PWM Fan Roundup: Twenty-Four 120 mm Case Fans Tested

PWM fans

PWM fans are used for lots of things now. A PWM fan can be used as a case fan, as a heatsink fan, or as a rad fan. AIO coolers simply expand the playing field for PWM fans. So I have collected twenty-four fans here for review in our 2016 case fan roundup. Read More

MSI Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Review


Today we are going to dig in and look at a Z170-based motherboard from our friends at MSI. They have been pretty creative with their lineup and themes. From Gaming boards to the more budget conscious Krait line, there is something for everyone. MSI has taken the venerable MPower and XPower lines and added a titanium silver color theme, and a few feature updates on top of typically great overclocking abilities. Welcome to MSI’s stable and to our test bench, the MSI Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium. Not only does it have the standout looks, the MPower and XPower lines are known to overclock pretty well. Let’s see what the added features are and if it still has the gusto to push on your CPU in our performance tests. Read More

ASUS X99-A II Motherboard Review


ASUS has released a new motherboard based on the LGA 2011v3 platform as a little brother to the recently reviewed X99 Deluxe II. This newest board is the X99-A II. While the specification and feature lists aren’t as long as the Deluxe II, like its big brother the X99-A II features extensive RGB LED control, a VRM which is more than adequate, and much more. Grab a drink, pull up a seat, and we’ll get going! Read More

Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset Review


Today, we get to take a look at the Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset. Not only is it visually stunning, but it boasts some serious studio quality promises. With all of the compatibility this headset has to offer across different platforms, you’ll likely never need another one. Read More

ASUS X99 Deluxe II Motherboard Review


With all the refreshed X99 based motherboards releasing due to the Broadwell-E launch we see a new contender from ASUS, their X99 Deluxe II. The original X99 Deluxe, then X99 Deluxe/U3.1, were range-topping motherboards for the ASUS Signature series and the new board is as well. Let’s take a look at all the features, both new and old, of the X99 Deluxe II before checking out the performance! Read More

MSI RX 480 GAMING X 8G Video Card Review


MSI has kindly shared their take on the AMD RX 480 with the MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8G. As we know from previous Gaming versions with MSI, the card will have a more robust power delivery area and custom PCB, superior cooling in their use of the new TwinFrozr VI, and of course higher clock speeds out of the box. Get comfortable as we put the card through our test suite and see how it performs in the ever competitive mainstream segment! Read More

Help Win the HWBOT 2016 Team Cup


Calling all members! Here’s your chance to do a little bench-marking and help the benching team push for first. You may think ,”I’m not a bencher” or “my hardware is too old” but that doesn’t apply here. The team cup has such a large variety of hardware that just about anyone can help, no liquid nitrogen required.

HWbot hosts a yearly competition called the Team Cup. This competition calls for a wide variety of hardware ranging from antique to modern, even cellphones and tablets can be used. This is great but also in a way makes it very difficult. Having all the necessary hardware is nearly impossible for our team, so I’m calling on all members of to help out if you can. I’ll include the list of benches and hardware in this article. Take some time and have a look there might be something here for you. Read More

Gigabyte Z170X Designare Motherboard Review


GIGABYTE has released a new motherboard based on the LGA 1151 platform as a little brother to the recently reviewed X99 Designare EX. This newest board is the Z170X Designare. Much like its big brother this board features extensive RGB LED control, a VRM which is more than adequate, and much more. Get comfortable, we’re in for the long haul on this one! Read More

MSI GTX 1080 Gaming Z 8G Video Card Review


Today we will take a detailed look at the performance and features of the MSI GTX 1080 Gaming Z 8G video card. For this Gaming card, MSI strapped on its Twin Froz VI cooler and gave the VRM area some additional support for quieter, cooler running parts, and a more stable overclock. Let’s see how they did! Read More

Noctua NF-A6x25 5V 60mm Fan Review


Noctua has released the NF-A6x25 5V fans. Unpacking the numbering system a bit, that means they are 60 mm fans that operate at 5 volts. They come as 3-wire voltage-controlled and 4-wire PWM fans that are 25 mm thick. Cute little ol’ things, you say? Well, as we see smaller and smaller form factors, this kind of fan should find great use. So let’s check out these little fans and see how they do. Read More