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  • Funky Kit Review - Thermaltake WaterRAM RGB Liquid Cooling Memory

    Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | By: Dennis

    If the motherboard is the heart of a computer then the RAM it just attached 'cause computers are not body parts.

    Now, with that being said Thermaltake is a cooling, case, psu, keyboard, mouse, headset company that is now offering memory so they can pimp their RGB enabled memory cooling block.  This block only works on their memory and fits quite well into their cooling ecosystem.

    Its not "great" memory but in the world of "don't touch PCBs" I'm not sure anyone will care after seeting the amazing RGB light display.

    The Thermaltake WaterRam RGB is not everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re like me who loves RGB and to want to watercool your ram, then these are memory kits you want.

    I like how Funky Kit mentioned Tea in their "hook".  Other than that, its watercooled ram modules everybody!

  • CORSAIR Launches DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR4 Memory

    Published: Thursday, February 28, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Latest Edition of CORSAIR’s Flagship DRAM Line Introduces New CAPELLIX RGB LED Technology

    Fremont, CA, February 21st, 2019 – CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the launch of DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR4 Memory, raising the bar once again for premium, world-class DRAM. DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB delivers the high performance that custom PC enthusiasts demand for their cutting-edge systems, while renewing the celebrated and iconic design of DOMINATOR PLATINUM. A fully updated aluminum heatspreader, hand-sorted memory chips, frequencies up to a record-setting 4,800MHz, and individually addressable RGB lighting – a first for a DOMINATOR PLATINUM module – combine to create DDR4 memory that’s in a class of its own.

    Each module of DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB represents the pinnacle of premium craftsmanship, starting with a custom 10-layer PCB that guarantees signal quality and stability. Every memory chip is hand-sorted and tightly screened to ensure tight response times and high-frequency performance, with kits available from 3,000MHz to an incredible 4,800MHz, with ample headroom for overclocking. DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB stays cool even under extreme stress thanks to CORSAIR’s patented Dual-Path DHX cooling technology, which cools the module through both the anodized aluminum heatspreader and copper planes embedded directly into the PCB.



    A die-cast zinc-alloy top bar houses DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB’s 12 ultra-bright CAPELLIX RGB LEDs, the first time CORSAIR has used this all-new LED mounting method. At just 0.2mm³, CAPELLIX LEDs improve upon conventional LEDs in almost every measurable way, able to shine brighter and last longer, while using less power with higher energy efficiency. This results in more vivid, stunning lighting than with any other RGB memory currently available, without impacting performance or thermals thanks to their greatly reduced power consumption.

    CORSAIR iCUE software enables powerful control and customization over DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB. Make sure your memory is running at its full potential with real-time system monitoring that tracks temperature and frequency. iCUE’s dynamic RGB lighting customization lets you choose from dozens of pre-set lighting profiles, or create your own patterns and effects with complete control over each individual LED. iCUE can also synchronize lighting across all of your iCUE-compatible devices for truly intricate system-wide lighting effects.

    DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB is available in a wide array of capacities and frequencies and sold in kits of two, four, and eight modules. DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB also becomes the fastest air-cooled production memory kit available today with the 4,800MHz, 2 x 8GB kit, running on ASUS Z390 Maximus XI GENE and Z390 Maximus XI Apex motherboards and an Intel® Core i5 8600k CPU.

    For PC building enthusiasts who demand both uncompromising performance and gorgeous visuals to complement the look of their system, DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB is strictly in a class of its own.

    Availability, Warranty and Pricing
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR4 Memory is available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors, as well as direct from the CORSAIR webstore. Some select SKUs of CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR4 Memory are exclusive to the CORSAIR webstore.

  • OPPO Exec Questions Foldable Phone User Experience

    Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | By: Dennis

    With all the hype around the new foldable phone technology I am asking myself "why" and by the sounds of it so is this OPPO Exec.

    Oppo VP Brian Shen took to Weibo today to unveil the company’s foldable phone concept. It looks like the same kit used by Huawei and it’s unclear if Oppo will release the device. Shen notes the company doesn’t think a foldable phone improves the user experience, which is why the company is hesitant to move the device into production.

    This is a smart move from the Chinese phone company.

    While OPPO isn't a mobile device company in the US they are very popular in AsiaPacific and in a way I share his concerns.  For instance we have all witnessed "tech for the sake of tech", we had an entire year where motherboards were gold colored, and we’ve seen the rise and fall of the dedicated overclocking motherboard and the slowly escalating competition to add more stuff to motherboards including RGB and watercooling components.

    These I would view as advances for the sake of advancement.  They do nothing to improve the user experience of a motherboard beyond the niche market for which they are designed and most of them ended up being partially responsible for the downfall of the custom enthusiast motherboard market.

    Will foldable phones meet the same end??  I think yes.

    Thing is, right now companies are dealing with the peer pressure from "vocal" consumers who are attacking companies who haven't been playing follow the leader.  It will be interesting to see how this situation "unfolds" and if we are lucky Oppo VP Brian Shen can say "Told you so".

  • MSI MEG X299 CREATION @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Monday, February 18, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Have to admit I'm a little jealous here.  When I was at Computex 2018 MSI had just launched the X399 MEG for Threadripper and I was very impressed with not only the motherboard but the pack of accessories.  One notable is the M.2 expansion board allowing you to run M.2 drives and not impact board locations for other expansion cards like the all important 4-Way graphic card setups that NVIDIA refuses to support and capture cards.

    From the elite family of products dubbed MEG (MSI Enthusiast Gaming) comes another cutting-edge board with unique features and accessories. The MEG X299 CREATION is yet another board that promises to go above and beyond, so I took the review and turned it to 11.

    MSI has been really good about including "auto overclocking" support with all of their motherboards with the latest version being a performance dial which, you guessed it, goes to 11.

  • Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe Linux SSD Benchmarks @ Phoronix

    Published: Monday, February 18, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Given that we live in a Windows world it is sometimes easy to forget that there is another OS popular with PC Enthusiasts.

    Linux

    Guess what? Linux can use NVMe SSDs too!

    Announced at the end of January was the Samsung 970 EVO Plus as the first consumer-grade solid-state drive with 96-layer 3D NAND memory. The Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSDs are now shipping and in this review are the first Linux benchmarks of these new SSDs in the form of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB MZ-V7S500B/AM compared to several other SSDs on Linux.

    96-Layer NAND is the new corner stone of affordable SSD storage allowing you to pack more data into less space.  But, what does it do to the performance?

  • ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme @ Funky Kit

    Published: Monday, February 18, 2019 | By: Dennis

    There comes a time when you sometimes regret reviewing something.  Don't get me wrong I have reviewed my fair share of bad hardware, some of it has been published though most just gets abandoned.  The ZOTAC AMP Extreme is "not" ono of them.  In fact my only regret is the deal I had to strike to get one AND the fact there hasn't been one since.

    You see sometimes hardware leaves an imprint and no volume of drink or juicy apple can fill the void.  Well, Funky Kit knows my pain and given their proximity to ZOTAC HQ and ability to barge into Computex meetings with cameras blazing which totally distracts the people I'm talking two has likely secured their place in the linup to get a RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme.

    The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme is truly a beast of a graphics card, and is more than worthy of our Editor’s Choice award based on its phenomenal performance. If you have really deep pockets, and money is no object … then this is one of the fastest graphics card you’ll ever get.

    Ok, #rant over, time to get back to work happy smile

  • NVIDIA DLSS Test in Battlefield V

    Published: Thursday, February 14, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Battlefield V is finally supporting DLSS on GeForce RTX enabled video cards, increasing performance and making environment look much more realistic.  This is something that was mentioned during CES with the RTX2060 launch is that enabling one technology caused a perfornance hit but the Tensor cores were there to "restore performance"

    This is how they justified the low-end card being faster than a 1080 and is what will give you a refund to the RTX Tax in BattleField V

    NVIDIA purports DLSS to be an important feature for RTX 20-series users because it lets them make up a big chunk of performance lost by turning on RTX real-time raytracing. Despite all its refinements, Battlefield V ended up imposing a 20-30 % performance penalty (dubbed "RTX tax") for turning on DXR Reflections. DLSS lets you file returns on that tax. In this review, we explore the image quality obtained by turning on DLSS and its impact on performance. The comparison only includes numbers for the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and we tested with both RTX and DirectX 12 enabled, using today's GeForce 418.91 driver and today's Battlefield V update on our VGA review test system.

    TechPowerUp has a great article on the update with screenshots!  Honestly I'm not sure I would have noticed any difference but the performance boost is nice.

  • Introducing the EVGA Z390 DARK - Revolutionary Design

    Published: Sunday, February 03, 2019 | By: Dennis

    "The EVGA Z390 DARK is a 3rd generation model built exclusively for ultimate performance with improved and upgraded component selections, VRM, NVMe I/O, and PCB layout, compared to the flagship X299 DARK."

