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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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Phanteks PH-TC12LS CPU Cooler Review – Quiet and Low-Profile Ready


Last week we reviewed the Phanteks PH-TC14S, a slimline dual-tower CPU cooler, which proved to offer performance that rivals even the largest air coolers on the market. This week, we’re taking a look at an even smaller cooling solution from Phanteks, the PH-TC12LS, a low-profile ready 120mm cooler aimed at mini-ITX systems. Does the PH-TC12LS live up to the Phanteks name? …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Overclocking The Intel X99 CPU


As we frequently visit many online PC gaming communities, and sub-reddits, we’ve noticed that there are actually a lot of people who don’t have any experience with overclocking. This is troubling, since overclocking can actually provide a significant increase in performance at virtually no extra costs to the end-user, and while it may seem daunting at first, it has actually become …

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Intel Press Conference – CES 2015 Update


We had the chance to check out Intel’s Press Conference yesterday, and while interesting it definitely lacked in desktop hardware announcements. Instead, Intel focused on 3D cameras and wearable’s, the latter of which seems to be a running theme of CES 2015. INTEL REALSENSE 3D CAMERA Intel spent the bulk of the show talking about their RealSense 3D camera technology, …

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