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Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Review reported at 02:23 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: techPowerUp!
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Biostar, for me, has done it again. When comparing everything offered here to other options available on the market, there is literally no comparison once you consider the price. No, this is not the best performer out of the box, and yes, it does have some limitations, but what do you expect for just over $100? Myself, I expected a bit less than what I found here. Dual LAN, great audio, decent OC capabilities, including LN2 support? For $110 USD? Why would you buy anything else? Perhaps the color isn't to your liking.
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MSI Z97S SLI Plus Review reported at 01:26 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: HardOCP
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"It lacks some of the glitzy add-ons and buttons found on other motherboards, but the Z97S SLI Plus still packs what you need when it comes to building an enthusiast overclocking system. It has wide footprint spacing for two video cards, and still allow you a space for an upgraded sound solution. It also packs plenty of SATA headers which is something you don’t always see at this price on a good overclocker. And it is nice to see this Z97S SLI Plus sporting an Intel gigabit NIC instead of that killer trash we so often do."
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Seasonic XM2-1250 Review reported at 01:16 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: PC Perspective
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"Seasonic has once again taken a very good power supply and made it even better. The enhancements made to the X-Series XM2-1250 translate to excellent performance, high efficiency and the ability to operate in silent-fanless mode at lower power levels. Throw in a 7-year warranty, a great assortment of all modular cables, really tight voltage regulation, clean DC outputs and you have one very good power supply!"
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Intel Pentium G3258 Cheap Overclocking Experiment reported at 01:07 PM
category: Intel Socket 1150 CPUs     website: Tom's Hardware
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Go low-budget on your motherboard and lean on a bundled cooler, or spend a little extra for a third-party heat sink—either way you go, Intel’s Pentium G3258 remains a recommended buy thanks to the Haswell architecture. It’s great in a mainstream desktop, and the platform handles productivity apps and games more deftly than you’d expect from a $70 chip in a $45 motherboard.
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NZXT H440 Review reported at 01:04 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: ThinkComputers
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Right now the NZXT H440 is selling at my favorite online retailer for $132, which is a great price.
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Thermaltake eSPORTS Level 10 M Review reported at 01:01 PM
category: Mice     website: Techware Labs
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Although there are some definite issues I had with this headset there are also many features that Tt eSPORTS did very well. At around $80 on various websites, if you are in the market for a high quality all-in-one gaming headset that can still deliver decent sound, this Level 10 headset would be a good buy.
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AeroCool Dead Silence Review reported at 12:57 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: ocaholic
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At the time of writing, the Aerocool DS200 has a starting price of about 94 Euro excluding shipping costs at Geizhals.eu. In our opinion, the price is perfectly aligned with the features and quality of the product. If you are looking for a functional case, which offers a fresh and different design as well as a good cooling/silent options, the DS200 by Aerocool is definitely a great choice.
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GAMDIAS Hephaestus Review reported at 12:54 PM
category: headsets     website: Benchmark Reviews
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So the Hephaestus is in fact, a nice headset. If you’re a gamer, maybe on the newer side, looking for a decent headset at a very good price, then the Hephaestus should be high up on you list of options. On the other hand, if you’re a seasoned veteran, and demand the very best, then this is not the headset for you. But you would be hard pressed to find a similarly priced headset that packs all these features.
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Asus RP-AC52 Review reported at 12:49 PM
category: Internet Routers     website: KitGuru
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A decent range extender which is well worth considering for those who are looking for an extended dual-band network.
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BitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX Review reported at 12:40 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: pcGameware.co.uk
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What’s really hard to capture though is just how good the Phenom looks and how desirable it actually is, especially in this Nvidia Edition guise. It’s a really good looking little case, that has attracted much attention since I’ve had it. I like it so much in fact, that I’m tempted to build myself a new system with a BitFenix Phenom as its base.
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Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force Review reported at 12:17 PM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: Hardware Asylum
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In this review we experimented with a variety of different overclocking methods including air, water and phase. While the Single Stage Phase cooler gave us the best results your actual performance gains will be determined by the quality of your CPU. Some chips run cooler than others while others higher BLCK Straps and scale better under cold. The nice thing about the Gigabyte Z97X SOC is that Regardless of your CPU quality there are options available to get the most from your CPU, video card and memory.
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NZXT Kraken X31 Review reported at 12:11 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Overclockers Club
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"NZXT gives you a six-year warranty, great performance, great build quality, and the flexibility to be used as a GPU cooler with the G10 kit from NZXT (sold separately). For the $79.99 price tag, I think you get a lot of bang-for-the-buck. You get an All-in-One liquid cooler that can handle the heat of overclocking and, being an AIO, you get the space savings of a small, compact pump and remote mount radiator. No problems getting to your RAM or fan headers with this cooler. Easy installation, convenient software control, and top-notch performance all add up to great value. If you are looking for a knock-out cooler, then the Kraken X31 should be on your list."
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