Hardware Reviews. One MegaHertz at a Time
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.
Seeing the above dilemma, Fractal Design’s Swedish engineers have stuffed a huge list of features into a chassis occupying a measly 1.3 cubic feet of space on your desk. Sound dampened panels for a quiet build? Check. Integrated Power supply cover? Check. Elegant brushed metallic finish? Yes. Filtered fan intakes? Yes. Smooth top panel? Yup. Radiator mounting locations? Several. Windowed side panel? If you wish. Looks like the Define C has about anything anyone could really want, plus some things you didn’t even know you needed.
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.
I’d have to say the most subjective item in any enthusiast set up must be there chair. It really is the most personal item one can buy for their set up. Everyone’s tastes and opinions of chairs differ. Especially when it comes to “gaming chairs.” Some people love them, some people hate them. Nevertheless, you can’t deny that they are very popular these days. The first racing style gaming chair was put out by Ferrari. It was simply a chair from one of their vehicles with wheels attached and it cost and absurd amount of money. It wasn’t until 2006 when DXRacer made the racing style gaming chair popular when they made it affordable. At least more affordable than the Ferrari one.
Since then, there have been several companies popping up trying to either perfect, or make even more affordable, a quality, racing chair. However, most these companies made cheap knockoffs. So, when we were contacted to review the RapidX Ferrino, I was a bit skeptical. But once I received the chair, my skepticism began to fade. Now, after a couple months of everyday use I think I’ve used The RapidX Ferrino enough to give a fair, unbiased opinion of this chair. So, let’s see if the RapidX Ferrino is just more of the same, or have the people at RapidX designed to chair that will stand out from the rest?
The ROG Strix X99 Gaming is the flagship of Asus’ ROG (Republic of Gamers) Strix line of motherboards. ROG is synonymous with performance and the ROG Strix line offers everything many have come to expect in an Asus ROG motherboard, so there are a lot of expectations from enthusiasts everywhere.
The GIGABYTE AORUS X370 GAMING 5 is more considered a mid-range motherboard. However, after looking at the feature set, one may not think so. With features such as USB 3.1 type C, M.2 and U.2 support, dual LAN ports and RGB back lighting, the AORUS X370 GAMING 5 sure feels like a board more on the higher end. The question is, can this board perform like a higher end motherboard one would expect to spend $400 or more for? We put the X370 GAMING 5 through our suite of tests to try an answer that question. So, let’s see how the GIGABYTE AORUS X370 GAMING 5 held up.