OCZ has sent us their latest 2.5-inch solid state drive, the Vector 180. This new drive still uses the aging Barefoot 3 controller, but OCZ has teamed it with the latest Toshiba A19nm MLC NAND. This drive is all about reliability and features OCZ’s implementation of power loss protection, which they are calling Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+). PFM+ is not full power loss protection, but will protect data-at-rest. So PFM+ will protect data that has been already been written to the NAND. This helps protect the mapping table and reduces the risk of ‘bricking’ the drive. The 480GB version of the drive that we are reviewing today has sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. OCZ also backs this drive with their new ShieldPlus 5-year warranty. Let’s take a look!
It is not often we see limited edition motherboards, maybe one or two a year maybe. So when ASUS said they were sending me a limited edition motherboard I was quite excited. The color white in the PC enthusiast scene has become extremely popular over the past couple of years. PC case manufacturers have really adopted it with a wide variety of all white cases, there are white power supplies, even a few all-white graphics cards, but a white motherboard is something very hard to come by. ASUS is changing all of that with their Sabertooth Z97 Mark S Limited Edition Motherboard. This motherboard is part of ASUS’s TUF (The Ultimate Force) line of motherboards so it has the TUF Thermal Armor and TUF Fortifier. ASUS has changed the colors of these to arctic (white) camo to give the motherboard a truly unique look. On top of that they have actually built the motherboard on a completely white PCB. Not only is this truly unique it really makes the motherboard look amazing. Being an ASUS motherboard that is part of the TUF series it has quite a lot of features as well, let’s take a look!
Scythe has been making CPU coolers for quite a long time and today we have another one of their CPU coolers to review. The Scythe Ashura’s main goal is user-friendliness and a compact heatsink design while not sacrificing efficient cooling performance. The Ashura is designed as a single-tower cooler with six copper heatpipes and a 140 mm cooling fan. The cooler is compatible with all modern sockets on both the Intel and AMD side. Will this cooler be easy to install? And more importantly will it be able to compete with other tower coolers out there? Read on as we find out!
Bluetooth speakers are all but common now. We have reviewed quite a few of these speakers over the past few months. Most of these speakers have been smaller, made for portability and can really only fill a small room with sound. Enter the Fluance Fi30, a larger Bluetooth speaker that boasts impressive sound and is made to be stationary as it plugs into the wall does not rely on a rechargeable battery. This is the Bluetooth speaker you are going to want to get if you want something that has much more impressive sound than the smaller units and don’t need something that is portable. Did I mention the Fi30 is quite sexy as well? Read on as we take a look…
We’ve looked at a large portion of AIO coolers from the Fremont, California based hardware manufacturer Corsair. This includes our most recent review the H110i GT which set the bar high as the best performing AIO cooler that we have tested here at ThinkComputers. Of course that isn’t the limit of Corsair’s capabilities as they offer a full line of coolers for all different needs. Today we’ll once again take a look a large AIO cooler, the 240mm rad equipped H100i GTX. Follow along as we find out if this cooler can go punch for punch with it’s highly successful bigger brother.
The Z11 NEO is what the Greek word “NEO” suggest. It’s “a new or revived form of” the earlier generations of the Zalman Z11 series of case that have been very popular for quite some time. While the Z11 has been around for a while the Z11 is a much better improved updated and redesigned NEO looks better and gives more with a price that in earlier days would have cost a builder three times what this case costs now. What really sets off the Zalman Z11 series is the puff out serviceable gills on the sides that make it look like a stealth fighter bomber or a high dollar Lambo theme case. The case has a cockpit like window on the side that makes it even more appealing in a man vs. machine sort of way. The Z11 NEO in big letters on the side harkens some back to the days of the older Zalman LQ-1000 Z machine series that made it look serious on anyone’s work space. The branding lets onlookers know that your computer is something different than the average everyday work a day business machine. Having the Z11 NEO is an Artistic statement as much as a very well built case, so let’s take a look at what the NEO brings out in the new and revived version of the Zalman Z11.
Patriot is no newcomer to memory and their Viper line has been around as long as I can remember. The Viper 4 series sits as the mid-range offering in their DDR4 memory line with the Viper Extreme sitting at the high-end and the Signature Line being more the entry level. We first got a glimpse of the Viper 4 series back in January at CES and now we have a kit of our own to test out. The kit we are taking a look at today is the PV416G300C6QK kit, which is a 16GB kit with timings of 16-16-16-36 at 1.35V. The memory kit is of course a quad-channel kit designed for Intel’s X99 chipset and has some pretty nice black and red heatspreaders that not only will keep the memory cool, but will look quite good in your system. Let’s see what this memory kit can do!
When you think of ASUS’s Republic of Gamers line you typically think of their motherboards and graphics cards right? Well the Republic of Gamers line is made up of much more than that and today we are going to be checking out their ROG Gladius Gaming Mouse. The Gladius features a 6400 DPI optical sensor, 2000 Hz USB polling rate support, exclusive switch socket design for customizable click resistance, separately designed left and right mouse buttons, grips on each side of the mouse and ROG lighting. The mouse is designed for use in your right hand and is made for all grip types including palm, claw, and fingertip. Is this your next gaming mouse? Read on as we find out!
Kingston now has a full line of solid state drives to offer to consumers. We have already taken a look at their HyperX Predator PCI-Express solid state drive on the high end and they have their HyperX Fury, which is more entry level. Filling in the mid-range is the HyperX Savage, which effectively replaces the HyperX 3K solid state drive. The drive is powered by the Phison PS3110-S10 quad core, eight-channel controller that is the same controller that we saw on Corsair’s Neutron XT drive. The drive is also Kingston’s fastest SATA-based solid state drive with sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. Will this be the solid state drive to get in 2015? Read on as we find out!
When you think of a gaming keyboard do the ultra high-end expensive keyboards come to mind? Many people think that gaming keyboards are simply too expensive and not worth it. Well what if I was to tell you we are reviewing a gaming keyboard today that has a MSRP of only $29.99! Tt eSPORTS has sent us over their Challenger Prime gaming keyboard that features a membrane design, full illumination, six dedicated macro keys and much more. Let’s get to gaming on the Challenger Prime and see what it can do!
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