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Intel i7 5775C Broadwell CPU Review

Keeping with their Tick-Tock model, Intel’s latest “Tick” CPU comes in the form of the i7 5775C. As is the case with “Tick” releases, we have a new manufacturing process that advances the Haswell 22nm manufacturing process to Broadwell’s 14nm. The Broadwell desktop CPUs will work on any Z97 chipset motherboard, provided the appropriate BIOS update has been made available. This release also marks the first time Intel has included the Iris Pro graphic solution on an unlocked desktop processor or even in an LGA package for that matter. Read More

MSI GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G Video Card Review

Today, you will be reading about one of the fastest single GPU cards that NVIDIA has put out in its history – the GTX 980 Ti. And also what its partner, MSI, has done to improve upon the reference model. The GTX 980 Ti is a peculiar card in a very positive way for consumers, because of its overall performance being so close to the mighty Titan X, yet the cost is about 33% less. With the previous Titan, its very high cost could be accepted by consumers because of its ability to switch into double precision mode for better compute performance, typically in business applications. But the Titan X does not have this ability and it still has the high price tag. In comes the GTX 980 Ti. Read More

Lian Li PC-O8 Case Review

Today for your reading pleasure, a product that’s hot off the assembly line from Lian Li! This is their brand new PC-O8 ATX cube case. A completely new design to the Lian Li lineup, this case is set for the top-end of the market. Kick back, grab your reading glasses, and see what sets this apart from other cube cases out there. Read More

Noctua NH-C14S Review

Not all cases have room for a full tower heatsink. So, Noctua provides a blow-down variety with six heat pipes and a 140 mm fan. That was the NH-C14, and it is quite a cooler. So, what’s new? The NH-C14S (note the change in the model number), with the finstack moved over to make room for cards in the top PCIE slot. How well does this heatsink cool? Let’s find out. Read More

ADATA Premier SP610 512GB SSD Review

ADATA needs no introduction as they’ve been a well-known name in the memory and storage industry for some time now. Due to the uncertainty surrounding SandForce, we’ve begun to see alternate SSD controllers being used by manufacturers that were once almost exclusively using SandForce controllers. Phison and Silicon Motion are two examples of SSD controllers that might not be well-known, but we are beginning to see them used more often. Today’s review sample utilizes the Silicon Motion (SMI) SM2246EN controller, which will be the first experience we’ve had with this controller. Read More

GIGABYTE X99-SLI Motherboard Review

It wasn’t too long ago that GIGABYTE announced their X99 Champion Series motherboards. Today, we’ll have a look at the newest addition to the X99 Championship family, which is called the X99-SLI. At first glance, the GIGABYTE X99-SLI seems to be a feature-rich motherboard packed with the GIGABYTE enthusiast-level options we’ve come to expect on their higher end offerings. Let’s dive in and see if GIGABYTE has a motherboard worthy of your hard earned dollar. Read More

ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4-2400 16GB Memory Kit Review

ADATA offers a full line of DDR4 memory ranging in speeds from 2133 MHz all the way up to 3333 MHz. Today, we’ll be looking at a 16 GB kit of their XPG Z1 DDR4 2400 MHz (Part#AX4U2400W4G16-QRZ). ADATA has sent us quite a few kits to review over the years, and we always come away impressed with their performance, overclocking ability, and stability. So, let’s get started and see if that tradition continues. Read More

Inateck FE3001 USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Review

Today, we have an opportunity to look at one of Inateck’s newest product offerings in the FE3001 USB 3.0 HDD enclosure. This latest offering supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) and has several other features worth checking out too. So, let’s get to it and see what this latest Inateck offering is all about. Read More

ASUS TUF Sabertooth X99 Motherboard Review

ASUS continues its assault on the X99/Haswell-E motherboard scene with the release of their new TUF Sabertooth X99 motherboard. If enthusiast-level performance coupled with server grade stability and reliability is something that catches your eye, then ASUS thinks they have the answer in the TUF Sabertooth X99 motherboard. Read More

OCZ Vector 180 240GB SSD Review

Today we get a chance to review OCZ’s latest enthusiast-level drive in the Vector 180 240GB. OCZ boasts the Vector series of drives is the “be-all and end-all of feature sets for the most demanding of users who won’t settle for anything but the best”. We will take a look at the feature set, check out the drive performance, and see how it stacks up to the competition. Read More

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