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  • The Ultimate RGB Build: The Hardware @ ThinkComputers

    I think deciding the "Ultimate" RGB Build is a little subjective but I'll go along with it for now.

    So I’ve been using the same PC as my main gaming / video editing rig for what seems like forever. When I built it not much thought really went into it, it was just available parts that I had laying around. The system itself has a Core i7-3970X, ASRock X79 Extreme4-M motherboard, 16GB of DDR3, a GTX 580, which was updated to a GTX 1080 recently, and a few SSDs. All of this was inside the Thermaltake Supressor F31 case, not really much to look at when you walk into the office. To this day that PC still kicks ass and in most cases is more than sufficient, but now that we are doing a lot of 4K video editing I felt it was time for an upgrade. Also we wanted to build something that looked totally badass! That is when the idea for the Ultimate RGB Build was hatched. We’ve said 2017 is the year of RGB so why not build a system with all RGB components? So we’ve compiled a list of awesome components and are ready to get this build started! This is part 1 of the build where we will go over the hardware used and why we selected it.

    4K video editing eh?  I'm not gonna lie that does take more hardware that most people have available but when it comes down to it you don't see a slow down while editing so much as when you are rendering, and even that can be a fire and forget.

    I guess the point is, RGB makes 4K video editing faster so why not add more RGB cause... that makes..  ugg  wink smile

  • G.SKILL Releases New AMD Compatible Trident Z RGB kits

    Taipei, Taiwan (22 September 2017) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces a new lineup of Trident Z RGB DDR4 memory kits with enhanced compatibility on the latest AMD platforms. Specifically designed for AMD Ryzen™ and Ryzen™ Threadripper™ platforms, now there are vibrant options up to the popular DDR4-3200MHz CL14 or the massive 128GB (8x16GB) kits at up to 2933MHz. For a full range of memory kit capacity options, the new Trident Z RGB memory kit models are available at DDR4-2400MHz in 2-, 4-, and 8-module kit configurations with 8GB and 16GB modules, which allows for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB memory kits for your AMD system.

    Trident Z RGB Memory Kits on AMD Platforms
    AMD currently has two platform offerings, where Ryzen supports dual-channel with 2 or 4 memory modules and Threadripper supports quad-channel memory with 4 or 8 memory modules. To give a boost in memory performance to AMD number-crunching workstations and high-end graphic rendering systems, G.SKILL offers several selections for each AMD platform, including memory speeds of up to DDR4-2933MHz or ultra-high capacity at 128GB (8x16GB). For details on specifications and compatibility support of the new Trident Z RGB kits, please refer to the following table:

    TZR"X" - The New Line-up
    To differentiate between the new AMD-optimized Trident Z RGB kits from the original, look for the "X" at the end of the Trident Z RGB model numbers.

    OC Profile Support & Availability
    These new Trident Z RGB models support OC profile support on compatible motherboards, just simply enable the OC profile in BIOS to achieve these high performance DDR4 memory speeds. These new models are scheduled for release via G.SKILL authorized distribution partners in October 2017.

  • EVGA EPOWER V - 12+2 Phase Extreme Power VRM

    September 18th, 2017 - The EVGA "Untouchables" EPOWER V card is a standalone VRM board that provides additional power for target devices, such as graphics cards or motherboards. The board is designed to provide two fully-independent voltage outputs, and features a built-in EVBot MKII to allow voltage control on the fly. Take your benching experience to the very limits of your hardware's capability with the EVGA EPOWER V.

    The EPOWER V board is powered by the three 6-pin PCI-E power connectors. The input is fed through a 12+2 phase design to provide substantially more VCORE and VMEM to your graphics card, allowing it to break through any limits holding it back.


    • Onboard VCORE and VMEM LED Display - The EPOWER V features a LED Display readout to show your VCORE and VMEM in real-time.
    • VMEM - Voltage adjustment range 600mV to 2300mV. Rated capacity is 80A. Maximum peak capacity - 90A at 1.9V output voltage.
    • VCORE - Voltage adjustment range is 600mV to 2000mV. Rated capacity is 600A. Maximum peak capacity - 620A at 1.85V output voltage.
    • Onboard VCORE and VMEM LED Display - The EPOWER V features a LED Display readout to show your VCORE and VMEM in real-time.
    • Control the EPOWER V via using the integrated EVBot MKII - Use the built-in EVBOT MKII buttons to conveniently adjust your voltages on the fly, or upgrade your firmware and connect your EVBot to control the graphics card remotely.
    • USB 3.1 Type-C and Software Controls - The EPOWER V gives you even more flexibility to control your voltages. Use the USB 3.1 Type-C port to connect to a PC and use software to control the EPOWER V board.
    • Droop, Force, and Offset Voltage Switches - To further customize your EPOWER V, use the available DIP switches to use remote sense to control for VDROOP, Force your overclock voltages, and/or Offset your voltages for the ultimate in stability choices.
    • ProbeIT - ProbeIT connectors are among the easiest ways to hook up a device to a multimeter to painlessly read voltages on-demand to give you the most accurate readings whenever you need them.
    • Fan Headers - The EPOWER V board brings the voltage, and gives you easy access to fan connectors so you can also keep it cool. Use one or two 12v fans to keep your system rock solid during even your longest benching sessions.

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  • 7th Gen Core Kaby Lake Won't Work on 300-series Chipset Motherboards

    It is pretty amazing that while we mfgs are just now releasing LGA 2011 v3 and Threadripper boards that the new generation of consumer chips is in the wings waiting for their day to say "buy me"

    As many of us know Intel did away with the Tick Tock processor cycle so they can concentrate on releasing their "i" line of disposable processors and motherboards.  I say disposable because you can no longer buy a motherboard and expect to get two processors of use out of it.  In fact if current rumors hold true the new 300 Series chipsets designed for Coffee Lake will no longer be backwards compatible despite having the same LGA 1151 socket.

