Today is a going to be a great day to be an OCF reader. We have a rare chance to review one of the top of the line products from our friends at Galaxy, the GTX 780 Ti HOF+ (Hall of Fame). Galaxy recently started coming out with these high end cards to compete with the likes of ‘the big three’ and their high end enthusiast offerings. They have been pretty successful in doing so with their previous GTX 780 HOF among others, which made some waves on the benchmarking scene. The reception for these robust, unique white PCB based cards was pretty warm looking at other review sites and the web, and now we get our anxious little paws on it to put it through our testing suite and see what stands after the dust settles.
Ahead of the official launch day for Intel’s upcoming chipset release, we have some news to share regarding ASUS motherboard offerings designed around this new chipset. We’re limited to talking about ASUS specific features here as not to break our NDA with Intel. With that in mind, we’ll share what we can!
As we know, Intel has an upcoming chipset release on the horizon and with this new lineup inevitably comes some new boards from their partners. You may have already seen the ASUS lineup that Lvcoyote posted and I am here to show you the board I have in hand… the MSI MPower MAX AC. At this time the preview will really be at a very high level as the official release date is a bit into the future, but it should still be enough to get you thinking about making your next motherboard purchase based around Intel’s future chipset. On to the board!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to the Big Top! Step right up and prepare to be amazed! A grand light show awaits your senses! Tonight we shall be experiencing Enermax 180 mm fans with Blue LEDs, with Red LEDs, and with four LEDs of splashing, flashing color! And to up the ante, there is a switch on each fan to select any of three speeds! And to top it off, these fans are affixed to their frames with “Vortex” swirl airfoils that straighten the flow coming from the fan. Step right up and come inside!
Water cooling enthusiasts know all too well how expensive high quality, aesthetically pleasing, and low noise components are. So, what if you could have a graphics card with all of that in one affordable package wrapped around a high-end AMD R9 290? Sound intriguing? VisionTek thinks so and has made available their latest enthusiast level graphics card… The CryoVenom R9 290. Partnering with EKWB, VisionTek has set out to offer all the convenience of a pre-assembled, water cooled graphics card at a price much lower than the individual components themselves.
Corsair has been releasing one case after the other, extending their range of products and flooding the market with their designs. The company already has four different case series and dozens of products populating them. A few weeks after our review of the Graphite 230T, we had a look at the newly released and most advanced member of the Graphite series, the 760T. Today we will be having a look at the newest member of the Obsidian series as well, the 450D.
Kingston sent along one of their newly released HyperX Fury memory kits for us to have a look at. This particular kit is the white version of the DDR3-1866 MHz 2X4 GB kit they will be offering in a variety of heatspreader colors. The HyperX Fury line will replace the entry level HyperX Blu memory products and is geared towards the beginner enthusiast and gamer. The Fury line of memory will position itself between the HyperX Genesis and high-end HyperX Predator. Kingston aims to give an attractive and affordable option to those users who find themselves wanting a little more than an entry level product, but don’t require a top-of-the-line memory offering. Sounds like a great idea to me, so let’s have a look!
Beginning the week of April 21st, you’ll be able to get your hands on the world’s fastest graphics card… the R9 295X2. Built around dual R9 290X GPU cores and cooled by an Asetek AIO liquid cooler, this beast of a graphics card supports all the latest Gaming Evolved technologies including GCN, True Audio, and games built around the Mantle API.