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  • Aorus B450 Series Motherboards

    Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 | By: Dennis

    It’s all business baby!

    One thing that was communicated to me during Computex is that Gigabyte is moving away from their Gaming segments.  This is a result of the Aorus branding and an attempt to making their products more "edgy" 

    Edgy is something I have a hard time with,  I know what it is, I can recognize when it happens and generally I enjoy it however I have a hard time "being edgy" and keeping my sanity.  But...  I try. happy smile

    Gigabyte on the other hand is really going for the gold with names like "Xtreme Master", "Ultra Pro" and "Elite".  I hope these names pay off and it would seem they are all starting with the Aorus B450 series motherboards.

    The B series chipsets have always been a down market chipset supporting many of the high end features with a few things removed.  For instance a reduction on PCI Express lane counts leading to a restriction in video card support.  You still get the same number of USB ports and they appear to support Precision Boost Overdrive which means more power from a business/gaming ready machine.

    Aorus B450 series motherboards will come with many other features including onboard wifi, high-end audio capacitors, NVMe heat spreaders, onboard RGB LEDs, native USB 3.1 and a kickass 8+3 digital VRM to not only lower operating temperatures but deliver more consistent power very efficiently.

    Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available and be sure to look for these boards and the higher end X series to be released soon as a perfect complement to any Ryzen 2 based build.

  • ADATA XPG Spectrix D40 16GB RGB DDR4 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews

    Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | By: Dennis

    I'm only posting this because "most" ADATA Spectrix memory modules have a shuriken on them. 

    Long Live Ninjalane!!

    Years ago picking out memory was fairly easy, as long as it was compatible with your motherboard you were good to go. Now there are many things to take into consideration, such as the heatsink, speed, timings, overclockability and design. The recent trend is to put RGB LEDs on everything possible, allowing the user to customize the color to their specific color scheme. Memory is just the latest product to get RGB LEDs installed on them. The XPG Spectrix D40, is part of ADATA’s gaming line that includes RGB LEDs...

    I find it funny how review sites are changing their tune when it comes to memory.  For "years" memory was boring with no innovation and no benefit for going with proper modules with good timings and fast speeds.  In fact most were saying to buy the cheapest module and spend the rest on hookers and beer.

    Well, now, all of a sudden, timings matter?

    I blame youtube while shaking my head for those who never listen.

  • Gigabyte UD PRO 256GB Solid State Drive Review @ APH Networks

    Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | By: Dennis

    Bet you didn't know that Gigabyte was selling SSDs and Memory modules now did you?  Well, you should I posted a press release about it a few months back.

    The Gigabyte UD PRO 256GB writes the same script of being an economical drive -- and if they want to be successful, they have to do something to make it stand out among the rest.

    Truth be told I have one of these drives in the lab and while it isn't much to write home about it does mark the beginning of a new trend in computer hardware with every manufacture branching out to capture different segments of the market that may compliment what they are already selling.

    The start was PSU, Keyboards and Mice which has now expanded into just about everything else.

  • Revisiting the In Win D-Frame Mini 4 years later @ LanOC Reviews

    Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | By: Dennis

    It's almost like they took a review they wrote 4 years ago and wrote it again with a different conclusion.  I'm not sure how I feel about that but, hey whatever works right??

    So every year our first article of the year is me going back and doing a quick recap of our year and then I take a look back at anything that won our editors choice award and see if it lived up to what I expected. I recently also started going back even beyond that and looking at Editors Choice winners from past years, only showing what is still in use. When you get back a few years, there just isn’t much that is still being used. But back in 2014, I reviewed the In Win D-Frame Mini and not only did it win an editors choice award, but it has been rocking and still in use to this day. In fact, it has a lot of miles on it with it going to just about every LAN that I’ve visited in that time. Well recently In Win announced new color options and one of them was bright orange with blue trim, aka LanOC colors. So I decided it would be fun to build a new PC in it and see how that same design has held up 4 years later.

