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AMD Launches New Radeon RX 500 Series

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Today AMD introduced the Radeon RX 500 series, a new line of graphics cards featuring a powerful combination of improved game performance, higher clock speeds, and a refined 2nd generation Polaris architecture, giving PC gamers the best reasons yet to upgrade their graphics. The Radeon RX 500 series was designed specifically for system upgrades, catering to the 9 out of 10 PC gamers today who are hindered by outdated technology and aren’t able to enjoy optimal experiences in modern games, smooth VR experiences, or the latest display technologies. Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards feature a variety of the most compelling new technologies and features including:

  • Optimized DirectX 12 and Vulkan gaming – The Radeon RX 500 series was engineered using the 2nd generation Polaris architecture. It was specifically designed to perform exceptionally well with low-level, next-generation APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulkan and it supports asynchronous compute for outstanding game and VR experiences. Radeon RX 500 series GPUs have been further refined with higher clock speeds, improved idle and multi-monitor efficiency, and the fine-grained controls gamers need to fine-tune their hardware
  • Improved response times, more efficiency, and cooler operation with Radeon Chill – Radeon Chill is an advanced frame-rate controller for the Radeon RX 500 series that works automatically in the background (when enabled) to dynamically regulate frame-rates in today’s most popular games based on the speed of mouse movements and the gamer’s activity in a scene
  • Smooth, stutter-free gaming with Radeon FreeSync – Gamers can enjoy smooth frame-rates in virtually every game released, without the frustration of screen tearing and input lag using Radeon FreeSync, available on a wide range of affordable displays. For those that want to get even closer to pixel-perfect gaming, Radeon FreeSync 2 monitors harness low-latency, high-brightness pixels, excellent black levels and a wide color gamut to display high dynamic range (HDR) content, and feature Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) enabling stutter-free gaming when framerates dip below a monitor’s refresh rate, all in a completely plug-and-play experience that eliminates the need to tweak settings in software or on the monitor.
  • Awesome streaming, sharing, and gameplay capture with Radeon ReLive – The Radeon RX 500 series supports the industry’s most revolutionary solution for capturing, customizing, and sharing gameplay. The Radeon ReLive software suite lets gamers enjoy smooth gaming and recording simultaneously, even on entry-level systems, with support for recording at 4K resolution at 30 and 60 FPS using HEVC and H.264 codecs. Radeon ReLive also integrates with the most popular game streaming platforms around the world

“Radeon was built on the promise that all gamers can enjoy the most advanced graphics technologies in their favorite games. Our launch today of the Radeon RX 500 series doubles down on that effort. With higher performance, revolutionary gameplay capture software, latency-reduction technology, Day 0 driver support for game launches, open and affordable standards like Radeon FreeSync, and innovative features like Radeon Chill, we know gamers who have been patiently waiting to upgrade will have more than enough reasons to now,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group.

A wide range of Radeon RX 500 Series cards will be available to meet the needs of the overwhelming majority of gamers:

  • Radeon RX 580: For smooth 1440p gaming – The Radeon RX 580 delivers up to an average of 57% better performance compared to the Radeon R9 380X in testing, delivering smooth gaming in leading AAA games  and VR experiences for an SEP of $229 for the Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR 5 graphics card, and an SEP of $199 for the Radeon RX 580 4GB GDDR5 graphics card
  • Radeon RX 570: For maximum 1080p gaming – With 4GB of GDDR5 memory, the Radeon RX 570 boasts up to an average of 2.3X better performance compared to the Radeon R7 370 for an SEP of $169
  • Radeon RX 560: For efficient 1080p gaming – With 2GB of GDDR5 memory, the Radeon RX 560 delivers up to an average 57% higher performance of the Radeon R7 360 for a fluid and smooth gaming experience in the world’s most popular games at an SEP of $99
  • Radeon RX 550: The doorway to PC gaming – Featuring 2GB GDDR5 memory, the Radeon RX 550 delivers up to an average 4X higher performance vs. competing integrated graphics, and up to an average of 1.7X the performance of the Radeon R7 250 at an SEP of $79. The Radeon RX 550 is also ideal for home theater PCs with support for HDMI 4K60, 4K playback and HEVC content. It’s also HDR ready, supports Radeon FreeSync 2 technology for smooth, tear-free gaming, and ships in many low-profile designs ideal for small form factor cases

Radeon RX 580 and 570 graphics cards from major AIB partners are available from retailers and etailers around the world starting today, and the Radeon RX 550 graphics card is expected to be available April 20th. Radeon RX 560 graphics cards are planned for release in early May.

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Cooler Master Debuts LCD-Sporting MasterLiquid 360 Ion Cooler

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Cooler Master, a renowned name in PC components, today unveiled the MasterLiquid 360 Ion, its most advanced all-in-one (AIO) liquid cooler. The MasterLiquid 360 Ion boasts several groundbreaking features, including the first-ever LCD integrated into an AIO cooler. This flagship cooler promises exceptional cooling performance for even the most demanding PCs. Here’s a closer look at what sets it apart:

  1. Pioneering LCD Display: The MasterLiquid 360 Ion features a unique 2.1-inch IPS LCD screen embedded directly into the pump. This display is fully customizable using Cooler Master’s MasterCTRL software, allowing users to monitor system vitals like CPU temperature, or showcase personalized graphics and animations.
  2. Dual-Chamber Cooling Power: The MasterLiquid 360 Ion utilizes Cooler Master’s Gen X Dual Chamber Design, which optimizes thermal efficiency by separating the hot and cold coolant channels for improved heat dissipation.
  3. Unmatched Cooling Performance: Three Mobius 120P ARGB fans are included with the cooler, delivering exceptional airflow and keeping your system cool under pressure.
  4. Extensive Personalization: The MasterLiquid 360 Ion caters to individual preferences. Addressable RGB lighting on the fans and pump allows for vibrant lighting effects, while automatic PWM control ensures optimal fan speed based on system needs. Compatibility with major motherboards guarantees seamless integration into existing setups.
  5. Simplified Installation: Cooler Master streamlines the installation process with pre-attached Mobius 120P ARGB fans and a user-friendly bracket design.

The MasterLiquid 360 Ion marks a significant leap forward in AIO cooler technology. Its innovative features and emphasis on user customization make it a compelling choice for PC enthusiasts seeking peak performance and a touch of personalized style in their builds.

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CORSAIR Debuts Daisy-Chainable RS Series Fans

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CORSAIR has launched its latest line of cooling fans today – the RS Series. Designed for both seasoned PC builders and newcomers, the RS Series promises impressive cooling performance with a focus on ease of use and affordability. The RS Series boasts a streamlined design that simplifies installation. The fans connect in a daisy-chain fashion, requiring only a single 4-pin PWM connector to your motherboard. This eliminates cable clutter and keeps your build looking clean.

For those who prefer a touch of visual flair, the RS ARGB version offers addressable RGB lighting that plugs into a single +5V ARGB header on your motherboard. Both versions feature Zero RPM Mode, which keeps the fans silent during low-load situations. The RS Series incorporates CORSAIR AirGuide Technology, which channels airflow precisely towards critical components. Additionally, the fans utilize magnetic dome bearings, known for minimizing noise and friction while ensuring a long lifespan.

The RS Series comes in 120mm and 140mm sizes, available in black or white to match your build’s aesthetics. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or building your first PC, there’s an RS fan to meet your needs. RS and RS ARGB fans are available now in single and multi-fan packs from the CORSAIR webstore and authorized retailers worldwide. The fans are backed by a two-year warranty and CORSAIR’s customer service and technical support network.

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CORSAIR Launches LX RGB Fans

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CORSAIR has launched the LX RGB Series of cooling fans, the latest addition to the acclaimed iCUE LINK ecosystem. Proving that amazing lighting and high-performance cooling are not mutually exclusive, the LX RGB Series redefines the expectations of PC enthusiasts – and thanks to iCUE LINK, makes building and connecting your masterpiece easy and convenient. Available in 120mm and 140mm sizes, in your choice of black or white to match the aesthetic of your build, each LX RGB fan features 18 individually addressable RGB LEDs spread across an inner and outer light loop, creating spectacular, fully customizable lighting effects – including the iCUE LINK-exclusive Time Warp mode that creates mesmerizing optical illusions.

All of this is made possible by the new and improved iCUE 5 software, making it easier than ever before to customize and switch between lighting effects or synchronize them with your games. These great looks are backed up by rigorous engineering and meticulous testing to deliver strong, efficient cooling to match. A combination of high airflow, reaching PWM-controlled speeds up to 2,400 RPM, and high static pressure make LX RGB fans well suited for use as case fans or attached to radiators. CORSAIR AirGuide Technology, with its anti-vortex vanes, also focus airflow direction to move air more efficiently through your case.

Moreover, the LX RGB Series is designed for quiet operation, with Magnetic Dome bearings minimizing friction to ensure low noise and superior longevity. Zero RPM Mode completely eliminates fan noise at low loads, with the fans spinning up only when your system demands it. Installation is made effortless with CORSAIR’s innovative one-twist QuikTurn screws, empowering you to install a full set of fans in seconds, saving both time and effort. iCUE LINK bridge connectors included with the fans let you stack them directly together to create a seamless bank of fans with no intervening wires, making installation even easier.

With the LX RGB Series, CORSAIR continues to push the boundaries of PC cooling and aesthetics with a powerful one-two punch of brilliant lighting and exceptional cooling. The LX RGB Series is available now in multi-fan Starter Kits with an iCUE LINK System Hub or single fan Expansion Kits from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

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