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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Review

A much-needed kick in the pants revamps the franchise

A much-needed kick in the pants revamps the franchise

When we last left our hero Diablo, the Lord of Terror wasn’t all that scary anymore. In fact, he’s probably been a bit lonely. The joy of killing Diablo 3’s big boss alongside Blizzard’s army of players has long since faded for those who haven’t already abandoned the game at some point since its May 2012 release.

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

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V3 Components Voltair Reivew

The two fan cables are sleeved and grafted together for a cleaner installation.

Don’t call it a comeback

If you’re an enthusiast who’s ready to drop more than $100 on a CPU cooler, it’s probably been a long time since you last considered air for this job. Most folks at this level have moved on to closed-loop liquid coolers (CLCs) or even custom loops. Even the best air-driven jobs on the market won’t match the heat dissipation of a good CLC. So unless you’re on a budget, why bother?

Note: This article was originally featured in the July 2014 issue of the magazine.

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MSI Radeon R9 280 Gaming 3G Review

A lot of boom for your buckaroo

AMD has announced an “all new” GPU named the R9 280. This entry will plug the gap between the $230 R7 270X and the $300 R9 280X (these are MSRP prices, btw). It’s priced at $279 and goes head-to-head with Nvidia’s GTX 770, which is priced at $329. Both cards are designed for maximum 1080p, are squarely in the zone of what we would call “good value” as they are somewhat affordable, let you run all games with maximum settings, and handle 1080p with very acceptable frame rates.

Note: This article was originally featured in the July 2014 issue of the magazine.

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MSI NightBlade Review

Nowhere is that more true than in the world of small form factor machines. While ATX towers are very forgiving to build into (you can’t pick the wrong PSU or GPU), that can’t be said of ITX PCs.

Bare-bones with a ’tude

Sometimes it’s nice to pick and choose every little component you want in your build, and sometimes it’s just nice to have someone else do the thinking for you.

Nowhere is that more true than in the world of small form factor machines. While ATX towers are very forgiving to build into (you can’t pick the wrong PSU or GPU), that can’t be said of ITX PCs.

Note: This article was originally featured in the July 2014 issue of the magazine.