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  • Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme @ TechPowerUp

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

    When the "Super" cards started hitting the market something crossed my mind.  "How will the name Super fit with the current marketing out there?"  For instance.  EVGA has the FTW and Classified so now we have

    EVGA RTX 20X0 Super Classified
    EVGA RTX 20X0 Super FTW

    Or even better the ASUS cards.

    ASUS RTX 20X0 Super Strix

    Aorus isn’t’ really impacted much unless you get creative and throw in a random "sports" wink smile.

    Aorus RTX 20X0 Super Waterforce

    However, the best one is from ZOTAC and what was once a powerful “go to” product name has been reduced to a silly phrase that will be joked about at LN2 parties for years to come. 

    ZOTAC RTX 20X0 Super AMP Extreme

    I mean it just rolls off the tongue doesn't it??  Speaking of the Super AMP Extreme, reviewers at the TechPowerUp powerhouse have a review posted and it looks pretty good.

    Zotac's RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme is priced only $10 higher the NVIDIA Founders Edition, yet offers a much better triple-slot, triple-fan cooler, and also includes an overclock out of the box. During gaming the card stays quiet, yet manages to beat Founders Edition temperatures at the same time.

    I'm not sure $10 USD is really something to comment about but it does help justify a reason for buying that card over anything else on the market.

  • Cooler Master Introduces GS750 Desktop Hub

    Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | By: Dennis

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF., JULY 16, 2019 - Cooler Master, a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative gaming peripherals and computer components, today releases its first desktop hub, a headset stand with built in Qi wireless charging.

    “We wanted to make a product that would serve multiple functions while also decluttering your space.” says Bryant Nguyen, Peripheral General Manager.

    The GS750 is designed to be a desktop companion. It is equipped with a Qi wireless charging base to conveniently charge mobile phones, wireless mice, or other Qi charging compatible devices without the hassle of cables. The GS750 is armed with two USB 3.0 ports to supplement improved charging power on multiple devices. It features a sleek outlook with a premium and durable aluminum construction along with a rubberized base for a stable display of your headset. Onboard 7.1 surround sound provides full-range stereo on any 3.5mm analog headset creating an immersive, multichannel audio experience. With 13 LEDS, users can completely customize the stand to match any setup all within Cooler Master’s easy-to-use software suite or can choose between pre-installed preset patterns.

    The GS750 will be available at select Cooler Master retailers including Amazon and Newegg, respectively for $/€79.99 on August 27, 2019. For more information visit www.coolermaster.com.

  • Creative Redefines the Pinnacle of Sound Cards with Sound Blaster AE-9 and Sound Blaster AE-7

    Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Sound Blaster: 30 Years of Revolutionizing Audio

    SINGAPORE - 9 July 2019 - Creative Technology Ltd continues its legacy of revolutionizing audio with the launch of its most advanced PCI-e sound cards ever – the Sound Blaster AE-9 and Sound Blaster AE-7. Built with only the most premium components, and complemented with the latest technologies from Creative, these sound cards are designed to define a new performance standard in this class for the ultimate PC entertainment experience.

    Sound Blaster: 30 Years of Revolutionizing Audio
    Up till 1989, the only sounds coming out of the PC were mere beeps. The same year, Sound Blaster was born, and PC audio was transformed forever. Since then, over 400 million Sound Blasters have been sold; and the Sound Blaster brand has become synonymous with the term ‘sound card’ and high-quality PC audio - first for gaming, and then movies and music.



    With experience and expertise refined over three decades of audio innovation, Sound Blaster has continued to reinvent itself with the development of digital audio processing technologies. Each new innovation served to redefine what the ultimate audio experience really means, such as when it evolved beyond the PC in the form of external sound cards for platforms like gaming and entertainment consoles.

    “The Sound Blaster philosophy is simple yet demanding. With every new product, we aim to break new ground in four key areas: technology, performance, function and platform. In our 30th year, we will make greater strides than ever before in redefining the Sound Blaster experience. The AE series, which represents our biggest leap in PCI-e sound card innovation yet, is just the beginning.  Later this quarter, we will be introducing our latest addition to the ‘X’ series of multi-channel audio external sound cards; it will be the first Sound Blaster product featuring Super X-Fi, our game-changing and award-winning headphone holography technology. And in the next quarter, we will unveil our latest products under the ‘G’ banner of gaming-focused sound cards with better console compatibility and ease of use than before. Simply put, Sound Blaster makes great sound, and never stops making it sound greater,” said Sim Wong Hoo, CEO of Creative.

    Sound Blaster AE-9: In a Class of Its Own
    Sound Blaster AE-9 is Creative’s flagship PCI-e sound card, and it more than delivers on its promise to gratify the needs of pro-gamers and pro-audio users. It uses audiophile-grade components such as the top-of-the-range ESS 9038 SABRE-class reference DAC that delivers up to 129 dB DNR, PCM 32-bit 384 kHz sampling, DSD64 playback of lossless audio with ultra-low distortion and jitter elimination, and boasts Nichicon Fine-Gold capacitors, WIMA film/foil audio capacitors and swappable op-amps.

    What really makes Sound Blaster AE-9 stand out against the competition is its CleanLineTM Technology, a new breakthrough in filtering a microphone path for clear and uncompromised voice communication. This latest technology features specially-designed circuitry and components which eliminates voltage rail issues and isolates unwanted noise caused by power supply ripple from high-performance GPUs. Sound Blaster AE-9 is the first ever to integrate this technology in its core, allowing users to forgo the need for a desktop mixer while still enjoying the benefits of having one.

    Sound Blaster AE-7: Next-in-line, Yet Still an Audio Beast  
    It may seem to sport slightly ‘lesser’ specs compared to the Sound Blaster AE-9, yet Sound Blaster AE-7 is very much a powerful sound card in its own right, being equipped with a hi-res ESS SABRE-class 9018 DAC that boasts up to 127 dB DNR, with 32-bit 384 kHz sampling and DSD64 playback. Audio clarity is the order of the day, with a THD of 0.0001% which represents an upgrade over its predecessor Sound BlasterX AE-5, and also the competition. At its price point, Sound Blaster AE-7 presents an excellent value proposition.



    Common Features for Sound Blaster AE-9 and Sound Blaster AE-7

    The Best Sound Blaster Processing Yet
    Enjoy the full spectrum of Sound Blaster audio customization and enhanced audio realism with immersive 5.1 and 7.1 surround virtualization along with Dolby Digital Live encoding and DTS Connect encoding.
     
    Award-winning Headphone Amplification
    The custom-designed, award-winning fully discrete Xamp headphone amplifier with push-pull design ensures each audio channel is individually amplified to deliver a whole new level of pristine audio fidelity in an authentic, unaltered lossless model.
         
    All-new Audio Control Module (ACM)
    Both sound cards feature ACMs built with user-friendliness in mind. Sound Blaster AE-9’s ACM stands out with a display unit for direct and easy volume control, a headphone selector switch supporting different types of headphone impedance, a multi-function microphone input port with +48V Phantom power and a built-in amplifier.
         
    New and Streamlined Software Interface
    The newly designed Sound Blaster Command software sports a revamped user-friendly interface which drives Creative’s signature Sound Blaster Acoustic Engine through achieving more audio control customizations with lesser clicks.

    Upgrade Promo for Sound Blaster Users
    As a gesture of appreciation for their support over the last 30 years, Creative is offering an exclusive promotion to its fans – the opportunity to upgrade from their old sound cards with an attractive 15% discount off the latest Sound Blaster products. This promotion will be valid for all upcoming Sound Blaster products launched between now and the end of the year.  For more information, visit creative.com/upgrade.

    Pricing and Availability
    Sound Blaster AE-9 (on pre-order) and Sound Blaster AE-7 are priced at USD349.99 and USD229.99 respectively, and are available at Creative.com.

    For more information, visit creative.com/SBAE9 and creative.com/SBAE7

    About Creative
    Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for driving the multimedia revolution – with over 400 million sold - Creative drives digital entertainment with cutting-edge audio solutions that include premium wireless speakers, wireless headphones, powerful audiophile-grade digital amplifiers and next-generation home-theatre systems. Aiming at the new mobile networked generation by bridging the worlds of the computer, smartphones, and tablets, Creative continues to reinvent the Sound Blaster, with its ground-breaking Sound Blaster Roar series and USB-audio class of products such as the Sound Blaster X7.

    In 2016, Creative unveiled the X-Fi Sonic Carrier: a brand-new concept in hi-res audio and video delivery for home entertainment. This technology powerhouse dubbed ‘the soundbar of the gods' personifies the Audio of Tomorrow.

    In 2018, Creative launched an all-new game-changing technology for headphones called Super X-Fi® Headphone Holography. This technology uses computational audio to recreate the listening experience of a high-end multi-speaker system in a professional studio, and delivers the same expansive experience - with the same original depth, detail, realism, and spaciousness - in headphones. Super X-Fi further uses Artificial Intelligence to compute a custom audio profile based on a person's unique anthropometry. Super X-Fi has won multiple accolades worldwide, including an unprecedented 15 awards at CES 2019.

  • SilverStone Strider Platinum ST1000-PTS 1000W Power Supply Review @ APH Networks

    Published: Monday, July 08, 2019 | By: Dennis

    On great thing about technology is that once you figure out how to do something better everyone benefits.  SilverStone showed this PSU at CES and Computex and it is the worlds smallest 1000W PSU.

    If you want big power and small size, the SilverStone Strider Platinum ST1000-PTS 1000W is the only power supply in the market that achieves both -- and a decent one at that.

    Around the time that 4-way SLI hit the mainstream so did more powerful PSUs.  And, they had to be to deliver enough power to run four monster GPUs.  This land rush to build a more powerful PSU brought with it a form factor increase and the advent of the 80 Plus power rating. 

    Fast forward several years and we have 80+ Platinum Power Supplies and finally the first form factor shrink for a 1000W+ PSU since they first hit the market so many years ago. 

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X @ LanOC Reviews

    Published: Monday, July 08, 2019 | By: Dennis

    It won't take anyone long to find a review of the new Ryzen 3700X and 3900X including many of the standard hardware review outlets.

    It doesn’t feel like its been over two years now but back in March of 2017 AMD introduced their Ryzen CPUs and without a doubt changed the entire PC market. Things were stagnant in just about every PC market, but especially in the CPU market and the introduction of Ryzen quickly changed things. Before that time the mainstream CPU market got its yearly refreshed quad-core CPU and that was about it. Now today AMD is releasing a mainstream CPU with 12 cores and 24 threads and their low-end APUs are rocking 4 cores. Its been a wild ride and it has had Intel on the defensive. Well today's the day we finally get to take a closer look at the new lineup and AMD sent over the Ryzen 9 3900X and the Ryzen 7 3700X for me to check out. Before I do that I want to dive into the new 3rd generation of Ryzen and the Zen 2 architecture that is powering it. Then from there, we can see how both CPUs perform. Let's go! 

    Sadly, I am sad to say that I sadly didn't get included sad smile.  How sad.

  • PCI-Express 4.0 Performance Scaling with Radeon RX 5700 XT @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Sunday, July 07, 2019 | By: Dennis

    With the launch of Zen 2 we also get our first look at PCI Express 4.0 and heaps more bandwidth.  The question is.  What can you use all that bandwidth for?

    Games of course!

    PCI-Express 4.0 has been one of the main new features prominently brandished on the product boxes of both the 3rd generation Ryzen desktop processors, and Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards. We examine the performance impact of running these cards on older generations of PCIe.

    A good indication that we have an increase in performance is to do an Apples to Apples test taking the faster component and using it with slower hardware.  That will give you a good benchmark to compare against and with how much faster PCI Express 4.0 is it would be interesting to see exactly how it will benefit you.

  • Ryzen 3900X & Ryzen 3700X Review @ Bjorn3d

    Published: Sunday, July 07, 2019 | By: Dennis

    When I was at Computex 2019 I had attended the opening ceremonies where Dr Lisa Su addressed the crowd with news of a 3rd generation Ryzen CPU.  As Darren and I have talked on the Hardware Asylum Podcast the new 'Zen processors are rumored to be faster than the Intel parts and in the instance of teh 12-Core Ryzen 9 3900X it was faster than the $1200 12-Core Intel Core i9 9920X.

    Well, it would seem that the reviews have started coming in.  Lets see what they say.

    The King is Dead, Long Live the King! – Ryzen 3900X & Ryzen 3700X Review

    The wait for Zen 2 is over and Ryzen 3000 is here! I know I’m kinda spoiling the result by announcing the new king is here, but I don’t think anyone will be surprised with the results we will see today. AMD announced the new Ryzen 3000 series including the two CPUs we have today, the Ryzen 9 3900X and the Ryzen 7 3700X. A short while ago and when AMD demo’d the new Zen 2 based CPU via a Cinebench run head to head and beating the 8700K, I knew we would be in store for something special. How special, I was not sure and while I know, I can tell you that the mainstream king CPU the Core i9 9900K has been usurped.

    I really simplified that but I hope you get the point. The CPU wars have been heating up since Zen initially launched a few years back and AMD has been slowly chiseling away at Intel’s market share primarily, but also their performance lead as well. This has been a rather quick progression but in small steps as Ryzen 1st gen and second gen used the initial Zen, then Zen+ which was a more refined version of the initial ZEN core. Now we have Zen 2 which is slated to flip the CPU market on its head if AMD’s initial claims were to be believed. And now its time to dig in and follow the path of what the new platform has to offer and what it can do.

    Seems they are impressed.

  • Mushkin Alita Battle Angel Sweepstakes Campaign

    Published: Wednesday, July 03, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Everyone loves a little free stuff every once in awhile right??

    Mushkin has you covered with their Alita campaign with some really great prizes!

    The list of sponsors include:
    Mushkin
    AMD
    ASRock
    Razer
    Raijink
    Zytel
    Zotac
    ThunderX3

    With prizes being seperated by region.  For those of you in the United States we are talking 80" Flat Panels!

    Follow this link to Enter

  • NVIDA GeForce RTX 2070 Super @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Wednesday, July 03, 2019 | By: Dennis

    With the release of the new "Super" graphics cards from NVIDIA we should get a new group of reviews.  By the looks of it aftermarket cards will be late to the party but the Founders Editions will be in the wild soon.

    NVIDIA gave the GeForce RTX 20-series a midlife refresh with the new "Super" brand extension in the wake of AMD's upcoming Radeon Navi 7nm GPU. The RTX 2070 is based on the RTX 2080, which means SLI support and more shaders compared to the the original RTX 2070.

    What is not all that suprising is that these cards are tuned up versions of their namesake with more memory.  Makes you wonder why they are faster.  wink smile

  • With Great Power Comes Great Gaming: NVIDIA Launches GeForce RTX SUPER Series

    Published: Wednesday, July 03, 2019 | By: Dennis

    *Cheesy Title*

    Best-In-Class Performance, Power Efficiency, Plus Real-Time Ray Tracing for Growing Wave of Blockbuster Games

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NVIDIA today supercharged its lineup of gaming GPUs by introducing GeForce® RTX 2060 SUPER™, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER and GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER -- delivering best-in-class gaming performance and real time ray tracing for today’s and next-generation games.

    The result of nearly a year of architectural and process optimizations, the new GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs deliver the fastest gaming performance, and the best power efficiency of any gaming GPU in their class. They also offer gamers an uncompromised combination of leading performance and cutting-edge features.

    “The ecosystem driving real-time ray tracing is immense -- tens of millions of GPUs, industry standard APIs, leading game engines and an all-star roster of game franchises,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the PC business at NVIDIA. “This killer lineup of SUPER GPUs delivers even more performance for demanding PC gamers and ensures that they’re prepared for the coming wave of real-time ray tracing blockbusters.”

