MotherboardsReviews

ASRock’s Fatal1ty X470-ITX/ac – Back to the Future

With the second generation of Ryzen processors on the market, it’s only fitting than a new, upgraded, chipset family is available. With this in mind, today we are looking at ASRock’s first AMD 400 series M-ITX board, the X470 Gaming-ITX/ac. This board is a younger brother to the previously reviewed X370 Gaming-ITX/ac, with a few changes to the layout, as well as the aesthetic. ASRock’s partnership with the Fatal1ty brand goes back some time, and has always been associated with bright, Gam3r-esque branding and design. Not any more it seems, with this new generation of motherboards taking on a much …
Cooling

Noctua’s Sterrox – The Next Generation

Evolution in the fan space is slow. We’ve reached the era of incremental improvements, whilst the core design of fans stay the same. None of the crazy early days experimentation is found nowadays, sounding a death knell to the likes of tip magnetic drive, and even the pure Sandia designed CPU cooler. Instead, small improvements are made (notwithstanding RGB, because that’s an entirely different story), in pursuit of a better cooling device. Material tech is the route chosen by Noctua for improving their fans in this instance, eschewing the fan frame changes shown by DeepCool, CryoRig et al. Better materials …
CoolingReviews

Noctua’s Chromax – Custom Without RGB LEDs

With today’s prevalence of RGB LED lighting, more and more blinkenlights and side panel windows, it’s obvious that customisation of one’s system is an important factor for many modern PC users. Whilst this is all fine and dandy, not everyone wants a PC that can be seen from space when lit up. Alongside this, sleeved cabling has become the norm for any well-built system, and as a way for system owners to have that extra “touch” to personalise their PC. Enter Noctua’s updated Chromax Range – with more options to customise your system. We reviewed the first batch of Chromax …
PeripheralsReviews

Community Review: Electric Magic Ultra Slim IPS 13.3 inch Portable LED Monitor

This review has been supplied by forum member Nightblade! We thank him for this excellent read. If a community member wishes to produce front page content, please message Confusis (John) on the forum for more information! This review is going to be built on top of my initial impressions here. So…what can I say about this monitor? I am impressed? astounded? amazed? perhaps all of them. If I were to compare this monitor with my previous review of the Infinity Edge, it would be like night and day. Building off what I said before, this monitor was packaged WAY better and did not feel like …
PeripheralsReviews

Drevo’s Calibur – 70% Keyboard, 100% Mechanical

Recently, we reviewed the Drevo Tyrfing V2, a US$60 keyboard competing with the big guns. Hot on the heels of this, across the test bench slides in the Drevo Calibur, a Bluetooth 70% tenkeyless board with a similar featureset, but smaller! At US$55.99 on Drevo’s official web store, ArmYourDesk.com, the Calibur is a slightly cheaper keyboard than the aforementioned Tyrfing V2, but it sits in a slightly different product category to compensate. The ultra small 71 key layout, forgoing seperate F-keys, is an interesting take on shrinking one’s keyboard, and it’s one that I feel has some merit. Let’s dive …
Peripherals

Drevo’s Tyrfing V2 Mechanical Keyboard – Rock Solid Value

I’m relatively new to the world of modern mechanical keyboards. I note “modern” as I am well versed in the feel and use of early IBM, Amiga and Commodore keyboards of various types! I’ve been watching the modern keyboard market with interest though, with the various switch manufacturers offering various options depending on how you wish your board to feel, sound and look. Today I will be looking at one of the more recent offerings, Drevo’s Tyrfing V2, a tenkey-less board with what on the surface seems to be a solid construction, and RGB “goodness”. Retailing on Amazon.com for US$59.99 …
CasesReviews

Silverstone CS280 Reviewed – DIY NAS Made Easier

  We would like to thank SilverStone for providing us with review sample of their CS280 8-Bay 2.5″ NAS chassis. Without their generosity, this case review would not be possible. At CES 2018, Silverstone had a large number of 40 liter+ cases on display (which we chose not to cover). Unfortunately for us, the ITX market was largely ignored at their suite. Save for a certain power-supply that we’re pretty eager to get our hands on, there wasn’t much for us to cover …although there are rumors that we may see something special at Computex 2018. What we didn’t see …
MiscReviews

Community Review: modDIY’s Cable Kits

This review has been supplied by forum member Bledha! We thank him for this excellent read. If a community member wishes to produce front page content, please message Confusis (John) on the forum for more information! With all the options on the market today covering everything from artisanal combed and expensive custom cables to shrink-tube wrapped dollar menu type items from big international e-tailers – it can be difficult when searching for the ever elusive middle ground. While stuck deep in that search, modDIY continued popping up around the web, and so with a color palate selected from some of …
Power SuppliesReviews

HDPlex AC-DC 160w and 300w – A Powerful Solution?

HDPlex provides a product range that covers a lot of the parts you may need to build your SFF rig – AC-DC power supplies, DC-DC Direct Plug ATX power supplies, higher power DC-DC ATX power supplies, adapter plates, flexible PCIe risers and more. Today, we will look at the AC-DC supplies in the range, the 160 Watt and 300 Watt variants. A reliable, high power, 19V power supply has been notoriously difficult to source, especially with the recent Dell power brick counterfeits on the market. It’s even more important for HDPlex, who has 2 DC-ATX units that rely upon such …
ReviewsSystems

ASRock’s Z370 DeskMini GTX1060 – Barebones Bonanza? (Part 2)

In part one of this article, we tore down and set up the ASRock DeskMini GTX1060, a Micro-STX based barebones system that comes with a MXM format GTX1060 6GB GPU. In this second part of the review, we will look more in depth, to gain a deeper understanding of the Deskmini GTX/RX Z370, and see what it is capable of. As a recap, the ASRock DeskMini GTX/RX Z370 is a well designed Micro-STX barebones system, that in part 1, gained my recommendation, and my conversion from M-ITX to Micro-STX for my personal preference. The design of the platform, as well …
ReviewsSystems

ASRock’s Z370 DeskMini GTX1060 – Barebones Bonanza? (Part 1)

When Craig reviewed ASRock’s B250 DeskMini GTX1080, we were impressed by the utter performance density offered by the platform. A GTX1080, with desktop GPU performance, in a box under 3 litres of volume. Today it’s my turn to look at a DeskMini GTX/RX model, albeit the next generation, based on Intel’s Z370 chipset. The ASRock DeskMini GTX/RX line is based on the Micro-STX form factor, a variation on the STX form factor originally launched by Intel as “5×5” a few years back. ASRock realised that by adding in a mere 2 inches in length (ugh… metric plz) meant that the …
CoolingReviews

From the China Desk: Scythe MonoChrome Series Coolers Reviewed!

Written by Robert Schmidt with assistance from John Morrison. Sometimes an identical product will be sold in different countries under different brands. Such is the case with this instalment of” From The China Desk”! Today we are looking at two coolers from Scythe, but you may recognize the products this time. They are sold outside of Asia as the Thermaltake Galaxy i1 and i2 coolers. In Asia you can find them as the Scythe S950M “Slim” and S950N “Normal” Monochrome CPU Coolers. Scythe started in 2002 from what could be seen as the soul of the DIY Computer industry, Akihabara …