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  • Plextor M8Pe 512GB M2 NVMe SSD Review @ Somewhere

    Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2016 | By: Dennis

    NVMe is the future of SSD performance and I will admit I feel the adoption rate is extremely slow.  Not so much from consumers but from companies making the drives.  On the flip side we have every mobo maker in existence pushing M.2 and U.2 connectivity and a real lack of drives to take advantage.

    Until now, kinda.

    In this review we test the super fast Plextor M8Pe 512GB Series M.2 SSDs, a product that reads well over 2GB/sec and writes over 1 GB/sec. These new M.2 units use the NVM express (NVME) protocol and that means storage technology at terrific speeds while remaining competitive in pricing. Will Plextor be able to deliver a unit that manages to shock and awe?

    There is a real chance this is a Samsung drive with a Plextor heat spreader so don't get to juicy just yet.

  • MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 3 GB @ techPowerUp

    Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2016 | By: Dennis

    What is this? hardware enthusiasts are trying to save money?!?

    I'm all for getting something on the cheap, I have done it but, I also realize that certain things just cost a certain amount and while I may try finding the best price that doesn't mean I am afraid of spending money.  Case in point the GTX 1060 is supposed to come with 6GB of memory so why are companies making 3GB versions?

    MSI's GTX 1060 Gaming X 3 GB might come with half the memory amount only, but still brings the big guns in form of the large dual-fan TwinFrozr cooler. Our review will test whether 3 GB is a viable alternative to 6 GB if you are trying to save some money.

    Oh, I know why.  because consumers are cheap and really have no idea what they are buying.  Shop owners are also taking advantage of this and will eventually only stock the cheap version and raise the price.

    Seems like a good idea.

    Well, if you are curious about how badly a 3GB version of the GTX 1060 will perform then check out this review.  Be warned though it will be..... *snip*

  • Happy Labor Day

    Published: Monday, September 05, 2016 | By: Dennis

    For those of you living in the US I wanted to extend you a Happy Labor day.  While most would assoicate this holiday with a day off and backyard BBQ that isn't always the case.

    For those of you working or not, take it easy!

  • YouTubers Not Getting Paid - pfft

    Published: Friday, September 02, 2016 | By: Dennis

    And just as I was getting my YouTube partner status they hit everyone with "this".

    Honestly I'm not surprised, in fact I am actually a little annoyed that YouTube didn't do this sooner.

    The Advertiser-Friendly Content Guidelines are difficult to find, and creators were seemingly not informed they would be taking effect. Like many of the site’s guidelines, the AFCG are so open to interpretation as to be applicable to nearly every channel and situation. Who exactly is determining what constitutes a “controversial or sensitive subject”?

    While YouTube are of course free to run its platform as it pleases, it would do well to explain its intentions to creators more clearly.

    I wrote a rant editorial about this subject after my lead up for this news story went over 1000 words.

  • Asylum Review Block: Chassis Changes Choose Cheeze Cha-Ching

    Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | By: Dennis

    On Aug 30th Cooler Master launched the MasterCase Pro 3 which is a downsized version of the MasterCase 5 supporting MicroATX and MiniITX motherboards exclusively.  A handful of reviewers got to help launch the new case design including Hardware Asylum.

    Here is a short list of case reviews to hit the Asylum News Desk.

    Web Reviews
    - Aerocool X-Predator II Full Tower Chassis Review @ HardwareSlave
    - Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 Review @ Legit Reviews
    - Guru3D Rig of the Month - August 2016 @ Guru3D
    - Lian Li Ebonsteel PC K6 Case Review at Modders-Inc
    - Silverstone Milo ML08 @ techPowerUp
    - Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 Case Review @ ThinkComputers

    Check back for more case reviews,

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Strix Overclocking Guide @ Overclocking.Guide

    Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Ever since the launch of the GTX 1080 Pascal overclockers have been scrambling to unlock the card.  You see from the factory the GPU overclocks quite well but only to a certain point and after that it doesn't matter what you do, how much voltage or how much cold you feed it.

