Hardware Review Roundup: 1/15/21

Graphics: EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra @ Guru3D
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2x16GB DDR4-2666 SODIMM @ [M]adShrimps
Storage: ADATA SE800 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD @ NikKTech, Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD @ ThinkComputers
Cases: Corsair 5000D @ Guru3D
Audio: EPOS Sennheiser GSX 300 Gaming Series @ NikKTech
Cooling: NZXT Kraken X63 RGB LCS @ Guru3D


Courtesy of HXL on Twitter, we have our first pictures of the upcoming GIGABYTE X570 AORUS MASTER OC. This X570 based motherboard could be GIGABYTE’s answer to some recently announced competitive products like the MSI UNIFY X. The board appears to be stripped of the cosmetics like the rear I/O cover and shield, as well as featuring densely finned VRM heatsinks. The VRM itself appears to be a 12+2 setup judging solely from the photo. Only two DDR4 DIMMs are provided here, along with 2 8-pin CPU power headers. Clearly, this is a board aimed at the overclocking crowd. We’ll see what comes of this board when it is announced.

Review Roundup: 1/5/21

Cases: DeepCool Macube 110 @ Modders Inc

Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB White DDR4-3200 32GB @ ThinkComputers, Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 16GB 2666MHz 2x16GB CL18 SODIMM @ [M]adShrimps

Storage: TerraMaster F5-221 NAS @ Guru3D, WD Blue SN550 @ Hot Hardware, Silicon Power US70 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ NikKTech, addlink S92 2TB QLC M.2 PCIe SSD @ TweakTown, WD My Passport SSD @ ThinkComputers

GPU: Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 NITRO+ @ Guru3D, MSI Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming X TRIO @ Guru3D, MSI GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM X @ Hot Hardware, ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti TUF Gaming OC @ Hexus, EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming @ Hexus

Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo V2 @ OCInside, DEEPCOOL AS500 @ TweakTown

TUF GAMING X570-PRO: Preview Updated

Now that we’ve finally got our thermal camera in, we’re starting the last remaining portion of testing prior to completion of the full write up. We grabbed two quick shots of the VRM at idle with DDR4 running at 3866MT/s, along with a 1.1V VSOC. We’ve also got the X570 chipset / heatsink shown. Head on over the our preview for a look.

Weekend Hardware Roundup: 12/21/20

Storage: Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 1TB M.2 NVME SSD @ TweakTown, Kingston KC2500 M.2 NVMe SSD @ ThinkComputers, Silicon Power US70 PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 2280 1TB SSD @ [M]adShrimps, Silicon Power Stream S06 & S07 6TB @ NikKTech
Monitors: AOC U32U1 Porsche Design Monitor @ OCInside
Cooling: Thermaltake ToughFan 12 @ OCInside, Scythe Ninja 5 @ Guru3D
KBM: Cooler Master MM720 @ Modders Inc, SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless @ [M]adShrimps
Networking: EnGenius ECW230 Access Point Review @ Modders Inc

Intel Announces Its Next Generation Memory and Storage Products

What’s New: Today, at Intel’s Memory and Storage 2020 event, the company highlighted six new memory and storage products to help customers meet the challenges of digital transformation. Key to advancing innovation across memory and storage, Intel announced two new additions to its Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drive (SSD) Series: the Intel® Optane™ SSD P5800X, the world’s fastest data center SSD, and the Intel® Optane™ Memory H20 for client, which features performance and mainstream productivity for gaming and content creation. Optane helps meet the needs of modern computing by bringing the memory closer to the CPU. The company also revealed its intent to deliver its 3rd generation of Intel® Optane™ persistent memory (code-named “Crow Pass”) for cloud and enterprise customers.

“Today is a key moment for our memory and storage journey. With the release of these new Optane products, we continue our innovation, strengthen our memory and storage portfolio, and enable our customers to better navigate the complexity of digital transformation. Optane products and technologies are becoming a mainstream element of business compute. And as a part of Intel, these leadership products are advancing our long-term growth priorities, including AI, 5G networking and the intelligent, autonomous edge.”
–Alper Ilkbahar, Intel vice president in the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the Intel Optane Group

What Else Intel Announced: Intel also announced three new NAND SSDs featuring 144-layer cell memory: the Intel SSD 670p, the company’s next-gen144-layer quad-level-cell (QLC) 3D NAND SSD for mainstream computing; the Intel SSD D7-P5510, the world’s first-to-market 144-layer triple-level-cell NAND design; and the Intel SSD D5-P5316, a greater-density, higher-endurance SSD built around the industry’s first 144-layer QLC NAND.

Read more @ Intel Newsroom

TeamGroup Hits DDR5 Validation w/Motherboard Makers

DDR5 is slated for a 2021 release, and TeamGroup is working around the clock to be one of the first vendors to push out their products. The memory manufacturer has already started the validation phase with the top motherboard companies in the industry, including Asus, MSI, ASRock and Gigabyte.

Just to start things off, TeamGroup plans to release its first wave of DDR5 memory modules with a capacity of 16GB. The memory modules are rated for DDR5-4800 and only require a 1.1V DRAM voltage to operate. The specifications are not final, of course, but that’s what TeamGroup expects to put out.

Read more @ Tom’s Hardware

Weekend Hardware Review Roundup: 12/14/20

We’ve had a number of hardware reviews roll in over the past few days. Let’s take a look at what we have for reading this morning.

Power Supplies: Cooler Master 850w SFX @ Modders Inc
Audio: Creative Pebble V3 2.0 USB-C Speakers @ [M]adShrimps, Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 @ NikKTech, Schiit Hel Gaming DAC/Amp @ TweakTown
NAS/DAS: TerraMaster TD2 Thunderbolt 3 Plus RAID DAS @ NikKTech
Cooling: Corsair iCUE Nexus @ ThinkComputers