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Samsung SM951 PCIe SSD Review

Samsung SM951 PCIe SSD Review Samsung’s SM951 SSD squeezes a quad-lane PCIe Gen3 interface onto a diminutive M.2 form factor. It offers incredible performance under the right conditions, but it also struggles in some scenarios. Our in-depth review explains the drive’s strengths, weaknesses, and unique enthusiast appeal… at TechReport Related Items: OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD …

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Gigabyte Z97-HD3 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte Z97-HD3 Motherboard Review THE MARKET IS AWASH with inexpensive Z97 motherboards, many of them less than $100. One such example is Gigabyte’s entry-level Z97-HD3, the most affordable rung on the firm’s Z97 ladder. With a $99.99 street price, the Z97-HD3 is $55 cheaper than the Z97X-UD5H that Geoff reviewed almost a year ago. That …

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Inside ARM’s Cortex-A72 Microarchitecture

Inside ARM’s Cortex-A72 Microarchitecture THANKS IN PART TO the smartphone market’s rapid move toward 64-bit-capable processors, ARM’s licensable CPU cores have seen an upsurge in high-visibility deployments this year. From the Exynos version of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 to newer offerings like the Qualcomm-based LG G4, ARM’s Cortex-A57 has become the new standard for processing …

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Asus Z97-P Motheboard Review

Asus Z97-P Motheboard Review THE PENTIUM G3258 ARRIVED AMIDST A WAVE of inexpensive Z97 motherboards aimed at overclockers seeking a suitable home for their unlocked Anniversary Edition silicon. Intel’s latest enthusiast chipset could now be found on boards with two-digit asking prices, setting the stage for potent budget pairings… at TechReport Related Items: Asus X79-Deluxe Motherboard …

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Fractal Design Define R5 PC Case Review

Fractal Design Define R5 PC Case Review Design is a big deal in technology products these days, no matter where you look. “Designed by Apple in California” is a household phrase, thanks to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Google used a significant portion of its last I/O keynote to philosophize about its new Material Design …

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BenQ XL2420G G-Sync Monitor Review

BenQ XL2420G G-Sync Monitor Review Today, we’re turning our attention to BenQ’s XL2420G, a 24″ G-Sync monitor that’s currently selling for about $580 at Newegg. This display is a little smaller and more affordable than some of the other G-Sync offerings we’ve looked at, but it’s not lacking in functionality or connectivity. Quite the opposite… …

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Asus Crossblade Ranger Motherboard Review

Asus Crossblade Ranger Motherboard Review Let me ask you a couple of questions. Do you bleed AMD red? Wonderful. Have you been following Geoff’s reviews of Asus’ Z97 and X99 motherboards, tantalized by that company’s latest and greatest firmware innovations for Intel platforms? How terrible. Today, I bring you a form of relief: the Crossblade …

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Corsair Neutron Series XT Solid-State Drive Review

Corsair Neutron Series XT Solid-State Drive Review CORSAIR’S NEUTRON SERIES is developing a habit of introducing us to new SSD controllers. The initial members of the family were the first consumer-oriented drives to feature Link_A_Media Devices’ LM87800, a good all-around performer that’s particularly adept at handling more demanding workloads. Today, the new Neutron Series XT …

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Asus X99-A Motherboard Review

Asus X99-A Motherboard Review Rather than loading up on flashy extras and extraneous accessories, Asus’ X99-A motherboard focuses on the basics. It has a sensible spec, loads of builder-friendly features, and a diverse array of powerful tweaking options. Read on to see what makes this our favorite Haswell-E motherboard to date… at TechReport Related Items: Asus …

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XFX Type-01 Series Bravo PC Case Review

XFX Type-01 Series Bravo PC Case Review If there’s a theme in PC hardware companies’ product line-ups of late, it’s to provide as much of a one-stop solution for the PC builder as possible. XFX is no stranger to this strategy. The company is best known for its high-octane AMD Radeon GPUs, but it sells …

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Adata Premier SP610 Solid-State Drive Review

Adata Premier SP610 Solid-State Drive Review The Adata Premier SP610 isn’t yet another die-shrunk spin on a familiar controller; it’s based on an entirely unfamiliar Silicon Motion SM2246EN chip that gets by on just four memory channels. Despite this narrower NAND interface, the SP610 is supposed to keep up with budget contenders that have twice …

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Corsair Graphite Series 380T PC Case Review

Corsair Graphite Series 380T PC Case Review Today, I’m taking a look at Corsair’s latest enthusiast-oriented Mini-ITX enclosure, the Graphite Series 380T. With a built-in fan controller, enough room for high-end components and their accompanying coolers, and aggressive styling, the 380T seems set to play the Ferrari or Lamborghini to the subdued, subcompact Elite 110. …

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Corsair Vengeance K70 Keyboard Review

Corsair Vengeance K70 Keyboard Review Fortunately, the Vengeance K70 is much better. This second effort has Cherry MX switches throughout, rectifying its predecessor’s fatal flaw. All the highlights of the original remain, and Corsair has added programmable backlighting and a blacked-out color scheme. Those changes transform the K70 into more than just a fully mechanical …

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Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xBBR Mechanical Keyboard Review

Rosewill Apollo RK-9100xBBR Mechanical Keyboard Review These days, Rosewill is establishing a presence in the realm of premium mechanical keyboards. The company may not have the cachet of, say, Corsair or Razer, but some of its new high-end keyboards are priced right alongside offerings from those companies. Today, we’re going to look at the Apollo …

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Asus Z97-A Motherboard Review

Asus Z97-A Motherboard Review It’s clear why there’s so much interest in the new Intel boards. We’ll be reviewing a bunch of them in the coming weeks, and we’re kicking off our coverage with Asus’ Z97-A, which is the first Z97 offering to complete our battery of motherboard tests. This mid-range model is selling online …

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Asus ROG Maximus VI Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Asus ROG Maximus VI Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard Review The Maximus VI Impact is the first Mini-ITX motherboard to come from Asus’ premium Republic of Gamers family. It’s loaded with extras, including an M.2 SSD slot, an audio riser card, and loads of little touches that are perfect for small-form-factor builds. Read on for a detailed …

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Gigabyte Brix Pro Mini-PC Review

Gigabyte Brix Pro Mini-PC Review The first, Intel-built NUC (short for Next Unit of Computing) debuted a little over a year ago, and our own Scott Wasson picked it apart at the time. Today, we’re back with a mini-PC that’s based on the same form factor but trades the power-sipping mobile CPU for a quad-core …

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Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Review

Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard Review Most mechanical keyboards are slight variations on the same theme. The majority of them mirror the standard, 104-key U.S. layout that’s been around since the early days of Windows. There’s a numpad on the right and lettering on the tops of the keys. That’s great, but it’s also …

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AMD A8-7600 Kaveri Processor Review

AMD A8-7600 Kaveri Processor Review For several generations, since Llano, AMD has been slowly but methodically marching toward its vision of accelerated computing, where traditional CPU cores and graphics share space on a chip and work together to process data. This vision was called “fusion” back when the process began, although you won’t hear that …

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AMD Radeon R9 270 Graphics Card Review

AMD Radeon R9 270 Graphics Card Review Today, AMD pulls back the curtain on the R9 270, which extends the R9 family down to the $179 price point. This is the family’s most affordable member, and it’s also the least power-hungry. It gets by with a single six-pin PCI Express power connector with a “typical …

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Asus Transformer Book T100 Convertible Notebook Review

Asus Transformer Book T100 Convertible Notebook Review Netbooks still had an edge for productivity, which really requires a keyboard and a precise mouse pointer, but tablets soon obliged with separate accessories. Asus opted for a more integrated approach; its first Transformer convertible combined a traditional tablet with a touchpad-equipped keyboard dock. The latest Bay Trail …

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Seagate 4TB NAS HDD Review

Seagate 4TB NAS HDD Review Seagate’s lineup is perhaps the best example of this kind of segmentation in action. The same 1TB platters can be found in the Desktop SSHD 2TB, the 7,200-RPM Barracuda 3TB, and the 5,900-RPM Desktop HDD.15. The Desktop HDD.15 is meant for desktop systems, and it has a NAS-centric twin geared …

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AMD Radeon R9 280X and 270X Graphics Card Review

AMD Radeon R9 280X and 270X Graphics Card Review AMD revealed the first details of a next-gen high-end GPU, code-named “Hawaii.” This big, new GPU sports some novel features, including twice the geometry performance of the prior generation and an integrated DSP block for the acceleration of gaming audio. With over six billion transistors, 4GB …

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Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB Hybrid Drive Review

Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB Hybrid Drive Review SSHD is the latest buzzword in the PC storage industry. Although the branding is fresh, the term refers to a class of products that’s been around for quite some time. Otherwise known as solid-state hybrid drives, SSHDs combine mechanical platters with flash-based cache memory. They first popped up …

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WD Red 4TB Hard Drive Review

WD Red 4TB Hard Drive Review If you can afford an SSD large enough to house all of your important applications and data, a low-power hard drives (or two) is the best option for secondary storage. Low-power drives are also preferred for NAS devices, which seem to be more popular than homebrew file servers these …

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