Reviews

ROCCAT's newest iteration of their popular Kone series, the Kone Pure Ultra, improves on its predecessors in many ways: a drastically lower form factor of just 66 g, PixArt's PMW 3389 sensor, and ROCCAT's very own AIMO lighting system.
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Author:pzogel
In:Mice
AMD just released this year's "Adrenalin 2020" Christmas update for their Radeon Graphics Drivers. We take a detailed look at the new features and benchmark "AMD Fine Wine" to see how much performance has improved for Polaris, Vega, and Navi users.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
ADATA joins our keyboard reviews with the XPG Summoner from their XPG gaming brand. It is a full-size keyboard available in multiple layouts, with three Cherry switch options, onboard programming, a good set of bundled accessories, and RGB backlighting!
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Author:VSG
In:Keyboards
With a right-handed ergonomic shape that is strongly reminiscent of the Razer Basilisk, Dream Machines' DM5 Blink checks a lot of boxes: PixArt's PMW3389, main buttons rated for 20 million clicks, and an impressive set of RGB lighting.
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Author:pzogel
In:Mice
EVGA's GeForce GTX 1650 Super SC Ultra is priced at NVIDIA MSRP, yet offers all the important extras. It comes with a dual-fan cooler that achieves excellent temperatures and has idle-fan-stop capability. A factory overclock is included, too, and EVGA even managed to squeeze in a metal backplate.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Crucial's X8 portable SSD offers amazing performance with up to 1 GB/s transfer rates. Internally, this is a real M.2 NVMe SSD similar to the Crucial P1. Priced at only $130 for the reviewed 1 TB variant, the X8 is very affordable, cheaper than buying the SSD and enclosure separately.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Portable Storage
The Nimbustor 4 NAS from Asustor promises high performance at a fair price. It can take up to four drives. With optional expansion boxes, you can even install up to 16 drives. One of its assets is the HDMI 2.0a port that can deliver 4K HDR content at up to 60 Hz refresh rates, making it an ideal media player.
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Author:crmaris
In:NAS
The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless is a highly versatile wireless gaming headset with a ton of excellent features and great sound quality. We saw great battery life, and pricing is extremely reasonable with $100, if you consider everything the Arctis 1 offers.
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Author:Inle
In:Headphones
The role of RGB LEDs in the PC space has vastly expanded in the last 5 years. So too has the complexity of control for all the disparate accessory designs. Addressable RGB LEDs are a huge leap towards greater user control, and with the ArrRGB DAC from Solarity Technology, you can integrate any RGB LED device into your addressable RGB control.
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Author:Nate
In:Other
Razer's most recent addition to the market of lightweight mice, the Viper, is now available wireless as well. The Viper Ultimate combines the all-new Focus+ sensor, improved wireless tech, and a highly competitive weight of just 74g to compete with Logitech's current wireless flagship, the G Pro Wireless.
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Author:pzogel
In:Mice
The small form factor market has gained a lot of traction over the past decade, and hardware vendors have engaged in an arms race to cram as many features as possible into SFF motherboards. ASUS has landed a decisive blow in that fight with the ROG Crosshair VIII Impact. ALL the features of a full ATX board have been put into a package slightly larger than Mini-ITX.
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
Team Group presents another entry into their high-performance memory line-up with the T-Force Dark Z. An anodized red heat spreader, no RGB lighting, and an XMP profile of 3600 MHz could prove to be an attractive package to the old school crowd.
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Author:Nate
In:Memory
The Lian Li Lancool II is, as the name implies, the second case under the Lancool family. Although a bit on the noisy side, it is a completely different enclosure than the first model, and manages to impress with its intricate design elements while remaining affordably priced and beautifully functional.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
The Thermaltake Level 20 HT is a massive chassis meant for those who want to install uncompromising custom liquid cooling that can be shown off from all major angles. At above 20 kg, when empty, Thermaltake certainly continues their extreme approach with this chassis.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
In a market saturated with RGB products, Silverstone has actually done more than simply stick increasing amounts of LEDs on another generic liquid cooler. Instead, with their new Permafrost PF240-ARGB, they not only have pretty lights, but also deliver top-tier performance. How's that for a twist!
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
The Seagate FireCuda 510 SSD impresses with transfer rates reaching 4 GB/s; random reads go up to 475k IOPS. Under the hood, the drive uses Toshiba 3D TLC flash paired with Hynix DDR4 DRAM. Sustained transfer rates are excellent, even when the large SLC cache is exhausted, and thermals are good, too.
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Author:W1zzard
In:SSD
The NZXT H710i chassis represents an incremental update to the original H700i with an improved Smart Device, different 2.5" HDD cages along with a few subtle internal modifications, and an updated I/O. Even though the frame may have been around for a few years now, it still looks as sleek as ever.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Endgame Gear is a new brand in the gaming peripherals market, but they certainly aren't rookies. Their first gaming mouse, the XM1, has a symmetrical shape and features a PixArt PMW3389 optical sensor, Omron switches rated for 50 million clicks, a very lightweight shell, and exceptionally fast click response times.
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Author:Vanir
In:Mice
Sapphire's RX 5700 XT Nitro+ Special Edition is the fastest air-cooled Radeon RX 5700 XT on the market. It has what no other card has: overclocked memory. Noise levels and thermals of the adjustable RGB fans are impressive. Does it beat the PowerColor Red Devil?
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Intel fires back with an HEDT refresh that promises higher clocks and significantly lower prices! ASRock is ready with the new ASRock X299 Taichi CLX. The X299 Taichi CLX boasts a powerful VRM, 2.5 Gb/s LAN, and a sleek modern aesthetic! How will it perform when paired with a new Intel i9-10900X?
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Author:Nate
In:Motherboards
You may not have heard of Sharkhan before, but the brand is currently establishing itself in the US market, and we get to put the X500, their first case, through our review process to see how it holds up against the fairly crowded mainstream market.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
The RX 5500 Navi is AMD's ambitious attempt to disrupt the sub-$200 graphics card market just as the RX 5700 series did to the sub-$400 market, bringing in much needed competition. It won't be easy as NVIDIA tried to preempt it with the GTX 1650 Super and GTX 1660 Super.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
NVIDIA's new GTX 1650 Super is 40% faster than the GTX 1650, which is a huge improvement. The card is priced competitively, too, obsoleting AMD's Radeon RX 580/590 offerings. MSI's Gaming X variant comes with a large cooler that offers great temperatures, extremely low gaming noise, and idle-fan-stop.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Zotac's GTX 1650 Super Twin Fan is only 16 cm long, which makes it a great choice for an SFF system or media PC. The card still offers plenty of gaming performance, exceeding the Radeon RX 580. Overclocking potential is outstanding; we managed to unlock over 10% in additional real-life performance.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Palit's GTX 1650 Super StormX OC is tiny, and barely longer than your PCIe slot at 16 cm, and has a single-fan heatsink; but looks can be woefully deceiving. This turned out to be the the fastest GTX 1650 Super we tested on launch day, toppling many segment leaders along the way.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards