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VisionTek Unveils Liquid Cooled R9 290 GPU at CES

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January 8, 2014, Las Vegas, NV – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®) http://www.visiontekproducts.com<http://www.visiontekproducts.com/>, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh® computers, announced today its CryoVenom R9 290 as the industry’s first and fastest custom-built liquid cooled AMD Radeon(tm) R9 290 graphics card on the market and available for immediate shipping. The hand-built card delivers lower temperature, near silent operation, and higher performance compared to VisionTek’s stock R9 290 card; as well as better benchmark performance and a $150 lower price than the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX(tm) 780 Ti.

Because VisionTek feels the “coolest” computer hardware product introduction at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show deserves the “coolest” launch event, the $550 MSRP card will be demonstrated during a media invite only event January 8 at the Minus5 Ice Bar<http://www.minus5experience.com/>.

How The Best Gets Better
The Radeon R9 290 series of graphics cards are rated by many sources as the best graphics cards available today. However, VisionTek engineers discovered that when its R9 290 graphics card was 100% utilized in the testing lab under conditions such as extended game play – the card’s temperature could climb to 201°F. Even with very efficient fan cooling and the latest AMD Catalyst driver that provides a 100% fan speed operation, the card’s built-in thermal safety feature would downclock the GPU from the factory 947MHz speed to as low as 662MHz. Combined with this performance reduction of 30%, the increase in fan noise was measured at 71dB, a sound level considered louder than a normal conversation.

38% Cooler Operation That’s As Quiet As A Pin Drop
To make sure multimedia professionals and gaming enthusiasts would experience maximum performance potential, VisionTek created the CryoVenom R9 290 graphics card. By utilizing a custom designed water block and backplate solution, the CryoVenom R9 290 can run up to 38% cooler (125°F) while being overclocked up to 24% (1.1GHz) all while registering under 10dB1 of noise, which is the sound level of a pin drop.

Overclock Certified and “Custom Shop” Built
To assure stable overclocked performance, the FurMark GPU stress utility is employed to put a 100% load on each CryoVenom R9 290’s GPU for an extended time period to determine the optimum overclock setting with a 5% safe “headroom”. Those unique, certified overclock specifications are entered onto a build sheet that is personally signed by the VisionTek’s “Custom Shop” team member that built and tested the CryoVenom card. Each card is then extensively pressure tested to ensure leak-free cooling reliability.

Up to 24% Faster Performance Without Voiding Warranty
Obtaining maximum performance from the CryoVenom R9 290 couldn’t be easier. Just enter the specifications from the included build sheet in the Catalyst(tm) Control Center and in less than a minute, the CryoVenom R9 290 can safely deliver up to 1175MHz GPU speed…a 24% increase from the stock setting of 947MHz. The memory clock speed is also increased up to 1450MHz… 16% faster than the 1250MHz stock setting. And unlike standard cards in which overclocking voids the warranty, the CryoVenom R9 290 comes backed by a one year warranty.

Faster Than EVGA NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti, Yet Costs $150 Less
Not content to just increase its stock R9 290 card performance, VisionTek’s goal was to create the industry’s fastest single GPU graphics card at a lower price than the competition’s fastest comparable card2. In the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme setting testing, the $550 MSRP CryoVenom R9 290 scored 9330 while the $700 street price NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti recorded an 8816 score.

Highest Quality Components Offer Highest Reliability
The CryoVenom R9 290’s water block provides maximum cooling performance for the GPU, RAM, and Voltage Regulation Module (VRM) even when low power water pumps are utilized. The block’s electrolytic copper base is clad with a chrome appearance-like nickel plating to prevent corrosion while the precision cut acrylic top provides effective and quiet fluid flow. The CNC machined black anodized aluminum backplate protects the card’s sensitive circuit board components during installation handling while also providing additional passive cooling for the VRM.

Better Value Than DIY
Even seasoned, hands-on system builders will find the certified ready-to-run3 and fully warrantied CryoVenom R9 290 can save over $100, time, and stress compared to creating a comparable liquid cooled non-warrantied solution for a R9 290 graphics card:

Certified Ready-to-Run CryoVenom R9 290

·         Assembly and Overclocking Verification: none required

·         Total Cost: $550

·         Warranty: One year

·         Hassle Factor: Low

Do-It-Yourself Liquid Cooled R9 290

·         R9 290 card $400.00, Waterblock $140.00, Backplate $36.00

·         Assembly, Pressure Testing, and Overclocking Verification: estimated three hours at a value of $75.00

·         Total cost: $651.00

·         Warranty: None

·         Hassle Factor: High

“The CryoVenom R9 290 is truly a remarkable feat of creative product development that draws upon our two decades of graphics card development experience,” said Mark Bilson, Executive Vice President of VisionTek. “It solves any speed and noise concerns, eliminates overclocking guesswork, sets a new standard in performance, and costs less than the previous fastest Radeon graphics card available. Then, add in that we back its reliability with a one year warranty and we hope our fans will recognize our commitment to their ultimate performance and user experience satisfaction.”

Specifications, Pricing and Availability
The CryoVenom R9 290 is available for immediate ordering at $550 MSRP directly from VisionTek’s graphics card product category<http://www.visiontekproducts.com/index.php/products/graphics-cards> at their ecommerce portal,www.visiontekproducts.com<http://www.visiontekproducts.com>. The complete specifications are as follows:

Graphics Engine: RADEON R9 290
Video Memory: 4GB GDDR5
Memory Interface: 512-bit
DirectX® Support: 11.2
Bus Standard: PCI Express 3.0
GPU Core Speed: Up to 1175MHz (stock is 947MHz)
Memory Speed: Up to 1450MHz (stock is 1250MHz)
DVI Output: 2 x Dual Link DVI
HDMI Output:1 x HDMI (video/audio)
DisplayPort Output: 1 x DisplayPort
About VisionTek Products LLC
Since 1995, VisionTek Products LLC (VisionTek) has been recognized as a leading developer of performance memory, graphics cards, power supplies, and Solid State Drives for Macintosh and PC computers. Its products can be found at leading retailers, distributors, PC system builders and e-commerce sites. VisionTek is headquartered in East Dundee, Illinois, and can be contacted by calling 866-883-5411 or by emailing sales@visiontek.com<mailto:sales@visiontek.com>.
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1.      10dB represents sound level of liquid cooling operation of the CryoVenom R9 290 card only. Additional components required for liquid cooling system such as radiator cooling fan can add additional noise level depending on part selected.

2.      CryoVenom R9 290 compared to the EVGA® NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti model 03G-P4-2881-KR

3.      To complete the CryoVenom R9 290’s liquid cooling system, a reservoir tank, pump, radiator fan, coolant, and coolant tubing must be purchased separately.

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Xi3 Unveils CES 2014 Plans

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SALT LAKE CITY — January 5, 2014 — With its largest booth ever at the International CES trade show, Xi3 Corporation plans to “Go Big” at CES 2014 —nearly 3-times larger than its largest exhibit space at previous CES shows.

Xi3 will feature Xi3® Modular™ Computers and PISTON™ Console gaming at its booth at CES 2014, as well as an emphasis on the health care, digital signage, entertainment, and industrial computing verticals.

More than half of Xi3’s booth at CES 2014 (#36612 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center) will focus on the business side of computing, leading off with a full-size mock-up of the “Patient Room of the Future” that features Xi3’s new Near-Edge™ microSERV3R™. Additionally, Xi3’s in-booth Enterprise focus will include an area that highlights the use of Xi3’s tiny yet powerful X7A Modular Computers in the Digital Signage industry.

Xi3 will also showcase the abilities of its computers to function extremely well in a variety of harsh environments, including installations with elevated ambient temperatures, humidity levels and atmospheric pressure, as well as exposure to water, certain chemicals, airborne particulate matter, etc.

“With the launch of our X7A Modular Computer and Z3RO Pro Computer, many customers and partners are beginning to realize that our extremely tiny, powerful and eco-friendly machines are exactly what they’re missing in their enterprise installations,” said Jason A. Sullivan, Xi3’s Founder, President and CEO. “With these new enterprise products in our portfolio, we are targeting specific vertical markets where we know we hold major competitive advantages over traditional computing solutions. We invite everyone at CES 2014 to visit us to learn more about how we can help you solve your I.T. problems.”

The balance of Xi3’s CES 2014 floor space will be dedicated to the consumer marketplace with Xi3’s PISTON Consoles set-up for live gameplay on today’s most graphically demanding computer games on the market. Xi3 also plans to unveil new features for the PISTON Console at CES 2014 that allows PISTON to shorten the gap between the strengths of console gaming versus computer-based gaming, especially for mass-market gamers.

MSI Teases New Computing Lineup for CES 2014

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City of Industry, Calif. – December 30, 2013 – MSI Computer Corp, leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, unveils its 2014 lineup during CES in Las Vegas.  On display at the MGM Skyline Marquee Suites will be MSI’s next-generation   GT, GE and GX gaming notebooks, Quadro workstations for mobile professionals, tablets, touchscreen laptops, a brand new 24-inch All-In-One Gaming PC and the recently released 3K GT60.

MSI’s 3K GT60 features a WQHD+ 3K display and is the world’s first model to utilize a high resolution display on a true gaming laptop/workstation.  MSI will also be displaying their AMD Kabini based W20 tablet and the AMD configured S12T touchscreen laptop.

“MSI’s 2014 lineup of notebooks, tablets and AIOs embodies our commitment to delivering exceptional performance, constant innovation and magnificent style,” said Andy Tung, Vice President of Sales for MSI’s Pan America Region.  “From the world’s thinnest gaming notebook to the first gaming AIO and powerful workstations, 2014 will be a year filled with outstanding products.”

MSI - CES 2014 Innovation Logo

Also available for demo are MSI’s CES Innovations Honorees, the GS70, world’s lightest and thinnest 17-inch gaming laptop, and the AG2712A All-In-One Gaming PC.  The AG2712A utilizes AMD Radeon™ HD 8970M / R9 M290x discrete graphics card and MSI’s exclusive “Flicker-Free” and Blue Light Control display to reduce eye strain during long gaming sessions by eliminating flickering that’s invisible to the naked eye.

