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Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Enermax LIQTECH II 360 All-in-One 360mm Liquid Cooler

Not long ago in the PC world, A “high end” gaming system had a quad-core CPU at its heart. Something in the 90W TDP range that might pull 150W when heavily overclocked. Fast-forward to today and a high-end CPU can easily hit 200W+ at stock and soar into the 300, 400 or even 500-watt range at full load while overclocked. There are some decent air coolers out there, but most performance-oriented users turn towards liquid cooling, and for good reason. Enermax has jumped right into the high-end All-in-One market with its massive new Liqtech II 360. That’s right, a full 360mm of glorious RGB enabled liquid cooling, available in the always classic black or a crisp and clean white. With a claimed 500W+ TDP handling, the Liqtech II 360 should be ready for every enthusiast's dream system! 

Last updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 09 April 2019
Phanteks P600S

There are many factors when choosing the right case for your build. One of these considerations is whether you want a case designed to be silent or a case that has excellent cooling performance. Well, with Phanteks latest addition, the Eclipse P600S, you may not need to choose. The P600S is designed with soundproofing panels and Phanteks’ new high airflow fabric and can provide you with the best of both worlds with both silent and high airflow configurations. Some of the other notable features of the P600S include magnetic hinged side panels, magnetic front/top panels and a full-length PSU shroud. Even with all of these premium features, the Eclipse P600S still comes in at an affordable MSRP of $149.99.

Last updated on Tuesday, 09 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Mike Holsapple
on Wednesday, 03 April 2019
Tt eSPORTS Pulse G100 RGB Headset

A nice headset is a staple to a good build. Whether you have a sleeping baby in the room next to you, or the late-night gaming sessions; you might not always want the sound coming from the speakers. If you’re in a situation in a game where you need to hear footsteps, the best audio in that situation would be a nice gaming headset that is crisp and clear.  The Tt eSPORTS Pulse G100 RGB headset might be the next headset you pick up. With its 53mm neodymium driver with superior sound quality, 3D RGB color illumination, adjustable leatherette headband design with soft cushioned support, and built-in physical controls for easy access to volume, microphone, and lighting controls, this headset has it all. At the MSRP of $39.99 why not pick one up for yourself.

Last updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 02 April 2019
Cooler Master Q500L

Usually, when moving to a smaller enclosure, you often find yourself sacrificing features and customization. This isn’t the case with Cooler Master’s newest addition: the MasterBox Q500L. The Q500L sports a compact chassis that supports mITX, mATX, and even ATX motherboards. Some of the key features of the Q500L include moveable I/O panel, adjustable PSU locations, and custom silk-screened magnetic dust filters (extra cost). At an MSRP of $49.99, the Q500L won’t break the bank.

Last updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 01 April 2019
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB DDR4 Memory

We recently took a look at Silicon Power’s first foray into the gaming memory world with the XPower Turbine RGB DDR4 memory kit and came away quite impressed. In a world where RGB everything exists, it’s hard to compete with some of that gamer aesthetic so this time we’re back with Silicon Power’s XPOWER Turbine RGB memory kit. Featuring a more neutral silver and black color scheme and an RGB lighting system that is compatible with major motherboard lighting control software’s, The Turbine RGB might just be your next memory kit.

Last updated on Monday, 01 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, 28 March 2019
GeIL Super Luce RGB Sync 4133Mhz DDR4 Gaming Memory

GeIL’s Super Luce memory was one of the first LED-equipped memory modules to do something besides just light up. The iLuce Thermal-Beaming technology would indicate module temperature by varying the temp of the breathing effect of the lighting. A few years later GeIL added RGB for gaming aesthetics and made it controllable from many of the industries favorite RGB control software such as ASUS’s Aura Sync, Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion, and MSI’s Mystic Light Sync to seamlessly blend into the rest of your perfect gaming system. As processors increase and core count and more and more users demand every bit of performance out of their system, memory bandwidth has started to become a bottleneck. GeIL once again is getting ahead of the curve by upping memory speeds to a staggering 4133MHz out of the box. Does this extra speed get you anything? Let’s take it for a spin and see.

Last updated on Thursday, 28 March 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 25 March 2019
Viper V765 Mechanical RGB Gaming Keyboard

The humble keyboard has come a long way from the original QWERTY plank, and yet at the same time, nothing much has changed. For most, you press a key get a character and life goes on. Gamers started demanding things like macro buttons to help get that last little edge in games, and their aesthetic demands led to things like RGB lighting. As often happens, this has spilled over into segments. The ability to program complex macros was found to be quite useful to power users and the productivity world where a few dedicated macro keys just weren’t enough. Viper has taken this to the limit with the V765 where every single key can be reprogrammed, turned into a macro or execute all manner of useful things while maintaining the sleek and highly customizable aesthetics gamers require. Let’s take a closer look at the V765 Mechanical RGB Gaming Keyboard!

Last updated on Monday, 25 March 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 20 March 2019
Intel Core i7-9800X

Intel’s High-End Desk Top (HEDT) brings workstation class performance together with enthusiast level features for a no-compromise machine ready for work and play. The first series of CPU’s to hit the LGA 2066 socket came in two flavors, the lower end Kabylake-X starting at quad-core with dual-channel memory and Skylake-X continuing up to 18-cores with quad-channel memory and featuring either 16, 28 or 44 PCIe lanes. This made for a bit of a confusing mess and that’s before discussing the pros and cons of Intel’s choice of using paste as the thermal transfer medium, much to the outrage of extreme overclockers.  Intel has taken the opportunity to make things right and refreshed the lineup with the new 9000 series additions to the Skylake-X family. Every single SKU features a full complement of 44 PCIe lanes, quad-channel memory and a soldered Heat spreader for maximum overclocking performance. Today we’ll be checking out the Core i7-9800X, the lowest position in the new lineup but still packing 8 cores and a 165W TDP into the latest X299 boards.

Last updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Cooler Master NR400

With the recent surge in high-end mITX and mATX motherboards, builders are moving to more compact cases. Generally, the trade-off between full-sized ATX and mATX cases is less room for cooling solutions resulting in higher system temperatures. Cooler Master’s new case, the NR400, offers a compact chassis that has been designed with cooling performance in mind. The NR400’s body consists of all steel construction, a mesh front panel, removable magnetic dust filter on the top and also has the option for one 5.25” drive bay up front. Despite its smaller form factor, the NR400 has ample room cooling hardware with it supporting a 280mm radiator up top, 280mm up front and a 120mm at the back. The NR400 is also gentle on your wallet coming in at an MSRP of only $59.99.

Last updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Cooler Master NR600

Not a huge fan of RGB? Looking for something that is stylish and has great airflow? Well, that’s the audience Cooler Master is looking for with their new ATX mid-tower case the NR600. The NR600 is comprised of modified a MasterBox MB5xx series frame, stylish minimalistic design, full mesh front panel for optimal airflow, and a tempered glassed side panel. Other notable features of the NR600 also include radiator support for 360mm up front / 280mm up top, room for 5 x 2.5” and 4 x 3.5” drives, and a full-length PSU shroud. Are you are still attached to your Blu-ray or DVD drive? The NR600 has you covered with a separate model that includes a 5.25” drive bay. Coming in at an MSRP of $69.99, the NR600 is also very easy on your wallet.

Last updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, 14 March 2019

Nvidia claims that more than 2/3rds of gamers are playing with cards at the GTX 960 level and below. The x60 level cards have proven to be quite popular with gamers for their price to performance ratio. Today Nvidia unveils the GeForce GTX 1660 which is meant to replace the GTX 1060 3GB with 1408 Turing powered CUDA cores and 6GB of GDDR5 memory. MSI takes this a step further on the GTX 1660 Ventus XS OC Edition with twin Torx 2.0 fans and an overclock right out of the box for a wallet-friendly $229 price tag. Let’s see how it does!

Last updated on Friday, 15 March 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, 08 March 2019
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9

ASRock’s new Phantom Gaming Alliance is a range of products aimed at providing a top-tier experience to gamers, professionals, and enthusiasts. ASRock has collaborated with other leading vendors to provide an ever-growing ecosystem of Phantom Gaming products that spans not only motherboards but cases, coolers, memory, and storage as well. Today we’ll be looking at the flagship offering on Intel’s Z390 platform, the Phantom Gaming 9. Featuring the latest wired and wireless networking, triple Turbo M.2 ports, and a fully digital 12-phase VRM for maximum overclocking, the Phantom Gaming 9 provides everything a gamer could need. 

Last updated on Friday, 08 March 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 06 March 2019
ASUS ROG Rampage VI EXTREME Omega X299 Motherboard

Hot on the heels of Intel’s launch of the updated SkyLake-X 9000 series CPU’s and following in the footsteps of the well-loved Rampage VI Extreme, ASUS’s updated ROG Rampage VI Extreme Omega makes some welcome changes to get the most out of Intel’s high core count CPU’s. One of the biggest changes is a new 8-phase VRM with twin power stages that quietly lurks beneath a massive new VRM heatsink with active fan cooling under the hood to handle the extreme demands of overclocking flagship CPU’s. Favorites such as the LiveDash OLED display and 10 Gigabit Ethernet are joined by a new NODE connector, Fan Extension II system, DImm.2 with heatsinks and an updated Intel Wireless-AC 9260. Can the best be bested? Let’s find out!

Last updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, 28 February 2019
Cooler Master MK850

Do you enjoy games that often have you reaching for your controller or joystick? Is your desk cluttered with peripherals needed for those racing and flight sims? This no longer needs to be the case thanks to Cooler Master’s new MK850 featuring Aimpad technology. The MK850 brings analog control to the keyboard with 8 pressure sensitive mechanical keys. This allows you precision control over your movements, acceleration, and braking which would normally have to be controlled by another piece of hardware. Some of the other notable features of the MK850 include dedicated media keys, on-the-fly controls, magnetic wrist rest and a brushed aluminum finish. With all these features packed into a single piece of hardware, it does come with a hefty MSRP of $199.99.

Last updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 | Read More >>>


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