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  • Palit GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GameRock Premium 11 GB @ techPowerUp

    Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 | By: Dennis

    GAME ROCK!! 

    Or rock game? gamez rox?  Meh, product names these days.  Whatever happened to logical names like "Golden Sample" or "Inferno Katana"?  Those seem good but, don't have the same POP on the retail shelves that Game Rock does.

    Palit's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GameRock Premium is the company's latest flagship card. It introduces a new fan design in which two stacks of two fans each operate in a counter-rotating fashion. Also the card comes with a dual BIOS and a large overclock out of the box.

    I was a little curious about the video card so I will admit, I clicked the review link and have to say.  The logo looks great however, the card is like flat.  For one it is a dual fan cooler design with a blue shroud and triple slot spacing.  However, remove the cover and you get a pretty amazing PCB with extra large VRM. 

    Almost inspired by the MSI GamerX series. #justsayin

  • Intel's 32GB Optane Memory Storage Accelerator - Launch Day

    Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Storage has always been a choke point in the modern PC and while storage systems like RAID, SSDs and PCI Express SSDs have made things better there is always room for improvement.

    Intel has included a new storage technology called Optane into the new Z270 chipset and several sites have posted their review of the new technology just to see if it lives up to the hype.  Given that this is an Intel tech, maybe?

    Web Reviews
    - Intel's 32GB Optane Memory @ TR
    - The Intel Optane Memory Module Review @ Hardware Canucks
    - Intel Optane Memory With 3D XPoint Review: Easy, Robust PC Acceleration @ Hardware of Hottnessnesses
    - Intel Optane Memory Review - 1.4GB/s Speed & 300K IOPS for $44

    I find it funny that all of the review titles are super clickbait esq and yet say the same thing.  Its almost like they are trying to make it a "meh" tech but sound awesome at the same time.

  • Throwback Time: Freeway Design FWD-P3C4XD

    Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Back in late November 2000 I took a massive step forward and started doing product reviews.  Before that, the site that would eventually become Hardware Asylum, was dedicated to casemodding, system building and other enthusiast PC activities long before it was cool and commercialized.  At the time there were a handful of hardware review sites and only a few of them exist today.  (badge of honor)

    The first product I ever professionally reviewed was from a company called Freeway Design.  They were a Japanese based manufacturer that built and distributed products out of Taiwan.  During that time I was on the hunt for a dual CPU motherboard using the new Pentium III socket 370.  I was a veteran user of SMP systems and wanted something special for my next build.  Well, special is what I got.

    I believe the original press release was posted on Digitimes and showed a bright red dual socket motherboard built on the VIA VT82C694X chipset.  What was different about this motherboard wasn’t so much support for dual CPUs but that both CPU sockets were vertical along the motherboard whereas other boards of the time positioned them around the chipset making the board look cluttered.

    The problem was, Freeway Design only sold in APAC (Asia Pacific) Region meaning that there were no retailers in the US where I could buy the board.  On a whim I emailed the contact listed in the press release asking if I there was a chance to buy the board directly

    What happened next floored me (click bait anyone?)

    Freeway Design offered to send me the board in an exchange for doing a review for my website.  It seemed crazy at the time but, they were a fairly new company looking to get some exposure and to this day I think I was one of three sites in the world to actually review a Freeway Design motherboard.

    Of course, the rest is history.

    The motherboard shown above is still fully operational and has two Pentium 3 800Mhz processors installed with Alpha heatsinks on each CPU.  This unique heatsink design used a series of extruded pins and instead of blowing air through the heatink it was designed to have air drawn up and away.  It was actually proven to be more efficient and still stands as one of the best bi-metal based heatsinks you could by.  The only downside was noise driven the high speed 60mm YSTech fans I had mounted on top.

    So, what happened to Freeway Design?  A couple years after my FWD-P3C4XD review went live the company changed their focus and started building “white box” laptops and OEM style PCs and later leased out time in their factories to build a variety of different hardware similar to what Foxconn does.

