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  • G.SKILL Releases Dual-Layer Transparent Crystal Crown Keycap Upgrade

    Published: Monday, November 2, 2020 | By: Dennis

    (2 November 2020) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is announcing the release of the Crystal Crown Keycap upgrade set, featuring a dual-layer design with a fully transparent lower half to enhance the luminosity of LED or RGB backlights of mechanical keyboards.

    Compatible with mechanical keyswitches with cross-shaped MX style stems and designed with a carefully selected font lettering for high legibility, the Crystal Crown Keycap set upgrades the experience and feel of a professional mechanical keyboard. Please follow the link below for the product trailer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjFgH_XFzFw

    Availability & Pricing
    Available now on Amazon.com for $19.99 MSRP with a standard ANSI 104 NA English layout, each Crystal Crown Keycap set includes a keycap puller and a 2 year manufacturer warranty.

    Amazon.com Links
    Crystal Crown Keycaps Black
    Crystal Crown Keycaps White

  • Lexar Announces New Professional 1066x microSD UHS-I Card SILVER Series

    Published: Friday, October 30, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Key Features:

    • Professional-level performance for action cameras, drones, or Android™ smartphones
    • Leverages UHS-I technology to deliver read speeds up to 160MB/s (1066x)1
    • Quickly capture high-quality images and extended lengths of Full-HD and 4K UHD2 with write speeds up to 120MB/s
    • Load apps quicker with blazing A2 speed3,4
    • High-capacity options –– up to 512GB

    San Jose, USA, October 28, 2020 – Lexar®, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, today announced the Lexar Professional 1066x microSDHC/microSDXC Cards SILVER Series.

    Designed for your action cameras, drones, and Android™ smartphones, the Lexar® Professional 1066x microSD™UHS-I Card SILVER Series lets you quickly capture and transfer high-quality photos, including Full-HD and 4K UHD video2 with speeds up to 160MB/s read, and up to 120MB/s write1. The card is U3, V30 and A23,4 rated for high-speed performance. This card gives you the speed and storage you need to capture more adventures on the go.

    Capture high-quality images and extended lengths of Full-HD and 4K UHD video with write speeds up to 120MB/s. This card is Class 10, UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and Video Speed Class 30 (V30) giving you the performance you need to shoot faster and longer.

    With Application Performance Class 2 (A2) rating3, the Professional 1066x microSD™ UHS-I Card SILVER Series is also great for use with applications on your Android smartphone. Quickly run and store apps directly on the A2 memory card using an Android Adoptable storage enabled device4.

    “As action cameras, drones and smartphones become more essential for content creators, it’s our goal at Lexar to continue creating solutions that customers demand in order to create high-quality images and stunning 4K video. And with high-capacity options up to 512GB, users can rest assure they will have sufficient space to capture what they love most,” said Joel Boquiren, General Manager of Lexar. 

    Lexar® Professional 1066x microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I cards SILVER Series is available this month for purchase online at an MSRP of $19.99 USD (64GB), $34.99 USD (128GB), and $59.99 USD (256GB) with 32GB and 512GB to be announced at a future date.

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  • EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 Series Available Now

    Published: Thursday, October 29, 2020 | By: Dennis

    The EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 is powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture. Built with enhanced RT Cores and Tensor Cores, new streaming multiprocessors, and high-speed G6 memory, it gives you the power you need to rip through the most demanding games at 1440p resolution. Combined with the next generation of design, cooling, and overclocking with EVGA Precision X1, the EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 Series creates a definition for ultimate performance.



    The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs, the 2nd generation of RTX, features new RT Cores, Tensor Cores and streaming multiprocessors, bringing stunning visuals, amazingly fast frame rates, and AI acceleration to games and creative applications. Powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, which delivers increases of up to 1.9X performance-per-watt over the previous generation, the RTX 30 Series effortlessly powers graphics experiences at all resolutions, even up to 8K at the top end. The GeForce RTX 3090, 3080, and 3070 represent the greatest GPU generational leap in the history of NVIDIA.

    EVGA iCX3 Cooling Technology

    • ARGB GeForce RTX 30 Series LED - Vibrant, customizable range of color and brightness to light up your system.

    • Triple Fan Cooling - Three fans are installed on all air-cooled EVGA GeForce® RTX?? 3070 Series graphics cards to optimize airflow, increase cooling performance, and reduce fan noise.

    • Unified Copper Block for GPU and Memory - A unified copper block which EVGA has previously used on the HYBRID cooler solution and is proven to lower both GPU and memory temperatures.

