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  • Silicon Power P34A60 PCIe 3x4 M.2 2280 512GB SSD Review @ Madshrimps

    Published: Sunday, March 8, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Rumor is if you want to get super fast NVMe storage performance you need to be running PCI Express Gen 4 which begs the question.  Why do we care about SSD drives that are limited to PCI Express Gen 3??

    I think the answer is obvious, AMD

    The mainstream PCIe Gen 3x4 P34A60 mainstream SSD from Silicon Power does offer good all-around performance and does not drop to very slow speeds when the cache fills up completely, as we could notice from the HD Tune Pro write test. When copying large files continuously to the drive, we haven’t seen drops of under 90MB/s, which is great for a TLC-based drive, while the 512GB capacity should be enough for a boot drive.

    Be sure to check out the full review at Madshrimps.

    On a related note, its sites like Madshrimps that makes me wonder why I had issues with getting articles on to rank.  I mean Ninjas are better than Shrimps right??

  • Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming Pro OC @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Sunday, March 8, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Palit isn't a big brand in the US but from what I remember they are "the" video card maker in the EU, similar to how EVGA is the defacto USA brand.  Because of this it is difficult to keep track of what Palit does aside from buying Gainward and killing off one of the best video card makers in the business.

    Palit's RTX 2080 Super Gaming Pro OC is a new variant with a triple-slot, triple-fan cooler, to replace their dual-fan designs. It delivers solid temperatures and noise levels. At $720, the card is priced very reasonably, yet includes a factory overclock, idle-fan-stop, and backplate.

    Say it aint so plucky!, a RTX 2080 Super with a triple slot cooler??  Where are they getting their market research, Hong Kong??  (Zotac for those of you who are GPU challenged.)

    Actually, one look at the cooler and I think we know that to be true.

  • Happy Leap Day Everyone

    Published: Saturday, February 29, 2020 | By: Dennis

    As they say leap year only comes along every 4 years as a way to align the world back to the calendar.  It is somewhat of a compromise for the imperfect science known as the universe.

    While I chug away reviewing new hardware in the Ninjalane Labs I wondered.  How many times have I posted on February 29th over the entire 20 years this website has been live.

    In terms of news, there have been a total of 3 posts.  The first was in 2004 which is a year after I first attended Computex.  The second was 2008 when I would post NL: Review Blocks to help share the articles and reviews that other hardware sites were posting.  

    The final post was in 2012 with a posting about the Gigabyte Battlefield 3 cup which was an online competition with a grand prize of 1200 USD!!

    An interesting side note, in 2012 I started two reviews.  The SilenX EFZ-120HA5 Heatsink Review and Silverstone ST1200-G Strider Gold Evolution Power Supply Review were started on 2/29/2012 and posted within a day of each other.  

    It would seem that after 2012 I didn't post anything on Leap Day, until now.  There have been 2664 news posts since 2/29/2012 and while that may seem like a lot it works out to be less than 1 post a day.  I have to say, I'm a little disappointed in that number but, it has been a great ride even though very few readers stop by to read the news anymore.

    Happy Leap Year everyone!  Enjoy your extra day in 2020 and I hope the rest of the year is wonderful.

  • Keep Your PC Healthy With EK-Loop Connect

    Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | By: Dennis

    A Fan, Pump, and an Addressable D-RGB controller unit that is designed from the standpoint of an enthusiast. With this control hub you can easily set your desired RGB lighting effects with just a few clicks, as well as optimize your cooling performance, and noise levels through a simple PWM chart or pre-defined profiles. That’s not all though, as you’ll have the option of using external temperature sensors, flow meters, and coolant level probes.

    The EK-Loop Connect is one of, if not the most powerful, mainstream fan and LED controller available on the market, topping off at 170W of total power delivery. It’s capable of delivering 20W per each 4-pin fan header, combining up to a total of 120W. The industry-standard, non-proprietary addressable D-RGB headers can each handle 8W of power.

    With six PWM fan headers, capable of delivering a total of 120W, the user can connect several dozen fans, as standard PWM splitter cables can also be utilized. The same applies to the D-RGB headers since they can deliver up to 50W of power in total. Each header can be used to connect multiple D-RGB products by using an EK D-RGB splitter cable. To put it into perspective, that’s enough for ~20 EK-Quantum Vector D-RGB water blocks. For specific EK-Quantum D-RGB water block power consumption check the table on our blog.
    It’s safe!

    An LED overpower protection system will make sure you will not damage the controller unit or your addressable D-RGB LEDs. If by any chance, you manage to overload any of the D-RGB headers, the unit will automatically set the color of all the LEDs attached to a red color. A static red color is using only 1/3 of the total power draw and also acts as a warning color for the user to take action and reduce the number of LEDs attached.
    EK Connect D-RGB Controller

    EK-Loop Connect is connected to the motherboard via an internal USB 2.0 header and is powered by a single Molex cable. In the package, you receive a Molex -> dual SATA power adapter, if you prefer not to have Molex cables in your modular PSU.

