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Written by Dave Bagnall on Friday, July 24th, 2015

The BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma keyboard is available for purchase, replete with 16.8 million customizable color options, a detachable USB cable and all the essential keys, minus the ten keys, in a sleek, compact, form factor.

The Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma offers high-performance gaming features with ultimate portability. Users can define their own key zones, customize lighting effects and add multiple effects layers on each zone for a personalized lighting display using Razer Synapse.
With its myriad color options, The BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma also features Razer™ Mechanical Switches with optimized actuation and reset points that improve gaming performance. Engineered to have a distinct tactile feel, these keys help with faster reaction times and more precision during critical game situations. Each Razer Mechanical Switch is engineered to withstand up to 60 million keystrokes.

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

As one of the world’s leading brands in graphics cards, MSI is excited to introduce the new flagship of the MSI GAMING graphics cards lineup: the MSI GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G. This imposing new model is powered by NVIDIA’s Maxwell GM200 GPU, yet running on significantly higher clockspeeds than the reference model. Combined with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, this enables gamers to enjoy a smooth 4K gaming experience. Featuring the award-winning Twin Frozr V thermal design, the MSI GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G delivers unmatched cooling and acoustic performance. To bolster the premium look & feel, the MSI GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G comes equipped with a solid metal backplate.

Besides the revered GAMING series, MSI are also introducing two reference models featuring exhaust thermal design. The MSI GTX 980 Ti 6GD5 will be available immediately, shortly followed by the MSI GTX 980 Ti 6GD5 V1, which comes equipped with an all new premium silver shroud and Military Class 4 Components for durable, solid performance.

MSI GAMING APP

With the addition of the GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G to the next generation of MSI GAMING graphics cards, MSI is once again raising the bar for PC gaming. The exclusive MSI GAMING App allows gamers to quickly switch between OC, Gaming and Silent modes, depending on their needs. Offering quick access to specific monitor color profiles for games, movies and a special EyeRest mode which reduces blue light for less strain during nightly gaming sessions. Now featuring the LED control tab, allowing gamers to choose from 5 unique lighting modes to set the right ambience for their gaming moments with just one click.

Technical specifications

 

Name GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G GTX 980 Ti 6GD5 V1 GTX 980 Ti 6GD5
GPU GM 200 – 310 GM 200 – 310 GM 200 – 310
Core Clock (Base/Boost) MHz 1178 / 1279 1000 / 1076 1000 / 1076
Memory Speed 7100 MHz 7010 MHz 7010 MHz
Memory Size / Type 6 GB / GDDR5 6 GB / GDDR5 6 GB / GDDR5
Cooling Twin Frozr V Exhaust Fan Reference
Connectivity DL-DVI-I / HDMI / DisplayPort x3 DL-DVI-I / HDMI / DisplayPort x3 DL-DVI-I / HDMI / DisplayPort x3
Dimensions 269x140x40 mm 275x110x37 mm 275x110x37 mm
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Written by Dave Bagnall on Saturday, July 11th, 2015

LGX (no hardware encoding) captures stunning uncompressed raw data and streams it over with almost zero latency. The LGX features ultra-low latency uncompressed video streaming and supports high definition live viewing for real-time video acquisition. LGX delivers superior reliability and video quality without compromising resolution. The ultra-low latency, real-time, uncompressed video streaming solution in a single package.

Supports a second audio source (auxiliary or microphone). Balance gameplay and external audio sources to put the beat down.

Edit, trim and merge on the fly while time-shifting.

Trim videos to a specific time slot. Merge and splice at the touch of a button. Select facecam and additional images to import directly into a video project.

Facecam,Image PIP displaying Multiple Scenes

Customize and layout media to suit your preference.

Categorize Videos for Easy Management

Organize your videos easily by file name and time stamp. Single button upload to share your media. Go green to upload.

Design Personalized Covers

Customize your streaming box. Your style is all your own. Your personal gallery is the source for your cover designs. The exclusive Cover Creator utility allows for the selection and editing of your own streaming box cover. Cover Creator makes amazing happen.

Technical Information

Minimal System Requirements

To ensure product quality, make sure your platform meets the system requirements before purchasing LGX (Live Gamer Extreme) here

Specifications

Interface USB 3.0 (Verified chipset: Intel chipset with native USB 3.0 host controller)
※LGX does not support USB 2.0
Video Input ・Digital: HDMI
・Analog: Component

※LGX (Live Gamer Extreme) does not support the viewing/recording/streaming of HDCP protected signals (Showing a black screen)

Audio Input ・Digital: HDMI
・Analog: RCA L/R
Audio Mix Input ・3.5 mm MIC IN
・3.5 mm AUX IN
Video Output HDMI (Pass-through from HDMI and Component input)
Capture Resolution (Max) Uncompressed 1080p@60fps (60Mbps)
Supported Resolution 1080p (Max: 1080p@60fps)、1080i、720p、576p、576i、480p、480i
Encorde Format MP4 (Codec: H.264+AAC)

※By bundled software – AVerMedia RECentral 2

Bundled Software ・AVerMedia RECentral 2
・Cover Creator

※For LGX only.

Compatible Software DirectShow compliant software
 (Xsplit、OBS、Potplayer、AmaRecTV…)
Dimension (L x W x H) 145.3 x 97.2 x 29 mm
Weight 182 g

System Requirements

Operation System Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 7 (64/32 bit)
Interface USB 3.0 (Verified chipset: Intel chipset with native USB 3.0 host controller)
※LGX can be used together with these certified chipsets: ASMedia / VIA / Renesas / Fresco
【For using Windows® 10 / 8.1】
・Intel / ASMedia / Renesas / Fresco: We recommended to update your the USB 3.0 chipset driver on your computer to the latest version through 【Windows Update】.

・VIA: Please be sure to use LGX before you downloaded and installed the latest USB 3.0 host controller driver
 from your PC / motherboard / USB3.0 PCI-E Card via manufacturer (Replace Windows built-in xHCI driver with VIA xHCI driver.)
【For using Windows® 7】
・Intel / Fresco: We recommended to update your the USB 3.0 chipset driver on your computer to the latest version through 【Windows Update】.

・ASMedia / VIA / Renesas: Please be sure to use LGX before you downloaded and installed the latest USB 3.0 host controller driver
 from your PC (Laptop/Desktop) / motherboard / USB 3.0 PCI-E Card via manufacturer.

※With ASMedia chipset, 1080p@60fps recording is only supported when running Windows 10 / 8.1 with Microsoft’s built-in USB 3.0 driver. If you are using ASMedia USB 3.0 chipset, we recommend 
using Windows 10 / 8.1, or connect your LGX to a compatible USB 3.0 port (Such as Intel’s – Check FAQ page: 「Which USB 3.0 hub is my LGX using?」).
※For further detail about USB 3.0, please check FAQ
※LGX does not support USB 2.0.

Power Requirement USB 3.0 bus-power
Desktop Laptop
CPU Intel® Core™ i5-4440 3.10GHz or above
【Hardware codec recommend)】
Intel® Core™ i7-4810MQ or above
【Hardware codec recommend】
Intel® Core™ i7-4770 3.4GHz or above
【Software codec recommend】
Graphic Card
(DirectX 10.C compatible or above)
NVIDA GeForce® GTX 660 or above NVIDA GeForce® GTX 870M or above
Memory 4GB (8GB is recommended)
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