We had a chance to catch up with Corsair at CES 2014, where they gave us a suite tour and showed off their new MX-RGB mechanical keyboard (exclusive 2014 rights), Graphite 760T gaming case (specs below), and Obsidian 250D case.
After a suggestion from reddit user "Tangential_Diversion," we decided it'd be a good idea to do a sort-of collative post post-discussion from our reddit topics. For our regulars who might not frequent reddit's technology subsections, I frequently answer questions about new reviews, products, and PC hardware over here and here. Most recently, a thread about our Antec Kuhler 1250 dual-pump CLC review received nearly 100 comments, where I answered several questions about design and discussed the future of GN's test methodology.
This post will quickly round-up some of the Q&A from the community -- I'll also jump into some explanation of future plans for testing methodology toward the end.
Closed-loop liquid coolers first hit the market a few years ago, instantly becoming "the thing" to have; it was an easy solution for users who wanted to lay claim to liquid cooling, but didn't necessarily have funding / ability for an open loop system.
As these coolers emerged, it rapidly became evident that simply being a liquid cooler didn't make it inherently better than air. A solid, entry-level air cooler (like the AR01 or Hyper 212) will often out-endure and perform equally to a low-end liquid cooling solution. Just as with other aspects of hardware (a cheap Z87 board vs. an expensive H87 board, for instance), just because it's theoretically more advanced in one aspect, that doesn't mean the performance will outmatch a less technologically advanced product that employs higher-quality engineering. A tuned sleeper can blow past a high-end stock car, if we were to make analogous comparisons.
As the year nears its end and our gaming PC guides get their yearly revamp (see: CPU, video card, & case buying guides), it's time for a new Enthusiast's Holiday Gift Guide. Similar to our "What Next? Post-Build Upgrades" article, this guide explores expansion and upgrade options for your recently-completed PC build. If you've got people who don't know what to buy for your gaming PC, send 'em this way and give them some ideas.
We'll cover functional and aesthetic upgrade options in this guide. This page will be dedicated to more aesthetic-focused components; page 2 contains video cards, coolers, mechanical keyboards, mice, gaming headsets, and CPUs.
Let's get started with our Gifts for PC Gamers holiday hardware guide!
NZXT's new Kraken G10 video card cooling bracket is now available at $30. The housing bracket is meant for use alongside any Asetek-supplied CLC, including NZXT's own Kraken X40 & X60 coolers, Antec's Kuhler 920 & 620 products, and Thermaltake's Water-brand coolers.
The Kraken G10 is simply a mounting bracket for a liquid cooler, but also contains a 92mm cooling fan for the video card VRM. Standalone, the G10 does not ship with a liquid cooling solution, so you'll have to mount one of your Asetek-supplied coolers to the G10 for use as a video card CLC.
We previously posted a series of case modding intro videos that were targeted at helping system builders break into case modding. The truth is, of course, that really getting in deep requires time and tools (and other expenses), so it's often easier to start with something else -- like installing aftermarket lighting kits.
This quick post-build guide aims to highlight some of the basic add-ons for gaming PCs after they've been built; these are items that can be installed with a screwdriver or a bit of manual work, but won't require more advanced case modding initiatives. You'll find product examples of each component type below.
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