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Zalman CNPS2X Review reported at 02:23 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Frosty Tech
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"Ultimately, the CNPS2X low profile heatsink from Zalman is only suitable for use with sub-95W TDP processors from the AMD and Intel stables. Where heatsinks less than 45mm tall (1.5U) are concerned, it comes in behind the Evercool HPL-815, Scythe Kozuti, Thermolab TLI-U and Silverstone NT07-775 heatsinks. If we reduce the height margin to 36mm, that leaves only the Silverstone NT07-775 heatsink with a 2°C lead."
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Lexar JumpDrive P10 Review reported at 01:51 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: eTeknix.com
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The JumpDrive P10 is a fine example of a USB3.0 flash drive that offers top level performance, looks and capacity for a reasonable price. With the USB flash drive market flooded with drives, paying that little bit more will get you something that is future-proof whilst giving the performance and the capacity that we all long for.
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Synology DiskStation DS214 Review reported at 01:45 PM
category: Storage Accessories     website: KitGuru
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"Another impressive device from Synology, with very positive improvements to the DSM OS."
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Corsair RM650 Review (German) reported at 12:31 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: Technic3D
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MSI R9 270X HAWK Review reported at 12:30 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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For $250, you can get a GTX 760, which is faster, and the HD 7950 with similar performance is currently available for $205. That said, the R9 270X HAWK comes with dual BIOS and voltage measurement points, but both of those are only useful to a smaller group of users. So, personally, I'd say $210-215 is a more realistic price point for this card.
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Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 Review reported at 12:29 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: PureOverclock.com
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Overall, the 935 Stacker is unparalleled in this multi-system role and offers tremendous value.
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Fractal Design Define R4 Review reported at 12:03 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Techware Labs
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The Define R4 is an excellent case for someone looking to build a low noise gaming PC without breaking the bank.
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Antec HCG-750M Review reported at 11:59 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: ThinkComputers
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Talking about performance the HCG-750M did very well in our tests. Voltage regulation on the 3.3V and 5V rails were under 2% and the 12V rail, which is of course the most important rail was 100% solid! That is very impressive, especially for a power supply that is geared towards the mainstream. On top of that the unit is 80PLUS Bronze certified which means the unit is going to be 85% efficient at 50% load and 82% efficient at 100% load.
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Intel Core i3-4330 Review (French) reported at 11:55 AM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: Cowcotland
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G.Skill TridentX F3-1600C7D-16GTX Review reported at 11:51 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Overclockers Club
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"When it comes to overclocking the TridentX F3-1600C7D-16GTX modules, I was able to pull close to 300MHz more out of them by increasing the voltage to 1.65v and the timings to 8-9-9-24 for a final speed of 1895MHz. It is seemingly not a massive speed bump, but on a percentage basis it comes out to over 18% for nothing but time and a little testing patience to ensure that the overclock is stable. That is something many of the high speed modules I have tested have been unable to do when you get down to it. As one of the lower speed bins, this kit uses tighter latencies to deliver performance rather than all out speed. If you want higher speed bins, G.Skill is only happy to oblige, offering TridentX modules with speeds up to 3000MHz and capacities up to 32GB to fulfill your memory needs. Equipped with a lifetime warranty to go with the stunning good looks, the G.Skill TridentX F3-1600C7D-16GTX modules can give you the best of both worlds: performance and looks!"
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SilverStone Tundra TD02 & TD03 Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: HardwareCanucks
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Great looks, a unique design and solid performance make the TD03 an excellent choice for consumers. Even if it is not perfect, we can see the TD03 being used in a lot of custom builds in the near future.
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Corsair Graphite 230T Review (German) reported at 11:34 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Technic3D
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Corsair Graphite 230T Review reported at 11:34 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: techPowerUp!
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The Corsair Graphite 230T ultimately is a really sexy chassis and great choice for those looking into a case for their next mainstream build.
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Sapphire Dual-X R9 270X Review reported at 11:31 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Ultimate Hardware
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"The Sapphire Radeon R9 270X performed great against the MSI Radeon HD 7870. The Sapphire Radeon R9 270X beat the MSI Radeon HD 7870 by between 3% to 17% and by 8% on average. The Sapphire Radeon R9 270X costs only 9% more than the MSI Radeon HD 7870 and delivers 8% extra game performance."
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Sapphire Vapor-X R9 270X Review reported at 11:25 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Benchmark Reviews
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"The Sapphire Radeon R9 270X Vapor-X 2G graphics card runs very cool under full load, and seems ideal for standalone desktop installation for mainstream gaming. Multi-card CrossFire sets are also entirely possible, so long as the enclosure is large enough to fit two dual-slot cards and offers above-average case ventilation. For $219.99 you’re getting plenty of bang for the buck from a video card that competes with much more expensive products, and still has room for additional overclocking performance."
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Cooler Master N600 Review reported at 11:20 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: ocaholic
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The new Cooler Master N600 is quite a good case. Keeping in mind what this case actually costs, it offers quite a lot of different features. We liked for example the flexibility regarding cooling options as well as storage. Additionally you can install watercooling gear at a variety of spots, which is rather unusual for such a low priced case. There is only thing we didn't like and this concerns the pre-installed fans, which all feature 3-pin connectors instead of 4-pin ones. It would have been better to have PWM fans instead of 3-pin fans.
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Cooltek Coolcube Maxi Review (French) reported at 11:17 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Cowcotland
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Corsair Graphite 230T Review (German) reported at 11:15 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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MSI N660 TF 2GD5 Review reported at 11:05 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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The MSI N660 Gaming is the replacement for the N660 TwinFrozr. It performs well and is very quiet, something MSI has been very good at lately. If the street price will indeed be around £119, it's also a very affordable card, giving you a lot of value for your money.
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Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 Review reported at 11:01 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Modders-Inc
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"I can see all sorts of great looking case mods created from this set-up. Even non modders are going to have fun changing things around when they get the urge to have a new case or set up. With this new direction in creating your own custom case and the many different possibilities with the Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 I will have to give it our highest award."
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Cooler Master N200 Review reported at 10:49 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: PureOverclock.com
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With the build quality and abundance of features implemented throughout this case, it is easy to recommend this case as it provides incredible value.
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XSPC RayStorm 750 EX240 Review reported at 10:48 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: PC Perspective
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"The only minor issue I had was with the decision not to include coolant in with the kit. However, this kit is being marketed towards enthusiasts who will probably have their own preferred coolant (or home brew coolant like mine) making this issue even less relevant. While a 3x120 or 2x140 radiator may have provided the kit with a bit more performance, the included EX240 radiator performed admirably and without fault. Note that XSPC does offer variants of this kit as well as standalone radiators in various sizes."
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MSI R7 260X 2GD5 OC Review reported at 10:38 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Ultimate Hardware
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"The MSI Radeon R7 260X performed well against the XFX Radeon HD 7790 at a quiet sound level and power level. The MSI Radeon R7 260X beat the XFX Radeon HD 7790 by between 5% to 15% and by 10% on average. The only problem is the MSI Radeon R7 260X costs 15% more than the XFX Radeon HD 7790 but delivers only an increase in game performance of 10%. I can see the price of the MSI Radeon R7 260X falling because it's not worth that much more than the XFX Radeon HD 7790. You have to consider that the MSI Radeon R7 260X uses 27% more power hungry then the XFX Radeon HD 7790."
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Diamond Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition Review reported at 10:29 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardcoreware
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The Diamond Multimedia Radeon 7870 7870PE52GV is an example of a budget version of a mid-to-high end video card. It doesn’t give you a lot of extras, but the basic framework that it’s based on is solid. You pay for what you get here, and what you get is a Radeon HD 7870 intended to be run at stock speeds. You can overclock it, but probably not very far. I would recommend going with a 1100 MHz core speed – the same as the Gigabyte and many other pre-overclocked cards, and set the memory to 1400 MHz. Since the fan spins at 100% at stock speed, you’re not actually making a huge sacrifice in terms of noise level, and you would have slightly more performance than a stock R9 270X that will replace this model.
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