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Sapphire Toxic R9 280X OC Review reported at 12:12 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Anandtech
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On a final note, since we’re looking at AMD’s second-tier cards – 290X is still due to arrive – given Sapphire’s $349 MSRP any purchasers may want to hold off for a bit until we have pricing and performance information for AMD’s new top-tier lineup. If they were to deliver a strong $400 card then the 280X Toxic likely wouldn’t as much sense. But that’s something we won’t know for sure until the 290X is launched. It is however something to at least consider given the significant mark-up on the 280X Toxic over a standard 280X.
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Asus R9 280X DirectCU II TOP Review reported at 12:10 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Vortez
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The ASUS R9-280X DirectCU II TOP may well hide 'old' tech beneath the imposing aesthetics yet it is still a very high performing product which will serve any demanding enthusiast well at this price point.
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Asus R9 280X DirectCU II TOP Review reported at 11:45 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Guru3D
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We like the ASUS HD R9-280X DirectCU II TOP. All variables are right, the overall looks, the cooling, the noise levels, the factory overclock, yeah it's all good. So aside from cooling added benefits are the factory overclock, the four outputs, a quality slash top notch product.
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Gigabyte R9 270X WindForce 3X OC Review reported at 11:24 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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"If you’re looking for an AMD R9 270X with a solid cooler and a decent overclock, but are still looking to stick to a strict budget, then the Gigabyte R9 270X WindForce OC graphics card is a great option for you to choose from. You’ve got all the benefits of AMD’s R9 270X GPU, overclocked, with a fantastic performing triple fan cooler and a stylish design for barely any additional cost over a reference solution. Gigabyte have produced a real wallet friendly champion with their WindForce OC R9 270X. The only thing to watch out for is the noise at load, but this can be easily tamed with a custom fan profile as the cooling solution has bags of headroom to keep things running cool even at lower fan speeds."
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Asus R9 270X DirectCU II TOP Review reported at 11:18 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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The ASUS R9 270X Direct CU II TOP is a fantastic graphics card for the money and really showcases what AMD’s R9 270X GPU can offer as well as how effective the ASUS Direct CU II cooling solution is. It runs cool & quiet and overclocks like a dream. If the R9 270X is the right GPU for you then the ASUS Direct CU II TOP version is an excellent choice. Of course it is a bit pricier than other solutions so users interested in the cooling and silence on offer but not so much the overclocking can grab the ASUS R9 270X Direct CU II graphics card for a little less.
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Intel Core i7-4960X Review reported at 11:17 AM
category: Socket 2011     website: Phoronix
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Had the Ivy Bridge Extreme processors been introduced prior to June's Haswell launch, the story could have been different but now the Core i7 4960X has to compete against the high-end Haswell CPUs on the newer 8-Series chipsets that cost less than half of the top-end IVB-E. While it's more of a tough sell, the Ivy Bridge Extreme is still certainly worthwhile for multi-threaded workloads that can heavily benefit from more than four cores (or eight threads), systems that require up to 64GB of quad-channel RAM over Haswell's 32GB dual-channel limit, require a greater number of PCI Express lanes, or you already have a LGA-2011 system that's in for the long-haul and are looking to further enhance its performance.
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Zalman LQ320 Review (German) reported at 11:16 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Technic3D
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MSI R9 280X Gaming Review (French) reported at 11:11 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Cowcotland
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Sapphire Toxic R9 280X OC Review reported at 11:10 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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"One of the finest video cards we have ever tested at Kitguru."
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Asus R9 270X DirectCU II TOP Review reported at 11:06 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: ocaholic
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The Radeon R9 270X DirectCU II Top from ASUS is a nice piece of hardware. It features a strong power design and a very good cooling solution. But the card isn't perfect, it comes with a very high price tag, the bundle is poor and ASUS could have easily pushed the factory overclocking further. 70 MHz on the core is cool but equip the card with 1'500 MHz rated memory chips and clock the memory at only 1'400 MHz makes us cry. Also we have to point out that the Radeon 200 series is not currently part of the Never Settle Forever program. This may change in the future but at the moment you don't get any game for free buying a Radeon 200 series card unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise.
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MSI R9 280X Gaming Review reported at 11:03 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Benchmark Reviews
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The MSI Radeon R9 270X GAMING 2GD5 graphics card (model 912-V303-002) runs cool under full load and seems ideal for standalone installation for mainstream gaming, but CrossFire sets are also entirely possible inside larger enclosures with above-average ventilation and cooling. For under $200, you’re getting plenty of bang for the buck.
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Asus R9 280X DirectCU II TOP Review reported at 10:59 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: ocaholic
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The Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II Top from ASUS is a really nice piece of hardware. It features a nice factory overclocking paired with a strong power design and a very good cooling solution. But the card isn't perfect, it comes with a very high price tag, the bundle is poor and it could be quieter especially in idle. Also we have to point out that the Radeon 200 series is not currently part of the Never Settle Forever program. This may change in the future but at the moment you don't get any game for free buying a Radeon 200 series card unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise.
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Asus & MSI R9 280X / R9 270X Review reported at 10:56 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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It's too early for a conclusion, we first need to know the official price point of these cards, and it would be preferable to have some more cards to compare to. However, if you like having the newest card out there, any of the cards we tested is a good purchase. However, buying a Hawk card without being able to increase the voltage of course doesn't make much sense at this point. Once the new version of MSI Afterburner is available, that should change.
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Asus R9 270X DirectCU II TOP Review reported at 10:55 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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The Asus R9 270X Direct CU II TOP is much improved on the reference card.
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Asus ROG Matrix R9 280X Platinum Review reported at 10:50 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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A beast of a card with no expense spared by ASUS. The cooler is ultra quiet however the fan profile could be set up with a slightly more aggressive profile to drop temperatures further. Is a triple slot cooler really necessary on a R9 280x?
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SteelSeries Apex [RAW] Review reported at 10:41 AM
category: Keyboards     website: NikKTech
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Besides SteelSeries gives their rubber dome key technology a lifespan of no less than 5 million keystrokes so just like with the APEX i really don't see a problem with the APEX [RAW] durability-wise. Bottom line although not as impressive as the APEX the APEX [RAW] is a very good alternative for people on a tight budget who have use for the number features offered by it which is why it gets our Golden Award.
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Gigabyte R9 280X WindForce 3X OC Review reported at 10:38 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareHeaven
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"The R9 280X is priced very attractively and Gigabyte have build a good card around it. A decent factory overclock allows us to game at the GTX 770 level for a chunk less money while Gigabyte have managed to balance size and noise/thermals and power well."
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Asus R9 270X DirectCU II TOP Review reported at 10:31 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareHeaven
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"An impressive version of the R9 270X the ASUS DirectCU II TOP would benefit from a game bundle to add some value. That said it does offer playable framerates in the latest games at 1920x1080 with maximum detail and that may be all that matters."
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Hitachi Travelstar 5K1500 Review reported at 10:16 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: NikKTech
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Long story short if you are after speed the 7K1000 still holds the crown but if you are after storage capacity the 5K1500 offers 50% more for just 15-20% less performance and since that's a ratio that really can't be ignored the Travelstar 5K1500 1.5TB SATA III HDD grabs our Golden Award.
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