Mechanical keyboards are kind of a throwback to days gone by when keyboards offered a satisfying click and superior key action. More and more companies are coming out with mechanical planks nowadays, including Cooler Master, which just announced its new QuickFire Rapid keyboard for gamers. This board was built to withstand the kind of abuse gamers inflict when feverishly mashing away.
Cooler Master is under the assumption that not all gamers want a mouse with four hundred buttons and funky features like a built-in transmogrifier. If you find yourself shaking your head in agreement, you might be interested in Cooler Master's new Xornet mouse. Inspiration for the Xornet came from "gamers focused on minimalistic designs," and what CM ended up with is a lightweight rodent with a claw-grip design and affordable price tag.
Cooler Master's new Hyper 412 PWM CPU cooler has some mighty big shoes to fill. The company's Hyper 212 Plus set the bar in terms of price/performance ratio and impressed us so much it earned a perfect 10 and walked away with a Kick Ass award (you can read our review here). The Hyper 412 PWM is a similar looking cooler that promises the same "delicate balance between cooling potential and noise."
It's generally a good idea to let your power supply decide when it needs a burst of air to keeps its internals nice and chilly, but if you'd rather take matters into your own hands, Cooler Master's Silent Pro Hybrid Series is a new line of fully modular power supplies that come bundled with a fan controller. With it you can turn off your PSU's fan and control up to three system fans. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, except Cooler Master put a safe guard in place.
You want to know a secret? Building a high-end PC on an unlimited budget ain’t that hard. You just click the "Bestest" button and add to cart. What’s hard is building a PC on a strict budget. Do you sacrifice CPU, GPU, or storage? Do you cheap out on the case or the PSU?
So when WarFactory decided to ship us its Immortal budget box instead of the usual shoot-for-the-moon rigs we test, we thought it would be interesting to see how the more modest PC would measure up.
When you're outfitting a new computer, it can be tempting to just buy the cheapest no-name case you can find, slap your new parts into it, and call it a day. While that might have been a valid choice in ye olde beige days—heck, early Dream Machine builds didn't even list the case—it's not one we'd recommend today. This month, we round up eight cases, from the budget to the extreme, to see how they measure up to the task of holding your precious modern components.
Our initial impression of the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer wasn’t great. Though the case is only $90, we can’t help but feel wary running our hands over a lightweight plastic front panel. It’s just instinct. But after spending some time with the Enforcer, we actually came away impressed—mostly.
Remember the totally kick-ass, Light Cycle-inspired scratch PC mod by veteran modder Boddaker (aka Brian Carter) that was featured on our site recently? Called TRON Lightcycle PC, Boddaker’s entry for Cooler Master’s annual case mod competition (scratch build category) is currently the third most voted case mod in contention. As of now, the top spot belongs to the L3p D3sk by a 30-year-old Dutch guy named Peter. The rig is housed inside a desk, effectively making it an “all-in-one desk”, as Peter likes to call it.
Hello and happy Friday! This week's Photo Awesome will be brief, and let me tell you why.
Nathan and I are putting together a case round up for the upcoming issue--we'll be reviewing mid to full towers from the likes of Cooler Master, Fractal, Corsair, and Antec just to name a few. It was a massive undertaking and we're proud to say that we're nearly finished, and equally as proud to say that we learned a lot from the experience.
Need a new compact case that can accommodate high end GPUs, like the AMD Radeon HD 6990 and Nvidia GTX 590, but is small enough to tote around to LAN parties? If so, Cooler Master hopes you'll give its new Storm Enforcer gaming case a once over. Cooler Master describes the case as "a bold new LAN deployable addition to the Storm lineup." And according to CM, it's the first mid-tower to include native support for the above mentioned dual-GPU videocards.