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Transcend StoreJet 25A3 Review reported at 03:33 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: techPowerUp!
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At first sight, the Transcend StoreJet 25A3 does not bring anything to the table other drives manage at lower price tags. But upon a second look, it is one of the most affordable units on the market with 256-bit AES encryption and one-touch backup functionality. That said, I wish the drive would perform a bit better here and there, but its lower performance can probably be traced back to the fact that we received the 1TB model holding a drive with several platters instead of a few with a higher density each. The Transcend StoreJet may not be the speediest, but those looking at the drive because of its encryption capabilities and the ability to backup files at the push of one button will most likely not care about its slightly slower transfer speeds. So for that purpose, the Transcend StoreJet 25A3 sets itself apart well enough from the competition, offering the same extras in combination with a long 3-year warranty to justify a recommendation.
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NZXT H630 Review (German) reported at 03:31 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Technic3D
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ASRock Z87 OC Formula Review reported at 03:30 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: ocaholic
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The first impression the OC Formula from ASRock makes us want more. Like with the predecessor we like the individual design of this board, which actually isn't that easy to achieve anymore. Since ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and co finally found out that people, especially in the western part of this world, prefer simple and decent color designs, quite a lot of color combinations have already been chosen. The OC Formula is a motherboard that really targets extreme overclockers, but nevertheless ASRock succeeded in crafting a product that is equally attractive to the guys handling LN2 or watercooling/aircooling setups. Both worlds will be able to squeeze maximum out of their systems using this board. Apart from overclockers also gamers and modders will enjoy this board, since there is a beefed up audio solution and the chipset can be integrated into a custom water cooling loop.
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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition Review reported at 03:28 PM
category: Keyboards     website: PC Perspective
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This keyboard is very solidly built without being overly heavy. It feels durable enough to withstand several years of heavy use. If you come to the conclusion that you are in the market for a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches, the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth 2013 edition is one to consider. By extension the Razer BlackWidow 2013 edition with its Cherry MX Blue switches is well worth a good long look if that’s the switch type you decide on.
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AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable Review reported at 03:24 PM
category: Video Tuners and Editors     website: KitGuru
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A very capable capture card in a small package, but held back by its high price.
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Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1000W Review reported at 03:21 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: ocaholic
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Overall you get an excellent power supply with the Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1000W. Thank you very much for the good word Super Flower!
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MSI N760 Hawk Review reported at 03:17 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Bjorn3D
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The MSi GTX 760 HAWK offers Extreme Overclocking class features on a super strong design. For this it earns the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.
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Corsair Vengeance K95 Review reported at 03:16 PM
category: Keyboards     website: MadShrimps
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The Corsair K95 keyboard is not the cheapest mechanical offering out there and can be picked up online for about 154 Euros. Even at this price, we consider that it should worth it considering the high quality material build which should last us for years to come.
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XFX Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation Review (German) reported at 03:14 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator Review reported at 03:13 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: eTeknix.com
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Kingston have done it again with pushing next-generation storage to the max. The HyperX Predator 1TB USB drive has a crazy level of storage space, but also a top-level of performance to go with it. Did you once fancy 1TB of storage for on the go? Now your dreams have come true with this truly outstanding drive.
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Noctua NH-D14 Review reported at 02:32 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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The NH-D14 is a name that’s synonymous with quality, performance and silence. After testing Noctua’s flagship nearly four year’s after its release we can confidently say the NH-D14 is still one of the best air coolers that money can buy. If you don’t mind sacrificing your high profile RAM then there is probably no better option than Noctua’s NH-D14. It pushes air cooling to its limits and does it will all the traditional hallmarks of the Noctua brand: Quality, Excellence, Silence and Ease-Of-Use. The NH-D14 will probably reign supreme for many years to come if this showing is anything to go by.
