Monthly Archives: November 2018

30 November 2018 – Reviews Around the Web

CASE ● Lian Li Lancool One Digital TechPowerUp ● CHIEFTEC Scorpion HardwareInside German ● Raijintek Ophion Evo Overclockers

MOTHERBOARD ● Gigabyte Z390 Designare Conseil Config French ● Asus ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) TomsHardware ● EVGA Z390 FTW Think Computers

PERIPHERAL ● Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Keyboard Vortez ● Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Keyboard Modders Inc

STORAGE ● T-Force Delta RGB 1TB SSD TweakTown ● Crucial MX500 500GB SSD Tech Legend ● Samsung 860 QVO 1TB & 2TB AnandTech

Patriot Launches VIPER STEEL DDR4 16GB 4400MHz Extreme Performance Memory

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PATRIOT , a global leader in performance memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals, and flash storage solutions, has announced the release of their fastest kit ever of DDR4 memory today, VIPER STEEL SERIES DDR4 16GB (2x 8 GB) 4400 MHz. Built for the latest Intel and AMD platforms, the VIPER STEEL SERIES provides extreme performance and stability for the most demanding computer environments. The VIPER STEEL SERIES DDR4 memory kit brings Intel XMP 2.0 performance to new heights and is able to achieve up to 4400 MHz with a simple setting on supporting Intel’s latest processors and motherboards.

UL Benchmarks Teases 3DMark Port Royal with Real Time Ray Tracing

NEWS

UL Benchmarks’ 3DMark suite of benchmarks is going to get a new addition in the form of Port Royal, making use of the DirectX Raytracing (DXR) API. The benchmark will be shown to the public at GALAX GOC 2018 Grand Final, which will take place on 8 December in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

COLORFUL Goes Ultra with new iGame GeForce RTX 2070 Ultra OC

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Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and high-performance storage solutions proudly introduces the latest graphics in its prestigious iGame series of gaming equipment. The COLORFUL iGame GeForceRTX 2070 Ultra OC combines excellent cooling with excellent design to bring out the best of the new GeForce RTX graphics card from NVIDIA. Featuring the new Turing architecture to deliver real-time ray tracing, NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX series graphics card bring realism to life and COLORFUL’s iGame GeForce RTX 2070 Ultra OC is your top choice.

GeIL Launches New Additions to SUPER LUCE RGB Sync DDR4

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GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the world’s leading PC components and peripheral manufacturers today announced the new additions to their SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC Series DDR4 memory. The new modules are available in three capacities and speeds: 4133MHz 16GB (8GBx2) CL19-19-19-39 1.40V, 3600MHz 16GB (8GBx2) CL16-18-18-36 1.35V, and 3200MHz 16GB (8GBx2) CL14-14-14-34 1.35V.

29 November 2018 – Reviews Around the Web

CPU ● Core i9-9980XE Hexus

GRAPHICS CARD ● Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 WindForce Hexus ● PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 590 8GB Guru3D ● Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Gaming OC 8G TomsHardware ● GeForce RTX 200 Roundup ComputerBase German

MONITOR ● Samsung 8K Monitor ComputerBase German

MOTHERBOARD ● ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming ITX ac Play3r

PERIPHERAL ● Razer BlackWidow Elite Vortez

STORAGE ● Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 480GB TechPowerUp ● Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 480GB Vortez

Basemark GPU 1.1 Launched

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Today Basemark releases version 1.1 of its multi-platform graphics hardware evaluation tool Basemark GPU. Basemark GPU has been made available for free to download and use for personal users. Additionally, Basemark has provided professional versions for Benchmark Development Program members, corporate and commercial users.

ECC Memory

TECHNOLOGY EXPLAINED

ECC memory is something you often hear about, but what is it? Every so often, RAM will have an unrecoverable error. This is something that is unavoidable. With 16 GB RAM, there are a total of 137,438,953,472 (that’s over 137 billion bits which can be either one or zero, meaning that a single incorrect bit is an error rate of only 0.00000000073%. As insignificant as this may seem, it is enough to cause an application to crash or a blue screen or death. If this error is in a non-critical area, you might not even notice it in day to day use.

