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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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Fractal Design Core 3300 ATX Case Review

09/15/2014 - 12:29

[inline:files/review/2014-08-19/CORE3300.jpg] The case market is not only saturated at every conceivable price point, but there is enough of a builder’s DNA in their enclosure selection that making recommendations in this area can be a galvanizing...

Apple Announces New iPhone 6 and Larger iPhone 6 Plus

09/09/2014 - 14:45

Today Apple finally catches up with the current smartphone industry as they announce not just a new iPhone, but two new phones - both with much larger screens. [inline:files/news/2014-09-09/IPHONE_6_COVER.png] Image credit: Apple, Inc. In 2007 Steve Jobs...

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...

Completed Build and Final Thoughts

08/25/2014 - 15:25

[inline:files/review/2014-08-25/3300_FINISHED.JPG] The final build is clean and open. Components have room to breathe and there's lots of extra space, which makes adjusting things later much easier (now I remember why I like full-size ATX!). [inline:...

Case Interior and Build Walkthrough

08/25/2014 - 14:28

First we need to remove the side panels, which are attached with the standard two thumbscrews on each side. [inline:files/review/2014-08-25/3300_OPEN.JPG] Removing the side panel reveals a roomy interior.

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...