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G.Skill Ripjaws V 2X4GB DDR4-3600MHz Memory Kit Review

As you’re probably aware from reading our recent news release, G.Skill has announced two new lines of memory designed to work seamlessly with the new 6th Generation Intel Core (Skylake) processors. New for the Skylake platform are the DDR4 Ripjaws V and Trident Z series, with a kit from the Ripjaws V family on tap for review today. The kit we have is rated for 3600 MHz, which is a pretty impressive out-of-box speed. G.Skill has been well known for their high-quality and enthusiast-driven memory products for quite some time now, so let’s go see if this kit can hold up that tradition. Read More

Intel Skylake i7 6700K CPU Review

Just barely a month ago, Intel’s “Tick” release of Broadwell desktop processors hit the scene. The dust has barely settled from that release, and a “Tock” release is upon us. As is usually the case, an Intel “Tock” release generally means a new microarchitecture. This can typically include improved energy efficiency, better performance, and improvements in video transcoding and encryption/decryption. As is the case with the i7 6700K we’ll be looking at today (and most “Tock” releases for that matter), a CPU socket and motherboard chipset change comes along with the release of Skylake processors. Read More

ASUS Z170-Deluxe Motherboard Review

With the release of Intel’s Skylake “K” series CPUs, today also brings the release of Z170 chipset motherboards from various manufacturers. One such release is the ASUS Z170-Deluxe, which we’ll take a good look at today. Sitting at or near the top of the ASUS Channel series motherboards, the Z170-Deluxe is packed with a ton of unique features that take full advantage of this new platform. Read More

MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Motherboard Review

We hold in our hands Skylake, Intel’s new CPU, but more specifically the new chipset that goes along with it named, Z170. Overclockers.com was lucky enough to get a couple of boards, including the MSI Z170A Gaming M7. This board promises to be excellent for gaming and should be solid for overclocking as well. It’s time to dig in and see what the Gaming M7 is made of! Read More

ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Ti Graphics Card Review

ASUS recently announced the release of their highly anticipated STRIX GTX 980 Ti graphics card, and we were lucky enough to snag a sample to review. The STRIX line of products are aimed at the gaming enthusiast and rapidly becoming an industry favorite for headphones, keyboards, graphics cards, etc. With this release, ASUS ups the ante with the introduction of their new DirectCU III cooler and a promise of even better cooling performance than before. Read More

OCZ Trion 100 480GB SSD Review

OCZ has put out some great SSD drives over the years. From high-end enthusiast drives in the Vertex and Vector lines to the smoking fast PCIe based Revo drives (and let me tell you, we are looking forward to the PCIe based NVME drives too!). OCZ also has their ‘bang for the buck’ line in the Agility and new Arc series. Now they have an even more price oriented line in the Trion 100 series. The Trion line of drives are a more ‘read performance oriented’ series versus write performance when compared to the Arc and other OCZ high-end enthusiast SSDs. SSD drives like this are good for a slew of things, but storage and gaming come to mind first as that’s a high read environment with minimal writes. Read More

Spotswood Compact Tech Station

You may have heard the name Spotswood Computer Cases thrown around a few times, but they’re definitely not a mass producer of computer cases. What they are though is a company that makes tech stations and custom cases for the enthusiast community. Let’s take a look at their Compact Tech Station! Read More

EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified Graphics Card Review

There isn’t a whole lot we can say about EVGA that most PC enthusiasts don’t already know. They have been NVIDIA’s top selling graphics card maker for quite a while now, which is no big surprise given their history of providing top notch products. NVIDIA’s recent GTX 980 Ti release gives EVGA another chance to show their wares, and they’ve done just that by rolling out their new GTX 980 Ti Classified ACX 2.0+. Read More

ADATA XPG SX930 240GB SSD Review

JMicron recently released their new JMF670H controller, and ADATA was quick to implement this new controller in their new XPG SX930 line of SSDs. This new offering from ADATA comes in capacities of 120, 240, and 480 GB and promises excellent performance while keeping an eye on reliable endurance. Anytime a new controller hits the market, we’re always anxious to find out how it performs. So, let’s get started and see what the ADATA XPG SX930 has in store for us. Read More

Thermaltake Suppressor F51 Mid-Tower Case Review

Thermaltake’s new Suppressor F51 mid-tower case hits our review bench today and promises massive water cooling options, near silent operation, and a host of other features we’ll take a look at. The Thermaltake Suppressor F51 comes in a windowed and non-windowed version with today’s sample being the windowed offering. In the competitive mid-tower case market, does Thermaltake have something worth your hard earned dollar? Let’s go find out! Read More

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