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AMD A10-7890K 95W Flagship APU

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AMD's pricey new flagship FM2+ processor sports their new Wraith stock cooelr and pushes APU performance a little bit further.

AMD A10-7860K & Athlon 880K: Kaveri Refresh

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The latest editions to AMD's Kaveri budget FM2+ lineup take a spin on our freshly updated CPU test suite. Though based on the same technology as previous 7xxx models, the A10-7860K is the fastest 65W APU in AMD's arsenal while the X4 880K becomes the new flagship for their graphicsless Athlon series.

Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 & Z170N-WIFI

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The Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 and Z170N-WIFI are among the most affordable Z170 mini-ITX motherboards on the market. They're equipped with most of the same features but sport less sophisticated voltage regulation and cooling than pricier models.

Asus Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Skylake Motherboard

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The Asus Maximus VIII Impact is an absolutely loaded mini-ITX motherboard with high-end power regulation and audio, wireless connectivity, a U.2 port, an external temperature sensor, and an expansion card that boosts the number of controllable fans from two to five.

Intel Core i7-6700: Skylake i7 at 65W

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The Core i7-6700 has a TDP of 65W, making it seem like a great choice for a high performance, energy efficient desktop build. Unfortunately, it's a lot closer to the 91W i7-6700K than the numbers suggest.

Skylake Memory Scaling with Kingston Predator DDR4-3000

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

Gigabyte X99-UD4P Haswell-E Motherboard

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The Gigabyte X99-UD4P is a high-end E-ATX LGA2011-v3 motherboard with 4-way SLI/CrossFire support, a healthy number of storage options, and an eclectic set of lighting effects, all at a relatively modest price.

Asus Maximus VII Gene vs. Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5

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The Asus Maximus VII Gene and Gigaybte Z97MX-Gaming 5 are a pair of very different microATX LGA1150 motherboards that succeed at appealing to each of their target audiences.

ASUS Z97-PRO LGA1150 Motherboard

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The ASUS Z97-PRO socket 1150 ATX board features M.2 and SATA Express support, as well as an expansive UEFI BIOS, and a top-notch fan control system.

Habey MITX-6771 Bay Trail Embedded Motherboard

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The Habey MITX-6771 is a thin mini-ITX board with an embedded quad-core Bay Trail SoC and a fanless heatsink.

MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

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The MSI A88XM GAMING is unusual: It's a premium motherboard for a budget socket. It sports big heatsinks, plenty of SATA 6 Gbps and USB 3.0 ports, a shielded/isolated audio chip with headphone amplifier and the full gamut of enthusiast BIOS controls. All this at a price far below comparable Intel offerings.

AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC

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AMD's new AM1 platform is a fresh take on entry-level desktop computing with an SoC architecture wrapped in a socketed package for the masses.
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