AMD fans are dancing in the streets. Why? AMD’s much anticipated Ryzen processor is finally here. Ryzen is the replacement for the long maligned FX series processors. Ryzen features an all new design that promised far great performance and far greater efficiency.
Haven’t heard of Aorus yet? It’s a subsidiary of Gigabyte Technology founder in 2014. Up until recently Aorus was focused on SLI gaming laptops, mechanical gaming keyboards, and other gaming peripherals. Now they have expanded into motherboards and graphics cards, where they will be mostly replacing Gigabyte’s previously G1 Gaming brand. Today we will be looking at one of their flagship model motherboards, the Z270X-Gaming 8.
Cooler Master has recently launched their FreeForm™ Modular System with their MasterCase line up of cases. My first experience with one of these cases was with the MasterCase Pro 3, the MATX beauty we recently reviewed. Constant innovation of their fully modular system has brought us some amazing cases such as the MasterCase Maker 5 and 5T. Well, Cooler Master has just released their next mid-tower chassis in the MasterCase line-up, The MasterCase Pro 6. With their including their FreeForm™ Modular System and many of the same features that made the MasterCase line-up so popular, the MasterCase Pro 6 is set to be yet another amazing case. However, it has some big shoes to fill. Let’s get to it and see if this is truly a Master Case.
To an enthusiast, an air cooler is nothing more than that big hunk of copper and aluminum they keep including in the box. These days, it’s getting more and more rare for a CPU to even come with a cooler anyway. Liquid cooling is a great way to go, more cooling capacity while in near silence is a winning combination, and coolers have grown to 240mm, 280mm and even 360mm in size. Is a 120mm liquid cooler even relevant anymore? Riotoro seems to think so and has released the BiFrost 120 liquid CPU cooler. We’ll find out if a 120mm cooler can compete in the gaming oriented world, or if this size is better for your Home Theater PC.
Intel’s X99 “Wellsburg” platform has been with us for some time now, since Q3 2014 in fact. Unlike Intel’s Z series chipsets, Intel refreshed their X series chipset far less frequently. That doesn’t mean that the platform is any less exciting that the Z series though. Being Intel’s flagship consumer chipset mean that is often receives new features and technology first. The motherboard manufactures also help keep the platform fresh by regularly releasing updates to their lineup as well.
If there is one thing all PC enthusiast crave, it’s more performance. There are few GPU’s that perform as well as the GP104 GPU on the GTX 1080. However, the GPU’s actual performance is based on its cooling solution, of which there are many ways to go. If you’re like me, you tend to not water cool your cards. However, this makes choosing a card a bit more involved then “Get a reference card and throw a block on it.”
When choosing a graphics card, there a several things to consider. Aesthetics being one of the main things, as well as clock speeds, performance, and noise, to name a few. However, one of the main things to consider is the cooler. For better performance, you need proper cooling. For proper cooling, you need a proper cooling solution. Gigabyte understands this very well. The proof is in their 2 ½ slot, monster of a card, the Gigabyte Extreme Gaming 1080. But is this just another pretty 1080 is a sea of graphics cards that perform well, but no different than other 1080’s on the market, or does the Extreme Gaming 1080 from Gigabyte stand out from all the rest? Let’s see how this card stands up to the competition.