Overclockers UK Presents Blade Gaming Systems

Pre-built computer systems have to be revamped now and then, bring in the new hardware and create an up-to-date product. After all, no one wants to buy an outdated system. Overclockers UK is in the process of doing that and we’ve already seen the Atomic range compact systems and the Project Cars themed Forcebox systems, but it doesn’t stop there.

Overclockers UK’s newest range is the Blade series and it is a new range of high-performance gaming PCs packed with enough power to cut through games with ease. The systems span from mid to full tower cases in size and the internals are customizable, to a point.

You can easy tailor the Blade system by upgrading the storage, memory, graphics cards, and more. You can change cases and interior LED lighting as well and get a system that is just like you want it, only you save yourself the trouble of putting it together. The Blade range is perfect for those who want an out of the box solution that just works and without having to go through the task of putting it together yourself.

 

You can find more photos of the different Blade systems at the Overclockers UK’s Blade Mini-site and check them out yourself, configure your dream system, and perhaps even order it.

ECS Unveil Skylake Motherboards @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – ECS offered a more in-depth look at what the company had to offer in terms of enthusiast grade motherboards after the event yesterday. These include the forceful brand names of Claymore and Blade series motherboards.

These will support the newest Skylake processors and DDR4 RAM, but what has been kept in the quiet is Realteks’s new DRAGON ethernet. I assume this is a gaming ethernet connection to directly rival the Killer ethernet series. The motherboards are in an unfinished state so we can take a look at all of the features without heatsinks getting in the way. Expansion connectivity is impressive, both featuring the new USB 3.1 and M.2 ports which we have come to love as a feature on enthusiast motherboards lately.

Along with these two new motherboards, they have also presented the current Z97 Machine and Drone motherboards. We’ve recently had the Z97I-Drone in for review and it was an impressive motherboard.

We look forward to the release of Intel Skylake processors so we can fully test these new Z170 motherboards. We will keep you updated with any news and events from the rest of Computex 2015.

U.S. Navy Doesn’t Trust Lenovo With Their Weapon Systems

You don’t trust anyone with the control of your weapon systems and it looks like the U.S. Navy isn’t too pleased with Lenovo’s recent purchase of the IBM Server division.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Navy is looking at dropping the IBM servers from some weapon systems after the company’s server line was purchased by Lenovo Group Ltd, a Chinese company.

The last years headlines have shown more than once that security and threats don’t just come from software, but that hardware is an equal access point. With something as crucial as weapon systems, one can understand that the Navy wants to be on the safe side.

On the other hand, more and more reminders of us the cold war era. Russia developing their own CPUs because they don’t trust the west, the U.S. placing trade restriction on China forbidding the sale of the most powerful supercomputers to them, and now this story.

Lenovo spokesman Ray Gorman said that the company generally declined to comment on customer contracts and as such didn’t have anything else to say to this particular case and instead pointed the finger in the direction of the Ministry of Finance.

Lenovo paid a price of $ 2.1 billion when they bought IBM’s low-end x86 server business last year.

Blade-less Turbines Could Be The Future!

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We’ve all seen them. The giant fans that spin (on occasion) and are said to help power the world without needing to worry about the pollution that may be generated. The problem is a lot of people don’t like the look of them (bar the fact that unless you have the right conditions the fans won’t spin), but what if someone came up with a new design?

A company in Spain is looking to do just that, Vortex Bladeless are looking to remove the unsightly blades and change how the wind can help power your homes. The giant metal pillars are instead designed to shake, a movement created by the air flowing around the pillars rather than forcing and pushing a giant blade instead. Typically buildings are designed to avoid the kind of wind and vortices that these pillars are instead designed to capture and use. While normally utilizing these by creating a building to oscillate at a specific frequency that the wind may occur at. Instead, Vortex states that by using magnets they are able to adjust the turbines in real time, getting the most out of the wind without having to wait for the opportune moment.

By converting the movement into electricity, Vortex claims to be able to reduce the cost of turbines by almost 40%. The reason for this price reduction is simple, very little maintenance is required if there are no gears or moving mechanics instead. While also cutting initial build costs by almost half due to the lack of expensive blades the blade-less design also has a small problem. The design only captures on average around 30% less energy than a regular turbine, something you could argue is offset by the smaller pieces of land they occupy and silent almost continuous running.

I’m all for environmental energy. Be it solar, wind or tidal renewable energy and electric vehicles are going to help cut pollution and make the world a better place to life very soon in the future, anything that helps bring that future closer can only be good right?

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Lenovo Showcase A GRID server at GTC 2015


GTC 2015: After walking around the exhibition show floor at this years NVIDIA GTC event, a few things caught our eye and the main thing was a huge standing rack blade enclosure from Lenovo.

As we know with blade racks, they can support a whole host of hardware including storage modules, video cards and of course, the networking infrastructure and processing power that you’d come to expect from a system of this calibre.

Inside the Lenovo N1200 server, we can see everything needed for a highly spectacular NVIDIA GRID server. If you want to find out more about GRID, we invite you to check it out here.

We have a lot more coverage coming from NVIDIA GTC, so keep your eyes peeled.

Razer Upgrades the Blade Gaming Laptop

Razer has unveiled their upgraded 14-inch Blade gaming notebook with the better CPU, GPU and display.

“When we debuted the Razer Blade in 2013, we set the benchmark for gaming laptops – and other companies worldwide have followed in our footsteps,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We continue to listen as gamer needs evolve and the new Razer Blade again sets the industry standard by which gaming laptops are measured.”

The new version got a GTX 970M graphics card with 3GB VRAM and an IGZO QHD display with a 3200×1800 pixel resolution for great graphic performance. The Nvidia Optimus technology makes the Blade switch between the Nvidia graphics and Intel HD Graphics in the background to save on power when the performance isn’t needed.

The new CPU is the Intel Core i7-4720HQ quad-core (eight threads) CPU with a 2.6GHz base clock and 3.6GHz turbo boost. It further has up to 512GB SSD and 16GB 1600MHz RAM.

Specifications

  • Intel Core i7-4720HQ Quad Core Processor (2.6GHz / 3.6GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3GB GDDR5 VRAM)
  • 16GB System Memory (DDR3L-1600MHz)
  • Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • 128/256/512GB SSD (SATA M.2) options
  • 14.0″ IGZO QHD+ 16:9 Ratio, 3200×1800, with LED backlight, capacitive multi-touch
  • Intel Wireless-AC 7260HMW (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.0)
  • (3x) USB 3.0 port (SuperSpeed)
  • HDMI 1.4a audio and video output
  • Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm microphone/headphone combo jack
  • Array microphone
  • 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
  • Built-in full-HD webcam (2.0 MP)
  • TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module)
  • Compact 150W Power Adapter
  • Built-in 70Wh Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
  • Razer Anti-Ghosting Keyboard (with adjustable backlight)
  • Razer Synapse Enabled
  • Kensington Lock interface
  • 345 mm Width x 17.8 mm Height 235 mm Depth
  • 2.03 kg

The new Razer Blade will be available between now and March 16th depending on your location and starts at $2199. A non-touch Full HD model will also be made available in March, but it comes with less memory and storage – and slightly cheaper at $1999.

Thanks to Razer for providing us with this information

Revolutionary Chemical Iris Could Bring Smaller Cameras to Smartphones

A normal iris has physical blades which move in order to change the amount of light entering the lens. More light enters when wider and less when closing down. The same principle is applied to cameras found in some smartphones nowadays too. A new chemical iris however tends to change the way our cameras on smartphones work. It is said that the new iris drops the need for physical blades and in turn reduces the overall size of a camera module. The miniaturization of bladed cameras is really quite tricky, since the module still requires the need of a actuator to move the blades.

Researchers in Germany have apparently solved the problem of creating miniaturized cameras with the help of a new iris which uses transparent chemical rings, giving it the ability to become opaque when a voltage is applied to it. The iris is said to measure in at just 55 micrometers thick, granting smartphones the ability to house much smaller and thinner camera modules. The design is said to feature two glass substrates pressed together with an iridium tin oxide layer on each side. A thin layer of electrochromic polymer is also said to be present on both glass substrates, formed into rings that create the chemical iris.

