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Intel’s Tick-Tock Production Cycle Slows Down

Most PC enthusiasts have heard about Intel’s Tick-Tock production cycle. Simply put, each Tock introduces a new micro-architecture while the Tick then miniaturizes to a small fabrication process. This meant the new CPU series was introduced once a year where one year a Tock is introduced and the following a Tick is then introduced in which the process repeats itself. …

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G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4-3000 Memory Review

G.Skill memory has a great reputation, especially with PC enthusiasts, gamers,  overclockers and extreme overclockers. They have made DIMM’s using various IC’s from PSC on their DDR3 Pi series, Hynix IC’s on the Ripjaws line and with Samsung on their DDR3 TridentX line up.  Today, we have  G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4 3000CL15 16GB kit on the Bench with the product code …

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Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 AMD Motherboard Review

Gigabyte Motherboard FM2+ A88x UP4

Thanks to our friends at AMD we are glad to bring you a Gigabyte A88X UP4 Motherboard Review. This board came with our test kit of the AMD A8 7650K APU which was a pleasant surprise thanks to our experiences in the past with other Gigabyte boards like the Z97X UD3-BK and the X99-UD3P so naturally we have some high expectations, does …

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Blackberry Passport Review – Size Can Be Deceiving, Sales Cannot

The Blackberry Passport has been available for some nine months now and, contrary to initial predictions of failure due to its odd and rather large stature, it has prevailed. Not only has it found success, but also, its initial release experienced a 24 hour sell out of 200,000 units with supply and demand issues remaining even as we write this …

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Noctua NH-U9S CPU Cooler Review – Compact Asymmetrical Design

Today we’ll be taking a look at yet another fine cooling solution from the good folks at Noctua; a company whom, if you’ve read our cooling reports before, you should be quite familiar with by now.  However, if you haven’t, all you need to know is that they specialize in making top quality and acoustically fine-tuned PC cooling solutions. While …

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Intel Rumored to Switch Back to FIVR in 2017

The Haswell platform was where Intel introduced FIVR or the fully integrated voltage regulator unit. This placed some of the VR (Voltage Regulation) on the die allowing for motherboards to have less power phases on board. For the upcoming Skylake and including next years Kaby Lake, Intel has decided to go back to the traditional power delivery system with voltage …

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Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 (64GB) Review

Today we will look at the Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive. To see if this flash drive can deliver what it promises we will put it through some rigorous testing. The flash drive comes with built in FIPS 140-2 level-3 validated hardware. The 256 Bit AES encryption and anti-theft measures, which include, after ten attempts of …

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