Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2019 - 08:50 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: wd black, W-3175X, TSMC, ssd, SFX, seasonic, samsung 970 evo, Samsung, RTX 2060, radeon vii, quarterly earnings, overclocking, NVMe, gtx 1660 ti, cooler master, benchmarks, podcast
PC Perspective Podcast #530 - 1/30/2019
This week on the show, we have reviews of two power supplies, two new NVMe SSDs from Samsung and Western Digital, a look at a new low-profile keyboard from Cooler Master, more RTX 2060 benchmarks and overclocking, Radeon VII rumors and leaked benchmarks, AMD's Q4 earnings, and more!
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00:02:30 - Review: Seasonic SGX-650 PSU
00:04:13 - Review: Cooler Master MWE Gold 750W PSU
00:05:21 - Review: WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD
00:10:33 - Review: Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD
00:18:18 - Review: Cooler Master SK630 Low Profile Keyboard
00:21:42 - Review: RTX 2060 1440p & Overclocking Benchmarks
00:27:57 - News: Trouble at TSMC?
00:31:00 - News: AMD Gonzalo APU & Next-Gen Console Specs
00:39:47 - News: Radeon VII Rumors & Benchmarks
00:44:15 - News: GTX 1660 Ti Rumors
00:46:50 - News: Samsung OLED Displays for Notebooks
00:50:14 - News: Backblaze HDD Longevity Report
00:52:44 - News: Intel 28-Core Xeon W-3175X
00:58:41 - News: Samsung 1TB eUFS Chip for Smartphones
01:01:56 - News: AMD Q4 Earnings
01:13:48 - Picks of the Week
01:20:59 - Outro
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2019 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: MK730, CK530, tenkeyless, Gateron, cherry, mechanical keyboard, cooler master, input, RGB
Cooler Master have released two new mechanical TKL keyboards, the CK530 featuring Gateron Red, Blue or Brown switches and the MK730 with Cherry switches of the same flavours.
The CK530 features an aluminium body and is designed to fit into a bag so you can take it with you on the road. The RGBs behind the keys can be programmed on the fly, with each separately programmable to show your choice of the 16.7 million available colours. You can switch between 6KRO and NKRO in case you are using legacy applications, and macros can be quickly and easily programmed, as well as letting you switch between profiles to enhance your experience. Those with a fetish for keycaps will be pleased to know CM used standard sizes so you can easily swap out the originals for your preferred type.
You should be able to find it for sale on Amazon for $70.
The MK730 looks similar but offers additional features to the ones mentioned above, such as a magnetically attached soft PU leather wrist rest for easing those aching wrists. It connects with a removable USB-C cord, to ensure it isn't bashed when you are moving it around. The Cherry switches on this model are hidden behind double-shot PBT keycaps, with the same uniform design to make replacing them with your preferred variety simple.
The MK730 will set you back a bit more, $120 on Amazon.
The Cherry MX Low Profile Difference
The market for mechanical gaming keyboards is exploding. Everyone, even companies you would never expect (I’m looking at you Creative Labs!), seems to have their own line of PC gaming accessories. But what really sets them apart? The answer is, sadly, not much; the existence of media keys or a volume roller, how good the software is, the occasional quirky layout.
Then there are the unique keyboards. We’ve looked at a few of them here. Today we’re adding another one to the list with the Cooler Master SK630 Low Profile Gaming Keyboard.
The SK630 features a flat, slimmed down design that could make any Apple fan feel right at home. Add to that full RGB backlighting, brand new Cherry MX RGB Low Profile Red switches, and massive amounts of software-free programmability and you can begin to see why this might catch more than a few eyes. With a list price of $119.99 this is not exactly a budget option, so let’s dive in and see if it’s worth the cost of entry.
- Switch Type: Cherry MX RGB Low Profile Switch
- Actuation Point: 1.2mm
- Travel Distance: 3.2mm
- Switch Lifespan: 50M actuations
- Material: Aluminum/Plastic
- Color: Gunmetal Black
- LED Color: RGB
- Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
- Response Rate: 1ms / 1000Hz
- MCU: 32-bit ARM Cortex M3
- Onboard Memory: 512KB
- On-the-fly System: Yes, for multimedia, Macro recording, and lighting control
- Multimedia Keys: Through Function Key (FN)
- Cable: 1.8m, USB Type-C Detachable & Braided
- Software Support: Yes, through Portal
- Dimensions: 353.5 x 125.5 x 29.8 mm (L*W*H)
- Product Weight (without cable): 552g
- Weight: 593g
- Warranty: 2 years
- List Price: $119.99
Introduction and Features
Cooler Master recently introduced three new fully modular power supplies into their MWE Series, which currently includes fifteen models ranging from 400w up to 750W.
The MWE Series 550W, 650W, and 750W Gold power supplies are designed to provide quiet operation and high efficiency at an affordable price. We will be taking a detailed look at the MWE Gold 750W Full Modular power supply in this review.
The Cooler Master MWE Gold Full Modular power supplies are 80 Plus Gold certified and use a Cooler Master Silencio 120mm fan for quiet operation. And all three MWE Series Gold Full Modular power supplies come backed by a 5-year warranty.
Cooler Master MWE Gold 750W Full Modular PSU Key Features:
• 750W Continuous DC output at up to 45°C
• 80 PLUS Gold certified
• Fully modular cables to reduce clutter and improve airflow
• Quiet 120mm Cooler Master Silencio fan for quiet operation
• Single +12V rail design (62.5A/750W)
• Active Power Factor correction with Universal AC input
• Protections: UVP, OVP, OPP, OTP and SCP
• 5-year warranty
• MSRP: $99.99 USD (750W)
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2019 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, MasterAir, GM100, aircooling, low profile cooler, aliens, RGB
The MasterAir G100M is quite the cooler, with a look we haven't seen from CM in recent memory and is a mere 143x143x74.5mm in size with the fan attached. This lets it fit into SFF systems, though as Modders-Inc discovered, the round shape means you should install your RAM before the cooler and avoid modules with larger heatsinks. It is rated for AMD and Intel CPUs of up to 130W TDP but testing showed that is a maximum and it is not really equipped to handle overclocked enthusiast processors, which only makes sense considering what it is actually for.
"Reminiscent of the Jupiter 2 from the 1960's version of the TV series Lost In Space, the Cooler Master G100M is affectionately called the UFO cooler. The G100M is a low profile cooler designed to fit into smaller cases especially mini-ITX."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- be quiet! Dark Rock PRO TR4 @ Guru of 3D
- SilentiumPC Fera 3 RGB @ TechPowerUp
- Alphacool Eisbaer 420 CPU Liquid Cooler Review @ NikKTech
Introduction and Features
Cooler Master recently refreshed their MasterWatt Bronze Series, which is targeted towards budget-conscious consumers and now includes four power supplies: 450W, 550W, 650W, and 750W models. All four power supplies feature semi-fanless operation, semi-modular cables, 80 Plus Bronze level efficiency, and come backed with a 5-year warranty. We will be taking a detailed look at the new MasterWatt 650W PSU in this review.
Cooler Master MasterWatt 650W PSU Key Features:
• 650W Continuous DC output at up to 40°C
• Semi-fanless operation (under 15% load)
• Semi-Modular cables (16 AWG PCI-E power cables)
• 80 PLUS Bronze certified (85% Efficiency)
• DC-to-DC converters for +3.3V and +5V outputs
• Single +12V output
• Quiet 120mm Silencio cooling fan
• Active Power Factor correction with Universal AC input (100 to 240 VAC)
• Safety protections: OCP, OVP, UVP, OPP, OTP, and SCP
• 5-Year warranty
• $57.90 USD (Amazon.com October 2018)
Here is what Cooler Master has to say about their MasterWatt Bronze PSUs:
“The MasterWatt is an 80 Plus Bronze power supply with an innovative semi-fanless mode. Under 15% load, the MasterWatt fan remains idle, offering zero dBA. When demand for power increases, a gradual fan curve provides measured cooling with little to no noise at any output level. Dual forward / DC-to-DC topology is employed to keep the voltage stable in all conditions. For increased performance, MaterWatt is equipped with 16 AWG power cables, which reduce resistance thereby increasing efficiency.”
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 30, 2018 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: mastercase SL600M, cooler master, atx
The MasterCase SL600M is the newest case from Cooler Master and distinguishes itself by including absolutely no RGBs in its design. It does however have a motion sensor on the front panel which will illuminate your USB ports if it senses your hand near it, a far more functional that fashionable feature. That front panel also allows you to toggle the speed of the two of included 200mm fans between three speeds; there is space for another trio of 120/140mm or a pair of 200mm fans at the top or you could opt for two radiators of up to 360mm in size or a mix of the above. The front mounted PSU is rather unique, see how well it worked over at the Guru of 3D.
"Cooler Master enters a new era with a very stylishly new chassis, the MasterCase SL600M is more of a design PC chassis with lots of aluminum elements that oozes features and style. However, it also has been designed to mod a bit. The basics of the chassis are gorgeous to look at and have space for full-size ATX motherboards."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M @ TechPowerUp
- Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake View 37 RGB Mid-Tower Review @ NikKTech
- Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV X @ Guru of 3D
- Corsair Hydro Series H115i Platinum @ TechPowerUp
- ID-COOLING AuraFlow 240 AIO @ NikKTech
- Swiftech H360 X3 AIO @ TechPowerUp
- ID-Cooling Zoomflow 240 @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 29, 2018 - 10:27 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: tower cooler, RGB, Hyper 212, heatsink, cpu cooler, cooling, cooler master, black edition, air cooler
The legendary Hyper 212 series from Cooler Master has a stealthy new look, with the upcoming Hyper 212 Black Edition coolers. Not just a cosmetic change, these new Black Edition coolers (available with or without RGB lighting) offer what Cooler Master is calling an "improved installation process from previous models with the same best-in-class performance for an affordable price".
The Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition cooler (via Cooler Master)
"Designed with PC enthusiasts in mind, the new Hyper 212 Black Edition coolers keep with the familiar four heat pipe design of the original Hyper 212 and continues to offer direct contact technology for more thorough heat dissipation.
The updated brushed aluminum top cover, nickel plated anodized fins and heat pipes, and metallic heat pipe caps give the Hyper 212 Black Edition models a premium, aesthetic appeal. The Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition comes equipped with the new SF120R RGB fan and RGB LED controller for lighting customization, while the Hyper 212 Black Edition offers users a more simplified look via the all-black Silencio fan with exclusive Silent Drive IC technology."
A look at the hardware kit with revised mounting system (via Cooler Master)
The Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition will carry an MSRP of $39.99, with the non-RGB Hyper 212 Black Edition at $34.99. Both coolers go on sale November 5.
Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2018 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, MP860, RGB, mousepad, blinkenlichten, input
Cooler Master have added RGBs to their new MP860 mouse mat, along with the Portal app to control them. No longer are you forced to shamefully mouse on a boring old pad, for life without breathing, marquee or random blinking lights is no way for a mouse or gamer to live! For the boring people who actually want to know how this pad is designed, it measures 36.3x26cm (14x10.3") and has both an aluminium and cloth side you can flip between based on your mood.
"Cooler Master's MP860 mouse pad jazzes things up with two separate mousing surfaces and a ring of RGB LED zones around its perimeter. We see whether this RGB LED mousing sandwich enhances the gaming experience."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cooler Master CM310 Mouse and MP860 RGB MousePad @ Kitguru
- EasySMX ESM-9013 Wireless Gamepad Review @ NikKTech
- SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL Aluminum Core Mechanical Esports Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2018 - 11:14 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, asus, ROG, rtx, 2080 Ti, amd, microsoft, surface, gigabyte, Intel, Thinkpad, yoga, Ampere, Xilinx, Versal, arm, GOG.com, cooler master, C700M
PC Perspective Podcast #516 - 10/04/18
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