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Adata Premier SP550 480GB SSD Review

Adata Premier SP550 480GB SSD Review TLC NAND has proliferated throughout the storage market, particularly at the lower end. “Budget” is now essentially a code word for TLC in the industry, as cheap MLC drives like Crucial’s BX100 or Mushkin’s Reactor have become a dying breed. These days, hardly a manufacturer can be found without …

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Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card Review

Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card Review If there’s one constant in life as a PC builder, it’s that Asus knows how to build a high-quality video card. The Strix GTX 980 Ti OC Edition took home a coveted TR Editor’s Choice Award in our GTX 980 Ti roundup, so I was excited …

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AMD Radeon RX 460 Graphics Card Review

AMD Radeon RX 460 Graphics Card Review AMD’s Radeon RX 460 graphics card is its first to use the tiny Polaris 11 GPU, which promises a major boost in performance-per-watt for its price class. We put it to the test to see just what entry-level gamers can expect from a $109-and-up graphics card… at TechReport Related …

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Asus X99-A II Motherboard Review

Asus X99-A II Motherboard Review Broadwell-E is here, giving Intel’s high-end desktop platform an impressive shot in the arm. This refresh bumped the top-end X-series part to ten cores—each now sporting Intel’s Broadwell microarchitecture—all while fitting into the same LGA2011-v3 socket that we welcomed with Haswell-E. Part of Broadwell-E’s appeal is the fact that the …

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Samsung Portable SSD T3 Review

Samsung Portable SSD T3 Review Our SSD coverage is typically geared towards drives for the system builder, but today we’ve got a welcome break from tearing down another 2.5″ SATA drive. Samsung’s 850 EVO SSD has enjoyed widespread success since its introduction a while back, but the company isn’t resting on its laurels… at TechReport …

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AMD Radeon RX 480 Graphics Card Review

AMD Radeon RX 480 Graphics Card Review We’ve been hearing about AMD’s next-generation Polaris GPUs for a little over six months now. We knew those chips would have enhanced display output capabilites, and we also knew they would be produced using 14-nm FinFET process technology. Now, the first product to use this new architecture is …

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Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Gaming Keyboard Review

Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Gaming Keyboard Review Corsair’s K70 and K70 RGB gaming keyboards are both long-running favorites at The Tech Report. The original K70 took home a TR Editor’s Choice award, and TR Editor-in-Chief Jeff Kampman still hammers out the majority of his writing on the same K70 RGB he reviewed almost two years …

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Gigabyte P57W Gaming Laptop Review

Gigabyte P57W Gaming Laptop Review There’s a running gag in the original Zoolander movie that’s so charmingly dated that the writers of this year’s sequel couldn’t help but make fun of it. Derek Zoolander’s phone was tiny. To be fair, the first movie was made in 2001, when phone manufacturers were eager to set their …

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card Review

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card Review Pascal is here. After a long, long stop at the 28-nm process node, Nvidia is storming into a new era of graphics performance with a freshly-minted graphics architecture manifested on TSMC’s 16-nm FinFET process. Forget the modest introduction of Maxwell on board the GeForce GTX 750 Ti. The …

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Crucial MX300 SSD Review

Crucial MX300 SSD Review 3D is all the rage these days. Every Hollywood action flick worth its salt gets screened in both two- and three-dimensional formats, VR is pushing hapless early adopters to stumble over unseen living room furniture, and even Intel is encouraging NUC modders to 3D-print custom lids for their tiny little boxes. …

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Gigabyte Z170X-UD3 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte Z170X-UD3 Motherboard Review After looking at two of Gigabyte’s gaming-specific boards, the Z170X-Gaming G1 and the Z170X Gaming 7, we were eager to try out one of the Ultra Durable boards, so we asked the company to send over its GA-Z170X-UD3. This mid-range offering has been a staple of our past couple of System …

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Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSD Review

Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSD Review It’s time for another edition of our deals of the week! Just kidding, but the subject of today’s review—Mushkin’s Reactor 1TB SSD—is a frequent star of our deals posts. We’ve been featuring it in our deals for so long that we finally decided we just had to review the thing. …

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HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset Review

HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset Review FOR MANY GAMERS, a good headset is sturdy, comfortable, and not too flashy, and the popularity of HyperX’s Cloud and Cloud II headsets attests to how well the company has hit that mark. I’ve spent a bit of time with the Cloud II in the past, and I can …

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MSI Z170A SLI Plus Motherboard Review

MSI Z170A SLI Plus Motherboard Review MSI’s Z170A SLI Plus is a mainstream board that gives builders everything they need and nothing they don’t—at least on paper. We reviewed this board to see whether its real-world performance lives up to its promising spec sheet and relatively friendly price tag… at TechReport Related Items: MSI Z170A SLI …

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G.Skill Ripjaws KM780R Gaming Keyboard Review

G.Skill Ripjaws KM780R Gaming Keyboard Review THE GAMING PERIPHERAL MARKET continues to grow. Companies new and old are entering the fray and attempting to capture part of this growing pie. G.Skill, a long-time RAM manufacturer, recently joined in on the party with its Ripjaws gaming peripherals. A few weeks ago, we looked at G.Skill’s Ripjaws …

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Corsair Carbide Series 600C Case Review

Corsair Carbide Series 600C Case Review Corsair’s Carbide Series 600C is an ATX full tower with a twist. Corsair designed this case with an “inverse ATX” interior layout, meaning the motherboard tray is on the left side of the case and the power supply is mounted at the top. Corsair claims this approach keeps the …

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Adata XPG SX930 240GB SSD Review

Adata XPG SX930 240GB SSD Review There are plenty of smaller manufacturers binning other companies’ NAND and assembling SSDs to avoid weighty research and fabrication costs. We recently covered Transcend’s SSD370, the product of one of the “fabless” OEMs steadily churning out SSDs on good old planar flash. Today we turn our attention to Adata, …

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Tobii EyeX Eye-tracking Controller Review

Tobii EyeX Eye-tracking Controller Review Tobii’s EyeX eye-tracking controller promises to add more interactivity to some games by letting players take over certain in-game actions using nothing but the direction of their gaze. We spent some eyes-on time with the EyeX to see how it works… at TechReport Related Items: SMI Natural Gaze Eye Tracking …

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Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L and Pro S Keyboards Review

Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L and Pro S Keyboards Review For some time now, Corsair’s K70 RGB has been considered among the best RGB LED-equipped mechanical keyboards on the market. Today, Cooler Master is offering up a challenge to Corsair’s finest in the form of its MasterKeys Pro L and Pro S keyboards. To begin, …

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OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review

OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review When we reviewed OCZ’s first SSD built with triple-level-cell (or TLC) flash, the Trion 100, we found its performance a bit wanting. OCZ went to work behind the scenes to improve the performance of its budget SSD, and last month, the company announced a follow-up to the Trion 100. This …

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Corsair Void Surround Headset Review

Corsair Void Surround Headset Review Corsair’s Void Surround headset promises universal device compatibility and surround-sound immersion, thanks to an included Dolby 7.1 USB dongle that works with Corsair’s CUE software to do its thing. We put the Surround to the test with games and music to see whether it offers a more immersive experience than …

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Fractal Design Define Nano S PC Case Review

Fractal Design Define Nano S PC Case Review Unlike other cases’ wild experiments in form, Fractal Design’s Define Nano S is unapologetically a tower. This case isn’t about being as small as possible, nor does it suggest lunchbox-like portability or masquerade as shoe storage. Instead, the Nano S’s unassuming shape suggests familiarity and approachability. It …

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Transcend SSD370 Solid-State Drive Review

Transcend SSD370 Solid-State Drive Review As we discussed recently, triple-level cell (or TLC) NAND is all the rage in SSDs these days. Many SSD manufacturers are hopping aboard the TLC train, hoping to cut costs and fatten their margins. But some customers are loath to buy in because of the perceived speed and endurance compromises …

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AMD Wraith CPU Cooler Review

AMD Wraith CPU Cooler Review If the results of our last hardware survey are any indication, most TR readers toss the CPU coolers Intel and AMD include with their processors in favor of aftermarket replacements. I’m no different. My parts shelf is rife with stock coolers whose only saving grace is their usefulness as a …

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Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 CPU Cooler Review

Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 CPU Cooler Review A couple weeks ago, Cooler Master told me it would be sending us a new CPU cooler to review. “Neat,” I thought, musing briefly about another Hyper D92-class heatsink, before filing away the tracking number and forgetting about it for a few days. When UPS showed up …

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