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TeamGroup T-FORCE Dark Z DDR4 3600 MHz memory review
     Sun, Feb 23 2020 | 9:01A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Memory is one of the crucial components that can really make or break your experience with your freshly built or newly upgraded PC. There are so many modules from as many manufactures, where do you start? TeamGroup recently released its T-FORCE Dark Z memory modules. These modules come in 2666, 3000, 3200, and 3600 MHz speed and a choice of …

XPG Battlecruiser Mid-Tower Chassis Review
     Sun, Feb 23 2020 | 9:00A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
XPG's Battlecruiser mid-tower computer case gets fully examined. Should you consider it? Let's dive in and take a look."

Metro Exodus DLC
     Sat, Feb 22 2020 | 9:03A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Metro Exodus released on February 15, 2019, and as I enjoyed the series of games since the original version of Metro 2033 I was definitely looking forward to reviewing the finale to Artyom's story. Like many modern games, Metro Exodus had post-launch DLC planned, and as you may guess I was looking forward to reviewing them as well, but decided to wait on the first DLC, The Two Colonel's, for the second, Sam's Story, to release so I could tackle them together. Now that they can be enjoyed together, it seemed a perfect time to do this DLC review. Not only that but the game and its DLC will be on Steam soon for PC, with the Epic Games Store exclusivity deal expiring."

ZOOZ ZSE29 Z-Wave Plus S2 Outdoor Motion Sensor
     Sat, Feb 22 2020 | 9:02A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ZOOZ ZSE29 is an interesting product. As a motion sensor and a SmartThings device it definitely works very well, but determining how appropriate it is to use this outdoors will have to be seen after some time installed exposed to the elements. My gut tells me that the physical design and the stipulations that this outdoor rated device has to avoid heat, sunlight, humidity, and wetness may lead to a fairly short usable life.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER FE Overclocking
     Sat, Feb 22 2020 | 9:01A | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We take the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition video card and overclock it as high as possible to see how fast it is over stock performance.

Acer Predator CG437K Monitor Review
     Sat, Feb 22 2020 | 9:00A | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Enter the Acer Predator CG437K, a 43-inch 4K HDR gaming behemoth that better fits your desk than a BFGD. Acer packs in a 144Hz capable panel, stylish design, both G-Sync and FreeSync support, DisplayPort inputs, integrated USB hub and customizable RGB lighting sprinkled on top -- because it’s not a gaming accessory unless there’s RGB lightning of course.

PATRIOT P300 m.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD rele3ased
     Fri, Feb 21 2020 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

"PATRIOT has released the P300 Gen3 x4 NVMe m.2 SSD with capacities available from 256GB up to 1TB. The P300 is designed to deliver the most significant all-around performance for desktop and laptop users. Built with next-generation PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe controller and best-in-class components, the P300 is posed to bring out rapid data transfer speeds and best in class reliability for the user. P300 represents a milestone for the next generation of PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe SSD, which can offer 25% higher transfer speeds better IOPs over standard PCIe3 x2 solutions and attribute to its low power consumption is the best solution for laptop battery endurance.

As more and more users have migrated from SATA III to PCIe NVMe solid-state drives, there needs to be diversity to help users pick products that better match their demands and performance goals. The P300 provides a reliable solution for budget-users while still offering exceptional speed at a consumer-friendly price. P300 built on a single-sided M.2 design for space savings and to ensure compatibility with the thinnest laptops and small form factor desktops. The next-generation DRAMless controller, when matched with 3D NAND flash, reduces the build costs without compromising SSD performance and quality. "While the entire PC industry seems to focus on high-end GAMING products, it is easy to overlook the basic needs of the retail consumer, and PATRIOT is rising to the challenge. The P300 is a perfect example of that allowing the budget-builder to have a quality SSD with little to no compromise in performance and quality," said Roger Shinmoto, the Vice President of PATRIOT.

Stability and reliability are the key elements for outstanding storage products. The P300’s advanced firmware provides an end-to-end data path protection and powerful LDPC (low-density parity-check) ECC algorithm to ensure data integrity, and for avoiding data corruption, it also allows peak performance is maintained and lowers power consumption in the system.

Supports APST, ASPM, and L1.2 power-saving modes, which can maximize the battery endurance of laptops and offers a secure erase command to clear all user data and restore factory settings. The P300 supports Advanced Wear Leveling to prolong the lifespan of NAND Flash by optimizing write and erase cycles for each of the cells. The drive is designed to strengthen the system’s overall performance by quicker data transfer speed and backed by our 3-year warranty; the PATRIOT P300 delivers one of the most reliable price-to-performance SSD’s on the market."


Fractal Design Define 7 / XL Review
     Fri, Feb 21 2020 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You can trace the lineage of the new Fractal Design Define 7 from the much-loved Define R6 that we reviewed in December 2017 with stops along the way for the Define S2 in October 2018 and the Define S2 Meshify in February 2019 . What we’re trying to say is that Define 7 has been a long time coming and we are happy to report the wait has been worthwhile!

Razer Nari Ultimate - Overwatch Lúcio Edition Gaming Headset Review
     Fri, Feb 21 2020 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
" After fully charging the headset, we have fired up several games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic, Overwatch, Bioshock 2, Forza Horizon 4 and Bayonetta; even at default settings, the vibration is quite strong and activates on low frequencies in real time. Even when we have had discussions via Skype, depending on the voice frequency we have felt short vibrations but thanks to the Synapse controls, we could eliminate these by turning the haptic effects to a lower level. Thanks to the thick padding of the cups, the vibration effect remains pleasant even when it is turned all the way up; however, there are times when we would like to turn the haptic effect completely off and this is possible via the software interface. "

MiSTer DIY: Accurately Simulating Retro Game Consoles
     Fri, Feb 21 2020 | 9:01A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Retro gamers are picky about one thing that haunts many software emulation solutions that run on the likes of the Raspberry Pi 4 or an NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device -- and that's lag. Thanks to a talented group of developers and some off-the-shelf parts, the MiSTer project aims for a lag-free, higher quality, more accurate retro gaming experience.

How To Optimise For 64 Cores : An AMD Guide!
     Fri, Feb 21 2020 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X gives design and video production professionals, as well as HEDT enthusiasts, unprecedented computing power with 64 cores of processing power! But with all those cores come the problem - how do you make use of all 64 cores, and not have any core just idle, wasting power?

Aerocool NightHawk Duo ARGB
     Thu, Feb 20 2020 | 2:31P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The NightHawk Duo ARGB is the solid version of the AirHawk Duo ARGB utilizing an acrylic front instead of a metal mesh design.With essentially the same styling, it offers quieter operation at the cost of thermal performance to cater to those who want as much visibility and cool RGB fans but prefer silence above all else.

Top-5 notebook vendors see shipments fall over 30%
     Thu, Feb 20 2020 | 2:29P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The world's top-5 notebook brand vendors saw their combined shipments (excluding detachable models) fall over 30% sequentially in January 2020, due to a combination of negative factors including the coronavirus impact and seasonality, according to Digitimes Research.

Fractal Design Define 7 XL chassis
     Thu, Feb 20 2020 | 2:24P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A divine redesign, meet the all new Fractal Design Define 7 XL, an all-black, cool and silent PC housing for a wide variety of motherboards. This product is made with airflow and liquid cooling in mind to serve the more performance-oriented PCs. It is a spacious beast with a lot of options.

Fractal Design Define 7 Mid-Tower Chassis Review
     Thu, Feb 20 2020 | 2:23P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Fractal Design today launches its newest computer case, the Define 7. Join us as we see what it's all about."

Fractal Design Define 7 Case Review
     Thu, Feb 20 2020 | 2:23P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The case I am talking about is the Define 7 and could easily be one of the most comprehensive cases I have ever reviewed. The Fractal Design Define 7 is a case that checks all the boxes making it an easy choice for PC builders looking for a versatile chassis design that can accommodate ambitious builds while leaving room for the inevitable upgrade.

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