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  • Thermaltake Launches Two Latest Pre-built White LCGS (Liquid Cooling Gaming Systems) at Best Buy for an Immersive Gaming Experience

    Empowered by the latest Intel 13th Gen i7 and AMD Ryzen 7 CPUs, featured NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, and RTX 3060 Ti Graphics Cards, Thermaltake Avalanche i477T and Quartz 360T deliver high-Performance for Gamers.

    Walnut, California - April 6th, 2023 - Thermaltake, the premium brand for PC case, cooling, power, and memory solutions, announced today the addition of two new pre-built high-performance gaming PCs to the LCGS (Liquid Cooling Gaming System) product line, the Avalanche i477T, and Quartz 360T. These two models come in sleek white PC cases and offer gamers the latest liquid cooling technology and best-in-class components, ensuring a high-performance gaming experience. The Avalanche i477T is powered by the Intel 13th Generation Core i7-13700KF and features an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti graphics card, while the Quartz 360T is powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X and features an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card. Both models are now available at BEST BUY.

    Thermaltake LCGS (Liquid Cooling Gaming System) is crafted for PC gamers to obtain their ideal high-performance pre-built gaming PCs with optimized liquid cooling options, from AIO coolers to tailor-made hard tube configurations. All Thermaltake LCGS are assembled in Southern California, USA, and are committed to providing the best DIY gaming PCs without hassles. All LCGS are backed by strictly monitored testing procedures for excellent compatibility and reliability. 

    “We are thrilled to be teaming up with BEST BUY for this launch," said Michael Guo, the VP of Thermaltake USA. "Best Buy’s good reputation as a trusted online e-tailer is the key to offering better service and a guarantee that our customers can trust. This partnership also gives us a launching point to bring more high-end LCGS gaming PC models to BEST BUY; stay tuned!"

    Thermaltake's Avalanche i477T and Quartz 360T LCGS boast a stunning, all-white design that blends in seamlessly with any setup. The liquid cooling system ensures that the PC remains cool and quiet, even during intense gaming sessions, providing gamers the edge to stay ahead of the competition.

    Key Spec. of Avalanche i477T AIO Liquid Cooled Gaming PC:

    • Processor Model: Intel 13th Generation Core i7 i7-13700KF
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
    • Storage Type: SSD
    • Total Storage Capacity: 2 TB
    • Solid State Drive Capacity: 2 TB
    • System Memory (RAM): DDR5 32 GB
    • Cooling Systems: Liquid
    • Operating System: Windows 10
    • Manufacturer's Warranty – Parts/Labor: 1 year limited

    Key Spec. of Quartz 360T AIO Liquid Cooled Gaming PC:

    • Processor Model: AMD Ryzen 7 7000 Series
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
    • Storage Type: SSD
    • Total Storage Capacity: 1 TB
    • Solid State Drive Capacity: 1 TB
    • System Memory (RAM): DDR5 16 GB
    • Cooling Systems: Liquid
    • Operating System: Windows 10
    • Manufacturer's Warranty – Parts/Labor: 1 year limited
  • Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5-7000 CL34 2x 16 GB @ TechPowerUp

    Corsair has been a power house in the PC industry starting out as a premier memory maker they adopted prison rules and "Established Dominance Quickly" and expanded the company through purchase orders and strategic partnerships.

    One thing that Corsair has done well since the beginning is the process of "book ending" products and providing solutions to both the high-end and Low-end markets instead of focusing solely on, what sells.

    The Vengeance memory line started as a mainstream product and quickly gained acceptance in the gamer market due to their attractive price for performance metric.  (aka: They were cheap and easy to get).

    Corsair is back again with even faster memory! Designed to fit right into the Corsair ecosystem, this Vengeance RGB kit is equipped with a 7000 MT/s XMP profile and is ready to take full advantage of the new Intel Z790 motherboards.

    DDR5-7000 memory is quite impressive and while very few applications can take full advantage of the performance gains it does look good on a a build sheet.

  • Gelid IceRock DDR Cooling Kit

    This reminds me of the memory heat spreaders that started cropping up shortly after the introduction of DDR (yes the first Double Data Rate Memory).  The new heatspreaders offered a way to provide cooling to your DDR memory modules and improve overclocking stability.  They also had a more profound impact on the overall looks of your build allowing you to finally color match components.

    Seems Gelid is a little late to the party.  Or, have recognized a new trend in memory customization.  happy smile

    High Performance DDR Cooling Kit

    IceRock features an optimized heatsink.

    It’s made of high-grade Aluminum, easy to install, and ideal for boosting DRAM overclocking. Moreover, it supports all DDR3, DDR4, and DDR5 memory.

    4897025783737 (black)
    4897025783737 (silver)

    There is one major issue with these heatspreaders in that most, if not all (except for Crucial) desktop memory modules come with heatspreaders already making it somewhat dangerous to swap the coolers.

  • Lexar Announces 512GB CFexpress Type-B Card DIAMOND Series

    San Jose, CA, USA, March 14, 2023—Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, is excited to announce the 512GB addition to the Lexar CFexpress Type-B Card DIAMOND Series lineup. This expanded capacity allows photographers and videographers even more freedom when shooting on location or in studio.

    Key Features

    • Read speed of up to 1900MB/s dramatically accelerates workflow
    • Blazing-fast write speed of up to 1700MB/s1 captures smooth 8K RAW video
    • PCIe Gen 3x2 and NVMe protocols for smooth, high-speed recording
    • VPG400 video class – guaranteed to capture video at a minimum of 400MB/s
    • Lifetime limited warranty

    The card also delivers on performance with transfer speeds of up to 1900MB/s, write speeds up to 1700MB/s and a minimum write speed of 1600MB/s. It is rated VPG400 and features PCIe Gen 3x2 and NVMe protocols for smooth, high-speed recording of images and 8K video.

    “The CFexpress Type-B Card DIAMOND Series delivers on what professional photographers and videographers demand—the performance and capacity to not only empower creativity, but to accelerate workflows to keep pace with the professional’s hectic schedule,” said Joey Lopez, Director, Brand Marketing.

    Compatible with firmware-enabled CFexpress cameras, the CFexpress Type-B Card DIAMOND Series is now available in 512GB, 256GB, and 128GB capacities.

    Lexar Professional CFexpress Type B Card DIAMOND Series 512GB is available now for purchase online at an MSRP of $529.99.

  • ASUS and Noctua announce ASUS GeForce RTX 4080 Noctua Edition graphics card

    Following the resounding success of the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 Noctua Edition, the Noctua Edition of ASUS’ GeForce RTX 4080 is the third graphics card to feature Noctua fans and a heatsink that has been co-engineered by Noctua. By switching from the stock three slim 110mm fans to two of Noctua’s award-winning NF-A12x25 PWM 120mm units and to a more elaborate, tailored heatsink with vapour chamber and five instead of two 8mm diameter heatpipes, thermals and acoustics of ASUS’ original TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 could be improved significantly for the Noctua Edition, making it the quietest card in its class.

    “Building on the success or our previous collaboration, we are delighted to present the ASUS GeForce RTX 4080 Noctua Edition. Once again, we have combined our expertise with Noctua’s mastery of low-noise cooling to create a graphics card that offers an unparalleled experience without compromising on noise levels, reflecting the strength and innovation of our collaboration.” said Kent Chien (Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the ASUS Multimedia Business Unit).

    “The first two Noctua Edition graphics cards were a resounding success, so we’re proud to continue our partnership with ASUS”, says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO), “Like with the previous Noctua Edition cards, we’ve closely cooperated with ASUS to create the quietest card in its class, bringing our signature low noise levels to the GeForce RTX 4080 series.”

    While the heatsinks of the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 Noctua Edition have already been tailored in aspects such as size and heatpipe layout in order to make the most out of the Noctua NF-A12x25 fans’ superior aerodynamic performance, the heatsink of the RTX 4080 Noctua Edition has been re-designed from the ground up to achieve maximum thermal efficiency: By adding a vapour chamber and using its superior heat-spreading capabilities to transfer the thermal energy to five instead of two 8mm heatpipes (plus three instead of six 6mm ones), the Noctua Edition provides significantly better cooling performance than the original TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080. This, in return, enables it to operate with slower fan speeds and, combined with the class-leading efficiency of the NF-A12x25 fans, to run quieter than any other air-cooled card in its class.

