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VisionTek Offers Previously Owned Grade A Apple iPads Starting At $149.99

iPad 1 and iPad 2 tablet models undergo extensive three phase "ReVisioned" operation diagnostic and visual appearance testing procedure to ensure highest quality and performance.

February 13, 2014, East Dundee, IL – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh® computers, announced today it will offer previously owned "ReVisioned" iPad 1 and iPad 2 models starting at $149.99 via its ecommerce portal.

ReVisioned iPads: The Superior Quality Alternative to Common Refurbishing

Instead of the common refurbishing process previously owned iPads receive that offers limited quality assurance, VisionTek ReVisioned iPads receive a comprehensive three phase operational and visual appearance ReVisioning to ensure superior quality:

Operation Certification: Each iPad is test certified for proper operation of the following functions:

  • Home, Power, Lock and Volume buttons
  • Supported media types
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Accelerometer
  • Speaker and earphone jack
  • Microphone

Battery Condition Verification: Utilizing a special battery testing machine, each iPad's battery charging condition is verified to meet or exceed 85% charging capacity. Only VisionTek provides this key condition insight on previously owned iPads.

Grade A Appearance Assurance:

  • The screen and casing are inspected for overall condition and defects and then thoroughly cleaned. To receive an 'A Grade' rating, the unit must show no wear to minor surface scuffs/scratches on the casing and the screen is scratch-free like new.
  • Screen is tested for responsiveness and pixel integrity.
  • Test that all items synch to iTunes.
  • Wipe all previous data and install a fresh version of iOS 4 for iPad 1 and iOS 5 for iPad 2

Quality That's Backed by Longer Warranty Coverage: With such a meticulous attention to detail, VisionTek ReVisioned iPads receive twice the quality guarantee - a full 60 days from date of purchase – compared to 30 days typical refurbished tablet computers offer.

Pricing and Availability

The following iPad models are available immediately directly from VisionTek at their ecommerce portal

"Our ReVisioned category of products offer smart technology enthusiasts a tremendous value," said Grant Dahlke, Consumer Brand Visionist for VisionTek. "Adding these pre-owned Apple iPads to our online catalog is the first of many Apple and Mac compatible products we expect to offer during 2014."

VisionTek is a registered trademark of VisionTek Products LLC. Apple, Macintosh, Mac, and iOS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

VisionTek Announces Glacially Epic Cryosphere Gaming Rig Sweepstakes

“Custom Shop” hand-built computer valued at nearly $3,000 features liquid cooled CryoVenom R9 290 graphics card and other high performance components from AMD, ASUS, Fractal Design, and FUNC

February 5, 2014, East Dundee, IL – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®) a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh® computers, announced today the Glacially Epic Cryosphere Gaming Rig Sweepstakes. The grand prize to be awarded is the VisionTek Custom Shop built Cryosphere gaming rig, featuring nearly $3,000 of high-performance computer components from AMD, ASUS, Fractal Design, FUNC, and VisionTek.

Showcased at CES to Rave Reviews

To demonstrate the CryoVenom R9 290 as the industry’s first and fastest custom-built liquid cooled AMD Radeon™ R9 290 graphics card on the market at the recent CES show, the VisionTek Custom Shop team built a high performance gaming rig and dubbed it Cryosphere. Gaming and computer performance experts who viewed the system during CryoVenom’s launch event were impressed. “The Cryosphere liquid cooled gaming rig is loaded with amazing hardware that will devour your favorite games titles,” said Nathan Kirsch, Editor-in-Chief, LegitReviews. Steve Burke, Editor-in-Chief, Gamers Nexusopined, “PC gaming is about style as much as it is about performance -- the Cryosphere achieves both.”

Built with the Best Components

To complement the overclocked performance of its CryoVenom graphics card, VisionTek selected the best PC gaming hardware components available with the ultimate goal of awarding an extreme performance system to one lucky gaming enthusiast. The one-of-a-kind Cryosphere consists of:

  • ASUS® Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard: The best motherboard for gaming! Supports multi-core CPUs for better overclocking with less power consumption.
  • AMD FX-9590: Experience new levels of gaming and multimedia performance with the world’s first 5GHz processor featuring eight “Piledriver” cores with AMD Turbo Core 3.0 technology.
  • VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 Graphics Card: Featuring an EKWB water block and backplate exclusively designed for VisionTek, this card delivers up to 1175MHz speed at only 125°F…up to 24% faster and up to 38% cooler than a stock 290 card. It’s even over 12% faster in 3D Mark Fire Strike than a R9 290X! CryoVenom delivers maximum cooling performance for the GPU, RAM, and Voltage Regulation Module (VRM) without noisy fans or overheat downclock.
  • VisionTek Red Label EX Series Memory: 4 x 4GB (16GB total) of PC3-17000 DDR3 2133MHz RAM for the ultimate performance solution for gaming.
  • VisionTek 480GB PCIe Solid State Drive: For faster system performance in gaming, spreadsheets, or video editing, this PCIe slot based SSD incorporates two LSI® SandForce® processors to deliver data transfer rates up to 815MB/s.
  • EKWB custom cooling kit: Everything you need from the leaders in water cooling technology. Selected from market proven quality components, each kit is easy to install and requires little maintenance. (Kit contains: CoolStream PE 360 radiator, EK-D5 Vario X-RES 140 pump/reservoir, EK fan, Blood Red Ekoolant, tubing, and fittings.)
  • Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified Power Supply Black: Delivers the highest efficiency PSU operation possible with minimal heat for lower noise levels.
  • Fractal Design Arc XL Case: Feature-rich with simple-clean dust filters, integrated fan controller, three high quality Silent Series R2 fans, and spacious internal layout with nine PCI expansion slots for flexible component configurability.
  • FUNC MS-3 Mouse: Ergonomically designed “grip intelligence” keeps your eyes on the action while thumbzone button placement reduces reaction time.
  • FUNC KB-460 Gaming Keyboard: Play and Play with responsive 50 million strokes per key action, five user profile retention, re-assignable buttons and customizable backlighting, Func Mode for optimal gaming, and 2 USB connect through ports.
  • FUNC F-Series 10 XL Mouse Pad: Semi-hard mouse pad with low profile, textured synthetic rubber surface that offers exceptional traction capabilities. A non-slip rubberized backing provides a sure grip on any playing surface.

Just ‘Like’ to Enter

To enter the Sweepstakes, visit VisionTek’s Facebook page located at, “like” the page, and click on the tab labeled “Cryosphere Entry”. Supply your name, email address, phone number and click “Accept”. Up to three additional entries may be earned for each friend (up to a maximum of three) that completes their entry into the Sweepstakes using your shared link posted on your Facebook page. The sweepstakes begins today, runs until February 21, 2014, and the winner announced February 24, 2014.  For full sweepstakes terms and conditions, go here.

VisionTek is a registered trademark of VisionTek Products LLC.  Apple, Macintosh, and Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. AMD and Radeon are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. ASUS is a registered trademark of ASUSTeK Computer All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.



VisionTek Announces CryoVenom As Industry’s First And Fastest Custom-Built Liquid Cooled R9 290 Graphics Card

"Custom Shop" hand-built solution delivers 38% temperature reduction, nearly silent operation, and warranty backed overclocked performance gains up to 24% over stock card.

3DMark Fire Strike benchmark test proven faster than NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti while costing $150 less

January 8, 2014, Las Vegas, NV – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh® computers, announced today its CryoVenom R9 290 as the industry’s first and fastest custom-built liquid cooled AMD Radeon™ R9 290 graphics card on the market and available for immediate shipping. The hand-built card delivers lower temperature, near silent operation, and higher performance compared to VisionTek’s stock R9 290 card; as well as better benchmark performance and a $150 lower price than an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 780 Ti.

Because VisionTek feels the "coolest" computer hardware product introduction at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show deserves the "coolest" launch event, the $550 MSRP card will be demonstrated during a media invite only event January 8 at the Minus5 Ice Bar.

How The Best Gets Better

The Radeon R9 290 series of graphics cards are rated by many sources as the best graphics cards available today. However, VisionTek engineers discovered that when its R9 290 graphics card was 100% utilized in the testing lab under conditions such as extended game play – the card’s temperature could climb to 201°F. Even with very efficient fan cooling and the latest AMD Catalyst driver that provides a 100% fan speed operation, the card’s built-in thermal safety feature would downclock the GPU from the factory 947MHz speed to as low as 662MHz. Combined with this performance reduction of 30%, the increase in fan noise was measured at 71dB, a sound level considered louder than a normal conversation.

38% Cooler Operation That’s As Quiet As A Pin Drop

To make sure multimedia professionals and gaming enthusiasts would experience maximum performance potential, VisionTek created the CryoVenom R9 290 graphics card. By utilizing a custom designed water block and backplate solution, the CryoVenom R9 290 can run up to 38% cooler (125°F) while being overclocked up to 24% (1.1GHz) all while registering under 10dB1 of noise, which is the sound level of a pin drop.

Overclock Certified and "Custom Shop" Built

To assure stable overclocked performance, the FurMark GPU stress utility is employed to put a 100% load on each CryoVenom R9 290’s GPU for an extended time period to determine the optimum overclock setting with a

5% safe "headroom". Those unique, certified overclock specifications are entered onto a build sheet that is personally signed by the VisionTek’s "Custom Shop" team member that built and tested the CryoVenom card. Each card is then extensively pressure tested to ensure leak-free cooling reliability.

Up to 24% Faster Performance Without Voiding Warranty

Obtaining maximum performance from the CryoVenom R9 290 couldn’t be easier. Just enter the specifications from the included build sheet in the Catalyst™ Control Center and in less than a minute, the CryoVenom R9 290 can safely deliver up to 1175MHz GPU speed…a 24% increase from the stock setting of 947MHz. The memory clock speed is also increased up to 1450MHz… 16% faster than the 1250MHz stock setting. And unlike standard cards in which overclocking voids the warranty, the CryoVenom R9 290 comes backed by a one year warranty.

Faster Than EVGA NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti, Yet Costs $150 Less

Not content to just increase its stock R9 290 card performance, VisionTek’s goal was to create the industry’s fastest single GPU graphics card at a lower price than the competition’s fastest comparable card2. In the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme setting testing, the $550 MSRP CryoVenom R9 290 scored 9330 while the $700 street price NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti recorded an 8816 score.

Highest Quality Components Offer Highest Reliability

The CryoVenom R9 290’s water block provides maximum cooling performance for the GPU, RAM, and Voltage Regulation Module (VRM) even when low power water pumps are utilized. The block’s electrolytic copper base is clad with a chrome appearance-like nickel plating to prevent corrosion while the precision cut acrylic top provides effective and quiet fluid flow. The CNC machined black anodized aluminum backplate protects the card’s sensitive circuit board components during installation handling while also providing additional passive cooling for the VRM.

Better Value Than DIY

Even seasoned, hands-on system builders will find the certified ready-to-run3 and fully warrantied CryoVenom R9 290 can save over $100, time, and stress compared to creating a comparable liquid cooled non-warrantied solution for a R9 290 graphics card:

Certified Ready-to-Run CryoVenom R9 290

  • Assembly and Overclocking Verification: None Required
  • Total Cost: $550
  • Warranty: One Year
  • Hassle Factor: Low

Do-It-Yourself Liquid Cooled R9 290

  • R9 290 Card: $400.00
  • Waterblock: $140.00
  • Backplate: $36.00
  • Assembly, Pressure Testing, and Overclocking Verification: Estimated Three Hours at a Value of $75.00
  • Total Cost: $651.00
  • Warranty: None
  • Hassle Factor: High

"The CryoVenom R9 290 is truly a remarkable feat of creative product development that draws upon our two decades of graphics card development experience," said Mark Bilson, Executive Vice President of VisionTek.

