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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Nvidia’s partners can now use AMD processors inside certified Battlebox PCs

New minimum requirements

Nvidia is giving its GeForce GTX Battlebox certification program another go, and this time system builders are allowed to an AMD processor inside, provided it's a Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 chip.

Systems sporting a Battlebox badge have to meet a set of minimum requirements set forth by Nvidia. It's a marketing play, though it has some benefit for gamers who don't have the time or desire to build their own PCs. It can also be helpful in recommending a PC to a friend or family member, versus building one for them, the latter of which often carries the unwanted side effect of an assumed 24/7 tech support role.

Certified Battlebox PCs fall into one of two categories—Essential and Ultimate. Each one has it own set of requirements. For an Ultimate configuration, systems must wield the following (or better):
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7
  • 16GB+ DDR4 RAM
  • SSD storage
  • Windows 10
  • G-Sync monitor (if it ships with a monitor)

Ultimate Battlebox PCs promise to "handle everything you throw at them," including 4K and VR gaming.

For multiplayer games that do not require quite as much GPU or CPU horsepower, Nvidia's Essential Battlebox requirements promise to deliver 60 frames per second in games such as Overwatch, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Tekken 7, and League of Legends with max settings at 1080p. To earn an Essential Battlebox badge, system builders have to include the following (or better):
  • GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • SSD
  • Windows 10
  • G-Sync monitor (if it ships with a monitor)

Nvidia has partnered with eight system builders in the U.S., several of which already offer certified Battlebox PCs. The full list includes Origin PC, CyberPowerPC, Maingear, iBuyPower, Cybertron, Xidax, Digital Storm, and Velocity Micro. None of them appear to be using Nvidia's custom chassis shown above, which is too bad if you've always wanted a PC that looks like a graphics card.

You can find more information and links on Nvidia's Battlebox landing page.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming motherboards leak

Intel's X299 platform is coming and we all know what that means, hardware leaks. Today, thanks to Videocardz, we can have a look at Gigabyte's X299 Aorus Gaming series of motherboards, coming with plenty of new features and an insane number of M.2 slots.

Looking below at the X299 Aorus Gaming 9, we can see that Gigabyte has gone a little RGB crazy, including RGB illuminated RAM slots, PCIe slots, heatsinks, IO covers and even an RGB illuminated rear IO. This is easily the largest number of RGB elements that we have ever seen on a single motherboard, offering users with a lot of illumination options. Let's hope that end users have the ability to disable some of these LED at will if they desire a more stealthy system.   

We can see that Intel X299 socket is a similar size to their older X99 socket, which makes sense given the fact that they support the same cooler mounting solutions. We can also see that X299 still supports 4-channel DDR4 memory, with the board also supporting three M.2 slots, all of which support large M.2 heatsinks.   

Below we can also see the Aorus Gaming 7, which offers similar features as the Gaming 9 but lacks the rear IO RGB illumination and lacks M.2 coolers for the top two M.2 slots.

We can also see some changes to several components on the motherboard, including different capacitors around the motherboard's audio section as well as other subtle changes on different locations on the motherboard from changed buttons/switches to different capacitor brands and placements.
Moving down to the Gaming 3 we can see a lot of hardware changes, like the move from dual 8-pin power connections to a single 8-pin power as well as less RGB components all over the motherboard.

With the Aorus Gaming 3, we have less reinforced PCIe slots and no RGB LEDs between this motherboard's RAM slots and the removal of this motherboard's third M.2 slot which is present under the chipset heatsink on Gigabyte's Gaming 7 and 9 motherboards. We can also see some clear changes fo this motherboard's audio section as well as a removal of the USB 3.1 front panel header that is present on the Gaming 7.
Intel's X299 platform is expected to launch at Computex, which is set to officially start on May 30th. Here Intel is expected to launch their first i9 series CPUs, which are rumoured to offer up to 12 CPU cores.
Originally reported by OC3D

Friday, 26 May 2017

Kingston Introduces KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD

Kingston Introduces KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD to Meet the Most Demanding Data Needs of SSD Enthusiasts

•    Up to 290,000 IOPS; Capacities Up to 960GB
•    Ultimate Storage Upgrade for HD Video, PC Enthusiasts, Gaming and More

Mumbai,India –May26, 2017 –Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products,today announced KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD.Shipping in mid-June, the M.2 NVMe™ PCIe SSD is over 2x faster than SATA-based SSDs and over 40x faster than a 7200RPM hard-disk drive. KC1000 is built for the power user, providing the ultimate, low-latency performance boost for resource-demanding applications including high-resolution video editing, data visualization, gaming and other data intensive workload environments where traditional storage solutions are unable to keep pace with data demand. 

The demands of today’s performance power users are constantly being put to the test as new data-intensive applications push the boundaries of what can be achieved with even the market’s high performance professional workstations and most powerful gaming rigs.KC1000 is the perfect solution to meet the needs of media and design professionals, gaming enthusiasts and anyone who needs ultra-low latency storage performance to end data bottlenecks. This native NVMe device offers one of the industry’s most powerful storage solutions for high-resolution content delivery, virtual reality applications, accelerated game play or a competitive edge for the creative professional on tight deadlines.

KC1000 delivers up to 290,000 IOPS and will ship in mid-June in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. The high-performance SSD supports the PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and the latest NVMe protocol. KC1000 provides accelerated boot and load speeds and increases sequential read/write performance, as well as offering improved endurance and energy efficiency. It is perfect for users seeking instant, breakthrough performance improvements for:
  • High-resolution video editing
  • Virtual and augmented reality applications
  • CAD software applications
  • Streaming media
  • Graphically intensive video games
  • Data visualization
  • Real-time analytics
KC1000 is backed by a limited five-year warranty and legendary Kingston support.For more information, please visit

Kingston KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD Features and Specifications:

•    Form Factor: M.2 2280
•    Interface: NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 Lanes
•    Capacities1: 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
•    Controller: Phison PS5007-E7
•    NAND: MLC
•    Sequential Read/Write2:
240GB: up to 2700/900MB/s
480GB, 960GB: up to 2700/1600MB/s
•    Maximum 4K Read/Write2:
240GB: up to 225,000/190,000 IOPS
480GB, 960GB: up to 290,000/190,000 IOPS
•    Random 4K Read/Write2:
240GB, 480GB: up to 190,000/160,000 IOPS
960GB: up to 190,000/165,000 IOPS
•    PCMARK®Vantage HDD Suite Score: 150,000
•    Total Bytes Written (TBW)3:
240GB: 300TB and .70 DWPD5
480GB: 550TB and .64 DWPD5
960GB: 1PB and .58 DWPD5
•    Power Consumption: .11W Idle / .99W Avg / 4.95W (MAX) Read / 7.40W (MAX)
•    Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
•    Operating Temperature: 0°C to 70°C
•    Dimensions:
80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm (M.2)
180.98mm x 120.96mm x 21.59mm (with HHHL AIC – standard bracket)
181.29mm x 80.14mm x 23.40mm (with HHHL AIC – low-profile bracket)
•    Weight:
10g (M.2)
76g (with HHHL AIC – standard bracket)
69g (with HHHL AIC – low-profile bracket)
•    Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
•    Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (20-1000Hz)
•    MTBF: 2,000,000
•    Warranty/support4: Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support

Kingston can be found on:


About Kingston Technology
Kingston Technology is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Kingston designs, manufactures and distributes memory products for desktops, laptops, servers, printers, and Flash memory products for computers, digital cameras and mobile devices. Through its global network of subsidiaries and affiliates, Kingston has manufacturing facilities in California, Taiwan, China and sales representatives in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, India,Taiwan, China, and Latin America. For more information, please visit

Thursday, 25 May 2017

MSI releases the Z270 GODLIKE GAMING Motherboard

MSI releases world’s most feature packed & powerful Z270 motherboard: Z270 GODLIKE GAMING

World's first motherboard with Killer xTend and ASMedia 3142 USB 3.1 Gen2

MSI, the leading gaming motherboard brand, is proud to announce the all-new Z270 GOLDIKE GAMING motherboard. As the pinnacle of GAMING in terms of design, performance and features, the new Z270 GODLIKE GAMING raises the bar once again for motherboard development. With plenty of world’s first and exclusive technologies such as Killer™ xTend and the new ASMedia 3142 USB 3.1 Gen2 controller, the new Z270 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard closely follows the GODLIKE standard.
"With our continuous strive to push the gaming industry forward, we are excited to once again work close with Rivet to be world’s first motherboard brand to launch Killer™ xTend on our new Z270 GODLIKE GAMING. With GODLIKE at the heart of a gaming rig, it allows it to act as a Killer fueled router to pass on and strengthen the internet signals, with lower latency, offering the best online experience when gaming on LAN or WIFI. Like GODLIKE GAMING, Killer’s new technology is packed with new cutting-edge technologies, such as their exclusive gaming bandwidth management. The MSI and Killer gaming experience has now been expanded throughout the complete household." Ted Hung – MSI Motherboard, Desktops Sales & Marketing Director

One Board to rule them All:


Turn your PC into a gaming Router: World’s first motherboard with Killer™ xTend

As an exclusive, the new GODLIKE adapts the Killer™ xTend technology as well and delivers powerful network extension capabilities by integrating a network switch that includes 3 Killer Ethernet ports and a Killer Wireless-AC module as a Wi-Fi extender. This allows the GODLIKE GAMING to provide the network access to other nearby wired and wireless devices with a strong, powerful network connection. Gamers no longer need to mess with switches and network extenders that are expensive and difficult to configure – instead they can use Killer’s innovative new xTend Technology to connect devices such as gaming consoles, smart phones, and tablets directly to your gaming PC. The Killer xTend keeps your games, voice, and video fast and smooth because high priority traffic on the Killer PC is prioritized above the traffic from connected devices. Killer xTend also delivers amazing throughput to your home – with potential throughput up to 1 Gbps for each Killer E2500 plus another 867 Mbps for the Killer Wi-Fi module.

