Western Digital Releases ‘Gold’ HDDs for Datacenters

Coloured drives have long been a mainstay of Western Digital branding. The old Blue, Black, and Greens were supplemented in recent years by the addition of the Red and Purple lineups. Today, Western Digital has released a new colour, Gold, for the datacenter. The new Gold WD HDDs will co-exist with the current WD Re lineup of enterprise drives for a while but the new family will eventually supplant the old.

The 3 drives launching today are the 8TB WD8002FRYZ, 6TB WD6002FRYZ and 4TB WD4002FYYZ. The drives are all SATA 6 Gbps 3.5″ form factor with 7200rpm spindle speed, an extra large 128MB cache and using good old PMR platters. The 8TB model uses the HelioSeal helium fill that HGST, a WD subsidiary, pioneered with their drives. With lower capacities, the 6TB and 4TB are regular drives but the 6TB model does feature a ‘media cache’ to speed up writes. This sounds a lot like a NAND cache, making the 6TB Gold the first enterprise hybrid drive. 

Due to the use of helium, it’s interesting to see the 8TB drive actually has lower power consumption than the other too. On the other hand, the NAND cache makes the 6TB the best performing model. The 4TB is also somehow 18% faster than its Re predecessor. The 4TB and 6TB also feature their own form of HGST involvement as well, being made by HGST Japan. Perhaps this is a sign that Western Digital is moving their enterprise business over to their HGST division.

This 24 Carat Gold NES Will Set You Back a Whopping $5,000

The Nintendo Entertainment System revolutionized the video game industry and instigated a new era of incredibly successful home consoles. Even though the Atari 2600 had its charm, the games were quite primitive and overly simplistic. In contrast to this, the NES was home to a number of iconic franchises including Mario, Zelda, Contra, Kirby and more! Evidently, Nintendo’s innovation helped forge the modern gaming industry and many of their creations are still just as popular today. For example, retro collectors often browse auction sites to acquire NES titles, or attend conventions to try to acquire their favourite games at respectable prices.

To honor the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, console maker Analogue has unveiled a 24-carat gold NES console. In a similar vein to their other projects, the company creates a new NES instead of refurbishing the original model. As you might expect, the extremely high gold value has a marked impact on the retail price and there’s only 10 units available. This isn’t surprising when you consider the staggering $5000 price point which also comes with a gold-plated Legend of Zelda cartridge. So what are you waiting for? Oh right, the absurd cost! Of course, this is intended to be the ultimate addition to a Nintendo aficionado’s collection and individuals who purchase retro games are renowned for spending huge sums of money.

It’s not uncommon for certain rare titles to cost above $1000, and many collectors see these as an investment for the future. The NES is an absolutely fantastic piece of video game history but I’d personally prefer to own the original hardware instead of a gold-plated modern alternative. The price really is mind-blowing and I’m interested to see how many units the company can shift. I’m met some very passionate Nintendo fans but I’m pretty doubtful that any of them would even consider this unusual creation.

Corsair SF600 80 Plus Gold Fully Modular SFX Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


The world of Small Form Factor (SFX) power supplies has been a fierce battleground over the last few years. Gaming systems have been getting smaller, the HTPC and Steambox markets are growing in popularity and the demand for a tiny PSU that can keep the system small, but still deliver the high-performance grunt required by modern gaming GPU/CPU combos is at an all time high. Enter the new Corsair SF600, the latest contender on the market and judging by the specifications, it may be the best one we’ve seen to date.

“SF Series power supplies bring legendary Corsair performance and reliability to the SFX small form factor standard. They have the features found in full-size high performance power supplies, with certification for 80 PLUS Gold efficiency, superior voltage regulation, Zero RPM mode for virtually silent operation, and 105°C All Japanese capacitors for better reliability.” – Corsair

Equipped with 600W of power, more than enough for any high-end and overclocking gaming rig with a single GPU, 100% Japanese 105c capacitors, a zero RPM fan mode for ultra quiet performance at lower loads, fully modular cables and that super compact SFX form factor, the SF600 is certainly an attractive unit. To make the deal even sweeter, it comes backed up by Corsairs confidence inducing 7-year manufacturers warranty!

The packaging is very nicely designed, keeping in theme with other current Corsair product ranges and featuring a clear product image and the main specifications prominently displayed.

Plenty of technical information around the back too, showing off the efficiency and fan speeds at various load scenarios.

In the box, you’ll find two protective bags, one for the cables and another containing the PSU. There is all the usual documentation, a mains power cable, cable ties and screws; everything you need to get you setup and ready to rock.

EVGA Bundles Grey Goo With Select Power Supplies

Getting free games bundles with your graphics card or motherboard isn’t something new, that has been around for quite a while now, but it is a rarity that we also see games being bundled with power supplies. In fact, I can’t remember it happening before myself. However, that is exactly what EVGA has done as the have gone ahead and bundled Grey Goo Definitive Edition with select power supplies.

