Target Components has been appointed exclusive IT channel distributor by CCTV, security and surveillance manufacturer, Uniview.
Uniview is the sixth largest CCTV manufacturer globally. Established in 2005 the company produces IP video surveillance products including IP cameras, NVRs (Network Video Recorders), Encoders, Decoders, storage and its own client software, EZstation.
Target now stocks Uniview’s range of security and surveillance hardware, aimed at domestic to enterprise customers. Its feature-rich range is designed for usability, easy configuration and installation, as well as the ability to add units and expand networks as required.
To see the Uniview range at Target, click here.
Target Components has launched a combined reseller/ end-user competition whereby resellers can win £500 of Target account credit and end-users can win £1000 to spend with the reseller from which they bought their BullGuard licence.
For every unit of BullGuard Internet Security or Premium Protection they buy, resellers go into a free prize draw to win one of three prizes of £500 account credit. End users simply have to buy BullGuard cyber security, install it and register their licence to be in with a chance of winning one of three £1000 spends at their reseller.
This exclusive promotion applies to all BullGuard SKUs bought from Target - stickered stock only - including ESDs (which are not stickered but do qualify). The proimotion runs throughout April, May and June 2019, with the three reseller winners and three end user winners being announced in the first two weeks of July.
For more information, click here.
HP has announced a number of its laptop models are being recalled due to issues with their batteries which have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers.
We have contacted all our customers because they may have sold, or currently stock, affected products, whether they bought them from Target or not. HP's website contains a full list of affected laptops/ notebooks/ mobile workstations, along with a full set of instructions on how to determine if a specific device has a faulty battery, plus any returns and replacement parts information.
HP will replace the battery in any affected device along with any technical assistance free of charge - please click the following link for more information HP Safety Recall & Replacement Program.
Please note: Target is unable to diagnose, repair or replace affected devices on yours/ HP's behalf, you must follow instructions from the above website.
Target has just launched its brand new website with a raft of new features - many of which were suggested by the distributor's customers.
Target's Web Development Team collated suggestions from resellers to determine enhancements and features. A number of resellers who attended Target's NewTech event also volunteered to act as beta-testers for the new site prior to launch.
As a result, Target completely redesigned the website to create a web experience its customer base requested, with new features: price breaks for bulk purchases; easier navigation via streamlined menus; improved search function; dynamic filtering within search results and menus; recommended add-ons to all products; improved parcel tracking for consignments.
In addition, many products now also include a downloadable marketing materials tab where users can download web banners, email templates, posters and other materials directly from the product listing.
The new website will see more features added in the coming months.
Due to increased customer demand, Target has launched a new range of hard drive enclosures and docking stations.
Designed for resellers to use themselves in creating external hard drives, or to sell as is, the enclosure range includes 3.5", 2.5" and a new M.2 form factor. This allows resellers to create superfast portable drives from new, refurbished or existing hard drives.
The new range of docking stations include single and dual bays, allowing access to drives without installing them on a PC. In the case of the dual docks, SSDs, 2.5" or 3.5" drives can be cloned from one to another directly, again with no need to install on a PC - often used by resellers for repairs and upgrades or by system integrators to deploy operating systems quickly.
To see the full range, click here.
Three members of Target's staff have become qualified Ubiquiti Broadband Wireless and Ubiquiti Enterprise Wireless Administrators after a week-long training course provided by networking manufacturer, Ubiquiti.
Networking Category Manager Dan Hirst, Account Manager and Brand Ambassador Lee Stakes and Servers Plus Commercial Director, Jago Packer, are now officially qualified to carry out site surveys, design, install and run enterprise-level wireless networks as well as point-to-point and point-to-multipoint networks.
Point-to-point and point-to-multipoint networks have become popular for use by enterprises with multiple sites which can now be linked via a single network. The same technology can also be deployed in extra-urban areas to develop rural broadband networks.
In response to the large number of enquiries it has received since announcing it's official Ubiquiti distribution status, Target has set up a specific email address which will be monitored by the qualified team - email@example.com
Fort more information and to view the Ubiquiti range at Target, click here.
Target Components's free event, NewTech, took place on Friday 25th January, comprising an exhibition, vendor presentations, a networking opportunity for resellers and, for the first time, auctions.
The event was an opportunity for over 100 resellers to see products from Target's latest brand acquisitions including Ubiquiti Networks, ECS EliteGroup, Thermaltake, Transcend, Linksys, F-Secure, QNAP and AVerMedia.
It also gave attendees the chance to see product ranges 'in the flesh' for the first time, including the distributor's own Evo Labs brand dashcams, QI compatible wireless chargers and hard drive caddies, as well as first-looks at imminent ranges of docking stations, hard drive replicators and disk enclosures.
Exhibition highlights included pro streamer Brin 'Wooly' Woolhead demonstrating AVerMedia's range of capture and streaming devices on the newly launched Resident Evil 2 remake, streaming gameplay in 4K to both YouTube and streaming site Twitch. Thermaltake offered advice and demonstrations on PC modding and liquid cooling, courtesy of professional modder, Adam Faulkner, whilst the ECS EliteGroup stand demonstrated digital signage using the manufacturer's flagship mini-PC, the Liva Q2, the World's smallest 4K PC.
Presentations around product roadmaps and range highlights were delivered by Transcend explaining its dashcam and Apple storage ranges, F-Secure explaining the opportunities around its VPN products and reseller scheme, Thermaltake showing its cooling and RGB offerings and QNAP discussing its home and business NAS devices and apps.
In line with the event's 'in with the new, out with the old' event moniker, Target also held a range of auctions where attendees could pick up a broad range of products at hugely discounted prices, including Microsoft Surfaces, motherboards, networking devices and gadgets.
The evening's events culminated in a free bar and meal, with many attendees staying to discuss business opportunities and catch up with vendor representatives, Target account managers and Target staff.
IT reseller and reviews website, Tech For Techs, covered the NewTech event - to read its review and see an interview with Target's Managing Director, Paul Cubbage, click here.
Target Components has been appointed official UK distributor of Ubiquiti Networks.
The distributor now stocks Ubiquiti’s range of enterprise wired and wireless networking solutions from the manufacturer’s UniFi, airMAX and EdgeMAX ranges.
Speaking of the appointment, Target’s Networking Category Manager, Dan Hirst, commented: “Our relationship with Ubiquiti has strengthened over the last 18 months as our sales and customer base have grown significantly. Becoming Official UK Distributor takes that further and allows us to extend the range and offer customers better pricing.”
“Ubiquiti is a strong brand with excellent products and price points and we’re delighted to have them onboard.”
The Ubiquiti Networks range of wireless access points, switches, POE injectors, surveillance cameras and accessories is now available at Target. To see the Ubiquiti range, click here.
About Ubiquiti NetworksUbiquiti Networks is focused on democratizing network technology on a global scale — aggregate shipments of nearly 85 million devices play a key role in creating networking infrastructure in over 200 countries and territories around the world. Our professional networking products are powered by our UNMS and UniFi software platforms to provide high-capacity distributed Internet access and unified information technology management, respectively.
Target will be hosting a free event for resellers on 25th January showing and demonstrating a range of new brands and products. Along with networking opportunities with the vendors themselves, other resellers and Target staff, the event, to be held at the Prince William Stonehouse Pizza and Carvery in Castleford, will incorporate an exhibition from a range of vendors: streaming and capture device manufacturer, AVerMedia; wired and wireless networking manufacturer,` Linksys; PC chassis, cooling and power manufacturer, Thermaltake; security and VPN software manufacturer, F-Secure; memory, hard drive and Apple-compatible products manufacturer, Transcend; motherboards, barebones and mini-PC manufacturer, ECS EliteGroup; enterprise networking manufacturer, Ubiquiti Networks; network attached storage and hardware manufacturer, QNAP.
The event will also involve product demonstrations (including a live stream of gameplay of the Resident Evil 2 remake on streaming site Twitch), advice, product roadmaps, plus an opportunity to speak to attendees over free drinks and food.
Target MD, Paul Cubbage, discusses Target's upcoming NewTech event with channel news and reviews website, Tech for Techs:
To read the full interview, click here.
Target Components has been appointed UK distributor by motherboard and hardware manufacturer, ECS EliteGroup.
The appointment means Target now stocks ECS’s range of motherboards, barebones and small form factor PCs.
ECS (EliteGroup Computer Systems) was established in Taiwan in 1987 as a manufacturer of motherboards and, after merging with PCChips, extended its range to become one of the largest manufacturers in the World. The company has won several accolades including first manufacturer to produce a 64-bit motherboard, first to introduce dual-chip motherboards, and first motherboard manufacturer to be listed publicly in Taiwan, resulting in its first year of 1.5m unit sales in 2001.
This heritage and commitment to producing low-cost, high-quality motherboards has resulted in ECS being chosen as OEM manufacturer for several high-profile brands over the past 20 years.
Distributor Target now stocks ECS EliteGroup’s motherboard and mini-PC range, including the smallest 4K PC in the World, the Liva Q2.
Martyn Kirby, Target’s Head of Purchasing, explained: “We’re delighted to have ECS on board, they’re well-known throughout the industry for quality products. What’s less well-known is that they manufacture on behalf of several other well-known brands - many of our customers will have used ECS in the past, although they may not realise it. We’ll be showing the range at our free event, NewTech, on 25th January, including a demonstration of the formidable Liva Q2, the World’s smallest 4K PC which is ideal for a range of uses, including digital signage or as a powerful but discreet family PC.”
ECS EliteGroup’s European Sales Manager, Aurora Hung, said; “We are delighted ECS EliteGroup is being distributed by Target. Many of their customers will be very aware of ECS already but this is a great opportunity to get in front of lots of different types of resellers, from independent retailers to systems builders, repair specialists, value-added resellers and service providers. And we’re really looking forward to the response to our newest mini-PCs.”
The ECS EliteGroup range is now available at Target and will be being demonstrated at Target’s NewTech event in Castleford on 25th January. To see the range, click here.
Target Components has been appointed exclusive UK distributor by gaming manufacturer, Thermaltake.
Thermaltake was established in 1999, opening offices in Taiwan and the US simultaneously. Originally manufacturing air cooling for computer chassis, resulting in the World’s first turbine cooler, the ‘Golden Orb’, Thermaltake has become renowned for innovation, working with some of the World’s most well-known design houses such as BMW’s DesignworksUSA. In the last three months alone the manufacturer has won several accolades including an International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) and iF Product Design Awards for three different products.
The manufacturer has since become a World-recognised gaming brand amongst DIY enthusiasts and currently sponsors several esports teams, producing custom PCs for its players through its TteSPORTS division.
Martyn Kirby, Target’s Head of Purchasing, commented: "Thermaltake is another fantastic name to add to our roster with a proven pedigree of really high-quality and innovative design. Our customers will benefit from an integrity of pricing that allows for good margins and, most importantly, everyone being on a level playing-field."
He continued,"“I'm sure those who saw the range first-hand at the Open Day in September will agree, Thermaltake's attention to detail in the design of their products is impressive. But many were surprised how inexpensive they were considering the fantastic build quality."
Thermaltake's UK Business Development Manager, Ming Kei Wu, said; "We want Thermaltake to be recognised as the leading gaming brand and Target's customer base is a great way of achieving that. Their reseller customers, whether independent IT shops or system builders, have a wealth of experience and knowledge that will appreciate a diverse range of products. We’re confident they'll all be impressed with Thermaltake's quality and value-for-money."
Target Components has been appointed UK distributor by networking manufacturer, Linksys.
The distribution deal means Target now stocks Linksys’s portfolio of retail boxed networking lines that includes routers, switches and access points, as well as the latest Mesh WiFi technology and open source routers, many of which were on display at Target’s 20th Anniversary Open Day in September.
Established in the US in 1988, Linksys was purchased by Cisco in 2003, which also picked up a VoIP manufacturer and networking management software developer to benefit Linksys’s market share. Linksys was then then sold to Belkin for $500m in 2013.
Linksys’s heritage saw it become one of the World’s leading domestic router manufacturers, with nearly 30% of the market in 2013.
Martyn Kirby, Target’s Head of Purchasing, commented: “Linksys’s brand strength and range are fantastic news for Target customers. Being so well-known amongst domestic and business users alike means that the latest technologies, like the Velop Mesh WiFi system and open-source routers get into the public mindset quickly, meaning more sales for our customers.”
He continued, “And bucking the trend with open source firmware across some router lines means users have much more freedom to modify settings themselves. Mesh products have proved themselves to be invaluable in many homes and businesses where WiFi connectivity hits blackspots – Mesh simply works out the best possible route around them.”
Linksys’s Regional Sales Manager, Bukhtar Taggar, said; “Target’s broad customer base, particularly with the independent reseller and VAR contingent, is exactly what Linksys is looking for to reach those end users who want reliable next-generation technology with the support and reliability required for today’s usage. The Internet is used throughout the home, in very different ways depending on who the users are. It should be them, rather than the manufacturer, who decides what traffic is prioritised in their own environment, knowing they can get a fast connection wherever they are in any given environment.”
Target Components has been appointed UK distributor by graphics manufacturer, AFox.
The distribution deal means Target now stocks AFox’s entire portfolio of retail boxed Nvidia graphics cards.
Originally Foxconn’s branded graphics division, AFox became independent of the company in 2008. It’s reputation has since been built on producing state-of-the-art, stable and reliable graphics cards for major systems integrators and builders.
With over 20 years’ in-house engineering experience, the company invests heavily in its own Research & Development to produce consumer graphics solutions. Their confidence is mirrored with a 3-year warranty across the entire range.
Martyn Kirby, Target’s Head of Purchasing, commented: “We’re delighted to have AFox on board at Target. Not only are they a highly-regarded manufacturer with a 20-year pedigree but their graphics cards are excellent – well spec’d, attractively packaged and reliable but at pricepoints considerably lower than other brands.”
He continued, “And we are already seeing a lot of positive comment from our customers – they’re now able to offer Nvidia graphics cards that provide the reliability and performance end users expect, but the resellers themselves make decent margins in the process.”
AFox’s Global Sales Representative, Cathy Cai, echoed the sentiment; “Target’s ability to address all types of reseller, whether an etailer, VAR, system builder or independent retailer, is extremely exciting. We are aware of price sensitivity in the UK channel and understand resellers need to be able to offer products that are reliable and perform well but with the ability to make money at the same time– AFox graphics cards do all of that , and Target is very well-placed to take the brand forward.”
See the AFox graphics range here.
Open to all types of independent resellers, from bricks-and-mortar retailers and etailers to consultants and repair specialists, the awards are designed to celebrate their achievements and importance in the channel.
They cover eight different categories across a range of activities such as marketing, business ideas and social media but, uniquely, it is the resellers themselves who then vote for the winners.
Paul Cubbage, Target’s Managing Director explained, “The ShopTalk awards are the climax to the Open Day, a genuine celebration of those on the frontline. They’re there primarily for resellers to share experiences and best practice with each other. Target’s involvement is minimal, other than providing the awards criteria and means to take part – we don’t even vote for the winners, resellers do.”
He continued, “2018 marks our 20th Anniversary and what better way to celebrate than with the people who’ve supported us? We’ve seen some big highstreet names disappear in recent years but the indies are resilient. The awards are a way for them to shout about what they do, day in, day out. And by having their peers as judges in deciding the winners, the credit is genuine and nothing to do with spend or personal preference.”
This year’s Open Day will see the distributor host over 30 different exhibitors, business workshops throughout the day and all-night entertainment celebrating Target’s 20th anniversary.
Nominations for the awards are open now, with the winners being announced during the gala dinner on the evening of the Target Open Day on 21st September in Bradford.
Target Components has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for peripherals vendor, Genius.
The distributor will have access to Genius's entire portfolio of home and business peripherals as well as their newly-launched GX gaming range.
The Taiwan-based company, founded in 1985, has spent the last 30 years developing a broad range of high-quality products to compliment changing requirements in the PC and, more recently, mobile markets, leading to new product additions such as standalone Bluetooth speakers and mobile accessories.
Martyn Kirby, Target's Head of Purchasing, explained the appointment: "This is fantastic news. We’ve worked with Genius for years and our broad range of customers is really well-acquainted with their strengths – high-quality, robust products in really attractive retail packaging with plenty of margin for resellers."
Explaining their decision to consolidate all UK distribution through Target, Billy Tsai, Global Sales Manager for Genius's parent company, KYE Systems, commented: "Target is a key partner for Genius - their large customer base and breadth of independent retailers, etailers and system builder customers gives us excellent access to the UK market. With the addition our GX gaming range and Target’s focus on exclusive UK distribution, we are excited about the future of Genius as a trusted brand in the UK."
The Genius range of peripherals is also available on the In-Store PC Builder, Target’s free-to-use PC configurator that has recently been revamped for a more user-friendly experience.
Click here for the Genius range.
Target Components has announced it will be hosting a reseller gaming event, called Gametech, on 12th January 2018.
The distributor is partnering with Cooler Master who are bringing their customised gaming bus, MasterRide, from Europe for the event, which will see a number of vendors exhibiting, demonstrating products and presenting their 2018 gaming product roadmaps.
Cooler Master’s gaming bus contains five high-end gaming PCs and will play host to a tournament running over the course of the event.
Target's Head of Purchasing, Martyn Kirby, explained more, "This is the first time we've hosted a gaming-specific event, but to be the only distributor to get Cooler Master's gaming bus is a fantastic way to start! Attendees will get the chance to try out the latest in the Cooler Master range first-hand, which will also help them sell more confidently.“
"And with the other high-calibre vendors attending, they'll get to see what's in store in 2018 – the latest motherboards and graphics cards from Gigabyte and their Aorus gaming range, Akasa’s latest RGB gaming mods and accessories, Tenda’s all-new Nova mesh WiFi units, and even an explanation of how BullGuard’s improved Gaming Mode modifies itself on their Internet Security range."
The event will conclude with the gaming tournament final and raffle draw which will see one reseller win a Cooler Master/ Gigabyte gaming rig to demo in their own store, amongst other prizes that include motherboards, graphics cards, gaming peripherals and t-shirts. After the prizegiving, attendees are invited to stay for free pizzas and an open bar until late.
Kirby continued, "GameTech is set to be a great day for attendees, for Cooler Master and all the other vendors, not to mention showing how Target’s gaming offering is growing and helping independent resellers benefit from this lucrative market.”
GameTech takes place on Friday 12th January 2018 from 2pm in Castleford, West Yorkshire.
To register, click here.
Target Components has been appointed official UK distributor by peripherals and accessories manufacturer, Trust.
The partnership provides Trust with access to Target's broad range of customers that covers independent retailers, etailers and network specialists. It will also give Target customers access to a well-known brand of peripherals, including the Trust GXT gaming range.
Martyn Kirby, Target's Head of Purchasing, commented, "We're delighted to have Trust on board – the brand is well-known for great-quality, reliable products that stand out in a retail environment. And they show the same commitment to quality in their gaming products."
Trust's UK & Ireland Key Account Manager, Mario de Jager, said of the appointment, "Target's access to such a broad range of resellers and how it supports them is unrivalled in the channel. And, as a manufacturer, it’s great to see a distributor give so much focus to its brands."
Target will also be stocking Trust's updated GXT range at a time when gaming is experiencing accelerated growth – last week saw the announcement of the UK’s first esports millionaire, for example – where games releases are now as highly-anticipated as the latest films, with the highest rated games now outselling many high-profile move titles by a significant margin.
Kirby continued, "The beauty of the Trust’s GXT range is that it caters for all - from the casual gamer who wants to progress, to the more serious player who wants to use the same gear as the Trust-sponsored esports teams. Their commitment to quality translates right from the real, top-end products like Cada mechanical keyboards and high-dpi gaming mice, through to those who want a realistic gaming experience on a limited budget – they get high-performance gear at great prices, meaning they can use the remainder of their budget to upgrade their PC hardware."
"It’s great to be able to cater for all requirements with a single brand that still offers good margin to our customers.
Trust will be making their debut exhibiting at the Target Open Day on 15th September in Bradford. They will be hosting the gaming arena, where attendees can pit their skills against each other on a range of premium gaming titles. Then Trust range is available now.
Target Components has partnered with manufacturer Energenie to distribute their MiHome smart home products. The range includes electrical light and power switches, door, window and movement sensors as well as energy monitors, all of which are also available in ‘starter bundles’ with a heavily-discounted MiHome control hub included.
The partnership provides Energenie with a broad coverage of independent retailers, etailers and network installers via Target’s existing customer base. Conversely, the partnership also provides independent resellers with a widely-respected range of smart home products that can be sold individually or as part of an installation.
Target's Head of Purchasing, Martyn Kirby, explains: "we’re really excited by the opportunities Energenie’s MiHome offers our customers – 'Smart Home' is 2017's buzzword but there's a bit of concern that it involves a huge capital outlay. Fortunately, because MiHome is modular, you can start off with a couple of smart plugs and the control hub for under £50, then build up from there. Of course, that also offers resellers repeat business and installation opportunities."
To promote the MiHome range, Target has also launched an interactive microsite showing how various products interact in real life situations, whilst also demonstrating the capabilities of a smart home using preloaded scenarios.
Kirby continues: "If you search 'what is a smart home?' you'll get statements like 'a home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled by smartphone or computer', which is true, but only in part."
"We believe it can be much more. It can manage itself using predetermined rules set by the user for how the user wants it to work. It can all be controlled via the app too, but that’s convenience and only a small part of what these products can do when working together. Providing a visual representation of the benefits of MiHome and the smart home in general will engage Target’s customers, educate them and provide them with the tools they need to succeed in this new market."
Energenie’s Commercial Director, Oliver Tadd said of the partnership: "Energenie is delighted to welcome Target Components on board as a new distributor of MiHome. As a UK leader in their field, we believe that the huge breadth of independent clients they have, combined with their expertise in helping resellers thrive, offers a huge opportunity for this sector to succeed in the smart home channel. We look forward to working with the Target team whom we wish every success, and anticipate a strong year of sales ahead".
Energenie will be making their debut exhibiting at the Target Open Day on 15th September in Bradford. The MiHome range, including discounted starter bundles, is available at Target now. Click here for the Energenie MiHome range.
Target Components’s annual Open Day will take place on Friday 15th September at The Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford, the distributor has confirmed.
The Open Day will see over 30 vendors and business services providers exhibiting the latest products, discussing market trends and hosting business seminars to over 300 attendees.
This is the second year the distributor’s annual event will be hosted at the venue after it moved from the Village Hotel in Leeds.
Last year’s Open Day saw the likes of Google, Amazon, Context World and GfK provide tailored business workshops, whilst Intel, Gigabyte, Kingston Technology and HP were amongst the brands providing insights on their product road maps and demonstrating the latest technologies, including VR.
"We put everything into last year’s Open Day and it paid off," said Target’s managing director, Paul Cubbage. "The feedback was amazing, definitely our best yet – the day was non-stop. But all the effort’s worth it when you see the impact it has on our customers – more focus, better information and, if nothing else, a big reminder why we’re all in the channel in the first place. So it’s a big ask to improve on it this year but I’m confident we will."
For more information and updates on the day’s events, click here.
As much of the channel languishes in post-referendum gloom and pre-election nervousness, distributor Target Components has announced a number of new hires across its sales and purchasing functions.
Following a recruitment drive, the distributor has added account managers Mani Atwal, Peter Masefield, Richard Dey, Paul Baker and team leader, David Bingham, to the Sales Team, whilst Beth Lockett has joined the Purchasing Team as buyer.
“It’s exciting for us to have such an influx of fresh energy and enthusiasm into the business” said Sales Manager Sonya Cubbage “but more importantly this allows us to keep improving the level of support we can offer our customers.”
The recruitment drive follows a substantial six-figure investment in a new ERP system in November as Target gears up for further growth.
“There’s been lots of focus on uncertainty around Brexit, but our focus is very much on the wealth of opportunity in the channel and making sure we’re best positioned to keep growing our share”, added MD Paul Cubbage.
If you believe the press, British businesses should down tools, shut up shop and hide in the cupboard, waiting for the End of the World to pass, only emerging into a post-Brexit wilderness of fallen British businesses and discarded, worthless £20 notes.
In reality, after the lies, panic and media furore over Brexit, nothing’s actually happened. The only thing we do know is the big, red button will be pushed by the end of March.
But, as the media went into Brexit meltdown, we were planning our Open Day, an annual get-together that includes exhibition, small business advice and socialising for IT resellers. It means hundreds of our customers travelling from all corners of the UK to spend the day with us; expert speakers giving up their time, free-of-charge, to give advice; exhibitors travelling from around the World to demonstrate products and meet our customers.
Would it still work in the post-Brexit ‘apocalypse’?
Well, fortunately we live in the Real World and our customers are SMEs, the 99% of UK companies that are the lifebood of our economy.
So, the fact that we had our biggest event to date – with record numbers of attendees, expert speakers and vendors – was fantastic.
What was even better was talking to our customers throughout the day and finding that the passion and excitement of running a small business is stronger than ever.
Seeing our customers leave buzzing with new ideas – no doubt helped along with free drinks and guest after-dinner speaker, Robert Llewellyn – was great to see. What an antidote to the media’s post-Brexit gloom.
The message was clear – whatever you throw at small British businesses, it does nothing to diminish their drive, passion and enthusiasm.
They just keep coming back stronger.
Target Components has been appointed UK distributor by security hardware manufacturer, NightWatcher.
The distributor will be stocking a range of ready-to-go HD security solutions, including two and four-camera plug ‘n’ play network video recorders.
Simon Hogg , Target’s Head of Purchasing, said: “We are delighted to add NightWatcher to the Target range. Their products provide a great opportunity to our customers – home security is growing in popularity and independent resellers are now able to offer products with good margins that are easy to set-up and can either be sold straight from the shelf, or as part of an installation.”
“As internet speeds have increased, the latest NightWatcher security technology is no longer reliant on separate lines, like in the old days of CCTV. And, as power can be delivered to the cameras over Ethernet, reducing costs dramatically. Consumers can also see what the cameras see via their smartphones, be it day or night thanks to inbuilt nightvision cameras and low-power LEDs, whilst the NVRs record everything.”
NightWatcher’s Director of Sales, Peter Bromage, also commented: “NightWatcher’s partnership with Target is a great opportunity for us to engage with the UK’s independent retailers, etailers and B2B specialists. Their broad range of customers has access to a wide end-user base, many of whom want a simple security solution but have been put off by high prices in the past – our products are great value and work straight from the box.”
Resellers will be able to see the NightWatcher range for themselves at the Target Open Day on 16th September in Bradford. They will be exhibiting alongside Target’s other new signings, E-Blue, Gigabyte and XFX as well as over 35 other exhibitors.
Target Components has been appointed exclusive UK distributor by global gaming accessories manufacturer, E-Blue.
The E-Blue range of gaming keyboards, mice, headsets and gaming bundles is now available via the Target website.
Simon Hogg , Target’s Head of Purchasing, said: “We are delighted to add E-Blue to the Target range. Their products address a huge opportunity to our customers: really high-quality gaming products in amazing retail packaging, but without the premium price tags.”
“Resellers are always on the lookout for new gaming products but are often unable to make money on premium brands in such a competitive marketplace. E-Blue manufactures to the same standards but cost a lot less. They offer excellent margins for the reseller and address the much wider audience of casual, home gamers, as well as those who take part in online and local gaming competitions but don’t have the budget to fork out £100 on a keyboard at the expense of other modifications.”
Jason Lo from E-Blue also commented: “E-Blue’s partnership with Target is a great opportunity for us to engage with the UK’s retailers, etailers and gaming specialists. Their broad range of customers has access to a wide end-user base, who can even include E-Blue products as part of their custom build designs.”
Resellers will be able to try the E-Blue range for themselves in an exclusive gaming arena at the Target Open Day on 16th September in Bradford. They will be exhibiting alongside Target’s other new signings, Gigabyte and XFX as well as over 35 other exhibitors.
The gaming crossroads and why PCs are its heart
VR, mobile and next-gen consoles are waving in a new era of gaming, with PCs at its heart.
For the first time, a host of separate hardware technologies are working together, rather than as separate entities vying for success, to form a ubiquitous gaming experience. Premium games can now be started, paused and continued across devices, with no interruptions.
But it is the PC at the helm, acting as the central hub of gameplay. The release of AMD’s RX 480 graphics cards finally bridges the gap between VR and home gaming. With the addition of a VR headset from a growing range of manufacturers, gamers can get the immersive experience on their own PC they’ve only been able to get at exhibitions and demonstrations.
As mobile technology, in particular connectivity, has improved with 4G and wireless hotspots, gameplay no longer needs to be scaled down on the move.
And specific technologies help bridge the gap too – Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere lets you start your game on your Xbox, continue on your smartphone on the bus, log into a PC at your destination and continue there.
But it is the PC that acts as the gaming hub. The interface, the graphics, the VR and the game itself are all reliant on it, in most cases.
And this hands resellers a massive opportunity. The newest technologies allow PCs to be built to fit the user – smaller form factors to fit specific spaces without dwindling graphics power, almost inexhaustible customisation options and a huge range of performance-enhancing peripherals. All of which resellers can offer to suit any budget.
Gamers come with a broad range of requirements and budgets. Of course you can buy the most expensive, most responsive keyboards, mice and vibrating headsets to give you a millisecond edge over your opponents. But £200 on a keyboard is beyond the budget of many players. Resellers should not forget, or ignore, the huge number of casual gamers who just want something better than their OEM wireless keyboard and mouse but aren’t prepared to fork out for the premium stuff.
The number of people playing PC games is growing fast, but not everyone’s going to be an eSports legend, just like not everyone with a car is going to compete in Formula 1. But they will aspire to it. In which case there are gaming brands, like E-Blue, aimed specifically at the gamer who wants the performance of premium brands at sensible prices that free up their budget for enhancements elsewhere. All the bells and whistles like mechanical keyboards and macro buttons on mice, just a fraction of the price. And they look great.
Of course, the biggest benefit of PC gaming over any other is that you can upgrade. More memory, faster processor, mechanical to SSD drives, the latest graphics – all can be swapped out for less than a new console. And the spec will be better too.
These are all opportunities for resellers, if they want them. Gamers, casual or otherwise, get enormously frustrated at the slightest drop in performance, so will need an expert to help when it inevitably happens.
So services like upgrades and system cleanses add another arrow to the reseller’s bow.
This new era of converged gaming wouldn’t be possible without the PC. Whether a seasoned enthusiast or 40-something novice, someone’s got to be there with the hardware they want at a price to suit. Consoles sell at a fixed price and can’t be upgraded.
The same cannot be said for the PC.
Gigabyte has appointed Target Components as official UK distributor for their motherboards.
Target is now official UK distributor for the full Gigabyte range, adding to their existing deal on Gigabyte graphics cards and peripherals.
"We visit dozens of resellers every week, and Target's popularity, reach and breadth is clear from their feedback. We were asked so often why Target weren't a Gigabyte motherboard distributor, we put the question to Target themselves", explains Gigabyte's UK Sales Director, Nigel Sutch.
"It quickly became clear there are so many other synergies. In particular, Target's uniquely customer-focused approach aligns with our own ethos of providing quality products backed up by first-rate service and support."
Commenting on the deal, Target's Head of Purchasing, Simon Hogg, said, "Gigabyte's product quality and brand strength need no introduction, but what's really impressed us is how they've developed their approach in recent years; their desire to work closely with the channel, their customer engagement and, in particular, their willingness to support resellers not just with products but with things like POS and even shop fit-outs."
Gigabyte will be exhibiting their motherboard, graphics card and peripherals ranges at Target’s annual Open Day on 16th September.
BIOSTAR Announces Dual BIOS Feature on Racing Series Motherboards
Maximum system protection and convenience for enthusiasts
April 15th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is proud to announce that all BIOSTAR RACING Series motherboards are designed with utmost protection in mind with the new BIOSTAR DUAL BIOS feature. There’s numerous advantage to having multiple BIOS in a motherboard and BIOSTAR has carefully crafted the DUAL BIOS feature to meet the needs of enthusiasts and power users as well as everyday users.
DUAL PROTECTION with Two BIOS Chips
With two physical BIOS chips, BIOSTAR motherboards allow two independent BIOS ROMs to be booted from. This provides a safety feature as well as a convenient tool for overclockers who might encounter system stability issues during system tweaking as well as troubleshooting possible issues caused by corrupted ROMs or a hardware failure. BIOS viruses that may attack the ROM are also mitigated as one can fall back to the secondary BIOS for system recovery. Users may run different versions of BIOS ROMs independently for maximum compatibility.
How to Use Dual BIOS?
To use Dual BIOS, select the desired ROM (ROM1/ROM2) via the onboard switch and power on the system. Be sure to note the active BIOS when you want to flash an update or reflash the existing version.
Do not use the Dual BIOS switch during a BIOS update since it will result to the corruption of BIOS ROMs.
Manual BIOS Switch
BIOSTAR RACING motherboards feature a manual BIOS switch to toggling between ROMs. The decision to go with a manual switch is to limit the possibility of corrupting the secondary BIOS with an automatic design. Other motherboards who utilize a dual-BIOS design utilize an automatic switching method which could potentially cause further issue when a corrupted BIOS or virus is automatically copied over to the backup BIOS. BIOSTAR’s manual switch design for its Dual BIOS implementation limits this issue by allowing each ROM to operate independently of each other.
The design concept of Beebox originated from one of the most common insects – Bees. Those small, light yet fast working invertebrates that harvest scrumptious nectar from flowers. ASRock's Beebox squeezes a cutting edge Intel N3000 SoC powered motherboard and other peripherals into a compact chassis to imitate the characteristics of a Bee, all but the distracting buzzing noise. In fact, Beebox is so silent that it may even be a bedroom PC for handling background processes while you’re sound and sleep.
For such a small system, Beebox has unmatched graphics performance. It is the only NUC to break Intel's limitations, packing two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort for supporting triple monitor, and the awesomeness doesn't end here. While other manufacturers' NUCs only support a single channel memory DIMM, ASRock's Beebox ignores these restrictions again to support dual channel memory. Hence, it's also the only NUC that is capable of displaying 4K video playback seamlessly, and in addition, it supports the latest HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) standard H.265 decoding.
Other notable aspects of Beebox include a free bundled remote controller, 802.11ac WiFi, plus it may also work as a wireless access point for other devices. Moreover, aside from the usual Type-A USB ports, once again Beebox is the world's first NUC with a Type-C USB port that allows devices to charge two times faster. All in all, Beebox is a small, fast and quiet mini PC that's scheduled to launch during July. Designed to fit in various settings and for a wide range of usages, Home theater PC, bedroom PC, Office Desktop or Industrial digital signage, have it your way!
The Super Alloy Series will receive several upgrades, but the biggest difference of all will be Intel's 100 Series chipsets which support Intel's 6th Generation CPUs, DDR4 memory and Type-C USB 3.1. The main spotlights of ASRock's Super Alloy Series motherboards will be no other than this year's COMPUTEX d&i Award winners - ASRock X99X Killer/3.1 and Z170 Extreme7. Not interested in yesteryear's M.2 or Purity Sound 2? Well, truth is ASRock wouldn't be impressed either, so allow us to give you a sneak peek of the latest PCIe Gen3 x4 U.2 interface and Purity Sound 3. Another huge star of the Super Alloy Series will be none other than ASRock X99E-ITX/ac, the world's first and only mini-ITX sized Intel X99 chipset motherboard, and also the winner of Tom's Hardware 2015 Editors' Choice and several other awards.]
It all started simply because we are fanatics when it comes to PC gaming. Especially in competitive or even relationship ruining games, where one must act swift, accurate and kill mercilessly, just like the Chinese view of a Praying Mantis. Hence, the ASRock Gaming product line and logo was born. One of the first new products to debut will be ASRock Z170 Gaming K6, an Intel Z170 chipset powered motherboard which mainly focuses on performance, stability, graphics and audio quality.
Besides gaming motherboards which anyone would have guessed, other ASRock Gaming products will include gaming mice, mouse pads and a 4T4R 802.11ac Router named G10. But that's only what ASRock is revealing right now, be sure to stay tuned for more surprises!
A new legion of low temperature and power efficient Intel SoC motherboards, otherwise known as the N3000 Series will be present at COMPUTEX. But we all acknowledge that showcasing mediocre stuff with standard specifications would only make everyone go "meh", so ASRock is bringing out the world's first N3000 powered NUC with Type-C USB 3.1, and also the only one to support dual channel memory plus triple monitor and 4k playback - ASRock Beebox!
As for industrial related computers, ASRock will exhibit numerous next generation IPC motherboards this year, to show that our motherboards are the foundation of building a sturdy system or even a strong enterprise. Featuring enhanced processing power, upgraded expandability, a wider variety of customization options, but most of all, emphasis more on system stability.
next day from £4.95, Saturdays and Sundays flat rate £9.75
As of 10th April, we're introducing a new reduced delivery charges for mainland UK deliveries.
Standard next day deliveries now start at £4.95 for orders up to 5kg, our lowest ever delivery rate.
Saturday deliveries are now available for a flat-rate of just £9.75. And just as you thought things couldn't get any better (!) ...
... we're reliably informed by DPD that 94% of their Saturday deliveries arrive before or just after mid-day. To be on the safe side, let's say 94% arrive by 12.30.
Not only can you have Saturday delivery for under a tenner, you're likely to get it by 12.30. It's our new Saturday "probably before 12.30" service!
But if you need it before mid-day and can't bear the 6% risk (!) we're offering guaranteed pre-12 Saturday delivery for just £14.95.
And for those of you who work Sundays, we're also offering Sunday deliveries for a flat-rate of £9.75.
As it approaches it's eleventh birthday, the channel's first fully-stocked customisable e-commerce platform has pretty much had its day
A lot's moved on in the last decade and a bit, and what we once saw as a revolutionary way to open up e-commerce to IT resellers is now, well, a bit tired. Over time it's been superseded by our other offerings such as Ready Built WebShop and Flexible Feeds.
And our thinking's moved on too. Unless you really know what you're doing and are prepared to devote the time and budget to making it work, selling online through your own site doesn't work. Platforms like TC-FreeNet still have a role to play in-store in customer engagement and conversion, but aren't a great tool for winning web business.
Effective use of the web for IT resellers isn't about having an ecommerce site, it's about being found, explaining what you're all about, and enticing local customers to contact or come and visit you. If you're interested and want to know more, we ran a workshop programme on it at last year's open day.
So what does all this mean for TC-FreeNet? In simple terms, it means we're phasing it out and the first stage of this is to stop what we call "development support". We'll still fix it when it breaks, but we won't develop or improve it or provide wider support such as help integrating it into other websites.
We know that many of you subscribe to TC-FreeNet mainly to register for our direct delivery service, so we've made some changes there too..
Direct Delivery Service
Originally introduced to support resellers using our e-commerce tools, our direct delivery service has always required subscription to TC-FreeNet or Ready Built WebShop. Since we're scaling back TC-FreeNet, and since many of you use the service to support our other e-commerce tools-Flexible Feeds or our XML service-or to support your own site, we're removing this requirement.
You will still need to register for direct delivery - for your security as much as ours - but registration will be free and will not depend on subscription to any of our web services. This means if you're subscribing to TC-FreeNet solely to be eligible for direct delivery, you no longer need to. You can cancel TC-FreeNet subscription at any time without affecting your direct delivery registration.
Our direct delivery carriage charge remains at £4.95
... with a health warning
It's worth pointing out that there are risks attached to web sales, and we would not recommend direct delivery to anyone unless you have robust anti-fraud procedures in place and are fully aware of and compliant with the Consumer Contracts Regulations (formerly the Distance Selling Regulations).
If you're thinking of selling online or of growing your existing online presence, speak to us first. We offer free impartial advice through ShopTalk, and we can help you understand the pros and cons of online business and make the right decision whether it suits your business.
If you want help with websites or any aspect of your business, you can contact the ShopTalk team on 01977 739300 (option 5) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ShopTalk's there to help you (because that helps us in the long run), so feel free to make the most of it!
Many thanks to those of you who have completed our feedback survey over the last couple of months. It's things like this, plus the feedback you give us by email, over the phone or face to face, that help us to keep improving our service to you. You may well recognise some of the changes mentioned above from feedback you've submitted.
So it's not just important to us but-as long as we use it properly and make the improvements you want to see-to you as well, so please keep them coming.
For anyone who's missed it, a link to the survey is emailed after you've received a delivery, so please keep an eye out for it (and check your spam!). Don't worry, you only get it once, not after every order.
Our aim is to offer a level of service and support that is head and shoulders above other distributors, but we don't expect you to pay premium prices. As a distributor, it's key that we offer the right products at the right prices. The service and support simply gives you more reason to keep choosing us, but primarily we aim to save you money on your purchases.
It's also important to hold our hands up when we've got things wrong, and in terms of our pricing we've had a bit of a wobble recently. We made some changes towards the end of last year with the aim of improving things, but an inadvertent consequence was that some of our prices - in relative terms - sneaked up.
In most cases, this involved us failing to pass savings on to you. Frustratingly, whilst we could feel that something wasn't right, our key indicators didn't pick it up. Our systems failed not just in getting prices wrong but in failing to realise it.
In the end, as is often the case, it was specific customer feedback (you know who you are - and thanks again!) that helped us identify the issue.
This came to light fairly recently, and over the last few weeks we've been working through our range to correct things. We've also introduced new systems that should avoid it happening again. We're now pretty much back to where we should be, but we've also identified further improvements, and we’re now working our way through those as well.
The basic rule is that we should always offer highly competitive pricing that helps save you money and maximise your margins. If we're not, we're getting something wrong, so please let us know.
Last but not least ...
We've just had our year - end in March, and we've hit record sales for the sixth year in a row.
It may sound like we're crowing - maybe we are a bit - but it highlights two important things.
Firstly, it says we must be doing something right, and since the thing that is most unique about us is our customer ethos - our belief that helping our customers is a primary means of ensuring our long - term success - we take it as endorsement that that philosophy works. We do it because we believe it's the right way to do business, but six record years on the bounce suggests it's the best way for our business too.
Secondly, it tells us that once again we owe thanks to all of you who continue to support us year in year out by choosing to place your orders with us. Every business everywhere owes its success to its customers, and we fully understand and appreciate the contribution you make.
So, once again from all of us at Target .... thank you! And here's to another successful year for all of us.
The Target Team
ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer/3.1 is an upgraded model of ASRock’s former most recommended gaming board. As its name suggests, it adopts a Killer LAN chip which automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic. But the real difference is that X99X Killer/3.1 is powered by a new X Series OC Socket that unlocks the hidden performance of LGA 2011-3 CPUs. And it also comes with both Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 ports that not only grants 10Gb/s data rates, but the Type-C port also boasts 3.0 ampere fast charging, the capability of withstanding over 10000 plug and removals, and a reversible design so that connectors may fit either way.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2015 will be held at 4F, Nangang Hall from June 2nd till June 6th. Come hang around with us at ASRock’s booth at No. L0317a to witness the computing power of Fatal1ty X99X Killer/3.1 along with more of our top secret next generation products. We promise that you won’t be disappointed!
The most noticeable differences between the 4th and 5th generation is that the 5th generation Intel® Core™ processors provide superior performance with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology. Moreover, these new processors offer enhanced integrated Intel® HD Graphics for stunning visuals and significantly better 3D performance. No matter whether your plan is to play 4K Ultra HD videos or simply just to run the latest games, these 5th generation Intel® Core™ processors are going to bring your screen to life!
Any Way The Wind Blows The Cooler Master Silencio FP Series is kicking off with a 120mm model:
The Silencio FP120 PWM which is for those seeking performance under silence. With a 6.5 – 14 dBA noise range, the Silent Edition can put out up to 44 CFM at 1.63 mmH2O of pressure at 1400 RPM.
The Silencio FP Series all come with the 160,000h life expectancy provided by the Loop Dynamic Bearing and all of the power consumption and jam protections delivered by the Smart Fan Engine and patented Silent Driver IC technology.
The Silencio FP Series fans will be available in the UK by early February at an MSRP of £7.99 inc VAT. Price and availability may vary based on region. Please consult your local Cooler Master Representative for more information.
Gaming in Style Following the overwhelming success of the Devastator gaming keyboard and mouse combo, Cooler Master is introducing a new combo for those looking to get their game on their way. The Octane comes with 7 different backlighting colour options with full backlighting and pulsating glow modes. The colours for the mouse and keyboard can be changed independently for whatever colour combination you’re looking for.
Precision Control Built with an AVAGO 3050 optical sensor, the mouse is extremely accurate. With 4 DPI levels ranging from 500 DPI to 3500 DPI, the Octane mouse is as precise as you need it to be. The mouse is capable of handling up to 10 million clicks in its lifetime, so you don’t have to worry about it letting you down. The Octane keyboard offers just about everything you could want in a gaming keyboard. It has dedicated media control keys, dedicated backlight switching key, and a Windows key that you can toggle on and off for when you’re in game. The Octane keyboard utilizes adjustable repeat rates and 19-key anti-ghosting technology to ensure that none of your commands are missed, even when using hotkey modifiers.
CM Storm Octane is available in the UK from today at an MSRP of £39.99 GBP inc VAT.
Size Matters The Swift-RX mouse pad series will be available in three sizes to suit everyone’s needs: Small 250x210mm, Medium 320x270mm and Large 450x360mm. Next to that the thickness of the Swift-RX series is 3mm. The Swift-RX Small, Medium and Large will be available in the UK from February 2015 for a MSRP of £6.99 / £9.99 and £14.99 GBP inc VAT. Price and availability may vary based on region. Please consult your local Cooler Master Representative for more information.
The latest DDR4 2666 64GB kit will be introduced in two different product series to satisfy the variety of users' needs. Team Dark Series, incorporated with the specifically designed large heat spreader, is capable of providing great cooling efficiency and outstanding performance for overclockers. While the heat spreader for Team Vulcan Series stays with the standard dimension design that keeps users from mechanical interference. Each series comes with four colors to satisfy users' desire for different color themes. Besides the amazing DDR4 2666 64GB Kit, other great solutions of DDR4 overclocking memory will be available at the same time:
DDR4 2666 CL15 16GBx4 / 8GBx4 / 4GBx4
DDR4 2800 CL16 16GBx4 / 8GBx4 / 4GBx4
DDR4 3000 CL16 16GBx4 / 8GBx4 / 4GBx4
With no doubt, Team Group Inc.'s DDR4 overclocking memory product is the best offering not only for overclockers, gamers, but also for users who require a powerful multimedia working station. For more information on the exciting new DDR4 overclocking memory products.
To ensure broader and more convenient applications, M132 of the Team Mobile UFD series is equipped with Micro USB and USB3.0 interfaces for mobile devices supporting OTG. The Micro USB allows users to store multi-media files and documents from an Android-based mobile device in the M132 or to directly browse data and files that have been stored in the M132. More importantly, the transfer speed of Micro USB is much faster than the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Besides saving on mobile network fees, you can get rid of the hotspot restrictions to freely enjoy the fun and convenience of true mobile life. The M132 is also a high-speed UFD equipped with USB3.0, with a read/write speed of 85MB/20MBper second, enabling you to easily access multi-media files and documents to and from a PC.
The M132 comes in three capacity options: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. Besides helping you to cut expenses on mobile devices with high built-in storage capacity, the M132 is a total solution for storage insufficiency. With its COB design, it is mini and lightweight, making it easier to carry along. The metal shell with brushed surface finish comes in a dark black appearance with a clear gray Micro USB dustproof and anti-shock cap. By matching the M132 with the string and earphone plug that come with the UFD and other items, it combines convenience and fashion.
As a leading provider of memory storage products to the consumer market, Team Group is committed to providing the best storage, multimedia and data sharing solutions. All Team memory module products come with a lifetime warranty, repair and replacement services
Thomas Soderstrom, Editor at Tom's Hardware pointed out "At $160, ASRock's recently-reduced Z97 Extreme6 clearly leads the performance-per-dollar chart. And, with a full load of dual GbE networking, twin third-party SATA controllers, and four added-in USB 3.0 ports, the Z97 Extreme6 makes few concessions in features."
A product of exquisite craftsmanship, Z97 Extreme6 is one of the starting lineups of ASRock's Super Alloy 9 series motherboards. The first thing that catches the eye is the XXL Aluminum Alloy Heat Sink design, and then the new Sapphire Black PCB. This motherboard features Premium Alloy Chokes, Dual Stack MOSFETs, Nichicon 12k Platinum Capacitors and even more upgrades, such as support for future SATA Express 10Gb/s HDDs, world’s first Ultra M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 32Gb/s slot, HDD Saver Technology and Full Spike Protection. Purity Sound 2 takes onboard audio to the next level, and ASRock Cloud makes remote desktop even more convenient with a file explorer interface for users to share files between devices.
The Hi-Fi B85S2G includes many features that are useful for IT departments in larger companies as well as small firms. Hi-Fi B85S2G boards deliver a business-rich option at a value price compared to the others. The Hi-Fi B85S2G is also a good choice for virtual currency mining with plentiful PCI-E slots for users who wish to create a dedicated mining machine. With the Hi-Fi B85S2G’s PCI-E slots you get a value oriented motherboard that can be loaded up with graphic cards for mining.
The Hi-Fi B85S2G features Dual Gigabit LAN which gives a doubling of bandwidth allowing a network bandwidth of 1G to become that of 2G. Another major advantage is "Load Balancing", it allows users to attach both network adapters to a single network. It will therefore support the aggregation "teaming" function by merging the two connections to support multiple aggregation modes.
The Biostar motherboards boasts 100% solid capacitors and with the Intel chipset and 4th generation Intel® Core processor platform you get out-of-the-box solutions. These boards deliver better PC performance, manageability, and security protections with features like Intel Rapid Storage Technology (Intel RST), for fast system boot and application load time, and Intel Small Business Advantage (Intel SBA), which delivers business-centric security protection, such as after-hours virus scans and data backup, and blocks recognition of unwanted USB drives.
