Whats Worse Than Aliens and Predators? Welcome The Judge

When the two iconic worlds of Aliens and Predators first joined up in the Alien Vs Predator movies, people were worried about how two complete series could keep to their roots. Sufficed to say the series worked and fans were overjoyed as mankind ran in fear from two of the greatest hunters in the universe. How else could mankind fight back then with their own hunters, a judge by the name of Judge Dredd!

Revealed as part of their Comic-Con panel, writer John Layman and artist Chris Mooneyham will bring their worlds together in Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens. With the famous Judge and his partner Anderson hunting down a rogue scientist you can expect the law to be ready, that is until the scientist starts looking to create his own breed of xenomorphs, an action that will gather the attention of a Predator, looking to hunt both Judge and Xenomorph alike.

When asked why he believed the Xenomorph and Predators work so well together in mash-up stories, Layman replied saying that:

“They are modern monsters, kinda the 21st Century equivalent of story of vampires and werewolves. They are vehicles to tell different types of stories, and I don’t think the story possibilities will ever be exhausted, any more than stories of vampires are. There’s always a fresh take to be found. In the case of this story, I’m just shooting for crazy fun and adrenaline-fuelled escapism madness.”

With the first of four issues coming on July 27th, we’ve got a while to wait to see how this fight ends.

EKWB Predator AIO Now AMD Compatible with new Upgrade Kit

EK Water Blocks Predator AIO is probably one of the best AIO cooling solutions you can get at the moment despite the minor hiccup that resulted in full callback a few months ago. However, so far they have been limited to Intel users as that were the only CPU sockets supported by the mounting brackets. AMD users also want liquid cooling, especially those that run the high TDP processors and there is good news for them.

EK Water Blocks released a new EK-XLC Predator AMD Upgrade Kit that will fix this and allow pretty much any AMD CPU user to install the Predator AIO cooling solution in their system. The EK-XLC Predator AMD Upgrade Kit is a set of mounting plates with backplate and screws that will work with every EK-XLC Predator revision 1.1. After upgrading the Predator AIO with the new mounting brackets, it will be fully compatible with AMD Sockets 939, 754, 940, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, and FM2+, which covers pretty much any AMD CPU.

The new AMD upgrade kit is available now and early pre-orders should be on route and arrive very shortly. This isn’t a free upgrade, but won’t cost you a whole lot either, but the EK-XLC Predator Upgrade Kit will set you back €6.95.

Overall the Predator AIO is one of the most expensive AIO solutions, but it’s also one of the best as previously mentioned. With the quick disconnect feature you’re able to expand the loop with extra units such as pre-filled graphics card blocks and have a system that comes very close to a custom loop setup, but with a lot less hassle when upgrading, maintaining, or just fiddling with your system.

What’s your take on AIO cooling solutions and especially EKWB’s Predator? Do you love it or would you rather go for a custom loop despite the added workload? Let us know in the comments.

HyperX Releases High-Capacity DDR4 Kit Additions

If you are one of them who can’t get enough memory in their system, then you are in luck as HyperX added new high-capacity kits to both their HyperX Savage and HyperX Predator DDR4 memory series. The modules look sweet and bring impressive speeds, capacities, and timings for both X99 and Intel 100 series chipset users.

The Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4 memory is now available as a 2666MHz 128GB kit containing eight modules with a massive 16GB of RAM each. This new kit joins a family of the previously announced Savage DDR4 memory from 2133MHz to 3000MHz in various single modules and kits ranging from 4GB to 64GB capacities. While these new modules don’t get all the way to 3000MHz, they’re still very impressive with their 2666MHz and 15-16-16 timings.

The HyperX Predator DDR4 series is now available in 16GB DIMMs, meaning you can get 32GB kits of two modules and 64GB kits of four modules, all the way up to 3000MHz. The HyperX Predator DDR4 combines high frequency and aggressive CAS latencies to provide users with one of the fastest solutions in the market.

Both of HyperX’s memory series will be a great choice whether you using one of Intel’s new 100 series chipsets or the little older X99 chipsets. How much memory are you planning in your next build and what will it be used for? Let us know in the comments.

You can see a full list of available kits below.

EKWB Launch Pre-Filled Graphics Blocks for Predator AIO

The mighty impressed EKWB Predator AIO is a revolution in terms of water cooling, offering you all the ease of an AIO, with all the thrills of custom loop cooling. Aside from looking gorgeous, the cooler can be quickly modified to add additional cooling components to the loop, such as a GPU block.

EKWB have now launched their Predator ready GPU blocks, which come pre-filled, making them ready to plug and play. You just fit it to your graphics card, hook up the quick-disconnect couplings and you’re good to go.

The Predator-enabled GPU block comes bundled with an EK-AF Angled 90° G1/4″ fittings, two EK-ACF Fitting 10/16mm – Nickel fittings, one quick-disconnect coupling, EK-Tube ZMT Matte Black tubing, and clear coolant, which comes fully assembled, making this seriously high-end pro cooling hardware as beginner friendly as possible.

The new AIO coolers and the GPU blocks are certainly (no pun intended) cool, but they’re obviously not going to be cheap. The pre-filled EK-FC980 for example, is $149.99 and another $29.99 for the interconnect tubing. This is on top of the $199 for the EK-Predator 240 or the $239 for the larger 360mm model. Even then, it’s Intel only until early 2016 when we expect to see an AMD version being launched.

Acer Announces 35″ UltraWide Display and Claims it Can Reach 200Hz

Acer has officially unveiled the 35-inch 21:9 Z35 Predator gaming monitor which features a curved 2560×1080 VA panel and 144Hz native refresh rate. Apparently, the display is capable of being overlocked up to 200Hz and it’s interesting to see a manufacturer promoting this process. Previously, you had to choose between the remarkable gaming experience via 21:9 or a high refresh rate. Thankfully, Acer is tackling this conundrum head on and trying to produce the ultimate display for high-end gamers.  As you might expect, the panel is curved with a rating of 2000R; this is a significant boost on existing curved panels and should offer a more enthralling experience.

Whether curved displays actually have a tangible benefit is still up for discussion, but it’s possible they make the extreme corners easier to see whilst glancing. The Predator Z35 also supports NVIDIA G-Sync and Ultra Low Motion Blur technology to create a seamless, and fluid motion. The panel’s response time is 4ms which is more than adequate for anyone who isn’t a professional gamer. IPS displays are visually rich and offer a better colour reproduction than VA, but can suffer from horrendous backlight bleed and poor response times. Although, recent models such as the Asus FreeSync MG278Q illustrates that IPS panels are becoming more responsive.

The X35 also contains a pair of 9W speakers with DTS sound and Acer’s in-house designed TrueHarmony technology. While, I doubt many people will use the integrated speakers, it’s handy to have them included as a failsafe. The Predator X35’s retail price is $1,199,99 and a significant investment. However, it’s important to remember, how often do you change your monitor? Choosing a high-quality monitor is always worth it in the long run, and should last for many years to come. Although, I don’t think the panel’s resolution offers a good value-for-money proposition. Ideally, any 35-inch screen should opt for a 3440×1440 display. Acer’s QA has received a degree of criticism so perhaps the X35 can restore faith in the company’s hardware.

Thank you Tom’s Hardware for providing us with this information.

First EK Predator AIO Benchmarks Revealed

EKWB are synonymous with water-cooling products and fixated on custom-loop solutions for a significant time. However, the company recently announced their first foray into the all-in-one market with the Predator 240 and 360. The Predator range features a copper radiator, extremely powerful pump for expandability and high FPI design. In terms of its specifications, the only models which come close are the Swiftech H220-X and H320. With only 2 days to go until release, temperature results have finally emerged which give an insight into the raw performance numbers.

On the extreme 2011-3 platform, using a 5960X with 1.15V at 4.4GHz, the 240mm Predator achieved a temperature under load of 46.43C which slightly edged Corsair’s 240mm closed-looped-cooler at 46.88C. Impressively, the Predator 240 in within 2 degrees of Corsair’s flagship 280mm cooler. Moving onto the Predator 360, we can see it destroys Fractal’s 360mm product by around 8C.

Benchmarks on the Haswell system are intriguing but please note the voltage of 1.23V is fairly conservative and could be increased in many circumstances. The Predator 240 attained a load temperature of 49C which beat the Corsair 240mm competition by around 4C and came within 1C of the 280mm model. Once again, the Predator 360 reigns supreme but the margin is much smaller on the mainstream 1150 platform.

Overall, the benchmarks are impressive and the fans were all set to 2200RPM in the interest of fairness. However, I would love to see how the EK products fared against Swiftech’s extremely high-quality all-in-one coolers. Unfortunately, they are extremely difficult to get hold of outside the USA.

Thank you Overclockers UK for providing us with this information.

