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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review reported at 05:54 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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Nvidia were knocked off the graphics card “top-spot” just a few weeks ago but now they’ve regrouped and taken first position once again. The GTX 780 Ti unleashes the full power of Kepler’s GK110 die and it does so with the usual finesse we’ve come to expect from Nvidia: a refined aesthetic, power efficiency and a rich array of unique Nvidia features like Nvidia Shadowplay, GeForce Experience and GPU Boost 2.0. What’s even more exciting for consumers is that the GTX 780 Ti comes with three top-tier gaming titles that really add extra value to the product. The Nvidia GTX 780 Ti still costs an arm and a leg, although nowhere near as much as the GTX Titan, but when its the best of the best, it can afford to do that.
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OCZ Vector 150 Review reported at 10:50 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: PureOverclock.com
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A solid performer and alternative to SandForce based SSDs.
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OCZ Vector 150 Review reported at 10:50 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: ocaholic
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Should you be looking for a quick 240 Gigabyte SSD with attractive reliability figures, then you should definitely consider the Vector 150.
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OCZ Vector 150 Review reported at 10:42 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: PC Perspective
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OCZ has kept the Vector line fresh by introducing 19nm Toshiba flash into their top tier consumer product. Performance was not negatively affected by the smaller process, and the 50GB/day throughput rating over a 5-year warranty span shows that both OCZ and Toshiba are highly confident in the 19nm die shrink. I'd say it is a good combination. With most performance figuring leveling out among the SSD competition, what things boil down to more these days is pricing. Intro MSRP looks good, but the viabilitiy of this new Vector 150 will boil down to how low OCZ and retailers can push the cost of this SSD.
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OCZ Vector 150 Review reported at 10:37 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: KitGuru
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OCZ have released another exceptionally high performance drive for the demanding enthusiast user.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review reported at 10:33 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PC Perspective
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It doesn't take the super aggressive stance in performance per dollar that AMD went with on the Hawaii release, but if you have $699 and want the fastest GPU you can buy, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the only option.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review reported at 10:30 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareCanucks
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The GTX 780 Ti is everything we expected and more. It is extremely fast, consumes less power than the R9 290X and remains whisper quiet regardless of how much load you put it under. That’s a noteworthy achievement for NVIDIA in the face of an odd push towards justifying overly loud acoustics in favor of performance. Currently, there isn’t a better card available for gamers who don’t want to buy a water block or custom heatsink to ensure optimal framerates.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review reported at 10:28 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the new graphics card to beat, that's for sure. AMD's Radeon R9 290X is faster in a few benchmarks, but overall the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the fastest graphics card you can currrently buy. The additional shader units and higher clock frequencies have enabled Nvidia to increase the performance of an existing chip used previously in the GTX 780 and Titan. The GTX 780 Ti is also more silent than the R9 290X, and its overclocking potential is impressive. This card will definitely set some new records in the right hands.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review reported at 10:26 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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Runs cool, quiet and has massive overclocking headroom. The fastest single GPU graphics card on the market.
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NVIDIA GTX 580 vs. GTX 780 Upgrade reported at 10:22 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: ocaholic
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While it is still enough for games like the Call of Duty Black Ops 2, but it is definitely not enough when it comes to titles like Crysis 3 where the GTX 580 manages to pull a rather modes 17 FPS at High Preset, 1920x1080, 8xMSAA, Very High settings while the GTX 780 is able to render playable 30.2 FPS. The situation is similar in Far Cry 3 where the GTX 580 manages to get 24.8 FPS while the GTX 780 is over 90 percent faster and pulls off 47.2 FPS. On the other hand, the performance gain translates to higher power consumption as while the GTX 780 is surprisingly efficient in idle at 54 Watts, compared to the GTX 580 at 69W, the load power consumption is on the GTX 580 side as it pulls around 19 percent less. The difference between idle and load is on the GTX 780 side as it is around 34 percent better.
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Logitech G430 Review reported at 10:14 AM
category: headsets     website: NikKTech
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Of course there are quite a few other virtual surround gaming headsets at around the same price range in the market but the Logitech G430 beats most of them not only because of its build quality and design but also because it packs powerful bass levels, has crisp mids/highs and can also be used both with and without the USB soundcard. Sure you can find better headsets out there but simply not at the same price range and because of that the G430 Surround Sound Headset by Logitech walks with our Golden Award.
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GAMDIAS Hermes Review (French) reported at 10:12 AM
category: Keyboards     website: Cowcotland
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review reported at 10:10 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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There's no doubt the GTX 780 Ti is fast and delivers smooth-as-silk gameplay. At $699, it is taking over the price point of the GTX 780 and is still $300 less than the GTX Titan. To make this price point more attractive, NVIDIA is sweetening the pot from October 28 through December 31 if you buy a GTX 780 Ti. A trio of AAA game will be included from e-tailers, including Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist; all topped off with a voucher for $100 off an NVIDIA SHIELD. If you are looking for the next best thing, it's here and it's called the GTX 780 Ti.
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OCZ Vector 150 Review reported at 10:08 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: techPowerUp!
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"OCZ's Vector 150 is a direct replacement for the Vector. It uses OCZ's own Indilinx Barefoot controller, which we first saw on the original OCZ Vector. Unlike the Vector, which used Micron flash, the Vector 150 uses Toshiba flash. This move seems to be related to a recent statement by OCZ, that they are having difficulties acquiring enough flash chips to satisfy demand. The Vector 150 is a little bit (2%) slower than the Vector, a difference that you'll never notice during real-life usage, and also depends on the application used. Performance matches that of typical high-end SandForce drives, but falls a bit short compared to the latest and greatest from Toshiba and Samsung. The Vector 150 improves steady state performance, which results in higher longer-term performance even when the drive is closer to its maximum capacity. This will provide an additional performance boost versus other drives with worse steady state performance."
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review (French) reported at 10:03 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Cowcotland
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review reported at 10:03 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 Ti successfully captures the single GPU performance crown back from AMD. The card delivers impressive performance thanks to the GK110 GPU which has all its 2,880 shaders enabled. Averaged over all our benchmarks, performance is almost 10% higher than GTX Titan, and 8% higher than the R9 290X in its noisy "Uber" mode. Compared to R9 290X in quiet mode, or the R9 290, the performance increase reaches 13%. The card manages these performance levels with minimal throttling, some investigation yielded an average clock rate of 993 MHz, which means that, thanks to NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, the card always stays well above the guaranteed 876 MHz by NVIDIA, that the card will never go below. On AMD's R9 290 Series we've seen major clock drops from time to time, depending on the heat situation, that can leave the card running slower than 700 MHz in some cases, while the card is officially specified as "up to 1000 MHz".
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review reported at 09:59 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Benchmark Reviews
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In conclusion, GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the gamer’s version of GTX TITAN with a powerful lead ahead of Radeon R9 290X. Even if it were possible for the competition to overclock and reach similar frame rate performance, temperatures and noise would still heavily favor the GTX 780 Ti design. I was shocked at how loud AMD’s R9 290X would roar once it began to heat up midway through a benchmark test, creating a bit of sadness for gamers trying to play with open speakers instead of an insulated headset. There is a modest price difference between them, but quite frankly, the competition doesn’t belong in the same class. GeForce GTX 780 Ti delivers performance beyond expectations, offers a myriad of proprietary technologies that enhance the user experience, and challenges game developers to build even more realism into their titles.
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