Reviews

ASRock's award winning Taichi line is back, and aiming for the top of ASRock's Z490 stack. The cog and gear theme returns, along with a new VRM thermal solution with a finned heat sink and active cooling. What other new tricks has ASRock included in the ASRock Z490 Taichi?
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
EK looks to pummel their competition in the liquid cooler market with the EK-AIO 360 D-RGB. It features a pump based on their SPC series, which means it isn't just another Asetek design, but genuinely new from the ground up. However, does new in this case truly mean better?
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
The XPG Precog is an innovative gaming headset with a combination of dynamic and electrostatic speaker drivers, two in-line remote controllers, a detachable microphone, user-selectable sound profiles, and other interesting features. It's the most ambitious gaming headset XPG has produced to date.
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Author:Inle
In:Headphones
AMD's new Ryzen 3 3100 is the new budget king. At just $99, it offers four cores and eight threads, obsoleting most of Intel's lineup. Results in our Ryzen 3 3100 review show that it punches well above its weight, competing even with Core i5 and Ryzen 5. Overclocking worked great, too; we achieved 4.35 GHz on all cores.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Processors
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X crams all its cores into a single CCX. We tested the CCX impact in our review with impressive results, especially in games, where the new CPU design achieves great numbers that are close enough to more expensive Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 models, especially if you consider the cost savings.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Processors
The NZXT H1 aims to offer excellent performance, ease of assembly, and great compatibility with a clean and compact look. Having been in the works for quite some time, take a look at what can be achieved if you are able to combine a case, PSU, and AIO into a single ITX platform.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
The Aerocool Duke AeroSuede is a very affordable gaming chair that supports large (and heavy) users. Its upholstery comes in four dark colors and has carbon-like patterns as visual highlights. With a price tag of only $199, it look like a real bargain, but is that truly the case?
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Author:erasmia394
In:Gaming Chairs
The ASUS RX 5500 XT STRIX OC is their most premium entry-level Navi design. The large triple-slot, dual-fan cooler achieves outstanding temperatures and is whisper quiet at the same time. Fan stop is included too, and the VRM design is overbuilt, which could explain the good OC results we're seeing.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Crucial's new Ballistix Gaming Memory has something for everyone. With options for both RGB and heat-spreader color, along with a wide range of specifications, the Crucial Ballistix Gaming Memory could be a classic in the making. Only time and our benchmarking suite will tell!
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Author:Nate
In:Memory
Zalman looks to KO the juggernauts of the air-cooling world with their CNPS 20X. Using a fancy 4D stereoscopic corrugated fin design along with their unique dual-blade spider ARGB fans, they are not only looking to deliver on performance but visual style as well.
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
Our first look at ASUS's Z490 lineup, the ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-E Gaming features a powerful VRM, optional active VRM cooling, lots of connectivity, and of course some killer good looks. If you are looking for a board that can do it all, the ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-E Gaming is a good place to start.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Lexar's NM610 is built using a Silicon Motion SM2263XT controller, paired with Intel 3D TLC flash. The pseudo-SLC cache is rather large at 128 GB, which ensures big write bursts get handled at full speed. Pricing at $155 for a DRAM-less SSD seems a bit high, though.
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Author:W1zzard
In:SSD
The Cooler Master MH630 is a no-nonsense $59 analog gaming headset. The MH630 should be at the top of the list for anyone who is after a brand-name gaming headset that doesn't break the bank and has a good price-performance ratio.
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Author:Inle
In:Headphones
The ASRock Z490 PG Velocita is ready for Comet Lake with Socket LGA 1200. "Velocita" is ASRock's latest edition to the award-winning Phantom Gaming motherboard line and features 2.5 Gb/s LAN, PCIe 4.0 readiness, and an uncompromising VRM thermal solution with three fans.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Microsoft's latest Gears game is completely different to the fast-paced 3D action shooters of the series. Gears Tactics rather takes a strategic approach, delivering a gaming experience very similar to XCOM, with great graphics and notable feature improvements. We benchmark 27 graphics cards at Full HD, 1440p, and 4K Ultra HD.
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Author:W1zzard
In:PC Port Testing
The Streacom DA2 is a clean and understated ITX chassis featuring a level of flexibility usually reserved for larger cases. With its unique mounting bars, you can realize most scenarios, from a multi-terabyte storage solution to an air or liquid-cooled gaming rig.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
After testing Bitspower's value-oriented Touchaqua NJORD fans, we shift over to the more featured Njord Dual Fin fans. These come in two color options, offer niftier RGB lighting via the dual-fin rotor design, and have daisy-chained cable management that suits radiator fan placement, too.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
The Pure Base 500DX takes all that has made the original Pure Base 500 so great and sets its sights at conquering the hearts of gamers and enthusiasts who want a bit more bling and cooling performance instead of understated looks and utter silence out of the box.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super KO is a highly cost-efficient custom-design variant. This dual-slot, dual-fan card comes in at $499, so there is no price increase over NVIDIA MSRP. EVGA's cooler is solid, achieving good temperatures, and idle fan-stop is included, too.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Seasonic's Connect power supply is the first of its kind, a PSU with a backplane containing all the modular sockets. The backplane also has the DC-DC converters that generate minor rails. Installation is easy, and airflow inside the case is improved notably.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
XPG looks to break into the all-in-one liquid cooler market with the Levante 240. Sporting ARGB lighting, good performance, and a solid 5-year warranty, it might just be enough to establish XPG in this crowded field.
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
SteelSeries promised innovation at Computex 2019 when they introduced their new Apex keyboards. Their halo offering for the foreseeable future, the Apex Pro features Hall effect switches for customizable actuation points, an integrated OLED display for function and form, powerful software drivers, and of course RGB lighting galore.
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Author:VSG
In:Keyboards
With the T-WINGS CMT710, FSP is throwing in their entry into the unique, rule-bending and irresponsibly responsible open-air case market. Underneath its wings, the T-WINGS CMT710 can hold two full systems as it is also one of the few dual-system enclosures out there.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
NVIDIA's RTX Voice technology promises to remove background noise from your audio input and output. We tested it on a wide range of audio hardware, at many price points, to find out what it's capable of, and how it affects frame rates during gaming.
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Author:Inle
In:Other
We put NVIDIA's new GTX 1650 GDDR6 to the test. The upgraded memory offers a +50% bandwidth increase, which definitely helps make up some ground against the GTX 1650 Super and RX 5500 XT. Since Gigabyte installed 14 Gbps chips and clocked them lower, memory OC works really well, too.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards