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SilverStone Nightjar NJ520 Review reported at 11:00 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: PC Perspective
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"The SilverStone Nightjar SST-NJ520 fanless power supply occupies a niche market and is targeted towards users who want a silent power supply for use in noise-sensitive areas such as a recording studio or science lab. The NJ520 easily delivered 520W combined DC load with outstanding voltage regulation and excellent AC ripple suppression, even at full load. The Nightjar 520W PSU meets the requirements for 80Plus Platinum efficiencies, even while operating on 115 VAC at elevated, real-world temperatures. The component selection and build quality is excellent (as we have come to expect from Seasonic, the OEM for the NJ520). Our only minor complaint is with the 3-year warranty that SilverStone offers with most of their PSUs – the NJ520 deserves better."
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A-DATA XPG SX300 Review reported at 10:55 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Modders-Inc
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While I think that 120 Gb is getting a little small for an operating system drive, it is still a viable option and I would happily recommend the ADATA XPG SX300 to anyone looking to install a mSATA drive into their system.
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Sentey Lumenata Pro Review reported at 10:52 AM
category: Mice     website: Techware Labs
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With the Lumenata Pro you will have every necessary feature available in high end mice with great looks to back it up. Sentey has delivered a high quality product that deserves recognition, the packaging was phenomenal and the mouse handles like a dream. My only quirks were the multitude of different color LEDs being displayed at once and the gaming button on the right of the mouse being uncomfortable to reach. Other than that I highly recommend this mouse and it is an absolute steal if you can get it for $34.99.
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NZXT Source 530 Review reported at 10:50 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: ocaholic
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The NZXT Source 530 PC case is a great addition to the well known Source Series from NZXT. The build quality reflects the NZXT standard and the product is very good in almost all aspects. However, the Source Source 530 is not perfect, as we would have liked to see more space behind the motherboard for a better cable management. We particularly enjoyed the presence of large magnetic dust filters and a very good bundle. The Source 530 comes bundled with two 140mm fans and one 120mm fan which are pre-installed at the front and the back of the case.
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MSI GeForce GTX 780 Gaming 6G Review reported at 10:49 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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"With a price of $590, the MSI GTX 780 Gaming 6 GB is not cheap. It costs $100 more than the cheapest GTX 780 with 3 GB - and certainly doesn't provide a performance improvement worth the extra $100. NVIDIA's GTX 780 Ti retails at $660, which is another $70 increase, but performs better in all scenarios, with the exception of that one game test at 4K, where we saw extra memory provide a benefit. Unless you have a specific reason why you know that you need 6 GB, you will be much better off buying a GTX 780 3 GB, or spending a bit of extra money for a GTX 780 Ti. If you plan on building a SLI or triple-SLI rig, for gaming at 4K, then I could imagine the GTX 780 6 GB being useful. It offers better price/performance than GTX 780 Ti, but looking forward, we're not sure if the extra memory helps. But I'm not convinced that even in this scenario it is worth the extra cost, which is why I am reluctant to give an award to this card, despite the high score. It is a great card, there are just better ways to spend the money in my opinion."
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be quiet Shadow Rock Slim Review reported at 10:44 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Hardcoreware
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If be quiet! can get the price of the Shadow Rock Slim down to $25 in North America, they could very well have one of the most easily recommendable tower CPU coolers on the market.
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A-DATA Premier SP610 512GB Review (French) reported at 10:43 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Cowcotland
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Antec P100 Review reported at 10:39 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Benchmark Reviews
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The P100 turns out to be a great computer enclosure option for a completely new build or as a replacement case for an aging system.
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ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Review reported at 10:38 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: Phoronix
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The ASRock Z97 Extreme6 is a very promising motherboard and one of my favorites for the Z97 Express motherboards I have reviewed thus far. The ASRock Z97 Extreme6 costs well under $200 USD (~$170) and features ten USB 3.0 ports, multi PCI Express GPU support, Ultra M.2 / M.2 SSD connectivity support, SATA Express, eSATA, Thunderbolt AIC, dual BIOS support with easy BIOS flashing not dependent upon DOS/Windows, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and the rear I/O panel connectivity for graphics include DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI. There's really not much more to ask for from this motherboard for most Linux users out there. The ASRock Z97 Extreme6 could make a hell of a SOHO Linux server box with its vast connectivity capabilities or a powerful gaming system.
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HIS R7 260X iCooler 2GB GDDR5 Review reported at 10:35 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: MadShrimps
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"With the HIS 260X iCooler, we could say that many games can be playable at full detail levels while using the 1680x1050 resolution, while in Full HD we may need to dial-down the settings a little bit in order to enjoy a smooth gaming experience."
