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

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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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Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB SSD Review, The Savage VS The Laptop Platter Drive.

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HyperX Savage 480GB SSD Review, The Savage Vs The Laptop Platter Drive. We’ve taken a look at the HyperX Savage 240GB and now we have its big brother, the Savage 480GB SSD on the bench. Outfitted with the same quad-core, 8-channel Phison S10 controller as the 240GB drive, it provides speeds ...

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VisionTek SSD RAID 0 Review (900512)

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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!

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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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EK Water Blocks L360 Liquid Cooling Solution Review, Wild Water! (EK-Kit L360 Rev 2.0)

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EK Water Blocks L360 Liquid Cooling Review, Wild Water! It’s been a while since we had hands on an EK Water Blocks Kit and with the new generation SkyLake processors right around the corner now is a good time to get back to the basics of Triple Radiator Water Cooling. ...

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

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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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PowerColor PCS+ R9 380 4GB Review (AXR9 380 4GBD5-PPDHE): The Affordable 4GB Solution.

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PowerColor PCS+ R9 380 4GB: The affordable 4GB Solution! With the release of the PowerColor PCS R9 380 4GB, for the first time we see an affordable 4GB gaming solution, a 4GB gaming GPU that runs $229.99 (NewEgg). Face it, games and gaming resolutions memory demands are exploding exponentially. It takes ...

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Asus Strix R9 390X Gaming OC 8G Review (STRIX-R9390X-DC3OC-8GD5-GAMING)

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Asus Strix R9 390X  Gaming 8G OC The Asus Strix R9 390X Gaming 8G OC boasts a core clock of 1070MHz (20MHz factory OC) with 8 Gigabyte of GDDR5 running at 6000MHz and pushing that memory across a 512-Bit wide bus. The GPU is equipped with a tweaked out Hawaii ...

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GIGABYTE X99 SLI Review, Excellence On A Budget!

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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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Kingston HyperX Fury 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 Review (HX426C15FBK4/32), Lets mix it up!

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Kingston HyperX Fury 32GB 2666 MHz DDR4 Today we are going to mix it up a bit while testing a Kingston HyperX Fury 32GB 2666 MHz. We are going to attempt to mate it to a kit of HyperX Fury 32 GB 2400 MHz and run both kits in the ...

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Seagate Wireless 500GB (SDTC500401)

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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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XFX R9 380 4G DD, XFX Review, XFX Rocks the DD Coolers Again! (R9-380P-4255)

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XFX R9 380 4G DD, XFX Review, XFX Rocks the DD Coolers Again! The XFX R9 380 4GB arrived at the lab in a plain, for once, undamaged cardboard box with the part description on the side on a large piece of white paper. Happy dances ensued for about 2 ...

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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)

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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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VisionTek Road Warrior Roundup, 60 GB Go Drive, Wallet Drive and DriveXpander

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The world has become a mobile place. Mobility along with data communications and data transfer are part of our everyday lives. The cloud is okay, but data security can still be an issue. Thumb drives are alright, but limited in application and grow mega-expensive as their size grows. What do you do ...

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SilverStone Strider Gold S Series 1500W PSU ST1500-GS (SST-ST1500-GS)

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen what we like to call a “Watt Monster” from SilverStone, and we are glad to see that they are back in Watt Monster production mode.  There are a lot of companies producing Watt Monster PSUs, but few have been producing them as long ...

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 G1 Gaming, Bigger Is Better!

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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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G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 3000MHz 1.35v CL 15 15 15 35 (F4-3000C15Q-16GRR) Review

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We recently looked at a kit of G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 2666MHz and they were screaming-good both in speed and overclocking, and had nice, tight timings as well. We went back to the G.SKILL well and pulled out a G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 3000MHz kit so we can get a direct comparison between ...

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G.Skill Ripjaws 4 16GB 2666MHz (F4-2666C15Q-16GRR), Overclocking Ambrosia!

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G.Skill has been churning out enthusiast memory that overclocks like nothing else we’ve ever seen. Pop a set of Ripjaws 4 into your dream machine and settle into the BIOS for an overclocking experience like you’ve never had! G.Skill Ripjaws 4 16GB 2666MHz G.Skills History ‘G. SKILL”, established in 1989 ...

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Microsofts HoloLens Goes Live

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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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Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review, Raw Savage Speed (SHSS3B7A/240G)

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The HyperX Savage 240GB SSD is powered by a quad-core, 8-channel Phison S10 controller providing speeds up to 560MB/s Read and 530MB/s Write. The IOPs on this Savage Monster are 100K/89K read / write and it represents Kingstons fastest Sata drive to date. Sata 6G tops out at 600MB/s per controller but ...

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CoolerMaster Silencio 625S, Hear the Silence

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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

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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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Vengeance® LPX 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666 MHz C16 Memory Kit Review (CMK32GX4M4A2666C16)

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Corsair Vengeance LPX is designed for high performance overclocking on the Intel X99 platform. It has a pure aluminum heat spreader for fast heat dissipation and an eight layer PCB to help manage heat and provide more overclocking headroom. To that end Corsair has installed a second XMP 3.0 profile that ...

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

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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

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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)

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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

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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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SilverStone Tundra TD03-E LCS, Water That CPU

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Pre-built all-in-one water coolers for today’s hot running CPU’s are all the rage offering good cooling with none of the hassle of custom loop water cooling. Days gone by about all that was to be had been single radiator 120mm single fan that were little better than mid range air cooling ...

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Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion, Budget Overclocker?

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When you’re looking at the 2011v3 Haswell E CPU family, nothing about it is inexpensive. The entry-level CPU is about $390 and it doesn’t even feature 40 full PCI-E lanes. The lowest tier CPU has 28 PCI-E lanes and you have to go to the second tray CPU, the Intel Core i7-5930K Haswell-E 6-Core ...

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Asus X99 Deluxe Redux, Battle Of the BIOS!

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The Asus X99 Deluxe is a popular choice among 2011v3 users, it falls between top end enthusiast boards and budget boards leaning toward top end more than budget. The board itself is a dark brown color with white accents and quite striking to the eye.  Heatsinks and rear panel I/O are ...

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VisionTek 800W 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply (900349)

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Modern custom-built computers require a clean reliable power supply and as component prices for enthusiast machine rise the importance of a good solid power supply increases. If you’ve shopped power supplies lately they are getting more affordable and solid power supplies capable of running an enthusiast system with a nice ...

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EVGA GTX 960 SuperSC SweetSpot Plus Style

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Face it not all of us can afford a couple of GTX 980’s. most of us would balk at buying a single 980. More likely we would indulge ourselves with a GTX 970 but then the reality of bills, keeping the fridge full, gas money, those thoughts kick in. Nvidia ...

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