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Cooler Master Cosmos SE Review reported at 12:18 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: techPowerUp!
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One of the issues with the Cosmos SE is the space, or lack thereof. It will fit high-end components, but you have to watch what CPU cooler you install, and a wide motherboard (as wide as the one we used in our review) will partially block the grommet-covered cable-routing holes, making it a tight fit if you fill the chassis to the rim. All of that may ad a bit of complexity and time to the build, but the chassis is what one would expect: a smaller Cosmos at a smaller price for a larger target audience.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 SLI vs GTX Titan Performance reported at 11:32 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: ocaholic
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To tell you the entire story, deciding between a GTX Titan and an SLI of GTX 760's is bit a double edged blade. The bad thing about the Titan is, that it's ridiculously expensive but on the other hand there are also bad things about the two 760's. In case of the particular models we tested, the graphics memory is too small for the performance delivered, there will be the usual SLI issues, although NVIDIA is taking quite good care of that and last but no least there is the power consumption which is 56 percent higher than with one single Titan. Other than that there is the GTX 780 Ti - to which we will compare the two 760's soon - that features a more "moderate" price tag. If you're actually thinking about buying two GTX 760's make sure you go for models with 4 Gigabyte VRAM otherwise the performance advantage compared to the mighty Titan as well as 780 Ti will shrink drastically when playing games at ultra high resolutions.
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Lian Li PC-Q30 Review reported at 11:28 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Tom's Hardware
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If you legitimately enjoy the PC-Q30's aesthetic angle, then you really can't go wrong with it. Go the AMD route and drop in an APU, or take an Intel CPU for a spin (with discrete graphics, we'd recommend). The chassis performs equally well in both applications. Whatever you put in it, the case shows that equipment off, which is going to be worth the price of admission for many hardware enthusiasts. And if you're like me, you'll even add some lighting to make the effect even more eye-catching.
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Corsair CS650M Review reported at 11:27 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: KitGuru
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"Another good power supply from Corsair, targeting an enthusiast user on a fairly tight budget."
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Phanteks Enthoo Primo Review reported at 11:18 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Benchmark Reviews
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Phanteks’ first attempt at a PC enclosure was thoroughly impressive. The Enthoo Primo case is definitely worth a look if you’re in the market for a full tower case, more so if you are building a water-cooled system.
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Intel Core i3 4330 / i5 4440 Review reported at 11:16 AM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: Hardware.Info
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The Core i5 4440S we tested is faster and more expensive than AMD's fastest APU. The similarly priced 8-core AMD FX-8350 offers similar performance, but doesn't contain an integrated GPU. And that AMD chip is considerable faster in many of the benchmarks, but also uses a lot more power. For an affordable desktop PC that FX processor is a good choice if you don't mind the high energy usage, plus it's unlocked which is interesting for overclockers. Intel's new Core i5 4440 is more balanced, however. Putting the Intel Core i3 4330 next to the AMD A10-6800K makes for an interesting comparison. Both have an integrated GPU and they cost about the same. They're about equally fast, never apart more than 15 percent in terms of performance except for the Intel-optimised benchmarks. The graphical performance of the AMD A10-6800K is better than the Intel chip, more than twice as fast in some benchmarks. AMD's chip is also unlocked, but it uses a lot more power under load than Intel's chip. For an affordable desktop PC without dedicated graphics card the AMD A10-6800K would be our first choice. If you plan on using a separate graphics card, you will have to decide between overclockability (AMD) or energy-efficiency (Intel).
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PowerColor DEVIL R9 270X Review reported at 11:11 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Bjorn3D
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The Powercolor R9-270X Devil is an amazing looking card that performs just as amazing. The value from this cards performance far overshadows any limitation.
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ViewSonic VX2252mh Review reported at 11:01 AM
category: 20/22/24 INCH     website: HardwareCanucks
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"Budget multimedia monitors are a dime a dozen these days but ViewSonic is one of the first companies to get the recipe right. With the VX2252, they have display which caters to price-conscious buyers but sacrifices very little performance and image quality to achieve its goals. If you want more connection options, pointless features or a pretty façade, look elsewhere or be prepared to spend significantly more money. For those looking for a no-frills gaming or general multimedia monitor that fits the bill and comes in under-budget, this is currently one of the best choices."
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LSI Logic MegaRAID SAS 9271-8i Review reported at 10:47 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: NikKTech
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"However for professionals who are not yet willing to take the large step towards 12Gb/s solutions either because the standard is still fresh and expensive or because they already happen to have 6Gb/s drives the 9271-8i is a very powerful option with many features and the level of quality and support only LSI can offer. Because of all of the above we think it's only natural for the LSI MegaRAID 9271-8i 6Gb/s 8 port SATA+SAS RAID Controller to walk away with our Platinum Award."
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