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Rebuild, Restructure, Review – System Upgrade time.

With our CES trip gone past, what better way to kick off the new year then with a new system build. Follow along as we unbox, build, and benchmark one of our new test systems.Thermaltake was kind enough to help us build the majority of this new rig. Starting with an open concept Core P5 Chassis. This is no ordinary …

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ASRock Announces BIOS Update for 100 Series Motherboards to Provide Support For Next Generation Intel Socket 1151 Core CPUs

ASRock is announcing a new BIOS update for their 100 series of motherboards.  This update will provide support for next generation socket 1151 Intel® Core™ processors.  By downloading the new BIOS update for your Z170, H170, B150 or H110 motherboard, it is effectively resurrected to be compatible with the newest generation of Intel socket 1151 CPUs, and you will be …

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Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler Review

Our spring into summer CPU cooler reviews continue with the Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler, the big brother to NH-U12S we reviewed previously. The NH-U14S is the bigger, badder (a good bad if there is such a thing) and down right better CPU cooler than the NH-U12S, at least it should be. We are going to put it through the ringer …

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Supercharging Our Test Bench Thanks to Thermaltake & Kingston!

Not too long ago, we collaborated with many partners to put together our most recent and most epic test bench to date. Well just as quickly as trends change in this industry, so do our systems, mainly to address specific components and hardware to address our testing needs. Becoming more and more popular is the demand for power consumption. Thanks …

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AMD A10 7870K CPU Review – Welcoming Competition!

The A10-7870K is not any version of Carrizo. It relies on the same Steamroller cores as Kaveri, hence the title ‘Kaveri Refresh’, and is the same architecture as Kaveri. This is the “big daddy” of Kaveri, nicknamed Godvari by enthusiasts, since this is the highest clocked and best binned APU available on the market today. The A10 7870K is very …

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AMD A8 7650K APU Review – The Little APU That Could!

Oftentimes we will get people asking us about building a gaming PC on a budget, with the ability to upgrade in the future. Well today we will be bringing you our AMD A8 7650K review, which is priced aggressively and certainly packs a punch. This APU can be used in a variety of ways, like a low budget gaming PC with …

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AMD Launches Carrizo APUs for Laptops

From Windows-based tablets, to high-end gaming latops, and Ultrabooks, Intel seems to be far and away dominating the mobile x86 market. While AMD does offer quite a few mobile processor and graphics solutions in the form of their APUs, OEMs seem to be continually opting for Intel’s alternatives, likely because that is what consumers are buying. In order to change …

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Intel Releases Long-Overdue Broadwell Desktop CPUs – Computex 2015 Update

While the first products featuring Intel’s Broadwell micro-architecture were released last fall, problems with yields for their latest 14nm manufacturing process lead to long delays in the release of some products, which forced Intel to delay the full Broadwell rollout. Today, marks the latest, and presumably final phase in their Broadwell cycle, with the release of five new higher-performance quad-core processors, …

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AMD’s Zen-based CPUs to be released in 2016 on Socket FM3

In recent reports it appears that we can expect the first of AMD’s “Zen” microarchitecture based CPUs and APUs to be released in 2016. These new processors will mark the first major desktop-market release for AMD since 2012 with the launch of the Piledriver based FX CPUs. The news comes courtesy of a series of screenshots taken from an investor presentation, …

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