All posts by Vic B'Stard

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WIFI motherboard review

It’s all change with Intel’s 12th generation CPUs. We have a new chipset in the 600-series, a new socket with the LGA 1700, and new DDR5 memory. MSI’s ATX MPG Z690 Carbon WIFI motherboard ticks all the boxes. Continue reading MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WIFI motherboard review

Corsair 32GB Vengeance 5200MHz DDR5 DRAM kit review

With Intel’s 12th-generation Alder Lake CPUs and AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7000 CPUs both supporting DDR5, soon users will need to make the jump to the new desktop memory standard. But right now, at least with Intel’s Z690 chipset, which can support motherboards configured for DDR4 or DDR5 (but not both), it’s still a matter of personal choice. Continue reading Corsair 32GB Vengeance 5200MHz DDR5 DRAM kit review

Steelseries Aerox 9 Wireless and Aerox 5 gaming mice review

Steelseries offered two interesting mice for review, the Aerox 9 Wireless, aimed at MMO/MOBA players, and the Aerox 5, a wired mouse for multi-genre use. Both have a rather interesting lightweight lattice design quite unlike anything I’ve seen before. Continue reading Steelseries Aerox 9 Wireless and Aerox 5 gaming mice review

Xbox Series S review

A year and a bit later and I’ve got my hands on an Xbox Series S.

As an owner of an Xbox Series X since (just before) launch, I’ve been a bit guilty of turning my nose up at the junior version of Microsoft’s next-gen consoles. Silly really, as I still love my Xbox One X, which the Series S trumps with ease. Continue reading Xbox Series S review

The A500 Mini Retro Gaming Console review

Retro Games, the UK outfit responsible for a range of retro gaming devices from joystick to full-sized Vic-20s and C64 emulators, have launched their A500 Mini Retro Gaming Console. Styled on the original Commodore Amiga 500, this tiny console comes preloaded with twenty-five classic Amiga games and the capacity to add even more. Continue reading The A500 Mini Retro Gaming Console review

32GB PNY XLR8 Gaming MAKO 6000MHz DDR5 memory kit review

PNY’s XLR8 Gaming MAKO DDR5 memory modules are designed to get the most out of systems based on Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake CPUs. We take a look at the 32GB (2x16GB) CL38 6000Mhz kit.

When the DDR5-capable Intel 12th generation CPUs were launched late last year users were faced with a dearth of DDR5 modules. Anticipating this, enterprising motherboard manufacturers produced DDR4-compatible boards allowing system builders and upgraders to use the cheaper, and easier-to-find, memory. Whilst DDR5 is not quite as scarce as it once was, it is still very expensive, at least twice the cost of DDR4. Continue reading 32GB PNY XLR8 Gaming MAKO 6000MHz DDR5 memory kit review

Ghostwire Tokyo PS5 review

Although a bit of  tonal departure for Bethesda, Ghostwire Toyko is a good-looking and eerie action game that is aimed at a very select audience. Continue reading Ghostwire Tokyo PS5 review

Intel 12th generation Core i7-12700 CPU review

Having already reviewed Intel’s splendid 12th generation Alder Lake premium Core i9-12900K and the equally impressive budget Core i5-12600K, both in their unlocked “K” variant, it’s time to check out the middle of road Intel Core i7-12700. Continue reading Intel 12th generation Core i7-12700 CPU review