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Phanteks Evolv Shift i7-8700 Mini-itx Build

Phanteks Evolv Shift i7-8700 Mini-itx Build

Over the last year I have jumped back and fourth between Intel and AMD based systems. With the release of the new Coffee Lake 6-core 12-thread high clock CPU’s, we may have finally hit the sweet spot between gaming and productivity. I was able to snag an i7-8700 and Asus Rog Strix Z370-I motherboard on […]

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Razer Atheris Wireless Mobile Mouse Review

Razer Atheris Wireless Mobile Mouse Review

Theses days we have what seems like endless options when it comes to gaming mice. Finding a good portable wireless gaming mouse that can also handle productivity tasks can be tough. The Razer Atheris looks to change that. There are quite a few excellent mobile mice for productivity available today. In particular the Logitech MX […]

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Lazer3D LZ7 Mini-ITX Case Review

Lazer3D LZ7 Mini-ITX Case Review

You probably have never heard of Lazer3D. The small company isn’t a household name yet, but they have already produced some beastly compact mini-itx PC cases. Luckily I was able to get my hands their latest project. The LZ7 is the newest case from Lazer3D. This mini-itx case looks to give you full desktop power […]

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MSI GTX 1070 Aero ITX Review

MSI GTX 1070 Aero ITX Review

There are a lot of good options if you are looking for a compact GPU these days. MSI is trying to shake up the segment with their GTX 1070 Aero ITX. The GPU looks to provide high end performance and industry leading acoustics in a compact form factor. Specifications & Layout CUDA CORES 1920 VRAM […]

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Mini WiFi Antennas for Your SFF PC Build

Mini WiFi Antennas for Your SFF PC Build

Building a compact system has can create compromises. One of the issues I have always had is that my WiFi antennas were always sticking out of the back. Visually I was never a fan, and if really effected the portability of my builds. After a while I decided to look for some mini wifi antennas. […]

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Noctua NH-L9i vs. NH-L9a: Comparison & Temperatures

Noctua NH-L9i vs. NH-L9a: Comparison & Temperatures

For years, Noctua has been producing excellent CPU coolers and case fans. The Noctua NH-L9i has been the most popular low profile cooler on the market for a good while now. It’s brother the Noctua NH-L9a is now starting to see increased popularity with the release of Ryzen and mini-itx AM4 motherboard. So what are […]

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Intel Core i7-7700 vs. Ryzen 7 1700 Benchmarks

Intel Core i7-7700 vs. Ryzen 7 1700 Benchmarks

The CPU market is stuffed full of amazing processors theses days. There are multiple options that can handle any workload from both Intel and AMD. What if you are looking to build a powerful system that is also quiet and energy efficient? In the $300 CPU market the Intel Core i7-7700 and the AMD Ryzen […]

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Asrock AB350 Fatality Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Asrock AB350 Fatality Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Ryzen is starting to mature as a platform, and with that maturation comes more mini-itx motherboards. I used the Biostar X370GTN in my first Ryzen build and wasn’t impressed. Now Asrock has released their Fatality AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac motherboard. Is it any good? Lets find out. Asrock AB350 Specifications CPU SUPPORT AMD AM4 A-Series, Ryzen CHIPSET […]

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Ryzen RAM Performance Test: 2400MHz vs. 3000MHz

Ryzen RAM Performance Test: 2400MHz vs. 3000MHz

The Ryzen platform is still very young. We are seeing improvements on a regular basis. As board partners and AMD iron out any existing bugs, the performance will only improve. One of the most interesting discoveries about Ryzen was that RAM speed can have a significant impact on performance. For years with Intel’s various processors […]

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Ryzen 7 S4 Mini Build Upgrades & Benchmarks

Ryzen 7 S4 Mini Build Upgrades & Benchmarks

The launch of the Ryzen platform has been interesting so far. AMD hasn’t exactly taken the crown from Intel, but they have given consumers a ton of value. With this in mind I decided it was time to upgrade my mini-itx PC with a new Ryzen 7 processor. The thought process was that for my […]

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