EK Water Blocks Enter the AIO Market like a Predator

EK Water Blocks is mostly known for their do-it-yourself parts for liquid cooling enthusiasts, but that isn’t enough for the company. They have set out “to shake up the liquid cooling market” with their newly presented Predator AIO CPU coolers.

EK has taken their top performing and market proven components from the existing enthusiast product line and assembled them together into one compact pre-filled solution. The result is the EK Predator 240 and 360 coolers that promise performance without compromise in a compact form factor, yet expandable, out-of-the-box liquid cooling solution. Being a AIO solution, the EK Predator is pre-filled and pre-assembled and comes with the EK-Vardar high static pressure fans with PWM controls to provide a minimal noise footprint, and noise is a common issue for existing AIO users.

The EK Predator uses the industry standard G1/4 threaded ports and 10/16 mm Zero Maintenance rubber tubing (EK-ZMT) and it is therefore fully expandable with all custom loop gear available on the market. The Predator 360 also features an integrated Quick Disconnects (QDC), a special connector that allows quick and tool-less expansion of the system without the need to drain the unit. This could for example allow you to add a prefilled QDC-enabled GPU water block, something that EK Water Blocks will release too.

The dimensions of the main radiator unit on the Predator 240, with integrated pump and reservoir, are: 295mm x 133mm x 68mm. This should be small enough to fit into most modern computer cases. The Predator 360 is a bigger beast as it measures 415mm x 133mm x 68mm. EKWB will provide a list of compatible cases before launch.

Speaking of launch, the EK-Predator 240 will launch on September 23rd and will come with a $199 USD/€199 EUR MSRP. The EK-Predator 360 will follow and be released on October 19th and cost you $239 USD/€239 EUR. Both units will only be available for Intel CPU sockets, but AMD versions are planned for a release in sometime during 2016.

Technical Highlights

  • Hovercore is a revolutionary design of radiator dampeners that prevents a transfer of pump vibrations further down the unit and into the chassis, thus resulting in vibration free and silent operation.
  • Supremacy MX CPU water block, a top performer in the Enthusiast segment, is specifically designed for Intel CPUs and offers great hydraulic and thermal performance. Carefully machined copper base is made from purest copper available and is further polished to absolute mirror finish. This alone greatly improves the cooling performance of the block.
  • CoolStream PE radiator – 240mm or 360mm, has full Copper core being superior to aluminum alternatives in terms of heat dissipation. In conjunction with EK-Vardar fans, the result is increased performance across entire fan operational range thus delivering results both at low and high airflow operation.
  • Vardar fans – two on Predator 240 and three on Predator 360 – are high static pressure fans developed in-house specifically for liquid cooling systems. With low noise profile and PWM technology built in, you can always control the RPM and keep the fans silent while maintaining excellent cooling performance.
  • DDC pump is a powerful 6W liquid cooling pump providing 2-3x higher flow rate compared to other AIOs on the market. It’s also PWM controlled allowing for automatic pump speed regulation depending on your CPU temperature. Full performance on demand or whisper quiet operation in idle mode!
  • Integrated Fan splitter hub reduces cable clutter and keeps the unit aesthetically clean. Predator pump and fans plug into the unit itself with only one PWM cable going into CPU Fan socket while a single SATA Molex cable powers the complete unit.

Acer’s Latest Predator Desktop Features an i7-6700K and Whopping 64GB RAM

Acer has unveiled the Predator G6-710 pre-built PC which utilizes Intel’s 1151 socket and a Core i7-6700K processor. The CPU is manually overclocked via a liquid cooling solution and should allow for a core clock around 4.5GHz using 1.35V. However, no concrete details have been provided about the pre-overclocked speed or cooling apparatus used. Although, it’s probably going to be a 240mm or 280mm Corsair AIO.

Bizarrely, Acer have opted for a ridiculously overkill 64GB of DDR4 RAM which is a complete waste of money, considering 16GB is more than enough to run modern games. Furthermore, the GPU is a GTX 980 with 4GB VRAM instead of the 980Ti which offers a significant boot in frame rates. This shows a lack of care when selecting components for the gaming market.

The chassis design adopts Acer’s “belligerent armour” and uses an aggressive, gaming-centric look.  Personally, I think the case is quite ugly but aesthetic preferences are always subjective. From the image, we can see 2 USB 3.0 ports, microphone/headphone jacks, and an SD card reader. On the other hand, the Predator logo is quite striking without being overpowering. Overall, I’m not very impressed with the case design, specification or ghastly visual choices. Currently, the Predator G6-710 is without a price point but this should be confirmed very soon.

