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SanDisk Extreme II Review reported at 05:37 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Overclockers Club
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So what really is the takeaway here? SanDisk has delivered a drive with MLC-like pricing, SLC-like performance, and SLC-like durability. At $229.99 for the 240 GB version it's hard to complain about the price or the capacity with the amazing performance that the Extreme II delivers. I remember paying well over $300 for my first 128 GB SSD back in 2009 and it is eclipsed in every metric many times over by this new offering from SanDisk. If you've been on the fence about buying into the "SSD hype" look no further for your solution. There's nothing quite like the snappiness of a machine running off of a fast SSD. The SanDisk Extreme II is definitely fast and the price isn't as painful as the performance it delivers would normally demand.
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Buffalo DriveStation DDR Review reported at 12:12 PM
category: Storage Accessories     website: Hardware.Info
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"The actual result doesn't quite live up to that, and that's mainly due to how the software's been applied. When you use the TurboEX software to copy files it goes significantly faster, but when you access the drive directly (which most benchmarks do), it performs like a normal hard drive. This is because Buffalo did not implement the software very deeply in the operating system, where there is potential for more performance gains."
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Lexar Jumpdrive S23 Review reported at 12:04 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: Myce
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"Let’s be honest, there are several to ways to look at a flash drive, one is to simply looks at the numbers, and the other is to look for what you find attractive. The Lexar S23 comes very close to both. It has the looks and the performance, it’s also a small size, and has a small price. It’s quite comprehensive."
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Intel Core i7-4770K Review reported at 12:01 PM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: eTeknix.com
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Intel have raised the performance bar once again and Haswell is a platform that delivers unparalleled single threaded performance along with high levels of power efficiency for the performance it offers. While the Core i7 4770K is unlikely to sway Ivy Bridge users into making an upgrade, Sandy Bridge users may be tempted and pre-Sandy Bridge users should seriously consider the Core i7 4770K as it adds to the generational performance improvements of previous platforms in a significant way. The Core i7 4770K comofortably steals the quad core performance crown from its predecessor.
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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H Review reported at 11:59 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: eTeknix.com
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"The UD4H looks great, performs great, overclocks great and is an all-rounder with no criticising features. From the packaging to the board, to how it performs, it really does tick all of the right boxes and is a welcome addition to the Z87 lineup. A strong board with a new design and attitude, this has got to be one of our favourite Z87 boards being released, not just from Gigabyte, but for the whole market."
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Edifier Exclaim e10 Review reported at 11:56 AM
category: 2 Piece Systems     website: Techgage
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"The clever passive bass extension, plus the extra tweeters, really do balance out well, as long as they are used as a near-field set of speakers. The $100 price point may seem high for a 2.0 system; in the grand scheme of desktop audio, it’s quite cheap. These speakers are most certainly not for bassheads, but for anyone that appreciates a more balanced soundstage. Again, the shape won’t be for everyone, but the performance is certainly impressive for the price."
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Synology DiskStation DS1813+ Review reported at 11:54 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: KitGuru
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"An excellent NAS system, offering good value for money."
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Dell UltraSharp U2913WM Review reported at 11:51 AM
category: 20/22/24 INCH     website: Hardware.Info
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"Out of all current 21:9 2560x1440 monitors, the Dell U2913WM is the most expensive one. You do get a height-adjustable screen, something that only Philips offers on the 298P4QJEB. If you don't need that feature and you can live without calibration, then the 100 euro cheaper AOC could be an option instead. The extra features are worth the money, in our opinion, and the Dell UltraSharp U2913WM is an outstanding monitor that we can definitely recommend."
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Zowie Celeritas Review (German) reported at 11:45 AM
category: Keyboards     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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TRENDnet TEW-805UB Review reported at 11:44 AM
category: Wireless Network Adaptors     website: MadShrimps
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"During the 50 second test, the speed is not consistent and the graph looks mostly like a saw tooth; we think that with further drive updates, this issue will be fixed; this was to be expected since the adapters arrived quite a bit late compared to the routers sporting the same technology."
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Toshiba THNSNH Review reported at 11:35 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: techPowerUp!
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"In terms of pricing, Toshiba is asking $260, which is certainly not cheap, but SSD prices are rising as of late. The SSD also offers quite good price / performance when looking at high-end drives only, but other drives do better here if you accept a tiny drop in performance. Nevertheless, the Toshiba THNSNH Series should definitely be on your shortlist if you are in the market for a new SSD and are willing to spend an extra buck for maximum performance."
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XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition Review reported at 11:29 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Benchmark Reviews
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Overall, I think that the XFX Radeon HD R7790 is a good deal for a video card somewhere between entry level and mid-range. The fact is you'll have to turn down the settings on any of the more demanding titles to get playable frame rates. For just a little more investment, you can pull a few more FPS and get an extra free game. The only "wow" that I got from the R7790 was the cooling. I was very impressed. The cooling system appears to have worked exactly as advertised and I was impressed by that. Other than that, however, nothing about this card jumped out at me.
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InWin D-Frame Review reported at 11:16 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: TechSpot
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The choice won't be easy for the average gamer to part with this kind of cash when there are many fine choices in the sub-$200 territory, however the D-Frame is definitely the most unique product among those mentioned and quite possibly the most appealing for those building a hardcore gaming machine when you consider its respectable cooling performance. If you know how to wield a can of compressed air, the D-Frame could be the perfect chassis for your next luxury system.
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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Windforce 3X Review reported at 11:08 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareCanucks
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In a market that’s quickly becoming saturated by board partners vying for a segment shrinking in popularity, everyone has to bring their A-game to the table. That’s exactly what Gigabyte has done with the GTX 780 WindForce OC. It is an excellent all-round graphics card that offers TITAN-like performance and quiet operation without requiring a significant premium over the reference version. To us, that’s a winning combination that renders NVIDIA’s flagship nearly redundant at certain resolutions.
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be quiet Dark Power Pro P10 Review reported at 11:07 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: PC Perspective
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Be Quiet! has taken an already great power supply in the form of a Seasonic X-series unit, and made it even better. The enhancements made to the Dark Power Pro 10 850W power supply translates to “legendary silence and cutting edge performance”; just like Be Quiet! claims. The custom designed SilentWings fan is virtually silent at low to mid power levels. Voltage regulation is excellent, efficiency is excellent, the DC outputs are very clean, and the Dark Power Pro 10 850W PSU comes with an excellent assortment of modular cables and connectors. Add to that the ability to select either single or multi +12V rail operation, the ability to automatically control up to four case fans, Haswell CPU deep sleep state support, and rubberized end caps for noise and vibration isolation and you have a very interesting and competent new power supply.
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Intel Core i7-4770K Review reported at 11:06 AM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: NitroWare.net
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For the quad core, $350 mainstream performance/enthusiast segment, i7-4770K is now king of the road and its graphics performance will linger in its smoke trails. It is an impressive platform, however it has somewhat inherited this title rather than earning it outright. Despite Haswell, the i7-3770K will remain a legendary processor for years for 'free' performance the processor provides.
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MadCatz S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Review reported at 11:03 AM
category: Keyboards     website: NikKTech
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Overall both members of the S.T.R.I.K.E. family by Mad Catz are amazing but in the end they are way too expensive for most people and with so many mechanical keyboards placed at around the USD100/100Euros price range only hardcore gamers and enthusiasts will opt for one of these two. Still we are here to also award quality, features, innovation and performance not just the price of a product and for those the S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Adjustable Gaming Keyboard walks away with our Golden Award.
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Cooler Master V1000 Review (German) reported at 11:03 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: Technic3D
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Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-2133 4x16GB Kit Review reported at 11:02 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Hardcoreware
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"The Kingston HyperX Beast 64GB is beastly in every way imaginable. 64GB of system memory means that not only do you never need to worry about running out, you actually have quite a bit extra left over for useful tricks like RAM partitions and such. Running at 2133 MHz CL11, this kit nearly hit 50 GB/s in benchmarks, with latency around 23ns. The only question might be if it’s worth dropping around $600 on memory. The answer is entirely up to you – nobody NEEDS this much memory, but when you have it, you will be glad for it."
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Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 Review reported at 10:07 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: eTeknix.com
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"If you are wanting to move up to a Z87 motherboard and get a taste of Haswell without skimping on anything, the G1.Sniper 5 is definitely for you with a feature set that is hard to beat and colour scheme that will certainly stand out, the board appeals to everyone. Watercooling option and extreme overclockability is high on its profile list and for extreme gamers wanting 4-way SLI action, the Sniper 5 won’t disappoint. An all-rounder that may be aimed at gamers but will see other markets wanting a slice of the action."
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Cougar Spike Mini Review reported at 10:04 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: eTeknix.com
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Overall it’s a great little product and while it doesn’t quite score an eTeknix award, it does still deserve some merits, it’s cheap, it’s well made, it’s compact and it’s really simply to use, if your on the market for a chassis with those qualities and you like they styling, then the Spike is a great option for your build.
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