Monday, September 24, 2018

Reviews

FNATIC miniStreak Gaming Keyboard
Gaming

FNATIC miniStreak Gaming Keyboard Review

If you are into eSports you've probably heard of FNATIC, they currently have professional teams for some of the most popular games out there like CS:GO, DOTA2, League of Legends, Fortnite, and Rocket League. Typically professional eSports teams are sponsored by peripheral brands who supply their gaming keyboards, mice, headsets, etc for these professional gamers to use. FNATIC went a different route and has created their own gaming "gear" line called FNATIC Gear, offering keyboards, mice, headsets, and mousepads. Are these just cheap products with the FNATIC logo on them? Or are they quality gaming products designed to give you the competitive edge? Today we are checking out our first FNATIC product, the miniStreak, which is a tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboard. It features an anodized aluminium top plate, Cherry MX mechanical key switches, and full RGB backlighting backed up with some pretty awesome software. Let's jump in and see what this keyboard can do.

MSI B450i Gaming Plus AC Motherboard
Motherboards

MSI B450i Gaming Plus AC Motherboard Review

AMD launched their second generation Ryzen processor back in April and with that we got the new X470 chipset, which for one supports the new Ryzen processors right out of the gate and offers some new features like Extended Frequency Range 2 and Precision Boost 2. Just like the initial Ryzen launch the higher-end X470 motherboards came first, and now we have the budget-minded B450 boards. While we call these budget boards, they really offer quite a lot and you get pretty much the same feature-set you get with X470. If you are running a single graphics card and don't need an abundance of USB ports one of these boards might be perfect for you and the money you save can be used towards a better graphics card or NVMe solid state drive. Today we are checking out the very small MSI B450i Gaming Plus AC motherboard, which is a mini-ITX board. Is this board perfect for your next small form factor build? Read on as we find out!

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.

EcoLast Premium Standing Mat
Multimedia

iMovR Lander Desk Review

In the world of sit-stand desks there are quite a lot of options and the prices are all over the place as well. There has been many studies that show sitting at your desk all day is bad for your body. Sit-stand desks give you the ability to choose to sit or stand. These have become so popular that even Ikea makes a sit-stand desk. iMovR has sent us their Lander motorized sit-stand desk and we've been using it for the past few weeks. All of the iMovR desks are made entirely in the USA, can be assembled in minutes without tools, and they even have an app that lets you control the desk and much more. Now this desk has a starting price of $999 so it is quite the investment for the ordinary person. Is it worth it? Read on as we find out!

Cases

Phanteks Eclipse P350X Case Review

Back in January of 2018 at CES, we were introduced to an early version of the Eclipse P350X. At the time, Phanteks was positioning this case to reside between the existing P300 and P400, and...

ASUS Prime X470-PRO Motherboard
Motherboards

ASUS Prime X470-PRO Motherboard Review

When it comes to ASUS motherboards you have quite a lot of choices, many users opt for their Republic of Gamers boards, but their Prime line is actually quite good. We've used a "Prime" motherboard as our baseline board for processor testing for both Intel and AMD for the past couple of years. These boards might not have all of the flash that the ROG series does, but they are extremely reliable and are still packed with features. For the Ryzen refresh the main "Prime" board from ASUS is their Prime X470-PRO. This board features a slick design with silver heatsinks and an integrated M.2 cooler as well. You also have support for DDR4 3466 MHz memory, USB 3.1, dual M.2 slots, and even some RGB lighting. Is this the board you need for your Ryzen build? Read on as we find out!

Cougar Phontum Gaming Headset
Gaming

Cougar Phontum Gaming Headset Review

Ah the gaming headset, just like any type of gaming product these days the market is saturated making it hard for you the consumer to choose which headset is the best for you. Typically as consumers we grade products based on their price, but a lot of the time the quality and performance do not match the price. Today we are checking out a gaming headset that comes in at a very affordable $49, but offers some amazing performance. That headset is the Cougar Phontum which features 53 mm dual-chamber drivers, two different sizes of included earpads, and a sleek design. Cougar says this headset was "created for those who want to enjoy great audio in long gaming sessions" and we are going to put that to the test.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Processors

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processor Review

This past year has been a real exciting one for processors. Before AMD launched their original Ryzen processors they were basically written off and dominated in the CPU world by Intel. AMD changed all of that with Ryzen, which proved to be one of the most exciting product launches in AMD history. It gave real competition to Intel in mainstream desktop space, so much so that Intel rushed out their "Coffee Lake" chips which came with increased core counts. At that time Intel remained on top with their 6-core, 12-thread Core i7-8700K, but today we are still going to see if that remains true. We have the new flagship AMD Ryzen 7 2700X which is a 8-core, 16-thread part which retails for only $329. Will this be the new king in the mainstream desktop platform? Read on as we find out!

Viotek GN24C 24-inch Curved 1080p 144 Hz Monitor
Displays

Viotek GN24C 24-inch Curved 1080p 144 Hz Monitor Review

Over the past few months we've been checking out Viotek's gaming display offerings. We first took a look at their GN32Q 32-inch Curved 1440p 144Hz display, then their GN27D 27-inch Curved 1440p 144Hz display, and today we have the GN24C. This display is a 24-inch curved Full HD (1920 x 1080) VA panel with a 144 hz refresh rate, and FreeSync support. Full HD displays with a 144 Hz refresh rate are really popular right now for gamers as that is what mid-range graphics cards can push (144 FPS) with the settings on games turned all the way up. There is no point in getting a 1440p or 4K display with a high refresh rate if you system can't even run at those settings. These displays are also very popular with FPS gamers as they like the high refresh rate. This display is selling for only $219.99 on Amazon and is even listed as an "Amazon Choice" product. Let's see if this display is the perfect gaming monitor for you.

Gaming

Rosewill NEON K81 RGB Gaming Keyboard Review

One of Rosewill's latest keyboard designs is the NEON K81 RGB, a mechanical keyboard with per-key RGB illumination, as well as a configurable RGB outer rim. Available with either Blue or Brown Kailh switches, the K81 is a full sized keyboard with a subtle but stylish look.

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