Friday, April 19th 2019

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Gaming PC
Headphones
Keyboards
Memory
Monitors
Networking
PSUs
SSD
Digital Storm Lynx (i7 9700K + RTX 2070)

Digital Storm Lynx (i7 9700K + RTX 2070)

Digital Storm looks to please with the Lynx Ultimate Gaming PC. Featuring a balanced build with exceptional attention to detail, this fully loaded system delivers solid performance with a heavy dose of RGB illumination.

Digital Storm and TechPowerUp Present Lynx Gaming Desktop Giveaway

Digital Storm is one of North America's most respected pre-built gaming desktop brands. They've partnered with TechPowerUp to bring residents of the US and Canada a unique chance to bring home a fully-loaded, 4K-capable gaming desktop, the Digital Storm Lynx. The machine up for grabs is powered by an Intel Core i7-9700K 8-core processor, 16 GB of DDR4-3200 dual-channel memory, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics. Other key pieces of hardware include Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB NVMe SSD, and a 750-Watt PSU by Corsair, all packed into a custom case by Digital Storm with RGB LED embellishments. How fast is it? We just reviewed a Digital Storm Lynx with this exact configuration for you. Its brand-new twin could be yours. Sounds good? All you have to do is fill up a short form to help us contact you if you've won. Digital Storm pays for shipping and customs. Open from today (19th April), the Giveaway ends on the 29th of April, 2019.
For more information, and to participate, visit this page.

BIOSTAR and TechPowerUp Gaming Ready Motherboard Giveaway: The Winners

BIOSTAR and TechPowerUp brought you a chance to win one of two AMD platform motherboards with unique design and feature-sets. The Giveaway period is up, and the results are in! Among the prizes are the BIOSTAR Racing B450GT3, a formidable socket AM4 motherboard in the micro-ATX form-factor designed to be the foundation of a highly capable gaming PC build, and the BIOSTAR A10N-8800E, which packs an embedded AMD A10-8800E processor to everyday tasks and casual gaming. Without further ado, the Winners:
  • Dumitru from Romania, wins the BIOSTAR Racing B450GT3
  • Rene from Denmark, wins the BIOSTAR A10N-8800E
A huge Congratulations to the Winners!
Thursday, April 18th 2019

Today's Reviews

Cooling
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Keyboards
Monitors
Mouse
NAS
Processors
PSUs
SSD
Storage
HyperX Pulsefire Core

HyperX Pulsefire Core

The Pulsefire Core is HyperX's budget option for a gaming mouse, but according to its specifications, it can easily compete with more expensive mice. It features a 6,200 CPI PixArt PAW3327 optical sensor, Omron switches rated for 20 million clicks, 7 programmable buttons and customizable RGB lighting—all for less than 30 dollars.

Thermaltake Rolls Out Floe Riing RGB 360 TR4 Edition CPU Cooler

Thermaltake today rolled out the Floe Riing RGB 360 TR4 Edition, a variant of this closed-loop liquid CPU cooler for AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. Although its pump-block has the same dimensions as the original Floe Riing series, the TR4 Edition features an enlarged, rectangular copper base for more coverage of the Ryzen Threadripper integrated heatspreader (IHS).

The cooler features a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator with three included Riing Plus RGB TT Premium Edition fans, which each spin between 1,000 to 2,000 RPM, pushing 26.35 to 54.42 CFM of air-flow, with a noise output ranging between 21.8 to 33 dBA. The three fans and the pump-block feature 16.7 million-color addressable RGB embellishments, which are controlled by the included addressable RGB LED controller. The cooler can handle high enough thermal loads to support 250W TDP Threadripper WX processors with high core-counts. TR4 is also the only socket type supported by this cooler. The company didn't reveal pricing.

