The XPG Defender Pro is a Mid-Tower chassis that offers enthusiast-grade performance with exceptional airflow and functionality. Designed to accommodate E-ATX motherboards, large graphics cards, custom water cooling, and plenty of RGB lighting, the Defender Pro is a gamer’s dream chassis. Positioned between XPG’s flagship chassis, the Battlecruiser, and its first offering, the Invader, the Defender Pro, provides all the premium features with a reasonable price tag.
More often than not the PC case is overlooked during a system build. So much time and money are spent selecting the best components you can afford that the budget tends to run a bit short. The last thing you want to do is install these beautiful, shiny new parts into something that just works. Choosing the best case can really make the whole building experience a joy where the wrong one can cause nothing but headaches. We’re going to run through some of the biggest pitfalls to avoid and case features that will make your life easier. A good case can span more than one system, a great case could be around for many years. In the end, spending money wisely now can save you money in the future!
CoolerMaster has announced a new chassis in the MasterCase lineup named SL600M. The SL600M is the first in the SL series of cases CM says is designed to “blur the lines between work and play”. The exterior is made out of anodized aluminum and forgoes any RGB features which help the case to have a more appropriate appearance in a home office or workplace. Inside, they say ‘demanded an alternative perspective on system layouts and cooling’ and has multiple options for internal layouts adding flexibility for the internal setup.
Today’s newest victim for the torture table is GIGABYTE’s new Z270X-Gaming SOC, their flagship overclocking motherboard. This board has one job, and only one job, to be as fast as physically possible while pushing your CPU as far as possible. There’s notably fewer features than the Z170X-SOC Force, though, because GIGABYTE has gone back to the roots of the extreme overclocker with this board. If anything can handle the punishment, it’ll be this board.
On the benching stand today is GIGABYTE’s new Z270X-Gaming 8, which comes in one step down from their gaming flagship. Everything, except the kitchen sink, was seemingly included with this motherboard. Integrated water cooling, dual Gigabit LAN, built-in Wi-Fi, and plenty more grace the Gaming 8. Let’s dig in to the details and see everything GIGABYTE brought to the table.
ASUS has released a new motherboard based on the LGA 2011v3 platform as a little brother to the recently reviewed X99 Deluxe II. This newest board is the X99-A II. While the specification and feature lists aren’t as long as the Deluxe II, like its big brother the X99-A II features extensive RGB LED control, a VRM which is more than adequate, and much more. Grab a drink, pull up a seat, and we’ll get going!
With all the refreshed X99 based motherboards releasing due to the Broadwell-E launch we see a new contender from ASUS, their X99 Deluxe II. The original X99 Deluxe, then X99 Deluxe/U3.1, were range-topping motherboards for the ASUS Signature series and the new board is as well. Let’s take a look at all the features, both new and old, of the X99 Deluxe II before checking out the performance!