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PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 SCS3 Review reported at 01:41 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Guru3D
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Overall the product performs fine though, the cooler is doing a pretty good job whilst being totally silent of course. Remember that you do need a hint of airflow inside your chassis to get rid of the residual hot air. But other then that there's very little to be concerned about with this PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 SCS3. AMD still has a promotion going, if you purchase a 7850 card you will receive free games. I think right now they still offer BioShock Infinite and Tomb raider 2013 for free, that's just awesome value and as such the product definitely is recommended if it suits your budget and needs.
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Seasonic Platinum Fanless Review reported at 01:40 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: HardOCP
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...while the X-400FL Platinum may not be a revolutionary product, the X-400FL Platinum is better than its predecessor overall and it is less expensive which is something that makes it certainly worth consideration by users looking for a solid silent power supply.
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Antec HCG-850M Review reported at 11:59 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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To wrap up, the new HCG-850M has all the necessary ingredients to be your next PSU choice as it features very good voltage regulation, high enough efficiency, good general build quality, and excellent ripple suppression, but only two native cables. The cherry on top is Antec's warranty of five years. The unit is also Haswell ready, which makes it future proof. The only problem is that Antec asks too much for it, but I am pretty sure that they will try to drop the price to normal levels through mail-in rebates or similar discounts, which would boost its price/performance ratio. If it had a lower price, it would easily get a recommendation award from me.
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ASRock 990FX Extreme9 Review reported at 11:58 AM
category: Socket AM3+     website: Hardware.Info
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If you're buying an AMD FX processor to take advantage of the excellent bang for your buck, the FX-6300 for example, we'd recommend getting a more affordable motherboard than this ASRock one in order to stay budget-minded. However, if you for some reason want a high-end Socket AM3+ board, there's nothing wrong with the ASRock 990FX Extreme9, and it walks away with the Silver Award.
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Cooler Master V8 GTS Review reported at 11:53 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Modders-Inc
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"At an MSRP of $89.99 I am very happy with the quality of this air cooler. I praise the engineers who designed this. I can tell that they have a lot of pride in their work. I do have one con that I have to state. This is very difficult to install on a motherboard that is inside a case. It is really easy to drop a bolt and have it roll under the motherboard. Regardless of that, the performance outweighs any cons that I could tell you. Once this is installed, it is a beast and a force to be reckoned with. Good job Cooler Master! Thank you for pushing air cooling into an entire new genre!"
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eVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC Review reported at 11:47 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareHeaven
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"This great performance continues on into the power use too where EVGA are not far off the readings from a stock 770 but still manage to outperform the 7970 by some way, even when running their GPU at higher speeds. Gaming of course is the key use for a card like this and on that front we have some great results with the 770 SC being able to play all the latest games at 1920x1080 and maximum detail. The 770 SC is also able to compete well with the Radeon across all of these games, often exceeding the 7970 GHZ OC's framerates and doing so while offering enhancements like PhysX as well as a superior stereoscopic 3D implementation."
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G.Skill Ares F3-2400C11D-16GAB Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: ocaholic
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"Overall, the new 16GB versions rated 2400C11 turned out to be a solid product with one or two special features. Those going for the Ares series can have a compact and fast kit, and those looking to overclock past 1300MHz might have a cheap candidate. Apart from subjective styling nitpicks, the only bad thing we can say about the 2400C11 is a relatively weak overclocking performance in the range between 1100 and 1200MHz, which is primarily dictated by Hynix MFR memory chips in use. "
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Visiontek GoDrive 480GB Review reported at 11:26 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: PureOverclock.com
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"Solid combination of speed and price in a larger capacity SSD."
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SanDisk Extreme II Review reported at 11:20 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: APH Networks
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The SanDisk Extreme II 240GB is a thin and light high performance SSD that uses modest amounts of power at a reasonable price.
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Antec GX700 Review reported at 11:18 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: techPowerUp!
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The first impression of the Antec GX700 is awesome as its military green and black color scheme really strikes a cord. It also offers incredible value by clocking in at just above the 50 EUR/USD mark with a fan controller and three fans right out of the box. The attention to detail and its military look are awesome as well. The chassis can hold plenty of drives and has space for large components, making it a great choice for a cool gaming rig. While this is all great for a chassis of this price point, the budget genes do surface from time to time as Antec utilizes plastic locks for the external drive bays and break-out covers for the motherboard-expansion slots. If you do not mind those aspects and are fine with installing an optical drive into the second slot instead of the top, the Antec GX700 is not only an awesome-looking chassis for the price, but also well worth keeping for future builds.
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