NZXT is releasing today a new power supply series, the HALE82 N, comprised of three models: 550 W, 650 W, and 750 W – all with the 80 Plus Bronze certification. The main external difference between the "N" and the regular HALE82 series is that the "N" line-up doesn't have a modular cabling system. Internally, the original HALE82 uses a DC-DC design in its secondary, while the "N" version uses a regular design with Schottky rectifiers, which result in it costing less than the original HALE82.
The Noctua NH-L12 is the type of cooler you’ll need to consider if building a system in the “2U” range or so (that is 3.5 inches or 89mm – read more about Rack Units here). At just 66mm tall, it can actually fit in quite a few places that others may not. With a single 90mm fan installed on the underside of the heatsink, it will have no problem cooling Intel CPUs with a TDP of 95w or lower. This of course includes all the latest from the Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge lineups.
Mushkin is best known for their memory products and while they don't have an expansive line of SSDs, they offer a drive for just about every type of user. The Chronos MX is not their flagship drive but chews up some serious data with popular SF-2281 controller under the hood. How does it compare with the long list of SandForce drives we tested? While there's certainly nothing negative we can say about the Mushkin Chronos MX 120GB, there's also very little we can say that sets this drive apart from its peers. It's a solid offering, worthy of your consideration if you can wade through the legions of SF-2281 drives available without getting distracted by the shiny...
Rockstar Games finally launched the highly anticipated MAX PAYNE 3 3rd person shooter game for PC (suggest giving it a look if you haven't already) and since i've been playing it for the past 4 days doing a review about a product designed almost entirely for games seemed like the right thing especially since MAX PAYNE 3 is amongst the 5 game titles we've been using lately for our huge mousepad comparison (has taken almost 2 months to complete but should be up next week finally). Today therefore we will be taking a look at one of the latest gaming mice to get released by our friends over at SteelSeries, the KANA Black.
The AMD 990FX chipset has been out for a while now, yet Biostar's TA990FXE motherboard still gets you in the game with plenty of PCI Express lanes for Crossfire/SLI, and more SATA III connectivity than rival Intel's Z77 platform. What's not to like about all that? Let's dive in, take a close look at the Biostar TA990FXE board, overclock it and run a few pages worth of benchmarks through it's copper traces...
The Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC Graphic Card arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will check the HD 7950 OC in the following Review with a Resolution from 2560x1600, 1920x1200, 1680x1050, the real Power Consumption, loudness, temperature, Overclocking and many more in new Games against other Graphic Cards.
Gigabyte currently offers thirteen motherboards based on the Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge chipset. Ranging from the GA-Z77-D3 to the new G1.Sniper 3. Offering features ranging from firewire to Wi-Fi. The Z77X-UD3H offers much of the features of the higher end boards but at a great $160 price point. Crossfire, SLI, four DIMM slots, SATA III and USB 3.0 are just a few of the options this new board has. But we want to know is overclocking an invisible no added cost to manufacturing feature of this board? Hmmmmm, we will find out.
On Frostytech's test bench today is Phanteks's PH-TC14PE (orange) heatsink. The Phanteks PH-TC14PE's five, 8mm diameter copper heatpipes fan out from a thick nickel-plated copper base plate into two 115mm tall anodized aluminum cooling towers. The fans that ship with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE (orange) are 140mm in diameter and use a nine-bladed impeller with three small notches and vertical winglets on each blade. The manufacturer describes the bearings thusly; 'updraft floating balance bearing'. Translation = sleeve bearing.
In this mini review we are looking at the new NZXT Aperture M multi media panel that features a USB based card reader and two native USB 3.0 ports. The Aperture M fits in any 5.25" drive bay and will connect directly to your motherboard using motherboard header plugs.
Closed loop water cooling is the big topic of the cooling world right now. The newest entrant into that scene is Thermaltake with their Water 2.0 series. Today we take a look at the Pro model, with an extra thick 120mm radiator. But will it stand up to a comparable high-end air cooler?
The Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition has taken that formula from the Chaser MK-I and made it better. The Armor Revo Snow Edition provides both slick looks and ultimate functionality. The first thing that you will notice with Snow Edition is the white color and the moving armor panels that border the front bezel. Next, you will see the top I/O panel that contains 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 e-SATA port, 3.5mm jacks, a high/low fan controller, fan LED toggle switch, power/reset buttons, and a HDD docking station. If you turn to the left side panel, there is the headphone hanger (as seen on the Level 10GT and Chaser Mk-I), a big transparent window. Inside, there is room for 4 5.25" ODD drives and 6 3.5"/2.5" drives.
One of the major things that separates the Overseer RX-1, is the amount of internal room of this chassis. Granted, I am using an older but still fairly large AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 video card with an Arctic Cooling Accelero GPU cooler on it, but trying to find a chassis that can easily handle this large video card configuration is darn near impossible. The Thermaltake Overseer RX-1 chassis not only handles this large card with ease, it makes this large video card look tiny once installed into this chassis...
Today, is one of those days when we get to look at something is pretty neat and has something to do with the internal working of a PC. That something is the Genius Ring Presenter. The Ring Presenter is a mouse as well as a presenter for your PowerPoint presentations. Not only that the little booger fits right over your finger and the rest is wireless magic.
Two months have passed since the beginning of this project and the time has come for us to finally to start our usual graphics cards reviews (many of you pointed out the lack of such reviews so here they are). There have been quite a few newly released cards from both NVIDIA and AMD since the last time i performed such a review (almost 5 months ago) and so there are quite a few right now stacked next to our test rig waiting for their turn. One of those is the latest entry-level Radeon HD 7770 iCooler 1GB GHz edition by HIS digital which uses the latest Cape Verde GPU by AMD.
Today sees us taking a look at a G1 board, in the shape of the G1.Sniper M3. A Micro-ATX board that is said to pack a serious punch in terms of features and performance, without skimping out, just because it’s a little bit short compared to other boards on the market. As we never had a chance to look at this board before, like we did with the other boards in preview format, we can start from the very top.
The Frio Extreme is a large twin tower heatsink with two massive 140mm fans and a commanding foot print of 150mm square! Standing 161mm tall and weighing 1.23 kilograms, the Frio Extreme is destined for full tower gaming cases with plenty of room to spare. As you might expect, the Frio Extreme's dual 140mm PWM fans are arranged in a push-pull configuration and scale in speed from 1800-to-1200RPM. Behind each fan is a 110mm tall aluminum fin tower connected by a row of six standard heatpipes to a nickel-plated copper base plate. The twin fans drive up to 106CFM of air each, so the heatsink is a bit loud when running at full clip.
Crucial has a line of ram what would be a worthy choice of a higher-end system. The Ballistix Elite series is designed for the gamers and enthusiasts in mind. Running in frequencies ranging from 1600 to 2133 MHz and kits size of 4 to 16 GB, Crucial as a kit for almost everyone. We will be taking a long look at the Elite 1866 MHz 16GB quad kit today.
Vapour chambers and heatpipes work on the same principle, the difference is that vapour chambers are planar thermal devices that conduct heat in two dimensions. The two 19x3mm vapour chambers on the Coolermaster TPC-812 heatsink are double-stacked (one vapour chamber on top of three heatpipes), much like the Xigmatek Aegir. Since vapour chambers are planar devices this represents a more efficient application that piling tubular heatpipes on top of tubular heatpipes. Coolermaster's TPC-812 is the first CPU heatsink to pass our test bench employing both vapour chambers and heatpipes in one package.
When the Intel Z77 chipset was announced, MSI were quick to jump on board with a range of boards including the Z77A-G43, Z77MA-G45, Z77A-G45, Z77A-GD55 and the board we’re looking at today; the Z77A-GD65. The GD65 is the top Z77 board from MSI, and while from the offset it seems to offer some strong features, it also comes with an attractive price tag at $189. With this being an MSI board, and our experience generally sits with other manufacturers, we are extremely keen to see what this is capable of in terms of performance.
With the NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition, NZXT went directly to the fans and asked them what colors they wanted their cases. Voting took place, and the top four color combinations have come to life as the NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition. We took a look at the NZXT Phantom 410 upon its initial release and found it to be a truly excellent case all around. The Phantom 410 SE is a mid-tower case with clean cut lines that are designed by Johnny Hou at NZXT in his trademark styling, right at the cutting edge, while making an elegant impression. To add to this, NZXT has added top quality finishes to the Phantom 410 SE in gunmetal/black trim, black/white trim, black/orange trim and white/blue trim to make for an excellent housing for a truly showpiece build. In addition to great aesthetics, all of the features of the Phantom 410 have been held over.
The Hydro H100 heatsink ships fully assembled, filled with a propylene glycol based coolant and plumbed. The waterblock is connected by 24cm of flexible FEP tubing to the heat exchanger which measures about 274x120x25mm in size. Two 120mm fans are included, these operate at 2600-1300RPM and create a fair bit of noise at full tilt. Corsair's Hydro H100 is a no fuss, self contained CPU liquid cooling solution for use on Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket AM3/AM2/FM1 processors.
The Z77H2-AX Motherboard from ECS has gold accents all over the place, comes with a clean design and the offered hardware bundle should be enough for most users; regarding the software which ships with it, most is in trial version mode and we would have preferred to see more which could have added value to the product like THX TruStudio Pro. The UEFI interface can be used with ease, except the RAM section, which is more difficult to use compared to the one found on ASRock motherboards.
The moment many of us have been waiting for the past decade is finally here and so Diablo III by Blizzard is has arrived in its retail form (the beta was good but not quite tweaked). In any case because this was an event unlike most (we did wait for almost a decade) i was hoping i could review something related with it today as i did yesterday with the SteelSeries Diablo III headset but unfortunately since there aren't that many Diablo III branded peripherals out there yet this just wasn't possible. Instead today we will be taking a look at one of the latest midi towers to hit the market by Antec, the GAME ONE.
The GeForce GTX 670 is based on the same architecture used by the GeForce GTX 680, called “Kepler,” is manufactured under the new 28 nm processor, has a dynamic overclocking technology, and supports the PCI Express 3.0 specification. The only differences between the GeForce GTX 670 and the GeForce GTX 680 are the core clock (915 MHz vs. 1,006 MHz) and the number of graphics processors (1,344 vs. 1,536). The memory configuration is the same. EVGA is releasing five models based on the GeForce GTX 670: The stock model (USD 400), the SuperClocked model (USD 420), the FTW model (USD 440), the stock model with 4 GB of memory (USD 470), and the SuperClocked model with 4 GB of memory (USD 490).
Today we're looking at a version from Inno3D. This is a company we haven't heard from in ages and for the most part it's probably got to do with the fact that NVIDIA have been fairly quiet up until a month ago. Today, though, the GTX 670 we're looking is part of the iChill series, a line that's been around for a while and has always impressed us.
Today we take a look at Corsair's top of the line entry into the mechanical keyboard market, the Vengeance K90. With Cherry MX Red switches, 54 fully programmable "G-keys", multimedia controls, and laser etched backlit keys, let's see if this fully featured board will be able to stomp the competition.
Launched a little over two months ago in March, AMD's Pitcairn graphics processor took over the $250-350 sweet spot in the video card market with the Radeon HD 7850 & 7870 series of GPUs. Even now, they still don't have any current generation competition from yet from nVidia, who is still relying on the GTX 500 series to fill its product line under the $400 price point.
Shortly after the launch of the Radeon HD 7870, the only video cards available were clones of the reference design. Now that we're past the initial launch period, new models of the 7870 are now available which deviate from the standard. Today we're looking at one of those 7870s from Diamond.
NVIDIA Have enjoyed the fruits of their labors with the recent launch of Kepler, their latest ultra-efficient desktop GPU architecture. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 seized the crown for graphics performance, but also has a price tag fit for kings. Now NVIDIA are back to address the needs of performance gamers with GeForce GTX 670, using the same GK104 GPU found in GTX 680 along with 2GB of GDDR5 memory running at the same clock speeds. For around $399 the GeForce GTX 670 matches price to the AMD Radeon HD 7950, yet performs to the level of Radeon HD 7970. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 video card against the leading competition, including the GeForce GTX 570 that it replaces.
The first GTX 670 we're looking at comes from Palit and is part of the new JetStream series; a series that impressed us when we looked at the 2GB and 4GB versions of the GTX 680 that launched last month. Today we'll find out if stepping back from the GTX 680 to GTX 670 can help keep this new series looking strong.
Like GeForce GTX 680, GeForce GTX 670 is based on NVIDIA’s GK104 GPU. So we’re looking at the same Kepler design and the same Kepler features, just at a lower level of performance. As always the difference is that since this is a second-tier card, NVIDIA is achieving that by harvesting otherwise defective GPUs. In a very unusual move for NVIDIA, for GTX 670 they’re disabling one of the eight SMXes on GK104 and lowering the core clock a bit, and that’s it. GTX 670 will ship with 7 active SMXes, all 32 of GK104’s ROPs, and all 4 GDDR5 memory controllers. Typically we’d see NVIDIA hit every aspect of the GPU at once in order to create a larger performance gap and to maximize the number of GPUs they can harvest – such as with the GTX 570 and its 15 SMs & 40 ROPs – but not in this case.
