DDR4 memory has come a long way since its introduction, but notebook and compact-system users haven’t been able to find as many choices when it comes to SO-DIMMs as the more traditional DIMM form factor. G.Skill is changing that and they’ve released yet another impressive module in this series. The new Ripjaws DDR4 modules can achieve 3000MHz at CL16 timings and they do so at a lower power consumption than other modules.
While DDR4 modules consume less power than DDR3 did, running them at such high speeds as 3000MHz usually requires modules to require 1.35V to perform at these speeds. But not these new Ripjaws modules, these modules will perform these speeds at just 1.2V and support the latest XMP 2.0 standard designed for 6th Gen Intel Core processors.
The new modules will be available in four different kits with either 8GB or 16GB modules and in packs with either one or two modules. Having SO-DIMMs that run with CL 16-18-18-43 timings at 3000MHz is already nice, but having them do so at just 1.2V is even more impressive. Adding that extra power and up to 32GB memory to compact systems is suddenly looking a lot easier.
Should your interest have been woken now, then there is some good news. You don’t have to wait very long to get the new G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4-3000MHz SO-DIMM modules as they will be available this month, April 20166, at authorized distributing partners. G.Skill did not reveal any pricing at this point, but we can assume that we’ll need to pay a fair price for such impressive and tiny memory modules.
Do you have any systems that would benefit from SO-DIMMs in this capacity, and if, would you upgrade to get that extra memory performance or are you happy with the more default 2133 to 2400MHz DDR4 memory speeds? Let us know in the comments.
G.Skill memory kits have become a popular choice among enthusiasts, and professional overclockers due to the high quality ICs and impressive speeds. Various world records revolve around G.Skill DIMMs which showcases their performance in extreme usage scenarios. Today, the company unveiled a new memory kit designed for video editing, rendering and other memory intensive tasks. This latest kit has a capacity of 128GB and opts for eight 16GB modules. Additionally, the DIMMs feature an impressive stock memory speed of 3200MHz which is a significant boost from the standard DDR4-2133MHz figure. Not only that, the memory kit offers a low latency of CL14-14-14-34 and uses an XMP profile with 1.35V. This is very impressive because the standard 2133MHz latency is actually higher with a rating of CL15-15-15-35.
As a result, there’s room for manual overclocking, and you should be able to attain some very impressive results. Here we can see a screenshot of the memory being completely stable under stress with the entire capacity and 3200MHz XMP 2.0 profile. As always, G.Skill is very serious about their testing procedure, and the DIMMs were stressed for a total of 42 hours. This gives an indication of the module’s stability and should be very reliable in any task you throw at it. In terms of pricing, the 128GB kit is quite a costly endeavour, but that’s expected given the huge capacity at your disposal. According to G.Skill, the starting price will be $1096, and should be available by the end of February.
While this might seem like a lot of money, you have to remember that it’s a tiny amount of people who require a capacity even exceeding 16GB. The majority of games run perfectly fine with 8GB, although I’d still recommend 16GB to be on the safe side. When you’re looking into 128GB kits, it’s designed for heavy editing, computational tasks or running virtual machines.
Picking the right keyboard is a fairly complex battle these days, there’s a huge range of products out there and so many well established (and relatively new brands) that all have shiny and attractive products. Even then, the prices and configurations can vary wildly from model to model, even though they all do the same basic things, so which one is the right one for you? We don’t actually know! What I can tell you are some of the best keyboards we’ve tested recently here at eTeknix, round-up some of their best features and help you find one for your budget, and one that ticks all the right boxes for you in terms of features.
We’ve got one fantastic collection, as you can see in the image above. There are mechanical, membrane, plunger and Romer switches, different sizes, prices and more in our keyboard pile. We’ve tried and tested every single one of them and would happily go out and spend out hard-earned cash on any of them, but we would love to know which one you would want to buy? Let’s jump right in and take a quick look at what each one of them has to offer.
Ozone Strike Battle
The Ozone Strike Battle has long been my favourite keyboard. It’s quite a contradiction for me too, as I love a big keyboard, full of features and packed with macro keys, but the TKL design of the Strike Battle was something I fell in love with quite quickly. It has virtually no bezel on the body, so the desktop space it occupies is incredibly compact, leaving more room for your mouse and other desktop treasures.
This is also one of the lightest keyboards I’ve ever seen, at least for a mechanical, which combined with the small size means that it’ll fit in your backpack with ease, making it a great weapon of choice for travelling to LAN gaming events. It’s also exceptional value for money, especially for a keyboard that features the well tried and tested Cherry MX Switches. The only downside of the lightweight design is the keys are quite clanky, something that I personally fixed with a set of O-ring mods.
One of the more expensive models on the market is the Razer Blackwidow, but it’s one that is loved by gamers all over the world. Razer is a great gaming brand with a huge range of products, and the Blackwidow Chroma is certainly a stand out product in their range. The backlighting on this is some of the best RGB lighting I’ve seen, with really vivid colours that will excite those who love a bit of customisation.
In terms of the performance, the BlackWidow is a slight diversion from the usual Cherry MX boards we see, as Razer developed their own brown and green variant switches. They’re finely tuned for gaming and offer even better durability, but subjectively, they’re at least just as great as any other premium switch. The angular design and slick build quality are certainly standout features, making this a great addition for any desktop gamer, Razer fan or otherwise.
Another expensive model here, although when you’re looking at the best of something, prices are often going to sweep to the higher end of the spectrum more often than not. The G910 is the latest and arguably the greatest keyboard from Logitech. It comes packed to the brim with exciting features that make it well suited to PC gaming, from a range of dedicated macro keys, ARX dock, multimedia controls, custom shaped ergonomic key caps, two detachable wrist-rests, per-key RGB lighting and more.
What really stands out here, however, is the Romer-G mechanical switches, a hybrid of traditional mechanical and plunger switches, which feature a light action, a tactile bump and a lower actuation point for super fast response times. They tick all the boxes for an almost greatest hits of different switch types, all bundled into a single package.
G.Skill may have made a great reputation in the memory market, but recently they’ve taken the peripherals market by surprise, with the release of the rather amazing KM780, a fully featured mechanical gaming keyboard that has every feature you could ever hope for and more. The build quality is exceptionally good, with a huge black brushed aluminium chassis, a durable rubber grip wrist rest, dedicated macro keys, dedicated multimedia controls, RGB lighting and so much more. It’s certainly one of the more unique looking keyboards too.
They are an unproven name in the peripherals market, but with such great looks and build quality, as well as a fully Cherry MX switch layout, it’s not hard to guess how well it performs. Additional features, such as the detachable wrist rest, optional gaming key caps, USB and HD audio cable pass-through and lovely RGB lighting make this a great keyboard for gaming and day-to-day desktop use.
The TteSports Poseidon Z is quite a simple looking beast and quite frankly, it is. It has all the basics and little else, but what it does have, it does really well. The compact design is great for those who want to free up a bit of desktop space, and the slimmer design means it’s much easier to transport too.
Build quality is rock solid, there’s some LED backlighting for a little extra flair, but at the end of the day, that’s about all you get. The keyboard is equipped with Kailh mechanical switches, which come with the advantage of being a lot cheaper to buy, making it a great mid-price entry to the mechanical keyboard market and a big step up for those coming from a membrane switch keyboard. It’s great for gaming, but the simple design means it wouldn’t look out of place in the office either.
