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warhammer23

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  1. I am slowly becoming a big fan of this company. Can't wait to get my hands on that liquid cooled M.2 Cardea SSD just because it's quite unique. Until then I wanted to try out the DELTA MAX RGB SSD. Looking at the basic idea, this was bound to happen and they are certainly not the first but so far their implementation is hands down the best looking option out there. Having a full RGB screen on your storage device seems useless at first glance since most users keep them hidden but if you have a case with vertical mounting for 2.5″ drives, well, that changes everything. Personally I think it looks so gorgeous even when it is not even in use with thas glass-mirror surface ! They came in either a 250 GB, 500 GB or 1TB capacity option with 60 TBW, 120 TBW, and 240 TBW respectively regarding the endurance rating. Plus they managed to respect the SSD format and to keep it at 9.5 mm thick. Then it’s really cool that they thought of backward comparability so all users can enjoy the light show. This means if you don’t have a 5V RGB connector on your motherboard you can still plug it in the USB 9 pin port and still use it with the built-in light effects. If you do have an RGB port available, then the sky is the limit since it will synchronise with your motherboard light controls software. In my case I used the ASUS AURA and which instantly recognised the T-Force SSD as the ‘RGB strip’ since it uses the 5V RGB header. It uses a Silicon Motion SM2258 controller, Samsung 3D TLC flash NAND and Hynix DRAM. I can't find the exact capacity for the SLC cache (I did find it for the 1TB model which is 10GB so I would presume it's smaller for the 500GB variant that I have) but it performs really well even when it's filled with like a small performance penalty like 10-15%. Regarding results, in synthetic tests it does what it says on the box. Then I copied the installation folder (66 GB) for The Division 2 from another SSD onto the the DELTA and it kept the full speed at max SATA interface speed all the way through. Only copying the same from it onto it per say, after the cache got filled I got the small drop of 10-15% as mentioned above which is really good where most SSDs will drop to 40-50% write speeds. Anyway, here is the gorgeous bling that this drive brings to any display / show build ! Install a few puppies of these and enjoy the fireworks!
  2. I had the Night Hawks RGB and love them to bits just because of the way they looked and how heavy they were. But they were just 1 mm too tall for me to close the side panel in the DAN A4 SFX. When these new ARGB kits came out I was instantly hooked I mean personally I think they look absolutely stunning due to the clever design of using a mirror like plastic covered aluminium alloy heatsink which also lights up. Apparently they have Samsung B-Die ICs and are under the 51 mm for height requirement my case (49) so this should be interesting. You have the option to select from up to three different frequency and timing option kits (3200, 3600 or 4000 MHz / CL14, CL16 or CL18). The price varies between $116 to $180. I think they do 32 GB kits at least what's on the website. Not the most powerful CPU to do testings but the new 3100 so far is handling stuff pretty well. I got the new ASUS B550i STRIX ITX board and managed to OC the kits just on the stock D.O.C.P profiles from 3600 MHz to 4000 MHz! Then I even managed to lower the timings (at 1.45v VDIMM and 1.08v for the SOC) for the same frequency and thus having CL14-15-15-35 1T; basically replicating the more expensive sister kit with the same specs. Here are the results for the 4000 MHz on the stock profile and will add more info as I further tweak the stability and waiting for a newer bios and a better CPU. So far they are quite cool and if you are into the RGB rave, they are quite stunning. Perfoamnce wise, so far I never had a kit that I can 'oc' just on the stock profiles for 400 MHz gains.
  3. I decided to play around with some new RGB RAM from T-Force Team Group. These apparently are guaranteed to have Samsung B-die IC memory chips. I like that they come in variations of twos and what i mean by that is the fact that you can choose from two size options (8GB or 16GB), two speed ratings (3600 MHz or 4000 MHz), two RGB exterior designs (plain or with totem designs) and two timing sets (18-20-20-44 1.35V or 18-22-22-42 1.35V). I like that futuristic/abstract SF sword look that it has so hence the name reference to the legendary tale. The heat-spreaders are from aluminium and have a solid feel regarding build quality. They are on the tall side and measure 48 mm in height at their tallest point since given their design the light-bar kind' goes down as a diagonal. Speaking of the light-bar, it is fully RGB compatible with all of the big motherboard vendors and I had no problems sync it to my board's ASUS AURA software. The light is very nicely diffused since as they claim the light-bar has a 120 degrees spread. So, I decided to OC them but unfortunately I ran into some limits since my B450 motherboard with a 2nd gen Ryzen CPU can officially work up to 3600 MHz which is exactly what these kits can do out of the box. After some fiddling with the timings, I manged to make them to boot at 3800 MHz for 1.40v but failed to perform in any benchmarks. These being said, these RAM might have extra performance that awaits to be discovered but my rig is the bottleneck in this case. So I decided to tighten the timings. I ended up having 17-19-19-44 2T but with 1.45v which is on the high side for daily use. So I must get an X570 board and a 3rd gen CPU to see how much potential is left to OC. So yeah I will get back to you on that. Here is just some quick tests I did.
  4. OK. So yes they are a perfect fit for the Black Ridge cooler with even plenty of space left.
  5. Hi guys. Decided to share a quick review regarding some RAM I have found from Team Group that seam to me to be a best buy. But more importantly that they will let me install the Alpenföhn Black Ridge low profile cooler in the Dan A4 v4 SFX case. Until that cooler arrives I decide to share some thoughts on the Vulcan-Z. Other popular choice for that are, of course the Corsair Vengeance LPXs, but I wanted to give these a try as well. They come up to 16GB kits all the way to 3200 MHz and are 32.8 mm in height (Just shy of the 33mm limit for the Black Ridge – still fingers crossed lol). Here they are compared to my 53 mm tall Night Hawks RGB ones. Missing the RGB though but sometimes you can't have everything. Then I decided to try to OC them. Exactly like the Night Hawks, I squeezed another ‘free’ 200 MHz just from the XMP/DOCP profile without any changes for voltages, latencies etc. Did some quick tests which show some gains and Witcher 3 profited from those extra increase in bandwidth – 1 or 2 fps as an average. I am not that into OC’ing so I didn’t feel the need to push them further than 1.45v for 3600 MHz. They survived a Cinebench R15 but failed the AIDA64 benchmark. With some extra fiddling I am sure they could be stable but again not my main interest especially since they have A-Die chips which shouldn’t OC that high as the B-Die ones but still quite impressed with the extra free stock profile headroom. My only complain is mainly to aesthetics, maybe they should offer more heatsink color options to match more system schemes. I will update with extra pictures how everything comes into place when my new CPU coolers arrives. Thank you
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