NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 960 is here and it is really going to hit that sweet spot for gaming when it comes to the price / performance ratio. MSI of course have released a few different GTX 960 models (4 currently) and today we will be taking a look at their highest performance part the GTX 960 Gaming 2G. This card of course falls in MSI’s very popular gaming line and comes with a factory overclock bringing the core clock up to 1216 MHz and the boost clock up to 1279 MHz. The card also ships with MSI’s new Twin Frozr V cooling solution that has many new improvements that we will go over in detail. Being part of the Gaming Series this card uses MSI’s Military Class components and also comes with a great software suite. Will this be the GTX 960 for you? Read on as we find out!
Phanteks has been making a good name for themselves in the case market recently, but we have to remember they came into the industry making fans and CPU coolers. Today we will be taking a look at one of their latest CPU coolers, the PH-TC14S. This cooler incorporates the dual tower design and performance of the PH-TC14PE but in a slimmer form. The reason for the slimmer form factor is better compatibility. So this cooler is 100% compatible with tall RAM modules and larger motherboard VRM heatsinks. The cooler also features a dual-tower design, six large heatpipes and a single Phanteks PH-F140HP II PWM high static pressure fan. Can this cooler still gives us great performance? Read on as we find out!
Being a gamer, one of the most important things we need is a mouse pad. The mouse pad helps us dictate our movements and our work flow. Most of the mouse pads these days are made out of a cloth and some made out of aluminum. Over the past few years we all have been seeing movements into control mousepads and also speed mouse pads. Different materials and products help aid in or don’t help with tracking of the mouse sensor or even the mouse feet. Some gaming mice only like certain type of mouse pad to work correctly. Well today we are going to be taking a look at the Tt eSports Draconem mouse pad. Which offers 2 sides of control, high speed and high control and is made of thick aluminum.
LUXA2 has slowly been growing on customers as they have been coming out with some really great mobile products and accessories. Today we have one of their latest products, the Lavi-S, which is a Bluetooth headset that not only sounds great but has a feature you just will not find on other headsets. First off the headset features 40 mm drivers that will give you a balanced range of bass, midrange and treble tones. The really interesting thing about this headset is that it has three different play modes. So you have Bluetooth and wired (aux in) playback, which is typical on most Bluetooth headsets, but with the Lavi-S you also have external speakers on the earcups. This allows you to share the music you are listening to with your friends and the people around you. Will this 2-in-1 device replace the need for a separate Bluetooth headset and speaker? Read on as we find out.
I start this review by simply noting the unique model number of BG001, because for be quiet!, the Silent Base 800 Computer Case is the very first case from be quiet! and the Orange flavor is the very first in the series of three cases from this German computer parts supplier. This new case has hit the ground running and we at Think Computers have been given a distinct privilege to review it, so it’s a little historic for us to write on a case that is the very first in a total line of 3 cases as of this review. The BG001 is the Orange version, the BG002 is the Black version, and the BG003 is the Silver version. The accent colors of the case is really the only difference you find which gives you three different color combinations to choose from. The internal rubber colors are black, silver or orange as in the one that we are testing in this review.
Smaller form factor systems keep on becoming more popular. With more and more full-featured smaller motherboards coming out many people are ditching their larger towers for these smaller form factor systems. With a small form factor system you only have a certain amount of space though. This is where the new Noctua NH-U9S comes in. Compared to other larger Noctua coolers that we have tested the NH-U9S has a smaller 95×95 mm footprint so it clears RAM and PCI-Express slots on most Intel and AMD motherboards, including mini-ITX motherboards. The cooler has a height of only 125 mm as well so it makes it very versatile in fitting inside smaller cases. We know Noctua for great performing CPU cooler, will this smaller cooler fit in the same category? Read on as we find out!
Cougar wants to be a big player in the gaming and eSports arena. We have seen many companies make the transition or great sub-brands to do so. We were very impressed with Cougar’s flagship gaming keyboard the 700K and now we are going to be taking a look at their 600M gaming mouse. The 600M sits in the middle of their mice offerings with the 700M above and the 200M below. It packs some great features like OMRON switches, an ANDS-9800 laser sensor, on-board memory to keep your profiles wherever you go, 8 programmable buttons, a soft-touch feel, programmable lighting and so much more! Can the 600M impress us as much as Cougar’s 700K keyboard did? Let’s jump in and see!
Antec’s Mobile Products division or AMP has been slowly expanding and adding new products to their portfolio. One of the latest products is the Sugarcube, which is a mini portable Bluetooth speaker. The size of the Sugarcube makes it easy enough to throw in your backpack, purse, laptop bag or even have sitting in your desk. The speaker itself features a 40 mm driver and even has a built in microphone for taking calls. Will this speaker make it onto your list of mobile products to get? Read on as we take a look…
So far we have taken a look at two different DDR4 kits from Crucial. Up first we had their JEDEC kit, which ran at the DDR4 default speed of 2133 MHz. The next kit we got our hands on was the Ballistix Sport kit that had some nice heatspreaders and ran at 2400 MHz. Now we are ready for Crucial’s top of the line DDR4 kit, which is the Ballistix Elite. The new Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory features a completely redesigned heatspreader from the DDR3 version and speeds that start at 2666 MHz. Today we are going to be taking a look at the BLE4K4G4D26AFEA kit. This kit runs at speeds of 2666 MHz with timings of 16-17-17-36 at 1.2V. Being that this is Crucial’s most high-end kit we expect it to perform pretty well. Let’s see what they can do!
If you own an Apple mobile device you know one thing that you always have to replace is the included USB charging / sync cable. It seems that after just a few months they break or rip, they are definitely not made to last a long time. We know LUXA2 for some great mobile products and they have put their own spin on the Lightning cable with the Aluminium MFi Lightning USB Charge / Sync Cable. With this one last? Read on as we find out…
Feb 26, 2015 0