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MSI R9 280X Gaming Review reported at 09:48 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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"AMD's new Radeon R9 280X Series is based on the AMD HD 7970 GHz design, with just slightly reduced clocks, which are probably to keep power draw at saner levels. So overall there is really nothing new, but due to competitive pricing, the cards will definitely end up being a good choice for gamers. In our testing, we found the MSI R9 280X GAMING, which is overclocked out of the box, edging past the HD 7970 GHz, achieving a slim 3% performance advantage. AMD's latest 13.11 Beta drivers include new performance optimizations for games though, which helps with the results. Given the good memory chips used, it would have been nice to see an overclock on the memory too, our manual overclocking confirms that this would have been easily possible."
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AMD R9 270X Review reported at 09:45 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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Functionally AMD's Radeon R9 270X does not bring anything new to the table. It's basically an overclocked Radeon HD 7870, with a new AMD reference cooler. Nevertheless, the card delivers good performance, which matches that of the HD 7950, which is effectively a one-tier increase over previous generation. Compared to NVIDIA's lineup, we find it performing right between NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 660 Ti, and 12% behind the recently released GTX 760. When choosing between the R9 270X and the HD 7950, which can now be had for as low as $210, consider memory. The HD 7950 with its 3 GB of memory, meets the recommended system requirements of "Battlefield 4," the 2 GB R9 270X doesn't.
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AMD Radeon R9 280X, R9 270X and R7 260X Review reported at 09:42 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PC Perspective
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So while the performance of all three new cards was very predictable, the performance gaps created by the repositioning of the product stack from AMD create some very glaring problems for NVIDIA. At the $299 price level NVIDIA has no direct competitor and instead the R9 280X finds itself sandwiched by the GTX 760 at $249 and the GTX 770 at $399. In many cases, the R9 280X is performing as well as or better than the GTX 770 that also has 50% less memory as well; not a good spot to be in if you're NVIDIA. The R9 270X is in similarly good shape - at $199 the GTX 660 2GB competition (also at $199) falls behind in our game testing consistently and dramatically. The GTX 760 is a strong contender to it but at a price increase of 25%.
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AMD R9 270X & R7 260X Review reported at 09:17 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareCanucks
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While true enthusiasts will roll their eyes at the R9 270X’s performance in comparison to the R9 280X, there’s a whole lot to like here. If you are a budget-minded gamer or simply looking for that perfect HTPC solution, this will likely be the card for you. Its 1080P performance is excellent, it is relatively efficient, HDTV compatibility on Radeon cards has always been stellar and AMD’s pricing has everything else beat clean. Those are all key components which allow the R9 270X to become the current leader in a highly competitive $199 market. The R7 260X isn’t beyond saving. It actually has plenty of redeeming features and provides good performance metrics but competition from NVIDIA and AMD’s own stable drags appeal downwards. While taking an axe to that $139 price may be painful, that’s really the only option right now or AMD will run the very real risk of marginalizing a brand new product.
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AMD R9 280X Review reported at 09:16 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareCanucks
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For the time being, the R9 280X is the most appealing card in AMD’s refreshed lineup. Not only is it affordable but it provides performance metrics that were previously unheard of within the $299 price bracket, adding some much-needed value to a segment that will be in high demand as new games are released over the Christmas season.
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Asus R9 280X DirectCU II TOP Review reported at 09:15 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareHeaven
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"When all is said and done the 280X (and specifically the ASUS model) is a card which offers competitive performance now with the potential for some really interesting enhancements over time."
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AMD R7 260X Review reported at 09:11 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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The AMD R7 260X graphics card has delivered slightly higher performance than an overclocked HD7790 in our review today. In most of the games we tested at 1080p the frame rates were maybe 1-3 better. This isn’t a huge improvement over the last generation part, but noticeable in specific games that fall close to the 25 frame per second cut off point.
