Category Archives: Reviews

ASRock B550 TAICHI Review

WEB: ASRock ERP:  $299.99 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

ASRock has done the unexpected with the B550 TAICHI and produced a better motherboard, from a technically inferior chipset. Not only is this an objectively more capable motherboard than the X570 TAICHI, it does so at a price few if any others can match. For whatever reason, when it comes to bang for buck, ASRock is putting out strong offerings at every turn, and the B550 TAICHI is one such example. There’s no indication of when it may be available here in South Africa, but here’s hoping it’s sooner rather than later (and at an appropriate price too).

ASRock B460M Steel Legend – Quick Review

WEB: ASRock ERP:  $104.99 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

ASRock has added yet another offering to its Steel Legend family. The ASRock B460M Steel Legend is about as affordable as any B460 motherboard is likely to get. For those looking to build a gaming machine on the tightest of budgets, it’s not likely to get much better than this offering. ASRock has managed to pack in a few value add features on this board to make it well worth your time. It won’t set your world alight but it does prove competent all around.

Intel Core i9-10900K Review – Part 1

WEB: Intel ERP:  $499 | ZAR 11,999 | AUTHOR: Neo

Welcome, to the Intel Core-i9 10900K review, specifically Part 1 of the review. It’s here, it’s fast and it games like a boss.

GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS PRO-AX Review

WEB: GIGABYTE MSRP: US $269.99 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

 

Z490 AORUS PRO AX

Here it is, the first Z490 based motherboard review from TheOverclocker. Gigabyte’s Z490 AORUS PRO-AX, was not only the first Z490 motherboard received, but happens to be one of the strongest contenders for the value for money throne. Typically, a new platform is evaluated on a high-end board, but this time it’s a mid-level offering. The PRO-AX not only shows the improvements Gigabyte has made, but shows what the 10th Generation Core CPUs can achieve at their best.

Wootware Wootbook Ultra II

WEB: Wootware ERP:  R33,695 (Reviewed spec) | AUTHOR: Neo

Wootware WootBook Ultra II

With all the time I spend around gaming/enthusiast hardware, it takes a lot to be impressed and even more to get excited about. One can imagine then, that a notebook would be the last thing I’d consider as exciting. However, that was until I spent time with the WootBook Ultra II. If that doesn’t mean much to you, maybe the latest Intel 10th Generation Core i7 CPU and a refreshed NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPU may pique your interest.

Cooler Master MM711 Gaming Mouse Review

WEB: Cooler Master MSRP: US $60 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

The Cooler Master MM711, is the direct successor to the MM710. Featuring a series of quality of life improvements, the MM711 manages to put together one of the best packages in the last few years. These features include a light weight chassis, a precision sensor from PixArt and of course Omron switches for the buttons. Together with solid construction and a quality RGB LED lighting system, Cooler Master has constructed what may be their best mouse yet. Find out about it in the video review.

ROG STRIX RX 5500 XT Review

WEB: ASUS MSRP: US $249.99 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

The Radeon RX 5500 XT is the latest of the Navi line of cards I’ve reviewed, but it is also the least powerful. Do not however let that deter you as this is one capable card for 1080P gaming. The ROG STRIX RX 5500 XT features 8GB of memory, a slight overclock (20MHz) on the core and some value added functionality. If it can be found at the right price, this may make for one of the best RX 5500 XTs on the market.

Cougar Havoc BT Wireless Gaming Headset Review

WEB: COUGAR MSRP: US $64.90 | ZAR TBD | AUTHOR: Neo

Several weeks ago I reviewed Cougar’s Attila gaming headset and I came away from that review impressed by the value it offered. This time I have a higher quality headset in the form of the Havoc BT, which is in itself a follow up on the original wired mode only, Havoc headset.

ADATA SU750 512GB SSD Review

WEB: ADATA MSRP: US $59.99 | ZAR 1,559 | AUTHOR: Neo

ADATA SU750

Here we are with yet another ADATA SSD, but this time it’s the SU750 2.5” SATA model. With nearly all vendors selling performance above all, the SU750 is strictly about value. This is an entry level drive and as such, it forgoes the typical high-speed controllers but instead uses a Realtek 2-channel IC. This controller and the drive’s lack of any DRAM cache is what allows it to retail for such an aggressive price. For a budget drive, it’s difficult to fault the performance because at worst it’s still faster than any mechanical drive. That alone makes it a worthwhile drive for one to consider.

ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS Review

WEB: ASUS MSRP: US $193.22 | ZAR 3,999 | AUTHOR: Neo

X570 Plus

I think it’s safe to say that X570 boards have gone from interesting to incredible since their introduction in 2019. We went from the chipset fans being an issue, to something we rarely if ever talk about anymore. Now, in 2020 (yes, I know, the X570-Plus is from 2019) we even have refined offerings like the TUF-Gaming X570-Plus for the entry-level and budget space. In that same period, AGESA updates have improved compatibility and performance, making the whole experience that much better .