MSI brings forward a full form factor line up of motherboards and graphics cards that will be showcased at the 2014 CES. These include the Z87I GAMING AC and its companion GTX 760 GAMING ITX, the world’s first mini-ITX gaming graphics card with a revolutionary RADAX fan. MSI will also be announcing a new variety of AMD motherboards during the show.

For more information about the GS70, Gaming AIO or MSI’s complete line of award winning products, please visit us.msi.comwww.msimobile.com or www.usgaming.msi.com.

Lian Li Releases the PC-Q33 Mini-ITX Chassis

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December 20, 2013, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces a new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis – PC-Q33 – with a flip-open design and space-efficient hardware support.

Front Hinge for Easy Access

The PC-Q33 provides plenty of working space for DIY builders. Builders can swing open the top and front panel of this brushed aluminum chassis providing easy access to the internal components.

Space Efficient Hardware Support

At 18L, the PC-Q33 supports a tremendous amount of hardware for its size. Taking advantage of every available space Lian Li’s latest brushed aluminum chassis accommodates CPU coolers up to 180mm (7.0”) in height and ATX power supplies up to 200mm in length. The latest powerful low-profile graphics cards up to 220mm (8.6”) easily fit inside the chassis.

Versatile HDD Mounting

The PC-Q33 has a versatile design for hard drive mounting. In the side HDD cage, two 3.5” drives or one 2.5” drive and 3.5” drive can be installed. This side HDD cage can be removed by unscrewing three thumbscrews. The front panel additionally allows for up to three 2.5” drives or one 3.5” HDD with two 2.5” drive.

Water Cooling Support

The fully aluminum PC-Q33 supports 120mm radiators and AIO liquid cooling kits.

Tool-Less Installations and Features

The PC-Q33 has pop-off side panels for simplified installations, upgrades and maintenance. Hard drives, 3.5” and 2.5”, can be tool-lessly mounted on the front panel with thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. Additionally, the expansion slots are secured by thumbscrews.

Connectivity

The I/O panel is located on the front bezel. Connections include two USB ports and HD audio.

Price and Availability

The PC-Q33 will be available at the end of December for the suggested retail price of USD 99.

Video product overview of the PC-Q33:

http://youtu.be/TyCzV8x8794

PC-Q33 product information and detailed specifications:

http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-q33/

Lian Li Releases the PC-V358 M-ATX Chassis in North America

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December 17, 2013, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today releases the brushed aluminum M-ATX cube chassis – PC-V358 – in North America.

Front Hinge for Easy Access

The PC-V358 provides plenty of working space for DIY builders. Builders can swing open the top and front panel of this brushed aluminum chassis providing easy access to the internal components.

240mm Radiator Support

240mm radiators as well as AIO liquid cooling kits can be installed on a hinged bracket. The bracket is secured by thumbscrews and can be swung open on its hinge to allow for easy access of the internal components. The bracket can also be removed for fan/radiator mounting as well as taken off completely if not being used.

Compartmentalized Heat Zone Design

The Lian Li PC-V358 has a two compartment design that separates the hardware into heat zones. The top section holds the motherboard, graphics card and 2.5” drives, while the bottom compartment holds the PSU and 3.5” hard drives.

Two front 120mm fans with dust filters bring cool air inside the chassis. A rear 120mm fan pulls the hardware damaging hot air out.

Full Hardware Compatibility

The PC-V358 can hold an impressive amount of hardware. VGA cards up to 330mm (12.9”) and power supplies up to 200mm (7.8”) in length are supported. The PC-V358 also supports CPU coolers up to 130mm in height.

Up to six 3.5” hard drives and two 2.5” drives can be installed inside this fully aluminum chassis. This M-ATX chassis also supports slim optical drives.

Tool-Less Installations and Features

The PC-V358 has pop-off side panels for simplified installations, upgrades and maintenance. All the hard drives, 3.5” and 2.5”, can be mounted tool-lessly with thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. Additionally, both hard drive cages can be completely taken out with the removal of a couple of thumbscrews.

Connectivity

The I/O panel is located at the front of the right side panel. Connections include two USB ports and HD audio.

Price and Availability

The PC-V358 will be available at the end of December on Newegg for the suggested retail price of $179.

Video product overview of the PC-V358:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65Ncj6SAa0s

PC-V358 product information and detailed specifications:

http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-v358/

EVGA Announces GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition

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December 12th, 2013 – Introducing the ultimate overclocking graphics card on the planet – the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N  Edition! EVGA is taking the 780 Ti to a whole new level with this redesigned graphics card, designed for the hardcore enthusiast.  This card is the final answer in the search for the greatest overclocking graphics card on the planet.

Supporting up to 450W of dedicated GPU power, enhanced PLL circuitry, improved GPU power plane, 10CM fans, included backplate, optional PWM baseplate, GPU voltage enhancements and more – this was co-designed by the world’s top extreme overclockers Vince “K|NGP|N” Lucido and Tsemenko “TiN” Illya with extreme overclockers in mind. Built by the enthusiast, for the enthusiast.

