News

Gigabyte Released AORUS Gen4 7000s Prem M.2 2TB SSD

Gigabyte has just announced the release of its new AORUS Gen4 7000s Prem M.2 2TB SSD with sequential read speeds of up to 7 GB/s and write speed up to 6.85GB/s. This is made possible due to its large dual heat pipe cooler and a Phison eight-channel 4th Gen E18 controller. Naturally, to reach these speeds you will need one of AMD’s X570/B550 or Intel’s  Z590 / B560 / Z490 / H470 motherboards (with a Rocket Lake-based CPU). Pricing is not available at this time. Here is Gigabytes’ official press release. Read More

News

Patriot Announces VP4300 Series NVMe M.2 Solid State Drives

Fresh off the press is Patriot Memory’s Viper Gaming VP4300 series NVMe M.2 solid-state drives. These newly announced drives will be available in 1 TB and 2 TB models and features an Innogrit IG5236 Gen4 x 4 controller and DDR4 DRAM cache. According to Patriot, the drives have a rated sequential read speed of up to 7,400 MB/s and sequential writes of up to 6,800 MB/s. Additionally, each drive includes two heat spreaders, a thin graphene heatshield for laptop applications, and a thicker aluminum heat sink for desktop installations. Pricing is listed at $254.99 for the 1TB model and $499.99 for the 2TB model. Continue reading for more information from the Patriot Memory website. Read More

Memory

Mushkin Launches New ALPHA Series Solid State Drives

Mushkin has just announced the ALPHA series high-performance solid-state drives. Offering both high speeds and large capacity, the ALPHA series drives will be available in huge (for M.2 SSDs) 4TB and 8TB with max sequential speeds of 3300Mb/s read and 3000Mb/s write. Both drives are controlled by a Phison E12S controller, a 3D NAND memory controller, and utilize PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe 1.3 interface. Here is the full press release from Mushkin. Read More

Cooling

Alphacool Announces HDX Pro Air M.2 Heatsink and Eisfluegel Aurora Flow Sensor

Today, Alphacool announced two new products, the new HDX Pro Air M.2 SSD air cooler and the Eisfluegel Aurora flow sensor. The HDX Pro Air cooler is a solid aluminum heatsink designed to fit single-sided and double-sided 2280 M.2 SSD’s. The Eisfluegel Aurora flow sensor can sense a flow rate between 70 and 300 liters per hour ( 0.30-1.30 gallons per hour) using a 3-pin connector that displays through monitoring software. Read More

Motherboards

EVGA Z390 DARK Motherboard Review

Today, we’re looking at EVGA’s extreme overclocking Z390 motherboard the EVGA Z390 DARK. As in the past, the DARK series is EVGA’s top-of-the-line serious overclocking oriented motherboard which has all the bells and whistles you need for going sub-ambient. It’s not a flashy board, you won’t find any RGB LEDs on this monster, it’s real estate is dedicated to extreme overclocking hardware. Read More

Reviews

ASUS Rampage VI Extreme Omega Motherboard Review: Taming the i9-9980XE

Fast forward to today, Intel has released a new lineup of CPUs, also based on the Skylake-X architecture ranging from the i7-9800X (8c/16t ~$600) all the way up to the flagship i9-9980XE (18c/36t ~$2000). The new processors are all 165W parts, but in testing these have pulled a few hundred watts with ambient cooling during stress testing. Due to increased power use, again we are seeing a couple of board partners releasing new versions of boards with even beefier VRMs and cooling to the new CPUs. ASUS was one of those and have taken high-end motherboard to what initially feels like a whole new level with the new ASUS Rampage VI Extreme Omega. Read More