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Scythe Kozuti SCKZT-1000 Review (German) reported at 11:33 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Technic3D
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Crucial M500 Review reported at 11:32 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Benchmark Reviews
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The Crucial M500 solid state drive is fast - but not the fastest, and powerful - but not the most powerful. That doesn't mean it doesn't hold up well to the competition, most of which lacking the hardware features and value. A smaller 20nm NAND Flash component frees up PCB real-estate and enable higher density (128MB) ICs to fit, reducing manufacturing material costs and thereby reducing product prices. An advanced 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption engine secures data, while 'Hold-Up' capacitors ensure that data's integrity in the event of power loss. An adaptive thermal monitoring system with on-board thermistor and microcontroller is certainly a useful feature for ultrathin and embedded designs, but the device sleep (DEVSLP) function that draws less than 5-milliwatts of power while in sleep mode is a 93% power improvement over previous-generation SSDs. Collectively these features and functions add to the already noteworthy performance, and earn the Crucial M500 SSD our Golden Tachometer Award for excellence.
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Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker Review reported at 11:31 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Modders-Inc
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When I first pulled the Cooler Master Storm Stryker out of it’s box and protective devices I was struck by it’s striking white color that I must admit is a exciting change from the all black cases that have bombarded the market for a few years. Yes it has it touches of black, but it is used to accent the white. Once getting past the color I was expecting a case that had a handle at the top and the same old insides, but I was again excited to see that was not true. The design and feature of the carrying handle is superbly integrated in to the overall look and becomes a very essential piece.
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Evercool Venti Review reported at 11:30 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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"The Evercool Venti does have a few minor drawbacks but its absolutely mind blowing bang-for-buck mean that you will be hard pressed to find anything nearly as good for the same price. The Evercool Venti is priced like an entry level heatsink but performs like a mid-range heatsink. It boasts impressive acoustics, good overall build quality and a one year warranty, even though the fan is lacking a bit of attention to detail we still think the Evercool Venti goes above and beyond what we would expect for an Editor’s Choice-standard product. Consequently we are happy to award the Evercool Venti with our Editor’s Choice award, if we could give it something better we would, but we can’t – so well done Evercool for making such an excellent product."
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Crucial M500 Review (French) reported at 11:27 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Cowcotland
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Corsair AX1200i Review reported at 11:21 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: PureOverclock.com
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Outstanding performance backed by sleek styling and innovative features.
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AZIO Levetron Mech5 Review reported at 11:20 AM
category: Keyboards     website: eTeknix.com
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Overall AZiO has made a great first impression on me, from the modular design that allowed me to customise how I wanted the keyboard layout to be, to all the great features packed inside. Sure it may be like Marmite so some, but thanks to the innovate design (something we don’t often see with keyboards) it should really stand out for anyone looking for a decent gaming keyboard that also won’t break the bank. As the AZiO has used Cherry Black switches, I won’t be recommending this keyboard to anyone who does a fair amount of typing, but anyone who loves gaming and wants a keyboard that looks the part, then look no further. To sum it up, the AZiO Levetron Mech5 is decent, high quality keyboard with an innovative, customisable design and a full complement of features, making it perfect for gamers, but due to the characteristics of the switch type, it’s not so good for the heavy typists.
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OCZ Vertex 3.20 Review reported at 11:19 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: KitGuru
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A good performance, high value for money Solid State Drive.
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Noctua NF-S12A FLX, ULN and PWM Review reported at 11:18 AM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: eTeknix.com
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As I always seem to say with Noctua fan reviews the price is justified by the premium nature and excellent all-round capabilities of the product. If you want some excellent case fans then you cannot go wrong with the NF-S12A series. My only concerns are that relatively speaking the price is high, but like I have said I still feel this is justified, and again the aesthetics will not be to everyone’s tastes but the brown and beige colour scheme is what makes Noctua products unique. Without it they would just blend into to a market full of average fans when their fans are certainly far from average, though I do feel they could have made an effort to braid the cables all the way into the motor so the multi-coloured cabling on the rear isn’t visible.
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AMD FX-4130 Black Edition Review reported at 10:58 AM
category: Socket AM3+ CPUs     website: eTeknix.com
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"Bottom line, AMD have rekindled the entry level FX line of CPUs and given them a new leash of life, the still highly competitive price point and good performance for that price, makes the FX-4130 a great budget ship for not too demanding environments."
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NVIDIA GTX 650 Ti Boost Roundup (ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, Galaxy, MSI) reported at 10:54 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareCanucks
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NVIDIA’s $170 GTX 650 Ti Boost is a stellar graphics card which couldn’t have been introduced at a better time. It competes perfectly against higher priced AMD cards which, for the most part, still have recently received some steep rebates. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that the $170 HD 7790 2GB remains largely missing in action, weeks after launch. With such a competitive solution in their stables, it’s obvious that NVIDIA’s board partners have put a ton of effort into creating the best possible GTX 650 Ti Boost cards without associated price premiums. Indeed, as we saw in this roundup, the amount of value being packed into these custom designs is nothing short of astounding. In our opinion, every one of these cards would make a great match for a budget-conscious gamer but there are several points of differentiation between them.
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Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 Review reported at 10:53 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: APH Networks
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With it striking a great balance between performance, quality, form, and price, the Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 32GB is bound to impress consumers and business users alike -- especially for those who actually need to carry sensitive documents with them all the time.
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