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Intel Core i7-7700K & i5-7600K Kaby Lake CPU Review

Kaby Lake is upon us. With Intel killing off its Tick-Tock product cycle in 2016, Kaby Lake ushers in the new ‘Optimisation’ phase of a Process-Architecture-Optimisation strategy. What does that mean? Kaby Lake is effectively a barely tweaked version of Skylake which uses Intel’s optimised 14nm+ process technology resulting in …

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Mega G.SKILL Competition Winners Announced

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We had a very strong response to our mega competition with G.SKILL giving away a combination of 15 keyboards, mice, and memory kits. Thanks to everybody who entered! The original competition page can be viewed HERE. The lucky winners and their allocated prize are as follows: G.SKILL Ripjaws KM780 RGB …

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MSI GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Gaming X Review

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The GTX 1050 Ti represents Nvidia Pascal’s foray into the lower-cost end of mainstream territory that is currently being fought competitively by AMD with the company’s current-generation RX 460 and RX 470 Polaris GPUs. With a suggested retail price of £139, Nvidia has carved out a price point which sits …

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Gigabyte X99-Ultra Gaming Motherboard Review

Gigabyte has taken the Broadwell-E launch as an opportunity to update its X99 motherboard line-up. Today we will be examining the X99-Ultra Gaming – a feature-rich motherboard with premium offerings which include multiple PCIe storage interfaces, Intel USB 3.1, and user-customisable RGB lighting. Alongside the new LGA 2011-3 socket that …

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MSI Z170A SLI Plus Motherboard Review

Retailing just under £110, MSI’s Z170A SLI Plus is targeting Skylake users with an eye on SLI support for their graphics subsystem. With the Z170A SLI Plus motherboard’s use of an Intel NIC and largely black colour scheme, MSI is aiming to perk the interest of mainstream users who may …

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GeIL Dragon RAM 3000MHz CL14 16GB DDR4 Review

DDR4 memory has made its way to the mainstream with the introduction of Skylake and the Z170 platform, however many buyers were not happy with the operating latencies of some DDR4 kits. Raw memory speeds for DDR4 kits are typically higher than those of DDR3 predecessors, however the timings can …

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Asus Maximus VIII Impact (Z170) Motherboard Review

Right now, the mini-ITX scene is extremely popular for gamers and enthusiasts. A combined effort by component manufacturers has seen greater emphasis being put on innovative mini-ITX cases, short graphics cards, and more confined cooling solutions. And let’s not forget the system builders deploying small form-factor (SFF) offerings such as …

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MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Motherboard Review

Tackling the premium gaming market, MSI outfits the Z170A Gaming M7 with a number of features that will have eager buyers licking their lips. Alongside the eye-catching red and black colour scheme, hardware features include an enhanced audio system, two high-speed M.2 slots, and USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports. …

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ASRock Z170 Extreme4 Motherboard Review

The availability of multiplier-locked Skylake chips has sparked an even greater emphasis on the need for low-cost motherboards to partner with such processors. ASRock’s affordable Z170 Extreme4 utilises the Z170 chipset’s host of worthwhile features but minimises add-on components in order to maintain aggressive pricing. Aside from the Z170 chipset’s …

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MSI X99A SLI Plus Motherboard Review

With Skylake chips still selling through retailers for a significantly greater price than Intel may have intended, the HEDT X99 platform quickly becomes an even more appealing option to power users. The six-core Haswell-E 5820K is faster than Skylake’s flagship 6700K and is available for around £40 less. The next …

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Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Motherboard Review

Asus’ TUF series of motherboards takes a different approach towards the market when compared to the gaming, overclocking, and ‘standard’ line-ups each vendors has in its product catalogue. Built primarily for reliable stability through enhanced thermal management and validated industrial design, can the Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 live up to …

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KLEVV Cras 3200MHz 16GB DDR4 Review

You may not have heard of KLEVV – the newest player on the consumer memory scene. KLEVV’s parent company, Essencore, falls under the same SK Group umbrella corporation as semiconductor giant SK Hynix. Thus KLEVV is practically a consumer memory arm for SK Hynix’s DRAM production capabilities. The setup is …

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Crucial CT4K8G4DFD8213 2133MHz 32GB DDR4 Review

The increasingly widespread application of DDR4 on mainstream platforms has helped to drive the memory technology’s production rates upwards with pricing travelling in the opposite direction. A 32GB quad-channel kit of no-nonsense DDR4 memory can now be considered affordable by a greater audience who may have advanced workloads that consume …

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