World’s fastest USB 3.1 Gen2 solution: ASMedia ASM3142

MSI is proud to be in a continuing and close relationship with ASMedia in helping develop the next generation USB controllers. Its latest addition, the brand-new ASMedia ASM3142 USB 3.1 controller, is the world’s fastest USB solution and will be the new standard for super-fast data transfer over USB. Z270 GODLIKE GAMING is world’s first motherboard to feature this new ASM3142 controller. While the current Lightning ASMedia ASM2142 USB 3.1 Gen2 controller, running at PCIe Gen3 x2 (16Gb/s), already offers the fastest USB 3.1 performance in the market, the next generation Lightning ASMedia ASM3142 USB 3.1 Gen2 controller chip enhances performance and achieves higher energy efficiency, consuming at least 50% less energy than former USB solutions.

MSI and Phanteks team up to bundle a Rainbow LED Strip with separate color control

X99A GODLIKE GAMING was world’s first motherboard to introduce RGB LED on motherboards. Z270 GODLIKE GAMING takes it to another level. Through closely working with the word’s best component brands to seamlessly sync RGB products, Z270 GODLIKE GAMING offers perfect Mystic Light Sync integration. To showcase this, the Z270 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard comes with the brand-new Phanteks Rainbow Strip with multiple colors to further personalize any gaming rig and enahnce the experience for gamers and modders around the globe. With 15 high quality LEDs, which can be controlled independently, combined with a new 4pin pin-header, you can show different colors on the LED strip at the same time.

Other GODLIKE GAMING features

The new Z270 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard also offers the purest audio solution with AUDIO BOOST 4 XTREME. With a fully isolated audio circuitry using a high quality ESS DAC and 2x dedicated audio processors, Audio Boost 4 Xtreme allows for the most immersive gaming experience and ability to use headphones and speakers at the same time.

More features include front USB 3.1 Gen2 type C, 3 x Turbo M.2 with patented M.2 Shield, onboard Turbo U.2 with Steel Armor and much more. Dominate your opponents with this unique piece of divinity. The new Z270 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard is the best motherboard we have ever made.
As a world leading gaming brand, MSI's aim is to become the most trusted name in gaming and eSports. We stand by our principles of breakthroughs in design, the pursuit of excellence, and technological innovation as we have continued to raise the bar for ourselves and have accomplished a great deal of pioneering work in the industry. For more product information, please go to

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Corsair keeps the light show going with more fan and lighting controllers

Light up your PC

For those of you who want to level up your LED skills, Corsair today announced a bunch of new products that will have you do exactly that. Among them are new Link fan and lighting controllers, along with a new series of RGB cooling fans.

The big new release is Corsair's Commander Pro. It's a decked out fan controller that puts you in command of up to six 4-pin PWM fans, which you can adjust from a dead stop on up to maximum speed (and anything in between). You can also use programmable fan curves.
In addition to adjusting fan speed, the Commander Pro includes RGB lighting channels to put you in charge of the light show. It also boasts four thermistor inputs to draw temperature data from anywhere in your system. This allows you to program fan speeds and lighting effects to respond to different thermal conditions, such as illuminating shades of red as certain sections heat up.

Finally, Corsair equipped its Commander Pro with a couple of USB 2.0 headers so that you can attacked other Link products, such as certain model power supplies and liquid coolers.

Corsair also announced its Lighting Node Pro that looks like a smaller version of the Commander Pro. It's used strictly for controller lighting effects, both from RGB fans and dedicated RGB lighting strips.

Lastly, Corsair rolled out a new HD140 RGB fan. It has a dozen individually addressable LEDs for 360 degrees of RGB lighting. The 4-pin PWM fan also has thin fan blades and a hydraulic bearing for low noise operation.

The Commander Pro ($70), Lighting Node Pro ($60), and HD140 RGB fan ($35) are all available now direct from Corsair.

Cooler Master tweaks Cosmos II to celebrate two decades of case design

A far cry from beige cases of yesteryear

Companies such as Cooler Master are a big reason why computer cases have morphed from beige boxes with sharp edges and a taste for blood to a wide variety of styles available today. While this makes us feel old, Cooler Master's been around for a quarter of a century. To celebrate the occasion, it's offering up a revised version of its Cosmos II.

