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XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition Review reported at 01:03 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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The reference design 1 GB HD 7790 comes at a very reasonable $150, and XFX has not deviated from that, despite higher clock speeds out of the box and extra 2 GB of memory. All HD 7790 cards come with a Bioshock Infinite game coupon—one of the most anticipated titles this season. If you don't need the game, you can easily sell the coupon for $20-$30, which helps offset the cost of the card. All this makes the XFX HD 7790 the best HD 7790 we tested so far. It's really a no-brainer if you are in the market for a HD 7790. It does everything any other HD 7790 does and also gives you the peace of mind 2 GB of VRAM provides.
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Roccat Lua Review reported at 12:21 PM
category: Mice     website: NikKTech
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Granted you can get something better if you spend slightly more but the same can be said for pretty much everything in the market. I do believe that ROCCAT should make certain that the price of the LUA should never go over USD30/30Euros to make it appealing to people on a very tight budget but in the end i don't think that it's something they can control (it's a free market after all). At the end of the day although we weren't satisfied when using the LUA with the latest game titles we do think that it would make the perfect companion for laptops and that's why we recommend taking a look if you're looking for a low-cost gaming mouse to carry around or even for your casual gaming needs (providing that you are not using a large screen).
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Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Review reported at 12:19 PM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: PC Perspective
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The board does have a few shortcomings though. The most obvious is the lack of enthusiast-centric BIOS settings for tweaking board performance. This is one of the few boards I've seen come across my test bench in quite a while that only had a single configurable voltage setting. However, the Z77N-WiFi still managed a solid overclock with only that single voltage tweak. While testing, I found that the CPU power circuitry would get hot, requiring the use of a fan for cooling. If you are using an air-based CPU cooler, this may not be as much of an issue. The only other concern with the board is in the proximity of the PCI-Express x16 slot to the CPU socket. In testing with a Noctua NH-D14 cooler, we could not orient the cooler so that it did not overlap the PCI-Express slot. So this board gives you a choice - an over-large CPU cooler or a standalone video card.
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Asus PCE-AC66 Review reported at 12:18 PM
category: Wireless Network Adaptors     website: Hardware.Info
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"The ASUS PCE-AC66 is a good upgrade for your desktop PC if it doesn't have WiFi or if you need faster wireless connectivity. The ASUS RT-AC66U combined with the PCE-AC66 is faster on both 2.4 GHz and 802.11ac. If you only use the 2.4 GHz band, it makes little sense to spend $105 on this product. However, if you do have an 802.11ac router, the PCE-AC66 definitely has added value. It's at least cheaper than buying a second ac router. Keep in mind that the limitations of the 5 GHz band remain with 802.11ac as with the 802.11n standard. That means that even in combination with the PCE-AC66 it's best for short distances preferably without any walls or other obstacles if you want to enjoy the faster bandwidth."
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost & SLI Review reported at 12:15 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: TechSpot
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As always we recommend the single GPU option even if it represents slightly less value, as gamers will most likely find the performance to be more consistent and less dependent on driver support. As such we recommend the Radeon HD 7950 or even a single GeForce GTX 660 Ti over the GTX 650 Ti Boost SLI cards as the frame time performance is far more consistent. SLI does provide a flexible upgrade path down the track, so that is worth considering.
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Synology DS213+ Review reported at 12:13 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: MadShrimps
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While the DS213+ NAS from Synology is not from the same league as the last Atom D2700 4-bay NASes that have passed though our labs, the product sports good performances for both read/write transfers and includes a Dual Core processor at 1.067GHz with Floating Point (Freescale QorIQ CPU to be more exact) and also 512MB of DDR3 (not upgradeable). The DS213+ is concentrated on low power consumption and after the OS initialization, with only a single 320GB 2.5’’ Western Digital Scorpio Black installed, we have recorded a value of 17.62W so we won’t have to worry about expensive power bills.
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Corsair Hydro H80i Review reported at 10:55 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: ThinkComputers
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As could be expected from Corsair what we have is a very well finished product that performs nearly as well. It is to be commended for the ease of installation, choice of parts and the Corsair Link software. Although it wasn’t the best performing cooler we’ve tested I feel that it is adequate enough to make this a well rounded product.
