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SanDisk Extreme II 240 GB SSD Review

Its been a while since I have had the opportunity to review an SSD, and never have I reviewed a SanDisk SSD before. Normally SanDisk tends to play in the OEM arena including laptops and such, but since their Extreme SSD and now, what we have for review, the SanDisk Extreme II, they are broadening their horizons and continuing their drive in to the performance segment. We will dissect the drive and see how it does against some more, familiar to the performance market, drives. Read More

ASUS Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition DCII 2GB GPU Review

ASUS sent us a Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition DCII (or, if you prefer, ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2) to test, and you my lucky readers get to see the results of this test. Of course there’ll be a number of pictures between there and here, as well as some specs and such. The DCII cooler promises to be 20% cooler and “Vastly quieter”. That’s a direct quote off the box, I find it vaguely amusing as it sounds like something I would write in a review! It’s also difficult to pin down exactly what “vastly” is, but I figure I can take a crack at it. To conclude this rather lengthy introduction, I will say that the testing process has been rather interesting. To find out what was so interesting you’re just going to have to read the review! Read More

ASUS Maximus VI Extreme Motherboard Review

We teased you a bit with a few results and several pictures of the ASUS Maximus VI Extreme in our initial Haswell review. Sorry this took so long, but this motherboard has more features than you can even imagine. The wait is over though and now we’re here to cover everything you could want to know about the Maximus VI Extreme! Read More

MSI Z87 MPower MAX Motherboard Review (with LN2 results)

The time is finally here for all you enthusiasts that love bleeding edge hardware! That’s right, Intel’s Haswell has finally hit the scene and with performance that most expected with a similar jump in per clock performance as was Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge. But what is an(y) Intel CPU without a board to support it? Today we will give you a look at one of MSI’s higher end motherboards on the Z87 platform (Lynx Point) chipsets, the MSI Z87 MPower MAX. The board is made for overclocking with a lot of its features, but looks to please a more broad market than that. Let’s put it through its paces and see how things work out! Read More

AMD Richland A10-6800K APU Review

Back in October of 2012, we introduced all of you to the AMD Trinity A10-5800K APU. Fast forward to today and we have a 2013 AMD A-Series APU to show you, this time called the Richland APU. While based upon many of the same attributes Trinity brought us, there are also important improvements that we’ll cover today. AMD was kind enough to send along their top dog in the Richland product offering for us to review, the A10-6800K. Read More

Intel i7 4770K - Haswell - CPU Review

Intel’s clock keeps ticking and tocking like…um…clockwork. Today we have a big fat tock for you in the form of Intel’s new microarchitecture, code-named Haswell. It manifests itself in our hands as the brand new 4th generation Intel Core processor, the i7 4770K. Read More

ASUS GTX 770 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card Review

NVIDIA’s GK104 based graphics cards made quite a splash while being used in some of the GTX 600 series cards, and now they make their presence known in the GTX 700 series as well. Today, we have a GTX 770 series card from ASUS to check out – the GTX 770 DirectCU II OC. We just knew ASUS was going to take the GTX 770 reference design, beef up the power delivery, and overclock it. It’s what they do after all! So, let’s take this latest offering from ASUS for a test drive and see how well their efforts have paid off. Read More

MSI GTX 770 OC Graphics Card Review

Outside of the release of the 7990 and TITAN, from AMD and NVIDIA respectively, the GPU landscape has been a bit mundane in 2013. This week has brought with it the release of something new(ish) from the NVIDIA camp in the GTX 780, today will we look at the MSI GTX 770 OC. These cards, I heard someone say, are ‘a GTX 680 on steroids’. At this point all I know is it sports a new cooler and is part of MSI’s new Gaming Series. Get cozy as I take you on a short journey showing you the new card, and how it stacks up against the competition. Read More

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Graphics Card Review

It’s release day again for NVIDIA, and this time we have the second card in the 700 series. We had the GTX 780 a week ago, and now it’s the GTX 770’s turn for the spotlight. Based on the same GK104 core as the GTX 680, the GTX 770 could be just a rebrand, but maybe there’s more. Continue on to see what we can uncover. Read More

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