EA And The Sims Team Are Keeping Spirits Up During Lockdown With Free Games

Electronic Arts is currently spreading cheer by giving away free codes through social media. The Sims team, in particular, has been incredibly generous: Sims ambassadors, called SimGurus, have been tweeting codes for different Sims 4 packs and platforms at random times of the day. Codes are also appearing on the main Sims account.

Alongside this, community spirit has been in full force. The Gurus are tweeting out support, positivity, and pictures of their dogs. All these things are exactly what people need right now.

Other EA games teams are also getting in on the act, with the Battlefield V team DMing people who respond to a forum post with codes.

Last month, EA launched the Stay Home Play Together campaign, which demonstrates the company’s strong stand to encourage staff and gamers alike to stay at home and be safe. EA offices around the world have closed, with teams working remotely in order to keep future content on track. Upcoming esports events have also been canceled, with these being replaced by different streamed events.

As the world continues to stay home, it’s encouraging to see larger companies encouraging people while still supporting their own.

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If Found debuts on iOS and Steam on May 19

If Found…, an interactive visual novel about going home, coming out and erasing everything, will launch on May 19 on iOS and Steam.

Developed by Dublin-based independent studio Dreamfeel and published by Annapurna Interactive, the game will be available for iOS on the App Store for $5, as well as for PC and Mac via Steam for $13.

Directed by writer and game maker Llaura McGee, If Found… features beautiful, hand-drawn art by Liadh Young, and an electronic soundtrack by 2mello, Eli Rainsberry, and licensed music tracks by Irish artists.

The company said that If Found… is a powerful and optimistic exploration of family, friendship, isolation, and connection. In the game, players read through and erase the diary of Kasio, a young queer woman returning to her family home on Achill Island in the west of Ireland.

Players will relive Kasio’s experiences and see the moments both happy and painful that make up the month of December 1993. Everything leads to the night of December 31 when a black hole will destroy the entire world. Where did it come from? Is there any way to stop it? The answers are waiting to be discovered.

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Godzilla and every Toho monster that is coming to Magic: The Gathering

Today, Wizards of the Coast announced the arrival of Godzilla, King of Monsters! He’ll be available in their upcoming Magic: The Gathering set, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, which releases this spring. And he isn’t alone. Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah, King Caesar, and more iconic monsters from Toho Co., Ltd will appear in the upcoming card set.

Collaboration with Toho

This groundbreaking collaboration with Toho will see a number of iconic monsters come to the world of Magic: The Gathering. Kyoko Yoshida, Senior Manager, Japan Sales and Marketing, Wizards of the Coast, can’t wait for players to enjoy Ikoria. Yoshida stated the following in a press release:

Magic: The Gathering’s rich and engaging multiverse offers such unique opportunities to explore new worlds like Ikoria, filled with incredible monsters that are larger than life. Collaborating with TOHO CO., LTD to bring the Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah and more onto the same world to battle with Magic’s Planeswalkers and new creatures for a first-of-its-kind collaboration is an extraordinary experience that we can’t wait for players to enjoy.

New card set coming in spring 2020

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths introduces players to a whole new world filled with monsters. People will have the chance to bond with them and get in touch with Lukka. Lukka is a proud member of the Coppercoats, the military unit that protects the city of Drannith from Ikoria’s savage monsters. There’s an entire lore around Lukka’s existence and the bonds he creates. Players will be able to explore this story whilst gathering cards.

In this new card set, there are multiple Godzilla monsters from the pantheon of the Godzilla franchise, and the full list has been revealed. Sixteen Godzilla monsters will be available in English, plus a further three in Japanese:

  • Anguirus, Armored Killer
  • Babygodzilla, Ruin Reborn
  • Biollante, Plant Beast Form
  • Bio-Quartz Spacegodzilla
  • Destoroyah, Perfect Lifeform
  • Dorat, the Perfect Pet
  • Ghidorah, King of the Cosmos
  • Gigan, Cyberclaw Terror
  • Godzilla, Doom Inevitable
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters
  • Godzilla, Primeval Champion
  • King Caesar, Ancient Guardian
  • King Caesar, Awoken Titan
  • Mothra, Supersonic Queen
  • Rodan, Titan of Winged Fury
  • Spacegodzilla, Void Invader
  • 決戦兵器、メカゴジラ (Crystalline Giant – Japanese only)
  • 暗黒破壊獣、バトラ (Dirge Bat – Japanese only)
  • モスラの巨大な繭 (Mothra’s Great Cocoon – Japanese only)

Something is coming! Get Godzilla and other Toho monsters this spring. (Image: Supplied)

How to get Godzilla

Fans will be able to obtain Godzilla, King of the Monsters only while supplies last! Players can purchase a booster pack display through a Wizards Play Network store. Each sealed draft booster pack will contain a random Godzilla card. Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Collector Boosters will also contain two random Godzilla Series Monster cards.

