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Gainward Phantom GTX 970 GPU Review

Gainward Phantom GTX 970 GPU Review Gainward Phantom GTX 970 is an interesting card- not an observation based on performance considering at the end of the day it’s a Nvidia GTX 970. But because of a different cooling design which not only works by pulling air through the heatsink and heatpipes array but also allows …

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Zotac Premium Edition 240GB SSD Review

Zotac Premium Edition 240GB SSD Review The solid-state drive business has many competitors. It will be interesting to see what Zotac Premium Edition 240GB SSD stands. Zotac might be a new name in SSDs, but isn’t in the DIY PC market. Zotac enjoys a long-standing reputation with good graphic card series and its well known …

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Kingston SSDNow UV300 240GB SSD Review

Kingston SSDNow UV300 240GB SSD Review The Kingston SSDNow UV300 comes with a Phison controller, and this is the first SSD drive that I am testing with this controller. A 240GB is a fair amount of space for many users, but this should tempt a lot of people picking these up as they cost lesser …

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SanDisk Extreme Pro 240GB SSD Review

SanDisk Extreme Pro 240GB SSD Review The SanDisk Extreme Pro is isn’t something new, it’s a year-old drive. But due to a gradual decrease in cost, higher capacity SSDs of such kind become a good value for many types of users. SanDisk Ultra II and SanDisk Extreme Pro are two of such SSDs along with …

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SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD Review

SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD Review As per specifications, SanDisk Ultra II SSDs promised to run sequential read up to 550MB/s and Sequential write up to 500 MB/s, irrespective of the storage variant. These drives are with three years warranty period. Very recently, SanDisk SSDs namely the Ultra II were a rage during Black Friday …

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WD Blue WD40E31X 4TB PC SSHD Review

WD Blue WD40E31X 4TB PC SSHD Review As per WD, this drive uses a set of algorithms which tracks data usage and prioritizes part of the data which is frequently used using the 8GB NAND. One of such uses (as WD highlighted) is for gaming. With this algorithm and the 8GB NAND, it would provide …

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Zotac GTX 950 AMP! Edition Graphic Card Review

Zotac GTX 950 AMP! Edition Graphic Card Review This card comes with the same “AMP! Edition” features like it did with Zotac GTX 960 AMP Edition- same features, same cooling and backplate design, 90mm fans and a bit more than that. This card (ZT-90603-10M) costs US $169.99 while Gigabyte GTX 950 WF-OC costs US $169.99 …

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Cooler Master MasterCase 5 PC Chassis Review

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 PC Chassis Review Cooler Master comes with a new case series with a ‘Make it yours’ theme. What it means is that after purchasing its case, you can buy some add-ons for expansion according to your requirements or to get an aesthetic appeal. Cooler Master calls this as a ‘Free Form’ …

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Cooler Master MasterCase 5 PC Case Review

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 PC Case Review Cooler Master comes with a new case series with a ‘Make it yours’ theme. What it means is that after purchasing its case, you can buy some add-ons for expansion according to your requirements or to get an aesthetic appeal. Cooler Master calls this as a ‘Free Form’ …

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Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition Graphic Card Review

Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition Graphic Card Review Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition graphic card is a factory overclocked and it’s cheaper than the Titan X. One would roughly estimate that Nvidia reference GTX 980 Ti would be a little bit slower than Titan X, but what about when you weigh …

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Cooler Master Hyper 103 CPU Air Cooler Review

Cooler Master Hyper 103 CPU Air Cooler Review Not all those who buy better CPU coolers overclock. This is in reference to Cooler Master Hyper 103 CPU air cooler. A CPU cooler with 3x copper heatpipes and a 92mm CPU cooler with a total height of 5.5 inches. As always, we’ll see how good it …

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Noctua NH-D15S Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review

Noctua NH-D15S Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review The Noctua NH-D15 is one hell of a CPU cooler. The improvements over the NH-D14 is appreciated since it allows installation of taller heatspreaders. But when I reviewed motherboards like Gigabyte X99-UD4, I found that the space between the CPU cooler and the first PCIe x16 slot is non-existent when I …

