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Intel Haswell CPU review - Core i7 4790K, Core i5 4690K, Core i4 4400K, and Core i3 4160K benchmarked

Test System [CPU] Intel Core i7 4790K [GPU] Gigabyte GTX 970 mini-ITX [MOB] Gigabyte Z97-D3H (F7 bios) [RAM] G. Skill Trident X 4GBx2 DDR3 @ 2400 MHz 10-12-12-31 2T [HSF] Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Windows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1 GeForce 350.05 CPU's Tested The Core i5, Core i4 and Core i3 were all simulated using Core i7. Hyper Threading and active core count was configured in the BIOS. Turbo was disabled for all CPU configurations. Take note that Core i4 4400K and Core i3 4160K are just theoretical CPU's. It was just included because I am curious as to how a... read more

A collection of thoughts about graphics cards and their trends

Giant Technology Companies Ask anyone and they’ll say the main benefit of competing companies is lower prices for the public, but another benefit is the advancement of technology that competition brings. Both technology companies have a handful of games in which their cards perform better. AMD cards excel in games that utilize the Mantle API whilst GameWorks titles generally run faster on Nvidia cards. The idea is that one of the giant technology companies has taken a game and made it so their hardware gives a better experience. At least, that’s the idea. It can feel... read more

How to Solder Electronics

How to Solder Electronics Bring a Friend Back To Life Last week, I replaced six bad capacitors in a power supply, and saved a 300 dollar, 22 inch LED monitor from the junk pile. The monitor looks and now works like new. Two weeks ago, I re-soldered some bad cracked solder connections on the amp board going to the controller of a Harman Kardon speaker system. The system sounds great again. When it's not economically feasible to have an item repaired, or the pc board you need to repair it is no longer available, you have nothing to lose by breaking out the soldering... read more

GPU and CPU power connections

Is the connections we are making, bad for our devices? A mistake like this can cost you a lot of money. A GPU is a “Graphics Processing Unit”, it is located in the video card. A CPU is a “Central Processing Unit”, it is located on the main board. I, at one time had a lot of questions about there power connectors, their current rating, the cross compatibility, jumper wires and unorthodox looking configurations, and what adaptors are safe to use. I did a lot of research and found conflicting answers. I looked at how reputable the source was, and how often I saw other... read more

To built a 4k monitor gaming rig - what type of hardwares needed and what kind of problem it have.

Firstly is to introduce myself and my hardwares that make up a 4k gaming rig. My name is Sam, I am not a professional in computer hardware and my English written language was not good. I just wanted to share the hardware and some problem and difficulty on building a 4 k gaming rig or is it worth to build a 4k gaming rig now? I am running an Intel I7 4930k ivy-B extreme CPU ocing to 4610mhz. 4 x 8g Quad channel 2800mhz g skill trident x memory, actually running at only 2666mhz no further. To build a 4k monitor gaming rig the first thing come across my mind is a good... read more

What Could Have Been - The PlayStation 4 APU

I wrote a small article to take a very hard look at what we got from this current gen, and ask, is that all that was possible? This originally was an odyssey covering both consoles, but there was just too much going on so I decided to break it down into separate articles. If you feel something is missing/broken/disjointed let me know The research into the BOM / manufacturing costs of the PS4 was done by the IHS Research Firm.Quote:The bill of materials (BOM) for the PlayStation 4 amounts to $372. When the manufacturing expense is added in, the cost increases to $381.... read more

The 2014 Year In Tech

  • by Chipp

If there is one thing we can all agree on in the computer hardware industry, its that the industry moves fast. If you aren't constantly following tech blogs, reading through company roadmaps, and staying abreast of the latest acronyms and product names, it can quickly become difficult to just jump back in, read a review or two, and feel like you know whats going on. This guide is designed to help with that - I've done all the research that I needed to do to understand what all these new things are and why they're cool, and now, I've written it down to share with... read more

Editors Pick Deals - Black Friday 2014

  • by Chipp

The holiday season is a special time full of friends, family, and more buying guides and lists than you can shake a stick at - and we're adding another one of our own to the party. Our Forum Editors have shared some of the deals they are most excited about this week, and we'll continue to keep the list updated as Black Friday / Cyber Monday grow ever more near and more information about various sales becomes public. Sean Webster Our resident Storage guru has a hard time getting excited about the hardware sales these days. The week-long deals are "meh", he says - but... read more

EVGA Hadron Air Chassis - Tips & Compatibility Guide

Quote:"Why sacrifice appearance and size when choosing a performance rig? The EVGA Hadron Mini ITX chassis was designed to not make any compromises." - Hadron Air manual The Hadron's appearance and size are the main reasons owners decide on this chassis, however it's not without some compromises. As long as you are aware of what limitations the case has, and plan your parts around it, you shouldn't run into many problems. Your choice of components is primarily limited by size. It was worth doing the extra research to find the appropriate parts, but it wasn't easy.... read more

A Guide on how to fix Heat Problems

What is heat, and what causes it? Heat is displaced energy. Any action that causes a change to an electrical flow, will generate heat. The amount of work done, the devices designs, and the energy they waste are what determines the amount of heat that is generated. We deal with this heat from each device by ether brushing it with air or sinking it away with a cooler, then moving it out of the case into the air circulation of the room. The configuration and design of each cooler and fan, and the part it plays in the overall cooling system, determines there heat handling... read more

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