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Roccat Kone XTD Review reported at 11:13 AM
category: Mice     website: ThinkComputers
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Roccat hit a home run with this mouse. They were behind it all, from development to integration to producing a high quality mouse, especially for gaming. This is their flagship mouse, and I can see why.
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Asus Z77-A Review reported at 11:10 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: eTeknix.com
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"So where does this board rank in my opinion? Well its clear to say that its no ROG board, and that is obvious, but its no couch potato either. Considering this is a sub £100 board with performance that shows it can punch well above its weight, taking on some bigger boards in the Z77 range, perhaps there is something more to the budget market than what one may make out to be. After a heap of performance and you’re on a tight budget – give it a go – you won’t be disappointed."
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Asus Echelon Review (French) reported at 11:02 AM
category: headsets     website: Cowcotland
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Corsair Vengeance M95 Review reported at 10:59 AM
category: Mice     website: eTeknix.com
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"This price tag sets it in the same area as the NAGA Hex, MMO7, Level 10M and Kone XTD, all of which have proven themselves to the gaming community on one level or another and now it seems Corsair have entered the fight with unrelenting force, is the M95 better than all those rival products? Yes and no, it’s really a subjective and down to personal taste, I personally would have no issues going out and spending money on any of them as I’m confident all would perform exceptionally, but the real tipping point for me today is style, Corsair have made on the best looking mice ever made and as a bonus they’ve packed high-end performance and features that shouldn’t leave any gamer feeling disappointed."
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Cooler Master TPC-612 Review reported at 10:56 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Hardware.Info
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"Without knowing the price it's difficult to write a fair conclusion, all we know is that the TPC-612 will be cheaper than the TPC-800. It cools really well, and its main weak point the noise it creates when the fan is running at maximum speed. With a slower fan it's much better, but still not perfect."
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Enermax NAXN 82+ Review reported at 10:53 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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I really think Enermax and CWT should, given the performance of this unit, take another look at the design to make all the necessary modifications to fix the +12V rail's performance during high loads, the unit's cross loads performance, and its response to dynamic loads; and they should definitely get rid of the low quality caps in the secondary side.
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XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition Review reported at 10:52 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: MadShrimps
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The XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition comes with a welcome speed boost compared to the previously tested 7770 SOE (which also featured factory overclocking). As we have mentioned before, besides the XFX 7770 and the HIS 7750, we have introduced inside the database a Sparkle GeForce 560, which, again, sports quite high speeds for both GPU and memory (930MHz/1863MHz), making it very close to the Ti variant.
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Logitech G500s Review reported at 10:47 AM
category: Mice     website: Techgage
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"So what do we make of this $69.99 G500s? Based on build quality, ergonomics, and features, I think Logitech’s G line has another winner. It’s obviously not a stripped down sports car-type like the G100s is. Rather, I think this is a bit more like a BMW M5: It’s got capabilities beyond what just a “normal” mouse (ten buttons and adjustable ballast and weight distribution aren’t exactly standard features, you know) would typically have, and the build quality is outstanding. It feels like a luxury item compared to its stripped down G sister, the G100s, but it never feels fat or that it’s weighed down with excesses. It can handle the serious business as a utilitarian mouse could, and it can handle more fun activities like gaming with equal aplomb."
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Visiontek Data Fusion SSD PCIe 240GB Review reported at 10:40 AM
category: PC Card Hard Drives     website: PureOverclock.com
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"Excellent performance and value to consumers who want a top product."
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Seagate Constellation ES.3 Review reported at 10:33 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Overclockers Club
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If you do not need the enterprise class feature set or long term reliability that comes with it, Seagate does offer a consumer 4TB drive for about half the price at $189. It does, however, also have half the cache and lower MTBF coupled with a three year reduction in the warranty period to two years. As a consumer drive the Constellation ES.3 4TB would be a pricey option, but it backs that price up with enterprise class reliability and excellent disk drive performance. If you need massive amounts of storage the Seagate Constellation ES.3 4TB drive is up to the task.
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Evercool Silent Shark Review reported at 10:31 AM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: X-bit labs
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The new Evercool Silent Shark cooler amazed us with its remarkable cooling efficiency. Even though it is a little bit behind the best of the best (in terms of maximum processor overclocking), we have to admit that this Evercool product turned out a great success. In our opinion, the potential of this cooler hasn’t been exhausted yet, because all they really have to do is give up the plastic cap, use traditional wire clips to attach two high-quality 140 mm fans with synchronous PWM support in the 600-1600 RPM range, and make a few technologically simple optimizations to the fins in order to lower airflow resistance. After that Silent Shark from Evercool will take the well-deserved spot among the leaders in contemporary air cooling. However, even the way it is the new Evercool Silent Shark is very attractive due to its high efficiency and universal design, reliable retention, simple installation and ability to redirect airflow towards the electronic components around the processor socket.
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NZXT Kraken X40 Review reported at 10:30 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: X-bit labs
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The product we’ve tested today doesn’t push the performance bar of compact liquid cooling systems to a whole new level, yet the Kraken X40 indeed improves the general standing of such solutions in comparison with air CPU coolers. In its standard configuration the Kraken X40 is as good as the best air cooler and even beats it in the high-speed mode. Compact liquid cooling systems couldn’t even dream of such performance before.
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AMD HD 7790 vs. Nvidia GTX 650 Ti BOOST Performance Review reported at 10:28 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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As we’ve found out in our testing, the Radeon HD 7790 and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost successfully complement the current line-ups of AMD- and Nvidia-based solutions. The former is exactly halfway between the Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition and the Radeon HD 7850 while the latter is closer to the GeForce GTX 660 in performance. Both cards overclock well, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost being even capable of accelerating to the speed of its senior cousin. Although the Radeon HD 7790 is positioned as an opponent to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost considering their pricing, the Nvidia solution is faster, in some games even much faster. The Radeon HD 7790 is in between the ordinary GTX 650 Ti and the GTX 650 Ti Boost in sheer speed rather than competes with the latter. Moreover, we’d recommend you to buy a 2GB version of the Radeon HD 7790 which wouldn’t have problems at high settings, especially as the extra 1 gigabyte of memory doesn’t cost much.
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iStarUSA BPN-DE340SS Review reported at 10:13 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: NikKTech
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"Last time I used a storage bay adapter (5.25” drive cage) it was mostly made out of metal and plastic and so It wasn’t of the same quality as the BPN-DE340SS but what was really inferior with it is that it lacked the hot-swap feature and rear exhaust fan of the BPN-DE340SS which in the end are its two most significant features. I also like the fact that iStarUSA has the BPN-DE340SS available in 4 different versions each with different color drive doors so no matter what color tower you might have I think you are covered. Performance is also great and what really stands out is that the BPN-DE340SS yielded better results in most tests (perhaps due to lower temperatures). The only two things I consider as drawbacks are the noise levels from the fan (which should be masked by the noise coming from other system components) and the fact that iStarUSA bundles two keys for the bay doors instead of 4 (I really don’t know why they’d do that)."
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AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable Review reported at 10:09 AM
category: Video Tuners and Editors     website: eTeknix.com
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"Bottom line, the Live Gamer Portable is one innovative kit and a must buy for any avid gamer that wants to capture and rekindle that game winning kill or overtake – its the right choice for any gamer."
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