Category: hardware

MOTHERBOARDS FEATURING 10GBASE-T

ASUS XG-C100C

We use several computers here at Hardcore Games. The desire for faster networking is a universal one. 10GBASE-T has been pervasive in the corporate world for a long time, consumers have been stuck with 1000BASE-T for many years. The problem with 1000BASE-T is that copying backups over the LAN is slow at 100 MB/s. The …

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GIGABYTE X399 DESIGNARE EX

Gigabyte X399 Designare E

The new Gigabyte X399 Designare Ex replaces the previous Aorus X399 Gaming 7 model released a few months ago. Supports AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors Quad Channel ECC/ Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 8 DIMMs, 3600MHz+(OC) Fast Front and Rear USB 3.1 Type-C™ Interface 4-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable™ Design Server-Class Digital Power Design …

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GIGABYTE AERO 15X

Gigabyte Aero 15X

The Gigabyte Aero 15X  packs a powerful GeForce GTX 1070 w/Max-Q design & a slim bezel display in a laptop 20mm thin . i7-7700HQ 15.6″ 1920×1080 IPS LCD, Pantone certified 8/16GB DDR4-2400, max 32GB HM175 mobile express chipset Windows 10 x64 Intel HD 630 graphics NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB 2x M.2 slots, type 2280 for SSD …

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LENOVO X220 SSD UPGRADE

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Lenovo x220 has an internal slot for an mini SATA SSD however this is limited to 300 MB/s while the hard disk bay is provisioned with 600 MB/s bandwidth. mSATA drives are available up to 512GB. The eSATA slot can also be used for a WWAN card. The X220 has a 7mm drive bay so check …

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INTEL COFFEE LAKE

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Intel is now starting to deliver the high-end X370 chipset and 8th gen Coffee Lake processors. Intel will have other chipsets ready for Q1-2018. Usually Intel has several chipsets ready for all market segments. We suspect Intel had to fix a few problems with lower cost chipsets to prevent the fisco seen with Cougar Point. …

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ASUS ROG STRIX RX VEGA64 8GB

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The new ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 64 is the latest high-end card for PC gaming. ASUS is still using a 100 percent automated production process for its GPUs, an industry-first that helps the company ensure a specific standard of quality and longevity. MaxContact Technology that is 2X more contact with GPU for improved thermal transfer. Patented …

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AMD B350 & X370 MEMORY SPEEDS

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Some overclockers are running into problems with the AMD Ryzen AM4 platform. Part of the problem is that memory speeds are faster than JEDEC can update the standard. Intel has developed the XMP profile to support faster speeds and now with DDR4 they have XMP2. AMD supports XMP2 however the UEFI-BIOS may have to be …

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WINDOWS 10 ONEDRIVE DROPS FAT32

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OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud service for sharing photos and documents. Recently Microsoft dropped support for FAT32 and now requires NTFS for hosting OneDrive local copies. We noticed this with our HP Stream 7. We use a microSD card for supplemental storage and the default format for 32GB is FAT32. If you need to change to …

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AMD RYZEN & WINDOWS 10

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We have seen several reports recently that Windows 10 does run well on some AMD Ryzen platforms. We believe it could be some driver issues for motherboards and the processor. WIndows 8.1 seems to work better with some motherboards. Windows 10 Creators Edition may work on some. It seems to be hit or miss with …

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INTEL X299 VRM HEADACHES

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We have seen many reports lately with Intel X299 boards. Some boards like the Asus AORUS X299 cannot get past 4.6 GHz while another vendor’s board reaches 5.0 GHz. It seems that Intel has underdesigned the regulators for the X299 which has left some OEM manufacturers to scramble to fix it. Some simply copied the …

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