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Nvidia 780ti Announced

News just in from Nvida, The R290(x) hasn’t even landed and Nvidia are set to strike back with their new GPU the 780 ti, Nothing is certain at this point, only that Jen Hsun Huang revealed that GTX 780 Ti will have a low TDP and it will support 3-way SLI.

 

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it could be a tweaked and cherry picked 780 clocked just enough to nudge past the 290x, or perhaps a toned down Titan, Lower clocks or even less memory,it’s all just a guessing game at this point. It’s a real knock to  AMD , especially as they released earlier 4k, benchmarks with AMDs latest GPU only just bettering the 780.

 

 

 

 

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CM Storm Reaper Mouse Review

Today on the bench table we one of the 3 new products recently announced by CM Storm. For those that aren’t aware CM Storm are a sub-division of Cooler Master that formed in 2008. Their past offerings such as the sentinel mouse, Quick-fire keyboards and Sirus headset where all met with a positive response, after numerous refreshes and additions to the CM Storm range, we now have the Aluminium Series Gaming Range. We’ll be focusing todays review solely on one part of the set, Meet The Reaper

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Precise & Adaptable Gaming

Built with premium features in mind, Reaper is constructed with a powerful and high precision 8200 DPI Avago laser sensor. Take full advantage of its wide DPI range with on-the-fly DPI switching via its dedicated Clutch key. 32KB of onboard flash memory means storing eight programmable key functions within three separate profiles. Each button has been intelligently placed throughout the Reaper’s ergonomic design to be quickly and easily activated during game play. Reaper comes equipped with a low latency USB connector, 1000Hz polling rate, and 1ms response time to make the mouse react when you do. A high-grade braided cable ensures that the Reaper will keep you connected and gaming without delay even after long periods of use.

 

Design Freedom

Built with a unique customizable aluminum plate, Reaper is the ultimate gamer’s mouse. Whether it is providing that extra look of professionalism to your eSports team or matching your mouse to your other AL-Series peripherals, Reaper gives you a blank canvas for customization. Complement your custom design by utilizing the glow of the white LED lighting that peers through the grooved areas of the Reaper.

 

 

The Reaper, a new customizable gaming mouse and part of the AL-Series, includes a full suite of premium features including aluminum in its construction and a high-end Avago laser sensor.

 Quick Specs

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Cooler Master Cosmos SE

 

Taipei, Taiwan – 24/09/2013 –Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator and manufacturer of desktop components and more, today proudly launches the newest addition the ultimate line of premium cases, COSMOS SE.

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The Classic Racecar-Inspired Design

Built and inspired by the spirit of the COSMOS and COSMOS II and their supercar design origins, COSMOS SE comes loaded as a more aggressive and more nimble sports car in a decidedly more compact form. Driven by this aesthetic, COSMOS SE features the trademark curved aluminum handles and sleek outer exterior that fans have come to love. Its divergent styling comes from a more forceful, road hugging, and compact sports car feel.

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Extreme Cooling Solution

Contained within the desirable exterior of the COSMOS SE is the support for truly exceptional system builds. COSMOS SE comes capable of supporting up to 8 fans with four being preinstalled. Two 120mm blue LED fans in the front with LED on/off control, one 140mm fan in the top, and one 120mm fan in the rear to provide strategically placed cooling for all of a user’s systems components. Superior liquid cooling support is built in for 120, 240, 280, and 360mm radiators with users being able to install a 120, 280, and a 360mm radiator all at once.

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Outstanding Expandability

Users with light to massive storage needs will find their needed balance with support for up to 8 HDDs / 18 SSDs via removable HDD/SSD cages. The COSMOS SE supports multiple high-end graphics cards up to 395mm / 15.5 inches long and even support for tall CPU coolers up to 175mm / 6.9 inches.

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Easy to clean, Quick to build

Proper system maintenance and clean cable management make a large difference in system airflow and performance. COSMOS SE ensures that system maintenance will be easy with multiple removable dust filters placed in the top, front, bottom, and side panel. To ensure that system airflow stays optimal, many cable pass-through areas and a large rear cable management space of 34mm are provided to make it easy to route cables in a more efficient manner.

 

·         Supercar inspired design with aluminium curve handles

·         Superior liquid cooling support: 120, 240, 280 and 360mm radiator; supports 3 radiators at once – 120+280+360mm

·         Supports up to 8 fans, including 4 installed fans

·         Dual Super Speed USB 3.0

·         Great expandability with the support of up to 8 HDDs/18 SSDs

·         Supports all high-end VGAs up to 395mm/15.5 inches long and CPU coolers up to 175mm/6.9 inches tall

·         Large cable management space – 34mm

·         Multiple removable dust filters (top, front, bottom, side panel) for improved system maintenance

 

 

About Cooler Master

Cooler Master was founded to provide the best thermal solutions to our customers worldwide. Since its establishment over two decades ago, we continue to invest in product development in order to provide the leading-edge innovations to people and businesses. Cooler Master’s enclosure technology line-up includes heat sinks and fans, chassis, power supplies, function panels and accessories. Cooler Master has its headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, with global branch offices located in Europe, America and APAC, so that we can offer to our customers the best service in time. For more information on Cooler Master, please visit www.coolermaster.com and http://www.facebook.com/coolermaster

 

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We just had word from Cooler Master that both the window and non windowed edition will be priced the same and have an RRP of just 154.99, Given the success of the previous models, We cant wait to see how this one does!

 

 

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Divoom On-Beat 200 Review

Right then folks, Today on the bench table is something a little different for us, A portable wireless speaker/stereo system. It’s a product from the brand Divoom. We’ll be taking a look at the ON-BEAT  200

 

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About Divoom

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  • WHAT’S DIVOOM

    We say, 9%Love,17%beauty,13%fashion, 5%madness,17%power, 8%goal in the last minute, 6%adrenaline,with heart and soul service,it is your 100%divoom.Building brand Divoom inspiration comes from love of Music. Divoom has focused on developing innovative audio products which excels in aesthetic design and audio performance for music lovers. Your enjoyment in Music always and everywhere,anytime will fuel our consistent growth.

     

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    Docking stations have become a household item for many of us, The idea of setting up a Stereo and a stack of CD’s for a party or an event are long gone, Sure we all have Ipods,Smartphones,Ipads,Tablets now, What do you use to share though? To be honest there are so many options, Here at home we have a few options at our fingertips,  Using our smartphones,Tablets ect we can all stream direct to our TV, Our Consoles. What if you don’t have that option or want less restrictions? Perhaps something discrete, smaller or even better portable.

     

    That’s the intention of this product, Using Bluetooth technology which let’s face it, has been around for some time, meaning the majority of devices especially older phones will be compatible.  Relying on older tech rather than Wi-Fi or being cabled direct to the device is actually a bonus, Theirs a lot of compatibility and freedom here. At the time of writing we could only find a small amount of stock here in the UK from Amazon UK , retailing at around £59 mark, or  $70 in the US from Amazon.com  so from a price perspective,  this  brings it right in line with the pricing of other more known brands.

    Let’s jump in and take a closer look at the specs packaging.

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Steam OS Announced

The first of 3 potential new offerings from Valve has been revealed today, From the site.

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When the counter made its way down to zero the following appeared.

Steam is coming to a new operating system

As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the
environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself.
SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen.
It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.

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It’s no secret that Steam has shown increased interest and support for the Linux OS. With two more announcements  due over the next week, Just what more could be on horizon?

 

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The next reveal is due on Wednesday.

 

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ZOTAC Joins Mobile Gaming Revolution

New ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 enables advanced mobile gaming with NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor

HONG KONG – Sept. 18, 2013 – ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards, mini-PCs and accessories, today joins the mobile gaming revolution with the new ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 tablet. The Tegra NOTE 7 enables users to experience advanced mobile gaming and express their creativity with its world-class NVIDIA®Tegra® 4 mobile processor.

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The Tegra 4 processor forms the heart of the ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 to deliver world-class performance and graphics with 72 GPU cores, quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU and a 5th CPU core for superior battery life. The ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 delivers an unmatched tablet gaming experience with stunning visuals in Android games and a PC gaming experience when paired with a supported Bluetooth controller.

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“We are excited to partner with NVIDIA on this amazing tablet. Mobile gamers can give their existing Android game library a performance boost while taking advantage of Tegra-enhanced THD titles for superior visuals with the ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7,”  says Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International. “We preinstall a couple THD-enhanced titles on the ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 to give gamers a visual taste of the future of Android gaming.”

The ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 features NVIDIA PureAudio technology for deeper and richer audio capabilities. PureAudio equips the ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 with two wide-frequency speakers and a dedicated bass port for deep and crisp full-range audio that amplifies the tablet gaming or digital media consumption experience.

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A 5 mega-pixel rear facing camera enables users to take advantage of the amazing image capture technology found in the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. The ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 enables users to take high-quality HDR (high-dynamic range) images with auto-focus tracking for optimal image focus and slow-motion video recording capabilities to add drama and effect to action-packed videos.

Exclusive to the Tegra NOTE 7 is NVIDIA DirectStylus technology with outstanding responsiveness for incredible precision that delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. DirectStylus enables users to unleash their inner creativeness to draw digital artistic masterpieces, hand-write notes and annotate documents with ease on the ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7.

“The ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 goes beyond gaming. We’ve ensured it delivers a complete mobile experience with its rich audio, high-quality camera and NVIDIA DirectStylus to create a tablet that’s perfect for casual use and productivity in addition to gaming,” Mr. Berger added.

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Google Android Jelly Bean powers the ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 for a pure tablet experience for maximum responsiveness and multi-tasking capabilities. The 100% Android experience enables the ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 to receive system updates over-the-air (OTA) quickly and easily for ongoing performance improvements and new feature enhancements.

The ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 ships with preinstalled games enhanced for the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, including Eden to Green and ZEN Pinball THD. The preinstalled games enable gamers to instantly experience the high-quality graphics capabilities of the ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7 as soon as it’s turned on for the first time.

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It’s time to play on-the-go with the ZOTAC Tegra NOTE 7.

General details

 

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  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor
    • 72 GPU cores
    • Quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU with fifth battery saver CPU core
  • NVIDIA DirectStylus included
  • NVIDIA PureAudio
    • Stereo speakers with bass port
  • 7-inch LCD
    • 1280×800 resolution
    • LED backlighting
    • IPS technology
  • 5 mega-pixel rear facing camera
    • HDR capable
    • Slow-motion video capable
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Preinstalled games
    • Eden to Green
    • ZEN Pinball THD
  • Stylus, USB charger and microUSB cable included

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No word on pricing as yet. Given Zotacs stance in the GPU market, We are very keen to see it performs.

 

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BBM appears for Iphone and Andrioid but…

So after many rumours and hints that BBM blackberry’s widely popular chat app, would indeed be crossing over to other platforms, made its debut earlier.  Iphone version was rolling out in stages around the world but the android equivalent was not ready for public use. Despite this 1.1 Million android users downloaded a leaked and apparently unstable version

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Within hours an official blog post  was made.

Luke Reimer said

Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.

Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.

As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the roll-out of BBM for iPhone. Please follow @BBM on Twitter for the latest updates and go to www.BBM.com to sign-up for updates about BBM for Android and iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.

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So Apple users may continue to use it, but those who didn’t grab the app in time will have to wait. It’s an odd move on Blackberrys part. Here in the UK we have seen a huge boom in Interest of Blackberry products mostly because of the BBM App, It’s very popular with teens and younger kids. With the App moving to other platforms we highly suspect this will have a negative on handset sales. Blackberry has been under the spotlight for some time and their future seems to be rocky one.

 

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Primochill Product Overview

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Today we’ll be taking a closer look at some samples that we were sent for review and also too be used in a Sponsored build, for those of you that missed it over the last few months. Connor assembled a unique dual case test system. The project was sponsored by Primochill. They sent out a selection of products including  braided cables, a reservoir, Radiator grilles, Tubing and fittings.

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About Primochill

[box type="note"]Family owned and family ran bleeding edge water cooling company based in Rio Rancho, NM USA. Website http://www.primochill.com/ We have been a part of the water cooling and case modification industry since 2001, since than our product line has continued to grow into the most unique and most copied hand down. With our main focus being on fluids, dyes, tubing and anything else that has to do with the fluid in your cooling loop. Some of our earliest accolades were centered around our “Pre-Built” watercooling cases which the likes had not been or even seen since.[/box]

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Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB AMP! Edition

Product – Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB AMP! Edition

Supplier – Zotac

Price – £320-£330

 

 We Recently took a look at Zotacs’ refreshed and updated version of the Nvidia GTX 680, Today we examine a more recent card from the NVidia 7 Series Range, the Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB AMP! Edition. Before the 7 Series card range made its official launch rumours and speculation all pointed to the 770 being nothing more and 680 rebrand. It’s not common for such a thing to happen when a new line-up launches, Sometimes a simple product rename is the norm, and other times an older product is tweaked and revised.  The reality here is the latter, it is technically just 680  (GK104) but its supports Nvidia Boost 2.0 and has faster memory.

 

Upon launch reference 7 Series cards all shared one common link … the epic cooler. It has such a simple and sleek design we fell in love with it instantly.  This being a Zotac branded card they have of course opted to style and tweak the GPU in their common Black and orange theme.

 

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Upon the day of writing the card is retailing for around the £320-£330 mark, literally only a few pounds more than the older Nvidia gtx 680 we looked at a few weeks ago. It seems only logical to go for newer tech should you be in the position to be seeking an upgrade, More interesting should a 680 owner even consider this as an upgrade, Today we’ll aim to tackle this very issue.

 

With that said let’s take a look at the specifications.

 

 

specsBeing the AMP! edition which is Zotac’s overclocked out of the box offering of the GTX 770, they’ve set the Core to 1150 above the standard 1046.  Meaning Gpu Boost runs at 1202 compared to reference 1085.

 

Lets move on and take a closer look

 

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Epic Dea l- Square Enix Bundle on Amazon

 

 

Amazon/Square Enix have a rather tempting offer running, for just $14.99  ( normal price $100.57!)

The Square Enix Gamer’s Bundle includes the following titles:

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Augmented Edition
  • Hitman Absolution: Professional Edition
  • Just Cause 2
  • Just Cause 2: Black Market Aerial Pack DLC
  • Sleeping Dogs

Offer starts Today 15th until tomorrow 16th So be quick!

All Games activate via Steam

 

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Mayhems Products Overview

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Today we’ll be taking a closer look at some products from Mayhems, Mayhems Is a UK-based company that has changed the face and possibility’s we have today in water cooling… Mayhems was kind enough to send us over a sample of products, for us to look at and review. Right of the bat this I can say this isn’t our usual testing, in the sense that we can’t strictly test it…thoroughly .We’ll will however share our findings. As I’ve said on other posts, my experience with water cooling has been and on off type of deal and since I took a break from it back it 2004 things have changed for the better. Now the amount of options for tubing, fittings and parts in general are far greater, the idea of dying water isn’t a new one, in fact the older methods sadly involved using food and other types of dye, these had obvious drawbacks and just didn’t work as intended. There are other brands producing dyes but our research shows Mayhems is leading the way…their obvious benefit is choice of variety of products.

 

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This snippet from the company’s website shows they do thing differently

Mayhems are the only coolant manufacturers that actually produce their products from the ground up. We do not rely on others to do it for us as we produce all the dyes, additives and coolants, in house, from base chemicals so we know exactly what goes into our products.

We are the world’s number one leading brand in this technology and the only manufacturer with such a colour range of water cooling fluids. We also do not make any claims we cannot substantiate with true facts and we do work very closely with the liquid cooling community through our distributors and end users.

Mayhems products are used by many of the top water cooling enthusiasts and we feel that we have changed the way water cooling users look at liquid cooling forever. No longer is it a niche market for the elite.

We give you the tools, you create the masterpiece…

 

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Cooler Master Design and Win Global giveaway

Venlo, The Netherlands – With the recent launch of the new AL-series, CM Storm introduced a new high-end set of gaming gear with a Unique feature: Customizability.

All 3 members of the series, the MECH keyboard, the Pulse-R headset and the Reaper mouse, can be modified to your own taste! To emphasize this great feature, CM Storm now will give you a chance to win your own designed AL-series!

 

What do you need to do?

First thing you need to do is click here to download a file which you need to use to create a design. After that you can simply use Photoshop (or a similar program) to create your design for the MECH, Pulse-R and Reaper. The file you downloaded also has a small guide on how to develop your design for the AL-series. Important to remember is that only the aluminum part can be modified!

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This is what you need to download

 

The next step is simple: use your creativity to come up with an awesome design! The more unique, the more you stand out which should elevate your chances on receiving more Likes. As soon as you are finished with your design you need to send it to design@coolermaster.eu. Don’t forget to mention the name of your project in the emails topic. Designs can be sent in until Monday the 23th of September.

 

How can you win?

After the 23rd all the designs will be uploaded to the CM Storm Facebook page (and shared by the local Cooler Master Facebook pages) so that the voting process can start. Voting will take place until Monday the 7th of October. Rules are very easy; the 5 designs with the most likes will win their customized AL-series! Next to these 5, there will also be 5 jury picks who will also win their unique designed AL-series!

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Example of how the file looks before you can send it in

 

The winners will be contacted in week 41 for more details regarding their design. They will also receive more information on how and when they will receive their modified brand new MECH, Pulse-R and Reaper!

 

Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

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