Hardware Reviews. One MegaHertz at a Time
A short time ago we had the privilege of being able to review the MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium for the recently released AMD Ryzen processors. Now we get to review its brethren for the Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake processors, the Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium. Both feature instantly recognizable silver and black highlights with a matching PCB and both are designed for serious gamers.
Kingston has been actively expanding their offerings of USB Flash Drives since UBS 3.1 became a standard. Today we will be a taking a look at one of these new flash drives, the DataTraveler 50. It features an extremely small silver aluminum body colored accents that vary by capacity. Capacities range from 8GB up to 128 GB, with the 8GB and 16GB drives rated at 30MB/s read and 5MB/s write. The 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB rated at a much higher 110MB/s read and 15MB/s write.
To a gamer, nothing is more important than your peripherals. Sure, a big bad GPU (or two) is nice, and a heavily overclocked CPU sure makes it run smooth, but where the rubber meets the road is right below your fingertips. The best visuals money can buy can be instantly ruined if you can’t get your inputs (button presses) to the computer accurately and as fast as possible. Many of the gaming oriented keyboards on the market are monsters with all kinds of unneeded stuff like fans, displays and more macro buttons than letters. Besides taking up half your desk, it can look pretty tacky. GAMDIAS might have the solution with a standard sized keyboard packing full RGB under every key and more processing power than your old flip phone. With a 32Bit ARM Cortex CPU, you can be assured firing off huge macros while running brilliant LED lighting effects while pressing more keys than you have fingers will never cause it to miss a beat. Full N-key rollover and a 1000Hz polling rate means it will never fail to capture a key stroke, even in the most intense on screen moments.
AMD’s newest generation Polaris architecture is here and Gigabyte has responded by releasing the Aorus RX 580 XTR 8G graphics card. Based on AMD’s latest GCN 4 14nm FinFET architecture, the Aorus RX 580 XTR 8G is the highest performing graphics card in Gigabyte’s RX 580 line-up.
System Builders often face a tough choice: Lots of flexibility from a huge case, or small size with a very limited feature set. What if you can’t dump half your salary into a build right out of the gate, but want to upgrade down the road like add a 2nd GPU and eventually water cool? Well you could get a big case, and leave most of it unused, but hey, at least you have options later on right? Probably not the best idea and will probably not look all that great, but if you go with a more compact case, maybe you won’t have anywhere to put a radiator later on. Today we have the Fractal Design Define C – Window on hand, courtesy of our friends over at Fractal Design to check out and see why this might be your next case. Thanks Fractal for sending this over to us to check out!
If one thing is true these days, it’s that there is no shortage of graphics cards on the market. It seems that every week Nvidia is announcing something or AMD is teasing something. However, after the recent launch of the 1080 TI, in the announcement of the new Titan XP, the last thing I’d expected was yet another GTX 1080. But, none the less, I was wrong. But with how much of a beast the 1080 is, how can you really improve upon the several variations of the card that are already on the market? Well, MSI has the answer for you!
Specifically designed for Ryzen, G.Slill's Flare X offers speeds from 2133MHz, 2400MHz, and 3200Mhz. There are 8GB x 2 (16GB total) through 16GB x 4 (64GB total) configurations are available as well. They feature black heat spreaders that are shared with the Ripjaws 4 memory line and a G.SKILL decal on each side of the modules. The 42mm tall aluminum heat spreaders come in black or red and should clear most coolers.
The X370 XPower Gaming Titanium is easily one of the most unique looking motherboards on the market. It also MSI’s newest motherboards for the recently released AMD Ryzen processors. Featuring silver and black highlights with a matching PCB, there’s no mistaking the XPower Titanium heritage. Built on MSI’s Military Class 5 foundation, the X370 XPower Gaming Titanium supports AMD’s latest Ryzen processors and DDR4 memory up to 3200 MHz via four memory slots. There’s dual Turbo M.2 connectivity with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s. Six SATA ports and two U.2 ports offer even more storage options. There dual USB 3.1 front panel connectors along with six USB 3.1 rear ports. The Intel i211AT chip provides high quality network connectivity combined with 15KV anti-surge protection. Let's check it out today!
In 2007 BioWare released the first Mass Effect to critical and commercial success, an RPG space opera with high production values, and choice and consequences. This spawned two sequels Mass Effect 2 which saw a shift toward action and an improvement of shooter controls and Mass Effect 3 which fans panned for having an unsatisfactory ending. Despite the attempt by BioWare to alleviate tensions and address fan concerns, the future of the series was kept hush until the 2015 E3 when EA announced Mass Effect: Andromeda. What remains to be seen is will a new direction revive interest in the franchise or did Mass Effect end with Sheppard? Warning there may be plot spoilers in the story section.