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OCZ Vector 150 Review reported at 01:52 PM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: LanOC
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Where the Vector 150 really does stand out compared to the original Vector is its warranty. At 5 years you can expect the drive to last at least longer than the average useful life of your PC. Even with such a great warranty there are still going to be a lot of people a little hesitant to jump on the OCZ bandwagon with the company’s rocky history. People who picked up OCZ drives before the bankruptcy and Toshiba buyout were left without anything to fall back on. With Toshiba behind things now I do feel that they are more stable and less likely to run into similar issues in the future though. All in all the Vector 150 is still a great drive and I would still seriously consider going that route assuming the price was right.
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AMD Athlon 5350 Review reported at 01:51 PM
category: AMD Socket AM1 CPUs     website: Vortez
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Low power, low price and seamless performance, the Athlon 5350 gets a Vortez Gold and Amazing Value.
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DeepCool Gabriel Review reported at 01:50 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: NikKTech
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Overall i think that DeepCool has introduced one of the best low-profile CPU Coolers in the market to date and that's no small feat especially with the fierce competition in the CPU Cooling industry led by manufacturers which have been around for much longer. True that may change quite fast but for now the Gabriel is on top of our low-profile CPU Cooling charts and that's why it gets our Platinum Award.
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Asus Maximus VII Gene Review reported at 01:42 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: HardOCP
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ASUS has an incredible motherboard in the Maximus VII Gene. It has an uncommonly rich feature set for a microATX motherboard. In fact, it has a very deep feature-set for a motherboard, period. The UEFI BIOS is second to none, its 5-Way Optimization feature is class leading, the sound solution is one of the best, and this is all done while being "window worthy" in your next build. Early on it gave us some odd issues, but these have been seemingly addressed in BIOS updates since its release. On the overclocking front, the Maximus VII Gene is as good, if not better, than some of its bigger footprinted brothers.
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Synology DS415play Review reported at 01:41 PM
category: Storage Accessories     website: eTeknix.com
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"Following the huge success that the DS214Play has given Synology, this 4-bay offering inherently has a high set of expectations to stand up to. Suffice to say it does not disappoint with fast speeds, hardware transcoding and a great GUI – the DS415Play could be one of this years best NAS products in the SOHO market."
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Black Review reported at 01:38 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Guru3D
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The one remark I can make that possibly reflects you guys the best; the GTX Titian Black is great, but many would have liked to see this card with that small extension, GTX 780 Ti with 6GB. Price wise its too expensive in the consumer domain, here at Guru3D.com we say - go for the regular Geforce GTX 780 with 6GB if you need to stick to NV. It's a third cheaper, tweak it a bit and kablam!, same performance. Otherwise AMD has great offerings at hand with the R9 290X and 4GB.
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Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 128GB Review reported at 11:40 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: KitGuru
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"The fastest USB 3.0 flash drive we have tested. It relies heavily on UASP drivers. Or just install Windows 8.1 to be sure."
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Antec ISK-600 Review (French) reported at 11:33 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Cowcotland
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Thecus N5550 Review reported at 11:24 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: Techware Labs
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If you chose to skip to the end of this review to read the conclusion in hopes of skimming a single line to get the gist, well here it is. The Thecus N5550 will deliver well beyond it’s price tag, compared to other 5-Bay NAS devices from competing vendors, which is a welcomed and unfortunately rare trait for tech products these days.
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Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 V4 6TB Review reported at 11:15 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Overclockers Club
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Probably most exciting about this drive is the fact that it doesn’t need more power for more capacity. The power use is about on par with any standard consumer desktop drive (6.9W idle power and 11.27W typical power), so it is perfect for your huge storage array or security system without requiring any bump in power needs; so leaving it running all the time isn't a big deal. You'll also get the much longer warranty period if something does happen to go awry, you've got 5 years (as opposed to 1-3 years with a consumer drive) to get things taken care of. However, I will admit that this likely isn't up everyone's ally at just shy of $600. It's more likely that if you NEED that extra storage you'll just buy multiple smaller capacity drives; however, this is one hell of a drive.
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Asus Maximus VII Gene Review reported at 11:10 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: HardwareCanucks
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Despite its small size, the GENE retails for around $210, which is surprisingly close to the larger Maximus VII HERO. This makes it by far the most expensive Micro ATX Z97 motherboard on the market, but frankly if you require some of the unique features that can only be found on this model, it is a reasonable price to pay. Overall, the Maximus VII GENE is another in a long line of excellent Republic of Gamers motherboards.
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Thermaltake LUXA2 GroovyW Review reported at 11:06 AM
category: Digital Speakers     website: NikKTech
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"Of course normally this price tag would be a real temptation for me and certainly enough to award the GroovyW with our Platinum Award since i do like the quality and innovation LUXA2 has placed into it but unfortunately we've heard much better wireless portable speakers in the past and so although not really bad in the audio department it does fall short compared to other solutions and that's why it gets our Golden Award."
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SilverStone Nightjar NJ520 Review reported at 09:50 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: techPowerUp!
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Silverstone has been offering fanless PSUs for quite some time; however, they hadn’t released a relevant product for some years now, which changed recently as their Nightjar fanless series now includes the NJ520 with Platinum efficiency, a fully modular cabling design, and a promise of total silence.
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ASUS Z97-WS Motherboard Review reported at 07:50 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: PC Perspective
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Introduction Courtesy of ASUS The ASUS Z97-WS motherboard is the latest release for the workstation board line with several evolutionary changes over its predecessor to take advantage of the Intel Z97 chipset features. ASUS changed little as far as the layout goes from the Z87 revision of the board, updating the board aesthetics with a richer gold and black coloration which is carried over into the board's capacitors and MOSFETs as well. The Z97-WS also features both SATA-Express and M.2 ports as well as optimizations to its CPU power circuitry to enhance the CPU 's performance potential and optimize power utilization. ASUS priced the Z97-WS competitively with a $289.00 MSRP in comparison to boards from other manufacturers with a similar feature set. Courtesy of ASUS Courtesy of ASUS ASUS designed the Z97-WS motherboard with an enhanced power delivery system, optimized to deliver the necessary power to the CPU with minimized power loss from excessively stressed components. The Z97-WS comes standard with eight digital power phases, featuring a new revision of the Dr MOS MOSFETs, Beat Thermal chokes, and Japanese-sourced 12k-hr rated solid capacitors. The Beat Thermal chokes offer up to 93% load-based power efficiency, resulting from the thermal-sensitive packaging design with integrated cooling fins as well as a specialized gold coating. The ASUS integrated the following features into the Z97-WS' design: four SATA 3 ports; an M.2 (NGFF) 10 Gb/s port; two SATA Express 10 Gb/s ports; an eSATA port; dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet NICs - an Intel I218-LV and an Intel I210-AT; four PCI-Express Gen3 x16 slots; one PCI-Express Gen2 x4 slot; two PCI-Express Gen2 x1 slots; dual 2-digit diagnostic LED displays; on-board power, reset, CMOS clear, MemOK!, Q-Code Logger, and BIOS Flashback buttons; TPU, EPU, Dr. Power, and EZ_XMP switches; Realtek 8-channel audio solution; and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support. Courtesy of ASUS Continue reading our review of the ASUS Z97-WS motherboard! read more
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