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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Corsair GLAIVE RGB Review

The Corsair Glaive RGB was a force to reckon with but is it still the ultimate gaming weapon after an year, time to find out!

Over the years I've reviewed a lot of products from Corsair including that from their ever growing peripheral lineups which most of the time happens to be quite top of the line, most of the time in performance but every time in terms of pricing! With the recent release of the Corsair Harpoon RGB they did take care of the entry segment but now its time to get into the upper budget segment for gaming mice for which they'd rolled out their Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse last year in 2017!
Thanks to Corsair India we happen to have one with us today so let's find out how sharp the edges of this weapon really are after a year of its launch and is it still worth your money.

Taking its name from an old European weapon that fitted at the end of a stick and could be modified as per one's own usage and style, the Corsair Glaive RGB looks to do pretty much the same by offering a semi-modular nature by which you can choose between three different grips according to your style and needs!
Technically speaking the mouse comes equipped with high-performance custom made Pixart PMW3367 Optical sensor, adjustable DPI, six buttons, Omron switches and more which you tend to find absent in most of the gaming mice priced higher than the Glaive! Its now priced lower than its launch price and sits at around $50 or Rs 5000 in India.
One thing I want to mention here is that the Glaive RGB comes in two different options with one being full plastic and the other with aluminum trims in the front. While all the other features remain the same the normal one weighs at around 120g while the aluminum version has 127g of weight to it,  so pick the one which suits you most before going for either one of them.

What's in the Box!?


Corsair Gaming components are now depicted by a black box with splashes of yellow since that's what their signature color theme is. The packing of the Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse is no different which also comes in a sleek black windowed box with yellow in tits and bits all over. The product image and Corsair logo are prominent along with the main features such as 16000 DPI, interchangeable thumb grips and RGB back lighting.
The back is similarly colored with a detailed marked diagram of the mouse indicating towards its key physical characteristics such as contoured shape, three zone multi color back lighting and onboard memory. Its a nifty packing justifying a product of this stature and does the job well in protecting it through transit.

Open the box and you'll be greeted by some accessories and paper works, these include the warranty card and user manual, the Corsair Glaive RGB mouse and another small case housing the two extra interchangeable grips and a carry pouch for you to carry them along anywhere you go with ease.

Let's take a Closer Look!


Corsair has designed the Glaive RGB as a full size-all grip style friendly gaming mouse with the entire top covered by a matte black silicon like finish for extra grip and comfort, its common these days and shouldn't be much of a problem except for oil stains if you like to munch around while using your PC! All the six buttons are Omron switches which are rated at 20million click cycles so durability isn't an issue over here, the left except for the aluminum trim in the front also houses the two forward and backward buttons which are a bit depressed in contrast to the default rubberized flat grip that the mouse comes with. These are hard & have a very nice clock to them nothing too hard nothing too soft.

The right side is simple with nothing much but the permanent non-swappable textured rubber grip to rest your pinky or ringer finger upon. It also has one of the three RGB lighting zones right above it, we'll be discussing about that later on in the review.
The Corsair sails logo can also be seen at the back here which is RGB backlit and is also one of the three lighting areas on this mouse.

Looking at the top we find the two right and left click buttons, on the fly DPI change switch and a chunky scroll wheel. The left and right clicks don't have a high actuation and sound just perfect when clicking while the textured rubber wheel is a bit tight either while pressing down or scrolling up-down which is fine by my standards but others might need some practice to get used to it.
You would also see a five LED strip that indicate the various and at present DPI level of the mouse.  By default it is programmed with 800, 1500, 3000, 6000, and 9000 DPI but sadly the color of the DPI indicator stays blue only and can't be changed. The DPI levels can be customized through the CUE software even by a single DPI if one wants that kind of precision!

Now the entire story becomes clear when you look at it from the front, the mouse is a contoured to the right and the left and right click buttons are a bit curved upwards to prevent an accidental slip of fingers while long gaming sessions. The front LEDs are grilled which is a remanent of Corsair's own Scimitar gaming mouse.

