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Posted by Heath Coop
on Wednesday, 05 April 2017

A couple of days ago we reviewed the Ryzen 7 1700X, a member of AMD’s much anticipated replacement for the aging FX series processors. We came away quite impressed. It offered performance rivaled many more expensive processors from Team Blue. Today we get to look at least expensive processor in the Ryzen 7 lineup, the Ryzen 7 1700.

Last updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Heath Coop
on Monday, 03 April 2017

AMD fans are dancing in the streets. Why? AMD’s much anticipated Ryzen processor is finally here. Ryzen is the replacement for the long maligned FX series processors. Ryzen features an all new design that promised far great performance and far greater efficiency.

Last updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Heath Coop
on Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Haven’t heard of Aorus yet? It’s a subsidiary of Gigabyte Technology founder in 2014. Up until recently Aorus was focused on SLI gaming laptops, mechanical gaming keyboards, and other gaming peripherals. Now they have expanded into motherboards and graphics cards, where they will be mostly replacing Gigabyte’s previously G1 Gaming brand. Today we will be looking at one of their flagship model motherboards, the Z270X-Gaming 8.

Last updated on Sunday, 09 April 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Paul Malfy
on Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6 Mid-Tower Computer Case

Cooler Master has recently launched their FreeForm™ Modular System with their MasterCase line up of cases. My first experience with one of these cases was with the MasterCase Pro 3, the MATX beauty we recently reviewed. Constant innovation of their fully modular system has brought us some amazing cases such as the MasterCase Maker 5 and 5T. Well, Cooler Master has just released their next mid-tower chassis in the MasterCase line-up, The MasterCase Pro 6. With their including their FreeForm™ Modular System and many of the same features that made the MasterCase line-up so popular, the MasterCase Pro 6 is set to be yet another amazing case. However, it has some big shoes to fill. Let’s get to it and see if this is truly a Master Case.

Last updated on Monday, 26 June 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 27 March 2017
Riotoro BiFrost 120ti Liquid CPU Cooler

To an enthusiast, an air cooler is nothing more than that big hunk of copper and aluminum they keep including in the box. These days, it’s getting more and more rare for a CPU to even come with a cooler anyway. Liquid cooling is a great way to go, more cooling capacity while in near silence is a winning combination, and coolers have grown to 240mm, 280mm and even 360mm in size. Is a 120mm liquid cooler even relevant anymore? Riotoro seems to think so and has released the BiFrost 120 liquid CPU cooler. We’ll find out if a 120mm cooler can compete in the gaming oriented world, or if this size is better for your Home Theater PC.

Last updated on Monday, 27 March 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Heath Coop
on Friday, 24 March 2017
Asus X99-M WS

Intel’s X99 “Wellsburg” platform has been with us for some time now, since Q3 2014 in fact. Unlike Intel’s Z series chipsets, Intel refreshed their X series chipset far less frequently. That doesn’t mean that the platform is any less exciting that the Z series though. Being Intel’s flagship consumer chipset mean that is often receives new features and technology first. The motherboard manufactures also help keep the platform fresh by regularly releasing updates to their lineup as well.

Last updated on Friday, 24 March 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Paul Malfy
on Friday, 24 March 2017
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 XTREME Gaming 8GB Premium Pack Video Card

If there is one thing all PC enthusiast crave, it’s more performance. There are few GPU’s that perform as well as the GP104 GPU on the GTX 1080. However, the GPU’s actual performance is based on its cooling solution, of which there are many ways to go. If you’re like me, you tend to not water cool your cards. However, this makes choosing a card a bit more involved then “Get a reference card and throw a block on it.”

When choosing a graphics card, there a several things to consider. Aesthetics being one of the main things, as well as clock speeds, performance, and noise, to name a few. However, one of the main things to consider is the cooler. For better performance, you need proper cooling. For proper cooling, you need a proper cooling solution. Gigabyte understands this very well. The proof is in their 2 ½ slot, monster of a card, the Gigabyte Extreme Gaming 1080. But is this just another pretty 1080 is a sea of graphics cards that perform well, but no different than other 1080’s on the market, or does the Extreme Gaming 1080 from Gigabyte stand out from all the rest? Let’s see how this card stands up to the competition.

Last updated on Friday, 24 March 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Ransley Garrow
on Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Torment: Tides of Numenera PC Game

Kickstarter has become the catalyst for the return of many gaming trends whether it’s the side scrolling platformer with Shovel Knight, the space sim with Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen, or the CRPG with Path of Exile or Wasteland 2. Developed by inExile and published by Techland Publishing Torment: Tides of Numenera is the most recent Kickstarter success to hit the market. After over a year in Steam’s Early Access program its released as a finished product to consumers. The pitch was a spiritual successor and pseudo-sequel to Planescape: Torment, though with big shoes to fill will this game measure up?

Last updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 20 March 2017
Riotoro CR280 Mini-ITX Chassis

A case can easily be the hardest part of a build to select. If you go too large, you need a mountain of gear to make it look good. If you go too small, you may not fit everything you want, or may be limited on upgrades later. Some cases can even cost more than major components of your build. You don’t want a cheap tinfoil case that may collapse under its own weight, but you’d rather not take your specs down a notch to afford a good case. What’s a builder to do? Riotoro might just have the answer for you. Cases designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, without all those pesky details like cheap materials or fine print. Riotoro’s CR280 case is made for space conscious builders with its ITX form factor, but manages to still handle full size graphics cards, power supplies and even water cooling in a sleek windowed box. The specs look impressive, but can a case from a manufacturer you may not be familiar with (yet) handle you? We are about to dive in and find out!

Last updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Lance Carter
on Thursday, 16 March 2017
Lumsing Quick Charge 2.0 Multi-Port USB Wall Charger Intro

A cursory glance of my kitchen counter is all you need to know we have more gadgets to charge than we have outlets, a common issue in our gadget filled age. They all have low battery warnings, except for the one plugged in that is taking forever to charge. Sound familiar? We are constantly buying chargers only to have them stop working after a few weeks of use. Clearly, not all chargers are created equal. If you walk into your local gas station you can buy one in a rainbow of colors, but can you trust what you getting will charge your phone and not damage it? Do they show you that their product has been tested for quality and reliability? Well, Lumsing has sent us here at Pro Clockers their 2.0QC 40W Five port USB Wall Charger to have us test out their product. Thank you Lumsing for letting us take a look at your product.

Last updated on Friday, 17 March 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Lance Carter
on Monday, 13 March 2017
Lumsing 15000mAh Portable Power Bank

A cursory glance of my kitchen counter is all you need to know we have more gadgets to charge than we have outlets, a common issue in our gadget filled age. They all have low battery warnings, except for the one plugged in that is taking forever to charge. Sound familiar? We are constantly buying chargers only to have them stop working after a few weeks of use. Clearly, not all chargers are created equal. If you walk into your local gas station you can buy one in a rainbow of colors, but can you trust what you getting will charge your phone and not damage it? Do they show you that their product has been tested for quality and reliability? Well, Lumsing has sent us here at Pro Clockers their 2.0QC 40W Five port USB Wall Charger to have us test out their product. Thank you Lumsing for letting us take a look at your product.

Last updated on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Heath Coop
on Wednesday, 08 March 2017

The Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 offer speeds from 3000 MHz to 3333 Mhz. They feature very high profile black aluminum heat spreaders with a total memory module height of 53.9mm. At 3200 MHz, the HyperX Predator DDR4 16GB kit I am reviewing today is the second fastest DDR4 memory kit that Kingston offers. There is no single thing that is subtle about the Predators.

Last updated on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Ransley Garrow
on Monday, 06 March 2017
Sniper Elite 4 PC Game

After Doom and Wolfenstein put shooters on the map games like Call of Duty, Battlefield and Medal of Honor took them mainstream. With early entries focusing on World War 2 it wasn’t too long until consumers were worn out with the period and the trend of modern military shooters began. One game series set out to make a unique game set in World War 2, by refining it down to focus the core gameplay on being an OSS elite soldier. This series was Sniper Elite, developed and published by Rebellion the most recent entry Sniper Elite 4 recently released on PC. What remains to be seen is will there be anything new the series can do at this point or will it be another retread of an over exposed period?

Last updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 | Read More >>>
Posted by Paul Malfy
on Thursday, 02 March 2017
Patriot Hellfire 240GB NVME M.2 SSD

The days of an SSD being a luxury seem to be all but in the past. Not only that, but the SATA interface, being all but saturated, is starting to look a bit out dated. Sure, with technologies such as 3D NAND, the SATA interface is still very much used still. But, with more and more companies producing NVME, or Non-Volatile Memory Express, drives, it’s only a matter of time before SATA drives go the way of IDE. With the launch of their all new Hellfire NVME M.2 SSD, Patriot understands what enthusiast wants these days. They proved this with the launch of their first NVMe SSD, the Patriot Hellfire, based on Phison's PS5007-E7, PCIe Gen3x4 SSD controller. We recently tested their 240gb model of the Patriot Hellfire M.2. With advertised speeds of Up to 3000 MB/s Read and Up to 2300 MB/s Write, it’s hard to argue with them. However, in a market cornered by the likes of Samsung and Intel, can the Hellfire stand up to the competition? Let’s look and see how it held up.

Last updated on Thursday, 02 March 2017 | Read More >>>

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