The Godzilla Series Monster cards will also appear in Magic: The Gathering Arena as card styles. Players can receive the card styles as a special bonus. Simply purchase Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths bundles of six or more booster packs from the MTGA client.

Don’t miss out on this limited supply offer. Explore the world of monsters and add them to your collection!

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Prisma 2 cases and Chlorine and Anubis maps added in CSGO update

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) developers rolled out an update adding new maps Chlorine and Anubis, removing Shattered Web, and introducing Prisma 2 cases. Additionally, Valve released miscellaneous game fixes. To the community’s dismay, Valve hasn’t addressed concerns regarding Krieg (SG-553) nerfs or game performance. Despite that, the community has shown positive feedback in response to the update.

New maps

Valve introduced two new community maps, Chlorine and Anubis. The maps have officially been added to the scrimmage matchmaking pool and casual game modes.

Credit: CSGO/Mapcore.org

Anubis is the grand finalist winner of Mapcore’s 2019 Exotic Places map contest. Designed by Roald, Jakuza, and jd40, Anubis reflects an Egyptian backdrop.

Credit: CSGO/Mapcore.org

Set in a dilapidated water park, Chlorine features sunset lighting and draws influence from Mayan temples. Designed by Lizard and TheWhaleMan, Chlorine is Mapcore’s 2019 Exotic Places second-place winner.

Prisma 2 Collection

CSGO introduced the Prisma 2 Collection, showcasing 17 community-made weapon skins. Furthermore, the cases have a chance to contain rare Horizon Knives in Chroma finishes. Valve says the inspirations behind Prisma 2’s weapons are anime and manga. At release, Prisma 2 cases were selling for over $20 USD. Since then, 700 cases have been added to the market, lowering the price to around $7-$8 USD.

Fan favorites include Bullet Queen (Glock-18), Darkwing (SG-552), and Player Two (M4A1-S). The standard CT rifle has earned massive attention, featuring stylized versions of Pop Dog and GIGN counter-terrorist. Moreover, the latest collection has players eager to unbox the vaporwave-inspired Disco Tech MAC-10 skin.

Players have a chance to unbox Horizon Knives, originally released inside the Horizon Case. However, this time around, the knives have Chroma finishes.

Goodbye, Shattered Web

Operation Shattered Web wrapped up yesterday. The historic operation implemented never-before-seen player model skins, which were a topic of controversy after release. Players were able to earn limited-time rewards including special weapon skins, agents, stickers, and more. Since its removal, Shattered Web awards have skyrocketed in price on the Steam Market.

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HTC Vive Cosmos Elite And External Tracker Review: Still Not Enough

Here’s what we think of the new-and-sort-of-improved HTC Vive Cosmos Elite and/or Cosmos External Tracking Faceplate.

Last year HTC released yet another entry in its line of VR headsets named the HTC Vive Cosmos. Now, the company revamped it with a new model that includes an external tracking option and debuted an add-on to the original to enable the same new feature.

I’ve written reviews of lots of VR headsets over the last four years, but I can definitely say I’ve never reviewed a situation quite like this. Never mind the fact that HTC already offers a confusing number of different VR headsets (such as the HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro, HTC Vive Pro Eye, HTC Vive Focus, HTC Vive Cosmos, and even more), the Cosmos is also the first modular VR headset I’ve seen, adding yet more variations. This should be a key feature of the Cosmos, but right now it just adds to the confusion.

Since we already had an external tracking faceplate sent to us for the original Cosmos, and already had the original Cosmos from our review last year, HTC just told us to review them together as the Vive Cosmos Elite because it’s essentially the same thing.

Read Or Watch Our Original Vive Cosmos Review!

So, after reading this review you might still have a lot of questions, such as: How is the comfort? How are the lenses? What are the specs? How is Vive Origin? What about Viveport? All of those questions and more I already answered in my original Vive Cosmos review. You should read that review as well to get the full picture here. The only thing that doesn’t apply is all of the commentary from that review on its inside-out tracking and new Cosmos controllers — the rest is identical.

