Reviews

A cousin to the previously reviewed Team Group T-Force Dark Z and T-Force Dark Zα, the Team Group T-Force Dark Z FPS is designed to deliver maximum performance on both Intel and the new Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs. Let's find out what sets the T-Force Dark Z FPS apart from its predecessors!
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Author:Nate
In:Memory
The Core i5-11400F is Intel's most affordable Rocket Lake processor. While its multiplier is locked, you can still adjust the power limit. Once we did that, the CPU ran over 15% faster and almost matched the Core i5-11600K. We also made an interesting discovery regarding Gear 1 vs. Gear 2.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Processors
i-Rocks makes a colorful return with the K71M RGB, a full-size keyboard that offers a few twists in the form of an angled case and light bar combination as well as a smart wheel that does a lot with Windows 10 programs. Add its sound-absorbing pad between case and PCB and you have flagship features at a wallet-friendly price!
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Author:VSG
In:Keyboards
The ASRock RX 6700 XT Phantom Gaming D is the first factory overclocked card that's actually faster than the AMD reference. All other competitors failed to deliver any performance gains. Not only out-of-the-box performance is good, overclocking is better than with any other RX 6700 XT, too.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
The MSI Immerse GH61 is an interesting $100 USB gaming headset equipped with a pair of 40-millimeter speaker drivers installed by the famous hi-fi brand Onkyo, as well as an ESS Sabre DAC/headphone amplifier you may also use with other headphones you might own.
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Author:Inle
In:Headphones
PCI-Express Resizable BAR, pioneered by AMD, seems to be a magic bullet for unlocking additional double-digit FPS gains. NVIDIA finally released their implementation for GeForce Ampere cards. In our PCIe BAR review, we test the feature on RTX 3090, 3080, 3070, and 3060 Ti in 22 games, at Full HD, 1440p, and 4K.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
The Phantom Gaming Velocita from ASRock targets the gamer market with Killer Networking for both wired and wireless connectivity and a dependable 14-phase VRM. Thanks to the integrated low-noise fan, VRM temperatures reached only 50°C, so no problem at all, even with a power-hungry Core i9-11900K.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
If you wanted to try out Topre switches before, but the Topre Realforce or HHKB keyboards were too expensive or not to your liking, perhaps NIZ keyboards are for you. Today, we take a look at their TKL Plum x87, which features electrocapacitive switches built around a solid, quiet keyboard for typists and gamers alike.
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Author:VSG
In:Keyboards
The MSI MPG Gugnir cases give fans of the brand an option to house all their MSI components inside a nice-looking, solid chassis with a few bells and whistles and appropriate branding. The 110M is the most basic variant of the three options currently on the market, but only has a few subtle functional differences to the 111M or 110R.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
iStorage has made its name in the world of encrypted portable storage and is the only company to date with government certifications in multiple regions. Today, we take a quick look at their new diskAshur M2 drive, which uses an M.2 SATA SSD to offer speed, storage size, high build quality, and excellent onboard encryption.
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Author:VSG
In:Portable Storage
The Intel Core i9-11900K is the company's Rocket Lake flagship. It uses the new Cypress Cove architecture and includes support for new instruction sets like AVX512 and DLBoost to speed up AI calculations. We run the processor through our new test suite and also take a closer look at gaming performance, including frametimes.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Processors
The Core i5-11600K is Intel's mid-range entry using the Rocket Lake architecture. Our review confirms that it is a great alternative to AMD's overpriced Ryzen 5 5600X, offering similar performance at almost $100 less. The i5-11660K is also fast enough to compete with last generation's 8-core i7-10700K.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Processors
The ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero has premium looks, premium features, a powerful VRM, Thunderbolt 4, four M.2 slots with double-sided heatsinks, dual 2.5 Gb/s LAN, and WiFi 6E. The Maximus XIII Hero could be a compelling candidate for any high-end 11th Gen Intel build.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Like its Z490 predecessor, the Gigabyte Z590I AORUS Ultra comes with a lot of hardware packed into a small form factor. Among its features are 2.5 Gb/s Ethernet, WiFi 6, dual M.2 slots, and top-tier 90 A power stages. Let's dig in to see how Gigabyte has improved an already excellent design!
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The new Corsair RM850x uses topnotch parts, including Japanese caps and a magnetic levitation fan. It is also one of only two PSUs with three EPS connectors! The cherry on top is the high performance, among the best in this category, and the silent operation as long as you keep the load on the minor rails at normal levels.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
CORSAIR updates their flagship membrane keyboard with not one but two keyboards. Today, we take a look at the K55 RGB PRO XT that adds per-key RGB backlighting, new iCUE support, enhanced onboard functionality, and Elgato Stream Deck compatibility with six G-keys, making this a budget powerhouse!
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Author:VSG
In:Keyboards
Intel's 11th Generation Core Processors are here, and with them a whole host of new motherboards. The Gigabyte Z590 AORUS Master boasts a massive VRM with 90 A power stages, dual BIOS, and even 10 Gb/s LAN. Let's see how the new Gigabyte Z590 AORUS Master performs!
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
The ASRock Z590 Steel Legend WiFi 6E aims to be a durable and dependable platform for the mainstream market. With a solid feature set at its core and a reasonable price tag, the Z590 Steel Legend WiFi 6E is a compelling package.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
MSI aims to continue their legacy of excellent performance and overclocking with the new Z590 line-up. Targeting the top end of the mainstream stack, the MSI MEG Z590 ACE features a robust VRM design, four M.2 slots, Thunderbolt 4, and a plethora of overclocking features. Has the MSI MEG Z590 ACE hit its target?
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Developed in partnership with and distributed by EKWB, the MSI MPG Z590 Carbon EK X features a monoblock for CPU and VRM cooling. As the successor to the award-winning MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X, the MSI MPG Z590 Carbon EK X has a lot of expectations to live up to. Will it prove worthy?
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Like its Z490 predecessor, the Gigabyte Z590I AORUS Ultra comes with a lot of hardware packed into a small form factor. Among its features are 2.5 Gb/s Ethernet, WiFi 6, dual M.2 slots, and top-tier 90 A power stages. Let's dig in to see how Gigabyte has improved an already excellent design!
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Shortly after Razer, EVGA hits the market with their own 8000 Hz polling-rate mouse. In addition to PixArt's PMW3389, the X17 uses two LOD sensors to achieve the lowest and most accurate lift-off distance possible. Particularly responsive spring-loaded main buttons and a highly granular weight system round things off.
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Author:pzogel
In:Mice
Razer updates the wired Viper with 8000 Hz polling and their Focus+ 20,000 CPI sensor. Other than that, it's essentially the same mouse: Razer optical main button switches, 69 g lightweight design, and pure PTFE feet.
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Author:pzogel
In:Mice
The Team Group T-Force Cardea IOPS 1 TB SSD comes with two heatsink options: a super-thin heatspreader foil for laptops and other slim devices and a large metal heatsink that can soak up plenty of heat. We tested both, with surprisingly good results.
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Author:W1zzard
In:SSD
At long last, the classic DeathAdder has been given the wireless treatment as well. With a battery life of up to 120 hours in Bluetooth and up to 70 hours in 2.4 GHz mode, Razer's Focus+ sensor, optical main button switches, and an 87 g lightweight construction, the V2 Pro promises to be a successful continuation of the DeathAdder series.
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Author:pzogel
In:Mice