Subject: Memory
Manufacturer: Crucial

Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-3200 Memory

Shoppers of desktop memory are probably very familiar with Crucial, a brand that has been in business since 1996 and became synonymous with their online Memory Advisor tool (originally the Crucial Memory Selector when that was introduced back in 1998). Beyond offering compatible memory adhering to JEDEC standards for home and business machines Crucial has embraced the enthusiast segment, and since 2004 the Ballistix brand has been a competitor in this space.

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Today we’re taking a look at new Ballistix memory in the form of a dual-channel DDR4 desktop kit that offers 3200 MT/s speeds out of the box via XMP 2.0, and has the potential to overclock further. Crucial sent along both 16GB and 32GB kits, and we are focusing on the 16GB kit in this review.

Product highlights for the Ballistix Sport LT series from Crucial:

  • Speeds start at 2400 MT/s
  • Faster speeds and responsiveness than standard DDR4 memory
  • Ideal for gamers and performance enthusiasts
  • Multi-channel memory architecture maximizes data rates
  • Digital camo heat spreader available in white, gray and red
  • Easy plug-and-play installation
  • Intel XMP 2.0 profiles for easy configuration
  • AMD Ryzen Ready
  • Optimized for the latest Intel 300 Series platforms
  • Limited lifetime warranty

These UDIMMs are part of the Sport LT series, offering a smaller overall footprint while still providing some impressive performance numbers via XMP 2.0 profiles. We tested it out in an Intel system and then moved on to have some fun with memory overclocking in a Ryzen 5 2400G system with integrated Vega graphics. Read on to see how it performed, and if faster memory can make a noticeable difference.

Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 3200 MHz Specifications
Series Ballistix Sport
Model Number 16GB Kit: BLS2K8G4D32AESBK
32GB Kit: BLS2K16G4D32AESB
Speed 3200 MT/s (PC4-25600)
Timings 16-18-18
Voltage 1.35V
Form Factor UDIMM
ECC Non-ECC
DIMM Type Unbuffered
Configuration 2048Meg x 64
Warranty Limited Lifetime

Current Pricing and Availability:

Continue reading our review of the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-3200 memory

FSP's Hydro PTM+ 850w PSU Offers 1000w Liquid Cooled Platinum Power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 9, 2019 - 11:01 AM |
Tagged: water cooling, PSU, power supply, overclocking, liquid cooled, fsp, 80 Plus Platinum

The second generation of FSP's liquid-cooled power supply is here with the Hydro PTM+ 850W. Passively cooled for the first 425W this does include a fan for conventional use up to its rated 850W output with full 80 Plus Platinum certification, and this becomes a 1000W power supply when connected to custom loop. Yes, this is effectively an overclockable PSU.

"With the success of the Hydro PTM+ 1200W, the Hydro PTM+ 850W gives enthusiast gamers the ability to unleash the complete performance of their PC while remaining both a cool and silent PSU. During normal desktop use, watching movies, and light gaming, the Hydro PTM+ 850W remains completely silent as it can be passively cooled until 425W."

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"Using the integrated Bitspower liquid cooling systems allows the Hydro PTM+ 850W to deliver up to 1000W in power when the system demands it. In all other circumstances, the intelligent fan will keep performance great, and noise low. Its unique cooling solution and advanced design (using DC-DC modules) allow for an industry-leading 92% efficiency. The liquid cooling connectors use G1/4” / 12mm connectors for hard- and soft tubing, making it the best choice for case modders that look to fully integrated their PSU into their dream machine."

Specifications:

  • Complies with ATX12V v2.4 & EPS12V v2.92
  • High Efficiency ≥ 92%
  • Active PFC ≥ 0.9
  • Complies with 80PLUS® Platinum Certification
  • Hybrid Cooling System with 135mm Silent Fan & liquid cooling
  • +12V Single-Rail Design
  • Full Modular with Ribbon Cables
  • Full Japanese Capacitors
  • World’s First Platinum Liquid Cooled PSU
  • Build-in RGB Lighting & Controller
  • Unique Product ID with changeable Side Stickers for DIY Enthusiasts and Gamers
  • Complete Protections: OCP, OVP, SCP, OPP, OTP
  • Global Safety Approved

The Hydro PTM+ 850W liquid-cooled power supply has a lofty MSRP of $399, so it will be a niche product certainly - but if you dream of an ultimate watercooled rig who why not add the PSU to the list of components?

Source: FSP

PC Perspective Podcast #530 - New NVMe SSDs, RTX 2060 Overclocking, and AMD Q4 Earnings

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2019 - 08:50 AM |
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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Check out previous podcast episodes: http://pcper.com/podcast

Show Topics
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

Picks of the Week
Jim: 36 Bottles of NyQuil
Jeremy: Legend of Zelda Total Conversion for Doom
Josh: Kindle Paperwhite
Sebastian: ShutUp10

Today's Podcast Hosts
Sebastian Peak
Josh Walrath
Jeremy Hellstrom
Jim Tanous

Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Exploring 2560x1440 Results

In part one of our review of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card we looked at gaming performance using only 1920x1080 and 3840x2160 results, and while UHD is the current standard for consumer televisions (and an easy way to ensure GPU-bound performance) more than twice as many gamers play on a 2560x1440 display (3.89% vs. 1.42% for 3840x2160) according to Steam hardware survey results.

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Adding these 1440p results was planned from the beginning, but time constraints made testing at three resolutions before getting on a plane for CES impossible (though in retrospect UHD should have been the one excluded from part one, and in future I'll approach it that way). Regardless, we now have those 1440p results to share, having concluded testing using the same list of games and synthetic benchmarks we saw in the previous installment.

On to the benchmarks!

PC Perspective GPU Test Platform
Processor Intel Core i7-8700K
Motherboard ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-H Gaming
Memory Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB (8GBx2) DDR4-3000
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
Power Supply CORSAIR RM1000x 1000W
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit (Version 1803)
Drivers AMD: 18.50
NVIDIA: 417.54, 417.71 (OC Results)

We will begin with Unigine Superposition, which was run with the high preset settings.

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Here we see the RTX 2060 with slightly higher performance than the GTX 1070 Ti, right in the middle of GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 performance levels. As expected so far.

Continue reading part two of our NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 review.

NVIDIA OC Scanner Now Supports Pascal GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2019 - 12:34 PM |
Tagged: pascal, overclocking, OC Scanner, nvidia, GTX 1080, gtx 1070, gtx 1060, geforce

GPU overclocking utility MSI Afterburner now supports automatic Pascal overclocking, bringing this feature to the GTX 10-series for the first time. NVIDIA had previously offered the OC Scanner only for the Turing-based RTX graphics cards (we compared OC Scanner vs. manual results using a previous version in our MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio review), but a new version of the API is incorporated in Afterburner v4.6.0 beta 10.

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"If you purchased a GeForce GTX 1050, 1060, 1070, 1080, Titan X, Tian Xp, Titan V (Volta) or AMD Radeon RX 5x0 and Vega graphics card we can recommend you to at least try out this latest release. We have written a GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 overclocking guide right here. This is the new public final release of MSI AfterBurner. Over the past few weeks we have made a tremendous effort to get a lot of features enabled for this build."

The release notes are massive for this latest version, and you can view them in full after the break.

Source: WCCFtech

Seattle is known for high frequency gaming, sometimes with MSI RTX 2080s

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2018 - 03:19 PM |
Tagged: sea hawk, RTX 2080, overclocking, msi

[H]ard|OCP takes a look at MSI's Sea Hawk RTX 2080, which sports a GPU covered by an AiO watercooler as well as a blower fan to ensure the memory and VRM are actively cooled as well.  The design of the cooler also slims the card so you don't need to worry about the spacing between your PCIe slots as with some other coolers.  Without any work whatsoever, you can expect an average 1954MHz GPU clock, 2040MHz with a bit of a power boost or 2060MHz if you don't mind the noise produced by fans spinning at 100%.  The VRMs did prove a little finicky as you can see in the full review.

