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Evercool Silent Shark Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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The use of two different fans is a little odd. If you want to use the fans to cool the surround components then no problem but if you want to use the fans in a push-pull configuration things are a little different. You will have to either dial the main fan down to 1400RPM to match the secondary. Or replace the secondary with a matching unit to get ideal cooling.
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Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-2400 4x8GB Kit Review reported at 11:35 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: ThinkComputers
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64GB of memory is a lot and that does come at a price. Right now the kit we reviewed is selling for around $599 at my favorite online retailer. Corsair’s 64GB Dominator Platinum Kit is $899 and G.Skill’s 64GB RipjawsZ Kit is $699. Kingston backs these modules with a lifetime warranty so looking at the prices you can see what the obvious choice is!
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VTX3D Radeon HD 7870 Black Review (French) reported at 11:34 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Cowcotland
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Logitech G600 Review reported at 11:33 AM
category: Mice     website: MadShrimps
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At €50 this niche product comes with a luxury price, while still remaining affordable for those enthusiast who want to up their (MMO) game. For those gamers the mouse comes recommended. If however MMO/RPG/RTS genres don't tickle your fancy, the G600 mouse will not be your best gaming partner.
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Antec AMP SP1 Review reported at 11:29 AM
category: Digital Speakers     website: HardwareHeaven
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A well-built, nice looking wireless speaker which provides more than enough volume for portable use and some impressive audio quality too.
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SilverStone Strider Plus ST60F-PS Review reported at 11:28 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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"To wrap up, this unit exploits a modern platform that uses many parts we usually see in higher efficiency PSUs (Gold and Platinum). Also, its fully modular design and very small length won't pass unnoticed amongst users. Finally, overall performance is good, although not groundbreaking, and its decent price tag results in a high price/performance ratio, which means that you should take a look at this unit if you need a compact ATX PSU."
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Lian Li PC-B12 Review reported at 11:19 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: APH Networks
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The Lian Li PC-B12 is an very good mid-tower retailing for about $160 at press time. I know this is quite subjective, but man, I love the way it looks. I am not sure if Lian Li even hires designers anymore, because all it takes is someone with a ruler and a pencil -- but if a clean looking chassis with beautiful brushed aluminum panels built to perfect precision is your thing, the PC-B12 takes this classic formula a step further, and adds sound insulation material inside to keep the noise down. Lian Li's tool-free installation system is also among the best I have seen for the most part. I think this is the closest I have ever been to in building a computer without whipping out my screwdriver. Combined with a great interior layout and excellent dust resistant design, I think it is rather hard to imagine I have much to complain about Lian Li's latest foray into the silent PC market. The fact is, I do not have much to complain about, but for the things I am about to mention, these are important. Firstly, the gap behind the motherboard tray. It is too narrow to reasonably accommodate cables from your power supply. Secondly, the drive bays. It is important that it can accommodate more 2.5" SSDs out of the box. Lastly, a window option would be nice, but this is just personal preference. Other than that, don't get me wrong, the Lian Li PC-B12 is yet another beautifully manufactured chassis to add to the company's large profile of awesome aluminum chassis.
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G.Skill TridentX DDR3-2400 2x4GB Dual Channel Kit Review reported at 10:59 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: MadShrimps
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With this 2400MHz C10 Dual channel 8GB kit G.Skill offers the end user a stunning looking RAM kit, with more then plenty of performance to boost your PC setup to new heights. Covered by a lifetime warranty and retailing at sub 75 Euros, the bang for the buck ratio is extremely high. Without a doubt the looks are for many a deciding factor, plus these sticks got a bit extra juice under the hood. Can you resist?
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ASRock Z77 OC Formula Review reported at 10:58 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: MadShrimps
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Regarding the board performance, we can see clearly that ASRock has continued to optimize the system software, especially the UEFI, so we have received very good test scores and thanks to the beefy VRM we could set a stable 4.7GHz frequency, with a much lower voltage than the previous Extreme6 motherboard.
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Samsung PM840 Review reported at 10:54 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Real World Labs
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To be quite frank I expected the 840 to be very underwhelming to say the least. Well I was wrong; the 840 has just proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it can more than hold its own even amongst today’s best performing and far more expensive drives. Endurance seems to be a non-issue for the mainstream user. Price/Performance per GB is where the Samsung 840 has set the bar. Samsung has IMHO accomplished what it set out to do by introducing a TLC drive and that’s put capacity and performance within reach for mainstream users. If you are looking for value and performance then take a look at the 840 because it’s hard to beat.
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A-DATA DashDrive Elite HE720 Review reported at 10:53 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: Benchmark Reviews
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The ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720 is an attractive solution to anyone who needs to transfer large files in a convenient, portable form factor.
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Oblanc NC-2 U.F.O. & NC1-1 Cobra Review reported at 10:52 AM
category: headsets     website: PureOverclock.com
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Both Headsets are a great value at this price point. The powerful bass on the NC-2 U.F.O and Individual volume controls were a great feature Winner. The NC1-1 Cobra is a great overall headset and priced at $30.99 you won't find a better headset in that price range. Both headsets were iPhone and iPod ready along with adapters for PC use.
