Thermaltake’s Core V Series has been extremely popular, especially with their latest Core V21 and Core V1 cases. It is time for a new Core series, which has launched today with three cases. Each case has a cube-like design and they are made to be builders cases, which means they are very easy to work in, have interchangeable parts, have lots of air are water cooling options, and fit some of the largest components possible. The Core X series starts with the Mini-ITX Core X1, then moves up to the Micro-ATX Core X2, and finally finishes off with the big-boy Core X9 that supports E-ATX motherboards. Today we will be taking a look at the Core X1, it has room inside for 4 hard drives, a mini-ITX motherboard, 3-slot full-size graphics card, CPU coolers up to 200 mm and a full-size ATX power supply. Let’s get started!
Streaming media is nothing new. We have been watching YouTube and IPTV for years now, but over the past couple of years streaming video services have become extremely popular and are not just reserved for your PC or mobile device anymore. No one wants to sit around someone’s laptop to watch movies and other videos. Google has come up with a very simple and inexpensive way to bring all of that streaming content to any TV that has an HDMI port. The Google Chromecast is a simple HDMI dongle that allows you to stream content from any Google Chrome tab and from a wide variety of supported apps. Let’s jump in and see what this thing can do!
PC gaming over the past few years has taken off with games like League of Legends and CS:GO as these are games that most people can play on pretty much any PC system. With that happening we have seen an influx of PC gaming gear on the market, while not always the best gear for the price ether. There are a few great companies out on the market who make great entry level gaming gear. One of them who have stepped up to the plate with some great gaming gear over the past year is Cooler Master’s CM Storm line. Today we will be taking a look at the CM Storm Octane Gaming Gear Combo, which is made up of a gaming keyboard and mouse.
The brand new Carbide 330R Titanium Edition makes the already very popular gaming case of the Carbide 330R even better with an included conveniently hidden 3 step speed fan controller switch with a very stylish and minimalist aluminum anodized gun metal grey front metal panel finish to match many of the other gaming peripherals that are already offered by Corsair’s latest gaming series. The Corsair Carbide Series 330R already has some of the newest Corsair “Direct Airflow Path” design that causes less air resistance, better flow and silent running due to some very intensive fluid dynamics taken into consideration at the engineering phase of this case’s development. Basically the way this system works is with this case is the front door leaves a 5mm gap on both sides and inside the case front door. The air is pulled collectively from the frontal sides and a bottom indicated in the color yellow below. By pulling it from such a wide area it allows for less intake air noise by pulling from all the different angles.
Cougar is a company that we have known for mainly power supplies and cases. With the popularity of gaming and eSports it seems they want it get it on it and they have started producing gaming peripherals. From the looks of it they are taking it very seriously with some pretty impressive keyboards and mice. Today we will be taking a look at their new flagship gaming keyboard the 700K. This keyboard has a ton of great features some of them include an aluminum chassis, Cherry MX mechanical keys, 6 programmable G-keys, three different profiles and some pretty sweet backlighting. Will this keyboard get you thinking about Cougar when it comes to gaming peripherals? Read on as we find out.
We have taken a look at a few different DDR4 memory kits over the past couple of months. The kits ranged from entry-level to high-end. Kingston’s HyperX brand is known as their high-end brand. Their best memory and solid state drives are part of the HyperX family. Of course with DDR4 being new we expected some new HyperX memory and Kingston delivered with their HyperX Predator series. This is not your typical memory, it is high-end with some of the tightest timings we have seen for DDR4 and the performance to match it. The Predator Series is available in speeds ranging from 2133 MHz all the way up to 3000 MHz. Today we will be taking a look at the HX424C12PB2K4/16 kit which is a 16 GB kit running at 2400 MHz with timings of 12-13-13-35 at 1.35V. Let’s see what this kit can do!
A little over a year ago we took a look at Pivos’s XIOS DS Media Player. This was Pivos’s first media player and while it was a great machine, it was more of a DIY system as its more or less an Android box that you had to customize yourself. The newer Pivos XIOS XS has its own TOFU Media Center GUI, which is a Pivos-customized version of XBMC that runs on Android 4.2.2. This makes the XIOS XS more user-friendly as you can pretty much boot it up and be ready to go, much like the other major media / streaming players out there. Let’s take a look…
In Win has been known for creating some pretty crazy cases over the past few years. Cases that are not your typical mid tower and really stand out. Some of these cases include the Tou, X-Frame, H-Frame and 904. In Win’s original D-Frame was introduced a couple of years ago and it was truly unique. With the popularity of smaller systems, especially mini-ITX systems In Win is back with the D-Frame Mini, a mini-ITX version of their iconic D-Frame case. It features the same aluminum tube framework and open-air design as the original D-Frame, has room for graphics cards up to 340mm, full-size power supplies up to 220mm and even a 240mm radiator. This is one of the most unique cases we have seen all year, let’s jump in!
We have seen digital power supplies for a while now from many different manufacturers. Today we have Thermaltake’s latest in their Toughpower DPS G 850W unit. This unit features a sleek design, 80PLUS Gold efficiency rating, 140 mm cooling fan and a fully modular design with flat cables. On top of all of that you can plug this power supply into your motherboard (via USB) and with Thermaltake’s DPSApp you can easily monitor stats, calculate cost, change fan speeds and more. Is this power supply perfect for your next build? Read on as we find out.
We have seen a lot of value-oriented solid state drives come out lately. Crucial had their MX100, Samsung had the 840 EVO and now it is OCZ’s turn. The drive we are taking a look at today is the ARC 100 and at its current price at my online retailer the drive sits at $0.44 per GB. As many of you know Toshiba took over OCZ and while back and with that everything inside this drive is owned by OCZ / Toshiba. Powering the drive you have the Barefoot 3 M10 controller and Toshiba A19nm NAND flash. That combination gives you sequential read and write speeds of 480 MB/s and 430 MB/s respectively for the 240 GB version we are testing today. Let’s jump in!
Jan 30, 2015 0