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  • Patriot Viper Venom RGB DDR5 7400 CL36 2x16 GB @ Guru3D

    Published: Friday, September 8, 2023 | By: Dennis

    Funny story,  I was a big fan of Patriot memory when the company first started selling modules and for two reasons. 

    • They offered modules with red heatspreaders which matched a foxconn motherboard I was reviewing
    • They offered the same red modules in a DDR ECC variant that allowed me to overclock the foxconn board without issue

    Since then the relationship had been rocky, their products were "meh" at best and for a good number of years they refused to provide samples, likely because they knew their stuff was junk.

    Fast Forward to the past several years and the company has made a signafigant about face by offering some high quality memory modules, NVMe M.2 SSD drives and maybe one of the best USB drives I have ever used.

    Patriot Viper Venom RGB 7400 CL36 memory is the kit we will present today. It’s not the first DDR5 set from that company on guru3d. Almost a year ago, the Viper Venom 6200 CL40 was checked. The sample we’re reviewing is the best of the series. There’s also the Elite 5 (RGB/Non-RGB), which can achieve up to 7000 MHz and capacities of up to 96GB, and if you want the most performance, there’s Viper Extreme 5 series, where you can get even an 8000 MHz frequency memory (and the lowest available is 7600 MHz)

    The Venom line of modules have been spot on when it comes to performance and the heatspreader design isnt' too bad either.

  • iRocks Launches K74M Mechanical Keyboard with Backlight and Hot-Swappable Switches

    Published: Friday, September 8, 2023 | By: Dennis

    September 8, 2023, Taipei_ iRocks, a Taiwan PC peripheral manufacturer, introduced a brand-new mechanical keyboard K74M featuring white backlight, PBT keycaps, aluminum plate and hot-swappable switches.

     K74M is meticulously designed to offer style and practicality for both gaming and professional tasks. Over the course of several years, iRocks has devoted countless hours to testing, gathering feedback, and engaging in development. This ongoing effort has enabled K74M to collaborate effectively with typists and gamers, ensuring the delivery of a highly satisfying typing experience.

    PBT Keycaps and Floating Keys Design
    A pre-installed set of PBT keycaps outlives ordinary ABS ones with it comes to surface wearing, and greatly enhances the durability of the keys. The keycaps are made with double shot (dual-injection) technology to prevent backlit legends from fading. Thanks to its floating keys design and aluminum plating, the K74M makes keyboard cleaning and maintenance easier after years of service.

    Customize your typing experience painlessly without soldering.
    K74M features Gateron hot-swappable sockets for mechanical switches, compatible with 3pin and 5pin MX-style mechanical switches. The pre-installed Gateron switches can stand with up to 50 million keystrokes, with clear housing allowing white backlight evenly shines through the translucent key legends.

    Wired USB-C Connection
    K74M has detachable cable and can be connected using USB-A to USB-C or USB-C to C cable. High speed microcontroller inside the K74M enables fast keystroke response and N-key rollover function.

    Customizable Smart Wheel
    The wheel on K74M has switchable modes and is fully compatible with your Windows 10 and 11 PC. With Smart Wheel mode under Windows 10 and 11, you can customize your wheel to what you need it to be – volume, scrolling, zooming, brush adjustment, video editing, multimedia control, and more.

    Enhanced Typing Experience
    For premium typing feel and sound, the K74M implements a sound-absorbing pad for spaces between the plate and PCB and an appropriately sized foam for the bottom case. The components work together to turn every click into a delightful typing bliss. The stabilizers for the spacebar and modifiers on the K74M are tuned and lubricated to ensure consistent smoothness with less rattling key press.

    Software Configurator
    Not just from hardware hotkeys, K74M supports software configurator, providing you with an intuitive control interface for the keyboard, from backlighting to macro keys and more. The configuration may also be saved to the keyboard's onboard memory for on-the-go convenience.

