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Posted by Mike Holsapple
on Friday, 04 January 2019
DIYPC Trio-GT-RGB

Shopping for a case can be one of the hardest pieces to buy when starting a new build. The manufacturers these days do not make it easy for us when it comes to this. Features such as tempered glass, PSU shroud, and even RGB can all become deciding factors when shopping. On top of the features, you have to factor in the price, with added features adds added cost. The DIYPC TRIO-RGB-GT has premium features for a not premium price tag. Coming in at $109.99 this may be your next pc case.

Last updated on Friday, 04 January 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, 03 January 2019
Cooler Master SL600M

In a year when pretty much every case has some element of RGB, sometimes it is nice to go back to the root of what makes a great case. That is what Cooler Master has done with its new case: the MasterCase SL600M. It has a stylish design, quality materials, and some innovative ideas. Some of the notable features of the SL600M are bottom to top airflow, a versatile mounting bracket for SSD/HDD’s or water cooler components throughout the case, and a rotatable PCIe bracket panel. In addition to these features, the SL600M also sports a dark tinted tempered glass back panel, adjustable top vent, and anodized aluminum panels with a smooth sandblasted finish. Despite this extensive list of features, the SL600M still manages to maintain an MSRP below $200 at a price of $199.99.

Last updated on Thursday, 03 January 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Friday, 21 December 2018
ID-COOLING AURAFLOW X 240

With the ever-increasing clock speeds and core counts of today’s processors, you’re often looking for a better cooling solution to get the most out of your processor. A common type of cooler that people often gravitate to is an AIO (All-In-One) cooler. For the budget ordinated customer looking to spend under $100, you are typically stuck with a 120mm AIO. Even though 120mm AIOs are adequate for your processor, if you are looking to do any type of overclocking, you really should be looking for something bigger. That’s where ID-COOLING’s AURAFLOWx 240 AIO fits in offering 240mm radiator space, RGB newly designed pump, and 2 x 120mm ARGB fans. With all these features, they still manage to stay under the $100 price point with an MSRP of $89.99.

Last updated on Friday, 21 December 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Mike Holsapple
on Tuesday, 18 December 2018
Tt eSPORTS Neptune ELITE RGB

After you build your dream gaming pc, the next step is to purchase a nice, well-rounded keyboard to navigate the menus, dodge the enemy team, or even do some homework. While shopping for a keyboard there are certain things to look for. Do you want RGB; a mechanical keyboard or a membrane one; silent switches or loud ones; the list goes on and on. The Tt eSPORTS Neptune ELITE RGB keyboard has those options and then some. Coming in either blue or brown switches, based on your preference, and at a low $79.99 price tag at the time of the review, this keyboard has it all. With features such as 100% anti-ghosting, floating keycaps, USB passthrough, and a detachable wrist-rest, make sure you consider this keyboard on your next purchase.

Last updated on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Monday, 17 December 2018
Cooler Master MH703

When listening to music or gaming on the PC, not everyone likes a set of over the ear headphones. Some people prefer earbuds for their portability, size and light weight but that usually comes at the expense of sound quality. Cooler Master hopes to change that with their new line of earbuds: the MH703. The MH703 features 10mm Neodymium drivers to provide hi-fi sound and comes with a various selection of ear tips to ensure a perfect fit. They also use a standard 3.5mm audio jack so they can be used with your PC, gaming console, or mobile device. Even with these features, the MH703 comes in at an affordable MSRP of $29.99.

Last updated on Monday, 17 December 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, 13 December 2018
Patriot Signature Line DDR4 SODIMM Memory

Even though we spend most of our time looking at fancy and more frequently, flashy, memory kits designed for overclocking and maximum gaming performance, most systems out there don’t need and often can't use the extra abilities of these kits. With most systems locked to a maximum JEDEC speed in the 2133 to 2666 MHz range, kits that are built to hit 3000 or even 4000 MHz and above are simply wasted on a locked platform. While this may be blasphemous to some, most systems don’t have RGB and some people prefer not to have it. Can you imagine how distracting an office at work would be with dozens of machines lit up like a disco? When you don’t want or need all the bling and OC headroom, Patriot’s Signature Line of memory has you covered. Today we’ll be looking at a pair of SODIMM’s made for laptops and other portable or small form-factor systems.

Last updated on Thursday, 13 December 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Creative Sound Blaster K3+

Streaming and content creation, in general, has really grown in popularity over the last few years. Whether its YouTube, Twitch or even Facebook Live. With how large the online community has really gotten; the world has never seemed smaller. But how can you set yourself apart from the millions of people doing the same thing you’re trying to do? One key way is audio. You can have the best quality, 4k content, but if you have bad audio quality, no one will watch your videos aside from your friends. Many people simply use the mic on their when cam or maybe upgrade to a USB mic like a Blue Snowball or Yeti. However, if you really want to get the best audio quality, you really want to use an XLR mic with an audio interface.

