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Pivos XIOS DS Media Player Review

Pivos is one of those companies that you might not have ever heard of unless your looking for the specific types of devices they offer. Being a major player in digital media playback and IPTV systems among many more emerging technologies we had heard of them a bit before looking …

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Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 2400MHz 16GB Memory Kit

Kingston as a whole has been around a long time, but they created the HyperX brand when they realized there were people that wanted to push the limits of their system memory in order to increase performance. That was a long 10 years ago and the kit we have today …

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ASUS AiCloud: A Fresh Face for Networking

ASUS has had some recent success in the networking side of the industry and much like they do in the motherboard market they are now expanding the network devices to do so much more. This comes to us today to showcase the newest addition in the AiCloud feature so let’s …

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OCZ Vertex 3.20 – Vertex 3 updated to 20nm

  Today we get a chance to look at OCZ’s newest refresh of the Vertex series with the Vertex 3.20. The update is actually hidden in plain sight as this update utilizes 20nm NAND. Now let’s see what the drive has to offer.

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Kingston V300 120GB, 7mm Slim SSD On a Budget

  Today we look at the new V300 Drive from Kingston which is a Sandforce based drive pointed at the value segment to get a sub $1/GB drive to the masses, now lets see what this drive has to offer.    INTRODUCTION The world of SSD’s is constantly advancing and with that the price …

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Powercolor HD 7870 Myst Edition

Powercolor has been a lesser-seen name in the GPU market but their primary focus is AMD based GPU’s since their creation in 1997. Today we have the HD7870 MYST Edition card which is based on the new Tahiti LE GPU, so let’s see what what exactly this thing can do.

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GTX TITAN Single Card Performance

Recently Nvidia launched the GTX TITAN which has proven to be a monster of a card and with extreme capabilities for the most demanding enthusiast gamers. Last week, we released a preview. Now, after some time with the card we have some results to show what you can expect from a single …

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GTX TITAN Preview: The beast to unseat the best!

Nvidia always seems to have a ace or two up their sleeves when it comes to GPU launches and product planning, but this time it looks like they brought a RPG to a knife fight. The GTX TITAN is here and I am ready to take it for a spin, so read …

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Cyberpower Fangbook: Extreme Gaming Gone Mobile

Cyberpower is a premier high end system builder, with that they have some great options from mild to wild when it comes to system designs and options. Today we have the Fangbook X7-200 which is a new extreme gaming laptop built to make the days of being chained to a …

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Swiftech H20-320 Elite Custom Liquid Cooling

Swiftech’s new H20-320 Elite kit is designed with many new improvements that should help with performance, functionality and even fitment. Now let’s take a closer look and see if Swiftech has taken another step toward offering the best custom liquid cooler in a single kit.

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Thecus N5550 NAS Review

Thecus’s latest 5-bay NAS, the N5550, is designed for small and medium size businesses (SMB) or home users who need a powerful data file server to centralize all of their digital content. The N5550 Has some excellent specs on paper which happen to match our recently reviewed N4800 with the inclusion …

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ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II

  ASUS has its own way of putting a special spin on its GPU offerings through special overclock models along with DirectCU II cooling solutions which always tend to deliver something special. Today we have an ASUS GeForce GTX 660 on the test bench to see exactly how this bang for the buck …

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ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z

ASUS has been all the rage with its Z77 models, from the most basic to the more extravagant ROG series. Today we look at the AMD side of things with the new revision of the Crosshair V Formula.

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ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP

    ASUS has a wide range of products, from hardware to routers and audio solutions. Today though, we’re taking a look at one of ASUS’ premier products: the ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP edition card. Keep reading what this beast of a card has to offer!

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ADATA SX900 128GB Review

  Today we look at the new ADATA SX 900 128GB SSD. It is a Sandforce powered drive like many others but with a specially designed and optimized firmware which opens up even more NAND capacity for use.

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ASUS Maximus V Extreme

ASUS has some amazing Z77 offerings especially in the ROG lineup. We have already looked at the Maximus V Gene and the Maximus V Formula, both of which were amazing overclockers with loads of features. Today we have the Extreme variant which is the very top model for the ASUS …

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GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 Motherboard

  GIGABYTE builds motherboards for pretty much every type of user, from the extreme high end board to the more basic and straightforward mainstream boards. We were able to pick up the Z77X-UP7 from GIGABYTE. Let’s take a look at how this top-end board performs.

