Intel Extends the Core i9 Brand to the Mobile Platform and more
Posted on: 11/26/2017 02:51 PM

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2018 Samsung Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds Revealed
Aerocool Quartz Pro Case Review
ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 Review
Cooler Master COSMOS C700P Full Tower Chassis Review
Corsair HS50 Gaming Headset Review
Corsair HS50 Gaming Headset Review
Corsair LL120 RGB Fan
D-Link Covr Mesh Wireless Router Review
Dell XPS 13 (late 2017) review: A great laptop with an unimpressive design
Destiny 2 Performance Review
EVGA GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 iCX 8 GB
GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
Getting Back To The Basics: HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Gaming Keyboard Review
Hands-on With NVIDIAs TITAN Xp Star Wars Galactic Edition Graphics Card
HP S700 SSD Review
Intel Extends the Core i9 Brand to the Mobile Platform
Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB & 480GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review
Intel's Core i5-8250U CPU reviewed
Mean:It 5PM ARC Blue Mid-Tower Chassis Review
MSI Z370 GAMING PRO CARBON AC Motherboard Review
Noctua NH-L9x65 65mm tall Compact, Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review
Noctua NH-U12S U-Type Tower CPU Cooler Review
Noctua NH-U14S U-Type Tower CPU Cooler Review
NVIDIA Star Wars TITAN Xp Jedi Order Collector Edition Review
NVIDIAs GeForce GTX 1070 Ti vs. Radeon RX Vega 56 & GTX 1070, 1080
Overclocking the Core i7-8700K (Coffee Lake) to 5.0GHz on all 6 Cores
Samsung C32HG70 32in HDR 1440p Curved Monitor Review
Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch Revealed
Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB Desktop Storage Review
SilverStone Nitrogon Series NT06-PRO Tall Low Profile CPU Cooler Review
Whats The Best 120mm Case Fan For Your PC? - 120mm Fan Comparison 2017

2018 Samsung Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds Revealed
The new *2018 Samsung Gear IconX* are cord-free earbuds that provide a secure and comfortable fit, and is now available in Black as well!


Read full article @ Tech ARP

Aerocool Quartz Pro Case Review
Oh no, my latest GPU upgrade is making my build spill out of my case, there’s tubes and bits everywhere and the panels won’t go on. Ok, time to try something bigger.

Aerocool have been around since 2001, stalwarts of gaming cases, fans and fan controllers they have offered well priced parts to enthusiasts with good reliability included. Some of their designs in the past have been a little odd but generally you can create excellent looking rigs. Later on Aerocool ventured into the power supply and gaming chair market so the product range is expanding.

I have for review the excellent looking, if a little familiar in design, Aerocool Quartz Pro PC Case.


Read full article @ Play3r

ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 Review
ASRock improves upon the Taichi's performance with the Gaming i7, but is the price increase worth it? ASRock's X99 Taichi hit a sweet spot for us. It's an inexpensive board offering solid performance, well-rounded features, and no critical flaws. But it's not a perfect board. The CPU overclocking headroom is a little behind the competition, but the bigger problem is its memory bandwidth and performance. Those problems aren't enough to dissuade mainstream consumers, but enthusiasts who want better than average performance will look elsewhere.


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

Cooler Master COSMOS C700P Full Tower Chassis Review
Many years ago, when Cooler Master first released their COMOS series of high-end cases, we were extremely impressed. These chassis not only offered great cooling performance and expandability, but also excellent build quality and elegant style. From the very first Cosmos 1000 all the way to their latest flagship Cosmos C700P.

Back in those days, water cooling and RGB was in its infancy, so most of the chassis available during that time didn’t really cater for that. Most modders and enthusiasts had to come up with something creative when it came to adding water cooling and RGB. It’s now 2017 and yup, you’ve guessed it … you won’t go very far without RGB, watercooling and of course tempered glass!


Read full article @ FunkyKit

Corsair HS50 Gaming Headset Review
Today we will be introducing the HS50 brought to us by Corsair. Building upon the success of the CORSAIR VOID PRO headsets, we are pleased to introduce the latest addition to the CORSAIR headset family, the HS50 STEREO. The HS50 STEREO offers gamers outstanding comfort, audio quality and durability at more accessible price points without sacrificing the performance and quality CORSAIR products are known for.

A low cost, yet high quality headset may seem like a contradiction, but CORSAIR engineers have struck the perfect balance between performance and price, allowing more PC and console gamers the opportunity to experience CORSAIR audio products. The HS50 STEREO offers gamers a high-quality headset solution without compromising on comfort, audio performance and mic quality. The sturdy yet lightweight design features slim profile oval ear cups with on-ear controls and internal memory foam. On the outside, accent stitching on the headband, real metal grills and concealed audio wiring in the yokes are just some of the many details that make the HS50 STEREO look as good as it sounds. To ensure durability, a high quality metal internal headband and aluminum yokes provide exceptional strength. Custom-tuned 50mm drivers deliver full range stereo sound and a fully detachable Discord Certified noise cancelling microphone guarantees clear and accurate communication.


Read full article @ FunkyKit

Corsair HS50 Gaming Headset Review
It is fair to say Corsair products don’t usually come cheap. With its new HS50 headset, however, Corsair is appealing to the gamer on a budget as the device costs less than £55. At this price, the HS50 is understandably lacking things like virtual surround-sound, detachable cables and there isn’t even any RGB lighting! Instead, the focus for the HS50 is very much on impressive sound and premium build quality – so just how good is it?


Read full article @ KitGuru

Corsair LL120 RGB Fan
Corsair decided that having 12 RGB LEDs on a fan was not enough, and with the LL RGB fans, we get 16 addressable ones split into two light loops. Featuring software control via the Lighting Node PRO, these are all about maxing out on the bling factor.


Read full article @ TechPowerUp

D-Link Covr Mesh Wireless Router Review
The D-Link Covr mesh wireless system is easy to set up, reasonably priced, and even comes with a full-featured main router, but its software is primitive and performance is a mixed bag.


Read full article @ APH Networks

Dell XPS 13 (late 2017) review: A great laptop with an unimpressive design
In August, Dell announced that it was refreshing its XPS 13 laptop with Intel's new eighth-generation processors. The new U-series chips are quad-core, and Dell says that this machine is 44% more powerful than its dual-core predecessor.

It also includes a 3200x1800 InfinityEdge touchscreen, meaning that it has slim bezels on all sides. It's also available in a 1080p flavor, for those that are willing to sacrifice resolution in favor of battery life. I opted to review the QHD+ model, because I am not one of those people.

With a high-resolution, edge-to-edge display and a quad-core processor, the XPS 13 is a very pleasant machine to use.


Read full article @ Neowin

Destiny 2 Performance Review
With Destiny 2, Activision and Bungie deliver a multi-platform experience for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. While consoles are limited to 30 FPS, PC gamers enjoy uncapped frame rates. What kind of performance will you see?


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

EVGA GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 iCX 8 GB
The EVGA GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 features the company's iCX technology which provides a total of nine thermal sensors located at important positions, to always have an overview over your card's temperatures. EVGA also upgraded the VRM circuitry to 10+2 phases with two 8-pin power inputs.


Read full article @ TechPowerUp

GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
Our friends from GAMDIAS are back once again this time with the Hermes P1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard which uses TTC blue mechanical switches that do a good job of "mimicking" the sound of typewriters.


Read full article @ NikKTech

Getting Back To The Basics: HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Gaming Keyboard Review
If you find yourself in the market for a new gaming keyboard, you will no doubt be overwhelmed by the amount of keyboards available, with just as many variants of key switch brands and types, form factors, features… it can be a very daunting task to choose the right fit for you.

No one can know better than you what your needs are, but I am going to go ahead and say that if you are a remotely serious gamer, typing enthusiast, or technologist in any form, you either already have, are shopping for, or need a mechanical keyboard.

I personally, like many on the Techgage staff and most technologists that I know, have a bit of a keyboard fetish. I spend all day on a keyboard, and I am a very detail-oriented person, I notice the smallest details, the subtleties of how things feel, textures, etc. Because of this, when I get the opportunity to review a keyboard, I rarely ever say no.


Read full article @ Techgage

Hands-on With NVIDIAs TITAN Xp Star Wars Galactic Edition Graphics Card
Not long after NVIDIA launched its latest mid-range GPU, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, it began to tease another graphics card. Considering the fact that the 1070 Ti had a hard time squeezing into the overall GeForce lineup, it was mind-boggling to imagine that another card was en route. Well, as we learned not long after that, what we’re dealing with is a brand-new TITAN Xp that’s spec’d the same as the normal one. It just happens to be infused with some Star Wars flavor. Oh, and there’s two different models to choose from.

This release is an interesting one, because I don’t remember NVIDIA ever releasing hardware with this kind of franchise tie-in before. The company certainly isn’t a stranger to releasing merch, but $1,200 GPUs designed as an homage to an iconic series is a definite new one. And at that price, it’s going to be exclusive to some pretty die-hard fans.


Read full article @ TechGage

HP S700 SSD Review
The DRAMless HP700 SSD is one of the best we've tested to date, but the price is more mainstream than the performance.


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

Intel Extends the Core i9 Brand to the Mobile Platform
Intel created the Core i9 brand to differentiate two key groups of Core X series HEDT (high-end desktop) processors, with the Core i7 X-series parts featuring 28-lane or 16-lane PCIe interfaces, while the Core i9 X-series parts featuring the full 44-lane interfaces present on the "Skylake-X" silicon. The Core i9 brand also earned a degree of exclusivity as it allows Intel to ask upwards of $999 for these client-segment parts, with the top-end i9-7980XE scraping the $2,000-mark. Intel sees the potential for a similar segmentation for its mobile processor lineup, even if not on grounds of PCIe lane budget or core-counts.

The Core i9 mobile processor family could bring the highest-levels of 6-core "Coffee Lake" desktop processor performance to the notebook platform. Intel is giving final touches to the Core i9-8000 series "Coffee Lake-H" processor lineup, which could feature the full 6-core/12-thread configuration of the "Coffee Lake" silicon, alongside 12 MB L3 cache. The first SKU in the lineup could be the Core i9-8950HK, sniffed out from the change-log of the latest FinalWire AIDA64. These chips could enable large (>17-inch) gaming notebooks with one or more high-end graphics cards, the latest advancements in cooling, 4K UHD or curved displays, etc.


Read full article @ techPowerUp

Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB & 480GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD Review
Two years ago, Intel/Micron introduced us to 3D XPoint memory media at a press event in San Francisco California. The performance claims presented were dazzling, to say the least. Since that day, we've been eagerly waiting to get a real 3D XPoint consumer SSD in our hands. Not a tiny caching module like Optane Memory, but a real retail enthusiast SSD with enough capacity to serve as a legitimate system disk. The wait is finally over. Intel's Optane SSD 900P is now hitting retail channels. We had heard rumors that the 900P would come to market at over $2 per gigabyte. Even at that price, we believed that if the 900P was able to live up to Intel's performance and endurance claims, it would certainly be worth the price of admission. Needless to say, we're pleasantly surprised to see the Optane SSD 900P sporting an MSRP that is less than $1.50 per gigabyte. This is roughly 3x the price of high-end flash-based NVMe SSDs, but in this case, you get what you pay for. Optane 900P SSDs can deliver up to 7x the random read performance of the best flash-based SSDs at QD1, and are rated at about 10x the endurance of their flash-based counterparts. For many of you, that actually makes Optane the better overall value.


Read full article @ TweakTown

Intel's Core i5-8250U CPU reviewed
The notebook PC is undoubtedly the meat and potatoes for PC makers these days, but the basic processing resources that laptops have offered for the better part of a decade have been just as stagnant as they have been on the desktop. Ever since Intel's Sandy Bridge microarchitecture made its debut, getting a thin-and-light Intel machine has meant getting a CPU with a TDP in the range of 15W. That chip has had two cores, as many as four threads, and a serviceable integrated graphics processor as the cherry on top.

Sure, power consumption has fallen as process sizes have shrunken, allowing for thinner and lighter laptops and longer battery life, among other benefits. But for folks who want more processing power from their mobile systems, period, it's been necessary to step up from thin-and-light machines to beefier systems with bigger batteries, thicker chassis, and above all, more pounds on the scale.


Read full article @ The Tech Report

Mean:It 5PM ARC Blue Mid-Tower Chassis Review
Up to this point in our reviewing career, we had never heard of the company called mean:IT, but they made contact with us to have one of their cases looked at. Upon inspection of their webpage, we found that this company may or may not be the originator of this design, but being honest, we have seen a chassis very similar to the one you are about to see here today. We are unsure in Anidees was first to market with this chassis, or if mean:IT was first, but we can say that both companies are getting their cases from the same manufacturer, and changing the fine details ever so slightly to stand out as to which is which. With that said, we are going to be re-examining what was originally shown to you as the Anidees AI Crystal chassis here today. At the same time, we do feel that mean:IT has changed enough things to make it worth the effort of a re-examination. In the 5PM Series of cases from mean:IT, there are five iterations, mainly due to the fan options available. In this series of cases, we are offered the LUM Red and LUM Blue, which alludes to the color of the fans used, and that all of the fans are illuminated. The second series is the ARC Red and ARC Blue cases, where just the outer ring of the fans is what is illuminated. Lastly, there is the 5PM Black, which uses fans with no illumination. The 5PM series of cases are built with tempered glass on three sides, an internal layout which is wide open to take full advantage of airflow, much like we have seen before. What separates the two cases beyond names and branding applied to the chassis, is that the former solution came with side vents on the front bezel, while the 5PM has them around the edge of the glass. One other thing that mean:IT offers over the original us a built-in PWM or DC fan controller hub. Shockingly, even though mean:IT seems to offer the better package deal right now, it costs less than the Anidees solutions too. If we haven't grabbed your attention so far, stick with it, as the mean:IT 5PM ARC Blue chassis we have been shipped is worthy of your attention if looking for a solid mid-tower chassis.


