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Creative Intros Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition Sound Card

Creative today introduced a limited-edition variant of its Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus discrete internal sound card, the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition (model: SBX-AE5P-WH). This is essentially a white color trim of the AE-5 Plus sound card which debuted in mid-April 2020, which sees silvery matte white make up the main shroud over the card, and much of the backside of the PCB being painted white. There are still some contrasting piano black bits, such as the ARGB insert.

The AE-5 Plus slots between the AE-5 and AE-7, while being almost identical to the former. It's only feature-additions over the AE-5 are Dolby Digital Live and DTS encoding support, which the AE-5 lacks. The hardware of the AE-5 Plus is identical to the AE-5, with 122 dB SNR, 32-bit 384 kHz audio format support, and 0.00032% total harmonic distortion. Available in limited quantities, the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition is priced around USD $170.

HP Announces Five New Gaming Orientated Headsets & Earphones

Ayute Co Ltd, is set to launch a series of five new HP gaming headsets and earphones this Friday May 29, 2020. The five new models include the H150, H320GS, H360GS, H500GS BLACK, and H500GS GOLD. The five new models feature prices between 20 - 60 USD and are set to be released in Japan. The H150 are budget earphones with an adjustable boom mic, the H320GS and H360GS are both entry-level gaming headsets with LED lighting while the H500GS BLACK and H500GS GOLD offer a more premium design and features.

HyperX Refreshes Pudding Keycaps for Enhanced RGB Lighting and Improved Durability

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced the release of refreshed HyperX Pudding Keycaps for mechanical gaming keyboards. Available in both black and white "pudding" color editions, the new HyperX Pudding Keycaps use a translucent dual-layer design to enhance LED and RGB lighting, allowing more light to radiate for extra brilliance.

The new dual-layer "pudding" design uses double shot construction with PBT material to provide style and reliability, ensuring long-lasting durability, resilience and keycap legends that won't fade like standard keycaps. The new pudding keycaps also feature a signature HyperX font to provide added style and optimal shine-through capabilities, improving the look and feel of the ultimate professional gaming keyboard. Compatible with all HyperX mechanical gaming keyboards and keyboards featuring Cherry MX style switch stems, the HyperX Pudding Keycaps also include a keycap removal tool.

ViewSonic Expands the ELITE XG Series with the XG270QG

ViewSonic Corporation, a leading global provider of visual solutions, today announced worldwide availability of 27-inch Elite performance-driven gaming monitors including the XG270QC, a curved screen with native QHD resolution, the XG270QG an IPS Nano color display with a 2560x1440 (QHD) resolution, and the XG270, a G-SYNC compatible display with certified blur reduction options.

"Esports and gaming have been exploding in North America," said Marc Aflalo, Co-Host of Gamer's Edge and YourTechReport on SiriusXM. "Today, people are substituting the time they used to spend cheering on their favorite sports teams with their own gaming at home. It's also a way we can stay connected. So if you're looking to get yourself a new gaming monitor, make sure you check out ViewSonic first. In our opinion, it has the best bang-for-the-buck displays on the market."

Antec Announces Katana DDR4 Memory

Antec, a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, broadens its range of memory with the new Katana DDR4 Memory. Inspired by the Japanese Samurai sword and its blade, the Antec Katana features a soft silhouette with metallic shine and lighting, adding extra style to the dream builds. "With our Katana memory modules, Antec aims at enthusiasts buying their stylish gaming cases and looking to add stylish designed components by the same brand", explains Eric Chen, Vice President at Antec. "Katana shows off a metallic shine on the silver lighting bar, while, lit up, Katana glows with soft and harmonious light effects."

The distinctive aluminium heatsink offers excellent thermal conductivity to ensure great cooling performance even during overclocking. Katana provides extensive freedom of customization with a vast array of modes and ARGB functions via motherboard synchronization.
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Cooler Master Intros MasterFan MF120 Halo in White

Cooler Master added a new White color variant to its MasterFan MF120 Halo series, which debuted in January. It sees white take up almost the entire fan frame, including the rubberized bits, a decal over the impeller hub, and the impeller itself has a brighter tint. As with the original, the MF120 Halo White is characterized by two independent lighting zones, one made up of diodes in the impeller hub, and the other along the mouth of the frame, on both ends. There are no mechanical changes from the original. The fan takes in a single 3-pin ARGB connection for both lighting zones, and 4-pin PWM header for its main function. It spins between 650 to 1,800 RPM, pushing up to 47.2 CFM of air, at 1.6 mm H₂O pressure, and noise output up to 30 dBA. Its bearing has a rated lifespan of 160,000 hours. It is expected to be priced around $18 a piece.

