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Corsair Vengeance K70 Review reported at 03:45 PM
category: Keyboards     website: eTeknix.com
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Although the K70 may be ideal for the gaming market I see no reason to pin it down in one part of the market. If you want a high performance keyboard for things like checking your emails and wasting time on Facebook, then you’ll still get as much joy from using the K70 as someone using it to compete in eSports, overall a solid all round performance from Corsair.
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be quiet Shadow Rock TopFlow Review reported at 03:45 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Overclockers Club
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If looking for a good looking low profile cooler that can handle a mild overclock and runs quietly, then the Shadow Rock TOPFLOW is a heat sink that is up for consideration. At $55 it is at a price point that won't break the budget.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Review reported at 03:43 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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Even though its graphics processor is technically weaker, GeForce GTX 760 outperforms GeForce GTX 660 Ti due to its 256-bit memory, higher GPU clock speed and GPU Boost 2.0 technology. As a result, there is a 14% advantage that GeForce GTX 760 on average demonstrates over the GTX 660 Ti. Moreover, today we have also observed that the newcomer fell only a little bit (around 8%) behind a graphics card from a completely different category but from the previous generation – GeForce GTX 670, which can be easily eliminated by simply overclocking the new GeForce GTX 760. However, our today’s hero cannot catch up with the GTX 770 product even in the overclocked mode. Moreover, the recommended price difference between the two suggests that it could be quite logical to have something like a GeForce GTX 760 Ti come to fill in this gap. Moreover, GeForce GTX 760 competes quite successfully against a more expensive Radeon HD 7950, but again this conclusion is based on the recommended pricing. We are going to find out pretty soon what it will be like once this graphics card starts selling in stores. As for the weaknesses of the reference GeForce GTX 760, there is only one thing that needs to be pointed out at this time: not very efficient and noisy cooling system. Therefore, if you made up your mind about getting yourself one of these new graphics cards, we would highly recommend to check out proprietary designs with alternative coolers and incr4ased clock speeds.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Roundup reported at 03:39 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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Choosing a midrange graphics card isn’t an easy task, especially when it comes to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost. We’ve examined six variants of that model, comparing them with each other as well as with the reference sample from Nvidia. Despite different coolers, clock rates, accessories and other factors, all of them feature the reference PCB design (occasionally complemented with additional components as on the MSI, Gigabyte and Inno3D products). All of them are comparable in terms of GPU overclocking. Their prices vary by a mere $10-20, which is not much even for the midrange category.
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Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS Review reported at 03:37 PM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: X-bit labs
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"Like other ASUS mainboards, it has such advantages as a user-friendly PCB design and 3-year warranty and adds to them some benefits of its own. It should be noted that, while coming at a considerably lower price, this model offers about the same functionality as the P8Z77-V. It only lacks wireless technologies, but instead has an eSATA 6 Gbit/s port you can’t find on the P8Z77-V. Being the most advanced of entry-level models, it is inferior to the P8Z77-V, which is the least advanced of top-end ASUS mainboards. Still, if you don’t expect too much from the P8Z77-V LE PLUS, it won’t disappoint you."
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Cooler Master Eisberg 240L Prestige Review reported at 01:43 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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Cooler Master’s Eisberg 240L Prestige is a refreshingly different and innovative take on easy water cooling. It comes highly recommended as an excellent starting point for a water cooled system. It boasts quality components and attention to detail that most AIOs just don’t have, but to get your value for money users really have to take advantage of the expandability and top notch Eisberg pump/res combo unit. As a result we recommend using this if you want to add more radiators or a GPU but we don’t feel this product is worthwhile when used as an AIO, if you are just interested in having an AIO then the Cooler Master Seidon 240M, among others, are much better value for money.
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Asus GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II Review reported at 01:42 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: ocaholic
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ASUS' brand new GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC is quite a nice piece of hardware. This custom card is not only quicker than a reference GTX 760 it also features ASUS' DirectCU II cooler. Furthermore, since it is an "OC"-model, this card boasts quite a decent factory overclocking, which gives you a slight performance boost. On the other hand this bundle lacks a game or just a special goodie, which would make gamers even happier when buying this card.
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Thermaltake Urban S71 Review reported at 01:37 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Legion Hardware
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With the quality tool-less design, sound damping that does the job very well, plenty of room to move and great cable management, we believe this case is well worth purchasing. For those hoping to build a professional looking no fuss kind of rig, the Urban S71 makes for a perfect future-proof base.
