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EVGA Z170 FTW Motherboard Review

Once again, I have the pleasure of reviewing a new installment from EVGA’s FTW motherboard series. This time it’s the Z170 FTW getting strapped on to the benching stand. With an all-new look, new features, and support for Skylake CPU’s with DDR4 memory EVGA has had their work cut out for them revamping the FTW. Let’s see what they kept, improved, and dropped on this newest iteration. Read More

Scythe Ninja 4 Heatsink Review

The Ninja heatsinks are beautiful, symmetrical heatsinks. The Ninja 4 is all that; you would love to have this heatsink decorating your computer from its looks alone. But will it cool? Is it easy to mount? Let’s see. Read More

MSI Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium Edition Motherboard Review

Our next motherboard review comes courtesy of MSI. This go around, we get a chance to look at their flagship offering, the Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium Edition motherboard… wow was that a mouthful! On the cover, it looks like the board is a mashup between the monster, overclocking based, flagship XPower series we as overclockers love, and their black and white themed Krait line which focuses more on budget minded gaming. Being an avid overclocker, I am hoping MSI sticks to their roots on the XPower Gaming Titanium Edition and takes care of the overclockers. Bless your heart gamers, but your demographic is pretty easy to take care of in most cases. Let’s see where the needle lands when we look at MSI’s flagship Z170 motherboard! Read More

ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Motherboard Review

Today we continue our Z170 and Skylake motherboard parade with another offering from ASUS. This time, we get to look at the rugged Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 motherboard. As we know, the Sabertooth line offers a board that should handle a bit more of the rough and tumble situations. It offers an ‘armor’ to protect the board and even dust caps all around to keep the nasties out of where it shouldn’t go. ASUS says it is an “Enduringly-tough Z170 board with ultimate cooling and extreme durability”. So, it’s time to strap the board on to the Humvee and take it out in the desert and…..ok, ok, we won’t do that, but we will put it through its paces and see if it comes out swinging in the end. Read More

MSI R9 390 Gaming 8G Video Card Review

In the world of new GPU releases, we haven’t had a chance yet to look at AMD’s new lineup with its Fiji based cards, but we do have a consolation prize in the R9 390 that AMD kindly sent us! The R9 390 is, for all intents and a tweaked R9 290 in that it has more vRAM (8GB up from 4GB), and higher reference clock speeds. The rest remains the same. Like is typically done with reference models, AMD will let the board partners change things up a bit and put their own spin on the reference design. With that, we have in our hands a MSI R9 390 Gaming 8G, with its Twin Frozr V cooler and 8GB of vRAM in tow. It is time to put the card through our new benchmarks and see how it shapes up! Read More

ASUS Maximus VIII Gene Motherboard Review

The initial Z170 chipset motherboard offerings from ASUS included several options from their Channel and ROG series. We’ve already had a look at a couple Channel series motherboards in the Z170-Deluxe and Z170-A, so it’s time to step it up a notch and have our first look at a ROG Maximus VIII series motherboard. Currently available in the ROG series are the Maximus VIII Hero, Ranger, and Gene with the higher end Formula and Extreme motherboards to follow this fall. Today, we’ll be looking at the Maximus VIII Gene. Read More

MSI B150A Gaming Pro Motherboard Review

Today, we get a chance to review a unique motherboard from MSI. Typically, we look at enthusiast products, since we are, after all, Overclockers.com. But not all of our readers overclock (blasphemy!) or need high-end equipment. Sometimes you just need a no frills motherboard for standard day-to-day operation. In that light, MSI sent along thier B150A Gaming Pro that makes use of Intel’s B150 chipset devoid of overclocking bells and whistles. As the name implies, the board is steered towards the gaming crowd. Let’s take a look at the board and see what it has to offer! Read More

ADATA Premier SP550 240GB SSD Review

You certainly can’t accuse ADATA of sitting still as far as SSD offerings go. They’ve released a number of different SSDs over the past year featuring different NAND controllers, read/write speeds, and price points. They seemingly have something for everyone in this regard. Today’s review is on their latest Premier SP550 offering, which is aimed at users looking for an affordable upgrade without having to sacrifice performance. The SP550 is ADATA’s first foray into Silicon Motion’s SM2256 NAND controller and its NANDXtend technology. Let’s go find out how well the SP550 240 GB SSD performs and if it’s worth your hard earned dollar. Read More

ASUS ROG Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti Graphics Card Review

Have you ever considered purchasing a graphics card with the idea of adding it to your water cooling loop at a later time? Do you shudder at the thought of disassembling a graphics card to to install a water block? The ASUS ROG Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti gives you the best of both worlds with its proprietary DirectCU H2O cooler. The DirectCU H2O cooler combines an effective air cooling solution with a GPU water block all in one package. Read More

MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2G Video Card Review

Today, we will get a chance to see a budget gaming card from NVIDA – the GTX 950. MSI put their own twist on the GTX 950 by adding their Twin Frozr V cooler, beefed up components, and some factory overclocking out of the box making it superior to the reference cards. Get comfortable as we go through the specifications and performance of the MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2G! Read More

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