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With the Thermal Grizzly Kryosheet, Arctic TP3 pads and cap nuts from an IKEA paper box against a graphics card hotspot | User Review

Today’s article comes from our community member big-maec and it shows how the community is also keen to experiment with various pads. The article will also show that sometimes it takes a little more work to really fix a problem permanently. The user’s problem child this time was the Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Ultra W OC 8G with [...]

Ground on the wrong track: Why only certain power connector pins melt and we should rethink PCs | Part 1 of 2

Some things are accidental discoveries and are actually so trivial that nobody even bothers to question the current flows in the PC and, above all, to measure them. We only ever measure the 12-volt rails and are happy. But with connectors such as the 12VHPWR or 12V2x6 over 6+2 pin, the 8-pin EPS and the 24-pin mainboard connection, does exactly [...]

FiiO EM5 Earbuds Review- Brilliant earbuds with extreme depth, high addictive potential and a certain fiddly factor

With the FiiO EM5, I am testing earbuds today that are a little out of the ordinary. My thanks first go to the community for sending me the test sample, because the FiiO EM5 headphones are a very exciting product for audiophiles and music lovers who are looking for an exceptional listening experience. But before we dedicate ourselves to testing [...]

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UPRtek MK550T Spectroradiometer presented and in use – Upgrade of our monitor test setup and basics of measurement technology

I’ve been officially testing monitors at Igor’sLab for almost two years now. I started out quite rudimentary with a very cheap colorimeter, the SpyderX and a mixture of DisplayCal and the SpyderX software. Everyone starts small, of course. The whole thing then developed quite quickly and we gradually upgraded and managed to get [...]

The Ultimate Thermal Paste and Pad Compendium: Application, Ingredients, Manufacturing, Optimization, Aging, Profit Margins and Marketing

Today I would like to dispel a few myths and, above all, explain why thermal compound is not just about the fillers and why there is a lot of marketing and even more inconsistencies and untruths in this gold-digger business. The article is also intended to raise awareness and help to separate honest and diligent suppliers from third-party [...]

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Super Founders Edition 16GB vs. MSI GeForce RTX 4080 Super Expert 16 GB Review – Super-homeopathic differences on all fronts, but cheaper

Today marks the last round of the green super upgrade weeks and with the new GeForce RTX 4080 Super, there is a chip that is on the one hand more of the same and yet is supposed to be something different. With the RRP of 1109 euros (old model 1469 euros), the company naturally wants to create a sales impulse and at the same time suggest a [...]

MiniXTec M1 Mini-PC in test – With display, dual LAN and Intel N200

I briefly considered whether the word “mini” could perhaps be included a few more times in the title, but I didn’t want to spoil the search engine optimization even more. Minimally at most. Today we are testing a completely new brand and an interesting system whose unique selling point may yet turn out to be a gimmick. More on [...]

NVIDIA and the 12VHPWR / 12V2x6 Adapter without a real locking Mechanism – A serial scattering, a chance find or a one-off slip-up?

Please don’t panic again, but the new adapter is so fragile that quality management and controls can’t be tough enough to ensure safe operation. And since there will be no media launch of the GeForce RTX 4080 Super tomorrow and no results can be published until the day after tomorrow, I’m going to focus today on a product that is [...]

Moody IMCs, beware! – Corsair Dominator Titanium RGB DDR5-8000 2x 24 GB Review with Overclocking and Teardown

A test is always particularly exciting when you come across unexpected problems for which the test subject is not actually responsible. This was also the case here. A RAM test, even if it’s a rather high-priced kit, now runs according to the same pattern for me and isn’t witchcraft. But this time I found myself trapped in an almost [...]

MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super Ventus 3X 16 GB review – Desired upgrade with contemporary memory expansion and price pressure from AMD

Today sees the second round of the green Super League and NVIDIA officially launches the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super in the form of the so-called MSRP cards with the help of its board partners (AIC). However, with a starting price of 889 euros (799 USD) as the MSRP, it is miles above the street price of the RTX 4070 Ti Non-Super, which starts at [...]

Alphacool 120 mm Apex Stealth Metal Fan Reality Check – Exact error and root cause analysis and reworking including perspectives

Even if it has now taken a little longer and some impatient contemporaries have repeatedly demanded a prompt publication: It was by no means a case of us sitting it out, but rather a lot of precise work to work through almost a year of fan tests and conduct a fair investigation into the causes of the totally botched fan test of the Alphacool 120 [...]