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MH370: US Intel Assessment Suggested That Plane Deliberately Taken Off Course
U.S. intelligence agencies put together an assessment in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 indicating that the plane was deliberately taken off course, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. The assessment …
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 128 GB Intel Core i5 On Sale For 9 And Includes
A new and limited time deal via eBay is offering the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 128 GB / Intel Core i5 — 1.9 GHz / 4 GB of RAM variant for $ 779.99, which also includes free shipping. The Surface Pro 3 features a 12-inch 2160 by 1440 pixel display and …
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Analyst's Pessimism Was Backed Up by Intel's Quarterly Report
There are many factors for this, including the declining personal computer industry, and Intel's lack of more meaningful progress in its key growth businesses. On July 14, investment firm Bernstein Research cut Intel to under-perform from market …
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Intel Incents Employees to Help It Diversify
Intel has announced it will double its employee referral bonus for employees who help the giant chipmaker diversify its workforce. Employees who refer a woman, underrepresented minority or veteran who is ultimately hired will receive $ 4,000, the …
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'Profoundly stupid': Young man makes Intel hoax bomb call to get his friend
A DUBLIN MAN was paid €30 to make hoax bomb calls which shut down a motorway, disrupted air traffic control and prevented 4,000 Intel staff from going to work, a court has heard. Colin Hammond (21) had been drinking and taking tablets with a friend who …
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ASUS adds another micro-ATX motherboard into the mix, X99M-WS
This socket LGA2011v3 motherboard is based on Intel's X99 Express chipset and is apparently aimed at workstation builds, as claimed by ASUS. Being micro-ATX in size and brandishing three PCI-E x16 slots, this motherboard further supports up to an …
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ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark S LGA 1150 Motherboard Review
The TUF series is one of our favorite product lines at HardOCP. The TUF series Sabertooth motherboards have never disappointed us and we couldn't help but take ASUS' Sabertooth Z97 Mark S for a test drive. This one is a bit special in that it is a …
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Check Out Gigabyte's Overclocking-Friendly Z170X SOC Force Motherboard
As we've already seen, Gigabyte is prepared for Intel's Skylake launch (presumably in just a couple of weeks) with a handful of motherboards already. In addition to the ones already shown, you can add the Z170X SOC Force to the growing list. WCCFTech …
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ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1 (Intel X99) Motherboard Review
I previously reviewed many of ASRock's X99 offerings and today I take a look at one of their "second" generation X99 motherboards with some more refined features. Although this is one of two iterations of the Fatal1ty X99 Professional, this one …
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ASUS debuts X99M-WS Micro-ATX motherboard
ASUS today announced the launch of its X99M-WS LGA2011v3 motherboard that comes in the micro-ATX form-factor. The product was first shown by the company at the Computex event earlier this year. It is a workstation-class motherboard and the company …
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ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark S LGA 1150 Motherboard Review
The TUF series is one of our favorite product lines at HardOCP. The TUF series Sabertooth motherboards have never disappointed us and we couldn't help but take ASUS' Sabertooth Z97 Mark S for a test drive. This one is a bit special in that it is a …
Read more on HardOCP (press release)

