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MSI Z97M Gaming Motherboard Review

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Recently,  Intel released their refresh of the Haswell line of CPUs and along with that came the Z97 chipset. The Z97, in a nutshell, adds and updates a few things from the Z87. The major addition to the Z97 is the ability to support M.2 SSDs. Other than an update to the Intel Rapid Storage technology the Z97 and Z87 ... Read More »

Thecus N5550 Network Attached Storage Review

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Photos, music, and files, oh my! How much data do you have on your home PC or network? Is it backed up or protected? Do you have the capacity to store all your stuff? These are just a few of the questions I tend to ask folks when we are talking about new PCs or adding storage to their network. ... Read More »

DimasTech EasyXL Test Bench Review

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As a hardware reviewer and a hardware junkie, I constantly swap parts in and out of the various PCs I have around the office. I’m constantly swapping this for that etc. Traditional PC cases make it very difficult and time consuming to swap parts. Over the years there have been various styles of open air test benches. I remember my ... Read More »

ADATA XPG SX300 SATA 6Gb/s mSATA SSD Review

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As evidenced by the current trend in Cellular plans, we are a data centric society. Our need for large, fast data storage is constantly on the rise and our voracious appetite and be satiated for a while. Technology has a way of quelling our apparent need all the while increasing our desire for more, more speed and more space. This ... Read More »

Twelve CPU Air Cooler Roundup

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The evolution of the CPU has forced manufacturers to change how CPU cooling is approached. There no single correct way, but there are various options, some options are extremely simple while others can be rather complex. In the market today, there are various options for cooling that address the same thermal issues. Custom built closed loop water cooling, All-in-One water cooling, phase ... Read More »

Thecus N2560 Network Attached Storage Review

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Our computing needs over the last decade has changed significantly; more and more network devices are finding their way into our homes. With Mom, Dad, Dick and Jane each having a computer, laptop, or tablet the storage needs of the household have changed. With this increase in devices the need for central storage has changed too. More households are either ... Read More »

ECS Z87H3-A2X Golden Motherboard Review

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Back in the 1990’s the Elitegroup Computer Systesm, or ECS wasn’t a name that one would associate to high end motherboards. Typically during that time ECS was an OEM manufacture as well as provided budget motherboards to consumers. Over the decade, ECS has released a slew of products designed to compete in all market segments budget, mainstream, and enthusiast. The ... Read More »

Genius GX SW-G5.1 3500 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker Review

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The beauty of sound. Sound can do some amazing things, it can put us in a good mood, intensify a dramatic scene, or make your ears bleed. Sound is one of those things that either sounds good, or it doesn’t. Sound reproduction isn’t just about the speakers. Low quality playback equipment can make a set of good speakers sound bad ... Read More »

MSI A88X-G45 Gaming Motherboard Review

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Rencently, AMD released the Kaveri APU to the masses. The Kaveri APU requires a new socket, the FM2+ and along with a new socket comes a new chipset the AMD A88X (Bolton-D4). Alongside the release of the Kaveri line of APU, motherboard manufactures have released their latest and greatest as well. In MSI’s gaming series, the current top of the ... Read More »

Sentey Vibros Gaming Headset

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Sound. Sound influences almost everything we experience. From the sound of a gentle wind, a babbling brook or an AK-47 being fired in your direction. Sound has a lot to do with the way we react. The devices we use to listen to sounds, such as speakers, headsets, earbuds, etc. must be able to reproduce the sounds accurately. Speakers that ... Read More »