    • Asymmetry Fan Arrangement and Design - Asymmetry fan layout to allow the airflow to cover nearly the entire heatsink increasing airflow for better heat dissipation.

    • Air-Through PCB - Carefully placed cut-outs in the PCB and backplate improve airflow and decrease exhaust recovery.

    • Through-Hole Heatsink Fins - The EVGA iCX3 heatsink features many L-shaped fins with hundreds of through-holes to allow cool air to run through the entire heatsink evenly and quietly.


    Built for EVGA Precision X1
    Built for NVIDIA GeForce RTX, EVGA Precision X1 is the next generation overclocking software to maximize and control your EVGA graphics card. With the new EVGA Precision for Game Bar widget, you can get instant access to monitoring and overclocking built right into Windows Game Bar. Want to overclock and monitor without even exiting your game? It’s all here.

    DXR (DirectX Ray Tracing)
    DirectX Ray Tracing allows games to simulate how light works in real life, providing incredibly realistic and beautiful graphic effects like global illumination, reflections, and shadows. GeForce RTX GPUs were designed from the start for the demands of ray tracking workloads. Specialized RT cores, found only on GeForce RTX graphics cards, provide billions of rays per second of performance, and up to 3X the frame rate with DXR games and applications. This makes ray tracing at real-time frame rates possible for the first time.

    DirectX 12 Ultimate
    DirectX is an API that enables developers to add amazing graphics effects to Microsoft Windows-based PC games. DirectX 12 Ultimate is the newest version of the API and new gold standard for the next-generation of games. DX12 Ultimate takes games to a whole new level of realism with support for ray tracing, mesh shaders, variable rate shading, and sampler feedback. GeForce RTX is the first and only PC platform with support for these game-changing features.

  • Noctua expands chromax.black line of CPU coolers

    Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Vienna, October 28th 2020 – Noctua today expanded its chromax.black line with all-black versions of the award-winning NH-D15S and NH-U9S CPU coolers: Staying true to the successful formula of the original models, the new chromax.black versions with their black fans and black coated heatsinks combine the same signature quiet cooling performance with a sleek stealth look.

    “Our chromax.black coolers have been very well received and we’re thrilled to expand the line-up with further models”, says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “With the NH-D15S and NH-U9S, the chromax.black line now includes a top-tier dual tower model with excellent compatibility as well as a compact 9cm-class cooler that is ideal for space-restricted builds.”

    The new NH-D15S chromax.black and NH-U9S chromax.black are identical to the regular models except for the colour: Featuring black coated heatsinks, black fans with black anti-vibration-pads, black fan clips and black mounting parts, they are literally black from head to toe. Thanks to thoroughgoing optimisations of the coating material and process, the chromax.black models provide the same, renowned quiet cooling performance as their regular, non-coated counterparts.

    The NH-D15S is an asymmetrical single fan version of the award-winning NH-D15. Thanks to its asymmetrical design, the NH-D15S clears the top PCIe slot on most µATX and ATX motherboards. At the same time, the single fan setup and recessed lower fins guarantee 100% RAM compatibility with memory modules of up to 65mm height. Users who have sufficient room can also upgrade the cooler with either a 120mm or round 140mm fan on the front fin stack for further improved performance in dual fan mode.

    The NH-U9S is a compact premium cooler in classic 9cm size. Its asymmetrical design with 5 heatpipes provides strong quiet cooling performance and tanks to its 95x95mm footprint, the NH-U9S clears the RAM and PCIe slots on all current mainboards, including µATX and ITX. Combined with its 125mm height, this makes the NH-U9S a highly versatile solution with outstanding case, RAM and PCIe compatibility.

    In addition to the new CPU coolers, Noctua also introduced retail sets of its signature brown anti-vibration pads for 200, 140, 120, 92 and 80mm fans for customers who want to accent their chromax line fans and coolers with a slight touch of the classic Noctua colours. Each set contains 16 pads for up to two fans.

