Introduction There’s something new in hardware news everyday. Big name companies with new minor upgrades saying how “revolutionary” their change is sounds pretty normal anymore. I’m looking at you, speed switches. Recently I discovered something that hasn’t seemed to reach the more popular news venues: keyboard optical switches. Have you heard of those? Gamdias has them. Have you heard of them? Maybe not, but I couldn’t resist looking at a product that comes from a newer company that also uses a newer technology. We’ll find out soon how optical switches measure up, but first a look at the core philosophy behind Gamdias. GAMDIAS emphasizes on the fundamentals, complemented with creativity and service. GAMDIAS Technology was founded in 2012, with team of over 100 led by R.K. HAN, successfully creating the gaming brand known as GAMDIAS. Not only do we aim to set the bar for quality and practically, but also to go above and beyond in our designs. Further supplementing our motto: Gaming Art in Motion, we will continue to invest heavily on designs, transcending GAMDIAS products to an artistic pantheon. By the way, every name has a story and Gamdias has a particularly interesting one. GAM stands for Gaming Art in Motion. Dias is the Latin word for God. Gamdias is claiming to be the God of Gaming. That’s a pretty huge claim!
Introduction Asrock isn’t always considered a serious contender among motherboard manufacturers by many users, and that’s a real shame. Even if the company has humble beginnings, they have some great options for motherboards as of late. That said, Ryzen gave every manufacturer a big challenge to work with and just because Asrock has done great with previous designs, it doesn’t mean the X370 Taichi is going to instantly follow suit. We’ll need to take a closer look to see how the Taichi measures up. There’s another important factor that I wanted to address in this review. As stated previously, Ryzen was a difficult release for motherboard manufacturers to prepare for. As someone who prizes a smooth user experience over everything, X370 has given me some interesting issues with certain boards. The Asus Crosshair VI Hero has some quirky issues that never resolved after several BIOS updates and while the Aorus GA AX370 Gaming 5 became a pretty stable platform, I did have one huge scare that involved my entire system refusing to turn on after finishing a stress test run. These ended up being minor issues after figuring them out (or living with them), but I’m hoping the X370 Taichi can give me a great user experience that translates to smooth, daily use. Let’s continue with a word from the manufacturer, then begin looking at the board itself. ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to ...
Noctua are looking to break into another market and to add some spice to their current products... can they do it with their Chromax series of accessories? Let's find out!
Introduction One of these drives is the greatest deal in hard drives. The other is a Crucial MX300. If that didn’t clue you in, spoilers ahead. We’re reviewing the Crucial MX500 and we have improvements abound. About Crucial: Memory and storage are crucial – your system won’t work without them. Every time you press your system’s power button, load apps, save documents, stream content or virtualize databases, you’re using memory or storage. As a brand of Micron, one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world, we bring you the quality and expertise that’s been built into new computers for 35-plus years. You’ll notice the difference.
Introduction We are in the future and DDR4 is standardized, largely in part to AMD getting caught up to it with X370. More importantly, LED RAM is widely available with RGB options a plenty. Naturally, someone might wonder what will this RAM kit from Patriot Viper to stick out? Let’s find out! Also, in case you don’t know who Patriot/Viper is: Patriot started in 1985 in the San Francisco Bay Area. We dedicate ourselves to being the brand of choice for the tech industry with a high commitment to quality and outstanding customer service. Patriot Memory designs, manufactures and markets high performance memory modules, flash memory, mobile accessories and gaming equipment.
Introduction Aigo is most well known as the company I knew nothing about. While Asian consumer electronics companies are a little known passion of mine, I had my eye out for a particular aesthetic niche to fulfill. You know the one I’m talking about: RGB! I don’t have a lot of information about Aigo, so but I do know my lights. What’s interesting is how hard it is to find the CPU cooler that does it all. Some have RGB on the tower, but lacks lighting on the fan. Some have great RGB effects on the fan, but opt for the plain copper and aluminum finish tower. Aigo may be a name that none of us have heard, maybe even a bit too much of an off brand, yet they may be the only one who took RGB to the next level on CPU coolers. We’ll get into the review shortly, but you can also check out the video review below if video is your kind of thing.