Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2019 - 05:30 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: sound card, radeon viii, podcast, Nu Audio, hyperx, evga, encrypted storage, DLSS, battlefield V, audiophile
PC Perspective Podcast #532 - 2/13/2019
This week we take a look at a high-end audio card from EVGA, a USB flash drive with built-in hardware encryption, and new gaming mouse from HyperX, the latest NVIDIA and AMD driver updates, and GTX 1660 Ti rumors.
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00:07:14 - Review: EVGA NU Audio Card
00:26:26 - Review: iStorage datAshur Pro Encrypted USB Drive
00:32:41 - Review: HyperX Pulsefire Core Gaming Mouse
00:36:40 - News: AMD Radeon Adrenalin 19.2.2 Driver Update
00:42:04 - News: AMD Pro Driver Support for Radeon VII
00:47:18 - News: NVIDIA DLSS Driver & Battlefield V
00:59:07 - News: Microsoft Wants You to Dump Internet Explorer
01:03:12 - News: GTX 1660 Ti Spec Rumors
01:15:53 - Picks of the Week
Macros and RGB for $39
We’ve previously looked at the top of the HyperX mouse line with our Pulsefire Surge RGB review, and the Core model we're checking out today sits at the entry level in the HyperX lineup, though it still offers full customization for buttons and RGB lighting. Is this $39.99 wired gaming mouse a good value? We will try to answer that here.
First we'll check out the specifications for the full HyperX mouse lineup:
|Pulsefire Core||Pulsefire FPS||Pulsefire FPS Pro||Pulsefire Surge|
|Lighting||RGB||Red||RGB||RGB - 360|
|Switch Reliability||20M Clicks||20M Clicks||20M Clicks||50M Clicks|
|Optical Sensor||Pixart 3327||Pixart 3310||Pixart 3389||Pixart 3389|
|Max Resolution||6200 DPI||3200 DPI||16000 DPI||16000 DPI|
|Max Speed||220 IPS||130 IPS||450 IPS||450 IPS|
|Polling Rate||1000 Hz (1 ms)||1000 Hz (1 ms)||1000 Hz (1 ms)||1000 Hz (1 ms)|
|Weight (without cable)||87g||95g||95g||100g|
|NGenuity Software Enabled||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
Pricing and Availability: $39.99, Amazon.com
As you can see the Pulsefire Core offers a mix of features between the FPS and FPS Pro models, and still provides NGenuity software control. The first technical difference to point out is the optical sensor (Pixart 3327), which at a max of 6200 DPI sits between the FPS and Surge, and also provides a faster 220 IPS speed than the FPS models. Mouse switches are rated for the same 20 million clicks as the FPS as well, though you will need to move up to the Pulsefire Surge to get the Omron brand switches and their 50 million clicks.
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2019 - 07:02 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: video, Threadripper, podcast, Optane, micron, Intel, hyperx, g-sync compatibility, g-sync, freesync, cortana, 3dmark
PC Perspective Podcast #529 - 1/16/2019
This week on the show, we look at a review of a new wireless gaming headset from HyperX, talk about the new G-SYNC Compatibility program for FreeSync monitors, look at ray tracing performance in the new 3DMark Port Royal benchmark, and more!
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01:34 - Review: HyperX Cloud MIX
05:19 - News: G-SYNC Compatible Monitor Driver
13:38 - News: Threadripper NUMA Dissociater
15:47 - News: HardOCP Interview with AMD's Scott Herkelman
21:35 - News: Intel-Micron 3D XPoint Split
24:34 - News: Cortana & Windows 10 Search
29:38 - News: 3DMark Port Royal Ray Tracing Benchmark
35:53 - Picks of the Week
46:24 - Outro
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A Tale of Two Headsets
There is no shortage of wireless gaming headsets these days, with 2.4 GHz via USB dongle the most common option. The HyperX Cloud MIX provides wireless connectivity of the Bluetooth variety, and if you need or just prefer a wired connection don't worry - as the name implies these provide wired analog audio via a 3.5mm headset plug, with a Y-cable is also included to split off mic and audio to your sound card's requisite I/O.
An interesting addition to the standard Bluetooth codecs with the Cloud MIX is aptX support, which means this headset has the capability of far better wireless audio quality than the standard SBC codec can provide - if you have a way to connect with aptX, that is. It's also worth noting that the Cloud MIX is actually the first Bluetooth-capable headset HyperX has released, with latency a roadblock to its adoption in this market.
