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Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 780 Review

The Poseidon’s integrated water block features copper vapor chambers and sits below a massive aluminum heatsink.

Air or liquid cooled—the choice is yours

Nobody would call the GeForce GTX 780 a particularly hot-running or noisy GPU, but that hasn’t stopped Asus from giving it the Poseidon treatment via a “hybrid” air-and-liquid cooling setup. It’s not a self-contained cooling system, but rather an integrated water block complete with copper vapor chambers that sits below an already-beefy DirectCU air cooler. This lets the card run just fine under its own air cooling, and lets you inject it into your liquid-cooling loop, as well. It’s able to do that care of two G1/4-inch tubes attached to the integrated water block that let you attach barbs in pretty much any size ranging from 1/2-inch ID to 1/4-inch ID, so you can easily add it to your existing setup.

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GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition Review

The GoPro 3+ Black is the smallest HD Hero cam yet.

The action-cam king is back and better than ever

Other camera companies may deny it, but GoPro created the action-cam market. With so many competent knockoffs out there now, the onus is on GoPro to prove its action cams still rule the roost. And the California-based company hopes to prove that with its latest and greatest Hero 3+ Black Edition camera.

Note: This review was originally featured in the June 2014 issue of the magazine.

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Trendnet TEW-818DRU Review

The TEW-818DRU is bereft of features typically found in routers  at this price range.

A basic router with a few bright spots

There are only a handful of wireless routers on the market that advertise AC1900 speeds, Trendnet’s TEW-818DRU being one of them. The advertised speed rating is actually a combination of the dual-band data rates. An AC1900 designation means the router is capable of up to 1,300Mb/s on the 5GHz 801.11ac band, and up to 600Mb/s on the 2.4GHz 801.11n band. By adding these link rates together, router makers can slap a higher number on the box, though you can’t actually combine the channels for a 1,900Mb/s connection. Still, the rating is a useful way to glean which are supposed to be the fastest routers.

Note: This review was originally featured in the June 2014 issue of the magazine.