“In order to break world records these days you need some serious hardware,” said Vince “K|NGP|N” Lucido. “This card was engineered to serve one purpose… be the world’s best overclocking graphics card. Expect GPU clockspeeds at over 1.85GHz with extreme cooling.”

“With the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition graphics card, we focused on the basic demands that are needed when doing extreme overclocking,” said Illya “TiN” Tsemenko. “Capable hardware design and heavy power delivery capacity is key for performance dominance and the ultimate gaming experience. So too is a unique power convertor able to provide over 450W of clean voltage for every kind of overclocking!”

The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition is coming soon, and will be the first product to be featured in the EVGA Build to Order (BTO) program. More details on this program and availability will be announced soon.

Features:

  • Up to 450W of Dedicated GPU Power – Dual 8pin + 6pin power input provides up to 450W of clean power.
  • 14+3 Phase Power Design – 14 power phases for the GPU, and an additional 3 power phases for the memory.
  • EVGA ACX Cooling with 10CM Fans – K|NGP|N inspired cooling design featuring dual 10CM fans.
  • Bundled Backplate – Custom EVGA backplate included.
  • Separate PWM Baseplate – When going with extreme cooling on the GPU, it is still optimal to cool the PWMs. This separate baseplate allows you to keep the critical power section cool.
  •  Enhancement PLL Circuitry – Optimized for extreme cooling.
  • Probelt with Bundled DMM Adapter and Status LEDs – Easy and precise monitoring of voltage health using external DMM. Onboard voltage status LEDs provide realtime voltage status for every critical rail.
  • Pitch Black High Flow I/O Bracket – Improved airflow with great aesthetics.
  • XOC Voltage Modification Points – Allows for extreme voltage tuning.

World Record Performance:

Learn more at http://www.evga.com/kingpin

Creative Labs Launches Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200

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SINGAPORE – December 5, 2013 – Creative Technology Ltd today announced a product that would radically transform the wireless speaker market: the new Sound BlasterAxx™  AXX 200 functions as a full-fledged Sound Blaster and a portable, powerful NFC wireless speaker rolled into one. This wireless sound system – which is fully programmable – actually intelligently enhances audio in real-time, making it perfect for music, movies, calls and games.

The Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 also boasts an immense host of other useful and fun features such as a quad microphone array for teleconferencing and Voice Recording, an MP3 Player, and a ‘crazy’ Super Megaphone that not only amplifies the user’s voice in all kinds of zany ways, but also allows the user to karaoke anywhere.  The sound system also comes with an insanely loud siren, and even charges the user’s smartphone.

Intelligent and Powerful Audio Playback
The Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 boasts a uniquely elegant and polished vertical tower design that houses a patent-pending stacked stereo speaker system, and a built-in SB-Axx1 chip for advanced audio enhancement and customization.  This separates the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 from other portable wireless speakers in the market – instead of playing audio as it is, the sound system can actually enhance audio in real-time by utilizing Creative’s proprietary SBX Pro Studio™ audio technologies to deliver outstanding audio playback for music, movies and games.  For example, the sound system is able to boost the clarity of dialog levels in movies with Creative’s proprietary SBX Dialog Plus technology.  Another great feature is SBX Smart Volume.  When in Night Mode, it intelligently minimizes abrupt volume changes.  It can also automatically adjust and equalize the volume of different audio tracks – this helps when users have a collection of different MP3 songs.

Intelligent Personal Wireless Mobile Teleconferencing Device
Another key differentiating factor lies with the sound system’s advanced communications capabilities, which make it the perfect personal wireless mobile teleconferencing device.  The AXX 200 features a proprietary quad microphone array which works in perfect harmony with the SB-Axx1 processor to provide crystal clear 360° voice pickup.  The advanced Sound Blaster processor also allows for various advanced proprietary CrystalVoice™ voice enhancement technologies not even found in high end teleconferencing systems.  For example, CrystalVoice Focus allows the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200’s beamforming microphones to clearly pick up your voice within a specific acoustic zone, while suppressing all noise from outside that zone.  This combination of advanced communications technologies and hardware makes the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 a superior personal communications device as compared to other portable wireless speakers.

Versatile One-Touch Recording
The same quad microphone array and CrystalVoice technologies also work perfectly in facilitating high quality voice recording.  The sound system features an Integrated Voice Recorder which allows for versatile one-touch recording of all kinds of audio – calls, external voices, streamed music, voice and music, Super Megaphone and music, and everything else the user may hear – directly to an insertable MicroSD card.  This is ideal for recording voice memos, lectures, interviews, teleconferencing sessions, business/corporate meetings or even recording spontaneous sing-along sessions.  It even comes with a hardware switch to mute the microphone for moments when the user needs privacy.

Integrated WMA and MP3 Player
Beyond powerful audio processing, the AXX 200 also provides an option for the most direct and convenient audio playback – the sound system’s Integrated MicroSD WMA and MP3 player lets users play enhanced audio directly from a MicroSD card, so users do not need to always commit their smartphone to play music.  The player even allows users to skip music folders so that they can navigate to their songs faster without having to tediously cycle through all their individual tracks.

Super Megaphone
In keeping with its ability to produce amazingly loud sound despite its portable size, the AXX 200 also possesses an entirely unique feature – a Super Megaphone that aggressively amplifies a user’s voice on-the-fly.  Instant voice amplification has its practical uses – for example, for attracting attention or directing people – but it can also be used for fun, allowing users to play pranks on friends or sing out loud to their favorite songs.  Users can also instantly transmute themselves into various fantastical characters by adding a whole range of voice effects (CrystalVoice FX) to their voices in real-time, for example, changing male voice to female.

High Quality Wireless Connectivity with NFC for Tap to Connect
As the perfect companion for smartphones and tablets, the AXX 200 is able to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, and utilizes the aptX® and AAC codecs for the highest quality audio and lowest possible latency.  The sound system also features the latest Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology, allowing users to quickly and easily connect to Bluetooth devices, requiring only a simple tap from an NFC-enabled smart device to the sound system to pair and establish a connection.  Users can also connect two Bluetooth devices to the AXX 200 simultaneously.

Full-fledged Sound Blaster via USB
The AXX 200 is not just a wireless speaker for smart devices.  Users can connect it to their PCs or Macs via USB to enjoy clear digital audio for their desktops or laptops.  But far beyond that, when connected via USB, the AXX 200 doubles up as a full-blown, high-quality Sound Blaster.   The built-in multi-core SB-Axx1 processor provides hardware acceleration for SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice technologies, targeted at PC users.  As with other Sound Blaster cards, the AXX 200 also features a dedicated auxiliary/microphone input, as well as a headphone/line output.  For example, when connected to a headset, the AXX 200 utilizes SBX Surround to provide stunning, realistic 3D surround sound, perfect for an immersive listening experience for music, movies and games.  At the same time, it functions as a powerful speaker for computers and simultaneously, a wireless speaker for mobile device.

Dual Purpose Battery
The AXX 200 also features a Dual Purpose Battery.  The built-in high capacity 5200 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery is able to provide the sound system with up to 15 hours of playback time.  It also serves as a battery bank that can charge a smartphone several times over.

Easy Audio Customization and Control via Apps and PC/Mac Software
Users can look forward to full control of their audio settings.  This is done on smart devices via a downloaded application called Sound Blaster Central which is available for iOS and Android devices.  Audio settings are also customizable when connected to a PC/Mac via the Sound BlasterAxx Control Panel software.

The Next Wave – Fun with Audio, Anytime, Anywhere, Anyhow
“The Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 represents the next wave in audio – having fun with audio anytime, anywhere, anyhow!” said Sim Wong Hoo, Chairman and CEO of Creative Technology Ltd.  “This powerful AXX 200 is truly portable and besides possessing a full advanced suite of intelligent features, also comes with many zany and useful features that would allow users to have great fun with their audio.  Here’s a good example: the AXX 200 is the only speaker to incorporate a Super Megaphone.  Not just any megaphone, the Super Megaphone leverages our Sound Blaster chip to enable you to change your voice, so you can amaze and amuse (and torment) your friends and be the life of the party.  Sing along on the Super Megaphone while your favorite music plays; you have an instant karaoke anytime, anywhere! You can even record your karaoke session! And by popular request, I even added an insanely loud siren.  The AXX 200 is a wireless speaker, a Sound Blaster, a speakerphone, an MP3 player, a voice recorder, a battery bank, a karaoke-anywhere device, a siren, a Super Megaphone – it’s a one-of-a-kind wireless sound system that you can use anytime, anywhere, anyhow.  It is unlike anything you have ever seen before.
But beyond all the fun, the built-in SB-Axx1 chip and other advanced technologies in the AXX 200 makes it an incredibly intelligent device.  I seriously believe that this is a game-changing product – it is the start of a whole new race of intelligent wireless speakers.

With its huge range of features, all of which would collectively cost over US$1,000*, we could sell the AXX 200 for US$499 and it would be a reasonable price.  Instead, we initially decided to be competitive and set a standard retail price of US$299.99.  But even then, why shouldn’t such a game-changing device have a game-changing price?  I thought, what the heck, let’s make it US$149.99 for a start!  With such a radically aggressive price point, we will be selling the AXX 200 online, beginning in the United States at creative.com.”

Optional Docking Base + Universal Power Adapter
Users can also purchase a separate docking base that comes with a supplied universal power adaptor.  It is designed to seamlessly charge the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200.  The base removes the hassle of having to plug a cable into the AXX 200 every time it needs to be charged – instead, users can simply drop the AXX 200 onto the docking base for charging.

