You Can Now Pre-Order der8auer’s Delid-Die-Mate at Overclockers UK

Anyone who ever thought of delidding their CPUs got excited when we first heard of der8auer’s delid-die-mate about a week ago and back then we heard that it would launch at Caseking. With a launch at Caseking it was just a matter of time before we got the official confirmation that it also would come to the Brits via Overclockers UK, after all, it’s one company. That has now happened and Overclockers UK have officially listed the Delid-Die-Mate available for pre-orders.

De-lidding is the process of removing the Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS) of the CPU in order to replace the original thermal interface material with something better. The default TIM is far from the best and especially hard-core overclockers will be able to push their processors further with less thermal restrictions. Up until now that process has been tricky and dangerous as it requires manually cutting the glue away holding the parts together, a process that only needed a single slip to destroy the CPU.

The Delid-Die-Mate solves this problem and offers a much safer delid process. The tool is two precision milled blocks that clamp together around the CPU with even force distribution that locks the CPU in place safely. By turning the screw on the back of the device, the lid of the CPU is pushed steadily away from the PCB with no risk of damage to your
expensive performance CPU.

The Delid-Die-Mate is compatible with Skylake, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Devils Canyon, and Broadwell processors, and it can as previously mentioned be pre-ordered now for £62.99 at Overclockers UK. der8auer also created a Haswell OC frame, a CPU-mounting frame developed for the stronger overclocking delidded Intel Haswell, Devil’s canyon and Broadwell CPUs on socket 115x motherboards, but that will set you back another £27.95.

Patriot Torch SSD Listed and Available Ahead of Launch

Some people just have a keen eye when being at the right place at the right time, and as such the Patriot Torch SSD has been spotted as listed on Amazon ahead of its launch. While the drive isn’t even listed on the product pages yet, we do get some information about the drive from this listing. It actually already has one user review dated the 4th November 2014.

The Patriot Torch is built around the Phison SSD controller and paired with qualified 16nm Synchronous MLC NAND flash chips to deliver a good performance and reliability while staying cost-effective. The sequential read and write speeds are listed up to 545MB/s and 430MB/s for the 120GB model while the 240GB model can achieve 555MB/s reading and 535MB/s writing.

The only two features mentioned are TRIM and Advanced wear-leveling, but we can assume that SMART is present just as well, and DevSleep is a good bet. It’s backed by a 3-year warranty and supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, Mac OS, and Linux.

It’s listed as available and ready for dispatch at a price of $106.01 (MSRP $109.99) for the 240GB model while the 120GB capacity will cost you $66.63 (MSRP $79.99).

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Amazon

China Apple Store Randomly Dominated by 1 Yuan Applications

$0.16 US, £0.10 GBP, $0.19 AUD or 1 yuan isn’t rather large amount of money – but it seems to be just enough for these app developers.

As ITHome reported, one morning they woke up and all of a sudden a ton of applications we’re listed at the low price of 1 yuan. There has been no official release from Apple as to why this change has been put into place, but it is rumored that it is to draw more ‘genuine’ users – seeing many previously free apps adopt the 1 yuan strategy along some big name offerings.

Some reports claim that this 1 yuan (3 yuan for some applications, too) implementation may succeed in fostering more genuine users, with less bot downloads – but may also draw people toward jail-breaking their phones in order to install them for free either way. Only time will tell however as this is all a big guess.

Some large scale applications have also implemented the 1 yuan method, seeing games such as Plague Inc., Limbo, Fire of God Vegas: Prometheus Rising among many other well developed mobile platform games being listed for the almost-nothing price. This may mean mean that more ‘freemium’ models will be implemented – seeing users be able to purchase in game points, gold or experience for real life money, alongside seeing them sit through annoying ads unless they pay $5 US or so to have them removed permanently.

There have been no announced plans as to if this will be released to the Western world, nor an official release from Apple regarding the subject. We will continue to report as more information comes to light.

Images courtesy of ITHome and Mobiloud

DeepCool Introduces Their Smarter Line of Chassis

DeepCool has listed their new micro-ATX tower chassis with a simple design and a full black painted interior. The new Smarter line of chassis supports micro and mini-ITX motherboards and only measures 420 x 201 x 365 mm and weights just 3.2kg.

It doesn’t mean that a chassis has to lack functionality just because it’s tiny. The Smarter chassis supports graphics cards with a length of up to 320mm and CPU coolers with a height of up to 165mm. There will be two versions available to choose from, but the only difference is that one of them comes with two pre-installed 120mm blue LED fans.

The Smarter chassis has a top-position for the power supply and can hold normal ATX PS2 sized PSUs. It also offers backplate cable management which is really nice to see in a small form-factor chassis and has four expansion card-slots.

With one 5.25-inch and one 3.5-inch external drive bays as well as two internal 3.5-inch and one 2.5-inch bays the chassis has plenty of space for your various components. The front IO panel offers one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 and Audio jacks on the top of the case for easy access.

There are quite a few choices to make with the fans as the Smarter chassis supports a wide variety of combinations. You can mount either a 120 or 80mm fan on the rear, a 120, 90 or 80mm on the front and the side-panel also takes a 120mm fan.

Thanks to DeepCool for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of DeepCool