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iBuyPower Element PC Review: Intel i7-7900X & Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

Introduction Most of the readers that will frequent a hardware review site will swear by the experience of building their own custom PC. Price, performance and customization are all highlights we love to point out, but sometimes we like to overlook the problems like compatibility, DOAs, and tons of troubleshooting. If you’re a troubleshooter by nature, then building a PC is the perfect way to appeal to that need for figuring out problems. If you aren’t then the idea of building your own gaming PC is probably a nightmare! So what are gamers supposed to do if they want performance on a custom built level, but are afraid to dive into putting their own components together? The answer that you shouldn’t go to is to buy a Dell. Perhaps the real answer is to look at a company like iBuyPower. They have custom built PCs that are pre-assembled and pre-configured so that a buyer has little to worry about on their end. The only question is if the company is offering a worthwhile system to spend your hard-earned cash on. We’ll find out soon how this variant of the iBuyPower Element stacks up, but first let’s look at a statement from the company on their values. iBUYPOWER symbolizes several key beliefs: unity, strength, ambition, and perseverance. These are fundamental attributes of life inside and outside of gaming. You need them all to win. Leading the pack, iBUYPOWER is gaming, defined.Since 1999, iBUYPOWER has been delivering on its promise to build the...



Enermax and GeIL Deserve Computex Shout-outs: PSU and M.2 SSD Announcements

Companies that absolutely do not deserve to float under the radar seem to float under the radar sometimes. It could just be a matter of me following the wrong things. Regardless, I wanted to point out some really cool announcements that Enermax and GeIL had during the Computex event. Enermax rolled out some seriously excellent looking PSUs and GeIL had a mention of a new M.2 SSD that I absolutely want to know more about. Enermax looks to be heavily expanding their PSU lineup, but I wanted to highlight the MaxTytan series here. These guys are rated at an 80 Plus Titanium efficiency which is pretty insane. They also have the Dust Free Rotation technology that reverses the fan for a brief period to help keep it clean. There’s quite a few features, but the one that really stood out was the real time, built-in wattage meter that tells you how much power you’re consuming. Whether you’re trying to monitor usage for your bills, or as a reviewer, it sound like a pretty handy feature. I’m assuming GeIL had the pictures of their new Shuttle series taken at Computex, but what’s interesting is the fact that they’re including a pretty hefty aluminum heatsink on the chips of their new M.2 NVMe SSD. The GeIL Shuttle speeds aren’t the fastest, but are certainly fast enough to make a huge improvement over traditional SATA SSDs. There’s more details in articles linked below, but I’m always excited to see what Enermax and GeIL have in sto...



Samsung EVO Plus Micro SD 128GB Memory Card Review

Introduction The last time I got to review a micro SD card, I may have gotten the technical details down, but the emotional impact wasn’t as strong. Since then, I’ve built a sizable amount of video reviews that are totally dependent on the ability of my Galaxy S7 smartphone. What can I say? I’m a freelancer and as such, my budget isn’t even in the range for a lower end DSLR at the time being. On the other hand, cell phones are a great alternative to expensive cameras for those on a budget, while offering significantly better video quality than a standard webcam. The only big issue comes with eating up tons of storage space quickly when I start using high quality settings in my apps. Capacity and write performance are critical for the kind of work I’m doing. We’ll begin looking at the Evo Plus 128 GB micro SD soon, but first let’s look at a statement from the company behind some awesome storage devices. For over 70 years, Samsung has been dedicated to making a better world through diverse businesses that today span advanced technology, semiconductors, skyscraper and plant construction, petrochemicals, fashion, medicine, finance, hotels, and more. Our flagship company, Samsung Electronics, leads the global market in high-tech electronics manufacturing and digital media. Through innovative, reliable products and services, talented people, a responsible approach to business and global citizenship, and collaboration with our partners a...



Samsung 850 EVO 2TB Review

Large capacity SSDs are rather rare, but the Samsung 830 EVO 2TB is without equal in the marketplace. It's fast out of the box, but Samsung has something very special under the hood: RAPID Mode. As you'll see, RAPID Mode is unlike anything you've seen before, promising astonishing performance increases. Buckle up and let's take a closer look at the Samsung EVO 2TB and see just what this supersized SSD can do.



3D XPoint Memory isn’t the Storage we Deserve, but the Storage we Need

INTEL and MICRON held a press conference yesterday and revealed something that could potentially turn the storage world upside down. The average gaming system benefits immensely from a single good performance SSD, but in the case of Big Data, storage is still the major bottleneck of being able to process information at higher rates. However, if 3D XPoint Memory really does work at 1000X the speed of NAND Flash with 10X the capacity of DRAM, storage could be taking a huge turning point within the next year or two. This isn’t first time we’ve heard of some crazy fast technology being worked on with the potential to change the market. For instance, graphene keeps hitting the headlines but even just a working sample is still a long ways away and could potentially never materialize. What’s different about the INTEL/MICRON press conference is this technology is going to be ready to sample towards the end of this year. MICRON even showcased a chip wafer that was already fabricated. Based on what was said, the initial technology can hold 128 Gb per die across two memory layers. It’s hard to picture exactly how this will turn out just yet but if multiple dies can be added to one device, similar to the way multiple NAND chips are combined on an SSD, we might see 1 Tb + devices pretty quickly. 3D XPoint is in it’s early stages but future generations can increase the memory layers and lithographic pitch scaling for higher capacities. This is some pretty h...