Thank you Digital Trends for providing us with this information.

Predator DLC Coming to Mortal Kombat in July

After taking on Arnie, Danny Glover, and Adrien Brody(?), it seems that the Predator is set to come head-to-head with Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade very soon. Creative Director Ed Boon has confirmed the alien hunter will soon be joining the ranks of Mortal Kombat X’s great and good, alongside Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees, as a DLC character this July.

Boon announced the news on his Twitter account:

The news of Predator’s inclusion in Mortal Kombat X was leaked back in March, then later confirmed by the game’s developer, NetherRealm Studios, but we’ve had to wait months for an official release date.

Alongside the Predator character will be the Prey Pack, which includes Predator-style skins for Commando Johnny, Infrared Scorpion, and Carl Weathers (who featured in the first Predator movie, as well as playing Apollo Creed in the Rocky films) as Jax. The Prey Pack will form part of the larger Mortal Kombat DLC pack, which should also include the character of Tremor as part of the Klassic Pack, priced at $30.

With two classic horror characters appearing in Mortal Kombat X, who else would you like to see added to the game? Halloween’s Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, or the Alien franchise’s Xenomorph, perhaps? My vote’s for Pinhead. Let us know who you’d like in the comments.

Thank you Shack News for providing us with this information.

HyperX Pop-Up Shop at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Kingston wasn’t just inside Computex, they also had a HyperX pop-up shop outside. With a small shop and a stage, HyperX was ready to showcase their amazing high-performance storage and peripherals.

On display were the latest HyperX memory modules, solid state drives, and let us not forget the great headsets that they make. There were also several beautiful modded systems running and they were of course equipped with HyperX memory and storage drives.

Virtual reality is the next big thing and HyperX had a system setup to try it out. The beautiful system had a Gear VR system connected for the demonstration and to let people experience the new thing.

The Savage SSD is an amazing little drive. It is still based around the SATA3 interface, but it takes it to the limit as you might have seen in our previously released review on the drive.

The two modded systems on display were both running with Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 memory

InWin cases are amazing when it comes to show off the hardware inside. They might not be so photo friendly thanks to the glass, but they look amazing. We can also spot the Predator M.2 SSD in the system that easily performs with 1400MB/s and beyond.

Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe 480GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


HyperX is Kingston’s high-performance product division and it is logical that they released their new M.2 based SSD under this label. Today I’m taking the Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe 480GB Solid State Drive for a test ride on my test bench to find out just how great this new M.2 SATA-based drive can perform.

The Predator SSD offers a large capacity up to 480GB, but it is also available as a 240GB model for those that need less storage or just don’t want to spend as much on a storage drive as others. The drive is rated for speeds up to 1400MB/s reading and 1000MB/s writing and it is a perfect drive for ultra-responsive multitasking as well as just an overall faster system.

The drive is built around the PCIe Gen 2.0 x4 interface and comes as either just the M.2 drive or coupled with a half-height, half-length (HHHL) PCIe adapter like the one I’m having a look at today. The drive is a lot faster than the traditional SATA SSDs thanks to the increased bandwidth that the PCIe connection offers over the relative old SATA standard.

The drive is powered by a Marvell 88SS9293 controller and coupled with Toshiba A19 Toggle NAND to achieve this great performance. The drive further has 1GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory in two 512MB packages for caching purposes and general operation. All in all, that is a lot of hardware packed onto this small 2280 gum stick shaped solid state drive.

Kingston’s HyperX Predator PCIe SSD has a mean time before failure of 1 million hours and this 480GB version is rated for 882TB total bytes written (TBW) which equals to 1.7 full drive writes per day (DWPD). The smaller 240GB model has an almost identical rating with 1.6 DWPD which equals to 415TB TBW over the drive’s lifetime.

Kingston opted for a fully black device and I like this. The black PCB is a nice touch and one that is followed through from M.2 SSD to PCIe adapter board. There is also an extra foam pad mounted next to the connector to stabilize the inserted M.2 drive and prevent accidental damage.

Kingston backs this drive with their great customer service and a three-year warranty. The package with the PCIe adapter also included a low-profile replacement bracket for mounting abilities in SSF chassis, a key for Acronis True Image disk cloning software, and a cool HyperX sticker for your case.

