be quiet! Pure Power 9 700W Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


be quiet! are one of the biggest names in the PC component market, winning countless awards for their premium grade performance and design, and we’re hoping for a repeat performance today, as we’ll be taking a look at their new Pure Power 9 700W power supply. As the 9 would suggest, this is the latest iteration of their Pure Power series and comes with a few notable upgrades on the previous generation.

  • Continuous power and two 12V rails ensure rock-solid voltage stability for powerful multi-GPU systems (Pure Power 9 CM can provide up to 96% of its
  • power only on 12V rails)
  • 80PLUS® Silver certification and up to 91% power conversion efficiency
  • Exceptionally quiet operation achieved through an array of careful optimizations, including use of a silence-optimized 120mm be quiet! fan
  • Stable operation in its class thanks to Active Clamp + SR power conversion technology
  • Modular cable management with high-quality flat cables for PCI Express connectors and drives
  • All black DC wires for a clean and modern look
  • NVIDIA SLI Ready and AMD CrossFireX certifications allow you to build powerful multi-GPU systems
  • Extensive compatibility with latest specifications, including energy-saving requirements of Intel C6/C7, ErP 2014 and Energy Star 6.0 guidelines.
  • Product conception, design and quality control in Germany

Equipped with both modular and hard-wired versions, and available in 400, 500, 600, 700W variants for the cable management version, which feature 80 Plus Silver efficiency, flat cables, and a be quiet! Silent Wings fan; there will also be a 300W and 250W 80 Plus Bronze versions for the hard-wired variant. What’s most important about this unit is that while it has been upgraded, it’ll launch at the same price as the Pure Power 8, making it great value for money and showing that be quiet! are committed to delivering better products to their consumers.

“be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for ten consecutive years*, is introducing the Pure Power 9 CM with 400 to 700 watts, offering a new option for quiet PC configurations as well as powerful multi-GPU systems. Thanks to extensive development work, both the efficiency and the signal strength are improved when compared to its predecessor while reducing noise to a minimum.” – be quiet!

The packaging is nicely designed, keeping in theme with every other be quiet! product with the black and orange detailing. Down the left side of the box, you’ll notice it says essential, which is a kind of budget friendly category from be quiet!

Around the back, a breakdown of every connector that the PSU comes equipped with, as well as all the cable lengths and power ratings.

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you set up, including the power cable, fitting screws, cable ties and a user manual.

Mighty No.9 Release Date Confirmed

8 Bit and 16 bit side scrolling games. The classics that are remembered by many as the start of their gaming lives are due an update and Deep Silver and Comcept look to do just that with the release of Mighty No. 9.

The game has been plagued by delays, to the point where even the demo that was promised was pushed back by the companies involved. Finally, Deep Silver and Comcept have come forward with a release date, that resides less than five months from now.  In America, you will be able to get Mighty No. 9 on the 9th February with the whole world gaining access on the 12th.

The concept of a side scroller was made famous by games like the Megaman series. You are challenged by aesthetically different environmental hazards and enemies as you jump, climb and shoot your way to the boss awaiting you at the end of the level. Defeating them will grant you access to their weapon, allowing you to complete the level and any subsequent levels with their abilities.

With 9 initial levels followed by 3 later on, you’ll be able to play a variety of levels and see who is best suited to what weapon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alhQ3cmIGT8&feature=youtu.be

With a variety of levels and options available, platforming games often make appearances at tournaments where speed running is the flavour of the day. Challenging your friend to see who can complete a level faster and with the better score is always a nice challenge and one that is rarely done without a smile.

Thank you DSO Gaming for the information.

Image courtesy of DualShockers.

Apple Announces iOS 9

Apple has just announced their next version of iOS called iOS 9 (what a surprise!). With the latest version of the smartphone OS; Apple are focusing on making it a more clever operating system, starting  off with a major upgrade to Siri. Siri will have a feature called Proactive that can offer awesome new features like application suggestions and even more. Of course, this depends on contexts such as time of day or location. Proactive allows Siri to see what apps you have on your phone and suggest useful ones based on what you’re trying to do. Apple is also saying that Siri can even look into your inbox to ID incoming calls that aren’t in your address book. All of this is wrapped into a new user interface for Spotlight.

iOS 9 also introduces deep linking within these searches, letting you access content inside apps whenever you do a system-wide search, instead of just opening the app’s main page. Spotlight also can do unit conversions without opening a web search, something that Siri has done for a while, but now queries can be typed in addition to spoken. Apple says that all of this new intelligent processing happens on the phone itself, meaning your data isn’t being sent to a server in the cloud. It’s a different stance than Google or Microsoft take, which leverage cloud processing to power their virtual assistants on Android and Windows Phone. Of course, this may mean that you will be able to use some basic features whilst offline.

Apple Pay is also due to launch in the UK and will be compatible with more banks and credit card providers. They’re even going to kill the passbook name and replace it with an application called Wallet which will be able to integrate with credit cards, debit cards and more all in one place.

Apple also plans to update their much-slated Map application including support for trains, buses and subways. It will be launching in more than 20 cities, including London.

Are you Apple fans excited?

Thank you to TheVerge and The TeleGraph for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Apple

6 New Boards On The Horizon From MSI for Intel’s 5th Gen Chipset

Over the last few weeks we have been hearing some interesting information come to light regarding Intel’s 5th Generation chipset and its Haswell Refresh processors and with a launch date of 11th May only a matter of weeks away now, we are starting to see snippets of information come through with regards to the motherboards that are going to power the 5th Generation processors.

MSI have been throwing out some teasers of what is to come in their latest motherboard lineup and whilst some boards were on display at this year’s CeBIT in Germany, they were only prototype items. This means that whilst they give us an insight into what is on offer when the boards finally go on sale, what is seen is only to be taken with a pinch of salt and things are likely to change between then and the final release.

So what do we know about the new line of motherboards and what features will we see across the product stack? Like previous generation boards we will see the latest release of many features including Military Class IV components, V-Check Points 2, OC Engine, Audio Boost 2 and new to this line of boards we will also see an M.2 interface for the latest SSDs as standard and a Delid Die Guard for the XPower AC as seen last week.

To break up what each board will bring to the market, have a look at the next couple of pages where I’ll touch on what each board has to offer as we go up through the stack. At the moment there is no work on pricing for any of these boards, although we will be certain to keep you all updated as information comes to light.

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite Notebook Review

Introduction


Before I even start this review, I’m going to lay down the law so to speak. The term Ultrabook adheres to a device that follows Intel’s strict guidelines and while the device that we’re looking at today may look Ultrabook-esque, it features AMD CPU architecture and therefore cannot be claimed as an Ultrabook, though for the most part (barring the exclusion of an Intel processor) it pretty much is an Ultrabook.

What Samsung have done to create this notebook is to take the fundamental aspects of their Ultrabook range (Ativ Book) and given it the same treatment as its big brother; the Ativ Book 9 Plus, but to keep costs down an AMD quad-core processor has been used as opposed to the more expensive and slightly more powerful Intel equivalent. While Intel fan-boys across the world will be shouting at their screens right now, you have to remember that a device such as this has limited purposes and no matter what CPU the manufacturer favours, it will not see Crysis 3 being  run with all the settings turned right up to the max.

The term Ultrabook and the very similar AMD equivalent offer an unrivalled range of features in a convenient, small form factor that allows for superb battery life, fantastic connectivity options and of course the added portability factor due to the size and most importantly, the weight of a lightweight product like this.

As a journalist (as that is effectively what our line of work falls under) you’ll generally have a stereotypical view in your mind of me sitting in Starbucks with a Macbook Air/Pro in front of me and a large Americano steaming away as I ponder the latest happenings in the tech world; but whilst I am a typical journalist and I have coffee running through my veins, I don’t spend all my hours sitting in a coffee shop such as Starbucks or Costa waiting to chase the news. What I do instead is to attend pre-arranged press conferences and launches – typically in London and to get the news out as soon as possible or to make taking note down easier, I prefer to take either a tablet or more ideally a small laptop with me to type my notes on to – I still keep my trusty notebook and pen in the bag though!

This scenario is exactly where the Ativ Book 9 Lite comes into play. With a lightweight design, lightning fast performance and small form factor, on paper it ticks all the right boxes and to top that all off that it features a touchscreen panel. What’s more the Ativ Book 9 Lite retails at just a fraction of the price of an equally spec’d Ultrabook the features an Intel CPU at its heart.

This notebook that I’m having a look at today comes in one of two almost identical specifications, but with one component that is different between the two, but one that also affects the price quite considerably. This sole item that I’m referring to is the screen. Many laptops, notebooks and Ultrabooks that are coming to the market are now featuring touch-screen capabilities and the Ativ Book 9 Lite is yet another system that has this option available, although if you’re not a fond user of this new feature, or you simply don’t need it, then the Book 9 Lite does offer a non touch panel for a slightly lower price point.

In terms of the specifications, Samsung are a bit vague as to the CPU but after some digging we can see that it’s Socket FT3 (BGA769) A4/A6 APU 1.4GHz Quad Core offering which of course supplies the GPU side of the machine too.

The box in typical Samsung stylish is clean, crisp and to the point with a large image of the device and subtle branding. The image on the front showcases the Mineral Ash Black colour, though the model we have today is Marble White.