    Technical Specification
    Dimensions (L x H x W): 126 x 18 x 70mm
    Power Output for Fans: 20W per header
    Power Output for LEDs: 8W per header
    Mounting Holes: 2.5? drive mounting holes

  • CORSAIR Hydro X Series XD3 Pump/Reservoir Combo @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | By: Dennis

    I got to see some of this gear during Computex and was really impressed with what they came up with.  Sure the system is larger than it needs to be and the RGB can be way over the top but, it moves water and that is all most people will care about.

    CORSAIR adds to their Hydro X series of custom watercooling products with their second pump/reservoir combo. The all-new Hydro XD3 uses a Xylem DDC and a lower profile form factor to complement the taller Hydro XD5 that used the Xylem D5, and adds more RGB while sticking with the same excellent installation options.

    I do like how they elected to use the DDC and D5 pumps in their pump/res combo.  That makes flow and head pressures easy to evaulate and replace if needed.

  • Lexar Presents the Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD

    Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Tiny shock-resistant design for ultra protection, SL100 Pro comes with blazing fast read and write transfer speed over USB Type C, available in sizes from 500GB to 1TB

    San Jose, California, February 25th, 2020 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, is pleased to announce the Lexar Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD is currently available at major US retailers.

    There is no doubt that users need larger storage devices for transferring and storing all types of data from audio, photos, and videos to office files and programs. The Lexar SL100 Pro Portable Solid-State Drive (SSD) is crafted for on the go (laptop and tablet) users who need high transfer speed and excellent reliability. The pocket-size drive comes wrapped in a brushed aluminum housing and features a shock and vibration resistant design for ultra protection. The SL100 Pro provides users the blazing-fast data transfer speed of up to 950MB/s read and 900MB/s write.

    Reliability means everything
    SL100 Pro is developed with a small form factor military-grade brushed aluminum case for an understated elegant style with ultra protection. This shock and vibration resistant design intends to avoid damage when the drive is dropped and mitigates the potential risk of data loss.

    For added security, SL100 Pro comes bundled with an advanced security software solution featuring 256-bit AES encryption and a password-protected vault for safeguarding the most private and sensitive data against hacking, corruption, and deletion. More importantly, when data is deleted it will be removed from the vault and will be securely erased and unrecoverable.

    A perfect solution for console gaming and 4K video content
    Using the Marvell NV1160 controller, SL100 Pro delivers exceptional sequential Read and Write performance with up to 950MB/s read speed and 900MB/s write with connections over USB 3.1 for the highest transfer speed on the market.

    In addition to standard file and 4K video storage, the Lexar SL100 Pro is a perfect solution for an extended storage device on the two major gaming consoles, which can benefit from a fast external SSD when used for installing games. The superior speed of the drive guarantees smoother gameplay and quicker data transfer for both video gaming consoles and gaming laptops. Read and write speeds are critical metrics for computing performance, particularly when launching large files for 4K video editing or 3D animation workload. The SL100 Pro brings the perfect combo using lightning-fast transfer rates, incredible performance, and enhanced multitasking capabilities.

    The Lexar Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD is available now at an MSRP of $129.99 USD (500GB), and $199.99 USD (1TB). It also comes with a three-year limited warranty.

    Feature Highlights:

    • Superior SSD performance, with speeds up to 950MB/s read and 900MB/s write
    • Sleek, understated elegant styling with a premium brushed aluminum finish
    • Durable, portable design—resists harsh temperatures and vibration
    • Features a USB Type-C (USB-C) port, and includes both USB Type-C to Type-C cable and USB Type-C to standard USB Type-A cable
    • Includes DataVault Lite software to protect files securely and backed by a three-year limited warranty
  • PATRIOT launches latest P300 m.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD

    Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | By: Dennis

    FREMONT, CALIFORNIA - FEB. 13th, 2020 - PATRIOT, a global leader in performance memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals, and flash storage solutions, is pleased to announce the official launch of P300 Gen3 x4 NVMe m.2 SSD with capacities available from 256GB up to 1TB. The P300 is designed to deliver the most significant all-around performance for desktop and laptop users. Built with next-generation PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe controller and best-in-class components, the P300 is posed to bring out rapid data transfer speeds and best in class reliability for the user. P300 represents a milestone for the next generation of PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe SSD, which can offer 25% higher transfer speeds better IOPs over standard PCIe3 x2 solutions and attribute to its low power consumption is the best solution for laptop battery endurance.

    As more and more users have migrated from SATA III to PCIe NVMe solid-state drives, there needs to be diversity to help users pick products that better match their demands and performance goals. The P300 provides a reliable solution for budget-users while still offering exceptional speed at a consumer-friendly price. P300 built on a single-sided M.2 design for space savings and to ensure compatibility with the thinnest laptops and small form factor desktops. The next-generation DRAMless controller, when matched with 3D NAND flash, reduces the build costs without compromising SSD performance and quality. "While the entire PC industry seems to focus on high-end GAMING products, it is easy to overlook the basic needs of the retail consumer, and PATRIOT is rising to the challenge. The P300 is a perfect example of that allowing the budget-builder to have a quality SSD with little to no compromise in performance and quality," said Roger Shinmoto, the Vice President of PATRIOT.

    Stability and reliability are the key elements for outstanding storage products. The P300’s advanced firmware provides an end-to-end data path protection and powerful LDPC (low-density parity-check) ECC algorithm to ensure data integrity, and for avoiding data corruption, it also allows peak performance is maintained and lowers power consumption in the system.

    Supports APST, ASPM, and L1.2 power-saving modes, which can maximize the battery endurance of laptops and offers a secure erase command to clear all user data and restore factory settings. The P300 supports Advanced Wear Leveling to prolong the lifespan of NAND Flash by optimizing write and erase cycles for each of the cells. The drive is designed to strengthen the system’s overall performance by quicker data transfer speed and backed by our 3-year warranty; the PATRIOT P300 delivers one of the most reliable price-to-performance SSD’s on the market.

  • GeIL Announces the Availability of EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition Memory in the Americas

    Published: Sunday, February 16, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Taipei, Taiwan – February 6th, 2020 – GeIL, Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world's leading PC components and peripheral manufacturers, is pleased to announce the EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition DDR4 Memory, GeIL and ASRock's co-branded DRAM, is now available at and select retailers in the Americas.

    GeIL memory has joined forces with leading motherboard brand, ASRock, and its top-of-the-line Phantom Gaming Alliance. Through this partnership, GeIL and ASRock dedicated to building a strong foundation for compatibility and reliability between DRAM and motherboard. The EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition Memory is tested under the strict criteria and validation of the ASRock Phantom Gaming series motherboards. As an excellent result of the cooperation, exceptional stability has benefited. It's available in frequencies from 2400MHz to 3200MHz, capacity for 4GB to 32GB kit, and runs as low as 1.2V and at max 1.35V.

    As an influential member of the Phantom Gaming Alliance, the EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition Memory meant to let the visual elements of the modules become one for defining values of the co-branding. The module is built with a ten layer PCB and wrapped by a stealthy black aluminum heat spreader to deliver outstanding signal integrity and heat dissipation for gamers and enthusiasts who require better thermal conductivity for the small form factor systems (SFF). The EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition Memory offers a better choice for a cost-efficient upgrade, the exceptional gaming experience, video editing, and 3D animation rendering.

    Backed by the limited lifetime warranty, the EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition Memory is fully compatible with ASRock Phantom Gaming Motherboards, including Intel Z390 Phantom Gaming X/9/8/7/6/4 series, AMD X570 Gaming X/4 series, AMD X399 Phantom Gaming 6 series and more. Most significantly, the EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition Memory is optimized for AMD platforms and strictly verified across a large number of AMD AM4 motherboards and AMD Ryzen processors to guarantee the best compatibility and stability for all AMD builders.

  • Aorus Liquid Cooler 360 Review @ Guru3D

    Published: Thursday, February 13, 2020 | By: Dennis

    I saw quite a few "new" AIO cooler designs and one thing that stood out is how they are including graphics on the pump tops.  Some were just logos that you could spin around while others were a little more fancy.

    This cooler from Aorus is a little "more" fancy.  Or it would seem to be at least.

    Gigabyte has unleashed a new Aorus cooler, this round with fully addressable aRGB, an and OLED enabled pump. That offers new bling options and really terrific looks. But is it all that it promises it will be?

    Keep in mind these are still just AIO coolers.  A quick and easy cooling solution with great performance AND very little to make them different except for the bells, whistles and RGB.

  • EK Introduces EK-Vardar X3M, The New Addressable D-RGB Fans

    Published: Thursday, February 13, 2020 | By: Dennis

    EK Water Blocks, the premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer is releasing a new version of its renowned 120mm EK-Vardar fan. The EK-Vardar X3M 120ER comes with removable rubber dampers on the corners, making sure vibration is not transferred from the fan to the rest of the PC. Aside from that, the rotor has received airflow optimizations, and on the RGB versions, the lighting solution is upgraded to addressable D-RGB LEDs.

    The EK-Vardar X3M 120ER (500-2200rpm) is a high-static pressure computer cooling fan built for the highest-performance computer systems. It features removable rubber dampers on corners of the fan to reduce vibration and thus noise. These rubber dampers come pre-installed for use in push orientation but can be removed and mounted the other way for a pull orientation. To further make the sound profile more pleasant, airflow optimizations were made to the rotor.

    This fan comes in 4 variants, two with no LEDs and two with addressable D-RGB implementation. The black or white designation on the end marks the color of the rubber corners.

    EK-Vardar X3M 120ER (500-2200rpm) – Black
    EK-Vardar X3M 120ER (500-2200rpm) – White
    EK-Vardar X3M 120ER D-RGB (500-2200 rpm) – Black
    EK-Vardar X3M 120ER D-RGB (500-2200 rpm) – White

    EK-Vardar X3M rubber dampers can be purchased separately in various color options to match your build. The 6 available colors are red, orange, purple, blue, yellow and green.