Posts Tagged ‘Lvcoyote’

Back when ASUS first released their initial line of Z97 chipset motherboards, they promised a Maximus VII Formula and Maximus VII Impact would follow. They held true to their word, and today, we’ll introduce you to the Maximus VII Formula. In typical ASUS fashion, this enthusiast level ROG motherboard comes packed with onboard and software features that make it a unique offering. The ASUS Formula series motherboards have been around for a few generations now, so let’s get started and see what this newest iteration has to offer.

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Memory manufacturers are on a tear as of late, rolling out a plethora of DDR4 memory products for the new X99/Haswell-E platform. Our latest review sample to arrive is the ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4-2400 MHz 32 GB kit. The kit consists of four 8 GB modules surrounded by some pretty sharp looking heatsinks. The XPG Z1 memory falls in ADATA’s gaming and overclocking family and has the slogan “Efficiency Double, Performance Unlimited” to go along with it. Translate that slogan to mean low voltage and high performance. Ok, so it all sounds good on paper, so let’s get busy and find out how it performs in the real world!

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Memory manufacturers continue to push the speed limits of DDR3 memory; and today, we’ll be looking at one such kit in the form of ADATA’s XPG V3 DDR3-2933 MHz kit. This ADATA offering appears to have everything the enthusiast user looks for in a high performance memory kit… and then some. There are a few other unique features the XPG V3 memory kits offer that we’ll explore as well, so let’s get going and see what ADATA has come up with!

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It’s been 20 years since Corsair first entered the computer component world, and man have they come a long way. From their humble beginnings as a L2 cache module manufacturer, their product offerings have blossomed into a wide range of enthusiast-level components. In fact, other than the motherboard, you can build a wide variety of systems comprised entirely from Corsair products. Today, however, we’re going to concentrate on their entry into the DDR4 market and have a look at their newly released Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800 kit.

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Well known for their top performing water cooling products, EKWB is normally the go-to company when you want the best water cooling components there are. While they quite often bring new video card and full-board motherboard water blocks to market, it’s not as frequent we see a new CPU water block released. If you’ve been waiting for a new CPU water block from EKWB, the wait is over. Their new Supremacy EVO water block hits our test bench today, and we’re excited to see what this new offering has in store for us. So, let’s not waste any more time and get right to it!

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G.Skill has been around for 25 years now, and since their inception have brought performance memory products to the PC enthusiast crowd. With the release of the Intel X99 chipset, and the accompanying need for DDR4 memory, G.Skill has their initial product offerings available in the form of their Ripjaws 4 series. They sent along their DDR4 3000 MHz 4X4 GB kit for us to have a look at today, which just happens to be the same kit we used for the Intel Haswell-E i7 5960X review.

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It’s another release day for Intel, and this time around the new Haswell-E socket 2011-v3 CPUs take center stage. Their flagship CPU for this new release is the i7 5960X Extreme Edition, which is what we’ll be taking a look at today. This is Intel’s first foray into a desktop 8-core processor, and it sits on the new X99 chipset that supports the much anticipated DDR4 memory standard. Does all this new technology warrant upgrading your system? Hopefully, we can help you answer that question. So, let’s get started and see what Intel has in store!

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In the 20+ years Kingwin has been around, they have provided a multitude of PC accessories, power supplies, and thermal solutions. Today, we’ll be looking at one of their new USB 3.0 hard drive adapters that comes with a special twist. In addition to being a USB 3.0 to IDE/SATA adapter, it can also clone a hard drive without the use of a computer. Sound intriguing? It sure does to me. Let’s find out what this little device can do and whether or not it’ll be a worth addition to your PC peripherals.

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Back in June of this year, we took a look at the ASUS STRIX GTX 780 and found it to have plenty of unique features with an eye on silent gaming. In an effort to offer a STRIX branded video card at a price level affordable by the masses, ASUS has brought to market their newly released STRIX GTX 750 Ti OC Edition, which we’ll be taking a look at today. Even though the GTX 750 Ti GPU is considered one of NVIDIA’s mid-range offerings, that didn’t stop ASUS from adding many of their unique features to this card. Armed with a factory overclock, the DirectCU II cooler, and host of other features, it provides a great first impression. Let’s take it for a spin and find out just how well it performs!

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A little over a year ago, we took a look at the Pivos XIOS DS Media Play entertainment center and found it to be a unique device with a lot to offer. Fast forward to today, and we now have an updated version called the Pivos XIOS XS. This time around Pivos uses the TOFU Media Center GUI, which is a Pivos customized version of XMBC that sits on top of the Android 4.2.2 OS. Plenty of other enhancements have been made over its predecessor that we’ll explore along the way. Let’s get started!

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