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AMD 990FX-Based Motherboards Review reported at 11:57 AM
category: Socket AM3+     website: Tom's Hardware
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ASRock also offers the most features, and if you need those features, they might be worth the extra $22 shown in the chart, compared to Gigabyte’s 990FXA-UD3. The problem is that the chart represent last week's prices, and we haven't a clue what will happen next week. The best ASRock can hope to accomplish is an occasional value-tie to Gigabyte, and that didn't happen today. Whether or not Gigabyte and ASRock achieve a value tie appears to depend on the day of the week you look at their prices.
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Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Review reported at 11:55 AM
category: Keyboards     website: MadShrimps
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The CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid Mechanical gaming keyboard from Cooler Master is another high quality product, our sample sporting red Cherry MX switches and comes in a tenkeyless form, without the numeric pad. Because the product is more compact, we will be able to make room for more on the table, like a larger mouse pad. This compact feature also makes it good for carrying at LAN parties.
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Seagate Constellation ES.3 Review reported at 11:53 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: HardwareCanucks
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"While their price may ultimately drive away home and SOHO users, Seagate’s new Constellation ES.3 4TB is currently one of the best hard drives currently available for the enterprise market. It incorporates a dizzying number of features to ensure optimal performance in multi drive arrays, ensures data remains secure and ultimately delivers a good dollar per TB ratio regardless of a high overall price."
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be quiet Dark Rock Pro 2 Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: ThinkComputers
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I feel the process of trying to get the cooler lined up and attached leaves too much room for a bad mount or even a potentially scratched base. And don’t forget about that strange fan issue when starting. It requires the user to go straight into the BIOS to get the fans working correctly and is not a good thing. Finally at a rumored $100 USD (cooler not yet for sale in the US) this cooler is at the top end of the air cooled price spectrum.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost SLI Review reported at 11:35 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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With a combined price of $340, the graphics cards cost less than the HD 7970 GHz Edition ($430) and much less than the GTX 680 ($440) while still delivering comparable performance. Power draw and noise levels are slightly higher, but that's the price you'll have to pay to save over 100 bucks. This setup also makes upgrading your aging rig to play the latest and most demanding titles without breaking the bank an option. Core "Sandy Bridge" only supports PCI-Express 2.0, so the setup would run at reduced PCI-Express bandwidth, but the difference should be quite small, maybe 4% in actual games, which is very acceptable if you take into account the lower cost of this upgrade path. Have $340 and want high-end performance? Consider this!
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G.Skill RipjawsX F3-1600C9D-16GXM Review (French) reported at 11:30 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Cowcotland
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Noctua 140mm/150mm Case Fan Roundup reported at 11:22 AM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: Overclockers Club
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There's one final tidbit I'd like to share about Noctua. Before I became a reviewer, I had three RMA's I did with Noctua and two service requests. When a fan blade breaks, all you have to do is take a picture of it with the serial number and Noctua will send you a new one. Noctua didn't even ask for a copy of my invoice! If a fan starts making more noise than it should, the company will send you a new one! Can you believe that? You don't have to ship it back, either, but you have to break the fan blade and take a picture of it with the serial number. That's how important silent operation is to Noctua! You don't have to pay extra money for a replacement because of having to ship the fan back to the company; how cool is that? You only have to go through a little bit of trauma by having to break a Noctua fan blade on purpose so you don't keep using one of the fans with the extra noise. The other times I'd request extra 120mm to 140mm extensions and wire fan adapters, and Noctua sent them to me for free as long as I sent in a copy of my invoice. Now that's service! With a seven-year warranty, there's really no downside to owning a Noctua fan (except for some people, the color scheme).
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Infortrend EonNAS Pro 850X Review reported at 11:15 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: Benchmark Reviews
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"The biggest problem is choosing one; that's why we go into so much detail in our reviews, to help you figure out what level of performance and features is right for you. If you need a staggering array of features, or consumer-focused applications, then you need to look elsewhere to meet those needs. But, if you need the storage capacity, the high throughput and continuity of service that eight bays of RAID 5, 6, 10, 50, or 60 provides, with 10GbE-class performance, and the unparalleled data integrity provided by the ZFS file system, then the EonNAS Pro 850X is an excellent candidate for you."
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