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MadCatz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Review reported at 05:43 PM
category: headsets     website: NikKTech
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The F.R.E.Q.5 Red stereo gaming headset by Mad Catz currently retails for around USD150 inside the USA and 130Euros inside the EU and just like the black version (and the white) the price is its only real drawback. Certainly you always get what you pay for (or at least most of the times) so naturally Mad Catz had to set a high price since we are talking about a very good gaming headset in both audio clarity and build quality. However as stated before with several surround headsets in the market currently at around the same price point (and with countless virtual ones for even less) it will be hard for gamers to choose a stereo headset regardless of performance and quality (especially since not everyone reads reviews to see how a headset performs). Overall however the F.R.E.Q.5 is very good headset and even if Mad Catz doesn't cut down the price a bit as recommended by us it still comes highly recommended by us and still gets our Golden Award.
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Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Review reported at 11:18 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: ThinkComputers
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If you are looking for a silent case the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 is a great choice.
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SilverStone Redline RL04 Review reported at 11:15 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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"The support for longer video cards is ok. It supports cards up to 11.5". We found that our test ASUS 5600TI 448 Core which is 11" had no problems finding a home in the case. But for those with cards with longer coolers may have to look at one of Silverstone's many other cases."
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Genius Gila Review (German) reported at 11:11 AM
category: Mice     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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Sparkle Calibre X680 Captain Review reported at 11:05 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PureOverclock.com
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Excellent gaming card that brings top performance with low temperatures and great value.
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Fractal Design Node 605 Review (French) reported at 11:03 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Cowcotland
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Thecus N5550 Review reported at 11:03 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: Legion Hardware
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Overall we are pleased with the Thecus N5550 and have no problem recommending it to anyone looking for an affordable 5-bay NAS.
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Cooler Master HAF XB Review reported at 11:00 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: KitGuru
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A well made, versatile chassis design for people always playing with components. Just be prepared to deal with some noise.
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Club-3D Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 10:57 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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"The Radeon HD 7990 is not much more than two Radeon HD 7970s on a single card. So if you buy two Radeon HD 7970 GHz Editions you actually save quite a bit of money, you have better clock speeds without overclocking, you have more overclocking potential, and your computer will make less noise. Any way you look at it, getting two separate 7970 GHz Editions is a better option than a single Radeon HD 7990."
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Intel SSD 525 Review reported at 10:53 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Hardcoreware
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As for theIntel 525 Series itself, because performance is identical to full size drives, it’s not hard to recommend it if you are in the market for an mSATA SSD. You can get absolute full performance with the 180 and 240 GB versions, and you are almost there with the 120 GB version, and a brilliant steady state curve in terms of both data transfer and access times. The 60 GB version makes for a great SSD cache, perfect for use with Intel’s Smart Response Technology. And while the 30 GB version is hampered by low write performance, that won’t be an issue when used as a cache drive, since it will always be receiving its write data from a slow mechanical drive.
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OCZ Vector Review reported at 10:49 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Overclock Intelligence Agency
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Placing the Vector in a newer AMD system or an Intel desktop using the Intel RST allows the drive to show its full potential, with results within 5%-10% of OCZ's advertised performance using msahci with AMD, and actually exceeding OCZ's test results with iastor on Intel. This places it right on par with their other high-performance model, the Vertex 4. Factor in that the Vector conforms to the 7mm low profile design that many modern laptops require, and the option to go 128GB, 256GB or even 512GB capacity, and you've got an excellent candidate for upgrading your portable system.
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Corsair Hydro H110 & H90 Review reported at 10:47 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Real World Labs
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The Hydro H110 and H90 are among the best AIO water coolers on the market, but by using the Asetek design, Corsair took both a step forward and a step backwards. The benefit of using the design is the performance is at the top of its class, as the H110 and H90 can compete with larger custom water-cooling loops and do so at extremely low acoustic levels. The flipside is the cooling block uses the Asetek mounting bracket, which is more complicated to install than the bracket used on coolers such as the H100, and H100i. In addition, the size of the radiator is not going to work with all cases, as there are still plenty of chassis on the market that cannot accommodate 140mm case fans.
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Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Review reported at 10:34 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: APH Networks
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If Nanoxia were to make these refinements to the Deep Silence 1 in the next model, it would turn an average case into a great case. But for now, despite its many similarities with the Fractal Design Define R4, this is not a better version of it, nor is it any cheaper -- why not just buy the original?
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Cubitek Mini Cube Review reported at 10:32 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: HardwareHeaven
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In terms of performance for low end mini-ITX systems the lack of bundled fan probably won't be an issue and our system ran with normal temperatures but start to pack in a bunch of high end components and the Mini Cube will need those fan bays filled. The inclusion of USB 3.0 is an added bonus meaning we can connect high speed external storage too, should we run out of drive locations inside.
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AeroCool GT-700SG Review reported at 10:31 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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"To sum up, the GT-700SG is a great looking unit that performs well in all areas. It is surely not a record breaker, but it will meet the competition eye-to-eye, especially if Aerocool manages to provide the unit at a lower price to pick its price/performance ratio up, which would give it a great viability boost. The GT-700SG would actually gain a "recommended" award from me if it was more affordable."
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Cubitek Mini Cube Review reported at 10:12 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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"Overall, I really like the Mini Cube from Cubitek and would recommend it to anybody looking for a smaller rig."
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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 Review reported at 10:10 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: ThinkComputers
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Overall I think that the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 is a great choice when it comes to a flash drive whether you are simply transferring files, doing daily backups or running an operating system off the drive.
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Asustor AS-602T Review (French) reported at 10:09 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: Cowcotland
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Lian Li PC-V700 Review reported at 10:05 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Modders-Inc
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"I can say that is like no other mid tower case that I have seen in recent years, which is a good thing as innovation is the key to success. I have always been a fan of the Lian Li style that gives you plenty of features with a sleek style, and I would say that the PC-V700 is no exception."
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Cooler Master Sentinel Advance II Review reported at 10:01 AM
category: Mice     website: MadShrimps
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With the Sentinel Advance II, Cooler Master has built a solid product and incorporated a high performance Avago ADNS-9800 Laser Sensor which allows DPI settings between 200 and 8200. Even if the mouse is quite large, the shape is comfortable and we do not need a lot of time to get used to the design. For added customizability, we have the choice of modifying the weight by removing the bottom weights.
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Transcend StoreJet 25M3 Review reported at 09:59 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: Overclockers Club
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"Overall I was quite impressed with this little drive. The small form factor and the durable MIL-spec enclosure combined to form an external drive that will serve you for years. While not always incredibly speedy in the synthetic benchmarks, the real-world performance when copying files to the disk revealed that it can easily hang with the big dogs. You might not win any benchmark wars with this little guy but you will definitely have your files backed up in a very reasonable amount of time!"
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NZXT Kraken X40 & X60 Review reported at 09:51 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: HardwareCanucks
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While NZXT’s Kraken X40 and X60 may have some minor shortcomings, there’s no doubt they’ve taken the market by storm. Their class leading performance, adaptable software, quiet acoustics more than offset some installation hassles and compatibility limitations. Simply put, the Kraken series is simply too good to overlook.
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NZXT Phantom 820 Review reported at 09:49 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Benchmark Reviews
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Although it is extremely large, and quite expensive, if an enthusiast is in the market for a case that can do almost anything, while keeping their components cool, and staying quiet I would not hesitate to recommend the Phantom 820.
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Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator Review reported at 09:48 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: t-break
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Right now nobody in the world has what Kingston does, and so they can charge a premium for it. Once the 1TB model is out, with other manufacturers following suit, I’m sure prices will come down to something more easier to swallow. For now, the Kingston HyperX Predator is the Bugatti Veyron of USB flash drives.
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Thermalright SilverArrow SB-E Extreme Review reported at 09:47 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: X-bit labs
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"Thermalright’s “all in” move was a definite success, since SilverArrow SB-E Extreme cooler turned out the most efficient CPU cooler in its default configuration. However, it is important to keep in mind that SilverArrow SB-E Extreme wasn’t designed for quiet systems, but is primarily targeted for those overclockers who need the most efficient cooling regardless of the noisiness. Those who need efficient and quiet cooling from Thermalright should consider the regular SilverArrow SB-E or Archon. Moreover, the new cooler is universal, has reliable retention and is very easy to install, comes with efficient thermal paste and can accommodate a third fan. On top of that it will always arrive in excellent condition due to very secure packaging."
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Intel SSD 335 vs. Intel SSD 330 Review reported at 09:43 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: X-bit labs
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Considering that Intel SSDs have always been highly reliable and their firmware is optimized for real-life usage scenarios, we have a potential bestseller here. Of course, it is no leader in sheer speed, yet still an excellent choice for all-purpose PCs. The only problem is that the SSD 335 is available as a 240GB version now. If it comes out in other capacities as well, it may affect the overall market situation, provoking a general reduction in prices of consumer-class SSDs.
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HIS 7970 IceQ X² GHz Edition, 7950 IceQ X² Boost Clock & 7850 IceQ Turbo X Review reported at 09:42 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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The three graphics cards from HIS we’ve covered in this review are interesting products in their respective categories. Each of them features an enhanced power system with high-quality durable components and an original high-performance cooler. The HIS 7970 IceQ X² GHz Edition, HIS 7950 IceQ X² Boost Clock and HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo X are also a little faster than the respective reference solutions due to pre-overclocked GPUs. Added to that are the reliable and informative packaging and the exclusive utility iTurbo. The graphics cards can please you with their looks, too. Although they are usually hidden from view inside the computer case, it is a real pleasure to just hold such a stylish product in your hands.
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QPAD QH-1339 Review (German) reported at 09:41 AM
category: headsets     website: Technic3D
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