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Reviews

Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 SOC (Super Overclock) Review

I recently received a couple treats from Gigabyte Japan, namely a pair of new Radeon HD 5870 Super Overclock or “SOC” edition video cards. These cards feature a “binned” GPU, a custom PCB with tons of high-end features, and a custom air cooler. They also come with a factory rating of 950MHz for the GPU and 1250MHz for the GDDR5 memory, a significant boost over the 850/1200MHz speed of the reference cards. I took this beast of a card, and as you might expect, I put it through its paces with a buffet of benchmarks to find the absolute limits of performance. Read More

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Cooling

Scythe Yasya Six Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review

Today we are bringing you a look at the new Scythe Yasya tower cooler. This is a brand new design from Scythe that utilizes six, 6mm heatpipes in the popular tower configuration. This particular design is very unique and looks great. But looks aren’t nearly as important as performance, so the question is: Does the Yasya have the performance to back up the looks? Read More

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Motherboards

Gigabyte P55A-UD7 on liquid nitrogen

Gigabyte now has an extensive lineup of motherboards based around the LGA1156 socket. The top range boards use the P55 chipset, and at the top of the heap is the new UD7. I’ve already looked at the P55-UD3R, the P55A-UD3R, and the P55A-UD6…does this new entry really have what it takes to be called the best? Read More

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Reviews

DIMASTECH Bench/Test Table Easy V2.5 Review

I have been overclocking and benchmarking computer hardware for quite a few years. However, Once I joined the realm of competative benchmarking about 2 years ago, things changed a lot. One thing that I have found to be essential in a proper benching table. Today, I’m looking at the new and improved benching table built by DIMASTECH in Italy. Does it have what it takes to replace my long time benching table build by Navig? Read on… Read More

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Cooling

Prolimatech MK-13 VGA cooler

Founded in 2008 in Taipei Taiwan, Prolimatech is one of the newest players in the heat-sink business. Their first entry into the extremely competitive heatsink market was the immensely successful Megahalems CPU cooler. Easily one of the best performing air coolers on the market, the Megahalems stole the hearts of enthusiasts around the globe with decent availability, a very reasonable price, and excellent fit and finish and quality control.

So, after the success of their first entry, I was naturally very curious to see what Prolimatech had up their sleeve next. Enter the MK-13 VGA cooler, a massive cooler utilizing six 6mm heat-pipes, and a fairly universal mounting mechanism. Does this cooler have what it takes to continue the legacy of its CPU mounted sibling? We shall see. Read More

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Motherboards

Gigabyte P55A Series Motherboards - Overclocking the UD3R and UD6

If you’ve been following my testing on Gigabyte’s latest gear, you’ll know that I started by giving the original GA-P55-UD3R a serious run for its money with some extreme overclocking.  It left me very impressed, as I was able to set four i5 750 CPU world records. Today I close the loop on the GA-P55A-UD3R and the GA-P55A-UD6. I’ll also provide some comparisons to the original UD3R, as well as contrast the boards with a major competitor of the UD6, the MSI P55-GD80…read on! Read More