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Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

ADATA XPG SX950 240GB Solid State Drive Review
AMDs RX Vega Low Key Budapest Event: Vega Pitted Against GTX 1080
ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Review: A Thin, Powerful Max-Q Gaming Laptop
ECS LIVA Z Plus
Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 X299 Motherboard Review
GSKill Trident Z 4133Mhz RGB CL19 DDR4 Dual Channel Memory Review
How to install cPanel/WHM on CentOS 7
Intel Core i7-7820X (14nm Skylake-X) Review
MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11GB Review
MyDigitalSSD Boost 1TB Portable SSD Review
Plextor M8Se NVMe SSD Review
Simulating AMD Ryzen 3 1200, 1300 Performance
SteelSeries Arctis 7
The Asus Prime Z270-A & GIGABYTE Z270X-Ultra Gaming Motherboard Review



ADATA XPG SX950 240GB Solid State Drive Review

When it comes to ADATA’s solid state drives the XPG (Xtreme Performance Gear) series are the high performance drives gamers and enthusiasts are looking for. Today we have one of ADATA’s latest 2.5-inch solid state drives which is specially targeted towards gamers, it is the XPG SX950. The drive is based off the Silicon Motion SM2258 controller and matched with 3D MLC NAND. The drive boasts intelligent SLC caching, enhanced endurance ratings, and a very impressive 6-year warranty. ADATA is offering this drive in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities. We have the 240GB version on the test block today, it has advertised read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 520 MB/s respectively. Is this the drive you should get for your next build? Read on as we find out!

Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

AMDs RX Vega Low Key Budapest Event: Vega Pitted Against GTX 1080

On the first stop in AMD's two-continent spanning RX Vega tour (which really only counts with three locations), the company pitted their upcoming RX Vega graphics card (we expect this to be their flagship offering) against NVIDIA's GTX 1080 graphics card. The event itself was pretty subdued, and there was not much to see when it comes to the RX Vega graphics card - literally. Both it and the GTX 1080 were enclosed inside PC towers, with the event-goers not being allowed to even catch a glimpse of the piece of AMD hardware that has most approximated a unicorn in recent times.

The Vega-powered system also made use of a Ryzen 7 processor, and the cards were running Battlefield 1 (or Sniper Elite 4; there's lots of discussion going on about that, but the first image below does show a first-person view) with non-descript monitors, one supporting FreeSync, the other G-Sync. The monitor's models were covered by cloth so that users weren't able to tell which system was running which graphics card, though due to ASUS' partnership in the event, both were (probably) of ASUS make. The resolution used was 3440 x 1440, which should mean over 60 FPS on the GTX 1080 on Ultra. It has been reported by users that attended the event that one of the system lagged slightly in one portion of the demo, though we can't confirm which one (and I'd say that was AMD's intention.)

Read full article @ TechPowerUp

ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Review: A Thin, Powerful Max-Q Gaming Laptop

There was a time when laptop options were basically a choice between desktop-like performance in a heavy and bulky form-factor, an ultralight with integrated graphics, or something in the middle, at around 5-lbs with a low-end GPU. NVIDIA sought to solve this choice compromise with its Max-Q Design initiative that was announced at Computex last month. Max-Q Design is a holistic approach to notebook graphics design that ensures a svelte exterior, light weight, quiet cooling, and optimal performance.

ASUS and NVIDIA joined forces to produce the 15.6-inch Republic of Gamers (ROG) Zephyrus GX501, the first complete Max-Q Design gaming notebook to hit the market...

Read full article @ HotHardware

ECS LIVA Z Plus

The ECS LIVA Z Plus is a powerful, upgraded LIVA Z, offering the same small footprint and base design with a huge boost in terms of specifications. Packed with an Intel Core i5-7300U and a 128 GB SSD, it can do everything the LIVA Z can and more.

Read full article @ techPowerUp

Gigabyte AORUS Gaming 3 X299 Motherboard Review

We're back on our X299 test bench today, with the glorious looking Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 3 motherboard. This high-end motherboard comes with support for the latest Intel Skylake-X processors, including the new i9-7900X. While we've already tested the extremely powerful and feature-packed Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 9, at £299, the Gaming 3 is around £200 cheaper than its big brother! Will that big price difference give us a big difference in performance? We're certainly eager to find out!

Read full article @ eTeknix

GSKill Trident Z 4133Mhz RGB CL19 DDR4 Dual Channel Memory Review

When it comes to performance memory there are a variety of brands to choose from each with different product lines and product offerings with unique frequencies and module timings. Any one of those modules will give you adequate performance in a normal gaming PC however, when it comes to overclocking the list of vendors gets reduced down to a handful.

In this review I’ll be looking at the F4-4133C19D-16GTZR Trident Z memory modules from GSKill. This is a 16GB dual channel DDR4 memory kit running at 4133Mhz with a CAS latency of 19. What is really impressive about these modules is that while they are some of the fastest DDR4 modules you can buy they are also fully RGB enabled with a multi LED light bar across the top of the module.

Read full article @ Hardware Asylum

How to install cPanel/WHM on CentOS 7

If your company is looking to offer web hosting, you need to look into cPanel. Here's how to install this powerhouse tool on CentOS 7.

Read full article @ TechRepublic

Intel Core i7-7820X (14nm Skylake-X) Review

8 cores and 16 threads for £550. Intel has been moved to shift into top gear since AMD launched a flurry of Ryzen processors during the preceding months. One key component of attempting to keep AMD at bay has been a refresh of the Intel high-end desktop platform (HEDT). Broadwell-based chips and the X99 platform make swift way for a two-pronged strategy encompassing four hugely multi-core Core processors hewn from Skylake technology and, in an arguably strange move, semi-castrated Core i7 chips from the newer Kaby Lake architecture. Swings and roundabouts.

What we do know is that the presently-available 10-core, 20-thread Core i9-7900X is the best consumer chip going, ousting the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X and previous champ, Intel Core i7-6950X, from top spot in any multi-core benchmark that matters. Yet Intel is acutely aware that the $999 price tag, which is considerably lower than the $1,699 charged for 6950X, still puts it out of the reach of many.

Read full article @ Hexus

MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11GB Review

The GPU market is in a precarious state due to the impact of cryptocurrency mining on supply and demand. Fortunately for gamers, Nvidia’s GTX 1080 Ti seems to have come through unscathed – prices are close to normal and stock is still widely available. KitGuru has already assessed a number of impressive GTX 1080 Ti offerings from the likes of ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Palit and today we are analysing the MSI Gaming X variant.

Read full article @ KitGuru

MyDigitalSSD Boost 1TB Portable SSD Review

A portable SSD certainly sounds good, but the seriously fast speed the bring to the table comes with a relatively high retail price. Last week, we posted a review on the SanDisk Extreme 900 960GB Portable SSD and it cost $459.99 shipped. Today we are looking at the MyDigitalSSD Boost USB 3.1 Portable SSD that comes either as a diskless enclosure for $50 or a populated 1TB model for $440. The diskless version is a really interesting product as there aren't too many USB 3.1 Gen 2 enclosures on the market that allow you to run two mSATA III drives in RAID 0 for up to 830 MB/s sequential read and up to 730 MB/s sequential write speeds. Read on to see how this portable SSD performs!

Read full article @ Legit Reviews

Plextor M8Se NVMe SSD Review

NVMe continues to gain ground on SATA. The technology promises to increase performance and reduce costs, but the ecosystem isn't fully implemented.

Read full article @ Toms Hardware

Simulating AMD Ryzen 3 1200, 1300 Performance

Today we're taking a glimpse into the future to see how Ryzen 3 will perform when it's released next week. We did the same with Ryzen 5 and those results turned out to be 100% accurate. This is because Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 are the same physical chips as Ryzen 7, just with a certain degree of resources disabled.

Read full article @ TechSpot

SteelSeries Arctis 7

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a phenomenal-looking, customizable wireless headset equipped with high-quality 40-millimeter audio drivers capable of delivering stereo and DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound. It also offers mind-boggling wireless range and battery life as well as a couple extremely useful features you won't find elsewhere.

Read full article @ techPowerUp

The Asus Prime Z270-A & GIGABYTE Z270X-Ultra Gaming Motherboard Review

In this review we are having a look at two mainstream, Intel Z270 based gaming motherboards: the Asus Prime Z270-A and the GIGABYTE Z270X-Ultra Gaming. They look very similar on paper, with both retailing for the almost the same retail price and even using the same audio, LAN and USB chipsets, but each motherboard has its own strengths and weaknesses, which will examine in this review.

Read full article @ Anandtech