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  • Seagate IronWolf Pro ST14000NE0008 14TB Hard Drive Review @ APH Networks

    Published: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 | By: Dennis

    In the category of "things I screwed up on" we have the Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB hard drive.  During CES I popped in to see Seagate and much to my surprise they had some rather cool demos going on all powered by Seagate storage systems.  You didn't see the storage directly and that was the point.

    Well, when I stopped to talk with their Marketing person I was given the opportunity to review their 14TB HDD and nervous me said something "off", frowns were expressed and instead of getting an IronWolf drive I got calls asking me to be part of their Associate service.


    As luck would have it APH Networks was able to close the deal and has a review for us.

    Seagate cracks the storage capacity barrier once again with the IronWolf Pro ST14000NE0008 14TB while delivering class-leading speed, efficiency, and warranty all at the same time.

    Iron-ically enough I recently upgraded the dev server I have here in the Hardware Asylum Labs with IronWolf drives and finally have close to 14TB of total storage.  Maybe I should get a 14TB drive so I can actually backup all that data.

  • Alphacool Eiszyklon Aurora RGB LT Fan @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 | By: Dennis

    The German language is very interesting.  I'm not going to say I know "any" of it but from what I have been exposed to blows my mind.  Take for instance the Alphacool Eisbaer, it translates into "Ice Bear" or Polar Bear.  Of course the product is an expandable AIO cooler and can never been "Ice" but it sounds extreme and edgy.  Well, Alphacool is at it again with Eiszyklon or "Ice Cyclone".

    The Eiszyklon Aurora is a RGB fan, again will likely not be very icy BUT, could under the right conditions. happy smile

    Alphacool adds to their ever-increasing Aurora lineup of RGB products with the Eiszyklon Aurora RGB LT fans. Available in 1100 or 1300 RPM options, these fans feature 16 RGB LEDs to make for a noise-optimized light-show on your new watercooled PC.

    I may joke about the names but the fan looks really cool and might be enough for me to pick up a few.

  • NAND flash prices to continue downward trend

    Published: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 | By: Dennis

    This doesn't look good but seems to happen every few years. 

    NAND flash prices are showing no signs of rebounding despite optimism about demand recovery in the second half of 2019, according to industry sources.

    The sources noted it is generally believed that NAND flash demand for smartphones will be picking up substantially in the second half of 2019. A recovery is also expected to take place in the server and datacenter market in the latter part of this year, playing another catalyst for the memory market growth, the sources continued.

    Nevertheless, NAND flash memory prices are expected to continue trending down in the second half of 2019, the sources warned. The prices have already approached cash costs for many manufacturers, but remain under downward pressure, the sources indicated.

    Lets hope for a speedy recovery!  It will be interesting to see what the global markets do to spark a rise in demand.  Will it be a new type of SSD that requires "more" NAND flash??  Not likely.  Will it be more memory in smart phones?? Maybe, but that isn't sustainable, Will it be google buying up all the SSDs to expand their YouTube data center storage so that TechUTainment Tubers can post more cat videos?? 

    Now we have a winner!

    Check out the full story on Digitimes

  • Patriot Memory launches new Signature Premium DDR4 UDIMM memory with heatshield

    Published: Friday, May 03, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Rock solid stability, excellent in class performance and the most cost-efficient DDR4 memory for budget PC builders. Thirteen new models offer various frequencies and capacities.

    FREMONT, CALIFORNIA — May 1st, 2019— PATRIOT®, a global leader in performance memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals, and flash storage solutions, today has announced the release of their latest Signature Premium series line of DDR4 UDIMM memory, which are Non-ECC unbuffered memory designed to deliver outstanding quality, rock solid stability and great performance expected by today’s mainstream PC builder. Signature Premium DDR4 memory provides a wide range of capacities allowing the builder to choose from a variety of speeds and capacities starting with 4GB single modules up to 32GB dual channel kits. The minimalist heat spreader design offers great heat dissipation and is made from high-purity aluminum. Signature Premium DDR4 series modules offer reliability to those who upgrade or build systems for work or business and are cost effective too.

    “We are thrilled to introduce this exciting new line to the mainstream PC users and integrators” said Roger Shinmoto, Vice President at Patriot. “The Signature Premium DDR4 UDIMM memory with heatshield product line is offering what consumers need most: a great looking DRAM backed by solid performance and a good price.

    Signature Premium DDR4 series modules are built from an eight-layer PCB to guarantee excellent signal integrity for stability while also offering the extra potential for increased performance diversity across any of the Signature Premium DRAM modules. The components used all undergo a proprietary sorting process to preserve strict quality standards and higher reliability on the latest Intel and AMD platform motherboards.

    Easy assembly and higher reliability are significant features for retailers and system integrator who are looking to reduce build costs. Signature Premium DDR4 series modules have been built to ensure that every module meets and exceeds industry standards to offer a hassle-free plug-and-play and a fully compatible memory upgrade. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty and free customer service, Patriot’s Signature Premium DDR4 memory modules would be the perfect option for any PC system build or upgrade for faster performance.

  • EnGenius Now Shipping Affordable Consumer Wi-Fi Mesh Solution

    Published: Thursday, May 02, 2019 | By: Dennis

    COSTA MESA, Calif., May 2nd, 2019 -- EnGenius Technologies Inc., a multinational networking company known for offering a vast range of quality networking solutions for both consumers and businesses, is pleased to announce the long-awaited Wi-Fi mesh network system called MESHdot Kit. The bundle includes an elegant wireless mesh router called ESR530, and MESHdot (EMD11), one of the smallest AC1300 mesh nodes in the world. Both products included in the MESHdot Kit bundle are built on the Qualcomm Mesh Networking platform. The new Wi-Fi mesh network system is easy to set up and is a direct solution for budget-conscious families wanting to enjoy spotless single-network Wi-Fi signal across the entire house and backyard without breaking the bank.

    It only takes a few minutes to create a robust Wi-Fi network and experience superior home Wi-Fi connectivity. Through the EnMesh app consumers can quickly and easily set-up their MESHdot Kit to provide their whole home with seamless Wi-Fi.  The EnMesh app provides robust parental control features as well as the ability to remotely monitor and manage the homes network and connected devices. 

    The ESR530 comes with built-in 360° high-performance antenna, and the plug-and-play compact MESHdot gives consumers flexibility to cover spotty Wi-Fi areas making sure the home network covers every corner of the entire house. Designed to please the eye and combined with a power plug, EnGenius MESHdot provides high-speed performance perfect for smooth streaming of 4K Ultra HD videos, online gaming with support for latest generation consoles, and stable connection powered by EnMesh™ wireless link technology.

    The ESR530 within the MESHdot Kit allows users to create private cloud networks from their home network. With the EnGenius EnFile app, users can use smart devices to play music and videos, back up photos and transfer other data through an attached USB hard drive on their ESR530 when they are away from home. Using EnFile also allows consumers to manage not only files on a remote USB hard drive but also the ones located on their smartphone. Pictures, music, videos, and documents can easily be managed and organized within the app on any mobile device.

    MC Leo, general manager at EnGenius Technologies, said, "by offering the MESHdot Kit to the world, we are responding to a market-demand for plug-and-play affordable, eye-pleasing products able to support stable mesh network that can cover an entire house. And this is just the beginning, in 2019 we will continue to introduce EnGenius products that help smart homes operate smoothly."

    “Consumers’ expectations for high speed performance and seamless connectivity throughout their home have never been higher. Mesh systems like the EnGenius MESHdot Kit, based on the Qualcomm Mesh Networking platform, are designed to meet this demand,” said Nick Kucharewski, vice president and general manager, WIN, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Qualcomm Technologies applauds EnGenius’ innovation to make their mesh system available to consumers at an affordable price point.”

    The new MESHdot Kit ($99 MSRP) is now shipping. To learn more about EnGenius’ latest products, visit

  • CORSAIR Launches Two New High-Performance Gaming Mice – IRONCLAW RGB WIRELESS and GLAIVE RGB PRO

    Published: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | By: Dennis

    FREMONT, CA, April 25th, 2019 – CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the addition of two new high-performance mice to its rapidly expanding gaming peripheral lineup. IRONCLAW RGB WIRELESS, a wireless version of the acclaimed IRONCLAW RGB launched in early 2019, uses hyper-fast SLIPSTREAM CORSAIR WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY alongside an 18,000 DPI optical sensor to provide gamers with cutting-edge wireless performance and superb accuracy and tracking. GLAIVE RGB PRO sees the popular GLAIVE RGB, featuring three interchangeable side grips, updated with a new 18,000 DPI sensor and additional RGB lighting. Whether gamers choose the wireless freedom and palm grip-friendly shape of IRONCLAW RGB WIRELESS or the customizable grip of GLAIVE RGB PRO, they’ll find a CORSAIR mouse that elevates their gameplay and in-game performance.

    IRONCLAW RGB WIRELESS retains the palm grip-optimized shape and rubberized side of the wired version, while adding CORSAIR’s industry-leading 2.4GHz SLIPSTREAM WIRELESS. With unbelievably fast sub-1ms wireless latency, a wireless range of up to 33ft, and Intelligent Frequency Shift (IFS) ensuring a stable signal even in heavy wireless traffic, SLIPSTREAM WIRELESS offers a wired mouse gaming experience, without the wire.

    In addition to SLIPSTREAM WIRELESS, the IRONCLAW RGB WIRELESS can also connect over low-latency Bluetooth, providing a wealth of connection options for many devices from laptops to tablets. Connecting with USB wired allows for simultaneous use while charging, and with up to 50 hours of rechargeable battery life, users can play for days at a time on a single charge.

    IRONCLAW RGB WIRELESS also adds an additional three buttons over its wired counterpart, for a total of ten fully programmable buttons, as well as an additional RGB lighting zone for three zones of dynamic RGB backlighting and greater customization.

    IRONCLAW RGB WIRELESS boasts the same top-end 18,000 DPI Pixart optical sensor and ultra-durable Omron switches as the IRONCLAW RGB, ensuring tracking, accuracy and precision equal to even the most advanced wired mouse.

    The new GLAIVE RGB PRO preserves the celebrated GLAIVE RGB design with three interchangeable thumb grips for customized comfort, updated for 2019 with new textures to suit any style of gameplay and the latest in optical sensor technology. An 18,000 DPI Pixart optical sensor, customizable in 1 DPI resolution steps and with five programmable sensitivity presets, means the GLAIVE RGB PRO now matches the most advanced mice in the CORSAIR lineup. With seven programmable buttons, three-zone RGB backlighting, durable Omron switches, and a new rugged aluminum scroll wheel, the GLAIVE RGB PRO combines high performance with high comfort.

    Launching alongside IRONCLAW RGB WIRELESS and GLAIVE RGB are a pair of new mouse pads designed for esports professionals – the CORSAIR MM350 and MM250 Champion Series premium mouse pads.

    The first in the new CORSAIR Champion Series of products, created with the feedback of esports professionals, the MM350 and MM250 launch in an X-Large 450mm x 400mm size that’s ideal for desktop use and low sensitivity play. Plush 5mm-thick construction provides extra comfort, while a clean black surface keeps distractions to a minimum. Available with either the stitched anti-fray edge of the MM350, or the standard edge of the MM250, the new Champion Series mouse pads are an ideal teammate for competitive gaming.

  • GIGABYTE Unveils GeForce® GTX 1650 series graphics card

    Published: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Get the latest generation TuringTM graphics card

    City of Industry, California, April 23th, 2019 – GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the latest GeForce® GTX 1650 graphics cards powered by NVIDIA TuringTM architecture. GIGABYTE launched 4 graphics cards - GeForce® GTX 1650 GAMING OC 4G, GeForce® GTX 1650 WINDFORCE OC 4G G, GeForce® GTX 1650 OC 4G, GeForce® GTX 1650 MINI ITX OC 4G. TuringTM architecture graphics cards have the ability to execute both integer and floating-point operations simultaneously making them much faster than the previous Pascal architecture. These graphics cards all use overclocked GPUs certified by GIGABYTE, and with WINDFORCE cooling technology, all players can enjoy the perfect experience from a variety of games.

    GeForce® GTX 1650 GAMING OC 4G provides the WINDFORCE 2x 100mm cooling solution for all key components of the graphics card. It takes care of not only the GPU but also VRAM and MOSFET, to ensure a stable overclock operation and longer life. GIGABYTE patented “Alternate Spinning” and unique blade fan features are designed to increase airflow and the addition of composite heat-pipes helps dissipate the heat from the GPU quickly. GAMING OC graphics card provides 3 HDMI and 1 display port output, which can support up to 4 displays at the same time. With RGB Fusion 2.0, Ultra-Durable top-grade materials and protection back-plate, GAMING OC graphics card delivers the best quality for the customers.

    GeForce® GTX 1650 WINDFORCE OC 4G G and GeForce® GTX 1650 OC 4G are the best Dual fan solutions for users. Both graphics cards are equipped with the WINDFORCE cooling system. WINDFORCE OC is embedded with two 90mm fans and OC is embedded with two 80mm fans. With features such as the GIGABYTE patented “Alternate Spinning” and unique blade fan, customers have the best thermal solution. Both graphics cards use GIGABYTE-certified overclocked GPUs and Ultra-Durable top-grade materials to enable long-term use of graphics cards in high-performance overclocking conditions.

    GeForce® GTX 1650 MINI ITX OC 4G is designed for small chassis. With excellent circuit design and top-grade materials, GIGABYTE leads the industry in minimizing the length of the graphics card to less than 17 cm for a compact design to satisfy users who prefer small chassis and expect strong performance.

  • EK Releases the EK-Momentum ROG Maximus XI Extreme D-RGB

    Published: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | By: Dennis

    EK® Water Blocks, premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer from Europe, is releasing a new Intel® LGA1151 socket based monoblock from the Quantum Line. The EK-Momentum Maximus XI Extreme is tailor-made for the ROG Maximus XI Extreme motherboard. The monoblock is equipped with a 3-pin D-RGB LED strip and it offers unparallel aesthetical customization alongside superior performance with VRM cooling. The RGB LED in the monoblock is compatible with ASUS AURA RGB control, thus offering a full lighting customization experience for every single diode separately!

    EK-Momentum ROG Maximus XI Extreme D-RGB
    This is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for motherboards that supports the 8th and 9th generation of Intel Core processors.

    Motherboards that are compatible with this monoblock are the following:

    •  ROG Maximus XI Extreme

    Designed and engineered in cooperation with ASUS®, this monoblock uses the latest generation of EK cooling engine used on Quantum lineup to ensure the best possible CPU cooling while not reducing flow to other components. This water block directly cools the LGA1151 socket type CPU, as well as the voltage regulation (MOSFET) module. Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing the enthusiasts with a great solution for high and stable overclocks. Like with every EK monoblock, EK-Momentum ROG Maximus XI Extreme D-RGB features high flow design and it can be easily used with the system using a weaker water pump or lower pump speed settings as well. The Momentum monoblock also comes with sophisticated D-RGB (addressable) lightning which connects to a standard 3-pin 5V D-RGB header.

    This Z390 monoblock also comes with a special cold plate which ensures that the monoblock has better mechanical contact with the IHS of 8th and 9th gen Intel 1151 socket based processors, thus enabling better thermal transfer. The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality acrylic glass material. The nickel plated brass screw-in standoffs are pre-installed and allow for easy installation.

    A Digital (addressable) 3-pin 5V D-RGB LED strip is installed in the monoblock that connects to the motherboard’s 3-pin LED header or it can be connected to any other supported 5V 3-pin LED controller. This product is compatible with ASUS Aura RGB control software. The arrow marking on the 3-pin LED connector is to be aligned with the +5V marking on the RGB header.

  • Noctua NH-U12A CPU Cooler Review @ APH Networks

    Published: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | By: Dennis

    The fans might be brown and not very loud but the coolers that Noctua makes are some of the best on the market.  Of course in a world dominated by the AIO watercooler you have to wonder, which cooler should I get?

    I'm not sure they address this question over at APH Networks but they do comment on how a good cooler can also be small. happy smile

    Once again, with the NH-U12A, Noctua shows that compact and powerful can belong in the same sentence.

    Make note that this cooler is also using the new Noctua NF-A12x25 fans that we recently reviewed.

  • GIGABYTE Unveils X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI-50 Motherboard To Celebrate AMD’s 50th Anniversary

    Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Supporting The Newest AMD AM4 Socket CPUs To Meet Gamers’ Needs

    City of Industry, California, April 30th, 2019 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has unveiled the X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI-50 Motherboard to celebrate AMD’s 50th anniversary. X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI-50 features the newest motherboard technology to honor AMD’s incredible contributions to the personal computer experience over the past 50 years.

    Founded in Silicon Valley in 1969, AMD has become one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world. AMD is currently the world’s second largest supplier of x86 architecture microprocessors and is one of the only semiconductor companies in the world that produces both microprocessors as well as high-end graphics processing units. Since its establishment, GIGABYTE has partnered closely with AMD to bring the latest PC technology to users. GIGABYTE has released the X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI-50 Motherboard to acknowledge AMD’s 50 years of contributions to the field as well as the strong partnership between the two leaders.

    GIGABYTE X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI-50 Motherboard adopts a 10+2 phase, fully digital IR® power design with each phase capable of providing at least 40A to fulfill the power demands from overclocking or for power hungry processors while ensuring solid performance and system stability when running CPU-intensive applications. Fins-Array Heatsink with Stacked Fin architecture utilizes a Direct Touch Heatpipe to improve the contact between the thermal module and the power module, drawing heat away from the PWM more quickly for unprecedented heat dissipation.

    Furthermore, GIGABYTE X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI-50 Motherboard sports a metal backplate, strengthening and preventing bending of the PCB while also enhancing heat dissipation. The ultra sleek
    thermal armor goes together flawlessly with the integrated I/O shield for impressive aesthetics as well as easy installation. Built-in USB Type-C, ALC1220VB, ESS9118 SABRE DAC along with 802.11ac Wave2 WIFI, and plenty of other features make this AMD platform motherboard the top choice for those looking for a gaming motherboard.

    X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI-50 Motherboard brings back the fan favorite GIGABYTE RGB Fusion Technology with impressive LED lighting for this special edition motherboard. The special edition AORUS and AMD 50th Anniversary swappable overlay for accent LEDs honors this monumental milestone while adding a nice touch to the motherboard for AORUS and AMD fans.

    “Since GIGABYTE was founded, we’ve partnered closely with AMD to push for innovation in PC technology,” said Jackson Hsu, Director of the GIGABYTE Channel Solutions Product Development Division. “To honor AMD’s 50th anniversary, GIGABYTE has released the brand new X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI-50 Motherboard for users to take the lead and experience ultra-efficient performance from current and next gen. level processors. In the next 50 years, GIGABYTE AORUS will continue to develop the best quality motherboards for users to bring out the best performance from AMD processors on their systems.”

    GIGABYTE X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI-50 Motherboard is designed with Ultra Durable Technology and many patented technologies to unleash peak performance from AMD AM4 socket multi-core CPUs. For more information and news on GIGABYTE products, please visit the official GIGABYTE website: