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MSI Z87-G43 Review reported at 02:09 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: eTeknix.com
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MSI’s Z87-G43 motherboard may not be the most exciting Z87 motherboard on the market, but it is by far the best value motherboard if you want to get onto the Z87 bandwagon. It brings all the high-end features of the Z87 chipset, good overclocking potential, sensible connectivity options and a good looking design. Of course the best part is that the motherboard is practically a steal at its current MSRP.
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Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit Review reported at 01:12 PM
category: Keyboards     website: Overclockers Club
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Overall the MEKA G-Unit Red Switch Edition Mechanical Keyboard from Thermaltake's branch of ESPORTS gear was not too bad. I won't say it was one of my favorite keyboards that I've used but honestly that goes back to the fact that I hate Reds. This keyboard was designed specifically to cater to those of you who love the Cherry MX Reds – and that's just not me. That doesn't change the fact that this keyboard is built quite well and could kill a zombie in your gaming room without a struggle. It also doesn't change the unique "gaming" lighting patterns available – providing some lighting rather than none at all. The software wonkie-ness wasn't loved, but the fact that it eventually ultimately worked, was definitely in its favor. I did like the media key options in both actual keys (with the same red switches) for volume and lighting control as well as the secondary buttons for forward, play, and back. However, I wasn't as impressed with the gaming profiles and macro button options. This comes back to another personal usage issue as I really find no need for them in my style of play. They take up extra space and mostly go unused. So again – a lot of personal fails here; but I must keep reinforcing that me not liking them does NOT make them a fail. This keyboard has a lot of potential for sure – just not at my desk.
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OCZ Fatal1ty Review reported at 12:03 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: HardwareHeaven
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For performance the new revision 750w Fatal1ty unit gives us decent readings across the board with efficiency exceeding the advertised rating and ripple being well within the required specifications too. The fully modular unit promotes airflow and we would have liked to see a flat 24-pin cable and a slightly lower noise fan but neither are a significant issue.
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Raijintek Aidos Review reported at 11:25 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Frosty Tech
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To sum up, on the whole the Raijintek Aidos heatsink is a good little sub-140mm tall cooler, though it is on the loud side at full fan speed where it offers its best thermal performance.
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Raijintek Aidos Review reported at 11:24 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: techPowerUp!
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Overall, the Raijintek Aidos is fairly impressive for it low price and small size. Granted, it wont win awards for best quality or low noise, but it actually is one of the best-performing coolers at said low price-point. Even its performance speaks for itself when looking at lower-wattage CPUs, as the fan favorite Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO was edged out by Raijintek's Aidos. But its small size does limit its use with enthusiast-level CPUs and larger overclocks.
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Intel Core i7-4770K vs. AMD FX-4170 Gaming Performance reported at 11:13 AM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: ocaholic
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Having a closer look at the results we gathered while testing eight different games and two different benchmarks with two different presets, we see that the Core i7-4770K, with our "low-preset" is on average 45.7 percent faster than the AMD FX-4170. Switching to our "high-preset" makes the AMD FX-4170 become 10.6 percent slower than the Core i7-4770K's. Especially at lower resolutions with low details, when the graphics card isn't the bottleneck in the system, it's clearly visible, that the AMD CPU is quite a bit slower. Overclocking the Core i7-4770K to 4.5 GHz makes the performance with our "low-preset" go up by 11 percent but when it comes to the high-preset the increase in performance is only 1 percent. Regarding the AMD FX-4170 the situation is a bit different: 3.7 percent gain with "low-preset" and 2.0 percent with "high-preset". What's quite interesting to see is how the wattage of our test system increased while maintaining 4.5 GHz stably. The 4770K needed 40 percent more power and in case of the FX-4170 the increase was 25 percent.
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Cooler Master V850 Review reported at 10:56 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: ThinkComputers
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"The V-Series is made up of the 700W, 850W and 1000W units. The 850W unit is currently selling at my favorite online retailer for $169.99. Given the performance that is a good price! Cooler Master is also backing all of the V-Series power supplies with 5 year warranties."
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Corsair Obsidian 750D Review reported at 10:50 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: MadShrimps
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The best is that this complete package will not cost you an arm, nor a leg. In fact the 750D is the not so wealthy man's 900D case. Retailing around 150 Euros is far from cheap, however you get darn good value for your money. Hence why we award the Obsidian 750D with the high end and the value award.
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26 Midrange Desktop Chassis Group Test reported at 10:46 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Hardware.Info
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A number of the newly tested chassis stand out in a positive sense. We're eager to see more chassis from Aerocool, because the XPredator X3 only has positive qualities, and earns the Silver Award. That also goes to the excellent and affordable Enermax Fulmo ST and the Corsair Carbide 330R. They're silent and cool really well, to the point where we were considering a Gold Award even. We are reserving the highest honour for the Air 540, where the unique and compact design and outstanding cooling performance were the deciding factors. The Bronze Award goes to the Zalman MS800 Plus, since you get a lot of value for your money with that chassis.
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VTX3D VChamp HD7790 & HD7850 Review reported at 10:42 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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With AMD’s new video cards just around the corner it seems an unusual time to release a new range based on current generation hardware. That said, both VTX3D VChamp HD7790 and HD7850 perform well, and will be ideally suited for the target audience working to a tighter budget.
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Raijintek Themis Review reported at 10:05 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Frosty Tech
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Bottom line; the Raijintek Themis heatsink offers excellent thermal performance at its full fan speed. Users seeking extremely quiet cooling options may not be satisfied in this respect. Otherwise, the Raijintek Themis is a very competitive tower heatsink well worth considering.
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