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Thermaltake Massive Notebook Coolers (V20, SP, TM) Review reported at 04:59 PM
category: Case Cooling Solutions     website: Overclockers Club
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If you are on a tight budget, but you still need cooling, the V20 is your best bet. If you love your music (or in-game music) and can deal with something that is at least 300% better than your laptop speakers, while also keeping your laptop cooler than the V20, the SP will suit you. If you are a heavy gamer on your laptop and it is screaming all day long, the TM will reign it in. I never imagined that one of these coolers would ever perform so well. All three of these coolers stand the test of time under Thermaltake's banner and I would gladly recommend them to any and all.
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be quiet Pure Power CM L8 Review reported at 04:39 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: NikKTech
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In the end what matters is that be quiet! has once again released a high quality unit that performs very well and should cover the needs of most people out there and since we really liked it we are happy to give it our Golden Award.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review reported at 12:13 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Guru3D
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Nvidia emphasizes that both the GeForce GTX Titan Black and Titan Z are intended for the professional market, those who need double precision, meanwhile all Nvidia partners have launched and announced Titan Z as their ultimate gaming card. And that I am afraid will be the conclusion of this article, I cannot in good conscience recommend the GeForce GTX Titan Z. If it had been priced at the 1500 EURO mark things would have been very different, even then it would still be too expensive, the reality is that it remains to be an impressive product. But that price... it just doesn't make any sense.
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Attitude One Almaz Review reported at 11:48 AM
category: headsets     website: techPowerUp!
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The Attitude One Almaz is a good purchase if you are looking for a stylish light-weight headphone for use on the go, or occasional use at home. Due to the wealth of cables supplied, it is easy to tailor to your needs, and the sound quality is definitely more than good enough for use with a phone during a commute or at home. Its design is surprisingly sturdy for its weight, and all of its joints seem very durable. The Almaz has a lot of neat extras, like its portable cables that are compatible with Android or Apple devices.
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Gigabyte GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 Review reported at 11:43 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: eTeknix.com
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"Gigabyte’s Z97MX-Gaming 5 stands out in the market with its feature packed design and excellent pricing. As far as micro-ATX motherboards on the Z97 platform go this motherboard has to be a strong contender for anyone looking to build a compact rig."
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GAMDIAS Hephaestus Review reported at 11:37 AM
category: headsets     website: eTeknix.com
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They may be a relatively new brand to the market, but Gamdias are really going the extra mile to carve a name out for themselves, and if they keep turning out products that are even half as good as the Hephaestus, I’ll be very happy indeed. If you want to put on a headset that not only looks unique, but also makes you go “wow”, then you need to at least try out the Hephaestus.
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eVGA Z97 Classified Review reported at 11:32 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: PC Perspective
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"The challenges encountered while testing the board, the benchmark irregularities, seem to stem from an immature BIOS rather than physical design issues with the board. We saw major improvements in the performance-related issues with a new BIOS from EVGA. The biggest concern with this board was the lack of design innovation. There is really little difference in layout or features when compared with the previous version of the board, the Z87 Classified. EVGA did add the updated Intel Z97 chipset and make some minor cosmetic changes to the Z97 Classified board, like going with chrome accents instead of the red accents used on the Z87 Classified, but feature-wise, the boards appear almost identical. The lack of an M.2 port (using an mSATA port instead) or integration of at least one SATA-Express port gives a mixed message for the value proposition of this board over the Z87 version."
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Asus Radeon R7 260X DirectCU II OC Review reported at 11:17 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardOCP
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"If you're seeking 1080p gameplay with the highest graphics enabled, you may want to save up for a more powerful GPU in the under-$200 category. In fact, we have more planned for this under $200 1080p gaming segment. Our next evaluation in this price range will be to evaluate an ASUS R7 265 video card which is also comparable in price to the GeForce GTX 750 Ti. The AMD R7 265 is a new video card from AMD we will talk about in our upcoming evaluation. With both evaluations we will get down to finding out what the absolute best deal is for 1080p gaming under $200, so stay tuned."
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QNAP TS-470 Review reported at 11:04 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: Computing On Demand
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QNAP’s new Intelligent Storage Manager provides a secure and flexible way to manage volumes with features like storage pooling, thin provisioning with space reclaim, block-level iSCSI LUN, and online capacity expansion. Everything is presented to you neatly and efficiently; making management a straight forward and oddly enjoyable experience. Speeding things up with SSD caching is now possible; boosting IOPS and operational efficiency for those with disk thrashing needs.
