Thursday, December 13, 2018

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Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB
Cooling

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Review

The MasterLiquid ML360R RGB is equipped with a big ol’ 360mm radiator and a huge side serving of RGB lights to boot. But how well does the ML360R RGB do at following this trend? Follow along as we put this cooler through its paces.

Corsair H100i Pro RGB
Cooling

Corsair H100i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Review

As is the way of things, Corsair has just about gotten their whole line of AiO coolers updated. If you’ve not already read our previous reviews of the H150i Pro and H115i Pro, check those out. In summary they are high performance coolers with great new looks and RGB effects. Today we are going to round out the group and finally add the recently released H100i Pro RGB to our stable. How will this 240mm cooler stack up against the rest of the family, how will it perform compared to the competition? Follow along as we put the H100i Pro RGB through its paces.

Alphacool Eissturm Gaming Kit
Cooling

Alphacool Eissturm Gaming Kit Review

So you’ve got yourself a brand spanking new PC on order and you couldn’t be more stoked. This time you went all out. The latest high end desktop processor, flagship motherboard, maxed out memory, m.2s galore, and you even managed to snag a pair of 1080 ti’s right out from under a crypto miner’s nose. But did you consider cooling when you put that parts list together? That processor has more cores than it knows what to do with and they run hot. Hot like Hawaii growing further out of the Pacific, hot like the forest outside LA last summer. For cpu heat like that there is no other long term solution better than a traditional water cooling loop. And therein lies the problem. Watercooling is a whole new level of technical parts and perceived dangers. Luckily manufactures have realized this; enter the kit. These boxes come complete with all the parts that you need to put together your first loop. The bonus being that you are guaranteed to have compatible parts and if you choose the right kit you get real quality parts that can be used for years to come as you expand and upgrade. Today we are taking a look at one of those kits, the Eissturm Gaming Kit from Alphacool. Alphacool are old pros in the watercooling game hailing from Germany so expectations are high for this 360mm rad equipped loop. Follow along as we find out just how cool this kit can keep your processor.

Sumo Lounge Gamer Microsuede Beanbag
Gaming

Sumo Lounge Gamer Microsuede Beanbag Review

Today I will challenge you to shift some of your focus and budget to making your body a bit more comfortable. We’re taking a look at a chair, specifically the Sumo Gamer Microsuede bean bag. This foam filled bag is a serious piece of comfort tech; follow along as we find out if it’s worth it.

Raijintek Orcus 240 Liquid CPU Cooler
Cooling

Raijintek Orcus 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

We’ve mentioned it before and it’s still true today, the AiO market is jammed full with competition making innovation a struggle for even the most experienced Engineers and R&D teams. Enter the Raijintek Orcus 240 all in one liquid cooler. Immediately you notice the cylindrical device attached to the tubing and know that something is different here. While most companies are sticking with the tried and true pump on block combo the German designed and Thai built Orcus 240 (thank you Raijintek for the simple name) took the pump and placed it externally on the tubing. This left space for a reservoir/flow meter on top of the block and of course you also find RGB leds everywhere. No doubt innovation was at the top of the bill for this cooler, but let’s find out what that nets Raijintek in terms of performance, ease of use, and quality.

Phanteks Evolv Shift X
Cases

Phanteks Evolv Shift X Case Review

The Phanteks Evolv Shift X immediately strikes you as a unique and beautiful work of steel and glass. It is incredibly aesthetically pleasing. Striking even. However, as we take a moment and ponder further we see that beauty, as it often does, comes at a cost. This chassis will accept only Mini ITX motherboards, it is small. The length or height (depending on orientation) hides the fact that this case is basically SFF and as such must be approached with care and tact. Follow along as we find out both what it takes to build in this nearly boutique work of art as well as whether or not you really want to.

Corsair H115i Pro Liquid CPU Cooler
Cooling

Corsair H115i Pro Liquid CPU Cooler Review

We recently took a look at the Editor’s Choice award winning H150i PRO from Corsair. The cooler surprised us with improvements on all sides, from performance to aesthetics, it moved Corsair to the next level in all-in-one watercooling systems. While that cooler is certainly the flagship of the line there were revisions to the previous top dog, the H115i, as well. This 280mm radiator equipped unit features all the same catch phrases as it's new big brother minus some radiator surface area. Follow along as we find out what this versions updates do to improve the already good H115i!

CES 2018

LG Launches First 5K UltraWide Monitor

The ultra wide standard has been around for a while now and is adopted by most all major monitor manufacturers. New to the market however is higher resolution standards. Announced at CES 2018 LG is launching their 34” 5K UltraWide a first for the South Korean manufacturer.

Gaming

OPSEAT Master Series Gaming Chair Review

Ah the office chair, coffee stained, broken arms, and worn out padding, this often overlooked piece of furniture is the unsung hero of all night raids and game releases. It is the foundation for overclocking and coding sessions alike. Why then do we focus so much of our attention and budget on the electronic bits that reside within our rigs and so little on the only item that can bring us comfort? If you’re reading this you have probably achieved a level of enlightenment that has allowed you to focus beyond the screen you are staring at. Welcome to the land of physical comfort! There are a plethora of options when it comes to gluteal support. From worn out second hand items scored at the thrift store to multi thousand dollar executive thrones, the range is wide. One of the more recent trends is the racing seat styled gaming chair. No doubt you’ve seen these at all professional gaming tournaments and advertised everywhere gaming things live. Here at ThinkComputers we’ve covered a nice pair of these already, today we are adding the OPSEAT Master Series chair to our stable. Follow along as we find out of this is the right chair for your nerdy needs!

Reeven NAIA 240 Liquid CPU Cooler
CoolingReviews

Reeven NAIA 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

(Read with action movie voice over guy voice) In a world filled with heartache, turmoil, and strife. A world without direction or promise of a future, many are left with questions. Questions like, ‘What should I use to cool my CPU?’, ‘There are so many AiOs which one is right for me?’, and even ‘Isn’t the cooler that came with it good enough?’. If you find yourself echoing those thoughts you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re taking a look at a brand new AiO from a company just entering this ultra competitive space, Reeven, with their NAIA 240. This interesting first try at a watercooling part stands out with a clear, led backlit, refillable reservoir chamber. Follow along as we find out if this cooler is the right one to solve all your worries and fears.

Cherry MX Board 3.0 Keyboard
GamingInput DevicesReviews

Cherry MX Board 3.0 Keyboard Review

In keyboard land there are few if any company names more recognizable than Cherry. We know them mostly for the amazing switches they produce and sell to anyone looking to make a top end deck. They of course also make full keyboards themselves and the ones we’ve reviewed here at ThinkComputers have been quite nice. Today we’re checking out one more, a business model, the MX Board 3.0. This flat top full Qwerty board isn’t likely to grab your attention if you’re a gamer. Fortunately, the 3.0 equipped with MX Brown switches, is intended for someone with a set of demands other than flashing RGB LEDs. Read along as we find out if the MX Board 3.0 should be your next business partner.

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