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  • ID-COOLING Releases ICEKIMO 240VGA AIO Water Cooler for Gaming VGA Cards

    Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Oct. 25th, 2016 – ID-COOLING has been continuously trying to develop some innovative products in computer cooling. Today a new member of ICEKIMO series is born to help gamers to cool their hot gaming VGA cards: ICEKIMO 240VGA.

    ICEKIMO 240VGA features a green theme design with green LEDs on the fans and the VGA board cover. The LED logo can be seen through the side panel on computer cases. Designed with a powerful pump with a water flow of 96L/H and a 240mm radiator mounted with dual 120mm PWM fans, this cooler offers exceptional cooling performance.

    The VGA board cover is made of pure aluminum anodized into black/green theme for the best match with the original Nvidia VGA Cards. The built-in 95*15mm slim fan is there to help cool the VRAMs. The aluminum cover itself can dissipate heat effectively simultaneously.

    Tubing length is 380mm, which is enough for all ATX builds. The sleeved design makes the tubing more durable and also aesthetically pleasing.

    Universal mounting brackets are included. ICEKIMO 240VGA is compatible with those VGA cards having 58.4*58.4mm and 53.3*53.3mm mounting holes, to name a few, Nvidia GTX 10 series, 9 series, and AMD R9 200/300/400 Series.

    The MSRP for ICEKIMO 240VGA is $119.99.

    For more product information, you can check http://www.idcooling.com/Product/detail/id/87/name/ICEKIMO%20240VGA. You’re also invited to like ID-COOLING on Facebook: www.facebook.com/idcooling.global.

  • NVIDIA GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti Launch Day

    Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Eariler this month NVidia released details of their new 50 series video card desigend to fill out the low-end video card market.  Today, we can find out just how fast, or slow, this new card is from a wide variety of sources.

    - Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4GB Video Card Review @ Hardware Asylum
    - NVIDIA GTX 1050 Roundup Featuring EVGA MSI and Zotac @ Hardware Asylum

    Web Reviews
    - MSI GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti Gaming X Review @ Guru3D
    - MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB and GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
    - MSI GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti @ LanOC Reviews
    - MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4 GB @ techPowerUp
    - The NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti & GTX 1050 Review @ Hardware Canucks
    - MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2 GB @ techPowerUp

    Sometimes the question of "Is this good for the enthusiast community?" comes up and while teh GTX 1050 is pretty slow when compared to a GTX 1060 that isn't to say you can't just dial back the details and still have a good time.  That is what makes GeForce Experience so attractive to novice gamers.  They now can just select a game and the GFE will do the rest.

    Oh and it also helps you stay up to date with the latest game ready drivers, which can be beneficial in some situations.

  • NVIDIA GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti Launch Day

    Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Eariler this month NVidia released details of their new 50 series video card desigend to fill out the low-end video card market.  Today, we can find out just how fast, or slow, this new card is from a wide variety of sources.

    - Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4GB Video Card Review @ Hardware Asylum
    - NVIDIA GTX 1050 Roundup Featuring EVGA MSI and Zotac @ Hardware Asylum

    Web Reviews
    - MSI GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti Gaming X Review @ Guru3D
    - MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB and GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
    - MSI GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti @ LanOC Reviews
    - MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4 GB @ techPowerUp
    - The NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti & GTX 1050 Review @ Hardware Canucks
    - MSI GTX 1050 Gaming X 2 GB @ techPowerUp

    Sometimes the question of "Is this good for the enthusiast community?" comes up and while teh GTX 1050 is pretty slow when compared to a GTX 1060 that isn't to say you can't just dial back the details and still have a good time.  That is what makes GeForce Experience so attractive to novice gamers.  They now can just select a game and the GFE will do the rest.

    Oh and it also helps you stay up to date with the latest game ready drivers, which can be beneficial in some situations.

  • ENERMAX releases an aluminum case: STEELWING

    Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 | By: Dennis

    November 2016,- Bringing craftsmanship to the next level, ENERMAX officially releases STEELWING, a fully aluminum micro-ATX case with a panoramic tempered glass side panel. Its wing-shaped front panel with one pre-installed ENERMAX patented circular-type LED fan makes STEELWING not just a gorgeous computer case but also a modern decoration. Combined with the spacious interior, STEELWING offers a great flexibility for users to build their systems including hard-tubing installation.



    Exquisite aluminum craftsmanship
    Composed of a premium quality aluminum body and up to 3.5mm thick aluminum panel, the structure of STEELWING is built to last. The beautiful luster of aluminum makes STEELWING stand out from its peers effortlessly. Moreover, you can enjoy the view of your internal rigs anytime through the large panoramic 3mm thick tempered glass panel. The case surface is further anodized and sandblasted to keep it from corrosion and prevent fingerprints or scratches.
     
