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SanDisk Unveils Extreme PRO SSD for Gamers

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TAIPEI, Taiwan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–COMPUTEX 2014 — SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the availability of its new SanDisk Extreme PRO® SSD—a drive designed for gamers, PC enthusiasts and media professionals who demand the highest possible consistent, real-world performance1. With sequential read speeds of 550 megabytes/second (MB/S) and write speeds of up to 520 MB/s, the SanDisk Extreme PRO loads and runs graphics-intensive applications and game levels in a heartbeat. Additionally, by offering up to 1TB-Class of capacity, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD provides the space needed to store even the biggest programs, games or files, and load them blazingly fast—transforming any PC or console into a serious gaming machine.

“Building off the success of our award-winning SanDisk Extreme® II, the new SanDisk Extreme PRO® leverages the latest developments in our innovative nCache™ Pro Technology to enable 24×7, real-world drive performance and responsiveness,” said Kevin Conley, senior vice president and general manager, Client Storage Solutions at SanDisk. “With its ability to deliver consistently fast computing backed by the industry’s first 10-year limited warranty**, the Extreme PRO SSD delivers the performance, trusted reliability and value that enthusiasts and professionals expect from SanDisk.”

SanDisk’s nCache™ Pro technology utilizes a two-tiered caching architecture to optimize speed and endurance for heavy workloads, efficient multi-tasking, and incredibly fast responsiveness from desktops, laptops, and gaming consoles. The technology allows the SanDisk Extreme PRO® to super-charge a PC for power gamers, developers, media professionals and PC enthusiasts who need consistent, real-world, pro-level performance for their most demanding and graphics-intensive applications.

According to DFC Intelligence, PC gaming revenue recently eclipsed console gaming and they forecast that the PC gaming market will exceed $25 billion in 20142. This increasing popularity is being largely driven by the rise of multiplayer online battle arena titles and free-to-play games. With the SanDisk Extreme PRO®, an industry leading, real-world performance SSD, anyone can upgrade their PC to boot up faster, open files more quickly, and load programs, applications, and games in a fraction of the time. The SanDisk Extreme PRO® is also supported by the new SanDisk SSD Dashboard application for Windows®, which provides drive performance monitoring, firmware updates, manual or scheduled TRIM, secure erase, drive health, longevity, and temperature indicators, so that users can increase the operating efficiency of their SSD. The SanDisk SSD Dashboard is available for download immediately at www.sandisk.com/ssddashboard.

The SanDisk Extreme PRO® SSD will be available online and purchasable through SanDisk’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers in June. Offering an industry-leading 10-year limited warranty, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD is compatible with any PC, laptop or game console that accepts 2.5’’ SATA storage devices, and is offered in capacities of 240GB (MSRP $189), 480GB (MSRP $369), and 960GB (MSRP $599)**.

See the new SanDisk Extreme PRO® SSD in action and square off against celebrity gamer, Sen Yang “Sen” Chia Cheng, a professional StarCraft II player, atComputex 2014, taking place June 3-7 in Taipei at stand number N0804 in the Nangang Exhibition Hall. The SanDisk Extreme PRO will also be fueling a StarCraft II online gaming competition from June 5-8 that gamers and enthusiasts can watch on Twitch (English broadcast – twitch.tv/totalbiscuit; Korean language broadcast – twitch.tv/crank; Chinese language broadcast – http://live.neotv.cn/live/personal-31/scboy). For more information about the new SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD, please visit: http://www.sandisk.com/products/ssd/sata/extreme-pro/. You can also view a video of the SanDisk Extreme PRO® SSD in action on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBlnDx3pdSQ.

MSI Announces All-in-One Gaming PC

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City of Industry, Calif. – May 29, 2014 – MSI Computer Corp, a leading high-end manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, unveils their full line-up of the world’s first and most powerful gaming All-in-One computers, including the NVIDIA® GTX 880M powered 27” AG270with speakers & amplifier empowered by Yamaha, and the ultra-slim 24” AG240 and 22” AG220.

“MSI’s squadron of gaming AIOs takes gaming to the next level and outperforms any other unit on the market,” says Andy Tung, CEO of MSI Pan America.  “The state of the art components shreds gaming benchmarks, delivers an immersive gaming experience and is hands down the most superb combination of style and performance.”

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Superior Performance

 

MSI’s new gaming AIOs pack the same high-performance components found in bulkier desktops into an attractive and compact design, including Intel® Core® i7 processors for ultra-fast speed, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 800M series graphics for outstanding image quality, up to 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, and Killer Gaming Networking for lightning fast and lag-free connectivity.

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To provide even more devastating power, select models feature Super RAID (2 SSD’s in RAID 0), touchscreen capabilities and Blu-Ray disc burner.   Super RAID and Plextor True Speed Performance Technology delivers unprecedented and stable long-term speeds by eliminating the drop in read/write speeds experienced by SSDs after long use.  This combination results in stable and reliable read speeds of up to 1000MB/sec.

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Immersive Multimedia Experience

 

While most competitors are using last generation graphics cards, MSI’s AIO Gaming  PCs are armed with the next generation NVIDIA® GTX 800M series graphics, including the high-end NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M in the AG270 models. MSI’s newest AIOs deliver unparalleled sensory experience for both gamers and multimedia lovers.

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To take advantage of NVIDIA® graphics capabilities, MSI equipped the AIOs with an anti-glare, anti-flicker matte display with their proprietary Eye Pro Technology.  MSI’s AIO displays stabilize the electrical current to prevent flickering in standard displays while decreasing eye fatigue by generating 75% less blue light.

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MSI’s gaming AIOs have the ability to connect to two external displays to create the ultimate surround gaming experience.  They can also act as an external monitor for your next gen consoles or multimedia players with their Instant Display technology. Without even the AIO system powered on, you can still use it as a monitor to play when you plug-in any game console system.

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Select models also come with Yamaha speakers and amplifier and Sound Blaster Cinema.  Yamaha Hi-Fi speakers and amplifiers pump out hi-fi sound through two powerful full range speakers flanked by an independent subwoofer, amazing gamers with a broader sound spectrum that produces deeper explosions, clearer footsteps and livelier gaming.

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Customizable Software

 

All AIOs come with MSI Gaming Control Center, a user-friendly control center to personalize image quality, turn the AIO into a Wi-Fi Hotspot for internet sharing, adjusting peripherals such as webcam and microphones, and performing system checks.  MSI also makes live streaming and video uploading easy with XSplit Gamecaster, a software that automatically detects the best streaming settings, eliminating the need to adjust settings.  Gamecaster allows gamers to add, resize and position a webcam feed, draw on screen and modify videos.

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MSI’s new lineup of gaming AIOs come with a full 104 –Key gaming keyboard and a 3,500 dpi gaming mouse, and will be available next week at Newegg, Amazon and all other major e-tailers starting at $1,249.99.  For more information about MSI’s selection of AIOs, gaming laptops and more, including full specs and high resolution images, please visit www.us.msi.com or contact Pedro Chen at pedrochen@maxborgesagency.com.

AG220, AG240, and AG270 Specs

 

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About MSI

Founded in 1986, MSI is driven and motivated by customer satisfaction.  A worldwide leader in computer components, MSI boasts a state-of-the-art R&D department, an annual production of motherboards and graphic cards reaching the tens of millions and sales in over 120 countries.  MSI reaches the consumer and commercial markets with a product lineup that includes notebook PCs, All-in-One PCs, servers, IPCs, robotic appliances and vehicle electronics.  MSI’s slogan, Innovation with Style, represents the company’s core value “Innovation” and “Style” and embodies the company’s pursuit of excellence through quality products, user-friendly designs and cutting-edge technology.

To learn more about MSI’s complete line of products, visit us.msi.com  or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/MSI.ComputerUS and Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/msiUSA.

SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review (Hardware)

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SanDisk’s line of Extreme II SSDs promise to provide users with lightning fast transfer rates, quiet operation, and low power usage. While many SSD manufacturers promise such feats, sometimes they come up a little short. Thankfully, SanDisk has indeed created an exceptional SSD perfect for use in your PC gaming rig.

