Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Thermaltake Core G21 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Just a single look at this chassis can tell why it became so popular with the gamers and PC enthusiasts – it looks amazing!

It comes with a great number of features – it has 4mm thick windows made out of tempered glass, a power supply cover that makes the cable management a lot easier, and has excellent ventilation and expandability for the high-end video gaming configurations.

It supports all the latest PC hardware (like the advanced GPUs or the liquid cooling solutions), and if building the dream rig starts with the case – and we can see why so many people choose the Thermaltake Core G21.

Let’s see all of the features that this PC case has:

Interesting features of the Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition Case

Just like we expected, this chassis comes with a lot of interesting features. One of the first things to notice here is surely the presence of the 4mm thick windows, which are present on the left and the right side of the case, and are made out of tempered glass. This material guarantees durability and permits the owner to admire the system from both sides. The Thermaltake Core G21 case has fully modular brackets, which are there to provide the user with an easy installation. For example, changing 2.5″ and 3.5″ hard-drives is tool-less and incredibly easy, and definitely deserves a lot of praise.

image showing Thermaltake Core G21 panels

The Thermaltake Core G21 also has excellent expandability – there’s enough space in it to build the rig of your dreams. The case supports the tower CPU coolers that have a maximum height of 160mm and has the dual-expansion VGA slot that can handle 410mm of graphics card size. Furthermore, it can also easily accommodate multiple storage devices, which can come in very handy.

The cooling capabilities of this case are just stellar – it is optimized for fast ventilation, and also supports all sorts of advanced liquid-cooling solutions, which just might be the thing that you’ve been searching for.

Specifications

  • Dimensions (mm) – 476 x 208 x 471 (H x W x D)

  • Weight – 8Kg

  • Front Panel – 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HD Audio

  • Material – SPCC steel

  • Maximum graphics card length – 410mm

  • Fan Support – Bottom: 1 x 120mm, Rear: 1 x 120mm, Top: 1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm

  • Front: 3 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm

  • Extras – Tt LCS certified, pre-mounted PSU, mesh front-panel

PROS

  • Good design
  • Tempered glass windows
  • Modular concept
  • Great cooling capabilities

CONS

  • Easily scratchable windows

Check out this Product Video made by Thermaltakereview:

Conclusion

Although it is not perfect, we can safely say that the Core G21 is among the best PC cases in this price category that we have reviewed so far. There are a lot of things to like here – the chassis has some excellent cooling capabilities, thick windows made out of tempered glass (which are, unfortunately, quite prone to scratches), and it is incredibly easy to reorganize the things in its interior. It supports a number of cooling fans and has a bigger-than-average VGA size limitation, and all of this combined makes the G21 an option worth considering.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

The wait is over! AMD Announced Ryzen Threadripper and RX Vega

Yesterday AMD Announced final details & pricing on their new CPU and GPU platforms.
We knew about AMD’s high-end desktop processors named Threadripper for quite some time now. It all started at Computex where we were able to see a few of X399 motherboards that looked stunning to say the least with their large TR4 socket.

The CPU’s that AMD spoke about are named 1950X, 1920X and 1900X and these are their specs:

  1950X 1920X 1900X
Cores: 16 12 8
Threads: 32 24 16
Base Clock: 3.4 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Boost Clock: 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz
L2 / L3 Cache: 8MB / 32MB 8MB / 32MB 4 MB / 16 MB
Price: $999 $799 $549

The main thing that these CPU’s have in common their native support for 64 PCIe lanes which was previously unheard of on a desktop platform. Also, they have support for quad-channel DDR4 memory.

Couple days ago we had a chance to see the Threadripper packaging, and many of us were hoping that it will include the rumored liquid cooler, but that’s not the case. On the flip side inside the box, AMD will be including an Asatek bracket that will accommodate most of AIO liquid coolers on the market.


The primary targeted audience for these processors are creative professionals and developers that use heavy multithreaded applications. And one of the main selling points for these CPU’s is their price to performance ratio compared to Intel’s offerings.
One thing is for sure, AMD brought back the much-needed competition to CPU market this year with their Ryzen line of processors. Their future seems bright but let’s not forget that Intel’s response to Ryzen called Coffee Lake is just around the corner.

