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Processors

Tested: Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ (0)

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The time of great leaps seems past, this was at least our conclusion to the first Skylake CPUs for the desktop. Although the Core i5-6600K and Core i7-6700K left a good impression, a clear separation... [more]

Reviewed: Intel Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K (Skylake) (2)

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It feels like we’ve been talking about Intel’s newest Skylake CPU for years. Well the time is here and today we’re taking the time to see just how it performs with Intels new Z170 (Sunrise... [more]

Mainboards

Reviewed: GIGABYTE X99M Gaming 5 (Intel X99) Motherboard (0)

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Just because you’re after a powerful system, it doesn’t mean you want a large system. Combining the power of X99 but the size of Micro-ATX, the GIGABYTE GA-X99M Gaming 5 could be the motherboard... [more]

Reviewed: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 Mark S (Intel Z97) Motherboard (0)

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It’s been a while since we looked at the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77. Covered almost completely in plastic, the board was from a visual point of view exciting to look at. Truly stressed, though, was the... [more]

Chipsets

Memory

Test: G.Skill Ripjaws SO DIMM 1.866 MHz and 16 GB (0)

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More and more manufacturers are presenting powerful mini-PCs and increasingly mini-ITX motherboards on the market, which means that SO-DIMM memory is gaining in importance. Memory specialist... [more]

Test: G.Skill Trident X 2400 MHz with 16 GB (0)

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G.Skill has had their Trident X series on the market for some time, and we already had a corresponding kit in our testing rooms, though it was a Trident X with eight gigabytes of capacity and 2400... [more]

Drives, HDDs and SSDs

Reviewed: Plextor M7V SSD (0)

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With the M7V now also brings a Plextor SSD TLC memory on the market, With the M7V, Plextor now brings an SSD with TLC memory to the market making use of the classic planar memory instead of the newer... [more]

Reviewed: ZOTAC SONIX 480GB PCIe SSD (0)

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With Intel and Samsung having released the first NVMe SSDs for consumers, it’s time for the smaller producers to follow. The Zotac Sonix SSD uses the Phison E7 controller in conjunction with MLC... [more]

VGA-Cards

Benchmarked: Rise of the Tomb Raider DirectX 12 vs DirectX 11 (0)

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The talk of the moment when it comes to gaming is DirectX 12 and the added performance benefits it brings. With companies promising added performance, we take the time to find out if it’s true. Not... [more]

Benchmarked: Hitman DirectX 12 vs DirectX 11 (0)

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As DirectX 12 gains more and more momentum moving forward, companies are releasing patches for their popular DirectX 11 titles bringing DirectX 12 support. Today we’ll be seeing what the two APIs... [more]

Notebooks

Reviewed: EVGA SC17 Gaming Notebook (0)

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Although EVGA is better known for their high-end graphics cards and motherboards, they’re constantly trying to break into new markets. Over the past few years we’ve seen the company offer... [more]

Reviewed: Gigabyte P37X v5 with GTX 980M (0)

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With a height of 22.5 mm, the Gigabyte P37X v5 is one of the thinnest gaming notebooks in the 17.3” class. Inside a brisk Skylake CPU is offered alongside a GeForce GTX 980M with 8GB of GDDR5... [more]

Complete Systems

Reviewed: MSI Vortex G65-6QF SLI System (0)

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During CES 2016 MSI showed off the Vortex G65, a very compact gaming machine that carried a volume of just 6.5 liters, about three times smaller than a normal desktop computer. The cost of this small... [more]

Reviewed: Alienware X51 (0)

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Over the course of a game consoles life cycle, users might get the chance to see a slight hardware upgrade. PC users on the other hand are graced with the ability to upgrade not only more often, but... [more]

Displays

Reviewed: Acer Predator Z35 (0)

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The Acer Predator Z35 provides not only a large diagonal width of 35 inches but also a solid curve and G-Sync support. Whether that’s enough to make the model stand out in the extremely competitive... [more]

Reviewed: LG 34UC98-W Curved Monitor (0)

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At CES we not only see new TVs, notebooks and refrigerators, but also new displays. One that stood out this year came from LG in the form of the 34UC98-W, a 34” display with a curved surface and an... [more]

Soundkarten & Co.

Reviewed: Riva Audio Turbo X (0)

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Riva Audio want to shake up the compact Bluetooth speaker market with the Turbo X. With Trillium Technology, the device should generate a particularly voluminous and expansive sound thanks to an... [more]

Reviewed: Arctic P533 headset (0)

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Arctic’s P533 is a circumaural gaming header which can be ordered in either a racing or military look. Priced at $74.99, the set should be ideal for games and listening to movies. Whether it can... [more]

Cooling

Test: be quiet! Dark Rock 3 (0)

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Earlier this year we tested the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3, the big brother of the Dark Rock 3, so now it's time to have a look at the smaller Dark Rock. be quiet! aims to appeal to price-conscious... [more]

Test: Scythe Mugen MAX (0)

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With the new Mugen MAX, Scythe wants to appeal to enthusiasts and Mugen fans, and challenge other large and popular tower coolers such as the Rajintek EreBoss or the well-known Thermalright HR-02... [more]

Power Supplies

Reviewed: CableMod Premium Cable Set (0)

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A modular cable management system brings with it a visual upgrade to many computer system thanks to a smoother and cleaner look. While most power supply manufacturers already offer a quality modular... [more]

Test: Corsair AX1500i 80PLUS Titanium (0)

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With the AX1500i, Corsair just presented an absolute superlative among power supplies: it's the first power supply which boasts "Titanium" efficiency, even higher than the 80PLUS Platinum class... [more]

Casings

Reviewed: In Win 805 (0)

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Not every chassis from In Win carries an insane price tag. The 805 for example will set you back $169.99. Despite this, In Win offer aluminum, tempered glass and a special design. Whether the... [more]

Reviewed: Thermaltake Core W100 (0)

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With the gigantic Core W100, Thermaltake aims at the higher end enthusiast. Here, the Super Tower Chassis stands out from even the most extreme Core X models. The fully modular housing is assembled... [more]

Periphery

Reviewed: Corsair K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE (0)

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So far, Cherry MX Red were the standard recommendation for responsive, demanding and fast-paced games. However, Cherry has developed a new breed of switch based on the popular MX Red – the Cherry... [more]

Reviewed: Corsair M65 PRO RGB Gaming Mouse (0)

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The M65 RGB from Corsair has become quite the popular device for gamers. However, the laser sensor isn’t for everyone. With that in mind, the newly introduced M65 PRO RGB with optical sensor could... [more]

Network

Reviewed: Thecus N5810 Pro (0)

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Thecus has recently presented another NAS with integrated Mini-UPS (Independent power supply), from which we were able to get hold of one of the first samples. Let’s find out just what the... [more]

Reviewed: Thecus N4310 NAS (0)

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Today we’re taking the time to check out a four-slot NAS aimed at the Entry Level market by Thecus. Carrying with it just a 1GHz CPU and 1GB of DDR3 memory we’re not expecting explosive... [more]