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  • Intel Coffee Lake Launch Day

    Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Intel releases realistic processors with excellent performance at an affordable price and nobody bats an eye.  

    AMD finally releases a processor with real performance potential and everyone loses their e'ffin minds, Including Intel

    As you may have noticed today is a new Intel launch day, this time to announce the new "Coffee Lake" processors.  These are a mainstream proc using the LGA 1151 socket but require a new chipset making you wonder if "Tick Tock" really went away or was just renamed to keep things fresh.

    Most everyone is calling Coffee Lake a "reaction" to AMD Ryzen, not because Ryzen is faster, better or cheaper but rather because spec hounds claim Ryzen is better because it has more cores than Intel stuff.  Forget that Kaby Lake is faster or that current games suck at using more than 4 cores effectively and makes this release all about launching hex-core processor cause: reasons.

    Web Reviews
    Intel Core i3-8350K 4.0 GHz @ TechPowerUp
    Intel Core i7-8700K and Core i5-8400 Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
    Intel Core i7-8700K Processor Review @ ThinkComputers
    Intel Core i7 8700K Linux Benchmarks @ Phoronix
    Intel Core i7-8700K And Core i5-8400 6-Core CPU Review: Coffee Lake Has Arrived
    Intel's Core i7-8700K CPU reviewed <-- Look ma TechReport does it different
    Intel Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz @ TechPowerUp
    Intel Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz @ TechPowerUp
    Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8700K Review @ Vortez
    Intel Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz @ TechPowerUp

    Despite all this Ryzen Bashing and attempts to say ThreadRipper is in the same class as an LGA 115x (anything) you have to wonder if people really are mental or just dense.  I say buy what you can afford and upgrade when you can.  Ensure you have proper sized powersupplies and allocate more money for motherboards and quality memory.

    Do this an you will be well on your way to becoming cool in the eyes of Hardware Asylum

  • Intel 8th Gen Core CPUs – Coffee Lake @ LanOC Reviews

    Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Ummm,  Go Wes?  Ya something like that

    Its hard to believe considering we just finished up an Intel launch, but it is already time to check out Intel’s next launch. Kaby Lake was launched at the beginning of this year and the Mainstream lineup of CPUs is getting refreshed with Coffee Lake and Z370. This is the 8th generation of Intel’s Core processors going back to the original launch back in 2006. While I’m sure Kaby Lake owners aren’t going to be all that happy about the relatively early launch, but those who waited might be excited to find out that Intel has added cores to the mainstream lineup and is bumping up the entire product stack. As someone who is still building my wife’s Kaby Lake build, I completely understand the feeling. But as long as she never finds out her new PC is already out of date I will still be alive long enough to put the i7 and i5 CPUs that Intel sent over to the test.

    I'm not one to dis but...  There are five (5) "Launch(es) in that paragraph and an admittance that he isn't building the SO the computer she should have.  I'm really not sure which is worse.

  • Patriot Launches Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition Laser Gaming Mouse

    Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Fremont, California - October 3rd, 2017: Patriot, a global leader in performance memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals and flash storage solutions today announced a new addition to its Viper V570 gaming mouse line, Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition Laser Gaming Mouse. The V570 RGB Blackout Edition’s innovative MMO+FPS hybrid design and its rich feature set offer high performance, versatility, and customization for the most serious gamers.

    “We are excited to announce the launch of the new addition to our innovative and bestselling Viper V570 RGB laser gaming mouse series. “said Roger Shinmoto, Patriot’s Vice President of Product Development. “The unique FPS and MMO hybrid design allows gamers to dominate a wide array of games.”

    V570 RGB Blackout Edition’s also comes with a dedicated sniper button, a feature that gives the user a tactical advantage in any FPS game. The Viper software allows programming of thirteen available buttons on the V570. Also, it allows setting up of custom RGB profiles as well as sensitivity to suit individual gaming strategies. For greater control and feel, gamers can add up to 34.2 grams or weight allowing flexibility and comfort while using the gaming mouse.

    The Viper V570 RGB Blackout edition laser gaming mouse is equipped with an Xtreme precision laser sensor and Omron switches for reliability and speed while maneuvering through the most demanding games. The Viper Software allows you the flexibility to program four sensitivity levels up to 12,000 DPI which can be switched on the fly with the press of a button.

    Ergonomic design and ceramic foot pads allow for maximum performance and speed over any surface. Backed by Patriot’s award-winning customer service and a two-year warranty, the V570 RGB Blackout Edition is compatible with nearly every Windows® operating system, including Windows® 10 and later, and Mac® OS X, or higher.

    Viper V570 Blackout Edition RGB Laser Gaming Mouse Specifications

    • 8000 DPI hardware/12000 DPI software
    • Light source: Laser
    • IPS: 150
    • Polling rate: 1000Hz
    • Switch: Omron (10M clicks)
    • Sensor: Avago ADNS-9800
    • Controller: Sonix
    • Warranty: Two-year limited warranty

    Availability and Pricing : MSRP: $ 69.99 at Patriot store, select retailers, and e-tailers

  • World’s First Fully RGB DDR4 Memory with ASUS ROG Certification

    Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 | By: Dennis

    GeIL EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory Supports ASUS AURA Lighting

    Automatic Performance Boost Enabled

    Taipei, Taiwan — Sept. 22nd, 2017 -- GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world's leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers announced EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory. As world’s first fully RGB illuminated DDR4 memory module with an ASUS ROG certification, EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory combines a significant performance boost with RGB lighting effects to give enthusiasts an excellent overclocking and gaming experience.

    Pairing with ASUS ROG motherboards –Extraordinary performance boost
    ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) is recognized as the leader in PC gaming and overclocking performance with a record for delivering the most innovative hardcore hardware for gamers and enthusiasts. GeIL is proud to work with ASUS ROG to provide gamers the most innovative gaming memory, GeIL EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory. When paired with certain ASUS ROG motherboards, an automatic performance boost will be enabled for a better overclocking experience.

    Supports ASUS AURA for seamlessly synchronized RGB LED illumination

    GeIL EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory perfectly supports ASUS AURA lighting control app, simply by connecting it to the 4-pin RGB header on ASUS ROG motherboards. The fully customizable RGB lighting module found on the GeIL EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory will synchronize with ASUS ROG motherboard, graphics card and other RGB UI compatible components giving users a seamless illumination experience.

    Specifically designed color theme of the heat spreader
    GeIL EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory comes with specifically designed gray heat spreader with black Sliding Hot Switch. The brand logos on the Sliding Hot Switch are translucent and will shine once the memory lighting has been enabled by ASUS AURA. The built-in Sliding Hot Switch supports manual real-time control of the RGB illumination, even on motherboards without RGB support.

    Connecting the GeIL EVO X ROG-certified RGB Gaming Memory to the motherboard fan connector enables the “Sliding Hot Switch”, providing up to Four (4) breathing RGB illumination modes:256-color Cycle,

    • Select color from 256-color,
    • Select color from RGBW 4-color,
    • RGBW 4-color Cycle.

    Official Webpage:

  • SteelSeries Announces Partnership with FC Copenhagen, Nordisk Film and Their Top-Ranked Counter-Strike Team, North

    Published: Friday, September 08, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Three of the Most Successful Danish Brands Team up to Accomplish Global Esports Prominence

    CHICAGO / COPENHAGEN – September 8, 2017 - SteelSeries and the top-ranked Danish Counter-Strike team, North, today announced their sponsorship and collaborative partnership.  In addition to the monetary support, SteelSeries and North will work together as partners in innovative product design and in elevating both brands in gaming and esports. Founded by FC Copenhagen and Nordisk Film, North is a part of the greater trend in the crossover of traditional sports and a new generation of electronic sports.

    “SteelSeries has played a crucial role in driving the esports industry forward. Our partnerships with players and organizations that compete at the highest levels, and that embody the fundamentals on which our brand was built are what set our standards higher than others. They drive our need for constant innovation and inspire our award-winning products,” says Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “Counter-Strike is where our brand began; it’s at our core. We are incredibly happy and proud to announce our partnership with North.”

    "The partnership with SteelSeries is such an incredible opportunity to bring together two international, Danish brand leaders with the goal to not just to win, but to make our mark in esports. We have a talented and dedicated roster of players whom we train and nurture as world-class athletes, and we aim to take the top rankings, not just in Denmark, but in the world. We believe our partnership with SteelSeries is the final piece that will aid in achieving that,” says Christian Sørensen, North CEO.

    This weekend, North heads to Dreamhack Open Montreal to compete for the top spot. Immediately after Montreal, the players head to ELEAGUE Premier in Atlanta where they play for the $1M prize purse.

    Fans and followers across SteelSeries and North’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook will be able to see even more about the team, tournaments from the players’ perspectives and inside the collaboration with SteelSeries, as the partnership continues to unfold in the coming months.

    # # #

    About North
    North is a premier esports organization, founded in 2017 by Danish soccer champions F.C. Copenhagen and Nordisk Film, leading producer and distributor of films in the Nordic countries. North has one of the best Counter-Strike Global Offensive teams in the world and are training out of F.C. Copenhagen’s stadium, Telia Parken, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    About F.C. Copenhagen
    F.C. Copenhagen is the biggest football (soccer) club in Scandinavia. It was founded in 1992 and have won 12 Danish Championships and 9 Cups since. In 2017 F.C. Copenhagen won the Danish championship and is participating in its 11th European Club Football groupstage in 12 years. The club owns its own stadium, Telia Parken, with a capacity of 38,000 and is a part of the company PARKEN Sport & Entertainment which also owns the FitnessDK and Lalandia.

