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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.
Cases today are adapting to new technologies every time. One technology in particular that’s becoming a mainstream today is the Type-C port coming from both USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 interfaces. Both offer fast data transfer rates making it ideal for those that move around large media content from device to device. Gladly, SilverStone always adopts the latest technologies and incorporate it to their latest cases, one of which is going to be tested today. Follow us as we take a look at the SilverStone Redline Series RL05 chassis that sports a USB 3.0 Type-C port in front and two 140mm LED fans in front for superior cooling.
On August 30, 2016 Intel announced its next generation processor, Kaby Lake. They also announced that Kaby Lake would continue to use their 14 nanometer process that had been used with the two previous generations, Skylake and Broadwell. It had been highly anticipated the 10 nanometer Cannonlake would be the successor to Skylake, so it raised a few eyebrows and even more questions, as this broke with Intel long standing “tick-toc” manufacturing and design model. Instead Kaby Lake would represent a further optimization on Skylake’s architecture. Indeed, Intel has replaced the “tick-tock” with a "process-architecture-optimization" model.
With transistors getting smaller and smaller and more and more difficult to produce in sufficient yields, Intel’s long running two step “Tick Tock” cadence is now being replaced with a 3 phase model of Process, Architecture, and Optimization. Intel’s Broadwell, while never fully released as a complete line of Desktop CPU’s, saw the Process shrink from 22nM to 14Nm with the Intel Core 5000 series CPU’s. The Architecture upgrade was done with Intel 6th Generation 6000 series CPU’s, and now we come to the 7th Generation CPU’s that target optimization. To take advantage of these optimizations, Intel has release the 200 series chipsets, and the top end enthusiast level version is the Intel Z270 Chipset found in the ASRock Z270 Extreme4 we have for review today.
Certainly when it comes to motherboards, the high end enthusiast products get all the attention, while the more budget friendly options fly under the radar. That’s a shame too. The more budget friendly products are really the bread and butter of the industry. MSI’s Pro Series motherboards are aimed directly at those enthusiasts that have less than an unlimited budget.
With the upcoming launch of Intels new 7th generation of Core Processors, there’s no surprise that we are starting to see new motherboards with Intel’s new Z270 chipset as well. With new features, such as support for Intel’s new Optane SSDs, more downstream PCIe lanes, 14 to the previous 10 that the Z170 chipset has and even front USB 3.1 support, The Z270 chipset is an upgrade over the Z170 chipset.
As we continue to evolve, the need for mobile and wireless technology becomes more and more important. We want to unplug ourselves both in our homes and on the road. We demand to be free from cables, connectors or plugs, and experience life with friends and family freely and unencumbered. Bluetooth devices, have met that challenge, and have integrated technology into our lives in almost all environments. Some newly released devices break the shackles of traditional headphones for the more efficient and mobile Bluetooth models. With many headphones on the market, it is always a great opportunity to explore various models and manufacturers. The FENDA or F&D Paragon HW620 is a device we will be examining today.
As technology advances, and people become more digital savvy, the trend of carrying various mobile devices is at an all-time high. Cell phones, tablets, Bluetooth Speakers are just some of the devices we rely on to keep us informed, connected, and enhance our daily digital lives. One thing all mobile devices have in common is the need to re-charge their power sources. Apple users have an easy solution available, the OLALA C2-i 6000mAh Power Bank. The OLALA C2-i 60000mAh will help keep most of your iOS devices like the iPod, iPhone, and iPad charged.
More and more we are seeing games eschew the standard publishing model and turn to crowd funding. Whether Kickstarter, Indiegogo or Fig; fans are funding projects that the larger developers feel are too niche or risky to produce. One such game recently released after a successful Kickstarter campaign, The Dwarves developed by KING Art Games and published by Nordic THQ. Based on a fantasy novel of the same name it released fifteen months after the launching of the campaign. Warning the following will contain plot spoilers.
A motherboard is one of the most critical components in any PC to get right. Nearly everything in a modern PC is connected directly to the motherboard, CPU, RAM, GPU, Drives, USB Ports, Audio cables, and so on, so it’s pretty important you get something reliable and with enough features and connections for everything you need. The Flip side of that coin is the staggering selection of boards out there, with literally hundreds of choices, some costing more than a mortgage payment on a house, how does a gamer decide what to get? MSI has broken their new lineups into 3 new categories to help you narrow it down.
Compared to the RX 480, the RX 470 had a rather quiet launch. It seems that unless a product is plagued with issues, or its cost is near $1,000, their launch flies under the radar. This was the case with the RX 470. Labeled as the little brother to the RX 480, the RX 470 is in that price range that few people tend to pay attention to. The $100-$200 range. However, with advances in technology over the last few years, maybe it’s time we start to watch the more budget oriented cards. With the launch of the Red Devil RX 470, I think PowerColor agrees. But to play games at anything over 1080p, you must spend $400 or more, right? The answer may surprise you. I’d like to thank Power Color for providing us with the Red Devil RX 470 for this review. Now, let’s see how the budget card held up.
Do you ever wish you had a chassis that would be very easy to work with and made things so much easier to do your build? If so, Cooler Master might have the perfect case for you with their new MasterCase Maker 5t Full Tower Chassis. The 5t is a modular case with tinted tempered glass side panels, plus the chassis is fully modular making it the perfect case for doing your new high-end build. ProClockers would like to thank Cooler Master for sending us the MasterCase Maker 5t full tower chassis for review.
In June of 2012 Ubisoft announced Watch Dogs with the promise that you could hack the world. Sadly the game failed to live up to that promise and the hacking turned into timed button presses to stop a helicopter or prevent someone from calling the cops on you. Then during E3 of 2016 the sequel was officially unveiled after years of rumors. Ubisoft promised to do better with this game, they brought on people to act as hacking consultants. The following will contain plot spoilers for the game.
MSI is one of the most well-known names in the Enthusiast PC world thanks to their popular Laptops, Motherboards, GPU’s and peripherals. Their Frozr GPU cooling solutions have proven to provide some of the coolest running cards on the market, and now MSI is stepping into the CPU cooling arena with their new Core Frozr L CPU Cooler. Does the technology behind a cool running GPU apply to a CPU as well when the clock speeds start going up? Can an air cooler even compete in world that is being overrun with All-in-One liquid cooling solutions? We are about to find out!