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NZXT Kraken X60 Review reported at 05:45 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: X-bit labs
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We guess the only downside of the NZXT Kraken X60 is that it has limited compatibility with computer cases which cannot generally accommodate its 240mm radiator. Otherwise, the Kraken X60 is the best ready-made liquid cooling system even considering the price factor. It is compatible with all modern CPU platforms and easy to install, so it can be easily deployed even by inexperienced users. And its high performance (for its class and price) is going to satisfy even the most demanding overclockers. The Kraken X60 is extremely quiet at the minimum speed of its fans but retains good performance then, as we made sure in our tests. And you can even attach as many as four fans to it!
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Kingston SSDNow V300 Review reported at 05:44 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: X-bit labs
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The Kingston SSDNow V300 is a special case, though. It can even change our perception of the SandForce platform at large. Kingston has shifted priorities with this product, positioning it as an inexpensive rather than high-performance SSD yet equipping it with Toshiba’s fast 19nm MLC NAND flash memory with Toggle Mode interface. Moreover, the manufacturer has developed customized firmware which helps the SSDNow V300 perform almost as fast as the Intel 520 in real-life applications. As a result, this SSD sports a very attractive price per gigabyte of storage while being faster than most SandForce-based products. It is especially good and comparable to indisputable leaders in reads-heavy scenarios, for example at loads typical of a system disk. So, if you’re looking for the best price/performance ratio, the Kingston SSDNow V300 should be among the first on your list.
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ASRock Z77 Extreme11 Review reported at 05:43 PM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: X-bit labs
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As we all know, there is always room for improvement with any product out there. ASRock Z77 Extreme11 is no exception. We believe it would be highly beneficial if ASRock replaced the small and unhandy latches on the graphics card slots which are now used on almost all of ASRock products. We also weren’t too thrilled that the power-saving technologies did not work well in the nominal mode, though this could be easily fixed by manually enabling them in the mainboard BIOS. But these are the little things. The more serious concern was the failure with the BIOS update system which we experienced during our test session, which makes us question the safety and reliability of the BIOS updating procedures on ASRock mainboard using the built-in tools. Hopefully, this problem will be corrected quickly and won’t become a long-term issue.
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Asus ROG Vulcan ANC Review reported at 01:28 PM
category: headsets     website: Overclockers Club
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With the ANC off things sounded quite a bit better. I felt like I could hear again and that my ears were unplugged. I know the point of noise cancelling is to play a set of frequencies to cancel out the low level noises from case fans, etc., but it shouldn't hinder the way things sound nor cause discomfort in use. Again, like I said, with it turned off the sound quality wasn't bad (though everything after having it on sounded so superior it's hard to say I didn’t have a bias at the time). I compared it again to the other sets of headsets I have around and it really doesn't sound that superior to some of the cheaper models. I think the $120 is really paying for the ANC, and the ANC is exactly why I can't and won't be using these headphones. It's a first stab at ANC for gamers, but I can't say I'd recommend these to even non-gamers, unless it was someone I disliked greatly. Bottom line – save yourself the coin and buy a headset without the ANC and learn to ignore the fans or turn up the volume a notch.
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Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: HardwareHeaven
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For a drive with zinc alloy chassis and 512GB of flash storage in such a compact package there is of course a price premium and the Predator is one of the most expensive "Thumb" drives around. That said it is also the fastest we have tested in that class and the 1TB model is hugely desirable.
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Liquid Cooler Roundup reported at 11:21 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Hardware.Info
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The NZXT Kraken X60 / X40 en Corsair H100i / H80i earn the Gold Award for outstanding cooling performance and the unique qualities of Corsair Link. Again, if you have the room, go for the larger models despite the slightly higher price. The Corsair H55 gets Silver, because it actually is a good alternative to air cooling for normal conditions.
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Corsair Hydro H90 Review (French) reported at 11:16 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Cowcotland
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Crucial M500 Review reported at 11:07 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: techPowerUp!
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Thanks to its low height of 7 mm, the drive will fit into any Ultrabook, and the included 9.5 mm adapter ensures it also fits all other notebooks and desktop PCs. With a price of $395 at this time, the Crucial M500 480 GB is extremely affordable, reaching the second best performance-per-dollar score by placing just behind the Samsung 840 that is about 5% slower, though. When looking at cost per GB, it also reaches a very good result, making the M500 a great all-around drive that'll be an excellent choice for any user who's looking for fast SSD storage without breaking the bank.
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Edifier Predator 2.1 Review reported at 11:05 AM
category: 3 Piece Systems     website: KitGuru
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"A stylish set of speakers that will appeal to your inner sci-fi geek!"
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Cooler Master N200 Review reported at 11:02 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Ninjalane
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"We would have liked to have had more room behind the motherboard tray and rely less on side panel embossing especially considering that our test board placed the CPU up too far causing the TPC 812 to hit the frame. On the positive the Cooler Master M4 fit perfectly which might have been a better solution for this build anyway."
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Cooler Master CM Storm Recon Review reported at 10:54 AM
category: Mice     website: PureOverclock.com
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If you want an awesome gaming mouse that's customizable and won't break the bank be sure to check out the CM Storm Recon gaming mouse!
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ECS EGT640A-2GR3-YBF Review reported at 10:50 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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"The GT 640 was released as a $110 GPU solution that put it in the stratosphere, competitively speaking. At $90 it is still out of range when you consider the competitions offerings and the price/performance of the rest of the stellar NVIDIA Kepler lineup."
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