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Noctua Launches the NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black CPU Cooler

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Noctua has just introduced another addition to its chromax line of all-black CPU coolers: the new NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black is a low-profile quiet CPU cooler for AMD’s Ryzen-based HTPCs and Small Form Factor (SFF) builds. Thanks to the same proven heatsink design and NF-A9x14 PWM fan as the original NH-L9a-AM4, it stays true to the same successful formula of fusing a height of only 37mm with strong performance and excellent quietness of operation, as well as 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility. At the same time, the chromax.black version, with its black fan and black coated heatsink, combines these assets with a sleek stealth look.

“AMD’s Ryzen platform has become more and more popular over the last few months, not only for high-end builds but also for compact HTPCs and Small Form Factor systems”, says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “We’ve already introduced the black NH-L9i low-profile cooler for Intel in October, but now we also want to give design-conscious AMD users a new option with the black version of NH-L9a-AM4!”

Recommended by more than 50 international hardware websites and magazines, the NH-L9a-AM4 is renowned as being one of the best low-profile coolers for AMD Ryzen CPUs and APUs such as the popular 3700X, 3600, 3400G or 3200G. Due to its slim 23mm heatsink and the NF-A9x14 low-profile fan that measures only 14mm in thickness, the cooler stands a mere 37mm tall, which makes it ideal for use in compact HTPCs or Small Form Factor cases that offer minimum clearance for CPU coolers. Thanks to its compact footprint that fully complies with the socket keep-out zones specified by AMD, neither the heatsink nor the fan overhang the RAM, so the cooler provides easy access to the slots and is fully compatible with tall memory modules.

The new chromax.black version is identical to the regular model except for the colour: featuring a black coated heatsink, a black fan with black anti-vibration-pads, black fan screws and black mounting parts, it is literally black from head to toe. Thanks to thoroughgoing optimisations of the coating material and process, the chromax.black model provides the same renowned quiet cooling performance as its regular, non-coated counterpart.

Topped off with the renowned SecuFirm2™ low-profile mounting system for AMD AM4, Noctua’s enthusiast-grade NT-H1 thermal compound and a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black is a premium choice for customers who seek an ultra-compact heatsink that looks just as great as it cools.

Price and availability
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is EUR/USD 49.90. The coole

Realme Buds Air Offer True Wireless Sound Technology for Only Php3,990

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Realme Philippines is taking things up a notch with its foray into IoT with the new generation of true wireless audio experience in the form of the realme Buds Air.

Set for release in the local market on January 22nd, the realme Buds Air is designed to deliver true music freedom without all the clutters and limitations of cables and wires for that seamless audio experience. It will cost Php3,990 at launch.


The realme Buds Air is powered by the R1 chipset with Bluetooth 5.0. It’s the first in its price segment to adopt dual-channel transmission technology for enhanced audio performance. Those who game on smartphones can also enjoy a richer and better gaming experience with the realme Buds Air as it minimizes the latency up to 51 percent to ensure swift and steady synchronization between your game and your sounds.

The realme Buds Air boasts a 12mm bass sounds driver for that intense and powerful audio quality without the compromise in richness and fidelity. It can even filter out noise during calls that’s quite useful when you’re out in the streets and a call comes in.


When it comes to battery life, realme says you’ll get three hours of music playback, and if it runs out of juice, you can charge it wirelessly as well. The cabin can even charge the buds for a total of 17 hours, and users have the option of charging it via a Type-C cable.

For more control, the realme Buds Air has Google Assistant built that you can operate with touch and high-grade sensors. You can even do a multitude of tasks with voice command. Answer a call or activate game mode, all it takes is a tap.


Optimized with high-grade sensors, the realme Buds Air can detect when it is in use, allowing it to automatically play music once the user puts the buds on. It will pause music once the buds are removed. The instant auto-connection feature enables an uninterrupted listening experience.

