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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. …

Kingston SM2280S3 120GB M.2 2280 SATA SSD Review

Kingston M.2 2280 120GB PCIE SSD Review 8

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …