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  • Kaby Lake and Z270 Chipset Launch Day

    Published: Tuesday, January 03, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Fun times when a major hardware maker takes advantage of a major trade show and actually launches a product AT the show.  Kaby Lake is a new Intel processor released to compliment the upgraded Z270 chipset.  Of course this will start a whole new round of motherboard reviews and the age old question of "should I upgrade?"

    Given that Kaby Lake appears to be and overclocked Skylake with better power efficiency I'd say ya, if you're in the market it might be time to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone!

    First be sure to check out the Aorus Z270X Gaming 5 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Asylum and then filter down to see what others have to say. happy smile

    Web Reviews:
    - ASUS ROG STRIX Z270F Gaming Review @ Vortez
    - Intel Core i7-7700K Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
    - Intel Core i7-7700K vs 6700K:  22 Games, RX 480 & GTX 1080 @ techPowerUp (obsess much?)
    - GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X-Gaming 7 Review @ Vortez
    - Aorus' Z270X-Gaming 5 motherboard reviewed
    - Intel Kaby Lake Core i5-7600K & Core i7-7700K Review @ Vortez
    - Intel Kaby Lake i7-7700K & i5-7600K Review @ Hardware Canucks
    - Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K Performance & Z270 Chipset Overview @ Techgage
    - Intel Core i7-7700K And Z270 Chipset Review: Kaby Lake Hits The Desktop @ HotHardware
    - Intel Core i7-7700K “Kaby Lake” Processor Review @ ThinkComputers
    - Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming 9 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews

    CES 2017 Starts on Jaunary 5th so you know there will be a TON of new Kaby Lake based system builds and motherboards to be shown.

  • Setting Up A MoCA 2.0 Ethernet-Over-Coax Network, LAN Benchmarks

    Published: Tuesday, January 03, 2017 | By: Dennis

    You know, back in the day, before Ethernet, there was a way to network PCs together using a technology called "Token Ring".  It was limited to 10Mbps and required that all computers on the network be connected together in a series.  

    That connection was made using BNC connectors over Coax cable.  It was slow and a computer could only transmit when it had the "Token" which was the packet broadcast to every computer on the "Ring".  There was no real switch, though they did exist to help connect different rings together.  

    It is old technology like this that makes me question "Ethernet over Coax" as a viable "new" solution since it actually existed and has been deemed obsolete.

    The MoCA 2.0 specification is six years but there still aren't many consumer devices making use of this "Multimedia over Coax Alliance" standard nor the newer MoCA 2.5 standard. But in looking for alternatives to Ethernet over powerline when expanding my network, I ended up setting up a MoCA 2.0 system while running some Linux performance benchmarks along the way.

    Phoronix has given the new network layer a shot and came up with some interesting results.  Could it replace powerline networking?  Honestly, I never thought powerline networks should have been a thing but, people seem to like them.

  • It's Final -- Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use

    Published: Tuesday, January 03, 2017 | By: Dennis

    We are going to have to strike a balance. 

    I like the world that oil has made though I'm a realist and understand that once the oil is gone things are going to have to change.  Sure there are other sources to extract our hydrocarbons but, they aren't cheap.

    So lets go down the list, what is made from oil?  Plastic, Fuel and Lubes.  The big one here is plastic and all of the byproducts of plastic which includes things like trash liners, car interiors, computer parts and those bags we store our food in.  No oil, no plastic

    Unless, we make them from corn which is part of the topic of this article.

    The report lists many potential negative risks of development, such as direct conflicts between land for fuels and land for food, other land-use changes, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity and nitrogen pollution through the excessive use of fertilizers

    So, the challenge will be how to create food for "us" with enough extra to give us all the luxuries we have grown accustomed to.  That means smarter farms, better wastewater collection and most importantly, farmers.  Sadly, "bad farmers" are responsible for the destruction of the "Great Barrier Reef" and a number of production farms that blanket California and all because of a rise in land prices and a reduction of farm profits.

    I grew up in a region that was full of farms, ranches, dairies and over the past several years all of that choice land has turned into housing developments.  Heck, the house I built is part of a development that was once a farm and all of the good soil got scraped away during the development process requiring me to haul in dirt just so I could have grass.

    Cheaper and faster isn't always the right solution even though it seems like the right path.

  • NZXT Kraken X52 Closed Loop Water Cooler Review @ APH Networks

    Published: Monday, January 02, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Short and sweet.

    The NZXT Kraken X52 balances out form and function. But balancing out form and function does come at a price.

    The Kraken isn't just a bit of movie majik, it is a real life dual fan AIO watercooler designed to deliver.  Well, I have no idea what it can deliver because: reasons but, if I was to fathom a guess it could cool, one, maybe two CPUs running at full tilt and at least four sticks of ram.

    Double up your cooling with a push and pull configuration and you'll unlock full RGB LED support along with a natural cooling effect called "AIO Lake Effect" which can cause snow drifts up to 20 feet and hours of sleet and ice to make your games run super fast.

    - or: you could read the review and find out just how accurate I am.  happy smile

  • Aerocool Targets Gamers and RGB Enthusiasts at CES 2017

    Published: Monday, January 02, 2017 | By: Dennis
    • Launches New Product Line: Gaming Chairs - AC120 and AC220
    • Thermal Line: Verkho Air Coolers
    • Project 7: C0 (C-Zero), Liquid Cooling, Fans, Hub, PSU and more
    • PC Gaming for All; Choose Yours: Enthusiasts | Pro-Gamers | Casual Gamers
    • #BeCool by Aerocool

    Taipei, TAIWAN – Aerocool Advanced Technologies Corp., a leading PC gaming hardware and accessories design company, today announced its latest products for Gamers and RGB Enthusiasts at CES 2017. Displaying three PC gaming systems built for enthusiasts, pro-gamers, and casual gamers, Aerocool showcased its latest product line-up in a short video highlighting the cases, coolers, PSU and gaming chairs. For more information, please visit Aerocool CES.

    “We’re delivering on the needs of the gaming community – cases, coolers, PSUs and now gaming chairs. Showcasing a complete lineup of our product portfolio for our community and fans across the globe, our products look cool, perform great and are affordable,” said Tony Lin, CEO of Aerocool. “Our Project 7 line will see an expansion in 2017 with products that are really cool and keep our fans anticipating – What’s Next”.   

    PC Gaming for All; Choose Yours: Enthusiasts | Pro-Gamers | Casual Gamers

    The Enthusiasts system showcases Aerocool Project 7 product line in all its beauty. The beautiful P7-C1 tempered glass case and RGB Fans can be controlled by an independent Hub using software. Powered by an RGB PSU and liquid cooled, the RGB system is perfect for those that love a multitude of colors. Check out the build here.

    The Pro-Gamers system utilizes the latest addition to the Project 7 family, P7-C0 (C-Zero) cooled by Verkho 5, a new air cooler with 5 heat pipes having a TDP of 150W. The Casual Gamers system makes use of Aerocool’s award-winning Aero series case. Introducing, the Aero 300 with Verkho 4, an air cooler with 4 heat pipes having a TDP of 135W.

    Gaming chairs: AC120 and AC220

    Aerocool also revealed two gaming chairs, the AC120 and AC220. Inspired by a racing car design, the two gaming chairs have racing stripes and carbon-fiber look material to enhance the sleek bold lines across the chair. Both chairs can hold up to 330 pounds or 150 kg, can recline 180° fully-flat if the need arises for a power nap and is available in six colors: full black, black/blue, black/white, black/red, black/green, black/orange.   

    Specs and Product Availability: March 2017 for all products

    Be Cool Giveaway by Aerocool

    Aerocool has partnered with independent artist Maciej Hajnrich aka Valp and ThunderX3 allowing every individual to download an exclusive wallpaper to share their own cool gaming setups. Every participant stands a chance to win the latest Aerocool chair and PC peripherals sponsored by ThunderX3. To download this exclusive wallpaper or to participate in the giveaway, please click here for English | Deutsch | Español | Português do Brasil | P?????? | ??.

  • Happy New Year from Hardware Asylum

    Published: Saturday, December 31, 2016 | By: Dennis

    On behalf of Hardware Asylum I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

    2016 was great fun and while there were some issues along the way I think it ended on a high note.  2017 marks the start of my 18th year doing computer hardware review.  It is hard to believe that I started Ninjalane back in 1999 and have been trucking along ever since. 

