Posts Tagged ‘The Hardware Hound’
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.
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.
The RBT is set to revolutionize the gaming mouse. This design doesn't look like it makes sense, but I can really believe how great it feels after testing it. If you play competitive online games, the RBT will almost make you feel like you turned on some hacks.
Tunai asked if we could do a short review of the release of their earbuds and we obliged. The claims of better bass lived up to expectation and the earbuds had great quality across the full audio spectrum. The price is great for the quality and the comfort was top notch as well.
Enermax has some great designs and great quality. Even though this is only an unboxing of the GraceMesh, the case has some great features that are worth pointing out in a quick overview. If a builder is in the market for a solid budget chassis, the GraceMesh seems like a great fit!
Many cases focus on easy building and external gaming looks to sell to the market. In Win designed their 301 chassis to force the builder to make a beautiful, clean build. Many of their cases come with hefty price premiums, but the 301 is quite affordable. It's a great case for a SFF computer.
Budget cases usually pale in comparison to better ones. The CMT210 won't have as many features, but building in this case was one of the best experiences a buyer could have. FSP put a ton of care and attention to detail and their first case is a great option for a beginner PC.
Enermax brings an excellent design to the reservoir scene with the NEOChanger. The quality and performance would make any custom liquid cooling loop proud, but the RGB lighting is a great addition as well. If you want a reservoir and pump combo, Enermax is a great place to start.
Wired Ethernet is the only way to go for gaming, unless you can't. In online matches, having a stable connection with low latency is absolutely critical. Wireless USB adapters are unacceptable, PCIe cards are alright, but using a router in client-bridge mode is almost as perfect as wired!
Gigabyte brings their Aorus branding to AMD Radeon Cards. The RX 580 and 570 have admirable performance, but neither GPU overclocks as well as their competition. That said, the AAA gaming graphics is top notch and if the pricing ever calms down from mining, the MSRP is great too. Crossfire support FTW!
E-Win offers a decent amount of features for the Hero Series HRD gaming chair. The overall comfort is pretty good, but there are some minor details that hold the chair back. The biggest issue is that the price is prohibitive, making other chairs a bit more attractive.
AMD Ryzen is still fresh and the landscape has a lot of changes coming, but we have an idea of some great motherboards that have top notch performance. We also pushed the limits to see if we could blow up a CPU. Good news! We haven't yet!!!
I don’t make a habit of updating reviews or redoing a product. A reviewers life is one of commitment! On the other hand, sometimes I miss all the details of what’s going on and I end up with a second case. That’s alright though because Rosewill is having some nice promotions and being able to run through the Nighhawk 117 again was a great experience. Check out the video for a quick overview of the case again, but you can also check out our full review right here. After that, I’ll also include the details for Rosewill’s promotion which gives you some sweet savings on the case. For an additional 15% off the Nighthawk use the promo code and following link: RWTHH15 http://bit.ly/2ocSJOt Finally, I need to update my award. The issues that made me decide on a Great Hardware Aaward last time basically disappeared. Considering that and the lower pricing that doesn’t even include the promo code, the Rosewill Nighthawk 117 gets an upgrade to an Editor’s Choice Award! (I’ve missed building in full towers!)
With Ryzen 5, AMD has introduced the perfect mid-range CPUs for amazing performance at a great price. The 1600X has 6 cores and 12 threads for heavier workloads, while the 1500X will save a few dollars for raw gaming performance. Ryzen may not overclock to high frequencies, but it's still a fun platform to play with.