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MSI Big Bang Z77 MPower Review reported at 12:24 PM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: PC Perspective
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The Z77 MPOWER did have a few minor shortcomings and areas of concern. The first was the odd placement of the CMOS battery and CMOS reset jumper. In order to access either of them, you would have to physically remove the video card seated in the primary PCI-Express x16 slot. The other feature that was lacking was more SATA ports. Most higher-end Intel Z77-based boards contain a minimum of eight SATA port, 4 of them being SATA III capable instead of the 2 SATA III ports included on this board.
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Arctic Cooling Accelero Hybrid Review reported at 12:23 PM
category: Video Card Coolers     website: X-bit labs
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Otherwise, ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid is an excellent high-performance and quiet cooler, which deserves our undivided recommendation and Ultimate Innovation title.
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Corsair Dominator Platinum Dual-Channel DDR3 Memory Kits Review reported at 12:17 PM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: X-bit labs
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The junior Dominator Platinum products are not as attractive, in our opinion. Although they have all the external splendor of the series and are compatible with the Corsair Link, they cannot run at really high clock rates. Corsair is very precise when it comes to choosing chips for particular memory kits, so we don’t have much hope that the DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1866 kits can be overclocked to the frequencies of their senior cousins.
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NZXT Kraken X60 Review reported at 12:01 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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"The best way I can start this conclusion is by saying that we have a new king of all-in-one water-cooling units. The NZXT Kraken X60 has proven here today to top the likes of the very strong Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme as well as the ever popular Corsair H100i. When we talked to the people at NZXT about this Kraken series, we were warned that we would be surprised on how well the cooler did. And we were."
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Closed-Loop CPU Coolers vs. Noctua NH-D14 Review reported at 11:47 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: Tom's Hardware
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Our Tom's Hardware Approved recognition allows us to put the best performance and the best value on equal footing. If you're using the motherboard and the case in this story, specifically, the H100i becomes even more attractive. The LQ320 simply requires different hardware considerations to do its job well.
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Western Digital Black Review reported at 11:40 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Legion Hardware
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Overall we feel the Western Digital WD Black 4TB is the perfect balance of performance, capacity and if the MSRP is met, price. With a massive 4TB capacity, consistently strong performance, quiet operating volume and a 5-year warranty we strongly recommend the WD Black 4TB to anyone looking for a high capacity internal storage device.
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Western Digital Black Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Techgage
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When all said and done, WD’s Black is a solid choice for those who need massive storage, but it’s impossible to ignore HGST’s drive which retails for $20 less. It’s expected that Seagate will release its first 4TB drive early this year, so it will be interesting to see how that drive will fare in the performance department.
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Logitech G710+ Review reported at 11:37 AM
category: Keyboards     website: NikKTech
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High Quality products usual cost quite a bit and most mechanical keyboards out there are of the highest quality so the USD144.99 inside the USA (Newegg) and the 144.90Euros inside the EU (Caseking) required to get the G710+ mechanical gaming keyboard by Logitech is not really much, certainly not when other similar solutions cost even more. Now i would like to see a sturdier palm rest (like the one that came with the G19) since this one is far from it but i doubt Logitech will change that in the next batch, besides it's not really a big deal. Overall the G710+ mechanical gaming keyboard is a very good solution especially for gamers (because of its design and extra keys) and for that we are giving it our Golden Award.
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Lian Li PC-A55B Review reported at 11:36 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: XtremeComputing
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"The Lian Li PC-A55B despite its few little flaws is a great case with its illusion like feature of being small on the outside but big enough for a big boy setup on the inside. I would of loved to have the hardware around to do some beast of a custom gaming rig to put inside the case to fully show this. But it does make a great choice for the LAN gamer out there due to its compact size."
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Cougar PowerX Review reported at 11:32 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: HardwareHeaven
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"So that brings us to value and at this time we don't have any live links for the unit but can look to the 700w model for an indication. That model is very competitively priced and so we expect the same at 550w and combined with a 3-year warranty that makes this a unit which may well be attractive for those looking to minimise the cost of a build while still having a PSU that is more than just a bland black box."
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Thermaltake eSPORTS Level 10 M Review reported at 11:11 AM
category: Mice     website: MadShrimps
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For the quality of the build, unique design and possibility of customization, we will recommend this mouse which can be found online for about 90 Euros, with all taxes included.
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Corsair Hydro H55 Review reported at 11:09 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: KitGuru
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A quality addition to Corsair’s line up but it is a little fiddly to install.
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Noctua NF-F12 Review reported at 11:04 AM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: eTeknix.com
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For those of you who aren’t a fan of the brown and beige colour scheme (excuse the pun) and aren’t willing to splash out £16 a piece on a 120mm fan then nothing we say will change your mind. But that’s not going to stop us from awarding these NF-F12 fans with the eTeknix Innovation Award. If every company innovated as much as Noctua, the world of computing would be a cooler and quieter place for all.
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VTX3D Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 11:01 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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"This is an excellent card which is competitively priced, especially when considering the flagship dual GPU competition."
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Corsair Carbide 200R Review reported at 10:55 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: eTeknix.com
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I’m happy to award the 200R with our eTeknix Bang for Buck award, it’s great to see another strong contender in this price range and I’m really impressed with the level of quality and thought that has gone into its design.
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OCZ Vector Review reported at 10:51 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: eTeknix.com
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Bottom line, OCZ have pushed the bar up once again and the first new controller to come from Indilinx following their acquisition by OCZ and its integration into the Vector is proving so far to be a big success, giving us the all new yard-stick to play with.
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OCZ Vertex 4 Review reported at 10:51 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: APH Networks
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The OCZ Agility 4 256GB is a hard case -- for an extra $20 at press time, the OCZ Vertex 4 256GB delivers significantly better performance for a relatively small price increase.
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OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Review reported at 10:47 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: PC Stats
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With peak CrystalDiskMark results for the 240GB OCZ Vertex 3 of 506MB/s Read and 288MB/s Write (AS SSD), the Vertex 3 meets it's advertised speeds. Recommended.
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NZXT Respire T20 Review reported at 10:44 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Frosty Tech
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"NZXT's Respire T20 heatsink was then tested on the Frostytech Mrk.II synthetic thermal test platform with an 85W heat load. Under these test conditions the heatsink was able to maintain a CPU die temperature of 14.9°C at stock fan speed and 16.5°C at reduced fan speed."
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Corsair AX760 Review (French) reported at 10:17 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: Cowcotland
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Corsair Hydro H60 Review reported at 10:16 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: Frosty Tech
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Ultimately, Corsair's Hydro H60 liquid cooling heatsink is a good entry level thermal solution in its own right, producing moderate noise at the very most. Yet as you've seen in the heatsink reference charts, slightly fewer than a dozen air cooled heatsinks out perform it with similar or reduced noise levels. If noise isn't too high on your list, I'd expect extra performance is achievable with a 2700RPM fan (as used on the H80i and H100i platforms) or by doubling up fans on both sides of the Hydro H60's heat exchanger... such modifications are beyond the scope of this review, however. In all other respects, Corsair have put together a very well built and easy to install watercooling CPU heatsink here.
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Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Review reported at 10:15 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: ThinkComputers
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Looking at the CM Storm Scout 2 nothing really jumps out to me, but with that said I do like this case. It would be a case I would recommend to anyone looking for a case in this price range especially a gamer who would be taking their machine to LAN parties. Again I did not review the original Scout so I cannot compare it here, but here are some of the things I did like about this case.
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LEPA G650 Review (French) reported at 10:14 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: Cowcotland
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