Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Yeyian Shift 3-in-1 RGB Gaming Mouse and FlexCam Streaming Camera Review

With computers, the auxiliaries create ease of use and can include some excellent features. Your gaming compute with cool RGB, now you can carry that theme with your peripherals.  Today I will be reviewing Yeyian Shift's 3-In-1 RGB Gaming cordless mouse and the FlexCam Streaming Camera. They are both priced at $59.99 respectively.

 

Features and specs:

Shift Mouse

Voltage:  3.7 V

Programmable buttons:  6

Max. Acceleration:  50g

Integrated memory:  Yes

Cable length / reach:  4.92 feet

Cable sheath:  Braided Cable with magnetic ring

Plug and play:  Yes, Triple mode gaming mouse, wired, wireless (2.4 GHz) and bluetooth

Power:  Internal Li-Ion battery 600mA, USB cable

Buttons:  6

Illumination:  RGB with 6 effects

Current type:  DC

Compatibility:  Windows 11/Mac OS

Warranty:  US 12 | MX 12 | ES 24

Dimensions:  105 x 65 x 43 mm (4.72 x 2.51 x 1.54 inch)

Extra Features:  Swappable Switch Design (Kailh 80 million * 2, an extra top cover and a pull switch tool)

Weight:  80g

Stream:  18 mA

Connector:  USB type-C

Sensor:  Pixart 3395

DPI resolution:  26000 DPI

Switch:  HUANO + 2 Kailh Switches

Button durability:  10 millions

Response time:  1ms

 

Flex Cam Webcam.

Video Resolution:  2560x1440P@30fps + HDR

LED Light:  Yes, rotation wheel to adjust the brightness and colors.

Tripod Ergonomic:  360-degree free swivel adjustment for stability and comfort

Operating System:  Windows® 10 Windows® 11 Mac OS 10.6 or above Linux 2.6.24 or above Ubuntu® Linux 10.04 or above Android

Extra Features: - 3 light colors: White light, Cold White light, Warm White light - Distance sensor up to 2m - 18 buttons Remote control

Dimensions:  68.1mm x 87.6mm x 63.8mm (2.7in x 3.4in x 2.5in)

Weight:  265g (0.6lb)

USB Connector:  1.6 m magnetic ring anti-interference shielded cable USB Type-C Dongle x1

Warranty:  US 12 | MX 12 | ESP 24

Focus type:  Auto Focus

Dynamic Range:  HDR mode 105db

Microphone:  Dual Noise cancelling mics

Active Noise Cancellation:  Yes

Data Format:  H.264 and above, JPEG, YUY2

Field of View:  78 degrees with Vertical distortion

Connectivity:  USB Type-A (with USB Type-C dongle included)

 

The mouse came in a lime green and grey box with high-definition pictures of the mouse on the front and the back of the box. On one side is the Yeyian brand logo, and on the other side has some key features about the mouse. On the back, the specifications of the mouse are shown as well as the contents. The FlexCam webcam came in a similar smaller box, with a high-definition picture of the product on the front with the Yeyian logo on the top and the side of the box. The box has key features listed on one side with the specifications listed on the back. Also included with the mouse was the charging cable, a tool to change out the various switches, and manual. And for the webcam, also included was the USB to USC-C adapter, remote, and manual.

First up is the Shift 3 in 1 RGB Gaming Mouse. The mouse has some nice customization capabilities from being able to change the switch design to being able to program the 6 customizable buttons to your liking. This mouse connects to the computer in one of three ways. Either Bluetooth, by a 2.4 GHz connection, or by connecting with the provided cord. This mouse is also nice and lightweight that feels great in my hand to help combat the aches that often happen in extended sessions. The mouse also has RBG lightings which you can customize thru their app. You can also customize its sensibility to your liking.

The FlexCam webcam has some nice features from having a wide-angle camera that can capture at 2560x1440P at 30 frames per second, to having a privacy slider to cover the sensor for the camera. This webcam also has a ring light around the camera that has a tap button on the back that controls the mode the light is on from white, mixed, and warm. There is a spindle that wraps around the light that controls the brightness of the light. The cam is mounted on an adjustable stand to be able to capture at many angles. It’s also designed to transmit the data faster and smaller to provide better quality and speed to make the video better.

