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Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-1600 CL9 4x8GB Kit Review reported at 11:31 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: ocaholic
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"Despite being disguised as a mid-range product, the 32 GB version of 1600C9 Beast can pack a big punch when it comes to overclocking. However, the overclocking features af the modules are not guaranteed by the specification and therefore can change at any time without prior notice. Looking at what one actually gets in the worst-case scenario, the 1600C9 Beast offer nothing that justifies that price tag and on this ground, these cannot deserve our recommendation."
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MSI Z87 XPower Review reported at 11:20 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: KitGuru
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"An excellent motherboard from MSI, the Z87 XPower is definitely worth buying if you’re a hardcore enthusiast or extreme overclocker."
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Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-2400 C10 2x8GB Kit Review reported at 11:11 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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The new Corsair Vengeance Pro series is aimed at the enthusiasts that wish to boost their system's performance in several aspects. An increase in ram will allow the user's system to run much smoother while able to accomplish more operations at one time. This is just a mild reason from jumping from an 8GB kit to 16GB one. But when it comes to jumping frequencies, this is where only the real enthusiasts and overclockers see the difference. It may not be in the system's performance but in his/her heart. Paying more cash for faster ram is like buying a new set of drag radials, whatever it takes to get that extra .1 second in the quarter mile. Well, that would be in the case of doing benchmark tests.
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HIS Radeon HD 7990 Review reported at 11:09 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Ultimate Hardware
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"When i first borrowed the His Radeon HD 7990 from a fellow computer review website i was lost for words when it beat the mighty Asus GeForce GTX Titan with any benchmark we used because the His Radeon HD 7990 is that awesome. The His Radeon HD 7990 won every benchmark by between 11% to 29% and by 21% average against the Asus GeForce GTX Titan. There is a small downside and that is the cost of the His Radeon HD 7990 is 5% more than the Asus GeForce GTX Titan. Let's get this straight, for an extra 5% cost for the His Radeon HD 7990 you get an extra 21% average performance over the Asus GeForce GTX Titan. That is not much of a downside making the His Radeon HD 7990 the winner."
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Asus Maximus V GENE Review reported at 11:00 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: ocaholic
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Should you be looking for an ASUS ROG mATX motherboard, which comes at a very decent price point, then there is no way around the Maximus VI Gene. It's an overall very good board and it offers everything you need to squeeze even the last bit of performance out of your system and even for gamers it offers a decent features mix.
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Zalman CNPS10X Optima Review reported at 10:58 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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Zalman’s CNPS10X Optima Shark’s Fin Blade CPU cooler doesn’t bring anything revolutionary in terms of its design but it joins the ranks of some of the best bang-for-buck sub £25 CPU coolers on the market and easily out performs many much more expensive CPU cooler options. What’s more the slightly quirky looking fan gives it a real edge over some of the more normal looking competition. With an attractive price, a two year warranty, an excellent mounting system, great bang for your buck, good RAM clearance and a compact design the Zalman CNPS10X Optima Shark’s Fin is a no brainer if you’re looking for a cheap but powerful CPU cooler.
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Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Review reported at 10:55 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: MadShrimps
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"In the performed benchmarks, the BIOSTAR board has obtained good results; you may ask yourselves why we did re-bench the board at 3.8GHz too; well, this is because the ASRock board is clocking the Ivy Bridge CPU at the maximum Turbo frequency (3.8GHz), while the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z87X 3D board remains within Intel specifications and clocks the board to only 3.6GHz when all cores are active and this would have given it an unfair advance, hence the lower scores we have obtained in the first run."
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Tesoro Gungnir H5 Review reported at 10:45 AM
category: Mice     website: ocaholic
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It's not absolutely perfect but with the Gungnir H5 you get an excellent combination of price and performance. Obviously with its purple surface this mouse wont be everybodies darling, but still it's a very decent piece of hardware.
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eVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST Superclocked Review reported at 10:42 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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The GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost remains a good option if you're looking for an affordable graphics card capable of running the latest games. Compared to the ASUS and MSI cards, the EVGA one costs the same but is faster due to the higher clock frequencies. A pretty obvious conclusion then, you'd think. There is one little problem with this card, and that's the excessively loud cooler. That last point makes it difficult to recommend the fast and affordable graphics card from EVGA, because it's not hard to overclock the ASUS and MSI cards to the same level, while those two remain quieter.
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Asus Gryphon Z87 Review reported at 10:36 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: Benchmark Reviews
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Enthusiasts may want to pay a little extra for the Genes, but unless you’re overclocking with liquid or more exotic cooling systems, you’re not going to reap any benefits from your extra expense.
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Akasa Nero LX Review (French) reported at 10:34 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Cowcotland
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eVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G2 Review reported at 10:29 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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"To sum up, EVGA's new PSU should definitely be on top of your list if you are looking for a high-performance unit with great characteristics and an even greater warranty. EVGA managed to offer the SuperNOVA G2 1000 W at a really good price that will make the competition rethink their pricing schemes, which will be very good for all of us!"
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AMD Radeon HD 7990 vs. Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 >X TITAN Review reported at 09:56 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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If we look at them from a wealthy gamer’s standpoint, we’d prefer either dual-processor solution to the Titan because they are faster by 20% and more. It’s harder to choose between the Radeon HD 7990 and GeForce GTX 690 because, except for a couple of games into either side, they deliver the same performance. They differ in their selections of video interfaces but we can’t definitely say which selection is better. The Nvidia product has been longer on the market and is better in terms of noise level, power consumption, heat dissipation and compactness, but the AMD features 1.5 times more onboard memory for each GPU. It’s up to you to decide which benefits are heftier.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Review reported at 09:50 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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The new GeForce GTX 770 card from Nvidia is attractive with its price in the first place. Being 9-11% faster than the ex-flagship GeForce GTX 680, it comes at a $50 lower recommended price. Most importantly, the actual prices are exactly like that. As a result, we can see not only GeForce GTX 680 but also Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition products getting cheaper: their prices now start from $409 and from $419, respectively.
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Asus P8Z77-M &Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H Review reported at 09:34 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: X-bit labs
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Thus, the ASUS P8Z77-M looks preferable to the GA-Z77M-D3H from any aspect. Choosing the latter only makes sense if it costs less and you are not into overclocking and don’t need any extra features. Well, even in this case, you may want to prefer something like the Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H. Based on the Intel H77 Express chipset, it is cheaper but has the same PCB design and specifications.
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