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Written by Dave Bagnall on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Introducing the first ever laptop that is 100% designed in house by EVGA, the EVGA SC17 Gaming Laptop. This new 4K ready, high performance laptop was meticulously created from the ground up for the hardcore gamer, performance enthusiast, and even overclocker. No shortcuts here.

It all starts with power, an in house EVGA designed power supply with a new unique form factor helps deliver up to 240 watts of power when needed, without compromising battery life.

An Intel Core i7 6820HK CPU that is unlocked and capable of being overclocking to 3800MHz and beyond, combined with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, also capable of being overclocked, lets you get the performance you always wanted from a gaming laptop.

Did we mention that the EVGA SC17 Gaming Laptop is built for overclocking? A FULL GUI BIOS with full mouse control gives you complete control over all aspects of performance, voltage and advanced settings right at your fingertips. Not to mention, a Clear CMOS button directly on the chassis, this is the world’s first TRUE overclocking laptop.

A sleek design rounds out the package with a full unibody chassis, and slim design that is under 1.05in at its thickest point. This is just the beginning. USB 3.1 Type C, excellent sound with an integrated subwoofer, and a beautiful 4K 17” display is what you get when you cross performance with art.

Key Features:

  • Unibody Design – A sleek design and thin 1.05in thickness means this is one of the sleekest laptops around.
  • 4K UHD Display – A Sharp IPS display capable of delivering up to 4K resolution for crystal clear graphics.
  • Incredible Hardware – EVGA is known for performance hardware, and the EVGA SC17 laptop is no exception. An Intel Core i7 6820HK Unlocked processor combined with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics gives you unbelievable performance in the latest games.
  • Built to Overclock – Overclocking on a laptop? Seems like a myth, but we have nothing to hide here. A full GUI BIOS with full control over CPU Multipliers, Voltage, Memory Timings, Frequency, even GPU overclocking right inside the BIOS. It also ships with EVGA PrecisionX mobile for complete control in Windows also!
  • BIOS – The EVGA SC17 Gaming Laptop ships with a REAL BIOS. This means full GUI support including mouse, complete control over all overclocking features such as CPU.
  • EOC (EVGA Express OC) – Overclocking at your fingertips, overclock on the fly with up/down arrow keys allowing you to enable Superclocked performance, or downclock mode to improve battery life. Also cycle through preset overclocks to find the best performance for the situation.
  • EVGA PrecisionX Mobile – The power of EVGA PrecisionX, now mobile with EVGA PrecisionX Mobile. Tweak your overclock settings, overclock hotkeys, profiles and CPU overclocking right at your fingertips. EVGA PrecisionX mobile can even enable/disable laptop backlighting and keyboard lighting!

Learn more at http://www.evga.com/sc17

About EVGA 

EVGA is the #1 NVIDIA authorized partner in channel sales throughout North America and Latin America and a leading Power Supply Manufacturer. Based on the philosophy of intelligent innovation, market knowledge, and the real time operation, EVGA continues to identify the need in the market place and providing the solution to that need. By offering product differentiation, 24/7 tech support, a 90 day Step-Up program, and other customer focused programs, EVGA is a clear leader in all categories: etail, retail, distribution, and system integration. With headquarters in Brea, CA, EVGA’s global coverage includes EVGA GmbH in Munich, EVGA LATAM in Miami, and EVGA Hong Kong. For further information online about EVGA, visit: www.evga.com

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Corsair®, a leader in high-performance gaming hardware, today announced the immediate availability of the new M65 PRO RGB gaming mouse. Equipped with an advanced 12,000 dpi optical sensor, revolutionary surface calibration tuning utility and high-precision switches, the M65 PRO RGB builds on the original Corsair M65’s legacy for durability and comfort while adding the latest in mouse sensor and customisation technology.

Corsair’s new M65 PRO RGB is a competition-grade FPS gaming mouse with the technology you need to win, the flexibility to make it your own, and the build quality to last. The high-accuracy 12,000 dpi optical sensor provides pixel-precise tracking and the advanced surface calibration support offers supreme responsiveness for your playing surface.  An aircraft-grade aluminum chassis provides low weight and high durability, and with the dedicated sniper button, take advantage of on-the-fly dpi switching to instantly match mouse speed to gameplay demands for extreme accuracy.

