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CREATIVE Sound BlasterX H5 Gaming Headset Review

Introduction Headsets are devices I’ve avoided most of me life. Being a PC gamer, it seems odd to say this. On the other hand, when I would try a headset, I would find them, hot, uncomfortable, and lacking the type of sound quality I’ve come to expect from a good pair of book shelf speakers with a quality amplifier. CREATIVE set out to change my opinion (unawares) by sending me the Sound BlasterX H5 gaming headset to review. The timing couldn’t be better since I was about to pull the trigger on something to help hide the noise of my various games and speech clients from my family. I thought I would be sacrificing my comfort, but I found an experience that I wasn’t sure even existed until now. Before we jump into the details, let’s look at a bit of info on CREATIVE, the company behind the Sound BlasterX H5. Also, check out the video review featured above!



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ROSEWILL Nighthawk 117 Review

Introduction It’s time to spread our wings and fly! The analogy only goes as far as the title ROSEWILL is using for one of their newer cases, but I thought it sounded fun and inspirational. ROSEWILL has been in the background of the hardware industry for what seems like forever now. Sure, they may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of a computer case or gaming peripherals, but they’ve always offered compelling choices for those who want a solid product but can’t afford a top brand. The Nighthawk 117 doesn’t look to be an exception here, but before we look at it in further detail, let’s look a bit closer at ROSEWILL’s philosophy. Rosewill’s mission is to consistently deliver reliable, high quality PC gaming, IT hardware and home products through leading innovation and long-lasting relationships. Rosewill Inc. was established in 2004, founded by manufacturing reliable, high-quality technology products. The first products under the Rosewill brand name included computer components such as computer cases, power supply units, keyboards, mice and cables. Over time, the product line strategically developed and entered new areas of growth, including PC gaming and home products. Under the management of experienced e-retail experts, Rosewill products can be found on all top e-commerce sites, along with product information and reviews. Today, Rosewill currently manufactures and markets an immense catalogue of inventive produc...



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NZXT Manta Mini-Tower Case

I love this case the layout and design are awesome plus you have all the attributes of a mid-tower in a smaller footprint.



G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS Gaming Keyboard Wins iF Design Award 2016

G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS Gaming Keyboard Wins iF Design Award 2016 Taipei, Taiwan (25 February 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is honored to be awarded the iF Design Award, one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world, for the design of the Trident Z Series DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS KM780 Series Gaming Keyboard! Competing with over 5,000 entries from 53 countries, the latest Trident Z series memory and RIPJAWS KM780 series mechanical gaming keyboard have received the collective approval of 58 jurors for the iF Design Award 2016. The Trident Z DDR4 memory is the flagship series of G.SKILL’s line of DRAM memory, available in extremely fast frequency speeds of DDR4-2800MHz and above. The dual-tone brushed aluminum heatspreader design for Trident Z series gives DDR4 memory a sleeker, modern look to match its prowess in high performance specifications. Designed for the gamers around the world is the RIPJAWS KM780 series mechanical gaming keyboard. Sporting Cherry MX mechanical key switches, ergonomic five-level contoured keycap design, and full per-key programmability and LED lighting function, the RIPJAWS KM780 series keyboard combines the ultimate comfort and customizability in a single product. “Over the years, we have devoted ourselves in developing the most outstanding and unique designs for our customers and would continue to do...



Hitman Taking a Contract on Asynchronous Shaders

AMD has been talking up the Asynchronous Compute Engines pretty much since DirectX 12 has been announced. In short, these are hardware components in AMD GPUs that can hopefully be leveraged to add significant performance in games. We’ve been waiting for the final say for some time and while certain Beta releases have shown some promise, it’s only official releases that will not only prove the benefit of Asynchronous Shaders, but will also help determine how legit DirectX 12 is for being the next big thing for gaming. AMD just shared some info that Hitman has been working specifically with them to take advantage of their Asynchronous Shaders and it looks like we have about a month before the official release date. Whether or not Hitman is your kind of game, this will certainly be a big moment in the PC gaming industry. So keep your eyes peeled because March 11th is the official release day for Hitman and I’m sure tech sites will be looking into the performance with DirectX 12 and various AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. Below is the full statement from AMD. AMD is once again partnering with IO Interactive to bring an incredible Hitman gaming experience to the PC. As the newest member to the AMD Gaming Evolved program, Hitman will feature top-flight effects and performance optimizations for PC gamers. Hitman will leverage unique DX12 hardware found in only AMD Radeon GPUs—called asynchronous compute engines—to handle heavier workloads and better image quality with...



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Everything else we saw at CES 2016

Intro CES was a ton of fun and we already saw a ton of great releases coming up. Now it’s time to sum up the rest of what we could get to. Some parts of the show may not have been as relevant to high end computer components as others, but it didn’t stop the exhibitors from showing us some impressive feats. If you want to jump to a specific page, just click on the exhibitor below to take you straight there, or you can see each one by going through each page. So without further ado, here’s the rest of what we were able to see at CES 2016!   ADATA MSI INTEL NZXT CREATIVE D-LINK MYCHARGE



COUGAR Announces the Launch of the 450 Series

COUGAR ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE 450 SERIES November 24th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR, one of the world’s leading gaming gear brands, announces today the arrival of two new and attractive products to the gaming peripherals market: COUGAR 450K Gaming Keyboard and COUGAR 450M Gaming Mouse. 450K is a Hybrid Mechanical gaming keyboard that brings gamers a wide range of functions within an attractive splash-proof design. 450K’s hybrid mechanical switches provides a tactile feedback and a durability similar to those of high end mechanical keyboards, and its functionality is everything one would expect from a gaming keyboard: macros, function remapping and many other options allow gamers to adapt the keyboard to their own preferences. When it comes to its external design, 450K features a three color backlight that will allow the user to easily know which of the three gaming profiles stored on board is currently being used. The impressive Splash-proof design further enhances this gaming keyboard’s durability, keeping it safe from accidental liquid spills and making it ridiculously easy to clean. This comes all within an aesthetically pleasing rugged design that will look great in your desktop. 450M does not fall behind, being an incredibly capable gaming device. This 5000 DPI optical gaming mouse sports an impressive ambidextrous design that will allow anybody to enjoy it, irrespective of their hand of preference. With an excellent gaming sensor and quick responses, t...



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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.



Coming soon: All-new ROCCAT Kova

 Coming soon: All-new ROCCAT Kova Hitting stores November 17th 2015: the all new Kova pure performance gaming mouse. Forged using the legacy of its predecessor – the fan favorite Kova[+] – as its blueprint, the new Kova carries on the tradition of streamlined performance with an ambidextrous build that places its emphasis on raw power above all else. Sleek yet stripped back in its aesthetics, the sports-car like Kova suits left- and right-handers alike in a high-octane design that offers double the power. Double the effective dpi from 3500 to 7000 with its state of the art optical sensor featuring Overdrive mode; double the button functions from 11 to 22 with Easy-Shift[+]™ and intuitive Smart Cast buttons; double the style – available in black and white; and double the illumination, with independently configurable mouse rim and scroll wheel lighting in 16.8 million vivid colors. More info here



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ADATA XPG SX930 240GB and Premier SP550 240GB SSD Review

Introduction Over the course of the last few weeks, a couple of anonymous brown boxes showed up on my doorstep. Festooned with foreign post marks, they set the household atwitter with speculation as to what might be contained within. I’m not sure the rest of the residents appreciated the contents quite as much as I, but for my part, I was ecstatic to open them and find both an XPG SX930 “Gaming SSD” and the more mainstream Premier SP550 from ADATA nestled among the packing material. Before we move on, let’s think about that a bit. Not so very long ago in late 2009, I purchased my first SSD. A 128GB Patriot Torqx SSD that I paid $369 for. Performance was rated at a paltry 260MB/s sequential read and 180MB/s sequential write. TRIM wasn’t implemented on that particular Indilinx Barefoot controller (I’m not sure it was even invented yet), and it ran on a SATA II interface (1.5GBps) of which it was at no risk of saturating. There were no categories in SSD’s. No “Gaming”, “Performance”, “Premium” or any other label. SSD was a self contained category all on its own. (For a bit of historic perspective, you can read Jake’s review of the Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD here). Today, our SATA based SSD’s saturate a 6 Gbps SATA III bus, and an ADATA Premier SP550 costs a mere $79 on Newegg for just about twice the capacity and more than double the performance of my now Vintage Torqx. In those days the d...



- G.SKILL Releases RIPJAWS MX780 Customizable RGB Laser Gaming Mouse

G.SKILL Releases RIPJAWS MX780 Customizable RGB Laser Gaming Mouse Taipei, Taiwan (23 Sept 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is releasing the new RIPJAWS series MX780 customizable RGB laser gaming mouse. Watch the following video for an introduction to the unique product features: Ambidextrous & Interchangeable Side Grips The RIPJAWS MX780 laser gaming mouse features an ambidextrous design with mirrored button placement that increases adaptability for both right and left-handed gamers, as well as maximizing grip comfort with interchangeable side grips for long term use. Adjustable Palm Rest & Weights Gamers come in all sizes. This is why the MX780 laser gaming mouse features a height-adjustable palm rest, which allows you to customize the palm support to your preferred height for maximum comfort. Additionally, the entire mouse is constructed upon a solid aluminum base and comes with additional optional 4.5g weights, installed inside of side grip on each side, so you can feel the control every movement and optimize the overall mouse balance for your own personal gaming style. 8 Fully Programmable Buttons & Customizable RGB Backlighting Enable countless customizability with 8 fully programmable buttons and customizable RGB backlighting across 4 lighting zones in a full range of RGB colors. G.SKILL Unified Driver System & On-board Profile Storage Design...



TwitchCon 2015 – XPG by ADATA and compLexity Gaming Gear Up for Action

TwitchCon 2015 – XPG by ADATA and compLexity Gaming Gear Up for Action Taipei, Taiwan – September 23rd, 2015 – ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products including the gaming-focused XPG brand, is proud to announce its inaugural attendance at TwitchCon in cooperation with renowned professional team compLexity Gaming. TwitchCon takes place September 25th-26th at Moscone West in San Francisco and features leading competitive game titles, Game Lab instructional sessions, celebrity appearances, and more. XPG by ADATA and compLexity Gaming will take part in several sections of the massive gathering, with live product demos and an opportunity for guests to interact with compLexity team members. Go visit XPG by ADATA at booth #836. Multiple Opportunities to Experience XPG “ADATA is proud to be a part of the gaming industry and community as XPG by ADATA. We’re excited to be recognized as a leading brand by the gaming community and our gaming partners, such as Cyberpower, Digital Storm, and iBuypower, who will cooperate with XPG by ADATA at TwitchCon”, said by Robert Chen, Managing Director of ADATA Technology (USA). We will showcase XPG series menory modules and solid state drives on their systems at Intel’s and Amazon’s booths. TwitchCon attendees will not only get a chance to experience the invinceble performance of XPG series products by playing games at ADATA’s booth but also to win prizes from co...



G.SKILL Announces Availability of New Cherry RGB/MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboards

G.SKILL Announces Availability of New Cherry RGB/MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboards Taipei, Taiwan (15 Sept 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces the availability of its new RIPJAWS series KM780 RGB and KM780 MX mechanical gaming keyboards with Cherry key switches . 100% Cherry RGB/MX Red, Brown, and Blue The new G.SKILL RIPJAWS series mechanical keyboards are built only with genuine Cherry RGB/MX key switches, providing 50 million keystroke durability in red, brown, and blue. Aluminum Plate-Mounted Design Functionally designed with the key switches mounted directly through a solid 2mm aluminum top plate, each key is effectively locked down for a solid typing experience.   Extra Gaming Keycaps, Keycap Tool & Case Specially designed dual-coat laser etched gaming keycaps allow customization for your most common gaming keys, for fast tactile recognition without looking away from your game. An attachable keycap case is also included to keep your keycaps and custom keycap tool in one place. Media Control & LED Volume Display Complete with backlit media control buttons, a die-cast volume roller, and an integrated digital LED volume display, media control is now more convenient than ever.  Dedicated Macro Control, Mode Selection & Extra Hotkeys Packed with on-the-fly macro recording, 6 additional macro keys, 3 hotkeys (Windows lock, brightness, and timer), ...



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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...



G.SKILL Conquers 4000MHz Speed Barrier and Releases New Trident Z and Ripjaws V Series DDR4 Memory

G.SKILL Conquers 4000MHz Speed Barrier and Releases New Trident Z and Ripjaws V Series DDR4 Memory Designed for 6th Gen Intel Core Processors    Taipei, Taiwan (29 July 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory, solid state storage, power supplies, and gaming peripherals, is extremely thrilled to announce the first retail memory kit to break through the 4000MHz barrier and two brand new memory series – the Trident Z and Ripjaws V series – with updated performance specifications designed for the latest 6th generation Intel Core Processors and Z170 motherboards!   Trident Z Extreme DDR4 Memory – It’s Over 4000! The new Trident Z DDR4 memory is the successor to the high-end Trident memory series and making its debut on the latest DDR4 standard, designed and tested for the next generation Skylake-S platform! For the first time in the history of extreme memory kits, Trident Z is entering the arena with a 4000MHz memory kit, built with highest-end Samsung IC memory chips and validated on the ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboard. Featuring a single-piece design that allows direct heat dissipation from heatspreader to cooling fin, dual-color construction for the ultimate system builds, and extreme XMP 2.0 support for simple overclocking setup that ranges from DDR4-2800MHz all the way to DDR4-4000MHz, nothing else comes close to the brink of extreme. Built with exceptionally hand-screened IC chips...






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