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  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Launch Day

    Published: Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | By: Dennis

    The much anticipated NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 has been anounced along with a host of reviews from around the web.  This new entry into the Ada Lovelace enabled graphics cards will be listed at $599 and available from the normal list of companies including the founders edition.

    There may be more including one from Hardware Asylum

    Web Reviews
    MSI RTX 4070 Ventus 3X 12G @ LanOC Reviews
    Nvidia RTX 4070 Founders Edition @ LanOC Reviews
    GeForce RTX 4070 (founder edition) @ Guru3D
    Palit GeForce RTX 4070 DUAL @ Guru3D
    MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ventus 3X @ Guru3D
    ASUS RTX 4070 DUAL @ Guru3D
    Zotac GeForce RTX 4070 Trinity Graphics Card Review @ ThinkComputers
    MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ventus 3X Graphics Card Review @ ThinkComputers
    MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ventus 3X @ TechPowerUp
    PNY GeForce RTX 4070 @ TechPowerUp
    Gainward GeForce RTX 4070 Ghost @ TechPowerUp
    ASUS GeForce RTX 4070 Dual @ TechPowerUp
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Founders Edition @ TechPowerUp

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Brings Power of Ada Lovelace Architecture and DLSS 3 to Millions More Gamers and Creators, Starting at $599

    Published: Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | By: Dennis

    Play the Latest Games With Max Settings at 1440p Resolution; Stream and Create Faster With RTX Acceleration and Advanced AI Tools

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NVIDIA today announced the GeForce RTX™ 4070 GPU, delivering all the advancements of the NVIDIA® Ada Lovelace architecture — including DLSS 3 neural rendering, real-time ray-tracing technologies and the ability to run most modern games at over 100 frames per second at 1440p resolution — starting at $599.

    Today’s PC gamers increasingly want super-premium visual experiences, with 83% of GeForce RTX 40 Series desktop gamers enabling ray tracing and 79% turning on DLSS, a revolutionary breakthrough in AI-powered graphics that massively boosts performance, now in its third generation.

    “Making sure games are ‘RTX ON’ with both ray tracing and DLSS has become a top priority for the majority of PC gamers,” said Matt Wuebbling, vice president of global GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “With prices starting at $599, the RTX 4070 is an amazing upgrade for gamers running on previous-generation GPUs.”

    Play at 100+ FPS at 1440p with DLSS 3
    The RTX 4070 allows the latest games such as A Plague Tale: Requiem, Dying Light 2, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide and other demanding titles to run at over 100 frames per second, thanks to DLSS 3, as well as popular games such as Battlefield 2042, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy that support DLSS 2.

    With DLSS 3, AI-powered frame generation creates new, high-quality frames for smoother gameplay, rendering seven out of every eight pixels in a scene. Exceptional responsiveness is maintained through NVIDIA Reflex, which reduces input lag between devices and monitors.

    Ray-tracing performance has also significantly improved, thanks to advancements like Shader Execution Reordering (SER), cutting-edge Opacity Micromap, and Displaced Micro-Mesh Engines. These innovations enable even the most demanding games to simultaneously implement multiple ray-tracing effects or even full ray tracing, also known as path tracing, for unparalleled realism and immersion.

    This potent combination of third-generation ray tracing and DLSS has resulted in a 16x leap in ray-tracing operations per pixel over the past five years. Adoption rates have soared, with over 400 RTX games and applications available, with adoption of DLSS 3 happening 7x faster than its predecessor.

    Class-Leading Performance and Features
    Compared to the RTX 2070 SUPER, the GeForce RTX 4070 is on average 2.6x faster with DLSS 3, and on average 1.4x faster than the GeForce RTX 3080 with DLSS 3.

    DLSS 3 provides Ada Lovelace GPUs with a tremendous performance boost, but the GeForce RTX 4070 also excels in traditional games that do not include more advanced features such as ray tracing and DLSS.

    In these rasterized games, the GeForce RTX 4070 is on par with the GeForce RTX 3080 while running at nearly half the power — and offering an additional 2GB of memory. Additionally, the RTX 4070’s memory subsystem has been enhanced with 36MB of L2 cache and 12GB of ultra-high-speed GDDR6X memory.