The first next generation GPU to be released by NVIDIA was the high-end GeForce GTX 680 on March 22nd, 2012, codenamed "Kepler." This $499 GTX 680 represented the first in the line of Kepler GPUs and served as NVIDIA's new flagship single-GPU video card. Our testing, over and over has proven that the GeForce GTX 680 competes well with AMD's current offerings, providing a greater value and a greater performer. NVIDIA's latest Kepler release was just one week ago. The GeForce GTX 690 was released, which contains two GeForce GTX 680 GPUs on board for SLI action on a single video card. This $999 video card produced the best performance we've ever seen in a single-card package.
There's no magic to the GTX 670's appeal. Nvidia has dialed back the specifications just a bit versus the GTX 680 and sliced 100 bucks off of the price. Math is fun; do it with me: the GTX 680 lists at $499, so the GTX 670 will sell for $399. That's getting into territory where a lot more folks might feel inclined to justify the expense. The GTX 670 has a chance to be pretty popular.
Overclocking will also be a big part of the GTX 670's life, particularly when it comes to board partner versions. At launch, we'll see higher clock speeds on cards that go for as little as $10 more than than stock examples. Others like EVGA's Superclocked edition demand a $20 premium but will incorporate higher clock speeds and even changes to the reference heatsink designs. In short, we'll likely see a broad array of GTX 670 cards, some of which may compete directly with a GTX 680. We'll have a review of some custom designs in the coming days so stay tuned. NVIDIA may want to put the final nail in Tahiti’s coffin but they won’t get too far if their latest graphics card hits the same availability bottlenecks as the GTX 680. However, for the time being at least, it looks like the GTX 670 will have a hard launch with plenty of board partner cards in the channel. Whether or not this will be enough to satisfy demand is anyone’s guess.
This morning NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 video card that has a total of 1344 CUDA cores and has seven streaming multiprocessors instead of the eight found on the GTX 680. NVIDIA also lowered the clock speeds down a bit as the base clock on the core of the GeForce GTX 670 is 915MHz (980MHz Boost) versus 1006MHz (1058MHz) on the GeForce GTX 680. The 2GB of GDDR5 memory remains untouched and stays clocked at 6008MHz (effective). Even with one less multiprocessor than the GTX 680, gamers will be able to experience amazing gaming performance and for a better value. The price versus performance value is better on the GeForce GTX 670 as it is costs just $399, which is $100 less than the GeForce GTX 680. The GTX 670 is less than 10% slower than a GTX 680, so you get card that costs 20% less and still packs a mean punch. With a little overclocking, pretty much any GTX 670 should be able to get up to GTX 680 performance levels, so gamers have a very interesting card to check out. Who knows, maybe you can even unlock the SMX unit that NVIDIA said was fused off!
Unlike both the GTX 680 and the GTX 690 launch, retailer cards will vary quite a bit on launch day as NVIDIA allowed their partners to have early access to the designs for the GTX 670 (hence the leaks obviously) and built their own custom solutions. Our testing today is based around a reference-clocked Galaxy GTX 670 2GB card as well as a reference card from NVDIIA - so we are going to show you base results. Of course we spend some time on overclocking later in the article.
The GeForce GTX 670 utilizes the same 28 nm GK104 silicon, with one streaming multiprocessor (SMX, amounts for 192 CUDA cores) cut out, resulting in a CUDA core count of 1,344. The GPU clock speeds are also toned down a tiny bit, with 915 MHz core, and 980 MHz GPU Boost frequency, but the memory clock speed (of 6.00 GHz, resulting in 192 GB/s bandwidth) is left untouched. It packs 112 texture memory units (TMUs), and 32 raster operations processors (ROPs). The GeForce GTX 670 retains the entire feature-set of the GTX 680, including 4-way SLI support, and the ability to drive four monitors by a single card (and hence 3D Vision Surround). The ASUS GeForce GTX 670 Direct CU II TOP is a fully custom implementation of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670. ASUS has put a dual-fan Direct Touch cooler on the card and increased the clock speeds considerably to 1058 MHz base clock. Price-wise the $20 increase is reasonable, bringing the total to $420.
The Megahalems is a single tower CPU cooler which is split down the centre by an air pressure-enhancing channel. 6 nickel-plated, U-shaped, 6mm copper heatpipes connect the flat, nickel-plated base to an aluminium fin array. 2 pairs of fan clips allow users to install a pair of 120 or 140mm fans of their choice in a single or push-pull configuration. Prolimatech also offer separately-available 38mm wide fan clips for users looking to unleash some extreme cooling potential with 38mm thick fans. At a height of 158.7mm and weight of 790g without fans, the Megahalems can certainly be considering beastly in size when it comes to single tower CPU coolers.
