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A case is one of the hardest components to select for a new build, and also one of the most important. Not only does it house your components, but it very much determines what you can, and too often, can’t use for a build. One, maybe two radiators, 2 or 4 drives, and many other seemingly little limiting factors often have a builder searching endless lists for a case with the right combination that can hold what they actually need. Too often you have to change plans to make it all fit, and that is unacceptable. In traditional InWin style, the 509 breaks that mold. Capable of handling the largest E-ATX motherboards, 3x 360mm radiators as well as a few smaller ones at the same time, 9 drives, and more fans than you know what to do with, the 509 can handle anything you can throw at it without compromise. Wrapped in tempered glass and dressed in black with a subtle hint of grey, or a bold ROG Certified red, the InWin 509 can look good doing it too.
G.Skill has a long history of producing high performance memory modules dating back to 1989. DDR1, DDR2, DDR3 and Now DDR4 have all been covered by various levels from budget to Eco to Extreme performance. Current Incarnations of high performance DDR4 carry the TridentZ naming, and are some of the highest performing DDR4 modules currently on the market. Holding down a huge number of coveted spots on leaderboards, From highest retail speeds, to highest ever overclocked memory frequencies, The TridentZ line is built for ‘Performance for the Truly Extreme’. No matter what your needs, G.Skill has you covered with single sticks, Dual, Triple and Quad channel memory kits up to 128GB and XMP speeds of 4000Mhz and beyond. If a static color is so 2016, G.Skill even has TridentZ kits with software controlled RGB lighting in place of the accent color strip.
Carbon fiber instantly sends visions of speed, performance, and exotic technology to many. Wrapped in carbon fiber look trim, Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon aims to instaill many of those same visions. Built on MSI’s Military Class 5 foundation, the Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon supports 6th Generation Intel Core processors and DDR4 memory up to 3800Mhz via four memory slots. There’s dual Turbo M.2 connectivity with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s with support for Intel Optane technology. Six SATA ports offer even more storage options. There dual USB 3.1 front panel connectors along with six USB 3.1 rear ports. The Intel i219V chip provides high quality network connectivity combined with 15KV anti-surge protection.
There are few horror franchises as storied as Resident Evil, after the success of Resident Evil 4 there was a shift in the tone of the franchise. Less horror with a move toward third person action. With Resident Evil 6 being a huge disappointment for the fan base. With fans receiving an unfocused mess of global bioterrorism and multiple intersecting stories that created a narrative mess. After the outcry, Capcom promised to do better with Resident Evil 7 and deliver a more focused horror experience. What remains to be seen is whether Capcom would be able to successfully return to its horror roots. The following game review will contain plot spoilers.
There was one point where an SSD was a great addition to their systems, for those who could afford it. However, today, with solid state drives becoming so cheap, they have almost become a necessity. Whether it’s just a boot drive, or you plan to replace your mechanical drives, there are SSDs that can fit into any budget. However, there are several things to take into consideration when buying an SSD. Aside from the capacity of the drive, you should also consider the endurance of the drive, or how long it will last, the overall performance of the drive and even the warranty. The people over at TOSHIBA would agree. Since most SATA SSDs have all but saturated the interface, essentially maxing out the speed that a SATA SSD can achieve, a consumer must look at the other features of a drive to make an educated decision. This is why their OCZ VX500 not only advertises speeds near as fast as the SATA interface can handle, but also excellent endurance and one of the best warranty programs in the business. I’d like to thank the people at TOSHIBA for sending ProClockers their 512 GB VX500 for this review. So, let’s take a look at the OCZ VX500 from TOSHIBA and see if it does everything its advertised to do.
Being active in a high tech society often requires users to be highly mobile. To be efficient and productive, it is imperative for mobile users to carry recharging solutions for their many portable devices. Large companies such as Apple have large portions of the market saturated with mobile solutions, which makes sense for some companies to tailor products to those in demand devices. The OLALA S100-i 13000mAh Power Bank is a viable solution.
Gamepads, controllers, joysticks, whatever you call them since their invention in the late seventies they have had a huge impact on gaming for players using consoles, PCs and mobile devices. Though the problem with most gamepads is they don’t easily allow the player to use a single controller across all platforms. Pro Clockers would like to thank GameSir for sending us their G4 Advanced Edition gamepad a device that is going in the right direction of multiplatform performance. At first glance, there is an excitement at seeing what you would be purchasing at a store location or online because there is no packaging hindering your ability to see the entire front of the controller. The no secrets packaging is great, but the best way to get the full effect of using an amazing controller is break it out of its well packaged home.
