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ASUS Vulcan ANC Pro Gaming Headset Review reported at 05:02 PM
category: headsets     website: Neoseeker
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ASUS brings professional gaming headgear to a new level with the first active noise cancelling headset for gamers.
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MSI Big Bang XPower 2 Review reported at 04:56 PM
category: Socket 1156 Motherboards     website: eTeknix.com
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In our eyes, this is one of the best boards I’ve personally tested and cannot say enough kind words about it, as it seems to tick all of the right boxes and the pricing to me isn’t bothersome enough as X79 warrants this higher price and consumers moving from X58 to the X79 platform expect to pay top dollar for it and with that in mind, because it offers performance for those needing it with features that can’t be rivalled, we’re happy to award it with the Editor’s Choice Award.
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Thermaltake eSports Shock One Review reported at 04:12 PM
category: headsets     website: XSreviews.co.uk
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The Tt eSports Shock One sells for £60. This seems like a fair price for a pair of good headphones, they perform well and the build quality isn’t bad either. If you’ve got the money to spend and you’re looking to stick out with the LED lights, they’re well priced, otherwise you can get similar audio performance for less.
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Intel DZ77GA-70K Review reported at 04:09 PM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: APH Networks
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The Intel Desktop Board DZ77GA-70K is an incredible combination of awesome hardware with a very well designed BIOS, but it has a few bugs they will need to iron out for perfection.
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LaCie Little Big Disk Review reported at 04:07 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: ocaholic
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For our tests we created a Software RAID0 under Windows 7 and afterwards we tested the volume with iozone. At this point we had to find out that LaCie uses SATA II instead of faster SATA III Solid State Drives for their Little Big Disk. This really is a pity because you only get half of what could be possible with an external thunderbolt storage device. Basically the Little Big Disk with its two 120 Gigabyte SSDs isn't fast, but it's kind of depressive when you just spent about 700 Swiss Francs (est. 583 Euros) on an external high-performance drive and you then notice that you get technology from 2010. We're really hoping that LaCie is going to bring another version of the Little Big Disk with two SATA III drives. We would love to see the Thunderbolt interface maxed out at more then 1 Gigabyte per second but instead you get 424 Megabyte per second concerning sequential reads and 324 Megabyte per second when it comes to sequential writes.
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Corsair HX850W Review reported at 12:15 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: PC Perspective
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The new Corsair Professional Series HX850 power supply is being released with a MSRP of $199.99 USD but I wouldn't be surprised to see the price come down a little in the near future.
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Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 Review reported at 12:14 PM
category: Socket 2011 Motherboards     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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"Gigabyte has laid out a real solid foundation for their next generation of motherboard technology. With the lack of phase power needed to produce the same results is a huge plus in our book. And adding to that you are assured better efficiency when it comes to the power been shot into the different voltage aspect of the CPU. We have seen Gigabyte take these types of steps each and every time a new addition of the Ultra Durable is released."
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PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 1200W Review reported at 12:11 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: Hardware.Info
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If you're going to invest in a 1200W 80 Plus Platinum power supply, you should spend the extra 10 percent and get the Corsair AX1200i. It's still our favourite PSU in this segment.
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AeroCool Touch 2000 Review reported at 12:10 PM
category: Monitor Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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The only thing I wish this touch panel had would be some profile keys, but given that it only takes a few moments to dial in the speed of each fan, its not exactly a deal breaker. If you looking for something that not only helps you get the best out of your systems air cooling, but that also looks fantastic at the same time, then you won’t be disappointed with the Touch-2000, which is why I’m awarding it our Editors Choice Award.
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XFX Radeon HD 7770 Black Super Overclocked Edition DD Review reported at 12:09 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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If you’re in the market for a new graphics card and want to dabble in a bit of gaming, while tempting some of the more extreme settings, and also being stuck on a budget, then you’ll find this is one of the best value Radeon HD 7770′s in the market, and with a brand like XFX offering a good warranty, support and a nice looking and performing card, we don’t think you can really go wrong.
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Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-2666 4x4GB Kit Review reported at 12:08 PM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: KitGuru
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If the price isn’t important and you want the best memory on the market, then look no further.
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Corsair Vengeance 2000 Review reported at 12:06 PM
category: headsets     website: HardwareCanucks
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For anyone in the market for a wireless gaming headset that doesn’t need an audiophile-grade solution or advanced software options, the Vengeance 2000 headset will be a great choice. However, there are better options out there should you be willing to use a more limiting corded solution.
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Corsair Neutron RAID SSD Review reported at 12:06 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Real World Labs
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Neutron is a brand new drive and will undoubtedly have performance changing firmware introduced many times so we expect to see the Neutron evolve rapidly. The Neutron has a lot to offer and is a drive that we recommend you own. RAID 0 TRIM has changed the game completely so if you are an enthusiast you need to be thinking of the drive you want in terms of the PAIR of drives you want unless of course you don’t care about having an uber rig. Another factor for some is that the Neutron is a slim 7mm thick and can go places a standard thickness drive cannot. Corsair gives you a 5 year warranty with the Neutron and that’s something that will bring confidence to your decision to choose Neutron.
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Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Review (German) reported at 12:02 PM
category: headsets     website: Technic3D
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LEPA Cooling Fan Series Review reported at 11:56 AM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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The Lepa Chopper, Casino and Vortex are reasons proving that LEPA is more than just power supplies. All three fans specification wise should suit the purpose of CPU cooling or better case circulation without a problem. The quality build is what you would want in a fan. But the big thing here is the show the fans put on. The colors, their arrangement is something you don’t see too often in a cooling fan. There is a lot of eye candy being displayed.
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Fractal Design Define R4 Review reported at 11:48 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: KitGuru
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An excellent case which is whisper quiet and well built.
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Shuttle XPC SX79R5 & SZ77R5 Review (German) reported at 11:48 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Technic3D
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Sparkle GeForce GTX 650 OC Dragon Cyclone Review reported at 11:40 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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"It is all about the price, for less than £90, this is a sweet deal."
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Thermaltake Tte eSports Saphira Review (French) reported at 11:34 AM
category: Mice     website: Cowcotland
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Asus GeForce GTX 560 TOP Direct Cu II Review reported at 11:33 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: ThinkComputers
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With the release of the 660 Ti series of cards, this card really is irrelevant if your price range is that of $275 – $315. Now if you want to save $40 over the 660 Ti then this card is still a very viable option and anyone upgrading from a lesser card would definitely like the improved performance. For being over a year old this card can still throw down and for that reason we are giving it a 9 out of 10 score.
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MSI N650-1GD5/OC Review reported at 11:31 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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"If you are a gamer on a budget, a card you should really consider is the HD 7850 1 GB. It is quite a bit more expensive, but offers almost twice the performance and the best price/performance ratio thanks to a reduced memory footprint of 1 GB that doesn't affect games negatively, but helps a lot with the price. Other options might be a used GTX 560 Ti or HD 6850/70."
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KFA2 GeForce GTX 650 EX OC Review reported at 11:28 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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"Cards like the HD 7750 and the HD 7770 offer much more bang for the buck. If you are a gamer on a budget, a card you should really consider is the HD 7850 1 GB. It is quite a bit more expensive, but offers almost twice the performance and the best price/performance ratio, thanks to a reduced memory footprint of 1 GB that doesn't affect games negatively, but helps a lot with the price. Other options might be a used GTX 560 Ti or HD 6850/70."
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PowerColor DEVIL13 HD 7990 6GB Review reported at 11:24 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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As a single PCIe slot video card the PowerColor HD 7990 Devil 13 delivers excellent results both in terms of cooling and gaming performance, especially when you move to an Eyefinity setup. It has looks that kill, a good design, and the ability to run it all with a single card.
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