The Deep Silence 6 brings us an advanced Air Chimney, complete with fans. It is available in White, Anthracite, and Deep Black. As you can see, when Nanoxia says Deep Black, they mean deep, dark black. To stop noise, they made the walls of 1 mm thick steel and padded it with their Nanoxia dual layer of bitumen and acoustic foam. This damps vibrations and noise, but adds weight to the walls. So the Deep Silence 6 is a big, heavy case. Today we will examine the DS6, investigate its air cooling powers, and explore its accommodations for radiators.
Back in January, we teased you with a first glimpse of the Graphite 760T during our press coverage of CES 2014. During our CES meeting with Corsair, they said to expect a release date around the end of Q1 2014 or the beginning of Q2 2014. Holding true to their word, Corsair lifts the embargo today and tells us the case should be available at North American retailers in late April 2014! This much anticipated full tower offering from Corsair has many unique features and is certain to grab the attention of the PC enthusiast crowd. So, let’s dive in and see what Corsair has in store for us!
Today we will be reviewing the mighty R9 290x Lightning from MSI. Some of us may recall the outcome of the GTX 780 Lightning review wasn’t exactly what the enthusiast crowd wanted it to be with the imposed power limits that were in place. Now, to be fair, this was not MSI’s fault. That distinction is squarely on NVIDIA’s shoulders for their ‘green’ program. That aside, this is an AMD card and we will have no such limits! That has to be a good thing, right? We will dig down into the nitty gritty of this R9 290x and see what MSI has done to make it warrant the Lightning moniker, and how well it performs.
The popular DirectCUII air cooler gets an added water cooling channel and a new name too… DirectCU H2O. This GTX 780 based offering from ASUS gives the user a choice between air or water to keep the card cool. Not only do we have a unique cooling solution attached to the Poseidon Platinum GTX 780, but ASUS took it a step further and provided a factory applied GPU overclock to the card as well. Let’s take this newest member of the ROG graphics card family for a spin and see what’s in store!
We received a couple of AMD press releases today announcing new partnerships for Gaming Evolved and their Mantle API. Gaming Evolved, is an ISV relationship program which assists game developers in creating and enhancing the PC gaming experience for those using AMD hardware. Partnering with AMD’s Gaming Evolved is Rebellion Developments, Square Enix, and Xaviant.
As the days go by in the SSD world, we have seen a lot of changes in the past couple of years, but one of the biggest changes has been the steady declining price of these drives. OCZ has filled out their SSD line-up to include high-end enthusiast SSDs such as their Vertex 150, workstation level drives, Revodrive 3, and down to the performance level of their new OCZ Vertex 460. This drive is meant to compete with the likes of the more budget oriented performance drives on the market. So we’ll put the OCZ Vertex 460 and its new proprietary in-house Barefoot 3 M10 controller through our test suite, and see how things look on the performance front. Let’s get to it!
We have definitely reviewed our fair share of socket FM2+ motherboards over the past few months, especially since AMD’s recent release of the Kaveri APU family. Today, MSI checks in with their latest socket FM2+ A88X chipset motherboard – The A88X-G45 Gaming. MSI has the gaming crowd in its cross hairs with the release of this motherboard, and first impressions show a fully loaded offering with many unique enhancements. As you’ll see during the review, the board looks absolutely stunning and has many of the high level features gamers and PC enthusiasts look for. Looks and features only tell part of the story though, so let’s get the MSI A88X-G45 Gaming motherboard on our workbench and find out how it performs.
A lot of technology-related companies have diversified towards segments of the market that were not their original focus. Graphics card manufacturers began offering PSUs, PSU manufacturers started designing cases, case designers developed CPU coolers and so on. The most notable example of diversification is Corsair; the company could have written the book on it. Their two most successful ranges of products, aside from RAM modules of course, probably are their cases and PSUs, with the company offering several series and tens of different products. Today we will be having a look at the Graphite 230T, one of their latest cases.