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Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Corsair iCUE 465X RGB

There has been two popular case features PC builders have been flocking to over the past two years: tempered glass panels and RGB. Corsair’s newest addition, the iCUE 465X RGB, checks off both of these boxes with 4mm side/front tempered glass side panels and the inclusion of three LL120 RGB fans. In addition to features, the 465X also includes durable steel chassis, removable dust filters, and an iCUE Lighting Node CORE controller. Even with the inclusion of the lighting controller and fans, the 465X RGB still remains affordable at an MSRP of $149.99.

Last updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 16 September 2019
Silicon Power Ace A55 1TB 7mm SATA 2.5” SSD

One of the best things you can do to an older laptop or small desktop is to upgrade the storage. Beyond the extra space, moving from an old mechanical drive to a modern SSD can significantly speed your system up and improve your experience. You can also see a notable increase in battery life, plus you gain some peace of mind with mobile devices as the daily bump and grind doesn’t risk head crashes that can instantly ruin a mechanical drive. Today we’ll be taking a look at Silicon Power’s Ace A55 series 2.5” SSD’s which offer an extremely compatible 7mm height on a 2.5” drive with a SATA III interface which will work with almost any computer still alive. With Capacities from 64GB to a whopping 2TB, there is an option for everyone!

Last updated on Monday, 16 September 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, 13 September 2019
Silicon Power Ace A56 512GB 7mm SATA 2.5” SSD

Despite all the flashy claims about the latest PCIe-bus crushing NVMe drives, SATA drives are still in high demand. From a price perspective, there may not be that large of a divide, but from a compatibility perspective, SATA drives still rule the PC world. No matter if you are doing upgrades to an older machine, or building a new one, a high capacity SATA drive such as Silicon Power’s Ace A56 series can give you a little breathing room for a competitive price. Let’s see how it does!

Last updated on Friday, 13 September 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, 12 September 2019
ASUS RX 5700 TUF

On July 7th AMD did something historic by releasing both Ryzen 3rd generation processors and the highly anticipated Navi RX 5700/5700XT GPU’s which features 7nm technology. Fast forward to a month later and third-party GPU’s started hitting the shelf like ASUS’s new TUF Gaming X3 RX 5700.  The TUF Gaming X3 RX 5700 features a custom 2.7 slot fan cooler, full aluminum backplate, a 1750 MHz boost clock, and is a member of the TUF gaming alliance. Being a part of the TUF Gaming Alliance, the TUF Gaming X3 RX 5700 is guaranteed to be compatible with other TUF components and also maintains the TUF aesthetic so it matches other TUF hardware. Like many third-party cards, the TUF Gaming X3 RX 5700 comes in at a slight premium over reference cards but still remains affordable with an MSRP of $379.

Last updated on Thursday, 12 September 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC

With the impending RX 5700/5700XT launch from AMD, Nvidia surprised us all by refreshing their current RTX line of cards with a new set of cards: the RTX 2060/2070/2080 Super. These new cards come with more CUDA/RT cores, additional texture units, and with the RTX 2060 Super more memory over their predecessors. Like many GPU launches, people wait for cards from third-party companies that have custom designs/coolers, higher factory overclocks, and include additional features such as RGB. Gigabyte is one of those companies with its new RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC which features a custom Windforce 3X cooler, metal protection backplate, and a splash of RGB all for an MSRP of $529.99.

Last updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Friday, 06 September 2019
Corsair Nightsword RGB

Whether you're playing the latest FPS, MOBA or Strategy game, your mouse can be the difference between a win or a loss. There’s a lot of thought that goes into choosing just the right mouse from size, weight, precision, and aesthetics while Corsair hopes to knock a few off that list with its new offering: the Nightsword RGB. The Nightsword RGB features an 18,000 DPI optical sensor, RGB illumination, a tunable weight system, and 10 programmable buttons. With an affordable MSRP of $79.99, the Nightsword might just be your newest weapon to securing victory.

