Cooler Master Launched Case Mod World Series 2016

Case modding has become very popular again and it isn’t just something that a few select sponsored people do. A lot of people take it upon themselves to make their existing or new rigs just a little more fly. If you should be among those people, then you might want to pay attention to this as you could end up being one of the people walking away with 30,000 USD in cash and prizes. Cooler Master has launched the Case Mod World Series 2016 which is sponsored by ASUS, Avexir, Dremel, NVIDIA, and OCZ. Those are all some familiar names with some quality products.

The Case Mod World Series is designed to connect modders everywhere and 2016 is the seventh time it is being held where Cooler Master expanded the scope of the series to include local meet and greets, and modding sessions. The participants will be judged in four equally weighted areas that are complexity, design, originality, and overall look. The judgement will be done by the sponsoring companies as well as an international panel of judges: Ermanno Bonandini from Italy, Ronnie Hara from Brazil via Japan, Richard Keirsgieter from The Netherlands, Antony Leather from The UK, Richard Surroz and Brian Farrell from the USA.

“Modding has exploded in recent years and is taking root in every corner of the globe. The Case Mod World Series is about fuelling that growth. It’s about igniting the modding spirit – the maker spirit – on the web and right in your community,” said Michelle Wu, Global Community Manager. “This year, we will be running local events to involve modders everywhere. Together, with the generous support of our sponsors, we hope to enable the modding community the world over. ”

The registration is open now and will run until June the 12th, 2016. You need a Cooler Master Forum account to get going, but it is free and the Case Mod mini-site has all the details in that regard. The Info Hub will keep you updated with posts along the way and as previously mentioned, you can win a lot of prizes.

There are three categories with three places in each. The first place winner in the Tower Mod contest will walk away with $3000 USD in cash, any Cooler Master case of their choice, a V1200 PSU, MasterAir Maker 8 cooler, QuickFire Xti keyboard, Sentinel III mouse and Sirus headset. The motherboard is sponsored by Asus and is a Maximus VIII Formula while the GPU power comes from two GTX 980 Ti cards. Along with that, the first place winner gets OCZ SSD, Avexir Memory and a Dremel 8050 Micro tool. You can also see the full list of prizes for the different categories on the mini-site.

Avexir S100 SSD Is the World’s First LED SSD

LED lighting is an important factor to many builders and PC modders, but one thing had been missing that function up until now and that were the storage drives. At least that is what Avexir things and they have now launched an Indiegogo campaign to bring just that to the market: A solid state drive with built-in LED lighting to match your overall setup.

Avexir was first to bring LED lights to memory modules and their plasma effect modules have become very popular. Now they are also the first to bring LED lights to the storage drives and illuminate them the way they deserve. After all, they are crucial components of your system.

The Avexir S100 SSD, as it is called, will be available with several colour options to match your setup: White, Red, Blue, Green, and Orange. The Indiegogo campaign offers the solid state drives in combination with an 8GB set of Core DDR4 memory modules in the same colour as the SSD you pledge on. The 120GB package will set you back $135, the 240GB $190, and the 480GB model will cost you $299.

Avexir didn’t reveal the exact type of SSD controller they’re using on this drive nor what type of NAND, but they did reveal that it will use a JMicron controller and “cutting-edge original NAND Flash”. Without further specifications, it might hold some people back from pledging. Most combinations available will reach great speeds these days, but there still are differences in feature sets and durability. It would have been nice to know, but at least Avexir revealed the expected performance figures: Sequential read/write speeds up to 540MB/s & 450MB/s with 80k IOPS random 4k write. These figures could point towards TLC NAND, which would be a letdown to some enthusiasts while it caters more to the mainstream. An odd choice, if true, for a drive like this.

Avexir is trying to raise a total of $50,000 for this campaign, a goal that they’ll very likely reach within the 30 days that is left on the campaign. Would you want one of these new LED SSDs? Let us know in the comments.

