System & Components

Fractal Design Define R5 Case Review

Fractal Design has updated their Define series of cases to the Define R5. From looking at the list of features, this case seems to put together a number of desirable design elements all in one case. Is it a good case? Is it a case for you? Let’s see. Read More

HyperX FURY Pro Gaming Mouse Pad Review

Everyone has their favorite mouse for sure; but to get the most from the experience, a good mouse pad is essential. Enter the newly released HyperX Fury Pro Gaming Mouse pad. While advertised as a gaming mouse pad, the different available size options are suitable for just about any scenario. The folks at Kingston HyperX asked us to have a look at this mouse pad and let them know what we think, so let’s get to it. Read More

Galax Gamer 120GB SSD Review

Today we bring you a new SSD on the market from Galax, you know, formerly Galaxy, the maker of the infamous high end NVIDIA H.O.F. cards we all love so much?! Galax has teamed up with JMicron to bring you an SSD made for gaming primarily. While this data isn’t particularly special in how it needs to be handled, what we don’t need on a drive like this is blazing write speeds as once things get installed, its usually there. And even the slowest of the SSDs are still way faster than a HDD by leaps and bounds. Let’s see what the Galax Gamer 120GB SSD has to offer us, shall we? Read More

Luxa2-Thermaltake Mobile GroovyA Wireless Speaker Review

The Luxa2-Thermaltake Mobile GroovyA wireless stereo speaker hits the test bench today and promises to offer a few unique features we have yet to see from a portable Bluetooth speaker. From its adjustable listening angles to its sleek modern looks, the speaker appears well-equipped to handle your mobile listening tasks. Oh yea, lest we forget… there’s an App for that! Let’s get started and see what Luxa2-Thermaltake Mobile brings to the table. Read More

Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe G2 x4 480GB SSD Review

We’re finally beginning to see more manufacturers bring M.2 SSDs to market, and Kingston HyperX now has SATA and PCIe interface units available. The SATA interface M.2 SSDs offer similar performance to the standard 2.5″ design we’ve been using for some time now, but with the advantage of much smaller space requirements. Of course, the most intriguing M.2 interface is PCIe, which promises wicked speeds over and above 1000 MB/s. Kingston sent over one of their new HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe x4 SSDs so we can see for ourselves what these drives are capable of. Read More

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Review

Now that SSDs have been out for a few years, manufacturers have managed to saturate the SATA 6 GB/s interface with as much speed as it’s capable of. With that in mind, attention has been turned to greater longevity, reliability, and energy efficiency. With the new 850 EVO series SSDs, Samsung aims to do just that by utilizing their new proprietary MGX controller and 3D V-NANA flash memory. So, let’s take the Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB SSD for a spin and see what Samsung has in store. Read More

Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD Review

Samsung has been what I would consider a major player in the consumer SSD market for a couple of years now. They had at least two well known drives on the market in their 840 EVO and Pro lines, each serving a different audience. The EVO was the barely slower and best bang for the buck drive, while the Pro was the performance king of the family and still had good pricing. Both drives had a great track record for reliability. The next generation, the 850 series, greets us with second generation 3D V-NAND with the same goals as the previous generation. It’s time to take a look and see if the Samsung 850 Pro 512GB performs as well as we expect it to. Read More

ADATA Premier Pro SP900 256GB M.2 SSD Review

Seeing motherboards with M.2 ports is nothing new as manufacturers have been doing this for some time now. Up until recently, there haven’t been many M.2 SSDs available to actually use this new technology, but we’re beginning to see memory manufacturers roll out their new offerings. M.2 SSDs come in a couple different interface options – SATA 6 GB/s or PCI-E x2/4, with the latter obviously being the faster and more expensive option. Today’s ADATA M.2 SSD sample uses the SATA 6 GB/s interface, which should perform similar to a standard 2.5″ SSD most of us have plugged into our motherboards. Read More

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD Review

At the beginning of December last year, Samsung released their latest 850 series of SSDs that promises even better performance and reliability than their popular 840 series. Today, we’ll be looking at the 850 EVO 250 GB version, which is powered by Samsung’s 3D V-NAND technology. There are plenty of other unique technologies Samsung brings to the table with the release of the 850 series, so let’s go find out what this SSD is capable of! Read More

ASUS STRIX Tactic Pro Gaming Keyboard Review

ASUS has been expanding their STRIX line of gaming products recently and have added a headset, keyboard, mouse, and even a couple of different mouse pads to the family. Today, we’ll have a look at the STRIX Tactic Pro Gaming Keyboard, which offers a plethora of features aimed at the gaming enthusiast market. Mechanical keyboards such as this are a popular choice in the gaming world, so let’s take the STRIX Tactic Pro for a spin and see if ASUS has come up with a product worthy of your hard earned dollar. Read More

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