Glorious PC Gaming Race Now Available at Overclockers UK

Overclockers UK has brought quite a few brands to the UK and now they’ve added one more in the form of Glorious PC Gaming Race products. Behind the unusual brand name but well-known terminology, is a manufacturer of gaming surfaces and ergonomic wrist rests that so far has been taking on fans by storm. The brand has become a go-to for mechanical keyboard enthusiast communities and generally made a big impact in the USA. Now it is time for us on the other side of the pond to enjoy these products.

Glorious PC Gaming Race products are now exclusively available in the UK through Overclockers UK. The quality
of these surfaces is said to be fantastic with smooth cloth surfaces, high-quality anti-slip rubber bases, and stitched
edges on all products to avoid fraying.

All the wrist rests and mouse pads are black, except for one. There is a white full desk gaming surface available too. There are large and extra large surfaces as well keyboard wrist rests for both normal and compact sized keyboards. When considering the quality and size we get on the available Glorious PC Gaming Race products, the prices are more than fair. It starts at just £5.99 G-L Large Pro Gaming Surface and tops out at £19.99 for the G-XXL Tall Extended Full Desk Large Pro Gaming Surface.

Now, you might consider £19.99 a lot for a mouse pad, but it’s a lot more than that. The name already tells that it’s a full desk surface and it will cover about 92cm x 46cm (36″ x 18″ x 0.12″). That is a surface large enough to easily place both your mouse and a full sized keyboard with room to spare. I’ve long wanted a large surface for my entire desk, maybe this makes it the perfect time to get going with it and get myself some premium surfaces.

Noctua NH-C14S C-Type Premium Cooler Review

Introduction


Noctua, one of most respected names in the cooling industry, are back once again with their latest cooler, the NH-C14S. Those of you who follow Noctua products will notice that the name is rather similar to another very popular Noctua cooler, the NH-C14. The new “S” model takes the award-winning design of the original and improves on it, or at least we hope it has! You’ll find a deeper fin stack and an even more efficient NF-A14 PWM fan.

At almost £60, the NH-C14S is certainly one of the most expensive air coolers on the market, but if previous Noctua products are anything to go by, we can expect one the best in terms of build quality, cooling performance and acoustics. So let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what this new model has to offer.

Inside the very nicely packaged box, you’ll find absolutely everything you need to get yourself setup and ready to rock. Separate installation guides for each socket type, a collection of high-quality screws and bolts, AMD and Intel support brackets, a backplate, screwdriver, thermal paste, extra fan clips and a funky Noctua sticker.

First impressions of the cooler are certainly positive. It’s quite a large unit, giving it a massive amount of surface area, as well as allowing it to handle that lovely and big 140mm fan; both of which will help improve the cooling capabilities.

The fin stack is pretty tight, and the sides are bent to close them off, allowing the fan to better direct airflow right out the top of the cooler and over the heat pipes more efficiently.

The fan does come pre-installed out of the box, but keep in mind that you’ll be needing to remove it in order to install the cooler. The fan is typical Noctua, with the brown design that we’ve all come to love and/or hate. The fan clips are easy enough to use to mount and remove the cooler, and there’s a second set included should you wish to add another fan to the top side of the cooler.

The base plate is mounted directly below the fan and has a thick metal back section which should help further with cooling capabilities. The mounting screws are pre-fitted and sprung too, which should help greatly with the installation process.

There are seven heat pipes in total, all perfectly aligned to give full coverage of the CPU block, although the 7th comes from the thick metal backing on the top of the contact plate, which will help deal with even more heat.

The contact plate is huge and beautifully finished, which should give a fantastic covering over your CPU of choice.

The end of the cooler is nicely finished too, with a soft finish plate and a small Noctua stamp completing the design.

SilverStone Announced Milo ML06-E Premium Mini-ITX HTPC Case

SilverStone’s newest chassis isn’t really a new case but rather a rearrangement of a previous model. The Milo ML06-E is an evolution and variation of the premium mini-ITX HTPC case Milo ML06. It still keeps the same external dimensions and an unchanged volume of 7 liters, but the internal layout has been redesigned and now provides the crucial second expansion slot, allowing users to use dual slot low-profile graphics and expansion card.

The ML06-E is a great starting point for users that wish to build a system in a console/DVR-like form factor with a more robust GPU or tuner card with a length up to 175mm for gaming or for multimedia content recording.

