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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 >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Enermax LIQTECH II 360 All-in-One 360mm Liquid Cooler

Not long ago in the PC world, A “high end” gaming system had a quad-core CPU at its heart. Something in the 90W TDP range that might pull 150W when heavily overclocked. Fast-forward to today and a high-end CPU can easily hit 200W+ at stock and soar into the 300, 400 or even 500-watt range at full load while overclocked. There are some decent air coolers out there, but most performance-oriented users turn towards liquid cooling, and for good reason. Enermax has jumped right into the high-end All-in-One market with its massive new Liqtech II 360. That’s right, a full 360mm of glorious RGB enabled liquid cooling, available in the always classic black or a crisp and clean white. With a claimed 500W+ TDP handling, the Liqtech II 360 should be ready for every enthusiast's dream system! 

Last updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 09 April 2019
Phanteks P600S

There are many factors when choosing the right case for your build. One of these considerations is whether you want a case designed to be silent or a case that has excellent cooling performance. Well, with Phanteks latest addition, the Eclipse P600S, you may not need to choose. The P600S is designed with soundproofing panels and Phanteks’ new high airflow fabric and can provide you with the best of both worlds with both silent and high airflow configurations. Some of the other notable features of the P600S include magnetic hinged side panels, magnetic front/top panels and a full-length PSU shroud. Even with all of these premium features, the Eclipse P600S still comes in at an affordable MSRP of $149.99.

Last updated on Tuesday, 09 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Mike Holsapple
on Wednesday, 03 April 2019
Tt eSPORTS Pulse G100 RGB Headset

A nice headset is a staple to a good build. Whether you have a sleeping baby in the room next to you, or the late-night gaming sessions; you might not always want the sound coming from the speakers. If you’re in a situation in a game where you need to hear footsteps, the best audio in that situation would be a nice gaming headset that is crisp and clear.  The Tt eSPORTS Pulse G100 RGB headset might be the next headset you pick up. With its 53mm neodymium driver with superior sound quality, 3D RGB color illumination, adjustable leatherette headband design with soft cushioned support, and built-in physical controls for easy access to volume, microphone, and lighting controls, this headset has it all. At the MSRP of $39.99 why not pick one up for yourself.

Last updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 02 April 2019
Cooler Master Q500L

Usually, when moving to a smaller enclosure, you often find yourself sacrificing features and customization. This isn’t the case with Cooler Master’s newest addition: the MasterBox Q500L. The Q500L sports a compact chassis that supports mITX, mATX, and even ATX motherboards. Some of the key features of the Q500L include moveable I/O panel, adjustable PSU locations, and custom silk-screened magnetic dust filters (extra cost). At an MSRP of $49.99, the Q500L won’t break the bank.

Last updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 01 April 2019
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB DDR4 Memory

We recently took a look at Silicon Power’s first foray into the gaming memory world with the XPower Turbine RGB DDR4 memory kit and came away quite impressed. In a world where RGB everything exists, it’s hard to compete with some of that gamer aesthetic so this time we’re back with Silicon Power’s XPOWER Turbine RGB memory kit. Featuring a more neutral silver and black color scheme and an RGB lighting system that is compatible with major motherboard lighting control software’s, The Turbine RGB might just be your next memory kit.

Last updated on Monday, 01 April 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, 28 March 2019
GeIL Super Luce RGB Sync 4133Mhz DDR4 Gaming Memory

GeIL’s Super Luce memory was one of the first LED-equipped memory modules to do something besides just light up. The iLuce Thermal-Beaming technology would indicate module temperature by varying the temp of the breathing effect of the lighting. A few years later GeIL added RGB for gaming aesthetics and made it controllable from many of the industries favorite RGB control software such as ASUS’s Aura Sync, Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion, and MSI’s Mystic Light Sync to seamlessly blend into the rest of your perfect gaming system. As processors increase and core count and more and more users demand every bit of performance out of their system, memory bandwidth has started to become a bottleneck. GeIL once again is getting ahead of the curve by upping memory speeds to a staggering 4133MHz out of the box. Does this extra speed get you anything? Let’s take it for a spin and see.

Last updated on Thursday, 28 March 2019 | Read More >>>

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