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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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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.

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Silverstone Raven RVZ01 Review

An SFX power supply mounts vertically inside the RVZ01.

This DIY micro-tower takes flight

It’s official: micro-towers are now definitely a “thing.” Unfortunately for DIYers, being able to truly build from scratch hasn’t been an option—until now.

Meet Silverstone’s Raven RVZ01, a micro-tower that somewhat resembles a game console but has enough room inside for a high-powered PC. We actually used this enclosure in a recent Build It, and now we’d like to give it a proper review. The short version is that you can pack some powerhouse computing in here, but there are a few caveats.

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