NZXT Noctis 450 Mid-Tower Review

We have just posted up our review of the NZXT Noctis 450 Mid-Tower Case. This was part of their "concept" series and this one made the cut and made it to market. A couple of features that make this case unique - other than the classy looks, are the lack of 5.25-inch bays and excellent cable and heat management. If you're looking for a new case that will turn heads, make sure to catch all the details in our review.

Taking the cover off the other side of the case reveals five 3.5-inch drive bays for your hard drives lining the height of the front of the case and your power supply mount at the bottom rear. You will notice a few nice design features including an eight port fan hub, and an angled motherboard tray with rubber grommets leading to the front side of the case, allowing for easy installation and management of all if your power cables.

Noctis 450

OUYA CEO Leaves as Razer Takes Over

Razer is trying really hard to get in the living room of the gaming community. We saw at CES 2015 some of their VR tech that apparently was pretty incredible and with their commitment to the micro-console market and Android TV, they are continuing to beg for your attention. Now that they've acquired the software section - as well as publishing partners of OUYA, they have a chance to leverage even more toward their goal. On a completely unrelated note, co-founder Julie Uhrman walked away.

In the near future, Razer will be providing existing OUYA users with a clear path of migration to the more advanced Forge TV micro-console and Serval controller bundle. Razer’s intention is to allow OUYA users to bring their games, controllers, and accounts to the Cortex TV platform on the Forge micro-console, advancing the experience of Android gaming on TV that they have previously enjoyed.

Source: Razer, Twitter

Android MMS Hack Surfaces

Android has joined the MMS hack club as a hacker recently discovered that sending a specially crafted MMS can allow code to be remotely executed on the victims phone. The exploit users an Android software feature called "Stagefright" and this needs to be patched as soon as possible. In the meantime, if someone you don't know texts you a video, don't watch it. All the hacker has to do, is know your cell phone number.

The researcher didn’t just find the vulnerabilities, but actually created the necessary patches and shared them with Google in April and early May. The company took the issues very seriously and applied the patches to its internal Android code base within 48 hours, he said.

Source: PCWorld

Download Windows 10

If you're the type of guy that wants to do a fresh install of Windows 10 when it launches, you can now download full ISOs from Microsoft. There are two major download versions - the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The beautiful thing is that if you want to do a fresh install - but don't have a Windows 10 license key, just input your Windows 7 or Windows 8 key, and you're good to go. Thank-YOU Microsoft!

Before you begin
Make sure you have:
  • An internet connection (internet service provider fees may apply).
  • Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.
  • A blank USB or DVD (and DVD burner) with at least 4 GB of space if you want to create media. We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
  • Read the System Requirements.
  • If you will be installing the operating system for the first time, you will need your Windows product key (xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx). For more information about product keys and when they are required, visit the FAQ page.


Source: Microsoft


Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum


Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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