Memory

G.Skill Trident Z Royal Elite DDR4-5066 MHz Review

Intel’s newly released Z590 chipset offers a few advancements over previous platforms, but perhaps the most influential is its memory overclocking capabilities. The changes Intel made to the memory controller frequency, have enabled companies like G.Skill to offer XMP ratings of 4800 MHz and above for mainstream motherboards. Today we’re testing and overclocking one such newly released product. The Trident Z Royal Elite comes with a whopping 5066 MHz XMP rating. We’re pretty excited to show you G.Skill’s latest release, so follow along as we break down what we liked and didn’t like. Read More

be quiet! Power supply
Editorials

be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1500W PSU: Powering 128 Threads

be quiet! is making a name for themselves in the PSU market and within the enthusiast communities. They’ve released power supplies that offer excellent build quality, nearly silent operation, premium cabling, and ultra-high-quality circuit boards. Within their wide range of power supplies, the Dark Power 12 series is their elite offering consisting of 5 models. All of the PSUs in this series offer up to 95.9% efficiency for a rating of 80 PLUS® Titanium and fully digital control of PFC + LLC+SR/12V. One of the main innovations for this series is the frameless fan design and digitally controlled fan performance curve. There’s a shroud built into the case which acts as a fan frame, and as a result, the fan noise is substantially reduced.  Read More

Silicon Power XPOWER Zenith RGB DDR4 Gaming Memory Review
Memory

Silicon Power XPOWER Zenith RGB DDR4 Gaming Memory Review

If you’ve read our recent memory reviews, then you know we’ve been exploring the performance and overclocking characteristics of Samsung-based dual-rank memory modules. It’s been an enlightening dive down the performance rabbit hole, but the high price of those kits means that they’re out of reach for the average user. So, are dual-rank memory kits only for those with deep pockets? The new XPOWER Zenith kit from Silicon Power proves that you can have 32 GB of dual-rank magic and have money left to spend elsewhere.  Read More

Team Group T-Force XTREEM ARGB 32GB Review
Memory

Team Group T-Force XTREEM ARGB 32GB Review

Last December we reviewed G.Skill’s acclaimed Samsung B-Die-based dual-rank performance memory kit. Today, it remains one of the best performing kits on the market, but there’s a new challenger to the dual-rank 2 x 16 GB throne. Team Group quietly released their own ultra-performance Samsung B-Die-based dual-rank kit. The Team Group T-Force XTREEM ARGB is rated for 3600 MHz at shockingly low primary timings of CL14-15-15. Read More

Memory

ADATA XPG Gammix S70: The New NVMe Speed King

ADATA has a new flagship elite-level SSD out and we managed to get our hands on it. Announced at CES 2020 and finally released now, the XPG Gammix S70 boasts one of the fastest NVMe speed ratings within the market today. It’s not just about crazy Crystal Disk Mark speeds, ADATA equipped the S70 with a radical finned heat sink to keep the drive cool and always performing at its maximum potential. Furthermore, they managed to get this drive to the market with performance-competitive pricing. We’re pretty excited about the potential for this drive so join us as we give you the product tour and put it to the test for you.  Read More

Memory

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 32GB DDR4 4000 Review

 G.Skill recently released a few new special kits of DDR4 that feature super-fast XMP profiles and including one that is dual rank. Within the enthusiast PC community, there’s been a whole lot of buzz about dual-rank memory modules and how they offer superior performance for some benchmarks and games. Simply put, this means there are ICs on both sides of the memory PCB for better interleaving and thus better performance. We reached out to G.Skill and they sent us their new dual-rank flagship product, the unbelievably fast 2 x 16 GB 4000 CL16-19-19 Trident Z Royal.  Read More

Memory

XPG Spectrix D50 Extreme DDR4: Elite Memory for Serious Enthusiasts

With DDR5 on the horizon, we have entered into the final phase of DDR4 DRAM IC production. Lately, speedy XMP profiles have emerged such as 4400 CL16 and 3800 CL14, which are a far cry from the early days of DDR4. Not to be out shadowed, companies like Micron and SK Hynix have been pushing the high-frequency limit and making great advancements there as well. Today we have the opportunity to test one such memory kit that’s pushing the high-frequency limits. ADATA sent us their Spectrix D50 Extreme, which has an incredible XMP rating of 5000 MHz CL19. Read More

Reviews

T-Force Cardea Ceramic C440 PCIe Gen 4x4 Review

With the cancelation of Computex 2020 due to Covid-19, some computer vendors have been getting creative with launching new products. Just this last September, Team Group hosted a consecutive three-day online launch event with new products being introduced every day. One of the products released was the Cardea Ceramic C440 Gen4x4 NVMe SSD. This new drive features a unique aerospace-grade ceramic heat dissipater and excellent performance. Read More

Motherboards

EVGA Z490 FTW WiFi Motherboard Review

EVGA’s lineup for the Intel Z490 platform consists of the DARK and FTW WiFi. The DARK is tailored for extreme overclockers and serious enthusiasts. However, if you’re after a more conventional, but still feature-rich gaming motherboard, then the FTW is worth taking a look at. Even though the DARK is their flagship motherboard, EVGA hasn’t overlooked the FTW in terms of overclocking support tools and features. Read More