Official Specifications

  • Available capacities: 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB**
  • Dimensions: 2.75 x 3.96 x 0.28 in. (69.85mm x 100.5mm x 7.0 mm)
  • Operating temperature: 32ºF to 158ºF (0ºC to 70 ºC)
  • Storage temperature: -67ºF to 185ºF (-55ºC to 85ºC)
  • Interface: SATA Revision 3.0 (6 Gbit/s)
  • Shock: Resistant up to 1500 G @ 0.5 m/sec
  • Vibration (Operating/Non-operating) : 5 gRMS, 10-2000 HZ / 4.9 gRMS, 7-800 HZ
  • Power Consumption (active): 0.22w
  • Support: Five-year limited warranty in the US; five-year warranty elsewhere

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The design of SanDisk’s Extreme II SSD is fairly standard for a solid state disk – measuring 2.75 inches by 3.96 inches and only being about a quarter of an inch thick. When I think back to my first hard drive as a kid – how expensive they were and how physically large (yet small in capacity), it is really impressive to see how storage has evolved over the years. Available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB versions, you should be able to find one capacity that works for your needs. I was partly hoping we might see larger size drives but I think it’s still a bit more cost prohibitive than consumers prefer.

Installing the SanDisk Extreme II SSD is just like installing any other drive, solid state or platter-based. The drive fits easily into most PC chassis – especially those with 2.5″ drive bays. If you have larger drive bays, you can always pick up a cheap adapter that will allow the SSD to fit into it.

Our testing of the SanDisk Extreme II SSD was done on a custom-built gaming PC featuring an Intel i7 3770 running at 3.5GHz with 16GB of RAM running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. In addition, we tested a SanDisk Extreme SSD II in the 240GB capacity. For our first test, we ran the drive through three iterations of Crystal Disk Mark Default settings benchmark. Here are the results:

Test Results (Crystal Disk Mark – Random/Default)

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Thankfully, the SanDisk Extreme II SSD performs amazingly, as its numbers show, making it just as good or slightly better than its competition. Numbers like this sometimes can be deceiving, however, so I thought it would be a great idea to install some games on it to see how it did. In actual, real-world performance, I was exceptionally pleased with the transfer and read rates of the SanDisk Extreme II SSD – especially after installing my favorite flight simulator, DCS: A-10C Warthog, on it. That game in particular requires a lot of reading from the disk drive as there is a ton of scenery and terrain geometry that is not cached into RAM. The difference was night and day just how much more fluid the play experience was. No longer did I encounter a moment of stutter every ten minutes as the game read from my platter-based HDD – the SSD fixed that without breaking a sweat. If you want to go a bit more traditional with your SSD, you could always install your boot OS to the drive, making start-up times a lot quicker than non-SSD computers.

Overall, the SanDisk Extreme II solid state disk drive is an easy to setup, high rate of return investment into your PC’s day to day performance – both in and out of game. The SanDisk Extreme II SSD retails for a very affordable $150 dollars over at Newegg and is available now. In fact, the prices of these drives are so good right now, you would be hard-pressed not to pick up the 480GB drive!

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Razer Updates Blade and Blade Pro Gaming Laptops

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced the latest Razer Blade now comes with the highest resolution 14-inch display available in a laptop. The stunning 3200×1800 touchscreen display features a record 5.76 megapixels, sharply exhibiting even the finest details and text with 262 pixels per inch.

The Razer Blade’s state-of-the-art IGZO/IPS (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide/In-Plane Switching) display panel technology provides unmatched color and image quality. The result is a 250 percent increase in contrast ratio over its predecessor, with high brightness LED backlighting optimized for outdoor use, wide viewing angles, and dramatically improved video propagation and response. The Razer Blade’s display minimizes color shift while maximizing uniformity to make gaming more beautiful than ever before possible.

Blending retina-tearing clarity with ultimate functionality, the Razer Blade is also equipped with a 10-point capacitive multi-touch screen that works seamlessly with the new touch interface in Windows 8.

“The Razer Blade sets the benchmark by which all laptops should be measured,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “The Razer Blade, the world’s thinnest and most powerful gaming laptop, now comes with the best 14-inch notebook display on the planet.”

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Measuring just 0.7-inches thin, the Razer Blade also packs more power-per-cubic-inch than any other laptop in the world. The Razer Blade boasts frame rates  that are up to 70 percent better than the previous iteration with the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 870M GPU. The Razer Blade is powered by a 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor and uses solid-state storage technology for boot speeds up to four-times faster than a traditional notebook hard drive. Constructed in a rugged all-aluminum chassis, the Razer Blade features a custom-designed track pad and backlit gaming- grade keyboard that has full anti-ghosting capabilities and programmable keys powered by the revolutionary Synapse 2.0 software.

“The Razer Blade laptop screams premium design and top-notch performance, and we are as happy as can be outfitting such a beautiful and powerful machine with our latest graphics processor,” says Brian Choi, NVIDIA Sr. product manager. “With nearly twice the graphics horsepower compared to last year’s model, the Razer Blade will be one of the most visually stunning, yet portable, gaming laptops the world has ever seen.”

The ultra-portable laptop features 8 GB of fast 1600 MHz DDR3L memory and comes standard with 128 GB of total solid-state storage with options for a 256 GB or 512 GB SSD. The Razer Blade also comes with Dolby® Home Theatre® v4, featuring immersive audio-quality output that is custom-tuned to deliver a cinematic sound experience.
The Razer Blade delivers up to six hours of battery life and includes the latest high-performance 802.11ac wireless connectivity.

The 14-inch Razer Blade embodies Razer’s continuing drive to design the world’s best gaming laptops for those that need insanely powerful performance, the thinnest form factor and the highest resolution screen to game anywhere, anytime. Razer sets out to do the impossible without compromising performance and, with the Razer Blade 14-inch laptop, users are able to do more than ever before on an ultra-portable system.

The Razer Blade is now available for pre-order. For more information, go to www.razerzone.com/blade.

Price:              Starts at $2,199

Availability:   Razerzone.com – Pre-Order Now, Shipping Early April

Product features:

  • 14.0 in. QHD+ 16:9 ratio, 3200×1800
  • IGZO/IPS (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide/In-Plane Switching) display panel
  • LED-backlit 10-point capacitive multi-touch screen
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 870M (3 GB GDDR5) & Intel HD4600 Integrated Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® ShadowPlay™, GameStream™ and Battery Boost™ Enabled
  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4702HQ Quad Core processor
  • 8 GB Onboard Memory (DDR3L – 1600 MHz)
  • Windows® 8.1 64-Bit
  • 128 GB SSD, with optional 256/512 GB SSD (SATA M.2)
  • Intel® Wireless-AC 7260HMW (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.0)
  • (3x) USB 3.0 port (SuperSpeed)
  • HDMI 1.4a audio and video output
  • Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theatre Edition
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm microphone/headphone combo jack
  • Array microphone
  • 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
  • Built-in full-HD webcam (2.0 MP)
  • Compact 150 W Power Adapter
  • Built-in 70 Wh Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
  • Razer Anti-Ghosting Keyboard (with adjustable backlight)
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 Enabled
  • Kensington Lock interface
  • 13.6 in. (345 mm) Width x 0.70 in. (17.8 mm) Height x 9.3 in. (235 mm) Depth
  • 4.47 lbs. / 2.03 kg

For more information about the Razer Blade, please visit www.razerzone.com/blade.

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced it has enhanced its award-winning Razer Blade Pro laptop with next-generation graphics capabilities and a suite of new applications designed for professionals and gamers.

At the heart of the Blade Pro is a full-HD, 17-inch LED main display working in-tandem with the award-winning Razer Switchblade User Interface (SBUI), the latter of which provides users with one-click access to program tools, macros, key binds and other customizable functions, as well as full Internet capabilities independent of the main display. Features of the Razer SBUI include 10 dynamic adaptive tactile keys, a cell phone-grade LCD display that doubles as a track pad, and associated proprietary software.

Among other professional-grade apps, the Razer SBUI comes equipped with programs supporting Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Premiere® Pro, Maya®, and GIMP. Six new Razer SBUI programs will launch with the updated Razer Blade Pro, including a Windows 8 Charms app that simplifies interface access to Windows Desktop functions, and a Twitch app that unlocks the streaming service’s broadcasting and commenting features. Additionally, Razer is unveiling its first electronic dance music (EDM) initiative in the form of an app co-developed with world-renowned EDM producer and performer Afrojack. This proprietary Razer SBUI product will help producers make better studio-quality music and is emblematic of Razer’s ongoing relationships with gamers in the entertainment ranks. Additional Razer Blade Pro collaborations include budding partnerships with DJ-producer heavyweights Borgore and Flux Pavilion.

