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Review: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X CPU

AMD has been creating a real hype with its Ryzen range of processors, and with our review of the Ryzen 7 1800X we found out that it is indeed a boon for content creators who want to use their PCs for more than just gaming. For anyone who’s been living under a rock, here’s a small refresher: The Ryzen CPUs are based on the new AMD Zen architecture and the AM4 socket, the direct successor to AMD’s Piledriver based FX processors with the AM3 & AM3+ sockets released over five years ago. The Ryzen 7 is the high-end range of the Ryzen series with 8 cores and 16 threads, and the Ryzen 7 1700X is just next to the Ryzen 7 1800X. Like its more expensive counterpart, it does not come with a stock cooler, so you better be ready to buy one separately. Tech Specs CPU 1700X Cores 8 ...

Quick Review: Antec GX1200 Mid-Tower Chassis

Choosing the right cabinet for your next PC build can be a daunting task, thanks to the sheer number of options available in the market. For those wanting the best option when it comes to value for money, Antec has come up with a great solution, with the GX1200 mid-tower cabinet. Features Dimensions 510 x 510 x 200mm Storage 2 x 3.5″ HDD 3 x 2.5″ SSD Cooling fans Front: 3 x 120mm Rear: 1 x 120mm Top: 2 x 120mm Removable Air Filters Water Cooling Front Radiator: 360 x 130 x 40mm Rear Radiator: 120 x 155 x 45mm Top Radiator: 240 x 120 x 30mm Supports upto 410mm GPU Antec Magic Box 6 x Fan Speed Controller 3 x LED Color Controller Installed fan 2 x 120mm LED Fans (7 color) PCI Expansion Slots 7 The Antec GX1200 cabinet is a mid-range chassis that supports up to ATX motherboards an...

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review

Remember when we were kids, we used to connect two cups with a string and talked over it? Well, that was an actual means of communication back in the day in the mid 1600s until 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell invented the first telephone. An archaic device that did it’s job. Over the years, technology has evolved and now we have if not the best, one of the best smartphones of 2017, the Samsung Galaxy S8+. Boasting an “Infinity Screen” or an almost bezel-less phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ screams 2017, welcome to the future of Minority Report, hello Back to the Future. Back when I was younger, a dream of my friends and I, being science fiction fans, always wished we could watch TV on our phones, use the internet on our mobile phones and dare I say, maybe even play some games! Well fast for...

Skull Candy Grind Wireless Headphones Review

The right headphones can be like soft fur on your ears, and Skull Candy Grind Wireless bluetooth headphones feel near perfect. Firstly, the headphones are really light, but feel very sturdy. They rest comfortably over the head, and on the ears without feeling too tight. The sturdiness comes due to a strong metal strip acting as the central frame for the headphones. The headband section of frame is then covered by a soft cushioned padding that snugly covers the top of the head. A more sturdy design also means that the headphones are not fold-able. I can imagine some audiophiles taking issue with this, specially when carrying the headphones in a bag, but I personally never found this to be an issue. Whenever I was out and about, I was wearing the headphones with a podcast running in the back...

Review: HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

HyperX is a reputed name when it comes to headsets and memory, but now the company is making its foray into the peripheral market with a new keyboard. With Cherry MX Blue switches and a flashy red LED backlight, the Alloy claims to be ideal for fans of FPS titles, but it is actually much more than that. The keyboard is highly compact and lacks any properly discernible bezel around the keys, making it much easier to pack it up and carry it around. What makes it even more convenient is that it weighs only about 1.05 kg and comes with a padded pouch. The slim and small size is also a boon for gamers who lack a lot of table space, or want to keep additional stuff along with the keyboard. Everything about the HyperX Alloy FPS screams portability. Even the cable is a detachable braided USB cable...

Review: MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF

Gaming on a PC has its pros and cons, and one major con is that it lacks portability, as the desktop can be heavy and cumbersome. The Vortex MSI tries to deal with that problem, fitting an entire gaming rig inside a console-like chassis, which is both compact and lightweight. But does it end up compromising on the performance? Let’s find out. Tech Specs CPU Intel i7-7700K Chipset Z170 GPU GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X Memory 8 GB DDR4 Storage 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD LAN 2 x Killer Gb LAN Wireless LAN & Bluetooth Killer ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth v.4.1 Audio Jack 1 x Mic-in 1 x Headphone-out 1 x TOSLINK SPDIF Out USB 2 x Type-C 4 x Type-A USB 3.0 Display 2 x HDMI, 2 x Mini DisplayPort Power Embedded 450W 80 Plus Gold Certification PSU Dimensions 202.5 x 191.7 x 278.0 mm Weight (w/Battery) 4.0...

Review: HP Omen 870-260in Gaming Desktop

A couple of months ago, HP debuted its gaming line up under the banner of Omen, to an overwhelming response by the audience. Comprising of a range of high performance laptops, desktops and accessories, the Omen series focuses on gamers and VR enthusiasts, coupling its powerful internal specs with cutting-edge design. Today we check out the Omen 870-260in Desktop PC, a mid-tower gaming rig. Tech Specs Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit Chipset Intel Z170 Processor Intel Core i7-7700K (4.2GHz, Boost up to 4.5 GHz) Memory 16 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (2 x 8 GB) Storage 2TB 7200 RPM SATA and 128GB SATA SSD GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB GDDR5) Optical Drive DVD-Writer Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) and Bluetooth® 4.2 M.2 combo Expansion Slots 1 PCIe x1; 1 PCIe x16; 2 M.2 Network Interfac...

Nerf This: NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti Founder’s Edition Review

Gone are the days when Titan X was the daddy of all GPUs. NVIDIA recently released the GTX 1080Ti, which boasts to be “the ultimate GeForce card”, leaving the GTX 1080 in dust and smoke. But does it live up to the hype, and more importantly, the claim? Let’s dive in. Tech Specs NVIDIA CUDA Cores 3584 Base Clock 1480 Boost Clock 1582 Memory Speed 11 Gbps VRAM 11 GB GDDR5X Memory Bandwidth 484 GB/s Both the Titan X Pascal and the GTX 1080Ti are based on GP102 graphics processor. Both the cards have 12 billion transistors and 3584 CUDA Cores. And while the GTX 1080Ti has a smaller number of ROP units (88 to Titan’s 96) and lesser VRAM (11GB compared to the Titan’s 12 GB), it has a higher clock speed for the GPU and memory which more than makes up for the differen...

Review: Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro

A few weeks ago we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro, which was quite impressive to say the least. Today we have in our hands its younger sibling (or so it would seem), the Galaxy C7 Pro, which was launched recently to an overwhelmingly positive response by the audience. With a price tag of INR 27,990 it competes directly with mid-range devices which fall under the 30K bracket. Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Key Specifications Snapdragon 626 2.2GHz Octa-Core Processor 4GB RAM With 64GB ROM 5.7 Inch FHD AMOLED Display 16MP Camera With Dual Tone LED Flash and f/1.9 aperture 16MP Front Camera 4G VoLTE/WiFi USB-Type-C Fingerprint sensor 3300 mAh battery The Galaxy C7 Pro has a sleek body with a metal unibody design, making it one of the most premium phones in the market. It has a 5.7-inch display whic...

Review: GamDias Hebe M1 Gaming Headset

We generally don’t get to see a lot of GamDias products floating around in India, especially when it comes to headphones. But they’ve slowly been gaining more popularity as they add new products to their lineup. Today we take a look at the GamDias Hebe M1 Gaming Headset, which looks like a beast. Specifications Sensitivity 119±3dB Impedance 32 Ohm + / – 15% Driver diameter 50mm Microphone size Φ6*5mm Microphone sensitivity -40db±3db Microphone Pick up Pattern Unidirectional Vibration Unit Size 30mm Cable length 2m Plug type Gold-plated USB plug Dimension (LxWxH): 188 × 104 × 230 mm Design The GamDias Hebe M1 gaming headset is a humongous beast of an over-the-ear RGB headset that lights up in all the right places. It comes with a metallic headband, which is sort of non-adjustabl...

Review: HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

erX quickly became a popular name for gaming headset fans when it made its debut with the Cloud a few years ago. With the HyperX Cloud Stinger, the brand seems to have redefined the entry-level gaming headset market, thanks to its low price and attractive design. Let’s start with the basics. Specifications Headset Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets Type: Circumaural, Closed back Frequency response: 18Hz-23,000Hz Impedance: 30 Ω Sound pressure level: 102 ± 3dBSPL/mW at 1kHz T.H.D.: < 2% Input power: Rated 30mW, Maximum 500mW Weight: 275g Cable length and type: Headset (1.3m) + Extension Y-cable(1.7m) Connection: Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + extension cable – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs Microphone Element: Electret condenser microphone Polar pattern: Uni-dire...

Affordable Core Act : Ryzen 7 1800X Review

The CPU market has sort of been an Intel monopoly for the past few years, but with the Ryzen series of processors, the competition surely seems to be revived. The Ryzen CPUs are based on the new AMD Zen architecture and the AM4 socket, the direct successor to AMD’s Piledriver based FX processors with the AM3 & AM3+ sockets released over five years ago. It’s been a long time coming. The Ryzen 7 series is Ryzen’s high-end line of processors, with eight cores and 16 threads, making them the AMD counterparts to Intel’s i7 range. We’re reviewing the Ryzen 7 1800X, the top end of the Ryzen 7 series. Check out the tech specs below: Tech Specs CPU 1800X Cores 8 Threads 16 Socket AM4 Base Clock 3.6 GHz Boost Clock 4.0 GHz TDP 95W The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X has a base cl...


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