Hardware Reviews. One MegaHertz at a Time
One of the biggest decisions when starting a new build is how to cool your CPU. Many people choose to go with air cooling because they think liquid is too expensive, or too risky. Many go with a simple AIO, or All in One cooler. I’ve heard people say that all in ones are god, but a 240 mm AIO doesn’t give them enough of a performance increase. To them I’d say Cooler Master had got you covered. With the launch of the Master Liquid 240, Cooler Master had completely designed their pump and reservoir combo, with welcomed results. Now, with the MasterLiquid Pro 280, the have again implemented that same concept on to a 280mm All in One cooler. I’d like to thank Cooler Master for providing ProClockers with their product for our earlier Master Liquid 240 review. Now let’s see if the 280-mm cooler performs that much better than its 240 mm counterpart.
Competitive gaming has been around since about 30 seconds after the first multi-player computer game was compiled, and has finally gained main-stream attention in the last several years with the recognition of E-sports. Millions of gamers go toe to toe around the world every day across many genera’s, but none require the split second precision and timing of First Person Shooters. A single millisecond delay anywhere can mean the difference between a win and a loss, and where the proverbial ‘rubber meets the road’ for most is the humble keyboard. There are a great many gaming oriented keyboards on the market with a myriad of ‘features’ targeted at gamers in general. Lights, Macro keys, and many other gimmicks just don’t apply to the FPS gamer who values speed and accuracy above all else. Kingston might have the answer in their new HyperX Alloy FPS mechanical keyboard. A slim profile for maximum portability and mouse area on your desk, as well as lightning fast Cherry MX Blue switches lurking beneath no-slip textured keycaps in the most critical areas might make this the ultimate weapon in the FPS gamer’s arsenal.
When most enthusiasts think of how to cool their next build, an air cooler probably doesn’t even make the list. They are big, ugly, loud, can’t keep up with the heat over an overclocked CPU, and collect more dust than your furnace filter right? Actually, Enermax disagrees completely: Enter the new ETS-T50 Axe air cooler. With five large 6mm heat pipes, a 12CM 3 color LED fan with Dust Free Rotation, a patented adjustable air guide to direct exhaust air where you want it, and a staggering 250 watt+ TDP support, this cooler has capabilities that send many All in One liquid coolers home in shame. Can the Enermax ETS-T50 Axe cooler really handle the heat, all while looking good, staying dust free and avoiding the complexity and cringe factor of having ‘liquid’ and ‘expensive computer’ in the same sentence? We are about to find out!
With VR becoming more & more popular every day, we knew it wouldn’t be long before someone came along and built a chassis with the use of VR in mind, and first in line was NZXT with their new S340 Elite chassis. Although The S340 has been around for a couple of years, but NZXT has added some new features to an already remarkable case, such as a tempered glass side panel, along with the top I/O panel which has been optimized with a HDMI port and extra USB ports to help some with your VR experience, along with some other goodies that we will be taking a look at in today’s review.
When someone mentions a laptop bag, those of us who are a bit older will think of these large, bulky backpacks, or briefcase style bags. The kind that could fit a small form factor desktop into. However, the younger generations think of something much smaller. The laptops and notebooks of today have slimed down immensely when compared to the original IBM ThinkPad of my youth. For this reason, it only makes sense that the laptop bags have slimed down as well. But is it possible to fit a laptop, with all its accessories into a briefcase no larger than the laptops from the early days of personal computing? The people at Tomtoc certainly think so. I’d like to thank them for recently sending a 13’ Tomtoc Laptop Briefcase, designed for an Ultrabook or a Notebook. Now let’s see if this slim briefcase can hold everything you need for a laptop.
When one is out customizing their set up, peripherals are often over looked in one way or another. Most gamers go for the best mouse and keyboard they can get. However, when it comes to audio equipment, many overlook this and just grab something cheap that does little more than make sound come out. People often disregard the importance of a good, quality head set or pair of headphones. In a world where streaming and competitive gaming is becoming so popular the importance of a good headset can’t be overstated.
With the launch of their recent “Master” series of cases, cooling and peripherals, Cooler Master seems to understand what the PC enthusiast of today is after. This couldn’t be any clearer with the announcement of their MasterPulse Pro 7.1 surround gaming headset. Could a company make that many great products in one single line? I’d like to thank Cooler Master for sending us their MasterPulse Pro to review. Now let’s see if this headset lives up to the Cooler Master name.