28 November 2018 – Reviews Around the Web

CPU ● Ryzen 7 2700X vs Core i9-9900K in Battlefield V TechSpot

GRAPHICS CARD ● XFX RX 590 Fatboy 8GB Kitguru; ● Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Super JetStream Guru3D

MEMORY ● Apacer PANTHER RAGE RGB 8GB 3200 MHz XtremeHardware (Italian)

MONITOR ● AOC Q3279VWFD8 Hexus

MOTHERBOARD ● MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk TomsHardware; ● GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS XTREME Vortez

PSU ● PC Power & Cooling Silencer 1050W TomsHardware

SOUND ● Asus Strix Fusion 700 Guru3D

STORAGE ● Samsung 860 QVO 1TB & 4TB StorageReview; ● Samsung 860 QVO 2TB NordicHardware (Swedish); ● Samsung 860 QVO 1TB TomsHardware; ● Samsung 860 QVO 1TB & 2TB Legit Reviews; ● Samsung 860 QVO 1TB The Tech Report; ● Samsung 860 QVO 1TB TweakTown; ● Corsair Force MP510 960GB KitGuru

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Video Review

REVIEW

I bought myself the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and these are my thoughts (video).

HANNspree Launches New 27in HQ272PQD Monitor with Quantum Dot Technology

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Experts in display and touch technology, HANNspree, are pleased to announce that its performance series of monitors is set to offer a new 27inch solution featuring Quantum Dot technology. The enhanced display of the HQ272PQD is ideal for gamers, designers and multimedia professionals, offering visual excellence and enhanced color accuracy for all graphic content.

Sharkoon Launches TG4 and SKILLER SGC1 RGB Chassis

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Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of PC components and peripherals which boast performance at a reasonable price. Sharkoon now presents the TG4, a more compact case version of the TG5. In addition, the manufacturer has added an RGB lit midi tower with addressable fans to its SKILLER SGC1 series. The latter model now also features a tempered glass side panel instead of acrylic. The TG4 is also comes with addressable RGB fans, but models are also available with single color fans.

Samsung Electronics Brings Multi-Terabyte Storage Capacities at Accessible Price with 860 QVO SSD

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Samsung Electronics today unveiled its new consumer solid state drive (SSD) lineup – the Samsung 860 QVO SSD – featuring up to four terabytes (TB) of storage capacity with exceptional speed and reliability. Built on the company’s high-density 4-bit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash architecture, the 860 QVO makes terabyte capacities more accessible to the masses at approachable price points.

Telkom First Up to Offer Data Rollover

NEWS

A few months ago the Independant Communications Authority of South Africa placed four new regulations to end-user and subscriber services in action. To refresh your memory, see the article I wrote about it here. As a TL:DR, companies were told that data rollover is not optional. This caused a bit of a ruckus and everybody except the providers were happy. Finally there’s some traction!

Plantronics Confirms No Ongoing Discussions with Logitech

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Plantronics, Inc., a market leader in the global headsets, voice, and video endpoint market, today confirmed that the Company is no longer engaged in discussions with Logitech International S.A. (“Logitech”) regarding a potential combination. While it is Plantronics’ practice not to comment, in accordance with Swiss disclosure requirements, Logitech was required to disclose the status of the discussions following recent media reports.

BIOSTAR Gets Ready for 2019 Gaming Products

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BIOSTAR, a leader in gaming motherboards, graphics cards and SSDs, kicks off its 2019 gaming strategy with products and channel activities starting now. With the popularity of BIOSTAR’s Intel and AMD platform solutions and newly introduced M.2 NVMe SSDs, BIOSTAR is poised to increase its share in gaming with aggressive products and activities for the coming year. BIOSTAR attended G-Star Game Show in Korea for the first time during November 15-18. Gaming systems used during the PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS live tournament on the main stage of the emTek booth were powered by BIOSTAR RACING X470GT8 motherboards. Renowned Korean Overclocker and PC builder also built an amazing system using the RACING X470GT8 and InWin WINBOT, which captured the imagination of visitors.