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Cooltek Coolcube Maxi Review reported at 02:28 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: NikKTech
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If you take a quick look in the market you will see that most micro-ATX/mini-ITX compatible PC Cases with similar features to the Coolcube MAXI (size-wise) carry price tags that come close to USD100/100Euros and although some may have a better overall build quality almost none offers 4 PCI expansion slots and at least for us here this is a huge plus. So with an asking price of 69.99Euros inside the EU (PC-Cooling.de) the Coolcube MAXI by Cooltek offers perhaps the best price/features ratio we've seen with a Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX and because of that it gets our Golden Award with ease. After this we really hope that Cooltek will enter the Full/HTPC tower market soon with similar results (and also for them to make their products available widely).
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Corsair Raptor M30 Review (German) reported at 02:24 PM
category: Mice     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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Asus GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II Review reported at 02:24 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareCanucks
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Whether or not you want to access the DirectCU II OC’s significant overclocking powers or you are just someone that appreciates a whisper-quiet high end card, it should beckon. This GTX 780’s relatively low pre-overclock speeds are rendered insignificant by its other overwhelming benefits.
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Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire XT Review reported at 02:21 PM
category: Keyboards     website: APH Networks
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As a sequel to the QuickFire Rapid, the XT improved on where the Rapid fell short. At a retail value of $90 at press time, the Cooler Master Storm Quickfire XT is a pricey option, especially with the fact that one can get the QuickFire Pro for approximately the same price, with partial backlighting and full NKRO in USB mode. But on its own, the CM Storm QuickFire XT is a solid keyboard.
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Linksys EA6500 Review reported at 02:11 PM
category: Internet Routers     website: KitGuru
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A performance monster at a reasonable price point.
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NZXT Kraken X60 Review (German) reported at 02:10 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Technic3D
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Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 Review reported at 02:07 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: NikKTech
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The original Archon SB-E was a great performer especially if you take into consideration both the size of its heatsink (not a dual sandwich solution) and speed of its 150mm PWM fan so in a way we knew almost exactly just how good the X2 version would perform. As a matter of fact the Archon SB-E X2 performed slightly better than what we had hoped when we saw that Thermalright used 140mm fans instead of 150mm ones so that's very good news. The slightly bad news on the other hand is that by using two fans instead of one the noise levels of the cooler are increased compared to its predecessor, still even 50dBA under heavy stress is not really much so that's nothing to worry about. Now we all know that it's not really hard to add a second fan in push & pull in order to further improve the cooling efficiency of a CPU Cooler so i can't say that Thermalright did something incredible but that's beside the point and since the Archon SB-E X2 ranks 9th in our LGA2011 database (out of the 22 models reviewed) right next to the NH-D14 by Noctua i don't think we need to say more.
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Toshiba & Emi Soft MQ01ABD100H Review reported at 02:05 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Myce
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"I am pleased to award our rating of ‘Excellent’ and name the Toshiba MQ01ABD100H as the current ‘Editor’s Choice’ from amongst consumer SSHD solutions."
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eVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC Review reported at 12:46 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Ultimate Hardware
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"The Evga GeForce GTX 760 SC is a video card with great performance with games. The Evga GeForce GTX 760 SC will give you great performance in most games giving you great graphics. The Evga GeForce GTX 760 SC was benchmarked with 6 demanding games against the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 using the AMD FX 8350 from AMD. The Evga GeForce GTX 760 SC was faster than the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 delivering between 2% to 13% better performance than the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950. The Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 is a solid video card but the Evga GeForce GTX 760 SC is on average 6% better than the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950. More good news is that the Evga GeForce GTX 760 SC was 5% cheaper than the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 as well."
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Western Digital Red 3.5" 4TB & 2.5" 1TB Review reported at 12:37 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: PC Perspective
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It's great to see Western Digital expanding their Red line in both capacity and form factor. The 4TB 3.5" model is a welcome addition likely to prompt an upgrade cycle from those who are hungry for more capacity. While the new 2.5" capacities fill what is currently a bit of a niche market, I suspect more small form factor HTPC and other portable RAID storage devices to become available this coming year, and the 2.5" Red will fit that bill just perfectly.
