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ProcessorsReviews

Intel Core i7-7700K “Kaby Lake” Processor Review

Kaby Lake has is officially here! We have been talking about Kaby Lake for the past few months and today Intel makes it official with the release of the S-Series desktop processors. Typically when Intel releases desktop processors they would go by the "tick-tock" method wherein a "tick" would represent a new node and a "tock" would represent a new architecture. Intel officially killed off "tick-tock" earlier this year and has moved to a three year cadence in which we'll see process -> architecture -> optimization. For 14nm we've seen "Broadwell", then "Skylake" with the new architecture, and now finally we are on the optimization phase which is "Kaby Lake". The optimization phase according to Intel is a direct result of transistor-level enhancements. We can think of "Kaby Lake" much like "Devil's Canyon" chip was to the i7-4770K. While still on the same 14nm process, architecture, and TDP Intel is able to more performance out of the "Kaby Lake" chips. The flagship processor, the Core i7-7700K (4-core, 8-thread) which we are taking a look at today has a base clock of 4.2 GHz and boosts all the way up to 4.5 GHz. That is compared to the 4.0 GHz base and 4.2 GHz boost of the Skylake Core i7-6700K. Read along as we see what Intel's latest desktop processor is all about!

MotherboardsReviews

Gigabyte X58-USB3 Intel X58 Motherboard Review

With the release of the Sandy Bridge processors and Intel’s P67 chipset you may think that X58 systems are done with, but they are really not.  If you are a hardcore gamer or PC enthusiast who wants to get the most out of their CPU the X58 platform is still your best bet.  It is also the only platform to support triple channel memory and Intel’s Core i7 processors.  The thing that holds many people back from getting a X58 system is the price of the components.  Well Gigabyte knows this and has released the X58-USB3 board that is a lower-priced board that still has all the great features you want with an X58 setup.  Let’s take a look...

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Digital Storm Debuts Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System

<strong>Fremont, Calif. - (November 22, 2010)</strong> – Digital Storm, the predominant name in computer system integration and engineering, proudly debuts the Formula 1 of high-performance computing: the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System. With this new system, Digital Storm offers an unrivalled PC gaming experience that unlocks overclocks of Intel’s i7-980X CPU up to 4.6GHz, while idling the processor below 0ºC.

FeaturedMemoryReviews

Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 i7/i5 Optimized 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review

It obviously wasn’t an insurmountable problem, as we saw DDR3-2000 triple channel kits not long after the release of the LGA 1366 i7, and I found that not only did they do DDR3-2000 at that voltage, they were all able to be overclocked beyond that. Now that the LGA 1156 has been released, we need dual channel kits utilizing that same low voltage requirement. That obviously was no problem, the memory was already there, they just needed packaging that held only two modules rather than three. Today I will be looking at one of Corsair’s low voltage dual channel kits, the Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 i7/i5 4GB Dual Channel kit. It is XMP enabled, sports Corsair’s Dominator cooling fins, and timed at 8-8-8-24. Of course its Vdimm is 1.65v. Will the Dominator dominate? Read on to see!

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Intel Core i7 860 LGA 1156 Processor Review

In August, Intel introduced a new, less expensive line of processors using LGA 1156. This family so far consists of three processors, the i7 870, i7 860, and the i5 750. The i7 8xx processor is a slightly scaled-down version of the i7 9xx, the main difference being a new memory controller that supports only dual-channel memory. But it really isn’t quite that simple, the LGA 1156 processors have taken on several tasks that were performed by the NB, allowing the motherboard chipset and hopefully the motherboards themselves to be less expensive. Today I will be looking at the entry level LGA 1156 i7, the Core i7 860. I am anxious to see the differences between it and the i7 920, which I reviewed in the early part of this year. Will this new Core i7 impress me as much as the earlier one did? Read on to see!

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iBUYPOWER Gamer Paladin E870 i7 Gaming System Review

When it comes to gamers they want the newest and most powerful gaming systems out there. They really only have 2 choices, build a gaming PC themselves or get a custom gaming PC built for them. There are really only a few of reliable, well known custom builders out there and today we will be taking a look at a system from once such builder, iBUYPOWER. They have sent us their brand new Gamer Paladin E870 gaming system that sports an Intel Core i7 870 processor, 2x Radeon 4890's, 8GB of memory and liquid cooling. Let's take a look...

CoolingReviews

Evercool Transformer 4 HPJ-12025 Intel i7 Ready CPU Cooler Review

The Intel i7 is definitely a hot affair. Though manufactured with the 45nm process, once you get it cranked wide open with its eight threads sending data to four real cores and four virtual cores, along with running the onboard memory controller at DDR3-2000 or higher, it gets pretty warm. Overclock the whole affair and raise the Vcore and QPI voltage, you're talking heat that will bring lesser CPU coolers to their knees.

CoolingReviews

Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme i7 Ready CPU Cooler Review

So it isn't often that we run across a radical departure from the radiator norm. Our friends at Sunbeamtech, in their Tuniq division, has done just that, created a 120mm tower cooler that looks like nothing we've seen, the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme. Besides a unique radiator design, the five core-contact heatpipes have a different twist too. Even the fan is in an odd place for a square tower cooler. Will it cool the i7? Read on to see!

CoolingReviews

Evercool Buffalo HPFI7-10025 Intel i7 CPU Cooler Review

Today I will be looking at the Evercool Buffalo HPFI7-10025, one of Evercool's economy coolers that has been redesigned for use with LGA 1366 processors. It is a smaller cooler, only 100mm, the first cooler I've used on the i7 that doesn't have a 120mm fan. It is also my first Evercool cooler.I've had many Evercool fans, but no coolers. It sports a pair of heatpipes, making it the first heatpipe CPU cooler I've used that only has two pipes. How will this little jewel stand up to the hot i7? Read on to see!

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