Huge step forward

Almost ten years ago, Intel released the magnificent Core2 Quad Q6600 in order to fight against the AMD Phenom 9600. The C2Q Q6600 has been on the market for several years and Intel has sold a lot of units due to the very good performance/price ratio of this CPU.

With Freesync

AOC already has a vast portfolio of displays and with the G2590FX the vendor is launching yet another model. Therefore the 24.5-inch panel supports 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution at 144Hz, which makes this particular display relevant for gaming PCs.

Finally available

During Computex 2017 Cooler Master celebrated their 25th anniversary by revealing two redesigned cases: the Cosmos and the HAF. The MasterCase H500P has been released a few months ago and it's based on the same design that the old HAF cases were known for but it now features RGB lighting, a cleaner layout and extended water cooling support. Now after few months the company is ready to introduce an improved version.

Featuring Vega graphics chip

According to another rumor which has its roots in the Futuremark database again, AMD is busy working on a cut-down version of AMD's Ryzen 2000 series. Thankfully, this isn't the only information that we have, since both APUs has been spotted in the ASUS BIOS files.

Available next October

EA has released the full system requirements list for their upcoming Battlefield V game. With Battlefield V, EA will use the latest Frostbite engine and features a lot of wide open-world spaces to explore. Anyway the system requirements looks rather similar to Battlefield 1.

Up to 20Gbps speed

A few months ago, the USB governing body published the specifications for USB 3.2. According to the specifications, the upcoming USB standard features two 10Gb/s channels that together can achieve up to 20Gb/s of throughput. That's half the speed of Thunderbolt 3, which is USB's better competitor.

Another classy case

The French chassis manufacturer Streacom has announced a compact mini-ITX enclosure with rather classy design. The DA2 offers a high level of customization and it's compatible with high-end components as well.


Gigabyte is updating their Aorus line of graphics cards with models that come with WindForce 2X coolers. The upcoming Aorus GTX 1050 sports a dual-fan cooler with black and orange color scheme. In addition the card comes with overclocked frequencies.

Viper RGB series available

Patriot is finally jumping into the RGB memory market with new line of high-performance memory modules. The company has announced their Viper RGB memory kit, which has been designed and tested in combination with Intel Coffee Lake and AMD Ryzen processors.

Up to 13% boost in Ancestors Legacy

AMD has officially released their Radeon Software 18.5.1 driver for GCN or newer graphics cards and AMD Ryzen+Vega APUs. With this new driver you will get more support for Microsoft PlayReady 3.0 and increased performance in Ancestors Legacy.

For State of Decay 2 and The Crew 2 Beta

NVIDIA's released its latest GeForce graphics drivers named 397.93. The new drivers add optimisations for State of Decay 2 and Ubisoft's upcoming The Crew 2 beta. Furthermore NVIDIA has also added support for CUDA 9.2 to their driver stack and has fixed a several bugs.

For Intel and Toshiba SSDs

Microsoft with Windows 10 has had several issues, like boot loops, general instability, and performance problems with selected SSDs. Microsoft has updated now Windows 10 in order to address the issue with Intel and Toshiba SSDs.

New features (updated)

Intel has published a Z390 chipset product brief on its website. The document unveils the features of the new chipset, which are very close to current Z370 series. Aside from the details that we have already posted during the last weeks, Intel includes more information about the High-Speed I/O lanes (HSIO).

For AM4 APUs

Arctic unveiled a giant passive heatsink for low-powered AM4 processors like Ryzen GE processors and Bristol Ridge APU lineup. The upcoming Alpine AM4 passive heatsink is a silent cooler that can dissipate up to 47W of heat in a tower case with good airflow. Since the cooler is meant for processors with 35W TDP, you shouldn't push the cooler to that limit.

Same shader cores as the GTX 1050 Ti

NVIDIA has quietly added a 3GB version of the GeForce GTX 1050 to its lineup. Despite this card doesn't belong to the "Ti" series, it features the same number of shader cores as the 1050 Ti. Furthermore it sports higher clock rate than the Ti version. In order to make it a bit slower than the Ti version, NVIDIA has reduced the memory interface to 96-bit.

One of the first 4K/144Hz monitors to hit the market

A few days ago, Acer announced that their Predator X27 4K HDR monitor is going to be available during next weeks. Well, something appears to be going on, since also ASUS will release its monitor quite soon. Both displays feature the same AU Optronics panel.

Named Frostbit

During the upcoming Computex 2018, Cryorig will show a full range of coolers including a new version of the C7 and a M.2 NVMe SSD heatsink. We have seen several motherboard manufacturers equip M.2 SSDs with heatsinks. Cryorig will offer soon the "industry's first dual heatpipe M.2 cooler," the Frostbit.

New toys from the vendor

During Next@Acer, Acer has unveiled several new products regarding their Predator series of products. During the show, the company has presented a big and powerful gaming PC named Predator Orion 5000, the new Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop and Nitro 50 entry level gaming PCs. All the upcoming products should become available during next months.

Very clean looking

Phanteks has announced the Eclipse P350X case in two color options. PC customization is bigger than ever and it's good to be able to match the chassis with the color scheme of your gaming components. The Eclipse P350X brings new design, clean interior layout and digital RGB strips. Like other cases of the Eclipse series, also the new P350X comes with an affordable price.

Preorder at $2000 USD

During the CES 2016, NVIDIA showed off the 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync monitor for the first time. For several months things have been silent and only now this display is available in pre-order. The monitor has some impressive specifications and the price is rather incredbile as well.
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