Archive for April, 2018
You may remember our review of the Quadraclicks RBT Rebel gaming mouse. We have high praises for a bold design that feels like a genuine improvement to gamers everywhere. Their top mouse is pricey, but the budget option is much more friendly to the wallet.
Rosewill offers an excellent keyboard and mouse option with the Neon K51 and M57. They have a ton of features for the price, making them a compelling choice. The RGB lighting looks excellent and they also had great software. Overall, these peripherals would work well for gaming or work.
Budget cases usually pale in comparison to better ones. The CMT210 won't have as many features, but building in this case was one of the best experiences a buyer could have. FSP put a ton of care and attention to detail and their first case is a great option for a beginner PC.
Enermax brings an excellent design to the reservoir scene with the NEOChanger. The quality and performance would make any custom liquid cooling loop proud, but the RGB lighting is a great addition as well. If you want a reservoir and pump combo, Enermax is a great place to start.
Most driver releases are copy and paste ordeals, but this one is a bit bigger than that. Radeon continues to take feedback and make it reality, which is why their driver landscape is better than it’s ever been. With one great new feature and one huge throwback setting added in this update, you should definitely download this driver if you own compatible AMD GPUs. The new feature I want to point out is Enhanced Sync. This allows you to exceed your monitors refresh rate, but not have the tearing that typically comes with that. V-Sync is also supposed to help, but the input lag can be extremely noticeable, except with the possibility of Triple-Buffering, but not all games have that feature. This is similar to Nvidia’s Fast Sync, but the ability to decrease stutter below the refresh rate is something unique to Radeon. The throwback feature that I’m super glad is back is Color Saturation. All my life, I’ve used a tiny saturation boost to make the colors pop on all of my screens and remember discovering that I couldn’t find the setting anymore. Not only is it back, but all of the additional settings are completely incorporated into Radeon settings now. It turns out that AMD can bring in the new and the nostalgic feelings in one, simple driver update. It’s a bit surprising that it releases as a second driver version this month, but hey, I’m not complaining. Check out the release notes below because there is far more going on than the two...
Have you ever wanted hardware level control of your RGB lighting and fans? Lamptron has that. Have you ever wanted one controller to work with every proprietary connection for RGB and fans? Turns out they have that too with the CL420.
Raijintek isn't the biggest name in the computer component world, and that's a shame. They have excellent designs from elegant bench cases, to sharp looking CPU and GPU coolers. It doesn't seem to take long before they have a new product on their site that looks incredibly interesting.
Bringing easy liquid cooling a graphics card is a great idea. The NZXT G12 bracket isn't quite as easy as installing a CLC to a CPU, but it's certainly easier than building a custom cooling loop. The long flat design of air coolers hinders their performance, which is why the NZXT Kraken G12 can perform exponentially.
Light strips are a great way to shine up a build, but most of them require software control to run in the background. Lamptron is offering a new option with hardware control of RGB LED strips. The options work pretty well and the best part is that they only need a power connection.
Nvidia started by making an excellent performing GPU with the GTX 1060. MSI further improves the graphics card by adding the excellent cooling performance of the Twin Frozr. If you want a great gaming card that can handle 1080p, the Gaming X is a great choice. No SLI though! qq
Wired Ethernet is the only way to go for gaming, unless you can't. In online matches, having a stable connection with low latency is absolutely critical. Wireless USB adapters are unacceptable, PCIe cards are alright, but using a router in client-bridge mode is almost as perfect as wired!
Gigabyte brings their Aorus branding to AMD Radeon Cards. The RX 580 and 570 have admirable performance, but neither GPU overclocks as well as their competition. That said, the AAA gaming graphics is top notch and if the pricing ever calms down from mining, the MSRP is great too. Crossfire support FTW!
E-Win offers a decent amount of features for the Hero Series HRD gaming chair. The overall comfort is pretty good, but there are some minor details that hold the chair back. The biggest issue is that the price is prohibitive, making other chairs a bit more attractive.
AMD Ryzen is still fresh and the landscape has a lot of changes coming, but we have an idea of some great motherboards that have top notch performance. We also pushed the limits to see if we could blow up a CPU. Good news! We haven't yet!!!