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Seagate IronWolf Pro 12TB ST12000NE0007 NAS HDD Review
     Tue, Apr 17 2018 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier, we’ve talked about the IronWolf Pro series and test its IronWolf Pro 10TB drive. We’re reviewing the IronWolf Pro 12TB NAS HDD and see how this performs. It should be interesting to observe if this NAS HDD holds similar performance. To give a concise explanation, IronWolf Pro is made for commercial NAS operations. Naturally associated with the “Pro” word, it is recommended for NAS builds up to 16 bay drives, a higher mean time between failures, five years warranty period with rescue support for up to two years, vibration sensors and optimized HDDs for multi-user connections.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREBBQ

Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK NUC Review
     Tue, Apr 17 2018 | 9:02A | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I hate to break it to the current Intel Skull Canyon (NUC6i7KYK) owners, but your system has been replaced by the newer Intel Hades Canyon models. Intel will be offering Hades Canyon NUCs in two flavors. You have the 100 Watt NUC8i7HVK (with Vega M GH graphics) that has an MSRP of $999 for the barebones kit or for those that don't need something so powerful or expensive there is the 60 Watt NUC8i7HNK (with Vega M GL graphics) at an MSRP of $799. Read on to see how the NUC8i7HVK performs!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Far Cry 5 Benchmarked at 8K (7680x4320): Do We Get 30FPS?
     Tue, Apr 17 2018 | 9:01A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Far Cry 5 is the latest game on the market, so we throw it right into the deep end at 8K on the latest GPUs."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Supermicro X11DAi-N Server Motherboard Review
     Tue, Apr 17 2018 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Looking for a workstation motherboard with support for two Intel Xeon Scalable Processors? Check out the X11DAi-N from Supermicro."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

AMD Ryzen Gen 2 Reviewer's Kit
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 4:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD just sent us the AMD Ryzen Gen 2 Reviewer’s Kit. This time, it’s two heavy boxes, instead of just one. Let’s take a look and see what they sent us, and what you should look forward to!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Octa-Core Processor
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 3:46P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We just received our Ryzen Gen 2 Reviewer’s Kit from AMD, so we have no benchmark results for you. Instead, here is a preview of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor, including its unboxing, specifications and features.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Hexa-Core Processor
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 3:31P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We just received our Ryzen Gen 2 Reviewer’s Kit from AMD, so we have no benchmark results for you. Instead, here is a preview of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X processor, including its unboxing, specifications and features.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

 
ADATA XPG SPECTRIX D41 RGB Memory Module Hits 5000 MHz on Intel Z370 Chipset
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 3:25P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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"ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, announces that it has overclocked its dual-channel XPG SPECTRIX D41 RGB DDR4 memory module to 5000 MHz in an air-cooled configuration. This exciting development is a reaffirmation of ADATA’s strong R&D capabilities and the outstanding performance offered by the XPG SPECTRIX D41 RGB.

“We are extremely thrilled to have reached this amazing milestone back in March, because it demonstrates once again the robust R&D capabilities of ADATA, and the passion that we have for advancing memory performance,” said Tom Chan, director at ADATA Technology.” For us, the next critical step will be working to make this more than just a technological milestone, but something that will be accessible to gamers, overclockers and others, so that they can ultimately benefit from this amazing performance.”

The XPG SPECTRIX D41 RGB hit the 5000 MHz threshold in an air-cooled configuration featuring a Samsung B-die IC, MSI Z370I GAMING PRO CARBON AC and Intel Z370 chipset with support for Intel XMP 2.0. "

  FULL STORY @ XPG

Deepcool ARK 90 Case Wins 2018 Red Dot Design Award
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 3:23P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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"The Red Dot jury has made its decision: After all of the products submitted were tested and assessed individually in the course of an evaluation process spanning several days, NEW ARK 90, manufactured/designed by Deepcool, received the distinction “Red Dot”.

Push Your Liquid-cooled PC Further NEW ARK 90 features a fluid-cooled tower with visible external flow systems, which completely eliminates the conventional technical barrier between DIY water-cooled towers to provide users with the perfect user experience. The tower is a perfect integration of extreme minimalist designs, glass panels, and RGB lighting to provide a unique visual aesthetics. Internal compartments offer excellent expandability and compatibility. The NEW ARK 90 comes with 4 independent cooling slots, dominating its competition by allowing users to easily create their personalized water-cooled rig.The competition was intense: over 6,400 entries were submitted from 54 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality.

