Posts Tagged ‘spotlight’
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.
Have you wondered why there are so many chipsets? Z170, Z270, Z370, 990FX, X370, X299, X399, etc. Intel and AMD have a lot of motherboards and we try to make sense of all the changes that make each one different. Also, we find out that Intel doesn't have a clear reason for changing their chipset with every CPU release.
Noctua joins the 200mm arena and as always, they are one of the best when it comes to silence and cooling performance. If you aren't a fan of brown and beige fans with a high price though, they may not be your first choice. The sheer quality of their fans is something that shouldn't be ignored.
E-Win made a surprisingly great gaming chair with the Champion. Not only does it have features like 4D armrests, but it is one of the best chairs to sit in on the comfort level as well. What really makes it stand out is in being one of the most affordable chairs in it's bracket.
The obvious application of a gaming chair is for a gaming station. However, does a gaming chair work in an office environment? The reality is that E-Win's Champion Chair is a great ergonomic option for an office setting as well, and it's much more affordable than many ergonomic office chairs.
Patriot is pushing into the gaming market a little harder with the Viper V570 Blackout. The ergonomics aren't the best, but the trade off is a mouse that seems to improve precision and reaction. The RGB lighting is amazing and the button layout gives gamers a lot of ability options.
Rosewill has a lot of features and great lighting on their Neon K85 RGB keyboard. The mechanical switches are nice, but they opt for Kailh instead of cherry. The price makes it worth considering and if you haven't tried a mechanical keyboard for gaming, then don't wait any longer!
Enermax offers an excellent PSU with the MaxTytan. Sleemax is a great feature for those who don't want to sleeve cables themselves. The RevoBron is a solid budget option that doesn't cut important features for a clean computer build. Respective to their budgets, each unit has great quality.
Noctua offers excellent performing low profile CPU coolers with the NH-S12L and NH-L9a-AM4. For those in the SFF computer market, these low profile coolers are a perfect match if you need something better than a stock cooler. If beige and brown isn't a problem.