Another entry from Thermaltake, with their super affordable Commander, what’s so special about this one? It’s incredibly cheap! Using the more common membrane switches and cheaper construction, it’s now about to blow you away, but there’s a lot of keyboard here for very little money, with the added bonus that it also comes bundled with a gaming mouse!
If you’re looking for an affordable entry into PC gaming, then this is certainly the best place to start. It’s keys are light and responsive, the design looks great and there’s still some nice features, such as the LED lighting and multimedia key shortcuts to add to the already excellent value for money.
Much like the Poseidon Z, the Quick Fire XTi is a little back to basics in terms of features. The no-fuss design is certainly something that appeals to me and it’s also a proven choice for many pro-gamers too. The slim design doesn’t take up too much space, but what really makes this keyboard stand out is the build quality. Cooler Master keyboards are one of the things that will still be around in a thousand years time, they’re incredibly durable, which is great if you’re prone to rage quitting.
Fully equipped with Cherry MX switches, and one of the few keyboards on the market that offers MX Green as a switch type, this is simply one of those keyboards that once you try it, you won’t want to stop typing on it, ever. It’s a joy to use, looks nice and sleek and the price is pretty reasonable too given the build quality. A great option for LAN gamers, at home gamers, the office or anywhere for that matter. I also love the red and blue lighting, which can be combined to give you pinks and purples, but it offers up some lovely warm colours that certainly add to the appeal.
Cougar have been cropping up more and more this last year, with an absolutely fantastic range of gaming mice and keyboards. One of the ones that stoop out for me was the Cougar 700K as it’s one of the best looking mechanical gaming keyboards on the market, and also one of the more unique ones at that. With detachable wrist guards, a fantastic ergonomic layout, brushed aluminium chassis, dedicated macro keys, dedicated multimedia controls and an on-board macro engine, it’s certainly versatile.
There’s a range of Cherry MX switches on offer, so it’s easy to find the one that best suits your needs, although I personally think the MX Red is especially good on this model. It’s a little expensive, but with such great build quality, as well as a cool bonus features such as the USB and audio pass-through, it’s a competitive option for those wanting a fully featured mechanical gaming keyboard.
The Roccat ISKU FX is, in my opinion, one of the absolute best membrane keyboards on the market. It’s got super fast and low set keys that are an absoulte joy to work on, but with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a high-end mechanical gaming keyboard. There’s full RGB lighting, dedicated multimedia keys, dedicated macro keys with on-the-fly recording, three rather handy thumbster keys, a built-in and durable wrist rest, and so much more.
It’s a little greedy in terms of required desktop space, but for this money, you’re going to struggle to find so many features anywhere else. It also comes with the benefit of the rather sublime Roccat Talk desktop software, which allows extensive settings customisation, as well as syncing features with other Roccat products.
Not a fan of membrane keyboards? Don’t worry, you can still get all those lovely gamer focused features of the ISKU FX from Roccat in a more premium model, the RYOS MK Pro. Now, I’m sure Roccat would like me to class this as an entirely different keyboard, but just look at it, it’s very similar to the ISKU FX, just with a fully mechanical switch setup and a slightly thicker, heavier and more durable design overall.
It’s just as featured packed as the ISKU, but with better build quality and world-class Cherry MX switches, as well as USB and HD audio pass-through, making it a great choice for those who love their mechanical keyboards, so long as you can spare the extra financial investment, of course.
We finish up with another budget friendly offering, the membrane switched Octane from Cooler Master. It’s a pretty humble keyboard, but the design looks great with the matte black finish key caps, a little LED lighting, and as a very welcome bonus, a set of basic multimedia keys on the top row.
For gaming on a tight budget, the Octane is hard to beat, but its value is even further improved by the bunded 3500 DPI optical mouse, making it great for those who need a complete setup. Both the keyboard and mouse feature 7 colour LED lighting, giving you some scope for desktop customisation, and the membrane switches are remarkably pleasant to type on overall.
Picking the right gaming mouse can be a tricky task as there are virtually countless brands on the market offering a staggeringly huge range of mice in seemingly every shape, colour, size and budget you can think of, so where do you even get started?
We’ve had a dig around for some of our favourite gaming mice, albeit with a slight focus on more recent models, giving you a good impression of what’s currently available on the market and with any luck, help you find the one that is right for you. Of course, which is best is a matter of personal opinion, one may have a better sensor, but you may prefer the look or grip of another, it’s about finding what’s best for you and your requirements.
As you can see from the list below (and the image above), we’ve got quite a selection of great gaming mice at our disposal, and we’re confident that no matter which you choose, you’ll be very happy with it as these are all great products in their own respects. We’ve got a wide range of budgets covered too, from around £20 to well over £100! Let’s get on with the fun stuff and take a closer look at what each of these gaming mice has to offer!
CM Storm Xornet II
Ozone Argon Ocelote World
CM Storm Sentinel III
Logitech G502 Proteus Core
Corsair Scimitar RGB
TteSports Ventus X
G.Skill Ripjaws MX780
CM Storm Xornet II
A lightweight and compact mouse design that is well suited to fast-paced gameplay, the Xornet II is a great little gaming mouse. The compact design lends well to fingertip and claw grip play styles, making it a great weapon for twitchy FPS shooters, but it’s also very well suited to younger gamers who naturally have a smaller grip and hand size, so it’s a popular option for the Minecraft generation. The buttons are light and responsive too, which is great for frantic MOBA sessions.
With a smooth optical sensor, with three programmable DPI levels, as well as an adjustable lift-off height, fully programmable buttons and a little bit of full RGB flair, it’s a versatile tool for gaming and day-to-day desktop use, at a price that’s certainly attractive; it’s actually one of the cheapest in our round-up today.
Zowie has a very respectable reputation in the pro gaming scene, offering a range of mice that are loved by gamers at home and in the eSports industry. A lightweight and nimble design, as well as large slipmats, give the FK1 exceptional glide and agility, combined with comfortable ergonomics, responsive switches and a zero fuss design that lends well to competitive gameplay.
The flawless deployment of the Avago 3310 Optical Sensor is pixel perfect, something that’ll benefit both work and gameplay, but we find this mouse is at its absolute best in games like CS:GO and we’re certainly not the only gamers to think so.
There’s no desktop software, the DPI selector is on the base of the mouse, offering up 450/1150/2300DPI and the ergonomic left-and-right handed design can be toggled back and forth directly on the mouse, so no need to worry about setup, you can just plug it in and get right on with the action.
Another mouse with an eSports pedigree, the Ozone Argon is a great gaming mouse, but we like their special edition which was designed by legendary pro gamer Ocelote. Equipped with a pin point accurate Laser sensor, a switchable ambidextrous design, on the fly DPI switching, grippy side panels and 9 fully programmable buttons, the Argon has all the features you could likely ever need or want from a gaming mouse.
The stylish and lightweight design is certainly appealing, but you can also benefit from a weight tuning system that allows you to customise the glide and balance of the mouse to best suit your play style. While not the cheapest or most expensive mouse here today, you will struggle to find better value for money than what Ozone have to offer here.
Cooler master is the only brand we have in this list twice, so you can be certain that there’s a good reason for doing so. Their recently released Sentinel III is their latest and greatest Sentinel gaming mouse yet, with practically every aspect of the mouse having been improved upon, especially the build quality, without ruining what we loved about the original.
