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  • ARCTIC MX-5 Thermal Compound Review @ APH Networks

    Published: Sunday, August 8, 2021 | By: Dennis

    Ok so here is a review that I haven't seen done in a while.  Arctic MX-5 thermal compound.  This is the stuff you can get EVERYWHERE and is actually halfway decent.  As I remember it isn't going to win any thermal performance contests and just about everyone who follows the Angry Millennial on YouTube will physically attack you for considering that bargain thermal compound is any good.

    Well, I am rather confident in knowing that without high-precision thermal testing equipment there is no discernable difference between most high-end thermal compounds out there so it really comes down to usability and price.

    The ARCTIC MX-5 is a high-performance non-electrically conductive thermal paste that comes at a seriously awesome price.

    Gotta love the super short "hooks" to keep you reading.  I would skip the quote here and at least read the opening paragraph; it is pretty good.

  • MSI Spatium M480 2 TB @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Sunday, August 8, 2021 | By: Dennis

    Did you know that MSI sells SSDs??  I knew that Gigabyte had some SSDs in their catalog along with some pretty lack-luster memory modules but, I never figured MSI as the company who would sell SSD drives.

    Turns out this drive is rather good, sporting some PCI Express 4.0 goodness, fancy cooler/cover thing and according to TechPowerUp, a Phison E18 controller.

    The MSI Spatium M480 is a flagship SSD based on the Phison E18 controller, featuring support for the fast PCI-Express 4.0 interface. Inside the box, you'll find a heatsink that looks fantastic and very sleek to provide cooling for this 7 GB/s monster.

    In terms of performance it seems very similar to the Patriot Viper VP4300 I just did a review for, check it out of you are curious.

  • 3Dfx Makes its move and it is so bad, it is laughable

    Published: Thursday, August 5, 2021 | By: Dennis


    The Twitter account @3dfxofficial has been removed and all content related to the account has been deleted.  I suspect that NVIDIA might have stepped in finally and took action (like they should have done in the beginning).  Of couse the only thing left is whatever anyone downloaded including the image in this news post.

    It was a fun ride but, it was a sham from the beginning and the bored netizens tried to keep the hype train going when they should have just let it go.


    For those of you who are in the dark on this.  Someone claims to have bought the rights to the 3Dfx name and is planning to bring the company back after 20 years of being bankrupt and consumed by NVIDIA.

    On the @3dfxofficial twitter they teased that a product roadmap would bew announcement on Aug 5th.  Well, they delivered.

    According to this list you can see they are planning a bunch of stuff including a phone, video card, TV, bluetooth speaker, tablet and 5.1 surround sound system.

    There are a number of things that jump out to indicate that this is simply hype, fake and a total waste of time.

    • Voodoo 6 PCI - PCI is what Voodoo2 and Voodoo3 used to add the video accelerator to existing systems.  With the advent of PCI Express it has become a dead format so building a card for that interface with that standard would be a waste of money, even to the retro crowd.
    • Smartphone - Unless it is a white box rebrand building a new phone from scratch is pointless. and how does a smart phone relate to the "old" 3Dfx??
    • Bluetooth speaker - Every BT Speaker on the market is a whitebox rebrand and not a mainstream item anyone would buy.
    • 5.1 Surround Sound System - "Maybe" if this was 2008 but these days nobody buys 5.1 channel sound, they buy 7.1.2 and then only install 5.1 speakers.  (cause: people are dumb)
    • 128GB Tablet - See the smartphone entry
    • SmartTV - Again, see the smartphone entry

    The last item on the list is that why will show at CEC 2022.  This is an attempt to fool people into thinking it is CES as there is no CEC show. 

    Overall I applaud whoever planned this and given that 3Dfx went under before twitter was a thing means that someone squatted on the twitter handle and is just now thinking it would be fun to troll the Internet.  Ultimately shame on NVIDIA for not securing their purchased property and allowing this to happen.

  • AMD Ryzen 5000 G-Series Launch Day

    Published: Thursday, August 5, 2021 | By: Dennis

    The AMD APU has been a driving force in the PC market allowing users to build an affordable computer and still get enthusiast class graphics performance.  In the past the APU was somewhat limited by the "market" and treated as a specialized AIO platform designed to provide out of box performance that may only need DRAM and Storage to be installed.  The built in GPU and AMD processor would do the rest.

    In my opinion the first several generations of APU systems from AMD were total failures because there was no market and very little demand.  These days the APU systems would be replaced by a Raspberry Pi, which in some instances is a better platform so why bring it back?.