    So..  Interesting quote but I get the gist  wink smile

    I do like the D-Frame, it is nice case with a practical use and great styling.  I wasn't a fan of the cost or how "exclusive" it was but, that could be attributed to me not getting one for review.   Something about a limited number of them being built and low sales figures.

    Either way, great case, even if you can't buy them anymore.

  • TUNAI Creative Debut Groundbreaking World’s Smallest and Most Compelling Bluetooth Transmitter on Kickstarter

    Published: Thursday, June 28, 2018 | By: Dennis

    WAND, Enhanced Wireless Audio Home Entertainment eliminates lip-sync delay and provides wider operation range. Pledges start as low as $15

    TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN, June 27, 2018 - TUNAI Creative was established in 2014, and since that time, the company has successfully launched innovative audio products such as the FIREFLY for a crisp music experience and the DRUM enhanced audiophile earphone. Now, the company announced the new product, WAND, the world’s smallest and most compelling Bluetooth Transmitter, officially launches a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter starting on June 27. WAND has been honored as one of the most outstanding designs by CES 2018 Innovation Awards as a way to enhance the audio entertainment.

    The WAND is a never-before-seen world’s smallest Bluetooth transmitter offering the powerful audio experience with parallel streaming to up to 2 devices. WAND coordinates audio signals from analog, optical, and USB based devices. It supports Bluetooth 4.2 input and three different codecs, aptX, aptX low latency, and SBC. By supporting aptX Low Latency, WAND can offer a lip-sync delay free audio experience when one or two headsets are connected and with a 164 ft/50 meter open air operating range, one of the longest on the market. (Note: The receiving device also must support aptX low latency technology to enable zero lip-sync delay.)
     
    Measuring at just 2.95 inches tall, the WAND has a visual appearance of a cubic stick and is made to deliver breathtaking streaming from television sets, computers, and gaming consoles directly to wireless headphones. “It also works with long-range devices empowering you with freedom to float freely, without compromising on sound quality,” said Eric Chang, Chief Technologist at TUNAI Creative.


    The WAND is designed for sports fans, movie, TV lovers, and console gamers. The WAND’s capabilities will accommodate users who want to leverage this wireless audio hub for all of their home entertainment needs. It might be an early morning football game at 3 am, a late-night gaming session or a movie marathon.  You no longer need to worry about keeping the volume down and won’t miss any of the action. WAND provides hassle-free audio streaming.

    The WAND launches on Kickstarter and opens the doors for backers to contribute to the launch of this exciting new product while also securing their early bird devices. With just a $ 15 donation, backers can receive 75% off the regular price of $59.99.

    The WAND has the following Technical Specifications:
    • Bluetooth 4.2
    • Profile support: A2DP, AVRCP
    • CODEC support: aptX, aptX low latency, SBC
    • Operation range: up to 164ft / 50m (open air) *
    • Max device connection: 2 devices **
    • Audio input: AUX, SPDIF, and USB
    • Product dimension: 0.67in x 0.67in x 2.95in / 17mm x 17mm x75mm
    • Weight: 0.77oz / 22g
    * Operation range may vary by environment, receiving headphone and devices.
    **The receiving device also must support aptX low latency technology to enable zero lip-sync delay.

    As the WAND moves from engineering to pre-production stage, TUNAI Creative aims to use the Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 towards the manufacturing of the WAND, as well as for raising awareness about the product, and achieve the ideal target cost and price for mass production. According to TUNAI Creative, this dynamic new device will be so seamless, users will think of it as a “magic wand” for Bluetooth streaming.
     

    The Kickstarter campaign can be found at:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/398634494/wand-by-tunai-enhanced-wireless-audio-home-enterta

    More information about TUNAI Creative is available at http://www.tunai-creative.com

    About TUNAI Creative
    The word TUNAI comes from Tamil, the official language of Sri Lanka, as a pronunciation of word "accessory". Sri Lanka, known as "Pearl of the Indian Ocean" and is one of the top five gemstone producing countries in the world. TUNAI, used as the first word of our brand, implying our idea in developing towards the concept of "accessory boutiques".