    Despite the apparent lack of extreme overclocking ability that hasn't stopped people from messing around with their GTX 1080 cards and here is a overclocking guide for the ASUS GTX 1080 Strix from one of the leaders in the overclocking world.

    In this guide Daniel “Dancop” Schier shares the experience of his ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Strix overclocking adventure. The guide primarily covers extreme overclocking, but a novice overclocker will undoubtedly pick up some tips as well.

    Disclaimer: this guide was originally posted on the HWBOT forum and is made available on Overclocking.guide with express permission from Daniel.

    Seems like a good thing to share and by the looks of it the guide is using a comboniation of BIOS and Hardware tweaks with a resulting Boost Clock of almost 2400Mhz!

    Be sure to check out Overclocking.Guide and HWBot for more info.

  • MSI Z170A Tomahawk AC Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks

    Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Tomahawk Chop!!

    Or as MSI sees it, Tomahawk missile right up your..  *ya

    MSI's Z170A Tomahawk AC motherboard has a long list of gaming-centric features and even includes an integrated Wireless AC module.  It also costs under $140. So what was cut to justify such a low cost?

    Cost?  Cost??  The board is already reasonably priced why bother if the cost it worth it. 

    I think we should be concerned with the red and black color theme, not only is that not stealth but everyone knows that red on a missile just isn't done.

  • Thermaltake Core P3 Chassis Review @ ThinkComputers

    Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 | By: Dennis

    When I was in LA this past July I stopped by the Thermaltake offices and got to see the P3 chassis in person.  It seriously looked like a small version of the P5 which makes sense given the smaller number.  happy smile

    When Thermaltake introduced the Core P5 chassis last October it was pretty revolutionary. There really were not cases out there made specifically show off hardware, mount on your wall, act as a table, etc. The Core P5 was a great chassis no doubt, but there were a few issues that Thermaltake needed to address. Fast forward to today and we have the brand new Core P3 Chassis. Thermaltake has made the chassis smaller, added better SSD mounts, and now the chassis has no problem supporting all-in-one liquid cooling systems. Let’s jump in and see what the Core P3 is all about!

    On a personal note, Not a fan.  Yes I like open air cases but I see no reason EVER to mount your PC on a wall and it would look pretty dumb just sitting beside your desk.

    Of course with that being said I will admit that finding "the perfect case" has been a lifelong struggle for me and while the P3 and P5 are not the case for me I am sure someone out there will be jizzin/juicin to get their hands on one.

  • SilverStone SX700-LPT 700W SFX-L Power Supply Review @ [H]

    Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 | By: Dennis

    There are times when small form factor is just too small but "regular" size is too big.  Its like you need something in the middle but, still small.

    SFX-L is the answer,  it is still SFX but just a little (L)onger to accomidate some extra boxes that shoppers like to tick when buying hardware.  Seriously though, it is a pretty darn good PSU, or at least I think so.

    SilverStone has a new take on small form factor power supplies it is calling "SFX-L." This new form factor extends the standard SFX size by 30mm allowing SilverStone to install a quieter 120mm fan than the usual higher speed and noisier 80mm and 92mm fans. How does all this work out?

    Speaking of: someone asked me about a system build the other day and had this to say.

    "Hey did you hear about this 8 core processor from AMD? It has 4 more cores than the Intel Core i5 and even costs less.  It is way better so I'm going to get that."

    Me: *Shakes head*

  • Project build: Lunchbox 4 - Part 2 @ LanOC Reviews

    Published: Monday, August 29, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Wes is at it again, between the Pascal reviews and hosting mid-west LAN events he is building custom small'ish PCs.  This one is project Lunchbox 4 which nor resembles a lunch box or has room to hold my lunch.

    So yesterday I went through and spoke about each of the components I went with for Lunchbox 4 and why I went with them. Today's the day we dive into customizing the build to make it stand out a little including adding that all important carrying handle. Then after that, I benchmark the build and figure out how the new build compares to our last Lunchbox build. Does it fit our goal of always going smaller and faster? Do I have any regrets with the new build? Well I talk about that in the last section, so don’t forget to check that out as well.

    Seems he hates the stickers but still hasn't removed them so, I'd say he likes them. happy smile