Linksys Launched New Wireless Range Extender and High-Gain Antennas

Linksys launches a new wireless range extender and two new high-gain antenna packs to help you deal with those dead zones you might have in your setup or just plain extend the network range. The new Wi-Fi range extender is the Linksys AC1200 Amplify Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE6700) and the Linksys WRT004AND and WRT002ANT are the two new dual-band omnidirectional high-gain antenna two and four-packs.

The RE6700 Wi-Fi range extender provides a Wi-Fi signal boost into rooms throughout the house with a simple, elegant, and easy-to-install solution. The built-in power outlet maintains use of an existing wall outlet with pass-through functionality so you don’t lose the use of that outlet which often are limited where you actually need them.

The Wi-Fi extender is a dual-band device and works simultaneously as N300 and AC867 Mbps extender for maximum coverage. Two external and adjustable antennas provide great performance. It also features a Gigabit LAN port where you can connect cabled devices to your wireless network.

A 3.5mm audio jack allows you to connect speakers to the range extender and stream music wirelessly from your iOS or Android smartphone, tablet or laptop. The RE6700 works with any router or gateway including those provided by your ISP.

Linksys also developed the Spot Finder Technology which enables you to visually see the best placement spot for the range extender in the home by using your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Spot Finder Technology automatically activates when the setup process is launched and you just have to follow a few prompts for a hassle-free setup and improved Wi-Fi to existing dead zones.

The RE6700 is available starting today at major retail and online resellers for an MSRP of £89.99.

Linksys’ high-gain antennas, the first of their kind, are available in a 2- and 4-pack (WRT004ANT and WRT002ANT) and help improve a router’s signal strength specifically at the edge of a Wi-Fi network and the result is enhanced Wi-Fi performance.

The new dual-band high-gain antennas are the first of their kind and compatible with any wireless router that features an RP-SMA connection. They deliver 4dBi in the 2.4GHz band and 7dBi in the 5 GHz band for up to double the antenna gain over stock antennas. The omni-directional capability extends Wi-Fi coverage for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands on the horizontal plane.

Linksys WRT004ANT and WRT002ANT Omni-directional High Gain Antennas are also available now, but it is a pricey upgrade. They come with an MSRP of £89.99 and £44.99 respectively for the 4-pack and 2-pack.


AMD Fury Is Official and Comes in Three Versions @ E3 Event

AMD CEO Lisa T. Su comes onto stage to talk about Fiji, what we’re really interested in at this event: The AMD Fiji cards.

We’ve had a lot of leaks and information surface up to this event, but now it’s official. The AMD Fury cards are here, the Fury, the Fury X, the Fury Nano and an unnamed dual-GPU card as used in the Quantum system.

The Fury delivers 1.5x the performance per watt over the 290x. Fury will be air cooled and Fury X will be the liquid cooled version of the same card.

The use of HBM memory allows for a much shorter PCB and thereby smaller card. Shown for the first time is the Fury Nano, a six-inch card that produces 2x the performance per watt over the R9 290.

The Fury X will cost around $549 and be available next week. The Nano will be available in July while the dual-Fiji card won’t come until Q3-Q4 this year.

Oculus Live Event Coverage

Oculus have something up their sleeves and the countdown for the special live event has almost reached zero. Nerds, geeks, and virtual reality fans are equally curious and anxious to see what they have planned and will present for us.

Luckily we don’t have to wait much longer as the event is about to go live. We will of course bring you all the hot news as they roll in.

On stage come Brendon Iribe, the CEO of Oculus. The whole thing starts out with a history lesson about 2D and why VR will change everything. Nothing new, but something we’ve all been dreaming off for a long time.

It’s the Oculus Rift headset! The final version for consumers, no development kit anymore.

Plextor Presents New Entry Level SSD at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – It has been a while since we’ve had any new drives come from Plextor and that might be because they’ve been busy, not just by getting them ready but also to make the best product possible.

The first new drive presented is the Plextor M6V, a new entry-level value-oriented solid state drive based around the SMI 2246 controller and in capacities up to 512GB.

The Plextor M6V 2.5-inch SATA drive sports transfer speeds up to 535 MB/s read and 455 MB/s write as well as great random performance up to 83K IOPS read and 80K write.

QNAP’s Triple Storage Solution With Thunderbolt NAS at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – We stopped by the QNAP booth to check out what they had in stock this year and it’s far from the usual.

On display is the new TS-871T that isn’t just an NAS with iSCSI support, it is also a DAS unit allowing you to connect it directly via a high-speed Thunderbolt interface. Usually you just get one or the other, but not so with QNAP that packed it all into one great unit especially great for video professionals.

Not only is the TSV-871T a triple storage solution, it also packs an amazing punch under the hood. It is based around a quad-core Intel i7 CPU and supports full 4K video output via the built-in HDMI connector.

Eight drive bays and 16GB RAM will make everything run as smooth as it should. A unit like this can’t be missing QNAP’s amazing QvPC technology that allows you to run almost any operating system in a virtual environment and directly on the NAS thanks to the VMstation.

The two expansion slots are used for the Thunderbolt and extra 10GB/s LAN connections here, but that could technically be changed to whatever you need – if you need more. The units already has everything you could want from normal Gigabit Ethernet ports over 10GbE and Thunderbolt to USB 2.0 and 3.0. A universal connection wonder.

On the demo stand the unit was connected directly to an Apple system for a demonstration of the Thunderbolt Interface.

Transfer speeds of up to 950MB/s isn’t something you’ll see every day from NAS units.

New is also the Qsirch, a google like search but for your NAS. This new feature will easily allow you find anything you remember to have stored on your NAS just as easy as it is to use any search engine.

Cloud backup is an important factor these days, both for collaborating on work but also for extra safekeeping of your files in case disaster should strike. QNAP has this covered from Microsoft OneDrive over GoogleDrive to Dropbox and Amazon’s Cloud server. FTP, Microsoft networking, and WebDAV are also part of QNAPs functions.

Streaming and playback isn’t an issue either. Select the output device and connection and it’s playing.

Storage snapshots are just what they sound like and allow you to rollback to previous times in your storage. Messed something up? just go back to previous backups and restore it.

CeBIT 2015 Opening Ceremony

CeBIT 2015 is now officially in full swing, after the event kicked off with the opening ceremony this evening. With over 2500 invited guests in attendance, as well as speakers such as Angel Merkel, the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Jack MA, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group and many more.

This years event is set to be a big one, with more than 3400 companies from 70 countries, showcasing their latest and greatest products. China is the official partner country of CeBIT 2015, and Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai gave a keynote speech during the opening ceremony. This year will mark a major increase in the number of Chinese companies attending CeBIT.

Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai

Internet and mobile technology has always been a strong focus for CeBIT and this year looks to be no different. With Jack Ma stating in his opening keynote that the world will be connected by data, instead of oil.

With many of the greatest name in technology already here at the show and many more ready to display and discuss their products at the exhibition halls from tomorrow, we’re very excited to see what is on offer.

We’ll bring you all the latest from the show, so stay tuned for further updates.

Image courtesy of Spygahana.

Apple Spring Event Started out in an Unusual Matter

Today’s Apple Spring Event is anything but the usual Apple event and one that showed differences right from the start. Tim Cook entered the stage wearing a cardigan, something that surprised many. But this isn’t about what anyone is wearing but rather the new technology. The Apple Watch event didn’t start out with much information about the watch.

At first we got some numbers on how Apple is performing as a business, which isn’t really relevant to most of use. Next, we got more information about Apple TV, the black lunchbox-sized set-top box. Richard Plepler, the CEO of HBO got on stage and announced Apple as exclusive partner for HBONow. Apple TV is now the official device of Game of Thrones, something that might give people a reason to actually buy this box.

HBONow will cost $14.99 a month in April with the first month free, double the price of Netflix. To firmly stamp in Apple as the official partner, the new Game of Thrones trailer is played – really not the typical Apple Event. Tim Cook returned to the stage after and revealed that the price of Apple TV will be lowered from $99 to $69, most likely a direct response to Fire TV.

Thanks to Mashable for providing us with this information.

Thecus WSS NAS Launch Event Coverage

Thecus invited us to the WSS NAS Product Launch in Berlin and we were naturally eager to attend. Thecus introduced us to three new NAS devices based on Windows Server 2012 R2, a world first. There are other Windows-based NAS on the market, but they use Windows Home or 2008 R2.

The new W2000, W4000 and W5000 NAS units all come with Windows software pre-installed and are ready to go right out of the box. The two and four bay models use an integrated 60GB SSD as boot-disk while the W5000 uses a 500GB SSHD from Seagate.

Thecus works closely with partners such as Microsoft, Intel but also Seagate to make sure their NAS devices offer the best experience. The result is three new Windows-based NAS devices that will offer features not found otherwise, with a tiny footprint and great energy-efficiency. The in-house hardware team employed at Thecus is another advantage and it allows for quicker product releases.

The Windows 2012 R2 environment makes the integration into cloud services such as Azure, Office 365 or Remote Desktop connection really easy and with a familiar interface. Aimed at 1 to 50 clients, these new NAS systems have a broad market share and can perform really well with their Intel Atom processors under the hood.

Customers will have access to restore ISO’s that will be available for download in many different languages, to either restore or perform complete fresh installs.

Luke from Thecus also took the time to introduce us to the three new Windows Server 2012 R2 based NAS devices, you can watch the video below:

The three new Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials servers, or WSS NAS for short, weren’t the only thing we saw during this launch event and you can follow the entire coverage below.

The event started out with a little history, a history of success. Thecus likes being first and they have been over the years with many things, over and over.

Thecus have a broad line of innovative products and features.

And they have scored the awards to show that, already over 100 of them. Look, theirs ours!

Now it’s getting to the interesting part, collaborating Thecus hardware with Windows software.

Thecus doesn’t just make NAS devices for the small businesses and pro-consumers, they also create great rack-units.

We’re getting to the interesting part for most of us, the new SMB and SOHO models.

We’re getting to know some of the benefits from using Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

Data protection is more important today than ever and it’s important to have the right solution for your setup.

The cloud is the future, well at least it is a big part of it. Especially if you’re a small company trying to make it out there among the big ones.

The three musketeers.

Working closely with Intel allows Thecus to deliver the best results to their customers.

Speed and capacity are key in storage and Intel has pretty much all areas covered.

A look at the specifications, I do however believe they accidently switched the CPU in the chart between the 2 and 5 bay models.

Seagate is another close partner of Thecus’ and they make some of the best NAS drives on the market. With an ever growing data consumption and smart devices, we need to keep up with the storage demands.

Statistics show that a lot of NAS area is unused and could be optimized.

Seagate also offers their NAS drives with +Rescue Data Recovery service.

Hybrid drives are another market that Seagate is strong within, and one that is great for NAS systems as well.

If you still haven’t had enough of these great new NAS devices and might have missed it earlier, we have a little more information in our news section from when the W2000, W4000 and W5000 were announced a little while ago.

 Thanks to Thecus for Inviting us to this event

UK Mobile Data Signal Hotspots Uncovered in New Map

Phone retailer, has released a new crowdsourced map that reveals the true strength of mobile data coverage across the UK.

The map uses a handy colour code to show areas of strong and weak signal, offering the ability to separate coverage by 2G, 3G and 4G data reception. It also displays average speeds for a particular area and reports that the entire UK average for 4G connectivity stands at 14.7Mbps.

It also allows us to see where 4G has really caught on (in cities) and exactly where it hasn’t (mostly in the rural areas of Wales, Scotland and the North of England). We also get a chance to compare different networks, with the map suggesting that EE is the best for 4G, covering 75% of the UK.

Source: The Telegraph

Microsoft Event: The New Windows Is Being Presented

We’ve seen the leaks and we’ve heard the rumours; now it’s time for some facts. The Microsoft Windows event in San Francisco is upon us and we’ll finally find out what the future of Windows will bring.

Microsoft held the event rather small and very few guests were invited. While not everyone could be there at such an event, it makes for a better and more intimate presentation. When the attendees entered the room they could spot Windows logos everywhere and some test systems that weren’t powered yet; but there weren’t any obvious hints towards the version number or name.

When the clock finally hit 6:00 PM local time, the Windows chief Terry Myerson entered the stage. He started by telling that half a billion people are using Microsoft Windows today and there are even more devices that run it. “For one audience the world still hasn’t changed, that’s our developers. Still too much to do and not enough time,” said Myerson.

“Windows is at a threshold and now it’s time for a new Windows.” The new windows is build from the ground up with a mobile-first cloud-first world in mind. But a name still hasn’t been revealed. Most people have been speculated on Windows 9 up until now, but that wouldn’t be the right choice according to Microsoft. To much has changed.

Windows One would be fitting, but that’s already been used, Myerson teases the audience. The new version of the worlds leading operating system will be called Microsoft Windows 10. Yes you read right. The new name shocked quite a few people, but I don’t see any problem with it.

It looks like Microsoft wants to abandon all the different versions and just have one operating system. One unified system that allows customers to work, play and connect between all their devices. Windows 10 will run on the broadest types of devices ever and will be just one application platform. “One store, one way for applications to be discovered, purchased, and updated across all of these devices.”

Myerson went on to ensure how valuable the enterprise customers are to Microsoft. They need to evaluate Windows early and as such Windows has started their dialogue with them today. It promises a familiar experience and all the tools they’re used to finding. “Windows 10 will be compatible with all the traditional management systems used today.”

Thank you TheVerge for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of TheVerge

Nvidia GAME24 Event Coverage and GTX980 Launch

Nvidia’s big celebration of PC gaming is almost mid-way, with live streams and events from all over the world. So far the event hasn’t been a let down for anyone, at least I can’t imagine it has. The entire celebration started with Nvidia CEO and Co-Founder Jen-Hsun Huang presenting the brand new GeForce GTX 980 to us all. Before we got to see the actual card, Nvidia presented us with what sets this new generation of Maxwell cards apart.

The crowd was eager to see what Nvidia had in store this time. We’ve had many rumours and leaks, but the actual presentation and facts is something entirely different. The long wait is finally over.

We get the Maxwell chip and architecture presented; the most advanced GPU ever made. A bold claim, but it sure looks like they have the card to back this statement up.

Maxwell’s SM architecture promises us 40 percent higher performance per core versus Kepler.

The decreased power consumption together with the increased performance clearly impresses everyone. We see numbers that are about 25% better than the previous Kepler architecture due to reduced memory traffic.

The low power consumption of the new Maxwell chip is amazing. You won’t need to use as powerful power-supplies any more, even when running a multi-GPU setup.

Maxwell cards offer twice the performance per watt compared to Kepler. This is a seriously impressive achievement from Nvidia.

With this being a celebration of PC gaming, the Nvidia GameWorks Library had to be mentioned as well.

And a grass, hair or fur animation seems to be mandatory when showing how well a GPU can perform on-the-fly rendering. Nvidia is showing us the grass variation today.

Nvidia also worked on their PhysX integration on the new cards

Real time rendering of light has been a huge challenge for GPU and Software developers since, well since forever. We get improvements with each new generation of cards and software engines, that move us one step closer to a rendered image you can’t distinguish from a real photo.

Was the moon landing real? That is something that most likely will be debated until the end of humanity. If it would have been today, there would be way more doubt about it. The images seen below look amazing. Honestly, I can’t tell if rendered or real by the details, quality, shadows or light.

Did aliens have anything to do with the new GeForce GTX 980, powered by the next generation Maxwell GPU? I doubt it, but small grey men still bring us a huge Nvidia box in this render.

And then we’re finally shown the new card, the one we’ve all been waiting for.

Now that you have seen the coverage of the event launch, you might be interested to know how great this card is. Don’t worry, we got you covered there as well, with reviews on the stock version and the improved Gigabyte G1 Gaming. For those who can’t get enough of these cards, we’ve also got a SLI test ready for you.

The event is far from over, and there is a lot more to come. My personal favourite stream is Mod24. A 24 hour modding competition between 3 teams, of course using the brand new GTX 980’s in triple SLI. Two of the teams are making complete scratch builds while the third uses a standard chassis for their mod. The theme is “The Ultimate Fantasy Mod” and should reflect the modders favourite gaming moments. At the end of the event, all three modded systems will be given away, you’ll however need to follow the stream to gain the information to enter.

Not all live streams run at the same time, but there are some running at all times. Inverviews with gamers and developers, skype group chats, modding and live gaming events are all part of this amazing event. It’s worth checking out on Nvidias stream page.



Apple Unveils iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

While the livestream of the big unveiling event is creating trouble for Apple, the news ticker works great and we’re able to bring you some of the latest news directly from the event. The whole thing started with a historical view back on the location; the Flint Center. It was here in 1984 that Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh for the first time and it was the same place Steve introduced the famous iMac in 1998.

Now it’s time for Apple’s next big thing. Tim Cook started the presentation, “Today, we are pleased to announce the biggest advancement in iPhone.” the new iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus. Both the new phones have a continuous seamless design without any distinct edges, the glass is curved to the back where it meets the anodized aluminium casing.

Both models will feature the new improved Retina HD display that uses dual-domain pixels on the photo-aligned IPS display. This gives the user a wider viewing angle as well as support of the full sRGB gamut. The glass is ion-strengthened and has a size of 4.7 and 5.5 inch respectively.

The iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 by 750 with 326 pixels per inch, going slightly past the 720p mark. The plus model on the other hand has a full HD display with 1920 by 1080 resolution and 401 pixels per inch. Where the old iPhone was 7.6mm thick, the new generation have been sent on a diet and have had all their unnecessary fat cut away. The iPhone 6 is only 6.9mm thick while the Plus model needs another 0.2mm and is 7.1mm thick.

Both new phones are powered by the Apple designed A8 chip with up to 25% faster processing power and up to 50% faster graphics. The processor is said to be 50 times faster than the original iPhone, and 84% faster in graphics. Though it’s quite some years ago that the original iPhone was released, it’s still an accomplishment. The new CPU is also said to be up to 50% more power efficient.

Barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass are all present and supported by the M8 co-processor, and all tied into the health and apps system to give you more detail about everything. LTE support is said to be the best available in any smartphone and present for over 200 carriers all around the world. The new iPhone will also allow you to send crisp clear Voice over LTE.

It has 802.11ac WiFi to match the newest standards and top speeds in network environments, and WiFi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.

The iPhone 6 has an 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, f/2.2 aperture and an all new sensor. The new version of the iPhone should take even better photos and videos with these improvements on both the software and hardware side.

Thank you Apple for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Apple

ESPN to Air 10 Million USD Dota 2 Gaming Tournament

As released today, Valve has announced ESPN will be showing live coverage of their 10 million dollar electronic sports tournament, simply labeled ‘The International’.

The International has been run yearly since 2011, with Valve pitting 1.6 million dollars of funded prize pool in recent times. To help increase this incentive, Valve pitched it to their Dota2 community for further support. For $10 USD, any player can purchase a ‘compendium‘ which delivers $2.50 into the prize pool directly and also give the user a bunch of in-game items, skins and benefits. Doing the math, this means roughly 8.4 million was raised directly from the communities donation, with a ton more going directly to the game manufacturer.

