Friday, August 16th 2019

Today's Reviews

Gaming PC
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Memory
Motherboards
Networking
Notebooks
Processors
PSUs
SSD
Storage
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WiFi)

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WiFi)

Need a break from the relentless AMD coverage? The ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WiFi) is a premium Z390 motherboard from ASUS that promises top-tier performance and a classic ROG aesthetic. AMD might have stolen the show this year, but Intel still carries an edge at the top end of gaming performance.
FSP Hydro G PRO 850 W

FSP Hydro G PRO 850 W

The FSP Hydro G Pro 850 W is of terrific build quality and uses a modern platform, but something in its final recipe didn't turn out as planned. Overall performance isn't as good as with the competition, and the HG2-850 costs more than the popular Corsair RM850x or Seasonic Focus Plus Gold of similar capacity.

Phanteks Announces Enthoo Luxe 2 Chassis

Phanteks today announced the release of the new Enthoo Luxe 2. Designed for performance, the Enthoo Luxe 2 brings the ultimate in cooling, flexibility, and performance allowing for the best building experience in a full tower chassis. The case incorporates all the premium and latest high-end features of the Enthoo Elite and Evolv X, such as, SSi-EEB motherboard support, extreme water (cooling) with dual 480 and dual 360 radiators installed simultaneously, and extensive storage for up to 12x HDDs / 11x SSDs.

Whether you are looking to build an extreme gaming machine or a professional workstation, the Luxe 2 offers the flexibility you need to configure the perfect system. Capture all your glorious moments and stream without interference with a Dual System Setup (Revolt X required) or build a high-end workstation for deep learning with a Dual PSU Setup (Revolt Pro required) to expand the power output. Create a revolutionary pc experience with the new Enthoo Luxe 2.

ZADAK and TechPowerUp Summer DDR4 Giveaway: The Winners

Earlier this month, premium PC memory maker ZADAK and TechPowerUp brought you the Summer DDR4 Giveaway, with a chance for two lucky winners to get a ZADAK Spark DDR4-4133 16 GB (2x 8 GB) dual-channel memory kit, each. These modules don't just luck great in a new-age industrial case-mod, but also pack some serious chops. Hundreds of entries are in, with much love given to the Facebook pages of ZADAK and TechPowerUp. Without further ado, the Winners:
  • Stoyan from Bulgaria
  • Kevin from Kansas, USA
A huge Congratulations to you, Stoyan and Kevin! TechPowerUp will return with more such interesting Giveaways.

Thermaltake View 71 Tempered Glass ARGB Edition Now Available

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is thrilled to announce the new member of the View 71 TG Series - the View 71 Tempered Glass ARGB Edition. Designed to expand the legacy of the View Series lineup, the View 71 Tempered Glass ARGB Edition Full-Tower chassis features three 140 mm 5 V ARGB fans for outstanding ventilation that can sync with motherboard brands including ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, and ASRock. The seven drive trays and modular drive racks deliver advanced storage capacity and excellent liquid cooling expansion. This elegant chassis utilizes swing-out side panels, and is enclosed in four-side 5 mm tempered glass panels for users to demonstrate their DIY handwork and showcase their internal components. With support for the latest PC hardware, the View 71 TG ARGB Edition is not only fascinating in appearance but comes with endless possibilities for PC lovers.

Antec Announces the NX400 Mid-tower Case with Front Panel RGB Lighting

Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, presents the latest addition to their range of enclosures: the Antec NX400. The mid-tower is now commercially available from 53,99€ (suggested retail price including VAT). Antec's NX -Series offers a wide range of gaming cases featuring LED lighting and eye-catching front panel designs. The models NX100, NX210, NX300 NX400, NX500, NX600 and NX1000 are the latest models on the European market.

The new Antec ATX case ensures an easy building experience, supports high end components without breaking the bank. It features a full-sized plastic side window panel to show off your components. The entry-level enclosure measures 425 x 230 x 465 mm (D x W x H) and is compatible with ATX, micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. The NX400 supports VGA cards with a length of up to 330 mm and CPU-radiators with a maximum height of 170 mm. It accommodates up to a total of six 120 mm fans, and includes one 120 mm rear exhaust fan to start with. Furthermore, the NX400 offers space for a 360 mm water-cooling radiator in the front, a 240 mm radiator on the top and a 140 mm radiator at the rear of the chassis.

Assetto Corsa Competizione Dumps NVIDIA RTX

Assetto Corsa Competizione, the big AAA race simulator slated for a September release, will lack support for NVIDIA RTX real-time raytracing technology, not just at launch, but even the foreseeable future. The Italian game studio Kunos Simulazioni in response to a specific question on the Steam Community forums confirmed that the game will not receive NVIDIA RTX support.

"Our priority is to improve, optimize, and evolve all aspects of ACC. If after our long list of priorities the level of optimization of the title, and the maturity of the technology, permits a full blown implementation of RTX, we will gladly explore the possibility, but as of now there is no reason to steal development resources and time for a very low frame rate implementation," said the developer, in response to a question about NVIDIA RTX support at launch. This is significant, as Assetto Corsa Competizione was one of the posterboys of RTX, and featured in the very first list by NVIDIA, of RTX-ready games under development.

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SilentiumPC Presents SPC Gear SM900 Mic for Streamer and Twitcher

The gaming division of SilentiumPC, branded as SPC Gear, proudly presents the SM900 streaming microphone kit as the newest addition to the gaming portfolio. SPC Gear has tailored a prefect kit for Games, who are seeking an affordable full-fledged recording setup. The SM900 package consists of the high-end cardioid USB microphone, an adjustable arm, shock mount as well as a pop filter. Be it for streaming of your favorite games on Twitch or YouTube or recording of podcasts and voiceover, the SM900 USB streaming microphone kit is the perfect starter-kit.

Flawless Recordings Quality
The recording quality is one of the major functions of a great microphone. The SM900 uses a cardioid collection pattern, which is praised by almost everybody who works with their own voice, be it a streamer, vlogger or a musician. The advantage here is, that any unwanted feedback and background noises are effectively eliminated, while maintaining the fullest depth of voice possible. In addition to that, the SM900 is able to offer a wide frequency range from 18 to 21.000 Hz while the sound pressure level is rated with 135 dB.
Thursday, August 15th 2019

Today's Reviews

Cases
Cooling
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Keyboards
Monitors
Motherboards
PSUs
Sound Cards
SSD
PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil

PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil

The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil is overclocked out of the box and uses a massive triple-slot, triple-fan cooler that delivers outstanding noise levels. It's actually the quietest Radeon card we ever tested, and quieter than all NVIDIA RTX cards except for one custom-design.

Logitech Announces G915 Lightspeed and G815 Lightsync RGB Mechanical Keyboards

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech and leading innovator of gaming technologies and gear, today introduced two new high-performance gaming keyboards - the LogitechⓇ G915 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and the LogitechⓇ G815 LIGHTSYNC RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. By combining Logitech G's advanced LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, with its new high-performance, low-profile GL Switches, these new keyboards were designed and built to be the most advanced and innovative keyboards imaginable.

"These new keyboards are perfect examples of what's possible when our award-winning designers and engineers at Logitech G push the envelope of advanced gaming technology and design," said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming. "The G915 combines LIGHTSPEED Wireless, RGB lighting and amazing battery life in a sleek, ultra-thin, aluminium case that creates a new standard for gaming keyboards."

SK Hynix Announces the Gold S31 Consumer SATA SSD

SK hynix Inc. announced today the launch of its "Gold S31" solid-state drive (SSD). Gold S31 (SATA III - first generation) is the first of the Company's new SuperCore series of consumer SSDs, an internal drive lineup based on SK hynix's core technology. With its speed and reliability, SK hynix's Gold S31 will be a perfect choice for all PC users, particularly for gamers, designers, and content creators. Gold S31 pushes the limits on high-performance SSDs, providing users the next level of speed with sequential read speeds up to 560 MB/s, as well as superior quality, reliability, and five-year warranty.

The 2.5-inch drive supports the SATA III interface based on 3D NAND Flash technology, and is now available in 1 TB, 500 GB and 250 GB capacities on Amazon US. All key components in Gold S31, from NAND Flash and built-in controller to DRAM and firmware, were designed and produced by SK hynix. The in-house components are built for robust performance and reliability.

NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2020

NVIDIA today reported revenue for the second quarter ended July 28, 2019, of $2.58 billion compared with $3.12 billion a year earlier and $2.22 billion in the previous quarter. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.90, compared with $1.76 a year ago and $0.64 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.24 compared with $1.94 a year earlier and $0.88 in the previous quarter.

"We achieved sequential growth across our platforms," said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. "Real-time ray tracing is the most important graphics innovation in a decade. Adoption has reached a tipping point, with NVIDIA RTX leading the way. "NVIDIA accelerated computing momentum continues to build as the industry races to enable the next frontier in artificial intelligence, conversational AI, as well as autonomous systems like self-driving vehicles and delivery robots," he said.

PowerColor Announces its Custom Navi Series Including Red Dragon and Red Devil Series

TUL Corporation, a leading and innovative manufacturer of AMD graphic cards since 1997, brings today the highly praised Red Devil and Red Dragon series to the RX 5700 line, engineered to provide the best hardware for the ultimate 1440p gaming experience.

To celebrate the new Red Devil branding as well the introduction of RGB lighting to the product line for the first time, PowerColor is having a special limited-edition RX 5700 XT Red Devil, to celebrate the new Red Devil series with an entire new cooling solution to bring the best of Navi as well a more neutral use of colors that will match any gaming rig color scheme. In addition, the Red Devil includes RGB lighting both on the side and on the back of the card for awesome tweaks.

Realtek Announces New Flash Controllers, Including one for PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs

At the 2019 Flash Memory Summit, Realtek announced a slew of new Flash memory controllers targeting a diversity of devices, spanning from USB flash drives to USB external SSDs, M.2/U.2 NVMe internal SSDs. Leading the pack is the RTS5771, the company's new flagship NVMe SSD controller that features a PCI-Express 4.0 x4 host interface, 8 NAND Flash channels with up to 1,200 MT/s speeds per channel, NVMe 1.3, and DRAM cache. This becomes the third PCIe gen 4.0-capable client-segment NVMe SSD controller after the Phison E16 and the Marvell 88SS132x.

The RTS5765DL is its cost-effective sibling, which has PCI-Express 3.0 x4 host interface, just 4 NAND Flash channels, and is DRAM-less, allowing manufacturers to design cost-effective SSDs. It still has 1,200 MT/s bandwidth per channel, so drives that implement it can offer sequential speeds similar to premium drives from the previous generation. The new RTL9210 is a bridge chip that converts USB 3.1 gen 2 (10 Gbps) to PCI-Express 3.0 x2, ideal for cost-effective external NVMe SSDs. The controller also features an integrated RGB LED logic, so drive designers can bling up their creations.

Need for Speed Heat Arrives on November 8th, Burning All Limits

Ghost Games, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, today announced Need for Speed Heat, the ultimate street racer versus cop fantasy. The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed fans love - expressive customization, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game. Watch the announce trailer here.

"Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customization, and more challenges, and we're tuning up on every aspect. From your character's style to your car's performance and your driving style, we're fuelling everyone's creativity with this new game."
Wednesday, August 14th 2019

Today's Reviews

Desktop PC
Gaming PC
Graphics Cards
Headphones
Keyboards
Monitors
Notebooks
Speakers
SSD
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke

The MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke is a completely new line of graphics cards by MSI. Visually, this factory-overclocked board pleases with a champagne-gold cooler and matching backplate. Temperatures of the triple-slot, dual-fan card are excellent, and idle fan stop is included, too.

Turtle Beach Unveils Elite Atlas Aero Wireless Gaming Headset, Atlas Edge PC Audio Enhancer

Turtle Beach (Nasdaq: HEAR), a leading gaming accessory brand, today revealed new products the Company will be showing for the first time at Gamescom 2019, which takes place August 21-24, 2019 in Cologne, Germany. Turtle Beach will debut the latest additions to its lauded Atlas PC line, including the all-new Elite Atlas Aero Wireless High-Performance PC Headset featuring the Turtle Beach Control Studio with immersive Waves Nx audio technology that transforms stereo and surround sound into a panoramic 3D sound experience, a Waves PC-optimized version of Turtle Beach's exclusive Superhuman Hearing for a competitive advantage, plus the Waves Maxx suite of sound settings perfect for gamers and streamers alike.

Additionally, the Atlas Edge is Turtle Beach's new PC Audio Enhancer that plugs into an available USB port to give your wired PC headset an instant, customizable audio advantage, and also features Waves Nx and Maxx audio technologies, PC-optimized Superhuman Hearing, and more. Both the Elite Atlas Aero and Atlas Edge are available for pre-order today at www.turtlebeach.com for MSRPs of $149.95 and $29.95, respectively.