Thermaltake NeonMaker software now supports TOUGHRAM RGB Memory Series

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is now announcing more excellent news for those who want to try out the NeonMaker software on other Thermaltake products. Besides Riing Quad, Riing Trio, and Floe DX series products, Thermaltake aims to expand the fun of NeonMaker to other product lines; hence, NeonMaker software now supports the TOUGHRAM RGB Series!

If users want to pair up their TOUGHRAM RGB Series lighting with cooling products, now is the time to do so. Users are able to personalize their lighting effects freely by utilizing the NeonMaker software, and users can also find out more information on the TOUGHRAM RGB Series products through AR technology by using our exclusive ARTT app. Other than that, users can also synchronize TOUGHRAM RGB Series products with the TT RGB Plus software to maximize the control of RGB effects.

MSI Also Announces MAG CoreLiquid Series AIO Liquid CPU Coolers

Take cooling underwater with MSI's very own and very first liquid cooler, the MAG CORELIQUID Series. The MAG CORELIQUID Series presents itself to the world with four models: the MAG CORELIQUID 360R, MAG CORELIQUID 360RH, MAG CORELIQUID 240R, and MAG CORELIQUID 240RH. Constructed from high-quality materials, the MAG CORELIQUID Series remain durable and delivers unstoppable cooling performance even under harsh conditions.

To dampen the sound of the overall assembly and reduce noise, the pump has been integrated into the radiator. To lengthen the life expectancy of the MAG CORELIQUID Series, a durable three-phase motor is built into the core of the pump, resulting in minimal vibrations. Furthermore, the MAG CORELIQUID Series is constructed with three-layer netted plastic tubing with a reinforced mesh exterior for resilience.

MSI Announces MPG GUNGNIR 110 and MAG Vampiric 100 Series Cases

MSI is proud to introduce three new models in the MPG GUNGNIR 110 series family: the MPG GUNGNIR 110R, the MPG GUNGNIR 110M, and MPG GUNGIR 111M. The MPG GUNGNIR 110 Series is designed for performance and loaded with features that improve functionality and convenience. All three models offer flexibility and tremendous synergy with the rest of MSI's well-established gaming ecosystem. The MPG GUNGNIR 110 Series can easily be connected to a front Type-C port on MSI motherboards. A tempered glass window showcases hardware and cooling capabilities including up to 6 system fans and models of the MSI MAG CORELIQUID Series: 240R, 240RH, 360R and 360RH. A magnetic dust filter sitting on top can be easily removed for cleaning purposes.

The intuitive Insta-Light Loop provide users with their light show of a lifetime. At the instant touch of a button, users can easily control the fans' color and lighting effects. The MPG GUNGNIR 110 Series comes with 4 ARGB fans for the 110R, 3 Auto RGB fans plus 1 system fan for the 110M, and 3 RGB fans plus 1 system fan for the 111M.

ASUS Announces ROG Strix Helios White Edition Chassis

ASUS today unveiled the White Edition variant of its ROG Strix Helios chassis, which the company debuted back in January. While "White Edition," normally implies a white color scheme, for the ROG Strix Helios, it means a silvery brushed-aluminium frame taking up most of the metal bits on the case's exterior. The piano black front facade along with RGB LED inserts remains, as do the black top mesh and nylon straps. The interiors are all matte-white, including the horizontal partition. ASUS suggests pairing this case with one its Prime series motherboards, or the ROG Strix Z490-A Gaming; and White Edition variants of its ROG Strix White Edition PSUs, its ROG Strix graphics cards, and gaming peripherals. The rest of its feature-set is identical to the original. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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Cooler Master Announces the New SickleFlow 120 Series Fans

Cooler Master, a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative computer components, today announces the new version of the Sickleflow 120 mm case fans. Featuring the new air balance blades and entirely new models, the Sickleflow 120 introduces a new generation of cooling solutions. The Sickleflow 120 mm includes the new Air Balance blade technology - an optimized fan blade design with increased curvature that improves air flow and air pressure.

