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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...

Review: Gamdias Hermes 7 Colour Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Gamdias isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind when one thinks about gaming peripherals. For those who don’t know, Gamdias is relatively new and up-and-coming brand that makes keyboards, mice, headsets and other accessories for gamers. The brand takes inspiration from Greek mythology, which is reflected in the product names as well. Today, I review the Hermes 7 colour mechanical gaming keyboard that makes use of Gamdias certified blue switches. Take a look at the tech specs below: Specifications Key Switch GAMDIAS certified mechanical switches Key Switch Type Blue Dimensions 458 x 220 x 44 mm Weight 1.1 Kg Built-in Memory 8 KB Polling Rate 1000 Hz Additional Macro Keys NA Programmable keys NA Multimedia Keys 7 Switch Lifecycle 50 Million Backlit 7 colors N-Key Rollover...

Review: Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

Samsung might have screwed the pooch with the Galaxy Note 7, but they’re coming back, and they’re coming back strong. One of the latest additions to the Galaxy family is the C9 Pro, the mid-range beast of a smartphone. It is as fast and powerful as the Galaxy S7, Samsung’s flagship phone. Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Key Tech Specs 1.95GHz Snapdragon 653 Octa-Core Processor 6GB RAM With 64GB ROM 6 Inch FHD AMOLED Display Dual Micro SIM 16MP Camera With Dual Tone LED Flash 16MP Front Camera 4G VoLTE/WiFi USB-Type-C NFC Fingerprint Bluetooth 4.2 4000mAh Battery. The Galaxy C9 Pro packs a powerful 1.95 GHz octa-core processor at its core. Not only that, this is also the only Samsung smartphone in the market right now that comes with 6 gigs of RAM and a USB Type-C connector. Though ...

Review: WD Blue SSD 250 GB

WD Blue SSDs are the brand’s first consumer SSDs after WD acquired SanDisk last year. With PC users favouring faster data transfer rates and better safety features, SSDs are slowly becoming a viable replacement for hard disk drives (HDDs), as they can greatly reduce boot and load times, and are a lot easier to maintain and carry around than an HDD.   The WD Blue is a SATA SSD available in two form factors: a 2.5″ and an M.2 version, and comes in three variants: 250 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB. It is supposed to be their mainstream SSD that focuses on PC enthusiasts, gamers and content creators. Like most Solid State Drives, the WD Blue 2.5″ is rather compact, only 7 mm in height. It comes in a black metal case which is mostly covered with stickers on both sides. While the to...

Review: GIGABYTE GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6 GB Graphics Card

The GTX 1060 is NVIDIA’s response to AMD’s RX 480. Built on the 16nm GP106  Pascal architecture, it offers better performance compared to the previous gen $300 GPUs at a price point of close to $250. GIGABYTE has their own versions of the card, the G1 Gaming Edition and the Xtreme Gaming Edition, the latter being the company’s most powerful rendition with 6 GB VRAM and factory overclocks for both the base clock speed and the memory clock. Tech Specs Chipset GeForce GTX 1060 Core Clock Boost: 1873 MHz / Base: 1645 MHz in OC Mode                                                                 Boost: 1847 MHz / Base: 1620 MHz in Gaming Mode Process Technology 16 nm Memory Clock OC mode: 8316 MHz                                                                                 ...

Review: BenQ Zowie XL2540 240 Hz E-sports Gaming Monitor

The rise in the popularity of e-sports has led to a tremendous boom in both the volume and quality of hardware and peripherals catering specifically to the competitive gamer. BenQ, a well-known name in the display industry, after acquiring Zowie, a similarly famous name in the gaming industry focuses on produces high quality displays focused towards professional and competitive players. One such product is the Zowie XL2540 monitor, a 24.5 inch 1080p display with an ultra-fast refresh rate of 240 Hz. And that is native, people. Check out the tech specs below: Technical Specifications Screen Size 24.5 inches Resolution 1920 x 1080 Aspect Ratio 16:09 Panel Technology Twisted Nematic Film Refresh Rate 240 Hz Response Time 1 millisecond Contrast Ratio 1000:1 / 12000000:1 (dynamic) Brightness 40...


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