Thermaltake Toughpower Grand: PSUs for Multi-GPU Systems

Taking into account increasing needs of gamers and enthusiasts in a reliable power supply for gaming and multi-GPU systems, Thermaltake decided to replenish its Toughpower Grand series of PSUs with two new models. The 1050 W and 1200 W units feature a totally modular design and boast 80Plus Gold certificate, demonstrating up to 93% efficiency on workload. In order to vindicate durability, the company delivers the couple with a 7-year’s limited warranty.



Thermaltake Toughpower Grand devices accommodate high-quality hardware base, including 100% Japanese solid-state capacitors with a vast range of operational temperatures (up to 105 degrees). Both models come with a single +12V bus and handy ribbon cables. The 3 OZ Copper PCB implies the implementation of triple copper layer in the base of the PCB; this reduces heating and simultaneously enhances performance.


Both units are known to support C6 and C7 power-saving modes for Intel Haswell processors. In addition, they are …

BenQ Launches BL2420PT Quad HD Monitor

BenQ, a well-known Taiwanese designer of visual solutions, strikes the imagination with a new PC monitor, entitled BL2420PT. This 23.8-inch item with 16:9 aspect ratio is based on a high-quality AHVA matrix that ensures unrivaled specifications: the widest viewing angles (178 degrees in both aspects), Quad HD resolution (2560x1440 pixels), and 100% coverage in sRGB surrounding.



BenQ BL2420PT features 520x568x199 mm dimensions and weighs 7 kg. The display is equipped with white LED backlit that reduces typical power consumption to 28 W and to 0.3 W in Off mode. The implemented matrix provides for 1000:1 native contrast with 20M :1 correlation in dynamic mode. The maximal brightness makes up 300 cd/m2, color depth reaches 8 bits, the ultimate amount of displayed colors – 16.7 million, whereas typical response time equals to 14 ms (5 ms in GtG surrounding).


The rear panel accommodates four video interfaces: DVI, VGA, DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI 1.4. Sound production is relied …

Welcome in 703 and 707 PC Cases from In Win

In Win, a renowned Taiwanese hardware manufacturer, enters the market with two new PC chassis. The 703 model represents Middle-Tower segment, whereas the 707 model is a Full-Tower solution. Both products have combined only the best qualities much appreciated by modding fans and enthusiasts. They are housed in SECC steel cases and come in two versions: black and white coloring, with/without side acrylic window.



In Win 703 features 432 x 210 x 477 mm dimensions, being an ideal solution for middle-sized systems. Still, this case is ready to welcome full-format ATX motherboards, seven PCI Express expansion cards, 220 mm long PSUs, and 408 mm long graphics cards.


It is available in black and white case versions, both having a large acrylic window. The model offers external and hidden 5.25-inch drive bays, a pair of external 3.5-inch drive bays, and four internal 3.5/2.5-inch drive bays. All the drives boast screwless way of mounting.


The 703 has 170 mm depth; this feature …

QPad Intros MK-70 Mechanical Keyboard for Gamers

Gamers with basic needs are rejoiced with the news about the release of a fresh field-specific keyboard: the QPad MK-70. It features LED backlight with four levels of brightness and Cherry MX switches, accompanied with prime build quality, convenient layout, and unrivalled durability. Furthermore, this keyboard is estimated for 50 million strokes.



The MK-70 features 44.8x15x3.5 cm dimensions and weighs 1.4 kg. It is connected to the system case by means of a gold-plated USB connector with a dedicated PS/2 adapter included. Special media keys allow gamers to control volume, pause & play the game and skip tracks with a single stroke; in their turn, special mechanical keys enable N-key rollover and plug & play options.


Cherry MX Red switches operate with an actuation point of 2 mm. They facilitate precision and control in gaming applications which require multi-tapping. These switches have got neither audible, not tactile feedback, although properly fulfill their duties.

Meet Two Modifications of Lian Li PC-V359 Chassis

Lian Li Industrial Co., a well-known Taiwanese designer of state-of-the-art PC cases, is glad to announce the release of two new versions of PC-V359 chassis. The first differentiation between the modifications lies in the color scheme: one model uses black-and-red scheme ($199), whereas the other one – pure golden scheme ($219).



Both chassis are made of aluminum alloy. Their frontal panel boasts the availability of a small window, while the top panel is entirely transparent. The latter is fixed by means of four screws, unscrewing of which enables the removal of frontal and side panels. This done, the user receives free access towards internal layout.


