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    Gigabyte FORCE H3X Headset Review

    Gigabyte is continuing their foray into the gaming peripheral market, and this time it's the audio arena with the launch of a new gaming headset, the FORCE H3X. This set of cans looks sleek, is lightweight, versatile, and reasonably priced at about $100. But what abo...
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    bequiet! Dark Rock 3 190W TDP

    Introduction: One name that comes to mind when you are talking about superior air cooling performance is bequiet!. As you may already know, bequiet! has now become one of the industry leaders with their Dark Rock series of high performance air coolers. Well bequiet! ...
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    Sapphire Dual-X R9 285 OC Review

    Introduction The graphics card market has been getting properly shaken up since the release of the new GTX 900 series Maxwell cards, but that doesn’t mean that AMD doesn’t still have a few tricks left up their sleeves. AMD has been diligently at work refr...
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    Nexus Lan Live- Dayton Ohio Part 2

      Sorry for the delay on updating you all. I got sucked in to all of the fun at Nexus LAN, these guys know how to have a good time. No matter what flavor of game you enjoy Nexus has you covered. Tourneys for a list of games where you can win some of the sponsore...
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Azza Z mITX Case Review

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Introduction ITX style cases never cease to amaze me. Just when you think there can’t possibly be a better/different way to house and organize your hardware, along comes another case to once again challenge your thinking on how these form factors can be laid out. This is especially important for those of you who, like myself, enjoy a bit of tasteful case modding from time to time to really make the rig stand out as being uniquely your own. It can also be just as important to those who simply require a specific shape/size to accommodate their usage scenario.   Azza, always one to bring us somewhat “outlandishly” designed cases, is now offering up their first mITX case: the Z. Somewhat conservatively designed in comparison to their other offerings and providing a unique layout that accommodates both water cooling radiators and a slim profile, can this case really offer an enthusiast what they need out of their next small form factor (SFF) build? I was bound and determined to find out, so I tried to cover pretty much all of the bases here. Now, let’s dig in!   www.azzatek.com AZZA’s Mission is simple: You satisfaction is our success! Jumpstarted with the Vision to build a premier corporate company that consistently exceeds the managed expectations of our customers, team members and partners, AZZA is driven by the Mission to provide the highest quality products of unmatched value, along with exemplary customer support. We do this via t...


 

PCMark 8 update adds quick test option

PCMark 8 update adds quick test option We released a minor update for PCMark 8 today that adds a much requested feature. By default, PCMark 8 runs each test workload three times, using the average to calculate the overall score. We’ve found that this is the best way to smooth out any variance introduced by operating system factors outside of the benchmark itself. Repeating each test three times, however, does mean that it can take a long time to complete a benchmark run. We know that when troubleshooting or trying to improve performance it would be helpful to run a shorter test that completes in less time. This update introduces a new command line option to PCMark 8 Professional Edition that allows you to set the number of passes for each test. Set –pass=1 for a quick test running each workload just once. Or set –pass to a higher number to repeat each test multiple times for highly accurate benchmark results. You can read the complete release notes for this update below. PCMark 8 will prompt you to install the update, or you can download the latest version here: http://www.futuremark.com/downloads/pcmark8.zip (2.9 GB) P.S. If you test Android smart phones and tablets regularly you might like to join our PCMark for Android press preview program. It’s your chance to try our new PCMark for Android benchmark before its public launch later this month. Find out more and sign up here: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmark-android PCMark 8 v2.2.282 Th...


ADATA’s XPG Z1 DDR4 Overclocking DRAM Module Wins Good Design Award 2014

ADATA’s XPG Z1 DDR4 Overclocking DRAM Module Wins Good Design Award 2014 Superior Quality & Performance Taipei, Taiwan – Oct. 1, 2014 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM computer memory modules and NAND Flash application products, has received the prestigious Good Design Award 2014 by matching extremely eye-catching design features with superior performance. Thanks to advanced R&D, innovation and rigorous quality control, ADATA’s XPG Z1 DDR4 Overclocking memory stands well above competitors’ offerings. An Overclocker’s Dream – XPG Z1 Speed, Quality & Great Looks The XPG Z1’s jet-wing inspired design, red-hot metallic lines and carbon racecar texture make it clear that it’s built for extreme performance! By delivering not only awesome looks, ADATA’s XPG Z1 DDR4 memory also features outstanding stability and reliability thanks to a thoroughly tested design and ADATA’s unique TCT (Thermal Conductive Technology). By leveraging all the advantages of the new JEDEC DDR4 standard, ADATA’s XPG Z1 DDR4 memory modules outperform DDR3 both in speed and by consuming less power. Compared to DDR3, the XPG Z1’s power consumption has dropped from 1.5V to 1.2V. With this 20% reduction in power, along with 2 ounces of high-conductivity copper mounted on a 10-layer PCB, the XPG Z1 provides excellent cooling and improved data transfer unimpaired by noise interference. SPD (Serial Presence Detect) allows direct application ...


Tt eSPORTS MetalCaps 38 Piece Mechanical Keycap Set Review

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Let's say that you just got your brand-spankin' new mechanical keyboard. You take it out of the box and it looks even more glorious than you could have imagined; the keys feel perfect to type on, the back lighting is flawless, the accuracy of your typing is better, and in general your gaming experience makes you feel like you could leap tall buildings in a single bound. Flash forward a few years though and you find yourself just not as enthusiastic about your keyboard as you once were: sure it's just as good as it was when you first bought it, but visually it's gotten a bit on the stale side. Thankfully for you, Tt eSPORTS has a solution for you to add some flavor to your existing keyboard with these metal keycaps. Designed to work with any Cherry MX or Thermaltake certified-style mechanical keys, I'm here to check out their construction quality and to gain some impressions on what it will actually do for your keyboard, be it for better or worse.


 

Tesoro Sponsoring Dota Pit League Season Two Tournament

Tesoro Sponsoring Dota Pit League Season Two Tournament Top International Dota 2 Teams Competing for Over $75,000 in Prizes September 30, 2014, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, is proud to announce that the company is sponsoring Dota Pit League Season 2. With a prize pool over $75,000 and featuring 16 top North American and European teams, Dota Pit League Season Two, starting at the end of September and ending November 30, is one of the highest caliber professional Dota tournaments of the year.“We are huge Dota 2 fans here at Tesoro. When we first heard that Dota Pit was organizing a tournament with some of the best teams out there, we just had to get involved. Not only are we directly supporting the tournament, but two of our own teams, NVMI (aka Virtus Pro Polar) and Na’Vi, are also competing in the tournament,” Maciej Burno, Associate Vice President, said. About Tesoro Technology USA Inc. Established in 2011, Tesoro Technology USA Inc is a team of multinational gaming enthusiasts with over 30 years industry experience with one objective – make ultra-durable products that give the best gaming experience. To achieve this, Tesoro conceptualizes products from the input and feedback from the gaming community, and then builds them using the highest grade components. As a gamers company, Tesoro continues to expand into new horizons and push the limit further with each product unveiling. To learn more visi...


Finally, DEEPCOOL takes the AIO Market to the Next Level

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All-in-One Liquid CPU Coolers are great for consumers. They offer an overall superior performance to air coolers while costing significantly less money/labor than building custom water cooling loops. That’s why it’s such a shame that the market is saturated with carbon copies. One of the last great introductions to the market was the Cooler Master Glacer 240l, in that it offered a far more powerful pump and allowed the user to expand it by opening up the loop and adding GPUs to the mix. Now, DEEPCOOL has upped the bar even higher by bringing a unit that not only looks amazing, but has a number of superior design features compared to other units on the market. Please welcome the DEEPCOOL Captain 240! For starters, there is nothing wrong with having a unit that looks like a nuclear reactor. That’s no exaggeration. The block on the Captain 240 seriously looks like a nuclear reactor and it’s completely awesome! DEEPCOOL went with the standard gamer scheme with the outside pipe and fan blades sporting the red while the rest of the block, hoses and radiator are black. This will immediately fit in nicely with the Asus Republic of Gamers line as well as the MSI Gaming series products. Honestly, there isn’t an AIO in the market that puts this much effort into the aesthetics and the only one that can come close is the Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual. DEEPCOOL also managed to keep the design small enough so that clearance and case size won’t be any mor...


ROCCAT Ships Tyon Gaming Mouse

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The Future is Here, ROCCAT Ships Tyon Gaming Mouse   Revolutionary gaming mouse with a dorsal fin, 16 assignable buttons and 31 distinct functions now available at Best Buy   Hamburg, September 30, 2014 – ROCCAT™ announces the global availability of the highly touted and much anticipated Tyon All Action Gaming mouse. The next step in gaming mice evolution and a true game changer, the Tyon sets the bar for gaming control and precision by putting every major action in the palm of the players’ hand.       ROCCAT Tyon features the X-Celerator, a two-way analog stick that allows gamers to throttle, sprint, rotate tank turrets, and more directly from their mice. Extensively tested and perfected by professional gamers to guarantee responsiveness and ease of use, the X-Celerator is a major shift in mouse design for FPS gaming and beyond.   The Tyon offers 16 assignable buttons, 31 distinct possible functions, and a nearly limitless levels of customization thanks to ROCCAT’s dedicated Easy-Shift[+] Button. While optimized for FPS gaming, the Tyon is an efficient, combat-ready and aestherically facscinating masterpiece for all genres, including MMO, RPG, and more.   “Today’s games demand that players master the different layers and dimensions of gameplay, whether on land, at sea, in air or space,” says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. “The efforts placed on perfecting the Tyon is beyond comparison and we are confident that it will take ...


AORUS Thunder M7 Mouse and P3 Mouse Pad Review

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Today we’re going to test drive the AORUS Thunder M7, a mouse that's specifically geared to MMO/RTS gamers. Coming with a huge assortment of buttons and some unique features as well, the M7 looks rather exciting. It's got well-established Gigabyte backing it through their new AORUS gaming division, and the M7 is the flagship MMO mouse. And as an added bonus, we have the Thunder P3 mouse pad for a closer look as well, a control mat that's utterly massive. Let's dive in.


 

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm LCS Review

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Introduction In the last few years, the CLC (Closed Loop Cooler) market has taken a big jump in market share… but we have only seen a few unique designs due to a patent set by Asetek on its pump/block design. This has limited a number of manufacturers from producing similar designs without running into this patent issue. This leaves us with companies that are re-branding their coolers and all while, Asetek hasn’t developed anything new or really exciting recently. We have seen CLC coolers with the same designs ranging with 120mm, 240mm and even 280mm rads with thickness ranging from 25-50mm. While each maker has attempted to add there own flare to each of these designs, these units are all essentially the same or very similar. While the patent still has not changed, we are excited to see that Thermaltake took a leap forward in making a change in this arena and we have the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate CLC cooler. The first and most notable performance change here is the larger radiator with support of 3x 120mm fans essentially making this the largest radiator of 360mm with a first triple 120mm CLC system. As we continue forward, we are going to give you the full details and we we are excited to see a change and can’t wait to see how it does. But, before we do that… Let’s talk a little about Thermaltake: Our Mission – Delivering the perfect user experience Every myth starts out as a dream, and at the beginning of every legend is a desire. T...


 

MSI® Z97S SLI Krait Edition – Dare to be different

Dare to be different Get Inspired by the new MSI® Z97S SLI Krait Edition MSI, world leader in motherboard technology, is proud to announce its latest motherboard, the Z97S SLI Krait Edition. Inspired by and developed in cooperation with the world’s elite case modders, the new Z97S SLI Krait Edition is equipped with an arsenal of new features, improvements like NVIDIA® SLI™ certified for enthusiasts looking to pair up multiple graphics cards. On-board M.2 and SATA Express provides the latest storage technology with transfer speeds up to 10 Gb/s, with flexible solutions for using preferred devices. Military Class 4 provide all the stability you need through carefully selected and thoroughly tested components and materials. The Z97S SLI Krait Edition motherboard caters to those looking for a feature rich motherboard with a unique look & feel. Perfect for case modding Looking for that creative, one-off build? The new black & white design instantly adds a touch of class to a sophisticated build. The new MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition has been purposely designed together with the most elite case modders to meet the demands of community who craved a pure black and white motherboard. Optimized for multiple graphics cards MSI motherboards feature one or more PCI Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. This enables continued maximum graphics performance while you are enjoying the best graphics ju...





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