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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.
Cryorig founded in 2013 faced an uphill battle establishing their brand, here they are 4 years later still expanding their product line and thriving in a super competitive environment. The Cryorig A40 Ultimate Hybrid Liquid Cooling is a unique 240mm AIO water cooling CLC (Closed Loop Cooling) AIO) with a small fan that site right on top the waterblock blowing cooling air across the block and chokes both not only cooling the block but the critical power delivery system around the CPU. The 140mm fans they include with the kit are just super quiet but when the going gets tough the 3000RPM kicks in and you can hear the little bugger cranking out that air cooling the entire CPU area. Cryorig uses Asetek as the OEM manufacturer and Asetek is known for quality and Cryorig designed the 5th gen pump offering some of the newest Asetek technology and offers improved performance over previous generations.
Whether you’re a gamer or a person with a love for music a good headset goes a long way. The Hyperx Cloud Revolver S could be the one you have been looking for. With its lightweight, edgy look, and comfort the Hyperx Cloud Revolver S is a top competitor in the ever-growing gaming headset world.
Offering both value and quality Cooler Master is known for exceptional hardware at a more than fair price. We are taking a look at one of their Mid-Tower chassis today, the MasterBox Pro 5 RGB with 3 RGB fans preinstalled; Cooler Master went with the 3 fans behind the black mirrored front to stash the fans behind. The front is easily removable and this puppy is so versatile you can go any build direction you want. It will take a 120mm, 240mm, 280mm, and 360mm radiator water cooling setup you can gaze at through a 4mm tempered glass side. Wiring this thing has more well-planned pigeon holes that we even care to count. We would run a wire to the area where it needed to be and exactly at that spot was a pigeonhole that perfectly fit the connector we needed to run.
“Back to where ROG began” – the thought process that created an iconic brand was used to bring the very best features, performance, and innovative features to a new platform. The name? Apex – the pinnacle of computer performance and overclocking. “The new ROG Maximus IX Apex delivers bold design and unparalleled power, hearkening back to the origins of the brand. With an optimized layout and radical aesthetics, the Apex is engineered to smash performance boundaries and to look good while doing it. That makes it the perfect motherboard for overclocking addicts who push their system to the limits, or for enthusiasts who want to build a showcase gaming rig!”
A couple years back Intel and Micron introduced us to 3D XPoint memory at a press conference. The claims made about this new type of memory used in the Intel Optane SSD 900P 480GB were eye popping and frankly, at the time, almost unbelievable. By now Optane memory is old news and we all know that a small Optane memory chip can give platter drives new lives and increase system storage speed drastically. Optane is so new it literally exists in its own new category and was expected to run at approximately 3x the price of regular NVMe NAND flash drives. We are pleased to find that instead of the 3x price expected the Intel Optane SSD 900P 480GB comes in at a more consumer friendly $0.86 per GB of storage closer to 2x the price of NVMe drives.
If you aren’t deep into the overclocking scene, the name Nick Shih might not mean anything to you, but if you poke around many of the CPU benchmarking record charts online you’ll often see the handle ‘nickshih’ on the front page. The Brainchild of ASRock’s OC Formula lineup, Nick knows what it takes to break records and ASRock brings that to Intel’s X299 platform with the X299 OC Formula.
Razer has crossed the line from strictly mechanical keyboards and went to the dark side and produced a couple of membrane keyboards the Razer Cynosa which we have in for review and the Razer Cynosa Pro which has an under glow and a wrist pad that the less expensive regular Cynosa doesn’t get. Both the Cynosa and Pro are aimed at the budget gaming community with a current price of $59.99 and a few cut rate sites have it slightly lower. For that $59.99 you get 16.8 million colors, per key programmability, on the fly macro recording, spill resistance and a slew of cool Chroma effects but you will need Synapse 3 (currently Beta 3) and you get a full featured RGB Chroma experience.