    Perfect for Content Creators
    The GeForce RTX 4070 GPU comes backed by the NVIDIA Studio platform, which enables content creators to work faster and smarter with RTX acceleration and AI tools. Serving creators from livestreamers to video editors, the platform supercharges 100 creative apps, provides lasting stability with NVIDIA Studio Drivers and includes a powerful suite of Studio apps, such as NVIDIA Omniverse™, Canvas and Broadcast.

    3D modelers rendering 4K scenes with the AI-powered DLSS 3 in NVIDIA Omniverse — a hub to interconnect existing 3D workflows, replacing linear pipelines with live-sync creation for real-time collaboration — can expect 2.8x faster performance than with last generation’s GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.

    Broadcasters deploying the eighth-generation NVIDIA video encoder NVENC, with support for AV1, will enjoy 40% better efficiency. Livestreams will appear as if bitrate was increased by 40% — a big boost in image quality for popular broadcast apps like OBS Studio. AV1 is already supported in Discord with a full release coming to YouTube via OBS Studio soon.

    Video editors will see 20% faster video export speeds, thanks to the eighth-generation NVIDIA encoder on the GeForce RTX 4070, along with AV1 incorporated into top video editing apps.

    And all creators can benefit from the new fourth-generation Tensor Cores for AI tools, providing a significant performance increase from the last generation.

    Where to Buy
    The GeForce RTX 4070 will be available starting tomorrow at $599.

    An NVIDIA Founders Edition design will be available directly from and select retailers. Custom boards, including stock-clocked and factory-overclocked models, will be available from top add-in card providers such as ASUS, Colorful, Gainward, GALAX, GIGABYTE, INNO3D, KFA2, MSI, Palit, PNY and ZOTAC.

  • Thermaltake Launches Two Latest Pre-built White LCGS (Liquid Cooling Gaming Systems) at Best Buy for an Immersive Gaming Experience

    Published: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 | By: Dennis

    Empowered by the latest Intel 13th Gen i7 and AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs, featured NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, and RTX 3060 Ti Graphics Cards, Thermaltake Avalanche i477T and Quartz 360T deliver high-Performance for Gamers.

    Walnut, California - April 6th, 2023 - Thermaltake, the premium brand for PC case, cooling, power, and memory solutions, announced today the addition of two new pre-built high-performance gaming PCs to the LCGS (Liquid Cooling Gaming System) product line, the Avalanche i477T, and Quartz 360T. These two models come in sleek white PC cases and offer gamers the latest liquid cooling technology and best-in-class components, ensuring a high-performance gaming experience. The Avalanche i477T is powered by the Intel 13th Generation Core i7-13700KF and features an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti graphics card, while the Quartz 360T is powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X and features an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card. Both models are now available at BEST BUY.

    Thermaltake LCGS (Liquid Cooling Gaming System) is crafted for PC gamers to obtain their ideal high-performance pre-built gaming PCs with optimized liquid cooling options, from AIO coolers to tailor-made hard tube configurations. All Thermaltake LCGS are assembled in Southern California, USA, and are committed to providing the best DIY gaming PCs without hassles. All LCGS are backed by strictly monitored testing procedures for excellent compatibility and reliability. 

    “We are thrilled to be teaming up with BEST BUY for this launch," said Michael Guo, the VP of Thermaltake USA. "Best Buy’s good reputation as a trusted online e-tailer is the key to offering better service and a guarantee that our customers can trust. This partnership also gives us a launching point to bring more high-end LCGS gaming PC models to BEST BUY; stay tuned!"

    Thermaltake's Avalanche i477T and Quartz 360T LCGS boast a stunning, all-white design that blends in seamlessly with any setup. The liquid cooling system ensures that the PC remains cool and quiet, even during intense gaming sessions, providing gamers the edge to stay ahead of the competition.

    Key Spec. of Avalanche i477T AIO Liquid Cooled Gaming PC:

    • Processor Model: Intel 13th Generation Core i7 i7-13700KF
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
    • Storage Type: SSD
    • Total Storage Capacity: 2 TB
    • Solid State Drive Capacity: 2 TB
    • System Memory (RAM): DDR5 32 GB
    • Cooling Systems: Liquid
    • Operating System: Windows 10
    • Manufacturer's Warranty – Parts/Labor: 1 year limited

    Key Spec. of Quartz 360T AIO Liquid Cooled Gaming PC:

    • Processor Model: AMD Ryzen 7 7000 Series
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
    • Storage Type: SSD
    • Total Storage Capacity: 1 TB
    • Solid State Drive Capacity: 1 TB
    • System Memory (RAM): DDR5 16 GB
    • Cooling Systems: Liquid
    • Operating System: Windows 10
    • Manufacturer's Warranty – Parts/Labor: 1 year limited
  • Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5-7000 CL34 2x 16 GB @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 | By: Dennis

    Corsair has been a power house in the PC industry starting out as a premier memory maker they adopted prison rules and "Established Dominance Quickly" and expanded the company through purchase orders and strategic partnerships.

    One thing that Corsair has done well since the beginning is the process of "book ending" products and providing solutions to both the high-end and Low-end markets instead of focusing solely on, what sells.

    The Vengeance memory line started as a mainstream product and quickly gained acceptance in the gamer market due to their attractive price for performance metric.  (aka: They were cheap and easy to get).

    Corsair is back again with even faster memory! Designed to fit right into the Corsair ecosystem, this Vengeance RGB kit is equipped with a 7000 MT/s XMP profile and is ready to take full advantage of the new Intel Z790 motherboards.

    DDR5-7000 memory is quite impressive and while very few applications can take full advantage of the performance gains it does look good on a a build sheet.

  • Gelid IceRock DDR Cooling Kit

    Published: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 | By: Dennis

    This reminds me of the memory heat spreaders that started cropping up shortly after the introduction of DDR (yes the first Double Data Rate Memory).  The new heatspreaders offered a way to provide cooling to your DDR memory modules and improve overclocking stability.  They also had a more profound impact on the overall looks of your build allowing you to finally color match components.

    Seems Gelid is a little late to the party.  Or, have recognized a new trend in memory customization.  happy smile

    High Performance DDR Cooling Kit

    IceRock features an optimized heatsink.

    It’s made of high-grade Aluminum, easy to install, and ideal for boosting DRAM overclocking. Moreover, it supports all DDR3, DDR4, and DDR5 memory.

    4897025783737 (black)
    4897025783737 (silver)

    There is one major issue with these heatspreaders in that most, if not all (except for Crucial) desktop memory modules come with heatspreaders already making it somewhat dangerous to swap the coolers.

  • Lexar Announces 512GB CFexpress Type-B Card DIAMOND Series

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | By: Dennis

    San Jose, CA, USA, March 14, 2023—Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, is excited to announce the 512GB addition to the Lexar CFexpress Type-B Card DIAMOND Series lineup. This expanded capacity allows photographers and videographers even more freedom when shooting on location or in studio.

    Key Features

    • Read speed of up to 1900MB/s dramatically accelerates workflow
    • Blazing-fast write speed of up to 1700MB/s1 captures smooth 8K RAW video
    • PCIe Gen 3x2 and NVMe protocols for smooth, high-speed recording
    • VPG400 video class – guaranteed to capture video at a minimum of 400MB/s
    • Lifetime limited warranty

    The card also delivers on performance with transfer speeds of up to 1900MB/s, write speeds up to 1700MB/s and a minimum write speed of 1600MB/s. It is rated VPG400 and features PCIe Gen 3x2 and NVMe protocols for smooth, high-speed recording of images and 8K video.

    “The CFexpress Type-B Card DIAMOND Series delivers on what professional photographers and videographers demand—the performance and capacity to not only empower creativity, but to accelerate workflows to keep pace with the professional’s hectic schedule,” said Joey Lopez, Director, Brand Marketing.

    Compatible with firmware-enabled CFexpress cameras, the CFexpress Type-B Card DIAMOND Series is now available in 512GB, 256GB, and 128GB capacities.

    Lexar Professional CFexpress Type B Card DIAMOND Series 512GB is available now for purchase online at an MSRP of $529.99.

  • ASUS and Noctua announce ASUS GeForce RTX 4080 Noctua Edition graphics card

    Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | By: Dennis

    Following the resounding success of the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 Noctua Edition, the Noctua Edition of ASUS’ GeForce RTX 4080 is the third graphics card to feature Noctua fans and a heatsink that has been co-engineered by Noctua. By switching from the stock three slim 110mm fans to two of Noctua’s award-winning NF-A12x25 PWM 120mm units and to a more elaborate, tailored heatsink with vapour chamber and five instead of two 8mm diameter heatpipes, thermals and acoustics of ASUS’ original TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 could be improved significantly for the Noctua Edition, making it the quietest card in its class.