    Since 2014, our team at TUNAI CREATIVE has amassed talents from technology leaders in Taiwan and Germany in an effort to put together an organization that is as innovative as it is effective. We have won praise for our efforts throughout Taiwan, South Korea, the United States, and Europe, where our products have been recognized for quality and utility. TUNAI has aimed to innovate Bluetooth products. FIREFLY, world’s tiniest Bluetooth music receiver makes it easy to upgrade the car and home audio. It has been selected as Amazon Choice since 2017. In September 2017, DRUM, the High-Resolution Bass Enhanced Audiophile Earphone crowdfunding project at Kickstarter reached 100% of funding goal in 3 days and now is available at Amazon.com and select retailers. In January 2018, WAND, Enhanced Wireless Audio Home Entertainment won CES2018 Innovation Awards. Now WAND is available at Kickstarter and seeking supports from backers to move this award-winning product to the industrialization phase.

  • CORSAIR to Acquire Elgato Gaming

    Published: Thursday, June 28, 2018 | By: Dennis

    German Streaming Accessory Maker to Continue as a Separate Brand Within CORSAIR

    FREMONT, CA, June 27, 2018 - CORSAIR®, a world leader in providing high-performance PC peripherals and components for gamers, enthusiasts and eSports athletes, today is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to acquire Munich-based Elgato Gaming.

    Elgato’s connected home business, Elgato Eve, will continue as an independent, separate entity under the name Eve Systems.

    Drake Star Partners, a global investment banking firm serving the technology, media and communications sectors, acted as exclusive financial advisor to Elgato Systems on this transaction and Bird & Bird served as legal advisor.

    Jones Day served as legal advisor to CORSAIR.

    About Elgato Systems
    Elgato combines software with elegant hardware to create app-powered lifestyle technology defined by comfort, convenience, and control.

    Since the launch of the award-winning EyeTV collection in 2002, the brand has evolved to embody Eve, an ecosystem of accessories for the connected home – and Elgato Gaming, a series of content creation tools for the connected generation.

    Designed in Germany and California, Elgato products are distributed by major retailers in over eighty countries around the world.

    About CORSAIR
    CORSAIR is a world leader in providing high-performance PC peripherals and components to gamers, enthusiasts and eSports athletes.

    Founded in 1994, CORSAIR has won thousands of awards for its products including mechanical keyboards, precision gaming mice, wireless headsets, high-performance components that gamers use to build gaming PCs, and the CORSAIR ONE fully-integrated gaming PC. For more information, visit http://www.corsair.com

  • Elgato Systems Sells Gaming Business and Renames to Eve Systems

    Published: Thursday, June 28, 2018 | By: Dennis

    Smart Home Accessories to Become Main Venture as Corsair Acquires Elgato Gaming

    Munich, Germany, June 27 – Elgato Systems, a leading manufacturer of app-enabled lifestyle accessories, today announced it will shift its focus exclusively to Eve, its successful smart home product line. To reflect that it will change its name to Eve Systems. Elgato Gaming, the company's streaming accessory division, will be sold to leading gaming peripherals maker Corsair and continue as a separate brand. 

    “Today, the Gaming space is more dynamic and exciting than ever, and we sought a larger partner to help us capitalize on the phenomenal opportunities ahead” said Markus Fest, Elgato’s founder and now CEO of Eve Systems. “Our gaming business has been wildly successful, and that success is inextricably linked to the Elgato brand. The brand has been with us for almost twenty years and we are obviously a little sad to see it go, but Corsair is a fantastic company and will be a great new home for Elgato. At the same time our Eve product line will benefit from a focused team and a dedicated organization. This move will further strengthen both product families.”

    Eve Systems offers a constantly expanding ecosystem of accessories designed exclusively for the HomeKit-enabled household. It has evolved into a leading provider of smart home solutions with one of the broadest product ranges. As always Eve will exhibit at IFA Berlin this year and will introduce several new products (August 31 to September 05, hall 6.2 / booth 104).

