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Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866MHz DDR3 Review reported at 05:08 PM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Neoseeker
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Corsair's Dominator Platinum series has an impressive look, feel and weight to them.
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Intel Core i5 CPU Roundup reported at 12:20 PM
category: Intel Socket 1155 CPUs     website: X-bit labs
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In other words, if you are looking for a mainstream LGA 1155 CPU, there is no real reason why you should prefer the older Sandy Bridge based processors to the new third-generation Core i5. Especially, since Intel’s pricing on the new Core i5 modifications are quite reasonable and very close to those of the previous generation processors.
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Corsair Force GS Review reported at 12:20 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: X-bit labs
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So, if you’re shopping for an SSD with SF-2281 controller and synchronous flash, you can base your choice on the price factor. Corsair’s Force GS products are somewhat more expensive than SSDs with flash memory from IMFT, but the pricing may change eventually, making the Force GS series a more attractive option.
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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 AMP! Edition Review reported at 12:18 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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Traditionally for the brand, the Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB is a high-quality product. It is compact and economical in terms of power draw, features an efficient and quiet cooler, and supports all modern technologies from Nvidia, including multi-monitor configurations. The overclocking potential of our sample was rather average. We'll see what other brands have to offer soon, but Zotac’s version of GeForce GTX 660 seems to be an attractive buy in its price range.
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Arctic Cooling Accelero Hybrid 7970 Review reported at 12:13 PM
category: Video Card Coolers     website: ocaholic
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"Performance is at a very high level and therefore the cooler managed to keep our HD 7970's GPU as cool as 58°C under FurMark's Burn test with 30 % fan speed which is even more impressive when you consider that other coolers failed this test. With fans at 100 %, the GPU was at 48°C with the Accelero Hybrid., other coolers were capable of only 60°C. So with the Accelero Hybrid no need to worry about noise level under gaming experience with only 52°C max while driving the fans at 30 % (almost noiseless). Compared to other coolers that's awesome as to reach max 52°C you have to drive them at 100 % wich in case of the AMD Stock cooler is like having an airplane taking off just next to you. Also VRM temps are really good, they stay around 55°C in load."
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ASRock X79 Extreme11 Review reported at 12:09 PM
category: Socket 2011 Motherboards     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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The Asrock X79 Extreme11 is one of the prettiest motherboards we have even seen. The use of black with outlines of gold makes the board look awesome. But the overall layout is what does it. The seven PCIe slots do not interrupt any other ports on the motherboard. The heat sinks used aren't overwhelming. There are five fan header distributed over the surface of the board. The list goes on and on.
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Spire TME III Review reported at 12:06 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Hardware.Info
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The Thermax Eclipse III is definitely an improvement over its predecessor, but compared to other brands in the same price segment it's not our first choice for this type of cooler.
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Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 Review reported at 12:02 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: Techware Labs
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The Coolermaster M2 1500w 80Plus Silver Modular PSU is squarely aimed at the enthusiast market and does not disappoint. The 1500w maximum is ready for the latest 6xx series from nVidia and the 7xxx series from ATI, any CPU(s) you can throw at it, and peripherals.
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Asus Maximus V Formula Review reported at 11:58 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: KitGuru
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We have no hesitation recommending this motherboard, but it is expensive and there are plenty of excellent options on the market today. If you don’t need some of the ‘bells and whistles’ then you could save yourself some money.
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Crucial m4 Review reported at 11:55 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: TechSpot
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With high marks in both price and performance, the m4's reliability is the only factor that remains unaddressed, and in my opinion, Crucial also scores very highly here. Since its release, I've owned many m4s and all of them remain in use today with nary a hiccup. Crucial has been quick to patch bugs and they've worked hard to hone the drive's performance. From what I've seen of the company's support, the m4 would definitely be toward the top of my list if I were going to invest in an SSD today.
