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G.SKILL announces the mechanical gaming keyboard RIPJAWS KM570 MX with Cherry MX

Under the name of RIPJAWS KM570 MX, G.SKILL company launches a mechanical keyboard for gamers with high durability (more than 50 million keystrokes each key) seeking maximum ease of use: no need for specific software or anything like that, just plug and play, its internal memory stores all settings and it is not necessary to install the software on another PC to keep the setting.

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It offers a customizable backlight system in red with different independent effects for each key and also macro recording function in real time.

The “MX” tagline gives us a clue about the kind of switches used in this keyboard, Cherry MX in various models. We can buy it with Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Brown or Cherry MX Red mechanical switches depending on your personal preferences. Its US price is around 90 dollars.

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Microsoft Surface Book i7 with more powerful and 30% more battery

Although it didn’t change externally, the new Surface Book i7 does introduce some important changes on the inside making it the top model of this family of Microsoft convertible notebooks.

The first improvement is found in the battery, Microsoft managed to add higher capacity batteries that give this new version of Surface Book 30% more battery, an increase that makes it get an impressive 16 hours of battery life.

Microsoft Surface Book i7

The Intel Core i7 Skylake processor increases its performance and there are also improvements in the GPU, with twice the graphics performance and, according to Microsoft, 3 times more powerful than a Macbook Pro, and all this with an improved cooling system.

This version of the Surface Book i7 will arrive in November for 2,399 dollars, although it can already be pre-ordered in October.

Samsung launches Chromebook Pro with stylus and convertible

It looks like Samsung is still betting on devices with Chrome OS since it is launching its new Chromebook Pro, a convertible device that gives a breath of fresh air to this platform.

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The processor will be a modest 6 core Rockchip with 2 high performance Cortex A72 and 4 Cortex-A53 together with 4GB of RAM and only 32 GB of internal storage hidden under a screen of 12.3 inches with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,600 pixels.

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Nvidia announces the launch of the new Geforce GTX 1050

They are here. The moment awaited by many has come. Nvidia just announced the launch of their new graphics cards Geforce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti, the new models that will represent the budget line for players who do not have a particularly large budget and, for that, they have already placed a price to the new graphics cards, although as usual, those prices are far from what they’ll end up selling for, especially just after its release.

First of all, I want to say that this is a “paper launch” release, that is, all we have is the press release and Nvidia’s material, instead of a real card to show and/or test since, we will not get the unit supplied by one of Nvidia’s partners until next week (this is because for this card, unlike the other models of the 10 series, Nvidia did not made a Founders Edition). The first tests of these graphs should come to light on October 25, although we all know that surely some info will be leaked before that date.

Geforce GTX 1050

Starting with the model with more modest specs, the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050, it’s a graphics card with a core consisting of 640 CUDA cores and a base clock of 1.354 MHz which rises to 1,454 MHz when the boost mode is used. This model has only 2GB of GRAM memory(which is not much for the more demanding games on the market) but we do not know it’s frequency. This new model’s TDP is 75 W, which means that it won’t be necessary to use an extra power connector to achieve its full potential. The launch price placed by Nvidia for this model is $109.

Geforce GTX 1050

The second model Nvidia is launching is the Geforce GTX 1050 Ti, the previous model’s sister with steroids. In this case, the card has 768 CUDA cores operating at a base speed of 1,290 MHz and a boost speed of 1392 MHz. This model does count with 4GB of GRAM memory, although we also don’t know its frequency. Just like the non Ti model, TDP is just 75 W, though it would not surprise us to see customized models with high overclocks that require power connectors. The price of the 1050 Ti will be $139.

Both card models feature as outputs three ports DisplayPort 1.4a, an HDMI 2.0 and a DVI-D to connect monitors.

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Bitdefender 2017 Discount Coupon (For Bitdefender Antivirus Plus/ Internet Security / Total Security Multi-Device Version )

Bitdefender has just introduced its new line of products for this season and the truth is that it brings very interesting news for all kinds of users. This year it has launched Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017, Bitdefender Internet Security 2017 and Bitdefender Total Security Multi-Device 2017. Here in Softzone we’ll tell you what each has to offer so you can choose consciously.

Bitdefender is one of the most powerful security products of the moment, so it’s always good to know the new developments that are launched each year with its new products. This year, the 2017 line comes with three different security packages depending on the user’s needs.

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New “gaming” SSD ADATA XPG SX8000 M.2 PCIe 3.0 x2

The term “gaming” has invaded the PC market in a very profound way, there is basically no component or peripheral that does have the word “gaming” in its model.

The latest one is the SSD XPG SX8000 from ADATA, a model with M.2 format and a high performance NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. It’s capable of read speeds up to 2.400 MB/s and write speeds up to 1.000 MB/s, both sequential.

These SSDs use MLC 3D high performance RAM with a faster cache SLC memory system. It will arrive in 128GB, 256 GB, 512GB and 1 TB configurations, also, they will launch a faster version with a dedicated sink by the end of October. Their prices haven’t been revealed.

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Audio on USB Type-C, official specs released

One of the advantages of USB Type-C is that it’s about a connector that is suitable for many “needs”: actually, it’s able to manage audio and video signals, and transfer energy. To avoid the necessity to use intermediate adapters and connectors, anyway, it’s required that the specs permit the several streams.

In the case of audio support by USB Type-C, the USB Implementers Forum has just defined the final specs, called USB Audio Device Class 3.0.

USB Audio Device Class 3.0

Despite Lenovo and Apple have already acted as pioneers (just think about the Apple’s decision to remove the 3,5mm headphones jack from their iPhone 7), from now on, all the interested producers might officially use USB Type-C to transfer the audio stream too, without any intermediate hardware components.

The USB Type-C connector supports both analogic and digital signals (the old jack connector, instead, uses analogic signals only). The freshly released specs, moreover, define the circuitry that will have to be used for the jack of player USB Type-C devices.

They mentioned the use of an MPU (multi-processing unit) processor and the modes for the management of the several signals, the sync between the devices, the audio conversion, the noise removal, the equalization, volume controls and so on.

ASUS presents Zenbook UX410

ASUS is preparing to launch its new laptop model Zenbook UX410, noted for its narrow bezels, updating its hardware to Intel Kaby Lake processors and -we expect- a price more restrained than the big premium ultrabooks.

Zenbook UX410 offers a 14 inches display but its 6mm bezels allow it to keep a total size equivalent to that of a standard 13.3 inches model. The highlight in external design, along with the use of aluminum and its brushed metal finish customary in the series, is that it has a thickness of 18mm and a weight of 1.6 kilograms.

Zenbook UX410

Zenbook UX410 uses Intel Kaby Lake processors (Core i7-7500U, Core i5-7200U or Intel Core i3-7100U) with 4 or 8 GB of DDR4 RAM memory (expandable up to 16 GB) and multiple options for storage, like hard disk drives of 500GB or 1TB, or SSD of 128, 256 or 512GB.

Zenbook UX410 will be available in two models “UA” and “UQ”, the latter with a dedicated GeForce 940MX graphics card. Otherwise their specifications are identical, with two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port and a USB type-C, plus HDMI, WiFi 802.11ac and combo audio jack.

Zenbook UX410

Preinstalled with Windows 10 Pro, ASUS new laptop should be available in the coming weeks with a selling price starting at 600 dollars.

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NVIDIA graphics cards could return to Apple computers

NVIDIA published a job listing looking for an engineer to “help produce the next revolutionary Apple products”, and of course this made us assume that either both companies are in talks to use the new NVIDIA graphics cards in the next generation of Apple laptops, or they already have an agreement to do so.

In the past, Apple used to offer its computers with both AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards, but for several product generations the people in Cupertino limited their options to either use an Intel integrated graphics or a dedicated AMD, leaving NVIDIA out of the equation. This appears to have changed, or at least it may be assumed since otherwise it would be absurd for NVIDIA to publish such job listing.

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Samsung PM1725a, a SSD that achieves 6,400MB/s

This impressive SSD from Samsung makes use of its 3D V-NAND MLC type memories with 3 bits per cell along with Samsung’s Epic controller and a PCIe 3.0 x8 port that lets it to achieve sequential read speeds of an astonishing 6,400 MB/s and a writing speed of 3,000 MB/s.

Its random access speeds are also impressive, with numbers like 1,080,000 read IOPS and 170,000 write IOPS, which makes it one of the fastest SSD in the world.

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To achieve these speeds, the Samsung PM1725a makes use of the NVMe technology on a card with a PCIe 3.0 x8 interface, in fact, we’re talking about transfers rates so high that a PCIe 3.0 x4 connector would fall short by a lot. In fact, the same SSD model in its 2.5” format achieves “just” 3,300 MB/s and 2,900 MB/s of read/write speeds because of limitations of the U2 connector via PCle x4 with its 3.94GB/s bandwidth.

Unfortunately, it is a SSD designed for the professional market, so it will be quite difficult and expensive to purchase for home use. It will come in capacities of 1.6TB, 3.2TB and 6.4TB in the aforementioned formats of 2.5 ” and in hhhl with a PCIe 3.0 x8 interface.