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MSI Gaming GT73VR 6RF Titan Pro Gaming Notebook Review

The portable gaming powerhouse packed with the latest GeForce GTX 1080 desktop grade graphics and 4k resolution

XSPC RayStorm Pro Ion AX240 Review

Need a promising water cooling kit for your system? The XSPC RayStorm Pro Ion AX240 is one you might want to consider for.

Cooler Master MasterBox 5 Dual Tone Review

Great features and modularity at smaller size and lower price.

Unboxing and Review: Logitech K380 Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard

It's a pain to get just a bluetooth keyboard for each device. Why not go for one that actually works with multiple device altogether?

Unboxing and Preview: Raijintek Triton 280 Liquid Cooler

This is probably the best AIO we have tested to date.

December 31, 2014

Quick Overview on ASUS STRIX Gaming Peripherals

The ASUS STRIX Gaming Peripherals


Held over three days from 13 June to 15 June at the MaGIC Centre in Cyberjaya, ASUS Master DIY LAN Party 2014 sure brings back a lot of good memories; which includes hearing the new STRIX brand from ASUS for the very first time.

Greatest appreciation to ASUS Malaysia for we've been given the opportunity to get the first hand experience in today's quick overview of the ASUS STRIX gaming peripherals. Price the STRIX gaming peripherals is still an unknown while this article is prepared, but let's put that aside for now and get the game on with the STRIX gaming peripherals.

December 30, 2014

Nvdia offered a glimpse for fellow Malaysians to the possible future of gaming


Nvdia offered Malaysians a glimpse into the possible future of gaming via their booths that was held at Comic Fiesta 2014 which happened just a few weeks ago.


Partnering with Alienware and Oculus Rift, the trio had offered a very small glimpse to the huge potential in the future of gaming for gamers and non-gamers alike throughout the nation. Oculus Rift with it's Virtual Reality headset, Alienware with the newest refresh of their gaming desktop the Area 51, and Nvidia with their new line of Maxwell chipset graphic cards the GTX980 , and the GTX Titan Z.


The steady stream of people which stopped by were either hardcore gamers, tech enthusiasts or even just curious people just wondering what all the fuss is about. 


Alienware with it's gaming desktop that had a innovatively designed form factor for maximum cooling efficiency, Oculus Rift offering a possible concept for the future of gaming and Nvidia with their massive graphic cards to power it all!


Nvidia also developed a new technology infused within their new line of graphic cards aptly named VR Direct to reduce the latency by half to ensure that Virtual Reality gaming can be enjoyed by everyone without ever feeling fuzzy, dizzy or disoriented as users of the Oculus Rift have shown in before this.


All this was presented in late 2014, and as they say with a new year comes a new beginning. Who knows what kind of new and innovative things that the tech industries will forth for gamers down the road as this year jumps off with a head start, only time will tell!

Event Coverage: The Legends Circuit: Winter Grand Finals

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen , this is Jack from Tech-Critter bringing you coverage of The Legends Circuit: Winter Grand Final which was held in collaboration with Comic Fiesta 2014 at KLCC's Convention Centre the past weekend.



As soon as I step forth into the venue which was located at hall 2 , I could instantly feel the buzz of excitement in the air! The venue was filled with eager League of Legends fans who were here to cheer for their favourite teams. The four teams which will be fighting for first place over the course of two days includes the Kuala Lumpur Hunters and Insidious Gaming Candy from Malaysia and also Insidious Gaming Legends and The Thirsty Chinchillas from Singapore. After a brief but nonetheless dazzling opening ceremony where cosplayers, members of various competing teams and also The Legends Circuit: Winter trophy made an appearance on stage we were on our way to the first out of the two matches of day one!



The competing teams were geared with AOC monitors , Logitech peripherals and also the new GR8 from Asus. The 10 GR8s were definitely eye-catching with the ultra slim form factor paired up with undeniable horsepower , a near perfect combination to ensure silky smooth gamplay for the tournament if you ask me. The GR8s also received some tender loving care in the form of custom made LED docking stations by home-grown modder/enthusiast Iren Modz of Mod'n'Go Design! (A review of the Asus GR8 can be found right here at Tech-Critter!)



After a hard fought best of three between The Kuala Lumpur Hunters and The Thirsty Chinchillas , Thirsty Chinchillas emerged victorious with a 2-0 win! Phew, only the first series of the game and we were already on the edge of our seats.


Following right after that was the League of Legends cosplay competition. Famous cosplayers from all around put on an amazing and entertaining performance and the crowd goes wild from it! The judges who were veterans of the cosplay scene were also present to decide on the winners, which would be announced right after the second and final match of day one.




The second and final best of three of the day was between Insidious Gaming Legends and Insidious Gaming Candy. After another hard fought series , Insidious Gaming Legends emerged victorious with also a 2-0 victory! The matches were over and there we have it , Kuala Lumpur Hunters and Insidious Gaming Candy will fight for 3rd and 4th runner up whereas Insidious Gaming Legends will and The Thirsty Chinchillas will fight for to be crowned as the winners of The Legends Circuit: Winter.

After the nail biting match, the cosplay judges re-emerged with a winner decided to wrap up day one of the event!


Moving on to day two where fans arrived just as early as day one, hyped and ready for more exciting matches of League of Legends gameplay. We dived right in to the deciding best of three series between the Kuala Lumpur Hunters and Insidious Gaming Candy to determine the 3rd and 2nd runner up of The Legends Circuit. The best three ended with a 2-1 victory coming out from Insidious Gaming Candy which puts them in a respectable 3rd place.


Then, it was the moment we've all been waiting for, the Grand Finals between The Thirsty Chinchillas against Insidious Gaming Legends to see who will be crowned as the winners of this years The Legends Circuit: Winter champions! The best of five series ended with a swift 3-0 victory coming out from The Thirsty Chinchillas and it seems like they just outplayed their fellow opponents.





After that, it was finally time for the prize giving ceremony where each of the 4 teams were graciously rewarded for their hard fought matches over the course of The Legends Circuit: Winter from the group stages all the way to the Grand Finals. Then, fans were rewarded for their enthusiasm in the form of another round of lucky draws. Fans were rewarded with stuff ranging from peripherals to even a gaming chair! Last but not least was the closing ceremony where the teams once again grouped up on stage for a group photo and that was the end of the two day Legends Circuit: Winter Grand Final.










Overall, despite some minor hiccups with connection and internet issues, The Legends Circuit: Winter Grand Finals a huge success and we will definitely be looking forward to the next one! We would like to thank the organizers , sponsors , staff , shoutcasters and also most importantly the fans and participants for making all of this possible! Once again this has been Jack bringing you event coverage of The Legends Circuit: Winter Grand Finals , stay tuned for anything and everything tech related right here at Tech-Critter. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a nice day!

December 29, 2014

Unboxing & Review: ASUS ROG GR8 Gaming Console PC



It's been a month since ASUS Malaysia announced the availability of the ASUS ROG GR8 Gaming Console PC, one of ASUS's Epic Gaming Equipment introduced during Computex 2014 held in Taipei, Taiwan. A huge thanks to ASUS Malaysia for their awesome support, we have the ASUS ROG GR8 here at our lab for today's review.


The ASUS ROG GR8 is a console-inspired gaming PC with an Intel® Core™ i7 4510U processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750Ti graphics for Full HD gaming. It features up to 16GB DDR3L memory, a hard disk drive or high-speed solid state drive, built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and comes preinstalled with Windows 8. ROG GR8 also has a built-in Miracast receiver and special slide-off covers for easy access to the 2.5-inch drive expansion bay and SO-DIMM memory slots for quick upgrades. Ideal for bedrooms, living rooms and LAN parties, the GR8 has a matte-black finish with Mayan-inspired detailing, and a pulsing illuminated ROG logo.

December 23, 2014

GIGABYTE Introduces FORCE K7 Wireless Keyboard


GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium hardware brand, today released the FORCE K7 Wireless, the cable-free version of the well-received FORCE K7 keyboard introduced last year. Featuring various comfort and intuitive designs, this multi-functional keyboard combines with 2.4GHz wireless capabilities to make it an interference-free solution for home and business environments.

The reliable 2.4GHz wireless technology brings users wireless freedom and convenience through long range connectivity. Free from entangled cables, users are able to keep the working area clean and neat with the FORCE K7 Wireless. The plug-and-play setup is hassle-free, requiring no drivers or any pairing process with the included receiver.

