The portable gaming powerhouse packed with the latest GeForce GTX 1080 desktop grade graphics and 4k resolution
Need a promising water cooling kit for your system? The XSPC RayStorm Pro Ion AX240 is one you might want to consider for.
Great features and modularity at smaller size and lower price.
It's a pain to get just a bluetooth keyboard for each device. Why not go for one that actually works with multiple device altogether?
This is probably the best AIO we have tested to date.
April 30, 2015
April 29, 2015
- HyperX Savage 120GB - $83.99 (298.90 MYR)
- HyperX Savage 240GB - $139.99 (498.83 MYR)
- HyperX Savage 480GB - $279.99 (996.40 MYR)
- HyperX Savage 960GB - $559.99 (1995.41 MYR)
The HyperX Savage is rather luxurious in terms on the packaging, which somehow reminded us the HyperX 5K and 3K back then. Sweet!
Aside of the product description, Kingston has listed out the content at the back of the box. As expected, the similar upgrade kit from both HyperX 5k and 3K consisting the USB 3.0 enclosure, 3.5" bracket, SATA cable, screw driver kit and the spacer.
The HyperX Savage sits firmly in the middle of the padded foam cutout for the best protection.
At the base of the padded foam cutout, we can see the iconic 'X' logo of Kingston's HyperX flagship.
The full content of the package:
- USB 3.0 enclosure
- User's guide
- 3.5" bracket
- SATA cable
- HyperX sticker
- HyperX Savage SSD
- SSD spacer
- Screw driver kit
The 2.5" enclosure can be used for upgrade purpose or just simply to use the SSD as an ultra fast external hard drive.
The lever to lock/unlock the enclosure.
The inside of the enclosure.
The USB 3.0 header of the enclosure.
The screw driver kit, it has pretty much every size you need for installation.
The HyperX Savage has a very striking appearance, unlike any we've seen up to date. How much SWAG can you have?
At the back of the SSD we can see a warranty label covering one of the screw of the SSD enclosure - it's advised to not to tamper with it as it will void the manufacturer warranty from Kingston.
Test Rig Configuration
Corsair Hydro Series H100i
Intel Core i7 5960X
Kingston HyperX Predator 8GB
Primary Hard Drive
be quiet! Straight Power 10 600W
Developed by a Japanese coder that goes by the nickname Hiyohiyo, CrystalDiskMark is one of the most frequent used SSD Benchmark utility to measure SSD's read and write performance. There's 2 option for the test data used, compressible (0 fill) and incompressible (1 fill).
AS SSD Benchmark
Widely used SSD benchmarking utility that uses incompressible data to simulate the worst possible scenario for a SSD and thus giving a much lower sequential read and write speed result than what has been stated by the manufacturer as result of the heavy workload.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
The most frequently used benchmarking utility by many manufacturers for performance specification. As ATTO Disk Benchmark uses compressible data rather than compressible data, it results in higher benchmark scores. We've ran the benchmark with transfer size ranged from 0.5KB to 8192KB and total length of the test to be 256MB.
Anvil's Storage Utilities
By far the most complete SSD Benchmark utility available. The Anvil's Storage Utilities not only comes with the standard SSD Benchmark function, it also includes other functions such as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests and option to configure the compressibility of the test data.
We've conducted few tests to simulate the real world usage - boot up time, launching photoshop CS6, launching Battlefield 4 and transferring a 5GB movie file. Among all the SATA based SSD tested, the HyperX Savage performs the best in terms of overall performance.
On aesthetic aspects, the HyperX Savage is not your average plain looking SSD with just a sticker. Gamers and enthusiasts who has been very picky when it comes to picking the right hardware to match their preferred color scheme would love this, especially for those who likes the black-red themed build.
Performance wise, the HyperX Savage might not be the best if it were to be compared with other top rated brands but it's a SSD that is worthy to be recommend to others based on the performance it has displayed throughout our test.
It might not be the cheapest SSD you can get, but it's no doubt a steal for what you can get from the HyperX Savage SSD - the upgrade bundle kit, good looking and the performance that lives up to the standard of a HyperX flagship SSD is worthy to be recommended.
- Comes with 3 year warranty
- Decent build quality
- Decent performance
- Good aesthetic aspects
- Awesome bundled upgrade kit
- A little costly
April 28, 2015
April 27, 2015
ASUS Republic of Gamers came up with a great idea, not to put an end to the double clicking issue once and for all, but a faster and hassle free alternative to replace a faulty switch on its gaming mice. Enters the ROG Gladius, the first gaming mice that offers a quick and easy solder-free solution to replace a faulty switch on the gaming mice itself.
Mighty thanks to ASUS Malaysia inprovision of the ROG Gladius gaming mice for today's review. The price doesn't looks friendly at first, but let's take a closer examine on the ROG Gladius and see if it's worth paying RM299 for?
April 24, 2015
April 23, 2015
- 3 x SATA power connector cable
- 1 x 4pin molex power connector
- 2 x 6+2pin PCIe power connector
- AcBel iPower 90m 700W
- 4 x M3.5 screws
- 1 x power cable
The modular cable slot is also placed vertically to make cable management easier and reduce potential damage to the cables by bending side ways.
As Tech Critter do not own any industrial grade load tester to perform intensive tests on the power supplies on hand, we will be performing tests from the end user's angle.
We've mounted the AcBel iPower 90m 700W on our Vector Bench Case and have gone through numerous tests which involves stress test and overclocking various hardwares i.e: Intel i7 4770K / 4790K / 5960X, AMD R9 280X, Nvidia GTX Titan X, Nvidia GTX 980 - glad to report that no issues is encountered, it survived various stress test with no coil whine issue found throughout the testing period.
Another test conducted is the Haswell ready low power state test. Instead of testing on the power supply on full load, we take its ability to handle the low power state with C6/C7 states enabled in the BIOS configuration. We've tried to put our system to standby mode / hibernate / sleep mode and resume the system from these state, glad to report that there's no stability and compatibility issue as well.
Overall, the AcBel iPower 90m 700W deserves a recommended badge from www.tech-critter.com!
April 22, 2015
At first glace, we don't see anything fancy from the the ROG Swift - it looks just like an ordinary 27" monitor with a fancy looking stand as the only unique traits.
The control buttons is located behind the right corner of the ROG Swift. The fancy looking button is a 5-way joystick that allows the user to easily navigate the OSD and make quick monitor adjustments - a really sweet feature to have.
The highlight of the ROG Swift, the monitor that packs a punch with NVIDIA's latest G-SYNC technology that provides similar solution as the V-SYNC to overcome tearing issue while eliminate the shortcomings of increased latency when V-SYNC is enabled.
The very same Mayan-inspired square pattern from the ASUS ROG GR8.
The ROG Swift PG278Q has a built-in USB 3.0 hub for quick access to USB 3.0 ports which is not easily accessible behind your PC or just in case you need an extra USB 3.0 port for your notebook. The limited choice of input is somehow disappointing, because of the current limitation of G-SYNC that only works on DisplayPort 1.2.
Adjustable height is a sweet feature that we always adore as it allows us adjust the screen position to the height of our liking.
The screen is also rotatable in 90° clockwise, 60° swivel so you can always find that ideal viewing position.
The ROG badge at the back of the monitor stand.
The color menu has pretty much the same function as any other monitor we've seen to date, so there's nothing much to brag about.
The overdrive (OD) feature, it overdrives the pixel response rate and can be Off, Normal or Extreme. For fast action or competitive gaming where everything is moving so fast to notice tearing, ULMB is a better option to enhance accuracy by minimizing blur.
If you're lost with your current settings, you can always take a look at the information of the monitor here in the information tab.
GamePlus is a pretty sweet feature of the ROG Swift PG278Q consists of on screen crosshair and timer for that little unfair advantage during gaming.
Seeing the crosshair feature does brings back old memories! We're pretty sure that we're not the only one who sticks a piece of sticker in the middle of the monitor screen as hip fire assist. Unlike the sticker we stick on the screen back in those days, the crosshair feature allows you to choose from 4 different crosshair, whichever suits you the best.
Now that's cheating! Or was it?
The timer feature allows you to track elapsed time in real-time strategy games to keep track of your current progress, in case if you plan to further brush up your current skill.
Setting up the G-SYNC is as easy as you could imagine, once the Windows automatic hardware detection is completed, just click on the NVIDIA Control Panel>Display > Set up G-SYNC and check on the checkbox to enable G-SYNC.
Our Experience with The ROG Swift
The viewing angle seems pretty reasonable here, there are minimal loss of brightness and change of color is noticed during our games benchmark but it's not that significant.
The colors and brightness looks better when it's viewed from the exact front of the monitor.
We did a quick test on Far Cry 4 using our ASUS ROG GTX 980 Matrix Platinum powered rig with resolution of 1920 x 1080, Ultra settings and 4x MSAA in a separated test, one with V-SYNC enabled and the other one with G-SYNC enabled.
The FPS count is limited to 60 FPS while V-SYNC is enabled to prevent tearing issues, there's no way for one to achieve FPS count of 60 above other than having a higher refresh rate. This can be easily solved with the help of the refresh rate toggle, as the ROG Swift is able to support up to 144 Hz refresh rate - average of 86 FPS is the final result achieved. As for the G-SYNC test, we didn't even need to ramp up the refresh rate of the monitor in order to achieve a near result with average FPS count of 87 FPS.
From our long hours of observation, both V-SYNC and G-SYNC isn't really the total solution to get rid of tearing issue once and for all, tearing will still occur once a while but both V-SYNC and G-SYNC reduces its occurrence to minimal. The only difference that is significant to us is where G-SYNC is able to reduce the occurrence of tearing without actually limiting the monitor refresh rate like what V-SYNC does.
- Easy to set up
- Packs with NVIDIA's latest G-SYNC technology
- Comes with a whopping 144 MHz refresh rate
- Offers height adjustment, tilt, swivel, and pivot
- Easy navigation with the 5-way joystick
- Comes with a USB 3.0 hub with 2 USB 3.0 port
- Cool game assist feature (GamePlus Crosshair and Timer)
- Hefty price tag
- G-SYNC will only work on GTX 650 Ti Boost or higher spec graphics cards with DisplayPort output
- Input is limited only to DisplayPort 1.2
- No Audio output