In the enthusiast hardware world you will find that just about every component you can buy has been customized to a certain degree. These customizations could be minor like a new heatsink design or something major to enhance power delivery and overclocking. These changes define what an enthusiast product is and can often influence how is used.
Corsair has been catering for the hardware enthusiasts and gamers for many years now and have gained a lot of praise for their high quality and high performance hardware. In this review Benchmark Reviews examines and tests out the Corsair Vengeance C70 mid-tower gaming PC case. Many of us believe that consoles killed PC gaming and Intel killed overclocking, but now we have another problem - Case manufactures killing case modding. The Corsair Vengeance C70 computer case has an ammo box theme and comes in military green to boot (also available in white and black). The C70 has some new features unique to this model and comes with two 120mm intake fans and one 120mm exhaust fan and removable mesh intake filters. There is also support for many different watercooling configurations including dual radiators for the deep pocketed enthusiast out there.
We compare the Phanteks PH-TC14PE to its apparent target - the Noctua NH-D14. Both coolers share similar dimensions, design, and price. Which one is better? We have a pretty conclusive answer.
As some of you already know, at the heart of the Vertex 4 is an “Indilinx Infused” SSD flash processor called the Everest II. This dual core ARM processor is based on Marvell silicon and “Infused” with OCZ’s own Indilinx proprietary firmware. This is an entirely new concept than was the case with OCZ’s previous flagship Vertex 3. The Vertex 3 was an LSI SandForce based SSD which was powered by firmware written by SandForce. Because the Vertex 4’s Everest II SSD flash processor is powered by OCZ’s own Indilinx firmware, OCZ themselves can choose to improve upon the firmware as often as they see fit, which is something the end user can really benefit from.
The NETGEAR N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router is said to deliver the ultimate performance and range, with a fast, reliable and secure wireless connection to the Internet. The Netgear N900 wireless provides up to 450 + 450 Mbps speed and with simultaneous dual band technology it avoids interference ensuring top WiFi speeds. Read on to see how this wireless router performs when we try it out!
Many SSD manufacturers offer some form of upgrade kits for laptops. And Corsair is no different. Providing the user with not only the drive but cabling and software not only to transfer your data but you whole Windows installation over to the new drive. This makes the entire installation process much shorter not having to go through the Windows install.
Today we have the second HSF offering from Phanteks. The Phanteks PH-TC14CS is a down draft CPU cooler, rather than a standard tower cooler. With Dual Phanteks PH-F140 Premium 140mm fans and five 8mm heatpipes it looks like this cooler should perform pretty well. Join us as we put Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU cooler to the test on our Intel LGA2011 test bench and see how it can handle the heat.
Genius introduced a strong lineup of gaming peripherals this year and today we will take a look at the GX-Gaming Imperator Pro MMORPG/RTS Gaming Keyboard. This is based on the Imperator baseline model except with extra features that you may want in a premium keyboard. Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the Genius Imperator Pro Gaming Keyboard to see how well it stands against competition.
The HyperX 3K series is the enthusiast and gamers choice when it comes to Kingston. The drive is offered in four sizes ranging from 90GB to 480GB. Driven by the SATA III protocol and controlled by the ever popular SandForce SF-2281 read and write times are pretty impressive. But it's the way Kingston's technology improves the longevity of the drive and the price got us loving the drive.
MSI introduced their latest Twin Frozr IV thermal design to the world when they released the R7970 Lightning, but since they have started integrating it onto other graphics card in their lineup. The graphics card we are examining today has such as design, but instead of using a variation of the high-end Tahiti graphic processor it uses the more mainstream Pitcairn Pro GPU. Which is less expensive, but still able to push pixels at rates similar to the previous generation HD 6950.
The 8-core FX-8120 CPU from AMD gets near the 2500K performances in heavy multithreaded apps and thanks to its unlocked features, we can overclock it near 50% (depending on the quality of the batch). Thanks to the latest price reductions and promotions, it gets into the area of mainstream CPUs, making it attractive for people that do not want to spend excessively on their new upgrade.
Many of the OCZ models are revisions and improvements of a previous which is the whole reason for the Roman numeral being displayed in the model name. And in the case of the review sample here today we have the Vertex 4. The drive that started it all was a model with had blistering speed (for that time period, 2009) of 280 MB/s and 3K 4K IOPS. Things have really changed as the Vertex 4 brags about speeds of 535 MB/s and 120K 4K IOPS. Advancements and progression is great isn’t it?
