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What does $700 worth of R9 290X CrossFire performance get you this week?
Today we review two XFX R9 290X Black OC Edition video cards in CrossFire to see what quality 4K gaming we can achieve. We will be comparing this to a SLI GeForce GTX 970 configuration, in hopes of clearly defining the better overall value in this high-end gaming category. All for $699.98 after $60 MIR.
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We run a set of non-NVME PCIe SSDs through a set of tests today to see which one is the "best" of the bunch.
The new NVMe SSDs are now the de facto standard performance kings when it comes to accessing data on a desktop PC. However, there are more than a few other alternatives when it comes to PCIe attached SSD storage solutions. We take a look at how the other current PCIe SSDs on the market fare against NVMe and the best performing SATA.
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We review the new MSI's R9 390X GAMING 8G video card.  Yes, this is a total rebrand by AMD of its 290X series GPU.  It does however have a couple of new things going for it.
We've got an MSI R9 390X GAMING video card with 8GB of VRAM to put up against a Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 980. Find out what the new AMD Radeon R9 390X is made of, and if the MSI R9 390X GAMING 8G video card can compete with GeForce GTX 980 performance, you might be surprised.
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Where does the R9 290X still stand today in terms of performance and value?
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The GIGABYTE X99-UD4P proves to be a solid value when looking into X99 chipset motherboards with a wide range of GPU support.
The GIGABYTE X99-UD4P is a full featured yet affordable X99 chipset based motherboard which promises to bring solid overclocking, 3 and 4 way GPU support, premium audio, dual BIOS, "Safer design around screw mounting holes," and GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable component selection. But, does it blend?
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We finish up our Grand Theft Auto 5 coverage today with image quality comparisons.
In our final look at Grand Theft Auto V we will look at image quality comparisons in this game. We will focus on the main graphics options that affect performance the most and we will get to the bottom of which soft shadow option is best to use. We will also find out if FXAA and TXAA affect texture quality.
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AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Video Card Review

We review AMD's new Fiji GPU comprising the new AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video card with stacked chip technology High Bandwidth Memory. We take this video card through its paces, make comparisons and find out what it can do for us in real world gameplay. Is this $649 video card competitive? Is it truly geared for 4K gaming as AMD says?
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Looking for your next enthusiast video card on a sub-$250 budget that will get you gaming at 1440p?  PowerColor may have your answer with its Radeon R9 290.
PowerColor has introduced a new version of the Radeon R9 290 that brings its price point down to the realm of the GeForce GTX 960. However, The Radeon R9 290 can often pack nearly the same punch as a GeForce GTX 970, therefore, we will compare the PowerColor TurboDuo R9 290 4GB GDDR5 OC to both to see which reigns supreme.
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LEPA brings real progress in the realm of 240mm radiator AIO cooling value.  $85 gets you a lot of solid CPU cooling performance. 
LEPA comes to us today with its new AquaChanger 240 AIO CPU Cooler for review. LEPA lists a lot of cool sounding features like, Central Diffusing Passage Cold Plate, Protrusive Copper Base, Dual Convex Blade Fans, Ceramic Bearing Pump, and maybe the best is Anti-Leakage Tubing...because nobody likes leaky tubing.
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The new Thermaltake Suppressor F51 computer chassis is being launched today at Computex, and we have the review.  Its near-silent operation and excellent cooling are rarely seen together in the same chassis.
Thermaltake is upping its game with its new Suppressor F51 E-ATX Mid-Tower Chassis. New sound deadening technology, expanded cooling options, all while supporting motherboards from mini-ITX to E-ATX in size. The F51 has a fully modular tool-less design that also has dust filtering in mind.
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Our preview of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti video card.
Today the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti hits the market with ambitions of providing a less expensive alternative to GTX TITAN X-like performance, while priced closer to the GeForce GTX 980. This new video card is dropping at $649 and also drives the MSRP of the GeForce GTX 980 down to $499.
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If you looking to build your next PC and have a tight budget, the Antec P70 may be just for you.
Antec lists its P70 computer case as a chassis in its "Performance" series of enclosures. The first bullet point we see however points toward Quiet Operation with a optional snap-in sound deadening panel. Beyond that, Optimum Cooling and Expansion are important to Antec as well. Let's see how Performance, Cooling, and Quiet all go together.
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Owner and operator of HardOCP.com.
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    Criminal Justice Police Science, 1986 - 1990
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    1982 - 1986
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