• Creative Labs iRoar Bluetooth Speaker Review

    Creative Labs iRoar Bluetooth Speaker Review

    I may have a bit more eclectic taste than most but I ran through a gauntlet of music from the likes of Pink Floyd, Enigma, Bach and Dj Aoki. No question the iRoar is easy to use for streaming and sounds great even with the default Blaster X profile enabled.

  • Upcoming Game Titles and X99 Refresh

    Upcoming Game Titles and X99 Refresh

    In this episode we talk about some upcoming game titles including Doom, Borderlands 3 and Battlefield 1 and follow up with some exciting news on the X99 motherboard refresh

  • EVGA X99 FTW K Motherboard Review

    EVGA X99 FTW K Motherboard Review

    In this review I’ll be looking at the EVGA X99 FTW K Edition motherboard. This is a refreshed motherboard designed for more realistic mainstream builds that favor gaming over sheer looks and over-the-top system builds.

  • NVIDIA GTX 1080 Launch and Phanteks EVOLV Modding Project

    NVIDIA GTX 1080 Launch and Phanteks EVOLV Modding Project

    In this episode we discuss the NVIDIA launch of the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards followed by an overview of a new modding project in the lab using the Phanteks EVOLV Tempered Glass Edition.

  • Thermaltake Pacific W2 CPU Water Block Review

    Thermaltake Pacific W2 CPU Water Block Review

    Most will watercool for aesthetics and Internet points while others may build elaborate loops for the thermal benefits.

  • Azio MGK1 RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

    Azio MGK1 RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

    If you are bumping up to the AZIO MGK1 RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, you are doing it for the lights. The MGK1 keyboards are 100% hardware based. This means no drivers to install just plug in and you are set. Pictures just don’t due the lighting any justice!

  • Kingston MobileLite Wireless G3 and Wireless Pro Review

    Kingston MobileLite Wireless G3 and Wireless Pro Review

    In this review we’ll be looking at two new similar devices from Kingston called the MobileLite Wireless Pro and MobileLite Wireless G3. This is a third generation MobileLite product designed to expand the storage and connectivity options of your mobile devices.

  • Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass Edition Case Review

    Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass Edition Case Review

    The Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Tempered Glass Edition takes the design one step further by replacing the standard side panels with shaded tempered glass and improving the LED lighting system to support 10 colors and Phanteks LED lighting strips.

  • Fallout 4 DLC Discussion and How to Bend Hardline

    Fallout 4 DLC Discussion and How to Bend Hardline

    In this episode we discuss the price hike for the Fallout 4 Season Pass and if it is really worth the money and Dennis tells you about bending hardline tubing.

  • Silverstone Raven RVX01 Case Review

    Silverstone Raven RVX01 Case Review

    In this review I will be looking at a case from the new Raven X subcategory, the Raven RVX01 by Silverstone.

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  • Introducing the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 ACX 3.0

    Published: Friday, May 27, 2016 | By: Dennis

    May 27th, 2016 - The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 featuring EVGA ACX 3.0 cooling has arrived. This new graphics card features NVIDIA's new "Pascal" graphics processor which is the most advanced gaming GPU ever created. This breakthrough GPU delivers industry-leading performance, innovative new gaming technologies, and immersive, next-gen VR.

    These cards also feature EVGA ACX 3.0 cooling technology. EVGA ACX 3.0 once again brings new and exciting features to the award winning EVGA ACX cooling technology. SHP 3.0 gives increased heatpipes and copper contact area for cooler operation, and optimized fan curve for even quieter gaming. Of course, ACX 3.0 coolers also feature optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearings and an extreme low power motor, delivering more air flow with less power, unlocking additional power for the GPU. Select EVGA ACX 3.0 models will even feature a 10CM fan and RGB LED, allowing complete control over the color from EVGA PrecisionX OC.

    EVGA PrecisionX OC Unlocks the Power of Pascal
    The next generation of EVGA PrecisionX has arrived with EVGA PrecisionX OC. This new version of Precision is built for the NVIDIA Pascal architecture and combines the best of EVGA Precision and EVGA OC Scanner to give you never before seen overclocking features and built in automatic overclock tuning.

    Includes Exclusive Features for EVGA GeForce GTX 1080:

    • DirectX 12 OSD Support – See the on screen display on DirectX 12 games.
    • EVGA OC ScannerX Integration – Automatically find your optimal voltage/frequency curve!
    • K-Boost Function – Maximize your clocks with this exclusive feature.
    • RGB LED control (on EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW)

    Learn more at www.evga.com/articles/01007/evga-geforce-gtx-1080/

    About EVGA
    EVGA is the #1 NVIDIA authorized partner in channel sales throughout North America and Latin America and a leading Power Supply Manufacturer. Based on the philosophy of intelligent innovation, market knowledge, and the real time operation, EVGA continues to identify the need in the market place and providing the solution to that need. By offering product differentiation, 24/7 tech support, a 90 day Step-Up program, and other customer focused programs, EVGA is a clear leader in all categories: etail, retail, distribution, and system integration. With headquarters in Brea, CA, EVGA’s global coverage includes EVGA GmbH in Munich, EVGA LATAM in Miami, and EVGA Hong Kong. For further information online about EVGA, visit: www.evga.com

  • EVGA GTX 1080 Classified Card Details and Photos

    Published: Friday, May 27, 2016 | By: Dennis

    May 27th marks the launch of the GTX 1080 Founders Edition.  This is the up-priced reference card and exactly what most gamers and hardware enthusiasts will settle for.  However for the true Hardware Enthusiast there is a video card that can stand above the rest with a proven pedigree of performance, quality and invoking jealous rage.

    The EVGA Classified

    EVGA has posted photos and specs detailing their GTX 1080 product lineup and it looks good.

    EVGA GTX 1080 Products
    08G-P4-6188 EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 CLASSIFIED GAMING ACX 3.0
    08G-P4-6286 EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0
    08G-P4-6183 EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC GAMING ACX 3.0
    08G-P4-6181 EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 ACX 3.0
    08G-P4-6180 EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FOUNDERS EDITION

    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 CLASSIFIED has been set to "Coming Soon" status but a few details have been released.

    Like with previous cards the Classified will feature a 14-phase VRM and is using an RGB ACX 3.0 cooling solution.  This is similar to the cooler found on the 980Ti Classified KPE and designed to color match any build.  This cooler can also be found on the FTW which comes with a 10-phase VRM.

    As the photos show the Classified comes with dual 8-pin PCI Express power connectors and an excellent looking back plate.  Clock speeds are TBD but should be in the +1800Mhz range.  (just a guess)

  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme Photos

    Published: Friday, May 27, 2016 | By: Dennis

    It took me awhile but I finally figured out the Zotac marketing when it comes to video cards.  AMP is good and AMP Extreme is "better". big grin smile

    With the official launch of GTX 1080 we will start seeing all sorts of photos of next generation hardware and the first to hit the Hardware Asylum Inbox is from Zotac.  The clock speeds for AMP Extreme are still TBD but according to the photos it will come with two 8-pin PCI Express power connections and the same cooler and backplate from the GTX 980Ti.

    ZOTAC is pleased to introduce a new generation of graphics cards built on NVIDIA Pascal architecture. ZOTAC continues the tradition of delivering factory-tuned graphics cards with the AMP and AMP Extreme series, paving the way for insanely smooth gaming experiences.

    ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP and AMP Extreme has more than just raw power, both feature ZOTAC technologies which enhance thermal performance and adds style to complete the visual appeal.

    Zotac has been famous for not sampling in the US.  As a result reviews will be sparse but with any luck I might get a card in for testing.

  • Thermaltake Core X71 Chassis Review with Pacific DIY Cooling Installation!

    Published: Friday, May 27, 2016 | By: Dennis

    It has been several years since I did much with water cooling and during that time I didn't pay much attention to how things have changed.  The interesting thing is, nothing really changed all that much but there have been some advancements along the way.

    Thermaltake launched their own line of premium watercooling components and have been featured in a few articles thus far.  These have been a build up to the grand unveil which will occur sometime next month.

    Technology X has posted a review of the new Thermaltake Core X71 with a Pacific DIY Watercooling install.  It seems good and yet could have been better.  Of course I say that before even beginning my version, which could be epic or a total flop.

     Your build our core - that’s the motto for Thermaltake’s Core series that brings us to the realm of modular chassis’. The X71 specifically is what we are looking at with this review, along with a calming description of DIY loop cooling systems.

    Man, the quotes for some of these reviews.

  • G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 Memory with Samsung ICs Achieve World's First 5GHz Frequency Record

    Published: Friday, May 27, 2016 | By: Dennis

    A Historic Milestone of PC Hardware Industry

    Taipei, Taiwan (26 May 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces the world’s first DDR4 memory overclocking record to break past the mind-blowing 5GHz barrier, achieved with G.SKILL Trident Z Series DDR4 memory engineered with Samsung ICs and the MSI Z170I GAMING PRO AC motherboard. With this achievement in the official record books, the world’s top 7 memory frequency records are now dominated by G.SKILL memory.

    The Holy Grail of DDR4 Frequency Record: DDR4-5002.4MHz
    Surpassing the 5GHz frequency speed barrier had been the ultimate aspiration of the memory overclocking community since the last year’s launch of the Intel Skylake platform. This historic milestone is finally succeeded today by the renowned Taiwanese overclocking legend, Toppc, under liquid nitrogen cooling. "We are extremely excited to achieve this great milestone together with Samsung components and MSI motherboard,” says Tequila Huang, Corporate Vice President and Director of R&D, G.SKILL International.  “We will continually push hardware performance to the limits and provide enthusiasts with even more advanced products."

    Validated by both HWBOT and CPU-Z, this record currently ranks as the world’s #1 fastest memory speed record on HWBOT. For more information, please refer to the following images and links:

    HWBOT: http://hwbot.org/submission/3223117_toppc_memory_clock_ddr4_sdram_2501.2_mhz
    CPU-Z: http://valid.x86.fr/anhvic

  • The United States nuclear system still run on eight-inch floppy disks @ ExtremeTech

    Published: Thursday, May 26, 2016 | By: Dennis

    it is no secret that I'm a bit of a computer hardware enthusiast and I have garnered that title over years (yes Years) of research and personal experience.  In fact it annoys me to watch "tech" people on YouTube talk about computer systems and not know what a BIOS Debug card is or, cannot recognize a Pentium 4 motherboard or, who have never seen a floppy drive.  Sure these are obsolete these days however, understanding old hardware is the cornerstone of learning the new.

    For instance this article over at ExtremeTech is talking about how much of the Nuclear defense of the United States is still run on 8-inch floppy disks.  I'm not old enough to have used an 8-inch floppy and I suspect many nerds of the 70's liked to joke about them.  The point is back "in the day" your PC didn't have a hard drive so the OS had to be loaded from a floppy disk and during the course of doing anything you often switched them to save documents.

    70's technology is quite different from modern hardware and while it may be simple and slow it is also extremely stable and 1000x more secure than your home computer.  These systems had no network connection, very little low level hardware to exploit and they run for years without issue.  In a way these stand-alone systems are perfect for critical security.

    That sounds pretty terrible, and it’s certainly the claim repeated in headlines across the Internet today. And there’s definitely truth to it — reports from back in 2014 highlighted that the Air Force was still using 8-inch floppies and 70s-era technology to run its nuclear silos. There are, however, some inconsistencies in the GAO report and some advantages to using such ancient technology.

    These was a similar story that came out several years ago that talked about how ICBMs are largely controlled by vacuum transistors.  Sure it was the latest technology of the late 50's but is also EMP resistant meaning that even after a nuclear detonation you can still fire up the rockets and know they are going to work.  That cannot be said for any solid state circuitry.

    It really makes you appreciate how smart our engineers really are.

  • Twice as many people are playing Borderlands 2 as Battleborn @ GamesRadar

    Published: Thursday, May 26, 2016 | By: Dennis


    Gearbox’s Battleborn has barely been out 20 days and has already dropped its price and brought forward a free DLC character, but that hasn’t stopped it not being played very much. Head on to Steam DB and you’ll find its peak players over 24 hours currently sitting around the 4182 mark, nearly half of Borderlands 2’s 8057, which was also from Gearbox.

    In the latest episode of the Hardware Asylum Podcast I talk briefly about Borderlands 3 and touch on the Battleborn Beta.  Overall I wasn't impressed with Battleborn mostly because I couldn't figure out what it was supposed to be.  The Gearbox marketing didn't help either so I'm 100% not surprised that *nobody* is playing it.

    Overwatch on the other hand, looks interesting but I have no plans to put money down on the game so even though it is TF2 inspired I'd prolly fire up TF2 instead.

  • Toshiba OCZ RD400 PCIe (M.2. NVMe) 512GB SSD Review @ Guru3D

    Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | By: Dennis

    The natural progression in the computer hardware world is to make things faster.  Many average users a quick to forget this fact and really don't care or understand "what" makes your system do what it does.

    NVMe is the cornerstone of storage performance and works on conjunction with the speed of PCI Express and modern NAND flash used in SSDs.

    A M.2. SSD that reads at 2600 MB/s and writes at 1600 MB/s. We just caught your attention didn't we? We review, test and benchmark the new Toshiba OCZ RD400 PCIe NVME SSD. The product series is among the fastest storage unit we have had in our lab. Priced attractively Toshiba seems to have the crown jewels of storage performance in their hands.

    I would like to get some more SSD storage solutions in the lab for testing and these new NVMe drives from Toshiba look really tasty.

  • MSI expected to ship 21 million motherboards/graphics cards in 2016

    Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | By: Dennis

    What is the best way to increase the bottom line?  Yep, make more money!

    It would seem that MSI has already set their goals for 2016 and plans to ship 21 Million "units" including motherboards and video cards.

    Micro-Star International (MSI) is expected to ship 21 million motherboards and graphics cards combined in 2016 including both own brand and OEM shipments, while the company's gaming notebook business is also enjoying strong shipments and profits. MSI is currently a top-three gaming notebook vendor worldwide.

    Since its entry into the gaming notebook market, MSI's profits have been growing every year and its EPS have already grown from NT$2.34 in 2013 to NT$4.39 in 2015.

    I hope they can make this happen and with any luck we will see more Lightning cards in the lab.  Maybe of the GTX 1080 variety. happy smile

  • World’s First Modular Gaming Mouse with OLED Display

    Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | By: Dennis

    SteelSeries Rival 700, World’s First Modular Gaming Mouse with OLED Display and Tactile Alerts Now Available in North America

    Taking Orders Exclusively on SteelSeries.com Starting Today

    CHICAGO – May 24, 2016 – SteelSeries, leader and innovator in gaming peripherals, ships the Rival 700, the world’s first gaming mouse equipped with a fully customizable onboard OLED display, real-time tactile alerts, and interchangeable components.  Available exclusively at SteelSeries.com to customers in North America for $99.99, gamers can now head into battle with a mouse that adapts to personal preferences and provides in-game alerts to enhance performance and increase gaming immersion.

    “To have my Rival 700 notify me when my cooldowns are up is a total game changer,” said Jonathan ‘LodA’ Berg, Professional Dota 2 player currently playing for team Alliance.  “The Rival 700 not only gives me an edge during intense battles, but also adapts to my moods and preferences.”  

    OLED Display
    Powered by SteelSeries Engine, gamers can now personalize the OLED display to track game stats, change profiles, see their CPI settings, as well as set custom logos and animations.  The Rival 700’s OLED display provides vital information on-the-fly, allowing gamers to gain an edge without having to navigate cumbersome options and menus.

    Tactile Alerts
    The Rival 700 gaming mouse is no longer an input device, but a tool to dominate opponents.  Gamers can now customize and feel in-game events and alerts through subtle pulses, aiding them with decision-making during crucial times. The Rival 700 can notify gamers when cooldowns are up, ammo is low, or even if health is peril without affecting precision or accuracy.

    Maximum Personalization
    The SteelSeries Rival 700 is ready to dominate today and the future with a modular design that supports a plethora of customization options.  It comes with a state-of-the-art optical sensor with up to 16,000 CPI, but allows gamers to easily swap their preferred or the latest sensors without having to purchase a brand new mouse.  The Rival also features interchangeable faceplates available in different designs and surfaces, and Prism RGB illumination with millions of color options and lightning effects.

    The Rival 700 comes with two cable options, a 3ft rubber cable for notebook gaming and a 6ft braided nylon cable for desktop warriors.  To purchase a Rival 700 or for more information about SteelSeries’ entire selection of gaming accessories, visit www.SteelSeries.com

    About SteelSeries
    SteelSeries leads the market in building gaming peripherals with quality, innovation and purpose. The company’s passion has been the driving force behind many first-to-market innovations and technologies that continue to become the industry standard and must-have necessities for gamers. The global brand continues to support the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and electronic sports leagues through professional team sponsorships, partnerships and community support. The company surrounds itself with the passion and the commitment to being the best. It is with this mentality that SteelSeries chooses to partner with some of world’s most respected and recognized brands that work together to push the growth and evolution of the gaming industry into an even greater proposition.
    To learn more about SteelSeries’ complete line of products, visit http://SteelSeries.com or follow us on social media for the latest updates at http://facebook.com/steelseries and be a part of the conversation on Twitter @SteelSeries.

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