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ZOTAC Caters To High-End Small Form-Factor Gamers With ArcticStorm Mini GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Posted on October 19, 2017 11:50 AM by Rob Williams
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini

When so many of the available top-end graphics cards on the market are all sorts of bulky, I get excited whenever a company decides to do their best to whittle down the size, offering the same performance in a smaller form-factor. While the need for this kind of thing is really quite…..

NZXT Launches H-Series Cases & GRID+ V3 Fan Controller

Posted on October 17, 2017 5:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
NZXT H700i White Feature Image

Cooling and looking cool have always been a part of the DIY PC gaming community. NZXT would like to fulfill both those obligations with its new product launches; the H-series cases for the looks, and the GRID+ V3 for the cooling. Clean lines, mesh filters, flat surfaces, and of course, tempered glass…..

Bungie Releases Destiny 2 PC System Requirements & Launch Schedule

Posted on October 13, 2017 7:28 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny 2 PC Launch Times

Something that’s been on the back of my mind ever since the console version of Destiny 2 launched has been when Bungie would begin talking about the PC version. I was surprised the other day when I received an email trying to hype it up – but it didn’t come from Bungie.…..

Corsair Throws Some RGB At Its RGB Fans For Even More RGB With New LL Series Fans

Posted on October 13, 2017 6:40 PM by Jamie Fletcher
LL120 RGB 25 2up

How much RGB does someone need in a PC? Corsair thinks ‘all of it’ is an appropriate answer, as it releases a new set of PC fans with 16 LEDs packed into each one. The new LL Series of fans are for those that want to look cool, but sound cool too……..

Antlion Audio Brings The ModMic To Businesses & Home Office Workers

Posted on October 12, 2017 6:50 PM by Jamie Fletcher

ModMics from Anlion Audio have gained in popularity over the years. We’ve taken a look at a couple of different versions, including the two different omni and unidirectional ModMic 4s, and the more recent ModMic 5. These microphones have mostly been targeted at gamers with a taste for high-end headphones, but now,…..

Cooler Master’s MasterCase H500P Is All About RGB & Keeping Things Tidy

Posted on October 11, 2017 12:50 PM by Jamie Fletcher
CM MasterCase H500P Purple Rain

It amazes me the selection of cases available today. I don’t think I know of a single company that makes the venerable beige box anymore (that’s not a challenge to go find one, either). Cooler Master has refreshed its range of chassis designs, including a $50 one with a tempered glass panel.…..

NVIDIA’s Ansel Screenshot Technology Now Supported In 28 Games

Posted on October 10, 2017 10:31 AM by Rob Williams
Middle-earth Shadow of War (NVIDIA Ansel)

Prefacing the launch of the new Middle-earth: Shadow of War, which releases today, NVIDIA shot over word that the game has become the latest to support its Ansel screenshot technology. That in itself isn’t what impressed me, although it was nice to see. What impressed me was the list that followed –…..

Cooler Master’s MasterBox MB600L A Feature-packed Mid-tower Priced At Just $50

Posted on October 10, 2017 8:58 AM by Rob Williams
Cooler Master MasterBox MB600L Thumb

It’s a good thing that the market is chock-full of chassis of all shapes and sizes, because it means if you look hard enough, you’re going to find a chassis that’s fine-tuned just for you (and well, everyone else with the same taste). Who’s Cooler Master’s MasterBox MB600L for? I’d wager it’s…..

Chaos V-Ray Bench Update Yields Very Different Results For AMD Radeon GPUs

Posted on October 6, 2017 5:30 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 - Thumbnail

When AMD launched its Radeon RX Vega series, I decided to go about the launch a different way: by focusing on compute more than gaming. Ultimately, that turned out to be a great idea, as per my memory, that review turned out to be the most popular review we’ve ever had of…..

Seagate Launches 12TB IronWolf & Barracuda Pro Hard Drives

Posted on October 5, 2017 6:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Seagate 12TB Internal Platters

Seagate has released its latest tear of hard drives for the performance segment, looking at not just high-capacity, but high speed, too. The drives fall under Seagate’s IronWolf range for network storage, and Barracuda Pro for desktops, extending them to 12TB, up from 10TB. Both drives are helium filled to allow for…..

QNAP’s TS-453BT3 4-bay NAS Caters To Creative Professionals, Offers Thunderbolt 3 & Dual M.2 Slots

Posted on October 5, 2017 11:27 AM by Rob Williams
QNAP TS-453BT3 4-bay Thunderbolt NAS

Every once in a while, a NAS comes along that stops me right in my tracks (admittedly, not that hard since I’m usually sitting), and QNAP’s TS-453BT3 is definitely one of those. This NAS is in all regards top-end, and has a price tag to match. Based on a single etailer, the…..

A Specific Batch Of AMD Ryzen 5 Six-Core Chips Shipped With Eight Cores Active

Posted on October 5, 2017 10:34 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen 5 Box

Whenever we see one product that’s scaled down from another, it’s always fun to wonder if it’d be possible to unlock extra capability, and in effect, increase the value. Overclocking could help increase the value, but that’d still pale in comparison to being able to add two additional cores to a CPU,…..

Forza Motorsport 7 Hits Xbox One & PC, Runs Great On Midrange GPUs

Posted on October 4, 2017 4:42 PM by Rob Williams
Forza Motorsport 7 - Rally Racing

The latest title in the mainline Forza series has just released, and sticking to tradition, it’s simply called Forza Motorsport 7. What makes this release really special is that it’s the first full Forza Motorsport release that’s available for the PC. While the game likely runs at 60 FPS on the Xbox One…..

