PC Specialist Announce Stunning Liquid Series Range

PC Specialist has quickly forged a reputation as one of the best system integrators on the market and constantly strives to provide the best possible user experience. Custom water cooling looks spectacular and offers excellent overclocking headroom but it can be extremely daunting for novices. As a result, many people opt for closed-loop-coolers like the H110i GT because of the simplicity. Unfortunately, the majority of these Asetek-based units are bland and struggle to evoke a premium finish. Today, PC Specialist has launched their brand new liquid series designed to cater towards customers wanting a gorgeous custom loop without the headache of sourcing compatible parts.

The new range covers both Z170 and X99 chipsets which allows you to select a system which suits your power requirements. Pricing starts from £1291.00 and includes a standard three-year warranty. The basic Z170 system opts for Mayhems X1 UV Blue coolant, an i5-6600K overclocked up to 4.6GHz, 8GB HyperX Fury 2133MHz RAM, EVGA GTX 970 SC, 1TB mechanical hard disk and Corsair RM850. Of course, you can customise the specification and improve the CPU, memory capacity and more.

In addition to the generous warranty, you can purchase a service pack for £149.00 which includes:

  • Collection & Return of Liquid Series PC
  • Full drain of the loop
  • Flush and clean the loop (including Pumps, Blocks, Reservoirs & Fittings)
  • Replace all tubing & refill loop with new coolant.
  • 24 Hours Leak & Stress Test

The liquid series implements the highest level of expertise and component selection. For example, braided cables are deployed to form an absolutely stunning aesthetic design. Here we can see some of the creations you can expect under the liquid series brand:

If you’re interested in a liquid series system please visit this link to browse the extensive catalogue and perhaps make an order. In the next few days, a review sample will be arriving and I cannot wait to analyse the system in extensive detail. So far, I’m really impressed with the range and believe it’s a great addition to PC Specialist’s impressive line-up.

Remembering Robin Williams 1yr On

Yesterday (August 11th) marked the one year anniversary since the passing of Robin Williams, who was a beloved, charismatic and exciting comedian, actor and personality. Uniqueness is overused within today’s generic saturation of celebrity; Robin Williams was without a doubt unique and creative. His career spanned the silverscreen which included animation to thrillers and everything in between; the diverse acting ability can even be linked within tech, think voiceovers in animated films such as Robots, Aladdin, Flubber and CGI adventures in Night Of The Museum franchise.

A critical aspect of Robin Williams personality was his movement; he could display a wired comic before stepping it down several notches for a moving scene. Below is a video which displays this and comes courtesy of a Vimeo channel video, it begins with a clip from Good Morning Vietnam; I loved this performance because it felt spontaneous, dangerous and exciting.

A comparison of movement is illustrated 1:34 minutes into this video with a clip of One Hour Photo which is below. As you can see, there are two different scenes which are side by side, these could easily contain the same movements, but Robin Williams subtly changes to convey the effect of variation. A person in real life for example walks to work, but they do not walk with the same movements each day, this also conveys the impression of two different days, not the same structured scene which has been repeated.

A clip from Flubber now which is below and illustrates the way Robin Williams acted, I can’t think of many comedians who would be able to successfully convey a story while acting with a CGI non entity, the performance is natural and embodies the character while still managing to project authenticity, it’s also not forced over the top acting for the sake of it, he understands the skills required.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJT2QOpnYb8

I was going to place comedy from Robin Williams below, but, I cannot guarantee the clips won’t contain swearing, therefore I have not, also, there are clips on Youtube from a US show by the name of Shrink Rap, by all means take a look, it’s fascinating. The clip is 46 minutes long and again, I have not uploaded it because of the reason above.

1 year on and the world still misses a genius.

Linksys Launched New Wireless Range Extender and High-Gain Antennas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

HBM Memory Overclocking to be Locked on Fiji

AMD released some awesome news earlier this week, they stunned us with a whopping range of 9, yes! Nine new graphics cards during E3 2015. At the top of the range there are 4 cards that will utilize the new Fijii gpu chip. Performance of any of the cards is under strict NDA until June 24th when the new Radeon R9 Fury X will be released. However AMD have released today some basic specs and features of the new tech.

One of the new features is the whopping 4GB of high bandwidth memory. AMD have released that the 4GB will be running at 500mhz on a 4096-bit wide bus. This means that at this clock speed it can hit a whopping 512GB/s in bandwidth!

The interesting part about this is that AMD is not going to let you overclock the memory on the cards when the first ones are released. AMD say that the new memory technology behind the Fiji architecture is too new and will provide more than enough bandwidth to use the cards at max utilization. This block by AMD may be lifted later on in the cards lifetime but for the time being it will only be the cards core clock that can be overclocked.

AMD have also compacted everything on the new cards as they have now joined the memory and the GPU itself into one large chip that sits on the board. I assume this is to help the card to get the phenomenal bandwidth that they state it can provide.

The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video card is the top range single-GPU Fiji card. This card is said to be stuffed full with 4096 Stream Processors running at 1050MHz. The card will have 64 Compute Units, 256 Texture Units and 64 ROPs. The Compute performance is 8.6 TFLOPS! The texture fill-rate is 268.8 GT/s, and the pixel-fill rate is 67.2 GP/s. Pretty high specs for a card that uses around 275 watts under normal load; The Fiji architecture has taken nearly 7 years to develop and is the first GPU to utilize high bandwidth memory,

I find it very strange that AMD have restricted the ability to overclock the memory in the new chips, but maybe it’s for the best. What do you think? Let us know!

Thank you to Legit Reviews for providing us with this information.

Linksys Introduced RE6700 WLAN Range Extender With Passthrough

Wireless networks are a really convenient invention, that is if they cover the area where you want to use them. Many routers have a very limited range and that is where range extenders come into play.

Linksys has just released a new one of just them, the AC1200 Amplify Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE6700) with power outlet pass-through. The pass-through is a really nice feature as the Linksys range extender won’t take away a power outlet that you might need for other things.

The RE6700 features both dual-band AC1200 connections and beam forming technology and in combination can extend your coverage area with as much as 10,000 square feet (about 920 square meters).

Linksys also helps you to find the optimal place in your home to place the device. They develæoped the Spot Finder that allows you to visually see the best placement spot for the range extender in your home. Just grab your smartphone, tablet or laptop and follow a few prompts to find your optimal location.

You even get a 3.5mm audio jack to stream music wireless and a Gigabit Ethernet port to connect wired devices to your network.

Features

  • Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 (N300 + AC 867 Mbps)
  • Spot Finder Technology – for optimal placement and performance
  • Integrated power outlet – Flexible plug-in placement maintains use of existing wall outlet
  • External Antenna for better Wi-Fi coverage and performance
  • Auto Cross Band Technology allows for the simultaneous use of both wireless bands for providing high speed data transfer to help with uninterrupted music/video streaming and gaming
  • Gigabit Port for connecting a single wired device or plug in a Gigabit switch for connecting multiple wired devices to a wireless network
  • 3.5mm audio jack allows users to connect speakers to the range extender to stream music wirelessly from your
  • iOS or Android smartphone, tablet, or laptop
  • Works with any router or gateway including routers supplied by service provider

The RE6700 is available now at major retail and online resellers as well as the Linksys store for an MSRP of $119.99.

Tesla Model S Update Makes it ‘Basically Impossible’ to Run out of Charge

No this doesn’t mean a conventional fuel burning engine, solar panels, or even a support car with additional batteries. This is basically a hardware monitor and GPS update. The new update will more accurately monitor how much charge you have left, how far that will get you and if there are any available spots at charging stations within range.

The new update features the following:

“Automatic Emergency Braking

This new Collision Avoidance Assist feature automatically engages the brakes to reduce the impact of an unavoidable frontal collision. Automatic Emergency Braking will stop applying the brakes when the driver presses the accelerator pedal, the brake pedal, or sharply turns the steering wheel. 

Blind Spot Warning 

Blind Spot Warning assists the driver to change lanes safely. When Model S is travelling between 20 mph (30 km/h) and 85 mph (140 km/h) and detects a vehicle in the driver’s blind spot, a white arc will appear on the instrument panel near the bottom of the speedometer. If a collision with the vehicle becomes likely, two red arcs will appear, the steering wheel will vibrate, and the driver will hear a chime.”

So this is a preventative measure. So correct me if I’m wrong, but this is like a human looking at their fuel range and tapping it into their phone/ Sat Nav to work out where the nearest station is? Well now, Tesla does all that for you.

Thanks to TweakTown for this information

Tesla Announces Roadster 3.0 – With 400 Mile Range

Luxury electric car maker Tesla has announced a new version of the Tesla Roadster, the 3.0. Most interestingly it has a range of 400 miles – unprecedented in electric vehicles that usually max out at 100 miles.

The Tesla Roadster has a 70kWh battery pack that is the same size as the original Roadster’s 53kWh pack. This yields an impressive 400 mile range, making it the first EV to be able to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles on one charge. The original Roadster was Tesla’s first vehicle, however it was not met with the same level of success as its successor, the Model S saloon car. The original Roadster was seen more as of an experiment for Tesla, a company founded by PayPal billionaire Elon Musk.

Pricing and a release date for the new car has yet to be released.

Source: TechCrunch

Graphics Card Sales Reported to have Dropped Significantly in Q2 2014

Graphics cards are apparently not on the list of shopping items for gamers or even cryptocurrency miners. Studies show that a decline in sales has been noticeable in Q2 this year. While graphics card sales have been going down for a long time, the aforementioned quarter seems to be the worst.

The reports show that sales in Q2 have dropped by 30-40% compared to the previous quarter and according to Jon Peddie Research, the Q1 total shipments of graphics cards dropped to 14 million units, it being a decline of 0.8% compared to the same quarter last year. The drop in sales is said to be the worst in recent years.

Sources from Taiwan have apparently noted that the drop in sales could be due to cryptocurrency miners who have previously used AMD Radeon cards to mine in recent years and have now turned to more advanced ASIC chips or gave up the mining business completely.

The consequences are then reflected in graphics card sales, having the previous users not purchasing new graphics cards and selling their old ones on eBay or similar auction websites.

In the meantime, graphics card manufacturers are said to have asked both AMD and NVIDIA to cut Radeon and GeForce GPU prices in order to make current graphics cards more competitive. However, the response gained from the GPU manufacturers consisted of simply reducing their shipments.

No confirmed figure of graphics cards is known to be on the market. If the figures prove to be high, local retailers are said to be expected to cut graphics card costs eventually. However, people who are thinking of buying a new graphics card in the near future should not rely on a price drop since retailers have a high chance of not cutting prices if the figures turn out to be in the supply demand balance range.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information

10-Years Warranty Added to New SanDisk Extreme Pro SSDs

SanDisk have unveiled their top-fo-the-line SSD lineup in the Extreme Pro series, having the most interesting and significant change noticeable in its warranty.

A 10-year warranty is apparently backing the given lineup, having SanDisk be the first company willing to grant this type of extended guarantee to a SSD range. This is quite impressive, although the company might be risking a lot with this type of warranty.

In terms of specifications, the Extreme Pro lineup is said to deliver performance improvements compared to its Extreme II series, having sequential write performance increased by approximately 2-3% to gain speeds of up to 520 MB/s. In addition, random reads have been increased by approximately 5%, having them reach 100,000 IOPS, as well as adding a 15-20% increase in random writes, upping the performance to 90,000 IOPS. All values however are based on the SSD capacity, having only the sequential read constant throughout the lineup.

SanDisk has also added the nChache technology to the Extreme Pro, having the company state that it will optimise speed and endurance for heavy workloads, as well as efficiently handle multitasking and grant fast responsiveness.

The new Extreme Pro series has already been spotted on Newegg, having the 240 GB going for $189.99, the 480 GB for $369.99 and the 960 GB for 599.99. In addition to the price, the release date has been stated to be somewhere this month, having Newegg quoting a June 12 date.

Thank you Tech Report for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Tech Report

Not Satisfied With Google Glass? Try Google Frames On You Own Personal Glasses

Google Glass had its fair share of ups and downs, with its announcement of features and specs, to getting fined and arrested for using them in the wrong place at the wrong time. But now Google has also delivered on its promise to release a frame version of the popular gadget, priced at $225.

The frames are reported to be separate from the Glass, which costs roughly $1500, a steep price for a mainstream style of Explorer shades. But Google promised that it will release a frame version, a key requirement set by Google, before the product hits the retail shelves. There are reportedly four versions of Google Frame devices and are mainly dedicated to people who need prescription glasses and therefore cannot use the Explorer edition. However, they have also set up some pretty neat ‘geeky’ non-prescription lenses versions of their own.

Google is reportedly naming the frame collection “Titanium collection”, having being designed by Google rather than a third-party contractor. The frames are made of titanium, hence the naming, having a limited style ranging from thin to light weight. However, they are described as being ‘evocative’ by lead Glass designer, Isabelle Olsson.

“When you walk into a glasses store they have thousands of styles,” Isabelle says. “When you start to categorize them you realize that there are only about six to eight styles that people wear.” she added.

Don’t confuse the Google Frame as being a different product, they are still in the same category as Google Glass, being dubbed as “a new accessory to the technology”. The four frames are available in a choice of eight colors, including the original palette of Charcoal, Cotton, Shale, Sky, and Tangerine, and new arrivals Classic and Edge. Google says that the new frames and colors now provide more than 40 different style combinations for would-be Glass owners.

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Thank you The Verge and TheNextWeb for providing us with this information
Images and video courtesy of TheNextWeb

Asus RP-N53 Dual-Band Wireless N600 Range Extender Review

Introduction


Imagine a scenario that I’m sure many of you already encounter. You’ve just got a lovely new high speed internet connection and as part of the package you’ve received a new ISP branded router that promises to offer the best wireless coverage of any internet provider that spreads to every corner of the globe (slight exaggeration may be found here). You feel chuffed by this but soon after you’ve got everything set up, you soon start to realise that the coverage is not as great as you was expecting.

This is something that many people experience and soon after moaning at the ISP for false advertising with their routers signal, they realise that it’s not so much a fault with the equipment but more a case that the wireless signal is not able to penetrate through the walls and floors due to the type of construction or materials used to build the house. Concrete, bricks and metal work for example are all items that wireless signals hate. My home as I’ve mentioned before is a typical example of this. Having solid brick walls all over the place is bad news for me when I’m trying to get online from the front of the house. Whilst there is a signal there, the speed that I experience has dropped considerably and when I’m trying to use interactive services on my TV, the poor signal has an effect on the QoS (Quality of Service) that I experience.

One option is to setup a powerline, but not only are these more targetted for wired devices, but they require two plugs and a little extra cost to get everything going. I’m not ruling them out as I think that they are fantastic bits of kit, so much so that we use them in the office and I use them at home. For wireless devices such as mobile phones, tablets, ultrabooks and so on, they really need the strength of the signal to be boosted and consequently we find items such as the RP-N53 Range Expander from Asus come in to play.