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Today, we’re going to look at the ASUS Strix GTX 980 graphics card, which currently wears the “flagship” badge of their Maxwell based GPU offerings. The popularity of NVIDIA’s GTX 900 series graphics cards has been quite astounding, and it seems most enthusiasts can’t wait to get their hands on one. With the lower power consumption, great performance, and the affordable price they offer, it’s not difficult to see why these new graphics cards are so popular.

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Scythe has really been pumping out the new products. At the time of this writing, they were up to eighteen products for the year. Today we are looking at the Kama Panel 3.1. This is a clever 5.25-inch front panel that allows you to move your controls from the top of a case to the front. And it expands your computer’s versatility while it does so.

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The name “Kaze Master” means “Wind Master.” The Scythe Kaze Master Flat II is a 5.25” bay device that you put in the front of your case. The Kaze Master Flat II allows you to monitor four temps in Centigrade or Fahrenheit and individually control the speeds of four fans. The Kaze Master Flat II shows you the speed of each fan in RPM. Is it the right controller for you?

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We finally got our hands on a GTX 980 thanks to the fine folks at EVGA. They were kind enough to send along their Superclocked version featuring the new ACX 2.0 cooler. Based on the NVIDIA Maxwell GM204 GPU, the GTX 980 promises less power consumption than the previous flagship Kepler based GPUs and performance that meets or exceeds them. This is also our first chance to look at EVGA’s new ACX 2.0 cooler that is said to run cooler, quieter, and use less power than previous versions. Let’s get started and find out what the latest NVIDIA GPU technology and EVGA have in store for us.

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ASUS has a long history of providing their enthusiast-grade Rampage series motherboards that dates as far back as the socket 775 days. With the release of the X99/Haswell-E platform, ASUS is at it again with their new flagship ROG Rampage V Extreme motherboard. While overclocking is one of the main attractions, the Rampage V Extreme offers many of the popular enthusiast features found on their Maximus and Channel series motherboards as well. So, let’s get going and see what ASUS has in store for us!

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For today’s visitor to the chopping block, we take a look at something a bit different from our normal review pieces. This BIOSTAR unit is a CPU/GPU/Motherboard all in one, also known as a “system-on-chip” setup. It comes fitted with an AMD A4-5000 Quad-Core APU and Radeon HD 8330 graphics in a mITX form factor, which makes for a very versatile board. The passive cooling system ensures silent operation, making it perfect for a HTPC or something similar. Who’s ready to take a look at the A68N-5000?

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Oh DDR3… it was real, it was fun, but is hasn’t been really fun. DDR3 has came, saw, kicked some rear, and is now starting to see its way out. While Intel’s mainstream platform and all of AMD still use it, the release of DDR4 spells the eventual end to our close friend. Its time to learn something new folks. DDR4 brings lower voltage requirements, higher densities, and higher speeds.

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With the release of the Maximus VII Impact, ASUS looks to improve on what many people considered the best available mITX motherboard in the Maximus VI Impact. Other than the obvious update to the Z97 chipset, the Maximus VII Impact offers several other noteworthy improvements that we’ll explore today. ASUS is out to prove again that good things can indeed come in a small package. Let’s go find out if they succeeded!

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Its a good day to be a PC enthusiast I have to say. A couple of weeks ago, Intel released their new Haswell-E enthusiast line of CPU’s and motherboards. Our very own Lvcoyote had a chance to review the flagship CPU, the i7 5960X, as well as a couple of other motherboards so far. Today, I bring you the first MSI X99 offering in its high end gaming board, the X99S Gaming 9 AC.

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EVGA has hit the X99/Haswell-E market with three new motherboard offerings. They include the X99 Micro, X99 FTW, and today’s review sample… the X99 Classified. As EVGA’s flagship X99 offering, it is aimed at the PC enthusiast, overclocker, and anyone looking to build a high performance system. A lot of attention was paid to the onboard devices EVGA used on this motherboard, which means you get a feature packed offering in the X99 Classified. Should this be the motherboard you choose for your X99 system build? Let’s find out if we can answer that question!

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