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"MSI sent over its new Sea Hawk RTX 2080 card for use in a build video. This is a fair simple RTX card build that is purchased with a pre-installed All-In-One cooler. We wanted to see how well it overclocked and spent a night of gaming in order to do that and we have to say we were pleased with our results."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Getting the most out of the i5-9600K

Subject: Processors | November 30, 2018 - 06:34 PM |
Tagged: Core i5-9600K, overclocking, Intel

For just under $300 and offering decent performance at it's stock clocks of 3.7GHz and 4.6GHz Turbo, the i5-9600K is an attractive chip for many looking to build a new system.  However, by overclocking it you can get even more bang for your buck, which is exactly what [H]ard|OCP has been looking into.  They attached a RX480 V3 Radiator, and D5 Photon Reservoir/Pump Combo V2 to cool the chip which let them hit 5.25GHz perfectly stable with some noticeable results.  See the settings they used as well as some tips in their full review.

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"The Intel Core i5-9600K Processor will likely hit the the sweet spot for a lot of desktop PC enthusiasts and gamers. We have a solid 6-Core count with a Turbo Boost clock of 4.6GHz coming in for right around $270. What kind of overclock will the new 9600K CPU support and remain 100% stable?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Getting the most bang for the buck out of your RTX 2080

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2018 - 03:33 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, overclocking, RTX 2080, turing

We don't know how many sales the new Turing-based GPUs NVIDIA has made but it certainly has generated a lot of reviews.  [H]ard|OCP have been working hard on overclocking the Founders Edition RTX 2080 and recently published their findings.  They tried three different methods; simply setting the fan to 100%, running NVIDIA's new scanner tool, which does not void your warranty, as well as a manual overclock.  They ran into some issues with the scanner tool and limited success with only increasing the fan speed, unsurprisingly the manual OC provided the best results.  That manual overclock managed to hit and maintain 2055MHz on the core,  which some noticeable improvements.

Check out the full details here.

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"We finally got in the RTX 2080 video cards we purchased, and we have been putting those to good use. While Brent is banging out a real-world gameplay preview, I have been seeing just where our RTX 2080 Founders Edition ends up in terms of overclocking. We finally got a solid handle on what our particular Turing GPU and memory are capable of."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

RAM timings versus frequency on an X470 system

Subject: Memory | September 17, 2018 - 02:49 PM |
Tagged: T-Force VULCAN TUF, G.SKILL Flare X, ddr4-3200, AM4, amd, overclocking, x470

AMD processors like fast RAM, but [H]ard|OCP wanted to see if sacrificing timings for higher frequencies is the answer in all cases, or only some.  To test this out they grabbed two 16GB kits of DDR4-3200, one T-Force Vulcan TUF and one G.SKILL Flare X.  The Vulcan's base timings are 16-18-18-38 while the G.SKILL offer 14-14-14-34, both running at 1.35v.  Take a look to see how these kits performed at their base settings as well as their top overclocks in the full review.

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"We take a look at some of the new RAM available for the AMD Ryzen AM4 platform and see how well these work out when it comes to overclockability and timing tweaking. On the test bench today are the Team T-FORCE VULCAN TUF Gaming Alliance and G.SKILL Flare X Series RAM, both rated at 3200MHz."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

6GHz across 32 cores, ThreadRipping mayhem

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2018 - 02:28 PM |
Tagged: amd, threadripper 2, 2990wx, overclocking, LN2

The low cost workstation class 2990WX has been verified as running at 5.955GHz on an MSI MEG X399 Creation board, with the help of a lot of liquid nitrogen.  The Inquirer has links to the setup that Indonesian overclocker Ivan Cupa needed in order to manage this feat, which required fans to cool certain portions of the motherboard as well.  You are not likely to see this set up installed in a server room but the achievement is no less impressive as that is an incredible frequency to reach.  Check it out in all it's glory.

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"So far, it would seem that AMD is on top when it comes to willy-waving, though it's worth noting that overclocked performance is a tad nebulous and real-world in-app performance is really where choosing an Intel or AMD chip comes to play."

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Source: The Inquirer