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  • ROCCAT Kone Pro Optical Mouse Review @ APH Networks

    There was a time when the armies of the German PR engines would flood the review market with samples to help promote the Roccat brand and everyone knew what a Kone was.  I know from experience that Kone line of mine are quite good with some of the best support software on the market.

    The Kone Pro appears to have the same shape and the subtle RGB clues (that are TOTALLY in your face) that seem to be what the world wants and...  It is optical, using the Owl-Eye 19k Sensor, which is not new but, has a good following.

    The ROCCAT Kone Pro Air is an impressive ultralight wired mouse for the discerning enthusiast. 

    Be sure to check out the review on APH Networks, they seems to always have some of the best "real world" photos of any review site out there.

  • ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WiFi @ TechPowerUp

    Call me crazy but, I actually liked it when ASUS was adding color to their TUF series motherboards.  It gave them style and something for people to care about.  While most will argue that the color was completely covered by expansion cards and RGB. 

    My retort is simply "So do the fake plastic covers and oversized and ineffective heatsinks and yet those seem to stick around."

    I think this is an issue of "sh1t or get off the p0t cause what you are doing aint working".

    The latest entry in ASUS's popular TUF Gaming family is the ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WiFi. Featuring a huge VRM heatsink, 16 power stages, and more sensible colors, the ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WiFi promises compelling performance at an attainable price.

    To be honest, I might be a little biased here, the chip shortage, global shutdown and constant changing of marketing folks has denied me of my Z590 experience and while I might be a little salty over the whole ordeal I know deep down that the 11th Generation Intel and Z590 is pretty boring, much like the ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus.

    but, be sure to check out the review, cause that is what heros do.

  • Patriot launches the SUPERSONIC RAGE PRIME USB 3.2 Gen 2 Flash Drive

    Features a new controller for improved performance and faster transfer speeds up to 600MB/s. Now available in capacities from 250GB to 1TB.

    FREMONT, CALIFORNIA, June 29th, 2021 – PATRIOT™, a global leader in performance memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals, and flash storage solutions, today is excited to announce the launch of the flagship model of their SUPERSONIC series, the SUPERSONIC RAGE PRIME USB 3.2 Gen 2 flash drive. This flash drive incorporates the latest controller on the market to ensure the fastest data transfer and write speeds and comes equipped with a built-in thermal sensor to monitor the device's temperature for excellent durability and stability. Compatible with Windows® 10/8/7/Vista/XP/2000, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac® OSX 10.6 and later. The SUPERSONIC RAGE PRIME USB 3.2 Gen.2 flash drive is the ultimate solution for consumers who demand a multi-platform portable data storage solution with the excellent build quality and is available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB.

    "With the success of the recently launched SUPERSONIC RAGE PRO, we decided to push the limits and offer a new drive that is not only faster but comes in a higher capacity. The cross-platform support is perfect for complex data transfers and even allows you to run apps from the drive itself," said Roger Shinmoto, Vice President of Product Development. "The SUPERSONIC RAGE PRIME has been customized to offer users breakneck read performance making it perfect for visual presentations and entertainment."

    The SUPERSONIC RAGE PRIME takes advantage of advanced controllers and combines high-quality flash memory allowing the drive to deliver up to 600 MB/s data read performance. Users such as video content creators, 2D graphic designers, and animation makers will get the most out of its fast transfer speed for presentations and working on designs. With the enhanced read speed, the drive can also work well as an independent rescue drive for laptops and desktops.

    Each drive features a built-in LED indicator allowing users to visually confirm when data is being processed and is entirely plug-and-play compatible. The drive features high-quality, durable housing for extra protection from fall damage. The SUPERSONIC RAGE PRIME USB 3.2 Gen 2 flash drive ranges in 3 capacities and is available in major global retailers, backed by a Patriot™ 5-year warranty.


    • USB 3.2 Gen. 2 Compliant (backward compatible with USB 2.0)
    • Up to 600MB/s Read
    • The highly durable design extends the life of your drive
    • Durable housing protects from accidental drops and spills
    • Compact, retractable design protects the USB connector when the drive not in use
    • LED Light Indicator
    • Plug and Play, driver free
    • Compatible with Windows® 10/8/7, Linux 2.4 and later, Mac® OSX 10.6 and later


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  • I Will Never Use a Microsoft Account to Log Into My Own PC @ ExtremeTech

    There has been a TON of news following the unveil of Windows 11 from TPM woes to the fact that the new OS actually requires modern hardware to run.  All of this is simply news because Microsoft is pushing their weight around and the hardware media needs something to complain about.