At the bottom we have four teflon feet and the Pixart PMW3367 optical sensor which is custom tailored for the Glaive and supports upto 16000 DPI which is don't think anyone would be desperately needing right now even with a multi monitor setup but some extra doesn't hurt & you can always customize these setting through CUE.
The cable on the Glaive RGB is 1.8m in length and is cloth braided with a little stiffness to it. At the end you'll find the same USB connector as that on all the Corsair Gaming Peripherals, its rubberized and strongly build for longevity. I have a good amount of space on my table so the wire's stiffness didn't pose any issues but for some it might so try to get hold of a mouse bungee for yourself if possible to avoid any hindrance.

About the CUE


Corsair has brought out an entirely new software suite with the Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse. CUE as Corsair likes to call it is a suite to bind all the three gears, namely as the Void Headset, MM800 Mousepad and K95 Platinum Keyboard, together as one taking a more holistic approach. CUE can be downloaded from the Corsair official website for free.

This new version of the CUE is quite well laid out and has all the comprehensive and complex options hidden deep within. The demo devices listed on the starting page are actually a bunch of emulators that users can  use to get a feel of the lighting and various options available for the enlisted peripheral. The top has an advanced button for bringing down the more in depth options for the users & I personally advice that one uses the same as its required to reap the full potential of such a premium device!

The first one is the Actions section which let's you remap and reassign buttons. Its simple section of the mouse but the real power of the CUE and Glaive is seen when you enter the Macros section where you can record macros for the mouse and use them by the click of a single button. This is real handy for typing in texts during multiplayer battles to your team mates for quick response.

Since its RGB so there has to be a dedicated section to lighting isn't it!? In this section you can choose from the pre-defined patterns and even select the speed. Interestingly since the mouse has three RGB lighting areas you can customize their lighting patterns individually giving you the ultimate custom experience!  In the advanced options you can either make your own lighting pattern or just simply set it to static if you are like me and don't want a distracting disco ball under your palm during gaming.

DPI section is where you want to be for making your own DPI profile per click of the button, not only can you set your own DPI values but the Glaive sensor allows for one DPI selection aswell so you can go as precise as one DPI if you want that kind of accuracy in your mouse.

The performance tab gives you the options such as lift height which you should set according to your style and mouse pad size. High is what comes by default but I found low as y preferred setting to prevent rolling during gaming sessions but you can choose the one that best suits you.

A surface calibration section is also there for the Glaive RGB in the CUE which allows you to set the tune the sensor in accordance with the kind of surface you are operating the mouse upon be it a bare table surface or a mousepad. Just move the yellow logo on the screen while keeping the meter in the green and the sensor would be calibrated within seconds. I found it quite helpful & it did make a difference especially on very different surfaces like glass or wood.

In the setting section you can customize the polling rate of the mouse to your taste along with the brightness at which the RGB lights would glow. Pretty straightforward & useful.
All these settings and customizations made on the Glaive RGB stay on the mouse thanks to its on-board memory so you don't need to install the CUE on every system you play on just plug in the mouse and all your settings would work seamlessly!

The Grips and Lights

Before we test this mouse I would like to talk about the three interchangeable thumb grips & three lighting areas that the Glaive RGB comes with.

The Thumb Grips


You will get three distinct thumb grips with the Corsair Glaive RGB, while one is pre-installed the other three are interchangeable according to your preferences. One is a plain rubberized grip, the second one is an angular textured grip while the third one is an extended rugged wing shaped grip.
These grips are attached to the main body of the mouse via strong neodymium magnets which makes swapping a seamless process with a perfect fit.

While using the soft rubber grip is suitable to most users out there including me it does leave a little more to ask in terms of comfort considering the mouse still has two more options. The two buttons on the side are accessible easily while using this grip and be it a palm grip or claw grip the grip doesn't favor any specific style and is quite neutral.

On the other hand the second grip which is angular and textured does make it difficult to access the two buttons on the side as they get depressed further inside the cavity due to the grips extra height. I don't really find much use of this grip personally as it has more cons than pros, if any. The only meaningful explanation to this grip is that its suitable for people with extra large hands or for people who have longer thumbs than normal otherwise this grip is not much sensible.