The game isn’t just bundled with a one or two power supplies, this offer applies to pretty much the entire 80Plus Gold, Platinum, and Titanium rated power supply lineup, as you can see in the list below. Ranging from entry level 550W models all the way up to impressive 1600W models, the offer is made available for most people.

Grey Goo is a real-time strategy (RTS) game that combines classic strategy mechanics and a balanced combat system with an emphasis on large-scale decision-making. It puts you at the centre of a tactical struggle for survival – and ultimately, control of Ecosystem 9.

The game features both a single-player campaign as well as multiplayer action with your friends and enemies. In single player, you have the option to play one of three factions: Humans, Beta, and the Goo. The Humans are the masters of defensive architecture while the Beta only is described as a proud and versatile alien race. The Goo is probably what most people will want to play tho as that is the enigmatic and highly mobile life form made up of, yes you guessed it, grey goo. In the multiplayer part, you also get a fourth faction, the disruptive and unpredictable Shroud.

As always with this kind of offer, there are a few conditions to get the free game. You’ll have to have purchased the power supply on March the 25th, 2016 or later from an authorized reseller. You’ll also need to register the purchased product to get the game key. Once you’ve followed the redeem guide, you’ll get a game code emailed that you then can activate through your Steam app as you most likely have done with so many games before.

All the fine-print and the links to redeem your game can be found on the official mini-site for this Grey Goo offer.

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Aerocool Reveals Xpredator PSU Price and Availability

Aerocool recently revealed the new line of 80Plus Gold certified Xpredator power supplies, but at the time, they didn’t reveal the availability nor the pricing. We now have both these information at hand and will naturally share them with you. The new Aerocool Xpredator 550W, 650W, 750W, and 1000W models will be available at e-tailers and retails starting this week for a price of €75.00, €83.00, €88.50, and €139.00 Euro respectively.

With these four capacity options and a very reasonable price tag for a power supply unit with a gold rated efficiency, these PSUs should become quite popular despite that Aerocool mostly is known for their cooling options and PC chassis. The Xpredator Gold Series power supply units feature a modular design for easy cable management and convenience and the PSU also comes with some removable cable straps for further improvement in the cable management options. They use a single 12 Volts rail for high compatibility and extremely high current output. The maximum voltage deviation of the single rail is at ±3% thanks to the DC-to-DC design.

Aerocool installed a 120mm fan in the PSU which helps with the cooling and noise generation and the top model even comes with a 140mm. The PSUs support both the ATX12V v2.4 as well as EPS v2.92 so you can use them in all your setups. The main 20+4P and CPU 4+4P cable straps are up to 600mm long and sleeved. The removable cable straps, on the other hand, are utilizing black flat cables. You also get all the protections that you’ll want, including OVP, OCP, OPP, UVP, SCP, and SIP.

EVGA Launches Value Oriented 80Plus Gold GQ PSUs

With many hardware components turning their focus on power efficiency, one area that has lagged behind is PSUs. While the 80Plus programme has helped reign in power conversion loss, most affordable and budget PSUs are still in the lower tiers like Bronze. Today, EVGA has launched a new Gold rated series of PSUs aimed for those on a lower budget. Called the GQ Series, the new PSUs should allow budget users to hit higher efficiency levels.

In order to hit the lower price point, EVGA cut back on some features their old Gold PSUs have. Unlike their competitors, EVGA previously only had fully modular Gold PSUs but the GQ will rectify this with semi-modularity, shaving a bit off the price. The warranty is also cut down to 5 years which is still decent but lower than higher tier PSUs. Other features remain in place with ECO mode silent operation up to 30% load and manufactured by FSP with Japanese capacitors.

Overall, the new EVGA GQ should bring more affordability and choice to builders. While pricing is still a bit high, the cheaper construction should allow EVGA to compete better with other semi-modular Gold PSUs. With more competition, prices will hopefully drop for Gold PSUs overall.

Silverstone Strider Gold Series 1500W Power Supply Competition Winner!

It’s that time of the week again, as one of our glorious competitions has now come to an end, which means it’s time to reveal our lucky winner!

With an incredible and extremely powerful Silverstone Strider Gold Series 1500W Power Supply up for grabs, these no doubt that our winner will have no issues powering their rig, or even restarting the core of a planet, whatever it is 1500W PSUs are used for these days.

The random bean machine has been fired up, the name has been drawn, so let’s answer the ultimate question.

Did I Win?

Chieftec SFX 500GD-C 500w Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Compact systems are becoming increasingly popular, with many chassis now being so small, that they no longer support the common ATX PSU standard. This is where smaller form factor power supplies, such as the Chieftec SFX 500GD-C we have on the test bench today, come into play. The smaller form factor makes them perfect for compact system builds and with 500W of power on offer, this tiny PSU still has more than enough juice to power a decent gaming system, making it a prime choice for those building a small LAN gaming system, HTPC style gaming system, or even just those who have limited room for a desktop rig/workstation.

