Category: hardware

GIGABYTE GA-970-GAMING

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The Gigabyte GA-970-Gaming SLI is a socket AM3+ motherboard for those who have existing hardware that like some new features like NVMe and M.2 etc. This motherboard is only US $64 on Amazon at launch. Socket AM3 DDR3 up to 64GB maximum AMD 970 SB950 Realtek ALC1150 Intel Ethernet PCIe x16 2x PCIe x1 2 …

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I7-8086K CPU

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Intel has launched a new i7-8086K for the Coffee Lake Z270 motherboard. The CPU has 6 cores with hyperthreading and it has the 630 integrated graphics with 24 execution units. The unlocked CPU can reach 5 GHz with the turbo core and adequate cooling. The CPU was named for the 40th anniversary of the 8086 …

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LENOVO IDEAPAD 330

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The Lenovo Ideapad 330 and 330S are the new laptops that features the Intel Cannon Lake 10nm i3 processor. As we have reported earlier, Intel has had yield problems with 10nm devices This machine sells for $400 and up depending on the options. The best model is well over $1200. The 330 is available with …

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SSD MAINTENANCE

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SSD drives are increasingly popular for PC gaming boxes. With the recent move to motherboard mounted SSD drives, Windows is now faster to boot and games load faster. SSD drives need some minor maintenance. The disk optimizer in Windows 10 can TRIM SSD drives properly which is one of the many reasons to upgrade immediately, …

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INTEL OPTANE 905P

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Intel has a new model of their Optane phase change storage unit available. The 905P is based on NVMe PCI 3.0 x4 host interface, and available in two form factors – HHHL add-in card with LED light (960GB), and 2.5″ U.2 with heatsink on housing (480GB). The storage capacity is double the previous 900P series. …

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100TB SSD

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Yes it’s true, somebody has made a 3½” size SATA/SAS type SSD with 100TB of storage. Our 300R has 4 drive bays so that would be 400TB which should keep a handle on Steam games for a few months. A company called NIMBUS has the SSD in 100TB capacity. The Exadrive DC100 is the flagship …

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SAMSUNG PM1643 30TB SSD

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Samsung has improved over their last monster 15TB SSD with the new PM1643 30TB SSD monster.  Unfortunately none will be available for gaming as Samsung only wants to sell them to corporate data centers. With 30TB it would be possible to install every Steam game we own and still have room for iTunes etc. The …

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EVGA Z370 CLASSIFIED K MOTHERBOARD

EVGA Z370 Classified K Motherboard

The EVGA Z30 Classified K motherboard (134-KS-E379-KR) is their flagship model for enthusiast gaming. One of the changes with the Z370 is the new power requirements which used a 13 phase design for the regulator. Chipset: Intel Z370 Socket: LGA1151 Form Factor: ATX SLI: 2-Way SLI + PhysX Memory: 4 DIMM Dual-Channel DDR4 4133MHz+ (up …

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INTEL Z370 MOTHERBOARDS

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Intel has the Coffee Lake Z370 chipset which is their most expensive one. This affords to most features that gamers want. Combined with an i5 or i7 processor, the Z370 provides excellent gaming with an elite graphics card. It does not make a lot of sense to use an i3 CPU on the Z170 as …

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INTEL CPU BUG

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It seems that Intel CPUs have a problem with the way they handle address space randomization and the prefetch logic. Its now known that Intel, AMD, Apple ARM, and Qualcomm processors are all affected by the problem. IBM Power CPU products are also affected. The security nightmare of having keys and passwords in the open …

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DUAL VIDEO CARDS 2017

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Today we see many forums with comments that dual and triple video cards are not being used. Support for a 2-way,  3-way or even 4-way is entirely by design of the game engine. The game engine developer usually has only one card installed. Very few developers have a machine with GTX 690 SLI cards installed. …

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MORE BACKUP OPTIONS

Transcend 32GB JetFlash 790 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Many carry on without even considering the consequences of a hardware failure, malware or the theft of a machine, Today there are more choices than ever. For most users today, a larger capacity USB stick with 64GB or 128GB can handle a vast number of images from digital cameras etc. USB 3.0 sticks are now …

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HIGH POINT SSD7210

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The High Point SSD7210 is a 4-port PCI Express 3.0 U.2 controller card. Ultra-High Performance, Flexible NVMe U.2 RAID Controller PCI Express 3.0 x16 NVMe Supports Single Drives & RAID 0, 1, 5, 1/0 4x U.2 Ports with Dedicated PCIe 3.0 x4 bandwidth for each NVMe SSD Flexible 2.5″ U.2 Form Factor 6.3 x 0.8 …

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INTEL SSD 900P 280GB AIC

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The Intel SSD 900P 280GB AIC is a NVMe  PCI Express 3.0 x8 card for desktop computers. The Intel Optane technology was announced 2 years ago and now Intel has finally stared delivering the hardware. The problem with the PCI Express card is the bus speed is inadequate to handle the extreme bandwidth. The Optane …

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MOTHERBOARDS FEATURING 10GBASE-T

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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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