Tuesday, May 31st 2016

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A Yacht-shaped Case from Lian-Li This Computex

Lian Li has a tradition of launching at least one off-beat, entirely unexpected case each year at Computex, to show off its design prowess. This year's offering is the PC-Y6. Available in white (PC-Y6W) and black (PC-Y6B), this yacht-shaped case made of aluminium and tempered glass, has a more boutique (less practical) design for its volume.

It measures 764 mm x 293 mm x 259 mm (WxHxD), and takes up as much space as a mid-tower. What it can enclose, though, is a mini-ITX motherboard, a video card as long as 30 cm, a CPU cooler as tall as 6 cm, a standard ATX PSU, and two each of 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives. There just the one 120 mm front fan mount. The rest of it is mostly open-air. This case could make for an interesting and functional prop in the luxury suite of an actual cruise ship, or a yacht.

Lian-Li Shows Off Two New High-Wattage SFX-L PSUs

Lian Li is nurturing the SFX-L form-factor of power supplies, with two new [relatively] high-Wattage PSUs. These include the 750W PE-750, and the 550W PE-550. These PSUs feature fully modular cabling, minimizing the cable clutter in your compact case, and boast of 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, APFC, and most common electrical protections. The PE-750 has enough cabling for a dual graphics card build, while the PE-550 has cabling for a single graphics card build with a high-end GPU. Both PSUs use 120 mm fans that spin only beyond a load/temperature threshold.

Lian Li PC-O8SW All Tempered Glass Chassis Pictured

The PC-O8SW is a unique new case from Lian Li, with internal vertical compartmentalization that looks seamless from the outside, covered with tinted tempered glass on the front and side panels, while aluminium lines the top, rear, and bottom panels. Inside, you get room for an E-ATX motherboard, 29 cm long video cards, 16 cm tall CPU coolers, 420 x 140 mm radiators and more. The three tempered glass panels are supported by aluminium pillars with a brushed aluminium exterior finish.

Lian Li PC-09WRX Pictured Up Close

Tinted tempered glass appears to be the cool new material at Lian Li, and Computex in general. The traditionally aluminium case maker dressed most of its cases in the hot new material. Our tour of the booth begins with the PC-09WRX. This may not be the first dual-compartment case, but looks distinct, in that its left (motherboard tray) compartment is made almost entirely of tempered glass, while its right (PSU, drives) compartment almost entirely of aluminium. The left compartment is larger, to make room for more of the liquid cooling gear you want to show off.

The motherboard tray supports large E-ATX boards, besides common form-factors. It has room for graphics cards as long as 29 cm, and CPU coolers as tall as 29 cm. You can mount 360 mm x 120 mm radiators on both the front and top panels of this compartment. The right compartment can hold PSUs as long as 29 cm, and features six 3.5-inch drive bays, which are each convertible to 2.5-inch, and two other 2.5-inch bays. As expected, the case features an RGB LED kit.

Nanoxia Basic 1 Case Pictured

Nanoxia of the DeepSilence fame is now an established player in the casing and cooling space. The company's new entry-level case, the Basic 1, was shown off the crowds at Computex. As its name suggests, this ATX mid-tower covers all the basics of a 2016 gaming PC build, and then some. A striking new feature is its HDD hot-swap cage with five 2.5-inch bays, that's accessible from the front panel, by removing a panel cover.

AeroCool Also Intros the P7-C1 Line of Cases

The third component of AeroCool's brand unifying Project 7 series, is the case, with the company designing the P7-C1. This case is characterized by its hexagonal shaped front, with pointed top and bottom panels, and the chassis being suspended on two supporting feet, a la CM Cosmos. It's larger than most mid-towers, and closer to the league of full-towers. Primed for liquid cooling the cases feature bottom-mounted drive bays, freeing up the entire top compartment for the motherboard and your arsenal of liquid cooling components. AeroCool is preparing several variants of this case, based on primary color, LED color, and whether the case features a tempered-glass side-panel, or a more conventional SECC panel with acrylic window.

Aerocool Also Unveils Project 7 Liquid Cooling Solutions

It looks like Aerocool's Project 7 covers a wider range of products than PSUs, extending to even liquid cooling. The company unveiled a mixture of closed-loop coolers and DIY liquid cooling parts under the banner. To begin with, there's the P7-W240C, which is a closed loop cooler with a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator, and a pump-block, with a regulator. It looks all too DIY, but is factory-fitted closed-loop. Next up, is the P7-W240 Pro, which appears to be a set of compatible parts so you can build a simple loop of your own, complete with a CPU block, a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator, and a cylindrical reservoir.