“Today’s professionals demand the latest in power and performance, and they want it all on a beautiful screen that they’re able to take with them,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “Our engineers packed the Blade Pro with the most advanced components available, and our software engineers designed some incredible proprietary apps to make gaming and creative work more efficient – and more fun – while staying firm to our commitment to true portability.”

The Razer Blade Pro is powered by the next-generation “Maxwell” architecture NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 860M graphics processor for a boost in gaming performance. Video rendering, photo editing, electronic dance music mixing and performance, and other pro-level creative tasks also run faster than ever with the next-gen GPU. The Razer Blade Pro also features GeForce ShadowPlay and GameStream for seamless gaming video capture and streaming utilities, and GeForce Battery Boost, which works in conjunction with NVIDIA Optimus technology to provide up to double the battery life while gaming.

The Razer Blade Pro now features 16 GB of RAM, doubling-up on the previous iteration, a 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, and a groundbreaking solid-state storage solution to make the laptop faster and more powerful.

“Gamers and professionals see the value in a premium, portable 17-inch laptop, which is why we partnered with Razer earlier this decade to bring this project to life,” says Brian Choi, NVIDIA Sr. product manager. ”The Razer Blade Pro created an entirely new category of high-performance laptops capable of meeting the demanding needs of professional multimedia designers and hardcore gamers. This next generation of the Razer Blade Pro will be even more powerful, thanks to the new GeForce GTX 860M inside.”

At 0.88 inches thin and weighing 6.5 pounds, the Razer Blade Pro is among the most portable, high-performance 17-inch laptops ever brought to market. Every detail is sleek, slim and light, all the way down to the compact power supply, making the Razer Blade Pro the best choice for gaming performance and creative work on-the-go.

The Razer Blade Pro comes with Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theatre Edition, featuring immersive audio quality that is custom-tuned to deliver a cinematic sound experience. All of this is topped-off with gaming-grade peripherals built right in, including a fully programmable anti-ghosting keyboard with adjustable backlighting and an ultra-sensitive track pad, along with Razer Synapse 2.0, allowing for ultimately customizable settings and configuration storage in the cloud.

The Razer Blade Pro is now available for pre-order. For more information, go to www.razerzone.com/bladepro.

Price:              Starts at $2,299

Availability:   Razerzone.com – Pre-Order Now, Shipping Late March

Product features:

  • 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ processor
  • 16 GB DDR3L (2 x 8 GB DDR3L – 1600 MHz)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 860M (2 GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® ShadowPlay™, GameStream™ and Battery Boost™ Enabled
  • Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • 128 GB SSD, with optional 256/512 GB SSD (mSATA)
  • Intel® Wireless-AC 7260HMW (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.0)
  • RJ45 gigabit Ethernet port
  • 17.3-in., full HD, 16:9 ratio, 1920 x 1080, with LED backlight
  • Stereo 2.0 speakers
  • 3.5 mm audio microphone/headphone combo jack
  • HD Webcam (front-facing, 2.0 MP)
  • Array microphones
  • (3x) USB 3.0 port (SuperSpeed)
  • Codec supports 7.1 (via HDMI)
  • Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theatre Edition
  • Razer Anti-Ghosting Keyboard (with adjustable backlight)
  • Razer Switchblade User Interface
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 Enabled
  • Compact 150 W power adapter
  • Built-in 74 Wh Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
  • Kensington Lock
  • 16.8 in. (427 mm) Width x 0.88 in. (22.4 mm) Height x 10.9 in. (277 mm) Depth
  • 6.54 lbs. / 2.97 kg

MSI Unveils Nvidia GTX 800M Armed GT Dominator and GE Apache Gaming Notebooks

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City of Industry, Calif. – March 12, 2014 – MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, announces the immediate availability of the devastatingly powerful GT Dominator and performance driven GE Apache gaming notebooks.

MSI’s new GT Dominator and GE Apache lineups are now equipped with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 800M Series Graphics, 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor, Killer Gaming Networking, SteelSeries gaming backlit keyboard with customization engine, Sound Blaster Cinema, Dynaudio Technology and XSplit Gamecaster. Available in 17-inch and 16-inch, the GT Dominator and GE Apache offers both professional and amateur gamers unmatched mobile gaming performance.

“The myriad of cutting-edge components makes the GT Dominator and GE Apache the ultimate mobile gaming systems for any type of gamers,” said Andy Tung, CEO for MSI Pan America.  “NVIDIA’s GTX 800M Series graphics gives our notebooks unprecedented graphics processing ability, translating into an ultra-realistic and immersive gaming experience.”

Immersive Multimedia Experience

Armed with NVIDIA® GTX 800M Series Graphics, including the GTX 880M in the GT70 and GT60 Dominator notebooks, MSI’s newest lineup delivers an unparalleled sensory experience for both gamers and multimedia lovers.  NVIDIA® GTX 800M Series Graphic cards are up to 50% faster than its predecessors and are more energy efficient with their GeForce Battery Boost technology.  To create the ultimate multimedia experience, MSI also equips the notebooks with Sound Blaster Cinema, Dynaudio Speakers and MSI’s Audio Boost technology.  All GT Dominator and GE Apache gaming notebooks are able to output to 4K displays and can connect multiple independent monitors simultaneously using the Matrix Multi-Monitor Display.

Easy Streaming and Lag-Free Gaming

MSI’s makes live streaming and video uploading easy by incorporating XSplit Gamescaster, a software that automatically detects the best streaming settings for the notebook and internet service provider, eliminating the need to adjust settings.  XSplit Gamecaster allows gamers to add, resize and position a webcam feed, draw on screen and modify videos.  To guarantee lag-free gaming and steaming, MSI utilizes Killer™ LAN networking, the authority in network gaming offering lightning fast and lag-free connectivity.  Killer™ DoubleShot technology is also available in GT70 and GT60 units.   The GE Apache utilizes Intel’s AC Wi-Fi for broader coverage and faster data transfer.

Unprecedented Customization

MSI provides unprecedented keyboard customization in all GT Dominator and GE Apache gaming notebooks with SteelSeries Engine, the ultimate way to enhance a gaming experience.  SteelSeries Engine gives gamers the power to personalize playing style with over a billion customization options, program individual keys for unlimited configurations, determine individual key color and lighting patterns, save and share configurations with other gamers, and learn gaming patterns with key usage statistics.

High Speed Storage

MSI’s Super RAID 2 technology incorporates three mSATA SSDs, kicking up read speeds from 1000MB/s to as much as 1500MB/s – three times faster than high performance single SSD notebooks, and more than 15 times faster than conventional laptops packing standard SATA hard drives. It also includes a high capacity 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive to give you all the space you need for all your games, movies and music. This configuration is currently available on the GT Dominator series notebooks.

MSI’s GT Dominator and GE Apache are available starting at $1,499.99 and $1,299.99 respectively.  For more information about the latest generation of GT Dominator and GE Apache gaming notebooks, including full specs and high resolution images, please visit www.msimobile.comusgaming.msi.com.

Digital Storm Unveils Vanquish II Gaming PC

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FREMONT, Calif. – March 12, 2014 – Digital Storm is excited to unveil the new VANQUISH II, a gaming PC  built to play the most demanding games with maximum detail, speed, and power without breaking the bank.

“Starting at just $699, VANQUISH II delivers an incredible value with the ability to play the most graphic intensive games at max settings,” said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development.  “That is still obviously more expensive than purchasing a console, but we believe delivering graphics up to three times the resolution is well worth the extra $100-200 investment.”

From a “Good” configuration with an     NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 1GB graphics card and Intel Core i3 4330 processor to an “Ultimate” build with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB graphics card and Intel Core i5 4570 processor, VANQUISH II is armed to deliver a truly immersive gaming experience.

VANQUISH II’s fully upgradeable, open architecture helps gamers stay ahead of the competition with easy upgrades that keep the system on the cutting edge for years to come.

“PC gamers demand the best and that means utilizing the latest components and technologies to deliver the most immersive gaming experience possible. Conversely, consoles quickly become outdated due to a limited architecture and the inability to upgrade performance,” said Kuruppu.

There’s no waiting or delays like a traditional build-to-order system, all VANQUISH II units ship within 72 hours from the moment an order is placed.  During those 72 hours each VANQUISH II system undergoes rigorous stress testing and benchmarking. Afterwards, each desktop goes a multi-point QA inspection where every aspect of the system is scrutinized, from part fitment to software setup, to make sure each unit is perfect.

VANQUISH II is available exclusively at http://www.digitalstormonline.com/vanquish-ii.asp.

Lian Li to Showcase DK01 Desk Chassis at CeBIT 2014

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26 February 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, is pleased to announce that the DK01 desk chassis, along with community collaborated chassis and two unreleased models, will be on display at CeBIT 2014 in Hannover, Germany from March 10 to 14, 2014. Lian Li invites all interested parties to visit them at Hall 17, Booth F24.

DK01 – A Desk and PC Fusion

Combining the symbiotic relationship of desks and computer cases, the DK01 is a chassis like no other. Constructed of aluminum, this hybrid chassis allows DIY builders to build a full computer inside the desk and show off their hardware creations through the tempered glass desktop. The DK01 eliminates the need for PC towers.

Community Collaborated Chassis – PC-A51, PC-B16 and PC-A61

Modified according to feedback across the social media and tech media sphere, the newly released, community collaborated PC-A51 mid-tower chassis as well as the updated versions of the previewed PC-B16 and PC-A61 will also be on display at Lian Li’s booth.

These three fully aluminum chassis are a conglomeration of user feedback on prototype models and Lian Li’s time-honed expertise and engineering capabilities. Visitors to the booth will be able to provide their feedback for the PC-B16 and PC-A61 as well as the DK01, which will be updated additionally after the show.

Two Unreleased Models

In addition to the community collaborated aluminum chassis, Lian Li will be unveiling two unreleased models that attendees will not want to miss.

With a history of eye-catching unveilings at CeBIT, Lian Li will once again prove itself an industry leader and innovator without sacrificing product quality. Attendees will be able to see the engineering expertise of Lian Li in meeting the latest trends and market demands.

When: March 10 -14, 2014
Where: Hall 17, Booth F24

SanDisk Ultra Plus 256G SSD Review

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When trying to integrate a SSD card into your system, you can easily get swallowed up in techno-babble.  If you like techno-babble, that’s great – dive on in, the water is plenty deep.  When I got my SanDisk Ultra Plus 256G SSD, all I wanted to know is how will this effect me as a gamer and how can I really utilize this sweet piece of tech. So, I began writing this review for the laypeople out there!

Features:

  •  Increased performance for faster boot and application load times
  •  Increased reliability and durability over traditional hard drives
  •  Consistently high data transfer speeds
  •  Backed by a 3 year limited warranty
  •  Operating temperature: -32ºF to 158ºF (0ºC to 70 ºC)
  •  Power Consumption (active): 0.12w
  •  Shock Resistant: up to 1500 G @ 0.5 m/sec

SSD For Gamers:
I promise to keep this simple for the non-tech heads. First things first – incorporating a SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD into your computer will make your boot-up time insanely fast. Windows just flies open so fast that at first you wonder if something went wrong. Nope, things just went extremely right. In the olden days of SSDs, when they were about the same size as the cards you put in your digital camera now, space allotment on the drives used to be very pick and choose. The overall consensus was that you should definitely install Windows on it and be happy with your “super boots”. Now that they are 256G with 6G/s transfer rates, game management definitely comes into play.

First instincts is to put Steam on the drive – I love Steam and have about 100 games on it, but it turns out that low load speed with Steam is more of an internet relay issue than a hard drive one. A better use for the SSD is to install those monster games that have all the beautiful graphics, huge save files and take up a load of hard drive real estate. Those games that have load times when you go through doorways into new areas or after cut-scenes. They becomes smooth experiences hopping from level to level or area to area because it is all just instant access at insane speeds. If you are like me and have been gaming for decades you will really understand how amazingly far we have come.

Another benefit of having a SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD that most gamers don’t think about is temperature and noise. Thanks to the SSD being a solid state device (hence the “SS” in “SSD”), there are no whirling platters with lots of  or mechanized arms to heat things up. Loading the games and system programs you use most on one of these disks actually will reduce your heat and noise levels as well as make your games play more seamlessly. It is also good to note that because there are no whirling platters, these drives are shock absorbent! If you take your rig places, bump it regularly or have a laptop gaming rig, SSDs will be less likely to error or suffer damage.  Because there are no moving parts there is also no problem with moving parts breaking down, meaning the longevity of the drive is way better than a standard hard drive.

Why to Use SanDisk:
A lot of what was pointed out in this article discusses the gaming benefits of SSDs in general. Any die-hard gamer can tell you though that when it comes to gaming parts brand names do make a difference. You don’t want to trust the heart of your rig to a generic name that you don’t know if you can trust. When it comes to SanDisk, they back their products with not just years of reliable brand recognition but enough research and performance testing of their products to feed even the most hungry tech head’s tastes. The SanDisk Ultra Plus 256G SSD is a new standard for the industry and one you can trust your gaming life to, I certainly am.

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Digital Storm Unveils New GTX TITAN Black GPU PCs

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FREMONT, Calif. – February 18, 2014 – Digital Storm is excited to offer NVIDIA’s highly anticipated GTX 750 and GTX 750Ti mainstream graphics cards and NVIDIA’s new flagship TITAN BLACK – the fastest graphics card in the world.  The three cards all allow Digital Storm customers to take their gaming to the next level with HD gaming at 1080P and Ultra HD 4K gaming respectively.

“HD gaming is the new standard and Ultra HD is not far behind with 4K displays already available for $800,” said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development.  “This is an exciting time for gamers and we’re thrilled to incorporate NVIDIA’s new cards into our systems to deliver the stunning graphics and advanced gaming experience our customers demand.”

The GTX 750 and GTX 750Ti both feature the next generation of Maxwell architecture designed specifically for 1080P gaming.  Both cards utilize innovative technology to deliver, smoother, richer, and faster gaming at an affordable price.

Digital Storm offers some of the only gaming systems capable of handling the ultra-powerful GTX TITAN Black; NVIDIA’s new flagship graphics processor designed for 4K Ultra HD gaming.  TITAN Black outperforms the former world’s fastest graphics card, the GTX 780 Ti and offers 6GBs of onboard GDDR5 memory for exceptional 4K gaming.

The Aventum II, with its supercar inspired nickel-plated copper piping solution, is the ideal pairing for the TITAN BLACK. Combined with three huge 420mm radiators, the liquid cooling system is as efficient as it is beautiful and fully capable of unlocking the maximum performance potential of bleeding edge components like the world’s fastest graphics card.

Gamers looking for small form factor PC (SFF) to deliver Ultra HD graphics need look no further than the Digital Storm Bolt II – a liquid cooled Steam Machine hybrid featuring both Steam OS and Windows.  With double the cooling power of its closest competitor, Bolt II differentiates itself from other SFF and Steam Machine systems by focusing on delivering the best graphics possible and refusing to compromise on performance.

All Digital Storm systems undergo a rigorous 72 hour stress. After passing the stress testing, desktops then go through a multi-point QA inspection where every aspect of the system is scrutinized, from part fitment to software setup, to make sure each unit is perfect.

Fully customizable, TITAN BLACK systems from Digital Storm are available exclusively at http://www.digitalstormonline.com/nvidia-titan-black.asp.

EVGA Unveils its GTX TITAN Black GPU Line

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18 February 2014 – GeForce GTX TITAN Black is a masterpiece in design and engineering. Evolved from the award-winning GTX TITAN, the Black edition lets you take on your most graphics-intensive games with 10% faster performance, while still retaining whisper-quiet acoustics and cool thermals.

This is the elite gaming GPU for gamers who demand the ultimate pure gaming experience – the perfect balance of sleek design, spectacular performance, and groundbreaking technologies. Ideal to power the most extreme games out there, as well as 4K and multiple monitor setups at 2500×1600, with high-speed double precision and 6 GB of frame buffer memory. The GTX TITAN Black is the ultimate graphics cards for 3D Surround and multiple monitor gaming performance, especially with the latest high-resolution monitors where video memory is a major factor.

Like the original TITAN, the new TITAN Black edition also includes high-speed double precision for the NVIDIA CUDA enthusiast.

EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN Black Features:

  •       2880 CUDA Cores
  •       6144 MB GDDR5 Memory
  •       7000 MHz Memory Speed
  •       Up to NVIDIA 4-Way SLI Ready
  •       NVIDIA G-Sync Ready
  •       Microsoft DirectX 11.2 API (feature level 11_0)

Learn more at:  http://www.evga.com/articles/00822/

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