    Pricing and Availability
    The iRocks K74M is available in black or white colorways from authorized online retailers and distributors. The keyboard is available now in the US on Amazon at price of $74.99 USD.

  • LIAN LI Launches the O11D EVO XL - The Ultimate Evolution

    Published: Friday, September 8, 2023 | By: Dennis

    What I find interesting to see how popular the LIAN LI 011D has become.  There have been famous computer cases before but, none of them lasted quite this long or sparked numerous minor refreshes quite like the 011D.

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    September 7th, 2023, Taipei, Taiwan – LIAN LI Industrial Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of chassis and PC accessories, launches the ultimate O11D chassis with the O11D EVO XL. Inspired by the popular O11D EVO, the EVO XL adds features such as: simultaneous support for 3 x 420 radiators, a height-adjustable and fully removable motherboard tray, a removable front pillar, improved support for upright GPU mounting on the side fan/radiator bracket, and redesigned cable management and storage solution. The O11D EVO XL also keeps the unique features of the O11D EVO, with the ability to reverse the case and a relocatable front I/O module. The O11D EVOL XL is available in black and white at an MSRP of $234.99 and $244.99 respectively.

    • Supports 3 x 420 radiators simultaneously
    • Removable motherboard tray is adjustable in 3 positions
    • Removable front pillar for unrestricted view
    • Reversible frame for left orientation
    • Front I/O USB module relocatable to 3 different locations
    • Hot-swappable HDD cages on hinges for ease of access
    • Location adjustable dual-layer cable clips for flexible cable management
    • Supports upright GPU installation in standard and reverse mode

    Cooling Performance
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    The O11D EVO XL is designed with cooling performance in mind. Starting with the motherboard tray, a modular piece that can be quickly removed for ease of installation, it can be height adjusted into 3 positions (high, middle, and low) to provide better fan/radiator clearance at the top or bottom. The top, bottom, and side brackets of the O11D EVO XL can each support 3 x 140mm fans / 420mm radiators simultaneously for extreme cooling performance. Each radiator bracket can be quickly removed for ease of installation. With the motherboard in lower mode, the rear of the case can support up to 2 x 120mm fans.

    Easy Customization
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    The O11D EVO XL is the ideal showcase chassis with its removable front pillar. Without the front pillar and side bands on the front and side tempered glass panels, users benefit from an unrestricted view of the PC. The EVO XL also supports the ability to be fully reversible and features a relocatable I/O module with 3 supported locations (front, side and rear). Furthermore, with the use of additional accessories, users can change their GPU mounting location to either vertical or upright. The optional upright GPU mounting kit is redesigned to accommodate larger GPUs of up to 358mm in length and 80mm in thickness. The kit is affixed to the side fan/radiator bracket instead of the frame, allowing mounting of the GPU outside of the case, and offering the ability to locate the GPU I/O at the top or bottom depending on the user’s preference.

    Additional Features
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    Located in the second chamber, the O11D EVO XL features 2 x hot-swap storage drive cages, each supporting up to 2 x 3.5” HDDs or 2 x 2.5” SSDs. The cages are mounted on hinges which allow them to swivel away from the frame and provide easier access to the mounting trays. Each drive cage can be equipped with a 15mm thick 120mm fan to provide extra cooling to the drives. And for cable management, the cable cover bar is also on hinges for quick access and the O11D EVO XL comes equipped with 3 dual-layer cable clips that can be mounted anywhere along vertical grommets pass through. Featuring a C shape and a similar mounting mechanism as SSDs, the concave part of the clip can hold the large bulk of cables coming from the PSU and front IO, while the Velcro strap on top of the clip is ideal for fan cable management.

    Availability?
    The O11D EVO XL is available for pre-order on September 7th, 2023, at an MSRP of $234.99 for the black, and $244.99 for the white.

  • Thermaltake Elevates Intel Gamer Days 2023 with Unveiling of LCGS Deals and Exciting Campaigns

    Published: Friday, August 25, 2023 | By: Dennis

    Enjoy Up to $500 Savings on LCGS with 13th Gen Intel Core Processors, Plus a Chance to Win a Premium Custom Modded Liquid Cooling Gaming PC

    Walnut, California - August 24th, 2023 - Thermaltake, the leading PC Cases, Cooling, Power, and memory solutions brand, is proud to unveil its enticing promotional sales in honor of the highly anticipated Intel Gamer Days 2023, a premier extravaganza within the online gaming community. From August 24th through September 3rd, Thermaltake offers deals on 13th Gen Intel Core Processor-based LCGS (Liquid Cooling Gaming System) across prominent platforms, including Amazon, BestBuy, and the official Thermaltake webstore. As part of this exciting event, Thermaltake is thrilled to offer up to $500 off on select LCGS, complemented by a complimentary game bundle featuring Nightingale and Assassin's Creed Mirage. Additionally, Thermaltake is set to host captivating live streams demonstrating assembling a gaming PC. A thrilling live stream giveaway awaits participants, granting them the chance to win a prestigious LCGS. This initiative underscores Thermaltake's unwavering dedication to innovation and engagement within the vibrant gaming community.

    "Intel Gamer Days presents a thrilling worldwide online extravaganza for gaming enthusiasts and tech aficionados. Thermaltake is delighted to collaborate with Intel, joining forces to present extraordinary offers on our highly acclaimed LCGS – the epitome of exceptional gaming prowess and excellence. Heartfelt gratitude goes out to our devoted gaming communities for their unwavering support. We extend a warm invitation to all to partake in these remarkable deals on our Intel-powered LCGS. This is an opportunity that gamers should not let slip by," emphasized Michael Guo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Thermaltake USA.

    Thermaltake LCGS Special Deals  

    The LCGS (Liquid Cooling Gaming System) is one of the flagship gaming products from Thermaltake. LCGS is fully assembled and tested in Southern California to provide the highest quality craftsmanship and astonishing gaming experience for all gamers and tech enthusiasts.

    $500 off on LCGS Arctic i4790: A high-performance gaming PC powered by the most powerful 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900K processor liquid-cooled and Intel Z790 motherboard, matched with the first-rate NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card. It is also equipped with Thermaltake ToughRam 32GB 5600MHz DDR5 RGB memory and 2TB NVM2 m.2 SSD storage. This beastly liquid-cooled gaming PC offers $500 off (MSRP $3,999.99) and free Nightingale and Assassin's Creed Mirage game bundles during Intel Gamer Days.

    $300 off on LCGS Avalanche i477T: A superior liquid-cooled gaming PC built and supercharged by  13th Gen Intel Core i7-13700K liquid-cooled CPU and Intel Z790 motherboard. It’s paired up with the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti graphics card, equipped with Thermaltake ToughRam 32GB 5600MHz DDR5 RGB memory and 2TB NVM2 m.2 SSD storage. This stunning liquid-cooled gaming PC offers $300 off (MSRP $2299.99) and free Nightingale and Assassin's Creed Mirage game bundles during Intel Gamer Days.

    $200 off on LCGS Shadow i360T R4: A reliable liquid-cooled gaming PC powered by 13th Gen Intel Core i5-12600K liquid-cooled CPU and Intel Z690 chipset motherboard featuring the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card and equipped with ToughRam 16GB 3600MHz DDR4 RGB memory and 1TB NVM2 m.2 SSD storage. This sleek liquid-cooled gaming PC offers a special $200 off (MSRP $1499.99) and free Nightingale and Assassin's Creed Mirage game bundles during Intel Gamer Days.

