The illusive PC Test Bench, something that if you are reviewing or testing PC hardware is a must have. Test benches make it extremely easy to swap out hardware compared to a traditional PC case. This not only makes things easier, but saves you quite a lot of time and frustration as well. Surprisingly there are not that many companies that offer PC test benches, but Lian Li is one of them. They first released the PC-T60, which supported ATX motherboards, but lacked room for AiO watercooling. The Lian Li PC-T80 is now here and supports motherboards up to XL-ATX and has room for radiators up to 360mm. We will be using this test bench for our new graphics card test rig, will it fit the bill? Read on as we find out!
Broadwell comes at a very weird time for consumers as well. We have heard that Intel could be launching their Skylake processors and 100 Series chipset at Gamescom in August. Skylake will be the “tock” in Intel’s release schedule. So consumers could get Broadwell with a 9 Series motherboard or just wait a little bit for a Skylake processor with a 100 Series board. Having just a few months between launches does not give a lot of time for Intel to really push Broadwell or even get it out into the channel. As of writing this it is quite hard to find Broadwell Desktop processors at major online retailers. Today we will be taking a look at the flagship processor in the Broadwell desktop processor line, the i7-5775C. This quad-core processor has a base CPU frequency of 3.3 GHz with a turbo boost up to 3.7 GHz. While this might be slower than the 4770K it achieves this with far less power and has much more powerful integrated graphics.
If there is one thing to be said about Beijing based hardware manufacturer DeepCool, it would be their tenacity for pushing the limits of their own design while creating new and inspiring pieces of tech. While company has been around and creating cooling solutions since 1996, it hasn’t been until recently that they have thrust themselves onto the global enthusiast stage. Since we have been reviewing their products we have moved from simple air coolers to the very steampunk inspired AiO that we are taking a look at today. The Captain 240 is the middle of their Captain line of AiO coolers and really sets itself apart with it’s aesthetics. Read on as we find out if the design is just a veneer or if this cooler really has what it takes to be one of the best.
When it comes to power supplies there are always a few names I always recommend and Corsair is typically at the top of my list. I still find it quite impressive that Corsair has transitioned from a memory to producing some of the best cases, power supplies, AiO watercoolers and more. Corsair’s HXi Series power supplies and designed with gamers and enthusiasts in mind. Each HXi model features 80PLUS Platinum certification, Corsair Link compatibility, and a Zero RPM fan which means it will not even spin up at medium and low loads. Today we will be taking a look at the flagship unit the HX1200i, which if you can guess is the 1200W unit. Let’s jump in!
Gaming accessories can be quite expensive, just looking at my current gaming setup my keyboard, mouse and headset collectively cost over $300. While my setup might be high-end it is not out of the ordinary for a gamer to spend at least $50 per device when it comes to gaming accessories. I think that most gamers would rather put that extra $300 towards a better graphics card. This is where the Tt eSPORTS Commander Gaming Gear Combo comes in. It is a keyboard and mouse combo that costs you a total of $30. Yes you heard that right you get both a keyboard and mouse for $30. This means you can have that extra money to spend on hardware. At $30 what can we really expect from the Commander Gaming Gear Combo? Read on as we take a look…
Most of the cases that I have seen and reviewed this year have usually been what I personally refer to as cookie cutter cases. Meaning that most are generally all alike in build placement and engineering except for one or two exceptions that make that particular case unique, but the Silverstone FT04 is a case that defies this rule of case making. The Silverstone FT04 still has to follow the usual JEDEC Rules for conformity to the E-ATX form factor but past that is where it all changes to pure uniqueness. This Silverstone case defies most of the usual configuration standards and sets itself apart as being a “Case all its own”.
Scythe might not be one of the big names you hear of when it comes to air CPU coolers. Their coolers typically do not have over-the-top designs or are all that flashy, but when it comes to performance they have always been solid, and of course that is what is most important when it comes […]
With the popularity of gaming and eSports having the right weapons in your arsenal is crucial. We all know how important your keyboard and your mouse is, but your headset is equally important. A good headset has to be comfortable, provide good sound quality, and give you the ability to clearly speak to your teammates while in battle. Today we will be taking a look at the Tt eSPORTS Shock 3D 7.1 Gaming Headset and we are hoping that it has all of these qualities. The headset features enhanced 3D 7.1 virtualized surround sound, 4 different EQ settings, 40 mm drivers, bendable microphone, fold-flat design and much more. Let’s get into battle and see what the Tt eSPORTS Shock 3D 7.1 Gaming Headset can do!
Gigabyte has three very distinct motherboard lines in their X99 lineup and offer quite a lot of motherboards compared to most brands. They have their G1 Gaming Series, Overclocking Series, and Ultra Durable series. While the specific motherboards in each category are targeted at a certain type of user, many of their features cross into each category. For example the G1 Gaming series motherboards overclock quite well. Since the X99 chipset has been out for a little while now we are seeing a second wave of motherboards from manufacturers. The X99-Gaming 5P from Gigabyte is one such motherboard and is the replacement for the soon to be retired X99-Gaming 5. Gigabyte has actually added new features to this motherboard to make it even better. Let’s jump in!
Today we are taking a look at another solid state drive from Mushkin. This one comes from their Reactor line and is the 512GB version. In the past Mushkin primarily used SandForce controllers with their solid state drives, but this time they have gone with Silicon Motion’s SM2246EN controller. This controller from what we’ve seen is very solid and performs without issue. They have teamed this controller with Micron’s 16nm MLC NAND. This combination gives the 512GB version of the drive a sequential read speed of 560 MB/s and sequential write speed of 460 MB/s with 71K IOPS read and 75K IOPS write. Let’s see what this drive can do.