Author: Lawrence Lee

Fractal Design Core 500 Mini-ITX Chassis

The Fractal Design Core 500 is a Shuttle-style mini-ITX case that offers a bit of everything at an affordable price, including excellent cooling & moderate noise.

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Skylake Memory Scaling with Kingston Predator DDR4-3000

Armed with a massive 32GB high-end Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4-3000 memory kit, we investigate how DDR4 frequencies and latencies affect real world performance on Intel’s latest mainstream desktop platform.

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Reeven Okeanos Dual Fan CPU Heatsink

Though Reeven isn’t a household name, their Okeanos flagship cooler is a compelling alternative to established dual tower heatsinks from better known manufacturers.

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Asus Skylake Z170 Motherboards: Maximus VIII Gene vs. Z170-A

Powered by the Z170 chipset, the high-end Asus Maximus VIII Gene and mid-range Asus Z170-A both offer SLI/CrossFireX support, M.2 slots on a PCI-E 3.0 x4 bus, SATA Express, USB 3.1 connectivity, and fan control for up to 7 fans.

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Intel Core i7-5775C: Broadwell for Desktops

Overshadowed by the Skylake launch, the delayed and mostly unavailable Core i7-5775C is an intriguing processor. Based on Broadwell, it sports backwards compatibility with LGA1150, a 65W TDP, an unlocked multiplier, 128MB of L4 cache, and turbo-charged Iris Pro 6200 graphics for the best desktop integrated graphics ever.

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Skylake: Intel Core i7-6700K

Intel’s latest desktop CPU generation boasts improved CPU/iGPU performance, superior energy efficiency. Combined with a new chipset architecture that supports DDR4 and allows for more features, Skylake represents the strongest “tock” from Intel’s processor upgrade cycle since Sandy Bridge.

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NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Case

The Source 530 abandons much of the style NZXT is known for in favor of relatively pedestrian looks and an open airflow scheme. Though not designed as a quiet case, it nevertheless qualifies as one through sheer cooling efficiency.

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SilverStone FTZ01: Mini-ITX Fortress

The SilverStone Fortress FTZ01 takes the Raven RVZ01’s internal design and wraps in an aluminum exterior to create a more elegant slim mini-ITX gaming case.

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Thecus W4000+ Windows Powered 4-Bay NAS

The line between NAS and server is blurred with the Thecus W4000+, a 4-bay unit running Storage Server 2012. 4GB of RAM and a 60GB SSD are included to help bear the load of Windows but an older Atom processor holds it back.

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Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB SSD

Powered by a Phison S10 controller, 256MB of DDR3 cache, and 19nm Toggle-mode NAND Flash, the HyperX Savage is positioned as Kingston’s new high-end consumer SATA SSD.

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