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PowerColor PCS+ HD 7870 Myst Edition Review reported at 03:38 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Real World Labs
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With an MSRP ranging between $230 and $260 the PowerColor PCS+ HD 7870 MYST nicely integrates itself into the Southern Island range and offer high-end Tahiti like performance for mid-range a mid-range Pitcairn price. All of this potentially makes the HD 7870 MYST the best buy in the $250 market from either AMD or Nvidia.
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Intel Core i3-3220 vs. Intel Core i3-3225 Review reported at 03:31 PM
category: Intel Socket 1155 CPUs     website: Missing Remote
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Just reading the specifications, the winner in this comparison should be obvious--after all more is better, and for a $15 premium (street) the Core i3-3225 offers the same process, frequency, and features alongside more GPU capability than the Core i3-3220. The answer in practice is much more complex however. Where it is true that HD 4000 equipped CPU offers more, it comes at a price – power consumption. This trade-off is not unique to these IPG though, in fact it is one of the fundamental questions we have to answer when building the “perfect” HTPC – it’s just not framed as conveniently that often.
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Patriot Viper 3 Black Mamba PC3-12800 2x4GB Dual Channel Kit Review reported at 03:20 PM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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"We feared that we would not get much from the kit when we first received them but after taking the kit for a ride on out Z77 OC from Asrock, we quickly changed our mindset. At the default 1.5 volts we did get the kit to 2200 MHz stable just loosen the timings to 10-10-11-27. Using the default timings we were hauled 9-9-9-24, we were halted at 1866 MHz."
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Asus Matrix HD 7970 Platinum Review reported at 03:05 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: t-break
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The ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum truly is a beastly card, giving very high frame rates (thanks in part to AMD’s driver improvements) and making it one of fastest single-GPU graphics card tested to date. Sure the card is massive, but with this type of incredible performance, that’s to be expected. If you’re not a fan of Nvidia, the ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum should be almost the top spot on your shopping list if you want the fastest single-GPU setup for your gaming rig!
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MadCatz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Review reported at 03:03 PM
category: Keyboards     website: Hardware.Info
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The Mad Catz Cyborg S.t.r.i.k.e. 7 costs an average of around £220. That's a lot for a keyboard, but you do get a lot of value for your money. The modular concept of the keyboard is very impressive. The typing experience is very nice, and the extendable wrist supports provide extra comfort. The only real complaint we have is that the numpad module isn't completely programmable. The aluminium base of the keyboard makes it a very solid and sturdy construction, and the touchscreen has lots of features. We have yet to test a keyboard that has as many options as this one. So if you're a gamer and your budget allows spending £220 on a keyboard, then the S.t.r.i.k.e. 7 is an excellent product.
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NZXT Respire T20 Review reported at 03:03 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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The NZXT Respire T20 offers an efficient mounting system, 100% RAM compatibility and solid build quality but due to the absence of a PWM fan and average cooling performance it struggles to impress at its given price point. This is by no means a bad product, it is just average, and average doesn’t win awards these days.
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PowerColor PCS+ HD 7870 Myst Edition Review reported at 02:57 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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Priced at $239 with rebate the PowerColor PCS+ HD 7870 is a unique step to take to reach a performance/price point. The card offers performance above that of the GTX 660 and at times the GTX 660Ti for this price. A little noisy when manually controlling the fan speed it still offers great gaming and overclocking for your dollar. Add in the free Far Cry 3 game being used to sweeten the pot and the value adds up.
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OCZ Vector Review reported at 02:37 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: techPowerUp!
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OCZ is clearly asking a premium for their new technology, and I wish they'd at least reduce pricing below $250. As mentioned before, the drive should be very cheap for them to make - most probably cheaper than for other SSD vendors, since they all have to license controller technology from a 3rd party company.
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ProlimaTech Megahalems Review (French) reported at 02:34 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Cowcotland
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Roccat Kone XTD Review reported at 02:32 PM
category: Mice     website: Benchmark Reviews
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The Roccat KONE XTD is a great all around mouse. If you are an FPS gamer then you will really appreciate the 8200dpi R3 laser sensor and the EasyAim function, but all the extra buttons may well be wasted on you. MMO and RTS gamers will really appreciate the EasyShift[+] and Roccat talk capabilities that will surely increase your APM to all new level.
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Rosewill SilentNight 500 Review reported at 02:29 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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"To wrap up, although the SilentNight-500 is a great performer offering many interesting features, it still costs a significant amount of money, and its price is higher than its direct competitor: the Seasonic SS-520FL which is based on a fresh platform that manages to outperform Super Flower's design, especially in voltage regulation performance. However, the Seasonic unit only offers two PCIe connectors out of the box, while the SilentNight-500 comes with four, which is something many users will prefer since it will give them the ability to power two VGAs without giving up the silence only a passive PSU can provide; that is, with correspondingly quiet system components. I do think that the SilentNight-500 would be far more competitive with a price tag closer to $120-$130, which would give it a significant price/performance boost that would allow it to claim a bigger market share and a recommendation from me. It, as of right now, does, with the current price tag has a rough road to follow."
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