  • Funky Kit Review - Alphacool Eisblock XPX Pro Aurora CPU Waterblock - Full Brass Chrome Digital RGB

    When planning out your next build pay careful attention to the type of cooling that not only reflects on you as a person but also offers the best performance in both temperature and audio control.

    By this I mean DIY watercooling.  Sure, it costs a little more and if you are a shut in and afraid of people them, it may go completed unappreciated but, you can be rest assured that you will have the best performance money can buy and the kudos from your Internet fanbase that you did your PC proper.

    Waterblocks, like the Alphacool Eisblock XPC Pro Aurora, can deliver a level of performance unheard of in the AIO and Aircooling world and do so with liquid coolant available in a rainbow of colors.

    The Alphacool Eisblock XPX Aurora Pro is the perfect CPU block for all those users who demand the best cooling results for their custom watercooled PC. The cooler delivers top cooling performance, exceptional aesthetics, and high compatibility. Additionally, it's cheaper than the competition. You clearly can't go wrong with this product! 

    Much like other waterblocks on the market the Aurora features digital RGB giving you all the lights to go with all the cooling despite it being a little chonky in the middle.

  • Thermaltake SWAFAN EX12 RGB Cooling Fan Review @ APH Networks

    We recently took a look at the SWAFAN from Thermaltake and found them to be quite nice despite being just a spinning RGB light.  One of the key features was the ability to swap out the fan hubs allowing you to change the airflow direction to match how you wanted your build to look.

    The Thermaltake SWAFAN EX12 RGB is an upgrade to its predecessor, having improved performance while retaining its heavy focus on appearance.

    That is a pretty short description but, right on point.  Check out the review if you want to know more or check out our review for more context.

  • Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Card GOLD Series Snags Best Memory Card Award from Photography News

    San Jose, CA, USA, March 6, 2023—Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, is proud to receive the “best memory card” award from Photography News readers for the Lexar® Professional 2000x SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-II Cards GOLD Series.

    Once a year the readers and editors of Photography News vote on their favorite photography tech—everything from cameras to accessories. The Lexar® Professional 2000x SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-II Cards GOLD Series was nominated along with 7 other excellent cards and took the coveted best card award. According to Photography News, “the need for reliable and fast memory cards is greater than ever. That’s just what you get with the Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card.”

    “The Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card has the powerful performance that professional creators need to capture stunning photos and cinema-quality video while also delivering 300MB/s1 read speed to accelerate post-production2,” said Joey Lopez, Director of Brand Marketing.

    The Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card is compatible with UHS-II and backwards-compatible with UHS-I cameras and comes in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. It is available online for the following MSRP: 32GB—49.99, 64GB—$79.99, 128GB— $169.99, 256GB—$269.99

  • YEYIAN Gaming Launches ODACHI Gaming PCs Powered by AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D and 7950X3D Gaming Processor

    Unveils Revolutionary Flagship Gaming Desktops Delivering Unmatched Performance for Gaming, Streaming, and Content Creation

    San Diego, California, Feb 28th, 2023 - YEYIAN Gaming, the prominent designer and manufacturer of innovative pre-built gaming PCs, peripherals, and computer components, is thrilled to announce the market launch of their latest offering, the ODACHI Gaming PCs. These high-performance gaming machines are powered by the cutting-edge AMD Ryzen™ 9 7900X3D and 7950X3D gaming CPUs, providing gamers with a remarkable gaming experience. The ODACHI Gaming PCs are available in three impressive models, the ODACHI 795DC-490, ODACHI 790DC-480, and ODACHI 790DC-79W. Each model is expertly crafted to meet the specific needs and preferences of discerning gamers who demand nothing but the best.