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Sapphire Vapor X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 OC Review reported at 09:09 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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"A high performance, supremely cooled custom card from Sapphire, but no matter what way you look at it, AMD releasing a HD7970 GHZ rehash in 2013 is disappointing."
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AMD R9 270X Review reported at 09:04 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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"Excellent performance but the overall package is let down by a weak reference cooling solution."
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Thermaltake Tt eSports Volos Review reported at 11:44 AM
category: Mice     website: ThinkComputers
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You are able to currently pick of the TT eSports VOLOS on many different online retailers for around $65. To me this is a great deal for the features and build of the VOLOS. I have spent more money on a mouse that is no where near a nice of a build quality of this.
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BitFenix Ronin Review (French) reported at 11:42 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Cowcotland
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InWin GT1 Review reported at 11:41 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: eTeknix.com
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In Win have a really hot product here, packed full of features and backed up by a cool exterior design. You’re going to be hard pushed to find something more versatile within this price range and it’s definitely worthy of our Bang for Buck Award.
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Razer Tartarus Membrane Review reported at 11:12 AM
category: GamePads     website: Benchmark Reviews
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"The Razer Tartarus is a useful accessory for any serious gamer. The dedicated keys, and in particular the use of the thumb switches quickly becomes a preferred way for game play."
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Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X Review reported at 11:06 AM
category: AMD Socket FM2+ Motherboards     website: Hardware Asylum
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Despite the obvious lack in power over a 3770K or 4770K the FM2 processor platform is very versatile when used in a budget based gaming rig or media center. The Gigabyte G1 Sniper A88X builds on that by offering a high-end audio solution that is not only tunable on the hardware level but is also electrically separated from the rest of the motherboard. We feel this is a great combination and worth a look the next time you are building a gaming rig.
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11 NVIDIA Cards w/ 331.40 Beta Drivers Test reported at 11:05 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: ocaholic
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Gigabyte G1.Sniper B5 Review reported at 10:59 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: Hardware.Info
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"If you're planning on building a gaming PC with a Core i5 4670K or Core i7 4770K, it's better to get a Z87 board. For the same amount of money you can find entry-level Z87 boards such as the Gigabyte Z87M-D3H, which does lack the pre-amp. If you're going to use a cheaper processors such as an entry-level Core i5 or Core i3, the overclocking issue is a moot point of course. While the Gigabyte G1.Sniper B5 is a little more expensive than the basic B85 boards, it's worth the extra investment."
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Palit GeForce GTX 780 Super Jetstream Review (German) reported at 10:47 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardwareoverclock
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AMD FX-4300 Black Edition Review reported at 10:46 AM
category: Socket AM3+ CPUs     website: Ultimate Hardware
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The AMD FX 4300 is Vishera at 3.8ghz and the AMD FX 4100 is Zambezi at 3.6ghz which means that the AMD FX 4300 is 6% faster at stock speed compared to the AMD FX 4100. Both the AMD FX 4300 and AMD FX 4100 operated at a cool temperature which never rose more than 45c which will give you some headroom if you wish to overclock the AMD FX 4300 or AMD FX 4100 because they are both Black Edition Processors which means they are unlocked. The AMD FX 4100 can be purchased 16% cheaper than the AMD FX 4300 but the AMD FX 4300 will give you an extra 15% performance. The AMD FX 4300 beat the AMD FX 4100 by between 9% to 19% when using cpu software. The AMD FX 4300 beat the AMD FX 4100 by between 11% to 18% when using games software. Both the AMD FX 4300 and AMD FX 4100 gave great game performance however the AMD FX 4300 was much better depending on the game. Ultimate Hardware recommends the AMD FX 4300 and gives the AMD FX 4300 the Ultimate Hardware Best Buy.
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Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X Review reported at 10:27 AM
category: AMD Socket FM2+ Motherboards     website: KitGuru
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"Another impressive motherboard from Gigabyte which offers good value for money."
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