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XFX Type 1 Bravo Review reported at 12:25 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: HardwareHeaven
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In summary, the Type01 is a reasonable attempt at a first case by XFX and it does offer a unique look which will appeal to some.
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ThermoLab LP53 Review reported at 12:21 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: ocaholic
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"Overall, the Thermolab LP53 is a very pleasant surprise. It is an affordable cooler aimed at mid-range market and comes with an impressive level of manufacturing quality and performance. "
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SilverStone Strider ST60F Review reported at 12:04 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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To sum up, this is another budget unit by a company that has managed to establish itself in both the high- and mainstream segment. If Silverstone were to ask me to aid them in improving this product, I would advise them to fix this unit's low hold-up time while also looking into the increased ripple on the 3.3V and 5VSB rails. As for the poor performance with unbalanced loads: I know that nothing can be done with such an outdated platform there as the only option would be to lower the unit's already high maximum combined power output for the minor rails. With everything said and done, I won't give Silverstone's ST60F-ESB our budget award even though it managed to score a top spot in the performance-per-dollar chart since I spotted many downsides with the most significant being the, in my opinion, very short warranty period in the North American region, which, along with the low quality caps in the secondary side, could spell trouble to future owners. I do wonder why Silverstone won't extend the warranty period in the States since they cover this product with a three year warranty in the EU. Silverstone will hopefully look into this matter in the near future.
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Intel Core i7-4930K Review reported at 11:37 AM
category: Socket 2011     website: ocaholic
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To close this conclusion we try to leave you guys with at least some sort of buying advice. Basically if you do have the funds to buy two high-end graphics cards and then use them in SLI (apparently) it makes sense to combine these two cards with a powerful CPU, since you're quite likely to run into CPU limitation on certain games. On the other hand the question remains how much sense it makes to buy two high-end cards in the first place, since not too many games are actually well optimized for multi-card setups. Overall you'll definitely end up with a highly futureproof setup but the benefit comes at quite a cost.
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AeroCool Dead Silence Review reported at 11:35 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: MadShrimps
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To sum it up: the Aerocool DS is an interesting design to say the least, sporting great hardware compatibility, of course aided by its oversized dimensions. The multi-colored line up and sleek design will definitely attract a big audience. Overall build quality is okay, though the front fan leaves some room for improvement. Slightly more powerful fans could have topped it off, alike the inclusion of a front dust filter. Retailing around 65 euros the Aerocool DS is not a bad bargain at all and enables Aerocool to position itself in the cube market!
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Sapphire Vapor X R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 OC Review reported at 11:06 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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Overall this Vapor-X version of the R9 280X is the best cooling high end card I have tested that comes with excellent looks and low noise characteristics that make it well worth the $379 price point.
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Kingston HyperX Predator DDR3-2400 2x4GB Kit Review reported at 10:51 AM
category: DDR3 Memory     website: Overclock Intelligence Agency
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If you're looking to upgrade from something like a DDR3-1600 kit, the difference in performance is pretty significant. If you've already got some DDR3-2133, well then it might not be worth it to upgrade a single step.
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Samsung 840 EVO Review reported at 10:50 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: X-bit labs
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The resulting product is quite outstanding. A revised controller with increased clock rate, 19nm flash memory with 128-gigabit cores and TurboWrite technology make the Samsung 840 EVO a high-performance solution which is also available in different capacities, up to 1 terabyte. Even though we tested a 250GB version of the drive, which is not the fastest version available, it outperformed most of the flagship SSDs from other brands. So, rather surprisingly, the Samsung 840 EVO turns out to be second only to the Samsung 840 Pro in terms of speed.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 2-way SLI Performance reported at 10:44 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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A SLI tandem built out of two GeForce GTX 780 Ti cards is one of the fastest graphics subsystems available today and is perfect for the most resource-consuming games and benchmarks. It will cost you about as much money as a whole midrange PC but its graphics performance is going to be unprecedented. It is only necessary for the game to support SLI technology and for the Nvidia GeForce driver to have appropriate optimizations. Of course, as is always the case with products of such a high class, you need a high-performance platform, a high-wattage PSU and a roomy computer case. In the best scenario, the two GeForce GTX 780 Ti will almost double the frame rate of a single such card. Crysis 3, Metro: Last Light and Tomb Raider indicate that such an advanced graphics subsystem won’t be overkill. So if you can afford a couple of GTX 780 Ti cards and prefer premium-quality graphics, you should certainly try combining them into a 2-way SLI tandem.
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Asus Gryphon Z87 Review reported at 10:42 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: X-bit labs
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The Gryphon Z87 is actually very much alike to ASUS’s ordinary products. It is quite a typical LGA1150 mainboard from that brand with all the typical highs and lows, from minor flaws during the startup procedure to the reduced performance at high loads. We haven’t yet seen a Z87-based mainboard from ASUS that would ensure standard system settings by default. The ROG series models increase their CPU clock rate while other ASUS mainboards lower it at high loads. That’s quite unacceptable from such a respectable manufacturer.
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