Archive for December, 2018
Multi-GPU is the future and I don't just mean CrossFireX and SLI. We need mGPU on a hardware level to handle where gaming is headed. Ubisoft is helping to pave the way with Far Cry 5 by having excellent multi graphics card support. The R9 290Xs didn't do too bad either!
RGB CLCs are great, but the truly great ones have addressable RGB lighting. The Enermax LIQFusion CPU cooler has this feature, as well as the new external hose pump. While the lighting looks great already, there's a good chance that cooling performance will be top notch as well.
Seeing a AAA title bundled with an expensive graphics card is normal, but seeing Far Cry 5 bundled with a $150 purchase from Corsair is different. Ubisoft just partnered with them and has even synchronized some of their gaming titles to control hardware lighting effects with iCUE software.
Asrock is joining the graphics card battle with the RX 500 Phantom Gaming Series. Their claims to overclocking may not be as strong as what we were led to believe, but the possibilities of adding solid budget contenders to the competition is a great thing for consumers. More AMD GPUs FTW!
Sometimes looks are more important than performance, but Raijintek doesn't force you to make that trade. The Orcus 240 is an excellent CPU cooler, and it brings an innovative design to the CLC market. Unfortunately, it doesn't have individually addressable RGB LEDs yet.
Aida64 releases version 5.97, including support for new CPU releases, GPUs and Corsair peripherals. There's even a listing for an Nvidia GTX 1060 5 GB. The graphics card sounds like a new release, but it could be specific to a foreign market in relation to the US.
The Super Luce Memory Kits from GeIL with RGB Sync now support Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI motherboard software. It may seem like their RAM is a step behind the curve, but GeIL offers exceptional value when you consider how many features are included at some of the best prices for RGB RAM.
As a special thank you from the Hardware Hound, Pure Overclock is running a contest to win one of two AMD Ryzen 3 CPUs. First place will win the 1300X and second place will win the 1200. Each processor comes with the Spire cooler. Have fun with the Giveaway and Good Luck!
Nvidia is expected to release 4k, 144 Hz monitors with G-Sync and HDR. The displays are under the Asus and Acer brands. The combination of these specs sounds like a major boon for competitive online gaming, but it would be interesting to see if reviewers confirm that.
Raijintek brings an impressive new case design to the market with the Zofos Evo. When we say it's a monster, it's because of the massive EE-ATX design it has. In spite of the size of the chassis, it manages to have a very elegant design and silent features.
Bloody has already proved they can innovate with their optical switches, but the left-sided numpad for gaming and ergonomic keyboards show strokes of genius. The former keeps an identical layout to give better key presses for abilities, while the latter reverses the layout to better suite left numpad typing.
Abko Ncore is an overseas company that might be bringing more products to the US. The Aura is an interesting PC case that not only has RGB lighting, but tons of radiator and fan support. It could also have a huge benefit in providing exception graphics card cooling. No official news on the US market yet.
Swiftech announced the release of Maelstrom D5 Reservoir pump combos. They have a variety of sizes and RGB lighting to fit in a variety of custom cooling loops. With a high flow rate and quality build, many builders would be interested in one for their personal computer.
At first glance, the Arctic Freezer 33 eSports ONE looks like a normal tower cooler, but the key improvements are giving it a seemingly strong amount of cooling ability. It will handle most CPUs while also having a great budget price on release. Looks like Cooler Master has some competition!
Are optical switches the next big thing? Maybe more so for competitive gaming than daily use, but the Gamdias Hermes P2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard has a great feel for typing with the blue switches. The quality is certainly mythic level and any gamer should consider them as an option.