Read full article @ TweakTown

MSI Z370 GAMING PRO CARBON AC Motherboard Review
MSI's Gaming Pro Carbon lineup of motherboards are positioned to be the go-to motherboard for gamers and enthusiasts alike. If we ask people what makes a motherboard a gaming product we get a few answers depending on what gamers expect. Audio and networking are important, then we also get overclocking support, and even RGB LEDs as answers from some people when it comes to what they want in a motherboard for a gaming machine. The Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is designed to provide a varying level of each gaming requirement at a reasonable price, so let us see how it does.


Read full article @ TweakTown

Noctua NH-L9x65 65mm tall Compact, Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review
Noctua originates from a collaboration between the Austrian Rascom Computer distribution Ges.m.b.H. and the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation, pooling more than thirty years of experience in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of high-end cooling components. Established in 2005, Noctua took international silent enthusiasts’ hearts by storm and quickly developed into one of the most acclaimed suppliers of premium quality quiet cooling products. Today, Noctua is present in more than 30 countries across the globe and working with several hundred sales partners. Chosen by noise-conscious PC users, system integrators and industry clients alike, Noctua has become synonymous with impeccable quality, excellent customer service, and class-leading quiet cooling performance.

Earlier I have reviewed the Noctua NH-L12S a low profile CPU Cooler which stands out the competition on my test bench. This time, Noctua has sent me their compact, low profile NH-L9x65 CPU Cooler for the review. It has a height of just 65mm. Taking upon the NH-L9 the NH-L9x65 further enhances the performance from going to the 65mm from the 37mm in height and incorporating 4 heat pipes instead of the 2. It has smaller footprint with just 95x95mm but has increased the performance many folds. How did this cooler perform? Let’s take a look.


Read full article @ Enostech

Noctua NH-U12S U-Type Tower CPU Cooler Review
Noctua originates from a collaboration between the Austrian Rascom Computer distribution Ges.m.b.H. and the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation, pooling more than thirty years of experience in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of high-end cooling components. Established in 2005, Noctua took international silent enthusiasts’ hearts by storm and quickly developed into one of the most acclaimed suppliers of premium quality quiet cooling products. Today, Noctua is present in more than 30 countries across the globe and working with several hundred sales partners. Chosen by noise-conscious PC users, system integrators and industry clients alike, Noctua has become synonymous with impeccable quality, excellent customer service, and class-leading quiet cooling performance.
Today, I took a look at the Noctua NH-U12S. This is their premium 120mm, single tower heatsink design. The Series has the highest compatibility and the clearance from RAM with just 45mm depth to them. It is bundled with the NF-F12 Focused Flow fan to provide the utmost cooling performance at silent levels. Quiet operation and excellent thermal performance are what I was expecting from this cooler. How did it perform? Let’s see.


Read full article @ Enostech

Noctua NH-U14S U-Type Tower CPU Cooler Review
Noctua originates from a collaboration between the Austrian Rascom Computer distribution Ges.m.b.H. and the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation, pooling more than thirty years of experience in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of high-end cooling components. Established in 2005, Noctua took international silent enthusiasts’ hearts by storm and quickly developed into one of the most acclaimed suppliers of premium quality quiet cooling products. Today, Noctua is present in more than 30 countries across the globe and working with several hundred sales partners. Chosen by noise-conscious PC users, system integrators and industry clients alike, Noctua has become synonymous with impeccable quality, excellent customer service, and class-leading quiet cooling performance.
Earlier, I took a look at the Noctua NH-U12S and that cooler met my high expectations. Noctua was kind enough to send us the NH-U14S as well for the testing. Today, I am taking a look at the Noctua NH-U14S. This is their premium 140mm, U-Type Single Tower heatsink design. The Series has the highest compatibility and the clearance from RAM thanks to the slimmer depth of the heatsink. The NH-U14S has the depth of 52mm. It is bundled with the NF-A15 PWM fan to provide the utmost cooling performance at silent levels. Quiet operation and excellent thermal performance is what I am expecting from this cooler with bit better thermals than its sibling the NH-U12S.


Read full article @ Enostech

NVIDIA Star Wars TITAN Xp Jedi Order Collector Edition Review
Join our force in a review of the GeForce Star Wars TITAN Xp Collector Edition. The card is the fastest consumer graphics card on the globe and is available in a Dark Side and Jedi version, shaped and styled after a lightsaber. Make no mistake, it's not a gimmick as this graphics houses Nvidia's fastest Pascal GP102 GPU tied towards with 12GB of GDDR5X graphics memory. Oh, and they also locked and clocked that GPU and memory a notch faster.


Read full article @ Guru3D

NVIDIAs GeForce GTX 1070 Ti vs. Radeon RX Vega 56 & GTX 1070, 1080
Since I wasn’t able to include the full round of tests for the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti launch article a couple of weeks ago, this one acts as a follow-up to add important information: how the card performs in real games.

I’m in the process of retesting all of the current-gen GPUs we have on-hand, and so far, I’ve been able to tear through four – all of which are included in this article. Four resolutions are also featured, which is a bit of a rarity since a card has to fall into a specific sweet spot to be relevant for all of them.

That said, while the GTX 1080 is being tested across all four resolutions for this article, it wouldn’t normally be used for 1080p testing (the same applies to Vega 64). I broke that self-inflicted rule to help make this article feel more complete, since a 1080p battle between cards $50 apart could be interesting.


Read full article @ TechGage

Overclocking the Core i7-8700K (Coffee Lake) to 5.0GHz on all 6 Cores
In this article, we’ll show you how to overclock the Intel Core i7-8700K (Cofee Lake) from the default speed of 3.7GHz to a whopping 5.0GHz on all 6 cores, by simply changing 3 BIOS options on the Asus ROG Maximus X Hero motherboard. You can check out the review of the Asus ROG Maximus X Hero motherboard here.


Read full article @ FunkyKit

Samsung C32HG70 32in HDR 1440p Curved Monitor Review
Received wisdom has it that gamers will sacrifice quality for frame rates. But what if you could have both? Samsung’s research has found that 48 per cent of gamers place image quality above other factors, and this was their most important consideration when buying a new monitor. So Samsung took this to heart for its latest CHG70 range. The native resolution is up from the previous generation, but more importantly, this is the first gaming monitor to support HDR.


Read full article @ KitGuru

Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch Revealed
The *Samsung Gear Sport* is *water resistant with a 5 ATM rating*, and *advanced swim tracking capabilities* to measure key swim metrics for better results!


Read full article @ Tech ARP

Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB Desktop Storage Review
Very good performance numbers, 8TB capacity and a dual front USB 3.0 hub are more than enough reasons for you to consider getting your very own Backup Plus Hub Desktop Storage by Seagate.


Read full article @ Nikktech

SilverStone Nitrogon Series NT06-PRO Tall Low Profile CPU Cooler Review
The SilverStone Technology was founded in 2003 on the principle of recognition that merely having innovative expertise within the industry is not enough. Their objective is to ensure that their expertise is delivered to all products with consistency, in response to user’s needs, and with maximum user satisfaction. SilverStone Technology thrives on challenges of rapid technological advancements and creating an aesthetic standard for the industry. Their products are of high quality. Product lines include PC Chassis, PSU, Cooling Solution, Storage devices, etc.
Today, I am taking a look at the company’s low profile cooler, NT06-Pro. The SilverStone NT06-Pro is a completely redesigned cooler based on the NT06-E. It has optimized heatsink fins soldered onto six 6mm thick copper heat pipes to provide more contact to produce higher efficiency rate of heat dissipation. A new, compact 120mm PWM fan with the balance of airflow and noise is included to provide forced-air heat dissipation with the ability to cool components around the CPU area. The NT06-Pro is from their Nitrogon Series of the CPU coolers. It was put on the Intel’s hot chip, i7 7700k. How did it perform, let’s find out?


Read full article @ Enostech

Whats The Best 120mm Case Fan For Your PC? - 120mm Fan Comparison 2017
When you are looking to purchase your case of choice, 99.9% of them come with an exhaust fan pre-installed… therefore, you don’t need to worry about it, right? I mean, does it really make any difference what fan sits at the rear of the chassis, and exhausts hot air out of your case? Does fan blade count & design, RPM or even price make any difference to the job this fan does?

A lot of companies have tried to re-invent the proverbial wheel when it comes to fan design and with a large focus on static pressure fans for radiators swamping the market, does it really make that big of a difference? For this shoot-out, we contacted companies in advance to give them enough time to send whatever fans they wanted included in this big comparison, below are the 22 fans which made the cut including specifications, pricing and a link to check the latest price (or purchase) from Amazon! The key question we will be asking today; What 120mm fan is the best rear case fan?


Read full article @ Play3r




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