NVIDIA Adding 7 "G-Sync Compatible" Monitors to Its Listing on April 23rd

NVIDIA has confirmed that seven new monitors will be receiving the "G-Sync Compatible" badge come April 23rd. These FreeSync monitors have thus been certified by NVIDIA to work flawlessly with their implementation of VRR outside of the need of a dedicated, expensive G-Sync module.

Three of these monitors are manufactured by Acer (KG271 Bbmiipx, XF240H Bmjdpr, and XF270H Bbmiiprx), one from LG (27GK750F (AUSUMPM / BKRUMPN)), one from ASUS (VG248QG), one from Gigabyte (Aorus AD27QD) and finally, one from AOPEN (27HC1R Pbidpx). If you are rocking any of these alongside an NVIDIA graphics card, you can enable VRR already, but for those who still haven't done so, know that your is one of the lucky few monitors to have NVIDIA's compatibility badge.

Sapphire To Launch Gold RX 590 Nitro+ for AMD's 50th Anniversary

Yes, we know that AMD's graphics division anniversary really isn't on its 50th year - ATI's acquisition, the true spirit behind AMD's graphics prowess, occurred back in 2006. However, that doesn't mean AMD's graphics aren't deserving of special commemorative editions. Sapphire have taken it upon themselves to celebrate the occasion with a gold-colored RX 590 graphics card.

The leak came over from one of my own homecountry's webshops, with a full product page that has since been taken down. There is no difference between this card and the usual blue RX 590 Nitro+ - the devil is in the color, so to say. Reference clocks remain the same at 1560 MHz core, and the cooling solution is the same. In Portuguese prices, the pricing difference seems to amount to some extra €25 for the limited edition graphics card. Whether the pricing difference is enough to warrant the additional investment should go according to your own mileage.

ADATA Launches XPG SPECTRIX D60G DDR4 Memory Module

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules, NAND Flash products, and mobile accessories today announces the launch of the SPECTRIX D60G DDR4 memory module. The XPG SPECTRIX D60G DDR4 memory features a unique dual RGB light diffuser design that gives it the largest RGB surface area of any memory module! What's more, it sports a wide frequency range from 3200-4133MHz and supports Intel XMP 2.0 profiles for easy overclocking.

The D60G sports more RGB lighting per mm² than any other memory module out there, which equates to over 60% of the module's surface area. The fully exposed light diffusers are extra-wide for maximum effect, and combined with a mesmerizing multi-colored flow effect users will outshine their competition! The unique avant-garde styling of the D60G will also turn heads. It includes XPG's signature X-light design with a diamond-inspired, multi-faceted surface that is a cut above the rest.

Ubisoft Makes "Assassin's Creed Unity" Free in Honor of Notre-Dame de Paris

As the smoke clears on the events that unfolded on Monday at the Notre-Dame de Paris, we stand in solidarité with our fellow Parisians and everyone around the world moved by the devastation the fire caused. Notre-Dame is an integral part of Paris, a city to which we are deeply connected. Seeing the monument in peril like this affected us all.

In light of Monday's events, Ubisoft will be donating €500,000 to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Cathedral. We encourage all of you who are interested to donate as well. In addition, we want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame the best way we know how. For one week, we will be giving Assassin's Creed Unity away free on PC, for anyone who wants to enjoy it. You can download it now for Uplay PC.

Intel Courting Samsung to Manufacture Xe GPUs?

Intel's Xe discrete GPU project head Raja Koduri recently visited a Samsung Electronics silicon fabrication facility in Korea at the backdrop of the company's major 5 nm EUV announcement. This sparks speculation that Koduri could be exploring Samsung's portfolio of sub-10 nm contract-manufacturing offerings to mass-produce Xe discrete GPUs. Intel's own foundry business is reeling with mounting pressure from the company's main breadwinner, the client and enterprise processor businesses, to get its 10 nm node on the road. Koduri's GPU would need to leverage higher transistor densities than what Intel's 10 nm could offer, given that rival AMD is already implementing 7 nm, and NVIDIA is expected to go sub-10 nm with its future generation of GPUs.
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