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  • noblechairs EPIC Series Gaming Chair @ techPowerUp

    Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 | By: Dennis

    When seated at your desk there are basically two points on your body that keep you from falling down.  Your feet and that region between your legs and spine.  One of these touches the floor while the other is often supported by a chair with varying degrees of softness and comfort.  

    Sit long enough and that hind region will begin to get tired and request that you get up and move around.  But, what if you are on a 20 round kill streak?  You can't "just get up" no, you need to keep pressing on and see how far you can take it. 

    To help you get the most from your posterior support it is essential that you have a quality chair.  Personally I prefer the Herman Miller Aeron chair and have for over a decade now.  It might not have "gaming" in the name or come with fancy LED lights or resemble a racing seat but it is pretty darn comphy and helps to identify me and my dot.com roots.

    For those of you not old enough to know about the dot com era and the importance that the Aeron had in establishing dominance in the modern office you may have to consider one of the new "tuner" style gaming chairs like the Nobelchairs EPIC that TechPowerUp has recently reviewed.

    A good chair is the ideal piece of equipment for every hardcore gamer or users who spends lots of hours in front of their PC. The noblechairs EPIC series looks quite interesting for the money it asks, offering good quality and great comfort.

    I think the only thing missing is a seat belt, floor pan, engine, transmission, wheels, tires and sweet exhaust.  Oh wait, I forgot this is a gaming chair not a racing seat attached to a rolly staind. 

    #mybad

  • Thermaltake New TT Premium Concentrate Series and C1000 Pure Clear Coolant

    Published: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Create Your Own Color.Experience the Excitement of Color Mix & Match

    Taipei, Taiwan-April 11th 2017- Thermaltake, a leading brand in PC cooling solutions, has launched Thermaltake TT Premium Concentrate Series (Blue/Red/Green/Acid Green/Orange/Yellow/Purple/Black) and the C1000 Pure Clear Coolant, giving users different ways to create a preferred coolant color without compromising on thermal performance. Specially designed to be used in all water cooling systems, the TT Premium Concentrate Series is a ready-to-mix, anti-corrosive and fully biodegradable concentrate with 8 colors that allows PC enthusiasts to customize the coolant color whilst protecting the cooling components and the environment. The TT Premium Concentrate Series is recommended for use with the C1000 Opaque White Coolant or the latest C1000 Pure Clear Coolant. The C1000 Pure Clear Coolant can also be utilized as a transparent coolant. This high performance new member is made in Germany, virtually odorless and non-flammable, plus it features anti-corrosion protection and heat-transfer medium for PC water-cooling and superb protection for copper, nickel, brass, and aluminum. The TT Premium Concentrate Series and the C1000 Pure Clear Coolant will be available to order at select resellers soon. The product availability and price vary by country and region, please contact the local Thermaltake sales representative for further information.

    Exclusively “Tt LCS Certified”
    Tt LCS Certified is a Thermaltake exclusive certification applied to only products that pass the design and hardcore enthusiasts standards that a true LCS chassis should be held to. The Tt LCS certification was created so that we at Thermaltake can designate to all power users which chassis have been tested to be best compatible with extreme liquid cooling configurations to ensure you get the best performance from the best features and fitment.

    Features of the TT Premium Concentrate Series:

    German-Made Anti-Corrosive Solution
    Being non-flammable, the TT Premium Concentrate Series is a ready-to-mix cooling solution with at least 2 years shelf life in airtight containers, providing great performance while preventing the entire cooling system – copper, brass, nickel, and aluminum – from corrosion.

    Biodegradable Material
    The TT Premium Concentrate Series is classified in water hazard class 1 (low-rate endangering) according to German water hazard regulations. The product is environmentally friendly and readily biodegradable.

    Vivid Application
    The TT Premium Concentrate Series suits all water cooling systems. Featuring anti-freezing, anti-rusting, and water scale prevention, the TT Premium Concentrate Series brings vivid colors into the Thermaltake C1000 Opaque Coolant White/C1000 Pure Clear Coolant to deliver great thermal efficiency and further reduce the temperature of the system.

    Features of the Thermaltake C1000 Pure Clear Coolant:

    German-Made Anti-Corrosive Solution
    Being non-flammable, the C1000 Coolant Series is a ready-to-use cooling solution with at least 3 years shelf life in airtight containers, providing great performance while preventing the entire cooling system – copper, brass, nickel, and aluminum – from corrosion. Additionally, it can be used with the water temperature between 165?(Boiling Point) and -20?(Freeze Point).

    Biodegradable Material
    The C1000 Coolant Series is classified in water hazard class 1 (low-rate endangering) according to German water hazard regulations. The product is readily biodegradable.

    Easy Bottle Filler Design
    Designed with easy bottle filler, users can fill the coolant into all systems easily through the spout.

    Vivid Application
    The C1000 Coolant Series is designed specifically for PC liquid cooling systems. Featuring anti-freezing, anti-rusting, and water scale prevention, the C1000 Coolant Series delivers great thermal efficiency and further reduce the temperature of the system.

    For more details on the Thermaltake TT Premium Concentrate Series and the C1000 Pure Clear Coolant, please visit:

    TT Premium Concentrate Blue
    TT Premium Concentrate Red
    TT Premium Concentrate Green
    TT Premium Concentrate Acid Green
    TT Premium Concentrate Orange
    TT Premium Concentrate Yellow
    TT Premium Concentrate Purple
    TT Premium Concentrate Black
    C1000 Pure Clear Coolant

  • Corsair Gaming K63 Compact Mechanical Keyboard @ Bjorn3d

    Published: Monday, April 10, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Corsair is a pretty big name in the aftermarket computer world and just to think it all started with a memory module.  Now days they are into everything from door stops to air movers with just enough RGB lighting to give Las Vegas Blvd a run for its money.

    The latest edition to Corsair’s extensive keyboard lineup comes in the form of the K63 compact mechanical keyboard. Aimed at the gaming crowd, the K63 is an entry level keyboard hitting the market at a price point of $80. Now, you may be asking yourself: Doesn’t Corsair have multiple budget-based options like the K65 or the K40? What about the K55 with RGB capability? Why should I be interested in the K63? The K63 shines in comparison to the other budget options with it’s bed of 100% Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, compact tenkeyless design, red per-key LED backlighting and support for Corsair’s CUE software. The K63 is the only option in Corsair’s budget lineup to offer this combination of features. That also makes the K63 the cheapest option from Corsair to come with genuine mechanical switches.

    Talk about a dinky small keyboard,  it is almost cute if it wasn't for that pesky thing that nobody likes.  Of course it comes with per key LED backlighting, cause: reasons and I'm sure it will be marketed heavliy on reddit and sent to every YouTube tech channel currently active in that community.

    #justsayin

  • ASRock X370 Gaming Professional Fatal1ty review @ Guru3D

    Published: Monday, April 10, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Honestly I actually thought that ASRock dropped the Fatal1ty brand but, it would seem that I am wrong.  The X370 is a great chipset for the AM4 and when combined with features that gamers need it creates a board gamers want.

    Or at least that is the idea. wink smile

    For our next X370 review we look at the brilliant ASRock X370 Gaming Professional Fatal1ty. This enthusiast class line of Ryzen motherboard is not just stylish, it has 5 Gbps Ethernet, AC WIFI, dual M.2 slots and every feature you could wish for on the high-end Ryzen platform.

    I have a couple of X370 boards in the lab and am hoping to finish up my first Ryzen CPU review later this week.  So, stay tuned.

  • The New NVIDIA Titan Xp is Here and it is Good!

    Published: Thursday, April 06, 2017 | By: Dennis

    More Extreme in Every Way: The New Titan Is Here – NVIDIA TITAN Xp

    NVIDIA announced a new Pascal based graphics card today and kept their blog post short and sweet.

    -- snip --

    If you need all the power you can get, our new NVIDIA TITAN Xp is the card you need to have.



    Introduced today, the Pascal-powered TITAN Xp pushes more cores, faster clocks, faster memory and more TFLOPS than its predecessor, the 2016 Pascal-powered TITAN X.

    With the new TITAN Xp we’re delivering a card to users who demand the very best NVIDIA GPU, directly from NVIDIA and supported by NVIDIA.

    Key stats:

    • 12GB of GDDR5X memory running at 11.4 Gbps
    • 3,840 CUDA cores running at 1.6GHz
    • 12 TFLOPs of brute force

    This is extreme performance for extreme users where every drop counts.

    Open to Mac Community

    Speaking of users, we’re also making the new TITAN Xp open to the Mac community with new Pascal drivers, coming this month. For the first time, this gives Mac users access to the immense horsepower delivered by our award-winning Pascal-powered GPUs.