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Cyberpower X6-9120 Gaming Notebook

Cyberpower is a premier system builder with a legacy of providing gaming grade performance at a great value. Add this along with the fact that they always have some cool free upgrade promos going on and you have a recipe for some really cool toys. Let’s take a look at what we have in the X6-9120 …

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MSI Big Bang Z77 MPower

  MSI has been around the motherboard market for a very long time, and like many of the players nowadays, is really pushing the overclocking ability on both its motherboard and graphics card lineups. The Big Bang series of MPower boards are built around the idea of being highly overclockable and enthusiast-targeted. Today …

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Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X

Sapphire has made quite a name for itself as one of the premier and largest AMD board partners and all with some stylish and simply impressive cards in the process. Today we look at the HD 7950 Vapor-X model and see what kind of magic has been infused in the …

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ASUS MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum

ASUS has a very rare addition to its MATRIX series offerings. MATRIX cards are always of a special build quality, including hand picked components and usually some very unique features not seen on any other card. Today we have the ASUS MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum. Let’s see what it has …

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ASUS Maximus V Formula

ASUS hit the market hard with the little board that packed a big punch. Now they’ve released the bigger brother of that board: the Maximus V Formula, and the Maximus V Extreme is following shortly. Let’s check out the Maximus V Formula and see what it has to offer.

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ASUS GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP Edition Review

    Nvidia just launched the 650 Ti chipset and with that we have the partner models as well. With us today we have the top limited model from ASUS in the GTX 650 Ti DirectCU II TOP Edition card. This card is the top of the heap when it …

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Kingston HyperX Predator 2666MHz 8GB Memory

  Kingston has been in the memory business for as long as we can remember. Today we have the newest in the Kingston HyperX Extreme performance line with the HyperX Predator memory. New heatspreader and extraordinarily high speeds make this kit an enthusiast’s dream. Now let’s take a look further …

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Patriot “Intel Extreme Masters” Edition 2133MHz 8GB Review

  Nowadays, memory tends to be more of a battle over who can bin the tightest, as all IC’s shipping for the most part are pretty much the same. In the memory market it all comes down to how you can differentiate yourself from the same old stuff that we may see every day. …

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ASUS GTX 560 Ti 2GB DirectCUII

  ASUS has passed us yet another card from their DirectCU II lineup with the GTX 560 Ti 2GB TOP edition. This is a bit of an older model but it is a refresh of the 560 with the addition of double the frambuffer and a higher clockspeed. Lets take …

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Zotac GTX680 AMP Edition Graphics Card

ZOTAC AMP edition is something that just recently with the 660 Ti we found to be a seriously ferocious competitor. AMP edition cards are built for all out speed and coming with highly capable performance oriented coolers we expect great things from them. Today looking at the 680 AMP edition we expect no different.

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GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH

    GIGABYTE was not long behind the release of Intel’s Thunderbolt, and quickly instituted the new technology on desktop boards. One of their first entries in the Z77 line with included Thunderbolt is the Z77X-UP5 TH. So far, it looks like a great product with dual-Thunderbolt, allowing for up …

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 660 Ti AMP Edition

  ZOTAC always has a unique way of approaching the market, whether it be via unique color profiles or just the simply outlandish cooler designs on the AMP series of cards. Today we take a look at their newly released GTX 660 Ti offering from the AMP Edition lineup and …

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ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP Edition

    ASUS has been on a consistent roll recently with every Nvidia 6 series release and it is continuing with the 660 Ti as they drop in again and dressed to impress in full DirectCU II garb and bearing the TOP Edition muscle. Does it have what it needs …

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MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition

MSI pushes ahead with its newest addition built upon the recently released 660 Ti chipset and its Twin Frozr IV cooler design to make one awesome card that could possibly top them all. Let’s take a look and see if it has what it takes.

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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti Windforce OC

GIGABYTE has made a name for themselves with very overclockable motherboards and their extremely highly clockable “Super overclock” graphics card offerings. Coming from this same brand, we have their overclock offering for the GTX 660 Ti.

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ZOTAC GT 640 Zone Edition

  ZOTAC has made a name for themselves in the SFF community with many of the Zbox systems and SFF boards. ZOTAC also makes GeForce graphics cards which are quite well featured and targeted at specific user demographics. Today we have the Zone Edition which is designed for the HTPC …

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ASUS P8Z77 WS

  ASUS has hit the Z77 playing field with amazing force and their P8Z77 WS looks to be an utterly amazing and very capable offering.  4 Way SLI server grade stability and features add up to one hell of an amazing looking board on paper. Can it perform as well …

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MSI R7870 HAWK Edition

  MSI always has made products built around stability and performance. The card we’re looking at today is no different, offering Military Class components and special designs tailored to those who love a good performing card with headroom to push it when needed.

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