Last updated on Friday, 06 September 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 04 September 2019
Li-Heat high-intensity GPU vertical mounting bracket

Video card manufacturers have been dressing up their offerings for a long time, but showing off that aesthetical hard work has only recently caught the eye of mainstream builders. A big part of that has been the more recent availability of quality, flexible PCIe risers, of which Li-Heat is also a market leader.  While many recent cases have started coming with a place to vertical mount a GPU, there are a few common problems with them. One of the biggest deal-breakers is being too close to the side panel or glass cover. It doesn’t matter how great your card looks if it’s always screaming at you for some fresh air. The next issue is a lack of adjustability or accommodation for oversized cards. Most of the recent cards are landing somewhere between two and three slots. Li-Heat fixes all of that in one clean sweep with the new high-intensity GPU Vertical Mounting bracket, and we’re going to see just how it stacks up to the rest!

Last updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 03 September 2019
Corsair K57 Wireless

It is so common to see a computer desk riddled with pesky wires from the keyboard, mouse, headsets, and other odds and ends. It’s becoming more and more common for people to gravitating toward wireless devices to solve this problem.  When looking for a wireless keyboard, one of the worries most people have is that it will introduce input lag while gaming or typing on it. Well, with K57, you can put your worries to rest as it is built on Corsair’s ultra-fast SLIPSTREAM WIRELESS Technology. Not only is the K57 ultra-fast, it also includes other notable features such as on-board profile memory, 6 extra programmable keys, dedicated multimedia keys, and LED-lit keys all for an MSRP of 99.99.

Last updated on Thursday, 05 September 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Mike Holsapple
on Monday, 02 September 2019
EarFun Go Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Whether you’re in your kitchen, cooking breakfast and having a dance party with your toddler, tailgating at your favorite sporting event, or sitting around the campfire with your closest friends, sometimes music really makes the situation better. Most of the time our cell phone speakers just will not cut it. What happens when you’re faced with a nice campfire with friends and then, out of nowhere, a storm comes rolling through, getting everything wet. Most cellphones are not water-resistant or waterproof. The Earfun Go Bluetooth speaker is the best of both worlds. With its compact design and IPX7 waterproof, this will be you’re most used accessory with your social gatherings or at home breaking out into a dance party with your children.

Last updated on Monday, 02 September 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Lian Li TU150

With ever-shrinking hardware, small chassis have been gaining popularity with PC builders over the past few years. Not only do mini ITX cases take up a minimal amount of room on your desk, they are also highly portable for adjusting your workspace or bringing to LAN parties. Lian Li’s newest addition to small form factor cases is the TU150. The TU150 features a tool-less removable panel, a brushed aluminum finish, a retractable handle, and shaded tempered glass side panel. The chassis isn’t the only thing that is small about the TU150, as it also has a very affordable MSRP of $109.99.

Last updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 26 August 2019
Silverstone ST1200-PTS PSU 1200W Power Supply 80+ Platinum

Silverstone has been making challenging the de facto standards in the power supply business since 2003. Sharp increases in power density have culminated in many milestones such as 2016’s smallest 850W ever created. While many of the advances affect smaller power supplies, Silverstone is pushing this to the kilowatt level PSU’s and the latest advance is the ST1200-PTS we have here today. Featuring a staggering 665W per liter power density, Silverstone packs 1200 watts of 80+ Platinum level efficiency into a fully modular box measuring a scant 140mm long. Does Silverstone make any compromises when packing this much power into such a small space? Let’s find out!

Last updated on Monday, 26 August 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 19 August 2019
Patriot Signature Line Premium DDR4 Memory

With the flood of flashy RGB enabled memory on the market that can hit speeds faster than most CPU’s, it’s easy to forget that most of the systems out there aren't able to overclock and wouldn’t be able to take advantage of those speeds, even if you wanted to pay the significant premium to own them. Does this mean you can't have great performance and good looks? Not at all. Dressed in the little black dress of the memory world, a sleek black heat spreader, Patriot’s Signature Line Premium doesn’t make compromises.

Last updated on Monday, 19 August 2019 | Read More >>>

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