The ML06-E has a surprising amount of expansion options for its size. Besides the two low-profile expansion slots, it also features a full-size utility expansion and rear I/O slot. The PSU is limited to SFX size and by now there is a good amount of choices on the market in that segment. You’re sure to find one that fits with the specifications you want.

The internal top piece can be used in several ways. You can either mount a 9.5 or 12.7mm slim slot-loading optical drive, one 3.5-inch HDD, two 2.5-inch HDDs, or a 120mm fan for extra cooling.

 

The left side, seen from the front, features the front panel connections which on this case are two USB 3.0 ports and headset jacks. You can mount two 80mm fans on this side to keep your graphics or expansion cards properly cooled with a really direct air-flow.

Besides the drives mountable in the top-piece, you can mount four 2.5-inch SSDs or HDDs in this chassis. With the 3TB 2.5-inch hard drives arriving very soon, you’ll have up to 12TB raw capacity right there in this tiny chassis.

Logic dictates that the CPU cooler can’t be the biggest type in this chassis, there simply isn’t room. With the multi-purpose bracket installed you’re limited to 37mm height and you can go up to 70mm without.

Special Features:

  • Super small at only 7 liters
  • Aluminum front panel with premium styling
  • Includes one 120mm fan and support up to two 80mm fans
  • Supports dual slot low-profile graphics or expansion card
  • Supports Mini-ITX motherboard and SFX power supply
  • Supports four 2.5-inch HDD/SSD

The brand new SilverStone Milo ML06B-E Mini-ITX HTPC chassis should be in stock and available now and it comes with an MSRP of $90.60 USD.

Fan Backlash Causes Wargaming to Partially Honour Humble Bundle Deal

After facing severe fan anger over their handling of the Humble Bundle deal, Wargaming has changed their tune. After deciding not to honour the original Humble Bundle due to mixed messaging, developers have announced that those who purchased the Humble Bundle will be able to regain their beloved Murmansk. However, the rest of the bundle will not be credited to customers.

Today Wargaming released a statement on their change in tune. Anyone who purchased the E3 Humble Bundle will be credited the premium ship Murmansk permanently through the open beta and beyond. However, the 1000 gold doubloons/5 inventory slots still won’t be credited to accounts so Wargaming is still only partially honouring the deal. The relevant parts of the statement are as follows:

With the World of Warships Open Beta merely days away, we want to make sure your first experience with our latest game is a great one: those of you who purchased and redeemed the Humble Bundle E3 Digital Ticket codes for World of Warships will be credited with the Murmansk shortly.

This ship will remain on your account through the remainder of Closed Beta, into Open Beta, and through to release. To be clear, players will receive only the Tier V Russian Murmansk if they purchased the Humble Bundle E3 Digital Ticket to keep permanently.<

As the now 32 page thread and the reddit post show, while fans are happy that they are getting the Murmansk back, they aren’t satisfied that Wargaming has done enough. Many are clamoring for Wargaming to fulfill the terms of the entire deal and that failure to fulfill all the terms means Wargaming is still regening on the deal. To some fans, only PC gamers are shafted so frequently with raw deals that would be unacceptable in other parts of the economy. Others though, are satisfied with getting the Murmansk as that amounts 75% of the total value of the Humble Bundle.

Hopefully Wargaming has learned its lesson from this debacle and won’t this mistake. It is important for developers and others in the PC gaming industry to be able to keep their commitments and be clear about their messaging. Failure to do so can result in fan backlash and a lost of trust that is not easily regained. We will continue to follow the story and update you on any developments if they occur.

MSI Launch Gaming Series SLI Bridge

We all love to spruce up the insides of our computers from time to time; a bit of cable tidying here, a new fan there and maybe a tasteful amount of LEDs to really show off the boring SLI bridge you have connecting the premium GTX 980Ti’s.

Some companies have already designed and produced own branded SLI bridges to cover the market gap, but MSI have remained quiet; until now. This new bridge is simply stunning and follows a similar design pattern to the already establish MSI GAMING range of products.

 

With sharp lines and vivid red, these will enhance the look of your graphics cards. They incorporate an LED-backlit MSI GAMING logo and are encased by a carefully engineered metal shroud. Weighing in at 50g, it isn’t the lightest of options on the market, but who cares; it looks amazing.

This new product hasn’t come as much of a surprise, with developers pushing the boundaries of gaming detail while utilising 4k resolutions; the need for multi-GPU set-up’s couldn’t be greater. To effectively run most games at the maximum graphics detail at 4k, you will now require at least two NVIDIA GTX 970 graphics cards.

Will you be investing in one of these SLI bridges? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Antec Presents the Signature Series S10 Chassis

Antec presented their newest chassis, and it is a large beauty. The Signature Series S10 is an extravagant premium tower and the first product of the all-new Signature series that is meant to take the computer housings market by storm.

The Signature S10 is made from high-class materials like brushed aluminium for the side panels and is built around a three-chamber setup for the best heat management.

“We engaged with Astro to help us create a living, functional piece of art,” says Antec General Manager Frank Lee. “The Signature Series is meant to be an inspiration for creation. Every computer can be a foundation to create the most insightful technologies and beautiful works of art, and we felt the series should embody that spirit.”


Antec chose a three-chamber design to not only provide you with the best heat management, but also cool your components with a minimum of noise.

There are exclusive compartments for your drives, the power supply and the mainboard to prevent the single components from heating up each other.

Dust has to be kept out, so Antec also equipped each compartment with fine-meshed and washable air filters.

The Signature S10 is a large chassis and also has room for a lot of cooling. You can mount a total of seven fans in the chassis: two 140mm and four 120mm fans in the motherboard compartment and one 120mm in the drive cage. Additionally you can install a 120mm fan to help aid the PSU.

Fans are easily mounted thanks to the removable mounting brackets and liquid cooling isn’t a problem either with support for 120mm, 280mm and 360mm radiators.

Top gaming and workstation builds aren’t a problem with easy support for up to four graphics cards in SLI-mode. There is plenty of cooling to handle it and enough space to accommodate it with the 10 expansion slots.

There is no shortage of drive slots either. You can mount up to eight 2.5-inch SSDs und six 3.5-inch HDDs in the Signature S10. Motherboards support is just as wide as the chassis is high, letting you chose between SSI CEB, E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ATX boards.

The I/O panel at the top of the housing is equipped with four USB 3.0 ports to guarantee highest transmission rates to and from external devices. A shortened 5.25” chamber is available to additionally install controls for the ventilating fans, a card reader or other devices.

Setup is an easy thing here. The oversized CPU opening is 219mm x 149mm and it grants easy access for installing additional high-class heat sinks. The chambers for the drives have all been treated with silicon to neutralise vibrations and the installation of a hard disk is a matter of minutes and does not need any tools at all.

Availability is set for July 2015 and the MSRP is set to £399.99 incl. VAT. That’s not cheap, but you also get one of the greatest looking chassis with a ton of clever features and plenty of room for even the most advanced systems.

Cooltek Reveal Gorgeous UMX1 plus mITX Case

Cooltek have revealed the in my opinion absolutely gorgeous UMX1 Plus premium mini-ITX case, available in both a standard and windowed version as well as both in black and silver. The 2mm thick brushed aluminium gives the case a superb finish while the interior is made from 0.8 to 1mm thick SGCC steel.

This tiny case can hold a standard ATX power supply up to 160mm length next to the mITX motherboard. There is support for graphics cards up to 270mm and CPU coolers up to 130mm, and the UMX1 Plus can take one 3.5-inch and tow 2.5-inch drives inside. Airflow is generated by the 120mm top and 80mm rear exhaust as well as passive intake from the bottom.

The was no word on pricing or availability yet for this tiny 160 x 300 x 345 mm chassis with a weight of 3.2kg.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp

Is Your Sony Charging Cable Genuine?

Recently, a charging cable has been released catered toward Sony products. The Chikou charging cable was originally thought of my most to be an official Sony product, brandishing a very similar design to their architecture and color schemes as we’ve seen Sony produce for years. Later on, Sony Taiwan released a statement to IT Home claiming that it was not an officially branded product.

Confusion was still wide-spread as Japanese branches of Sony were claiming through online portals that the Chikou charging cable was a Sony Mobile Authorized product and the production line quality was closely monitored by their servicing staff.

The cable was released with some impressive features, well as impressive as you can get for a cable. Featuring fire retardant materials and a magnetic connection to the phone to hold it in place, this cable can actually only be used with Sony products. It’s designed to clamp only to Sony products bodies, being measured and designed in this fashion.