The Sentinel III ticks all the right boxes for a desktop mouse, with an accurate sensor, fully programmable buttons, comprehensive software, a built-in OLED display for DPI and profile readout, weight tuning system, on-board memory, full RGB lighting and more, making it as versatile for office work, as it is for competitive gaming; a solid all-round mouse.
There are a lot of things I can say about this mouse and every single on of them is positive. Without a doubt, the G502 is one of the best gaming mice in the world today and comes with all the latest features you would expect from a flagship gaming mouse.
Equipped with what may very well be the best sensor we’ve ever tested, the accuracy of the G502 is unmatched. With extensive customisation options available via the desktop software, 11 fully programmable buttons, a sniper mode button, on-board memory for saving your profiles, full RGB lighting, a weight tuning system, as well as the iconic unlockable scroll wheel that has been a popular feature for Logitech mice and so much more, there isn’t a thing that the G502 wouldn’t be perfect for.
It’s a little more expensive that some other options, but the saying that you get what you pay for rings loud and clear here, and I think it’ll be a long time before we see a better mouse on the market.
The world of MMO and RPG gaming can be quite demanding, with complex commands and more often than not, a control setup that uses virtually every key on the keyboard and mouse. The help gain more control and speed over the competition, the Scimitar deploys a fantastic mechanical keypad on the side of the mouse, giving you a frightening amount of flexibility for deploying macros, cooldown timers, shortcuts and more, giving you the edge over the competition when you’re in the middle of a complex raid mission.
On top of the monstrous amount of buttons, it’s also a fantastic looking mouse, with some of the coolest RGB lighting that you’ll find on any gaming mouse. Snappy and responsive switches, comprehensive software features, built-in memory and a fantastic sensor make the Scimitar a powerful weapon for control-intensive gaming.
One of the more affordable mice on our list today, the Ventus X is a great all-round mouse that may not have all of the crazy features of some of the products we’ve suggested so far, but it certainly has all the basics right.
A smooth sensor, snappy and response switches, comfortable ergonomics, a new grip coating and durable rubber grip side panels, weight tuning system, LED lighting, hand ventilation, macro engine and more make it suitable for a wide range of gaming and work applications, it also looks pretty stylish too.
The laser sensor may not be the highest grade on this list, but you’ll find it gives silky smooth results right across the range, giving you excellent accuracy. Combined with the effortless glide and tunable weight, it’s easy to use even after many hours of gaming.
G.Skill may be relatively new to the peripherals market, having spent years making award-winning memory products, but the MX780 is proof that they’re able to deliver the same relentless high-quality and performance in a new market. The MX780 is not only one of the best-looking mice we’ve ever seen, it’s also packed full of fantastic features, such as the removable side panels that allow you to tweak the ergonomics, or turn it from a right to left-handed mouse.
All the high-end features you would expect are here, RGB lighting, high-quality sensor and switches, weight tuning system and more, all topped off by the fantastic laser sensor, making this a great gaming mouse for a wide range of users, play styles and more.
The Tyon is an easy mouse for me to recommend, as it has been my mouse of choice for a year now and I’ve no intention of swapping it out anytime soon. The sensor is great, offering up to 8200 DPI and the rather fantastic software from Roccat is, in my opinion, the best on the market.
Customising the mouse with macros, RGB lighting effects, the sensor performance and more is easily done and with the addition of a dual switch fin on the top, a button on the wing, extra buttons next to the LMB and RMB, as well as an analogue thumb controller, the Tyon is an unrivaled mouse for FPS gaming; especially for games like Battlefield, where those extra buttons are great for controlling vehicles.
Razer is one of the most recognisable gaming brands in the world, proving a popular choice for gamers at home, as well as many members of the eSports community. Razer claimed their new Mamba mouse was one of the most advanced mice ever created and while it comes with the price tag to reflect this, it delivers on features and performance that help justify the investment.
Capable of being used wirelessly and wired, with incredible RGB lighting effects, a fully programmable button layout, one of the best sensors you could ever imagine on a mouse and so much more. Capable of performing at up to 16,000 DPI, there’s no doubt this sensor can provide you with everything you need and more. However, the best features, at least in my opinion, is the adjustable click responses on the left and right mouse buttons. Wants them fast and light or clicky and heavy? Not a problem, just turn the screw and get them just how you like them.
The advent of DDR4 memory has allowed users to acquire unbelievably fast DIMMs from a wide range of respected manufacturers. G.Skill is renowned for producing memory with huge overclocking potential by sourcing the best quality ICs on the market. As a result, their product range is incredibly popular among professional overclockers wanting to set world records. Additionally, many hardware enthusiasts who enjoy tweaking choose G.Skill modules as a matter of priority. Unfortunately, it appears some customers from US shopping giant, Newegg.com, have received memory kits with an incorrect operating frequency.
For example, professional overclocker, Allen Goilbersuch ordered multiple G.Skill 3600C17 kits and received 3000c15 modules instead! This isn’t an isolated incident according to the comments section on this particular Facebook status. Clearly, the most plausible explanation is there has been a logistical error when packing the items. We’ve reached out to both G.Skill and Newegg.com for comment and will update the article when any information arises. For the time being, it’s important to adopt a patient approach and hold off buying any G.Skill memory from Newegg.com until an investigation has been conducted.
Have you ever received the wrong memory speed or even an incorrect capacity?
G.Skill has once again increased both the performance and capacity of their impressive DDR4 memory lineup by introducing the new 3200MHz DDR4 kits with a still impressive CL14 rating and 64GB capacity thanks to the use of 16GB modules.
The new DDR4 memory kits are built with selected Samsung ICs to provide these fast and large modules. These flagship DDR4 memory kits with 3200MHz CL14 64GB (4x16GB) provide enthusiasts with the perfect combination of higher capacity and faster frequency. With an incredible CL14-14-14-35 low CAS Latency these memory kits represent the fastest DDR4 64GB memory kits by far.
The new high-performance and high-capacity DDR4 kits from G.Skill will be available in both the TridentZ and Ripjaws V families, allowing you to pick the heatsink design that will fit your overall system build the best. You don’t have to wait long for these new modules either as they should be available at global authorized distribution partners before Christmas.
What are your criteria when you select memory modules? Does the colour and heatsink design matter to you or is it purely the specifications that count? Do you buy budget or go all out to get the best of the best available on the market? Let us know in the comments. Also, do you have any preferred memory manufacturer or do you decide on a need-to basis?
G.Skill is one of the most respected memory vendors in the technology industry and synonymous for selecting premium ICs to set world records. For example, back in August, Chi-Kui Lam overclocked G.Skill’s Ripjaws 4 memory made from Samsung ICs to attain an astonishing world record of 4795.8MHz. Additionally, the data from HWBOT in August shows 7 Skylake world records were set on Ripjaws 4 memory kits. This exemplifies the overclocking potential of G.Skill modules and strict binning process. In most scenarios, consumers simply enable Intel’s Extreme Memory Profile and avoid manual overclocks to maximize compatibility. Additionally, in gaming tasks, the difference between 2400MHz and higher frequencies is minimal. Nevertheless, if the price difference between 2400MHz and 3000MHz+ is small, there’s no reason not to pay the extra for higher bandwidth modules out of the box.
