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ASUS GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC Review (w/ SLI)

Another day, another 650 Ti card to review it seems! If you have been looking at the front page like I know we ALL do, you have seen now three GTX 650 Ti Boost cards get the once over from Overclockers.com and they have all proven to be solid performers. Today we will get a chance to look at ASUS’ offering, the GTX 650 Ti Boost DirectCU II OC 2GB (that, folks, was a mouthful!). Like the Galaxy card I previously reviewed, this ASUS model has some modifications under the hood and on top of that, an overclock out of the box. Let’s take a look at the card and see whats happening! Read More

Vantec NexStar HX4R External HDD Enclosure

Looking at the title one can immediately notice this is not a CPU, GPU, or motherboard. Though it may resemble a coffee maker just a bit, it certain isn’t! All joking aside we have an External HDD enclosure from Vantec, the NexStar HX4R, to look at today. The enclosure offers several levels of RAID and the ability to hold up to four HDD’s and up to 16TB of data. Let’s take a closer look! Read More

MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC (GTX 760) Video Card Review

Here we are again folks, towards or at the end of a ‘new’ card series from NVIDIA. This time around, we will be reviewing MSI’s N760 TF 2GD5/OC. Otherwise known as GTX 760. This card, according to NVIDIA, is supposed to be a GTX 660 Ti replacement, and compete with the HD 7950. What is weird is that I always thought the 670 competes with the HD 7950, but their marketing has it performing well against a HD 7950. We will see what magic MSI has done to their version of the card, and as always, see how it stands up performance wise. Read More

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

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