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Xigmatek Nebula Enclosure Coming in Different Colors
Jun 13, 2014 - in News
Xigmatek's Nebula enclosure was showcased at Computex 2014 in multiple colors, which certainly caught our attention.
New Midguard III Chasis Supports Qi Wireless Charging
Mar 17, 2014 - in News
This chassis will recharge your Qi-compliant device.
Thermal Paste Comparison, Part Two: 39 Products Get Tested
Oct 20, 2013 - in Reviews
It's time for the numbers. In addition to testing liquid metal compounds and thermally conductive adhesives, each paste is discussed on its own merits before we chart out the results of four usage cases. After all, these products behave differently.
Xigmatek Announces Gaia II and Loki II CPU Coolers
Aug 27, 2013 - in News
Xigmatek’s second generation of its well-received Gaia and Loki mainstream CPU coolers are simply titled the Gaia II and the Loki II.
Raijintek Debuts its Lineup of CPU Coolers
Jul 26, 2013 - in News
Raijintek, a brand new name from members of Cooler Master and Xigmatek’s team, have debuted the Adios, Themis and Erebos CPU coolers.
Nine Big Air Coolers For Intel's Haswell CPUs, Reviewed
Jul 14, 2013 - in Reviews
Intel's Haswell-based CPUs have a unique cooling problem that leaves many overclockers in a quandary. Today, we're rounding up nine different sink and fan combinations to see if any can contend with the fourth-gen Core processor's copious heat.
Xigmatek Orthrus SD1467 CPU Cooler Released
Jun 23, 2013 - in News
Xigmatek has officially announced the arrival of a new CPU cooler -- one with a rather unconventional design.
Xigmatec Reveals Two C-Type CPU Coolers
Jun 9, 2013 - in News
Xigmatek is showing off two new CPU coolers at Computex 2013.
Xigmatek Announces Low-Profile Janus CPU Cooler
May 21, 2013 - in News
Xigmatek is releasing a new low-profile CPU cooler with two fans.
Xigmatek Announces the Assassin Line of E-ATX Cases
Apr 25, 2013 - in News
The Xigmatek Assassin full-tower chassis can accommodate E-ATX motherboards and features eight expansion card bays.
Xigmatek Announces Its Xi-3 HDT Thermal Paste
Mar 4, 2013 - in News
Xigmatek's new thermal compound is optimised for heatpipe direct touch (HDT) coolers
Xigmatek Introduces the Dark Knight Frostbourne CPU Cooler
Mar 1, 2013 - in News
Following in the footsteps of the Nighthawk Edition of the Dark Knight SD1283, Xigmatek is now offering the cooler in silver.
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: System Value Compared
Feb 28, 2013 - in Reviews
We've long claimed that the sweet spot for value was somewhere around $800. So, we narrowed this quarter's System Builder Marathon from $600 to $1,000. Which one of our three configurations gives us the most performance for our budget?
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $800 Enthusiast PC
Feb 26, 2013 - in Reviews
Last quarter, Don had $1,000 to spend on a mid-range enthusiast-oriented PC. This time around, we challenged him to build something better with $800. Is that even possible? Our System Builder Marathon continues, as we benchmark three hand-picked setups.
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $600 Gaming PC
Feb 25, 2013 - in Reviews
After one quarter after another of Pentium-based budget-oriented gaming builds, Paul Henningsen is ready to put together something a little more potent. We gave him an extra $100 and asked him to show us how to spend that money. He obliged, gladly.
Build It Yourself: A Mini-ITX Gaming System For Just Over $500
Feb 6, 2013 - in Reviews
Low-cost, low-power, small form factor PCs are popular right now. With Intel’s Ivy Bridge architecture available in the low-end Pentium family, you can now build a living room gaming PC with discrete graphics to beat any modern console for just over $500.
Xigmatek Tilting Mid-Tower Case Announced
Jan 4, 2013 - in News
The latest addition to Xigmatek's Stealth series gaming cases is the Talon, a front-tilting mid-tower chassis influenced by automotive design.
System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $1,000 Enthusiast PC
Dec 4, 2012 - in Reviews
Tired of seeing Intel CPUs dominate our System Builder Marathon? Finally, we have a processor from AMD able to go up against the fastest Core i5. We give its new FX-8350 a chance to distinguish itself in our final System Builder Marathon of 2012.
Five Gaming Cases Between $80 And $120, Reviewed
May 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Mainstream cases priced between $80-120 seem to be the most popular with our readers. But there's a huge range of quality and features in that segment. Today we build up five cases from our recent picture story preview to see how well each model performs.
In Pictures: Five Mainstream Gaming Cases, Previewed
May 20, 2012 - in Picture Story
We put out feelers for mainstream gaming cases priced between $80 and $120 and were surprised to receive 15 submissions. Today we cover the first five, giving you a virtual tour of each enclosure's features before our in-depth review later this week.
Big Air: 14 LGA 2011-Compatible Coolers For Core i7-3000, Reviewed
Feb 15, 2012 - in Reviews
Do Intel’s Core i7-3000-series CPUs really need closed-loop liquid cooling? Today we're testing fourteen different LGA 2011-compatible air coolers on an overclocked Core i7-3960X in order to determine whose is the most effective.
In Pictures: 14 LGA 2011 Coolers For Your Core i7-3000 CPU
Feb 6, 2012 - in Picture Story
Do LGA 2011-based processors really need to be matched up to closed-loop liquid coolers? Not at all. We collected 14 different high-end heat sink kits able to do the job with air. Keep an eye out for our upcoming performance write-up, too!
Power Supply Reference: Consumption, Savings, And More
Jan 10, 2012 - in Reviews
In this final excerpt from Scott Mueller's Upgrading And Repairing PCs, 20th Edition, we examine a number of power supply usage factors including power consumption calculations, power savings, power protection systems, and troubleshooting.
System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2011: $600 Gaming PC
Dec 20, 2011 - in Reviews
You've already seen our first two System Builder Marathon configurations, both of which are more expensive than last quarter's. Our entry-level build costs a bit more too, but we think it's a much more capable collection of parts.
Power Supply 101: A Reference Of Specifications
Dec 13, 2011 - in Reviews
Today's article contains everything you've ever wanted to know about PC power supply specifications. Form factor dimensions, cable end pinouts, voltage/amp/watt specifications, and even compatibility issues are covered in this comprehensive reference!
System Builder Marathon, June 2011: Alternative $2000 PC
Jun 26, 2011 - in Reviews
You spoke up in the first story from this quarter's System Builder Marathon, and we listened. Today we compare that first $2000 build to an alternative system based upon a flood of your recommendations. Call it the people's choice, if you will.
System Builder Marathon, June 2011: Value Compared
Jun 23, 2011 - in Reviews
With so little happening in the hardware world since the beginning of this year, our second-quarter System Builder Marathon sees only minor hardware changes. But each builder unquestionably comes closer to dialing in ideal setups at each price point.
System Builder Marathon, June 2011: $500 Gaming PC
Jun 22, 2011 - in Reviews
This quarter's $500 PC is sure to be a little controversial. We've built plenty of AMD-powered budget boxes in the past, but now we're testing the mettle of Intel's (multiplier-locked) Core i3-2100 in a gaming system priced right around $500.
System Builder Marathon, June 2011: $1000 Enthusiast PC
Jun 21, 2011 - in Reviews
This quarter, we're keeping the Core i5-2500K processor from our previous build, but we're adding a pair of Radeon HD 6850s in CrossFire. How will those two boards stand up against the modified Radeon HD 6950 we used last time? The answer is within!
System Builder Marathon, June 2011: $2000 Performance PC
Jun 20, 2011 - in Reviews
The launch of Intel's Z68 Express platform affects our build in a way we aren't benchmarking. But can we still put together a better configuration than last quarter's stunner? Will we achieve even better high-end value? The answer is a resounding yes.