It is said that the iris needs only 1.5V to turn opaque, an ideally low voltage for smartphones and other mobile devices. A research paper states that a 1,200 mAh battery grants enough power to maintain the iris-state for about 60,000 hours. Having the aperture a perfect circle rather than shaped by overlapping blades will also give a more pleasing effect on the shallow depth of field effect and deliver smoother bokeh.

The new iris is said to still be in its early stages, but the researchers stated to help develop it even further since the new technology could deliver more flexibility and also bring the full manual controls seen on professional camera to mobile photography.

Thank you Cnet for providing us with this information
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Razer Announces Worlds Thinnest Gaming Laptop

“The Razer Blade is the worlds thinnest gaming laptop”

For Gamers By Gamers

If you’re a gamer you are most likely going to be interested in Razer USA! Razer has announced their newest addition to their family. Today they showed off their new Razer Blade Netbook, a beautiful, and elegant machine designed for gamers on the go. A little over a week ago Razer announced that they would be showing off their newest product, giving us a simple clue. “THINNER THAN A DIME – 30 MAY 2013”. I waited all day for their release, assuming it would be a new laptop, and I was right. Well half right. Today they announced two products, one of which I will tell you about in this article. This newest computer is the thinnest laptop in the world.

 If you’re big on gaming, then you are probably familiar with Razer gaming peripherals, perhaps you are even aware of their gaming tablet and laptops. Keeping up with today’s technology is one of my favorite things to do, and today has been a big day, I awaited Razer to announce their newest addition to the family. They have been advertising for the past couple of weeks that their newest device is going to be thinner than the dimension of a U.S. dime .071 inches.

It baffled me, but I came to the conclusion that the new announcement had to be for one of two different pieces of equipment. The Blade at the time was the thinnest laptop, thinner than any other laptop on the market at .088 inches. The next piece of equipment that is really thin, is Razer’s Edge the first gaming tablet, which is .80 much thicker than the Blade.  Anticipating the announcement I believe that Razer was going to bring us a new laptop, as the sizes seemed to match up. Though I wasn’t thinking that it would be as thin as it is.

The World’s Thinnest Gaming Laptop, with a thickness of only .061 inches, it is thinner than the diameter of a dime. The screen is not a large screen, only measuring in at 14-inches, though it is an HD+ screen designed to bring the user awesome 1600 x 900 resolution! Featuring an NVIDIA GTX 765M GPU, you will be able to play the most current games.

If you are a mobile gamer, than this laptop is most likely what your heart has always desired, portability paired with the latest and greatest technologies available!

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Price: Starts at $1,799

Availability:
Razerzone.com – Pre-Order June 3
United States and Canada only

Product features:
• Future 4th gen Intel® Core&tradel processor (formerly codename ´Haswell´)
• 8 GB Onboard Memory (DDR3L – 1600 MHz)
• NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M (2 GB GDDR5) & Intel HD4600
• Windows® 8 64 Bit
• 128 GB SSD, with optional 256/512 GB SSD (mSATA)
• Qualcomm® Killer NIC N1202 (802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth® 4.0)
• 14.0 in. HD+ 16:9 Ratio, 1600 x 900, with LED backlight
• Built-in stereo speakers
• 3.5 mm audio microphone/headphone combo jack
• Array microphone
• (3x) USB 3.0 port (SuperSpeed)
• HDMI 1.4a audio and video output
• Dolby® Home Theater® v4
• 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
• Built-in full HD webcam (1.3 MP)
• Compact 150 W Power Adapter
• Built-in 70 Wh Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
• Razer Anti-Ghosting Keyboard (with adjustable backlight)
• Razer Synapse 2.0 Enabled
• Kensington Lock
• 13.6 in. / 345 mm (Width) x 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
• 4.135 lbs. / 1.876 kg

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