New iCHILL X3 JEKYLL by INNO3D

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INNO3D, a leading manufacturer of awesome high-end graphics hardware components and various innovations, introduces its new iCHILL cooling solution, the iCHILL X3 JEKYLL. Designed around NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX series factoring in the sheer power and performance of the RTX 20 series, with the first beneficiary’s being the INNO3D GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080. The iCHILL X3 JEKYLL is fully equipped to allow heat dissipation and airflow optimisation so that you can push your high-end graphics card to the limit.

Intel to Enter Discrete Graphics Market with Intel Xᵉ

NEWS

For quite some time (years, in fact), Intel has been making noise about entering the discrete graphics cards market. The first talk about the move was with Project “Larrabee” which was due to be released in 2010, but almost a decade later we still don’t have anything to challenge AMD and NVIDIA. Intel Xᵉ is set to change that, and bring a third party into the mix to disrupt the current duopoly.

Top Overclockers Set New Records in 3DMark Ray Tracing Benchmark

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3DMark Port Royal is the world’s first dedicated real-time ray tracing benchmark for gamers, and it’s coming to 3DMark on January 8.

Last weekend, we gave some of the world’s top overclockers a chance to try Port Royal at the GALAX GOC 2018 contest in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

EK is Releasing Velocity D-RGB CPU Blocks with Addressable LED Customization

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After the release of 14 initial versions of EK’s flagship Velocity CPU block its time to bring something new to the table. A little bit of refresh in form of digital (addressable) LEDs which will enable all the cool effects you can cook up with ASUS Aura, MSI Mystic Lights, Gigabyte RGB Fusion ASRock Polychrome Sync or other compatible external Digital RGB controllers. The main difference is that each LED can shine a different color at any given time, unlike normal RGB LEDs which all have to be one color at a specific time.

12 December 2018 – Reviews Around the Web

CASES ● Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M TomsHardware

CPUS ● AMD Athlon 200GE TomsHardware

GAMING PCS ● HP Omen Obelisk 2018 ComputerBase German

MEMORY ● G.Skill Trident Z Royal 16GB DDR4-3200 Hexus

MONITORS ● AOC 27V2Q KitGuru

MOTHERBOARDS ● ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate Guru3D ● MSI B450 Tomahawk AndandTech

STORAGE ● OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock 14-Port TweakTown

Huawei and Other Chinese Mobile Equipment Manufacturers Hit by International Bans from Japanese and Western Governments

NEWS

Huawei and other Chinese mobile manufacturers are in trouble, with Japan’s three large mobile network providers, SoftBank Group, NTT Docomo and KDDI, having banned Chinese equipment from being used for their 5G networks due to security concerns. Huawei currently accounts for around 60% of the fiscal value of SoftBank’s mobile base stations as of 2017. The Japanese government has also blocked Huawei and others from public procurement. This follows the arrest of Huawei’s CFO and daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, 46 year old Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver, USA on 1 December for allegedly violating American sanctions on selling technology to Iran. The arrest has may be the catalyst in US Chinese ties, and has driven stock prices down as well as sparked fear in small US phone companies, who fear they will be forced to uninstall existing Huawei infrastructure.

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics Card Makes an Appearance

NEWS

The GeForce RTX series of cards is the latest technology that NVIDIA (or the industry, for that matter) has to offer, and is a technology that was 10 years in the making. Until now, however, it has been confined to the higher end cards including the RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti. RTX features are limited to these cards, and therefore those with deep pockets, and out of reach of most gamers. That is set to change, however, with the introduction of the GeForce RTX 2060, and today we get a peek at Gigabyte’s take on a factory overclocked version, albeit only renders of the card.

MSI Unveils the New Oculux NXG251R Esports Gaming Monitor

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MSI, a world leader in gaming hardware, is proud to announce their newest gaming monitor designed for esports athletes, the Oculux NXG251R. With professional esports features, including a tournament-standard 24.5-inch monitor, NVIDIA G-Sync technology to prevent screen tearing, a blazing fast 240Hz refresh rate, and a 1ms response time, the Oculux NXG251R is the ultimate gaming monitor for both professional and gaming enthusiasts.

Creative Unveils Audiophile-Grade Sound BlasterX AE-9 Sound Card

NEWS

Creative was once one of the biggest names in computer audio with their Sound Blaster range of ISA and PCI sound cards, but since onboard sound using the Realtek CODECs has become commonplace on motherboards they have become a lot less mainstream. The Sound Blaster Z series of cards such as the ZxR were the last proper high end sound cards that the company made, with the current AE-5 and AE-5 Pure being aimed more at the gaming market, but that is set to change now.

ASUS ROG Announces the Rapture GT-AX11000 – World’s First Tri-band 802.11ax Router

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Wi-Fi gaming router is now available. Featuring support for the latest 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) standard, which includes a variety of new technologies that improve Wi-Fi speed and increase network capacity and coverage, ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 satisfies gamers’ demands for ultrafast, networking performance and reliability. As a gaming router, it also offers numerous additional features designed to provide the best online gaming experiences, including triple-level gaming acceleration to reduce ping times and provide low latency gameplay, Game Radar to let gamers find the best game server before connecting, Open NAT for simple, three-step port forwarding and dynamic frequency selection (DFS) to avoid interference from other wireless devices.

11 December 2018 – Reviews Around the Web

CASES ● Antec Torque TechPowerUp

COOLING ● CPU Coolers for AMD Threadripper ComputerBase German

PERIPHERALS ● 1stplayer Bullet Hunter MK6 Keyboard TweakTown

SOUND ● SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Headset TweakTown ● Razer Nommo 2.0 PC Gaming Speakers NAG

Rage 2 is Not Coming to Steam

GAMING

Most of us has played the 2010 hit Rage. The post-apocalyptic game that looked like a mix between Mad Max and Borderlands. Personally I was a big fan, and I found the game to be a really fun, open-world shmup. Since its end I’ve been looking forward to the sequel, and now it’s here! But it may no be coming to Steam. Yay.

New Trailer and Release Date for 3DMark Port Royal Ray Tracing Benchmark

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3DMark Port Royal is the world’s first dedicated real-time ray tracing benchmark for gamers. You can use Port Royal to test and compare the real-time ray tracing performance of any graphics card that supports Microsoft DirectX Raytracing.

Introducing the S-Charge for Nintendo Switch

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The ultimate accessory for non-stop gaming fun on the Nintendo Switch has arrived – S-Charge. Incorporating a high capacity battery, improved kickstand and two game card slots, the S-Charge is an extension to your existing device that easily clasps around it.

TP-Link Introduces Two Powerful, Next-Generation WiFi Routers that Support New 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) Wireless Standard

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TP-Link , a leading global provider of consumer and business networking products, today unveiled two new groundbreaking WiFi routers-the Archer AX6000 and the Archer AX11000. Both routers support the new 802.11ax wireless standard, also known as WiFi 6.

10 December 2018 – Reviews Around the Web

CASES ● Thermaltake Level 20 GT TomsHardware

PERIPHERALS ● HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard HardwareInside German

MONITORS ● MSI Optix MAG271CR KitGuru German

STORAGE ● Asustor AS4004T NAS TweakTown ● QNAP TS-963X NAS TweakTown ● ADATA SX8200 Pro 512GB SSD Vortez ● Samsung 860 QVO 1TB SSD ComputerBase German

3DMark Port Royal Release Date and Pricing Revealed

NEWS

Further information has been released by UL Benchmarks on the next addition to 3DMark which we look at recently titled Port Royal, which introduces DirectX 12’s DirectX Raytracing (DXR) to the benchmark suite.

NZXT Announces Limited Edition NZXT Pan Puck

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NZXT and PUBG Corporation today announced that two icons of PC gaming, the NZXT Puck and the Pan from PUBG, are together at last. The perfect addition to any gaming battlestation, the NZXT Pan Puck will bash your cable management woes while securely storing any audio headset. With the NZXT Pan Puck your headset is always ready for when you drop into the heat of battle.

ENERMAX Launches LIQTECH II, Universal AIO Liquid Cooler

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ENERMAX, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance PC hardware products, announces the launch of a new all-in-one liquid cooler series, LIQTECH II. Responding the market demand of cooling solution for high-end CPUs, LIQTECH II can deliver enthusiast-grade cooling capacity of 500+ watts (TDP) and is compatible with both Intel and AMD sockets (except AMD sTR4).

9 December 2018 – Reviews Around the Web

CASES ● Corsair Obsidian 500D HardwareCooking French

GRAPHICS CARDS ● ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 O8G HardwareCooking French

PERIPHERALS ● Dark Project ME3 Mouse TechPowerUp

SOUND ● Creative Sound BlasterX G6 7.1 External DAC HardwareAsylum

STORAGE ● ADATA SX8200 Pro 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD TechPowerUp

Mortal Kombat 11 – Official Announce Trailer – PS4

GAMING

Mortal Kombat is back and better than ever in the next evolution of the iconic franchise. The all new Custom Character Variations give you unprecedented control to customize the fighters

Ashen – XBOX ONE – Launch Trailer

GAMING

Ashen is an open world co-op action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. This is a world where nothing lasts, no matter how tightly you cling to it. At its core, Ashen is about forging relationships. Players can guide those they trust to their camp – together, you might just

Dead by Daylight – Darkness Among Us – Launch Trailer

GAMING

When teenagers get involved with an impulsive mastermind, they discover an addictive kind of freedom. Together, they spiral out of control and become the wrong kind of crowd.

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – Launch Trailer – PS4

GAMING

What happens when you drop into a desert surrounded by enemies? You Loot, Fight, and Swing a pan to the top in PUBG for PS4!

8 December 2018 – Reviews Around the Web

GRAPHICS CARDS ● AORUS GeForce RTX 2070 XTREME 8G NAG

MEMORY ● Team Group XCalibur RGB 16GB DDR4-3600 Hexus

MOBILE ● Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro AnandTech

MONITORS ● AOC I1601FWUX Portable KitGuru ● MSI Optix MAG27CQ and MPG27CQ TechSpot

MOTHERBOARDS ● Supermicro X11SCA-W AnandTech

STORAGE ● Seagate BarraCuda 500 GB SSD AnandTech ● LaCie Rugged RAID Pro Tweaktown