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Skylake Memory Scaling with Kingston Predator DDR4-3000

CPUs|Motherboards
Armed with a massive 32GB high-end Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4-3000 memory kit, we investigate how DDR4 frequencies and latencies affect real world performance on Intel's latest mainstream desktop platform.

Reeven Okeanos Dual Fan CPU Heatsink

Cooling
Though Reeven isn't a household name, their Okeanos flagship cooler is a compelling alternative to established dual tower heatsinks from better known manufacturers.

HDPLEX Announces Gen 2 H5 Fanless Case

Internet News

HDPLEX, a long-lived maker of passively cooled cases for computers, is now offering the stylish 2nd Gen H5 heatsink case, big enough to handle ATX, mATX and mITX cases with multiple power options including ATX, SFX, Flex, a tiny 160W NanoATX (with external AC/DC adapter) and even linear PSUs for audiophiles who prefer them over switching supplies.

Link to product page: HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5. Discuss this news in the SPCR forum.

Asus Skylake Z170 Motherboards: Maximus VIII Gene vs. Z170-A

CPUs|Motherboards
Powered by the Z170 chipset, the high-end Asus Maximus VIII Gene and mid-range Asus Z170-A both offer SLI/CrossFireX support, M.2 slots on a PCI-E 3.0 x4 bus, SATA Express, USB 3.1 connectivity, and fan control for up to 7 fans.

Intel Core i7-5775C: Broadwell for Desktops

CPUs|Motherboards
Overshadowed by the Skylake launch, the delayed and mostly unavailable Core i7-5775C is an intriguing processor. Based on Broadwell, it sports backwards compatibility with LGA1150, a 65W TDP, an unlocked multiplier, 128MB of L4 cache, and turbo-charged Iris Pro 6200 graphics for the best desktop integrated graphics ever.

Skylake: Intel Core i7-6700K

CPUs|Motherboards
Intel's latest desktop CPU generation boasts improved CPU/iGPU performance, superior energy efficiency. Combined with a new chipset architecture that supports DDR4 and allows for more features, Skylake represents the strongest "tock" from Intel's processor upgrade cycle since Sandy Bridge.

Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB M.2/PCI-E SSD

Storage
Kingston's high-end consumer M.2 SSD is powered by the latest Marvell controller, 1GB of DDR3 cache, and 19nm Toggle-mode flash memory, and uses a PCI-E 2.0 x4 interface to overcome the limitations of SATA.

NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Case

Cases|Damping
The Source 530 abandons much of the style NZXT is known for in favor of relatively pedestrian looks and an open airflow scheme. Though not designed as a quiet case, it nevertheless qualifies as one through sheer cooling efficiency.

Define R5 tested at Orfield Labs, World’s Quietest Place!

Internet News

In an obvious PR move, Fractal Design tested the acoustics of their Define R5 case in the anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories, widely described as the quietest place on earth. A comprehensive report is posted at their website: http://www.fractal-design.com/home/justsilence. The gist of their report can be reduced to this: A system that measures 28.7 dBA @ 0.5m in free air measures 7.5 dBA lower when installed in a Define R5 case. That seems like a good result, and we rate the R5 highly, but without any comparables, it's not exactly a definitive result. We don't know how much attenuation other cases would provide in the same test.
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SilverStone FTZ01: Mini-ITX Fortress

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone Fortress FTZ01 takes the Raven RVZ01's internal design and wraps in an aluminum exterior to create a more elegant slim mini-ITX gaming case.

Thecus W4000+ Windows Powered 4-Bay NAS

Storage
The line between NAS and server is blurred with the Thecus W4000+, a 4-bay unit running Storage Server 2012. 4GB of RAM and a 60GB SSD are included to help bear the load of Windows but an older Atom processor holds it back.

Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB SSD

Storage
Powered by a Phison S10 controller, 256MB of DDR3 cache, and 19nm Toggle-mode NAND Flash, the HyperX Savage is positioned as Kingston's new high-end consumer SATA SSD.

SilverStone Grandia GD09 & GD10 HTPC Cases

Cases|Damping
Like their predecessors, the latest iterations of SilverStone's Grandia line offer all the capabilities of a proper desktop computer in a horizontal HTPC style case.

NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower

Cases|Damping
For a US$70 tower case, the NZXT S340 is surprisingly well built, attractive, and usable. It offers a level of refinement not usually available at this price-point.

Fractal Design Node 202 Compact Gaming Case

Cases|Damping
Fractal Design's Node 202 is a compact mini-ITX case that takes a SFX power supply and has space for a full-sized dual slot video card. It's a 10 Liter HTPC style enclosure with ambitious gaming aspirations.