ASUS 970 PRO GAMING/AURA Motherboard Review

Today we’ll have a look at the ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura AM3+ motherboard. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen anything new in the AMD camp and change is always welcome. The 970 Chipset isn’t new but ASUS has come back with a nice set of features to update this platform. On top of that they’ve packaged them in a very nice looking, all new board. With the new AMD socket nearly a year away, it’s nice to see some new AM3+ motherboards with added features such as USB 3.1 and M.2 SSD functionality. One other interesting tidbit is the new Aura feature which allows the user to customize color and rhythm of the on-board RGB LEDs. For those who enjoy a bit of bling, this should be right up your alley. Read More

ASUS Z170 WS Motherboard Review

Howdy everyone! Today we’ll take a look at an ASUS motherboard a little outside of the norm for our front page. We’re used to seeing the “good till the last drop” overclocking based boards and the ones targeted toward gamers. Looking to please the working crowd is the ASUS Z170 WS! This board is loaded with features. Continue on below as we take a deep dive into this workstation level motherboard. Read More

GIGABYTE Announces the Z170 March OC Madness Competition

As esports around the world takes off in one way or another, the OC eSports is in full swing at Hwbot. GIGABYTE has put together another overclocking competition in time for “March Madness” (for those that don’t care about sports, March Madness is another name for the premier NCAA College Basketball Tournament – Its MADNESS!). Below are some details and links for the competition. Go get ’em! Read More

OCZ Trion 150 480GB SSD Review

In a bit of a change from my last few reviews on motherboards, I will be looking at a new SSD! Today we will be reviewing OCZ’s latest offering, the OCZ Trion 150. If you remember, we reviewed the Trion 100 last year. The drive was budget oriented, focused on reads more so than writes, and performed pretty well around. OCZ has updated the Trion series and while the specifications are remarkably similar, some reworking of the controller and firmware, as well as a switch in NAND, should allow for a bit better performance while still being at a very affordable price point. Have a seat and let’s see how it does! Read More

Mushkin atom 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Following in the wake of the Mushkin IMPACT review we come in today with the Mushkin atom! Instead of looking at a flash drive built for raw speed we take a bit of a detour today. The atom is an absolutely tiny 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive which is meant to be ultra portable without sacrificing capacity. Who’s ready to see how much punch Mushkin packed into the atom? Read More

ASUS Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Formula Motherboard Review

In a change of pace from my previous reviews, today we will take a look at a high-end gaming board from ASUS, the Maximus VIII Formula. The Formula is pegged as the flagship gaming board in their product stack. Not only does it have gaming centric features, the design theme is also agnostic and will fit in perfect with any theme or color scheme. Missing are the colored logos, heatsinks, and shrouds, replaced with a basic black motherboard with grey/silver heatsinks and shrouds. A monochromatic look.

One of the unique features is the integration of their Aura software and a header on the board to control your external RGB LED lighting strips. The board also has its own RGB LED lighting (28 LEDs in total) controlled by the same software. Outside of that, there is an integrated waterblock to keep the VRMs cool. Let’s dig in and see what else the board has to offer! Read More

Mushkin IMPACT 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Today’s review sample is another rippin’ fast flash drive, the 256GB Mushkin IMPACT. Running at USB 3.0, with similar specifications, this will be a great comparison in relation to the recently reviewed Patriot Magnum 2. Take a look below to see how these speedsters stack up! Read More

ASRock Z170 OC Formula Motherboard Review

In this review we will wrap up the “major” overclocking boards. We looked at the ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme and, more recently, the Gigabyte SOC Force. Both of which were pretty formidable motherboards in their own right. The last board is one of everyone’s favorites in the extreme overclocking community, the ASRock Z170 OC Formula. Like those mentioned above this board has, for generations, been noted by respected extreme overclockers as being one of the best for the job. Sadly, I won’t be using LN2 for this review, but we will beat on it none the less and come up with a good idea on how it stacks up anyway! Read More

Patriot Viper Elite 16GB DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory Kit Review

Good morning, day, afternoon, evening, or night fellow Overclockers. Today brings us another review sample from Patriot. This time in the form of one of their new DDR4 memory kits. Specifically we’ll be looking at the Viper Elite 2x8GB DDR4-3000 kit. Hold on to your DIMM’s, these things should be fast for sure! Read More