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Sapphire's new dual-GPU Atomic HD7990 6GB will redefine your GPU dreams

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 6:15 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - You know what? This is the kind of technology that I live for; Sapphire are back in the spotlight once again with an insane new dual-GPU card, the Sapphire Atomic HD7990 6GB.




As you can see from the product name, we have 6GB of RAM which will be announced later (probably some insanely fast gear) and two Tahiti XT2 GPU's. Sapphire's Atomic range always goes crazy, so we have six miniDisplayPort outputs for some crazy multi-monitor goodness, something that gets the blood flowing through my body. Now, none of this is possible without some power, and just how much does the Atomic HD7990 6GB require?



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EVGA debuts new GTX 780 Classified at Computex Taipei 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 6:07 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - EVGA has debuted a new GTX 780 Classified GPU based upon NVIDIA's latest GTX 700 series of GPUs. The GTX 780 Classified makes use of EVGA's ACX Cooling, providing up to 15 percent lower GPU and memory temperatures, 15 percent less noise, and 700 percent stronger fanblades.




The GTX 780 Classified features a 14+3 Phase Power setup, helping to provide clean power, an important aspect to have when overclocking. It gets its power from dual 8-pin power connectors, again allowing for extreme overclocking. Pricing and availability are unknown at the time of writing.

Seagate shows off ultra-thin laptop HDD, measures just 5mm thick and weighs 3.3oz

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 6:04 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - In a move that surprised no one, Seagate today announced a new ultra-thin 5mm HDD for use in slim laptops, Ultrabooks and tablet devices.




The 5mm standard will start off strong this year with large OEMs and ODMs taking advantage of the 25 percent reduction in height compared to 7mm HDDs that were all the rage just one year ago. Shown above, at the top of the pile is the new 5mm, single platter wonder. The drive sits atop 7mm and 9.5mm products.

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ASRock breaks world record with Z87M OC Formula by running memory module at 4095MHz

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 6:02 pm

Over the weekend, ASRock announced that it has broken the world record by pushing a DDR3 memory module to an astounding 4095MHz. The record was broken by Nick Shih along with his friend John Lam from HKEPC using ASRock's Z87M OC Formula motherboard. The memory used to break the record was a single 4GB stick of Team Group Xtreem-LV-2666 DDR3 RAM.




ASRock's next gen OC Formula Series inherits lots of its predecessor's features, including the Power Kit, Connector Kit, Cooling Kit, and now it also surpasses its predecessor by owning the new Monitor Kit and 8 Series exclusive technologies, code named A-Style. Packed with Home Cloud, Purity Sound, HDMI-In, tons of Nick Shih's secret overclocking profiles and a whole lot more, overclockers will find the new OC Formula Series motherboards their best choice for pushing extremes.

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ROCCAT's Ryos MK Pro is a mechanical keyboard with per-key illumination and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 6:02 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - ROCCAT have not only unveiled their gaming orientated Power-Grid software and app, but they've just now unveiled their latest mechanical gaming keyboard with per-key illumination, the Ryos MK Pro.



ROCCAT's Ryos MK Pro features an insane number of configuration options, as well as your choice of Cherry MX key switches in four colors and per-key illumination in two modes: smart and manual. This allows Ryos MK Pro owners to congiure special effects to their keystrokes, configure their keyboard to highlight in-game and application key bindings, your modifier keys, macro sequences and cool downs, system controls and much more.


The ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro features a 32-bit ARM Cortex processor, meaning that it has its processor can power all of the functions on this keyboard, all without losing a spec of performance. There's 2MB of flash memory on-board which houses your configurations, with your keyboard keeping all of your keystrokes and macros handled well in real-time, all without delay.

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ROCCAT's Power-Grid lets you control your games and computer all from your smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 5:30 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - ROCCAT have unveiled something they're calling a first in the history of PC gaming with their new Power-Grid technology. Power-Grid allows you to use your smartphone to control both your games, and your computer, and is free to get you started.




ROCCAT's Power-Grid will allow you to connect, monitor and control your game and PC in real-time, with the app featuring four control displays, or "grids". There are four grids at play, with the first three preloaded with a bunch of essential gaming tools while ROCCAT have left the fourth one completely customizable. The three grids are made up of the "Incoming Center", "Stats Control", "Sound Control" while the fourth is free.






Incoming Center routes all outside voice and text communication - be it Skype, Facebook or TeamSpeak - to your smartphone for easy viewing. This way, gamers can continue to get their game on, without their PC disturbing them with updates, which they can quickly check on their smartphone.


Stats Control allows gamers to view their PC's vital data - such as CPU load, hard drive space and network traffic - all from their smartphone. The third preloaded grid is Sound Control, which lets gamers set and adjust all aspects of their gaming audio from their smartphone. Gamers can tweak audio settings in Skype to provide in-game music or with their media player together, or independently.

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Western Digital launches 7mm thick 1TB hard drive, resizes entire 2.5-inch WD Blue line

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 5:12 pm

Earlier today at the Computex 2013 show in Taipei, Taiwan, Western Digital announced that it has began shipping the world's thinnest 1 TB hard drive. The 2.5-inch WD Blue measures just 7 mm thick. The company says this opens up new storage solutions for the increasingly popular light-and-thin category of notebooks.




Western Digital said that their entire line of 2.5-inch WD Blue drives from the 320GB to 1TB range will now be available in the 7mm thickness. The 7mm drives feature Western Digital's Shock Tolerance, Cool and Quiet, and Stable Track technologies for an improved customer experience.


"Users with large portfolios of content no longer need an Ultrabook or upgrading to a thin and light notebook," said Matt Rutledge , Vice President and General Manager for client storage products at WD. "This most compact 1TB hard drive to-date offers manufacturers of systems an upsell path for their customers who will now be able to choose systems offering both sleek design and high capacity."

Zalman's new Reserator3 Max will keep your CPU water-cooled, handles up to 400W

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 5:01 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Zalman just introduced their new cases, the Z3 and Z3 Plus, and have now introduced a new 'ultimate water cooler' in the Reserator3 Max. Zalman's Reserator3 Max can handle an insane 400W, all while being 'ultra silent'.






The Reserator3 Max has dual radial radiators, which are designed to maximize the air flow structure, and maximized cooling performance with its dual-oath radiator. The Reserator3 Max comes with a 120mm fan, and features a gorgeous design which includes black pearl nickel plated for corrosion prevention. Zalman are really pushing the silent factor here, which is something important when you're cooling down a super-intensive 400W.

ROCCAT unveils new gaming keyboard and mouse at Computex

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 4:45 pm

This morning, ROCCAT announced two new products to its gaming peripheral collection. Up first is a new mouse dubbed the Cone Pure Optical which features an adjustable 4000dpi PRO-OPTIC R3 sensor for precision control on almost any surface.




The mouse also features ROCCAT's Click Master Technology, Easy Shift[+] Button Duplicator, a 32-bit Turbo Core V2 processor as well as a 16.8-million-color lighting system. ROCCAT also unveiled the Ryos MK Pro mechanical gaming keyboard.


The keyboard features per-key illumination, advanced anti-ghosting with N-key rollover, your choice of four different Cherry MX key switches, and a 1000Hz polling rate. Also being unveiled at Computex is the company's highly anticipated Power Grid smartphone app which we will learn more about later as well.

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Zalman unveils two new towers, the Z3 and Z3 Plus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2013 4:31 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - Zalman have just announced two new ATX Mid-Tower cases, the Z3 and Z3 Plus. The Z3 is available in black, while the Z3 Plus is available in either black or white. Both cases are made of a mix of plastic and steel.




The Zalman Z3 and Z3 Plus cases support both standard ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards, and are primed for some full-size graphic card action, supporting up to 320mm (12.5-inch) long GPU's. Both the Z3 and Z3 Plus have two 5.25-inch bays, and four 3.5-inch bays. The Z3 case includes one 120mm fan up top with a space for another, a single rear 120mm fan, and a single 120mm fan at the front.




The Z3 Plus changes it up a little, offering two 120mm fans up top (both included), the same 120mm rear fan, and the same 120mm front fan but offers it with a LED. There's a fan controller included with both cases allowing you to tweak your fan settings. Both the Z3 and Z3 Plus include a headphone jack, mic jack, two USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port.

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