    About Nordisk Film
    Nordisk Film is the leading producer and distributor of films in the Nordic countries and operates the biggest cinema chain in Denmark and Norway. Nordisk Film owns a variety of digital businesses and is the distributor of PlayStation in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Nordisk Film is part of Egmont – Denmark’s biggest media group with 6,600 employees and activities in 30 countries.

    Egmont is a commercial foundation that generates revenue amounting to EUR 1.6 billion and donate over EUR 10 million a year to help improve the lives of children and young people.

    About SteelSeries
    SteelSeries is a leader in gaming peripherals focused on quality, innovation and functionality, and the fastest growing major PC gaming headset brand in the US*. Founded in 2001, SteelSeries aims at improving performance through first-to-market innovations and technologies that helps gamers play harder, train longer, and rise to the challenge. SteelSeries supports the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and eSports with the goal of connecting gamers to each other and fostering a sense of community and purpose. SteelSeries’ team of professional and gaming enthusiasts help design and craft every single accessory, and are the driving force behind the company.

    To learn more about SteelSeries’ products and esports partnerships, visit or follow us on social media for the latest updates at and be a part of the conversation on Twitter @SteelSeries.

    *Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service/ PC Headset-PC Microphone/Dec. 2016 vs. Dec. 2015/dollar sales/”major” is defined as any PC Headset manufacturer selling over 25K units”

  • Phanteks Announces New Additions to its Glacier Fitting Series Lineup

    Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Walnut, California, September 15th, 2017 – Phanteks, has expanded their water cooling products. Designed to compliment and work seamlessly with their water blocks, Phanteks is excited to announce new additions to the Glacier Fittings Series. The new fittings include T-Splitters, GPU extenders, male to male extenders, and 16mm hard tube adapters. These new fittings brings more options for users to create their own custom water loops.

    The fittings are made from premium materials according to the finest standards of craftsmanship from Phanteks. The Glacier Fittings are CNC-machined from solid brass and precisely engineered to create a high flow design for extreme water cooling performance. VITON sealing from the Automotive and Aerospace Industries ensure the best reliability and longevity.

    The new fittings are available in September, 2017 with two color options: Satin Black and Mirror Chrome finish

  • The Ultimate RGB Build: The Hardware @ ThinkComputers

    Published: Sunday, September 24, 2017 | By: Dennis

    I think deciding the "Ultimate" RGB Build is a little subjective but I'll go along with it for now.

    So I’ve been using the same PC as my main gaming / video editing rig for what seems like forever. When I built it not much thought really went into it, it was just available parts that I had laying around. The system itself has a Core i7-3970X, ASRock X79 Extreme4-M motherboard, 16GB of DDR3, a GTX 580, which was updated to a GTX 1080 recently, and a few SSDs. All of this was inside the Thermaltake Supressor F31 case, not really much to look at when you walk into the office. To this day that PC still kicks ass and in most cases is more than sufficient, but now that we are doing a lot of 4K video editing I felt it was time for an upgrade. Also we wanted to build something that looked totally badass! That is when the idea for the Ultimate RGB Build was hatched. We’ve said 2017 is the year of RGB so why not build a system with all RGB components? So we’ve compiled a list of awesome components and are ready to get this build started! This is part 1 of the build where we will go over the hardware used and why we selected it.

    4K video editing eh?  I'm not gonna lie that does take more hardware that most people have available but when it comes down to it you don't see a slow down while editing so much as when you are rendering, and even that can be a fire and forget.

    I guess the point is, RGB makes 4K video editing faster so why not add more RGB cause... that makes..  ugg  wink smile

  • G.SKILL Releases New AMD Compatible Trident Z RGB kits

    Published: Sunday, September 24, 2017 | By: Dennis

    Taipei, Taiwan (22 September 2017) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces a new lineup of Trident Z RGB DDR4 memory kits with enhanced compatibility on the latest AMD platforms. Specifically designed for AMD Ryzen™ and Ryzen™ Threadripper™ platforms, now there are vibrant options up to the popular DDR4-3200MHz CL14 or the massive 128GB (8x16GB) kits at up to 2933MHz. For a full range of memory kit capacity options, the new Trident Z RGB memory kit models are available at DDR4-2400MHz in 2-, 4-, and 8-module kit configurations with 8GB and 16GB modules, which allows for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB memory kits for your AMD system.

    Trident Z RGB Memory Kits on AMD Platforms
    AMD currently has two platform offerings, where Ryzen supports dual-channel with 2 or 4 memory modules and Threadripper supports quad-channel memory with 4 or 8 memory modules. To give a boost in memory performance to AMD number-crunching workstations and high-end graphic rendering systems, G.SKILL offers several selections for each AMD platform, including memory speeds of up to DDR4-2933MHz or ultra-high capacity at 128GB (8x16GB). For details on specifications and compatibility support of the new Trident Z RGB kits, please refer to the following table:

    TZR"X" - The New Line-up
    To differentiate between the new AMD-optimized Trident Z RGB kits from the original, look for the "X" at the end of the Trident Z RGB model numbers.

    OC Profile Support & Availability
    These new Trident Z RGB models support OC profile support on compatible motherboards, just simply enable the OC profile in BIOS to achieve these high performance DDR4 memory speeds. These new models are scheduled for release via G.SKILL authorized distribution partners in October 2017.

  • EVGA EPOWER V - 12+2 Phase Extreme Power VRM

    Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 | By: Dennis

    September 18th, 2017 - The EVGA "Untouchables" EPOWER V card is a standalone VRM board that provides additional power for target devices, such as graphics cards or motherboards. The board is designed to provide two fully-independent voltage outputs, and features a built-in EVBot MKII to allow voltage control on the fly. Take your benching experience to the very limits of your hardware's capability with the EVGA EPOWER V.

    The EPOWER V board is powered by the three 6-pin PCI-E power connectors. The input is fed through a 12+2 phase design to provide substantially more VCORE and VMEM to your graphics card, allowing it to break through any limits holding it back.


    • Onboard VCORE and VMEM LED Display - The EPOWER V features a LED Display readout to show your VCORE and VMEM in real-time.
    • VMEM - Voltage adjustment range 600mV to 2300mV. Rated capacity is 80A. Maximum peak capacity - 90A at 1.9V output voltage.
    • VCORE - Voltage adjustment range is 600mV to 2000mV. Rated capacity is 600A. Maximum peak capacity - 620A at 1.85V output voltage.
    • Onboard VCORE and VMEM LED Display - The EPOWER V features a LED Display readout to show your VCORE and VMEM in real-time.
    • Control the EPOWER V via using the integrated EVBot MKII - Use the built-in EVBOT MKII buttons to conveniently adjust your voltages on the fly, or upgrade your firmware and connect your EVBot to control the graphics card remotely.
    • USB 3.1 Type-C and Software Controls - The EPOWER V gives you even more flexibility to control your voltages. Use the USB 3.1 Type-C port to connect to a PC and use software to control the EPOWER V board.
    • Droop, Force, and Offset Voltage Switches - To further customize your EPOWER V, use the available DIP switches to use remote sense to control for VDROOP, Force your overclock voltages, and/or Offset your voltages for the ultimate in stability choices.
    • ProbeIT - ProbeIT connectors are among the easiest ways to hook up a device to a multimeter to painlessly read voltages on-demand to give you the most accurate readings whenever you need them.
    • Fan Headers - The EPOWER V board brings the voltage, and gives you easy access to fan connectors so you can also keep it cool. Use one or two 12v fans to keep your system rock solid during even your longest benching sessions.

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  • 7th Gen Core Kaby Lake Won't Work on 300-series Chipset Motherboards

    Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 | By: Dennis

    It is pretty amazing that while we mfgs are just now releasing LGA 2011 v3 and Threadripper boards that the new generation of consumer chips is in the wings waiting for their day to say "buy me"

    As many of us know Intel did away with the Tick Tock processor cycle so they can concentrate on releasing their "i" line of disposable processors and motherboards.  I say disposable because you can no longer buy a motherboard and expect to get two processors of use out of it.  In fact if current rumors hold true the new 300 Series chipsets designed for Coffee Lake will no longer be backwards compatible despite having the same LGA 1151 socket.

    The upcoming Intel 300-series chipset, and LGA1151 socket continues to be a source of chaos for PC builders. While the 100-series and 200-series chipset based motherboards support both 6th generation Core "Skylake," and 7th generation Core "Kaby Lake" processors, they will not support the upcoming 8th generation Core "Coffee Lake" chips. What's more, the upcoming 300-series chipset motherboards, which were earlier believed to feature backwards-compatibility for "Skylake" and "Kaby Lake" chips, will not support them, according to a report.

    Who knows if this is actually what will happen.  Maybe there will be a BIOS flash to allow reverse compatibility or maybe they will do a LGA 1151 v3 socket like they did with X99.  You know, just to be confusing.