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  • 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.

  • SteelSeries Announces Partnership with FC Copenhagen, Nordisk Film and Their Top-Ranked Counter-Strike Team, North

    Three of the Most Successful Danish Brands Team up to Accomplish Global Esports Prominence

    CHICAGO / COPENHAGEN – September 8, 2017 - SteelSeries and the top-ranked Danish Counter-Strike team, North, today announced their sponsorship and collaborative partnership.  In addition to the monetary support, SteelSeries and North will work together as partners in innovative product design and in elevating both brands in gaming and esports. Founded by FC Copenhagen and Nordisk Film, North is a part of the greater trend in the crossover of traditional sports and a new generation of electronic sports.

    “SteelSeries has played a crucial role in driving the esports industry forward. Our partnerships with players and organizations that compete at the highest levels, and that embody the fundamentals on which our brand was built are what set our standards higher than others. They drive our need for constant innovation and inspire our award-winning products,” says Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “Counter-Strike is where our brand began; it’s at our core. We are incredibly happy and proud to announce our partnership with North.”

    "The partnership with SteelSeries is such an incredible opportunity to bring together two international, Danish brand leaders with the goal to not just to win, but to make our mark in esports. We have a talented and dedicated roster of players whom we train and nurture as world-class athletes, and we aim to take the top rankings, not just in Denmark, but in the world. We believe our partnership with SteelSeries is the final piece that will aid in achieving that,” says Christian Sørensen, North CEO.

    This weekend, North heads to Dreamhack Open Montreal to compete for the top spot. Immediately after Montreal, the players head to ELEAGUE Premier in Atlanta where they play for the $1M prize purse.

    Fans and followers across SteelSeries and North’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook will be able to see even more about the team, tournaments from the players’ perspectives and inside the collaboration with SteelSeries, as the partnership continues to unfold in the coming months.

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    About North
    North is a premier esports organization, founded in 2017 by Danish soccer champions F.C. Copenhagen and Nordisk Film, leading producer and distributor of films in the Nordic countries. North has one of the best Counter-Strike Global Offensive teams in the world and are training out of F.C. Copenhagen’s stadium, Telia Parken, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    About F.C. Copenhagen
    F.C. Copenhagen is the biggest football (soccer) club in Scandinavia. It was founded in 1992 and have won 12 Danish Championships and 9 Cups since. In 2017 F.C. Copenhagen won the Danish championship and is participating in its 11th European Club Football groupstage in 12 years. The club owns its own stadium, Telia Parken, with a capacity of 38,000 and is a part of the company PARKEN Sport & Entertainment which also owns the FitnessDK and Lalandia.

    About Nordisk Film
    Nordisk Film is the leading producer and distributor of films in the Nordic countries and operates the biggest cinema chain in Denmark and Norway. Nordisk Film owns a variety of digital businesses and is the distributor of PlayStation in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Nordisk Film is part of Egmont – Denmark’s biggest media group with 6,600 employees and activities in 30 countries.

    Egmont is a commercial foundation that generates revenue amounting to EUR 1.6 billion and donate over EUR 10 million a year to help improve the lives of children and young people.

    About SteelSeries
    SteelSeries is a leader in gaming peripherals focused on quality, innovation and functionality, and the fastest growing major PC gaming headset brand in the US*. Founded in 2001, SteelSeries aims at improving performance through first-to-market innovations and technologies that helps gamers play harder, train longer, and rise to the challenge. SteelSeries supports the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and eSports with the goal of connecting gamers to each other and fostering a sense of community and purpose. SteelSeries’ team of professional and gaming enthusiasts help design and craft every single accessory, and are the driving force behind the company.

    To learn more about SteelSeries’ products and esports partnerships, visit or follow us on social media for the latest updates at and be a part of the conversation on Twitter @SteelSeries.

    *Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service/ PC Headset-PC Microphone/Dec. 2016 vs. Dec. 2015/dollar sales/”major” is defined as any PC Headset manufacturer selling over 25K units”

  • 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.

  • Thermaltake Releases the New Pacific PR22-D5 Plus Reservoir Pump Combo with Software-Controlled RGB LED Cap

    Bring the Best Performance and Style for Your Watercooled Gaming PC

    Taipei, Taiwan-August 22nd, 2017-Thermaltake, a leading brand in PC cooling solutions, is excited to introduce the lastest Pacific PR22-D5 Plus Reservoir/Pump Combo. This combo unit is a high-quality 300ml reservoir withan integrated D5 pump and a software-controlled 16.8 million colors LED cap.

    The Pacific PR22-D5 PlusReservoir/Pump Combo is made of POM and PMMA materials, which can sustain the maximum pressure up to 99 PSI, and achieve maximum discharge up to 1135L/hr that offer exceptional performance, unrivalled reliability. Moreover, the LED cap is manufactured with 12 addressable LEDs that are controlled by Riing Plus RGB Software. Functions within the software also allow users to monitor fan performance and track CPU temperature. With multiple mounting options, this comnbo unit is the right choice for PC enthusiasts, making the system a showcase for all to see! Thermaltake Pacific PR22-D5 Plus Reservoir/Pump Combo is now available for purshase on TT Premium online shop. The product availability and price vary by country and region, please contact the local Thermaltake sales representative for further information.

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  • HyperX Reveals Next Generation Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset with Industry First Dual Chamber Technology

    Unveiled at Gamescom 2017, Cloud Alpha Delivers Elite Audio and Signature HyperX Comfort

    (GAMESCOM 2017) COLOGNE, Germany – Aug. 22, 2017 HyperX®, the gaming division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., today unveiled its next generation gaming headset – HyperXTM Cloud Alpha. The first gaming headset to feature revolutionary dual chamber technology, Cloud Alpha delivers incredible audio quality designed to enhance the PC, console and mobile gaming experience. Cloud Alpha maintains the DNA of previous award-winning HyperX headsets and replaces the popular HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset, delivering unmatched fit and comfort for extended gaming sessions, as well as rich, textured sound for extraordinary spatial awareness.

    “The new HyperX Cloud Alpha is the first gaming headset to include our dual chamber technology to deliver unrivaled sound quality,” said Tyler Needles, global audio business manager, HyperX. “Designed and tested in the HyperX labs, Cloud Alpha delivers the best possible audio performance, comfort, and build quality for the ultimate competitive advantage and will be used by top eSports pros globally.”

    Showcasing for the first time at Gamescom 2017, Cloud Alpha features HyperX dual chamber technology to  deliver an accurate game sound with incredible range and tone. With 50mm drivers, the dual chambers allow HyperX to tune and separate the bass from the mids and highs, creating a dynamic sound that makes gaming, music and movies immersive. Cloud Alpha is designed to deliver the ultimate comfort for hours of extended gameplay with premium HyperX signature memory foam, an expanded headband featuring softer, more pliable leatherette, and a durable, lightweight aluminum frame design. The headset features a detachable cable with in-line audio control allowing console gamers to adjust volume and mute microphone right on the cable with multi-platform compatibility with PC, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One1, Xbox One S™1, Mac®, Mobile2, Nintendo Switch™,  and other virtual reality systems with 3.5mm ports3.  Offering players clearer voice quality and excellent sound for enhanced team communication, the Cloud Alpha is TeamSpeakTM and Discord Certified.

    “We are excited to partner with HyperX for the first PUBG LAN Invitational at gamescom." saidWoonghee Cho, Director of Global Business Development, Bluehole Inc, developer of PUBG. "HyperX is a global leader with excellent gaming products and we're happy that they'll be participating at the PUBG Invitational. We are looking forward to test out their new Cloud Alpha headsets they are providing for all of the PC’s in to invitational.”

    Gamescom is the world’s largest gaming developer event, and HyperX is proud to sponsor its first major PUBG eSports Tournament. HyperX offers a complete portfolio of gear used by pro gamers across the globe for competitive gameplay and its full lineup – including the new Cloud Alpha – will be used on 80 gaming platforms during the PUBG Invitational where gamers will compete for a $350,000 prize pool.

    Cloud Alpha will be showcased at Gamescom from Aug. 22 – 24 in Cologne, Germany. HyperX will be located in the Game Industry Business Lounge, part of the Gamescom Business Area. Leading up to the official start of Gamescom, Paul Leaman, vice president, EMEA, HyperX, will be speaking on August 21 at 12pm CET on the Digital Sponsorship panel at the first SPOBIS Gaming & Media Conference on the growing eSports landscape and role of endemic sponsors.

    Cloud Alpha is planned to release September 25, priced at MSRP $99.99 and will be available through HyperX’s network of retail and e-tail outlets. For more information on Cloud Alpha and availability, please visit the Cloud Alpha webpage.