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2021 Ram 1500 TRX first drive review: Yep, we got it to fly – Roadshow
“Now, as you come around to the ramps, you’ll want to be doing about 55, 60 miles per hour,” my co-driver shouts over the roar of the engine while rocks and dirt blast the pickup’s undercarriage. “That’ll get you the best height and distance for the jumps and set you up to start braking for…
“Now, as you come around to the ramps, you’ll want to be doing about 55, 60 miles per hour,” my co-driver shouts over the roar of the engine while rocks and dirt blast the pickup’s undercarriage. “That’ll get you the best height and distance for the jumps and set you up to start braking for the next turn.”Uh huh. Jumps. I’m behind the wheel of the 702-horsepower 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, one of the most extreme and overbuilt performance trucks Ram has ever produced. And as the wheels leave the ground and the cacophony is replaced with an eerie silence, I’m starting to understand just how insane this apex predator really is.
Heart of a HellcatRam’s engineers followed a familiar formula: Take a popular Fiat-Chrysler product and dump the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats into the engine bay. Pat yourself on the back; you’ve earned a beer.
Of course, there’s so much more to it than that. In the Ram TRX, that engine breathes through a new dual-path induction system that mixes air drawn through its functional hood scoop and with intake from the grille at the underside of a massive 29-liter airbox. Ram tells me that this design helps to tumble the air inside the box, shaking out sand and water before it passes through twin 8×12-inch air filters. With a total of 198.4 square inches of filter surface area, Ram claims this is the “largest air filter in the segment.” The TRX also features a unique, high-flow exhaust with 5-inch resonators and exhaust tips.The changes to the Hemi’s breathing mean the TRX makes just 702 horsepower (as opposed to the Hellcats’ 717-plus) with 650 pound-feet of torque, which it sends though an eight-speed automatic transmission to a four-wheel-drive system. That’s more than enough power to launch the 6,350-pound TRX from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and onward to 100 mph in 10.5 seconds. The truck will even run the quarter-mile in just 12.9 ticks. The TRX launches quickly and powerfully, immediately finding traction, even on a dirt runway.
This wide boi is 8 inches wider than a standard Ram 1500.
Suspension upgradesIn many ways, the suspension and chassis upgrades to the Ram 1500 TRX are even more impressive than the powertrain because they’re so much more extensive. The TRX’s frame is based on that of a Ram 1500 Crew Cab, but is modified with over 70% new parts to improve strength and rigidity, and to completely change the truck’s suspension geometry. The pickup’s flared body is 8 inches wider than a standard Ram 1500, accommodating a 6-inch increase in both the front and rear tracks.
The TRX sits 2 inches taller than the standard 1500, boosting its ground clearance to 11.8 inches and its water fording depth to 32 inches. The front wheels are moved forward by 0.6 inch, increasing the wheelbase slightly and freeing up room for beefier suspension components and 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory all-terrain tires, mounted on 18×9-inch wheels (or optional beadlock-capable wheels of similar spec that allow ultra-low tire pressure for crawling).The TRX’s suspension and chassis upgrades are perhaps more exciting than the 700-horsepower engine.
You’ll find an independent suspension up front and a solid rear axle with coil springs and forged aluminum components all around. At all four corners, you’ll also find 2.5-inch Bilstein Black Hawk E2 adaptive dampers with remote reservoirs controlling the movement of the suspension. Up front, the TRX has 13 inches of wheel travel, with 14 inches of travel at the rear axle. (You can check our spec comparison to read — and watch — how the Ram 1500 TRX stacks up against the Ford F-150 Raptor.)On the roadOn paved roads, the TRX feels confident with, of course, great acceleration off the line and surprisingly smooth shifts from its eight-speed automatic transmission. The rumble of the V8 exhaust is ever present, but never annoying. The ride is still body-on-frame truck-like, but it’s no more floaty than the standard 1500, which already has pretty controlled ride.The TRX features a total of eight drive modes, plus a valet setting. Highway miles are best spent toggling between the default and nicely balanced Auto setting and Sport, which sharpens the steering, suspension, transmission and stability control. Ultimately, I found it best to create a Custom setting that blends the two. There are also modes for Snow, Mud/Sand, Towing, Rocks and Baja.From the 12-inch touch display, drivers can customize their TRX’s performance for a wide range of conditions.
