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  • Raijintek Thetis and Asterion Plus Chassis Review

    Introduction How does a company stand out in the PC component market today? The simple fact is there is a ton of products to choose from and it’s getting harder to come up with a unique design that can blow the minds of consumers. Cases are finding an increasin...
  • Too Many Chipsets? The Differences Between Motherboards

    Have you ever tried to figure out the minuscule differences in motherboard chipsets and had a really hard time finding the information you wanted? I believed that when I started this endeavor, I’d be pulling a few articles up, grabbing the info I wanted, and pu...
  • A Noctua Fan Overview – 40mm to 200mm Varieties!

    Noctua fans are known for their proven performance and reliability, as well as excellent acoustics and unique color scheme. Are they worth your buck? Find out what we think!
  • E-Win Champion Series Gaming Chair Review

    Introduction I’m a firm believer now that everyone who uses a computer heavily needs to own a good gaming chair for their station. It’s not because gaming chairs are cool, even if they kind of are, but mainly because they all seem to be built with heavy e...
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Ain’t Your Daddy’s ASRock! Killing it with M-ATX Threadripper Board

ASRock used to be the company you sort of settled with because of your budget, while you wished you could afford something better. Lately though, ASRock has been the must have company, yet they still fit into that nice budget. While I can’t vouch for their Intel boards as much, I’m finishing up a review of the X370 Taichi and, spoiler alert, that board might be the best AM4 one on the market to date. With CES in full swing, it looks like ASRock has a M-ATX Threadripper board as well as some others to announce. Squeezing Threadripper into an M-ATX factor may not seem possible, but the X399M Taichi proves it can be done. Of course, ASRock proves more than the simple fact it can be done. Sure, you do end up with only 4 RAM slots, but there’s still an 11 power phase design, Purity Sound 4 and a decent number of USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections. The heatsink design also looks excellent with it’s grey color design, especially since it will easily complement nearly any component or case. ASRock managed to do a similar concept with the X299M Extreme4, which supports LGA 2066 Intel chips and they also announced a new mini desktop system. Those are bit less on the overclocking features I usually queue in on, but you can check out more details in the link below. I have to admit, going smaller on the form factor is becoming more appealing to me, especially when power isn’t sacrificed. Full ATX boards are still offering more in overclocking and features, but th...


Nvidia’s CES 2018 isn’t Super Exciting, but still Relevant

For the most part, the only real news we want to hear from Nvidia is what’s coming down the pipes for graphics card releases. This makes sense because we’re a hardware site, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t other important announcements to keep an eye out for. Many of us get into PC hardware because of gaming and Nvidia just made two very important steps in the gaming arena. For starters, we have the announcement of the BFGDs, or Big Format Game Displays. Sure, a 65″ display would be fun to play on, but most of us live in the real world and even if we could afford such a monstrosity, would still have no where we could put it. No, what’s really important is the specs behind these displays. We’re talking full 4k support AND 120 Hz refresh rate. While it will take hefty hardware to support this, the ability for more than 60 Hz on a 4k display is a great step in the right direction. In light of this, Nvidia also announced the free beta for the Geforce Now app. Does your computer suck? Geforce now let’s you play games remotely using Nvidia’s top notch hardware, while streaming it back to your display at a much higher quality than what the computer could normally handle. These announcements could really change PC gaming for the masses. A consumer could invest in a high-end 4k display, hook it up to even a laptop that has just enough power to support it, and enjoy high quality gaming without spending thousands of dollars on m...


Phanteks Catch-Up: Enthoo Pro TG, Halos Lux Fan Frames, Glacier Reservoirs

Phanteks is a PC builder’s, pun intended, wet dream when it comes to computer cases. They represent quality, elegance, and amazing support for custom cooling loops. Last month, they announced quite a few products and I feel like you might want a heads up of what’s to come. Not only do we have a glass version of the Enthoo Pro case, but we also have RGB fan rings and innovative reservoirs. Tempered glass is almost a necessity for a case that’s as amazing as the Enthoo Pro series. Phanteks also has a special edition that gives you an extra fan and two of their RGB fan frames. The only issue I have is the lack of a hinge/latch system for the glass panels, which I feel is a necessary extra step for this caliber of case. Going back to the fan frames though, the Halos Lux are compatible with motherboard RGB headers so you can integrate the lighting with the rest of your system. This also allows RGB to be completely optional and match it to high performing case/radiator fans. Finally, the Glacier series reservoirs come in two sizes and integrate two fairly unique features. The inclusion of a heatsink to help mitigate heat retention is a cool concept, but may not add much to performance in practical use. The fan bracket however, is a great addition that makes installing the reservoir easy in just about any type of case. Check out the gallery below and you’ll get a good look at everything Phanteks released recently. You can also follow the links to see the f...


AMD’s Ryzen APUs are Finally Revealed, and they Look Great!

I’m a huge, HUGE fan of AMD APUs. Intel may have had a huge performance lead in processing, but my experience with their integrated graphics has been just slightly above awful. Even in just a desktop office computer environment, the Intel integrated graphics are barely passable to keep programs running. Switching to FM2+ APUs smoothed out user experiences across our environment, but I had to custom build systems in order to get us set up that way (and cheaper). I’ll probably continue to build systems where I work, but the introduction of very cost efficient Ryzen APUs should be a great addition to laptops and workstations across the board. The Ryzen 5 2400G is the flagship model currently. It has 4 CPU cores, but one of the huge upgrades from the old families of APUs is the 2 threads per core. The graphics core has 11 GCUs, which theoretically adds up to a total of 15 cores in the package and a total of 19 available threads. In essence, this little chip is adding up to a heck of a deal considering the announcement of a $169 price tag. The Ryzen 3 2200G might be even more impressive though in that, while it does lose a bit of frequency and some GCUs/CPU threads, it comes at a very attractive $99 price tag. Oh, and if those prices weren’t interesting enough, AMD is officially cutting the prices on their entire Ryzen lineup. I’ve already seen some of these prices from sales, so there’s a good chance that sale prices will drop even further down. A...


Deepcool Features Limited Edition Quadstellar and the Stellar Fryzen CPU Cooler

It’s official I think. Deepcool is the most futuristic feeling company in the business right now. Not only does the Quadstellar look like a spaceship, but the innovation of making it a “smart” case as well is a great time when the smart features help with cooling. Deepcool is going all out with releases of limited editions of their most innovative designs, but they also announced what could be the coolest CPU tower cooler I’ve seen to date. The Quadstellar Case, Ark 90 Case and Captain 240EX CPU cooler are all getting limited edition releases. The choice of a silver finish is really elegant, but I feel like orange accents will limit the appeal to a very specific audience. Hey, on the other hand, maybe a lot more people like orange than I know. This is a pretty good announcement where it stands, but the latest tower CPU cooler design they have is absolutely fantastic. The Fryzen has all of the RGB bling we’ve come to expect from Deepcool, but the design is specifically for AMD Threadripper, while also supporting AM4 sockets. Deepcool, I need one of these now! With all of these new announcements, I have such a mixture of emotions. I’m super excited about the news I’m seeing, but I can’t help but feel the waves of depression wafting over me because I’m not at CES this year. Hopefully next year will be a bit more open for me, but the product releases are certainly worth bringing to your attention, even if I have to do it fr...


It’s Dogs and Cats Living Together! Intel has Radeon Vega Graphics

I’ve checked my calendar as many times as I possibly can and I’m pretty sure we have 3 months to go before April hits. The other possible explanation is that we are the alternate reality, because I can’t figure out the real reason between AMD and Intel working together on anything. In fact, the real reality must be the one where they are still bitter rivals and we exist outside of that. On the flip side, Intel is using Vega graphics in their latest release and this is really great news. Intel’s new 8th gen processors, geared towards mobility, are adding the Vega graphics core with HBM2 memory. The huge benefit from this is saving space and power consumption, all while increasing computing and gaming performance. However, there’s another big reason why this is such big news. Nvidia may dominate the GPU market, but something that’s easy to forget is how many gamers use integrated graphics to play titles on a laptop. This could begin changing how AMD performs in gaming since developers may begin taking the Red side of things a lot more seriously. Forums have stated that AMD could perform much better based on their hardware level, but poor optimization hurts that. If Vega starts taking large market shares as an integrated graphic product, we may see a lot more attention given to AMD when games are developed. This merger is great news for a competitive market, but only time will tell on if we see some significant performance improvements as a...


NZXT Announces it’s First Motherboard! The N7 Z370

NZXT just announced something amazing!!! By now, I’m used to seeing manufactures tepidly stay within their realm of expertise and if they dip their toes in new waters, it’s usually fairly shallow ones. NZXT took a head first dive in the middle of the Pacific ocean like a honey badger! Seeing a case manufacturer release a motherboard is a HUGE step, but there’s more to the N7 Z370 than just being a motherboard. Fan and RGB lighting controllers are starting to add a lot of connections to our motherboard headers, as well as our PSU power connections. The logical step is to build those controllers into the motherboard, but we’ve seen that the level of control is lacking when comparing to things like the Hue+ or Grid V3. That’s what makes this release such a huge deal for PC builders. NZXT built their epic fan and RGB control right into a high end Intel motherboard, which will instantly clear tons of cable clutter. However, I don’t want to see aesthetic features without having some raw performance. The N7 Z370 also has a 15 phase digital VRM which is very hefty for a first time release. Am I excited about it? Why yes, yes I am! NZXT also mentions having an adaptive noise reduction system that automatically adjusts your fan speed to the way your system is used in an attempt to perfectly adjust noise and performance ratio. I’d certainly be curious about how well this implementation works out. This is a great release from NZXT and I’...


Patriot has…. a Really Interesting External Thunderbolt SSD

USB type-c hasn’t taken the PC world by storm yet and that could have a lot to do with few devices being able to truly take advantage of the speed. Patriot is deciding to change that. I can say that having an external drive that can transfer large amounts of data in lighting speed time frames would be awesome, so the EVLVR portable SSD is a great option with it’s support of Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. From the looks of things, it seems that Patriot is bringing NVMe performance to the convenience of external plug-n-play. Not only does the Thunderbolt 3 connection keep up with the speeds, but it also negates the need for any external power connections either. Normally, we’d expect to see capacity issues, but the EVLVR even has a 1 TB capacity option. Based on what I can tell, it also seems like the drive will work with normal USB type-c connections, but you’ll be limited to a 10 Gb/s transfer speed versus the much faster 40 Gb/s speed Thunderbolt 3 can deliver. (Needs confirmation) I have to admit, while this may not be the largest CES 2018 announcement we’ll come across, it’s really intriguing nonetheless. The EVLVR is certainly a device that can make having a Thunderbolt 3 port worth the trouble and even get a lot of consumers to begin using the USB type-c port a bit more often. Time will tell, but I think this is a great step in the right direction. Also, what’s up with those teasers about the Scorch and Viper M.2 drives? Patriot ...


Raijintek Thetis and Asterion Plus Chassis Review


Introduction How does a company stand out in the PC component market today? The simple fact is there is a ton of products to choose from and it’s getting harder to come up with a unique design that can blow the minds of consumers. Cases are finding an increasingly difficult path to take, but Raijintek hasn’t been afraid to offer a decent number of new chassis designs to challenge contenders. They seem to know how to make something unique in their own way, yet keep the designs familiar to what builders are already accustomed to. We’ll look at two cases today, the Asterion Plus and the Thetis Window, to see how their designs are coming along. First though, let’s take a quick look at info regarding the company values.


 

Too Many Chipsets? The Differences Between Motherboards

Have you ever tried to figure out the minuscule differences in motherboard chipsets and had a really hard time finding the information you wanted? I believed that when I started this endeavor, I’d be pulling a few articles up, grabbing the info I wanted, and putting it together in my own chart, easy-peasy. Turned out that several hours later, I was still only about 85% certain I had gathered all the correct information. Still, I’ve put all my efforts into a video to share with you below. Not only do we take a look at the various features built in to AMD and Intel chipsets, but we also determine if there’s a good reason to have as many releases as there are. Check out the video below to see charts and explanations of all the info I found. Also, if you just want to see the charts, you can go directly to these timestamps to see some direct comparisons. ~2:05 for category explanations, ~3:03 for AMD chipsets, ~6:25 for Intel Professional chipsets, ~7:45 for Intel Enthusiast chipsets, ~10:00 for full comparison Also, if you want to check out the article on WCCF that explains a Z170 board modified to work with a Coffee Lake CPU, check out the link below. https://wccftech.com/intel-coffee-lake-100-series-motherboard-support/





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