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Posted by James Keir
on Wednesday, 28 November 2018
MetallicGear Neo-G Mini

Over the past few years, we have seen an emerging trend of people opting for mITX cases over larger cases like mid towers. This size factor typically appeals to people looking to build a media server or a mid-range workstation. Lately, we see that PC builders are making mITX builds for portability for events like Dreamhack or just having the challenge of seeing how much power they can cram into a tight space. Entering into the mITX space is MetallicGear with one of its debut cases the NEO G MINI which comes in a compact size of 355mm (H) x 190mm (W) X 375mm (D). Other stand out features include a vertical GPU mount with riser cable, tempered glass front and side panel with stylized silk-screening, and all steel chassis with sandblasted aluminum body. Despite these high-end features MetallicGear still manages to keep the NEO G MINI at an affordable MSRP of $80.

Last updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Enermax Platimax D.F. 1200W 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply

Enermax has been making power supplies since the early 90’s so it’s really no surprise to see much of their lineup landing in the top levels of the 80+ efficiency range. It takes a lot of good engineering to maintain such an extremely high-efficiency rating under a heavy load. Here we find that Enermax has taken its flagship Platimax lineup and married to another of their technologies, the D.F.R. fans. The Dust Free Fans spin in reverse at startup to blow all the accumulated dust back off of the fan blades. Marry all of this to a fully modular platform and you have the new Platimax D.F. family of power supplies. Today we’ll be taking a look at the largest in the family, the 1200W Platimax D.F. Platinum.

Last updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, 22 November 2018
Crucial P1 1000GB

Over the past few years, the popularity of M.2 drives has dramatically increased due to their small form factor, blazing speeds, and affordability. With the recent decline of prices of PCIe based SSDs, they are now making their way into many entry-level systems and not just enthusiast builds. Crucial’s new P1 line of NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD’s promises to brings both high speeds and ample storage suitable for any build. The P1 drive comes in 3 different configurations which range from 500GB to 2TB of storage with speeds up to 2000MB/s read and 1700MB/s write. With a starting MSRP of $109.99 choosing a PCIe based drive over a SATA SSD is now a much easier decision.

Last updated on Monday, 03 June 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Mike Holsapple
on Wednesday, 21 November 2018
AZZA Ragnarok 801 Dual system ATX ITX Case

More and more we are seeing case manufacturers design their cases to incorporate more than one system in 1 case, AZZA decided they wanted to jump on board this trend as well. You may ask yourself “Why would I want a PC case that can fit more than one system?” Well, if you are a streamer, you most likely would like one PC that would be your main gaming PC and one PC that would do all your heavy lifting and legwork like encoding, broadcasting, ETC. Maybe you’re a media buff that likes to have all your movies, pictures, etc. on one NAS (network attached storage) and you’ve run out of desk space for 2 separate PC towers so you build two pcs into one tower that can handle both of your tasks needed, without having 2 towers to place on a desk or walk around. Meet the Ragnarok 801 by AZZA, this full-size PC tower can fit two full systems. The main system can handle motherboards up to E-ATX and on the PSU shroud, there are mounting points for a smaller ITX system. We will take a look at the specs further down the review.

Last updated on Monday, 26 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 19 November 2018

There is one thing that is pretty much common to every GPU, every generation: the color. With very few exceptions, every GPU is usually mostly black. Sure, the last few generations have seen an infusion of RGB lighting, but anyone interested in a lighter colored build is forced to break out the paint and say goodbye to the warranty. Gigabyte has a remedy for that dilemma, the new RTX2070 Gaming OC White 8G. Featuring a striking white shroud and backplate over the same RTX 2070 Gaming OC 8G we all love.

Last updated on Monday, 19 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, 16 November 2018
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AM4 CPU

A very short time ago in the PC world, flagship CPU’s came in with 4 cores, and maybe 8 threads. A mere couple of generations later, budget level CPU’s have 4 cores while flagships measure into the dozens. Of course, the price tag for dozens of cores matches the raw power and most users simply have no use for upwards of 32 cores. AMD already makes a strong case in the realm of price per performance, and CPU’s around the middle of the pack exemplify that. Today we’ll be taking a look at the Ryzen 5 2600. Carrying six cores, twelve threads, a base clock of 3.4 GHz, the Ryzen 5 2600 provides the highest multiprocessing performance in its class for gamers and creators.

Last updated on Saturday, 17 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, 13 November 2018
GIGABYTE M.2 2280 PCIe SSD 256GB

Gigabyte is one of the most well-known brands in the PC world and with that comes a certain level of brand loyalty. While Gigabyte does complete PC’s in the small form factor world, their laptops are the bread and butter of the read to run PC line up. For those that like to build, for the longest time you were limited to motherboards, and eventually video cards.  More recently we’re seen Gigabyte expand internal component offerings to power supplies, and memory, and even SATA SSD’s. Today we’ll be looking at their first jump into the NVMe market in the M.2 form factor.

Last updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Monday, 12 November 2018
NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

Somewhere along the way, PC building went from simply assembling parts to becoming a form of expression. When aesthetics gained importance, we started to see features that included tempered glass, sleeved cables and of course, RGB. When putting RGB into your build, it’s easy to select components that are not compatible and challenging to achieve a unified look. NZXT hopes to solve that problem with its new HUE 2 line of products. The HUE 2 ecosystem consists of many different accessories such as fans, LED strips and cable combs, which all work together harmoniously using NZXT’s CAM software. At the heart of this ecosystem is the NZXT HUE 2 RGB Controller, which you can connect up to 160 LEDs worth of HUE 2 accessories across 4 different channels. NZXT has made it easy to jump into HUE 2 by offering HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kits priced at $74.99 and Aer RGB 2 Start Kits priced at $109.99.

Last updated on Monday, 12 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, 09 November 2018

Intel’s Z390 is a bit of an oddity on the PC world. While not really a full generational leap it does supplant Z370 as the flagship chipset for Intel’s 9th generation launch. Since ASUS never really got around to launching its flagship ‘Extreme’ product position on the Z370 platform, it’s making up for lost time now with Z390, the true flagship of the 300 series. Taking advantage of Intel integrating USB 3.1 gen 2 and Wi-Fi into the chipset, ASUS packs not only that but everything else into a single board. So much so, it has to be EATX to hold it all. What all magic has ASUS included? We’ll find out together.

Last updated on Friday, 09 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, 08 November 2018
Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB

The Hyper 212 line from Cooler Master has been a staple for PC builders for some time and during that time, its looks haven’t changed all that much. With the new Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition, that is a thing of the past. The Hyper 212 RGB features a nickel-plated jet-black finish which should look great in any build. Jumping on the RGB bandwagon, the Hyper 212 features an SP120R RGB fan and includes a controller if by chance your motherboard doesn’t have an RGB header. Even with all these visual updates, the Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition still remains very affordable at an MSRP of $39.99.

Last updated on Thursday, 08 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 07 November 2018
ECS Liva Z2 Mini PC

ECS is no stranger to the mini-PC world and the LIVA family spans the entire range from pocket-sized highly integrated systems like the LIVA Q through the cost-effective X series and the Energy Efficient Z series up to the sill tiny but full-featured desktops in the LIVA One family. Today we’ll be taking a look at the new LIVA Z2. The LIVA Z2 is an easily upgradeable fanless PC that sips a dainty 6 Watts of power but can power through all of your media needs at up to 4K 60Hz. Featuring up to 64Gb on onboard eMMC memory, support for a 2.5” drive, user replaceable dual-channel ddr4 SO-DIMM memory and an M.2 Wi-Fi module, the LIVA Z2 can grow with your needs.

Last updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 06 November 2018
Cooler Master MH752

When shopping for a new headset, there are 2 important factors that come to mind: comfort and sound quality. Those 2 points are Cooler Master’s primary focus with its new headset: the MH752.  The MH752 promises unprecedented comfort due to its light weight frame and high-density form. Not only is the MH752 comfortable, the headset looks great with its minimalistic design which is perfect for both work and home. One other standout feature is that it’s multi-platform compatible and can be used on your PC, console or your portable music player. With an MSRP of $99.99, Cooler Master’s MH752 just might be your all-purpose headset.

Last updated on Tuesday, 06 November 2018 | Read More >>>

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