ASRock X99E-ITX/ac review – the smallest X99 motherboard
The mighty X99 platform just got its smallest member. I am talking about the ASRock X99E-ITX/ac, the narrowest Haswell-E motherboard out there. Only thinking of how big the 5000 series CPUs are, I am very curious how ASRock manage to stuff all the …
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Live: PC Neil Doyle murder trial – Monday 27 July 2015 – Liverpool Echo
Mr Justice Turner says he will summarise the case and help the jury assimilate the parts of the evidence he thinks will be the most helpful. But he says it is up to the jury to determine what is relevant because it is their interpretation of the …
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Five arrested in JPMorgan hacking case
U.S law enforcement officials have arrested five individuals who reportedly were involved in the high-profile 2014 computer hacking of JPMorgan. Three of the individuals were arrested for stock manipulation while the other two were arrested for running …
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Belgian Court Acquits Pirate Bay Founders in Copyright Infringement Case
The quartet, which was at the helm of The Pirate Bay's affairs from the site's founding in 2003 to its sale to a Seychelles-based company in 2006, can finally breathe easy. We are talking about the infamous torrent site's co-founders Gottfrid Svartholm …
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Lime Technology's unRAID 6 Brings Containers and Virtualization to NAS Units
To drive home the advantage of this aspect – in case of simultaneous failure of two or more disks, it is possible to recover at least some data from the array by mounting the remaining good disks on another PC. (In the case of a RAID-5 array, the whole …
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Intel Issues Billion in Bonds to Help Fund Takeover of Altera – Bloomberg
Intel Corp. tapped the bond market for $ 7 billion to finance part of its $ 16.7 billion takeover of Altera Corp. at lower rates than initially offered to investors. The world's biggest chipmaker sold the longest portion of the four-part deal, $ 2 billion …
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Why Apple Inc. Is Unlikely to Ditch Intel for AMD in the MacBook — The Motley
One key argument that Hibben makes is that Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) PC processor designs are designed in a "one-size fits all" fashion to serve the requirements of a wide range of PC customers. By commissioning a semi-custom chip from AMD, Hibben …
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Intel Compute Stick Review: The Shape of Things to Come | NDTV Gadgets
Is your HTPC too big? Does your small-form-factor PC take up too much desk space? Computers have become smaller, slicker and less obtrusive over the years, with fully capable ones such as Zotac's Zbox series and Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) …
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Greystar may buy 13 acres from Intel in Santa Clara. – Silicon Valley Business
Greystar Real Estate Partners is eyeing 13.3 acres of high-profile dirt in Santa Clara — land long owned by Intel Corp. — in what could lead to the next large-scale mixed-use project in the booming city. The national real estate investor known for …
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Intel Core i7-6700K 'Skylake' overclocked to 6.50GHz with LN2 | KitGuru
A computer enthusiast has managed to set a new record in overclocking of Intel Corp.'s Core i7-6700K processor. The chip was pushed to 6.50GHz about a month ago, which is the highest frequency achieved by a “Skylake” microprocessor so far. While the …
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These 10 amazing PC case mods make your rig look mundane
A home-built PC is sort of like a project car. Once you've put every carefully-selected piece together, you get a huge sense of accomplishment. But for some enthusiasts, doing things by the book is never enough. And so we get tricked-out street racers …
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This Custom Fallout 3 PC Case Can Be Yours
If you're like me and planning on building a new rig before the arrival of Fallout 4 this fall, then this should interest you: a custom designed PC Corsair C70 Vengeance case, vibrantly painted in sky blue with bright yellow trim and stamped with the …
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17 of the most insane PC mods and cases of 2015
For hardcore PC enthusiasts, the annual Computex trade show in Taipei is the one to watch. The home base of the companies that design and make most of the world's components and cases, Computex is the place where every PC part maker tries to outdo …
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The Classic NES Lives On As An Awesome PC Case Mod
A PC Gamer reader gutted an old NES which he had lying around, went to work with a dremel and sandpaper and gave the case a sparkling white paint job. The goal was to give the classic NES a bit of a modern twist; he's certainly achieved that.
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This Week in PC Hardware: The first Windows 10 PCs, giant cases, and massive
It's been a busy week in hardware. We've had a ton of announcements, most of which came from a single company. AMD pretty much stole the headlines this week when it refreshed a good chunk of its graphics card lineup. The top-end Fury and Fury X have …
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Traders Beat Computer-Driven Hedge Funds – WSJ
In hedge-fund land, man has pulled ahead of machine. Computer-driven funds that trade using complex programs, often devised by scientists and mathematicians, have been hurt by choppy markets. According to data group Hedge Fund Research, the $ 272 …
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Syracuse city councilors sue Miner administration to regain computer access
Syracuse Councilor-at-Large Kathleen Joy, at microphone, and other city councilors are suing to regain access to city computers that was shut off July 1 by Mayor Stephanie Miner's administration. Councilor Pamela Hunter, with red scarf behind Joy, is …
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How to Avoid Wasting Thousands on a New Computer | Credit.com
It's been a ritual as old as the personal computer itself. Microsoft releases a new operating system, and PC sales skyrocket as users buy new hardware to take advantage of the new software. Sure, a hardy few buy the new Windows and try to install it on …
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Homeland Security chief: No more personal email on work computer – Yahoo News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Tuesday that he stopped using his desktop computer at work to check personal email because it posed a security risk. Johnson, whose department is responsible for protecting …
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Editorial: More computer problems | Albuquerque Journal News
What? A state agency has a new computer system that isn't performing as promised? If you were surprised to learn last week that problems with state Motor Vehicle Division's new computer system have contributed to people having to wait up to 45 days for …
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TOP CASE MANUFACTURERS

If you’re looking to build your own PC, upgrade your existing hardware, or tweak things up to your liking, a basic knowledge of the who’s who in the computer market is essential. Gamers, programmers and even amateurs could benefit from this literature.