    LCGS Giveaway at Live Stream: Win Premium Gaming PC

    From August 29 through August 31, Thermaltake is set to host captivating live streams demonstrating gaming PC assembly, followed by an exciting giveaway for a chance to win a premium LCGS. This gaming PC promises unparalleled performance, featuring a 13th Gen Intel Core i7 13700K CPU, complemented by the NVIDIA RTX 4080 graphics card, Thermaltake ToughRam 32GB 6000MHz DDR5 RGB memory, 1TB m.2 SSD storage, Toughliquid Ultra 360 AIO Cooler, SWAFAN EX12 RGB 120mm Fans, and TT MOD Sleeved Cables. 

     

    Encased in the popular Ceres 300 Mid Tower Chassis, adorned with a custom paint job reflecting the vibrant Intel Gamer Days theme, alongside the iconic Intel and Thermaltake logos, take pride of place, symbolizing the synergy of innovation and craftsmanship. This masterpiece stands as a testament to innovation and craftsmanship. Only one fortunate winner will have the privilege of owning this unique gaming marvel. Gaming enthusiasts and aficionados are cordially invited to follow and tune into the Thermaltake Twitch Channel, where they stand a chance to claim this LCGS as the ultimate gaming prize.

     

    Exclusive Deals and Availability:

     

    • $500 off on LCGS Arctic i4790

    • $300 off on LCGS Avalanche i477T 

    • $200 off on LCGS Shadow i360T R4

    • $700 off on LCGS Arctic i360T R4  

    • $100 off on LCGS Quartz i350 R4

  • HIFIMAN HE1000 Stealth Open-Back Headphones @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2023 | By: Dennis

    There is a very strange world out there when it comes to headphones.  We have the "blue light specials" at your local big box store, a minefield of choices at Internet retailers and a variety of quality headphones designed for gaming, music and professional use.

    Of those brands, there is one name that stands above as a pinnacle of price AND performance and that is HIFIMAN.

    HIFIMAN updates its popular HE1000 V2 with stealth magnets! The new HE1000 Stealth takes on the more expensive HE1000se by offering a bassier sound and being easier on the ears while retaining the same excellent comfort and fit to make for a compelling premium headphones offering.

    I'm not sure how you get "stealth magnets" but if they sound anything like, every other HIFIMAN headset then I'm on board, even if I cannot see them.

  • MEK HERO Powered by ZOTAC GAMING Unleashes New Gaming PC Additions for Unparalleled Gaming Performance

    Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2023 | By: Dennis

    Redefining the Gaming Experience with Spider-Man™: Across the Spider-Verse Themed ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070, 4060 Ti, 4060 GPUs, and AMD Ryzen 5 7600MHz CPUs

    Irwindale, California – August 9th, 2023 - ZOTAC USA Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative gaming hardware solutions, today unveiled three new additions to its MEK HERO Gaming PCs: MEK HERO G3 A7647, A7646I, and A7646. The MEK HERO, powered by ZOTAC GAMING, features the Spider-Man™: Across the Spider-Verse themed ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070, 4060 Ti, and 4060 graphics cards, AMD’s latest Ryzen 5 7600 processors, offering unmatched gaming performance and stunning graphics that bring Gamers closer to their virtual adventures. The MEK HERO is expertly designed, assembled, and hand-tested in the United States. With a strong focus on gaming community engagement, seamless assembly, and top-notch customer service, MEK HERO is crafted to ensure optimal performance, durability, and an unparalleled gaming experience.

    The MEK HERO is designed for Gamers who want a PC Gaming system with performance that does not sacrifice cost-efficiency for simplicity. Gamers can enjoy a smooth and responsive experience with the latest ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 40 Series graphic cards and AMD Ryzen 5 processor platforms, whether playing the newest game titles, streaming in high quality, or creating impactful content.

    The three new MEK HERO Gaming PCs, G3 A7647, A7646I, and A7646, are equipped with a 240mm AIO CPU Cooler, 4x - 120mm high-performance Cooling Fans, an 80+ Gold Certified Power Supply to maintain system reliability and internal component stability when under heavy and demanding loads.

    As a bonus, the MEK HERO G3 A7647, A7646I, and A7646 come with a Spider-Man™: Across the Spider-Verse Inspired Accessories Bundle, adding flair and fun to the gaming experience. The bundle includes custom fan emblems, a set of decorative decals, and a three-pack of Ztorm figurines that are all themed after the movie and its characters.

    "The MEK HERO Gaming PCs are one of ZOTAC's signature gaming products designed to cater to hardcore gamers. These Gaming PCs can handle even the most demanding game titles, offering reliable and durable system performance. The latest additions to this lineup feature the ZOTAC GAMING 4070 and 4060Ti graphics cards, skillfully paired with the AMD Ryzen 5 platform. Furthermore, the system undergoes meticulous testing and assembly by local engineers in the US, ensuring optimal cost efficiency and top-notch build quality," said Gary Lau, President of ZOTAC USA Inc.

    MEK HERO Gaming G3 A7647 Spider-Man:Across the Spider-Verse Edition
    The MEK HERO G3 A7647 is a premium Gaming PC that combines the power of the Spider-Man™: Across the Spider-Verse themed ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 graphics card with the speed of the AMD Ryzen 5 7600MHz 6-core AM5 processor. This system delivers extreme performance and immersive gaming with unmatched quality. The MEK HERO G3 A7647 has 240 AIO liquid cooling, Kingston 16GB DDR5 system memory, NVMe SSD storage, and Windows 11 preinstalled.

    MEK HERO Gaming G3 A7646I Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Edition
    If Gamers are looking for a powerful Gaming PC that can easily handle any game, look no further than the MEK HERO G3 A7646I. This system has a Spider-Man™: Across the Spider-Verse themed ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB graphics card and an AMD Ryzen 5 7600MHz 6-core AM5 processor that will deliver speed and power for buttery-smooth gameplay. The MEK HERO G3 A7646I has 240 AIO liquid cooling, Kingston 16GB DDR5 system memory, NVMe SSD storage, and Windows 11 already installed.

    MEK HERO Gaming G3 A7646 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Edition
    Featuring the Spider-Man™: Across the Spider-Verse themed ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4060  8GB graphics card and AMD Ryzen 5 7600MHz 6-core AM5 processing, the MEK HERO G3 A7646 is a performance Gaming PC designed to deliver an immersive gaming experience with unmatched quality. The MEK HERO G3 A7646 Gaming PC comes preinstalled with 240 AIO liquid cooling, Kingston 16GB DDR5 system memory, NVMe SSD storage, and Windows 11.

    The MEK HERO team ensures that each MEK HERO Gaming PC is built with quality and care, providing 1-year parts and a 3-year labor warranty with lifetime access to ZOTAC USA tech support specifically for the MEK HERO series. The United States-based customer service team stands ready to provide swift and attentive support, ensuring every Gamers’ experience with MEK HERO is positive.

    MEK HERO Gaming PCs are available on Amazon, Newegg, and The ZOTAC STORE.

  • Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 Mesh V2 Case Review @ ThinkComputers

    Published: Monday, August 14, 2023 | By: Dennis

    Is it just me or, have computer cases become "lost"

    Now, hear me out,  Back in the day everything in a computer case had a purpose.  We had locations for hard drives and SSDs, we had external bays for optical drives and drive bay accessories, cooling was dictated by the location of internal components and RGB was an exception, not a rule.

    These days we don't have external drive bays, internal bays have been reduced to the bare minimum, RGB is everywhere and case designers cannot figure out what to do with the extra space.  40% of a computer case is empty for 80% of users and somehow, they are getting BIGGER.

    Well not the MasterBox TD500.  I reviewed the first edition TD500 Mesh and found the case to be kinda "meh", there isn't anything special about it and reminds me of a poor attempt to copy another popular "mesh" design.

