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Amidst a rumor mill storm of epic proportions, Nvidia announced the GTX 1070Ti making the new card official. Our sample is a gorgeous MSI GTX 1070Ti Gaming Twin Frozer VI in typical MSI Red and Black. Pushing an amazing 2432 Cuda Cores on the 1070Ti compared to the 1080 which pushes 2560 Cuda Cores the 1070Ti gives up a mere 128 Cuda Cores. Now the GTX 1070 boasted 1920 Cuda Cores so the MSI 1070Ti Gaming w/Twin Frozer VI gains 512 Cuda cores over its little brother the GTX 1070. The slight snip and clip done on the GTX 1080 to make it a 1070Ti is so small that the GTX 1070Ti is more akin to the GTX 1080 than the GTX 1070 which should shut down some of the rumor mill trolls quite efficiently.
Computer cases have gone from generic blond flat cases that a monitor sits on to high tech well designed pieces of art that display our components in an attractive way. Far too many times you look at a computer case that has the wiring features and amenities that you want and the price tag approaches what your CPU cost. We've seen mega towers that run $299 and up and they are grand chassis that will awe and inspire but way out of the price range most end users can afford. Enter the Corsair SPEC-4 TG with an MSRP of $59.99, Tempered smoked glass window that covers the entire side, more wiring amenities than most high dollar chassis even dream of and capable of 120mm and 240mm radiator mounting. That's a lot of chassis for a little money if you ask us. Now we aren't talking mammoth hulk of SECC rolled steel weighing in at 20 pounds without components, the Corsair SPEC-4 TG is made of lightweight aluminum and is a mid-tower class chassis but if you are looking for a wallet friendly chassis with extras then the Corsair SPEC-4 TG fits the bill to a T and lets face it it's Corsair so quality is a given.
The Drevo Calibur is a Bluetooth 4.0/wired mechanical RGB backlit keyboard which surprisingly isn't directly aimed at the gaming crowd, but rather your everyday office computer user. The Calibur is based upon a 71 key standard size key layout armed with mechanical switches in a compact design intended to save the user much needed desk space in the work environment. The Calibur has all the features needed to be a great device; it will come down to the design execution and materials Drevo has chosen. Drevo is a relatively new kid on the block which many users's maybe just hearing about, let's see what we can come to expect from this company in the future and if the Calibur lives up to its namesake. Thanks for choosing ProClockers.com
Computer mice and mouse pads have not only given us a point of interaction with our computers, they also allow us to define our unique computing needs. Computer mice and mice pads are no longer a one size fits all. Let’s face it, everyone is different, how we use our mice may not necessarily be how others use or grip their mouse. Case in point, we like our mice to be lightweight and have a high DPI capability, also smaller mice fits our hands a little better, some people are the complete opposite of us, they like to use a slightly heavier mouse, lower DPI, and larger sized mice. When it comes to mice surfaces, we tend to like board styles.
ASUS’s Crosshair family of products started with AMD’s Athlon 64 processors more than a decade ago and helped kick off the Republic of Gamers brand that is so well known today. With that sort of legacy, it’s no wonder ASUS brings it to the Ryzen family in a big way with the ROG Crosshair VI Extreme. Featuring the new AM4 socket and X370 chipset with support for Ryzen processors, Athlon CPU’s and upcoming 7th generation A-series accelerated processing units (APUs), ASUS delivers outstanding overclocking capabilities and the latest connectivity and technology to a gaming PC near you.
Your computers power supply is the heart of your system and should be given as much thought as any other component in your build. Overclocking with a substandard power supply can be frustrating and systems can even be damaged by overtaxing low quality power supplies. When choosing power supplies we always look for at least a 25% excess capacity and with the new mega core CPU's and overclocking reaching 5GHz on a routine basis nows the time to think about your PSU choices. We like watt monster power supplies in the 1000W or higher range and planning for the future so we tend to go high on wattage. SilverStone was kind enough to send us one of their 1500W monster power supplies to look at and we have the SilverStone Silver Strider ST-1500GS 80+ Gold power supply on the bench today.
Computer case fans have become a necessity for our computer builds. Let’s face it, we need to get rid of all of the heat our high-end computer components generate quickly and effectively out of our computers chassis. By doing so we keep our computer components cooler; which, gives us users less serious problems down the road, as well as, increase the life expectancy of our computers by keeping them cooler. The Corsair LL120 RGB, 120mm Dual Light Loop RGB 3 Pack is an excellent choice for air movement and maximum bling.
Taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for owl, Strix means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight. The ROG STRIX Z370-E Gaming brings the very best Audio and Gaming features, along with overclocking and cooling innovations to Intel’s 8Th generation platform to dominate your game. With silver accented heatsinks and aesthetics inspired by the sharpest blades, you can look great while decimating your digital foes.
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.
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