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AORUS RX 5700 XT 8G Review

WEB: AORUS MSRP: USD 449.99 | ZAR 9,840 | AUTHOR: Neo


The Aorus RX 5700 XT, much like all other NAvi10 graphics cards represents AMD’s most advanced and most power efficient GPU to date, even if it isn’t their fastest sometimes. Afterall, as much as AMD has been putting up a strong fight and some might even say winning in the CPU arena. The firm hasn’t fared as well when it comes to their graphics cards. However, with the RDNA GPUs, AMD has made huge strides in closing the gap between itself and its primary competitor.

ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB SSD Review

WEB: XPG MSRP: US $84.99 | ZAR 1,919 | AUTHOR: Neo

SX8200 Pro

ADATA isn’t new to storage and as we saw with the last GAMMIX S11 SSD, can produce some worthwhile storage solutions. As with all things though, if you’re not partial to such drives, be it because of the visuals or something else, there’s an alternative in the SX8200 Pro which for all intents and purposes is near identical to the Gammix S11 Pro. What this drive offers over the Gammix I’m not entirely sure, but even if it’s nothing, it still means great performance at a reasonable price. The SX8200 Pro features a 5-year warranty and/or a total of 320TBW, an SLC cache and peak read performance of up to 3,5GB/s. What’s not to like about that?

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Super Review

WEB: ASUS MSRP: US $823.99 | ZAR 17,534 | AUTHOR: Neo

NVIDIA released the Super series of RTX 2000 cards a while ago. However through several driver updates, title patches etc. the cards are better now in early 2020 than ever before.

Cougar Attila Gaming Headset Review

WEB: COUGAR MSRP: US $29.90 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

Cougar ATTILA

Cougar’s Atilla headset is here, seeking to join other highly impressive Cougar gear such as the K700 Evo and Surpassion RX mouse, reviewed late last year.

Before we got further, I can tell you right now that the Attila’s sonic performance is middle of the road. Cougar has a better sounding set in the Havoc BT, but that’s double the price. The Atilla makes a case for itself in pure value proposition and in its versatility. As such, these may not deliver the best sonic performance in Cougar’s range, but nothing else matches them for value. At $29.90 (Local ZAR price TBA), you’ll have a tough tome finding a better headset anywhere.

Corsair A500 CPU Cooler review

WEB: CORSAIR MSRP: USD 99 | ZAR 1755 | AUTHOR: Neo


A500

For the longest time, AIO units were the only cooling solutions Corsair was known for. With the success of the hydro series however, Corsair has branched out into custom loops and now in 2020 high performance air coolers in the form of the A500.

ASRock B450M Steel Legend Review

WEB: ASRock MSRP: US $99.99 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

It’s been a long time since I’ve had this board in my test rig and even longer since the B450 chipset debuted. As a budget and alternative chipset to X470, it is understandable that many may shy away from it particularly those who are looking at the upper echelon of gaming motherboards from ASRock. Afterall, quite literally my favourite board to date for the X570 chipset is the ASRock X570 Taichi, par none. However, not all of us are fortunate enough to have the means for such a board and the B series is where we must find our motherboard solutions. Fortunately, this isn’t just any B450 motherboard, it’s the ASRock B450M Steel Legend and legendary it very much is.

Life with the Intel Core i9 10980XE

 WEB: INTEL MSRP: USD $999.99 | ZAR  18,999 | AUTHOR: Neo

Life with the Intel Core i9 10980XE. Way after the reviews have landed, there’s the everyday experience with the CPU. Something that benchmarks can’t really tell you. This video is just some of my insights on the CPU and using it everyday. Despite the criticism leveled at the CPU, I like this one. If the older 7980XE was justifiable at nearly $2,000 / R36,000 or so, surely the 10980XE at $999/ R19,000 makes even better sense.

Either way, make of it what you will. Until next time. 😉


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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.