GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by stefan @ 2016-07-22 read/post comments()

The Z170X-SOC Force is one of the most advanced motherboards which have passed through our labs and is packed with a ton of features, hardware and software wise. Besides the 4-way SLI, the three M.2 32Gb/s slots, a beefy VRM, USB 3.1 support via Intel controller we do also have multiple options to overclock the system (via Wi-Fi, via the HW-OC tethering function, via the BIOS or via the Windows software), a well-optimized BIOS to handle overclocked memory without the need of tinkering with each and every timing or we could also remind that we can power up the board without the CPU installed. read more

GELID Silent Pro 14 PWM Case Fans Review

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by stefan @ 2016-07-18 read/post comments()

The new Silent Pro 14 case fans from Gelid did impress us positively because they are able to drive plenty of airflow while staying silent enough. The PWM feature means that it is not mandatory to have them connected to a fan controller in order to regulate the speed, but the fan RPM will be modified continuously based on the load of the system, when plugged in to the motherboard; PWM profiles can be also altered via the system BIOS in order to have a perfect balance between noise and cooling performance. read more

Mach Xtreme MX-Barium USB 3.1 Gen1 / USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2016-07-14 read/post comments()

The MX-Barium 64GB from Mach Xtreme is a future-proof USB Flash Drive supporting both USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C interfaces, has high read/write performances and comes with a sturdy aluminum housing. read more

BIOSTAR J3160MD Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2016-07-13 read/post comments()

The new Braswell stepping comes with a tad higher CPU Burst frequency, the same amount of cache and HD 400 graphics from Intel; in the performed results, we can see it trading punches with the Celeron N3150 and the performance gain is quite minimal. With the J3160MD board, the manufacturer proposes a fanless design, which seems to perform well thanks to the large heatsink and low TDP of the Intel SoC. Enhancements to the build can be always performed thanks to the PCI-E x16 and dual PCI-E x1 slots, for installing extra storage and use the product as an entry-level NAS, but also for installation of a low-end to mainstream video card and a standalone soundcard in order to transform… read more

Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2016-07-09 read/post comments()

The Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router looks massive when compared to regular home routers and via its eight high-power Wi-Fi antennas it can deliver up to 5.3Gbps speeds on a tri-band configuration (1000 + 2167 + 2167 Mbps). The LAN ports are also a total of eight for connecting a larger number of devices on the wired interface and also comes with two USB ports for connecting additional storage or printers. Since we are dealing with a Wave 2 802.11ac standard implementation, the router fully supports 4x4 AC, MU-MIMO, while the Band Steering feature balances the load between the two 5GHz bands so each device does get a better data transfer performance. read more

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2016-07-07 read/post comments()

For the Neutron XTi, Corsair has picked up a controller we have seen with other low-cost TLC SSDs manufactured by PHISON, paired it with quite a bit of DDR3 RAM cache (1GB) and has also used Toshiba 15nm MLC NAND Flash in order to obtain sustained performance, no matter the file sizes we are transferring to it. read more
Mobile/Smart Phones TP-LINK Neffos C5 Max Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2016-07-05
Videocards/VGA Reviews EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SuperClocked Video Card Review by stefan @ 2016-06-30
Others/Networking Gear TP-LINK AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Router Review by stefan @ 2016-06-29
Audio/Others Razer ManO'War Wireless PC Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2016-06-28
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