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Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

In The Loop

A complete liquid-cooling system includes a number of parts: a pump, a radiator, a coolant reservoir, at least one waterblock, a set of fittings, and a series of hoses. This month, we’ll take an up-close look at radiators and waterblocks.

EKWB d.o.o
Phone: 3-865-909-6611
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

A Drive Through Devil’s Canyon

The changes Intel made to its Haswell K line are a perfect example of the good things power users get if we ask nicely. The Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K, AKA Devil's Canyon, offer improved thermal interface material, additional capacitors, and even new

Intel Americas Inc.
Phone: (408) 765-8080
System Build   |    September 01, 2014

MSI Radeon R9 280X GAMING 3G

If you’re in the market for a solid gaming graphics card, but don’t want to blow your budget, this one will make any system scream.

MSI
Phone: (626) 913-0828
System Build   |    September 01, 2014

MSI 970 GAMING

This motherboard has the imposing looks and extensive list of features that MSI incorporates into all its GAMING series boards. It boasts superb sound, managed networking, and support for SLI and CrossFire for an all-around awesome gaming experience.

MSI
Phone: (626) 913-0828
System Build   |    September 01, 2014

AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition FX-9590

As the Puget Sound Monster’s benchmark results attest, AMD’s 8-core Black Edition FX-9590 is a powerful CPU.

AMD
Phone: (408) 749-4000
System Build   |    September 01, 2014

In Win GRone

In Win cases routinely deliver a creative appearance, which is something we appreciate, and the GRone doesn’t disappoint. It also happens to be a great case to build in, thanks to a spacious, well-thought-out interior. The GRone was a good choice for the

IN WIN
Phone: (909) 348-0588
System Build   |    September 01, 2014

EK Water Blocks Custom Liquid-Cooling Loop

Our last CPU System Workshop creation, Lucky 13, was the first to have a custom loop. Now, we’re fully impressed with a lot of today’s closed-loop CPU coolers but, put simply, we had so much fun installing EK Water Blocks’ hardware that we had to do it ag

EKWB d.o.o
Phone: 3-865-909-6610
System Build   |    September 01, 2014

Deepcool Quanta DQ1250

Deepcool’s Quanta DQ1250 provides us with plenty of power and connectivity flexibility; if you’re coming to PAX Prime, stop by the Computer Power User booth and see the PSU in action.

Deepcool
Phone: 86 10 5640 1928

General Content

Front Side   |    September 01, 2014

Digital Economy

A current snapshot of the world of technology and the tech jobs market.

Front Side   |    September 01, 2014

What's Happening

News, product release information, and stats from the tech industry.

Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

ANTLION ModMic

If you’re the kind of power user who wants a set of exceptional headphones some of the time, and an equally excellent headset the rest, the ModMic is exactly what you need.

Antlion Audio
Phone: N/A
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

ASUS ROG MATRIX R9 290X & ROG MATRIX GTX 780 Ti

Regardless of your fanboy allegiance, both of these impressive cards give you the tools you need to up your game.

ASUS
Phone: (510) 739-3777
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

ASUS MAXIMUS VII FORMULA

The MAXIMUS VII FORMULA is one heck of a performer. It powered through our benchmarks without issue. Support for today’s high-end components makes this board a great foundation for a swift rig.

ASUS
Phone: (510) 739-3777
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

Intel Core i7-4790K

If you’ve been biding your time with a Third Generation or previous Core processor, then the Intel Core i7-4790K is an upgrade that’s well worth the wait.

Intel Americas Inc.
Phone: (408) 765-8080
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

Tesoro Colada Saint Aluminum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The Colada Saint is a heavy-duty keyboard that has tons of great features and macro capabilities for gamers.

Tesoro Technology
Phone: (408) 600-1222
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

MSI GS60 Ghost-003

This is an attractive, powerful, and highly functional laptop that we can recommend to anyone who wants to game on the go.

MSI
Phone: (626) 913-0828
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

In Win D-Frame Mini

We mentioned portability a moment ago: The D-Frame Mini is a great LAN party case, and not just because it will catch a lot of eyes. Thanks to its aluminum construction, it only weighs about 11.5 pounds, so it will be easy to tote around, even loaded with

IN WIN
Phone: (909) 348-0588
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

AORUS X7 V2

If you’re in the market for a laptop that really knows how to have fun—and looks good while doing it—the AORUS X7 is a worthy choice.

AORUS
Phone: N/A
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

Deepcool Steam Castle

In short, Deepcool’s smart use of the Steam Castle’s interior space gives you a considerable amount of freedom in choosing high-performance components, which means you can build a system whose performance is as impressive as its looks.

Deepcool
Phone: 86 10 5640 1928
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

LEPA BOL.QUIET PWM & BOL.QUIET Tri-Speed Fans

And despite the obvious quality of the fans, they’re some of the more affordable aftermarket case fans you’ll find. Regardless of the ones you choose, as long as they’re LEPA’s BOL.QUIET fans, you can’t go wrong.

