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  • Alphacool Eisblock Aurora Plexi GPX-N RTX 3080/3090

    NVIDIA RTX 30 Series is about to be released and the aftermarket is buzzing with perfornance accessories including this RGB enabled waterblock from Alphacool.

    Alphacool presents the Eisblock Aurora Plexi GPX-N cooler for reference design Nvidia RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics cards. The cooler offers outstanding cooling performance thanks to its full cover design. The new backplate, which is delivered together with the cooler, also contributes to this. This stabilizes the graphics card and ensures an even contact along the whole cooler. The water block cold plate is made of nickel-plated copper. The cooler covers all relevant components such as voltage converters and the graphics memory.
    The Alphacool Eisblock GPX-N Aurora Plexi has an LED strip across the entire width with addressable 5V digital RGB LEDs. These illuminate the entire cooler homogeneously and ensures an outstanding ambience in the PC housing.

    Compatibility list:
    ATTENTION: The following models were visually checked for compatibility. Please note that this list may change at short notice.

    More compatible models will follow in this list for this cooler. We are currently checking other PCB designs from various manufacturers!

    RTX 3080    
    Zotac GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity (ZT-A30800D-10P)
    PNY GeForce RTX 3080 XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB    10240 MB GDDR6X (VCG308010TFXMPB)
    PNY GeForce RTX 3080 XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB 10240 MB GDDR6X    (VCG308010TFXPPB)
    Inno3D GeForce RTX 3080 iChill X4 10240 MB GDDR6X (C30804-106XX-1810VA36)
    Inno3D GeForce RTX 3080 Twin X2 OC 10240 MB GDDR6X (N30802-106XX-1810VA34)
    Inno3D GeForce RTX 3080 iChill X3 10240 MB GDDR6X (C30803-106XX-1810VA37)
    Palit GeForce RTX™ 3080 GamingPro (NED30800191A-132AA)
    Palit GeForce RTX™ 3080 GamingPro OC (NED3080S191A-132AA)
    Galax GeForce RTX 3080 SG 10GB GDDR6X 320-bit DP*3/HDMI (38NWM3MD99NN)
    KFA2 GeForce RTX 3080 SG 10GB GDDR6X 320-bit DP*3/HDMI (38NWM3MD99NK)
    Gainward RTX 3080 Phoenix     
    Gainward RTX 3080 Phoenix GS     
    RTX 3090    
    PNY GeForce RTX 3090 XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB, 24576 MB GDDR6X (VCG309024TFXPPB)
    Inno3D GeForce RTX 3090 iChill X3, 24576 MB GDDR6X (C30903-246XX-1880VA37)
    Inno3D GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X3, 24576 MB GDDR6X (N30903-246X-1880VA37N)
    Inno3D GeForce RTX 3090 iChill X4, 24576 MB GDDR6X (C30904-246XX-1880VA36)    
    Zotac GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity, 24576 MB GDDR6X (ZT-A30900D-10P)    
    Palit GeForce RTX™ 3080 GamingPro (NED3090019SB-132BA)
    Palit GeForce RTX™ 3080 GamingPro OC (NED3090S19SB-132BA)    
    Galax GeForce RTX 3090 SG 24GB GDDR6X 320-bit DP*3/HDMI/ (39NSM5MD1GNA)
    KFA2 GeForce RTX 3090 SG 24GB GDDR6X 320-bit DP*3/HDMI/    
    Gainward RTX 3090 Phoenix     
    Gainward RTX 3090 Phoenix GS

  • Taiwan mobo brands to benefit from new CPUs and GPUs in 4Q20

    The rule of the world is supply and demand.  When supplies are good they can meet demand and make money.  When demand is down nobody buys, supplies are in excess and companies lose money.  When demand is high and supplies are low it just pisses people off.

    With the launch of just about everything in 2020 there are bound to be winners and losers and is seems Taiwan hardware makers are looking at a banner year.

    Taiwan-based motherboard and graphics card brands, and their upstream component suppliers are expected to see sales grow in the fourth quarter of 2020, thanks to the new PC hardware released by Intel, AMD and Nvidia.

    Following Intel's releases of 10th generation Core S series desktop processors in May, targeting the high-end gaming market, Nvidia's latest GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs will also hit store shelves in September. AMD's Zen 3-based Ryzen processors and RDNA 2-based Radeon 6000 series GPUs will also debut in October.

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    Nvidia also recently announced the GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 based on its Ampere architecture and will release them gradually in the near future.

    All of these vote well for hardware makers and should make plenty of hardware enthusiasts and gamers happy this holiday season.

    Check out the full story at Digitimes

  • Gigabyte B550 Vision D @ Guru3D

    Every once in awhile a motherboard comes around that really makes an impression.  Maybe it is the over the top RGB or even the extremely overbuilt VRM but nothing drops the panties faster than a motherboard with clean lines and almost apple like flair.

    Thing is we have been conditioned to feel that certain types of motherboards are better than others and at first glance the Gigabyte B550 Vision D is just another understated, un-overclockable motherboard with style that will live out its life enclosed in a solid box surrounded by dirt.

    Oh, and I love this intro paragraph.

    Built-in the ATX form-factor, the design resembles GB’s Designaire models. Make no mistake, this is a high-end product. It should provide excellent stability, and boasts features not to be found in cheaper models. The design is very attractive: it’s very subtle, and doesn’t scream “I have a big-a** radiator and lots of RGB”. The GIGABYTE B550 Vision D uses a black-and-white contrasting design, with white heatsinks on an all-black PCB. This is a 30.5 x 24.4 cm, ATX-factor product equipped with a B550 chipset, and it offers such features as 14 -phase power design, 2x Gigabit Ethernet and a built-in Wi-Fi receiver. Priced at about 260 USD

    Sadly, I think motherboard designs have gotten a little excessive.  Sure, I love the backplates and decorative heatsinks but for a product that is designed for creators, a demographic that knows shit about computers, it doesn't need much.

  • Thermaltake DistroCase 350P Mid-Tower Chassis Available Now

    Stunning Visuals with Spectacular Water Cooling

    In what might be one of the biggest cash grabs in the custom PC world we have the Thermaltake DistroCase.  I have seen versions of this case at Computex and CES and while it is super impressive to see in the person AND I see the vision behind why it was created AND why it is being pushed into the market.  I'm not a fan.

    Distribution plates are not a new thing in the watercooling world and their creation was to clean the custom show builds and make running tubes easier.  Anyone who has done a hardline build will know how difficult it is to create a compound curve only to have it slightly off forcing you to bend it again.  Well. the distro plate makes it so you won't have as many curves for visually cleaner build.

    Personally, I'm not a fan because it can easily be damaged and you'll spend days cleaning it when things go sideway.  But, it still looks nice, has RGB and you know someone from reddit will buy it for the Karma.

    Taipei, Taiwan-September 14th, 2020-Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is excited to announce that the DistroCaseTM 350P Mid-Tower Chassis has hit the shelves, and is now available on the TT Premium Online Shop and DE Alternate. The DistroCaseTM 350P Mid-Tower Chassis is an advanced, innovative, and multi-functional chassis with a truly eye-catching design that will grab a lot of attention. This fully modular chassis is designed with SPCC & PMMA made distro plate as the main body, which is a perfect fit for users who adore its beauty and enjoy the fun of water cooling. Users can also use the exclusive Thermaltake NeonMaker Light Editing Software to orchestrate a surreal underwater-like light show. This multi-functional PC enclosure is also incorporated with its water channels, reservoir, and multiple inlets and outlets, providing users, gamers, and enthusiasts an easier way to design their water loops.

  • NVIDIA Buys ARM - Creating a Premier Company for the Age of AI

    News of NVIDIA buying companies isn't anything new.  Some of the notable purchases include 3Dfx (for SLI), ULi (for motherboard chipsets), AGEIA (for PhysX) and Mellanox (for Datacenter). 

    We can now add another company to that list. ARM.  ARM is the technology behind mobile hardware that is not only powerful (relatively speaking) but power efficient.  Combine that with the power of the NVIDIA GPU and their AI initiative and you have a good formula for success.

    Today, we announced that we have signed a definitive agreement to purchase Arm. 

    Thirty years ago, a visionary team of computer scientists in Cambridge, U.K., invented a new CPU architecture optimized for energy-efficiency and a licensing business model that enables broad adoption. Engineers designed Arm CPUs into everything from smartphones and PCs to cloud data centers and supercomputers. An astounding 180 billion computers have been built with Arm — 22 billion last year alone. Arm has become the most popular CPU in the world.   

    Simon Segars, its CEO, and the people of Arm have built a great company that has shaped the computer industry and nearly every technology market in the world. 

    We are joining arms with Arm to create the leading computing company for the age of AI. AI is the most powerful technology force of our time. Learning from data, AI supercomputers can write software no human can. Amazingly, AI software can perceive its environment, infer the best plan, and act intelligently. This new form of software will expand computing to every corner of the globe. Someday, trillions of computers running AI will create a new internet — the internet-of-things — thousands of times bigger than today’s internet-of-people.   

    Check out the link below to read the entire BLOG post on

  • Corsair Gaming, Inc. Launches Initial Public Offering

    Back "in the day" an IPO was a really big deal as it indicated that a company was ready to take things to the next level.  An IPO was also a make or break point for a company, some surged while others lost so much value that they were driven into obscurity.

    There were rumors that Corsair was planning an IPO a few months ago and we have finally got confirmation of that today.  Corsair will be trading under "CRSR" with an initial offer price between $16 and $18 USD.

    Corsair has been a great company to work with and while I cannot say I have worked with them in in over 15 years I do wish them all the best however, I suspect in less than a year they will resend their IPO and move back to being a private company again.

    FREMONT, CA. September 14, 2020—Corsair Gaming, Inc. (“Corsair”), a leading global provider and innovator of high-performance gear for gamers and content creators, announced today that it has commenced an initial public offering of 14,000,000 shares of its common stock, approximately 7,500,000 of which are being offered by Corsair and approximately 6,500,000 of which are being offered by a selling stockholder. In connection with the offering, the underwriters will also have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,100,000 shares of common stock from the selling stockholder. The initial public offering price is estimated to be between $16.00 and $18.00 per share. Corsair has applied to list its common stock on the Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol “CRSR.” The offering is subject to market conditions, and there can be no assurance as to whether, or when, the offering may be completed or as to the actual size or terms of the offering.

    Don't be suprised if I follow this one for quite awhile. wink smile


    High-speed 16GB(2x8G) kits available in 4133MHz, 4266MHz, and 4400MHz to meet enthusiast demand.

    FREMONT, CALIFORNIA — September 9th, 2020 — VIPER GAMING by PATRIOT™, a trademarked brand of PATRIOT and a global leader in performance memory, solid-state drives, and flash storage solutions, today is excited to announce the launch of their high-speed 16GB kits of VIPER 4 BLACKOUT PERFORMANCE MEMORY, available in speeds from 4133MHz up to 4400MHz. These modules are designed to maximize the performance potential of computer systems, including hardcore gaming and video processing rigs.

    The VIPER 4 BLACKOUT MEMORY has been universally recognized among enthusiast-grade builders as a brand they can trust when maximizing overall system performance while complementing their system designs with a stylish, eye-catching heat spreader. These high-speed 16GB kits are available in speeds from 4133MHz up to 4400MHz, built to offer an extremely fast DDR4 DRAM memory kit with exceptional stability and compatibility across the latest Intel and AMD Ryzen platforms. They are also built from rigorously tested memory chips and a 10-layer black PCB for ensuring the top quality.