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PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 290X 8GB GDDR5 Review reported at 10:29 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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At $1500, the Devil 13 is not an inexpensive card, but PowerColor did decide to throw in a pretty interesting bundle of accessories to add value to the package. Everyone I know has heard of Razer products and most have or still use one of the company's gaming mice, keyboards, or headsets. By adding Razer's new 8200 DPI, fully configurable Ouroboros wireless/wired mouse to the package, there is an added $140 value included that you do not get with the R9 295X2. Last but not least, is that PowerColor keeps delivering high end cards that others dare not build because those companies wont step outside the box. By looking at the gaming universe, PowerColor has put together an innovative package that looks and performs good. Hell, it ain't a bad place to be...
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PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 290X 8GB GDDR5 Review reported at 10:28 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareCanucks
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"When overall cost is factored into the equation, the sane solution would be to save a few hundred bucks with dual individual custom cooled R9 290X cards or two GTX 780 Ti’s rather than go the Devil’s $1400 route. However, we’ve all got a little “devil” on our left shoulder that doesn’t care about sane, rational decisions. This is the card to satisfy that irrational call. For anyone that wants to ignore the voice of proper reasoning and go straight for some the best performance money can buy, PowerColor’s Devil 13 fits the bill perfectly."
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Silicon Power Armor A30 Review reported at 10:15 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: APH Networks
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The Silicon Power Armor A30's spooky coloring and cute teddy looks are complemented with an excellent price and very respectable performance.
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Linksys X3500 Review reported at 10:14 AM
category: Internet Routers     website: NikKTech
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"Linksys has gone through quite a few transitions lately with their acquisition by Cisco and recently from Belkin but that doesn't seem to have slowed them down one bit since all their products that have arrived here have more than just lived up to our expectations. Of course I’m not saying that the X3500 is the best modem/router out there since i don't believe it to be but it offers a decent amount of features, a very detailed and thorough web interface, did manage to outperform our own model and all that for less than expected so it gets our Golden Award, it's that simple."
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XFX R9 280 Black Edition Double Dissapation Review reported at 10:03 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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One of the best R9 280 graphics cards we have tested, and it is also one of the best looking too.
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RaidMax Scorpio V Review reported at 03:45 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: HardOCP
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The poor craftsmanship, low quality components, abysmal cooling performance, and the price prevent us from recommending the Raidmax Scorpio V to our readers. There are simply too many cases out there in this price range that have higher build quality, better performance, and cost less. We would suggest look to the Corsair Graphite Series 230T from $70 to $80 depending on configuration, the Antec GX700 at $60, or the Enermax Coenus at $60.
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Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler Review reported at 03:10 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: PC Perspective
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Introduction Courtesy of Noctua Noctua is well known among enthusiasts for their high performance and sonically tolerable processor cooling solutions. Their U-series coolers combine unrivaled cooling performance with an innovative design to ensure quiet operation and motherboard compatibility. The NH-U12S is composed of a single aluminum-finned radiator with five nickel-plated copper heat pipes seamlessly integrated into the copper base plate. For performance testing of the NH-U12S cooler, we put it up against other high-performance liquid and air-based coolers. With a retail MSRP of $69.99, the NH-U12S CPU cooler is an affordable solution offering superior cooling potential. Courtesy of Noctua Courtesy of Noctua Noctua construct the NH-U12S cooler for optimal heat transfer between the processor and its 125mm wide aluminum radiator. The NH-U12S contains a total of five heat pipes directly integrated into the copper base plate, terminating on each side of the aluminum-finned radiator. The use of copper heat pipes allows for optimal heat transfer of heat from the processor to the aluminum radiator fins and ultimately the air medium. To facilitate this transfer, Noctua paired the NH-U12S with their NF-F12 120mm, 1500RPM fan. The fan features rubber cover plates on all four corners to minimize fan vibration and vibration transfer to the radiator, further reducing fan noise. The CPU base plate is seamless and polished to a mirror finish, ensuring an optimal mating surface. SecureFirm2™ LGA115x mount kit Courtesy of Noctua Noctua bundles their SecureFirm2™ mounting kits for using the NH-U12S with any current AMD or Intel socket motherboard. Also included are the Noctua-branded NF-F12 120mm 1500RPM fan, NT-H1 thermal paste, a PWM power splitter cable, and two sets of fan mounts (four mounts total) for use with up to two fans with the unit. Continue reading our review of the Noctua NH-U12S CPU air cooler! read more
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