The MasterLiquid ML120/240L V2 features a two-tier sealing mechanism designed to improve dustproof capabilities while preventing lubricant oil leakage for overall extended lifespan and performance. The Sickleflow 120 series includes a variety of lighting and non-lighting options, including non-LED, Red/Blue LED, RGB, and ARGB. The Sickleflow 120 non-LED/LED/RGB/ARGB variants are available for purchase at select retailers, including Amazon and Newegg.
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Assortment of Five AMD B550 Premium Motherboards Pictured

Here are the first pictures of an assortment of five premium AMD B550 chipset motherboards by five different manufacturers. With PCI-Express gen 4.0 (where it matters), CPU+memory overclocking, and multi-GPU being enabled for the B550, and more importantly, the chipset not needing any fan-heatsink, the B550 could be an important chipset for AMD in the battle to come against the 10th generation Core processor and Intel B460 chipset.

We begin with the MSI MPG B550 Gaming Pro Carbon WiFi, the company's most premium B550 offering, picking up the mantle from the immensely successful B450-based predecessor. The MSI board offers a single PCI-Express 4.0 x16 slot, that's reinforced, one M.2 PCIe gen 4.0 x4 slot, a second M.2 slot that's gen 3.0 x4; and a number of x1 slots. The board uses a 14-phase CPU VRM to support CPU overclocking. Connectivity includes 802.11ax WLAN, 1 GbE wired networking, a premium ALC1220-based AudioBoost solution, and heatsinks over both M.2 slots. As a Carbon, it features plenty of RGB LED embellishments.
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SteelSeries Introduces New Limited-Edition CS:GO Neon Rider Collection

SteelSeries, the leader in PC gaming peripherals, today announces the new Neon Rider collection inspired by Red Moon Workshop's beloved CS:GO skin. This exclusive collaboration combines the popular Neon Rider skin and SteelSeries' award-winning peripherals to create an exciting collection specifically made for CS:GO enthusiasts around the world. The collection includes a Neon Rider designed Sensei Ten, and Qck L and QcK Prism XL mousepads.

Our relationship with Counter-Strike is as old as we are. From creating the first products for competitive players, to being the first professional sponsors for teams and events, to creating products just for fans of the game, we are proud to continue to be a part of the world of Counter-Strike with this exclusive collaboration. With the high performing sensor and comfort of the Sensei Ten and massive size of the QcK, we picked these products to be the perfect additions to any CS:GO player's setup.

HP Announces the Omen 27i Monitor: 27" QHD, Nano IPS, 165 Hz, 1 ms, Adaptive Sync

HP today announced the Omen 27i monitor, which promises to deliver a well-rounded amount of features for a not bank-breaking price. The Omen 27i packs a 27" panel (as the name implies) of the Nano IPS type. HP says this means the panel covers a wider color gamut (the company claims a 98% DCI-P3 coverage. This Nano IPS panel is able to achieve 165 Hz refresh rates with a 1 ms response time. That, paired with Adaptive Sync (HP markets it simply as G-Sync compatible), means this is a pretty well-rounded gaming monitor. The 1000:1 contrast ratio, while not particularly impressive, isn't all that bad either. A maximum brightness set at 350 nits, however, means you can lay your HDR dreams to rest.

I/O-wise, we're looking at 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x USB 3.0 (upstream) and 1x USB 3.0 (downstream). There's an RGB-lighting diamond on the back of the unit, providing you with some amount of bling. The Omen 27i will be available for $499.

HyperX Chosen as Memory Provider for New HP OMEN Desktop PCs

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced it is the high-performance base memory provider for HP's new OMEN Desktops and upgrades. HyperX FURY DDR4 RGB or FURY DDR4 memory will be integrated into the OMEN 25L and OMEN 30L Desktops and are fully upgradable.

