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Raidmax Scorpio V Review reported at 05:49 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Neoseeker
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Check out the options packed into this average sized case and prepare to be surprised.
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MSI R9 280 Gaming vs. PNY GTX760 XLR8 Review reported at 12:58 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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It is a good performer at 1080p, but it won’t compete against the R9 280 at the same price.
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Plextor PX-256M6M Review reported at 12:53 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: PC Perspective
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I was pleasantly surprised by the overall performance of the Plextor M6M. The Marvell controller does very well when coupled with Toshiba flash memory, and does not seem to suffer any penalties when linked to only four flash packages in the smaller mSATA form factor. Pricing is still a bit unstable as these have not been on the market for long, but if you can find one at a competitive cost/GB, it will be a great option for those needing an mSATA SSD.
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Crucial M550 Review reported at 12:50 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: X-bit labs
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The Crucial M550 delivers good performance at a low per-gigabyte cost, which makes it one of the best solutions for mainstream desktop PCs. It is not a leader in performance and cannot compete with the Samsung 840 Pro, yet its price/performance ratio is hard to beat. The M550 is a mere 25-35% more expensive than the overtly low-end M500 but can match the speed of many flagship-level products from other brands.
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AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Review reported at 12:49 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: X-bit labs
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Still, we like it. Our apprehensions about the Asetek liquid cooling system didn't come true. The performance of the new card is unrivalled so far at the highest settings. The recently released Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z is twice as expensive and cannot be regarded as its market opponent.
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Socket FM2+ Mainboards Comparison: Asus A88XM-Plus vs. Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H reported at 12:44 PM
category: AMD Socket FM2+ Motherboards     website: X-bit labs
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The Socket FM2+ platform at large has remained a niche solution just like its predecessor. It is meant for people who want to play some games but don't have enough money to buy a discrete graphics card. Serious gamers who play the most advanced titles can't do without discrete graphics. And if you are not interested in games at all, Intel's platform is going to be faster and more economical than AMD's. The Socket FM2+ platform will help you save some money yet you are going to be limited in your choice of games and visual quality settings. If you suspect you will want more speed or visual quality, you may want to prefer an Intel platform with a discrete graphics card right away rather than buy a Socket FM2+ mainboard and add such a card to it later on.
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Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK Review reported at 12:28 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: HardOCP
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The GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1 Wifi-BK motherboard is the most stable Z97 motherboard we have seen yet when used in an overclocking environment. It was a very worthy overclocker as well. It has all the bells and whistles that you would expect in a high end motherboard. Actually it has too much "bling" in the BIOS for our tastes, but these are things that are easily worked around. Street price on this motherboard is around the the $380 mark. That is not inexpensive, but this motherboard also has a ton of features that make it worth the price IF you utilize those. Of course, one of those features you are paying for is the stability testing that goes into this motherboard making it a "BLACK EDITION" product.
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Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Review reported at 12:26 PM
category: Keyboards     website: Modders-Inc
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The original QuickFire Rapid is a tough act to follow considering it was and still is immensely popular, partly because of its price and partly because of its excellent build quality. In terms of pricing, even though it is twice as much as the QuickFire Rapid, the Rapid-i’s $149 price tag is inline and competitive against other currrent backlit tenkeyless keyboards such as Ducky Shine 3 TKL and Max Blackbird and costs less compared to WASD code ($165),and Deck Francium Pro ($165). Factoring in the two-year warranty, wide availability and additional gaming features, the QuickFire Rapid-i is certainly worth considering.
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Intel Core i7-4790 Review reported at 12:23 PM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: techPowerUp!
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Focusing a bit more on the Intel Core i7-4790, the CPU does offer pretty good performance to users who simply plug their CPU into their board and enable XMP for that fancy memory kit they just bought as part of a packaged deal. Beyond that, you do get a CPU that is capable of beating an Intel Core i7-3960X in some instances, even if its superior performance boils down to its raw clock-speed advantage, and it should be able to meet most of your daily needs, including gaming. Meanwhile, if you want the absolute best, waiting for the fabled and upcoming Devil's Canyon CPU or buying the already available Intel Core i7-4770K would obviously be the best idea. At the same time, the Intel Core i7-4790 proves itself a very capable chip for even gaming, which keeps the idea that you do not have to spend a ton of money to get decent performance alive. You can simply spend a portion of that sum.
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be quiet Pure Power L8 600W Review reported at 12:19 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: Techware Labs
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"I would recommend this power supply to anyone to help make their computer quieter. Don’t like your current supply, or is it too loud, but don’t want to spend $$ on a modular one? The PurePower Line is pretty perfect for you then. The PurePower line comes in 300w, 350w, 400w, 500w, 600w and 700w. It also has a semi-modular lines as well, PurePower CM, those come in, 430w, 530w, 630w, and 730w."
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Corsair Raptor M45 Review reported at 12:14 PM
category: Mice     website: eTeknix.com
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The mid budget options from Corsair are superb, they’re right on par with what you can expect from rival brands such as Cooler Master and Thermaltake, but Corsair needs to make a little more effort to differentiate the M45 from its predecessor, the M40.
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i-Rocks Rock K10 Review reported at 12:12 PM
category: Keyboards     website: eTeknix.com
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"Rock solid performance, great build quality and a stylish design make this one of the best budget keyboards on the market today, you’ll struggle to find anything similar without doubling your budget first."
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Cooler Master HAF XB EVO Review reported at 12:07 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: ocaholic
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"The HAF XB Evo is an innovative case and like the previous model, offers interesting solutions for gamers, enthusiasts and even overclockers. The case not only offers good build quality, but also a high airflow and ease of installation of the components."
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GAMDIAS Hermes Review reported at 12:02 PM
category: Keyboards     website: Benchmark Reviews
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There are a lot of gaming keyboards out there these days, and some of them are very good. But if you’re a serious gamer, the HERMES Ultimate Black Mechanical Gaming Keyboard should definitely be on your radar. It’s expensive– actually, it’s very expensive at MSRP– but it’s a super-functional keyboard.
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Western Digital Red Review reported at 11:56 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: APH Networks
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If I am building a file server, what I want is a balance of speed, capacity, reliability, and affordability. And if I am looking for an optimal balance for all four factors, the Western Digital Red WD40EFRX 4TB is the only one that lives up to them all.
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MSI Radeon R9 280 GAMING OC Video Card Review reported at 02:55 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardOCP
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Priced at roughly $260 we have the MSI R9 280 GAMING OC video card, which features pre-overclocked performance, MSI's Twin Frozr IV cooling system, and highest end components. We'll focus on performance when gaming at 1080p between this boss and the GeForce GTX 760 video card!
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Noctua NH-D15 Review reported at 02:50 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Overclockers Club
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