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Gigabyte Force K7 Review reported at 12:25 PM
category: Keyboards     website: HardwareHeaven
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"A solid gaming keyboard for entry level to mainstream gamers who like the idea of low profile keys and don't have any need for fancy software."
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Western Digital Red Review reported at 12:21 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Hardware.Info
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A definitive conclusion about the Western Digital Red 4TB is difficult to draw, as we don't know the price of the desk yet. If it's going to be priced along the same lines as the 3TB model, we would certainly recommend this disk if you are looking for disks for your NAS device.
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Intel Core i7-4960X Review reported at 12:16 PM
category: Socket 2011     website: Bjorn3D
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Overall the new Ivy Bridge architecture or should I say the not so new Ivy Bridge architecture got a -E and we are off to the races. The chip is not bad as it increases performance by a small amount but the 3-6% I observed is not really enough that I would recommend users to ditch their 3960X and jump to the 4960X. Do keep in mind that BIOS maturity is questionable so the performance could easily increase but as of now I would have to label it as unimpressive as it simply does not offer enough to differentiate itself from the outgoing 3960X. If there was lets say a new chipset/board taht would offer more tangible features then I would say jump for it but for existing X79 users there simply is no reason to jump.
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Intel Core i7-4960X Review reported at 12:14 PM
category: Socket 2011     website: HardwareCanucks
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Unfortunately, for all its muti-tasking appeal, gamers will likely struggle to justify the 4960X’s $650 premium over an i7-4770K. Therein lies the issue: other than the number of threads it can concurrently process, Intel just hasn’t offered enough in the way of performance improvements to distinguish Ivy Bridge-E’s platform from significantly less expensive options. As a result, enthusiasts may just bypass it in favor of Haswell.
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Intel Core i7 4960X / 4930K / 4820K Ivy Bridge-E Review reported at 12:11 PM
category: Socket 2011     website: Hardware.Info
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Intel already had the fastest consumer processor in the Intel Core i7 3970X and the 4960X serves to cement that position - not that it was in any danger of being overtaken by competition. And yes, it is a very fast processor. However, as we have seen the performance difference between Ivy Bridge-E and Sandy Bridge-E is, as we have seen, extremely tiny. On average we see a 4.5% performance difference, not enough to set hearts and minds alight. If we stipulate a performance difference of 10% is required in order to experience it in day to day use, we may well conclude Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E are interchangeable options. If you have a Sandy Bridge-E systeem, an upgrade to Ivy Bridge-E is more or less pointless.
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Intel Core i7-4960X Review reported at 12:07 PM
category: Socket 2011     website: PC Perspective
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So should you buy an Ivy Bridge-E processor over a Haswell processor for your next system? In my view the ideal buyer for an IVB-E rig is one that wants to use at least two graphics cards, possibly three or four, needs expansion for PCIe storage and wants the ability to crank the memory capacity up near the peak. If you don't meet that criteria, chances are good you'll get much better value and features by selecting a Haswell system.
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Intel Core i7 4960X EE / Asus X79-Deluxe Review reported at 12:04 PM
category: Socket 2011     website: KitGuru
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The fastest consumer processor that money can buy, Intel’s Core i7 4960X Extreme Edition is a performance king with a price tag to match. Unfortunately the performance increases over Sandy Bridge-E chips aren’t worth upgrading over, and the cheaper 4930K will steal the limelight.
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Intel Core i7-4960X Review reported at 12:01 PM
category: Socket 2011     website: ocaholic
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Finally, we made it to the point where we talk about pricing and if this CPU is worth the money it costs. If you already own a Sandy Bridge-E processor, there is no need for an upgrade. If you plan buying a new system, which should feature the fastest CPU money can buy, then the Core i7-4960X is the only option you have. It's that simple.
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Intel Core i7-4960X Review reported at 12:00 PM
category: Socket 2011     website: TechSpot
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Overall the Core i7-3960X delivered as we expected, the letdown comes from the Intel X79 chipset which offers nothing over the Z68. This is going to be a real problem for LGA2011 motherboards, as we expect them to fetch a price premium over their LGA1155 counterparts, yet most will likely be equipped with the same features. This is going to be the Achilles' heel of Intel’s flagship platform regardless of the added benefits that are found here and there.
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Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire XT Review reported at 11:59 AM
category: Keyboards     website: Modders-Inc
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The CM Storm QuickFire XT is everything you could expect from a full layout mechanical keyboard and at $89.99 it comes in at a respectable value for those looking to jump into a high end mechanical keyboard. If a rugged, sturdy, good looking mechanical keyboard is what you want this board could be to your liking; it is mine.
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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Windforce 3X Review reported at 11:57 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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The Gigabyte GTX780 WindForce OC is a remarkable graphics card. With the latest Direct X 11 titles, it is only a couple of percent slower than the significantly more expensive GTX Titan flagship.
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MSI N780 Lightning Review reported at 11:55 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PC Perspective
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The MSI GTX 780 Lightning isn't a graphics card that just any gamer should buy. With a hefty price tag of $750 and a feature set that requires some overclocking experience to really take advantage of, MSI is hoping to once again attract the hardcore enthusiast that wants the best of the best. With a completely redesigned TriFrozr cooler with 7 SuperPipes and Military Class 4 components on top of an enhanced power delivery design, MSI's GTX 780 Lightning clearly is among the top graphics cards on the market.
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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H Review reported at 11:52 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: PureOverclock.com
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At the price of $189.99 the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H Motherboard is aesthetically pleasing, a rock solid performer and worth every penny!
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Noctua NH-U14S Review reported at 11:52 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: APH Networks
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The Noctua NH-U14S is a highly efficient, relatively slim, extremely well built, low noise, and great performing heatsink that delivers everything it promises to do. It is no NH-D14, nor should we expect it to be. It does not defy physics. But it defies everyone else in its weight class.
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Corsair Obsidian 350D Review reported at 11:49 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: ocaholic
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With the Obsidian Series 350D, Corsair managed to build a mATX tower case with a well thought and spacious interior. In this regard Corsair was able to convince us but this case still offers room for improvement. For example: we disaggree with the fans Corsair has chosen and we would recommend to combine this case with lower rpm fans, which also feature 4-Pin PWM headers. Another idea would be to equip this case with a tiny fan controller, where the user can select between 5V, 7V or 12V. But this really is the only thing we're complaining about. Apart from this, the case offer plenty of space and it can be used for a wide variety of applications. It really doesn't matter if you want to use it for an office PC or a powerful gaming rig.
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Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 Windforce 2X Review reported at 11:47 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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Gigabyte’s HD 7790 WindForce OC graphics card is an above-average implementation of the HD 7790. It offers solid performance, great cooling and great acoustics. Though the choice to implement 2GB of memory instead of 1GB seems to have backfired slightly as it has only served to increase the cost of the product compared to the 1GB competition while performance has remained at 1GB levels as the vast majority of games can’t even take advantage of the extra VRAM – even at the highest resolutions. We feel that going for 1GB of overclocked VRAM instead of 2GB of VRAM would of been a much smarter and better value choice. That issue combined with the unattractive blue PCB and over-sized design means that we can’t help but feel there are better HD 7790s out there. Consumers should consider that if they can succcessfully overclock VRAM to CCC limits they will be able to have one of the best HD 7790s on the market, we just feel Gigabyte should offer this out of the box.
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Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Review reported at 11:43 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: KitGuru
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An excellent case from Nanoxia which rivals Fractal’s finest.
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Cougar PowerX Review reported at 11:42 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: KitGuru
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At the prices we found there is very little reason to recommend this unit. Competing models from market leaders Seasonic and Corsair are cheaper and better.
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Club-3D Radeon HD 7850 RoyalQueen Review reported at 11:40 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: ocaholic
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Club3D’s variant of the AMD Radeon HD 7850 leaves a mixed impression. The card isn't really special, no factory overclocking was made and it is equiped with the reference PCB. On the bright side, it features very good cooling solution, silent and effective. On the dark side the power consumption is not good in idle and its price is too high for what you get. The bundle is okay for such a card, no more than what you need.
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Asus GTX670-DCMOC-2GD5 Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareCanucks
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If you’re looking for a bit more out of your SFF system, the ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II Mini is a perfect choice. It offers well-rounded performance and excellent cooling results in a surprisingly compact package. ASUS doesn’t even charge and arm and a leg for it. Sure there are graphics cards that allow for higher framerates and offer a better price / performance ratio but they don’t come close to the Mini’s wide-ranging abilities.
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Synology DS1513+ Review reported at 11:38 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: KitGuru
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"It is almost no surprise that the DS1513+ is a great solution. Its pricing does put it in a tough spot when compared against the DS1813+."
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Intel Core i7-4770K vs i7-3770K Gaming Comparison reported at 11:33 AM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: ocaholic
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If you bought a Core i7-3770K a while back, then we can tell you without the shadow of a doubt, that there is absolutely no need to get rid of it and replace it with a Core i7-4770K. From a gaming performance point of view it really doesn't matter which of the two CPU's you have in your system. Apart from this, we found that in Switzerland there is almost no price difference between the i7-3770K and the 4770K but when you compare prices of these to CPU's in Europe you see that the Core i7-3770K goes for 50 Euro less. Should be planning to upgrade your rig with a CPU that supports HT and eight virtual threads and should you be situated in a country, where the 3770K goes for less than the 4770K, then recommend to go for the 3770K. In the end it's not only the CPU that is cheaper, you can also get great Z77 board for less than their Z87 counterparts.
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SteelSeries Siberia V2 Review reported at 11:32 AM
category: headsets     website: NikKTech
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Since the Siberia V2 Heat Orange was literally just launched by SteelSeries it's not widely available yet so we can't really give you a price tag at one of the leading retailers around. However currently you can get it directly from SteelSeries for a price tag of USD119.99 inside the USA and 119.99Euros inside the EU (their currency converter is not the best we know). Now i must admit that for such a price tag you can add a few bucks more and get yourself a real 5.1 surround sound headset but leaving out the fact that there aren't that many games out there that really support 5.1 surround sound (especially with headsets) in the end a headset is not just about positioning audio but also comfort, durability, looks and audio quality and these are the areas where the Siberia V2 Heat Orange excels at and that's why it gets our Golden Award.
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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Windforce 3X Review reported at 11:29 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareHeaven
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An ideal card for playing all of the latest games, including Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Saints Row IV and Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn at maximum detail.
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Asus Z87 Deluxe Review reported at 11:27 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: ocaholic
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As expected the ASUS Z87-Deluxe is a high-quality product that comes with an extensive number of features. Regarding the new color scheme (black/gold/yellow) we would wish that ASUS throws it over board as soon as possible and goes back to black/blue. We mentioned the reasons for this on page 4.
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Intel Core i7-4960X Review (French) reported at 11:23 AM
category: Socket 2011     website: Cowcotland
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Intel Core i7-4960X Review reported at 11:22 AM
category: Socket 2011     website: Overclockers Club
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"Intel's Extreme Edition processors have always been the parts for the uncompromising power user. As such they carry with them a price tag that may or may not be out of reach for the rest of the market. For those who can and do use the processing power, memory bandwidth, and PCIe bandwidth, it's a win-win part that is a fast and efficient no compromise solution."
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Akasa Venom Medusa Review (French) reported at 10:58 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Cowcotland
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MSI N780 Lightning Review reported at 10:57 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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"MSI's GTX 780 Lightning is currently listed online for $770, which is clearly too high and the primary reason I'm not giving this card our Editor's Choice. A reference design GTX 780 costs $650, and you can even find overclocked models at that price point. Two GTX 770s in SLI cost $800, which is not much of a price increase for loads of extra performance. I understand that MSI has put a lot of expensive stuff on their card, but it just feels like they are asking for too much money. Hardcore overclockers would certainly be willing to pay up, but might be turned off by the lack of Quad-SLI support and its Elpida memory. Normal overclockers on air won't be able to maximize the card's full potential anyway and could simply pick a cheaper GTX 780 to manually overclock, like MSI's GTX 780 Gaming."
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SilverStone Argon AR01 Review reported at 10:53 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Benchmark Reviews
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I wouldn’t have a problem recommending this cooler to anyone that was looking for an inexpensive, well built and quiet cooler. We may have to chat about their expectations (you won’t hit 5 GHz with this, or any other $35 cooler) but it will keep most systems running cool and quiet. There are other popular options in this price range but I appreciated some of the changes SilverStone made to the 120mm tower cooler formula, enough to prefer working with the AR01.
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Thermaltake BigTyp Revo Review reported at 10:51 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Overclockers Club
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"So how do I sum up this fairly low-profile cooler? In short, if you're in the market for an easy to install and inexpensive cooler that's capable of handling a modest overclock without undue noise: buy it now. Not a single cooler has come across my desk that can measure up to the performance of the BigTyp Revo at the same price point. Sure, you can spend more and get a better cooler, but if you don't need a better cooler why spend more than you need to? The BigTyp Revo provides quiet cooling at a price point nearly anyone can afford. Thermaltake has a winner!"
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Roccat Kone Pure Optical Review (French) reported at 10:46 AM
category: Mice     website: Cowcotland
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DeepCool GAMMAXX S40 Review reported at 10:42 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Frosty Tech
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Ultimately, Deepcool's Gammaxx S40 heatsink offers good, but average cooling performance.
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be quiet Dark Rock Pro 2 Review reported at 10:37 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: techPowerUp!
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The be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 is, in the end, an exceptional product that keeps your CPU cool and looks damn good doing it. Oh, it is quiet too!
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Fractal Design Define XL R2 Review reported at 10:36 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: ThinkComputers
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There really is nothing I can say bad about this case. If you want a sleek case with lots of room inside and is quality-made then the Fractal Design Define XL R2 is the right case for you!
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Intel Core i5-4430 Review reported at 10:35 AM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: Benchmark Reviews
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"For gamers, the video card is the “gating factor” for performance, as long as your CPU is fast enough– and the Core i5-4430 is plenty fast enough. At $185.99, it’s much less expensive than the Core i7-4770K, and that’s money you can put into a higher performance video card or more memory."
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AMD A10-6800K Review (French) reported at 10:30 AM
category: Socket FM2     website: Cowcotland
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ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme Review reported at 10:29 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: Overclockers Club
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Overall the GANK Machine was an interesting experience. Performance wise it fell behind a little based on the clock speeds set by default in the BIOS, but this is fixed with a simple adjustment. When it comes to looks and functionality of the hardware, it appears to be well built with some innovative features built in that improve reliability and extend it out over the long term. At right around $220 the board does not come in at bargain basement pricing, and it shouldn't because it is a board capable of delivering performance for the gaming enthusiast!
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GELID Black Edition Review reported at 10:27 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Frosty Tech
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Ultimately, Gelid have manufactured a good twin tower cooler that competes well against similarly sized thermal solutions. Where sub-161mm tall heatsinks producing less than 50.3dBA noise are exclusively considered, 'the Black Edition' heatsink is outperformed by ~37 alternate heatsink models that span roughly 4.8°C, excluding self contained watercoolers.
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AeroCool GT-700SG Review (French) reported at 10:20 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: Cowcotland
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Rosewill Hercules Review reported at 10:12 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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"Although I like such monstrous PSUs, I think that 1600 W will probably be of no use to most of you, and its price tag is truly huge. Nevertheless, the Rosewill Hercules looks like the perfect candidate if cost isn't an issue and you want a PSU that can power two high-end systems at the same time. There is a competitor for much less, which is why I would advice Rosewill to lose the expensive metallic storage case in an attempt to lower the price and raise the price/performance ratio by as much as possible. That said, the aforementioned case does make the Hercules-1600 stand out of the crowd, and I admit that I liked it very much, along with the unit's huge power output, of course!"
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