    Ray tracing is the advanced graphics technique used to give movies their ultra-realistic visual effects. Only GeForce RTX™ GPUs use a hybrid architecture of advanced shading, programmable ray tracing and compute cores to deliver ray traced games in real time. Ray tracing is supported in industry standard APIs, including Microsoft DirectX Raytracing (DXR) and Vulkan, as well as in the game engines used by developers to create games, including Unreal Engine, Unity, Frostbite, id Tech, Northlight, 4A Engine and more.

    Last month’s Computex and E3 trade events marked a milestone for real-time ray tracing, as a growing number of developers announced that they will be using it to create stunning visuals in their upcoming games.  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Control, Cyberpunk 2077, Doom Eternal, Sword and Fairy 7, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood joined the list of major titles that will be using ray tracing. Battlefield V, Metro Exodus  Quake II RTX, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Stay in the Light (early access) are already shipping with ray tracing support.

    The new SUPER series of RTX GPUs join the existing GeForce RTX 2060 (starting at $349, the first step up to RTX performance) and the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (starting at $999, the best gaming GPU on the planet).

    • GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER GPU - Starting at $399, Available July 9
       º Up to 22% faster (average 15%) than RTX 2060
       º 8GB GDDR6 - 2GB more than the RTX 2060
       º Faster than GTX 1080
       º 7+7 TOPs (FP32+INT32) and 57 Tensor TFLOPs 
    • GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GPU - Starting at $499, Available July 9
       º Up to 24% faster (average 16%) than RTX 2070
       º Faster than GTX 1080 Ti
       º 9+9 TOPs (FP32+INT32) and 73 Tensor TFLOPs 
    • GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU - Starting at $699, Available July 23
       º Memory speed cranked up to 15.5Gbps
       º Faster than TITAN Xp
       º 11+11 TOPs (FP32+INT32) and 89 Tensor TFLOPs

    GeForce RTX GPUs support multiple cutting-edge and advanced gaming features. In addition to being the only GPUs capable of real-time ray tracing, they deliver an order of magnitude increase in AI processing performance with NVIDIA Deep Learning Super Sampling (up to 130 Tensor TFLOPS of horsepower), and are also the only ones that support advanced features including Mesh Shading and NVIDIA Adaptive Shading (NAS). 

    NAS also supports Variable Rate Shading, including motion and content adaptive shading for the highest performance and image quality, as well as Foveated Rendering, which puts the detail where the gamer is looking when used in combination with eye-tracking, to deliver next-generation VR experiences.

    All NVIDIA GPUs come with GeForce Experience™, an application that makes PC gaming more accessible and provides unique, easy-to-use in-game features.  GeForce Experience includes NVIDIA Highlights, which automatically captures the best gaming moments; NVIDIA Ansel, which lets gamers take stunning in-game screenshots; and NVIDIA Freestyle, which lets gamers customize their games’ appearance with more than 15 post-processing filters and 38 different configurations including settings for image sharpening, color blindness and photo-realism. Gamers can even use the special night mode, which reduces the amount of blue light emitted, so they can get to sleep easier after a night of gaming.

    Super Fast. Supernatural Bundle.
    For a limited time, starting on July 9, qualifying purchases of a GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, or GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER- based graphics card or desktop PC will include a copy of two award-winning games that support real-time ray tracing, Control and Wolfenstein: Youngblood. a value of $90.

    Where to Buy
    The GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2080 SUPER GPUs will be available as custom boards, including stock-clocked and factory-overclocked models, from top add-in card providers such as ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac and as Founders Editions from www.nvidia.com. Look for the GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs in gaming systems built by Acer, Alienware, Dell, HP and Lenovo, as well as by leading system builders worldwide.

    For more information on the new RTX SUPER GPUs, please visit https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/news/geforce-rtx-20-series-super-gpus and click here for a product video.

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