Posted on Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 09:55:31 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The second new display of the day is the BenQ EX3203R, this is a curved 31.5-inch monitor with a curvature of 1800R. The display has a LED-backlit VA panel with 178-degrees viewing angles and a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It supports HDR and has 400 nits brightness, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 4ms gray-to-gray response time, 144Hz refresh rate, 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, and AMD's FreeSync 2.
The display stand offers height and tilt adjustments, and is VEGA mount compatible. Display inputs include two HDMI 1.4 ports and a DisplayPort. Interestingly, the EX3203R also has a USB Type-C port that can be used as display connection, for charging (max 10W), and to power the USB 3.0 hub.
Pricing and availability is unknown.
The EX3203R looks like a minor upgrade versus the EX3200R, which currently retails for $398.99. The main difference between the two displays seems to be that the new panel has a higher resolution and HDR support.
Posted on Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 09:44:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The big news of the day will be the launch of AMD's second-gen Ryzen processors, other than this it's shaping up to be a very slow news day. We do have two new display announcements for you. First up, here's the AGON AG322QC4 from AOC.
The AGON AG322QC4 will start shipping in June for around 599EUR, it has a 31.5" curved VA panel with a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. The refresh rate is 144Hz, it has a 4ms gray-to-gray response time, 400 nits brightness, 2000:1 contrast ratio, a DisplayHDR 400 certification, FreeSync 2 support, and a 1800R curvature.
This new gaming display has an adjustable foot, a headset stand, 5W stereo speakers, and a LED light strip. Display inputs include VGA, 2x HDMI 2.0, and 2x Displayport 1.2. It also has a USB 3.0 hub.
Display specialist AOC is proud to announce the new addition to its AGON premium gaming monitor family, the AOC AGON AG322QC4 that offers stunning gaming visuals with its VESA DisplayHDR™ 400-compliant 3-sided frameless 31.5” VA panel, a razor-sharp Quad HD (2560x1440 px) resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio, deep and inky 2000:1 static contrast ratio and an aggressive 1800R curvature. The 144 Hz refresh rate, 4 ms GtG response time combined with Radeon™ FreeSync™ 2 support ensure a smooth gameplay experience at the utmost competitive level.
DisplayHDR 400 and Radeon FreeSync 2
The AG322QC4 comes with recent display technologies for lifelike visuals and the smoothest gameplay experience, VESA DisplayHDR 400 and AMD's Radeon FreeSync 2. The VESA DisplayHDR 400 specification ensures 400 cd/m² peak brightness, improved black levels, higher colour gamut and more bit depth (colour depth) to display High Dynamic Range (HDR) visuals.
For a stutter-free and tear-free gaming experience, AMD’s Radeon FreeSync 2 technology improves upon FreeSync, still supporting a variable refresh rate (by matching the monitor’s refresh rate with the framerate of the GPU). FreeSync™ 2 employs stricter constraints (e.g. mandatory Low Framerate Compensation (LFC), bigger colour space) and HDR support with lower latency than conventional HDR monitors.
Impressive and immersive looks
The sleek AG322QC4 with its revamped deep black finish employs a 1800R curvature on its 31.5” VA (Vertical Alignment) panel. This aggressive curvature with a radius of 1800 mm encapsulates the user, covers their peripheral vision and offers them a convincing immersion. On a curved display, one’s eyes will have more or less the same distance to every corner of the panel with an almost perpendicular angle, which cancels out any picture distortion, contrast and colour shift caused by an oblique angle.
Redefining smooth gameplay
The AG322QC4’s VA panel boasts a QHD (2560x1440 px) resolution, future-proofing gamers for many years to come. The best middle-ground resolution for today’s gamers, the QHD resolution provides four-times more detailed imagery than a 720p resolution, yet in most games current mid-/high-end GPU’s can easily push high framerates in QHD compared to 4K. The AG322QC4’s VA panel also provides wide viewing angles comparable to IPS panels.
Competitive gamers will be satisfied with the aggressive specs of the AG322QC4. The 144 Hz refresh rate and 4 ms GtG response time together eliminate the effects of motion blur and give gamers much better visual feedback in fast-paced, twitchy games. AOC’s Low Input Lag mode improves the responsiveness of the monitor even more. In this mode, the video signal bypasses most of the video processing done by monitor’s electronics and the actions given by input devices (keyboard/mouse) translate more quickly into visuals.
