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January 14, 2017

How We Built a DIY Home Office Server Using FreeNAS

Introduction

Being an Editor here at Custom PC Review, I’m constantly in need of lots of mass storage. At CES 2017, I took over 1,000 14-bit RAW images using a Nikon D800 camera which generated files somewhere between 40MB-45MB each. After exporting them, another set of images are then created which take less, but still require quite a significant amount of storage space. Tack that onto 50Mbps 1080p video along with the thought of possibly doing 4K video down the road and the need for lots of reliable storage quickly adds up.

Of course, the easy solution is to throw a couple hard drives into your PC because that’s cheap and easy, but I also [...]

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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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December 14, 2016

Guide: How to Build a DIY Video Surveillance System Featuring Synology, Amcrest

Feeling Safe

Over the past few years, video surveillance has become increasingly popular in homes and businesses, and the reason for this is simple. Years ago, installing a video surveillance system typically involved hardwiring every single camera to a DVR and only those who purchased expensive higher end DVRs could then watch the footage on their laptops or smartphones. As you can imagine, this is both costly and impractical especially for an average home or small business owner.

Recently, things are much different thanks to the explosion of the IoT market as new solutions have made video surveillance affordable and easy to setup. As such, today we’ll be [...]

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November 26, 2016

Review: Samsung 960 EVO 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD

TLC NAND and PCIe Done Right

When Samsung launched the Samsung 960 series SSD at their annual SSD Global Summit back in September, they promised two new drives – the Samsung 960 PRO and the Samsung 960 EVO.

Last month, we reviewed the Samsung 960 PRO which is designed for performance enthusiasts and professionals. In our testing, it exceeded our expectations making it the fastest M.2 PCIe SSD we’ve ever tested to date. Unforutnately, the Samsung 960 EVO wasn’t available at the time however, Samsung was hopeful that early samples would be available soon.

Fast forward and today we’ll be reviewing the Samsung 960 EVO, which is [...]

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November 14, 2016

Review: Gigabyte X99P SLI LGA 2011-3 Motherboard

Gigabyte’s Mid-Range X99 Motherboard

When Intel launched the Broadwell-E platform earlier this year, Intel’s X99 chipset saw a surge in interest as many users became interested in upgrading their systems which required a suitable motherboard to match. Today we have an X99 platform motherboard that sits at below the $250 pricepoint and has the features to keep up with most users needs.

Today we’ll be reviewing the Gigabyte X99P SLI which is a motherboard that falls into the $200 range with a fairly extensive list of features making it quite competitive on paper.

The original X99 SLI motherboard from [...]

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November 10, 2016

Review: Razer Ornata Chroma Mecha-Membrane Gaming Keyboard

Testing Razer’s New Membrane/Mechanical Hybrid Switch

Over the past few years, Razer has made quite a few innovations in the mechanical keyboard space. After developing their own mechanical switches several years ago, Razer went on to develop several unique new switches earlier this year including their Ultra-Low Profile Mechanical Switch and most recently their Mecha-Membrane Switch.

Several weeks ago, we got an opportunity to review Razer’s Ultra-Low Profile Mechanical switches in their Mechanical Keyboard Case and found it a pleasant alternative compared to typical low profile membrane switches. Today, we have the opportunity to [...]

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November 3, 2016

Review: Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse

The Best Just Got Better

When it comes to gaming mice, the Razer DeathAdder is easily one of the most popular of all time. Unveiled back in 2006 and rebooted in 2012, it’s Razer’s most iconic product introducing thousands of gamers to the wonderful world of gaming peripherals. While the Razer DeathAdder received the Chroma refresh back in 2014 giving it RGB backlighting, Razer introduced another new iteration of the DeathAdder, the DeathAdder Elite, with several new improvements earlier this year which we’ll be reviewing today.

Razer DeathAdder Elite Specifications Manufacturer Razer Model DeathAdder Elite Sensor Razer 5G Optical [...]
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October 21, 2016

Review: Samsung 960 PRO 2TB SSD – Breaking All Barriers

Holy Smokes

With SATA SSDs now at their limit, last year Samsung introduced the Samsung 950 PRO which marked the first time Samsung had introduced a NVMe PCIe SSD for the consumer market. Although Samsung already had OEM PCIe SSDs for quite some time and given that the technology was ready to go, it was only a matter of time until the Samsung 950 PRO was brought into the retail market. Given that the Samsung 950 PRO is a Samsung SSD and not a Samsung smartphone (too soon?) the Samsung 950 PRO did very well in the market quickly establishing itself as the defacto performance NVMe PCIe SSD to buy since it was launched last year.

Of course if you’re [...]

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September 28, 2016

Review: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Graphics Card

ZOTAC AMPs it up!

When NVIDIA first announced the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards back in May, it was very clear that they had a pair of winners on their hands. Fast forward four months to today, and it seems that the company is still commanding the high-end GPU market with no competition expected from rival AMD until early-2017. With that in mind, anyone in the market for a high-end graphics card really only has two options – the GeForce GTX 1080 or the GeForce GTX 1070.

Today, we’re taking a look at the latter or more specifically, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! ZOTAC is a company who’ve been producing GeForce graphics cards [...]

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September 28, 2016

Samsung Expects 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD to Reach Price Parity in 2020, 236% PCIe SSD Growth by 2018 – Samsung SSD Global Summit 2016 Keynote

At the Samsung SSD Global Summit 2016 event in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung not only introduced two of the most highly anticipated SSDs of this year, but they also shared a number of insights into the rapidly growing industry.

Kicking off the keynote was Willow You, Director of Branded Marketing at Samsung Semiconductor who discussed a number of current SSD industry trends. Among the first is the growth of the SSD market. According to Willow You, the SSD market has grown by 54% over the past 5 years which is significantly larger than the growth of the smartphone market which has grown just 19.1% over the same period. Samsung expects this trend to [...]

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How We Built a DIY Home Office Server Using FreeNAS
 
Review: AVADirect Avant Mini Cube Gaming PC
 
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Review: Gigabyte X99P SLI LGA 2011-3 Motherboard
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