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November 25, 2013

Razer Blade 14-inch Gaming Notebook Review

Impossibly Thin, Insanely Powerful

When Razer first launched original Blade notebook all the way back in 2011, I think very few people could imagine how far Razer would get as a system integrator. At the time, Razer was facing quite the uphill battle being not only a first time system integrator, but also having a product that was both underpowered and overpriced. Carrying a mid-range mobile graphics card along with a dual core processor at the time and costing nearly double of what many of the big box manufacturers were charging for a similarly equipped system, many thought that the Blade concept wasn’t going to be a very long lived project. However, with its great design [...]

 
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January 27, 2014

Ivy Bridge-E CPU Prices, Launch Date Leaked

It’s been leak after leak for Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge-E LGA 2011 based High End Desktop (HEDT) CPUs and the latest leak comes from VR-Zone where they recently revealed the pricing information along with the release date for the upcoming CPUs.

According to their article, information given to major retailers suggest that the release date for these processors is September 10 with starting prices for the new CPUs starting at $310 ranging all the way up to $990.

CPU Intel Core i7-4960X Intel Core i7-4930K Intel Core i7-4820KStock Frequency 3.6GHz 3.4GHz 3.7GHzTurbo [...]
 
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August 23, 2013

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 4200 Review

Custom Built Monster at a DIY Price

Here at Custom PC Review, we generally don’t do too many reviews on pre-built systems. I’m a huge proponent of doing my own custom builds, but it’s understandable that not everyone has the time to spend building new systems and having the knowledge of building your own systems sometimes does come at a price – especially when all of your friends discover how much cheaper it is when you build a system for them (and invariably the issue of you becoming free tech support as soon as the system has any issues).

This is why today we’ll be reviewing a pre-built system from boutique PC builder, CyberPowerPC. While [...]

 
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February 13, 2015

Best Haswell Gaming PC Build Under $1500 [June 2013]

Build a Powerful Next Generation Gaming PC!

With the recent release of Intel’s latest 4th Generation Intel Core Processors codenamed Haswell, a number of our readers here have been contacting us for an update to the $1,500 gaming PC build and since our last $1,500 gaming PC build was a small form factor gaming PC build, we decided to go ahead and see what we could come up with. For our build today, the goal was to create a no compromise system that would run every game on the market at high to ultra settings at 1080p yet still keep the budget under $1,500.

Care to check out what we’ve come up with? Let’s find out!

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May 17, 2013

Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review

Military Grade Portable Storage

Over the past decade, portable hard drive capacities have gotten larger and larger prompting us to store more of our important data onto these large backup drives yet hard drive durability has remained pretty much unchanged. Many times a single accidental drop can cause complete data loss, which is a big issue especially for those of us who tend to throw around these portable hard drives and use them in situations where drops may occur.

This is why today we’ll be reviewing the Transcend StoreJet 25m3 1TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive. The StoreJet 25M3 is a portable hard drive from Transcend’s ruggedized line of portable hard [...]

 
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May 13, 2013

Upgrading To Haswell? Check Your Power Supply First

“Of course!” may be your immediate reaction upon reading the title. But if that were true, we wouldn’t have wrote this article. According to a recent article over at VR-Zone, the C6/C7 power saving feature that comes with Intel’s next generation processor may put your power supply’s compatibility into question.

We already know that Haswell CPUs will have lower power consumption compared to Ivy Bridge, but what we didn’t know is that some power supplies may not meet Haswell’s minimum current output requirements for when it kicks into its C6/C7 power saving state. Ivy Bridge Processors required a minimum current output of 0.5 [...]

 
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May 12, 2013

Intel Focuses on Mobile, Introduces Silvermont Architecture

Mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets have been growing exponentially over the past couple years, quickly overtaking PC shipments and surging to record high adoption rates. However, despite Intel’s success in the PC industry, they haven’t put much effort into the mobile market. Until now.

According to a recent press release, CPU giant Intel announced a new Atom platform codenamed Silvermont. The once low performing series of chips you generally find on netbooks, HTPCs and NAS units are now breaking away from their rather lackluster history and into the future of mobile technology. Current high end mobile (smartphone/tablet) platforms [...]

 
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April 24, 2013

Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Go Big or Go Home

For most of us, personal data has been increasing at a rapid rate and while cloud services have popped up to help keep all that data synced, nothing really beats keeping a copy of your own data close at hand. With USB 3.0 and its higher bandwidth now becoming more and more mainstream, it’s now far easier to move all that data around.

A couple months ago, we did quite an extensive roundup of the top 64GB USB 3.0 flash drives on the market and while 64GB seems like a lot especially in comparison to what was available only a couple years ago, it’s quite paltry these days, when trying to back up video, pictures, or even a digital game [...]

 
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July 8, 2017

Review: Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card

Creative’s Z-Series Flagship

Back in 2011, Creative unveiled the Recon 3D series of soundcards based off their (at the time) new Sound Core 3D chipset, which were decent soundcards for gaming and general audio, but didn’t include any real audio processing hardware (DACs, ADCs, etc.) other than the Sound Core 3D chipset itself. While the Sound Core 3D chipset is definitely impressive especially with its audio processing ability and lower power consumption, the problem with this is that with proper headphones and speakers, the sound quality on the Recon 3D series soundcards couldn’t match older Sound Blaster X-Fi soundcards such as the Sound Blaster X-Fi [...]

 
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April 8, 2013

ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II Review

7870 Done Right

It’s great to be a PC gamer these days. Gaming PC costs have fallen significantly over the past couple years largely in part due to the amount of performance AMD and Nvidia have been able to cram on their mid range graphics cards, and gaming bundles such as AMD’s Never Settle Reloaded bundles are making it easier than ever to obtain great graphics and some great games at prices unheard of many years ago.

Today we’ll be reviewing ASUS’s custom implementation of the Radeon HD 7870, the ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II (HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2). The Radeon HD 7870 is a mid to high end graphics card, which features a 1GHz clock speed, 1280 [...]

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