What Can An SSD Do For Destiny 2 On PS4? We Take A Look

Posted on October 4, 2017 12:25 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny 2 Promo Art

I am such a sucker for Bungie’s Destiny, that I can’t be happy simply playing it. I need to benchmark it, too (OK, maybe not a huge surprise if you follow the site regularly). When the PC beta rolled around, I threw 11 GPUs at it, and last year, I included the…..

Intel Coffee Lake Pin Diagram Confirms Power Delivery Changes

Posted on October 2, 2017 4:59 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Coffee Lake Pin Diagram

In the lead-up to the launch of its 8th-gen Core processors later this week, Intel has dealt with a lot of flack for the fact that its brand-new Coffee Lake processors will not be compatible with outgoing motherboards. On the surface, it’s easy to understand that ire, because after all, Coffee Lake…..

AMD Releases Update To Enable Bootable NVMe RAID Modes On X399 Motherboards

Posted on October 2, 2017 2:47 PM by Rob Williams
ASUS PRIME X399-A Motherboard

Sticking to its promise of delivering bootable NVMe RAID support to every owner of an X399-equipped motherboard, AMD has today released the update necessary – much to the chagrin of Intel, I’m sure. Currently, Intel’s best implementation of RAID NVMe requires a license key, the use of specific drives, and is primarily…..

Intel Updates Its Core X Product Stack, Graces The Top With 18-core i9-7980XE

Posted on September 25, 2017 4:20 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Core i9-7960X 16-core & i9-7980XE 18-core Processors Thumb

A couple of months ago, Intel launched its (then) top-end 7900X, a 10-core chip that somehow deserved a new, much grander moniker: Core i9. At the time, I wrote that since last year’s top-end 10-core model, 6950X, was also an i7, it made no sense to see this year’s 10-core called anything…..

Intel Announces 8th-gen Core Desktop CPUs, Set To Become Available On Oct 5

Posted on September 25, 2017 11:30 AM by Rob Williams
Intel Core i7 8th Gen Box Art

Following-up on the launch of its 8th-gen Core processors for notebooks last month, Intel today reveals its desktop complement. I admit; it doesn’t even feel that long ago that the i7-2600K came out, and the i7-4770K? It still strikes me as a modern CPU. But here we are, looking at an 8th-gen…..

NVIDIA Releases Exclusive Need For Speed: Payback 4K/60 Gameplay Trailer

Posted on September 20, 2017 12:06 PM by Rob Williams
Need for Speed Payback (NVIDIA Exclusive Trailer)

Proving that some series are just not meant to die, Ghost Games, along with beloved publisher EA, are soon to release the twenty-third iteration of Need for Speed, dubbed Payback. The title doesn’t leave much to the imagination about what to expect from the story. Payback, due out on November 10, features…..

A Look At NVIDIA’s Ansel Screenshot Tool In Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

Posted on September 18, 2017 4:29 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Ansel - PES 2018

As covered last month, NVIDIA’s Ansel screenshot technology makes its debut in a sports game through Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, or PES 2018 for short. So far, the game has been enjoying some good reception from fans, but hopefully those fans playing on the PC and running a GeForce graphics card decide…..

Sanding Down AMD Ryzen Threadripper Dies Reveals Circuitry Inside Of The Two ‘Dummy Dies’

Posted on September 16, 2017 2:11 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen Threadripper Die Reveal (Credit to der8auer)

When an engineering sample of a Ryzen Threadripper chip revealed four die under the IHS a couple of months ago, some were surprised, and some weren’t. I admit that I was in the latter camp; I had suspected from the get-go that Threadripper was essentially an EPYC CPU with two die that didn’t…..

Synology 2018 Event Plus Sale On RT1900ac & RT2600ac Routers

Posted on September 15, 2017 9:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Synology RT2600ac Feature Image

Synology has become synonymous with network storage over the years. Its NAS units are some of the best in the industry, scaling from small, home-use, simple disk caddies for network storage, up to large, multi-rack enterprise storage management systems. What really set them apart was the software stack, and building one of…..

Logitech Announces A New Tilting Trackball – MX ERGO

Posted on September 7, 2017 5:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Logitech MX ERGO Top View

Strange as it seems, trackballs are still a thing. While they are often seen as archaic and bring up bad memories from 90s style laptops, trackballs still have a purpose and are enjoyed by many people. Choices are limited, with Logitech being one of the few companies out there to manufacture them…..

Destiny 2’s PC Beta Included A Legal Aim Bot

Posted on September 5, 2017 2:34 PM by Rob Williams
Destiny 2 Promo Art

Despite the overall lack of content, last week’s Destiny 2 PC beta seemed to go off without a hitch – minus the fact that Bungie killed off Fraps support in the middle of my benchmarking. I spent hours testing out and benchmarking the beta, and really, there was no bad taste left…..

AMD’s $549 Ryzen Threadripper 1900X Has Landed, Delivering A Top-End Platform For A Mid-Range Price

Posted on August 31, 2017 4:13 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen Threadripper SKUs

When AMD launched its Ryzen Threadripper processors last month, the company pulled a surprise out of its hat: the 1900X. As if the 1920X and 1950X weren’t feature-packed enough for their price, AMD wanted to offer a chip similar to its Ryzen 7 1800X, but with the backing of a top-end enthusiast…..

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