Archive for February, 2021
Less than Stellar Releases When AMD first announced the chipsets for Ryzen, the B350 should have caught most everyone’s eye. It would still handle the premium features of other boards with overclocking and connection options. However, less PCIe lanes meant that it would only have what the majority of builders needed. A buyer could save some money, but still have excellent performance. That said, B350 boards axed too many high end features to make them worth it in comparison to X370. The B450 chipset was looking to have similar problems with most manufacturers, but Aorus stood out from the crowd.
P850W for mGPU Gigabyte is moving it’s Aorus branding to PSUs now. The P850W is being touted as a mGPU level unit that can handle 4k ready systems. If you’re running to 1070s or 1080s, or even a couple of RX 5xx series cards, then 850W is plenty. Two 1080 Tis would probably benefit from having a 1000W and when you start looking at two Vega GPUs, 1200W isn’t a bad idea. This makes the new units a solid release from Aorus, but we need something a little more interesting to get excited here.
Sport AT for TUF Gaming I may be an RGB-oholic, but I appreciate companies showing love to those who aren’t. Ballistix added the Sport AT model to their lineup. While it takes some rugged design notes from the Tactical Tracer RGB series, it forgoes the fancy lighting for a more mature design. (I know, I admit to my immaturity!) In particular the yellow highlights on the heat spreaders match particularly well with the Asus TUF branding of motherboards.
NZXT Launches E Series Remember when NZXT was just a case and cooler company? Pepperidge Farm remembers. The company has upped their game in some incredible ways. First they introduced a motherboard, and now they have PSUs. Okay, they’ve had PSUs, but these ones are special. The E Series gives builders a choice between a 500W, 650W and 850W model. All three are rated with an 80 PLUS Gold efficiency, which quite frankly is more than enough for normal use. You might think NZXT is just jumping on a bandwagon, but that’s seriously not the case here.
Introduction Is Virtual Reality supposed to be the gold standard of immersion? VR is nice, but the reality for most of us is that we depend on a monitor for our computing experience above anything else. The good news is that panel technology is improving immensely, on top of being more affordable. The ViewSonic XG2701 gives gaming a huge improvement with a 144 Hz refresh rate and FreeSync technology. On the other hand, we still have to put up with a TN panel. The real question is how well ViewSonic does with the other feature to help offset the aging panel technology on this model. We’ll address that soon, right after a statement from the company.
Micron does an amazing job with their latest memory in the Ballistix lineup. Not only does the Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 kit look great, it has excellent build quality and the overclocking was excellent. The MOD software needs a little work and the price is a bit high, but still a very worthy kit.
The AR07 is a solid looking cooler with quiet operation. Silverstone gives the buyer a unique budget option for the CPU, but cooling performance isn't as high as expected. This unit would be a solid upgrade to low-end stock cooler for sure though.