Currently, the International has just finished its playoff stages and has come up with a final eight teams all fighting for the trophy. As according the Valves press release, ESPN are now set get in on the action:

“Valve today announced that coverage of The International Dota 2 Championships will be presented in collaboration with ESPN on its live multi-screen sports network, ESPN3. In addition, an exclusive show previewing the final match will be presented on ESPN2 on Sunday at 8:30 pm Pacific. Live access to ESPN2 is also available on digital platforms via WatchESPN.” Steampowered

Valves Erik Johnson commented on the partnership:

“From the success of the Compendium to the collaboration with ESPN, this year’s International really demonstrates how much competitive gaming has grown to rival traditional sports. We believe the teams have also pushed to a new level of play this year and will further demonstrate the incredible advances made across this tournament since it first began three short years ago.” Steampowered

This is huge news for the eSports community, whom are always pushing for their favorite pastime (or in some cases, occupation) to be pushed into the mainstream-media spotlight. Another positive note is that this years 10 million dollar prize pool is a massive jump to that of 2013, which grossed only 2.8 million in comparison. This may be just the push that eSports needs to make its way into more homes.

Wondering how this 10 million dollar prize pool matches up with ‘regular’ sporting events? Thanks to we’ve had it laid out easily for us.

For those who don’t have the ability to watch on ESPN, will be running multiple online streams of the finals.

Is there anything else valve have up their sleeve? We’re waiting with twitching anticipation for any further announcements.

Image courtesy of Gosu Gamers

Latest Club 3D SenseVision MST Hub Technology On Display At CeBIT 2014

Here we are once again at the wonderful Club 3D booth at CeBIT 2014, we’ve already brought you coverage of their superb Poker Series ’14 graphics cards and now we’ll be taking a look at their new SenseVision ranges.

Sense Vision comes in the form of Club 3D’s Multi Stream Transport (MST) Hubs and allows you to stream video to multiple displays via a single Display Port connection. We actually reviewed one of their most recent models a few months ago and you can read that detailed review right here.

The new hubs as well as some prototype ones that we take a closer look at in the video below allow you to expand your desktop with relative ease, outputting video, audio, USB power and more from a single Display Port. This can be from your compatible graphics card or from any other compatible device such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, which can its self power up to three external displays, allowing you access to a highly versatile desktop environment without the need for a full system.

Below Club 3D talk us through their latest MST Hub products that will be hitting the market in 2014, enjoy the video and stay tuned for more coverage from both Club 3D as the rest of CeBIT 2014.


New Enermax Cooling Accessories & Power Supplies On Display At CeBIT 2014


Here we are once again at the Enermax booth at CeBIT 2014 as we take a look at some of their existing cooling and power supply products as well as new products for 2014. First up we have the Revolution X’t PSU (pictured above) which features a heavy duty design, a custom 139mm ultra silent twister fan, 80 Plus Gold certification and the ability to push more than 97% of the total power through its massive 12V rail. Available in 430W, 530W, 630W and 730W variants, the Revolution X’t is available now.

Next up we have the Revolution87+ 850W 80Gold semi-modular PSU (pictured below) which was designed with SLI / Xfire in mind. Features a quiet 140mm fan design, 4 x 12V rails, heat guard technology to allow the fan to keep spinning after system shut-down, high-quality Japanese capacitors and all the usual protection features you would expect these days.

While not exactly new products, we can’t help but snap a picture of their Vegas, BIG LED and Twister Fans, which offer some gorgeous lighting effects while being able to move some seriously impressive airflow.

We know it’s not easy to get too excited about notebook coolers, but it’s great to see that Enermax still continue to support their range with new models.

Case accessories may not be that exciting, but card readers, USB hubs, hard drive cages and lockable drive bays are vital tools for many of us and it certainly looks like Enermax has got all the important stuff covered.

We’ve got even coverage more from the Enermax booth to come and a lot more from the rest of CeBIT 2014, so stay tuned for more updates very shortly.

