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Written by Dave Bagnall on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components, today announced the immediate availability of CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB DDR4 memory. VENGEANCE RGB brings vibrant RGB lighting to the DIMM slot, with high luminosity RGB LEDs integrated into every module, all controlled by CORSAIR LINK. CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB’s wire-free integration enables software RGB lighting control without additional wires (patent pending) for a sharp, clean look and providing an instant visual upgrade to any system build.

Equipped with a precision-engineered light bar and an all-new perforated CORSAIR logo, each LED generates vibrant and rich RGB lighting. With four customizable lighting modes; static, rainbow, breathing and color shift, it’s simple to color match your system’s build or put on a dazzling light show, and with specifically designed lighting circuitry, there’s zero impact on DDR4 performance. With CORSAIR LINK, users can set up a temperature alert that automatically changes each memory module’s LED color based on system temperatures, as well as monitor and control a wide variety of CORSAIR components, from case fans, lighting, DRAM and compatible CORSAIR power supplies to Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers, providing a complete PC monitoring experience.

VENGEANCE RGB’s built-in heat spreader doesn’t just look great, it keeps each memory module cool to maintain performance and stability under high load operations. Using a custom performance PCB and carefully hand-screened ICs, VENGEANCE RGB guarantees better signalling and superior overlocking potential. VENGEANCE RGB’s XMP 2.0 support makes overclocking simple and easy for novices or seasoned PC builders, allowing users to safely switch between pre-configured tested Intel® XMP profiles and get the guaranteed performance out of their DRAM kit.

VENGEANCE RGB’s CORSAIR LINK software control is compatible with a wide range of Intel® DDR4 platforms, from dual-channel Z270 and Z170 to quad-channel X99*, with more boards adding compatibility every week and AMD Ryzen™ support planned soon. What’s more, VENGEANCE RGB is also compatible with third-party motherboard software RGB control, allowing users to synchronize DRAM and motherboard RGB lighting. Gigabyte is the first to offer VENGEANCE RGB support through its RGB Fusion App, with other motherboard partners coming soon.

Please refer to www.corsair.com/vengeancergb for a complete list of VENGEANCE RGB compatible motherboards and software.

CORSAIR’s first ever RGB DDR4 kits are available immediately in 16GB (2 x 8GB) and 32GB (4 x 8GB) 3000MHz kits, with additional capacity and frequency kits coming soon.

Availability, Warranty and Pricing

VENGEANCE RGB DDR4 is available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers, and distributors and is backed by a lifetime limited warranty and the CORSAIR worldwide customer support network.

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 DDR3 and DDR4 memory upgrades, 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 © 2017 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.

*via CORSAIR BETA program

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Designed for gaming from the ground up, this revolutionary tower has no equal. Insane power and innovative cooling easily take on the latest AAA games, even at their highest settings. And with an easily upgradable custom case, this PC can evolve to satisfy any future performance demands.

Technical details

Supported Operating Systems
Operating system Windows 10 Home 64
Processor
Chipset Intel Z170
Processor speed 4 GHz
Processor family 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-6700K (4 GHz, up to 4.2 GHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
Appearance
Product color Jet black
Storage Specifications
Special features Liquid cooling solution for processor
Drives
Hard drive description 2 TB 7200 rpm SATA
Hard drive (2nd) 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
Optical drive Ultra Slim-tray SuperMulti DVD burner
Cloud service Dropbox
External drive bays One occupied
Internal drive bays One occupied
Three available
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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:

http://www.corsair.com/ryzen

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For a video announcing CORSAIR Ryzen compatibility, please visit:

https://youtu.be/GYfIlTSLXjU

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

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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.

Price:
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

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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

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