Lightning Tube ‘Treatment’ given to Avexir RAIDEN DDR3 Memory Modules

The RAIDEN DDR3 memory module series is known for their high performance and apparently for their unique feature. The modules are using the world exclusive patented technology of plasma tubes in order to mimic the lightning effect for gamers seeking a more unique look and something to brag about when presenting their rigs to friends.

The high-performance memory modules are said to pass 16 Avexir Ic Sorting Technology processes and 14 memory module functional, burn-in and compatibility tests on Intel chipset 7, 8 and 9 series before shipping, adding a heavy layer of confidence for customers looking to buy reliable memory for their PCs.

Avexir also built the memory modules with 8 layers of performance optimized design-printed circuit board and industry grade resistors and capacitors, making the RAIDEN series one of the top-level specification modules. They also feature the Intel XMP technology, allowing users to tune the memory modules to the rated speed with ease.

While prices for the modules are still unknown, it is said that Avexir will ship the modules with speeds ranging from 1866 to 2400 MHz and 4 to 8 GB density.

Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information

Overclockers UK Add RipJaws and Exclusive Avexir DDR4 Modules to Lineup

Overclockers UK were not kidding when they said they were fully behind the new DDR4 memory a couple of days ago. First the added Corsair modules to their lineup and now it has become time for two more to enter. In a press release sent to us, they present the next two brands in the ever growing list. Once again, Overclockers UK are first with the DDR4 expansion now including G.Skill and EXCLUSIVE Avexir memory into the inventory ready for new X99 launch.

Today we see the expansion on the DDR4 inventory to include G.Skill’s Ripjaws IV range with speeds up to 3000Mhz and the all new and Exclusive to Overclockers UK, Avexir Platinum range with one of the best bang for buck.

The Avexir Platinum is a slick black module with current speeds up to 2400MHz and with a hint of up to 3400MHz in the future. The signature LED series might also be returning with DDR4. Lots of exciting products to come. In the UK, the Avexir range will only be available at Overclockers UK and the rest of Europe can get them from Caseking.

Overclockers UK now hosts over 20 DDR4 SKUs in their inventory, giving enthusiasts the choice when taking the leap into the latest new hardware platform. Overclockers UK will also be offering a full range of X99 motherboards along with a choice of full built overclocked systems designed to offer maximum performance.

You can head right on over to Overclockers UK and check out their entire lineup, and place your pre-order if you can’t wait any longer.

Thank you Overclockers UK for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Overclockers UK.

Avexir Blitz Series 1.1 4GB 1600MHz Memory Review

Introduction


Avexir may not be the biggest name in the world of performance desktop memory but they have certainly been gaining in popularity and reputation over the past year, and rightly so. Today we are taking a look at a variety of DDR3 modules from Avexir that form part of their new Blitz Series 1.1. Instead of just sending us a traditional kit Avexir have sent us one module from each of the different designs they offer in the Blitz Series 1.1. Avexir offer the following styles:

  • Original
  • MPower (Styled for MSI MPower motherboards)
  • Gaming Dragon (Styled for MSI Gaming Series motherboards)
  • OC Formula (Styled for ASRock OC Formula motherboards)
  • L337 Gold (Styled for ECS L337 Gaming Gold motherboards)
  • L337 Red (Styled for ECS L337 Gaming Red motherboards)
  • Ultra Durable Orange (Styled for Gigabyte Ultra Durable Orange motherboards)
  • Ultra Durable Green (Styled for Gigabyte G1 Killer Series motherboards)

We received all of the styles except the Gaming Dragon one, as presumably this wasn’t ready at the time we received these kits. Avexir also offer a wide variety of SKUs in the Blitz Series 1.1, they are as follows:

We received the 4GB DDR3 1600MHz memory modules with 9-9-9-24 (CL9) timings and a 1.5 voltage. The Avexir Blitz Series 1.1 RAM came nicely packaged inside this luxury black presentation box.

The packaging lists the key features of the Avexir Blitz Series 1.1. As we can see Avexir is targeting both overclockers and gamers with the Blitz Series 1.1. Key features include:

  • Intel XMP certification
  • Attractive heat spreader design
  • LED lighting effects
  • Detachable heat spreaders
  • 20z 8 layer copper PCB
  • High quality components

Avexir Reveal Core Gold Series Memory Modules

Everyone who has followed the launch of Z87 and Intel’s new Haswell platform will have seen the new ASUS motherboards that come with a Gold/Mustard Yellow colour scheme, such as the ASUS Z87-C motherboard we recently reviewed. Avexir is now launching a special series of RAM kits specifically for users looking to match up their system’s components.

The Avexir Gold Series includes a pair of 4GB RAM modules running at 2133MHz with CL9 latencies. These will support Intel’s XMP profiling and have timings 9-11-10-27. These RAM modules are designed to support both Intel and AMD systems but we can see they will pair up best with ASUS’ Z87 motherboards for Intel’s Haswell.

Each module comes with a specially designed Gold/Mustard Yellow heat spreader and a fully black PCB. Along the top there is an LED light bar which operates when the system is powered up.

The LEDs are Gold/Yellow and have a strobe lighting effect. Avexir is backing these modules with a lifetime warranty. You can buy the Avexir Gold Series memory modules from Caseking and Overclockers UK.

Images courtesy of Avexir

Computex: Booth Babes Part 2!

We already brought you our “booth babes part 1” and now its time for another dose of some Computex booth babes.

First up we have a lovely booth babe with the PQI team marketing their storage options.

Next we have three Asian Persuasions working with Apacer in some rather questionable outfits.

Next is a rather stylish looking lady with the memory vendors Team Group who make DRAM, SSD and Flash memory products.

V-Color have made a big show of force with their booth babes, out in a rather striking skimpy red outfit to lure those punters in.

I think you’d be rather fortunate to slip by quietly without receiving about 10 leaflets from the V-Color girls.

ADATA had a selection of rather colorfully dressed ladies out and about holding some ridiculously large cardboard SD cards!

Moving onto another booth we had a couple of strangely dressed booth babes with Apotop the Wi-Fi and networking company baised in Taiwan.

Avexir were playing it quite safe with their booth babes opting to wear a decent amount of clothing!

Finally we had Vatyn using some cheap tactics to get punters to check out those “80 PLUS Gold” certifications that so conveniently happen to be printed onto this booth babes womanly parts.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex (and booth babe) coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

Avexir MPower Series DDR3 2400MHz 8GB Memory Kit Review

When building any system from the ground up, the vast majority of people like me try to keep components to a particular theme and this is why we commonly see red, blue and white components to name but a few. When it comes to styles that match identically, this typically will be found within the confines of the manufacturer themselves, who will style parts to match. Well now is time to break the mould.

Avexir’s Core series memory has been making quite an appearance over the last few months as we have seen numerous world records broken and attempted in systems that use this new line of modules. One of the notable parts of its design is without a doubt the pulsing LEDs that run along the top of the modules and light up in relation to activity on each individual stick. They’re not fast paced or as active as the likes of Crucial’s Tracer kits, but instead they give off a gentle glow.

Going back to system styling, those with a keen eye will recognise the yellow bar that runs along the heat spreader, splitting into to smaller bars. Some might say that it looks vaguely similar to a style that we have seen on MSI’s MPower motherboards. Well to put a fact straight, it is exactly identical and that is where this kit breaks the mould. MSI are no memory manufacturer and on the same lines Avexir are nowhere near opening their motherboard division any time soon so it is a great sight to see two companies work together to produce components that are specifically styled to go together with each other.

Granted this kit is set to be paired with an MPower motherboard or any other component with the same styling for that matter from MSI and even a couple from ASRock, but for the purposes of the review of the kit itself, it would be unfair to test it on that and mark it against other kits, so we will be sticking with our normal ASUS ROG motherboard as we go on and get tucked into some more memory goodness.