    - Illya "TiN" Tsemenko

    The power of the DARK side of EVGA's Z390 motherboards is now available! After setting the bar with the X299 DARK, EVGA went back to work to design the next generation of motherboards designed exclusively for the world's top overclockers... or those looking to become one of the world's top overclockers. No effort was spared to improve the power design, layout, or features of the Z390 DARK.



    The Z390 DARK is the first motherboard to feature both the 24-pin power connector alongside both 8-pin CPU power connectors as right-angle connectors on the side of the board. Not only does the layout give the DARK a stunning look but the layout also provides a very friendly design for cable-management enthusiasts. This revolutionary design features:

    • The CPU Socket is turned 90-degrees, which allows the memory to run parallel to the top of the chassis
    • The entire VRM is cooled with a large passive heatsink.
    • This design allows for chassis airflow to pass unimpeded over the top of the power connectors, across the cpu and memory, and through the rear-panel heatsink.

    The DARK comes fully equipped with useful LEDS of all types...for monitoring system and component status, and displaying temperatures and voltages.  Additional must-have features include:

    • USB BIOS Flash Without a CPU - The dedicated internal USB port on the motherboard allows you to update your motherboard BIOS even if you don't have a CPU or cannot boot into the motherboard BIOS.
    • Multi-Function POST Indicator - Fully configurable in BIOS, these LEDs can be configured to show temperatures, voltages or cycle both in real-time.
    • Right Angle Headers - 24-pin power, both 8-pin CPU power, Fan, Probe-It, and USB 3.1 Gen1 headers – Hand-crafted design to provide clean system assembly without cable clutter.
    • Visual Guide / Bench Table - Every EVGA Z390 Dark is packed with a printed PCB showing components, LEDs, PCIe lane breakdowns, and other helpful information. More importantly, this PCB with included standoffs doubles as an open-air testing or benching station, providing clearance for heaters, condensation isolation, and storage devices.
    • PCIe / DIMM Status LEDs - PCIe / DIMM status LEDs allow for easy system assembly and troubleshooting at a glance.

    The EVGA Z390 DARK is finally here to convince you to give yourself to the DARK side of the EVGA Motherboard lineup. Go on, the DARK is waiting.

    Specification

    • Chipset: Intel Z390
    • Socket: Intel Socket LGA1151, 8th and 9th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9 Coffee Lake-S Processors
    • Form Factor: E-ATX
    • SLI: 2-Way SLI
    • Memory: 2 DIMM Dual-Channel (up to 32GB) DDR4 4600MHz+
    • Display Outputs: 1x mDP
    • USB: 4x USB 2.0 (4 Ports from 2 Internal Headers)
    • USB 3.1 (Rear I/O): 4x USB3.1 Gen2 Type-A, USB3.1 Gen2 (From ASM3142) 1x Type-A/1x Type-C, 2x USB3.1 Gen1
    • USB 3.1 (Internal Header): 1x USB3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 2x USB3.1 Gen1 (2 from Internal Header) with USB Power Delivery Support
    • SATA: 6 Native SATA 6.0Gbps Ports / 2 ASMedia SATA 6.0Gbps Ports
    • M.2 Key-M: 2x 110mm Slots (Up to 32Gb/s) / M.2 Key-E 1x 32mm Slot
    • U.2: 1x U.2 PCIe NVMe port
    • Ethernet: 2x Intel® Gigabit NIC
    • Audio: Creative Sound Core3D Quad-Core Audio Processor
    • Fan Headers: 8 (2 CPU PWM, 6 PWM/DC)

    Key Features

    • Highly-Efficient 17 Phase Digital VRM
    • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
    • New Integrated EVGA Wireless Module with Intel Dual-band WiFi / BT5.0 with external antenna
    • Reinforced PCIe slots
    • EVGA's Latest GUI BIOS Featuring OC Robot and In-BIOS Stress Testing
    • SafeBoot button to reset the motherboard and go into the BIOS with last known good settings without clearing CMOS
    • Slow Mode switch locks CPU multiplier to lowest possible setting to allow users to switch between max OC and low speeds in real-time.
    • SPI flashing via USB allows you to flash your BIOS without a CPU
    • Onboard Temperature and Voltage Monitoring
    • Onboard Clear CMOS, Power and Reset Buttons
    • Triple BIOS Support
    • EVGA E-LEET X Tuning Support

    Now Available!

