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ASRock X99 Extreme6 (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard Review

Introduction and Closer Look During Intel’s X99 launch in early September one motherboard vendor was noticeably absent from the scene – ASRock. While we’re not sure as to the exact reason for ASRock’s delayed entry, they…

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Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard Review

Introduction and Closer Look A trend that is observable with higher end “gaming” motherboards is that they tend to be geared primarily towards performance junkies, overclockers and all-round enthusiasts, rather than just pure gamers. Gaming motherboards…

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Thermaltake London 550W Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging Naming power supplies after cities of the world is certainly a unique strategy to grab the attention of buyers in an otherwise saturated power supply market: Thermaltake have opted for “Berlin” and “London”…

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ASUS Crossblade Ranger (FM2+) Motherboard Review

Introduction and Closer Look The last time ASUS released a Republic of Gamers series motherboard for an AMD platform was way back in late 2011. The motherboard in question was the ASUS Crosshair V Formula which…

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Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Vapor-X OC 8GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction and A Closer Look The R9 290X has led AMD’s single GPU offerings for what seems like quite a long time now. Released in October 2013 the R9 290X is only a year old but…

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Gigabyte Z97N-Gaming 5 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging Intel’s Z97 platform is a perfect basis for a mini-ITX system build as it features enough performance to please even the most demanding user while still being power efficient enough to be tamed…

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Corsair HX1000i Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging Corsair’s power supply portfolio seems to be constantly evolving with major updates coming all the time as Corsair learn from previous product releases and customer feedback. In late 2013 we saw the introduction of the RM…

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PC Specialist Vortex 440 System Review

Introduction It has been an exciting few months for PC enthusiasts. We’ve seen the arrival of Intel’s new flagship Haswell-E CPUs, high-performance DDR4 memory and Nvidia’s Maxwell GTX 980. Those three things combined have the potential to produce…

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Deepcool DQ1000 Quanta Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging Deepcool recently launched their first consumer line of power supply units called the Quanta Series. In this series Deepcool offer a range of wattages that suit mid-range to high-end builds. All the Quanta…

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Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging Intel’s Z97 platform feels like it has been here forever; since its official launch in early May 2014 we’ve ploughed through a sizeable 13 Z97 motherboard reviews here at eTeknix. Yet in the grand-scheme of things…

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Enermax Revolution XT 530W Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging It has been a while since we’ve taken a look at a new Enermax power supply here at eTeknix. Despite that Enermax have been busy releasing new products left, right and centre under their…

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Cooler Master V1200 Platinum 1200W Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging Developing a power supply with a wattage as high as 1200W involves a lot of technical expertise; this is why you’ll find the number of OEMs producing power supplies at this wattage level is lower…

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CyberPower PC FANG Battlebox-I 970 System Review

Introduction The exponential growth of the Insomnia gaming festival over the past few years is proof, if any was needed, that PC gaming has never been stronger. With LAN events like Insomnia becoming more popular so too…

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Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 750W Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging The term “digital power supply” is rarely used in the power supply market at the moment; we have seen digital power supplies before (the Corsair AXi series springs to mind) but they still remain uncommon…

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Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging Fractal Design kicked off its brand by making a single type of product: computer cases. However, like many other computer hardware brands Fractal Design made the decision to expand its product portfolio to encompass…

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ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction In May of this year ASUS decided to introduce a new product series into its graphics card line up, the STRIX line. STRIX first showed up on two ASUS graphics cards sporting the AMD R9 280…

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Deepcool DQ750 Quanta Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging Deepcool have been making their presence felt in the PC DIY market increasingly more over the last year. They have made a push towards gaming and enthusiast market segments with new cooling solutions, cases…

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BitFenix Fury 750G Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging BitFenix are the latest in a long line of brands to make an entry into the power supply market. The story with BitFenix is very similar to that of Fractal Design as both…

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Chieftec A-80 Series 650W Non-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging A little while ago we ran a story about how the brand “Chieftec” were making a return to the UK market: Chieftec had previously been a sizeable player in the UK market selling…

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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…