Archive for January, 2019
Closed Loop Coolers make liquid CPU cooling easy, but many of them feel like carbon copies. The Raijintekk Orcus 240 not only looks great with its RGB design, but the innovation of putting the pump on the hoses is an exciting new design.
Awards are about as subjective as it gets, but understanding our thought process behind how we award computer hardware components will help bring a little more value to the system. Each review focuses on three main areas: Quality, Performance, and Value.
Most gamers, and even developers, avoid CrossfireX or SLI like the plague. That's why it's a huge surprise to see a game even adopt multi-GPU configurations, let alone recommend them. Far Cry 5 will like shape up to be an intensive game at 4K resolution.
Gamdias may not be the big name in the PSU industry, but they probably should be. Their RGB power supplies were shown off at CES and they look excellent. It's not just the lighting, but the design on the grill that stands out as unique among similar components.
If Skiller sounds like a bad pun, you're probably right. On the plus side, the painted interiors of Sharkoon's PC cases are a great idea that stands out in the chassis market. You will have to overlook some budgety aspects of the case, but at least it has some decent looking build space.
With all the anticipation for AMD and Radeon's Vega architecture, the performance did not live up to the expectation. Then Raja left to work for Intel and the graphics division looked like it was in serious limbo. The new hires to run the division however, look like they can turn things around.
Improving on previous case designs can get boring. How many models get a tempered glass upgrade, with everything else about the chassis staying the same? Deepcool introduced a completely new design with the Ark 90 and while it continues to have an included CLC, it stands out as fresh.
Samsung announced a new SATA SSD that mentioned having DDR4! On further research, I realized these storage solutions are like a mini-computer. The controller, RAM and NAND modules work together before communicating with the rest of the PC. The 860 Pro has minor performance improvements, but a 4 TB capacity!
Aigo may be obscure, but their cooling components add a nice variety to the market. The Icy K4 RGB CPU cooler won't win any cooling awards, but the illumination is top notch for such a new company. If you want RGB lighting to sync with your motherboard, this is a great option.
If you've contemplated the idea of adapting an Ethernet port into wireless, you may be disappointed in what you find. The way it works is using a feature called Client-Bridge mode on a router. It acts as a wireless adapter, using your Ethernet port instead of USB or PCI. Refurbed Trendnet units are the affordable way.
NZXT is still a great case designer and while there is sure to be a lot to love with the H700i, the chassis is really missing the mark in a couple of points. Not only is the glass panel still using four thumbscrews instead of a hinge and latch, but the radiator bracket doesn't seem to ease CLC installs enough.
Liquid Cooled usually indicates the image of water flowing over a block. Adata is actually using a method called phase change cooling, where a chemical boils at a low enough temperature to remove heat from the RAM modules. They named it project Jellyfish.
Enermax had quite a few products to show off at CES 2018. There was the Saberay PC Case, MaxTytan Titanium and Revolution Gold PSUs, T.B. RGB and Silence Case Fans, and LiqFusion and LiqTech CPU Coolers, Some of the best feature highlights are one click latches for glass panels and a really strong pump flow rate.
With Raja starting to work with Intel, it may sound like the company is going to improve their graphics exponentially. On the other hand, iGPUs and dGPUs can add more work to game development, driver integration and component compatibility. Time will tell on what benefit this has on the industry.
Pick your poison! You can have one PSU power two systems, or two power supplies for one computer. Either way, Phanteks adds an interesting innovation to the PSU market. Particularly for PCs that add extra graphics cards, like mining stations, being able to add a PSU can be pretty helpful.