BitFenix Announces the Nova Mesh TG Chassis

The BitFenix NOVA MESH TG is the rebirth of the popular BitFenix NOVA with re-engineered designs and features to offer the best balance of performance, looks and ease of use. NOVA MESH TG represents not only BitFenix's long standing theme of simple elegance, but also the dedication towards offering a well rounded PC chassis. The core of the NOVA MESH TG is its clean design, well balanced between a perfectly organized interior structure and the sleek exterior design complemented with smoked tempered glass side panel. Its design boasts of multiple features that enhance the ease of installation and use such as the, user friendly installation, noise dampening material, removable high density mesh dust filter and dual chamber design.

BitFenix NOVA MESH TG is an all-rounder offering great airflow coupled with modern elegant design which makes it an ideal choice for most user scenarios. With clean interior, optimized airflow and extensive compatibility, the NOVA MESH offers a great balance in performance and looks in it's class. It is specifically design with ease of use in mind with easy installation and maintenance features. All this is topped off with a Tempered Glass side panel to show off the core components of the system.

AMD "Sharkstooth" Shows Up on Geekbench: Possible Zen 2 Threadripper

AMD is possibly testing its 3rd generation Ryzen Threadripper HEDT processors, with an interesting entry showing up on the Geekbench online database. The entry speaks of an "AMD Sharkstooth" processor with 32 cores and 64 threads, with a nominal clock speed of 3.60 GHz, and the long-form model number "AuthenticAMD Family 23 Model 49 Stepping 0." None of the 2nd generation EPYC processors correspond with these specs, and so we're almost certain this is a client-segment Ryzen Threadripper part.

The prototyping platform, which is a motherboard designed in-house by AMD to test the processor's various components and I/O capabilities, is codenamed "WhiteHavenOC-CP." In this Geekbench submission, the processor is paired with around 128 GB of memory, and tested on 64-bit Linux. The platform yields a multi-threaded score of 94,772 points, which is about 18.5 percent higher than what a Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX typically manages when tested on Linux. It is also within 5% of what the Xeon W-3175X manages (around 99,000 points). The production model could be clocked higher. AMD will also use the opportunity to launch a new motherboard chipset while maintaining backwards-compatibility with the AMD X399. This new chipset will enable PCI-Express gen 4.0 and come with stiffer CPU VRM and memory/PCIe wiring specifications to enable higher memory clocks and PCIe link stability. AMD is expected to launch its 3rd gen Ryzen Threadripper this October, to preempt Intel's next HEDT processor series.

MONTECH AIR900 Series Cases are Ready to Hit the PC Market

Throwback to COMPUTEX 2019, the RGB gaming cases are under the most intense competition that all PC brands put highly attention on. MONTECH Air900 series, being one of the RGB gaming cases that draw lots of attention from gamers around the world, has been released in this August. This series of cases achieve MAX air-flow, classic design, and fabulous ARGB lighting effects. And most importantly: Good value. Two versions are available now depend on individual preference. AIR 900 ARGB features the ARGB light strips in the front panel along with the detachable mesh design at sides, which incorporate gaming style into classic design. AIR 900 MESH is designed of industrial style, which also adopts many gaming factors. The full mesh front panel makes perfect thermal solution. Designed for gamers who pursue maximum airflow and elegant looks.

Warhammer Vermintide 2 - Winds of Magic Out Now

Independent developer Fatshark today released Winds of Magic, the new expansion to their multimillion selling and award winning hit game Warhammer: Vermintide 2.

"Warning heroes - the Beastmen have arrived, and they bring malice with them. Pick up the new weapons, and help me put a stop to this invasion of ruthless enemies." says Bardin Goreksson, self-proclaimed leader of the Ubersreik Five group of heroes.

THQ Nordic Acquires Gunfire Games - the Studio Behind Darksiders III

Gunfire is the developer behind the critically acclaimed game series Darksiders, Chronos and From Other Suns and is a long-term development partner of THQ Nordic. Through the acquisition THQ Nordic adds a strong team of RPG experts and award-winning VR developers with an existing intellectual property (IP) portfolio and an exciting new game pipeline.

To put it in THQ Nordic's words: "We are stoked to have Gunfire on board and are very excited about our collaborative future and the projects we will realise together." To put it in Fury's words: "Welcome to the family, I guess…" The acquisition includes the development studio that includes a team of 63 creative and technical game developers and all IP rights.

Gunfire, which was founded in 2014 by alumni developers of Vigil Games, is best known for its successful development of action role-playing PC/Console game series Darksiders for THQ Nordic along with Chronos that was awarded Game Informer's VR Game of The Year. The core team based in Austin, Texas (USA) has worked together for over a decade creating successful games.
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