Since the introduction of the Haswell line of CPUs, the Internet has been aflame with how hot the CPUs run. Speculation ran rampant on the cause with theories...
Once the processor has been delidded, you have two options for running the processor in your system:
Use the CPU with naked die, requiring use of some type of spacer to protect the die from being crushed
Replace the heat spreader on the...
To remove the heat spreader from the CPU PCB, you will need a few tools that are common to most home work benches or can be easily obtained from your local Lowe's or Home Depot store.
a rubber mallet
a wooden 2 x 4 cut to a 6 inch...
Courtesy of ASUS
The ASUS Z97-WS motherboard is the latest release for the workstation board line with several evolutionary changes over its predecessor to take advantage of the Intel Z97 chipset...
XSPC Raystorm D5 Photon RX480 V3 WaterCooling Kit
Courtesy of XSPC
XSPC is well known in the water cooling community for their high performance, yet affordable cooling product...
Courtesy of MSI
The MSI Z97 XPower motherboard is the flagship board in their Overclocking Series line of motherboards, optimized over the previous version XPower board to take advantage of the...
Synthetic Benchmark Testing
SiSoft Sandra 2012
The Sandra benchmarks remain a fast and easy way to determine how well the system's CPU and memory...
Audio Subsystem Testing
Audio Playback Testing
Using a selection of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music tracks and Windows Media Player, the audio subsystem playback performance was tested for playback accuracy and fidelity.
Playback using the audio test...
To verify that the motherboard works as advertised, the board was run through our standard benchmark suite. In most cases, the results are presented for the motherboard under review as well as a different...