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Samsung SSD on SATA 3Gb/s Review reported at 01:35 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Tom's Hardware
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If you go by the synthetic benchmarks most reviewers like to run (stuff like AS-SSD, CrystalDiskMark, PCMark 7, and Iometer), then a 6 Gb/s SATA connection appears imperative for getting the most out of today's drives. In certain cases where you're pushing a ton of data sequentially, that's absolutely the case. However, those same tests aren't very good at conveying the "feel" of a machine recently upgraded from conventional to solid-state storage. Moreover, they make it look like you really need a modern platform to take advantage of a modern SSD. Our real-world metrics demonstrate that those theoretical differences aren't always practical, though. In most cases, a SATA 3Gb/s-attached Samsung 840 Pro is almost as fast as the same drive connected to a 6 Gb/s link.
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Alpenfohn Fohn 120 & 140 WingBoost Fan Reviews reported at 01:33 PM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: eTeknix.com
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While these fans aren’t particularly cheap and don’t offer mind-boggling levels of performance, they are a breath of fresh air in terms of seeing a manufacturer making some really quite quirky and high quality fans. I really like them and I think they are definitely worthy of our innovation award. German engineering has done well yet again!
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Asus Orion Pro Review reported at 01:21 PM
category: headsets     website: Benchmark Reviews
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This is truly a quality constructed, excellent sounding, and incredibly comfortable headset. I could continue to sing the praises of the ASUS Orion Pro gaming headset, but I will close with a suggestion; make the ear cups swivel laterally next time around.
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 10:18 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardOCP
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The AMD Radeon HD 7990 offers convenience, in a cool and silent package. This in of itself can be appealing enough to justify the price premium to some gamers and enthusiasts. If so, you now have an option from AMD that packs it all in a single video card for you, with cool running and silent operation of CrossFire. It doesn't require an extra cooling slot like the ASUS ROG ARES II, and it doesn't take up as much room as the PowerColor Devil13. It is the most efficient 7970 dual-GPU video card out there. It is a compact, well made video card. You have to give it to AMD for the design and engineering that went into the development of the video card. It is top-notch. AMD has achieved a cool running, silent dual-GPU video card. The Radeon HD 7990 is a bit late to market, likely overpriced, and weak in comparison to 7970 CrossFire, at least it is finally here.
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 10:16 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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The AMD Radeon HD 7990 is a well-designed, unique and extremely fast graphics card. If you look purely at the framerates you could say it's the fastest GPU currently on the market. However, when you consider the other factors we just mentioned, it's not necessarily the best deal for 1,000 euros.
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 10:12 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareHeaven
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An odd release from AMD, bringing a card to market which really is already available. It should however allow for more competitive pricing compared to the existing "7990s". Great to see AMDs high end use a low noise high performance cooler, for once, though a strange choice of outputs is present... that said gaming performance is impressive.
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 10:11 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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In terms of pricing, AMD matches what NVIDIA is asking: $1000. AMD does include eight free games with the card: BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. All of them are good games and definitely worth playing. You could also pawn them off on eBay to offset the cost of the card; getting $100 that way should be really easy. Still, even at $900, the card feels too expensive to me, especially when compared to NVIDIA's offerings. The GTX Titan comes at the same crazy $1000 mark, with significantly lower performance, but its unique feature is that it uses a single GPU, which means that any game will scale, no matter how broken its multi-GPU profiles are. The GTX 690 uses two GPUs, just like the HD 7990, but provides much better scaling in more games; and neither NVIDIA card has the annoying coil noise issue I mentioned earlier. For me, a reasonable price for the HD 7990 in its current state would be around the $800-$850 mark (with the included games). In order to overcome the frametime issues some of our colleagues reported, AMD is working on a new driver to improve things, and has provided us with it, but it's only for Windows 8 and sacrifices some performance for more constant frame delivery. We also had no time to test it because our sample had to move on, but I expect AMD will eventually figure out how to solve this card's problems. It does make me wonder why AMD had to release the HD 7990 now instead of waiting just a little bit longer, which would have given them the time to solve the frametime and CrossFire scaling issue and, last but not least, get rid of the coil whine.
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 10:08 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Tom's Hardware
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And so we’re faced with a card that represents a huge improvement over its predecessor, but still comes up shy of its competition, and is priced like an equal. If the story ended there, the winner would be clear. However, AMD is working magic with developers, and the Radeon HD 7990’s game bundle looks like the culmination of a serious ISV push. Every 7990 will include a copy of BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. That’s $335 worth of software, if you don’t own any of it already. I personally find five of the eight titles interesting, which is some sort of record for a game bundle.
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 10:05 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PC Perspective
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With its performance completely dependent on CrossFire technology, the HD 7990 as a $1000 graphics card has a very hard time justifying its price. With our early testing of the Catalyst prototype driver showing positive results though, there is yet hope for CrossFire to be fixed in this generation, at least for single monitor users! But until that driver is perfected, is bug free and is presented to buyers as a made-for-primetime solution, I just cannot recommend an investment this large on the Radeon HD 7990.
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 10:03 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareCanucks
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There was an opportunity here to have board partners continue with their own dual GPU cards while striving to make the “reference” HD 7990 a poster child for improved onscreen fluidity and consistent frame delivery. That didn’t happen. Instead, we have a high priced graphics card which highlights AMD’s faults without bringing anything particularly new to the table. It's like AMD is saying "buy this now and we'll give you some great results....soon."
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 10:01 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: TechSpot
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Overall the AMD Radeon HD 7990 is an impressive graphics card, it's very well designed and engineered. The frames per second performance puts it right where it needs to be to reign the super exclusive $1,000 market and the bragging rights that come with it. If AMD can improve frame time performance as they claim to be in the process of doing, then the 7990 could certainly become a real problem for the GTX 690 and GTX Titan. In the meantime, the Titan presents the safest bet for extreme performance at this privileged price point.
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 10:00 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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AMD have created the world’s fastest graphics card and the price seems good compared against the GTX690 and GTX Titan.
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 09:59 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Guru3D
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"The release of the R7990 has transformed in a well executed hardware design. That results into massive performance. With AMDs software team now forcibly focusing on micro-stuttering that "problem" will hopefully be a thing of the past in the near future as well. With that in mind, we can definitely recommend the Radeon HD 7990 to the ones that can afford a card of this caliber, it really is a top pick, but sure with some mixed feeling. It's not cheap but it is incredibly fun and silent. And with a product that is just loaded with performance it will certainly bring a smile to the faces of many."
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