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Noctua Chromax Show Off – Fans, Extensions, Heat Sink Covers & More


Noctua are looking to break into another market and to add some spice to their current products... can they do it with their Chromax series of accessories? Let's find out!


 

Corsair Should Step Up it’s Hydro Pro Cooling Game (IMO)

Most of the time, we’re going to cover exciting releases that give buyers something to look forward to. On the other hand, we occasionally need to call out a product that doesn’t seem to be trying hard enough. Corsair has long been known as a leading manufacturer of CLC systems, being one of the first companies to add new features and performance levels to the market. CES 2018 introduced us to new Corsair Hydro Pro series coolers, but the design seems a tad underwhelming. The H150i Pro and H115i Pro are nearly identical. The former has a full 360mm radiator, but everything else about the design is identical to its 240mm sibling. To start with, it seems like it’s time for Corsair to bring their RGB fans to one of their CLCs. The grey color of the blades is so flat that I’d almost prefer them to be black so that they blend into a builder’s system who doesn’t want flashy parts. Corsair has plenty of units like this which also make the release feel bland. Next is the pump block design. If you love the Corsair logo, then it will work great for you. If you wanted literally anything other than another company logo shining at your face, you’re probably as underwhelmed as I am. On top of that, the light grey edge around the logo is such a poor choice of color. I can’t find words to say how I feel about this because while it isn’t a terrible color, it does so little to compliment any build scheme that I feel exhausted looking at ...


Crucial MX500 SSD Review


Introduction One of these drives is the greatest deal in hard drives. The other is a Crucial MX300. If that didn’t clue you in, spoilers ahead. We’re reviewing the Crucial MX500 and we have improvements abound. About Crucial: Memory and storage are crucial – your system won’t work without them. Every time you press your system’s power button, load apps, save documents, stream content or virtualize databases, you’re using memory or storage. As a brand of Micron, one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world, we bring you the quality and expertise that’s been built into new computers for 35-plus years. You’ll notice the difference.  


 

Best Reviews of AMD’s Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G

The long awaited pairing of AMD processing and Vega graphics has finally arrived. We may not be able to put the chips to the test ourselves, but there’s a decent number of reviews on the web doing the work for us. Sorting through all of the reviews can take some work though, so we decided to help steer you towards the ones that seem to do the best job of bringing the best information to the table. Check out what we have and if you think a review covers something not listed here, leave a link in the comments below with a reason why you think it should be looked at. Short and to the Point, but Good Benchmarks If you just want a nice, fast read that still gives good testing results, ExtremeTech seemed to hit the nail on the head here. It’s a one page review, but there’s a number of graphs to click through. This should give you a solid overview of what the new Ryzen 5 2400G is capable of. AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Review: The Best Blend of CPU and GPU Performance We’ve Ever Seen Detailed Review of CPU and iGPU I sort of knew AnandTech would be my likely choice for a detailed, comprehensive review ahead of time, but the choice was confirmed after checking several other reviews out. This isn’t to say other sites weren’t detailed, or did a poor job, but this review is certainly one of best ones for digging into a ton of results for the reader to view. https://www.anandtech.com/show/12425/marrying-vega-and-zen-the-amd-ryzen-5-2400g-review OVERCLOCKING? ...


AMD Taking the “Zen” Approach to Radeon with New Graphics Architecture, 2020-2021

Ryzen is one of the biggest, and most exciting releases in a long time. We not only got a huge performance leap from FX, but AMD opened the access to more cores and threads for everyone. This came about by a drastic decision to completely abandon the old and start over from the ground up. The GPU side of AMD has struggled as of late, but it seems like Radeon is about to follow in Zen’s footsteps. GCN was introduced in 2011. AMD had some strong offerings based on the architecture, but Vega is starting a trend that sees Radeon struggle to keep up with the competition. Unless Navi does a miracle of performance increase, it’s unlikely to close the performance deficits Nvidia keeps creating in gaming. It was sounding like it might be time for a complete rework and rumor has it that Radeon’s new leadership is going to helm the way. There’s no word on what the name will be, but sometime around 2020, a brand new macro architecture is expected to succeed GCN. The performance jump is supposedly going to be reminiscent of the jump from TeraScale to GCN. While only time will tell how successful this new architecture will be, I’m excited to hear that Radeon is starting from scratch in a similar manner to Zen. It gives me hope that in a couple years, AMD can make up for lost time and bring back the serious competition on all levels. Of course Vega was a similar hope, so take this with a grain of salt as well. Check out the link from WCCF for more info and c...


