Reviews

Toshiba OCZ RD400 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD Review

It has been a while since OCZ released their last enthusiast-level SSD, the Revodrive 350, way back in the spring of 2014. Since Toshiba acquired OCZ in early 2014, they have been working independently as a subsidiary, but switched to using Toshiba internals. Since that time, they have come out with some very good SATA-based SSDs in their Vector and new Trion lines. Fast forward to today and we have in our hands the Revodrive replacement, the RD400 in 512 GB capacity, which promises to be quite a fast drive. Grab a seat and let’s see what the OCZ RD400 has for us! Read More

Reviews

Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

At the end of last year we saw the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset review grace our front page. Today we have the opportunity to see the newest gaming mouse in the Logitech lineup, the G900 Chaos Spectrum Wireless. With some lofty claims of faster response and more precision than other gaming mice, even wired gaming mice, the G900 has an impressive spec sheet. Following the performance found in the G933, I’m inclined to believe Logitech could pull off the feats they claim. Enough banter, let’s tear in to this thing! Read More

Reviews

Intel 750 400 GB SSD Review

Although we have reviewed our share of SSDs in the past, we haven’t seen many NVMe based solid state drives. In fact, only one from Dino back in March of 2015. These PCIe 3.0 x4 drives have been steadily improving in raw speed, and Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS), since that point and have almost doubled what we saw with the Kingston offering. We are finally starting to see new ones hit the shelves. Read More

Cooling

NZXT Kraken X31 AIO Cooler Review

It seems like everyone is getting into the All-In-One CPU cooler business these days. Even the well-established case- and accessory-maker NZXT has gotten into the act, offering the Kraken line of CPU coolers. The Kraken lineup comes with room for one or two fans, at 120 mm and 140 mm. They always cool well in reviews. But the updated line promise to cool quietly as well. So let’s have a look at the X31, shall we? Read More

Processors

Intel i7-6950X Broadwell-E CPU Review

Today we are going to get a chance to review Intel’s next processor in their High-End Desktop (HEDT) platform. The king of the consumer hill used to be the mighty i7-5960X our friend Dino reviewed back in August of 2014. That ‘extreme’ CPU shook up the landscape then by providing the consumer with a high clocked, octo-core CPU with a total of 16 threads. Since then Intel brought to market their 14 nm Broadwell CPU architecture, on their mainstream platform, through their “tick-tock” cycle. Naturally, the next HEDT processor is based off the same 14nm lithography, Tri-gate(FinFET) technology is Broadwell-E. Broadwell-E, specifically the i7-6950X, brings us our first deca-core processor which isn’t based on the Xeon or Opteron platforms. Read More

Cooling

Coolers for the Intel i7 Broadwell-E

Intel is bringing out its Intel i7 Broadwell-E. What coolers and heatsinks should you use for one of these beasts? The Intel i7 is a Broadwell-E on a 14nm process, with a TDP of 140 watts. The chip will arrive with options for 10, 8 or 6 cores. Joe Shields (earthdog) has done a review of one of the Broadwell-E chips and associated motherboard. This summary will review some of the coolers you should consider for your new chip. Read More

Cooling

NZXT S340 Case Review

NZXT has put out a lot of shapely cases in past years. We’ve become accustomed to swoops and curves, glistening gewgaws, and fancy colors. But what happens when NZXT produces a flat black rectangle and calls it a computer case? Oh, sure. They sent me one with a window on the side, but still. Why would you want such an unprepossessing black box? Why indeed! Let’s explore and find out. Read More