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Mark Taliaferro

By the time desktops were on the drawing board I had already decided that was what I wanted to do for a career. Tandy came out with a solder together kit, I scarred my hand soldering it together and part of the PCB got into my bloodstream. I've been fighting Computer Fever ever since.

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7

GIGABYTE Z170X Gaming 7 We just had the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 flagship board on our test bench and the Gigabyte GA-Z170-Gaming 7 definitely shows it’s relationship with the Flagship Board. From a first glance it looks like the Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 didn’t get a PLX chip so graphics are going …

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Asus ROG Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti Review

Asus ROG Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti The Asus Poseidon Platinum GTX 980 Ti is a Hybrid cooling GPU that features a Direct CU H20 water Cooling under a huge dual fan air cooling system. The same GPU core that drives the Titan X is featured on the Poseidon Platinum GTX …

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Razer Mamba Chroma Tournament Edition Review

Razer Mamba Chroma Tournement Edition Razer has gone whole hog on the Chroma gaming devices and this month they sent us a Razer Mamba Chroma Tournament edition with a 5G 16000DPI Laser Sensor. Capable of moving an amazing 210 inches per second at 50G with up to 1000MHz ultra polling …

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Corsair H110i GTX Extreme Performance CPU Water Cooler Review

Corsair H110i GTX Extreme Performance CPU Water Cooler We’ve been testing water cooling solutions for today’s hotter-running, higher OCing CPUs, and today we have the Corsair H110i GTX from Corsair’s “Hydro” series. The Corsair H110i GTX is one of the most critically acclaimed coolers in the AIO (All In One) …

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Asus Maximus VIII Hero, Z170, Skylakes Hero!

Asus Maximus VIII Hero (Z170 Chipset) The Asus Z107 Hero VIII was the initial launch board we received to review the Intel Core i7 6700 and we would like to thank our partners at Asus for the Hero VIII and their support during the Skylake 6700K Launch. Without their guidance …

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Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 Review (Z170 Skylake Chipset), Game with Kings!

Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 Review, Game With Kings! It seldom happens that you come across a motherboard that covers every feature on your Motherboard Bucket list but Gigabyte has successfully fielded the GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 their flagship Z170 Skylake LGA 1151 board which comes close. Opening the box and just glancing at …

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VisionTek SSD RAID 0 Review (900512)

Amazon VisionTek Go Drive SSD RAID 0 Review We’ve been waiting the better part of a decade for SSD prices to drop and they have dropped somewhat. Often you find yourself a little cash strapped and can’t afford one of those infernally expensive PCI-E drives where you sign a contract …

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Intel Core I7 6700K Review, Skylake is Falling!

Intel Core I7 6700K  Review, Skylake Is Falling! Intel’s first Skylake offering, the I7 6700 with integrated High Definition Graphics HD530, landed squarely on our test bench about 72 hours ago. Based on a 14nm Fab and coming with a new Z170 chipset sliding into a 1151 LGA socket, the …

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Sapphire Nitro R9 390 8G DS Review, Playing With Nitro

Sapphire Nitro R9 390 8G D5 Review, Playing With Nitro By now we know all about the new refresh of the R9 2xx lineup that AMD recently released with faster renamed cores, faster GDDR5-memory as well as mature silicone. This has presented OEM’s with the opportunity to tune up the cores …

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GIGABYTE X99 SLI Review, Excellence On A Budget!

GIGABYTE X99 SLI Review, Excellence On A Budget! GIGABYTE has released an entire pack of motherboards based on the Intel X99 chipset: Champion, Gaming, and Super Overclock. And now GIGABYTE has released the X99-SLI board. From the first glance, the board looks to be chock full of enthusiast-level hardware, with …

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Seagate Wireless 500GB (SDTC500401)

Seagate Wireless 500 GB Drive The last few years have seen an emergence of a fairly new creature on the computer scene. Wireless Wi-Fi and even Wireless bluetooth drives started popping up providing personal storage shared by any number of devices in the owners home. Now we are seeing Wireless …

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Razer DeathAdder Chroma + Razer FireFly (Chroma) Review

Razer DeathAdder Chroma There are good days and bad days in reviewing, at times you’ve been anticipating the biggest baddest motherboard on the planet and when it arrives it takes 4 days to get it to boot and another day to OC it. That would be one of the bad days. …

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Asus TUF Sabertooth X99, Military Tough

The Asus Sabertooth line are built for toughness, reliability and thermal protection. Asus uses a battery of Military grade certification tests to ensure that their Sabertooth lineup will stand up to the toughest environments.  Cased in steel from the bottom and resilient plastic shielding from the top the Asus Sabertooth …

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VisionTek 240GB Go Drive Review, Tough On The Go

