Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2019 - 02:34 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: RGB, nzxt, lighting, HUE 2 Ambient RGB Kit V2, HUE 2, ambient
NZXT has announced the version 2 of the HUE 2 Ambient RGB Lighting Kit, an update which the company says "brings product improvements that make installation easier and help ensure that the included LED strips will be securely attached to your monitor". The lighting kit uses NZXT's CAM software to select between lighting modes - which include an ambient mode that changes the lighting to compliment the images on your monitor.
"The HUE 2 ecosystem delivers the broadest line of RGB lighting accessories for PC Builders with over 10 different accessories such as the HUE 2 RGB lighting kit, underglow kit, AER RGB 2 fans, and cable combs."
NZXT provides this list of features for the new HUE 2 kit:
HUE 2 Ambient RGB Kit V2 New Features:
- Stronger Adhesive: Upgraded the 3M LED strip adhesive backing tape to be thicker and stickier. It is more compatible with the different surfaces and textures of monitors on the market.
- L-Shape Corner Connector: For easier setup, we replaced the 150mm corner connectors to an L-shape corner connector for the top left and bottom right of your monitor.
- Alcohol Wipes: As your monitor may be dusty or dirty, we added alcohol-based cleaning wipes so you can clean the back of the monitor before adhering the LED strips.
HUE 2 RGB Ambient Lighting Kit Features
- Available in two configurations, one for 21” to 25”/34”-35” UltraWide monitors and one for 26” to 32” monitors, the HUE 2 RGB Ambient Lighting Kit adds gorgeous lighting to your gaming PC and provides a more immersive in-game experience* by projecting the colors from the edges of your display to your walls.
- HUE 2 RGB Ambient Lighting controller
- Faster microprocessor enables incredibly smooth lighting effects and virtually instantaneous response changes to colors on the screen in ambient mode
- Multiple LED strips in various lengths, along with easy-to-follow configuration and installation instructions for various monitor sizes and aspect ratios
- AC power adapter
- All necessary cables
- Compatible with all HUE 2 accessories and CAM lighting modes
* Ambient lighting modes are available only with the HUE 2 Ambient Lighting controller and require the use of CAM as a registered user, including acceptance of the then-current NZXT Terms of Service.
The HUE 2 lighting kits are available now in the USA with pricing as follows:
- HUE 2 Ambient RGB Lighting Kit V2 (21”-25”, 34”-35” UltraWide) - $99.99
- HUE 2 Ambient RGB Lighting Kit V2 (26”-32”) - $99.99
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2019 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thermaltake, Water 3.0 360 ARGB Sync, watercooler, 360mm radiator, RGB
Thermaltake's Water 3.0 360 ARGB Sync is a watercooler for those who live and breath RGBs, as it is compatible with all the software suites found on motherboards so you can create your own lightshow. It is compatible with all current sockets from both AMD and Intel, the only compatibility issue you might have is fitting the 360mm radiator into your case. In Kitguru's testing it even performed well while cooling, but really it's all about the RGBs.
"There’s a lot to unpack from the name of the Thermaltake Water 3.0 360 ARGB Sync. The ‘360’ obviously refers to its 360mm radiator, and we know ARGB = Addressable RGB lighting. The ‘Sync’ aspect references software compatibility for the Water 3.0 360 with current motherboards ..."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- ID-Cooling Auraflow X 240 @ TechPowerUp
- Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax Fan @ TechPowerUp
- Corsair Carbide 678C @ The Guru of 3D
- CORSAIR CRYSTAL 680X RGB ATX Smart Case Review @ NikKTech
- Cooler Master MasterBox NR400 @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2019 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming headphones, asus, ROG, delta usb-c, RGB, ROG Armory, audio
Hopefully the ASUS ROG USB-C RGB headset will survive the lunacy that those in charge of the USB spec have been inflicting upon the world, but for now it will work on your phone or computer. Kitguru does suggest installing the ROG Armory software to make use of the features offered by the built in DAC.
Check out the full review and why the reviewer preferred it over their Corsair Void Pro, in the full video review.
"Today we are reviewing the high-end ASUS Republic of Gamers Delta USB-C RGB headset. It has a beautifully ergonomic D-shaped ear cup design, and provides detailed, true to life audio with its updated Essence drivers and hi-fi grade ESS quad DAC"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cooler Master MH752 Gaming Headset @ TechPowerUp
- Jabra MOVE Style Edition Wireless Stereo Headphones Review @ NikKTech
- SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset Review @ Techgage
- 1MORE Spearhead VR BT In-Ear Headphones Review @ NikKTech
- EVGA NU Audio Sound Card @ TechPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2019 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cherry mx red, msi, gaming keyboard, Vigor GK60, input, RGB
MSI's new Vigor GK60 keyboard sports Cherry MX Red switches and has an MSRP of $109.99, but is available for $99.99 for a limited time if you feel the need right now. As this is 2019 the keyboard is legally required to meet a minimum of RGBs, which the GK60 easily surpasses and for those who are using MSI's Mystic Light for other components, you will see your new keyboard listed in that software.
Click over to TechPowerUp for a closer look at the outsides and insides of this keyboard, the caps and the switches.
"2019 brings with it our first MSI keyboard review in the form of the recently announced Vigor GK60. It is a full-size keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches for a solid base for gamers and does not break the bank. The addition of some MSI-specific features and software and hardware control over function and form means this is a keyboard you would want to know more about!"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- MSI Vigor GK60 Gaming Keyboard @ Kitguru
- Tesoro Gram MX ONE Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
- VORTEX Race 3 TKL Mechanical Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- Cooler Master MK850 Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
- SteelSeries QcK Edge & Heavy @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Memory | February 27, 2019 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RGB, frag harder disco lights, Dominator Platinum RGB, ddr4, corsair
Sometimes it is sad that the <blink> tag was deprecated, for instance it would be perfect for Corsair's Dominator Platinum RGB kits. As you can see below there are more than four lights on each module and they are certainly not dim. If you need to feed your RGB addition you can pick from a variety of kits including two 16GB kits, one running at 3200MHz and one at 4800Mhz, or 64GB of DDR4-3600MHz, up to a 128GB 3600MHz kit. All feature Frag Harder Disco Lights compatible with Corsair's iCUE software so you can make them dance like Jim did.
"Corsair is adding a huge 64GB RAM kit that many enthusiast High End Desk Top users might be interested in. We take the new Dominator Platinum RGB DIMMs for a ride on both Intel X299 and AMD X399 systems and see how the clocks shake out. And of course, enough Frag Harder Disco Lights to illuminate your house."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4 @ Guru of 3D
- Colorful iGame DDR4 3200 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
- T-Force Delta TUF Gaming RGB DDR4 3200 @ Guru of 3D
- Team Group T-Force Delta TUF Gaming RGB 3200 MHz @ TechPowerUp
A Unique Blend of Lighting and Customization
The ROG Strix Flair is a mechanical gaming keyboard from the ASUS Republic of Gamers division that offers Cherry MX RGB switches, customizable lighting with underglow effects, a unique pop-out badge that can be swapped for a custom logo or text, dedicated media keys, USB passthrough, and programmable macro support. All of these features carry a premium price tag, and with a list price of $179.99 (though our Cherry MX Red version has been selling for quite a bit less) it sits in the upper range for gaming keyboards. Is it worth it? That is always the question, and we will try to answer it here.
“Flare up your game with ROG Strix Flare – a mechanical gaming keyboard that's got everything you want and more. Feel the satisfaction of every keystroke with world-renowned Cherry MX switches. Enjoy instant access to dedicated media keys on the upper left while gaming. And experience an unparalleled level of personalization with a customizable badge illuminated by Aura Sync RGB lighting. Boast your gaming flair as you dominate the battlefield.”
Features from ASUS ROG:
- German-made Cherry MX RGB mechanical key switches that deliver satisfying mechanical feel with optimal actuation – The choice of professional gamers and enthusiasts
- Customizable illuminated badge – Boast your ROG pride or show your flair with a personal or team insignia
- Dedicated media keys and volume wheel positioned on the left for instant in-game audio control, a USB passthrough for easy connection and a detachable soft-touch wrist rest
- Individually backlit keys and vibrant underglow powered by Aura Sync RGB lighting technology
- Map macros on-the-fly to our fully programmable keys, adjust settings with enhanced ROG Armoury II software, and store profiles on the keyboard’s onboard memory
The clear insert with the ROG badge can be swapped for additonal customization
A New Take on the Budget Legend
It is not hyperbole to call Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 family some of the most important CPU air coolers in the industry, with the 212 EVO dominating sales in the DIY segment for years now based on Amazon rankings. In the last five years I have reviewed a number of coolers here at PC Perspective, and feedback from readers almost always includes mention of, and requests for comparison to, that Hyper 212 EVO. I have tested this venerable cooler more than once over the years, but it has proven to be such a vital part of any CPU air-cooling discussion that it demands to be part of every cooler review lineup. Today we will benchmark that cooler yet again using the current test platform, and compare it to a new generation of Hyper 212: the Black Edition.
The Hyper 212 Black Edition coolers, available with or without an RGB fan, add a level of style that had been missing from the 212 EVO, trading exposed copper heat pipes and bare aluminum heatsink fins for a polished, all-black finish. Naturally style means nothing without performance, and with the RGB Black Edition we are still looking at a single tower heatsink design with four heat pipes that are designed to make direct contact with the CPU, and air is still being moved via a single 120 mm fan.
Features from Cooler Master:
- Sleek Finishing - Anodized gun-metal black with brushed aluminum surface finish to the top cover for a more refined look
- Precise Air Flow with Nickel Black - Stacked fin array ensures least airflow resistance which allows cooler air flow into the heatsink. The nickel plated jet black also enhances radiation cooling performance
- Direct Contact Technology - 4 heat pipes with exclusive Direct Contact Technology providing effective and excellent heat dissipation
- The New SF120R RGB Fan - Certified to sync with Motherboard RGB software or controlled by our controller. The wide speed range can be fine-tuned for maximum cooling performance or silent operation
- Optional Push-Pull Fan Configuration - To avoid dynamic losses and help accelerate heat exhaust, an additional fan helps pulling heat away faster from heatsink
- RGB in the Palm of Your Hand with Included Wired RGB Controller - A compact size RGB LED controller that allows you to easily customize your RGB devices without the need for either an RGB capable motherboard or software. You can have the colorful rig you’ve always wanted with just the touch of a button
Subject: Storage | February 12, 2019 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: team group, delta TUF RGB, ssd, RGB, QLC, S2258
Team Group and ASUS have ... collaborated ... to bring you a new TUF branded SSD with all the RGBs you could want. Inside is 64 layer 3D TLC NAND from Micron, attached to Silicon Motion's SM2258 controller, which tells you just about all you need to know about the performance. If you aren't familiar with how that particular combo performs compared to the competition then the Guru of 3D will be more than happy to show you.
What this drive does do differently is provide you with a 12V RGB header to allow ASUS' AURA software to colourize your storage. If your SSD is mounted plain sight and not contributing to the light show in your case, this might be a good way to feed your need for more RGB light bleed.
"Today, we have a relatively new product from Taiwain based company Team Group to review. Part of their new collab with Asus' long lived 'TUF' lineup, this SSD brings beefy looks, RGB, and solid specifications to the 240GB, 500GB, and 1TB storage points. Let's check it out."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- WD Black NVMe SSD (2018) 500 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Patriot Scorch 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 SSD @ Modders-Inc
Macros and RGB for $39
We’ve previously looked at the top of the HyperX mouse line with our Pulsefire Surge RGB review, and the Core model we're checking out today sits at the entry level in the HyperX lineup, though it still offers full customization for buttons and RGB lighting. Is this $39.99 wired gaming mouse a good value? We will try to answer that here.
First we'll check out the specifications for the full HyperX mouse lineup:
|Pulsefire Core||Pulsefire FPS||Pulsefire FPS Pro||Pulsefire Surge|
|Lighting||RGB||Red||RGB||RGB - 360|
|Switch Reliability||20M Clicks||20M Clicks||20M Clicks||50M Clicks|
|Optical Sensor||Pixart 3327||Pixart 3310||Pixart 3389||Pixart 3389|
|Max Resolution||6200 DPI||3200 DPI||16000 DPI||16000 DPI|
|Max Speed||220 IPS||130 IPS||450 IPS||450 IPS|
|Polling Rate||1000 Hz (1 ms)||1000 Hz (1 ms)||1000 Hz (1 ms)||1000 Hz (1 ms)|
|Weight (without cable)||87g||95g||95g||100g|
|NGenuity Software Enabled||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
Pricing and Availability: $39.99, Amazon.com
As you can see the Pulsefire Core offers a mix of features between the FPS and FPS Pro models, and still provides NGenuity software control. The first technical difference to point out is the optical sensor (Pixart 3327), which at a max of 6200 DPI sits between the FPS and Surge, and also provides a faster 220 IPS speed than the FPS models. Mouse switches are rated for the same 20 million clicks as the FPS as well, though you will need to move up to the Pulsefire Surge to get the Omron brand switches and their 50 million clicks.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2019 - 07:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: tempered glass, Cougar, panzer g, RGB, atx, thin red line
If you lack fingerprints, or are simply in love with cleaning tempered glass then Cougar's Panzer G with glass on the front, sides and top is worth a look. For cooling it comes with three 120mm RGBearing fans at front, which can be swapped with two 140mm fans or their radiator equivalents, with the same able to fit at the top, along with a rear and bottom 120mm. Cougar also seems to have grasped the popularity of 2.5" drives as it holds four, compared to two 3.5" bays and the latter can hold the smaller form factor for a total of six 2.5" drives.
"The Cougar Panzer G is an upgraded version of the original Panzer which combines the benefits of the Panzer-S having additional fans with even more glass panels all around. All that without a crazy big price difference make the Panzer G quite the intriguing choice for those who are fans of understated looks and maybe a more professional work environment."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Fractal Design Meshify S2 – Meshify Gets a Define S2 Mash-Up @ Bjorn3d.com
- Swiftech H240 X3 AIO @ TechPowerUp
- DeepCool Captain 240 PRO @ Guru of 3D
- CRYORIG C7 Cu CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech