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Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

The world of SATA based SSD’s is slowly coming to a close with the raw speed and performance of PCIe based drives falling to near price parity. The benefit is radically increased bandwidth, up to about 6x the raw speed and some drives are so small they can slot right into your desktop motherboard or laptop with no need for pesky cables. Kingston’s latest KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD falls into this category in its M.2 2280 form-factor that brings 3200 MB/s reads and 2200 MB/s write speeds to capacities from 250GB to 2TB. Add in a 5-year warranty and you have the recipe for success, but does that translate to real-world performance? Let’s find out!

Last updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 12 August 2019

For the past couple of graphics generations, EVGA’s ‘Black’ cards have been an affordable way for gamers to get a great value without compromises to cooling or performance. They are also arguably one of the better-looking cards as the sleek black cooler blends in with any aesthetic and those few among us still riding the anti-RGB train can rejoice at the lack of ‘unicorn puke’. The two-slot iCX2 powered cooling solution keeps you cool during the most intense battle sessions without the need to get distractingly loud. The Nvidia reference design also allows an easy upgrade path to liquid cooling with EVGA’s Hybrid cooling kit or even to a full custom loop with EVGA’s HYDRO COPPER water block. If your gaming machine needs a SUPER stealthy upgrade, this just might be the card for you!

Last updated on Monday, 12 August 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, 08 August 2019
Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC

With the wave of new graphics cards being released July from both Nvidia and AMD, it's an exciting time for gamers looking to upgrade. One of the more budget-friendly cards that was released is the refresh of Nvidia’s RTX 2060 with the new RTX 2060 Super. The new 2060 Super is packed with more CUDA, RT and Tensor cores than its predecessor and also comes with an addition 2GB of memory, bumping the total to 8GB.  When new reference cards get released, various third-party manufacturers like to create their own version for the market place. Gigabyte is one of these companies releasing various flavors of the RTX 2060 Super line which include the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC. The Gaming OC features Windforce X3 cooling system, full metal protection back plate, and is factory overclocked to 1815MHz all for an MSRP of $419.99.

Last updated on Monday, 12 August 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 07 August 2019
ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC Edition

Nvidia’s xx60 level mainstream cards are always one of the most popular cards to gamers for strong performance at a reasonably wallet-friendly price. The mid-season update to the Turing powered RTX cards gives you most of last years enthusiast-level RTX 2070 at the same budget-friendly RTX 2060 price point. ASUS takes that and gives it their nearly bulletproof Auto-Extreme manufacturing and beefy 2.7 slots cooler with twin Axial Flow fans for reliable and silent gaming performance. Today, we’ll see how it stacks up to the competition!

Last updated on Monday, 12 August 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, 06 August 2019
ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER EVO OC Edition

With Nvidia’s recent refresh of the RTX lineup (sans the RTX 2080Ti, so far) ASUS has taken the opportunity to also update its lineup. Today we’ll be taking a look at the Dual GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER EVO OC Edition. The same massive 2.7 Slot cooler remains, but with a more neutral and asymmetrical aesthetic. More memory, more speed, more power, but not more money, what’s not to love? Let’s find out if this should be your next GPU!

Last updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Friday, 02 August 2019
Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Windforce OC

Hot off the heels of the original launch of the RTX 2060, we already have a refresh of the card a mere 7 months later with the RTX 2060 Super. The new RTX 2060 Super boasts more CUDA cores, RT cores, Tensor cores, and they have expanded the memory to 8GB. With the release of new graphics cards comes third party manufacturers releasing their own revisions of the cards. Gigabyte is no exception with their graphics card: the new RTX 2060 Super Windforce OC. The Windforce features a factory overclock of 1680 MHz, custom WINDFORCE 2X cooler system, and a protection backplate all for the same price as a reference model at $399.99.

Last updated on Friday, 02 August 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, 01 August 2019
MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X

In the beginning of 2019, Nvidia released their cut down version of the TU106 chip with the new RTX 2060. A mere 7 months later, likely thanks to the impeding Navi release in July, Nvidia announced a refresh to their line of 2060, 2070 and 2080 cards with a Super designation. The RTX 2060 Super features more CUDA, RT, and Tensor cores and also has increased its memory to 8GB which includes a wider 256bit bus. Throwing their hat into the RTX 2060 Super ring is MSI with its own version of the RTX 2060 Super Gaming X. The Gaming X features MSI’s own Twin Frozr 7 cooling system, custom PCB, RGB lighting, and comes with factory overclock of 1695 MHz. Even with the custom PCB and cooler, the RTX 2060 Super Gaming X is only $15 more than the reference model at an MSRP of $415. 

Last updated on Thursday, 01 August 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Corsair iCUE 220T RGB

When looking for a case to house your new build, a few of the main considerations include size, aesthetics, and airflow. Corsair hopes to check all of these boxes with its new chassis: the iCUE 220T RGB. This case contains a stylized vented steel front panel designed for high airflow, three SP120 RGB PRO fans, and includes a Lighting Node Core controller. All these features are packed into a compact mid-tower chassis which includes all-steel construction and an edge-to-edge tempered glass side panel. Keeping competitive with other mid-tower cases, the iCUE 220T RGB comes in at an MSRP of $109.99.

Last updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Friday, 26 July 2019
be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 rev. 2

There are many factors that go into picking the perfect case such as aesthetics, motherboard support, water cooling support, and overall flexibility to handle anything you want to put in it. Many cases will check a few of those boxes and concessions would have to be made for the others. Well, be quiet! hopes to change that with its flagship full tower case: the Dark Base Pro 900 rev 2. In the aesthetics department, the Dark Base Pro comes with a sleek black brushed aluminum finish from top to bottom and is available with either orange, black, or silver accents to complete the look. It also has support for larger motherboards such as XL-ATX/E-ATX and plenty of room for water cooling with the ability to install up to 420mm radiators. Lastly, the Dark Base Pro 900 has extensive flexibly with removable drive bays, the ability to adjust the motherboard locations, and even the option to totally invert the case.  With an MSRP of $269.00, it may be out of reach for some but for people looking for ultimate modularity and compatibility, it just might be the perfect case. Let’s dive in and see what the Dark Base Pro has to offer.

Last updated on Friday, 26 July 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 23 July 2019
NZXT H510 Elite

Are you a fan of tempered glass? Are you also a fan of RGB? If you answered yes to both of those questions, NZXT’s newest addition the H510 Elite just might be for you. The H510 Elite features a tempered glass side panel, tempered glass front panel, two Aer 2 RGB fans, an RGB LED strip, and a Smart Device 2 controller. In addition to these, the H510 Elite also includes NZXT’s patented cable management system to provide you with a cleaner and easier build experience. With the new features and hardware, the H510 Elite has the same MSRP of $169.99 as its brother the H710.

Last updated on Friday, 02 August 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, 23 July 2019
NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition

A few weeks ago, Nvidia launched the first two members of its updated Turing powered RTX cards with the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super. This mid-cycle refresh of the RTX 20 series continues with the new RTX 2080 Super. So, what exactly is so SUPER about them? One of the most important things right out of the gate to gamers is price. ‘New’ usually means ‘more expensive’ but that isn’t the case this time. The RTX 2080 Super starts at $699 but features faster memory, more CUDA cores, and more RT cores for all of the upcoming Ray Tracing games coming soon. Is there anything not to like? Let’s find out!

Last updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Monday, 22 July 2019
Cooler Master H100

With the trend of PC builders flocking to smaller and smaller cases, we have seen an increase of small form factor cases hitting the market. A new contender in the ring is Cooler Master’s latest addition to its H line of cases: the H100. The H100 features steel frame construction, a single 200mm RGB fan, and an extremely small footprint of 12.28 x 8.50 x 11.85 inches. Even with the H100’s small frame, it still manages to support a full ATX PSU and room for a front radiator up to 200mm in size. The H100’s size isn’t the only thing mini about this case, as it lists an affordable MSRP of only $69.99.

Last updated on Monday, 22 July 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Friday, 19 July 2019
TeamGroup T1 Gaming

If you are building on a budget, many concessions have to be made in both aesthetics and performance when choosing your components. With TeamGroup’s new T1 Gaming Series 2666MHz DDR4 kits, you won’t have to sacrifice either of those. The T1 Gaming kits feature selected high-quality IC’s, an ultra-low operating voltage of 1.2v and a unique color printed design on the PCB. Since the T1 Gaming series doesn’t have the additional cost of RGB lighting and a heat spreader, a 2 x 8GB (16GB) kit comes in at a very affordable MSRP of $57.99.

Last updated on Friday, 19 July 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Cooler Master ML240P Mirage

As processors’ core counts increase and speeds start to exceed 5GHz, users are always looking for better ways to cool their CPU. The AIO or All-In-One cooler is a common go-to for users looking to ditch their air cooler. When looking for an AIO, people are not just looking for great cooling performance, they’re looking for something that also makes their build pop. Cooler Master has answered the call with their new AIO: the MasterLiquid ML240P Mirage. The ML240P Mirage stands out from the crowd with its transparent pump design, exclusive ML240P Mirage fans, large 240mm radiator, and wired ARGB controller. Even with these unique features, the ML240P Mirage still manages to keep a completive MSRP of $159.99.

Last updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Cooler Master GS750

Many gamers and PC users all have a common problem, keeping their desk area tidy. It's easy for it to get cluttered with items such as your headset and mobile device. Cooler Master hopes to help alleviate this problem with their new product: the GS750. The GS750 features a Qi wireless charging pad to eliminate the need for a charging cable as well as an aluminum headset stand with built-in cable management. In addition to these features, it also sports 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm audio/microphone jack, RGB lighting, and onboard 7.1 surround sound. For a headset stand packed full of features, the GS750 remains affordable at an MSRP of $79.99.

Last updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2019 | Read More >>>
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.

Last updated on Sunday, 07 July 2019 | Read More >>>


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