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The Rosewill R5 is a gamer inspired mid tower case that features an all black interior and exterior and is loaded with tons of features. The Rosewill R5 comes with three pre-installed 120mm fans with with room for more fans and liquid cooling solutions if you wanted to go that route. Read on to see more about the Rosewill R5 and learn how it did when we installed a system in it.

"Giving the specifications of the Rosewill R5 chassis a quick look through, we start to get an idea of what the R5 chassis has to offer us. One of the main things that I personally like about the Rosewill R5 chassis is that this particular chassis can handle up to six HDDs, and they can be either the 3.5” HDD or the smaller 2.5” HDD/SSD, or a combination of a little bit of both. For cooling, the Rosewill R5 chassis can handle up to ten 120/140mm fans..."

Read the full review at Legit Reviews

Kingston did a fabulous job with their HyperX SSD, earning our Editor's Choice award last year. They've taken that same formula, dropped the endurance of the NAND along with the price, and give it a little different color scheme to offer up the HyperX 3K drive. How does it compare in performance to the original HyperX drive as well as the other drives we've tested? Take a peek to see!

"The benchmark results on the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD came out very much as we expected. Performance nearly mirrors that of the Kingston HyperX 5K drive and places itself amongst the best drives we have tested. The read/write specifications of 555MB/s and 510MB/s respectively are good to start with but we saw the writes exceed that specification in the ATTO benchmark by an additional 24MB/s. Real world scores were very good as well and since we've spent several months using the 5K drive in one of our 24/7 systems without incident, we expect to see the same consistent performance from the 3K drive..."

Read the full review at Legit Reviews

Monday, 25 June 2012 14:04

Gigabyte eSport LAN Wrap Up Coverage

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Gigabyte hosted the inaugural Gigabyte eSports LAN tournament last week and we were there to take in the scenes as more than 30 professional eSports gamers and their teams competed for $21,000 in prize money. The GESL features professional gaming tournaments for games such as StarCraft 2 and League of Legends. Read on to find out more about this years GESL!

"Last weekend we attended Gigabyte’s first ever eSports LAN Tournament. This gathering was designed to be a massive PC gaming event that features eight of the world’s best eSports teams going head to head in Riot’s League of Legends and a 24 player StarCraft 2 invitational tournament. The event was held over a three day period on the campus of California Polytechnic University of Pomona and hosted by Gigabyte (of course!) with appearances by some top pro-gamers. The event also hosted the LANFest sponsor the Bring Your Own Case where enthusiasts participated in mini-tournaments with tons of prizes. And when we say ‘tons’, it seemed like they were giving stuff away every hour in both the LANFest pavilion and Tournament area."

Read the full article at Legit Rviews

Today we take a look at the latest offering from BitFenix, the Shinobi XL. BitFenix took their proven Shinobi case and upsized it accomodate the largest of hardware today. This case supports XL-ATX motherboards, long graphics cards and up to two 360mm radiators for water cooling enthusiasts. You also have four USB 3.0 ports and the all-new BitFenix SuperCharge port keep your peripherals and mobile devices ready. Join us as we see just how much hardware the Shinobi XL can hold.

"BitFenix has a very nice case on its hands with the Shinobi XL. The Shinobi XL has loads of features, room for the largest of hardware, and can pack a fair bit of water cooling options out of the box without mods. The front I/O panel having 4 USB 3.0 ports along with the SuperCharge port is really nice..."

Read the full reivew at Legit Reviews


The award-winning MAINGEAR SHIFT, F131, and Potenza desktops get certified by Saitek® to run their intense flight simulation hardware.
Kenilworth, New Jersey – June 22, 2012 – MAINGEAR,an award-winning custom PC builder offering custom desktops, custom built laptops has always been known for having one of the fastest machines on the ground with their race car theme inspirations offering the very best in performance and design has now teamed up with Mad Catz® Interactive, Inc. to create pro certified systems, capable of offering a full flight simulator experience at home. The pro certified systems will be launched under the Companies’ Saitek simulation brand.

Through its Saitek brand, Mad Catz is a global leader of consumer focused simulation hardware, specializing in flight simulation products which allow enthusiasts to get the most realistic flight experience possible on the ground. Their products are based around a modular system which can begin with a simple yoke and rudder pedal setup and gradually expand to create a complete cockpit experience. MAINGEAR has partnered with Mad Catz to create Saitek branded Pro Flight Certified Systems powered by MAINGEAR.

Flight sim hardware and software has always traditionally required a high-end system configuration in order to run a flight sim program and hardware efficiently. Saitek and MAINGEAR have developed three specific good, better, best default configurations of the Potenza, F131, and SHIFT desktops, ideal to run their Saitek range of pro flight products.Not only are these certified systems spec’d to deliver the best performance experience, but each custom desktop solutions offers the flexibility of desktop chassis size that would fit any home setup. From the flagship SHIFT system for maximum future expansion to the space saving F131 or Potenza, all of these Saitek certified systems powered by MAINGEAR are expected to run the Saitek range of pro flight simulation products with ease.

“I have always wanted to expand the MAINGEAR brand into something more than just a gaming PC.” Said Wallace Santos CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR. “This opportunity with the Saitek branded pro flight certified system goes above and beyond my expectations providing not only entertainment value but also a learning experience for flight enthusiasts and those who wouldn’t have the opportunity to sit in an airplane cockpit and experience what it is to fly.”

“We believe that the Saitek certified systems from MAINGEAR will offer optimal performance for flight enthusiasts.” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “It is clear that we both share the same commitment to growing the flight simulation community and believe that the systems will prove ideal for using alongside our range of pro flight products.”

MAINGEAR wants to take over the virtual skies in their partnership with Mad Catz. All of MAINGEAR products are supported with lifetime labor and phone support with one to three year hardware warranty. For more information about Saitek branded certified system powered by MAINGEAR, go to
PREVIEW IN PERSON: if you are in NYC on tonight (June 21), you can check out this setup in person with Saitek flight sim console at the the Pepcom Digital Experience Press event located at: the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Ave - look for MAINGEAR!

MAINGEAR is an innovative high performance PC system builder that offers custom desktops, notebooks, workstations and media centers. Each system is hand crafted for precision performance and uncompromised quality, and has won multiple Editors' Choice awards from publications such as Hot Hardware, PC World, Maximum PC, Computer Shopper and more. With a passion to build the best high performance computers, MAINGEAR will continue to set the standard among system builders. MAINGEAR's expert team custom builds and supports all products in the United States. For more information visit:

About Mad Catz
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT: MCZ) is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz® (gaming), Tritton® (audio), and Saitek® (simulation) brands. Mad Catz also develops flight simulation software through its internal ThunderHawk Studios™; operates flight simulation centers under its Saitek brand; publishes games under its Mad Catz brand; and distributes games and videogame products for third parties. Mad Catz distributes its products through most leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For additional information please go to
© 2012 Mad Catz, Saitek, Pro Flight and the Mad Catz logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Mad Catz, Inc.

Samsung has been making quality PC hardware and accessories for many years, but today we're taking a look at their 30nm 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory kit which is known to many enthusiasts as some of the best overclocking RAM for it's price. We plan to see not only how well it performs at it's stock settings, but also if it really lives up to it's overclocking name! Read on to see what our test results show!

"With a memory market that is seeing RAM prices at their lowest point in years, memory manufacturers have to take the extra step to ensure they are being as competitive as possible. Samsung is doing just that with their latest 8GB (2x4GB) dual channel kit of DDR3. Some of you have probably already heard about the specific kit we are looking at today, the Samsung Ultra Low Voltage 8GB DDR3 1600MHz 1.35v dual channel memory kit. Available at just $49.99 Samsung designed this kit to be used by those who want to save as much power as possible, yet still have a reliable memory solution...."

Read the full review at Legit Reviews



New 3DMark Trailer Shows Stunning DirectX 11 Graphics


HELSINKI, FINLAND – June 21, 2012 – Futuremark® today released its first trailer for the next version of 3DMark®. Designed for measuring the gaming performance of everything from tablets and notebooks to high-end desktop gaming systems, the next 3DMark for Windows will be the world's first unified graphics benchmark allowing testing of DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 capable hardware through the DirectX 11 API. Expected to be released after the launch of Windows 8, this new 3DMark will also be compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. The new trailer provides a preview of the DirectX 11 test and is now available online and in high definition for the first time at



In the trade town of Scarport, buildings cling to canyon walls above canals of lava and provide shelter from the toxic volcanic atmosphere. Gaudy neon signs flicker as steam rises from the molten rivers running beneath the town. A trader walks along ledges carved from the volcanic rock, smoke swirling around her flowing cloak. Her robotic sentinels keep watch, but what dangers lie hidden in the shadows?


The 3DMark DirectX 11 tech demo brings this scene to life with intelligent tessellation and advanced volumetric lighting using real-time light scattering. The visible particles and clouds of smoke in the scene react to other objects using fluid dynamics simulation. Post processing, ambient occlusion and various lens effects complete the look.


Watch the trailer on Futuremark's YouTube channel:


The new 3DMark is currently in development and is expected later in 2012 following the launch of Windows 8. It will also be compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Follow Futuremark on Facebook for the latest 3DMark news at or visit





3DMark is the world's most popular benchmark and PC test. 3DMark uses specifically designed tests featuring high-end real-time graphics to accurately and consistently measure PC gaming performance. Futuremark currently offers 3DMark06 for Windows XP, 3DMark Vantage for Windows Vista, and 3DMark 11 for Windows 7. New versions of 3DMark for Windows 8 and Android are currently in development and are expected to be released in 2012. Find out more and download 3DMark for free from



Futuremark® creates the world's most popular benchmarks and PC performance tests. Futuremark's free 3DMark®, PCMark® and Peacekeeper™ tests have helped millions of people measure and improve their PCs' performance for games, media, applications and the web. Futuremark has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland.


© 2012 Futuremark® Corporation. Futuremark® and 3DMark® trademarks and logos, character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.


AVADirect Updates Supermicro 5086B-TRF SuperServer with 80 CPU Cores and 2TB of Memory


     AVADirect Updates Supermicro 5086B-TRF SuperServer with 80 CPU Cores and 2TB of Memory

AVADirect Updates Supermicro 5086B-TRF SuperServer with 80 CPU Cores and 2TB of Memory

For the first time ever, AVADirect is proud to announce the "End all, be all" of enterprise storage solutions: 5U Rack Server Supermicro SuperServer 5086B-TRF Westmere-EX 8-Way Xeon® SAS/SATA Series Server System. As most enterprise server systems provide, there's plenty of storage to go around, with up to 24 x 2.5" hard disks, or SSDs, in your choice of RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 using the motherboards controller, or additional RAID support with the ability to add third-party RAID controller. What truly makes this server system phenomenal, is its ability to support up to 80 CPU Cores and 2TB of DDR3-1333 ECC registered memory! Although the price tag of $20577.62 may seem to sway those interested, keep in mind that this server solution is designed to replace whole render farms in the drop of a single 5U server into your cluster, rack, or other recommended solution. Not only does that provide an abundant amount of energy savings, but maintenance and heat will no longer become tedious and time consuming. Say hello to the wave of the future for Enterprise storage solutions, and AVADirect will waive good-bye as we begin to ship these systems from our warehouse immediately.

