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Asus Gryphon Z87 Review reported at 11:40 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: ocaholic
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At a first glance the Gryphon Z87 definitely leaves a very good impression. For an attractive price of a little bit more than 100 Euro you get a convincing feature mix as well as decent components. Additionally this board turned out to be surprisingly efficient regarding power consumption. In this case one could even build efficient office PC's based on the Gryphon.
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ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+ Review reported at 11:38 AM
category: AMD Socket FM2+ Motherboards     website: KitGuru
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"A great alternative to the Gigabyte G1 Sniper A88X that delivers on every level."
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Gigabyte R9 280X WindForce 3X OC Review reported at 11:34 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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This makes the card an excellent choice for users who want to the best bang for their buck. This card has the potential to be a better buy than GeForce GTX 770 if you can live with the fan noise since it is a bit faster and significantly cheaper. If you have $300 and want better power/heat/noise, NVIDIA's GTX 670 is a good alternative, but it is 12% slower.
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Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP Review reported at 11:29 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: eTeknix.com
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Gigabyte’s Z87-D3HP is an impressive motherboard for its price point. Generally everything we’ve seen from Gigabyte in this Z87 generation has been very good and the Z87-D3HP is certainly no exception. The motherboard is probably one of my new favourite entry level Z87 motherboards because it really does have everything. Gigabyte offer you all the Z87 chipset connectivity plus some extra USB 3.0 and PCI connections to ensure you have enough connectivity. Gigabyte use high quality components across the entire motherboard which is indicated at by the sturdy build quality and solid overclocking performance. The motherboard itself is one of the best looking motherboards at its price point and has a very clean looking layout. The UEFI BIOS implementation is also one of the best, alongside the ASUS one. I was also impressed by how much audio performance Gigabyte were able to extract from the ageing ALC 892 Realtek codec – having reviewed another ALC 892 based board recently this one performed noticeably better.
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VTX3D VCHAMP HD 7850 Review (French) reported at 11:25 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Cowcotland
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XFX Pro Review reported at 11:22 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: eTeknix.com
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The XFX Pro 750W XXX Edition power supply is a nice unit. Competitive pricing aside we can see the unit is rock solid in terms of power delivery and delivers the efficiency it promises with strong PFC and super tight noise/ripple suppression. Realistically if you compare its voltage regulation and noise/ripple suppression to a much more expensive unit that costs nearly three times as much you’d see very little difference between them. So if you’re looking for super clean and super stable power then this unit offers exactly that in abundance, the 80 Plus Bronze rating is more than enough for most users needs too so I think XFX have done well to balance performance and efficiency. The selection of modular cables are also very nice and overall the design looks pretty sweet in terms of aesthetics thanks to the black modular cables. The 5 year warranty is also a bit of a deal sweetener too because you know this PSU is going to last you a long time.
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Asus GeForce GTX 760 DC Mini Review reported at 11:19 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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The ASUS GTX760 DirectCU Mini OC is without a doubt the fastest graphics card in the world that's shorter than 18 cm. So if you're looking for a powerful graphics card for your compact Mini-ITX PC, this ASUS card is a good option. It's just as fast as the full-size GTX 760s, and only slightly more expensive. The only trade-off is with the noise levels, the compact cooler has to work harder and therefore creates more noise than the standard GTX 760s.
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HIS R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Review reported at 11:18 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: MadShrimps
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HIS has made a good decision to include their winning design IceQ X2 cooling system which is efficient while keeping the noise at very acceptable levels. While the top heatsink is massive, the PCB does not bend thanks to the included metallic plate, which also helps cooling the rest of the components. This is not all: the VRM area has been enhanced in order to provide more overclocking potential. While the GPU frequency is 50MHz over the stock version, we could raise it even further to 1205MHz and the memory from 1500Mhz to 1590MHz, and this WITHOUT modifying the operating voltages.
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Rosewill Armor Evo Review reported at 11:15 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: HardwareCanucks
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Rosewill’s Armor EVO is a rare case; while it utilizes the massive E-ATX form factor and incorporates a ton of interior space, the EVO actually costs less than most budget-conscious mid towers. Like many of their other enclosures, Rosewill is aiming to incorporate their usual blend of value and features while making large form factor cases accessible to a wider customer base. Will it work? That remains to be seen since we’ve seen both success and failure from this approach. Nonetheless, the EVO should appeal to gamers who don’t want to spend over $150 for an E-ATX enclosure.
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Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-2133 2x8GB Kit Review reported at 11:09 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: APH Networks
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The Kingston HyperX Beast KHX21C11T3K2/16X 2x8GB is a beastly set of RAM. Ingredients include a beastly name, beastly look, and beastly performance; made for people with a beastly wallet and a beastly computer.
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SilverStone Tundra TD02 Review reported at 11:02 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Overclock Intelligence Agency
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Performance seems to be in line with expected temperatures for a dual-120mm unit judging by our overclocked voltage comparisons and certainly better than most air-cooled solutions. Potential buyers are cautioned to be cognizant of dimensions when planning your install around other components.
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