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Reviews

Kingwin Dock Master USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station Review

I’ve reviewed several motherboards with USB 3.0 support over the past few months, but haven’t had a chance to do any USB 3.0 testing. Kingwin has been kind enough to send me their new Dock Master USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station for testing. USB 2.0 has been the standard in external storage for quite some time, and I’m surprised a dramatic improvement didn’t come out sooner. With the introduction of motherboards featuring USB 3.0 support, Kingwin didn’t waste any time getting the Dock Master on the market. Read More

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Cooling

COGAGE TRUE Spirit LGA1366 Heatsink Review

I usually like to learn as much about a product I’m reviewing as possible before it even arrives. However, I wasn’t expecting this one, and didn’t really have time to do a ton of research. Since I’ve never done a heatsink review, I was pleasantly surprised when I was asked if I’d like to test this cooler. You may never have heard of Cogage. Neither had I when I received this product. As it turns out, it’s made by an extremely well-known company, who makes top-notch air cooling solutions. If the name of this heatsink doesn’t give it away, try to figure it out by looking at the pictures below. There are certain features that make the manufacturer a dead giveaway. Read More

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Motherboards

MSI 890GXM-G65 Review

It’s been a while since AMD introduced a new chipset. The 890GX-SB850 has several new features, including USB 3.0, SATA 3, 6-core CPU support, and upgraded integrated graphics with DirectX 10.1 support. MSI is getting into the 890GX game immediately, and has sent me their 890GXM-G65 for testing. Though the 890GXM-G65 is part of MSI’s “Gaming Series,” here I’ll be testing it in an HTPC setting. Read More

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News

Benching News: Two New Benching Members

I’d like to welcome our two newest Benching Team members, Bobnova and Khemikal!

Both of these guys have been working on joining the team for a little while now, and I’m happy to say they’ve made it in. They’re both long time O/C members, and we’re all looking forward to benching with them for a long time to come. Read More

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News

Forum Wars (Winter Warz) Begins Feb. 1!

Forum Wars is an online, team-based overclocking/benchmarking competition hosted by The Raptor Pit. Basically, each team is divided up into classes, based on hardware limitations. Classes compete against each other, and basically the team with the most winning classes wins the wars. There’s quite a bit of strategy involved in class placement, and we’ve got some guys on our team that are great at that. OC Forums is on quite an impressive winning streak, which we’d like to keep going. Read More

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Motherboards

Gigabyte P55A-UD6 Review And Testing

Gigabyte, as we all know, was one of the first motherboard manufacturers to roll out a solid implementation of USB 3 and SATA 3 in their products. In fact, Gigabyte now has an “A” option for most of their products. But since the devices capable of utilizing these higher speeds are still out of my reach, USB 3 and SATA 3 testing will be included in part 2 of this review. This part will focus on something I’m more concerned with anyway, and that’s overclocking performance. Read More

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Memory

Super Talent Performance Series DDR3-1600 CL8 2x1gb Mini-Review

I ordered these stick from ewiz to go with my HTPC upgrade. The other components of the upgrade included a Phenom II X2 545 (currently running at 3GHz and unlocked to an X4) and MSI 760GM-E51. But since this kit is labeled “Performance Series,” I figured I would see how much performance I could get out of them.

Since P55 is known for its amazing ability to overclock memory, I began testing on a Gigabyte P55A-UD6 with the following results… Read More