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  • ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X @ TechPowerUp

    I will admit that I haven't followed the AMD Radeon RX releases much.  They are pretty good cards but have typically run hotter than you would expect and, for the most part, are never in stock and companies rarely send them out for review.

    Despite this, AMD fans love them some Radeon and thus a cult following is born.

    The ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X comes with three 8-pin power inputs, which brings the card's maximum board power to 525 W. The cooler is a big triple-slot, triple-fan monstrosity that achieves excellent temperatures, better than any other RX 6800 XT custom design so far.

    Funny thing, I forgot that ASRock made video cards.  I wonder why that is.

    Oh ya..

  • Hardware Asylum and Lexar New Year Giveaway

    Greetings Everyone!

    With the challenging year of 2020 coming to a close I wanted to wish you and yours a Happy New Year and to help close everything out on a positive note I teamed up with Lexar to give away some great memory products.

    • 1x Lexar® SL200 Portable SSD
    • 1x Lexar® Professional 1066x microSD™ UHS-I Card SILVER Series 256GB 
    • 1x Lexar® Multi-Card 2-in-1 USB 3.1 Reader

    Total 3 winners will be announced on Jan 11st, 2021.

    View Giveaway

  • GeIL Announces the Availability of ORION RGB Gaming Memory, Ready for AMD RYZEN 5000 Series Desktop Processors

    Optimized for the latest AMD and Intel latest platforms, frequencies from 2666MHz to 4400MHz, and capacities from 8GB to 128GB kit

    Taipei, Taiwan - December 1st, 2020 – GeIL, Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world's leading PC components and manufacturers today announced a new member of their award-winning ORION product line, the ORION RGB Gaming Memory. The new ORION RGB Gaming Memory delivers an advanced RGB LED array built on the understated aluminum heat spreader design for an enchanting RGB illumination. It is available in frequencies ranging from 2666MHz to the high-performance 4400MHz with larger capacities up to 128GB (4x32GB) as well as racing red and titanium gray spreaders with dual-channel and quad-channel. The new modules are optimized for the latest AMD and Intel platforms offering unparalleled performance to pro-gamers, enthusiastic builders, and video creators.

    "Many of our customers have encouraged us to extend an RGB version for the ORION Memory. I'm pleased to announce the availability of the ORION RGB Gaming Memory, and it is designed for the gamers and enthusiast PC users who are looking for new ways to customize the interior of their gaming desktops." said Jennifer Huang, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GeIL.

    The ORION RGB Gaming Memory modules inherit the unique convex surface heat spreader design, which features high-quality aluminum for excellent heat dissipation and available in titanium gray and modish racing red. The sci-fi patterned light bar comes with an advanced LED array and is built to easily fit most PC cases in the market without mechanical interference to the CPU coolers. The ORION RGB Gaming Memory is 100% compatible with major motherboard RGB illumination applications, including ASUS Aura Sync, ASROCK Polychrome Sync, BIOSTAR RGB Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion 2.0, and MSI Mystic Light Sync. These provide several customizable combinations of RGB illumination. Users can synchronize the ORION RGB Gaming Memory with their motherboard's RGB illumination scheme to achieve the perfect color combination.

    The ORION RGB GAMING Memory is launched in Intel and AMD package versions. It has been thoroughly tested and optimized separately to offer an ultra-fast DDR4 DRAM memory with superb stability and compatibility across the latest Intel and AMD Ryzen platforms. The series will be available as single 8G/16G/32GB modules in dual and quad module kits for a maximum capacity of 128GB (4x32). The ORION RGB Gaming Memory offers frequencies up to 4400MHz at CL19 in dual-channel and four voltage settings depending on the selected profile. The voltages 1.2V, 1.35V, 1.4V, and 1.45V provide stability at higher speeds and allow overclockers and system builders more options when configuring their builds. GeIL ORION RGB Gaming Memory is verified to bring stability and performance, which guarantees an ideal working environment for pro-gamers, overclockers, and video content creators.

    Backed by the GeIL limited lifetime warranty, the ORION RGB Gaming Memory will be available at select retails and e-tailers in the middle of December 2020.

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  • Introducing the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

    The EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Graphics Cards have arrived.

    The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti lets you take on the latest games using the power of Ampere—NVIDIA’s 2nd generation RTX architecture. Get incredible performance with enhanced Ray Tracing Cores and Tensor Cores, new streaming multiprocessors, and high-speed G6 memory. Combined with the next generation of design, cooling, and overclocking with EVGA Precision X1, the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Series redefines what it means to have The Ultimate Play.

    NVIDIA Ampere Architecture
    The all-new NVIDIA Ampere architecture features new 2nd generation Ray Tracing Cores and 3rd generation Tensor Cores with greater throughput. The NVIDIA Ampere streaming multiprocessors are the building blocks for the world’s fastest, most efficient GPU for gamers and creators.

    Pick the Graphics Card That Fits You Perfectly
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti cards come in different sizes and offer different cooling solutions. From the redesigned iCX3 cooling assembly on the FTW3, to a shorter PCB and dual-slot cooling on the XC models, there's something for everyone trying to build that perfect system.

    EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FTW3
    The EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FTW3 cards are designed for the gamer who demands a screaming-fast card, ice-cold three-fan cooling, an all-metal backplate*, and attractive ARGB lighting. The FTW3 cards also feature iCX3 Cooling to provide a unified copper block for GPU and memory, a thicker heatsink to provide exceptional cooling, three fans to cool the card efficiently and quietly, and a 2-slot bracket to ensure case compatibility.

    EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC
    The EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC cards are designed for the no-frills gamer who needs a high-performance card that can also fit into tight spaces. Smartly designed to be cooled with two large fans, protected with an all-metal backplate, and carefully packaged into a short two-slot card for maximum compatibility with all types of gaming cases, the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC cards embody what it means to have The Ultimate Play.

    Take Control With EVGA Precision X1
    EVGA Precision X1 gives you full control over your fans, overclocking, monitoring, and ARGB lighting*.

    Add Your Own Personal Flair
    With a customizable ARGB panel, the EVGA GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti FTW3 cards feature a customizable RGB lighting experience to fit any color scheme.

    To learn more about EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Series graphics cards, please visit

  • MSI unveils NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Series

    [Taipei, Taiwan] As a leading brand in True Gaming hardware, MSI is proud to share its take on NVIDIA's all-new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GPU, with graphics cards that unite the latest in graphics technology, high-performance circuit board design, and advanced cooling. 
    Powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture and the 2nd generation of NVIDIA RTX, the world's most powerful PC gaming platform for real-time ray tracing and AI, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers blistering 1080p and 1440p gameplay starting at only $399 USD.
    The RTX 3060 Ti also supports the trifecta of GeForce gaming innovations too, including performance-accelerating and IQ-enhancing NVIDIA DLSS technology which is now available in over 25 games; NVIDIA Reflex which reduces system latency ('input lag'), making games more responsive, and giving players in competitive multiplayer titles an extra edge over the opposition; and NVIDIA Broadcast, a suite of audio and video AI enhancements including virtual backgrounds and noise removal that users can apply to chats, Skype calls and video meetings. So whether they're playing traditional PC titles, powering through creator and productivity workflows, or marveling at the latest cutting-edge ray-traced titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Watch Dogs: Legion, and more, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers the best possible experience in its class for everyone everywhere.

    GAMING TRIO Series
    GAMING has been refreshed with a new look while maintaining the same great balance between performance, cooling, and low-noise that gamers have come to trust. Leading the updated product series is the new TORX Fan 4.0 design with pairs of fan blades bound together with an outer link, forming a rim that focuses airflow into the updated TRI FROZR 2 cooling system. A matte-finish backplate made by "Graphene composites" not only reinforces the graphics card, but also provides passive cooling action through the implementation of thermal pads. Mystic Light adorns the exterior of the graphics card, illuminating color in synchrony with the rest of the PC through Mystic Light Sync and Ambient Link, all controlled with the Dragon Center software utility.

    GAMING series
    MSI brings GAMING to RTX 3060 Ti with the 8th generation of the iconic TWIN FROZR series too. The improved TWIN FROZR 8 design on the GeForce® RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X utilizes dual TORX 4.0 fans with pairs of fan blades bound together with an outer link, forming a rim that focuses airflow into the updated TWIN FROZR 8 cooling system. The heatsink features advanced aero- and thermodynamic technologies for efficient heat dissipation to keep the temperature low and performance high. The new look emphasizes the glorious glow of Mystic Light RGB infused into the card. Using the updated & improved MSI Mystic Light software, controlling and syncing your LED-lit components is easier than ever.
    VENTUS Series
    The popular VENTUS is revealed in GeForce RTX 3060 Ti as well, enhanced with well-known TORX Fan 3.0 and available in triple and dual fan variants. Whether it's for work or for play, VENTUS's performance-focused design maintains the essentials to accomplish any task at hand. A robust cooling system, reinforcing brushed-finish backplate, and rigid industrial aesthetic make this graphics card suitable for any build.
    MSI Afterburner is the world's most recognized and widely used graphics card Overclocking software. It gives you full control of your graphics card and enables you to monitor your system's key metrics in real-time. Afterburner gives you a free performance boost for a smooth in-game experience thanks to higher FPS.

    MSI Dragon Center is a brand-new software platform with the goal to integrate all MSI software for components, desktops, laptops and peripherals. The all-new software features Gaming Mode, which instantly optimizes your hardware for the best gaming experience including SSD, monitor and network settings. This budding new software platform will continue to improve and evolve, including more unique functionalities and benefits for MSI users.

    The new MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti series cards including GSMING TRIO and VENTUS series are expected to be available starting 2nd December, 2020. The GAMING series will be coming soon.

  • ASUS ROG Z11 mini ITX chassis @ Guru3D

    Dare I say we have a Mini ITX invasion occuring right under our noses.  I'm not going to complain the Mini ITX form factor really is the future of the desktop PC.  PC Hardware Enthusaists will hate it and gamers will think they are getting ripped off but for how people use desktops and towers these days it is all you will ever need.

    We just need to have a SFF (Small Form Factor) case that can actually breathe.

    We review the ASUS ROG Z11 in a dark finish, a PC housing for small form factor motherboards. This Mini-ITX ready chassis has a trick or two that will astonish you in terms of style, USB 3.x options. Next to that, it's so cute but also .. very confusing.

    The pictures make this case look pretty darn cool.

  • Thermaltake Pacific PR32-D5 Plus Reservoir & Pump Combo and Pacific MX1 Plus CPU Water Block

    Taipei, Taiwan-November 25th, 2020-Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is thrilled to announce that the Pacific PR32-D5 Plus Reservoir & Pump Combo and Pacific MX1 Plus CPU Water Block is ready for sale.

    If users are looking for a pump and reservoir combo with RGB lighting effects, the Pacific PR32-D5 Plus Reservoir & Pump Combo is the new best option to go to. To ensure the best visual effects that a large reservoir could bring while allowing the freedom to choose a relatively small chassis, users can use the bracket included in the package, which allows users to mount the Pacific PR32-D5 Plus onto a fan.

    Inspired by an All-in-One water block, the Pacific MX1 Plus CPU Water Block is for those who are looking for a uniquely designed water block. It has a mirror finished top cover, which displays the 12 LEDs and creates a depth perception. It also has a copper base with a mirror finished anti-corrosive nickel plating that provides excellent heat transfer and preserves its out-of-the-box appearance.

    Availability, Warranty and Pricing

    The Pacific PR32-D5 Plus Reservoir & Pump Combo and Pacific MX1 Plus CPU Water Block is available for purchase in Q4 2020 via the Thermaltake worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. Thermaltake Liquid Cooling System products are backed by a two-year warranty and supported by the Thermaltake worldwide customer service and technical support network. For up-to-date pricing of the Thermaltake liquid cooling system products, please refer to the Thermaltake website or contact your local Thermaltake sales or PR representative.

    To learn more about Pacific PR32-D5 Plus Reservoir & Pump Combo, please visit:

     To learn more about Pacific MX1 Plus CPU Water Block, please visit:

  • Hardware Asylum and Thermaltake Holiday Hardware Giveaway

    Greetings Everyone!

    With the challenging year 2020 coming to a close I wanted to wish you and yours a Happy Holidays and to help close everything out on a positive note I teamed up with Thermaltake to give away some great computer cases.

    There will be a total of two cases up for grabs including the Thermaltake Level 20 MT and Thermaltake Core P3 with the drawing on December 17th 2020.

    Hardware Asylum and Thermaltake Holiday Hardware Giveaway

    To enter follow the instructions in the contest module and be sure to check out the Thermaltake and Hardware Asylum Social channels.

  • EVGA RTX 3090 Kingpin Launch Day

    It is that time again, time for the famed Kingpin Edition video card launch from EVGA.  As many of you know there have been some major changes in how video cards are built and sold.  Due to the shortages of RTX cards many companies have shifted to "maximum profit" and threw out any sort of Overclocking.

    As we have discussed on the Hardware Asylum Podcast video cards are factory overclocked leaving virtually no room to push them any higher.  Well, with some skill and some cold there are a few records to be set.  If you are brave and skillful with a soldering iron you can push things even further.  However, short of an electral engineer very few of us have the skills to make those mods and is where the EVGA RTX 3090 KPE takes center stage.

    Built using a 12 Layer PCB and extreme power design the KingPin edition video card is designed to set records.  Triple bios support allows end users to dial in their performance model from safe to extreme allowing the card to be complely uncorked with no power restrictions.

    Extreme Power

    The K|NGP|N’s backbone is a 12 Layer PCB powered by extreme power design with extreme overclocking in mind. With integrated Smart PowerStages, each capable of supplying continuous current, the K|NGP|N has a powerful VRM matching or exceeding the best GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs available.

    Digital Power Solution that is controlled by software is more precise and accurate, giving you ample power to push this card to the limit. Three 8-pin PCIe power connectors located on the right side of the PCB allows for easy cable management and mega power delivery.

    Sadly I was late to the party with the RTX 2080 Ti KPE and never did put my card under cold but have been using it 24/7 with the dedicated waterblock.  If we can get an RTX 3090 KPE in the lab you'll be sure to see it stretch its legs under LN2.

    To find out more about the RTX 3090 KPE check out

  • Cooler Master Launches V SFX Gold Series Mini-ITX Compatible Power Supply Units

    Taipei, Taiwan, November 17, 2020 – Cooler Master today launched the new V SFX Gold series power supply units. This is their first time releasing an SFX form factor PSU in the company’s more than 25 year history. When considering the fact that the company has produced mini-ITX cases and coolers for years, this is a long overdue, but greatly appreciated, development.

    Like the V Gold series it draws the root of its name from, the V SFX Gold comes in four wattage levels. It carries many of the same features as the V series as well. Rather than consider this an entirely new type of products, it makes more sense from a spec/feature standpoint to judge this series as a direct copy of the V series, now in its second version/iteration, in a smaller form factor for mini-ITX case users. Here are just some of the features you can expect from Cooler Master’s first foray into the SFX PSU market.

    • 80 PLUS Gold (550w, 650w, 750w, 850w) Certification
    • SFX Form Factor for Mini-ITX Cases with Included SFX-to-ATX Bracket
    • Full-Modular Cabling with 16AWG PCI-e Cables
    • 92mm FDB fan with 15% Semi-Fanless Mode
    • 10 Year Warranty

    One of the most noteworthy features is the included SFX-to-ATX bracket. This allows users to instantly transform their SFX PSU into an ATX PSU at no extra cost. That means these units are directly compatible with all cases and systems ranging from mini-ITX all the way up through EATX at no extra cost. And with the wattage levels, efficiency, and connectors available, you really can use this smaller unit to power a regular ATX system with no worries.

    The V SFX Gold is available now. All models can be purchased online and at local retailers. For more information please visit: