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ZOTAC GeForce GTX Titan Review reported at 12:18 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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While some sites reported pricing of $1029, $1100, and pretty much everything in between, ZOTAC today told me that the retail price will be $1139, which is a tough cookie to swallow. More than a 10% price increase for just the overclock and three bundled games is really too much in my opinion. I would have considered $1029 a great price and $1049 reasonable, but everything above that doesn't seem to be worth it. NVIDIA recently upped their game bundle to include Metro: Last Light, one of the hottest titles this season. ZOTAC also bundles three Assassin's Creed titles that could be sold to offset the price, but either way, it's still a lot of money to spend on a graphics card, and most users won't be able to do so. I was prepared to give this card our Editor's Choice award, but pricing deprived it of that. Going by forum reports, those who bought a Titan are extremely happy with it and don't regret spending the money. On the other hand, the GTX 690 comes at similar pricing and is faster but requires optimum game support. The rumor mill is also very active when it comes to the GTX 780 that is supposedly based on a design very similar to Titan, with the same GPU. Pricing is completely unknown though, but waiting a bit to see what's coming might not be a bad idea.
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Asus P8Z77 WS Review (German) reported at 12:17 PM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: Technic3D
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Intel Core i5-3470 Review reported at 12:17 PM
category: Intel Socket 1155 CPUs     website: Ultimate Hardware
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It was an interesting review between the Intel Core i5 3470 cpu and AMD FX 8350 cpu. The AMD FX 8350 has advantages with multi threaded programs but the Intel Core i5 3470 has better single threaded performance. The Intel Core i5 3470 with general software performed upto 17% slower then the AMD FX 8350 which was a poor result for the Intel Core i5 3470. The Intel Core i5 3470 did better with games when it outperformed the AMD FX 8350 by upto 16% better game performance. The Intel Core i5 3470 costs 4% more then the AMD FX 8350 which is something to consider. I will sum things up with the Intel Core i5 3470 is a great cpu which will give you average performance generally but great game performance. The AMD FX 8350 is also a great cpu which will give you great performance.
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Thermaltake NiC F4 Review reported at 12:16 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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"There were a few things about the new Thermaltake NiC F4 we liked. The most important would be its performance. The cooler took on our moderately overclocked Intel 3930K and performed better than some of the larger coolers we have tested and it was done efficiently without a crazy amount of noise."
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Synology DiskStation DS213j Review reported at 12:13 PM
category: Storage Accessories     website: Hardware.Info
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The hardware is nevertheless impressive, with the basic design of the chassis being the main drawback. There is no USB port in the front, and no USB 3.0 whatsoever, and the chassis is entirely constructed out of plastic. It still earns the Bronze Award, since it's a great NAS device in every other aspect.
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PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Review reported at 12:13 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Techware Labs
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Over all, this is an incredibly impressive card. Having replaced my previous GTX460, (an overdue upgrade, the two cards aren’t even on the same level) I am definitely a much happier gamer with this thing in my rig.
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Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator Review reported at 12:12 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: Hardware.Info
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The Kingston HyperX Predator 512GB is a deluxe and extremely fast USB stick with an unprecedented capacity of 512 GB. It's a great product without any drawbacks, except for the price. With current prices it's almost ridiculous to buy 512 GB of storage in this format. It's still small, and should you misplace it you're about $872 poorer. It's bigger than standard USB sticks, which will often require the use of the USB extension cable.
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A-DATA DashDrive Elite UE700 Review reported at 12:11 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: Hardware Asylum
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Overall we are extremely impressed with the DashDrive Elite UE700 USB Drive, it preformed quite well in our Read and Write tests however we did notice that Write speeds are quite slow by comparison. The stylish aluminum shell and black finish should do well to protect the drive from damage. It may not last if abused under extreme stress such as being run over by a freight train but, a passenger car may prove to be ok.
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Seagate Desktop HDD.15 Review reported at 12:10 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: HardwareCanucks
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The HDD.15 4TB has been created for one purpose: to help solidify Seagate’s future in the quickly changing storage marketplace. In this, they have succeeded in creating a great secondary drive which is packed with capacity and retains its performance without costing a fortune. While we would think long and hard about using this drive as a computer system’s only long term storage device, for most other tasks it would be very high on our list.
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Noctua NF-S12A Roundup reported at 12:09 PM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: APH Networks
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Delivering efficient airflow and ridiculously low noise, even at full RPM, the Noctua NF-S12A series poses a serious problem not just for its competitors, but also for Noctua themselves: How the heck can you improve this thing? Okay, to be fair, of course it can be improved on, but it will be quite a challenge, haha. As far as individual variants are concerned, if I were to buy one today, it will have to be the NF-S12A PWM. It is backwards compatible, and can be capped to a lower RPM if you need to. The FLX provides some level of flexibility for those who want to hook it up to their power supply directly. Again, I do not see a reason why you would buy the ULN over the FLX, because you can make the FLX a ULN with the included resistor cables, but not the other way around. Either way, the choice is yours -- it is hard to argue against any of them, unless you don’t like the way it looks, which is not even a real reason in my books, haha.
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MSI Z77A-GD65 Review reported at 12:08 PM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: PC Perspective
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After getting such stellar performance out of there Z77 MPOWER board, I had high expectations for the Z77A-GD65 Gaming board going into this review. I was not disappointed. From the initial unpacking, it is obvious that MSI squarely targeted this board at gamers and enthusiasts. Its appealing black and red color scheme and dragon branding is just the tip of the iceberg. MSI took their time with the Z77A-GD65 Gaming board layout and design, using top of the line components throughout and spacing everything perfectly. Even the massive Noctua NH-D14 cooler did not make the board sweat. Its performance was consistent with the other top Intel Z77 boards in both stock and overclocked modes. Additionally, MSI kept with their uniquely pleasant and easy to use UEFI BIOS design.
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PowerColor TurboDuo HD7790 1GB GDDR5 OC Review reported at 12:07 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PureOverclock.com
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Strong value performance and features, but at a slightly higher cost than competition.
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G.Skill RipjawsX F3-2133C9D-16GXH Review reported at 12:06 PM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Bjorn3D
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"For great performance at 1.60V with competitive pricing, the G.Skill RipJawsX earns the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award."
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MadCatz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Review reported at 12:02 PM
category: headsets     website: MadShrimps
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The F.R.E.Q. 5 headset from Mad Catz is quite robust thanks to the light metallic components and has also proven to be comfortable even after one hour and a half of continuous use while listening to music, playing games and watching TV shows over the web. Depending on the audio content, we can switch the EQ settings on the fly, by using the carefully placed button. Also, the volume wheel precision is good and can be used while we have the headset connected via USB.
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HIS Radeon HD 7790 iCooler Turbo Review reported at 12:01 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: MadShrimps
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The HIS 7790 offering is a good mainstream card and can deliver acceptable framerates until 1920x1080; in some cases, to be able to achieve playable status for the most stressful games, we will have to dial down the settings a bit and maybe eliminate extra filters like AA.
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Crucial M500 Review reported at 09:18 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: eTeknix.com
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Bottom line, the dawn of the 1TB SSD is here and with a very well thought through choice of components including a new 128Gbit die that offers up cheaper cost per GB, the M500 is not only worth the large cost, but its got the performance to match too.
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Rosewill T600N Review reported at 09:15 AM
category: Internet Routers     website: ThinkComputers
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"If you’re looking for an inexpensive device to put WiFi somewhere, definitely consider the Rosewill T600N."
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AeroCool Xpredator X3 White Review (French) reported at 09:10 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Cowcotland
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Iomega StorCenter Px2-300d Review (French) reported at 09:03 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: Cowcotland
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Cooltek Coolcube Maxi Review reported at 09:00 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: techPowerUp!
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"The Cooltek Coolcube Maxi does come at a price premium of €20 when compared to the standard version for ITX boards. While this may sound like a lot at first, it is actually quite affordable once you look at what other aluminum mATX cubes cost. Sure, you won't get any fans with the chassis, but the only general difference between the more expensive variants and the Cooltek Coolcube Maxi is the lack of an external drive bay. If this is something that does not phase you, the simple but effective interior does offer everything you could want out of a chassis of this size. You may install a good variety of CPU coolers, very long graphics cards, even in a multi-GPU configuration, and a potent, fully sized ATX power supply. On top of that, with three spots for hard drives, you are able to install an OS-equipped SSD and two large, traditional platters in RAID 0 or 1—depending on what you need. Overall, considering what the other choices on the market are, the Cooltek Coolcube Maxi offers even better value for your money than the smaller versions."
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SilverStone DS322 Review reported at 08:57 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: ThinkComputers
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"Overall I am pleased with the SilverStone DS322 enclosure’s performance. The only real downer was the disfunction of the No RAID configuration. The thin rubber feet make the HDDs super loud because the feet don’t really dampen the sound of 7200 RPM drives. I’ll probably grab some ½” thick one sided foam and make four large feet for it and that should eliminate most of the sound from the drives.
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Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Review reported at 08:52 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Benchmark Reviews
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You can't go wrong with the Arc Midi R2. It is a well built, stylish enclosure that can fit many different builds with room to accommodate some unique hardware. It isn't perfect, but it gets a lot more right than it does wrong while improving incrementally on its predecessor. If you are in the market for a mid-tower that maximizes the potential of your build, I think you'd be satisfied with the Arc Midi R2. I'm impressed, but I don't think it deserves the highest of awards quite yet - which just means I'm anxiously awaiting an R3...
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Roccat Hiro Review reported at 08:51 AM
category: Input device accessories     website: Overclockers Club
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Let me end this with a few words. ROCCAT has made an amazing mouse pad, but at a high price (literally). If you are 100% serious about being an eSport gamer or hope for the extra edge, you cannot go wrong with this. It has a few standard features from the $25 range and a few more a pay grade above. The question ultimately remains, is $50 something you can afford to spend on a mousepad? I say yes and ROCCAT made good on all its listed promises. The company does offer a few mousepads at a lower price, but of course they're not going to have everything this one offers. This is marketed for the best and if you are using a $70-100 mouse, I cannot see why you do not want to use it to its full potential.
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