Lian Li PC-V359 cases are compatible with micro-ATX motherboards. They are ready to accommodate four PCI expansion cards, a thin ODD, six 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch drives. The drives are fixed thanks to thumbscrews, replenished with rubber pads. If there is a need, it’s possible to remove HDD bays at all. Besides, the …

Zalman Intros CNPS8X Optima CPU Cooler

Zalman is considered to be a key player in PC hardware field mainly due to a perfect combination of quality, functionality and price tags. CPU coolers are not an exception, since they ensure efficient and low-noise cooling of hard-hitting processors. The company’s latest CNPS8X Optima cooler is all about innovation that turns it around. Improved framework makes the model compatible with practically all platforms from Intel and AMD, save for Intel Socket LGA 2011/2011-v3/1366.



Zalman CNPS8x Optima employs a large heatsink, three copper heatpipes, and a single 92 mm fan. The latter is based on long-life bearing and features 4-contact connector. It is able to rotate at about 1200 RPM, producing not more than 30 dB noise.


The list of innovative technologies integrated into the cooler includes:


— Direct Touch Heatpipe (DTH) technology wherein all three heatpipes are in direct touch with a heatspreader. This accelerates heat dissipation process, enhancing overall …

MSI Unveils GeForce GTX 900 Gaming Graphics Couple

Following a long-lived trend in PC hardware market, MSI has unveiled its two new videocards of GeForce GTX 900 (Maxwell architecture) series just after Nvidia’s official release. The MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G and the MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G models boast both, identical and dissimilar features with their reference companions. But all in good time.



Videocards from MSI are characterized by analogous with Nvidia’s models memory subsystem. Hence, it has 4 GB of GDDR5 memory modules with 256-bit interface, 224 Gb/sec bandwidth, and 7010 MHz efficient clock frequency. Quite the contrary, both GPUs differ from the etalons, chiefly due to the integration of Gaming App brand utility; the latter enables GPUs to run in one of three available modes: Silent, Gaming and OC.


The MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G operates at 1051 MHz/1114 MHz/1140 MHZ at the start (showings for three modes) but might be overclocked to 1178 MHz/1253 MHz/1279 MHz respectively. The MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G runs at 1140 …

Biostar Added J1800NH2 to Its Mini-ITX Motherboard Line

Biostar, Taiwanese PC hardware guru, has recently launched a new mini-ITX motherboard entitled J1800NH2. The greenhorn is targeting mini-desktop entry-level systems, as well as field-specific platforms, such as information boards, point-of-sale terminals, slim clients, etc. It is compatible with Windows 7/8/8.1 OS and boasts the availability of capacitors with solid-state electrolyte. The recommended retail price makes up $76.



Biostar J1800NH2 is based on Bay Trail-D platform and comes with an integrated 4-core Intel Celeron J1800 processor, featuring 2 MB cache (L2). The CPU operates at 2.41 GHz clock frequency but might be overclocked up to 2.58 GHz margin. The model also boasts an integrated Intel HD Graphics chip that runs at 668 MHz (nominal)/792 MHz (overclocked) frequency. It is cooled by a small-sized aluminum heatsink, sustaining the specified 10 W TDP level.


To continue, this motherboard is equipped with two SO-DIMM slots for the installation of DDR3-1333 MHz …

Main-Line Monitor Samsung S24D590P Review

New-day PC monitors are called to boggle the imagination with advanced facilities and unbelievable effects. However, their price tag is way too high for average customers who long for a high-quality visual solution for their home offices at an affordable cost. Samsung has always managed to satisfy the needs of various customer audiences, so this time it elaborated S24D590P – an etalon version of main-line monitors.



Chief Specifications


Samsung S24D590P features the following specifications:

— general: dimensions – 541.8x421.2x169.2 mm (with stand), CRT size – 23.6 inch, aspect ratio – 16:9, PPI – 93.34, coating – frosting;

— panel: type – PLS, resolution – 1920x1080 (Full HD), ultimate brightness level – 250 cd/m2, static contrast – 1000:1, dynamic contrast – mega ∞, amount of displayed colors – 16.7 m, response time (GtG) – 5 ms, ultimate viewing angles – 178/178 degrees, sRGB color gamut – 99.9%;

— I/O panel: 2x HDMI ports, …