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Fractal Design Define XL R2 Review reported at 11:55 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Missing Remote
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For me, the Fractal Design Define XL R2 would serve far greater as my home server chassis than for my HTPC. I could build out a homemade NAS, going nuts populating the drive bays and adding a few extra fans, while keeping everything quiet. It's just a shame that the beauty of this chassis wouldn't be showcased in my home like other Fractal Design offerings.
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Intel Core i7-4770K vs AMD A10-6800K Gaming Performance reported at 11:52 AM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: ocaholic
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By how much is a system, that's been equipped with an Intel Core i7-4770K faster than the same setup with an AMD A10-6800K, when playing demanding, recent games at high resolutions. In short: not even 10 percent. So basically for an additional ten percent you spend quite some additional money on the CPU as well as on the GPU. This once again shows, that if you have a limited budget and you want to assemble a decent gaming rig, then don't waste money on the CPU, put almost everthing you have in the graphics card.
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Asus Z87-Deluxe/Quad Review reported at 11:24 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: Hardware.Info
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"The price of this board will likely be a turn-off for potential buyers. An average of £287 / €311 is fine considering the features and connectors you get, but it's a lot compared to the rest of the market. Since you can find very comprehensive Z87 boards from ASUS for £150-£200, the Z87-Deluxe/Quad is reserved for people who really want to use Thunderbolt in the future. If you belong to that group, there really isn't a reason not to buy this motherboard. Actually, if you're planning on building a new PC with Thunderbolt it wouldn't make sense to choose anything else but Thunderbolt 2.0, and right now this ASUS board is the only option on the market."
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Asus Maximus VI Formula Review reported at 11:15 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: MadShrimps
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The ASUS Maximus VI Formula is a great, feature packed board that will easily satisfy the needs of the most demaning user out there. ASUS didn't take any chances and truly loaded the Formula board with a massive amount of features. Thus leaving close to no option open, this board is 200% ready to fullfill the needs of the most demanding gamers, watercooling purists and die-hard overclockers.
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MadCatz S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 Review reported at 11:06 AM
category: Keyboards     website: MadShrimps
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"The S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 keyboard was thought for more budget-oriented customers who would still like to buy a good quality keyboard without breaking a bank."
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Thermaltake Frio Extreme Review reported at 10:51 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: NikKTech
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However it does offer excellent cooling performance on par with that of the best CPU Coolers currently out in the market and so for people who don't own tall memory modules and care not about noise the Frio Extreme should be amongst their top choices and because of that we give it our Golden Award.
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PowerColor Radeon R9 270X OC Review reported at 10:46 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Ultimate Hardware
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"The Powercolor Radeon R9 270x performed very well against the MSI GeForce GTX 650. The Powercolor Radeon R9 270x beat the MSI GeForce GTX 650 by between 28% to 42% and by 36% on average. The Powercolor Radeon R9 270x costs 36% more than the MSI GeForce GTX 650 but delivers 37% extra game performance. Both the Powercolor Radeon R9 270x and MSI GeForce GTX 650 ran at a cool temperature and made hardly any noise although the MSI GeForce GTX 650 made slightly more noise than the Powercolor Radeon R9 270x. The Powercolor Radeon R9 270x had a than generous TDP of 280 which will allow for some serious overclocking and the MSI GeForce GTX 650 had a TDP of 85 so it was more energy efficent but lacked gaming performance."
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Zowie FK Review (German) reported at 10:41 AM
category: Mice     website: Technic3D
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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H Review reported at 10:39 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: PC Perspective
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Performance-wise, you couldn't ask for more. Its 16-phase digital power delivery system gives the board the punch needed to take it to the next level of overclocking, all without busting the bank.
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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Windforce 3X Review reported at 10:35 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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The GTX 780 proves itself to still be one of the best graphics cards on the market for the enthusiast gamer once again. With the GTX 780 WindForce OC Gigabyte have managed to take Nvidia’s awesome GPU that one step further offering you more performance, more cooling, less noise and an awesome looking card – that’s all for the same price as the reference design. If you’re looking for one of the most affordable custom GTX 780 designs on the market then once again Gigabyte are offering this and the WindForce 3X cooling solution is a real ace card from Gigabyte. Prospective GTX 780 buyers – this is definitely one to strongly consider.
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PowerColor Radeon R9 290X OC Review reported at 10:26 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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"PowerColor's R9 290X OC is basically the AMD R290X reference design, with a BIOS that increases clocks by 30 MHz and a sticker on the fan hub. While these changes are slim, they do not come at any price premium. In terms of performance we see a 1% improvement over the AMD reference design in uber mode. It would have been nice to see an overclock on memory too, to provide some extra performance. Still, the card is faster than NVIDIA's GTX Titan which still costs $1000. If you look at our selection of games, you can see that depending on the game, either NVIDIA or AMD have the upper hand."
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Phanteks Enthoo Primo Review reported at 10:22 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: ThinkComputers
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When it comes to the Enthoo Primo you can immediately tell that Phanteks tried to leave no stone unturned. This especially true when it comes to watercooling. There are few cases on the market that offer this level of detail and support for all the needs of a watercooler. There are also few cases available that offer this type of design innovation, both in an aesthetic and functional sense. The Ethoo Primo is truly a work of art to look at. This is amazingly still true to me, even after a lengthy install which was made all the easier thanks to Phanteks tremendous efforts to make PC building easier. From the multiple native radiator mounting positions, to the vibration dampened pump bracket, to the smaller details like slides for adjusting the position of your components. And not to be easily forgotten, the biggest innovation of all perhaps, is the thermally isolated and elegant mounting system for the PSU. Plus Phanteks has also thrown in a set of 4 of their nearly silent PH-F140SP fans.
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Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 Review reported at 10:20 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Benchmark Reviews
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This is an excellent and innovative case system that will be of value if you can really use its modular nature.
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OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Review reported at 10:08 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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To wrap up, Look at OCZ's new offering though performance isn't cutting edge if you want a small PSU for your secondary system or your primary system doesn't gobble up much energy. You obviously can't ask for miracles at this price point, and the Fatal1ty 550 W does at least come at a good price given its features.
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Roccat Raivo Review reported at 10:06 AM
category: Input device accessories     website: Overclockers Club
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"My final thoughts are that the ROCCAT Raivo is good enough but could use a little TLC. The Raivo priced at $30 is right next to many other mousepads that are just as good, if not better. It's hard to justify that amount of money for a mousepad, especially if it does not offer something truly unique. Adding the fact it hurt my wrist after a session of gaming, I would advise to wait and see if something the same price or cheaper replaces this entirely."
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