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Sebastian Peak
Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Sebastian has been working with computers professionally and as an enthusiast for over a decade. PC hardware continues to be an obsession (resulting in an upgrade cycle for his personal systems with questionable financial implications).

You can find Sebastian on PC Perspective and a couple of other places:


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Creative Introduces Sound Blaster E5 Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amp

08/30/2014 - 10:44

Creative has added a new member to their portable Sound Blaster "E" series lineup with the E5.  [inline:files/news/2014-08-30/SoundBlaster_E5.png] This new multi-function DAC and headphone amp features a reference-grade D/A converter chip...

Thecus N2560 Dual-Bay NAS Server Review: Budget HTPC Option

08/04/2014 - 16:03

The Thecus N2560 is a dual-bay NAS Server powered by an Intel Atom SoC. With the addition of HDMI output could this be the answer for some basic HTPC needs as well? [inline:files/review/2014-07-13/N2560_HDMI.JPG] The Thecus N2560 at work in the living...

A Look Inside and Conclusion

08/04/2014 - 09:47

The Atom Motherboard I couldn't resist the tempation to pull out the N2560's innards and take a closer look at the Intel Atom CE5335 platform board. [inline:files/review/2014-08-02/N2560_OPEN.JPG] With the back cover removed we can see the...

HDMI Video, Digital Audio Output, and Network Performance

08/04/2014 - 09:47

HDMI Output [inline:files/review/2014-07-30/N2560_VIDEO.JPG] Playing back video with a direct connection to the N2560 I wanted to try out the digital video output right away, so after updating the N2560 to the latest firmware and XBMC software version I...

The Budget Gaming PC Shootout: Affordable System Builds Compared

06/25/2014 - 11:05

[inline:files/review/2014-06-17/THE_GPUS.jpg] The stars of the show: a group of affordable GPU options When preparing to build or upgrade a PC on any kind of a budget, how can you make sure you're extracting the highest performance per dollar from...

The Price/Performance Comparison and Final Thoughts

06/19/2014 - 18:38

The following graph illustrates the variance in build cost and observed performance, and it's pretty significant! Only the most and least expensive builds had the expected performance average (best, worst), but the remaining 14 were all over the map...

Synthetic Benchmark Results

06/19/2014 - 18:31

I added some synthetic benchmarks to help account for the fact that I only tested three recent games. Perhaps the numbers here might help answer a few questions from the game benchmarks. Unigine Valley First we have Unigine Valley, run with low detail...

Game Benchmark Results

06/19/2014 - 18:18

All benchmarks were run with Windows 8.1 64-bit as the OS, and either AMD Catalyst 14.4 or NVIDIA GeForce 337.50 drivers (which were the most current when the testing was performed). BioShock Ultimate [inline:files/review/2014-06-19/bioshock_ult.png]

SilverStone Announces the Raven RV05 Case - The Dark Knight Returns

06/19/2014 - 16:22

SilverStone’s Raven series, what I would describe as the “Batmobile” of PC enclosures, has graduated from the Tim Burton-like approach of the RV01, to a little more of a Chris Nolan-reboot feel with its fifth incarnation. Announced...

Finishing the Build, Thoughts on APUs and Mantle

06/17/2014 - 12:53

Motherboards [inline:files/review/2014-06-17/MOTHERBOARDS.jpg]