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Asus Z97 Deluxe Review reported at 12:53 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: PC Perspective
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The Z97-Deluxe is a great example of what a flagship board should be - stellar performance with every feature under the sun integrated including the kitchen sink. Ok, so maybe it didn't include the kitchen sink, but it really does have every other conceivable integrated feature you could ever ask for. The Z97-Deluxe is from ASUS' Channel line of motherboards, those boards that are used by OEM system builders and mid-tier enthusiasts. As such, I wouldn't have expected the design innovations present in the Z97-Deluxe's implementation. It sports a full 16+2 phase power delivery system with high-end 10K capacitors. ASUS even included the separate audio PCB that is normally reserved for their ROG line.
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Mionix NAOS & AVIOR 7000 Review reported at 12:50 PM
category: Mice     website: techPowerUp!
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Mionix was right to implement the ADNS-3310 in their high-end gaming mice. This sensor is the one to beat for hardcore gaming, and the performance gains it brings to the table are well worth the trouble of dealing with limited mat compatibility. Both the AVIOR's and NAOS's shape and performance are topnotch, and that within their own high-end category. The new sensor provides the option to track at high speeds and its DPI settings come without the dreaded positive acceleration issues that impair the performance of ADNS-9x00-powered mice somewhat, although the 8200 version may be a better choice if you run incredibly high sensitivities as its tracking is perhaps a bit more stable at such high DPI. As for FPS gamers looking for the ultimate low- to mid-sensitivity mouse: These mice might just be it.
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Ozone Neon Review reported at 12:45 PM
category: Mice     website: eTeknix.com
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The Ozone Neon may not innovate or improve on an already well established formula, but it’s build quality, overall performance and affordable price tag make it a strong contender in an already very busy section of the market.
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Synology DiskStation DS414j Review reported at 12:44 PM
category: Storage Accessories     website: eTeknix.com
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Breaking the traditional design mould that Synology have chosen for their systems up to this stage and by upgrading the hardware to offer some more power is a timely reminder that the design focus that Synology uses is one step ahead of the market and additionally their users. All of these little additions on their own are not that significant, but when you look at them all together and compare them to a previous generation system and it soon becomes clear just how much value this system beholds.
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Noctua NH-U14S Review reported at 12:42 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Modders-Inc
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Naturally, all of this comes with a premium price tag so the NH-U14S can be had for $76 USD which puts it in the high-end category. This cost may sound high for some but for users looking for a powerful air-cooling alternative to a dual-tower design, the NH-U14S is a good option to have. Like all Noctua products, the NH-U14S also comes with a 6-year warranty, longer than any CPU cooler in the market which further justifies the value aside from all the tangible goodies and extras out of the packaging. For a competitive performance against dual-tower coolers and top of the line build quality, the Noctua NH-U14S earns the Modders-Inc “Must Have” award.
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Cooler Master Seidon 120V Review reported at 12:40 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: PC Perspective
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Bottom line, if your needs are dependent on your form-factor an AIO liquid system like the Seidon 120V is a great option. But for sheer cooling power larger air coolers are still king of the budget realm.
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Ozone Onda Pro Review (French) reported at 12:37 PM
category: headsets     website: Cowcotland
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Thermaltake Urban SD1 Review reported at 12:28 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Benchmark Reviews
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"Overall, the Urban SD1 is an attractive update to a classic form factor. There are a number of performance-oriented micro-ATX enclosures though, and I just don’t feel like I can recommend the Urban SD1 to anyone that doesn’t need the external bays (if you do, the SD1 is one of the only options). The stock airflow is just too limiting for high-end components, but at least there are some optional tweaks that can mitigate that somewhat. The updates modernize the chassis enough to keep up with current components, but it feels like the internal design has aged faster than the rest of the case. However, as an HTPC or with careful selection of low-heat components I think the Urban SD1 would be a great choice if you like the look and form factor."
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Intel Core i7-3960X 3-way SLI Gaming Performance Scaling reported at 12:22 PM
category: Socket 2011     website: ocaholic
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Putting more than two graphics cards into a gaming PC is basically not going to affect frames per second in most games. There are only very few titles where triple SLI is supported. The only reasonable thing to use triple SLI for is breaking world records and benchmarking in general. Only when running theoretical benchmarks we come accross consistent scaling and with most of today's games, there is no difference at all. As for the different frequencies - stock and 4.5 GHz - they also don't account for significantly lower or higher results.
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Antec HCP-850 Platinum Review reported at 12:19 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: KitGuru
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One of the best 850Watt power supplies we have tested, and able to sustain a 1000W load.
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Asus R7250X-1GD5 Radeon R7 250X 1GB GDDR5 Review (German) reported at 12:16 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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Corsair Flash Voyager GO 64GB USB 3.0 Review reported at 11:38 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: MadShrimps
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"Regarding the drive performance, the reads are very good but when talking about the writes, the performance is mediocre; while the write performance is enough when transferring data from the smartphone/tablet, we will experience some slowness when moving large files from our PC to the drive compared to other high-performance drives."
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Intel SSD 730 Review reported at 11:31 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: HardwareCanucks
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All in all, the Intel 730 240GB represents a great performance upgrade over its predecessor, the 520 series but the competition has come so far in such a short amount of time that it ultimately leaves us wanting something more. If you’re in the market for a 240GB to 256GB SSD, there are plenty of better options out there right now or save up for Intel's own 730 480GB.
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