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Logitech G600 Review reported at 01:57 PM
category: Mice     website: NikKTech
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In the end however we all place performance and features first when testing a gaming mouse and that's why the G600 MMO Gaming Mouse gets our Golden Award.
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Gigabyte GV-NTITAN-6GD-B Review reported at 01:56 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: iXBT Hardware
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Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan copies the reference design, because NVIDIA ships the GK110 chip only in ready-made cards. Titan requires 2 slots and can be used for 3-way SLI configuration in standard PC cases, as opposed to the 3-slot ASUS Ares II. Just bear in mind that it's obviously not completely silent. Oh, and those playing cards seems like a nice touch.
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Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120M Review reported at 01:55 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: MadShrimps
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The Thermalright True Spirit 120M is a great cooling unit, with fairly good thermal dissipation performance. While it might not bring you the most optimal operating temperatures, it has other cards down it's sleeve.
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SteelSeries Guild Wars 2 Gaming Mouse Review reported at 01:54 PM
category: Mice     website: MadShrimps
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"Thanks to the common and comfortable mouse shape, the Guild Wars 2 mouse from SteelSeries is easy to get used to. SteelSeries Engine will recognize the mouse right away and we can start defining custom functions and also modify the LED lighting effects. The sensor does not have stellar CPI as on other mice we have reviewed in the past, but it tracked really well on the cloth and aluminum pads that we have used in out tests."
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AMD Trinity vs. Intel Ivy Bridge APU Review reported at 01:21 PM
category: Socket FM2     website: X-bit labs
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With their high 3D graphics performance and their architecture optimized for streaming algorithms, AMD APUs turn out to be unexpectedly good at heterogeneous computing. If an application can employ graphics core resources for computations, AMD APUs can show their very best and deliver much higher performance compared to Intel’s CPUs. And such applications are not so exotic nowadays. OpenCL-compatible software is on the rise, such functionality being implemented in many popular video and image editing tools. We have no doubts that there will be more and more such applications in the future. Ivy Bridge CPUs still remain the fastest solution for basic video transcoding, though. The Quick Sync technology has no rivals as yet, the Trinity’s VCE turning out to be much slower. The bad news is that Quick Sync is only available in Core i3 and higher CPUs and is supported by a limited number of applications. This situation can change in the near future, though. The recent release of Intel Media SDK 2013 has paved the way for the developer community to easily use Quick Sync in their applications.
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Cooler Master HAF XB Review reported at 01:18 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: eTeknix.com
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With all the major features of the award-winning HAF XM crammed into the test bench format of the HAF XB, Cooler Master really have created something that is both highly practical and a lot of fun to use.
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Xigmatek XAF F1255 Review reported at 01:16 PM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: eTeknix.com
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"Overall the Xigmatek XAF series F1255 120mm case fan is a well priced fan that offers up a reasonable balance between performance and noise. The build quality and styling is on the whole very good and this is another solid product as we have come to expect from Xigmatek."
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Noctua NH-L9i Review reported at 12:59 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Modders-Inc
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The cooler is a splendid example of a low profile *quiet* HTPC/Small form factor air cooler where space is at a premium, and reliability is a must. If you need quiet performance for your low wattage CPU… look no further, you have found your solution!
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Enermax Ostrog GT Review reported at 12:58 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: eTeknix.com
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However, the best part of this chassis is the price and at around £70 its certainly competitive with other solutions on the market. There are plenty of great options on the market within this price range, but the fact that this chassis has 8 PCI slots that would allow for a quad GPU setup, good quality pre-installed cooling fans, support for large top mounted fans or radiators, 10 HDD bays, cable management and rock solid build quality, there is little else you could ask for in this price range. It’s because of this that I’m happy to award the Ostrog GT with out eTeknix Bang for Buck award.
