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G-Technology G-Drive Review reported at 01:07 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: NikKTech
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"G-Technology designs and manufacturers external HDD enclosures aimed at professionals who require the highest quality and data transfer speeds so they really don't come cheap. More specifically as we speak the G-DRIVE 4TB USB 3.0 Professional External Drive retails at around USD330 inside the USA (Amazon) and 330Euros inside the EU so you pretty much get what you pay for and that is a superb quality enclosure paired with super-fast USB 3.0/FW400/FW800 connectivity and an high end HDD with a huge capacity like the Deskstar 7k4000 SATA III 4TB. Of course i would like to see an Ultrastar 7K4000 inside the G-DRIVE but that would increase the cost a lot and for an external HDD you don't really need the extreme quality of an enterprise class HDD. Naturally because of all of the above the G-DRIVE 4TB USB 3.0 Professional External Drive by G-Technology walks away with our Platinum award."
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Asus ROG ARES II CrossFireX Review reported at 01:02 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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There is no doubt about it. The ASUS Ares II is the fastest graphics card ever created, with more than 64,000 points in 3DMark Vantage and almost 21,000 points in 3DMark 11. And that's with a single graphics card. We're not going to mention anything about value for money and so on, because that's no the point of a product like the Ares II.
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Asus ROG ARES II Review reported at 01:00 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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"As expected, pricing of the ASUS ARES II is very high with $1599. The included suitcase, goodies, and its limited edition status cannot mask that. Considering that the GTX 690 is available for $1000, which scales well too, and scales in more games, I find it hard to recommend the ARES II over the GTX 690 for the pure gamer. If you are an overclocker on the hunt for benchmark scores, you won't worry about CrossFire profiles for games, and the option to adjust the voltage will be much more important to you. Remember, the GTX 690 supports no real voltage control."
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PC Power & Cooling Silencer MkIII Review reported at 12:40 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: ocaholic
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If we look at the performance values, the OCZ Silencer MK III 750 Watt shows very good stability under load conditions. If we look at average deviations, we see that the results at 3.3 Volt and 5 Volt with 20 and 50 percent load deaviate a bit more than other PSUs in our list. Never the less there is nothing to worry about since the values are still perfectly within the ATX specs. Convincing that's what the efficiency is.
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NZXT Kraken X40 Review reported at 12:38 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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I do believe that NZXT’s Kraken X40 is priced too high as mentioned previously and this is a somewhat significant blemish on an otherwise excellent product. As such the high pricing means this product isn’t deserving of our Editor’s Choice award. However, the fact the NZXT Kraken X40 has ticked more or less every other possible box and done this in a very innovative way, by introducing 140mm fans and radiators as the new standard, means the NZXT Kraken X40 is extremely deserving of our innovation award.
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Asus Maximus V GENE Review reported at 12:36 PM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: ThinkComputers
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When it comes down to it ASUS has the perfect motherboard for anyone who wants to build a small form factor gaming system. With the Maximus V Gene you can fit two video cards in SLI or CrossFire, you have all of the benefits of the Z77 chipset, both mSATA and mPCIe support, and of course the quality and features that you would expect in an ASUS motherboard.
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AMD FX-8350 Review reported at 12:19 PM
category: Socket AM3+ CPUs     website: iXBT Hardware
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The new processor hasn't made a breakthrough. The revolution has again been delayed—now until Steamroller. However, at this second attempt AMD has proved that the new microarchitecture is reasonable. Including the cheapest octathread processors, the AMD FX-8xxx lineup may become the best choice for those willing. Especially the new, improved FX-8350 is worthy of your attention.
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Seasonic X-750 Review (French) reported at 12:18 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: Cowcotland
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PC Power & Cooling Silencer MkIII Review reported at 12:17 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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The smaller, Gold efficiency, Silencer unit does, to conclude, look to be the right choice if you desperately want a white-colored PSU and don't need a 1.2 kW monster, especially if you add to all the above its seven-year warranty, since that makes the Silencer MK3 750W a great-looking deal despite its somewhat high MSRP.
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GELID Black Edition Review reported at 12:15 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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Awarding this product is not exactly tough. It excels in the market it has been deployed in, which is the dual tower dual fan air heatsink market. It offers excellent performance, excellent acoustics, or a good combination of both, the ability to add a third fan, a stylish design, top-of-the-line thermal paste and most importantly a reasonable price point. Therefore it is without hesitation that I award “The Black Edition” CPU cooler from Gelid Solutions the eTeknix Editor’s Choice award.
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Corsair Hydro 90 & H110 Review reported at 12:14 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: MadShrimps
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The Hydro 90 leaves us with mixed feelings. The concept is great, but the blue print drawings and final build are unable to match the expectations set. Back to the drawing board for the H90 and maybe a revised radiator version or inclusion of a second fan soon. Take note that the hexa core i7-3960X is a hot crunching monster that pumps out some serious heat. With lesser demanding setups the H90 might perform better. When comparing the thermal performance at similar noise level, then the new H110 keeps our i7-3960X 4-5°C cooler then the H100i model. The only way the H100i can compete with this cooler is by maximizing the FAN speed. A nice addition to the packaging content would be a fan splitter, this to allow to hook up the two fans straight on the power supply. Since the H110 has got some thermal headroom, a 9V adapter would be a great idea too to add to the box. If your case can house it, the Hydro 110, CORSAIR's new flagship, is the ultimate All in One Cooling kit tested till date by the Madshrimps crew.
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Thermaltake LEETGION El'Druin Review reported at 12:07 PM
category: Mice     website: MadShrimps
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The El’Druin mouse is priced around 70 Euros, clearly not the cheaper variant out there, but we will still award the product for its design uniqueness.
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Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE Review reported at 12:06 PM
category: Input device accessories     website: Overclockers Club
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"Working and gaming with the Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE Multi-Display Adapter was a very pleasant experience. The device just screams quality; no cheap plastic is involved and the finish is almost perfect. Connecting and setting up the Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE was straight forward; all you need to do is follow the four steps on the back of the box and then install the Matrox PowerDesk software. The result is up to three extra monitors or projectors connected and looking great (six if you have a second DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort handy to connect another TripleHead2Go Digital SE device!). The image quality is on the same standard as the great build quality: very clear, vibrant, and without any distortion. The Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE is a small device with huge potential. Laptop users will find it a very convenient - and affordable - way to gain that extra screen real estate without the need to invest in a desktop system. Keep in mind that the performance you will see with the Matrox unit depends on the graphics chip feeding it - the more powerful the chip, the smoother the performance will be."
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Fractal Design Adjust 108 Review (German) reported at 11:12 AM
category: Monitor Coolers     website: Technic3D
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RaidMax Raptor Review reported at 10:47 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: TechREACTION.net
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Overall the Raptor was a good looking, solid case. It does have an interesting design and overall look so it may not be for everyone. However, if you like the design you should love this case from all the other stuff accompanying this case. The USB ports on the top that are easily accessible with the fan controller as well was a nice touch. The mirror finished panels on the front and top are unique it will help it stand out from the rest of the basic designs you see on cases in this price range. The wire management solution used in the Raptor is a solid solution for the mid-tower. The removable HDD cages are great for being able to open up the space and give you more options like a radiator for water cooling and things like that. This case easily supports our GTX480, but if you need even more room then you can take advantage of the removable cage.
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Antec Eleven Hundred Review reported at 10:45 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: TechREACTION.net
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Overall the Antec Eleven Hundred performed very well in our testing. The overall look of the Eleven Hundred is nothing special, but not many cases out there are these days. The all black look and a side window is about what you can expect on almost any case. The inside of the case helps make it a feasible case mid-tower though with the great wire management. A lot of mid-towers these days forget one of the biggest things that make them acceptable to use, wire management. The Eleven Hundred has a nice system installed in it, which kept our installation nice and clean looking.
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