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The Plextor M6e 256GB (PX-AG256M6e) PCIe SSD Card Reviewed

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When it comes to DIY performance upgrades, the two biggest strides have been made in high performance graphics cards, and the mass market adoption of SSDs. While most high performance GPUs still only need a spare PCIe slot, and adequate power, for it to give you a generational boost in performance, SSDs, however, have changed with the recent unveiling of …

The Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Reviewed

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The Kingston HyperX Fury memory kits are all plug and play memory, but is also compatible with AMD systems. While you can change the frequencies in the BIOS manually, Fury is essentially “no fuss” plug and play without the need for BIOS or memory profile selection. Only one internal SPD profile is available so it should be as easy as …

GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA2011-3 ATX Motherboard Review

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The Intel Haswell Extreme (Haswell-E) edition processors have taken the desktop computing world by storm. They are basically capable of doing just about everything possible, and really well too. Sure, we all would love the biggest and baddest processor but that means spending a lot of money. Then you have worry about which X99 motherboard best suits your needs. …

Belkin Announces Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD for Macs and PCs

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Belkin, a fairly well known manufacturer of computer peripherals, has announced a successor to their Thunderbolt Express Dock that is capable of Thunderbolt 2 technology. Thunderbolt 2 technology supports up to 20Gbps of bandwidth that can help you to not only connect up to 8 separate devices but also support up to one 4k cinema resolution display without batting an …

Kingston SM2280S3 120GB M.2 2280 SATA SSD Review

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The new Intel M.2 interface is the newest storage interface featured on motherboards that is directly connected to the PCI Express bus, supports higher capacity SSDs, and has potential for better bandwidth over the older generation mSATA. The M.2 interface supports M.2 PCIe SSDs and M.2 SATA SSDs. However, some motherboards only support one while other boards support both. That …

Backblaze’s Hard Drive Reliability Report Puts Hitachi in First Place (and Seagate in Last)

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Backblaze, an online backup service provider, has revealed the results of their continuous hard drive reliability report which features data collected over 34,881 drives from manufacturers such as Seagate, Western Digital and Hitachi. We originally covered their first report in February of 2014, where the company revealed that certain Seagate drives had a significantly higher failure rate than other …

BitFenix Neos Enclosure and Fury 750G Power Supply Reviewed

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Most enthusiasts opt for high end and often pretty flashy computer enclosures. But there many users who continue to choose clean, easily manageable enclosures that also happen to be quite affordable. The tough part is finding one that has features you need, and is still attractive, despite the low cost. The BitFenix Neos, which launched just after COMPUTEX 2014, …