The main difference between the new Cosmos II 25th Anniversary Edition and the original model is the addition of two curved tempered glass side panels. As shown in the picture above, both swing open in an attempt to mimic a luxury car.

"Innovation is Cooler Master's legacy, brought to life once more with these massive tempered glass panels, the first of their kind. These beautifully crafted panels blend seamlessly with the sophisticated contours of the case and give a smooth look inside the case to show off your build," Cooler Master says.
If you already own a Cosmos II and are enamored by the curved panels, Cooler Master says it will happily sell you just the doors as a separate retail product starting in the third quarter of this year, though it did not say for how much.

Other than the side panels, the Anniversary Edition has an updated design with two brushed aluminum handles and a soft brushed aluminum sheen on the front and top panels. There is also a control panel hidden underneath a sliding panel cover and hot swappable drive bays sitting behind a sliding front panel.
Cooler Master avoided the temptation to inject RGB lighting into its Anniversary Edition chassis. In place of that, the case comes with a 200mm blue LED fan in the front and a magnetic blue LED to offer a discrete blue glow from behind the tinted side panels.

The Cosmos II 25th Anniversary Edition will be available in Europe at the end of June for €349. Cooler Master did not say when it will ship to the U.S. or for how much, though a straight conversion works out to around $390.

Monday, 22 May 2017

This liquid cooling kit gives your empty drive bays a purpose

Make use of those empty optical drive bays

Its been like ages since I and most of you out there used that optical drive for anything & I mean anything. While not completely obsolete, the market for optical drives isn't what it once was. With that in mind, EK has a new line of liquid coolers that make use of your case's empty 5.25-inch drive bays. That's assuming your case even has optical drive bays to begin with.

EK's new Gaming series kits, or G kits for short, come in three different radiator sizes, those being 240mm, 280mm, and 360mm. The smaller of the two feature two cooling fans, while the largest one has three fans.

Other than the size of the radiator and number (and size) of the accompanying cooling fans, all three kits are the same. Each one features a universal CPU water block that fits all modern CPU sockets (including AMD's new AM4 socket for Ryzen) with tool-less installation, and all three come with a plexiglass reservoir that occupies two 5.25-inch drive bays.

"This type of design makes the use of 5.25-inch drive bay slots in order to provide efficient air flow and more room for other components when facing limited space constraints," EK says.

The reservoir also sports an integrated Xylem D5 PWM water pump that pushes coolant through two meters of transparent tubing that comes with the package. You also get six advanced compression fittings that are made of nickel, and a 100mL bottle of CryoFuel clear concentrate that needs to be dilluted with 900mL of distilled water (not included).

In addition to users with free 5.25-inch drive bays, EK says its Gaming series is ideally suited for users with limited liquid cooling experience.

"The majority of components are pre-assembled, resulting in quick and painless installation procedure. Once installed, these kits are a full custom loop solution. They can be upgraded with additional water blocks, for example, GPU water blocks and components, such as additional radiators," EK says. "If you are cooling your rig with air, and dreaming about liquid cooling, these kits will make your transition to this elite club as easy as possible!"

Pricing has been set at €290 for the G240 kit, €300 for the G280 kit, and €315 for the G360 kit.

Asus teases Ryzen ROG notebook

Full reveal at Computex 2017, starting May 30

With Computex 2017 just around the corner, various tech companies are gearing up to reveal their latest and greatest. Last week, AMD lifted the lid on Ryzen Mobile, a set of new CPUs for laptops. Now we've got a teaser video on the Asus Republic of Gamers YouTube channel. The first consumer Ryzen laptop is apparently on the way.

The video shows the Ryzen logo with a ROG branded laptop in the middle, with the words "Something has awakened" flashing beneath. Below the video, the caption reads: "Something BIG is coming your way! Can you guess what it is? #JointheRepublic #Computex 2017." Yes, Asus, we can guess what it is.

Ryzen Mobile will apparently consist of APUs that pair AMD's Zen processor architecture with the company's Vega GPU architecture. Or Asus might just use a CPU-only variant with a discrete Vega GPU, since both should be announced at Computex. Final specs are still unknown, as well as the actual availability, other than sometime this summer.

Since the Asus ROG branded hardware targets gamers, we imagine the notebook will have pretty beefy specs. This is also the first time in many years where AMD could have a mobile GPU that actually competes well against Nvidia's best mobile offerings. 100-125W Vega with a 45W Ryzen chip would make for a lovely all-AMD solution.

Computex 2017 will take place in Taipei from May 30 until June 3, so we'll have to wait until then for all the details.