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Asus P9X79 Pro Review reported at 12:49 PM
category: Socket 2011 Motherboards     website: Techgage
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At its price-point of about $320, I feel the board is worth the cost-of-entry, but what could have put the board over the top is if it included a wireless adapter – something the $30 cheaper GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD5 does happen to include. That board does sacrifice a couple of other things, however; it can’t do 4x CrossFireX (sorry, all 3 of you); it includes a PCI legacy slot in lieu of an extra PCIe; it lacks a complete collection of 4-pin fan connectors, which in turn reduces the amount of user control over how the fans behave and it doesn’t include a EFI LED read-out (oh-so-important for overclocking or hardware failure). Lastly, if the EFI and software package are important to you, that’s an area where I feel ASUS deserves the nod.
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OCZ Vertex 3.20 Review reported at 12:45 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: PureOverclock.com
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Fast, reliable, and competitive price make the Vertex 3.20 a solid upgrade path.
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Gelid Slim 12 UV & PL Blue 120mm Fan Review reported at 12:16 PM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: eTeknix.com
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Consequently, I feel what Gelid have done is very innovative and this fan is perfect for people who are short on space but still need a quiet, well designed and low cost fan that doesn’t sacrifice too much on performance. That said we are happy to give the Gelid Slim 12 UV series our innovation award.
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DeepCool Frostwin Review reported at 12:09 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Frosty Tech
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To sum up, Deepcool's 150m tall Frostwin heatsink offers very good cooling performance at an economical price point.
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A-DATA DashDrive HV610 Review reported at 12:08 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: ThinkComputers
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"At the end of the day the HV610 is a great choice if you are looking for a portable USB 3.0 hard drive."
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Fractal Design Define R4 Review reported at 12:01 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Benchmark Reviews
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Performance of the Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White PC Case is great. Temperatures of my overclocked system stay well within limits and the noise level is very low indeed. As standard the Define R4 is set up for silent performance and it serves this purpose well, and should you require more performance it has more than enough expansion capability to cater for your needs.
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Asus GTX650TIB-DC2OC-2GD5 Review reported at 11:50 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost adds a strong sub-$200 option to the company's lineup. Thanks to the added Boost clock algorithm and a beefed up 192-bit memory interface, we see massive performance gains compared to the GTX 650 Ti without Boost. The ASUS GTX 650 Ti Boost DC II OC adds a dual-fan cooler on top of that. GPU clock is up a little bit, by 40 MHz, or 4%, which turned into a meager 1% performance improvement over the GTX 650 Ti Boost reference design. It seems as though the GTX 650 Ti Boost is very good at exploiting clock headroom through the Boost algorithm no matter the base clock. Memory clock is unchanged. Compared to other cards, we see a large 27% improvement over the original GTX 650 Ti, which definitely makes the difference between "slow" and very playable at 1080p. Compared to AMD's lineup, we see a performance that is 5% higher than the HD 7850 and 21% higher than the just-released HD 7790.
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Seasonic Platinum Fanless Review (French) reported at 11:43 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: Cowcotland
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Intel SSD 525 Review reported at 11:42 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Benchmark Reviews
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In consideration of its compact mSATA form factor, top-level performance, and reasonable price, the Intel SSD 525 Series solid state drive series earns our Golden Tachometer Award for excellence.
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AZIO Large Print Tri-Color Review reported at 11:30 AM
category: Keyboards     website: Overclockers Club
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"I do think that the keyboard works well enough to be used, but I would just prefer to use even a cheap Dell keyboard over this one due to the lack of a friendly touch typing experience. However, it is a perfect keyboard for the elderly folks who are still chicken pecking away at the keys to write out emails and search AOL. Though I'd say at that point it doesn't matter what keyboard is used as long as it gets letters to the screen. The oversized letters are quite a plus despite all the downsides. My grandmother has poor eyesight, near and far, so being able to look down and easily find the symbols or letters adds quite the benefit to this keyboard, as do the lighting options for typing in the dark (though my grandmother is too old school for that – it's bad for your eyes!!!). All in all it was fun, but I think I'd prefer anything else after a week's worth of typing on this keyboard…"
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