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    Fallout 4 DLC Discussion and How to Bend Hardline

    In this episode we discuss the price hike for the Fallout 4 Season Pass and if it is really worth the month and Dennis tells you about bending hardline tubing.

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    Silverstone Raven RVX01 Case Review

    In this review I will be looking at a case from the new Raven X subcategory, the Raven RVX01 by Silverstone.

  • How to Build Your Watercooling Loop? What is Needed

    How to Build Your Watercooling Loop? What is Needed

    In this article I’ll be going outline that major things to consider when planning your watercooling loop. You will find these divided into three major categories based on their importance and impact to your build.

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    PLEX Smart Media Server

    In this episode we talk about the PLEX Smart Media Server and how it can be used to make your media consumption better and shareable with friends.

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    Mushkin Blackline PC4-2400 Ridgeback Memory Review

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    Azio MGK1 Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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  • EVGA Z170 Classified K Motherboard Review

    EVGA Z170 Classified K Motherboard Review

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  • GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 3 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks

    Published: Friday, April 29, 2016 | By: Dennis

    I'm not sure the Z170 market is all that confusing but the different versions of motherboard can be.  Do I go Gaming 7 or will Gaming 3 be enough?  This is why reviews are beneficial, at least to some degree.

    A good rule of thumb is that lower numbers usually mean lower cost and that cost comes out of the product either in component quality or number of components.  With gigabyte products you are assured to have something good in any of the "channels"  Gaming and OC are the two big ones right now and all follow the Ultra Durable line of product development using quality components and thick copper PCBs.

    In the confusing world of Z170 motherboards one stands out. At just $150 but packing some of the most desirable features around, it is nearly impossible to beat.

    Personally I would much prefer a MiniITX Gaming 3 over a full sized motherboard mostly because if I am going full sized I want full sized features like Multi GPU support, better cooling, audio and network.  Otherwise get the same features in a small package and give up on expandability, you won't need it anyway.

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  • ASUS GTX 950 2 GB @ techPowerUp

    Published: Friday, April 29, 2016 | By: Dennis

    GTX 950 might be one of the slowest cards in the Maxwell light up but it also doesn't require any external power.  The card might not be good for gaming like an overclocked GTX 960 but you can save a few bucks on the PSU needed in your build and lower your monthly power bill. 

    That is assuming you actually pay a power bill.

    A while back the GTX 750Ti was the low power card to have.  It wasn't fast but after strapping an external VRM to the GPU it actually scaled quite well under LN2.

    ASUS recently released a GTX 950 that runs without additional power connector, making it the fastest graphics card in this performance class. In our review we will test how the board deals with the 75 W power limit and how that affects performance.

    EVGA announced one of these cards recently and the first thing that came to mind was. Hey a dedicated PhysX processor, how cool is that. big grin smile

  • Guru3D Rig of the Month - April 2016

    Published: Thursday, April 28, 2016 | By: Dennis

    As I immerse myself back into the modding world I have started noticing how the modding world has changed and yet remained exactly the same. 

    One change I have noticed is how detailed these mods have become which is something I brought up in my "How to build a watercooling loop" article citing that casemods are being treated like building a show car instead of a weekend activity to personalize your system. 

    Despite how the mods have changed people still struggle to get their works noticed and in some cases require "incentives" to even get started.  aka contests.

    A long running competition at Guru3D is "The Rig of the Month" where users submit their casemods for a chance to be featured in the month end article. 

    It is time for the April edition of the Guru3D Rig of the Month 2016. This months build is build bu a guys that is a semi-pro modder, and that shows. His rig is all red and called, Project Eris as built by Adam Braithwaite aka DarwinPC.

    The case is extremely clean and built in the famous InWin D-Frame mini complete with watercooling and red and black color theme.  I suspect the plethora of MSI hardware was a deciding factor in their decision. wink smile

  • Asustek denies plans to split company businesses

    Published: Thursday, April 28, 2016 | By: Dennis

    This is an interesting story and makes you wonder how it even started.

    Asustek Computer has refuted a rumor that the company is considering separating its Open Platform business group, which includes motherboard, graphics card, monitor and peripheral product lines, and the System business group, which includes PC, smartphone and tablet product lines, to form independent companies.



    Following Ted Hsu's return as Asustek's Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), rumors have spread that Asustek is planning to spin off its Open Platform business group - which is expected to see over NT$6 billion (US$185.73 million) in profits from its motherboard/graphics card businesses in 2016 and more than NT$10 billion if profits from monitor, network, smart home and gaming peripheral products are included - into an independent company.

    As many of you know Asustek did the whole "lets spin this company off" thing before when they created Asrock.  The idea there was to create a company who could compete in the ultra low end market without impacting the bottom line of parent company.

    Funny thing is ASrock has created some really high-end products over the past several years with some big names backing their marketing plans.  ‎Fatal1ty and Nick Shih come to mind as famous examples.  The other interesting thing to note is that while Asustek and ASrock are "separate" companies they both use the same component supplier and have remarkably similar PCB designs.

    It is almost like they came from the same place.  humm

    I would have to agree with Digitimes though, splitting the company would be a mistake.

  • Biostar Racing Z170GT7 (Intel LGA-1151) @ techPowerUp

    Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Biostar.  Once the premier brand of "get this on the cheap" they have been making strides to become a legit enthusiast name.  This might be a hard sell for anyone having built a PC back in the 90's but, they are still around which means they did something right.

    The Biostar Racing Z170GT7 is a fully-featured high-performance platform that includes an LN2 switch. Unlike previous motherboards from Biostar that were affordable with more basic features, this one has everything a gamer would want and does very well in our testing.

    The Biostar Racing series seems to be checking all the boxes when it comes to features and style.  I mean just look at that PCB!!.  It even comes with separated audio and dual BIOS support for that added bit of safety while overclocking.

    I hate to say it but I might have to get one just to try it out.

  • Feniks Essence Speakers Review @ Hardware Canucks

    Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | By: Dennis

    I have done a few sound system reviews over the years and have come to the conclusion that the only way to get good sound is to spend the money and experiment because you'll never get it right on the first try.

    Why do you suppose most gamers have 3+ pairs of headphones sitting in a box next to their PC.

    Our reviewers are sometimes spoiled, and it's not just because they get to review cool hardware. While nice audio equipment is usually last on the list for most gamers looking for an upgrade, Dmitry doesn't need to worry. His ears are usually enveloped in the Sennheiser HD800s, which retail for $1,000 or more and are considered some of the best headphones in the world. Can his coddled ears be blown away by the Feniks Essence speaker set, which aims to be one of the best in world?

    Rumor is you can get them via Kickstarter which will eventually become a Massdrop with a huge cult following.

  • Palit Super Jetstream GTX 980 Ti Review @ Hardware Slave

    Published: Monday, April 25, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Is it just me or does the cooler on this card look like it was inspired by the coolers MSI uses on the Gaming and Lighting video cards? 

    Yes, I thought so too.

    Hardwareslave, like most of the older websites started out of the desire to make amazing rigs, better than anyone else, with the best components in chassis that looked amazing. Of course we are also pro gamers and will dominate everyone with our gaming rigs and our superior skills (cough cough).

    I'm not sure how "Pro Gaming" fits with a 980 Ti review but, I'm not going to judge

  • Gigabyte GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 Z170 mITX Motherboard Review @ APH Networks

    Published: Monday, April 25, 2016 | By: Dennis

    The MiniITX platform has really gotten exceptionally good over the past sever years and stands as one of the only motherboards that will come with more high-end features than the full sized version.

    The Gigabyte GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 may be a baby-board in its size, but it definitely is capable of punching above its weight class.

    I'm not sure a boxing reference is good for a motherboard but if you are looking to build "any" system don't discredit these small form factor versions.

  • Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4 @ techPowerUp

    Published: Friday, April 22, 2016 | By: Dennis

    32GB of 2400Mhz DDR4 Crucial memory.  Makes me feel all funny inside just thinking about it.

    With a flurry (pun intended) of white products on store shelves now, one thing that has been sorely missing are white memory sticks. However, Crucial is here to save the esthetics of your white build with their Ballistix Sport 32 GB kit clad in white heatspreaders and a white PCB! Not only do they look good, their huge capacity means you'll nearly never run out of memory!

    Seriously though these modules feature all white heat spreaders, some graphics and respectable CL16 ratings at 1.2v.  One thing is for certain they may not be "omg melt my spec sheet fast" but with 32GB you will be hard pressed to run out of memory.

    Well, unless you are using Firefox and vist a site using way to many "bad" flash ads.

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