The Webcam has some nice features that make it unique from other webcams I have used and seen. From the spindle around the lighting to adjust the brightness to the tap button on the back to change the mode of the light. And the remote makes it easy to adjust its settings as well.  The mouse has some good creativity with their buttons and switch design. The mouse lasted around the 60-hour battery life it advertises.

In conclusion, I enjoyed these products and they are reasonably priced. From the Shift 3-in-1 RGB Gaming mouse to the FlexCam Streaming Camera, they are great products that I would recommend when you are looking for great quality items and long-lasting. Based on their design, features, quality, and performance, both of these products have earned our Recommended award. To find out more about these products please visit https://us.yeyiangaming.com/.



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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

International edition of the REDMAGIC 9S Pro to be announced on Tuesday July 16, 2024 at redmagic.gg

Use the code below to save $30 on the REDMAGIC 8S Pro gaming bundles!

REDMAGIC, the gaming brand, has launched the REDMAGIC 9S Pro and

REDMAGIC 9S Pro+ gaming smartphones series along the

REDMAGIC Titan 16 Pro, gaming laptop in China


International edition of the REDMAGIC 9S Pro to be announced on

Tuesday July 16, 2024 at redmagic.gg

REDMAGIC 9S Pro and REDMAGIC 9S Pro+ are

available in four designs in China

REDMAGIC-TITAN-16-PRO

The REDMAGIC Titan 16 Pro gaming laptop available in

two colors with various storage combinations.

The leading gaming brand, REDMAGIC, has unveiled its latest flagship gaming phone, the REDMAGIC 9 Pro series: the REDMAGIC 9S Pro and the REDMAGIC 9S Pro+. This series features the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, the leading version with UFS 4.0 + LPDDR5X. It is available in four iterations with storage up to 24+1TB.


REDMAGIC's at redmagic.gg on Tuesday July 16, 2024 will announced the launch of the international version from 8:00 PM Hong Kong Time / 7:00 AM Eastern Standard Time / 1:00 PM Central European Time. The launch of the REDMAGIC Titan 16 Pro, gaming laptop will be announced soon at redmagic.gg.


Check out these resources for more information:

  • Access the media kit here including a press release and review guide of the REDMAGIC 9S Pro, international version.

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  • For inquiries please contact us at pr@redmagic.gg.


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Monday, June 24, 2024

Kingston FURY Takes the Lead with Racecar Inspired DDR5 Memory

 
Kingston FURY Takes the Lead
with Racecar Inspired DDR5 Memory
 

  • Engineered for Turbocharged Performance
 
  • Brought to Life with Dynamic RGB Lighting Effects
 
  • Intel® XMP 3.0 Certified
 
Fountain Valley, CA – June 24, 2024 – Kingston FURY, the high-performance division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, announces the release of its latest memory, Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5 RGB Limited Edition. Inspired by a love of cars and racing, this kit brings the high-performance look and feel on the track to your PC.
               Kingston FURY™ Renegade DDR5 RGB Limited Edition is turbocharged to deliver high speeds and exceptional endurance for finding your groove on the racetrack. Whether you’re gaming, streaming, or editing high-definition videos, equip your rig with reliable performance and accelerate your computing needs. The new curved and patterned modules resemble the distinct pattern of your favorite racecar’s design. Start the race with the new and exclusive default effect on the 12 LEDs inside the wind-swept light bar, or bring the excitement of the starting lights with any of the 18 customizable RGB effects that utilize FURY CTRL1 and patented Kingston FURY Infrared Sync Technology™ every time you hit the driver’s seat, or gaming chair.
               “We’re thrilled to offer our customers another option of memory that seamlessly blends style and performance,” said Kristy Ernt, DRAM business manager, Kingston. “The Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5 RGB Limited Edition features a striking new design and leverages the latest technology to achieve an aggressive speed of 8000MT/s, and fuels extreme overclocking potential while minimizing performance bottlenecks.”
Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5 RGB Limited Edition memory is available as a 48GB kit of 2, is Intel® XMP 3.0 Certified and qualified by your favorite motherboard makers. 100% tested at speed and backed by a limited lifetime warranty and legendary Kingston reliability.
               For more information visit kingston.com.
 
1 Lighting customizable with Kingston FURY CTRL software or with motherboard RGB control software. RGB customization support through third-party software may vary.
2 Featured on the Qualified Vendor Lists (QVL) of the world’s leading motherboard manufacturers.
 
Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5 RGB LE Features and Specifications:
  • Racecar Inspired Design: New red and black heat spreader with cascade elements gives the aerodynamic look and feel of a racecar ready to hit the curves of the most challenging circuit.
  • Turbocharged performance: At 8000MT/s, Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5 RGB Limited Edition features premium parts hand-tuned and backed by 100% factory testing at speed. Put the pedal to the metal for extreme overclocking potential.
  • Patented Kingston FURY Infrared Sync Technology™: Ensures distinct RGB lighting effects stay aligned, while Kingston FURY CTRL brings the excitement of the starting lights to your system with 18 preset effects1.
  • Intel® XMP 3.0 Certified: Let Intel Extreme Memory Profile technology set the pace with advanced pre-optimized factory timings, speeds and voltages that make (race winning) overclocking effortless.
  • Qualified by leading motherboard makers2: Cleared in trials to put you in pole position with your chosen motherboard.
  • Capacities: Kit of 2 - 48 GB
  • Speed:       8000MT/s
  • Latency:    CL36
  • Voltage:    1.45V
  • Operating Temperature:    0°C to 85°C
  • Dimensions: 113.35mm x 45.8mm x 8.26mm

 
 
Kingston can be found on:
 
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Facebook            LinkedIn
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About Kingston Technology Company, Inc.
From big data, to laptops and PCs, to IoT-based devices like smart and wearable technology, to design-in and contract manufacturing, Kingston helps deliver the solutions used to live, work and play. The world’s largest PC makers and cloud-hosting companies depend on Kingston for their manufacturing needs, and our passion fuels the technology the world uses every day. We strive beyond our products to see the bigger picture, to meet the needs of our customers and offer solutions that make a difference. To learn more about how Kingston Is With You, visit Kingston.com.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

Thermaltake The Tower 300 Computer Case Review

Computer chassis’ lets you make your computer unique while being able to help you decide on components. There are a lot of options out there, and some are getting rather creative!  Today I will be reviewing Thermaltake’s The Tower 300 series with the price of $149.99. We also received the case stand kit that is available for an additional $29.99.

 

Features and specs:

P/N:  CA-1Y4-00SEWN-00

SERIES:  The Tower

CASE TYPE:  Micro Tower

DIMENSIONS:  551 x 342 x 281 mm (22.5 x 14 x 11.5 inch)

WEIGHT:  8.3 kg / 18.3 lbs.

SIDE PANEL:  3mm Tempered Glass x 3

COLOR:  Matcha Green

MATERIAL:  SPCC







COOLING SYSTEM:  Top(exhaust): 140 x 140 x 25 mm CT140 fan (1500rpm, 30.5 dBA) x 2

EXPANSION SLOTS:  4

MOTHERBOARD:  6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX)

I/O PORT:  USB 3.2 (Gen 2) Type-C x 1

PSU:  Standard PS2 PSU (optional)



FAN SUPPORT:  Top:  2 x 120mm, 1 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm, 1 x 140mm

Right Side:  3 x 120mm, 2 x 120mm, 1 x 120mm, 3 x 140mm, 2 x 140mm, 1 x 140mm

Rear:  2 x 120mm, 1 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm, 1 x 140mm,

Power Cover:  1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm




RADIATOR SUPPORT:  Right Side(AIO): 1 x 360mm, 1 x 240mm, 1 x 120mm, 1 x 420mm, 1 x 280mm, 1 x 140mm

CLEARANCE:  CPU cooler height limitation:   210mm

VGA length limitation:  280mm(With power cover), 400mm(Without power cover)

PSU length limitation:  220mm

 

The Tower 300 comes in a color printed box with high-quality pictures of the case on the front, side, and back of the box. On the other side of the box are the cases’ specs.  Being secured inside custom-fitted Styrofoam along with a box that holds the stand for this case. Materials used in the construction was mostly metal with some glass and plastic. Quality of materials used, as well as fit and finish, was very good. The case comes with the warranty and user manual booklets, as well as a motherboard speaker and some accessories to help with the building process.



