In a market saturated with ultra-fast Gen 4 NVMe drives, Silicon Power just released a new Gen 3 PCIe NVMe drive. The new XPOWER XD80 features solid Gen 3 read/write performance ratings up to 3,400/3,000MB/s, respectively. While it might not be the absolute pinnacle of speed that Gen 3 drives have to offer, it's certainly up near the top. However, its speed rating is not the only reason to consider this drive for your next build. The XPOWER XD80 arrives with competitive pricing, high endurance rating, and a stylish aluminum heat sink! Read on to find out more.
The speed ratings of NVMe storage devices have been rapidly evolving since the introduction of the first drive. You might not be shocked anymore to learn that Team Group launched an ultra-fast drive capable of sequential read/write speeds of 7,000/6,900 MB/s. However, until now, nobody has solved the complicated heat sink problem. Cooling methods have been growing in complexity and evolving with NVMe devices as heat becomes a bigger issue. In general, as the speed goes up, so too does the heat output. It's become such a big issue that NVMe drives are now shipping with extravagant finned aluminum heat sinks. We've also seen motherboards come out with integrated NVMe heat sinks, which is an excellent feature we really appreciate. However, a large finned NVMe heat sink and an OEM motherboard armor heat sink simply don't work together. Your options have been to void the NVMe warranty and potentially kill the drive by removing the heat sink, or not use the motherboard heat sink and miss out on that sleek hidden-drive look. Team Group has officially solved this problem, follow along as we show you how they did it.
Back in the middle of 2019, Team Group released an NVMe drive with a revolutionary new cooling solution. Named the T-Force Cardea Liquid, this new drive was the first ever NVMe to be released with a water cooling solution, well, sort of. Fast forward almost two years and we're testing this drive because it's still on the market and it's still quite interesting, but maybe not what you are expecting. Keep reading to find out all about this water cooling solution Team Group developed.
Today we're reviewing a high-performance memory kit from Kingston Technology. The HyperX Predator DDR4 modules are part of Kingston's HyperX - Gaming series of products, which are unique products that have been created specifically with gamers and computer power users in mind. We've got our hands on the 4600 MHz CL16-26-26 kit and plan on giving it a thorough review from an overclocking perspective. So join us as we give you the grand tour of this memory and show you what makes it worth considering for your next purchase.
Back in January of this year, Corsair released the MP600 CORE NVMe SSD. This drive features QLC NAND flash memory and features the Phison E16 controller. Typically we've seen QLC memory offered on large capacity budget-oriented drives because of its high-density capabilities. With the E16 controller, the CORE is capable of strong performance numbers, but it's not quite as fast as a typical E16 NVMe. Follow along as we take a look at this unique drive and give you a rundown of its performance.
Over the years we've observed great advancements in the form and function of USB-based removable storage devices. While we have seen the physical designs dressed up to look more attractive and user-friendly, the file transfer speed has always been one very big downside. Sabrent released the Rocket Pro removable storage device to solve that age-old speed problem and put a 1000MB/s transfer speed in the palm of your hand. Read on to find out how we got on with the Sabrent SB-2TB-PRO.
Crucial developed the Ballistix MAX series of DDR4 memory for gamers and performance enthusiasts looking to push beyond standard limits. Composed of the highest-quality memory ICs, the Ballistix MAX was born with overclocking and high-performance computing in mind. With overclocking at the core, the Ballistix MAX series has been optimized to work with both AMD and Intel platforms. Read on further to see what we find.
The name IceGiant ProSiphon Elite might not be the first one that comes to mind when talking about high-performance CPU coolers made for the most extreme processors, but it soon could be. Located in Austin, Texas, J R Thermal A.K.A IceGiant, while not a new company, has started to focus their cooler expertise on the mainstream consumer market. Their revolutionary new cooler utilizes an already well established technology in a very new and creative way to solve the age-old problem of removing a huge amount of heat from a relatively small surface area. Join us as we take you on a tour of this new cooler and put it to the test with both Intel and AMD platforms.
We know and appreciate Cooler Master for making obsession-worthy cases and powerful coolers, so when they approached us about a new product release, we were excited, to say the least. Released back in 2016, the Iconic MasterAir Maker 8 became an instant success with its powerful cooling capabilities and also an integrated cover plate to hide the cooling hardware. Cooler Master is always pushing the limits and they've released several new coolers since the Maker 8. Today we have the pleasure of testing the newest iteration from that classic platform, the MasterAir MA610P ARGB. It promises to have the foundation cooling capabilities of the Maker 8, but it's updated and modernized for current demands. Join us as we check out this cooler and put it to the test on our Z490 test bench.
Back in June of 2018, Corsair launched the Vengeance RGB Pro line of DDR4 modules. That product line was targeted at budget gamers and became popular because of its excellent price/performance for being RGB memory. If you didn't have deep pockets to get the Dominator series, then the Vengeance RGB Pro was your best bet within Corsair's product line. That memory, which is now iconic in the computer world, just got a makeover. Today we are reviewing the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL, in black. Join us as we check out this memory and give you a full product tour.