Correction: No Core i5-14600K anomaly in CS:GO, our bad

The presentation of Counter-Strike: GO results in the recent Core i5-14600K CPU test was incorrect. The big difference in the graphs compared to the Ci5-13600K to the detriment of the newer model was due to a human error. In fact, the 20-core Intel Raptor Lake Refresh processor performs as expected, adequately for its hardware specs. Thus, in this regard, you need not have the slightest concern. Read more “Correction: No Core i5-14600K anomaly in CS:GO, our bad” »

Pure Wings 3, the cheaper BeQuiet! fans, now available

The Pure Wings 3 fans, which have appeared as part of some coolers and cases in the past, are now also available separately. With a price of 14–15 euros (per piece), these are the cheapest BeQuiet! fans, if we focus the choice on models with “modern” geometry. The latter also heralds an attractive price to “cooling performance” ratio. And that’s in both 120 mm and 140 mm formats. Read more “Pure Wings 3, the cheaper BeQuiet! fans, now available” »

Intel Core i5-14600K in tests against 30 processors

In the Raptor Lake Refresh generation, Intel has gone a bit harder and increased the clock speeds in the Core i5 class. This has led to higher application and gaming performance, but by pushing the manufacturing process to its limits, power draw has naturally increased, and with it comes poorer efficiency. The latter may not be that important for someone and the main thing is that the processor can be comfortably operated even with a “normal” cooler. Read more “Intel Core i5-14600K in tests against 30 processors” »

Noctua’s top-end dual-tower cooler given more precise launch date

Noctua’s tentative plans for the next period specify the possible release of a successor to the NH-D15 cooler. Along with that comes the assurance that the next generation of 140mm fans that this cooler will use is really close. In addition to this, there is also the notable announcement of an upgrade to the NH-L12(S), a lower-profile cooler with a horizontal fan (or fans, if the heatsink will be cooled by two fans again). Read more “Noctua’s top-end dual-tower cooler given more precise launch date” »

AI performance in “DaVinci”: NVIDIA can be 100× faster than iGPU

From the last article, you already know what tasks are acceleratable by powerful NVIDIA graphics cards in DaVinci Resolve Studio. Now we have a speed comparison for you against simpler, integrated GPUs. Specifically confronting the RTX 4090 and RTX 4060 with the solution that Intel’s latest Raptor Lake Refresh processors have. The difference in favor of GeForce graphics cards is immense. Read more “AI performance in “DaVinci”: NVIDIA can be 100× faster than iGPU” »

Cooler Master GX III Gold 850: The only one with a right angle 16-pin

The GX III Gold 850 PSU is in a number of design aspects different than what might be described as a typical ATX 3.0 model. One of the aspects is the significantly different approach to cable design with the 12VHPWR connector for external graphics card power. The wires behind the connector are unconventionally bent at right angle for the sake of maximum robustness. But this power supply represents more than one way of looking at things. Read more “Cooler Master GX III Gold 850: The only one with a right angle 16-pin” »

What does GeForce RTX accelerate in DaVinci Resolve Studio 18?

DaVinci Resolve (Studio) video editing applications are highly optimized for hardware acceleration by GeForce RTX graphics cards. These can dramatically reduce the time of some tasks, turning hours into minutes or, for larger projects, days into hours. We’ll take a look at what exactly this is about in a two-part miniseries dedicated to streamlining work in Black Magic Studio video editors with NVIDIA Ada Lovelace GPUs. Read more “What does GeForce RTX accelerate in DaVinci Resolve Studio 18?” »

Fractal Design Anode (550 W) or a really cheap power supply

We will also take the Fractal Design Anode PSU to the external testlab to analyze its electrical properties. This one doesn’t really fit into the mosaic of the others, as it is a power supply with support for the older ATX standard, it also has significantly lower power compared to the others, and according to the 80 Plus Bronze branding, it is expected to have lower efficiency as well, but again, it will be a good one to illustrate how such a low-budget option compares. Read more “Fractal Design Anode (550 W) or a really cheap power supply” »

Asus DIMM Flex: If fast memory, then managed dynamically

Although no new boards with the Z890 chipset came out with Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs, each manufacturer added new models with the “old” (Z790) chipset. The reason to take interest in them may be, for example, DIMM Flex support. The latter should increase memory bandwidth and stability on selected Asus motherboards. Asus describes well how it all technically works and has published some practical results as well. Read more “Asus DIMM Flex: If fast memory, then managed dynamically” »

FSP Hydro G Pro ATX 3.0. From creators of the unforgettable

The legendary “Fortrons” are ancient history, but many of you still remember them vividly. Especially when it comes to the Blue Storm model series, which among the cheaper ones of its time represented one of the few alternatives. Its manufacturer was FSP, as is the case with the Hydro G Pro. With that, we can also talk about better affordability for a powerful, 850-watt model. Read more “FSP Hydro G Pro ATX 3.0. From creators of the unforgettable” »

BeQuiet! released Dark Rock Pro 5. Plus one, more elite cooler

The new generation of high-end tower coolers also comes with one change in segmentation. The Dark Rock Pro is no longer the top model. It is now the Dark Rock Elite. The differences between these twin-tower CPU coolers are quite small, partly relating to the available cooling performance and partly to their aesthetics, into which BeQuiet! has implemented ARGB LEDs. But it did so rather subtly. Read more “BeQuiet! released Dark Rock Pro 5. Plus one, more elite cooler” »

Sapphire RX 7700 XT Pure: The fastest for around 500 euros

The cheaper of the pair of Radeons with the Navi 32 GPU is priced closest to the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti. Although the RX 7700XT is a bit pricier, it often has a significant performance edge, even attacking the RTX 4070. In this comparison, the RX 7700 XT with ray-tracing is already noticeably behind, and its efficiency is a notch weaker, but the price-performance ratio is often still better. And this is also true for the Sapphire Pure version in white. Read more “Sapphire RX 7700 XT Pure: The fastest for around 500 euros” »

The armored Apex Stealth fans promise the “impossible”

Alphacool has unleashed the new Apex Stealth fans on the world, which attract attention for two things in particular. Firstly, the fact that they contain robust metal elements and secondly, the specifications. These seem to be literally incredible, and while we have no doubt that the efficiency of these fans will be top notch, it’s hard to find elements for which they should be “the best”, as the specs suggest. Read more “The armored Apex Stealth fans promise the “impossible”” »

Enermax gives the AIO cooler mainstream thicker radiators

Radiators on the vast majority of AIO coolers are very similar and… relatively thin compared to what the new Liqmaxflo models from Enermax come with. Additionally, on the 40% thicker than normal radiators, there are fans that are known to achieve high static pressure. And when you factor in the fact that these are still affordable solutions by liquid cooler standards, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at this offering. Read more “Enermax gives the AIO cooler mainstream thicker radiators” »

Chieftec Polaris 3.0: Circular grille is still alive

Loyalty beyond the grave. This, too, is how one might define the relationship between Chieftec and the circular grille. Unlike other manufacturers, they haven’t shied away from it, and their Polaris 3.0 is the only one of the ATX 3.0 power supplies we’ll be testing with a really proper setup in front of the fan. Naturally this is a minor thing and what’s key is everything behind the grille. Still, the first impression Chieftec’s PSU gives is a really good one. Read more “Chieftec Polaris 3.0: Circular grille is still alive” »