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SilentiumPC Grandis XE1236 Review reported at 01:26 PM
category: CPU Coolers     website: NikKTech
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"SilentiumPC products are currently only available inside the EU so as we speak the Gradis XE1236 CPU Cooler currently retails for around 39Euros a price tag which is indeed a lot better than expected and should appeal especially to people who are looking for good cooling efficiency and low noise levels but are on a tight budget. The availability issue outside of the EU (and in some places inside the EU) seems to be the only serious problem SilentiumPC has with the Gradis XE1236 but they might be able to resolve this sooner rather than later. Still overall they have released a very good CPU Cooler (for the money) and that's why it gets our Golden Award."
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AeroCool Dead Silence Review reported at 01:23 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: techPowerUp!
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The Aerocool DS Cube goes up against the enclosures I already mentioned and the BitFenix Prodigy M, but it puts up an excellent fight. With that said, the DS Cube is probably for you if you are looking for a colorful and quiet chassis with a well-rounded feature set and the ability to hold potent hardware.
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PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 770 Review reported at 01:22 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware Slave
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This is an excellent performance verses price point card albeit with stocks speeds but an excellent three fan cooler which ticks a few enthusiast boxes. We would be happy with a few of these cards kicking about the office as a mid to high end reference card and we wouldn't be shy to use them in our gaming rigs either.
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Intel Core i7-5960X Review reported at 01:14 PM
category: Intel Socket 2011-V3 CPUs     website: Techware Labs
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Although enthusiasts have been worried that having less and less headroom with each new release is becoming a trend, Intel has proven that they’re addressing this concern. The i7-4790K is an absolute beast, and proves to us that Intel is listening to the small percentage of enthusiasts out there. This haswell refresh is a very promising look at whats to come from Intel and provides you with more than enough power to handle everything you throw at it. A lot of you may be asking yourselves, is it worth the upgrade? If you are asking yourself that than, yes! The Devil’s Canyon is absolutely worth it. You can find the I7-4790K for 324.99 on amazon, and for the performance that you will learn to become accustomed to, it is well worth the price. Intel is on the right track with this new refresh and we are excited to test out future products to come from Intel.
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Western Digital My Passport Wireless Review reported at 01:13 PM
category: Storage Accessories     website: PC Perspective
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"The Western Digital My Passport Wireless is an extremely versatile WiFi connected mobile hard drive. 2x2 Wireless N MIMO enables fast throughput for such a small device, supporting up to 4 simultaneous HD video streams. WiFi pass through lets mobile devices surf while streaming music over the same wireless link. SD card offload and FTP access will be of great use to photographers in the field. USB 3.0 enables fast transfers as well as a convenient way to recharge. The My Passport Wireless is basically the storage equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife for those on the go."
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Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Review reported at 01:10 PM
category: Socket 2011-V3 Motherboards     website: ocaholic
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If you are looking an X99 motherobard with excellent price/performance ratio, then the Gigabyte X99-UD4 is the answer.
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Phanteks Enthoo Pro Review (French) reported at 01:08 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Cowcotland
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MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G Review reported at 01:07 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardOCP
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The MSI Radeon R9 285 GAMING OC is a solid video card based on the AMD Radeon R9 285 GPU. It performed very well, comes overclocked out of the box for a little extra performance. We look forward to manually overclocking the video card and taking it to its limits.
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Sapphire Radeon R9 285 Dual-X OC Review reported at 01:07 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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The R9 285 is a step in the right direction for AMD’s graphics division, it shows innovation, refinement and progress can be made from an existing architecture. It may not be the best bang-for-buck offering AMD have ever produced but it’s still a cracking graphics card that outpaces the competition at the same price.
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AMD FX-8370E Review reported at 01:06 PM
category: Socket AM3+ CPUs     website: Benchmark Reviews
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At the time of this writing, the AMD FX-8370E and FX-8370 processors are both set with an MSRP of $199. We will see what the retailers do with this, but at just under $200, the FX-8370E and FX-8370 represent an excellent value. The performance is certainly on par or exceeding that of the slightly higher priced i5-4670. I would have to say that the best competition in price/performance for the FX-8370E and FX-8370 is actually the FX-8350.
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AMD FX-8370E Review (German) reported at 01:05 PM
category: Socket AM3+ CPUs     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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Sapphire Radeon R9 285 Dual-X OC Review reported at 01:02 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PC Perspective
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As unexcited as this conclusion might sound, the Radeon R9 285 2GB still looks to be the best graphics card you can buy for $250. But AMD already held that crown making this seem more like a maintenance release than a high impact technology launch. If you value the technology of Mantle, TrueAudio or FreeSync and are in the market for a graphics card in the budget of $210-280, then this is the one for you.
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Asus STRIX-R9285-DC2OC-2GD5 Review reported at 12:58 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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"The ASUS R9 285 STRIX is a fantastic solution, offering great gaming performance. But R9 285 pricing is all wrong in the UK – wait until prices drop."
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MSI R9 285 GAMING 2G Review reported at 12:55 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareHeaven
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"We thought long and hard about this and while we could award “Value” for this R9-285 review, we will go with Recommended. If the Never Settle games appeal to you, this really is a great value product. Even without them it is also a well priced, competitive GPU for 1080p gaming. (And one which would have been more appropriate as the 280 series than re-branding 7900 cards.)"
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AMD Radeon R9 285 Review reported at 12:51 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: TechSpot
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"It's unfortunate that the R9 285 doesn't shake things up a little more. If you already own a R9 280, HD 7950 or anything faster, then the R9 285 isn't for you unless you need features such as Mantle API or DX12 support. If you were already eyeing the R9 280 and don't mind a memory downgrade, the R9 285 is a fine choice while it's probably a better pick than the GTX 760 if you want the most frames per dollar."
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Western Digital My Passport Ultra Review reported at 12:45 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: Techware Labs
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Overall I am impressed with the Western Digital My Passport Ultra. You get great transfer speeds, a small desk footprint, silent operation, and good bundled software. At a current price point of $70 from various retailers, it is very competitive with other similarly sized portable external drives. If you are in the market for a high performance portable drive, I’d definitely recommend putting the My Passport Ultra on your list.
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Corsair Graphite 380T Review reported at 12:44 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: MadShrimps
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Under the hood we see a clever design optimized for maximum airflow, this with even the option to install more fans or even an AIO cooler, though the elevated price throws a dark shadow over this nice looking case. The demanded price tag is too elevated to really recommend this case, as there are far cheaper variants out there. Nevertheless one must admit this Graphite 380T combines a quite unique look, excellent cooling and great hardware compatibility, this when leaving the PSU out of the equation. Though if any of the aforementioned are important and you don't care to cash out, than this Graphite 380T will not let you down.
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eVGA X99 Classified Review reported at 12:15 PM
category: Socket 2011-V3 Motherboards     website: ocaholic
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With the X99 Classified, EVGA created a good looking board. Unfortunately this particular model is a bit slower than the competition.
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Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite & G2N-P Elite Review reported at 12:05 PM
category: Keyboards     website: APH Networks
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The Tizona G2N Elite and G2N-P Elite has proved that Tesoro Technologies is no rookie, but they are a few steps away from being a senior with their sword of a keyboard.
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Samsung 850 Pro 512GB Review reported at 11:52 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: NikKTech
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That being said there are cheaper models in the market currently that may not offer the same exact read/write performance and may not support RAPID mode but should be far more appealing to regular consumers. However for enthusiasts and professionals alike the 850 Pro with its superior performance, the quite useful RAPID mode and the 10 year warranty and support only Samsung can offer is the obvious choice and that's why it grabs our Platinum Award.
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Tesoro Tizona Elite G2N Blue Switch Review reported at 11:50 AM
category: Keyboards     website: PureOverclock.com
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"A reliable, basic mechanical keyboard with the unique feature of a detachable and movable keypad."
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MSI Z97M Gaming Review reported at 11:13 AM
category: Socket 1150 Motherboards     website: pcGameware.co.uk
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There is a lot to like about the MSI Z97M GAMING. It offers SLI and CrossFire support, memory speeds up to 3300MHz (with OC), 6x internal SATA and a total of 10x external USB ports. The only possible issue being a fairly high core voltage of 1.295v when pushing the i5-4670k up to 4.8GHz. This will of course vary from CPU to CPU and to be fair as Gamers we really don’t need to push the CPU this hard (although for perhaps for bragging rights). The MSI Z97M could be at the center of a very powerful Gaming rig.