Silverstone Desktop Amp & DAC At CeBIT 2014

Here we are once again at the Silverstone booth at CeBIT 2014 and while we’ve already had great fun checking out their new chassis products for 2014, I can’t help but be even more excited about their audio products. Silverstone are well known in the industry for their attention to detail and premium grade engineering, a mindset that works well when designing high-end audio equipment.

Below we have the RAV01 and the RAV02 audio products, both of which are part of Silverstone’s premium grade gaming series “Raven”. The devices booth look simple enough, black boxes with a pair of audio jacks on the front. The RAV01 is external and compact, while the RAV02 is a little larger to allow mounting in a 5.25″ drive bay slot on your chassis. Both of them are designed to filter and improve the quality of your sound while gaming, perfect for blocking background noise and giving your headset an extra kick.

The really awesome stuff comes in the form of the new desktop amp and DAC (Digital Audio Converter). These two sleek looking devices are made from beautifully finished brushed aluminium and while they can be run separately you can hook the pair together to really reap the benefits of high-end headsets and headphones on your desktop. Improved signal quality and power delivery really makes a big difference and I’ll be taking a closer look at these products in the coming weeks for an in-depth review.

There is still more great things to see at the Silverstone booth as well as from the rest of the show here at CeBIT 2014, so well be back very soon with even more coverage from the show floor.

Silverstone’s Latest NAS, HTPC & SteamBox-Style Chassis On Display At CeBIT 2014

Here we are once again at CeBIT 2014 with more great coverage from some of the top manufactures from around the world. Silverstone are already highly regarded for their attention to detail and innovation and the new cases on display at the show are no exception. First up we have the lovely new SG08-Lite (top left) which features an bold exterior design, extensive ventilation for keeping your GPU and other components cool, a slot loading optical drive bay, ATX PSU support and room for a mini-ITX motherboard.

Next to that we have on of the coolest cases on the market today, the RVZ01 gaming chassis (2nd from left) which features room for a large GPU and plenty of storage thanks to its innovative design. We actually reviewed this case recently, so if you would like to know more you can check out the full review here (spoiler: It’s awesome).

Next in line we have the DS260 mini-ITX chassis (below), easily our favourite Silverstone product at CeBIT 2014. It features a thick aluminium construction and despite only being a mock-up it’s already looking superb. It features a hybrid design that makes it ideal for a mini-ITX style system, but it’s real purpose in life is as a NAS box.

Aside from feature a sturdy chassis which features carry handle style side panels, you’ll also find tabbed hard drive bays which can be lifted out right from the top of the case. If you’re in need of a case that allows quick and easy hard drive swaps then you’re going to love this. If you need to do mass backups, file transfers, or need very flexible storage then the DS260 may very well be one of the best choices on the market for a self-build NAS system.

The new GD09 is a serious power house for those wanting to build a mighty HTPC style build, although I guess there is no reason why you couldn’t use it for a desktop based system dependant on your requirements and preferences. It is compatible with ATX motherboards, ATX PSU’s, multiple large graphics cards (just like any other ATX sized chassis), features plenty of air filters, fan mounts and everything else you would expect from a high-end Silverstone product.

If your space requirements are a little more limited, the ML06 features support for mini-ITX motherboards, but still features plenty of ventilation, dust filters and side inputs for USB 3.0 and HD Audio that make it an ideal compact solution for a HTPC or space-saving desktop system.

ML06 not small enough for you? Then check out their gorgeous new range of PT14 NUC style cases, which feature passive CPU cooling designs that range from eSATA storage compatibility in the smaller ones, to full 3.5″ hard drive support of the larger models, making them great for digital advertising, HTPC, media streaming, or just a powerful, yet compact system that you can take with you with ease.

We’ve got plenty more to share with you from CeBIT 2014 and even more from the Silverstone booth, we will be back shortly with coverage of some of their larger chassis products, as well as other accessories.