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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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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.

X570 AORUS MASTER Review

WEB: (GIGABYTE) MSRP: US$ 359 | ZAR 7,399 AUTHOR: Neo

 

Now that the dust has settled somewhat with the launch of the X570 and AMD’s 3000 series CPUs, it’s time to look at one of the most interesting entries in the X570 line up. The X570 AORUS MASTER was the first boards we received, but from then until now, bit about is has changed and the review that you would have read on launch day would not be anywhere near as representative or as good as what you would buy right now.

ROG CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (Wi-Fi) Review

WEB: ( ASUS ) MSRP: U$379.99 | ZAR 8,469 AUTHOR: Neo

Finally, it’s here. AMD’s much vaunted X570 chipset arrives with a new generation of Zen micro-architecture CPUs in the Ryzen 3000 family. The combination of this new chipset and CPU family bring with them great advancements not only in platform features, but in power savings and of course performance.

GIGABYTE AERO 15 CLASSIC-XA Review

WEB: www.gigabyte.com MSRP: US$ 2,499.00 | ZAR 43,069 AUTHOR: Jonathan Horne

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The GIGABYTE AERO 15 CLASSIC-XA is the latest in the AERO range of laptops. Traditionally, this range has offered great value for midrange gaming laptops for quite some time now. Previous generations have come in various configurations including the latest Core i7 processor and GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. The range has now been updated with the latest addition, the AERO 15 CLASSIC, which is available in four configurations. All four configurations make for a serious contender in the gaming laptop market.