Time to dive into the tests and see how this drive performs, it sure sounds like an awesome one.

HyperX Achieves Fastest 128GB DDR4 Memory Kit

G-Skill announced the world’s fastest DDR4 128GB memory not long ago, but we already knew then that they wouldn’t stay on the throne for long. The DDR4 memory market is new and under heavy development at the moment, which means that these records will be broken often by the competition.

This time is no different and it’s Kingston’s HyperX gaming division that set the new record for DDR4 memory kits with 128GB capacity as they announced that they created the world’s fastest 128GB memory kit.

The kit used to break this record consists of eight 16GB HyperX Predator modules (16GB x 8) in quad-channel configuration. The modules were running on an MSI X99 MPOWER motherboard paired with an Intel Core i7 5820K processor. The new modules use tight 16-16-16-36 timings and XMP profiles for easy and stable overclocking.

The new 16GB DDR4 memory modules will be demonstrated at Computex Taipei within a system that’s also packed with their recently released HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD. The live demo will be shown from June 4th to June 7th in their booth at ATT 4 FUN center where we’ll get the final details and specification of these modules, including the price.

Predator: Dark Ages is Full of Win!

I can’t stress enough how awesome this new trailer is. I loved the original Predator movies when they launched all those years ago, with the exception of the terrible Alien vs. Predator movie, I’d rather pretend that didn’t exist.

Sci-Fi alien movies almost always focus on modern civilization or future worlds, where guns and laser weapons are prolific, making for a fair fight against the space filth that has landed on Earth. Fortunately, as an antidote to all of this futuristic madness, Director James Busche and producers at Fascinating Pictures are creating Predator: Dark Ages.

Predator: Dark Ages is literally what it sounds like, an epic space monster and Knights! One of the deadliest hunters in the galaxy vs swords and armour, set in the time of the Crusades, and it looks epic! Unfortunately, this isn’t the big blockbuster it deserves to be, but a fan made film, albeit one that’s got some top-notch production values to it. The teaser trailer below should be more than enough to get you excited for the final product and we’ll be following this one closely as it develops.

“Set during the Crusades, the faith & fighting skills of a group of Templar Knights is put to the test when they encounter the Predator. Their battle is the thing Myths and Legends are born from. Starring Adrian Bouchet, Amed Hashimi, Sabine Crossen, Ben loyd-Holmes, Jon Campling, Joe Egan and Philip Lane.”

A major network or film studio needs to throw money at this idea, Predator Thought Time would make a great series!

HyperX Announces Availability of HyperX Predator PCIe SSD

Kingston announced that their newest SSD has started shipping, and it is the fastest in the entire HyperX line-up. The new SSD is M.2. based but can be had with an optional half-height, half-length (HHHL) PCIe adapter card that comes with both a normal and a low profile bracket. The new Predator doesn’t just look sweet with its large black sticker on top, it also delivers great speeds up to 1400MB/s at reading and 1000MB/s writing.

The HyperX Predator is built around the PCIe Gen 2.0 x4 interface and is powered by a Marvell 88SS9293 SSD controller. There are only two choices capacity wise and you can get the HyperX Predator PCIe SSD as either a 240GB or 480GB model.

When it comes to the price, then you might already have guessed that it won’t come cheap. Overclockers UK has the drives listed as pre-order at the time of writing, starting at £209.99 for the 240GB and £419.99 for the 480GB M.2 models. If you’d like to have the optional PCIe adapter bracket, you’ll have to pay another £10 on top of each.

Thanks to HyperX for providing us with this information

HyperX Releases FURY DDR4 Memory and Adds High-Capacity Predator DDR4 Kits

Kingston announced the DDR4 version of their HyperX FURY memory and they are their first product line to offer automatic overclocking via plug-and-play for the next generation of high-end X99 based systems.

 “We are excited to expand our HyperX DDR4 offerings with FURY for the entry-level enthusiast who wants to maximize their gaming and user experience with simple plug-and-play memory,” said Edward Baily, Business Manager, HyperX. “FURY DDR4 is ideal for someone looking for premium components with faster speeds, high performance with maximum reliability and great aesthetics, all for a minimal investment.”

The Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4 modules are a cost-efficient high-performance memory that takes advantage of the new platforms low 1.2V power consumption and comes with a low profile heat spreader and black PCB. The memory modules are available at 2133MHz, 2400MHz and 2666MHz speeds and in various kits and configurations from 8 to 64GB.

