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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?

ROG STRIX X570-E Gaming Review

WEB: ASUS MSRP: US $329.99 | ZAR 6,489 | AUTHOR: Neo

In an ideal world many would like to own the Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi), or even better yet the Crosshair VIII Formula. However, that isn’t the reality we live in and such high priced motherboards are simply not feasible to many. That said, just because these aforementioned boards may be out of reach, it doesn’t mean one can’t enjoy many of the key features they have at a more palatable price. The ROG STRIX X570-E Gaming, despite the lamentable name claims to be one such offering. Think of it as a Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi), with a number of things removed or changed. Surprisingly, what has been done away with leaves much of the motherboard intact and that means you get all the ROG ‘exclusive’ features. Perhaps not in their full glory, but flashed out enough to make it worth your while.

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X Review

WEB: AMD MSRP: US $399.99 | ZAR 7,499 | AUTHOR: Neo

 

Hard to believe it’s been almost four months since AMD announced the AMD Ryzen 3000 series. In that time, this platform has undergone quiet a few changes, all for the better I might add. All of the firmware updates from AMD and motherboard vendor side have improved mainly in increased compatibility and adding high speed DRAM support. As it stands, the Ryzen 7 3800X is a better CPU today than it was at launch. What follows is what you may expect out of a Ryzen 7 3800X in everyday use, gaming and in productivity right now.

CORSAIR Force MP600 Review

WEB: Corsair MSRP: US $229.99 | ZAR 4,699 | AUTHOR: Neo

 

Earlier in the year AMD introduced the first desktop platform featuring the latest PCIe Gen4 iteration. While we usually evaluate and look forward to such advancements in the contexts of graphics cards. This time however, it is storage which is the first beneficiary of the updated PCI-Express specification. The CORSAIR Force MP600 is one such drive. Featuring the latest Phison controller, 3D TLC NAND and a lower than expected retail price, high performance storage just became more affordable.

ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1650 Review

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

In a better world, everyone can afford a GeForce RTX 2080 or rather has that amount of graphics compute power available to them. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Particularly at present with current economic conditions there’s an increasing number of people whose budgets only stretch to a GTX 1650 or thereabouts. This class of graphics cards, firmly in the budget range makes do with many a sacrifice in terms of visual fidelity for your games, but surprisingly less than you’d think. This is especially true of the ROG STRIX GTX 1650.

Corsair M55 RGB PRO Gaming Mouse Review

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WEB: Corsair M55 RGB PRO Gaming Mouse | Corsair MM250 XL Mousepad MSRP: Corsair M55 PRO RGB Gaming Mouse US$ 39.99 | ZAR 589 | Corsair MM250 XL Mousepad US$ 22.99 | ZAR 359 | AUTHOR: Jonathan Horne

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More and mouse peripherals come out each day, but hardly any cater towards left-handed users. The Corsair M55 RGB PRO addresses that issue by offering an ambidextrous design, with a perfectly symmetrical layout. This offers an identical experience irrespective of the handedness of the user. What’s more, the mouse comes in at a rather low price point with an impressive featureset on paper.

ASRock X570 Taichi OC Review

WEB: ASRock MSRP: US $299.99 | AUTHOR: Neo

Here we are with the ASRock X570 Taichi, just over a full month after the launch of AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs and the matching X570 chipset. Truth be told, it definitely feels like it’s been much longer than a month. As we’ve come to expect with AMD platform launches, plenty of updates coming in fast. Each successive update bringing stability and compatibility improvements. This latest entry in the ASRock X570 Taichi is easily my favorite X570 motherboard thus far. As such, we decided this would be a great candidate for an OC review.

Corsair HS35 Stereo Headset Review

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WEB: www.corsair.com MSRP: US$ 39.99 | ZAR 659 AUTHOR: Jonathan Horne

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Corsair’s higher end headsets, such as the VOID range, are fairly well known amongst gamers, but they also have more budget-friendly options available. Today we’re having a look at the Corsair HS35 Stereo Headset, with this particular sample being blue and black. Other than blue, the Corsair HS35 is also available in green, red and carbon (dark grey). The headset is designed to work with PCs, PS4, Xbox One and mobile phones with a 3.5mm audio jack.

Corsair Nightsword RGB Gaming Mouse Review

WEB: www.corsair.com MSRP: US$ 79.99 | ZAR 1,359 AUTHOR: Jonathan Horne

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Corsair Nightsword RGB

We’ve recently had a look at the Corsair Ironclaw RGB mouse, but that isn’t the only FPS/MOBA mouse Corsair has to offer. The IronClaw is a more budget-friendly mouse, while the Corsair Nightsword RGB Tunable FPS/MOBA gaming mouse ramps things up a level.