    The upcoming Intel 300-series chipset, and LGA1151 socket continues to be a source of chaos for PC builders. While the 100-series and 200-series chipset based motherboards support both 6th generation Core "Skylake," and 7th generation Core "Kaby Lake" processors, they will not support the upcoming 8th generation Core "Coffee Lake" chips. What's more, the upcoming 300-series chipset motherboards, which were earlier believed to feature backwards-compatibility for "Skylake" and "Kaby Lake" chips, will not support them, according to a report.

    Who knows if this is actually what will happen.  Maybe there will be a BIOS flash to allow reverse compatibility or maybe they will do a LGA 1151 v3 socket like they did with X99.  You know, just to be confusing.

  • Two PCIe NVMe SSDs Tested On Six Motherboards By Intel and AMD @ Legit Reviews

    I do love these kinds of articles and based on historical traffic numbers it would seem that many users agree.  "How To" is the way to go, provided that the information is easy to read and is understandable.

    In this article Legit Reviews asks the question "Will One SSD Perform The Same on Six Different Motherboards?"

    I could tell you that the answer is yes and for the same reason that certain memory modules will work on certain motherboards and not on others.  There is a qualification process to make hardware work and wouldn't you know it, there are no real standards.

    When Corsair sent us their new Neutron NX500 400GB NVMe PCIe AIC SSD to review we weren’t impressed by what we were seeing from Corsair’s new flagship storage drive. We tried the AIC in all available PCIe slots and saw no change. We 1024K aligned the drive per instructions from Corsair and saw no change. We tried different secure erase methods and again there was no change.  So, we changed platforms and saw performance more than double in some areas... Read on to see what happens when we try this drive and another in six different motherboards from Intel and AMD.

    I really tried to read through this article and kinda got lost in the sea of charts.  There are a bunch and all of them aliased BADLY when they were uploaded to the website.  As a web designer that is the 24th rule in the book. always render images at their final size. 

  • MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC review @ Guru3D

    I will be the first to admit that Threadripper and me have not really ever seen eye to eye which might be a little lack of interest on my side combined with a "phsck, do I have to buy ANOTHER thousand dollar processor??"

    Now, I realize that AMD fans feel that Threadripper is the best thing since Athlon64 and I'm here to tell you that, yes it very well might be and don't let that fancy installation guide convince you otherwise.

    Of couse, with that out of the way lets take a look at a MSI motherboard from the MSI pimps over at Guru3D.  If it says MSI, they will have undoubtably done a review.

    Let's check out another Ryzen Threadripper motherboard. We review the one from MSI as they have released their X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC. The board is stylish, comes with very subtle LED effects and obviously offers everything you need from quadruple x16 PCI-Express slots, triple M2 SSD slots, quad-channel memory and some really supreme AC WIFI.

    Gotta say, damn slick, damn slick.

  • ASRock X299 Gaming i9 @ techPowerUp

    There was a time when custom motherboards designed for high-end gaming and/or overclocking was a highly sought after commodity.  Unfortunately we have lost some of that allure.  First it was a hardcore focus on Overclocking that faded to a generic attempt to make everything gaming compatible.

    Motherboards like the ASRock X299 Gaming i9 are a good example of gaming motherboards taken to the extreme.

    Like any other platform, ASRock has given Intel's X299 the Fatal1ty treatment, in the form of the X299 Gaming i9. This isn't a value-oriented board product; this one comes straight out of ASRock's Professional Series and has a much higher price tag than the Taichi we looked at earlier.

    Funny how they use ASRock and "value oriented" in the same paragraph without even thinking twice.  :)  I shouldn't diss, ASRock makes some pretty good ASUS clone hardware. wink smile

  • phj34r my lak 0 n3ws

    I haven't forgotten you all, just been busy.  There are three projects going on in the Hardware Asylum labs along with a grip of X299 reviews followed by a few cases and power supplies.  I want to make sure all of these get done properly and sadly, that has taken me away from my normal news hound duties.

    I'm attempting to get back on a regular news posting schedule which might take a few weeks.  In the meantime be sure to follow Hardware Asylum on social media, on there you'll get to see some of the latest project updates and get notified of Article and Podcast releases.

  • Graphics card prices to be raised to reflect increasing memory costs

    Now this is an interesting turn of events.  First we have cryptominers buying up all of the video cards and now they are raising prices due to memory cost increases.  Last I checked there was a surplus of memory, but maybe not GDDR5.

    -- From Digitimes --

    Consumer demand for graphics cards may be undermined by price hikes arising from GDDR memory shortage and first-tier vendors are expected to raise their Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080/1070/1060/1050 graphics card pricing by 3-10% at the end of August, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

    From April to mid-July, graphics card sales were contributed mainly by the cryptocurrency mining segment. With demand from the segment starting to cool off since mid-July and graphics cards' supply and pricing both stabilizing, sales from the retail channel have started picking up.

  • ASUS ROG Strix Evolve Review @ Vortez

    Before too long every company that makes computer hardware will be making "everything".  Well ASUS kinda started it but, name a company and there is a chance they make something outside of what they are known for.

    In this case we have ASUS building ambidextrous gaming mice with 50 million clicks and RGB.  Seems good right?

    Featuring a properly-done ambidextrous design, OMRON switches claiming a lifespan upwards of 50 million clicks, RGB lighting with ASUS Aura Sync and a 7200DPI optical sensor, let's see what the Strix Evolve is made of in testing.

    I'm not gonna diss, this mouse looks pretty good and has a solid sensor.