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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

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

Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini-ITX Case Review

Small form factor (SSF) builds have been quite popular over the last few years, and Fractal Design has a new case for those in the SFF market. Fractal Design announced the Define Nano S back in January, and we finally got our hands on one to showcase to you all today. Enjoy! Read More

Lexar 64GB JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Today’s review sample, straight from Lexar, is the next in my saga of super fast flash drive reviews. This bad boy, the 64GB P20, runs at USB 3.0 and is touted to be “Among the fastest USB flash drives available…” so you’d better bet I’ll put their claim to the test! Here goes nothing, boys and girls. Read More

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

EKWB GIGABYTE GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming Full Cover Waterblock Review

EKWB has released a lot of great cooling solutions, be it, CPU blocks, GPU blocks, parts for a loop, or entire custom loop kits. We reviewed the full cover block EK made for the 295×2 previously and with good results in our loop. Today we are going to look at another high-performance full cover water block made especially for Gigabyte’s monster GTX 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming card. The EK-FC980 GTX Ti XG reviewed here actively cools the RAM, GPU, and VRM’s with water flowing directly over top of them. If its anything like the results we saw before, things are are going to get a lot cooler around here! Read More

AMD Wraith CPU Cooler Review

It’s nice to see AMD taking the initiative in releasing some upgraded “stock” coolers with their CPUs. Those in the enthusiast community likely have a shelf full of “stock” coolers from both AMD and Intel that due to their lackluster performance have never been used. Starting in February, AMD announced the Wraith cooler, which came bundled with the AMD FX 8370 and the AMD A10-7890K. They have now expanded the Wraith CPU cooler availability to the AMD FX 8350 and the AMD FX 6350. Read More

GIGABYTE XM300 Gaming Mouse Review

Welcome Overclockers to this edition of “In Review”. Today’s review will be the Gigabyte XM300 Gaming Mouse. There are a plethora of gaming mice out there to choose from, so why should you choose the XM300? Well, pull up your chair, get your favorite beverage ready, and lets look at what Gigabyte has to offer with their XM300. Read More

MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review

Over the past several months since Skylake CPUs have been released, Overclockers.com has been fortunate enough to review several different Z170 boards from all walks of life. The platform at this time is maturing (in age), boards are more stable, DDR4 memory and PCIe based SSD support are constantly improving. To improve upon things before Broadwell-E comes out here soon(ish), a lot of vendors are starting to implement aesthetic improvements such as more controllable RGB LEDs as is the case with the review board, the MSI Z170 Gaming Pro Carbon. Get comfy and let’s take a deeper dive and see how the board performs in our testing and how the board and those LEDs look! Read More

ASUS Z170-PRO Motherboard Review

There is a lot of competition in the mid-range sector of the motherboard market. With varying feature sets among boards in this market, it’s sometimes unclear which boards offer what features. So, today, we have a Z170-PRO from ASUS, which we’ll explore to find out what all it has to offer. Read More

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