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eVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 Review reported at 12:26 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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"To wrap up, the EVGA P2-1000 should be your first choice if you want to buy a high-end PSU at a really good price and cherish ten worry-free years. It packs extreme performance, quiet operation, excellent build quality, and is fully modular. I can't imagine of what else to ask for! It is now time for the competition to follow suit by offering a ten year warranty with their high-end products!"
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Cooler Master Glacer 240L Review reported at 12:07 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: LanOC
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"Still none of the problems lie with actual performance and the 240L accomplishes what it set out to do, proving AIO water coolers can be more than just one off systems needing to be replaced every 2-3 years. With the power to expand with you, the Glacer 240L gets my stamp of approval."
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review reported at 12:03 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Tom's Hardware
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If that sounds like an about-face after my Radeon R9 290X review, well, in some ways it is. There was simply no way to anticipate so much variation from one card to another at launch. AMD insists what we're seeing isn't right, but we can only determine that with greater retail availability. Moreover, AMD came to market with a fantastic price on 290X compared to its competition. That situation has since changed. And now, the decision to let the 290's fan hit 47% duty cycle feels like a knee-jerk reaction, sacrificing experience for higher sustained clock rates. Less consistency, tighter pricing, more noise...let's just say I'm more wary this time around.
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review reported at 11:26 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hexus
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The AMD Radeon R9 290 follows in the footsteps of the range-topping 290X by providing a high-quality gaming experience at a palatable cost. And just as the second-rung performance card has historically offered an even better bang-for-buck, the R9 290, priced at $399, is substantially cheaper and almost as fast as AMD's premier graphics card, thanks mainly to AMD boosting frequencies to maximum peak speeds using the latest Catalyst driver.
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review reported at 11:17 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareHeaven
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A great mix of price and performance the R9 290 offers an ideal set of framerate figures in the latest games, including Battlefield 4 at Ultra Detail.
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review reported at 11:14 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Guru3D
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Overall I am very impressed with the R9-290/290X cards that AMD brought to the table. And hey 6.2 Billion transistors baked at a 28nm fabrication is an accomplishment all by itself. The end-result is a product that can compete with the GeForce GTX 780 and Titan really well, and hey that is what it's all about. Pricing is obviously trivial here and AMD is playing theit best card card with a 399 USD /349 EUR pricetag, this card offers incredible value for money. So thanks to that low price the most interesting product for us guru's will be the R9 290m in fact it is so intersting that you need to wonder why you should buy the X model. The 'regular' 290 is an attractive product with 4GB of graphics memory that will bring a truckload of gaming performance into your PC. Good value for money, and at this price it is the one to get. As such we can and will seriously recommend it and give even this reference product an award for great value!
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Asus P9X79 Deluxe Review reported at 11:06 AM
category: Socket 2011 Motherboards     website: Vortez
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The X79 Deluxe performed well throughout our range of tests, occasionally excelling which made up for some of the not so good results but for the most part it was above mid table. Overclocking the mainboard was very good despite not being touted as an overclocking motherboard; again, there are higher specified motherboards for this purpose costing significantly more. What the ASUS X79 deluxe offers is a very solid, all round motherboard suitable for 99% of PC users and while it may not be the outright master of any particular task, it can do more tasks and has more features than most motherboards available on the market. For this reason we are giving it our Gold award because there are few motherboards which can offer so much, look so good and perform quite as well as the motherboard we have sampled today.
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Gigabyte R9 280X WindForce 3X OC Review reported at 10:49 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Legion Hardware
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Priced at $300 the Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X (GV-R928XOC-3GD) is amongst the cheapest R9 280X graphics cards money can buy and at that price it is without question the best. Therefore we are going to give the GV-R928XOC-3GD our value award
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Kingston SSDNow E50 Review reported at 10:43 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: The SSD Review
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"While the Kingston E50 received good marks for endurance and enterprise features, its shortcomings in consistency, performance, pricing and warranty, especially when compared to its peers, hurt its rating."
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Lian Li PC-10N Review reported at 10:39 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Vortez
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"PC-10N is a contemporary mid-tower that exudes class. Those wishing to indulge in an all-aluminium enclosure that also has support for 240mm radiators for less than £100 should look no further!"
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Corsair Graphite 230T Review reported at 10:37 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: HardOCP
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The Corsair Graphite Series 230T is a great case that features surprisingly good thermal performance for a "compact" mid-tower case. This chassis would be great for anyone looking to build everything from an air cooled gaming system to a bad ass box on a budget. The style and performance is there and, with a wallet friendly price tag, this could just be the case for your next build.
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Asus ROG Matrix R9 280X Platinum Review reported at 10:27 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: ocaholic
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While our sample was behaving quite strangely and showed high power consumption and temperatures which resulted in a low score on our original ASUS Radeon R9 280X Matrix Platinum review, the one that we got from retail/e-tail worked like a charm, so thankfully the problem was only with the sample. Those results also influenced noise levels as well. The new Radeon R9 280X Matrix Platinum definitely offers great performance, has one of the best designs on the market, comes with a decent factory overclock and offers quite good overclocking features. Paired up with one of the top graphics card coolers on the market, it is definitely one of the R9 280X graphics cards that you should keep your eye on. We also have to point out that the Radeon 200 series is currently not a part of the Never Settle Forever program. This may change in the future but at the moment you don't get any free games for buying a Radeon 200 series graphics card unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise. Other than the lack of games, the bundle is good, as you get everything you would expect to get with such a graphics card.
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Sapphire Vapor X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 OC Review reported at 10:18 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Ultimate Hardware
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The Sapphire Radeon R9 280x performed really well against the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x. The Sapphire Radeon R9 280x beat the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x by between 11% to 27% and by 22% on average. The Sapphire Radeon R9 280x costs 40% more than the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x and delivers 22% extra game performance. The Sapphire Radeon R9 280x is TDP 250 which is 28% higher than the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x which has TDP 180. This means the Sapphire Radeon R9 280x has plenty of TDP for some serious overclocking. Both the Sapphire Radeon R9 280x and Sapphire Radeon R9 270x were very quiet in operation but the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x was slightly quieter but not by much. The Sapphire Radeon R9 280x is a great video card which delivers great performance which is why ultimate hardware makes the Sapphire Radeon R9 280x the best buy.
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RHA SA950i Review reported at 10:13 AM
category: headsets     website: ThinkComputers
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Overall I think RHA has a great product in the SA950i’s. They give you great sound quality in a small lightweight form factor. That makes them perfect for travel or a set of mobile headphones.
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Corsair Vengeance K65 Review (French) reported at 10:11 AM
category: Keyboards     website: Cowcotland
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GAMDIAS Zeus eSport Edition Review reported at 10:07 AM
category: Mice     website: Benchmark Reviews
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The GAMDIAS ZEUS is capable of providing the bang, but considering that this is a new company and this is its initial foray into the gaming peripheral industry, I’m not sure that a retail price of $129 is going to result in the ZEUS flying off the shelf. It is at a price point equal to, if not higher than, high-end Razer, Logitech, and Mad Catz mice, but these companies have established reputations; GAMDIAS does not.
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Evercool Aiolus Review reported at 09:58 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Overclockers Club
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"Overall, we have a great concept that actually works and works very well! Even with the two 70mm fans that seem to be installed backwards on the test unit. Unfortunately the Evercool AIOLUS Notebook Cooler is plagued with a severe connectivity limitation. Also, the noise generated by the blower module is a major issue for any user looking for a cooler that is remotely silent. Nonetheless, Evercool is onto something very interesting with this modular concept and I hope that a better thought out product will follow very soon."
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