For any entertainment needs the Hi-Fi B85S2G fits the need with support for Direct3D 11.1 and HDMI. It also supports Blu-ray audio DRM and provides the higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz rather than the 16 bit/ 48KHz from typical motherboards.
The boards are Windows 8 ready and have Biostar’s BIO-Remote2 and BIOS Online Update feature for easy management of the system BIOS as well as Biostar’s Charger Booster function.
The deal sees Target become sole distributor of Club 3D’s gaming graphics card range as well as the brand’s newly-launched ‘SenseVision’ range of gaming accessories.
Established 17 years ago, Club 3D‘s successes in supplying AMD graphics cards has led to an expanded product offering. Target’s main focus will be on Club 3D’s ‘PokerSeries’ graphics cards which offer top performance at competitive prices, but they will also be expanding the range with Club 3D’s ‘SenseVision’ label of USB hubs, graphics adapters and multi-screen display ports. This year also sees Club 3D launch the world’s first USB3.0-to-4K graphics adapter.
Club 3D enhances Target’s gaming range, adding to its recent, high-profile appointments including GeIL, Chieftec KFA2 and Antec.
Gerjan Blonet, Club 3D’s European Sales Executive, explains Target’s appointment: “With their uniquely customer-focused approach to the channel and extensive customer base of independent resellers, we’re excited by the partnership between Club 3D and Target.”
The Club 3D range has also been added to Target’s In-Store PC Builder configuration tool, with all products pre-checked for compatibility with all other components.
Club 3D will be exhibiting at the Target Open Day 2014 on 19th September in Leeds
The Biostar mini-ITX SoC series is the latest all-in-one boards that optimized the performance of Intel’s Bay Trail and AMD’s Kabini SoC products by delivering a new generation of technology with value-added features and easy integration. The boards in this series are suitable for ultra-small form factor builds or all-in-one systems that require dual display capabilities in a fan-less PC.
These boards are in the mini-ITX form factor which is backwards compatible with ATX and micro-ATX form factors. The ITX form factor allows you to build small and energy efficient solutions. Biostar is offering simple, affordable and internet centric computer designs in a compact 17x17cm size. It is the ideal solution for an ultra small form factor system and easily used with various chassis makes.
For the Smart Office situation a Biostar ITX board will give you a budget saving dual core computing based on either the Intel J1800 or AMD E-2100 chips. These are silent fan-less designs featuring low power consumption. This is perfect for office space saving and creating a neat and tidy office area. Ultra speed data transfers are no problem with the USB 3.0 interface.
For the Digital Entertainment Centre (HTPC) PC you can use a powerful Quad Core CPU with multi-tasking computing such as the Intel J1900 or AMD E4-5000 systems. They will features full HD 1080P content with smooth playback via HDMI interface. You can also enjoy light gaming capability with powerful graphics and crystal clear sound with HD Audio. They are also silent fan-less designs featuring low power consumption and ultra speed data with USB 3.0 interface. In addition they include Biostar’s Bio-Remote 2 for wireless control.
There are a multitude of business applications such as:
Digital signage is all about targeting your audience with relevant information. Using a network connected digital sign allows you to get your message across effectively with convenience and distinction. Digital signage is used in way-finding, place making, exhibitions, public installations, out-door marketing and advertising activities.
A thin client, sometimes also called a lean client, is a low-cost, centrally-managed computer without optical drives or expansion slots. As software as a service (SaaS) gains in popularity, it is expected that thin clients and "blade" PCs will replace desktop PCs in many work and education environments.
Point of Sales (POS)
Point of Sales, or POS, evolved from several generations of traditional cash register drawer systems and today consists of integrating PC technology directly into the register. From ordinary retail cash drawer and receipt printing to backend financial management, POS systems are widely used in dining, hotel, entertainment and medical applications.
Kiosks offer a way to reduce labour costs using self-service. A lot of product information, sales and service can be achieved with low cost and non-interrupted supplies. Aside from mutual interactive services, Kiosks can be used for cash billing, ticketing, photo printing and other functions 24 hours a day as a nonstop service.
The TB85 includes many features that are useful for IT departments in larger companies as well as small firms. Biostar’s TB85 boards deliver a business-rich option at a value price compared to the other companies
The TB85 also offers a perfect choice for "Bitcoin Mining" with six PCI-E slots for users who wish to create a dedicated mining machine. With the TB85’s PCI-E slots you get a value oriented motherboard that can be loaded up with graphic cards for mining.
The Biostar motherboards boasts 100% solid capacitors and with the Intel chipset and 4th generation Intel Core processor platform you get out-of-the-box solutions. These boards deliver better PC performance, manageability, and security protections with features like Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel RST), for fast system boot and application load time, and Intel Small Business Advantage (Intel SBA), which delivers business-centric security protection, such as after-hours virus scans and data backup, and blocks recognition of unwanted USB drives.
For any entertainment needs the TB85 fits the need with support for Direct3D 11.1 and HDMI. It also supports Blu-ray audio DRM and provides the higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz rather than the 16 bit/ 48KHz from typical motherboards. The boards are Windows 8 ready and have Biostar’s BIO-Remote2 and BIOS Online Update feature for easy management of the system BIOS as well as Biostar’s Charger Booster function.
GeIL's appointment is the latest in the distributor’s vendor acquisitions following the recent appointments of KFA2, Antec and Aerocool.
"We're in the middle of a major review of our vendor partners", explains Target's Managing Director, Paul Cubbage. "We only work with vendors who are genuinely excited about supporting independent resellers and can create real opportunities for our customers. We have more appointments due in the next couple of months but, as with any shake-up, we may be parting company with one or two that don’t share our customer-focussed vision."
GeIL is a leading global PC components and peripherals manufacturer, with emphasis on innovation - from memory modules and power supply units to gaming peripherals and accessories, aimed at PC enthusiasts worldwide.
Established in 1993, GeIL quickly became one of the world’s most trusted memory manufacturers noted for its reliability, unique heatsink designs and gaming memory.
Target’s Purchasing Manager, Kelly Coxon, said: "GeIL is a globally-recognized brand that has gained a dedicated following and fantastic reviews, particularly in the US. As high-end gaming memory has come into greater demand in the UK in recent years, we’re sure GeIL's reputation and high-quality product range will ensure its success here. We are looking forward to introducing the new EpicGear gaming peripherals to the UK too, particularly as high-end gaming accessories are in such high demand with professional gamers the world over."
One specific mainboard that Biostar will be showing is the Hi-Fi Z97WE, based on the Intel Z97 chipset with key features such as PCIe M.2 support, Dual GbE LAN and BIOSTAR exclusive Hi-Fi audio technology.
The Hi-Fi Z97WE comes with many Biostar in-house features like Hi-Fi audio technology. It is an ATX form factor board that features Intel socket 1150 support. It has 4 memory slots for up to 32GB of RAM. The on-board LAN controller also supports 10/100/1000/2000 with “Teaming” mode. The on-board HDMI supports 4K and 2K resolutions.
It includes the usual high-end motherboard features like USB 3.0, HDMI and PCI-E slots, including the newest PCIe development, the M.2 form factor. The M.2 standard is the newest and smallest form factor implementation of the SATA Express interface (which provides support for PCI Express 3.0 and Serial ATA 3.0), with the addition of an internal USB 3.0 interface. It supports multiple functions for add-in cards, including the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, satellite navigation, near field communication (NFC), digital radio, Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig), wireless WAN (WWAN), and solid-state drives (SSDs).
But being a BIOSTAR board, there is a premium set of features including the company’s new “Hi-Fi” technology. All the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi series motherboards are equipped with special components to ensure the best possible audio quality consistency.
The Hi-Fi Z97WE also features Biostar’s dual Gigabit LAN card functionality that takes networking and gaming to new levels. To achieve this, the Hi-Fi Z97WE has dual Gigabit LAN connections on the board that allow simultaneous LAN connections. The primary advantage is the doubling of bandwidth which allows the network bandwidth of 1G to become that of 2G. It also allows for Full-duplex transmission. Two network cards can be simultaneously transmitted to upload and download at the same time. In addition, there is zero packet delay with two high-speed gigabit networks, giving super high data transmission efficiency. Another major advantage is that of Load Balancing. This allows the user to attach both network adapters to a single network. This can allow for double the network bandwidth of a single connection under certain circumstances. It will therefore support the aggregation “teaming” function by merging the two connections to support multiple aggregation modes.
In addition, with Biostar’s dual Gigabit LAN connections you get network insurance. These boards come with two Gigabit Ethernet lightning protection circuits, there are cross-efficient in reducing the probability of damage from lightning or other power surge. So if one connection is disabled the other connection will automatically kick in.
Lastly, being based on the Intel Haswell chipset, the Hi-Fi Z97WE also comes with Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology), Intel RST (Rapid Storage Technology), Intel Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology all built into the system, ready to go.
Using the AMD A88X Chipset, the A88MQ, gives users the options for small build using the MicroATX form factor. It gives 4 DIMM slots supporting DDR3 RAM up to 64GB. It uses the newest SATA3 6Gb/s bus which is twice the speed of previous SATA2. There is also support for AMD Dual Graphics Technology.
The A88MQ will give users the 6+ Experience. The first, Audio+ includes audio features from BIOSTAR which are extensive with True Blu-Ray Audio and SPDIF out.
The Video+ features support for full HDMI 3D 1080p and a Dual-Link DVI port for resolutions up to 2560x1600.
The Speed+ features include support for SmartSpeedLAN which is a free software application that monitors and manages your PC’s network behavior. There is also Charger Booster, the fastest and most efficient charger solution for Apple devices such as iPads and iPhones.
Protection+ gives high quality ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) protection for I/O panels. There is also USB Polyswitch which is an on board dedicated power fuse to prevent USB port failures. It prevents USB Port from producing overcurrent and safe guards your system and device lifespan.
Durability+ gives you 100% solid capacitors with armor-plated Biostar Technology. All capacitors are 100% solid giving a lasting life cycle, durability and stability for crucial components. There is also 5-phase Power Phase Design. The 5-phase VRM design with high quality power components such as low RDS (on) Mosfets for lower temperatures has the advantage of raising the overclocking ability.
Lastly, DIY+ users are taken care of with BIOSTAR fully supporting the user in many innovative ways such as with UEFI BIOS stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and BIO-Remote 2 which gives users a better Home Theater environment. Rapid Switch 2, engineered by BIOSTAR, is an onboard switch that allows you to easily shut down and restart your system and Rapid Debug 2 is an onboard LED indicator that shows 6 kinds of messages: CPU power, MB power, CPU, memory and PCI-E, SATA for error states. Lastly, users have the Header Zone which allows you to easily assemble your own computer, with simple-swap data discs and other accessories.
The Hi-Fi Z97WE is an ATX form factor board that features Intel socket 1150 support. It has 4 memory slots for up to 32GB of RAM. The on-board LAN controller also supports 10/100/1000/2000 with “Teaming” mode. The on-board HDMI supports 4K and 2K resolutions.
It includes the usual high-end motherboard features like USB 3.0, HDMI and PCI-E slots, as well as the newest PCIe development, the “M.2” form factor. The M.2 standard is the newest and smallest form factor implementation of the SATA Express interface (which provides support for PCI Express 3.0 and Serial ATA 3.0), with the addition of an internal USB 3.0 interface. It supports multiple functions for add-in cards, including the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, satellite navigation, near field communication (NFC), digital radio, Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig), wireless WAN (WWAN), and solid-state drives (SSDs).
But being a Biosar board, there is a premium set of features including the company’s unique “Hi-Fi” technology. All the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi series motherboards are equipped with isolate circuit design and high quality components to ensure the best possible audio quality consistency.
The Hi-Fi Z97WE also features BIOSTAR’s dual Gigabit LAN card functionality that takes networking and gaming to new levels. To achieve this, the Hi-Fi Z97WE has “dual Gigabit LAN” connections on the board that allow simultaneous LAN connections. The primary advantage is the doubling of bandwidth which allows the network bandwidth of 1G to become that of 2G. It also allows for Full-duplex transmission. Two network cards can be simultaneously transmitted to upload and download at the same time. In addition, there is zero packet delay with two high-speed gigabit networks, giving super high data transmission efficiency. Another major advantage is “Load Balancing” which allows users to attach both network adapters to a single network. It will therefore support the aggregation “teaming” function by merging the two connections to support multiple aggregation modes.
In addition, with BIOSTAR’s dual Gigabit LAN connections you get network insurance. These boards come with two Gigabit Ethernet lightning protection circuits, there are cross-efficient in reducing the probability of damage from lightning or other power surge. So if one connection is disabled the other connection will automatically kick in.
Lastly, being based on the Intel Z97 chipset, the Hi-Fi Z97WE also comes with Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology), Intel RST (Rapid Storage Technology), Intel Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology all built into the system, ready to go
Uncompromising Performance & Stability
Built upon the strong and stable V Series power supply platform, V1200 takes the series performance to new heights with its 80 PLUS Platinum certified efficiency of up to 93% @ 50% load. Incorporated into the 135mm FDB silent fan is a new auto / hybrid easy switch controller to allow the user to change between fan control modes on-the-fly. Within these modes is a completely silent operation setting provided temperatures stay within safe limits. V1200 Platinum also boasts excellent output voltage stability with total voltage regulation under 1%, even besting comparable DSP systems. Twelve PCI-E 6+2 pin connectors means that 4-way SLI/XFire is readily supported. Although V1200 is based on an extremely stable platform that should last for many years to come, users can take comfort in knowing that it is also backed by a robust 7 year extended warranty to ensure that they will receive support for many years to come.
About V Series Power Supplies
Developed to be the highest quality, Cooler Master carefully sourced every aspect of the V Series PSU line to produce a high-efficiency and stable power supply. This operational stability includes being highly efficient even at low loads – far exceeding the parameters of the breadth of operational efficiency exhibited by a typical 80 Plus Gold and Platinum PSU. A single, powerful rail platform channels the full power of V Series PSUs with outstanding voltage stability, ripple suppression and efficiency. These higher quality components include the highest grade Japanese electrolyte and solid capacitors, a custom PCB interface, and high quality 42mm transformers. All of which are among a few of the integral parts that make the V Series a great power supply.
Immersive Experience The Sirus C delivers earth-shaking 2.2 channel sound with a 44mm main driver and a dedicated 40mm subwoofer/bass driver in each ear for explosive bass and crisp sound. A built-in USB Sound Card and Amplifier dramatically boosts signal power to make games, music and movies more immersive. In addition, the Sirus C is coupled with an in-line remote that grants access to volume adjustment, microphone mute, chat volume (console mode only), and PC / Console mode switching.
No Compromises Constructed to deliver the perfect balance between comfort and style, the Sirus C features a futuristic design with a white LED lit logo and microphone and large comfortable cushions that sit around your ears and not on them, making long gaming sessions more satisfying. Adding to this comfort, the Sirus C is built to be a lightweight companion at only 465g that makes it more to keep on for hours of enjoyment.
The J1900NH2 boards come with the Intel Celeron J1900 Dual-Core processor already installed and it supports two DDR3L 1333/1066MHz memory slots for a maximum of 16GB of memory. It features an integrated graphics chip with enough performance for most home and office applications.
The J1900NH2 board is ready for building a universal multimedia system due to its HDMI and analog VGA-out, and high definition audio with the Realtek ALC662 5.1 Channel HD Audio chip. LAN networking is covered by the Realtek RTL8111G - 10/100/1000 controller and being a BIOSTAR board it has the Smart Speed LAN feature.
For storage there are 2 SATA2 connectors and USB is well rounded with 1 USB 3.0 port and 4 USB 2.0 ports.
The boards are equipped with modern high quality solid capacitors, the X.D.C (eXtreme Durable Capacitors). These are low ESR and high ripple conductive solid state capacitors that provide a stable power supply to the CPU. The life span can also be more than 6.25 times that of ordinary liquid caps.
The boards feature the latest BIOSTAR technologies such as BIOS Flasher and BIOS Online Update for easy updating and restoration of the BIOS, as well as BIO-Remote2 for remote control of the system via Android and Apple devices.
BIO-Remote2 Technology gives users a better Home Theatre environment. Users who own either Android or Apple mobile devices are able to access and control the PC remotely. You’re smart device can become an intelligent and functional remote control. Moreover, BIO-Remote2 also includes both the function of mouse pad and power point presentation modes.
The J1900NH2 also features the Charger Booster function. It is a high powered charging solution for Apple or Android devices such as iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets. Charger Booster Technology is able to boost the charging time to be more efficiency and faster once any mobile device is connected to the motherboard. With Charger Booster technology, you are able to charge your devices up to 42 % faster.
The J1900NH2 fully meets the requirements for systems running under the Windows 7 and Windows 8 and 8.1.
The primary advantage is the doubling bandwidth which allows the network bandwidth, it also allows for Full-duplex transmission. Two networks can be simultaneously transmitted to upload and download at the same time. In addition, there is zero packet delay with two high-speed gigabit networks, giving super high data transmission efficiency.
Another major advantage is Load Balancing. This allows users to attach both network adapters to a single network. This can allow for double the network bandwidth of a single connection under certain circumstances. These Biostar motherboards will therefore support the aggregation "teaming" function. Just merge the two connections to support multiple aggregation mode.
For users who are experienced with networking it is also possible to turn the computer into a more sophisticated router. With dual networking adapters the computer can become a software router, as opposed to a hardware one. This will allow for more advanced controls of router settings than a typical home router. Lastly, with Biostar's dual Gigabit LAN connections you get network insurance. These boards come with two Gigabit Ethernet lightning protection circuits, there are cross-efficient in reducing the probability of damage from lightning or other power surge. So if one connection is disabled the other connection will automatically kick in.
Of course at 6+ Experience boards, users will have the following enhancements in the areas of BIOSTAR expertise: Audio+, Video+, Speed+, Protection+, Durability+ and DIY+.
Audio+ - The audio features from BIOSTAR are extensive with the following audio features: 3D Audio, True Blu-Ray Audio, 3D HiFi Amp and 3D Smart Ear.
Video+ – With AMD's Radeon Graphics and support for Microsoft's DirectX 11.1, 3D powered graphics are delivered with ease. There is support for full HDMI 3D 1080p and and it supports AMD’s Eyefinity technology.
Speed+ - With PCI-E 3.0 technology, there is 2 times the bandwidth of PCI-E 2.0 and allows for up to 1GB/s of bandwidth per lane per direction. There is also SmartSpeedLAN which is a free software application that monitors and manages your PC's network behaviour. Charger Booster is the fastest and most efficient charger solution for apple devices such as iPads and iPhones.
Protection+ – USB Overcurrent Protection is an onboard dedicated power fuse to help prevent electrical USB port failure. This ESD protection (Electrostatic Discharge), prevents the USB Port from providing overcurrent. In addition, throughout strategic places on the board there are OVER-Current Protection, OVER-Voltage Protection, and OVER-Heat Protection safeguards. These are special circuit designs to detect heat and overvoltage conditions to prevent voltage surges from spreading in real time.
Durability+ – There are several design features that work towards providing a more durable motherboard on which to build a system. Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS is a low resistance design that can significantly reduce the current in energy loss. Durability+ also means the use of a moisture-proof PCB. Computers are often used in humid areas (such as coastal climates). The PCB will oxidize if it can easily absorb moisture. Moisture-proof PCBs meet high density and high reliability requirements for moisture proofing.
DIY+ – Many people love to do it yourself when building PCs and Biostar fully supports the user in many innovative ways such as with BIOS features. UEFI BIOS is a modern and easy-to-use graphical user interface. The UEFI BIOS comes with a colourful easy-understand icons leading users directly into the setup layer. BIO-Remote 2 gives users a better Home Theatre environment. Users who own either Android or Apple products are able to access and control the PC remotely. This allows a smart device to become an intelligent and functional remote controller. In addition, the BIO-Remote2 feature also includes both the function of a mouse pad and a power point presentation controller.
All three boards draw power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 4-pin CPU power connectors, and use a 2+1 phase VRM to power the CPU. They feature two DDR3 DIMM slots, a single PCIe 2.0x16 slot, a single PCIe 1x slot, and feature two SATA3 ports.
The AM1 socket is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots, a PCI-Express 2.0x16 slot, a PCIe 2.0 x1 slot, and a legacy PCI. A couple of SATA 6GB/s ports provide storage connectivity. Display outputs include D-Sub and HDMI. Also included are legacy ports, such as COM and LPT, through headers. The AM1MHP features an additional PCI slot, which the AM1MH and the AM1ML lack. The AM1MHP and the AM1MH feature VGA and HDMI ports as display outputs, while the AM1ML lacks the HDMI port.
All three boards have the BIOSTAR exclusive features of BIO-Remote2 Technology and Charger Booster. BIO-Remote2 gives users a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android or Apple mobile devices are able to access and control the PC remotely. You’re smart device can become an intelligent and functional remote control. Moreover, BIO-Remote2 also includes both the function of mouse pad and power point presentation modes.
The Charger Booster function is a high powered charging solution for Apple or Android devices such as iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets. Charger Booster Technology is able to boost the charging time to be more efficiency and faster once any mobile device is connected to the motherboard. With Charger Booster technology, you are able to charge your devices up to 42 % faster.
ASRock provides the latest BIOS not only to those high-end and mainstream motherboards, but also to those entry level ones. From the Z87, H87, B85 series to the H81 series, there is no 8 series motherboard left behind this full-scale support.
In addition to BIOS update, ASRock also provides another excellent service, ASRock Cloud, to its users recently. You can download a 3-year subscription of Orbweb.ME Professional from ASRock Cloud website for free! Orbweb.ME Professional makes your mobile devices connect to your PC seamlessly. You can share your favorite photos, video clips, and music with others at anytime, anywhere. ASRock Cloud is the best solution to build your personal cloud!
With the latest BIOS and ASRock Cloud, your 8 series motherboard will be more powerful and useful
The top of the line board of the innovative AM1 Series APU motherboards – AM1H-ITX is unprecedentedly equipped with dual power input options. Replacing the traditional power supply connector with a DC-In jack that draws power from 19V power adapters. Plus a 24-pin ATX power connector that meets any power supply! Being a very attractive mini-ITX motherboard, AM1H-ITX provides rich components, including all solid capacitors, 4 graphics outputs (D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, and Display Port), high expandability with 4 SATA3 6Gb/s, 4 USB 3.0 ports, and an useful mini-PCIe slot for connecting a WiFi card.
The new AM1 motherboards are built with ASRock High Density Glass Fabric PCB technology which effectively reduces the gaps between the PCB layers to protect the motherboards against electrical shorts caused by humidity. Full Spike Protection technology also protects it against excessive currents from the power supply unit, sudden and violent voltage spikes caused by lightning, and electrostatic discharge.
As Mini-PCs are getting more and more popular, a low power consuming APU paired with a mini-ITX motherboard will be your best option. Therefore, ASRock AM1 motherboard series with high performance and quality is definitely the first choice to build your most compact AM1 solution!
In the Bitcoin world, a “mining rig” is a computer system used for mining bitcoins or other crypto currencies. It can be built specifically for mining or it could be your everyday computer for gaming and surfing, and is used to mine only on a part-time basis.
With the rising price of Bitcoins, GPU mining can theoretically be profitable. What you need is a system that can do enormous amounts of mathematical calculations. Up till now, the best way to do this is the GPUs in graphics cards. Now there are ASICs (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit). ASICs are good at one thing only, solving mathematical hash functions. In this case, their strong hashing power and low power usage, making it very efficient to use.
Biostar models based on the Z87, H87, B85, H81 chipset series will feature Intel single chip architecture with HD 4600 Graphics, along with a new integrated memory controller that will run at speeds up to 1600MHz.
The newest desktop-based quad-core processors CPUs promise big leaps in performance and, being Intel-based boards, they also feature Intel Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology.
The boards feature the latest BIOSTAR technologies such as BIOS Flasher and BIOS Online Update for easy updating and restoration of the BIOS, as well as BIO-Remote2 for remote control of the system via Android and Apple devices.
Graphics card manufacturer KFA2 has named Target Components as official UK distributor.
KFA2 is the premium Nvidia brand of Galaxy, allowing it to produce factory overclocked cards that have been designed by gamers, specifically for gamers.
With over 16 years’ experience manufacturing graphics cards, this level of design has resulted in KFA2 taking several World Records, most recently for the fastest air-cooled GTX 780 on the market in 2013.
Designed specifically for the European market, KFA2 manufactures graphics cards in distinctive, eye-catching packaging, ideal for retail environments.
Because KFA2 uses only fans and PCBs designed in-house, their VGAs also look unique. Several, such as the signature EX OC, LTD OC and HOF ranges, feature white PCBs and dual or triple fans along with custom heatpipes, allowing for up to 20% faster speeds than standard GTX 780s.
The KFA2 range also includes the newly-released GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti cards, the first to use the latest Maxwell GPU architecture. They are factory-overclocked more than 100Mhz beyond stock speeds, yet the new hyper-efficient architecture reduces power consumption dramatically.
Target’s Head of Purchasing, Kevin Barber, explained the appointment: “KFA2 is a great retail range that’s factory-overclocked as standard with really unique features and at least 2-year’s warranty. The cards are unique and exceptionally well-presented, enhancing our gaming range with a truly exciting offering.”
KFA2’s Marketing Manager added, “Target’s access to independent and specialist retailers allows KFA2 to continue to expand our customer reach and create market demand.”
The KFA2 range is available at Target Components now.
Using the AMD A88X chipset, the "A88M", featuring BIOSTAR exclusive in-house audio technology, gives you the options for small build using the MicroATX form factor. It gives 2 DIMM slots supporting DDR3 RAM; adopt the newest SATA 6Gb/s bus which is twice the speed of current SATA 3G connections along with USB 3.0. There is also support for AMD Dual Graphics Technology.
The "A88M" offers users the 6+ Experience. The first, "Audio+" includes audio features from BIOSTAR which are extensive with True Blu-Ray Audio and SPDIF out.
The “Video+” features support for full HDMI 3D 1080P and a Dual-Link DVI port for resolutions up to 2560x1600.
The "Speed+" features support Smart Speed LAN which is a free software application that monitors and manages your PC's network behavior. There is also Charger Booster, the fastest and most efficient charger solution for Apple devices. >p> "Protection+" provides high quality ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) protection for front I/O panel. There is also USB Polyswitch which is an on board dedicated power fuse to prevent USB port failures or over-current.
"Durability+" adopts 100% solid capacitors with armour-plated BIOSTAR Technology. All capacitors are 100% solid giving a lasting life cycle, durability and stability for crucial components. There is also 5 Phase Power Phase Design, the 5-phase VRM design with high quality power components such as low RDS (on) Mosfets for lower temperatures has the advantage of raising the overclocking ability.
Lastly, "DIY+" users are taken care of with BIOSTAR fully supporting the user in many innovative ways such as UEFI BIOS, a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and BIO-Remote 2 which gives users a better Home Theater environment. Rapid Switch 2, engineered by BIOSTAR, an onboard switch that allows you to easily shut down and restart system and Rapid Debug 2 is an onboard LED indicator that shows 6 kinds of messages. Lastly, users have the Header Zone which allows you to easily assemble your own computer, with simple-swap data discs and other accessories.
Using the AMD A88X chipset, the Hi-Fi A88S3+, featuring Puro HiFi audio technology, brings 4 DIMM slots supporting DDR3 RAM. It uses the newest SATA 6Gb/s bus which is twice the speed of current SATA 3G connections along with USB 3.0. There is also support for AMD Dual Graphics Technology.
The Hi-Fi A88S3+ offers users the 6+ Experience. The first, "Audio+" includes audio features from BIOSTAR which are extensive with the following audio features: 3D Audio, True Blu-Ray Audio, 3D HiFi Amp and 3D Smart Ear.
The "Video+" features support for full HDMI 3D 1080p and the motherboard has a Dual-Link DVI port for resolutions up to 2560x1600.
The "Speed+" features include support for SmartSpeedLAN which is a free software application that monitors and manages your PC’s network behaviour. There is also Charger Booster is the fastest and most efficient charger solution for apple devices such as iPads and iPhones.
"Protection+" gives the ever important High Quality ESD providing high quality ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) protection for the front I/O panel. This function prevents static electricity and reduces the damage to the motherboard when you are plugging or unplugging your headphones.
"Durability+" gives you 100% solid capacitors with armour-plated Biostar Technology. All capacitors are 100% solid giving a lasting life cycle, durability and stability for crucial components.
Lastly, "DIY+" users are taken care of with BIOSTAR fully supporting the user in many innovative ways such as with UEFI BIOS stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and BIO-Remote 2 which gives users a better Home Theatre environment. Rapid Switch 2, engineered by BIOSTAR, is an onboard switch that allows you to easily shut down and restart your system and Rapid Debug 2 is an onboard LED indicator that shows 6 kinds of messages: CPU power, MB power, CPU, memory and PCI-E, SATA for error states.
Using the AMD A88X Chipset, the Hi-Fi A88W 3D, featuring Puro HiFi audio technology, brings 4 DIMM slots supporting DDR3 ram. It uses the newest SATA 6Gb/s bus which is twice the speed of current SATA 3G connections along with USB 3.0. There is support for AMD Dual Graphics Technology and the board uses 100% X.D.C solid capacitors.
The Hi-Fi A88W 3D will give users the “6+ Experience”. The first, Audio+ includes audio features from BIOSTAR which are extensive with the following audio features: 3D Audio, True Blu-Ray Audio, 3D HiFi Amp and 3D Smart Ear.
Video+ features support for full HDMI 3D 1080p and the motherboard has a Dual-Link DVI port for resolutions up to 2560x1600.
Speed+ features include support for PCI-E 3.0 technology and SmartSpeedLAN which is a free software application that monitors and manages your PC’s network behavior. There is also Charger Booster is the fastest and most efficient charger solution for apple devices such as iPads and iPhones.
Protection+ features include USB Overcurrent Protection, an ESD protection (Electrostatic Discharge) safeguard that prevents the USB Port from providing overcurrent. In addition, there are OVER-Current Protection, OVER-Voltage Protection, and OVER-Heat Protection safeguards.
Durability+ gives you Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS is a low resistance design that can significantly reduce the current in energy loss and the uses of a moisture-proof PCB. Computers are often used in humid areas (such as coastal climates).
Lastly, DIY+ users are taken care of with BIOSTAR fully supporting the user in many innovative ways such as with UEFI BIOS stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and BIO-Remote 2 which gives users a better Home Theater environment.
Winning an iF product design award isn't easy at all, the jury considered criteria such as design quality, finish, choice of materials, degree of innovation, environmental impact, functionality, ergonomics, visualization of intended use, safety, brand value and branding and aspects of universal design. "Winning the iF product design award is a great achievement for both ASRock and BMW Group DesignworksUSA. We are extremely overjoyed to see that our efforts have paid off." Said James, VP of ASRock Sales and Marketing.
"Our goal was to create desirability and iconic differentiation in a small Gaming-PC," said Sonja Schiefer, Director, Munich Studio, BMW Group DesignworksUSA. "To enhance the perception of pure power we created a design language focused on superlative and a design solution that is very much an exaggerated mode of expression."
ASRock's M8 features an aluminium exterior, while hidden magnets hold the whole case together. On the front, there's a control knob and monitor hybrid called A-Command for users to setup their unique gaming rig. Inside the box lies a Z87 mini-ITX motherboard for advanced portability and space efficiency. The functionality of this gaming PC lives up to its awesome appearance too. The case may contain any standard mini-ITX for future upgrades, and M8 is sold as a barebone system so that gamers have the freedom of choosing their own components, such as swappable DDR3 DIMMs, any standard PCIe x16 graphics card, and also has 6 SATA3 ports lined up for storage.
The new AMD “Kaveri” APUs will come with a new socket, the AMD socket FM2+ and will unify the processor families. Kaveri APU features a completely new CPU and GPU architecture. Socket FM2+ will be AMD’s only option in 2014, replacing AM3+ and FM2 and BIOSTAR is providing mainboards ready from the get-go.
The backwards compatibility makes it easy for consumers to pick out a BIOSTAR FM2+ motherboard and a cheaper FM2-based APU while they wait for the perfect time to upgrade to Kaveri this year. Upgrading is a good idea as AMD has managed to tweak their APUs to significantly increase the processing power and put in a GPU as well for graphics rendering, all while using similar amounts of power of previous generation chips. With BIOSTAR’s enhancements to these new FM2+ boards users will enjoy mainboards that excel in additional areas of BIOSTAR expertise such as the BIOSTAR Audio+, Video+, Speed+, Protection+, Durability+ and DIY+.
The A58MD supports AMD Mutil Core (x4,x2) and has AMD 100W processor support. It uses the AMD A55 Chipset supporting 2 DIMM DDR3-2600(OC) / 2400(OC) / 2133/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066/ 800. The other standout feature is the support for integrated video according to the APU model used.
The board features the latest BIOSTAR technologies such as BIOS Flasher and BIOS Online Update for easy updating and restoration of the BIOS, as well as BIO-Remote2 for remote control of the system via Android and Apple devices.
BIOSTAR provides a solid base for system and DIY builders of gaming, entertainment and productivity computers. These new AMD socket FM2+ have enhancements in these areas of BIOSTAR expertise: 6+ Experience (Audio+, Video+, Speed+, Protection+, Durability+, DIY+).
Audio+ - The audio features from BIOSTAR includes 7.1 Channel True Blu-Ray Audio. Video+ – With AMD’s Radeon Graphics and support for Microsoft’s DirectX 11.1, 3D powered graphics are delivered with ease. There is support for full HDMI 3D 1080p and it supports AMD’s Eyefinity technology.
Speed+ - With PCI-E 3.0 technology, there is 2 times the bandwidth of PCI-E 2.0 and allows for up to 1GB/s of bandwidth per lane per direction. There is also SmartSpeedLAN which is a free software application that monitors and manages your PC’s network behavior. Charger Booster is the fastest and most efficient charger solution for apple devices such as iPads and iPhones.
Protection+ – USB Overcurrent Protection is an onboard dedicated power fuse to help prevent electrical USB port failure. This ESD protection (Electrostatic Discharge), prevents the USB Port from providing overcurrent. In addition, throughout strategic places on the board there are OVER-Current Protection, OVER-Voltage Protection, and OVER-Heat Protection safeguards. These are special circuit designs to detect heat and overvoltage conditions to prevent voltage surges from spreading in real time.
Durability+ – There are several design features that work towards providing a more durable motherboard on which to build a system. Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS is a low resistance design that can significantly reduce the current in energy loss. Durability+ also means the use of a moisture-proof PCB. Computers are often used in humid areas (such as coastal climates). The PCB will oxidize if it can easily absorb moisture. Moisture-proof PCBs meet high density and high reliability requirements for moisture proofing.
DIY+ – Many people love to do it yourself when building PCs and BIOSTAR fully supports the user in many innovative ways such as with BIOS features. UEFI BIOS is a modern and easy-to-use graphical user interface. The UEFI BIOS comes with a colorful easy-understand icons leading users directly into the setup layer. BIO-Remote 2 gives users a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android or Apple products are able to access and control the PC remotely. This allows a smart device to become an intelligent and functional remote controller. In addition, the BIO-Remote2 feature also includes both the function of a mouse pad and a power point presentation controller.
The "Hi-Fi H81MDC" works great for a low-cost but full featured board. The video output includes HDMI with HDCP which allows full video & audio support via standard DVI output. It also supports Blu-ray audio DRM and provides the higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz rather than the 16 bit/ 48KHz from typical motherboards.
The "Hi-Fi H81MDC" is fully compatible with PCI-E Gen 3.0 and USB 3.0. PCI-E 3.0 is the next evolution of the ubiquitous and general-purpose PCI Express I/O standard and USB 3.0 gives USB the fastest data transfers at 5 Gbps with USB 3.0.
Built for businesses, the B85MG includes many features that are useful for IT departments in larger companies as well as small firms. BIOSTAR "B85MG" boards deliver a business-rich option at a value price compared to the other companies.
The "B85MG" boasts 100% solid capacitors and with the Intel chipset and 4th generation Intel Core processor platform you get out-of-the-box solutions. These boards deliver better PC performance, manageability, and security protections with features like Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel RST), for fast system boot and application load time, and Intel Small Business Advantage (Intel SBA), which delivers business-centric security protection, such as after-hours virus scans and data backup, and blocks recognition of unwanted USB drives.
For any entertainment needs the "B85MG" fits the need with support for Direct3D 11.1 and HDMI. It also supports Blu-ray audio DRM and provides the higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz rather than the 16 bit/ 48KHz from typical motherboards. The boards are Windows 8 ready and have BIOSTAR's BIO-Remote2 and BIOS Online Update feature for easy management of the system BIOS as well as BIOSTAR's Charger Booster function
The In-Store PC Builder is a development of Target's recently-launched Custom PC Builder that allows the same, unique configurator to be used in-store. Resellers can easily incorporate their own logo and branding, and have complete control over pricing, allowing them to impress their customers with both the range of bespoke systems they are able to offer and the quality of the configurator itself. The configurator has been developed in-house by Target over the last eight months and is offered free-of-charge to all Target customers.
The web-hosted service requires no software downloads or installation and can be hosted at on any computer in-store. It has also been optimised for mobile and touchscreen devices.
There are numerous benefits to the system, not least its ability to provide smaller resellers with the means to offer more system options than even the largest high-street chains and online retailers. Unlike other configurators, the In-Store PC Builder does not force the user to start with a base system; instead the user can start from as little as a stick of memory and build around it. The completed specs are then created as orders and built in-house by Target’s own system builders in a static and dust-free environment. They are then stress tested before being sent out to the reseller.
There is also no requirement for the reseller to have an in-depth knowledge of the components as the system is constantly updated with new products, specifications and compatibility, automatically. With over 20,000 checks already in place, the user can start with any single component and the compatibility of each subsequent addition is checked with all other components in the build.
The configurator also suggests better options when certain components are selected. For example, where the power supply wattage is only just enough to power a graphics card, the configurator will suggest a more powerful one to extend the life of the system, enable future expansion and overclocking. Where a CPU’s on-board graphics are superior to those on the selected graphics card, an alert will display detailing the issue, thus allowing users the option of reducing the overall build cost by removing the graphics card, or upgrading to a more powerful unit. The configurator will even check the compatibility of accessories and peripherals that are also listed as options.
Target’s Marketing Executive, Cory Lees, says "we believe the In-Store PC Builder is the most comprehensive system configurator anywhere and it could be the biggest advantage independent resellers have had over the chains and big e-tailers to date - no one else has anything like it! We launched the Target Custom PC Builder at the Open Day in September but, as soon as people saw it in action, we were inundated with resellers requesting the same tool to use in their own stores. It’s really easy to use and only takes 5 minutes to set up. Any Target customer has access to a unique URL and admin system to make managing the service as easy as possible."
He continued, "Being able to offer over 400 component options and the resulting millions of possible configurations is a massive boon Target customers. They can now offer really high-quality, professionally built systems, without having to stock the components. They can then create anything from one-off gaming PCs to multiple units for businesses and educational establishments. What's more, they can use the system on-site using a tablet or other mobile device and show their customers the cost at the same time."
The In-Store PC Builder is available now. A fully-integrated web version is currently in development for launch in 2014.
Security vulnerabilities in some Tenda home routers have been solved within two days.
Media reports of security bugs in the W302R and W330R models, as well as rebranded MediaLink routers, appeared on Tuesday 22nd October, a week after reports of similar issues affecting seven different D-Link routers.
D-Link committed to providing security patches by 31st October. However, Tenda has released their patches within 48 hours, after being alerted by their UK distributor, Target Components.
In a letter posted on the Tenda website today (24th October) the company apologised to its customers and said, “we promise that no other lines of Tenda have the same bugs after all lines were detected [sic] systematically by our engineers.” The letter also contains links to the security patches.
The reports emerged after a team of embedded-device hackers found that attackers could gain unauthenticated access to the routers’ administrative interfaces on the Web.
The letter from Tenda can be read below:
The Hi-Fi B85S3+ supports the Intel 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package using the Intel B85 single chip architecture. It has 4-DIMM DDR3-1600/1333 slots for up to 32GB maximum RAM capacity. The board supports DVI+VGA+HDMI for a high-definition image display and the Hi-Fi B85S3+, like all BIOSTAR motherboards, boasts 100% solid capacitors.
The BIOSTAR in-house technology, such as PURO Hi-Fi and audio and power regulation upgrades such as Hi-Fi Power and Hi-Fi AMP, a powerful built-in headphone amplifier, excels here as always. With the Intel chipset you get Intel SBA 2.0 (Small Business Advantage) Technology as well as Intel Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology
The Hi-Fi H81 S3 is Windows 8 ready and has BIOSTAR’s BIO-Remote2 and BIOS Online Update feature for easy management of the system BIOS as well as BIOSTAR’s Charger Booster function.
These boards will proudly show off BIOSTAR's in-house technology, such as audio and power regulation upgrades such as Hi-Fi Power and Hi-Fi AMP. The video output includes HDMI with HDCP which allows full video & audio support via standard DVI output.
The "Hi-Fi H81 S3" is also PCI-E Gen 3.0 and USB 3.0 Ready. PCI-E 3.0 is the next evolution of the ubiquitous and general-purpose PCI Express I/O standard and USB 3.0 gives USB the fastest data transfers at 5 Gbps.
Unlike all other available configurators which start with a base model and allow the user to add/change components, the Target Custom PC Builder allows users to start with any component listed in the Target catalogue and build a system around it. Each component added has its compatibility checked with every other item in the build, ensuring that the finished system will work straight from the box.
The web-based Custom PC Builder is mobile and touchscreen compatible and provides an image of each system as it is created. A visual representation of each component is displayed so the user can ‘see’ the build as they are creating it.
The new, intelligent system will even suggest alternative components to those selected by the user. For example, where a 550W power supply may not be enough to power a system with an additional graphics card, the Custom PC Builder will ‘suggest’ upgrading to a higher wattage PSU. However, this is only a suggestion and there is no requirement to make the change.
Customers can also add the peripherals and accessories required to produce a complete end-user solution. In testing, the Target team were able to spec-up a fully functioning PC in less than 30 seconds.
Target designed the Custom PC Builder for its independent resellers to address their own customers’ specific requirements both quickly and without the build-time that often proves cost ineffective. Up to 10 configurations can be named and saved for use again, making the reordering process quicker, something that will be of particular use to those resellers addressing businesses and the education sector.
"The Custom PC Builder runs over 20,000 compatibility checks in each build, but this is growing fast as they we add more components every week," explains Target’s Product Marketing Executive, Cory Lees. "It’s a huge project to undertake but I think that time has been very well spent on producing something that is truly unique and useful to the vast proportion of our customers- you should have seen the queues to see the demonstration at the Open Day!"
Customers can choose to have the components delivered separately to assemble themselves or, for a small fee, have the system built by Target’s in-house team of system builders.
The “Hi-Fi B85N 3D” supports the Intel 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package using the Intel B85 single chip architecture. It has 2-DIMM DDR3-1600/1333 slots for up to 16G maximum RAM capacities. The on board DVI+VGA+HDMI supports 4K/2K resolution for a high-definition image display. The BIOSTAR in-house technology, such as audio and power regulation upgrades such as Hi-Fi Power and Hi-Fi AMP, a powerful built-in headphone amplifier, excels here as always. With the Intel chipset you get Intel SBA 2.0 (Small Business Advantage) Technology as well as Intel Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology
The video output includes HDMI which allows full video & audio support via standard DVI output and the “Hi-Fi B85N 3D”, like all BIOSTAR motherboards, boasts 100% solid capacitors. The "Hi-Fi B85N 3D" is Windows 8 ready and has BIO-Remote2 and BIOS Online Update feature for easy management of the system BIOS
The ceremony was one of the highlights of the evening entertainment, with awards in ten categories covering various components of running a successful IT reseller business, ranging from Most Innovative Service Offering to Best Shop Window.
The ShopTalk IT Reseller Awards are the first to celebrate the work of independent IT resellers and their role on the British highstreet, with no voting influence from either Target or its vendors.
Nominations came from the resellers themselves and the winners were voted for entirely by their peers, other independent IT resellers. The awards ceremony was hosted and compèred by Target’s Managing Director, Paul Cubbage, with the awards themselves presented to winners by Target staff members.
Thanking those who had nominated themselves for the awards, Paul Cubbage said “It’s always easier with anything new to sit back and let everyone else test the water. You’ve had the courage and the confidence to put yourselves forward for judgement by your peers, and whether or not you win tonight you should be proud of that.”
The night’s winners were:
Best Use of PR/ Media Coverage – Gbiz IT Computers Best Shop Window – Diamond Media UK Limited Most Innovative/ Original Service Offering – Disc Co. Business Innovation – Diamond Media UK Limited Best Marketing/ Promotional Campaign – Grantham Computer Centre Best Shop Layout – Universal Computing Best Internal Retail Display – Airedale Computers Best Use of an A-Board – Senior Computers Best Event – Airedale Computers Best Website – Colley Gate Computers
Congratulating the winners on the night, Paul Cubbage added “You are now award winners. More than that, you are now winners of the only national independent IT reseller awards. And to top all that, you were chosen as winners by your peers, the people best placed to judge – other independent IT resellers.”
Double award-winner Paul Bailey, of Cleethorpes based Diamond Media, scooped two awards, Business Innovation and Best Shop Window. “We were delighted to win one award, but to win two was overwhelming. What means more to us is that it’s come from our peers. To know that they’ve voted for us is just amazing. It’s capped off a fantastic day for us, and the trophy will be displayed with pride in our shop window.”
In other words, the new AMD socket FM2+ motherboards will retain backwards compatibility with previous generation Socket FM2 APUs. BIOSTAR new line of FM2+ APU support motherboards is a great choice for users who wishes to reserve an opportunity for future upgrades and taking the advantages from AMD’s new FM2+ infrastructure. The new BIOSTAR FM2+ socket boards are backwards compatible with the older generation APUs and they are ready in production.
These boards will proudly show off BIOSTAR’s in-house technology, such as audio, power regulation upgrades and more…
GIGABYTE A88X motherboards feature a number of features and technologies and also include the first AMD G1-Killer gaming motherboard, the G1.Sniper A88X which includes GIGABYTE AMP-Up Audio, a range of advanced audio technologies that are designed to give audio enthusiasts and PC gamers more control over their motherboard audio than ever before. GIGABYTE A88X series motherboards also offer unique GIGABYTE features, including UEFI DualBIOS, Digital Power delivery, as well Triple Display support.
Ready for Kaveri on AMD Socket FM2+ GIGABYTE A88X series motherboards feature the new FM2+ APU socket, and are designed to get the most from forthcoming Kaveri AMD APUs, while preserving compatibility for current AMD FM2 APUs. FM2+ AMD APUs offer native support for 8 GT/s PCI Express gen 3.0 as well as DX11.1 support integrating the high performance 'Steamroller' core. AMD socket FM2+ APUs also offer native support for 4K resolution displays on HDMI and DisplayPort.
The second workshop shows how the remarkable success story of British cycling can be used to create success for IT resellers. The workshop looks at where to find inspiration and how to identify the factors that lead to success and implement them in business. Using the British cycling model, the session shows how multiplying marginal gains can transform business, highlighting the small changes that can have the greatest effect.
Session three – "the truth about price competition and how to do it" – covers what price competition really means and how to do it well, when pricing really matters and the right and wrong ways to compete on price. This session covers a wide range of topics including the truth about Tesco’s exit from IT and how to become internet proof.
The fourth session rounds off the day with a series of practical tips on "how to compete so you'll always win", highlighting where and how indies should focus their efforts for maximum impact and how to really be successful with the ammo you already have at your disposal.
"Our customers aren't interested in sales pitches dressed up as advice or in the same old generic 'advice' dug up off the internet. They want practical help on how to genuinely improve their business. That's why we create original content for all our Shoptalk sessions based specifically on the needs of small IT resellers. Everything in the workshops is brand new content that has never been heard before or elsewhere, and that's why they prove so popular with our customers" said Target MD Paul Cubbage.
In addition to the ShopTalk workshops, Microsoft will also be presenting 2 sessions. The first will be on the new Windows 8.1. Its features and benefits and changes from the initial Windows 8 release and the second workshop will be on the features and selling Office 365.
The fifteen-thousandth spending customer occurred on 7th August, just 10 days before the distributor celebrates its fifteenth birthday.
"It's a nice symmetry that we’ve reached our 15,000th spending customer as we approach our 15th birthday" says Target MD Paul Cubbage. "It gives us a nice round average of a thousand new spending customers per year, but the reality is that the early years were much lower than that, with a real accelleration in the last five or so years"
The 15,000th customer, PC and Laptop Fix It of Heywood, received an unexpected treat as Target presented them with a Samsung Galaxy tablet.
With the Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certification, BIOSTAR guarantees to deliver the most reliable, performance-driven solutions to power Microsoft Windows 8.1 and setting a standard for future Windows 8.1 certified motherboards.
You can enjoy the benefits and features of Microsoft new generation operating system, while having access to easy upgradeability and fully compatibility from BIOSTAR products
The scoring takes in to consideration additional factors such as slang and usually known as terms as well as official brands and product names. The scoring process also incorporates an advanced weighting system for increased accuracy of the returned results. It also allows for more descriptive terms to be used while searching.
An example of this is the ability to now search for a ‘Micro USB lead in blue’. The new relevance search function will now return the exact lead as the first product, closely followed by other leads that also match the key words in the search term.
The introduction of the new relevance search is just one of the planned changes for the Target website. More announcements will follow.
