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Cooler Master Silencio 652S Review (German) reported at 09:15 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Technic3D
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GIGABYTE R9 290X OC & ASUS GTX 780 Ti DCUII Review reported at 09:12 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardOCP
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Through this entire evaluation we saw that the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DC II OC performs faster, quieter, and all around more efficient when it comes to gaming. To go along with this faster performance is the heftier price-tag of $710. You know you are getting the whole package with the DirectCU II cooling system and DIGI+VRM. ASUS is also extremely good about keeping GPU Tweak up to date and fully compatible. This is where the GIGABYTE R9 290X 4GB OC starts looking a little more appealing. After all, it wasn't getting destroyed in every game in performance, though it was a ways behind. The high-end craftsmanship, quality components, and exquisite cooling system can be yours for $579. That's $130 cheaper than the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DC II OC without being $130 dollars behind in performance.
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be quiet Dark Rock 3 Review reported at 09:10 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: ThinkComputers
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If the price was a little lower I could totally recommend this cooler since it is extremely quiet and well built.
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Synology DS414 Review reported at 09:09 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: MadShrimps
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"The DS414 is one of the latest 4-bay NASes from Synology which is equipped with a dual-core Marvell Armada XP Dual-Core processor running at 1.33GHz and is paired with a total of 1GB DDR3. It comes with support for the latest Seagate 5TB drives, for a total storage space of 20TB when all bays are populated."
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Cooler Master Elite 110 Review reported at 09:04 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Benchmark Reviews
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The Cooler Master Elite 110 is very nice case with a very small footprint, giving you the best of both worlds without the need for unnecessary options, such as a 5.25″ bay, allowing you to save space while still being able to have full sized performance. I really enjoyed this case, with the exception of graphics card limitations, it’s a very gaming capable case. I don’t know that I would recommend it as a lan box, which seems to be the where the Mini-ITX platform can really shine, but for anything other than lan gaming, it’s a very attractive option.
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eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 Review reported at 09:03 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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"It is incredibly affordable for its class, features top performance, a semi-passive operation for all of you with sensitive hearing, and is covered by a hefty warranty. What else could you possible ask for?"
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InWin 901 Review reported at 08:59 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Hardware Asylum
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"All this comes at a higher cost however, that cost gets you a case built from premium materials with a new, clean and elegant design that will easily set your pulse racing and force you to wipe that drool right from your smiling face!"
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AMD Athlon 5350 Review reported at 08:56 AM
category: AMD Socket AM1 CPUs     website: KitGuru
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AMD’s Athlon 5350 and other Kabini APUs offer an appealing foundation to the low-cost, upgradeable AM1 platform.
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NVIDIA 337.50 Driver Comparison reported at 08:53 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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From looking at the results, as long as you are not GPU bound, it seems as though the 337.50 drivers do offer some upside in most of the games tested. Star Swarm sees a 25% boost on the GTX 770 and the GTX 780 Ti is closer to 30%, exceeding the "up to" 21% stated on the release notes. In BF4 the single card gains were minimal, as were the gains at 5760x1080. However when you run the SLI numbers at 1920x1080 you get an easy 5% to 6% boost. Metro: Last Light, much like BF4, shows minimal gains at 5760x1080, but shows promise in both the single and SLI testing at 1920x1080, with gains as high as 8%. The greatest performance boost in Batman: Arkham Origins bucked the trend of being GPU bound with a pair of GTX 780 Ti in SLI by bringing home a 10% boost in performance. Far Cry 3 shows gains in almost every test; the largest gains coming from the SLI configurations at 1920x1080 with the GTX 770s delivering a 7% boost and the GTX 780 Tis delivering a 4% boost using the new driver.
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Crucial M550 Review reported at 08:51 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: HardwareCanucks
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Taken as a whole the M550 may not be a revolutionary advancement over what the M500 had to offer, but it is an extraordinary evolutionary improvement. It shows that manufacturers don’t have to go the ultra expensive Tri-Level Cell NAND route to get a great combination of price, performance and capacity in an SSD.
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OCZ Vertex 460 Review reported at 08:48 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Overclock Intelligence Agency
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The result is a great performing solid state drive, comparable to Sandforce/IMFT flash drives in sequential read/writes, with IOPS coming in a close second to OCZ's own Vector drives. The Vertex 460 is rated for upwards of 21TB of writes, or roughly 20GB per day throughout its three year warranty. Most consumers won't come close to that figure under normal workloads. This falls a bit short of the Vector's impressive five year warranty but that's also reflected in the price.
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SteelSeries Rival Review reported at 08:47 AM
category: Mice     website: APH Networks
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At the end of the day, the SteelSeries Rival is, as its slogan suggests, deadly precision, But if you happen to own a mousepad that it does not like, there is precision, and then there is deadly.
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Thermaltake Urban T81 Review reported at 08:34 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: NikKTech
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AMD Athlon 5350 / 5150 & Sempron 3850 / 2650 Comparison reported at 08:33 AM
category: AMD Socket AM1 CPUs     website: Phoronix
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Overall, the AM1 APU results were quite interesting but given the differences between the four APUs were in line with expectations. For anyone caring at all about the Radeon R3 Graphics performance, the Sempron APUs really aren't worthwhile for tasks outside of basic web/desktop work. The Athlon APUs with their 600MHz Radeon R3 Graphics (also advertised as Radeon HD 8400), the performance is only worthwhile for very basic games and/or running at very low resolutions to get above a 30 FPS average.
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Corsair Raptor K40 Review reported at 08:28 AM
category: Keyboards     website: eTeknix.com
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The K40 is a solid investment for those looking for a mid range keyboard, it packs plenty of features that make it ideal for both work and gaming, but without the over the top price tag that often plagues many gaming friendly keyboards.
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Wavemaster Stax 2.1 Review reported at 08:27 AM
category: 3 Piece Systems     website: eTeknix.com
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"Powerful performance and a very funky design really make the Stax stand out from the crowd. Wavemaster are making a good name for themselves and the Stax are a welcome addition to their range."
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Intel SSD 730 Review reported at 08:24 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: X-bit labs
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Now Intel proves that it is still interested in producing high-quality and fast SSDs for enthusiasts. The new solution is based on Intel’s best technologies which have previously been limited to the server market. It is hard to tell why the 730 model wasn’t released earlier as its controller had been designed back in 2012, but that controller still serves as a good foundation for a modern SSD. By increasing its clock rate and equipping it with modern 20nm NAND flash memory, Intel offers an original SSD for top-end desktop PCs. The 480GB version of the new drive is highly competitive. It is even among the best products when it comes to random-address operations. The new SSD features high reliability and specified endurance, which are ensured by a number of technologies from the server-class Intel DC S3500 model. Thus, the Intel 730 is a versatile high-speed SATA 6 Gbit/s drive optimized for heavy loads.
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Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC Review reported at 08:23 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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The ASUS Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II graphics card we’ve tested today is surely worth your consideration if you’re choosing an original R9 290. Thanks to factory overclocking, it is somewhat faster than the reference solution whereas its high-efficiency DirectCU II cooler ensures consistent performance without any frequency drop. The ASUS card is quieter than the reference one, features good packaging and comes at a competitive price.
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Sapphire Ultimate R7 250 Review reported at 08:21 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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If you’re in the market for an affordable passive graphics card, Sapphire’s R7 250 Ultimate is probably the best performing and best value option currently on the market. Sapphire make smart use of the faster R7 250 SKU and their Ultimate passive cooling solution. It may be a rebrand but as the old saying goes ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.
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Linksys EA6900 Review reported at 08:20 AM
category: Internet Routers     website: NikKTech
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Wireless technology never stands still so although it wasn't until roughly just over a year ago when manufacturers released their very first AC1750 compatible routers now we already see AC1900 compatible ones offering even higher combined speeds. Of course not every single manufacturer out there has joined in on the fun as of yet but the market leaders like Linksys and Netgear can't afford to not be on the forefront of technology so naturally their AC1900 routers are the first to see the light of day. Our routers review section is somewhat "under populated" compared to out other sections because we don't do router reviews of models that we think have nothing new and innovative to offer (both in features and specifications) but the brand new EA6900 AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router by Linksys seems to have everything going for it from appearance and up to features and specifications so we just had to take a look.
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Creative Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 Review reported at 08:09 AM
category: Digital Speakers     website: techPowerUp!
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"Creative has apparently gone all in with the Sound BlasterAxx 200 Axx's design. At $149, this sound blaster is an utter steal if you want a device for use around the house or the occasional trip. The design looks great on a desk, but we would have preferred a more rugged design like that of the UE BOOM for outside. Apart from that, it is a pleasure to use, and you even get an app that lets you adjust a bunch of performance-related parameters. The fact that it also has an integrated player on board is a touch of genius for use on the go."
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