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MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

Introduction, Design, Features Although Intel’s eighth-generation “Coffee Lake” CPUs fit ordinary LGA 1151 sockets, they aren’t backward-compatible with older chipsets such as the Z270. You’ll need to invest in a motherboard with the Z370 chipset when you build a PC around your new processor, so plan your budget accordingly. The good news is that most Z370 motherboards aren’t priced sky-high. ... Read More »

EVGA DG-77

Introduction, Design, Features EVGA probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind when thinking about computer cases, and you might not be aware that it even has a case line. It does, albeit a small one, that up until recently consisted only of a couple of mini-ITX enclosures (Hadron Air and Hadron Hydro) and a few full towers (DG-8 series). ... Read More »

Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7

Introduction, Design, Features Anyone planning to build a system around Intel’s smoking-new eighth-generation CPUs would do well to allocate a decent chunk of the budget to a new motherboard. Intel’s “Coffee Lake-S” processors don’t support older chipsets, which means picking up a Z370 board is a must. Although the Z370 represents a modest update to Intel’s desktop chipsets, we doubt that ... Read More »

NZXT H700i

Introduction, Design Features Building a PC from scratch might seem intimidating to anyone who has never pieced together a system before. Truth be told, it’s not that difficult—or at least it shouldn’t be. While it can be frustrating working inside a poorly designed case, a thoughtfully constructed enclosure offers the exact opposite experience. One of the things that separates a ... Read More »

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio

Introduction, Design Features [Editors’ Note: Be aware that pricing and features for video cards based on a given graphics chip can vary, depending on the actual card maker. AMD and Nvidia make video “reference cards” based on their graphics processors, which they sometimes send out for review. Third-party partners—MSI, Sapphire, Gigabyte, EVGA, Asus, and many others—make and sell cards that ... Read More »

MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

Introduction, Design Features AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors, teeming with cores, are among the best CPUs you can buy today for creative pursuits. They are certainly well-suited to content creation, but they also have game. (See our review of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, for one.) And no motherboard maker is going to miss an opportunity to target that lucrative community: ... Read More »

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition

Introduction, Design Features [Editors’ Note: Be aware that pricing and features for video cards based on a given graphics chip can vary, depending on the actual card maker. AMD and Nvidia make video “reference cards” based on their graphics processors, which they often send out for review. Third-party partners—MSI, Sapphire, Gigabyte, EVGA, Asus, and many others—make and sell cards that ... Read More »

Intel Core i7-8700K

Introduction, 8th Generation Platform Chipset To say 2017 has been a busy year for desktop-PC processors would be an understatement the size of Texas—or at least, Oregon. The best way to sum it all up might be to say, simply: In 2017, you’ll get more cores (and more threads) for your CPU dollar than ever. That keeps getting reaffirmed as the ... Read More »

Intel Core i5-8400

Introduction, 8th Generation Platform Chipset So much has happened this year in the desktop-PC CPU market, it’s getting difficult to paint even the broad strokes without a billboard-size canvas. The thumbnail version? More cores (and more threads) for your CPU dollar, the more into 2017 you get. AMD kicked off the trend with its eight-core Ryzen 7 chips in March, topping ... Read More »

SilverStone Kublai Series KL07

Introduction, Design Features Shhhh, don’t tell anyone! Building a quiet PC isn’t quite as difficult as it once was. Part of that is down to advances in PC components—they are just a more sedate bunch these days. Solid-state drives (SSDs) provide a silent, no-spin alternative to hard drives, for one thing. And chances are pretty good that you won’t even bother ... Read More »

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