Appearance is the strongest suit of the SilverStone Grandia GD07. Nothing fits into a fashionable home theater setup as well as a nicely finished dark aluminum front plate, free of everything that shows up on the face of a typical PC. The GD07 also offers functionality at the extreme end of the HTPC market. Generous drive capacity, ability to handle multiple full-length video cards, and compatibility with eATX motherboards puts it way over the top. Flexible options for system airflow, with both down draft and horizontal CPU coolers as viable choices, expand the range of suitable components. This is not a PC case that Benchmark Reviews would recommend for a folding farm, but for extreme HTPC use it performs far above most alternatives. For those that want to have all their main storage integrated into their HTPC and/or want to do some serious gaming on the big screen in the family room, this is one of the very few cases that can do that in style.
Today the GTX 680 Lightning landed with us, offering a custom cooling solution and a factory overclock aimed at overclockers and enthusiasts alike with a custom PCB, Twin Frozr IV cooler and some extra added bonus features. The lightning series are considered the best of the best, and aren’t for the faint hearted, especially with a £530 price tag, but if you want the most powerful single core card in the world, you have to pay the price and that’s who this card is aimed at.
The benchmark results on the Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD came out very much as we expected. Performance nearly mirrors that of the Kingston HyperX 5K drive and places itself amongst the best drives we have tested. The read/write specifications of 555MB/s and 510MB/s respectively are good to start with but we saw the writes exceed that specification in the ATTO benchmark by an additional 24MB/s. Real world scores were very good as well and since we've spent several months using the 5K drive in one of our 24/7 systems without incident, we expect to see the same consistent performance from the 3K drive...
The Antec ISK110 VESA is a tiny case for Mini-ITX motherboards, targeted to users who want a small computer that won't take up any space on their desktop. In fact, the ISK110 VESA can be attached to the back of your video monitor, so it won't take up any space on your workspace and it will also be hidden from view.
A unique heat pipe layout is utilized that orients the heat pipes to direct the flow of heat more efficiently to the aluminum fins where the heat is exhausted. Much like the GeminII S524, GeminII M4 features an airflow design that is 90 degree rotated to avoid heat radiating from the motherboard. In turn, this orientation simultaneously provides a steady airflow to motherboard chipsets surrounding the CPU socket.
Every good gamer should look past their desktop and laptop to their interface, namely the mouse and headset. As important as it is for you to be able to effectively and precisely move when in a game it is equally important for you to be able to hear when your enemies fire or run at you. A good headset is critical to your gaming experience. We took the Ozone Onda ST out for a spin and show you why it earns our TechwareLabs Gold Award. See why we liked this product so much.
Panther Point, the Z77 chipset, launched simultaneously with the brand new Intel Ivy Bridge CPU's. Supporting PCI-3.0, native USB3.0, high BCLK and RAM frequencies, but only if bundled with one of Intel's 3d generation CPU's. As usual, vendors launched a wide variety of boards, from low end basic OEM boards to high end gamer/overclocking versions. Choosing the right board is mainly always a matter of features, gimmicks, color schemes and surely the price tag. Today we review two of Gigabyte's offerings: the mainstream targeted GA Z77-D3H and the high end model, the GA Z77X-UD5H.
The EVGA Z77 FTW joins an elite group of motherboards aimed at satisfying the needs of overclocking, gaming and hardware enthusiasts. While this group is small by comparison the things they look for in a motherboard can be rather specific but really make the product better and well suited for the average user looking to build a solid system.
Z77 coupled with the 3rd generation Intel Ivy Bridge processors are the hottest combination in the retail market at the moment, as they offer fantastic performance for an amazing price point, especially when compared to competitor products on the market. One of the hottest combinations includes the i7 3770k and Asus ROG boards that you’re used to seeing us benchmarking here at eTeknix, and that’s down to us knowing how well they perform from a tried a tested method on both the Intel and Asus front. When it comes to Asus, we’re big fans of their products, and you will generally see us looking at motherboards from their Republic Of Gamers lineup, but today sees a slight shakeup, as we take a detailed view of the P8Z77-V LX mainstream board that packs a punch in terms of features and value, giving the best of both worlds, but how does it stack up?
