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  • Corsair iCUE H115i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers

    Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | By: Dennis

    I don't normally post new from sites that use tracking links in their PR correspondence but, I'm trying to get on the Corsair good side.  Yes, I know I'm not a TechTuber or a hardcore Twitch gamer but, I do review hardware and when I put my mind to it, I can do a pretty good job.

    Corsair has been in the all-in-one (AIO) cooler game for years, constantly changing up their products for improved performance and aesthetics. We have looked at many of their AIOs in the past, most recently the H115i RGB Platinum. Today we are back with an AIO from Corsair’s latest lineup of iCUE RGB PRO XT coolers, the H115i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler. This new AIO pairs Corsair’s latest waterblock and pump design with addressable RGB lighting, a 280mm radiator, and two 140mm ML fans for quiet cooling performance.

    Of course the golden ticket is when Corsair flies you out to Computex in Taipei Taiwan just to attend their "Computex Bash" and then shove you in a super small hotel suite so that professional journalists cannot even get a meeting to see the new hardware. 

    Ya, that happened once.  I showed up anyway and got a FULL tour despite being told I couldn't go.  The party was pretty fun too and the Techtubers who attended (cause they had to) all looked miserable. tongue smile so, that is a thing

    Oh, and while I was ranting about the whack marketing practices of Corsair I totally dissed on the Thinkcomputers review of the new iCUE liquid cooler.  This is one of their standard AIO coolers that we have seen over and over again.  I'm sure it is a super good cooler, now the new memory, that is something to dr00l over.

  • ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming OC 8 GB @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Dare I say Navi??  The fabled GPU from AMD that someone "might" be able to buy!

    ASRock's Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming comes at AMD MSRP of $200, yet features a solid cooler with a metal backplate, idle-fan stop and very low temperatures. 8 GB GDDR6 give the card a performance advantage over the 4 GB version, even at 1080p. Is future-proofing worth it?

    For the AMD fan I'm sure one of these cards is on your list and will be a primary purchase this shopping season.  I'd say get them while they are hot because when they cool down they aren't working.

    (Just a little heat joke there)

  • Cooler Master Launches New MasterBox MB311L and MB320L Cases

    Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Cooler Master Launches the MasterBox MB311L ARGB and MasterBox MB320L ARGB Desktop Computer Cases

    Includes Two ARGB Fans and Tempered Glass Side Panel for $59.99

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF., FEB. 11, 2020 – Cooler Master today announces two mATX ARGB Towers: the MasterBox MB311L ARGB (Mesh Front Panel) and MasterBox MB320L ARGB (Acrylic Front Panel). Following in the principles of the award-winning MB Series, versatility is paired with presentation to ensure that any gaming system built inside the MB300 series looks as good as it performs.

    MasterBox MB3LL ARGB: Mesh Front Panel
    The MasterBox MB311L ARGB is a Micro-ATX airflow PC case pre-installed with two ARGB fans and made to be built with the latest gaming hardware.  The front panel’s façade is made entirely of Fine Mesh, placed between two honeycomb vents on either side to maximize airflow.



    MasterBox MB320L ARGB: DarkMirror Acrylic Front Panel
    The MasterBox MB320L ARGB is a Micro-ATX PC case with two pre-installed ARGB fans and honeycomb mesh ventilation on either side of the DarkMirror front panel. The DarkMirror acrylic front panel is smoked a shade darker to sharpen the contrast of the ARGB fans pre-installed behind it, highlighting its best features.

    Tempered Glass and ARGB on-a-Budget
    The case includes a tempered glass side panel and two pre-installed 120mm ARGB fans for $59.99 – ideal for builders on a budget.

    Pricing & Availability
    The MasterBox 311L ARGB and MasterBox 320L ARGB are available for preorder on Amazon for $59.99.

    For more information, please visit:
    MB311L ARGB: https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-MasterBox-Airflow-Tempered/dp/B0842TKK19
    MB320L ARGB: https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-MasterBox-Airflow-Tempered/dp/B0842T2KWZ?th=1

  • ModWater PC Coolant Now Available

    Published: Friday, February 14, 2020 | By: Dennis

    This specialty PC Coolant is carefully crafted by hand, in-house by the ModMyMods Team

    The long-awaited release of ModWater is exactly what its name suggests:

    A coolant specifically designed for PC water-cooling systems

    It starts with only the best: Water purified by our professionally designed in-house water purification/deionization system. We have refined our process to produce the most pure, unadulterated coolant to protect your system.

    Hand tested to be sure of its low-conductivity before every batch, ModWater is guaranteed at the time of bottling to never exceed 0.05 ppm (parts per million) of total dissolved solids, making it one of the purest and highest-quality PC coolants out there!

    A unique blend of additives was formulated to provide the highest protection for your investment. The non-toxic formula combines anti-corrosion properties with biocide and fungicide to stay clear and beautiful, while protecting the components in your system from degrading over time.

    Our goal was to design a coolant that we as PC modification enthusiasts would want to use in our own systems.

    USA-made ModWater has been in development for over a year, and the ModMyMods Team is proud and excited to share our tried and tested end product with the community that we love.

    ModWater is available in Pure-Clear, and several UV-Reactive colors including: Red-UV, Green-UV, Blue-UV, and Clear-UV (Blue base UV).

    Features
    Non-Toxic Formula (Pet & Human Safe)
    Biocide / Fungicide (New Formula for Extreme Cooling)
    Corrosion + Protection
    Protects ALL Metals used in current cooling systems
    PETG Tubing Compatible
    Anti-Freeze Protection (-5C / 23F)
    Neutral pH: 6 - 8
    3 Year Shelf Life

    ModWater PC Coolant is designed for long term use in your PC loop and will not break down over time.

  • Abkoncore A900 @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | By: Dennis

    You know I have seen this mouse before.  It had a sleek design, two buttons at the front and a set of headlights to illuminate your mousepad to success.  Now, if I could only remember where I saw that mouse before.  Hummmm  I'm gonna say it was the Aorus Thunder M7 MMO Gaming mouse.  It had lights up front though I'm pretty sure there was another. 

    The Abkoncore A900 is a medium-sized, ambidextrous mouse with side buttons on the left side only. Despite being priced as a budget mouse, it comes with features one would expect from a premium model: PixArt PMW3389 sensor, Omron switches for the main buttons, and full RGB lighting.

    Despite the interesting design and creative use of lighting the mouse looks good and has all the right components.  Of course being cheap also helps move product allowing users to decide if what they got equals what they spent.

    (The answer is usually no)

  • The Ultimate Show Case – InWin 909EK

    Published: Monday, February 3, 2020 | By: Dennis

    The InWin 909 is a very iconic case that has been around for a very long time.  We reviewed the Mini ITX version back in 2014 and I'm glad to see it getting new life with some help from EK.

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    EK®, the leader in custom loop liquid cooling is proud to announce the launch of a limited edition product which is a result of a successful collaboration between EK and InWin, the renowned case manufacturer. It started as the “best build of CES” and now it is sold in a limited edition under the name EK-Quantum InWin 909EK – Silver Limited Edition.



    EK-Quantum InWin 909EK - Silver Limited Edition
    The EK-Quantum InWin 909EK case is a unique and heavily modified version of the very popular high-end InWin 909 case. The case itself is wider than a regular InWin 909 case in order to be able to fit two thick 480mm XE radiators with their fans. It features an integrated distribution plate which acts also as a motherboard tray, and it can support a dual D5 pump setup. This makes it really special as there is no similar case on the market. The InWin 909EK case is a part of the EK Quantum Line of products, which represents perfection in design and it is limited to only 200 pieces!



    Availability and Pricing
    The EK-Quantum InWin 909EK cases are made in Taiwan and are readily available for pre-order through the EK Webshop or EK Partner Reseller Network. The estimated shipping time for this product is the 19th of March 2020

  • G.SKILL Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 MHz CL16 2x8 GB @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Sunday, January 26, 2020 | By: Dennis

    I have a kit of these modules in the lab and cannot wait to see what they can do.  Oh and I have the quad channel kit which is double the modules for Threadripper goodness.

    With a market that is flooded with "Ryzen Optimized" memory kits, it can be hard for a particular kit to stand out. The G.SKILL Trident Z Neo does just that. With a striking new take on the award winning Trident Z design and specifications that are as good as it gets for Ryzen, the Trident Z Neo just might be the ultimate Ryzen memory kit.

    Speaking of Ryzen Optimized, I am finding that some modules that are designed for the Ryzen are actually incompatible.  Sure, they work great on the Intel side of things but when it comes to Ryzen qualifications they are either not being testing with the proper motherboards or are not matching well with the Ryzen memory controllers.

    So, be sure to test your memory completely before throwing away the box.

  • Glorious Model D @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Sunday, January 26, 2020 | By: Dennis

    Ok, so...  what is the deal with the Glorious Model D.  Is it a bedroom accessory??  A movie prop for the p0rn industry?

    Give up?  Ya it is a mouse and not just any mouse but one with holes!!  I guess the mouse is getting the D. happy smile

    After the highly successful Model O and O-, Glorious now release their take on a lightweight right-handed ergonomic mouse. Sporting the same PMW3360 sensor, Omron switches for the main buttons, 68 g weight, and high quality feet and cable, the Model D should be worth a look for anybody in the market for an affordable gaming mouse.

    Cooler Master has been pushing a super light mouse called the MM710 and weighs in at 53g so I think you can see where this is going.  As a gaming and PC enthusiast I am offended by super light mice.  If you are looking for a travel mouse and cannot be bothered with the weight of something good then either grow some balls! Or use the touch pad.  That is literally why it was created.

    Thing with PC hardware is that everything good has already been created and now we are seeing the results of creative people "scrambling" to push the envelope and get something new out there.  Someone will eventually buy them and in a market with 0 sales anything is good.

  • Team Group MP33 NVMe 512 GB SSD @ Guru3D

    Published: Sunday, January 26, 2020 | By: Dennis

    It has been awhile since we have heard anything "good" coming out of the Team Group memory camp, and to be honest after they waved me away during my frequent Computex visits I kinda stopped paying attention.

    Well, Guru3D has a review of their new MP33 NVMe SSD and I can only assume it is good.  Good being a relative assumption given the modest 1800 MB/s read on the 1TB and 2TB drives which is about half that of the Samsung 960 Pro.

    On the 30th of September, Team Group announced its MP33 NVme SSD, boasting features like PCIe Gen3 x4 high-speed interface. We had the opportunity to test the 512 GB model. The MP33 is an SSD with a storage capacity of 128 GB/256 GB /512GB/1 TB, and also a 2 TB option.

    Of course storage, reviews, and performance are all relative.  For every product that gets a gold star there are products that are designed to hit the market and take advantage of the price wars.

    btw, all you folks calling yourself "enthusiasts" and buying whatever shows up at the top of the lowest price sort on Newegg are giving the PC industry a bad name and are fully responsible for why lack luster products are getting released.

  • EK Highlights from CES 2020

    Published: Sunday, January 19, 2020 | By: Dennis

    EK, the premium liquid cooling manufacturer was showcasing new products at CES 2020 for multiple product lines. The EK showroom suite was divided into three main categories and in such fashion.

    LIQUID COOLING FOR STARTERS
    Gamers are your thing? We suggest that you Play It Without Compromise. The EK Fluid Gaming Line was showcasing a pre-built, fully liquid-cooled PC. Proper liquid cooling should be available for everyone, so it is the mission of Fluid Gaming to be brought to the masses. If you are looking for a plug and play pre-built liquid-cooled PC, EK-Fluid Gaming is the one that will bring it to your doorstep. The complete lineup consists of a total of six PCs and they are already available for purchase through the Fluid Gaming web page. The PCs are built in the US and at the moment, shipping only on the territory of North America for now.

    The easiest way to Start Your Liquid Cooling Journey is with the EK-AIO which will be launching in three standard sizes with single, dual and triple 120mm fans. The EK-AIO is a zero-maintenance liquid cooling solution, bringing extra cooling performance to their gaming or productivity environment. These minimalistic, addressable D-RGB lit All-In-One closed-loop cooling units will be available or purchase in a matter of weeks!