Coming over to the third one, the extended wing shaped textured grip which happens to be my personal favorite aswell out of the lot. This is by far the best grip I've come across and gives the mouse an entirely new appeal in terms of performance aswell as looks. The side buttons are easily accessible and I could rest my thumb easily at the side with full control over the mouse making gaming marathon sessions or Photoshop work a smoother and more comfortable task.
It is basically a palm grip favoring attachment so claw grippers would find it little to not at all useful. 

The RGB Lights

The Corsair Glaive RGB comes with three RGB lighting areas which can be individually customized customized both in terms of patterns and colors through the CUE software.

First one is the side LEDs out of which the left side one happens to be decorated by a glossy trim aswell as a highlight while the right one is depressed and peeks out through a slit giving it an entirely different look. The second are is the Corsair Sails logo which is obviously engraved into the body and has a sharp light to it which is nor too dull nor too fuzzy but just perfect ore like a laser light. The lights are well diffused and don't create a distraction to the eyes nor looks too over the top which tends to happen in some cases when so much of RGB is employed.

The third and last are is in the front where the lights peek through two grilled sections that throw light onto the surface where the mouse is being used. Its really soothing and adds a sense of completeness to the product especially in the dark when it helps you to see where the mousepad is ending so that you accidentally don't slip off the pad making you lose a shot or battle!
My only complain with the Glaive's lighting effects are that you can't change the color of the DPI indicator which happens to stay blur all the time. This not only creates a hindrance in the entire RGB scene here but also makes it look sub par to Corsair's own standards of RGB implementations.

Performance - Time to put it to Test!


Whenever I review a keyboard or mouse I like to use the device for atleast a week putting it through my daily usage varying across the week. My usage for mice range from simple navigation across the explorer, web browsing, photo editing and even gaming when I get the time to mainly engaging in FPS, Open World and Strategy.

Comfort Level


Its a big gaming mouse and by big I don't mean its humongous but its inclined more towards palm grippers than claw grippers. People who have small hands would find it tough for palm grip but people like me who have medium size hands or those who have large palms would likely find it more comfortable if sticking to a palm or even claw grip since there is enough space to rest your tiny finger on the side & for the thumb on the changeable grips which makes it a joy for long gaming sessions. The buttons on the side are reachable and can even be pressed by the thumb joint at times, they are hard and give a nice feedback upon pressing.
The rubber is comfortable and does offer significant grip without being sweat inducing that rubber surfaces are some times. Even though the mouse weighs in at 127g it feels quite light in my hands and easy to swift and glide or even pick and place back in case I run out of mouse pad area! The weight preference might differ from user to user though.

Gaming and Daily Usage


For gaming the Glaive RGB is just perfect especially for FPS and strategy since at higher DPIs you can move real quick for rapid response in games like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard or skim through the massive battlefield swiftly in CnC Kane's Wrath! On the go DPI switch works really nicely and I found it more comfortable in the 6000 DPI range both for gaming and daily use anything above that was a bit too much for taste and my 1080p screen.
Putting it through my daily use was a good decision when it comes to navigation & surprisingly the mouse registers even the slightest of movements considering how powerful the sensor is making it a perfect mouse for Photoshop or other graphical editing work where mouse precision is paramount. Overall the Corsair Glaive RGB might be the best mouse I've used till date in this price range especially once you put on the extended thumb grip.

My Verdict

Coming in at $50 or Rs 5000 in India the Corsair Glaive RGB is downright one of the best gaming mouse in its category even an year after its launch and in some cases the very best possible! It is a full size mouse which is already a treat for users like me who have medium-thick hands to users who have large palm size. The tailor made PMW3367 sensor is nothing less than perfection for this mouse and does the job beautifully at all DPI settings and a 16K DPI support along with single DPI change is a great addition to the bundle even though anyone would solemnly need them.
Weight wise the mouse is on the heavier side which is fine with me since I like my mouse a bit heavy and Corsair does provide two weight options on the Glaive so you sure have an option to chose from. Coming to the three interchangeable thumb grips I'm pretty much pleased by all of them and realized that not only do they give you the option to chose the best one for your style but one can also switch between the two depending upon their apparent work like I loved the stock one for daily use and the extended one for gaming sessions. CUE or the now newer iCUE software is as usual great but my only complaint with the Glaive RGB is the blue color only DPI indicator, it just feels so out of place and sub par at times for a mouse of this stature and brand.
"All in all for me Corsair has found the ultimate blade in form of the Glaive RGB that can easily slice through the competition with its wide variety of features, tank like build quality, pitch perfect performance and extravagant yet useful RGB LEDs."
Pros - 
  • Solid build quality 
  • Three grips for each type of gripping style as well as working style
  • Sensor is quite accurate and smooth 
  • Available in two colors, black and aluminum
Cons - 
  • The DPI lights are solid blue and non RGB   
  • No weight adjustment feature

I give it a 8.5/10 earning our Gold Award!

Monday, 10 September 2018

Cooler Master Announces The Availability Of CK550 Keyboard

Cooler Master Releases New Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Series Focusing on Core Features


MUMBAI, INDIA, September 10, 2018 - Cooler Master, a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative gaming peripherals and computer components, announces its new mechanical gaming keyboard the CK550.

Our goal with the CK550 was to offer a pro-grade full-size mechanical gaming keyboard with all the core specs that gamers care about without sacrificing quality. Our fans will get the core essentials to compete at the highest level – and look good while doing it.” says Bryant Nguyen, Peripheral General Manager.

Between its elegant floating keycap design and durable mechanical keys, the CK550 unleashes a world of victories. Mechanical switches life spanned at 50 million+ key strokes make the CK550 a reliable companion for the long haul and are available in blue as well as brown switch types. Its brawny one-piece curved aluminum top plate is finished in a sleek gunmetal hue and built to withstand a lifetime of gameplay. The CK550 features robust RGB per-key illumination capable of multiple effects and lighting modes. On-the-fly controls allow real-time customization while the easy-to-use software grants users the ability to further tailor setting preferences such as macros and RGB lighting.

The CK series delivers all the tools needed for the ultimate gaming experience both for serious gamers and enthusiasts alike taking gaming performance to another level. For more information please visit www.coolermaster.com

Pricing and Availability

The CK550 is available at www.theitdepot.com, mdcomputers.in and www.primeabgb.com 

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About Cooler Master:

Cooler Master is a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative gaming peripherals and computer components. With a 25-year track record, Cooler Master is driven by passion for the things that make building a PC a rewarding experience and sustained by a vision that can reinvent the way machines are designed, made, and used to make the ultimate gaming experience. From its landmark release of the first ever aluminum PC case to the groundbreaking switch of the modular format, Cooler Master is committed to bringing customers and fans the utmost in choice and control. For more information on Cooler Master, please visit www.coolermaster.com or follow us http://www.facebook.com/coolermaster

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

AMD introduces Radeon Pro V340 graphics card for datacenter visualization

New AMDRadeon™ Pro V340Graphics Card Delivers Accelerated Performance and High User Density to Power Datacenter Visualization Workloads

—Harnesses the industry’s only hardware-based GPU virtualization solution enabled by SR-IOV and the powerful “Vega” architecture to accelerate and secure modern visualization workloads —VMworld, Las Vegas, Nev. —

Aug.26, 2018 —AMD(NASDAQ: AMD) today announced the Radeon™ Pro V340graphics card,a high-performance dual-GPU Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution purpose-built to power and accelerate the most demanding data-center visualization workloads, including CAD,design, Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and rendering.

The AMD Radeon™Pro V340graphics card is a dual-GPU solution based on the advanced AMD “Vega” architecture1, optimized to deliver extreme performance and high user density for virtualized environments. It is the first VDI hardware solution equipped with 32GB of ultra-fast, second-generation high-bandwidth memory,providing massive amounts of memory and bandwidth for today’s most complex design and media workloads.

The AMD Radeon™ Pro V340 graphics card is enabled by AMD MxGPU Technology,the industry’s only hardware-based GPU virtualization solution,which is based on the industry-standard SR-IOV(Single Root I/O Virtualization) technology.Combining software and hardware technologies that deliver virtualized graphics for the modern cloud, AMD MxGPU delivers fast, stable and predictable performance with the industry’s highest user density2, without requiring recurring end-user license fees.

“As the flagship of our new Radeon™Pro V-series product line, the Radeon™ Pro V340 graphics card employs advanced security features and helps to cost effectively deliver and accelerate modern visualization workloads from the data-center,”said Ogi Brkic, general manager of Radeon Pro at AMD.
 
“The AMD Radeon™Pro V340graphics card will enable our customers to securely leverage desktop and application virtualization for the most graphically demanding applications,” said Sheldon D’Paiva, director of Product Marketing at VMware.“With Radeon™ Pro for VMware, admins can easily setup a VDI environment, rapidly deploy virtual GPUs to existing virtual machines and enable hundreds of professionals with just a few mouse clicks.”
“With increased density,faster frame buffer and enhanced security,the AMD Radeon™ Pro V340 graphics card delivers a powerful new choice for our customers to power their Citrix Workspace, even for the most demanding applications,”said Calvin Hsu, VP of Product Marketing at Citrix.

Purpose-built Technology The AMD Radeon™ Pro V340 graphics card delivers advanced features and technologies geared towards enterprise,DaaS and cloud gaming solutions to accelerate visualization workloads, including:
  • Superior User Density: Supports up to 32 1GB virtual machines, up to 33percent more than the competitive solution.
  • Integrated Encode Engine: The ability to compress independent video streams in both H.264 and H.265 formats. Provides design and manufacturing users with the video quality they expect, while empowering IT managers to eliminate CPU bottlenecks.
  •  Ultra-Fast Frame Buffer: HBM2 memory with Error Correcting Code (ECC)3and better power efficiency than competing solutions allow fast paging appsto run incredibly fast.
  • Built-in Security Processor: Provides secure boot and encrypted storage capabilities.
Availability 
The AMD Radeon™ Pro V340 graphics card is expected to be available in Q4 2018 from leading system providers. Visit the AMD booth #2501 at VMworld in Las Vegas to see the new solution in action. Supporting

About AMD
For more than 45 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and the
data-center. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD)

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

MSI unveils first customNVIDIA GeForce® RTX GPUSeries

[Taipei, Taiwan]As the leading brand in True Gaming hardware, MSI has sold over 8 million graphics cards in the last year alone. Today we are extremely proud to share with you our take on NVIDIA’s exciting new GeForce® RTX 20 series GPUs.

The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs have reinvented graphics and set a new bar for performance. Powered by the new NVIDIA Turing™ GPU architecture and the revolutionary NVIDIA RTX platform, the new graphics cards bring together real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and programmable shading. This is not only a whole new way to experience games—this is the ultimate PC gaming experience.
 The new GPUs were unveiled at a special NVIDIA two-day event called the “GeForce Gaming Celebration” which kicked off tonight at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany ahead of Gamescom 2018.

Turing is NVIDIA’s most important innovation in computer graphics in more than a decade,” said Justin Walker, director of GeForce desktop at NVIDIA. “It is this same drive for innovation that we appreciate in AIB partners like MSI.

Overview of MSI GeForce® RTX 20 Series Graphics Cards
 
Based on NVIDIA’s new Turing architecture, MSI announces it will carry the following series as seen in this PR:
  • Equipped with a brand new premium design and triple fans, the GAMING TRIO and DUKE series will deliver the best-in-class thermal performance you have come to expect from MSI.
  • As our Hybrid Air- & Liquid Cooling series, the SEA HAWK has become immensely popular for making liquid cooling both easy to install and maintenance-free for gamers.
  • A fresh wind is blowing through our line-up as VENTUS makes its first appearance with a minimalistic dual fan design.
  • Completing the line-up, the blower type thermal design of AERO isolates the airflow used in cooling the graphics card and ejects it out of the system through the back.
With this comprehensive lineup for next generation graphics cards, we are confident that there will be a suitable model for every gamer looking for the next level of performance.

About MSI GAMING
As a world leading gaming brand, MSI is the most trusted name in gaming and eSports. We stand by our principles of breakthroughs in design, the pursuit of excellence, and technological innovation. Integrating gamers' most coveted extreme performance, realistic visuals, authentic sound, precise control and smooth streaming functions into its gaming rigs, MSI frees gamers from tedious trial and error and pushes gaming performance beyond limits. The determination to surpass past achievements has made MSI a ‘True Gaming’ brand with gaming spirit throughout the industry! For more product information, please go to https://www.msi.com/

GIGABYTE Raises the X399 AORUS XTREME Motherboard

A Champion is Reawakened for the Arrival of New 32-Core AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ CPUs

 
Taipei, Taiwan, August 8th, 2018 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today added the X399 AORUS XTREME as the top of the line motherboard, engineered to support the powerful AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors with up to 32 cores. The new design is inspired by the prowess of the AORUS falcon with unique contours, commanding armor, and an eye into the future. A stunning spectacle of lights is incorporated to forge color-rich environments and memorable gaming adventures. The perfect match with these new CPUs is achieved through the use of a robust power design with 10+3 digital power phases together with enhanced thermal solutions and superior expansion capabilities up to 4-Way CrossFire™/SLI configurations. The signature audio with ESS SABRE DAC returns and connectivity is reassured using multiple USB Type-C™, triple LAN with 10 GbE port and dual band Wireless.

The new AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are built on 12 nm technology and utilize the prominent AMD TR4 socket. To deliver 3.0 GHz of base frequency with an incredible core count of up to 32 cores and 64 threads, these processors can peak at 250W of power, a figure only a vigorous and durable motherboard can withstand while maintaining stable operation.

The X399 AORUS XTREME is in a class of its own equipped with a 10+3 power design using all digital PWM from IR accompanied by power connectors with solid pins allowing energy sensitive components to enjoy a precise and reliable power delivery.

Thermal performance is of utmost importance and with this launch, AORUS presents an upgraded thermal design across the board. The critical VRM area takes advantage of the Direct Touch Heatpipe to rapidly transfer the heat from the components to the Fins-Array Heatsink, a design that increases the heat dissipation area by 300% when compared to traditional solutions. In case the airflow is not enough to rely on passive cooling, the X399 AORUS XTREME will automatically activate two 30 mm fans cleverly located under the I/O Armor. The motherboard is prepared to operate under intensive load featuring a NanoCarbon base plate, an ingenious way to reduce the temperature of components mounted on PCB backside of the PCB.

Making the most out of the 48 of the 64 PCIe lanes directly provided by the CPU, the expansion slots on this motherboard allow for high-caliber setups with up to four graphics cards in CrossFire or SLI configurations. With this system, the level of immersion in games and VR experiences is phenomenal. Moreover, one additional 6-pin power connector was strategically placed on the motherboard to ensure a steady supply of energy to the VGAs. Foreseeing the use of heavy graphics, the exclusive AORUS PCIe Armor and double locking brackets are essential to preserve the structural integrity of the slots.

Keeping up with this level of speed requires a strong disk performance. X399 AORUS XTREME boasts a triple PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 design offering free support for ultra-fast NVMe RAID while enjoying the thermal throttling protection of triple Thermal Guards that elegantly mesh into the motherboard armor. The internal front panel USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C connector adds yet another layer of high-speed connectivity to the motherboard.

Networking capabilities receive a massive upgrade on this model with Dual Intel® i210AT GbE LAN and a 10 GbE LAN port controlled by an AQUANTIA® chip for 10X faster transfer speeds and truly future-proof network configuration from the motherboard. Furthermore, Intel® Dual Band 802.11ac Wireless with BT 4.2 is also available to provide more freedom at blazing fast speeds.

Users heavily rely on the quality of onboard audio to experience all forms of entertainment. The real-life sensations and vivid sound effects during games, movies, and music with the X399 AORUS XTREME are brought to life using the renowned Realtek ALC1220-VB audio codec, filtered by high-end audio capacitors and fine-tuned to audiophile levels by the ESS SABRE DAC.

The premium details on this motherboard extend to its back panel. The integrated I/O shield adds to user convenience during the assembly process while the gold-plated audio jacks complete a definitive Hi-Fi sound solution. A wide range of the best connectivity options as well as power and reset buttons grant a superior level of functionality and control.

