The Ballistix Masters League 2018 is coming to an end with the final being the LAN championships that runs from the 12th to the 15th of July. The Esports scene is booming in South Africa – and by 2019 it is estimated that 427 million people will be watching eSports worldwide. This year saw the Ballistix Masters run a league over a period of seven months and allowed 188 registered teams (1316 players) to enter and attempt to qualify for the LAN championships. The qualifying teams competed for a seeding position, with the top 10 teams per title being pushed through to the championships, where they will compete head to head, over a four-day period, to decide who the ultimate champions are. The Ballistix Masters teamed up with the local LAN event “LANX” to host the finals at their annual expo. This means this years LAN final will have an awesome space for spectators, security, and food stalls. The LANX event typically hosts up to 500 gamers over the weekend – and this will be combined with the 100 qualifying players for the Ballistix Masters LAN final – all set to give us a one of the greatest events on the eSports calendar in South Africa. The championships start with each title having two groups of five teams (round robin). After the group stages are completed, the top four teams per group will be seeded into a double elimination playoffs bracket until only two teams remain for the grand finale. The majority of the matches will be broadcast live from the event by two official casters (Jubba and Spitzkop) – who will be giving live commentary. The LAN event starts on Thursday the 12th July and ends on Sunday 15th July. There will be an official photographer to capture all the moments - and action photos of the teams doing what they do best. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The brand that is pioneering the way forward for smart cameras in South Africa…Drive Smarter…Drive Safer Syntech HQ, Cape Town, April 4th, 2018. The Yi Smart Camera range has arrived in South Africa. The brand is pioneering the way forward for smart cameras in the country, and leading the pack is the Yi Smart Dash Camera. This camera has features that will take your driving experience to new heights. The Smart Dash Camera fits easily to your dash of your car and will enhance your drive on South Africa’s roads, giving you amazing performance at an affordable price. Features include ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist System) – a visual recognition algorithm, which sends real-time audio alerts in the event that you stray from your lane or get too close to the vehicle in front of you. The camera features full HD quality, with amazing images even at high speeds. The Yi Smart Dash Camera uses a 165-degree ultra-wide-angle lens, which can monitor three lanes comfortably, and reduces your blind spots. The camera is ultra-sensitive, and has night vision, for added safety, which sets this smart camera apart from its rivals in South Africa. This smart camera performs at optimum levels, even in low light conditions when accidents are more prone to happen. The Yi Smart Dash Camera features a world-class processor and is able to record at 60fps. Designed to capture exhilarating moments, fast-paced scenes, and instantly provide accurate collision recordings. The camera provides awesome quality HD pictures, and optimised storage space to capture more footage. G-Sensor technology allows the camera to automatically save footage in the events leading up to a collision and immediately afterwards. The Yi Smart Dash Camera records at 1296p – super high definition, making it the safest in smartest choice for your car in South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Crucial, Ballistix, Antec and Syntech have shown they mean business by hosting the Crucial Cup for the second year running. This year’s Crucial Cup saw over 70 teams register. The immense growth in viewership count on the Cups official Twitch stream should be enough to tell the story behind the success of the Crucial Cup. Epic gaming battles took place these past two months. After a protracted battle, the winners have been announced. Congratulations to our two victors! Bravado Gaming who beat CarboN by a solid victory. Pulse Gaming who beat Xperts@Total.Chaos in a seriously closely contested match. The matches definitely lived up to the intense hype created around it! Some factors regarding the Crucial Cup: Duration: 10 weeks Number of teams: 77 Number of players: 540 Average combined viewership for Dota and Battlefield matches is: 200 Stream following: Navtv plus milosh and plus youtube gaming has a combined channel view count of 74 000 views. Combined viewership for the finals of Dota and Battlefield was 500 Website traffic: 8150 during tournament Shoutcasters: 6 A huge thank you to the sponsors, Crucial, Ballistix and Antec for the amazing prize money sponsored to the value of R33 000. Without them, this would not have been possible. And of course, congratulations to the organiser Stephen de Witt. Many thanks for arranging this huge successful tournament. We salute you! I am extremely happy and inspired, with a massive brand like Crucial/ Ballistix/Antec giving our community the support to grow is really something to get excited about. I hope that this Cup shows the passion and determination of our local gaming community and will lead to many more tournaments like this one. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Syntech and Crucial are pleased to announce that they will be rebranding the Crucial Cup to “The Ballistix Masters Cup SA “ as there are plans afoot for a World Wide Ballistix Masters Cup. Details will be launched in April. The Crucial Cup is now in its second year and has shown a positive year on year growth. We are pleased to confirm International exposure for our March/April 2016 Competition from the quarter finals onwards - (European/American coverage – where internationally known caster MiloshTheMedic will be covering some of the matches for battlefield, Milosh is known for being one of the main commentators in most international events and having him cover some of the larger matches within Crucial Cup means that our matches will be streamed to European/American and South African audiences) The Crucial Cup was launched to provide the tools and resources that gamer’s and organizers can use to promote their own team’s skill and also promote growth within the gaming community by having new players enter the competitive scene and exposing new “shout casters” to the public with some amazing gameplay along with a growing following. We at Syntech are excited and encouraged to see how many teams have entered the Crucial Cup. The Crucial Cup 2016 saw registrations come to a close on 10 Feb with a new record of 78 teams registering in total for Battlefield and Dota combined. Compared to the 67 teams we had last year. This is a fantastic and positive growth in the teams registrations. Participating teams are excited to get going and with the attractive cash pool (the biggest cash prize pool ever for an online Battlefield event in South Africa) will see the top Battlefield 4 and Dota teams in South Africa battle it out for the ultimate cash prize sponsored by Crucial/Ballistix to the value of R33 000, along with exciting hardware and peripherals ponsored by Speedlink and Antec. The tournament is being organized by Stephen “xTc-Lang-Slang” de Witt who has . . .
Gamers attending the NAG LAN BYOC in Johannesburg next month will have the opportunity to compete in an eSports tournament at the annual rAge Expo. Players and clans will be battling it out for their share of a R15,000 prize pool in the Crucial Ballistix NAG LAN Challenge for the following four PC games – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Hearthstone and StarCraft II. The tournament doesn’t have an online qualifier component as it will be played entirely via the LAN from start to finish, and only has two criteria for being eligible to enter – (1) you and your teammates must all be in possession of a NAG LAN or Area 51 ticket, and be seated in one of those areas at rAge and, (2) you and your teammates must all be at rAge and ready to play by no later than 17h30 on Friday 9 October. All games will kick off at 18h00 on Friday and finals will take place at 18h00 on Saturday. R15,000 cash, sponsored by Crucial, Ballistix and Syntech, is up for grabs and will be awarded as follows: CS:GO 1st Place - R2,500, 2nd Place - R1,500, 3rd Place - R1,000 Dota 2 1st Place - R2,500, 2nd Place - R1,500, 3rd Place - R1,000 Hearthstone 1st Place - R1,250, 2nd Place - R750, 3rd Place - R500 StarCraft II 1st Place - R1,250, 2nd Place - R750, 3rd Place - R500 Here’s everything you need to know… • Time frame : Friday 9 October 2015 – Saturday 10 October 2015 • Games to be played : CS: GO [32 teams / 5 players per team]; DOTA 2 [32 teams / 5 players per team]; Hearthstone [32 players / individuals]; StarCraft II [32 players / individuals] • Tournament format: Double Elimination - Best of 1 Series. Final - Best of 3 Series. • Total prize pool : R15,000 cash • Platform: PC LAN • Venue: NAG LAN @ rAge, Ticketpro Dome, Northgate, Johannesburg Registrations are open until 16h00 on Friday 9 October so head over to www.nagleague.co.za for all the details and to sign up for the tournament. Syntech Overview: Syntech was established in 2002. Our product ranges . . .
Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced new Crucial® Ballistix® Sport LT DDR4 memory and new Ballistix Tactical DDR4 memory. The new modules offer a combination of sleek design, DDR4 performance, and proven reliability for gamers to own the competition. Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 Gaming Memory Designed for mainstream users who simply want to get more performance out of their systems, Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 memory delivers fast speeds and increased bandwidth. A new addition to the current Ballistix Sport DDR4 lineup, Sport LT modules feature a covert digital camo design and integrated heat spreader. Whether gamers want plug-and-play installation or Intel® XMP 2.0 profiles to achieve DDR4 speeds of 2400 MT/s, Ballistix Sport LT memory delivers seamless, affordable performance. Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR4 Gaming Memory Designed to take gaming to the next level, Ballistix Tactical DDR4 memory delivers 2666 MT/s speeds and offers increased bandwidths of 21.3 GB/s. The modules feature distinctive heat spreaders, a complementary black PCB, and certified Intel XMP 2.0 profiles for easy setup and configuration. The new modules also support four channel memory architecture that maximizes data rates to help gamers strike faster than their opponents. “With our new Ballistix DDR4 offerings, we continue our commitment to giving gamers, enthusiasts, and overclockers the latest memory products needed to keep their systems on the cutting edge,” said Jeremy Mortensen, product marketing manager, Crucial. “Our Ballistix Sport LT and Tactical DDR4 memory offers a great combination of performance, style, and reliability that gamers have come to expect from Crucial.” Syntech Overview: Syntech was established in 2002. Our product ranges are sourced from a variety of international manufacturers. We distribute a number of top brands and distribute an extensive range of computer related products throughout sub-Saharan . . .
Intel and Micron proclaim their jointly-developed 3D XPoint (pronounced "3D crosspoint") non-volatile memory technology which delivers speeds up to 1,000 times faster than NAND flash (also non-volatile), and is 10x denser than DRAM (much faster than NAND, but volatile and less dense). The NAND JV partners declare 3D XPoint "significantly reduces latencies, allowing much more data to be stored close to the processor and accessed at speeds previously impossible for non-volatile storage." Unique materials and a cross point array structure are said to make 3D XPoint possible. What is 3D XPoint? The explosion of connected devices and digital services is generating massive amounts of new data. For this data to be useful, it must be stored and analysed very quickly. 3D XPoint™ technology is an entirely new class of non-volatile memory that can help turn immense amounts of data into valuable information in real time. With up to 1,000 times lower latency and exponentially greater endurance than NAND, 3D XPoint technology can deliver game-changing performance for big data applications. Its ability to enable high-speed, high-capacity data storage close to the processor creates new possibilities for system architects and promises to enable entirely new applications. 3D XPoint Architecture The 3D XPoint innovative, transistor-less cross point architecture creates a three-dimensional checkerboard where memory cells sit at the intersection of words lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to fast and efficient read/write processes. 3D XPoint Innovations Cross Point Array Structure Perpendicular conductors connect 128 billion densely packed memory cells. Each memory cell stores a single bit of data. This compact structure results in high performance and high density. Stackable The initial technology stores 128Gb per die across two stacked memory layers. . . .
Asus has launched a set of three new Republic of Gamers Maximus motherboards. These boards are optimized for the best gaming experience and have incorporated multiple performance-boosting overclocking technologies. Pro Gaming motherboards are designed for today’s modern value-conscious consumers, who demand affordability and the very best technology. Every Pro Gaming motherboard features multiple ASUS exclusive innovations to unleash the full gaming performance potential. The Maximus VIII boards are based on Intel's new Z170 Express chipset with support for DDR4 and Intel Skylake processors. The Maximus VIII Hero and Ranger are full-sized ATX boards while the Maximus VIII Gene is an mATX offering. Exceptional overclocking technologies ASUS Pro Clock Technology has a dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 6th-generation Intel® processors for overclocked base clock frequencies of up to 400MHz and beyond. It works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base clock overclocking control and boosts performance to 5.2GHz or more. 5-Way Optimization, another ASUS-exclusive technology, dynamically optimizes essential aspects of the system based on real-time use, ensuring superb processor performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and networking and audio settings that are tailored for preferred apps — perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity or just about anything else. This latest iteration now includes a dedicated water pump header so users can tweak pump speed in UEFI or Windows. Second-generation ASUS T-Topology enables DDR4 memory overclocking to up to 3733MHz. A customized trace layout reduces crosstalk and coupling noise to ensure time-aligned signal transfer for improved memory stability and compatibility. Crystal-clear in-game audio and low-latency networking with LANGuard protection Crystal Sound 3 provides audio shielding and protection from . . .
In line with their commitment to delivering the finest products from around the world, Syntech is pleased to announce that they are now exclusive distributors for Giada - “A Mini PC that hides itself” As one of the world’s leading brands of mini PC’s, the Giada range is ideal for digital signage, industrial applications and home automation. With stunning graphics capabilities, silent operation and ultra-low power consumption. Giada’s compact desktop PC’s offer an attractive option for users who want to save space without compromising on performance. Digital signage is a rapidly expanding and quickly evolving approach to communications technology. Implemented as an interactive platform for broadcasting information to targeted individuals in corporations, schools, museums, retailers, hospitals, hotels and airports, Giada offers a great product range and provides optimized performances for a wide variety of embedded, multimedia applications. Giada’s digital signage products have several market leading features which have ensured their dominance in the market. Their mini PC series for digital signage with optional mounting brackets are easy to deploy, maintain and update. They cater for all environments and are available with a variety of X86 and ARM processors, multiple display output for video walls, and they require less power than other solutions. In addition to the excellent build quality, innovative design and market leading specifications, Giada mini PCs incorporate JAHC (JEHE Active Hardware Control Technology), a “game changing technology” according to Craig Nowitz, MD at Syntech. This is an embedded hardware chip which allows the computer to be remotely controlled and wake up or shut down automatically. This plays an essential role in scheduling, remote maintenance and restoring services after load shedding interruptions. Syntech works closely with selected resellers to offer integrated hardware and software solutions that cater for the specific . . .
Seasonic is a company that hardly requires any introduction, they are one of the oldest and most reputable computer PSU designers and manufacturers. Their products are held in very high regard by experts and enthusiasts. Seasonic’s current range on offer at the moment is not only amongst the best PSU’s available but they seem to be challenging themselves to bring continual improvements to their designs. Their beautifully packaged products are presented in such a way that you feel you are opening something extremely special! In keeping with Syntech’s commitment to supporting the gaming industry, they are not only looking at ways to enrich, sponsor and participate in various projects they have identified the SA Gaming market as an international growth region. Stephen de Witt , Captain of one of the top gaming teams in South Africa, xTc, comments, “I am fortunate enough to be using the Seasonic X series 1050 / 1250 Modular PSU, it’s been running my machine for nearly a year now but has always made little work of my machine up till now. I always felt that I'm not using this PSU to its full potential. Until I started overclocking, and upgraded my Graphics Card to a Power hungry Dual GPU beast from AMD that puts fear into any power supply! This Graphics card draws a crazy 450-500watts from my power supply alone. The rest of my system, from hard drives, CPU, motherboard, cooling, all the extra fans etc. all draws around 500watts as well. So my pc under load, draws a good 900 - 1000watts at the moment. As I thought to myself, hey this has to be pushing the power supply now, right? Wrong! The cooling design of this PSU makes it stay cool, calm and collected, you can barely hear a thing and I’m still able to place my hand on the PSU and its luke warm. Now I've tried one other PSU from a different brand, so I know this well designed PSU will last me for a very, very long time. To add to this, it’s modular! Making cable management a dream. From the boxing, to the cabling, . . .