    However, there is one Microsoft feature that has annoyed me for a long time and one writer at ExtremeTech finally posted something about it.  I'm in full agreement with this article (which is rare) and wanted to share it with the Hardware Asylum readers.

    I’m willing to cop to the fact that this may be an artifact of the time in which I grew up. To me, my PC and “the internet” are two entirely different things. I connect to the latter to download files, read news, and watch content, but it is not the totality of my personal computer. Using an online account to log into my personal PC breaches the distinction between the two. Weird as it is — because I’m willing to admit this is a personal oddity — I find that distinction matters to me. It actually matters a lot. I don’t want my local Windows account to be synonymous with an online login.

    But that’s not my only reason.

    I got duped into creating an Online Microsoft account once.  Actually it became an extension to my old account that I created so I could run MSN Messenger back in the day.  Since then it has also been linked to my Xbox Live account and to at least a couple Windows System login instances.  The first is when I got duped into creating one thinking there was no alternative and the second was so I could access the Windows App store to install an update so I could convert a Windows 10 Home installation to Windows 10 Pro (which also required a new key).

    Personally, I don't like having to login to my Microsoft account just to access my computer, there are plenty of times when I don't have or, don't WANT, internet access when using my PC and with an online only account that will never be possible.

    But, like the author, I just have a higher understanding and expectation of my PC that a large majority of users have no interest in. 

    Sad as it might be, it is the future we live in.

  • Thermaltake Announces the Core P6 TG and Core P6 TG Snow PC Cases

    Transformable, innovative, and stylish mid-tower chassis.

    Walnut, California-June 2nd, 2021-Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is pleased to introduce their new mid-tower chassis, the Core P6 TG, and Core P6 TG Snow. Inheriting classic features from the existing Core P5, the Core P6 TG can be either used as a closed or open configuration and giving users the option to switch from a regular mid-tower design to an open frame by simply removing the top and front panels. The 4mm thick tempered glass side panels give users a quality viewing platform to display chassis cooling components and RGB while offering stability and protection. The smaller size combined with two-way chassis placement gives users more options on how their builds are displayed, either in a traditional tower configuration or vertically using the innovative wall-mount. Two graphics card support brackets are included supporting both vertical and traditional GPU mounting configurations. The bracket helps to remove weight from the motherboard and prevent heavy graphic cards from sagging.

    Closed and Open Frame Design
    The Core P6 TG Mid-Tower Chassis allows users to display their build in two different ways. The case can be converted between a closed and open frame design by removing the front, top, and side panels.
    Handy I/O Ports
    Connectivity is enabled over a single Type-C port, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0, and HD Audio ports on the front panel.
    Tempered Glass Panels
    4mm tempered glass panels comprise on the top, front, and left of Core P6 TG. The tempered glass panels are thicker and more scratch-resistant compared to standard acrylic panels.
    Vertical GPU Mount
    Specially designed with dual GPU placement options, the Core P6 TG has support for both vertical and horizontal graphics card layouts. With dual PCI-E slot designs and a PCI-E riser cable, the included riser GPU support bracket can prevent graphics card sag while reducing the overall weight on the motherboard.
    Excellent Dust Reduction
    Magnetic fan filters located on the top, side, and bottom panels provide an easy solution to collect and reduce dust buildup inside vital cooling components. These filters provide excellent ventilation even when the case is configured as a closed chassis.
    High-End Expansion Possibilities
    Core P6 TG Mid Tower Chassis contains excellent expandability options; it can support motherboards up to an E- ATX, a CPU cooler with a maximum height of 180mm, VGA placement of up to 300 (with LCS reservoir) and 335 (without LCS reservoir). The Core P6 TG also provides seven expansion slots and supports up to four 3.5" or eight 2.5" storage devices.
    Optimized for excellent cooling, the Core P6 TG supports a total of thirteen 120mm and seven 140mm fans. There are three 120mm fans on the front, top, right, and bottom, and a single fan at the rear. Radiator compatibility matches the fan placement with one 360mm at the front, one 360mm on the right, and one 360mm at the top.

  • Funky Kit Review - Silicon Power XD80 2TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD

    NVMe is the bomb when it comes to fast storage and with everything more is better.

    The Silicon Power XD80 2TB M.2 SSD is an amazing storage device for any modern computer. It's fast, reliable, and available at a reasonable price. The perfect mix of features makes it a very interesting SSD for gamers, and those who need fast storage for daily challenges.

    The important thing to remember is that the bus speed matters so if you have a system supporting PCI Express 3.0 then get a 3.0 drive.  If you have system supporting PCI Express 4.0 you can run a PCIe 3.0 drive but a 4.0 enabled system you owe it to yourself to get a NVMe Gen4 drive, eg not the one in this review. wink smile

  • MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X @ Guru3D

    When the RTX 3070 Ti Launched so did a number of 3rd party board partner cards.  I got to see the full list and to be honest some of them look like total garbage like they were designed by a 5 year old and nobody bothered to remove the excess crayon.

    I suppose for some that might be a desirable feature and maybe the thought process is that with the limited supply it won't matter what the card looks like as long as someone can buy one.

    Well, despite the garbage out there some cards really do look amazing and this card from MSI is one of them.

    Hot on the heels of the 3080 Ti launch we now can show you the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti performance review for the MSI SUPRIM X edition. This card has been beefed up to the max, with a custom design PCB, components, a massive cooler, a factory tweak and of course, sheer silence.

    Guru3D does a pretty good job so give it a read if you have time.

  • System76 Launch - A Very Well Built, Highly Configurable, Open-Source Keyboard @ Phoronix

    What is this?  an Open Source keyboard??  I hope it works out better than something silly like an open source test bench or open source software they charge you to use.

    Last month System76 launched their Launch Configurable Keyboard. They sent over this new open-source keyboard for some brief testing and I must say the build quality has been top notch and while this is their first keyboard they are bringing to market, with their US manufacturing expertise that began with their Thelio computer cases, it has carried forward with their Launch keyboard. This keyboard is beautifully crafted and among the most durable (and heaviest) keyboards I've used in the past two decades. It reminds me of the IBM Model M from a quality perspective but with its own unique advantages.

    I'm not sure about the double space bar but the rest of this compact super square keyboard looks pretty good.  It even has RGB!!

    Be sure to check out the review for more information.

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Launch Day

    While extremely cut down the RTX 3070 Ti still delivers some amazing performance that is only matched by the RTX 2080 Ti.  Assuming you can buy one, this will be the card to buy.

    Be sure to check out our review of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition video card and my fancy unboxing video!

    Web Reviews
    Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Ti AMP Holo @ TechPowerUp
    MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X @ TechPowerUp
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Review: Supercharged Midrange Gaming @ HotHardware

    I'm sure there will be others along with the YT peeps that I don't bother posting. wink smile

  • VIPER GAMING Launches VIPER ELITE II Performance DDR4 Memory

    The VIPER theme heat spreader brings exceptional reliability and performance potential. Now available in single and dual kit configurations with module densities of 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB and speeds ranging between 2666MHz and 4000MHz.

    FREMONT, CALIFORNIA — June 2nd, 2021 — VIPER, a trademarked gaming brand of PATRIOT and a global leader in performance memory, solid-state drives and flash storage solutions, today is proud to announce the market launch of their VIPER ELITE II DDR4 PERFORMANCE MEMORY. The VIPER ELITE II inherits its successful design from the award-winning ELITE PERFORMANCE MEMORY series and continues to deliver unparalleled stability and overclocking potential to hardware enthusiasts and hardcore gamers. It is customized for the PC builder looking for an RGB-free performance-centric memory solution with a wide range of speeds and capacities.

    "The VIPER ELITE II is a sensible upgrade to our popular and award-winning VIPER ELITE series, and with it, we take everything back to the basics and essentials to how an excellent DRAM module should be built. For the VIPER ELITE II, we have focused on speed, capacity, and stability," said Roger Shinmoto, the Vice President of VIPER. "These memory kits offer many options for gamers or content creators who are looking to escalate their system performance to the next level and still maintain a stealthy look inside their PCs."

    The VIPER ELITE II features a clean and stealthy new heat spreader design to showcase the VIPER brand elements. A military-grade aluminum heatshield wraps up the module to provide outstanding thermal performance and maintain system stability under the heaviest of loads. In addition, each module is built from a 10-layer PCB using only the highest quality hand-tested memory chips and components to ensure that each module meets VIPER's strict quality standards for excellent stability and reliability.

    The VIPER ELITE II fully supports XMP 2.0 for profile-based automatic overclocking and is validated against the latest Intel and AMD motherboard platforms for compatibility.  Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, the VIPER ELITE II is now available in selected global retailers in both single module and dual kits with frequencies of 2666MHz/3200MHz /3600MHz/4000MHz and module densities of 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB, offering a maximum kit capacity of 64GB (2x32GB).


    • Product line: VIPER ELITE II
    • Edition: Red heatshield with black VIPER signatures
    • Aluminum heat spreader with the unique and specific design element
    • Feature Overclock: XMP 2.0 support for automatic overclocking
    • Compatibility: Tested across the latest Intel/AMD platforms for reliably fast performance
    • Limited lifetime warranty