Posts Tagged ‘CES 2018’
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.
Gamdias may not be the big name in the PSU industry, but they probably should be. Their RGB power supplies were shown off at CES and they look excellent. It's not just the lighting, but the design on the grill that stands out as unique among similar components.
Improving on previous case designs can get boring. How many models get a tempered glass upgrade, with everything else about the chassis staying the same? Deepcool introduced a completely new design with the Ark 90 and while it continues to have an included CLC, it stands out as fresh.
Enermax had quite a few products to show off at CES 2018. There was the Saberay PC Case, MaxTytan Titanium and Revolution Gold PSUs, T.B. RGB and Silence Case Fans, and LiqFusion and LiqTech CPU Coolers, Some of the best feature highlights are one click latches for glass panels and a really strong pump flow rate.
Pick your poison! You can have one PSU power two systems, or two power supplies for one computer. Either way, Phanteks adds an interesting innovation to the PSU market. Particularly for PCs that add extra graphics cards, like mining stations, being able to add a PSU can be pretty helpful.
Gigabyte gave us our first taste of the AMD X470 chipset with their Aorus Gaming 7 motherboard. The features look great overall, but the choice of audio codec is still a mystery. Realtek is the standard choice, but Creative Sound Core 3D has audio card levels of quality.
Sometimes, a single number change can be overlooked. The MX500 SSD is a new release that follows in the footsteps of the MX300. This drive has a new controller though, as well as decent improvements in read and write speeds across the board. Pricing looks great on these drives as well.
Enermax showed off two products that really stood out at CES. The first is the Saberay PC case, which made its first appearance a year before, but has some notable changes before release. The LiqFusion is a new CLC that really sets a high standard for RGB lighting. It also has an external pump!
High Bandwidth Memory has amazing performance, yet it's expensive and only adopted in a minor amount of products. Samsung's announcement of Aquabolt puts HBM2 closer to being a mainstream product that will hopefully end up in more graphics cards, and maybe even RAM sticks eventually.
ASRock may be looked at as a budget company, but their quality is reaching impressive levels as of late. They also innovate and decided to bring AMD Threadripper to an M-ATX motherboad. The X399M Taichi looks like a fantastic home for a monster CPU, yet pricing will probably be great as well.
We all want to see a new graphics card, but the announcements Nvidia made should not be overlooked. The BFGDs, or Big Format Gaming Displays support 120 Hz at 4k, a big new step. The other huge new is being able to play games at high settings on low end computers using GeForce now.
AMD just revealed their Ryzen APUs with Vega graphics and the specs look great. The cores and multi-theading will hand many tasks, while the Vega graphics will give a budget friendly gaming experience. The integrated GPU market just got interesting again.
In yet another futuristic leap in hardware design, Deepcool has introduced the Fryzen CPU Cooler. Can anyone top the design on that thing. The Quadstellar already had an extremely futuristic design, but Deepcool is also releasing a limited edition of the case. Not sure about the orange though.
Many companies are hesitant to veer outside of their norm, but NZXT did a Superman into motherboards. The N7 Z370 is an Intel board. NZXT seems to have a solid VRM for overclocking, but what really sets their board apart is the built-in RGB LED control for products like the Kraken, Hue and Aer.