Published: Saturday, October 18, 2014 | By: Dennis
You hear about this kinda stuff every year and wonder if it really works. Considering that Asus has been hanging back and not overpromoting at Computex over the past two years you begin to wonder if they are just trying to save money or just have no confidence in their products.
Competition in the global own-brand motherboard market between Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology is heating up and Asustek has lowered prices and strengthened marketing efforts, according to industry sources.
Gigabyte and Asustek declined to comment about their shipments.
Asustek has already planned several promotions to sell its motherboards bundled with graphics cards, and expects its graphics cards' strong market recognition to help attract consumer demand.
Gigabyte's motherboard and graphics card businesses are separate units and the two departments hardly cooperate over sales and marketing. Although Gigabyte's motherboard business has been performing strongly recently, Asustek's new strategy is expected to impact Gigabyte's motherboard business group, the sources noted.
It will be interesting to see what ends up happening. Based on some of the reviews I have seen the new Haswell-E boards are quite good and the video card lineup is looking rather impressive as well.
Published: Thursday, October 16, 2014 | By: Dennis
Gigabyte has been trying hard to get a prefect mix of motherboards in the market that not only compliment the price watchers but also deliver outstanding performance throughout the entire range.
The new X99-UD4 motherboards are in the sweet spot of price and performance but do they have enough features to justify the purchase?
GIGABYTE’s new Haswell-E X99-UD4 motherboard offers a no-nonsense, no frills approach to the High End DeskTop (HEDT) market segment. While this certainly is an HEDT motherboard, GIGABYTE's approach to the feature set available on this motherboard has kept its price point in the $240 range.
I've been testing the X99 SOC Force and so far have been impressed with the offering but have also noticed some plague points common with the Z97 release eariler this year.
Published: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | By: Dennis
Some fun stuff happening over here on the Overclocking TV website. Oh and what is that? Hardware Asylum co-hosting the livestream?!?
For the occasion, we’ve invited community experts to join Isaie (Trouffman) in the hosting the show:
Dennis Garcia (Hardware Asylum, USA) will co-host the stream and provides his expertise and insights to the competition. Being and experimented podcaster and reviewer, we are looking forward to have him co-host on the stream.
Tom Loske (PC Games Hardware, Germany) will be our guest-host from Europe. Editor at one of Europe’s largest tech site & community, Tom is the person that will be in charge of answering technical questions about the gear on the chat. He will also join the live now and then to provide additional insights from the competition battleground.
Should be a really fun event. Be sure to check the overclocking TV page for the schedule.
Published: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | By: Dennis
If you follow the podcast you may get the idea that both Darren and myself like to play a little Borderlands and Borderlands 2. Well today (last night at midnight) was the official launch and so far I have only gotten one hour in.
During that time I have tried to walk up stairs and run into invisible walls, had Jack soft lock on me because he ran into a robot, Jack also couldn't stay on an elevator and kept bouncing around as it went up and.. I almost didn't make it to the moon. Once because of the Jack soft lock (I had to create a new character for that one) and another time because I was in the trigger location before the trigger was set.
Bottom line. BUGGY
Good job 2K Aussie!!
Of course with that being said, I will be playing more. That is after I get back from this short trip I need to take halfway around the world. Too bad I can't play the Pre-Sequel on my Asus Slate.
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Published: Sunday, October 12, 2014 | By: Dennis
Zotac has been showing a sample of their new overclocking friendly video cards on Facebook and so far they look really good. Sadly they have released OC ready video cards before but limited them to the China market only.
Let's hope that changes.
The GeForce GTX 980 is the new king of the hill among single-GPU graphics cards, and with nifty features like DSR, it looks like an awfully tempting potential purchase.
If you're feeling this particular temptation, there's probably one question on your mind: which one should I get? We've spent some time with a couple of slick offerings from Gigabyte and Zotac in order to find out.
The Zotac Amp Omega featured in this TechReport review is their overclocking version so having a US based review site do a write-up is a good sign. On the flip side the Gigabyte Gaming card is typical for them using the triple fan Windforce cooler and basically reference like PCB.
The back plate is a nice touch though!
Published: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 | By: Warren
Whether you're a follower of the DOTA Circuits, and are a fan of Team DK's handiwork bringing home trophies, or are just looking for some nice new gloss white gear to match your case, Tt eSports has released a full line of gaming peripherals to accomodate. New Team DK branded Cronos headset, Knucker keyboard, and Saphira mouse are available now.
The Tt eSPORTS Team DK gear in general is very nice, especially for gaming, everything functions well with only a few minor issues. One of the big things that has to be considered is that the price for each of these products is reasonable and the feature set that each product is balanced.
Published: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 | By: Warren
As we count down the days to the Borderlands 2 Pre-sequel, we're showcasing some new and hot peripherals to make the lunar battles sound and feel even more awesome! First up, the new headset from Tesoro - called the Kuven Pro, Check it out!
Today we’re looking at a true 5.1 gaming headset from the likes of Tesoro Technology, an up and coming gaming peripheral company based in Northern California that’s been around since 2011 and not to be confused with the petroleum refining company Tesoro Corporation. The headset is officially called the Kuven Pro, in the Greek spelling of the mythological Helm of Darkness owned by Hades, the Greek god of the underworld.
Published: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 | By: Warren
Noctua has always produced quality fans that walked the line between quiet operation and good airflow. Now to help cool smaller applications and builds, they've released a whole collection of mini fans in 40mm, 80mm, and 92mm, along with all the standard size fans most enthusiasts are accustomed to.
Noctua has added to their A-series by giving us a collection of smaller fans. Their line now runs from 40mm to 140mm. But do the smaller fans hold up their end? Do they perform as well for their size as their larger brethren do? Noctua sent us 40mm, 80mm and 92mm fans. Let us run them through their paces and see how they do.
Published: Monday, October 06, 2014 | By: Warren
Looking at the new Tyon from Roccat, it does look like they built on the success and shape of their popular Kone line, and just added more buttons and switches on the top and inside faces. MMO's and other games needing more control and macro abilities on the mouse has been a niche that Roccat mice have not directly catered to, until now.
The Tyon is shown above and in many ways it looks like an extreme evolution of the Kone XTD. The body is 13.5×7.8x4cm, weighs 126g and has a top surface which is rubber coated with Roccat branding applied. On the edges of the left and right buttons we have two extra buttons which are configurable as is the clickable scroll wheel. The we have the Dorsal Fin Switch. It features a left and right click and is designed to allow quick execution of commands.
Published: Sunday, October 05, 2014 | By: Dennis
Right before the launch of X99 ASUS had contacted me asking about doing a X99 podcast. Given that they were traveling around visiting and working with other hardware review sites it seemed like a really good idea.
Sadly, that never materialized however, given what I know about X99 the segment would have been a little boring and more centered on ASUS marketing than tech talk about the new chipset. All things considered the new X99 boards from ASUS look amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on one.
We take our first look at ASUS's LGA 2011-3 products, starting with the ASUS X99 DELUXE. Wrapped in new clothing, the ASUS X99 DELUXE not only has DELUXE looks and DELUXE features, it also has a DELUXE socket for you to place your new Haswell-E CPU into, with an additional 48 pins.
Be warned this review features box shots showing static bags which are the hardware equivalent of a winter coat and snow pants. Personally I prefer the bikini approach to hardware photos but that isn't any of my business. ~kermit