GeForce R295 drivers

 

If you are playing the latest hot PC games like Diablo IIIMass Effect 3, or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you will definitely want to upgrade to the latest GeForce R295 drivers, posting today. These drivers come packed with GeForce-exclusive performance and quality enhancements and are now Microsoft WHQL-certified.

GeForce R295 highlights include:

  • Game-changing performance boost of up to 45% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, “the fastest selling title in Steam’s history”
  • Over 90% SLI scaling in Mass Effect 3.
  • GeForce-exclusive
  • New 3D Vision and SLI profiles for over 50 titles.
  • New PhysX software for the best experience in top PhysX titles like Alice: Madness Returns and Batman: Arkham City.

 

For more details, please read the GeForce R296 article on GeForce.com located here: https://www.geforce.com/News/articles/nvidia-geforce-295-73-whql-drivers-released

New CyberpowerPC Zeus Desktop Series Feature Intel Core i7-3820 and AMD FX CPUs

 

cyberpower1BALDWIN PARK, CA (February 15, 2012) – CyberpowerPC Inc. www.CyberpowerPC.com, a manufacturer of custom gaming machines, today announced its Zeus series -- a powerful new line of desktop computers that offer the power of thunder with Intel’s new i7-3820 CPU; the speed of AMD’s lightning fast FX CPUs; the refined design of NZXT’s Switch 810 chassis, and legendary Advanced Hydro Liquid Cooling.
 
The initial Zeus rollout includes six models. The Zeus Thunder 1000, 2000, 300 and MAX will all feature Intel’s latest CPUs, including the new 2nd Gen. Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E quad-core CPU operating at 3.6GHz, a 10MB L3 cache and HyperThreading support. The Zeus Lightning series consists of the 1000 and 200 models with the AMD FX series native 8-core desktop processor, which allows you to immerse yourself in the most advanced 3D games and achieve extreme mega-tasking with ease.
 
High definition gaming will be no myth because the Zeus series is outfitted with leading edge graphics from AMD and NVIDIA. They not only deliver excellent gaming performance but provide great versatility and speed in video transcoding. You can also harness the power of multiple video cards with your choice of CrossfireX or SLI graphics performance.
 
The CyberpowerPC Zeus series does not forget the memory and uses low-latency high capacity memory modules from top tier brands such as Kingston HyperX or Corsair Vengeance DDR3 memory. Solid state drives (SSDs) are also a standard feature with a choice of Intel, Corsair Kingston and OCZ models to provide super fast system response and quick loading times.
 
To become the supreme ruler of gaming as the Zeus name implies, you need an elegant and refined chassis to house your weapons. The CyberpowerPC Zeus series employs the NZXT Switch 810 full tower hybrid chassis. PC enthusiasts can easily modify this classy-white case for liquid cooling, silent performance, or extreme airflow. With a quick switch, the hybrid fins on the NZXT can open up to allow maximum air flow or close for enhanced sound reduction. The Switch 810 chassis is also loaded with front panel ports for enhanced connectivity, which includes dual USB 3.0 ports and an Integrated SD card reader convenient for on-the-fly file transfers.
 
Each Zeus gaming PC has the option of up to 10 120mm case fans for supreme cooling and is also “hydro-ready” for intricate water cooling solutions. CyberpowerPC’s Advanced Hydro Liquid Cooling can be added to any Zeus system to cool both the CPU and GPU(s). With the Advanced Hydro Liquid Cooling kit, you can opt for a 240mm or 360mm radiator for ultra cooling.
 
Base price of the Zeus Thunder series with Intel CPUs starts under $1329. Base price of AMD-based Zeus Lightning systems is $999.
 
All CyberpowerPC gaming systems are available worldwide and can be customized with a number of performance hardware and components such as Solid State Drives, Blu-Ray drives, gaming memory, gaming peripherals, business and productivity software, and more.
 
North American customers can configure their Zeus system at www.CyberpowerPC.com. In Europe CyberpowerPC Zeus systems can be custom configured at www.cyberpowerpc.co.uk.
 
Every system is meticulously built with precise cable routing to ensure optimal airflow and a clean aesthetic appearance. CyberpowerPC loads every system with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System for an enhanced gaming and multimedia experience. All CyberpowerPC desktop gaming systems include an industry-best 3-year limited warranty.
 
About CyberpowerPC Inc.
 
CyberpowerPC Inc. www.CyberpowerPC.com was founded in 1998 and has emerged as a leading global provider of custom computer systems and interactive gaming products. Headquartered in Baldwin Park in Southern California, CyberpowerPC manufacturers and distributes a complete line of custom built gaming desktops, gaming notebooks and high performance workstations to meet the unique needs of gamers, businesses, government agencies, educational institutions and other end-users. For more information contact: Sales (800) 707-0393; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. CTRL + Click to follow link" href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. CyberpowerPC systems are available in Europe at www.cyberpowerpc.co.uk .

Genius Reveals New Virtual 7.1 Channel Vibrating Headset for the GX Gaming Series

February 15, 2012, Taipei, Taiwan – Genius, a leading maker of computer peripheral, announces their newest addition to their GX Gaming Series today - HS-G700V Cavimanus Virtual 7.1 Channel Gaming Headset.

For gamers who want the full gaming experience, the Cavimanus Virtual 7.1 Channel Gaming Headset allows gamers to pinpoint every step on the battlefield. Letting you hear the enemy before they see you, the Cavimanus gives gamers detailed surround sound audio without disturbing the neighbors.

Adding another dimension, the GX Series Cavimanus complements the rich audio with its vibration function. If not wanted, the vibration function can be simply turned on and off in-game with a press of a button. Just as easily the master volume can be tweaked at anytime using the on-ear volume control.

The uni-directional microphone captures your voice while keeping out unwanted background noise. When no chatting is necessary, it can be automatically switched off by simply folding it into the upright position.

Smooth, stable connections are guaranteed with the GX Series Cavimanus headset. The anti-corrosive gold-plated USB jack ensures long-lasting, high quality connections. And with an adjustable headband, the Cavimanus provides a complete surround sound experience for any gamer.

Package Contents

  • Cavimanus headset
  • Driver disc
  • Multi-language user's manual

Technical Specifications:

Headset
  • Driver unit dimensions: 40mm
  • Frequency response: 20Hz~20KHz
  • Impedance: 32ohm
  • Sensitivity: 96dB
  • Cable length: 2.5 meters
Microphone
  • Sensitivity: -39+/-3 dB
  • Uni-directional
  • Frequency response: 100Hz~10KHz

Product information and photos are available at:
https://www.geniusnet.com/wSite/ct?xItem=51781&ctNode=3608&mp=1


Complete GX Gaming Series available at:
https://www.geniusnet.com/wSite/np?ctNode=3603&mp=1


Check out the GX Gaming Series YouTube Video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtUph8XmPzY


About Genius

Genius is a leading international brand in computer peripherals. Established by KYE Systems Corp. in 1983, Genius offers PC products including computer mice, keyboards, web and security cameras, speakers, gaming peripherals, remote controls, headphones, digital cameras, digital camcorders and digital photo frames. The Genius consumer electronics range includes mobile phone accessories, Bluetooth headsets and iPod speakers. For six consecutive years, beginning in 2005, Genius was recognized as one of Taiwan's Top 20 Global Brands. For more information, you can visit the Genius website at www.geniusnet.com.

Lancool Announces PC-K56N Mid Tower Chassis

15 February 2012, Keelung, Taiwan - Lancool, a manufacturer of mid to high-end computer chassis, has launched a new mid-tower PC case for the Dragon Lord Series – PC-K56N. Designed for ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards, the PC-K56N includes many tool-less features as well as an efficient interior layout to keep your system cool.

The chassis' adjustable HDD rack supports up to three 3.5-inch HDDs as well as two 2.5-inch HDDs or SSDs which can be set to face forward or backward. Installation is simplified for users with the included thumbscrews, and the rubber suspension keeps vibration to a minimum.

The front 140mm and rear 120mm fans facilitate the flowing of cool air throughout the system. The side panel gives more cooling options with space for two additional 140mm or 120mm fans. For users who want more, the PC-K56N supports a liquid cooling system with two holes for water tubes protected by rubber covers.

As to be expected from Lancool, the PC-K56N features numerous tool-less characteristics from effortless optical drive mounting to an easy-to-remove detachable front panel. Additionally, the 8 vented PCI brackets require no extra equipment when installing thanks to the thumbscrews.

Cable management is a breeze. Expertly placed and designed cable clamps keeps those in-the-way wires neat and secure. With the cables out-of-the-way, cool air flows unobstructed throughout the Lancool PC-K56N's interior keeping hardware at its optimum operating temperatures.

Specifications:

Model

PC-K56N

Case Type

Mid tower chassis

Dimensions

(W) 210mm x (H) 472mm x (D) 505mm

Front bezel Material

Plastic

Color

Black

Side Panel

SECC Steel

Body Material

SECC Steel

Net Weight

8.7 KG

5.25" drive bay (External)

3

3.5" drive bay (External)

None

HDD bay

3.5-Inch HDD x3 & 2.5-Inch HDD x2

Expansion Slot

8

Motherboard

ATX / M-ATX

System Fan (Front)

140mm Fan x 1

System Fan (Top)

None

System Fan (Rear)

120mm Fan x 1

I/O Ports

USB 2.0 x 2 / HD Audio

Maximum Compatibility

VGA Card length: 415mm
PSU length: 240mm
CPU Cooler height: 160mm


For more on the Lancool PC-K56N:
https://www.lancoolpc.com/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=52&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=62&g=f


Lancool PC-K56N Youtube Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SMIpxsUEYUE


About Lancool

The Lancool brand is owned by Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd. With over 20 years of service excellence, ISO 9001 certification and a team of professional staff willing to do the utmost to deliver durable, superior quality products, the Lancool brand caters to the mainstream gamer and enthusiast in the mid- to high-end market segment. The Hybrid Aluminum and Steel Chassis provide unique and definitive solutions for the discerning needs of enthusiast-level gamers. For more information, please visit the Lancool website: www.LancoolPC.com.

Cooler Master introduces NotePal X3

1Chino, CA – February 14th, 2012 - Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer today announces an expansion to its top-selling NotePal X Series of laptop coolers, the NotePal X3. It brings the high cooling potential and futuristic aesthetic of the X-themed form factor that is implemented in every NotePal X Series laptop cooler. NotePal X3 is well-equipped to cool laptops up to gaming and workstation desktop replacements and other high processing power systems.

