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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH Review reported at 01:00 PM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: Real World Labs
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In all the Gigabyte Z77X-UP5H is an exceptional product. It has more features than most motherboards currently on the market, top-of-its-class performance, overclocks extremely well and looks sexy in any chassis. It is expensive though and the premium is due to the dual Thunderbolt ports, which are not practical for most users. Our recommendation would be to buy this board only if you can actually utilize the dual Thunderbolt ports, if not you can find alternatives with similar features that won’t break the bank.
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Thermaltake eSPORTS Level 10 M Review reported at 12:59 PM
category: Mice     website: NikKTech
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Overall however it has a superior build quality compared to most similar units in the market (aluminum body), it's blazing fast thanks to the 8200DPI laser sensor, you can adjust its height/angle, has plenty of buttons and is available in 4 different colors (black, white, red, green). Long story short Tt eSPORTS has released a very good gaming mouse (excellent one if you can get used to the left side buttons) and that's why it gets our Golden Award.
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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 Review reported at 12:55 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: Techware Labs
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"Given the size, durability, speed, and warranty of the new DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 I am happy to award it our Editor’s Choice Award. It represents an excellent value and quality and is a drive I would choose to purchase and use myself."
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Seasonic Platinum Fanless Review reported at 12:51 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: PC Perspective
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Like all it’s X-Series predecessors, the new Seasonic Platinum 660W power supply incorporates significant advances in PC power supply design that result in excellent performance, high efficiency and the ability to operate in silent-fanless mode at lower power levels. Add to that a 7-year warranty, a good assortment of all modular cables, tight voltage regulation, clean DC outputs and you have one very good power supply! However, as you might expect, a premium Platinum efficiency certified PSU is going to be relatively expensive.
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Corsair Vengeance vs. Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-2400 Kit Review reported at 12:47 PM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Hardware.Info
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The Kingston modules offer the most value for your money. That they're able to sell 8 GB of RAM guaranteed to run at 2400 MHz for an average price of £56 is a great achievement. The Corsair modules have a slightly higher overclocking potential, but considering the price our preference is for the Kingston set.
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Kingston SSDNow V300 Review reported at 12:44 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Big Bruin
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As a 120GB SSD offering read and write transfer speeds of 450MB/s for just north of $100 (US), the Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD receives the Bigbruin.com "Highly Recommended" award.
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Asus VG248QE Review reported at 12:23 PM
category: 20/22/24 INCH     website: KitGuru
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"Not the best ASUS monitor we have tested. If you want to play 3D games all the time however, then it is worth considering."
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ECS Z77H2-A2X Black Edition Review reported at 12:17 PM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: X-bit labs
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I have to admit that we have mixed feelings about ECS Z77H2-A2X (v1.0) mainboard. We loved the packaging, could say a lot of good things about the bundled accessories, but have a few comments about the design and functionality. We wish its performance were somewhat higher and power consumption somewhat lower. Although the performance difference is not dramatic at all compared with other mainboards, it is undeniable. As for the power consumption, it is on good level in idle mode, but is excessively high under heavy operational loads. It seems that the processor voltage regulator circuitry may have been designed not in the most optimal way and that is something you cannot fix that easily. The board works fine with the default settings, but overclocking and meticulous system fine-tuning pose certain challenges. Of course, the BIOS version we worked with has been improved a lot compared with the previous versions. It has become more user-friendly, but there are still quite a few things that could be changed for the better, and could use additional flexibility.
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Cougar GX-S Review reported at 12:04 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: PureOverclock.com
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A solid package, and a strong value product, providing clean and stable power for consumers on a modest budget.
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Patriot Intel Extreme Masters Memory DDR3-2133 2x4GB Kit Review reported at 11:46 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: eTeknix.com
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Bottom line, this Limited Edition product has all the marks of a high quality kit and should be snapped up before its limited supplies run out.
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Thecus N4800 Eco Review (French) reported at 11:45 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: Cowcotland
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Phanteks PH-TC12DX Review reported at 11:29 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Overclockers Club
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"When you look at the cooling performance delivered by Phanteks' cooling solutions, it's not hard to see how it achieves its cooling goals. Using P.A.T.S.(Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield) technology to keep radiant heat from impacting cooling performance and C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating Technology), to improve the thermal transfer between the copper heat pipes, the base and fin array, it has found a way to make a better cooler. When you start pushing more air, cooling solutions tend to get louder. Phanteks uses UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) bearings and MAFO (Maelstrom Air-Fort Optimization) on its PH-F120HP PWM fans, to push almost 70 C.F.M. of air, at less than 28dBA. Add in the rubber isolation points on the fan and cooler, and you have a cooler that is quiet enough that it cant be heard outside the chassis while gaming. Phanteks has put together a package that works, is not loud, looks good and will keep your processor cool."
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