EVGA is a company known for selling top-notch enthusiast hardware such as graphics cards, power supplies, and motherboards. The subject of this review is centered around one of its top motherboard branded under the ‘FTW’ moniker. The ‘FTW’ branding stands for “For The Win”, which our young whipper-snappers would tell you symbolizes a nod of approval on the internet. More than just an internet slang, EVGA’s FTW branding is part of EVGA’s penultimate performance tier, of which the Classified brand reigns supreme.
Despite such a winner’s naming scheme, the EVGA X99 FTW actually represents the [...]
As usual, MSI had quite a few announcements to make at CES this year. MSI is one of the top brands for PC gamers and today we will be covering the laptops, desktops and more.
Notebooks GS40 Phantom
First on the list is the GS40, MSI’s sleek lightweight 14″ gaming laptop. It is equipped with up to a Skylake Intel Core i7, Nvidia GTX 970M GPU, 16GB DDR4, M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD, 14″ IPS display, and Thunderbolt. This laptop weighs in at only 3.75 pounds and is less than an inch thick. Those looking for a powerful gaming laptop while on the move will find it to be an excellent solution for their needs. It is available [...]
Rainbow Six: Siege is easily one of the most highly anticipated games to be released this year; with tactical asymmetrical combat and unique map destruction it stands a chance at becoming the next premier eSports shooter. With the recent closed beta, which was much hyped for the several months leading up to it since their closed alpha, we thought now was as good a time as any to share our thoughts on the game, what we love and what we’d change about it.
What We LovedDestructible environments never let you feel safe and always let you be creative with ways to make sure you can get the drop on your opponent. We really can’t stress this enough, its an [...]
Patriot has just announced dual kit versions of its Viper 4 DDR4 memory targeted towards content creators and gamers.
Patriot’s new Viper 4 DDR4 dual memory kit is designed for the Z170 platform and Intel’s latest Skylake CPUs. The Viper 4 will ship in 8GB (2x4GB) and 16GB (2x4GB) kits in frequencies ranging from 2400MHz to 3400MHz. Each kit is hand tested for quality assurance and validated for system compatibility.
The Viper 4 memory kits is compatible with Intel’s XMP 2.0 standard which lets users easily overclock the RAM with predetermined profiles. The Viper 4 will ship with a timing of 16-18-18-36, and can be over-clocked to 16-16-16-36. [...]
If you’ve been following the SandForce story over the past couple years, you’ll know that it’s been quite a ride for SandForce and their upcoming SF3700 SSD controller. Shortly after announcing the LSI SandForce SF3700 back in late 2013, LSI, the then owner of SandForce controller technology, was acquired by Avago who then turned around and sold LSI’s Flash Components Division to Seagate within the same year. As such, the SandForce SF3700 controller faced multiple delays which may or may not have been expected given SandForce’s original expectation of SF3700’s arrival by the end of last year.
Obviously an end of 2014 launch of the [...]
A couple months ago, we were fortunate enough to be one of the first tech review sites to get the opportunity to review the MSI Z97 Gaming 7 motherboard which we felt was one of the best all-around sub-$200 gaming motherboards. It was rock solid, had a fantastic layout, and a premium feature-set well worth its pricetag.
At the time of the review of the Gaming 7, MSI had already planned to release an even more premium gaming motherboard, the Z97 Gaming 9 AC, but it was still under wraps at the time. We were told however, that the MSI Z97 Gaming 9AC would be a wireless model and have a significantly upgraded audio system that would really [...]
For those who’ve been closely following the Z97 launch these past couple weeks, you’ll know that it hasn’t been anywhere near the smoothest chipset launch in Intel history. Despite Intel’s NDA set for May 11, we’ve literally known practically everything about Z97 for months and almost every motherboard maker has been either leaking their own products or breaking some sort of NDA to get their products some early media coverage.
With Intel’s NDA now expired and Z97 chipset based motherboards now rolling out at major retailers (with Intel’s new Haswell Refresh CPUs following suit), today we’ll [...]
SK Hynix, one of the few memory/NAND manufacturers with their own fab, recently announced that they’ve begun mass production of their 2nd generation 16nm, 64Gb (Gigabit, not to be confused with Gigabyte) MLC NAND flash. Their first generation 16nm NAND flash has already been in mass production since June. The 16nm process is currently the world’s finest MLC NAND fabrication process with competitors such as Toshiba/SanDisk at 19nm, Samsung at 19nm, and IMFT at 20nm. SK Hynix is using their latest Air Gap technology to overcome cell interference issues associated with such an incredibly fine fabrication process.
“Generally, the thinner process [...]
When we look at the SSD industry today, there are few companies more well known than LSI SandForce. LSI SandForce drives power over 35% of the SSDs currently sold on the market today so when these guys introduce a new SSD controller more than two years after the introduction of their last generation product, it’s definitely time to take notice.
Ever since January of this year at CES, we’ve been hearing rumors of the mythical new LSI SandForce SSD controller (aka “Project Griffin”), but it wasn’t until June at Computex when we first confirmed of its existence via one of LSI [...]
Multiple industry-firsts include over 1,800MB/s client performance and dual PCIe and SATA interface support; optimizations for client, enterprise and hyperscale environments
LSI Corporation today unveiled the third generation of its market-leading SandForce flash controller line, the industry’s most widely deployed flash management technology for driving PCIe and SATA solid state drive (SSD) and flash card solutions. Designed to support power-sensitive client computing applications as well as I/O-intensive [...]