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HIS Radeon R7 260X iPower IceQ X2 Review reported at 02:59 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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"The Radeon R7 260X is pretty much an overclocked HD 7790. It uses the same GPU with higher clock speeds on memory and GPU. A nice surprise is that the chip supports AMD TrueAudio, a unique feature it shares with R9 290 Series GPUs. HIS did not overclock their card, which is quite unfortunate because it has the card match the performance numbers of the AMD R7 260X reference design to a tee. Gaming performance numbers are around 8% higher than those of the HD 7790, 17% lower than the HD 7850, and 24% behind the GTX 650 Ti Boost. These numbers mean that the R7 260X should only be able to handle full HD 1080p gaming at reasonable detail settings and without anti-aliasing, at least in most cases. Some of the more demanding titles will also require you to run lower details."
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AMD R9 270X Review reported at 02:49 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Tom's Hardware
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Nvidia still does thermals, acoustics, and aesthetics better. But now it’s also charging a hefty premium for those luxuries. AMD’s card is faster, cheaper, and it makes an effort to keep acoustics under control, so long as you stick with its Quiet mode. AMD reworked its approach to CrossFire and now has a more elegant solution that, while not perfect (we still measured dropped and runt frames in Skyrim, along with notable variance in other titles), does facilitate frame pacing right out of the gate at resolutions all the way up to 7680x1440. I’ll get more enthusiastic about the R9 290X if third-party designs start showing up with better cooling. Until then, it’d be downright negligent to not recognize this card’s class-leading performance at a price we paid for Radeon HD 7970 two years ago.
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Sapphire Vapor-X R9 270X Review reported at 02:41 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Techware Labs
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While this card is not the top of the line in the current generation of cards, I will recommend anyone building their own PC’s to look into getting one of the new R9 series cards starting with this beauty and maybe even upgrading to the higher end models. If you are a gamer looking for a cheap but amazing performance card, this one is for you.
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be quiet Pure Power CM L8 Review reported at 02:39 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: ThinkComputers
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Even though this power supply is pretty plain be quiet! still brings the quality that they are known for to the unit. The unit has an 80PLUS Bronze certification which means it will operate at 85% efficient at 50% load and 82% efficient at 100% load. be quiet! has also outfitted this unit with one of their SilentWings cooling fans. Just like the name implies the fan is extremely quiet during operation. Even though this is not a modular unit all of the included cables are sleeved and well protected.
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Antec HCG-750M Review (French) reported at 02:35 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: Cowcotland
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Noctua NH-U14S Review reported at 02:33 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Hardcoreware
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I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect the NH-U14S to perform the way it did. Whatever techniques Noctua have utilized to get this kind of performance out of this single tower cooler were totally worth it, and that is not even considering the extremely high quality features you normally get with their products. The NH-U14S is well suited for silent PC builds as well as high end overclocking on air, depending on configuration. Adding an extra fan improves performance, but at the cost of noise. Depending on your particular setup, you may be able to get away with one fan.
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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force Review reported at 02:30 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: Hardware.Info
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We're not as head-over-heels in love with the Z87X-OC Force as we were with the OC. If have use for the extra feature, it might be worth the extra money. If overclocking is all you want to do, then do yourself a favour and buy the much more affordable Z87X-OC.
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AMD Radeon R9 280X Roundup reported at 02:24 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PC Perspective
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For the overall recommendation though we are stuck between the ASUS DirectCU II and the MSI Twin Frozr Gaming cards. Both offer quality designs, both fit into dual slot configurations without compromise, and both run at a much lower noise level than the Sapphire card. MSI's design has the lowest noise output, only increasing in dbA measurements by about 1 dbA from idle to load. But I do believe that the custom design on the ASUS board and cooler is likely to net an advantage in the long run.
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