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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 >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 06 November 2018
Cooler Master MH751

With the current RGB craze it’s easy to forget not every peripheral needs that RGB flair. Cooler Master has taken a different approach with the MH751 and decided to put all the focus on comfort, quality, minimalist yet sleek design and versatility. The MH751 offers premium comfort thanks to its light weight frame and high-density foam headband and ear cushion. This headset is extremely versatile and can be used on the PC, console or portable music player due to its 3.5mm jack. The MH751 is also very portable thanks to its fold flat design and detachable boom mic. Not only does the MH751 look outstanding, it also promises to provide great sound quality with its 40mm neodymium magnet driver. Even with all these features, the MH751 comes in at an affordable MSRP of $79.99.

Last updated on Tuesday, 06 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Monday, 05 November 2018
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition

Cooler Master Hyper 212 has become a well-known aftermarket cooler among PC builders for its great performance and cheap price tag. Over the years there have been a few new releases bearing its name but the overall looks haven’t changed all that much. Well that’s about to change, as Cooler Master has now truly refreshed the 212 line with the new Hyper 212 Black Edition. Cooler Master has done away with the silver fins and copper colored pipe and have opted for a sleek and stylish black/dark gray finish. The top features a brushed, anodized aluminum with the cooler master logo in the middle. The included Silencio FP120 fan also got the blackout treatment with no logo in sight. The Hyper 212 Black Edition costs slightly more than the popular Hyper 212 EVO at an MSRP of $34.99 but still keeps its affordable status.

Last updated on Monday, 05 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, 02 November 2018

Nvidia’s RTX 2070 has proven in these past short few weeks to be a good match for the gaming masses. Great performance at a reasonable price plus the latest in gaming tech is a good mix. Zotac has set out to add their own special mix and make a good product great. Featuring a massive triple fan cooler with Spectra lighting, and a 225W TDP that is nearly 30% higher than reference, Zotac is setting the Amp Extreme up for success, so let’s see how they did!

Last updated on Friday, 02 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, 01 November 2018
Corsair H115i Platinum

Over the past few years, we have seen RGB explode in popularity. Thanks to a surge of RGB, more companies are doing product refreshes by adding RGB features to them. Corsair is no different, and extends its Hydro Series line with the H115i Platinum. The H115i Platinum is the successor to the H115i PRO and has upgraded looks by adding some premium RGB hardware and features. The H115i Platinum differentiates itself by upgrading to 140mm ML PRO Series RGB fans and adds a dynamic multi-zone RGB backlit pump. The pump top comes with 16 individually controlled RGB LEDs which can be used to provide stunning customizable lighting effects to match any build.

Last updated on Thursday, 01 November 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Having your data on the go is nothing really new at this point, portable flash memory has been readily available since around the turn of the century. What has changed though is the size, and how long it takes to move data on and off of the drive. Carrying hundreds of gigabytes is pretty common these days, but it’s not that practical if it takes several hours to fill and nearly as long to copy back off. Patriot has something a little different in mind. Packing up to 1TB of space, the EVLVR capitalizes on the blazingly fast Thunderbolt 3 Interface. 

Last updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 | Read More >>>

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