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Asus Maximus VI Extreme Review reported at 11:56 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: HardOCP
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ASUS has built a truly great motherboard with its Maximus VI Extreme. It is extremely feature rich, but has missed a couple of points that might impact the overall value for some users. At $399.99 it is certainly on the upper end of the pricing scale, and puts it in a position where some of the less expensive motherboards from ASUS’ own Republic of Gamers stack is giving it some competition.
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Patriot Viper 3 Black Mamba DDR3-2400 2x4GB Kit Review reported at 11:48 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Funky Kit
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Patriot has built a reputation of manufacturing quality, high performance memory kits. If you are in the market for a memory upgrade, wait no longer and look no further.
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Anidees AI4 Review reported at 11:41 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Vortez
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"The AI4 is a good looking Micro ATX case with handy fan controller and generous clearance for flagship CPU coolers. There are however some areas for improvement and thus we award this case our bronze award."
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SilverStone Argon AR03 Review reported at 11:32 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: HardwareHeaven
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Performance was excellent for this class of cooler, outperforming larger units although part of this is down to the high RPM fan which can become louder than some competitors. So with an RRP of £50 the AR03 seems reasonably priced and it is a nice touch to see extra fan mounts added so we can enhance the cooler in the future if needed.
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Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Review reported at 11:31 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Tom's Hardware
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Fractal Design's Arc Midi R2 is a good next step for the company. It features a number of subtle improvements over the case's popular predecessor, but maintains solid build quality, enthusiast-oriented flexibility, and some of those same features we were introduced to for the first time under $100. In fact, for a fitting $85, you get a case that does many things right. Just the top fan needs some improvement.
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Antec HCG-850M Review reported at 11:27 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: ocaholic
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With the HCP-850 Antec released a true high-end product. At least at a first glance. There is a costly AC filtering stage, an extremely high end fan, and the massive use of Nippon Chemi-Con and Rubycon capacitors. These are things which stand for highest quality and its hard to find other PC PSU's which are built according to similar standards. Furthermore this PSU is very reliable even if you plan it for long term usage. On the other hand there is the fact, that the 12V Mosfets could have been equipped with a more powerful cooling solution. Those Mosfets are only cooled indirectly via the case. Additionally the heatsinks are relatively small. Due to the fact that there is no clean airflow because of the messy design, Antec had to use a very strong fan for cooling. Therefore this PSU is relatively noisy under high loads.
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Asus Xonar Phoebus Solo Review reported at 11:24 AM
category: Sound Cards     website: Hardcoreware
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"In the end, if you are building a gaming PC and are using speakers or headphones that cost more than $50, you need to get yourself a quality gaming soundcard such as this. Whether it’s worth the expense is up to you – there are other Xonar products out there that are much cheaper. But if you do decide to get the Xonar Phoebus Solo, your ears are are in for a treat."
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Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Review reported at 11:20 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: KitGuru
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Even though the Deep Silence 1 is the first product that Nanoxia brought to market, it’s very impressive and is up to the same high standards as much more established manufacturers like Fractal Design and Corsair.
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Phanteks Enthoo Primo Review reported at 11:19 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: HardwareCanucks
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Unlike the competition, which have typically released the lion’s share of their cases in the more affordable mid-range “gaming” segment, Phanteks is shooting straight for the most demanding consumers: people who place water cooling options above all else. With that in mind, the Primo is a full tower enclosure with a ridiculous number of water cooling options and a suitably high price of about $249.
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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer & Extreme Review reported at 11:18 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: PureOverclock.com
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Although it's disappointing that the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer doesn't come with the excellent software found with the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme, both are solid products and should be on your short list when shopping for coolers of this type.
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Lian Li PC-D8000 Review reported at 11:16 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: techPowerUp!
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The Lian Li PC-D8000 is really only for those who desperately want to stuff more than thirteen fully sized hard drives into a single case, and there is no alternative for those projects anyways, which forces one to grab this massive cube case. For everyone else: Take a hard look at all the other excellent HPTX-capable offerings Lian Li has as they tend to offer much better bang for your buck.
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Zalman Reserator 3 Max Review reported at 11:15 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Benchmark Reviews
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"Performance isn’t “top of the chart” – it’s close, but products like this should remind you there are many more aspects to consider when selecting a CPU cooler. If one were to record VRM temperatures and chart them, most coolers would be in about the same place; with respect to VRM temperatures the Reserator 3 MAX would easily be at the top. Performing exceptionally well in more than one area is a neat trick, and this is one of the only CPU coolers right now that will provide those extra cooling benefits."
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Mushkin Blackline 997123R Review reported at 11:07 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Overclockers Club
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"For the most part, they ran right around the mean average during the synthetic tests, yet delivered the highest results in the stock gaming tests. Overclocked we did not see much of a jump in any of the results because I just could not get this set to clock up any higher than a 44MHz gain by using voltage, timings, dividers and different DIMM slots. That really was an eye opener and a first for me on a set of Blackline modules. I figured I was missing something, but nothing worked including the Hynix profiles on the M6E. Some modules just do not like certain boards and I may have found such a combination."
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