PC cases are all the rage these days, especially during Computex 2017 too. The theme since last year's RGB outbreak is simple - transparency. That's where the BitFenix Aurora excels at - it's a case that's meant to be beautiful with its aesthetics and internals. Just how well does it fare out for a PC builder? Let's find out.
NVMe SSDs are becoming more and more common. CPU and motherboard manufacturers know this and hence the one big argument that says Threadripper wins X299 is the PCIe lane counts directly to the CPU. We won't get into that for this review, but let's take a look at the Plextor M8Se NVMe SSD - specifically the 256GB Plextor M8SeGN, the one that I have here. It's an M.2 form factor NVMe SSD and no heatsink.
The ever-growing trend of NVMe SSDs being adopted by the mass market is true and it's happening now. Storage solution manufacturers are hopping on the NVMe SSD bandwagon, and for us consumers, competition is always good. The Apacer PT920 COMMANDO is one of the competitors in the PCIe Gen. 3 x4 NVMe SSD market while looking extra eccentric to catch everyone's attention.
Power supplies aren't something that will get refreshed and renewed often, since if it works then we pretty much won't bother much - unless aesthetics come into play. The Cooler Master MWE series of power supplies are created to cater for those who need low-priced power supplies to get the job done, but with uncompromised performance and efficiency.
In each generation of graphic cards, the VRAM and clock speeds tend to scale according to its price. As prices go up the clock speed and VRAM goes up too. Then comes the GTX1060 - a card that comes in two VRAM flavors. This is the review of the ASUS GTX1060 OC 9Gbps graphics card, and a brief comparison on whether or not that extra VRAM is worth it.
With efforts of bringing up the gamers up to speed with the custom PC community, Brightstar and ASUS will have a Powered By ASUS PC Build Challenge at their ROG Concept Store, which is located at Lowyat.
I think by this time, we all know what Intel and AMD have done during the Computex week. Intel rushed their announcement of the X299 platform and it seems like a sorry excuse to launch something because the spotlight is shining on AMD now. During Computex 2017 AMD announcements, there were a few other things that were missed out initially. Here, I'll highlight them.
When Ryzen was first debuted worldwide, AMD sent out a set of hardware for many reviewers - which includes a Ryzen 7 CPU, Corsair LPX RAM kit, an X370 motherboard, and most importantly, a special edition Noctua NH-U12S that's made for AMD's AM4 socket only. But again, you can get the basic edition Noctua NH-U12S and get the AM4 mounting plate separately for free. But then again - how does it really perform?
Here's the deal - with ASUS's announcement on Monday, you might think "hey, that's all from ASUS, right?" I thought the same, but it's not. But nope - here's the Computex 2017 ASUS ROG announcements, which brings a lot of new brand new products.