    Links
    Press release: https://noctua.at/en/noctua-expands-chromax-black-line-of-cpu-coolers 
    NH-D15S chromax.black: https://noctua.at/en/nh-d15s-chromax-black 
    NH-U9S chromax.black: https://noctua.at/en/nh-u9s-chromax-black 
    NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration pads for 140mm & 120mm fans: https://noctua.at/en/na-savp1 
    NA-SAVP3 anti-vibration pads for NF-A15: https://noctua.at/en/na-savp3 
    NA-SAVP5 anti-vibration pads for 92mm & 80mm fans: https://noctua.at/en/na-savp5 
    NA-SAVP6 anti-vibration pads for 200mm fans: https://noctua.at/en/na-savp6 

  • AMD to acquire Xilinx

    Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | By: Dennis

    It would seem with the rise in stock prices the big tech companies are looking to make some purchases.  Earlier this year NVIDIA announced they were buying ARM and will likely be a centerpiece in their AI efforts.  It would seem that AMD is also on the hunt and will acquire Xilinx. 

    I'll be the first to admit saying "AMD is buying who?"

    "Our acquisition of Xilinx marks the next leg in our journey to establish AMD as the industry's high performance computing leader and partner of choice for the largest and most important technology companies in the world," AMD president and CEO Lisa Su said. "This is truly a compelling combination that will create significant value for all stakeholders, including AMD and Xilinx shareholders who will benefit from the future growth and upside potential of the combined company. The Xilinx team is one of the strongest in the industry and we are thrilled to welcome them to the AMD family. By combining our world-class engineering teams and deep domain expertise, we will create an industry leader with the vision, talent and scale to define the future of high performance computing."

    "We are excited to join the AMD family. Our shared cultures of innovation, excellence and collaboration make this an ideal combination. Together, we will lead the new era of high performance and adaptive computing," said Victor Peng, Xilinx president and CEO. "Our leading FPGAs, Adaptive SoCs, accelerator and SmartNIC solutions enable innovation from the cloud, to the edge and end devices. We empower our customers to deploy differentiated platforms to market faster, and with optimal efficiency and performance. Joining together with AMD will help accelerate growth in our data center business and enable us to pursue a broader customer base across more markets."

    Even after reading that I'm still a little confused as to what Xilinix does but, it seems that whatever they are doing they did it well enough to cost $35 Billion US in transacted stock.  It will be interesting to see what they end up doing.

  • Cooler Master Introduces the Hyper 212 EVO V2

    Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | By: Dennis

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF., September 4, 2020 - Cooler Master, a global leader in PC component manufacturing, is introducing the Hyper 212 EVO V2, an enhancement of our legendary Hyper 212 line. The Hyper 212 EVO V2 has improved on all aspects of the earlier editions. Upgraded with an asymmetrical heat pipe design, it now provides 100% RAM clearance for guaranteed compatibility across motherboards. The cooler heatsink profile has been shortened as well, making case compatibility even better. Cooler Master's exclusive Direct Contact Technology, paired with the new SickleFlow 120 Fan delivers the ultimate balance of cooling performance and quiet operation. Additionally, the universal brackets have been improved further, making installation simple and hassle free.

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO V2

    • Asymmetrical 4 Heat pipe Design - Asymmetrical heat pipe design delivers maximum RAM compatibility and clearance space across various motherboard platforms
    • New SickleFlow 120 Fan - Redesigned curved blades and frame optimizes airflow and static pressure
    • Direct Contact Technology - Exclusive Direct Contact Technology using 4 copper heat pipes delivers exceptional heat dissipation
    • Precise Combination of Air Flow and Heat sink - Stacked-fin array provides low airflow resistance allowing cooler air flow through the heatsink All rights reserved.
    • Quiet Operation - Performance silent fan with minimized vibrations provides noiseless operation
    • Snap and Play - Intuitive bracket design allows for a hassle free installation process

    Availability:
    The Hyper 212 EVO V2 will be available for purchase on 10/31/2020 for a starting MSRP of $39.99. For more information, please visit: http://www.coolermaster.com/

    and.. be sure to check out our review of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO V2 right here on this website.  You know, this one. wink smile

  • EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | By: Dennis

    While Mini ITX might be the motherboard of the future you have to ask yourself what is the video card of the future.  Is it the boring "factory" cards that people have been dying to get or custom cards built with custom coolers and custom PCB design??

    I say custom is the future, stock sucks and even though you cannot overclock modern NVIDIA GPUs and there is no reason to have an oversized VRM or custom PCB layout I am here to say that custom is king!!

    And, Ultra is even better

    The EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra is extremely impressive. It is the fastest RTX 3080 we've reviewed so far, thanks to a massively increased power limit. The new iCX cooler works well, reaching amazing noise levels that are better than most other RTX 3080 cards, and fan-stop is included, too.

    Now, if people could stop complaining that they can't buy them that woudl be great.