Featuring a design focused on cooling the hottest laptops, NotePal X3 comes with a huge 200mm cooling fan installed. This fan operates at user specified speeds with the integrated fan speed control dial. This works with a metal mesh that is made to increase airflow while still retaining a passive cooling ability. It is height adjustable with two different angles to make viewing and typing more ergonomic. NotePal X3 was created with users with balmy or sweaty hands in mind in that it features a focused airflow to assist in keeping hands cool when things become more intense. By supporting up to 17" laptops and including a blue LED for ambiance, NotePal X3 rounds out its offerings and makes it a smart and affordable buy for any user.

Price and availability will vary based on region. This information is intended for the U.S. and Canada regions only. Please consult your local Cooler Master Representative for more information.

Click here for more details.

AVADirect Now Authorized ECS Elitegroup Reseller

Our friends over on the other side of the state just partnered up with ECS Elitegroup to sell their products. That means you will be able to get their boards in your next AVADirect build if you would like! Or you can pick up their products through AVADirect also. 

Click here to read more on their forums 

 

 

"We recently partnered up with ECS Elitegroup as an authorized reseller of their products. Founded in 1987, the Taiwan-based computer manufacturer is the fifth largest manufacturer of computer components. Motherboard and graphics cards are the main focus of their company, but recently got involved with notebooks and all-in-one units to create a wide-range of products. The company has had many competitors in the past, but despite the competition, continues to grow and release new and exciting products. These products are what AVADirect will use to create and implement some of the most creative configurations offered to consumers and businesses. We are excited to be a part of the team and look forward to the ventures we create with ECS."

OCZ Launches Z-Drive R4 CloudServ™ 16TB Solid State Storage System

SAN JOSE, CA—February 14, 2012—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCI Express (PCIe) flash storage solution, designed to dramatically accelerate cloud computing applications and significantly reduce operating expenses in the data center. The new Z-Drive R4 CloudServ features monumental data throughput, and raises the bar in performance and capacity.

"The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe solid state drive delivers game-changing performance and enables clients to process massive data-sets with up to 16TB of storage capacity on a single, easy-to-deploy card," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. "With this new solution, system architects are able to design more efficient and dynamic cloud computing infrastructures while simultaneously reducing system complexity and the high maintenance costs associated with traditional infrastructures."

With increasing emphasis on cloud computing and the sheer growth in data, PCIe-based flash storage systems have the ability to bypass traditional storage overhead by reducing latencies, increasing throughput, and enabling efficient processing of massive quantities of data. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ is capable of transferring multiple gigabytes per second and delivering over a million IOPS with a level of concentrated performance that enables system architects to design more productive infrastructures while lowering costs associated with hardware failure, maintenance, structural footprint, and energy consumption.

The latest evolution of the Z-Drive R4, the CloudServ, is specifically designed for the most demanding cloud computing applications with increased capacities and even greater bandwidth capabilities delivering up to 1.4 million IOPS. Melding hardware and software managed solutions with OCZ's integrated Virtualized Controller Architecture™ (VCA) 2.0 and OCZ's SANRAD VXL virtual acceleration caching software, the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ can be employed as a high-performing host-based flash cache that works in conjunction with the VXL to dynamically allocate flash resources to accelerate all virtual machines. This maximizes the performance of critical applications and provides a seamless migration from one host to another without the loss of cache data. As these virtual machines are migrated from one host to another, they must retain full access to the flash cache without loss of performance or interruption of service. OCZ's SANRAD VXL software is the only software that allows for this seamless migration without loss of access to the flash cache.

iBUYPOWER Incorporates New Intel Core i7 3820 Into Award Winning Gaming Desktops

El Monte, CA – February 13, 2012 – iBUYPOWER, a leading innovator in gaming PCs, is excited to announce the availability of new Intel Core i7 3820 3.6 GHz processor. New processors are available in new iBUYPOWER systems, including the Chimera 4, Paladin XLC (extreme liquid cooling) and Erebus Custom Liquid Cooling systems.

iBUYPOWER systems running Intel 3820 are faster not only in clock speed compared to the x58-based CPUs they replace, but they're also faster clock-for-clock, and more efficient with power. This translates into a smoother gaming experience and faster load times to get gamers back into the action quicker. Additional advantages include quad channel memory, more PCIE lanes for improved multi-GPU performance and faster hard drive transfer speeds.

"We are excited to offer these speedy new CPUs that are faster than the previous generation but more efficient," said Darren Su, Vice President of iBUYPOWER. "Best of all the Intel Core i7 3820 is priced similarly to the slower previous generation, allowing us to pass that savings on to our customers."

Gamers looking to get the most out of their new Intel Core i7 3820 powered rig can choose from exclusive iBUYPOWER products and services like Advanced Pro Wiring, the Harmony Sound Reduction System, Internal USB Expansion System and iBUYPOWER's Specialized Advanced Packaging System with expanding foam inserts to prevent damage during shipping.

Customers with more specific gaming needs can configure a fully customizable gaming PC at iBUYPOWER.com. All iBUYPOWER systems come standard with 1 year limited warranty and lifetime technical support.

Antec One Introduced

 

Femont, Calif. – February 8, 2012 –Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components, announces the One, the latest addition to their Gaming Series. The One is an excellent option for mainstream gamers, new PC builders and seasoned system integrators alike, as it provides user-friendly cooling and convenient features at an affordable price.

Performance Cooling Advantages –
The One’s cooling system includes top & rear 120 mm exhaust fans with four additional 120 mm fan mounts. Perforated mesh construction yields additional airflow through the front of the chassis.

Extensive Compatibility and Expandability –
The One is equipped with three 5.25” and five 3.5” tool-less drive bays, a bottom-mounted PSU intake with a removable air filter and a large CPU cutout. The enclosure makes it easy for users to install all the necessary parts and upgrade their PC component by component.

“The One is for anyone who has thought about building a PC or for anyone looking for a wallet-friendly, long-lasting case,” said Mafalda Cogliani, Global Marketing Director at Antec. “It’s a great option for system integrators because it has tool-less drive bays and blends well in a home.”

For more information on the Antec One, please visit the product page.

Availability


The One is available on Newegg, Provantage, J&R, Canada Computers and NCIX with an MSRP of $59.95. Antec will also bring two special versions, the One S (MSRP $49.95) and the One S3 (MSRP $54.95), to the market.

Detailed Specifications:

  • 10 drive bays:
    • 3 x 5.25” tool-less drive bays
    • 2 x 2.5” drive bays (dedicated)
    • 5 x 3.5” tool-less drive bays
  • Motherboards: Standard ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX
  • 7 expansion slots
  • Maximum graphics card size: 10.5” (266 mm)
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 6.1” (155 mm)
  • Cooling System:
    • 1 x 120 mm top exhaust fan
    • 1 x 120 mm rear exhaust fan
    • 1 x 120 mm side intake fan (optional) 
    • 1 x 120 mm front intake fan (optional)
    • 1 x 120 mm / 140 mm bottom fan (optional)
  • Perforated front bezel for maximum air intake
  • Water cooling support: rear water cooling grommets (support ½-inch tubes)
  • Maximum-sized CPU cutout
  • Bottom-mounted power supply with intake filter
  • Front I/O ports:
    • 2 x USB 3.0 with included USB 2.0 adapter
    • Audio In/Out
  • No power supply included
  • Unit Dimensions:
    • 17.2” (H) x 8.2” (W) x 19.2” (D)
    • [438 mm (H) x 208 mm (W) x 488 mm (D)]
  • Package Dimensions:
    • 18.2” (H) x 9.5” (W) x 20.9” (D)
    • [463 mm (H) x 241 mm (W) x  530 mm (D)]
  • Net Weight: 12.5 lbs (5.6 kg)


About Antec, Inc.
For 26 years, Antec, Inc. has been the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Antec remains an industry pioneer and market leader for quiet, efficient and innovative products such as the P280 and SOLO II enclosures, and it has been independently recognized as the power supply manufacturer with the lowest return rate.

Antec continues to push the industry to its limits with many state-of-the art products like the Mini-ITX ISK Series and the functional, efficiently cooled Eleven Hundred gaming enclosure. Antec has also furthered the PSU market with the environmentally-friendly EarthWatts Series, the office-friendly VP Series for efficient, quiet power, and the gamer-specialized HCG and HCP Series for hours of reliable, continuous power. soundscience, a subsidiary of Antec, Inc., was created to manufacture audio and video-enabled lifestyle products, such as the soundscience rockus™ 3D | 2.1 speaker system, for the PC and home entertainment markets.

Founded in 1986, Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with international marketing headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Antec has additional offices in The Netherlands, China and Taiwan. Please visit Antec online for more information.

Follow the official Antec Facebook page www.facebook.com/AntecInc for event updates or visit the Antec blog at https://blog.antec.com/.

Cooler Master unveils the Elite 361 rotatable chassis

 

282012cChino, CA – February 7th, 2012 - Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer today unveils the Elite 361 rotatable chassis. A formidable Mini-Tower contender, Elite 361 focuses on versatility and expandability within a compact enclosure.

Maximizing Space

Touting a modern minimalist design, Elite 361 is engineered to be accommodating in space restricted work zones. Given its unique structure and airflow design, Elite 361 can be placed either horizontally or vertically within a space. A rotatable Cooler Master logo and four user attachable rubber feet assist in making these transitions. Front panel ports are positioned to be easily accessible in either orientation.

Viewing the interior reveals that Elite 361 supports up to a full-sized ATX motherboard, six 3.5” hard drives while being potentially expandable to a multiple graphics card configuration with its seven expansion slots. Benefiting from innovate enthusiast-grade features, Elite 361 incorporates a removable hard drive cage that, when removed, offers a maximum space of 12.3” or 312mm for graphics card length. A large 120mm top fan and several optional 80mm to 120mm fan ports provides superior ventilation potential.

Elite 361 will be available in February, 2012. Click here for more details.

AVADirect First To Offer X79 Gaming Notebook, The Future of Desktop Replacements

 

282012bTwinsburg, OH – February 6th, 2012 AVADirect, a leading provider of custom notebooks, is the first to offer Clevo's P270WM mobile gaming notebook.