You interact with the drive modes using a combination of physical controls and the standard 12-inch Uconnect 4C infotainment system. Ram says that this is the first implementation of its Performance Pages software with the big 12-incher, which also features menus for monitoring off-road metrics like wheel articulation, steering angle and axle locker status. Of course, the infotainment software still boasts all of the tech features that I like in the standard 1500, including SiriusXM 360L integration, standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Uconnect Apps and more. You’ll also find a ton of physical charging options for phones and tech, including a total of five USB-A ports and five USB-C ports split between the front and rear rows, as well as a wireless charging pad at the base of the dashboard.The pickup can also be had with a modern suite of driver-assistance technologies, including blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward pre-collision warning with brake assist and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. Keep checking boxes to add a full-color head-up display and a rear camera mirror.Drive modes and 4WD settings can be quickly toggled with these controls. Notice that there are no 2WD modes.
Off-road performancePlaying around at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada, I’m able to first test the Ram TRX’s crawling ability over a fairly steep rock hill climb overlooking the race course. Setting the drive mode to Rock, the transfer case to its 2.64:1 4WD Low range and locking the Dana 60 rear axle sets the truck up for high-torque, slow-speed climbing. With the aid of Ram’s spotters and the TRX’s generous approach (30.2), departure (23.5) and breakover (21.9) angles, the TRX makes short and relatively easy work of the climb.While waiting for my turn on the track, I’m able to explore the rocky grounds surrounding the course, testing the Selec-Speed Control — a sort of off-road cruise control inherited from the Jeep Wrangler — on another low-speed climb up a loose grade. The TRX’s dampers do a fantastic job of soaking up some huge bumps at speed, jostling me around in the deeply bolstered driver’s seat quite a bit, but still feeling nigh unstoppable over a two-track trail. In the airSetting the TRX’s drive mode to Baja lets the 4WD, gearbox, steering, and stability control systems know that it’s time for business. Meanwhile, Baja sets the suspension for maximum travel and control needed for high-speed dirt driving. I enter the course at the top of a huge hill. Then it’s a stomach-churning drop down to the front straight and immediately over a small hop. Then it’s into the whoops, a washboard series of bumps that test the Bilstein suspension and Ram’s Active Terrain Dynamics software, which can react every 20 milliseconds to keep the truck balanced and controlled.I was encouraged to really test the limits of the TRX’s advanced suspension.
After a sweeping left-hander (that I was encouraged to drift), it’s time for the big jump. Lining up for another downhill approach, I point the pickup at the dirt ramp and mat the accelerator, reaching the recommended 55-mph speed before taking to the air.The TRX absolutely flies, and lands with such grace that I wonder if Ram should have instead called this tyrannosaurus a pteranodon. Looking back at my photos, I estimate the big jump was a little over 60 feet (about three and a half truck lengths) from takeoff to landing, reaching a height of about 24 inches. All 13 inches of suspension travel are used when landing, the dampers allowing for full compression while progressively firming near the end of travel with up to one ton of damping force at each corner to prevent bottoming out.Wheels back on the ground, I let out a whoop of my own before getting hard on the 15-inch, four-wheel disc brakes for a sharp left-hander. Kicking up a big rooster tail, I snake my way back up the hill to do it all again… five more times.Ram’s Truckasaurus is not a practical choice, but it’s definitely a ton of fun.