It’s no secret that technology advances very fast these days. There are few areas in which this is more apparent than computer hardware. It was in late 2008 that Intel brought us the first generation of the Core series of CPUs on their LGA 1366 socket and x58 chipset. Now, with the launch of the 7th generation of Core series chips rumored to be around the corner, Intel introduces their latest chipset, Z270, on the LGA 1151 socket. However, the socket is about all the Z170 and Z270 Gaming 5 motherboards share. Gigabyte has completely changed the design of their Gaming 5 motherboard. Was this just an aesthetic over haul, or is it worth an upgrade from the Z170X Gaming 5 board? We’re going to take an in-depth look at GIGABYTE's new AORUS Z270X Gaming 5 motherboard and see what the differences and similarities in looks and performance when side by side with their previous generation Z170X Gaming 5. Now let’s see if what improvements Gigabyte has brought to the table.
The Asus TUF series of motherboards has been with us for some time now. The first in the series was the Sabertooth X58 that arrived in 2010. Its military look and tough image quickly caught the imagination of many system builders and enthusiast alike. The series really took off when Asus released the Sabertooth P67, which features their Thermal Armor. Modders jumped on this new motherboard, often modifying and/or painting the Thermal Armor to match their builds. Fast forward to 2017 and we have the latest iteration of TUF design, the TUF Z270.
Prime is the new name for Asus’ mainstream motherboards. Previously their mainstream motherboards didn’t have a conventional name, but with the release of Z270, that has changed. Prime motherboards have a much more conventional look compared to their ROG – Republic of Gamers, Tuf, and Pro Gamer lines. That’s not to say they don’t back a punch though.
The PC Case has morphed over the years from a simple beige colored steel box designed to do nothing more than hold components, to a bold statement in and of itself that sets each build apart from the rest. As showmanship and modding have become more prevalent, PC component manufacturers have put considerable effort into making things like Motherboards and GPU’s look as well as they perform. Due to this, it’s getting harder and harder to find a case WITHOUT a window in the side, but why would you want one? What if you want to go more the other direction? Instead of leaning down to peak through a tiny window to see your parts, what If you want almost everything to be visible from all angles? We aren’t quite to the point where every component is wireless and just floats in a bubble near your desk, but Thermaltake has gotten as close as anyone with the Core P3 chassis. Visibly open from 5 of the 6 sides, it provides just enough structure to hold your system while keeping nearly everything visible. You can even mount it on a wall instead of just sitting on your desk (although you can do that too). As many enthusiasts like to be unique, The Core P3 can be configured dozens of different ways, and coupled with limitless hardware combinations out there, you can build the ultimate and still unique system you’ve always wanted.
ProClockers would like to Thank Thermaltake for sending us the Core P3 chassis to check out!
The term “Republic of Gamers” commands so much respect in the enthusiast community, that you can almost guarantee, you’re going to get a great product. Since 2006, its stood for innovation and quality that gamers and enthusiasts have grown to expect from the ROG brand. ROG Strix is the newest branding under the ROG name. Ever since the founder’s edition 1070 first launched, I’ve been itching to get my hands on the Strix 1070. Now I finally have it. With how well all Pascal cards have been performing, and the ROG logo on the front, back and sides of the card, it’s almost a slam dunk that the Strix 1070 is going to be an excellent card. However, occasionally, you’ll get that one card that just disappoints you. Whether it can’t overclock well enough, doesn’t run as cool as you’d like, or may even have coil whine. But that’s what we are here to find out, right? So, let’s see if the Strix 1070 lives up to the Republic of Gamers name. Although, I think I already know the answer to that.
Upon release, we reviewed the flagship of the Kaby Lake lineup, the Core i7-7700K. We came away rather impressed. Not only did it outperform the previous generation Core i7-6700K, it also proved to be a more capable overclocker. This time we have the Core i3-7350K. The Core i3 has half the hyperthreaded cores of a Core i7 and half the L3 cache at 4 MB. However Turbo Boost is disabled. Like its bigger brother, it features an unlocked multiplier though, for easy overclocking. This is something we haven’t seen since the 1st generation Core processors.