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Gigabyte X99-UD3P Motherboard Review

Introduction The X99 chipset has now had a little bit of time to mature. During its initial launch Gigabyte sent us the X99-UD4 motherboard for review. The X99-UD4 took home our Great Hardware Award for its simple aesthetics along with a solid performance to value. Now that we are six months into the release of the X99 chipset, we are seeing more motherboards become available at a much more affordable price. Today, we are going to be looking at one of these motherboards that offer a similar performance to the X99-UD4 in a more simplified package and price. We introduce to you the Gigabyte X99-UD3P. Aesthetically, the Gigabyte X99-UD3P is very similar to the UD4 motherboard with some obvious changes. As we continue here, we are going to take a closer look at the Giagbyte X99-UD3P to see exactly what those differences are. Before we do that, let’s move forward and talk about Gigabyte.   About Gigabyte: GIGABYTE was founded in 1986, establishing our uncontested position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader in the globe. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, we have offered a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Slate Devices, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones. We are dedicated to building up a full-range digital life,...
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Reeven Six Eyes II Fan Controller and Euros 120mm Cooling Fan

Introduction Let’s talk about what building computers is all about to us enthusiasts. We can claim that it’s our love for new stuff, building or putting things together, or even the thrill of problem solving, but let’s be honest with ourselves. It’s all about control! Being able to control every aspect of our PC without any manufacturer telling us what we can or can’t do!!! All jokes aside, being able to control fan noise is a must in a high end rig and while certain motherboards offer decent fan control, sometimes the best solution is a good fan controller. With that, we’ll be looking at the Reeven Six Eyes II Fan Controller to see how well it measures up and while we’re at it, we’ll take a peek at the Euros 120mm Cooling Fan. Before we jump in though, if you’re like me, you may not have heard about Reeven so here’s a quick snippet about the company based in Taiwan. I’m not exactly sure what gears have to do with computer components, but I do appreciate professional quality. Let’s see how they measure up!
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Kinivo M2 2.1 Speaker System

Introduction Sound isn’t a big deal to a lot of people, but let’s face it, if you didn’t care about good sound then you probably wouldn’t be reading this. Finding a decent set of speakers that sound good can be a daunting enough challenge as it is, but if you need something within a modest budget, the problem escalates by about a thousand. Kinivo thinks they have a set up that will fit into a nice budget while sounding good. The verdict has yet to be seen, but first here’s a tidbit about the company behind the M2 2.1 Speaker System.  
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Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Shock 3D 7.1 Gaming Headset

Introduction A good gaming headset is a critical weapon in the arsenal of the modern gamer. Finding the headset that suits your needs is just as important in the context of modern gaming as selecting the right mouse, keyboard or monitor. With multi-player gaming, whether Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, or even Minecraft being the dominant form of gaming, good communications is critical to successful team battles, raids or PVP. The market is full of options: corded, cordless, bluetooth, over the ear, on the ear, around the head, earbuds, a veritable myriad of choices! With that said, PureOC is here to save the day, and help you evaluate one of the many choices on the market. The headset in question is brought to you by the Tt eSPORTS division of Thermaltake. Established in 2010, Tt eSPORTS focuses on accessories like Mice, Keyboards, Headsets & Mouse Pads. Their products tend to have an enthusiast/gamer focus, and the headset we are evaluating today, the Tt eSPORTS Shock 3D 7.1 Gaming Headset is no exception. Let us see if it “brings it!” in terms of performance, comfort and solid audio. Is this headset going to give you an edge, or lead you down the road to confusion on the digital battlefield? Before we really get into this review, let’s first hear about Tt eSPORTS in Thermaltake’s own words.     About Tt eSPORTS: “Tt eSPORTS, a gaming obsessed division from Thermaltake, is uniting gamers from all over the world in a unique &...
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HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review

Introduction Solid-State Drives are starting to become the norm when shopping for storage. With drive prices on a decline and capacities getting larger, many are starting to consider SSD’s as there primary source for storage. While prices for the large capacities SSDs are no where near standard mechanical drives, they are become more affordable in recent years. For those that are looking for SSD Drives, most are typically using them as a primary system drive, or as we call it, the “OS” or “boot” drive. So capacities of 120GB all way to 500GB are not uncommon and seem to be the popular sizes. So with so many SSD Drives in today’s market, often times we tend to turn to the names or companies we are familiar with. Kingston Technology, one of the leaders in the industry has been rather well known for its previous HyperX 3K Series Drives. But as most already know, Kingston started to branch out its HyperX line up to its own brand as of the recent years and the HyperX brand has grown substantially. With this in mind, we are going to be looking at one of these new SSD Drives part of the Savage Series from HyperX. We bring you the HyperX Savage 240GB Solid-State Drive. HyperX’s Savage SSD will be replacing the aging HyperX 3K drives which was previously released by Kingston. The Savage series is considered to be the mid range line up from HyperX while Fury remains to be the entry level and Predator Series are the flagship model. Before we...
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AMD FX 8320E Processor Review

Introduction The AMD FX Series processors are a few years old now and we haven’t seen any really big changes with AMD’s road map for these aging chips. Going back down memory lane a bit, during AMD’s original launch of the Bulldozer FX 8150, many of us had high expectations for AMD’s Piledriver architecture. Unfortunately, the 8 core 32nm processor didn’t match up to the marketing hype, and many folks saw it as a huge failure. Despite that, the engineering behind the architecture was actually a good idea, but the “ecosystem,” as some have put it, just wasn’t ready for AMD’s leap into this territory. Many of today’s applications and software just weren’t designed to adapt to the architecture’s full potential. AMD quickly re-positioned themselves and focused on competing with Intel’s mid-range line up based on price to performance. Shortly after the FX 8150, AMD pushed out their “slightly” revised processor, the FX 8320/8350, which was intended for its flagship AMD line up based on the Vishera platform. The FX 8350 was a little better received and took a strong market hold with solid price to performance, and held its ground for some time. Unfortunately, the platform was not what we would call “new,” and with Intel’s Tick Tock pushing ever forward, AMD again was left behind again. In reality, AMD hasn’t really released a new processor in a little over 2 years...


 
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