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MSI in the gaming and eSports world is a highly regarded supplier of notebook PCs, desktop PCs, graphics cards, motherboards, and peripherals. They are recognized by their dragon logo by PC enthusiast around the world. We at Proclockers are excited to be reviewing their Vigor GK40 Gaming Keyboard. A mid-priced keyboard for the cost-conscious or beginner PC gamer.
It’s been a few months since we checked out the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX Vega 64, and today we got our hands on its little brother the ROG Strix Radeon RX Vega 56. While the number of Compute Units (or CU’s) is reduced from 64 to 56, not much else is changed save for a small difference in power limits. Does the difference matter for gaming?
When Intel announced the 8th generation Core processors last fall, the industry was a bit shocked to see a new platform come out in less than a year after 7th gen Kaby-Lake and Intel 200 series boards. One caveat, 8th generation ONLY works on new 300 series boards. Not that something like that is unprecedented, but we got a full range of new CPUs and exactly ONE chipset to use it on, the flagship Z370. While enthusiasts didn’t mine much, everyone else didn’t see the point of throwing a locked CPU on an expensive platform made for pushing unlocked chips to the breaking point. Nearly six months later, the rest of the 300-series family is finally seeing the light of day. The Mainstream segment of the 300 series is Intel’s H370 chipset, and ASUS is right on time with a brand-new ROG Strix H370-I Gaming to kick it off.
A favorite of PC enthusiasts everywhere, Corsair’s Carbide series has gained new member of the family – the 275R. This compact mid tower has the sleek understated good looks that the series is known and loved for with a tempered glass side panel to show off your components in all their glory. Does it have the goods to carry one the family name, or is its beauty just skin deep? That’s what we are here to find out after the jump.
About a year ago ASUS introduced a new angle on the popular ROG Maximus line targeted squarely at the extreme overclocking crowd. With features unheard of to dates such as layout optimized memory with only a single stick per channel, a non-square X-shaped PCB, and condensation detection built right into the mix. It was one of the best boards they released in their Z270 lineup. Now, with the release of the Z370 Apex, what improvements can they make?
Many in the PC world consider liquid cooling to squarely the realm of enthusiasts and a staple overclocking fanatics, but the truth is, almost every segment of the industry. The benefits of a liquid cooling system are low temperatures, which have positive impacts on stability and longevity of any system, and noise output. No one likes noisy fans on an underpowered air cooler. While enthusiasts are very vocal, they make up only a small niche of the market, most of the PC’s out there are smaller systems used for media, office work and other productivity tasks, and daily computing like checking email and social media. Most of those users don’t need massive cooling power, and certainly aren’t interested in fancy lights, monster radiators and the cost associated, but would really enjoy a PC that stays cool and quiet with no fuss.
In a world where a budget CPU packs the same number of cores as yesterday’s flagship, and users demand more speed than ever, your system memory has more and more of an impact on your experience. While any old stick of ram will let you surf the web and chat with your friends, you need something a little more capable if you want to lead your squad to victory. While most know RGB lights won’t help you much in-game, many users want a subtle system that’s more bite than bark. If you want to win in-game, and not at the cheesy ‘who has the biggest party going on in their case’, Ballistix’s Elite might just be the memory for you.
Today we will be checking out another excellent gaming peripheral from Thermaltake’s Tt eSPORTS line. You might remember a couple weeks ago we took a look at their MEKA PRO mechanical gaming keyboard, today we are checking out one of its companion devices, the VENTUS X Optical gaming mouse. In addition to sporting a 12,000 DPI optical sensor and a comfortable ergonomic design, the VENTUS X mouse also excels in an area we found the MEKA PRO to be lacking. The VENTUS X comes equipped with industry standard 16.8 Million color customizable RGB backlighting, and if it is half as spectacular as it looks from the packaging we will be in for a real treat. Big shoutout to Tt eSPORTS for sending the VENTUS X mouse our way! Let’s dig in!
You probably know by this point that Intel’s latest Core i9 CPU’s pack a punch. You might even know that the higher core count chips in the series can consume some serious wattage. When you have ten to eighteen cores sucking down 400 to 600 watts or more, all of this power has to flow through your motherboard’s VRM or Voltage regulator module which can create quite a bit of heat. ASRock originally released the Taichi series boards closer to the budget level of the spectrum, but the steampunk inspired aesthetics have captured the hearts of higher-end builders. To keep builders from having to choose between an inspiring design and a high-performance board, ASRock has released the X299 Taichi XE.
The PC world is no stranger to ground-breaking, revolutionary memory announcements. They come along every so often promising order of magnitude increases in speed, capacity, and so on. The few that actually materialize into a physical product are often lackluster and fade from existence in days to months or are quickly eclipsed by incremental updates to existing technology. When 3D XPoint was announced a few years ago as this crazy new storage and memory hybrid, most of the industry shrugged it off as another cry of ‘wolf!’ since NAND based NVMe drives were just starting to take off.
As gamers, we often think that the only thing in the room that matters is our gaming rig. To this day I still see gamers who have dropped well over 2000 on their components and case but are still operating it with a keyboard and mouse that cost 20 bucks at Walmart. While the current eSports trend seems to be taking care of the lack of care in purchasing peripherals there are still other areas where gamers frequently neglect their needs. One of the biggest of these is the gaming chair arena. While not all of us can afford to go drop 5 bills on a top of the line gaming chair, it is important to remember that every second you are using your rig you will be sitting in the chair of your choice. Your wallet might thank you for only spending 75 or 100 bucks on a seat right now but what will your back and rest of your body have to say 5 or 10 years (and thousands of hours of gameplay) down the road? This fact alone should have you seriously thinking about the quality of your throne, but if that isn’t enough then there is a slew of studies that show a more relaxed posture and sturdy base lead directly to better performance in gaming and better results when working behind a desk.
All of that said I know that all of us cannot afford to drop $5-600 on a fully equipped, luxury gaming throne, I mean heck some of these new chairs even come equipped with RGB accents. I am certainly as guilty as the rest of us of buying one of those cheapo 100-dollar gaming chairs off amazon, and while these are good imitations of the real thing they quickly wear out and show their cheap workmanship.
Today we will be looking at and trying out an excellent middle-of-the-road gaming chair option. Coming in at its Amazon price of $339.99 USD (down from its MSRP of $400) the RapidX Carbon is an excellent option for a mid to high-end gaming chair.
Big shout-out to RapidX for sending this awesome sample our way!
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