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.
The be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 represents the company's largest and most advanced chassis. It aims to deliver utmost flexibility, space, and functionality without breaking the bank. This is a lofty goal set forth by many case manufacturers, so it will be interesting to see if the Dark Base Pro 900 manages to deliver.
Cooler Master has listened to consumer feedback, and with their MasterKeys PBT series, they have thick PBT plastic keycaps out of the box on all the switches. The keyboard also includes onboard support for multiple OS and typing layouts, macro recording, and an option for the rare Cherry MX Green switches; all for less than $100.
The SteelSeries Arctis 5 is a great gaming headset, chock-full of useful features, and carefully tuned to sound as accurate as possible instead of just focusing on the bass. Thanks to that, it's great for playing games on a high level and just as good for listening to music, both at home and on the go.
Adesso has a typewriter-inspired USB mechanical keyboard now, with round keycaps, a black and silver trim, and Outemu Blue clicky switches. Priced below $100, this also has novel twist-style feet to appeal to typists both old and new.
MSI's high-end gaming motherboard for Kaby Lake CPUs is here. The Z270 GAMING M7 has all the bells and whistles, including something you never really thought of: dual audio chips. With a crazy automatic overclock profile that promises 5.2 GHz, we check out MSI's new enthusiast motherboard.
Bykski is a watercooling brand that has been operating in Asia thus far, but recently made strides to go global. Their new FOUR series of CPU waterblocks offer five color customization options, a metal top cover on an acrylic top, a massive nickel-plated copper cold plate, and installation all from the back for a clean look when installed.
The second-cheapest gaming headset Rosewill has to offer - the $35 RGH-3300 - isn't the prettiest to look at, but acoustically, it’s surprisingly well balanced and capable of delivering good performance in both games and music. Contrary to what the song says, it's not all about the bass!
The Dobot Magician is an all-in-one smart robotic arm offering multiple features including drawing, 3D printing, laser engraving, and production line integration all with the help of a unified driver program. It has an excellent 0.2 mm precision range of motion, and even comes with a smartphone app for further control.
The Das Keyboard Prime 13 is Das Keyboard acknowledging that some people want the excellent build quality of their flagship products at a lower price point. Add on back-lighting, a USB pass-through instead of a hub, retain the Cherry MX switches and the Prime 13 offers an option worth looking into.
For those passionate people playing the latest AAA and eSports titles, gaming has always been a rather expensive hobby. New hardware comes out all the time - AMD and NVIDIA having launched their Polaris generation GPUs just last year - but many users opt out of the constant upgrade cycle in favor of more budget-savvy investments. Those people are eyeing the AMD RX 560, the best value GPU upgrade around right now.
With the Panzer chassis, Cougar takes the Panzer Max genes and packs them into a more compact enclosure. You will still find the intricate and well-designed exterior coupled with glass side panels and a solid construction - all with a smaller footprint and a sub-$100 price point.
Today, AMD took the wraps off their new EPYC server processors, which feature up to 64 threads and can support one or two CPUs per motherboard. Our article details the technical and architectural changes and also explains how AMD's Infinity Fabric interconnect works.
Asus' first entry into the field of streaming microphones - the ones used by Twitch and YouTube streamers - is a great one. The ROG Strix Magnus is packed with features, comes in a compact form factor, and its sound quality will make your followers and subscribers happy.
G.SKILL's at the forefront of RGB memory with their TridentZ RGB series of DDR4 modules. These sticks don't differ that much from past TridentZ modules at first glance, but built with high-quality memory ICs and G.SKILL's own RGB design, these DDR4 sticks are so very different from most other DDR4 sticks on the market..
The Cougar Immersa is an extremely comfortable, well-built, and fun-sounding gaming headset. It's equipped with a retractable microphone and supports all gaming platforms. Costing a mere $50, its price-performance ratio is simply amazing.
The Race 3 is the latest iteration in the Race 75% keyboard line from Vortexgear, offering TKL functionality in a much smaller form factor. In addition, the Race 3 has thick PBT keycaps, multiple OS and layout support, four layers with programmability, and an anodized aluminum case to make sure you get a long-lasting keyboard of high build quality.
LEPA looks to stand out from the crowd with the NEOllusion CPU cooler. Rather than using fancy RGB LED fans, they opt for an RGB LED heatsink that even has a remote control. Unique, quiet, and downright gimmicky, it's still an interesting contender in a crowded market.
The Venator is the second mouse by Ninox, a company that was founded by a member of the ESR Quake community. With this second mouse, Ninox has stepped up their game, using the best currently available sensor with outstanding tracking performance. Let's find out if this $50 mouse can deliver on the other aspects too.
Palette is a startup that aims to elevate the current standard of human-computer interaction. Their modular controllers based off the MIDI standard use a combination of buttons, dials, and sliders to lower workflow time for content creators. The PaletteApp driver helps with built-in support for over 15 popular programs from Adobe and others, and profile support enables quick changes in functionality for individual modules.
The ASUS ROG brand has long been a favorite of a good majority of the PC enthusiast community, and with each generation, the experience only gets better. The MAXIMUS IX FORMULA is the perfect example of what makes ASUS so popular.
The Viper V770 is Patriot Memory's first RGB backlit keyboard, and they have made sure it leaves an unforgettable impression. It features dedicated media, macro, and lighting control buttons, USB and audio pass-through, full 16.8 M RGB backlighting on not just every single key on the keyboard, but also the provided wrist rest, and a lightweight driver to offer more control and functionality.
The Leadex II platform has been available for quite some time now, offering smaller dimensions and better performance than its predecessor. The SF-750F14EG will be our test subject today. Besides a fully modular cable design with LED-lit connectors, it offers amazing performance levels and a pretty quiet operation.
PCMark 10 is the latest iteration of Futuremark's popular full system benchmarking suite. It supports Windows 10 and runs quicker and more efficiently than the previous version. Futuremark also updated the tests to better reflect real world scenarios used by office and home professionals alike, including digital content creation, a new gaming test group, and 3D modeling/simulations.