• MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Motherboard Review

    MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Motherboard Review

    This is a new X99 motherboard I saw during Computex and was very impressed with how far MSI went to create a great looking motherboard. Much like the X99A Gaming 7 the Godlike is another perfect example of what a high-end gaming motherboard should look like with the added benefit of more cowbell

  • GSKill Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3000Mhz CL15 Quad Channel Memory Review

    GSKill Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3000Mhz CL15 Quad Channel Memory Review

    As the name suggests the Ripjaws 4 is a fourth generation memory module designed for the new Intel X99 and comes available in a variety of different configurations.

  • Asylum Builds Section and Less Technical Computex

    Asylum Builds Section and Less Technical Computex

    In this episode Dennis explains the purpose of the new Asylum Builds section and Darren tries to live vicariously by learning more about what else you can do in Taiwan.

  • Asylum System Builds: 4-Way SLI on LN2

    Asylum System Builds: 4-Way SLI on LN2

    We talk a lot about cost of entry when chasing after overclocking world records and in this Xtreme build we are going to spec out a 4-Way SLI overclocking rig using LN2.

  • Asylum System Builds: The Media Capture Box

    Asylum System Builds: The Media Capture Box

    For this build I wanted several things and the most important was that it needed to be small. Given that it would be used to record the Hardware Asylum Podcast it also needed to be quiet and have a fast storage subsystem.

  • Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5P Motherboard Review

    Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5P Motherboard Review

    In this review we looked at the Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5P. This motherboard is part of their Champion Series using a special OC socket and includes a few other overclocking and gaming features.

  • Computex Bonus Ramblings Editors Optical Switches and More

    Computex Bonus Ramblings Editors Optical Switches and More

    In this special bonus extra episode we get to hear some of the juicy bits that were cut from the main show.

  • Be Quiet Silent Base 800 Case Review

    Be Quiet Silent Base 800 Case Review

    Be quiet! has been a favorite brand around the labs for some time. Their focus on premium case cooling has produced some of the best heat sinks and fans on the market today. Now be quiet! is branching out into case design with their Silent Base 800 case.

  • Computex Predictions Revisited

    Computex Predictions Revisited

    In this episode Dennis gives us his debrief of the exciting things he saw at Computex 2015 and is finally able to say his show predictions came true.

  • Is Computex worth it?

    Is Computex worth it?

    Computex has been a yearly trek for me since 2003 and I have seen the show transform from something initially sales focused and market driven to a fashion show where flash and pizzazz win out in the end.

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  • ASRock X99 OC FORMULA/3.1 (Intel LGA 2011-3) @ techPowerUp

    Published: Monday, July 27, 2015 | By: Dennis

    OMG, the GOLD!!

    Actually AsRock OC motherboards have always been Yellow/Gold so I'm not sure why I am surprised. happy smile

    ASRock's updated X99 OC FORMULA is here, now called the ASRock OC FORMULA/3.1. Fitted with the latest in USB technology, the ASRock X99 OC FORMULA/3.1 is ASRock's top-level overclocking board built to smash clock records time and again. USB 3.1 isn't everything: we've got SATA Express, Ultra M.2, Xeon, and ECC support - every high-speed item you could ask for when overclocking X99 is here.

    The motherboards come packed in foam and "should" still have the conformal coating however, based on the photos I'm not seeing signs of it anymore.  I guess the added expense finally caught up to them.

  • GIGABYTE X99 SLI Review, Excellence On A Budget! @ Bjorn3d

    Published: Monday, July 27, 2015 | By: Dennis

    Budget is everything when it comes to building a PC and what if you can get "Excellence" and not break the budget?

    Seems like a good combo.

    GIGABYTE has released an entire pack of motherboards based on the Intel X99 chipset: Champion, Gaming, and Super Overclock. And now GIGABYTE has released the X99-SLI board. From the first glance, the board looks to be chock full of enthusiast-level hardware, with lots to offer most end users. To field the board with all that high-end hardware at $250 (NewEgg) , they had to make a few compromises, but based on price/performance, there’s a good bang for the buck factor on the GIGABYTE GA-X99-SLI.

    I really like what Gigabyte did with their last round of X99 motherboards.  Sure, there could have been some things "done better" but they did get the budget part of the equation sorted.

  • Gigabyte's X99-Gaming 5P motherboard reviewed @ TechReport

    Published: Friday, July 24, 2015 | By: Dennis

    It would seem that some people have actually paid attention to the Multi GPU Index and even started including some of the aspects in their reviews. 

    Gigabyte's X99-Gaming 5P gives buyers a full-featured Haswell-E board with a gaming twist. We dug into its features and ran it through our testing gauntlet to figure out what makes this premium motherboard tick.

    I have to say say TR has some of the strangest emails when it comes to sending out press notifications.  Everything is possessive, not that there is anything wrong with that.

    btw, check out our review of the Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5P for comparison purposes.  I'm pretty sure we attained a higher overclock though the testing suite and without any special cooling.

  • Desktop Boradwell Is Here

    Published: Friday, July 24, 2015 | By: Dennis

    With Skylake just around the corner you have to wonder if Intel was ever going to release that "tick" for the Z97 chipset.  Namely Broadwell.

    As some of you know Broadwell was designed to be a mobile chip, low power but with decent performance however, the big claim to fame was the integrated iris Pro Graphics.

    Web Reviews
    - Intel takes the integrated graphics crown on the desktop: Broadwell Core i7 5775C review @Hardware.Info
    - Comparing The Power/Performance Of A NetBurst Celeron & Pentium 4 To Broadwell's Core i7 5775C @ Phoronix
    - Intel Core i7 5775C: Once Going, This Broadwell CPU Is Great On Linux @ Phoronix
    - Intel "Broadwell" Core i7 5775C Review @HiTech Legion
    - Open-Source Linux Graphics: A10-7870K Godavari vs. i7-4790K Haswell vs. i7-5775C Broadwell @ Phoronix
    - Intel Broadwell-E Core i7 5775C processor review @ Guru3D
    - Intel Core i7-5775C @ LanOC Reviews

    I got a chance to see Broadwell in action during Computex, most notably how well the processor could overclock.  Sadly, the chip had a hard limit which was well within the "air cooled" range so needless to say Haswell is still holds the OC crown. 

    At least for a few more weeks.

  • Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 3666Mhz Retail Kits Available

    Published: Thursday, July 23, 2015 | By: Dennis

    I caught a post to these bad boys in my news stream this morning.  It would appear that the first retail kits of DDR with XMP profiles up to 3666Mhz are now available!. 

    Some of the important features would include:

    Hand Screened Performance IC's
    Using best of the best IC's available leads to highly overclockable memory

    DHX cooling
    Patented technology pulls performance-robbing heat away from the modules and allows Dominator memory to run at a cooler temperature.

    Customizable light bar
    Customize the look and feel of your memory with upgradable light bars and Dominator Airflow LED fan.

    Performance and Compatibility
    Dominator Platinum DDR4 is optimized and compatibility tested for the latest Intel X99 Series motherboards and offers higher frequencies, greater bandwidth, and lower power consumption.
    XMP 2.0 support for trouble-free automatic overclocking.

    Corsair Link compatibility
    The Corsair Link Digital connector allows you to monitor your memory's temperature for an optimal combination of performance and stability.

    There are a couple of "unwritten" requirements including CPU quality and the orange across the top of the heatspreader indicating Gigabyte OC.  Of course, they will likely work in any motherboard including X99 and Skylake you just wont be able to set XMP.

  • Where is the YouTube for Podcasts? - Good Question

    Published: Thursday, July 16, 2015 | By: Dennis

    This is a pretty good editorial about how difficult it is to get people to find a podcast and some of the trouble associated with it and she pretty much hits every issue including the free for all YouTube that allows people to make money without spending "anything" to the audio equivalent Soundcloud which does a horrible job and promoting and charges you for the inconvenience.

    I’m not about to argue that a direct translation of YouTube is the solution to the podcast platform problem. There are a lot of problems with YouTube’s model. But a comparison between audio and video platforms is useful in highlighting how far podcast platforms are behind other digital mediums.

    The obvious is the attention span of 90% of internet users.  Websites need to grab the attention of a visitor in 3 seconds or less and YouTube caters to a generation who grew up in front of a television.  It is unfortunate but Internet users are reluctant to learn anymore and unless their answer is in the top 5 results on google you might as well not exist.

    I do hope the Podcast situation improves.  iTunes is the defacto standard which was created 10+ years ago and hasn't changed much over the years.  There is lots Apple could do to improve the situation and sadly any 3rd party uses iTunes as a basis for their solution.  The future doesn't look good for Podcasting but I am hopeful that something will come around.

  • Asylum Review Block: Radeon Fury Road

    Published: Monday, July 20, 2015 | By: Dennis

    I'm sitting here looking at a Mad Max: Fury Road poster and wondering how that relates to the AMD Radeon Fury and I think "Overpowered with Unrealistic Results" draws a nice parallel but, hey I could be wrong.

    Web Reviews
    - HIS Radeon R9 380 IceQ X² OC 2 GB GDDR5 Review @ Hardware-Mag.de
    - Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC Review @ HardwareSlave
    - HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 Video Card Review - Most Unique 390X So Far
    - HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC 8GB Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
    - Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 Fury Review @ Modders-Inc
    - ASUS Radeon R9 Fury STRIX review @ Guru3D
    - ASUS Radeon R9 Fury STRIX 4 GB @ techPowerUp
    - Asus' Strix Radeon R9 Fury graphics card reviewed @ Some Tech Place
    - AMD Radeon R9 Fury Review: Fiji On Air Tested @ HotHardware
    - MSI Radeon R9 390X GAMING 8G Overclocking Review @ [H]

    Eventually we will be less "Fury" and have a Fury one of our own, though until then Fury On!

  • Throw Back Thursday: DFI LanParty NF2 Ultra rev B

    Published: Thursday, July 16, 2015 | By: Dennis

    In 2003 the Athlon processor was the enthusiast platform to have.  Not only was it faster than the Pentium III but had plenty of ways to be overclocked and was quite a bit cheaper.  Of course there are downsides to most things and the AMD chipset wasn’t very good and if you installed the heatsink incorrectly you would most often crack the core. 

    For those that don’t remember this was the time when “flip chips” were popular placing the CPU core on top of the package and before the introduction of IHS, or the integrated heat spreader.

    The old 462 Socket A didn’t get worldwide attention until the release of the Nvidia nForce 2 chipset which not only supported dual channel DDR 400 memory but was able to unlock the Athlon multiplier even after the traces were cut on the processor.  To do this you inserted a wire into the CPU socket before installing the processor and free multipliers for everyone.

    One of the most popular motherboards of the time was the DFI LanParty NF2 Ultra which gave rise to the special Oskar Wu version the DFI LanParty NF2 Ultra Rev B pictured here.  It had everything from enhanced DDR memory support to an offset socket location for better cooling and an extra open area to support dual slot AGP cards.

    The motherboard also supported SATA RAID and had onboard power and reset buttons for test bench use and LanParty style debugging.  Sadly the capacitors have started to burst which is also why Japanese capacitors became so popular some years later.

  • Awful Airport Design or Successful College Project?

    Published: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | By: Dennis

    There are several "worthless" degrees you can get in college.  Most of them mean well but very few of them will actually help prepare you for a career in that profession.  However, some require you have a degree to even be considered. 

    Architecture is one such degree.  This is considered a professional degree which is a minimum of 5 years learning about various building systems, design and sometimes a little practical knowledge.  Of course what it doesn't prepare you for is the 10 years after graduation stuck drawing details and fetching coffee for the project Architect who has already put in their time in the trenches and feels entitled.

    Yes, the degree will get you in the door but the fight is long from finished. 

    This is something I didn't understand during my Architecture studies and instead took my learning serious and applied a good amount of logic to all of my projects, never really experimenting with something that "shouldn't" be built because it wasn't practical or was impossible to achieve.

    Alex Sutton, a grad student from Bartlett School of Architecture in London, seems to have thrown all logic to the wind and decided to experiment with a new style of airport that isn't on the ground and far from the city but rather elevated and placed in the empty space between buildings.  On paper this looks like a good use of "empty space" however creates a whole list of problems including (but not limited to) excessive noise, wind, broken windows, plane crashes and let’s not forget that once you cover a street with a runway that street no longer gets any light.

    Alex positioned one of his airports over water which helps this but still isn’t much better.

    Ever wonder why buildings in New York are stepped back after a certain number of floors?  Seems people began to miss having sunlight on their streets and didn’t like getting blown over due to powerful winds coming down the sides of buildings so they passed an ordinance requiring a certain amount of "free air" on a building lot. 

    Overall I say this is a great project, very radical and so horrible that it went viral.  Let’s hope it lands him a great job to help offset the pain of being a draftsman with a degree.

  • Throw Back Thursday: Corsair Ice T30 TEC Memory Cooler

    Published: Thursday, July 09, 2015 | By: Dennis

    Back in 2009 Corsair Dominator memory was THE what you bought if you wanted the best possible performance.  The modules came in a variety of different speeds and often had the best timings on the market.  A specially designed PCB made the modules taller which caused issues with CPU cooling but tended to work better with the heatspreader and keep temperatures under control.

    Across the top of these modules was a finned heatsink that not only looked cool but was removable.  Why you ask?  Well, Corsair sold a variety of accessories for their Dominator line including different colored heatsinks and some that were even taller.  To compliment the Dominator line Corsair also offered the DHX+ Airflow GT which was the fancy name for a large dual fan cooler that now seems to be rather common with most memory makers.

    In an attempt to really push the cooling envelope Corsair developed the "Ice T30"  This is a watercooled TEC powered memory cooler that mounted directly to the top of the Dominator memory modules.  It was held in place using a set of longer screws and basically replaced the finned heatsink across the top.

    The TEC was powered by a control module that would monitor the relative humidy and cold plate temperature to ensure that there was no condensation.  A switch on the module would bypass this and allow the TEC to run at 100%, which is what most overclockers did.

    Ironicly enough the Ice T30 didn't sell well however Vince at Kingpincooler used the idea to develop the Dominance Memory Cooler which allowed extreme overclockers to put their memory under LN2.

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