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Nofan CR-95C Review reported at 05:42 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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"NoFan have come up with one of the most unique CPU coolers we have ever seen. It looks fantastic, is 100% silent (no marketing gimmicks here), performs well enough to suit the majority of computers and is price extremely competitively given the fact NoFan has very few competitors to go up against."
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Asus F2A55-M Review reported at 05:37 PM
category: AMD Socket FM2 Motherboards     website: eTeknix.com
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"If you’re looking for a simple solution for a HTPC or simple PC for your teenage child who needs it for studying, this board is perfectly aimed at that segment and it simply offers a no frills approach to building a system. Couple this factor with the onboard iGPU, and a few other components and you have a complete system for next to no money which is more than capable of doing the task you throw at it, and as you saw earlier; it can even outperform the competition."
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Crucial m4 Review reported at 12:49 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Techware Labs
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Overall, I found the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD to be very impressive. You get close to the performance of the full-size m4 but in a significantly smaller package. The sequential read/write performance with both compressible and incompressible was great, though the random read/write speeds were quite a bit lower than the standard drive in some cases. But the real pull of this drive is its form factor, which allows you to install it in extremely thin Ultrabooks or to free up a slot in a desktop PC. At basically the same price as the standard 256GB m4 drive (currently about $200), the mSATA drive is also very affordable, allowing you to choose between pure performance at the expense of size, or a tiny form factor at the expense of some performance.
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Enermax MaxRevo Review (French) reported at 12:49 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: Cowcotland
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Fractal Design Define R4 Review reported at 12:48 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Hardware.Info
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The Fractal Design Define R4 isn't the most exciting computer chassis that we've seen. It's mostly an evolution of an earlier design, and it's noticeable that Fractal Design tried to save money on certain components in order to keep a competitive price. With an average price of £85 the Fractal Design Define R4 perhaps doesn't seem that affordable, but for a silent chassis such as this with solid side-panels and sound-dampening materials it's very reasonable. Many of the competitors that we compare the Fractal Design to in this test are much more expensive.
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Cooler Master CM Storm Recon Review reported at 12:44 PM
category: Mice     website: eTeknix.com
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It had ample features and decent performance qualities that make it a decent budget mouse. It glided across all the surfaces we tested it on, whilst remaining precise and accurate. The Recon also looks great (especially if you like Razer mice) and would make a decent addition to any gamer’s arsenal.
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SteelSeries Kana Review reported at 12:41 PM
category: Mice     website: XSreviews.co.uk
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In conclusion, I like this mouse. It’s very well built, accurate, comfortable and comes with some nifty software. It sits perfectly between it’s bigger and smaller brothers, it’s even a rather nice piece of eye-candy. All of the problems I had with the Kana were down to personal preference in mouse setup and design and if you’re in the market for a good gaming mouse in this price bracket, you won’t be disappointed if you were choose this little beast as your new desk rodent.
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MadCatz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Review reported at 12:39 PM
category: Keyboards     website: ThinkComputers
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"Overall ThinkComputers awards the Cyborg S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Gaming Keyboard a 9 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award!"
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Thermaltake eSPORTS Theron Review (French) reported at 12:16 PM
category: Mice     website: Cowcotland
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Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Review reported at 12:15 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: techPowerUp!
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The Cooler Master Elite 120 chassis may look like most other Mini-ITX form-factor cases out there, but it actually bears no surprises since the hard drive bays are located on the front and the full size ODD is placed above that. Cooler Master managed to create an ultra-compact case with the ability to hold a large high-performance graphics card while keeping the price of the chassis refreshingly affordable. Little touches, like the aluminum plated front and all black cables, add to the positive impression and experience of the chassis. Ultimately, the Elite 120 only has a few issues, the biggest being the restriction of possible CPU coolers. But for just under 50 USD, the Cooler Master Elite 120 is an excellent choice for those who want a compact case and lots of space for a big GPU. That is, only if they don't mind using an OEM cooler or another very compact CPU cooler out there.
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HIS Radeon HD 7750 iCooler Review (German) reported at 12:14 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3-2133 4x4GB Kit Review reported at 12:13 PM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Hardware Asylum
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As a general rule you will see a significant performance increase whenever you can run your memory clock above the default 16x multiplier setting and is exactly what you will get from these modules. Corsair Dominator Platinum modules are available in a variety of speeds ranging from 1866Mhz to 2666Mhz. Timings and Kit Size vary so be sure to pick the proper modules for your particular system.
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Cooler Master CM Storm Ceres-400 Review reported at 11:58 AM
category: headsets     website: Overclockers Club
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"When it comes down to brass tacks there are a lot of choices in the $50 range for headsets and this one should definitely be at the top of your list for consideration. With the combination of extreme comfort, smart design, and overall good quality I can't think of many other headsets that offer this level of quality at this price point."
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Fractal Design Define R4 Review reported at 11:55 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: ocaholic
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We can recommend the Define R4 to everybody who's looking for a midi tower case that features pre-installed acoustic insulation material as well as silent fans and a fan controller. With this case it's really easy to build a silent rig.
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MadCatz Tritton 720+ Review reported at 11:37 AM
category: headsets     website: eTeknix.com
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"So if your looking for a premium build quality, high performance and overall rather durable headset for those long gaming sessions then I highly recommend you check out the 720+ from Tritton. While I could give them our gamers choice award, this set performs just as well with a good movie or your favourite album, which is why I am happy to award them with our Editors Choice Award."
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Cooler Master CM Storm Recon Review reported at 11:32 AM
category: Mice     website: KitGuru
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Excellent comfort, a well-thought design and good performance make the CM Storm Recon a hot contender to anybody wanting a new gaming mouse.
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Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 Review (French) reported at 11:27 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: Cowcotland
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eVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC 2GB Review reported at 11:10 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: ocaholic
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"So in the end this GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC SuperSuperClocked graphics card from EVGA is better than the reference one with a factory overclocking and a better cooling system though the use of the reference PCB design. For the price of 141 € (exc. VAT) the SSC is 22 € more expensive than the reference design which makes it very interesting considering the performance and the extra amount of memory over the reference design. You were looking for an graphics card in the HD 6870-6850 ranges? Go for it!"
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NVIDIA GTX 650Ti & Zotac GTX 650Ti AMP! Edition Review reported at 11:00 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: TBreak
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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 650Ti represents an excellent opportunity to budget gamers with more than decent performance for 1080p gaming at fairly high settings. Unfortunately factory overclocked cards like the Zotac GTX 650Ti AMP! Edition cost so much more, it’s better to just go with the AMD HD 7800 series of cards. Secondly, the only reason anyone will end up buying the GTX 650Ti now is that they love Nvidia and were waiting for an upgrade from their GTX 550Ti or even older card. Meanwhile AMD already released the HD 7700 series more than 6 months ago, while the higher-end cards like the HD 7800 series has been steadily declining in price over the past few months and have come too close to budget cards where buying the GTX 650Ti seems moot.
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Asus GTX650 TI-DC2T-1GD5 Review reported at 10:58 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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The ASUS GTX 650 Ti performed spectacularly in its range, offering top of the line temperatures and power consumption. The SAP components did not emit any buzzing, which can be heard on many reference cards with cheap components. Fan noise blended in with the case unless forced to run faster than automated control, even then they weren't that loud. Overclocking results were impressive as well: 1255MHz core and 1463MHz memory from 1033MHz and 1350MHz respectively! The two diagnostic LEDs near the 6-pin PCIe power connection should help users and technical support in trouble shooting any issues relating to power. The ASUS GPU Tweak software seems really useful and worked well at overclocking and monitoring the graphics card. With the four outputs available almost everyone should be able to plug the card in and run it. Only three outputs can be used for NVIDIA Surround Technology though. The attentions to detail make this a high quality product that worked perfectly throughout testing!
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review reported at 10:57 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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All in all the GTX 650 Ti is a blast. At the $149 price point if offers up a level of performance that will allow the user on a budget to move up from hardware as new as last year's Fermi-based GTX 550 Ti and see a performance boost of around 1.5x. When compared to even older cards such as the 9600GT the performance bump can reach as high as five times. Even with the recent price drops from AMD, the GTX 650 Ti is going to provide great value. It fills out the low end of the Kepler product stack impressively and is priced competitively.
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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 650 Ti AMP! Edition Review (French) reported at 10:57 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Cowcotland
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Roundup reported at 10:54 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareHeaven
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Good design, performance and features but very much in need of a price rethink.