The Yarvik range includes 7” to 13” tablets, available in black and white, and features the Android Jelly Bean OS as standard, up to 1GB RAM and A7 to A9 processors. It also includes the flagship Xenta model with IPS screen, as well as a range of accessories such as protective covers, styli and tablet stands.
All Yarvik tablets and accessories come in branded retail packaging to maximise value for resellers. The Junior Tablet features a rugged, child-friendly chassis, parental set-up feature and children’s apps and will be available at Target upon launch later this year.
Unlike many other tablet brands, Yarvik, an arm of accessories vendor, Sweex, also provides UK-based support via email or a freephone number, speeding up the returns and repairs process as both the reseller and end-user deal directly with the manufacturer.
Target’s Purchasing Manager, Kevin Barber, explained more, “We have tested several different tablet brands in the past year-or-so but none have come close to providing what we, and our customers, have been looking for in terms of quality, support and pricepoint. Yarvik does just that; great quality products with a good spec at great prices, and the end-user support is fantastic. There is plenty of margin to be made too, particularly when the tablets are bundled with accessories.”
“We did have a gap in our tablet offering, mainly caused by an influx of poor quality, although admittedly cheaper, varieties from no-name brands that disappointed many people through high failure rates. Target customers are not prepared to risk their reputations on selling hardware that does not live up to the job but Yarvik’s commitment to providing the support, combined with excellent build-quality, has given us the confidence to push the brand.”
Yarvik will be showing off its range, including the much-anticipated Junior Tablet, at Target’s Open Day on 13th September in Leeds.
Target Components has announced that the first ever Shop Talk® IT Reseller Awards will take place at its Open Day on 13th September.
Aimed at celebrating independent resellers and their place in both the channel and on the highstreet, the awards are for independent IT resellers, with winners voted for by independent IT resellers.
The awards comprise ten categories including ‘Best Marketing/ Promotional Campaign’, ‘Best Shop Layout’, ‘Most Innovative/ Original Service Offering’ and ‘Best Website’. They are open to all independent IT resellers, regardless of whether they are Target customers or not.
Paul Cubbage, Target’s Managing Director, explained:
“Indies provide the diversity, local support, expertise and passion that large businesses can’t hope to match, yet receive little recognition. Shop Talk® is all about supporting independent resellers to help them achieve their ambitions. It’s a natural extension that we should recognise achievements and celebrate best practice, and it’s important that the awards are exclusively for independent resellers with winners selected exclusively by independent resellers.”
The Open Day also marks the Target’s 15th Anniversary and will feature all-new Shop Talk® business workshops and exhibitions from over 15 vendors, including Cooler Master, ASRock, Veho, BullGuard and Three, as well as Microsoft who will be delivering training sessions throughout the day.
Vendors will be highlighting up-and-coming technologies and products, offering advice and help with existing ranges as well as meeting Target customers. Target expects the event – held at the DeVere Village Hotel in Leeds – to be their busiest yet, topping the 400+ resellers that have attended their previous Open Days.”
The evening’s celebrations will continue with a meal, bar, casino and entertainment set to go on until the small hours.
“The new AMD A-Series APU is ideal for desktop PC builders and mainstream gamers wanting outstanding performance for their money, and today AMD delivers an excellent new follow-on to the recently announced mobile lineup,” said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Products Division at AMD. “The combination of high-performance, third-generation desktop APUs with our existing portfolio of low-power, mobile APUs gives us our strongest-ever lineup of products for our customers and our technology partners.” 2013 Elite A-Series APUs Break the Mold to Enable Innovative PC Solutions
Since its introduction in 2011, the APU quickly became the fastest growing category of processors for AMD, powering everything from the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 to new generations of notebooks, tablets, desktop PCs, low-power servers and embedded devices. AMD extends its leadership in the category with the introduction of its new 2013 Elite A-Series APUs for desktop PCs. This APU provides higher performance and innovative new features to benefit users. The new AMD A-Series APUs combine AMD “Piledriver” CPU architecture with AMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Series graphics on the FM2 motherboard infrastructure. The ability to support existing A85X, A75 and A55 platforms as well as forward compatibility with FM2+ motherboards provides users the ability to buy now with the flexibility to upgrade as new platforms come to market. In addition, these APUs feature maximum clock speeds over 4 GHz for next generation compute workloads.
Utilizing the latest AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics, the Elite A-Series combines the CPU and up to 384 Radeon parallel processing cores to offer up to 15 percent increased graphics performance over its predecessor1, the AMD Second Generation APU (formerly codenamed Trinity,) and winner of the 2012 Best Choice of COMPUTEX TAIPEI award. The Elite A-Series APU for desktops supports new AMD Radeon™ Memory Gamer Series at 2133 MHz. When paired with an A-Series APU, the DDR3-2133 MHz Radeon Memory Gamer Series will give up to a 13 percent performance increase over DDR3-1866 MHz memory2.
Grundig has become a big player in PC accessories and peripherals with high-quality products and eye-catching blue-and-white packaging.
Target Components is the first UK distributor to stock the Grundig range that includes headphones, mice, webcams and security hardware. The brand also provides an extensive range of retail-packaged cables, something the distributor has been looking for for some time.
Target’s Managing Director, Paul Cubbage, explains: “Retail packaged cables offer independent retailers great margins whilst wiping the floor with prices at the multiples. Grundig offers all this plus really attractive packaging and a recognised quality brand.”
The Grundig range joins the lineup of retail-ready accessories and peripherals at Target that includes Cooler Master, Gigabyte, Logitech, Emprex and Evo Labs.
Targeting audiophiles, HTPC enthusiasts and high-end gamers alike, Puro Hi-Fi features an integrated independent audio power design with a built-in amplifier. The technology utilizes audio components with an independent power delivery design for a significant reduction in electronic noise producing superb sound quality. The unique noise-blocking multi-layer PCB layout is conducive for an exceptionally clean signal. That design feature, together with a sampling rate of 192 kHz/24-bit, delivers high quality audio through an analog connection to your home theater system, multi-channel speakers or high-end headphones, allowing you to enjoy true high-definition 7.1-channel surround sound.
Part of the Puro Hi-Fi design includes high-quality "Non-Polarized Electrolysis Electric audio capacitors" for each individual audio channel circuit delivering low noise, low distortion, and a wide bandwidth to achieve the highest sound resolution and sound expansion for the most realistic sound effects. Furthermore, the resistors used by the system are of the metal-oxide film type with metal oxides such as tin. The electric characteristics are that of greater stability and reliability than regular metal film resistors when operating in an extremely broad working temperature range. These special components are typically used in applications with high endurance audio demands.
All the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi series motherboards have the Puro Hi-Fi technology and so are equipped with special components to ensure the best possible audio quality consistency.
It seems crazy to think that five years have passed since we held our first open day to celebrate our 10th birthday in 2008. At that point, we'd no idea what to expect. We didn't even know if people would turn up. But turn up you did, and in great numbers. We were bowled over. We loved it, our vendors loved it, and most of all you - our customers - loved it.
So it was a no-brainer to have another one the year after. But now we'd given ourselves a new challenge, and one that we face every year: how do we make it bigger, better, and more beneficial than last year? This means introducing something new every year. To see a brief history of previous open days,
This year is no different. It's being held at the Village Hotel for the first time. We're extending the ShopTalk training introduced last year, we've more stands aimed at introducing new product ideas than ever before, and we're also holding the inaugural ShopTalk® Reseller Awards. I'd like to think there are more reasons than ever to attend, and even more ways that you will benefit from doing so.
I look forward to seeing you all there on 13th September.
The value proposition with these motherboards, BIOSTAR has put a unique power delivery system specifically for the audio subsystem. With our professional quality sound and video capabilities on this board, a user can set up a full PC based home theater system with full THX support and true 7.1 surround sound.
Targeting audiophiles, HTPC enthusiasts and high-end gamers alike, Puro Hi-Fi features an integrated independent audio power design with a built-in amplifier. The technology utilizes audio components with an independent power delivery design for a significant reduction in electronic noise producing superb sound quality. The unique noise-blocking multi-layer PCB layout is conductive for an exceptionally clean signal. That design feature, together with a sampling rate of 192 kHz/24-bit, delivers high quality audio through an analog connection to your home theater system, multi-channel speakers or high-end headphones, allowing you to enjoy true high-definition 7.1-channel surround sound.
Part of the Puro Hi-Fi design includes high-quality “Non-Polarized Electrolysis Electric audio capacitors” for each individual audio channel circuit delivering low noise, low distortion, and a wide bandwidth to achieve the highest sound resolution and sound expansion for the most realistic sound effects. Furthermore, the resistors used by the system are of the metal-oxide film type with metal oxides such as tin. The electric characteristics are that of greater stability and reliability than regular metal film resistors when operating in an extremely broad working temperature range. These special components are typically used in applications with high endurance audio demands.
All the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi series motherboards have the Puro Hi-Fi technology and so are equipped with special components to ensure the best possible audio quality consistency. Look for these key features in the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi series of motherboards:
The contest, sponsored by several prestigious brands including AMD, Kingston and Cooler Master, starts from January 7 and runs until February 4. It is opened to all overclockers with ASRock brand motherboards and AMD Socket FM2 CPUs. The total prize is worth up to 6,740 dollars and the final champions of the CPU-Z and 3DMark Vantage event will be awarded with a top prize worth of 2,170 dollars respectively. The grand prize makes it one of the most eye-catching online OC competitions on FM2 platforms, which is estimated to attract enthusiastic overclockers worldwide.
ASRock FM2 Series motherboards features the exclusive auto overclocking function X-Boost. By enabling X-Boost users may get an extra 15.77% performance boost by one click! The flagship model FM2A85X Extreme6 has earned at least 12 IT awards around the globe since its debut in October, 2012. One of the most prestigious awards came from the Global IT authority Tom's Hardware, in which FM2A85X Extreme6 won Approved Award for standing out in the "Six Socket FM2 Motherboards For AMD's Trinity APUs" review. ASRock welcomes global overclockers to participate in the FM2 OC Competition and experience the ultimate overclocking capability of ASRock FM2 motherboards!
The contest includes two events: CPU-Z or 3DMark Vantage. The scores will be reviewed on a weekly basis and the highest scores will be the weekly winner. The participant who submits the highest score within these four weeks will be the final champion for each group respectively. The CPU-Z and 3DMark Vantage final champions will be awarded with prizes worth USD2, 170 dollars respectively. Besides, ASRock offers an extra USD1,000 cash prize for the entry that breaks the world record of the CPU-Z or 3DMark Vantage test to encourage global overclockers to challenge Nick Shih's scores.
For more details about the ASRock Global OC Competition, please visit : http://oc.asrock.com/fm2/ For more product information, please visit : http://www.asrock.com/microsite/FM2/
Rather than sending you a daily email each with a different offer, we’ll be sending you one at the start of each week with everything in it you need for that week. All offers, details of new and recently launched products as well as any important news about Target and our brands, all in one place.
Offers will remain in place for the entire week, from the Monday until the following Sunday (stock permitting).
Through the Forum, at our Open Days and in one-to-one discussions you’ve told us we can improve how we go about offers and how we tell you about them. So that’s what we’ve done.
We found most customers want strong offers that last for longer. You want more time to promote those products and reorder where necessary. That’s what this new approach does for you.
We’ll also provide additional marketing materials, where possible, to help you promote these great deals. So Frequent Flyers, banners, downloadable resources etc. all in “Sell More.”
And to make sure you don’t forget or miss the offers for any week, each week we’ll drop you a couple of reminders.
The first new-style eshot will be Monday 7th January. Look out for it!
“A number of new features and technologies make their debut on the AMD platform, including Ultra Durable™ 5 technology, Dual UEFI 3D BIOS, Digital Power delivery, triple display support and Lucid Virtu MVP,” commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE. “These new FM2 series motherboards offer outstanding value for any DIY builder looking to harness the improved performance of AMD’s Trinity APUs”.
The GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 – Maximizing Trinity Performance The flagship GIGABYTE FM2 series motherboard comes in the shape of the GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 motherboard, designed to push AMD A-Series APUs to the limit with GIGBAYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 technology. Digital power controllers ensure high capacity, high current power delivery which, when coupled with high speed memory support, combine to push the onboard AMD 7000 series graphics processor to the absolute maximum.
Tested and Verified on HWBOT.org Respected overclocker and HWBot.com aficionado, Massman, managed to push the AMD A10 5800K APU to achieve a 3DMark Vantage Performance score of over 10,000 points; better performance than many discrete graphics cards available today, proving the extreme value offered by the new AMD FM2 series platform. You can check out Massman’s submission on HWBot.com here: http://hwbot.org/submission/2316144
Dual APU Clock Generators Non-K Model AMD APUs have a locked multiplier which can severely limit potential overclocking. GIGABYTE FM2 series motherboards are equipped with an additional APU bus frequency generator that allows a much higher clock ceiling, making GIGABYTE FM2 series motherboards the best choice for overclocking and tweaking AMD A-Series APUs.
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 The latest GIGABYTE FM2 motherboards are the first AMD motherboards to incorporate several exclusive GIGABYTE technologies including the latest Ultra Durable™ 5 technology. Featuring High Current Capable components including the industry’s highest rated 60A IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboards provide the best quality power delivery to the CPU for record-breaking performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan.
GIGABYTE 3D BIOS™ New GIGABYTE FM2 series motherboards are the first AMD platform motherboards to feature the excusive GIGABYTE 3D BIOS™, providing a slick UEFI interface with two exclusive modes of interaction tailored for needs of both enthusiast and novice users.
Digital Power The GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 motherboard features an exclusive Digital Engine, setting it apart from the competition with digital controllers that provide more precise power delivery to both CPU and GPU parts of the AMD APU
Triple Display Support – AMD Eyefinity GIGABYTE FM2 series motherboards are the first to take advantage of AMD Eyefinity technology, allowing users to extend their OS desktop by connecting up to three high-resolution digital displays. Triple displays mean more real-estate for enhanced productivity, plus the ability to enjoy panoramic triple screen 3D gaming thanks to AMD’s optimized Eyefinity driver technology.
AMD A-Series Platform Overview The revised AMD FM2-Series platform is based on the latest FM2 socket, supporting new AMD APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) based on the AMD ‘Trinity’ architecture. The new top-end AMD A10 series combine up to 4 cores with the latest 7000 series graphics core, offering a balanced, visually enhanced user experience.
30% Performance Boost over Previous Generation The latest AMD 7000 series graphics embedded in all Trinity APUs bring 3D gamers up to 30% better 3D performance compared to previous the generation. This makes the new FM2 platform a great option for mainstream 3D gaming applications, with Microsoft® DirectX® 11, OpenGL 4.2 and OpenCL 1.1 support helping to deliver a 3D gaming experience similar to discrete graphics card solutions
AMD Dual Graphics: Unrivalled Upgradability The new AMD FM2-Series platform also features AMD Dual Graphics technology, allowing users to further boost 3D graphics and gaming performance by adding an additional specific discrete AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 series graphics card to the system, boosting frame rates by simultaneously utilizing the processing power of both discrete and onboard graphics processors
Clean, intuitive interface makes it even easier to find key tools and make fine adjustments
Multi-layered defence system combines Behavioural Detection and Signature-based Detection for superior virus catch rates
Parental Controls to protect your kids
FREE PC Tune Up to keep your PC running at top speed
FREE 5GB of Online Backup to keep your most important data, photos, music and more safe
World-class, 24/7 customer support
Free upgrade for existing users
The software offers a range of improvements, including powerful parental controls that allow parents to monitor and block access to certain types of websites or IM chat applications, and now also offer better interception and block features to boost efficiency. Parents can even set how much time a child can spend on a computer or online per day in hourly increments. PC Tune Up allows users to effectively free up space and includes registry backup/restore and cleanup to remove unused registry entries, startup application management and service management, all of which help to improve the performance of a PC. 5GB of online backup can now be controlled directly through program folders without having to open the BullGuard software interface, with easy access to online backups from the PC and mobile devices, alongside improved continuous backup functionality.
"At BullGuard we are all too aware of the changing face of threats and our priority is always to ensure that our software is well prepared to deal with both current and future attempts to invade our privacy", says BullGuard COO, Mike Hodges.
"The improvements and additions to BullGuard Internet Security reflect consumer demand to feel well protected when using their computer for any number of tasks. We always focus on ensuring that our software offers fast, unobtrusive performance while remaining easy to use and offering more subtle control if required. Internet Security 2013 builds on all of these areas, as well as providing a range of associated tools, functionality and customer service that makes it one of the most comprehensive and user friendly internet security suites on the market."
Additions to core-security mean that BullGuard Internet Security 2013 can handle far more than just the bare essentials. Boasting a range of unique features that are rarely found elsewhere, it offers a vulnerability scanner for scheduled or on-demand checks of installed software to report possible security holes and vulnerabilities, and provide links to updates for outdated programs. It also has local backup and 5GB of online backup as standard – the largest on the market, and comes with PC Tune Up tools and a game mode to further streamline operation. BullGuard also offers world-class, speedy customer support 24/7.
All current customers running BullGuard Internet Security will be offered a FREE automatic upgrade to the new version; the only security vendor to provide this extra value. New users can purchase the software for £44.95 (3 PCs, 1 year).
BullGuard Internet Security is available to download today from www.bullguard.com and existing users will receive an automatic notification of a free upgrade.
Full features in BullGuard Internet Security 2013 include - Antivirus, Antispyware, Behavioural Detection, Firewall, Spamfilter, Game Mode, Safe Browsing (Antiphishing and Link Scanner), Vulnerability Scanner, Parental Control, PC Tune Up, 5GB Backup, Support.
One feature set that sets the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85X above and beyond typical motherboards is the integrated BIOSTAR Hi-Fi technology called "Puro Hi-Fi Technology". Marketing Manager Eric Tung gets excited when given a chance to explain the value proposition with these motherboards. "It's pretty cool how we have put a unique power delivery system just for the audio aficionados out there, like me" explained Eric. "With our professional quality sound and video capabilities on this board, a user can set up a full PC based home theater system with full THX support and true 7.1 surround sound...I mean the real thing, this isn't simulated. You have to hear it to believe it", he enthused.
Targeting audiophiles, HTPC enthusiasts and high-end gamers alike, Puro Hi-Fi sports an integrated independent audio power design with a built-in amplifier. The technology utilizes audio components with an independent power design for a significant reduction in electronic noise producing superb sound quality. The unique noise-blocking multi-layer PCB layout is conducive for an exceptionally clean signal. That design feature, together with a sampling rate of 192kHz/24-bit, delivers a high quality audio through an analog connection to your home theater system, multi-channel speakers or high-end headphones allowing you to enjoy true high-definition 7.1-channel surround sound.
Part of the Puro Hi-Fi design includes high-quality "Non-Polarized Electrolysis Electric audio capacitors" for each individual audio channel circuit delivering low noise, low distortion, and a wide bandwidth to achieve the highest sound resolution and sound expansion for the most realistic sound effects. Furthermore, the resistors used by the system are of the metal-oxide film type with metal oxides such as tin. The electric characteristics are that of greater stability and reliability than regular metal film resistors when operating in an extremely broad working temperature range. These special components are typically used in applications with high endurance audio demands.
With BIOSTAR's implementation of four unique technologies, Puro Hi-Fi, THX, Lucid MVP and SmartSpeedLAN, the brand new Hi-Fi series of motherboards increases sound, network and graphics performance dramatically. For a powerful gaming masterpiece with even a limited budget, this new Hi-Fi series motherboard is the best choice and will become a new favorite among gamers and movie watchers.
Originally launched in 1992 to provide thermal solutions for to the PC industry, the Cooler Master brand now produces chassis, power supplies, coolers and other accessories, as well as OEM cooling for the likes of NVidia and AMD.
Having won numerous awards, including the 2008 Computex Design & Innovation award, for the high build-quality of its cases alongside innovative designs, Cooler Master has been keen to build on its growing reputation amongst the gaming community.
They have gone a long way in achieving this in recent years by providing impressive cooling systems in their case designs. As a result, demand for their products is growing, particularly from specialist gaming retailers who also see the opportunities available in upgrading and improving on existing systems.
Cooler Master’s appointment of Target is attributed to the distributor’s access to over 2500 specialist retailers, etailers and systems integrators. In turn, the Cooler Master brand also bolsters Target’s case offering that already includes Antec, Gigabyte and Foxconn.
Kelly Coxon, Target’s Purchasing Manager, said “we are delighted to have Cooler Master on board. Not only does this offer our customers even more choice in what they provide to end users, but it also allows us to grow our existing range of prebuilt systems to address the gaming market.”
The news of Target's record year has been picked up by leading newspaper, The Yorkshire Post.
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Results for their year ending 31 March 2012 show another record performance for Yorkshire IT distributor Target Components.
Sales topped £20million for the first time, up 4.4% on last year, with pre tax profit at £706,472 pipping last year’s figure by 0.9% and representing the distributor’s best year to date. This also represents another good year for target employees: the profit figure is after deduction of 10% which is shared equally between all staff.
This is now the sixth consecutive year of profit growth for the distributor, and the fifth record profit performance in a row, but represents a slowdown following five successive years of at least 40% bottom line growth.
Managing director Paul Cubbage commented “We’re delighted to announce another record year in the current climate. We’ve invested heavily this year to increase the level of help and support that we provide our customers, particularly free business advice via Target Business Advisory Services and Shoptalk. We’ve also invested significantly in increasing our headcount, so to see profit increase is particularly pleasing, and is once again a testament to the resilience and loyalty of our customers”.
GIGABYTE Thunderbolt™ motherboards allow users to daisy chain up to 12 devices simultaneously via an incredible bi-directional 10Gbps data pipeline that includes both PCIe and DisplayPort traffic. GIGABYTE Thunderbolt™ motherboards redefine desktop PC connectivity to make it far easier to connect multiple high speed storage devices and HD displays to your PC than ever before.
“It’s easy to see how our unique dual port Thunderbolt implementation simply offers more,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “We’re the only motherboard vendor currently offering DIY PC builders the absolute maximum in terms of device connectivity.”
“Thunderbolt technology represents a leap in performance and simplicity for media creators and entertainment enthusiasts,” says Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt marketing. “We are pleased to be working with GIGABYTE as they bring the first dual Thunderbolt port motherboard to market. It’s a great example of what Thunderbolt makes possible.”
GIGABYTE Dual Thunderbolt™ motherboards open up a wealth of new possibilities regarding high-performance storage devices. GIGABYTE has worked closely with several leading device partners, including Promise® Technology, LaCie, BlackMagic, Western Digital, Seagate, Elgato, CalDigit and cable manufacturer Sumitomo:
“Working with GIGABYTE has been very exciting,” said Kosta Panagos, Director of Creative Marketing, at CalDigit. “GIGABYTE’s new line of Intel 7 series motherboards featuring dual Thunderbolt ports, will usher in a new era of flexibility to the PC platform. It is also a perfect match with CalDigit's new T1 and T2 Thunderbolt drives which provide professional level performance on all platforms at consumer prices, a feat that was previously unattainable, thanks to GIGABYTE and Thunderbolt technology.”
“GIGABYTE’s new dual port Thunderbolt motherboards are an exciting innovation, giving incredible performance and are perfect for video and film professionals using Thunderbolt and the PC,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Customers using our wide range of Thunderbolt devices will now be able to choose to work in whatever format they need, giving them the flexibility to build whatever production and post production workflow they need.”
"In line with GIGABYTE and its dual on board Thunderbolt ports, WD's My Book® Thunderbolt™ Duo offers dual Thunderbolt ports for amazing creative flexibility while allowing daisy-chaining of up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo drives or other high performance peripherals for fast and efficient workflow," said Craig Davis, Director Sales & Marketing, Retail Division, Western Digital Asia Pacific & Japan Region.
“Thunderbolt technology is a fantastic way to deliver both data and display via one interface. It provides unparalleled performance and plenty of flexibility,” said Leo Paskin, Product Marketing Manager at Seagate. “With the ability to daisy chain up to 12 devices on GIGABYTE’s new dual port Thunderbolt motherboards, you can turn a desktop PC into a central device hub by plugging in a single cable!"
“As the first Intel certified cable vendor, Sumitomo is delighted to see GIGABYTE bring the first dual port Thunderbolt motherboard to market, creating the ultimate connectivity for desktop PCs, commented Motoi Matsuo. “These new Thunderbolt motherboards are also the perfect fit for Sumitomo’s exclusive high speed 20m optical cables.”
"Thanks to their dual Thunderbolt™ ports, Gigabyte's new 7 series motherboards deliver unbeatable flexibility", says Adam Steinberg, Vice President Marketing at Elgato. "The unique dual port feature enables users to combine multiple portable Thunderbolt™ devices like the powerful Elgato Thunderbolt™ SSD."
“LaCie is pleased to see GIGABYTE announce Thunderbolt technology on their lasted motherboards,” said Erwan Girard, Professional Business Unit Manager, LaCie. “The time is now for demanding PC users, especially digital content creators, to experience the unprecedented speeds and advantages enabled by Thunderbolt Technology. The desire for computers and peripherals to keep up with their work flow is a concern of the past.”
Dual Thunderbolt™ - Fast, Flexible and Simple Connectivity for your Motherboard GIGABYTE Thunderbolt™ motherboards are the first to be certified by Intel featuring dual Thunderbolt™ ports directly on the motherboard back panel I/O, with each Thunderbolt™ port supporting a maximum data transfer speeds with simultaneous bi-directional data transfer at speeds of up to 10Gbps - this means you can transfer a full HD 1080p movie in under 30 seconds.
GIGABYTE’s dual port Thunderbolt™ implementation ensures the absolute maximum potential connectivity, with support to connect up to 12 individual devices simultaneously, with each port offering full 10Gbps bandwidth.
Thunderbolt™ combines both DisplayPort and PCI Express protocols over a single cable so that users can connect a multitude of device types in tandem with HD streaming video and 8-channel audio, simultaneously in one specially developed cable. Users can also enjoy improved flexibility by ‘daisy-chaining’ several devices while still enjoying low latency and industry-leading data transfer speeds.
BIOSTAR, leading manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards, industrial computer systems and other peripherals has launched a new rebate scheme to UK resellers.
Available exclusively through leading trade-only IT distributor, Target Components, the offer is open to all resellers and system builders, offering cash back on all boards purchased.
The pilot scheme will run till the end of August 2012, with funds being credited back to accounts at the end of the quarter.
Making the scheme as easy as possible, all Target account holders are automatically eligible for the scheme, without completing any paperwork, and credit will be assigned back to accounts automatically without having to make separate claims.
The rebates are offered on a per quarter basis as below:
Biostar motherboards offer unparalleled value-for-money and the newly added rebate scheme only adds to the value. Biostar exposure has increased dramatically in recent months amid a flurry of positive reviews and is likely to continue as the manufacturer releases further models for review and testing, as well as end user competitions to be announced throughout the year.
In addition to the two overall winners, prizes will be awarded to the top scoring entry in each week of the four-week contest. The competition is open to all overclockers using a Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge CPU on an ASRock 7 Series Motherboard. There are no restrictions on the brand of graphics card used, and in the 3DMark 11 contest category multiple GPU models and systems with multiple cards are welcome. In the 3DMark Vantage category, contestants must use a single GPU, single card system.
In the X79 OC competition held by ASRock early this year, there were around 100,000 entries worldwide that made it extremely intense. The champion broke the world record of 3DMark 11 single GPU score by achieving a 3DMark 11 performance preset score of P12773 with ASRock X79 Extreme4 Motherboard.
This time ASRock aims to rally worldwide enthusiastic overclockers with ASRock Z77 series. The overall champion will be awarded with USD 1,000 dollars and ASRock latest secret weapon: Z77 OC Formula. Developing by the world’s OC legendary Nick Shih, this OC-specialized motherboard is tailor-made for overclockers to optimize the OC results.
This time ASRock aims to rally worldwide overclockers to create the best overclocking result with ASRock 7 series motherboard. The prize will include ASRock latest secret weapon: Z77 OC Formula. Developing by the world’s OC legendary Nick Shih, this OC-specialized motherboard is tailor-made for overclockers to optimize the OC results.
For further details of ASRock Z77 Overclocking Competition, please visit the website
GIGABYTE is yet again raising the bar of motherboard quality and durability with their Ultra Durable™ 5 technology, which includes high current capable components for the CPU power zone including the highest rated and awarded IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs from International Rectifier, 2X Copper PCB and high current Ferrite Core Chokes rated up to 60A which together are able to deliver up to 60°C* cooler temperatures than traditional motherboards. Featured on a range of new motherboards based the Intel® X79 and Z77 Express Chipsets, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 technology is the next evolution in quality motherboard design.
“As the exclusive motherboard manufacturer to utilize the amazingly efficient IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs from International Rectifier, GIGABYTE has spent a considerable amount of engineering resources to ensure our Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboards are our best Ultra Durable™ motherboards yet,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboards are especially optimized for water cooled systems and overclocked Intel® Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge “K” SKU CPUs due to their exceptionally low operating temperatures, and make the perfect match for anyone looking to push their system to limits.”
“We are delighted that IR’s award winning IR3550 PowIRstage® provides the high current, thermal capability and outstanding performance to power GIGABYTE’s new Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboard series,” said Deepak Savadatti, Vice President and General Manager, IR’s Enterprise Power Business Unit.
About IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs The award winning IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs feature greater power efficiency and are the highest rated Power Stage in the industry, able to provide up to 60A of power. This ensures the best power delivery to the CPU, for more stable operation and better overclocking performance. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboards also use both IR digital PWM controllers and IR PowIRstage® ICs, for a uniquely seamless power delivery system.
Single Package Design IR has leveraged its world class packaging technology developed for the DirectFET®, improving the thermal capability and layout of the PowIRstage® significantly over that of other MCM packages.
Driver IC Developed by International Rectifier IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs feature a specialized MOSFET driver IC which is tuned perfectly for the MOSFET pair. Many Driver MOSFET companies use drivers from other companies, thus the drivers are not always optimized for the MOSFETs. With co-packaged Driver+MOSFETs, IR has designed this driver to optimize this module for greatest efficiency.
Industry Leading Peak Efficiency up to 95% IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs are more efficient, with peak efficiency up to 95%, during normal operation. Even at higher Current levels, IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs are able to maintain lower power losses. Lower power loss also means less heat as a byproduct.
High Efficiency = Low Power Loss = Less Heat = Longer Lifespan IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs remain cooler than other MOSFET designs, allowing users to overclock to greater levels of performance. Each power component has a maximum thermal operational temperature, and once it is reached, adding more voltage will only result in a failed overclock. Since IR3550 PowIRstages® are able to operate at cooler temperatures at higher voltages than traditional designs, overclockers are able to have more headroom to increase voltages, resulting in higher potential overclocks.
High Capacity Ferrite Core Chokes and 2X Copper PCB GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 motherboards feature High Capacity Power Stages and Ferrite Core chokes rated up to 60A with GIGABYTE exclusive 2x Copper PCBs to provide the most stable power delivery.
GIGABYTE’s exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design provides sufficient power trace paths between components to handle greater than normal power loads and to remove heat from the critical CPU power delivery area. This is essential to ensure the motherboard is able to handle the increased power loading that is necessary when overclocking.
Quality Inside and Out Even though several of the high quality components used in GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ motherboards are not visible from the outside including the amazingly efficient IR3550 PowIRstage ICs from International Rectifier and the copper inside of our 2X Copper PCB, rest assured that they are working hard to provide better efficiency, greater power savings, lower system temperatures, better overclocking performance and extended system longevity. That’s the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ guarantee.
About International Rectifier International Rectifier (NYSE:IRF) is a world leader in power management technology. IR’s analog and mixed signal ICs, advanced circuit devices, integrated power systems and components help enable high performance computing and reduce energy waste from motors, the world’s single largest consumer of electricity. Leading manufacturers of computers, energy efficient appliances, lighting, automobiles, satellites, aircraft and defense systems rely on IR’s power management benchmarks to power their next generation products. For more information, go to www.irf.com.
Phicomm has a significant market share across Asia and the Far East, currently shipping in excess of 50k units per day.
The brand's focus on ease-of-use, quality and reliability is demonstrated by its investment in research and development; 800 of its 2000-strong workforce are R&D engineers deployed across its five R&D facilities. All products are unique to Phicomm with both hardware and software being designed and developed in-house.
The emphasis on quality is backed-up by a further 170 onsite quality-control and testing engineers based at their 370 000 square foot factory in Shanghai. This attention in the development stages has seen the manufacturer win numerous awards in the Far East.
Phicomm has appointed Target Components to introduce the brand to the UK via its network of independent retailers, etailers and systems integrators. James Li, Phicomm's Channel Manager, explains: "our partnership with Target has been based on a common ethos - providing excellent products at excellent prices without scrimping on quality."
Kelly Coxon, Target's Purchasing Manager, said, "We've been extremely impressed with the ease-of-use and quality of the Phicomm range. We've tested a number of networking brands over the last year-or-so, but what stood out with Phicomm was the quality, usability and whole user experience that massively outperforms higher-priced brands in our tests."
To demonstrate Phicomm's intuitive product setup, Target is hosting a GUI (Graphical User Interface) emulator on the Target Components website.
The 7.0 GHz milestone was surpassed using an Intel® 3rd generation Core™ i7 3770k processor (aka Ivy Bridge) by renowned overclocker HiCookie, pushing the GIGABYTE Z77X-UD3H motherboard to a fully validated 7.03 GHz using liquid nitrogen cooling. This is regarded as the current #1 highest Ivy Bridge CPU frequency and a world record according to respected global overclocking website HWBot.org.
Additionally, HiCookie has broken the current highest memory speed for the Intel® Ivy Bridge platform, reaching an unprecedented 3280MHz with all 4 memory slots populated using the GA-Z77X-UD5H motherboards and G.Skill Trident X DDR3-2800 memory - also a new world record. This new record was achieved thanks in part to GIGABYTE’s engineering prowess and tried-and-true memory tuning capabilities.
New 22nm Ivy Bridge technology is a ''tick'' rather than a ''tock'' - meaning that the new generation carries forward (and improves on) many Sandy Bridge features such as Intel® Turbo Boost, Quick Sync, Rapid Response. And there are a lot of performance gains and new features to publicise to both businesses and consumers.
The new quad-core SKUS, released this April, can give everyone from gaming enthusiasts to enterprise CIOs a reason to upgrade.
Speed and Responsiveness
Huge documents and processor-sapping media files are helping to slow down both business and consumer PCs. 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors help address that with up to 65% faster media performance compared to the previous generation.*
And the 3rd generation is the most responsive yet, meaning that businesses can turn their time into money instead of waiting around for their PCs to perform. With responsiveness technologies such as Fast Standby, Power Saving and Fast Resume, an OS can resume in 5-7 seconds from a near zero-power state.
Amazing Graphics for both Business and Consumers
Sandy Bridge-E processors released earlier this year gave gamers and enthusiasts a burst of unlocked power. But the new range of unlocked quad-core 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 K SKUs can claim a 56% improvement when running ArcSoft Media Converter 7 transcode video software.**
New 3D and display technologies in the latest platform are helping businesses impress. Business PCs can now video-conference in full 1080, with the ability to quickly and wirelessly share a desktop on a screen with Intel® WiDi. Play 3D games with InTru 3D and support for S3D compliant eyewear.
Take Advantage of Business-Ready PCs
New Intel® Small Business Advantage is available with both 2nd and 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors, across a range of compatible PCs. This out-of-the-box, customisable suite of tools helps your small business customers manage their PCs without the help of a dedicated IT professional, performing PC health checks and updates automatically and often overnight.
Today in 1982 was the launch of the Sinclair Spectrum ZX. One of the most ground breaking computers of its era. The brain child of Sir Clive Sinclair the original ZX came in 2 options. The 16kb Ram model for only £125. Yes you are reading that right, back in 1982 16kb was a lot of memory. Or if you wanted the top of the range you could opt for the 48kb model for £175.
The Sinclair was cheaper than any other computer on the market, and within the first 3 months they had amassed over 30,000 back orders. The Spectrum started a bedroom war. You were either a Spectrum or Commodore owner. It was like a football rivalry (without the terrace fights).
While not the most powerful computer on the market the Spectrum opened up basic programming to the home user, allowing everyone to design games. Many of today’s gaming companies can still trace their roots right back to the Spectrum. Code Masters were one of the original pioneers of games on the ZX with titles such as Dizzy.
Loading games was via a tape deck and the screechy whine became a universally acknowledged sound byte and the games made Minecraft look impressive but in 1982 it was nothing more than revolutionary.
The TZ75B board is based on the latest Intel Z75 chipset manufactured using the 22-nm processor using tri-gate transistors. The single-chip Intel Z75 natively supports USB 3.0 and is compatible with the new LGA 1155 third-gen Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 CPUs (Ivy Bridge) with TDP up to 95W retaining the back compatibility with the second-gen Intel Core CPUs (Sandy Bridge).
The TZ75B board has four DDR3 DIMM slots and supports up to 32GB dual-channel DDR3 1600/1333/1066Mhz RAM and overclocking DDR3 2133/1866 MHz RAM. The expansion slots include one PCI-E x16 2.0, two PCI-E x1 2.0 and two PCI slots for peripherals. The Intel Z75 chipset delivers an integral support for two SATA3 6Gbit/s and four SATA2 3Gbit/s ports allowing for arranging SATA RAID 0, 1,5,10 arrays. The board also features three USB 3.0 ports and six USB 2.0 ports. The speedy 10/100/GbE LAN interface on the Realtek RTL8111E delivers a high speed for local and external network resources. High quality HD sound is delivered by the 8-channel Realtek ALC892 codec.
The integrated graphics core with the support for new display technologies including DirectX 11 and HDMI 3D Visual for stereoscopic content delivers high performance in most graphics apps and games without external discrete graphics. The board features all popular video output interfaces including digital HDMI and DVI port with the HDCP technology and an analog VGA port. The PCI-E x16 3.0 port delivers even higher performance with a discrete card including multichip ATI CrossFireX solutions.
The TZ75B boards are produced on the most up-to-date production line using reliable components and latest technologies for the best stability and long-term operation. The TZ75B boards use high-quality solid capacitors with a 6-phase regulating system. The board also supports the new BIOS with the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI BIOS) which delivers flexibility and simplicity of tuning thanks to a clear graphics interface.
Like all modern BIOSTAR boards, the TZ75B comes with the maximum suite of utilities for simple tuning, overclocking and running. The universal T-overclocker Windows utility is a combination of several powerful tools for fine system tuning and tuning performance of a CPU, memory, fan speeds, etc. The BIOSTAR G.P.U (Green Power Utility) lowers power consumption at a light CPU load. Besides, the TZ75B board supports the BIOS-Flasher, BIOS-Relife and BIOS Online Update for transparent operation and updating I/O system, the Charger Booster technology for faster charging of mobile devices via USB, and the BIO-Remote2 technology for remote control of PC’s multimedia features using Android and Apple gadgets.
About BIOSTAR MICROTECH INT'L CORP. Since its establishment in 1986, the BIOSTAR GROUP has become a major motherboard supplier to the PC industry in Taiwan. In order to pursue continuous growth, BIOSTAR has invested heavily in acquiring the physical and human resources to excel research and development. In every endeavor, BIOSTAR has sought to enhance product quality and expand its range of available products. In addition to producing quality motherboards, BIOSTAR also carries out mini PC system - iDEQ series - the intelligent Desktop trends for the near future and IA product. A wider product range provides buyers with choices they want and need. With a constant emphasis on quality, BIOSTAR seeks to offer products with the highest price-performance ratio in the industry.
“The GIGABYTE B75 series represents an exciting step up in GIGABYTE’s commitment to Intel’s business platforms, and we are investing significant company resources to promote broad adoption amongst our global customer base,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “We plan to go to market on launch day with no less than 4 models that will be an integral part of our product portfolio as we believe the features offer an opportunity for our system integrator and retailer partners to differentiate their products and services with the elegant and easy-to-use Intel Small Business Advantage IT management system.”
GIGABYTE B75 Series: Small Business Management Made Easy GIGABYTE B75 motherboards are specifically designed to fill the gap between traditional entry-level products, and specialized business PCs. The Intel® B75 Express Chipset supports Intel 2nd and 3rd generation processors and is positioned between Intel® Q77 and Intel® H61 Express Chipsets, offering a sweet spot in terms of value and features.
Supporting the latest 22nm 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors codenamed Ivy Bridge, GIGABYTE B75 series motherboards utilize the Intel B75 Express Chipset, and are the first motherboards to be bundled with the latest Intel® Small Business Advantage software platform; a collection of free out-of-the-box software applications designed to make it easier than ever for small business users to manage and configure their IT infrastructure.
Intel® Small Business Advantage Features Data Backup and Restore This feature allows you to automatically wake up the PC and launch the Microsoft Backup and Restore application. This means that Backup and Restore sessions can be scheduled to run outside of the regular business hours, to minimize inconvenience and impact on employee productivity.
Energy Saver Allowing the user quickly and easily set a power schedule for the computer, Energy Saver allows the computer to enter sleep mode at the end of business hours, and powered up just before the beginning of business hours, thus improving productivity and saving energy costs. After configuration, the computer will continue to power up and power down at the scheduled times, with no user intervention necessary.
PC Health Center Lets Small Business owners quickly and easily schedule all maintenance tasks, including Windows updates, disk defragmentation, deletion of temporary Internet files and other temporary application files that can take up hard drive space. The PC Health Center application is able to wake up the computer and run the scheduled tasks, helping to simplify PC maintenance.
Software Monitor Detects and monitors security-related applications that are installed on the computer; these include Microsoft Security Essentials, Norton 360, Kingsoft Antivirus Software, Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security, McAfee Total Protection and Kaspersky Internet Security. If a monitored security application is disabled or attacked for any reason, Software Monitor sends an alert to tell the user that something has occurred. The user can also define which applications to monitor and how they want to be notified.
USB Blocker Computers in a small business need protection from possible security threats caused by the increased use of USB ports and USB devices. The USB Blocker application allows you to quickly and easily define which USB devices can connect to the computer. Different categories of USB device can be identified (e.g. portable storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, smart phones etc), with specific rule configuration options available.
Unique GIGABYTE Features Insist on Ultra Durable™ GIGABYTE B75 series motherboards support the latest GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 technology, embracing a range of exclusive technologies that guarantee DIY PC builders the absolute best protection for their PC. Specific features prevent common malfunction threats including humidity and moisture, electro-static discharge, sudden power loss and high operating temperatures.
Humidity Protection There is nothing more harmful to the longevity of your PC than moisture, and most parts of the world experience moisture in the air as humidity at some point during the year. GIGABYTE B75 series motherboards have been designed to make sure that humidity is never an issue, incorporating a new Glass Fabric PCB technology that repels moisture caused by humid and damp conditions. Using a new kind of PCB material which reduces the amount of space between the fiber weave, Glass Fiber PCB technology makes it more difficult for moisture to penetrate compared to traditional motherboard PCBs. This offers much better protection from short circuit and system malfunction caused by humid and damp conditions.
Electrostatic Protection GIGABYTE B75 series motherboards use high quality IC microchips that are rated with higher electro-static discharge (ESD) resistance than traditional IC implementations. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 motherboards use ICs with up to 3 times the ESD resistance levels compared to traditional ICs. This helps to better protect the motherboard, its components and the PC in general against potential damage caused by static electricity, a common threat to today’s PCs.
Power Failure Protection If your office experiences a sudden power outage for any reason, GIGABYTE B75 series motherboards are equipped to ensure that you won’t be dealing with a fatal malfunction and use patented DualBIOS™ technology to provide fail safe protection for the BIOS on your motherboard, automatically refreshing your BIOS from a back up version in the case of a critical power outage.
GIGABYTE B75 motherboards also feature special anti-surge ICs that protect your motherboard, and your PC, from any surge in power delivery that may occur, helping to ensure that your PC is equipped to deal with any kind of irregular and inconsistent power delivery.
High Temperature Protection GIGABYTE B75 series motherboards feature specially selected components that make your PC capable of higher temperatures in more extreme conditions, while at the same time preventing your PC from overheating. Using all solid capacitors for the GIGABYTE B75 series both reduces overall board temperatures while, making the motherboard more robust at higher temperatures. The choice of Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs also helps to reduce operating temperatures significantly compared to traditional MOSFET solutions. These component technologies combine to guarantee enhanced longevity and stability for your PC.
GIGABYTE B75 motherboards feature GIGABYTE’s exclusive On/Off Charge technology. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge technology allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, with the added benefit that the PC can be on, in standby mode or even off. Many mobile devices can be charged via a desktop PC's USB ports as long as the system is connected to an active power source, however this is not the case with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Even when the PC is being used and charging is enabled, these devices usually only draw a mere 0.5A for a trickle charge that can take 3 hours or more to fully charge the device. The benefits of GIGABYTE On/Off Charge are that users can reduce their charge time by around 40% while also acting responsibly and shutting down their PC system while it is not in use, e.g. while they sleep.
Bucking the expected trend forecasts. There has been strong demand for desktop PC’s putting pay to the doom and gloom community who continue to repeat “the desktop is dead” adage.
Worldwide PC shipments increased 1.9% in the second quarter, up to 87.3 million units but even more of a surprise is that the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region performed “better than expected” with the region making up 28.2 million sales. This is up 6.7% year-on-year.
The EMEA is expected to make up 40% of PC shipments this year showing further conscribed growth.
The new boards are based on the latest Intel Z77 chipset which, for the first time, incorporate tri-gate transistors manufactured using the 22-nm fab process, delivering a native support for the high-speed USB 3.0 interface and fast SSD caching thanks to Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT).
Fully compatible with the second-generation Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs, the new boards also support third generation Ivy Bridge CPUs, also manufactured with the 3D-transistors using the 22-nm fab process and designed for the popular LGA 1155 socket.
The new 4-year warranty shows the confidence that Biostar have in both their motherboard range and continued support they offer to both the channel and end-users.
Fast response is incredibly important in games. ASRock is all excited about its brand new achievement in the field of graphics enhancement. ASRock A75 Pro4/MVP motherboard supports Lucid Virtu Universal MVP™, is optimized to make your PC look better, respond faster, process video and media smoother, all within a lower power environment. Major features include :
1.HyperFormance™ : A new technology which combines integrated and discrete graphics for uncompromised performance and improves gaming frame rates 30-70%. Special highlight here is that HyperFormance is also supported with both ATI™ and NVIDIA® graphics cards.
Taken NVIDIA® GTX560 graphics card for testing. When enabling Virtu HyperFormance in ASRock A75 Pro4/MVP motherboard, the graphics scores increase significantly. Compared to the integrated VGA and discrete VGA, it provides up to 41.12% performance boost in 3DMark 11 (Extreme mode) test. HyperFormance gives a pretty good showing in performance term, demonstrating a huge improvement in graphics result.
2.Virtual Vsync™ : A technology designed to solve the ever lasting debate between quality and performance. Bring GPU performance from 60 FPS Vsync limit back to its maximum while keeping Vsync image quality and no tearing.
3.Switchable Graphics : Dynamically assigns tasks to be the best graphics resource regardless of physical cable connections.
The soon-to-be-released A75 Pro4/MVP motherboard may not be the best of the plethora of A75 APU motherboards around but it just goes to show that you don't need the most expensive board to get serious performance.
Best game: Portal 2
GAME award (voted by public): Battlefield 3
Design: Portal 2
Action: Batman: Arkham City
Story: Portal 2
Online Multiplayer: Battlefield 3
Mobile & Handheld: Peggle HD
Game Innovation: Little Big Planet 2
Family: Little Big Planet 2
Strategy: Total War: Shogun 2
One To Watch: Tick Tock Toys
Online Browser: Monstermind
Artistic Achievement: Raymans Origins
Sports/Fitness: Kinect Sports 2
Debut Game: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Original Music: LA Noire
Audio Achievement: Battlefield 3
Performer: Mark Hamill for Batman: Arkham City
Special award: Markus "Notch" Persson (Minecraft's creator)
Extremely Overclock to 1100 MHz
GIGABYTE GV-R777OC-1GD is an Overclock Graphics Card. Not only built with AMD’s latest 28nm GPU and GDDR5, GIGABYTE overclocks this card to 1100 MHz core clock! GV-R777OC-1GD is designed specifically for overclocking competition and gaming battle. The powerful new GPU consists of ground-breaking features which lead to incredibly immersive HD gaming experience and unrivaled performance.
GIGABYTE 10CM FAN DESIGN
GIGABYTE always dedicates to providing the best thermal solution to fulfill serious gamers’ needs. GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7700 Series is equipped with GIGABYTE 10cm large fan to provide gamers with a reliable gaming environment. Also, as opposed to the stereotype, GIGABYTE is able to maximize fan size to 10cm with the latest cooling design. Adapted with this 10cm cooling solution, GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7700 Series is virtually silent and its noise level only runs from 21.7dBA to 28dBA at full load.
AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology
Equipped with AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology, users can easily unleash the massive parallel processing power of GPU for physics, artificial intelligence, stream computing, ray tracing calculations, and tackle demanding tasks like video transcoding with incredible speed.
AMD HD3D technology
To fulfill every power gamer with no-compromise HD gaming experience, GIGABYTE AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series offers full support for Microsoft DirectX® 11 for realistic and stunning 3D gaming effects. Gamers are able to enjoy their favorite games in full stereo 3D with AMD HD3D technology which supports Stereo 3D display, gaming, and Blu-ray™. AMD HD3D technology brings gaming experience to a new levels of visual realism while gaming in PC.
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 2
Using high quality components is the key factor for having a long lasting, stable and reliable graphics card. GIGABYTE is again setting a new standard by using Ferrite Core Chokes, Low RDS (on) MOSFET and Lower ESR Solid Capacitors to provide the stability and reliability for the high-end graphics solution. In addition, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 2 Edition graphics cards now feature a sophisticated layout topology. This state-of-the-art power design from GIGABYTE delivers the ideal integration of thermal, electric characteristics, digital signals, power circuitry and optimum placement of components for enhanced graphics performance.
"High-performance functions are not exclusive for high-end motherboards. ASRock's strength is to apply premium function on budget-level motherboards, making the function available by most of the users." commented James Lee, V.P. of Sales and Marketing at ASRock. "This time, miracles do happen at ASRock! Thanks to the excellent R&D team, ASRock is the first motherboard company to apply these two Intel® new functions on H61 series motherboard in the world!"
In addition to Intel® Rapid Start and Smart Connect technologies, ASRock H61 Value Motherboard Series can also support Next Gen 22nm Intel® Core Processor by updating the latest ME8 BIOS and Driver. With Next Gen 22nm Intel® Core CPU, ASRock H61 series motherboard can even support up to amazing DDR3 2200+ (OC) high speed memory frequency!
Configuring your ASRock H61 motherboard to support the new CPU and features, all you have to do is easily update the latest ME8 BIOS and driver from ASRock website.
In most traditions the day is known for the eating of pancakes before the start of Lent. Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of the main foods available, sugar, fat, flour and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.
For the perfect pancake, this recipe is by the domistic godess that is Delia Smith
For the pancake mixture
110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
pinch of salt
200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs - any sort of whisk or even a fork will do - incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don't worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.
Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you're using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. It's also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it's tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife - the other side will need a few seconds only - then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.
To serve, sprinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar, fold in half, then in half again to form triangles, or else simply roll them up. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice and extra sections of lemon.
Gamers need so much more from their rigs. ASRock Game Blaster was designed to exceed the expectations of even the most dedicated gamer. It is the first sound card coming with both Creative 7.1 CH HD Sound Core3D Audio and Broadcom Gigabit LAN in the world.
Creative Sound Core3D 7.1 CH HD Audio
Powered by Sound Core3D™ quad-core audio and voice processor, the revolutionary Game Blaster delivers the first-class sound experience to extreme gamers! This breakthrough audio chip even brings some exciting features, allowing gamers to enjoy pure gaming audio, such as THX TruStudio PRO™ sound technologies, CrystalVoice™ and EAX 1.0 to 5.0 solid sound technologies.
Designed for performance gaming, ASRock Game Blaster also supports the state-of-the-art Scout Mode™ technology. It is a proprietary technology that allows you to hear your enemies from further away, giving you a distinct tactical advantage in combat. With Scout Mode™, ASRock Game Blaster facilitates faster access in the heart of battle and allows gamers to get precise control to elevate their games. Can't wait to enjoy this exciting technology? Simply download the latest driver from ASRock website, and experience this amazing tool right now. (http://asrock.com/mb/spec/card.asp?Model=Game Blaster&cat=Beta)
Broadcom Gigabit LAN
ASRock Game Blaster was unprecedentedly equipped with a Broadcom Gigabit LAN. Broadcom Gigabit LAN not only focuses on high performance, but also ensures extremely low power consumption to enhance eco-friendly environment. Coupled with Game Blaster and ASRock motherboard, serious gamers will get benefits of 2 LAN supports. Connected 2 LANs together, users can enjoy Dual PCIE Gigabit LAN feature with teaming function effortlessly.
ASRock Game Blaster is setting a whole new standard for gaming audio. It's been designed for incredible sound experience and precise accuracy. The ASRock Game Blaster has lots intelligent features including Creative Sound Core3D single audio chip with Scout Mode™ and Broadcom Gigabit LAN. It's aimed to unleash the maximum gaming performance.
As its previous Xtreem LV DDR3 2400 CL9 has won overwhelming compliments, the company gets the chance again to bring out the upgraded Xtreem LV DDR3 2600 Quad-Channel CL10. This limited edition is by far the fastest and the only manufacturer to meet the extremely high standards of the 1T Command rate in the market. Its efficiency is 10% better than any other Quad-Channel memory. In addition, it supports the latest Intel X79 flagship platform and adopts the new Intel Core i7 premium processor Sandy Bridge-E (LGA-2011). The excellent stability and compatibility have passed strict tests to satisfy overclocking players’ needs all at once.
Director of Team Group Inc. Danny Hsia further emphasized that “The firm always provides the best consumer service and constantly invests in R&D for better products. Leading the market with the Xtreem LV DDR3 2600 Quad-Channel CL10 for top specification is a milestone and technology breakthrough for us! We expect to bring true and high-quality experiences to every overclocker.”
As a leading provider of memory storage products to the consumer market, Team Group is committed to providing the best storage, multimedia and data sharing solutions. All Team memory module products come with a lifetime warranty, repair and replacement services. For more information, please visit the Team website at www.teamgroup.com.tw
To be eligible for the contest, participants need to upload their 3DMark 11 Test score to 3D Mark.com and then get a great chance to win the top prize which is worth 3,000 dollars! The total prize is worth up to 13,000 dollars, which makes it one of the largest OC tournaments in recent years and is expected to arouse an agitation among global overclockers.
The contest includes two events: Sandy Bridge-E and Sandy Bridge platform. The scores will be reviewed on a weekly basis and the weekly winner will be awarded with the prize worth USD650 and USD1, 000 dollars respectively. The participant who submits the highest score within these four weeks will be the final champion for each group respectively. The Sandy Bridge-E final champion will be awarded with the prize worth USD3, 000 dollars while the Sandy Bridge final champion won the prize worth USD2, 000 dollars. The strong incentive makes the competition one of the greatest in the kind and expected to receive several ten thousand scores from professional overclockers around the globe.
In a move that redefines customer care for IT distributors, West Yorkshire based Target Components has hired its own full-time Business Adviser to work exclusively with its customers for free.
The decision was taken partly in response to the closure of Business Link's mentoring and training services as part of the public sector cutbacks, according to Target MD Paul Cubbage. "At a time when we need small businesses more than ever to fuel recovery, and when we are facing unique economic conditions, the support mechanism is being stripped back as part of the cuts" he explains. "We believe that we have a responsibility to our customers, and where we can help, we should. It's not altruism, it's just basic common sense: the more successful our customers are, the more successful we'll be."
Target has appointed experienced Business Adviser and successful small business owner, John Coulter, to the role. John will already be familiar to many Target customers having presented Business Link's "Build a Better Business" seminars at Target's recent open day. "As soon as I met Paul and when I presented at Target's Open Day this year it was plain this is a business that genuinely takes customer care seriously," he states, "and in taking on a dedicated Business Adviser, Target really has World Class aspirations. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of something so innovative."
The move follows on from the launch of Target's business support microsite, Shop Talk, which provides advice, discussion topics, blogs, resources and useful links along with a discussion forum for Target customers to share ideas. John adds, "We also plan to roll out a programme of business workshops to both educate and share best practices. I'll also be providing intensive one-to-one support for customers interested in a full strategic review and business growth planning".
The Booktop™ T1132 is the successor to the highly innovative Booktop™ T1125, which is the world’s first 3-in-1 computer. Similarly, the T1132 is a sleek, stunning and powerful 3-in-1 computer that instantly transforms into a notebook, a tablet and even a desktop PC through an exclusive docking station. With its unique design, powerful 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor, excellent NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics, and other impressive features, the T1132 is an exceptional new computer from GIGABYTE.
T1132 product details can be found here:http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4008#sp
For the Booktop™ T1132 Amazing Giveaway contest, GIGABYTE will give away one T1132, and if the GIGABYTE Notebook Facebook page exceeds 6000 fans as of the final day of the contest on December 20, 2011, then an additional Booktop™ T1132 will be given away, so make sure to spread the word to everyone you know! Additionally, several other prizes will be given away to a few lucky winners.
We’ve made it incredibly simple to enter the giveaway, so just follow the steps below for your chance to win great prizes! The T1132 Amazing Giveaway contest will start on Monday, November 28th and finish on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 based on Taiwan time. Details to Enter:
Step 1: Become a fan of the GIGABYTE Notebook Page. Only GIGABYTE Notebook Facebook fans are eligible to win the prizes: http://www.facebook.com/pages/GIGABYTE-NB/106627006879
Step 2: Fill out the simple survey by going to the following link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/GIGABYTE-NB/106627006879?sk=app_180222522065630
Bestselling products include its Ear Force headphones, while it also has a line of PC soundcards and adapters. It specialises in products designed specifically for gamers and many of its Xbox and PS3 products can be used for PC too, straight out of the box.
PCR spoke to Jeff Burchett, Turtle Beach’s community marketing coordinator, to get a few insights into the brand and why he considers it a must-stock for IT retailers.
How well do Turtle Beach products perform? What do they offer users?
Why has this sector become so lucrative and competitive lately?
Why should retailers stock Turtle Beach products?
A huge range of headsets seem to be popular, from budget price to expensive high-end models.
Is this a fad or have such products been popular for years?
How important are licences in this sector at retail?
For the answers to these questions head on over to PCR to read the full story PCR Online
To see our range of Turtle Beach Click HERE
“This new GIGABYTE X79 series range of boards are all about giving enthusiasts and professionals unprecedented control over their PC’s hardware,” commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE. “GIGABYTE 3D Power and 3D BIOS give hardcore gamers, extreme overclockers and cutting-edge content creators absolute mastery over every aspect of their PC.”
GIGABYTE 3D Power™ (patent pending) GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards take advantage of the new and exclusive GIGABYTE 3D Power, based on a 3-way Digital Power Engine for both the PWM and memory that delivers unprecedented power delivery control. Utilizing a brand new Digital PWM controller, GIGABYTE’s 3D Power features three digital memory controllers for not only the memory, but VTT and VSA, for real-time adjustment and control. The GIGABYTE 3D Power™ application provides a range of controls via a graphical user interface, allowing adjustment of load line calibration, over voltage protection control and real-time adjustment of CPU, VTT, IMC and four-channel memory frequencies. To find out more information about 3D Power™, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq97IE64GwY&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
GIGABYTE 3D BIOS™ (patent pending) Based on our new UEFI DualBIOS™ technology, GIGABYTE 3D BIOS™ re-imagines the traditional BIOS environment to make it more accessible for novice users than ever before. GIGABYTE 3D BIOS provides a full featured advanced mode for veteran BIOS users, alongside a graphical 3D Mode which offers a far more intuitive BIOS experience that makes it easier to understand how BIOS settings affect their PC’s hardware performance.
Intel X79 Platform Highlights All GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards are designed to get the absolute best performance from the latest 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors, bringing a number of new enthusiast-class features to Intel’s latest extreme platform. Featuring the new LGA 2011 socket and based on the latest updated micro-architecture, these new processors feature up to six cores with up to 15MB L3 cache and four-channel DDR3 memory. With an unprecedented 40 PCI Express lanes, enthusiast gamers can also enjoy the absolute maximum GPU performance in Multi-GPU SLI™ and CrossFireX™ configurations.
GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 Designed as the base for the ultimate in gaming PC builds, the GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 motherboard combines the unrivalled performance of this new X79 platform with our award-winning G1.Killer design philosophy: onboard discrete-class audio is offered courtesy of the Creative Digital Audio processor (20K2) which offers X-Fi Xtreme Fideility® and EAX® Advanced HD Audio 5.0 technologies, while the Killer™ E2100 Game Networking Platform offers advanced network optimization and management for the very best online gaming experience. 3-way SLI™ and CrossFireX™ capability means users can really push the boundaries of 3D gaming to new heights.
GIGABYTE X79-UD7 The GIGABYTE X79-UD7 motherboard is designed to provide CPU performance worthy of champions, with specific built-in technologies for extreme overclocking configurations. The X79-UD7 features an all digital PWM, four full length PCIe slots for 4-way GPU configurations plus a range of features that mean overclockers will never tire of tweaking the latest 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors. With GIGABYTE’s exclusive OC-VRM, you’ll find POScaps that ensure easy insulation, while OC-Touch lets users tweak in real-time using onboard buttons to change multiplier frequencies. OC-DualBIOS™ is complimented with a BIOS Switcher button that offers fast back-panel access to two distinct BIOS configurations. A Clear CMOS button is also included along with an OC button for instant OC profile loading. OC-PEG offers additional discrete graphics array power via the SATA rail with two SATA ports, guaranteeing all the power needed for extreme 4-way SLI™ and CrossfireX™ configurations. GIGABYTE X79-UD5 The GIGABYTE X79-UD5 motherboard provides the ultimate media processing workstation. Design and Engineering professionals that employ the latest CAD and multimedia creation software will be impressed with eight DDR3 memory slots combined with GIGABYTE’s unique 3D Power design to offer the ultimate platform for memory and CPU intensive workloads. We’ve also included back panel access overclocking via a simple OC button so that you can get an instant boost in performance when needed.
Exclusive GIGABYTE Bluetooth 4.0 / Wi-Fi Expansion Card* GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards will also include an exclusive PCIe expansion card that offers support for the latest Bluetooth 4.0 and IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. The new Bluetooth 4.0 standard includes Smart Ready technology that is debuting on mobile devices including the new Apple® iPhone® 4s. This means that transferring important content from your smart phone or tablet is easier and faster than ever.
*Availability may vary by region.
“Following the recent introduction of big.LITTLE processing and the ARMv8 architecture, the launch of Mali-T658 is another example of how ARM is seeking to redefine heterogeneous computing for the embedded space,” said Jon Peddie, President of specialist graphics research consultancy, Jon Peddie Research. “This will provide high-performance graphics and compute systems for low-power applications.”
Supported by lead ARM Partners, such as Fujitsu Semiconductor, LG Electronics, Nufront and Samsung, the Mali-T658 GPU enables an immersive visual computing experience on a range of ‘always on, always connected’ consumer devices. These include high-performance, energy-sensitive superphones, smartphones and tablets, as well as smart-TVs and automotive infotainment solutions. Building on the success of the Mali-T604 GPU, the Mali-T658 extends ARM performance leadership with scalability up to eight cores, and by doubling of the number of arithmetic pipelines within each of these cores. It is also compatible with the ARMv8 architecture.
“ARM is in a unique position to integrate CPU, GPU and interconnect technology into optimized, coherent systems, and by doing so improve performance and enable more efficient data sharing,” said Rock Yang, VP Marketing, Nufront. “This will allow partners, such as Beijing Nufront, to make the most of the leading capabilities of each system component and maximize throughput in ARM technology-based compute sub-systems.”
Delivery of a common set of compatible drivers for all Midgard architecture-based Mali GPUs enables faster time-to-market and minimizes software upgrade costs for future implementations. The ARM Mali-T658 GPU supports a wide range of graphics and compute APIs, including Microsoft DirectX® 11, Khronos OpenGL® ES, OpenVG™, Khronos OpenCL™, Google ® Renderscript ™ and Microsoft DirectCompute®.
The Mali-T658 has been designed to work seamlessly with the ARM Cortex™-A15 and Cortex-A7 processors either in standalone modes or in big.LITTLE processing mode. The autonomous nature of the Mali Job Manager, and its ability to carry on graphics processing with a reduced load on the CPU, means it is very well suited to work alongside a big.LITTLE CPU system. By using the right processor for the right task the Mali-T658 is able to handle GPU compute tasks in parallel with the CPU handling the always-on always-connected tasks. The ability of the Mali-T658 GPU to scale up to eight cores provides unprecedented energy-efficiency, flexibility and scalability to match the CPU and GPU performance points through one coherent interface.
“Next generation consumer devices based on the Mali-T658 GPU will address the growing user expectation for slick user interfaces and desktop-class graphics,” said Pete Hutton, general manager, Media Processing Division, ARM. “Intuitive user interfaces will mean that consumers can access the full functionality of their connected devices, for richer user experiences. This includes HD gaming and new compute-intensive applications, such as augmented reality.”
Importance of cache coherency in multicore CPU/GPU designs
Cache coherency is essential in multicore computing devices to maintain the consistency of data stored in local caches of a shared resource. This ensures optimum performance and energy-efficiency of complex heterogeneous SoC designs, and is designed to address next generation, high-performance computing devices. ARM system IP, such as CoreLink™, enables system level cache coherency across clusters of multicore processors, including the Cortex-A15 MPCore™ processors and Mali-T658 graphics processors.
Out of the 25 sites listed by the research, Currys and PC World came joint 22nd, with only Asda and B&Q rated worse as places to buy electronics online.
The poor placing is par for the course for Currys, as it came 18th out of 20 sites listed last year.
Customers were happy enough with the stock at the two Dixons Group sites, but they lost out on price, delivery and website usability. A Dixons Retail spokesperson said: "We are disappointed to be so low on the list as we aim to provide a good service to our customers, but we recognise that there are areas we can develop and are currently working to improve a number of aspects of our websites."
Skip Dr quickly and easily cleans discs, removing dust, dirt and fingerprints that cause skipping, freezing and distortion. Motorized cleaning process cleans music, DVD, game, data, photo, recordable, and all other types of optical discs, including Blu-ray. Easy to use, two-step process just spray and let spin until dry. Safely removes build-up and optimizes disc performance of all optical discs with microfiber cleaning pad and disc cleaning solution. Motorized device includes hand washable/replaceable microfiber cleaning pad and 1 fl. oz. disc cleaning solution. Safely removes build-up and optimizes disc performance of all optical discs with microfiber cleaning cloth and disc cleaning solution.
“The headphone market is worth over £120m per year,” Impact Global Solutions owner Angus Boyd told MCV. “There is lots of competition but also lots of demand.”
Even audio specialists from other fields are getting in on the act, with Sennheiser readying a range of gaming products this Q4.
“This exponential growth in online gamers has made the sector more lucrative to manufactures,” said Dominic Feeney, Sennheiser’s UK consumer product manager.
Headsets used to only be for gamers with high-end PCs. Consoles have caught up and now online gaming is integral to the experience.”
James Batchelor - MCV
To see Targets gaming range click HERE
In a move designed to provide its customers with a greater choice of brands, the distributor believes that Trust's ethos of providing extremely high-quality products at competitive trade prices falls in line with its own.
The appointment also provides the opportunity for the distributor to introduce lines hitherto unrepresented in the ever-expanding Target catalogue: not only will Target be listing the diverse range of Trust products such as keyboards, mice and headsets, they will also be stocking their wireless audio receivers, 5.1 surround sound cards as well as its extensive range of mobile accessories.
"We are very happy to have been appointed by Trust," said Target's Head of Purchasing, Kelly Coxon, "not only do they bolster our accessories range but the Trust brand is already synonymous with quality, whilst also offering our customers the sort of margins they are always after."
Its appointment by Trust is the latest in a long line of successes for Target in 2011; the Open Day in September was a very public display of the major brands it has secured as well as showcasing the distributor's commitment to providing its customers with the means to progress their businesses through its dedicated business advice portal, Shop Talk; the introduction of Target's range of in-house prebuilt PCs; the company's most successful year-to-date, achieving 40% year-on-year growth for the past five years, despite the current economic situation.
The Trust range will be available from Target as of 6th October, with additional lines added as they become available.
Measuring at 200x70x200 mm, this compact HTPC will feature Intel's Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs paired up with Intel's HD 3000 graphics and Nvidia's Geforce GT 540M 1GB graphics card, 4GB of memory, various storage options depending on the SKU and a DVD or Blu-ray optical drive.
The Intel HD 3000 graphics and Nvidia's Geforce GT 540M will work together with automatic graphics switching over Virtu tech and it will even have support for Nvidia's stereo 3D tech. As far as the connectivity goes, the new Vision 3D HTPC will feature four USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, HDMI and DVI outputs, and integrated 8-channel audio with optical SPDIF output.
All of Target's pre-built PCs have been designed and specified with the retailer in mind. Using only branded parts; they have created an initial range of 6 PCs to help provide the right system for the customer. All their pre-built PCs are both upgradeable and expandable and are supplied free of any restrictive OS.
The pre-built PCs are hand assembled to the highest standard, in a purpose built dust and static free environment, by their own dedicated expert system technicians with over 35 years experience between them.
Once the PC has been assembled it undergoes a rigorous-testing regime to ensure that all components are working without conflict, giving peace of mind that any pre-built PC you buy from Target will work straight out of the box.
All the pre-built PCs come with a 12-month collect and return warranty and a further 2 years return to base labour warranty, giving both the retailer and the customer total piece of mind.
Paul Cubbage, MD of Target Components said: In today's marketplace we all need to save time and money everywhere we can. Our pre-built systems will save retailers both time and money, which no-one can afford to waste.
Target Components will be showcasing their new system builds at this years' Open Day on the 16th September. Where you will have the opportunity to see the systems and talk to the technicians directly.
In addition to Z68 Extreme7 Gen3, ASRock will continue to apply XMP 1.3 support in our PCIe Gen3 Motherboards by offering the latest BIOS in the coming future. With ASRock motherboards and certified memory optimizations built into Intel® XMP 1.3, overclocking on ASRock PCs is easy right out of the box.
In an unexpected announcement, HP gave the strongest signal yet that the firm intends to distance itself from hardware and concentrate on greater success in the enterprise software and services markets.
That world's largest PC maker said that the firm would not only exit WebOS mobile hardware business but was also exploring a disposal of the IT giant's Personal Systems Group, the business unit that manufactures PCs and notebooks.
The diagram can be downloaded from HERE
GPU overclocking was formerly limited to the external tool AMD Overdrive but now the AMD Vision Center provides access to both GPU and CPU overclocking although CPU overclocking is limited to AMD's multiplyer unlocked 'Black edition' processors.
Other improvements include a claimed 10 per cent performance boost for the DirextX 11 version of Crysis 2 on the Radeon HD 6000 and HD 5000 series graphics cards and an 8 per cent boost for Fear 3 on the same video cards.
Call of Duty Black Ops players will also be pleased with a hefty 20 per cent performance boost on both single and multiple video card configurations.
The new drivers also fix a range of bugs including fixing hardware acceleration for the popular video player software VLC.
In the third quarter of 2011, 500GB hard drive prices will rise by 10%, while 1TB hard drives will rise about 5%.
After seeing the Japan earthquake significantly impacting upstream supply in the first half, and demand from the retail channel started turning weak in the second half, hard drive shipments in 2011 may stay flat on year for the first time, the sources noted.
Although rare earth material only account for a very limited proportion in hard drive production costs, due to prices increasing by 20-30 fold, the situation is already serious enough to affect hard drive pricing.
In 2010, China reduced its rare earth exports by 40% on year to 30,000 tons, and it continues to expanding its export limitations.
In addition to hard drive makers, the optical disc industry is being affected by China's export limits of key material TFP, causing a significant increase in the material's price, as a result most second-tier makers have already stepped out of the market because of the cost pressure, the sources added.
Since the hard drive industry only has three main players, Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba, leaving almost no space for price competition; therefore, hard drive makers should be able to successfully shift the increased costs to the market. However, as China continues to increase its export bans, hard drive pricing is likely to continue increasing in the short term.
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We now expect every website and email to be a potential threat and we guard ourselves with firewalls, security software and malware protection at every corner. We also expect our ISPs to do some of the work for us in limiting the amount of spam we receive, and catching the emails that are obvious threats.
So why do we treat the smartphone as being immune to the same attacks and threats that force us to spend millions of pounds a year in protecting our desktops?
How many of us have the same, or equivalent, protection on the devices we use the most? Smartphones now use scaled-down versions of the operating systems we use on our laptops and PCs and are, therefore, at least as susceptible to such unwanted attacks. Maybe more so.
According to Claus Villumsen, mobile security expert at BullGuard, “Mobile users need to be educated about the increasing potential risk involved in using a smartphone to access the internet, send emails and perform financial transactions.”
Proof lies in the number of reported malware attacks that have been documented in recent months. Google Marketplace has removed several apps from its Android Marketplace after receiving a raft of complaints that they contained malware. Even Apple, hitherto the only organisation to escape such attacks previously, has been caught out with iOS now under attack from commercial malware.
Recent studies show a 250% rise in the number of malware attacks in the last six months alone. According to reports, the number of malware infections has leapt from 80 to 400 unique applications in the first six months of 2011. The chance of encountering an unsafe link is now teetering on 30%.
People are simply unaware not just of the number of risks, but that the risks exist in the first place when using mobile phones. In a report from BullGuard, 53% of British people surveyed were “unaware of security software for smartphones”, 21% believed it isn’t necessary and 42% had not considered using it.
Paul Cubbage, MD at independent distributor Target Components, thinks our priorities should be realigned: “We’re experiencing a huge rise in the demand for mobile spares for screen repairs, faulty jacks and accessories, but the number of requests for mobile security software are few and far-between. Every mobile user should be protecting themselves from the same attacks seen in the laptop and desktop world- there are products, such as BullGuard’s Mobile Security that mimic their desktop offerings in the level of security they offer, whilst remaining simple to use.”
This echoes BullGuard mobile security expert Claus Villumsen’s, assertion that it’s not just protecting yourself against online attacks: “Every phone lost or stolen is a potential threat- 88% of those surveyed claimed that they did not store sensitive data on their phone, yet we suspect that there will be an enormous amount of information collected on each device without the user’s knowledge. In the wrong hands you have exactly the same threat here as you would were you to lose your laptop.”
