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Kingston has had a wide variety of storage devices but until now they haven’t ventured into the NVME market. With the Kingston KC1000 M.2 2280 480GB NVMe MLC Internal Solid State Drive that has changed and Kingston has dipped their proverbial storage foot into the NVME arena. We’ve seen PCIe SATA, and M.2 devices from Kingston and many of them were impressive like the Kingston Savage PCIe they released a couple of years ago.
While BIOSTAR is known for motherboards, they too now have SSDs to offer and their newest offerings is the G330 SSD Series which we will be looking at today. The BIOSTAR G330 SSD uses the standard 2.5-inch form factor and packs a SMI 2258 controller and SK Hynix DRAM cache. Let us see how well will the BIOSTAR G330 do in our tests using Intel’s latest HEDT offerings.
When it comes to packing features on a motherboard at an affordable price Asrock is the absolute king! The ASRock X299 Killer SLI/ac LGA 2066 Intel X299 Motherboard has more features packed into it than a US Navy Guided missile! We are talking triple M.2 slots, Intel Optane supported, USB 3.1 Gen 2 bot Type-A and Type-C, 60A power chokes 11 phase power, metal covered reinforced video card slots, Nichicon 12K Black Caps, and Asrock Hyper BCLK Engine III. Yes, it's impossible to beat Asrocks price/feature set and seldom do you see any manufacturers board performing better!
APEX – noun – ‘the highest or culminating point’. APEX is a very fitting name for a motherboard built to do one thing: Break records. The culmination of just shy of three decades of experience manufacturing computer hardware, the ROG Rampage VI APEX takes ASUS’s industry leading experience building some of the most extreme overclocking capable components and rolls them all into one record breaking platform, taunting every other board on the market claiming to have some level over overclocking prowess.
Freeze your digital enemies in their tracks with MSI’s latest edition to the Arsenal series Gaming motherboards, the X299 Tomahawk Arctic. Featuring the latest technology to propel your gaming onto the frontlines of tomorrows battlefields while hiding under an icy winter camouflage. The aesthetics of this board are just perfect if you are looking for a light-colored build and are tired of the black boards that saturate the market. The white and silver scheme can pair with any color for the perfect showpiece. We all know good looks alone can’t carry you to victory, so can such a cool board stand the heat of battle? We’ll find out!
We all know when it comes to RAM faster is better and Corsair has sent us a Corsair Vengeance LPX kit that runs at 3733MHz with timings of 17-19-19-39. When we opened the box low and behold we found a RAM fan with three interchangeable colored rings. We cannot express how happy we are to see Corsair going back to fans on some kits. Not only is it top notch RAM fit for computer connoisseurs, the fan cools the RAM and due to its proximity to the VRM’s helps cool the VRMs and chokes in the CPU area.
Cooler Master set out to create a budget friendly headset with only the necessary features that also can stand up to extensive abuse from day to day use. So they invented the MasterPulse MH320 headset that is both for the casual gamer as well as the general pc user. Armed with a flexible steel headband instead of a plastic one Proclockers believes this headset has some potential lets takes a closer look.
Mionix's gaming mice were developed in collaboration with Kickstarter and the Twitch streaming community. The Mionix QG mouse measures the user’s biometric information and movement data via integrated sensors and visualizes the captured data through an in-game overlay. Proclockers was able to evaluate the function of this unique mouse. Our hope is to inform others that are looking into this peripheral a better understanding of its abilities.
Not too long ago we had the privilege of reviewing HyperX’s Predator DDR4 2x8Gb dual channel memory kit. The performance was rather impressive and we came away quite pleased. Now we have an opportunity to test the 4x8Gb quad channel version!
ASUS’s STRIX branded product line has been a popular choice for gamers the last few generations due to its affordable price tag attached to a product good looks, great performance, and unbeatable ROG bloodlines. ASUS now brings this pedigree to Intel’s new X299 platform in the form of the ROG STRIX X299-E Gaming. From the AURA Sync Lighting, to the reinforced metal reinforced SafeSlots, to the SupremeFX Audio, everything here is about serious gaming.
Few names in the industry stick out quite as much as Johnathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel, arguably THE first professional gamer. For ASRock to collaborate and brand a motherboard with this moniker, you know they have to mean business. ASRock knows you are only as good as your foundation, so they loaded the X299 Professional Gaming i9 up with everything needed to make sure nothing stands in your way.
Intel’s X299 chipset provides support for Intel’s latest Kabylake-X and SkyLake-X CPU’s up to 18 cores, up to 128GB of Quad Channel DDR4, 4 PCIE x16 slots, triple Turbo M.2 slots, and Dual Intel Gigabit LAN ports. If that wasn’t enough for your, they even stuffed in the very latest Aquantia powered TEN gigabit networking, Intel dual band 802.11AC Wifi, Creative Sound Blaster Cinema audio, full RGB support and more super speed USB and connectivity options that you’ll know what to do with. Can it fight its way to the top of the scoreboard? We’re about to find out.
Nearly six years ago in November of 2011, Intel divided its lineup by releasing its first HEDT (High-End Desk-Top) in the form of the X79 platform and a trio of Sandy Bridge-E CPU’s with the flagship 6-core Extreme Edition Core i7-3960X. The platform eventually received an update to Ivy Bridge-E with three new CPUs. Three years later, the updated X99 platform was launched with another trio of Haswell-E CPU’s with the 8 core i7-5960X, later to be trumped with Broadwell-E’s 10-core i7-6950X. Fast-forward just under 3 years and Intel brings us X299. This time however, Intel changed the game and announced NINE different CPU’s over a stagger launch. Spanning 2 architectures at the same time, Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X, X299 hits the ground with a starting lineup from quad core to 18 cores, up to quad channel ddr4 memory and up to a hefty 44 PCIe lanes.
While we wait for the remaining Sky Lake-X CPU’s to arrive, we’ll take a look at one offering near the middle of the shotgun pattern launch with the 8 core, 16 thread Intel Core i7-7820X. Does it compare to the retiring 8 core champion of X99? We certainly aim to find out!