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Asus Radeon R9 270 DirectCU II Review reported at 11:30 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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Overall this makes the ASUS R9 270 DC II OC a very cost effective option in the sub-$200 segment. It is faster and cheaper than GTX 660, having about the same price/performance as HD 7870, but it's faster. Previous generation HD 7850 is 20% faster (which is quite a lot), but offers slightly better bang for the buck. Our current performance per Dollar leader, the NVIDIA GTX 650 Ti Boost is clearly a more cost-effective option, but also 15% slower.
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Intel Core i7-4770K vs 3770K vs 2600K Gaming Performance reported at 11:25 AM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: ocaholic
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When it comes to power consumption, we once again see, that the Core i7-3770K is the CPU that convinces the most. Equipped with the CPU our test system needed the least power. Overall we can say, that since Sandy Bridge there have been some improvements, but from Ivy Bridge to Haswell there is nothing more than stagnation. Should you have bought a Core i7-3770K then there is really no need at all to move to a Haswell CPU. Gaming performance between Haswell and Ivy Bridge is almost identical and Ivy Bridge even runs more efficiently. Other than that Ivy Bridge runs cooler, which means it can be overclocked better. Overall we come to the conclusion that if you bought an Ivy Bridge CPU back in the days, that was a really good decision.
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Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Review reported at 11:16 AM
category: Sound Cards     website: MadShrimps
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Creative has recently launched their latest ZxR Sound Blaster flagship which features a more simplified software interface and the hardware is divided in two components, one being the main card and the other DBpro daughter board which is able to offer optical output for outstanding audio playback along with professional-grade ADCs with RCA Aux-in and optical inputs. The solid ACM (Audio Control Module) gives us access to MIC/headphone connectors in both 3.5mm and ¼’’ formats, but also a built-in microphone array along with a large volume control dial.
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2560×1600: GeForce GTX 780 Ti vs Radeon R9 290X reported at 11:04 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Benchmark Reviews
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If you’re a serious gamer who demands high-end graphics quality displayed onto a single 2560×1600 monitor, then GeForce GTX 780 offers ideal value for the money. Radeon R9 290X nearly produces similar frame rate performance to GTX 780, but costs about $80 more on average. Between these two cards GeForce GTX 780 produces much less heat and noise, and includes unique features such as NVIDIA G-SYNC, NVIDIA ShadowPlay, and TXAA post-processing.
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Fractal Design Integra R2 Review reported at 10:57 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: KitGuru
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At £60 it seems unfair to be too critical, but fan noise and sleeving quality is a major turn off for us. For people on a very tight budget however it has many redeeming features.
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Antec Kühler H2O 920 Review reported at 10:51 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: ocaholic
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If you should be thinking about buying an all-in-one watercooler and you have a case that can house a 49 millimeter thick radiator, then the H2O 920 from Antec is a great choice. Last but not least about 80 Euro is an attractive price tag for such a product.
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Asus GeForce GTX 760 MARS Review reported at 10:48 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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The ASUS MARS 760 is a unique, dual-GPU graphics card that delivers the performance you expect. The build quality is very nice, you can overclock the card if you want, but the noise from two GPUs is of course higher than from one. It's clear that the ASUS engineers did their homework, as it's a very solid card overall.
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Asus RT-AC68U & PCE-AC68 Review reported at 10:40 AM
category: Internet Routers     website: HardwareCanucks
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ASUS’ RT-AC68U router represents just about everything we could ask for in a modern consumer-grade router. Much like the RT-AC66U before it, the RT-AC68U not only lives up to expectations but further improves this lineup’s already excellent reputation. Some may roll their eyes at the rather high asking price of $230, but the RT-AC68U easily justified this premium with tantalizing enhancements that are sure to satisfy even the most demanding of consumers. On the surface of things using the exact same antenna configuration, same form factor and same heatsink as the PCE-AC66, make the PCE-AC68 a rather hard sell. Even the software is very similar with only minor differences to distinguish it from its predecessor. However, once you get past all this recycling, a few key areas of improvement do come to the forefront.
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Tranquil PC D33217GKE Review reported at 10:34 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: techPowerUp!
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"Those looking for a NUC case don't have a lot of choices, but if you want excellent quality and performance and are willing to pay the price, the Tranquil NUC chassis is an excellent buy regardless of which board you use."
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MadCatz S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 Review reported at 10:27 AM
category: Keyboards     website: NikKTech
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Now just like with the other two S.T.R.I.K.E models there will be many people who will judge Mad Catz for the price of the S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 but rest assured that it offers plenty of features and can easily go up against other similar offerings in the market. Of course Mad Catz neglected to add extra macro buttons like they did with the two higher end models something that would go a long way with gamers and it would also make the price tag a lot more tempting. That being said Mad Catz has once again introduced a high quality keyboard with a good number of features but the fact is that it could be better and that's why we give it our Golden Award.
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