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be quiet Shadow Rock 2 Review reported at 12:59 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: NikKTech
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"Very good cooling efficiency, low noise levels, medium-size, appearance, CPU Compatibility, 4 different directions to mount the fan, dual fan solution and covered with a 3 year warranty, what more can we ask from a CPU Cooler? Because of all of the above the Shadow Rock 2 by be quiet! takes our Golden Award."
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Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1000W Review reported at 12:53 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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"Many of you will not consider the Leadex Platinum the best choice given the EVGA SuperNOVA uses the same platform, offers similar performance, and comes with double the warranty period for 40 bucks less, but the Platinum Leadex offers a semi-passive mode EVGA's offer lacks, is more efficient at normal loads, and uses nothing but Japanese caps, while the EVGA unit uses Chinese and Japanese caps. Also, the lit modular panel of the Leadex unit and its clear cube connectors will definitely attract modders. To wrap up today's review, I think the new Leadex platform is a winner—SF now has a strong unit that will give their competition a very hard time."
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Cooler Master CM Storm Havoc Review reported at 12:49 PM
category: Mice     website: eTeknix.com
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CM Storm have established a loyal fanbase by making some award winning gaming peripherals, the CM Storm Havok is another welcome edition to their range and one of the best gaming mice on the market not only within its price range, but even when compared to products that cost nearly twice as much.
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XSPC RayStorm 750 AX240 Review reported at 12:46 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: HardwareHeaven
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"As noted above performance is good on this kit, easily outperforming a mainstream factory sealed unit and there is no comparison with stock cooling. The GPU block is a phenomenal performer and noise levels are also very good thanks to a near silent pump and with the bundled fans running quiet it is a good basis though we can opt for quieter models if need be. And that's where the strength of this type of cooling comes in. Not only can we add extra radiators and blocks (including for our chipset) the choice of fittings, tubing, colours etc. all adds to the experience and allows us to tailor the loop to our needs, rather than settle for a compromise."
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Thermalright LEETGION Hellion Review reported at 12:37 PM
category: Mice     website: Legion Hardware
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Leetgion’s Hellion comes in a little under $60 USD, meaning Legion Hardware can certainly recommend this mouse for the supreme value award. Overall the Leetgion Hellion is a fantastic purchase and is a good all-rounder with no major issues at all.
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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H Review reported at 12:27 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: HardwareCanucks
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"Overall then, we like this motherboard a lot. It offers competitive performance, great USB and SATA connectivity, good power consumption numbers, an interesting new BIOS mode, a nice mix of manual and automatic overclocking features, and a price tag that's competitive with other models in this upper mainstream category. If you're building a new Haswell system, definitely give the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5H some consideration, though watch out for heatsink incompatibility."
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Cooltek Coolcube Mini Review (French) reported at 12:19 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Cowcotland
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Noctua NH-U12S & NH-U14S Review reported at 12:16 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: MadShrimps
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Both coolers are excellent performers, offering good compatibility with most modern hardware. Adding a second optional fan is not a real requirement, but if you want to maximize the performance it will never hurt. These S series coolers again reflect the high quality and innovative engineering from the Austrian Noctua team. Performance at minimal noise level is awaiting you!
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Cooler Master CM Storm SF-17 Review reported at 12:12 PM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: Overclockers Club
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"Great build quality and looks that will definitely appeal to those that like a rugged style make this cooler very unique. The fan speed control is a welcome feature that will enable users to bring down the generated noise to acceptable levels. And the four height adjustment settings provide some flexibility depending on your typing style. The anti-slip material used on this cooler is simply great; even at the highest setting the laptop did not move the slightest. Finally, the cable management integration is more efficient than what was available on other laptop coolers."
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Synology DS713+ Review reported at 12:03 PM
category: Storage Accessories     website: techPowerUp!
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To sum up, the DS713+ offers great performance and reliability, and comes with a massive list of features. Considering its capabilities and the time and money Synology spent on developing its software, it is, on top of that, sold for a fair price. You also shouldn't forget the very important support Synology offers with their products, and Synology provides the DS713+ with a three year warranty instead of the two years of the competition, which is a big plus. The DS713+ is a great choice if you need a strong NAS with the option to upgrade its storage capacity later on.
