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Deepcool Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 Review

Wading into the deep end of the pool

Deepcool has been around for 18 years, but it’s kept out of the closed-loop liquid cooling (CLC) fray until now. Its Gamer Storm series includes several CLCs, and the Maelstrom 240 is the top of the line. It’s a sleek red-and-black affair with ribbed tubing, sleeved cables, and a slowly pulsing logo on the top of the pump. They’ve clearly put some work into visual appeal. But since the CLC market has gotten pretty crowded in the last couple of years, we’ll need to see performance to match.

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Polywell MiniBox X9900x Review

Fast, compact and loud

As both certified performance enthusiasts and smaller-PC fetishists, we wondered how long it would take to get Intel’s new eight-core hotness, the Haswell-E, in a tiny case. While Polywell’s MiniBox X9900x doesn’t exactly qualify as “tiny,” it’s probably as small as you’re going to see with Intel’s Core i7-5960X powering it. With the hefty size of the LGA2011-v3, it’ll probably never make its way into a mini-ITX mobo.

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AMD Radeon R7 240GB Review

AMD Radeon R7 240GB The CPU and GPU maker expands to SSDs

The market for solid-state storage has gotten pretty crowded, and most SSDs can use up all available bandwidth on the SATA III bus. With SATA Express and M.2 devices emerging, the transition away from older, slower technology is in full swing. Despite this, AMD is expanding its Radeon brand from video cards and RAM sticks to SSDs. But the R7 is not the company’s own tech, so its investment is much lower than usual.

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Holiday Gift Guide

gift guide openerThe best gifts for any nerd

With the spirit of Nerdmas nearly upon us, it’s that time of year when everyone loses their mind trying to find the perfect gift for that special person. In the shopocalypse that’s about to occur, though, you’re probably forgetting the hardest person to shop for—you.

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Lenovo Y50 Review

Lenovo Y50 Budget in more ways than one

Here’s a question we get a lot: “What’s the best cheap gaming laptop?” Trying to answer that is tantamount to trying to recommend a budget, luxurious sports car. Lenovo, however, is hoping to champion the conundrum with its new Y50 series notebook. But while our particular $1,240 Y50 is relatively affordable, it’s unfortunately cheap in more ways than one.

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ECS LIVA Review

Tons of value, acceptable performance

Have you ever fired up your Quarter Pounder–sized (Royale with Cheese for our readers in the Netherlands) Intel NUC and thought to yourself: “Damn, this thing is too big”? Probably not. What you probably have thought, though, when Windows shopping the eStore, was: “This thing is too damned expensive!”

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Amped Wireless REC15A Review

Take your router to new heights

Amped Wireless REC15AIn an ideal world, routers would offer the perfect amount of Wi-Fi coverage, but the truth is even the best routers have their limits. If you’ve got a big house, or live in an area with thick walls and have multiple dead spots, things can get hairy. This is where Wi-Fi range extenders come into play, and Amped Wireless is promising to fill that wireless void with its REC15A.