CHERRY Launches MX Board 1.0 Keyboard

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CHERRY, the specialist for computer input devices, introduces the MX Board 1.0, a mechanical keyboard with a very attractive price point. The combination of high-precision CHERRY MX switches in different variants and high-performance HighSpeed key recognition creates an uncompromising keyboard for avid writers. Furthermore, The MX Board 1.0 features abrasion-resistant keycaps, anti-ghosting, and full N-key rollover.

The History of Overclocking

TECHNOLOGY EXPLAINED

Introduction – The First 15 Years

Overclocking may have only become a mainstream exercise is the last decade, but its roots can be traced back to the PC itself. While the methods used to overclock may have changed over the years, the goal has remained the same – to increase the performance of your computer. Much like modifying a car’s engine, overclocking can be done for one of two reasons. Either you can increase the performance of a cheap model to match that of a more expensive model, or you can shoot for performance greater than that of any off-the-shelf components.

PlayStation 5 Likely to be Powered by AMD Ryzen Based APUs

GAMING

Sony recently took the world by surprise when they announced that the PlayStation team would be skipping E3 2019, but there is a bit more news than that. Reddit user RuthenicCookie has stated that the upcoming PlayStation 5 (or whatever it ends up being called) will continue to use AMD for its processing power.

ZADAK Launches SHIELD II Water Cooled PC

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ZADAK is thrilled to announce the whole new custom water cooling system, SHIELD II Water Cooled PC. Starting in 2015 ZADAK first dipped our toes into custom computers that were built for modding competition displays. In late 2017 ZADAK decided to mass produce our first fully water-cooled PC known as MOAB I. MOAB I managed to push boundaries within the industry and get us excited to start work on the successor MOAB II Water Cooled PC. These two smallest custom water-cooled PCs gained attention from enthusiasts around the world along with ZADAK’s other products.

GeForce RTX 2060 Shows Up on Final Fantasy XV Benchmark Database

NEWS

The top end Turing range of GPUs, from the GeForce RTX 2070 to the RTX 2080 Ti, recently launched after a total of ten years in the making. The lower end cards are yet to launch, including the GeForce RTX 2060 (or will it be GTX 2060 and lacking the RTX features?), which has now been seen in the Final Fantasy XV benchmark database.

Steam Link is No Longer Available

GAMING

The Steam Link is a box that allows games on your Steam account to be streamed directly to a TV. The grunt of the work would be done by your computer, with the Steam Link supplying the display to the TV over a local network. The advantage to this over running an HDMI cable is that game controllers and peripherals communicate with the box, as opposed to having to try to get them to work with a computer that’s potentially in a different room.

How CPU Cache Works

TECHNOLOGY EXPLAINED

You’ve undoubtedly heard about CPU cache and know that a larger cache is better, but what exactly is it and why does it affect performance? Additionally, you may be wondering why the cache is so small, normally between 32 KB and 16 MB depending on the level of cache (which we will explain a bit further one) on a high end processor or less when system RAM is measured in gigabytes.

Seasonic FOCUS PLUS Series Has Potential Compatibility Issues with Certain Graphics Cards

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Seasonic: We have been notified, in limited instances, where some issues may occur when a FOCUS power supply is used in conjunction with certain high power consumption GPU or brand of VGA cards. If you experience possible compatibility issues, please check the below information and contact us for further assistance.

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Adds Climate Change

GAMING

Sid Meier’s Civilization series is one of the most popular turn-based strategy games around and the latest in the series, Civilization VI, is getting a new expansion pack called Gathering Storm on 14 February 2019.