The G.Skill TridentZ series is available in a number of configurations from 2800MHz all the way up to 4000MHz. As you can see, this is an extraordinarily high specification and designed for consumers wanting the ultimate in memory speeds. Today, we’re taking a look at the 3200MHz kit which utilizes 1.35v, and 16-18-18 timings. It’s quite important to note that G.Skill have conducted thorough testing on Intel’s Z170 platform to check compatibility and stability with XMP. Unfortunately, our testing procedure revolves around X99, and every other DDR4 memory review has been conducted via the professional platform. Theoretically, we could have reviewed this particular memory kit on a Z170 motherboard but there wouldn’t be any fair comparison to previous reviews and too many variables. This is why the X99 test bench is still being used for DDR4 reviews.
Despite this lengthy clarification, I expect the TridentZ kit to perform superbly given G.Skill’s heritage and commitment to providing the fastest memory on the planet!
Packaging and Accessories
The memory kit comes in a visually appealing box which creates a sense of luxury and outlines the product’s magnificent aesthetic design.
On the opposite side, there is a brief synopsis about the TridentZ series and G.Skill’s lifetime support service.
A Closer Look
Here we can see the gorgeous memory in all its glory and I honestly believe this is some of the best-looking RAM I’ve ever seen. The metallic silver finish, and dynamic edges contrast in a beautiful manner. Furthermore, the G.Skill and TridentZ logos are positioned perfectly and it enhances the aesthetic design without being too overbearing. Additionally, the red strip on the top looks fantastic and really stands out compared to the silver heat spreader and white lettering. On another note, the black PCB accentuates the memory’s sharp, sophisticated tone.
Even more astounding, G.Skill utilized a dark brushed metallic finish on the reverse side to proficiently suit red and black gaming motherboards. From this angle, it’s evidently clear how much time has been taken designing the memory which makes each module look very expensive.
The time for holiday festivities is almost upon us and as the modern tradition of consumerism continues to grow, it becomes harder and harder to pick the right gifts for people every year, or perhaps it’s just me who struggles? Either way, we’ve sat around a Christmas fire, or just a general fire in November and December, getting into the gift buying state of mind and picked a range of our favourite products which we’ve reviewed here at eTeknix throughout 2015, as what better products to recommend than the ones we’ve had in our own hands and tested!
We’ve got a huge range of budgets covered here today, although I think it’s fair to assume that given we play around with graphics cards and a lot of enthusiast friendly products, there are some real wallet busters here too. Of course, you can use this guide to find some of the best products of the year to treat your family, friends and more, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t just spoil yourself too!
Rock Band 4 Band in a Box
Get ready to rock out this Christmas and no doubt many other days. Pick up the guitar, drum sticks, or just butcher your favourite song on the microphone. Rock Band 4 – Band in a Box is a fantastic gift and it’s a great thing to deploy at parties too, certainly beats the usual Karaoke chaos! It comes with the guitar, microphone, drums and the game for $249.99. To save costs, the standalone game with the guitar is just $129.99. In the UK, the Band in a Box is £219.99, while the guitar and game is just £109.99.
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower chassis is by far my favourite chassis of 2015, it just oozes high quality inside and out, with capabilities for high-end water and air cooling and so much more. It is available from Overclockers UK for £139.99 and is available in both Gun Metal and black.
What a fantastic little chassis this is! Built from beautifully finished brushed aluminium and available in a wide range of colours, this would make a great gift for someone building a new gaming system this Christmas. The Raijintek Styx chassis is available from Overclockers UK for just £64.99.
Another expensive chassis on our list, but one of the best we’ve seen this year. If you’re wanting to build someone, or yourself, a gaming PC that not only looks great but is as silent as you could ever hope for, the Silent Base 800 Window is the way to go. It is available from most popular retailers for 149,90EUR/119 GBP/149,90 USD ex. VAT.
Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent Red Mechanical Keyboard
Featuring the innovative Cherry MX Silent Switches, the Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is simply amazing to use. It’s packed full of features and is by far the quietest mech we’ve ever tested. A little expensive, but I’m sure anyone would be happy to unwrap this at Christmas. The Strafe is available for £139.99 from Overclockers UK, while the MX Red and the MX Brown are priced at £129.95. If you want the non-RGB version, you can find the MX Red and the MX Brown at £99.95 each.
Thermaltake Commander Gaming Gear Keyboard and Mouse Combo
The TteSports by Thermaltake Commander Keyboard and Mouse Combo is a great gift for Christmas, it’s affordable, has a nice range of features and you get a keyboard and a mouse in a single nice and tidy (and easy to wrap) box! With prices around £23.99 it’s hard to say no to such a great deal! Readers in the US can pick one of from Newegg for an equally impressive $29.99.
RGB mechanical keyboards are everywhere this year, but the XTi from Cooler Master is my personal favourite so far. It’s no-fuss and bold design is great for home and office, gaming or work, with the added bonus that it’s incredibly durable and has some of the nicest lighting tones I’ve seen so far, even if it does only allow for a mixture of red and blue! You can pick up the XTi from Box for just £134, although there’s also a deal that includes a free mouse here!
The Gaming Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse is packed full of features that will put a smile on any PC gamers face. With RGB lighting, excellent performance and a customisable keypad on the side, it’s one of the best mice we’ve ever tested. better yet, it’s only £69.95 from Overclockers UK.
The Logitech G502 is a prime example of how great a gaming mouse can truly be. This is without a doubt the best mouse sensor we’ve ever tested and the rest of the mouse isn’t exactly lacking in features either. I’d be tempted to buy this one for myself this Christmas, but you could always treat someone else with it too. It’s available directly from the Logitech website (with free shipping) for just £69.99.
A relatively new entry on the peripherals market, the G.Skills MX780 is a fantastic gaming mouse, with a switchable left or right handed grip that makes it ideal for a wide range of gamers. With a retail price of just $59.99 it is exceptional value for a Christmas gift, and given its spec, it’ll go head to head with many of the best mice on the market.
We were absolutely blown away by the Corsair Void series, some of the best sounding, most comfortable and best-looking headsets we’ve ever seen! They would make a great gift, but be careful, if you try them out before you give them away, you may want to keep them. The Corsair Void USB 7.1 RGB Headset is available from Overclockers UK for just £79.99. This is £10 cheaper than the Wireless headset which is £89.99, I prefer the wireless and think it’s not much more to pay for the extra tech, but you’re own preferences will obviously determine which model you prefer.
Eager to get the best of the best gaming headset for you or your loved one? Then make no exception, the Astro A40 TR Headset with Mix Amp Pro is the way to go. This is one that’s sure to leave a dent in your wallet, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Available from the Astro store for £200, plus around £48 for the optional Mod Kit, the Astro is expensive, but the sound quality, features and comfortable fit are priceless.
SSD prices are dropping constantly and there really has never been a better time to invest. If it’s for your own system, you can give yourself a great upgrade without spending a fortune, but the smaller drive sizes make excellent gifts to those who could do with a performance upgrade on their system. The Crucial BX200 comes with an MSRP of £234.49 ($299.99) for the 960GB model and £66.49 ($84.99) and £116.99 ($149.99) for the smaller 240GB and 480GB models, plus the small boxes are super easy to wrap up as a gift.
Give the gift of a connected home this Christmas, from streaming your movies around the house, to backing up those important files, there are a lot of benefits to owning a NAS. Not the cheapest of gifts, but it’s one of those products where if you buy cheap, you’ll likely regret it in the long run. The QNAP’s TS-251 Turbo NAS can be found at NewEgg for $384.99, at Scan UK for £295.32, or through Geizhals starting at €284.
