Who is Eluktronics?
You would be forgiven if you asked who Eluktronics is. To be fair, I was actually looking for a completely different NVMe drive when I stumbled across them. On the other hand, I’m glad I did. The company looks like it became an official business in 2011. All considering, that’s incredibly young even for a tech biz. The large portion of their products seems to come from laptops. If you’ve ever wanted a BYO option for a gaming laptop, this is the company to check out. I might address that more later, but let’s get back to the NVMe drive. Continue reading “This Affordable 1TB NVMe Drive is from… Eluktronics?”
Solid State Reliability
Samsung has always had a good reputation for reliability. Since the Pro Endurance is leaning heavily on longevity, it’s a good thing that it has a strong name behind it. However, this microSD card isn’t going to take the crown in the speed competition. The real question we want to answer is how well this card holds up to its specs, and how well it costs in comparison to the market. We want to give a huge thank you to Samsung for providing the sample in this review. Continue reading “Samsung MicroSD Pro Endurance 128GB Card Review”
More Arctic in the US
If you don’t know Arctic Cooling, now is a great time to get acquainted. The company has some impressive CPU cooling designs that focus on performance. They may not be the company for flashy RGB right now. On the other hand, it’s one of the great things about them. In fact, the Liquid Freezer line of CLCs has great performance at a great price as well. The opening of a warehouse in Florence, SC should help with better product availability in North America. Continue reading “Arctic Cooling Serving North America, Opens in Florence SC”
The Mother of All Boards
I’m a huge fan of Gigabyte’s Aorus branding. The latest addition to their lineup is the X399 Aorus Xtreme motherboard. Since Threadripper Gen 2 is about to release, it makes sense that we’ll see some board refreshes. It looks like the Xtreme pulls out all the stops. The design continues what the X470 Gaming 7 introduced in fins on the heat sinks, RGB covers and addressable lighting. That said, there is a large gamut of solid performance features as well. Continue reading “Gigabyte X399 Aorus Motherboard, Definition of Xtreme”
Intro to LIQTech TR4 II
With Threadripper Gen 2 on the horizon, CPU cooling is becoming a subject of importance. Enermax introduced the LIQTech TR4 as a solution for the large IHS on the chip. Now, AMD isn’t the only company with a redesign. The LIQTech TR4 II can support 500W+ TDP of cooling, which should help with overclocking as well. The pump has a 450 l/h flow rate, a huge amount for a CLC unit. All around, the features are great for Threadripper, but I theorize that these same features could improve cooling performance for all CLCs. Continue reading “Enermax LIQTech TR4 II for Threadripper Cooling”
Update: Pre-Orders Available, Official Name
AMD just announced that the 2nd gen Threadripper series is available for pre-order. We also have an official name for the flagship chip, the 2990WX. I am not gonna lie here. I don’t understand the addition of the “W” there. Still, the important news is that crazy Cinebench score. According to the press release, the flagship CPU scored 7618 when overclocked to 5.1 GHz. This isn’t the chip for everyone’s gaming PC, but it’s great for professionals. Deep down inside, we all probably want one though. Continue reading “Specs Leak on AMD Threadripper 2990WX is Just Insane”
There have been multiple reports of the CPU giant releasing a new SSD. The Intel 660p NVMe SSD will be priced extremely competitively. In fact, it is merely cents away from being at the typical price per GB factor that you get with SATA drives. Is now the time that SATA finally dies? Continue reading “Is This The Death of SATA? Ft. Intel 660p NVMe SSDs”
ChinaJoy Say What?
The SUBOR announcement is something you would think would make a huge splash. AMD has a new gaming console? That’s big news! That said, announcing a new console at ChinaJoy may not mean a whole lot to you. It might help if I told you that this particular trade show is the largest gaming and digital entertainment show in Asia. The company is actually called Subor, but the console appears to have the same name. This is a new gaming PC expected to launch later this year in China. Continue reading “Could New AMD SUBOR with Ryzen/Vega Come to SFF?”
Software News? Really!?!
Look! I get it. This is a hardware site and you probably want hardware news. But here me out. NZXT has been doing great things with their CAM software. Forge is a company that specializes in capturing and sharing PC game play. If you put two and two together, it looks like NZXT is heading towards making a capture device that doesn’t hamper gaming performance during use. Continue reading “NZXT Acquisition of Forge Has Interesting Ramifications”
Less than Stellar Releases
When AMD first announced the chipsets for Ryzen, the B350 should have caught most everyone’s eye. It would still handle the premium features of other boards with overclocking and connection options. However, less PCIe lanes meant that it would only have what the majority of builders needed. A buyer could save some money, but still have excellent performance. That said, B350 boards axed too many high end features to make them worth it in comparison to X370. The B450 chipset was looking to have similar problems with most manufacturers, but Aorus stood out from the crowd. Continue reading “Gigabyte Launches Perfect Aorus B450 Motherboard”