Of ASUS' mainstream motherboard lineup, the Z87 Deluxe/Dual falls in as their 2nd highest-end motherboard, behind only the Deluxe/Quad which has slightly expanded I/O features. It strikes a fine balance of features and high-end hardware resulting in a package that should suit almost anyone's needs and satisfy even the most intensive users out in the wild. ASUS has continued to impress with their various software and useful add-on features, of which the Deluxe/Dual has plenty, so let's get the ball rolling.
With the increasing popularity of esports - and the increasing amount of money being pumped into competitive gaming - sim racing has begun to take a foothold as not only a liesure activity with a hardcore fanbase, but also one that can lead to cold hard cash. In either scenario, if you're really into sim racing, and janky setups or wheel stands aren't cutting it any more, Playseat's Evolution will be just the ticket for even the most hardcore of enthusiasts out there. With a racing style bucket seat, gratuitous adjustibility, and rock solid durability, the Playseat Evolution will become the cornerstone in your sim racing setup.
My first thought when I discovered the Playseat Challenge: "Why in the hell didn't I have this during college!?" It would have saved many an awkward arrangement, bundling together random tables, counterweights, anti-slip mats, and whatever other implements were necessary to make playing my racing sims a fun (and safe) experience. Well, roommate of old, I apologize for not having a Playseat Challenge then - the perfect compact / storable racing sim cockpit. You know what they say, better late than never, well I'll have to agree. Let's get some laps in, shall we?
Two PLX chips... check. Seven PCI-e x16 ports... check. Full x16 quad-SLI... if you dare. Go balls-out and see what quad-GPU setups can really do, and why not paint a Xeon into the picture also while you're at it? And 10 RAIDed hard drives. And 64GB of RAM. This is starting to sound like one of those "dream machine" configurators you've played with when you're really bored and want to see what you're missing. At the heart of all this madness? The P9X79-E WS will accommodate all of that, and then some.
Holy gold! Said pretty much everyone ever everywhere when ASUS rolled out there Z87 motherboard lineup. I think ASUS was making a statement, and their Z87-WS appears to stand tall as a gold standard which we will be comparing Z87 motherbaords to for some time. Feature-rich, extremely expandable, and reliable are a few adjectives you'll see quite a bit on the following pages. In the end though, it really means is that it's the motherboard that has a lot of everything while making careful sacrifices in the name of 24/7 reliability that pros and average joes alike will appreciate.
High Power aims to supply you (oh goodness, the bad puns already) with a quality power supply at a value price point with their Astro PT sereis (the PT standing for Platinum, referring ot the 80 Plus Platinum efficiency). The power supply features modular cables, an "Eagle Eye" power meter, and some other cool junk meant to deal out the electrons to your electron-nomming computer. We have some good things to say in the following pages, let's see what they are.
Mad Catz' Cyborg brand has plenty of futuristic and edgy peripherals to catch the eye of your fellow gamer, but that's not all that sets them apart. Mad Catz has targeted the top end of the market with features like contorting geometries so you can dial in to your comfort zone as seen on their mice and keyboards. The mechanics of their F.R.E.Q series of headsets are pretty standard, but they stand out with premium drivers and microphones for the crisp clarity they think all gamers yearn to have. We won't try to spoil anything, but they've done a pretty good job convincing us they know what they're doing.
be quiet! hopes to conjur up the idea that it took some sort of black magic to create their high-end Dark Power Pro 10 series of power supplies which bundles together a robust accessory kit, some nice features, 80 Plus Gold efficiency, and an overall great design to win over enthusiast builders worldwide. Of course, messing with the dark arts doesn't come without some costs, and that's the only thing we would change about the recipe be quiet! has cooked up for their Dark Powr Pro 10 series power supplies.