Reviews

Perhaps the most requested CPU water block review in years, we finally take a look at Optimus Water Cooling's Foundation CPU block. With a near-rabid user base touting praises galore, we put it to the test to see if the hype and asking price is justified.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Alongside the Optimus Foundation CPU block, we saw it fit to also cover the company's flagship Signature CPU block. In its second version, the Signature V2 for Intel CPU sockets features to good effect a thick unibody brass top and mounting bracket, as well as the cooling engine and other features of their Foundation block.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
The Super Flower Leadex III ARGB Gold with 850 W maximum power output performs well and operates quietly. If you are after an RGB-lit power supply and don't mind the price premium, you should include this PSU in your list. Super Flower will bring this model to the US soon.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
ID-Cooling looks to dominate the entry level cooler market by giving users a traditional tower cooler with an emphasis on solid performance in the SE 224 XT Basic. Taking things a step further, they add LED lighting with the appropriately dubbed SE 224 XT ARGB. Both versions certainly gave the competition a pummeling.
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
The NightHawk Duo ARGB is the solid version of the AirHawk Duo ARGB utilizing an acrylic front instead of a metal mesh design.With essentially the same styling, it offers a quieter operation at the cost of thermal performance to cater to those who want as much visibility and cool RGB fans but prefer silence above all else.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Tesoro decided the Gram Spectrum series of keyboards from 2016 deserves a TKL version, and the newer Gram Spectrum TKL reaps the benefits of their updated software suite, too. It is a low-profile keyboard employing 3.5 mm travel mechanical switches while offering full 16.8 M per-key RGB backlighting and good build quality for under $100.
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Author:VSG
In:Keyboards
Alphacool has been busy making different versions of the base Eisblock XPX CPU water block design originally introduced in 2016. We take a look at the Eisblock XPX Aurora Edge today, which is a higher profile version with integrated d-RGB lighting and a clear plexi top for the bling.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Wolcen, which has been in early access for a long time, has now finally released and brings fresh wind to the action-RPG genre. Graphics and gameplay are topnotch, and the game runs well on modern graphics cards. We tested three resolutions, including 4K Ultra HD, on 26 graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA.
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Author:W1zzard
In:PC Port Testing
A close sibling to the recently reviewed Team Group T-Force Dark Z, the T-Force Dark Zα is specifically tailored for AMD system compatibility. Team Group aims to maximize Ryzen performance without the need to max out any credit cards. Let's find out what makes the T-Force Dark Zα different.
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Author:Nate
In:Memory
Alphacool has been busy making different versions of the base Eisblock XPX CPU water block design originally introduced in 2016. We take a look at the Eisblock XPX 1U today, which is a low-profile version with multiple side ports for those wanting liquid cooling in a small form factor chassis/server rack.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
The KnewKey Rocksete aims to impress with both sight and sound alike, combining a typewriter-style keyboard with a JBL surround sound system. Featuring two separate batteries and two different lighting systems, the Rocksete is a fusion of two peripherals for those who are looking for a portable peripheral solution.
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Author:VSG
In:Keyboards
The Scimitar RGB Elite is the newest entry in Corsair's MMO/MOBA gaming mice line. It still features the same patented 12-button key-slider side panel and the same shape and shell, but comes with an upgraded sensor (PMW3391) as well as improved components and materials.
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Author:pzogel
In:Mice
Corsair's A500 dual-fan CPU cooler is a monster in terms of size, with an appealing design and features that set it apart. We found installation to be remarkably easy as well, but performance could be better. The review also goes into detail about why we had to file down the heat pipes on the A500.
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
Rounding off our trilogy of Bitspower CPU block coverage is the value-oriented Touchaqua Summit MS. This specific version is the Summit MS OLED and includes a coolant temperature sensor, OLED display, and integrated dRGB lighting for a good feature set without breaking the bank.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
The Tt eSPORTS Shock V2, successor to the 2015 Shock, comes with a larger pair of speaker drivers, a new microphone, and a couple of design changes. We tested it as a combination with the Thermaltake E1 RGB Gaming Headset Stand!
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Author:Inle
In:Headphones
This article serves as a continuously updated summary of currently known leaks and official announcements regarding upcoming hardware releases in 2020. We cover and keep track of developments for Intel Comet Lake, AMD Ryzen 4000 & RDNA2 architecture, Intel's own Xe GPU, chipsets, memory and more.
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Author:btarunr
In:Other
ASRock's Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming comes at the AMD MSRP of $200, yet features a solid cooler with a metal backplate, idle fan stop, and very low temperatures. 8 GB GDDR6 give the card a performance advantage over the 4 GB version, even at 1080p. Is future-proofing worth it?
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
iBUYPOWER is getting into the case market, and the Snowblind is in the middle of a trio of enclosures featuring a see-through LCD screen. You are free to display all kinds of nifty information or cool animations and have the benefit of building your own system instead of buying a full system straight from iBUYPOWER.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
About ten years after the release of the Sensei (Xai), SteelSeries brings one of their most beloved shapes back with the Sensei Ten. It may look like the original Sensei from the outside, but has the most recent tech under the hood: SteelSeries' newest flagship sensor, the TrueMove Pro, and main button switches rated for 60 million clicks.
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Author:pzogel
In:Mice
1usmus, creator of the Ryzen Custom Power Plan, describes his experience overclocking AMD's new third-generation HEDT Threadripper platform, and shares a lot of information about cooling, CCX quality, per-CCX overclocking, memory tweaks, VRM options, and BIOS setup tips. Benchmarks are included, too.
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Author:1usmus
In:Processors
We wrap up our coverage of individual entries debuting CORSAIR's Hydro X series with the mainstream XC7 CPU water block. Sharing a lot of DNA with the impressive XC9, this block aims to offer a good balance of cost, aesthetics, and performance while maintaining a low barrier of entry for newcomers to PC watercooling.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
The Addlink X70 RGB SSD lets you control its lighting through motherboard software from all the big vendors, so you can sync it to the rest of your system. Performance is good, too, especially random and sequential writes. The preinstalled heatsink works well, keeping temperatures in check.
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Author:W1zzard
In:SSD
CORSAIR's acquisition of SCUF Gaming meant we got our hands on a custom SCUF controller for the PS4 and PC, so we of course had to take a look at their Xbox controller as well. Today, we check out the SCUF Prestige Xbox/PC controller, which includes the critical accessories while still providing a plethora of customization options!
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Author:VSG
In:Living Room Tech
Thermaltake goes all out with the Floe DX 360 TT Premium Edition. This 360 mm closed loop liquid cooler packs a hefty punch delivering performance you can count on. It even has everyone's favorite feature with the inclusion of software-controlled RGB lighting with 16.8 million colors. With so much to offer, what could go wrong!
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
Zhiyun's Weebill-S can handle heavy camera-lens combos despite its small size and low weight. It is also supported by a large number of optional accessories, which greatly enhance its capabilities. It might not make you a good videographer if you lack the talent or the technique, but will surely make your videos look better.
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Author:crmaris
In:Other