The Tower 300 case has a great compact look to it along with plenty of airflow to help keep your system cooled. A case stand allows you to store the case at a 90-degree angle, making the case look similar to a cryo-chamber. It’s really cool looking actually!  Having airflow vents with mesh filters on the top, bottom, back, and both sides of the case there is plenty of airflow to help your system. There are 3 tempered glass panels at the front and slightly offset on the front held secure by push pins. This case also comes with two USB 3.0 ports, a type-C port, the usual audio ports, a reset button, and a power button. All of which are on the top front of the case.


Some of the features of this case are compatibility with mini ITX and micro ATX motherboards, having a dedicated detachable fan/AIO bracket that can support up to 420 mm AIO cooler, and being able to mount up to eight 120 or 140 mm fans throughout the case.  It comes pre-installed with 2 140 mm fans at the top configured as exhaust. This case can support up to 400 mm GPU along with up to 220 mm power supply. This case is able to carry either three 2.5 SSDs or three 3.5 HDDs for storage capability.


One of the key features of the case is that it has a dismantlable modular design. Helping the case to be easily taken apart and put back together to help make the build and maintenance of your build easier. Because of this design, you are able to reach many hard-to-reach places in other mini cases.

In conclusion, the Tower 300 Micro Tower Chassis is a great case to be able to have an easy build and maintenance. Being able to have a sizable amount of storage capability as well as having a clean and compact look to your computer, is a home run. With the stand at an additional cost, I believe the stand is a must-have with this case to help maximize the look of this case. With the cost of $149.99 for the case and $29.99 for the stand, it’s very fairly priced.  And based on its design, features, quality, and performance, the Thermaltake The Tower 300 Micro Tower Chassis has earned our Highly Recommended Award. For more information, you can check out their website at thermaltakeusa.com.




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Sunday, June 2, 2024

Thermaltake Argent E700 Real Leather Gaming Chair

When it comes to getting your game on, there’s a lot of components to consider. Graphic cards and hard drives are usually high on the list. But it’s really easy to forget one of the most important components: your chair. After all, for those really long gaming session, you need a quality chair that is both comfortable and gives you support. Up for review today is the Thermaltake Argent E700 Real Leather Gaming Chair.

 

Features and specs:

 

P/N:  GGC-ARG-BLLFDL-01

STYLE NAME:  ARGENT E700

CHAIR TYPE:  Ergonomic Real Leather

COLOR:  Ocean Blue

FOAM TYPE:  High Density Molded Foam

FOAM DENSITY:  143.3lbs/ft³ (65kg/m³)

LEATHER COLOR:  Black

FRAME CONSTRUCTION:  Aluminum and Metal

ADJUSTABLE ARMRESTS:  4D Adjustable Armrests, Left / Right Lateral Sliding Function, Clockwise / Anti Clockwise Rotation, Height Adjustment, Front / Back Sliding Function

ARMREST PAD SIZE:  L 9.4" x W 4.3" (24cm x 11cm)

MECHANISM TYPE:  Wire-control mechanism

GAS LIFT CLASS:  4

CHAIR/SEAT BACK STYLE:  High-back

ADJUSTABLE BACK ANGLE:  107° / 113° / 119° / 126°

ADJUSTABLE HEADREST:  Yes

BASE TYPE:  5-star Aluminum Base

CASTER SIZE & MATERIAL:  3” (7.5 cm) and PU

ASSEMBLY REQUIRED:  Yes

RECOMMENDED HEIGHT:  5’6” – 6’2” (170cm – 190cm)

RECOMMENDED WEIGHT:  < 331Ibs (150kg)

 

The Thermaltake Argent E700 came in a large cardboard box. Opening the box revealed a well-protected chair, held in place with cardboard, foam, and wrapped in plastic. Materials used in the construction was real leather, aluminum, and some plastic. Quality of materials used, as well as the fit and finish, was excellent! This is a premium chair, and it shows! Also included was the instruction manual for assembling it.