VisionTek 240 GB Go Drive (900512) Driven by a LSI SandForce SF2200 controller and designed for the Sata 3 6Gb/s interface the VIsionTek GO Drive can reach speeds of 550 MB/s Read and 520MB/s write. Solid State Hard Drives have become the go to hardware solution to speed up computers …

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SilverStone Fortress FT05 (Silver W/ Window) (SST-FT05S-W)

SilverStone Fortress FT05 (Silver W/ Window) The Revolutionary SilverStone FT05 is the fifth generation Fortress computer chassis SilverStone has offered. This one offers the same 90° rotated motherboard that the Raven series offers but SIlverStone has completely removed the 5 1/4 inch drive bays that clutter so many chassis. You …

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XFX R9 290 Double Dissipation, (R9-290A-EDFD)

It’s been a while since we’ve had an XFX GPU crossing our test bench but today we have the XFX R9 290 Double Dissipation boasting 2560 Stream Processors 160 Texture Units and 64 ROPS. The Core speed of 947MHz on the XFX R9 290 with a full 4GB of GDDR5 with …

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Kingston 32GB DataTraveler Mini 3.0(DTM30/32GB)

The Kingston 32GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Mini is a no frills, NAND flash based USB 3.0 thumb drive. Along with the no frills approach comes a no frills price, currently running $13.99. When you think about it, that’s a lot of storage for a pretty small price and comes out …

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EVGA GTX 980Ti SC ACX 2.0 + Review, Titan X has a Son

EVGA GTX 980 Ti SuperClocked ACX 2.0+ Filling a slot between the Nivida Titan X and the GTX 980 the EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC features 8 Billion Transistors a core clock of 1102 MHz, 2816 shaders, 176 Texture units and 96 ROPs 6GB of GDDR5 memory riding a 384-bit …

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Razer Naga Epic Chroma Review, Rainbow The MMO

Based on a 8200 DPI 4G laser sensor and an ARM 32-bit processor with 19 MMO-optimized programmable buttons, the Razer Naga Epic Chroma is more than just a pretty lit up mouse. Like previous Naga mice it’s destined to rule MMO games across the Internet. Any MMO player knows that …

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Cooler Master Storm Octane LED Gaming Combo Review (SGB-3020-KKMF1)

The Cooler Master Storm Octane is a modified version of their Devastator Gaming Gear Combo with seven LED backlight colors and features a breathing effect we’ve seen in similar products costing much more. This kit includes a 19-key Anti-Ghosting keyboard and a mouse that can simultaneously switch between colors with one button …

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 G1 Gaming, Bigger Is Better!

Once in a great while you find a product that the vendor got right on the first try. It clicks a check mark in every requirement box you’ve built up in a 30 year-long journey to kick the computer habit. Of course we will never kick the habit, we wouldn’t …

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Microsofts HoloLens Goes Live

Holy Smokes Batman Microsoft Has Created Never Never Land In the Bat Cave Microsoft has expanded the Technology Bubble to include Holographic functionality in Windows 10. Just the inclusion of holographic technology in the operating system wasn’t enough. They have created HoloLens which will go live in the Windows 10 …

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CoolerMaster Silencio 625S, Hear the Silence

Computer cases used to be hit or miss and you just had to buy a chassis and mod it for what you wanted. Now you can buy super towers, modular chassis systems, water cooling behemoth chassis and silent operation chassis like the Cooler Master Silencio 625S. The list of types …

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SilverStone Tundra TD02-E LCS, Water That CPU More

We just looked at the SilverStone Tundra TD03-E with its revolutionary brazed, full-contact heat sink fins and nickel-coated aluminum extruded CPU water block. We were so excited about its design and performance that we asked the good people over at SilverStone to send us a Tundra TD02-E, the dual radiator version of …

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CoolerMaster G650M 650W PSU (RS650-AMAAB1-xx)

Picking the proper power supply is just as critical as picking any component in your custom build, more so if you consider the Power Supply is the life’s blood flowing through your components. Today we’re taking a look at the CoolerMaster G650M 650W Bronze rated PSU. Partially modular in design …

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ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer, The Thriller With The Killer

We aren’t strangers when it comes to ASRock products. For many years ASRock has represented high quality lower cost computer products that refuse to skimp on quality or performance. In our experience with ASRock you pick up one of their higher end boards and get looking at all the features …

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480GB HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD (SHPM2280P2/480G)

Hard drives have been a big bottleneck in computers since the inception of computing.  While platter drives offer a lot of storage for an affordable price, they have always been handicapped by relatively slow speeds, unless you bought one of the high-priced 10k RPM drives or put them in a …

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Raven RV01 Chassis (SST-RV01B-W), Elegance updated

The Raven RV01 was originally introduced in 2008 as an extreme enthusiast chassis and it’s revolutionary 90 degree motherboard position and it’s sleek styling made it the envy of many enthusiasts. Appearing on the market when computer cases were being pushed on the market so fast and in so many styles …

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