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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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SWIFTECH H320 X2 Review

Introduction Today we have yet ANOTHER CLC…. Haha! I’m just kidding. What SWIFTECH is doing in the cooling market is unprecedented and to say that it’s “just another” AIO unit would be doing the H320 X2 a vast injustice. That being said, just because a company advertises top features doesn’t mean that a particular unit will measure up. Spoilers: that isn’t the case for our unit here, but we’ll dive into the details soon enough. What SWIFTECH is doing is bringing the custom cooling experience to the PC without all the risks involved in putting water so close to delicate computer parts. I have to say, I was extremely excited to get my hands on this unit and I can’t wait to tell you how it went for me. Just hang in there! We’ll get to the H320 X2 soon, but before we do, let’s hear a word from SWIFTECH. Swiftech® was founded in 1994 by Gabriel Rouchon, and incorporated in 2001 under the legal entity name of Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech. Its sales skyrocketed in early 2001 following the release of the famed MC370 line of heatsinks. Reviews of the heatsink in the Internet Press propelled Swiftech® into the limelight as the number one source for high-performance heatsinks in the aftermarket computer parts Industry. Over the course of the last decade, Swiftech® has emerged as one of the leading forces driving the high-end thermal management scene in the personal computer industry. Pioneering work, in...



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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.



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RAIJINTEK Triton 360 Review

Introduction Oh no! Not another all-in-one unit!?! It’s completely understandable if you’re thinking that right now. We’ve gone from a couple of years ago of having a few limited options, to having so many entries in the cooling market that it will make your head spin. RAIJINTEK is a pretty new name in the AIO industry and they have a lot going against them already just by entering the fray this late in the game. On the other hand, it looks like they’re heading in the right direction with their Triton 360 series. We’ll begin looking into the unit in more detail shortly, but before we do, let’s take a second to hear what RAIJINTEK has to say about themselves and their philosophy.Also, if you like videos, check out The Hardware Hound’s review below. It follows more of the larger points, but keep reading to get the full breakdown on the Triton 360.



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Noctua industrialPPC 24V Fans and Chromax Accessories Review

Introduction Typically, nobody is supposed to run a piece of hardware outside of the way that it was intended to run. Of course, we make exceptions because we love to overclock things and see how much extra performance there is to be gained. So it may seem a bit strange to review something and only give it half of what it’s capable of. When you consider that the goal is silence in cooling, then it begins to make sense. NOCTUA just released a new series of industrialPPC fans that rate at 24V. While this can be useful for high end server environments that don’t care about noise as much, the benefit for everyday consumers is at 12V, the fans will run more silently while hopefully giving decent air flow. We’ll find out how well they do, but there’s one more huge thing that consumers have been waiting eons for. COLORS!!! That’s right. NOCTUA is finally giving consumers a broad range of colors to customize their fans beyond brown or beige (I suppose there were those grey colors too). Personally, all it took for me to fall in love with a NOCTUA fan was to see how it performed in person, but I totally understand people who don’t go in on one of them because of the color scheme. Now there are Chromax accessories that allow the user to customize each fan to have a splash of color that matches a build better, while still having the professional look that comes from having a NOCTUA fan over a flashy LED fan. We’ll see how those look in a b...



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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.



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Corsair H110i GTX Review

Introduction Who says reviews have to be 100% serious all the time? With the time of the year being what it is, I decided to have a little fun with the video portion of the review. This could be the first and last time you get to see a star ship captain explore the finer details of a PC component. We hope you enjoy the video, but let’s go ahead and jump into the written review of this Corsair unit. Corsair has been known for making silent CLC units. They usually sacrifice pump and fan speed to avoid some noise, but at the same time their units have managed to stay pretty high on the performance pile. Recently, however, the competition has been working harder and Corsair has had to start making units that could offer better performance over raw silence. This is where the GT and GTX line of coolers are coming from. The Corsair H110i GTX is trying to offer the best performance of any CLC on the market. Will it succeed? We’ll try and find out how well this unit measures up, but before we begin, let’s hear a brief word from Corsair themselves. Founded in 1994, Corsair has grown from pioneering the high-performance DRAM market to one of the world’s leading providers of enthusiast-grade PC components and peripherals. Our groundbreaking technology and innovation can be found in our high-performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, PC cases, PC and CPU cooling solutions, and solid-state storage devices. Under the Corsair Gaming brand, launched in 2014, w...



