V. Since Intel designed the memory controller to work with DDR3 and many Intel Xeon processors are using the same core architecture with DDR3 memory kits just fine, we can safely assume the higher than normal DRAM voltage isn’t to blame. Intel also recently came out and let us know that 1.2-1.5V is the acceptable DDR4 Voltage range for Intel X.M.P. 2.0 memory kits.


    Posted on Wednesday, September 17 2014 @ 11:32:42 CEST by
    Microsoft logo
    Neowin writes a new job posting at Microsoft's website reveals the software giant is preparing to fundamentally change the way Windows is shipping. The goal seems to be to roll out feature updates much faster than ever before. Previously we heard Microsoft may be adopting a yearly release schedule but this information suggests the company may even have weekly updates in mind.
    According to a job posting on Microsoft's website, they are looking to "fundamentally change the way Windows is shipping." The job posting states the following:

    The Mission Control team is seeking a strong developer to help advance the state of client software delivery. We are creating a new system that will fundamentally change the way Windows is shipping to put the ecosystem at the center of Windows. We want every engineer to get an immediate view of how he/she is affecting the Windows ecosystem by providing qualitative and quantitative information that will allow them to take the necessary decisions in real time.

    There are many ways to interpret this, but it could go back to what we talked about previously where you can click a button in Windows 9 to update the builds internally. The reason this feature may make it outside of internal testing is because of what else the job description says:

    What would it take to modify the Windows start menu on every Windows user machine in less than a week?


    Posted on Tuesday, September 16 2014 @ 14:35:34 CEST by
    Samsung logo
    Word on the street is that Samsung has been putting a lot of effort into creating its own GPU over the last couple of years as this is one of the few important pieces of tech the company has to source from third parties for its mobile devices. The South Korean electronics giant hired quite a number of ex NVIDIA, AMD and Intel employees over the years and it's expected that the firm will be able to develop a competitive mobile GPU in the not too distant future.
    Having full control of their own hardware will be a big shift for Samsung and could make them even more competitive against Apple in the not too distant future. Samsung’s new hardware isn’t ready just yet, as the company is staying away from a full announcement until they’ve created something worthwhile, but if history has taught us anything about GPU development, the first Samsung chip will be nothing remarkable. It’s a fiercely competitive market and Samsung will need a lot of practice to keep up with the competition.
    Source: eTeknix

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