Every feature of the Ferrari 458 is about creating pure speed. 597 hp are coaxed from the mid-engine mounted 4.5L V8; that power blasts its way through a 7 speed dual-clutch paddle shifted transmission where it is unleashed into the rear wheels to launch you up to orbit at 210 mph. Every aspect of the exterior of this modern day supercar is designed to lend itself to creating pure unadulterated speed. Meanwhile the exquisite interior reminds you that yes indeed you are certainly in a $243,090 Ferrari. It’s no surprise then that NZXT’s case designer took direct inspiration from the 458 for their first ever small form factor chassis, the Manta. From the flowing lines and curves to the recessed intakes the Manta says, I too want to go fast, I too am elegantly and intelligently put together. But does the Manta live up to the distinguished image of it’s role model? Do the years of hard work and design come together to create an object of perfection? Follow along as we take a close look at this brand new case!
Ever since Valve announced SteamOS and Steam Machines there have been two Steam Machines that were shown the most. They were the Alienware Steam Machine and Zotac’s NEN SN970. Not that long ago we took a look at the Alienware unit, and now we have the NEN SN970 to review. This unit is part of Zotac’s extremely popular ZBOX line of mini PCs. Under the hood you have an Intel Core i5-6400T processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, 8GB of memory, and a 1TB 2.5“ SATA hard drive. Like all Steam Machine’s the NEN SN970 will ship with SteamOS pre-installed and an official Steam Controller. This will bring gaming into the living room and you’ll have the massive Steam library of games to choose from, which has more games than either of the two major consoles. Let’s get to gaming and see what the NEN SN970 is all about!
It has been quite a while since we’ve reviewed a product from Reeven so we were quite excited when they told us they would be sending over their flagship Okeanos (RC-1402) CPU cooler. This cooler features a pretty large dual tower design, two cooling fan, six hefty copper heatpipes, and a pretty sleek look. Reeven tells us that this cooler was designed with gamers and overclockers in mind so it should be able to handle some pretty hefty thermal loads as well. Let’s see if Reeven brings the entire package with the Okeanos.
We’ve been huge fans of be quiet’s Dark Power Pro power supply series since we were first introduced to it a few years ago. It is no wonder that be quiet! is Germany’s number 1 power supply manufacturer. The Dark Power Pro 11 takes the Dark Power Pro series to the next level by adding new power conversion topology that delivers 80PLUS Platinum performance, and an unparalleled array of enhancements that augment this unit’s compatibility, convenience of use, reliability, and safety. Be quiet says that this unit is the most technologically-advanced power supply they’ve ever built! The unit also features a semi-modular design so you only use the cables you need, a 135 mm SilentWings 3 fan so you know it is going to be quiet, and an overclocking key which allows switchover between quadruple independent 12V-rail mode and high-performance single-rail operation. The unit comes in wattages 550W – 1200W and today we are taking a look at the 850W unit, let’s see what it can do!
We’ve been fans of WD’s My Passport portable hard drives for years. These drives are a great companion for your Ultrabook where hard drive space is limited and are extremely reliable as well. WD’s latest iteration of the drive is the My Passport Ultra, which is a USB 3.0 portable hard drive. They were nice enough to send us over their Metal Edition, which has a very sexy Aluminum design. Not only is this going to look great, but it will add extra protection to the drive as well. The drive features a very fast USB 3.0 connection so your transfers will take no time at all. The drive comes with the WD SmartWare Pro backup software so you can setup and schedule local as well as cloud backups with no problem at all. Let’s take a look at the My Passport Ultra Metal Edition and see what it can do!
Gaming is not limited to just PCs and Consoles, there are many mobile gamers out there. I know some people that their main gaming device is a tablet. With that being all touchscreen can be a little difficult for some games, especially shooters. Having a gaming keyboard for mobile devices like this allows gamers to play their best. Not to mention having a keyboard for mobile devices, tablets, and even Android consoles makes you much more productive. It is much easier to chat or write an e-mail using a real keyboard and not an on-screen one. Mad Catz has come up with the S.T.R.I.K.E. M which is a small compact wireless keyboard that has many gaming features as well as multimedia and productivity features anyone would appreciate. Let’s see what this keyboard can do!
Data redundancy is a thing that not many people think about. I myself lost about a year of photos because I had them stored on a drive that died and did not have a backup. One of the easiest ways to have data redundancy is to setup a RAID 1 array. Vantec wants to makes this easy with their new NexStar MX Dual 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure (NST-225MX-S3). This small enclosure supports two 2.5-inch hard drives that you can put in Individual/JBOD/RAID0/RAID1 modes. So if you are not going for data redundancy, but rather speed you can set them up in a RAID 0 array. Since this enclosure supports 2.5-inch drives that means you can use solid state drives! The enclosure uses USB 3.0 so your transfer speeds will be very fast too! Let’s take a look and see what it can do!
Recently SilverStone blew us away by showing what the possibilities are from a design perspective with an AiO. We were so impressed that their TD02-E made our best of 2015 AiO list. While the cooler was aesthetically appealing it did leave something to be desired in the performance equation. Today we take a look at another cooler from SilverStone, this one wholly different altogether. Designed with tighter spaces in mind, follow along as we check out the TD02-Slim and find out if SilverStone was able to pump some extra performance into a much thinner form factor.
The mini-ITX form factor is becoming extremely popular with gamers who will be using a single graphics card because it allows them to build a system with premium components that is small and easy enough to take with them to LAN parties or other events. The problem with mini-ITX motherboards has been that they lack many features that their larger ATX counterparts offer. Well Gigabyte is changing that with their Z170N-Gaming 5 motherboard that has all of the features you would want in a full-size ATX motherboard, but in the tiny mini-ITX form factor. Gigabyte was able to pack in Killer E2200 gaming networking, Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 support, a PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 slot, two USB 3.1 ports (1x Type-C, 1x Type-A), and even 802.11ac dual band wireless. Gigabyte wants this to be the perfect board for gamers building in the mini-ITX form factor. Is it? Let’s take a look and find out!
Cooler Master first launched its V-Series power supplies with the semi-modular series that featured an 80 Plus Gold certification and a semi-modular cable design. Now we have the new V-Series that features an the same 80 Plus Gold certification, but now has a fully modular design. These power supplies feature 100% high quality Japanese capacitors, a 3D circuit design, Cooler Master’s own Silencio FP fan, a flat cable design and come with a 5-year warranty. The V-Series comes in 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W, and 1000W units, today we will be taking a look at the 750W which sits right in the middle of the V-Series. Let’s see what it can do!
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