Customise to your own game
AOC knows the little things gamers appreciate. AOC’s Game Mode presets offer custom settings for different genres such as FPS, Racing or RTS for faster responsiveness and clearer visuals. Moreover, users can save their own presets as well. With the included wired remote OSD controller (QuickSwitch), users can easily jump between these presets. AOC’s Shadow Control feature allows gamers to dial-in shadow levels in the OSD, lightening the dark areas or darkening bright/washed-out areas, so they can get the upper edge no matter what.
The AOC Ergo Base allows wide ranges of height, tilt and swivel adjustments for optimum ergonomic positioning. Gamers can connect their headsets using audio out and microphone inputs, and when not in use, hang them onto the AG322QC4’s retractable headphone holder. Practicality is also provided by the monitor’s 2 x USB 3.0 ports, the built-in cable management solution and carry-on handle for transportation. With the LED lights on the lower bezel and the back of the monitor, gamers can choose between red, green or blue lights with three intensity levels for increased customisation.
Posted on Thursday, April 19 2018 @ 09:28:28 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
It looks like more and more of the tech giants are making their own chips. The latest company that's forming its own team to design computer chips is Facebook. A job listing reveals Facebook is looking for a manager to oversee a project that involves “end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization.” Bloomberg did some digging and heard Facebook is setting up a whole chip development team.
Facebook could use such chips to power hardware devices, artificial intelligence software and servers in its data centers. Next month, the company will launch the Oculus Go, a $200 standalone virtual-reality headset that runs on a Qualcomm processor. Facebook is also working on a slew of smart speakers. Future generations of those devices could be improved by custom chipsets. By using its own processors, the company would have finer control over product development and would be able to better tune its software and hardware together.
A tweet from Facebook's Yann LeCun reveals the FPGA/ASIC chips will be used for artificial intelligence:
Interested in designing ASIC & FPGA for AI? Design engineer positions are available at Facebook in Menlo Park.
The list of other tech giants working on their own chips includes Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Tesla. By making custom chips, these firms can better focus on their own needs and/or give end-users a more unique experience.
Posted on Wednesday, April 18 2018 @ 19:00:19 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
YouTube channel Hardware Numb3rs got early access to AMD's new Ryzen 7 2700X and published a host of benchmark results. Overall, it appears the new chip beats the Ryzen 7 1700 by about 10 percent in gaming benchmarks.
The official launch is set for April 19, so we're getting very close!
Going into more details, Hardware Numb3rs tested Rise of the Tomb Raider, Metro: Last Light, World of Warcraft, Far Cry Primal and Ashes of the Singularity at 1080p. With the exception of Ashes of the Singularity, all other four games performed noticeably better on Ryzen 7 2700X than on Ryzen 7 1700. More or less, we are looking at a 10fps increase.
Posted on Wednesday, April 18 2018 @ 16:02:19 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Phanteks announced its Eclipse P300 is now offered in three more colors: white, black/red, and black/white. These new cases have a MSRP of $59.99 and should be immediately available in retail stores.
With its full metal exterior and a tempered glass side panel,
the Eclipse P300 has an exceptional build quality in its class.
The new PSU shroud design enhances the clean interior and
exterior looks. It’s packed with features to create an intuitive
and convenient installation experience. The P300 comes with
easy cable management tools, AIO watercooling support,
dustproof interior, full length GPU support and RGB lighting
with possibilities to expand with more Phanteks RGB products.
The Eclipse P300 is a great starting point for new and budgetoriented
Posted on Wednesday, April 18 2018 @ 14:56:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Here's the first result of NVIDIA's GeForce Partner Program (GPP). It was rumored for a couple of weeks now that AMD's non-exclusive add-in board partners would debut new gaming brands and now there's official word from ASUS about the launch of AREZ.
The new AREZ cards will ship in May 2018, the lineup will include over a dozen of Radeon RX 500 and RX Vega series video cards.
ASUS today announced AREZ, a new brand identity for ASUS Radeon™ RX graphics cards. Derived from Ares, the Greek god of war, AREZ-branded graphics cards are built using industry-leading automated manufacturing to provide AMD gamers and enthusiasts with superior cooling technology and a robust software ecosystem.
The new AREZ brand underlines the strong working partnership between ASUS and AMD that spans decades. Gamers and enthusiasts will enjoy a combination of exclusive ASUS innovations and technologies and AMD’s Radeon graphics processors and software.
"Gamers around the world rally behind AMD Radeon because of what the Radeon name stands for: a dedication to open innovation such as our contributions to the DirectX and Vulkan APIs, a commitment to true transparency through industry standards like Radeon FreeSync™ technology, and a desire to expand the PC gaming ecosystem by enabling developers to take advantage of all graphics hardware, including
AMD Radeon graphics. We invite gamers everywhere who believe in these values and the value of the exceptional gaming experience Radeon graphics delivers to join the Red team,” said Scott Herkelman, Vice President and General Manager, AMD Radeon Technologies Group.
Extreme durability: Auto-Extreme technology and Super Alloy Power II components
AREZ graphics cards are produced using Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-exclusive, 100%-automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of quality, performance and longevity. Since the introduction of Auto-Extreme technology in ASUS graphics cards, reliability has improved by 30%. This manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.
Super Alloy Power II components deliver enhanced efficiency, reduce power loss, reduce component buzzing by 50% under full load and achieve thermal levels that are approximately 50% cooler than previous designs for enhanced quality and reliability.
Hi-tech cooling: MaxContact, patented Wing-Blade IP5X-certified fans and FanConnect II
MaxContact is an industry-first GPU cooling technology featuring an enhanced copper heat-spreader that directly contacts the GPU. MaxContact utilizes precision machining to provide a 10X-flatter surface for up to 2X more contact area with the GPU than traditional heat spreaders, resulting in improved thermal transfer. Select AREZ graphics cards are also constructed with up to 40% more heatsink surface area than previous dual-slot designs, further improving heat dissipation for dramatically cooler and quieter performance.
A patented Wing-Blade fan design delivers 105%-greater static pressure over the heatsink for more efficient cooling and up to 3X-quieter operation compared to other fan designs. The fans are certified under the International Protection Marking (IP code) as IP5X dust resistant for improved reliability and a longer lifespan. This stringent certification process ensures AREZ graphics cards provide optimal fan performance, even under severe operating conditions. Additionally, 0dB technology stops the fan completely when the GPU temperature is below a set level, letting players enjoy light gaming sessions in complete silence.
ASUS FanConnect II features two four-pin hybrid-controlled headers that can be connected to both PWM and DC system fans for optimal system cooling. The connected fans reference both the GPU and CPU, and operate automatically based on the one with the higher temperature. A comprehensive set of tuning options allow gamers to tune fan speeds for efficient cooling.
Software ecosystem: GPU Tweak II, plus Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition
Redesigned with an intuitive user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier than ever, while retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically.
AREZ graphics cards also support the latest AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition drivers for comprehensive control over AMD GPUs. Core features include power-saving Radeon Chill technology; Radeon WattMan for profile-based custom control of voltages, engine clocks and fan speeds; and Radeon ReLive for easy capture and sharing of in-game action.
Posted on Wednesday, April 18 2018 @ 14:49:56 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
In a new blog post on the Radeon website, AMD vice president Scott Herkelman hits back against NVIDIA's controversial GeForce Partner Program (GPP). In recent weeks, a lot has been written about GPP. The main gist is that members of GPP aren't allowed to sell Radeon cards under the same gaming brand, in exchange they get preferential supply and exclusive discounts from NVIDIA.
Here's the full blog post from AMD. It doesn't mention NVIDIA or the GPP by name, but it's clear what this is about. AMD specifically mentions that its add-in board partners will launch new AMD-focused brands in the coming weeks. One example of this is the new AREZ brand from ASUS, which will be a ROG-like brand for AMD video cards.
Our proud pastime of PC gaming has been built on the idea of freedom. Freedom to choose. How to play the game. What to do and when to do it. And specifically, what to play it on. PC gaming has a long, proud tradition of choice. Whether you build and upgrade your own PCs, or order pre-built rigs after you’ve customized every detail online, you know that what you’re playing on is of your own making, based on your freedom to choose the components that you want. Freedom of choice is a staple of PC gaming.
