The nearly endless selection of gaming oriented peripherals is a wonderful thing for enthusiasts, no matter your taste or even your current mood, you can find something that suits you. From dozens of extra buttons to lighting effects that rival a popular club, the choices of extras are endless. Professional E-sports gamers on the other hand aren’t that interested in the flashy gimmicks, but need a rock solid, high performance input device they can rely on in the heat of the moment to bring home a victory. Anyone out there can slap together some silly hunk of plastic with a tracking sensor, a USB cord, and a few LED’s and call it a ‘gaming mouse’ but it takes a little bit more effort to make a truly great peripheral meant for serious business. Enter Fnatic. When the first thing you see opening the box is “Goodbye Mediocracy” on a product made BY some of the most well-known professional gamers FOR professional gamers, you know things just got serious…
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!