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  • Thermaltake Releases New Toughpower Grand RGB Platinum Power Supplies

    Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Patented 256-Color Riing RGB Fan with 5 Lighting Modes

    Taipei, Taiwan-October 12th 2017-Thermaltake is adding the new Toughpower Grand RGB Platinum Series to its Power Supply line-up. The newest addition to the Toughpower Grand RGB family covers capacities ranging from 850W to 1200W, featuring a pre-installed, patented 256-color Riing 14 RGB fan with 5 lighting modes (RGB Cycle Mode, Solid Red, Solid Green, Solid Blue, and Solid White), a LED Off mode and a built-in memory function that remembers users last lighting mode selection even after a shutdown.

    Outside of the RGB LEDs, the fully modular members come in compact sizes to provide users with more room for cable routing, cooling and more. The application of PCB layout with PFC & LLC integrated circuit efficiently reduces ripple noise and gives better voltage rail control, and the ultra quiet Smart Zero Fan permitszero noise when the fan operates below 40% working load, plus, the 100% high quality 105°C Japanese made capacitors offers the highest stability and reliability. With an ample 10 year warranty, the Toughpower Grand RGB Platinum Series is the best choice for those who are seeking a flashy looking Power Supply with superior balance of performance and quality.

    For more details on Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB Series (850/1050/1200W) please visit:

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  • Out now - 3DMark Time Spy Extreme - 4K DirectX 12 benchmark

    Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Futuremark released a major update for 3DMark today that adds Time Spy Extreme, a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for 4K gaming PCs.

    Time Spy Extreme is a benchmark for gamers who want to play at the highest settings, system builders configuring 4K-capable machines, and overclockers who are tweaking the latest PC hardware for every last bit of extra performance.

    3DMark Time Spy Extreme - 4K DirectX 12 benchmark
    Time Spy Extreme is the world's first 4K DirectX 12 benchmark test, developed with input from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and the other members of our Benchmark Development Program.

    With its 4K Ultra HD rendering resolution and a redesigned CPU test, Time Spy Extreme is the ideal benchmark test for the latest high-end graphics cards and new processors with 8 or more cores. You don't need a 4K monitor to run the test, though you will need a GPU with at least 4 GB of dedicated memory.

    Ideal for new multi-core processors
    The CPU test has been redesigned to let processors with 8 or more cores perform to their full potential. Compared with Time Spy, the Extreme CPU test is three times more demanding. It also lets processors use more advanced instructions sets up to AVX2 when supported.

    You'll find a more detailed description of the tests and scoring methods in the 3DMark Technical Guide.

    Time Spy Extreme Stress Test
    The update also adds a new Time Spy Extreme Stress Test. Stress testing is a good way to check the stability of your system after buying or building a new PC, upgrading your graphics card, or overclocking your GPU. It can help you identify hardware problems or a need for better cooling.

    Available now
    Time Spy Extreme is available now as a free update for 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition licenses purchased after July 14, 2016.

    For people who bought 3DMark before July 14, 2016, Time Spy Extreme can be added to 3DMark by purchasing the Time Spy upgrade for $9.99 from within the application, (the update is free for people who already own the upgrade).

    Standalone versions of 3DMark will prompt you to download and install the update. On Steam, 3DMark is updated automatically.

    3DMark Advanced Edition - $29.99

    3DMark Advanced Edition unlocks all benchmarks and additional features including Time Spy Extreme, Stress Tests, and Custom Run settings.

    • Unlock all benchmarks and feature tests including Time Spy Extreme.
    • Check your PC's stability with 3DMark Stress Tests.
    • Explore your PC's performance limits with custom settings.
    • Get in-depth insights with interactive performance graphs.
    • Automatically save your results offline.
  • Intel Will No Longer Provide Per-Core Turbo Frequencies

    Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Ok so this is an interesting bit of news.  In the wake of a massive CPU launch that has all but redefined desktop CPU performance Intel is telling the world that they are not going to publish "per core turbo frequencies" and will instead let the board makers figure it out on their own. 

    In a way this mirrors what NVIDIA has done with their Turbo 3.0 where the top frequency is based on the environment and power demands so if you have a favorable environment then your PC will run faster.  It also makes tuning a motherboard pretty much impossible. 

    Extremetech asked Intel "What the F dude?"

    [W]e’re no longer disclosing this level of detail as its proprietary to Intel. Intel only specifies processor frequencies for base and single-core Turbo in our processor marketing and technical collateral, such as ARK, and not the multi-core Turbo frequencies. We’re aligning communications to be consistent. All Turbo frequencies are opportunistic given their dependency on system configuration and workloads.


