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    MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review

    Introduction This is it! Right here is the last piece of hardware that I received as a result from my trip to CES back in January. It only took me four months, but that’s the inadvertent side effect of being the solo act for a bit. The good news is it looks li...
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    Rosewill Valens 600M PSU Review

    Introduction Budget PSUs are a bit of a conundrum. The power supply is the heartbeat of your PC so it would make sense that if you want to keep your parts alive, you should get the best unit you possibly can. On the other hand, building a PC within a certain budget c...
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    Rosewill Bradley M PC Case Review

    Introduction Rosewill is back, with another case to help ease the stress on our budgets for building PCs. The Bradley M name doesn’t sound like a really cool thing at first, but some quick research looked like it was named after a troop transport that also has ...
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    AMD Ryzen 1700 OBS Twitch Streaming Guide

    Are you a gamer who’s looking into starting your own Twitch stream? We might have some info that will help you out. It turns out AMD’s Ryzen chips did a great job in game streaming, but there’s some settings that can help optimize that a bit. This i...
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MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review

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Introduction This is it! Right here is the last piece of hardware that I received as a result from my trip to CES back in January. It only took me four months, but that’s the inadvertent side effect of being the solo act for a bit. The good news is it looks like those days are about to be behind me, with new content trickling in from fresh and familiar faces. But enough about me, let’s talk about MSI. We truly live in a golden age of computer hardware. It wasn’t too many years ago that only one motherboard manufacturer stood out as the go-to company for top performance motherboards. Today, I can think of three or four really great companies that all compete for being the best in their own particular ways. MSI is one of those companies. Quality, performance and competitive pricing makes this company a clear contender when shopping for a new motherboard, but we’ll need to flesh out the full details of the Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon to determine if this is the board you should have for your Kaby Lake build. We’ll do that soon enough, but let’s first look at a statement from MSI, especially since it’s been a while since we’ve covered one of their products. (Shame on us!) MSI Vision Profile As a world leading gaming brand, MSI’s goal is to become the most trusted name in gaming and e-sport. We’ve dedicated countless hours and committed numerous resources to the eSports community to support the world’s most aspiring ...


 

16 Phase VRM!?!?!?! Galax Unveils Geforce GTX 1080 Ti HoF Edition

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I don’t publish on many individual GPUs much these days. It’s not because I don’t want to, it’s just there’s a ton of them and my time is pretty limited. That doesn’t mean I won’t speak up about something that blows my mind a bit. Galax just unveiled the Hall of Fame Edition of their GTX 1080 Ti design and the beast has a 16 phase VRM! That doesn’t include the additional 3 for the memory. It takes a lot of power to keep up with 19 phases, so it should come as no surprise that the card has three 8-pin power connectors. While the bracket only looks to take two slots, the fans stick out far enough to make it a 3 slot card. On the other hand, can you imagine what kind of overclock you could get if you put the GPU under a water block? As long as you don’t hit the silicon ceiling first, I imagine liquid cooling would give you a lot of headroom. Check out the article link for more details, as well as the gallery for a bit of a closer look. I didn’t see a retail price for this beast, but I’m pretty sure it will cost your next unborn child if you want to purchase one. Still, Galax looks like they’re doing a great job here and it’s nice to cover a name that we don’t see in the headlines all the time! http://wccftech.com/galax-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-hof-unveiled/ (Caution: Galax has creepy clown faces on their site. Wha….Hu….WHY!?!) http://www.galax.com/en/


BIOSTAR Beats Everyone to the Punch with AM4 Mini ITX Boards

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Wow! Biostar is getting pretty serious about their motherboards and if community response is any indication, they may have a huge win on their hands here. It looks like they released two versions sporting the mini ITX form factor in the X370GTN and B35oGTN. Based on the questions I’ve seen, it looks like several people will be excited to have a mini ITX board to pair with Ryzen and the fact that these belong to the Racing series is a nice bonus. The only mystery left is why Biostar chose to release two chipset versions of what appears to be the same board. http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/mb/result.php?model[]=879&model[]=878& If you follow the link above, you’ll notice I ran a comparison of the two boards. The only difference I can find is the chipset. Personally, I feel like several companies are missing out on the true opportunity of the X370 and B350 chipsets. B350 is like it’s bigger brother in almost every way, but it doesn’t multiple graphics card configurations. That’s the only major difference. What this means is that the B350 can offer quality overclocking and high end board features while still maintaining smaller form factors and better cost efficiency. In other words, X370 should only be on full ATX motherboards with the intention to Crossfire or SLI, while B350 should be more of the mainstream chipset, offering options for good overclocking, but also relegating itself to the mATX or mini ITX form factors. I’m su...


Phanteks announces the latest addition to the EVOLV family, the EVOLV MATX Tempered Glass Edition

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Tempered glass is beautiful. Phanteks cases are beautiful. What happens when you combine the two? ………. The Enthoo Evolv MATX is the next case from the company to get the tempered glass treatment. Features like the aluminum exterior, spacious interior and minimalist design are all items we’ve come to expect from Phanteks. What separates this case from other tempered glass units though, is the hinge design on the panels. This will make the build process quite a bit easier. Phanteks is offering 3 finishes on this design, Satin Black, Anthracite Grey, and Galaxy Silver. I could keep trying to describe this to you, but you’re probably better off checking out the image gallery below. http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-mATX-TemperedGlass.html


AMD Radeon Releases the 500 Series Graphics Cards and Relive 17.4.3 Driver

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It looks like the GPU wars are about to heat up again! I know the big reveal we’re waiting for is Vega, but those of you wanting to see Polaris refined before jumping in have good news with the Release of the 500 Series. Based on a quick look at reviews, it looks like the Polaris refresh has boosted clockspeeds and smoothed out performance, but it does use a bit more power and still doesn’t have a ton of overclocking headroom. On the other hand, Radeon is doing a great job of showing off other beneficial features. In the slide presentation, Radeon Relive, Chill and FreeSync are all pointed out. Having used Relive to do some video capture myself, I can say it worked really well in helping me grab a section of gameplay for one of my videos. Chill definitely helped idle down my R9 290s and FreeSync is so affordable, it’s really hard for me not to recommend an AMD GPU based on the monitor pairings alone. There are a ton of details so check out the press release info below, not only for the 500 series but also the new driver, as well a gallery of the slide presentation. RadeonTM RX 500 Series: The Most Compelling Graphics Card Upgrade Yet Designed with the perfect balance of performance and features for the 9 out of 10 gamers that play on outdated graphics cards SUNNYVALE, Calif. — April 18, 2017 — Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) introduced the RadeonTM RX 500 series, a new line of graphics cards featuring a powerful combination of improved game performance, high...


Rosewill Valens 600M PSU Review

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Introduction Budget PSUs are a bit of a conundrum. The power supply is the heartbeat of your PC so it would make sense that if you want to keep your parts alive, you should get the best unit you possibly can. On the other hand, building a PC within a certain budget can be extremely hard when you want to reach a particular level of performance. Rosewill is the go-to company when you need something in a budget, but that doesn’t answer whether you should use a budget PSU in your system or not. Let’s take a look at the Valens series of PSUs since there’s a good chance that we can balance out the best practices of staying in a budget, while also keeping our expensive equipment as safe as reasonably possible. Before that, let’s take another look at who Rosewill is. Rosewill’s mission is to consistently deliver reliable, high quality PC gaming, IT hardware and home products through leading innovation and long-lasting relationships. Rosewill Inc. was established in 2004, founded by manufacturing reliable, high-quality technology products. The first products under the Rosewill brand name included computer components such as computer cases, power supply units, keyboards, mice and cables. Over time, the product line strategically developed and entered new areas of growth, including PC gaming and home products. Under the management of experienced e-retail experts, Rosewill products can be found on all top e-commerce sites, along with product information and ...


 

Liquid GPU Cooling for the Masses? NZXT Releases the Kraken G12

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CLCs (Closed-Loop-Coolers) are all the rage today and quite honestly, I’m a pretty big fan of them. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the performance and quality in a custom cooling loop, but CLCs make liquid cooling extremely easy for a wide range of builders out there. GPUs can also benefit immensely from liquid, but installing loops on video cards can be a bit trickier. It looks like NZXT is trying to help with the release of their Kraken G12 mounting kit. Not only does it look pretty simple, but the concept of turning a CPU cooler into a GPU one is a great idea, especially when it’s compatible with multiple products. The idea behind the G12 is genius when you think about it. NZXT simply designed a bracket that clicks on to the pump head, just like the one that typically comes with units like the Kraken. When you realize that many CLCs share the same OEM in Asetek or CoolIT, it makes sense that NZXT could pull this off. Top the unit off with a fan to help keep the rest of the video card components cooled down and you have a pretty simple way to put a high end graphics card under liquid. I’d still recommend using a Kraken unit with that awesome RGB mirror design, but you might be able to re-purpose an older CLC you have lying around. If you still want more details on the Kraken G12, check below for features, images and a link to NZXT’s site. The asking price of $29.99 seems like a pretty great deal as well. Let us know what you think in the...


