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ASRock announces FM2 OC competition with HWBOT

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:31 pm

ASRock is teaming up with HWBOT to hold an OC competition based around it's AMD FM2 line of motherboards. The contest runs from January 7th until February 4th. It is opened to all overclockers with ASRock brand motherboards and AMD Socket FM2 CPUs.




The total prize is worth up to $6,740 and the final champions of the CPU-Z and 3DMark Vantage event will be awarded with a top prize worth $2,170 respectively. The grand prize makes this the most eye catching FM2 competition on the internet.


The contest includes two events: CPU-Z and 3DMark Vantage. The scores will be reviewed on a weekly basis and the highest scores will be the weekly winner. The participant who submits the highest score within these four weeks will be the final champion for each group respectively. The CPU-Z and 3DMark Vantage final champions will be awarded with prizes worth $2,170 respectively.


ASRock is also offering an extra $1,000 cash prize for the entry that breaks the world record of the CPU-Z or 3DMark Vantage test to encourage global overclockers to challenge Nick Shih's A1-A6s scores. For more details about the ASRock Global OC Competition, visit this page

MadCatz shows off a pair of new adjustable mice at CES

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:27 pm

CES 2013 - The company that brought us the unusual but awesome R.A.T. gaming mouse has debuted two new fully adjustable mice that feature low-power Bluetooth connectivity.




Both of the new mice are based off of the popular R.A.T. design and feature a myriad of buttons. The R.A.T.M. takes the concept of a highly precise adjustable DPI laser (up to 6400) gaming mouse and makes it portable by utilizing Bluetooth technology. The R.A.T.M is designed for use with gaming laptops and is smaller than traditional gaming mice, yet retains all of the adjustability of the R.A.T. design.


Up next we have the M.O.U.S, which is a more relaxed design but still retains that R.A.T. feel. Designed for the every day user, the M.O.U.S features a lower resolution sensor that works exceptionally well on glass and other reflective surfaces. Horizontal scrolling is included and the more tame device retains the Bluetoot connectivity of its more precise brother. Both devices will go on sale at a price point of $129.00 sometime early this year.

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Contract-free unlimited data plan launching today from T-Mobile

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 2:46 pm

CES 2013 - T-Mobile, during its CES 2013 press conference, has announced that starting today a new contract-free, unlimited data plan will be available to customers for just $70 a month. The plan includes unlimited voice, unlimited data and unlimited messaging.




T-Mobile CEO John Legere said: "As the 'Uncarrier,' we're doing the unthinkable. We're directly confronting the frustrations of American consumers fed up with the cost, complexity and congested networks of our competitors. Our Unlimited 4G Data plan means 4G speeds, no caps and no overages on a smoking-fast, nationwide, 4G network. What this means is simply that T-Mobile customers are going to be able to enjoy everything a 4G smartphone is actually designed to do without limits and without a term contract."


The company is offering am un-subsidized LG Optimus L9 alongside the new plan for just $199. I really think that this is a step in the right direction. Removing the phone subsidies, and freeing customers from multiple year commitments just seems like a better business model than we have been forced to conform to over the years.

Lenovo announces K900 smartphone at CES 2013, will be available in China in April

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:27 am

CES 2013 - Lenovo's new K900, just announced today, is the company's new flagship device and will be coming to China in April, and subsequently to other markets. It features a 5.5-inch IPS panel pumping out full HD resolution and is powered by an Intel Atom processor.




"With the K900, our team has broken down the key functions of the smartphone and redesigned them from the ground up," said Liu Jun, president, Mobile Internet Digital Home, and senior vice president, Lenovo. "Rather than focus on specifications that look good on a datasheet, we've zeroed in on what consumers want and proved that for smartphone users, top performance doesn't require a thick profile. The K900 is a game-changer that looks as good as it performs."


The thing weighs in at 162 grams, or 5.7 ounces, and stacks up at a mere 6.9mm. The camera is a 13MP Sony Exmor BSI sensor on the rear. Pricing for the device will be announced closer to the April launch.

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Mushkin unveil enterprise class ProSpec SSD range

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 11:11 am

CES 2013 - Mushkin have just stepped up to the enterprise class SSD game with the launch of their new ProSpec range of SSDs. The ProSpec SSDs sport a random read/write performance of 80K/42K IOPS with a sustained data transfer rate of 560MB/sec.




The new ProSpec drives will arrive in capacities of between 100GB and 400GB. The new drives sport commercial MLC flash which pump up to 10x the write endurance levels while delivering no performance drop over the life of the drive, which makes it a great candidate for any enterprise environment. Mushkin's new ProSpec drives also provide enhanced power-loss data protection through hardware- and firmware-based features that prepare the drive in case of an unexpected drop or loss in power.


Full specs on the new Mushkin ProSpec SSDs:

  • SandForce SF-2582 SSD processor
  • Enterprise MLC flash (eMLC) equipped
  • SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface (backwards compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s)
  • 128-bit AES hardware encryption
  • TRIM support (OS/driver support required)
  • S.M.A.R.T. support
  • Garbage Collection
  • Wear leveling
  • User-upgradeable firmware
  • RoHS, FCC, CE
  • 3-year limited warranty

Panasonic expand their Toughpad range of enterprise-grade tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 10:46 am

CES 2013 - Panasonic have used the Consumer Electronics Show over in Las Vegas to announce that they're expanding their Toughpad range of tablets. If you're not familiar with the Panasonic Toughpad range of tablets, they're the enterprise-grade tablets from Panasonic - the expansion includes the Toughpad FZ-G1 which is a 10-inch tablet rocking Windows 8 Pro, and the second in line is the Toughpad JT-B1, which is an Android-based 7-inch tablet. Both tablets are available now.




The Windows 8-based Toughpad FZ-G1 has some impressive specs:

  • Operating System: Windows 8 Pro
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3437U vPro 1.9GHz up to 2.9GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • Memory: 128-256GB SSD, 4-8GB RAM, optional micro SDXC
  • Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 4' drop, IP65, 14F to 122F (operational temp range)
  • Display: 10.1", sunlight viewable, touch screen and active digitizer, 800nit, WUXGA (1920x1200)
  • Battery: 8.0 hours (user-replaceable)
  • Dimensions: 10.6" x 7.4" x 0.75"
  • Weight: 2.43lbs
  • Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE or 3G
  • I/O: Full size USB 3.0, HDMI, optional micro SDXC, Full size USB 2.0, wired LAN, true serial port or dedicated GPS.

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Corsair shows off impressive 900D chassis at CES 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 10:02 am

CES 2013 - Corsair added a surprise announcement earlier this morning about the 900D. This super-sized version of the 800D is pretty awesome, at least in my opinion. Chad Sebring, our Cases Editor, disagrees and feels like Corsair should have done more innovation like they did when they originally launched cases like the 800D.




That said, the case is absolutely massive, as you can see by the picture above. It features support for HPTX motherboards, meaning the SR2/SRX motherboards are supported. The system can support up to 15 3.5-inch drives and two PSUs. It stands 27 inches tall and is, quite frankly, one of the biggest cases I've ever seen.


It's simple, clean, and elegant in styling, and, according to Corsair, one of the easiest cases to build a system in. If you need lots of room, you should take a look at this beast.

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ROCCAT delivers Ryos mechanical keyboard at CES, we're impressed

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 9:48 am

CES 2013 - Last year was a big hit for ROCCAT as they brought forth the ISKU. In that design, the keyboard allowed unheard of control with the cross-talk features and T-keys that bring your thumbs some more action other than just pounding away at the space bar. While the ISKU was based on rubber dome switches, and the only reason I didn't keep my ISKU longer, things are now changing as ROCCAT ups the ante.




This time with the new Ryos, not only is ROCCAT finally entering the mechanical switch game, this board is to be offered with red, blue, black, and brown Cherry MX switches for the perfect fit to any user, they didn't just stop with that. As you will see in the attached video, this board boasts the most intense lighting scheme I have ever seen in a keyboard along with all of the things that already make ROCCAT a player in the keyboard market.



As I sat and watched this demo in the CES suite, I had to pick up my chin a couple of times, so be sure to back away from the desk as not to hurt yourself, you have been warned of its awesomeness.

What's new with Swiftech at CES? One of the most awesome AIO water coolers ever

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 9:42 am

CES 2013 - Unless you live under a rock, it is very likely you already want to get your hands on this sweet little AIO system from Swiftech. The H220 has to be the epitome of what users have cried out for in all the years that Asetek and CoolIT have been dropping the ball and pushing virtually the same products for years with only slight adjustments to their designs, but no matter what, once the seal on an average AIO is broken in any fashion, or you attempt to mod them, you surely throw away the warranty for your efforts.




Swiftech is turning the AIO community on its ear as they display the H220 in its CES suite. I have seen a lot of the press information prior to CES, but that means nothing compared to a hands on view of the product. I know this system is mod-able under warranty, but the amount of fine detail, craftsmanship, and the fact that the unit comes completely assembled, even with the fans on it, so that users can take fan screws and slap it inside of the chassis with very little effort, is just fantastic.

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A look at Thermaltake's new air and water cooling products at CES 2013

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 9:34 am

CES 2013 - Thermaltake is all about trying new things in cooling, and just letting the ball land where it may, and this year is no different. Where last year we were looking at the Frio Extreme, one of Tt's largest air coolers, there must have been some backlash to inspire the new Nic series of air cooling. If these four new air coolers weren't enough, the Water 2.0 series has been revised, and now Thermaltake has gone to version 3.0.




With the new Nic series of coolers, the Nic stands for non-interference cooler, the main goal here is to get as much cooling potential as possible to allow users a great TDP range of coolers that do not impede on the DIMM slots, nor do they run into any of the power delivery heat sinks found on most motherboards today.


The lineup consists of the F3, F4, C4, and C5, with TDP ratings of 180W, 200W, 220W and 230W respectively. Also in this line, you can opt for something smaller and cooled with a single 120mm fan, or go for the gusto with coolers that have shrouds to contain the air flow, or go with a pair of 120mm fans to allow you the best performance of both flavors of the Nic series.

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