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Fractal Design Define XL R2 Review reported at 12:01 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: LanOC
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Fractal has done a great job building a chassis that looks great and support a range of components. It is definitely heavy, but you may find it worth the effort to bring to a LAN party to show off.
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Cooler Master CM 690 III Review reported at 11:58 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Guru3D
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The CM 690 III is showing a very familiar outside, but the inside has certainly been overhauled with some upgrades to improve the product and make it a little more suited for the demands of 2013, the USB 3.0 ports are especially appreciated of course. The CM 690 III series remains a classic and even after all these years we still love that original concept. The new upgrades make it a very interesting purchase in the 80 to 90 EUR range. We can most certainly recommend it.
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be quiet Power Zone 650W Review reported at 11:57 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: Hexus
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We come away with the feeling that the Power Zone 650W is yet another good inclusion into the ever-burgeoning be quiet! catalogue, and it deserves to be put on a prospective shortlist at the very least.
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Corsair Force LS 240GB Review reported at 11:55 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: The SSD Review
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Depending on how the Phison controller holds up, Corsair seems to have another solid performing SSD on their hands. The increased write performance is nice to see, especially since it seems for the most part not to be at the expense of read speeds. Corsair’s ongoing efforts to make the SSD market more competitive by continuing to develop new controllers into new product lines makes them deserving of a tip of The SSD Review’s cap to their ongoing innovation. We vote the Force Series LS 240GB SSD our silver-level award.
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Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD Review reported at 11:50 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Tech Report
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Even when the cache kicked into gear, the Desktop SSHD was a step behind the SSDs. Blame the itsy bitsy flash payload, which has less storage than your smartphone and much less internal parallelism than modern SSDs. Seagate has managed to improve a few key performance metrics by marrying a tiny solid-state sidekick to its standard desktop drive, though. That's an impressive accomplishment despite the compromise involved.
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Fractal Design Node 304 Review reported at 11:48 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: LanOC
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My only complaint is the limited power supply size that caused us to have issues with our 160mm modular power supply in combination with the length of the GTX 780. As long as you keep that limitation in mind when buying your power supply, you can fit a monster rig inside of this small case. My biggest problem is I’m torn on if I would prefer to use the Node 304 White for a NAS or for a LAN rig, it fits both perfectly. If you are on the market for a small form factor case for a new home server, HTPC, or even a LAN rig you should keep the Fractal Node 304 White in mind.
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Corsair RM750 Review reported at 11:09 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: HardwareHeaven
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"In terms of performance the RM750 does well. The voltages are stable, ripple well within spec and thermal readings fine. The stand out aspect of the unit has to be the acoustic performance though. At moderate loads the RM750 is a silent unit which is great but even as load grows this PSU remains one of the quietest we have tested."
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Corsair Carbide 330R Review (German) reported at 10:45 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Technic3D
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Corsair Vengeance K65 Review (German) reported at 10:42 AM
category: Keyboards     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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Corsair Force LS 240GB Review reported at 10:39 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Hardware.Info
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When you compare the Corsair Force LS to the Samsung 840 Evo 250GB and Plextor M5S 256GB (click here to see them side by side), those two offer better performance for less money. Let's hope future versions of the Force LS do better, because this one we can't recommend.
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Asus GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II Review reported at 10:35 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareCanucks
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With the GTX 770 DirectCU II OC, NVIDIA is once again offering gamers everything they could possibly want from a graphics card. It perfectly combines silence, overclocking headroom and affordability into a single well-rounded solution. There really isn’t more to ask for.
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Crucial Ballistix Sport XT DDR3-1866 2x8GB Kit Review reported at 10:24 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: eTeknix.com
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If you’re a gamer on a tight budget but want a high capacity memory kit operating at a high frequency then the new Crucial Ballistix Sport XT kits are ideal. Backed by Crucial’s high quality Micron components and a limited lifetime warranty these kits are excellent value for money. Of course if you are picky about aesthetics or need higher frequencies then Crucial’s Tactical, Tactical Tracer or Elite DDR3 kits may appeal to you more.
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Thecus N2520 Review (French) reported at 10:22 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: Cowcotland
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Cooler Master CM Storm Pulse-R Review reported at 10:22 AM
category: headsets     website: Benchmark Reviews
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In the end, if you have the money to spend, there are better headsets, but if you are on a budget, you won’t go wrong with the CM Storm Pulse-R Aluminum Gaming Headset.
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Logitech G602 Review reported at 10:20 AM
category: Mice     website: techPowerUp!
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Logitech has definitely taken a big step forward with their wireless gaming mice. The G602 not only features a brilliant ergonomic design, but the performance of its sensor is also topnotch. Battery life of the mouse is better than that of the last generation of wireless gaming mice, but comes at a weight penalty, since Logitech decided to go for standard AA batteries. Their weight is one of the bigger issues with the mouse, and we are left to wonder how well the mouse could perform if it had been fitted with a more exotic Li-Po solution. That said, this mouse performs well, even in FPS games where accuracy and low latency are huge priorities. It is not the best FPS gaming mouse out there, but it is more than good enough for casual gaming. RTS and RPG gamers will love the button solution and layout on the G602. All buttons can easily be reached, and every mechanism performs really well. That, combined with one of the most comfortable shells out there, makes the G602 a perfect mouse for prolonged RTS- and RPG-gaming sessions.
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