The long-awaited NVIDIA Pascal architecture was released a few weeks ago in the form of the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. It was worth the wait! The new GPUs sport large performance increases (up to 30%) and lower power consumption compared to the mighty 980Ti. Even though we did not get a Founders Edition sample from NVIDIA, we have the opportunity today to look at MSI’s GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G GPU. This card features an improved TwinFrozr cooler with its Torx 2.0 double ball bearing fan design, better than reference power delivery (additional 6-pin required!) including MSI’s Military Class V parts, and its Zero Fan technology which shuts down the fans until the GPU hits 60 °C. Features aside, it’s time to dig in and see what all of the fuss is about!
With the release of the Broadwell-E CPUs, like the 6950X we reviewed a few weeks ago, comes the time for motherboard partners to release their updates and pack in more features. In this article we are going to take a look at one of EVGA’s refreshes, the X99 FTW K. The K version brings with it some much needed updates in today’s motherboard landscape with Broadwell-E support out of the box and the addition of an M.2 slot and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and C like its mainstream brother, the Z170 chipset. There are also some changes on the network adapter side of things with dropping one Intel NIC to be replaced by the Killer E2400 NIC. Stick around for more details and performance comparisons later!
It has been a while since OCZ released their last enthusiast-level SSD, the Revodrive 350, way back in the spring of 2014. Since Toshiba acquired OCZ in early 2014, they have been working independently as a subsidiary, but switched to using Toshiba internals. Since that time, they have come out with some very good SATA-based SSDs in their Vector and new Trion lines. Fast forward to today and we have in our hands the Revodrive replacement, the RD400 in 512 GB capacity, which promises to be quite a fast drive. Grab a seat and let’s see what the OCZ RD400 has for us!
At the end of last year we saw the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset review grace our front page. Today we have the opportunity to see the newest gaming mouse in the Logitech lineup, the G900 Chaos Spectrum Wireless. With some lofty claims of faster response and more precision than other gaming mice, even wired gaming mice, the G900 has an impressive spec sheet. Following the performance found in the G933, I’m inclined to believe Logitech could pull off the feats they claim. Enough banter, let’s tear in to this thing!
Although we have reviewed our share of SSDs in the past, we haven’t seen many NVMe based solid state drives. In fact, only one from Dino back in March of 2015. These PCIe 3.0 x4 drives have been steadily improving in raw speed, and Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS), since that point and have almost doubled what we saw with the Kingston offering. We are finally starting to see new ones hit the shelves.
It seems like everyone is getting into the All-In-One CPU cooler business these days. Even the well-established case- and accessory-maker NZXT has gotten into the act, offering the Kraken line of CPU coolers. The Kraken lineup comes with room for one or two fans, at 120 mm and 140 mm. They always cool well in reviews. But the updated line promise to cool quietly as well. So let’s have a look at the X31, shall we?