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CoolerMaster MasterCase Maker 5 PC Case Review

CoolerMaster MasterCase Maker 5 PC Case Review The Mastercase Maker 5 is made of steel with certain modularity options for system builders, gamers and for modders. The idea is to give the ability to expand or limit oneself to what one needs. Hence, the catchphrase “Make it yours”. We reviewed the base model and few …

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Brainwavz XFit XF200 Noise Isolating Sport IEM Earphone Review

Brainwavz XFit XF200 Noise Isolating Sport IEM Earphone Review Brainwavz Audio started a few years ago, primarily making earphones, headphones and DACs. The company mostly competes in the budget space and their earlier offerings I heard were very good and value for money. The earphone reviewed here is the Brainwavz Xfit XF200 which is meant …

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Graphic Card Review

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Graphic Card Review This card also introduces 8K resolution support, Micron GDDR5X memory and the first based on 16nm FinFET process. What really got my attention was the lack of information along with an operating temperature of 67 degrees Celcius on a GTX 1080 which was running at more …

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Coolermaster MasterGel Maker Nano Thermal Compound Review

Coolermaster MasterGel Maker Nano Thermal Compound Review It’s no surprise that Cooler Master is reinvigorating itself by introducing the Maker series. Previously, we reviewed their Master Case 5 which is aimed towards those who would like to expand their needs with the add-ons that they sell separately (and for modding). We have many tried and …

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Lamptron Touch Six-Channel Fan Controller Review

Lamptron Touch Six-Channel Fan Controller Review Fan controllers have been around for a long time and they have pretty good usefulness as newer hardware develops in time. Not much has changed except its aesthetics and functions, so they still do the same job- control and monitor fan speed, along with voltage and temperature monitoring. Lamptron …

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IndustrialPPC NF-F12 and NF-A14 24V PWM Fans Review

IndustrialPPC NF-F12 and NF-A14 24V PWM Fans Review The new IndustrialPPC NF-F12 and NF-A14 fans are 24V DC operated though they can operate at 12v which PC systems typically provide. The tradeoff is that it will operate at reduced RPMs. How could you get a 24v power on a desktop system when typical power supplies …

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Coolermaster Silencio FP 120 PWM Performance Edition Fan Review

Coolermaster Silencio FP 120 PWM Performance Edition Fan Review At first sight, the Coolermaster Silencio FP 120 PWM fan is made for the crowd that doesn’t want bells and whistles followed by LED lighting of any kind. But after using it for a couple of months, that impression has changed a bit. At first glance, …

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Kingston DataTraveler Mini 128GB USB 3.0 Review

Kingston DataTraveler Mini 128GB USB 3.0 Review Kingston DataTraveler Mini provides large storage space in a thin form factor. The DTMini USB 3.0 is a capless flash drive with an aluminium housing with a lanyard/keychain loop on the other end. The drive is with a five-year warranty, which is great considering most cost-effective drives are …

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Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti SOC GPU Review

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti SOC GPU Review A particular Gigabyte GTX 980 that I reviewed earlier made a good impression. It was a good quality, good packaging and pretty large copper plate for the GPU core and thicker heatpipes. Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti SOC does not disappoint in the same way. This non-reference …

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Gainward Phantom GTX 970 GPU Review

Gainward Phantom GTX 970 GPU Review Gainward Phantom GTX 970 is an interesting card- not an observation based on performance considering at the end of the day it’s a Nvidia GTX 970. But because of a different cooling design which not only works by pulling air through the heatsink and heatpipes array but also allows …

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Zotac Premium Edition 240GB SSD Review

Zotac Premium Edition 240GB SSD Review The solid-state drive business has many competitors. It will be interesting to see what Zotac Premium Edition 240GB SSD stands. Zotac might be a new name in SSDs, but isn’t in the DIY PC market. Zotac enjoys a long-standing reputation with good graphic card series and its well known …

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Kingston SSDNow UV300 240GB SSD Review

Kingston SSDNow UV300 240GB SSD Review The Kingston SSDNow UV300 comes with a Phison controller, and this is the first SSD drive that I am testing with this controller. A 240GB is a fair amount of space for many users, but this should tempt a lot of people picking these up as they cost lesser …

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SanDisk Extreme Pro 240GB SSD Review

SanDisk Extreme Pro 240GB SSD Review The SanDisk Extreme Pro is isn’t something new, it’s a year-old drive. But due to a gradual decrease in cost, higher capacity SSDs of such kind become a good value for many types of users. SanDisk Ultra II and SanDisk Extreme Pro are two of such SSDs along with …

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SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD Review

SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD Review As per specifications, SanDisk Ultra II SSDs promised to run sequential read up to 550MB/s and Sequential write up to 500 MB/s, irrespective of the storage variant. These drives are with three years warranty period. Very recently, SanDisk SSDs namely the Ultra II were a rage during Black Friday …

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WD Blue WD40E31X 4TB PC SSHD Review

WD Blue WD40E31X 4TB PC SSHD Review As per WD, this drive uses a set of algorithms which tracks data usage and prioritizes part of the data which is frequently used using the 8GB NAND. One of such uses (as WD highlighted) is for gaming. With this algorithm and the 8GB NAND, it would provide …

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Zotac GTX 950 AMP! Edition Graphic Card Review

Zotac GTX 950 AMP! Edition Graphic Card Review This card comes with the same “AMP! Edition” features like it did with Zotac GTX 960 AMP Edition- same features, same cooling and backplate design, 90mm fans and a bit more than that. This card (ZT-90603-10M) costs US $169.99 while Gigabyte GTX 950 WF-OC costs US $169.99 …

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Cooler Master MasterCase 5 PC Chassis Review

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 PC Chassis Review Cooler Master comes with a new case series with a ‘Make it yours’ theme. What it means is that after purchasing its case, you can buy some add-ons for expansion according to your requirements or to get an aesthetic appeal. Cooler Master calls this as a ‘Free Form’ …

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Cooler Master MasterCase 5 PC Case Review

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 PC Case Review Cooler Master comes with a new case series with a ‘Make it yours’ theme. What it means is that after purchasing its case, you can buy some add-ons for expansion according to your requirements or to get an aesthetic appeal. Cooler Master calls this as a ‘Free Form’ …

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Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition Graphic Card Review

Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition Graphic Card Review Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition graphic card is a factory overclocked and it’s cheaper than the Titan X. One would roughly estimate that Nvidia reference GTX 980 Ti would be a little bit slower than Titan X, but what about when you weigh …

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Cooler Master Hyper 103 CPU Air Cooler Review

Cooler Master Hyper 103 CPU Air Cooler Review Not all those who buy better CPU coolers overclock. This is in reference to Cooler Master Hyper 103 CPU air cooler. A CPU cooler with 3x copper heatpipes and a 92mm CPU cooler with a total height of 5.5 inches. As always, we’ll see how good it …

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Noctua NH-D15S Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review

Noctua NH-D15S Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review The Noctua NH-D15 is one hell of a CPU cooler. The improvements over the NH-D14 is appreciated since it allows installation of taller heatspreaders. But when I reviewed motherboards like Gigabyte X99-UD4, I found that the space between the CPU cooler and the first PCIe x16 slot is non-existent when I …

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Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler Review

Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler Review Noctua sent a very good looking CPU cooler- the NH-C14S. This is a C-type CPU cooler which has a top-down airflow design. The CPU cooler can accommodate up to 2x 140 x 140 x 25mm fans, but with a choice of a single fan, you can either mount it towards …

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SoundMAGIC ES18S In-Ear Monitor Earphones Review

SoundMAGIC ES18S In-Ear Monitor Earphones Review Soundmagic was one of those early innovative brands that came out with one of the first Balanced Armature driver earphone for under $50 at a time when people had to pay over $100 to be able to afford a Balanced Armature driver earphone. Nowadays you get Chinese earphone manufacturers …

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Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI Motherboard Review

Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI Motherboard Review Gigabyte Z97N-WiFi is a mini-ITX motherboard packed with certain features on paper that would attract a lot of those who want good enough performance for gaming and at the same time maintain a form-factor to make it look like an HTPC- or simply and HTPC which happens to have a GPU …

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Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB SSD Review

Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB SSD Review Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB SSD- an SSD with the “HyperX” branding after a very long time. The last Kingston HyperX series SSD was HyperX 3K. Other than that, Kingston have been releasing few V series SSDs here and there. So, we should expect good ‘mainstream’ performance now that it …

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