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  • EK releases RGB monoblock for GIGABYTE® Z270X motherboards

    Published: Friday, February 10, 2017 | By: Dennis

    EK Water Blocks, the world renowned premium liquid cooling manufacturer, is proud to release the monoblock liquid cooling solution for GIGABYTE® Z270X motherboards. EK-FB GA Z270X RGB Monoblock is compatible with GIGABYTE® RGB Fusion, thus offering a full lighting customization experience!

    EK-FB GA Z270X RGB Monoblock
    EK-FB GA Z270X RGB Monoblock is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for Intel® LGA-1151 socket Kaby Lake® and Sky Lake® CPU’s. This monoblock is compatible with the following GIGABYTE® motherboards:

    Designed and engineered in cooperation with GIGABYTE®, this monoblock uses award-winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. This water block directly cools Intel LGA-1151 socket type CPU and the power regulation (MOSFET) module as water flows directly over all critical areas. It is a very high flow water block that can be easily used with the system using weaker water pumps.

  • Ballistix Elite 3200 MHz Quad Channel DDR4

    Published: Thursday, February 09, 2017 | By: Dennis

    More hometown memory reviews!  This time the Crucial Ballistix Elite 3200Mhz.

    3200Mhz might not sound like much however quad channel processors tend to favor slower memory speeds when compared to the lighter Kaby Lake enabled systems.

    We take a 16GB Ballistix Elite kit from Ballistix and will test and review it. The brand is now separated from Crucial. The 3200 MHz 16GB memory is cool, fast and runs XMP 2.0 memory profiles on Intel platforms as well. Join us as we review some of the fastest clocked bars of memory your money can get you.

    These looks pretty good, short and compact yet with some style to the heatspreader.  I might have to get a set to play around with.

  • PowerColor Radeon RX 470 Red Devil (4GB) @ Custom PC Review

    Published: Thursday, February 09, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Red Devil!  An interesting name for a video card and one that can give you a little clout when talking about your system with friends. 

    Still, not as cool as the Devil 13 and all of its elusive awesomeness which is something we can talk about at a later day.

    When AMD released the Radeon RX 470 in August of last year, high demand coupled with low supply meant that it almost didn’t make much sense thanks to its inflated pricing at the time. However, in the months since, pricing has dropped quite a bit and with recent driver updates, the performance of the...

    I wonder if anyone who actually reviewed the old PowerColor Devil 13 still has them?  It was something that Darren and I talked about on the Hardware Asylum Podcast where I cited that the cards were limited edition and I felt the whole batch went to hardware sites.

  • Kingston SDCAC & SDCA3 UHS-I U3 microSDXC & MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 Card Reader Review @ ModSynergy

    Published: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Who knew that Kingston made drone parts.  In this case 4K cameras?  Oh wait, I read that wrong.  Kingston memory cards in a 4K drone camera?  No, that can't be right.  Maybe a Kingston card reader for Kingstone memory cards that are used in a 4K camera attached to a drone?

    Ya thats the ticket.

    Today we look at three Drone camera accessories from Kingston Technology you may consider when purchasing a 4K capable camera Drone.  On the test bench today will be both 64GB Kingston SDCAC & SDCA3 UHS-I U3 SDXC cards, and the Kingston MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 Card Reader.

    Good stuff.

  • Lian Li’s PC-O11 Dual-Chambered Case Now Available

    Published: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Latest Tempered Glass Case Mounts Multiple Radiators, Houses Top-Performance Builds
    February 8, 2017; Keelung, Taiwan - Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd launches the PC-O11: the largest among the latest generation O-series chassis. This case preserves the proportions of a tower rather than cube chassis while managing a dual-chambered layout and fitting conventional ATX PSUs. Unlike its little brother, the PC-O10, this new chassis accommodates several 360mm water cooling radiators in a gorgeous, spacious tempered-glass interior: the PC-O11 is the ultimate glass showcase for top-of-the-line enthusiast builds.

    Unbridled Cooling for Hardcore Enthusiasts
    The PC-O11 has up to three 360mm water cooling radiator mounts – users can choose to install three 120mm fans or a 360mm radiator on both the top and bottom panels in the main glass chamber. The PC-O11 also includes a removable bracket to prominently mount three 120mm fans or an additional 360mm radiator behind the front glass panel. Users can mount two thick 360mm radiators and a single 240mm radiator without needing to mod the case.

    A Showcase for Titanic, High-Performance Builds
    The PC-O11 mounts E-ATX and smaller motherboards, with space for VGA cards as long as 430mm on its eight expansion slots. Its main glass chamber accommodates CPU coolers up to 150mm in height. The rear chamber hides ATX PSUs as long as 430mm and two removable drive cages fitting up to four 3.5” and two 2.5” drives or six total 2.5” drives. Users can also opt to mount 2.5” drives more prominently on the many fan mounts throughout the case – five 80mm mounts on the rear panel, two in the glass chamber and three in the PSU chamber, as well as any of the six 120mm mounts on the top and bottom panels.

    Optional Accessories, Extras, and Inputs
    Similar to the PC-O10, users can purchase an optional accessory to mount two VGA cards vertically using riser cables. The kit replaces the included expansion slot covers and includes a single riser cable. The PC-O11 also includes a removable plate for mounting most water cooling pumps and reservoirs. The front panel includes two USB 3.0 and HD audio ports. The top and bottom panels include removable mesh dust filters covering the primary fan mounts. The drive cages and PSU mount include rubber vibration dampeners to minimize idle noise.

    Price and Availability
    The PC-O11 is now available at for $229.99

    Watch the video introduction:

  • Introducing the Thermalright AXP-100RH and the Silver Arrow ITX-R

    Published: Monday, February 06, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Introducing the AXP-100RH and the Silver Arrow ITX-R
    With the AXP-100RH we present a slightly higher version of the popular HTPC cooler to match the AXP-100H Muscle. We would also like to use the opportunity to introduce the Silver Arrow ITX-R, which will become available at the beginning of March.

    The AXP-100RH has been designed for users who are looking for maximum cooling capacity at minimal dimensions. The adjustment in height became necessary to match the higher VRM cooler of the most recent ASUS “Republic of Gamers” MAXIMUS motherboard series.

    The black and red design of the original AXP-100R was meant as a homage to the “Republic of Gamers” series. In order to use the cooler on the new Mini-ITX motherboards, the height was increased by 7 mm. With its 51 mm (65 mm with the fan), it is the perfect cooler for compact home theater/multimedia systems or minimalistic work stations with a limited height.

    The AXP-100RH is equipped with six 6 mm heatpipes, finished with high-end heatpipe caps. The cooler uses the well-known T-shaped “down draft” design, in which the air flow is directed perpendicular to the mainboard, which allows the cooling of the surrounding motherboard components at the same time. Included is the well-known TY 100R fan.

    The included „Enhanced Fan Mount“ of the AXP-100RH allows maximum flexibility when installing fan, in order to make best use of the available space in HTC-cases. In addition, the “Enhanced Fan Mount” allows the easy installation of larger fans with 120 mm mounting holes (like the TY 147B) on the cooler.

    The Silver Arrow ITX-R succeeds the Silver Arrow ITX and is much more compact than its predecessor. The twin-tower cooler impresses with its reduced dimensions and fits in a lot more Mini-ITX cases, but will also excel on Micro-ATX or ATX systems.

    An eye catcher is without a doubt the black high-gloss nickel plating of the heatsink, which in combination with the black and red TY-129 fan underlines the high-quality processing. The fan is installed between the two cooling towers, in order to avoid collisions with RAM modules or VRM coolers.

    The cooler comes with six powerful 6 mm copper heatpipes. They are tightly integrated into the nickel-plated cooper base, to allow the most effective heat dissipation. The included TY 129 PWM-fan rotates between 300 and 1,300 rpm. This means during standard operation the fan is virtually unnoticeable from the outside. The air flow of the silent optimized fans ranges from 21.9 and 94.8 m³/h, at a noise level between 21 and 33 dB(A).

    The AXP-100RH and the Silver Arrow ITX-R come with the latest universal mounting kit, which allows the installation of the cooler on all current Intel- and AMD-CPU’s. Both coolers are explicitly compatible to the new AM4 processors from AMD.

    The AXP-100RH is now available in stores; the Silver Arrow ITX-R will be available from the beginning of March. The MSRP of both models can be found below among the specifications at the end of this press release.

    Specifications Silver Arrow ITX-R

    •     Length: 153 mm (m. Lüfter)
    •     Width: 103 mm (m. Lüfter)
    •     Height: 150 mm (m. Lüfter)
    •     Weight: 660 g (m. Lüfter)
    •     Fan dimensions: 130 x 130 x 25 mm
    •     Material: Hybrid
    •     Fan speed: 300 - 1,300 rpm
    •     Airflow: 21.9 - 94.8 m³/h
    •     Noise: 21 - 33 dB(A)
    •     Connector: 4 Pin PWM
    •     Heatpipes: 6 x 6 mm
    •     Max. cooling capacity: 280 Watt
    •     Code: 814256001175
    •     Order number: 100700417
    •     Manufacturer number: Silver Arrow ITX-R
    •     MSRP: 74.99€ incl. 19% VAT

    Product pictures can be downloaded here.

  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS 8G Xtreme review

    Published: Monday, February 06, 2017 | By: Dennis

    The next big eSports gaming brand is here complete with triple fan heatsinks, RGB lighting and a name you can bring home to your mother.

    We review the new GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS Xtreme 8G from Gigabyte, and heck yeah this is not your regular one. Meet the all custom, cooled and tweaked Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS Xtreme Edition. We'll heck out the new 8 GB beast fitted with a massive and impressive three slot cooler, extra RGB LED functionality and sexy clock frequencies.

    I'm not sure about sexy clock frequencies but the cooler design is spot on.

    Maybe I'll get one for review before the next big chip gets released.  Only 4 months till Computex afterall.

  • MSI X99A Tomahawk Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers

    Published: Monday, February 06, 2017 | By: Dennis

    There are some really cool motherboards out there and in the X99 generation I have been able to review boards from EVGA, MSI and Gigabyte and while I love what Gigabyte does my favorates boil down to the EVGA X99 Classified, MSI X99A Godlike, and MSI X99A Tomahawk.

    Why so much MSI?  Simply put, good package with some great features.  Oh and tasteful RGB lighting.

    MSI introduced their Arsenal Gaming line not to long ago. The way it sits in their product stack is that you have Enthusiast Gaming, Performance Gaming, Arsenal Gaming, and then their Pro Series. Arsenal Gaming is positioned to give users many great gaming features, but at a good price as well. Today we are checking out the X99A Tomahawk, which offers a nice matte black PCB with black and grey accents. The board has three PCI-Express 3.0 x4 slots, an M.2 32 GB/s slot, a U.2 32 GB/s port, dual Intel LAN ports, USB 3.2 gen 2, and MSI’s Audio Boost 3. Does the X99A Tomahawk have what it takes to make it into your X99 build? Read on as we take a look…

    Seems the ThinkComputers grew lkes it as well.

  • Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Review @ Vortez

    Published: Monday, February 06, 2017 | By: Dennis

    One of the cool products I personally saw at CES 2017 was the Katana sound bar from Creative.  Big sound from a small package with many iRoar features built in. 

    Soundbars are a popular choice among many people looking for a high quality speaker system that is also compact. As a sub-market, gamers end up having to wade through the many offerings out there in the wide world, yet may be unsure of what it is they want or need. So the 'gaming' soundbar became a thing. Our first outing with such a product was with the Razer Leviathan, and now we get to take a look at the Sound BlasterX Katana from Creative.

    The thing with sound bars is not so much how good or bad they sound but the form factor and how it works with your PC setup.  Some of us have dual and triple monitors and might want more sound separation.

  • This Company Went From 'Game Over' to Gaming Industry Power Player

    Published: Friday, February 03, 2017 | By: Dennis

    They say it is all about finding your niche or, in the case of PC hardware you need to diversify and capitolize on the markets that are making money.  Gaming and enthusiast PCs are hot right now so why not take advantage.

    To understand how the company made its pivot, first let's look at its trajectory. MSI was founded in 1986 with a focus on designing and manufacturing motherboards for computers. Having gone public two years later, the company's next big moves came in 2003 and 2008 when it began selling branded notebooks and netbooks, respectively. At its height during those years, MSI's revenue hit $3.1 billion (U.S. dollars) in 2008.

    When I started MSI wasn't a huge player in the motherboard market, they had products out there but nothing really stood out and then, overnight it seems, MSI changed and created silos of specialization.  Of course, I cared more about the OC line then gaming but that started a trend that has steamrolled ever since.

    Unlike consumer PC owners, customers in the gaming world typically demand high-performance devices to help enhance their game play--and they're willing to pay extra for them. While sales of traditional PCs have been slow or trending downward, high-end gaming PC sales are thriving. Specifically, the global gaming hardware market continues to grow and is expected to reach $140 billion by 2019. That's billion, with a "b."

    Interest in gaming hardware has been driven in part by the immense global popularity of eSports. With major events including the International and the League of Legends World Championship, revenues from the eSports industry were expected to reach almost $500 million last year, up more than 50 percent from 2015.

    This is a key part of the article,  It will be the enthusaists that dominate the custom PC market and is something I have said time and time again.  Personally I'm looking forward to the future of the PC, even if Intel and Microsoft want to kill it off.