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!
Be quiet’s Dark Rock line of CPU coolers are their high-performance line meant to handle the most extreme processors and thermal loads out there. While most of the coolers in the line are tower coolers there is one that is different, it is the Dark Rock TF. The Dark Rock TF or Dark Rock Top-Flow is a C-type cooler that features two powerful nickel-plated aluminum heat sinks and two 135 mm SilentWings cooling fans. Be quiet calls this cooler a compact cooler, but it is one of the larger C-type coolers that we’ve seen. It is supposed to offer one of the best performance-to-noise ratios in its class. Let’s get it installed and see what it can do!
Thermaltake’s Core series has been a huge success for Thermaltake since launching last year at CES. The whole motto of the Core X series is “Your Build. Our Core” which means that each of the cases in the Core X Series can be designed to fit your specific needs. The brand new Core X71 definitely fits that description as it has a internal modular design and it is one of the largest Thermaltake Cases that we’ve ever reviewed! Being a full tower it has room inside for multiple long graphics cards, two power supplies, over 5 hard drives, and lots, I mean lots of room for cooling! As far as water cooling support you have room for a 480 mm and two 360 mm radiators installed at the same time. This case also has room for a total of 11 140 mm fans too! As you can imagine you can put together a pretty extreme system with this case so let’s take a look!
Recording and streaming your gameplay has never been more popular. Some people are making a full-time living off of gaming videos on YouTube and with streaming services like Twitch. While recording and broadcasting from a PC can be done without any extra hardware doing it on a console or say Steam Machine can be a little more difficult. Since video sharing became popular one of the most well known names in the game capture market has been Elgato and today we have one of their latest game capture devices, the Game Capture HD60. If you can guess by the name this device will allow your to capture your gameplay in HD resolution (1920 x 1080) and at 60 frames per second. This devices offers so much more too, so let’s jump right in and see what it’s all about!
Scythe has really made a name for themselves in the DIY PC cooling market since being founded back in 2002. Over the years they have had some really great CPU coolers, many which we have reviewed. The Ninja series has primarily been reserved for the top of the line coolers from Scythe and the cooler we have on the review block today definitely fits that bill. It is the Ninja 4, which is the 4th major revision of the famous Ninja cooler. This very large CPU cooler features 4 heatsink stacks, 6 heatpipes, and a 120 mm cooling fan. Can it compete with some of the other larger CPU coolers out there? Read on as we find out!
Cooler Master was a name brand when it came to PC Cases, their HAF and Cosmos series of cases were brand names to builders. Over the past few years though heavy competition and innovation from newer brands has sort of made Cooler Master an afterthought when it comes to cases. Well they want to change your mind with their brand new MasterCase series, which is made up of the MasterCase 5 and MasterCase Pro 5. Cooler Master says this new case series has the “Maker Spirit” inside, meaning that no matter your setup you can “Make it Yours”. Today we will be taking a look at the MasterCase 5, which is the entry-level case in the series currently. This case has everything you will need to build the perfect system like room for water cooling, 4 hard drives, plenty of cable routing holes, and more. Let’s jump in and see what this case is all about!
MSI’s Z170 motherboard product stack is pretty full, there are so many motherboards it is hard to narrow it down to a single board for your Z170 build. MSI has put a lot of focus on their Gaming Series that their Pro Series is often overlooked. Today we will be taking a look at a motherboard that has everything that you would want in a Z170 motherboard, without many of the extras that you won’t use. With that it comes in at a price that won’t break the bank. The motherboard I am talking about is the Z170A SLI Plus which features two shielded PCI-Express slots that support SLI and CrossFire, a 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, USB 3.1, and six SATA 6GB/s ports. As you can guess this board is designed for people who will be using two graphics cards and do not need all of the extra things on many of the motherboards we see on the market. Let’s see if the Z170A SLI Plus is the perfect board for your next Z170 build.
Mad Catz R.A.T. mice have a long history with PC gamers. If you’ve used a R.A.T. mouse you know it is unlike anything else out there, yet many people overlook these mice and I’m not sure why. Some people have told me they don’t choose these mice because they don’t look like they would be comfortable, yet they have never used them. Every R.A.T. mouse that I’ve used not only has been comfortable, but extremely functional. Mad Catz recently released two new R.A.T. mice, the PRO X and the PRO S. Today we will be taking a look at the PRO S which features a PixArt PMW3310 5000 DPI optical sensor, 8 programmable buttons, and an adjustable palm rest. The PRO S is designed to be a tournament mouse to it is also very lightweight. Let’s get to gaming and see what the PRO S is all about!
Over the past few years USB speeds have really increased! We were stuck on USB 2.0 for quite a long time maxing out at 480 mbps. Not that long ago we were introduced to USB 3.0 which was a significant upgrade up to 5 gbps, which is 10 times the speed of USB 2.0. Just this year we have another upgrade to USB 3.1 which doubles the speed up to 10 gbps. With USB 3.1 with have a whole slew of new devices and of course some of those include flash drives. These make transferring and carry data with you extremely easy. Today we are taking a look at Kingston’s HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 flash drive. This drive features read and write speeds of 350MB/s and 250MB/s respectively, a pretty cool design and a 5-year warranty.
You probably wouldn’t believe it, but the case we’re about to take a look at comes from a company that has only been in the PC case game since 2013. Formed in 2007 with PC cooling as their target market, Phanteks has only been dropping bombs on the hardware market since 2011 with their superbly performing CPU coolers. They soon followed their CPU coolers and fans with some of the best cases we have seen. Based on the mantra that “no job is impossible” and listening closely to what builders and modders want, Phanteks has been stunning us with cases that truly deliver exactly what we need time after time. Considering how long they have been designing and producing cases it’s astonishing just how many models they have. With such meteoric success I have to wonder if there is going to be a point when they miss? Can Phanteks truly keep making cases that are unique and nearly perfectly suited to our needs? Read along as we find out if today is the day Phanteks slips or shines with one of the newest models in one of their most popular lines, the Evolv ATX mid tower case.