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Review reported at 11:53 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: t-break
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Given the ease of running things in the UEFI BIOS, loads of USB 3.0 ports as well as the option to fully utilize every aspect of the Z77 chipset, Lucid Virtu and the mSATA (for hybrid hard drive solution) in particular, there’s no reason not to go with the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H if you’re building a mid-range PC. The only thing you have to decide is whether you’ll be using Thunderbolt devices in the next 2 years; if not, the GA-Z77X-UD3H will serve your everyday needs perfectly.
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TP-Link N600 Review reported at 11:48 AM
category: Internet Routers     website: MadShrimps
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"TP-LINK set an affordable price for this adapter too, so it can be found in online stores for about 22 Euros."
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HEC Cougar Evolution Review reported at 11:43 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: eTeknix.com
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So while it may have just missed out on one of our eTeknix awards, I don’t want to give the indication that this is a bad chassis, because it’s really not. If you’re looking for a chassis with tough build quality that can handle a great amount of air cooling, or a 120mm closed loop water cooling rig like ours and the style is to your liking then this is a solid purchase, but when the price tag seems to hover around £100 I can’t help but think you can get more for your money.
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NZXT Phantom Review reported at 11:42 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: OCModShop
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There are a few gripes about this case, however. The paint isn’t powder-coated, so it can be easily nicked, especially if you use screws to mount your drives. While the cabling is good, there are a few places where there isn’t enough slack, and a typical PSU’s power connector for the motherboard doesn’t quite fit in the cutout of the motherboard tray.
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NZXT Aperture M Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: eTeknix.com
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"Given that this device only costs a little over £20, I see that as a really good deal, its very well made, it does exactly as advertised and the added bonus of working as a USB 3.0 upgrade kit for anyone who has USB 3.0 on their motherboard but not on their chassis is another big advantage of this device, which is why I am happy to award the NZXT Aperture M our Editors Choice Award, as this is definitely a product I will be personally using for the foreseeable future."
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Fractal Design Define R4 Review reported at 11:27 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: techPowerUp!
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The Fractal Design Define R4 has taken the R3 and successfully fused it with the backbone of the Arc chassis. The newest revision adds USB 3.0 support, a new front panel design, and more options for fans. Thanks to the modular HDD bays, you may also install extra-long graphic cards. All these improvements warrant the new revision. The Define R4 looks like the series on sight, but comes with core differences. It should be mentioned that the competition is not resting and is also offering cases geared for the silent user, but their offers include a few extras, like hot-swap bays, LED lighting, more fans, even more flexibility between silence and performance, doors that open to both sides, hot-swap bays, and the likes. I mentioned these concerns in my R3 review and feel that Fractal-Design has gone in the right direction with the Define R4, but it may not offer enough to stay atop of the competition which seems to evolve at a faster pace than Fractal Design does with the Define series. One could consider the lead that Fractal Design had back in the day void, and they better step up their game with the R5.
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G.Skill TridentX DDR3-2400 2x4GB Dual Channel Kit Review reported at 11:23 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: ThinkComputers
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High-performance memory usually carries a high-performance price tag, and G.Skill have managed to offer a good price point for enthusiasts on a budget.
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Sapphire Vapor-X HD 7950 Review reported at 11:21 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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If you're a stickler for noise, this card won't disappoint, but if you can handle a slightly higher noise floor, perhaps you'll want to save the extra money and grab the older Dual-X HD 7950 instead.
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SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD Review reported at 11:04 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: PC Stats
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If you've held off upgrading your main OS drive to an SSD, now's the time to get off the fence and upgrade. Peak CrystalDiskMark results for this 240GB SDSSDX-240G-G25 drive were 504MB/s Read and 290MB/s Write (CrystalDiskMark's 1000MB test)! For a company new to the extremely competitive Solid State Drive market, SanDisk have entered the ring with a solid 240GB drive that holds it's own against the established SDD brands like OCZ. Recommended.
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