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  • Hexus and Bit-Tech Closing up Shop

    They say all good things come to an end.  This true statement has bitter sweet meaning that is often referenced when it is time to say good-bye.  

    It would seem that two of the largest tech and hardware review based websites in the UK are closing up shop and will no longer be updated.

    This news seems to have come as a shock to some however, it would seem the era of the tech and web review websites is slowly coming to an end and having Hexus and Bit-Tech close down is just adding to the vast number of similar websites doing the same.  A couple years ago we had to say good-bye to HardOCP and The Tech Report and several smaller sites have also stopped posting updates.

    It is sad to see them go but with dwindling ad revenue, the rise of social media and "tech" tubers all contributing to a shift in how marketing departments are handling the news and products.  In the past marketing is about spreading the word and it has become much easier over the years to the point where websites and web magazines are no longer relevant. 

    I feel there is still a purpose to having a tech related website.  The trick is being able to adapt and change else, you'll be left in the dust.

    Hexus: Cheer up! It’s not the end of the world…
    Bit-Tech: The End

  • G.SKILL Reaches New Extreme Speed at DDR5-6800 with Trident Z5

    (28 Oct 2021) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is delighted to announce yet another extreme speed DDR5 memory kit at DDR5-6800 32GB (2x16GB), designed for the latest 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors and Intel Z690 chipset motherboards. Thus far, this is the world’s fastest DDR5 memory kit to reach such a high frequency speed and raise DDR5-enabled system performance to new heights.

    Raising the Memory Performance on 12th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors & Intel Z690 Chipset “Intel worked closely with G.SKILL on the development and enablement of the DDR5 overclocking ecosystem to deliver high performance computing experiences to PC users,” said Mandy Mock, Vice President and General Manager of Desktop, Workstation and Channel Group, Intel. “It’s exciting to see G.SKILL’s new lineup of high frequency memory that takes advantage of the innovation and performance we’re delivering with the new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors and Intel Z690 chipset.”

    G.SKILL is dedicated to develop ever-faster overclocking memory on each new generation of Intel platform. And we are very excited to have worked with Intel to develop extreme performance DDR5 memory for the latest Intel Z690 platform,” says Tequila Huang, Corporate Vice President of G.SKILL International. “With G.SKILL extreme memory kits, we hope to tap into the performance potential of DDR5, and in conjunction with the latest Intel platform offering, to bring a whole new level of system performance to worldwide gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts.

    Low Latency on Extreme Speed DDR5-6800

    In the never-ending quest for memory performance, G.SKILL is excited to reveal the latest additions of ultra-high frequency DDR5 memory to the flagship Trident Z5 family. Reaching an astonishing memory frequency of DDR5-6800, these two upper echelon memory specifications are the ultimate memory choice for gamers, enthusiast, and overclockers.

    The screenshot below shows the extreme memory kit running at DDR5-6800 with an ultra-low latency of CL38-38-38-76.

    The next screenshot shows a second memory kit running at DDR5-6800 CL42-42-42-76.

    Supports Intel XMP 3.0 Extreme Memory Profile
    Just set and go. The latest G.SKILL overclocking DDR5 memory kits are programmed with the latest Intel XMP 3.0 profiles, the only thing between you and extreme memory performance is a simple setting. Additionally, XMP 3.0 enables two customizable user-defined profiles to be saved in the memory module via BIOS on supported motherboards, so your fine-tuned memory settings go wherever the modules go.

  • COLORFUL Introduces Intel Z690 iGame Ultra Series Motherboards

    October 28th, 2021 Shenzhen, China – Colorful Technology Company Limited, a professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards, all-in-one gaming and multimedia solutions, and high-performance storage, introduces the Intel Z690 Series motherboards for the 12th generation Intel Core processors. The new Intel Z690 Series motherboard features support for PCIe 5.0 – unlocking support for the next-generation PCI Gen5 devices. The Intel Z690 platform is also the first mainstream desktop platform launched to support DDR5 memory. The COLORFUL iGame Z690 Ultra D5 supports DDR5 memory while the iGame Z690 Ultra supports DDR4 memory – offering flexible build options. Along with the iGame Z690 Series motherboards, COLORFUL also presents the Battle-AX DDR5 Memory for the Intel Z690 motherboards.

