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  • PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Thursday, August 15, 2019 | By: Dennis

    The Powercolor Devil cards will never fall out of style.  Sure they are extremely rare with only a handful making it to consumers and might even be fast.  Thing is because they are in the same family as the Devil 13 they must be good.

    Must.

    TechPowerUp has a review posted of the new Devil.

    The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil is overclocked out of the box and uses a massive triple-slot, triple-fan cooler that delivers outstanding noise levels. It's actually the quietest Radeon card we ever tested, and quieter than all NVIDIA RTX cards, except for just one custom-design.

    Seems good.  Why not check it out?

  • Thermaltake Pacific CL360 Max D5 Hard Tube Water Cooling Kit

    Published: Sunday, August 04, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Premium Cooling Solutions Now Available

    Taipei, Taiwan-July 30th, 2019 Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling , Gaming Gear and Enthusiast Memory solutions, announces that the premium water cooling kit

    - Pacific CL360 Max D5 Hard Tube Water Cooling Kit is now available on the market. The Pacific CL360 Max D5 Hard TubeWater Cooling Kit features a premium-quality combo kit which is ready to be controlled by the TT RGB PLUS software; it also supports the Razer Chroma and Amazon Alexa Voice Service. The Pacific CL360 Max D5 Hard Tube Water Cooling Kit includes the Riing Duo 12 RGB Radiator Fans, a Pacific W5 RGB CPU Water Block, Pacific PR22-D5 Plus Pump/Reservoir Combo, Pacific CL360 Plus RGB Radiator, a bottle of T1000 Coolant Pure Clear, eight C-Pro G14 PETG 16mm OD Compressions, eight V-Tubler PETG Tubes and other accessories. Every component in the Pacific CL360 Max D5 Water Cooling Kit iscarefully selected by the Thermaltake PC DIY experts. The kit takes away the hassle of researching and selecting the many complex cooling components, and provides an easy cooling solution for beginners stepping into the PC DIY liquid cooling field. The Pacific CL360 Max D5 Water Cooling Kit is the one stop for enthusiast’s looking to build a powerful and high-tech liquid cooling system!

  • G.SKILL Releases Optimized DDR4-3800 CL14 Memory Kit for AMD Ryzen 3000 & X570 Platform

    Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Taipei, Taiwan (31 July 2019) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is releasing a highly optimized, extremely low latency Trident Z Neo series DDR4-3800MHz CL14 RGB memory kit in 16GB (8GBx2) and 32GB (8GBx4) capacities for the AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPU and X570 chipset platform. Built with the powerful Samsung B-die component, this is the perfect DDR4 memory kit for those looking to push the limits of memory bandwidth on your new AMD Ryzen 3000 platform.



    Optimized for High Frequency & Low Latency
    At this point, it's well-known that memory performance with the new AMD Ryzen 3000 processor series is best when Infinity Fabric being tied to the memory clock at a 1:1 ratio. The G.SKILL R&D team is dedicated to push the performance boundaries even further and developed a high-frequency, low-latency memory kit at DDR4-3800 CL14-16-16-36 in capacity configurations of 8GBx2 and 8GBx4, reaching a superb memory bandwidth performance under the optimal 1:1 ratio.



    As seen in the screenshot below, this Trident Z Neo memory kit is running at DDR4-3800 CL14-16-16-36 in 8GBx2 capacity with the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor and the MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard, reaching a tested memory bandwidth of 58GB/s, 56GB/s, and 58GB/s for read, write, and copy, respectively.

    Complete Stability & Reliability
    Like any G.SKILL memory kit, the specifications must remain fully stable under a memory stress test, as shown in the screenshots below, showing the 32GB (8GBx4) memory kit operating on an ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII Formula motherboard with the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X processor and the 16GB (8GBx2) memory kit running on the MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard with the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor.

  • GeIL launches the EVO X II and EVO X II ROG-certified DDR4 RGB Gaming Memory with 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen platform support

    Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Taipei, Taiwan - July 17th, 2019 – GeIL, Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world's leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers released new additions to their EVO X and EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory today. The new EVO X II and EVO X II ROG-Certified inherit their previous generation, and provide an advanced modder-friendly “cableless RGB illumination design” for offering a fascinating RGB lighting effect without hassles of power cable management. Manufactured with outstanding components, the EVO X II dedicated to unlocking hidden overclocking ability and comprehensive compatibility across the latest 3rd Gen AMD RyzenTM and Intel platforms. GeIL EVO X II ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory perfectly supports ASUS AURA lighting control app, when paired with most ASUS ROG motherboards, an automatic performance boost will be enabled for a better overclocking experience.



    The EVO X DDR4 series is one of the first RGB DDR4 memory modules in the industry, and it brought the series tremendous praise from gamers and PC enthusiasts around the world. The new EVO X II and EVO X II ROG-certified equipped with “cableless RGB illumination design” offering RGB lighting without power cables or the need for advanced cable management. The EVO X II is available in a new stealth black and frost white design and features high-quality aluminum for better heat dissipation and extra stability.

    GeIL EVO X II ROG-certified RGB gaming memory continues the excellent reputation of the previous generation by offering synchronized RGB LED illumination with ASUS AURA RGB, GeIL EVO X II ROG-certified has been qualified to work with most ASUS ROG motherboards for maximizing both speed and compatibility. It perfectly supports the latest ASUS AURA RGB lighting control APP without any cables connected to the motherboard. Besides, it automatically synchronized with ASUS ROG graphics cards and other RGB UI compatible components.

    Backed by the limited lifetime warranty, the GeIL EVO X II is available in frequencies of 2400MHz and scales up to 4133MHz. For fully embrace with the latest 3rd Gen AMD RyzenTM platforms, GeIL is also releasing EVO X II AMD optimized edition. Most significantly, this AMD edition has been strictly verified across a large number of AMD X570 AM4 motherboards and 3rd Gen AMD RyzenTM processors to guarantee the best compatibility and better gaming experience for all AMD builders. 

  • Patriot launches P200 series SSD to maximize performance and cost-effectiveness

    Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | By: Dennis

    FREMONT, CALIFORNIA — July 17th, 2019 — PATRIOT®, a global leader in performance memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals, and flash storage solutions, is proud to announce the launch of their P200 series 2.5” internal SATA III 6Gbps solid state drive (SSD) today. The P200 series comes equipped with best-quality NAND and components that have passed a strict quality control process. This process ensures more storage capacities, faster Read and Write speeds, and better reliability. The P200 series is available in capacities ranging up to 2TB meeting current market demands for more storage options. Featuring the latest SMI 2258XT series controller (256-1TB with 2258XT, 2TB with Maxio controller), Patriot’s P200 achieves speedy transfer speeds of up to 530MB/s Read, and 460MB/s Write, improving your system’s performance.



    With its low profile and compact design, P200’s 7mm thickness will fit into any system seamlessly while reserving extra space on the motherboard trays for better air circulation and cable management. The P200 series is a win-win solution for system builders planning to build a mini PC or tower-style gaming system.

    Patriot’s P200 series is not only a high-performance SSD with huge capacities, but it is also a smart device. Laptop users often use “standby mode” to avoid waiting for their laptop to reboot. This process saves time, but comes at the expense of the battery life. The P200 is designed to prevent battery loss in lower power states by reducing power entirely to the SATA interface when the drive is not in use. The P200 is equipped with a built-in temperature sensor to detect excessive heat to protect the drive from overheating.

    Enhance your computer’s performance, application, and gaming response time with Patriot’s P200 series SSD. Backed by the limited warranty, Patriot’s P200 series delivers one of the most reliable and price-to-performance SSD’s on the market.  Available now in capacities up to 2TB.

  • RTX 2080 Super Roundup - Suiper Cards from all around

    Published: Monday, July 29, 2019 | By: Dennis

    So, I haven't done a round up in a LONG time and it seems fitting that I roll one out for the new NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super.  I have to also disclose that finally getting an RTX card from NVIDIA didn't have anything do to with my newfound enthusaism. 

    Nope not one bit! happy smile

    The Super Reviews
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition @ TechPowerUp
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Review: More Bang For The Buck
    NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER Review @ Vortez
    ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 Super AMP Extreme @ TechPowerUp (ha ha there it is again)
    MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio @ TechPowerUp
    Nvidia Releases The Beast – Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Review @ Bjorn3d
    Nvidia RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition @ LanOC Reviews
    GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Palit @ Guru3D
    Funky Kit Review - ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Extreme Graphics Card (They are from HK so they get a buy)
    ASUS GeForce RTX 2080S Dual EVO OC

  • Corsair NightSword RGB gaming mouse @ Guru3D

    Published: Monday, July 29, 2019 | By: Dennis

    I am speechless

    In this article, we review the Corsair NIGHTSWORD RGB Gaming mouse. It’s a mouse from the higher end of the market; higher than, for example, the recently reviewed M55 RGB Pro. This time, it’s not an ambidextrous layout, but rather a dedicated right-handed design.

    You know there was a motherboard from Foxconn called "Flaming Blade".  It seemed harmless enough and for the marketing person in Taiwan who came up with the name I'm sure it didn't seem like a big deal.

    Well, it was just weird same with NightSword, if the goal was to trigger folks into buying the mouse then bravo!

    Oh and YouTube loves it apparently.

  • EK Covers the MSI MEG Z390 ACE With a Momentum Monoblock

    Published: Monday, July 29, 2019 | By: Dennis

    I'm not sure how I missed this but I am impressed. 

    Earlier this year I used the MSI Z390 ACE for some extreme overclocking using LN2 on a 9900K.  This was an extended project allowing me to clock in excess of 6Ghz over two weeks.  The system ran like a champ and allowed me to capture a gold cup in 3DMark 06.

    After that I wondered what other extreme stuff I could do with the board and was saddened by the fact that, at the time, I could not watercool the board.

    Well. it turns out you can.

    EK-Momentum MSI MEG Z390 ACE D-RGB

    This is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for motherboards that supports the 8th and 9th generation of Intel Core processors. Motherboards that are compatible with this monoblock are the following: MEG Z390 ACE. Designed and engineered in cooperation with MSI®, this monoblock uses the latest generation of EK cooling engine used on the Quantum lineup to ensure the best possible CPU cooling while not reducing flow to other components. This water block directly cools the LGA1151 socket type CPU, as well as the voltage regulation (MOSFET) module. Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing the enthusiasts with a great solution for high and stable overclocks. Like with every EK monoblock, EK-Momentum  MEG Z390 ACE D-RGB features high flow design and it can be easily used with the system using a weaker water pump or lower pump speed settings as well. The Momentum monoblock also comes with sophisticated D-RGB (addressable) lightning which connects to a standard 3-pin 5V D-RGB header.



    This Z390 monoblock also comes with a special cold plate which ensures that the monoblock has better mechanical contact with the IHS of 8th and 9th gen Intel 1151 socket based processors by avoiding raised corners. The result is better thermal transfer. The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality acrylic glass material. The nickel plated brass screw-in standoffs are pre-installed and allow for easy installation.

    A Digital (addressable) 3-pin 5V D-RGB LED strip is installed in the monoblock that connects to the motherboard’s 3-pin LED header or it can be connected to any other supported 5V 3-pin LED controller. This product is compatible with MSI Mystic Light RGB control software. The arrow marking on the 3-pin LED connector is to be aligned with the +5V marking on the RGB header.

  • Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset @ LanOC Reviews

    Published: Sunday, July 28, 2019 | By: Dennis

    One thing I like about LanOC, is not so much the LAN parties (which are stil good) but that they include a super long description about the review.  Check it out!

    The pro lineup of mice and keyboards from Logitech has been by far my favorite thing that they have been working on over the last few years. Don’t get me wrong I like a lot of their other products, but the pro products have been a lot more subtle with their styling and clearly more in tune with the enthusiasts that you will find on product specific forums and subreddits. For example, the keyboard enthusiasts hating the “gaming” fonts used on so many keyboards and giving the pro keyboard thin bezels. On the mouse side of things, the enthusiasts on Reddit are extremely vocal about mice needing to be lightweight and aiming for shapes that are similar to classic mouse designs. Well, last year Logitech introduced their pro headset which moved away from the scratchy materials and went with a cleaner styling. Here almost a year and a half later they are introducing their refreshed lineup with the G Pro X Gaming Headset and the G Pro Gaming Headset. Today I’m going to check out the X model and see if it can win me over. I haven’t taken a look at a Logitech headset in a few years, I’m excited to see how the G Pro X performs. Let’s check it out! 

    To be honest I am a Logitech fan but only so much as desktop speakers and mice.  Everything else I have pretty much ignored.  Maybe Logitech can help change my mind.

    *Hint Hint *Wink Wink to the Logitech marketing department

  • Sennheiser GSP 670 @ Vortez

    Published: Sunday, July 28, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Sennheiser is a common name in high-end headphones with a few gaming products out there with one noteable exception.  They are all corded.

    Well, the GSP 670 is about to change all that.

    The GSP 670 follows the same design focus as the GSP 600, meaning no RGB and while ditching the wires and attempting to make cable management that little bit easier however this doesn't come without downsides, the headset is only compatible with PC & PS4 rather than all consoles however it also features Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity to enable you to connect to smart phones & tablets.

    So, the only thing I caught out of that quote is "No RGB?!?"  How dare they!!