What is the Best Closed Loop Cooler?
A CPU cooler has to balance several things. Builders naturally look at cooling performance as a main requirement. However, noise levels are also important. After that, a lot of builders want a cooler to look nice. On top of that, being able to perform some level of maintenance can be helpful too. Raijintek has been innovating their CPU coolers for a while now, with the latest addition being the Orcus 280 RBW. My impression is that this cooler is the best balance of all categories in the CLC market. We have to review it to see if I’m right, after a word from the company. Continue reading “Raijintek Orcus 280 RBW CPU Cooler Review”
If you are constantly on the go and have company sensitive data with you, an encrypted storage device might be of great importance to you. With the datAshur Pro drives, you can rest assured that your data is secure, and will be tremendously hard to crack into. Continue reading “datAshur Pro 32GB Encrypted USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review”
Lights without Software Please
RGB products should be filling every void in the computer industry. Sadly, there has been one niche that is left dark and colorless: the hardware based RGB controller. Certain builders enjoy fancy lighting, but prefer not to have extra software programs running in the taskbar. SilverStone is thankfully coming to the rescue with the LSB02 RGB and Fan Controller. We’ll see if the lighting control lives up to software based ones, but first a statement from SilverStone. Continue reading “SilverStone LSB02 RGB & Fan Controller Review”
Clearing up Awards Confusion
In many cases, award systems are pretty confusing. It makes sense to hand out awards when you review products, but what does “Editor’s Choice” really mean? If a writer gives a stamp of approval, the reader could be discovering a quality product, or just learning about one individual’s personal bias. Continue reading “How We Assign Awards at Hardware Hounds”
Wait! Are they brown and beige?
Absolutely not! The Asus Ryujin 240 and 360 CPU coolers talked Noctua into using black fans!!! I don’t know how they managed to do it, but they also understood something very important about CLCs. The best way to boost cooling performance is through airflow. In all fairness the fans are the IndustrialPPCs, which Noctua introduced quite some time ago. What Asus tackled head on was getting the best airflow at the lowest noise possible. However, they didn’t stop at just having a Noctua fan to increase airflow. Continue reading “ASUS Ryujin CPU Cooler Uses Noctua Fans”
What’s a QVO?
We need to discuss how to pronounce QVO first. The Evo series appeared to be short for “evolution,” so I can only imagine what the 860 QVO series is going for. If we go with a long E, then we might have something like “Queevo.” Of course a short E might be more appropriate to the phonics of the letter Q. Quevvo? Continue reading “Samsung Offers Affordable Multi-TB SSDs, 860 QVO Series”
Noctua as a brand has become very well-known in the industry, and they are often touted as the best of the best. Their innovation and their quality speaks for itself, and many enthusiasts flock towards their products based on those reasons. Today is the day that we get the chance to look at their newest top-end cooler, one that is an improved version of their already award-winning product, which you may remember as the D14. Instead, we now have the D15 with its improved fins, bigger and better fans, and hopefully a performance improvement to match. That’s what we are aiming to find out…
Continue reading “Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler Review – Still the Temperature King?”
Refresh vs. Resolution
Companies love bragging about 4k resolution and I don’t exactly know why. Sure, more pixels should equate to a better image, but the eye can only see so much. Regardless of how much pixel density the eye scientifically needs, gamers know when something looks right, or something looks wrong. Or do they? Continue reading “Viewsonic XG3220 Gaming Monitor Review”
For the Budget Conscious
Are you getting hyped for Black Friday? Can’t wait to find a deal on that special part you have in mind? Waiting for great sales to get the most bang out of your buck is smart when buying PC components. No doubt, a builder wants the best gaming CPU possible on a tight budget. Continue reading “The Best Gaming CPU Worth Buying”
Done with fake Graphics Cards
Most updates from AIDA64 involve supporting new hardware and fixing bugs. Honestly, that’s exactly what we expect from the program, but AIDA doesn’t forget to add the occasional new feature as well. I imagine many of you will find it interesting that AIDA64 v5.99 has fake Nvidia graphics card detection. This seemed like more of a problem during the crypto craze, but being able to verify a GPU is genuinely what you purchased is a great thing. Just make sure you purchase a card from a retailer that will guarantee the sale like Ebay. Continue reading “AIDA64 v5.99, Fake Graphics Card Detection”