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Crucial MX500 SSD Review

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.  



The Bloody B975 Keyboard has Optical Switches and a Great Actuation Point

For many of us, a good keyboard was a bit of an afterthought when it cam to building our PC. It only took our first mechanical one to completely change our minds. The next step in keyboard evolution seems to be optical and I’m a bit surprised I’m not seeing more companies jumping on board. Thankfully, not only is Bloody offering optical switches in their new B975 keyboard, but the actuation point is improved from traditional mechanical switches as well. The huge selling point for optical switches is that they’re supposed to respond 25% faster than mechanical. When you look at how fiber internet improved on the speeds of copper lines, it’s no surprise at all. If you’re a typist, you probably won’t care nearly as much, but the competitive gamer should definitely be interested. You may not sit down to a B975 keyboard and notice a difference in the first 2 minutes, but a couple of days can make you feel like you have a bit more of an edge than before. An issue I’ve seen with other optical switches though, is that they retain the same actuation point as traditional mechanical switches, around 2mm. Bloody improves on the design by making sure the B900 series has a 1.5mm actuation point on their boards. EpicGear, while still using mechanical switches, did the same thing with the actuation point on their Defiant boards. My experience there was that at first I was pretty sure it made a difference, but after some solid use of going back and ...



Patriot Viper LED DDR4 3000 MHz Memory Review

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.  



This is How you Up the Ante! Deepcool Introduces Ark 90 Full Tower PC Case

The world of custom PCs is getting rather intriguing. Not too long ago, certain companies dictated what the new releases were going to be and innovation was a bit of a slow process. Today, there are dozens of companies trying to jump into the gaming PC market, but the problem with a lot of it is that so many of them are turning into carbon copies of the bigger companies. If you’re going to release a new product, make it worth while and if you need a good example, look at Deepcool. They just announced the release of the Ark 90 Full Tower case and this is how you shake up the market with a new design. For starters, I’m loving this aesthetic! It’s a perfect balance of clean, sharp angles with a splash of RGB color. It’s bound to have a broad appeal to all kinds of builders across gaming and professional spectrum. The Ark 90 also builds on the tradition of including a pre-installed CLC cooler that the Genome series started. In this case, we have a 280mm radiator attached to the Captain style pump block. If you’re looking for a perfect balance of fan noise and cooling, 280mm seems to be great for just CPU overclocking. Not only are the fans on the cooler RGB, but Deepcool has included an extra two fans to help with the cooling. These are features that really stand out to me, but I’m not saying it’s the perfect case either. I still have issues with the lack of a hinge/latch system with the glass panel and even though there’s severa...



This is the BEST Wireless Adapter you can Get for $26! Oh, it’s a Router Too

Am I the only one around here that’s thought, “I wonder if they make a wireless adapter that goes to ethernet, instead of USB or PCI?” I’ve attempted to search out wireless ethernet adapter before, but the wild goose chase that ensued was not very encouraging. In fact, I couldn’t even tell you how I finally found the solution I use for my wireless needs in my home today. What I can tell you though, is if I ever have to choose between gaming over wireless or trying to run a long ethernet cable through tight spaces, I’ll always go with a wireless router to use as my adapter. We’ve all probably experienced the crappy USB wireless adapter that keeps dropping our connection. That option only seems to work in the best of circumstances, which leads to many builders upgrading to a PCIe adapter. Those tend to work more consistently, but if the room is far from the router, the placement of antennas toward the back, bottom of the case isn’t ideal. Range extenders can be extremely finicky to set up and if a gamer has tried all three options without success, that’s when the ethernet cable gets run through the attic or the crawl space. (Or down the hall!) You might try the mesh network, but my experience with that was it added a lot of latency to the connection. The simple fact is that routers are typically made to run off of quite a bit more power than any adapter, which usually means your adapter is the weak link in your wireless c...



Patriot Viper V570 Blackout RGB Gaming Mouse and Pad Review

Introduction It’s only a matter of time before mice evolve into sentience and begin taking over the world. I’m not talking about the rodents! There are just SO many gaming mice out there, that I’m fairly confident they’ll bring on the robot apocalypse. That said, with all of the RGB LED effects added to everything today, at least humanity will die to a brilliant rainbow of style. Also, Patriot is adding to the foray with a new gaming mouse and mouse pad under their Viper branding. I got to say, the V570 Blackout looks pretty cool, but let’s see if Patriot’s vision has any mention of AI overlords or not. (I’m guessing they won’t) Our Vision 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. Our Products Here at Patriot, we pride ourselves in developing new and innovative products that offer a sleek, modern and functional design. Along with high quality and innovative designs, our products come backed with our industry leading warranty and top of the line customer support. We ensure that every product meets or exceeds our high level of standards. For memory, that process begins with using high-quality components and ends with rigorous functional test...



Starting Black Friday, get 2 FREE games with the purchase of any Radeon RX Vega GPU

Ah, Thanksgiving! Families getting together, eating way too much, turkeys everywhere, and sales!!! AMD has a pretty sweet promotion going on through the rest of December. If you were thinking of getting a Vega card and wanted to get a good deal as well, two free games added to the purchase always sweetens the deal quite a bit. Bonus Round: You have an option for punching Nazis as well. Check out the details below and have a happy holiday! Gamers looking for the best enthusiast-class gaming experience possible can get TWO FREE Games when they buy any Radeon RX Vega GPU, starting Black Friday until the end of December. Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 are the most advanced consumer graphics cards on the market, built on the forward-looking “Vega” GPU architecture. Previously reserved for high-end graphics products, RX Vega graphics cards use pioneering graphics technology in High Bandwidth Cache composed of 8GB of leading-edge HBM2 memory. Radeon RX Vega GPUs continue to see performance gains with the full realization of Vega’s robust feature set, including Rapid Packed Math, High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC) and new Geometry and Pixel Engines, which better harness low-level APIs and excel in the latest DirectX 12 and Vulkan games. Offer varies by region. Available games include: Prey (Excludes China) Wolfenstein II: The Next Colossus (Excludes the DACH Region & China) Sniper Elite 4 (DACH Region only) The promotional period begins on November 24, and ex...



Rosewill Neon K85 RGB Mechanical Keyboard

Introduction Many a tech website will say, “once you go mechanical, you never go…back-chanical,” or something similar to that. Don’t quote me. There is, however, something to be said about moving up from brittle hinges on chicklet keys to metal parts that hold up to 50 million clicks. Rosewill, ever on the quest for best quality for the lowest price, has attempted the top tier mechanical keyboard feature: fully programmable RGB. Have they succeeded or gone the lackluster way of many budget RGB Mechanical keyboards before it? Time to take it out of the box. In case you know nothing about Rosewill: 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 products among its three product categories. Through innovation and fl...



OPSeat has a Black Friday Sale and New Chair Features

We did a review of the OPSeat Master Series a while back and we were impressed by the value the newer company was offering. It’s been a bit since we’ve checked back in and they upped their game since the last time we reviewed it. It looks like improvements were made to the base and the armrests, yet the price is still holding out at $249, a pretty good deal. Of you want an excellent deal, then get your chair this weekend because the new models are $50 off through the end of Monday. Check out the link below, get yourself a good ergonomic chair, and enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend! OPSeat Website



PATRIOT Launches New VIPER LED Series DDR4 Performance Memory

Patriot is releasing more LED lighted RAM modules. If you were waiting for RGB, well you might have to wait a bit longer, but the aesthetic design on the heat spreader and LED integration is excellent. It ranks up there as one of my favorite designs so I hope they come out with RGB capabilities soon. Of course for those who like one color lighting schemes, these kits could work out great. Check out the full press release below! Glamorous LED lighted memory modules offering extreme performance, available in 16GB kits at speeds up to 3600Mhz Fremont, California – Nov.20th 2017. – PATRIOT, a global leader in performance memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals and flash storage solutions today announced its new VIPER LED Series Performance DDR4 Memory. A remarkable LED-lit top decorative lighting and stylish aluminum heat shield design, VIPER LED Series DDR4 Memory is optimized for maximum performance on the Intel 100/200/300 series and AMD 300 series motherboards. VIPER LED Series available in both red and white LED model which light up gaming rig with bright integrated lighting designed to make the gaming rig look as good as it performs. The modern gaming PC is exposed with many featuring large windows and tempered glass side panels. A perfect complement to these systems is a well-placed lighting scheme which includes LED lights on all of the major components. VIPER LED Series DDR4 Memory is available in both red and white LED lighting configurations with a decorative s...



Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.11.2

Click below to enlarge the image. RSCRE 17.11.2 will be available on amd.com once it goes live.



CORSAIR Launches New Range of Magnetic Levitation ML PRO RGB Fans

Quiet Cooling, In Any Color CORSAIR Launches New Range of Magnetic Levitation ML PRO RGB Fans Fremont, CA – November 16, 2017 — CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components and today announced the launch of the new ML PRO RGB range of PC cooling fans. Building on the success of CORSAIR ML Series fans, which are equipped with magnetic levitation bearings to deliver almost frictionless operation, CORSAIR ML PRO RGB fans add four individually controlled RGB LEDs on the fan’s center hub, creating a vivid 360° blast of light and color. Enhanced by frosted fan blades and customizable with near-limitless options in CORSAIR LINK software, ML PRO RGB fans create a bright circle of custom-color-lighting that makes any PC standout from the crowd. Behind the lighting, ML PRO RGB fans retain the quality and performance that’s made ML Series fans a staple of high-end PCs and the most ambitious builds, with a magnetic levitation fan bearing that physically levitates the fan rotor to almost entirely eliminate bearing friction. The custom-designed fan rotor delivers the perfect balance between high static pressure and high airflow, while a low-noise tuned PWM control range means that, even at full speed, ML PRO RGB fans are incredibly quiet. Available in 120mm or 140mm sizes, ML PRO RGB fans are sold in three fan (120mm) or two fan (140mm) kits. Each kit includes both a CORSAIR RGB Fan LED Hub and Lighting Node PRO, unlock...



CORSAIR Launches HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset

Crafted for Comfort, Built for Battle – CORSAIR Launches HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset Fantastic plug-and-play audio for PC, console and mobile gamers. Fremont, CA – November 16, 2017 — CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware, today announced the latest addition to its line-up of award-winning peripherals, the HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset. With adjustable plush ear cups and aluminum construction, the HS50 provides exceptional comfort for hours of gameplay and legendary CORSAIR build quality, ensuring long-term durability. Precision-tuned 50mm neodymium speaker drivers deliver superior sound quality with wide range and accuracy, while a fully detachable Discord-certified microphone and on-ear volume and mute controls make on-the-fly adjustments easy without pulling you out of your game. Connecting via a 3.5mm connector for wide compatibility and available in carbon black, green or blue trim, the HS50 brings award-winning CORSAIR quality audio to all gamers, whether they play on PC, console or mobile. Whether you play games on a desktop, on a couch or on the train, nothing should come between you and the action. With adjustable memory foam earcups, the HS50 is built to provide comfort so exceptional that you forget it’s even there. Long-gone are the days of clunky gaming headsets that sound as cheap as they look. With minimalist styling, subtle stitching accents aluminum construction, a durable headband a...



CORSAIR Builds the World’s Fastest 32GB 4x8GB DDR4 Memory Kit, Running at 4,333MHz

High-Capacity, High-Speed – CORSAIR Builds the World’s Fastest 32GB 4x8GB DDR4 Memory Kit, Running at 4,333MHz FREMONT, CA, November 9th, 2017 — CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC components high-performance gaming hardware and enthusiast memory, today unveiled its fastest ever kit of dual-channel 32GB DDR4 memory, running at a world-first 4,333MHz. The new CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX CMK32GX4M4K4333C19 kit, running in dual-channel on an Asus ROG MAXIMUS X Hero motherboard and alongside an Intel® Core™ i5-8600K CPU, sets a new precedent for 4x8GB 32GB DDR4 speed on the Intel Z370 motherboard platform. Typically, the fastest DDR4 memory kits are limited to low-capacity kits, but with this kit CORSAIR has combined ultra-high frequency, with high capacity, validating in MemTest at an effective frequency of 4,333MHz, a record for this configuration. Built with hand-sorted and extensively binned Samsung B-die ICs, the kit runs with aggressive CL19-26-26-46 timings at 1.5V and is fully XMP 2.0 compliant, making enabling this record-setting performance as easy as a single BIOS setting. This special high-capacity, high-frequency kit will be made available to select elite overclockers and enthusiasts, helping them chase world records in today’s most demanding PC performance benchmarks. The complete range of CORSAIR DDR4 memory brings the same commitment to performance and quality to any DDR4 system, from the overclocker-friendly VENGEANCE LPX, to the stunning lighting of VENGEAN...



BIOSTAR Vega 64 and RACING Z370GT6

BIOSTAR Vega 64 and RACING Z370GT6: Ultimate PC for Gaming, Mining, Overclocking and Professional Use October 26th, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR announces the availability of its Radeon RX Vega 64 VAVAT5VM88 graphics card in selected regions. The BIOSTAR RX Vega 64 epitomizes the best in high-end graphics with high resolutions, high frame rates and exceptional power efficiency with the all new Vega architecture. Building the ultimate gaming system with the recently introduced BIOSTAR RACING Z370GT6 motherboard for the new 8th generation Intel Core processors, makes these the perfect compliment. BIOSTAR RADEON RX VEGA 64 (Air Cooling) The Vega 64 is one of AMD’s newest and most powerful graphics cards today featuring 8GB HBM2, the latest in graphics memory technology, with a 2048-bit memory interface and 4096 stream processors. It delivers smooth extreme gaming performance in the newest DirectX 12 and Vulkan games making it perfect for gaming and also for professional content creation. The Vega 64 also offers some of the highest hash rates in crypto mining, thanks to its powerful yet power efficient usage. BIOSTAR RACING Z370GT6 The BIOSTAR RACING Z370GT6 motherboard which supports the new 8th generation Intel Core processors, is the company’s first 3rd generation RACING motherboard that features new luxurious golden theme ‘tattoo’ design, revamped user-friendly BIOS and driver utilities for full control cooling of A.I. FAN, full control of RGB lighting with th...






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