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BitFenix Hydra Pro Fan/LED Controller Review reported at 05:27 PM
category: Monitor Coolers     website: Neoseeker
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The Hydra Pro offers fan speed and LED lighting control (for BitFenix fans) in one 5.25" drive bay package.
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eVGA Z77 Stinger Review reported at 11:59 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: PC Perspective
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"There were a few areas that the board fell short, but let me reiterate that most of these points are observational and pet peeves of ours. First, we have the manual - a minimalist take on a motherboard manual if I ever saw one. The included manual will get you up and running, but that’s about it. The most obvious information miss was the lack of BIOS screen setting explanation. However, EVGA does get points for including a comprehensive table of debug codes for the diagnostic LED. The decision to implement only 4 of the 6 Intel SATA ports was puzzling, especially given the fact that there was room on the board for the 2 additional ports. I was also disappointed that the UEFI BIOS was not mouse-enabled and the inability to get a single drive to work with the eSATA ports."
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Passive cooling graphics cards review reported at 11:53 AM
category: Gaming Video Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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Our favourite card out of the four was the Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 Ultimate 1GB. This Radeon HD 7750 performs the best, and because the heatsink partially curls around the card it will be able to get rid of heat better than the others. If you're more of a fan of Nvidia products, then the Zotac GT 640 Zone Edition is also a great option, that's also more affordable.
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Thermaltake Level 10 GT Battle Edition Review reported at 11:51 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Techware Labs
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The Level 10 GT has always been a great case and the Battle Edition is no different. The large size means to that you will be able to fit just about anything you need to in there, and you can do it without skinning your knuckles like in a tight case. You get the security locks, hot swap bays, a massive amount of cooling, and great cable routing as well. The only thing I didn’t like about this case was the extensive use of plastic. The construction is solid but things still can feel a little cheap sometimes. Had they opted for metal though we would be looking at a whole lot more money and extra weight so I understand the decision.
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Asus Matrix HD 7970 Platinum Review (French) reported at 11:47 AM
category: Gaming Video Cards     website: Cowcotland
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Kingston SSDNow V+200 Review reported at 11:46 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: KitGuru
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A good option but would make much more sense if it dropped in price by around £50.
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Corsair Hydro H80i & H100i Review reported at 11:42 AM
category: Video Card Coolers     website: MadShrimps
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CORSAIR has reset the bar again at a higher level. Outperforming their own range, adding the LINK software and this complete performance bundle operates at a lower noise level. The 120mm H80i will blend in perfectly in most enclosures, while the 240mm H100i needs a dual 140mm top case. The installation is pure childs play and no worrying about DIMM incompatibility with your cooling setup. Without any surprise the cooling performance of both Hydro units is again top notch. Being covered by a 5 year warranty, how can you go wrong with one of these new Hydro Coolers ?
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HIS Radeon HD 7970 IceQ X2 GHz Edition Review reported at 11:38 AM
category: Gaming Video Cards     website: PureOverclock.com
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Excellent combination of high performance, low temperatures and noise highlight the strong gaming options.
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Asus GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 Review reported at 11:37 AM
category: Gaming Video Cards     website: circuitREMIX
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So to sum things up, ASUS delivers a strong package with its 2GB GeForce GTX 680 with DirectCU II cooler. But unless you need to have an nVidia GeForce based product and/or dislike Radeon GPUs, buyers looking to get the best overall gaming performance at 1920x1080 resolution should opt get a Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition based product.
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Reeven Arcziel 12 Review reported at 11:36 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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"Reeven have produced an attractive looking CPU cooler with good performance considering its single fan and top down design. The Acoustics need some work but they aren’t irreconcilable, a fan speed reducer cable or a lower RPM fan would easily solve this minor hitch. At £39.99 the Reeven Arcziel 12 is more expensive than we would of liked to see, but if you’re looking for a really unique looking CPU cooler that can handle the latest mid range processors (LGA 1155 with overclocks) and is generally very quiet, then you need look no further than the Arcziel 12."
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Arctic Cooling F12 Pro PWM Review reported at 11:33 AM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: KitGuru
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"A whisper quiet fan from Arctic that would be ideal for an HTPC environment."
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Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Review reported at 11:27 AM
category: Mice     website: eTeknix.com
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While it may not be perfect, I wasn’t expecting perfection from it, what I was expecting is rock solid performance, style and functionality and that is exactly what I saw here today. It doesn’t matter if your a pro-gamer or just love playing games at home, if you’re looking for something that will give you the edge in your favourite titles, then you’re going to love the Krypton.
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Patriot Intel Extreme Masters Memory DDR3-2133 2x4GB Kit Review reported at 11:26 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: APH Networks
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Despite being 'only' DDR3-2133, it performed nearly as well, if not better, than the higher clocked G.Skill TridentX F3-2400C10D-8GTX 2x4GB at DDR3-2400. Surprising, isn't it? The good news does not stop here. Priced at approximately $53 at press time, it is also a price tag the common man can afford. With some latency tuning headroom as the icing on the cake, what's not to love? Well, the higher profile heatspreaders may interfere with your CPU heatsink, and the XMP settings are not correctly programmed, at least on our unit. Other than that, the Patriot Intel Extreme Masters PC3-17000 2x4GB is a set of high performance memory for the masses.
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