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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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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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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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Intel’s Kaby Lake to Succeed Skylake in 2016

Intel has once again changed its roadmap and will introduce what we believe to be a Skylake refresh CPU code-named Kaby Lake. Kaby Lake will be compatible with the upcoming 100 series LGA1151 motherboards just like Devils Canyon was too Haswell. Kaby Lake processors made using 14nm FinFET process technology and will feature two or four cores.   Kaby Lake …

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Intel Set to Debut its Upcoming Skylake CPUs at Gamescom 2015

At the upcoming Gamescom 2015 which is to be held in Cologne, Germany between the 9th and 15th of August, Intel is set to debut it’s new 6th Gen mainstream CPU’s codenamed Skylake. The majority of PC enthusiasts will be keeping an eye out for the new unlocked the Core i7-6700K and the Core i5-6600K CPU’s ready to overclocked just …

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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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