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Cougar Aqua 280 AIO Review

 WEB: COUGAR MSRP: USD $89.99 | AUTHOR: Neo

Cougar Aqua 280

Cougar is back and this time it’s with their Aqua 280 AIO unit. Part of a brand-new family of Aqua cooling solutions that span the full gamut from 120 to 360mm Radiator solutions. The 280 and 360mm units tailored for high performance and overclocked systems naturally.

In a market filled with cooling solutions though it remains to be seen how well the Aqua 280 can hold its own. With an aggressive MSRP of $89.99 there aren’t many quality AIOs at this price, let alone 280mm units. So just by virtue of pricing alone Cougar already delivers where its competitors may struggle.

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Review

WEB: CORSAIR MSRP: US $199.99 | ZAR TBD AUTHOR: Neo

K95 RGB Platinum XT

It may be hard to imagine, but prior to the K95 RGB Platinum XT, it had been five years since Corsair last updated their flagship K95 keyboard. In that time, we’ve seen several excellent offerings from Corsair specifically the MK.2 versions of the K70 RGB and the Strafe. These, proved just as capable and in many ways, more stylish than their premium K95 counterpart.

Now in 2020, Corsair has finally seen it fit to update the K95 and have done so in the most understated way possible. Yet despite these minor changes, they’ve all come together to make an even better keyboard. One that once again can claim to be the best gaming keyboard from Corsair.

Cougar Surpassion RX Gaming Mouse Review

WEB: COUGAR MSRP: US $59 AUTHOR: Neo

Surpassion RX

Here we again with another Cougar gaming peripheral, specifically the Surpassion RX, following the awesome 700K Evo gaming keyboard we reviewed just a few weeks ago. Much like that keyboard, the Surpassion RX surprises in more ways than one, and makes for one compelling keyboard at an awesome price.

Cougar 700K EVO Gaming Keyboard Review

WEB: COUGAR MSRP: US $119 | ZAR 2,099 AUTHOR: Neo

After many years in the hardware and peripherals business, it’s not common one is completely surprised by what is presented to them. When such a thing does happen, it stays with you and this is one such situation with the Cougar 700K Evo. Throughout all of 2019, I think this may be the sleeper hit of the year for me. Strange, thing for an overclocker to say, but it is indeed true. The Cougar 700K Evo is surprisingly good, actually it’s better than it should be at this price.

Corsair iCUE 465X RGB Review

WEB: CORSAIR MSRP: US $149 | ZAR 2249 | AUTHOR: Neo

 

Several months ago, we reviewed the Corsair Crystal 680X chassis. This remains one of my favourite high-end cases from Corsair. It wasn’t perfect, but it was close enough to leave a lasting impression on me. For the iCUE 465X RGB, we’re looking at a mid-tower budget to mid-tier chassis, so expectations are obviously lowered accordingly. With this chassis, Corsair’s essentially selling you case wrapped around an existing three RGB* fan and fan controller kit which on it’s own is $129.99 or R1,559. For $20/R690 more you literally get a case to match. For pure value, the iCUE 465X RGB is off to a good start.

Corsair HS70 Pro Wireless Review

WEB: CORSAIR MSRP: US $99.99 | ZAR 2,249 | AUTHOR: Neo

The Corsair HS Pro series has arrived and this time we’re examining the most premium of the lot in the HS70 Pro Wireless. Hot off the heels of the Virtuoso RGB, the HS Pro line is nearly half the price, but that doesn’t mean the headset is cheap. In fact, price wise and most certainly in quality, this headset is a match for the VOID Pro RGB, which until recently sold as the greatest listening experience available from Corsair’s range.

Cooler Master MM710 Gaming Mouse Review

WEB: Cooler Master MM710 MSRP: US $49.99 | ZAR 699 | AUTHOR: Jonathan Horne

The latest trend in mouses is an ultra-low weight, with multiple manufacturers releasing their vision of a lightweight peripheral. These devices feature some very unique designs, with the likes of drilled shells to save every gram possible. This type of design was first seen about half a decade ago with the ThermalTake Ventus. However, it has only recently become mainstream. Cooler Master is one of the manufacturers pushing lightweight mice, and today we take a look at the Cooler Master MM710.

ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro 512 GB SSD Review

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WEB: XPG MSRP: US $74.99 | ZAR 1,659 | AUTHOR: Neo

In a world soon to be overrun by PCI-Express Gen 4 NVMe SSDs, we find ourselves looking at a Gen 3 drive. This may seen almost archaic at a glance, but unless you have an AMD X570 motherboard you’re currently limited to Gen 3 speeds. As Gen 4 drives carry a price premium, future-proofing isn’t necessarily a wise choice. Unless, that is, you can make use of the speed right now.

Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Review

WEB: CORSAIR MSRP: US $179.99 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

 

Corsair has finally updated their headset line up with a totally new product range, the Virtuoso RGB Wireless and the Wireless SE. In Corsair’s own words this is their most ambitious audio undertaking yet. A lofty claim which suggests the Virtuoso RGB offers not only the best audio, but comfort, build materials and functionality in Corsair’s history. It also means going forward the headsets have a much higher bar by which they will be measured. How true this is hinges on what you’re talking about specifically. What I can confirm though is that in most disciplines, the Virtuoso RGB is head and shoulders above any of their previous offerings.

AORUS SSD – NVMe Gen4 SSD Review

WEB: AORUS MSRP: US $259.99 | ZAR 4,249 | AUTHOR: Neo

Just a week ago, I reviewed the Corsair Force MP600 Gen4 NVMe SSD drive and here we are again with another similarly spec’d drive. Or better yet, here is another drive with the exact same specifications or component list rather, the AORUS SSD. Yes, the full name is AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD, but that’s about as descriptive as AORUS DX12 Gen3 GPU. That said, at the heart of the AORUS SSD is the Phison PS5016-E16 controller, 512MB of DDR4 memory and 96 Layer 3D TLC NAND. This is a configuration we have already seen and will see a lot more of going forward. So, the obvious question then is who can make the most out of it?