Cubbage determines that “we must start seeing our smartphones and mobiles not only as essential to our own lives, but also as an essential resource for hackers and criminals. The more we can do to protect our mobile devices, the more we do to protect ourselves.”
The OFT has suggested that the law no longer fits the current climate
Claudia Berg, director in the OFT’s Goods and Consumer Group said; “This recommendation reflects major changes over the past decade in the way consumers purchase household electrical goods, not least the growth of the internet. We are determined to ensure such industry-specific regulation only remains in place where it continues to be necessary to promote effective competition. Where it is no longer necessary, and we can use general consumer and competition law, we will always look to reduce regulatory burdens on UK businesses”.
The design seems to be based on information gathered from several Apple rumour websites. The spec seems to fall quite a bit short, The screen is a 3.5” resistive, the operating software is Java based and it has no on-board memory, but you can bet Steve Jobs and the boys are rounding up the lawyers as we speak.
The site was set up for avid fans to be able to gain further information and more stories about the famous Harry Potter.
The site does not officially open until October, but the scammers are already hard at work selling fake beta keys claiming to give fans early access, and using search engine poisoning to direct would be users to sites that are seeded with viruses or other malware.
Fake beta keys have been appearing on ebay and videos on youtube.
In a blog post, the Pottermore administrators said buying and selling accounts was "expressly prohibited" in the terms and conditions. Also, it added, signing up with a view to selling an account "deprives genuine fans the chance to gain early access".
It added: "We have the right to terminate any Pottermore accounts that are sold online."
Wallace was ordered by a judge in 2009, not to access Facebook, but apparently did so during a flight from Las Vegas to New York in April 2009
The 43 year old has been indicted by a grand jury in California on 3 counts of intentional damage to a protected computer and 2 counts of criminal contempt. It is claimed that Wallace hacked into 500,000 facebook accounts. To send 27 million spam emails.
If convicted Wallace could face up to 40 years in prision and a $2 million fine.
AMD hope to dominate the entry to mid range of PC’s with the new Llano and it’s next generation on 32nm chips
Intel is scheduled to meet notebook partners in Taipei next week to discuss the BOM and other details relating to ultrabooks with an aim to control the initial selling prices of ultrabooks to below US$1,000, as they initially suggested.
So what do you do to combat this sort of crime? You can’t be everywhere all the time, nor can you afford to employ a security guard. So what options do you have?
Company’s like ADT offer a great range of security options but at a great cost, and in this day and age unless your losing £100’s per week it’s very difficult to justify the spend.
Target Components offer a cost effective way to solve this problem.
Keep an eye on your home, business, garage, school or even your holiday home - wherever you are! With a 4 or 8-channel DVR (Digital Video Recorder) you can monitor your premises from anywhere with an internet connection at the fraction of the price of traditional alarms and security services.
Featuring motion detection, audio, mouse support (mouse included) and a remote control the devices will support up to 1TB SATA hard drive which, due to the H264 video compression, will provide several days-worth of content at a time. To accompany the DVRs, Edge10's C171 hard glass CCTV monitor has been desined specifically for security purposes.
The DVRs even allow you to monitor from your smartphone (iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Mobile), with all the relevant software included in the box.
But don’t just think that this is a solution to security problems. The DVR’s have several applications.
Since the recent launch of the world’s first APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) from AMD, there has been a lot of benching going on to see if AMD really has created an onboard graphics solution that can compete head-to-head with the lower end discrete market. But many are asking the age-old question, “will it blend”? No, wait a second...we really don’t suggest trying that. The real question is will it overclock? During the month of August, GIGABYTE would like you guys to answer that for us. So, using any GIGABYTE A75 motherboard (learn all about them HERE), submit your best scores for each of the 5 stages using only the APU graphics…ie., no discrete graphics cards allowed. Since HWBOT is hosting, HWBOT rules apply. The first place winner gets a 990FXA-UD5 and second and third place each get a E350N-USB3. Good luck everyone!
Stage 1: 3Dmark 11 P (Preset) Stage 2: 3Dmark Vantage P (Preset) Stage 3: PCMARK 7 Stage 4: Unique Heaven DX11 Stage 5: UCBench2011
For complete contest details and rules, please visit: http://hwbot.org/competition/gigabyte_apu_contest
Android users are particularly at risk from downloading contaminated apps from online apps markets. Up to 1 million people may have already been exposed to mobile malware
As mobile devises grow in popularity so do the malware programmes.
Mobile security is available from Bullguard
Virgin’s London Wi-Fi network would offer speeds of up to half a megabit to everyone, but subscribers to Virgin services would see their speeds increase up to 10 megabits.
By increasing their robotic force they hope to increase productivity while reducing the amount of faulty products, which may occur due to human error.
The average UK broadband speed increased by 10 per cent in six months – from 6.2Mbit/s in November/December 2010, to 6.8Mbit/s in May 2011.
Almost half (47 per cent) of UK residential broadband users were on packages with advertised speeds above 10Mbit/s in May 2011, compared to 42 per cent in November 2010 and just 8 per cent in April 2009.
But the gap between actual speeds and advertised (‘up to’) speeds has also increased.
The average advertised speed in May 2011 was 15Mbit/s, 8.2Mbit/s higher than average actual speeds of 6.8Mbit/s.
In November/December 2010 the gap was 7.6Mbit/s (average actual speed was 6.2Mbit/s and average advertised speed was 13.8Mbit/s).
The full report can be read here
Over a quarter of adults (27 per cent) and almost half of teenagers (47 per cent) now own a smartphone, according to Ofcom’s latest Communications Market Report.
Most (59 per cent) have acquired their smartphone, which includes devices such as iPhones, Blackberrys and Android phones, over the past year.
Users make significantly more calls and send more texts than regular mobile users (81 per cent of smartphone users make calls every day compared with 53 per cent of ‘regular’ users).
Teenagers especially are ditching more traditional activities in favour of their smartphone, with 23 per cent claiming to watch less TV and 15 per cent admitting they read fewer books.
And when asked about the use of these devices, 37 per cent of adults and 60 per cent of teens admit they are ‘highly addicted’
The full report can be seen here
The change of plans comes on the back of the legal battle resolved in the courts this week.
Motion Pictures Association representing film studios. Won it’s court case forcing BT to block access to the website Newzbin2. The landmark case was won despite the fact that Newzbin2 does not actually host any illegal content, but shows users where to find the copyrighted material.
The court case was taken without using the new Digital Economy act, brining in to question the need for any such act.
Speaking to the BBC, Vince Cable appeared to suggest that the Newzbin2 case had opened-up other legal avenues. "We've discovered that the drafting of the original laws, which took place a year or so ago, were not tight. "There are test cases being fought in the courts, so we're looking at other ways of achieving the same objective, the blocking objective to protect intellectual property in those cases, but in a way that's legally sound.
Target has today launched an extensive range of Evo Labs retail-bagged cables.
Perfect for display in shops, they can be hung on hooks or placed on shelves and will offer you the chance to make considerable margins whilst MASSIVELY undercutting the high-street chains.
Prices start from just 99p for a one-metre 3.5mm stereo jack-to-jack cable with gold connectors - the retail potential of which is £2.99 or more!
A £3.25 Evo Labs 2 metre HDMI Cable with gold-plated connectors can retail for £10 and upwards.
To see the whole range click here.
Chosen for their exceptional sound quality without the hefty price tag, K-World speakers look and sound different - their pyramid shape allows for a better and more direct sound reproduction in a small unit. Whilst squarer speakers suffer from echo as the sound reflects inside the speaker itself, K-World's system allows the sound to pass directly from the source to the outside:
K-World's build quality far exceeds that of its contemporaries, highlighted in the handbuilt, wooden-speakered, 40 Watt C40 set.
With a choice of USB or mains-powered models, the K-World range provides a deep, rounded bass, clear middle and fizzing treble without the tinniness associated with many desktop speakers, making them perfect for watching films or immersing yourself in the latest games.
To view all of Target Components videos click HERE
The site – named “Shop Talk” – provides practical advice, support and resources to help Target customers to “build better business”.
The site hosts business topics, articles, blogs, downloadable resources and useful links along with a forum to allow resellers to share ideas and suggestions or to seek advice from their peers.
The launch follows Target’s recent announcement of record profits for the year ending March 2011 and is part of the distributor’s programme of ‘giving something back’ by introducing new ways to help their customers. Target MD Paul Cubbage explains: “It’s no secret that the last few years have been very kind to Target, and that puts us in the fortunate position of having the resources to do more for our customers.”
Cubbage explains the aims of the site: “Running a small business can be fantastically rewarding, but by nature of size there are unique challenges: it’s not easy to have all the skills and experience that you need in-house, and you don’t always have people to bounce ideas off. Shop Talk aims to help with both.”
The site carries the tag line “Building better business together” and Cubbage is keen to stress that it is through collaboration and the sharing of ideas and experience that resellers can best equip themselves for future success. “The aim is for our customers to interact as much as possible. There’s nothing more useful than sharing experiences with others in a similar position, and the value of the site increases exponentially the more people get involved.”
Cubbage is also quick to point out that the site is purely for advice, support and interaction and that Target have no intention of promoting products or attracting sponsorship via the micro-site. “It is not a commercial enterprise in the sense that Shop Talk will not generate revenue, but if each of our customers got only one useful idea from it that helps to improve their business, it can only be beneficial to Target as well.”
Highlights of the initial site include resources such as a marketing ROI calculator, blogs such as “10 ways to beat the big guys on price”, and of course the forum.
Shop Talk can be accessed via Target’s website www.tc24.co.uk or directly via this LINK
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The accounts, filed last week at Companies House, show turnover up 13% to £19.8m and pre-tax profits up 56% to £700k, smashing last year’s record results of £17.5m and £450k respectively.
The results represent Target’s fifth consecutive year of profit growth of at least 40% per year. They also show significant growth in the last two years despite the weakness of the UK economy, with sales up 52% from £13m in 2009 and net profit up over 380% in the same period.
Target’s employees benefit from a 10% profit share bonus, with each member of staff getting an equal share of a bumper £80,000 this year, up from £50,000 last year.
Target primarily supply independent IT retailers and small to medium sized resellers, and MD Paul Cubbage believes that another record year for Target reflects the resilience of the independent sector: “Our success is reliant on the continued success of our customers, and our growth in the last couple of years demonstrates their ability to continue to thrive in a challenging environment.”
Cubbage also believes that demand in the economy will remain flat for the foreseeable future, but sees it as a primary responsibility of Target to ensure that their customers continue to succeed.
“We like to think that we do more than most to help our customers, but we aim to do much more. Our open day in September is based principally around business support, and we will be introducing a number of other initiatives over the next few months. This year’s primary focus is to improve the level of help and support that we provide. When the economy finally emerges from the flat conditions, we want all of our customers to emerge with us better and stronger than ever before.”
Not to be outdone, Biostar have also released a brand new H61 motherboard, which is also exclusive to Target. The new TH61-ITX is a small Sandy Bridge board, perfect for systems builders and those for whom space is an issue.
The first video added showed how to replace a damaged iPhone screen. The 10 minute video shows a step-by step replacement process, with all parts and tools being listed and available from Target Components.
The second video shows the new Gigabyte A75 motherboard coupled with the new AMD A8 chip. The video shows the combination of the motherboard and APU and the frame rates expected on new release games.
Further videos are planned for release showcasing products and "how to" guides.
“ASRock-Fatal1ty Co-Brand motherboards represent the quality. The vision of Fatal1ty board is to create the fastest and most stable computer equipment on the face of the planet.” commented James Lee, V.P of ASRock Sales and Marketing. Keep this in mind; ASRock is keen on delivering the most powerful motherboard products to satisfy the serious gamers. “Not only focusing on performance boosts, the newly launched Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 also pays special emphasis on the latest hardware enhancements that include the newest PCIe 3.0 support” said James Lee.
Gaming Giant : Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3
Gaming is a way of life. A high-spec system is a must for playing the latest games. For unbelievably powerful gaming without being tied to a desktop, the serious gamers should look no further than the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3: the world’s most powerful Z68 motherboard.
Supporting the next-gen of PCIe 3.0 configuration, the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 comes with 2 PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and 1 PCI Express 2.0 slot which are capable of NVIDA Quad SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX. Compared to PCIe 2.0, PCIe 3.0 could double the bandwidth of PCI Express and boost data transfers in systems. Coupled with the upcoming Intel Ivy Bridge processors with PCIe 3.0 support and next-gen PCIe 3.0 VGA graphics cards, users are assured to enjoy the full power of PCIe Gen3 standard.
This is a premium motherboard coming with the top-end specifications. The integrated PLX PEX8608 chip allows all PCIe devices to work at the proper speed simultaneously. Anyone who really wants an x4 slot should view this as mandatory. Digital PWM design improves the CPU power solution and delivers Vcore voltage to the processor more efficiently. To provide the ultimate way to control the games, gamers should look no longer than this customizable function: Fatal1ty Mouse Port. With a wide range from 125 Hz to 1000 Hz to make mouse polling rate adjustment, gamers can obtain more precise control of their mouse.
Functionability is incredibly important for computing, so you’ll need to ensure you have the right motherboard. Supporting the Intel Smart Response technology, this board can make the SSD become the "Cache of the HDD" to boost up the HDD access speed. In addition, the ultimate Lucid Virtu Switchable Graphics technology allows dynamic switching between the GPU of the Sandy Bridge processors and a discrete graphics card, without the need for a system reboot.
The Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 comes with some VGA outputs, D-Sub, HDMI, DVI-D (supported by the bundled HDMI to DVI adapter), 7.1-channel audio with THX TruStudio™ and integrated Dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming function. To build up your unique gaming masterpiece, the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 motherboard will surely serve all gamers’ needs very well.
When Intel released its Sandy Bridge processors in January, they were met with general applause and excitement. ASRock’s Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 mainboard is the first to meet the latest PCIe 3.0 standard and go on sale based on Z68 chipset. To be the very first to enjoy the advance function of PCIe 3.0, you should never miss out the Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3!
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“GIGABYTE continues to provide its customers with options for their motherboards, including high-end CPU compatibility with entry level motherboards, because in our experience there are customers out there who need this combination,” commented Henry Kao, VP of Worldwide Service and Marketing at GIGABYTE. “In addition to bringing our signature GIGABYTE features such as Ultra Durable 2 Classic, 4+1 phase VRM support, On/Off Charge and 3X USB Power to mainstream and entry level segments, now users can also be assured that their motherboard is able to take full advantage of all the performance enhancements that AMD’s upcoming AM3+ CPUs have to offer.”
Leading UK distributor, Target Components, has been appointed official UK distributor for monitor and display manufacturer HKC.
With the Yorkshire distributor's unrivalled access to systems builders, etailers and independent retailers, HKC are keen to expand on their current market share in the UK with a range of monitors that perform to the highest of standards without the barrier of premium price tags.
Established in 1997, HKC Group has manufactured affordable but reliable displays, supplying leading vendors. The demand for these products grew so quickly that, in 2005, the company launched itself as a retail brand in its own right.
Through Target's national network of customers, HKC is now in a position to build upon its market, particularly within education and the public sector, where its products are highly regarded for their robustness and reliability. Home users will also benefit from the same high-quality, user-friendly products. In an exclusive deal, all HKC monitors purchased from Target come with a Three Year Warranty rather than the standard two-year available from other distributors.
The addition of HKC as a vendor complements Target's existing portfolio of monitor manufacturers that already includes leading brands AOC and Edge10. Following feedback from its customers, Target determined the requirement for another high-quality brand to run alongside its current offering.
Target's Purchasing Manager, Kelly Coxon, commented, "with HKC on board, Target is now able to provide displays for all requirements; whereas Edge10 provides the more application-specific displays required by retailers and businesses, and AOC's wide range of fast-response monitors are perfect for gamers and designers, HKC fits in perfectly as a 'catch-all' solution for schools, home users and those on a tighter budget. We are very excited to be at the forefront of HKC's business plan."
Target's annual Open Day has been announced as taking place on 16th September
This year's event will be focused on helping Target's customers, providing business advice in the form of presentations, workshops and seminars.
Target's Managing Director, Paul Cubbage, has written an open letter to all of Target's customers, outlining the events of the day and offering the chance for them to request subjects to be covered:
"A big part of this year's Open Day on 16th September will be focused on business advice. In association with organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses, Business Link, HMRC and others, we will be offering a range of business presentations and seminars throughout the day from a number of independent experts.
The intention is to cover as broad a range of subjects as possible during the day incorporating areas such as Sales & Marketing, access to finance, tax, credit and risk management, customer service, and so on. There are a huge number of topics available to us, plus the ability to bespoke presentations to suit specific requirements.
I aim to draft the seminar schedule over the next couple of weeks so that we can start to plan for the day and, rather than simply choosing the areas I think would be best, I would welcome your help in suggesting topics that would be most of interest to you and provide the most benefit.
Please email suggestions to email@example.com as soon as possible. This mailbox has been set up specifically for this purpose. All replies will be treated with strictest confidence, will be accessible to me alone, no record will be kept, and the information will not be shared with anyone else, so please feel free to reply with complete candour.
Your suggestions may be as detailed or as general as you wish. You may want to suggest a specific topic or simply highlight areas that you find difficult or challenging. Remember that the overriding aim is to help you generate more business and/ or to make your life easier, so feel free to send through as long and as varied a list as you wish.
We want everybody leaving this year's Open Day buzzing with new ideas and your input can help us to make that happen.
Many thanks in anticipation.
The full programme of events will be announced very soon! Click the Open Day banner on the Target website homepage for up-to-date information
As part of our ongoing commitment to providing the highest possible level of service to our customers we have revamped our website.
In the first major overhaul since early 2008, we have retained the key features of the old site whilst improving the navigation, freshening up the look and feel, and introducing new features to improve communication and make the site more user-friendly. The new site also has significantly improved back-office and content management systems to ensure information on the site is always accurate and up to date.
The new site offers a number of key improvements including:
The "Make an Offer" system allows you to bid on our (already discounted) clearance products and the chance to grab a real bargain. More details can be found here.
The continued development of the site is an ongoing project, with further enhancements planned over coming months and - as ever - we welcome your feedback on the new site and any suggestions for future improvements.
Following two years of significant growth, Yorkshire-based distie Target Components is holding its first Recruitment Day on Friday 4th February 2011 in the conference suite at the Whitwood Inn, Castleford.
Target currently has at least nine new vacancies in various roles within the company, but is keen to take on more staff subject to finding “the right people”.
The recruitment follows a period of unprecedented growth, with turnover growing from £12m in calendar year 2008 to £20m in 2010, and staff numbers increasing by 40% over the same period.
The distributor is also enjoying its fifth consecutive year of profit growth. Target trebled profits last year and is currently on course to double them again this year (ending March 2011), all of which is good news for their staff who share 10% of profit.
The vacancies cover a number of roles within the company, including sales, business development, product management, purchasing, and technical, with the creation of new positions to facilitate increased levels of business and future expansion.
This will be the trade-only distributor's first Recruitment Day, with the decision to hold the event taken due to the unprecedented number of current vacancies.
Managing Director Paul Cubbage explains the importance of finding the right people to maintain Target's impressive growth:“Over the last two years, as most distributors have seen turnover decline or stagnate, we have grown sales by over 60% because we have expanded our customer base by the same ratio. Over the same period, our five closest competitors have seen their sales slide by an average of 16%. We believe we've achieved this because we look after our customers far better than our competitors, and we are able to do so because we have quality staff throughout the business that take a pride in the level of service they provide.”
Cubbage also believes that businesses have an added responsibility in difficult times to create jobs wherever possible. “As the VAT increase and government cuts start to bite, it's important that we all do as much as we can to create wealth and jobs in the economy. We’re in a fortunate position that we can do this whilst helping to fuel our future growth.”
The Recruitment Day offers visitors a chance to find out more about careers within Target and to meet members of the team. Representatives will be present from a number of departments to give details of current vacancies and future developments and there will be presentations and Q&A sessions throughout the day. The event is open to everyone, with doors opening at 10am and running until 2.30pm. Anyone interested in finding out more about opportunities within Target can find details on their website, www.targetcomponents.co.uk or simply attend on the day.
Yorkshire distributor Target Components has added networking manufacturer Tenda to its roster of exclusive distribution deals.
Long established in the Far East, Tenda is a recognised leader in domestic and small-business networking solutions. Well-known for its innovative, simple-to-use and cost effective solutions, it boasts providing the world's first installation CD among its achievements, allowing out-of-the-box connectivity within minutes.
Impressed with Target's channel penetration and the close relationships it develops with its customers, Tenda sees Target as the distributor of choice. Target also has an excellent track record in launching and re-establishing brands in the UK market, benefiting from its nationwide network of independent retailers, e-tailers and systems integrators.
Target's Purchasing Manager, Kelly Coxon, says, “We are delighted to have Tenda on board. Not only do they produce some of the most innovative and user-friendly networking solutions available, their universal 3-year product warranty proves their commitment to quality in such a competitive market. I am sure that Tenda will become as synonymous with excellent value networking in the UK as it has done in the Far East."
Marvin Luo, Tenda's Account Manager, said “Tenda has been looking for an appropriate distributor in the UK for a while now, and we have been impressed with Target's excellent track record in launching new brands. But, beyond that even, it is the customer-focussed ethics and determination of Target to provide an unparalleled quality of service that, we believe, will launch Tenda directly into the marketplace."
In adding Tenda to its catalogue of brands, Target further reinforces its presence in the channel, seeing the distributor grow by 70% in the past two years alone.
Yorkshire-based trade only distie Target Components has announced today that it is slashing its charges for drop-ship deliveries to a flat rate of £4.95.
The initiative follows a period of consultation with customers and reflects developments in the market over recent years.
Target Managing Director, Paul Cubbage, comments: "We were the first in the UK to introduce a customisable e-commerce solution for our customers in 2004 (TC-Freenet) and released a more advanced solution with full XML ordering facilities last year (Ready Built WebShop), but it''s become increasingly apparent that our customers need greater support on carriage charges to maximise their web sales. As with many of our more progressive initiatives, the decision to reduce our direct delivery rates to such an extent has come as a direct result of consultation with and feedback from our customers."
Target specialises in distribution to independent IT retailers and small to medium resellers, and believes that the model for retailers has changed over the last few years, with more and more reliance on web sales for a proportion of sales.
Cubbage states: "As the spending cuts, the hike in VAT, petrol prices and inflation start to really bite this year, consumers will be looking increasingly for two things from retailers: customer care, service and advice on a local level, and cheap hassle-free supply via the internet. Our customers already excel in local advice and service, and our reduced direct-ship rates help them to win more online business through competitive pricing."
The new rate is effective immediately and is a flat rate for UK mainland deliveries for registered customers.
New networking brand to the UK, Tenda, have received Computer Shopper's Budget Buy Award in the April 2011 edition of the publication for the W307-R Wireless Router.
Praised for ease-of-setup, speeds and ease-of-use, the W307-R has surely made an impression; the review ends, "For those with cable internet connections, the W307-R has all the features you need at a low price, and the fact that it achieves speeds over 40mbps makes it excellent value. It wins our Budget Buy Award."
Target is the exclusive distributor of Tenda in the UK, and the brand has being making waves, particularly due to the excellent quality of products, its low pricepoints and the 3-Year Guarantee across its entire range.
To celebrate another record-breaking year, Target are launching an “end of year” sale in March with discounts of up to 50% on over half a million pounds of products.
The Yorkshire based distributor broke all their previous records in the year to March 2010, with turnover up 35% and profits over three times their previous best, but have already smashed both records this year.
Celebrating a new record year before it’s even finished may seem a tad presumptuous, but according to Target’s Managing Director, Paul Cubbage, Target passed last year’s record turnover figure with over a month remaining, and surpassed last year’s record profit in November with over four months still remaining.
Cubbage claims that the month-long sale is not just to celebrate their record performance, but to thank their customers for their support throughout the year “at a time that really matters to them”.
“We had initially planned to have a big month long sale once we’d completed our year end, but as our sales team were quick to point out, it would be of less benefit to our customers in the summer when business tends to be a bit quieter anyway. After throwing around various suggestions, we’ve selected March because it’s not only our year end but also our busiest month of the year.”
The sale encompasses products from right across Target’s product range, discounting over 400 product lines worth over £1/2m, and is designed to offer “something for everyone”. The sale encompasses products from over 50 of Target’s vendors, but Cubbage is quick to point out that the sale is funded entirely by Target without vendor sponsorship.
Cubbage explains that the move is part of a process of “giving something back” to those who have helped with the distributor’s success over recent years. “We’ve always believed in sharing the benefits of our success with those who’ve contributed. We’ve done this for the last few years internally, by sharing 10% of our profits equally between all staff. This is simply another way of sharing the benefits with our customers, without whose support we couldn’t have hit the levels we have in recent years.”
The initiative follows Target’s recent slashing of drop-ship charges for its etail customers and is part of an ongoing review of all areas to, as Cubbage says, “add extra value wherever possible”, with more announcements promised over the next few months.