To build your own 8-Way EX Xeon Supermicro Supercomputer click here

To view all Supermicro servers we carry click SuperMicro Server at





IK Multimedia Releases AmpliTube 2.5 for iPhone,

iPod touch and iPad

Major update includes AmpliTube Slash models,

supports MIDI support, digital audio, Retina display and much more


June 2012 – IK Multimedia - the leading brand of music-making apps and accessories - released  a major update of AmpliTube for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. With over 4 million downloads, AmpliTube is the industry standard guitar & bass amps and effects processor app when it comes to rocking out on mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

AmpliTube 2.5 is a major update that offers the newly released AmpliTube Slash gear model integration, MIDI and digital audio support, a redesigned recorder and mixer section, audio copy/paste, Retina display graphic updates and much more.

At its most basic level, AmpliTube for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is an incredibly fun, intuitive guitar and bass rig that allows players to jam anywhere with world-class tone.

Users can further expand the available effects with gear models from the new AmpliTube Slash, plus favorites like AmpliTube Fender™ and VocaLive. Additionally, AmpliTube includes also the ability to record and compose entire songs directly within the app using the built-in recording studio.

AmpliTube version 2.5 elevates the app to a completely different live performance level by allowing players to control the app using MIDI controllers. With a MIDI interface – like IK Multimedia’s iRig MIDI – players can now use AmpliTube “hands free” in the studio or on stage by controlling every AmpliTube parameter or preset from any type of standard MIDI controller.

Also, by popular request, AmpliTube 2.5 now works with iPhone/iPod touch/iPad-compatible digital audio interfaces – like IK Multimedia’s StealthPlug USB audio interface cable on the iPad with the Apple Camera Connection kit.

The new AmpliTube 2.5 packs a multitude of new features:

  • Expandable with AmpliTube Slash gear. All the gear that contributed to make the legendary Slash sound, including two Marshall® amp models and six signature stomp effects, are now available inside AmpliTube via in-app purchase as a bundle or as individual models.
  • Full MIDI Integration. This feature allows users to control AmpliTube 2.5 via standard MIDI controllers using an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch -compatible MIDI interface like iRig MIDI. This allows the user to remotely switch presets or to control each knob, switch or controller on the interface with a physical controller. The feature is available as in-app purchase and it is free for iRig MIDI users.
  • Support for all 30-pin Audio Devices. AmpliTube 2.5 now supports digital audio input/output via the 30-pin connector with compatible standard core audio devices.
  • Redesigned Recorder section. The new recorder section of AmpliTube 2.5 now includes a Loop function for looping sections of recorded material, a new visual Metronome and a quick access Tap Tempo button.
  • New Mixer section. A new mixer interface has been added to the recorder allowing easier control of master reverb send, channel level, pan control, mute and solo buttons, plus an FX button for applying the AmpliTube signal chain to the recorded material on the individual channels. This feature also allows “re-amping” of tracks to get that perfect tone or to apply different creative techniques to the material after recording.
  • New Copy/Paste function. Now users can copy or paste audio content to and from other apps that support this feature, or easily copy the contents of one channel in the mixer to another channel.
  • Restore in-app purchases. By using the new Restore Purchases feature, simplifies the update process for users that has purchased more gear via in-app purchase.
  • Export audio via SoundCloud or FTP. In addition to exporting recorded material using email and file sharing, users are now able to easily upload and share their materials online on using FTP or via SoundCloud.
  • Retina Display support. AmpliTube 2.5 now has an even more elegant interface designed for higher resolution retina displays both on iPhone and on the new iPad.


Pricing and availability

The new AmpliTube 2.5 update is now available from the App Store as a free update for all current AmpliTube users on iPhone/iPad.

For new users, AmpliTube 2.5 costs $19.99/€15.99. An LE version ($2.99/€2.39 - iPhone only) and a FREE version of AmpliTube 2.5 are also available with a limited set of gear models included.

