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Thermaltake Commander G41 Mid Tower Case Review reported at 05:50 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Neoseeker
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A budget mid tower case with multiple options for every user.
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Intel Core i5-4690K Review reported at 12:04 PM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: Hexus
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The second-rung Devil's Canyon is, at best, a minor improvement over the processor it will effectively replace in Intel's enthusiast line-up.
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Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Review reported at 11:47 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: Modders-Inc
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Overall, the Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE for $124.99 (at NewEgg.com) is a decent value option with some unique extras for a budget level Z97 board including dual Gigabit LAN, a 5-phase VRM and even LN2 mode. Some of the bundled software looks dated, but some applications such as Bio Remote and Bio Remote 2 are extremely handy for HTPC use and are welcome additions. She may not have the looks of a prom queen but she can definitely be effortlessly fun if given the chance and shines in other ways that you don’t normally consider.
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Attitude One Tunguska 7.1 Review reported at 11:46 AM
category: headsets     website: ocaholic
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The Tunguska 7.1 Gaming Headset is a good product. The build quality as well as the materials used is really good, except for the remote control. The comfort is important and that is where the Tunguska headset has been able to excel. The soft cushions fit perfectly and you will never experience any pressure points. The sound quality is very good and well balanced and only the microphone is placed too far away from the mouth. The audio is surprisingly linear and should it already be according to your preferences, an equalizer has been integrated into Attitude One's software. It is not the first time that we have used a headset with 7.1 virtual surround sound and in this case the sound is pleasant and highly immersive.
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Noctua NH-D15 Review reported at 11:44 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: eTeknix.com
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Overall this is easily one of the best coolers on the market and should you need a high quality cooler that looks great, performs exceptionally well even when overclocking and offers good value for money compared to the competition (in terms of price vs performance), then look no further than the Noctua NH-D15.
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Z97 & Z87 Motherboard Charts: 35 Models tested - Update ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 reported at 11:43 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: ocaholic
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Asus Z97I-Plus Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: eTeknix.com
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The world of mini-ITX motherboards is still fairly niche but ASUS have demonstrated that there is always room for innovation and improvement in this exciting form factor. The ASUS Z97I-PLUS raises the bar for mini-ITX motherboards yet again and it does so at a surprisingly affordable price point.
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i-Rocks Rock K10 Review (French) reported at 11:37 AM
category: Keyboards     website: Cowcotland
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BitFenix Colossus Revisited reported at 11:36 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Benchmark Reviews
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Since the release of the Colossus, BitFenix has churned out quite a few chassis: Shinobi (regular/XL), Survivor, Raider, Ghost, Ronin, Shadow, Outlaw, Merc (Alpha/Beta), Prodigy/M, Phenom, Colossus M, Comrade, and Neos (with a Pandora/Atlas/Aegis announcement just ahead of Computex 2014). They came out swinging with the Colossus, and I hope they don’t lose track of what captured the imaginations of so many back in 2010. If they updated the lighting, drive trays and added provisions for 2.5″ drives while keeping everything else the same, the Colossus could easily hold its own in today’s market, in my opinion. As it is, I’d still have no problems recommending the Colossus to anyone in the market for a unique, colossal enclosure that brings a lot of performance and features for its price point.
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Intel Core i7-4790K Review reported at 11:34 AM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: Overclockers Club
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When you look at baseline performance, Intel's Devil's Canyon is easily faster than the Core i7 4770K in every test, as it should be thanks to the 500MHz boost in clock speed before Turbo Boost 2.0 kicks in, driving it up to 4.4GHz. Even when you account for Turbo Boost 2.0, the Core i7 4790K is the faster of the two CPUs. Compared to the best AMD processor currently on the market, the Core i7 4790K is generally faster any way you cut it. As an upgrade to the Core i7 4770K, spending an extra $320 for the 4790K is only a good buy if you really need the improved cooling performance and don't want to take a chance delidding your chip. If working on a new build, there is no real reason to step into a Core i7 4770K when you can get this K SKU chip instead, currently for less money than the lower clocked Core i7 4770K. Better cooling, higher clock speeds, and better performance make it the smart buy for a new build.
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Patriot SuperSonic Rage XT 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review reported at 11:26 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: NikKTech
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Bottom line if you're out in the market for an affordable 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive and you don't care about getting the highest possible write speeds then the SuperSonic Rage XT 128GB with its excellent read speeds, compact size and rubber coated enclosure is right up your alley and that's why it gets our Golden Award.
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Deepcool Gamer Storm Lucifer Review reported at 05:40 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: techPowerUp!
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The Gamer Storm Lucifer from Deepcool is an affordable CPU cooler that packs a punch. Featuring six Ø6 mm heatpipes, a 140 mm fan, and its single monolithic tower design, this cooler is quiet and performs extremely well.
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MSI Z97 Gaming 7 LGA 1150 Motherboard Review reported at 05:05 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: HardOCP
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We’ve been fans of MSI’s "Gaming" series for some time now. The Z97 Gaming 7 has big shoes to fill and competition is heating up as competitors take a page from MSI’s book and bring some of respective offerings into parity with MSI’s price points. Does MSI still have what it takes to rule this particular market? We are about to find out.
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Gigabyte Z97X-SLI Motherboard Review reported at 03:50 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: PureOverclock.com
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Gigabyte as a motherboard manufacturer has been very successful over the last decade, and the last few years have only served to solidify that. In fact, Gigabyte has taken things a step further with their more recent motherboard releases. Their design team has revamped the styling and improved the lineup with feature-rich variations. Giagbyte's popular UDX series motherboards are frequently one of the first considered motherboards on the market since the Z77 release. With Gigabyte's Haswell refresh, the Z97 chipset, they aim to continue that tradition. Today we are going to be looking at the Z97X-SLI motherboard. By the name, it appears Gigabyte has geared this motherboard towards SLI as its defining feature. However, there is more than meets the eye. At a glance, this board looks a little more simplified when compared to the UDX series board. Will it pack the same punch? We are going to put the Z97X-SLI to the test to see how it stacks up to Gigabyte's reputation.
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