Subject: Motherboards | September 25, 2015 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gigabyte, Z170X Gaming 7, Z170, LGA 1151, opamp
Gaze upon the empty space surrounding the Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7's LGA 1151 socket, enough to fit brand stamps and a huge CPU cooler. The only thing impinging on it is the second M.2 slot, if you were so inclined to use it instead of leaving PCIe lanes free for the three PCIe 3.0 16x slots or the three SEx ports. There are five fan headers onboard including one designed for use with a water pump. It also comes with an Intel SSD 750 connector, perhaps you can afford one as this board is not as expensive as many Z170 models on the market. Check out the performance and features, including a KillerNIC and Creative Sound Core 3D with OPAMP at [H]ard|OCP.
"GIGABYTE's G1 series represents the pinnacle of GIGABYTE's engineering prowess and is targeted squarely at the gamer and overclocking enthusiasts alike. To that end the Z170X Gaming 7 offers almost everything a gamer could want and more. The G1 series gets a new look and evolves in some unexpected ways."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte's Z170X-Gaming 7 @ The Tech Report
- GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 @ Bjorn3d
- Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 @ Modders-Inc
- MSI Z170A Gaming M5 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI @ eTeknix
- MSI Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium Edition @ Kitguru
- BIOSTAR GAMING Z170X Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
- Biostar Z170X Gaming Commander @ Modders-Inc
- ASUS Maximus VIII Hero Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2015 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: devil hdx, powercolor, audio, sound card, opamp
Yes, PCIe soundcards are still being made and Powercolor's Devil HDX is up for review on Overclockers Club. As with most new cards this one features three OPAMPs which can can be removed and swapped with another to change the sound that is sent to your headset or speakers. On the back are a 124db rated 6.3mm headphone jack, left and right RCA jacks, Coax output, and an optical output. The daughtercard sports 5 standard analog 3.5mm jacks to give you 7.1 surround sound support if you have the speakers for it. It is about $160 so make sure you have ears that are good enough to deserve high end sound, for many users this might be a bit of overkill.
"Setup as a stand alone solution, the Devil HDX gets to play in the best of both worlds with 124dB rated performance from the parent card and the option of running 7.1 sound through the addition of the daughter card. Here is my only beef with the Devil HDX. I know these are options that add cost, but when cultivating a brand it would just add to the package."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Tt eSports Shock Console Gaming Headset @ Modders-Inc
- TteSports Isurus Pro In-Ear Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- Turtle Beach Stealth 420X Xbox One Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- Thermaltake LUXA2 GroovyA Wireless Speaker Review @ OCC
- Creative Sound Blaster X7 & E-UM XM7 Bookshelf Speakers @ Legion Hardware