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SanDisk Extreme II Review reported at 03:56 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: HardwareHeaven
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Starting with the build quality of the Extreme 2 we have a drive which scores well thanks to the use of a high quality controller and branded NAND Flash. If there is one let-down it is part of the casing being plastic rather than all metal but that is a minor issue. Design wise we have a drive which uses the 7mm form factor which we always like to see as it maximises compatibility.
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HIS Radeon HD 7790 iCooler Turbo Review reported at 03:46 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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Bottom line, HIS have got a card that may look a little rough and unfinished around the edges, but its performance is certainly not in the same boat. If looks are not a concern to you then give this a try, you may just be as surprised as I am.
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Arctic Cooling Accelero Hybrid 7970 Review reported at 03:43 PM
category: Video Card Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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The Arctic Accelero Hybrid 7970 has great cooling and acoustic performance in a small and convenient form factor. Yet it is let down by its cheap look and feel, the shoddy quality of some of the mounting hardware, a total lack of attention to detail with the presentation and worst of all its ridiculously high price tag. While I cannot personally recommend it because of the previously mentioned points, I can see that some end users may find this product suits their needs if they are space constrained, need extreme cooling and have quite a large budget. Let’s hope more cooling companies and graphics card vendors try their hand at making this type of VGA cooling solution to force the prices down and the quality up.
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iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS Review reported at 03:40 PM
category: Misc. accessories     website: APH Networks
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"All in all, the iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-SILVER is a great offering for those looking for a hot swap drive bay enclosure. Using only two 5.25" drive bays to convert them into room for three 3.5" drives is a great feature for many users who need to have hard drives in and out of their computers very often. Starting from the impressive looking polished black aluminum construction, with the included colored bezel that further adds to the sophisticated look, and solid construction throughout, iStarUSA has definitely stepped up their game when it comes to design and execution of products. Installation was a breeze and completely painless, especially if you are using a screw-less installation system such as in our setup. The backside also has more than enough features, which include the ability to disable the HDD activity light and adjusting the fan speed. There is only one thing that sets the product back, and that would be the noise that is produced from the 70mm fan. This is due to the fan being so small, having it run on high can be quite noisy at times, and the lack of vibration dampeners doesn't help in that regard. All in all, the iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-SILVER is a great product, and has a very high potential in today's market."
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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Review (German) reported at 10:51 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: Technic3D
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DeepCool Gamer Storm Assassin Review reported at 10:50 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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When it comes to the Deepcool Assassin cooler, we have to say it is one of the better coolers we have tested this year. Ranging in the top half of thermal results, we loved how well it performed with our overclocked i7 processor with added voltage. One particular advantage it has over the Silverstone HE01 cooler that we compared it to earlier in the review is its noise level. Flipping the switch on the HE01 to ‘Performance’ made for a significant increase in noise we observed. With the Deepcool Assassin running at full speed, we did hear it moreover the GPU fans but it was no contest, the Assassin was simply quieter.
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Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-2133 4x16GB Kit Review reported at 10:45 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Bjorn3D
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The Kingston HyperX Beast 64GB 2133MHz offers incredible size and speed for a lower than competitor price. The fans look good too. For this it earns the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.
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Gainward GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB Golden Sample Review reported at 10:43 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: MadShrimps
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The Gainward GTX 650Ti Boost Golden Sample is a good mainstream card, with the benefit that it is pre-overclocked from the factory and sports a 2-fan cooling system which should be silent enough for most users if the card is used in a well-ventilated environment.
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Noctua NH-U14S Review reported at 10:37 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Ninjalane
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It was pointed out to us that Noctua has addressed the resonance issue when adding a secondary fan to the NH-U14S and U12S and was something we overlooked in the installation guides. Noctua suggests that if space permits you should install the larger fan isolators which will move the "pull" fan away from the radiator slightly and thus minimize the resonance passing thru the radiator fins. Keep in mind the noise isn't from vibration but rather the fan blades passing over each other which brings us to the second method they suggest. The "push" fan should be configured to run at 1500rpm while the pull fan spins slightly less around 1200rpm. By changing the rpm you lower the frequency and create a passive noise canceling effect.
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ProlimaTech MK-26 Review reported at 10:36 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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The Prolimatech MK-26 is one of the best VGA coolers on the market in terms of raw cooling performance for all parts of the graphics card. Acoustic performance and cooling performance to an extent will vary by your choice of fans but Prolimatech have executed this design close to flawlessly in terms of the heatsink. If you are only interested in running one graphics card but with some serious overclocking, a desire for low temperatures or a desire for silence then the Prolimatech MK-26 is perfect for you.
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Plextor M5 Pro Review reported at 10:31 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: NikKTech
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Overall the price may seem slightly high when compared to other models in the market but we are talking about a Plextor product and at least for people who know exactly what Plextor stands for a few bucks should mean nothing in the end (the bundled software obviously ups the price a bit as well). As for us well we are always here to weigh everything a product has to offer so for excellent read/write performance and an even better 5 year ironclad warranty the PX-256M5Pro by Plextor gets our Golden Award.
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Intel Core i5-4670K Review (German) reported at 10:29 AM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: Technic3D
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Asus Maximus VI Hero Review reported at 10:24 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: ThinkComputers
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At the end of the day ASUS has brought the quality and many of the features of the high-end Republic of Gamers boards into a more affordable option. There really is nothing I can say about the motherboard given its price tag of $229.
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MadCatz M.O.U.S. 9 Review reported at 10:21 AM
category: Mice     website: Benchmark Reviews
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The performance of the M.O.U.S.9 mouse was excellent when considered as a non-gaming mouse. The slower polling rate introduces a slight but noticeable lag in fast-paced action games. The one-year battery life (if achieved) is also excellent.
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Corsair Obsidian 350D Review reported at 10:18 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Overclockers Club
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The Corsair Obsidian 350D has classic style and a rich blood line. The quality is top notch, which is no surprise from Corsair. I was impressed with the available space in a smaller case, and the cable management was right on the mark. The airflow is excellent in the smaller space. Corsair provides plenty of room here for graphics cards up to 380mm (14.96 inches) in length. That's HD 7990 territory! Mounting the SSDs is a simple matter of pushing the SSD into the mount and "click" - you are done. The PSU filter and the front filter are also easy to remove for quick cleaning. And finally some consistency from a manufacturer that makes cases with space to run the power lead for the CPU; a feature seen on the vast majority of Corsair chassis. No longer do you have to contort your fingers trying to bend the plug into place and this is a big plus in my book.
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