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HEXUS week in review

by Tarinder Sandhu on 27 July 2012, 16:22

Tags: Sapphire, XFX (HKG:1079), Cooler Master, be-quiet, SilverstoneTek, Noctua, NZXT, Arctic, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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It's been sweltering this last week with the mercury breaking 30°C in parts of the country, so what better way to pass the time than by testing seven Intel Ivy Bridge-compatible coolers while the sun roasts the office? We pit the big boys against one another and the results are surprising.

Switching gears completely, we also take a look at the brand-new Philips Blade 2 monitor, now available with a 24in, full-HD panel. Can looks and performance come together in one tidy package?

 
 

Ultra-aggressive on pricing and laden with mean looks, Patriot tempts the enthusiast with an 8GB pack of DDR3-2,133 memory priced at just £47.99. Find out if it's worth the tenner over generic RAM in this review.

Sapphire's HD 7870 Flex card has the necessary outputs to run three screens with ease and a cooler good enough to laugh at a British summer's temperatures.

In other news, the demand for the Nexus 7 16GB tablet has taken ASUS/Google by surprise, Windows 8 promises to speed-up common application graphics, NVIDIA's 'Dawn' makes a reappearance after a 10-year hiatus, and Apple releases OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to the masses.

 
 

XFX gets all Olympian on us with an excellent competition that gives three lucky readers a chance to win a PSU and graphics-card bundle. Meanwhile, Cooler Master is no shrinking violet in the compo stakes - it has teamed up with HEXUS to give away four top-notch prizes.



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