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AZIO showed me the PC keyboard of my retro dreams at Computex

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 5, 2016 4:41 pm

Computex 2016 -- True story: I'm old enough that I learned how to type using a combination of classic typewriters and an Apple II Plus. So when AZIO showed me one of their upcoming keyboards during Computex, pangs of retro nostalgia flooded over me.




From the rounded keys to their chrome edges to the font choice, AZIO's latest just screams retro. Unfortunately, it's so early in the design process that the company doesn't yet have a marketing name for it, although interested keyboard warriors will be able to find it under its model number MK-OS-01 once it launches.

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Ubisoft's most famous E3 graphics downgrades combined in a single clip

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 5, 2016 2:56 pm

With E3 2016 on the way, it's only right that we take a moment to remember just how deceptive E3 reveal footage can be--especially with Ubisoft's infamous graphical downgrades.



In little over a week, E3 2016 will be upon us, and that means tons of bullshots. What are bullshots, you might ask? It's the deceptive practice of selling a game based on an extremely high-fidelity trailer that is as close to the real game as Rick and Morty is to Back to the Future.


We're talking extreme high-grade graphics with tons of atmospheric effects and volumetric lighting that are absolutely missing on the final release. E3 is the prime event for bullshots as millions of gamers are watching, so publishers fire up the old false-advertising gameplay footage to sell us something that doesn't really exist.

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MSI unveils new high-bandwidth SLI bridges at Computex

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 5, 2016 2:31 pm

Computex 2016 - With EVGA debuting its stylish RGB-illuminated SLI bridges for NVIDIA's new Pascal-based video cards, MSI has followed suit with its own 2-way HB SLI bridge.




Unlike its 4-way SLI bridges, MSI's new Pascal-based 2-way high-bandwith SLI bridges don't have fans on them, and are designed to accommodate multi-GPU setups by 2-way SLI-ing NVIDIA's new GeForce Series-10 video cards.


At MSI's booth, the 2-way SLI bridge is seen attached to two high-end MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming Z 8G video cards, sporting an LED-lit dragon logo and a brushed chrome-and-silver style. High-bandwidth SLI bridges are encouraged for multi-GPU builds in order to hit optimum 4k 60Hz/120Hz and beyond.

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Teamgroup debuts new Xtreem DDR4 4266 MHz RAM modules

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 5, 2016 2:05 pm

Computex 2016 - Teamgroup reveals its new performance-grade T-Force DDR4 RAM lineup at Computex, including the T-Force Xtreem 4266 MHz modules and stylish new T-Force Nighthawk DDR4-3200 sticks.




Teamgroup has broken the 4000MHz barrier with its new enthusiast-grade T-Force Xtreem modules. The new T-Force Xtreem DDR4 RAM module line hits blistering frequencies up to 4266 MHz, but only in the ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboards. The T-Force Xtreem come in DDR4-4133 flavors with 1.35V power draw and CL 18 latency timings, and come in 4GB and 8GB sticks. Teamgroup also has DDR4-4000 (CL 17, 8GB, 1.35V), DDR4-3866 (CL16, 8GB, 1.35V) DDR4-3733, DDR4-3600, and DDR4-3466 Xtreem RAM modules. This line is available in 8GB (4GBx2) and 16GB (8GBx2) kits.




The hardware-maker also showed off the new LED-lit T-Force Nighthawk and entry-level T-Force Night Armor DDR4 RAM modules. The T-Force Nighthawk DDR4-3200 RAM sport LED illuminated heatspreaders with CL 16 latencies, 1.35V power draw, and come in 4GB and 8GB sticks. Next up are the T-Force Night Armor modules--these come in DDR4-2400 (CL14, 4GB and 8GB configurations, 1.2V power) and DDR4-2676 (CL15, 16GB configurations, 1.2V power) with a stylish new red and white heatspreaders.

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Colorful's custom motherboard sports built-in NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 5, 2016 10:02 am

Computex 2016 - Colorful showed off a very interesting motherboard at its booth in Taipei: a B150 chipset motherboard with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU built into the PCB.




Alongside its new iGame GeForce GTX 1080 video card, Colorful showed off a surprise reveal at its Computex booth: a custom B150 chipset motherboard that features an onboard GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. It looks like Colorful is making a console-smashing, ultra-performance mini-PC that's capable of VR support. This PCB fits neatly with Colorful's new partnership with Chinese ISP Shunwang Technology to provide VR-ready solutions to Chinese internet cafes. I think this new PCB would power a compact, high-performance VR-ready mini-PC for internet cafes as well as consumer living rooms.


The motherboard is custom and doesn't confirm to any ATX configurations. Colorful's custom motherboard slots up to an Intel Skylake i7-6700 in the LGA 1151 socket, with two SO-DIMM lanes that support up to 2133MHz DDR4 RAM. There's also two PCI expansion slots for SSDs or Wi-Fi chips.