Availability and pricingStarting at $71,690 (including a $1,695 destination charge), the Ram 1500 TRX is significantly more expensive than the $58,135 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew’s. Fully loaded, you’re looking at around $95K for the TR2 trim level with all the optional fixings. Plus, the T. rex’s 10 miles per gallon city and 14 mpg highway ratings are worse than the Raptor’s 15 city and 18 highway estimates, meaning you’ll also pay more at the pump.That said, the TRX is a bigger, more powerful predator than the Raptor with just over 250 more ponies at its beck and call. It’s also got a more advanced suspension, particularly at the rear axle where the Raptor’s still rocking leaf springs. (Rumor has it that Ford could strike back with V8 power and a coil spring setup of its own for the next-generation Raptor.)The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is not a practical truck, but it is quite possibly the most fun and most insane pickup you can buy today.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 gaming graphics card is a speedy compromise for $499 – CNET
Lori Grunin/CNET Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 may end up suffering from middle-child syndrome, squeezed between the two ends of Nvidia’s GPU spectrum: basic 1440p for a little less or basic 4K/high-frame rate 1440p for a little more. The GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition of the $499 (£469, AU$809) graphics card I tested is geared toward…
Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 may end up suffering from middle-child syndrome, squeezed between the two ends of Nvidia’s GPU spectrum: basic 1440p for a little less or basic 4K/high-frame rate 1440p for a little more. The GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition of the $499 (£469, AU$809) graphics card I tested is geared toward high-frame rate/quality 1440p gaming, and delivers similar performance to the RTX 2080 Ti for most uses (but not all), which debuted at $999. The boost over its predecessor, the more expensive RTX 2070 Super, depends upon what you need it to do. The release of the 3070 follows the bumpy launch of the $699 RTX 3080 and its $1,500 sibling, the RTX 3090, both experiencing price gouging due to shortages. But rumors have also surfaced about a slightly cheaper RTX 3060 Ti coming soon as well as a new card slotted between the 3070 and 3080. Plus, it’s likely we’ll get an entry-level 30 series card early next year to feed the mid-$300 buyers. And that doesn’t take into account AMD’s launch of its ambitious Radeon RX 6000-series “Big Navi” gaming cards that use the same architecture as the upcoming Xbox Series X and S and PS5 consoles.
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Like the RTX 3080-based graphics cards, the Ampere-generation of the company’s GPU architecture achieves playable frame rates in games that use RTX-specific features like ray-tracing and global illumination. Its AI-based upscaling feature, DLSS, lets you finally game at better-than-bare-minimum frame rates without visible degradation in quality. The GPU also lifts performance over predecessors in games that don’t take advantage of the whizzy features by about 10% to 20% on average, which is really most games.
Full breakdown of Nvidia’s new RTX 3000 series (3070,…
Unlike its higher-end siblings, the 3070 uses older GDDR6 memory and has the same memory bandwidth as the 2070 Super. It still gets some performance boosts thanks to the second-gen ray tracing and third-gen Tensor cores, such as new algorithms and instruction sets that make them a lot more efficient and a switch to an 8nm process size from 12nm. And as is typical, it has increased core counts — it has a lower ray-tracing core count but the Ampere RT cores are doubled-up over the Turing cores, so technically the 3070 has more. But you won’t see the same uplift that the 3080 and 3090 received over earlier models. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition specs
GeForce RTX 3070
Memory clock (GHz)
GPU clock (GHz, base/boost)
Memory data rate/Interface
Texture fill rate (gigatexels per second)
Texture mapping units
Max thermal (degrees C)
PCIe 4.0 x 16
2 slots; 9.5 x 4.4 in (242 x 112 mm)
It’s also significantly less power-hungry than the higher-end cards, roughly the same as before, plus it’s the same size as the 2080 Ti. While the 3070 has a similar 12-pin power connector design to the 3080 — including an adapter in the box — it still only connects to a single 8-pin block from the power supply. All of that means it’s a much simpler upgrade, especially in tight systems. The Founders Edition, at least, ran cool and quiet during my testing, in a system where I swapped it for the 2070 Super.