The future is here, and AVADirect is readily expanding its offerings with hardware to prepare for it. For those who need ultimate performance on the go, AVADirect can feed your need for mobile speed with the Clevo P270WM. Based off of the Intel X79 chipset and Sandy Bridge-E processors, end-users can expect performance increases as much as 35-50 percent while keeping current and ahead of the curve for their much needed productivity, efficiency, and entertainment. Promising new features give the Clevo P270WM a name and reputation that is surely to leave a lasting impression for those who have it at their fingertips. The industry rookie, relative to age rather than experience, has no limits to its depth of functionality.

The P270WM's design shapes the ground we stand on by creating new standards for mobile desktop replacements. The revolutionary X79-fueled P270WM, being the successor of the world renowned Clevo X7200, supports all of the functionality provided by its older brother. Three 9.5 inch hard drives, with optional RAID, two USB 3.0 ports, SLI support, HD LED screen, HDMI 1.4a support, and the recently re-designed express card slot for third-party expansion are still key features of the newly offered Clevo P270WM Gaming Notebook.

The Nvidia GTX 580M 2GB comes standard in the Clevo P270WM and offers SLI support for gaming duality. The GPU offers 384 CUDA cores, or 768 when in SLI. Furthermore, the victor of desktop replacements offers the Quadro 5010M 4GB for the elitist AutoCAD or developing engineer. Combined with the support of Quad-channel DDR3 SODIMM RAM and speeds up to 1866Mhz, creating a configuration suitable for your tasks is as simple as a few clicks on AVADirect's website. The board features a total of four SODIMM slots expandable up to 32GB. The P270WM includes full 3D support, which has never been provided in a desktop replacement until now. End-users will more importantly be interested in the first-ever backlit keyboard integrated in the P270WM notebook. Clevo has not received outstanding remarks in the past for their lack of aesthetically pleasing designs, but a backlit keyboard changes everything enthusiasts have grown to know about Clevo's design.

AVADirect will begin to accept pre-orders for the X79 high-end gaming notebook as of today. The base price starts at around $3000.00 and will feature the Intel core i7 3930K, GTX 580M 2B, 4GB of DDR3 RAM at 1333Mhz, 750GB 7200RPM hard disk, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

About Us
AVADirect is a privately owned custom computer manufacturer based in Twinsburg, Ohio, (within close proximity to Cleveland) specializing in the design, engineering and manufacturing of personalized high performance computer systems. The systems span the spectrum from Windows or Linux manageable and highly-reliable servers, to high-end workstations and gaming systems, to business PC’s, notebooks and barebones systems and parts, focused on the commitment to meet the everyday demands of the marketplace, while creating a footprint within the industry. 

Antec announces the High Current Gamer M series PSU's

 

282012Fremont, Calif. – February 1, 2012 – Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components, announces the High Current Gamer M series, a mid-range wattage class of hybrid modular power supplies. The High Current Gamer M series is an extension of the HCG PSU line issued in late 2010 but features hybrid modularity, allowing for cleaner systems by reducing cable clutter behind the motherboard.

Antec‘s new desktop PSU series provides quiet, efficient power in 400W, 520W, and 620W models, accommodating casual gamers, home office and corporate consumers. The High Current Gamer M Series is the perfect combination of power and cabling that supply extreme levels of power and superb efficiency.

Maximum Efficiency
– As one of industry’s mainstream 80 PLUS® Bronze certified PSU, the High Current Gamer M series offers an ideal combination of industry-leading reliability, guaranteed Continuous Power and up to 87% energy efficiency to help reduce electric bills.

Whisper Quiet – A simple 135mm two ball-bearing fan controlled by Antec’s renowned Thermal Manager and CircuitShield™ operates with minimal noise even at full load.

Premium Components – High Current Gamer M employs 4 fully-protected High Current +12V rails with high load capabilities to ensure maximum CPU and GPU compatibility. It’s designed with 100% Japanese capacitors, ensuring maximum DC stability and regulation. It also offers stealth wires for minimal visibility inside the chassis and a 10-pin modular socket for High Current Flexibility.

Black mesh cable sleeves – All wires darkened for minimal visibility in chassis

Safety Precautions
– Patented Circuitshield™ includes voltage, current, power, under voltage, and short circuit protection which automatically shuts down the PSU to prevent further system damage.

All HCG-M power supplies are covered by an Antec five-year parts & labor warranty.

“Antec has succeeded with providing consumers with quiet and efficient power supplies to choose from,” said Mafalda Cogliani, Global Marketing Director at Antec. “And now we want to provide the same type of power and convenience via hybrid modularity power supply that will help with energy reduction.”

Availability
The HCG-M PSU series will be available in the US on Newegg, ASI, Ma Labs, Amazon, J&R and Buy.com and in Canada on NCIX and Canada Computers in early February.

High Current Gamer M

MSRP

HCG-400M

USD $89.95

HCG-520M

USD $99.95

HCG-620M

USD $119.95


Detailed Specifications:


•    620W Continuous Power
•    80 PLUS® BRONZE certified - Up to 87% efficient
•    10-pin modular sockets
•    135mm double ball bearing fan with long lifetime
•    All-black wires for minimal visibility in chassis
•    All Japanese Heavy-Duty Capacitors
•    Advanced low voltage fan control for optimal heat & noise management
•    92.9% +12V - Output for maximum CPU & GPU support
•    2 PCI-E connectors for multiple GPU support
•    AQ5 - Antec Quality 5 year warranty and global online support 24/7
•    Industrial grade protections:
          o Over Current Protection (OCP)
          o Over Voltage Protection (OVP)
          o Under Voltage Protection (UVP)
          o Short Circuit Protection (SCP)
          o Over Power Protection (OPP)
          o Surge & Inrush Protection (SIP)
   
**taken from HCG-620

Power Supply Connectors:


Fixed cables:

1 x 24(20+4)-pin main connector
1 x 8(4+4)-pin ATX12V/EPS12V

Modular cables:
2 x 8(6+2)-pin PCI-E
1 x FDD + 3 x Molex
3 x Molex (1 each)
2 x SATA (3 each)

**taken from HCG-620

About Antec, Inc.

For 26 years, Antec, Inc has been the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Antec remains an industry pioneer and market leader for quiet, efficient and innovative products such as the P280 and SOLO II enclosures, and it has been independently recognized as the power supply manufacturer with the lowest return rate.

Antec continues to push the industry to its limits with many state-of-the art products like the Mini-ITX-made enclosures, the ISK Series, and the functional, efficiently cooled Eleven Hundred gaming enclosure. Antec has also furthered the PSU market with the environmentally-safe EarthWatts Series, the office-friendly VP Series for efficient, quiet power, and the gamer-specialized HCG and HCP Series for hours of reliable, continuous power. soundscience, a subsidiary of Antec, Inc, was created to manufacture audio and video-enabled lifestyle products, such as the soundscience rockus™ 3D | 2.1 speaker system, for the PC and home entertaining markets.

Founded in 1986, Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with international marketing headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Antec has additional offices in The Netherlands, China and Taiwan. Please visit Antec online for more information.

Follow the official Antec Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AntecInc for event updates or visit the Antec blog at https://blog.antec.com/.

Genius announces DeathTaker

827213fcf9February 1, 2012, Taipei, Taiwan – Genius, a leading maker of computer peripherals, today announces DeathTaker, a professional laser gaming mouse designed for MMO and RTS gamers. The DeathTaker is the debut product of the GX Gaming Series which will be unveiling throughout the coming months.

With nine buttons DeathTaker gives gamers the ability to customize their gaming experience. Genius' included “Scorpion” UI lets gamers manage macros for up to 55 keys in 5 profiles, as well as a selection of up to 16 million backlight colors. The on-board memory design prevents game block and stores preferred macro settings for ready-to-play action on any computer.

Continuing to show flexibility, the GX Gaming Series DeathTaker has a built-in over-clocking SCGii engine designed for MMO and RTS gamers. Gamers can independently adjust the X and Y axis from 100 to 5700 dpi, and use the removable weight system including 6 metal weights -each 4.5 grams- to get the right heft and balance for any game or hand speed.

DeathTaker is not only completely customizable, but also provides a smooth, stable connection with a comfortable ergonomic design. Incorporated in DeathTaker is the full speed CPU giving gamers 8x faster response time. The high-quality braided cable with a resilient gold-plated USB connector means gamers don't have to worry about interrupted gameplay.

With a reliable 8 million clicks, DeathTaker gives MMO and RTS gamers the flexibility, stability, and comfort they desire for the MSRP of $79.90.

Package Contents:

  • DeathTaker gaming mouse
  • DeathTaker user interface driver
  • Metal weight 4.5g x6
  • Weight adjuster manual
  • Multi-language quick installation pack

 

About Genius

Genius is a leading international brand in computer peripherals. Established by KYE Systems Corp. in 1983, Genius offers PC products including computer mice, keyboards, web and security cameras, speakers, gaming peripherals, remote controls, headphones, digital cameras, digital camcorders and digital photo frames. The Genius consumer electronics range includes mobile phone accessories, Bluetooth headsets and iPod speakers. For six consecutive years, beginning in 2005, Genius was recognized as one of Taiwan's Top 20 Global Brands. For more information, you can visit the Genius website at www.geniusnet.com.

Solid State vs Hybrid Infograph from Seagate

Hoping to show off the differences between their Momentus Hybrid drives Vs. SSD's, Seagate sent over this Infograph. I thought it had a few good points. As you guys know I have been saying that Hybrid drives will be the most popular drive in the future for mainstream PC's and Laptops. 

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Toddy Gear Unveiled New Collections and Designs of Renowned Toddy Cloth at CES 2012

Chicago, IL (December 27, 2011) – Toddy Gear, creator of the stylish, unparalleled Toddy Smart Cloth, announces today that this innovative cloth, that has been all-the-rage, will be displayed at CES 2012 in over fifty colorful and eye-catching designs.  The Toddy Smart Cloth has created quite the buzz over the past year because its an undeniable necessity for those looking to keep their electronics dirt and smudge free. This must-have can be used for your touchscreen devices, sunglasses, household items, automobiles, and more. It is a handcrafted, microfiber cloth that features an AEGIS Microbe Shield® technology to protect the cloth, and your favorite products, against microorganisms that contribute to mold and mildew.

