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While the general trend has been higher energy consumption, there are many consumers that don't need a high end kilowatt power supply. There is a considerable market for mid-range units to power a single graphics card setup, somewhere around 600W to 650W of power. The Cooler Master GX II 650W is one such mid-range power supply, and while it's not a beast like one of Cooler Master's premium V-Series units, for examples, the GX II is 80PLUS Bronze certified and comes with an affordable price tag of $80. Seems like a very enticing budget-oriented unit, so let's take a closer look at this Cooler Master GX II 650W power supply and see how it fares.
In 2010, NZXT introduced us to its Phantom chassis, an aggressively designed, feature-filled case for mainstream users, gamers and enthusiasts alike. Now, NZXT has unveiled its direct successor, the Phantom 530. Today we will be looking at this Full Tower chassis from NZXT, continuing the legacy of the original. The new Phantom has been redesigned from the ground up. While creating the Phantom 530, the NZXT design team painstakingly took every beloved aspect of the original design and revamped it to make it even better. The new Phantom 530 brings with it many new changes such as modular hard drive cages, a discrete SSD mount behind the motherboard tray, its signature rear I/O LEDs, a single channel three speed 30W fan controller with integrated 10-port fan hub, and steel 5.25" optical drive latches. All of comes this with an MSRP of just $129.00. Join me as we take an up close and personal look to see if NZXT can breathe new life into an already phenomenal line of cases with their Phantom 530.
When it comes to graphic card cooling, aftermarket air coolers were the best option in the past. Also, unless you were going full water cooling, your options were pretty limited. Recently we have started to see a mass of AIO (all in one) water cooling products come to market giving users many more options for CPU cooling; however, up until now there have not been too many similar options for graphics card cooling. We have seen a few PC enthusiasts creating custom brackets to attach these all in one CPU coolers onto graphics cards, and we have even seen some users even using zip ties, but very few manufactured solutions exist. Sadly, in the long run, we find that many of those custom "homebrew" options were not too pretty and/or had diminished longevity. Today things might be shifting. There is a leading manufacturer that has been listening to its customers and actually produced a bracket using this exact idea. It's also designed to offer up greater reliability and aesthetic appeal for the PC enthusiasts. We would like to introduce you to the NZXT Kraken G10 AIO Cooling Bracket which we will review today. NZXT was also kind nice enough to provide us with an NZXT X40 aAIO cooler for testing as well. Read on to find out how this new product stands in the spotlight.
Mechanical boards have become all the rage of late, and it's easy to see why. After you've used one, you'll wonder how you ever lived without, shunning the membrane boards for the sexy individual switch designs. A fully backlit mechanical keyboard that sports a sleek minimalist design and caters to discerning consumers who want something unique, the Func KB-460 is not to be confused with a "basic" mechanical board. Are you looking for plenty of standalone macro keys? Pffft, try fully integrated ones here. Is 6-Key Rollover not good enough for you, maybe you want 20KRO? Try FULL NKRO on the KB-460. Let's delve a bit deeper and see if the KB-460 can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards.
It isn't very often that you get your hands on fairly exclusive gear. It's even less frequent that once you get to use said exclusive gear you are capable of justifying the exclusive price tag that comes with it. Feenix, a boutique gaming accessory manufacturer, aims to deliver the highest quality gaming experience that fits into exactly such a scenario with the Feenix Nascita gaming mouse and the Dimora gaming mouse pad. These two products were designed with the expressed intent of delivering as perfect a gaming experience for the user as is humanly possible with naught but the finest parts, looks and attention to detail available today. With their steep asking prices, are they truly worth it for the sake of an exclusive experience? Read on and see for yourself!
Introduction Mad Catz makes multiple versions of the Tritton Kunai headset for different devices. Today we have the opportunity to review the version compatible with various iOS devices. Officially certified to meet Apple’s standards, these are said to deliver a comfortable, high-quality audio experience for mobile gaming, phones, and tablets. The Tritton Kunai features 40mm drivers and swiveling ear pads with provided memory foam padding. The in-line controls are supposed to make on the fly volume adjustments, answering calls and controlling music from the attached media device easy. Available in Blue, Green, Orange and Black, will this Apple compliant headset gain the attention of computer enthusiasts? Read on to find out. About Mad Catz Interactive, Inc: Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ) is a global provider of innovative interactive entertainment products marketed under its Mad Catz® (gaming), Tritton® (audio), and Saitek® (simulation) brands. Mad Catz also develops flight simulation software through its internal ThunderHawk Studios™; publishes games under its Mad Catz brand; and distributes games and videogame products for third parties. Mad Catz distributes its products through most leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For additional information please go to www.madcatz.com.
Introduction There’s a new audio product on the market. Cooler Master has released the Ceres 300, an upgraded edition of the previously released Ceres 400. The 300 model features 40mm drivers, thick padded ear cushions and an adjustable headband. The 40mm drivers are complimented by a detachable flexible microphone and the headset is compatible with PC’s, mobile devices and gaming consoles. Continue reading to find out if this headset delivers decibels gamers are waiting to hear from. Before we get started on the Ceres 300, Here’s a bit about Cooler Master if you didn’t already know: Pursuing excellence in design, quality, and affordability since its inception two decades ago, Cooler Master has fueled growth through product portfolio diversification. This comes from an endless drive to deliver world class quality and service to its customers.