Last updated on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Cooler Master MP750

Mouse pads have gone from a simple pad used for mouse tracking to ones with dual surfaces, RGB lighting, and sizes that can cover your whole desk. Hot off the heels of the MP860, Cooler Master is bringing another mouse pad into the market with its new MP750. It features an extra thick RGB border that’s configurable via software and has smooth water-resistant surface. The MP750 is available in 3 different sizes: Medium ($34.99), Large ($44.99) and Extra-Large ($54.99) and for this review, we will be looking at the extra-large.

Last updated on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 10 December 2018
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

If you’ve been following MSI awhile, you’ll know awhile back they broke their motherboard line up into the Enthusiast, Professional and Arsenal series with each serving a distinct segment of the market. Starting with Intel’s latest chipset revamp, the Z390, MSI has reduced this mouthful down to a TLA, or Three Letter Acronym. The new lines are MEG for MSI Enthusiast Gaming, MAG for MSI Arsenal gaming and MPG for MSI Professional Gaming, the segment we’ll be looking at today. With a feature set that strikes a perfect balance between appearance and performance, MSI’s new MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC strikes fear into your digital enemies, but not your wallet.

Last updated on Monday, 10 December 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Wednesday, 05 December 2018
Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

Intel’s new Z390 was a bit of a surprise to most and is more of an update to the Z370 than an entirely new chipset. The Z390 chipset adds support up to 6 USB 3.1 gen 2 on the chip, which up until now would have to be included as a separate chip and added integrated WiFi 802.11ac support. In addition to these new features, it has also been designed to handle Intel’s 9th generation processors, which now tops out at 8 cores. With a new chipset comes motherboard refreshes and Gigabyte’s Aorus line is no different. We will be reviewing Gigabyte’s Aorus Pro which boasts the same stylish Aorus design with some new features such as a 12+1 phases digital VRM solution with DrMos, 2x copper PCB with an enlarged power plane, and M.2 thermal guard covers. The Aorus Pro lands itself in the middle of Aorus’s new Z390 lineup and has an MSRP of $180.

Last updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2019 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, 04 December 2018
ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero WiFi Z390 Motherboard

The Hero series has arguably been the go-to board for many each generation to get all the ROG Maximus goodies without the flagship prices of something like the Formula or Extreme boards. ROG only features like dedicated water cooling headers, pre-mounted I/O Shield, multi-zone Aura-Sync lighting with addressable headers, and one-click Ai-powered overclocking gives you everything an enthusiast gamer could need at a price that feels a little more mainstream. Let’s go see how it performs!

Last updated on Tuesday, 04 December 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, 03 December 2018
Seagate SkyHawk Surveillance 10TB Hard Drive

With the ceaseless parade of the latest in flash-based storage technology in both the consumer and enterprise world, it would be easy to assume mechanical drives are nearly finished. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In mid-2016, Seagate reorganized its drive branding into 3 main segments under the new Guardian Series. Each branch contains drives targeted and optimized for specific use cases. The rebranded BarraCuda Compute family targets PCs and Gaming. The new IronWolf series features technologies specialized for RAID and NAS duties. The new SkyHawk family is built for write-intensive workloads common to Video Surveillance systems and this is the segment we’ll be checking out today.

 

Last updated on Monday, 03 December 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by James Keir
on Friday, 30 November 2018
Tronsmart Element Blaze

When spending time in front of a campfire or outside having a picnic, sometimes it’s nice to play a little music in the background. With the increased capacity of mobile devices, it’s extremely easy to store your entire music collection, but you are either stuck using a headset or using included subpar speakers when listening to it. This is where Tronsmart’s Element Blaze Portable speaker comes in. It is able to connect to your phone via Bluetooth and provide you with great sounds in a small footprint. With the Element Blaze’s 12 hours battery life and the fact that it is IPX56 water resistant, there’s very little places this speaker can’t go and should be ideal for any excursion you are planning.

Last updated on Monday, 03 December 2018 | Read More >>>
Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, 29 November 2018
Intel SSD DC P4510 Series 2.0TB PCIe 2.5” Datacenter SSD

Intel has been making SSD’s for more than ten years now, but the average consumer is probably only familiar with them from the more recent Optane based drives. On the Enterprise side of the world, Intel is regarded as the defacto standard for reliability and performance. Some of this has spilled over into the prosumer world a few years back with the Intel 750 series drives. Today we’ll be looking at Intel’s SSD DC P4510 series drive. Designed for the rapidly growing and evolving cloud architecture, the P4510 series provides higher capacity, low latency and scalable performance for continued innovation.

Last updated on Thursday, 29 November 2018 | Read More >>>

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