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Dell UltraSharp UP3017Q
Dell releases the Dell UltraSharp UP3017Q world’s first 30-inch 4K 120Hz 0.1ms OLED Monitor
No, that wasn’t a typo. We were first introduced to the Dell UltraSharp UP3017Q back at CES 2016, where Dell was showing off their very first monitor to utilize an OLED panel (Organic Light Emitting Diode). The Dell UltraSharp UP3017Q offers a 120Hz 30-inch OLED panel sporting a ‘4K’ UHD resolution of 3840×2160 – offering an impressive pixel density of 146.86 PPI, and a breathtaking response time of just 0.1 milliseconds. The monitor can reproduce 1.07 billion colours (hence the 10-bit panel) with support for a colour gamut of 100% Adobe RGB and 97.8% DCI-P3 and has a 400,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, although the manufacture confesses that the value is only that because the testing equipment won’t go any higher. As far as inputs go, the monitor is fitted with a USB Type-C connector, HDMI 2.0 and mDP 1.2 ports.
But all of this seems too good to be true, that is until you take a look at the price tag: Coming in at a whopping $4,999 USD, the Dell UltraSharp UP3017Q display is aimed at serious content creators and professionals who work in colour-critical environments. But of course, like any shiny new tech, I expect the price to fall once competition kicks in and we begin to see more affordable alternatives, although that might not be in another 1-2 years.
– Overview by: Josh Borg
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Micro Tower
Since the release of the original Enthoo chassis, Phanteks have really lead the chassis design pack with their smart, stylish, and budget friendly cases. Today Phanteks are welcoming their latest and smallest case to the family in the form of the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Micro Tower Chassis.
Enthoo Evolv ITX includes 1 x 200mm fan in front. Ability to upgrade to additional fans is possible.
-Clean and Compact design
– Optimal airflow – Direct airflow to CPU / GPU
– Comes with 1x PH-F200SP in front (200mm)
– Reservoir mounting points on the Side Bracket
– Pump Bracket with vibration dampers – Mounted on Side Bracket/ HDD base
– Offset radiator brackets
– 1x Drop-N-Lock SSD brackets included
– Equipped with Phanteks’ velcro cable ties
– 28mm cable management space
– Additional cable compartment in bottom
The Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Micro Tower Chassis will be available starting this month with a $79.99 US price tag. A full list of specs and photos can be found on the Enthoo EVOLV ITX product page.
Thermaltake Riing 120mm and 140mm LED Radiator Fan Series
Earlier this month Thermaltake revealed their new range of liquid cooling radiators, so the introduction of the new Thermaltake Riing series of fans designed specifically for radiators seems only logical. Available in both 120mm and 140mm sizes, the Thermaltake Riing fans have a very “Tron” look to them, but also have the cooling potential to be a good addition to any chassis or water cooling system.
Concentrated Compression Blade-
Custom designed for high-static pressure requirements of demanding applications such as radiators, the Concentrated Compression Blade (CCB) is engineered to focus the inner weaker circle of air outwards, allowing the outer section to pressurize and compress the air.
Wind Blocker Frame-
To achieve maximum static pressure in all applications, the wind blocker frame is designed to work with the Concentrated Compression Blade’s (CCB) pressure mechanism by directing airflow towards the middle section of the blade, thereby creating a compression effect and blocking any pressure from escaping. This reduces the blade’s noise and vibration, creating a perfect balance between power and sound.
Hydraulic Bearing with Low-Noise Design-
The hydraulic bearing self-lubricates with a high quality, friction-reducing substance which lowers operating noise and improves efficiency. The seal cap prevents leakage of the lubricant, and improves the lifespan of the unit. The LNC (Low-Noise Cable) can reduce the noise level by 24% from 24.6dBA to 18.7dBA.
Anti-vibration Mounting System-
In-mold injection anti-vibration rubber pads provide hassle-free usage for 80% protection coverage, including all four corners. The LED lighting effect is visible from all sides and angles.
Four colors of the Patented LED Versions Available-
Riing 12 LED Series is also available with different LED versions (red, blue, green, and white), adding cooling aesthetics to the chassis.
The full line up of Thermaltake Riing Radiator fans should be available any day now via Newegg with more distributors to follow. For more information and full specs checkout the Riings product page-
Jen-Hsun NVIDIA CEO on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
On February 24th, 2015, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun posted the blog post that can be found below regarding the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB memory topic that has been a big news source lately in the community. He explained that they NVIDIA wanted to create the best GPU for their customers: “Our only intention was to create the best GPU for you. We wanted GTX 970 to have 4GB of memory, as games are using more memory than ever.”
Hopefully this will clear up the issue for consumers and allow users to enjoy the great capability of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, at it’s very appealing price point.
Some of you are disappointed that we didn’t clearly describe the segmented memory of GeForce GTX 970 when we launched it. I can see why, so let me address it.
We invented a new memory architecture in Maxwell. This new capability was created so that reduced-configurations of Maxwell can have a larger framebuffer – i.e., so that GTX 970 is not limited to 3GB, and can have an additional 1GB.
GTX 970 is a 4GB card. However, the upper 512MB of the additional 1GB is segmented and has reduced bandwidth. This is a good design because we were able to add an additional 1GB for GTX 970 and our software engineers can keep less frequently used data in the 512MB segment.
Unfortunately, we failed to communicate this internally to our marketing team, and externally to reviewers at launch.
Since then, Jonah Alben, our senior vice president of hardware engineering, provided a technical description of the design, which was captured well by several editors. Here’s one example from The Tech Report.
Instead of being excited that we invented a way to increase memory of the GTX 970 from 3GB to 4GB, some were disappointed that we didn’t better describe the segmented nature of the architecture for that last 1GB of memory.
This is understandable. But, let me be clear: Our only intention was to create the best GPU for you. We wanted GTX 970 to have 4GB of memory, as games are using more memory than ever.
The 4GB of memory on GTX 970 is used and useful to achieve the performance you are enjoying. And as ever, our engineers will continue to enhance game performance that you can regularly download using GeForce Experience.
This new feature of Maxwell should have been clearly detailed from the beginning.
We won’t let this happen again. We’ll do a better job next time.
This blog post can be found on NVIDIA’s blog here.
The ‘King is Back’ Evga GTX 980 K|NGP|N Edition
Kingpin, also known as K|NGP|N, better known as Vince Lucido, is a name synonymous with extreme overclocking and cooling. Vince started overclocking, about 12 years ago in 2003, as a way to play the latest games on his existing hardware. But as he progressed, gaming soon took a sideline to what was quickly becoming a passion, overclocking. The Detroit local started accumulating a number of overclocking world records across various categories; CPU, GPU and multi GPU categories. Needless to say it wasn’t long before overclocking friendly companies stopped to take notice of Vince’s talents. Evga invited Vince to join their team in Taiwan, and assist the company in producing a line of products that would bear the name that had become synonymous with overclocking, Kingpin, beginning with the GTX 780TI Kingpin Edition.
Respecting the results of the first launched Kingpin edition card, brings us to the launch of Kingpins’ second signature edition GPU from EVGA, the ‘EVGA GeForce GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition. So far, the clock speeds and memory frequencies are yet to be determined, however what we do know is that the card will feature a 14+3 phase power design, powered by 2 – 8pin + 1 – 6 pin pci-e connectors, and will have a digitally controlled VRM which can deliver up to 600A of current!
The card is kept cool by a meaty ACX 2.0 cooling system which is neatly concealed below a metal cooling shroud. EVGA has also fine-tuned the cooling performance, making it possible for the GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition to run purely on passive cooling when below 60 degrees Celsius, allowing for a totally silent experience.
EVGA has also equipped the GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition graphics card with an aesthetically appealing set of memory and mosfets cooling plates (Mmcp+). Not only does the Mmcp+ help to disperse excess heat, but being as its two separate plates, the GPU can be cooled individually (say via a LN2 Pot), while still being able to cool the mosfets.
Another excellent feature of the GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition is the capability to use a single slot PCI-E bracket (Included). This will make single slot watercooling, extremely simple, especially being that the card comes standard with a supportive LED backlit back plate.
Another nice aesthetic touch is that all the LED lights on both the shroud, as well as under the back plate are RGB, allowing the user to change the LED colors to match any system via EVGA’s Precision X software.
No K|NGP|N signature product would be complete without some nice overclocking features. The GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition has on board thermal sensors, for accurate real time temperature monitoring and a triple bios, including both normal and OC modes as well as the ever popular LN2 mode.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition has been developed by the best of the best, not only to be a high end gaming card, but also to provide the overclocking enthusiast an edge when it comes to laying down some heavy duty benchmark scores, in a multitude of cooling situations.
EVGA is offering the GeForce GTX 980 K|NGP|N edition exclusively to existing EVGA product owners starting February 1st 2015 at a cost of $749.99.
For more in depth look at the card and Pre-Order registration visit EVGA’s page below –
ASUS ROG OC Showdown 2015
Exciting news for the overclocking community, ASUS announced their ASUS ROG OC Showdown 2015 overclocking competition. The competition will be made up of two series consisting of three rounds each, supporting both the Pro overclocker “Extreme Series” (Sub Zero Cooling) and for the Enthusiast clocker the “Formula Series” (Air & Water Cooling).
Asus has commented on the 2015 OC Showdown saying: “The aim of OC Showdown 2015 is to engage and support the entire OC community; whether you’re the very top of the game or just enthusiastic about joining in for some benchmarking fun.”
Round One of the Extreme Series starts Jan 30th and ends on March 2nd, this series is open to subzero cooling and is suitable for HWBot Elite and Extreme league users. This series will have no restrictions on cooling equipment used, anything goes from stock cooling, to LN2 and Dry ICE.
Meanwhile Round One of the Formula Series will start on March 6th running through April 6th, and is open to air and water cooling overclockers. This category has been limited to temperatures above 20ºC and is suitable for HWBot Rookie, Novice and Enthusiast league users.
With Round one alone worth $8500 USD in combined prizes, Asus and its partners have definitely started the OC Showdown off with a bang. A winner will be announced at the end of each individual round, with two series champions chosen based on overall points accumulated across all three rounds of each series.
Asus along with HWBOT.org have been joined by some big names to make the 2015 OC Showdown happen.
The extreme series partners include:
Asus, ROG (republic of gamers), Intel, G.Skill, Enermax and der8auer Extreme Cooling Components (8ECC).
The Formula series of the competition will feature sponsors including:
Asus, Intel, HyperX® and Enermax.
Most overclockers need little to no excuse to overclock, but with some great prizes and a full season of bragging rights at stake, now is definitely the time to pull out the benching gear and raise the bar on your overclocking skills.
For a full list of rules, prizes and entry information visit the Asus OC Showdown 2015 homepage:
ASUS Republic of Gamers OC Showdown 2015
Thermaltake Pacific Series Water Block
While browsing through social media, we ran across this little gem, which looks to be an upcoming water block for the ASUS Strix GTX 980 from Thermaltake Technology INC. WIth the Launch of the Thermaltake Pacific Series water cooling products, showcased at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, we are pleasantly surprised to see Thermaltake launch into, not just CPU water block market, but also the Graphics card water block market. With what we have seen from Thermaltake in the last few years, we are happy to see the company moving into these avenues.