Palit introduced GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream, a custom GeForce GTX 980 Ti model. The card sports a large dual fan cooler with TurboFan fan blade design and stylish black and white shroud. The cooler exceeds card's width, which could hinder compatibility with thinner cases. It also takes up 2.5 expansion slots making it less SLI-friendly. On the back a solid black backplate is placed for protection and additional cooling.
For years, outfitting a PC with custom cables has been a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. Modders have had to either do it themselves, spending hours upon hours sleeving their power supply cables individually, or spend hundreds of dollars on expensive cable sleeving services. Alternatively, they could choose sleeved cable extensions, but would have to put up with increased cable clutter due to physically longer cables. What if there was a better way?
MSI announced two compact Gaming series motherboards based on Intel's B85 chipset and LGA1155 socket. B85I Gaming and B85M Gaming coming in mini-ITX and micro-ATX formats, respectively, both feature Killer E2200 networking for reduced lag and Audio Boost, Sound Blaster Cinema, USB Audio Power technologies for improved audio quality. Both motherboards are equipped with Military Class 4 components (Hi-C CAPs, Solid CAPs, Dark CAPs, SFC and Dark Chokes).
Deepcool released Neptwin V2, an updated version of dual-tower Neptwin CPU cooler, which we reviewed some time ago. Only difference between the two is the included fans. V2 has two black 120 mm fans with blue LED lights whereas original version comes with two black-blue non-LED fans. However, fan specifications are identical at 1300/900-1500 RPM speed, 53.65 CFM/60.29 CFM airflow and 26.2/21.4-32.1 dBA noise level. Unfortunately, one fan remains non-PWM.
Deepcool announces Pangu V2 mid-tower case featuring "ultimate cooling structure", removable meshed front and top covers, rubberized coating and updated classy design. Pangu V2 might come in six color variants, according to a banner on Deepcool's website. Colors include white, red, orange, green, blue and black, all featuring black meshed elements.
ASUS released UEFI BIOS updates for all their 8 series socket LGA 1150 motherboards. Updated UEFI BIOS enable support for upcoming Intel Haswell Refresh processors. New CPUs are expected to be launched in 2014 Q2, with unlocked K models coming in 2014 Q3.
XFX, company best known for selling graphics cards and power supplies, now enters PC case market with Type 1 Bravo mid-tower chassis. New case features high airflow design with ventilation holes on top front and side panel, which should especially help in systems with multi-GPU configurations.
Sweclockers reports NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card set for launch in February is to be accompanied by GTX 750. Regular GTX 750 (non-Ti) version would be a lower class model with slightly cut down specifications.
Sharkoon announces budget Vaya II mid-tower case, successor to the popular Vaya case, featuring new and improved overall design at a low price point. Sharkoon Vaya II comes in a total of three variants: Vaya II, Vaya II Value and Vaya II Value Gunmetal Edition. First two have black exterior while Gunmetal Edition obviously boasts gunmetal coating. All variants have black interior coating.
Raijintek is readying a couple of low profile, down-draft CPU coolers named Pallas and Zelos.
Following recent entrance into PC power supply unit market with Quanta DQ750 unit, Deepcool now expands its power supply line with Nova DN400 and Aurora DA500 budget units.
Raijintek is preparing to enter PC case market with Agos mid-tower ATX case. Standing at 200 x 460 x 490 mm, Agos features elegant design and comes in black and white color variants.
Enermax is readying a couple of budget CPU coolers under ETS-N30 series name. ETS-N30-HE and ETS-N30-TAA differ by included fans. ETS-N30-HE comes with a standard 92 mm fan while ETS-N30-TAA boasts a fan with 9 LEDs. Both fans are PWM-controlled and spin at between 800-2800 RPM.
AMD's partner PowerColor announces first liquid-cooled R9 290X graphics card, the R9 290X LCS. Slim liquid cooling solution used on the card was developed in cooperation with EKWB. Card comes with core clock turned up to 1060 MHz, a 60 MHz increase over reference clock. Other specifications remain the same: 2816 stream processors, 4GB of GDDR5 memory over 512-bit interface. Card comes with PowerColor's Golden Power Kit power delivery components and draws power from one 8-pin and 6-pin connectors. Despite having a single slot cooler, card is still of dual slot height. Connectivity includes two DVI ports, one HDMI and one DisplayPort.
Gigabyte announces custom, WindForce 3X 450W cooler-equipped, factory overclocked Radeon R9 290X and R9 290 graphics cards. R9 290X OC (GV-R929XOC-4GD) comes with GPU clock increased from 1000 MHz to 1040 MHz while R9 290 OC (GV-R929OC-4GD) receives a boost from 947 MHz to 1040 MHz core clock. Memory clock is left untouched at 1250 MHz (5 GHz effective) on both cards.