Written by Dave Bagnall on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

CORSAIR,® a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components, today announced its extensive compatibility for the groundbreaking new range of AMD Ryzen™ processors and the AM4 platform. With a completely new CPU architecture, chipset and CPU socket, AMD Ryzen demands the latest in performance PC hardware. With a wide range of compatible DDR4 memory, liquid CPU coolers and PSUs, CORSAIR has everything enthusiasts need to make AMD Ryzen CPUs run to the full extent of their abilities.

“CORSAIR is uniquely positioned for the launch of AMD Ryzen, with an outstanding range of not just high-performance DDR4 memory, but liquid CPU cooling and power supplies as well,” said Travis Kirsch Director, Product Management, Client at AMD. “CORSAIR offers everything system builders need to get the absolute best performance from AMD Ryzen and the new AM4 platform.”

AMD Ryzen CPUs require the latest DDR4 memory and CORSAIR has a growing range of AMD Ryzen qualified high-performance DDR4 memory, with more kits being certified for Ryzen processors every day. Launching with Vengeance LPX 16GB, 32GB and 64GB kits running at 2,133MHz and 2,400MHz, and Dominator Platinum 16GB running at 3,000MHz, CORSAIR has the DDR4 memory to match your choice of AMD Ryzen™ build. Check http://www.corsair.com/ryzen for a full up-to-date list.

AMD Ryzen processors dynamically adjust and optimize performance based on power and temperature conditions; lower temperatures mean higher clock speeds and better benchmarks. With the addition of a CORSAIR Hydro Series liquid CPU cooler, you’re able to cool Ryzen processors to temperatures substantially lower than when using standard air cooling, allowing for higher clock speeds, better performance and easier overclocking.

AMD Ryzen processors also bring an entirely new CPU socket, AM4, and the CORSAIR Hydro Series H60, H110i and H100i are ready right out of the box to deliver superior liquid CPU cooling to socket AM4 Ryzen CPUs. The rest of the CORSAIR Hydro Series range of coolers are also fully compatible with AMD Ryzen and AM4 via an additional mounting bracket. CORSAIR is proud to announce that, for a limited time, an AM4 bracket will be supplied, upon request, to all qualifying Hydro Series owners free of charge, including shipping to EU, USA and select other countries. Brackets start shipping on March 2nd, so check http://www.corsair.com/ryzen for full details.

What’s the use of performance without the power to supply it? CORSAIR PSUs have been trusted by PC enthusiasts for over a decade, winning hundreds of industry and reviewer awards thanks to a complete commitment to quality, reliable and performance. Now that legacy comes to AMD Ryzen, with every CORSAIR PSU fully compatible with all new AMD X370, B350 and X320 chipset motherboards. Equip the legendary 80-PLUS Titanium AX1500i, the low-noise 80-PLUS GOLD RMx series, or the dependable 80-PLUS Bronze CX series to complete your Ryzen system.

“We’re extremely excited about the new AMD Ryzen processors and the new AMD platform” said Aaron Neal, Senior Manager of DIY product Marketing at CORSAIR. “With extensive DDR4, Hydro Cooler and PSU support across our entire range, enthusiasts can be sure that CORSAIR has everything they need to build the perfect Ryzen system”.

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To see how CORSAIR DDR4, Hydro Series Liquid CPU Coolers and CORSAIR power supplies can help build your next PC powered by the AMD Ryzen™ Processors, please visit:



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Hydro Series Cooler Compatibility Details

The following CORSAIR Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers are fully compatible with the new AM4 socket out-of-the box.