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Enermax iVektor Review reported at 11:03 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: ThinkComputers
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Being your typical mid tower you can pack a pretty hardcore system inside. You should have no problem fitting large video cards, up to seven hard drives, three optical drives and large CPU coolers inside of this case. When it comes to cooling Enermax has included two 120 mm fans (intake & exhaust), one of which is a blue LED fan. If you need more cooling you can install two more 120 mm fans on the top of the case, one more to the front of the case and if your power supply permits another 120 mm on the bottom. If you are going to water cooling route the top of the case can support a 120 and 240mm radiators.
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Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 Review reported at 10:50 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: MadShrimps
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The only thing we did not enjoy much was the fact that if we are using a large high-performance CPU cooler, very little space remains between the video card placed on the first PCI-Express slot and the heatsink fins so we must be very careful with the mounting; a better solution would be to use an all-in-one liquid cooling system which eliminates this small issue completely.
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Edifier Luna Eclipse e25 Review reported at 10:45 AM
category: 2 Piece Systems     website: MadShrimps
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Our recommendation is to look at another setup (with a dedicated subwoofer unit) if you are focused on the lower frequencies and play a lot of action games which involve explosions and want to be blown away when bombs go off. Casual gamers who play a wide variety of game genres and at the same time would like to have their current setup to look top-notch will surely take this system into account.
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eVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti ACX Review reported at 10:43 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: OCModShop
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"All in all, I have to say that I’m more impressed with this card than I anticipated. I still don’t think it’s the console destroyer that everyone claims, but it does what it’s intended to do. And it does it well. I definitely recommend it as an affordable alternative to many high end cards. The GTX 750 TI is a winner in my book."
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Fractal Design Node 804 Review (German) reported at 10:14 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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Crucial M550 Review (German) reported at 10:13 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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Intel Core i7-4790K Review reported at 10:06 AM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: KitGuru
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With lower operating temperatures, better overclocking potential, and excellent out-of-the-box performance, Devil’s Canyon is the much-needed improvement to Haswell. Just don’t bank on overclocking frequencies competitive with Sandy Bridge.
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EK Water Blocks EK-Kit L240 Review reported at 10:05 AM
category: Video Card Coolers     website: pcGameware.co.uk
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"Of course the biggest reason for a custom kit such as the EKWB EK-Kit L240 is it’s versatility and ability for customisation. Want more cooling potential? Add a bigger radiator or even another (hell why not more!), you can add additional fans in a push/pull configuration to get that little bit extra, change the liquid or tubing to a different colour or thickness (even UV!), perhaps even more importantly and even more so with the advent of high performance and ultra hot GPU such as the MSI AMD Radeon R9 290 add a GPU water block! After all, look what that’s done for the incredible AMD Radeon R9 295X2, the fastest graphics card on the planet and that only has a slim 120mm radiator."
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Thecus N4560 Review reported at 09:50 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: eTeknix.com
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The N4560 has all the right ingredients that it needs for a great performing and well outfitted system for the SOHO market, however with some performance figures that don’t quite do the system the justice it needs, I have to say it has not quite sold itself to me just yet. Should a firmware tweak or two bring back the performance that this system is capable of, then I would be more than pleased.
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XFX Radeon R9 290X Double Dissipation Review reported at 09:48 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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In the market for a custom-cooled AMD R9 290X? If you are then the XFX R9 290X Double Dissipation is a definite consideration for those with a tight budget. It offers up the best pricing on the market, great overclocking potential, game bundles and a great balance between cooling and silence.
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DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer Review reported at 09:20 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: NikKTech
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Granted if you're looking for the best possible performance from a CPU Air Cooler and price is of no concern then you'll be better off with the NH-D15 but if you're on a somewhat tight budget and you just want high cooling performance the Lucifer by Deepcool could be your way out and since we really found nothing wrong with it (aside the limited availability in the USA) it gets our Platinum Award.
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Linksys WRT1900AC Review reported at 09:14 AM
category: Internet Routers     website: eTeknix.com
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"Ten years ago, Linksys’s WRT line of routers were simply put ‘the’ way to go if you wanted to get the very best out of your network and as we fast forward to today, the WRT1900AC once again puts Linksys at the very top of the consumer networking charts. Even though we are still waiting for the open-source firmware, the WRT1900AC is the pinnacle of consumer networking at this very moment."
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Aerocool Dead Silence Review (German) reported at 09:06 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Technic3D
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Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Kalih Blue Switch Edition Review reported at 09:01 AM
category: Keyboards     website: NikKTech
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Overall the Poseidon Z Mechanical Gaming Keyboard featuring Kailh switches is very sturdy and offers virtually identical experience as the normal Poseidon but for less and that along with the whooping 5 year warranty is good enough for our Golden Award.
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