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  • Holiday Hardware Giveaway With Thermaltake - Winners Picked

    Published: Monday, January 9, 2023 | By: Dennis

    Hello Readers!

    I wanted to thank EVERYONE who entered the Holiday Hardware Giveaway featuring products from Thermaltake.

    Winners for the giveaway have been picked and notified via email.  Please check your inboxes or check the following Gleam.IO page to get a list of winners.

    With luck we will have more giveaways in the coming months.  With that I wanted to wish you all the best for 2023 and thank you again for your support.

  • it is CES week

    Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2023 | By: Dennis

    Hello Everyone,  I don't normally post things like this but, it is CES2023 week and while I away attending the show the majorty of the cool things I see will be posted on the Hardware Asylum Social Media channels.  (and my personal Instagram)

    If you are wanting to see what is going on check out the Hardware Asylum Twitter

    Of course, after the show you can hear all about CES2023 on the Hardware Asylum Podcast and a few follow up articles.

  • Funky Kit Review - Yeyian AKIL 3500 TKL Gaming Keyboard

    Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | By: Dennis

    We recently reviewed the Yeyian Spark gaming keyboard and found it to be a nice entry into the mechincal keyboard gaming space.  Of course, the Spark was a slightly larger TKL whereas the AKIL 3500 is a little smaller

    If you’re after a 65% TKL wireless keyboard with the option for Bluetooth or wired USB-C connectivity, then take a look at the Yeyian AKIL 3500 TKL Gaming Keyboard. It features responsive OUTEMU Red switches which are hot-swappable, and comes with RGB illumination, as well as Anti-Ghosting and N-Key Rollover technology!

    If you are looking for an inexpensive mechincal gaming keyboard the Yeyian should make the short list to check out.

  • Lexar Unveils New Gaming Products and Enhanced Pro Photo and Video Products at CES 2023

    Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | By: Dennis

    LAS VEGAS, NV, USA, January 3, 2023—Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, is unveiling new products specifically made for gaming at the Consumer Electronics Show 2023 (CES® 2023). The new gaming portfolio includes a variety of products, including DRAM, internal SSDs, portable gaming SSDs, and to keep up with increasing mobile category growth, microSD™ cards.

    Among the gaming lineup are the new ARES DDR5 RGB 6000MHz, as well as existing products NM800PRO with Heatsink M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4x4 NVMe SSD, the SL660 BLAZE Gaming Portable SSD, and the PLAY microSD™ UHS-I Card.

    “We are excited to bring the quality, performance, and reliability you expect in our professional photo and video products to the gaming market. Our gaming products are designed to meet the unique needs of gamers and enable them to play at their peak without worrying about load times, game lag, or stuttering graphics,” said Joel Boquiren, General Manager of Lexar.

    In addition to their new gaming products, Lexar will also showcase their extensive photography and videography portfolio, including the new 512GB Professional CFexpress™ Type B Card DIAMOND Series, the Professional CFexpress™ Type B Card GOLD Series—now available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, and the Professional CFexpress™ Type A 320GB + RW530 card and reader bundle.

    “Our photography and videography products enable both the professional and the enthusiast to get their best shot. Our high-capacity cards allow content creators to capture for longer, while our high-performance products offer blazing transfer speeds to accelerate workflows," said Joey Lopez, Director of Marketing.

    Lexar at CES 2023

    The ARES DDR5 RGB 6000MHz, NM800PRO with Heatsink M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4x4 NVMe SSD and the SL660 BLAZE Gaming Portable SSD will be showcased in the Lexar CES suite in a live demo display. Lexar CES will take place at The Venetian, Suite #29-211 (3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109) from January 5th to 7th, 9 AM - 6 PM. Media, industry analysts, influencers, and YouTubers are welcome to visit and experience innovative new products.

    Note: The ARES DDR5 RGB 6000MHz, the 512GB Professional CFexpress™ Type B Card DIAMOND Series, and the 1TB-2TB Professional CFexpress™ Type B Card GOLD Series are not yet available in the US. They will be available in the latter part of Q1.

  • SiSoftware Sandra 20/21-R19 Released

    Published: Monday, January 2, 2023 | By: Dennis

    I just got word that a new version of SiSoftware Sandra has been released and you should check it out if you are interested in benchmarking your current build. 

    Sandra has been used here on Hardware Asylum and since the beginning making it one of the longest running benchmark programs I have ever used.  The package supports a variety of CPU and Memory benchmarks that I use when overclocking to test stability and measure a performance gain.

    Later I started using the storage benchmarks to test SSDs and that is just touching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the SiSoftware Sandra benchmarking suite offers.

    New in this version

    * Benchmarks, Hardware Support updates and fixes

    • GP-GPU – CUDA Updated to CUDA 11.8 Support for 8.9/9.0 devices nVidia 4090 series FP16 validation failure (too low precision for image size)
    • GP-GPU Memory Bandwidth Corrected DirectX Compute (11/12) bandwidths with internal graphics
    • Memory Detection Intel XMP 3.0, AMD EXPO DDR5 detection missing in some instances Jedec, Intel XMP 2.0 DDR4 write timings if provided by newer standard revision Corrected timings (tRP, tRAS) for some Intel ADL/RPL systems Missing memory timings for some mobile Intel ADP-P/U systems Added support for more chipsets (both AMD and Intel)

    Check out their website to get your copy and consider buying a registered version to experience the power of the registered package.

  • Funky Kit Review - MSI MAG B650 Tomahawk WiFi Motherboard

    Published: Thursday, December 29, 2022 | By: Dennis

    I am a fan of ALL motherboards but, if you look back over my review history, you'll see a distinct lack of AMD enabled motherboards and/or video cards in the archives.  Its not that I am against AMD but, rather I never seem to get any.

    There was an exception during the initial Ryzen launch, Seems AMD had extra press boxes and decided to send me one.  It was during that review that I discovered how crappy the first-generation Ryzen really was.

    Which made me feel better about not reviewing any of them.

    Funky Kit has a review posted for the MSI MAG B650 Tomahawk.  It seems pretty good and the Tomahawk line has traditionally been solid in both features and performance.

    If you're planning to build a new system based on the Ryzen 7000 processor, and you're looking for a mainstream AM5 motherboard that offers affordability and decent performance, then take a look at the MSI MAG B650 Tomahawk WiFi motherboard. You won't find anything better for around USD $250.

    Price seems good too.

  • 1MORE EVO Bluetooth Earphones Review @ APH Networks

    Published: Thursday, December 29, 2022 | By: Dennis

    Ohhhh so tiny!!  You could almost lose these things just by using them.  That is until you start hearing ALL the noises when the Active Noise Cancelling drops out.

    The 1MORE EVO is the best Bluetooth true wireless earphones the company has to offer with great sound and surprisingly effective ANC.

    With CES just around the corner I am fully expecting to see a good number of "these" things on display with all the same features with only a shiny new logo being different.

    Yes, I am saying they are all made by the same company offering a white box option allowing your logo to be swapped out.

  • GeIL to unveil DDR5 8000MHz 16GBX2 Ultra-Speed Memory Kit

    Published: Thursday, December 29, 2022 | By: Dennis

    Taipei, Taiwan—December 26, 2022 — GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – One of the world's leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers is proud to announce the grand launch of the DDR5 8000MHz 16GB x 2 CL38-48-48-90 1.45V ultra-speed modules will be available in Q1, 2023. GeIL DDR5 lineup includes EVO V and Polaris RGB are tailor-made for hardcore gamers and hardware enthusiasts to deliver unparalleled performance and stability. In addition, GeIL Dyna 5 has created a comprehensive and efficient automated testing process for grading and sorting every DDR5 IC. As a result, GeIL ensures the bandwidth data transmission, compatibility, reliability, and integrity to meet all the demands of gamers and overclockers using Intel's latest platforms.

    GeIL DDR5-8000MHz series has passed the required burn-in tests using the latest ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z790 APEX motherboard.

    GeIL is a brand committed to offering memory products with a wider range of overclocking potential to PC enthusiasts and gamers. The latest GeIL DDR5 8000MHz memory modules are built with the advanced PMIC (Power Management IC), which can effectively obtain and control a wider range of localized voltage adjustments. The PMIC is used to enhance the overall stability and performance of the memory module and can effectively unlock additional overclocking headroom.

    GeIL DDR5 8000MHz memory modules will be available at major retailers worldwide in Q1 2023. These modules are the intelligent choice for users looking to get high-performance DDR5 memory that has been highly customized for pro gamers and overclockers alike.

  • ASRock X670E Steel Legend Review @ Vortez

    Published: Monday, December 19, 2022 | By: Dennis

    ASRock, now there is a name I haven't heard in a very long time.  Back when overclocking was factory supported you could a good number of boards designed specifically for overclocking along with some unicorns from ASRock.  Sure they might use the same components as ASUS boards and, sure the bios layout is the same with the same basic controls but, for some reason the boards were cheaper, Yellow and offered pretty good performance.

    ASRock’s Steel Legend brand has been a strong one for a handful of generations now, serving as a welcome mid-range gaming model that sits below their flagship Taichi series in the stack for any given chipset. The X670E Steel Legend applies the same to the 600-series, but is absolutely one of the more premium-priced variants released by the Taiwanese company simply by virtue of X670E’s component cost.

    Seems the Steel Legend is on deck in full arctic camo with minimal heatsink'age.  Will this board be any good? Check out the review and see if you can figure it out.

    Yep, I said it, you will have to read the review to find out what they have to say, its like, how written articles work, no more hand-outs, just real words for your brain to digest.

    snoochy boochies

  • DeepCool CH510 Mesh Digital Case Launch

    Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | By: Dennis

    It was only a matter of time before we started seeing digital displays on our computer cases again.  Of course, for those of "us" who have been around for awhile this is not a new concept.  Early computers often had a digital readout showing the speed of the CPU allowing you to quickly see if your PC was in Turbo or Turtle trim. 

    later during the golden age of Computer Case Modding there were several companies offering digital displays that resided in one of the many drive bays.  These even got pretty fancy with touch screens and mutiple sensors to measure just about anything inside your computer.

    The DeepCool CH510 Mesh Digital appears to have brought back the joys of a digital display and even placed it in a very historic location.  In addition, the case has a full mesh panel for optimal cooling and tempered glass "just cause"

    The CH510 MESH DIGITAL PC case is designed for high airflow performance to build an efficient cooling system, thanks to the generous mesh open area in the front, top, rear to allow ample airflow. The built-in digital display in the front panel monitor allows system information for critical CPU or GPU temperatures through of CH510 MESH DIGITAL gaming case, providing a practical visual design element that serves a simple yet functional purpose. 

    It will be interesting to see if the trend of digital screens takes off or is just a passing fad.  They do add considerable expense to a low margin component.  So, it will be up to the hardware enthusiasts on if it sticks around.