AMD have created a mighty powerhouse with the R9 380X and the Sapphire Nitro is one of the finest examples. It’s fast, sleek and affordable, more than enough power for 1080P ultra gaming, or 1440p high gaming, making it a great addition to anyone who wants the latest PC games for Christmas. The Sapphire Nitro R9 380X is currently available from OverclockersUK for £199.99. NeweggUS currently has this card listed for $229.99.
Spend a little more, get a lot more, the GTX 970 is a superb card, but one that may be getting a little expensive for those looking for a Christmas gift. With enough power to play anything on the market and even delve into high-end resolutions, it’s a strong contender for something to put under the Christmas tree, or even put on your own wish list. The Gainward Phoenix GTX 970 is currently available in the UK from SCAN for £273.56 and for an estimated $360 in the US.
It wouldn’t be Christmas if we couldn’t all hope and dream, but the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti is currently one of the best cards on the market and we would be crazy not to suggest the best of the best. Available in the UK for the £599.99 it’s certainly not cheap, although we’ve seen some great deals bringing it down below £500, so it’s best to shop around. Just imagine the look on your partners face when they unwrap this monster on Christmas day!
Getting a little more back to reality and reasonable prices, DDR4 memory is dropping in price quite nicely now. It was super expensive at launch, but now you’ll often find DDR4 kits at equal or lower prices to their DDR3 equivalents. That makes them a great upgrade for Christmas, but make sure you have a DDR4 motherboard to go with it!
Snapped up a 4K TV in the Black Friday deals? The Nvidia Shield Console is the most powerful Android device on the market, and it’s the perfect media player for Plex, 4K content on Netflix and more. Even better, it’s also a very powerful gaming system, with many AAA games available to play, as well as game streaming features that will leave you wondering why this device doesn’t cost more than £149.99! You can buy the Shield TV and accessories directly from Nvidia here.
Think someone could do with a cooling upgrade for their system, or perhaps even parts towards a new system build this Christmas? Treat them to an AIO water cooler and they’ll be able to reduce the noise from their system and unlock its overclocking potential! The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme S is a little expensive, but it’s still a competitively priced AIO at just £81.98 and would make a great gift, especially if you’re just going to treat yourself.
The Atlas is one of the coolest coolers we’ve seen this year, a tiny form factor with big performance and virtually silent acoustics. Building a system for someone or upgrading your own, this is one cooler you’ll want to consider and given that it’s available from Overclockers UK for a very reasonable £42.95, it’s another great addition to our buying guide.
Need a premium cooler but don’t want to pay a premium price this Christmas? The be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim is more affordable, but still packs some impressive performance figures. It’s available from Scan.co.uk for just £30.52 + shipping here in the UK and from Amazon.com for $49.90 + $9.80 shipping in the US.
Love your music on the go, when you’re out at the park, or anywhere for that matter? The Mercury box offers up a huge sound from such a tiny box. Built from aluminium and featuring a waterproof design, it’s one of the best mobile speakers on the market, great for listening to music wherever you are! Available from Amazon.com for just $48.99 and readers in the UK can get it from Amazon.co.uk for £49.99.
The perfect stocking filler, a 10,000 mAh mobile battery. This has enough juice to charge most mobiles several times, and it’ll even recharge high-end devices such as iPads with ease too. Perfect for travelling, and best of all, it’s super lightweight and affordable. The power bank is £13.99/$14.99/€15.99 and you can order it directly from OnePlus.
Nothing says I love you like a kick-ass gaming PC. Of course, budgets vary wildly from hundreds to even thousands of pounds/dollars, but that’s the joy of buying a PC, or building your own, there’s so much to choose from! With so many awesome system integrators around these days, you can’t go far wrong. Chillblast, CyberPower, PC Specialist, Vibox, Freshtech or Overclockers UK.
Gaming in the living room? Why not invest in a CyberPower Syber Steambox! Prices start at £485 and go right up to £1905, giving you a great choice to suit your needs, and your budget.
A whole lot of gaming for not a lot of money from Chillblast, with their very competitive Fusion NightHawk, a great option for those looking for their first gaming PC at just £599.
Another mid-budget powerhouse, this time from Vibox with their Element X. At just £649, this MSI R9 380 and AMD FX-6300 powered computer is great for gaming and would make a great gift this Christmas.
Time to bring out the big gun’s and really treat yourself? Or perhaps you just want your friend or family member to open a present they’ll never forget? The FreshTech Solutions Stealth Gaming PC is an absolute beast, powered by some of today’s latest and greatest hardware. Of course, it’s not cheap at £1412, but this is not your run of the mill gaming PC.
When it comes to gaming peripherals, G.Skill aren’t usually the first brand that come to mind. This isn’t surprising, given that G.Skill are well-known for their memory products, but they’re a fairly new player when it comes to gaming hardware. Of course, we recently reviewed their new gaming mouse, the MX780 RGB, and it was absolutely amazing, so if this keyboard can capture even half of the quality of that product, we should be in for a real treat here today.
“100% Cherry MX mechanical key switch in RGB backlighting, per-key programmability, on-the-fly macro recording, 6 extra macro keys, full media control with LED volume display, foldable mouse cable holder, and custom gaming keycaps. The RIPJAWS KM780 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard is designed and built with durability and practicality in mind for the ultimate gaming and typing experience.”
The Ripjaws KM780 is backed to the brim with features that will appeal to a gaming audience. There are macro keys, RGB lighting effects, custom key caps and so much more. Just check out the official product trailer below for a quick rundown of some of the cool features this keyboard has to offer.
Equipped with Cherry MX brown switches, you know that you’re going to be getting a familiar and reliable level of performance from this keyboard, but with so many other features such as the detachable wrist rest, USB pass-through, mouse cable holder and more, it should be able to make its own unique entrance to what is already a very busy part of the gaming market.
The packaging is nicely designed, with a colourful image of the keyboard on the front, as well a quick rundown of some of the major specifications.
Around the back, a more detailed breakdown of the features on offer, but we will take a much closer look at all of these in a moment.
In the box, you’ll find a few curious extras, such as this little box that can be (optionally) clipped onto the chassis of the keyboard.
On the interior, you’ll find custom gaming key caps, as well as a key cap pulling tool.
There’s also a sturdy wrist rest, which can also be (optionally) mounted to the chassis of the keyboard.
G.Skill is synonymous with extreme memory speeds and a common choice for professional overclockers looking to break bandwidth records. Their latest product range is based on massive DDR4 frequencies which range between 3600MHz to a staggering 4133MHz. Please note, this refers to 8GB DIMMs in a number of different configurations. Here is a complete rundown of the high-bandwidth TridentZ modules:
To achieve the maximum frequencies, G.Skill utilizes premium Samsung ICs and validated the 4133MHz kit with an i7-6700K. Here are the results which show the memory is perfectly stable and reaches the full bandwidth:
The elite-tier of DDR4 memory is incredible and a huge boost from the fastest DDR3 kits available. Furthermore, DDR4 is becoming more affordable, and replaced DDR3 on the mainstream Z170 platform. As a result, DDR4 is no longer consigned to the expensive X99 professional chipset. The huge bandwidth on G.Skill’s TridentZ modules now applies to 8GB DIMMs instead of the original 4GB SKUs which were quite limiting. Sadly, we don’t have a a suggested retail price at this time but this information should be revealed quite soon.
Clearly, the TridentZ memory is designed for extreme overclocking, but it’s always impressive to see the operating frequency on premium modules. On another note, the TridentZ DIMMs adopt a fantastic heatsink design which accompanies a red and black gaming build superbly.
When you think of the name G.Skill, I bet you think of memory products. That’s hardly surprising, as their Ripjaws memory are regarded as some of the best in the world and are loved by overclockers, system builders, modders and more around the world. All that is about to change, as G.Skill are taking the PC gaming world by storm, with a very exciting range of gaming peripherals that will change how you see the name G.Skill forever.
Check out the rather awesome product video from G.Skill below for a quick look at some of the cool features on offer.
The first of their new products in the Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse. Equipped with all the high-end features you could hope for, it’s build for everyone from pro gamers to those who just want something cool to use in the office.
“Ambidextrous design, interchangeable side grips, height-adjustable palm rest, on-board profile storage, adjustable weights, Avago laser sensor, Omron micro-switch, 8 fully programmable buttons and customizable 4-zone RGB backlighting. The RIPJAWS MX780 laser gaming mouse is designed and built with durability and practicality in mind for the ultimate gaming experience in glorious RGB lighting.”
As you can see, the specifications are certainly attractive, with a high-end sensor, 4-zone RGB lighting, on-board memory, adjustable weight and more!
The packaging is nicely designed, with all the main specs on the front, as well as a few details about the RGB lighting.
Around the back, a more detailed run down of the features, but let’s get it out of the box and take a much closer look.
In the box, you’ll find the owner’s manual, a couple of attachments, as well as the hard-wired mouse.
First up, we have an Allen key adjustment tool, as well as two 4.5G weights for tuning the mouse.
You’ll find two additional side mounts for the mouse, allowing you to tweak the ergonomics and even convert it to a fully left-hand mouse.
The cable is treated with a glossy black braided, which adds to the overall style and durability. It is finished off with a custom shape USB header and gold plating.
G.Skill announces the newest addition to their DDR4 RipJaws lineup with the DDR4 SO-DIMM Ripjaw series. The new modules come with great speeds of up to 2800MHz and in kit sizes up to 64GB. As all RipJaw memory modules, the new SO-DIMM series is also built with specially screened components, hand-picked from G.SKILL’s rigorous and highly selective binning process and tested to guaranteed maximum performance and reliability.
SO-DIMM modules are generally used in portable and small form factor system where power consumption is an issue, and DDR4 is a great thing for these systems. With the lower power consumption over DDR3 modules where they only consume 1.2V make them optimal for this scenario. The modules also feature auto-overclocking where the modules will be automatically overclocked when the memory modules are installed on qualified systems.
There are four different speeds in the new G.Skill RipJaws series and each speed is available in five different capacity kit sizes. With the increase in the kit speeds from 2133 to 2800MHz, the timings also change slightly as we can see in the chart below. Whether you choose 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB capacity in these new modules, they should be a solid choice for your SO-DIMM capable system.
G.Skill didn’t announce any pricing or availability at this time, but we’ll keep you updated on that in the near future when the information becomes available.
G.Skill is set on conquering the peripheral market too and we’ve already seen some impressive looking products such as the recently announced keyboards. This time, G.Skill announces a new customizable gaming mouse, the RIPJAWS MX780 customizable RGB laser gaming mouse.
The RIPJAWS MX780 gaming mouse is built to fit as many people’s grip style and hand size as possible with its height adjustment features and interchangeable side grips. You can also customize the weight and alignment from both sides.
On the inside, the RIPJAWS MX780 feature Omron switches and an 8200 DPI gaming grade Avago laser sensor. The surface is made with anti-fingerprint materials which in return helps to keep the mouse clean and nice to grab.
The mouse features eight programmable buttons and also has RGB lighting as the name suggests. The lighting is divided into four zones that you can customize individually, including breathing effects.
The G.Skill Unified Driver System & Onboard Profile Storage allows you to customize everything to your liking and keep it inside the mouse itself. Designed for ultimate customizability, the G.SKILL Unified Driver System unlocks the limits to customization and grants you complete control over macros, key function programming, light settings, lighting patterns, and loads of other settings for full personalization. Built into the mouse is 512KB of onboard memory, capable of storing up to five complete sets of key and lighting configurations.
The new G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780 gaming mouse will be rolling out worldwide from late September 2015, and it is already available on Newegg.com for $59.99.
G.Skill is probably most known for their memory products, but they do make other things too. The newest products that just had their availability announced are the new RIPJAWS series KM780 RGB and KM780 MX mechanical gaming keyboards with Cherry key switches.
The difference between the two new keyboards is basically the lighting effects that you can have. As the names already suggest, one of them comes with full RGB back lighting.
The new RIPJAWS series keyboards are built with Cherry RGB or MX key switches and are available in the choice between brown, red, and blue switches. The switches themselves are mounted directly through a solid 2mm aluminium top plate, effectively locking down the keys for a solid typing experience.
You can switch out keys tops easy as you may already be used to from your current mechanical keyboard. Replace the important WASD keys as well as the surrounding ones with ones that easier to feel and spot in hectic gaming situations and helps to keep everything in your control.
As with most gaming keyboards, this one also comes with quite a few extra buttons and functions. You get six macro buttons that you program to your needs. There are also multiple modes to switch the layout and settings of the buttons. Media control buttons are also part of the deal and it comes with a nice integrated LED volume display too.
The cable holder on the back helps you keep your desk organized and you can use it for mouse, headset, or game controller cables of your choice. The keyboard also features an extra USB port and audio jacks for easy connectivity of your extra devices.
The new G.SKILL RIPJAWS series mechanical gaming keyboards will begin rolling out worldwide starting from late September 2015 via authorized distribution partners. Both RIPJAWS KM780 RGB and KM780 MX are already available on Newegg.com at $159.99 and $119.99, respectively. Cherry Red and Browns will be initially available, while Cherry Blue will be available at a later date.
Breaching the 4GHz memory speed wasn’t enough for G.Skill, so they put two on top of that and showcased two new kits running at 4133MHz and 4266MHz. These speeds are something that we’d only get close to with the older DDR3 memory modules when cooled with LN2, but this isn’t DDR3 anymore.
That is a seriously impressive stock speed that G.Skill’s achieved with these new TridentZ DDR4 memory modules that are specially optimized for the new and 6th generation of Intel Core processors, Skylake, and the accompanying Z170 based motherboards. The two motherboards used in the demonstration at IDF 2015 were an ASRock Z170 OC Formula and an ASUS Maximus VIII Hero. The ASUS ran the slower of the two kits at 4133 MHz while the ASRock got the pleasure of showcasing the impressive 4266MHz DDR4 memory.
Both kits used had a total capacity of 8GB, distributed on two 4GB modules. There sadly weren’t any news on when the modules would be available nor what they’d cost, but I’m sure G.Skill will catch up on that shortly and release the relevant information. Until then, we can dream of having our own system with memory running at 4.3GHz.
“We are truly excited to demo such extremely high memory speed on live demo systems, since DDR4 4000+MHz speeds were traditionally only achievable under extreme overclocking on liquid nitrogen cooling,” says Frank Hung, Product Marketing at G.SKILL. “We see amazing performance potential for the new DDR4 memory technology on the newest Intel platform, and very excited to see where it will take us in the near future.”
