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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.
There is no doubt that the launch of the RX 480 had been clouded in controversy. However, since then there have been a number of custom coolers as well as custom PCBs, that, with new driver support, have fixed the issues. Among those custom cards sits the Gigabyte G1 Gaming Rx 480. Sporting the Windforce 2X cooler and up to 8gb of GDDR5, this card is designed to crush 1080p gaming. But can this sub $300 card, based on AMDs new Polaris architecture handle resolutions beyond 1080p and compete with the higher end cards the market has to offer? We’d like to thank the good people at Gigabyte for providing us with this card to review. Now, let’s see how this card holds up to the competition.
LUXA2, a division of Thermaltake Technology, offers a wide array of gadgets and accessories and one of which is their audio solution products. Today, LUXA2 has given us a new audio product to test, it’s the new LUXA2 LAVI X Wireless Sports Earphones. It is a pair of wireless and separate earbuds for each ears. Let’s check it out today.
If the vocal minority of Enthusiasts had their way, liquid cooling would be the only method used in PC’s these days. However, the cost and complexity of liquid cooling, never mind the very act of combining liquids and expensive electronics into one sentence, can be a real turn off to many builders. Air cooling is still quite popular, and has come a long way from a simple fan screwed to a chunk of aluminum bolted right over your chips. Modern incarnations of air coolers employ some fancy feats of engineering to quietly cool your rig, and Cooler Masters new MasterAir Pro series coolers have a few tricks up their sleeve. With Flexible mounting options, a hand full of continuous direct contact copper heat pipes, and some of the most advanced fans ever made, can the MasterAir series coolers be the dry cooling solution you need to cool your PC? Let’s dive in and find out!
ProClockers would like to thank Cooler Master for sending these coolers over for us to check out!
These days the market for All in One, or AIO Coolers is growing almost on a weekly basis. However, most of them are just more of the same, and it’s easy to tell. Especially where there are many AIO coolers today that look very much like their competitors. This is one of the many things that set the Deep Cool Captain EX apart from the rest. With its unique “steampunk appearance”, The Captain 240 EX is far from more of the same. But is it simply the look and style of the block and pump that sets the Captain EX apart from the competition? I’d like to thank Deep Cool for sending us the Captain EX for this review. Let’s see how the Captain EX does!
No matter how amazing the individual components in your computer are, the case you house them in is the most visible part the first thing everyone sees. As the home of everything except your monitor and peripherals, it’s often the first thing many builders pick out when planning a build. If you pick the container before you pick the contents, you often find yourself limited in one way or another on what you can and can’t install. With the Cougar Panzer MAX, that won’t ever be a problem! With room and flexibility to fit almost any combination of hardware and cooling you can come up with from a tiny air cooled mini-ITX to a monster Extended-ATX with quad GPUs, Cougar has you covered.
Pro Clockers would like to thank Cougar for sending us the Panzer MAX to check out, so let’s dive in and see what all the fuss is about!
Using a solid state drive on your PC is a necessity nowadays. Using an SSD improved the overall performance of your PC. While SSDs available today are plenty, there are good options for those who are in a budget. If you are simply looking for a great value SSD, the Kingston UV400 SSD series might just be the one for you. Follow us today as we check it out.
In the age of growing technology, gone are the days where an SSD is a luxury. With how cheap SSDs are getting, they seem to me more of a necessity, at least for the boot drive. But what about general storage? Is it at all possible for the general consumer to move away from traditional mechanical drives? I’d say it more possible now than ever. With the launch of their SU800 2.5” SSD with 3D Nand Technology, and capacities up to 1 TB, I think ADATA would agree. However, with a market already dominated by a couple a big named companies, how does the SU800 hold up to the competition? We ran the SU800 through a number of benchmarks and stress tests. I’d like to that ADATA for making this review possible. Now, Let’s see how it did.
Data storage solutions are improving each year, getting faster and larger in capacities. PCIe SSDs used to be very expensive for an average gamer but not these days. OCZ has an SSD for enthusiasts and hardcore gamers, the OCZ RD400 NVM Express® M.2 solid state drive series. This SSD promises to outperform SATA SSDs by over 4.5 times! Let's find that out today.
Gaming Keyboards are all the rage these days and near the top of almost everyone’s wish list, but what exactly is a ‘gaming keyboard’? Well, like anything else gaming oriented these days, it’s all the little extras above and beyond, such as better switches and fancy lighting. In this case, Tesoro has created highly tuned mechanical switches with very short actuation distance for lightning fast input. It also includes full RGB Lighting and an onboard 32bit Arm Cortex Processor giving you the power to program every single button and light on the keyboard to adapt to any scenario. Follow us today as we check out the TESORO GRAM Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard