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Tesoro Excalibur Mechanical Keyboard Review

We're looking at an interesting mechanical keyboard from Tesoro, the Excalibur G7NL. Well designed, sporting a uncomplicated design, and catering to gamers who want something simple and solid, the Tesoro Excalibur G7NL has some unique features including full N-Key rollover, extensive lighting effects, and perhaps most notable, a very attractive price of only $90. Let's delve a bit deeper and see if the Excalibur G7NL can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards.
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Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Motherboard Review

Introduction When it comes to Intel’s Extreme or “Enthusiast” series of motherboards and processors, like the X79 and its Ivy-Bridge-E combo, we seem to get a bit more time between updates. Intel initially launched its X79 Chipset with Sandy-Bridge-E, then 18 months later Ivy-Bridge-E hit store shelves without a major Chipset change. Unlike its mainstream Z series Chipset, which has seen updates almost every 12 months or so (give or take a few months), the X79 chipset is roughly 3 years old now. Today we have the new X99 Chipset which promises a large improvement over its predecessor X79. With the rise of DDR4 memory and demand for faster and larger bandwidth capabilities, it was only a matter of time. As we dig a little deeper today, we will talk a little more about this Chipset later. Along with the new Chipset comes a newly released processor refresh. The X99 Chipset has made some other improvements which now allow users to sport the new Intel Haswell-E Processor. This CPU starts with a 6core for the HT 5820K, 6core for the HT 5930K, and lastly an 8core for the HT 5960X with a Socket 2011-3. Of course with these changes, it has pre-empted the design of new motherboards, so we now have the chance to put the Gigabyte X99-UD4 motherboard to the test and see if the improvements are going to be worth the upgrade.   In recent years, Gigabyte has grown to be one of the most recommended brands. The reputation of great performance to value has put them on ...
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Gigabyte FORCE H3X Headset Review

Gigabyte is continuing their foray into the gaming peripheral market, and this time it's the audio arena with the launch of a new gaming headset, the FORCE H3X. This set of cans looks sleek, is lightweight, versatile, and reasonably priced at about $100. But what about performance? Indeed, this is where headsets make (or lose) their reputations, so let's take a closer look and see just how well the Gigabyte FORCE H3X gaming headset performs.
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COUGAR 700M Aluminum Gaming Mouse & Speed Mouse Pad – Review

Introduction   Cougar is known for making exotic looking cases, performance chassis fans and the color “orange”. They’ve also been working on expanding to other product sectors over the last few years; We even saw them release a line of power supplies that was generally well received. Hoping to expand on that success, we are now witnessing Cougar reach into the very competitive “gaming peripherals” market. As eSports continues to pick up momentum and followers, hardcore gaming itself is rising from parent’s basements to being broadcast to millions across the globe. As a result, each day new gamers are born into this growing market, and Cougar is looking to “pounce” on this potential revenue stream (Editor’s Note: I see what you did there… -Mike). Cougar sent us the 700M Gaming Mouse and the Cougar Mouse Pad Speed, their latest enthusiast gaming products, to take a look at. We’re going to see if Cougar has what it takes to survive in this tough market, or if they could end up on the “endangered products” list. First, a few words about Cougar:   About COUGAR COUGAR was started in Germany in 2007 by a group of computer peripherals engineers who wanted to design with passion. We established a professional team, adhered to the design philosophy of technology centered on human use and aesthetic perfection. These combinations lead to products that met the global demand for high-end profession...
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bequiet! Dark Rock 3 190W TDP

Introduction: One name that comes to mind when you are talking about superior air cooling performance is bequiet!. As you may already know, bequiet! has now become one of the industry leaders with their Dark Rock series of high performance air coolers. Well bequiet! is at it again, entering the ring with a new middleweight contender called the Dark Rock 3. It is a single stack profile in a push configuration which is geared for those higher end rigs and gaming cases that offer very little space around the CPU area. Today we will be taking an up close and personal look at another addition to the bequiet! family of coolers. The Dark rock 3 is a single tower mid-size cooler that includes the same technologies we have seen in bequiet!’s larger builds with their wave contour fin designs. The Dark rock 3 sports a 190w TDP and smaller profile, done in the same dark nickel plating. Six high performance heat pipes are embedded within the block, along with bequiet!’s signature black aluminum top. All this is packed together in a smaller footprint. Read on and let us see how this middleweight contender stacks up against the competition. Can it pack a punch like its heavy weight bigger brother? We’ll find out! Our Thanks go out to bequiet! for providing us with our review sample. About bequiet: bequiet! Is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC. The Number 1 for power supplies in Germany bequiet! Products are convincing which...
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Sapphire Dual-X R9 285 OC Review

Introduction The graphics card market has been getting properly shaken up since the release of the new GTX 900 series Maxwell cards, but that doesn’t mean that AMD doesn’t still have a few tricks left up their sleeves. AMD has been diligently at work refreshing and modernizing their GPU lineup, and their most recent efforts have produced for us the Tonga core; a more power efficient and better binned GPU core which, like AMD as a whole, is capable of more than what its specs would suggest. Think of it like this: you get the raw power and value of Tahiti, plus the features of Hawaii and beyond… I can’t really think of anything wrong with that picture if you ask me.   For this review, I’ll be taking a look at Sapphire’s take on the new core. Their Dual-X R9 285 OC comes overclocked out-of-the-box, equipped with a great cooling solution that has withstood the test of time, and utilizes a more robust, custom-designed PCB that should help us take this card to the next level. Let’s see just what this card has to offer, and see if the claims of better performance than the GTX 760 hold true for our testing.     www.sapphiretech.com SAPPHIRE Technology is well established as a leading manufacturer and world-wide supplier of innovative graphics and mainboard products for over a decade. Its AMD Radeon based products are just as well known in the mainstream PC markets as they are to the gaming and performance graphics enthusias...


 
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