Modder Crow

Today we have another build from Modder Crow for you. In the past we’ve shared several of his builds and as you might know they always look exceptionally good. Like every day we're showing you a very nice build or from one of our modder friends. As always we will show you the nicest pictures of the build and if possible also the specifications here in the news and the full album with all pictures can be found in our Case Mod Gallery.



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Build 17040 now available

Microsoft has released the new build 17040 of the Windows 10 Insider Preview system. According to the company, if you are already part of the "Fast Ring", you might be able to download the new version today. The new release includes improvements to the settings menu, touch keyboard and handwriting panel.



Optimized for both AMD and Intel platforms

Patriot has announced their Viper LED memory kit, which has been designed and tested in combination with Intel Coffee Lake and AMD Ryzen processors. When a new CPU architecture hits the market memory vendors usually conduct extensive stability tests before launching their kits and Patriot is certainly no exception in that regard.



With 17-inch Freesync display

Most gaming laptops are powered by Intel CPUs and have been for many years. AMD with Ryzen has introduces a new respectable desktop chip that now can be found also on gaming notebook. With the ROG Strix GL702ZC gaming notebook, ASUS is going to release the world's first gaming laptop powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 processor.



Based in Chengdu, China

Since their launch, Coffee Lake desktop CPUs have been somewhat limited in availability. In order to fix the supply issues, Intel notified its customers that they will soon begin receiving parts assembled in China. To keep up with this strong demand, the company is adding a new assembly-and-test site in Chengdu, China.


Featuring three fans

Over the past weeks we have read several reports regarding the lack of custom RX Vega 64 graphics cards. Unlike the previous rumors about the missing custom RX Vega 64, it appears that the manufacturers are actually going to release cards based on a custom design.


APIC - Modmode

Today we have another build from APIC - Modmode for you. In the past we’ve shared several of his builds and as you might know they always look exceptionally good. Like every day we're showing you a very nice build or from one of our modder friends. As always we will show you the nicest pictures of the build and if possible also the specifications here in the news and the full album with all pictures can be found in our Case Mod Gallery.



Quite similar to the previous model

The Z370M Mortar from MSI is a mid-range motherboard that comes with a few interesting features. Compared to the previous model, which goes by the name Z270M Mortar, we see a similar color scheme, a reworked layout and a higher grade chipset.



With 100 Hz refresh rate

ASUS has updated their gaming monitor lineup with a new curved display which goes by the name ROG Strix XG35VQ. This monitor sports a 35-inch panel with 3440 x 1440 pixel resolution. Apart from that it sports 21:9 aspect ratio and 1800R curvature.



With 32GB capacity

G.Skill has announced their TridentZ memory kit, which has been designed and tested in combination with Intel's Coffee Lake processors. When a new CPU architecture hits the market memory vendors usually conduct extensive stability tests before launching their kits and G.Skill is certainly no exception in that regard.



Soon another record?

A few weeks ago, Intel has released a new series of HEDT processors. Meanwhile K|ngp|n is testing the new flagship Intel Core i9-7980XE on 3DMark Time Spy Extreme. Thanks to a rather substantial overclock on the CPU as well as on the GPU and a very nicely overclocked memory he's been able to hit more than 7K points regarding the global score. We wouldn't be surprised if rather sooner than later a new record would be incoming from the master of 3DMark benchmarks himself.


Support for Star Wars: Battlefront II

It seems like we are spending more time updating drivers than playing new games lately. During the past month we have received four new AMD drivers and it's more or less the same with NVIDIA. AMD has just released its Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.11.2 graphics driver software. This version should offer better support for Star Wars: Battlefront II.


Available in 120 and 140mm size

Corsair has added yet another set of RGB LED fans to their lineup. The new fans are called ML and they should become available soon. Corsair already offers the SP and HD series in the case of RGB LED fans, however the ML series look much more customizable due to the hardware controller.


With WindForce 2X GeForce cooler

Gigabyte is updating their Aorus line of graphics cards with models that come with WindForce 2X coolers. The upcoming Aorus GTX 1070 Ti sports a dual-fan cooler with black and orange color scheme. In addition the card comes with a solid backplate.



For Gaming and Fatal1ty series

Following the launch of Intel's X299 chipset, EKWB has released a new monoblock for fünf ASRock motherboards: the X299 OC Formula, the X299 Taichi, the X299 Killer SLI/ac, the Fatal1ty X299 Gaming K6 and the Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9. This monoblock will apparently add water cooling to both the CPU and the VRM, thanks to a huge single water block. The EK-FB ASRock X299 RGB Monoblock is compatible with ASRock's RGB LED, which will allow you to create neat looking setups thanks to customizable lighting.


Unexpected news

According to a news published on Techpowerup, EK Water Blocks have had an estrangement from the majority of their top management including their CEO of over four years. This is an important change that can affect the PC DIY water cooling market due to the strong presence of the company in this environment.


388.31 WHQL drivers

The new GeForce Game Ready 388.31 WHQL drivers offer optimisations for two of the biggest games released a few days ago, Destiny 2 and Star Wars Battlefront II. Apart from game support some bugs have been addressed as well.



Available for early 2018

Over the last couple of months, there have been whispers regarding an additional Intel chipset and new CPU coming after Coffee Lake and Z370. Today the first Z390 motherboard seems to have made an appearance online. According to the latest rumors, Intel Z390 chipset should be compatible with 8-core processors.



Featuring DX12

Futuremark has just updated VRMark with Cyan Room that includes a new test that measures your PC's performance with the more efficient DirectX12 API. According to the company, the test sports a new DirectX 12 engine which allows large and complex environment.

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