AeroCool Project 7 Series PSUs Pictured

AeroCool announced the Project 7 (P7) line of power supplies, which comes in three key output capacities - 550W (P7-P550), 650W (P7-P650), 750W (P7-P750), and 850W (P7-P850). The three boast of 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, single +12V rail design, fully modular cabling, flat cables, and RGB LED-lit temperature-activated 140 mm spinners cooling the unit.

Patriot Announces New Viper DDR4 SODIMM

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of high performance computer memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals, consumer flash storage solutions and mobile accessories, today announced the release of the Viper DDR4 SODIMM. Designed to support gaming laptops and small form factor systems, such as the Intel NUC, to make gaming more accessible while on the go and free up desk space, the Viper SODIMM will provide a solid system upgrade.

The Viper DDR4 SODIMMs will be available individually in capacities of 8GB and 16GB and in dual kits of 16GB (2x8GB) and 32GB (2x16GB). With speeds ranging from 2400MHz to 2800MHz, the Viper SODIMMs will provide users with faster load times and improved response rates. The new Viper DDR4 SODIMMs also feature a high performance heat shield for superior heat dissipation to ensure solid performance during the most grueling gaming session with a low profile that offers flexibility to fit easily into virtually any system.

MSI Gaming Z and Gaming X Differentiated Some More

We found out more information on what sets MSI Gaming Z series graphics cards apart from the Gaming X series. The Gaming X series cards, such as the GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X, which was part of the company's first wave of GTX 1080 cards, is the middle grade of the Gaming series. The Gaming Z series (such as the GTX 1080 Gaming Z, which is coming soon), is the top-tier variant.

The Gaming X GTX 1080 features double ball bearing fans, a few gamer-specific features though MSI Gaming Control Center, a back-plate, and a significant factory OC. The Gaming Z, on the other hand, gives you all the features of the Gaming X, but higher clock speeds, and a custom RGB LED setup lining the top logo and an MSI "Dragon" logo on the back-plate.

GeIL Also Shows Off the DDR4 Dragon RAM

This is one of the rare exhibits that stands out due to its minimalism, the GeIL Dragon RAM. Ideal for builders who want to hassle the HOF (GALAX Hall of Fame), the Dragon RAM features an all-white PCB, with white stickers over the DRAM chips, and a white upper PCB layer peeled off in the shape of a dragon, to expose a slightly lower golden copper layer, and a blue SMT LED near the dragon's eyes making for a subtle touch. The Dragon RAM will be available in speeds of up to DDR4-3400, and densities of up to 16 GB, making up 64 GB quad-channel kits. We expect it to be one of GeIL's more affordable modules.

GeIL EVO X Memory With Split PCB Pictured

Here are some of the first pictures of GeIL EVO-X memory with its HILM (hybrid independent light module) active. GeIL essentially split the module into two PCBs, one being the more expensive, multi-layer DIMM PCB, and the other being a fewer-layered PCB holding the RGB LED lighting, with its independent power input. That's right, EVO-X is one of the first memory modules that don't use DIMM voltage to power lighting. They instead feature a tiny power input on the lighting PCB, which draws power from any vacant USB 2.0 header you may have on your motherboard (and also interfacing with your OS to let you configure the color. The EVO-X is available in reasonably high speeds such as DDR4-3866, and in densities of up to 8 GB per module.

EpicGear Unveils Defiant White RGB Mechanical Keyboard

EpicGear unveiled the White RGB variant of its Defiant mechanical keyboard. This keyboard combines a black rubberized palm-rest with a matte bright white face-plate, and slightly off-white keys that have Cherry MX RGB switches under them. Each key can be made to light up in a different color. The keyboard features a simple 104-key set, with Function key enabling more media keys, but also includes a mouse scroll-wheel that acts like a volume control, and which you can push to mute/unmute. The company also showed off a gunmetal trim of this keyboard.

ASUS Unveils ROG XG2 Graphics Enclosure

ASUS unveiled a Republic of Gamers branded XG2 external graphics enclosure, which uses bandwidth from two USB 3.1 ports to power not just a high-end graphics card, but also additional connectivity such as a pair of USB 3.0 type-A ports, and gigabit Ethernet. One source tells us that the USB 3.1 ports are bi-directional, and can be used to increase bandwidth to the enclosure. A single Thunderbolt 3 port provides the same amount of bandwidth, but is known to post higher latencies due to protocol layer.

Intel Announces the Core i7 "Broadwell-E" HEDT Processor Series

Intel today announced the Core i7 "Broadwell-E" processor series. Built in the socket LGA2011v3 package, these chips work with motherboards based on the Intel X99 Express chipset, some boards may require BIOS updates to support these chips. At the heart of the lineup is the 14 nm "Broadwell-E" silicon. Intel is launching not three but four SKUs, including two six-core, one eight-core, and one ten-core.

The lineup begins with the Core i7-6800K. This six-core chip features 15 MB of L3 cache, 3.40 GHz clocks with 3.60 GHz Turbo Boost, 28 PCI-Express lanes, and a price of US $434. Next up, is the Core i7-6850K, which is also a six-core chip with 15 MB L3 cache, but features slightly higher clock speeds of 3.60 GHz with 3.80 Turbo Boost, but more importantly, features the full 40 PCI-Express lanes of the silicon. The Core i7-6850K is priced at US $617. Further up the lineup is the Core i7-6900K, with eight cores, 20 MB L3 cache, 3.20 GHz clocks with 3.70 GHz maximum Turbo Boost, and a price of $1,089. The price-per-core dramatically shoots up from here, as we get to the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition, the jewel in Intel's crown, featuring ten cores, 25 MB of L3 cache, 3.00 GHz clocks with 3.50 GHz Turbo Boost, and a wallet-scorching $1,723 price.

G.Skill Unveils RipJaws KM770 and KM570 MX Keyboards

G.Skill unveiled two new additions to its RipJaws gaming keyboard lineup, the KM770 and the KM550 MX (pictured in that order). The KM770 offers RGB lighting though Cherry MX RGB keys, Full NKRO with 100% anti-ghosting, the ability to reprogram every single key, dedicated media and macro keys, and an LED volume display. The KM550, on the other hand, features a simpler layout, with media keys bound to the Function key, and a single reddish orange key illumination. This keyboard comes in a variety of Cherry MX switch options.

G.Skill Unveils RipJaws Platinum High End PSU Series

G.Skill unveiled three RipJaws Platinum series high-Wattage PSUs. These include the 1200W PS1200P, the 1250W PS1250P, and the 850W PS850P. As their names might suggest, the three boast of 80 Plus Platinum efficiency. The three feature single +12V rail design, DC-to-DC switching, and 135 mm temperature-activated fans. The PS1250W and PS850W are slightly more advanced, in that they feature ripple-suppression capacitors in the 24-pin, 4+4-pin and PCIe cables; and ECO Optimized fan-control. All three feature fully-modular cabling. The 850W model is recommend for gaming PCs with up to three video cards; while the 1200W and 1250W models go well with even more cards.

GALAX Hall of Fame Custom-design SLI HB Bridge Pictured

Here's the first picture of a custom-design SLI HB (high-bandwidth) bridge by GALAX. With NVIDIA recommending a new kind of SLI bridge for NVIDIA "Pascal" GPUs to give you the smoothest possible display at high-resolutions, NVIDIA partners have taken it upon themselves to launch SLI HB bridges (which you purchase separately, of course). Following last night's MSI Gaming SLI HB reveal, we have the GALAX Hall of Fame SLI HB bridge in our hands. There's not much to the bridge besides a white PCB, two SLI contact slots with metal reinforcements, and a white LED lighting up a GALAX HOF logo on the bridge's shroud. The bridge has a 2U spacing (allowing for 1-slot gap between two dual-slot graphics cards).

G.Skill Intros Trident Z DDR4-4500 Memory in 8GB and DDR4-3466 128GB Kit

G.Skill introduced one of the fastest 8 GB density memory modules, with the Trident Z DDR4-4500. Available in 16 GB kits of two 8 GB modules, this DIMM achieves its advertised speeds at timings of 16-16-16-36, although its voltage is still under the wraps. The company also showed off a gargantuan 128 GB quad-channel memory kit with eight 16 GB DDR4-3466 modules (one of the highest speeds for the 16 GB density). This kit too is timed at 16-16-16-36 to achieve its rated speeds.