Before moving on here is a look at the full specifications from HyperX:
- Driver: Custom dynamic, 40mm driver with neodymium magnets
- Type: Circumaural; Closed back
- Frequency Response: 10Hz–40,000Hz
- Impedance: 40Ω
- Sound Pressure Level: 100dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
- T.H.D.: < 2%
- Weight: 260g
- Weight with Mic: 275g
- Cable Length:
- Detachable Headset Cable: 1.3m
- PC Extension Cable: 2m
- USB Charging Cable: 0.5m
- Connection Type:
- Detachable Headset Cable: 3.5mm plug (4 pole)
- PC Extension Cable: 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
- Boom Microphone
- Element: Electret condenser microphone
- Polar Pattern: Noise-cancelling
- Frequency Response: 50Hz-18,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: -42dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
- Built-in Microphone
- Element: Electret condenser microphone
- Polar Pattern: Omni-directional
- Frequency Response: 50Hz-8,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: -33dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
- Battery Life (50% headphone volume) 20 hours
- Bluetooth Version: 4.2
- Wireless Range: Up to 10 meters
Pricing and Availability: $199.99, Best Buy
Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2019 - 10:56 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: RGB, microphone, hyperx, headset, gaming mouse, gaming headset, ddr4, ces 2019, CES
HyperX is here at CES demoing several new products — including a new product category — as well as some updates to their existing product line. The highlights include the company's first microphone and a new premium gaming headset made with Audeze's planar magnetic drivers.
Check out the complete launch details below as well as our impressions from our visit to the HyperX suite at CES.
HyperX Pulsefire Raid Gaming Mouse
The HyperX Pulsefire Raid RGB mouse is designed for gamers who need additional buttons for key binding or to execute a variety of commands. HyperX Pulsefire Raid features 11 programmable buttons and is designed with a Pixart 3389 sensor for accuracy and speed with settings up to 16,000 DPI. Customizable native DPI settings allow gamers to monitor settings with an LED indicator. In addition, the mouse includes Omron switches with 20M click reliability. Pulsefire Raid is designed for accurate, fluid and responsive tracking, without acceleration. Using HyperX NGenuity software, gamers can assign personalized macro functions to the 11 programmable keys and store them in a macro library.
Our impressions: The Pulsefire Raid Gaming Mouse doesn't do anything new in terms of basic design, but its 11 programmable buttons are more than found on many competing gaming mice and will be appreciated by competitive gamers looking to map as many in-game functions as possible.
The wired mouse feels good in the hand and includes nice RGB effects that can by configured via software or turned off if desired. The Pulsefire Raid includes the normal range of higher-quality components — Omron switches and a 16,000 DPI Pixart 3389 sensor — at a competitive price point of about $60. Recent purchasers of mid-range and higher gaming mice probably won't be tempted to switch, but if you're looking for a new gaming mouse or craving those additional programmable buttons, the HyperX Pulsefire Raid will be a nice choice at it expected price point when it launches in Q2.
HyperX QuadCast Microphone
The HyperX Quadcast is a standalone microphone designed to meet the exacting demands of PC, PlayStation 4, and Mac professional or aspiring streamers. The QuadCast features an anti-vibration shock mount, an easily-accessible gain control adjustment, four selectable polar patterns, and tap-to-mute functionality with convenient LED lighting to indicate broadcast status. With crystal clear voice capturing, Quadcast connects streamers to their viewers like never before.
Our impressions: While we couldn't fully test the QuadCast's audio capabilities in a noisy CES demo suite, what we could hear sounded promising. Users have a choice of polar patterns, quick gain control via a dial on the bottom, a 3.5mm headphone output for live monitoring, and a tap-to-mute feature that indicates the mute status by turning off the microphone’s red light.
The QuadCast's stand is sturdy with a functional and attractive built-in shock mount. But it also comes with an adapter for mounting it to another microphone stand or arm. The QuadCast will be priced at $139 when it launches in Q2.
HyperX Cloud Orbit and Cloud Orbit S Headset
The Cloud Orbit and Cloud Orbit S gaming headsets are the first HyperX gaming headsets powered by Audeze’s patented 100mm Planar Magnetic Drivers for accurate sound. Waves Nx® 3D audio technology brings an immersive cinematic audio experience to gaming. The Cloud Orbit S includes Waves Nx® head tracking technology to deliver a stable hyper-realistic 360-degree audio environment where the user’s head movements bring the room to life 1,000 times a second. HyperX gaming headsets paired with Audeze and Waves technology bring audio quality to the next level with audio technology previously found only in audiophile headsets.