Here are some of the top rated case manufacturers in the market today

  • ALIENWARE

Alienware is one of the top manufacturers for gaming hardware today and is very popular among young gamers. They’re known for their high quality graphics, alien themed displays and mood lighting.

HISTORY

Alienware is a subsidiary of Dell Inc. and was founded in 1996 by Nelson Gonzalez and Alex Aguila, inspired by the founder’s love for the TV show The X-Files. Alienware makes desktops, laptops, workstations, and PC gaming consoles. Dell bought Alienware in 2006 but the company still maintains its independence, be it designing the products or selling them. Dell’s acquisition helped Alienware lower its production cost and increased its market to more than 45 countries. The first Dell/Alienware system was released in 2009; the M17x.

NOTABLE MODELS

Notable for some of the best gaming laptops around, Alienware always manages to inspire oohs and aahs from the geeks every time it comes out with a new and improved product. Some of the best models from Alienware yet are:

  • Alienware 17-R2: Harder, better, faster, stronger; this upgraded gaming megatron boasts a fantastic FHD display with an awe inspiring audio system and keyboard lighting certain to make you drool.
  • Alienware 13: Despite being one of the slimmest, lightest notebooks around, the Alienware 13 is as ferocious as ever, thanks to its Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU. Harness it to the optional Graphics Amplifier and watch this beauty turn into a magnificent beast.
  • Area-51-R2: Alienware really pushed the boundaries with this one. Abandoning the traditional square boxes all laptops are expected to be, the Area-51-R2 is a giant hexagonal hulk of a gaming desktop that will blow your mind with its superior performance and heart stopping display.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Alienware is undoubtedly the most famous hardware manufacturer out there for serious gaming and teaming up with Dell has only made them more accessible and popular to the general population. Also it doesn’t hurt that movies and TV shows such as feature Alienware products such as the movie Stay Alive, the characters on The Big Bang Theory, 24, Nikita, and Dexter. It’s easy to see that Alienware have established themelves as frontrunners in the gaming arena and continue to make waves with their upgraded products each time.

RECEPTION

Alienware products have an almost cult following among the young gamers and there is a fervor that surrounds the anticipation of each new product; The nerds just cannot get enough.

  • ANTEC

Antec Inc. is an American manufacturer of PC components and accessories. They are known mainly for their computer cases and power supplies. Antec also manufactures cooling products and notebook accessories. The company is based in Fremont, California with offices in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

HISTORY

Antec Inc. was founded in 1986 and has remained a force to be reckoned with in the PC market. The company gained recognition for its strong, reliable products that come in handy for PC building and hardware tweaking by the tech community. Antec launched its mobile products in 2012 known as a.m.p. that consist of mobile audio devices, USB-powered battery packs and mobile chargers.

NOTABLE MODELS

  • Antec 1200 V3 Chassis: This top end of the line product blew customers away with its six fans, twelve external drive bays and washable air filters to keep the dust bunnies away.
  • Antec 900 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower: This product really outdid itself with not one, not two, but four extra large fans with minimal noise for maximum cooling. With its black case and blue LED fans, this bad boy hit it off instantly with the gamers.
  • Antec a.m.p. SP1 portable Bluetooth speaker: This mobile product from Antec really made waves with people who travel a lot and are dissatisfied with the poor audio from their laptop or phones. Available in three colors, with an integrated microphone, this a.m.p is a crowd pleaser.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Antec is mostly famous for its cooling solutions and cases that are durable, affordable and quiet. A favorite among the DIY computer fanatics, the company offers a wide range of products to satisfy the PC builder’s basic needs. Now operable in more than 40 countries, Antec has long since been the go-to brand for computer cases and accessories.

RECEPTION

With a variety of goods, from PC parts, mobile products, cooling solutions and power supplies; it is nearly impossible to build a whole PC from scratch without having at least one Antec product. The overall reception surrounding Antec is one of quiet reliability and good value for money.

  • ASUS

One of the largest PC vendors in the world, ASUS is a Taiwanese MNC that makes everything related to desktops, laptops, notebooks, mobile phones and networking solutions.

HISTORY

Founded in year 1989 by Ted Hsu, T.H. Tung M.T. Liao and Wayne Hsieh, ASUS has enjoyed a long and favorable history in the tech market. In 2006 ASUS revealed its partnership with Gigabyte Technology. ASUS has manufactured quite a few Blu-Ray notebooks. ASUS split into three independent companies- ASUS, Pegatron, and Unihan Corp.

NOTABLE MODELS

  • ASUS ROG G751: Part of ASUS’s Republic of Gamers line, this mean gaming machine gets top marks for fast processing and several input keys. With a wide display, hardware keys that launch Steam and three programmable macro keys, a smarter Nvidia graphics card, it is a great seller.
  • ASUS Zenbook NX500: Equipped with ASUS’s Visual Master display that covers 100 percent of the NTSC spectrum, and Bang and Olufsen speakers built into the keyboard deck, this charming little laptop still manages to be thinnest, lightest ultrabook that runs Windows, much to the delight of tech lovers.

SOCIAL MEDIA

ASUS is quite famous among the computer fanatics for their constant upgrading and new and innovative designs that win you over with their sheer simplicity, without too many compromises. Always seeking to better themselves, ASUS is renowned for their displays and audio components.

RECEPTION

ASUS has a wide base of loyal customers, not only because of their durable and reliable products, but also their company policy towards their customers. ASUS stays up to date with their customers’ needs and complaints and always works to improve and upgrade their products accordingly.

  • COOLER MASTER

A Taiwanese computer hardware manufacturing company, Cooler Master is known for their aftermarket products like chassis, PSU, coolers and accessories.

HISTORY

Founded in 1992, in Zhonghe District, Taiwan, Cooler Master has come to be an everyday name with PC builders worldwide. In 2008, Cooler Master launched a subsidiary brand called CM Storm that catered mainly to gaming organizations.

NOTABLE MODELS

  • NotePal X3 Cooling Pad: With an impressive 200 mm fan and blue LED lights that deliver a jaw dropping airflow of 76.5 CFM, this is easily one of the best laptop coolers in the market today and unsurprisingly, became an instant favorite with gamers everywhere.
  • Cooler Master Storm Trooper: Fully loaded with advance features like fan controllers, with upto 8 fans, top, bottom and front filters, water cooling and reconfigurable drive cages; this full tower chassis is worth every penny.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Cooler Master has done well for itself in the market, particularly because of its innovative cooling designs. 

RECEPTION

The company has a knack for beating out rivals with its genius cooling options and lower noise levels. Cooler Master may not be the best computer case manufacturer out there but it’s a no brainer when it comes to choosing cooling pads and fans for upgrading your hardware.

  • MSI

Millenium Star International aka MSI is a Taiwanese computer case and laptop manufacturer that has established itself as one of the top chassis manufacturers in the market today.

HISTORY

MSI was founded by 5 people: Joseph Hsu, Jeans Huang, Frank Lin, Kenny Yu and Henry Lu in 1986, New Taipei City, Taiwan. MSI started out by manufacturing quality motherboards and graphics cards and came out with the first Dual Pentium Pro-based motherboard in 1995. In 2008, MSI established its subsidiary FUNTORO to give IT solutions for vehicle infotainment. MSI has since partnered with a number of eSports organizations also hosts the international gaming even MSI Beat IT.

NOTABLE MODELS

  • MSI GT72 Dominator: A smashing new gaming notebook from MSI, with a superb game performance, booming speakers, vivid display and long lasting battery life, this one is a keeper.
  • MSI Z97 XPOWER AC: This award winning product from MSI has turned heads everywhere with its Guard Pro technology, V-Checkpoints, OC Fan Stand and a NVIDIA SLI support. A real overclocker, this motherboard has it all.

SOCIAL MEDIA

MSI has been in the market long enough and has made its mark in the tech community not just with its top notch products, but with its ever resourceful insights and boundary pushing designs. Motherboards and eSports have only served to make it a fan favorite.

RECEPTION

MSI has been widely praised for being more than a gaming laptop. Its hardware is fast, furious and famous for a reason.

  • THERMALTAKE

Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd is a Taiwanese manufacturer of computer cases, cooling solutions and power supplies.

HISTORY

Founded in 1999, in Taiwan and Southern California at the same time, Thermaltake is credited with having developed the first turbine cooler called ‘Golden Orb’ for Intel Pentium processors. In 2004 it released the first liquid-cooler for CPUs. Thermaltake commissioned BMW Designworks to make their most famous product, the Level 10 chassis. Thermaltake has subdivided into LUXA2 and Tt eSPORTS.

