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Plextor PX-G256M6e M.2 256GB PCIE SSD Review

Plextor PX-G256M6e 256GB M.2 PCIE SSD 7

Compared to mSATA SSDs, M.2 PCIE SSDs have far more potential in the desktop market. mSATA has a much lower bandwidth limit than M.2. In fact, M.2 utilizes the PCIE lanes to transfer data which means much higher potential. Also, while mSATA is limited to its own little port, M.2 PCIE SSDs can be plugged into PCIE adapter cards. giving …

ECS Elitegroup Goes from “Extreme” to “L337″ in Renewed Effort to Compete in PC DIY Space Again (Video)

ECS Newark - LIVA

A good number of years ago, ECS Elitegroup came to North America with a fire and passion that can only be described as “Extreme”. Armed with “purple” motherboards that shouted loudly inside systems, the company reached out to journalists and communities to get their name out there. Although their products weren’t the most refined, or the highest quality initially, they …

ASUS X99 Deluxe LGA2011-3 ATX Motherboard Review

ASUS X99 Deluxe Haswell-E Motherboard Review 7

Intel’s new Haswell-E CPU series (reviewed here) and its accompanying X99 chipset launch has had its challenges. Originally, Haswell-E was going to get a completely new socket. Although the new LGA2011-3 is not backwards compatible with previous CPUs, it does work with all coolers that worked with standard LGA2011 sockets from the X79 platform. Those late in the …

Alienware Area-51 Desktop PC Is Out of This World

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Go back a couple of decades and you’ll find that just about every desktop computer was a generic beige box. Thank goodness those days are behind us. We’ve got all sorts of innovative case companies making all sorts of unique computer cases. In the case of the Apple Mac Pro, we got the weird trash can design. If you …

The Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E LGA2011-V3 Processor Reviewed

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Haswell-E is here. Well, technically, it’s been “here” for a while but has undergone refinements throughout the last year to ready itself for launch. One of those refinements was more performance and cooler operating temperatures. Without creating a whole new architecture, the only feasible direction, given the current TDP and heat challenges facing Haswell, was to refine the silicon, add …

New Microsoft Windows Formula: 7 + 8 = 9

Windows9_Startmenu

There has been a lot of talk about Microsoft Windows 9 in the past few months, mostly about how Microsoft plans to merge the Metro UI with the classic desktop, complete with the beloved Start menu. As Jason pointed out, the Metro UI is a great interface for mobile applications such as phones (which we love), tablets, and other …