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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.

Cougar 700M and Speed Gaming Mouse and Pad 09-22-2014

One look at the Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse and I was immediately reminded of another mouse I had recently reviewed, the Thermaltake Level 10. Upon closer examination there are more than a few differences between them, however compared to the typical computer mouse, they share a few similarities. For one, both exhibit a barebones-style open architecture with an aluminum skeleton. Both also feature adjustable panels to customize the fit to the user's hand along with fully programmable buttons and a high attention to detail on the fit and finish.

OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe Solid State Drive 08-04-2014

Today we have for review OCZ's latest RevoDrive 350. With the new model number falling in line with other recent OCZ offerings such as the Vertex 460 or Vector 150, the RevoDrive 350 marks OCZ's fourth generation PCIe-based SSD. Featuring dual or quad SandForce SF-2282 controllers (depending on capacity), the RevoDrive 350 offers up to an advertised 1800MB/s read and 1700MB/s write speeds and an astounding 135,000 to 140,000 IOPS. Utilizing the same 19nm Toshiba toggle flash found in OCZ's other recent offerings, the RevoDrive 350 sports a three year warranty with up to 50GB/day of host writes.

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The launch of the Galaxy S6 is one of the most important for Samsung in a long time, and this time around there’s not just one flagship, but two: the company has released a curved-display Edge variant. Both come with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a top-end 1440p resolution, a brand...

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Reddit, the self-professed front page of the Internet, has introduced a new video division tasked with creating original content from the stories that help drive the site’s popularity. The unit, made up primarily of two former video producers for The Verge, will focus its early efforts on one of the...

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Last October, a story regarding a potential Myst television series hit news cycles. It’s apparently the real deal and coming to Hulu if a new report from Deadline is to be believed.

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Another former Apple executive is about to launch a new startup company, this time focused on delivering and setting up your new electronics. While many of us, certainly a large portion of the TechSpot community, don’t want, never mind, need a “professional” setting up there new Xbox or iPhone, Ron...

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Less than three months after Lenovo’s embarrassing Superfish fiasco, the Chinese PC maker is under the microscope once again. Security research firm IOActive recently disclosed that it found a trio of vulnerabilities related to the company’s System Update feature.

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The price of 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) televisions has come down significantly over the past year or so but even still, many are finding it hard to justify purchasing a 4K set due to the simple fact that there isn’t much UHD content available yet.

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A couple of weeks ago, iFixit got their hands on the Apple Watch for their usual teardown, finding it was very tightly packed and somewhat difficult to upgrade. iFixit is back this week with another teardown of a smartwatch, this time LG's Watch Urbane, and their findings suggest this watch...

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The Galaxy S6 is already being hailed as Samsung’s best smartphone to date. Similarly, the camera found on the back of the handset is regarded by many as the best among any Android device currently available.

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Almost 3 years after it Kickstarted its first developer kit and rekindled the industry’s interest in virtual reality, Oculus has finally announced a launch window for the finished, consumer version of its Rift headset. The device will ship in the first quarter of 2016 with pre-orders opening later this year.

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It’s official: the age of the smartwatch has arrived. However, there’s a reason classically designed watches have lasted this long. The Huawei Watch is the company's flagship timepiece, sporting a timeless exterior, sapphire crystal face, and running Android Wear.

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If you’re a gamer with an affinity for both cars and guns, Grand Theft Auto V is probably high on your list as will be this mod.

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Nvidia has updated the collection of games bundled with purchases of new GeForce 900 series graphics cards, giving gamers Batman: Arkham Knight in addition to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for free with qualifying purchases.

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Microsoft’s Surface 3 is now available for purchase in the US and nine other markets. If $499 seems a bit steep for the new slate, the Redmond-based company will deduct up to $150 off the purchase price so long as you have an older Microsoft tablet to offer on trade.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 was one of the best games released on the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox, receiving critical claim and widespread praise for its fun skateboarding mechanics. 13 years later, Activision has decided that the series deserves to be continued.

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An avalanche of reports started to surface last September when users began to notice that their usually speedy Samsung SSD 840 and SSD 840 EVO drives were no longer performing as they used to. We've looked deep into the problem to understand what's been fixed and what hasn't. Samsung owes...

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Half-Life fans are no doubt familiar with Black Mesa, the total remake of the original Half-Life that started as a mod for Half-Life: Source roughly a decade ago. A version of the project was released in 2012 and eventually recognized by Valve although it was far from finished.

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Comcast’s failed bid to merge with Time Warner Cable was a long shot, one that ultimately costs both companies a considerable amount of money.

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During this year’s annual AdWords Performance Summit, Google made a number of interesting announcements regarding its ad service AdWords. The popular ad platform is responsible for serving up the ads many of us see everyday, along with being one of the company's main revenue sources.

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Streaming music service Grooveshark shut down late last week, bringing an end to a site that had been ruffling feathers since 2007… or so, we thought. The site has mysteriously been resurrected less than a week after its demise. How so, you ask?

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A company by the name of Nikola Labs claims to have created a case capable of charging your smartphone wirelessly. No, I don’t mean it’s a wireless case that relies on a power source; this particular case converts RF signals from the air into DC power that can extend the...

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Politics and religion are two hot-button topics that you should avoid if you want to prevent arguments with friends, family and co-workers. When it comes to technology it isn't that much different. Everyone seems to have an opinion on the best device or platform, and in many cases, they aren’t lightly held. Well, you can...

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Apple TV is due for an update this summer and when it arrives, the set-top box won’t be the only thing getting a makeover. The Apple TV remote control, which has more or less stuck to the same design over the past eight years, will see the addition of a...

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It’s been a while since we last heard about GOG’s PC gaming service, but apparently things are marching along as today GOG Galaxy is finally going public -- though still in beta form. The move comes in anticipation of the launch of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which will be...

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It seems to be the time of the year for leaked roadmaps: first we saw AMD's desktop and mobile roadmap for the next two years leak out last week, and now we're seeing an Intel roadmap leak that details their desktop CPU plans for the next year.

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The past couple of years have demonstrated that Bitcoins hold plenty of potential as it relates to the future of online payments but they’re also ripe for theft and fraud. As Case co-founder and CEO Melanie Shapiro puts it, the current state of the cryptocurrency means you’re either getting security...

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The ibVPN Total Plan offers concrete peace of mind in protecting your online information. For a limited time you can get a 4-year subscription for 84% off at the TechSpot Store.

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Speaking at Microsoft's Ignite conference in Chicago, Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, has slammed Google for their unacceptable Android update policy, claiming it leaves users exposed and insecure.

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The idea of “smart” luggage isn’t new yet despite some early successes like Indiegogo hit Bluesmart, big-name luggage makers have yet to add connected technology to their product lines.

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HP has announced a new range of desktop PCs and all-in-ones, and while this wouldn't normally be of much interest, the press releases do list something worth talking about. Specifically, you can kit out these new PCs with Radeon graphics cards from AMD that are yet to be announced, in...

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Microsoft is working on a pair of high-end Lumia smartphones set to debut later this year. Both models sound impressive on paper but it’s the flagship device, codenamed Cityman, that’s likely to draw the most attention.

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