    Each module is wrapped by a military-grade aluminum heat spreader with an advanced cooling fin array to optimize its thermal performance and efficiency.

    "The hardcore gamers and overclockers have encouraged us to go further with our award-winning VIPER 4 BLACKOUT PERFORMANCE MEMORY, and they have expressed their keen interest in a higher frequency kit. We always believed that performance and speed mean nothing until built on stability and reliability," said Roger Shinmoto, the Vice President of VIPER GAMING by PATRIOT™.

    Backed by a PATRIOT/VIPER limited lifetime warranty, the VIPER 4 BLACKOUT Series 16GB(2x8GB) High-Speed kits launch in frequencies of 4133MHz, 4266MHz, and 4400MHz and are available in major retailers.


    • Series: VIPER 4 BLACKOUT
    • Edition: Black Sides / Black Top
    • Capacity: 16GB (2 x 8GB)
    • Compatibility: Tested across latest Intel and AMD series motherboards for reliably fast performance
    • Feature Overclock: XMP 2.0 support for automatic overclocking
    • Aluminum heat spreader for faster heat dissipation and cooler operation
    • Limited lifetime warranty

    For more information about VIPER 4 BLACKOUT DDR4 PERFORMANCE MEMORY, please visit: here

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  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Unboxing & Preview @ TechPowerUp

    Well, I guess the NVIDIA documentation didn't say anything about posting photos along with an unboxing article. and, yes before you ask NVIDIA didn't send me a GPU for launch so I’ll be stuck again reporting 2nd hand on the awesome which is RTX 30.

    I should be more upset but, after getting passed over for the awesome GTX 10 series launch I just don’t care much anymore.  For me, the AIC board partner products are a little more interesting.

    Image from TechPowerUp

    We go hands on with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition, which was announced just a few days ago. This first "Ampere" card comes in an amazing packaging, that further supports the product's ultra-high-end premium look and feel. We also take a closer look at the new 12-pin power connector.

    It would seem that the power connector rumors are true, the new RTX cards come with a 12-pin power connector and the overall design is really really nice.  Being that I'm the type to recommend custom PCBs over reference designs I might make an exception when it comes to the new RTX 30 Series.

  • Antec DF600 Flux @ TechPowerUp

    I'm not sure where I have seen this case before.  The case I am thinking of is a standard mid-tower with spots for three cooling fans up front, of course with RGB and some sort of protector over the fans to keep out cats, fingers while allowing dust and air to enter.

    The case also appears to have a tempered glass side panel and is available in black...  Humm

    Oh ya, my bad. I just described every flipping case on the market!!

    The Antec DF600 Flux clocks in at just $70, but comes with all the bells and whistles we are used to at the $100 price point. Five fans, a clean window, Velcro strips, plenty of space for cooling and storage, RGB controller, and fan hub—the DF600 Flux looks to be breaking new ground in terms of value for your money.

    When it comes to price, $70USD is pretty good though for the money I might suggest picking something better.

  • Crucial P5 NVMe M.2 SSD Review Round Up

    It has been awhile since I have posted one of these so, go easy on me.

    In April 2020 Crucial announced a new line of performance SSDs that expanded on the P1 line of NVMe drives.  A total of two drives were announced and I was able to review the Crucial P2 NVMe drive in May, as that was the first one to be released.

    Sadly the drive was "slow" but my particular drive was considerably faster due to the components used.  Seems the P2 was a product designed to handle a variety of different NAND configurations.  I'm not sure if P5 will follow this model but it seems pretty good out of the gate.

    Web Reviews
    Crucial P5 1TB PCIe M.2 2280 SSD Review @
    Funky Kit Review - Crucial P5 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD
    Crucial P5 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD Review @
    Crucial P5 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ TechPowerUp
    Crucial P2 & P5 Review @ Vortez