    Given that Intel now has a multitude of Turbo configurations it will be interesting to see just how much control "we" are given when it comes to overclocking and system tuning.  For instance there are already 7Ghz scores on AND we know that Coffee Lake is still using the crappy TIM under the heatspreader so it is possible to overclock using current configurations and getting there will require that you delid the CPU else it will likely thermally throttle due to excessive heat at the CPU core.

    There are several reasons to view this change as a negative. First, not all Intel CPUs are equally aggressive when it comes to their Turbo scaling, even if they have the same or similar Turbo ranges. This is one reason why the gap between chips can be wider than they’d otherwise be. The Core i7-8700K, for example, has a peak all-core frequency of 4.3GHz on six cores, which is fairly close to its peak frequency of 4.7GHz for single-core.

    I will be interested to see how this all pans out and if the update really has any effect on what consumers and enthusiasts get with the final product.  In fact, this announcement could really be an official change to how they write up their tech specs.

  • Intel Coffee Lake Launch Day

    Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Intel releases realistic processors with excellent performance at an affordable price and nobody bats an eye.  

    AMD finally releases a processor with real performance potential and everyone loses their e'ffin minds, Including Intel

    As you may have noticed today is a new Intel launch day, this time to announce the new "Coffee Lake" processors.  These are a mainstream proc using the LGA 1151 socket but require a new chipset making you wonder if "Tick Tock" really went away or was just renamed to keep things fresh.

    Most everyone is calling Coffee Lake a "reaction" to AMD Ryzen, not because Ryzen is faster, better or cheaper but rather because spec hounds claim Ryzen is better because it has more cores than Intel stuff.  Forget that Kaby Lake is faster or that current games suck at using more than 4 cores effectively and makes this release all about launching hex-core processor cause: reasons.

    Web Reviews
    Intel Core i3-8350K 4.0 GHz @ TechPowerUp
    Intel Core i7-8700K and Core i5-8400 Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
    Intel Core i7-8700K Processor Review @ ThinkComputers
    Intel Core i7 8700K Linux Benchmarks @ Phoronix
    Intel Core i7-8700K And Core i5-8400 6-Core CPU Review: Coffee Lake Has Arrived
    Intel's Core i7-8700K CPU reviewed <-- Look ma TechReport does it different
    Intel Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz @ TechPowerUp
    Intel Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz @ TechPowerUp
    Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8700K Review @ Vortez
    Intel Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz @ TechPowerUp

    Despite all this Ryzen Bashing and attempts to say ThreadRipper is in the same class as an LGA 115x (anything) you have to wonder if people really are mental or just dense.  I say buy what you can afford and upgrade when you can.  Ensure you have proper sized powersupplies and allocate more money for motherboards and quality memory.

    Do this an you will be well on your way to becoming cool in the eyes of Hardware Asylum

  • Intel 8th Gen Core CPUs – Coffee Lake @ LanOC Reviews

    Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Ummm,  Go Wes?  Ya something like that

    Its hard to believe considering we just finished up an Intel launch, but it is already time to check out Intel’s next launch. Kaby Lake was launched at the beginning of this year and the Mainstream lineup of CPUs is getting refreshed with Coffee Lake and Z370. This is the 8th generation of Intel’s Core processors going back to the original launch back in 2006. While I’m sure Kaby Lake owners aren’t going to be all that happy about the relatively early launch, but those who waited might be excited to find out that Intel has added cores to the mainstream lineup and is bumping up the entire product stack. As someone who is still building my wife’s Kaby Lake build, I completely understand the feeling. But as long as she never finds out her new PC is already out of date I will still be alive long enough to put the i7 and i5 CPUs that Intel sent over to the test.

    I'm not one to dis but...  There are five (5) "Launch(es) in that paragraph and an admittance that he isn't building the SO the computer she should have.  I'm really not sure which is worse.

  • Patriot Launches Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition Laser Gaming Mouse

    Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Fremont, California - October 3rd, 2017: Patriot, a global leader in performance memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals and flash storage solutions today announced a new addition to its Viper V570 gaming mouse line, Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition Laser Gaming Mouse. The V570 RGB Blackout Edition’s innovative MMO+FPS hybrid design and its rich feature set offer high performance, versatility, and customization for the most serious gamers.

    “We are excited to announce the launch of the new addition to our innovative and bestselling Viper V570 RGB laser gaming mouse series. “said Roger Shinmoto, Patriot’s Vice President of Product Development. “The unique FPS and MMO hybrid design allows gamers to dominate a wide array of games.”

    V570 RGB Blackout Edition’s also comes with a dedicated sniper button, a feature that gives the user a tactical advantage in any FPS game. The Viper software allows programming of thirteen available buttons on the V570. Also, it allows setting up of custom RGB profiles as well as sensitivity to suit individual gaming strategies. For greater control and feel, gamers can add up to 34.2 grams or weight allowing flexibility and comfort while using the gaming mouse.