600K Read/Write IOPS!?! Viper m.2 SSD Shows off Impressive Specs

I think Patriot is trying to exhaust the bandwidth of NVMe. We’ve seen several M.2 drives release in recent years and performance is constantly improving. While no one will argue that NVMe drives are nice step up from SATA SSDs, the trend of having at least one low spec in the various read/write performance numbers was continuing to be evident. Now all of that is about to change because it looks like Viper’s next M.2 release is going to have crazy awesome storage speeds. Manufacturers tout four performance numbers when they’re proud of their storage speeds. There’s the typical sequential read/write speeds, but the ones who really believe they have a great drive also advertise their random read/write speeds. Typically, either the sequential write or random write speed will pale in comparison to the other specs. Viper decided that weakness would not be tolerated in any aspect of the drive. Granted much of the performance will have to do with Phison’s new PS5012-E12 controller, but both the sequential read and write speeds are at or above the 3000 MB/s mark. That’s not the real interesting spec though. Random read/write speeds are typically more important to Windows users and Viper has blistering 600K IOPS speeds for both specs! Not only does that round the entire drive out nicely, 600K is really freakin’ fast!!! As always, we have to mention one big caveat before we talk about how fast Viper’s new drive is going to be. There ne...


The Bloody B975 Keyboard has Optical Switches and a Great Actuation Point

For many of us, a good keyboard was a bit of an afterthought when it cam to building our PC. It only took our first mechanical one to completely change our minds. The next step in keyboard evolution seems to be optical and I’m a bit surprised I’m not seeing more companies jumping on board. Thankfully, not only is Bloody offering optical switches in their new B975 keyboard, but the actuation point is improved from traditional mechanical switches as well. The huge selling point for optical switches is that they’re supposed to respond 25% faster than mechanical. When you look at how fiber internet improved on the speeds of copper lines, it’s no surprise at all. If you’re a typist, you probably won’t care nearly as much, but the competitive gamer should definitely be interested. You may not sit down to a B975 keyboard and notice a difference in the first 2 minutes, but a couple of days can make you feel like you have a bit more of an edge than before. An issue I’ve seen with other optical switches though, is that they retain the same actuation point as traditional mechanical switches, around 2mm. Bloody improves on the design by making sure the B900 series has a 1.5mm actuation point on their boards. EpicGear, while still using mechanical switches, did the same thing with the actuation point on their Defiant boards. My experience there was that at first I was pretty sure it made a difference, but after some solid use of going back and ...


ANSWERED! Can anyone Answer how many VRMs are for the CPU Cores on this MSI X370 Gaming M7 ACK?

Update: Not only did MSI get me an answer, but the answer was also the one I was hoping for.Based on this, we can make a pretty good assumption on which VRMs are for the CPU core and which ones are for the SOC. Remember, what we see as the objects that are being circled are just the capacitors. Each phase of a VRM involves multiple pieces, only some of which are visible from above. Counting the capacitors is an easy way to get a close idea what a board has to offer. Needless to say there are some points I can’t say with 100% certainty are correct, but this is a much closer picture of where each VRM is at and what their role is. Thank you MSI for your help in answering this! Let’s get the two obvious answers (that I already know) out of the way before all the “smart” people try show off their superiority. We can easily count the chokes on the board and see there is 12. If we do a bit of digging, which I did, we can find out that some say it’s a 10+2 power phase design. Neither of these figures completely answer my question. Let me explain the exact information I’m hoping to find, while I also gloat about how great this MSI X370 Gaming M7 ACK motherboard looks on the surface. Zen+ is coming soon and for builders who want a long term motherboard solution, I like to help them find X370 boards that look like they can handle a few iterations of Ryzen. When it comes to overclocking, finding a good strong VRM is important, but AMD has more to th...





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