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Asus MX279H Review reported at 11:13 AM
category: 20/22/24 INCH     website: ocaholic
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ASUS’ MX279H isn’t one of the best 27 inch IPS displays we’ve ever come across. But in this case it wasn’t the manufacturers intention. This display is much more about price/performance rather than just price. It’s great that there is an AH-IPS panel but still we think that 1080p is not enough for a 27 inch panel. 1440p is the perfect resolution for such a display and everything that is below is a serious compromise. A display which features excellent design and comes with a “Bang & Olufsen” badge, should be more about performance than just price. Never the less, it’s a really good looking thing and if you want a display that looks very nice on a desktop, that features a decent AH-IPS panel but you don’t care about the FullHD resolution, then the MX279H might be the right monitor for you to choose.
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H Review reported at 11:11 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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Looking at the Gigabyte Z77X-UD4H, we realized that you do not have to fork over a whole lot of money in order to have a good solid performing motherboard. We tested the board over a period of several weeks performing everything from basic office tasks to all out gaming and we did not experience one hiccup with the motherboard's operation.
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Scythe Ashura & Katana 4 CPU cooler Review reported at 11:10 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Hardware.Info
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The Scythe Ashura cools very well when its fan is turning at high speed, but it's also noisy. When the fan is at low speed, the cooler is completely quiet, but also cools poorly. Here is a comparison table with the Ashura and several other excellent coolers that cost no more than € 60. If you want a dead silent cooler than the Ashura can be an alternative for the Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1. While its cooling performance on low speed isn't great in the charts, it's definitely adequate for non-overclocked processors. The Be Quiet! cools better, but is also slightly more expensive. Looking at their efficiency scores, Scythe's own Mugen 3 PCGH and the much cheaper Cooler Master Hyper 412S are better. The Katana 4 is a budget cooler. Here we compared it to other affordable and effective coolers along with the Katana 4. The popular Cooler Master Hyper 412S is cheaper but we included it so you can see what you get if you spend a little more. When we remove it form the table, then you see that the Katana 4 doesn't do so poorly. The Katana 4 performs better than the Cooler Master Hyper T4 and Hyper TX3, both in terms of cooling and noise. The Gelid Tranquilo Rev. 2 is superior in both aspects, however, and considering it's not much more expensive it would be the logical choice. If the Katana 4 would cost the same as the Cooler Master Hyper TX3, then the Katana 4 would be a good budget option.
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Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD Review reported at 11:07 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Big Bruin
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"Taking into consideration the performance boost versus a standard drive, the Seagate Laptop Thin 500GB SSHD receives the Bigbruin.com "Highly Recommended" award."
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Seasonic X Series Review reported at 10:56 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: X-bit labs
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So, if you’re choosing between Gold-certified PSUs from Seasonic, you may want to think twice whether you really need a 1000-watt or higher PSU. Because you can instead prefer a lower-wattage model with better parameters. An 850W PSU would be quite enough for even very advanced configurations with an overclocked CPU and two graphics cards.
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Intel Z77 Mini-ITX Motherboard Roundup reported at 10:51 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: X-bit labs
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As a result, the only two choices remain ASUS P8Z77-I DELUXE and ASRock Z77E-ITX. Asus product boasts very well thought-through design, high performance and a WiFi controller supporting 5 GHz frequency range. However, it suffers from some frustrating issues in the BIOS, heats a lot and is quite expensive. ASRock mainboard, on the contrary, is very affordable, comes with a well-balanced BIOS and an additional mSATA slot, but doesn’t support Bluetooth and has somewhat awkward layout.
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AeroCool Xpredator X3 Evil Black Review (German) reported at 10:47 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Technic3D
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SteelSeries World of Warcraft Wireless MMO Mouse Review reported at 10:42 AM
category: Mice     website: eTeknix.com
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Overall this is an expensive product and it goes a long way to justifying that price tag. The software is robust and offers extensive options for macros, especially for World of Warcraft thanks for 130 preset actions. It’s also very cool to look at and of course style is subjective but I love the overall visual design of the mouse. The wireless technology is well integrated and even with a built in battery the mouse is still super light weight which I found rather impressive, although I would have liked to have seen a set of calibration weights to better reflect against some competitors gaming mice within this price range. If your serious about your WoW or any MMO for that matter this more an exclusive collectors item than anything else, it’s a brilliant gaming mouse but the fact that it is heavily branded makes it a bit of a niche product overall.
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SilverStone Argon AR01 Review reported at 10:41 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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"In my opinion the SilverStone AR01 is an excellent example of a budget CPU cooler that packs way more punch than you’d expect. If you’re looking to buy the best CPU cooler at the £25/€30/$40 price point then you’d be foolish to not consider the SilverStone AR01 as one of the top contenders. The balance between performance, noise, quality, functionality and price is spot-on."
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PC Power & Cooling Silencer MkIII Review (French) reported at 10:32 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: Cowcotland
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Lian Li PC-V750 Review reported at 10:30 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Benchmark Reviews
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"The Lian Li PC-V750WX is beautiful, provides plenty of space on the inside while maintaining a smaller exterior, and will be able keep a user's system cool without making much noise but it is completely let down by an expensive $390 price tag. This case could easily be recommended at a $300 price tag but at $390 there is just not enough positives to consider it superior to much less expensive products."
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Lian Li PC-V650 Review reported at 10:26 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: techPowerUp!
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"The Lian Li PC-V650 is, overall, a pretty cool chassis with a very compact exterior and the ability to swallow all the big components of a mid-tower rig, but one does need to ask the question of whether the price premium and space constraints are worth it over a mid-tower case by Lian Li. A traditionally shaped case would, after all, leave you with a similar feature set, a tad more space, and some money to spend on other performance-enhancing parts. Still, you should be more than happy with the Lian Li PC-V650's great set of features if you are willing to go small and compact for a price."
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