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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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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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