 

As I mentioned before, it’s really easy to forget how critical a quality chair is. After all, you need something that is both comfortable, and gives really good support. You won’t want to sit in a chair for very long if it isn’t comfortable. But comfort isn’t the only thing to look for in a chair. Even more critical is support. Because after long gaming sessions, if you don’t have the needed support, there’s going to be problems. After a long gaming session of multiple hours, a not-supportive chair will not only give you back problems, other parts of your body will be sore as well. And if it continues, it could actually cause some problems. I sit a lot, sometimes all day, so I know what it’s like.

 

When it comes to assembling a product, having easy to read and follow instructions is critical. I was extremely pleased to see that the instructions were very easy to follow. And not only that, there really weren’t very many pieces to put together. There was the very nice looking aluminum 5-star base, a class 4 gas spring that the chair sat on, and the 5 wheels that attached to the bottom of the 5-star base. The back of the chair easily attached to the seat with some bolts. With the seat and back now one piece, just set it on the gas spring and wheels, and you’re done.

 

With the chair now put together, I took a closer look at the completed product. The back of the chair is a beautiful thick plastic piece that’s a gloss ocean blue and goes from the back to the bottom, and appears to basically be the frame of the chair. The back and seat of the chair is made of high density molded foam, and is wrapped in 1.1 mm thick genuine premium black leather. The red stitching gives it that gaming chair look. Aluminum side handles adjust both the height and amount of recline. The thick metal 5-star base is also in aluminum. The headrest and arm rests are adjustable. It’s a collaboration with Studio F-A-Porsche, and I love it! The red stitching gives it that gaming chair look. Yet with the black leather and aluminum accents, it also works great as an office chair. While they have a great selection of colors to pick from, the ocean blue is stunning! Now let’s see how it performs.

 

Using the race car looking side handles, the right side adjusted the height, and the left side to adjust the recline angle. My initial thought upon sitting down, is that they definitely used high density foam. I used the chair exclusively for a few weeks. During this time, I had several long sessions using the chair for 5, 6, and even 7 hours at a time. While not plush and soft, the chair is very comfortable, and extremely supportive. Even after 7 hours straight in the chair, my back was just fine. And having back problems, that’s saying a lot!


Whether you are a gamer who enjoys long sessions, or just spend a lot of time at your work desk, most people need a good chair. The Thermaltake Argent E700 works great as both a gaming or office chair. It’s truly a premium chair, and it shows. Not only does it look beautiful, it’s also extremely well made to provide many years of use. And it also performs in spades. With a MSRP of $1,299, it may not be for everyone, but it should be. It’s worth every penny. Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Thermaltake Argent E700 has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website and www.thermaltake.com.

 




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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX Ice Motherboard Review

There are many crucial parts to a computer to make it work, from the processor to the power supply. The motherboard is one of the most critical parts. Your motherboard determines what socket you use for your processor as well as what memory you are going to be using. Today I will be reviewing Gigabyte’s Z790 Aorus Elite AX Ice. The motherboard MSRP is $269.99.

Features and specs:

  • CPU
    1. LGA1700 socket: Support for the 14th, 13th, and 12th Generation Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors
    2. L3 cache varies with CPU

(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)

  • Chipset
    1. Intel® Z790 Express Chipset
  • Memory
    1. Support for DDR5 7600(O.C.) /7400(O.C.) /7200(O.C.) /7000(O.C.) /6800(O.C.) /6600(O.C.) / 6400(O.C.) / 6200(O.C.) / 6000(O.C.) / 5800(O.C.) / 5600(O.C.) / 5400(O.C.) / 5200(O.C.) / 4800 / 4000 memory modules
    2. 4 x DDR5 DIMM sockets supporting up to 192 GB (48 GB single DIMM capacity) of system memory
    3. Dual channel memory architecture
    4. Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
    5. Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
    6. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

(The CPU and memory configuration may affect the supported memory types, data rate (speed), and number of DRAM modules, please refer to "Memory Support List" for more information.)

