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Sapphire R9 380x Nitro Video Card Review

Just in time for the Holiday season, AMD is releasing another card in their 3xx series to help fill in their lineup. Fill in their lineup you say? Don’t they have 8 cards out (between the 3XX and Fury Series) already you ask? Even though they have several cards in their current lineup, from top to bottom, budget to rare unicorn, there was a fairly large performance and price gap between the R9 380 and R9 390. In comes the AMD R9 380X. The card is marketed towards being a great gaming GPU for 1080p (1920×1080) and entry level for 1440p (2560×1440). Read More

Thermalright TY-143 and TY-147A 140 mm Fan Review

Today we will be looking at two of Thermalright’s 140 mm PWM fans, the TY-143 and the TY-147A. If you have been following 140 mm fans at all, you know that Thermalright’s TY series of PWM fans are said to be among the best. Are They? Thermalright has sent us a pair of each to evaluate. Let us see. Read More

Gigabyte GTX 970 Extreme Video Card Review

Over the years, Gigabyte has released many products that are good, and many other products that are good AND focused on overclocking (think their SOC Force motherboards). One thing we haven’t seen on from them, on that front, is within their GPU lineup. Sure, the Windforce line is more than solid with the cooler, but their new “Extreme” line should take their video cards to another level. Gigabyte promises a better overclocking GPU with their sorting technology, dubbed Gauntlet sorting, high factory overclocks, good cooling, durability, protection, and being Xtreme friendly. Let’s take a look and see what they did on the GTX 970 Extreme we have to review! Read More

be quiet! Silent Base 600 Case Review

We have been looking at be quiet! heatsinks (the Pure Rock and the Dark Rock). We saw the Silent Base 800. Now we are reviewing the Silent Base 600. The Silent Base 600 is a mid-tower being sold as a premium case. Is this a premium case? Let’s look. Read More

Reeven Ouranos Heatsink Review

Reeven seems to be making quite a splash. They are offering arrange of fans, a range of heatsinks and a range of cases to us enthusiasts. In this review we will look at Reeven’s Ouranos, which is Greek for ‘the heavens’ or ‘celestial.’ Does this heatsink provide ‘celestial’ cooling? Let us investigate. Read More

ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Motherboard Review

Oh boy, where to start with this one folks? I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited to get my hands on ASUS’ flagship Z170 board, the Maximus VIII Extreme (M8E as I will call it moving forward), to test it out to see what it will do. As is the case with past versions of this board, it comes chock-full of all the features the latest chipset offers including USB3.1 Gen2 (inc. Type-C), M.2 slot, DDR4 support and a slew of others you will see and we will discuss just a few flicks of the webwheel down the article. The M8E promises to provide both the extreme overclocker and the enthusiast gamer with everything they need to beat world records under sub-ambient cooling, or game with the best of them. It is now time to get comfy in your favorite chair and see what this board can do. Read More

EK Predator 240 AIO Cooler Review

EK bills this as “Pre-filled CPU Xpandable Liquid Cooling.” You can add an additional water block (EK suggests a GPU) and a reservoir. You could turn into a real water head. Today we have the 240 mm version in front of us. Does it live up to its heritage? Let’s see. Read More

be quiet! Dark Rock TF Review

The firm known as be quiet! is on a roll. Today we are looking at a unique heatsink, one that has a pair of tandem fin stacks. But the fin stacks are set horizontally while the fan or fans blow downward, washing the motherboard and RAM with air. Wonder if it works? Let’s see! Read More

be quiet! Pure Rock Review

The company known as be quiet! produces quite a range of products. Today we are looking at a cooler called the Pure Rock. It is a four-heatpipe heatsink, rated at 130 Watts. Now, that’s a lot of cooling for a four—heatpipe heatsink. Will it do that well? With only four heatpipes? Let’s find out. Read More

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