Introduction In the world of PC gaming, we, as a community, have witnessed companies rise and fall. We have seen them adapt and overcome to the never-ending changes in the market. One of those companies who has stood the…
Soundblaster, a name that PC users and enthusiasts have grown up with for years. Creative, the creator of the Soundblaster series of sound cards have been with us since 1981 and a worldwide leader in audio technologies. In 1989, they bought us the now famous and recognized name of Soundblaster. Since this time Creative have released a swathe of different audio products for the PC market, most notably the dedicated sound card. It was an easy choice back in the day, if you wanted quality sound for both game play and music alike, you purchased a dedicated sound card as it was most of the time far better than your onboard sound hardware. However is this the case now all these years later now that onboard sound hardware has vastly improved ? Today we are looking at the Soundblaster X AE-5 Plus, a dedicated sound card for the PC. Read on to see what we find.
The rise in CPU performance gives way to increased heat output as CPU manufacturers push the silicon to new heights for performance and temperature both. The latest generation of Intel i9-10900K CPU is notorious for running hot under heavy load. To combat this, Cooler Master partnered with Intel to develop a subzero CPU cooling solution for mainstream applications. We managed to get a sample of this new cooler, so please join us in exploring this new technology.
Founded in 1996, Crucial is one of the top sellers of DRAM and storage modules for the PC market. As a brand of Micron, one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world, they've got a direct line to manufacturing and engineering to bring some of the best products possible to the PC community. So when Crucial released a newly designed NVMe storage solution, we took notice. Named the P5, it's their newest SSD to enter the retail space and it appears to be a good storage choice whether you're using it for gaming or professional purposes. Follow along as we put this drive to the test and compare it to some of the very best Gen 3 drives out there.
Since the launch of the NVIDIA 3000 series graphics cards, we've seen an unprecedented boost in gaming performance. This new generation of cards boasts a larger percent improvement beyond previous generation than we've ever seen before. While there's no doubt that the RTX 3090 and 3080 cards are truly impressive for gaming and come with steep price tags, does this new 3000 series include anything for budget oriented gamers? ZOTAC recently added a new member to its gaming division of graphics cards, which has been built around the NVIDIA Ampere architecture. With enhanced RT Cores, Tensor Cores, streaming multiprocessors, and high-speed GDDR6 memory, the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3060Ti Twin Edge might just be the new price-per-performance budget gaming king. Join us as we take a deeper look at this GPU and put it to the test with games and synthetic benchmarks.
It’s a fair statement that a keyboard and mouse are the most important part of any computer rig! Without them, we would be stuck with a box as good as a paper weight. You could even say keyboard and mice have become an extension of our limbs. So, it’s important that they are reliable, comfortable and responsive. Even consoles manufactures have seen the light and have enabled their consoles to utilize them. Corsair have kindly sent us the K60 RGB Pro Mechanical Keyboard and the KATAR Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse to review. Let's see how they fair.
In September, Team Group released a new product line that's targeted at creators. You might be used to seeing T-Force branded items from Team Group, but their new line is T-Create. They are marketing this line to content creators and creative professionals, but what exactly does that mean? Follow along and we'll give you a product tour with performance overclocking and attempt to answer that question for you.
Team Group has made a name for itself by delivering new and innovative designs for memory and storage solutions. Today we're taking a look an older DDR4 kit of theirs, but it's interesting to us primarily because it's the fastest kit they offer. In recent year's we've seen the gold standard for Samsung based memory modules increase from 4000 MHz all the way up to 4800 MHz in terms of XMP rating. The T-Force Xtreem doesn't fuss around with flashy RGB LED's, instead, the series delivers a super high-quality aluminum heat sink with speedy XMP ratings all the way up to 4500 MHz. We already hinted that they are Samsung based, but follow along as we put this memory to the test and see what kind of overclock profiles are possible.
Today We'll be looking at a cooler with fairly large shoes to fill. As many enthusiasts know, the Hyper 212 Evo from Cooler Master has been the go to cooler for anyone making the decision to ditch the pre-builds and commit to building your own PC. Let's see if the V2 can match or better the V1.
This product is your standard PCIE 3.0 x4 NVME. It features QLC (quad level cell) NAND which enables it to have product variants up to 8TB due to its denser configuration! This type of NAND is of the 3D variant, which enables higher read and write endurance's, simply put they'll last longer. Compared to TLC NAND though, it is a bit slower in write speeds, still the drive promises up to 3000 MB/s in sequential write and 3400 MB/s in read, remember that max theoretical bandwidth for PCIE 3.0 x4 is 3940 MB/s, adding in all communications, transfers and etc., most we usually see on PCIE x4 is 3500 MB/s (that's like transferring COD Warzone from two same speed NVME's in about 15 seconds!!). On top of all this since the drive is in the typical 2280 format (22mm wide by 80mm long) and doesn't have a heatsink it'll fit in anything that has a slot the appropriate size. Now the cherry on the cake? Corsair offers a 5 year (!) warranty on this product line. Let's check it out this small, fast and capable NVME SSD!