    The 12th generation Intel Core processors, also known as the Alder Lake CPUs, come in with up to 16 cores, and the Intel Intelligent Overclocking Technology to deliver boost clocks of up to 5.2GHz. The next-generation DDR5-enabled Intel platform uses a base memory frequency of 4800MHz and can up over 6000MHz in memory overclocking. The PCIe 5.0 lanes offer higher bandwidth than PCIe 4.0. Hence, the PCIe 5.0 lanes offer backward compatibility with PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 3.0 devices.

    COLORFUL iGame Z690 Ultra D5 and iGame Z690 Ultra
    COLORFUL launches its Intel Z690 motherboard lineup with the New iGame Series models. The iGame Z690 Ultra D5 and iGame Z690 Ultra motherboards feature the new Ice Terrace Space 1.0 Heatsink, an enlarged heatsink solution that delivers efficient passive cooling to the PCH, and two M.2 slots. The heatsink is crafted using an aluminum extrusion molding process. It features a wave-like design with multiple layers to increase surface area and maximize heat dissipation.

  • Introducing the EVGA Z690 DARK K|NGP|N and Z690 CLASSIFIED motherboards – The Ultimate Choice for PC Gaming

    EVGA Z690 motherboards paired with 12th Gen Intel Core Series processors bring unprecedented overclocking performance and an unparalleled experience to PC gaming. The Intel Z690 Chipset supports the latest DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen5 standards, making these motherboards ready for the next generation of hardware. EVGA Z690 motherboards further elevate your system with a powerful digital-VRM design, multiple PCIe Gen4 M.2 NVMe options, right-angle power connectors, an award-winning BIOS, and overclocking world-records.


    EVGA DARK motherboards blaze the trail for other boards to follow, and the Z690 DARK K|NGP|N is no exception. The ability to destroy world records is insignificant next to the power of a 21-phase VRM and a 10-layer PCB – capable of driving the most powerful 12th Gen Intel Core processors. With DDR5, PCIe Gen5, and PCIe Gen4 M.2 NVMe support, a new DARK age of overclocking will rise as quickly as new hardware becomes available. Multiple USB options, 8x SATA 6Gb/s ports, 2x 2.5Gbps NICs + Wi-Fi 6E / BT 5.1, 7.1 HD audio, 3x M.2 Key-M slots, and 2x pump headers exclusively built for CPU AIO cooling help round out everything else you need in a premium motherboard. The Z690 DARK K|NGP|N is today’s choice for the future of overclocking and gaming.

    The EVGA Z690 CLASSIFIED is revealed as the latest addition to EVGA’s most-respected line of motherboards. Although few details are known, this motherboard is rumored to fully support the latest 12th Gen Intel Core Series Processors and take full advantage of PCIe Gen5 and PCIe Gen4 M.2 NVMe SSDs. Other reports indicate that the EVGA Z690 CLASSIFIED provides unbeatable power, performance and stability via a 19-phase VRM and 10-layer PCB. EVGA neither confirms nor denies support for 128GB of DDR5 memory, 2x 2.5Gbps NIC + Wi-Fi 6E / BT 5.1, 7.1 HD audio, or multiple USB options. All evidence points to the conclusion that this board is designed for the ultimate gaming experience; everything else is Z690 CLASSIFIED.

    EVGA Z690 motherboards are powered by EVGA ELITE X1, the next generation of motherboard tuning utilities. Featuring a simple to use interface, EVGA motherboards have never been easier to overclock or monitor. Review your motherboard, processor, memory and system status at any time and adjust your clock speeds and voltages for maximum performance.

