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Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 27 November 2019

EVGA is pretty well known for making BIG power supplies. Reaching up to 1600 Watts at 80+ Titanium Level, these monsters have graced many a test bench on the quest for world record benchmark runs. You might be surprised to learn that EVGA also makes very small power supplies as well. We are of course talking physical size rather than wattage. Coming in at a scant 0.77 liters in volume, the SuperNOVA 650GM packs 650 watts power 80+ Gold rated power into a tiny SFX chassis. Is this what you have been looking for? Let’s find out!

Last updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Mike Holsapple
on Tuesday, 19 November 2019

There is a satirical statement that floats around the pc gaming community occasionally that states RGB adds +5 FPS to your games. What happens if we attach the RGB straight to the monitor? Corsair’s new iCUE LS100 gives the user the ability to control their colors to match each individual's needs. These strips can be attached to the back of the monitor itself or to the underside of a desk to create a nice ambient lighting scenario. Controlled by Corsairs iCUE software, the choice is yours.

Last updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 18 November 2019

While many enthusiasts still love massive builds for the jaw-dropping list of hardware that you can stuff inside, a large number of builders have been embracing small form factor builds. Not long ago going small meant performance as much as it did size. Things have changed in the last few generations and you can now build incredibly powerful builds such as workstations and high-end gaming builds in the smallest of enclosures. Small power supplies capable of powering monster rigs have been a little slower to come along, but Corsair has just such a unit right here! Introducing the SF Series SF750, a 750-Watt 80 PLUS Platinum certified power supply stuffed into a tiny 0.78 Liter SFX footprint.

Last updated on Monday, 18 November 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, 14 November 2019
Corsair QL series QL120 RGB Fan & Lighting Node CORE

Unless you’ve been living under a pretty large rock the last few years, you’ve probably noticed that literally, everything in the PC world has gone RGB. From peripherals to coolers, power supplies to cases, memory to fans, everything you can think of can be customized and synchronized with ease. While LED fans have been around forever, and RGB enabled fans have been around for years now, Corsair has cranked it to eleven and ripped the knob off with the new QL series fans. Featuring an astounding 34 individually addressable LED’s per fan, each QL series fan has more RGB goodness than most gaming machines have combined. While the QL series fans fully work with the entire iCUE family of devices such as the Lighting Node Pro and Commander Pro, a full complement of 6 of these is a staggering 204 LED’s, about the limit of these devices. To cope with the insane amount of lights, Corsair includes the new Lighting Node CORE in this 120mm 3-pack kit which can handle a full complement of QL series fans with ease. Let’s put our sunglasses on and check them out!

Last updated on Thursday, 14 November 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Monday, 11 November 2019
XFX RX 5700XT THICC II

Often when looking for the perfect high-performance GPU for your PC build, you usually have to choose a design that includes over the top RGB or something that has a rather lackluster design. Well XFX has found some middle ground with its new Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC II, which does away with RGB, and instead features a stylish matte black finish with plenty of chrome flair. The RX 5700 XT THICC II features a full metal backplate, XFX’s Double Dissipation fan cooler, a max boost clock of 1980MHz, and includes a 3-year XFX warranty all for a competitive MSRP of $419.

Last updated on Monday, 11 November 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, 08 November 2019
Autonomous Smart Desk 2 Home Office

The standing desk has been quite the phenomenon the last few years in big corporate offices in search of better ergonomics and increased productivity. Thanks to Autonomous, those benefits can come home with you as well. The Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Home office offers the customizable quality you are used to at work, adjustable height for perfect ergonomics, superior build quality, and home office friendly aesthetic and size options. Give your home office the lift you deserve!

Last updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, 07 November 2019
ICY Dock EZConvert MB703M2P-B M.2 SATA SSD to 2.5" SATA SSD Converter Adapter

When you think of M.2 drives, PCIe based NVMe models probably come to mind. Early M.2 drives and many lower-cost devices are still technically M.2 drives but based on SATA. While early SSD’s were not trusted to have a good lifespan, a great many are still around and working perfectly. What do you do with these devices now that not as many devices support them? Well thanks to ICY DOCK, you can give them a new life in any device that works with 2.5” SATA drives with the EZConvert MB703M2P-B M.2 SATA SSD to 2.5" SATA SSD Adapter.

Last updated on Thursday, 07 November 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 06 November 2019
G.Skill TridentZ NEO DDR4 3600MHz 16GB

G.Skill’s Trident family of memory has been around for quite a few years now with early models landing back in the DDR2 generations. By far the most popular has been the DDR4 based TridentZ family. Launching with a grey and black heat spreader and a red trim piece on top, TridentZ set the bar for performance memory for everyone else. Gamers are a bit picky when it comes to aesthetics, so G.Skill updated the TridentZ family with colored top bars to more easily blend in with any theme. When the RGB craze hit a couple of years ago, G.Skill was one of the first to take the plunge with the TridentZ RGB lineup. With AMD’s 3rd generation processors finally able to take full advantage of high-performance memory, G.Skill welcomes them into the family with the new TridentZ Neo. With a new Dual-Tone heat spreader, TridentZ Neo is engineered to get the most out of any Ryzen 3000 series processor on the AMD X570 platform.

Last updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 04 November 2019

We’ve been seeing a bit of a trend lately, the anti-RGB train. While the RGB craze was (and still is) quite a bit of fun, many are shunning the now proverbial ‘Unicorn Puke’ trend and going back to a clean and slightly less dazzling build. Whether users are doing this to be different by NOT going RGB, or trying to save a few bucks for performance rather than razzle-dazzle, the problem is actually a lack of decent options in the non-RGB realm. Yes, you can turn RGB off, but why should you have to pay for something you don’t need? Viper has the answer for you with their Blackout Edition memory. Designed to be the ‘little black dress’ for your dark build, and validated for AMD’s Ryzen platform, Viper gives you the performance you want, the compatibility and speed you need, and exactly zero RGB. Let’s see how it does!

Last updated on Monday, 04 November 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, 31 October 2019
GeIL EVO X II AMD Edition

When AMD first released Ryzen, choosing memory for your new system wasn’t that easy as the list of compatible memory was quite small. Fast forward two generations with AMD’s new 3000 series of processors, it has gotten much better, but you still have to keep a close eye to make sure your chosen memory works well with Ryzen. GeIL has taken the guesswork out of it with its new EVO X II AMD Edition ram. Not only is the EVO X II AMD Edition ram guaranteed to be compliable, it is also available at various speeds from 2400 to 4000MHz, has an RGB LED light bar, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Let’s head to the test bench to see how well the EVO II X performs.

Last updated on Thursday, 31 October 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition CPU

Intel’s Core i9-9900K was the first high volume consumer CPU to hit 5 GHz out of the box as well as their first mainstream 8-core CPU. This potent combination has allowed the 9900K to be billed as the ‘Worlds Best Gaming Processor’ by Intel and has allowed it to retain that title for just over a year, even against stiff competition. While we wait for the next generation, Intel has cherry-picked the very best silicon from the best wafers to provide the basis for today’s launch, the Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition. This limited-edition CPU boasts an increased base clock over the i9-9900K as well as the out-of-the-box ability to Boost all 8 cores to 5.0GHz at the same time. The world's best gaming processor just got better!

Last updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Monday, 28 October 2019
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2

In today’s age of content creation and capturing precious moments, we are seeing the traditional camera take a back seat to the new photo king: the mobile phone. Cameras in phones have come a long way in the past 5 years with them only getting better as time goes on. One of the caveats to recording video on your phone is it’s quite hard to get handheld stable video. This has been improved with software but still doesn’t beat a traditional tripod. That’s where Zhiyun’s Smooth-Q2 comes in, with its pocket-sized dimensions and ease of use: it can be brought/used anywhere. Even with its compact size it has an impressive maximum load of 260g which is well above weight of most smartphones. In addition to its strong motors, it features 5 different shooting modes, 13-17 hour battery life, solid aluminum body, and only comes in at an MSRP of $139.

Last updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, 24 October 2019
Thermaltake Level 20 RGB Gaming Mouse Pad

When building your ultimate gaming PC, you carefully plan out each piece of hardware to be able to perform at your best. One of the often-overlooked elements of your gaming build is a quality mouse pad. A quality mouse pad can be the difference between that perfect headshot or missing that clutch flick. Thermaltake’s Level 20 RGB Gaming Mouse Pad hopes to be your secret weapon with special optimized surface providing superb accuracy, special non-slip rubber base to ensure the Level 20 RGB mouse pad will never slip and add a little pop to your desk with an illuminated border. Since the Level 20 RGB mouse pad lands itself in the premium category, it’s a little pricier than your everyday mouse pad with an MSRP around $55.

Last updated on Thursday, 24 October 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Gaming Headset

There is no shortage of wireless headsets on the market and even Corsair has several models available. What there is, is a shortage of wireless bandwidth to provide the bandwidth (read: quality) that wired headsets enjoy. While several wireless models can also work wired as well, they don’t ramp up the quality to match the wired bandwidth. The next caveat is that if you generally don’t have the bandwidth for quality audio, there is little sense in putting quality audio components in the headset. Corsair’s Virtuoso Wireless headset has some secrets under the hood. While in wireless mode, you get a respectable 16bit/48kHz and up to 20 hours of freedom from cords over Corsair’s Hyper-fast Slipstream Wireless. If you aren’t planning on running around the house, you can connect the included USB cable and unlock the real enthusiast-grade magic inside. With the increased bandwidth that USB provides, the Virtuoso will ramp up to near to true enthusiast-grade 24bit/96kHz audio. Throw in a removable broadcast-grade omnidirectional microphone and you have the makings of the best wireless gaming headset on the market. Let’s see how it does!

Last updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 | Read More >>>

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