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Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim Air Cooler Review

While many PC enthusiasts swear only by water-cooling, many prefer the simplicity and safety of a quality air cooler. Much of the time, this presents a bit of a dilemma, you can either go with a smaller air cooler that isn’t as effective as you want, or you can go with a larger air cooler and have to figure out how to fit it in your system. You may even run into the cooler encroaching on the space of other components like memory modules, forcing you to leave a slot or two open for cooler clearance. Be Quiet! saves you that choice with the new Dark Rock Slim. Featuring a minuscule footprint that will not block memory slots, a 120mm Silent Wings 3 fan for silent operation, and an enthusiast level 180W TDP for serious cooling, the Dark Rock Slim is ready to take on any high-end build.

 

Last updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, 10 May 2019
Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX580 8G OC

ASRock teased its first GPU about a year ago, an AMD powered RX580 card under the new Phantom Gaming sub-brand. Unfortunately, the world was still suffering from the then hot and heavy Crypto-Craze and very few gamers were able to get their hands on the GPU, or any GPU really for that matter. That big of chaos has since calmed down and street prices have fallen back to around MSRP. ASRock has since spun the Phantom Gaming sub-brand up into Phantom Gaming Alliance with matching products from Cooler Master and Team Group to start. We’re going to backtrack a couple of months and take a look at one of the GPU’s that started it all, the Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX580 8G OC. 

Last updated on Friday, 10 May 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 07 May 2019
Cooler Master SK621

Cooler Master has extended its line of SK keyboards with the new SK621. The SK621 boosts the same great features like low-profile switches, extra-flat keycaps, on-the-fly controls, and a brushed aluminum top of other SK keyboards. To set the SK621 apart from the other models, Cooler Master has added Bluetooth connectivity and has a 60% form factor design.  Even with the addition of Bluetooth, the SK621 has the same MSRP of its SK630 counterpart at $119.99.

Last updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 06 May 2019
Viper Steel Series DDR4 16GB 3866MHz Memory

In a world of RGB everything, not all PC builders appreciate the chaos induced by a mix-matched pile of RGB parts, each doing their own thing. Some want sleek, subtle and pure understated performance. If this sounds like exactly your cup of tea, Viper Gaming has exactly the right memory for you. Designed entirely for true performance, Viper forgoes the unicorn disco and wraps the Viper Steel modules in a sleek, brushed aluminum heat spreader to handle speeds up to 4400MHz out of the box. Does Viper’s Steel DDR4 bite? Let’s find out!

Last updated on Monday, 06 May 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, 02 May 2019
Silicon Power P34A80 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD Review

Silicon Power is no stranger to the world of flash memory and SSD’s, but today we’ll be taking a look at one of the first entries into the high-speed NVMe market segment. Featuring the latest Phison E12 controller, the P34A80 Drive can run at 3200MB/s read and 3000MB/s writes. Coming in 3 capacities from 256GB to 1TB, the P34A80 gives you both speed and capacity at an affordable price with zero compromises. Let’s check out how it performs!

Last updated on Thursday, 02 May 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 01 May 2019
NZXT HUE 2 Ambient V2 Lighting Kit

Behind screen lighting, or ‘Bias Lighting’ has long been medically proven to reduce eye strain and to help perceive colors more accurately when using pure white lighting. Highly adept ‘makers’ have taken this a step further and used the at-home programmability of hobby microcontrollers like Arduino and Raspberry Pi to control RGB strips. When combined with some open source software, this let a very small and skilled niche of users could extend their screen in essence to the wall behind the screen. While this made for a very cool and beneficial effect, the skillset required to implement this put it out of reach of most users. NZXT is here to save the day with the HUE 2 Ambient Lighting Kit. This kit lets any user install and operate an ambient lighting system with almost no skill or effort required. The HUE 2 Ambient lighting kit seamlessly integrates into NZXT’s CAM software and can match your monitor lighting to the rest of your system just as easily as it can extend your screen. Let’s check it out!

Last updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Mike Holsapple
on Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Tt eSPORTS Draconem RGB Touch Edition mousepad

Having never used a premium mouse pad before, I never knew what I was missing. Being able to glide my mouse over the smooth plastic surface made gameplay seem easier. Quick movements while playing an FPS were a breeze as I felt no resistance from the mouse pad. With accents of RGB around the entire mousepad, it even looks good while using it. The Tt eSPORTS Draconem RGB Touch Edition mousepad has all of those features and then some.  With a state-of-the-art biometric FIDO certified Touch ID System, you can log in to PC systems, access webpages and more. 

Last updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Monday, 29 April 2019
DIYPC Vanguard RGB

In the era of tempered glass and RGB, it seems like every manufacturer has created its own version of a case with these features. This is no different for DIYPC with its Vanguard RGB chassis which sports three 4mm tempered glass panels and includes four of their 120mm RGB fans. In addition to its thick tempered glass panels, Vanguard RGB also features a solid 0.8mm steel frame, 2-piece PSU shroud and an included fan hub with support for up to 7 fans. Even with the addition like the fan hub and pre-installed RGB fans, the DIYPC Vanguard still comes in at an affordable MSRP of $129.99.

Last updated on Monday, 29 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, 23 April 2019
FSP HYDRO PTM+ 1200W Liquid-Cooled Power Supply

Quick, what’s your first thought when you hear “liquid-cooled Power Supply”? We won’t fault you if your first thought is something along the lines of this being a terrifying way to earn a Darwin award, but we can assure you this is perfectly safe, and approved by about every safety agency that matters. If you are of the type that is instantly intrigued by the thought of one more heat producing device integrated into your loop, keep reading. What if I told you this power supply can be overclocked? Okay, maybe not in the traditional sense measured in hertz, but you can get a couple hundred more watts out of it if it’s being liquid cooled. FSP even includes everything needed for a loop in this kit to get you up and going in case you aren’t already running a custom loop. Did we mention 80+ Platinum efficiency, a full set of single sleeved and fully modular cables and Aura sync compatible RGB lighting? Let’s go check it out!

Last updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 22 April 2019
Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage

Intel’s 3D XPoint (pronounced cross point) has been one of the very few of the dozens of annual groundbreaking storage technologies to make it to retail, and the only one in recent memory to actually deliver on the hype. This technology arrived in the form of a 16GB or 32GB M.2 module called ‘Optane’ that could be used as a very high-speed cache for your existing SATA drive. While many enthusiasts argued that ‘high speed’ was a bit of a stretch when mistakenly compared to top end NAND drives that were easily clearing the 3GB/s mark on high-queue depth sequential transfers in synthetic tests, those that could see the difference between apples and oranges saw the more than order of magnitude increase Optane provides in low queue depth random I/O that more closely resembles daily real-world usage.

Last updated on Monday, 22 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 15 April 2019
HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB 32GB 3200MHz Memory

HyperX’s Predator DDR4 memory has been one of our personal favorites for its bulletproof performance coupled with its subtle yet aggressive styling. As you can imagine, we were quite eager to check out the updated version topped with glorious RGB lighting.  While memory was one of the first things in the computer world to get an illuminating facelift more than a decade ago, there has been one singular problem that has plagued it nearly from day one: the inability to reliably keep everything synchronized. Unless you have resource-hungry software working overtime in the background to keep your memory sticks synchronized, you end up with each module doing its own thing pretty quickly. HyperX’s Infrared Sync is the first and only cable-free hardware solution to this aesthetically annoying problem. Invisible infrared transmitters on each module sync it to the one next to it without unsightly cables or unreliable software. The lighting itself can be set according to your preferences with your favorite motherboard RGB software.

Last updated on Monday, 15 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, 12 April 2019
HyperX Fury RGB 2.5” 240GB SSD

In a world of RGB-everything, nothing is safe from colorful illumination. Even your storage isn’t safe and HyperX has one of the few RGB SSD’s on the market. Not everyone has a spare M.2 port in their system, but you’d be hard pressed to find a computer that doesn’t have a free SATA port and the need for 240 to 960GB of extra high-speed storage that also looks incredible. With enough space and speed for today’s latest huge games, HyperX gives your storage a complete makeover with the Fury RGB SSD.

Last updated on Friday, 12 April 2019 | Read More >>>

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