Tech News

  • 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®

    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: http://www.gigabyte.com

  • HyperX launches a blistering fast 16GB RAM kit @ PCGamer

    Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Ok, so I'm all about fast memory and generally speaking if you are looking for fast memory you can look towards GSKill to deliver some of the fastest and highest capacity memory kits on the market.  A close second would be Corsair but the problem with that company is availability.  For instance Corsair might build 5 kits at their halo speeds and then market the shit out of them only to give half away to some YouTube channel and sell the rest of some rich guy in China.

    Of course that leaves the rest of us wondering what the hell happened.

    Well, HyperX has joined the ranks and done built themselves a mega memory kit clocking in at DDR4-4600 @ 16GB.  Yes, that is two sticks, 8GB each and likely will ONLY run in special motherboards designed for memory overclocking with a properly binned Intel 9000 series processor. (Sorry, not sorry, AMD fans)

    Paul over at PCGamer wrote a mock piece about this insane memory kit and it caught my attention.  Maybe it was the “edgy” wording or a carefully crafted article designed to beg for attention, either way I started reading.  In the article he talks about the basic specs, CL19 @ 1.5v.  This is interesting given that Normal "supported" DDR4 memory modules hover around 1.35v making these modules a bit special.  Basically they aren’t all that special but rather factory overclocked parts that will likely void your Intel CPU warranty.  Of course he also talks about how you could lower the speed to 4000Mhz to tighten the timings and lower the voltage.  Neither will help the warranty situation but will increase overall stability considerably.

    In any event, the 16GB Predator DDR4-4266 is available now direct from HyperX, while the DDR4-4600 kit is up for preorder on Amazon. So if you're looking for every last bit of performance, or maybe if you're hoping to set an overclocking record, have at it. We won't judge.

    Personally, I cannot wait to get my hands on one of these kits.  I highly doubt that HyperX will send one to me but, I am hopeful, that is assuming they don't follow the Corsair model and have them sold before anyone can verify their claims.

    No, I'm pretty sure these modules are real and designed for show supporting a negative profit margin in hopes of getting some of that social media exposure with that "hello world" message indicating that they can do performance memory too.

    But, those are just my thoughts

  • Alphacool NexXxoS V.2 radiators 30mm and 45mm Thick with New Plug Design

    Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | By: Dennis

    Alphacool is an internationally renowned company in the field of water cooling solutions for industrial and end customers. It is constantly developing, innovating and improving products to ensure that cooling is done efficiently whilst still looking aesthetically pleasing.

    Uncompromising choice of materials
    As usual, Alphacool uses pure copper for the NexXxoS V.2 radiators. The end chambers, the water channels and the cooling fins are made of copper and are a unique selling point worldwide. As a result, Alphacool radiators have been among the most popular and best on the market for many years. The perfect foundation for any water cooling system.

    New generation of screw plugs
    All NexXxoS V.2 radiators rely on the new patented stop fittings from Alphacool. Anyone who has mounted a radiator on the front or in the ceiling of a housing knows that protruding screw plugs can ruin the aesthetic as the radiator cannot be placed flush. Alphacool offers a solution with the new patented screw plugs. They are fully countersunk in the radiator and sit flush with its surface. This means that nothing stands in the way of clean installation. Of course, the radiators also look much more elegant with the new locking screws.

    The right size for every application
    The NexXxoS V.2 radiators are available in all common sizes. From the compact 120 mm ST30 radiator to the 480 mm radiator for those who cannot get enough cooling power. Fans of 140 mm fans won't miss out though as Alphacool also covers all sizes from 140 mm up to the huge 420 mm XT45radiator. And to take the whole thing to extremes, there are ST30 and XT45 versions for all radiators. These differ quite simply by the thickness. ST30 stands for a thickness of 30 mm, XT45 for a thickness of 45 mm.

    Safety first
    The NexXxoS V.2, like the previous NexXxoS radiators, offers special protection that prevents screws from penetrating the radiator when attaching fans or when mounting the radiator to the case. Protective plates have been placed under all mounting holes to prevent the screws from being screwed in too deeply. This protects the cooling fins and channels underneath.

    The King is Dead, Long live the King. Those who were happy with the previous NexXxoS radiators will appreciate the many small improvements that the the NexXxoS V.2 radiators offer. Now one of the best radiators has been made even better. Your system deserves them.

  • Gigabyte Z390 Designare Review: A Motherboard For Creative Pros @ HotHardware

    Published: Saturday, April 13, 2019 | By: Dennis

    In what might be the "silly'est" name for a motherboard the Gigabyte Z390 Designare is really quite impressive and has everything you could ask for from impressive heatsinks to the overbuilt onboard features.

    Today we are going to take a look at Gigabyte’s Z390 Designare motherboard, one of the company's more recent Socket 1151-based boards for Intel's 8th and 9th Generation Coffee Lake-based processors. This board has a lean and mean look about it, even menacing in a way, with its mostly black aesthetic with silver highlights scattered about. Its VRM heatsink even carries a yin-yang motif, with the black sink at the top and silver to the left of the CPU socket... 

    I still have one of the first Designare motherboards, the X99, and as far as motherboards go it was one of the most impressive designs of that generation.  I'm glad to see that Gigabyte is keeping with tradition.

  • EK Introduces EK-Vector Trio RTX block series for MSI Gaming X Trio RTX cards

    Published: Saturday, April 13, 2019 | By: Dennis

    EK®, premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer based in Slovenia, is introducing its new generation of high-performance water blocks specially designed for MSI Gaming X Trio GeForce® RTX™ series graphics cards, based on Turing® graphics processor. The block also features a unique aesthetic cover over the block Terminal which is designed to showcase the graphics card model via LEDs, visible from the side.

    EK-Vector Trio RTX
    The inspiration for the new GPU block name “Vector” came from the sheer computing power of the graphics cards that are on the market today. Naming a water block “Full Cover” isn’t enough these days, when the product is packed with unique features, such as these.

    The EK Vector Trio RTX water blocks are specially designed for multiple MSI Trio GeForce RTX Turing based graphics cards. The water block itself uses the signature EK single slot slim look, and it covers the entire PCB length. This sophisticated cooling solution will transform your powerful MSI graphics card into a minimalistic, elegant piece of hardware with accented RGB LED lighting. The block also features a unique aesthetic cover over the block Terminal which is designed to showcase the graphics card model via LEDs, visible from the side.

    The water block comes in two different models tailor-made for either MSI Gaming Trio 2080 and MSI Gaming Trio 2080 Ti cards including the Gaming X variants which are factory overclocked. Each of them directly cools the GPU, VRAM and the VRM (voltage regulation module) as cooling liquid is channeled directly over these critical areas. This allows the graphics card to remain stable at high overclocks, intensive workloads and also enables it to run at its maximum Boost Clock. Ultimately, you can enjoy gaming at the highest possible performance of your graphics card, stutter-free in a low noise environment.

    The base of the block is CNC machined out of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is CNC machined out of high-quality acrylic material. Sealing is ensured by high-quality EPDM O-rings. The brass standoffs are already pre-installed and allow for a safe and easy installation procedure. It features four integrated LED sources, two located in the terminal cover and one LED strip on each end of the water block.



    The water blocks are equipped with 12V RGB LEDs which are compatible with the motherboard 4-pin 12V RGB LED header. This product is compatible with popular RGB sync technologies from all major motherboard manufacturers.

    The newly developed water blocks feature the signature EK-Vector cooling engine that has a larger footprint compared to the previous generation of full cover water blocks. This results in a larger surface area for heat transfer which allows the increase of thermal performance of these water blocks.


    The EK Vector Series water blocks use an Open Split-Flow cooling engine design which proved to be a superior solution for GPU water blocks. It is characterized by low hydraulic flow restrictions, meaning it can be used with weaker water pumps, or pumps running on low-speed settings and still achieve top performance. The jet plate and fin structure geometry have been optimized to provide even flow distribution with minimal losses and optimal performances even when used in reversed water flow scenarios.

    Compatibility
    EK-Vector Trio RTX 2080 Ti water blocks are compatible with MSI Gaming Trio GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards based on Turing graphics processors. Including the Gaming X – factory overclocked variants.

    EK-Vector Trio RTX 2080 water blocks are compatible with MSI Gaming Trio GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards based on Turing graphics processors. Including the Gaming X – factory overclocked variants.

    EK-Vector Trio RTX series water blocks are compatible with the corresponding the EK-Vector Trio RTX backplates that passively cool the graphics chip and VRM from the back side of the PCB. The EK-Vector Trio RTX backplates are made of high-quality Aluminum and come in nickeled and anodized black variants. The EK-Vector Trio RTX series water blocks are not compatible with factory backplates.

    The current multi GPU EK-Scalar Terminal connection bridges are compatible with these new water blocks. However, the EK-Vector GPU water block terminal cover is not compatible with FC Terminal X and FC Terminal (Legacy) multi GPU connectivity bridges.

    EK-Vector Trio RTX Backplates
    EK recommends the purchase of a retention backplate which improves the aesthetics of your graphics cards, but also provides additional passive cooling to the GPU core and circuit board VRM section. The backplates for MSI Gaming X GeForce RTX 2080 and MSI Gaming X GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards are to be available in either Nickel Plated or Black Anozided variants.

  • Team Group MP34 M.2 NVMe SSD 512 GB @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | By: Dennis

    TeamGroup is an interesting memory company.  They often have these HUGE booths at Computex but rarely send out samples for review.  That isn't a bad thing by any stretch but, it does suck since they have (or had) some really good stuff.

    Team Group's MP34 M.2 NVMe SSD comes at exceptional pricing of only $80 for the tested 512 GB version, that's less than 16 cents per GB. This puts it really close to SATA drives and QLC M.2 SSDs, with better performance at the same time.

    This is one of the popular NVMe SSD drives, or NAND on a stick.  Funny thing is there was a time I was 100% against SSD drives however that has changed with the advent of "real" SSD speeds via NVMe.  Really the only thing you need to look out for is what controller is being used since not every controller is made the same.