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Bitfenix Ronin Mid-Tower ATX Build

June 30, 2014 in Cases, Enclosures, Gaming, Guides, Motherboards & Chipsets, PC

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The Bitfenix Ronin is a mid-tower case released over a year ago that received some pretty decent feedback from critics, and end users. Many of the pros of the case included its soft touch, huge windowed side panel, and great cable management. Not to mention that it wasn’t a wallet killer.

Doing a review of the case at this point in time would make little to no sense. So today we are going to do a walkthrough of a build we did using the Ronin. Let’s see how it turned out.

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Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Illuminated Gaming Keyboard

May 1, 2014 in Featured, Gaming, PC, Peripheral, Review

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Hey! Long time no see. How you been? Sorry for the hiatus. We’ve been kinda playing Yogi Bear because of this winter we’ve had. Now that Spring seems to have appeared, more or less, we are shaking off our hibernation, and are back going after those ever so hard to resist tech pick-o-nick baskets. One such goody we got to snack on recently is the feature of our review today. The Poseidon Z Illuminated Gaming Keyboard.

Created by Tt eSPORTS, the gaming division of Thermaltake, the Poseidon Z is a LED back-lit keyboard utilizing Tt eSPORTS own designed mechanical switches. It’s a board toted for gamers, but non gamers may find it a pleasant peripheral to use as well.

We’re not really big on long introductions so let’s get straight to the review. Hey Boo-Boo! Ok. That one sounded waaaay better in our heads.

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[Review] Tt eSports Cronos Gaming Headset

November 13, 2013 in Gaming, Peripheral, Review, Uncategorized

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Hello again, people. How you been?

Today we are bringing to you a review of a headset we had the privilege of testing recently – provided to us by our friends over at Tt eSports. The headset in question? The Cronos.

The Cronos is a mid level PC gaming headset with the added ability to be used on portable devices such as; smart phones, laptops, tablets, etc. Sounds like a great alternative to having one pair of headsets for your PC, and having separate pair for on the go. Let’s see how great an alternative it is.

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Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 [Review]

November 10, 2013 in Cases, Cooling, Enclosures, Featured, PC, Review

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We previously posted this review on TechTReaction.net, but due to time restraints the review was not shown to be as complete as we wanted it to be. As such the below review is more along the lines of the version we wanted to present to you. So without further adieu here is our review of HAF Stacker 935…Take Two. Annnnd action!

Today we bring to you a review of an upcoming case by Cooler Master, dubbed the HAF Stacker 935. The Stacker 935 is being totted as a revolutionary case that allows for unprecedented modding, and could be a contender to change the landscape of modern PC enclosures as we know it. Let’s see how true this is.

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be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 [Review]

October 5, 2013 in Cooling, CPU, Gaming, Intel, Overclocking, PC, Review, Uncategorized

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When one hears “be quiet!”; one thinks of an imperative – absolutely necessary or required; unavoidable: It is imperative that we keep the noise down. When considering the German vernacular; there is no real work around to this, it will be quiet. It is akin to yelling at a noisy case fan to cease and desist all annoying and unnecessary audible emissions! It is not a matter of becoming silent it is a matter of toning it down, at all costs, and keeping it quiet (Making little or no noise).

From the be quiet! site:

ABOUT US: be quiet! is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC.

The Number 1 for power supplies in Germany: be quiet! products are convincing which is proved by reaching and defending the market leadership in PSU business in Germany since 2006 *. This is validated and accompanied by numerous awards for both power supplies and cooling solutions.

Repeated winner – Manufacturer of the year: be quiet! is awarded for six times in a row as manufacturer of the year in the power supply category by the readers of the well-know German hardware magazine PC Games Hardware. Another first and second rank in the categories “fans” and “cooler” for two consecutive times underline the high acceptance of our products.

Exceptionally quiet operation: be quiet! sticks to its name: More than ten years experience in the field of noise reduction and silence make be quiet! products probably the most silent one on the market. Undoubted fans have a large impact of the noise levels of be quiet! products. Due we are using our specially developed SilentWings fans in nearly all of our range. They are equipped with various noise reducing features. Thanks to these we ensure a really silent operation – our products reach the best balance between cooling performance and a virtually inaudible operation.

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Cooler Master N600 Mid Tower Case

August 16, 2013 in Cases, Enclosures, Featured, Gaming, PC

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Cooler Master is a name that many who are into PC building know very well. The company is probably best known for their enclosures which have received great accolades over the years. The Cosmos series, the Haf,  the Trooper, and Stryker under their CM Storm logo, are just a few of the cases in Cooler Master’s lineup that many users, and critics have given praise to.

Today we are bringing to you a review of one of Cooler Master’s latest case offerings, the N600.

The N600 is part of a new series Cooler Master has created – dubbed the “N” series. The family to date has three members; The N200 being the baby bro, the N400 representing the Jan Brady of the bunch (get the joke? Ha!), and the N600 as big brother ALL-MI-TEE! (a little School Daze reference for our movie buff readers).

These cases are mid tower offerings which seem to follow the growing trend in the PC chassis industry that smaller may in fact be better. Cooler Master isn’t alone in this endeavor as other manufactures have hopped on the “lets go small” bandwagon. Is this a wagon train who’s collective wheels will make it through the harsh desert into the land of all time great ideas? Honestly we can’t say for sure, but for now we aren’t minding the ride.

Let’s what the N600 brings to this new way of thinking caravan.

But first. Ladies, and Gentlemen, Mr. Conway Twitty. (yea we watch waaaaay too much Family Guy)

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[Review] Cooler Master – CMSTORM HAVOC

August 12, 2013 in Featured, Gaming, PC, Review

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Introduction:

Before beginning, we would like to thank Cooler Master for the review sample provided and all the hard work they put into their products.

A mouse is seen by many as one of the least important components in a computer system. It simply needs to point and function every time it is clicked in the mind of the average user but sadly there is much more to it than they ever considers. Beyond the basic functions of pointing and clicking – there are the matters of precision, accessible functionality, comfort and aesthetics (pretty colors and exclusive design elements). It is these few aspects that create a separation (distinction between the mundane and the exceptional) and the $12.97 Wal-Mart will not make the grade.

From Cooler Master:

Owning the PC trenches for almost two decades, Cooler Master’s veterans present their scars from battles past as claims of triumph over the competition. United with a new generation of eSports athletes and engineers, now marching under the flag of CM Storm, the time has come to reveal truly ground-breaking, military grade hardware for the gaming revolution.

Through long-standing research programs, CM Storm is co-developed with the world’s most prolific enthusiasts and eSports prodigies. Thanks to intensive testing and continuous feedback, the CM Storm division has been able to encompass and improve upon gamers’ needs and their tough to handle scenarios.

By working directly with the gaming community we have injected our Storm Tactics into each and every product we make. Storm Tactics, with a heavily dedicated focus on Strength, Security and Control, will keep your most vital gear fortified and well tuned at all times.

2008 marks a new era for Cooler Master, as its fierce Storm Gear stands ready at bay to mobilize and back up your gaming skills.

CM Storm – Arming the Gaming Revolution

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Awards…

August 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

There are six award levels that a reviewer can choose to give to a product.

Silicon Crusher Awards:

The Top Marks award is just that. The product has been benchmarked and is considered best in class due to raw score (generally compared at HWBot) or it offers more value than any of the current competition in the opinion or the reviewer. This award may be combined with other awards or be used alone.

The Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are given for products that have that little extra value or are above par where usage and performance are concerned. In essence, a product that is of average or slightly above average performance that has many value added features could get a Bronze or even a Silver either of which can be combined with the Top Marks award as well. The situation where this may happen occurs when a product is sold in a box with no additional hardware or software and can not be rated higher than a Silver or Bronze due to cost or lack of features but still sets highest benchmarks scores.

The Par Silicon award

This award denotes a product that is in the middle of the road in price and performance. A solid product that could be better – with better features/software or more value added accessories.

The Crushed Silicon Award

This award speaks for itself. EPIC FAIL!

 

DeepCool Gamer Storm Assassin CPU Cooler Review

June 25, 2013 in Cooling, CPU, Featured, Gaming, Intel, Overclocking, PC, Review

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“Deepcool was founded with the mission of providing the best performance and humanized thermal solutions for worldwide customers. Established in 1996, Deepcool originally produced desktop and server coolers for ODM partners. With the rapid development of personal computers, Deepcool expanded the business into desktop cooling products and laptop cooling accessories.

Deepcool has built up its distribution network in over sixty countries all over the globe, by which end-users can purchase Deepcool products online or in their nearest local stores. With more and more media exposure and publication, such as awards from renowned websites and magazines like Pure Overclock, Tom’s Hardware, Guru3d, CHIP, etc., Deepcool now enjoys a good reputation among computer daily users, gamers and overclockers.

We will always spare no effort to maintain customer satisfaction by serving our customer’s ever-changing thermal needs and providing the quickest and most comprehensive service available. As our slogan goes, we wish you all ‘Enjoy your cool life!’”

The above was a portion of the ABOUT US section from Deepcool’s website, and it pretty much sums up what the company is, and what they hope to accomplish. It also saved us the trouble of coming up with our own intro : )

Today we get to take a look at one of Deepcool’s cooling solutions which hopefully will keep the reputation the company has built with daily users, gamers, and overclockers going strong. Introducing the Gamer Storm Assassin. The Assassin is a high CPU cooler that caters to the more hardcore crowd of PC users that want to keep their CPU’s as cool as possible without going the water cooling, or liquid nitrogen route. The cooler comes with two optional fans: One 140mm, and the other 120mm. Both fans can be mounted together on the Assassin to provide additional heat dispersion, and the cooler supports a variety of sockets from both Intel, and AMD.

The Assassin itself is massive in size much like coolers such as the Noctua NH-D14, and the Silverstone Heligon. Just like these coolers, the Assassin is not meant to be used with micro ATX, or mini ITX cases. You definitely are going to want to have a large mid tower, or full tower sized case if you are going to use this Hulk in your rig.

But enough talk, let’s get to the review.

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3 Step Overclocking Guide – Clarkdale (Miahallen)

April 22, 2013 in CPU, Featured, Gaming, Guides, Intel, Motherboards & Chipsets, Overclocking, PC

Introduction

So many users are searching around the net these days looking for advice on how to overclock their new systems but don’t know where to start. To help everyone out, I decided a how-to guide was in order. Searching around forums can be confusing and intimidating. There are so many people willing to give advice, but who can you trust? It’s hard to know, and I’ve seen many users sent on wild goose chases because they are following advice that doesn’t solve or even address their specific problem. I’ve also seen too much trial and error overclocking, unless you get lucky it tends to be far too time consuming a frustrating. What I’ve attempted to do is create a very simple three step guide for overclocking Clarkdale based CPUs. If you want to continue searching out other opinions, please consider each suggestion with caution. Some will undoubtedly be great, some will not.

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