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  • Creative SXFI GAMER Headset: REKT Everyone Else

    Published: Thursday, July 9, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Super X-Fi Gen2 Ultra-Realistic Holographic Audio Set to Stun Beyond Limits with All-New BATTLE Mode and CommanderMic

    Milpitas, Calif. July 9, 2020 – Creative Technology has launched its flagship gaming headset, the Creative SXFI GAMER. Powered by the exceptional BATTLE Mode audio profile, a brand-new CommanderMic with professional-grade clarity, wired through a Kevlar-reinforced USB cable and topped off with a stunning RGB light design, SXFI GAMER is simply the ultimate weapon for complete gaming immersion and domination.

    Gaming Sounds Real Like Never Before
    Having snagged 23 best-of-show awards over the last two editions of CES 2019-2020, users and critics have been blown away by the next-generation realism of Super X-Fi headphone holography.

    Since the start of this year, Super X-Fi products have been upgraded to Gen2, an improved and expanded version of Super X-Fi which incorporates key enhancements like higher accuracy in personalizing a user’s audio profile, extending more details in the surround sound configuration, better audio positioning and fidelity.

    The SXFI GAMER incorporates all of these and goes one step further with BATTLE Mode, a specially-designed audio profile which optimizes Super X-Fi to a perfect fit for FPS games – environmental imaging, audio cues, distance projection and directionality are all enhanced with unprecedented levels of accuracy for the competitive gamer’s benefit, while preserving the essence of the award-winning holographic audio experience.

    Look, Feel and Talk like a Pro Gamer
    Besides its sharpshooter audio quality, the SXFI GAMER performs in various ways befitting bona fide pro gamers.

    The CommanderMic makes its debut in a completely new acoustic design which includes an integrated pop filter. It sports Creative’s latest SXFI inPerson microphone technology, which uses a special algorithm to enhance speech pick-up while suppressing ambient noise effectively.

    The SXFI GAMER also ups the cool factor with its custom-designed, Kevlar-reinforced USB cable, which is meticulously engineered for strength and durability as it drives high-speed data transfer to deliver its maximum potential for gaming. The new RGB lighting design on the earcups, which allows users to customize their combat get-up with 16.7 million colors to choose from, provides the finishing move for the SXFI GAMER’s assault on gaming headsets.

    Creative’s CEO Sim Wong Hoo said, “Gaming has always been entrenched in our DNA, since the earliest days of Sound Blaster more than 30 years ago.

    “After we successfully created Super X-Fi, which critics have hailed as the holy grail of headphone technology, we did not rest on our laurels. We went ahead and spent a great deal of effort and resources to further improve Super X-Fi, especially targeting the gaming sector. The BATTLE Mode is here, and together with the CommanderMic and other features, the SXFI GAMER truly embodies the culmination of our very best technologies in a gaming headset.

    “At the same time, the SXFI GAMER allows you to communicate with others as if they were in front of you, and also they would be able to hear you clearly. Hence it would be a great tool to Work-Learn-Play from home with.”

    Pricing and Availability
    SXFI GAMER is priced at US$129.99 and is available at Creative.com.

    For more information, visit us.creative.com/sxfigamer.

  • Lexar Announces New SL200 Portable SSD

    Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | By: Dennis

    San Jose, USA, June 25, 2020 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, today announced the new Lexar® SL200 Portable SSD.

    Key Features:

    • SSD-level performance – with speeds up to 550MB/s read and 400MB/s write1
    • Sleek, slimline styling with a premium finish
    • Durable, portable design—resists harsh temperatures and vibration2
    • Includes an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption
    • Features a USB Type-C port. Includes a USB Type-C to USB Type-C and USB Type-C to standard USB Type-A cable
    • Three-year limited warranty

    The family line of SSD products continues to expand and grow stronger with this latest addition to the SSD portfolio. This portable drive lets you take your data on-the-go, so you're covered in the field or the office. To keep your data secure, it's drop-, shock-, vibration-resistant, and features an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption. The sleek SL200 has a premium finish available in 512GB and 1TB of storage space. It also displays more than adequate transfer speeds of up to 550 MB/s and a write speed of up to 400 MB/s1. It's easy to connect to your system using the included USB Type-C to USB Type-C or USB Type-C to Type-A cable, and it's ready to use.

    Lexar® SL200 Portable SSD is available this month for purchase online at Adorama and B&H at an MSRP of $89.99 USD (512 GB,) followed by the 1TB at $159.99 USD in July.

