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April 19, 2017

Phanteks Announces Enthoo EVOLV mATX Tempered Glass Edition Chassis

Today, Phanteks has announced its latest update to its lineup of premium chassis: the EVOLV mATX Tempered Glass Edition. Like the EVOLV ATX TG and Enthoo Luxe TG before it, the EVOLV mATX TG is a mostly aesthetic facelift of the original, adding premium tempered glass side panels and RGB lighting.

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV mATX Tempered Glass Edition

The EVOLV mATX TG  adds tempered glass side panels to an already pretty solid base that was the original EVOLV mATX. The case also features a number of improvements over some of the other tempered-glass cases in Phanteks’ lineup including magnetic hinges with swivel to open and allow the user to easily get in and out of [...]

 
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March 8, 2017

be quiet! Launches Pure Base 600 Tempered Glass Edition ATX Case

In a recent announcement, be quiet! recently upgraded the Pure Base 600 case to include an option for a sturdy tempered glass side-panel.

This will give an option to those who want to show off their hardware as the new tempered glass side panel on the Pure Base 600 stretches edge to edge, leaving a large beautiful window open for you to show off just how much you spent on your PC. For better durability and better acoustic performance, be quiet! is using a 4mm thick tempered glass side panel, one of the thicker tempered glass side panels in the industry.

While the be quiet! Pure Base 600 is an entry level case, don’t let its intended target market fool you. [...]

 
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December 24, 2016

Review: AVADirect Avant Mini Cube Gaming PC

Big Performance in a Mini Cube

AVADirect is a boutique system builder with its origins in the suburbs of Cleveland Ohio. It’s probably not one of the first names that pop into your head as a system builder, but they’ve been making everything from gaming to business systems for over a decade.

Recently, AVADirect launched their Avant Mini Cube Gaming PC which is exciting because it’s based on Corsair’s excellent Carbide 240 Air PC case. Despite the relatively small size of the mATX formfactor case, AVADirect managed to fully kit it out with an overclocked Intel Core i7-6700K and GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition. Given how much we love big performance in [...]

 
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September 29, 2016

Upcoming Gigabyte AMD AM4 Motherboard Pictures Leaked

A slew of images from two upcoming Gigabyte AMD AM4 platform motherboards were recently leaked by Korean website BodNara. These upcoming motherboards will support AMD’s AM4 socket platform which will be the primary platform for AMD’s upcoming Summit Ridge (Zen), Bristol Ridge, Raven Ridge and many future AMD CPUs/APUs.

Like previous AMD platforms, the new AM4 platform will support several different chipsets which are geared towards different market segments. The AMD A320 chipset will be geared towards the entry level while the B350 chipset will be geared towards the mid-range and the X370 chipset will be aimed at the high end. The new chipsets bring a lot [...]

 
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July 29, 2016

Thermaltake Releases Toughpower SFX Power Supplies with Universal Compact Design

If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t sit. Form-factor is the foremost factor in purchasing a power supply. But with the Thermaltake Toughpower SFX series 80+ Gold power supplies, maybe the decision becomes a little bit easier.

As its name suggests, the Toughpower SFX series power supply is built around the SFX form-factor. The SFX form-factor is more compact than the standard ATX form-factor, allowing them to be squeezed into tight builds like mATX or uATX. With that said, Thermaltake also includes a SFX to ATX adapter bracket so it can be used for ATX cases as well.

The 80+ Gold rated Toughpower SFX power supplies are guaranteed to operate [...]

 
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February 13, 2015

Review: PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo 2GB

Updating GCN for the Mid-Range Segment

Late last year, AMD introduced the Hawaii based Radeon R9 290/290X along with the Bonaire based Radeon R7 260/260X which utilized AMD’s updated GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. AMD’s updated GCN architecture, which we’ll refer to GCN 1.1, supported new features such as improved compute performance, on die audio processing, and improvements to AMD’s PowerTune technology to offer a faster, more power efficient chip than its GCN 1.0 cousins.

Unfortunately, AMD’s GCN update didn’t cover the mid-range GCN 1.0 based GPUs such as the Radeon R9 270/R9 270X or the Radeon R9 280/280X, which meant gamers [...]

 
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February 13, 2015

Best Mid-Range Gaming PC Build Under $1,500 [July 2014]

Lots of “Game” for Under $1,500

It’s been quite a while since our last gaming PC build here at Custom PC Review, but computer hardware hasn’t really changed all that much in the past couple months with most of the industry waiting on the holiday season to make their big releases. Our previous $1,500 gaming PC build from back in 2013 was already based off Intel’s latest Haswell processor architecture and Intel isn’t expected to be releasing a successor to the aging processor until this holiday season, while AMD and Nvidia aren’t expected to release new graphics cards until the end of the year at the [...]

 
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July 29, 2017

Best Mid-Range Gaming PC Build Under $1,000 [February 2014]

Full HD 1080P Gaming PC Under $1,000!

The original plan for December of 2013 was to update the $1,000 Gaming PC Build that really hasn’t been updated since December of 2012. Unfortunately as I started working on the build article late last year, I wasn’t too happy with a lot of components that I had to make compromises in, in order to fit the budget. At the time, I wanted to close 2013 with a build that had the highest performance for the dollar, which is why I ended up increasing the budget to $1,200.

Now after posting the build, a number of you requested that I post a $1,000 gaming PC build as well – a system that not only [...]

 
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January 28, 2014

AMD Announces “Seattle” ARM-based, 64-Bit Server CPU

Recently at Open Compute Summit V, Andrew Feldman and Suresh Gopalakrishnan, executives of AMD’s server business unit, announced a release of AMD’s latest Opteron A1100 series, first ever ARM-based “Seattle” CPUs.

“The needs of the data center are changing. A one-size-fits-all approach typically limits efficiency and results in higher-cost solutions,” said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of the AMD server business unit. “The new ARM-based AMD Opteron A-Series processor brings the experience and technology portfolio of an established server processor vendor to the ARM ecosystem and provides [...]

 
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February 13, 2015

Best Mid-Range Gaming PC Build Under $1,200 [December 2013]

Mainstream Gaming Powerhouse!

Wow. Until a lot of you guys messaged me over the past couple weeks, I had no idea that the last time we did a $1,00 gaming PC build guide, it was all the way back in December of last year. Guess it was about time to update that old thing!

So for our gaming PC build this month, I started off trying to put together a gaming PC build at the $1,000 range. While I had no trouble doing that, in order to fit the $1,000 budget, I ended up having to make a lot of compromises that I wasn’t willing to make on this build. Now before starting the build, I wanted to put together a solid mainstream system that had all the [...]

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