  • MSI announces accelerated GAMING X+ series

    Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Play Hard, Stay Silent

    As the world’s leading GAMING graphics card vendor, MSI is proud to announce a new line of graphics cards based on the award-winning GAMING X series. Loaded up with faster graphics memory, the new GAMING X+ series provide an additional boost to graphics performance for smooth gameplay. Built around NVIDIA’s GeForce® GTX 10 series GPUs, the MSI GeForce® GTX 1080 GAMING X+ 8G and GeForce® GTX 1060 GAMING X+ 6G use the full force of the TWIN FROZR VI cooler, allowing for higher core and memory clock speeds for increased performance in games. The well-known shapes of the stunning TWIN FROZR cooler are intensified by a fiery red GAMING glow piercing through the cover, while the MSI GAMING dragon RGB LED on the side can be set to any of 16.8 million colors to match your mood or build. A completely new custom PCB design using Military Class 4 components enables higher overclocking performance to push your graphics card to the max. The classy matte black solid metal backplate gives the card more structural strength and provides a nice finishing touch.

    TWIN FROZR VI Thermal Design
    As MSI’s best thermal design to date, TWIN FROZR VI has raised the bar of Graphics Card air cooling. TORX Fan 2.0 is the enhanced version of the patented TORX Fan technology which generates 22% more air pressure for better cooling performance while further reducing noise levels. On the GeForce® GTX 1080 GAMING X+, the new fans are equipped with Double Ball Bearings to ensure lasting smooth and silent operation. Connected to the huge heatsink are 8mm copper heat pipes with a squared shape at the bottom for optimal heat transfer from the solid nickel-plated copper baseplate combined with Premium Thermal Compound X to keep the Pascal powerhouse cool.

    MSI Gaming App
    The MSI Gaming App allows gamers to quickly switch between OC, Gaming and Silent performance modes, depending on their needs. The latest version of MSI Gaming App features One-click to VR, which instantly optimizes your PC for the best Virtual Reality experience. It also includes host of premium features like EyeRest to improve image quality and Dragon Eye which allows you to watch a YouTube video or stream while gaming. Last but not least, the Gaming App features a LED control tab, allowing gamers to choose from 5 unique lighting modes to set the right ambience for their gaming sessions with just one click.


    GTX 1080 GAMING X+ 8G
    GPU    GP104-400
    Core Clock (OC Mode)    1911 / 1771 MHz
    Memory size/type    8GB GDDR5X
    Memory speed    11 Gbps
    Thermal design    TwinFrozr VI w/ ZERO FROZR
    Dimensions    279 x 140 x 42 mm
    Connectivity    DisplayPort x 3 / HDMI / DL-DVI-D

  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2/SC2 - Now with 11GHz Memory

    Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 | By: Dennis

    April 20th, 2017 - The award winning EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 and SC2 are now upgraded to 11GHz memory giving a full 352GB/s of memory bandwidth for improved performance. In addition, this update is available as a free performance upgrade for existing card owners. More details on how existing card owners can update here.

    Of course, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 and SC2 also comes loaded with EVGA iCX Technology, which gives you:

    • iCX has 9 Thermal Sensors & Multiple MCUs
    • Asynchronous fan control
    • Full Control with EVGA Precision XOC
    • Interactive Cooling with thermal display system
    • Optimized airflow with new heatsink design.

    Learn more at

  • Phanteks Glacier 1080 GPU Waterblock @ techPowerUp

    Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | By: Dennis

    These blocks were announced during CES 2017 and I'm glad to see they are hitting the review sites.  Their kits include more than just GPU blocks and feature a full line of fittings and CPU blocks.

    The Glacier GTX 1080 waterblock is among Phanteks' first ever offerings to the DIY watercooling market. It features integrated RGB lighting, an acrylic top with aluminum side covers, nickel-plated copper cold plate, and a split central flow design scheme for low coolant flow restriction.