For more information and video demos, please visit:

For more information on the range of IK Multimedia iOS audio interfaces, please visit:


About IK Multimedia: IK Multimedia is a computer music technology company that offers a diverse range of affordable and easy-to-use music production tools with great sound quality and a realistic look and feel. With over one million installations worldwide, the IK range has been adopted by musicians of every level, from beginners to professionals, to gain access to high-end, studio-quality gear from their computers or mobile devices. AmpliTube®, VocaLive™, iRig™, iRig™ STOMP, iRig™ MIDI are trademarks of IK Multimedia Srl. The Marshall logo is a registered trademark of Marshall Amplification Plc. used by permission. FENDER™ is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

-- Introducing the GIGABYTE Hidden Gems Competition --

-- Facebook Fans: Dig Out Your Old GIGABYTE Rig and Win a New 7 Series Motherboard --



City of Industry, California, June 20th , 2012 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the GIGABYTE Hidden Gems Competition. In celebration of our illustrious history, with 25 years at the heart of the DIY PC industry, GIGABYTE invites its Facebook fans to share videos and photos of their old GIGABYTE-based DIY PC builds. The older the better! There’s also the chance to participate in voting for the image or video that most stokes your nostalgia.


Show Us Your Hidden GIGABYTE Gem - Here’s how you can take part.


Step 1 - Prove that you ‘Like’ Us

To take part, you have to ‘Like’ our GIGABYTE Motherboard Tech Facebook page. Only fans and subscribers can enter the competition page area and view the submissions of others.


Step 2 - Submit Your Video or Photo

On the Competition Page, upload a photo of your old GIGABYTE rig to the competition page. You can also add youtube links to videos.


As a competition participant, you will be given the option to give permission to the ‘GIGABYTE Hidden Gems Competition’ to post updates on your wall – this will help you keep track of your submission by automatically adding updates regarding comments and votes, directly to your wall.


Three Great Prizes


·         The ‘Grand’ Prize: Very simple. The Grand Prize of a GIGABYTE G1.Sniper M3 will be awarded to the submission that receives the most votes from visitors to the competition page. Visitors will be allowed to place one vote per day, so maybe you should mobilize your friends, family, and neighbors.


·         The ‘Team GIGABYTE’ Prize: A GIGABYTE Z77X-UD3H motherboard will be awarded to a submission chosen exclusively, objectively and entirely at the whim of the GIGABYTE Motherboard Facebook team. Here’s a clue to our criteria; we’re looking for the submission that provokes the most debate and discussion.


·         The ‘Most Deserving of an Upgrade’ Prize: For the submission that we believe to represent the oldest motherboard still operation, a GIGABYTE B75M-D3H motherboard will be awarded. Again we reserve the right to arbitrate which board we think is the oldest, and determine if it is indeed still in operation – video submissions will help here.


Competition Voting – Get Involved

As well as determining the Grand Prize Winner, voting is also great way to get involved even if you’re not making a submission. All GIGABYTE Motherboard fans are welcome to check out the submissions on the competition voting page. Vote for the rig that stokes your nostalgia the most and join in with your own comments and thoughts.


The GIGABYTE Hidden Gems Competition is accessible via the GIGABYTE Motherboard Facebook page here:


The GIGABYTE Hidden Gems Competition will begin today on Wednesday June 20th with final applications accepted until midnight on July 30th 2012. Competition winners will be announced on August 10th 2012. You can find more details regarding competition rules by visiting the official competition website here:





GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd., headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, is known as a leading brand in the IT industry with branch offices located in 24 countries around the world. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a small research and development team and has since taken a position as one of the in the world's top motherboard manufacturers. In addition to motherboards and graphics cards, GIGABYTE further expanded its product portfolio to include notebooks and desktop PCs, datacenter servers, networking products, mobile handsets, and home entertainment devices to serve each facet of the digital life in the home and office. Everyday GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” with innovative technology, exceptional quality, and unmatched customer service. Visit for more information.



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