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Cosplay, Booth Babes, Final Thoughts and Conclusion

03/11/2012 - 12:15

Cosplay, Booth Babes [inline:files/review/2012-03-11/IMG_8951.jpg] Quite a few people dressed up as their favorite game characters and booth babes were about in full force during the Screenburn Arcade event. The most noticable booth babe had to be...

Vendors - Intel, AMD, Alienware, Klipsch

03/10/2012 - 16:22

Intel [inline:files/review/2012-03-10/IMG_8889.jpg] Intel had a modest booth to go along with their LANFest computer gaming event. The booth included Ultrabooks from several OEMs including ASUS, Toshiba, Samsung, and Lenovo.  The ASUS Zenbook...

MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) LGA 2011 ATX Motherboard Review

03/06/2012 - 18:10

Introduction [inline:files/review/2012-02-24/five_pictures1_2487_20111107172742.jpg] Courtesy of MSI My first Sandy Bridge-E motherboard review of 2012 showcases the talents of Intel's latest i7-3820 3.6GHz quad-core processor and MSI's X79A-GD65 (8D)...

Power Consumption and Conclusion

03/04/2012 - 19:46

Power Consumption

Overclocking Results

03/04/2012 - 19:46

Gigabyte Easy Tune 6 Overclocking [inline:files/review/2012-03-04/et6-42ghz-level-2-easy-mode.jpg] 4.2GHz overclock using Easy Tune 6 Most high-end motherboards include numerous overclocking options for beginners and experienced enthusiasts. The X79-UD5...

PCMark Vantage

03/04/2012 - 19:45

Futuremark's benchmark suite, PCMark Vantage, was released in 2010 we published an initial article on the new software that looked at some CPU performance as well as providing overviews for all the individual testing suites it uses and what kind of...

Gaming Tests

03/04/2012 - 19:45

3DMark11 3DMark11 measures your PC’s gaming performance and makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders, and multi-threading.    

Synthetic CPU and Memory Tests

03/04/2012 - 19:44

SiSoft Sandra 2011 The latest version of SiSoft Sandra offers up a lot of new features including compatibility updates for Sandy Bridge processors, media transcoding enhancements, Blu-Ray, and expanded GPGPU support. 

Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

03/04/2012 - 19:43

[inline:files/review/2012-03-04/IMG_8728.jpg] For our testing today, we chose to pit the Gigabyte's X79-UD5 against  MSI's X79A-GD65 (8D) to see which $300 motherboard will take our Intel i7-3820 processor to its highest performance levels in a host...

BIOS Features

03/04/2012 - 19:42

Gigabyte has transformed the UEFI BIOS concept for their series of X79 motherboards. They created a 3D BIOS using their DualBIOS technology they patented several years ago. The 3D BIOS technology is based off two 8MB ROMs that provide users with primary...