20 of the Worst PC Setups - February 2018
I’m sure at some point you’ve had a bad PC setup. Maybe moving into a new place, waiting for a new desk to arrive or you just ran out of room. I can remember my horrible PC setups from when I was living at the dorms in college. If you have ever ventured over to the Shitty Battlestations sub-reddit you will find a lot of horrible PC setups. We will are going to pick 20 each month and feature them as 20 of the Worst PC setups for that month. Here are some of the bad ones from February.
A Quick Look At Cooler Master’s $50 MasterBox MB600L Mid-tower Chassis
As time passes, it becomes easier and easier to build a PC on the cheap. It doesn’t matter the component; you’re going to have a selection to trudge through. It used to be that the chassis would be a roadblock for many, especially when free shipping wasn’t so de facto, but nowadays, there’s no shortage of options.
Sometimes, you can even manage to score an already cheap option for even cheaper. At Amazon and Newegg right now, the Cooler Master MasterBox MB600L I’m taking a look at here is on sale for $45. That means that unless your sales tax is worse than 10%, you can receive the chassis straight to your door for less than its SRP.
Of those two options, Newegg is currently the more alluring, because as of the time of writing, the chassis is being bundled with a $15 mail-in rebate. If you don’t mind waiting for that to arrive, you’ll ultimately score the MB600L for a mere $30. Not bad!
Acer Switch 7 Review
Acer's brand new and very interesting Switch 7 is a high-end tablet with a kickstand and detachable keyboard. Making this 13.5" tablet unique are its fanless internals that include a quad core i7-8550U and discrete GeForce MX150 graphics.
AMD Ryzen 7 2000 benchmarks surface in Korea
Appear to showcase an Octa-core Zen+ part with 4.35GHz boost frequency. We are expecting AMD to launch its refreshed Ryzen processors in April, as long as everything goes to plan. As well as sharing the broad launch schedule, AMD used the platform of CES 2018 to affirm that the second generation high performance Ryzen CPUs would be; based upon 12nm Zen+ cores, boast higher clocks, and leverage Precision Boost 2 technology (as seen on recent U-series chips).
Apple HomePod review: For ardent Apple fans only
Apple planted its HomePod smart speaker deep inside a walled garden: You must have an Apple-branded mobile device just to set it up, and you can pretty much use it only with Apple’s own services if you want voice control for music. The company then adds insult to injury by leaving its older iPhones, iPads, and iPods outside that garden wall.
Unless you’re an ardent Apple fan who upgrades to new iOS devices with relative frequency, you won’t even be able to set up a HomePod. If you own an iPhone, iPad, or iPod model that Apple essentially rendered obsolete last fall when it established the hardware requirements for iOS 11, you’re out of luck. You can stream music from various devices to a HomePod using AirPlay, but not until you’ve set up the speaker using an iOS device running iOS 11 or higher. You can read this Macworld article to see which iOS devices are capable of that.
Corsair Carbide 275R Review
Today, we have the new Carbide 275R chassis in for a look over. Corsair is a company no stranger to the PC market, having been releasing products for over 20 years. The 200 series of cases from Corsair are marked (on Corsair's site, that is) as 'beginner friendly,' with them merited as being easy to work in. For a new builder, this is very important. Unless you like a challenge, no new system builder wants their first project to be a cramped, hard to work in, or poorly laid out affair. We reviewed the 275's 'predecessor' (quotes used purely because the 270R is, naturally, still available) here. We liked it a lot, and found that it certainly delivered on the claims of being easy to work in, spacious, whilst providing decent airflow (even with the 2016 trend of closed off front panels, one that - in 2017/18 started to recede). Is, therefore, the 275R just a re-skinned 270R with tempered glass panels? Well, we shall see. There is no doubt, however, that adding some glass paneling to any case seems to elevate the 'premium' factor. In fact, tempered glass has a habit of doing this on virtually any chassis, come to think of it.
Corsair Carbide 275R Review
Corsair has launched the Carbide 275R which is a mid-tower ATX case that promises good airflow as well as support for a 280mm or 360mm radiator in the front and a 240mm cooler in the roof. In addition you get a tempered glass panel that shows off the interior of your new PC, and as the main compartment is open and unobstructed you get a good, clear view of your components.
Corsair Carbide Series 275R Review
Modern looks at an affordable price. High-end PC chassis are all well and good, but manufacturers understand that sub-£100 models are essential if you plan to ship boxes in meaningful quantity. Corsair has played on that fact with an entire line of affordable Carbide Series enclosures promising "high-end features you need, and nothing you don't."
The latest entrant to the range, and successor to the 2016 270R, is the Carbide Series 275R, starting at £65. We have the tempered glass version, costing £75, in for review today.
Cougar GX-F750W PSU Review
Cougar recently introduced a new line called the GX-F, and in this review we're testing its 750W flagship. The GX-F750 is fully modular, 80 PLUS Gold-certified, and its noise output meets the LAMBDA-S++ requirements.
First benchmarks of Ryzen 7 2000 CPU have been leaked
A fresh leak from our South Korean friends. AMD Ryzen 7 2000 up to 4.35 GHz Probably the most interesting part of this leak is the maximum XFR 2.0 turbo frequency for this particular Ryzen sample: 4.35 GHz. The XFR 2.0 option is not enabled for existing Summit Ridge Ryzen 1000 series CPUs. It is available for Ryzen 5 2400G though. At this point, it's unclear if XFR 2.0 will be fully supported by all existing 300-series motherboards.
MINIX Neo N42C-4 Mini-PC Review: A Palm-Sized Quad-Core With Windows 10 Pro
MINIX offers a wide assortment of ultra small form factor systems targeting an array of use cases, from home theater PCs and digital signage to other industrial applications. Despite their diminutive size, the machines are typically full-featured and come with memory, storage, and an operating system – either Windows or Android depending on the model. The new MINIX Neo N42C-4 we’ll be showing you here today is a Windows-based system, but unlike previous models in its class this one includes Windows 10 Professional, rather than the more common Windows 10 Home. The Window 10 Pro upgrade will allow the machine to join a domain and offer Group Policy Management, Bitlocker, and a handful of other features. The Neo N42C-4 is also actively cooled and offers a couple of expansion options that some of the other machines in MINIX’s line-up don’t, like an M.2 slot and additional SO-DIMM slot, for example...
MSI Force GC20 & GC30 Controller Review
MSI has stepped up to the plate with its offering of the Force GC20 Wired and GC30 wireless controllers, both designed for multi-platform gaming. These two stylish and versatile controllers are taking things to the next level, with comfort and durability easily exceeding what the competition has to offer. Sound good? Be sure to watch our video for the full low-down.
OnePlus 5T Review
For £499, the OnePlus 5T looks like it has everything you’d expect from a phone that costs hundreds of pounds more. There’s a 6in AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835 processor, dual camera setup, fingerprint scanner and new facial recognition technology. Is the OnePlus 5T as good as it gets for a mid-range smartphone, or is it just too good to be true? Let’s find out.
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Flow Edition Review
With the Enthoo Evolv ATX Flow Edition, Phanteks has a case for ATX and E-ATX motherboards in its portfolio, which comes with a lot of features and at an attractive price. Apart from that especially friends of custom watercooling loops will love this case, since it offers a lot of flexibility in that direction. This model has been created in cooperation with CaseKing and it sports different front and top panels. For now, we're really curious to find out how this case is going to do in our review.
QNAP TS-431X2-8G 10GbE NAS Server Review
Small business owners looking for a cost-effective yet high-performance NAS with built-in 10GbE connectivity should to well to take a closer look at the latest TS-431X2-8G quad-bay model by QNAP.
Raijintek LETO PRO RGB CPU Cooler Review
This is the Raijintek LETO Pro RGB tower-type CPU cooler, which is bundled with 2x 120mm sleeve bearing fan which has RGB led rings around it. Practically everybody jumped inside the RGB rabbit hole (resistance is futile) but it is nice to see Raijintek providing the white LED version of the cooler as well.
Single-tower CPU coolers are still very popular because of its form factor. Such tower coolers do not have any clearance issues with many standard ATX cases. The LETO Pro’s heatsink width is 51 mm, and with a pair of is 120 x 120 x 25 mm fans its a total of 101 mm. Because of its slim design, it will stay between VRM heatsink and the DIMM slot. While its nothing new, many of such CPU coolers tend to provide great performance for the price that ends up as best sellers. Coolermaster Hyper 212X is a great example. Noctua NH-U12SE2 is also on the similar lines. To add Raijintek’s credit, the CPU cooler has a matte black finish giving a stealth look to the CPU cooler. This is the first Raijintek product I am reviewing so it will be interesting to see how it goes…
Roccat Khan Pro Review
The Roccat Khan Pro claims to be the world's first Hi-Res Audio certified gaming headset. Does that make it sound better than its competitors in the extremely crowded $100 price bracket, where we can already find more than a couple of products with excellent audio performance?
Subsurface Circular Review
Subsurface Circular is a game with an amazing name. Seriously, not only does it look like the most sci-fi name I think I could possibly imagine, it’s so much fun to say. Go on and say it out loud, feel the way your mouth so naturally makes the shapes it’s like these words are destined to go together. Beyond its name, Subsurface Circular is a detective game housed entirely inside a circular metro route (hence the name).
Mike Bithell (the creator of Subsurface, Thomas Was Alone and Volume) clearly has an interest in post-humanism and the future position of technology in society. Thomas Was Alone was about emerging computer intelligence and Volume was about the power technology could bestow onto the people. Then we have Subsurface Circular.
ThiEYE V5s 4K Action Camera Review
Today we take a quick look at the ThiEYE V5s 4K Action Camera. We’ve tested several action cameras over the years … from the standard 1080p to 2K models, and now it seems 4K is the norm. Thanks to Gearbest and ThiEYE for supplying the action camera.
ThiEYE Action Camera V5s is born with a brilliant big eye which is more than just a good look. It adapts to various filters to achieve different effects as enhance colors, reduce reflections, protect lenses.
The metallic shell in carbon fiber style makes V5s full sense of science and technology. Loads of settings to take exactly the type of footage or photos you want from your adventures.