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QNAP HS-210 Review reported at 12:36 PM
category: Storage Accessories     website: APH Networks
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Designed to be fanless, compact, and working silently in the background, the QNAP HS-210 is one good looking device that delivers on all the features and services you need in a home environment.
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Asus Z97-A Review reported at 11:32 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: HardOCP
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The ASUS Z97-A is at the bottom of ASUS’ Z97 enthusiast stack but it is far from a "low end" motherboard. In fact we would suggest this is probably one of the best motherboards that ASUS builds considering the bang for the buck factor. If you are looking for great quality and features at a low cost that just happens to be a great overclocker as well, it is hard to look past the ASUS Z97-A.
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Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Review reported at 11:30 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: CDRLabs.com
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The Samsung 850 PRO is one of, if not the, best consumer-oriented SSDs currently available. Designed and built entirely in-house, this ultra-slim, high-capacity drive combines Samsung's triple-core MEX controller with their second generation, 32-layer 3D V-NAND flash to deliver some of the best all around performance we've seen. In our sequential read and write tests, the 256GB version of the 850 PRO was able to read at speeds as high as 564 MB/s and write at speeds in excess of 493 MB/s. The drive also took the top spot in our random write tests, producing more than 86,000 IOPS at low queue depths.
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XFX Type 1 Bravo Review reported at 11:17 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Vortez
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Type-01 Bravo is a great first attempt by XFX at designing a computer case, this burly enclosure can accommodate a variety of different hardware and offers good cooling potential.
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BitFenix Fury 750G Review reported at 11:09 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: HiTech Legion
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For the builder concerned with aesthetics, the BitFenix Fury 750 represents an exceptional value. Purchasing a similar cable system separately would cost in excess of half the price of the Fury 750, and you certainly aren’t going to find a 750 watt PSU this solid at the cost of what is left. On the power end, the Fury is unspectacular, but very solid, with good ripple suppression and regulation that falls well within ATX spec. The Fury also happens to look very good in the case and is solidly built. Given that the Fury is made specifically for the builder with aesthetics in mind, I am going to give it a Hi Tech Legion Gold Award, as it is an excellent choice in that vein. Those not as concerned with the cable system will want to look at other options that will offer better power delivery at this price point.
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Cooltek Antiphon Review reported at 10:54 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Play3r.net
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All in all if you are looking for a great case that is not too expensive but not budget at the same time, the Antiphon Airflow will be just up your alley. It offers good all around performance with a design to match, throw the price of around £55 in and you have a sure fire winner. It won’t be the easiest of tasks trying to find a better case for a similar price, especially when considering the included noise-insulation.
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Zalman Reserator 3 Max Review reported at 10:35 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: techPowerUp!
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Zalman does have a solid contender here, but its price needs to be lowered to a more acceptable level. They nailed the look as this AIO liquid cooler really takes the cake in terms of appearance. Not everyone is going to love it, but it is unique and rids itself of the boring traditional radiator design. With some sleeved fan cables, a more affordable price, and lower noise levels, Zalman could have a real winner on their hands.
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Asus Maximus VII Impact Review reported at 10:33 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: ocaholic
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At a first glance the Maximus VII Impact definitely leaves an excellent impression. The mix of overclocking features and a high quality audio hardware makes this a state-of-the-art motherboard for mini-ITX-gaming. And next to a very nice looking design you find useful features like for example GameFirst III. This software allows you to configure your network device the way gaming traffic gets prioritized (keyword traffic shaping). Furthremore you get ASUS' RAM Disk Software and lots of other goodies, which make this board even more appealing. Absolutely remarkable, that's what the ten phase power design is. ASUS really succeed in bringing even extreme overclocking to the mini-ITX form factor.
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Kingston SSDNow V310 Review reported at 10:32 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: HardwareHeaven
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As is pretty much always the case on value orientated drives we do get some compromises in performance. For example if you care about synthetic tests such as CrystalDiskMark the Kingston V310 doesn’t do well, or in large file transfers of varied file types it falls behind the competition. That said, for HD video work the Kingston V310 scores well, and it is competitive in game loading times as well as Windows boot time. We also note the fact that the peak speeds are actually much higher than those advertised by Kingston.
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Plextor PX-256M6Pro Review (French) reported at 10:31 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Cowcotland
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Cooler Master CM Storm Mizar Review reported at 10:21 AM
category: Mice     website: pcGameware.co.uk
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"The only real issue (apart from a slightly poorly placed forward thumb button, and that’s subjective anyway) is the price. Now while not too high, there’s a lot of other and even cheaper mice in this sector that offer the same. Therefore my only concern is that with the CM Storm Mizar, Cooler Master may have not brought anything unique enough to the party to make the Mizar stand out in what is already a busy crowd."
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Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Review reported at 10:16 AM
category: headsets     website: Benchmark Reviews
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So the ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 is a very nice headset, an excellent descendant to the original Kave headset. Adding USB convenience and an excellent software package, means this headset should be near the top of your consideration list. The only downside is that the price is near the top of most people’s price range for a headset. The Bluetooth functionality alone would make it worth it to a lot of people, myself included.
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i-Rocks Rock K10 Review reported at 10:15 AM
category: Keyboards     website: KitGuru
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The i-Rocks K10 is the best option for a ‘no frills’ keyboard.
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Streacom FC8 Evo Review reported at 10:15 AM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: PureOverclock.com
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Streacom's FC8 EVO Fanless Chassis comes with a sleek, elegant and uniquely designed layout. It's small foot print and silence experience is sure to create a conversation piece in your living room.
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In Win 901 reported at 04:00 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: techPowerUp!
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The In Win 901 is a smaller version of the 904, intended for use with a Mini-ITX board instead. Even so, it still offers enough space for an optical drive and a long GPU. Will the smaller brother impress us as much as the 904?
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