Over the coming weeks, you can expect to see our add-in board partners launch new brands that carry an AMD Radeon product. AMD is pledging to reignite this freedom of choice when gamers choose an AMD Radeon RX graphics card. These brands will share the same values of openness, innovation, and inclusivity that most gamers take to heart. The freedom to tell others in the industry that they won’t be boxed in to choosing proprietary solutions that come bundled with “gamer taxes” just to enjoy great experiences they should rightfully have access to. The freedom to support a brand that actively works to advance the art and science of PC gaming while expanding its reach.
The key values that brands sporting AMD Radeon products will offer are:
A dedication to open innovation – AMD works tirelessly to advance PC gaming through close collaboration with hardware standards bodies, API and game developers, making our technologies available to all to help further the industry. Through our collaboration with JEDEC on memory standards like HBM and HBM2, Microsoft on DirectX and Khronos on Vulkan, and through the GPUOpen initiative where we provide access to a comprehensive collection of visual effects, productivity tools, and other content at no cost, we’re enabling the industry to the benefit of gamers.
A commitment to true transparency through industry standards – Through industry standards like AMD FreeSync technology, we’re providing the PC ecosystem with technologies that significantly enhance gamers’ experiences, enabling partners to adopt them at no cost to consumers, rather than penalizing gamers with proprietary technology “taxes” and limiting their choice in displays.
Real partnerships with real consistency – We work closely with all our AIB partners, so that our customers are empowered with the best, high-performance, high quality gaming products and technologies available from AMD. No anti-gamer / anti-competitive strings attached.
Expanding the PC gaming ecosystem – We create open and free game development technologies that enable the next generation of immersive gaming experiences across PC and console ecosystems. These efforts have resulted in advancements such as AMD FreeSync adoption on TVs for Xbox One S or X, integration of forward looking “Vega” architecture features and technologies into Far Cry 5 without penalizing the competition, and inclusion of open sourced AMD innovations into the Vulkan API which game developers can adopt freely.
We pledge to put premium, high-performance graphics cards in the hands of as many gamers as possible and give our partners the support they need without anti-competitive conditions. Through the support of our add-in-board partners that carry forward the AMD Radeon RX brand, we’re continuing to push the industry openly, transparently and without restrictions so that gamers have access to the best immersive technologies, APIs and experiences.
We believe that freedom of choice in PC gaming isn’t a privilege. It’s a right.
Posted on Wednesday, April 18 2018 @ 14:42:39 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Cooler Master announces the MasterLiquid ML120R RGB and the MasterLiquid ML240R RGB, its first RGB All-in-One liquid cooling solutions with addressable RGB LEDs. They're fully compatible with motherboard RGB solutions from ASUS, MSI, and ASRock. New Cooler Master MasterPlus+ Lighting software is expected in May 2018.
These coolers ship today and are available in retail stores for $99.99 and $119.99, respectively.
Cooler Master, a global leader in manufacturing CPU coolers, computer components and peripherals, introduces its first addressable RGB all-in-one (AIO) liquid CPU coolers. The MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and MasterLiquid ML120R RGB are certified compatible with ASUS, MSI and ASRock motherboards and feature addressable RGB LEDs on both the fans and water block.
16.7 Million Color Customizing with Software or Wired Controller
The MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and MasterLiquid ML120R RGB feature a newly designed pump with 12 addressable RGB LEDs on the water block and eight addressable RGB LEDs on each fan, capable of 16.7million color options. Users can easily customize each LED, individually, through the addressable RGB software from ASUS, MSI and ASRock motherboards, or with Cooler Master’s upcoming MasterPlus+ software for complete ambient control.
Cooler Master’s MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and ML120R RGB come equipped with a new addressable RGB LED controller for use and compatibility with non-addressable RGB components and easy lighting and mode control. A 3-in-1 addressable RGB splitter is also included in the packaging.
Innovative Quality Design and More
Exclusively designed in-house, the MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and ML120R RGB are constructed with a low-profile, dual chamber pump that separates incoming coolant from the radiator-bound heated coolant. Cooler Master’s unique pump design maximizes CPU cooling results and assists in maintaining ideal system temperatures. In addition, Both the MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and ML120R RGB feature a precision machined microchannel cold plate to quickly dissipate heat, FEP tubing on the interior and sleeved tubing on the exterior for a premium look and extended durability.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB
Addressable RGB LED pump with 16.7 million colors
Dual chamber pump design to separate incoming and outgoing coolant
Posted on Wednesday, April 18 2018 @ 14:14:51 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
CRYORIG announces a full copper edition of the C7 heatsink. Aptly named C7 Cu, this top-down model features a copper base, four 6mm copper heatpipes, and a copper fin array. Airflow is provided by a 92mm PWM fan, which provides up to 40.5CFM at a noise level of up to 30dBA. With the fan included, the cooler measures 97mm x 97mm x 47mm (L x W x H) and weighs 675g. The suggested retail pricing is $49.95 (49.95EUR, incl. VAT).
After nearly a year from first announcing the Cu line of full copper coolers PC cooling innovator CRYORIG is now releasing the C7 Cu copper enhanced SFF ITX cooler. The C7 Cu is built from the award winning C7 architecture with one obvious upgrade, the extravagant use of copper for the whole heatsink body. By exchanging for a full copper build from aluminum has allowed the C7 Cu see improvements of up to 15% in thermal performance. The increased thermal performance without increased size is a key advantage of the C7 Cu especially in ultra-compact SFF/ITX builds where space is limited.
Aimed at solving the space limits of Small Form Factor ITX systems, the C7 Cu was set with the task of further improving performance but without increasing size or fan speed. Utilizing higher thermal conductive materials was the only answer for the C7 Cu. Copper is nearly twice as thermal conductive as aluminum but nearly three times as expensive. That’s why copper is normally only used on the most thermal critical components such as heatpipes and heatsink base plates. With the C7 Cu, CRYORIG has swapped out the aluminum elements of the C7 with pure copper. Thermal performance gains are close to 15% when compared to the original C7.
Built on the original C7 architecture, users can except to get the same features such as Zero Interference design on both Intel and AMD boards, included installation tool, and pre-installed 92 mm PWM fan with integrated anti-vibration pads aimed for SFF/ITX systems. The 92mm fan features CRYORIG’s Quad Air Intake system, with additional intakes are placed at the four corners of the fan. This allows the fan to pull air from the sides not just from the top, because in most SFF/ITX systems there’s limited space for air intake between the top of the heatsink and the case side panel.
The C7 Cu is set to release in mid to late April in Asia and late May to early June in the USA and Europe. Pricing is set at MSRP 49,95 USD (-tax) in the USA and 49,95 (vat incl.) in Europe.
Posted on Wednesday, April 18 2018 @ 12:27:47 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Crucial's Ballistix brand introduces the Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 memory. It's offered in frequencies of up to 3000MHz, with module densities of up to 16GB, and kit densities of up to 64GB. Each kit features 16 RGB LEDs in 8 addressable zones on each module.
The included Ballistix-labeled light bar gives a diffused RGB look, but you can also remove it for maximum brightness. Alternatively, it's also possible to use your own, 3D printed light bar.
Ballistix, a leading global brand of gaming memory, today announced the
availability of Ballistix® Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 memory. The new Tactical Tracer RGB modules,
available in 8GB and 16GB densities with speeds up to 3000 MT/s, allow gamers to light up their systems
with 16 RGB LEDs in 8 zones on each module. PC modders can customize their system’s look by
removing the Ballistix-labeled light bar for maximum brightness, or 3D printing their own light bar to
truly leave their mark on their memory.
“A lot of the members in our community love to personalize their gaming rigs and the new Tactical
Tracer RGB DDR4 modules help achieve just the style they are looking for,” said Jim Jardine, Director of
DRAM Product Marketing. “Having an RGB module with a removable light bar that enables you to
custom-make your own system gives system builders the best options for customization and
Tactical Tracer RGB modules also work with the Ballistix® M.O.D. Utility – software that’s designed
exclusively for Ballistix modules. Gamers can use the M.O.D. Utility to monitor memory temperatures in
real time, adjust Tactical Tracer RGB LED color schemes and brightness, turn the lights on and off, and
switch up display patterns. PC modders can also use their motherboard’s software to sync Tactical
Tracer RGB LEDs with the other components in their rig.
In addition to increasing personalization, users
get all the features of the Ballistix Tactical series including XMP profiles, stylish black PCB, and custom
The Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 modules are available to purchase at Crucial.com and through
select global partners. All Ballistix memory is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
information about Ballistix memory and to download design files for your 3D printer, visit