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OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD Review reported at 06:07 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Neoseeker
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With lightning quick read and write speeds when connected to a SATA III compatible motherboard, the Agility 4 could breathe new life into storage solutions.
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be quiet Straight Power Review reported at 12:19 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: XSreviews.co.uk
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This is a great looking package that is more than capable of powering your setup. We can also confirm it’ll do so safely as it has no problems with noise/ripple. However, we’d still urge you to check out some other reviews to make sure it’s nice and efficient – that said, the 80+ gold rating isn’t thrown around that much, so if it’s been certified you should be ok.
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SilverStone SST-PS07B Review reported at 12:17 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: eTeknix.com
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So if you’re looking for a compact system, but don’t want to be restricted on it’s applications then the PS07 should be top of your list. While we have seen a fair few smaller form factor systems here at eTeknix, it’s rare we see one that is both as versatile and stylish as what Silverstone have to offer here, which is why I am happy to award the PS07 with our eTeknix Innovation Award.
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Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Review reported at 12:13 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Big Bruin
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Taking into considering everything this case offers for the gamer, extra long video card support, carrying handle, and lighting effects it receives the "Gaming Approved" award. Looking at the case overall with the build quality, cooling options, USB 3.0 support, pricing and ease of installation the Scout 2 also receives the "High Recommended" award.
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be quiet Dark Rock Pro 2 Review reported at 12:11 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: HardwareHeaven
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In terms of value, the Dark Rock Pro 2 gives us all the items we need for any modern system, some paste and a three year warranty. Add that to a well manufactured cooler which looks great too and we have an all-round impressive product.
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Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 FleX GHz Edition Review reported at 12:09 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Techware Labs
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It runs pretty cool under load, and is very quiet. So, if you’re looking for a cost sensitive video card that has mutli-display functionality, this is a great card for the price. Given the price/performance, this would make a great candidate for a Crossfire setup.
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Seasonic Platinum Fanless Review reported at 12:06 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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Your choices are pretty limited if you are looking for a fanless PSU, especially if you seek a Platinum efficiency one. The Seasonic SS-520FL's platform easily allows this unit to confront and eclipse its competition by providing top performance for a price that beats every other fanless Platinum PSU out there, which makes its purchase a no-brainer.
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Intel SSD 335 Review (French) reported at 12:02 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Cowcotland
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A-DATA XPG Xtreme DDR3-2133 2x8GB Dual Channel Kit Review reported at 12:01 PM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: ocaholic
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Overall, we have to say that we have been convinced by this XPG Xtreme 16GB memory kit from ADATA who has achievable specs for almost all the platforms out there, high manufacturing quality and a good overclocking headroom. If the price would have been a tiny bit lower then it's a bargain.
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Budget SSD Roundup reported at 11:59 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: TechSpot
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To recap, the Crucial m4 128GB or OCZ Vertex 4 128GB should be at the top of any shopping list with a $100 SSD budget. Leaving the OCZ Vertex 4 64GB or Samsung SSD 830 64GB as the only cheaper options we would bother with.
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB WIFI Review reported at 11:56 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: Overclockers Club
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"All in all I would have to say that Gigabyte has put a solid combination out providing a well rounded feature set that covers the concerns of a large swath of the user base looking to step into a Z77-based motherboard. When you look at the Z77-based market place it all comes down to feature set and price as performance is going to fall into a similar envelope any way you cut it. With the GA-Z77X-UD5H-WiFi you get a motherboard that is priced at just over the $200 mark. For that amount of coin you get a board that overclocks as well as any out on the market, a comprehensive software and hardware bundle, and the tools to deliver comparable performance."
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Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 Review reported at 11:48 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: X-bit labs
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Frankly speaking, ARCTIC Freezer i30 didn’t impress us with any unique innovations, which the company slogan promised, and didn’t demonstrate award-winning cooling efficiency or acoustic performance. Both these characteristics are, in fact, pretty average and therefore, it will hardly be able to compete against the leaders in this price segment. Moreover, the company’s strange strategy of offering individual Intel and AMD models will force the potential ARCTIC Freezer i30 owners to replace the cooler together with the platform, if they eventually decide to switch camps. And that is while there are a lot of good and much more universal options in the today’s market for the same $49.95. That said, it is really hard to recommend ARCTIC Freezer i30 at this time, but the choice is ultimately yours.
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Plextor M5 Pro & M5S vs. Plextor M3 Pro & M3 Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: X-bit labs
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The Plextor M5 Pro is, in its turn, worthy of the champion title. This is the first SSD to bring the platform based on the new Marvell 88SS9187 controller to the market, which turns out a great success. Our tests showed that this product was one of the fastest consumer-class SSDs available today. It will surely be appreciated by enthusiasts who do not mind its high price.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review reported at 11:37 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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Overall, the card offers exactly what it was set out to offer, and thats fantastic value for money and anyone wanting to play games on medium settings won’t be disappointed, though we wouldn’t recommend harnessing the higher-end technologies such as higher resolutions and namely Nvidia Surround as it will struggle slightly and a GTX 670 and upwards would be much better suited for this task, though for productivity, this card will run 3 screens all day, absolutely fine. What Nvidia partners continue to do with this card now is exactly what we hoped for, by increasing the clocks and raising the cooling performance and this will all help to make this card an extreme overclocker.
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Patriot Gauntlet 320 Review reported at 11:32 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: APH Networks
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The Patriot Gauntlet 320 stems from the Gauntlet Node, a concept you will actually need to use to appreciate its many benefits. Wireless storage. Portable media streaming. Now equipped with a 320GB HDD out of the box, the average Joe will definitely appreciate the fact that it will simply work, without worrying about the need to buy their own hard drive. I am a big fan of the Patriot Gauntlet 320's simple and slick exterior, user interface that is intuitive and user friendly, as well as its generally very good battery life. Being able to access it via Wi-Fi or USB 3.0 is quite a convenience too -- and we haven't even got to its ability to stream to popular portable devices powered by Android or iOS (Heck, even the Kindle Fire). As far as areas of improvement are concerned, I would like to see some change in both hardware and software. Firstly, the power button may be too easily pressed. Making its activation force higher will alleviate this problem. Secondly, its electrical design. Requiring the presence of a battery to operate even with external power on is just poor implementation. If your battery is dead, you might as well toss out your entire Gauntlet. Thirdly, its Wi-Fi performance is too slow. Make it faster. (However, it might be a challenge to retain the same battery life with more wireless and processing power). As far as software is concerned, a page that shows its charge status and remaining percentage would be nice. It should be able to save more than one pass-through wireless network profile. With a few GUI fixes and refinements in a couple of other places, it would be perfect. All in all, the Patriot Gauntlet 320 is a slick little gadget that redefines what it means to take your media with you, plus all your files as a battery powered portable storage device. For about $150 at press time, it will definitely not be an inconvenience to the wallet, either.
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