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ThermoLab ITX30 Review reported at 05:12 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: NikKTech
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Overall an extremely tiny CPU Cooler which is a one way for people who can't fit a larger model in their cases and that along with its very low noise levels are enough fto get our recommendation.
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Asus STRIX-GTX780-OC-6GD5 Review reported at 05:09 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardOCP
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Some of you reading this evaluation may gawk at ASUS asking a $100 premium for this video card over standard GeForce GTX 780. At $579 it places this video card in an entirely different category with the competition. Well, we think that since the ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC 6GB video card can keep pace with the AMD Radeon R9 290X that the price is then justified that it compares to. You get a silent video card, with extreme hardware enhancements and 6GB of VRAM. The price makes sense now that we've looked at performance, and this is just single-card performance, we haven't even touched SLI yet at 4K and NV Surround.
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Adesso Xtream S2L Review reported at 05:02 PM
category: Digital Speakers     website: ThinkComputers
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Of course this is a speaker so audio quality is very important. The Xtreme S2 is more than loud enough for most situations. Don’t expect to use it for a massive house party, but it is powerful enough to fill a small to medium-sized room with music. I had it out on a friends boat and it worked great. The bass is quite powerful and sounds good as well. I also took a few calls using the speaker and it worked great. People on the other line said they could hear me clear and it did not sound like I was far away or anything like that.
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Asus Z97-A Review reported at 04:56 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: ocaholic
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At a first glance the Z97-A leaves a good impression. You get a reasonable feature mix and it won't take long until you realize that ASUS created a product, which is to be available at a reasonable price. There is a decent power design and the absence of overclocking features, makes it clear that this board will end up with a decent price tag. In terms of storage connectivity there are four angled SATA connectors, a SATA Express port as well as an M.2 slot, which makes this board compatible with a vast variety of storage devices. In case of the color scheme we're happy to see that the new Z97 Classic-Series from ASUS isn't as flashy as the Z87 motherboards anymore.
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BitFenix Shadow Review reported at 04:54 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: pcGameware.co.uk
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What BitFenix have here is a really solid case, it ticks most of the boxes it should at this price point and it looks damn good thanks to its simple yet elegant design and that SoftTouch surface. If you’re in the market for a case at around £60 and you like the look (I do!) of the BitFenix Shadow, then go for it, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed…
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Intel Core i7-4790K Review reported at 04:52 PM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: Tom's Hardware
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One last parting shot: I know there aren't a ton of comparison numbers in today's charts. I really wanted the face-off to be between Core i7-4790K and -4770K using our latest benchmark versions. But paging back through some of the tests that haven't changed in Intel Core i7-4960X Review: Ivy Bridge-E, Benchmarked, it's worth noting that Core i7-4790K, even overclocked, trades blows with the Core i7-3930K at its stock clock rate in most threaded benchmarks (Haswell obviously smokes Sandy Bridge-E in tests that run on one core). I know that was a $600-something processor two-and-a-half years ago, but it sure holds up well. You have to be happy as an enthusiast if you're still sitting on a tuned -3930K.
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Corsair Raptor K40 Review reported at 04:44 PM
category: Keyboards     website: KitGuru
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If you really don’t like mechanical switches or have never used them, you will probably be pleased with the K40. However for everyone else, if you are going to spend £40, spend a few more pounds and get a mechanical. It is worth it.
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Samsung 840 Pro Review reported at 04:41 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Benchmark Reviews
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The Samsung 840 Pro SSD is marketed as a commercial product, with the 840 SSD and the 840 EVO Series in the consumer market. Based on our Iometer testing, you can certainly see why the 840 Pro SSD is commercial product. That being said, it will work just fine in any situation.
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Patriot Stellar Boost XT 32GB Review reported at 04:38 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: ocaholic
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"With the Stellar Boost XT, Patriot has created a USB 3.0/OTG flash drive which is really compact and comfortable to carry. The product is characterized by a body made of rubber with a total weight of just 8 grams . Despite the capacity of 32GB , the size is still rather small compared to our Corsair Voyager. The Stellar Boost XT is available in 16, 32 and 64GB capacities and backed by 2 years of warranty."
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Black Review (German) reported at 04:32 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Z Review reported at 01:30 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PC Perspective
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In March of this year, NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX Titan Z at its GPU Technology Conference. It was touted as the world's fastest graphics card with its pair of full GK110 GPUs but it came with an equally stunning price of $2999. NVIDIA claimed it would be available by the end of April for gamers and CUDA developers to purchase but it was pushed back slightly and released at the very end of May, going on sale for the promised price of $2999. The specifications of GTX Titan Z are damned impressive - 5,760 CUDA cores, 12GB of total graphics memory, 8.1 TFLOPs of peak compute performance. But something happened between the announcement and product release that perhaps NVIDIA hadn't accounted for. AMD's Radeon R9 295X2, a dual-GPU card with full-speed Hawaii chips on-board, was released at $1499. I think it's fair to say that AMD took some chances that NVIDIA was surprised to see them take, including going the route of a self-contained water cooler and blowing past the PCI Express recommended power limits to offer a ~500 watt graphics card. The R9 295X2 was damned fast and I think it caught NVIDIA a bit off-guard. As a result, the GeForce GTX Titan Z release was a bit quieter than most of us expected. Yes, the Titan Black card was released without sampling the gaming media but that was nearly a mirror of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, just with a larger frame buffer and the performance of that GPU was well known. For NVIDIA to release a flagship dual-GPU graphics cards, admittedly the most expensive one I have ever seen with the GeForce brand on it, and NOT send out samples, was telling. NVIDIA is adamant though that the primary target of the Titan Z is not just gamers but the CUDA developer that needs the most performance possible in as small of a space as possible. For that specific user, one that doesn't quite have the income to invest in a lot of Tesla hardware but wants to be able to develop and use CUDA applications with a significant amount of horsepower, the Titan Z fits the bill perfectly. Still, the company was touting the Titan Z as "offering supercomputer class performance to enthusiast gamers" and telling gamers in launch videos that the Titan Z is the "fastest graphics card ever built" and that it was "built for gamers." So, interest peaked, we decided to review the GeForce GTX Titan Z. The GeForce GTX TITAN Z Graphics Card Cost and performance not withstanding, the GeForce GTX Titan Z is an absolutely stunning looking graphics card. The industrial design started with the GeForce GTX 690 (the last dual-GPU card NVIDIA released) and continued with the GTX 780 and Titan family, lives on with the Titan Z.  The all metal finish looks good and stands up to abuse, keeping that PCB straight even with the heft of the heatsink. There is only a single fan on the Titan Z, center mounted, with a large heatsink covering both GPUs on opposite sides. The GeForce logo up top illuminates, as we have seen on all similar designs, which adds a nice touch. Continue reading our review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z 12GB Graphics Card!! read more
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GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force Motherboard Review reported at 01:30 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: PC Perspective
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Introduction Courtesy of GIGABYTE The Z97X-SOC Force motherboard is the premier offering in GIGABYTE's Overclocking Series of boards. The overclocking series boards are designed with enhancements and features meant to appeal to enthusiasts and professional overclockers alike. The Z97X-SOC Force board deign is based on the previous generation Z87X-OC Force, featuring the same black and orange coloration typical to the series. The board does contain several evolutionary changes making the board easier to use and more appealing to its target users. At an MSRP of $209.99, the Z97X-S0C Force is competitively priced to appeal to all levels of enthusiasts. Courtesy of GIGABYTE Courtesy of GIGABYTE Courtesy of GIGABYTE GIGABYTE enhanced the board power regulation system designed into the current generation boards, allowing for use of a simplified cooling and fewer power phases. As a result, the Z97X-SOC Force is packed with 8-phase digital power circuit for the CPU, using International Rectifier (IR) based PowIRstage digital controllers and 10k-rated black solid capacitors to ensure system stability under any conditions. The Z97X-SOC Force board comes standard with the following integrated features: six SATA 3 ports; one SATA Express 10 Gb/s ports; a Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 NIC; four PCI-Express x16 slots; a PCI-Express x1 slots; two PCI slots; 2-digit diagnostic LED display; on-board power, reset, CMOS clear, CMOS battery clear, OC Ignition, OC Tag, OC Turbo, OC Touch, Settings Lock, Direct to BIOS, and Memory Safe buttons; Dual-BIOS, active BIOS, and IC Trigger switches; OC PCIe and OC DIMM switch jumper blocks; integrated voltage measurement points; and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support. Courtesy of GIGABYTE Continue reading our review of the GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force motherboard! read more
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Gigabyte R7 250X OC 1GB GDDR5 Video Card (GV-R725XOC-1GD) Review reported at 12:41 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: MadShrimps
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With the R7 250X OC video card, Gigabyte succeeds to provide for the entry-level market a competitive card which can run games at either medium or high detail levels, while using display resolutions up to 1680x1050. Plenty of connectivity options are also offered, along with a dual-slot cooling system which remains silent at all times.
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Enermax ETS-N30 TAA CPU Cooler Review reported at 11:50 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: PureOverclock.com
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Introduction Aftermarket CPU Air Coolers flood the market with many options and styles today. With the vast number of options, we know that competition is fierce. Today, we are going to be looking at the Enermax ETS-N30 CPU cooler that was designed for the mid-range users who aren’t looking to spend a great deal of money. The Enermax ETS-N30 CPU Air Cooler sports a 92mm blue LED fan with a copper based heatsink that not only looks good, but also fits the bill for those in a budget crunch. Let’s take a look at the Enermax ETS-N30 CPU Cooler and what is has to offer. Before we do that, let’s talk little about who Enermax is: Enermax Technology Corporation is a world-renowned PC Power Supply Unit manufacturer. Since our establishment in 1990, we provide power supply products and peripherals like chassis, cooler, fan and keyboard with excellent quality and have won recognitions of consumers around the world. ENERMAX products are recommended by worldwide reviewers, and certain were granted by iF, Red Dot, Good Design and Taiwan Excellence Awards. Those are proven evidence of our top-notch quality and design competency recognized by the professionals. To develop an intensive sales network and better service customers around the world, Enermax has set up branch offices in Germany, France, U.S.A., Japan and China. We also have service offices and distributors in countries across Europe, America, Asia and Oceania. Our farsighted R & D capability is our key strength. The elite teams of Enermax always strive to come up with the best and most satisfactory PSU, thermal solution and peripheral products with cutting-edge design that meets the needs of the market and customers. We will stick to our R & D spirits of “Technology Innovation” and “Quality First” to constantly create products which transcend international standard and requirements to keep up on our product and brand value as well as competitive edge.
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