Reviews

The ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC is R9 290X done right. It is overclocked out of the box, but doesn't suffer from the throttling issues of AMD's reference design. The card is also quieter, even in performance mode, and you can activate the second, quiet BIOS for a very low noise experience.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:9.5
Silverstone has a rich portfolio of PSU offerings and recently released a new line, the Strider Gold S series, which includes the world’s smallest fully modular ATX PSUs. We will take a look at the ST75F-GS unit, having Gold efficiency and Silverstone's great look.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:8.5
MP4Nation has been manufacturing quality budget in-ears for a while, and they hope to take a good chunk of the mid-fi earphone market with the $60 S1s. The S1s use a 10mm driver in a well-designed housing and come with a flat cable, which is neat for people on the go.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Headphones
Score:9.8
The Deep Silence 4 is Nanoxia's mATX offering for silent fans out there. Offering the ability to control up to six fans within the chassis while encapsulating the sound from within, this should be an interesting option for those wanting a compact system with as little noise as possible.
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:8.9
EVGA's GTX 780 Ti Classified is the fastest GTX 780 Ti we ever tested. It comes with a large overclock out of the box that makes it run above 1175 MHz most of the time. The dual-fan ACX heatsink also provides good cooling, resulting in low temperatures and a stable operation at all times.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:9.6
Super Flower raised the bar even higher than before with their new Platinum and Gold Leadex PSUs. We will take a look at their strongest PSU offering, the Leadex Gold 1300 W. This unit features a fully modular cabling design with LED lit connectors, a single +12V rail, and a selectable semi-passive operation for completely silent operation at low loads.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:9.5
The latest trend in NAS devices is to reproduce multimedia content, which home users appreciate since it provides them with the ability to also use their NAS as a media player. Synology adheres to this trend with the DS214play we are testing today - this unit's media server features allow it to transcode 1080p Full HD video on the fly.
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Author:crmaris
In:NAS
Score:8.9
MSI's GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the best graphics card I've reviewed in a long time. It is very fast because of its overclock out of the box, but doesn't run hot at all. Its powerful TwinFrozr cooler also enables MSI to run the card at fantastic noise levels that are quieter than most other graphics cards on the market.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:9.9
CM Storm's new Havoc gaming mouse features the 8200 DPI Avago ADNS-9800 sensor which has proven to be one of the most consistent, high-performance laser sensors out there. That, coupled with plenty of buttons, should make for an interesting combination.
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Author:Frederik S
In:Mice
Score:7.5
The Ashura is breathing new life into Scythe's CPU cooler lineup. Featuring an offset single tower design, this heatsink offers enough clearance even for the tallest modules in all four memory slots. With a price below $50, it is also quite affordable, while providing decent noise levels and good cooling.
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
Score:9.2
Today, we will test the strongest member of be quiet!’s latest series, the Power Zone line. With 1000 W capacity and six PCIe connectors, it will easily handle a high-end gaming system. The PSU can even power and thermally control up to three case fans, which contributes to the quiet operation of your entire system.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:8.9
Whether you want to build a new Haswell-based HTPC or fully-fledged gaming box, like Valve's STEAMBox, ASRock's Z87E-ITX is ready to meet your needs at a decent price. We take a look at the ASRock Z87E-ITX and perhaps discover why Valve chose the ASRock Z87E-ITX board for their own STEAMBox.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.3
The new ASUS GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II OC offers amazing performance out of the box that is 6% higher than the already fast GTX 780 Ti reference design. ASUS is also using their large dual-fan DirectCU II heatsink to ensure that the card runs cool enough for maximized performance.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:9.4
Corsair recently added another line, the CS-M, to their rich portfolio. Today, we will evaluate the CS650M: it features compact dimensions and a semi-modular cabling design. The PSU is also 80 Plus Gold certified and has a single +12V rail that can deliver up to 51 A of current.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:8.6
MSI's R9 270X GAMING provides the lowest noise levels of any card in its performance class thanks to its dual-fan TwinFrozr cooler. It is also overclocked out of the box, giving it a 3% performance advantage, which matches HD 7950 performance.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:9.4
The EVGA Hadron Air comes with a high quality 80Plus Gold 500W PSU and provides enough room for a potent graphics card. This compact case offers everything you need to build a tiny, powerful gaming system. But did EVGA achieve what others are only dreaming of, without sacrificing anything?
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:8.9
Like a mad rush of level 60 rogues, the ECS GANK MACHINE launches its assault on the Intel Haswell platform in a way no other would even attempt, going straight for the kill. Built with gaming in mind, and a bit of overclocking, too, the ECS GANK MACHINE not only surprised me, but left me feeling helpless, and under-skilled.
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Author:cadaveca
In:Motherboards
Score:9.0
The Obsidian 750D aims to fill the compact full-tower chassis spot in the updated Obsidian family. With the 900D taking the top and the 350D firmly situated in the mid-tower segment, the 750D has a price tag to match its size, but will it be able to deliver everything to warrant the Obsidian name?
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:9.6
Besides the SuperNOVA series, which includes high-end and mid-level PSUs, EVGA also rolled out the Bronze series addressing budget-oriented users. Today, we will take a look at the 600B unit with 600 W capacity, a single +12V rail, and a non-modular cabling system which contributes greatly to its low price.
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:8.3
ASUS engineered a truly unique product with their ROG MARS GTX 760. It is based on two GTX 760 GPUs on a single card, which provides amazing performance sitting right between the GTX 780 and 780 Ti. The cooling solution is also decent and makes sure the card always runs full NVIDIA Boost clocks.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:8.4
Prolimatech looks to beat the competition with the Black Series Genesis CPU cooler. Utilizing a unique design out of ninety matte black fins and being whisper quiet as tested, this stylish heatsink keeps more than just the CPU cool.
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Author:crazyeyesreaper
In:CPU Coolers
Score:8.8
The BitFenix Shadow looks pretty sweet with its dual LED lighting element in the front, which can be toggled off, red, or blue. Is the chassis able to shine or will it have to stay in the shadows due to shortcomings?
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Author:Darksaber
In:Cases
Score:7.5
QNAP recently released their new TS-x70 line, and in this review, we are going to take a look at the TS-470, a 4-bay NAS suitable for SMB (Small and Medium-sized Business) environments. QNAP even claims this server to be capable of offering higher than 400 MB/s read and write speeds.
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Author:crmaris
In:NAS
Score:9.2
Palit's GeForce GTX 780 Ti Jetstream comes with company's triple-fan, triple-slot cooler, which provides impressive temperatures. The card is also overclocked out of the box, making it faster than the $1000 dual-GPU GTX 690 on average. Overclocking works great, too, thanks to the new GTX 780 Ti GPU.
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Author:W1zzard
In:Graphics Cards
Score:9.2
Cooler Master has lately been revamping their PSU lines with units that feature innovative platforms and killer price/performance ratios. Today, we will take a look at the G550M PSU, a mid-level product that, although its affordable price promises high performance, comes with a five year warranty!
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Author:crmaris
In:Power Supplies
Score:8.4