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Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Socket 1151 Motherboard 01-12-2016

With the introduction of the Intel Z170 chipset, we see a number of changes from the previous Z97 and several improvements. First and foremost is a new socket specification for the CPU, the 1151. Although not compatible with previous socket interfaces as far as the CPU is concerned, the overall dimensions are nearly identical, allowing for interchangeability with other 1150/1155/1156 compatible coolers. Another change is the switch to DDR4 memory. The DMI version 3.0 grants a greater number of PCI-E lanes between CPU and chipset, allowing manufacturers to implement more M.2 or SATA Express, as well as more USB 3.0 ports. For our Skylake build, Gigabyte has sent over their Z170X-UD5 motherboard.

Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4-2666 16GB Memory 11-10-2015

With the release of its Skylake Core processors, Intel introduced a new 1151 socket and Z170 chipset design. Rather than previous generation mainstream desktop configurations using DDR3, Intel opted to adopt the latest DDR4 also used in their high-end/enthusiast X99 platform. The DDR4 specification starts at 2133 and currently runs up to 3400 and will certainly continue higher as frequencies improve. For our Skylake build, Kingston sent over a 2x8GB kit of their latest HyperX Fury modules in DDR4-2666 speed. Join us as we take a closer look at the Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4-2666 memory.

Gigabyte Z97X-SLI Motherboard 04-13-2015

The Gigabyte Z97X-SLI is an SLI-capable motherboard priced very attractively for budget gamers. Due to licensing models with Nvidia, not all chipsets and boards are available to support SLI. Additionally, the board will support CrossFire natively as all Z97 boards do. This model also features high-end ALC1150 115dB SNR audio, a high quality headphone amplifier and a dedicated audio hardware zone to protect from interference. Intel Gigabit LAN, all solid caps and a new heatsink design round out the feature list.

Swiftech Komodo R9 LE GPU Water Block 11-30-2014

Swiftech recently released their latest GPU block design, the Komodo R9 LE and Komodo NV GTX9, which match the aesthetics of their Apogee XL. The Komodo blocks are a full coverage design and offer similar illumination effects to the Apogee XL, with changeable color scheme between red, blue, green and white. The base is manufactured of copper that has been chrome plated instead of the more commonly used nickel and the housing is acetal with transparent window.

Swiftech H220-X AIO Liquid Cooler 11-03-2014

The Swiftech H220-X combines the MCP30 pump into either a dual 120mm or dual 140mm radiator, similar to their previous MCR-X20 Drive series. The H220-X, however, relocates the pump from the end of the radiator to a spot beside the fins for a more compact length. They've also integrated a backlit reservoir window so users can easily check the coolant level without opening up the system. Finally, they opted to integrate their current flagship water block, the Apogee XL, into the mix.

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Google's Nexus 9 tablet may be a bit long in the tooth at this point but it's still considered by many publications to be among the best Android slates available. For today only, you can pick one up with a nice discount through HTC.

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Oculus VR on Tuesday announced the first batch of Oculus Ready PC bundles from hardware partners Asus, Alienware and Dell (the latter two are essentially one in the same as Alienware is a subsidiary of Dell but I digress).

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Twitter has been a haven for hateful and abusive behavior for years (the company's former CEO admitted as much a year ago). Despite efforts to the contrary, Twitter hasn't been very successful in quelling the abuse but that doesn't mean it should stop trying.

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Facebook has become the first major company to feel the fallout from the Safe Harbor agreement being ruled invalid last year after the French data protection authority gave the social networking site three months to stop some transfers of personal data to the United States. It also ordered the firm...

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Amazon has launched a new video game engine it's calling Lumberyard. The e-commerce giant says its free, cross-platform, 3D game engine will allow developers to make top-notch titles and tap into its bevy of web services (for a fee, of course).

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Next-gen wireless connectivity, 802.11ad, 802.11ax and more is coming: In addition to the more common forms of WiFi and LTE, there is a tremendous range of new varieties of both standards, either already in place or being developed.

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Today’s smartphones may have features we never thought possible many years ago, such as high-speed internet access, biometric scanners, 4K video recording, and even limited VR capabilities, but this all comes at the expense of one area that many older cell phones are fondly-remembered for: battery life.

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For all of the negative press that Kickstarter has received since its inception nearly seven years ago, the platform deserves a bit of recognition for all of the good it has done in helping thousands of people achieve their dreams.

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Instagram has updated their mobile apps for both Android and iOS, bringing a long-awaited feature to the platform: support for multiple accounts. In testing for several months, the new feature allows users to add up to five accounts to the one app.

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While social engineering is becoming an increasingly popular way for hackers to trick people into revealing their login credentials (as was the case with the government data breach reported earlier today), another method that cybercriminals use to gain access to companies' systems is to simply offer employees money in exchange...

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There are only two months to go before Dark Souls III is released and you get to see “YOU DIED” plastered across your screen for the thousandth time. But for those who can’t wait that long and want to see more of the game, Bandai Namco and From Software have...

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Street Fighter V, the much-anticipated fighting game from Capcom, is set to drop next week. In an effort to further fuel the hype train, Capcom has released a full-length CG trailer packed with roughly three minutes of footage.

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The US government has suffered another data breach. While not as severe as the cyberattack on the Office of Personnel Management last year, the recent hack has resulted in the personal information of nearly 30,000 government employees being dumped online.

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There really aren't any catches to this one: if you check your Google account's security settings, Google will give you an extra 2 GB of free Google Drive storage to go on top of the 15 GB the service already offers for free.

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Back at CES 2016, MSI gave us the first look at their new gaming laptop, the GT72S Tobii, which includes an integrated Tobii eye tracking system and some top-end hardware. If you were interested in this particular laptop, it's gone on sale today exclusively through Newegg with a fairly substantial...

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Authorities in India believe a meteorite crashed into a private engineering college over the weekend, killing one person and injuring three others. If confirmed, it would be the first time in modern history that a person has been killed by a meteor strike.

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Wired Magazine is taking a bold step into the unknown. Starting next week, the site will give its readers who use an ad blocker an ultimatum: either stop blocking their ads, pay to view an ad-free version of the site or turn to a different source for technology news.

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Bringing the rest of the world online is proving to be tougher than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg likely bargained for. Telecom regulators in India have banned the social network's Free Basic service as part of a larger ruling in favor of net neutrality.

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Malware and viruses of yesteryear were far different than those that plague modern machines. Aside from the obvious level of sophistication, today's malware and viruses are largely silent assassins that siphon personal data for financial gain.

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As the battle between Netflix and those using VPNs to bypass geoblocking restrictions rages on, it looks as if the streaming site has an ally in its fight: PayPal. Canadian 'unblocker' service UnoTelly has just had its payment processing agreement severed by PayPal for promoting copyright infringement, and many more...

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We're less than 24 hours removed from Super Bowl 50, the larger-than-life sports spectacle where commercials are just as much a part of the experience as the battle on the gridiron. With 30-second ad slots selling for as much as $5 million, it's no surprise that marketing agencies reserve their...

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This Sunday millions of spectators watched the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. While many people love the football, we also know that plenty tune in just for the the commercials. And CBS, who is broadcasting the game, knows it, too.

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The excellent The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth may be a bit controversial in its subject matter, but you wouldn’t expect it to receive an outright ban for its content. Apple, however, seems to think that the game’s unsuitable for App Store users: the company has rejected the twin-stick shooter due...

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It was only a few years ago that 3D televisions were being hailed as “the next big thing,” but it looks as if the technology is going the way of Betamax, LaserDiscs and HD-DVDs. 3D may still be quite popular in cinemas, but after reports emerged suggesting Samsung and LG...

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It was reported last month that Google was increasing its focus on VR by forming its own dedicated virtual reality computing division. Now, a report from the Financial Times claims that the company will be releasing a device this year as a direct competitor to Samsung’s Gear VR headset. ...

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Considering that an official Apple store or authorized repair shop charges between $269 to $329 to replace a broken iPhone home button, you can understand why some people are tempted to use non-Apple technicians to save money. But it turns out that may be a bad idea, as thousands of...

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The revamped Dell XPS 13 includes just a handful of improvements: a new Skylake CPU, a USB Type-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3, and the option to get the laptop in gold. But considering the Broadwell-based Dell XPS 13 was my favorite laptop of 2015, I just had to get...

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3D printers are slowly becoming more mainstream. Over the past few years, prices have dropped and now you can buy a ready-to-go 3D printer for 400 Euros. That's a good reason for us to test six different 3D printers...

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Let’s be honest and admit that most highly-desirable pieces of technology come with a pretty steep price tag, but it’s usually the case that you only get what you pay for. I recently bought a new monitor that cost me more than my first car (although it was a pretty...

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