Regular Pro-Clockers readers know the ROCCAT name. We've reviewed many of their products in the past and have had absolutely nothing bad to say about any of them. I've had the pleasure of reviewing many of the Ryos series mechanical keyboards as well. Well today we're back for another installment of the ROCCAT Ryos keyboard review, but we'll be looking at their Ryos TKL Pro mechanical board this time. The Ryos TKL packs a lot of the features of the other Ryos boards we've looked at but with one huge difference - it's missing the entire number pad section - hence the "TKL" or "Ten Key Less." Let's check it out now.
Recently we have reviewed two entry-level coolers from ID-Cooling, the SE 204 and SE 214X coolers. Today we will be checking out two small form factor coolers from ID-Cooling, the IS-40 and IS-60 coolers. These air coolers are under the Iceland series and are ideal for mini-ITX, HTPC and server rack builds. Join us as we review these today.
G.SKILL decided some time ago to branch out to the SSD market. Their SSD product have pretty much stayed under the radar, but G.SkILL apparently is l;ooking to change all that with the Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD. Rated at 2000MB/s in both read and write, it is certainly fast. The Phoenix Blade is not a native PCIe, though it utilizes a PCIe 2.0 x8 interface. Instead, there are four SandForce SF-2282 controllers in RAID 0. Each SF-2282 controller is connected to eight 16GB Toshiba 64Gbit 19nm MLC NAND packages. Perhaps the most interesting feature on the Phoenix Blade is its endurance rating of 1536TB or 1.4TB per day. No, that isn’t a typo.
Many manufacturers have created gaming specific designs. Biostar recently decided to add a gaming line as well. Their initial release will contain two graphics cards and two motherboards. Biostar was kind enough to send us the flag ship of this new gaming line up, the Gaming Z97X. The board design is brown/ black color scheme and comes with a black plastic shroud that has a very military look to it.
Today we will be looking at Kingston’s HyperX Predator 480GB M.2 PCIe SSD. Kingston will be offering this drive in a M.2 form factor or paired with an optional half-height, half-length (HHHL) adapter for use on desktop motherboards without a built-in M.2 socket. It features read speeds of up to 1.4GB/s and write speeds of up to 1GB/s via a Marvell 88SS9293 controller and Toshiba A19 Toggle NAND.
MSI's gaming series motherboards aren't only limited to the Intel platform now that MSI has also introduced the gaming series line to the AMD boards. For the AM3+ platform, MSI released the MSI 970 Gaming motherboard which we will be reviewing today. We will be pairing it with an FX 8370 processor and will be comparing it with the other Intel boards we have reviewed recently.