  • Onboard Graphics

Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel® HD Graphics support:

    1. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@60 Hz
      * Support for HDMI 2.1 version and HDCP 2.3.
      ** Support native HDMI 2.1 TMDS compatible ports.
    2. 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2304@60
      * Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version and HDCP 2.3

(Graphics specifications may vary depending on CPU support.)

  • Audio
    1. Realtek® Audio CODEC
    2. High Definition Audio
    3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
      * You can change the functionality of an audio jack using the audio software. To configure 7.1-channel audio, access the audio software for audio settings.
    4. Support for S/PDIF Out
  • LAN
    1. Realtek® 2.5GbE LAN chip (2.5 Gbps/1 Gbps/100 Mbps)
  • Wireless Communication module

Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (PCB rev. 1.0)

    1. WIFI a, b, g, n, ac, ax, supporting 2.4/5/6 GHz carrier frequency bands

    2. BLUETOOTH 5.3
    3. Support for 11ax 160MHz wireless standard and up to 2.4 Gbps data rate

Realtek® Wi-Fi 6E RTL8852CE (PCB rev. 1.1)

    1. WIFI a, b, g, n, ac, ax, supporting 2.4/5/6 GHz carrier frequency bands
    2. BLUETOOTH 5.3
    3. Support for 11ax 160MHz wireless standard and up to 2.4 Gbps data rate

* Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.

  • Expansion Slots

CPU:

    1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, supporting PCIe 5.0 and running at x16 (PCIEX16)
      * The PCIEX16 slot can only support a graphics card or an NVMe SSD. If only one graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

Chipset:

    1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, supporting PCIe 4.0 and running at x4 (PCIEX4_1)
    2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, supporting PCIe 3.0 and running at x4 (PCIEX4_2)
  • Storage Interface

CPU:

    1. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 22110/2280 PCIe 4.0 x4/x2 SSD support) (M2A_CPU)

Chipset:

    1. 2 x M.2 connectors (Socket 3, M key, type 22110/2280 PCIe 4.0 x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_SB, M2Q_SB)
    2. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 22110/2280 SATA and PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD support) (M2M_SB)
    3. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 support for NVMe SSD storage devices

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 support for SATA storage devices
* Refer to "2-8 Internal Connectors," for the installation notices for the M.2 and SATA connectors.

  • USB

Chipset:

    1. 1 x USB Type-C® port on the back panel, with USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 support
    2. 1 x USB Type-C® port with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support, available through the internal USB header
    3. 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red) on the back panel
    4. 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (3 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

Chipset+2 USB 2.0 Hubs:

    1. 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
  • Internal I/O Connectors
    1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
    2. 2 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors
    3. 1 x CPU fan header
    4. 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
    5. 3 x system fan headers
    6. 1 x system fan/water cooling pump header
    7. 2 x addressable LED strip headers
    8. 2 x RGB LED strip headers
    9. 4 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
    10. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    11. 1 x front panel header
    12. 1 x front panel audio header
    13. 1 x USB Type-C® header, with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support
    14. 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header
    15. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
    16. 2 x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connectors
    17. 1 x Trusted Platform Module header (For the GC-TPM2.0 SPI/GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0 module only)
    18. 1 x reset button
    19. 1 x Q-Flash Plus button
    20. 1 x Clear CMOS button
    21. 1 x reset jumper
    22. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • Back Panel Connectors
    1. 1 x USB Type-C® port, with USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 support
    2. 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red)
    3. 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
    4. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    5. 2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
    6. 1 x HDMI 2.0 port
    7. 1 x DisplayPort
    8. 1 x RJ-45 port
    9. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
    10. 2 x audio jacks
  • I/O Controller
    1. iTE® I/O Controller Chip
  • H/W Monitoring
    1. Voltage detection
    2. Temperature detection
    3. Fan speed detection
    4. Water cooling flow rate detection
    5. Fan fail warning
    6. Fan speed control
      * Whether the fan (pump) speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install.
  • BIOS
    1. 1 x 256 Mbit flash
    2. Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
    3. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
  • Unique Features
    1. Support for GIGABYTE Control Center (GCC)
      * Available applications in GCC may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
    2. Support for Q-Flash
    3. Support for Q-Flash Plus
    4. Support for Smart Backup
  • Bundled Software
    1. Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
    2. LAN bandwidth management software
  • Operating System
    1. Support for Windows 11 64-bit
    2. Support for Windows 10 64-bit
  • Form Factor
    1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