PowerColor DevilBox XConnect Enclosure Pictured

PowerColor showed off its external graphics enclosure for AMD Radeon graphics cards that take advantage of AMD XConnect technology, the DevilBox. This is more than a graphics enclosure. It plugs into the host machine over a 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 connection, and puts out not just a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot for a wide range of graphics cards, but also provides a SATA 6 Gb/s port for a 2.5-inch internal drive bay, two USB 3.1 ports (one each of type-A and type-C), four USB 3.0, and a wired gigabit Ethernet connection. Powering it all is an internal 500W power supply. You can drop in any high-end, air-cooled graphics card, including the Radeon R9 Fury, and the GeForce GTX TITAN X. Topping it all off is RGB internal lighting. Why not.

PowerColor Next-Gen LCS Liquid Cooling Solutions Pictured

PowerColor is ready with its next-generation LCS (liquid cooling system) VGA cooling solutions. The first one in the series is a close-loop all-in-one solution for single-GPU cards, which consists of a pump+block, plumbed to a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator (at least for this prototype). Much of the liquid cooling parts have "GamerStorm" design language, hinting at DeepCool being the OEM. This single-GPU cooler could be launched with upcoming "Polaris" graphics cards. Don't let the radiator size be any indication of the upcoming chip's thermal characteristics.

Also unveiled is a new full-coverage water block for dual-GPU graphics cards hinting at the possibility of a custom-design Radeon Pro Duo by PowerColor being under development. The block appears to be more than 1-slot thick, and uses the additional volume for two independent coolant channels, so one GPU doesn't get second-hand coolant from another GPU.

ZADAK511 Also Announces a Trio of SSDs

It's becoming clear that the running theme for Computex 2016 is "Must RGB Every Possible Thing!" Take ZADAK511 Shield RGB, for example. It's a solid-state drive with RGB LEDs embedded, which you can control by plugging it not just into your usual SATA interface, but also a USB 2.0 header on your motherboard. The 10 mm (12 mm?) thick drive is meant for open-air benches, or cases in which every component of your build is in plain sight - including the SSD. The design language from the Shield DDR4 memory carries over. For the more restrained enthusiasts who just want a 7 mm-thick drive, ZADAK511 has a more plain looking drive with a brushed aluminium finish.

ZADAK511 Unveils its First DDR4 Memory Kit

ZADAK511 is a new enthusiast hardware brand that's taking flight from Computex 2016. The company partnered with HWBot to launch a new memory overclocking challenge. At Computex, the company launched its first enthusiast memory kit, the ZADAK511 Shield DDR4-3000. You see a characteristic silver-on-black neo-Gothic stylic on all the company's products launched. The memory does DDR4-3000 at timings of 16-18-18-38, although its voltage is unknown. The company apparently also has a DDR4-4266 kit, which it's giving away in the HWBot contest. So far, we've only seen 4 GB densities on these modules.

Noctua Unveils Prototype Large Socket Heatsink for Xeon and Opteron Chips

Noctua unveiled a prototype fin-stack heatsink for very large CPU socket types, such as Intel Socket P (LGA3647) and AMD SP3, powering chips such as Intel Xeon Phi "Knights Landing," and upcoming AMD Opteron SP3 32-core SoCs. There will be 3U and 4U versions of this heatsink, supporting NF-A9 (92 mm) and NF-F12 (120 mm) fans. The heatsink is just a very large aluminium fin-stack, to which heat drawn from the base is fed by seven 8 mm thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes.

Noctua Readies AMD Socket AM4 Upgrade Kit

Noctua is among the first CPU cooler manufacturers to develop a retention kit for the upcoming AMD socket AM4. There are three versions of this, compatible with all existing Noctua coolers, except D0 series and NH-L9i series. This means that even 10-year old heatsinks from Noctua should be able to cool next-gen AMD chips. Noctua will be giving these away for free to all existing customers (proof of purchase required).

Noctua Adds a Splash of Color With the Chromax Heatsink Covers

Noctua is adding a splash of color with the unveiling of Project Chromax, a company initiative to develop products with color elements. The first of its kind is a line were colorful rubber spacers or their fans and now has been expanded to include heatsink covers. These devices strap onto your heatsink fin-stacks, and give the coolers your choice of three colors: red, yellow or white. Initially, Noctua will launch heatsink covers for the NH-D15S and the NH-U12S coolers.

