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Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard Review

In the past several months, the push for Home Theater PC's (HTPC's for short) has started to grow wildly. The allure of a fully modular home theater machine that does more than just play your movies or music is simply too strong for many to resist, and rightfully so. Oftentimes the question we may ask is "What platform should I build a HTPC on?" The answers vary wildly based on individual hardware preferences. AMD seems to think that one of the best choices out there for the discerning HTPC enthusiast lies with their newest Kaveri APU. While there are many choices out there of associated hardware, with more on the way, Biostar has one now that appeals directly to the audiophile: the A88W Hi-Fi 3D. Designed with both a high-end isolated audio solution and potential for tuning an unlocked APU, this motherboard looks to be a very sensible choice for those who want a little bit from every buffet of tech; the question is, "does it deliver finely tuned notes for enthusiasts of all kinds, or does it fall flat?" We're here to find out just that.



 
 
 
 
 
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Kingston 8GB HyperX Predator Memory Kit – KHX26C11T2K2/8X

Introduction Over the last decade or so we have seen a speedy advancement in memory. Not too long ago we were talking about the DDR1 era with speeds of 400MHz as the bragging rights. Then we take a few steps forward and DDR2 came along, followed by DDR3 not too long after, as things continued to evolve. DDR3 has been one of the longest running memory platforms, going on 5 years now. Until the next big advancement in memory bandwidth comes along, we will simply continue to see incremental tweaks in the evolution of DDR3. That’s what we have today. With each growing chipset we are seeing new advancements with Intel’s IMC (internal memory controller). Today we are taking a look at a new memory set which will bring a new level of speed with Haswell. We have on our test bench today a set of Kingston HyperX Predator DDR3 2666MHz memory. This set, is specifically made to work with our Haswell IMC, and could push new limits for all us speed demons. Let’s put it to the test and find out!   Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about Kingston: “Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston Technology now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2007, the company’s sales exceeded $4.5 billion. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,500 people worldwide. Re...



 
 
 
 
 
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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H Motherboard Review

Introduction Intel’s 4th Generation Haswell release sparked a great deal of movement with motherboard manufacturers over the last few months. We have seen many new motherboards hit the consumer market with revamped aesthetics and updated on-board features. The web space today is flooded with media coverage of high-end motherboards, but we know that not everyone is always looking for the highest-end products. Sometimes, meeting that happy middle-ground of performance and price is what’s important. Today we are going to bring to the table a new Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H that fits that description. With the aesthetics of a top shelf motherboard but the price of a mid-range board, we will see if Gigabyte really hit the mark here to bring both of these combinations together on the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H. The impressive red and black aesthetics make the board stand out in its price category, so now let’s get the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H tested to see how well it performs. Before we do that, here’s a quick note from 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, Slat...



 
 
 
 
 
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MSI GTX 760 HAWK

With Nvidia partners pushing custom GTX 760 products into the supply chain, today we're seeing the latest: the MSI GTX 760 HAWK, an enthusiast-oriented gaming card that comes with some very tantalizing features and overclocking potential. We have high expectations of this MSI card, as the company has been touting its premium Military-classed components to extract the maximum overclocking prowess out of the card. We got it on the bench and juiced up the voltages, looking to put up some screaming numbers. Did we? Hellya. Let's take a closer look at the MSI GTX 760 HAWK and find out just how high it can fly.



 
 
 
 
 
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MSI GTX 780 OC Twin Frozr Gaming

The MSI GTX 780 Twin Frozr Gaming comes with a factory overclock, and a stylish cooler that promises low temperatures and noise levels. We know Kepler performance is off the charts, but how does this premium card from MSI stack up in today's most demanding games? Is it worth the expensive price tag? Let's dive in and find out.



 
 
 
 
 
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Gigabyte GTX 780 OC Windforce

We're looking at a custom implementation of the behemoth GeForce GTX 780. This one is from Gigabyte: the GTX 780 OC Windforce, sporting an insane factory overclock and a stunning cooler. The If you have he budget to afford something special that'll get you bragging rights along with a killer card, then read on to find out more about this Gigabyte card.