Based on the second-generation Everest 2 platform and featuring Ndurance 2.0 technology, the OCZ Vertex 4 solid state drive arrives one year after they acquired the well-known flash controller manufacturer Indilinx. Boasting the industry's best SATA-based I/O performance, the Vertex 4 series (VTX4-25SAT3) is designed to deliver optimized performance for enthusiasts wanting to capitalize on near-instant response times. OCZ Vertex 4 SSDs are available in up to 512GB capacities, and deliver up to 550MB/s read speeds with up to 95,000 Random Read IOPS. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests these specifications, and compares the OCZ Vertex 4 solid state drive to the leading competition.
OCZ has launched a new product in their famous Vertex line of drives……The Vertex 4. The Vertex series of drives is probably the most numerous and popular line of Solid State Drives ever offered. OCZ has done more to popularize the Solid State Drive than any other manufacturer to date. OCZ started out with an Indilinx SSD Processor in the Vertex 1 and has come full circle by using an Indilinx SSD Processor with the Vertex 4 - well kind of.
Today we are going to be looking at one of the many Zalman’s chassis’: the Z11 Plus chassis. This particular chassis incorporates a unique feature that I have yet seen on other manufacturer’s chassis. And that being, an HDD cooling system incorporated into the chassis directly. Instead of just placing a fan on or near the HDD’s, like other manufacturer’s do, Zalman specifically designed a powered venting system on this chassis that will help keep our HDD’s cool during their usage, and not have that heated air circulate inside of the chassis.
Seagate has just launched a new external hard drive which may seem like a continuation of their FreeAgent or GoFlex series of drives. The new drives come in a variety of colors and capacities, features the universal connector they have made popular over the last couple of years, and includes pre-installed software to make backup simple and more useful than ever.
Solid state drives offer much better performance than traditional mechanical hard drives, so they are ideal for those who want the best possible performance from their system. Today we are going to look at two 60 GB SSDs, the Kingston SSDNow V+200 and the Zalman F-Series. Which one should you buy?
Raidmax has been around for a while now and like many other case manufacturers know just what the gamers want in a case. They have had a few hits in their existence but they are hoping for the same with the Seiran. Raidmax has released several models of cases in the past few months and we are hoping to review more them. But the Seiran is one of the models with the least amount of extreme looks to draw attention to it. The Seiran comes in three of today’s popular colors which are red, black and white.
While most of the industry is attending Computex just half around the world away the surprisingly high temperatures where i live (31+ degrees Celsius) keep reminding me of just how good winter really is (snow addict). Because of that and also because lately we've been receiving quite a large number of CPU Coolers (some of which are also showcased in Computex right now) i decided to spend the better part of this week testing all of them one after the other (time is quite important). The first of those CPU Coolers to get mounted on our test bench is no other than the latest Dark Knight SD-1283 Night Hawk Edition by XIGMATEK.
MSI has sent us the new Ravager mid tower case. If the black with blue claw marks on the sides doesn't get your attention, the price will at just $99 MSRP at the time of this review. The blue color scheme continues inside with most of the motherboard mounting plate, HDD trays and quick-release clips for the 5.25” drive bays. The Ravager comes with many features that can be expanded upon and upgraded easily so the consumer can not only purchase the case at a great price but is able to customize case with what he/she wants.
One thing that all the different models from all the different manufactures have one common is that in order to run AMD’s EyeFinity three setup feature you need to either include at least one monitor that has a display port or using some type of adapter to turn a port into a display port. Yes, that is the case except for the model we are about to touch on today. The Sapphire FleX HD 7950 can run this configuration with all the monitors being DVI. How about that for saving a few dollars? And at the moment this is the fastest Radeon card that can do that.
Thermaltake recently released their all-in-one series of closed loop water cooling kits. The Performer features a single 120mm radiator, but features two 120mm fans for maximum cooling performance. Read on to see how it handles the heat compared to our air coolers we have tested so far on our Intel Core i5 2500k gaming computer test bench!
The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU cooler has a tower heatsink, four heatpipes, and two 120 mm fans. We tested the first version of the NH-U12P almost three years ago. The main differences between the NH-U12P and the NH-U12P SE2 (Special Edition 2) are that the SE2 has the SecuFirm2 mounting mechanism and comes with two fans.
Having used and reviewed quite a few mechanical keyboards in the last year I have now tried out almost every type of Cherry MX switch out there except the Cherry MX Brown and Clear switches. Thankfully, in this during this review of the Rosewill RK-9000BR I was able to knock yet another switch off my list. The Cherry MX Brown switches used on the Rosewill RK-9000BR provide would be customers with the best of both Cherry MX Black, and Blue switches without the negatives of each. Benchmark Reviews will be evaluating the Rosewill RK-9000BR to see how these switches hold up to daily use and what they are like to use for an extended amount of time when compared to their red, black, and blue counterparts.
If you are a gamer, lack space for your next gaming build and infatuated with the colors black and red then I think we have your very next motherboard on hand. It is the new Fatal1ty Z77 Professional-M from Asrock. A gaming motherboard marketed by a gamer for gamers. The board has the making to being a big hit with the masses as it offers a great many features for less than of the ASUS Gene series. When a mainboard like this comes along it may be a hit with the gamers but it has to overclock well to be a hit with the enthusiast crowd. Does it do that? We will in fact find out for you.
The market may be filled with all sorts of PC cases ment to cover pretty much the taste of every user out there but for good or bad we haven't really seen many new PC Cases lately (somewhat weird considering that Computex is just around the corner) and the few that have been released have yet to attract (for reasons unknown to me) the media spotlights most do. So it really goes without saying that we decided to gather as many of these newly released PC cases we could in order to bring them to your attention. In-Win may not be the most familiar brand name around but thanks to their high quality and quite innovative products they have managed to win a large market share in a very small period of time which is not a small feat. Today with us we have one of their latest midi towers, the BUC 101.
The Phanteks PH-TC14PE (red) itself is a pretty standard dual tower, five-8mm-heatpipe-packing heatsink that retails for about $90 bucks. It stands 168mm tall and has a wide 144x161mm footprint that may have clearance issues on some motherboards where RAM slots and VRM heatsinks are too tall, too near the CPU socket. The cooler weighs upwards of 1250 grams and ships with two 140mm PWM fans arranged in a push-pull configuration. Phanteks' PH-TC14PE (red) heatsink is compatible with Intel socket 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1 processors.
As hardware enthusiasts we are always looking for better and more efficient ways to keep our systems cool. In the early days this usually included things like elaborate case mods to increase chassis cooling and exotic hardware cooling methods such as powerful CPU fans and even, the often mis-understood, watercooling loops.
Now, we get to the point of this review we are conducting today. Below the GTX 670, NVidia has not bought anything new to the market. While AMD has the 78xx sitting in that upper mainstream realm. As of right now the older GTX 560 and GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores covers that area for NVidia until they release the GTX 660. Yes, the GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is a little aged but it definitely still holds its hold when it comes to gaming. There is no game on the market that you can say this card will not give you a delightful gaming experience.
Unlike casual users and gamers most enthusiasts, overclockers and hardcore gamers who are well aware about the benefits of owning a high quality and performance power supply unit put much effort into finding the right one to cover their needs. Now although I’ve seen and tested pretty much every 80Plus Gold Certified PSU out there the same does not apply for Platinum ones and since quite a few have asked today we will be taking a closer look at one of the top rated power supply units in the market today which is no other than the latest ToughPower XT 1275W Platinum PSU by Thermaltake.
In 2009, Cooler Master kick started their division of gaming-grade peripherals, CM Storm, with the first Sentinel Advance mouse. Now, the already established company released the evolution of that particular model, the Sentinel Advance II, which is basically the same mouse, only with a laser sensor that reaches 8,200 dpi of sensitivity (against the 5,600 dpi value of the original one) and double the internal memory. Let's describe its physical characteristics and then test the product.
The Phanteks PH-TC14PE (white) itself is a pretty standard dual tower, five-8mm-heatpipe-packing heatsink that retails for about $90 bucks. It stands 168mm tall and has a wide 144x161mm footprint that may have clearance issues on some motherboards where RAM slots and VRM heatsinks are too tall. The cooler weighs upwards of 1250 grams and ships with two 140mm PWM fans arranged in a push-pull configuration. The fans spin at 1200-900RPM and are anywhere from moderately audible to pretty quiet. On the plus side, the dual-fan set up does make this heatsink a good lower noise thermal solution, as you'll shortly see.
The AMD A4-3400 Llano Dual-Core arrived Technic3D. We will check the CPU from AMD against the Intel Core i7, i5, AMD Bulldozer, Phenom II and many more on Windows 7 and Linux. More see you in the following Review.
Microlab have been around a long time but are still a relative unknown under that name, although there is a good chance you have heard Microlab products at work, not to long ago in what many would consider Creative Audios height of sound reproduction quality the speakers you would find in those systems were more often than not made by Microlab.
The Vengeance 2000 is another gaming headset from Corsair, this time wireless, with a catchy look and succeeds to deliver good quality sound in the games we play frequently, but not only. The product functionality can be customized by using the supplied driver + application, is able to operate for about 10 hours till the next recharge and can be used even during the charging period. Thanks to the materials used, the headset remains light, which is an important factor when engaging in lengthy gaming sessions.
Let’s take a look at the latest socket 2011 motherboard from ASRock, featuring five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, six SATA-600 ports, 12 USB 3.0 ports, a professional-grade sound controller, and more. The newly released X79 Fatal1ty Champion is the most high-end motherboard from ASRock for the LGA2011 platform. It comes with five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, six SATA-600 ports, 12 USB 3.0 ports, an on-board, professional-grade sound controller (Creative Sound Core3D), two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and more.
NZXT is releasing today a new power supply series, the HALE82 N, comprised of three models: 550 W, 650 W, and 750 W – all with the 80 Plus Bronze certification. The main external difference between the "N" and the regular HALE82 series is that the "N" line-up doesn't have a modular cabling system. Internally, the original HALE82 uses a DC-DC design in its secondary, while the "N" version uses a regular design with Schottky rectifiers, which result in it costing less than the original HALE82.
The Noctua NH-L12 is the type of cooler you’ll need to consider if building a system in the “2U” range or so (that is 3.5 inches or 89mm – read more about Rack Units here). At just 66mm tall, it can actually fit in quite a few places that others may not. With a single 90mm fan installed on the underside of the heatsink, it will have no problem cooling Intel CPUs with a TDP of 95w or lower. This of course includes all the latest from the Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge lineups.
Mushkin is best known for their memory products and while they don't have an expansive line of SSDs, they offer a drive for just about every type of user. The Chronos MX is not their flagship drive but chews up some serious data with popular SF-2281 controller under the hood. How does it compare with the long list of SandForce drives we tested? While there's certainly nothing negative we can say about the Mushkin Chronos MX 120GB, there's also very little we can say that sets this drive apart from its peers. It's a solid offering, worthy of your consideration if you can wade through the legions of SF-2281 drives available without getting distracted by the shiny...
Rockstar Games finally launched the highly anticipated MAX PAYNE 3 3rd person shooter game for PC (suggest giving it a look if you haven't already) and since i've been playing it for the past 4 days doing a review about a product designed almost entirely for games seemed like the right thing especially since MAX PAYNE 3 is amongst the 5 game titles we've been using lately for our huge mousepad comparison (has taken almost 2 months to complete but should be up next week finally). Today therefore we will be taking a look at one of the latest gaming mice to get released by our friends over at SteelSeries, the KANA Black.
The AMD 990FX chipset has been out for a while now, yet Biostar's TA990FXE motherboard still gets you in the game with plenty of PCI Express lanes for Crossfire/SLI, and more SATA III connectivity than rival Intel's Z77 platform. What's not to like about all that? Let's dive in, take a close look at the Biostar TA990FXE board, overclock it and run a few pages worth of benchmarks through it's copper traces...
The Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC Graphic Card arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will check the HD 7950 OC in the following Review with a Resolution from 2560x1600, 1920x1200, 1680x1050, the real Power Consumption, loudness, temperature, Overclocking and many more in new Games against other Graphic Cards.
Gigabyte currently offers thirteen motherboards based on the Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge chipset. Ranging from the GA-Z77-D3 to the new G1.Sniper 3. Offering features ranging from firewire to Wi-Fi. The Z77X-UD3H offers much of the features of the higher end boards but at a great $160 price point. Crossfire, SLI, four DIMM slots, SATA III and USB 3.0 are just a few of the options this new board has. But we want to know is overclocking an invisible no added cost to manufacturing feature of this board? Hmmmmm, we will find out.