    All Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than

    1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability. For more information

    visit www.lexar.com

  • Thermaltake AH T600 @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Sunday, June 28, 2020 | By: Dennis

    One of the stragest case designs to come out of Thermaltake during CES 2020 the Thermaltake AH t600.

    From a design perspective, the Thermaltake AH T600 is a bold chassis. Thermaltake utilizes an almost insane material mix with heavy inspiration drawn from modern military helicopters to create a large full-tower chassis with all the capabilities one looks for in a liquid cooling case.

    Thermaltake has been caterig their case builds to be exclusively for Watercooling, it helps sell their watercooling gear and puts their caes in the spotlight whenever someone posts a build.  The one issue I have with the case is that it is very different from a traditional chassis and what might look cool may not be the best chassis to build in.

    Then again, TT wasn't looking for a ground breaking chasis but rather one to show off what they can do.  Think "S-Frame"  happy smile

  • EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI @ LanOC Reviews

    Published: Sunday, June 28, 2020 | By: Dennis

    It is nice to know that there are a few reviewers that agree with me.  Wes over and LanOC took the new EVGA Z490 FTW out for a spin and it seems they also had trouble deciding how to put the board into a positive light.  (Must have been ROG envy, #justsayin)

    One thing I didn't include in my review was the frustration I had getting things installed.  Not so much drivers but, getting memory installed took way more force than it should have.  The same was true for PCI Express cards and even the power plugs.  I did ask EVGA about this and they claim it must have been a fluke with my particular sample and AND, I believe them.  It is not uncommon to have a bad batch of components and more often than not *that* is why RMA exists.

    (BTW RMA doesn't exist for people who break stuff on purpose or for those who cannot get something to work correctly.)

    With a small B550 break out of the way, I did still have another Z490 motherboard come in after the Z490 launch that I wanted to check out. That board is from EVGA and unlike all of the other board manufacturers, EVGA doesn’t have 15 or 20 different options. They always like to keep things a little simpler. They have two Z490 motherboards and only one available just yet, the Z490 FTW WiFi. I’m excited to see what EVGA has going on for this generation so let’s dive in and take a closer look then put it through its paces.  

    Be sure to check out my review of the EVGA Z480 FTW WiFi Motherboard.  Its not a bad board but, did leave a LOT on the table when you start looking at what else is out there.

  • Intel Rocket Lake-S 8-Core 11th Gen Desktop CPU Benchmark Leaked

    Published: Sunday, June 28, 2020 | By: Dennis

    It is interesting to see that most of the processor leaks these days are coming from when benchmark results are uploaded to the company website instead of being emailed around.  This was a serious problem back in the day and would incite some pretty serious witch hunts to find where the leak came from.  Some of the classic ones to stir up the hornets were when NVIDIA results made it to the Futuremark Hall of Fame.  As we know NVIDIA plays their product releases very close to the chest and when leaks happen they tend to make a big deal out of it.

    There seems to be less honor in the community these days and maybe it is a case of "leaked sex tapes" that might get a day in the press only to quickly go away provided that nobody says something.  However, when the person in the tape makes a big deal out of it that tends to make things worse.

    In this case we have leaked Rocket Lake benchmark samples making it to Geekbench not only does Geekbench allow the results to remain online but rumor mill sites latch on to it and start dissecting what has been posted.  It is almost like they were tipped off because, seriously, who the F browses the Geekbench results on a daily basis. #facepalm


    https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/compute/1124595

    Check out the news release on HotHardware as they report on data collected from the new Intel Xe onboard GPU that should be available in the new 11th generation Intel CPUs.  I don't suspect onboard graphics will replace your RTX 2080 Ti any time soon but, you never know.

  • Redragon Cobra M711 FPS @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Thursday, June 25, 2020 | By: Dennis

    I'm going to short cut my normal rant about poor product names and refer to the opening paragraph in the review over at TechPowerUp.  (It is that good)

    Redragon is the gaming peripheral brand of Eastern Times Technology Co., Ltd., which is based in China and was established in 1996. The Cobra M711 FPS is an upgraded version of the Cobra M711. While the right-handed ergonomic shape hasn't changed, the sensor has been updated to the PMW3360, which is one of PixArt's top-tier optical sensors. Furthermore, LK optical switches are used for the main buttons, which promises low button latency. Lastly, rich RGB lighting is included as well, which can further be customized in the software, along with many other settings. 

    ~TechPowerUp

    That alone should explain everything. happy smile

    As a mousa (yes the Red Dragon Cobra is a mouse) it looks really good, has nice weight (kinda), a good shape and some good RGB accents.  What I cannot place is where I have seen this design before. OR if the shape of a good mouse is following the car trend where that one shape just works so everyone uses it.

    Either way check out the article.

    BTW this bad boy is on Amazon for $22 Bux!!

  • GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS XTREME Review @ Vortez

    Published: Thursday, June 25, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Not sure if I have ever mentioned this but, I really like the new Aorus product naming scheme.  The names are clear and indicate a level of quality that anyone can understand.  Of course, we won't mention how they were sampled from MSI and ASUS but, I can say that it worked for them and it is working for Aorus (Gigabyte)

    Now, what is not working is having to flip through two pages of review documentation just to get a shot of the motherboard and in which case was not even the first photo in the review. #justsayin

    And, this quote isn't really doing much fror me either.

    The Z490 AORUS XTREME follows in the footsteps of other products using the XTREME moniker by offering the very best for overclockers and hardware enthusiasts. Across this motherboard there are an abundance of features regardless of which region is under consideration.

    What I can say is that the Aorus X490 Xtreme is a pretty pimp motherboard with a full coverage shroud protecting our fragile eyes from the beauty, which is the PCB.  On top of that a large section if it covers the critical M.2 drive slots while the CPU and memory are left hanging in the wind for everyone to see.

    I guess those RGB M.2 drives won't be much use in a build using this board. happy smile

    Gotta say, I'm a fan.

  • Hardware Asylum and Lexar Fathers Day Giveaway Winners

    Published: Monday, June 22, 2020 | By: Dennis

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Fathers Day.  The winners have been picked and notification of prize will be sent via Gleam using your account information.

    There was a really good turn out this time around and I wanted to personally thank everyone who entered!

  • Kingston KC2000 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Friday, June 19, 2020 | By: Dennis

    The adoption of NVMe drives has been slow since they first started hitting shelves.  Some of that can be attributed to low capacity while others might be related to performance.  Now that drives are getting easier to buy the selection has grown.

    Last year we found a bug in Kingston's SSD firmware, which inflicted a significant performance penalty. Now a software fix is publicly available, and it makes a big difference. The Kingston KC2000 is now the fastest SSD we ever tested, it even manages to beat the Samsung 970 Pro.

    I hate to see things like this but that is the nature of the review business.  Equally annoying are the instances where independent reviews don't match the advertised performance because there was a manufacturing variance added to accomidate for huge margins in performance.

  • Lexar Announces Entry to DRAM Market with New Laptop and Desktop Memory Solutions

    Published: Friday, June 19, 2020 | By: Dennis

    San Jose, USA, June 17, 2020 – Lexar has spent the last year producing its robust portfolio of SSD products and is excited to announce its entrance into the DRAM market. The two new DRAM offerings provide high-level performance to boost the speed of your laptop or desktop, respectively.

    Key Features:

    • Improve your computer’s performance
    • High speed DDR4 memory – with speed of 2666 MT/s
    • Easy to install
    • Lifetime limited warranty

    The Lexar® DDR4-2666 SODIMM Laptop Memory and Lexar® DDR4-2666 UDIMM Desktop Memory both offer speeds of 2666 MT/s so you can wake up your PC. This performance upgrade gives you faster startups, increased responsiveness, quicker application load times, and is an overall upgrade to your operating experience so you can multitask with ease.

    Featuring a low voltage design of 1.2V, the new DRAM 2666 ensures stability under long-term and high-intensity applications making it ideal for the new smart home offices and classroom setups.

    With its first offering just released, Lexar is already poised to develop other high-performing quality DRAM solutions later this year, staying true to its innovative roots.

    “We are very excited to introduce DRAM memory to our product portfolio. Given our extensive offerings of memory card and USB drive solutions, we enter the DRAM market, pairing our fast-growing SSD lines to offer users a full suite of high-performance solutions to expedite their workflow from camera to computer. While remote office and anywhere learning are on the rise, our goal is to continue offering products that deliver superior quality and performance, so that you can build a Smart Workroom or a Smart Classroom for the best user experience. Lexar looks to continue advancing our DRAM offerings, with additional high performing models to launch later this year.” said Mike Chen, General Manager.

    Lexar® DDR4-2666 SODIMM Laptop Memory is available this month at an MSRP of $19.99 USD (4 GB- 2666MHz), $29.99 USD (8 GB – 2666MHz), and $64.99 USD (16 GB – 2666MHz) $159.99 USD (32 GB – 2666MHz).

    Lexar® DDR4-2666 UDIMM Desktop Memory is available this month at Platinum Micro at an MSRP of $32.99 USD (8 GB – 2666MHz), and $64.99 USD (16 GB – 2666MHz) $149.99 USD (32 GB – 2666MHz). (Global)