I have no complaints about the RTX 3070’s performance, and it’s definitely worth its $499 price tag. But it may not be your best choice for the money. The Ti models generally have more memory and slightly wider data paths than the non-Ti models, which is why you’ll find the 11GB 2080 Ti occasionally outperforming the 8GB 3070. It makes sense to wait and see if an RTX 3060 Ti or intermediate option between the 3070 and 3080 become reality and what AMD rolls out later this week.Geekbench 5 (Vulkan)
Origin PC Big O (PS4 Edition)
Longer bars indicate better performance
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Longer bars indicate better performance
Shadow of the Tomb Raider gaming test (1080p, highest quality)
Origin PC Big O (PS4 Edition)
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider gaming test (4K, highest quality)
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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (1909); 3.3GHz Intel Core i9-10940X; 64GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,667MHz; 11GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti; 2TB SSD
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The best electric kettles of 2020 – CNET
Editors’ note, Oct. 16, 2020: The Cuisinart CPK-17 electric kettle has been removed from this list due to customer feedback and Amazon reviews stating that the auto shut-off feature is defective and poses a potential fire hazard. We have reached out to Cuisinart for comment.Electric kettles are underrated kitchen appliances. I use mine regularly to…
Editors’ note, Oct. 16, 2020: The Cuisinart CPK-17 electric kettle has been removed from this list due to customer feedback and Amazon reviews stating that the auto shut-off feature is defective and poses a potential fire hazard. We have reached out to Cuisinart for comment.Electric kettles are underrated kitchen appliances. I use mine regularly to brew French press coffee and to add boiling water to a simmering stockpot. You can choose a basic kettle with minimal options easily enough. But it’s worth taking a look at models that have specialty features like hold temperature buttons and dedicated tea-steeping baskets. All options that you’ll find aim to boil water fast, but which is the best electric kettle?Below, I’ve detailed the results after testing eight electric kettles that range in price from the $22 AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A to the $280 Breville BTM800XL. Let’s see which ones stood out the most.
The Miroco MI-EK003 isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s the best electric kettle we tested under $50. It has a large 51-ounce capacity, a simple on/off lever and it boiled water quickly. I also like the look of its glossy black finish and stainless steel interior. A button on the top of the handle makes it easy to open the lid safely so you won’t get hit with any steam. This model shuts off when it starts to boil.
The $280 51-ounce capacity Breville BTM800XL with its stainless steel base is technically a kettle — but it’s also a tea brewer and is by far the most decked-out electric tea kettle we tested. It features hot water and tea buttons, with options to specify the perfect temperature to brew green, black, white, herbal, oolong or custom and delicate teas. You can also select if you want the tea to be strong, medium, mild or custom. A digital display gives you a readout of what the brewer is doing and it has a keep warm button that helps your water stay hot for up to 60 minutes.In addition to that, the BTM800XL comes with a basket for your loose leaf tea that automatically lowers when you select your options, as well as a teaspoon measuring spoon. As a tea lover, I really liked these options, but it’s a luxury appliance that’s only worth it if you’re a regular drinker of loose-leaf tea.
The $100 Oxo 8717100 is a great kettle in general, but its gooseneck spout is particularly appealing for pour-over, or other manual coffee making that requires a steady, controlled pour. I also like that the Oxo 8717100 electric gooseneck kettle has a temperature hold function, making it possible to specify that you want your water to hold at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature begins to drop, the 8717100 turns itself back on, reheating your water. It has a smaller 34-ounce capacity, perfect for just over four cups of water. This gooseneck kettle shuts off automatically after 30 minutes.
Kettle talk Here’s a list of the eight models I tested to find the best electric kettle: AmazonBasics MK-M110A1ABodum MeliorBreville BTM800XLCuisinart CPK-17KitchenAid KEK1222SXMiroco MI-EK003Ovente KG83BOxo 8717100And here’s a more detailed overview of each model’s key specs for comparison: Electric kettle specs
Capacity (in ounces)
Dimensions (HxWxD, in inches)
Weight (in pounds)
The AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A kettle is the most affordable and shares a smaller footprint and water capacity with the $100 temperature-customizable Oxo 8717100, although the $35 Bodum Melior electric kettle has the smallest overall capacity of the group at just 27 ounces. The $80 KitchenAid KEK1222SX looks the most like a classic stovetop kettle, but its on/off-only functionality seems limited for its high price. It’s also difficult to remove its lid without getting hit with steam, so I’d suggest waiting for the water to cool down completely before attempting to open the KitchenAid kettle’s top lid. The $100 Cuisinart kettle has the largest capacity at 58 ounces, or 7.25 cups and nearly as many options as the very pricey $280 Breville BTM800XL tea maker. Both of these kettles have custom heat options for the perfect cup of tea, whether it’s green, black, herbal — or another variety. The Breville is the only of the eight models with a dedicated basket for brewing loose leaf tea in the kettle, making it the most specialized kettle of the bunch. While the $38 Miroco MI-EK003 electric kettle isn’t the least expensive model we tested, it’s my favorite reasonably priced kettle. It has a large capacity, a pretty fast boil time (more on that below) and a simple on/off toggle. The Ovente KG83B electric kettle has a great price and it’s easy to use, but it didn’t particularly stand out during my testing. Sensors attached to this RisePro thermocouple thermometer helped me track water temperature.
How we test: Electric kettles To test our batch of eight electric kettles, I used a RisePro thermocouple thermometer. The thermocouple measured two things: how quickly each kettle boiled three cups of water — and how well each model with a “hold temperature” function held the water temperature over a 10-minute period. For the boil test, I watched the thermocouple display until the sensor tracking the temperature inside each kettle reached 209 degrees Fahrenheit. While 212 degrees is the boiling point of water, elevation and barometric pressure put the boiling point in Louisville, KY — where the smart home team is based — at 209 degrees. For the hold temperature test, I used the thermocouple thermometer to measure the minimum, maximum and average temperatures held during the 10-minute period. The table below displays both the average time it took each kettle to reach 209 degrees and the minimum, maximum and average temperatures each kettle with a hold temperature function held over and 10 minutes. Keep in mind that the thermocouple readings aren’t exact and that there will be slight variation based on placement during testing. That said, I did my best to place the thermocouples midway down in the water, in the center of each kettle. I also ran each test two times to confirm my readings were as consistent as possible. Test results
Average time to boil (three cups)
3 min 27 seconds
4 min 50 seconds
3 minutes 22 seconds
3 min 53 seconds
3 min 21 seconds
3 minutes 32 seconds
4 min 45 seconds
3 min 24 seconds
Min, max and average hold temperature (over 10 minutes, in degrees Fahrenheit)
175.3; 206.8; 197.2
187.7; 210.4; 197.8
195.4; 205.9; 200.8
The KitchenAid KEK1222SX boiled water the fastest, at 3 minutes and 21 seconds to reach boiling temperature, but the AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A, the Breville BTM800XL and the Oxo 8717100 were nearly as fast at boiling water. The Bodum Melior and the Ovente KG83B were the slowest by far, at nearly 5 minutes to boil three cups of water. The Cuisinart CPK-17 and the Miroco MI-EK003 landed somewhere in the middle for boiling water, at 3 minutes and 53 seconds and 3 minutes and 32 seconds, respectively. The Breville BTM800XL, Cuisinart CPK-17 and the Oxo 8717100 each offered keep warm or hold temperature functions, so I did extra testing with these models. The Oxo kettle was the only model of the three that allowed you to select a set temperature for it to hold. The other two simply had “keep warm” options that prevent the water from cooling down as quickly as it might otherwise, but don’t let you customize the temperature setting the kettle maintains. Because of this, the Oxo 8717100 is the absolute best of the pack if you want to hold your water at — or at least close to — a specific temperature. I set the Oxo at 209 degrees (our boiling temperature for these tests) and it managed to stay within about 10 degrees. As soon as the temperature began to drop, the kettle would turn back on and heat the water up to around 205 degrees. The Breville and Cuisinart models, in contrast, had steeper temperature drops overall. The Breville BTM800XL ranged from roughly 175 to 207 degrees and the Cuisinart CPK-17 ranged from about 188 to 210. Regardless of the specific model you buy, start by thinking about how you plan to use your kettle — are you a pour over coffee fiend? Maybe the Oxo model is the best pick. Just need something simple with a large capacity? Consider the Miroco MI-EK003. Do you like to make large pots of loose leaf tea? The Breville is your best bet.
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