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MSI R9 270X HAWK Review reported at 11:35 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Ultimate Hardware
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The MSI Radeon R9 270x performed great against the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x thanks to the MSI Radeon R9 270x being 4% higher clock speed compared to the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x. The MSI Radeon R9 270x beat the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x by between 3% to 8% and by 5% on average. The MSI Radeon R9 270x costs only 8% more than the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x and delivers 5% extra game performance. Both the MSI Radeon R9 270x and Sapphire Radeon R9 270x ran at a cool temperature and made hardly any noise although the MSI Radeon R9 270x was slightly quieter than the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x. Both the MSI Radeon R9 270x and Sapphire R9 270x have a more than generous TDP of 280 which will allow for some serious overclocking.
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S2 Innovation Axiom Pro Review reported at 11:33 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Pro-Clockers.com
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With all of this taken into account with the build quality, the Axiom is worth a look for anyone wanting to protect their precious components clean. I've reviewed a lot of cases and this has to be in my top three favorites, if not my favorite.
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S2 Innovation Axiom Pro Review reported at 11:30 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: NikKTech
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"Although i always like receiving innovative products by all the top and well-known companies in the field for testing nothing really beats the how much i'm intrigued whenever i get something innovative designed and manufactured by a brand new company especially if that also happens to be their very first product. Of course i never expect the best possible build quality and the AXIOM Pro is certainly not perfect in that aspect but still unlike 99% of the midi towers out there in the market it has a lot more to offer thanks to its innovative features."
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Zalman MS800 Plus Review reported at 11:17 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: techPowerUp!
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"Honestly, at this price point, the MS800 Plus kicks some serious backside. Odds are you do not have a Zalman MS800 Plus on your radar for your next case, but you would be wrong not to put it on your short list. Now, if Zalman can reduce the price for the Plus variant in the US to just a tad below 100 US dollars, it should also be a no-brainer there. The Zalman MS800 Plus does not only deserve the Editors Choice award, but also gets the Budget award, as it is a great buy."
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MSI R9 270X HAWK Review reported at 11:11 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: ocaholic
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All things considered, we would recommend R9 270X HAWK, or any other R9 270X for that matter, only if you are not interested in the game bundle. If you are interested in the game bundle, you're better off with a custom Radeon HD 7950 that comes with it, offers better or same performance and is cheaper or as expensive.
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Bitmore e-Storm LabyrinthX Review reported at 11:01 AM
category: Digital Speakers     website: Benchmark Reviews
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"As you will know if you read the review, the Bitmore e-Storm LabyrinthX Bluetooth Speaker is let down by it’s performance firstly and secondly by it’s high price. The sound it produces will fill a room but there won’t be a lot of definition. It’s ideal for scenarios where you want sound in the background that won’t overpower conversation, but not much else to be fair."
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Phanteks Enthoo Primo Review (French) reported at 10:49 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Cowcotland
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Patriot Aero Review reported at 10:45 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: eTeknix.com
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"Following the success of Patriot’s 320 Gauntlet wireless hard drive, the Aero 1TB takes portable wireless storage to the max whilst offering all the same features as its smaller sibling for a price that is more than well suited for a device of this type."
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Cooler Master NotePal XL Review reported at 10:38 AM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: MadShrimps
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"We see the NotePal XL as an improvement over the A200 which we have tested previously since it comes with a single, larger fan which moves a lot of air without creating a lot of noise, redesigned ventilation path and also an extra USB port for connecting even more low-power devices to it. The USB hub is still 2.0 which may become a limitation when transferring data from high-speed USB 3.0 flash drives."
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Thermaltake NiC F4 Review reported at 10:32 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Overclockers Club
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Installation of a high-end cooling solution can be simple or infinitely challenging depending on the manufacturer. Thermaltake's earlier mounting solutions were, needless to say, challenging to install for some people requiring patience to get it right. The installation hardware on the NiC-F4 is similar in design to that of other high-end solutions in that it is a captured four-post design with brackets attached to the four corners with a connection point for the heat sink hold down mechanism. I found this design with a new plastic backplate much easier to install and attach the heat sink to. This really is a step up in the configuration and installation of the cooler. The only gripe I have (and this one is covered by the cooling performance) is that the direct-contact heat pipe surface is less than flat, requiring additional thermal compound to fill in the spacing between the 6mm heat pipes and the aluminum base. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with the performance fitment and ease of installation of this new cooler from Thermaltake. At $40 it stands its ground and delivers pretty good cooling peorformance by comparison, providing some real value to the end user looking for a high performance, lower cost cooling solution that will allow some decent overclocking without seriously overheating the CPU. Thermaltake got it right with this one!
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Astro Gaming A40 Review reported at 10:28 AM
category: headsets     website: KitGuru
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"If you want a quality setup and have the cash to spare, these come highly recommended."
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Antec AMP SP1 Review reported at 10:13 AM
category: Digital Speakers     website: techPowerUp!
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Antec's new mobile products division definitely got a whole lot of things right with the SP1. It is down on pretty much all performance aspects if benched against the UE BOOM, but UE's solution is also over twice the price, making SP1's performance completely acceptable, and it can, depending on how you use it, be nearly be as good as the UE BOOM. As a portable device, the SP1 shines with its low weight and compact design; however, its battery life could also be a bit longer. The latter is not a major con, but is something you should think about before making a purchase. Sound quality on the a.m.p SP1 is remarkable for a $89 portable speaker. Its performance at maximum volume leaves something to be desired, but keep it at around 75% volume and the SP1 will be limited in terms of quality because of Bluetooth compression. We do love the rugged and easy-to-clean exterior of the SP1—not only does it look good but it is also functional.
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