The fan we are review here today will be the Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm fan. Noctua has been the recipient of many awards for the fan designs. There are long lasting, quiet and allow the user to install them in many different configurations. But the F12 takes fan technology to a whole new level. Every physical piece of this fan offers some in the way of science to help make it one of the most efficient fans to date.
The Crucial M4 256GB has dropped significantly in price recently, and can be found for as little as $249 online. Compare that to the likes of the 240GB SandForce powered OCZ Vertex 3 at $280, or the Intel 520 Series at $330. In fact, it is probably the cheapest synchronous-flash SATA-3 240/256GB drive you can buy right now. Other drives in this price range will be using slower asynchronous flash.
Corsair's Hydro H80 is a no fuss, no mess CPU liquid cooling solution that installs with ease onto Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket AM3/AM2/FM1 processors. The unit consists of two parts, a 12v DC pump head with integrated reservoir and thin skived copper waterblock, and the fluid-to-air aluminum heat exchanger. While the Corsair Hydro H80 does perform exceptionally well, it ain't perfect.
The KANA falls in to the middle category, classified by Steelseries as “the middle child” the KANA fills a void often left in the market for high end business users and casual gamers. Not every office worker needs 7-20 buttons, not every gamer needs buttons everywhere when just a few extra will suffice for the casual gamer, the KANA with 6 buttons and easy to use UI is poised to fill this gap.
Back in September 2009, CM Storm released the Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse. It sported a 5600 DPI laser sensor, which was the top-of-the-line at the time. 5600 DPI is still very high for a gaming mouse. Now Cooler Master is releasing the next evolution of this gaming mouse, the CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Laser Gaming Mouse SGM-6010-KLLW1. Sporting an Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor, the Sentinel Advance II has the capability to scale up to 8200 DPI and all the way down to 200 DPI. In this article, Benchmark Reviews examines the CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Laser Gaming Mouse SGM-6010-KLLW1.
The Shinobi XL is the latest full-tower case from Bitfenix, featuring nine expansion slots and, therefore, supporting XL-ATX motherboards. It has the same basic look as the original Shinobi mid-tower case, with a rubber coating on its front and top panels. Let's see what the Shinobi XL brings to the table.
Designed to become the Over-Clocker King, the Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler is a fairly large HSF that can handle CPUs rated up to 240 Watts! The Frio OCK comes with six 6mm high-efficiency U-shape heatpipes and a pair of 130mm high static pressure fans to keep your processor nice and cool. Read on to see how this StarCraft II themed CPU cooler performs on our Intel Sandy Bridge test system!
The ZOTAC GTX 680 AMP! Edition Graphic Card arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will check the AMP! in the following Review with a Resolution from 2560x1600, 1920x1200, 1680x1050, the real Power Consumption, loudness, temperature, Overclocking and many more in new Games against other Graphic Cards.
The V+ 200 is offered in several different size variations including: 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. The drive takes advantage of a SandForce SF-2281 controller that has made a big name for itself over the past year and a half. And if you have been in the market for a SSD you should that the SF-2281 controller is capable of reproducing some really nice data transfer number which we will talk about in the review.
In this review Frostytech is testing out the Coolermaster Gemin II S524, a top-down heatsink that stands only 105mm tall and weighs a modest 594grams. Height is one of the other advantages of top-down coolers, this model is a good 50mm shorter than the average tower heatsink! The Coolermaster Gemin II S524 is compatible with Intel socket LGA1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1 processors. The Gemin II S524 ships with a 120mm PWM fan mounted to its frame, but has holes to accept a 140mm fan in its place as well.
Testing CPU Coolers may not really be a hard thing to do but as many of you know it does take time to remove the old one, clean old thermal paste remains, place new on the CPU and install the cooler you want to test. Because of that i always like to have as many CPU Coolers as possible for testing so i can avoid having to go through the same lengthy procedure every few days. Yesterday i uploaded a review about the best CPU Air Cooler currently, the Silver Arrow Extreme by Thermalright and as you can imagine it was one out of many units lined up for testing. Usually i don't really like to upload two reviews about the same hardware type one after the other but since i consider this review as a bit special a made an exception. So today we will be covering one of the latest liquid CPU Coolers by Thermaltake, the BigWater 760 Plus.
The NZXT Cryo E40 notebook cooler is one of their entry level releases. The Cryo E40 features some unique designs on an entry cooler. The first nice feature is a special low-powered magnetic clasp design for both the metal mesh top, and the two 80mm fans. The top is easily removed for access to the fans. The 80mm fans can be adjusted to any position under the lid and are powered by a single USB connection. The USB wire can be routed on either the left or right side, allowing adaptation to any laptop configuration. The Cryo E40 features a 4" incline for easy typing ergonomics. The cooler supports up to 15" notebooks and is lightweight and very portable.
With the prices of hard drives slowly coming back to manageable prices, we've seen a trend of new storage "accessories" being released to the market. Today we will be looking at a hybrid between portable and RAID. The Akitio Taurus Mini Super-S LCM supports 2x 2.5" drives in either a RAID 0 (stripe) or RAID 1 (mirror).
Today we take a look at the newest cooler from Noctua. This time Noctua is showing the Small Form Factor users some love with their new NH-L12 extra low profile CPU cooler. The NH-L12 is a low-profile cooler for Small Form Factor cases and HTPC environments. Join us as we see just small this cooler is and how the new Noctua NH-L12 performs. The NH-L12 from Noctua was a little surprise for me. I felt the little guy wouldn’t hold up to the heat. It did, and for users that have a smaller/narrower case and not interested in the least to overclock then the NH-L12 would be rather perfect. Top it off with Noctua’s 6 year warranty and awesome build quality, the NH-L12 has win all over it...
This is it people, summer is once again finally upon us and although the weather is getting hotter and hotter each day that goes by as usual people seem to be ok with that and focus mainly on going to the beach to get the usual skin tan while watching whatever it is they like to watch most. Unfortunately the summer period is also the worse period of the year for everything related with technology from cars, machines in general and electronics including our precious computer systems. Because of that Thermalright just released their latest and perhaps most powerful CPU Cooler to date, the Silver Arrow Extreme which we've been testing for the past week (we are also the first ones worldwide to thoroughly test it).
The ASUS P8Z77-V sits dead in the middle of the new V series, sporting top quality components across the board and a plethora of truly useful features. While the ASUS P8Z77-V boasts many enthusiast class qualities, such as DDR3-2600 capabilities with T-Topology, tri-SLI/Crossfire and quad GPU capable PCIe 3.0, LucidLogix VirtuMVP, Smart DIGI+ VRM with dual processors and Intel and Asmedia SATA III and USB 3.0 controllers, it also offers great usability and features for other segments. Built in Wi-Fi b/g/n with access point capabilities and ASUS’ new Wi-Fi GO! with DLNA server capabilities and remote device capabilities make the P8Z77-V a natural fit for entertainment. To add to this, 7.1 audio with optical out features DTS enhancements, and HDMI/Display Port/VGA/DVI outputs make the P8Z77-V a multimedia powerhouse.
Today PCSTATS has a real treat for you - the ECS Z77H2-A2X Black Edition Golden motherboard! Every metallic surface on this board is gold plated so it's got quite the 'bling' factor going for it. The reason for all the gold is that 2012 is the year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac calender, making this a very auspicious time. ECS's Z77H2-A2X motherboard is built around the Intel Z77 chipset and primed for Intel's 22nm 3rd Gen. Intel Core i3/i5/i7 'Ivy Bridge' processors.
In this review Frostytech will be testing Coolermaster's Hyper 212 Evo heatsink, an exposed heatpipe base tower cooler. Heatpipe direct touch, or exposed heatpipe base heatsinks are dead common these days because the technique has proven so effective. Particularly among the current crop of processors which feature integrated heat spreaders.
I've sometimes thought that Intel tries too hard with its enthusiast level motherboards. The Extreme series, which is what Intel seeds reviewers with when new CPUs are introduced, tend to "shout" with prominent skull logos, POST code readouts, POST sequence LEDs, and other bling, but in my experience they fall down badly on features and performance. So you can understand that I wasn't expecting too much from the DZ77GA-70K motherboard. But I was in for a surprise.
The Fractal Design Arc Midi is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The Arc Midi supports ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards and have place for eight 140mm Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review.
The Frio Extreme follows a trend that we are seeing around here regularly. And that is using two towers of fins to add to the overall surface of the cooler to better perform on an overclocked processor. Just recently we tested the Phanteks TC14PE which was an outstanding cooler but we really wanted to see if the Frio Extreme could take it down as one of the best coolers we have tested this year.