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Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

1MORE Triple Driver In-ears
2.5 Geeks: Asus Zephyrus With NVIDIA Max-Q, Alienware 17, AMD EPYC And Xeon Scalable, ThinkPad X1 Tablet
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 vs Intel Core i7-7800X: 30 Game Battle
AMD Ryzen Threadripper Motherboards to be Showcased on July 25th
Anidees AI5S Windowed Mid-Tower Chassis Review
ASUS ROG Strix Evolve Mouse Review
Azden SMX-30 Video Microphone Review
be quiet! Silent Loop 360 Cooler Review
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING 11 GB Review
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4-3600 32GB Memory Kit Review
Gaming Mouse Roundup: Corsair Sabre RGB, G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780, SteelSeries Rival 500
Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 7 Motherboard Review
Hands On: Unboxing the NuVision Solo 10 Draw Windows 10 Tablet with Pen
Intel Clover Trail-based Systems Won't Receive Creators Update - Ever
Seagate Barracuda 4TB (ST4000DM005) Review
Silicon Power xDrive Z50 Dual USB Flash Drive Review
Toshibas XG5 1TB NVMe SSD reviewed
Western Digital My Passport Ultra (4TB) Review



1MORE Triple Driver In-ears

1MORE is one of the few companies that focuses on creating affordable quality in-ears. Even though the company is new, it has gained quite the following because they deliver in-ears with more drivers and accessories at a given price point than any of the older in-ear companies. Of course drivers are not everything. We put their Triple Driver in-ear under scrutiny to see if it can live up to the hype!

Read full article @ techPowerUp

2.5 Geeks: Asus Zephyrus With NVIDIA Max-Q, Alienware 17, AMD EPYC And Xeon Scalable, ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Welcome back for the latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks. In this webcast we'll be kicking around the Asus Zephyrus gaming notebook with NVIDIA's Max-Q design, the beastly Alienware 17, AMD EPYC And Xeon Scalable enterprise processor platforms, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, our Retro-Amiga build and more!

Read full article @ HotHardware

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 vs Intel Core i7-7800X: 30 Game Battle

After comparing Intel's new Core i7-7800X and AMD's Ryzen 5 1600 in productivity workloads, we're back by popular request to learn whether Intel still takes the cake when it comes to high-end gaming.

Read full article @ TechSpot

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Motherboards to be Showcased on July 25th

AMD is organizing the "Meet the Experts" webinar, which will focus on AMD's pcoming Ryzen Threadripper motherboard designs and offerings from AMD partners. As we inch closer to AMD's HEDT X399 platform launch, we've gotten confirmation from AMD on Threadripper's specs and pricing. However, the actual motherboards where you're expected to sit your awe-inducing 12 and 15-core processors have largely been absent from the show.

And since AMD knows that processors without a motherboard don't really equate to anything much, the company has invited ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and ASRock to detail at least some of their X399 motherboards. So far, the motherboards we have some info are the GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7 (which has 5x PCIe x16 slots, no PCIe x1 slots, and 3x M.2 slots in an ATX form-factor); the ASUS X399 ROG ZENITH EXTREME (EATX, 4x PCIe x16 slots, 1x PCIe x1 slots, and 2x M.2 slots); the ASROCK X399 Professional Gaming (ATX, 4x PCIe x16 slots, 1x PCIe x1 slots, and 2x M.2 slots); and finally, the ASROCK X399 TAICHI, which counts with the usual ATX form-factor, and offers 4x PCIe x16 slots, 1x PCIe x1 slots, and 2x M.2 slots. All of these seem to be marketed toward gamer enthusiasts, though we'll see some increasingly workstation-geared motherboards closer to or after the launch.

Read full article @ TechPowerUp

Anidees AI5S Windowed Mid-Tower Chassis Review

We’ve had a couple of Anidees chassis here at Hardwareslave for review in the past, and we really liked them. We are not just saying that because we receive review samples, but because of a couple of reasons, one of which is specific to the chassis we are reviewing today. Firstly, Anidees actively listen to feedback from enthusiasts, so, your idea may end up in a future product. Secondly, the AI5S chassis is a good example of the types of design they release.

There’s no optical bay, so no cluttered front panel, and there isn’t even a space for it behind the front panel, so the chassis can fill itself with more important things, like radiators, fans, and high-end components.

Read full article @ Hardware Slave

ASUS ROG Strix Evolve Mouse Review

The standout feature of the ASUS ROG Strix Evolve is undoubtedly its ability to change shape thanks to removable top panels. In practice, this means the Strix Evolve can be tailored to your specific needs - whether you want a ergonomic right-handed, ergonomic left-handed or ambidextrous mouse, the Strix Evolve has you covered. Intrigued?

Read full article @ KitGuru

Azden SMX-30 Video Microphone Review

So, the Azden SMX-30 claims to be like having 2 microphones in one, both a stereo and a mono microphone, which would mean a much more versatile microphone giving you extra flexibility when recording audio during your videos.

Read full article @ FunkyKit

be quiet! Silent Loop 360 Cooler Review

We previously looked at the be quiet! Silent Loop 240 at launch last year, but now there is a new kid on the block – the Silent Loop 360. It will be particularly interesting to assess the new 360mm unit as we have just finished testing the Alphacool Eisbaer 360 – and Alphacool also manufactures the Silent Loop series, so any similarities will be closely examined.

Read full article @ KitGuru

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING 11 GB Review

Ninety-nine percent (99%) of users in the world have been defeated by you. This was the visual statement from the Monster Hunter Online benchmark that had just finished its first run. This statement would set the tone for what was about to take place in my office for many days of playing, benchmarking, testing and analyzing this absolutely stunning graphics card that arrived on my doorstep compliments of EVGA. As I was still trying to sift through all of my thoughts, excitement and emotions one thing was unmistakably clear; this graphics card is for real. Of course, I am talking about the fully loaded EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2 11 GB graphics card.

Read full article @ FunkyKit

G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4-3600 32GB Memory Kit Review

If the need arises that you need to purchase more RAM for an older system, or you are building a new one, it never fails that G.SKILL is one of the top three names to come out for advice. From what we have gathered in the many sets of memory already provided by G.SKILL, we have seen superior styling in all the lineups, and if you are the type to go high-end, the TridentZ series has something for every build. Another huge advantage to a company such as G.SKILL is that never fail; they are always found on any motherboards QVL. Those of you who are G.SKILL fans, and have liked all the variations of TridentZ memory, we have one more SKU to add to the lineup. Following where the trends may take them, G.SKILL has opted to move to RGB LEDs in their heat spreaders. Unlike many others, G.SKILL developed a proprietary RGB LED system, which adds more flair over the standard offerings, delivering LEDs which will show motion as well as a multitude of colors. Of course, these kits also have Aura Sync support, which means ASUS motherboard users can use their software to change the LEDs on the kit to a multitude of patterns, sync them to the motherboard, or set them to the desired color all of the time. The choice is yours to do as you wish, with very little as far as limitations are concerned.

Read full article @ TweakTown

Gaming Mouse Roundup: Corsair Sabre RGB, G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780, SteelSeries Rival 500

Gaming enthusiasts understand the impact that a proper gaming mouse can have on their performance. Whether it be for fast flick-shots in CS:GO or for programming macros in MOBAs, having a gaming mouse tailored to your needs is an absolute necessity. For this review, we compared three newer mid-range gaming mice from a few top PC accessory brands: the Corsair Sabre RGB, SteelSeries Rival 500, and the G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780...

Read full article @ HotHardware

Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 7 Motherboard Review

The X299 Aorus Gaming 7 puts high-end features on Intel’s high-end platform to bring us one tier from the top of the market. Is it a high-end value?

Read full article @ Toms Hardware

Hands On: Unboxing the NuVision Solo 10 Draw Windows 10 Tablet with Pen

We are still in search of that perfect small form factor tablet and stylus to become our digital notebook - can the NuVision Solo 10 Draw fit in that niche?

Read full article @ WinSupersite

Intel Clover Trail-based Systems Won't Receive Creators Update - Ever

We recently covered how users with systems powered by Intel's Clover Trail CPUs were having issues with a "Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC" error when trying to update their machines to Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Creators Update. The systems in question - built around Intel's Clover Trail Atom processors - are generally low-cost, low-power machines (mainly 2-in-1) released between 2012 and 2015 under Windows 8 and 8.1. These systems were deemed ready to receive Windows 10; however, now it looks as if they won't ever be able to support it.

In our last piece, we wondered if this problem was only temporary; now it seems it's permanent. Microsoft has however announced that Clover Trail-based systems will still receive security updates (just not feature updates) until 2023. The issue seems to lay with Clover Trail's integrated GPU drivers; Clover Trail Atoms use GPU technology licensed from Imagination Technologies. Ars Technica's Peter Bright says that "Imagination appears unwilling, and Intel appears unable, to update the GPU drivers to meet the demands of the Creators Update. So systems built with such hardware will never be upgradable beyond the Anniversary Update."

Read full article @ TechPowerUp

Seagate Barracuda 4TB (ST4000DM005) Review

Last year, both WD and Seagate refreshed their hard drive series for desktop use. Back then we were positive about the new WD Blue 4TB, but we did not have to wait long for Seagate to answer. Today we test the Seagate Barracuda 4TB (ST4000DM005): how does this hard disk compare with its main competitor and all other 4TB-drives on the market?

While the product codes have changed and it is physically about a different product, the refreshed Seagate desktop series are still called Barracuda.

Read full article @ Hardware.Info

Silicon Power xDrive Z50 Dual USB Flash Drive Review

With the xDrive Z50, Silicon Power is proposing a simple solution for backup and file transfer between PC and Mac computers but also with iOS portable devices. The product includes the latest technologies such as USB 3.1 Gen 1 but also Lightning. It comes with Apple MFi certification and can be purchased in three different capacities: 32GB, 64GB but also 128GB. Its chassis is made of zinc alloy (thanks to the metallic casing, xDrive Z50 is dustproof, shock and scratch resistant), while the Lightning connector is protected by a durable plastic cap that was tested in-house to withstand over 10000 open/close actions.

Read full article @ Mad Shrimps

Toshibas XG5 1TB NVMe SSD reviewed

Toshiba's XG5 NVMe SSD is shipping to the company's OEM partners now. We run it through our test suite to see if the company's newfangled 64-layer BiCS NAND helps it compete with the best in the business.

Read full article @ The Tech Report

Western Digital My Passport Ultra (4TB) Review

Let’s face it, we are storing more and more files on your computers, and these files are getting bigger and bigger. From the episodes of your favourite TV series, to ever expanding project files, to your ever increasing number of photos, having a big capacity storage device not only allows you to store all these, but to allow you to back up these files, giving you an ease of mind.

For most consumers, they will be still using 1TB or 2TB storage drives, but a 4TB versions offers so much more in terms of storage, giving you extra ‘elbow room’. So let’s take a look at the My Passport Ultra’s specifications to see how it stands out in the crowd of external storage devices.

Read full article @ FunkyKit