EVGA Z170 Stinger Motherboard Review

Today, I come to you with the fortune to review another new installment from EVGA’s Z170 motherboard series. This time around it’s the Z170 Stinger that’ll be shown the ropes. The Stinger’s feature set is largely unchanged from last generation. I can’t wait to see what they kept, improved, and dropped on this newest iteration. Who else is ready? Read More

Preview 3DMark's Newest Benchmark VRMark

The folks at Futuremark have reached out to us once again to let us know of a new 3DMark Holiday Beta available through Steam. With this Beta you can preview VRMark, their newest addition to the 3DMark line for 2016, as well as some of the latest features and an all new interface. The preview can be run through steam or with the stand alone 3DMark benchmark. Read More

MSI Z170A SLI Plus Motherboard Review

Today we will have a chance to look at yet another board in MSI’s seemingly already full product stack for Z170 based motherboards. The offering we have today is the MSI Z170A SLI Plus. This board, while it should game and overclock well, is pointed to a more specific market: those that use multiple GPUs. It is geared that way because of the spacing between the main PCIe slots (triple slot spacing). So one can use two of your choice cards, be it AMD or NVIDIA based, and still have some room between the cards for better cooling, particularly for the top card. Read More

HyperX OC Takeover (HOT) World Finals to Commence December 16-17th

Hyper-X just announced the HyperX OC Takeover (HOT) World Finals will be streaming live on Overclocking-TV December 16th and 17th. Ten of the top overclockers from around the world will be competeing in a head to head competition sponsored by Kingston Hyper-X, MSI, Cooler Master, and Thermal Grizzly. Read More

Sapphire R9 380x Nitro Video Card Review

Just in time for the Holiday season, AMD is releasing another card in their 3xx series to help fill in their lineup. Fill in their lineup you say? Don’t they have 8 cards out (between the 3XX and Fury Series) already you ask? Even though they have several cards in their current lineup, from top to bottom, budget to rare unicorn, there was a fairly large performance and price gap between the R9 380 and R9 390. In comes the AMD R9 380X. The card is marketed towards being a great gaming GPU for 1080p (1920×1080) and entry level for 1440p (2560×1440). Read More

MSI CPU Guard 1151 to Protect Against Bent Skylake CPUs

MSI announced today the release of their CPU Guard 1151 product to combat potential CPU bending when using heavier coolers. With the substrate of Skylake being thinner than that of the previous generation Haswell CPUs, larger coolers, specifically ones going beyond Intel’s 50 lb. pressure specification have been doing some damage. If you’re concerned, stick with spring-mounted heatsinks rather than bolts, or get yourself MSI’s CPU Guard 1151 shim. Read More

Thermalright TY-143 and TY-147A 140 mm Fan Review

Today we will be looking at two of Thermalright’s 140 mm PWM fans, the TY-143 and the TY-147A. If you have been following 140 mm fans at all, you know that Thermalright’s TY series of PWM fans are said to be among the best. Are They? Thermalright has sent us a pair of each to evaluate. Let us see. Read More

Gigabyte GTX 970 Extreme Video Card Review

Over the years, Gigabyte has released many products that are good, and many other products that are good AND focused on overclocking (think their SOC Force motherboards). One thing we haven’t seen on from them, on that front, is within their GPU lineup. Sure, the Windforce line is more than solid with the cooler, but their new “Extreme” line should take their video cards to another level. Gigabyte promises a better overclocking GPU with their sorting technology, dubbed Gauntlet sorting, high factory overclocks, good cooling, durability, protection, and being Xtreme friendly. Let’s take a look and see what they did on the GTX 970 Extreme we have to review! Read More