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ASRock FM2 A85X-ITX Motherboard Review

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AMD has finally delivered on the new Richland APUs. And yes, they come with complete backwards compatibility. The question is, are any of the motherboards that were designed for the FM2 socket and Trinity still worth using with their latest chip? Or do you need something more? ASRock, a leader in innovative motherboard design, might have had the answer all …

be quiet! Pure Power L8 700 Watt ATX Power Supply Reviewed

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Is it wrong that I’ve come to expect German engineered technology to last? One of my older gamer systems still has a 2007 be quiet! power supply still running strong. I have a couple newer units here that served a couple demo systems flawlessly even coming back after a grounding issue. None of the components were damaged which points to …

Kingston Technology E50 Enterprise 240GB SSD Reviewed

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There are two markets utilizing SSDs; regular and enterprise consumers. Desktop users expect SSDs to last at least the same, if not longer, than platter based drives. On the other hand, when it comes to wear leveling, reliability, and performance, enterprise pros expect more including a certain level of security. For these reasons, enterprise solid state drives tend to cost …

The FUNC HS-260 Gaming Headset Reviewed

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When I get to play a game, it’s a better experience when the audio supports the content. For example, RPGs tend to have really good sound effects and epic music composition that seems to carry you on your quest or journey. Even some FPS utilize very realistic weapons and action audio samples. If the headset I’m wearing isn’t up to …

GIGABYTE G1-Killer Sniper 5 Z87 Gaming Motherboard Reviewed

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What makes a motherboard a gaming platform? Simply stated, it has to offer more than fancy colors, packaging, and clever marketing labels. The features and components should be designed to improve or create a better than standard gaming experience. For motherboards, this is a difficult challenge because it requires serious quality control to ensure proper implementation of gaming specific features …

NZXT H630 Silent Ultra Tower Gaming Chassis Reviewed

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We will be the first ones to tell you, that if you can’t spend a lot of money on a build, you can cut corners on the case. There are just so many decent, feature rich cases in the budget price range, it’s really quite easy to save money here. The question then is what case do you buy when …

The GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-OC Force Motherboard – An Ultimate Overclocking Platform Reviewed

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There is overclocking and then there is extreme overclocking. Overclocking a computer in the basic sense is simply the act of pushing the processor frequency beyond specifications whether using the motherboard BIOS, motherboard hardware, or some software overclocking program. Extreme overclocking typically means enthusiasts venture outside of any frequency and voltage safe zones to push their processor to the edge …

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Reviewed

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Both 2012 and 2013 have turned out to be great years for NVIDIA. Both from an engineering and a gamer stand point. The Kepler architecture has proven to be the most scalable GPU architecture to date. First, Titan crashed through the Quadro barrier delivering unprecedented CUDA processing for pro desktop users as well as epic frame rates. Next, the GTX …

The Plantronics RIG Gaming Headset Reviewed

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Have you ever been on a game winning streak, or near an all time high score and your phone rings? Do you answer it, or keep going? Or perhaps your team really needed to get a hold of you to defend the team’s title almost last minute but you were too immersed in your other game to notice the call. …

The AZiO Levetron Mech 5 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Reviewed

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There is a lot to be said about the benefits of a good gaming mouse for your PC. But one aspect that seems to be overlooked in these discussions, is the pairing of the right keyboard with that gaming mouse. It doesn’t matter how awesome your gaming mouse may be if your $15 keyboard can’t keep up. That’s why today …