Posts Tagged: intel

SilverStone Primera Series PM01 Review

SilverStone has always been a staple with enthusiast community and are known for their bold cases and clean lines. The Primera is no exception, Translating to “First” or “First Class” in Spanish, it is already staking claim to what we can expect from it. Read More

Gigabyte Z170X Designare Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE has released a new motherboard based on the LGA 1151 platform as a little brother to the recently reviewed X99 Designare EX. This newest board is the Z170X Designare. Much like its big brother this board features extensive RGB LED control, a VRM which is more than adequate, and much more. Get comfortable, we’re in for the long haul on this one! Read More

Gigabyte X99 Designare EX Motherboard Review

With all manufacturers releasing refreshed boards due to Broadwell-E launching we see a new contender from Gigabyte, their X99 Designare EX. Like me, I’m sure the first new feature you’ll notice about the Designare is the RGB lighting, but they have added plenty more than just lights. DIMM shielding, a PLX chip, and a few other features also add performance benefits. Pull up a seat, don your reading glasses, and we’ll dive in to this board! Read More

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

ASRock Z170 Extreme7+ Motherboard Review

Is anyone else ready to take a look at another motherboard on the Z170 platform? I know I am. Today’s review is for the ASRock Z170 Extreme7+, the top motherboard in the Z170 Extreme lineup from ASRock. Being part of the Extreme series, this motherboard will have plenty of overclocking features for all but the craziest of sub-ambient users. Let’s take a look at everything the board has to offer!
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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

Intel Skylake i7 6700K CPU Review

Just barely a month ago, Intel’s “Tick” release of Broadwell desktop processors hit the scene. The dust has barely settled from that release, and a “Tock” release is upon us. As is usually the case, an Intel “Tock” release generally means a new microarchitecture. This can typically include improved energy efficiency, better performance, and improvements in video transcoding and encryption/decryption. As is the case with the i7 6700K we’ll be looking at today (and most “Tock” releases for that matter), a CPU socket and motherboard chipset change comes along with the release of Skylake processors. Read More

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