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Lian Li PC-Q28 Case Review

We’re here today with a Lian Li case that isn’t your typical fare, at least for the systems I typically build. Why, you may ask? Because the Lian Li PC-Q28 is tiny. Sit back, relax and have a read through to find out why you’d want such a tiny case – and find out why we like it so much. Read More

HIS R7 250X iCooler Graphics Card Review

Whether you’re building a HTPC or a system intended to run everyday applications, you don’t always need a high-end graphics card to get the job done. HIS thinks they have the perfect solution for such system builds in their R7 250X iCooler graphics card. The R7 250X series of graphics cards were released to fill the void between the R7 250 and R7 260, which results in a re-badged HD 7770 GHz edition using the same Cape Verde XT GPU core. While today’s review sample appears to be a reference design card based on its specifications, it does come with the proprietary HIS iCooler. Hopefully this will equate to cool and quiet operation with a little overclocking thrown in the mix too! Let’s go find out! Read More

MSI Z97M Gaming Motherboard Review

Z97 chipset based motherboards have begun to saturate the market as of late, and we’re here to bring you another offering from MSI. We’ve already had a look at MSI’s upper-end Z97 MPower Max AC and Z97 XPower AC, so this time around we’ll explore one of their new Gaming series motherboards in the form of the Z97M. This mATX offering aims to pack a powerful punch and a plethora of features, all in a small form factor size. There is little doubt the popularity of small form factor systems has exploded over the past few years, and MSI is doing their part to give those customers a Z97 offering with little to be compromised because of its size. So, how did MSI do this time around? Let’s dive in and find out! Read More

AMD R9 295x2 Video Card Review

Boy oh boy oh boy. What a ride this card has been. AMD really went through a lot of effort to bring this unique card to market, being their first dual GPU solution that is not cut down in some way. Here the two R9 290x cores have full Stream Processors, ROPs, APUs, and even raised the clock speed a bit to offset the added latency from using the PLX chip for inter GPU communications. There is no doubt there are two full R9 290Xs on this card! The overall feel of the card is sturdy due to its mostly metal construction throughout. Read More

MSI Z97 XPower AC Motherboard Review

With the release of Intel’s Z97 chipset, we have seen motherboards of nearly all flavors get reviewed here. From budget conscious boards all the way up to the ‘I am made for extreme overclocking as a primary function’ type boards. Today, we get to look at MSI’s flagship motherboard, the Z97 XPower AC. This board is a step above the previously reviewed MPower MAX AC in both physical size (it’s E-ATX) and by way of additional features and accessories. Being their flagship motherboard, overclocking should not be a problem even under extreme conditions such as LN2. According to MSI, this board broke some world records while using LN2 cooling… Exciting! Let’s get down to business… Read More

ASUS STRIX GTX 780 6GB OC Edition Graphics Card Review

Even though NVIDIA and AMD haven’t released new GPU platforms as of late, that’s not stopping ASUS from finding innovative ways to enhance the user experience on existing GPUs. To that end, ASUS recently announced a new line of cards that carry the STRIX branding. Initially, there will be AMD R9 280 and NVIDIA GTX 780 versions released. Today, we’ll be looking the the NVIDIA offering in the form of a GTX 780 OC Edition. The ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC Edition comes complete with a factory overclock, an astounding 6 GB of memory, and a revised DirectCU II cooling methodology. Ok, I’m intrigued. Let’s run this card through the paces and see what ASUS has in store for us this time around! Read More

ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Motherboard Review

Today brings another offering boasting Intel’s new Z97 chipset. This new series of motherboards brings compatibility with future Broadwell CPUs, M.2 SSDs, and SATA Express, along with other smaller changes. ASRock has released multiple boards on the Z97 chipset from their OC, Extreme, and Fatal1ty lines. This motherboard, as you can guess, is part of the Extreme series. Even though it isn’t part of the OC series this board has plenty of overclocking features, but it targets the more “average” user. Read More

Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 Case Review

The Deep Silence 4

Fresh from looking at Nanoxia’s largest case, we will now look at their smallest. The Deep Silence 4 is a four-slot case compact case that is designed to fit a mATX motherboard. Nanoxia clearly took pains to retain their sound deadening design and other valuable features; they worked to keep noise in while sweated to keep the cost out. Did they succeed? Let’s see. Read More

Intel i7 4790K Devil's Canyon CPU Review

The much anticipated release of Intel’s Devil’s Canyon CPUs were officially announced at Computex 2014, which we already mentioned in our launch day article. Review samples were a bit delayed, but we now have the i7 4790K on hand and can give you the performance numbers many of you have been waiting for. Make no mistake about it, the Devil’s Canyon processors are aimed at the overclocking and enthusiast crowd. With its higher base and turbo clocks, improved thermal design, and a more robust power delivery scheme, it certainly sounds good on paper. Let’s get started and find out what Intel has in store! Read More

EVGA TORQ X10 Gaming Mouse Review

EVGA recently announced a new gaming mouse to be added to their ever growing product line – the TORQ X10. We got our first look at the TORQ X10 back in January at CES 2014, but now EVGA is ready to make it available to the masses. The TORQ X10 mouse comes in two versions, one with a real carbon fiber surface and another without. Both versions are identical in functionality and design, but the real carbon fiber model will be a bit more expensive. The TORQ X10 comes loaded with features and customization options that should appeal to a wide swath of gamers and enthusiasts alike. So, let’s find out how EVGA did with their first foray into the gaming mouse market! Read More

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