    Low restriction usually means lack luster cooling so it will be interesting to see how these blocks do in terms of temperature performance and if fully parallel loops are now a viable option.

  • Bitspower Summit EF-X CPU Waterblock @ techPowerUp

    Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 | By: Dennis

    For those of you exploring the world of watercooling your choice in waterblock can either make you a performance stud in the gaming room or the limp noodle of shame in your favorite online forum.  Because of this you need to make for certain that your waterblock choice is not only socially acceptable but impressionable on the opposite sex.

    According to TechPowerUp the Bitspower Summit EF-X and pretty darn limp with a few perks to help you get the performance numbers up.

    or something like that wink smile

    Bitspower has not enjoyed much success in the sector of CPU waterblocks, owing to average performance and high product cost with limited customization. They aim to change this in 2017 with the new Summit EF that promises to run at up to 6°C less than before; it will also come with top options in acrylic, nickel-plated copper, and a special gold-plated copper edition.

    So, you wanna know a secret about CPU waterblocks?

    They are all about the same, they all are using microfin construction these days so the trick is to pick one that not only looks good but is also friendly on the pocketbook.  If you are dead set on making sure you have the best performance you'll want to not only look at reviews but also inspect the construction because some designs perform better simply due to how water is routed through the block.

  • Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Review: A Custom, Overclocked Beast

    Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 | By: Dennis

    During the Aorus launch event at CES Gigabyte was showing some pretty amazing video card designs including the Aorus Gaming edition with a new triple fan cooler and copper heatsink embedded in the video card backplate.

    A very cool design and it works quite well too.  Another cool feature of the Aorus gaming cards is their dedication to VR with the inclusion of an internal HDMI port you can route to the front of your case for a VR headset.

    NVIDIA shook up the top of the graphics card market a couple of weeks back with the release of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. In its stock, Founder’s Edition form, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti proved to be the fastest consumer-class graphics card available, but that didn’t stop NVIDIA’s board partners from quickly announcing custom versions packing even more horsepower. Case in point: The beastly Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB we will be showing you here. The Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB is the first, fully-custom, factory-overclocked (and ready to rock) GTX 1080 Ti to hit the lab, and we’ve just finished putting it through its paces.

    This is just the start of the new GTX 1080 Ti video card launches and I fully expect there to be some monster cards on the horizon.

  • noblechairs EPIC Series Gaming Chair @ techPowerUp

    Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 | By: Dennis

    When seated at your desk there are basically two points on your body that keep you from falling down.  Your feet and that region between your legs and spine.  One of these touches the floor while the other is often supported by a chair with varying degrees of softness and comfort.  

    Sit long enough and that hind region will begin to get tired and request that you get up and move around.  But, what if you are on a 20 round kill streak?  You can't "just get up" no, you need to keep pressing on and see how far you can take it. 

    To help you get the most from your posterior support it is essential that you have a quality chair.  Personally I prefer the Herman Miller Aeron chair and have for over a decade now.  It might not have "gaming" in the name or come with fancy LED lights or resemble a racing seat but it is pretty darn comphy and helps to identify me and my roots.

    For those of you not old enough to know about the dot com era and the importance that the Aeron had in establishing dominance in the modern office you may have to consider one of the new "tuner" style gaming chairs like the Nobelchairs EPIC that TechPowerUp has recently reviewed.

    A good chair is the ideal piece of equipment for every hardcore gamer or users who spends lots of hours in front of their PC. The noblechairs EPIC series looks quite interesting for the money it asks, offering good quality and great comfort.

    I think the only thing missing is a seat belt, floor pan, engine, transmission, wheels, tires and sweet exhaust.  Oh wait, I forgot this is a gaming chair not a racing seat attached to a rolly staind. 


  • Thermaltake New TT Premium Concentrate Series and C1000 Pure Clear Coolant

    Published: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Create Your Own Color.Experience the Excitement of Color Mix & Match

    Taipei, Taiwan-April 11th 2017- Thermaltake, a leading brand in PC cooling solutions, has launched Thermaltake TT Premium Concentrate Series (Blue/Red/Green/Acid Green/Orange/Yellow/Purple/Black) and the C1000 Pure Clear Coolant, giving users different ways to create a preferred coolant color without compromising on thermal performance. Specially designed to be used in all water cooling systems, the TT Premium Concentrate Series is a ready-to-mix, anti-corrosive and fully biodegradable concentrate with 8 colors that allows PC enthusiasts to customize the coolant color whilst protecting the cooling components and the environment. The TT Premium Concentrate Series is recommended for use with the C1000 Opaque White Coolant or the latest C1000 Pure Clear Coolant. The C1000 Pure Clear Coolant can also be utilized as a transparent coolant. This high performance new member is made in Germany, virtually odorless and non-flammable, plus it features anti-corrosion protection and heat-transfer medium for PC water-cooling and superb protection for copper, nickel, brass, and aluminum. The TT Premium Concentrate Series and the C1000 Pure Clear Coolant will be available to order at select resellers soon. The product availability and price vary by country and region, please contact the local Thermaltake sales representative for further information.

    Exclusively “Tt LCS Certified”
    Tt LCS Certified is a Thermaltake exclusive certification applied to only products that pass the design and hardcore enthusiasts standards that a true LCS chassis should be held to. The Tt LCS certification was created so that we at Thermaltake can designate to all power users which chassis have been tested to be best compatible with extreme liquid cooling configurations to ensure you get the best performance from the best features and fitment.

    Features of the TT Premium Concentrate Series:

    German-Made Anti-Corrosive Solution
    Being non-flammable, the TT Premium Concentrate Series is a ready-to-mix cooling solution with at least 2 years shelf life in airtight containers, providing great performance while preventing the entire cooling system – copper, brass, nickel, and aluminum – from corrosion.

    Biodegradable Material
    The TT Premium Concentrate Series is classified in water hazard class 1 (low-rate endangering) according to German water hazard regulations. The product is environmentally friendly and readily biodegradable.

    Vivid Application
    The TT Premium Concentrate Series suits all water cooling systems. Featuring anti-freezing, anti-rusting, and water scale prevention, the TT Premium Concentrate Series brings vivid colors into the Thermaltake C1000 Opaque Coolant White/C1000 Pure Clear Coolant to deliver great thermal efficiency and further reduce the temperature of the system.

    Features of the Thermaltake C1000 Pure Clear Coolant:

    German-Made Anti-Corrosive Solution
    Being non-flammable, the C1000 Coolant Series is a ready-to-use cooling solution with at least 3 years shelf life in airtight containers, providing great performance while preventing the entire cooling system – copper, brass, nickel, and aluminum – from corrosion. Additionally, it can be used with the water temperature between 165?(Boiling Point) and -20?(Freeze Point).

    Biodegradable Material
    The C1000 Coolant Series is classified in water hazard class 1 (low-rate endangering) according to German water hazard regulations. The product is readily biodegradable.

    Easy Bottle Filler Design
    Designed with easy bottle filler, users can fill the coolant into all systems easily through the spout.

    Vivid Application
    The C1000 Coolant Series is designed specifically for PC liquid cooling systems. Featuring anti-freezing, anti-rusting, and water scale prevention, the C1000 Coolant Series delivers great thermal efficiency and further reduce the temperature of the system.

    For more details on the Thermaltake TT Premium Concentrate Series and the C1000 Pure Clear Coolant, please visit:

    TT Premium Concentrate Blue
    TT Premium Concentrate Red
    TT Premium Concentrate Green
    TT Premium Concentrate Acid Green
    TT Premium Concentrate Orange
    TT Premium Concentrate Yellow
    TT Premium Concentrate Purple
    TT Premium Concentrate Black
    C1000 Pure Clear Coolant