We’re unable to come to a final answer as to if this is an official Sony product or not, but it heeds as a warning to those looking to buy any ‘official’ product. With so many knock-0ff and dodgy brands around these days, it’s hard to know if what you’re getting is actually genuine, or a cheap replica – or if there’s a third party company producing items (like in this case), is it actually approved by your products company?

If you’re looking for the always-safe option, go ahead and purchase directly only from your smartphone companies website. But, as with all ‘officially licensed’ products – expect to be paying a 200% premium.

Image courtesy of Chiphell

Netflix Launching in Australia, New Zealand in March 2015

Australians are going ballistic over social media right now – Netflix has just announced via their media center that they will be launching their services in Australia and New Zealand coming March 15. One of my friends posting just recently on their Facebook page the exact (censored) status of: “Holy mother f***g s**t batman!!!! NETFLIX IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA !!”

Self-claimed as the “World’s Leading Internet Television Network to Offer Original Series, Movies, Documentaries, Stand-Up Comedy Specials and TV Shows for Low Monthly Price”, those outside of Australia (and some within) might not realize that most Aussies have been using Netflix already for months – through utilizing VPN software. For those who aren’t aware, in simple terms – a VPN will fool someone into thinking that you reside in a country of choice, in this case Australians will install their VPN and set it to the United States therefore making Netflix servers think they reside in the US and therefore enabling them to use their services.

A major issue that comes with Netflix opening locally is that of pricing. Australians have become used to paying a ‘premium’ for re-released product. If you take a look at gaming prices for example, a ‘standard edition’ of an A+++ publisher release can easily cost us $110 per console game and $100 per PC edition – this is comparative to around $60 US in the States. What does that say for Netflix pricing? Recently Netflix has upped their US price by $1, to $8.99 per month, comparing this to an estimated price of $15+ AU per month (and more for our New Zealand brothers).

One more issue comes in the form of rights ownership. Australian cable company Foxtel own the rights to many publishing companies material, including the popular HBO series – Game of Thrones. It’s unsure if Netflix will be able to work around this issue due to them being US-based and an online service, only time will tell.

Even if Aussies have to pay a premium service price of $15 AU for Netflix’s local offering, it’s still better than the $25 per month (on 12 month contract) offered by Foxtel. I knew there was a reason my parents always wanted to stick with ‘Free-TV’.

Image courtesy of Netflix

WarThunder Caught the Summertime Madness

The highly popular free-to-play flying and tank game WarThunder, created by the Russian based game-studio Gaijin Entertainment, is launching their Summertime Madness event as warm up for Gamescon.

Enjoy numerous events, discounts and special missions in the first weeks of August. Gain more RP and Silver Lions, earn the best premium vehicles! And while the main game show of the year – Gamescom – is on, Golden Battles await you!

Gaijin always throws some amazing events and isn’t shy of giving away premium items or currency. This time is no different and participants can win premium rank 2 and 3 Tanks for the recently released Ground Forces as well as German, American and Japan premium air planes. Some Golden Eagles will be given away too, and not few.

During special times of the day, you’ll earn up to 4x more silver lions and research points then usual, making each battle-reward a little sweeter.

Special sales for premium-items will also be held during the event time. There should be something for all their players. Free items for those who don’t want to pay and discounted items for those who wish to spend a little.

Not all details have been released for all the events, but more news should follow very shortly.

Thank you WarThunder for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of WarThunder

Big Discounts on Apps and Games With Google Play Summer Sale

The Steam Summer Sale has long gone and while I’m sure plenty of you grabbed a few bargains to keep you busy for at least another year, there is no harm in grabbing a few extra deals to keep your busy on your phone when you’re out and about.

The Google Play Summer Sale is now here and it’s offering up some reasonable discounts on freemium in-app purchases, and some great discounts on premium games. With Two Final Fantasy games, Worms 3 and Little Big Adventure being great choices for those who want some great games for less. There are a few premium apps too, although for me personally, I don’t see anything interesting there, but perhaps you will.

Freemium games: in-app purchase sales

Premium games

Premium apps

It’s unknown how long the deals are available for, so if you want them at this price you best be quick. Hopefully the deals will last a while or at least have no items added over the next few days.

Thank you Android Authority for providing us with this information.

ADATA Elite CE700 Qi Wireless Charging Station

Introduction


ADATA is brand synonymous with memory and storage solutions. For more than a decade they have established a strong relationship with their customers that consists of average consumers and business professionals around the world. With constant innovation and a determination to produce only high quality products that will exceed consumer expectations, ADATA will continue to be at the forefront of our culture’s technological growth.

Anyone that keeps up to date with their technology news can already see that most manufacturers are targeting the mobile device segment no matter the relevance to their core product stacks. Mobile devices have become such a critical part of our everyday lives and I for one still have a hard time fathoming how our culture was able to survive without things like email, instant messaging, or even mobile computing. We are a culture that constantly has our eyes glued to our phones and tablets to get through each day.

But how exactly are we constantly powering these devices? Traditionally the standard charge cable is the primary method of choice. But with technology constantly evolving we are always looking to improve the experiences that we have with these products. What is the obvious next step for charging your devices? Wireless charging of course. A freedom from the cluster of cables that we are so used to dealing with. That’s where ADATA comes in and brings us the Elite CE700 Qi Wireless Charging Station.

After a quick opening of the packaging you can see the the contents are pretty basic, but that’s okay because there’s not much needed to use this type of product. The box contains the user guide, micro USB charge cable, and the unit itself.

Luxa2 H5 Premium Car Phone Mount Review

Introduction


When it comes to premium mobile accessories, one of the most upcoming brands to look towards has got to be Luxa2; a sub-division of Thermaltake. Luxa2’s aim is to offer the consumer a product that not only has a premium ‘feel’ to it, but quality that is actually premium – all with a modest price tag. Recently we took a look at the H1 premium desktop mobile holder and what’s clear about the design and build is that it’s rock solid and flawless, meaning you get a product that is very much worth the extra price. At this point make a note of our old saying of ‘buy cheap; buy twice’.

Whilst the H1 is great for keeping your phone nice and tidy on your desk, there is an even more common place where we could all do with having somewhere to place our phones. This is of course in the car. Most of us connect our phones to our in-car hands free kits, stream audio from our handsets and use them for sat-nav, but the problem is that there is not really anywhere to place it whilst you’re driving. In the UK especially, it is illegal to use your phone whilst driving without using a hands-free kit, but even if you are using one, the moment you pick up the phone to call someone, your attention is diverted from the road as you glance down. Another problem is being able to see what your navigation app is trying to show you and this is where the H5 mount comes into play.

Like the H1, the H5 offers a fully adjustable grip to hold virtually all handsets on the market and there is the full flexibility to rotate and pivot the mount to suit your individual needs and preferences.

The H5 packaging follows the same Luxa2 colour scheme that we have seen from a number of their other products and alongside a snapshot photo of the mount itself there are a number of product features highlighted around the box.

Battlefield 4 Public Beta Goes Live

The first public beta of Battlefield 4 just went live this morning, letting Origin users at large experience online multiplayer gameplay of the season’s most hotly anticipated game. The 5 GB Origin download lets play levolution map “Siege of Shanghai” in two modes, conquest, and domination. The game sees the comeback of the Chinese faction into the Battlefield universe, who are equipped with top of the line equipment, new vehicles, and so on.

Early access is reserved for Battlefield 3 Premium members, customers who pre-ordered the Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition on Origin.com, and registered owners of Medal of Honor Warfighter – Limited Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition.

The times and platforms on which the beta goes live are listed below:

Exclusive Beta Rollout Times (October 1st):

  • PC: Currently Live
  • Xbox 360 worldwide: 2-6 AM PDT (11am – 3pm SAST)
  • PlayStation 3 (Europe): 7-11 AM PDT (4pm – 8pm SAST)
  • PlayStation 3 (US): 3-7 PM PDT (Midnight – 4am Wednesday SAST)

Open Beta Rollout Times for non-premium members (October 4th):

  • PC: 1 AM PDT/9 AM UTC (10 am SAST)
  • Xbox 360 worldwide: 2-6 AM PDT (11am-3pm SAST)
  • PlayStation 3 (Europe): 7-11 AM PDT (4pm – 8pm SAST)
  • PlayStation 3 (US): 11 AM PDT (9pm – SAST)

To play, simply make Origin point to and download the beta.

Thank you lazygamer.ro and NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of lazygamer.ro and NextPowerUp.