Intelligent Technological Highlights of the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200:
1.      The Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 features a built-in Sound Blaster SB-Axx1 chip that enhances all music, movies, gaming audio and calls in real-time,   while on-the-go.  No other wireless speaker has this.
2.      Housed within the AXX 200 are FOUR microphones – This quad microphone array provides clear 360° voice pickup.  All noise is further intelligently suppressed by the
SB-Axx1 processor, making the sound system perfect for speakerphone teleconferencing, far surpassing the communication capabilities of other wireless speakers.
3.      The AXX 200 features a unique Super Megaphone, which allows for instant, aggressive voice amplification, with users also able to add on-the-fly voice effects.
4.      Integrated MicroSD WMA and MP3 Player – Plays music directly from a MicroSD Card without having to connect to the user’s smart device.
5.      Integrated Voice Recorder – Allows for simple, one-touch audio recording directly to a MicroSD card.
6.      High-quality aptX® and AAC Bluetooth support for wireless audio playback that sounds as good as a wired connection.
7.      NFC connectivity – One tap of an NFC-enabled smart device on the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 connect it to a device via Bluetooth.
8.      Connects to two Bluetooth-enabled devices simultaneously – Ideal in a situation when a user is watching a movie on a tablet and wants to take a phone call on the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 from another device.
9.      Dual Purpose Battery – Provides up to 15 hours of continuous wireless audio playback, and serves as a portable backup battery for a smartphone.
10.     Capacitive Touch Controls – Allows users to easily adjust and control volume and effects settings, and answer calls!
11.     Robust app and software support
•       For iOS and Android users – Sound Blaster Central – Enables complete enhancement and customization of audio playback and voice communications.
•       For PC and Mac users – Sound BlasterAxx Control Panel
•       What U Hear feature – Enables mixing or singing or narration with a music track.  Ideal for recording Skype calls on a PC or from a Bluetooth connected smartphone – Great for taking minutes after a call.
•       For PC users – Sound BlasterAxx Bonus Pack – Software suite includes WaveStudio that allows users to record their voices into a file that can be used later for inclusion into a video, Creative Media Toolbox, an essential suite of software applications that will make converting, enhancing and organizing digital music a breeze… and more.

SBX Pro Studio™ Features†:
•       SBX Crystalizer™ – Restores the “highs” and “lows” that are compromised during audio compression to create and audio experience as the original artist intended
•       SBX Smart Volume – Intelligently minimizes abrupt volume changes by automatically adjusting the loudness of audio playback
•       SBX Dialog Plus – Intelligently enhances voices in music and movies for drastically clearer vocal range
•       SBX Bass – Dramatically improves the sound experience by expanding the low frequency tones
•       SBX Surround – Creates unprecedented levels of audio realism by producing virtual speakers around, above and below the listener when he connects a pair of headphones to the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200

†The Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 is a full-fledged external Sound Blaster sound card.  Users can experience the full extent of SBX Pro Studio effects when connected to the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 with headphones.

SBX CrystalVoice™ Features:
•       CrystalVoice Acoustic Echo Cancellation – Reduces echoes that interfere with voice communications
•       CrystalVoice Noise Reduction – Reduces unwanted background noise from conversations
•       CrystalVoice Smart Volume – Enables users to be heard clearly without having to shout or whisper
•       CrystalVoice FX – Morphs voices into different characters and accents
•       CrystalVoice Focus – Suppresses noise outside a specified acoustic zone to enable voice communications to be heard with amazing clarity

*Value Comparison Table
Individual Feature and Estimated Market Value
NFC Wireless Speaker $180
High-end Teleconferencing System $600
Voice Recorder $50
Sound Card $100
MP3 Player $50
Battery Bank $50
Megaphone $50

TOTAL VALUE Over $1,000

Pricing and Availability
The Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 wireless sound system has a suggested retail price of US$299.99 and is available online in the United States now at creative.com – at a special price of US$149.99.

Worldwide availability will be announced at a later date.

The optional docking base + universal power adaptor can be bought separately at US$59.99.

Digital Storm Unveils GTX 780 Ti Option for PCs

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FREMONT, Calif. – (November 07, 2013) – Digital Storm, a boutique system builder known for custom-built high performance gaming machines, is excited to offer NVIDIA’s new flagship graphics card, GTX 780 Ti.  The new card is now available with all Digital Storm desktop systems including the award winning Aventum II and Hailstorm II, and is the ideal card for 4K gaming.

“We (Digital Storm) are excited to be part of the 4K gaming movement and partner with NVIDIA for this ground breaking launch,” said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development.  “PC Gaming is leaving consoles in the dust with the aid of exceptional components like the new GTX 780 Ti.”

Crafted exclusively from steel and copper, Digital Storm does not use any plastic in the construction of Aventum II. The system’s exotic nickel-plated copper piping solution was inspired by high-end automotive cooling systems and is handcrafted, ensuring no two Aventum II’s are identical.  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 GTX 780 Ti.

Enthusiasts looking to quench their thirst for a benchmark crushing components and bone chilling liquid cooling need look no further than the Digital Storm Hailstorm II. With space for up to four radiators (ranging from 140mm to 480mm sizes) and a quadruple GPU and dual CPU configuration, enthusiasts can achieve the ultimate level of performance and customization by pairing Hailstorm II with NVIDIA’s flagship graphics card.

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, high performance gaming systems from Digital Storm are available exclusively at http://www.digitalstormonline.com/gaming-desktops.asp.

