Archive for February, 2019
AMD makes a bold move in sending a loaner CPU to builders who can't boot their system with a new Ryzen APU. Some motherboard don't have the proper BIOS for Vega support, so AMD will loan a previous model CPU for flashing, but as expected the loaner will need to be returned.
EK announced a new Monoblock to work with the new X399 chipset from Intel. This ones is specific to MSI motherboards, but if you check out their site, you can find a lot more monoblocks for a variety of motherboards. EK is known for their liquid cooling components so it's no real surprise.
Noctua is long renowned for having silent fans. They also have beige colors. Chromax changes everything to add a much needed stylish flair to their heat sink and fan lineup. You won't find RGB lighting, but the choices of blue, green, red, yellow, black and white accessories adds a lot.
Opinion: The Hydro Pro series is likely to have solid cooling performance for CPUs, but the aesthetics look like they took a step back from previous releases Corsair designed. On the plus side, they did announce the 1600W AX series power supply at CES as well.
The best storage solution for a computer isn't the fastest one. It's the SSD that can balance price, performance and capacity. The Crucial MX500 does this the best and is a must have product for anyone building a computer. It won't compete with NVMe, but it's top tier among SATA performance.
AMD finally released the awaited pairing of Ryzen and Vega with the 2400G and 2200G. Sometimes we don't get the opportunity to review a product, so we tried to help you find the right one. Whether you want gaming performance, a quick review, or video, we have some great options to choose from.
Ryzen CPUs were a hugely successful release, but it took completely redesigning the architecture from the ground up. It looks like AMD will take the same approach with their Radeon division to introduce a new graphics architecture in 2020-2021.
Patriot Viper is getting serious about entering the NVMe SSD market. A new m.2 storage drive has over 3000 MB/s read and write speeds, with an impressive 600k IOPS read and write speeds. Of course, testing will need to be done to confirm if Viper can measure up.
Bloody, a newer name in keyboards, has an optical switch design that is meant to improve competitive gaming performance. Not only do they have a low actuation point, but the optical latency is rated a lot lower than traditional mechanical switches.
Determining the VRM count for X370 boards is a bit complicated. Sometimes, more of them are dedicated to the SOC, limiting the amount for the CPU cores. After some digging and questioning, we found out how many VRMs are dedicated to the CPU cores on the MSI X370 Gaming M7 ACK.
If you already have a compatible closed loop cooler, buying an NZXT Kraken G12 is an easy choice for cooling your GPU. However, some builder look for the right CLC to purchase with the bracket. Here's a guide of compatible units, as well as one of the best choices to balance cost and performance.
Swiftech is long known for their custom liquid cooling components. That hasn't stopped them from improving their Apogee water block, as well as their new site. The Apogee SFK has a prestige variant as well, and their new website brings the company up to the modern era!
Patriot has aggressively styled heat spreaders and LED lighting, making their RAM kits attractive. However, it's the overclocking potential of the Viper LED DDR4 that really shines. They only come in RED or White LED, but we're hoping for RGB in the future.
The next generation of Ryzen is about to release, properly named Zen+, and a lot of speculation is floating around about the CPU performance. We should probably curb the expectations though since, AMD is unlikely to bring massive gains on a year after refresh.