  • Evolve Your Game With The EK-Quantum MSI MPG Z690 CARBON EK X D-RGB

    EK®, the premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, and MSI®, a world-leading gaming brand, have partnered up once again to launch the next-gen MSI CARBON motherboard and EK-Quantum monoblock combo. The brand new EK-Quantum MSI MPG Z690 CARBON EK X D-RGB is based on the latest Z690 chipset and supports Intel® 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs, this motherboard offers unparalleled cooling for the CPU, VRM section, and the first slot M.2 SSD thanks to the purpose-designed monoblock.

    MSI’s world-class engineering team and EK’s industry-leading thermal engineers worked together to improve the previous-gen solution and bring even more benefits to the newest Intel Alder Lake platform. The MPG Z690 Carbon EK X allows maximum performance without the noisy environment, providing you with countless hours of uninterrupted gameplay while monitoring the flow in your loop via the integrated flow indicator. And to make sure your first assembly goes without a hitch, an EK-Leak Tester was included in the package.


    What sets this motherboard apart is its unique design combined with a monoblock that aesthetically blends in with it. The carbon fiber pattern is there to remind all hardcore gamers that pushing the limits is what gaming is all about. A powerful 18+1+1 Power delivery system provides stable power to the CPU with 18 of the 75A smart power stages supplying the CPU core, the integrated GPU, and the System Agent. The absolutely massive power delivery system allows for incredible overclocks and, by proxy, a great boost in performance, for which the only downside is increased heat generation. This is where the EK monoblock kicks in – to cool down not just the CPU but the power delivery system as well.

    The monoblock features an integrated flow indicator that will allow you to monitor your flow visually and adjust the pump speed if required. It will also let you know if the flow is hindered in any way. Making sure that everything is as cool as possible and operating under peak conditions, the monoblock also cools the main M.2 SSD drive allowing maximum read/write speeds even under sustained loads.
    Great Value

    In one box, you get a high-end gaming motherboard, a monoblock cooling solution, and an EK Leak Tester (otherwise retailing for $39.99). The cooling solution is engineered specifically for the MPG Z690 CARBON EK X and takes out all the guesswork from finding the right monoblock for your motherboard. The included Leak Tester will ensure you make no mistakes during the assembly of the cooling loop, even if you’ve never dealt with custom loop liquid cooling before!

    All MSI MPG Z690 CARBON EK X owners are entitled to the premium customer service that EK provides for its customers worldwide. If you have any questions, problems, or just want to get in touch, reach out to us through our dedicated support channel. Even if you are just getting into custom loop liquid cooling, our kind customer support will gladly help if there are any uncertainties.

    EK-M.2 Active Contact Cooling
    The massive copper cold plate is in direct contact with the first front-mounted M.2 SSD, providing active cooling to unlock your SSD’s full potential.
    The cooling solution is integrated into the monoblock design, hence it does not require additional fittings or an intricate tube routing.

    The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while its top is made of quality CNC-machined cast acrylic glass material, partially covered with a carbon fiber style pattern. The nickel-plated brass screw-in standoffs are pre-installed and allow for easy installation.

    A black POM piece covers the lighting solution, removing unwanted hotspots and providing a more uniform lighting experience. The block is equipped with 3-pin 5V Addressable D-RGB LED strips compatible with the motherboard’s 3-pin 5V Addressable D-RGB LED header. The arrow marking on the 3-pin LED connector is to be aligned with the +5V marking on the addressable D-RGB header.


    • Supports 12th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Celeron processors for LGA 1700 socket.
    • DDR5 Support: Allows even faster data transfer speeds.
    • Native PCI-e gen 4.0 offers twice the bandwidth of PCI-e gen 3.0 and ensures your
    • GPU and storage run at maximum speed without bottlenecks.
    • Enhanced Power Design: 18+1+1 smart power stage system, dual 8-pin CPU power connectors, Core Boost, DDR5 Boost.
    • MYSTIC LIGHT: 16.8 million colors / 29 effects controlled in one click. MYSTIC LIGHT EXTENSION supports both RGB and RAINBOW LED strips.
    • M.2 Shield Frozr: Both M.2 slots with Shield Frozr are built for high-performance systems and a non-stop gaming experience.
    • Lightning USB 20G: Built-in USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port offers 20Gb/s transmission speed, which is 4 times faster than USB 3.2 Gen 1.
    • AUDIO BOOST 5: High-quality audio processor for the most immersive audio experience with direct stream digital audio support.
    • 2.5G LAN with LAN Manager and Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 Solution: Upgraded network solution for professional and multimedia use delivers a secure, stable, and fast network connection.
    • Pre-installed I/O Shielding: Better EMI protection and more convenience for installation.
      Lightning gen 5: With up to 128GB/s bandwidth speeds.
  • Funky Kit Review - Thermaltake Core P6 TG Mid Tower Chassis

    The Thermaltake P6 has been a popular case for many years and, in a strange twist of fate, has also been copied and sampled enough that you can see its influence in many popular designs.

    For those that don't know the P6 is an open air chassis design that was first launched as a case you can mount to the wall.  While that seems like a crazy cool idea the reality is that NOBODY has time for that or would bother doing it.

    Instead of going back to the drawing board they took a page out of the many P6 copies that opted to enclose the case and make it more of a traditional tower.  Which is what we have here.

    The Thermaltake Core P6 TG is a chassis meant to show off your components in extreme style. You can easily transform your design into an open chassis with the removal of a couple of screws. You won't be limited by the case's specifications when it comes to what you want to achieve with the Core P6 TG!  

    Now for my challenge, find the copies!  happy smile, go on, it isn't difficult, in fact it is the most popular case on reddit!.  So popular that Thermaltake even copied it, a copy of a copy LOL.

  • XPG SPECTRIX D45G DDR4-4400 2x 8 GB @ TechPowerUp

    ADATA or XPG is not a name we see often in the US.  You can buy the products at any online retailer but the marketing for them is virtually non-existent.  Despite this they do make some pretty good stuff and put on an amazing show during Computex.

    The XPG SPECTRIX series blurs the line between high-performance, high-octane DIMMs and the bedazzling light show powered by RGB LEDs. XPG doesn't miss a beat rounding out the experience with SK Hynix DJR ICs; this kit has overclocking has written all over it. Join me as we take a closer look at this XPG 4400 MT/s 16 GB memory kit.

    I'm not sure how High-Octane relates to computer memory but the DDR4 4400Mhz modules are some of the fastest you can buy and do a pretty good job at taking the edge off of certain benchmarks when matched with a high-quality processor and supporting motherboard.

    Though, for the money, the performance isn't all that..

  • Radeon TX 6600 Launch Day

    It may sound crazy but for "most" the latest and greatest is not a concern.  These people don't pour over benchmarks or even read any online reviews and let their wallets do the talking.  Provided what they buy will do what they need then, they are happy.

    Sadly, this sort of thinking is why we have massive price wars and also why technical innovation has stagnated somewhat and no longer compels users to buy one brand over another.  Except in the video card space, it is here that we have a reason for buying one product over.

    Case in point. the Radeon RX 6600, this card is intended to be a low cost RDNA 2 card for those looking to upgrade but cannot afford to get anything better.

    Web Reviews
    Radeon RX 6600 (Sapphire Pulse) review @ Guru3D
    AMD Radeon RX 6600 Review: Lower-Cost RDNA 2 For 1080p Gamers @ Hot Hardware
    PowerColor RX 6600 Fighter @ LanOC Reviews
    AMD Radeon RX 6600 @ TechPowerUp
    GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6600 Eagle Review @ Vortez

    Now all we need is the ability to buy any of these cards and we will have some happy customers.

  • GeIL Announces the Availability of POLARIS RGB DDR5 Gaming Memory Kits

    The world's first RGB DDR5 is now available for Intel's 12th Generation Alder Lake desktop processors and Z690 motherboards  Frequencies from 4800MHz to 5600MHz with full overclocking potential
    Taipei, Taiwan — October 12th, 2021 -- GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – One of the world's leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers, is proud to announce the launch of their latest Polaris RGB DDR5 Memory providing high-speed modules ranging from 4800MHz to 5600MHz and available in large kit capacities of 16GB to 64GB with excellent heat spreader and stunning RGB illumination for gamers and PC enthusiasts.

    "GeIL has been representing gamers and PC hardware enthusiasts for decades. We have put countless hours into developing the new DDR5 memory platform to ensure that desktop and laptop users will get the best performance from day one." Said Jennifer Huang, the VP of GeIL Memory. "The POLARIS DDR5 is the first RGB illuminated DDR5 memory module available in the market. GeIL has been working closely with all major motherboard makers to guarantee that the new POLARIS RGB DDR5 and other upcoming GeIL DDR5 Memory products have the best compatibility and reliability across both Intel and AMD motherboards, including Z690 and Zen4 platforms." She added.

    GeIL's next-generation POLARIS RGB DDR5 Memory products do not only represent a fundamental frequency/speed upgrade but are designed to deliver unprecedented performance through the combination of larger capacities, enhanced speeds, and broader bandwidth per processor core. Increases in system performance and efficiency are the cornerstones of any new memory generation. The new architecture has plenty of features to support that, such as the increased burst length, improved refresh schemes, and the increased bank groups significantly boosting performance. In addition, the introduction of the local voltage regulation based on the PMIC (Power Management IC) provides current monitoring, offers threshold protection, and intelligent voltage and power management for a more comprehensive range of voltage tweaking and adjustment. Finally, a newly added on-die ECC function further improves data integrity and performance enhancements.

    GeIL POLARIS RGB DDR5 Memory fully implements the exclusive ORI (Optimized RGB Illumination) design to avoid the light bulb effect across the RGB light bar and bring the user a well-blended and fantastic RGB lighting effect. The heat spreader has three different color themes: Racing Red, Titanium Gray, and Glacier White, which perfectly matches the fluid RGB illumination. Additionally, the physical height of its heat spreader is customized to fit most CPU coolers in the market without any mechanical interference.

    GeIL POLARIS RGB DDR5 Memory is now available in major retailers worldwide with speeds from 4800MHz up to 5600MHz at 1.1V/1.25V and available in capacities from 16GB up to 64GB.

    Product Specification
    Product  : POLARIS RGB
    DDR Generation: DDR5
    Frequency: 4800MHz / 5200MHz (O.C.) / 5600MHz (O.C.)
    Kit Capacity: 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
    Module Capacity: 16GB / 32GB
    Package: 1 DIMM / 2 DIMMs
    CAS Latency: CL 34~40
    Operating Voltage: 1.10V / 1.25V
    Heat Spreader Colors: Racing Red / Titanium Grey / Glacier White
    Compatibility: Intel XMP 3.0 (O.C.)
    Country of Origin: Designed & Made in Taiwan 

  • Colorful GeForce RTX 3060 Bilibili 12GB @ Guru3D

    I have to say the only reason I'm posting this is because of the stupid product name.  Yes it caught my attention and that is, like, 134% of what marketing is paid to do and.. it worked.

    I am also certain there is a logical reason for why they would name their e-Sports edition RTX 3060 "Bilibili" and even if it turns out that they are a fans of the movie Caddyshack and didn't understand that the putters name was "Billy Barou" this translation not good.

    All your base are belong to Colorful, join us as we review their iGame GeForce RTX 3060 bilibili E-Sports edition OC, also with 12GB, 3584 shading processors activated but with a proper factory boost clock of 1822 MHz, a graphics card has been tweaked straight out of the box for you and our tested model, comes in a two fan design.

    With that being said. the card does look pretty darn good.  White shell with colorful graphics and some nice "encouraging" words to help you get better scores on a video card offering RTX effects at a GTX 1070 speed point.  happy smile

    Still, the name could have been better.