Read the original Vive Cosmos review here for our full analysis.

What Is The Vive Cosmos Elite?

The Vive Cosmos Elite is, literally, identical to the HTC Vive Cosmos other than the fact that it uses external tracking via lighthouse base stations (like the original Vive headsets, the Index, and Pimax headsets) rather than the camera-based inside-out tracking that is built onto the front of the original Cosmos, Windows MR headsets, Oculus Rift S, and Oculus Quest. When you buy a Cosmos Elite, you’re buying a Cosmos, but they’ve switched the front faceplate to the external tracking instead of the inside out tracking on the original. And changed the color to black. That’s it.

The specifications are exactly the same as the Vive Cosmos otherwise. The Cosmos features a 1440 x 1700 pixel per eye display (compared to 1080 x 1200 pixels per eye in the original Vive and 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye in both the Vive Pro and Valve Index) which gives it a sharp image. However, the sweet spot of the lenses feels incredibly small in the Cosmos unit we received for review, meaning if you move your eyes very much inside the headset things can look blurry. The Index on the other hand has a large sweet spot and wide field of view.

The refresh rate is 90 Hz for the Cosmos with a claimed 110 degree field of view, meaning that on paper it’s got a solid foundation. Compared to the original HTC Vive especially, it’s a good upgrade.

For $899 you get the Vive Cosmos Elite headset, two base stations for opposite corners of your room to enable roomscale tracking, and two Vive wand controllers just like the original Vive controllers that released over four years ago. Or, HTC recently announced, you can get just the headset itself without base stations and controllers for $549 — an option created for those looking to upgrade from the original Vive or switch from the Vive Pro.

What Is The Vive Cosmos External Tracking Faceplate?

Simply put, the External Tracking Faceplate is an add-on you will be able purchase (for $199 startin April 30th, 2020) for an existing HTC Vive Cosmos that allows it to be tracked by SteamVR lighthouse base stations.  The idea is that you should have the flexibility of switching face plates to have either inside-out tracking, plus new Cosmos controllers, or external tracking with Vive wands or Index “knuckles” controllers. It’s the only VR headset on the market with that sort of adaptability.

It’s a bit of a bummer that the new Cosmos controllers don’t include some sort of add-on to enable external tracking as well. Instead, if you decide to use the external tracking face plate, your new Cosmos controllers are useless. You’d need to switch to Vive wands or Index controllers (we recommend Index controllers if possible.)

Comparing To The Original Vive Cosmos

Using a Cosmos with external tracking (aka a Cosmos Elite) is a vastly superior experience to the original Cosmos inside-out system.

Compared to the Oculus platform, where Insight tracking via Rift S and Quest is extremely comparable in quality to the Rift camera external tracking format, the Cosmos camera-based tracking was a disappointment. It performed poorly in low-light conditions and can lose track of controllers quickly if they’re out of view from your headset. Make no mistake: SteamVR powered by lighthouse base stations is, without a doubt, still the best VR tracking platform on the market from a pure quality and accuracy perspective. They’ve patched the inside-out system to be a bit better now, but it’s still not as good as SteamVR tracking.

But purchasing a VR headset is about much more than just the tracking quality. In virtually all other aspects such as the platform, the comfort, the lens quality, the controllers, and the price, the Cosmos + external tracking and/or Cosmos Elite are hard to justify.

Previously, I found it difficult to recommend a Vive Cosmos to anyone. At $699 it was just too hard of a sell given the way it stacked up against the significantly lower price of $399 for the Oculus Rift S. Coming in at $899, the Cosmos Elite is once again an extremely hard sell compared to the superior Valve Index full package that’s just $100 more at $999. There is a cheaper version of the Cosmos slated to release in the future, called the HTC Vive Cosmos Play, but there’s no word on when exactly.

However, as of the time of this writing, no Valve Index products are expected to arrive to new buyers sooner than 8 weeks from April 1st, 2020, at the earliest. That means June, 2020 as a best-case scenario if you bought something this week.

As a result, if you currently have an original HTC Vive, I could certainly see how the Vive Cosmos Elite headset by itself is an attractive prospect. It costs $50 more than just a Valve Index headset, but you get a slightly higher resolution display plus the potential to eventually purchase an inside-out tracking face plate and new Cosmos controllers if you decide to swap into an inside-out ecosystem instead of using base stations.

Note: Currently HTC does not offer an inside-out tracking add-on to purchase for the Cosmos Elite, they only have plans to offer an external tracking add-on starting April 30th to purchase for the original Cosmos. But, it stands to reason, the inside-out face plate may become available for purchase individually in the future to allow for the inverse upgrade path.

Vive Cosmos Elite/External Tracking Faceplate Review Final Verdict

I said all of this in my original HTC Vive Cosmos review and it all still applies today for the Cosmos Elite: “Technically speaking the Cosmos is far from a bad device. The resolution is very near the top of the market, it features a comfortable halo strap design…and comes with a great value in its Viveport Infinity subscription. But it’s just too little too late.”

The one major caveat here now is that, if you currently have a first generation HTC Vive and are looking to upgrade the headset and don’t mind using Vive wands (or have Index controllers / plan on getting Index controllers), and also don’t want to wait on an Index, then the Vive Cosmos Elite headset by itself for $549 isn’t a bad purchase. Especially considering the possibility of being able to switch to inside-out in the future if you’d prefer. Plus, wireless is already possible on Cosmos — it’s not yet on Index. All that said, if you’re in that specific original Vive owner group and don’t need wireless yet and have the patience to wait an extra month for shipment, we’d certainly recommend paying $50 less for the Index headset on its own.

Final Score:     3/5 Stars | Pretty Good

You can read more about our five-star scoring policy here.

The HTC Vive Cosmos Elite is available for $899 as a full package including two Vive wand controllers and two lighthouse base stations for tracking, or as a headset only for $549. Check out the official website for more details.

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Slack launches Zoom and Microsoft Teams Calls integrations

Slack is launching integrations for Microsoft Teams video conferences, as well as Zoom Phone, Cisco Jabber, Dialpad, and RingCentral. New phone and video call integrations are available starting today, according to a statement a Slack spokesperson shared with VentureBeat.

As two of the most popular team communications apps for the workplace, Slack and Microsoft Teams have been rivals since the day Teams launched in 2016 and Slack bought a full-page New York Times ad to welcome the competition. But so far, Teams has grown faster than its rival. Seeing a surge in activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last month Microsoft Teams surpassed 44 million daily active users, while Slack reported 12 million daily active users last fall.

Each new call integration will be powered by Slack apps for Zoom or Microsoft Teams Calls. More than 2,000 Slack apps are now available. New call options join existing Slack integrations with Cisco WebEx, BlueJeans, Zoom, and Slack’s native call option.

Among other changes for Slack, last month the company launched a redesign of the user interface for its team communications app, with a new menu and search design, a custom sidebar, and quicker access to workflows. The redesign will continue to roll out to users in the coming weeks.

Slack executives, including CEO Stewart Butterfield, will share additional details today at the Enterprise Connect conference. Butterfield said last week that Slack was working on a Teams integration.

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Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, And Tentacles – New Gameplay Today Live

Borderlands 3 is a loot shooter that plenty of us at Game Informer seemed to like! Today a new piece of DLC is launching focused on an engagement party, a new planet, and chilling new enemies. We’re streaming it today, and it will be fun!

We went live earlier, but you can catch the full archive above. If you can’t get enough of our live shows, remember to subscribe on YouTube, Twitch, Mixer, Twitter, and Facebook to get notified when we go live each week! Thanks and enjoy the show!

Tune into New Gameplay Today to see the latest hands-on previews of upcoming titles, as well as first looks at brand new games and popular titles receiving expanded content.

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Alliance drops 33 and Fata; 33 to stand in on OG for ESL One LA Online

It’s been a whirlwind day for the Dota 2 professional scene, with player swaps and drops running rampant. Starting out the day was Alliance, which announced the release of Adrian “Fata” Trinks and Neta “33” Shapira. Just a few hours later, OG stated that 33 and Sébastien “Ceb” Debs would be stand-ins for some of the team’s main roster. They will be standing in for the ESL One Los Angeles Online League, which runs April 4 to 19.

Alliance’s roster release

Early this morning, Alliance announced that the organization had parted ways with Fata and 33. A statement from Alliance expresses that the roster cuts were in the team’s best interest as they prepare for The International 10 in August.


https://news.thealliance.gg/D2Update0320 #LongLiveAlliance

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“Competition in Dota 2 is ruthless, even though our results have been good, we are now making these changes to further close the gap to the absolute top,” Alliance founder and CEO Jonathan Berg said in a statement.