ECOMASTER Technology Corporation
Phone: (626) 913-8899
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

LEPA LV12

LEPA’s slim CPU cooler helps to make certain you’ll enjoy optimal flexibility with memory, and it provides substantial performance, too.

ECOMASTER Technology Corporation
Phone: (626) 913-8899
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

GX Gaming Cavimanus

If you’re on the lookout for a new headset capable of enhancing your gaming and media enjoyment without denting your entertainment budget, then the Cavimanus is a great-sounding option.

KYE International Corp. (Genius)
Phone: (305) 468-9250
Heavy Gear   |    September 01, 2014

VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290

With the overclocking settings in place, the card only reached 45 C. On second thought, this is the coolest thing about VisionTek’s card.

VisionTek Producst LLC
Phone: (866) 883-5411
Hard Hat Area   |    September 01, 2014

ADATA XPG Z1 Memory

We asked Liu what kind of real-world benefits you can expect from DDR4, and he said, “DDR4 outperforms DDR3 with improved performance and lower power consumption. The operating voltage has decreased from 1.5V to 1.2V, which is a 20% reduction of power, an

ADATA
Phone: (626) 839-1988
Hard Hat Area   |    September 01, 2014

EVGA Hadron Series

If you’re ready to put together a Mini-ITX rig that delivers some serious performance, EVGA’s duo of Hadron cases is up to the task.

EVGA
Phone: (714) 528-4500
Hard Hat Area   |    September 01, 2014

Power User Project

Ask any modder worth his salt what keeps good mods from being great, and he’ll tell you: It’s the details. The paint job could be exquisite. The wiring could be immaculate. But using memory modules with red heat spreaders that don’t match anything else in

Hard Hat Area   |    September 01, 2014

MARVEL-ous Mods

The staff over at Modders-Inc.com held another Staff vs. Staff Mod-Off this year at QuakeCon, judged by a panel of experts including CPU's own Nathan Lake.

Hard Hat Area   |    September 01, 2014

QuakeCon 2014

CPU travelled to Dallas, Texas for QuakeCon 2014 on July 17-20. In addition to giving away a gaming PC (the August issue's "Lucky 13"), we helped judge a mod contest and got to see lots of cool stuff.

Hard Hat Area   |    September 01, 2014

3D-Printed Tiger Tank Computer

Owen says he has an idea for next year’s build, but says he may have to take a year off due to a big move coming up. That noise you just heard was a collective sigh of relief from scratch builders within travel distance of Dallas.

Hard Hat Area   |    September 01, 2014

TOXIC ENVI

Murphy tells us that he has already given some thought to his next project: “I am contemplating another build for next year; that will be QuakeCon’s 20th anniversary, and it should be a good event for everyone,” he says.

Hard Hat Area   |    September 01, 2014

Imperium

“It was inspired by something I love that I wanted to capture and share,” McAnally says. “If you have inspiration and passion . . . do something with it!”

Loading Zone   |    September 01, 2014

Up To Speed

This month, you’ll find info on the latest beta drivers for NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards in the Driver Bay section. Software Updates provides patches for benchmark and system testing utilities, including Prime 95, AIDA64, and BurnInTest. Designers will a

Loading Zone   |    September 01, 2014

The Bleeding Edge Of Software

Get some info on the beta version of Curse Voice, then find out what's new in the LibreOffice 4.3 Prerelease.

Digital Living   |    September 01, 2014

Look For CPU At These LAN Parties

Each month we compile a list of LAN parties that will take place over the next several months in the United States and Canada, along with date and web info so that you can plan your LAN party schedule!

Back Door   |    September 01, 2014

Q&A With Adam Carroll

As one happy LAN attendee put it, “This is the best upgrade that I never knew I needed.”

Oregon Aero Inc
Phone: (800) 888-6910
System Build   |    September 01, 2014

CPU System Workshop: A LAN Party Leviathan

This beast will be on display at our PAX Prime booth. We strongly recommend that you secure a raffle ticket at PAX Prime, because one lucky winner will be taking this monster home.

There are just a handful of components that have a tangible and consistent impact on your gaming enjoyment, and the keyboard and mouse are two of the most important ones. GX Gaming wanted to make sure that whomever takes home the Puget Sound Monster not o

System Build   |    September 01, 2014

PNY XLR8 480GB SSD

gargantuan drive comes has an absurd amount of available storage. And at just over 50 cents per gigabyte, this is very affordable storage, too.

System Build   |    September 01, 2014

PNY XLR8 16GB DDR3-1600

We used PNY’s XLR8 memory in our last CPU System Workshop rig, and it worked great, so we went back to the well. This time, we installed PNY’s XLR8 16GB DDR3-1600 kit.

System Build   |    September 01, 2014

CPU System Workshop: The Fury Of The Sound

As soon as we pried off the side panel of the In Win GRone and took a look inside, we knew this was going to be a great build to finish out 2014. Most of the time, our components give us nice little surprises, and the Puget Sound Monster’s parts were no e