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Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 128GB Review reported at 10:48 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: MadShrimps
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The Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 is impressive when judging it regarding the read performances, no other drive we have previously tested has succeeded to even get close. Regarding the write speeds, we did get about 89MB/s but this speed was already surpassed by the Corsair Voyager GS along with the MX Tech. MX-LX 128GB drives.
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X99 Charts: 5 Boards - EVGA X99 Classified reported at 10:46 AM
category: Socket 2011-V3 Motherboards     website: ocaholic
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Super Flower Golden Silent Review reported at 10:35 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: eTeknix.com
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Very rarely do I see a product executed with such innovation but Super Flower’s Golden Silent 500W passive power supply has surprised me with its unique integrated heatsink chassis and universal modular cable connector system. Best of all is the fact this power supply is cheaper than rival solutions and yet performs just as good. Super Flower are a brand to keep a close eye on, they are going places!
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Thermaltake Frio Silent 14 Review reported at 10:34 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: KitGuru
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"If you’re in the market for an extremely quiet, yet affordable CPU cooler and don’t mind the bare aluminium look, then the Thermaltake Frio14 is the first cooler you should be looking at."
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QNAP TS-470 Pro Review reported at 10:27 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: NikKTech
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"Of course you are not paying for no reason at all since the TS-470 Pro is indeed a very fast NAS server that should cover all your needs and then some but since the N7710-G by Thecus costs roughly 15% less and comes ready with an 10GbE PCIex card (you need to spend an extra USD600/500Euros to get the card from QNAP) one must really need the extra CPU power and QTS OS features in order to go for the second. Aside that however we simply can't find anything wrong with the TurboNAS TS-470 Pro and since its target audience is people who care not about cost and because it's the fastest NAS server in our charts we award it with our Platinum Award."
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Intel Core i7-5960X Review reported at 10:20 AM
category: Intel Socket 2011-V3 CPUs     website: MadShrimps
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The Intel engineers have created another milestone product for the desktop market. Just saying that it is Extremely powerful might not even do justice to the multi-threaded capabilities this 16 threaded i7-5960X has to offer.
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CM Storm Mizar, TteSports Saphira and Balista MK-1 Review reported at 10:19 AM
category: Mice     website: eTeknix.com
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So in conclusion, the Shogun Bros. Balista MK-1 is a great choice for those who want something a little unique looking with a good level of grip and great performance. The Saphira is for those who want all the advanced features needed for competitive gaming, but don’t want all the clutter, plus its optical sensor feels marvellous to use. The Mizar is for those who want fast and accurate performance, but it is generally more ideal for those with smaller hands (perfect for younger gamers) or those who play with a claw-grip style.
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Intel Core i7-5960X Review reported at 09:58 AM
category: Intel Socket 2011-V3 CPUs     website: KitGuru
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Intel’s 5960X is the fastest overall consumer chip on the market, and this time that extra £330 over its cheaper sibling actually buys something physical in the form of a pair of cores, in addition to extra cache. If you have demanding multi-threaded workloads and want the fastest consumer processor to push through them, the 5960X is the part to buy.
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Intel Core i7-5960X Review reported at 09:40 AM
category: Intel Socket 2011-V3 CPUs     website: eTeknix.com
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Intel’s Core i7 5960X proudly leads the high end desktop into a new phase of high performance computing. 8 cores, DDR4 support and a revamped X99 platform make the Core i7 5960X the ultimate acquisition for any serious PC user.
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Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Cronos Review reported at 09:39 AM
category: headsets     website: NikKTech
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It really goes without saying that if you can afford to spend more on a gaming headset that there are plenty out there to choose from that can easily outperform the CRONOS Gaming Headset but if you're on a tight budget and you're looking for a great looking headset that's very comfortable and offers good audio quality then look no further since the CRONOS has you covered. Because of all the above we are giving the CRONOS Gaming Headset by Tt eSPORTS our Golden Award.
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