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VisionTek Rolls Out Radeon R9 290 Graphics Card

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290 card and box

November 6, 2013, East Dundee, IL – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek(r)) http://www.visiontekproducts.com, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh(r) computers, announced today the VisionTek Radeon(tm) R9 290 graphics card. Featuring similar specifications to the VisionTek R9 290X, the world’s fastest graphics card introduced two weeks ago, the new R9 290 offers up to 947MHz clock speed, 4GB 512bit GDDR5 RAM, over 300GB/s memory bandwidth to support 4K gaming with over 100 layers of effects, and compute performance that nearly exceeds 5.0 TFLOPs. With a $90 lower cost and performance that exceeds the leading competitive brand’s comparable card, the estimated $409MSRP VisionTek R9 290 is the best value in high performance graphics cards and is expected to begin shipping later this month.

Outperforms GTX780 While Costing $90 Less
To compare the Radeon R9 290 to the competition, AMD utilized two widely accepted performance testing methods: dedicated benchmarking and in-game frames per second performance. In both instances, the Radeon R9 290 outperformed the $499MSRP NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780.

3D Mark Fire Strike, the world’s most popular gaming benchmarking tool, was used to determine each card’s overall score in two demanding settings, Performance and Extreme:

3DMark Fire Strike Performance Setting Overall Score:

*         R9 290: 9039

*         GeForce GTX 780: 8692

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Setting Overall Score:

*         R9 290: 4513

*         GeForce GTX 780: 4370

When running popular games such as Battlefield 4(tm), Crysis 3, and Tomb Raider with a 4K (3840 x 2160) display mode setting, the R9 290 delivered superior frames per second performance to the GTX 780:
Battlefield 4:

*         R9 290: 35.59 FPS

*         GeForce GTX 780: 31.45 FPS

Crysis 3:

*         R9 290: 31.02 FPS

*         GeForce GTX 780: 27.45 FPS

Tomb Raider:

*         R9 290: 36.8 FPS

*         GeForce GTX 780: 34.5 FPS

Overclocking Via Easy to Use GUI
The VisionTek R9 290 can be set to automatically run higher than the base core speed if it is operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits via the Boost State control within the easy-to-use card management GUI.

Intelligent Active Performance Management
To keep gamers playing, the VisionTek R9 290 features two automatic performance management features. AMD PowerPlay(tm) Technology adjusts clock speeds in response to GPU load for energy use efficiency. Newly enhanced for the R9 290 series of graphics cards, AMD’s PowerTune Technology intelligently manages power, voltage, temperature, and clock speeds for optimum performance and safe operation.

See What You’ve Been Missing with 4K Resolution
The VisionTek R9 290 supports Ultra HD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, which is 4x the resolution of 1080p. Typically, configuring a graphics card for use with a high resolution monitor must be done manually. However, AMD’s Catalyst(tm) Graphics Drivers will perform automatic configuration on select popular 4K monitors, including models from Sharp and Asus. Further simplifying the ability to use 4K displays is the card’s use of AMD Eyefinity(tm) technology which can span multiple monitors into one large panoramic display.

Hear What You’ve Been Missing with TrueAudio
With an onboard audio processing chip powering AMD’s TrueAudio technology, the VisionTek R9 290 can deliver accurate 3D surround sound within games and special audio effects like reverbs and room simulations while reducing CPU load. Now you can hear more real-time voices and situational sounds in-game with any and all audio hardware already owned.
VisionTek Radeon R9 290 Specifications & Pricing

*   Memory: 4GB 512bit GDDR5
*   Memory Speed: up to 5.0Gb/s
*   Base Clock Speed: up to 947MHz
*   Stream Processors: 2560
*   Compute Performance: 4.9 TFLOPS
*   CrossFire Support: Up to four GPUs with no interconnect bridge required
*   Outputs: 2 x Dual Link DVI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI
*   Cooling: Single fan 2 slot
*   Bus Type: PCIe 3.0
*   3DMark Fire Strike: greater than 8000
*   OS Support: Windows(r) 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Linux
*   Estimated MSRP: $409.00

A History of Performance Innovation
Outperforming other GPU powered brand graphics cards is nothing new to VisionTek. By choosing AMD as its exclusive GPU partner, VisionTek has enjoyed a history of establishing new standards of performance capabilities from its graphics cards:

*   In 2008, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon 4000 series was the first to exceed one TFLOPS.
*   In 2009, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon 5000 series was the first to exceed two TFLOPS.
*   In 2011, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon 7000 series was the first to exceed three TFLOPS.
*   In 2012, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon 7970 GHz Edition card was the first to exceed four TFLOPS.
*   October 2013, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon R9 290X was the first to exceed five TFLOPS.

“There’s nothing on the market that can touch the Radeon R9 290’s price/performance value proposition,” said Mark Bilson, Executive Vice President of VisionTek. “It will even challenge the GeForce TITAN which costs $550 more. Then add in all the automatic performance management and user configurable operation options and you have an instant hit that will surely resonate with gamers of all levels.”

For more information on the new VisionTek Radeon R9 290 graphics card, or the existing VisionTek graphics card line, which includes the six recently announced VisionTek R7 and R9 series cards, visit: www.visiontekproducts.com<http://www.visiontekproducts.com/>.

