At the dawn of its Radeon RX Vega family launch, we visit its underlying GPU architecture, which AMD touts as the most advanced and future-ready, in a bid to find out if the company has overcome its longstanding architectural weaknesses while building on its strengths.
Team Group added some new sticks to their fleet from the T-Force product line, the Night Hawk RGB. Team Group's Night Hawk RGB sticks take everything the normal Night Hawk sticks have and make it better, and there is RGB.
The Retro Classic from AZIO takes the typewriter-inspired MK Retro as a base and builds upon it in every way possible. Be it the thick zinc-aluminum alloy frame with chrome or copper plating options, the genuine leather in two finishes, full keyboard backlighting, and five language options to choose from, this is a luxury product with a price tag to match.
The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X, which is priced at $129, comes with a 3.4 GHz base clock and 3.7 GHz Boost. It offers four real cores that manage to beat the dual-core Intel Core i3-7300 with HyperThreading, which is significantly more expensive at the same time.
AMD's Ryzen 3 1200 is aggressively priced at $110, which makes it the most affordable Ryzen available. With clock frequencies ranging from 3.1 GHz Base to 3.4 GHz Boost, it is clocked not much different than the Ryzen 5 1400, which also has four physical cores, but includes the SMT technology on top.
The next version of AMD's Radeon Graphics Drivers, Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, has been released today and includes a ton of updates. An exciting new feature is Enhanced Sync, which promises low-latency gaming devoid of tearing issues and with fixed refresh rate monitors. Also included are bug fixes and many improvements to the GUI, to improve ease of use.
Penclic is a Swedish company that makes small form factor peripherals with ergonomics in mind. Their Mini Keyboard C2 is a low profile keyboard with scissor switches that offers near TKL functionality in a much smaller space while weighing less than a pound to make this a very portable keyboard.
The Phanteks Evolv Shift is one of the coolest cases we have seen so far this year. Offering a nice mix of materials, it allows you to build a potent liquid-cooled system while maintaining an extremely small footprint. GPUs of up to 350 mm in length are supported, too!
The Acer Predator XB271HU is an impressive gaming monitor equipped with a 27" 1440p IPS panel that can be overclocked from its native 144 Hz to 165 Hz. Absolute smoothness of in-game action is ensured by the built-in G-Sync module, and its ultra-thin screen bezels make it as immersive as they are downright pretty to look at.
The AORUS RX 580 XTR is Gigabyte's highest-clocked Radeon RX 580 variant. The large overclock out of the box ensures that the card can beat the GTX 1060 6 GB. Also included is the crucial idle-fan-off feature and adjustable RGB lighting.
The Raijintek Paean is an open-air chassis that may also act as a bench table. It allows you to install not only a wide range of potent components, but also larger liquid-cooling radiators. With its interesting mix of materials consisting of a 4 mm thick midsection and glass side panels, the Paean will surely turn more than a few heads.
1MORE is one of the few companies that focuses on creating affordable quality in-ears. Even though the company is new, it has gained quite the following because they deliver in-ears with more drivers and accessories at a given price point than any of the older in-ear companies. Of course drivers are not everything. We put their Triple Driver in-ear under scrutiny to see if it can live up to the hype!
The A40 by CRYORIG is the company's entry level offering in their all-in-one hybrid liquid CPU cooler lineup. It lacks the size of the A80 and the radiator thickness of the A40 Ultimate. However, unlike the others, it offers a more affordable price point with all the same features.
The ECS LIVA Z Plus is a powerful, upgraded LIVA Z, offering the same small footprint and base design with a huge boost in terms of specifications. Packed with an Intel Core i5-7300U and a 128 GB SSD, it can do everything the LIVA Z can and more.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a phenomenal-looking, customizable wireless headset equipped with high-quality 40-millimeter audio drivers capable of delivering stereo and DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound. It also offers mind-boggling wireless range and battery life as well as a couple extremely useful features you won't find elsewhere.
The Evoluent Reduced Reach keyboard for right-handed users aims to optimize the standard full-size keyboard by moving the Num Pad to the left. Combined with a minimized arrow-key column, this keyboard offers reduced reach to the nearby mouse, to help minimize joint pains over the long run.
Ballistix Elite DDR4 sticks have been granted a speed bump all the way up to 3466 MHz. We take the 8 GB DIMMs for a spin on Intel's Z270 platform because these sticks are still too Elite for AMD systems.
Lightning is MSI's flagship card for the GTX 1080 Ti Series. Our review of the Lightning Z, which is the highest-clocked variant, confirms it has the best cooler of all GTX 1080 Tis; delivering lowest temperatures and lowest noise at the same time. The Lightning Z is also the fastest GTX 1080 Ti we ever tested, but it isn't exactly cheap at $999.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 450 is a wireless gaming headset with great sound quality, an impressive wireless range, and long battery life. Its microphone isn't capable of delivering the performance needed for streaming or voiceovers, but with a price of $85, the Stealth 450 provides excellent value for the money regardless.
The cuplex kryos NEXT from Aqua Computer is an extremely customizable water block with features including an integrated display with a 32-bit ARM MCU, the ability to fit the block to your particular CPU, an industry-first physical vapor deposited titanium coating, and excellent performance overall to choose from. With over 90 different configurations ranging from $60 to $260, there is something to suit everyone.
The SABER68 from Originative Co. is a 65% form-factor keyboard with functionality similar to a TKL keyboard. Originative added its own tweaks to this project in the form of dye sublimated PBT keycaps and exclusive MOD linear and tactile switches that aim to offer options many have asked for and not received from Cherry.
The ASRock X299 Taichi comes with a fresh look that's still familiar. Boasting support for Intel's latest Skylake-X processors, the board features dual LAN, integrated Wifi, three M.2 ports and outstanding audio performance. Yet again ASRock manages to impress!
The Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08 is the first keyboard from Creative and features OMRON mechanical switches, full 16.8M RGB backlighting, dedicated media and macro buttons, and a USB pass-through port. The hardware is supported by their Sound Blaster Connect software driver for lighting customization and performance tweaking.
A battle of the ages - can the biggest and baddest setup from 2008 beat out the pocket-sized NUC? We ran each through a large variety of tests, from professional applications to gaming, to see just how far Intel's technology has come.
Eurocom looks to stand at the peak of notebook performance with the Sky X9E3. Featuring NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics cards in SLI along with an Intel Core i7-7700k, it offers desktop performance in a far more portable form factor, if you can handle the price.