AMD X570 cooler: Will 4 heatsinks beat a VRAM fan?

The hated fans in the AMD X570 chipset cooler would rather be turned into a proper heatsink by many users. In reality, however, it is not as easy as it may seem. Why don’t manufacturers do it on their own? We tested different speed modes with a fan and compared them with a pure heatsink and also one supplemented by small passive coolers with needles. Read more “AMD X570 cooler: Will 4 heatsinks beat a VRAM fan?” »

MSI Cubi 5 10M-035EU: Small, power-efficient, but kinda expensive

There is an increasing trend to shrink hardware that does not need to be unnecessarily large. A good example of this is the Cubi 5 computer in a case with a volume of only three quarters of a liter. You don’t have to worry about storing it. It will not take much space on the table and I can imagine it hanging on one of the monitors. It performs very well functionally, but the question remains whether it is worthy of its purchase price. Read more “MSI Cubi 5 10M-035EU: Small, power-efficient, but kinda expensive” »

MSI GS66: All black razor with Core i9 and RTX 2080 Super

GS series includes a stylish and compact family of high-performance MSI laptops and the GS66 Stealth is its latest addition. I’ve always had a weakness for thin but powerful devices and that’s exactly what GS meets. However, with the high performance of Core i9 and RTX 2080 Super, the question arises as to how thermal management is handled. In less than 2 cm thin and about 2.1 kg body, it is really a challenge to deal with such powerful components. Read more “MSI GS66: All black razor with Core i9 and RTX 2080 Super” »

MMN 3080 – the fastest gaming rig of all our tests

With the arrival of new generation components, we had the opportunity to build our first rig, which I named MMN 3080. It is a combination of Metallic Gear, MSI and Noctua (MMN) and the key component, the new GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card in the MSI Gaming X Trio variant. In combination with the latest Core i9-10900K processor, this is the fastest gaming rig we’ve had in our editorial office. Read more “MMN 3080 – the fastest gaming rig of all our tests” »

All motherboards with AMD A520 in one place. Prices included

You’ve already read the details about the A520 chipset in a separate article. The new cheap AMD motherboards lag behind B450 in some respects, in others they have the upper hand. Support for Zen 3 processors promises longer moral life, and this platform also offers pairing with APU Renoir. Modern connectivity with HDMI 2.1 is a standard here which is not a matter of course even with the B550. Can you find your favorite? Read more “All motherboards with AMD A520 in one place. Prices included” »

The results of the spring competition. Air 2:2 Liquid

The voting is over and we know the names of the victors. Sharing and support on social networks played a significant role, so PR got a little boost too. Of course, it was on every participant where and how they promoted their rigs. We are pleased that the score between the air systems and liquid systems is equal. Although the absolute winner is a liquid cooling configuration. Read more “The results of the spring competition. Air 2:2 Liquid” »

Vote for the best rig in the spring competition!

The competition is really strong. It was impossible to choose just six rigs, which was the first plan, so we decided to give a chance to more people. There are fourteen champions, seven air systems and seven liquid systems. Every design is interesting and clever, with various original features. It’s going to be a tough choice, but we hope you will find your favourite one! Read more “Vote for the best rig in the spring competition!” »

What’s the best position for your SSD M.2?

Graphics card can significantly contribute to cooling of SSD that are installed next to it. However, there’s a very thin line between helping and limiting. Let’s see when your graphics card can be a saviour for your SSD and when it’s an oppressor. As a bonus, we compared the cooling performance with and without the criticised MSI M.2 shield. Read more “What’s the best position for your SSD M.2?” »

Spring competition: trade a photo of your rig for a new motherboard

The long awaited motherboards with the Intel B360 chipset for Coffee Lake processors are finally here! We managed to acquire one attractive piece from MSI for our spring competition. You can participate by sending a photo of your rig with a brief description of the cooling design in it. The most interesting configurations will be appropriately rewarded. The board is the main prize, but there are also many quality fans in the game. Read more “Spring competition: trade a photo of your rig for a new motherboard” »