Latest ProClockers Hardware Reviews
If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably been fascinated with thermal images from the first time you saw your favorite Austrian born actor battling a fictional extraterrestrial trophy hunter in a Guatemalan jungle. Ten points to you if you correctly guessed the name of the 1987 science fiction thriller poorly described above. Outside of some action-packed theatrics, thermal imaging is very real and has an unbelievable amount of uses in the real world. From search and rescue to aviation to preventative maintenance, FLIR has been on the forefront of thermal imaging industry-wide for more than half a century.
Having been around since before the dinosaurs our very first experience with a sound card came in the form of a “Multimedia Upgrade Kit” from Sound Blaster. Adlib had a similar kit for $30 less but we went with Sound Blaster because the name was cooler. The kit consisted of an ISA (Industry Standard Architecture) sound card, 1x speed CDROM and a small set of unpowered speakers. The tag on that was $469.00 and we were the first ones to have a multimedia computer in a University of 6000 students. Fast forward more years than we care to comment on and Creative Labs sends us the Sound BlasterX AE-5 7.1 Channel 32-bit 384KHz sound card to have a shot at.
Cryorig originated in 2013 and has been climbing the PC Cooling ladder with innovative ideas and unique product. We recently had hands on their Cryorig 240mm AIO with 37.5mm radiator and waterblock top 3000 RPM fan and were impressed. So impressed we ask them to send over their Cryiorg H7 Quad Lumi air cooled CPU cooler to take a look at. The H7 Quad Lumi is the logical successor to the H7 line and low and behold Cryorig decided to dip their fans in the RGB rage and keep all the good features of the H7 and expand on them. The H7 Quad Lumi has one more heatpipe than the H7 and they use a proprietary Convex-Align™ System which staggers the heat pipes covering more area and whisking away that pesky heat.
As you know Aorus is the gaming side of Gigabytes hardware manufacturing. And despite being a relatively new name in the gaming hardware arena they sure are producing some nice products. A perfect example of that is the Aorus K7 gaming keyboard and the Aorus M3 gaming mouse that we will be taking a look at today, huge thanks to Gigabyte for sending these our way!
Today on the test bench we have the superb Cool Master Masterkeys MK750 Mechanical gaming keyboard, and it is incredible. Cooler Master’s focus with this masterpiece was to revolutionize your gaming experience by focusing on features and matter. This keyboard features a minimalistic design, Ultra-responsive Chery Blue RGB switches with millions of color combinations, Multi-media keys for easy sound control and On-The-Fly keys for creating/recording macros and controlling your RGB backlight without the need of any software or drivers.
Corsair is no stranger to the gaming headset market. Its VOID line of gaming headsets blends futuristic design with superb audio quality and exceptional comfort. In fact, the VOID Pro RGB is widely considered by many gamers as one of the best headsets. Retailed at $100, the VOID Pro RGB is certainly not a cheap investment for a budget conscious gamer. This is where the latest addition to the Corsair headset family, the HS50, could be the choice for you. Retailed at $49.99, the HS50 is a stereo gaming headset that could just be the headset that delivers the immersive gaming experience that you wish for without asking for a lot of money. We shall find out.
Water cooling has long been the realm of a few brave DIY enthusiasts for a few decades now and only recently has started being available to many. Even still, most enthusiasts are faced with a dilemma, keep your warranty intact and hope you have a decent air cooler on your GPU, or throw a water block on to not only cool the GPU, but also the burn of instantly voiding any and all warranties. A few manufacturers have responded with factory water-blocked cards, but then you HAVE to water cool or you can’t even power it on safely. Enter ASUS with the Poseidon series, part air cooler, part water block, and all business.