Hydro Series H60
Hydro Series H110i (Hydro Series H110i GT)
Hydro Series H100i
The following CORSAIR Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers require an additional AM4 bracket for AMD Ryzen compatibility. Check http://www.corsair.com/ryzen for full details

Hydro Series H50
Hydro Series H55
Hydro Series H75
Hydro Series H80i v2 (H80i GT)
Hydro Series H90,
Hydro Series H100i v2 (H100i GTX)
Hydro Series H105
Hydro Series H110i GTX
Hydro Series H115i

DDR4 Compatibility Details

The below-listed CORSAIR DDR4 kits are currently recommended for AMD Ryzen™ CPUs and accompanying chipsets. More kits are being qualified all the time, so check http://www.corsair.com/ryzen for the latest complete list:

CMD16GX4M2B3000C15 Dominator Platinum
CMK32GX4M4A2133C15 Vengeance LPX
CMK32GX4M4A2400C16 Vengeance LPX
CMK64GX4M4A2400C16 Vengeance LPX
CMK16GX4M2A2400C16 Vengeance LPX
CMK32GX4M2A2400C16 Vengeance LPX

Tech head of a UK YouTube Technology Channel known as DaveChaos
Written by Dave Bagnall on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The Razer Power Bank is optimized to work with the Razer Blade Stealth 12.5-inch laptop to extend battery life past 15 hours.

The Blade Stealth is Razer’s most awarded laptop design for its combination of best-in-class displays, mobility, portability and value. Designers, professionals and other creatives who need more pixels can upgrade to a 4K IGZO touch display for 100 percent Adobe RGB color saturation.

Razer’s Power Bank is also compatible with additional USB-C powered laptops for absolute convenience. Users can also connect a wide array of mobile devices with dual USB-A ports and a USB-C port for charging up to three mobile devices simultaneously. Equipped with a large 12,800 mAh capacity battery, the Razer Power Bank is an ideal traveling companion for all mobile power needs.

The Razer Power Bank is equipped with Intelligent device charging and is able to instantly identify the type of device that is plugged in. A fast-charge feature unlocks up to six hours of battery life in a Blade Stealth in less than two hours of charging.

Additionally, Qualcomm® Quick Charge 3.0 allows users to power up their compatible mobile devices up to four times faster than conventional charging.

“High-performance mobile laptops like the Razer Blade Stealth are more a part of daily life than ever before, and keeping them charged and ready is a high priority,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “The Razer Power Bank enables true mobility for users who can now quickly and smartly charge their laptop, phone and tablet at the same time when an outlet isn’t an option.”

The Razer Power Bank is small enough to fit in most pockets and matches Razer’s laptop design aesthetic with a black CNC aluminum casing. The accessory is available in March exclusively at Razer Store.

US$149.99 / €169.99 / £144.99

Timing: March 2017
Availability: Razerzone.com
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and France

Product features:

  • Large 12,800mAh battery
  • USB-C laptop charging
  • Get up to 15hrs combined battery life with the Razer Blade Stealth
  • Dual USB-A ports for mobile device charging
  • Intelligent Device Detection
  • Qualcomm® Quick Charge 3.0 and fast charge technology
  • Durable and lightweight CNC aluminum

For more information about the Razer Power Bank, please visit http://www.razerzone.com/power-bank

Tech head of a UK YouTube Technology Channel known as DaveChaos
Written by Dave Bagnall on Monday, February 20th, 2017

Two new AOC AGON gaming monitors with “frameless” design and 1800 mm curvature

Display specialist AOC expands its AGON premium gaming monitor series with two new curved models: the 31.5″ AG322QCX with QHD resolution and the 27″ Full HD display AG272FCX. Both come with an extremely small curvature radius of 1800 for an added level of immersion. Thanks to almost invisible bezels on the top and sides of the monitors, the “3-sides frameless” design lets players focus on the gaming action even more.. A refresh rate of 144 Hz and AMD FreeSync technology provide a super-smooth gaming experience with no stuttering, tearing or motion blur. In addition, the two models also boast all of the premium features of other curved displays from the AGON line,, including a variety of gaming modes and settings (adjustable with the included QuickSwitch keypad), a headset holder, a handle, ergonomic adjustment options and customisable LED lights.

Perfect focus and immersion

The two new 16:9 models expand the AOC AGON curved monitor lineup with two new sizes: The AOC AGON AG322QCX boasts a 31.5″ (80 cm) VA panel with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels for razor sharp game graphics. The AG272FCX, on the other hand, uses a more compact 27″ (68.6 cm) VA display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. With a radius of just 1800 mm, the two monitors offer the strongest curvature of any AGON model yet. This allows for a highly immersive gaming experience with increased perception of depth and reduced picture distortion. In order to let players focus on the action even more, the ultra-slim bezels on the top, left and right sides are almost invisible.