    These new additions to flagship ODACHI gaming PCs are designed to meet the fluctuating demands of pro gamers, content creators, and streamers. Powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D and 7950X3D gaming processors incorporating next-gen AMD 3D V-Cache. The new ODACHI gaming desktop PCs are integrated with the latest AMD RX 7900XTX and NVIDIA RTX 4000 series graphic cards, supporting the fastest DDR5 6000MHz memory and Gen4x4 M.2 NVMe SSD for unparalleled system performance and reliability. Gamers can now enjoy the latest games, live stream broadcasts, and multitask with ease, without experiencing any lags or slowdowns

    "Our team at YEYIAN is excited to introduce these new powerful ODACHI gaming desktops. ODACHI series is YEYIAN's flagship gaming desktop PC created to offer top performance, stability, and excellent built quality. YEYIAN partnered with AMD to enhance our customers' gaming experience further. The newly launched AMD Ryzen 9 X3D processors are a great fit for ODACHI gaming desktops and perform extremely well with AMD RX7000 and NVIDIA RTX4000 series GPUs. With the ODACHI flagship gaming desktops, users can enjoy a seamless gaming and streaming experience while achieving top-notch content creation," said Frank Lee, the VP of YEYIAN Gaming. 

    The YEYIAN ODACHI 795DC-490, ODACHI 790DC-480, and ODACHI 790DC-79W gaming PCs are tailor-made for hardcore gaming, visual content creation, or live streaming performance, based on AMD's latest Ryzen 9 X3D platforms and AMD/NVIDIA latest graphic cards these three gaming desktops come equipped with a 32GB DDR5 6000MHz DRAM kit and a 2TB/1TB NVMe Gen4x4 SSD for extreme system performance and ultra-low game latency. Moreover, these ODACHI gaming desktops are built with a 360mm AIO watercooler and four 14cm ARGB cooling fans to maintain good ventilation under the most demanding system conditions. 


    ODACHI 795DC-490

    ODACHI 790DC-480

    ODACHI 790DC-79W


    AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D

    AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D

    AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D


    YEYIAN AIO - 360mm

    YEYIAN AIO - 360mm

    YEYIAN AIO - 360mm


    X670 Platform

    B650 ATX Platform

    B650 ATX Platform


    32GB - DDR5 6000MHz

    32GB - DDR5 6000MHz

    32GB - DDR5 6000MHz


    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080

    AMD RX 7900XTX


    1000 Watt 80+ Gold

    850 Watt 80+ Gold

    850 Watt 80+ Gold


    2TB - NVMe Gen.4 SSD 

    2TB - 3.5" Hard Drive

    1TB - NVMe Gen.4 SSD

    1TB - NVMe Gen.4 SSD


    Windows 11 Home

    Windows 11 Home

    Windows 11 Home





    Backed by the YEYIAN-Shield program, the gaming PCs warranty, the YEYIAN ODACHI gaming PCs are now available pre-order from select retailers or through the company's website and ready to ship starting March 13th, 2023.


  • NVIDIA’s latest drivers hint at Counter-Strike 2 or Counter-Strike Source 2

    There once was this free game that quickly became the defacto reason to host a late night LAN party with friends, beer and friendly razzing.  The game was called Counter Strike and was one of the games that helped launch Steam as a powerhouse in online game distribution and DRM security. 

    Since then, Steam has become a go-to source for current hardware trends from actual gamers which help hardware makers determine what people are playing and what platforms they are using.

    It would seem that NVIDIA may have leaked a new Counter Strike game by including that profile in their latest driver release.  While this sounds a little far-fetched it is not outside the realm of possibility given that these line items that make it past QA are often rather reliable.

    My guess is that this is most likely the rumored remaster of CS in Source 2 Engine. After all, it can’t be a sequel to CS as we’d have heard at least something about such a huge project. However, you should temper your expectations. Do not expect this to be a full remake of this classic game.

    My guess is that if this is Counter-Strike Source 2, it will only feature QoL improvements (as well as some performance improvements due to Source2 Engine). And yes, I don’t expect higher-quality textures or any Ray Tracing effects.

    It will be interesting to see what finally gets released or, if the lines end up getting removed in the next driver drop.  Knowing a little about software development and how "overworked/lazy" developers and their QA counterparts can be I wouldn't be surprised either way.