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Nowadays, enthusiasts and gamers love to highlight their prized high-performance gaming hardware installed inside a case which made tempered glass as side panels as a popular choice. Fortunately, there’s Xigmatek that’s offering such cases at a much cheaper price point. Follow us today as we check out the Xigmatek Prospect ATX chassis with tempered glass side panels.
The ASUS Republic of Gamers (aka ‘ROG) is a family of premium gaming products ranging from video cards to motherboards to peripherals, but every enthusiast knows the foundation of any build is the motherboard. If you look up the definition of ‘Hero’ and ignore the bit about a sandwich, you are left with “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”. ASUS has plenty out outstanding achievements, and the ROG line is about as noble as you can get in the PC world, so can the Maximus X be the Hero of your next gaming build?
ASRock’s Taichi branded motherboards have been a very popular choice the last few generations for their well-balanced platform offering rock-solid, easy to use premium features at an optimal price point. The Taichi features the usual machine gear pattern over the majority of the board but in a more subdued grey and black contrast with a large gear shaped heatsink over the new Intel Z370 chipset.
With new CPU chips commonly capable of 5GHz and chips with anywhere up to 18 cores capable of 4.5GHz or more CPU cooling is a whole new ballgame! With the Z170, Z270, Z370 and X399 chipsets on the market and sporting super fast and mega multi-core designs AIO (All In One) water cooling is all the rage and becoming more the norm for enthusiasts and high-end platforms. EVGA is in the water cooling arena and hit it with a 120mm (Single Radiator one 120mm fan), 240mm (Dual Radiator two 120mm Fans), and a 280mm (Dual Radiator two 140mm Fans) and we have all three on the test bench.
Today Intel Launches its 8th generation Core processors, touted as “Intel’s best gaming processor ever”. Following that claim, MSI kicks off its Z370 series platform with one of its best gaming oriented series with the Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC. Featuring the same signature Carbon fiber accenting and subtle RGB accenting layered over the top of MSI’s high-end Performance Gaming platform, MSI welcomes Intel’s 8th generation Core CPU’s to the gaming family.
This past January, Gigabyte officially replaced their G1-Gaming line up with the AORUS brand with the launch of Intel’s Z270 chipset. Originally designated for their high-end laptops, the AORUS name is now branded on Gigabyte’s graphics cards and motherboards. Now, less than a year later, Intel has launched their 8th generation of Core processor’s and their all new Z370 chipset. Although the Z370 chipset is still sporting the same LGA 1151 socket, the Z370 chipset only supports the new 8th generation of Core processors. So, if you plan to upgrade to the 8th generation, it will require a new motherboard.
Today Intel releases their new 8th generation Core Processors, known as Coffee Lake-S. While socket LGA 1151 is retained for this generation, Intel has tweaked so much to deliver the ultimate mainstream desktop experience, 8th gen CPU’s can only function on new 300 series motherboards. Intel’s mainstream offerings have topped out at 4 cores for many generations now, but 8th generation CPU’s give that a 50% increase to 6 cores on Core i5 and i7 offerings. Eighth generation Core i3 CPU’s see doubling of the core count to quad-core, and all three segments offer fully unlocked SKU’s for maximizing performance. Technologies such as Hyper-Threading and Turbo-Boost remain, but several new features make their appearance in this segment as well.
Today marks a milestone for Intel with the release of the first mainstream six-core CPUs in the Core i5 and Core i7 segments and the first quad-core Core i3 CPUs. Core counts have skyrocketed this year across the board, first with High-End Desktop segments hitting a staggering eighteen cores, and now mainstream platforms finally breaking away from a quad-core ceiling. We have Intel’s six-core, six-thread Core i5-8400 on hand, and we’ll put it through its paces and see if more cores actually matter to anything more than benchmarking.
Today, we will be checking out the top-of-the-line X299 motherboard from GIGABYTE, the X299 AORUS Gaming 9 motherboard that features tank-line sturdiness, latest generation technologies, cooler than ever RGB lighting customization and more.
The Cooler Master MasterSet MS121 Gaming Keyboard & Mouse set is an entry level RGB keyboard and mouse set that uses the Mem-chanical Clicky switches designed by Cooler Master. Mem-chanical is a membrane keyboard set up to mimic a mechanical keyboard. Is it any good? Follow us today as we check out the Cooler Master MasterSet MS121 Gaming Keyboard & Mouse set.
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The MasterSet MS121 was released )Oct 2nd, 2017) today and you can see our review of it on the front page of Proclockers.
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When EVGA releases a top of the (consumer) line graphics card it’s time to wake up and smell the capacitors. EVGA was kind enough to send us an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING 11GB GDDR5X, with ICX technology and any day that happens it’s time for the happy dance! To get a bit geeky we are talking a GP 102-350 core boasting 3584 Cuda Cores with 224 TMU’s, 88 ROPS, 11GB GDDR5X running across a 352 Bit-Bus. Frankly, that’s more graphics computing power than 90% of end users are likely to ever have or need.
At Computex this year, Intel officially announced its new HEDT (High-End Desktop) platform based on a new 2066 pin socket and X299 chipset. Intel, with a lineup extending from quad-cores up to an unheard of 18 core CPU, had enthusiasts and professional users foaming at the mouth only to end up crestfallen to learn these high core count parts would not be available at launch or even shortly after. Team Red managed to steal the spotlight for a few weeks with the first 12 and 16 core consumer-oriented CPU’s landing on store shelves, but today Intel retakes the throne. With the official launch of the long-awaited last three SKU’s in the lineup, the fourteen core i9-7940X, sixteen-core Core i9-7960X and the monster eighteen-core Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition, Intel once again hold the title of “The most cores and threads in a consumer CPU”.