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 Review reported at 10:32 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: eTeknix.com
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Overall, Gigabyte have put together one heck of a feature rich board and it’s no surprise that this board is also becoming a strong favourite amongst overclockers and users who like to kit out their rigs with as much power as they can. The UP7 is one of the few Z77 boards on the market that can handle four way GPU configurations and I’m sure this again will prove to be popular amongst users who like to break records on the likes of HWBot with multi GPU systems.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Roundup reported at 10:29 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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The GeForce GTX 660s from EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI have turned out to be very much alike to each other. We can’t name a clear winner or loser among them. Being pre-overclocked, they all deliver similar performance, beating the reference GeForce GTX 660 by 4 to 5%. The MSI GeForce GTX 660 Twin Frozr III is close to the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ultra Durable in terms of GPU temperature while the original cooler of the hotter EVGA GeForce GTX 660 FTW Signature 2 copes well, too, especially as the EVGA has the highest GPU clock rate. When their fans are regulated automatically, they produce about the same amount of noise, even subjectively. Added to this are reference PCBs with some exclusive features, the same amount and clock rate of onboard graphics memory, identical overclocking potential, and scanty accessories (especially those of the Gigabyte). Moreover, they all cost the same amount of money, so we can’t really choose the best card of the three - EVGA GeForce GTX 660 FTW Signature 2, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ultra Durable and MSI GeForce GTX 660 Twin Frozr III. The choice is yours!
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Zalman CNPS9900DF Review reported at 10:22 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: X-bit labs
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Zalman CNPS9900DF turned out a real beauty, which would fit perfectly into the holiday concept and please your guests with unique shape and very nice blue lighting. Its indisputable advantages are full universality, reliable and informative packaging, and highly efficient thermal paste among the bundled accessories.
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Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 & AMD A10-5800K Review reported at 10:20 AM
category: AMD Socket FM2 Motherboards     website: X-bit labs
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I don’t feel it is right for me to talk you out of purchasing top Socket FM2 processors or to prohibit you from overclocking them. However, if you decide on an AMD A10-5800K, I strongly urge you not to overclock. Increase in this processor’s clock frequency will produce a very modest performance gain, but will raise the power consumption to unprecedented levels. Overclocking the graphics will cause moderate but constant increase in power consumption, while the gaming performance will hardly improve. As for the memory, this component must be overclocked by all means, because its positive effects will be undeniable: it will increase the overall system energy-efficiency, improve the performance in almost any applications, and boost the gaming performance quite substantially. Aren’t you buying the AMD A10-5800K processor to have the ability to play a round in your favorite game from time to time? If this isn’t the case, and you were shooting more for high performance and great energy-efficiency, then you must have chosen the wrong platform.
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Fractal Design Node 304 Review (German) reported at 10:15 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Technic3D
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Evercool Silent Shark Review reported at 10:14 AM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: eTeknix.com
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"So the Evercool Silent Shark is a mixed bag then. We’ve got great bang for your buck being the main selling point. The performance isn’t as good as we expected for the size, but thankfully the cost goes a long way to correct this and the fact it has two fans instead of one is also a big bonus for air-starved cases. The acoustic performance was adequate as far as I am concerned, inside a case it will be barely audible and that is all that matters. Due to the fact the Evercool Silent Shark has quite a few improvements to be made (as explained above) we do not feel it is deserving of the Editor’s Choice Award. However, I still believe the Silent Shark offers an excellent level of value-for-money and I am happy to award the Evercool Silent Shark our bang-for-buck award."
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Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator Review reported at 10:05 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: NikKTech
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Expensive might not be enough to describe just how much the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive costs but considering that it's pretty much the largest capacity USB flash drive money can get at this moment in time i guess its price is explained. So currently the Predator 512GB flash drive retails for USD800 inside the USA (Amazon) and at around 750Euros inside the EU (which basically means you pay USD1.56/1.46Euros per Gigabyte). Naturally because of the very high price tag the Predator 512GB flash drive is mostly targeted towards professionals who need the extra space and speed however enthusiasts who care not about the price of a product will also want to add it to their collection. Personally i don't see a single flaw with the drive (aside being expensive) and since it's currently the king of the hill we are awarding it with our Platinum award.
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eVGA SuperNOVA NEX750G Review reported at 10:00 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: PC Perspective
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Overall the new EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750G Gold power supply proved to be a bit of a disappointment. Since it bears the SuperNOVA name and is advertised as being a premium, enthusiast grade power supply we hoped it would have similar features to the flagship NEX1500 but in fact the NEX750G is built on an entirely different platform and does not support EVGA's SuperNOVA monitoring software. The NEX750G appears to be aimed at more mainstream, cost-conscious consumers. However performance and pricing are very competitive at this power point, which puts a lot of pressure on the NEX750G to excel.
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