Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2016 - 03:07 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, video, amd, XConnect, gdc 2016, Vega, Polaris, navi, razer blade, Sulon Q, Oculus, vive, raja koduri, GTX 1080, msi, vortex, Intel, skulltrail, nuc
PC Perspective Podcast #391 - 03/17/2016
Join us this week as we discuss the AMD's news from GDC, the MSI Vortex, and Q&A!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano
Program length: 1:28:26
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Subject: Systems | March 16, 2016 - 07:28 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Vortex Gaming Tower, vortex, sli, msi, Killer E2400, GTX 980, gtx 960, Core i7-6700K
MSI is now shipping Vortex; the tiny, cylindrical gaming tower showcased at CES 2016.
"Standing at a mere 10.5” high, weighing as little as 8.8lbs, and measuring in at 6.5L, the Vortex pushes more power per inch than most mid to full size tower gaming PC’s without the having to deal with the same bulkiness or weight."
Followers of PC Perspective might recall our coverage of the powerful mini-system during January's CES, and our video is available below:
Specs and pricing hadn't been finalized when we first reported on the Vortex, and as of today we have the full story. Pricing will start at $2199, and you get a Core i7-6700K with SLI GTX 960 graphics cards at that price. Upgrade options include SLI GTX 980 GPUs, 32GB of RAM, and "Super RAID", which is 4x 256GB PCIe (Gen 3 x4) SSDs.
Here's a look at the specs for the two shipping versions of this new system:
|Vortex G65 SLI-002||Vortex G65 SLI-011|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-6700K|
|Memory||32 GB (8 GB x4)
2133 MHz DDR4
|16 GB (8 GB x2)
2133 MHz DDR4
|Graphics||Dual GeForce GTX 980 SLI||Dual GeForce GTX 960 SLI|
|Storage||Super RAID: 4x 256 GB PCIe Gen 3 SSD
2x 128 GB SSD + 1TB SATA 7200 RPM HDD
|Networking||Dual Killer E2400 NIC|
USB 3.0 x4
|Dimensions||7.61 x 7.01 x 10.55 inches|
Obviously these are very powerful system configurations, anchored by a Z170 motherboard and Intel Core i7-6700K processor with plenty of RAM, and SLI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or 980 GPUs. It will be interesting to see what (if any) overclocking headroom is available for CPU/GPU, though a 6.5L chassis is probably going to be at least somewhat thermally constrained.
Exploded view of the Vortex
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | April 4, 2014 - 10:59 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: vortex, mechanical keyboard
Carl Nelson of hardCOREware published a review of the Vortex KBT Race II mechanical keyboard. The quick summary is that he was impressed by several of its features but found that it was not as pleasant to type on, compared to other keyboards that he used - even with the same switch. It is a compact keyboard, slightly smaller than a Tenkeyless layout. The keycaps are laser-etched (which should give decent durability) with the same font as Windows 8. It is also backlit, the black model glows white and the white model glows green.
H...C...W... how subtle, Carl.
They keyboard itself is about $130 USD and comes in Cherry MX Red, Brown, or Blue. It supports 6-key rollover but he does not mention whether there are any other limitations. For instance, does the interface allow for 6 buttons to be pressed, but you are screwed if press shift, up, and right together? This was the case with my old Logitech G15v1 and it made for an impossible task to play The Scout with the arrow keys in TF2. On the other hand, if it was based on an NKRO keyboard with the limitations of the USB interface, that is not so bad. I just do not know.
To see a little more, check out the review at HCW.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2012 - 11:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: lepa, vortex, casino, chopper, air cooling, 120mm
Lepa has released three new 120mm fans, the plain looking Vortex designed for those who simply like good cooling, the flashy Casino with 18 blue LEDs for those preferring to show off and the low speed Chopper which has a pair of red and blue LEDs for those wishing to create various moods in their case. All performed quite well in Hi Tech Legion's testing, beating the stock fans the NZXT Switch 810 case came with. Read on to see which one would best suit your needs.
"The Lepa Vortex 120mm fan, Casino 120mm fan, and Chopper 120mm fan are designed to maximize cooling while maintaining silent operation. The Vortex is designed without LED lighting for those who want a simple fan. The Casino 120mm fan has 18 blue LEDs installed in it creating a spiral lighting effect with various modes including the ability to turn off the LEDs. The Chopper is a low speed fixed RPM fan that has 2 LEDs (in blue or red depending on model) to create a dynamic cycling lighting effect."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- AZZA Genesis 9000W Review @ OCC
- be quiet! Dark Rock 2 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Bitfenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller @ Pro-Clockers
- Aerocool Touch-2000 Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Aerocool X-Vision Fan Controller @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer and Pro Water Cooling Kits Review @ OCIA
- EKWB EK-Supremacy CPU Water Block and Custom Kit @ weakTown
- AeroCool Sixth Element Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Antec Eleven Hundred @ Kitguru
- Xigmatek Midgard II Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix.com
- Raidmax Agusta @ LanOC Reviews
- Cooler Master Storm Stryker Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- MSI Barricade Case @ LanOC Reviews
- BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX tower @ Hardwareoverclock