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ASUS's new ZenFone 3 flagship rocks 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 820, USB C

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 30, 2016 7:25 am

Computex 2016 - ASUS has announced it's new ZenFone 3 Deluxe flagship model at the Zenvolution press event in Taipei, along with two other offerings.

 

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ASUS's new ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a pretty beefy flagship smartphone, sporting up to 6GB of onboard RAM system memory alongside Qualcomm's new powerful Snapdragon 820 processor. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe starts at $499, and features a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen wrapped in an all-metal unibody design. Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 over USB Type-C ensures the ZenFone 3's 3,000mAh battery charges super quickly, and the smartphone has 64GB onboard storage that's expandable to up to 256GB.

 

The other mothers include the $249 ZenFone 3, which packs a 5.5-inch 1080p Super IPS+LCD display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a Snapdragon 625 processor; and the $479 ZenFone 3 Ultra, a bigger handset with a 6.8-inch 1080p screen, 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 652 processor, and a massive 4,600mAh battery that supports quick-charging over USB Type-C. The ZenFone 3 Ultra also sports "4K TV grade image processing", and two of ASUS's new five-magnet stereo speakers for cinematic 3D surround sound over DTS Headphone: X and virtual 7.1 surround. If that wasn't enough, the ZenFone 3 Ultra's 4,6000mAh battery supports PowerBank mode that can share power and "jumpstart other devices".

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ASUS's ultra-thin ZenBook 3 is twice as fast as a MacBook

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 30, 2016 6:36 am

Computex 2016 - ASUS has just revealed its new ZenBook 3 at the Zenvolution event in Taipei.

 

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The ZenBook 3 is a direct competitor to Apple's MacBook, with an incredibly thin 11.9 mm lightweight frame and powerful specs that beats the MacBook's performance two-to-one. ASUS's Johnny Shih boasts that the ZenBook 3 is "the world's most prestigious laptop," with onboard specs ranging up to an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIE SSD. The sleek laptop features a 12.5-inch display and is powered by the "world's thinnest" 3mm fan for cooling.

 

The ZenBook 3 also sports fast-charging capabilities with built-in Thunderbolt 3/USB-C support. ASUS affirms the laptop can jump from a depleted charge up to 60% in just 49 minutes flat, with overall battery life ranging from 9 hours of use. The ASUS ZenBook 3 has three different pricing tiers: $999 for the Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 256GB SSD; $1,499 for the Intel Core i7 CPU and 512GB SSD; and $1,999 for the Intel Core i7, 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM and 1TB SSD variant.

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IN WIN modders have created some truly beautiful custom PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 30, 2016 12:09 am

There's no better way to celebrate your 30th anniversary than inviting the world's best modders to Taiwan to have a modding competition, with IN WIN seeing some truly great results and amazing modded PCs. Remember you can vote for your favorite mod right here!

 

We have a round up of all of the designs, which you can check out below.

 

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IN WIN's Mod in Taiwan event kicks off, with the world's best modders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 29, 2016 1:00 pm

IN WIN has kicked off its 30th birthday in a serious way, kicking off its Mod in Taiwan live modding competition. The company called upon eight teams from seven countries, gave them all a new IN WIN chassis, some pretty damn good hardware, and all the tools required to make the best custom PC they could in 24 hours - split across 3 x 8-hour days.

 

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The company hosted the event at their factory complex in Taoyuan, with the first day over and done with and pretty damn hectic. There are some big prizes up for grabs, with the public voting on the Best Design Award and the Innovation Award, with votes taking place online and on-site at Computex.

 

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All of the completed mods will be on display, with IN WIN giving the winner $5000, a slew of hardware, and their choice of chassis from IN WIN's amazing line of products. IN WIN will be choosing a modder for its Choice Award, with the price consisting of $3000. The winners will also receive an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas for CES 2017, where their mod will be on show. As for who is participating:

 

  • Team 1 (USA) - BSMods (Bob Stewart; Rod Rosenberg)
  • Team 2 (USA) - Team Mongoose (Lee Harrington, Ronald Lee Christianson)
  • Team 3 (France) - Modded by Frenchies (Gregory Rousseau, Olivier Maillet)
  • Team 4 (UK) - Running with Scissors (Daniel Harper, Dave Alcock)
  • Team 5 (Germany) - Babetech (Martin Blass, Stefan Blass)
  • Team 6 (Australia) - Team Down Under (Stuart Tonks, Ryan Hooper)
  • Team 7 (Sweden) - SMPC Modding (Justin Ohlsen, Björn Hall)
  • Team 8 (China) - KuN MOD (KuN, Sreay)

New 4K Xbox Scorpio targeting 6TFLOPs, 1.5 times faster than PS4K

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 28, 2016 6:55 pm

Microsoft is plotting to overthrow Sony's console reign with a new high-performance 4K-ready Xbox console that's four times as powerful than existing Xbox One hardware.

 

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According to recent reports, Microsoft will release a dramatically overhauled Xbox console (codenamed Scorpio) in late 2017. Inside sources told Polygon that Microsoft is targeting 6 TFLOPs of performance with the Xbox Scorpio, making the new Xbox 1.5 times faster than Sony's new upgraded PlayStation Neo (PS4K, PS4.5). Like the PS4K, the Xbox Scorpio will leverage its higher-end hardware to push 4K gaming and 4K video playback. It's likely the Scorpio will upscale 1080p to 4K instead of native 4K gaming, and the console is expected to be fully backward compatible with all existing Xbox One games.

 

Reports indicate the new Xbox will ship with Oculus Rift support baked in, with Microsoft partnering with Oculus to counter Sony's PlayStation VR headset. If these reports are true, the Xbox Scorpio would theoretically be capable of delivering desktop-grade VR performance with the Rift. PC-quality VR is quite demanding, so the Xbox Scorpio would likely need a dedicated video card solution, and we may even see the first-ever external console video cards with AMD's new GPU enclosure.

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E3 site lists Xbox One VR category with Oculus Rift devs attached

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 28, 2016 4:33 pm

ESA's official E3 2016 website lists a "Xbox One VR" category, further hinting that Xbox will leverage the Oculus Rift to face-off against Sony's PlayStation VR.

 

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Earlier today we reported that the Oculus Rift headset may be supported on Microsoft's new upgraded 4K-ready Xbox (codenamed Scorpio). Anonymous devs confirmed Xbox VR projects to Ars Technica, adding further evidence to Kotaku's previous leaks. Now the official E3 site seems to corroborate those claims.

 

The E3 site lists four companies under the "Xbox One virtual reality" section, all of which are non-coincidentally working on VR games. The list includes Rebellion (Battlezone), Maximum Games (Loading Human), 3DRudder, who designed a feet-based VR controller, and Readily Studio, a Chinese outsourcing studio who builds VR games. What's more is that Rebellion's Battlezone and Maximum's Loading Human games are all confirmed for the Oculus Rift and PSVR, lumping on even more evidence the Rift could be used on the Xbox Scorpio.

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New 4K Xbox to support Oculus Rift VR headset

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 28, 2016 1:16 pm

We've heard lots of things about Microsoft's new upgraded 4K-ready Xbox console, aka Scorpio, and now we have more evidence that the new Xbox will support the Oculus Rift's VR headset.

 

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Sources recently told Kotaku that Microsoft is readying its own powerful mid-cycle Xbox upgrade to counter Sony's PlayStation 4K console. And like PS4K, the new Xbox will leverage VR hardware: since Microsoft has no VR solution ready, the new 4K Xbox will reportedly use the Oculus Rift.

 

According to Ars Technica, developers are already working on VR games for Microsoft's new upgraded 4K Xbox. An anonymous dev at a "well-known European studio" corroborated reports that the new Xbox would use the same Oculus Rift HMD used by PCs. The game itself is "set in the universe of an established, long-running franchise," Ars reports.

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GeIL reveals new EVO FORZA DDR4 3866MHz RAM

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: May 28, 2016 12:06 pm

Computex 2016 - GeIL has announced its new EVO FORZA line up of performance DDR4 RAM memory modules, offering performance-grade frequencies of up to 3866MHz with today's latest Z170 and X99 platforms.

 

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GeIL's new EVO FORZA DDR4 RAM comes in a variety of sizes including 4GB, 8GB and 16GB modules packed in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB kits, with frequencies ranging from 2666 MHz to 3866MHz. Latency and CAS timings have yet to be revealed, but the RAM pulls in 1.2V to 1.4V and is outfitted with head spreaders designed with GeIL's Maximum Thermal Conduction & Dissipation (MTCD) technology.

 

The EVO FORZA DDR4 RAM modules have full Intel XMP 2.0 profile support and are dual- and quad-channel compatible. Each kit comes with the standard GeIL lifetime warranty, and the company will announce more details at Computex. Check below for current specifications.

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Tesoro teases new IR key switches for Computex

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 28, 2016 11:06 am

Computex 2016 - Tesoro teases a brand new mechanical keyboard powered by IR key switches for "extreme durability and breakneck response times."

 

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Although Tesoro has recently unveiled the Gram Spectrum RGB mechanical keyboards outfitted with Kailh's custom 3.5mm travel distance Agile switches, the company plans to push the bar with new IR key switches. The optical-based infrared key switches should be a big jump in speed over the low-profile Agile switches, offering faster response by "eliminating metal bounce."

 

Here's what Tesoro said in their official press release: "The new switches use infrared technology to register keystrokes eliminating metal bounce and oxidation meaning extreme durability and breakneck response times. The new switches will reportedly offer advanced anti-particle and spill-resistant abilities and allow users to customize key switches on the keyboard."

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Corsair launches Bulldog SFF chassis and Lapdog mechanical keyboards

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 28, 2016 9:10 am

Corsair's new Bulldog chassis are now available, offering convenient small form-factor solutions for high-performance living room gaming. The manufacturer also revealed its new Lapdog mechanical keyboard and mouse combo

 

 

Described as "a highly ventilated, stylish compact console, created for the living room," Corsair's Bulldog case won major CES innovation awards and has ample space to fit full-length 300mm video cards for 4K gaming and VR. Corsair has teamed up with MSI to make the all-in-one liquid-cooled Hydro GFX GeForce GTX 980 Ti video card exclusively for the Bulldog. The mini-ITX chassis comes outfitted with a Hydro Series H5 SF CPU liquid cooler and a SF600 600W 80 Plus Gold power supply

 

Corsair has also revealed the Lapdog, a performance-grade portable mechanical keyboard designed to compliment the Bulldog. The Lapdog has three different configurations--the base board that can slot in mechanical keyboards and mice, as well as the Lapdog K65 RGB model with Cherry MX Red switches and the K70 with Cherry MX Red/Blue switches.

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