Since the announcement of Skylake and Z170, we’ve heard nothing but good things and how we as consumers are going to benefit. One of these benefits is support for super-fast memory and G.Skill has stepped up to the plate and offering both the Trident (Trident Z) and Ripjaws (Ripjaws V) product lines. We know from experience that G.Skill memory is some of the best you can buy on the market; constantly exceeding speed world records and poised at a comparatively low price point.
The new lines are ready to work with the upcoming Z170 series at speeds of up to 4000MHz.
“The new Trident Z DDR4 memory is the successor to the high-end Trident memory series and making its debut on the latest DDR4 standard, designed and tested for the next generation Skylake-S platform! For the first time in the history of extreme memory kits, Trident Z is entering the arena with a 4000MHz memory kit, built with highest-end Samsung IC memory chips and validated on the ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboard.”
With each heat spreader made from one thick piece of metal, dissipating the heat isn’t an issue. The stylish design will fit in with even the most premium of computer builds, as long as you have silver/red/black in there somewhere; which most current generation motherboards do. These will feature the excellent XMP 2.0 tuning which can take it from the stock DDR4-2800 all the way up to DDR4-4000. The reason behind this extreme performance is hand picked IC chips.
“With a new generation, comes a new heat spreader design concept. Game in style; work in style. Ripjaws V is the newest member of the classic performance Ripjaws family, featuring suave new looks in five illuminating colors: Blazing Red, Steel Blue, Radiant Silver, Gunmetal Gray, and Classic Black.”
The Ripjaws V memory kits are more consumer friendly, featuring 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB module capacities and performance from 2133MHz to 3733MHz at ultra low voltages. The 16GB modules feature cherry picked Samsung IC memory chips for the best possible performance. Each memory kit also features XMP 2.0 for simple BIOS tuning.
Something that hinders DDR4 is the timing. DDR3 had extremely tight timings, in some cases as low as 7-7-7. When DDR4 is involved, some of the lowest timings available are 15-15-15 at 2133MHz.
Pricing is still under wraps, likely until Z170 is officially launched. Are you looking to upgrade to Z170 upon launch? Let us know in the comments.
Memory, the most vital part of any computer that gets overlooked the most. There’s not a lot to say about RAM apart from its expensive and very confusing. DDR4, the newest iteration of RAM is currently the fastest version of the consumer RAM, with speeds exceeding 3333MHz. RAM kits now come in a variety of shapes with the basic bare modules, right up to the simply stunning Ripjaws series.
Today we will be looking at the G.Skill Ripjaws 4 2666MHz 16GB memory kit. This is one of the more conservative memory kits that G.Skill produce with a rather tame 2666MHz clock speed, but this does let the manufacturing team set an impressive 15-15-15-35 timing. G.Skill are renowned the world over with how well their memory kits perform and most of the world’s memory overclocking records are set with G.Skill memory.
“G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series performance DDR4 memory is designed for the ultimate experience on the latest Intel X99 platform! Whether you are processing large amounts of data or intense gaming, experience smooth system performance with the newest next-generation PC memory technology! All Ripjaws 4 memory kits are tested with G.SKILL’s extensive suite of testing software to ensure maximum performance and stability. Make Ripjaws 4 the ideal choice for your DDR4 system!”
That’s enough talking, let’s jump into testing.
Packaging and Accessories
We won’t dwell on the packaging too much as it is very plain and simple. Four modules neatly packed into a small rectangular box. This kit is a quad-channel variety so each module is 4GB in size.
A Closer Look
The design of the Ripjaws series is very unique and very recognisable to most enthusiasts. I think the design could be taken to the next level if the ‘Ripjaws 4’ logo was laser etched on or cut out instead of a sticker.
Computex 2015: When people think of G.Skill they think of high-end memory products, but how many of you knew they also make peripherals? Well, at this year’s show, G.Skill rocked up with their latest range of gaming keyboard, gaming mice and headsets. The hardware certainly looks great and is obviously targeted at a gaming audience.
Thir new keyboards come with range of cool RGB lighting effects, which as you know is a popular feature with many PC users these days. Their new mouse is adjustable, quite a lot similar to the MadCatz mouse, but still a great looking and feel product regardless.
We look forward to testing out this hardware in the near future and will bring you more information as soon as we have it.
Computex 2015: While they may be better known for their memory products, G.Skill also has a great range of gaming peripherals. We stopped by their booth to check out some gorgeous looking RGB keyboards and mice. Their a little aggressive in terms of design for my taste, but I can see them making a great addition to many gaming setups.
The new mouse is nothing too fancy and no doubt shares a few design themes with the likes of MadCatz and a few others, but it still looks and feels pretty good and makes a nice match with the gaming keyboard.
The new headsets are what really got my attention. Funky built-in lighting that shows off the inner workings of the drivers, an auto-adjusting headband and great sound quality.
There’s two models available, a true 7.1 and a virtual surround model; obviously one is cheaper, but it depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for. They both sounded great to me, but I’m hoping to review them in the near future and really pick at the details.
G.Skill isn’t happy with just making memory modules and they’re branching out into new areas. We saw earlier how they entered the PSU market with some really nice units – but that isn’t all. They’re also entering the peripheral market with everything from Mechanical keyboards over gaming mice to surround sound headsets.
The MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse features a height-adjustable palm rest and interchangeable side grips to maximize comfort and support for your hand size and grip style. On the insides it packs a 32-bit ARM processor, Avago laser sensor, and it is equipped with Omron switches for long durability. The MX780 has an 8200 dpi resolution, 1000Hz polling rate and can track up to 150ips and 30g of acceleration.durability of 20 million clicks.
Up to 5 individual profiles can be stored within the device, each profile with its own sets of customizable RGB lighting across 4 lighting zones and unique settings for 8 fully programmable buttons. You can store up to 5 profiles within the device and customize the RGB lighting across 4 lighting zones.
The Mechanical Ripjaws KM780 keyboard is available in two LED variations, one crimson red and one with full RGB colors. The KM780 is built with Cherry MX Red and Brown key switches and comes with a 2 meter long braided USB cable.
The KM780 also features onboard storage for your customized settings, even when you connect it to strange systems. You can store up to three independent modes of settings on the keyboard, easily switchable via Mode hotkeys. Each mode contains its own lighting patterns, macro setup, timer setting, key delay and repeat rate, polling rate, and various other settings.
Last but not least are the two new Ripjaws headsets, the SR910 with real 7.1 surround sound through 10 discrete audio drivers and the SV710 with virtual 7.1 surround sound powered by two 50mm drivers.
The headsets feature comfortable leatherette lined ear pads so you can enjoy even the longest gaming sessions with your friends. The microphone comes with built-in environmental noise cancelation so your friends don’t have to listen to what’s going on around you.
It looks like G.Skill wasn’t happy with just manufacturing great memory modules as they’re branching out into new areas. One of them is the power supply area and their first play looks quite impressive.
The new PSUs are dubbed Ripjaws just as the memory modules and you can expect the same kind of quality here. It starts out with the PS750G and the PS850G that both come with 80 Plus Gold certification and an efficiency rating of 90%. The two PSUs come with 750W and 850W respective and are fully modular units.
The PS850P and PS1250P are even better and they got an even higher efficiency rating. These two power supply units come with 80 Plus Platinum rating and an efficiency rating of 92%. Just as the two Gold models, these are also fully modular.
All Ripjaws series PSUs are made from with high-quality materials, such as 100% Japanese-made capacitors that ensure a high reliability and longer lasting lifetime.
The units are cooled by the unique automated G.SKILL ECO Optimized (GEO) Thermal Fan Control that also provides zero fan noise during low load operations. The used 140mm fans also use durable double ball bearings. Built-in protections include OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, and OTP.
G.Skill did not announce a time of availability nor a price yet, but we will keep you updated with this information as they become available.
G.Skill has introduced their newest memory modules and this time we get a new RipJaws4 kit. The new kit isn’t a small one as it comes with a total memory of 128GB distributed across eight 16GB modules. The new kit is the first DDR4 128GB kit with a speed of 2800MHz and it comes with CL16 timings. The memory modules use the latest 20nm fabrication process by Samsung and they’re said to take performance to a whole new level.
“During development of these DDR4 16GB modules, we see amazing future potential for 128GB (16GBx8) memory kits in extreme high capacity operation on upcoming platforms,” says Tequila Huang, Vice President of Research & Development, G.SKILL. “We will be witnessing the beginning of a new set of standards for extreme capacity and performance DDR4 memory kits on both current and future computing platforms. Needless to say, we are very excited for this release.”
16GB memory modules aren’t anything new as such, they have already been available in the server market. Now that capacity is paving its way to consumer memory modules, suitable for workstation level workloads where high capacity memory is vital. The new quad-channel kit has been validated on the latest ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme motherboard.
The new modules aren’t just available at large capacities and speed, you can also find smaller kits with less than 8 modules and frequencies ranging from DDR4-2133 MHz to the aforementioned DDR4-2800 MHz. The modules also come backed by G.Skill’s limited lifetime warranty.
G.SKILL announced the 2nd annual “OC World Cup 2015” overclocking competition with a total of $16,200 in prizes and where the best overclocker will go home with $10,000. The event is split into three rounds where the first is a online qualifier held on HWBOT. The second level will be a live qualifier after which the Grand Final is held during Computex 2015.
The Online Qualifiers will be held on HWBOT from 9th March to 13th April 2015 and consists of three benchmarks: SuperPI 32M, MaxxMem Read Bandwidth, and 3DMark Fire Strike Physics on specified hardware. These selected benchmarks and specified hardware are chosen to challenge the memory tuning skills of contest participants.
The top 6 online participants will later battle it out at the OC World Cup 2015 Live Qualifiers at Computex 2015. The two best will then move on to the Grand Finals for a chance at the $10,000 prize for first place. The rest of the prizes aren’t without either and include both cash and hardware. All 6 contestants in the live event will receive one G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3200MHz CL15 16GB memory kit and a sponsorship of G.SKILL’s new upcoming DDR4 series memory for the next-gen DDR4 platform.
Champion: $10,000 USD
2nd: $2,500 USD + F4-3300C16Q-16GRKD
3rd: $1,500 USD + F4-3200C16Q-16GRKD
4th: $1,200 USD
5th: $1,000 USD
More information can be found at both HWBOT and OC eSports, if you think you got what it takes to claim the OC throne.
Thanks to G.SKILL for providing us with this information
G.SKILL is releasing the Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GB x4) with CL16 timings and the Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (4GB x4) memory kit with a CL15 timings. These new high-end memory kits also come bundled with the awesome Turbulence III memory fans.
The new Ripjaws 4 DDR4 memory kits are made from hand-picked IC and G.SKILL’s highly-selective binning process. The memory has been fully tested to work with some of the best X99 motherboards on the market as seen in the screenshots below (Click for larger image, external link).
Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) on Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion
Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) on ASUS Rampage V Extreme
Availability should be now or soon and some retailers already have them listed starting around €415.00.
Thanks to G.Skill for providing us with this information
G.Skill is most known for their memory modules, but they’ve ventured into the SSD area before. This time however it takes on a new shape and reached speeds any enthusiast would love. The new G.Skill Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD is on the horizon, and it looks great.
By using the PCIe Gen 2.0 x8 interface and four LSI SF-2281 SSD controllers in RAID0 setup, the Phoenix Blade can reach some amazing transfer speeds of up to 2000 MB/s. That is easily 4 times that of normal SATA based SSDs. The drive also performs an almost insane 245K IOPS at 4KB random writes, this should speed up any task from graphic editing to HD multimedia content creation software and gaming.
Data storage and transfer speed aren’t the only two factors to take into consideration, protection is another key factor. The Phenix Blade PCIe SSD has CRC data protection to prevent IO corruption. By implementing BCH ECC with up to 55 bits per sector and RAID-5-like data protection, flash cell errors and block failures should be a thing of the past.
Besides the obligatory SMART and TRIM functions, the drive also supports SCSI UNMAP and is backed by a 3-year limited warranty and full technical support.
While it might be tempting to plug this card in right next to your graphics card, or maybe even between a multi-GPU setup, you need to be careful with this. The Phoenix Blade is rated for an operating temperature between zero and 55 degrees. While your system shouldn’t be running that hot under normal circumstances, it’s a thing to keep in mind. One wouldn’t want their precious new high-speed SSD to get damaged.
There isn’t any word on pricing or availability yet, but we’ll keep you informed on the subject.
Thanks to G.Skill for providing us with this information
G.SKILL are one of the leading names in the industry for high performance memory products; something the company has been keen to demonstrate at this years IDF exhibition, where they are pushing the limits of two extremely high-end DDR4 kits.
G.SKILL are demonstrating their flagship 3333MHz 32GB (4GB x 8) and 3200MHz 32GB (8GB x 4) memory kits at the Intel Developer Forum 2014 (IDF 2014). The demo rigs are equipped with equally high-end components, including the newest Intel i7-5960X CPU and ASUS Rampage V Extreme X99 and X99-Deluxe motherboards.
“It’s very exciting to show the world what we can do with the new DDR4 memory standard for the latest Intel X99 platform. There is no doubt that breaking the 3000MHz memory barrier with ease is the next big thing in desktop performance, effectively doubling bandwidth throughput compared to the previous DDR3 memory standard,” says Frank Hung, Product Marketing at G.SKILL.
DDR4 is already making big waves in the industry and these new kits certainly are looking impressive. After G.SKILL’s demonstration, we’re certain more people are going to want to get their hands on a set of their new DDR4 Ripjaws 4 series. If you are eager to get your hands on a kit, you can head over to Overclockers who have a range of G.SKILL DDR4 kits to order.
Thank you G.SKILL for providing us with this information.
G.Skill always seem to be ahead of the competition when it comes to releasing high frequency memory products and with DDR4 nothing has changed. Just a few days before writing this review G.Skill announced their 3300MHz DDR4 memory kits were available to buy but we have something a lot more modest in the office for today’s review. We have G.Skill’s RipJaws 4 series memory, the 4 obviously denotes DDR4, and more specifically we have a DDR4-2400MHz kit that is 16GB in size with modest CL15 latencies. G.Skill have opted for a very neat and tidy heat-spreader design that comes in a variety of colours (blue/red/black) on a matte black PCB. G.Skill are also using the latest Hynix ICs that are famed for their overclocking potential: lets hope that holds true today.
Packaging and Accessories
The packaging is simple and to the point: which is what you’d expect with memory. The front points out the targeting of the X99 platform: if you’re a consumer you couldn’t use these modules with anything else other than X99. In the near future we should see mainstream DDR4 support with Intel’s Skylake.
A Closer Look
The heatspreader has a very nice design that looks rugged and industrial. It is only marginally taller than a standard RAM module, by about 1cm so it shouldn’t cause any clearance issues unless you have a really low-resting CPU cooler.