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We’ve recently reviewed several NVIDIA GTX 980 based graphics cards here at Overclockers, and we came away impressed with their low power consumption, great performance, and “bang-for-the-buck” pricing. Today, we’re going to drop it down a notch and have a look at our first GTX 970. More specifically, the EVGA GTX 970 FTW. The factory overclock EVGA applied to the GTX 970 FTW is one of the highest we’ve ever seen, which leads us to believe EVGA is extremely confident in the headroom that’s available on these Maxwell 2 GPUs.

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Lian Li is best known for their all aluminum PC cases, which are widely regarded as the best money can buy. Everything from build quality to stunning looks have made Lian Li a popular choice among PC enthusiasts for quite some time now. Back in 2012, Lian Li tried their hand at producing a test bench and released the PC-T60. The PC-T60 was a very unique approach to a test bench, but was a little limited as far as enthusiast features go. Fast forward to today; and Lian Li presents the PC-T80, which is quite a bit larger than its predecessor and offers support for motherboards up to XL-ATX in size. There are several more enthusiast-level features the PC-T80 offers, and we’ll explore these as the review progresses.

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Lian Li is known for its high quality aluminum cases. Earlier this year they announced an update to their PC-V2100 line, cases they have been building for ten years. The PC-V2130 has arrived, and Lian Li has some new features for us to enjoy. They built this case with radiators in mind, for one thing. Is this the case for you? Read on.

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Arctic (formerly Arctic Cooling) has been around for well over a decade now and is synonymous with great cooling products. Back in 2010, Arctic decided to expand their product offerings well beyond cooling products and now offer home entertainment, computer accessories, and mobile device accessories. One of their new endeavors into the computer accessories world is their full line of monitor arms. Today, we’ll have a look at the Z3 Pro, which is capable of supporting three monitors up to 27″ in size. This should be a very enticing product for the gaming crowd, so let’s go have a look at the Arctic Z3 Pro!

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The Haswell-E/X99 platform has become a popular choice among enthusiast users when considering their next system build. Unfortunately, the price associated with building a system based around this new platform can be a deal breaker for a lot of people. In an effort to ease that pain a bit, ASUS offers up their more affordable X99-A motherboard. Don’t let the affordability of the X99-A fool you though… it’s still packed with a lot of enthusiast-level features the more discerning user looks for. So, let’s take a close look at the X99-A motherboard and see what ASUS brings to the table this time around.

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Today we get a chance to review another Maxwell based GPU. Thankfully, we have moved on from the teaser Maxwell in the GTX 750 Ti and on to the big boys in the GTX 970 and 980 (but likely not the biggest!). NVIDIA has made some significant changes to this architecture including, but not limited to, much lower power consumption and more efficient use of the available shaders, and also memory throughput (via compression). In my hands is a GALAX (formerly Galaxy) GTX 980 SOC, or Super Overclocked to be precise. This card takes NVIDIA’s reference design to another level with a more robust power delivery area and better cooler to name a couple of things. It’s time to take her out for a test drive and see if we can melt the rubber down to the rims!

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One of the last hats into our review ring for the Haswell-E launch and X99 chipset is the ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer. This board is loaded with features that should entice a well rounded group of PC enthusiasts as it has a lot of features geared towards gamers (‘Fatal1ty) and having solid hardware ready to take your overclock wherever your cooling will take it. Strap in for the ride as we will look at the features this board offers and put it through the usual benchmarks to see how things shake out in the end!

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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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