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ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer Micro-ATX Motherboard Reviewed

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Cost continues to influence consumer spending. This is especially true with today’s X99 motherboards. Some feature rich models cost a premium while others are more affordable. Affordable boards can means fewer premium features, though reliability and performance should never be sacrificed. However, another way of offsetting costs while adding a few features back is to build one on a Micro …

ASRock X99 Extreme11 Motherboard Built with Super Tower Cases in Mind

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Extreme is a word that is used way too often without merit. Many companies will use the word just to distinguish a premium version of a product with only minor improvements or changes. ASRock is not among these, as the Extreme lineup always delivers on its namesake. The new ASRock X99 Extreme11 is no exception, boasting features that are sure …

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. …

ASUS X99 Deluxe LGA2011-3 ATX Motherboard Review

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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 …

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 …

ECS Z97-PK Deluxe Brings the Most Out of Intel Pentium G Series

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As the resident AMD guy here at Futurelooks, I am all about the price to performance ratio. Bang-for-your-buck is practically my middle name and not something that AMD exclusively holds. The recently released 20th Anniversary Edition Processors from Intel has everyone looking for a way to maximize their performance. The ECS Z97-PK has the best solution with its CPU One …

New Biostar Hi-Fi Motherboard Focuses on Premium Home Audio

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Building a file server from old parts, updating your gaming system, or building a PC for the kids is easy for DIY builders everywhere. But the perfect HTPC can be tricky. Do you want to go small and quiet? Are you going to fuse it with your home video file server? What external cards do you need to work with …