ECS Elitegroup has been around for more then two decades and is known to provide consumers with some of today’s most budget friendly motherboards. While ECS has been providing some of today's most affordable products all these years, recently ECS did a complete overhaul on its design and beefed up it's components. They did this to compete with some of today's big name manufacturers in the performance arena. ECS is what we would call "Out with the old, in with the new" and we were quite impressed with ECS Elitegroup's new aesthetics and layout on its new Z87 series motherboard. Today we have a chance to dive in and take a closer look at the new ECS A87H3-A2X Extreme Golden Gank Machine Motherboard. The Gank Machine is ECS Elitegroup's flagship Gaming motherboard and we are going to put this motherboard to the test to see how well it stacks up to its competitors. First, let's first find out a little about ECS Elitegroup.
Over the last few years NZXT has introduced a number of modern cases to the world and today we see NZXT continue that trend with the introduction of its new NZXT H630 "Shhh..." Chassis. The H630 Shhh... adds to NZXT's already large line of full tower cases, and today we get to take a close look at it. At a glance, the NZXT H630 has a simplistic design; however, it's been packed with a variety of options and features for today's PC Builders. Aestheically speaking, we prefer the simple, elegant designs over the crazy or dramatic cases, and the NZXT H630 fits that previous description. However, the H630 is more than just an example of simplicity. NZXT introduced this product to be a silent chassis as well. That is why they included the "Shhh..." advertising Moto. We are going to put that and everything else to the test to see what this case brings to the table.
Over the last few years we have seen ASRock jump ahead in the motherboard arena. They have developed some rock solid motherboards at a very affordable price. With almost every flagship motherboard from ASRock, we have seen top performers when it comes to overclocking and stability. Not only has ASRock performed well in the past, they have great aesthetic appeal too. Today, we have a chance to look at the new ASRock Z87 Professional Series Fatal1ty Motherboard. With Haswell now in full swing, we have seen a number of great performers out there. Let's put this motherboard to the test and see what it can do with our Intel 4770K Haswell Processor.
Haswell has been on store shelves for a little over two weeks now, and we have seen an abundance of motherboard releases. Choosing the right one for your needs is the challenge. Some are looking for pure aesthetics, some are looking for pure performance, and some look for both. Today we are going to take a look at an MSI motherboard to see if it can live up to that last one. We have in for review today the MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Edition motherboard. MSI's release of their gaming series motherboards stood out with both aesthetics and performance during its Z87 chipset series. Today we are going to see if they were able to maintain that same level of performance and aesthetic appeal to capture the widest audience. To test the MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Edition, we are going to use the latest Haswell processor, the Intel i7 4770K. The 4770K works with the lastest Z87 chipset and comes with great performance changes that we are going to put to the test. But, before we do, let's talk a little bit about MSI.
The introduction of Intel's new "Haswell" line of processors also brought its new 8 series chipset. The introduction of Haswell and its socket and chipset change came as no surprise. We have seen this from Intel with its "Tick Tock" development strategy, including their change to its power delivery management. It makes sense and was crucial for Intel to make these changes. Today, we have a chance to look at one of MSI's flagship motherboards for the new Z87 architecture: the MSI Z87 MPower. MSI's previous products in the Z87 chipset MPower line were typically top performers, and include excellent overclocking and features. Today, as we move forward, we are going to see just how the MSI Z87 MPower measures up to that previous reputation while using the new Haswell 4770k. Before we move forward, let's talk a little about MSI.
The new AMD Richland processors were released just over a week ago. AMD first launched its A-series processors just over 2 years ago as the Fusion technology with the "Llano" series. During its first launch and introduction to this APU series chip, no one was really sure how well this platform was going to perform. Over the course of a few years, we have seen AMD improve on its one of a kind platform with its first revision "Trinity" and we now have the next release "Richland." During its first revision, Trinity, we saw a change in socket from FM1 to FM2 along with a revision to its chipset. However, with Richland, we are glad to see that AMD decided to stick to its FM2 based socket. Today, we have the AMD A10-6700 processor at hand to put to the test.
In 2011 when AMD first launched its new fusion technology processors, there were many questions with its performance to value ratio. This new APU series was the first of its kind, and no one was sure how well it would develop in the consumer world. However, over the last few years, we have seen AMD improve this platform with the release of its "Trinity" processing power and the APU series has grown to be a leading performer with this unique platform. The AMD APU series combines the CPU and GPU under one processing unit providing great computing prowess while fitting in consumers' budgets. Today, we are going to be previewing a new advancement level with this technology. AMD has taken the FM2 based socket and its improved "Piledriver" Cores to the next level. With the improved emphasis on performance, we can't wait to dive in and put this new AMD A-Series A10-6800k to the test.
Have you ever been using your tablet or iPad in a coffee shop, wishing you had an easier way to type? While most of today's tablets and phones include manageable keyboard, most find it easier to type lengthy emails or docs on a physical keyboard. With today's growing population of tablets and smart phones it's inevitable that accessories will start to flood the market. Today we are going to be taking a look at a small portable and foldable bluetooth keyboard made by Eagle Tech called the Neptor Foldable Keyboard. We will be looking at model KB300BF-WH. This small compact size keyboard offers the full features of your standard keyboards. As we move forward and explore the Eagle Tech Neptor keyboard, we'll find out how well it performs with today's tablets and phones.
With the large number of keyboards available in today's market, sometimes looking for the one with the right fit and feel can be a challenge. In recent years mechanical keyboards have become popular, but before this, we saw several membrane style keyboards become popular among gamers. Today we have something that could be a little more special, and might give users the right combination of customization that no other keyboard can offer. Today we have the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 in for review. The Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 brings a whole new level of gaming experience with its completely modular design. This feature packed keyboard is like nothing we have seen before. As we dive into the experience of the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7, we are going to see how this keyboard stacks up to today's popular mechanical keyboards as well as the membrane style keyboards. Before we continue, let's talk a little about Mad Catz. Mad Catz has been one of the leaders in gaming accessories and peripherals for some time. Most already know the name Mad Catz when they are thinking about buying accessories for PC or console gaming. Mad Catz even has a gaming team that competes in world tournaments. Who could be better to develop and release products from gamers to gamers?
With the popularity of multi-monitor gaming and workstations in recent years, sometimes looking for the right solution to mount your display(s) can become a daunting task. While 3 monitors on your desk can work, it still takes up a lot of real estate; however, the purpose of multi-monitor stands is to eliminate this problem. It's a solution which offers one mount to hold all three displays and free up valuable desktop space for your other accessories. When it comes to shopping for triple LCD mounts their are very few options available and most of them come with high cost. Today we are going to be looking at a Dyconn Condor DE743A-S Triple LCD Monitor Stand that doesn't break the bank, but offers some great versatility. Before we move forward let's take a look at Dyconn.
ECS Elitegroup has been around for more then 2 decades and is known to provide our consumers with some of today's most budget friendly motherboards. While ECS has made some extensive improvements over the last few years with its style and design, we also continue to see ECS provide some "easy on money" type products. Today we have the opportunity to look at the ECS A970M-A Deluxe Motherboard. This motherboard is budget friendly while also providing some aesthetic enhancements. The gold and white mixed with the black PCB really makes this board stand out, but the colors alone aren't the only thing that makes this board stand out... As we move forward we get to show you something new that we haven't see with most of today's motherboards. Let's dive in! First, here's a little about ECS Elitegroup.
With the rising number of portable device users, it was only of matter of time that more mobile accessories start to flood the market. When it comes to protecting your portable device there are many options available. Some are made from basic plastic and some are of higher quality. In most cases, when it comes to these accessories the term "You get what you pay for" comes to mind. Today we are going to look at something that is no exception to that rule. If you are an Apple iPad user you obviously already know that the device can be easily damaged if not well protected. Today, we are going to take a look at an iPad case by Digital Treasures called the Props Power Case for the iPad 2/3/4. It not only looks great, but also has features that will come in handy for those who are always on the road. Before we dive in, let's read a little about Digital Treasures.
The Z77 Chipset has now been on the market for almost a year since its first debut. During its launch we saw several products from various manufactures that jumped into the pond to bring their latest and greatest at the time. Now that we have seen this platform and chipset mature a bit, many manufacturers have hit the drawing board and are trying to revamp new revisions to this already well bloomed platform. With that being said, today we are going to look at a new motherboard from MSI. On the test bench today we have the MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Edition Motherboard for the Intel 1155 socket platform. We have seen the well matured version of the MSI Z77-GD65 perform above the average standard and actually received our Editors Choice award during its initial release. The new MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Edition has spruced up its aesthetic appeal but that's not all. MSI has given this board a new set of software and hardware to meet the demands of today's gamers. Let's put it to the test and see if it lives up to its predecessor.
Roughly six months ago, Cooler Master introduced the new Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 to the world. This was a revision of its previous model, the Scout I. The Storm Scout 2 was well received and even earned a PureOC Good Hardware Award from us. Even though the initial release of the Scout 2 went well, Cooler Master still likes to listen to consumers and the PC modding community, just to improve things further. They took feedback from a number of online forums and from reviews like ours just to take the next iteration of the lineup to the next level. Today we have their newest revision - The Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 Advance. The new Scout 2 Advance series chassis now comes with several design enhancements, and even includes a new color called "Ghost White." Let's dive in to take a deeper look at these changes and see how they improved upon the previous chassis.
When it comes to looking for an AMD motherboard with the 990FX chipset, there are few new options right now. The 990FX chipset from AMD has been around for more then a few years now and we have recently only seen manufacturers doing revisions to the existing chipset boards. We are unsure on when the launch of a possible new chipset will be for AMD so for now it looks like it will remain at the top. Today we will take a look at one of the newest of these current top-tier motherboards, the ASRock 990FX Extreme 9. ASRock's previous top motherboard was the Fatal1ty 990FX Professional. How will this board stack up with today's new FX series processors and the piledriver architecture? We will put that to the test.