Technology has a way of scaring people, from the original fears that the TV would create a horde of mindless zombies to the argument that video games promote violence. One of the oldest fears though is with wireless technology, something that is relatively modern in the world, and the effect that it may have on our bodies given how recent its mainstream usage has become. Don’t worry though because a company has come up with some nifty underwear to help protect you from your mobile phone radiation.
Kronjuwelen (translated as “crown jewels”) is the German startup responsible for the underwear in question, a set of clothing designed specifically to protect men’s nether regions from the effects of mobile phones radiations.
The underwear itself is lined with “protective silver threads”, designed to absorb 70 percent of WiFi signals and 98% from your mobile phone. With four different sizes (but sadly only one colour) the underwear comes in at $32. The four co-founders state that they don’t want to “live with these potential risks anymore”, with the disclaimer that they are “neither radiologists, physicists, nor cancer researchers, and we cannot finally determine the risks of mobile phone radiation.”
Better safe than sorry, especially when your future family may be involved seems to be the policy behind these boxers and I’m certain that others will feel the same way. With some studies showing abnormalities in sperm counts following on from exposure to wireless signals (please note there is no scientific consensus on if wireless signals do in fact affect sperm concentrations), some people will sleep better knowing that their future is safe with a silver lining.
be quiet! are one of the biggest names in the PC component market, winning countless awards for their premium grade performance and design, and we’re hoping for a repeat performance today, as we’ll be taking a look at their new Pure Power 9 700W power supply. As the 9 would suggest, this is the latest iteration of their Pure Power series and comes with a few notable upgrades on the previous generation.
Continuous power and two 12V rails ensure rock-solid voltage stability for powerful multi-GPU systems (Pure Power 9 CM can provide up to 96% of its
power only on 12V rails)
80PLUS® Silver certification and up to 91% power conversion efficiency
Exceptionally quiet operation achieved through an array of careful optimizations, including use of a silence-optimized 120mm be quiet! fan
Stable operation in its class thanks to Active Clamp + SR power conversion technology
Modular cable management with high-quality flat cables for PCI Express connectors and drives
All black DC wires for a clean and modern look
NVIDIA SLI Ready and AMD CrossFireX certifications allow you to build powerful multi-GPU systems
Extensive compatibility with latest specifications, including energy-saving requirements of Intel C6/C7, ErP 2014 and Energy Star 6.0 guidelines.
Product conception, design and quality control in Germany
Equipped with both modular and hard-wired versions, and available in 400, 500, 600, 700W variants for the cable management version, which feature 80 Plus Silver efficiency, flat cables, and a be quiet! Silent Wings fan; there will also be a 300W and 250W 80 Plus Bronze versions for the hard-wired variant. What’s most important about this unit is that while it has been upgraded, it’ll launch at the same price as the Pure Power 8, making it great value for money and showing that be quiet! are committed to delivering better products to their consumers.
“be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for ten consecutive years*, is introducing the Pure Power 9 CM with 400 to 700 watts, offering a new option for quiet PC configurations as well as powerful multi-GPU systems. Thanks to extensive development work, both the efficiency and the signal strength are improved when compared to its predecessor while reducing noise to a minimum.” – be quiet!
The packaging is nicely designed, keeping in theme with every other be quiet! product with the black and orange detailing. Down the left side of the box, you’ll notice it says essential, which is a kind of budget friendly category from be quiet!
Around the back, a breakdown of every connector that the PSU comes equipped with, as well as all the cable lengths and power ratings.
In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you set up, including the power cable, fitting screws, cable ties and a user manual.
Intel’s Skylake has been with us for a little over a month now and reports are coming back extremely positive, with retailers struggling to maintain stock and very few reviews having anything negative to say. We are now at the stage where motherboard manufacturers have had the chance to tweak and update drivers to ensure the best possible performance and prices have stabilised thanks to increased stock levels hitting retailers.
Today in the test bench we have the simply stunning MSI XPOWER Z170A motherboard, but this isn’t any old XPOWER version, this is the Titanium Edition. The entire PCB has been created with a non-reflective silver finish, which is designed to make you think that the entire motherboard has been made from Titanium, ignoring the electrical impossibilities of course. This new design has been inspired by MSI’s use of new Titanium chokes which was introduced on Military Class 5 component range. These new chokes are capable of withstanding higher temperatures, which results in longer lifespan and potentially higher overclocking capabilities.
Along with the new chokes, this motherboard features a unique OC Dashboard. This little addition is a small rectangular PCB with additional buttons and switches with could help overclocking and troubleshooting. The best part of this is that you can fix this onto the front of your case with the extension cable provided. This is the most expensive MSI Z170 motherboard option to date, let’s find out if this motherboard isn’t just smoke and mirrors and can actually perform well.
Motherboard manufacturers need to maintain a competitive edge over the competition, so bundle in all sorts of special features and programs. MSI is at the forefront of useful features and includes the following with this motherboard:
Live Update 6
Gaming Lan Manager
XSplit GameCaster V2
SteelSeries Engine 3
MSI Branded CPU-Z
Audio Boost 3
Isolated Audio PCB
Dual Headphone Amplifiers
High-Quality Audio Capacitors
Gold Audio Connectors
7 Gear Clock Change
Gaming Network Manager
Electric Wave Surge
System Mode Switching
Gaming Mouse Control
Gaming LED Remote Control
Easy Button 3
Click BIOS 5
Military Class 5
Packing and Accessories
The packaging is just as impressive as the motherboard inside. Overall silver colouring to match the motherboard and the usual MSI and Intel branding logos. The front is actually really plain with no mention of any specifications or special features.
When you flip the box over, you are hit by a wealth of information. The biggest features are pictured with the lesser features having large titles and a centre placement. The general features and I/O configuration are then towards the bottom in a much smaller print.
I love opening up an MSI motherboard box, there is always so much to read and use. The first accessories are the manuals, drivers and other paper-based reading material; there is also a premium Gaming Series case badge if you wish to use it.
Moving to the more interesting accessories, 6x SATA cables, a triple lane SLI bridge, IO shield and V-Check cables; an extremely comprehensive range with no useless items that will never see the light of day.
Streacom may not be a name you hear every day in the chassis business, but it’s one that always puts a smile on my face. Their products are well-known in the industry for extremely high build quality and super-sleek designs. They’re a popular choice with the enthusiast HTPC market and even just from the image above, you can no doubt guess why. Of course, premium build quality and design don’t come cheap, so expect to pay triple figures, even for some of their smaller chassis designs.
The model we’re looking at today is huge, as it’s the first Streacom chassis that will support ATX hardware, which means it’s going to be well suited to a gaming build; a pleasing thought for those who loved their HTPC designs and are planning an HTPC style gaming system or Steambox build.
“The F12C is our first case designed to accept all standard ATX hardware, but of course being Streacom, the design is anything but standard. The ultra-minimalist exterior is made from 4mm thick premium grade extruded aluminium panels which are sandblast finished to create this simple but timeless design. The unique design isn’t just skin deep, we have developed a new drive and fan mounting system that does away with traditional fixed location bays, making this case incredibly adaptable and configurable. Drives and fans can be mounted anywhere along both sides of the case and at virtually any orientation. This allows you to mix, match and perfectly position drives and fans for optimal cooling and hardware compatibility.”
The chassis is made from 4mm thick aluminium, which plays no small part in the £190 price tag. There’s room for a full ATX motherboard, long graphics cards, a large PSU and much more!
Chassis Material: Premium Grade (6063) All Aluminium, 4mm Thick Extruded Panels Available Colours: Silver / Black – Sandblast Finish Motherboard Support: Full ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX Drive Capacity: MAX 24 x 2.5″ or 12 x 3.5″ (with ITX), MIN 2 x 2.5″ + 5 x 3.5″ Front Ports: None Expansion Slot: 7 x Full Height Expansion Cards (MAX 310mm) Cooling: Multiple 80, 92, 120 & 140 Fans (Not Included) Max CPU Cooler Height: 135mm External Dimensions: 440 x 320 x 184mm (W x D x H, Including Feet) Internal Dimensions: 432 x 310 x 168mm (W x D x H) Power Supply: Full ATX, no Length Restrictions(Not Included) Remote Control: FLirc or IRRC Solution (Not Included) Net Weight: 4.4KG
First impressions of the chassis are just… wow! This is one gorgeous looking box! The use of 4mm thick aluminium makes it look and feel stunning and that’s going to be a big selling point for anyone looking for a sleek HTPC design. Of course, it’s also available in black, so don’t be put off if you think this version is a little bright looking. Down the left side, you’ll find two air vents with magnetic dust filters.
The front panel is very minimalist, there’s the power button and a tiny LED in the bottom left and a small IR section in the bottom right, that’s it.
The right side panel has two more large magnetic dust filters.
Around the back, you’ll find support for an ATX PSU, the motherboard I/O and seven expansion slots, so more than enough room here for a multi-GPU configuration.
There are no screws for the top panel, kind of, instead you get these two dials at the back which can be turned to tighten or release the panel; a very nice tool-free solution.
The top panel has three more large dust filters, combined with the two on each side, airflow is certainly not going to be a problem for this chassis. The filters are nice and secure, but you can pop them off with your fingers for quick and easy maintenance.
The filters are a two-part design, the washable mesh and a magnetic outer strip.
There are four feet on the bottom, with tough rubber trips and in the middle, a little more ventilation.
Lian Li announced another gorgeous chassis and this time it isn’t a large desk shaped one but rather a practical cube shaped chassis. As it always is from Lian Li, the new PC-V33 is a full aluminium chassis that offers a lot of room inside for your components and comes in three different versions.
You can get the new Lian Li PC-V33 in black, in silver, or in black with a tempered glass side panel. The case is built with a sturdy construction, comes with dust filters and easy accessibility to everything thanks to the hinge on the front, allowing the case to swing open for full access.
You can mount motherboards with a size from mITX to full-sized ATX and the case has 7 expansion ports. When I said that there was a lot of room inside the chassis for all your hardware, I meant that. You can mount graphics cards with a length of up to 330mm, CPU coolers with a height up to 190mm, and pretty much any power supply with the 300mm clearance for that.
The front fan intake has a magnetic dust filter and allows for up to two 120mm fans or a single 240mm radiator to me mounted. There is another 120mm fan at the rear of the chassis for exhaust. Storage is the only thing you can’t mount a lot of, but still sufficient. You can add up to four 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives of your choice on the rubber mounted brackets.
The rear has room for an optional RGB light controller and you get two front USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks. The PC-V33 will be available in early October at Overclockers for the MSRP of GBP 159.90 while the PC-V33WX comes a little later and will be available in early November for MSRP of GBP 189.90.
Just a few months ago, we took a look at the rather fantastic and affordable Antec ISK-110, which features a 90w built-in PSU and room for a mini-ITX motherboard. It was perfect for mounting on the back of your monitor, making it a very compact and space-saving desktop system that is ideal for offices; I should know, I’m using one for my spare workstation and it’s brilliant! Today we’ll be taking a look at something a little higher up the price and specification range, the Antec ISK 310-150, much like its little brother, it comes with support for a mini-ITX motherboard and it’s fairly small, although still bigger than the ISK110. It also features a built-in PSU, but the maximum power has been upped to 150w, giving you much more headroom for a high-end CPU or APU based system.
“Mini-ITX is the next “big” thing. And now, Antec introduces the ISK 310-150, designed exclusively for Mini-ITX motherboards. With three drive bays, a quiet 80mm TriCool fan, and a 150-watt power supply, the ISK 310-150 can handle many of the tasks of a traditional PC, in a fraction of the space. Plus, its stylish, silver front bezel will fit in perfectly with your existing multimedia components. From petite desktop options to silent home theater, Antec’s ISK 310-150 is an epic case of mini proportions.”
As you can see from the specifications, it’s not the most capable chassis in the world, but it is quite a compact design after all. There’s room for a few hard drives, a slim ODD and you’ll certainly want a low-profile (or stock) CPU cooler.
The chassis comes bundled with quite a few accessories to get all your components installed, with screws, cable ties, power cable and one of the cooler parts, a vertical desktop mount.
The ISK310-350 is pretty heavy, that much is immediately apparent when you take it out of the box and this is due in no small part to the built-in and pre-installed PSU. There’s a good amount of ventilation down the left side, and even a little extra on top to help keep things cool.
Down the right side, we’ve got even more ventilation, as well as a pre-installed 80mm TriCool fan. This fan is connected to a three-speed fan controller on the rear of the chassis.
The front panel is easily the star of the show, a thick piece of aluminum and while that does add extra weight, it adds a lot more to the overall appeal. There’s a range of connectors on the front, covering all the basics, a nicely designed power button and a slim ODD drive bay (drive not included) with a flip down front, helping to maintain those clean front panel looks.
To the rear, you’ll find that three-speed fan controller, with room for another should you install an additional TriCool fan (sold separately). There’s a 3-pin power connector for the included power cable and of course, the motherboard I/O cut-out, with room for a half-width expansion card.
One of the most critical components of your system is the power supply. When that fails, nothing runs and that is where redundant power supplies come into play. The second one will kick in if the first should fail or the other way around. SilverStone built upon the previous Gemini models and created the new GM400-S, GM500G, and GM600-G redundant power supplies in a convenient PS2 frame.
As the name suggests, the new Gemini units come with two times 400W, 500W, and 600W load capacity. The 400W model only has an 80 Plus Silver certification where the 500W and 600W models come with an 80 Plus Gold certification. By combining industrial grade components, higher efficiency design, and the inclusion of PMBus 1.2, these power supplies should provide a stable and secure 24/7 solution that will fit in about any chassis.
The units are designed to be hot-swappable and come with convenient pull-out handle bars. The entire range is using an Active PFC, but they won’t come as cheap as a normal power supply. That is pretty much a given, considering that you actually get two when purchasing one. The GM400-S 400W PSU comes with an MSRP of $549.45 price tag, the GM500-G with a $593.45 price tag, and the GM600-G with a $636.79 price tag, all without VAT. That is a hefty price, but it is worth it when needed and considering what you get.
A little over a year ago, Silverstone introduced the revolutionary slim form factor case RVZ01 that was created by SilverStone’s RAVEN team, a case that exceeded and refined what a slim HTPC or console-styled PC could do.
Now Silverstone is ready with a follow-up chassis and the new line is called the Fortress Z and it is designed for enthusiasts that want a great looking small form factor chassis made of first class materials.
The FTZ01 utilizes a PCI-E riser and custom designed fans that in return allow you to use the biggest consumer graphics cards on the market and still maintain a superb air cooling. The case even supports liquid cooling, but you should pick the cooler with care as it won’t be all that fit.
The FTZ01 could be the perfect choice for those looking to build a premium, all-metal slim form factor PC with high-end components.
It will come as both a black and silver version, but people who are after the Silver need a little more patience. The Black FTZ01 will be available in stock on the 26th of May and the Silver version will be available on the 10th of July.
Designed for use in either vertical or horizontal orientation, it can be placed comfortably in any space-constrained environment that requires a powerful PC.
Classic exterior built from aluminum unibody frame
Supports graphics card up to 13 inches
Mini-ITX motherboard & SFX PSU compatible
Maximum performance in slim form factor with support for liquid cooling*
Positive air pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
Fits in nearly any environment with horizontal or vertical orientation
Isn’t it cute? Yesterday in Tokyo, Sony and Square Enix announced Dragon Quest Heroes for the top-selling next-gen console and it’s older brother, the PS3. This action game will also have an accompanying eye-pleasing console counterpart, the extremely adorable silver console and controller.
This game release is set to be the first of a massive series and said to be the first of its kind to be released in almost a decade. Produced in collaboration with Koei Tecmo, this game and console are set to bolster Sony sales next year in the local Japanese market where it has currently been seeing some issues moving through units. This issue is said to be mainly due to a lack of games that appeal to their audience.
Appropriately named the ‘metal slime’ edition, this PS4 is decked out with silver and contains the cute Slime mascot imprinted, there’s also ultra-cute metal slime dripping over the edge of the console.
Dragon Quest Heroes is set for release next spring in Japan – and we’re unaware of an exact release date or price for its custom PS4 counterpart. Will you see this popping up in your local stores (outside of japan)? Most likely not, but there’s always the possibility of an import for die-hard fans.
The Never Settle Forever Bundle has been a big attraction for gamers, having big AAA, AA and even Indie titles up for grabs to any user purchasing a select AMD graphics cards or gamers using the AMD Gaming Evolved app, through which they can exchange points for sweepstake tickets in order to win games and other products offered.
This time, AMD has added one of the most awaited AAA titles, Sniper Elite III, to its Silver and Gold tiers. For those who are unaware of how the tiers work, AMD has three types of tiers available. The Gold tier, having the ability to choose up to 3 games, is given to owners of the Radeon R9 295X2 / 290 and 280 models, while Radeon R7 260 and R9 270 owners will receive a Silver tier, granting them access to two game titles. Even owners of the Radon R5 250 and R7 240 will be grated access to a Bronze tier, however this will not include the Sniper Elite III title in the game selection menu.
Alternatively, AMD Gaming Evolved users can purchase up to 15 sweepstake entry tickets per draw, having the Gold tier priced at 200 Points per entry and the Silver tier tagged at 100 Points per entry. To be noted is that the bundles change from time to time, with even more great game titles being added to them. This time, Sniper Elite III enters the stage in the Gold and Silver tiers.
The title is said to take advantage of AMD’s Mantle API, dropping a lot of CPU load, ending in making the game playable even on entry-level AMD Radeon graphics solutions such as the ones found on the A-series Kaveri APUs. Sniper Elite III is said to have up to 12 player slots in terms of multiplayer sessions,where gamers can enjoy a tense adversarial multiplayer experience having up to five unique multiplayer modes, and 2 player co-op campaign modes, having an additional two collaborative co-op modes named Overwatch and Survival.
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