X399 AORUS XTREME boasts a colorful multi-zone digital LED light show powered by RGB Fusion technology on display everywhere on the board, with the new added dimension created by underglow lighting. The ever-growing list of compatible hardware, the multitude of effects together with the support for external RGBW and Digital LED strips result in the most advanced lighting system with virtually unlimited customization options.

Only a cooling technology with the prowess of Smart Fan 5 with FAN STOP is a reliable fit for a dominant platform as this one based on AMD X399 chipset and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. It leverages a number of hybrid fan headers and temperature sensors with the remarkable software suite to maintain system temperatures and noise under total control.

GIGABYTE prides itself on setting the highest standards in durability and, the X399 AORUS XTREME includes trademark features such as the Ultra Durable™ design with PCIe and Memory Armor, UEFI DualBIOS™ technology and all solid caps.

To learn more about AORUS:
http://www.aorus.com

To learn more about GIGABYTE:
http://www.gigabyte.com

About GIGABYTE
GIGABYTE, a global leading brand in the IT industry, offers a broad product portfolio including Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones. GIGABYTE also demonstrates the pinnacle of its hardware excellence in AORUS, in which it provides a full spectrum of innovative gaming products that deliver the ultimate performance and exemplify PC’s capability of bringing gamers unprecedented delights. Since its founding in 1986, GIGABYTE has taken the lead in the world’s motherboard and graphics card innovations and been internationally recognized by National Quality Award, Taiwan Excellence Award, Asia Info Tech 100, and as a Taiwan Top 20 Global Brand. With the idea to “Upgrade Your Life”, GIGABYTE creates innovative digital solutions that completely satisfy consumer needs and desires. Please visit www.gigabyte.com for more information.

Nvidia announces GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti launching September 20

For $799 and $1,199 (Founders Edition)

 
At an event on Monday in Cologne, Germany, just before Gamescom kicks off, Nvidia finally announced what we have all been eagerly anticipating—a new generation of consumer graphics cards based on its "monster" Turing architecture, with ray-tracing and deep learning capabilities. Specifically, Nvidia unveiled three new cards, the GeForce RTX 2070, GeForce RTX 2080, and yes, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

This is the first time that Nvidia has announced a "Ti" variant simultaneously with a new architecture. Typically the Ti models come out several months after Nvidia fleshes out its product stack. Not this time though. For this round, gamers can jump straight to the top. The cards are now live on Nvidia's website, and hoo boy, they aren't cheap.

Pricing shakes out as follows:
  • GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition: $1,199
  • GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Reference: $999
  • GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition: $799
  • GeForce RTX 2080 Reference: $699
  • GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition: $599
  • GeForce RTX 2070 Reference: $499

Nvidia is taking preorders for the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080 right now, and will ship the cards "on or around" September 20, a month from today. The GeForce RTX 2070 is the only one of the three that's not up for preorder yet—Nvidia says it will be available in October.

Here are the specs for each card: 
 
 

One thing that's interesting is how Nvidia is approaching its Founders Edition SKUs this time around. FE cards were essentially reference designs with Pascal, but for the Turing launch, the FE models have overclocked boost clocks. That doesn't mean we won't see overclocked models from Nvidia's hardware partners. However, Nvidia's own FE variants, which it sells on its website, kick things up a notch at a $100 premium over reference cards. Nvidia says there are other reasons for the price premium, including an improved cooling setup, but we'll have to wait and see how the retail parts stack up in feature and performance.
On the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the FE model's boost clock is 1,635MHz, which is 90Mhz faster than reference. Likewise, Nvidia goosed the boost clocks on its GeForce RTX 2080 FE and GeForce RTX 2070 FE by 90MHz as well, to 1,800MHz and 1,710MHz, respectively.

Beyond the raw specs, Nvidia is heavily emphasizing ray-tracing capabilities from its Turing architecture that powers these new cards. Turing is built for ray-tracing, Nvidia says, and offers 10 times better ray-tracing performance than Pascal. We'll have a deeper dive into all this later, but the general takeaway is that Nvidia's RTX cards are capable of producing better lighting effects than previous generation GPUs.

The Turing architecture also includes Tensor cores that can help with deep learning applications, and Nvidia discussed a new DLSS algorithm that can help produce higher quality upscaling. Again, we'll need to see this in action before we can render a final verdict, but potentially a game could run at 1080p and use DLSS to get near-4k quality without any real performance hit.

Finally, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang mentioned the ability of Turing to do simultaneous floating-point and integer calculations, at 14 TFLOPS/TIPS each. Graphics cards have to do a lot of address generation when loading textures, and the simultaneous FP + INT calculations could provide a serious benefit to performance, even in games that don't use ray-tracing. Jensen mentioned Turing being "1.5 times faster" than Pascal at one point, seemingly referring to the concurrent FP and INT capability, and if that proves to hold true in most games, even the RTX 2070 could match GTX 1080 Ti performance. Again, that's a an 'if' right now, but Turing is looking potent.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Cooler Master Announces the MasterLiquid ML360R RGB CPU Cooler

 
Cooler Master, a global leader in manufacturing CPU coolers, computer components and peripherals, introduces its first 360mm all-in-one (AIO) liquid CPU cooler. The MasterLiquid ML360R features addressable RGB LEDs on both the fans and water block and is certified compatible with ASUS, MSI and ASRock motherboards.

The MasterLiquid ML360R RGB features Cooler Master’s newly designed pump with 12 addressable RGB LEDs on the water block and eight addressable RGB LEDs on each fan, capable of 16.7million color options. Users can easily customize each LED, individually, through the addressable RGB software from ASUS, MSI and ASRock motherboards, or with Cooler Master’s MasterPlus+ software for complete ambient control.
Cooler Master’s MasterLiquid ML360R RGB comes equipped with a new addressable RGB LED controller for use and compatibility with non-addressable RGB components and easy lighting and mode control. A 5-in-1 addressable RGB splitter is also included in the packaging.

Exclusively designed in-house, the MasterLiquid ML360R RGB is constructed with a low-profile, dual chamber pump that separates incoming coolant from the radiator-bound heated coolant. Cooler Master’s unique pump design maximizes CPU cooling results and assists in maintaining ideal system temperatures. In addition, the MasterLiquid ML360R RGB features a precision machined microchannel cold plate to quickly dissipate heat, FEP tubing on the interior and sleeved tubing on the exterior for a premium look and extended durability.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB
  • Addressable RGB LED pump with 16.7 million colors
  • Dual chamber pump design to separate incoming and outgoing coolant
  • 3 x MasterFan MF120R ARGB (Addressable RGB fans)
  • Double Layer Tubing – Inner FEP Tubing, Outer Sleeve Tubing
  • Low Resistance 360mm Radiator
  • Wired addressable RGB Controller and addressable RGB splitter cable

Availability:

The MasterLiquid ML360R RGB is available for purchase from August 14, 2018, at a starting MSRP of $159.99 USD.

Cooler Master launches Wraith Ripper Cooler for Threadripper 2 CPUs

 
Cooler Master has announced its Wraith Ripper, the air cooler that AMD recommends for its latest Threadripper 2 processors. The cooler can dissipate up to 250 W of power and features programmable RGB lighting.

Cooler Master’s Wraith Ripper cooling system for AMD’s Threadripper 2 processors has a dual tower heatsink featuring aluminum fins as well as seven heat pipes. The cooler is outfitted with a 120-mm MasterAir Pro Servo fan that can rotate at speeds up to 2750 RPM and create an airflow of 76.4 CFM. While the cooler is very powerful, it is also relatively compact and therefore does not cause compatibility issues with memory modules, unlike some other “mega coolers” for high-end CPUs.
The manufacturer is especially proud of Wraith Ripper’s mounting system that uses four long screws accessible from the top of the cooler, which greatly simplifies installation procedure of the device.

To make the Wraith Ripper stylish, Cooler Master outfitted it with dual addressable RGB LED strips as well as RGB-lit AMD Ryzen Threadripper logo. Owners can control RGB lighting using the built-in lighting control as well as Cooler Master’s app
Cooler Master’s Wraith Ripper cooler will be available in September from Amazon and Newegg for an MSRP of $119.99.