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MSI GK-601 Review reported at 11:58 AM
category: Keyboards     website: Benchmark Reviews
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"My final recommendation is this: in the current state, the GK-601 is a great product for heavy macro users if you don’t mind the small software annoyances. The GK-601 will step up your game for sure. However if MSI can get things rolling and fix the software issues, improve on the macro recording capabilities, and release an updated configuration software, then the GK-601 mechanical keyboard would be an instant recommendation for everyone."
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Thermaltake SMART 750W Review reported at 11:50 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: ThinkComputers
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What it comes down to is price and for only $78 at my favorite online retailer the Smart 750W is a great choice. It may not have some of the extras, but it does perform on par with many other higher-end units, not to mention Thermaltake backs it with a 5 year warranty. If you are looking to save some money on a power supply the Smart 750W is a great choice.
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AMD A10-6700 Review (French) reported at 11:46 AM
category: Socket FM2     website: Cowcotland
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Corsair Raptor K50 Review reported at 11:45 AM
category: Keyboards     website: ocaholic
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"This keyboard offers high precision while typing, and once you got used to the G-keys, you will find it very comfortable. During the gaming sessions the Raptor K50 will excel, when it comes to MMORPG's, and the backlight makes sure you find all the key also in the dark."
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Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Review reported at 11:41 AM
category: Video Tuners and Editors     website: KitGuru
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A more than capable capture device with a considerable price tag that deserves consideration if you want to get serious about sharing your gameplay.
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Corsair Carbide 330R Review (German) reported at 11:39 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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Zowie G-TF Review reported at 11:32 AM
category: Input device accessories     website: DarkVision Hardware
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Whether I can recommend this mousepad to you ultimately depends on your preferences. If you want an XL-sized cloth mousepad with a rough surface then the answer is definitely yes. The G-TF performs well in games and is of much higher build quality than most cloth mousepads. The biggest con is the high MSRP, I feel that $29.90 (29.90EUR) is quite excessive for a mousepad.
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Silicon Power Blaze B20 Review reported at 11:31 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: MadShrimps
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The latest B20 USB 3.0 flash drive from Silicon Power is oriented towards fashion thanks to its matte sandblasted surface and interesting diamond check design. The internal red activity LED will let us know when read/write operations are performed and the manufacturer has opted this time for a retractable USB 3.0 connector, without the need of attaching a protective cover.
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Thermaltake Chaser A41 Review reported at 11:24 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Overclockers Club
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As for the cons, well, there really aren't many. It would be nice to have the option to turn the fan LEDs off, and a couple more USB ports wouldn't hurt. The colored tabs on the drive bay covers aren't so bad and offer some contrast to the all black chassis. But the cons are really minor. Pricing is comparable to other cases with similar features and is currently available at Newegg for $99.99. So summing it up, I really do like the A41. It gets the job done, and has the room for all your components - Thermaltake has a winner with the Chaser A41.
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Samsung 840 EVO Review reported at 11:22 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Myce
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The Samsung 840 EVO 750GB joins the top flight of performers, and on its own, it is one of the five fastest SSDs I have tested. In ‘Rapid’ mode, the Samsung 840 EVO 750GB is quite possibly the fastest SSD I have tested so far, and just shows what can be done with TLC NAND.
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Corsair Carbide Air 540 Review (German) reported at 11:20 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Technic3D
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Corsair CX430M Review (French) reported at 10:30 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: Technic3D
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Alpenfohn Brocken 2 Review reported at 10:23 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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The Alpenfohn Brocken is a premium high performance tower heatsink that doesn’t have a premium price. At £32.99 it is easily one of the best value for money high performance air CPU coolers on the market today and ticks most of the right boxes with its price, performance, acoustics, build quality and attention to detail. There are a few details that Alpenfohn could do with tweaking and tuning but nothing that should make you not want to buy this product.
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AeroCool Strike-X Xtreme Review reported at 10:21 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: eTeknix.com
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"It falls short of our award today, but that doesn’t mean it is a bad product. It looks fantastic in my opinion and the fact that there are three fans included in the price makes this incredible value for money too, if your on a tighter budget and you need a chassis that can handle multiple graphics cards, plenty of storage and you want some cable management and other modern comforts, then the Strike-X Xtreme is worth putting on your list."
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Patriot Tab Review (French) reported at 10:12 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Cowcotland
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