Strong performance for competitive gaming

Both the AG322QCX and the AG272FCX boast a high refresh rate of 144 Hz, which eliminates motion blur and lets game worlds come to life in super-smooth and sharp graphics at any time, even in fast-paced scenes. For an added level of smoothness and responsiveness, the two monitors also offer AMD FreeSync support, which reduces stuttering, tearing and input lag. Gamers looking for an even more responsive experience will benefit from the AOC Low Input Lag Mode which bypasses most of the monitor’s internal video processing. This way, players can see their control inputs reflected on the screen immediately, which is advantageous in competitive action games. The AOC Shadow Control feature gives an additional advantage in games with very dark sections: it lightens overly dark areas of the image and darkens bright parts without affecting the rest of the screen.

Perfect versatility and comfort

Game modes and other settings can be conveniently toggled with the included AOC QuickSwitch keypad. Instead of navigating through menus with the standard buttons on the monitor, players can adjust the display settings via the controller. The perfect mode for each specific game played can be set with the click of one button thanks to FPS, Racing, RTS and customisable game mode presets.

To increase the comfort of long gaming hours, the two new displays protect players’ eyes, using the AOC Flicker-Free technology against eye fatigue and the AOC Low Blue Light Mode against potential long-term effects from harmful blue light. For a healthy posture while playing, the monitor stand AOC Ergo Base offers height, tilt and swivel adjustment options. Moreover, a carrying handle empowers gamers to easily transport their AGON display between different gaming locations, and a retractable headset holder lets them safely deposit their headset during breaks. A variety of connectors such as HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA and USB 3.0 also makes the AG322QCX and AG272FCX compatible with a broad range of input sources and devices.

Slick and individual style

In addition to its minimalistic “3-sides frameless” design, the two new AGON models come with customisable LED lights on their back and lower bezel. These can be set to three different colours (red, green, blue) and three different brightness levels, in order to adapt the monitor’s look to players’ and esports teams’ individual taste and preferences.

The AOC AGON AG322QCX and AOC AGON AG272FCX will be available in May 2017. The MSRP is £519 and £389 respectively.

Technical specifications

Model AG322QCX AG272FCX
Display 31.5″ curved VA @ 144 Hz 27″ curved VA at 144 Hz
Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
Sync technology Adaptive-Sync Adaptive-Sync
 Signal input 2 x HDMI

2 x DisplayPort

1 x VGA

2 x USB 3.0
Audio out

Microphone in/out

2 x HDMI

1 x DisplayPort

1 x VGA

2 x USB 3.0
Audio out

Microphone in/out

Special features “3-sided frameless”
ergonomic stand

AOC QuickSwitch keypad

Stereo speakers

4 ms GtG response time

2000:1 contrast ratio

100% sRGB colour gamut

“3-sided frameless”
ergonomic stand

AOC QuickSwitch keypad

Stereo speakers

4 ms GtG response time

3000:1 contrast ratio

100% sRGB colour gamut

Launch May 2017 May 2017
MSRP £519 £389

 http://aoc-europe.com/en/products/ag322QCX and http://aoc-europe.com/en/products/ag272FCX

Tech head of a UK YouTube Technology Channel known as DaveChaos
Written by Dave Bagnall on Monday, February 13th, 2017

MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces a new 24-inch display in the Moda design series. Not only is the 245C7QJSB display the thinnest-ever from Philips Monitors, it also features an ultra-narrow bezel for true edge-to-edge viewing, minimising distraction and maximising concentration. With enhanced Full HD and the latest Ultra Wide Color Technology, the display offers users clarity of detail with an extended range of colours for brilliant visuals.

Explaining what makes the new display stand out, Artem Khomenko, Product Manager Philips monitors Europe at MMD says, ”This is the first in a new line-up of displays for the home to combine elegant Moda looks with Ultra Wide Color Technology. Most home users use their display both for working productively and for entertainment – and the new 24-inch display offers the best of both. It looks good in living spaces or on desks, and also provides a brilliant viewing experience with colour reproduction that is more realistic than ever.”

Looks superb – on and off
The new display certainly boasts an elegant appearance. Being part of the Moda design series, the slimline display has a side-on thickness of just 5.2 mm. Its minimalistic looks are complemented by the ultra-narrow frame: the outer bezel on three sides is no thicker than 2.5 mm. As well as enhancing the appearance, the frameless design makes the new 245C7QJSB a fine choice for users whose minds are on entertainment. It gives videos and pictures more space, and is also ideal for creating a multi-display setup.

Sharp viewing with Ultra Wide Color, Full HD and advanced connectivity
The Ultra Wide Color Technology of the new 24-inch display delivers a wider spectrum of colours for a more brilliant picture, with more natural-looking greens, vivid reds and deeper blues to bring media entertainment, images and even productivity alive. The technology achieves its effect through hardware enhancements, rather than by fine-tuning colour settings through software. The panel itself is based on IPS technology: this supports extra-wide viewing angles of 178 degrees.

With the 1920 x 1080 resolution of Full HD, the display consistently delivers clarity of detail and incredible contrast to complement the colour accuracy and wide gamut of Ultra Wide Color.Flicker-Free technology (regulating brightness for a steadier picture), SmartContrast and SmartImage (which auto-adjust settings to the content being displayed) all work together to make home multimedia more captivating. The display is equipped with HDMI, as well as with a DisplayPort for high speed data transfer.

The new Philips 245C7QJSB C-Line display, with an RRP of £189, will be available in February 2017.

Technical Specifications:

Specification Philips 245C7QJSB display
LCD panel type IPS technology
Backlighting technology W-LED
Panel size 23.8 inch / 60.5 cm
Aspect ratio 16:9
Optimum resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz
Viewing angle 178° (H) / 178° (V), @ C/R > 10
Brightness 250 cd/m²
Display colours 16.7M
Colour gamut

NTSC 101.4% (CIE1976)

Picture enhancement



·         Menu/OK, Input/Up, SmartImage/Return, Volume/Down, Power On/Off

·         Control SW: SmartControl

·         Other convenience: Kensington lock

·         Plug and Play Compatibility: DDC/CI, Mac OS X, sRGB, Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7


·         VGA (Analogue), DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI (digital, HDCP)

·         Sync Input: Separate Sync, Sync on Green

·         Audio (In/Out): Audio out

Stand Tilt: -5/20 degree

·         Environmental and energy: EnergyStar 7.0, EPEAT Silver, RoHS, Lead-free, Mercury Free

·         Recyclable packaging material: 100 %

Compliance and standards

Regulatory Approvals: CE Mark, FCC Class B,
ISO9241-307, EPA, WEEE, TCO certified


·         Front bezel: black

·         Rear cover: grey

·         Finish: glossy

Tech head of a UK YouTube Technology Channel known as DaveChaos
Written by Dave Bagnall on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

MSI, world leading in gaming motherboard innovation, is thrilled to announce four new ARCTIC white GAMING motherboards, the Z270/H270 TOMAHAWK & H270M/B250M MORTAR ARCTIC, are added to the Arsenal GAMING Series. The second generation of ARCTIC models not only inherited the spirit of the unique ARCTIC design, it also adopted a plethora of features from other 200 series GAMING motherboards for an improved gaming experience. Enjoy smooth, low latency online gaming with MSI GAMING LAN, while benefiting from enhanced, studio grade sound with Audio Boost. Featuring heavy plated heat sinks, fully styled to perfectly match the ARCTIC look and feel, the new ARCTIC motherboards are ready to conquer the battlefield.

Z270 & H270

These new ARCTIC motherboards support the latest storage standards. Twin Turbo M.2 (32 Gb/s, Gen3 x4) with Steel Armor allows you to connect ultra-fast storage devices, for blazing fast loading times ingame. Start games faster, load levels faster and have a real advantage over your enemies. By being Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready, the TOMAHAWK motherboards are ready to deliver gamechanging performance to memory and storage devices. The TOMAHAWK models make setting up RAID easy using MSI exclusive M.2 GENIE.

Besides its unique look and multiple storage options, the new Z270 and H270 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC models feature the latest and fastest USB specifications, making sure using multiple USB 3.1 devices has never been faster. The Lighting USB 3.1 Gen2 controller, powered by the new ASmedia 2142 chip, offers never before seen USB speeds when connecting multiple USB devices at the same time, up to 8 Gb/s simultaneously. Additionally, MSI’s X-Boost software is available to boost USB performance up to 20%, for any device.

H270M & B250M

From full size ATX, ARCTIC models are also available in the smaller Micro-ATX form factor. Meet the H270M and B250M MORTAR ARCTIC motherboards. Powered by Intel® GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, featuring the highest quality components, we’ve made sure gamers can enjoy a low latency smooth online gaming experience. MSI GAMING LAN is optimized for championship level online gaming by reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This means your CPU can be used more effectively, giving you more FPS when gaming. Additionally, MSI GAMING LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games, giving you the best online gaming experience with low latency.

Built on years of experience in building motherboards dedicated to providing true Hi-Fi sound, Audio Boost has developed into a high quality audio unit. Through the use of premium quality audio components, an isolated and shielded audio PCB and golden audio connectors Audio Boost ensures the best audio signal, offering a pure sound experience. Locate your enemies with your eyes closed using Audio Boost.

Like the TOMAHAWK models, these smaller models also come with the latest iteration of DDR4 Boost, featuring Steel Armor. Optimized PCB traces and a fully isolated memory circuitry ensures perfect stability and performance. Steel armor protects the memory and memory slots from both physical damage and electrical overcurrent. This is done by adding extra ground points to ensure a clean data signal for the memory by shielding it from electromagnetic interference (EMI). DDR4 Boost makes sure you never have to worry about your system crashing during games again.

With a long list of specs and many gaming features, such as Turbo M.2, GAMING LAN and Audio Boost, the new TOMAHAWK and MORTAR ARCTIC motherboards are solid gaming companions that will help you get more out of your gaming rig.

Tech head of a UK YouTube Technology Channel known as DaveChaos
Written by Dave Bagnall on Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Razer Ornata Keyboard

Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, announced the Razer Ornata, a line of gaming keyboards featuring revolutionary Razer Mecha-Membrane™ technology.

Designed to combine the most desirable traits of membrane rubber dome design with the merits of mechanical keyboard technology, the Razer Mecha-Membrane delivers both a soft, cushioned touch and a crisp, tactile click with each keystroke.

Traditionally, users choose membrane rubber dome keyboards for comfort, while mechanical switches are favored for fast actuations and distinct tactile feedback. The Razer Mecha-Membrane is a unique mid-height keycap hybrid that provides a comfortable and efficient typing experience unlike any key type on the market.

“The Razer Mecha-Membrane is the result of years of research and development that we’ve dedicated to build the best keyboards for gamers,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO “When we moved to our own Razer Mechanical Switches in our production lines, we were excited to learn from real-use scenarios and apply that knowledge to perfect other technologies. The Razer Ornata is a great example of how our engineers can use feedback to innovate something truly amazing for gamers, in this case a solution that melds two seemingly disparate keyboard technologies for a phenomenal experience.”

The Razer Ornata Chroma features individually backlit keys that are powered by Razer Chroma™ technology, which unlocks customizable lighting features that can be synced across devices. Gamers can choose from 16.8 million colors and a variety of effects. Custom settings can be created using the Razer Synapse software platform and shared with millions of other Razer software users via the Razer Chroma Workshop. In-game Razer Chroma lighting profiles are also integrated into popular game titles, including “Overwatch,” “Call of Duty®: Black Ops III,” “Blade and Soul” and more. These profiles can display tutorials, in-game actions and more.

Also included with the Razer Ornata Chroma is a detachable ergonomic wrist rest that is magnetically held in place to make it easily removable for smaller work and gaming spaces.

An alternate version of the Razer Ornata with monochrome green backlighting will be available as well. It will have the ability to display dynamic lighting effects via Razer Synapse.

Tech head of a UK YouTube Technology Channel known as DaveChaos