Finally, more details on Vega 64 and Vega 56

The video card that AMD teased for the better part of the year finally got announced. At last, we have the official specs for both versions of the silicon so what are the differences between these two cards?

  RX Vega 64 RX Vega 56 RX 480 (& 580)
Graphics Engine 1 1 1
CUs 64 56 36
Streaming Processors 4096 3584 2304
TMUs 256 224 144
L2 Cache 4MB 4MB (?) 2MB
ACEs 4 4 4
Pixels/CLK RBE 64 64 32
Geometry Engines 4 4 4
Memory Capacity 8GB 8GB 4GB, 8GB
Memory Interface 2048-bit 2048-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 484GB/s 484GB/s 224GB/s
256GB/s
Base / Boost CLK 1247MHz / 1546MHz 1156MHz / 1471MHz 1120MHz / 1266MHz
FP32 SP TFLOPs 12.66TFLOPs 10.5TFLOPs 5.8TFLOPs
TDP 220W
290W + Board
350W Aqua Board
165W
210W + Board
150W
Launch MSRP $500 $400 $200-$240

Source: gamersnexus.net

The table above shows how both of these cards compare to each other as well to AMD’s last generation of video cards.

We can see that the main difference between these two cards are the Compute Units (CUs) by which these cards got their names from (64 & 56). A similarity that’s very welcome is that both of these cards feature 8GB of HBM2 memory.

RX Vega64 will come in three different flavors:

  • The base model will feature a reference design similar to what RX 480 had but with improved cooling solution which features a larger blower style fan and a vapor chamber heatsink.
  • The Limited Edition will come with the same cooling design, but grey brushed aluminum shroud and will cost $550.
  • And finally, the LiquidCooled version of the card will come with 120mm AIO liquid cooler most likely from Cooler Master and will cost $600.

One new thing that AMD added to their Vega Launch are the Radeon Packs.

There are three different packs that you get to choose from based on the flavor of the Vega64 that you chose. Basically, you will need to pay $100 on the top of the card that you wanted to buy, and for that, you will receive two video games for free, $100 off a Ryzen 7 & X370 motherboard combo and $200 off a Samsung 34inch ultra-wide monitor.

By creating these packs, AMD wanted to make sure that gamers bought their cards rather than miners. Although their heart was in the right place, these packs don’t make sense unless you needed to buy those components anyway. RX Vega is expected to hit the retailers shelves on August 14th.

In the end, we still didn’t get a 1080TI killer, but we are sure AMD Vega will give NVidia’s 1080 and 1070 a run for their money.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

USB 3.2 Doubles the Speed to 20Mbps

Yesterday, the USB Promoter Group unveiled the specification for their next USB 3.2 standard.

They stated that the speeds on USB 3.2 will be doubled compared to the previous 3.1 standard without the need for new cables. So that basically means that USB 3.2 gen 1 cables will double their speeds from 5Gbps to 10Gbps and USB 3.1 gen 2 cables will double their speeds from 10Gbps to 20Gbps.

An image of USB C Cable headerThey also stated that USB type C cables were introduced to the market ready to support next generations of the standard which bring faster transfer speeds.

Although your cables may support the new standard your devices will not. In order to take an advantage of the new standard you will need to buy a new device that supports it. But that was already expected.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

AMD Presented Threadripper packaging

Today, AMD’s CEO Lisa Su presented the packaging that their upcoming line of processors called Threadripper will come in.

The packaging is quite large and unique to say the least. Also AMD confirmed that this is a retail package and not a review sample. By the look of the size of the package it will most certainly include a cooling solution for the CPU. There were speculations that these CPU’s will come with a liquid cooler included but AMD didn’t confirm this.

This and many more details will be revealed at SIGRAPH 2017 where AMD be revealing its TR4 platform and most likely their new RX Vega graphics cards. As far as we know for now the processors should hit the retail shelves around Aug 10th.

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