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The Toddy Smart Cloth has also generated an immense amount of interest from the corporate industry who seek simple and effective items to use as promotional collateral and/or company gifts. With Toddy Gear's convenient option to customize the smart cloth with your own logo or tagline, companies worldwide are creating their own unique Toddy Cloths. This year the Toddy Cloth also became available at Target retail stores around the country. Consumers can now purchase their smart cloths conveniently at a location nearest them. Sales of the Toddy Cloth in 2011 have been exceedingly high, further proving the phenomenon of this pocket-sized cleaning solution.

"Over the past year the Toddy Cloth has been growing as a household name worldwide with its impeccable ability to provide a fashionable, simple and effective means of keeping virtually all of your devices dirt and smudge free," said Todd Gabel, President and Founder, Toddy Gear. "We are now thrilled to release a number of additional prints and designs for our loyal customers who demand a variety of fashionable options to personally match them, which can all be spotted at CES 2012."

The Toddy Cloth is available for $9.99 (5x7) or $19.99 for a three pack, at www.toddygear.com, www.amazon.com, www.bestbuy.com, and Target retail stores. For more information on the Toddy Cloth and its newest collections being unveiled at CES

Antec Unveils the Three Hundred Two Enclosure

Fremont, Calif – January 24, 2012 – Antec Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components, announces the Three Hundred Two enclosure, the latest addition to their Gaming Series. This sleek, black chassis is designed to handle today's and tomorrow's high-performance systems that are custom built for gamers from the inside-out.

The Three Hundred Two enclosure is perfect for gamers, system integrators and casual builders alike because of its extensive cooling advantages and expandability.

High Performance Cooling Advantages- The Three Hundred Two is built for maximum cooling thanks to its perforated front bezel, included dual TwoCool™ fans, and four optional fans, including a 120 mm CPU exhaust fan behind the motherboard, to ensure gamers can play beyond the long hours of the night

Extensive Compatibility and Expandability- The Three Hundred Two utilizes eight expansion slots for up to three 12.5" (318 mm) graphics cards for compatibility with the largest GPUs.

Intelligent Design –This enclosure has removable, washable PSU and front intake air filters, along with a cable management system that features four strategically placed holes and 3 cm of space behind the motherboard tray. It's even easier for builders to start using their new PC right away thanks to the Three Hundred Two's three 5.25" and five 3.5" tool-less drive bays.

"The Three Hundred Two is an excellent enclosure for those who want to build a reliable, long-lasting PC," said Mafalda Cogliani, Global Marketing Director for Antec. "The enclosure has great cooling and expandability options, making it the perfect choice for anyone looking to build a new and affordable gaming PC with high functionality and design."

Availability

The Three Hundred Two is available in the United States on Newegg.com, Frys and other retailers and in Canada on NCIX and Canada Computers with a MSRP of $79.95.

Detailed Specifications:

• 11 drive bays:

o 3 x 5.25" tool-less drive bays

o 2 x 2.5" drive bays (dedicated)

o 6 x 3.5" tool-less drive bays

• Motherboards: Standard ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX

• 8 expansion slots

• Maximum graphics card size: 12.5" (318 mm)

• Maximum CPU cooler height: 6.7" (170 mm)

• Cooling System:

o 1 x 120 mm rear TwoCool™ fan

o 1 x 140 mm top TwoCool™ fan

o 2 x 120 mm front intake fans (optional)

o 1 x 120 mm side intake fan (optional)

o 1 x 120 mm side exhaust fan behind motherboard (optional)

• Perforated front bezel for maximum air intake

• Water cooling support: top water cooling grommets

• Enlarged CPU cutout

• Front I/O ports:

o 2 x USB 3.0 with internal motherboard connector

o Audio In/Out

• No power supply included

• Unit Dimensions

o 513 mm (H) x 229 mm (W) x 471 mm (D)

o 20.2" (H) x 9" (W) x 18.5" (D)

• Package Dimensions

o 565 mm (H) x 290 mm (W) x 525 mm (D)

o 22.2" (H) x 11.4" (W) x 20.7" (D)

• Net Weight: 15.3 lb (6.9 kg)

About Antec, Inc.

For 26 years, Antec, Inc has been the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Antec remains an industry pioneer and market leader for quiet, efficient and innovative products such as the P280 and SOLO II enclosures, and it has been independently recognized as the most reliable power supply manufacturer.

Antec continues to push the industry to its limits with many state-of-the art products like the Mini-ITX-made enclosures, the ISK Series, and the functional, efficiently cooled Eleven Hundred gaming enclosure. Antec also paves the path for in the PSU market with the environmentally-safe EarthWatts Series, the office-friendly VP Series for efficient, quiet power, and the gamer-specialized HCG and HCP Series for hours of reliable, continuous power. soundscience, a subsidiary of Antec, Inc, was created to manufacture products audio and video-enabled lifestyle products for the PC and home entertaining markets, such as the rockus speaker system.

Founded in 1986, Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with international marketing headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Antec has additional offices in The Netherlands, China and Taiwan. Please visit Antec online for more information.

Follow the official Antec Facebook page www.facebook.com/AntecInc for event updates or visit the Antec blog at https://www.blog.antec.com/.

Shuttle Launches 3-Liter Slim PC for 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 Processors

Shuttle Launches 3-Liter Slim PC for 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 Processors

City of Industry, California – JANUARY 16, 2012 – Shuttle Computer, an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance small form factor (SFF) PC solutions and creator of the XPC, today announced the launch of the Shuttle XH61, a new 3-liter slim PC for Intel's Sandy Bridge processors.

Shuttle XH61 features class-leading power in a compact size, delivering the performance of bigger desktops in a package that is less than 3-inches tall. The new slim PC desktop platform is based on the Intel® H61 Express Chipset, supporting 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors for socket LGA 1155 with a TDP of 65W max., and two slots of memory for up to 16GB of DDR3.

Media HTPC

A media HTPC in a small footprint, the Shuttle XH61 features 7.1 sound, both an HDMI and D-Sub port, and smooth HD playback with improved graphics integrated in the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors. Though compact in size, XH61 still has space for a slim optical drive for Blu-ray or DVD playback.

Digital Signage

Powerful and flexible, the Shuttle XH61 is well-suited as a digital signage media player. The Shuttle XH61 is capable of delivering more demanding digital signage content, with the latest Intel® processors and up to an impressive 16GB of memory inside. Compact in size (2.9"H x 7.9"W x 9.5"D), XH61 can be fitted almost anywhere, including behind a screen with the optional PV02 VESA monitor mount.

Shuttle Unveils New Small Form Factor PCs and Business Solutions at CES 2012

Shuttle Unveils New Small Form Factor PCs and Business Solutions at CES 2012

Las Vegas, Nevada – JANUARY 10, 2012 – Shuttle Computer, an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance small form factor (SFF) PC solutions and creator of the XPC, today unveiled at CES 2012 its new and upcoming line of small form factor models for gaming and media, plus cost-efficient business solution designs for digital signage, point-of-sale (POS), kiosk and cloud computing, among other applications.

Gaming and Media

Shuttle's new full-fledged XPC product line for gamers and enthusiasts takes high-performance to another level with six-core extreme performance in a pint-sized form factor. From value gaming to mainstream and high-end gaming, Shuttle XPC SA76R4, SZ68R5 and SX79R5 delivers performance and stability in the smallest footprint. For media, the 3-liter Shuttle XH61 is ideal as a media HTPC in an ultra small footprint.

Digital Signage

Shuttle's slim and all-in-one series provides a powerful, flexible digital signage solution, well-suited as a media player or content creator. Current and upcoming Shuttle slim series PC models, XS35GT V2 and its new powerful and ultra-slim addition, XS35GTA V2 and XS36, will be presented as a media player at the show. The current Shuttle X50 V2 Plus will be showcased as an interactive content creator.

POS and Kiosk

Energy-saving Shuttle solutions based on the latest Intel® Atom™ processor and a fanless design ensures a quiet and reliable POS and kiosk hardware solution for small and medium businesses. The new version of Shuttle's 15.6-inch all-in-one PC, X50 V3, and the new 18.5-inch all-in-one PC, X70, will be shown as a basic and performance POS solution, as well as a basic kiosk solution.

Private Cloud

Cloud computing is the new stage in the industry's evolution. With strong R&D experience and proven manufacturing excellence, Shuttle now delivers solutions for private cloud computing solutions for the home and business sectors. Shuttle's new line of cloud computing solutions will be unveiled for the first time at the show.

Intel announced support for overclockers

Intel announced support for overclockers this week in a new pilot plan.

Intel is pleased to announce the introduction of a new pilot plan targeted at the enthusiast community. The enthusiast community is a critical market segment for Intel and we are looking at more opportunities to serve that community.  In this spirit, Intel is announcing a new pilot service plan for “K”, “X”, and LGA2011-socketed boxed processors called the Performance Tuning Protection Plan. This Plan will provide certain out-of-warranty service offerings in the event of damage caused by over-clocking or over-voltaging by the user. By purchasing this Plan and meeting the Plan’s criteria, the user can receive a one-time replacement processor if the user’s over-voltaging or over-clocking causes the original processor to fail. This pilot Plan in no way expands, changes or extends the original three year standard warranty and is simply a Plan the user may want to purchase for over-clocking or over-voltaging. 
 
This pilot Plan will be launched on January 18, 2012, at 12:01AM PST and last for six months. The first phase of the Plan will include 4 resellers: CyberPower*, Canada Computers and Electronics*, Scan Computers*, and Altech Computers*.  On February 13, 2012, Intel plans to add additional resellers to the Plan. Intel will also be providing the Plan directly to customers at the following website: https://www.intel.com/go/tuningplan for the duration of the Plan. Intel will evaluate the Plan throughout the six months and decide whether or not to proceed past the pilot phase.
For more information please visit https://www.intel.com/go/tuningplan.

AMD's 7970 Blog post

764 days as graphics performance champion and counting

In November 2009, we unleashed the world’s fastest graphics card and then followed that up by launching the AMD Radeon™ HD 6990, taking the crown from…ourselves. Fast forward to today and we’ve outdone ourselves yet again. Refusing to settle on having the fastest graphics card, period, we also wanted to title of the fastest single GPU graphics card, bar none. After all, it is important to have goals. Today, we unveiled to the world a new player in the graphics card market – the AMD Radeon™ HD 7970, the fastest single- GPU graphics card on the planet.

 

https://blogs.amd.com/play/2011/12/21/764-days-as-graphics-performance-champion-%E2%80%93-and-counting/

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