    Excellent heat dispersion and cooling performance
    The aluminum material of STEELWING provides up to 3 times faster heat dissipation compared to steel made PC cases. The semi-open design of wing-shape front panel with 7 stacked aluminum plates can optimize the airflow. With the front and top meshes and 1* pre-installed 12cm fan in the front, STEELWING serves as an excellent cooling enclosure for your precious hardware.
     
    Spacious interior with versatile HDD & cooling configuration support
    STEELWING features spacious interior allowing you to build your system the way you want such as hard-tubing installation. The storage it offers is sufficient, including 1*3.5 and 1*2.5" HDD/SSD in the rear; 1*3.5" or 120mm liquid cooler/fan in the front.  
     
    STEELWING is available in 2 colors: red and green; each version is equipped with a color matching ENERMAX patented Circular Type LED fan. It is also built with 2* USB 3.0 front panel ports and supports VGA cards up to 290mm in length. This micro-ATX case provides flexible configuration to fit various purposes such as home theater PC, office computer, gaming PC or case modding. For more information, please visit ENERMAX website www.enermax.com or YouTube channel

  • Razer Justifies Audio Business with THX Acquisition

    Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Well, There goes the neighborhood.

    George Lucas couldn't have envisioned in 1983 that his then company, THX, would one day be owned by a PC peripheral maker, but that's exactly what is happening now more than three decades after it was spun off from Lucasfilm. Razer, a company best known for its computer mice aimed at gamers, has gone out and acquired the majority assets of THX, the audio firm announced today.

    Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though THX did say that it will continue to operate as a standalone company underneath the ownership of Razer, and with its same management in place.

    The title alone paints a pretty clear picture that Razer is now owner of all of the audio specifications established since Return of the Jedi.  (so to speak)

    Fact of the matter is, companies are bought and sold on a daily basis and is one reason why they remain profitable and expand into new markets.  How is this acquisition going to help Razer?  That remains to be seen however a quote in the PC Gamer article tells me that they bought it because they could.

    As for Razer's interest in THX, Tan explained to Venture Beat in an email that he's been fan of THX for the greater part of his life and, after working with THX on a speaker product several years ago, he has a high confidence level in THX's team of designers and engineers.

    Back in the 2001 HP bought Compaq and while the purchase worked out for both companies it was largely done "because they could".  There was no financial trouble or mutual benefit, they just did it.  Fast forward 16 years and HP is now split and no longer a driving force in the market.  

    Will that happen with Razer?  I doubt it.  Eventually THX will get flipped but not until we see THX certified mice and computer cases.  Heck, we might even see ear buds with theater quality sound, not because it is possiable but, because they can.

  • Researchers turn carbon dioxide into ethanol, don't drink this.

    Published: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Ok sign me up because this little discovery is going to change everything!  The researchers at Oak Ridge National have stumbled on a way to convert carbon dioxide into pure ethanol using a simple catalyst, some electricity and nitrogen.  It happens at room temperature and basically reverses the combustion process.

    That is, in times of excess energy production from renewable resources, rather than store that electricity in a giant battery, we could instead convert it to ethanol and use that to power generators when renewable sources aren't producing. Plus it would be carbon neutral since the carbon dioxide generated from burning the ethanol would be reclaimed by the catalytic process. There's no word, however, on when this accidental invention will make it out of the lab.

    I can see how this generator could be used for a variety of purposes and it will depend largely on how fast the ethanol can be produced and how large the catalytic converter needs to be.  Likewise they claim that the process occurs at room temperature but there has to be some heat production or consumption during the process which can impact how efficient the conversion is.

    I'll be watching this one for sure.

  • NVIDIA Launches the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050Ti Video Cards

    Published: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | By: Dennis

    In a bid to finally fill out the product lineup before the close of 2016 NVIDIA has launched the final two cards we had expected to see.  The GTX 1050 and GTX 1050Ti will occupy the low end of the Pascal product line and are designed for those who want to Discover GeForce Gaming.

    Currently NVIDIA has released the GTX 1080 which is their Flagship Gaming GPU.  It is quite expensive and also very powerful.  Next on the list we have the GTX 1070 and GTX 1060.  These are what NV would call “Serious Gaming” cards and occupy the mainstream segment for those who appreciate mid to high-end gaming and have a decent budget.

    The GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti are a little different and targeted at folks who may have never installed a dedicated graphics card.  I shudder to say this but there are folks who game on IGP (Integrated graphics) or have a discrete graphics card that is so old people are making momma jokes about it.

    So, what makes this card so special?

    In a word, price.  People in the low-end are price driven and likely pick up keyboards at the thrift store because they don’t know any better.  Granted, that makes good money "cents" but really isn’t helping make your system better.  This is where the GTX 1050 comes in.  The card is a little over a benny, requires no additional power, will run on a 300w PSU and can deliver some serious gaming performance.  At least when compared to whatever you are running.