    If you want to take if one step further The EK Classic Kits are the easiest way to get started with one of the most powerful ways of cooling your PC, the custom loop liquid cooling. These kits are a blend of carefully selected parts with additional accessories that will help the user to build their first open loop cooling solution. These kits are easy to assemble, and EK has made sure that there are support video tutorials available that will guide the user through each step of the process. The kits will be refreshed in the following months with angled adapters, an offset spider mount for the combo unit, a tube cutter, and a filling bottle, just to make sure that the assembly process is as smooth as it gets. With the EK Classic Kits, it is clear that Anyone Can do It!

    THE ART OF PC MODDING
    The EK Quantum Lineup is, by all means, the one with the most updates and upcoming products. On display were the already launched Kinetic TBE and Kinetic FLT combo units alongside with the Volume reservoirs. All of these products were filled with a purpose-made, RGB specific coolant for perfect light diffusion. The mixture is perfectly balanced so that the light is evenly scattering inside of reservoirs, water blocks and tubing as well. Using a coolant like this will only amplify your RGB experience with perfect light scattering effects. There is no specific launch date for the RGB specific coolant yet, but hold on to your hats, it’s coming soon!

    EK-Quantum Reflection Series Distribution Plates
    Further down the line, EK has prepared three case-specific coolant distribution plates belonging to the EK-Quantum Reflection line of products. All three are using D5 pumps and they are purpose-built for the Phanteks Evolve X, the Fractal Design Define R6, and the Corsair Obsidian 1000D, whereas the latter one is using a dual D5 setup. As for the distribution plate Fractal Design Define R6, additional compatibility for other Fractal Design cases is yet to be confirmed.

    EK-Quantum Magnitude
    The EK-Quantum Magnitude is just around the corner with four versions of the water block being prepared for the most popular AMD and Intel sockets. There are two addressable D-RGB Nickel Plexi and Nickel Acetal versions with the addition of a Full Nickel variant, and a Copper Acetal combination, catering to the old school liquid cooling enthusiasts.

    The AMD AM4 Magnitude water block is also featuring an offset jet design in order do deliver maximum cooling performance. The Magnitude water blocks are not using jet plates, but rather relies on a precisely machined cold plate in order to achieve the best possible contact with the CPU IHS.

    COOLING SOLUTIONS FOR PROFESSIONALS
    EK is officially launching a line of products that are meant for professional use. Often these products feature robust, industrial material choices and no RGB whatsoever. The EK-Professional Line of products is all about the use of high-quality materials, longevity and enhancing the power of your PC or computing unit.

    These new products are also suited for the most demanding customers, like servers and data centers. Heat is the side-product of the data center operation that can, if uncontrolled, shut down or even damage electronics. EK thermal balancing solutions can transfer the heat away from the processors and other high-density computing units. That heat can then be used where it is needed so that it is not going to waste.

    CUBIX Workstations Featuring EK
    Meet the all-new CUBIX workstation that is co-developed with EK. With the expertise of both of these companies, we got the best from the knowledge of building workstation PCs and expert liquid cooling solutions. Liquid cooling, also commonly called water cooling, is the best solution for rapid heat removal due to its unmatched thermal performance. It is the only cooling solution for your Workstation PC that allows successful heat removal from critical spots in the modern-day computer with zero noise pollution! This workstation PC runs 5 fully water-cooled GPU’s each running at x16 bandwidth and 2 scalable CPU’s each with their dedicated high-performance water block. Also, it has the potential to run 4TB of ram.

    Flat PC for Autonomous Car Software Development
    A small form factor workstation for autonomous vehicle software developers. Its a reliable, strong and compact computing station that can be easily carried inside a car trunk or cabin. Our compact liquid cooling solution enables the cooling of critical computing components during demanding load, high ambient temperatures, and vibration. The unit can be cooled with an external cooling radiator, or it can be even connected to the autonomous vehicle default onboard cooling loop.

    Automotive-grade AIO
    Vehicles present challenging working conditions for electronics because of the environmental changes like temperature, humidity, and vibrations during movement. We have developed liquid cooling components that can withstand the harsh conditions in the world of autonomous transportation. With our new water block design, we have managed to eliminate some of the vulnerabilities that could lead to potential damage to the electronics. This is achieved with a new production technology, which enables new and clever designs that have fewer assembly parts. These designs also make the product suitable for mass production.