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Thermaltake NiC C5 Review

Despite its front fan having a depth of 25mm, the C5 won’t get in the way of RAM slots.

Give a little, take a little

We don’t know how it started, but heat spreaders on today’s RAM sticks have gotten kinda out of control. So, gearheads these days have to get pretty creative (or potentially destructive) to fit most large aftermarket CPU coolers on the motherboard. Thermaltake had the bright idea to just make a more compact cooler, with not one but two 120mm fans on it. NiC stands for “Non-Interference Cooling,” and its C5 model sits at the top of the vendor’s lineup. With five heat pipes and 230 watts of heat dissipation, it’s ready for serious cooling, and it won’t get in the way of your RAM slots.

Note: This review was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.

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Primordial Medusa X79 Review

This big rig features an odd storage subsystem configuration.

Primordial Medusa X79: Can this four-way Titan box dethrone Dream Machine?

With Dream Machine 2013 behind us (September 2013), we now move into the phase where vendors line up to try to kick it off the top of the heap.

Note: This review was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.

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MSI GeForce GTX N770 Lightning Review

The Lightning is the highest-clocked GTX 770 available.

A bit too extreme, as it turns out

Last month, we reviewed two GeForce GTX 770 cards from Asus and Gigabyte that cost just $10 more than the reference design, but were well-cooled and only slightly overclocked. That’s too boring for MSI, which decided to take its flagship GeForce GTX N770 Lightning to an extreme not previously seen.

Note: This review was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review

The Helix’s ThinkPad pedigree is evident: all-black body, rubberized surfaces, and the familiar black, slightly concave keys surrounding  the signature red TrackPoint nubbin.

Jack of all trades, master of none

What do you call a device that can be either a laptop or a tablet, or even a few additional novel form factors in between? A Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, that’s what—which, as the name implies, is a hybrid with a twist.

Note: This review was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.

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Asus Z87-Deluxe Review

With the exception of Goldmember, PC users may miss the old blue heatsinks.

Finally, all SATA 6Gb/s on an Intel board!

Motherboard shopping used to be like buying a Model T—you could buy any color you wanted as long it was black. Today, we have a serious Nerd World problem in the dizzying array of motherboard choices, with Asus offering no less than 10 Z87 boards just in its “standard” line, at prices that range from ultra-budget to luxury.

Note: This review was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.