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

Memory

T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4: 64 GB on a budget

Modern games and applications are consuming more system memory than ever before. In recent years we’ve seen an increase from 8GB to 16GB and now even 32 GB is required in some titles for optimal game performance. Today we’re looking at a new 2 x 32 GB DDR4 offering from Team Group. The T-Force Vulcan Z is a budget-conscious product line targeted towards gaming enthusiasts. It was recently expanded to include a density option of 32 GB in a single stick. Team Group is known for delivering excellent price/performance, so join us as we see if this memory meets the status quo. Read More

Memory

ADATA Spectrix D50 DDR4 Review

Born to serve the needs of high-performance computers, ADATA’s new XPG Spectrix D50 combines speedy XMP profiles with a stylish but subdued RGB design. We’ve recently seen companies pushing the limits of RGB memory modules, but ADATA took the D50 in a different direction focusing on aesthetics while not forgetting about performance and value. Read More

Reviews

Team Group Cardea Zero Z340 NVMe Review

Often times we see NVMe drives with impressive read speeds, but they are lacking when it comes to input/output performance and write speeds. Team Group’s Cardera Zero Z340 offering aims to compete with the very best Gen 3 NVMe drives, but with a price tag that resembles a mid-range drive. Did they succeed at creating a top NVMe contender? Follow along as we explore the features, performance, and value of this NVMe based SSD. Read More

Reviews

Silicon Power US70 PCIe Gen 4x4 SSD Review

One of the aspects that makes AMD’s X570 platform great, is the implementation of a fourth-generation M.2 storage interface. Today we’re looking at an NVMe drive from Silicon Power which has been specifically designed to harness the power of the PCIe Gen 4×4. Silicon Power recently introduced the US70 to retail markets which boasts sequential read and write up to 5,000 / 4,400 MB/s. We got our hands on this new drive so follow along as we evaluate its performance and see what makes it so special. Read More

Cooling

Bitspower CPU LN2 Container

Extreme overclockers use exotic cooling substances such as dry ice and liquid nitrogen to cool down computer hardware. Transferring that amazing cooling power to a computer CPU can be a complicated and difficult process. To simplify this complex problem, Bitspower International released special CPU cooler which has been designed to be used exclusively with liquid nitrogen (typically called a “pot”). We obtained a sample of their new cooler and will use it to overclock the Intel Core i9-10900K processor on the new Z490 platform. Read More