 
 
 
 
 
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PowerColor Devil HD7870 2GB

We've previously seen two Devil-branded cards from PowerColor, the behemoth 7990 and a previous-gen 6970, both of which are (or were) flagship premium cards. But the Devil HD 7870 2GB is a mid-range card, coming with an attractive price tag of $260. It's a bit unusual to see a custom cooler, improved power design, and attention to detail on such a modestly priced card, but we certainly approve of the move by PowerColor; better for consumers, we say.



 
 
 
 
 
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ASRock Z87 Professional Series Fatal1ty Motherboard Review

Over the last few years we have seen ASRock jump ahead in the motherboard arena. They have developed some rock solid motherboards at a very affordable price. With almost every flagship motherboard from ASRock, we have seen top performers when it comes to overclocking and stability. Not only has ASRock performed well in the past, they have great aesthetic appeal too. Today, we have a chance to look at the new ASRock Z87 Professional Series Fatal1ty Motherboard. With Haswell now in full swing, we have seen a number of great performers out there. Let's put this motherboard to the test and see what it can do with our Intel 4770K Haswell Processor.



 
 
 
 
 
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MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

Haswell has been on store shelves for a little over two weeks now, and we have seen an abundance of motherboard releases. Choosing the right one for your needs is the challenge. Some are looking for pure aesthetics, some are looking for pure performance, and some look for both. Today we are going to take a look at an MSI motherboard to see if it can live up to that last one. We have in for review today the MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Edition motherboard. MSI's release of their gaming series motherboards stood out with both aesthetics and performance during its Z87 chipset series. Today we are going to see if they were able to maintain that same level of performance and aesthetic appeal to capture the widest audience. To test the MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Edition, we are going to use the latest Haswell processor, the Intel i7 4770K. The 4770K works with the lastest Z87 chipset and comes with great performance changes that we are going to put to the test. But, before we do, let's talk a little bit about MSI.



 
 
 
 
 
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Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Windforce

The Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Windforce is the latest in the company's popular model series, and this model now comes with an updated version of its namesake cooler. We have high expectations of today's launch, but can the Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Windforce continue the winning trend against AMD?



 
 
 
 
 
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 760

Looking to capitalize on the attractive mid-range performance gaming market with a price tag of only $249, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 looks to bring the features of its more powerful siblings at much lower price point. Can the GeForce GTX 760 continue the winning trend against AMD? Let's take a closer look and find out.



 
 
 
 
 
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MSI Z87 MPower Motherboard Review

The introduction of Intel's new "Haswell" line of processors also brought its new 8 series chipset. The introduction of Haswell and its socket and chipset change came as no surprise. We have seen this from Intel with its "Tick Tock" development strategy, including their change to its power delivery management. It makes sense and was crucial for Intel to make these changes. Today, we have a chance to look at one of MSI's flagship motherboards for the new Z87 architecture: the MSI Z87 MPower. MSI's previous products in the Z87 chipset MPower line were typically top performers, and include excellent overclocking and features. Today, as we move forward, we are going to see just how the MSI Z87 MPower measures up to that previous reputation while using the new Haswell 4770k. Before we move forward, let's talk a little about MSI.



 
 
 
 
 
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AMD “Richland” A-Series A10-6800K

In 2011 when AMD first launched its new fusion technology processors, there were many questions with its performance to value ratio. This new APU series was the first of its kind, and no one was sure how well it would develop in the consumer world. However, over the last few years, we have seen AMD improve this platform with the release of its "Trinity" processing power and the APU series has grown to be a leading performer with this unique platform. The AMD APU series combines the CPU and GPU under one processing unit providing great computing prowess while fitting in consumers' budgets. Today, we are going to be previewing a new advancement level with this technology. AMD has taken the FM2 based socket and its improved "Piledriver" Cores to the next level. With the improved emphasis on performance, we can't wait to dive in and put this new AMD A-Series A10-6800k to the test.



 
 
 
 
 
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MSI GTX 770 NV770 TF Gaming

The MSI GTX 770 Gaming is the latest in the company's Gaming Series, a GPU in a broader range of gaming-oriented products. MSI has put together a very compelling package here for gamers who want strong performance and great cooling. Read on for more.



 
 
 
 
 
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 770

Another week, another new Kepler launch for Nvidia. This time it's the GeForce GTX 770 and it looks to pack a gaming punch at a more affordable price than the flagship 780. How does it perform? Read on to find out.






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