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Zalman ZM-K900M RGB LED Gaming Keyboard Review

Zalman ZM-K900M RGB LED Gaming Keyboard Review Mechanical keyboards were, for a while, an exotic talisman for the hardest of hardcore gamers and typists. These days, though, we’re awash in them. It’s hard to tell one from another. Sometimes they stand out with unique styling, while others offer endless customization through software. Multicolored LEDs hidden …

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Rosewill RK-9000V2 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review

Rosewill RK-9000V2 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review If you’re like me, you spend the majority of every day typing. Serious typists need serious keyboards, and that means mechanical keyswitches are mandatory. One upon a time, we would have been called keyboard snobs. These days, mechanical keyswitches are common enough that a noisy keyboard is almost a …

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Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX Motherboard Review When TR writers build personal systems, we usually try to keep things sensible. Look at the Sweet Spot or Sweeter Spot builds in our System Guides, and you’ve got a decent idea of what sits under our desks. A rare few folk might find the quad-core CPUs and single-graphics-card configs …

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Samsung 960 EVO SSD Review

Samsung 960 EVO SSD Review Samsung’s 960 Pro 2TB SSD took NVMe performance and capacity to new heights for a consumer drive, and its 960 EVO promises much of the same magic at a more affordable price point. We ran the newcomers through our storage-testing gauntlet to see whether Samsung is still on a winning …

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ADATA Ultimate SU800 512GB SSD Review

ADATA Ultimate SU800 512GB SSD Review Not so long ago, we took an in-depth look at Micron’s first foray into the 3D NAND world. While Micron took much longer to bring its 3D floating-gate cells to market than Samsung did with its charge-trap based V-NAND, the MX300 proved to be worth the wait. But there …

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Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 CPU Cooler Review

Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 CPU Cooler Review For builders looking to cool a hot-clocked CPU like Intel’s Core i7-6700K, tower-style coolers and closed-loop liquid coolers come with tradeoffs. Go with the tower-style air cooler, and you might need a 170-mm tall monster with multiple 140-mm fans to keep your system cool and quiet. Choose …

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MadCatz RAT 1 Gaming Mouse Review

MadCatz RAT 1 Gaming Mouse Review As a child, I was a fan of esoteric input devices. For my Nintendo Entertainment System, I had a pair of Bandai’s Super Controller stick adapters that I used religiously. I later owned a Sega Activator that I didn’t use at all. I was one of the first to …

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Aimpad R5 Analog Keyboard Review

Aimpad R5 Analog Keyboard Review When I reviewed the Steam Controller—a device that purports to fulfill the role of keyboard and mouse in gamepad form—I was left unconvinced. Ultimately, it just didn’t offer me anything better than the combination of input devices I already used for HTPC gaming. I had no problem using a keyboard …

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Samsung 960 Pro 2TB SSD Review

Samsung 960 Pro 2TB SSD Review Last fall, Samsung took the high-end storage market by storm with the release of its 950 Pro drives. While others had gotten lightning-fast NVMe drives to market first, Samsung’s effort was notable for combining a cohesive set of cutting-edge features at just the right time. NVMe had just gotten …

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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 Z87-GD65 Gaming …

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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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