Our impressions: HyperX is no stranger to gaming headsets, but the new Cloud Orbit series is their first project in collaboration with high-end audio company Audeze. The Cloud Orbit and Cloud Orbit S feature Audeze's planar magnetic drivers in a headset that eschews the common more "aggressive" gamer design for a subtle yet attractive black and gray look.
In addition to high quality sound from the planar magnetic drivers, the higher-end Cloud Orbit S features Waves NX 3D audio processing that can optionally position the user's audio sources via head tracking. When enabled, the current audio output is "placed" in a static position. When the user then turns their head, the headset uses head-tracking technology to pan the audio accordingly. In other words, the Waves Nx processing is simulating what it would sound like if you were sitting in a theater with multi-channel surround sound speakers and then turn your head to the side or behind.
We had a chance to demo Waves Nx on the Cloud Orbit S and the effect is quite realistic and impressive. But while it makes a great demo, we're not sure how many users would find a feature like this useful in the long-run since many users would prefer to have their audio "follow them" regardless of head positioning. However, we're hoping to get a chance to try it out more in a quieter environment.
Set to arrive in Q2, the Cloud Orbit S with head tracking will set you back $329 while the non-tracking Cloud Orbit will land at $299.
HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB Memory
The HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB is now available in 16GB modules in speeds of 3000MHz and 3200MHz as individual modules and kits of 2 and 4 up to 64GB. Predator DDR4 RGB features synchronized RGB lighting with HyperX Infrared Sync technology, allowing multiple modules to sync LED lighting and produce an exceptional color and pattern display. Powered directly from the motherboard, this patented technology provides an enhanced visual experience of RGB memory for gaming, overclocking PCs and DIY system builds.
Our impressions: HyperX launched its Predator DDR4 RGB memory — which uses infrared light to sync RGB effects between modules — last year, but only in single-module capacities of up to 8GB. This of course limited the amount of memory users could install in their system, especially on desktop motherboards/chipsets which only feature two or four DIMM slots.
Now HyperX is adding a 16GB module to the product lineup, doubling the maximum amount of RAM that users of this product can fit into their builds. The new capacity will be available later this month starting at $167.
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2019 - 11:05 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: hyperx, CES, ces 2019, gaming, headset, Audeze, planar magnetic, Waves Nx
HyperX has announces the Cloud Orbit and Cloud Orbit S gaming headsets, produced in collaboration with Audeze to incorporate the company's planar magnetic driver technology.
"Cloud Orbit headsets are based on the ground-breaking Audeze Mobius Platform that features 100mm planar magnetic driver technology for clear and realistic spatial audio. Audeze planar magnetic designs utilize extremely thin-film speakers and powerful custom magnets, allowing you to accurately hear where your opponent is located. Feel completely immersed in the field of play with high resolution audio clarity and wide sound stage."
In addition to the use of these 100 mm planar drivers the new headsets also feature Waves Nx 3D audio technology for a 360-degree audio experience.
"The Cloud Orbit S includes Waves Nx head tracking technology to deliver a stable hyper-realistic 360-degree audio environment where the users head movements bring the room to life 1,000 times a second. HyperX gaming headsets paired with Audeze and Waves technology bring audio quality to the next level with audio technology previously found only in audiophile headsets."
Cloud Orbit & Cloud Orbit S Specifications
- Driver: Planar transducer, 100 mm
- Type: Circumaural, Closed back
- Frequency response: 10Hz–50,000Hz
- Sound pressure level: 120 dB
- T.H.D.: < 0.1% (1 kHz, 1 mW)
- Weight: 350g
- Cable length:
- 3.5mm (4-pole): 1.2m
- USB Type C to Type A: 3m
- USB Type C to Type C: 1.2m
- Element: Electret condenser microphone
- Microphone type: Noise-cancelling
- Battery life: 10 hours (Tested at 50% headphone volume)
The new headsets will be on the premium end of the market with MSRPs of $299.99 for the HyperX Orbit and $329.99 for the Orbit S. A release date has not been announced just yet.
Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2018 - 04:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, hyperx, cloud mix, bluetooth headset
HyperX have avoided Bluetooth headsets, citing the latency inherent in the connection, which obviously haven't hurt them as they have been #1 in the US for a few years now. The Cloud Mix changes this, as it is BlueTooth capable as well as offering 3.5mm connectivity. The specifications look right, 40nm neodymium drivers and reported frequency range of 10Hz – 40,000Hz.
Are they worth a try? Find out over at Legit Reviews.
"Back in October 2018, HyperX released the Bluetooth-enabled Cloud Mix gaming headset. The Cloud Mix came as a bit of a surprise to me. I’ve talked to HyperX many times over the years to inquire about Bluetooth wireless gaming headsets and was always told that the latency of the audio broadcast over Bluetooth introduced too much latency to be considered a good gaming headset. Yet, here was HyperX introducing the Cloud Mix... Read on if you still have an attention span!"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Edifier W860NB Active Noise Cancelling Headphones @ TechARP
- 1MORE Triple Driver BT In-Ear Headphones Review @ NikKTech
- Edifier S2000 Pro 2.0 Speaker @ Kitguru
Subject: Storage | October 22, 2018 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: kingston, hyperx, HyperX Savage, Savage Exo, external ssd, M.2
The new USB 3.1 Gen2 external SSD from Kingston sports quite a name, which might help it sell with the console crowd as the drive will work on PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones as well as PCs. Those devices are limited to USB 3.0 but this drive will still be miles faster than the internal HDD. Inside is Marvell's 88SS1074 controller and Kingston branded 64-layer Toshiba BiCS flash, however the implementation does not seem up to snuff when compared to other portable SSDs. Check out the performance as well as The Tech Reports recommendations right here.
"The latest gaming peripheral from HyperX is... a portable SSD? Parent company Kingston wants to woo the console crowd with a fast USB external drive. Read our review of the HyperX Savage Evo to see whether it delivers."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Force Series MP510 M.2 SSD @ Guru of 3D
- Crucial BX500 240GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Crucial P1 1000GB NVMe M.2 SSD Review @ Hardware Asylum
- Crucial P1 M2 @ Guru of 3D
- CORSAIR Force Series MP510 960GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 SSD 1 TB @ TechPowerUp
- Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Synology DiskStation DS-119j 1-bay NAS @ Kitguru
Do You Have a Need for Kailh Silver Speed?
HyperX has launched the Alloy FPS RGB mechanical keyboard, featuring Kailh Silver Speed switches. The keyboard has a more compact design than the Alloy Elite RGB keyboard I reviewed back in June, and carries a price tag $50 lower than that model thanks in part to the lower-cost Kailh switches employed. Is the quality of this new keyboard up to the high standards of previous HyperX designs? How do these Kailh Silver Speed key switches feel compared to Cherry MX switches? I will try to answer both of these questions in this review, so let's get started!
- Type: Mechanical
- Keyswitches: Kailh Silver Speed, Linear, 40cN actuation force
- Backlight: RGB (16,777,216 colors)
- Light effects: Per key RGB lighting and 5 brightness levels.
- On board memory: 3 profiles
- Connection type: USB 2.0 (2 USB connectors)
- USB 2.0 Pass-through: Yes (mobile phone charging only)
- Polling rate: 1000Hz
- Anti-ghosting: 100% anti-ghosting
- Key Rollover: N-key mode
- Media control: Yes
- Game Mode: Yes
- Cable Type: Detachable, braided. Length: 1.8m
- Dimensions Width 442.26 Depth 129.81 Height 35.59 mm
- Weight (with cable): 1100g
- OS compatibility: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7
Pricing and Availability: $109.99 MSRP (currently available direct from HyperX)
Previously all HyperX keyboards were built with Cherry MX keyswitches, so the move to Kailh with this new keyboard is interesting - though it does allow for a lower MSRP with the same per-key RGB lighting of the Elite model. And while Kailh switches are less expensive to buy (about a third of the cost of a Cherry MX key switches), that does not mean the performance is inferior - though I have previously found Kailh switches to feel a little different.
Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2018 - 02:21 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: podcast, Thinkpad, supernova, nzxt, msi, Intel, hyperx, gtx 1170, gigabyte, geforce, gamescon, evga, crft, corsair, b450, amd, 51nb, 280x, video
PC Perspective Podcast #508 - 02/02/18
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