NOTABLE MODELS

  • Thermaltake Core V71 Full-Tower Chassis: A high quality hardware bound to excite any computer enthusiast, the Core V71 scores big with its long video cards, multiple cooling options and reconfigurable hard drives.
  • Ventus X : The company’s latest mouse has the perfection solution to sweaty hands for PC gamers. The Ventus X cleverly combines a rough texture with ventilation through a grill in the palm rest to keep your palms cool and contained during your most heated battles

SOCIAL MEDIA

Thermaltake is famous for their cooling innovations and brilliant chassis’ that look stunning and deliver high powered performances. Thermaltake sponsors many gamers and Tt eSports has helped the company target the needs of hardcore gaming enthusiasts.

RECEPTION

The company has put itself among the top PC case manufacturers mainly due to its dedication to creativity and out of the box originality.

  • XFX

It is a manufacturing division of Pine Technology Holdings Ltd., that makes graphics cards, motherboards and accessories.

HISTORY

XFX was started in 2002 by the Hong Kong based company and began by manufacturing nVidia graphics cards, but was removed as official partner by nVidia following XFX’s decision to start manufacturing ATI (AMD) cards as well.

NOTABLE MODELS

  • Radeon R9 295X2 : To say that this is the fastest graphics card in the world would not be an overstatement. With a gargantuan 8GB memory and loaded with the latest AMD technologies, these cards are selling like hot cakes.
  • XFX Pro 750W Black Edition: This is one of the more expensive power supplies in the market, and has a performance that is well worth the price. With a fully modular design, easy cable management and a five year warranty, it is well recommended.

SOCIAL MEDIA

XFX manages to make headlines, be it the controversial TV informercial, the dissolution of partnership with nVidia or double lifetime warranty on cards. XFX has many fans, mostly hardcore gamers with a passion for slick graphic cards.

RECEPTION

XFX is still a top producer of graphic cards and power supplies, giving easy competition to other brands mainly due to its unbeatable high speed graphics cards and loaded overclocked graphic units. The Radeon cards and the r-series cards have only helped to resert the mightiness of XFX graphics.

PC Motherboard Sizes Tutorial

This guide from Linus, via his TechQuickie YouTube channel, explains the differences between motherboard sizes. It only goes through the ATX family of sizes, not ITX. Techquickies if a channel that is dedicated to explaining hardware and software PC specifications very quickly. When you subscribe, you’ll get weekly videos that’ll explain confusing tech jargon.

PC Motherboards Video

Recap

The most common motherboard sizes are: ATX, micro-ATX, mini-ATX, and XL-ATX. Each size has a different intended usage. While ATX is the standard size, micro-ATX and mini-ATX are much smaller with much less configuration capabilities. This limit also results in a lower price as well as more on-board features such as built in audio and wireless networking. XL-ATX is a larger form of ATX motherboards. XL-ATX is often similarly priced to high end ATX mobos.

Key points

  • ATX, mini-ATX, and micro-ATX are all suitable for gaming, so is XL-ATX. ATX and XL-ATX are also suitable for server grade hardware as the mini and micro form factors lack this support.
  • The biggest thing in making sure that your PC case is suitable for your motherboard is the size and connectors. Make sure you have the right amount of connectors, with suitable pins, for your motherboard, graphics card, and other hardware. If needed, upgrading a power supply is possible.
  • Cases meant for ATX motherboards can fit mini and micro ATX motherboards as well.
  • XL-ATX motherboards will need larger cases.
  • The benefit of the larger form factor gives consumers more ventilation options on the market, even for small form factor motherboards such as mini-ATX.
  • The integration of features on small form factor cards gives budget consumers who want the most bang for their buck a wider range of options. The integrated wifi, Bluetooth, and even audio-in and audio-out will greatly reduce cost. Added that the small form factor mobos are cheaper, its a huger money saver than you’d expect.
  • Mini-ATX and micro-ATX motherboards are now being built especially for gaming. They allow one to build a budget gaming PC with spending only a few hundred dollars. The main emphasis is the CPU and GPU as multiple monitors and GPUs are usually not purchased by the regular consumer.
  • Individuals who want to get a motherboard that’s great for upgrading later on should get an ATX motherboard. It has the most upgrade options. The larger case will also make upgrading parts easier.

Conclusion

Linus, from Linux Tech Tips, make a great YouTube channel called TechQuickies. Although his voice is high pitch, his rate of speed is too fast for understanding, and his gestures are comical, he does provide useful information in a short amount of time. His guide on motherboards explains that size and connectors are the biggest factor one should look out for when pairing a motherboard with a case. Subscribe to his channel for more videos.