In terms of hardware, the GD-C ticks all the right boxes, with a powerful 40A +12V rail, modular cables for easy installation and cable management, 80 Plus Gold efficiency and all the safety features we have come to expect from a modern unit. Of course, the real big, or should I say little, feature is that it’s all housed in a tiny little unit.

Packaging & Accessories

The box is nothing too fancy, but it does have a nice image of the PSU on the front, which shows off the modular cable design.

There’s very little in the box, so little that you’ll only find a user manual beside the PSU and modular cables. Annoyingly, there wasn’t even an AC mains cable. Fortunately, we have a few of those lying around, so that’s no going to cause issues with our testing.

Custom-Designed Putin Head iPhone 6s Costs a Mere $3200

The iPhone 6s in any storage configuration is a costly endeavor and not financialy viable for many budget-conscience consumers. Historically, Russia’s communist ideology lends itself to the same inequality seen in a capitalist democracy. Without getting too political, both electoral structures can be horrifically unequal with the uber rich spending vast amounts of money in close proximity to poverty-stricken states. As a result, we often see modified versions of expensive items like the iPhone 6s. Unsurprisingly, a Russian jeweler called Caviar, has created the “Caviar Ti Gold Supremo Putin Anniversario Edizione 63”.

This rather lavish piece is unmistakably patriotic and embeds a large profile image of Putin in solid gold. Additionally, there is a verse from Russia’s national anthem and a crest. The gold sections are encrusted on a titanium back with the Caviar branding near the top. According to the jeweler, only 63 copies will be made which cost upwards of $3200. This depends on the storage model with 64GB and 128GB being the only options. I do find it amusing that a 16GB model wasn’t produced.

If the item isn’t luxurious enough, you can purchase a stunningly beautiful carry case from $306. Personally, I find the main handset quite garish, but the box is pretty nice. Although, I wouldn’t spend $500 on a handset, so it’s slightly out of my price range.

Perhaps, this is an example to illustrate Russian wealth for rich government members, or oligarchs. Whatever the case, it’s certainly an interesting design and makes the standard iPhone 6s suddenly look affordable.

What do you think of this $3200 beast?

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information. 

XFX Pro850W Black Edition Fully Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Today we’ll be taking a look at one of the latest power supplies from XFX, a PRO850W Black Editon unit designed for high-end gaming systems and workstations. It ticks a lot of the right boxes that most people are looking for when buying a PSU, as it comes from a well-known and trusted brand name, offers plenty of power for a dual GPU configuration, 80 Plus Gold efficiency, fully modular cables, Japanese capacitors and more.

The unit comes well equipped with high-end features, which means I’m expecting nothing short of excellent performance from it. It promises high-end thrills and performance, so that’s exactly what it has to deliver in our tests. So let’s stop beating around the bush and take a closer look at what this unit has to offer, before firing it up on our load tester.

The packaging is very nicely designed, with a clear image of the PSU on the front, as well as a quick run down of the main specifications.

Around the back, a more detailed explination of the general design, such as the SolidLink Connectors that keep the interior of the PSU neat and tidy; this helps greatly with airflow and cooling.

In the box, you’ll find the usual power cable, some mounting screws and the user manual.

Corsair Unveils New RMx PSU Series

If you should be in the market for a new power supply or maybe a completely new system, then you might want to take a closer look at corsair’s latest offering. The new Corsair RMx series is 80 Plus Gold certified and comes with 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W and 1000W capacities.

The new series boasts one of the most popular features as of late as it decreases the overall noise in your system. When in low power consumption mode and your system isn’t drawing so much power that it generates too much heat, then the fan will not speed up and thereby create no noise. And we all love a silent system.

The new RMx series PSUs provide the high-quality electrical performance that you’ll want, using only industry-leading 105°C rated Japanese capacitors and specifically selected premium components to ensure long-term reliability and stability under even the most demanding conditions.

The series is fully modular, allowing you to install only the cables you need and keep everything neat and organized and they’re also compatible with Corsair’s wide range of optional cable mods in various colours.

Every PSU in the RMx range is backed by Corsair’s comprehensive 7-year warranty and Corsair’s worldwide customer support network.

The new PSUs should be available now as they are set for a September release and we’re pretty much at the end of that month. The suggested retail prices are $109.99 for the 550W model, $119.99 for the 650W, $129.99 for the 750W, $149.99 for the 850W, and $179.99 for the 1000W model.

Specifications

  • 80 PLUS Gold certified: Up to 90% or better efficiency for less excess heat and lower operating costs.
  • 100% all Japanese 105°C capacitors: Premium internal components ensure excellent electrical performance and long term reliability, even at 50°C ambient temperatures.
  • Zero RPM Fan Mode: Virtually silent operation at low and medium loads.
  • Fully Modular: Only use the cables you need for tidy builds and improved system airflow.
  • Seven-year warranty: A reassuring guarantee of reliability that will last over several system builds.

XFX XTR 550 Fully Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction


One of the latest XFX power supplies is on our test bench today, bringing 550W of power as well as 80 Plus Gold efficiency to your system, making it a solid contender for most mid-to-high end gaming PC’s. Many people think they need 1000W plus from their PSU, but that simply isn’t the case, with most high-end single GPU systems rarely drawing more than 400-500W from the wall. Being a Seasonic manufactured unit, I’m expecting great things from the XFX XTR Series 550W PSU.

 “Designed for serious gamers and DIY professionals, the XFX XTR Series 550W Full Modular 80 Plus Gold power supply delivers the clean and stable power required for demanding gaming rigs and workstations. A single strong 12V rail flexibly routes the maximum available power to the parts, enabling you to maximize power usage and making setup easy. It’s also been awarded the 80Plus Gold certification for its high power efficiency, and is also designed for NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire multi-GPU systems, making it a perfect solution for hardcore gamers. Its modular design reduces cable clutter. And the large fan delivers silent cooling, so your computer and PSU can operate at peak performance.”

Equipped with a powerful single +12V rail configuration, modular cables, CrossFire/SLI compatibility, Haswell support and much more, this is certainly a capable unit for a wide range of systems. Of course, you’ll also find it comes equipped with all the latest safety features, as well as high-quality Japanese capacitors, which should allow for clean and stable power delivery.

As with many Seasonic manufactured units, this PSU also comes equipped with a Hybrid Fan, allowing you to switch between always on cooling and a semi-passive mode, perfect for those who desire maximum performance or silent operation.

  • EasyRail Plus Technology allowing plenty of wattage headroom to handle your devices
  • Hybrid Fan Control allowing the power supply to operate silenty until it reaches 20% load or 25C
  • Ultra Quiet Fan Design
  • Ultra Voltage Regulation Design
  • Haswell Ready
  • AMD Radeon CrossFire Ready
  • NVIDIA GeForce SLI Ready
  • Multiple PCI-E 6-Pin and 6+2Pin connectors
  • True Wattage guarantee
  • 80 Plus Gold certifying 90% power efficiency
  • Extreme heat tested capacitors

The packaging is very nicely designed, with some stylish images on the box as well as a rundown of the major features, such as Haswell Ready, Japanese Caps, SLI/CrossFire and 80 Plus Gold efficiency.

Another important feature on the back, the True Wattage Guarantee, always a reassuring thing to see and something we’ll certainly hope to see in our test results.

In the box, you’ll find a durable power cable, some mounting screws and a user manual, nothing too fancy, but it’s everything you’re going to need.

Win a Silverstone Strider Gold Series 1500W Power Supply

It is that glorious time once again folks, as we’ve teamed up with the good people at Silverstone Technology to give you a chance at winning a very cool prize! We’ve got a single PSU give away to one lucky winner and while that may not sound like much, this isn’t any ordinary power supply!

The Strider Gold Series is an absolute beast, offering up an impressive 1500W of power (1600W peak), which is enough to restart a nuclear reactor, ok maybe not that much, but it’s certainly powerful enough to run even the most extreme desktop system you can think of. It comes with fully modular cables, high levels of efficiency and much more.

To meet the requirements of current and future desktop computers, SilverStone created the Strider Gold S series power supplies. The Strider Gold S models are all new designs engineered to be the smallest, full-modular ATX power supplies at any wattage levels. The Strider Gold S series includes wattage range from 550W to 1500W for a great variety of applications. With short depth designs, all models in the series are among the world’s smallest full-modular ATX PSUs. In addition to 80 PLUS Gold level efficiency, the Strider Gold S PSUs are built to meet very high standards in electrical performance with ±3% voltage regulation, ±3% ripple & noise, and high amperage single +12V rail. Other notable features included are 24/7 40℃ continuous output capability, low-noise fan, and multiple sets of PCI-E cables. For users looking for a power supply with faultless combination of compact size, performance, efficiency, and quality, the Strider Gold S Series is the only choice.

  • High efficiency with 80 PLUS Gold certification
  • 100% modular cables
  • 24/7 continuous power output with 40℃ operating temperature
  • 1600W peak power
  • Strict ±3% voltage regulation and low ripple & noise
  • Silent running 135mm fan with 18dBA minimum
  • Supports Eight PCI-E 8/6pin connectors
  • Compact design with a depth of 180mm for easy integration

So what do you have to do to win this extremely powerful PSU? Hit up the link below!

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Cooler Master V750 Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction


Cooler Master is one of most recognisable and well-respected names in the PC component market. Over the years, Cooler Master has created some of the best power supplies, coolers and chassis around, not forgetting their gaming division CM Storm, which has delivered some very impressive headsets, keyboards, mice and much more too! With all that in mind, I am very excited to see another Cooler Master product in the office today, their brand new V750 power supply, which promises premium performance in a tidy and compact form factor.

“V Series power supplies feature the most stable and efficient power supply unit in its class thanks to exclusive 3D circuit design and Silencio FP technology. The V Series has fully modular flat cables with energy-saving 80PLUS Gold/Platinum ratings all delivered in a compact design smaller than most Power Supply Units (PSUs) in its class. The V series family is available in V550, V650, V750, V850, V1000 and V1200 watt variants perfect for gamers, enthusiasts and even system builders.” – Cooler Master

The V750 uses a unique 3D circuit design, Cooler Master’s own Silencio FP fan technology, fully modular flat cables, 100% Japanese capacitors and much more. The overall quality is reflected in the fact that this tidy, 150 x 140 x 86, form factor still delivers 750W of power at an 80 Plus Gold efficiency

There are three models available, the 550W, 650W and the 750W. We have the 750W at our disposal today, but all models come with 100-240Vac, good active PFC, >100,000 hours MTBF and are backed up by a reassuring 5-year warranty.

The box is very similar to previous Cooler Master designs and features a nice picture of the PSU, as well as a quick run down of the major features; 750W, Japanese Capacitors, 5-year warranty, Silencio fan and 80 Plus Gold.

Around the back, a run-down of the included cables and performance, but we’ll take a closer look at those ourselves in a moment.

In the box, you’ll find a nice cable storage bag, a collection of cable ties, four mounting screws and the mains adaptor.

 

SilverStone SX600-G SFX Series Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Silverstone is well-known for their high-end products, having created some very impressive power supplies, coolers, chassis products and a whole lot more over the years. One of their strongest areas is certainly in the power supply market, even more so when you look at smaller form factor units such as SFX. The benefits of SFX units are obvious, as they’re much smaller than ATX PSUs, which makes them great for slim and compact chassis designs, such as the RVZ01 which Silverstone produces. These slim chassis are often designed for compact workstations, or HTPC use and more recently “Steam Machine” style rigs. Squeezing a massive graphics card into a compact chassis isn’t impossible, but powering a monster GPU is not so easily accomplished with a tiny power supply and that’s where the new SX600-G comes into play.

The SX600-G packs an impressive range of features, such as 600W 80 Plus Gold Efficiency power delivery, more than enough for even the most powerful graphics cards on the market today, with some power headroom for overclocking of your CPU and GPU alike. In true TV infomercial style “but that’s not all”, this unit also features an intelligent semi-fanless design, allowing for zero RPM operation in low load or cooler environments, 100% modular cables, a powerful single 12V+ rail, and dual PCI-E 8/6-pin connectors; in short, this unit almost sounds too good to be true.

The packaging is nicely designed, with lots of bright colours and a good photo of the product, as well as a quick run down of the main specifications.

All the technical stuff is around the back of the box, not much interest to most consumers, but in short the PSU promises to be efficient and provide stable power output; pretty much what any PSU should do really.

In the box, you’ll find a few bits of documentation, an SFX to ATX adaptor bracket, some mounting screws and the AC power cable.

SilverStone Release New Redundant PSUs in the Gemini Series

One of the most critical components of your system is the power supply. When that fails, nothing runs and that is where redundant power supplies come into play. The second one will kick in if the first should fail or the other way around. SilverStone built upon the previous Gemini models and created the new GM400-S, GM500G, and GM600-G redundant power supplies in a convenient PS2 frame.

As the name suggests, the new Gemini units come with two times 400W, 500W, and 600W load capacity. The 400W model only has an 80 Plus Silver certification where the 500W and 600W models come with an 80 Plus Gold certification. By combining industrial grade components, higher efficiency design, and the inclusion of PMBus 1.2, these power supplies should provide a stable and secure 24/7 solution that will fit in about any chassis.

The units are designed to be hot-swappable and come with convenient pull-out handle bars. The entire range is using an Active PFC, but they won’t come as cheap as a normal power supply. That is pretty much a given, considering that you actually get two when purchasing one. The GM400-S 400W PSU comes with an MSRP of $549.45 price tag, the GM500-G with a $593.45 price tag, and the GM600-G with a $636.79 price tag, all without VAT. That is a hefty price, but it is worth it when needed and considering what you get.

Overclockers UK Offers Platinum Rated SuperFlower Leadex at Gold Pricing

Overclockers UK have recently launched a promotion on the highly acclaimed SuperFlower Leadex Power Supplies. During July, Platinum rated PSUs between 550-800 Watts will be sold at the recommended pricing for Gold efficiency units. Purchasing a high quality Power Supply is essential and protects your components during surges. Without mentioning any names, the high wattage unknown brand PSUs are frankly a hazard if you use any sort of load and it’s not worth taking the risk given the pricey nature of enthusiast-grade hardware. Superflower’s Leadex range is rather special and features a semi-passable DBB 130mm fan.  This means under low power draw which doesn’t dramatically increase the PSU’s core temperature, the fan will remain off.

These units are also fully modular, adopt an active PFC and utilize unique connectors which light up white when a cable is plugged in. This adds a certain flair to the design and makes it aesthetically pleasing. To evoke that sense of quality, SuperFlower even uses a fabric finish on the cabling. While it’s nowhere near a custom braid in its finish, I was pleasantly surprised by how flexible the cabling was.  Please note that you can only use cable extensions if you want to go down the custom braided route. SuperFlower’s LED modular technology is currently a propitiatory design and not compatible with any other aftermarket cables.  On another note, the Leadex Power Supplies are an excellent investment and backed by a 5 year warranty. Overclockers UK have even replaced their test systems with SuperFlower units which shows how reliable they are. Here is the full list of technical features:

  • 100% Full Modular Cabling Design For Easy Cable Management
  • 80 PLUS ® Platinum Certified, 90% 92% 89% Efficiency At 20% 50% 100% Rated Load
  • Full Range Auto Voltage Detection Design 100V~240V (Active PFC)
  • Comply With ATX 12V. V2.2, EPS 12V. V2.91 & SSI EPS 12V. V2.92 Specification
  • Comply With Energy Star Standard & EuP (Energy Using Products) Regulation
  • Over Voltage Protection / Over Current Protection / Over Power Protection / Short Circuit Protection / Under Voltage Protection / Over Temperature Protection
  • Support All Intel/AMD Multi-Core CPU & ATX/BTX Compatible Motherboards
  • Support NVIDIA® SLI & ATI CrossFireX High Performance Graphic Card
  • Patented Easy To Use & Install Crystal Clear Cube Connectors with LED
  • More than 2,000 times On/Off test
  • Unleaded Green Materials with RoHS/WEEE Compliance
  • Perfect For Professional & High Performance Gaming System

If you haven’t heard of Superflower then it might surprise you that they manufacture the higher wattage EVGA Power Supplies which incorporate a 10 year warranty. I would like to see Superflower match this figure for piece of mind. Also, buying the product directly from Overclockers means the RMA process is done in the UK with a reputable retailer. This is very convenient as companies like Corsair require EU customers to send the PSU to the Netherlands RMA base.

 

Halo 5: Guardians Will Come with Some Special Goodies

Halo fans are already looking forward to Halo 5: Guardians announcement at the Electronic Entertainment Expo where 343 Industries will most likely hype things up before the title gets released, but more juicy details about what fans should expect from it comes even before the event.

Up until now, a lot of details were focusing mostly on the title’s single-player feature. But I know you guys are equally interested in what Halo 5 has to offer in terms of multiplayer too. Well, here it is.

The title will come with more than 20 maps at launch, which is a great number compared to other multiplayer first person shooters. However, the developer is going to throw in another 15 maps as free downloadable content by July 2016.

Also, your friends will be able to pitch in and help you through the campaign in co-op mode even if they don’t have Xbox Live Gold membership subscriptions. This is really great news since most multiplayer titles for Microsoft’s Xbox console requires the latter subscription to play multiplayer games.

Unfortunately, if you want to play the standard versus mode, you will still require the Gold subscription. Even so, when looking at other big-name companies’ marketing strategies, I think 343 Industries still make a better deal. So are you ready for the big reveal next week at E3?

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information

CRYORIG Presented IoT Enabled PSU

Let’s face it, most new PC hardware is just old shoes in new boxes, with improvements but still basically the same. But once in a while a new product comes along that has a nice twist and in this case it is a power supply.

CRYORIG displayed their newest idea at Computex, an Internet of Things (IoT) enabled power supply. The CRYORIG Pi is only a proof of concept so far and it is working and being demonstrated. The actual line of products is targeted for a release in 2016 with wattage ranging from 600 to +1000 Watts and 80 Plus Gold to Platinum certifications.

Internet of Things is gaining a lot of momentum at the moment and in short, these are smart devices that lets you control their actions from anywhere through remote connections. This is also the case for CRYORIGS new Pi power supply that will allow you to wake or shut your system down remotely thanks to the patent pending Zero Hassle Hardware Wake (ZHH Wake) technology that directly controls your motherboard.

Forgot to shut down your system before you left home, do it from anywhere. Need to boot up your extra file server and access some data from a remote location, no problem. Read in the news that a thunderstorm is closing on your home, shut down the system until it has passed. There are a lot of possibilities with this technology.

From this base CRYORIG’s Pi line can extend further capabilities such as fan speed control, energy usage recording and management, electric bill estimations as well as PSU health and deterioration reporting all directly to a mobile phone app.

This is a pretty cool and innovative idea, let us just hope that it will actually result in a final product and not end up never being released such as Captherms Multiphase cooler we saw at CES two years in a row – but never any actual product.

G.Skill Branches out and Showcase Ripjaws Power Supply

It looks like G.Skill wasn’t happy with just manufacturing great memory modules as they’re branching out into new areas. One of them is the power supply area and their first play looks quite impressive.

The new PSUs are dubbed Ripjaws just as the memory modules and you can expect the same kind of quality here. It starts out with the PS750G and the PS850G that both come with 80 Plus Gold certification and an efficiency rating of 90%. The two PSUs come with 750W and 850W respective and are fully modular units.

The PS850P and PS1250P are even better and they got an even higher efficiency rating. These two power supply units come with 80 Plus Platinum rating and an efficiency rating of 92%. Just as the two Gold models, these are also fully modular.

All Ripjaws series PSUs are made from with high-quality materials, such as 100% Japanese-made capacitors that ensure a high reliability and longer lasting lifetime.

The units are cooled by the unique automated G.SKILL ECO Optimized (GEO) Thermal Fan Control that also provides zero fan noise during low load operations. The used 140mm fans also use durable double ball bearings. Built-in protections include OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, and OTP.

G.Skill did not announce a time of availability nor a price yet, but we will keep you updated with this information as they become available.

Seasonic Displays Their Best PSUs at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Seasonic has been in the business for a long time and they’re actually celebrating their 40th birthday this year. We’ve visited their booth at Computex to take a look at their power supplies.

They brought along both their industrial PSUs that often are found in servers, NAS units, and similar as well as their external power bricks.

The also brought along some of their X-series and G-series power retail power supplies that by now should be well known by most enthusiasts.

The Snow Silent series brings white to the PSU market as well as great 80 Plus Platinum efficiency rating.

On display was also the Seasonic Titanium 850W fully modular PSU. This PSU doesn’t just bring you a lot of stable power, it also comes with official 80 Plus Titanium efficiency rating. With up to 94% efficiency on an 110V line (more on 230V), this is one of the most efficient power supplies on the market.

If you’re a fan of lights, then the Lighting Cube PSU is just for you. Available as both 850W and 750W units, this PSU doesn’t just provide you with power, but also a colourful atmosphere. The RGB lighting can be adjusted to match the rest of your setup and the units come with 80 Plus Gold certification.

Why Pay $10,000 When You Can Get Apple Watch Gold Plated for $399

How do you annoy the product development team at Apple and your friends at the same time? Why you get your love/hated Apple Watch gold-plated of course! It’s no surprise that people are mocking the fact that Apple are selling a (from) $10,000 edition of their new smart watch, but you would have to be rich and quite a bit bonkers to pay the retail price for the  Apple Watch Edition and its rather garish (in my opinion) 18 karat rose gold finish.

Of course, there is a cheaper solution, one that could help you look like an idiot, be the envy of your friends and not put too big a dent in your bank balance, you can get your regular Apple Watch gold-plated for a fraction of the cost and no one will be any the wiser! Except yourself, you’ll know you’re a big fraud.

Watch Plate are offering the gold plating service for just $399, which isn’t cheap, but it’s a lot less than what Apple are asking. Just FedEX them your watch, it’ll come back with your choice of 24 karat rose gold or 24 karat yellow gold.

Alternatively, Golden Dreams will sell you a custom-made watch for $3,550 in 24 karat yellow gold, 18 karat rose gold or 18 karat white gold. They’ll even offer you a choice of 160 different colours of Alligator leather straps and hand engraving.

Of course, you still need to buy your own watch, but from the “cheaper” solution of Watch Plate to the more premium solution of Golden Dreams, they’re still a fraction of the cost of the barmy price Apple wants people to pay.

Thank you 9to5mac for providing us with this information.

Sharkoon Announces Two New SFX PSUs With 80 Plus Rating

When you build a small form factor system then you’ll also need a small power supply and it’s great to see more feature rich PSUs arrive. Today it is Sharkoon that introduced two new SFX PSUs with 80 Plus rating and even include an ATX mounting frame for cases that don’t support these smaller PSUs. The two new units are the SilentStorm SFX Gold 500W and the SilentStorm SFX Bronze 350W, and the names kind off give away their specifications.

The SilentStorm SFX Gold 500W comes with an 80 PLUS Gold certification, a thing that’s not that common yet in the SFX form factor. Compact systems need effective and efficient power too, so this is great to see. The unit offers an outstanding efficiency of over 90 percent at 50 percent load and meets the strict requirements of the independent 80 PLUS Initiative.

The SilentStorm SFX Gold 500 PSU is a fully modular unit, allowing you to have an even better setup in your tiny case. You still get two 6+2 pin PCIe connectors, four SATA, two Molex and one Berg connector next to the obligatory CPU and motherboard connectors.

 

 

The quiet 120mm fan should reduce the noise output significantly over cheaper units while still keeping it all cool. It is compatible with Intel Haswell CPUs and backed by a three-year warranty. The suggested retail price is €79.90.

The second new unit isn’t quite as powerful, but it also costs about half of the Gold certified. The SilentStorm SFX Bronze can provide your system with 350W or 450W of power depending on version. It is only 80 Plus Bronze certified, but that isn’t without either. The unit offers over 85 percent efficiency at 50% load and meets the strict requirements of the independent 80 PLUS Initiative.

This unit only has one 6-pin PCIe connector, two SATA, two Molex and one Berg connectors next to the CPU and mainboard connectors. The 450W model comes with one more SATA connector and a 6+2 pin PCIe connector. The unit is kept cool by an 80mm fan and come backed by a three-year warranty.

The Sharkoon SilentStorm SFX Bronze series is available starting at a suggested retail price of €49.99.

The power supplies also feature over power, over voltage, under voltage as well as short circuit protection to keep all your components as safe as possible.

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Take Your Titan X to the Max with New EK Full Cover Water Block

Nvidia has just released their new and quite impressive Nvidia TITAN X and EK Water Blocks introduced their new Full-Cover water block for the reference design (NVA-PG600) of the GeForce GTX TITAN X graphics card.

The EK-FC Titan X is a full-cover cooler meaning that it directly cools all the vital parts of the graphics cards: the GPU, RAM as well as VRM. Water flows directly over all these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and its VRM to remain stable even when heavy overclocked.

EK-FC Titan X water block features EK’s unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance and it also works flawlessly with reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, the design offers great hydraulic performance allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems with weaker pumps.

The base is made from electrolytic copper, either bare- or nickel-plated depending on the variant while the top is made of either acrylic- or POM Acetal material. Plexi variants also feature two pre-drilled slots for 3mm LED diodes so you can light it all up and show off even more. Screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for a safe and painless installation procedure.

EK are also offering a long list of backplates to go along with the new cooler and in a lot of colours. It’s available as normal Black and Nickel versions, but also Blue, Gold, and Red are options to choose from.

The new full cover water blocks should be available now at both the EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network starting from €99.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Billionaire Wants to Start Mining the Moon in 2016

Could the Moon and its resources be used to aid humanity in the future? Naveen Jain, co-founder and chairman of California-based company Moon Express, explains that their plan is to explore the Moon for “resources of benefit to humanity”.

The Moon is known for its vast riches like gold, cobalt, iron, palladium, platinum, tungsten and Helium-3, a gas that can be used in future fusion reactors to provide nuclear power without radioactive waste. However, who ‘owns the Moon’? The United Nations’ 1979 Moon Agreement, states that “the Moon and its natural resources are the common heritage of mankind”, while UN’s Outer Space Treaty, states that “the exploration and use of outer space shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries and shall be the province of all mankind”.

“Today, people look at diamonds as this rare thing on Earth,” Jain said. “Imagine telling someone you love her by giving her the Moon.”

NASA is apparently working with Moon Express to develop robotic spacecrafts. Moon Express is said to have signed an agreement to take over the decommissioned Space Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral. The launch pad will be used for Moon Express’s lander development and flight-test operations.

“Clearly, NASA has an amazing amount of expertise when it comes to getting to the Moon, and it wants to pass that knowledge on to a company like ours that has the best chance of being successful,” Jain said.

Also, Moon Express has been granted a $1 million prize from Google for taking part in the Google-sponsored Lunar X Prize, organised by the X Prize Foundation, that will award $30 million to the first company that lands a commercial spacecraft on the Moon, travels 500 meters across its surface and sends high-definition images and video back to Earth before the end of 2016.

“The purpose is to show that for the first time, a company has developed the technology to land softly on the Moon,” Jain stated. “Landing on the moon is not the hard part. Landing softly is the hard part.”

Moon Express is said to further test its robotic spacecraft at the end of the month. The MX-1, its lander, is said to take off from the pad and go up and sideways before landing back on the pad. Should the test be successful, the MX-1 will be deemed ready to travel to the Moon.

Thank you NEWS.co.au for providing us with this information

ASUS 20th Anniversary Edition Graphics Cards Coming Soon

This year marks the 20th anniversary for ASUS in the graphics cards business and that will be celebrated with a couple special graphics cards. Little is known about the cards so far, but the GTX 980 is said to come in the same Tyrant gold colours as the Z97 series while the GTX 970 will come in a black and red themed DirectCU version, but surely with a special and highlighted 20th anniversary addition of some sort.

The cards are still in the development stage and both the release date and other specifications are still unknown, but sources said to prepare for something awesome. We are prepared, now it’s ASUS turn to show what they got planned.

Thanks to VR-Zone for providing us with this information