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Asus Z87-K Review reported at 01:34 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: KitGuru
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"An excellent ‘no frills’ overclocking board for the enthusiast user who needs to monitor his spend."
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Gainward GeForce GTX 770 Phantom Review reported at 01:28 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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If you’re in the market for a GTX 770, the Phantom from Gainward is definitely worth paying the extra bucks for, and if you’re looking for a GTX 780, you’ll find the overclocking potential of this card far outweighs the price of a stock GTX 780 with similar results throughout testing.
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A-DATA XPG V1.0 DDR3-1600 2x8GB Kit Review reported at 01:25 PM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: MadShrimps
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"The XPG V1.0 Series set from ADATA we have reviewed in this article comes with lower rated specifications so we are dealing with a C11 kit at 1600MHz, designed to work at 1.5V. For mainstream, especially on Intel platforms we won’t see a lot of improvements versus a 1866 kit but we were surprised a bit to see that the system refused to boot even when trying to relax the timings and setting a voltage of 1.65 at 1800MHz."
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Asus RT-AC66U & PCE-AC66 Review reported at 01:03 PM
category: Internet Routers     website: HardwareCanucks
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While the RT-AC66U and PCE-AC66 are perfect bedfellows, it’s hard to overlook their combined cost of nearly $300. However, however their performance, flexibility, and future proofing qualitis more than make up for their initial cost. Much like any electronic device, quality and refinement cost more than budget options. While you will pay a premium, their asking prices are worth it for the privilege of experiencing the future of wireless home networking. Just be prepared to buy both as the whole experience is greater than the sum of its parts.
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be quiet Pure Power CM L8 Review reported at 01:00 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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To sum up, the L8-500W is for you if you want a reliable and decently performing PSU with great support and absolutely hate noise. It really is as simple as that. The techs over there at Be Quiet! know how to make inaudible products and this PSU is clear proof of that.
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MadCatz R.A.T.M Review reported at 12:54 PM
category: Mice     website: ThinkComputers
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I guess I just see this mouse as a mix between a gaming mouse and a mobile mouse. I mean I guess that is what Mad Catz was going for, but true gamers would not use a wireless mouse, they just wouldn’t. At the end of the day the R.A.T. M is one of the highest quality mobile mice out there and has many features gamers are going to love. This is also one of the most expensive mobile mice out there.
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Corsair Hydro H80i Review (French) reported at 12:53 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Cowcotland
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Patriot Supersonic Mini Review reported at 10:10 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: NikKTech
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"Leaving out the name of the drive which points to the SuperSonic line of USB flash drives i was somewhat surprised initially to see such a solution come from one of the leading flash memory manufacturers in the market. This of course was mainly because although every single model in the SuperSonic line including the regular SuperSonic, Rage XT, Boost and the Magnum focused both on high quality durable housings and performance while at the same time they didn't fail in terms of appearance. Well the SuperSonic Mini really doesn't seem to follow the same footsteps as its brothers and instead it looks a lot like a small candy especially since it comes in red and green colors. So basically appearance wise it just didn't do the trick for us. However the housing is still made out of rubber which means it's shock-proof, it has a tiny size, weighs very little and performs remarkably well (for its size always)."
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Intel DC3217IYE Review reported at 10:06 AM
category: Small Form Factor     website: techPowerUp!
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"The Intel DC3217IYE NUC is tiny at just 4 x 4 inches, but it packs quite the punch. It at first reminded me of the Zotac Nano units as those are pretty much of identical size, but the NUC packs an actual Intel i3 CPU, while the Zotac variants have to make do with Atoms or E2s. The CPU and speedy SSD within the NUC ensure excellent overall performance, and the total power consumption--being a bit higher than other SFF systems--is still more than acceptable. The NUC is also the only device on the market at this time with two HDMI outputs, which allows you to connect such a display without an adapter. These displays are then driven by the HD4000 IGP that is more than capable at providing a full 2D experience and casual 3D gaming, as it is roughly on par with the AMD Radeon HD7600G found in the Sapphire Edge VS8. So, overall, the NUC seems to have no shortcomings, but all this raw power in a tiny form factor comes at a price as the small fan is quite loud under load and temperatures nearly hit 90° during stress testing. This generation of Intel's Next Unit Computing also does not feature USB 3.0 yet, and lacks extras like an IR receiver or card reader--something others manage to offer. The NUC ultimately is a splendidly powerful and versatile computer that can be held in one hand."
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