The FORCE K7 Wireless’ slim profiled scissor-key structure minimizes the gap between keycaps, ensuring extreme short actuation distance and stable key presses. The ultra-slim keycaps also minimize typing effort. Not only suitable for everyday computing, the FORCE K7 Wireless also serves as a gaming-friendly keyboard, featuring the Win-Lock key to prevent accidental activation of the Windows Start function during gaming session, as well as anti-ghosting around W/A/S/D area to guarantee the general gaming combination keys are registered and executed without conflict.

The FORCE K7 Wireless further brings comfort and efficiency to users. The ergonomically extended wrist rest offers supports upon long-hour uses; whilst the non-slick rubber feet with adjustable tilt stands allow users to find the optimal wrist position for maximum comfort. To enhance efficiency at home or business applications, the keyboard features hot-link function keys for quick and easy access to the most common functions and social networking sites. The dynamic wheel based volume and zoom in/out control provides instant adjustments via easy scrolling.

For more details about GIGABYTE FORCE K7 Wireless:

December 19, 2014

Event Coverage: Pikom PC Fair December 2014, KLCC


The hunting season is back and the early technology adopters, students, home users, gamer gathered here at PIKOM PC Fair Kuala Lumpur Convention Centerand to hunt for bargain on their desired tech products. We're here once again to bring you as many content as possible from this PIKOM PC Fair, so let the hunt begin!

December 16, 2014

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Poseidon GTX 980, priced at RM2,599


ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the immediate availability of Poseidon GTX 980 here in Malaysia. The Poseidon GTX 980 with DirectCU H2O, a new graphics card with an exclusive hybrid thermal solution that enables extremely efficient cooling by either air or water.
The new card is powered by the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 graphics-processing unit (GPU). With DirectCU H2O on board offering users the unique ability to cool either by air or water, ROG Poseidon GTX 980 achieves running temperatures that are up to 27°C lower than reference designs — that’s up to 2X cooler for gaming performance that’s up to 10% faster in Watch Dogs and 7% faster in Battlefield 4.
ROG Poseidon GTX 980 is also loaded with ROG technologies and innovations, including dual dust-proof fans for increased card longevity, die-cast thermal armor for improved cooling in the crucial MOSFET area, Digi+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) with black metallic capacitors for incredible stability and up to a 5X-longer lifespan than reference. ROG Poseidon GTX 980 comes equipped with three native DisplayPort connections that support NVIDIA G-SYNC surround to let gamers combine up to 3 G-SYNC monitors and create an incredibly immersive gaming environment. The new card also comes with GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use software utility that squeezes maximum performance from the GPUs — real-time graphics tuning and live streaming has never been this easy.

Exclusive DirectCU H2O technology for up to 2X cooler and 3X quieter performance
ROG Poseidon GTX 980 is fitted with exclusive DirectCU H2O technology, which employs a combined air and water channel to provide complete flexibility for the user — and ultra-efficient cooling for the graphics cards.
A custom vapor chamber is in direct contact with the card’s GPU for faster heat dispersal, while copper heat-pipes and extended cooling fins further transfer heat out and away from the card to keep it running cool. With water cooling, ROG Poseidon GTX 980 achieves up to 27°C-lower running temperatures than reference designs. With air cooling, ROG Poseidon GTX 980 achieves running temperatures that are up to 15X cooler than reference.
What’s more, with standard G¼-inch threaded fittings, ROG Poseidon GTX 980 easily accommodates existing cooling equipment, so users can get going with water cooling right away.
The new card features dust-proof fans that deliver cooler, quieter operation and extend lifespan — ROG Poseidon GTX 980’s increased resistance to dust and other particulates mean that the card will remain working for up to 25% longer than reference designs.

Thoughtful power design that’s built to last
ASUS engineers have designed ROG Poseidon GTX 980 to just keep on going. The card includes exclusive Digi+ VRM with Super Alloy Power technology. Black metallic solid-state capacitors,10-phase Super Alloy Power concrete-core chokes and hardened MOSFETs all withstand much greater stress and heat due to the application of specially-formulated materials — increasing reliability and overall card lifespan up to five times (5X). Digi+ VRM regulates voltage digitally, ensuring ample room for experimental performance tuning — to levels unmatched by other graphics cards.
ROG Poseidon GTX 980 also benefits from a tough back-plate that’s made from an aluminum alloy and a unique die-cast thermal armor with thermal pads — preventing bending and further improving cooling in the crucial MOSFET and memory areas.