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NVidia GTX 650Ti Three-Way Roundup reported at 10:53 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware Asylum
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We looked at three GTX 650 Ti video cards in this review and they are all very capable at delivering an excellent gaming experience but the question remains. Which one should I get? The decision should be based on budget and how you intent to use your system. Those of us who likely knowing they have custom gear will enjoy the MSI Power Edition while others who only care about out of box performance will really enjoy the Gigabyte GV-N65TOC and larger 2GB frame buffer.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review reported at 10:50 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PC Perspective
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This is another tough one - these graphics card releases that are almost always easy to decipher and make recommendations around at the high end but become pretty cluttered in the sub-$200 markets as the crowds increase. The new GeForce GTX 650 Ti from NVIDIA struggles to find a comfortable place in our performance and pricing schemes at $149 between the HD 7770 and the HD 7850 1GB. Looking at only the cards themselves, the Radeon HD 7850 1GB at $179 makes a better a case for mainstream gaming selection than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti. Adding in the Assassins Creed 3 deal and you definitely perk up the appearance of the GTX 650 Ti without a doubt, but only if you find that title appealing. If we do see prices drop upon release or in the next couple of days to something like $130, I would have no issues recommending the GTX 650 Ti. And let's not forget that overclocked GTX 650 Ti from EVGA sitting here - will pushing those clocks up change the performance picture? More soon!
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review reported at 10:49 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Benchmark Reviews
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Initially, I was disappointed that GeForce GTX 650 Ti lacked NVIDIA GPU Boost and SLI support. But then it occurred to me that overclocking would be as easy as it used to be, and most users aren't going to buy two of these cards for SLI in the first place with so many other choices available. For what it is, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti performs very well. Our benchmark tests confirmed that GTX 650 Ti can play games like BF3 at 1920x1080 with Ultra quality settings and still get good frame rates. For mainstream gamers who want to step up from aging hot-running graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti is a value-packed option to consider.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review reported at 10:46 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PureOverclock.com
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"Great gaming value for consumers on a modest budget."
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Asus GTX650 TI-DC2T-1GD5 Review reported at 10:40 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PureOverclock.com
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Excellent card design and value performer, but it comes with a very long cooler design as a tradeoff.
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eVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti SSC 1GB Review reported at 10:39 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareCanucks
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"With the GTX 650 Ti, NVIDIA had a real chance to move the sub-$199 market forward but that didn’t quite happen. Their newest card has been slotted between two solutions from AMD which have been on the market for ages and it doesn’t really compete against either one. With that being said, it is far from a disappointment. What we have here may be a safe play by NVIDIA but it performs well and still provides an excellent choice for anyone upgrading from a lower end GTX 500, 9000 or 8000-series part. And as EVGA’s SSC version demonstrated, board partners are fully capable of making the GTX 650 Ti a stand-out product on nearly every front."
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Asus GTX650 TI-DC2T-1GD5 Review reported at 10:33 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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"NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 650 Ti offers much better performance than the normal GTX 650. The GTX 650 uses GK107 silicon, whereas the GTX 650 Ti uses GK106 silicon, which is also used on the GTX 660. This change makes the card 30% faster than GTX 650, which is still much slower than the GTX 660. Overall, we see decent performance for 1680x1050 gaming; full HD 1080p gaming is asking a bit too much from the card, even though it should handle HD 1080p gaming at lower details settings. Compared to AMD's offerings, the card sits right between the HD 7770 and HD 7850. MSI has overclocked their card out of the box, which gives it a 4% performance boost - not as much as I had hoped for. It would have helped performance if NVIDIA had included their GPU Boost technology, or ASUS had overclocked the memory. Compared to MSI's GTX 650 Ti Power Edition, the ASUS card is clocked a bit higher, which translates into a 1% performance difference - nothing to write home about."
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Gigabyte vs MSI vs Zotac GTX 650 Ti OC Review reported at 10:24 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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Bottomline, we were impressed by the GTX 650 Ti. Nvidia has managed to provide very good performance in this price segment, and this we can only applaud.
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Gigabyte GV-N65TOC-1GI Review reported at 10:15 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PureOverclock.com
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"Great all-round card for gamers on a modest budget."
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Gigabyte GV-N65TOC-2GI Review reported at 10:12 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Legion Hardware
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"In the end the GeForce GTX 650 Ti release is almost as disappointing as the Radeon HD 7770 release was 8 months ago. Neither product really seems to be a step forward as they both struggle to improve on pre-existing products. Had Nvidia released the 2GB version of the GeForce GTX 650 Ti with the same $139 price tag as the Radeon HD 7770 it might be a different story, but unfortunately at $149 we aren’t getting too excited about Nvidia’s latest release."
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