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Good Gaming PC Case – The SilverStone RVZ-03 Mini

Another great SilverStone chassis called the RVZ-03 has just landed in New Zealand and we couldn’t resist opening it up to see what improvements they’ve made over the already excellent Raven series we’ve been loving since it’s original release back in 2014!

Starting off with the packaging this little chassis comes in a very sturdy black box which is easiest to open up from the large flat sides, rather than the top like regular sized cases we usually see. Once you’ve opened it up you’ll see a neatly foam packed chassis inside, enclosed within a scratch safe protective black bag.

Removing the outer protective packaging and opening every up reveals a massive assortment of goodies inside, all neatly arranged within clear bags. Amongst all this we’ve got all our essential screws, cable ties and brackets but also SilverStone have included 3x magnetic fan dust filters which are great to see, especially considering this small form-factor gaming chassis is very likely going to end up in the living room 🙂

Taking a closer look at the chassis itself we find an additional 2x 120mm low profile fans have been included with this case, both along the graphics card bay. These SilverStone LP fans are thin but extremely good at both moving air (1500rpm) and remaining pretty quiet (800rpm sweet spot) – which is quite the task for any small build like this as the CPU and GPU chambers can get pretty warm when you’re gaming – from our previous experience building in small chassis, the graphics card fans have to work quite hard and without adequate ventilation like this, they can get pretty darn hot!

Even though it’s really small the case is able to fit long graphics cards up to 33cm long, including aftermarket versions with various degrees of thickness still fitting (we’ll check just how fat you can go in our first build) and to hold these firmly in place you’ll find a four pack of 3M adhesive domes that can be positioned as needed to hold your chosen graphics card securely.

For the CPU bay we have space for cooling options up to 8.3cm tall, so if you’re thinking of grabbing a new Ryzen 3, the included Wraith Spire cooler is going to fit, Ryzen motherboard wise with the case having ITX form factor we recommend getting something like the GA-AB350N which also features WiFi onboard.  

When choosing a power supply for your build you’ll also need to ensure this fits within the 15cm caddy, something like the EVGA SuperNOVA 550w is perfect – going modular here will free up more space inside your build for better airflow.

The RVZ-03 Mini PC Case has two front USB 3.0 ports on the front of the case along with twin 3.5mm ports, for connecting a gaming headset, but this latest version now also sports a really nice looking RGB trim along the front which is connected to an included LSB01 RGB controller!

We can’t wait to show you our mini PC builds with this exciting new case (as I write this we’ve already begun building some cool GTX 1050Ti, GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 builds with a range of different power supplies) and will update this blog with pictures from each, but anyways – onto the best bit – Those talented engineers at SilverStone have created an exceptionally good chassis here, not only is this one of the best options for building a small Gaming PC, but they’ve improved upon their already excellent Raven mini series by allowing for that larger power supply to be fitted, often reducing the total system cost and providing more options to those wanting to build a PC that’s small. The RGB lighting is nice to see also (pun intended), even more so with such a nice controller included in the kit, combine that with the 3x 120mm fans included and the value of the chassis really shines – on that note we happily give this case our GGPC Recommends Award  – The SilverStone RVZ-03 is GOOD!

Good Gaming PC – AMD THREADRIPPER

The AMD THEADRIPPER 1950X is just about to release in New Zealand \o/ We’ve already begun testing these extremely high-end CPU options with our own custom PC builds here at GGPC NZ and things are looking pretty good!

Wanting to keep everything AMD we kitted out our first test system with twin Sapphire Nitro RX 580 Graphics Cards and begun making our way through the usual stuff like Cinebenchmarks to quickly compare with to others around the world before jumping into some games to really have some fun checking things out \o/ These new ThreadRipper CPU options are a part of the Ryzen family but both the 1920X and 1950X do require a special motherboard socket to use, you find these on new motherboards with TR4 and X399 in the name, like the AORUS GA-X399 Gaming 7 🙂 It’s not just a socket change up either, specific details around support for quad channel RAM configurations, a cache size increase and expanded PCIe support have been added to take full advantage of these mighty 16 core processors, M.2 ultra fast storage and all the supporting hardware these highest end PC will undoubtedly be using in the future.

One thing popped up as each of us started builds, we all thought to ourselves… this CPU is massive, where should I put the thermal paste? Thankfully, the CPU Cooler options that we’re attaching on top still have the same surface area as before so just a blob in the middle like normal worked for us, it’s going to interesting to see if ThreadRipper specific cooling options emerge after release though 🙂

Because Nvidia ShadowPlay is excellent for capturing 60FPS 4K gameplay for the ThreadRipper FPS tests we’ll be using our Aorus GTX1080 Ti config, with 16GB of G.Skill 2400Hz DDR4 and a Samsung EVO 245GB SSD for storage.

Keep your eyes on the GGPC YouTube channel for the latest!

GAME ON!

 

Good Gaming RAM – G.Skill Flare X for Ryzen Gaming PC

GGPC GSkill FlareX for Ryzen Gaming PC

With the new AMD Ryzen 5 series just about to launch it’s time to go crazy preparing a range of new builds featuring this new generation of processor \o/ But Ryzen 5 isn’t the only good thing in AMD gaming – those fine folks at G.Skill have just released a DDR4 RAM kit for the AM4 platform they’ve named the G.Skill FLARE X series 🙂

Featuring a very aggressive looking heat-spreader (when compared to the sleek V-Series we know and love) this new RAM is especially designed to be compatible with new Ryzen processor range, enabling top tier performance. It uses high performance integrated circuits (IC) screened specifically for the AMD platform, kits are put through G.Skill’s rigorous testing processes to ensure the best reliability and stability in your system.

If you’re thinking of grabbing a new Ryzen 5 and building an AMD Gaming PC there are a lot of motherboards that will look great with this new RAM kit – check out the Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming 3Asus PRIME B350 PlusROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboards for sure but the best match for this ram comes from the ASRock AB350 Gaming K4 which has some pretty awesome red metal heatsinks of its own that align with the colouring of the G.Skill Flare X pretty perfectly!

GGPC GSkill FlareX ASRock AB350 Gaming K4 Ryzen Gaming PC Match

We’ll update this blog with the all the latest news as we start our build and test things out for ourselves, keep your eyes on our PC Gaming Blog for the latest!