Seriously 44 lanes only at USD 1k?

Intel has finally released their Skylake-X as well as Kaby Lake-X processors. Looking at it from a press perspective this was a pretty messy launch since NDA dates have been shifted and as many other reviews sites all over Europe pointed out sample availability was horrible. Nevertheless meanwhile we officially know the detailed specs and prices. Apart from that I’m going to let you know what I think about the current Intel HEDT line-up. I’m usually not the person to rant publicly, but too much is too much.

Based on ATX form factor

The ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe is another Intel X299 motherboard that should help filling gaps in the ASUS X299 lineup. So far there are only five X299 motherboards from ASUS, which are the Prime X299-A, the Prime X299-Deluxe, the ROG Strix X299-E Gaming, the TUF X299 Mark 1 and Mark 2. Compared to the X99-Deluxe, the Prime X299-Deluxe offers a similar design with white and black color scheme.

B2 stepping incoming

During the last past months AMD has released several AGESA updates addressing issues related to memory support and/or CPU performance in general. According to CanardPC, AMD appears to be working on a new B2 stepping in the case of their 14nm "Summit Ridge" silicon. The B2 stepping should addresses a lot of hardware-level issues that cannot be fixed by “simple” BIOS/AGESA updates.

Vendors start selling

The new Intel X299 platform is now available to purchase and apparently there are several different models at a wide variety of price point. So far there are 19 models available and during upcoming weeks more boards are to be introduced. One particular model we’ve spotted at this year’s Computex we’re waiting for especially, which is ASRock’s mini-ITX X299-ITX/ac.


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L4 Modz

Today we have another build from L4 Modz for you. In the past we’ve shared several of his builds and as you might know they always look exceptionally good. Since we don't know what there is under the hood you will not find any specification.

More information about the overclock capability

A few pages of an overclocking reviewer’s guide on Intel's X299 Kaby Lake-X platform and CPUs have leaked. According to this document a “good” Intel Core i7-7740X chip is supposed to run Cinebench R15 at 5.0 GHz and 1.205v in combination with a potent CPU cooler. If you’re lucky it could even be possible that you’d be able to run your chip at 5.2 GHz, but with higher voltages - of course.

Most powerful graphics card from MSI

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z is the MSI’s flagship model, featuring a custom PCB and a custom cooler. This model is usually created for performance and extreme cooling enthusiasts, being equipped with a triple-fan cooler. Apart from that there is a new lighting system which allows you to change the color of the LEDs.

More benchmarks soon

There have already been plenty of leaks from other websites regarding Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake-X CPUs. Today we can finally show some of our own results. A few months ago we have started testing all the recent CPUs regarding a variety of programs and benchmarks.

With massive factory overclock

Zotac has shown a new graphics card, which is based on the flagship - GP102 - chip from NVIDIA. Right after the announcements of the PGF series, Zotac unveiled another graphics cards, which goes by the name Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme Core Edition. This card comes with a custom heatsink and a factory OC.

With liquid cooler

Gigabyte has introduced their new GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce Xtreme Edition and Aorus Waterforce XE graphics cards and both cards come with a liquid cooling block on the GPU. Including these two new graphics cards, Gigabyte has now eight different GTX 1080 Ti pixel accelerators in its portfolio.

XTSX Modding

Today we have another build from XTSX Modding for you. In the past we’ve shared several of his builds and as you might know they always look exceptionally good. Since we don't know what there is under the hood you will not find any specification.

Volume production has begun

Everything that involves NAND flash memory has grown to what is today a huge business and throughout the past few years the big names such as Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix have been investing heavily in research and development. One of the results of this is that today we have consumer SSDs with up to 2TB capacity due to 48-layer 3D NAND flash chips. So far it looks like Samsung is perfectly on track to soon launch the next generation of SSDs due to 64-layer 3D NAND with even higher capacities.

NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti graphics card in recommended hardware

Microsoft has released the system requirements for Forza Motorsport 7 and it looks like compared to Forza Horizons 3 it won’t be that heavy on the hardware anymore. This is pretty good news for the more casual gaming community out there.

That’s quite expensive ...

According to the latest rumors from our friends over at Videocardz, the next generation of AMD graphics cards, which will be based on the upcoming Vega architecture has been spotted in a retail shop. AMD's Radeon Vega cards may be amongst the most anticipated product family of the year. According to Scan UK and SabrePC in the USA, the Vega Frontier Edition should cost $1199 US.

X299 for the masses

During Computex 2017, MSI has shown their first batch of X299 motherboards for Intel's Basin Falls platform. Meanwhile we have taken several pictures of the upcoming X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC which should be one of the more competitively priced models from MSI regarding Intel X299 chipset. Compared to the predecessor, which goes by the name X99A Gaming Pro Carbon, we see a similar color scheme - as the name suggests - but a reworked layout and a new design for all the heatsinks.

Tran Tan Dat

Today we have another build from Tran Tan Dat for you. In the past we’ve shared several of his builds and as you might know they always look exceptionally good. Since we don't know what there is under the hood you will not find any specification.

According to Geekbench database

Although the acclaimed launch date will be somewhen during the upcoming weeks news leaks related to Threadripper are making it through almost every day. This time wccftech jumped the gun and they have found some leaks in the Geekbench database. The results are pretty similar to AMD's existing Ryzen CPUs.

Based on P106-100 chip

These days, Bitcoin is experiencing another hype as currently the price for 1BTC skyrocketed to a whopping $2'460 US. That means the value of one Bitcoin tripled within just a few weeks. As it always is with Bitcoin mining a big hype kicks in when the exchange rate explodes - as it just did. A few weeks ago we have seen rumors about upcoming mining GPUs and maybe rather sooner than later NVIDIA is going to introduce something that is geared towards that purpose.
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