"HyperX is excited to provide high performance gaming grade memory for the new OMEN Desktops," said Larry Gonzales, sales and marketing VP, HyperX. "Gaming enthusiasts expect the best, and OMEN exemplifies a collaborative attitude to provide quality and reliable memory to satisfy gamers' performance needs."

ENERMAX Launches LIBLLUSION LL30 RGB Case

ENERMAX, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance PC hardware products, announces the new addressable RGB ATX computer case, LIBLLUSION LL30 is available in Europe. LIBLLUSION LL30 comes with one SquA RGB fan at the rear; the built-in integrated hub can support up to 6 addressable RGB devices lighting in sync with an ARGB-ready motherboard software or the lighting control through this computer case.

Utilizing the line element, the front panel of LIBLLUSION LL30 is embellished by the multiple lighting strips which part of them is the reflection of the light from the interior system through the vents on the top and bottom of the front panel. The clever vent design on the front panel combines the in-take airflow efficiency and the beauty of light.

MSI Unveils MPG Z490 Gaming Pro Carbon EK X Motherboard

MSI unveiled a premium variant of its MPG Z490 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard with a factory-fitted monoblock, the MPG Z490 Gaming Pro Carbon EK X. As its name suggests, the monoblock is supplied by EK Water Blocks. It uses nickel-plated copper as its primary material, and has a clear acrylic top with some faux carbon-fiber embellishments. The block is studded with addressable RGB LEDs that plug into one of the motherboard's 3-pin ARGB headers.

The monoblock uses a micro fin lattice over the CPU socket, and has its main coolant channel pass through not just the CPU, but also the CPU VRM area. There's some prominent "Carbon EK X" branding over another strip of faux carbon-fiber at the PCH heatsink. The rest of the board's design and feature-set are identical to the original MPG Z490 Gaming Pro Carbon. The company didn't reveal pricing, although an EK Quantum series monoblock like the one featured here should add at least $140 to the original board's price.

Genesis Gaming Announces Thor 300 RGB Mechanical Keyboard

The Genesis Thor 300 RGB is a mechanical keyboard, which both ardent and professional gamers will surely appreciate. Inside an aluminium case you will find a set of mechanical Outemu Brown switches. The manufacturer emphasizes their durability of up to 50 million clicks, short reaction time of 8 milliseconds and low force required for activation (55 g).

The switches are covered with caps which are resistant to wear and tear thanks to Double Injection technology. The Genesis Thor 300 RGB offers players the ability to press all keys at once (full N-Key rollover) as well as PRISMO effect RGB LED illumination. The manufacturer prepared 25 illumination sets, so each and every player should find one to their liking.

Thermaltake NeonMaker now supports Riing Trio Fans and Floe DX AIO Series

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear, and Enthusiast Memory solutions, is now bringing some fantastic news for those who have been dying to try out the NeonMaker software without a set of Riing Quad Fans. The NeonMaker software now supports Riing Trio and the Floe DX series coolers. Now is the best chance for users to try out the NeonMaker with different Thermaltake products. Not only will you be able to personalize your lighting effects freely by utilizing the NeonMaker software, but you can also synchronize with the TT RGB Plus software to maximize the control of your RGB effects.

NeonMaker not only provides various default effects, but also lets users customize lighting colors, adjust effects' via the timeline, and lighting directions using the software editor. It also allows users to personalize their lighting effects on each LED, granting access to further customizable lighting options. There's no need to wait, enjoy all RGB related features on the NeonMaker software by using Riing Trio Fans and Floe DX series products.
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Jonsbo Intros TW2 PRO 360 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

Jonsbo introduced the TW2 PRO all-in-one, closed-loop liquid CPU Cooler, with a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator-size model. The company is preparing variants with 240 mm x 120 mm and 120 mm x 120 mm radiator sizes. These coolers are characterized by ambient air-pressure stabilized radiators, and high flow-rate pump-blocks. The included fans and the pump-block feature bright acrylic RGB LED embellishments. The included fans feature glossy-black impellers with the RGB diffusers located along the bore of the frames, with 18 diodes per fan. These fans spin between 800 to 1,600 RPM, pushing up to 42.8 CFM of air, with noise output of 26 dBA. Among the CPU socket types supported are LGA115x and AM4. The 360 mm variant is expected to be priced under 499 RMB ($71 USD).

Cooler Master Announces the MasterLiquid ML120/240L RGB Version 2

Cooler Master, a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative computer components, releases the MasterLiquid ML120/240L RGB (Version 2) all-in-one (AIO) liquid CPU cooler. Featuring a newly designed dual-chamber pump and the newest iteration of the SickleFlow 120 RGB individual fans, the MasterLiquid ML120/240L V2 introduces a new generation of cooling solutions.

Sharkoon Announces TG5 Pro RGB Revision with Improved Illumination

Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of PC components and peripherals, offering performance at a reasonable price. With the TG5 Pro RGB, Sharkoon now presents the reworked version of its RGB illuminated bestseller. Like the original version, the new ATX midi tower presents itself in with an elegant glass-look and with plenty of space inside for the high-performance hardware components. In contrast to the original TG5 RGB, the fans have been replaced with the new addressable models, providing a more extensive illumination.

To optimally present the installed hardware, both the side and front panels of the TG5 Pro RGB are made of tempered glass. So nothing disturbs the view into the inside of the case, the power supply, the cabling and the hard drives can all be concealed in the power supply tunnel or behind the mainboard tray. Four pre-installed 120 mm fans with transparent fan trays and semi-transparent blades all provide an all-encompassing illumination for the hardware. Via the pre-installed controller in combination with the software of compatible mainboards, up to eight connected LED components can be set and controlled. The mainboard must have an RGB connection with the pinout 5 V-D-coded-G or 5 V-D-G. Even without the appropriate connection, up to twenty lighting effects can be selected using a dedicated button above the front panel.

Logitech Announces G203 LightSync Gaming Mouse

Logitech G, a brand of Logitech and leading innovator of gaming technologies and gear, today introduced the Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC Gaming Mouse, which provides gaming-grade performance, versatility and a classic design at a great value. "With the explosion of play around the world and across all ages, we wanted to develop a mouse that gave all gamers access to some of our most innovative technology," said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech G. "The Logitech G 203 Gaming Mouse brings high performance technology, RGB lighting and great comfort in a tried and true design. This mouse is sure to help you outperform the competition."

The Logitech G203 LIGHTSYNC Gaming Mouse features a classic and time-tested 6-button design, which can be used directly out-of-the-box or fully configured to simplify and customize in-game actions. The new gaming mouse includes a high-precision sensor with adjustable DPI up to 8,000 DPI, delivering the utmost accuracy, tracking speed and consistency.
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Corsair's White Hydro X Series XC7 RGB Water Block Now Available

Corsair started selling the White edition variant of its XC7 RGB CPU water-block. The XC7 launched with its standard black variant, which we reviewed recently. The white variant (model: CX-9010005-WW) is now available from Corsair's website in the US, for USD $74.99. The block sees nickel-plated copper with a mirror-finish, as its primary material. It features a clear acrylic top that has an outer pearl-white accent. The top is studded with addressable RGB LEDs that take in a standard 3-pin input, and compatible with Corsair's iCue software. The block features standard G1/4" fittings, and supports mainstream desktop CPU sockets, namely the LGA115x, upcoming LGA1200, and AMD socket AM4.

VIVIFY Launches PC edition ARQUUS W73ø with RGB Mixer Control Software Vnode

VIVIFY, a leading brand of premium fiber optic cables, is pleased to announce the PC edition VIVIFY ARQUUS W73ø, a fiber optic HDMI RGB gaming cable with Vnode, a new software to control and mix the cable's light-up effects, which also works with Razer Chroma. Available in 9 ft (2.7 m) length, the HDMI 2.0b W73ø received DPL Labs' 4K certification, the highest level of certification for true 4K products.

Whether on console or PC, using a gaming monitor and/or TV, the backward compatibility of HDMI 2.0b and a wide array of compatible devices offers an opportunity for gamers to connect whenever and wherever they want. With true 4K resolution (4096 x 2160) supporting refresh rate of 60Hz, the ARQUUS W73ø provides the performance necessary for gamers, to immerse themselves with vivid image quality and clean fast motion transitions. And thanks to the high-performance and high-quality of the optical fiber, there is minimal signal loss over longer distances.
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