    About Eve
    From controlling and automating devices and appliances to monitoring your indoor and outdoor environments, each Eve accessory brings a unique set of features to the table. All of which you access via any iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch in your home. When using your HomeKit-enabled Eve accessories, all data is end-to-end encrypted and directly transferred between your devices. Only you hold the key to your personal information. Even when accessing your home remotely, your domestic intelligence remains secure. Eve accessories are truly wireless thanks to Bluetooth low energy technology. Set scenes in a flash via Siri, your Control Center, or Apple Watch. Easily engage accessories using the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

  • ASRock X470 Taichi @ Guru3D

    Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 | By: Dennis

    When I was at Computex I saw plenty of motherboards but all but a small handful were already in production and available for purchase.  And, despite my enthusiast roots nobody wanted to show me the latest overclocking board or a high-end gaming board.  No, they wanted to show off the latest mining friendly systems.

    So, what does that have to do with the X470 Taichi?  Nuffin just needed a catchy intro for someone "not" to read before not clicking on the link to view the review.

    ASRock is back in da house, this time with the X470 Taichi. A motherboard that positions itself in the high-end range of X470, nicely built motherboard really and good looking is what it screams.

    I'm curious.  What does "and good looking is what is screams"? really mean?  Does the motherboard make noise?  Lets find out.

  • Computex 2018 has Concluded

    Published: Saturday, June 09, 2018 | By: Dennis

    Computex 2018 has concluded and I'm spending some of my weekend downtime to compile a few articles about what was fun and exciting at the show.
     
    Just as a heads up about the Hardware Asylum Podcast this month. As I'm still kicking it in the R.O.C. the show won't be recorded until later this month. The plan will be to have a Post Computex show and an extra to capture some of the more ranty stuff that might come up. *warning: there is a bunch this time around.
     
    I also wanted to extend my apologies for missing the Hardware Asylum Podcast "Extras" for the month of May. Darren and I sat down to record only to have the audio get corrupted. These things happen from time to time and sadly, there wasn't enough time to re-record.
     
    As always if you have any questions or comments related to the show send us an email or message on any of our social platforms.

  • Computex 2018 to Reveal the New InWin!

    Published: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 | By: Dennis

    Witness the Latest Products, Signature Chassis & Mod in Taiwan 2.0 Winning Designs

    Taoyuan, Taiwan, May 2018 Join InWin at Computex 2018 (Nangang Exhibition Hall, 1F, Booth J0607) where the latest limited-edition signature chassis, the newest PC chassis, power supplies, cooling products and accessories for PC enthusiasts will be displayed.

    Investing in a Future of Personalized, Interactive Features
    After introducing WINBOT’s AI functions during last year’s Computex, , InWin is continuing to develop more interactive and customizable products. At Computex 2018, InWin will exhibit new, interactive product features and will introduce a new service that enables customers to add printed designs to further theme PC cases. Coming soon via InWin eStore, users can choose to add a design pattern to cases such as the 101 Chassis, then InWin will apply it and ship directly to customers. This service will evolve to extend options to different materials, patterns and chassis.

    New 3-Series Chassis
    InWin is introducing a new gaming chassis into the 3-series with a unique front panel that focuses on a more interactive experience. The new front-panel design can display different customizable objects or even mini-games. It features a built-in microphone that will react to the user’s commands, display changes and lighting effects.

    New Cooling
    InWin has designed a new case fan that will take RGB to the next level. The frame is constructed of unique materials, which creates a soft, warm lighting effect. It is backed by both software control and an IR controller that allows to remotely change the lighting effects. When it is connected to an InWin fan-splitter, two groups of fans can be controlled via a single controller.

    Mod in Taiwan 2.0
    Following the Mod in Taiwan 2.0 event from February-April 2018, the winning case designs, in addition to several professional case-mods created by global modders, will be on display at the InWin booth.

    The winning case designs were chosen from a mix of public and professional voting and professional judges from China, the Netherlands, USA, Germany and the Philippines. Up to $12,000 USD worth of prizes have already been given away!

    For more information about InWin products and Computex attendance, please visit: http://www.in-win.com.

    For more information about the Mod in Taiwan 2.0 competition and the winning entries, please visit: https://mod.in-win.com.