Nearly six years ago in November of 2011, Intel divided its lineup by releasing its first HEDT (High-End Desk-Top) in the form of the X79 platform and a trio of Sandy Bridge-E CPU’s with the flagship 6-core Extreme Edition Core i7-3960X. The platform eventually received an update to Ivy Bridge-E with three new CPUs. Three years later, the updated X99 platform was launched with another trio of Haswell-E CPU’s with the 8 core i7-5960X, later to be trumped with Broadwell-E’s 10-core i7-6950X. Fast-forward just under 3 years and Intel brings us X299. This time however, Intel changed the game and announced NINE different CPU’s over a stagger launch. Spanning 2 architectures at the same time, Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X, X299 hits the ground with a starting lineup from quad core to 18 cores, up to quad channel ddr4 memory and up to a hefty 44 PCIe lanes.
While we wait for the remaining Sky Lake-X CPU’s to arrive, we’ll take a look at one offering near the middle of the shotgun pattern launch with the 8 core, 16 thread Intel Core i7-7820X. Does it compare to the retiring 8 core champion of X99? We certainly aim to find out!
With just how connected the world is today, a microphone is more of a necessity these days and less of a luxury. Applications such as TeamSpeak and Discord have made online gaming much easier and much more accessible while apps like Skype have moved meetings from conference rooms to living rooms. However, a low-quality mic can make you sound distorted and muffled, making it harder for people to hear you clearly. This can cause you to lose a match online, or make a bad impression on a potential employer.
As any streamer or YouTuber will tell you, a high-quality mic is a must have on the desk of any potential content creator. There are several viable options beyond integrated camera mics. You can always set up an audio interface with an XLR microphone but that can get very expensive even though it offers the best quality. Most people go with a simple plug and play USB mic, though they are usually hit or miss. I was very excited when ASUS launched their ROG Magnus USB microphone. Since ASUS doesn’t affix the ROG logo to just any old product, I expected nothing but good things from this mic. So, let’s see how it did.
ASUS’s STRIX line of products has been a popular choice on other platforms for bringing strong gaming oriented features and aesthetics to an affordable mid-range price point. Asus now brings that along to the AMD Ryzen ecosystem in the form of the ASUS ROG STRIX X370-F Motherboard. Packing AMD’s X370 Enthusiast Class chipset, It supports Dual graphics cards, NVMe SSD’s, Native USB 3.1 Gen 2 and all of AMD’s fully unlocked AM4 Based Ryzen CPU’s in an attractive, neutral, gray and black color scheme. Should the STRIX X370-F anchor your next Ryzen gaming build? Lets check it out and find out!
Not too long ago we reviewed Asus’s new line of ROG Strix AMD based video cards the RX 580 and RX 570 and we came away rather impressed. Today we will be looking at their RX 560 Video card. The Radeon RX 560 is the newest entry to the RX 500 series and is designed for the more budget conscience gamer. The ROG Strix RX 560 utilizes 4GB of GDDR5 memory with 1024 stream processors and 16 compute units. It ships with 1326MHz core clock speed, and has 1750MHz memory clock speed which is connected to a 128-bit memory interface. These specifications are roughly half that of the larger RX 570.
Installing cooling fans on your PC chassis can be tricky particularly if go for high-RPM fans or installing on thin aluminum panels. In such scenarios, the fan could produce vibrations that would produce noise and to some extent could lead to damaging your hardware. Fortunately, Noctua got something to address such issues with their NA-SAV3 and NA-SAV4 anti-vibration mounts.