Today we'll be looking at the F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZHD kit which is of course a PC3-17000 kit as the name would suggest. Of course, supporting the new Sandy Bridge-E platform, the first thing we notice is that the kit consists of four modules so they can be ran in Quad Channel on our ASUS Rampage IV Extreme today. Moving in closer to the modules, we can get a better idea of what exactly is going on with the speed and the timings of the kit. Of course, we know that PC3-17000 translates to 2133MHz DDR and this is probably going to be one of the more popular numbers for the new quad channel kits with 2133MHz DDR hitting that performance point we love to see without carrying with it 2400MHz DDR prices.
The MSI X79A-GD65 isn't all that new to us, as earlier in the month we did a full preview on it. Today, though, we get to dive a little deeper into the board and cover some of the stuff we couldn't at the time, including the BIOS and the latest rendition of ClickBIOS II. There's not a lot more to say about it all really. With our MSI X79A-GD65 in hand and our beloved new Intel i7 3960X, we can get into the performance of the new board fairly quickly. Before we do, though, we'll just throw up all the pictures of the board from our original preview if you didn't already look at that, or simply can't be bothered now. We'll also cover the few things we couldn't at launch including the PCIe layout and of course, the BIOS.
Added as an extra accessory for the MC001, the K481 Wireless Keyboard from Arctic can be used successfully without the need of a mouse thanks to its Multi-Touch Pad which is quite responsive; the keyboard was designed mainly for Media Center uses, and not for other activities like gaming or writing documents. The keyboard does not have the possibility to recharge batteries and comes with a set of regular 1.5V AAA.
The latest ICY BOX IB-RD3219STu3 USB 3.0 External HDD RAID Enclosure by RaidSonic may indeed not be the very best in its class but it's excellent data transfer speeds combined with RAID0/1/JBOD support and a very good price tag are more than enough to make up for that and then some.
If you want more fine-grained control over the fans in your case, a fan controller is a simple, cheap way to get things under control. NZXT, long known for their enthusiast cases, has sent us another in their latest lineup of fan controllers, the Sentry Mix. We'll see if this one does the trick.
With the rise of SSDs, many notebook computers lack the plethora of storage they once had so G-Technologies offers their G-DRIVE Mini 750GB external drive for expansion. While more Mac oriented in design and function with its FireWire 800 connectors, its just as at home on a Windows machine through FireWire or USB 2.0 connections. How well does it perform? The company G-Technology (or G-tech as they referred to) may not sound familiar but its parent company Hitachi is well-known worldwide. They have a rather large line of external storage products that are all aimed towards Mac users but are just as at home connected to a PC. Today, we'll be having a look at their G-DRIVE mini 750GB external drive. Immediately upon seeing the drive, the similarities to the Mac Pro desktop computer are clearly evident with the brushed aluminum finish, sleek design and perforated exterior. If you own an Apple system and are vain about having your hardware accessories that match your system, it doesn't get much better than this...