MSI Explains Their “Propeller Blade” Technology

On paper they claim that it allows 20% more airflow and wider ventilation angles in contrast to traditional designs, and it can reduce temperatures of up to 21 degrees. This means longer hardware life, more overclocking potential, and of course an overall cooler PC. So one might ask how all this works? For starters, there’s the curved angle and arched edges intended to enlarge the angle of airflow direction. There are also rounded edges that lowers noise. MSI says that grooves in the specially designed propellers increase airflow range, while small arcs generate more airflow. Lastly there’s a gloss coating which serves the purpose of reducing “wind” resistance.

So how do all these tweaks and enhancements stack up? The company said their very own R6870 Hawk with Twin Frozr III ran 21 degrees cooler and 7dB quieter than a reference version. Look for MSI’s Propeller Blade technology on new Twin Frozr III and Cyclone II video cards. Hit up the clip below.

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VSPC Introduces New Opt-Tek Service

Please note that this particular service is no longer available, but is still listed for archival purposes.

First thing’s first and you’re probably wondering what exactly this “Opt-Tek” service is. Well we at VSPC are completely aware that refresh cycles for technology are rather quick, especially when it comes to computing on a desktop or even a laptop. Our goal is simple – it’s to reach out and help individuals to optimize technology hence our effort to create this brand image. In some cases it may be best to replace a system, but before you go scrambling to shell out on a new machine – much can be done prior to that on either the software or hardware level to ensure your current computer is running at its optimal state.

What we’ll be offering:

  • Upgrades and Custom Builds

Sometimes you’ll be able to squeeze some more life out of your computer by swapping out key components including memory (RAM), hard disk or even the motherboard. Or if it’s time for a new system, we’ll point you in the right direction when it comes to picking the one that’s most suitable.

  • Service and Maintenance

“My PC takes a long time to start up.”

“I find it pretty sluggish even when I’m just word processing or browsing the Web.”

“It restarts itself.”

Look like you’re working it too hard, maybe take a day to bring it to a local spa or beauty center. Okay seriously, some of the many indicators like those can be possible virus or malware infections. Anyhow we’ll make an effort to isolate the problem and can reinstall the operating system as a last resort. On the hardware level, we will check components including fans to see if they are in good shape.

  • Recovery and Repairs

Currently we can recover files that are accidentally deleted or formatted from a wide variety of storage mediums, but are currently in the midst of arranging a contract with a data recovery lab to restore files from disasters including physical or water damage done to hard drives.

How we’ll deliver this service:

At this point we can arrive at your door and carry out any necessary work conveniently at the comfort of your own home or you can schedule a drop-off. Since we only recently launched this brand new service, we’ll be undergoing a trial run and will only be catering to select parts of Lower Mainland, BC. Rates start at as low as $29.99 (excluding cost of parts) – please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or to contact inquiry (dot) vspc (at) gmail (dot) com for more details.

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Updates for Several of Our Custom VSPC Systems

With the general availability of the revised (B3) Sandy Bridge motherboards we’re seeing at many retailers now, we thought it would be a great time to update our configurations for our offered second-gen Intel Core based builds. Not only are the latest systems getting spec bumps (and price cuts in some cases), but our AMD and more value oriented systems are also getting the same treatment as well. We’ll give you a quick run-through of what main changes took place for a majority of our builds below, starting with our flagship Versus series:

  • Versus series (New for 2011) – Memory (RAM) increase from 8GB (2 x 4GB) to 16GB (4 x 4GB), same price
  • Vantage series – Same amount of RAM but fewer DIMMs (2 x 4GB now compared to 4 x 2GB before), reduced price of $1,049 ($326 in savings)
  • Valor series – Now with quad-core CPU, better graphics, and at a lower price of $649 ($50 in savings)

These are the more noticeable and significant changes we made to our line-up, but there has been minor alterations we made to our other offerings as well. This includes using a standard graphics card now for our Velocity II series rather than one with a custom cooler as we did before (due to the lack of availability). The special offer of upgrading to an unlocked quad-core processor and a much better GPU is still in effect, which is a very good deal for only $99. We’re also thinking of equipping it with 8GB of RAM as a standard option, but that has yet to be decided. We also put up our original Velocity series configuration for reference, but note that the status for it is EOL (end-of-life) and will not be available for obvious reasons (discontinued parts, shortages, etc.).

At this point we’ve lost track of how many times we said it, but none of these VSPC systems are fixed configurations and can be customized to suit anyone. This includes a choice of in particular graphics card (e.g. AMD or NVIDIA) or want to lower the price of a base build (e.g. don’t need the extra storage hard drive). The choice is yours.

Feel free to leave any questions or comments you may have below, or if you prefer to reach us through email – you can do so at: inquiry (dot) vspc (at) gmail (dot) com.

Velocity II series (EOL)

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Please note that this particular custom build is no longer available, but is still listed for archival and comparison purposes.

[SPECIAL OFFER] Upgrade to an Intel Core i5 2500K Quad-Core Unlocked Processor AND a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti for only $99 more!

Good news, we’re updating our Velocity line and fitting it with a latest Intel Sandy Bridge processor. What makes it that much more convincing is it’ll cost identically as before, $949. Newest parts, same great price. Who would turn down a deal like this?

Features:

  • Intel Core i5 2300 Quad-Core Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE (1GB) DirectX11 and 3D Vision Ready Graphics
  • 1TB SATA 3.0 6GB/s hard drive
  • DVD Writer with Lightscribe

Versus series (EOL)

Please note that this particular custom build is no longer available, but is still listed for archival and comparison purposes.

