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Biostar Launches New mini-ITX SoC Mainboard Line

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Biostar has announced the launch of their latest series of mini-ITX System-on-chip mainboards. The small form factor with embedded low-power CPUs make them ideal for passive and home-theatre PC use.  Biostar has utilized both Intel Bay Trail and AMD Kabini SoC products for this new mini-ITX series. For Smart office use, Biostar offers either an Intel J1800 or AMD E-2100 ... 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 »

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 »

MSI B85M Gaming Motherboard Review

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Not every plan goes smoothly and in the tech world, everything moves so fast that odds are stacked towards the likelihood of a plan fizzing out before the idea even gets off the ground. This is why the strategic concept of “pivoting” is such a vital ingredient to the success of current Internet giants such as Instagram (which started out ... 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 »

[M] Intel i7 4790 Haswell Refresh Slower than previous Gen 4770K?

Today is NDA day for Intel’s brand new Z97 platform. Sadly there will be no launch article on MadShrimps; simple reason is because we have experienced some issues with the current Haswell refresh processors on our Z97 testbeds. MadShrimps has tested Z97 with the 4770K and did a comparison between Z87 and 297. That data is ready and was ready ... Read More »

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