Noctua Shows Off New A-series 200 mm Fan

Noctua's fabled 200 mm A-series fan is closer to market availability, with the company greatly refining its design. In its latest prototype, the fan features a new fiberglass impeller. Fiberglass is chosen over ABS plastic as it is 26% lighter. A 200 mm ABS plastic impeller would need greater torque on the motor to get going at acceptable speeds. The motor features a larger 4 mm-dia chrome-steel axis (33% more bearing surface), and SSO2 ball bearing. Other features common along Noctua fan prototypes, such as acoustic optimization along the frame, a stepped inlet design, and vibration dampening pads are carried over.

Noctua Also Announced 15 mm Thick 80 mm, 70 mm, and 50 mm Fans

Noctua is extending the A-series 15 mm thick form-factor to several other sizes, including the popular 80 mm, 70 mm, 60 mm, and 50 mm. All four come with 20 mm thick frame adapter, should you run into trouble installing them. Much like the slim A-series 120 mm fan, these fans feature acoustic-optimized frames, double ball-bearing motors, 5V and 12V inputs (including PWM controls), and frosted translucent frames and impellers.

Noctua Unveils a Prototype 120 mm Slim Fan

Noctua unveiled a prototype slim 120 mm fan. The fan is just 15 mm thick (25 mm is the most common thickness for 120 mm fans). The fan features a metal reinforced hub, to make sure the hub and its four support structures don't disfigure over time. The motor features double ball bearing. The frame features a design that minimizes noise from the whiplash of the impeller. The frame further features rubber padding along the mount holes, to dampen vibration. Noctua did not put out fan-speed and air-flow numbers for this fan.

Cougar Unveils the Revenger and 550M RGB Gaming Mice

Cougar also brought two new gaming mice to Computex, with its flagship Revenger, and the new 550M RGB. The Revenger packs a 12,000 dpi sensor, a programmable trigger button next to six other programmable buttons, 1000 Hz polling rate, 1 ms response time, 512 KB onboard memory to store button maps, and two independent RGB lighting zones (one over the company logo, and another near the buttons). The 550M RGB, on the other hand, is a variant of the 550M, featuring the same 2-zone RGB LED system, while the rest of its feature-set is identical to the original 550M.

Cougar Also Unveils the Ultimus and Attack X3 RGB Keyboards

Cougar brought two new mechanical gaming keyboards to the Computex floor, the Ultimus and Attack X3 RGB. The Ultimus features a simple and elegant design with an aluminium face-plate, a simple 104-key layout with Function key enabling various system macros, full N-key rollover in USB mode, and RGB LED lighting along its Cherry MX mechanical switches. The more familiar looking Attack X3 RGB is just a variant of the Attack X3, featuring RGB LED back-lighting the the keys. Not much else has changed from the original.

Cougar Panzer Series VR-Ready Cases Pictured

So "VR-Ready case" is apparently a thing. We immediately started looking for front-facing HDMI ports, but couldn't find any. Still, the Panzer MAX from Cougar is an impressive ATX full-tower, measuring 226 mm x 612 mm x 556 mm (WxHxD), with room for E-ATX and SSI-EEB motherboards, up to four 39 cm long graphics cards, four radiator bays, including 360 x 120 mm slots on the front and top panels; and front-panel fan controls. The case can hold up to six 2.5-inch SSDs or four 2.5-inchers + two 3.5-inch ones.

Also shown was its slightly smaller sibling, the Cougar Panzer. This ATX mid-tower seats conventional motherboard sizes, and measures 208 mm x 565 mm x 520 mm (WxHxD), with room for three 42.5 cm long graphics cards. Interestingly, it supports the same number of fans and radiators as the larger Panzer MAX.

ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4-4400 Memory Pictured

ADATA is ready with its flagship XPG Z1 memory module that belts out DDR4-4400 speeds. The modules achieve DDR4-4400 at timings of 17-19-19-39, although its DRAM voltage is not known. The module was demonstrated running at its marketed speeds. It's also interesting to note that the module doesn't use heatsinks or elaborate cooling to run at these speeds, and makes to with a rather thin heatspreader.

ADATA Also Unveils SR1030 Enterprise MLC SSD

ADATA also unveiled its SR1030 SSD targeted at workstation/enterprise builds. The drive ticks on a Seagate (ex-SandForce) SF-3514 processor, wired to 3D MLC NAND flash, and comes in capacities ranging between 128 GB to 1 TB, with sequential read/write performance rated at up to 560 MB/s reads, with up to 530 MB/s writes. You get a lot of SandForce-made features such as DuraWrite (garbage collection enhancement), Shield and RAISE (protection).

ADATA Launches Maxiotek Controller-based SU700 Value SSD

ADATA is a launch partner for Maxiotek MK8115 processor, a new entrant to the consumer SSD scene, with the new SU700 series. These drives will be ADATA's most affordable, and targeted at buyers upgrading from hard drives. The MK8115 is mated to synchronous Micron-made DRAM-less 3D TLC NAND flash memory, in capacities ranging up to 1 TB. ADATA put out CDM performance numbers for the drive, which clocks in at 554 MB/s sequential reads, and 529 MB/s sequential writes.

ADATA SX8000NP M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Pictured

ADATA showed off its flagship M.2 PCIe SSD lineup, the SX8000NP. These drives will target a price-performance sweetspot between the fastest SATA drives, and the enthusiast M.2 ones. They're driven by a Silicon Motion SMI2260H processor, wired to 3D (stacked) MLC NAND flash memory. This drive takes advantage of PCI-Express 3.0 x4, and the new NVMe protocol, to serve up sequential transfer rates of up to 2,000 MB/s reads, with up to 800 MB/s writes. ADATA put up its own CDM performance numbers for a 480 GB variant of this drive.
Monday, May 30th 2016

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Supermicro Also Unveils the C7X99-OCE Motherboard

In addition to the CZ170-OCE, Supermicro also unveiled the C7X99-OCE. This socket LGA2011v3 motherboard appears to be derived from one of its workstation boards. You can tell from the blank traces over where a remote management chip would normally rest. All that's changed is the PCB color (to black), the slots (blue+black), and more sporty looking heatsinks over the CPU VRM and the X99 PCH. The board covers all the basics of this platform, but gives you a pair of Intel-driven gigabit Ethernet connections, onboard OC fine-tuning buttons, and ten SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Missing in action is M.2 slots. We have no way of telling if Supermicro tucked away M.2 slots at the reverse side of the PCB.

Supermicro Unveils First LGA1151 Motherboard with PCIe Bridge Chip

Supermicro launched the first socket LGA1151 motherboard featuring a PCIe bridge chip that expands the board's lane budget, something that not even the $600 ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme features. The new CZ170-OCE from the traditionally server/workstation motherboard maker is based on Intel Z170 Express chipset, and features a PCI-Express gen 3.0 x48 bridge chip (likely the PLX PEX-8747), which takes the PCI-Express 3.0 x16 PEG port from the CPU, and puts out 32 lanes, which are wired to the board's three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.

The topmost slot runs at x16 full-time, while the middle and bottom slots are x8/x8 when both are populated (x16/NC/x16 or x16/x8/x8). The designers lavishly spent its remaining lane budget on two PCI-Express 3.0 x4 slots, and a 32 Gb/s M.2-22110 slot. Besides the 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Other modern connectivity includes two USB 3.1 ports (one each of type-A and type-C), two gigabit Ethernet connections (one driven by Intel I219V and another by Intel I210-AT), HD audio, and four other USB 3.0 ports.

Inno3D Unveils GeForce GTX 1070 iChill X3

Inno3D also unveiled its fastest GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, the GTX 1070 iChill X3. This card is based on a custom-design PCB by Inno3D, which draws power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors, featuring a strong VRM to support the card's high factory overclock. It features the same triple-fan >2-slot cooling solution as the one featured on the GTX 1080 iChill X3. It features an easy to open cooler shroud, which lets you clean the fans and heatsink from time to time. The card's clock speeds are unknown at this point. The card could go on sale later in June.

Inno3D Liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 1080 iChill Black Pictured, Too

Here's the first picture of Inno3D's flagship GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, the GTX 1080 iChill Black. Based on the reference NVIDIA PCB, the card features a liquid+air hybrid cooling solution by Arctic, the Arctic Accelero Hybrid S. It relies on a factory-fitted, closed-loop AIO block with a 120 mm x 120 mm radiator, to cool the 180W TDP GPU, while using heatsinks and a single 70 mm blower to cool the VRM and memory chips. In all likelihood, this product could be positioned above the GTX 1080 iChill X4.
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