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Posted by James Keir
on Friday, 07 June 2019
Corsair Ironclaw RGB Wireless

One of the most annoying aspects of a mouse is that pesky cord. It is always getting tangled up and often requires you to pull it up from behind your desk to enable full unrestricted motion of your mouse. There are products that help combat this, but what if you could get rid of the cord and still maintain lightning fast response times? Well, with Corsair’s Ironclaw RGB Wireless you can have laser precision with its 18,000 DPI optical sensor, speedy sub 1ms response times using 2.4 GHz SLIPSTREAM Wireless, and finally free yourself from that troublesome wire.

Last updated on Friday, 07 June 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 05 June 2019
ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390

Last year’s Maximus X Formula was effectively the 10-year anniversary of the Formula family and it brought Intel’s Coffey Lake CPU’s and Z370 chipset into the Formula family. A short while later, Intel refreshed the CPU line and added the Z390 chipset to the 300 series lineup. While the latest 9th gen CPU’s are fully compatible with the outgoing 8th gen Maximus X Formula, ASUS’s has updated the platform to bring new features such as integrated Wireless and native USB 3.1 Gen 2 powered by the Z390 chipset. Add this to the now standard liquid cooling capable VRM with integrated water block from EKWB, ROG Armor, pre-mounted I/O Shield and updates like an oversized LiveDash Display, new NODE connectivity, and 5-gigabit networking. Is this the formula for cranking your next build to eleven?

Last updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Mike Holsapple
on Tuesday, 04 June 2019
ORICO Aluminum M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure

Have you ever had to move large files back and forth, from one computer to the next, but when you look into your drawer all you see are small sized thumb drives and an m.2 SSD.  You sit there and think to yourself, “I wish I could integrate this m.2 into one of the thumb drives.” Enter the Orico NVME M.2 SSD Enclosure. This device turns your NVME SSD into an external hard drive. With its sleek, lightweight compact design, everyone should have one of these on their desks.

Last updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Monday, 03 June 2019
NZXT H700i Ninja

With the rise of completive PC gaming, companies are now creating limited edition products based on popular games and streamers. NZXT is no different and has been creating a variety of limited-edition cases such as H500 Overwatch, H700 PUBG, H700 Nuka-Cola for some time. Now joining the ranks of these special-edition cases is the H700i Ninja, which has been designed based on well-known Twitch Streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. The H700i Ninja has all the features of the original H700i such as all-steel construction, tempered glass side panel, custom cable management system and a PSU shroud but has been given a custom ”Ninja” theme. This theme consists of a custom blue/yellow paint, an etched “Ninja” on the tempered glass panel, and Ninja’s logo painted on the back. Being a limited-edition case, the H700i Ninja does retail at a premium price point of $274.99 but at the time of this review is currently on sale for $199.99.

Last updated on Monday, 03 June 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, 31 May 2019
Corsair RM Series (2019) RM650 RM 750 PSU Power Supply Supplies

Corsair has been known for their power supplies for quite some time now, but the original RM series released in 2013 proved to be a popular choice for its 80+ Gold efficiency, Modular cables, and zero-RPM fan modes coming in at an affordable price. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it right? Well, quite a bit can change in the PC world in six years and that gives Corsair the opportunity to polish what was already a popular product. The 2019 update to the RM series starts with three models, the RM650, RM750, and RM850. Most of the features you’ve come to love to remain like the fully-modular low-profile cables, but the warranty doubles to 10 years, and the price drops. Corsair also has some new tricks up its sleeve like support for Windows 10’s upcoming Modern Standby feature. Is there anything not to love? Let’s find out!

Last updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Friday, 24 May 2019
Corsair 680X RGB

Corsair’s Crystal Series of cases have been a staple for builders and is well-known for including multiple tempered glass panels enabling you to see every aspect of your PC. The newest addition to this popular line is Corsair’s 680X RGB which sports three tempered glass side panels, high-airflow design, and dual chamber design. Other standout features include magnetic hinged side panel, vertical GPU mount, Lighting Node PRO controller and three pre-installed LL120 fans. With the inclusion of the LL120 fans and the Lighting Node controller, it is no surprise that the 680X commands a slightly higher price tag over other cases from the Crystal Series lineup with an MSRP of $259.99.

Last updated on Friday, 24 May 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, 23 May 2019
Cooler Master V750 80+ Gold Fully-Modular Power Supply Review

No matter how affordable or how epically expensive you build is, it’s only as good as the power it’s using. While we would all love to have those monster power supplies with matching price tags to ensure we have bullet-proof power delivery, most of us don’t need 1000+ watts. Does that mean you should settle for a lower quality unit? Cooler Master says absolutely not! Introducing the new V Gold series power supply family. Featuring all the professional grade perks like heavy 16-gauge PCIe cables, single-rail DC-DC technology, semi-fanless operation, 100% Japanese capacitors, fully modular cables and a 10-year warranty to back it all up, the V Gold series is done playing around.

Last updated on Thursday, 23 May 2019 | Read More >>>
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 >>>

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