Evaluation platform for good design The Red Dot Award: Product Design has roots dating back as far as 1955 and determines the best products created each year. In 2018, designers and manufacturers from 59 countries submitted more than 6,300 objects to the competition. True to the motto “In search of good design and innovation”, a jury comprising roughly 40 members assessed the products individually based on the original. The strict judging criteria, which include level of innovation, functionality, formal quality, ergonomics and durability, provide a frame of reference which the jurors then complement with their own expertise.

“I want to congratulate the award winners sincerely on their wonderful success in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018. Success in the competition is proof of the good design quality of the products and once again shows that companies are on the right path. When I speak about good design, I am referring to more than just an attractive product. All of the products are characterised by outstanding functionality. This demonstrates that the designers have understood their clients and their needs”, said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award. "

  FULL STORY @ GAMERSTORM

ASUS Launches AMD X470 Series Motherboards
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 3:20P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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Since its release last year, AMD’s Ryzen™ platform reinvigorated the desktop with multithreaded horsepower plus accessible overclocking and gaming prowess. That first wave was a market revelation that touched everything from value-packed PCs to high-end gaming and content creation rigs. And now ASUS is ready for the second wave with a fresh family of motherboards based on the new AMD X470 chipset. The X470 chipset is designed to enhance the performance of the next generation AMD Ryzen 2000 series of processors code named Pinnacle Ridge and yet retains backward compatibility with current Ryzen processors. Our X470 series spans six boards, each with a unique spirit. The ROG Crosshair VII Hero and its WiFi twin lead the lineup with a stealthy design for serious overclockers, savvy enthusiasts and gamers. Its Strix X470-F Gaming sibling makes ROG enhancements like easy tuning and next-level customization more affordable, while the Strix X470-I Gaming shrinks everything down to mini-ITX proportions for powerhouse small-form-factor systems.

The TUF X470-PLUS Gaming chooses a different direction with military-grade components and an alliance of industry partners with a focus on functional integration that goes beyond cosmetic matching. Outside the increasingly dominant gaming sphere, the Prime X470-PRO provides a mature alternative for the content creation and everyday productivity audience with a new level of user refinement and a design inspired by futuristic architecture.

Despite differences within the series, our X470 family is bound together by common features and capabilities honed over nearly 30 years of ASUS motherboards. From tuning to cooling to personalization, it’s designed to help you maximize your PC’s potential.

AMD’s Ryzen revival promises faster performance than the previous generation, and the abundance of models with unlocked multipliers gives you the freedom to push beyond stock speeds. Even with the luxury of unlocked multipliers, CPU overclocking is limited by cooling and the individual characteristics of each chip. With a single click, our 5-Way Optimization utility accounts for both by automatically tuning your fans and testing the limits of your CPU. Its integrated intelligence finds the maximum speed your system can sustain without sacrificing stability, and configurable options allow experts to fine-tune the process to suit their needs.

Auto-tuning is backed by extensive manual tweaking options that, in experienced hands, can wring every last drop of performance from a build. We’ve added a new search shortcut to the UEFI that lets you quickly find and modify specific settings without flipping through pages of menus. Once your setup is dialed in, you can export the profile to share with others, and keep a copy to reload after firmware updates wipe the slate clean. The integrated EZ Flash 3 tool simplifies firmware flashing by automatically downloading and applying the latest update entirely within the UEFI.

Capable cooling is critical to both reaching and preserving peak performance, especially with Ryzen’s increasingly aggressive XFR clock-scaling algorithm opening the taps when thermal headroom allows, but you can’t just crank all the fans and call it a day. To minimize the accompanying acoustic footprint, airflow should be applied judiciously, only where and when it’s needed.

Our X470 lineup lays the foundation with a collection of cooling headers for liquid and air. At least one header on each board is configured for AIO water coolers, so you can plug in and go without additional steps, and some models have additional headers for high-amperage pumps and liquid sensors. Connecting fans is just as easy; all the onboard headers automatically adjust for three-pin DC and four-pin PWM hardware, and the built-in calibration routine runs through each fan’s full RPM range to precisely map its behavior before you adjust the response curve.

The extensive array of tweaking options on our motherboards is born from a desire to give you as much freedom as possible when tuning your PC, and that ethos extends to cosmetic customization. Our X470 family sets a neutral tone with mostly monochromatic motifs that give you control over colors and effects via varying degrees of Aura Sync RGB lighting. More than just motherboard lighting, Aura Sync coordinates illumination across a growing ecosystem of compatible components covering every aspect of your setup, from internal parts to external peripherals.

The onboard lighting on our new ROG and Prime models diffuses the harsh glare of naked LEDs to generate a softer, more even glow. All of our X470 boards can power at least two meters of standard RGB LED strips, which is sufficient to light up an entire rig. ROG takes things to the next level with support for addressable lighting devices that expose control over individual LEDs to enable advanced effects and interactions.

We also realize that some people prefer to keep a lower profile, so we’ve added a UEFI switch that instantly disables all the RGBs and connected strips. The ROG motherboards go even further with a separate stealth mode that turns off smaller diagnostic LEDs, with the Crosshair VII Hero enforcing a complete blackout across its entire PCB.

Heavy graphics cards are a hallmark of gaming rigs, so the PCIe x16 slots connected to the CPU have reinforced metal walls and more secure anchoring to the board. This ASUS SafeSlot treatment strengthens the slot in all directions, helping to protect your investment against physical damage from rough handling and inadvertent bumps traveling to LAN parties.

Ryzen CPUs reserve four PCI Express 3.0 lanes for an NVMe SSD, and the X470 chipset adds two more for an additional drive. Although the double-barreled link has lower peak throughput than its quad-lane counterpart, maximum bandwidth is still over 3X higher than a 6Gbps SATA interface. Our X470 motherboards all have dual M.2 slots, so you can equip a primary drive for your OS and frequently used games and applications, plus a secondary one to serve as a scratch disk or house the inevitable spill-over from your Steam library. When it’s time to start over, the integrated secure erase tool can wipe both SATA and NVMe drives from right in the UEFI.

USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity built into the chipset pushes peak theoretical throughput to 10Gbps for external storage and next-gen devices. Our X470 boards tap into that controller for least two ports at the rear, and most of the ATX models also include an internal header for chassis with turbocharged USB ports up front.

Intel Gigabit Ethernet in the ROG and Prime families supplies reliable wired networking for serious gaming and fast file transfers. Onboard wireless is available on the Crosshair VII Hero (Wi-Fi) and Strix X470-I Gaming, adding convenience without giving up too much speed.

Audio enhancements like shielded codecs and premium capacitors are present across the lineup, and ROG adds dedicated amps to boost headphone output for a range of cans. Since input quality is increasingly important for streaming commentary to followers, coordinating strategy with squad mates, and calling into remote meetings from your home workstation, we upgraded the microphone input on the ROG and Prime boards.

  FULL STORY @ ASUS

Crucial MX500 500 GB
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 3:07P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our initial review of the Crucial MX500 we were impressed by how well the new TLC chips work on these drives. There's barely any write-hole and warranty has been increased to a reassuring five years. Now we test the 500 GB version, which sits right at the sweet spot of capacities currently in demand by consumers today.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

WD My Cloud Pro PR4100 40TB Review
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 3:06P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
WD outs its My Cloud Pro, a turn key platform with 40TB capacity!"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

SilverStone Redline RL07 Computer Case Review
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 3:06P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SilverStone Redline RL07 features a stylish design combined with an adequate feature set.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Corsair Carbide Spec-Omega Mid-Tower Case Review
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 3:06P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At CES 2018 Corsair once again presented a range of updated and new products geared at expanding their product line with new and innovative ideas. While we are still in the half of 2018, Corsair has already launched several new computer cases, Obsidian 500D, Carbide 275R and the Spec-Omega. Today, we will be taking a look at the Spec-Omega (specifically the White model with part number CC-9011119-WW), a Mid-Tower ATX case, that features a Tempered Glass side panel, built-in LED lighting on the front panel, and an angular design for a unique look.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

WD Purple microSD Cards For 4K Surveillance Revealed
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 3:05P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new WD Purple microSD cards are purpose-built for the complex and dynamic data demands of modern surveillance cameras and edge systems. Check them out here!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic
     Mon, Apr 16 2018 | 3:05P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic is not simply an updated version of the existing PC-O11. It is a unique beast of its own that essentially only shares its timeless looks with the current variants. Thanks to the input of German pro-overclocker der8auer the PC-O11 Dynamic aims to offer loads of radiator support, while allowing for an uncompromising choice of high-end hardware.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

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