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Fractal Design Arc XL Review reported at 05:06 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Overclockers Club
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"In the end though, the Fractal Design ARC XL comes up a little short, but is still very good. Anyone who is not into water cooling will only benefit from the extra fans and wire management. I personally am adding this case to my permanent collection for a future build. If you are finding it hard to spend $130 on a computer case, I do not think you will regret this one. You cannot ask for a better built chassis at this price and even if all the extra features are not used, it's still worth the admission for quality and care alone."
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SilverStone Strider Gold ST65F-G Review reported at 12:40 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: Overclock Intelligence Agency
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The ST65F-G is Haswell ready and SilverStone supports up to dual GTX 770 or HD7970 SLI / Crossfire graphics configurations on the 650, with its single 54A continuous +12V line. It certainly had no problems powering our Haswell system, which registered the lowest power draw at the outlet of any high-end desktop we've ever tested. In fact, for powering a system using on-die graphics of the latest Haswell and Richland processors, the 650 is really overkill. You could easily get away with using its smaller sibling the ST55F-G and still retain that excellent Gold class efficiency.
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Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3H Review reported at 12:39 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: Hardcoreware
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"Overall, the Z87M-D3H gave us a good glimpse of what to expect from Gigabyte’s 8-series lineup of motherboards. I really look forward to seeing how they push the platform with higher end hardware. If you are building an mATX gaming PC and still want to overclock the CPU, the Z87M-D3H is a solid choice."
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AMD Radeon R7 260X / R9 270X / R9 280X Review (German) reported at 12:32 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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AMD R7 260X Review reported at 12:32 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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AMD’s R7 260X was AMD’s attempt at phasing out the HD 7790 and replacing it with something better. AMD have succeeded in creating a marginally better product but the increase in performance just isn’t enough to compete with Nvidia’s GTX 650Ti Boost, neither is it enough to justify an identical price to the product it replaced – the HD 7790. For a “new generation” graphics card this is more like one step forward, two steps back, than it is progression. Only consistently strong overclocking potential and very aggressive pricing can make the R7 260X a good buy.
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AMD R9 270X Review reported at 12:31 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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AMD’s R9 270X is the most feature and performance packed GPU of its price point. No other graphics card on the market can currently challenge it and once AMD partners get there custom versions of the R9 270X to market we could easily see this become the most popular $200/£150 gaming GPU on the market. AMD have always been known for stealing the show with the entry to mid range GPU market and they’ve done it once again with the R9 270X.
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AMD Radeon R7 260X / R9 270X / R9 280X Review reported at 12:25 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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All three of AMD's new cards are currently the fastest at their particular price point. The new Mantle feature can potentially have a lot of added value in the future, but of course that's only speculation for now. In December we'll have a more conclusive answer after the Mantle patch arrives for Battlefield 4. However, even if Mantle doesn't pan out, these three new cards are very good for what you pay.
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Sapphire Vapor X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 OC Review reported at 12:23 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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AMD’s R9 280X delivers exactly what it says on the tin. It is the best graphics card at the $300 price point and it is capable of delivering playable frame rates in all modern games at 2560 x 1440. Mix that with a rich AMD feature set of DX 11.2 compatibility, Mantle compatibility, OpenGL 4.3 compatibility, anticipated eligibility for the latest Never Settle Bundle (when HD 7000 series ends) and improved Eyefinity – there’s no wonder AMD’s GPU look more attractive than ever. Anyone that is looking to get a high performance graphics card but doesn’t want to spend stupid amounts of money will find that the AMD R9 280X suits their needs perfectly. AMD has once again redefined what value for money means in the mid to high end graphics card market. Just watch out for the power consumption and thermals and ensure you buy a good custom cooled solution!
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OCZ Vertex 450 Review reported at 12:22 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: APH Networks
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In the introduction of this review, we have set out to find out "what the fudge is this crap" about the OCZ Vertex 450 256GB. I mean, what is it? It is not the 450th generation of the Vertex line. But if it was, and if Winston Churchill was writing this review today, he would have said, "Let us therefore brace ourselves to our storage drives, and so bear ourselves, that if OCZ and its engineering team last for four hundred and fifty years, men will still say, this was their finest SSD." Okay, where am I going with this, haha. My point is, while the OCZ Vertex 450 256GB is not the fastest single solid state drive the company ever made, this SSD holds merit in a sense it is really a 'Vector Lite' in every way. If you have been following technology news for the last little while, and have read our past review on the OCZ Vector 256GB, you will know OCZ's flagship is one fine drive. Built with almost identical hardware under the hood, and delivering roughly 90% of the benchmarking performance as the OCZ Vector (Which means, you will probably experience negligible difference in real life), the OCZ Vertex 450 256GB is one fine storage device to behold. Commanding a retail price of approximately $230 at press time, this SSD promises a lot -- and delivers a lot -- for the price it commands. If you are looking for cutting edge performance without paying cutting edge price, the OCZ Vertex 450 256GB is the one to buy.
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