    While it is fun to celebrate past achievements I am looking forward to what 2017 brings and more on that shortly after CES.

    Have a good one!

    See you all in 2017 big grin smile

  • Throwback Time: DFI LanParty NF2 Ultra B

    Published: Thursday, December 29, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Last week I posted a Socket A motherboard from Gigabyte and figured I would follow it up with might have been the BEST Socket A motherboard of the era. 

    The DFI LanParty NF2 Ultra B.

    During the reign of DFI they would often re-issue motherboards based on customer feedback.  The NF2 Ultra B was one of the first boards that Oskar Wu redesigned and turned out to be extremely popular with overclockers.  Some of the design revisions included moving the socket to the upper left of the motherboard and pushing the VRM closer to the chipset.  The idea here was to balance power delivery and put the CPU higher in the chassis for better cooling.  It even came with heatsink mounting holes so you could use larger heatsinks.

    The board featured a very large North Bridge heatsink along with the normal flair of DFI LanParty features including onboard power and reset buttons, RAID controller and new CMOS Reloaded.

    CMOS Reloaded has since become a stable in the industry allowing people to store overclocking profiles and quickly reload your settings in the event that you needed to reset the CMOS.  NForce motherboards also had a nasty "bug" which caused the CMOS to "brick" when overclocking and required that you either "hot flash" the BIOS or replace the BIOS chip.  Despite all the good DFI never did include a secondary BIOS on any of their motherboards however, any serious overclocker had a bag of them just for this reason.

  • Team Group T-Force Night Hawk 3000 MHz DDR4 @ techPowerUp

    Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | By: Dennis

    If there ever was a memory module design specifically for ASUS ROG motherboards I think the T-Force from Team Group fits that mold to a T.  (see what I did there?)

    Team Group sent us their newly released T-Force Night Hawk 3000 MHz DDR4, which comes with a new look, and other features not common to today's DDR4. T-Force is Team Group's latest focus on bringing something a little bit different for any memory-related gear, including memory and SSDs.

    The top of the module comes with RGB LED lighting effects and has a style that jsut screams Silverstone Raven, ASUS "whatever" and maybe MSI if you somehow morph a dragon into a flying bird shape.

    Either way they look amazing and at 3000Mhz they should also deliver some amazing gaming performance.

  • Guru3D Rig of the Month - December 2016 - El Jefe

    Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Casemodding isn't what it use to be and is a topic that Darren and I discussed in episode 70 of The Hardware Asylum Podcast.  The whole modding thing has gotten easier and maybe it is in response to kids not having shop class in school anymore or families without tools but, I feel computer modding should be a status symbol and something everyone should do to personalize their PC.

    One of my goals for 2017 is to bring back a casemodding and system build gallery and have my readers pick the monthly winners.  I think it would be good fun and a great way to help promote the hobby.

    The December edition of the Guru3D Rig of the Month 2016 is here. For this months build you get to meet 'El Jefe' from Allen Gonzalez. A really nice and specialized build.

    I might even go so far as to have overclocking builds featured.  Maybe put some rules around what qualifies as an overclock but it might be a great way to also promote the fun stuff you can do with overclocking.

    Until then check out the build over at Guru3D.

  • Avexir Raiden Green Tesla 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 Memory Review @ Hardwareslave

    Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Avexir makes some pretty impressive memory modules and appears to be a strong supporter of the overclocking world.  One of their unicorn products are the modules with the plasma show across the top.  Very pretty to look at however, knowing that you are sticking a static generator on top of a memory module you have to wonder if it is really all that good. 

    Today we review the Avexir Raiden Series Green Tesla 2666MHz DDR4 Memory 16GB Kit. There are a lot of DDR4 kits on the market and they vary greatly in speeds, capacity, and design. If you want something a little visually different, Avexir have their Raiden Series using world exclusive patented technology of plasma tubes to mimic lightening effect.

    If I was to speculate the year of the plasma memory module light show has concluded.  LEDs seem to be the future and I give that a year before its all Meh under the bridge. 

    Still, the effect is extremely memorizing to watch, maybe someone will figure out how to put that in a watercooling reservoir for added drama.  In the meantime check out the HWS review of the mouthful memory modules from Avexir