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Plextor PX-G256M6e 256 GB M.2 SSD Review

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Just a little while ago I had the pleasure of reviewing one of MSI’s Z97 motherboards. With the release of the Z97 chipset came M.2 slots and M.2 SSDs. If you haven’t heard much on SATA express or M.2 they are essentially the same thing. The interface for the M.2 is simply a small form factor connector for SATA Express. ... Read More »

Genius F-1000 Gaming Arcade Stick Review

Genius F-1000 Arcade Stick

Before the advent of online gaming and even before home gaming systems delivered cutting edge graphics to the living room, multiplayer was largely the domain of the video arcade. For the cost of a quarter or two, gamers can go head to head against strangers or friends on arcade machines and find out who is the better player. Unfortunately, the ... Read More »

Sapphire R7 260X (100366-3L) Video Card Review

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Compromise is not something people aim for but is a reality that often hits hard when the word ‘budget’ is thrown around. When it comes to video cards, this used to mean that you have to turn off some graphical features when playing at high-resolution but thanks to the combination of lazy game developers who would rather program for lower-tech ... Read More »

Thermaltake Urban T81 Full-Tower Chassis Review

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I have to say this last year has been a fantastic year for full tower cases and the design engineers are gifting the water cooling enthusiast, pro builder, expert builder and overclockers with some products to get very excited about. The Thermaltake Urban T81 is a full-tower water cooling engineered marvel that’s an affordable competitive alternative to the $300+ cases of ... Read More »

Gigabyte Z97-D3H Motherboard Review

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Opinions have undoubtedly shifted over the years on what is expected from entry level motherboards. While many will not argue about the appropriate price, the functional aspects such as overclockability, storage options, expandability, and sub-system performance are affected so much with every concession made to fit the budget that designing the perfect budget model can be a nightmare for manufacturers. ... Read More »

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 »

Raidmax Scorpio V Mid-Tower Case Review

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So what’s the deal with the white case obsession? Is it because for so long you were only able to get black cases? Maybe it’s because a white case just looks sleeker and cleaner than any other colored case. Personally, I like them because they all remind me of Storm Troopers from Star Wars! Whatever the reason may be, white ... 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

DimasTech EasyXL Test Bench

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 »

Gigabyte F2A88XN-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard

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In the world of Mini-ITX, *small* size is king! Most people when they think of a smaller sized board, they think that corners had to be cut, features left off, and performance sacrificed in order to make such a paltry dimension. Gigabyte threw its designing prowess behind the petite package and wrapped it around AMD’s A88X chipset supporting the FM2/FM2+ processors.  Did ... Read More »

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