We’re pleased to announce a brand new flagship offering that’s coming from us, and boy are we impressed by this build (seriously, no exaggeration intended). Starting with the price, this particular system will tick in at $1,699 – yes, it is in fact about $650 or so more than our previous high performance build but the sheer horsepower under the hood for this desktop will definitely compensate for it. VSPC believes that users are really going to get their dollar’s worth for this one, and we’re going as far as even bundling a complimentary Blu-Ray optical drive along to sweeten the deal even further. If you really want to top off this rig at two grand flat – feel free to throw in a SSD (or two). So as for the highlights of this configuration, they are as follows:

  • Intel Core i7 2600K Quad-Core Hyper-Threading Unlocked Processor @ 4.5GHz*
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970 DirectX11 and Eyefinity Ready Graphics
  • 16GB of DDR3 Memory (Can support up to 32GB max!)
  • 1TB SATA 3.0 6GB/s main AND 2TB storage hard drives
Versus series

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* Using a reliable and reputable air-based heatsink (not stock). Although these speeds aren’t the fastest out there (we’ve seen 4.7GHz, may be some that are even higher now), VSPC can continue to push overclocks (if requested) to the fastest and most stable point possible but are not held liable whatsoever for any damages/hardware failure sustained. Given the fact that not every single chip that gets manufactured is entirely identical, results may vary from batch to batch.

Zotac Planning Dual Chip GTX 460 Video Card

Two is indeed better than one, but we’re totally in the wild on whether Zotac has actual production plans or is just teasing with this prototype. From the detailed info and pics on Expreview.com, they managed to cram two GF104 GPUs onto a single PCB and are connected through a NF200 bridge chip. The card will need two 8-pin power connectors, plus each core will have 1GB of GDDR5 for a grand total of 2GB of video memory.

We also have an unusual arrangement for display outputs, this being four DVI and a lone mini-HDMI port. Lastly for the enthusiasts and power users out there, an external SLI connector can be used for a possible quad-SLI setup. Hopefully we’ll get more details and a more solid rundown of the specs when we lean closer to the official launch date, as they’re still working on a custom cooler for this unique card. In the meantime, jump to the site for more images and closeups of the bare card in all it’s glory.

Our Offered Systems and More

You might have noticed it’s all been news posts lately, and it feels the site in general is simply lacking the “customized solutions” element with all the great custom builds. Well rest assured, our current up-to-date pre-configured systems are still around (now at new, lower prices!) and can be all viewed by simply clicking on the “SYSTEMS” button near the top of the page. For your convenience, here are some quick links below:

We’re also working on bringing you the latest on the parts for builds, and we have all the plans (if only new parts can get released quicker!) for the “next generation” computers already. Okay, that might be a little exaggerated but you get the idea. In the meantime, we’ll have occasional news articles on the latest in tech trends to keep everyone busy while we wait for experts at the manufacturing plants that are hard at work. After all, part of VSPC’s commitment is bringing you the latest and greatest in customized desktop solutions.

Vantage series (EOL)

Please note that this particular custom build is no longer available, but is still listed for archival and comparison purposes.

This is one of the “High End” builds we’ll be offering, as it should easily cater the demands various multimedia areas and recent games. At only $1,049, you’ll be getting AMD’s Six-Core processor, plenty of memory and storage, and more. With this system, it doesn’t matter what you throw at it as it can easily edit/process photos and videos, handle a ton of tasks, and play any PC game title out there. We can’t stress this enough, but if there’s anything you prefer or don’t like – just say the word and we’ll tailor it to your liking.

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System Highlights:

  • AMD Phenom II X6 – 6 Core Processor
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870 DirectX11 and Eyefinity Ready Graphics
  • 8GB of DDR3 Memory (2 x 4GB)
  • 2TB storage hard drive

Velocity series (EOL)

Please note that this particular custom build is no longer available, but is still listed for archival and comparison purposes.

Here’s another addition to the VSPC lineup dubbed Velocity, and it’s a more performance oriented build. For a couple hundred dollars more ($949) over the previous system, you will be getting more future proof features like USB 3.0, SATA 3.0, and the ability to add another video card (SLI or CrossFireX setups). Also same thing goes for this particular configuration, as it can be modified reflecting clientèle preferences.

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Highlights:

  • Intel Core i5 Quad Core Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 DirectX11 and 3D Vision Ready Graphics
  • Motherboard with USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 technologies (also support for dual video cards as mentioned)
  • DVD Writer with Lightscribe

Fully Customized Solutions (and Process)

You may be wondering, where are the systems that are totally built from the bottom-up? We can sit down and discuss in person (e-mail or MSN would be preferred) of the ideal build you are looking for. For example, factors like cost and the level of performance (whether it’s for multimedia applications or gaming, etc.) can be considered.

Afterwards we can produce a “shopping list” of parts that you can purchase at a local computer retail store. Alternately, we can personally (the non-preferred option, but will be done if it needs to) buy all the required components, assemble it, and cover home installation. For either method, we would ask for a small fee of $65 upon handing off the finished product. We do wish we can do all this free of charge, but given the time and effort (alongside with expertise and workmanship) that’s put in for coming up with the completed build we believe it’s not too much to ask for.

The following are what’s covered with every VSPC Fully Customized Solution:

  • Free consultation and estimate
  • Complete assembly and installation of operating system if included (can also install any essential or requested programs, e.g. Firefox, Steam)
  • Lifetime support (response within 24 hours, and can assist with things such as diagnostics or RMA – if certain component is still within warranty period, like say 3 years)
  • Delivery and home installation (this really depends on the location)
  • And more!

If you’re referred through a friend of ours feel free to ask them for our MSN, or you can reach us via e-mail as well at: inquiry (dot) vspc (at) gmail (dot) com.