On Frostytech's test bench today is Phanteks's PH-TC14PE (orange) heatsink. The Phanteks PH-TC14PE's five, 8mm diameter copper heatpipes fan out from a thick nickel-plated copper base plate into two 115mm tall anodized aluminum cooling towers. The fans that ship with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE (orange) are 140mm in diameter and use a nine-bladed impeller with three small notches and vertical winglets on each blade. The manufacturer describes the bearings thusly; 'updraft floating balance bearing'. Translation = sleeve bearing.
In this mini review we are looking at the new NZXT Aperture M multi media panel that features a USB based card reader and two native USB 3.0 ports. The Aperture M fits in any 5.25" drive bay and will connect directly to your motherboard using motherboard header plugs.
Closed loop water cooling is the big topic of the cooling world right now. The newest entrant into that scene is Thermaltake with their Water 2.0 series. Today we take a look at the Pro model, with an extra thick 120mm radiator. But will it stand up to a comparable high-end air cooler?
The Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition has taken that formula from the Chaser MK-I and made it better. The Armor Revo Snow Edition provides both slick looks and ultimate functionality. The first thing that you will notice with Snow Edition is the white color and the moving armor panels that border the front bezel. Next, you will see the top I/O panel that contains 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 e-SATA port, 3.5mm jacks, a high/low fan controller, fan LED toggle switch, power/reset buttons, and a HDD docking station. If you turn to the left side panel, there is the headphone hanger (as seen on the Level 10GT and Chaser Mk-I), a big transparent window. Inside, there is room for 4 5.25" ODD drives and 6 3.5"/2.5" drives.
One of the major things that separates the Overseer RX-1, is the amount of internal room of this chassis. Granted, I am using an older but still fairly large AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 video card with an Arctic Cooling Accelero GPU cooler on it, but trying to find a chassis that can easily handle this large video card configuration is darn near impossible. The Thermaltake Overseer RX-1 chassis not only handles this large card with ease, it makes this large video card look tiny once installed into this chassis...
Today, is one of those days when we get to look at something is pretty neat and has something to do with the internal working of a PC. That something is the Genius Ring Presenter. The Ring Presenter is a mouse as well as a presenter for your PowerPoint presentations. Not only that the little booger fits right over your finger and the rest is wireless magic.
Two months have passed since the beginning of this project and the time has come for us to finally to start our usual graphics cards reviews (many of you pointed out the lack of such reviews so here they are). There have been quite a few newly released cards from both NVIDIA and AMD since the last time i performed such a review (almost 5 months ago) and so there are quite a few right now stacked next to our test rig waiting for their turn. One of those is the latest entry-level Radeon HD 7770 iCooler 1GB GHz edition by HIS digital which uses the latest Cape Verde GPU by AMD.
Today sees us taking a look at a G1 board, in the shape of the G1.Sniper M3. A Micro-ATX board that is said to pack a serious punch in terms of features and performance, without skimping out, just because it’s a little bit short compared to other boards on the market. As we never had a chance to look at this board before, like we did with the other boards in preview format, we can start from the very top.
The Frio Extreme is a large twin tower heatsink with two massive 140mm fans and a commanding foot print of 150mm square! Standing 161mm tall and weighing 1.23 kilograms, the Frio Extreme is destined for full tower gaming cases with plenty of room to spare. As you might expect, the Frio Extreme's dual 140mm PWM fans are arranged in a push-pull configuration and scale in speed from 1800-to-1200RPM. Behind each fan is a 110mm tall aluminum fin tower connected by a row of six standard heatpipes to a nickel-plated copper base plate. The twin fans drive up to 106CFM of air each, so the heatsink is a bit loud when running at full clip.
Crucial has a line of ram what would be a worthy choice of a higher-end system. The Ballistix Elite series is designed for the gamers and enthusiasts in mind. Running in frequencies ranging from 1600 to 2133 MHz and kits size of 4 to 16 GB, Crucial as a kit for almost everyone. We will be taking a long look at the Elite 1866 MHz 16GB quad kit today.