Archive for January, 2019
DM1 FPS On the Surface The first thing you’ll notice about the DM1 FPS is that there is no spectacle. Nothing inherently screams, “Look at me! I’m clearly for hardcore gamers.” Gaming mice scarcely fit in a professional environment. Underneath that shell, however, is a suspiciously well performing mouse.
It’s Been a Long Time NZXT used to be a familiar name in the PSU world. Even though the company was, and still is known for cases, the Hale series stirred up some attention. That was quite a few years ago however, so seeing the new E850 come to market was a decent surprise. The unit has some strong bragging rights, with Seasonic as the OEM, and a new feature that feels quite unique to the industry. First, a quick word from NZXT, then we’ll move right over to the unit.
RGB Elegance Crazy amounts of colorful lighting can look impressive. It also tends to lend itself to a gaudy appearance. A large reason for this is the lack of precise control of the lighting schemes. NZXT is tackling this problem head on with their latest addition of HUE 2 accessories. The goal is to allow a builder to have a plethora of lighting, while being able to expertly synchronize color schemes as well.
But Why is the RGB Gone? It seems like the only new RAM is RGB RAM. In the midst of this, Ballistix makes the bold move to release “normal” memory. The new Sport AT modules arrive with a simplistic design, while partnering with Asus TUF branding. In theory, we should be able to expect some impressive performance. We’ll find that out soon, right after a quick word from Ballistix.
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Merging Classic and Modern Lian Li is one of the elegant case manufacturers. They typically use aluminum construction, but certain designs come with some hefty price tags. The other issue buyers can have with aluminum designs is that they can feel like the case is a bit boring. What’s a company to do? If you’re Lian Li, you make an amazing, innovative design. The Lancool One mixes the best of classic aluminum, and the best of modern beauty.
The Best AIO Just Got Better! I had the opportunity to test out the Drive X2 all-in-one CPU cooler from Swiftech. It was easily one of the best liquid coolers I’d ever seen! Essentially, Swiftech created a pre-assembled custom loop. CLCs pail in comparison to what their units can offer. As expected, the company has improved the design yet again and the Drive X3 was released about a week ago. There looks to be some serious improvements on the design that will likely increase performance, but definitely increases the aesthetic quality.
Who is Eluktronics? You would be forgiven if you asked who Eluktronics is. To be fair, I was actually looking for a completely different NVMe drive when I stumbled across them. On the other hand, I’m glad I did. The company looks like it became an official business in 2011. All considering, that’s incredible young even for a tech biz. The large portion of their products seems to come from laptops. If you’ve ever wanted a BYO option for a gaming laptop, this is the company to check out. I might address that more later, but let’s get back to the NVMe drive.
Solid State Reliability Samsung has always had a good reputation for reliability. Since the Pro Endurance is leaning heavily on longevity, it’s a good thing that it has a strong name behind it. However, this microSD card isn’t going to take the crown in the speed competition. The real question we want to answer is how well this card holds up to its specs, and how well it costs in comparison to the market. We want to give a huge thank you to Samsung for providing the sample in this review.
More Arctic in the US If you don’t know Arctic Cooling, now is a great time to get acquainted. The company has some impressive CPU cooling designs that focus on performance. They may not be the company for flashy RGB right now. On the other hand, it’s one of the great things about them. In fact, the Liquid Freezer line of CLCs has great performance at a great price as well. The opening of a warehouse in Florence, SC should help with better product availability in North America.
The Mother of All Boards I’m a huge fan of Gigabyte’s Aorus branding. The latest addition to their lineup is the X399 Aorus Xtreme motherboard. Since Threadripper Gen 2 is about to release, it makes sense that we’ll see some board refreshes. It looks like the Xtreme pulls out all the stops. The design continues what the X470 Gaming 7 introduced in fins on the heat sinks, RGB covers and addressable lighting. That said, there is a large gamut of solid performance features as well.
Intro to LIQTech TR4 II With Threadripper Gen 2 on the horizon, CPU cooling is becoming a subject of importance. Enermax introduced the LIQTech TR4 as a solution for the large IHS on the chip. Now, AMD isn’t the only company with a redesign. The LIQTech TR4 II can support 500W+ TDP of cooling, which should help with overclocking as well. The pump has a 450 l/h flow rate, a huge amount for a CLC unit. All around, the features are great for Threadripper, but I theorize that these same features could improve cooling performance for all CLCs.
ChinaJoy Say What? The SUBOR announcement is something you would think would make a huge splash. AMD has a new gaming console? That’s big news! That said, announcing a new console at ChinaJoy may not mean a whole lot to you. It might help if I told you that this particular trade show is the largest gaming and digital entertainment show in Asia. The company is actually called Subor, but the console appears to have the same name. This is a new gaming PC expected to launch later this year in China.
Software News? Really!?! Look! I get it. This is a hardware site and you probably want hardware news. But here me out. NZXT has been doing great things with their CAM software. Forge is a company that specializes in capturing and sharing PC game play. If you put two and two together, it looks like NZXT is heading towards making a capture device that doesn’t hamper gaming performance during use.