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Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 32GB 1866MHz Quad Channel DDR3 Memory Kit Review

Introduction With the arrival of DDR4 it might be easy to forget that DDR3 is still the most popular memory choice for desktop PC platforms of mainstream and high-end varieties. Today we are taking a look at a…

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be quiet! SFX Power 2 300W Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging When a compact ATX power supply just isn’t compact enough you have to think outside the box, or use a new form factor. The SFX and TFX form factors are two of the most common…

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Gainward Phantom GeForce GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction Nvidia’s Maxwell GTX 980 arrived into the high-end graphics card market with a thump just a few weeks ago, causing significant whiplash to AMD’s highest end offerings. The GTX 980 holds a notable advantage in terms of performance, price…

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Silverstone Nightjar 520W Passive Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging One thing that you learn reviewing power supplies is just how big Seasonic are. Seasonic platforms are used by multiple brands due to their exceptional quality, performance and reliability. Silverstone are one of…

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Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2800MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Kit Review

Introduction With every new DDR memory release comes a decline in operating voltage and a decrease in heat output. In the transition from DDR2 to DDR3 and now DDR4 we’ve seen voltages plummet and having memory…

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MSI Z97S SLI PLUS (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging Something that becomes apparently obvious with the motherboards I review on a regular basis is that most of them have too many features for the average user. That’s too many in the sense…

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AMD FX-8370E 95W “Piledriver” Octa-Core Processor Review

Introduction & What’s New? The 32nm “Vishera” processors from AMD have been around for a long-while; since October 2012 to be exact. Vishera was AMD’s Zambezi successor with Vishera being based on the Piledriver architecture and Zambezi…

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Testing Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 4GB Graphics Cards In SLI

Introduction At eTeknix we were fortunate enough to have received a pair of GTX 980s for Nvidia’s launch day so we thought we’d see what they have to offer in SLI. When running a pair of the same…

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Gigabyte G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 980 4GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction Nvidia’s GTX 980 is now official and with it comes the wonders of the Maxwell architecture for high-end desktop users. In this review we are taking a look at Gigabyte’s custom cooled G1 Gaming GTX…

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB “Maxwell” (28nm) Graphics Card Review

Introduction Nvidia’s newest Maxwell architecture first made its appearance in February this year when Nvidia revealed their entry level GTX 750 Ti graphics card. One of the obvious hallmarks of Maxwell, that the GTX 750 Ti…

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Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB 3000MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Kit Review

Introduction With every type of product there’s always a particular brand or SKU that rules the roost, that pushes the boundaries in terms of quality and performance. In the world of desktop computer memory there are…

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Gigabyte X99 UD4 (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging A short while ago we took Gigabyte’s X99 Gaming 5 motherboard to our test bench for a review. As the name suggests that particular motherboard was targeted at Gamers with its feature…

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be quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800W Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging Today be quiet! are expanding their Straight Power series of power supplies with a new range of models. The Straight Power series already has 400W to 700W models under the Straight Power E9…

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Antec Edge 650W Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging Today Antec are unveiling a brand new power supply series which they are calling the “Edge” series. Some of the key features of the Antec Edge power supply series are a fully modular…

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XFX TS650 650W Non-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging XFX’s PRO Series of power supplies have become very popular among system builders and enthusiasts thanks to their solid quality and competitive pricing, however, the majority of the XFX PRO series of power…

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XFX PRO 1250W Black Edition Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging When you get into the 1000W or higher range of power supplies the number of competitors starts to tail off compared to the highly competitive sub-750W market. The 1000W+ power supply market is…

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Sapphire R9 285 2GB ITX Compact OC Edition Graphics Card Review

Introduction The popularity of compact graphics cards for small form factor systems has risen in recent years. This is mainly due to AMD and Nvidia making great strides in power and thermal efficiency which allows for…

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MSI X99S XPOWER AC (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging Every major motherboard brand has a particular flagship board that targets overclocking on Intel’s new HEDT X99 platform. Gigabyte have their X99 SOC-FORCE, ASUS have the Rampage V Extreme and ASRock have…

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XFX XTS 460W Passive Fully Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging We recently reviewed the XFX XTS 520 power supply which was an 80 Plus Platinum, fully modular and totally passive unit. Today we have another power supply from XFX’s passive XTS range and that’s…

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G.Skill 16GB 2400MHz RipJaws 4 Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Kit Review

Introduction G.Skill always seem to be ahead of the competition when it comes to releasing high frequency memory products and with DDR4 nothing has changed. Just a few days before writing this review G.Skill announced their…

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Crucial 32GB 2133MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Kit Review

Introduction With the launch of Intel’s X99 platform last week came the first consumer availability of DDR4 memory, the successor to the current mainstream DDR3 product stack. Today we can reveal our first DDR4 memory kit…

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Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5 (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging Intel’s new “Haswell-E” high-end desktop platform recently launched with the Core i7 5960X 8 core CPU leading the way – be sure to check our review of that right here. To accompany Intel’s new…

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Sapphire Dual-X AMD R9 285 “Tonga” 2GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction After much anticipation and speculation we can finally present our review of AMD’s new “Tonga” based graphics card. Today we are reviewing Tonga Pro, that’s the first iteration of Tonga, which forms the R9 285…

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Sapphire R7 260X OC 1GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging Gaming on a strict budget has become easier in recent years as entry level offerings from AMD and Nvidia have become increasingly more affordable with increasingly more power. The $100 price point…

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Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging When you think of Antec power supplies Seasonic instantly come to mind as they’ve been the OEM producer of a significant chunk of Antec’s products. However, when it comes to Antec’s extremely high end…

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Intel Core i7 5960X “Haswell-E” Processor Review Featuring The Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5

Introduction & What’s New?   The Intel Core i7 5960X, codename Haswell-E, is probably 2014’s worst kept secret. As I am writing this review the full specifications, pricing and pictures of just about every X99 board…

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ASUS X99 Motherboard Launch Coverage

Introduction & The Boards The run-up to the launch of Intel’s new X99 chipset has been very similar to that of Z97 in that nothing has been kept a secret. Everything about the new chipset, the…