EVGA has a strong foothold in the custom PC market with products ranging from hardware to accessories. They are a well-known, respected, and trusted manufacturer that any enthusiast should be familiar with. EVGA has been kind enough to allow us to test their top RTX 2060 offering, the XC Ultra Gaming.
NVIDIA’s Turing architecture found in the 2xxx series video cards came onto the scene nearly six months ago releasing the high-end first in the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. Time went on and the mid-range tier hit the scene with the RTX 2070 and RTX 2060 coming out a bit later filling out the full RTX lineup but leaving plenty of space in the market for a less expensive, more budget-friendly solution. In comes the GTX 1660
Today we are looking at another drive towards the high-end of the performance spectrum in the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro. The SX8200 Pro is updated with the new, faster, Silicon Motion controller allowing for speeds up to 3500 MB/s reads and writes up to 3000 MB/s, SLC caching and DRAM cache buffer, and LDPC ECC technology all backed by a 5-Year warranty.
Today we will be looking at another motherboard in the Z390 series, this time from ASRock. The last time we connected with them was in January where the X399 Phantom Gaming 6 motherboard for Threadripper was reviewed, and positively. This time around, we have something from the mainstream platform and likely a fairly familiar name if you have been reading our forums over the past few years in the Z390 Extreme 4. The Extreme 4 was typically highly regarded as one of the best ‘bang for your buck’ type motherboards with a solid feature set as well as capable power delivery for overclocking the CPU. We will break it down in this review and see if it is still able to maintain that crown of being one of the better Z390 boards without paying a premium.
Better late than never is a popular phrase coined by Geoffery Chaucer way back in the day that is perfectly applicable now, and for this review. As most know by now, both of NVIDIA’s mid-range cards have been released in the RTX 2060 FE and RTX 2070 FE. The latter being released in 10/2018 while the RTX 2060 was released January 7th – our first day of CES.
Today is the day AMD is set to release a new GPU into the market with its Radeon VII video card. Early rumors and ramblings from the AMD camp has this card pegged as a $700 (MSRP) card which is said to compete with NVIDIA’s RTX 2080 on the performance front, gaming at least. The card should do well in compute as the silicon it is cut from, the professional MI50/60 cards, are professional/server type of cards.
The Antec P101 Silent mid-tower case is designed with a minimalistic elegance and engineered for utter silence. It features sound damping panels and eight removable hard drive bays. It’s safe to say this case is geared towards customers who are serious about their quiet time and maximizing data storage.
The Helix-L purports to be a budget offering with good performance (Up to 1700/1500 MB/s R/W) and a solid value per GB. The Helix uses again uses a Silicon Motion controller and runs without a DRAM module (cost savings) but uses HMB (Host Memory Buffer) and system RAM similar to how drives with integrated DRAM work as well. We’ll put the drive through its paces and see how the DRAMless drive performs!