We test the Gigabyte X99-Ultra Gaming with the latest Intel 20-core Broadwell-E processor. This new motherboard comes with both Intel and KillerNIC LAN, U.2 and M.2 drive support, USB 3.1 Type-C, and audio-tailored for gaming. It also supports multiple videocards and to look pretty it provides fantastic LED lighting.
The Pandora ATX is, judging by its look, a larger version of the original Pandora, coming with an LCD screen just like the original while featuring different materials and much broader compatibility.
Palit's GTX 1080 GameRock uses a mighty triple-slot dual-fan design, which provides excellent temperatures and noise levels that are better than those of any GTX 1080 we have tested so far. The fans also turn off in idle, and thanks to the large overclock out the box, the card is the fastest GTX 1080 we have tested to date.
Today, AMD is introducing their new 14 nanometer Polaris architecture. The first card we are reviewing is the Radeon RX 480, a highly affordable 8 GB card that sets out to shatter current price-to-performance ratios. In terms of performance, you can expect speeds between the GTX 980 and GTX 970.
In their marketing leading up to the Polaris launch today, AMD showed two Radeon RX 480 cards running in CrossFire, beating NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 - at a much lower price point. We have a review of two of these cards running 16 games at 4 resolutions in CrossFire.
MSI's GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X is an overclocked custom-design variant of the GTX 1070 that is whisper quiet even during heavy gaming thanks to its dual-fan TwinFrozr thermal solution. We also overclocked this $439 card in our review, where it's even faster than the GeForce GTX 1080.
Alphacool looks to change the way we think of all-in-one liquid CPU coolers with the Eisbaer 240. Offering expandability at closed-loop prices, it takes things a step further with its all copper design. With good specs and extra features, Alphacool may have just what it takes to sink the competition.
The COUGAR ATTACK X3 is here for gamers who want a keyboard that is feature rich, but priced low. Fully configurable key functions, macro support, and Cherry MX switches all enable COUGAR to compete in a very lucrative market.
Crysis 4K at more than 60 FPS! We take a close look at multi-GPU SLI with two GeForce GTX 1080 cards in 16 games and at 4 resolutions. We used an SLI HB bridge for all testing, but also have numbers with the old bridge to find out whether a high-bandwidth bridge is absolutely necessary for SLI on Pascal.
ASRock is back in the overclocking game with a purpose-built Z170M OC Formula mATX motherboard ready to take your Skylake CPU and DDR4 memory to the absolute limit. Rated to support DDR4-4500+ and built with ASRock's Hyper OC Engine, this OC-centric Z170M OC Formula board has the highest rating for memory speeds on the market today.
The ASUS STRIX GTX 1080 Gaming OC is the highest clocked GTX 1080 variant so far, running almost 2000 MHz actual clock on average, which has it boost up to 2050 MHz out of the box without a manual overclock. The new cooler is not only quiet but also looks good, and the backplate has RGB illumination.
The Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 Gaming comes in at $649, which is $50 cheaper than NVIDIA's Founders Edition card. The card is overclocked out of the box, and its heatsink works much better than the one on the FE. It features idle-fan off, runs cooler without throttling, and is still quieter while gaming.
MSI's GTX 1080 Gaming X is an overclocked, custom-design variant of the GTX 1080 that doesn't throttle. Its fans are also nearly inaudible in heavy gaming, switching off completely while the card is cool for zero noise output in idle and light gaming.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1070 is nearly twice as fast as the GTX 970, easily beating the $1000 Titan X and GTX 970 SLI at only $379/$449. It is built on the same platform as the GeForce 1080, using the same GPU and cooler, but with GDDR5 memory instead of GDDR5X. As expected, power efficiency is amazing, and overclocking works well too.
Angelbird's Wings PX1 adapter lets you install M.2 SSDs in the motherboard's PCI-Express slots. This approach unlocks full bandwidth for older chipsets. The adapter also comes with a nice metal heatsink that prevents thermal throttling on high-performance M.2 SSDs like the Samsung 950 Pro.
During our last stay at CES, QNAP surprised us with the TBS-453A NAS, an incredibly small NAS since it only takes M.2 SSDs. While not a NAS for the average user, it does have some really cool features we are going to explore in this review.
Noctua is resurrecting the down-draft coolers of old with the new NH-C14S. Featuring an offset design for better PCIe clearance, this cooler also brings extra versatility to the table, including great memory clearance and a low-profile option, which appears to make it an interesting jack of all trades.
With memory capacities soaring, G.Skill sent us a huge 32 GB kit out of their Ripjaws V line-up, ready to be mated with Intel's Skylake processors. This two-stick kit from G.Skill is not only huge in capacity at it is also very fast at 3200 MHz.
The Zalman Z9 NEO aims to offer a diverse and useful feature set and good looks and liquid-cooling compatibility, all at an affordable price. Add the fact that it comes equipped with a whooping 5 (!!) fans and it just got even more interesting, while the choice between a black or white version does not help curb the expectations we have diving into this review.
The XM300 is Gigabyte's take on an RGB gaming mouse. It keeps the low price point Gigabyte's other mice have, but offers very impressive specifications with Omron switches, an optical sensor, and, of course, RGB lighting, a steal for just 40 bucks.
Ultimate Ears' line of BOOM speakers recently got updated with the arrival of the BOOM 2 speaker. The BOOM 2 shares the same footprint as the original BOOM, but has been updated with a few nifty features. Among these is wake-by-bluetooth and stop/start/pause slapping capability.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 was announced recently. Today, we have the first review! Performance is incredible, doubling GTX 970 performance levels. Efficiency is also sky high, nearly doubling everything we've seen from NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture. Our GTX 1080 review compares 10 cards in 16 games at up to 4K resolution.
The Hydro X line consists of three members with capacities ranging from 450 W to 650 W. All feature Gold-certified efficiency and Japanese electrolytic caps, but aren't equipped with modular cables in an effort to reduce cost. The 550 W Hydro X model will be put to the test today.
Corsair is back with a new version of the K70 RGB keyboard. This time, Corsiar has partnered with Cherry to create a brand-new switch type called the Cherry MX Speed RGB. This switch has been created to meet the demands of hardcore gamers who value every millisecond.
Kennerton Audio's Jimo is a new high-end dual dynamic driver in-ear. The Jimo features aluminum housings and comes with several different ear tips to suit your every need.