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Cooler Master Seidon 120M Review (French) reported at 10:54 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Cowcotland
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Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 2GB OC Review reported at 10:53 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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"Overall Sapphire continues to put out products that sets it apart from the pack with innovative cooling solutions and cards that meet the needs of the gaming community. When you look at the total package you get a card that looks good, performs and cools well, and has an added feature set for the same low point of entry. If you are gaming at 1920x1080 and want to run at high settings you can do so all for that for the same $159 price point as the 1GB versions with Sapphire's HD 7790 2GB OC."
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AZIO Levetron GH808 Review reported at 10:50 AM
category: headsets     website: Benchmark Reviews
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The Levetron GH808 headset is definitely one of the better headsets I have used. If you're seeking a headset good for gaming you should definitely consider this one.
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ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 Review reported at 10:46 AM
category: AMD Socket FM2 Motherboards     website: X-bit labs
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We only mentioned the new features, but in reality we should also mention other ASRock mainboards’ advantages, which we are already very well familiar with. For example, quick and easy BIOS updating process by using a USB flash drive and even quicker and easier BIOS updating via Internet. The board boasts very user-friendly BIOS and comes bundled with MAGIX Multimedia Suite software. Now let us list the uncovered drawbacks. We didn’t like the inconvenient sliding locks on the graphics card slots and the non-operational fan rotation speed adjustment feature, which negates the benefits from having two processor fan connectors, which otherwise would have been a great advantage. Despite the fact that processor cooling fans were at their maximum speed during overclocking, the heatsinks on processor voltage regulator components heated up quite substantially. We didn’t expect Cool’n’Quiet technology to turn off during overclocking and didn’t enjoy the inconvenience of the memory timings adjustment process. At the same time, I have to point out that the board allowed us to overclock our test CPU to the same exact level as all other tested products, it performed well, and of the three mainboards we have reviewed so far, ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 is the least expensive, but it is up to you to decide if its advantage really outweigh its shortcomings.
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MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 Review reported at 10:46 AM
category: AMD Socket FM2 Motherboards     website: X-bit labs
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The MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 is simpler than the other three Socket FM2 mainboards we’ve tested recently, so it is also the least expensive of them. The ASRock board costs a little more, next comes Gigabyte, and ASUS is the most expensive one. We guess that we could also split them into two groups: there are good and there are not so good products and the former are substantially more expensive. This categorization isn’t general because ASUS may be criticized for its high power consumption whereas MSI, for example, is good in this respect. But in general, if you need a high-quality problem-free Socket FM2 mainboard then you best bet would most likely be the product from ASUS or, even better, from Gigabyte. The mainboards from ASRock and MSI may be a good alternative only if you are ready to put up with the challenges they pose for the sake of their lower price.
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AMD FX 4300 vs. Intel Core i3 3220 vs. A10 5800K Review reported at 10:45 AM
category: Intel Socket 1155 CPUs     website: Hardcoreware
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As you can see, the Core i3 3220 is quite obviously the better buy compared to either the AMD FX 4300 or A10 5800K, in terms of pure real world CPU performance (integrated graphics notwithstanding). There were a few situations such as encryption and archiving where the AMDs were faster, but those were rare. To boot, the Core i3 uses quite a bit less power during usage, even when only one core is used. Between the FX 4300 and A10 5800K, the only case where performance was significantly different was in gaming, where the FX 4300 had better performance due to the extra L3 cache. The A10 5800K’s increased turbo speed did help it in some CPU bound tests, but not significantly.
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InWin Commander III Review reported at 10:38 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: PureOverclock.com
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"A solid value-oriented power supply that provides clean and stable power for consumers are on a modest budget."
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Asus P8Z77-V LK Review reported at 10:35 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: eTeknix.com
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So where does this leave the LK board? Well for the vast majority of home office users, this is the sort of area you should be looking in, granted there are options from other brands to consider such as the Z77X-D3H from Gigabyte, but this has a slight edge over its competitors on price point and when you’re in that market, price is a major factor when choosing components. With a pretty good level of performance on hand for around £100, there is certainly a bit of bang for your buck right there.
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