  • Gigabyte B550i AORUS PRO AX Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers

    Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Small Motherboard, Amazing results.  Kinda. happy smile

    Mini ITX motherboards really are the future of desktop computing.  They have everything a modern computer needs and due to NVIDIA killing SLI there is no reason to have more than one expansion slot.

    That is unless you are an audio enthusiast in which case you need at least two.  So, ya Micro ATX is the future of desktop computing!!

    I’ve always been a fan of mini-ITX motherboards. It is still very impressive to me that we can cram so much into such a small motherboard. With the Ryzen 3000 series and upcoming Ryzen 5000 series building a super-powerful small form factor system couldn’t be easier. Gigabyte has the perfect motherboard for you too, the Gigabyte B550i AORUS PRO AX! B550 motherboards lack full PCI-Express 4.0 support, but you will get it on a single x16 slot and an M.2 slot, which means in the mini-ITX form factor you really aren’t losing all that much. Gigabyte’s B550i AORUS PRO AX is loaded with features which include a 6+2 VRM with 90A power stages, USB 3.2 support, dual M.2 slots, WiFi 6, 2.5G LAN, RGB lighting and much more! Is this the ultimate mini-ITX motherboard for Ryzen? Read on as we find out!

    The only drawback is that this board is a B chipset which means no overclocking.

  • MSI Subsidiary Caught Scalping RTX Cards on eBay @ PCMag

    Published: Thursday, October 8, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Now this is a pretty interesting story.  On one side you have a major hardware maker, building and selling components.  On the other side you have an affilated company who typically sells returned and refurb products selling new goods and following the standard supply and demand rules.

    Most would call that scalping but, it is the world we live in.

    I would be one of the many who find this distrustful but also see it as an honest mistake exploited by dishonest people and not a total shitshow like what the title and YT crowd are making it out to be. 

    Back in the day hardware media was a very well respected source for the latest information on products and news from a variety of hardware companies.  Generating that trust was key and focused on removing bias in an attempt to remain fair to ALL companies.  That also ment we needed to carefully select ads so to not express bias while offering fair product reviews to our readers. 

    When a hardware site was caught selling review product that was quickly called out by the community and often started a witch hunt to determine if they could be trusted or was just into it for the money.  The same was true for sites that advertised for companies they also did reviews for. 

    Sadly those days are gone.  We now have YouTube channels hosting public garage sales to sell stuff and other channels flat out complaining when they get hard to find products instead of turning it down like they should.  We all know these are media/review samples and are usually part of an advertising campaign but that doesn’t mean everyone should take advantage, it just shows where companies are spending their money and how dishonest outlets are taking advantage.

    So, what does this have to do with MSI.  Well, it is a story that has been blown out of proportion because it will generate traffic, hits and favoritism with other hardware vendors.  It will pit the consumers against the manufacturer and basically cause major problems over a simple permissions issue.

    After internet users began posting about the suspicious sales in a Reddit forum, MSI admitted today that its subsidiary, Starlit Partner, had indeed sold the graphics cards on eBay. According to the eBay listings, Starlit Partner sold at least four RTX 3080 cards for $1,359 and $1,399 and at least eight to 11 RTX 3090 units for as much as $2,599—far above the normal $759 and $1,589 pricing.

    Some would like to think that this is on purpose and it would be a pretty good scam if the idea was to promote another seller with the same products for less but, that isn't the case.

  • EK Releases a Perfect Cable Management System for RGB Cables

    Published: Monday, October 5, 2020 | By: Dennis

    EK®, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is introducing the EK-Loop CMS, a cable management system comprised of six touch fasteners and a self-adhesive fabric. These hook and loop fasteners allow you to securely connect RGB (and D-RGB) connectors without any worry about them coming apart later, which is pretty usual during the transport of a PC or regular maintenance and dust removal.

    These stylish fasteners envelop the joint connection of the RGB connectors on each side and strap them together. Both cables are pulled through a fastener, connected, and in the end, the fastener is strapped together around the entire joint disabling any disconnection of the header. EK-Loop CMS fasteners are black with subtle grey EK branding on the middle that is visible once the cable management system is in place.

    This cable management system provides another self-adhesive strap that is intended to be mounted to the backside of the motherboard tray, and it grabs the main part of the fastener and holds it in place of your choosing. These two together create the cable management system called EK-Loop CMS.

    Availability and Pricing
    The EK-Loop CMS is designed in Europe and produced in China. It is available for order through the EK Webshop or EK Partner Reseller Network.  In the table below you can see the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP).