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Posted by Damon Bailey
on Sunday, 07 July 2019
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

About two years ago, AMD launched its new ‘Zen’ architecture as the AMD Ryzen series desktop processors. In a single day, AMD jumped from being ‘the other guys’ to being back on the radar in a polarized cacophony of love and hate, depending on the brand preference. For nearly a decade, if you wanted top performance on the mainstream desktop, you went blue. If you wanted to avoid a second mortgage you went red. While there were a few teething issues, as is the case with any new architecture, by and large, Ryzen delivered a CPU any AMD fan could be proud of and that gave more than one Intel purchaser a bit of buyer’s remorse.  Fast forward through a refined second generation ‘Zen+’ to this month with the launch of AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen and true 2nd generation Zen architecture and AMD has redefined the very definition of a “mainstream” desktop.

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Posted by Damon Bailey
on Sunday, 07 July 2019
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X is an interesting CPU to write about. Until today, an 8 core, 16-thread processor on the mainstream desktop would be considered a flagship and would command a matching price tag. The first consumer mainstream 8-core CPU, the Ryzen 7 1800X is a prime example of this with its launch price of $499 barely two years ago. With the launch of the new Ryzen 9 segment, 3rd generation Ryzen CPU’s will extend up to a core count of 16 which was previously only found in the High-End Desk Top or server space with a substantial four-digit price tag. Today we’ll be taking a look at the new Ryzen 7 3700X, a mainstream 8-core, 16-thread CPU that carries high-end features like PCIe 4.0 support, a massive 36MB GameCache, fully-unlocked overclocking potential and a very mainstream and modest $329 price tag. Is a flagship CPU at a mainstream price too good to be true? Let’s find out!

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Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 02 July 2019
Cooler Master SK650 White

In the world of PC building, there are a number of popular build themes that seem to become the norm such as Red/Black and Rainbow RGB builds. When doing a themed build, most builders will go the extra mile and buy peripherals such as keyboards, mice and headsets to match. One of the newer themes to hit popularity is the all-white build and Cooler Master has answered the call with their SK650 limited edition white keyboard. The SK650 White has the same feature set as the SK650 with Cherry MX low profile RGB red switches, extra flat keycaps, and on-the-fly controls. But Cooler Master has given the SK650 White a new fresh look with a silver brushed aluminum finish, white keycaps, and a detachable all-white wire. Being that the SK650 White is limited edition, it is priced slightly higher over the original SK650 at an MSRP of $159.99.

Last updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, 27 June 2019
Corsair HS35

Building a new computer is an exciting time, but it can also be quite expensive. After purchasing all your components for your PC such as motherboard, CPU, GPU, and RAM, you may realize you might have overlooked some key peripherals such as a set of headphones. With all your money spent on core components, you may be a little low on funds and that’s where Corsair new budget gamer HS35 stereo headphones come in. At an affordable MSRP of only $39.99, it won’t break the bank and comes equipped with great features such as comfortable mesh and memory foam ear cup, 50mm audio driers and on-ear controls. Now the question that needs asking is can headphones be both affordable and sound great? Let’s dive in and find out.

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Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, 14 June 2019
iStorage diskAshur2 2TB USB 3.1 Portable Encrypted Hard Drive

In today’s hyper-connected world, data security is paramount. Even with everything connected, having your important data accessible to you no matter where you are and what device you are using is equally as important as having it secure. Cloud services, like most things, online have had repeated breaches over the last few years and no provide appears to be immune to the malicious underbelly of the web. If you work with sensitive data, or just plain don’t want prying eyes to get a peep at your important files, what are you to do? iStorage says to take it with you of course. Nothing beats literally having your data at hand, and they can protect it with government-grade, hardware-based security. No leaving your data in some mystery cloud, no software programs a 5-year-old can break into, only the best protection, for the most sensitive data.

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Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 10 June 2019
Biostar A10N-8800 AMD SoC Motherboard

With as much attention as the latest flagship gaming products get, it’s easy to believe that’s the majority of the market. In reality, the bleeding edge makes up a miniscule fraction of the gamer population. More gamers have and use more sensible (read: affordable) machines. Outside of the high cost, many popular games just simply don’t need that level of horsepower. Most of the games that E-sports have made popular will run well on just about anything. Biostar’s A10N-8800 motherboard combines AMD’s FX-8800P low power Accelerated Processing Unit with a desktop compatible ITX form-factor to capitalize on the single-chip CPU/GPU budget gaming category. Featuring four cores up to 3.4GHz and a Radeon R7 graphics solution in a single chip, the Carrizo APU can handle daily use and light gaming without the cost associated with a larger and more complex machine. Let’s see how it does!

Last updated on Monday, 10 June 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Friday, 07 June 2019
Corsair Ironclaw RGB Wireless

One of the most annoying aspects of a mouse is that pesky cord. It is always getting tangled up and often requires you to pull it up from behind your desk to enable full unrestricted motion of your mouse. There are products that help combat this, but what if you could get rid of the cord and still maintain lightning fast response times? Well, with Corsair’s Ironclaw RGB Wireless you can have laser precision with its 18,000 DPI optical sensor, speedy sub 1ms response times using 2.4 GHz SLIPSTREAM Wireless, and finally free yourself from that troublesome wire.

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Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 05 June 2019
ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390

Last year’s Maximus X Formula was effectively the 10-year anniversary of the Formula family and it brought Intel’s Coffey Lake CPU’s and Z370 chipset into the Formula family. A short while later, Intel refreshed the CPU line and added the Z390 chipset to the 300 series lineup. While the latest 9th gen CPU’s are fully compatible with the outgoing 8th gen Maximus X Formula, ASUS’s has updated the platform to bring new features such as integrated Wireless and native USB 3.1 Gen 2 powered by the Z390 chipset. Add this to the now standard liquid cooling capable VRM with integrated water block from EKWB, ROG Armor, pre-mounted I/O Shield and updates like an oversized LiveDash Display, new NODE connectivity, and 5-gigabit networking. Is this the formula for cranking your next build to eleven?

Last updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2019 | Read More >>>


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