"It solves any speed and noise concerns, eliminates overclocking guesswork, sets a new standard in performance, and costs less than the previous fastest Radeon graphics card available. Then, add in that we back
its reliability with a one year warranty and we hope our fans will recognize our commitment to their ultimate performance and user experience satisfaction."

Specifications, Pricing and Availability

The CryoVenom R9 290 is available for immediate ordering at $550 MSRP directly from VisionTek’s graphics card product category at their ecommerce portal, The complete specifications are as follows:

  • Graphics Engine: RADEON R9 290
  • Video Memory: 4GB GDDR5
  • Memory Interface: 512-bit
  • DirectX® Support: 11.2
  • Bus Standard: PCI Express 3.0
  • GPU Core Speed: Up to 1175MHz (stock is 947MHz)
  • Memory Speed: Up to 1450MHz (stock is 1250MHz)
  • DVI Output: 2 x Dual Link DVI
  • HDMI Output: 1 x HDMI (video/audio)
  • DisplayPort Output: 1 x DisplayPort

110dB represents sound level of liquid cooling operation of the CryoVenom R9 290 card only. Additional components required for liquid cooling system such as radiator cooling fan can add additional noise level depending on part selected. 2CryoVenom R9 290 compared to the EVGA® NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti model 03G-P4-2881-KR with both cards set at 1920 x 1200 resolution in benchmarking system consisting of an Asus Z87-Pro motherboard, Intel i5-4570 3.2GHz cpu, 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz ram, Windows 7 64 bit OS, and an VisionTek 120GB GoDrive SSD. 3To complete the CryoVenom R9 290’s liquid cooling system, a reservoir tank, pump, radiator fan, coolant, and coolant tubing must be purchased separately.

NVIDIA, GeForce, and GTX are trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation, registered in the U.S. and other countries. EVGA is a registered trademark of EVGA Corporation.



VisionTek Announces Custom Portable Toolkits For Upgrading And Repairing PCs, Apple Macintosh Computers, And Digital Devices

Useful kits make for great last-minute holiday gifts for the techie in your life.

December 20, 2013, East Dundee, IL – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh® computers, announced today the addition of two custom configured portable toolkits to its e-commerce website. The kits, starting at $19.99 MSRP, provide the ability to open, upgrade, and repair PCs, Macintosh computers, iOS® devices, and other digital devices.

For Serious PC Builders and Upgraders

VisionTek's certified technicians know what tools are needed to build a dream rig and keep it running at peak performance. So they hand-selected the most useful tools they would want whether in the field or in the lab.
The VisionTek 26 Piece Toolkit, priced at $26.99 MSRP, includes:

  • Six piece straight blade and Phillips screwdriver set with:
    • magnetic tips to assist screw placement in tight spaces as well as to keep screws from getting lost
    • color coded tops and handles for at-a-glance selection ease
    • rotating end caps maintain fingertip control
    • rubber coated shafts for secure grip
  • Combination socket and bit driver handle
  • Socket driver extension shaft
  • Four sockets and 10 bits
  • Spring-load needle nose pliers
  • Tweezers
  • Spring-load wire cutter
  • Nylon carrying case

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VisionTek Unveils 'Rocking Cyber Monday Deal' Promotion Featuring Audiophile Quality RockDoc Portable Speaker

Special one day only promotion on high-performance Pitbull-endorsed speaker that's small enough to take the party with you yet loud enough to be heard anywhere.

Plus free shipping on all orders $100 and more placed in December!

November 26, 2013 – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh® computers, announced today it will be offering a special one day only 'Rocking Cyber Monday Deal' promotion on December 2 featuring VisionTek's RockDoc® Power 1-Way 4GB memory portable speaker. Endorsed by world famous rapper/songwriter Pitbull, the RockDoc Power 1-Way is a high performance, high quality audio playback alternative to low quality, low output speakers found in mobile devices and PCs. Additionally, VisionTek is offering free shipping on orders totalling $100 or more placed December 2-31.

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