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  • VIPER GAMING by PATRIOTâ„¢ adds 32GB modules into VIPER STEEL DDR4 UDIMM and SODIMM Performance Memory

    FREMONT, CALIFORNIA — June 9th, 2020 — VIPER GAMING by PATRIOT, a trademarked brand of PATRIOT and a global leader in performance memory, solid-state drives, and flash storage solutions, is excited to announce the launch of their new 32GB memory modules into the VIPER STEEL SERIES DDR4 PERFORMANCE MEMORY. The new 32GB modules are available in both UDIMM and SODIMM. The frequencies from 3000MHz to 3600MHz are available for UDIMM and the frequencies from 2400MHz to 3000MHz for SODIMM. The new modules are built from rigorously tested memory chips and components on a ten-layer PCB for optimum performance in gaming desktops and laptops.

    The VIPER STEEL provides extra gaming performance and stability for the most demanding desktop and laptop environments across the latest Intel and AMD platforms. The VIPER STEEL modules bring Intel XMP 2.0 performance to the next level by offering hardcore gamers and enthusiasts the possibility to upgrade their gaming systems with more DRAM memory capacity and further extending their potential.

    "The VIPER STEEL has been awarded by many PC hardware sites in 2019. The feedback from PC gaming communities around the world has demanded that we expand the VIPER STEEL to create larger 64GB memory kits," said Roger Shinmoto, the Vice President of VIPER GAMING by PATRIOT™, "These new kits are not just for desktop gamers but apply to gaming laptop users and even mini-ITX builders as they benefit most from the 32GB modules. "

    Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, the VIPER STEEL SERIES DDR4 32GB modules have been rigorously hand-tested and strictly verified across a broad range of the latest Intel and AMD platforms. The VIPER STEEL UDIMM is available in frequencies of 3,000MHz, 3,200MHz, and 3,600MHz. The VIPER STEEL SODIMM is available in frequencies of 2400MHz, 2666MHz, and 3000MHz.  

  • Hardware Asylum and Lexar Fathers Day Giveaway

    Hello Everyone, I wanted to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Fathers Day!

    We are working with Lexar to give away Six (6) great prizes in a random draw that will take place on June 22nd. 

    Prizes include:

    3 x Lexar Professional Multi-Card 3-in-1 Reader
    3 x Lexar Compact Multi-Card 2-in-1 Reader

    Good luck!

    Hardware Asylum Father's Day Giveaway

  • ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero Motherboard Review @

    I did a review of the ASUS Maximus XII Hero Wi-Fi for the Comet Lake processor and Z490 launch and found it to be a super solid motherboard.  It didn't overclock as well as I would have liked but was a good entry into the Maximus line of ROG motherboards.

    ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) “Maximus” motherboards are always a top choice for overclocking and enthusiasts. They are pretty much the cream of the crop when it comes to high-end motherboards and have every feature you could think of whether you are a gamer, overclocker, or just a normal PC enthusiast. Today we have the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero (Wi-Fi) motherboard on the test bench. The “Hero” boards are great as they give you quite a lot of value, but aren’t as expensive as the “Extreme” boards. The ROG Maximus XII Hero (Wi-Fi) features a 14+2 power phase design, memory support up to 4800 MHz, 5g Ethernet, USB 3.2 gen 2, 802.11ax WiFi, SupremeFX audio, three M.2 slots, and of course that ASUS style and RGB lighting! Let’s see what this board is all about!

    It would seem that Thinkcomputers would agree.

  • Corsair Dominator Platinum White RGB DDR4-4000 MHz CL19 4x8 GB @ TechPowerUp

    Oh no, not another Corsair Memory launch!

    Today Corsair is launching a new stunning white and gold edition of their Dominator Platinum RGB memory, which has previously only been available in black. Specced at 4000 MHz, this high-end DDR4 memory kit should be a top performer on Intel. How will it fair with AMD? Lets find out!

    So the interesting thing about Dominator memory is that it is supposed to be good.  I am running a pair in the Hardware Asylum Podcast machine and have used them off and on since they were first released in ther Triple Channel days.

    While the familar cooling fins have stuck around I have to admit that I'm not a fan of the module design.  Its like they went all "We gotta be apple Mac up in this beyouch" but, then forgot how to do that.

    And, what is the deal with 4000Mhz memory?  its like we are making AMD Ryzen memory (Cause Ryzen is sooooo hot right now) but then forget that 3600Mhz is kinda the max if you want to run 1:1.  Maybe it is one of those +50W extra that TT adds to their PSUs to make seem better than everyone else.

    Anyhow, check out the review or something. happy smile

  • Welcome Back to the New Hardware Asylum

    For the past seventeen years I have been hosting and on a dedicated server.  Before that my websites were on a shared hosting plan.  Shared hosting is an affordable solution for people just starting out but, as the name suggests, you are on a server with quite a few other sites sharing the bandwidth allocation and server resources.  If your site becomes busy it becomes slow and unstable.

    That thing happened to me back in 2003 with my first trip to Computex.  This was the year they delayed the show due to SARS and also made it so I was one of only a handful of tech media to attend.  As it would turn out [H]ard|OCP posted some of my coverage and for the next 5 days the website reset itself over and over as my shared hosting provider attempted to keep up with the traffic.

    Once I got back from Computex I searched around for an affordable dedicated server which allowed me to not only handle the increase in traffic but also run additional applications like the Ninjalane Message Forum, Email and FTP.  

    I even had a couple of game servers running which made the weekend L/WAN parties kinda fun.

    Sadly, the party had to end.  One of the issues with dedicated servers is that they are, in fact, dedicated.  The server host makes sure the server is online and replaces hardware but, is under no obligation to upgrade the server or operating system.  After nine years hosting with them on two different dedicated platforms they wouldn’t upgrade me anymore without a significant increase in cost.

    This prompted me to go a slightly different route and Co-Locate a server.  Turns out you can get lease return servers on eBay for cheap and all you need is some knowledge on how to operate them and you are set.

    Fortunately I have that skill set and looked for a local host near my home and the host I picked was SolutionPro.  This was a Micron seeded company left over from the Micron Internet Services (Yes the memory maker) and was eventually purchased by Involta.  From 2012 to just a few days ago my server was Co-Located in their DataCenter and things were good.

    As it would turn out Involta is in the process of a re-brand and started an internal audit that impacted me.  Basically I wasn't paying enough so they decided that my contract wasn’t going to be renewed.  There were also some misinterpretations of my contract, oversights, etc..  Needless to say they flipped a switch that forced my hand.

    The server had to move.

    This post is the first one you will see post Hardware Asylum dedicated server move.  I was able to get a backup server installed to handle the DNS redirect while I physically moved the server hardware to FiberPipe.  Turns out for a few bucks more I can get more bandwidth and similar level of hosting support by simply switching vendors, Imagine that?!?

    Eventually I might move Hardware Asylum into the cloud but, it is currently too expensive for the level of service I need and, when I finally decide to retire from doing product reviews I’ll only need to keep the archives around for a year before they become obsolete.

    Overall I’m glad things have worked out for the better as they could have gone MUCH worse.  I have seen hardware sites lose their domain names, some have shut down over new jobs and even more get pushed out for doing bad reviews, scamming and/or having disagreements with hardware makers.  As they say it’s all about the money man, the trick is to remain fluid and not to be afraid to put in a little work. 

  • Lexar Announces New Professional NM700 M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD

    Key Features:

    • High-speed PCIe Gen3x4 interface: 3500MB/s read and 2000MB/s write1 - NVMe 
    • M.2 2280 form factor
    • Get 6.5x the speed of a SATA-based SSD2
    • Ideal for high-intensive users
    • 3D NAND
    • Features LDPC (Low-Density Parity Check)
    • Shock and vibration resistant with no moving parts
    • Five-year limited warranty

    San Jose, USA, May 20, 2020 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, today announced the new Lexar® Professional NM700 M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD to its family line of SSD products.

    As the need for faster performance and uninterrupted application experiences increases, Lexar has developed a solution to keep videographers, photographers, and designers in the driver’s seat with speeds of up 3500MB/s read, and 2000MB/s write. The NM700 is supported by PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe and built with 3D NAND flash for higher capacity and more efficiency without unnecessary slowdowns.

    “The Lexar Professional NM700 allows our high-intensive users to experience improved performance with speeds that will keep them in front of any task. This new SSD solidifies our commitment to improving our SSD portfolio and meets the demands of our customers’ needs,” said Joel Boquiren, Director of Global Marketing. 

    Lexar® Professional NM700 M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD is available in EMEA and APAC this month at an MSRP of $79.99 USD (256 GB), $110.99 USD (512 GB), and $199.99 USD (1 TB).

    Lexar® Professional NM700 M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD is available in the US (Latin America) next month at an MSRP of $79.99 USD (256 GB), $110.99 USD (512 GB), and $199.99 USD (1 TB).

    1Up to 3500MB/s read transfer, write transfer speeds lower. Speeds based on internal testing. Actual performance may vary.

    2Comparison based on internal testing. Actual performance may vary.

    All Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability. For more information visit

  • Intel Z490 and 10900K Launch Day

    Truth is I have a couple boards in the lab and at least one of them will get posted a little later today.  Until then check out some of these reviews from around the web.

    Z490 Motherboards
    MSI MEG Z490I Unify @ TechPowerUp
    ASRock Z490 Taichi @ TechPowerUp
    ASRock Z490 PG Velocita @ TechPowerUp
    ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-E Gaming @ TechPowerUp
    SUPERO Pro Gaming C9Z490-PGW Motherboard @ Funky Kit
    ASRock Z490 Steel Legend Motherboard @ Funky Kit

    And the Intel Core i9
    Core i5 10600K and Core i9 10900K  processors @ Guru3D
    Intel Core i9-10900K and i5-10600K @ LanOC Reviews
    Intel Core i9-10900K & i5-10600K Review: Comet Lake-S Benchmarks @ HotHardware
    Intel Core i5 10600K + Core i9 10900K Linux Performance Benchmarks @ Phoronix
    Intel Core i9-10900K and Core i5-10600K Review @ Vortez
    Intel Core i9-10900K Processor Review @

    Stay tuned for more!

  • MSI MEG Z490I Unify Preview @ TechPowerUp

    As hardware enthusasits we need to consider that there is hardware out there that doesn't fit our "mold" for the perfect component.  The motherboard might be too small to run all of the expansion cards you have. or the video card might not have a large enough VRM for the type of overclocking you want to do.

    However, just because the product doesn't fit your mold doesn't make it a waste of time.  For instance one of the most versitle motherboard platforms is the Mini ITX.  These boards are full featured, small and somewhat inexpensive.  They lack in memory support and.. can't run multiple expansion cards but generally have everything you need onboard.

    Kinda like this board from MSI.

    MSI has packed a lot of power into a small package with the MSI MEG Z490I Unify. Featuring a stealthy black aesthetic and a VRM config with 90 A power stages, the MSI MEG Z490I Unify could be a top choice for overclockers. Just how much can MSI stuff into a Mini-ITX footprint?

    Just imagine what you could do with 90 Amp power stages and enough plastic covers to build a sport bike!

  • Unlock the Full Potential of the New ROG Maximus XII Formula With EK VRM Bridge

    In the column of "cash grab" and "most worthless part ever" we have this.

    What we have is a distro block that connects the CrossChill VRM cooler found on the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Formula (Ideally already designed and sourced from EK) to an EK waterblock that you place on the CPU. 

    So, instead of connecting a pipe from your CrossChill to the CPU block you place this distro plate over the whole thing covering the EK block you just bought and the sleek VRM cooler you paid EXTRA for.  Not to mention the Maximus XII Formula is already a $500.00 USD motherboard so I have to ask "why?"

    ----- SNIP -----

    EK, the leading liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is ready to support the newly-released ROG Maximus XII Formula motherboard with a unique, patent-pending liquid distribution VRM Bridge. The EK-Quantum Momentum VRM Bridge ROG Maximus XII Formula D-RGB is a purpose-engineered connection piece that bridges the existing integrated CrossChill EK III VRM cooling and the CPU water block into a single entity. The ROG Maximus XII Formula is the carrier of the iconic Maximus motherboard series, while the EK-developed VRM Bridge solution will help bring out its full potential.

    The EK-Quantum Momentum VRM Bridge

    The EK-Quantum Momentum VRM Bridge is the only off-the-shelf solution that will bridge multiple liquid cooling components with a unique mounting mechanism. It is specially made for the ROG Maximus XII Formula, and upgrading from any previous motherboard will be easy since you’ll be able to reuse any of the existing Intel-socket-compatible EK-Quantum Velocity CPU water blocks.

    EK’s RnD team spent countless hours developing and perfecting this VRM Bridge solution. And since diamonds are made under pressure, after several iterations, the result was a second to none diamond-shaped product that impeccably integrates with aesthetics of the ROG Maximus XII Formula motherboard.

    ----- SNIP -----

    Now, I will give them this. the VRM bridge does look cool and I'm sure some idiots will be tripping over themselves to get one.

  • ASRock Z490 PG Velocita Preview @ TechPowerUp


    I shouldn't embelish too much, they only ever sent over one motherboard for review and last time I talked to them at Computex they pimped their GPU Mining rigs.  *roll*

    However, this board is pretty cool, per the usual it looks like an ASUS Strix with different colors.  happy smile

    The ASRock Z490 PG Velocita is ready for Comet Lake with Socket LGA 1200. "Velocita" is ASRock's latest edition to the award-winning Phantom Gaming motherboard line and features 2.5 Gb/s LAN, PCIe 4.0 readiness, and an uncompromising VRM thermal solution with three fans.

    I am very impressed that they had a sample on hand to get photos so, props!