Middle-earth: Shadow of War is one of the most anticipated titles this season, also due to some pre-launch attention because of the inclusion of loot boxes. We are more interested in the technical aspects of the game and tested it on 15 recent graphics cards with and without the optionally available Ultra HD texture pack.
The Cooler Master Mastercase H500P offers massive cooling elements right out of the box - reminiscent of the HAF series. It combines the signature dual 200 mm intake fans with RGB elements and an updated look with a glass side panel and all-new interior that offers one of the cleanest finished looks we have ever seen.
The Rosewill Nebula GX30 costs as little as $37, but that doesn't stop it from having an impressive feature set, one that includes build materials like metal and memory foam, RGB LEDs, removable ear cushions, and a detachable microphone. However, that's not all - it also performs above and beyond every expectation, which makes it a great choice for gamers on a tight budget.
Today, we take a look at two different watercooling solutions for the non-reference ASUS GTX 1080 Ti Strix from EKWB and Bykski. Both offer a full-cover water block with design twists of their own, and both are put through the full course of testing, including coolant flow restriction as well as GPU core and VRM thermal testing.
The Datamancer Diviner is a full size keyboard featuring their often imitated, but never duplicated typewriter-style keycaps. Aiming to look at home in the Victorian era, it features a thick wooden case, ornaments and jewels that are tasteful, and some nice functionality courtesy of its DIP switches that allow for multiple keyboard layouts.
The Core i3-8350K is the first quad-core CPU in Intel's i3 arsenal, priced at $180 and clocked at 4 GHz, even when all four cores are active. Overclocking is extremely easy due to the "K" suffix and has the potential to turn this processor into a budget overclocker's dream.
Intel strikes back! The Core i7-8700K comes with six processor cores, plus HyperThreading, for a total of twelve threads. Overclocking potential is excellent, reaching 5 GHz on all cores, with ease, on just air cooling. Pricing is also extremely reasonable, with just a small increase over the previous quad-core 7700K.
Intel's Core i5-8600K is priced $120 below the i7-8700K, making it an interesting option for the more value-oriented buyer. It features the same six-core design, but lacks HyperThreading and loses 3 MB of cache. Our testing shows that it still is a great CPU, especially when overclocked to almost 5 GHz.
The Core i5-8400 is Intel's most affordable option to go beyond a quad-core setup on the desktop. With a price point of $190, it is only half the price of Core i7-8700K, but delivers nearly the same performance in games and can also compete with the Ryzen 6c12t processors thanks to its good single-threaded performance and high boost clock.
The AORUS X5 V7-KL3K3D is a stellar offering in terms of specifications, providing impressive performance due to an Intel Quad-Core i7-7820HK CPU, which Gigabyte paired with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. This relatively thin and light gaming notebook also comes with a 3K IPS display that supports G-Sync.
CRYORIG's R1 Ultimate looks to deliver top notch cooling even the R1 Universal cannot match. Eschewing the thin fan on the Universal, the Ultimate uses two full-size 140 mm fans for maximum cooling potential. Can it overcome the competition and reign as King of air coolers or will it fall short?
The Sensei 310 is the newest iteration of the legendary Sensei. SteelSeries upgraded the product with a new sensor they call "TrueMove3", and a new design where the main buttons aren't part of the main shell. At $59.99, it comes in at a reasonable price; let's look at the performance and quality it delivers.
The SteelSeries Apex M750 features all-new QX2 mechanical switches via a partnership with Gateron, a thick aluminum alloy frame, clean aesthetics, and extensive control both onboard and via the powerful SteelSeries Engine 3 driver. Priced at under $150, it is a flagship-class keyboard in more ways than one.
E-Win’s Flash chair is equipped with all the necessary ergonomics features and is constructed to be comfortable and safe at the same time. The steel frame and high-density cold-molded memory foam can support a body weight of up to 150 kg, which has it meet the needs of larger users as well.
The Cooler Master COSMOS C700P is, as the name implies, the new vision for the Cosmos line. It is the first all-new high-end chassis from Cooler Master in quite a while and also represents a huge step towards bringing the features and engineering behind the MasterConcept to the consumer.
The Intel Core i5-7640X provides an entry into the world of HEDT for below $300. However, Intel cut several corners in carving out the Core i5-7640X, among which are the lack of HT, fewer PCIe lanes, and no quad-channel memory. Are there redeeming qualities to this chip after all?
The Phanteks Eclipse P300 aims to push the envelope of what is entry level by providing a high-quality build with the looks and an interesting feature set for those on a budget. With its mix of materials and RGB elements, it seems to bring everything important to the table, but only a closer look will tell!
The Rosewill Nebula GX50 is an affordable USB headset with an impressive list of features, considering its $45 price. It has a metal headband, rubberized ear cups, an in-line control unit, RGB LEDs, and 7.1 Surround Sound. Are we crowning the new king of budget gaming headsets?
The Koolance VID-NX1080 GPU water block offers two top options - acetal and acrylic - with excellent build quality, good value for your money, and an optional backplate that puts most others to shame. It does fall short on relative performance, but will be a very strong consideration for those on a budget.
Vertagear's SL5000 gaming chair sports a fancy design and good build quality. Its steel frame allows it to support up to 150 kg, and it offers a wide range of adjustability to provide its users with the best possible comfort for even the longest gaming sessions.
The iKBC F108 RGB is a full size keyboard with 16.8M RGB backlighting from a group of enthusiasts in Taiwan who had good build quality and value for money in mind. The keyboard features thick backlit doubleshot PBT keycaps, two colors, and four genuine Cherry MX switches to choose from, as well as driver-less controls with on-board storage.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is the most expensive headset this renowned manufacturer has to offer. Its feature list is strong, promising excellent build quality, class-leading sound performance, and Dolby Headset 7.1 Surround Sound, but expectations are very high as well. Does it have what it takes to justify its £140/$150/€170 price point?
ASRock's entry-level Intel X299 motherboard is the X299 Killer SLI/ac, which we review today. With built-in Wi-Fi and a digital CPU VRM design, ASRock continues its solid stance on reliable Intel X299 motherboards, and perhaps just kills the competition.
The AOC AGON AG271QG is one of the least expensive 27" high-end gaming monitors on the market. Your money will buy you an AHVA (IPS-type) 1440p panel with a refresh rate that goes all the way up to 165 Hz, as well as a G-Sync module for sublime smoothness of in-game action.
Crucial's new BX300 SSD is not only affordable, but also impresses with excellent performance that's right up there with the best SATA drives in our test group. The secret sauce is clearly the use of MLC flash, which offers better write performance than TLC, lasts longer, and is trusted by users.