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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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Intel Unveils Optane Memory Technology – CES 2017 Update

Intel is announcing a new class of non-volatile memory (NVM) devices utilizing their new Optane™ Memory Technology.  The Optane memory modules will be available in either 16GB or 32GB capacities, and they will connect via compatible motherboards’ M.2 slots. Pairing Optane memory with a large capacity HDD (or SATA SSD) will result in SSD-like speeds, while maintaining the higher capacity, …

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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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XMP Profiles & Skylake Stability Issues – CES 2016 Update

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

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

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!

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

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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