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System & Components Reviews

Scythe has really been pumping out the new products. At the time of this writing, they were up to eighteen products for the year. Today we are looking at the Kama Panel 3.1. This is a clever 5.25-inch front panel that allows you to move your controls from the top of a case to the front. And it expands your computer’s versatility while it does so.

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In the 20+ years Kingwin has been around, they have provided a multitude of PC accessories, power supplies, and thermal solutions. Today, we’ll be looking at one of their new USB 3.0 hard drive adapters that comes with a special twist. In addition to being a USB 3.0 to IDE/SATA adapter, it can also clone a hard drive without the use of a computer. Sound intriguing? It sure does to me. Let’s find out what this little device can do and whether or not it’ll be a worth addition to your PC peripherals.

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The Deep Silence 5 is what Nanoxia calls a “Big Tower” case. The DS5 has the sleek looks and internal acoustic padding of the Deep Silence line. It has lots of room for lots of stuff, and room for large motherboards. Is it right for your next build? Let’s find out.

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Corsair undoubtedly is one of the most active players in the PSU market. Aside from several series and tens of power supply units available, they have a very active R&D department as well. Today we will be having a look at the AX1200i, the second most powerful unit of the premium AX series. Although the AX1200i is only the second most powerful unit after Corsair’s pinnacle, the AX1500i, the price difference between these two units is $150, making the AX1200i a more reasonable choice for anyone who is financially conscious. How well it can perform? We will see that in this review.

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A micro-ATX case with big options, the Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 will please air-cooling and water-cooling enthusiasts alike.

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A little over a year ago, we took a look at the Pivos XIOS DS Media Play entertainment center and found it to be a unique device with a lot to offer. Fast forward to today, and we now have an updated version called the Pivos XIOS XS. This time around Pivos uses the TOFU Media Center GUI, which is a Pivos customized version of XMBC that sits on top of the Android 4.2.2 OS. Plenty of other enhancements have been made over its predecessor that we’ll explore along the way. Let’s get started!

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We’re here today with a Lian Li case that isn’t your typical fare, at least for the systems I typically build. Why, you may ask? Because the Lian Li PC-Q28 is tiny. Sit back, relax and have a read through to find out why you’d want such a tiny case – and find out why we like it so much.

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EVGA recently announced a new gaming mouse to be added to their ever growing product line – the TORQ X10. We got our first look at the TORQ X10 back in January at CES 2014, but now EVGA is ready to make it available to the masses. The TORQ X10 mouse comes in two versions, one with a real carbon fiber surface and another without. Both versions are identical in functionality and design, but the real carbon fiber model will be a bit more expensive. The TORQ X10 comes loaded with features and customization options that should appeal to a wide swath of gamers and enthusiasts alike. So, let’s find out how EVGA did with their first foray into the gaming mouse market!

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The Mionix Naos 7000 mouse is a variation on the same theme as the Avior 8200 we reviewed previously. The main element that sets this mouse apart from the mischief is its ergonomic, full palm design which also means it’s for right handed users only. Hopefully, cutting out 15% of the population doesn’t prove detrimental to the function of this mouse.

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Corsair has been releasing one case after the other, extending their range of products and flooding the market with their designs. The company already has four different case series and dozens of products populating them. A few weeks after our review of the Graphite 230T, we had a look at the newly released and most advanced member of the Graphite series, the 760T. Today we will be having a look at the newest member of the Obsidian series as well, the 450D.

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