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Mionix Avior 8200 Review reported at 05:46 PM
category: Mice     website: MadShrimps
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Mionix have recently introduced their Avior 8200 high-end mouse which sports a fine-tuned Avago 9800 sensor and can jump through DPI values thanks to the three programmable steps. It is ambidextrous and features a soft-touch coating which is comfortable during long gaming sessions.
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ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Professional Review reported at 11:24 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: HardwareCanucks
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The Fatal1ty Professional does many things right; its BIOS is relatively well designed, the layout may not be perfect but it does work, the added Core3D audio helps immensely and the peripheral enhancements built into its software stack are exceedingly well thought out. Those are all hallmarks of a top-tier product and that’s exactly what ASRock would have released if boards like the Maximus VI Hero and their own Extreme6 wouldn’t be breathing down the Fatal1ty’s neck.
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Thermalright SilverArrow SB-E Extreme Review reported at 11:18 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: PC Perspective
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As a long time water cooling enthusiast, I had mixed feelings going into this review with memories of the "hair dryer" coolers of old spinning through my mind. I was pleasantly surprised with this unit. The craftsmanship is first-class with nickel plating covering the copper base plate and heat pipes, giving the entire unit a slick chromed appearance. Nickel plating is a trick that the water cooler manufacturer's use to reduce corrosion while not impacting the heat dissipation of the plated copper underneath, so I was very surprised to see this method so nicely applied to the Silver Arrow cooler. The construction of the cooler is flawless, with no flux, solder or weld marks, nor machining marks present anywhere on the cooler. And performance-wise, this massive hunk of nickel-plated copper outperforms even the higher-tier water cooling systems.
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be quiet Power Zone 1000W Review reported at 11:14 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: PureOverclock.com
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"A solid power supply that doesn't compromise on performance, quality, or features. A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for."
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Cooler Master Cosmos SE Review reported at 11:08 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: eTeknix.com
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If you’re on the market for a premium grade chassis and want a no compromise high performance build, then look no further than the Cosmos SE. While it may not have the “ultra extreme” edge of the Cosmos II, it does provide many of the thrills at a fraction of the price of its bigger brother.
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OCZ Vector Review reported at 10:46 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Computing On Demand
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When compared to the Crucial M4, the OCZ Vector just throws powerful results. If you are looking for a performance SSD or just have some cash to burn, you can’t go wrong here. To wrap things up… OCZ has impressed us with its speed, its looks, and even its name. Bottom line… would I buy one? Oh Yeah!
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Roundup reported at 10:42 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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The Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 780 HerculeZ X3 Ultra is the unrivalled leader in terms of cooling efficiency, factory overclocking and size. Its HerculeZ X3 Ultra cooler should be praised for being head above any other GeForce GTX 780 cooler in performance. We guess that only water cooling solutions may be better, but that's a different story. While the card is quiet in 3D applications, the rattle of its fans can be heard at low speeds in 2D mode. Its triple-slot design may be a problem, too.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Roundup reported at 10:34 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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The EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked ACX features a beautiful cooler, which is efficient and quieter than on the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked ACX. Still, we hope that the developer will work to reduce its noise even more. The Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 770 HerculeZ X3 Ultra features the best cooler. Its cooler is superior to any other in terms of both performance and noisiness. Moreover, this card has the highest default clock rates among all the tested products. However, its cooler has a triple-slot design and its accessories aren’t numerous. The MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning is perfect for any overclocking. It features high-quality components, a GPU Reactor module, dual BIOS, monitoring and volt-modding capabilities. None of the other five GeForce GTX 770s we’ve tested offers such extras.
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Intel Core i5-4670K / i5-4670 / i5-4570 / i5-4430 Review reported at 10:30 AM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: X-bit labs
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We shouldn’t forget that the new microarchitecture features an improved integrated graphics core whose performance has grown much more than the x86 performance. We didn't cover this issue in this review since we had tested the HD Graphics 4600 earlier. But if you need a hybrid processor with a fast x86 part and a functional graphics core, the Haswell is quite a good option.
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SteelSeries Apex Review (German) reported at 10:28 AM
category: Keyboards     website: Technic3D
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Tesoro Kuven Review reported at 10:25 AM
category: headsets     website: eTeknix.com
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Performance, style, build quality and a competitive price makes the Kuven a complete set and you couldn’t ask for much more when looking for a headset. It is versatile overall, but given that gaming is where it shines the most, I feel its more than worthy of our Games Choice Award.
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Patriot Supersonic Magnum Review reported at 10:21 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: NikKTech
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Certainly to people who are not after the best possible read/write transfer speeds such amount may seem a bit high but if you check the prices of similar high-end USB 3.0 Flash Drives by all the other leading manufacturers you will see that it's actually not. So basically with the Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive you are getting superior performance wrapped and plenty of storage space (for a flash drive) inside an shock resistant aluminum housing which is why we are also giving it our Platinum Award.
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NZXT HALE82 V2 700W Review reported at 10:14 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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"To sum up, I expected much from NZXT since they managed to impress me with the NZXT HALE90 V2 1000 W I reviewed some months ago, but the HALE82 V2 didn't live up to those expectations. On the contrary, this Sirtec platform is very mediocre, to say the least. Trying to achieve a good market price along with interesting features is difficult, there is no arguing that, but PSU manufacturers should above all prioritize performance before everything else."
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Antec P280 Review (French) reported at 10:05 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Cowcotland
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Mionix Avior 8200 Review (French) reported at 10:01 AM
category: Mice     website: Cowcotland
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Sapphire Toxic R9 280X OC Review reported at 09:59 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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I have to say that Sapphire has pushed the envelope a little further on this card, driving performance up yet another notch to truly challenge cards that cost quite a bit more in just raw performance metrics. I have seen and used a broad section of Sapphire's Toxic and Atomic Edition cards in the past, and this one keeps that performance legacy alive with a great performing, cool running card that games well above its price point of $349.
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AeroCool Mechatron Review reported at 09:55 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: techPowerUp!
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The Aerocool Mechatron is a cool-looking chassis, with its edgy and elaborate design. It does offer all the basics one would look for in a chassis, with both 2.5" and 3.5" hard-drive trays, the ability to hold long graphics cards without issue, and the fact that installing an older motherboard does not produce any compatibility issues, as the case comes equipped with a USB 2.0 plug on top of the modern USB 3.0 variant. But while its looks set it apart, the Mechatron does not differentiate itself enough from all the other cases in the hard fought over 60-80 euro/dollar segment. The Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 springs to mind—it brings more useful features to the table for the same price, but lacks such elaborate looks. So, while the Aerocool Mechatron is a good chassis, it should cost noticeably less to capture the attention of potential buyers. As it stands right now, many options out there come with better functionality by only making esthetical sacrifices.
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