    It would seem that AMD is rebuilding the APU image by harnessing the power of the Zen 3 architecture and Radeon Graphics to create the Ryzen 5000 G-Series.  According to AMD this new processor can offer incredible 100 FPS performance in gaming and high-speed content creation while not leaving any of the other AMD technologies behind such as AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution, Radeon Boost, AMD Smart Access Memory and more.

    Having such a powerful combination is the key to building an affordable PC and while many enthusiasts will skoff at the notion of gaming on an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) there are many that welcome the opportunity to build their systems in stages with the option to upgrade graphics at a later time.

  • Cooler Master Launches The NR200P In 4 New Colorways

    Published: Friday, July 30, 2021 | By: Dennis

    One of the coolest cases I have reviewed was the Cooler Master NR200.  It is a simple case supporting Mini ITX motherboards, full sized video cards and SFX PSUs however, the build quality and fittment is off the charts.

    The case features thick metal panels, and aside from a few internal components there is no plastic anywhere.

    Well, it woudl seem they are now expanding the line to support more colors!

    The popularity of the original NR200(P) was made possible only by the community’s support. Having garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews and shifting an industry to make m-ITX builds more accessible, Cooler Master has decided that it is time to celebrate. All 4 colors are debuting during Cooler Master’s Summer Summit 2021:

    Flamingo Pink

    Caribbean Blue

    Sunset Orange

    Nightshade Purple

    To be honest, I'll be sticking with the basic white or black as I find that to be a better canvas for custom color based mods.  (aka, Painting!) but, for those looking to build a nice custom PC this case should be on your list, now in more colors!!

  • Redragon K552-R Kumara Keyboard @ TechPowerUp

    Published: Friday, July 30, 2021 | By: Dennis

    This company name always makes me chuckle, I know it isn't a 1:1 but, I am easily reminded of the "Flaming Dragon" scene in Tropic Thunder and how nobody believes who they are because their group has an unfamilar name.

    Names aside, the keyboard looks pretty much like a keyboard with some new lighting effects.

    What happens when you combine a minimalist design, gaming keyboard features, TKL form factor, and great price? You end up with the Redragon K552 Kumara, a budget-prioritizing keyboard that aims to replace your OEM keyboard at not much more in cost, but way more in functionality and customization.

    I'm not sure I would call a "10-key-less" keyboard a minimalist design but I do like how the keyboard switches are clear offering a new way for the RGB light to leak out around the keycaps.  Not a new idea and would likely offer a ton of glare but, it makes the keyboard look pretty good from a distance.

  • Noctua presents CPU coolers for Intel’s LGA4189 Xeon platform

    Published: Friday, July 30, 2021 | By: Dennis

    Vienna, July 29th 2021 – Noctua today presented four CPU coolers and a separate mounting kit for Intel’s LGA4189 platform. The new NH-U14S DX-4189, NH-U12S DX-4189, NH-U9 DX-4189 and NH-D9 DX-4189 4U are ideal for creating whisper-quiet high-end workstations using Intel’s just-announced Ice Lake-64L based W3300 series Xeon processors for LGA4189. In addition to the new DX-4189 coolers, the NM-i4189 mounting kit allows Noctua DX-3647 and TR4-SP3 series coolers to be installed on LGA4189.

    “DX line CPU coolers have become a default choice in premium grade quiet cooling solutions for Intel Xeon processors”, says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “The latest revision for LGA4189 comprises 14, 12 and two 9cm models, covering anything from spacious workstation cases to 4U rack-mount servers.”

    The new NH-U14S DX-4189, NH-U12S DX-4189, NH-U9 DX-4189 and NH-D9 DX-4189 4U are dedicated, customised solutions for Intel’s professional LGA4189 platform (Whitley), which makes them an ideal fit for both Ice Lake-SP based 3rd generation Xeon Scalable CPUs (Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze) and W-3300 series Xeon processors for workstations (Ice Lake-64L). Whereas the large 14cm NH-U14S DX-4189 and 12cm NH-U12S DX-4189 are an excellent choice for tower-style cases and thus lend themselves to use in high-performance quiet workstations, the smaller NH-D9 DX-4189 4U and NH-U9 DX-4189 fit 4U cases, which makes them perfect for more compact workstations as well as 4U class rack-mount servers that need to run as quietly as possible. While the 14cm model relies on a single NF-A15 PWM fan to achieve maximum performance, thanks to its large surface area, the 12cm and 9cm models use dual fan configurations with two NF-A12x25 (NH-U12S DX-4189) and NF-A9 (NH-D9 DX-4189 4U and NH-U9 DX-4189) fans to ensure outstanding performance despite their smaller size and surface area.

    While the NH-U9’s direction of airflow is perpendicular to the long axis of the LGA4189 socket, the NH-D9’s direction of airflow is parallel to the long axis of the LGA4189 socket. This makes the NH-U9 ideal for workstation builds where the top PCIe slot must not be blocked and this orientation is required for having the cooler exhaust towards the I/O panel. By contrast, the NH-D9 is a great choice for server builds where the cooler’s fans should work in tandem with the airflow inside the chassis, or for workstation builds where this orientation is required for having the cooler exhaust towards the top of the case.

    Integrating standard Intel parts such as the anti-tilt mechanism, Torx® T30 PEEK nuts and the LGA4189-4 (P4) CPU carrier frame, the coolers’ SecuFirm2™ mounting system is fully compliant with Intel’s installation guidelines and provides a familiar mounting procedure for experienced LGA4189 users. A Torx® T30 mounting tool is included.

    In addition to the new DX-4189 coolers, the NM-i4189 mounting kit allows Noctua DX-3647 and TR4-SP3 series coolers to be installed on LGA4189.

  • Amazon is Killing off Nvidia GPUs with its new MMO

    Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 | By: Dennis

    I've never been into playing MMO, there is something about the monthly fee and pressure to play that doesn't make it fun.  Then you have to deal with "other people" messing with your stuff and I aint got time for that.

    But, that is just my opinion and I know there is a HUGE group of people who not only disagree but have extra time to devote to playing a game with friends.  Funny thing is, I have been known to play a little Golf which is basically the real world version of a MMO, esp if you throw in Country Club fees.

    Anyhow, I digress because the new Amazon MMO has been cited as killing off high end RTX 3090 cards due to unchecked framerates in many of the loading screens.  Normally the NVIDIA hardware will monitor this but, something in the game is bypassing those checks and killing the VRM.

    Here is a clip from who has been following the story.

    New World makes standard DirectX calls as provided by the Windows API. We have seen no indication of widespread issues with 3090s, either in the beta or during our many months of alpha testing.

    The New World Closed Beta is safe to play. In order to further reassure players, we will implement a patch today that caps frames per second on our menu screen. We’re grateful for the support New World is receiving from players around the world, and will keep listening to their feedback throughout Beta and beyond."

    An Amazon customer service rep acknowledged an issue with "Nvidia RTX 3090 Series & 100% GPU Usage" in a forum post on Wednesday. The developer recommends turning off "the overrides in the driver settings," but the only specific instruction given is to set 'Max Frame Rate' to 'Off' in the Nvidia control panel (its default state) and rely on the in-game frame rate limiting option.

    The post does not respond to claims that the issue has broken certain RTX 3090s.

    They go on to say that things like "overclocking" and "voltage tweaks could be a contributing factor along with being mostly isolated to EVGA RTX 3090 cards.

    This would not be the first time that EVGA cards have been singled out, or maybe it should be the EVGA "users" doing what EVGA "users" do that should be to blame.  

  • ZOTAC Launches the MEK HERO High-performance Gaming Desktop Series

    Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 | By: Dennis

    ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 graphics cards paired with AMD Ryzen Processors for a premium gaming experience. 

    All assembled and tested in the United States, now available as a Newegg exclusive.

    Irwindale, California – July 20, 2021 - ZOTAC USA Inc., a manufacturer of innovative hardware solutions, is excited to announce the market launch of the newest addition to the popular MEK gaming desktop series. Introducing the MEK HERO PC Gaming series - bringing PC gamers a high-performance gaming desktop with hassle-free operation and unrivaled quality.

    Powered by ZOTAC and exclusive for the United States, the MEK HERO series features ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 30 series graphics, AMD's latest Ryzen 5000 series processors, and EK liquid cooling.

    "The MEK HERO is an advanced extension of our hardcore gaming line," said Gary Lau, President of ZOTAC USA Inc. "It’s designed to meet the demands of modern games from fast-paced FPS to immersive simulations, and our component partners help us achieve our goal to build a hassle-free high-performance gaming PC with unparalleled stability and compatibility," he explained. "Excellent thermals are essential to keep a high-performance gaming system operating smoothly, and our MEK HERO team has made this as one of the focal points of our design. In addition, we have partnered with the liquid cooling expert, EK, to provide an excellent AIO liquid cooling solution to the MEK HERO G1 A5837 model. Most importantly, each MEK HERO desktop PC is assembled in the US and has been strictly tested by our local engineers. The first two models of the new series are available now as a Newegg exclusive for the North America market." he added.

