USB 3.1 is slowly becoming a new standard. We first saw it on Apple’s new Macbook, but now we have it on all new Z170 motherboards. Recently we reviewed our first PC case that has a USB 3.1 port on the front panel as well. USB 3.1 is here to stay and with it we are going to see a lot of new USB 3.1 devices. One type of USB 3.1 device you will see a lot will be the hard drive enclosure. Vantec’s NexStar line of hard drive enclosures have been around as long as we can remember and they are updating it with USB 3.1. Today we will be checking out the Vantec NexStar 3.1 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure (NST-270A31-BK). Let’s see what it can do!
Almost all PC cases have the same overall design. They are in the shape of a tower and our components always go in the same places. Sometimes we see some radical designs on the inside or outside of cases, but not too often. Recently wall-mounted PC’s and PC’s made to look like art have become very popular. We actually covered a few of these custom-built creations in our Case Mod Friday section. Not everyone has the time or the skill to build their own custom case. Well Thermaltake comes to the rescue with their brand new Core P5 Chassis. This chassis is designed for builders and gives you a whole lot of options when it comes to putting together an awesome system. On top of that once you are done the chassis allows you to display your creation or even wall-mount it! Let’s jump in and see what the Core P5 is all about!
Corsair has introduced their RMx series power supplies today. These power supplies offer 80PLUS Gold certified power efficiency, quality components included 100% Japanese 105C capacitors, a 135 mm cooling fan with a zero RPM mode, a fully modular design and more! The RMx series is engineered to deliver extremely tight voltage control and quiet operation. These power supplies are made for high performance PCs where reliability is essential. The RMx series is comprised of the RM550x, RM650x, RM750x, RM850x, and RM1000x. So no matter what you have in your system Corsair has a RMx series power supply for you! Today we are taking a look at the RM750x or 750W unit in the series.
Razer launched their “Designed By Razer” case licensing program with NZXT’s H440, we actually reviewed that edition of the case. For its second designed by Razer case, the company also has gone back to NZXT and has chosen their S340 mid-tower chassis. Designed by Razer brings the Razer style and theme to different products. For the S340 that means a matte black design with Razer logo in the front, tinted window, green illuminated power button, green underglow, and green USB ports. So if you are a Razer fan this will be the ultimate case for you! We actually reviewed the S340 back in October, but it was done by Derek. I have not taken a look at the case so this gives you a fresh look at the case, not just a rehash of the original review. Let’s jump in and see what this case is all about!
With the introduction of Intel’s Z170 chipset the mainstream finally gets their hands on DDR4 memory. If you remember DDR4 was first seen in the consumer market on Intel’s high-end desktop X99 platform. Those kits were all quad-channel kits, but with the Z170 chipset we have dual-channel kits. Kingston’s HyperX FURY line was introduced with DDR3 and made its way to DDR4 in quad-channel kits for X99. Now we have dual-channel kits available in 16GB and 8GB capacities. The HyperX FURY DDR4 modules have a sleek heatspreader matched with an all black PCB, which looks awesome. Today we will be taking a look at the HX426C15FBK2/16 kit, which is made up of two 8GB modules running at 2666 MHz with timings of 15-17-17 at 1.2V. Let’s take a look and see what this kit can do!
In Win is a company we’ve known for some really crazy PC case designs. They show off a special edition case every year at Computex and this year was no different. Many of their cases have features glass panels like the S-Frame or D-Frame, but these cases are not always what users are looking for and hold pretty high retail prices. There is where In Win comes in with the 805, a mid tower chassis that conforms to the typical “tower” case design, but is mostly made of glass. The front panel and both side panels are made of 3mm-thick tempered glass and the rest of the case is made of high-quality aluminum. All of this together makes for a very traditional, yet different looking case. This is also one of the first cases that we have seen that features a front-mounted USB 3.1 Type-C port. Let’s jump in and see what this case is all about!
Since the introduction of the Z170 chipset we have taken a look a quite a few different motherboards, but none from ASRock. They were kind enough to send us over their top of the line Z170 Extreme 7+ motherboard, which sits as the top board in their Extreme Series. The Z170 Extreme 7+ is build on ASRock’s Super Alloy Design, features a 12-phase all digital power design, three Ultra M.2 slots, four USB 3.1 ports, support for quad-SLI and 3-way CrossFire, ASRock’s Purity Sound 3 and more! As you can see this board has quite a lot to offer and that is only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s take a look at the Z170 Extreme 7+ and see what ASRock has in store for us with the Z170 chipset and Skylake platform!
ADATA offers a wide variety of solid state drives from consumer drives to enterprise and server drives. ADATA’s last XPG drive was introduced in 2012, so the line was definitely in need of a refresh. The XPG line is targeted towards gamers and enthusiasts. The new XPG SX930 features the newer JMicron JMF670H controller matched with synchronous MLC NAND. The 240GB version that we are reviewing today features sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 460 MB/s respectively. ADATA is backing this drive with a 5-year warranty and has changed the design a little to attract more gamers. Let’s take a look at this drive and see what it is all about!
When building an epic new rig we focus on the exciting main items like the motherboard, processor, ram, and of course the GPU! Often times that could leave you missing some important items when you actually start to put the build together. I feel one of the most overlooked items is the fan controller. Often times there is a solution included with the case, but if your build is deserving of the adjective “epic” then you will need more than the included controller or hub. Hoping to be there for you when you need plenty of power and specific control, NZXT is bringing to the market the third iteration of it’s very popular fan hub, the GRID+ V2. Follow along as we find out if this hub has what you need to keep your case nice and chill.
Recently Phanteks released the Special Edition of their Enthoo Evolv ITX case. The Special Edition’s are actually different color variants than the original, which was only available in black. The two Special Editions are black with red interior and white with black interior. These two new color combinations should help builders match components better and hell they just look pretty cool! We actually reviewed the Enthoo Evolv ITX back in March and even did a full watercooling build inside. Derrick did a great job on both of those reviews so I decided I would take a look at the case and see what it is all about. This will give a different point of view from someone who has never reviewed a Phanteks case before. Read along to see what I think of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Special Edition Case.
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