The M65 PRO RGB’s advanced weight tuning system allows the gamers to adjust the mouse’s center of gravity to match their play style; lighter for fast-deadly precision and heavier for decisive movements. Harness the power of Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) for advanced button configuration, macro programming and three-zone dynamic multi-color backlighting customization. Gain an advantage by customizing your configuration and play your way with the eight strategically placed reprogrammable buttons. High-capacity Omron switches rated for 20 million clicks and low friction PTFE glide pads ensures reliable performance that holds up through even the longest campaigns.

Specifications

  • 12000 DPI high-accuracy sensor: Custom tuned, gaming grade sensor for pixel-precise tracking.
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum structure: Light weight, durability, and optimal mass distribution.
  • Advanced weight tuning system: Set the center of gravity to match your play style.
  • Surface calibration tuning utility: Optimizes sensor precision and responsiveness for your playing surface.
  • Optimized sniper button positioning: Take advantage of on-the-fly DPI switching to instantly match mouse speed to gameplay demands.
  • Harness the Power of CUE: Don’t just configure your mouse – program it with double macros, custom RGB lighting, and more.
  • Eight strategically placed buttons: Gain an advantage by customizing your button configuration and play your way.
  • High-capacity Omron switches rated for 20 million clicks: Ensure reliable performance that holds up through even the longest campaigns.
  • High-mass scroll wheel: A rubberized exterior is wrapped around a metallic core for great feel and tactile precision.
  • Extra-large PTFE glide pads: Great feel and swift, precise movement with minimal effort.
  • MSRP: $59.99 Exc. Tax

Availability

The M65 PRO RGB Black is available immediately from Corsair’s worldwide network of authorized retailers, and distributors, as well as direct from Corsair.com. The M65 PRO RGB White will be available in the next month.

Web Pages:

For more information on the M65 PRO RGB, visit

http://www.corsair.com/m65pro 

 About Corsair

Founded in 1994, Corsair supplies high-performance products purchased primarily by PC gaming enthusiasts who build their own PCs or buy pre-assembled customized systems. The company’s award-winning products include DDR4 and DDR3 memory, computer cases, PC cooling products, gaming headsets, gaming keyboards, gaming mice, power supply units, USB flash drives, solid-state drives and system monitoring and control devices.

Copyright © 2016 Corsair Components, Inc. All rights reserved. Corsair, the sails logo, and Vengeance are registered trademarks of Corsair in the United States and/or other countries. All other company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks, and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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The new MSI® GeForce® GTX 950 models are the latest addition to MSI’s line-up of NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 900 series graphics cards. They demonstrate just how power efficient NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture can be, using only 75W power while still providing full GeForce® GTX 950 performance. Due to this extreme efficiency, the new MSI® GeForce® GTX 950 models require no additional power from PEG connectors, but are powered completely through the PCIe slot. The new MSI® GeForce® GTX 950 models offer gamers with moderate budgets a perfect choice with smooth and solid gaming performance at Full HD, especially in MOBA games. MSI® GeForce® GTX 950 series cards are equipped with MSI’s renownedMilitary Class 4 components to ensure the highest level of durability and stability.

MSI AFTERBURNER

When used with MSI’s famous Afterburner overclocking utility, users can control the MSI GeForce GTX 950’s core and memory clock speeds for fine-tuned performance in their creative apps. Afterburner supports the video capturing function Predator and can even be used on smartphones to monitor and control the graphics card in desktop computers. Combined with the Kombustor burn-in testing feature, Afterburner is an essential tool for everyone looking to get the most out of their graphics card.

SPECIFICATIONS

MSI® GTX950 2GD5 OCV2 MSI® GTX950 2GD5T OCV3
GPU GM 206-251 GM 206-251
Core clock (MHz) 1076 (Base) / 1253 (Boost) 1076 (Base) / 1253 (Boost)
Memory speed 6600 MHz 6600 MHz
MEmory size/type 2048 MB GDDR5 2048 MB GDDR5
Cooling Single fan Dual fan
Connectivity DL-DVI-I / HDMI / Display port DL-DVI-I / HDMI / Display port
Dimensions 170 x 111 x 38 220 x 111 x 38

 

ABOUT MSI

As a technology pioneer, MSI takes customer satisfaction as the momentum and the pioneering R&D staff as the root to market its global presence over 120 countries. A complete line-up of notebook PCs, All-in-One PCs, motherboards, graphics cards, desktops, servers, IPCs, robotic appliances and vehicle electronics demonstrate MSI’s strengths and endeavors in consumer and commercial markets. With the brand slogan of “Innovation with Style,” MSI spares no effort in the pursuit of excellent quality, user-friendly design and exquisite fashion products. MSI’s core values “Innovation” and “Style” have made it the leading brand beyond customer expectations. For more product information, please go to www.msi.com.

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today introduced the world’s most powerful platform for virtual reality (VR), capable of both creating and consuming VR content.  AMD’s Radeon™ Pro Duo with its LiquidVR™ SDK is a platform aimed at most all aspects of VR content creation: from entertainment to education, journalism, medicine and cinema. With an astonishing 16 teraflops of compute performance, AMD offers a complete solution aimed at all aspects of the VR developer lifestyle: developing content more rapidly for tomorrow’s killer VR experiences while at work, and playing the latest DirectX® 12 experiences at maximum fidelity while off work.

AMD continues to solve major problems developers face by reducing latency and accelerating the VR pipeline through close collaboration with the content development community and with AMD LiquidVR™ technology. AMD’s next step in advancing VR is with the new AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo, an incredibly advanced and powerful dual-GPU board that delivers the horsepower needed by VR designers, content creators, and for VR content consumers.

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“More powerful computing platforms are rapidly leading to greater immersive experiences, said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “This is most evident with VR which demands ever higher compute performance with rock solid consistency. Our new AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo with our LiquidVR™ SDK is the world’s fastest platform for both content creation and consumption1, enabling a world class graphics and VR experience.”

AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo is the initial product of the AMD VR Ready Creator line. The AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo with the LiquidVR™ SDK is also the platform of choice for Crytek’s VR First™ initiative for nurturing new talent in the field of virtual reality development by powering virtual reality labs in colleges and universities worldwide.

“As a state of the art platform, the AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo with the LiquidVR™ SDK is the perfect choice as the graphics standard for Crytek’s VR First™ initiative,” said Cevat Yerli, CEO, Crytek. “As a graphics card that bridges the needs of both VR content creators and content consumers, it’s extremely fitting hardware to supply to the brightest up-and-coming developers, who will surely shape the future of virtual reality and immersive computing.”

The AMD Radeon Pro Duo is planned for availability in early Q2 2016 at an anticipated SEP of $1499 USD. You can learn more about the AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo here.

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For more than 45 years, AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics, and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses, and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work, and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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 Corsair®, the most awarded and recommended PC power supply brand in the world1, today announced the release of its first ever SFX form factor PSUs, the new Corsair SF600 and SF450. Fully Modular, 80 Plus Gold Certified and built with 100 per cent Japanese capacitors, the SF series brings Corsair’s legendary PSU reputation to a new form factor, producing the SFX PSU to match PC enthusiast’s big ideas.

First unveiled as part of Corsair’s upcoming Bulldog project, the new 600W SF600 and 450W SF450 are a no-compromise approach to SFX PSUs, bringing the high-end features of Corsair’s award winning PSUs to a new compact form factor. 80 plus Gold-certified efficiency with tight voltage regulation delivers ATX performance in an SFX form factor, with 100% 105°C rated Japanese capacitors ensuring unwavering power and reliability.

Fully modular to make builds and upgrades in even the smallest ITX cases easier, the SF600 and SF450 use a full-size 90mm cooling fan, the only consumer SFX PSUs to do so. The result is a PSU optimised not just for efficiency, but low-noise too, with Corsair’s Zero RPM Fan Mode only switching the fan on when the PSU is under load, providing virtually silent operation at low and medium loads, another first for SFX PSUs.

Backed by Corsair’s comprehensive seven year warranty and world-wide customer support network, the SF600 and SF450 offer the peace of mind and reliability to last across multiple system builds or upgrades. If you have big ideas for your next small form factor system, the SF Series has the reliable power delivery and quiet, efficient operation you need.

Specifications

  • SFX Form Factor: Designed for high performance small form factor systems.
  • 80 PLUS Gold certified: High-efficiency operation for less excess heat and lower operating costs.
  • Fully modular cable set: Detachable DC cables make builds and upgrades easy, with clean, great-looking results.
  • 100% All Japanese 105°C capacitors: Premium internal components ensure solid power delivery and long term reliability.
  • Zero RPM Fan Mode: Virtually silent operation at low and medium loads.
  • Seven year warranty: Your guarantee of reliable operation that will last across multiple system builds.
  • MSRP: SF600 $119.99  Exc. Tax –  SF450 $89.99 Exc. Tax 

Availability

The SF450 is available immediately worldwide from Corsair’s worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. The SF600 will be available shortly and is available immediately for pre-order. 

Web Pages:

For more information on the SF600 please visit:

http://corsair.com/sf-series-sf600-600-watt-80-plus-gold-certified-high-performance-sfx-psu

About Corsair

Founded in 1994, Corsair supplies high-performance products purchased primarily by PC gaming enthusiasts who build their own PCs or buy pre-assembled customized systems. The company’s award-winning products include DDR4 and DDR3 memory, computer cases, PC cooling products, gaming headsets, gaming keyboards, gaming mice, power supply units, USB flash drives, solid-state drives and system monitoring and control devices.

1 Most awarded based on reviews tracked on sites techpowerup.com and www.realhardtechx.com.

Copyright © 2016 Corsair Components, Inc. All rights reserved. Corsair, the sails logo, and Vengeance are registered trademarks of Corsair in the United States and/or other countries. All other company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks, and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Corsair®, a leader in high-performance gaming hardware, today announced the immediate availability of the upgraded Sabre RGB gaming mouse. Equipped with a 10,000 DPI optical sensor, four-zone dynamic multi-color backlighting and eight programmable buttons, Sabre RGB is the new lightweight champion of Corsair’s award winning range of gaming mice.

By combining state-of-the-art optical sensor technology with lightweight and ergonomic design, the Corsair Sabre RGB gaming mouse provides superior tracking speed with deadly accuracy. Equipped with a 10,000 DPI optical sensor and multi-color DPI indicator, high-accuracy tracking is assured to make every click count. Weighing just 100g and designed to accommodate multiple grip styles, Sabre RGB’s sleek ergonomic shape fits comfortably in your hand, allowing gamers to react quickly and play longer.

Sabre RGB’s 8 programmable buttons can be fully re-mapped using the Corsair Utility Engine Software (CUE) – whether for single keystrokes or complex macros to give MOBA and MMO gamers the edge. Four-zone dynamic multi-color backlighting gives users virtually infinite color customization, or with CUE Link, match Sabre RGB’s lighting and effects to that of your Corsair RGB Keyboard with the click of a button.

Specifications

  • Lightweight: Just 100g total weight. React more quickly and play longer with less fatigue.
  • 10,000 DPI optical sensor and multi-color DPI indicator: Confident, high-accuracy tracking makes every click count.
  • Four-zone dynamic multi-color backlighting: Enjoy virtually infinite color customization.
  • CUE Software: Slick and intuitive Corsair Utility Engine gives you performance tuning and customization control.
  • 8 Programmable buttons: Fully configurable layout for personalized play.
  • High-performance switches: Custom designed for gaming, with fast response and high reliability.
  • Ergonomic design: Fits comfortably in your hand and supports multiple grip styles.
  • 1,000 Hz USB refresh rate: Lag-free responsiveness for fast play.
  • Braided easy-flex USB cable: 1.8 Meters of unencumbered roaming.
  • MSRP: $49.99 Exc. Tax 

Availability

The Sabre RGB is available immediately worldwide from Corsair’s worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

Web Pages:

For more information on the Sabre RGB, visit

http://www.corsair.com/sabre-rgb-gaming-mouse

 

About Corsair

Founded in 1994, Corsair supplies high-performance products purchased primarily by PC gaming enthusiasts who build their own PCs or buy pre-assembled customized systems. The company’s award-winning products include DDR4 and DDR3 memory, computer cases, PC cooling products, gaming headsets, gaming keyboards, gaming mice, power supply units, USB flash drives, solid-state drives and system monitoring and control devices.

Copyright © 2016 Corsair Components, Inc. All rights reserved. Corsair, the sails logo, and Vengeance are registered trademarks of Corsair in the United States and/or other countries. All other company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks, and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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