Reviews

ASUS updates their Strix line of mice with the Strix Impact II, an ambidextrous gaming mouse featuring PixArt's 3327 sensor, a weight of 79 g, a pivoted button mechanism, and ASUS' exclusive main button switch hotswap socket design allowing one to extend the lifespan of the mouse.
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Author:pzogel
In:Mice
The ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB720M2K-B is part of their high-end line of enclosures, with this one specifically engineered for up to four M.2 NVMe drives. It is clearly aimed at mission-critical systems where reliability, uptime, and peace of mind are highest on the list of attributes to check off.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Other
A long overdue review in the making, we finally check out CORSAIR's low-profile mechanical keyboard. It was the first on the market with Cherry's recent low-profile switches, including the MX Low Profile Speed switch, and aims to bring all the features of the excellent K70 RGB MK.2 to those wanting a smaller full-size keyboard.
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Author:VSG
In:Keyboards
CORSAIR adds to their Hydro X series of custom watercooling products with their second pump/reservoir combo. The all-new Hydro XD3 uses a Xylem DDC and a lower profile form factor to complement the taller Hydro XD5 that used the Xylem D5, and adds more RGB while sticking with the same excellent installation options.
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Author:VSG
In:Watercooling
Deepcool has delivered a monster with the Gamer Storm Assassin III. This latest air cooler is comprised of two 140 mm fans and a massive dual-stack heatsink, leaving the ARGB lighting craze behind. Instead, Deepcool has focused on offering users maximum performance, which the cooler handily delivers.
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
The Fractal Define 7 is the seventh generation of the Define R series of cases. It sports a new, clean branding, loads of new features and plenty of enhancements over the previous version without compromising on the core functionality and design that has defined the series this last decade.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
ROCCAT expands their Kain line-up with the Kain 100. Sporting the same patented click mechanism and RGB lighting system as its bigger brother, the Kain 120, the Kain 100 features a slightly inferior sensor (PMW3331) and different, but still high-quality materials, all at a relatively low weight of 86 grams.
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Author:pzogel
In:Mice
Durgod has grabbed many an eye among the enthusiast keyboard market, and today, we get to see if the brand merits the attention. We take a look at the Venus, a 60% form factor keyboard that aims to combine high build quality and customization via switch options and software drivers for a value product without seeming cheap!
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Author:VSG
In:Keyboards
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
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