SanDisk Ultra PLUS and Extreme SD Review

SanDisk is a flash memory giant, needing no introduction. The latest in the SanDisk lineup are the Ultra PLUS and Extreme cards, targeting different consumers who have varying speed needs. And with very attractive price tags, these little SD cards promise solid value. We're looking at the 32GB models, and we found the speed results a bit shocking, despite what the labels might seem to indicate. Read on to find out why.



Transcend SSD370 128GB Review

Today we have the Transcend SSD370 in a 128GB capacity for a closer look. That's not a terribly flashy name for a drive, but we care less about the marketing and more bang for our buck. How about $70 for this SSD, including a rather impressive accessory package? If you're looking for a very affordable speed upgrade for a notebook or HTPC with a slim form factor SSD, the Transcend SSD370 128GB might be just the thing you need.



 
 
 
 
 

Transcend Jetflash 760 and 810 32GB

With technology growing, the size of storage has grown too. We constantly need more space for moving larger files from one system to another, but we don't always have network accessibility. Whether it is movies, music or a system backup, the external storage size can be crucial to solving this dilemma. The Transcend Jetflash USB 3.0 drives are available in a variety of sizes and styles and might be exactly what we need. The Jetflash 810 is available in 4/16/32/64GB sizes while the Jetflash 760 is available in 4/16/32/64/128GB and available in either white or black. We have the opportunity to test the 32GB version of the 760 and 810. Continue reading to find out how well these drives do in our testing.



 
 
 
 
 

RAVPower RP-WD01 FileHub for iOS and Android Devices

Introduction It seems like a great idea to have a small backup battery for your mobile devices these days. There are a ton of them on the market with various sizes and battery capacities. Some people also need extra storage – that 8GB iPhone fills up quick with songs, videos and pictures. What if you were to combine the two? Well our friends at RAVPower did just that. They combined a 3AH battery pack with a WiFi hub, SD card and USB storage. That’s a lot of features in a little package. How well does it work? Well they were kind enough to send us one to check out, so let’s take a look! About RavPower: “RAVPower means Reliable – Affordable – Value. As an industry leader in laptop portable power solutions we strive to offer every customer with the most reliable devices at affordable prices that value the customer need for service and support from a trusted brand, that is the RAVPower promise. We only supply superior quality products. All our products are brand new and manufactured by our high-tech factories. All products strictly follow the standards of CE, FCC and RoHS, and are carefully inspected by a responsible QA team before packaging. All products have 6 to 12 months of warranty depending on the category. We have a knowledgeable customer service team to provide helpful after-sales services. You won’t regret it!” – RAVPower. Let’s take a look at the features and specs of the RP-WD01 now.



 
 
 
 
 

OCZ Vertex 3.20 120GB

Another in the list of SandForce SSDs is the latest from OCZ, the Vertex 3.20. It's an interesting move because we've seen the Vertex 4 already from OCZ, so is this "new" drive a step backwards? Not really, according to OCZ. This drive shares the same features as its predecessor, showcasing the popular SandForce 2281 controller, but this latest version now comes with 20nm NAND flash memory.



 
 
 
 
 

Kingston V300 240GB

Another in the list of SandForce SSDs is the latest from Kingston, the SSDNow V300. It's not entirely different in most regards, but it does have Toshiba Toggle NAND and exclusive input from LSI directly to tweak the controller's performance. Factor in a strong accessory package and a competitive price, and we have a drive that could prove very attractive to consumers looking for a massive speed boost over a traditional hard drive setup. Let's dive in and find out how the Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB fares.



 
 
 
 
 

OCZ Vector 256GB

OCZ has an impressive history of innovation in the SSD market, leading the way in many respects, and whether it's fair or not, they're the target and we hold OCZ to the highest standard. And so OCZ is responding the consumer/enthusiast’s growing demand for a fast and reliable drive that performs as well with incompressible data as it does with compressible data. OCZ is also responding to the demand for a drive that retains its performance in a peak condition over time as well as greatly extending the life span of the NAND with their new Proprietary Indilinx Ndurance 2.0 Technology. The OCZ Vector is the result, promising enthusiast-classed performance to battle the SandForce drives. But how does the performance of the Vector measure up? Is it worth the investment? Let's dive in and find out.



 
 
 
 
 

ADATA SP600 128GB

It's not always the enthusiasts (and well-heeled) that want blistering speeds, and certainly not just in the SSD arena. Anyone with an SSD can benefit from massive performance gains over a hard drive, from the most diehard to the budget-oriented consumer. So the ADATA Premier Pro SP600 targets the latter, offering an SSD that's very accessible to users on a modest budget of less than $100. But how does the performance of the ADATA Premier Pro SP600 measure up? Is it worth the investment? Let's dive in and find out.



 
 
 
 
 

Mach Xtreme MX-ES 16GB USB 3.0

The Mach Xtreme Technology FX 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive. Sporting a USB 3.0 interface to vastly improve performance over the aging USB 2.0, this little drive packs 16GB of capacity onto a form factor that can fit onto your key ring. But what about performance? Around here, we think Performance is King, so just how fast is this flash drive? Well, we put the MX-ES USB 3.0 to the test to find out. Click through for more.



 
 
 
 
 

Crucial v4 256GB

It's not always the enthusiasts (and well-heeled) that want blistering speeds, and certainly not just in the SSD arena. Anyone with an SSD can benefit from massive performance gains over a hard drive, from the most diehard to the budget-oriented consumer. So the Crucial v4 targets the latter, offering an SSD that's very accessible to users on a modest budget. Specifically, the v4 is limited to the SATA II 3G interface, so we're not expecting record-breaking performance results today. But at a price of $189, it's a very attractive option. Let's just say that Crucial's stated specifications for this drive turned out to be very conservative, and we were pleasantly surprised by the performance offered by the v4.







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