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Linksys WRT1900AC Review

Don’t be fooled by the old-school styling of the Linksys WRT1900AC—it may look like a blast from the ancient past, but it schools the modern competition, including our previous favorite AC router, the Asus RT-AC66U. The new Linksys model is faster, easier to set up, and has more ports to play with.

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Age of Mythology: Extended Edition Review

Ah, revamps. Ah, Age of Empires. We can remember, with much fondness, the rise of Ensemble Studios’ great entry into the real-time strategy world of the 1990s. In an era otherwise dominated by the RTS heavyweights—Command and Conquer, Warcraft II, and eventually Starcraft—Age of Empires offered up a unique, resource-driven spin on the typical rush-or-turtle gameplay of its peers.

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Enermax Liqtech 240 Review

If there's anything we've learned about hardware companies over the years, it's that diversity is the key to survival, much like life in the jungle. For companies like Enermax, that seems to mean branching out beyond the power supplies and case fans that it's built a reputation on. In recent years, the company has expanded into the CPU cooling sector, and the Liqtech 240 is its latest new hotness. But we'll tell you right off the bat that this 240mm closed-loop liquid cooler is not a mold-breaker. Then again, a company doesn’t need to re-invent the wheel to be successful.

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Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Radeon R9 290X Review

In the world of video cards, we generally have three tiers of design. There’s the stock or “reference” version from AMD or Nvidia, then the cards with proprietary cooling, and finally the cards with both special cooling and even redesigned circuitry on the board itself. The Republic of Gamers (ROG) line from Asus has long been reserved for the company’s most premium products, with ROG video cards getting a “Matrix Platinum” tag to further distinguish them.

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Alienware 17 Review

This desktop-replacement-of-a-gaming-notebook might look familiar to you if you’ve read our January 2014 issue. It does, after all, use the same 16.2x11.7x1.9-inch chassis as the older Alienware 17 we reviewed back then, and this version also weighs over 11 pounds. But while it may look the same as its predecessor, it has been updated with some very key components that make it stand out.

 

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Steelseries H Wireless Review

The SteelSeries Wireless H certainly looks and feels like a feels like a top-of-the-line headset. Its design is mercifully subdued, with an all-over black color scheme that looks great even if you’re not in the middle of a LAN party. The design is livened up with some very subtle orange accents, and a variety of handsome textures (rubber, leather, matte and gloss plastic) that look and feel superb.

 

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Origin PC Genesis Review

We all know the PC OEM business is a commodity parts game with every vendor having the exact same access to PC hardware as everyone else. It’s a bit like trying to impress the paparazzi on the red carpet with the same off-the-rack dress as every other starlet.

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Func HS-260 Review

The HS-260’s audio cable and microphone are both replaceable, and can be plugged in on either side.Func’s foray into gaming headsets starts on solid footing

Func’s not a new brand, per se—the company has been making gaming peripherals since the turn of the millennium. However, until just over a year ago, it was only known for mousepads, so its recent foray into mice and keyboards represents quite a step up, at least in terms of ambition. Now, with the HS-260, Func is ready to complete the trifecta and take on gaming headsets as well.

Note: This review was originally featured in the July 2014 issue of the magazine.

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Review

A much-needed kick in the pants revamps the franchise

A much-needed kick in the pants revamps the franchise

When we last left our hero Diablo, the Lord of Terror wasn’t all that scary anymore. In fact, he’s probably been a bit lonely. The joy of killing Diablo 3’s big boss alongside Blizzard’s army of players has long since faded for those who haven’t already abandoned the game at some point since its May 2012 release.

Note: This review was originally featured in the July 2014 issue of the magazine.

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V3 Components Voltair Reivew

The two fan cables are sleeved and grafted together for a cleaner installation.

Don’t call it a comeback

If you’re an enthusiast who’s ready to drop more than $100 on a CPU cooler, it’s probably been a long time since you last considered air for this job. Most folks at this level have moved on to closed-loop liquid coolers (CLCs) or even custom loops. Even the best air-driven jobs on the market won’t match the heat dissipation of a good CLC. So unless you’re on a budget, why bother?

Note: This article was originally featured in the July 2014 issue of the magazine.