VisionTek Radeon R9 290X Introduced

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October 24, 2013, East Dundee, IL – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek(r)) http://www.visiontek.com, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh(r) computers, announced today the VisionTek Radeon(tm) R9 290X graphics card. Featuring up to 1GHz clock speed, 4GB 512bit GDDR5 RAM, and compute performance over 5.6 TFLOPs, the $549MSRP VisionTek R9 290X is the fastest graphics card available and outperforms other, more expensive GPU brand-based graphics cards. VisionTek will begin shipping the R9 290X by early November.

Sets New Performance Standard

Because the VisionTek R9 290X utilizes AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture, which unifies graphics processing and compute cores for higher utilization, this ultra-performance graphics card can deliver over 5 TFLOPS compute performance – a new standard in the graphics card industry – and over 300GB/s memory bandwidth to support 4K gaming with over 100 layers of effects.

Overclocking the Smart and Easy Way

By accessing the Boost State control within an easy-to-use card management GUI, the VisionTek R9 290X can be set to automatically run higher than the base core speed if it is operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits. The card also features two additional automatic performance boosting features.  AMD PowerPlay(tm) Technology adjusts clock speeds in response to GPU load for energy use efficiency while AMD PowerTune Technology maximizes performance under load conditions by increasing the GPU engine clock to take advantage of unused Thermal Design Power (TDP) headroom.

See What You’ve Been Missing with 4K Resolution

The VisionTek R9 290X supports Ultra HD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, which is 4x the resolution of 1080p. Typically, configuring a graphics card for use with a high resolution monitor must be done manually. However, AMD’s Catalyst(tm) Graphics Drivers will perform automatic configuration on select popular monitors, such as the Panasonic Viera(r). Further simplifying the ability to use 4K displays is the card’s use of AMD Eyefinity(tm) technology which can span multiple monitors into one large panoramic display.

Hear What You’ve Been Missing with TrueAudio

With an onboard audio processing chip powering AMD’s TrueAudio technology, the VisionTek R9 290X can deliver accurate 3D surround sound within games and special audio effects like reverbs and room simulations while reducing CPU load. Now you can hear more real-time voices and situational sounds in-game with any and all audio hardware already owned.

Outperforms Competition in 4K Benchmarks While Costing $100 Less

In a recent performance benchmarking preview publically conducted by AMD, two leading graphics intensive games, BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider, were both run on the same test machine at 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution settings on the Radeon R9 290X and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 cards. The only variable to the tests was that the R9 290X was run in “Quiet Mode” setting, the less aggressive of two performance profiles that are user selectable via a toggle switch on the card. Below are the results of the $649 street price GTX 780 versus the $549 MSRP R9 290X:

BioShock Infinite:

*         R9 290X “Quiet Mode”: 44.25 FPS

*         GeForce GTX 780: 37.67 FPS

Tomb Raider:

*         R9 290X “Quiet Mode”: 40.2 FPS

*         NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780: 34.5 FPS

These tests are further confirmed<http://www.anandtech.com/show/7424/amd-radeon-r9-290x-performance-preview-bioshock-infinite> by independent performance benchmarking site Anandtech.com which found the R9 290X outperforms the GTX 780 in medium quality setting by 14%.
VisionTek Radeon R9 290X Specifications & Pricing

*   Memory: 4GB 512bit GDDR5
*   Memory Speed: 5.0Gb/s
*   Base Clock Speed: up to 1.0GHz
*   Stream Processors: 2816
*   Compute Performance: 5.6 TFLOPS
*   CrossFire Support: Up to four GPUs with no interconnect bridge required
*   Outputs: 2 x Dual Link DVI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI
*   Cooling: Single fan 2 slot
*   Bus Type: PCIe 3.0
*   3DMark Fire Strike: greater than 8000
*   OS Support: Windows(r) 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Linux
*   MSRP: $549.00

A History of Performance Innovation

Outperforming other GPU powered brand graphics cards is nothing new to VisionTek. By choosing AMD as its exclusive GPU partner, VisionTek has enjoyed a history of establishing new standards of performance capabilities from its graphics cards:

*   In 2008, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon 4000 series was the first to exceed one TFLOPs.
*   In 2009, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon 5000 series was the first to exceed two TFLOPs.
*   In 2011, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon 7000 series was the first to exceed three TFLOPs.
*   In 2012, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon 7970 GHz Edition card was the first to exceed four TFLOPs.

“VisionTek is a critical launch partner and has been a trusted AMD graphics partner in North America for over ten years,” stated Matt Skynner, Corporate VP and General Manager of AMD’s Graphics Business Unit. “AMD is proud to support VisionTek’s branded launch of our high-end R9 290X and R9 290 technology. Expect big things out of VisionTek…these guys never settle!”

“Our new Radeon R9 290X graphics card truly is a game-changer that raises the bar on what defines the gaming experience,” said Mark Bilson, Executive Vice President of VisionTek. “AMD has outdone themselves with this GPU when you consider its visual, audio, and automatic performance adjusting capabilities. And when you consider our card will outperform the competition while saving you $100, as Duke Nukem would say, ‘game over’.”
For more information on the new VisionTek Radeon R9 290X graphics card, or the existing VisionTek graphics card line which includes VisionTek’s recently announced R7 and R9 series cards, visit: www.visiontek.com<http://www.visiontek.com>.

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