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VisionTek 800W 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply @ Bjorn3d.com
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 11:45A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Several years back we shopped power supplies and the PSUs in the 1k range ran from $130 to well over $200. One of the biggest draws on the power supply were the video card but video cards have downsized their power requirements as technology moves forward. Most single core GPUs only require a good quality 500W power supply but toss on a Haswell core and overclock it until it screams having extra overhead on your power supply is a good idea. Having extra overhead on your power supply ensures that you dont over strain the PSU and have a catastrophic failure potentially taking expensive components with it. To that end we are taking a look at the VisionTek 800W Bronze rated power supply. Coming in at $99.99 for 800 watts of solid power sustaining your expensive enthusiast rig the VisionTek 800w Bronze modular power supply is a great foundation to build your dream rig on."

     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 10:33A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD motherboard reviews are a rare thing these days but MSI's 970 GAMING begs for attention. It is inexpensive, offers awesome overclocking and has a mature BIOS.

ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 10:19A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We aren’t strangers when it comes to ASRock products. For many years ASRock has represented high quality lower cost computer products that refuse to skimp on quality or performance. In our experience with ASRock you pick up one of their higher end boards and get looking at all the features included and wonder how they fit all that on a board at that price. Everything X99 is expensive, probably artificially inflated a bit by the “Enthusiast” label placed on it by Intel. ASRock deflates the prices a bit without letting quality or features slip. Performance wise ASRock gives no quarter to its competitors and will stand up against and compete head to head with any manufacturer out there

AMD A8-7650K APU Review
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 10:19A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The AMD A8-7650K APU arrived Technic3D. We will check the Processor from AMD on a FM2+ Mainboard against the Intel Core i7-4770K, 4960X, 3960X, i5-4670K, AMD A10-7850K and many more. More see you in the following Review."

Bitfenix Colossus Mini-ITX
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 10:19A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It’s been a long time now since we only could choose from boring beige computer cases. The spread of cases on offer today is amazing, both when it comes to style and size. One clear trend the last few years is that smaller cases have become popular at the same time as more high-end mini-ITX motherboards have been released. It is possible today to build a high performance computer and still not have to use a midi- or tower-case. We have reviewed smaller BitFenix-cases before (link, link) and today we take a look at their mini-ITX-case the Colossus mini-ITX (yes, the name is kind of funny considering the size of the case). It is a small case for a mini-ITX-motherboard that still offers support for tall CPU-coolers, long dual-slot graphic cards, an optical drive and a lot(!) of HDD and/or SSD’s.

AMD A8-7650K APU and A68H chipset review
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 10:18A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the A8-7650K APU from AMD in combo with a new A68H motherboard from ASUS. The kit is intended for system-integrators who want to offer a nice balance in-between performance and energy consumption. The 7600 series APU is based on AMD's Kaveri architecture bringing the CPU and the GPU even closer together. Kaveri aims at several segments in the processor business like notebooks, desktops, embedded and even server solutions. Armed with a good 2.41 Billion transistors and based on a 28nm fabrication process, let's have a look at what it can do.

Eight quad-channel DDR4 kits
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 10:17A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: Manufacturers currently have little to choose from when purchasing DDR4 memory chips, forcing everyone but Crucial to use the exact same Hynix chips. Although the manufacturers do engage in binning, our overclocking results reveal that the potential of the Hynix chips appears to be identical across the board: all of Corsair's, G.Skill's, Kingston's, and Team's modules can be overclocked to 3111 MHz. […]That said, it is Crucial's modules that stand out the most. First of all due to their prices: Crucial offers 32 GB at the same prices that others are asking for their 16 GB kits. And like we've mentioned before, you're generally better off purchasing more memory rather than faster memory. Crucial's modules, which are based on Micron chips, can overclocked to 2750 MHz at CL12, but still manage to keep up with the other kits running at 3111 MHz.

3D NAND and SSD interfaces
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 10:17A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Intel/Micron flash memory consortium has made the bold claim that 3D NAND could lead to 10TB of storage capacity in a 2.5-inch form factor SSD or 3.5TB in an M.2 drive. That sounds pretty amazing so Hardware Editors Leo Waldock and Luke Hill take to the KitGuru airwaves to discuss the ins and outs of MLC, TLC, 3D, fabrication processes and what the heck it all means.

Silicon Power S80 240GB SATA SSD Review: Bang-for-Buck Option
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 10:17A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the next installment of the Fast and the Furious movie franchise right around the corner, everybody is feeling the need for speed once again and your computer should not feel left out. Since you cannot feed it Nitrous oxide, you can do the next best thing and that is to strap some SSDs in there and watch it go …

BitFenix compatible with mATX motherboards
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Aegis is the last case from BitFenix compatible with mATX motherboards and high-end systems. Thanks to the generous interior space available, Aegis is compatible with all-in-one cooler systems and custom watercooling loops. In addition there are few nice features like the ICON display and a PSU cover.

Titan X, Sli, AMD's 390x and AMD Freesync, Nvidia GSYNC
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today two of our hardware editors Luke Hill and Leo Waldock sat down to chat about an array of topics, such as the recent release of Nvidia’s £900 monster Titan X Maxwell graphics card and they weighed up the pros and cons of Sli. They also discussed AMD and their upcoming R9 390X (name not officially confirmed) graphics card. The topic of ‘Sync-ing’ was brought up and the related technologies by both AMD and NVIDIA.

20 of the Worst PC Setups
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 9:01A | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I’m sure at some point you had a bad PC setup. Maybe moving into a new place, waiting for a new desk to arrive or you just ran out of room. I can remember my horrible PC setups from when I was living at the dorms in college. If you have ever ventured over to the Shitty Battlestations sub-reddit you will find a lot of horrible PC setups. We will are going to pick 20 each month and feature them as 20 of the Worst PC setups for that month. Here are some of the bad ones from March!"

ASUStor AS5004T 4-Bay NAS
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 9:00A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just posted up our review of the ASUStor AS5004T 4-Bay NAS. ASUStor ups the power on this unit away from the Intel Atom and give you incredible performance as well as a host of features that you probably won't ever use. This box is made for more that just serving files, media and websites. You can actually play Minecraft, Emulators and more; plus you can stream it all to your favorite mobile device. It's fantastic and not that expensive, but you should read our review for all the details.

Core i7-5960X vs i7-4960X Gaming-Performance
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 4:02P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Intel released their new Haswell-E CPUs, we decided to rework our CPU gaming performance articles. Meanwhile we're testing different resolutions and there are FullHD, 1440p as well as UHD on our list. This way you get a more detailed understanding of the differences. Today we compare the Core i7-5960X to the old generation Ivy Bridge-E Core i7-4960X at stock clocks as well as overclocked to 4.5GHz and we're curious see how big the differences are.

     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 240GB value SSD market is hotter than ever. How will Patriot's Phison based drive fare against other popular entries like SanDisk's Ultra II and Crucial's MX100?

OcUK Ultima Finesse Blackhole Gaming PC
     Tue, Mar 31 2015 | 11:25A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nvidia’s GTX 970 sits in that graphics card sweet-spot where it’s about 10-20% slower than its GTX 980 brother, but retails for only 60% of the price. It’s that alluring balance between performance and value that makes the GTX 970 a smart candidate for constructing a strong SLI configuration. OcUK realises that multi-GPU potential by offering up to a pair of KFA2 GTX 970 Infinity Black Edition graphics cards in its Ultima Finesse Blackhole system. Forging the path for the GTX 970s are Intel’s competitive Core i7 5820K CPU and an MSI X99S SLI Plus motherboard.

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