    Specs
    GTX 1050
    640 Cuda cores 2GB GDDR5 memory
    75w TDP
    1354 Core / 1455 Boost / 3504 Mem

    GTX 1050 Ti
    768 Cuda cores, 4GB GDDR5 memory
    75w TDP
    1290 Core / 1392 Boost / 3504 Mem

    There will be no founders edition for the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti.  Instead you will see 100% custom board designs (yay!) with several designed for extensive overclocking.

    Look for them to be available on October 25th

  • Google puts Intel on notice, they are not using Intel chips within its cloud

    Published: Monday, October 17, 2016 | By: Dennis

    For those of you interested in datacenter architecture this is a good article to look over.  As we know Intel has been a dominate force in the market and with the downturn in the PC space it is servers that have kept Intel happy.  It would seem that Google is looking for a better way to run their datacenters and is not planning to use Intel hardware anymore.

    Instead they are looking towards what OpenCAPI is planning and with names like AMD and NVIDIA on the list you can guess what they may come up with.  As PC enthusiasts most of us recognize that Intel has the faster CPU and while ARM and AMD might have more power efficient solutions it is raw power we "want"

    The goal of these new interconnect initiatives is to challenge Intel’s dominance in this space. OpenCAPI is a project Nvidia has prominently planned to support with the enterprise version of its Pascal architecture, and AMD has its own reasons for cooperating with such efforts. If it wants to win back space for Zen, it may have decided throwing its own lot in with competitors working on new interconnects is the right way to do that. There’s precedent for doing this — back in 2003, it was AMD’s HyperTransport bus and its support for “glueless” multi-socket systems that gave the company a prominent advantage over Intel in the multi-socket server market. Even after dual and quad-core chips were available, Opteron continued to outperform some of its Core 2-equivalents in multi-socket configurations, at least for a little while.

    The majority of servers run either Windows, Linux or Unix based operating systems and the nature of a server OS is to run a variety of applications usually at the expense of NOT running any one of them extremely fast.  In the past the hardware drove OS development and with more powerful hardware it has made OS developers lazy,  Well lazy might be too harsh of a word, Developers have added more features to the point where you needed "more" hardware to run just the base OS.  (eg: Windows 8 and Windows 10)  If the OS was more efficient or specialized you could get away with running ARM in a datacenter, scale with more CPUs and still draw less power than anything else currently in production.  The trick is to make it fast.

    Power is expensive and I suspect that is part of the reason Google is looking for an alternative and it will be interesting to see what they come up with.

  • MSI, Gigabyte to enjoy strong graphics card shipments in 2016

    Published: Monday, October 17, 2016 | By: Dennis

    I think we can chalk this up to NVidia Pascal and some AMD stomach rumblings followed by a fart.  Below is a snip from the Digitimes article

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    As demand from the gaming market continue rising, and virtual reality (VR) applications are growing popular, graphics card players such as Micro-Star International (MSI), Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Colorful, Galaxy and Zotac, are seeing their Nvidia-based mid-range to high-end product sales increase with MSI and Gigabyte expected to ship over 4.8 and 3.45 million graphics cards in 2016, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

    Nvidia is expected to release its new GTX 1050 and GTX 1050Ti GPUs in the near future and graphics card players are optimistic about the new GPUs' shipments in the fourth quarter, the traditional slow season, helping their overall shipments drop only 10% sequentially.

    MSI, which has been enjoying strong shipments and profits in gaming notebook products, is also seeing its graphics card sales rise and has caught up with Asustek.

    Although MSI has not had good graphics card sales in China, the company still has stable shipments to Europe and North America. MSI shipped over four million graphics cards in 2015 and shipped 3.5 million units in the first three quarters of 2016, giving the company a chance to challenge five million unit shipments in 2016.

    Because the company's shipments to Europe and North America are mostly mid-range to high-end products, MSI is also expected to achieve strong profits in 2016.

    Although Gigabyte's graphics card shipments did not have as strong growth as MSI in the first three quarters of 2016, volumes still reached 2.55 million units. Gigabyte is expected to ship 900,000 graphics cards in the fourth quarter. Thanks to rising ASP, Gigabyte's profits from the graphics card business in 2016 are expected to be higher than in 2015.

  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G Video Card Review @ [H]

    Published: Monday, October 17, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Darren used this video card as a replacement for the Gigabyte GTX 970 he was running in the Core V51 modding project.  He was super lucky to find one at Microcenter a couple weeks after the GTX 1070 launched and even at a good price.

    We also promptly removed the heatsink so it could be watercooled but, that is beside the point. happy smile

    We have MSI’s new GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G video card to evaluate today. We will push this GPU as high as we can, and see how the overclock compares to the default factory overclock, and a Founders Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. This video card is a fully custom retail video card with the Twin Frozr VI cooling system.

    One thing I really like about MSI video cards is their dedication to building an extremely solid PCB with a custom VRM and matching it with a very effective cooling solution.  Some of the lightning cards went off the deep end as far as cooler design but the Gaming and Gaming X cards are spot on.

    And quite fast too.