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January 01, 2015

LAN Party Listings

Would you like us to help promote your next LAN? Give us a call at 1.800.733.3809 We’ll be glad to consider your event

Front Side   |    January 01, 2015

What's Happening

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

Front Side   |    January 01, 2015

Digital Economy

A study of global online sales conducted by market research firm eMarketer shows that consumers in China and the U.S. are by far the biggest purchasers of online goods in the world.

Heavy Gear   |    January 01, 2015

Q&A With David Wright

With the help of friends and family, we were able to start up DCCASEMODS in the spring of 2013. Things have been moving very good and fast for us, and we welcome and embrace all the challenges and adventures that await us.

Heavy Gear   |    January 01, 2015

ADATA XPG V3 DDR3-2400 8GB

There’s a lot to like about ADATA’s XPG V3 lineup, as it gives you both top-notch performance and an eye-catching look.

Heavy Gear   |    January 01, 2015

Supermicro C7X99-OCE-F

One thing is for sure, the C7X99-OCE-F will blow the doors off the performance of your old home server or desktop PC—and if you want, will even let you combine the two.

Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Phone: (408) 503-8000
Heavy Gear   |    January 01, 2015

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS TALON Blu

Similar to the TALON we reviewed last month, the TALON Blu offers many of the features you’ll find on a quality gaming mouse without the huge price tag.

Heavy Gear   |    January 01, 2015

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON ZX

The POSEIDON ZX is a streamlined keyboard that offers a portable size that LAN party attendees will love.

Heavy Gear   |    January 01, 2015

GIGABYTE GA-X99M-Gaming 5

If you’ve resisted SFF systems in the past due to performance qualms, GA-X99M-Gaming 5 might change your mind.

Heavy Gear   |    January 01, 2015

State-Of-The-Art Standards

Bluetooth is capable of being alternately low-power, high-speed, medium-range, short-range, HD, and more, depending on your needs.

Heavy Gear   |    January 01, 2015

Creative Sound Blaster X7

The Sound Blaster X7 is a versatile and impressive external sound processor for anyone looking to dramatically improve his PC, mobile device, and console gaming audio experience.

Heavy Gear   |    January 01, 2015

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0

If you liked what you saw last month in EVGA’s ACX 2.0-equipped GeForce GTX 980, you’ll be happy to know that the GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 is a much more wallet-friendly alternative.

Hard Hat Area   |    January 01, 2015

Intel LANFest InfernaLAN Fall 2014

In addition to the 346-seat BYOC, InfernaLAN included a console room, a tabletop gaming area, scads of demo PCs, and an event stage.

Hard Hat Area   |    January 01, 2015

Power User Project

A low-decibel rig that makes benchmarks cry for mercy? That’s music to our ears.

Hard Hat Area   |    January 01, 2015

Builds Revisited

As 2015 begins, we celebrate the hope of the New Year as well as honor treasured memories from the past. We hope you enjoy revisiting these beautiful machines as much as we have.

Hard Hat Area   |    January 01, 2015

How I Met Your Motherboard

By itself, a new motherboard may not lead to earth-shattering performance gains, but the right motherboard can definitely help you build a better system, whether it helps you achieve a high overclock, install faster memory, or upgrade your storage options

Hard Hat Area   |    January 01, 2015

Mad Reader Mod

Leigh built Project Thief on the workbenches in his garage, and he says that it’s hard to accurately estimate how much time he spent on the build. He thinks the process consumed somewhere between 500 and 1,000 hours.

Loading Zone   |    January 01, 2015

Software Tips & Projects

In this month’s “Software Tips & Projects” article, we’ll take a look some of the things you can do and software you can run that will help you click the Undo button on your lost-data nightmare.

Loading Zone   |    January 01, 2015

Up To Speed

This month, we highlight new versions of Skype, TeamViewer, and IObit’s Driver Booster, as well as minor updates for Futuremark’s 3DMark and PCMark 8.

Loading Zone   |    January 01, 2015

The Bleeding Edge Of Software

-to-speech translation is no longer the stuff of science fiction.

Digital Living   |    January 01, 2015

The Internet Of Things Comes Together

Right now, the IoT is a buzzword that doesn’t have much bearing on our current lifestyle. It won’t be that way for long, as the evolution of IoT devices and data analytics make it a “must have.”

System Build   |    January 01, 2015

CPU System Workshop

We built the PAXbox to deliver thrills aplenty. After all, it’s a new year, and we wanted to kick it off with something special, and we think we’ve done just that. Naturally, the biggest thrill the PAXbox has is very exclusive: The thrill of winning it.

System Build   |    January 01, 2015

GX Gaming Manticore & DeathTaker

We didn’t want the PAXbox’s peripherals to be the weak link, so we turned to GX Gaming’s Manticore keyboard and DeathTaker mouse, an impressive tandem of inputs.

KYE International Corp. (Genius)
Phone: (800) 756-4115
System Build   |    January 01, 2015

Aerocool XPREDATOR CUBE RED EDITION

Aerocool designed a case that’s bristling with features, and then shrunk it down to size. Packing so much into a case this small is, well, huge.

System Build   |    January 01, 2015

ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4-2400 8GB

If there’s one thing ADATA knows how to do, and has always known how to do, it’s make exceptional memory. The company’s XPG Z1 DDR4 is more of the same, which is this case is high praise. Whether it’s the memory in our rig or the memory in yours, XPG Z1 i

KYE International Corp. (Genius)
Phone: (800) 756-4115
System Build   |    January 01, 2015

Thermaltake NiC C4

When you’re working in a confined space, the best hardware helps you maintain the performance level you’re used to in a larger system. The NiC C4 does just that, making it an excellent option for builds of any size.

System Build   |    January 01, 2015

Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition

The PAXbox needed an engine of destruction, and Intel’s Core i7-5960X filled the bill nicely. If your old CPU isn’t cutting it anymore and you have apps that can saturate all eight cores, the answer is clear: Haswell-E is a must-buy.

Intel Americas Inc.
Phone: (408) 765-8080
System Build   |    January 01, 2015

Intel SSD 730 Series 240GB

The SSD 730 series drives deliver power-user performance, but they’re also tough enough for the data center.

Intel Americas Inc.
Phone: (408) 765-8080
System Build   |    January 01, 2015

Silencer MkIII 1200W

The Silencer MkIII 1200W checks all the boxes. It has power to spare, modular cabling, quality construction, and plenty of smarts. Tack on a 7-year warranty, and you’ll be enjoying this power supply for a long time.

Firepower Technology
Phone: (800) 722-6555
System Build   |    January 01, 2015

GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked ACX 2.0

The PAXbox’s graphics card, an EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked ACX 2.0, is one massively big gun, and it received a serious upgrade at EVGA’s weapons factory that makes it even deadlier.

System Build   |    January 01, 2015

GIGABYTE GA-X99M-Gaming 5

The GA-X99M-Gaming 5 is outfitted for gamers and power users alike. If you need to fit a Haswell-E processor into a tight space, this motherboard will help you do it.

System Build   |    January 01, 2015

CPU System Workshop

Satisfied that the PAXbox crushed every test we threw at it, we’re packing it up and shipping it south. Someone at PAX South is going to be very happy.