Introduction When it comes to processor cooling we have see many designs and platforms that are available at most finger tips. With the vast number of options available in the market, sometimes choosing the right one can be a task, though most of you will probably jump on the net and start doing a quick search on performance and aesthetics. We have seen many CPU coolers in recent years starting to get larger and larger to accommodate those who are looking for the ultimate in cooling. Especially for those who are going to be overclocking, most seem to think bigger is better. Then there are those who are looking for coolers that are smaller in size so they can squeeze it into a small form factor. Well today we are going to be looking at a cooler that has outstanding cooling in mind, packed into a slim profile. How well will this perform? Well… we are going to find out exactly that with the Titan Dragonfly 4 CPU Cooler. So without going into too much detail here let’s jump forward and take a closer look at what the Titan Dragonfly 4 CPU Cooler has to offer. Before we do that, let’s take a glimpse at who Titan is: TITAN TECHNOLOGY LIMITED was founded in Taiwan by a group of progressive engineers. With over 20 years of experience in manufacturing high-quality cooling devices, Titan has gained worldwide reputation for its achievements and expertise in the CPU cooling field. Titan’s headquarter is located in Taiwan with a branch office in Germany. The manu...
Introduction Has there been a time during a gaming session that you were wondering how your system is performing temperature-wise? How about how much of a load your system currently has on it? We as gamers are always looking at additional data to see how our newly built gaming system is performing. While we have seen many software-based widgets that can be used to view that information on your desktop, how about those times when you are in-game and don’t want to tab out of the session? Well today we are going to be looking at a little device from ColdTears Electronics called LCDSysInfo for GOverlay. What does this device do? Today we are going to put the GOverlay LCD to the test and show you what this convenient little desk top display can do. This has the ability to customize the data source you want to view, all at-a-glance on this 2.8″ LCD screen. Today we are going to put the software and hardware to the test today to see just how well this device can hold to its promise of total customization. Now without going into too much detail, let’s jump forward and get started.
Introduction Up for review today on our test bench is the SilverStone Tundra TD02 AIO CPU cooler. The TD02 is SilverStone’s first attempt at breaking into the AIO liquid cooling market. Since 2003 SilverStone has been bringing us unique and quality-built products like the TJ11 computer case, which is still being modded today, and exceptional air coolers. Unlike most of the AIO coolers out there the TD02 features a 45mm thick radiator instead of your standard 25-30mm and has a copper base with a nickel-plated aluminum unibody. The copper base is also unique; most AIO blocks I’ve seen aren’t a full cover, meaning there are screws on the bottom of the block holding a lid on. Unlike those blocks, as we will see later on, the TD02 is a solid piece of copper giving us full coverage on our CPU. The SilverStone Tundra TD02 comes with 2 x 120mm PMW controlled fans that have a static pressure of 3.5mm/H20 and a max airflow of 92.5CFM. Will SilverStone’s first attempt at entering the AIO CPU cooling market be able to hang with the veterans? I guess you will have to keep reading to find out. Before we jump into the review here is a word about SilverStone:
Introduction Gigabyte is one of those companies that doesn’t need an introduction. When it comes to PC products their name speaks for itself. Gigabyte has been supplying us with quality products since 1986, producing motherboards, PC components, peripherals, complete systems and the list goes on. Today we have the opportunity to share one of their newest mouse. The Aivia Uranium is named after the symbol ‘U’ from the periodic table, which is where they came up with Uranium. The Aivia Uranium is remarkable gaming gear, delivering extraordinary power to all your game plays with its GHOST Macro Station, whose built-in memory in the receiver allows you to save commands or Macros. With a maximum of 6500dpi and 1Ghz polling rate, the 2100mAh NiMH rechargeable AA batteries are capable of lasting 50 continuous hours of gaming. Before we get started on the mouse, let’s get reacquainted with Gigabyte: GIGABYTE was founded in 1986, establishing our uncontested position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader in the globe. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, we have offered a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Slate Devices, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones. We are dedicated to building up a full-range digital life...
Introduction Some say silence is golden but I have to disagree. Only hearing what you choose to is golden. Blocking out the world with music is one of the best ways to relax and erase the stresses of a long day. It is even better when you can’t hear the kids or the television in the background. Wish you had a mute button for them? Sorry not available yet. The next best thing would be headphones that reduce unwanted ambient noise. This is the basis of noise canceling, allowing you to escape your surroundings and hear what you want. Sometimes however, this comes at a premium sticker price. Noisehush has been very active in mobile audio over the last 5 years and are known for their NX80 in-ear and BT700 Bluetooth headsets. Noisehush wanted us to take a look at their latest offering which is geared towards comfort, great sound and affordability. The new NoiseHush i7 active noise canceling headset has a big challenge in front of it. Let’s see if it is up to the task. Specs • Frequency: 30Hz-20kHz • Speaker Type: 40mm • Neodymium Cone Impedance: 32ohm • Power Output: 100mW • Noise Reduction: 20dB max • Sensitivity: 98±3dB • Audio Connector: Gold Plated • Cable Length: Detachable 5.9 feet • Jack: 3.5mm • Weight: 175g • Battery Life: Up to 120hrs Features • Genuine Leather • Pure Comfort • Around-Ear Design • High-Definition Sound • Premium Memory Foam • Superior Battery Life • Foldable for Portability • Travel Ca...
The Enermax Aeolus Vegas cools well, is built to last, and keeps cables tidy.
The Enermax AeroOdio has great sound and powerful, quiet cooling that is hard to beat.
The Enermax TwisterOdio 16" notebook pad is a great cooler with awesome sound.