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Gigabyte Aivia Neon Review reported at 02:17 PM
category: Mice     website: techPowerUp!
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The mouse is awkward to use as a normal mouse but works well in the air. Its shape has been optimized for presenting, making a lot of the on-the-desk features a second priority. The mouse is definitely nice for people who do a lot of presentations.
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Asus Maximus VI Extreme Review reported at 02:13 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: ocaholic
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Should you be looking for a high-end overclocking motherboard, then the Maximus VI Extreme is a great choice, but obviously you should have the necessary cash.
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Crucial Ballistix Sport XT DDR3-1600 RAM 2x8GB Kit Review reported at 02:11 PM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Techware Labs
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"With performance numbers like this, and the additional performance boost of no-page-file-needed-here, this kit would be a great addition to any gaming system. With an average online price of $130 at time of publication, the Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 2x8GB DDR3-1600 RAM kit provides great performance at a reasonable price. For that reason, we have no trouble issuing it our Gold award."
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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 Windforce 3X Review reported at 11:55 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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Gigabyte’s GTX 760 WindForce OC 2GB Graphics card is a smart choice for any gamer looking for the best performing GTX 760 money can buy. The WindForce cooling implementation allows for additional overclocking headroom and for the graphics card to maintain consistently high Nvidia GPU Boost 2.0 clock speeds. The decision by Gigabyte to revise the design to include a black PCB and improved shroud only shows how in-touch with consumers they are and Gigabyte really deserve credit for such a move. Silent freaks may not be impressed with the noise though it can be tamed with custom fan and temperature profiling.
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Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 760 Review reported at 11:46 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Ultimate Hardware
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"The Inno3D GeForce GTX 760 gave some great game performances against the Asus Radeon HD 7970. The Inno3D GeForce GTX 760 always gave very playable performance against the Asus Radeon HD 7970. The Inno3D GeForce GTX 760 operated cool, quiet and more power effecent than the Asus Radeon HD 7970. The Inno3D GeForce GTX 760 delivered performance which was between 14% to 25 and by 20% on average slower than the Asus Radeon HD 7970. There is some great news for the Inno3D GeForce GTX 760 and although the The Inno3D GeForce GTX 760 is 20% slower than the Asus Radeon HD 7970 the Inno3D GeForce GTX 760 is 30% cheaper."
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Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback Redline PC3-17000 Quad Channel Kit Review reported at 11:44 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: MadShrimps
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The new Redline C9 2x4GB memory kit from Mushkin sports a medium-height heatsink design in order not to create heatsink compatibility issues and the model which we have tested was rated to run at 2133MHz, while the rated XMP voltage was set at 1.65V. To try the voltage specifications recommended by Intel, we have tried to boot with it set at 1.5V only to see that the computer become irresponsive; however, the sticks were fully stable at 1.6V.
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MSI Z87 MPower Review reported at 11:41 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: Bjorn3D
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The MSI Z87 Mpower Motherboard is a Overclockers board on a budget and loaded with features. For this it deserves the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.
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Phanteks Enthoo Primo Review reported at 11:33 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: KitGuru
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"An excellent case for water-cooling which looks great and is built to the highest standards."
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WQHD Monitor Roundup reported at 11:08 AM
category: 20/22/24 INCH     website: Hardware.Info
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The Hardware.Info Gold Award goes to the Dell U2713HM, one of the best monitors in the high-end segment and also the most energy-efficient. Some users have reported issues with this monitor, but it's unclear how widespread it is. The U2713H is a great monitor for photo editors as it supports 99% of the AdobeRGB spectrum, with a pricetag that can be justified for this segment. It also walks away with Gold. The same honor is bestowed upon LG’s first WQHD monitor, the 27EA83-D. We suspect that the R version will be very interesting to those not working as professional photo editors. The last screen to get the Gold Award is the ASUS PA279Q. It's a very complete and high-quality product in every sense of the word, and it's priced accordingly.
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Cooler Master N400 Review reported at 10:49 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: eTeknix.com
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This chassis is capable of great things for very little money, while also offering some impressive cooling for those looking for a cost effective networking or rending rig.
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Prolimatech Vortex Fan Roundup reported at 10:43 AM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: eTeknix.com
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If you are looking for some fans that are radically different to anything else on the market then the Vortex 14 Aluminium series are a great choice. Their performance is top notch but that does come with a noise penalty and the fan grille can be inconvenient at times.
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Enermax Platimax Review reported at 10:30 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: eTeknix.com
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The Enermax Platimax 850W power supply delivers a high level of efficiency, PFC and voltage regulation to keep any single, dual and triple GPU system running optimally with safe clean power. Enermax’s attention to detail with an extensive warranty and high quality components really makes them a force to be reckoned with. However, the Enermax Platimax 850W does command a significant price premium and lacks fully modular black cabling which is something the picky enthusiast may want to consider when making their buying decision.
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Asus Sabertooth Z87 Review reported at 10:23 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: ThinkComputers
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When it comes down to it if you want an extremely reliable motherboard with quality components that you know is going to last a long time the ASUS Z87 Motherboard is the definite choice.
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A-DATA DashDrive Durable HD710 Review reported at 10:20 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: Benchmark Reviews
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"There’s nothing really bad to say about the ADATA HD710, it is a well designed, well built product that performs as well as it should. It may seem a bit pricey but if your data is precious to you, the added price shouldn’t seem like a lot for the provided protection."
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SanDisk Extreme II Review (French) reported at 10:11 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Cowcotland
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MSI Z87 MPower MAX Review reported at 10:08 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: techPowerUp!
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This board sucks. Overall, it is like some bastard child of Frankenstein and Groucho Marx, a mix of many different parts stitched together, even in the bundled accessories package inside the box. Looking at its included paper materials makes you think this board is all about LN2 overclocking, but its scope of delivery also includes extra USB 3.0 ports, eSATA bracket wiring, and an Intel wireless card with big, tall antennas. There are extra USB and SATA controllers, decent audio, and then these buttons for overclocking and a switchable dual-BIOS design. The VRM is hugely over-built, like on one of MSI's Lightning VGAs, even appearing to use several components also on those cards, just like the esthetic styling clearly taken from the Lightning brand. And like Groucho, it's quick-witted and has some snappy comebacks; that is, until you push things and get a big cloud of smoke in your face, with big bushy eyebrows bouncing at you suggestively from behind the smoke. The MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX is confused, not sure where it wants to go, and the BIOS proves it.
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