HyperX FURY DDR4 Features and Specifications:

  • Easy to install: plug-and-play functionality
  • Automatic overclocking: reach faster speeds and higher capacities just by installing the memory, no adjustments in BIOS needed
  • Cost-efficient: the perfect combination of price and DDR4 performance
  • Unique: asymmetrical, signature FURY heat spreader
  • Design: low profile, black heat spreader color, and matching PCB
  • Reliable: 100% factory tested
  • Compatible: tested with all popular brands of motherboards
  • Guaranteed: lifetime warranty, free technical support
  • Capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB & 64GB kits
  • Frequency: 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz
  • CAS Latency: CL14-CL15
  • Voltage: 1.2V
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -55°C to 100°C
  • Dimensions: 133.35mm x 34.24mm
  • Compatible: with Intel X99 chipset

In addition to the new FURY DDR4 memory line, Kingston also expands the Predator family with 32GB and 64GB kits for those who want even more performance and speeds up to 3000MHz.

HyperX Predator DDR4 Features and Specifications:

  • Fast: lowest latencies paired with faster clock speeds to deliver unbeatable DDR4 performance
  • Unique: charcoal black heat spreader with black PCB brings dramatic style to any system build
  • Compatible: Intel XMP ready profiles optimized for Intel X99 series motherboards
  • Reliable: 100% factory tested at speed
  • Guaranteed: lifetime warranty, free technical support
  • Capacities: 16GB-64GB kits
  • Frequency: 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz, 2800MHz and 3000MHz
  • CAS latency: CL12–CL15
  • Voltage: 1.2V–1.35V
  • Operating temperature: 0°C to 85°C
  • Storage temperature: -55°C to 100°C
  • Dimensions: 133.35mm x 55mm
  • Compatible: Intel XMP ready profiles optimized for Intel X99 series motherboards

Thanks to Kingston for providing us with this information

Acer Reveal QHD 144Hz G-Sync Monitor

Gamers rejoice: Acer are releasing a QHD (2,560×1,440) monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync to compete with the ASUS ROG Swift, currently the only NVIDIA G-Sync capable monitor. The Acer XB270HU is set to be part of the company’s Predator gaming range, which includes a series of “extreme gaming” desktop PCs.

The XB270HU is rumoured to be using an AU Optronics ‘M270Q002’ panel, the same screen plate as the ASUS ROG Swift, so should also feature its rival’s Ultra-Low Motion Blur (ULMB) capacity. The screen also features 16.7 million colours, 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, W-LED backlight, 170/160-degree viewing angles, and 250 nits of brightness.

The monitor is set to feature four USB 3.0 ports, full tilt range, height adjustment of up to 150mm, and 100mm x 100mm VESA support included for mounting.

The Acer XB270HU is set for release in early 2015. The price is yet to be announced.

Source: Hexus

Kingston DataTraveller Locker+ G3 & HyperX 1TB Flash Drive On Show At Post-CES Event

Whilst we have seen a lot from Kingston at this years Consumer Electronics Show, but this is not to say that they have shown us everything that they have to offer. Part of the reason why we see one or two things crop up just after CES comes down to development. If Kingston were to put everything together and launch it all at the same time, then there is a high chance that something will get missed out or not given as much exposure as something that is a little more revolutionary or performance pushing. This is the reason why only a few weeks after one of the years biggest tech shows Kingston are holding a smaller, more select event where they can focus their attention one a small group of products that they want to give a small push into the market and with the number of products more concentrated, the exposure that they will get from these is more defined as opposed to being lost in a stand or suite overview for example.

One of the few products that they have got on show, and the one that this mini-event is mainly pushing out is the all new DataTraveller Locker+ G3. Now whilst we have seen a wide range of drives come on to the market under both the DataTraveller name and also having the G3 tag, the Locker+ is a drive that is a little more unique with a feature that not too many drives tend to have on the market; namely encrypted storage.

Now when we think about data encryption and storage, people tend to think about the internet and systems that hold personal information about ourselves, but on the consumer end of the market, there is still the demand for secure storage to ensure that data and information cannot fall into the wrong hands. Flash drives are one of the more common pieces of consumer hardware that we tend to misplace or lose entirely and if this drive holds valuable data, either personal or in relation to a business, there is the slight potential that the damages could be far greater than expected. As a result this is the whole reason why we are seeing encrypted drives come onto the market.

To join this growing market of secure flash drives, Kingston are unveiling the new and improved DataTraveler Locker+ Generation 3 drive. With capacities ranging from 8GB through to 64GB and offering read and write speeds of up to 135MB/s and 40MB/s respectively, the thrid generation drives offer better capacities and faster speeds over the generation two secure drives that fall under the DataTraveler range. With faster speeds on offer, the new drive boasts a USB3.0 port and a sleek, rugged feeling all-metal housing with a massive 5-year warranty. Data encryption is made possible through an installation-free interface that runs directly from the drive, meaning wherever you go, you’ll always have access to your data when you need it and the security when you need it the most.

The Locker+ G3 is available now and with prices starting at around £10 for the 8GB model, ranging up to around £45 for the 64GB drive, the drives are not only desirable, but also affordable as well. Watch closely on eTeknix as will have a review of this drive coming up very soon.

Whilst the Locker+ G3 was the the key product to see, there is one drive that Kingston have been bragging about for a number of months now and one that has dropped the jaws of many enthusiasts and pro-sumers around the world. This is of course the massive 1TB capacity that is packed into the HyperX Predator USB3.0 flash drive. We are no strangers to this drive, in-fact I was the first person that was able to get my hands on this drive for review and I have to give it to Kingston, the mind boggling capacity in such a small frame is one of last years greatest innovations and since its release, Kingston have seen a strong response from the community with a fair number of drives beings sold.

If you want to read more about the HyperX Predator 1TB, take a look at our full review where we have specs and performance benchmarks of this mega drive.

Images courtesy of eTeknix.com

I Spy With My Little Eye…. A Drone Watching Me?

Fox News reportedly got word of a first-ever case of a U.S. citizen being convicted and sentenced to prison based in part on evidence gathered by a drone. Farmer Rodney Brossart, from Lakota N.D., got a three-year sentence for his role in an armed standoff with police that began after he was accused of stealing his neighbors’ stray cattle in 2011.

Bossart reportedly was arrested after him and his family restricting ‘at gunpoint’ authorities armed with a search warrant to investigate the reports of his neighbors. But later, he was released on bail. Warrants were then issued for his three sons, but the family refused to show up in court. In this extreme case, Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke spoken to the U.S. Border Patrol to deploy a Predator drone in order to conduct live video surveillance of the farm.

The drone monitored the family’s movements on the farm following the armed standoff. It was not clear how long the drone was deployed or whether it gathered evidence of the alleged cattle theft. However, the drone gathered enough evidence to prompt Janke’s men to finally move in November 2011, arresting five family members on terrorizing charges. Brossart was found not guilty for the cattle theft accusations, but did get three years for his part in the armed police standoff based in part on video recorded by the drone.

The case could prove significant, because Brossart’s attorney tried unsuccessfully to have the terrorizing charges related to his standoff with police dropped because evidence was gathered by the drone without a search warrant specifically allowing for it.

Should we be worried that our privacy will not be so private in the future? According to Fobers magazine, they predict it won’t be the last time drones are used to put Americans in prison, and reported the use of drones for police missions is on the rise. Between 2010 and 2012, law enforcement agencies used CBP Predator drones for 700 missions, the media outlet reported.

Thank you Fox News for providing us with this information

Kingston HyperX Predator USB3.0 1TB Flash Drive Review

Kingston HyperX Predator USB3.0 1TB Flash Drive Review


Every now and again I get the chance to have a product a little ahead of every other reviewer in the world and in some cases, I’ve been able to claim the world’s first review as well. There is however one drive that I’m sure many reviewers are waiting to get their hands on, and thanks to Kingston I’ve been able to get a hands-on world-exclusive look at the HyperX Predator 1TB USB3.0 flash drive.

A few months ago I had a look at the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 64GB flash drive which features a build and design that is fairly similar to that of the 1TB drive that I have to play with today. However, this is of course a little more special with its HyperX branding and of course the mammoth 1TB capacity.

As opposed to most flash drives that we’ve seen from Kingston, the HyperX Predator 1TB is far more worthy othan the typical plastic packaging that is pretty much the standard these days. Instead, this drive comes in a rather sleek looking metal tin, with a fitted foam interior, that holds both the drive and the accessories that come with it. Alongside the mammoth 1TB USB drive, we find a keyring for attaching the drive to a set of keys or hand-cuffs; as after all you really don’t want to be letting this drive out of your sight too soon – or at least this is how I felt whilst I had it in my possession. The other accessory we get is a short USB extension cable which for many users will be a well used accessory due to the fact that the drive is a little wider than a typical USB drive meaning it may have compatibility issues with some USB ports.

Looking closer at the drive the sheer physical dimensions are staggering. Granted it is a rather chunky looking drive and it is 7.2cm long x 2.6cm x 2.1cm. Of course we do have to remember that there are a whole heap of flash ICs packed into a comparatively small space. The brushed metal surface is finished off with the Kingston and HyperX Predator branding and on the end is a loop for attaching the drive to the included keyring.

The need for the USB cable in some cases becomes more apparent when we look at the drive from the end, you can see it will easily interfere with other devices that are close-by in adjacent USB slots. Just above the drive there is a small hole through which the blue status/activity LED can be seen.

Test system:

  • Asus Maximus VI Formula
  • Intel Core i7 4770k
  • Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866MHz 16GB
  • Asus GTX 780 – DC2OC
  • Corsair H100i
  • Corsair HX1050W
  • Corsair Force LS 120GB SSD
  • Asus MX229Q

We would like to thank Asus for allowing us to use their demonstration system at i49 for the testing of this drive
It’s safe to say that the Kingston Predator 1TB USB flash drive looks the part, but this is not really going to be worth much if the drive doesn’t deliver the performance as well. Kingston have rated this drive with a read speed of 240MB/s and a write speed of 160MB/s – which for any HyperX USB drive is top level performance. This is part of the reason why this drive has had so much exposure because it has been reported to have not only the capacity but also the performance to go alongside that.

To test this drive, I first of all want to see what the underlying performance is through ATTO – just to see how well the drive can deliver behind the scenes.

Looking at the 1024k test, the 1TB drive appears to give virtually the rated performance on the read front that Kingston claim however the write performance does appear to be down. What we have to take into account though is that ATTO works with compressible data which does not favour this drive very well at all.

Next up is CrystalDiskMark, and immediately we can see a huge boost in both the read and write speeds of the HyperX Predator. Topping out during the 4MB sequential read test at 298.4MB/s and 109.5MB/s, we can see that the drive clearly can deliver top level performance when pulling data from the drive. The 512k test is also impressive with speeds topping out at 225.1MB/s read and 112.8MB/s write.

Anvil’s Storage Utility is the last of the tests that this drive is going through and as a final push, the HyperX Predator manages to kick the read speed up to 278.15MB/s and write to 169.17MB/s both passing the rated speeds that Kingston give on the tin.

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When it comes to top end flash drives, there are many on the market, but there is now one that reigns above them all. Kingston’s HyperX Predator 1TB is not only a feat of technical engineering, but it is also something to marvel over. With solid build quality and construction, the drive feels like it’s worth a £1000 and that is exactly its price point. There have been many rumours and speculations floating about since the drive was first announced earlier in the year about its price, with some thinking it will sell for as much as £4000. However, with a price point of around £1/GB its price is astonishing for what it is.

The performance is also remarkable, granted ATTO doesn’t show great results, but drives of this nature are going to perform better with incompressible data and this is clear with the results from Anvil’s Storage Utilities.

Availability of the drive is something that a lot of people are going to question and at this moment in time, there are only seven working units in the world, of which this one that I’ve looked at is the only one in the UK. Pre-orders are being taken through etailers such as Overclockers UK and Dabs.com, but do expect a some waiting time when you order as these units have only just had their first batch shipped out. Many more units are currently in the manufacturing and testing stages.

All in all though I’m more than astounded by this drive – after all how often are you going to say that you have 1TB of USB storage hanging from your keys? Granted the cost is not affordable for the large majority of people out there, but as a feat of engineering Kingston’s 1TB HyperX Predator USB3.0 flash drive is worthy of our eTeknix Innovation Award.

Pros:

  • Well known and established manufacturer
  • Solid build quality and metal construction
  • Whopping 1TB capacity
  • Top level performance
  • “Bling factor”
  • USB extension cable in the tin for hard to reach ports

Cons:

  • Can get a little warm during continuous use
  • Out of the price range for most users.

eTeknix Says: Kingston have done it again with pushing next-generation storage to the max. The HyperX Predator 1TB USB drive has a crazy level of storage space, but also a top-level of performance to go with it. Did you once fancy 1TB of storage for on the go? Now your dreams have come true with this truly outstanding drive.”

Kingston HyperX Predator USB3.0 1TB Flash Drive Review

Thanks to Kingston for providing this review sample.