Cyberpunk 2077 Ray Tracing Overdrive on RTX 3080 Benchmarks

    Cyberpunk 2077’s Ray Tracing Overdrive mode has gone live today. Virtually everyone is testing it on the latest and greatest RTX 4090, so I decided to test it on an RTX 3080. For those that don’t know, put simply, this version of Cyberpunk 2077 uses only path tracing to create far more realistic shadows, reflections, and lighting. The previous version used a hybrid lighting system even on psycho ray tracing mode. Basically put, this is as close you can get to realistic lighting in the decidedly dystopian Cyberpunk society. Can the RTX 3080 run what is likely the …

CES 2019: EVGA

Next up, EVGA. Well known for their graphics cards, let’s see if they have anything SFF on show. With the recent release of the RTX 2060 series, EVGA had a couple of models – the XC and SC – ready for perusal. One thing to note –  both these cards use a, what possibly could be controversial, 2.5 slot design.   Thoughts? Discuss them in the forum.

M-ATX’s Slow Decline Continues – EVGA Launches their Z370 Micro-ATX Motherboard

After MSI’s mediocre X299M-A Pro launch recently, I came to the conclusion in my view that M-ATX is dying a slow, painful death. Today that continues, with the oddity that is EVGA’s Z370 Micro. Selling for US$179.99 on EVGA’s own webstore, this Intel Z370 based board supports LGA1151 for Intel’s 8th generation Core Processors. The board is targeted at the enthusiast market, with angled power and IO connectors, SLI certification and claimed strong overclocking support. At the front of the board, the first thing we see is an angled ATX 24 pin power connector sitting in a PCB cutout, which …

SFX-L Computex 2017 roundup

There sure were SFX-L units all over the exhibit hall at Computex this year! I love this because I truly believe that SFX and SFX-L have the potential to supplant ATX as the standard form factors for PC power supplies (reducing the space the PSU takes up inside the case in the process), and we’re starting to reach an inflection point of SFX and SFX-L PSU availability from multiple companies. The reason I say that is because having more SFF power supply options encourages case manufacturers to design around the form factor, which in turn creates a bigger market for these PSUs, which encourages …

EVGA showcases X299 mATX motherboard

Here are the specifications taken directly from EVGA’s official announcement. While the size of this X299 mATX motherboard isn’t quite as impressive as ASRock’s X299 mITX motherboard we shared here, it’s perfect for those compact but super high-end SLI/Crossfire builds. Key Features Form Factor – mATX RGB Fan Header Support Audio – High Definition 8 Channel Audio + Optical Highly-Efficient 12 Phase Digital VRM Onboard Power, Reset and Clear CMOS EVGA E-LEET X Tuning Utility M.2 NVMe PCI-E SSD Support U.2 NVMe SSD Support Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready Switchable DC / PWM Fan Control Onboard CPU Temperature Monitor  Specifications Intel® X299 Express …

EVGA’s Z270 Stinger motherboard launched

We’ve covered the 200-series boards from most of the big motherboard companies, but now we’re taking a quick look at EVGA’s offering, the Z270 Stinger. The Z170 Stinger was pretty lackluster, it looked nice, but didn’t have the features to justify its launch price of $199 (though it’s dropped precipitously in price since). The Z270 version though is an already big improvement in that regard by including more features and it is listed for $170 on EVGA’s website. The board has 4x SATA ports, 1x U.2, Intel NIC, 802.11ac wireless, USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C, and a PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD …

Custom waterblock for the EVGA X99 Micro2

The incredibly talented user nateman_doo over on the EVGA forums is currently in the process of designing a custom waterblock for the EVGA X99 Micro2 (a board which we reviewed here). He has designed and manufactured several custom blocks over the last few years and most amazing to me is that he’s done it with a CNC machine that he built himself! The required number of reservations has been met for work to start on the Micro2 block but there’s no guarantee of availability past this first batch so if you’re interested in getting one for yourself please chime in on the …

EVGA X99 Micro2 Review – Second Time’s the Charm?

Welcome to this review of the EVGA X99 Micro2 motherboard, a much needed refresh of the X99 Micro, a board that EVGA had released last Fall with the launch of Intel’s X99 platform. The original Micro wasn’t a terrible product but it had several deficiencies that prevented it from being a great board. So does this sequel address the shortcomings of its predecessor? Let’s find out! First off, this is an Intel X99 motherboard in the microATX form factor. Like the original, the Micro2 features an Intel socket 2011-3, four DDR4 RAM slots, three PCIe slots, and a M.2 slot. Specifications …