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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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Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboard Review Gigabyte’s Z170X-Gaming G1 is the very definition of top end. This board is four-way CrossFire and SLI ready, thanks to a PLX PCIe switch chip. The Gaming G1 also offers Thunderbolt 3 connectivity thanks to Intel’s Alpine Ridge controller. Let’s see what happens to a Skylake board when money is …

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Zotac Zbox Magnus EN970 Mini PC Review

Zotac Zbox Magnus EN970 Mini PC Review Zotac thinks it has the cure for what ails us in the Zbox Magnus EN970. The Magnus packs a Broadwell CPU, an Nvidia Maxwell-based graphics card, and lots of space for storage into a box not much bigger than a Mac mini… at TechReport Related Items: Zotac MAGNUS EN970 …

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Fractal Design Core 500 PC Case Review

Fractal Design Core 500 PC Case Review I’m looking at Fractal Design’s Core 500, a no-nonsense Mini-ITX case that looks ready for compact systems ranging from mild to wild. I’ll be putting it through the gauntlet to see whether Fractal can continue the winning streak that it’s established with the Define R5 and Define S …

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 Graphics Card Review

Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 Graphics Card Review So far, 2015 has given us a bounty of high-end graphics cards. If you want to spend somewhere north of three hundred bucks on a graphics card—and heck, maybe three times that—then you have plenty of shiny new options from which to choose. I’ve spent a borderline scandalous …

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Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 Motherboard Review Gigabyte’s Z170X-Gaming 7 motherboard has more next-gen storage connectivity than you can shake a stick at, Techicolor LED lighting, and premium Creative audio. Does all of this add up to a high-end board that ticks all the right boxes? Read on to find out… at TechReport Related Items: Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming …

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Cooler Master MasterCase 5 PC Case Review

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 PC Case Review Cooler Master has big plans for its products of tomorrow. Chief among them is modularity: as the company told us a couple months ago, its future product catalog will contain fewer items with more customization options. That customizability will be achieved through modular parts that can be added, …

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Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5P Motherboard Review

Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5P Motherboard Review Gigabyte uses a three-pronged approach to attracting Haswell-E buyers to its X99-based motherboards. First, its Ultra Durable boards cater to the widest cross-section of potential buyers, with models ranging from the budget-oriented X99-UD3 up to the high-end X99-UD7 Wi-Fi. Next, the Overclocking series of boards are for extreme overclockers aiming to push clock speeds, and consequently voltages, …

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Asus Strix Radeon R9 Fury Graphics Card Review

Asus Strix Radeon R9 Fury Graphics Card Review The air-cooled version of AMD’s Fiji GPU is here in the form of the Radeon R9 Fury. We go inside the second with the Asus version of this card, the Strix R9 Fury. We also finally get a look at R9 390 and 390X cards from XFX …

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Fractal Design Define S PC Case Review

Fractal Design Define S PC Case Review Fractal Design’s Define S maintains the understated styling of the company’s other Define cases, but its businesslike exterior hides a radical new take on what a mid-tower case should look like on the inside. We ran this case through our testing gauntlet to see how it measures up… …

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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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