CLCs are overwhelming used for CPUs, but what if they are better suited for GPUs? The Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 proves it has excellent ability to keep temperatures low during intensive gaming sessions, at minimal noise as well. What it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for by far in price.
The power of the Greek gods not only makes for great performance, but amazing beauty. The Gamdias Astrape P1 PSU is one of the greatest looking power supplies to date. The only thing holding it back is a high price, and hopefully time will improve that to more competitive levels.
The B975 is the keyboard to own if you enjoy competitive online gaming. The Light Strike optical switches give a genuine edge that may not feel like much until the moment relies on it. Bloody also does a great job with competitive quality and features to other mechanical keyboards in it's price range.
The SIlverStone Milo Series ML09B Mini-ITX HTPC does a great job in the HTPC case market. The layout is functional and the price is excellent. If you're trying to build a specialized system in this chassis, you may have to work around some inconveniences and the built in fan could really use a PWM connection.
Multi-GPU is the future and I don't just mean CrossFireX and SLI. We need mGPU on a hardware level to handle where gaming is headed. Ubisoft is helping to pave the way with Far Cry 5 by having excellent multi graphics card support. The R9 290Xs didn't do too bad either!
Sometimes looks are more important than performance, but Raijintek doesn't force you to make that trade. The Orcus 240 is an excellent CPU cooler, and it brings an innovative design to the CLC market. Unfortunately, it doesn't have individually addressable RGB LEDs yet.
As a special thank you from the Hardware Hound, Pure Overclock is running a contest to win one of two AMD Ryzen 3 CPUs. First place will win the 1300X and second place will win the 1200. Each processor comes with the Spire cooler. Have fun with the Giveaway and Good Luck!
Are optical switches the next big thing? Maybe more so for competitive gaming than daily use, but the Gamdias Hermes P2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard has a great feel for typing with the blue switches. The quality is certainly mythic level and any gamer should consider them as an option.
Finding the best AMD motherboard for Ryzen is tricky right now. Asrock does such an excellent job of having a smooth experience, that combined with good overclocking and features, it is a top pick among X370 motherboards. It's not the best for RAM overclocking, but XMP profiles work great.
Noctua is long renowned for having silent fans. They also have beige colors. Chromax changes everything to add a much needed stylish flair to their heat sink and fan lineup. You won't find RGB lighting, but the choices of blue, green, red, yellow, black and white accessories adds a lot.
The best storage solution for a computer isn't the fastest one. It's the SSD that can balance price, performance and capacity. The Crucial MX500 does this the best and is a must have product for anyone building a computer. It won't compete with NVMe, but it's top tier among SATA performance.
Patriot has aggressively styled heat spreaders and LED lighting, making their RAM kits attractive. However, it's the overclocking potential of the Viper LED DDR4 that really shines. They only come in RED or White LED, but we're hoping for RGB in the future.
Awards are about as subjective as it gets, but understanding our thought process behind how we award computer hardware components will help bring a little more value to the system. Each review focuses on three main areas: Quality, Performance, and Value.
Aigo may be obscure, but their cooling components add a nice variety to the market. The Icy K4 RGB CPU cooler won't win any cooling awards, but the illumination is top notch for such a new company. If you want RGB lighting to sync with your motherboard, this is a great option.
Raijintek only needs a little more polish on the Asterion, but the full tower chassis is still a pleasure to build in. The Thetis however, is a great design that would make a great SFF computer with room to build. Both cases are strong offerings though.