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Tesoro reveals new IR key switches with 0.1 millisecond response times

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 4, 2016 3:21 pm

Computex 2016 - Tesoro's new light-based infrared switches could pave the way for dramatic innovations on future mechanical keyboards.




Tesoro revealed its new Tesoro IR mechanical keyboard switches at Computex, giving us a glimpse at what the future holds for enthusiast-grade keyboards. The new Tesoro IR switches are light-based, so they completely eliminate metal bounce and oxidation, thus dramatically increasing switch lifespan. Here's how the infrared switches work: each switch is outfitted with an IR blaster that beams light, and as each key is pressed, the light is broken, thereby registering the keystroke.


The Tesoro IR switches offer a tremendous speed boost over the company's low-profile AGILE switches in its GRAM Spectrum keyboards. "The Tesoro IR switches score 0.1 millisecond response times, meaning they are extremely fast," said Tesoro's Marketing Manager Lucas Wiltse. Although the Tesoro IR switches are light-based, they still have a tactile bump and resemble the Cherry MX Blue switches.

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Noctua's new premium 120mm fans spotted at Computex

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 4, 2016 10:36 am

Computex 2016 - Noctua plans to expand its line of premium case fans with two new 120mm fans: the A-Series slim, and the next-gen 120mm design.




Noctua's new fan duo starts off with the 120mm A-Series Slim Fan, which sports a super-thin 15mm thick design, seven fan blades, and Noctua's renowned SS02 bearings. The A-Series Slim is fastened by a reinforced metal core that ensures optimum endurance and stability, a dual-bearing motor, and anti-vibration pads.




The Next-Gen 120mm fan isn't a slim model, and sports nine fan blades, a metal reinforced core like the A-Series Slim Fan, as well as the signature SS02 bearings. Noctua says the Next-Gen 120mm has optimized pressure and airflow for heat sinks and radiators, with flow acceleration channels for improved air circulation, and an advanced acoustic frame designed to reduce noise.

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Raijintek demos pumpless liquid cooling system at Computex

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 4, 2016 9:45 am

Computex 2016 - Raijintek shows off its "Pumpless AIO" in Taipei, revealing how exactly the new generation of liquid cooling systems operate.




Today's closed-loop liquid cooling systems are more optimized than ever, but in the not so distant future, we could start seeing pumpless AIO systems. Raijintek demonstrated its new pumpless LCS prototype at Computex, utilizing a simplified radiator, tube, and water block system that utilizes the hardware system's natural heat to circulate the coolant.


The Pumpless AIO is made up of a passive, copper-fronted CPU/GPU water block with small channels optimized for maximum heat dissipation, and two tubes that lead up to a radiator. Now you might be wondering how exactly the coolant travels updates to reach the radiator without a pump; the system uses special coolant that evaporates into vapor at 40C - 50C, and the vapor travels up one tube into the radiator, where it condenses back into a liquid to circulate down the other tube and cool the CPU/GPU.

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EVGA reveals new L-shaped Power Link VGA power adapter

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 4, 2016 8:47 am

Computex 2016 - On the heels of its new RGB high-bandwidth SLI bridges, EVGA has revealed yet another awesome accessory aimed at optimizing enthusiast rigs: the new Power Link.




EVGA's new Power Link is an L-shaped accessory that allows users to hook up PCI-E power cords to the side of a video card instead of the top, adding tons of flexibility for open-air and home theater PC builds. The Power Link is outfitted with LED lighting, and sports male 8+8 PCIe slots on one end, with female ports on the other. This nifty little adapter not only provides more headroom for compact chassis and builds but also allows for cleaner cable management in enthusiast builds.


Right now the Power Link accessories are made to fit into EVGA's GeForce GTX 1080 video card lineup, but the company has plans to bring other configurations in the future that support other video cards like EVGA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW. The Power Link will be sold separately, but pricing nor availability has been determined.



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MSI shows off the Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium motherboard at Computex

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 4, 2016 7:38 am

Computex 2016 - MSI's new alabaster Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium motherboard made an appearance in Taipei, showing off metallic PCI-E slots and reinforced DIMM lanes along with a stylish chrome-and-white PCB.




MSI's Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium motherboard is a small step below from MSI's premium Z170A XPower Titanium model, but retains many of the same features and color scheme. The MPower Titanium is the second socket LGA 1151 motherboard in MSI's Gaming Titanium series, and fits Intel's 6th Gen Skylake CPUs up to the Intel i7-6700K.


Like its bigger brother, the Z170A MPower Titanium Gaming board's metallic flair serves a key purpose: the motherboard's PCI-E x16 slots are reinforced with metal to eliminate bending from the heaviest of video cards. The motherboard's DDR4 RAM-supported DIMM lanes are also braced with metal.

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