The motherboard came in a color white box with a high-definition picture of the Aorus logo on the front of the box. On the back of the box, it lists some of its key features such as 16 digital VRM, the included Wi-Fi 6E and ultra gain antenna, USB 3.2 gen2X2, and 2.5 GbE LAN. Inside the box is the motherboard surrounded by custom-fitted cardboard to help keep the motherboard secure. The motherboard comes wrapped in an antistatic bag to help protect the electronics inside. Along with the motherboard is a user manual along with an installation booklet.

Some of this motherboard's features include the chipset supporting 12th 13th and 14th gen Intel processors and a twin 16+1+2 phases design for the digital VRM solution in an 8+8 phases parallel power design. This motherboard has four DDR5 channel slots running dual channel supporting XMP 3.0 with memory speeds of 4000 and 4800, and up to 7600 when overclocked. Another great feature of this motherboard is the many storage capabilities, there are three PCIe x16 slots ranging from 3.0 to 5.0 capabilities along with four M.2 slots all supporting PCIe 4.0 x4. The motherboard also comes with some cool RGB lights attached close to the M.2 Thermal guard extension that is subtle but pleasing to the eye.

For connections on this motherboard, there are four USB 2.0 slots, female connectors for the provided Wi-Fi 6E antenna, and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 slots. There are also an HDMI port and a DisplayPort, one USB-C at 20GB/S, three USB 3.2 gen 1 slots, as well as a 2.5 GbE LAN port along with your mic and line-out audio plugs. There are also six SATA connectors that can support up to 6GB/s.

For the firmware and software for the motherboard, there is the BIOS with the normal black and white format with some color on the top of the screen that is pleasant to look at. The BIOS menu is also easy to navigate with both an easy mode and an advanced mode. Easy mode makes it easy for beginners to change the necessary settings to help optimize the system. While the advanced mode helps you better tailor your system for what you want.

I love the useability of this board.  Think it’s time to upgrade, but want to save some coin?  You can use your old 12th Gen processor, and get a board that you can grow with.  You can get the  current features that you can use now, like Wi-Fi 6E, four M.2 slots supporting PCIe 4.0 x4, and RGB, to name a few.  And then save up for a quality new 14th Gen processor.

 I used this system to run the tests and benchmarks: I7 13700K, AMD Radeon 6600 XT, Kingston Fury DDR5, Cooler Master Master Liquid ML360L V2 ARGB, with a Thermaltake ToughPower GF2 ARGB 750W PSU. For the benchmarks, I ran Fire Strike Extreme, Time Spy, and Speed Way from 3Dmark. I also ran GPGPU and Cache and Memory benchmarks from AIDA64 along with Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Horizon Zero Dawn. All of the tests were run on factory settings on a 1440p resolution.

With the benchmarks, the Z790 Aorus Elite AX Ice performed well in all of the benchmarks. It did well in the gaming area as advertised. In both Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Horizon Zero Dawn, the board and card combo did well, keeping the average FPS over 80 frames per second. In Time Spy and Fire Strike Extreme, the combo did well in keeping up with the high demands of the benchmarks and showing great results.

In conclusion, The Z790 Aorus Elite AX Ice is a great motherboard scoring pretty high in the benchmarks, and is set at a great and affordable price for a higher-end budget to mid-tier build computer. And as mentioned previously, it’s a great board that provides good performance now, while you save up for other comments of your new build, like a new 14th Gen processor. Based on it’s design, features, quality and performance, as well as large bang for the buck, the Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX Ice has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. If you want more information about these products and complete specs, you can check out their website at https://www.gigabyte.com/.










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