    “Building on the success or our previous collaboration, we are delighted to present the ASUS GeForce RTX 4080 Noctua Edition. Once again, we have combined our expertise with Noctua’s mastery of low-noise cooling to create a graphics card that offers an unparalleled experience without compromising on noise levels, reflecting the strength and innovation of our collaboration.” said Kent Chien (Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the ASUS Multimedia Business Unit).

    “The first two Noctua Edition graphics cards were a resounding success, so we’re proud to continue our partnership with ASUS”, says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO), “Like with the previous Noctua Edition cards, we’ve closely cooperated with ASUS to create the quietest card in its class, bringing our signature low noise levels to the GeForce RTX 4080 series.”

    While the heatsinks of the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 Noctua Edition have already been tailored in aspects such as size and heatpipe layout in order to make the most out of the Noctua NF-A12x25 fans’ superior aerodynamic performance, the heatsink of the RTX 4080 Noctua Edition has been re-designed from the ground up to achieve maximum thermal efficiency: By adding a vapour chamber and using its superior heat-spreading capabilities to transfer the thermal energy to five instead of two 8mm heatpipes (plus three instead of six 6mm ones), the Noctua Edition provides significantly better cooling performance than the original TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080. This, in return, enables it to operate with slower fan speeds and, combined with the class-leading efficiency of the NF-A12x25 fans, to run quieter than any other air-cooled card in its class.

  • Funky Kit Review - Alphacool Eisblock XPX Pro Aurora CPU Waterblock - Full Brass Chrome Digital RGB

    Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | By: Dennis

    When planning out your next build pay careful attention to the type of cooling that not only reflects on you as a person but also offers the best performance in both temperature and audio control.

    By this I mean DIY watercooling.  Sure, it costs a little more and if you are a shut in and afraid of people them, it may go completed unappreciated but, you can be rest assured that you will have the best performance money can buy and the kudos from your Internet fanbase that you did your PC proper.

    Waterblocks, like the Alphacool Eisblock XPC Pro Aurora, can deliver a level of performance unheard of in the AIO and Aircooling world and do so with liquid coolant available in a rainbow of colors.

    The Alphacool Eisblock XPX Aurora Pro is the perfect CPU block for all those users who demand the best cooling results for their custom watercooled PC. The cooler delivers top cooling performance, exceptional aesthetics, and high compatibility. Additionally, it's cheaper than the competition. You clearly can't go wrong with this product! 

    Much like other waterblocks on the market the Aurora features digital RGB giving you all the lights to go with all the cooling despite it being a little chonky in the middle.

  • Thermaltake SWAFAN EX12 RGB Cooling Fan Review @ APH Networks

    Published: Monday, March 20, 2023 | By: Dennis

    We recently took a look at the SWAFAN from Thermaltake and found them to be quite nice despite being just a spinning RGB light.  One of the key features was the ability to swap out the fan hubs allowing you to change the airflow direction to match how you wanted your build to look.

    The Thermaltake SWAFAN EX12 RGB is an upgrade to its predecessor, having improved performance while retaining its heavy focus on appearance.

    That is a pretty short description but, right on point.  Check out the review if you want to know more or check out our review for more context.

  • Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Card GOLD Series Snags Best Memory Card Award from Photography News

    Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | By: Dennis

    San Jose, CA, USA, March 6, 2023—Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, is proud to receive the “best memory card” award from Photography News readers for the Lexar® Professional 2000x SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-II Cards GOLD Series.

    Once a year the readers and editors of Photography News vote on their favorite photography tech—everything from cameras to accessories. The Lexar® Professional 2000x SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-II Cards GOLD Series was nominated along with 7 other excellent cards and took the coveted best card award. According to Photography News, “the need for reliable and fast memory cards is greater than ever. That’s just what you get with the Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card.”

    “The Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card has the powerful performance that professional creators need to capture stunning photos and cinema-quality video while also delivering 300MB/s1 read speed to accelerate post-production2,” said Joey Lopez, Director of Brand Marketing.

    The Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card is compatible with UHS-II and backwards-compatible with UHS-I cameras and comes in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. It is available online for the following MSRP: 32GB—49.99, 64GB—$79.99, 128GB— $169.99, 256GB—$269.99