Category: hardware

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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PCI EXPRESS 4.0

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PCI Express 4.0 has been ratified as a standard by the PCI SIG. This now means that motherboards, chipsets and processors all have to be modernized to be able to use the improved bandwidth. Generally PCI Express improvements follow the semiconductor sector improvements with incremental change. PCI Express 4.0 is backwards and forwards compatible with earlier …

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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

GTX 770 SLI

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

high point ssd7210

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

optane ssd 900p

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

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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WINDOWS MIXED REALITY

Windows Mixed Reality headsets

Windows Mixed Reality headsets are a new capability added to Windows 10 version 1709. Microsoft’s range of headsets are similar to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and many manufacturers are selling bundles that include touch controllers. The primary difference between the HTC Vive / Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality is that the headsets …

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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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