    The Viper V570 RGB Blackout edition laser gaming mouse is equipped with an Xtreme precision laser sensor and Omron switches for reliability and speed while maneuvering through the most demanding games. The Viper Software allows you the flexibility to program four sensitivity levels up to 12,000 DPI which can be switched on the fly with the press of a button.

    Ergonomic design and ceramic foot pads allow for maximum performance and speed over any surface. Backed by Patriot’s award-winning customer service and a two-year warranty, the V570 RGB Blackout Edition is compatible with nearly every Windows® operating system, including Windows® 10 and later, and Mac® OS X, or higher.

    Viper V570 Blackout Edition RGB Laser Gaming Mouse Specifications

    • 8000 DPI hardware/12000 DPI software
    • Light source: Laser
    • IPS: 150
    • Polling rate: 1000Hz
    • Switch: Omron (10M clicks)
    • Sensor: Avago ADNS-9800
    • Controller: Sonix
    • Warranty: Two-year limited warranty

    Availability and Pricing : MSRP: $ 69.99 at Patriot store, select retailers, and e-tailers

  • World’s First Fully RGB DDR4 Memory with ASUS ROG Certification

    Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 | By: Dennis

    GeIL EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory Supports ASUS AURA Lighting

    Automatic Performance Boost Enabled

    Taipei, Taiwan — Sept. 22nd, 2017 -- GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world's leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers announced EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory. As world’s first fully RGB illuminated DDR4 memory module with an ASUS ROG certification, EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory combines a significant performance boost with RGB lighting effects to give enthusiasts an excellent overclocking and gaming experience.

    Pairing with ASUS ROG motherboards –Extraordinary performance boost
    ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) is recognized as the leader in PC gaming and overclocking performance with a record for delivering the most innovative hardcore hardware for gamers and enthusiasts. GeIL is proud to work with ASUS ROG to provide gamers the most innovative gaming memory, GeIL EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory. When paired with certain ASUS ROG motherboards, an automatic performance boost will be enabled for a better overclocking experience.

    Supports ASUS AURA for seamlessly synchronized RGB LED illumination

    GeIL EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory perfectly supports ASUS AURA lighting control app, simply by connecting it to the 4-pin RGB header on ASUS ROG motherboards. The fully customizable RGB lighting module found on the GeIL EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory will synchronize with ASUS ROG motherboard, graphics card and other RGB UI compatible components giving users a seamless illumination experience.

    Specifically designed color theme of the heat spreader
    GeIL EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory comes with specifically designed gray heat spreader with black Sliding Hot Switch. The brand logos on the Sliding Hot Switch are translucent and will shine once the memory lighting has been enabled by ASUS AURA. The built-in Sliding Hot Switch supports manual real-time control of the RGB illumination, even on motherboards without RGB support.

    Connecting the GeIL EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory to the motherboard fan connector enables the “Sliding Hot Switch”, providing up to Four (4) breathing RGB illumination modes:256-color Cycle,

    • Select color from 256-color,
    • Select color from RGBW 4-color,
    • RGBW 4-color Cycle.

    Official Webpage:

  • SteelSeries Announces Partnership with FC Copenhagen, Nordisk Film and Their Top-Ranked Counter-Strike Team, North

    Published: Friday, September 08, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Three of the Most Successful Danish Brands Team up to Accomplish Global Esports Prominence

    CHICAGO / COPENHAGEN – September 8, 2017 - SteelSeries and the top-ranked Danish Counter-Strike team, North, today announced their sponsorship and collaborative partnership.  In addition to the monetary support, SteelSeries and North will work together as partners in innovative product design and in elevating both brands in gaming and esports. Founded by FC Copenhagen and Nordisk Film, North is a part of the greater trend in the crossover of traditional sports and a new generation of electronic sports.

    “SteelSeries has played a crucial role in driving the esports industry forward. Our partnerships with players and organizations that compete at the highest levels, and that embody the fundamentals on which our brand was built are what set our standards higher than others. They drive our need for constant innovation and inspire our award-winning products,” says Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “Counter-Strike is where our brand began; it’s at our core. We are incredibly happy and proud to announce our partnership with North.”

    "The partnership with SteelSeries is such an incredible opportunity to bring together two international, Danish brand leaders with the goal to not just to win, but to make our mark in esports. We have a talented and dedicated roster of players whom we train and nurture as world-class athletes, and we aim to take the top rankings, not just in Denmark, but in the world. We believe our partnership with SteelSeries is the final piece that will aid in achieving that,” says Christian Sørensen, North CEO.

    This weekend, North heads to Dreamhack Open Montreal to compete for the top spot. Immediately after Montreal, the players head to ELEAGUE Premier in Atlanta where they play for the $1M prize purse.

    Fans and followers across SteelSeries and North’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook will be able to see even more about the team, tournaments from the players’ perspectives and inside the collaboration with SteelSeries, as the partnership continues to unfold in the coming months.

    # # #

    About North
    North is a premier esports organization, founded in 2017 by Danish soccer champions F.C. Copenhagen and Nordisk Film, leading producer and distributor of films in the Nordic countries. North has one of the best Counter-Strike Global Offensive teams in the world and are training out of F.C. Copenhagen’s stadium, Telia Parken, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    About F.C. Copenhagen
    F.C. Copenhagen is the biggest football (soccer) club in Scandinavia. It was founded in 1992 and have won 12 Danish Championships and 9 Cups since. In 2017 F.C. Copenhagen won the Danish championship and is participating in its 11th European Club Football groupstage in 12 years. The club owns its own stadium, Telia Parken, with a capacity of 38,000 and is a part of the company PARKEN Sport & Entertainment which also owns the FitnessDK and Lalandia.

    About Nordisk Film
    Nordisk Film is the leading producer and distributor of films in the Nordic countries and operates the biggest cinema chain in Denmark and Norway. Nordisk Film owns a variety of digital businesses and is the distributor of PlayStation in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Nordisk Film is part of Egmont – Denmark’s biggest media group with 6,600 employees and activities in 30 countries.

    Egmont is a commercial foundation that generates revenue amounting to EUR 1.6 billion and donate over EUR 10 million a year to help improve the lives of children and young people.

    About SteelSeries
    SteelSeries is a leader in gaming peripherals focused on quality, innovation and functionality, and the fastest growing major PC gaming headset brand in the US*. Founded in 2001, SteelSeries aims at improving performance through first-to-market innovations and technologies that helps gamers play harder, train longer, and rise to the challenge. SteelSeries supports the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and eSports with the goal of connecting gamers to each other and fostering a sense of community and purpose. SteelSeries’ team of professional and gaming enthusiasts help design and craft every single accessory, and are the driving force behind the company.

    To learn more about SteelSeries’ products and esports partnerships, visit or follow us on social media for the latest updates at and be a part of the conversation on Twitter @SteelSeries.

    *Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service/ PC Headset-PC Microphone/Dec. 2016 vs. Dec. 2015/dollar sales/”major” is defined as any PC Headset manufacturer selling over 25K units”

  • Phanteks Announces New Additions to its Glacier Fitting Series Lineup

    Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Walnut, California, September 15th, 2017 – Phanteks, has expanded their water cooling products. Designed to compliment and work seamlessly with their water blocks, Phanteks is excited to announce new additions to the Glacier Fittings Series. The new fittings include T-Splitters, GPU extenders, male to male extenders, and 16mm hard tube adapters. These new fittings brings more options for users to create their own custom water loops.

    The fittings are made from premium materials according to the finest standards of craftsmanship from Phanteks. The Glacier Fittings are CNC-machined from solid brass and precisely engineered to create a high flow design for extreme water cooling performance. VITON sealing from the Automotive and Aerospace Industries ensure the best reliability and longevity.

    The new fittings are available in September, 2017 with two color options: Satin Black and Mirror Chrome finish

  • The Ultimate RGB Build: The Hardware @ ThinkComputers

    Published: Sunday, September 24, 2017 | By: Dennis

    I think deciding the "Ultimate" RGB Build is a little subjective but I'll go along with it for now.

    So I’ve been using the same PC as my main gaming / video editing rig for what seems like forever. When I built it not much thought really went into it, it was just available parts that I had laying around. The system itself has a Core i7-3970X, ASRock X79 Extreme4-M motherboard, 16GB of DDR3, a GTX 580, which was updated to a GTX 1080 recently, and a few SSDs. All of this was inside the Thermaltake Supressor F31 case, not really much to look at when you walk into the office. To this day that PC still kicks ass and in most cases is more than sufficient, but now that we are doing a lot of 4K video editing I felt it was time for an upgrade. Also we wanted to build something that looked totally badass! That is when the idea for the Ultimate RGB Build was hatched. We’ve said 2017 is the year of RGB so why not build a system with all RGB components? So we’ve compiled a list of awesome components and are ready to get this build started! This is part 1 of the build where we will go over the hardware used and why we selected it.

    4K video editing eh?  I'm not gonna lie that does take more hardware that most people have available but when it comes down to it you don't see a slow down while editing so much as when you are rendering, and even that can be a fire and forget.

    I guess the point is, RGB makes 4K video editing faster so why not add more RGB cause... that makes..  ugg  wink smile