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Samsung USB 3.0 16GB and FIT 32GB Review

Samsung is targeting mobile users who want both capacity and durability in a very small form factor. Today we're looking at the Samsung 16GB and FIT 32GB USB 3.0 flash drives. They promise very quick speeds for mainstream consumers and professionals alike, so let's take a closer look at what these tiny drives have to offer.


Mionix Castor Gaming Mouse

Introduction We’ve seen several mice from Swedish company Mionix, and we’ve been impressed. The Naos remains one of the most comfortable mice I’ve ever grasped (admittedly, it’s my go-to daily mouse of choice), and we’ve seen models from Mionix that sport minor differences and improvements along the way. Why mess with a winning formula, it seems. One of the differences is certainly in terms of cost. It should come as no surprise that everyone doesn’t necessarily want to splurge for the flagship Naos, and for those who want the quality and features but a more affordable price tag, the Mionix Castor is what we’re looking at today. The Castor is a right-handed mouse, and while it captures the shapely essence of the vaunted Naos, it also seems to share some lineage from the impressive Avior, creating a subtle new shape that’s suitable for palm, claw, and fingertip-grip preferences. There are a couple other differences, such as a 10,000 DPI optical engine rather than laser, a simplified lighting and feature set, and a lower price tag than the premium Naos or Avior. Sounds good so far. Let’s take a closer look at the Mionix Castor and find out if it’s worthy your consideration.


Azio MGK1-K and RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboards Review

The Azio MGK1-K and MGK1-RGB mechanical keyboard look to offer solid designs for gamers on modest budgets. Both models are stylish and functional, both come with unique illumination effects, and both come with very attractive price tags. Can these two boards stand out? Let's find out.


Getting the Most Out of Windows 10 – An Opportunity to Accelerate Gaming

We wanted to get some quick industry opinion on how Windows 10 may affect gaming experience, so we spoke with Jeremy Mortenson at Crucial. Jeremy is the worldwide memory product marketing manager at Crucial, a global brand of Micron Technology, Inc. Suffice it to say, he probably has some inside knowledge as to what it could mean, from a industry leader in the memory product market. Here’s what Jeremy had to say:   Microsoft Windows 10 went live in July and the highly-anticipated OS has been a huge hit. Not only is Windows 10 a free upgrade for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 users, feature-rich, and easy to download, it also provides users with new experiences to increase performance in how they work, play and connect, and unlocks a huge opportunity to accelerate gaming. With more than 75 million PC downloads in a month’s time, it’s been well documented that Windows 10 has been rapidly adopted. In fact, according to Microsoft, much of this adoption has been by gamers who have taken advantage of the Windows 10 streaming video game feature – in a month, gamers have collectively streamed more than 122 years’ worth of gaming on Xbox consoles to Windows 10. So, what’s new with Windows 10 and how do you get the most out of it for a better gaming experience? Windows 10 offers improved benefits specifically for gamers in a number of different ways. For instance, by combining the new features of Windows 10 with high-performance DRAM and SSDs, enthusiasts will be able...


Samsung 850 EVO 2TB Review

Large capacity SSDs are rather rare, but the Samsung 830 EVO 2TB is without equal in the marketplace. It's fast out of the box, but Samsung has something very special under the hood: RAPID Mode. As you'll see, RAPID Mode is unlike anything you've seen before, promising astonishing performance increases. Buckle up and let's take a closer look at the Samsung EVO 2TB and see just what this supersized SSD can do.


HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 Review

Today we're looking at the HIS R9 380 IceQ X2, a card that boasts a custom heatsink and a factory overclock, offering strong gaming values for consumers on a modest budget. With a reasonable price tag of $225, it sounds pretty good so far. Let's get this card on the bench and take a closer look.


Azio MGK1 Mechanical Keyboard and EXO1 Mouse Review

We're looking at the Azio EXO1 mouse and MGK1 mechanical illuminated keyboard, two devices that seem very capable on their own. However, when used together, the matching gunmetal finish and white illumination speak volumes for sleek aesthetics. Hey, we love innovation and cool features just as much as anyone, but good looks will only get you so far. Let's take a closer look at the Azio EXO1 and MGK1 see if they can manage to impress.


Samsung EVO+ and PRO+ Micro SD Review

Today we're looking at the Samsung Micro SD PRO+ 64GB and EVO+ 32GB cards. They promise very different speeds for consumers and professionals alike, and we'll discuss those differences as we take a closer look at what Samsung has to offer with their latest splash into the retail market.


MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G Review

We're looking at the MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G, a card that boasts a custom heatsink, improved power design, and a factory overclock, all for a modest premium of only an extra $25. Sounds pretty good so far. Factor in that AMD is bringing a few new features to the market with the R9 300 series launch, and we're cautiously optimistic for strong gaming value.


Memory Speed vs. Latency – Clearing up the Confusion

Introduction We love speed as much as the next performance seeker, and many of us spend great sums of money and loads of time trying to optimize our systems, find the best parts for a new build, and squeezing every bit out of components. Admittedly, some components are easier to overclock or extract maximum performance, some are more difficult, and some are, well, just plain misunderstood. It’s probably a fair and reasonable statement to say that memory performance is one component typically found in the last category. The crux of the issue often comes down to how we perceive and “rate” memory performance, and the two most critical factors which influence that performance: speed and latency. There seems to be some significant misinformation and misunderstanding, and we see it often in the forums, in review comments, and elsewhere. So we decided to go straight to the experts to find out how these two factors influence memory performance: we talked with Crucial. Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, one of the world’s foremost leaders in memory design and manufacturing. They not only produce their own performance products and memory lineups (as well as SSDs, flash drives, and all other things related to memory), but they are also OEM suppliers to some of the biggest names in the industry. Needless to say, Crucial knows memory. We briefly spoke with Jeremy Mortenson, who is the Worldwide Memory Product Marketing Manager at Crucial, and asked ...


Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming Review

The Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming is the graphics card we're looking at today, and it's latest in the company's popular model series, coming with updated features for the namesake cooler. We've been impressed in the past with Windforce graphics cards, and we suspect this new one will be no different. It's constructed in metal rather than plastic, and comes with an aggressive factory overclock and a few great features such as ShadowPlay, Adaptive Temperature Control, and GPU Boost clocks. Suffice it to say, we're rather excited to get this card on the bench.


Cougar 200K Scissor Gaming Keyboard

Today we're looking at the Cougar 200K Illuminated gaming keyboard, an affordable board that sports rather smart styling and a couple of interesting features, such as lighting effects and anti-ghosting technology. We often see such features on expensive keyboards, but Cougar looks to be targeting gamers who are on a tight budget yet still want something capable. Let's get to it and take a closer look at the Cougar 200K Scissor keyboard.


DeepCool Quanta 750W Power Supply Review

Today we're looking at a new unit from DeepCool, specifically the Quanta 750W power supply, which comes with a partly modular design, flat cables, and 80Plus Gold certification. With a solid feature set and the ability to run a couple of high-end graphics cards, the DeepCool Quanta 750W looks like a promising power supply. So, can this DeepCool unit measure up? Let's take a closer look and find out.


Gigabyte Raptor Gaming Mouse

With the Raptor gaming mouse, Gigabyte is targeting a rather specific crowd in the gaming world: those who want a claw-style rodent. We don't see many of these, and the Raptor looks sleek and comes with a few interesting features. Not only is it a claw mouse, but it's also nearly ambidextrous. Interesting, to be sure. But will it alienate mainstream users, or zero in on those who want something special? Let's take a closer look at the Gigabyte Raptor gaming mouse and make the call.


Func MS-2 Gaming Mouse Review

The Func MS-2 brings solid features to the mainstream masses, sitting right in the midst of a highly competitive mouse market dominated by several very popular products, backed by industry stalwarts that have ruled the roost for quite some time. That may change, however, as the MS-2 looks to battle the competition with bold claims of better features and advanced ergonomics. Can the Func MS-2 capture our attention and live up to expectations? Let's find out.

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