Reviews

ADATA XPG ATOM 50 M.2 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD Review

Recently, XPG, ADATA’s gaming brand, released the ATOM 50 PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 SSD. Marketed for gamers of both PCs and PlayStation 5 consoles, the ATOM 50 is designed as a massive upgrade from standard solid-state drives or for expanding the storage space for the PS5. In this review, we scrutinize the ATOM 50, putting it through the rigors of our benchmark suite.

ASRock Z690 Taichi Razer Edition
Motherboards

CES 2022: ASRock Reveals Z690 Taichi Razer Edition Motherboard

Today, ASRock revealed the Z690 Taichi Razer Edition motherboard. Built around the LGA1700 socket the Taichi Razer is ready for Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake CPUs. This powerhouse motherboard features a 20 phase SPS Dr.MOS power design and reinforced DDR5 DIMM slots capable of RAM overclocks of up to 6400MHz. Stunning lighting effects are possible due to the integrated Razer Chroma RGB and controlled via Razer’s easy-to-use Synapse software. Pricing and availability have not been released yet, so stay tuned for future notifications. Below is ASRock’s official press release.

CES 2022: ACER Product Launch
News

CES 2022: ACER Announces Gaming PCs, Laptops, A-I-O PCs, and Monitors

Today, Acer announced several new products for CES 2022. This is in addition to yesterday’s announcement which we covered here. Included in this most recent press release are multiple pre-built gaming computers, All-in-One PCs,  laptops, and monitors. Acer is certainly bringing a lot to the computing community this year. Here is a list of Acer’s most recently announced products at CES 2022 along with pricing and availability.

Motherboards

Biostar Z690A Valkyrie (DDR4) Motherboard Review

Today we’ll take a look at our first DDR4 LGA 1700 motherboard, the Biostar Z690A Valkyrie. This time around, we have the option of DDR4 or DDR5 boards but not both, so keep that in mind. Most manufacturers make it quite clear which memory works in their system, but there’s still an opportunity for mismatched hardware. Just be attentive when ordering parts for a new Alder Lake-based system.

MSI MPG Velox 100R
Reviews

MSI MPG Velox 100R Mid-Tower Case Review

Today, we review MSI’s MPG Velox 100R Mid-Tower chassis, a versatile gaming case that incorporates great looks with excellent functionality. The MPG series represents MSI’s premium chassis line. Other cases in the MPG line-up include the Gungnir, Sekira, and Quietude, with each receiving several sub-models. Each one features similar aspects with key elements that define and personalize the individual models. We reviewed the Gungnir 110R and Sekira 100R previously, so now it’s on to the Velox 100R.

PNY Low Profile XLR8 Gaming DDR4
Memory

PNY Announces Low Profile XLR8 Gaming DDR4 Memory

Today, PNY announced the addition of its low-profile series DDR4 ram to the XLR8 Gaming line-up. Three kits are available in 2666 MHz (CAS 16), 3200 MHz (CAS 16), and 3600 MHz with capacities of 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB for each set. These low-profile kits measure only 32 mm high and are well suited for all applications including small form factor builds or with large CPU heatsinks with memory clearance issues. Availability will be through Amazon, Best Buy, and PNY.com, though pricing has not been released. Below is PNY’s press release.

Memory

TeamGroup Announced T-FORCE DELTA RGB DDR5 Gaming Memory

TeamGroup just announced its latest memory series, the T-Force Delta RGB DDR5 Gaming Memory. This next generation of DDR5 memory will feature Intel XMP 3.0 support, capacities of up to 32 GB, and frequencies of up to 5600 MHz. The T-Force Delta RGB will also be equipped with oversized heat spreaders and, as the name implies, RGB lighting. Pricing is unknown at this time but availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2021. Below is TeamGroup’s press release.

Gaming

Gigabyte Reveals AMD Ryzen Powered Gaming Laptops

Gigabyte has recently unveiled two mid-grade gaming laptops equipped with AMD’s Ryzen 5000-series mobile CPUs and Nvidia’s 30-series mobile GPUs. They have been named A5 and A7 and the latter features a Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile processor and RTX 3070 laptop GPU.  Specifications on the A5 are still unknown but should be available soon. More information and specs can be found below in Gigabyte’s press release as well as the link to the Gigabyte website.

News

MSI Announces 13 Gaming and Creator Grade Laptops

MSI has announced a massive 13 new laptops across six different lineups. Whether you are a gamer or a content creator, MSI has developed a laptop for you. The six new series are the Creator (models Z16, M16, and 17), the Raider (models GE76, GE Tiamat Edition, GE66), the Stealth (models GS76 and GS66), the Leopard (models GP76 and GP66), the Pulse (models GL76/Crosshair 17 and GL66/Crosshair 15),  and the Katana series (models GF76/Sword 17 and GF66/Sword 15). The new laptops include Intel’s 11th Gen H series processors and up to a GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU. Pricing and availability were not included in this press release.