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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?
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.
Gaming oriented high performance memory has been around for years, and RGB lighting has as well, but the combination of the two is a relatively new category. While Ram kits with LED’s can be found clear back in the DDR2 days, GeIL was one of the very first to put RGB capable modules into the hands of consumers with their new EVO X DDR4 Kits. Separating the high performance DDR4 module’s circuitry into 2 entirely independent sections allows maximum memory performance without interference from the lighting. On the opposite side, the RGB lighting effects can be powered via any 3 or 4pin fan header and the color selected by moving the Red GeIL switch on top of the module. Full RGB effects can also be had by connecting the included 4pin cable to your motherboards RGB header. This way, the Modules can sync with the rest of your system lighting and is compatible with ASUS AURA Sync, as well as MSI’s Mystic Lighting. No other memory kit currently on the market offers such flexibility to the end User.
The ROG (Republic of Gamers) Strix line has proven to be popular for Asus. Enthusiasts worldwide know that ROG is synonymous with performance and the ROG Strix line offers everything many have come to expect in an Asus ROG motherboard, but in a less expensive package.
ROG – Republic of Gamers. Enthusiasts worldwide know that ROG is synonymous with performance. Asus has continued to push the envelope since the first ROG motherboard debuted some eleven years ago. Since then, some of the most innovative hardware has had the ROG name one it. The ROG series of motherboards has expanded into many lines including Maximus, Rampage, Crosshair, and Strix. It’s Strix line that we’ll be reviewing a motherboard from.
Announced at E3 in 2015 For Honor is a fighting game with hack and slash elements. The game takes heavy inspirations from shooters and another medieval combat game which was at it’s height of popularity Chivalry Medieval Warfare. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal for the console version and Blue Byte for the PC version, the game was published by their parent company Ubisoft.
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands. The teams throughout Ubisoft's worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms.
A case is one of the hardest components to select for a new build, and also one of the most important. Not only does it house your components, but it very much determines what you can, and too often, can’t use for a build. One, maybe two radiators, 2 or 4 drives, and many other seemingly little limiting factors often have a builder searching endless lists for a case with the right combination that can hold what they actually need. Too often you have to change plans to make it all fit, and that is unacceptable. In traditional InWin style, the 509 breaks that mold. Capable of handling the largest E-ATX motherboards, 3x 360mm radiators as well as a few smaller ones at the same time, 9 drives, and more fans than you know what to do with, the 509 can handle anything you can throw at it without compromise. Wrapped in tempered glass and dressed in black with a subtle hint of grey, or a bold ROG Certified red, the InWin 509 can look good doing it too.
G.Skill has a long history of producing high performance memory modules dating back to 1989. DDR1, DDR2, DDR3 and Now DDR4 have all been covered by various levels from budget to Eco to Extreme performance. Current Incarnations of high performance DDR4 carry the TridentZ naming, and are some of the highest performing DDR4 modules currently on the market. Holding down a huge number of coveted spots on leaderboards, From highest retail speeds, to highest ever overclocked memory frequencies, The TridentZ line is built for ‘Performance for the Truly Extreme’. No matter what your needs, G.Skill has you covered with single sticks, Dual, Triple and Quad channel memory kits up to 128GB and XMP speeds of 4000Mhz and beyond. If a static color is so 2016, G.Skill even has TridentZ kits with software controlled RGB lighting in place of the accent color strip.
Carbon fiber instantly sends visions of speed, performance, and exotic technology to many. Wrapped in carbon fiber look trim, Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon aims to instaill many of those same visions. Built on MSI’s Military Class 5 foundation, the Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon supports 6th Generation Intel Core processors and DDR4 memory up to 3800Mhz via four memory slots. There’s dual Turbo M.2 connectivity with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s with support for Intel Optane technology. Six SATA ports offer even more storage options. There dual USB 3.1 front panel connectors along with six USB 3.1 rear ports. The Intel i219V chip provides high quality network connectivity combined with 15KV anti-surge protection.
There are few horror franchises as storied as Resident Evil, after the success of Resident Evil 4 there was a shift in the tone of the franchise. Less horror with a move toward third person action. With Resident Evil 6 being a huge disappointment for the fan base. With fans receiving an unfocused mess of global bioterrorism and multiple intersecting stories that created a narrative mess. After the outcry, Capcom promised to do better with Resident Evil 7 and deliver a more focused horror experience. What remains to be seen is whether Capcom would be able to successfully return to its horror roots. The following game review will contain plot spoilers.
There was one point where an SSD was a great addition to their systems, for those who could afford it. However, today, with solid state drives becoming so cheap, they have almost become a necessity. Whether it’s just a boot drive, or you plan to replace your mechanical drives, there are SSDs that can fit into any budget. However, there are several things to take into consideration when buying an SSD. Aside from the capacity of the drive, you should also consider the endurance of the drive, or how long it will last, the overall performance of the drive and even the warranty. The people over at TOSHIBA would agree. Since most SATA SSDs have all but saturated the interface, essentially maxing out the speed that a SATA SSD can achieve, a consumer must look at the other features of a drive to make an educated decision. This is why their OCZ VX500 not only advertises speeds near as fast as the SATA interface can handle, but also excellent endurance and one of the best warranty programs in the business. I’d like to thank the people at TOSHIBA for sending ProClockers their 512 GB VX500 for this review. So, let’s take a look at the OCZ VX500 from TOSHIBA and see if it does everything its advertised to do.
Being active in a high tech society often requires users to be highly mobile. To be efficient and productive, it is imperative for mobile users to carry recharging solutions for their many portable devices. Large companies such as Apple have large portions of the market saturated with mobile solutions, which makes sense for some companies to tailor products to those in demand devices. The OLALA S100-i 13000mAh Power Bank is a viable solution.
Gamepads, controllers, joysticks, whatever you call them since their invention in the late seventies they have had a huge impact on gaming for players using consoles, PCs and mobile devices. Though the problem with most gamepads is they don’t easily allow the player to use a single controller across all platforms. Pro Clockers would like to thank GameSir for sending us their G4 Advanced Edition gamepad a device that is going in the right direction of multiplatform performance. At first glance, there is an excitement at seeing what you would be purchasing at a store location or online because there is no packaging hindering your ability to see the entire front of the controller. The no secrets packaging is great, but the best way to get the full effect of using an amazing controller is break it out of its well packaged home.