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XMP Profiles & Skylake Stability Issues – CES 2016 Update

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As CES continues one of the topics that we frequently discussed with memory and motherboard manufacturers is the on-going issue of unstable Skylake builds. This topic seems to be rather ‘hush-hush’ throughout the industry, and if not ‘hush-hush’ than it is a topic not readily discussed.  As seen in our latest Z170 build, we found that with clock frequencies ranging up …

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Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 AMD Motherboard Review

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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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Gigabyte X99-UD3P Motherboard Review – X99 On a Budget?

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In our recent review of the of the  Z97X-UD3H-BK from Gigabyte, we found it to be solidly built, reliable, and a fantastic overclocking ability. So, naturally when Gigabyte approached us to do a review of their X99-UD3P, which is the entry-level member of their newly launched X99 Champion Series of motherboards, we jumped at the opportunity! The Gigabyte X99-UD3P, is not only a …

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Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H Black Edition Review – Back in Black!

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Well well, it looks like we’re in for a treat! We have had the pleasure of reviewing the Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H Black Edition, and let us tell you it is an attractive board. Not only is it sleek looking, but Gigabyte’s Black Edition has more thAn just a coat of paint. To be sold as a Black Edition board Gigabyte tests each …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Overclocking The Intel X99 CPU

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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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ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard Review – Designed For Overclocking

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In the past, overclocking has been seen as sort of “hacking” your hardware to run outside of the manufacturer’s specifications. This type of behavior would have been against the manufacturer’s wishes and likely void your warranty. However, today we live in a world of overclocking competitions and world records. Many of the very same companies that would have forbidden it in the …

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4K Gaming PC Under $1500 (USD) – Our Build Of The Week

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With the recent arrival of relatively inexpensive, high quality 4K ultra high-definition displays, 4K gaming is becoming more common and a lot easier to get into. The only problem is, many users don’t know exactly what kind of hardware they’d need in order to push their games at 4K. What’s worst is that many also think a 4K capable machine …

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Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H Motherboard User Review

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I’m sure all of you have heard the ‘ole saying “you get what you pay for”, and today I think we may just change your mind on that saying. It’s not very often that you see budget motherboards sporting the latest and greatest features available, yet Gigabyte has done just that and loaded it’s GA-Z97-D3H ATX motherboard with some features …

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