Immense gaming power that bathes in an awesome glow
ROG Poseidon GTX 980 includes GPU Tweak, an exclusive tuning tool that allows quick, simple and safe control over video-memory clock speeds, cooling-fan speeds and power-consumption thresholds — allowing the card’s GPU to be pushed to its limits.
As well, the GPU Tweak Streaming tool lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time, so others can watch live as games are played. It’s even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.

On top of this ability to unleash incredible power, ROG Poseidon GTX 980 also looks amazing, with a gorgeous LED light that glows a glorious red and pulsates majestically when the cards are active — a stunning reminder of awesome power at work.

December 14, 2014

Unboxing: Aftershock XG15.v3


Formed in 2011 by a team of Gaming Notebook enthusiasts, Aftershock PC is a company that based in Singapore specialized in custom high-performance notebook. Aftershock notebooks are made using chassis from Clevo, and the actual components assembly and testing will be taking place at Aftershock PC’s own establishment in Singapore. 

Tech Armory located in SS15 Subang Jaya will be Aftershock P's Malaysia representative, thus giving Malaysian the opportunity to order customized notebooks through Aftershock PC’s official website starting from today onwards and will be delivered directly to their home or pick it up personally from Tech Armory.  

We've been given thge opportunity to get our hands on one of their products; Aftershock XG15.v3 for today's unboxing, courtesy of Tech Armory. The Aftershock XG15.v3 is powered with an Intel Core i7-4710MQ and high performance Thermal Compound IC Diamond is applied on both CPU and GPU to achieve the lowest temperature possible. Other than that, it's quipped with a 15.6” inch with 95% NTSC Wide gamut Glossy Display with wide viewing angle capable of 1920x1080 resolution and powered by Nvidia GTX 860M for an enhanced graphic performance and effects on the games they play.

With no further ado, let us take a closer look at what Aftershock able to deliver to end user.


Official Recommended Specifications

More customization can be found on : https://www.aftershockpc.com/AFTERSHOCK%20XG15-V3/


Closer Look

The cover of the notebook can be customize different color depends on your desire selection and its matte surface makes it less vulnerable to finger prints compared to glossy surface.


On the left side of the notebook, you'll find a SD card slot, two USB 3.0, an eSATA, an Ethernet port and a HDMI port.


On the right side, you'll find a Kensington lock, one USB 2.0 port, LINE out, Microphone and headphone jack.


At the back, a VGA port, power port and ventilation grill for hot air to be exhausted.


We've notice some high performance gaming notebook delivers great gaming performance with powerful CPU and GPU but they tends to left out the audio performance which is a disappointment. Aftershock on the other hand, uses Onkyo speaker to achieve the best sound quality as didn't ignore the fact that a high performance notebook needs a good audio performance as well. 


On the top right corner above the keyboard, there's easy access button for airplane mode and control center to adjust every setting you needed during gaming or work. 


The built in microphone is somehow located at a pretty odd location, but we'll find out how well will it perform in the coming full review.


At bottom left corner of the notebook, you'll find LED indicator(s) for different purposes: hard-disk operation, battery level, Num lock, Caps lock, and Scroll lock.


Verdict

Aftershock redefines high performance gaming notebook with given flexibility to customize the specifications you truly want, unlike most gaming notebooks that comes with fixed specifications that couldn't meet the preference and needs of certain individual. Stay tuned for the full review on this notebook.

December 13, 2014

Unboxing & Overview: Silverstone Strider Essential 600W



Silverstone is quite well known for their radical designs and engineering marvels on their chassis and accessories. Thanks to them and Inter Asia Technology, we got our hands on a classic power supply for us to test in our labs. The Silverstone Strider Essential 600W is an 80+ Bronze. Nothing radical about the design of this PSU (it is called the essential series) but rest assured the necessities are all in place.

December 12, 2014

PLEXTOR Announces the M.2 Christmas Contest!


(Taipei, December 12, 2014) —Plextor (www.plextor.com), a leading developer of high-performance Solid State Drive (SSD) technology, announced the M.2 Christmas Contest with Gigabyte Motherboards today. Join the online quiz event from December 12 to December 25, 2014, and you will have a chance to win a Plextor’s ultra-fast M.2 PCIe SSD and Gigabyte’s latest motherboards to unleash speed on your computer.

Duration: December 12 – 25, 2014
Prizes:
  • Prize of Best Performance *1: Plextor M6e M.2 PCIe 256 GB SSD + Gigabyte X99-UD3 Motherboard
  • Prize of Best Value *1: Plextor M6e M.2 PCIe 128 GB SSD + Gigabyte G1.Sniper B6 Motherboard
  • Prize On the Go *2: Plextor 2.5“ External Enclosure



To support the brand new M.2 storage specification featured on the latest generation of motherboards, Plextor has launched a complete line-up of M.2 SSDs this year. The M6e M.2 2280 PCIe SSD is a native PCI express and first to overcome storage speed bottlenecks implied by the SATA interface. Even more dazzling read and write speeds are now available for PC enthusiasts. For more Plextor M.2 SSD information, please visit: www.plextor.com 

December 11, 2014

Quick Overview on the Aerocool X-Predator X3



Aerocool has been around as one of the strong brand known by many among the local PC community, especially for its PC chassis and cooling fan. We'll be taking a closer look at the Aerocool X-Predator X3 in today's review, courtesy of AV Future Link Sdn. Bhd aka the distributor of Aerocool in Malaysia.

The Aerocool X-Predator X3 retailed at RM359, a very affordable price point for full tower form factor chassis. Still, does it have the qualities of being a worthy full tower form factor chassis? Let's move on with the review to find out more!

Technical Specifications


Overview

The color scheme immediately reminded us of Iron Man / Tony Stark / Stark Industries, which you'd probably know if you've been a fan of Marvel Super Heroes.


The meshed front panel allows better airflow 


On the other hand, we find these smaller meshed area were only meant for aesthetics and does no function at all.   


At the back of the front panel you'll find a thin layer of sponge that act as dust filter. The only shortcomings here is that removing the layer of sponge for cleaning will take more effort as you will need to remove the mesh before hand.


The sponge dust filter on the removable 5.25" drive bay cover can be removed easily for cleaning but front the looks of it, washing it directly will save you a lot of trouble.


There's a 200mm intake fan mounted at the front to improve air movement into the chassis interior for better cooling performance. If the 200mm fan is just not your type of fan, you can always remove and replace it with a pair of 120mm fans.


We've noticed that the ventilation holes at the front actually directs airflow to the gaps in between hard drives to lower the drive temperature and moving air into the chassis at the same time.  


The 5.25" drive bay has plenty of spaces that will fit in 3 optical drive or perhaps a reservoir for water cooling.


The front I/O panel consist a power on button, 2 USB 3.0 port, audio jacks and 2 fan control knobs for fan speed control. 


The fan connector with 3 fans for each respective fan controller knob.


The LED that lights up the translucent parts at the front I/O panel.


You'll find a 2.5" drive hot swap bay right on top of the power on button, a very useful feature for those who tends to do a lot of hot swapping but it'll be even better if there's support for 3.5" drive as well.


The true identity of the hot swap bay.


The top of the chassis ships with a uniquely design vents that can be accessed via the slide lever for air ventilation control.


Sliding the lever forward allows you to raise the louvers to enhance air intake/exhaust, depends on the direction of the fans installed.


The top fan mount can be accessed by removing the top panel and to our surprise, Aerocool has decided to include screw holes for various size of fans ranging from 200mm to 120mm. 


The rear view of the chassis.


Aside of the 2 rubber grommets covering the holes for external watercooling setup, the rear fan mount supports both 120mm and 140mm fans.   


2 larger rubber grommets can be found right next to the PCIe expansion slot, covering the holes for external watercooling setup.


The bottom of the chassis ships with a large dust filter that is easy to remove to minimize dust intake from the bottom.


With the dust filter removed, we can the the honeycomb mesh at the bottom of the chassis that further maximizes the ventilation of the chassis.


The shape of the chassis feet resembles those fancy chassis feet, except that it doesn't comes with the metal ring which is seen on its fancy counterpart. 


The side panel comes with a large window for hardware showcasing purposes and 120mm/140mm fan mount for extra cooling fans.


Moving on to the interior of the chassis, the first word that came to our mind - spacious.


The accessories included, a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter, zip ties and few packs of very well labeled screws - double thumbs up for Aerocool on that!


The tool-free optical drive locking mechanism is always a good thing to have.


The official technical specifications appears to be incorrect as instead of the stated 6 drives support, the actual product supports up to 8 drives.


The hard drive bracket isn't tool-free entirely, as you will still need screws to secure a 2.5" drive to the hard drive bracket.



There's a 5.25" optical drive to 3.5" drive bracket included as well to mount your hard drive at the 5.25" optical drive bay, in case if you need more than 8 hard drives in your system.


The SATA cable and 4-pin molex power cable for the 2.5" drive hot swap bay.


More connectors:
  • power on/ reset/ HDD LED
  • front I/O panel USB 3.0 
  • front I/O panel USB 2.0
  • front panel LED 

There's a lot of rubber grommets on the cable routing cutouts to hide traces of cables and to protect the cable as well.


The PSU mount is padded with rubber foam and rubber pads to absorb vibration generated from moving parts inside the PSU.


The top is quite spacious and there's no clearance issue for self-contained liquid coolers.


Worry-free - there's still plenty of space left for the RAMs even after the self-contained liquid cooler radiator has been mounted on.


The included 140mm rear exhaust fan can be powered with either a 4-pin molex power connector or the 3-pin fan header on your motherboard.


The chassis supports up to a total of 10 PCIe expansion cards and there's thumb screws on each of the expansion slot for the ease of removal/ installation.


Behind the motherboard tray, you'll find these tie off points for cable management where you can keep your power supply cables tidy with the help of zip ties.


There's plenty of space behind the motherboard tray for cable management and you will not have to worry on not being able to close the side panel due to cramped power supply cables.


Motherboard tray cut out makes swapping of CPU cooler much easier as you won't have to remove your motherboard to gain access to the CPU cooler backplate.


And here how it looks like with all the components installed, looks pretty good in overall but the  promised 330mm PCIe expansion card length support doesn't seems to be as what's stated on the official technical specifications as there's barely any space left after the Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming which is 312mm in length that we've installed.


Cable management behind the motherboard tray will fit all cables of non-modular PSU and it'll look even better if sleeved cables is used.


Testing Method
Test Rig Configuration
CPU Cooler
Prolimatech Samuel 17
CPU
Intel Core i7 4790K
Motherboard
ASUS Maximus Gene VI 
Memory
G.Skill TridentX 8GB
Primary Hard Drive
Kimtigo KTA-350 120GB
Power Supply
SilverStone Strider Plus 600W
Chassis
Aerocool X-Predator X3

Moving on to the performance test, we ran a few stress test with the setup that we've prepared as above. Without any overclocking done to the test setup, our stress test involves the CPU stress test utility Prime95 with the option 'In-place large FFTs' while GPU stress test utility FurMark with its Furry Donut stress test for maximum heat output from both the CPU and GPU.

The test conducted consists 2 different scenario but with the vent louvers raised:
  • Without side panel
  • With side panel 

Our room temperature throughout the test is 30 ÂșC in average and the stress test is repeated for several times in order to get a stable and consistent temperature reading. The final result is presented in the graph as below:



Before proceeding any further, I would like to clarify that the stress test is done purposely to obtain the maximum heat output from both GPU and CPU for us to observe the air circulation of the chassis. It is very unlikely for both components to hit this temperature reading in most of real world usage (gaming, office work, music, video,etc).

The stock cooling fans didn't perform as good as we hope it would be, but we're still able to maintain both CPU and GPU at a decent temperature, all thanks to the meshes that allows air to move more frequently through the chassis. High performance fans is highly recommended if better results is desired and you can easily adjust the fan RPM with the chassis fan controller.


Final Thoughts
Although the Aerocool X-Predator X3 didn't make it to the list of our personal liking, but we can't deny that it does offer the features and value of a decent full tower chassis. Hardware compatibility is still acceptable, long graphics card of 320mm in length and 240mm radiator on the top with push/pull configuration fits in without any issue.

Cooling performance is still bearable even though stock cooling fans isn't performing up to expectations. We recommend replacing the stock cooling fans with high performance fans to yield better result, since there's a lot of fan mount on the chassis.

Investing RM359 for the Aerocool X-Predator X3 isn't a bad idea, but user who prefers themed build might want to reconsider before getting one as it's very difficult to find components that has the same color scheme as this Aerocool X-Predator X3 does. Given a scale of 1 to 10, we'd give the Aerocool X-Predator X3 a 6.5 - a silver award. 

Pros
  • Affordable full tower form factor chassis
  • High airflow design
  • Built in fan controller
  • Built in hot swap bay for 2.5" drive 
  • Lots of space behind the motherboard tray and easy cable management

Cons
  • Uncommon color scheme 
  • Stock cooling fans isn't doing very well
  • The hot swap bay support only 2.5" drive
  • The hard drive cage cannot be removed to support longer graphics card

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