    TITAN Xp is available now for $1,200 direct from nvidia.com, and select system builders soon.

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    So, the real question is.  How is this card different?  If you pull up the Titan X and Titan Xp spec page(s) on Nvidia.com you can get a pretty good idea as to what changed.  The orginial Titan X came with 3584 CUDA cores whereas the new Titan Xp comes with 3840 CUDA cores and an extra 50Mhz on the Boost Clock.  Basically more cores and a bit of overclocking.  Both cards come with 12GB of memory so, processing power FTW!

    - NVIDIA TITAN X
    - NVIDIA TITAN Xp

    Sadly, and this is rather embarrassing to admit.  At the time of the Pascal based Titan X launch there had already been a number of Titan cards including the Titan Z, Titan, Titan Black and now Titan X and Titan Xp.  Somewhere in the shuffle I had remembered there was already a Titan X and just added a (p) to the end to denote the difference between the Maxwell Titan X and the Pascal based one.

    It would seem I was just ahead of the curve and got confused with the marketing. big grin smile

  • Samsung to produce uberwide display panels

    Published: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Monitor technology has been out of control lately from the launch of OLED and claims it can never be larger than a couple of inches to 72" OLED tvs on display at CES 2017.  Well it would seem that in the PC monitor world the ultrawide panel is the new way to go.

    Personally I'm a dual monitor PC user and actually feel my productivity decreasing when forced to work on a single monitor.  Its simply that I always have multiple windows open at a time which you can't do on a single panel.

    Well, with an ultrawide or uberwide panel you can enjoy all of the dual monitor benefits without an ugly bezel dividing the screen in two.  Up until this point LG was the leader in ultrawide panels and it would seem that Samsung is now getting onboard with a monster monitor.  49 inches monster.

    49" mega-wide panel - this panel will offer a massive 49" size, in a 32:9 aspect ratio which Samsung are referring to as a "Grand Circle" format. We knew about the plans to produce a panel like this back in January 2016, but more details are starting to emerge now which is good news. These are the current specs but could of course change between now and mass production. The resolution will be 3840 x 1080 (referred to as DFHD = double full HD). It will be a VA technology panel with a 1800R curvature and a 3-side frameless design. The panel will offer a high 5000:1 static contrast ratio which is pushing the CR beyond current Samsung VA panels in fact. Perhaps most interesting is that the panel will apparently support a 144Hz refresh rate, along with options for AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-sync. The panel is due to go in to mass production around September 2017.



    Double 24.7" (44")
    - this is an interesting option in their Grand Circle format. Creating a 29:9 aspect ratio and ultrawide format, this is a double 24.7" sized screen which ends up being 44" diagonal in size. It's designed to replace dual 24" sized monitors really and offers a 3840 x 1200 resolution. It's a VA panel with 5000:1 contrast ratio, 1800R curvature, 8-bit colour depth and a 3-side frameless design. There will apparently be 60Hz and 144Hz versions available and it is expected to go in to mass production in September 2017.



    40" Full HD
    - slightly less interesting is a large 40" panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution VA panel. This offers a 1800R curvature, 3000:1 contrast ratio and 8-bit colour depth. This might well be aimed at TV / multimedia displays given the resolution and spec. It is expected to go in to production in Aug 2017.

    I have to admit these are some tasty specs but 49 inches seems a bit large for the office.  #justsayin.

    Oh and #doesithavergb happy smile

  • Creative Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08 Review @ Vortez

    Published: Monday, April 03, 2017 | By: Dennis

    This is a great keyboard but I'm a little concerned about how things are spelled over in that Europe place.

    Creative has addressed all these things with the Vanguard K08. It features a low footprint appearance that is sleek and elegant, yet has the additional macro and media keys, and despite its elegant appearance, it features advanced customisable RGB LED lighting.

    I mean is "customisable" a word?  I know what it should be and I prolly shouldn't make a big deal but, if the BlasterX Vanguard K08 RGB gaming keyboard from Creative is really that great it should be fully "Customizable" too  big grin smile

    On a lighter note: Be sure to check back, we will have a review of the limited edition Weapon Crate from Creative that features the K08 and some other great hardware from Creative.

  • WD Black PCIe NVMe SSD Review (512GB) – Does It Live Up To Its Lineage

    Published: Monday, April 03, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Seems like an interesting title.  I'll byte.

    WD Black hard drives have long been the go-to hard drive for many storage consumers. They satisfy the needs of those looking for fast, reliable storage and although they are priced on the high side, they come with a 5-year warranty, which is hard to beat. However, with the release of so many SSDs into the market, WD had been falling behind. Consumers now demand faster storage than what HDDs can offer. WD had no choice but to finally enter the SSD market. Due to this, WD acquired SanDisk, which in turn gave them the necessary tools to make their entrance.

    After some months of waiting, they finally released their first SSD, the WD Blue SSD. Similarly designed to that of a current generation SanDisk SSD, the WD Blue proved to be a good first go. For many enthusiasts, on the other hand, other SSD manufacturers are in the limelight. There is what seems to be a plethora of PCIe NVMe SSDs in the marketplace, but WD hasn't had anything to show, until now. Back at CES 2017, WD unveiled the latest edition to the WD Black family, the WD Black PCIe. With an M.2 2280 form factor and PCIe NVMe interface, this SSD delivers speeds that are more than three times faster than SATA SSDs and magnitudes faster than a typical HDD. But, will it stand out in the sea of NVMe SSDs or will it fall short of WD's Black brand lineage? Read on as we take a closer look at it in today's review.

    Western Digital is one of the big names in storage and I honestly figured they would be on the SSD bandwagon by now.  I guess it took a few generations before they decided that SSD technology has gotten mature enough to build a product for.

  • Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct @ techPowerUp

    Published: Monday, April 03, 2017 | By: Dennis

    To be honest, I am suprised to see that Thermalright is still building coolers.  Back in the day the Thermalright Venomous X Heatsink was my all time favorite cooler.  It had a solid feel and excellent performance.  I like it so much in fact that I adapted it for use on X79 when it only had mounting hardware for X58.

    Thermalright looks to impress with the True Spirit 140 Direct; long name, exceptional results. This ultra-quiet tried and "True" design now utilizes HDT technology for improved cooling performance.

    By the looks of it the True Spirit is a tamed down version of their flagship mega coolers that were not only "kinda ugly" but also difficult to install due to their size.  This one is quite a bit smaller and more along the lines to what you would get with a Hyper 212 with a 140mm fan.

    It might be time to hit up Thermalright again and see what they can send over.

  • 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage support ends April 11

    Published: Monday, April 03, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Love it or hate it but PCMark Vantage and 3DMark Vantage will fall off the supported list on April 11.  3DMark Vantage was one of my favorites back in the day as it was also really easy on hardware.  For instance you might need a certain clock to complete 3DMark 11 and then could raise that clock some 30Mhz+ when running vantage and have it complete.

    Plus boobs wink smile

    Vantage also had a dark side since it supported NVidia PhysX and when you were benching with a NVidia card you would get an invalid score and have to go again.  That was just one of the many rules of HWBOT to keep things fair when going after Records and Cups.

    Well, as it would seem when Windows Vista falls off the supported list so will the benchmark created for that generation.  That isn’t to say you cannot run it anymore but does mean it will no longer be guaranteed to run and you won’t be able to buy keys. 

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    3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage support ends April 11
    Our Vantage benchmarks were designed for Windows Vista, an operating system that is over 10 years old and which is now used by only 1.12% of Windows users according to StatCounter.
     
    From April 11, 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage will:
    • No longer be sold on our website.
    • No longer receive updates, (other than SystemInfo).
    • No longer be guaranteed to work with our online services.
    • No longer be eligible for customer support.
    Alternatives to 3DMark Vantage
    3DMark Vantage is a benchmark for DirectX 10, an API which is now two generations old. For benchmarking modern gaming systems, we recommend using the latest 3DMark benchmarks:
    • 3DMark Time Spy for DirectX 12 systems.
    • 3DMark Fire Strike for high performance DirectX 11 PCs.
    • 3DMark Sky Diver for DirectX 11 laptops and mid-range PCs.
    Alternatives to PCMark Vantage
    PCMark Vantage is a system benchmark for Windows Vista. If your PC is less than seven years old, you will get more relevant results by using a more recent version of PCMark. We recommend:
    • PCMark 7 for Windows 7
    • PCMark 8 for Windows 8
    • PCMark 10, coming soon, for Windows 10.
    Legacy benchmarks are free to download
    All of our legacy benchmarks going back to 3DMark99 are available to download for free from our website. Each benchmark comes with a key to unlock the Advanced Edition features. 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage will be available for free from April 11.