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HSPC XL-ATX Top Deck Tech Station Review

Introduction If you swap out computer parts as much as I do, you learn to appreciate a tech station. The convenience of an open air test bench is brilliant. Highspeed PC is the true original of PC workbenches and for over a decade, they have been giving hardcore geeks easy access to their hardware. I will be building a XL-ATX Top Deck Station and showing how beneficial an open air test bench can be. The XL series is the best all-around PC test bench Highspeed PC offers and is highly customizable. Lets take a closer look at these claims, and see how an open air test bench can benefit you. The XL tech station features: The Top Deck brings the motherboard to the top level for easy access. 10 Add-in card expansion slots! Perfect for your 4-Way SLI/Crossfire motherboard. Neoprene on the lower deck makes for a great removable static-free work mat and non-slip storage for your optical drives, PSU, etc. Convenient, easy access storage of hard drives in a slide-in rail system under the upper deck. Choose between 3.5″ or 2.5″ HDD during assembly. Swap anytime! Or add a second set of Drive Rails in the options above. Each set holds either two 3.5″ or three 2.5″ drives. 120mm cooling fan pushes air over both motherboard and hard drives, while two more are dedicated to video card cooling. Add-in card support brace keeps cards firmly planted. 10 Nylon thumbscrews included. Rubberized feet, and solid heavy duty bench materials keep the bench right where you want...
Sapphire R7 370 (21)

SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 Review

Introduction It’s been a long wait for the day that I would get to review my first graphics card. Well, the wait is over and we’ll be looking at the SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 . With the RX 480’s release, as well as the 470 and 460 looming on the horizon, the 370 isn’t going to be relevant much longer. Still, the card can be a great budget option for many games and the best part is getting to see how well SAPPHIRE does with their version of it. SAPPHIRE is a company I’ve always enjoyed following. My first card from them was a Radeon X1950 Pro, many years ago. Over time, the card has upgraded to a Vapor-X variant of the R9 290, but my experience with them has been really good throughout. SAPPHIRE recently started using the Nitro branding on many of their cards and it looks like the trend is going to continue with one of the RX 480 releases. By now, it’s pretty easy to see how well the R7 370 performs through some quick Google searches, but this a great opportunity to see how well SAPPHIRE does with their thermal and acoustic performance. We’ll dive right in, but first let’s see SAPPHIRE’s approach to introducing technology to us. SAPPHIRE Technology has long been established as a leading manufacturer and world-wide supplier of graphics products for the PC sector. Its AMD Radeon™ based products are just as well known in the mainstream PC markets as they are to the gaming and performance graphics enthusiast. Now SAPPHIRE has ...
Athlon X4 845 (10)

AMD Athlon X4 845 Review

Introduction Everyone may be waiting for Zen, but that doesn’t mean AMD doesn’t have a few more releases up their sleeves before the end of the year. The Athlon X4 845 is the latest budget minded chip to help pass the time until their new architecture arrives. What’s nice about the 845 is the fact that it uses the latest Excavator cores instead of the Steamroller ones. AMD designed the Carrizo architecture to put an emphasis on power efficiency, but ever since the backlash from Zambezi, single-thread performance is one of the first things people look for with new releases. We’ll certainly check that out but there’s something else that really needs to be pointed out in AMD’s new design choices. The stock cooler is the bane of CPU existence. They’re SOOO bad! With all that noise, inefficient cooling, as well as cheap designs, many feel like their hard earned dollars are slightly wasted with such skimpy designs. AMD is trying to change that by redesigning all of their stock coolers. Pure Overclock already got to check out the Wraith cooler and it was a hit. Now, we’ll get to also see how AMD’s lowest budget cooler performs as well. If Zen manages to complete the direction AMD is on, there is no doubt they will start changing the market in good ways. We’ll see how the Athlon X4 845 measures up, but before we do that, let’s take a quick word from team Red themselves. At AMD, we live our core values through our ac...
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Dream Machines DM1 Pro Gaming Mouse

I have to tell you the comfort, dexterity, precision, and balance it provided while working or gaming put it right up there with others at the very top of my list I simply love this mouse and it is now my go to for everything especially gaming.
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FNATIC Rush, Flick & Focus Review

Introduction It seems everything in the world is advertised as “Gamer” in order to attract customers. Seriously! I just read about a gamer toothbrush!!! ESports are on the rise but how much gaming hardware do we really need? Wait! You said it was designed by an actual eSports team!?! Shut up and take my money!!! Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s sift through the jargon and see exactly what FNATIC is doing with their new set of gaming peripherals. FNATIC is an eSports, League of Legends team that has also dived into a gaming keyboard, mouse and pad. The claim is that because these devices were designed by professional gamers, they will give you an edge in any competitive online play you might engage in. We’ll try to assess these claims soon, but before we do, here’s some more info on FNATIC, the company behind the Rush keyboard, Flick Mouse and Boost Pad.
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CABLEMOD LED Strips Review

Introduction It’s time that we settle the debate once and for all. LED’s make your computer go faster. Don’t argue it. Don’t even question it. It’s just fact! The real mystery is which LED strip will make your computer the fastest. As easy as it is to convince the inexperienced of these sort of “truths,” the reality is PC builders want an LED strip that looks great while having the kind of quality that will help it last a long time. This is exactly what CABLEMOD is setting out to do with their LED Strips. With a wide variety of colors to choices between stick on or magnetic, CABLEMOD is bound to have something that will appeal to the lighting needs of your computer case. We’re going to take a look at what they have, but first, here’s a quick look at what CABLEMOD is trying to do. Cables Perfected. Made from premium materials and crafted with the utmost care, CableMod cables are engineered for more than just function; they are built to delight and inspire. By utilizing choice components, these cables are constructed without the use of unsightly heatshrink. Tweaked with input from the modding community and offered in a large selection of colors, CableMod cables can turn even the most ordinary systems into works of art. Not much about LEDs there it seems. That’s okay because I found some more quotes explaining there choice to use WideBeam, as well as other details. LED Strips Perfected. CableMod brings the same care...


 
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