UNIGINE Superposition Benchmark is released!

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We have a new GPU benchmark to test the merit of our latest graphics cards. Unigine is kn0wn for Heaven and Valley, but I imagine Superposition will be the next face of the developer. Check out the press release and image gallery below! APRIL IS WHEN THINGS HEAT UP FOR YOUR GPU! Overclockers all over the world are stocking up on liquid nitrogen. Suppliers are limiting shipments to one liter per customer. Why? Because it’s official: the new Superposition benchmark has been released! A long awaited next-gen benchmark to replace Heaven and Valley. You think, you’ve maxed out on hardware? Want to see your brand new GPU heat up into a ball of blue plasma? Go ahead, try it — launch Superposition. See what real GPU stress looks like. Find out what your rig is really capable of. Download the Superposition benchmark now! Superposition benchmark continues the line of GPU benchmarks by UNIGINE used by tens of millions people around the world. Superposition is a new-generation benchmark tailored for testing reliability and performance of the latest GPUs. Top-notch visuals, support for VR-devices and an interactive mode with mini-games — the list of features built into Superposition could go on and on. A GPU-benchmark is a program designed to test the performance of a computer’s GPU. You can use it to determine the power of your GPU or to compare the performance characteristics of several different GPUs. Superposition also comes packed with other features and functionalities....


Radeon Software Powers Gamers & Creators with Day Zero Support for Windows 10 Creators Update

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AMD published its latest drivers, Radeon Software Driver 17.4.2 and Radeon Pro Software Driver 17.4.2, designed specifically for the release of Windows 10 Creators Update by Microsoft. Windows 10 empowers the creator in all of us to dream big. The Creators Update not only spurs creativity in 3D and mixed reality, letting professionals add upcoming Windows Mixed Reality apps to their workflows – but also enables every gamer to be a broadcaster while getting the most amount of performance out of their Radeon graphics card. The Creators Update has new features for gamers and professional alike, including: Gamers: Improved High Dynamic Range (HDR) Support: With new games supporting HDR and the future release of Radeon FreeSync 2 monitors, HDR is becoming a standard. Delivering lifelike gaming with vibrant colors, HDR shows more detail and realistic lighting effects without compromising shadows. With Windows 10 Creators Edition, HDR can now be enabled within all applications. Windows Game Mode: Designed to give the best performance and gaming consistency while using Windows 10, Game Mode allocates more CPU and GPU resources to the application in the foreground, leading to a 2 to 5 percent increase in performance. Games will also still be compatible when in full screen, borderless full screen or windowed mode. Professionals: More Robust Security: The Windows 10 creator update adds new tools designed to keep sensitive IP secure on your workstation, including the new Windows De...


Rosewill Bradley M PC Case Review

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Introduction Rosewill is back, with another case to help ease the stress on our budgets for building PCs. The Bradley M name doesn’t sound like a really cool thing at first, but some quick research looked like it was named after a troop transport that also has the ability to provide cover fire. The coolness has been doubled! While Rosewill’s case is squarely in a budget tier, I would expect that we’ll have a fairly sturdy unit on our hands as a result of the name choice. We’ll find out how well that works out soon enough, but before we get to the specs, let’s look at Rosewill’s company statement again.   Rosewill’s mission is to consistently deliver reliable, high quality PC gaming, IT hardware and home products through leading innovation and long-lasting relationships. Rosewill Inc. was established in 2004, founded by manufacturing reliable, high-quality technology products. The first products under the Rosewill brand name included computer components such as computer cases, power supply units, keyboards, mice and cables. Over time, the product line strategically developed and entered new areas of growth, including PC gaming and home products. Under the management of experienced e-retail experts, Rosewill products can be found on all top e-commerce sites, along with product information and reviews. Today, Rosewill currently manufactures and markets an immense catalogue of inventive products among its three product categories. Th...


 



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