  • G.SKILL Hexa-Channel DDR4 Memory Kits with Massive Capacity

    Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Taipei, Taiwan (30 January 2019) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is exhilarated to announce new ultra-fast, ultra-high capacity Trident Z Royal DDR4 RGB memory specifications designed for use with the latest unlocked 28-core Intel® Xeon® W-3175X processor. Operating in hexa-channel with 6- or 12-module kit configurations, these new 6-channel Trident Z Royal memory kits can reach insane memory speeds of up to DDR4-4000 CL17-18-18-38 at 1.35V, which feature extreme performance Samsung B-die memory ICs. With fast memory speed and massive capacity, these hexa-channel memory kits are perfect for heavy-workload workstations when paired with the 28-core Xeon processor.

    The Road from Quad- to Hexa-Channel: Boosting Memory Bandwidth
    As computing technology improves, the amount of processed data also increases, leading to a demand for more memory channels and higher bandwidth. For the first time, this new platform introduces hexa-channel memory support to the larger consumer market, which was previously only found in server-class systems. While operating under 6-channels, the extreme performance DDR4-4000 CL17 96GB (8GBx12) memory kit reaches a blazing fast read bandwidth speed of 122GB/s – a substantial increase over currently available quad-channel platforms. See below for a screenshot of the bandwidth result from the AIDA64 memory benchmark:

    192GB Super Massive Memory Kit Capacity
    Using high-capacity 16GB modules, this platform allows a maximum of 192GB memory capacity with a kit of 16GBx12. Being the first of its kind, G.SKILL propelled the full 192GB to an extreme DDR4-4000 speed with CL17-18-18-38 timings. The screenshot below shows the 12-module Trident Z Royal 192GB memory kit being stress tested and validated on the Asus ROG Dominus Extreme with the Xeon W-3175X processor:

    Availability & XMP 2.0 Support
    These extreme performance Trident Z Royal DDR4 RGB memory kits will support the latest Intel XMP 2.0 for easy overclocking setup and will be available via G.SKILL worldwide distribution partners.

  • Noctua introduces new thermal compounds and cleaning wipes

    Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Vienna, January 29th 2019 – Noctua today introduced NT-H2, the further improved second generation of its award-winning hybrid thermal compound. Combining the iconic NT-H1’s proven features, superb ease of use and renowned long-term stability with a novel, fine-tuned formula of microparticles for even better thermal performance, NT-H2 is an enthusiast-grade paste for the highest demands. At the same time, Noctua also presented a new, large 10g pack of NT-H1 as well as NA-SCW1, a set of 20 cleaning wipes that are ideal for removing thermal compound in a quick, clean and efficient manner.



    “First introduced in 2007 and shipped with our premium-quality CPU coolers for more than 10 years, our NT-H1 thermal compound has proven its excellent performance in countless tests and reviews,” says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “It’s chosen again and again by overclockers and hardware enthusiasts around the globe, not only for its efficiency but also for its ease of application and cleaning. Today, we’re proud to present the new, second-generation NT-H2 that provides even better performance!”

    Further improving the award-winning NT-H1, NT-H2 uses a new, fine-tuned mixture of metal oxide microparticles for even lower thermal resistance and reduced bond-line thickness at typical mounting pressures. This allows it to achieve an even better performance in most application scenarios. In Noctua’s standardised internal testing at various platforms and heat loads, up to 2°C lower temperatures were attained.

    Just like NT-H1, NT-H2 does not require a break-in period and due to its excellent long-term stability, it can be used on the CPU for up to 5 years. Both pastes are electrically non-conductive and non-corroding, so there is no risk of short circuits and they’re safe to use with all types of heatsink.

    NT-H2 will come in standard 3.5g and extra-large 10g packages that include three (3.5g) and ten (10g) NA-CW1 cleaning wipes for easy cleaning. Pre-moistened with a custom detergent mixture, these wipes are ideal for cleaning CPUs, GPUs and the contact surface of heatsinks in a quick and efficient manner. For enthusiast users who take off and install their coolers frequently, the NA-CW1 wipes are also available separately in a set of 20 (NA-SCW1).

    In addition to the new NT-H2 and NA-SCW1 cleaning wipes, Noctua also introduced a new 10g package of NT-H1. While, so far, the popular paste has only been available in a 3.5g package, the new 10g version is ideal for power users or for large processors such as AMD’s Threadripper (TR4) or Intel’s LGA3647 that require higher volumes of thermal compound.

    Prices and availability
    All models will be available via Noctua’s official Amazon and eBay within the next few days. Other sales partners will receive stock shortly.

    The suggested retail prices are as follows:
    NT-H2 3.5g: 12.90 EUR/USD
    NT-H2 10g: 24.90 EUR/USD
    NT-H1 3.5g: 7.90 EUR/USD
    NT-H1 10g: 14.90 EUR /USD
    NA-SCW1: 7.90 EUR/USD