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Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler Review

Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler Review Noctua sent a very good looking CPU cooler- the NH-C14S. This is a C-type CPU cooler which has a top-down airflow design. The CPU cooler can accommodate up to 2x 140 x 140 x 25mm fans, but with a choice of a single fan, you can either mount it towards …

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SoundMAGIC ES18S In-Ear Monitor Earphones Review

SoundMAGIC ES18S In-Ear Monitor Earphones Review Soundmagic was one of those early innovative brands that came out with one of the first Balanced Armature driver earphone for under $50 at a time when people had to pay over $100 to be able to afford a Balanced Armature driver earphone. Nowadays you get Chinese earphone manufacturers …

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Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI Motherboard Review

Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI Motherboard Review Gigabyte Z97N-WiFi is a mini-ITX motherboard packed with certain features on paper that would attract a lot of those who want good enough performance for gaming and at the same time maintain a form-factor to make it look like an HTPC- or simply and HTPC which happens to have a GPU …

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Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB SSD Review

Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB SSD Review Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB SSD- an SSD with the “HyperX” branding after a very long time. The last Kingston HyperX series SSD was HyperX 3K. Other than that, Kingston have been releasing few V series SSDs here and there. So, we should expect good ‘mainstream’ performance now that it …

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CM Elite 130 mini-ITX PC Case Review

CM Elite 130 mini-ITX PC Case Review Thanks to mini-ITX motherboards, AIO coolers and low-profile CPU coolers, modular/semi-modular power supplies and even SSDs, case manufacturers can make significantly smaller-yet-space efficient case designs. CM Elite 130 is a case that meant to be small and compliment the mini/low profile components that it can house within. One …

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Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler Review

Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler Review Noctua sent its NH-D15 CPU cooler, and like its coolers that I’ve tested so far, they usually stand apart from most CPU air cooler manufacturers, something that other manufacturer would agree. I am a fan of their bolt through kits- simple, effective and strong. The built quality of the CPU …

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Audioengine A2+ 2.0 Desktop Speaker Review

Audioengine A2+ 2.0 Desktop Speaker Review We have reviewed the Audioengine D3 DAC some time back and we came back impressed by the tiny dimensions, excellent build quality and good sound quality. So when the Audioengine A2+ also came for review I was more than a little excited to run them through their paces. The Audioengine A2+ is …

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Thecus N2310 Two-Bay NAS Review

Thecus N2310 Two-Bay NAS Review Thecus N2310 is an entry level NAS built with Advanced Micro Circuits Corporation SOC clocked at 800MHz with 512MB DDR3 RAM. Apart from the basic specifications, can take up to 2x drives with 3.5″ and 2.5″ form factor, with a total support of up to 8TB. How it performs, is …

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CM Storm Rapid-i Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Review

CM Storm Rapid-i Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Review CM Storm Rapid-i mechanical gaming keyboard is something that I wish their CM Storm Quickfire TK was- a small keyboard with directional keys. The main cons I highlighted was that CM should have ditched the Numpad and provide dedicated buttons for navigation and special keys. The end result …

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Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler Review

Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler Review Noctua’s NH-U14S is a larger version of the 120mm counterpart with an extra heatpipe, but still maintains the slim profile to ensure full compatibility for memory kits of any profiles on most of the motherboards. As pointed out in the NH-U12S review, Noctua emphasizes on detailing, especially for mounting options. Like its …

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Creative Soundblaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB DAC Review

Creative Soundblaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB DAC Review Creative had launched a slew of audio products based on its quad-core Recon 3D audio processor including the latest Z series. However, it had not launched any budget offerings other than its old Audigy and Live! series. ASUS had captured the lower budget market with their Xonar …

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Noctua NH-U12S CPU Air Cooler Review

Noctua NH-U12S CPU Air Cooler Review Noctua NH-U12S is a tower-type CPU air cooler with 158mm in height. The cooler is designed with 45nm fin depth to ensure that the cooler does not block any of the DIMM slots for installing memory kits- with or without tall heatspreaders. The height of the tower cooler is …

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