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Samsung 840 EVO Review (Italian) reported at 12:05 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: XtremeHardware
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ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme Review reported at 12:01 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: PC Perspective
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ECS did a great job with the design and layout of the Z87H3-A2X Extreme board. The gold-plated components accentuate the red and black theme giving a nice impression of the board from the start. For the price of the board, you cannot beat the amount of features and functionality built-in, including the 3-digit LED display, the 801.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, the included eSATA and mSATA ports, and the on-board buttons and voltage points to appeal to the more adventurous enthusiasts. Its design was carefully thought out with components placed for easy access and sufficient space. Adding the heat pipe cooling and the 12-phase power system was the cherry on top. Performance-wise, it performed on-par or better than the competing systems, further proving the board's value and worth. The BIOS design was simple, yet effective in its simplicity and layout.
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eVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G2 Review (German) reported at 11:59 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: Technic3D
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Asus GTX670-DCMOC-2GD5 Review reported at 11:56 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Bjorn3D
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The ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU Mini card is what I consider an awesome idea and executed beautifully. The reason I say this is that smaller systems are really becoming more popular and all you need to do is attend a LAN to see this, so it comes naturally to see chassis and motherboard manufacturers pumping out solutions to fill this need, but in reality we have not seen many manufacturers thinking outside the box in regards to GPU and providing a compact yet high performance solution for these mini rigs. This is where ASUS stepped in and created this card and it simply works.
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PowerColor Radeon HD 7730 Review reported at 11:53 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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"The Powercolor HD 7730 is by no means a glamorous graphics card. However, it offers a never-before-seen level of performance for its modest price point and brings a fresh lease of life to an otherwise stagnant and neglected market segment. Providing vendors follow Powercolor’s lead and price competitively, the HD 7730 will be the graphics card of choice for many budget gaming systems in the future."
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Sapphire Radeon HD 7730 1GB GDDR5 Review reported at 11:49 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Big Bruin
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The Sapphire Radeon HD7730 1GB GDDR5 video card is definitely worth considering if you can find one, and you can get a good deal. For use in an HTPC or desktop that can use a little extra horsepower, it earns the Bigbruin.com "Recommended" award.
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A-DATA XPG V2 DDR3-3100 2x4GB Kit Review reported at 11:47 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: KitGuru
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"One of the fastest sets of memory in the world, ADATA’s tirelessly-screened XPG V2 3100MHz kit is worth buying if you’re an extreme overclocker with aspirations to push frequency boundaries and break records."
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ECS Z87H3-AX Golden Review reported at 11:40 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: MadShrimps
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Lamptron FC5 V3 Review reported at 11:23 AM
category: Monitor Coolers     website: ocaholic
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"The FC5 V3 fan controller from Lamptron is a good product. The temperature sensors are very accurate, there was only a 0.5°C difference between the fan controller and our Voltcraft thermometer. The fan controller is very reactive, precise and its built quality is on a high level. Cables have been sleeved which is a nice touch quality and modding wise. The LCD display is very good, it has great viewing angles, displays all information you need, clear and supports 16 different colors. Unfortunately the product is hard to find, the V2 is still well available while this one isn't. Other than the the bad availability we will criticize the red backlight, we like red and we would have liked it to be way more bright, currently it is almost invisible. Last but not least, with a selling price of 69.99 €, the Lamptron FC5 V3 is not cheap. More advanced and fancy fan controllers can be found for less."
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Antec EarthWatts Platinum Review reported at 11:15 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: eTeknix.com
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Antec’s EarthWatts Platinum 450W power supply is an interesting unit. It essentially is a budget 450W power supply “shell” with all its internals up-rated to give 80 Plus Platinum efficiency levels. This makes its the ideal choice for anyone who is really conscious about power efficiency and keeping their energy bills down. If you’re looking to do this, and are coming from a relatively inefficient uncertified power supply, then the EarthWatts Platinum 450W is a fantastic choice. Efficiency is key here. If you are happy to settle 5-7% less efficiency, aka 80 Plus Bronze, then we’d definitely recommend looking elsewhere because the Antec EarthWatts 450W is very expensive – you pay a premium for its high efficiency. This by no means makes this a bad power supply because it is very good at everything else too, it is just best at one thing – being efficient. It’s about time someone started offering highly efficient units with lower capacities and I am glad to see Antec stepping up to the mark.
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Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-1866 C9 2x8GB Kit Review reported at 11:14 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: eTeknix.com
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Corsair’s Vengeance Pro 1866MHz 16GB kit is a truly great RAM kit. They overclock great, are priced competitively, look fantastic, are available in a range of colours and are backed by a lifetime warranty. What more could you ask for?
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XFX R7850 Black Edition Double Dissipation Review reported at 10:56 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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As far as HD 7850s go we have seen a lot better. XFX tried to make a high performance dual 10cm fan cooler work but the decision to retain stock clocks and equip quite a basic heatsink have meant that these high performance fans are all but wasted – this unit is pretty close to a reference design in thermals and worse with noise. The noisy nature of the graphics card leaves a lot to be desired when how much noise a graphics card produces is becoming a crucial buying consideration for consumers. XFX will probably look back on this graphics card as either a mistake or a wasted opportunity.
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Thermalright AXP-200 Review reported at 10:53 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: NikKTech
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"That being said Thermalright has once again proven themselves by delivering a very efficient Low Profile CPU Cooler designed especially for HTPC use and since currently there's nothing similar in terms of size in the market that can outperform it we are awarding it with our Platinum Award."
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eVGA Hadron Air Review reported at 10:45 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: HardwareCanucks
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"From an internal perspective, small and compact are the words of the day. There really isn’t all that much room to maneuver within the Hadron but we can’t expect all that much since this is a mini ITX chassis. With that being said, EVGA has provided room for 10.5” graphics cards (11” GPUs won’t fit), two hard drives or SSDs via tool-less drive caddies and barely enough space for some tower-style CPU coolers."
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Toshiba THNSNH Review reported at 10:40 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: X-bit labs
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Toshiba’s THNSNH we have tested today is a most extraordinary product. Its controller is directly related to Marvell's and it employs high-quality 19nm Toshiba flash memory with Toggle Mode 2.0 interface, which makes it similar to the Plextor M5 Pro in many respects, yet its behavior is completely different. Its performance is rather mediocre in synthetic benchmarks, but it is outstanding in real-life applications.
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ASRock Z87 Extreme4 Review reported at 10:36 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: X-bit labs
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The ASRock Z87 Extreme4 doesn’t seem to differ much from our favorite ASRock mainboards based on the Intel Z77 Express chipset. Its packaging is designed in a different way but still has additional soft edging around the mainboard to protect it during transportation. It comes with similar accessories and features a user-friendly PCB design with top-quality components. Fully using all of the Intel Z87’s capabilities, it complements them with additional SATA and USB 3.0 ports. Thanks to the exclusive A-Style technologies set, it supports remote access (Home Cloud), enhances audio quality (Purity Sound) and allows to connect additional video sources to the monitor (HDMI-In). Like its predecessors, it has two connectors for CPU fans, 4-pin and 3-pin ones, so any CPU fan can be regulated irrespective of its connection type. The mainboard is equipped with two independent BIOS chips, but the active chip is selected with a not very convenient jumper rather than with a switch. The design of graphics slots latches has been modified, but they are still not very handy. The memory modules feature Distortion Free technology. So, all the innovations are actually highly positive, even though some are not implemented perfectly.
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Raijintek Themis Review reported at 10:31 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: techPowerUp!
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Overall, the Raijintek Themis is very impressive for its price. It wont win awards for quality or noise and certainly wont fit everyone's choice of colors, but is the best-performing cooler at its price point, of that there is no doubt. Including enough anti-vibration fan mounts for a second fan would greatly improve the Themis's appeal, but the performance speaks for itself as not even Cooler Master's venerable Hyper 212 EVO can touch the Raijintek Themis in price or performance.
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Crucial Ballistix Sport XT DDR3-1866 4x4GB Kit Review reported at 10:30 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: ThinkComputers
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If you are looking for a solid kit with timings over 1600 MHz then the Ballistix Sport XT is a great choice and Crucial does back it with a limited lifetime warranty.
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Asus PCE-AC66 Review reported at 10:28 AM
category: Wireless Network Adaptors     website: Benchmark Reviews
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Summing up, the ASUS PCE-AC66 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter is currently the fastest 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter on the market today. Its range, sensitivity, and signal stability are all top notch, allowing PCs that used to be tied to a wired connection to be freely moved about. Its construction quality is excellent, it has a well-designed external antenna solution, and it looks good to boot. It costs a little more than the average Wi-Fi adapter, but its enhanced performance and features make up for it. Definitely recommended.
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FSP Aurum S 400 Review (French) reported at 10:24 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: Cowcotland
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