“It was not an easy choice to make but our goal is to become the best Dota 2 team in the world, nothing less. With time I think it will be clear that this is the right decision for everyone. I wish them nothing but the best as they are incredible players.”

In a TwitLonger post, Fata put out a brief statement about his release from Alliance. According to Fata, the news “came as quite a surprise” to 33 and himself. He added that he plans to take a break from Dota to focus on himself for the time being. Lastly, he mentioned that he intends to rebuild a team with 33 in the future with “fresh energy and ambitions.”

Despite his plans to continue competing with 33, it didn’t take long for the player to get scooped up for an upcoming ESL event.

33’s move to OG

Just eight hours after retweeting Fata’s TwitLonger post, 33 was back in the spotlight alongside OG. The organization announced that due to travel restrictions surrounding COVID-19, some of its players were unable to compete in the ESL One Los Angeles Online League.

“Some of them are still out of Europe and won’t be able to fly there in time for us to play together in optimal conditions. Our number one priority is to keep our players safe,” the statement reads.

Due to the #Covid19 situation we won’t be able to have our full main squad out and about to play #ESLOne LA Online League.

Our roster will be:

1/ @SumaaaaiL
2/ @33Dota
3/ @Ceb
4/ @Saksadota
5/ @OG_BDN0tail

More info: https://ogs.gg/esl-league-dota-2-roster/ #DreamOG

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As a result, fresh free agent 33 was picked up to temporarily fill in on the team alongside Ceb. 33 will stand in on OG’s midlane, while Ceb will take over the offlane. The two players are subbing in for Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen and Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng, both of whom are apparently in Malaysia.

While 33 is a new face to the OG roster, Ceb has a long history with the organization. Ceb has previously been both a coach and player for the team. During his time as a player, OG took home first place at both The International 2018 and 2019.

Stay tuned to Daily Esports for all your Dota 2 news updates.

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Resident Evil 3 Minimum And Recommended System Requirements

Resident Evil 3 Remake is out later this week and as you might imagine, the system requirements don’t differ that much from from 2019’s Resident Evil 2 Remake. Here we’ve gathered both the minimum specs necessary to run the game on PC and the recommended specs to play at higher settings. But before we go into that, be sure to check out our in-progress Resident Evil 3 review and how long Resident Evil 3 takes to beat.

First, it goes without saying that if your machine had no problem running the Resident Evil 2 remake, then you should experience the same kind of performance since the two remakes share nearly identical requirements. That’s true of the recommended specs as well. The biggest difference between system requirements is that Resident Evil 3 is a much larger game in terms of storage requirements, most likely because it comes packaged with Resident Evil Resistance, a new 4v1 asymmetrical online multiplayer experience, which you can play the open beta for on all platforms until launch.

Check out the minimum and recommended specs below, taken from Resident Evil 3’s official Steam page.

Resident Evil 3 Remake Minimum System Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: WINDOWS® 7, 8.1, 10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4460 or AMD FX™-6300 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 or AMD Radeon™ R7 260x with 2GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 45 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Anticipated performance at these specifications is 1080p/30FPS for Resident Evil 3 and 720p/30FPS for Resident Evil Resistance. If you don’t have enough graphics memory to run the game at your selected texture quality, you must go to Options > Graphics and lower the texture quality or shadow quality, or decrease the resolution. An internet connection is required for product activation. In addition, an internet connection is required at all times when playing Resident Evil Resistance. (Network connectivity uses Steam® developed by Valve® Corporation.)

Resident Evil 3 Remake Recommended System Requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: WINDOWS® 10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-3770 or AMD FX™-9590 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon™ RX 480 with 3GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 45 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Anticipated performance at these specifications is 1080p/60FPS. An internet connection is required for product activation. In addition, an internet connection is required at all times when playing Resident Evil Resistance. (Network connectivity uses Steam® developed by Valve® Corporation.)

RE3 Remake leaked ahead of its official reveal during Sony’s last State of Play for last year. Capcom showed off a few trailers following the game’s announcement. We’ve also compiled a list of everything we know about the forthcoming remake, including a cameo and tie-in achievement in RE2 Remake and details about the upcoming demo.

Resident Evil 3 Remake is now available to pre-order ahead of its April 3, 2020 release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Doing so nets you some bonuses, including an exclusive Classic Costume Pack for Jill and Carlos.

Resident Evil News & Guides

  • Resident Evil 3 Remake Review In Progress
  • Resident Evil 3 Pre-Orders Available: Collector's Edition, Pre-Order Bonus, Release Date
  • Resident Evil 3 Review Round-Up–What's The Verdict?
  • How Long Is Resident Evil 3?
  • Resident Evil 3 Minimum System Requirements On PC

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NZXT Kraken X3 and Z3 CPU coolers have the looks and performance

I really like NZXT’s all-in-one CPU coolers. Traditional fan-cooling is efficient and affordable, but an setup the NZXT Kraken can add style and space to your build. And I purchased an NZXT Kraken X62 for my own system because it is efficient, quiet, and slick. So I was excited to take a closer look at the company’s updated X3 and Z3 coolers to see if they live up to their predecessor.

The X73 is available now for $180, but you can get it with a smaller radiator as the X53 or X63 for $130 or $150, respectively. That’s the same price as the last-gen Krakens. But NZXT also has the Z3 coolers. The Z63 is $250 and the Z73 is $280. I tested the X73 and the Z63.

The X3 and Z3 coolers feature a new Asetek pump. The X3, has improved lighting and the option to rotate the logo on the CPU block. The Z3, however, gets an LCD screen with a ton of customization options.

Let’s get into what I like.

What you’ll like

NXZT Kraken X3 and Z3 both use the new Asetek Gen7 pump

The Kraken X2 coolers, like the popular X62, used the Asetek Gen6 liquid pump. NZXT went back to Asetek for the X3 and Z3, but this time it’s using the Gen7. The company is promising quieter performance, but I found the X62 plenty quiet already. In real-world scenarios, I doubt that most people would notice the difference even if the Gen7 pump is better at keeping the noise down in a controlled test.

What’s important here is that the Asetek pumps are reliable and efficient, and that should only improve in this latest update. NZXT also includes a six-year warranty with the Kraken. And that confidence can provide you peace of mind.

Simple to install

The Kraken is also pretty easy to put into your rig. It comes with the brackets you need to hook it right onto an Intel motherboard. And if you need to swap in the parts for an AMD socket, the process is quick and painless.

The nylon mesh for the tubing also provides the flexibility you need to get the cooler into place. Then, on the X3, you don’t even have to worry about getting the logo upright because you can rotate that after installation.

X3 has improved RGB effects

Speaking of the logo, NZXT improved the look of the LED ring to make the Kraken X53, X63, and X73 more stylish than ever. Most of this comes from thicker RGB lighting that improves the infinity-mirror effect. This makes it look like the NZXT emblem is hovering over an endless portal.

It’s still the same overall visual design as the last-gen Kraken, but the bells and whistles are shinier.

The NZXT Z3’s LCD display is a lot of fun

The Z3’s standout feature is a 2.36-inch display that can present important information or, more important, GIFs. And look, you can tell me you don’t want an LCD screen inside your PC case, but I just won’t believe you.

Using NZXT’s CAM software, you can set the screen to display the current temperature of your CPU or GPU. This is a smart way to keep an eye on the health of your system without having to keep monitoring software open.

But you can also download and use any GIF you want, which is a lot of fun to play around with. And it’s another way to take ownership over the look of your rig.

I love this thing.

What you won’t like

Power header

While installing the Kraken coolers is mostly painless, I did have one problem. The power header on the CPU cooling unit doesn’t do a great job of guiding in its included cable. This led to me originally plugging it in the wrong way on the Z63. The connection felt like it snapped in securely, so it was difficult to tell the issue. But flipping it around and shoving it back in fixed the problem.

But even if it’s an easy fix, it’s hard to get a good look at the side of the block after installing it. So it would be nice if the port ensured you couldn’t insert it the wrong way.

You need to use CAM

I’m at a point where I’m over complaining about every company having their own software. But it’s still worth pointing out that you may run into some headaches with NZXT’s CAM. The company has made some improvements to the software, but it’s still cumbersome and unintuitive for beginners. And you may encounter some bugs. Keep that in mind.

Conclusion

The NZXT X73 and Z63 that I’m using are fantastic. If you’re happy with the cooling in your PC now, or if you have something like the X62, you don’t need to upgrade. This isn’t some kind of next-gen leap.

But if you want an AIO so you have more room to tinker in your rig or because you think they look better, NZXT Kraken X3 and Z3 are still the best. And sure, the Z63 is $100 more than an X63. But if you think you need that LCD screen, you won’t regret getting it.

NZXT’s Kraken X3 and Z3 coolers are available now. NZXT sent GamesBeat sample units off the X73 and Z63 for the purpose of this review. 

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