    ZOTAC MEK HERO G1 A5636 and G1 A5837 gaming desktops are built from a sturdy, compact minimalistic Micro ATX chassis that features a tempered 4mm thick magnetic and hinged glass side panel with easy to access USB and audio ports located on the top-front. Preinstalled are three 120mm RGB intake cooling fans located at the front and a single 120mm exhaust fan at the rear to ensure strong airflow and heat dissipation.

    For superior processor cooling, the MEK HERO G1 A5837 is equipped exclusively with an EK AIO 240D-RGB CPU liquid cooler with the 240mm radiator placed at the top panel, for cooling components effectively and without restriction.    

    "We are extremely excited to be the official liquid-cooling partner for ZOTAC's new MEK HERO line of gaming PCs," said Kat Silberstein, CEO Americas, EK. "Our EK-AIO 240 D-RGB is the perfect choice for MEK HERO G1 A5837 to keep the processor temperatures low and guarantee the performance high, while remaining whisper quiet."

    In order to offer users an uncompromised PC gaming experience, the MEK HERO series features the latest NVIDIA GPU (Ampere) and AMD Ryzen CPU. The MEK HERO G1 A5837 come with a ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card and the MEK HERO G1 A5636 comes with an RTX 3060 graphics card. ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 30 series graphic cards feature enhanced RT Cores and Tensor Cores, new streaming multiprocessors, and high-speed GDDR6 memory to amplify gaming performance. NVIDIA Integrated Ray Tracing and DLSS 2.0 AI Acceleration technology create incredible in-game image quality, rendering capabilities, and visual experiences across supported games.

    To further enhance performance, the MEK HERO G1 A5636 comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core processor - the MEK Hero G1 A5837 with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core processor. Additional components consist of a Seagate M.2 NVMe SSD and HDD for storage, Crucial Ballistix DDR4 memory to deliver snappy performance, and a Gold Certified power supply for efficiency and stability. The MEK HERO series comes preinstalled with Windows 10 Home Edition and is Windows 11 ready.


    MEK HERO G1 A5636
    Gaming Desktop

    MEK HERO G1 A5837
    Gaming Desktop


    AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7GHz (4.6GHz Turbo) 6-core/12-Thread Processor

    AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 3.8GHz (4.7GHz Turbo) 8-core/16 Thread Processor

    Aerial Cooling

    Front: 120mm RGB Fan x 3 pcs,
    Rear: 120mm RGB Fan x 1pc.

    Front: 120mm RGB Fan x 3 pcs,
    Rear: 120mm RGB Fan x 1pc.

    Liquid Cooling


    EK AIO 240 D-RGB Liquid CPU Cooler


    Ballistix DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (8GB X 2)

    Ballistix DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (8GB X 2)

    Hard Drive

    Seagate 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD

    + 1TB 7200RPM HDD

    Seagate 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD

    + 1TB 7200RPM HDD


    ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB

    ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB 


    Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

    Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio


    10/100/1000 Mbps

    10/100/1000 Mbps

    Power Supply 

    600W 80+ Gold Certified

    700W 80+ Gold Certified

    Operating System

    Windows 10 Home 64-bit

    Windows 10 Home 64-bit




    ZOTAC MEK HERO G1 A5636 Gaming Desktop
    ZOTAC MEK HERO G1 A5837 Gaming Desktop
    To learn more about the ZOTAC MEK HERO, visit: 

  • Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake-S 16-Core CPU Clocks to 5.3GHz

    Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | By: Dennis

    I caught this story over at HotHardware as they were talking about the new Adler Lake Core i9 12900k processor.  Most everything about Alder Lake is speculation and if this rumor holds true then the new processor will be pretty amazing.   High Clocks, PCI Express 4.0 and DDR5 goodness!

    Within a matter of months, Intel will introduce its first Alder Lake processors, effectively marking a near wholesale transition to hybrid computing, and kicking off the DDR5 memory era. From an official standpoint, SKUs and specifications are still a mystery. Unofficially, however, leaks and rumors paint an interesting picture, the latest of which details a supposed Core i9-12900K processor.

    What about this hybrid architecture, you say? Intel dipped its toes into hybrid waters with Lakefield, but will really embrace heterogeneous computing in the x86 space with Alder Lake. This comes by way of combining high performance Golden Cove cores with power efficient Gracemont cores in the same package.

    In one of our most recent Podcasts we talked about picking a processor and what to look for if you are on a budget or looking to min/max your performance potential.  In that discussion we noticed that between Comet Lake and Rocket Lake the Core i9 lost two cores and didn't increase in frequency. 

    It would seem Intel was saving them for Alder Lake and whatever trickery they have lurking under the "lid"

    I wouldn't get to excited about overclocking these new processors, short of LN2 or a powerful SS Phase you aren't going to get anywhere beyond what Intel has programed into the "boost" controller.