    Seems mainstream written media gets paid by the article, and Cooler Master gets paid by the version.  wink smile

    It seemed for years the real sweet spot for PC cases was $100. With inflation and other factors that price has definitely gone up over the past few years. Well, Cooler Master still wants to give you a fully-featured solid PC case for right around that price. Introducing the MasterBox TD500 Mesh V2 which has a high airflow design, three included ARGB fans with an ARGB controller, a tempered glass side panel, watercooling support and so much more! Is this the case to do your next build in? Read on as we find out!

    I cannot diss too much, there are plenty of users out there what would DIE for a low cost case from a name brand company and if I had to choose, I'd choose....

  • Funky Kit Review - Patriot Viper VP4300 Lite 2TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD

    Published: Monday, August 14, 2023 | By: Dennis

    In what might be a strange variation of one of the fastest NVMe drives you can buy we have a review of the Patriot Viper VP4300 Lite. 

    Gotta lite?

    The VP4300 Lite from Patriot is a well-designed SSD that combines all the best features for both gaming or standard use. It’s hard to find any disadvantages to this SSD, and the long list of advantages makes it one of the best and the cheapest SSDs on the market right now.

    I was able to review the standard VP4300 drive back in 2021 and found it to be quite fast and the envy of the entire lab.  In fact, I still can't find that drive.  hummm.

  • Razer Basilisk V3 X Hyperspeed @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Monday, August 14, 2023 | By: Dennis

    When is a mouse faster than the operator??  When it is being chased by a snake at Hyper Speed.

    Ok, that was dumb but, it helps drive the point home that sometimes....  marketing is kinda stupid.  Take for instance the Razor Basilisk X Hyperspeed.  It’s almost like the actual product doesn't matter but, the name has to be catchy and get hardware site editors, like me, excited enough to make fun of it so YOU will eventually buy one.

    Well, lemme help you out there, this is an AA battery powered wireless mouse with over 500 hours of battery life.  Either that is super-efficient or, it doesn't work very well, in fact there is a pretty good chance that the batteries will explode and leak their nasty love juice all over your desk before they will run out.

    - or -

    you will find out that when the voltage drops slightly the mouse will no longer work and will make you change the batteries long before the advertised interval.

    Either way, check out the review if you want.

    With the Basilisk V3 X Hyperspeed, Razer expands their line of AA battery-driven wireless gaming mice. Equipped with PixArt's PAW3369 sensor capable of 18,000 CPI and main button switches rated for 60 million clicks, the right-handed ergonomic Basilisk V3 X Hyperspeed offers up seven buttons, 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as up to 535 hours of battery life.

    Or, pick up a wired/wireless logitech "G" mouse and stop being stupid.  Its not like EVERY mouse maker isn't copying their design already.

  • Phanteks Glacier C370I CPU Water Block @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Monday, July 31, 2023 | By: Dennis

    Cooling trends with desktop computers hasn't changed much in the past 10+ years.  We have aircooling for low-end computers where CPU and GPU heat is actually managable.  Once you move into the mid-range we start to see AIO watercooling take over along with the emergence of the budget hardware enthusiast and their quest to min/max their performance.

    This is where the DIY watercooling loops start to take over and continue into the high-end.  There was a time when the performance if your CPU and GPU waterblocks actually mattered however, these days the microfin and pingrid arrays have leveled the playing field.

    Phanteks updates its CPU water block line with the new Glacier C370 series. Today we examine the Intel-specific C370I that comes in black or white color options, uses an acrylic top with integrated LEDs for aesthetics, and a nickel-plated cold plate with tall fins to allow for a good balance of cost, flow restriction, and thermal performance.

    If you are looking for a "name brand" Intel specific CPU waterblock with some RGB lights you might want to check out the Phanteks C370.  As the name suggests this "SHOULD" be for the Intel Socket 370 but, it seems that was before the time of Phanteks, and likely their primary consumer market.