“We are glad that we can offer to our Filipino squad the much-awaited realme-powered true wireless sound (TWS). Finally, Filipinos, especially the very active youth, need not worry about breaking the bank for an optimized wireless audio experience. Expect realme to bring more products--both smartphones and accessories--that attest to our commitment to real value,” shares realme Philippines Marketing Director Austine Huang.

Online Special Offering

The realme Buds Air as mentioned retails for only Php3,990. But for an initial offering, it will be available at the official realme Lazada flagship store starting January 22, 2020 for only Php2,990. The special discounted price is only applied on January 22 and 29 and February 06. Customers must get ready to add to cart because realme Philippines is giving away a free wireless charging pad to the first 100 customers.

Realme Philippines will also be offering special vouchers on its official Facebook page from January 22 to February 6. The vouchers will further lower the price of the realme Buds Air by PHP500.

If that’s not enough, customers who will purchase a realme smartphone and realme Buds Air can enjoy an additional discount of Php1,000.



AOC Partners with 20th Century Fox to Become the Official Monitor Partner of 'Spies in Disguise'

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AOC, an innovative leader in display technology, has teamed up with the global entertainment powerhouse, Twentieth Century Fox, to become the official monitor partner of the new film “Spies in Disguise”. The official US release date of the film is 25 December 2019, with actual release dates to vary between countries. AOC’s superior technology and specifications have been synonymous with the latest and previous collaborations with Twentieth Century Fox releases. With its enhanced visual technology, AOC is the perfect companion to go to for unstoppable, thrilling cinematic journeys.

Experience the thrilling adventure with AOC’s vivid displays

Having supported Twentieth Century Fox in promoting countless blockbusters such as, The Martian, X-Men First Class and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, AOC is the trusted partner to deliver immersive and dynamic cinematic experiences to the audience. AOC’s unrivalled capabilities take viewers through every scene with confidence, strength and power.

Twentieth Century Fox presents a Blue Sky Studios production, “Spies in Disguise,” an animated spy comedy adventure set in the slick, high-octane, globe-trotting world of international espionage. Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is…not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo is forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic…pigeon. Walter and Lance suddenly have to work as a team, or the whole world is in peril.

The inseparable duo mirrors AOC’s partnerships with the Twentieth Century Fox. AOC is devoted to becoming the go-to, high-tech display solution for users from all walks of life. AOC is a global leader in monitor display technology. Equipped with ultra-high contrast, crispy color depth and incredibly detailed images, AOC has illuminated the lives of a large audience with exceptional ocular experiences. It is the ideal partner to team up with to provide the best support for any endeavor be it gaming, work or leisure. The characters’ use of innovative technology coupled with sophisticated spy techniques to save the world from peril are exemplary qualities that distinctly reflect AOC’s capabilities, making the Spies in Disguise film a perfect fit for collaboration.


As the film’s exclusive monitor partner, AOC Philippines held an exclusive film screening on January 16 at SM Aura with select members of the media. Lucky attendees received exciting prizes and merchandise in celebration of the film. The media’s continued support help AOC keep its position as a leading monitor brand in the country.

Aside from the film screening, AOC Monitor is also running a promotion with Spies in Disguise to reward its loyal customers. Until February 29, 2020, every purchase of participating AOC Monitor products at participating dealers and outlets will entitle customers with Spies in Disguise giveaways and freebies. Customers could bring home a Limited Edition Spies in Disguise Wireless Mouse and Keyboard, Limited Edition Spies in Disguise Writing Tablet, and Two SM Movie Tickets worth PHP200 each along with their AOC Monitor purchase.

Realme Sets to Double Global Smartphone Shipments to 50 Million this Year

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Fastest-growing smartphone brand realme is setting its sights on doubling its 25+ million global smartphone shipments in 2019, entering the 5G space and introducing new realme devices with unprecedented features and performance to hit 50 million units this year.

Realme founder and CEO Sky Li announced during the launch of the first realme 5G smartphone, realme X50, that the brand is gearing up to grow its global shipments by more than 100 percent this year after it recorded 500 percent year-on-year (YOY) growth in 2019.

“The smartphone industry is a very competitive market where brands come and go, and it is fiercely growing as we speak. As a young brand, realme is optimistic it will surpass all the challenges in the industry and continue broadening our market footprint with the youth as our number one motivation. We at realme will only keep moving forward and offer real value products to all,” Li added.

Young brand but not simple
In just over a year, realme has already achieved a series of feats and milestones from record-breaking sales both online and offline to being the fastest-growing smartphone brand in the global market. Realme has been aggressive in its approach, launching high-performing smartphones with features and performance unrivaled in its price segments and disrupting the market. The brand is keen to continue providing high technology that is accessible to consumers deserving of optimum smartphone performance.

Keeping its Dare to Leap spirit, realme will continue to offer a strong and highly competitive set of products from budget to upper midrange devices this 2020.

Strong presence in the global market
Realme’s growing presence in 22 markets worldwide reflects the brand’s exponential growth and widening reach. The brand is currently the number two brand in India in terms of online market share at 26.5 percent according to the International Data Corporation. In Indonesia, realme has the fourth largest share of the market.

Realme set staggering sales records in the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia, securing 2nd, 3rd and 4th places as the best-selling smartphone brand during Lazada’s 2019 year-end sale in the mentioned markets, respectively. These record-breaking feats in the three Southeast Asian (SEA) markets landed realme on the 5th spot overall of the best-selling smartphones in the region.

Realme was ranked 7th on the list of top smartphone brands in the world in Counterpoint’s Q3 2019 results, making realme the fastest-growing smartphone brand worldwide. The brand was recognized as the 5th top smartphone brand in Spain in November 2019 after only a month of entering said market based on Counterpoint.

Delivering 5G connectivity
Starting with realme’s latest offering, realme X50, the brand hopes to bring 5G connectivity more accessible to a broader audience. The realme X50 boasts a contemporary design, reliable performance and an affordable price tag, ushering in a new era of realme smartphones designed to meet the youth’s demand for 5G connectivity.

Realme will start rolling out 5G devices this 2020 in China covering smartphones in all price segments and allowing all future realme devices to be equipped with a 5th generation mobile network from entry- to flagship-level smartphones.

Realme continues to work closely with local network operators, internet companies and app developers to fast-track the development of 5G in the Philippines and offer Filipinos better network service and connectivity. The country currently tops internet users in the world with 72 million mobile social media users, including 26.59 million mobile phone subscribers.

TerraMaster Concludes Successful CES 2020 Showcase

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TerraMaster, a professional brand that specializes in providing innovative storage products, including network attached storage and direct attached storage, is pleased to thank everyone for making TerraMaster’s presence in CES very warm and a very successful one as well. TerraMaster was able to demonstrate its product lineup and solutions for consumers to professionals who want a competitive and reliable product like that of TerraMaster including its Thunderbolt series of products as well as its healthy NAS options. TerraMaster also showed off its commitment to scalability, security, and reliability with the new TOS 4.1 NAS operating system.
Storage for Apple Professionals
One of the most highly lauded products from TerraMaster is the Thunderbolt series of direct-attached storage devices aimed at professionals that need the perfect balance of capacity and speed for their professional work. TerraMaster utilizes Thunderbolt3 technology to provide fast access to storage from 2-bays all to the way to 16-bay for a maximum of up to 256TB of storage.
The TerraMaster Thunderbolt series like the D16 Thunderbolt3 easily works with the latest Mac Pro devices as well as any devices supporting full Thunderbolt3 connectivity. Work with home videos all the way to cinema-class footage with the speed of Thunderbolt3 and never worry about capacity again.


Partnership with Intel
Collaboration is vital in improvement and TerraMaster is proud to stand side-by-side with Intel in the computing space. TerraMaster was invited for Intel’s retail conference during CES, to ratify their partnership and showcase TerraMaster exemplary growth in its segment.

CES 2020 NAS Showcase
TerraMaster’s F5-422 is one of the core showcase for CES. The F5-422 offers an excellent solution for size and speed with support for 10GbE LAN allowing this NAS to serve up data at the fastest link possible to avoid bottlenecking your workflow. Fully secure and highly secure, the Terramaster F5-422 offers a compelling option at its target price range.
Visitors praised the F5-422 for its competitive advantage being its high-speed LAN connection more commonly found in upper market solutions but TerraMaster makes it more accessible with the F5-422.
TOS 4.1 Operating System: Growing with You
TerraMaster’s TOS operating system has been wowing audiences across the globe since its inception and now in its latest iteration, TOS 4.1 is still providing a wealth of features thanks to a healthy selectin of applications for business as well consumers. This is built upon a strong foundation of security and integrity to make sure TerraMaster products are always on top of their game. Remarks regarding the TOS has been resoundingly positive with most citing that best of all, it’s always updated at no charge for TerraMaster users.
TOS 4.1 combines features and security updates to make TerraMaster NAS and storage solutions robust and feature rich. Back up your data, manage your file server, and optimize your sharing services in an intuitive, simple, and user-friendly way. The operating system includes a complex of application software, with rich application content, potent multimedia services, and numerous ways to back up your data.

NVIDIA RTX Studio Laptops Power Your Creative Drive

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Those who dabble in the art of content creation, or perhaps simply video gaming, are most of the time tethered to their own hulking gaming machines that, while as powerful as they come, are still unwieldy for a daily driver. Those who are frequently on the move will need something portable, something powerful that can keep up with their creative tasks and greater demands. 

NVIDIA’s RTX Studio Laptops come into play 

Through the course of history, laptops have been considered as a stopgap for desktop workstations. There’s a compromise in power for the sake of portability and accessibility. Fast forward to today and that is a far cry from what it used to be.  NVIDIA’s RTX Studio Laptops now blur the line between mobility and power.  

Unveiled at COMPUTEX 2019, NVIDIA’s RTX Studio Laptops took center stage to highlight a new platform that will boost the productivity and capabilities of creatives around the world. NVIDIA’s Studio Laptops come equipped with RTX GPUs including Quadro RTX™ 5000, 4000 and 3000 GPUs, as well as GeForce RTX 20 Series GPUs to enable real-time ray tracing, AI processing and high-resolution video editing even when you’re on the move. At launch, 17 RTX Studio Laptops from world leading PC manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, Dell, GIGABYTE, HP, MSI, and Razer.   

To top it off, NVIDIA RTX Studio Laptops will come bundled with three months of Adobe Creative Cloud valued at $238.47 for new and existing users. Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite comes with the tools you’ll need including Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dimension, and plenty more to turn your ideas into reality. You can check the link here for more details: https://www.nvidia.com/en-ph/design-visualization/creators/laptops-desktops-with-adobe-cc/

Acer ConceptD Series



The Acer ConceptD 7 and 9 seek to bring the ultimate powerhouse solutions when it comes to the most demanding of 3D applications. The ConceptD series is equipped with a haymaker of a specs sheet that can go up to a 9th Gen  Intel® Core™ i9 processor, an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080, 32GB of RAM, and two 1TB of PCIe NVME SSD in Raid 0 configuration to deliver unparalleled computing prowess. Relish in the beauty of real time Ray Tracing, and enjoy its pinpoint accuracy in color reproduction. Of course, a glorious and massive 17.3-inch 4K UHD panel is yours for the taking.  

And if that’s not enough, the Acer ConceptD 9’s Ezel™ Aero Hinges bring a modernistic and fashionable approach in functionality and design. The ConceptD 7’s design on the other hand is straightforward for that tried and tested method.
  
 
ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo




In what seems to be an absolute showcase of design and performance from ASUS, the ZenBook Pro Duo is set for a grand slam when it comes to creativity and productivity. ASUS makes quite a unique approach in a multi-display setup by equipping the ZenBook Pro Duo with another touch screen panel above the keyboard, giving you seamless workflow that can boost your productivity to eleven.  
It’s no slouch, either. The ZenBook Pro Duo is powered by up to a 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i9 eightcore processor, NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060, and blazing fast storage. Play hard, work harder.


Dell ALIENWARE GAMING LAPTOPS

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When that ever so familiar logo of ALIENWARE is slapped on a laptop, you’ll know it’s meant for hardcore gaming. That’s the same case with Dell’s latest. Meet the three ALIENWARE laptops destined for greatness – the AREA-51m, m15, and the m17.  

If performance is your thing as it should be, then these laptops won’t disappoint. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 processors are available for you, and real time Ray Tracing is ready anytime with an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 8GB for these. Dell is just relentless when it comes to bringing the best performance you can get out of the latest hardware today you won’t have to worry about system requirements for a while. 


MSI P65/P75 Creator Laptops


Sleek, fashionable, powerful – the MSI P65 and P75 Creator Laptops combine style and performance in one package. Both laptops come with incredibly thin and light design that’s perfect for bringing it wherever you need to be, all without the compromise in performance. NVIDIA RTX™ graphics cards will power up your creative applications to help you boost your productivity whether you’re working on 3D modelling, creating videos, or even playing games. It’s all there. 


HP OMEN 15 and HP OMEN X 2S GeForce RTX Studio Laptops 


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The HP OMEN X2S prides itself as the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop. With up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 graphics with Max-Q design, this gaming laptop can deliver those sweet framerates you’d want for those intense FPS shooters. Its dual screen also serves plenty of purposes – it can mirror and magnify part of the main screen in real time, adjust system performance with preset modes, monitor how your laptop is doing, and of course, control RGB. 

The HP OMEN 15 GeForce RTX Studio Laptop meanwhile comes with a Hexa-Core 9th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060 dedicated graphics that will let you work on 3D modelling, video editing, streaming, and broadcasting video content as fast and as stylish. Its sleek metal engineering is simply a beauty. 


LENOVO - Legion Y740 Studio Edition Laptops

It may not be the ThinkPad lineup that you’ve been adoring since the yesteryears, but LENOVO’s Legion Y740 15 and 17 Studio Edition Laptops will give you the edge in performance and design. Both laptops are packed with quite the go-getter hardware for that desktop-caliber gaming no matter where you are. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ laptop processors and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 with Max-Q are both set to deliver an exhilarating gaming experience. Furthermore, you’ll even get to enjoy tear-free gaming as both laptops support NVIDIA® G-SYNC. 


Razer Blade Studio Edition Laptops
Razer pushes beyond the limit with its Studio Edition Laptops, and for good reason. Both the Razer Blade 15 and the Razer Blade Pro 17 Studio Edition Laptops can be equipped with up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 graphics cards to step up the game in content creation, allowing you to decode even up to 8K RED video in real time. The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition comes with a 4K OLED touch display and can go up to an Intel® Core™ i7-9750H processor, and an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 mobile GPU The Razer Blade Pro 17 Studio Edition meanwhile is a world’s first with its new 4K 120Hz display. It can go up to an Intel® Core™ i9-9880H processor.

CORSAIR Reveals the A500 CPU Cooler

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Plenty of new stuff coming out at CES 2020, as per usual. Corsair this time around is getting all serious with air cooling as it unveils its A500 Air Cooler.

Going into specifics, the A500 is a Dual Fan CPU Cooler that utilizes a quad-direct contact heat pipe design. Corsair says it comes with a slide-and-lock fan mount system for fan height adjustment, and we’re interested to see how this works and how it’s going to compete with other lock and mount mechanisms. Corsair’s method works with the fans sitting within a ratcheting slide-and-lock fan mount to allow for variable fan height.

Furthermore, the A500 can work its magic on CPUs with 250W TDP. The fans are also two of Corsair’s ML120 magnetic levitation bearings that can be controlled between 400RPM to 2400RPM.

The A500 uses Corsair’s HoldFast retention system, which is compatible with AM4, AM3, FM2, LGA115x, and LGA20xx CPUs.

No news on a possible release date yet, but we’re very much interested to see how it’s going to stack against Noctua’s NH-D15 and NH-U12A.