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Noctua NH-L9x65 Review

Introduction Noctua is renowned for their silent performance, but lately we’ve been seeing more products that fit into the small form-factor HTPC market over the ultra-enthusiasts monster performance market. This no doubt indicates a shift in less desire for the newest high end products and more demand for parts that “get the job done.” The NH-L9x65 is one such product. Here, Noctua is introducing a very nice, low-profile CPU cooler that fits the bill entirely for keeping an ITX style computer cool in it’s constrained case space. We know Noctua can make great coolers, but now we’ll see how well this small cooler stacks up. We’ll be finding out soon enough but before we start taking a closer look, let’s pause for a brief statement about who Noctua is and what they are passionate about.



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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.



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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.



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EMTEC Power Connect 32 GB Review

Introduction Today we’re gonna side step hardcore computer hardware and look at something that centers around the mobile market. Some of us use phones for the necessity of being forced to talk, or text to other people on an occasional basis. Others have sold their soul to their wireless carriers without any idea how they ever survived before smartphones were invented. Unfortunately, batteries and storage can quickly become issues when so much work is being done from mobile devices. EMTEC hopes to alleviate some of these issues with the Power Connect. Before we take a closer look at the device, let’s take a quick word from the company. The EMTEC brand was launched from a company steeped in history and experience. BASF, the inventor of the first magnetic tape for audio recording, was a pioneer in the media industry. In the late nineties, after years of innovations in the production of consumer tape products, including audio-cassettes, floppy discs and video-cassettes, BASF Magnetics became EMTEC Magnetics. Turning the company’s focus to mobile storage products, the EMTEC brand became a huge success in Europe, symbolized by the powerful red spiral logo. By 2006, EMTEC had produced the number-one selling brand of flash drives in France and the number-three selling brand of flash drives in Europe for five years and counting.* Today, EMTEC is distributed in over 50 countries and prides itself on a 75-year history of creating innovative products that embody the...



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NZXT Noctis 450 Review

Introduction Everyone is trying new things today. NZXT brought us a new case and on the surface, everything looks pretty standard, but there are a couple of features that certainly stand out. New doesn’t always mean good though. When it comes to cases, we’ve seen a huge evolution of the typical PC in the last 5-10 years, and many things that were revolutionary before are sort of common place now. We’ll see how NZXT stacks up, but the other huge addition to this review is the first video review ever made before from Pure Overclock. You can check the video out above at anytime, but if you like to read, then just continue on from here. We hope you enjoy both avenues, but before we get there, let’s take a quick look at the company of NZXT since they were so generous to provide us a Noctis 450.   Our People React, adapt and be fearless – we’re a group of young people who aspire to be better tomorrow than we are today. We are driven by the yearning to explore, create, change, and push boundaries. Our culture revolves around having a passion to walk off the well-beaten path, and turn away from the status quo. Our Company Avant-garde and unconventional – NZXT was created because we aspire to make a positive difference for people. We believe that there are companies that ship product, and then there are companies that ship innovation. We routinely re-invest in ourselves, and hope that we can drive a positive influence in the industry. Our...



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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.



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Nixeus NX-VUE24 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

Introduction AMD FreeSync is a topic that has been buzzing around lately and has sparked some major debates over the web. While we’re not here to debate FreeSync over G-Sync and vise-versa, we are here to talk about what FreeSync can bring to the table. In recent years, we have been hearing about nVidia’s G-Sync technology and its benefits, and we have seen many rave reviews and tests with a G-Sync Monitor, but it seemed that AMD was left behind in this arena while nVidia seemed to have capitalized on the G-Sync Technology. However, with the recent technology advances from AMD’s graphics line up and the team up with VESA, we are now seeing AMD FreeSync displays and graphics cards showing up in the market, and we love to see competition. Not only does this leave room for a competitive market, but now this also gives AMD fans a hand in the technology. Although they don’t exactly perform the same way, they both have the same concept in mind. We will go over the AMD FreeSync technology in just a little bit. In the meantime… we bring you the new Nixeus 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Display review. The Nixeus brand is not as mainstream as some of the other popular brands like ASUS, BenQ or even Acer, but they are hitting the market strong with their new AMD FreeSync enabled display. We were one of the few lucky sites that were able to get our hands on an initial engineer sample of the Nixeus 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Display. This is our...






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