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    Samsung 850 EVO 2TB Review

    Large capacity SSDs are rather rare, but the Samsung 830 EVO 2TB is without equal in the marketplace. It's fast out of the box, but Samsung has something very special under the hood: RAPID Mode. As you'll see, RAPID Mode is unlike anything you've seen before, promis...
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    Nixeus NX-VUE24 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

    Introduction AMD FreeSync is a topic that has been buzzing around lately and has sparked some major debates over the web. While we’re not here to debate FreeSync over G-Sync and vise-versa, we are here to talk about what FreeSync can bring to the table. In rece...
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    HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 Review

    Today we're looking at the HIS R9 380 IceQ X2, a card that boasts a custom heatsink and a factory overclock, offering strong gaming values for consumers on a modest budget. With a reasonable price tag of $225, it sounds pretty good so far. Let's get this card on the...
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    Gigabyte X99-SLI Motherboard Review

    Introduction We are starting to see more and more Intel X99 series motherboards hit the market. The X99 series wasn’t designed to be a budget series platform, but that doesn’t mean it can’t fit into other marketing segments as well. There are many...
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Philips SoftBlue Displays Protect Eyes without Sacrificing Colour

Philips SoftBlue Displays Protect Eyes without Sacrificing Colour Innovative SoftBlue technology, which protects eyes and reduces eye fatigue by mitigating the impact of harmful blue-light exposure, now features in-home and professional displays from Philips Monitors Amsterdam, 3 September 2015 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, is rolling out new displays for home and business users featuring innovative SoftBlue technology. SoftBlue protects eyes and reduces eye fatigue by mitigating the impact of blue-light exposure, but without sacrificing the fidelity and quality of the original colour. Users therefore enjoy wellbeing for their eyes as well as professional-grade colour fidelity. The new SoftBlue displays for the home (the E-Line) are already in stores; the SoftBlue displays for professional users (P-Line) are due out this fall. Responding to the challenge of blue-light exposure Commenting on the new line-up of displays with SoftBlue technology, Thomas Schade, Vice President EMEA at MMD, says, “This new technology is emblematic of the commitment of MMD to taking care of users’ health and wellbeing, as well as providing brilliant, colourful images for maximum productivity. Studies show that blue light from LED displays can damage eyes and affect vision. But we’re all spending more and more time in front of screens, and continually exposing our eyes to potentially harmful rays. The new SoftBlue technology is p...


NZXT Noctis 450 Review

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Introduction Everyone is trying new things today. NZXT brought us a new case and on the surface, everything looks pretty standard, but there are a couple of features that certainly stand out. New doesn’t always mean good though. When it comes to cases, we’ve seen a huge evolution of the typical PC in the last 5-10 years, and many things that were revolutionary before are sort of common place now. We’ll see how NZXT stacks up, but the other huge addition to this review is the first video review ever made before from Pure Overclock. You can check the video out above at anytime, but if you like to read, then just continue on from here. We hope you enjoy both avenues, but before we get there, let’s take a quick look at the company of NZXT since they were so generous to provide us a Noctis 450.   Our People React, adapt and be fearless – we’re a group of young people who aspire to be better tomorrow than we are today. We are driven by the yearning to explore, create, change, and push boundaries. Our culture revolves around having a passion to walk off the well-beaten path, and turn away from the status quo. Our Company Avant-garde and unconventional – NZXT was created because we aspire to make a positive difference for people. We believe that there are companies that ship product, and then there are companies that ship innovation. We routinely re-invest in ourselves, and hope that we can drive a positive influence in the industry. Our...


 

ASUSTOR Launches the World’s First Intel Braswell Powered NAS

ASUSTOR Launches the World’s First Intel Braswell Powered NAS First to be equipped with the newest Intel Braswell quad-core and dual-core processors, memory can be expanded up to a maximum of 8GB to enhance multitasking, AES-NI encryption engine speeds up access to encrypted data, smooth ultra high definition 4K and 2K multimedia output, meets the needs of a wide range of user segments, the best choice for high performance cloud storage. Taipei, Taiwan, September 2nd , 2015 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the launch of 4 high performance tower model NAS devices.These new models are the first in the world to be equipped with Intel Braswell processors and feature the AS6202T and AS6204T powered by quad-core processors and the AS6102T and AS6104T powered by dual-core processors. Featuring rock-solid design and a wide variety of expansion ports, these new models also feature an AES-NI hardware encryption engine, the latest version of the intuitive ADM operating system, secure data protection mechanisms and energy saving features, providing first-class performance for both work and play and making them the first choice in cloud storage for both prosumer and SMB user segments. The fast pace of modern emerging technologies and innovation demand high-performance hardware that is flexible in application. ASUSTOR’s 62 and 61 series devices all utilize high performance Intel processors and feature a high degree of...


Lian Li PC-V33 A Small Footprint Cube Case With Room Inside

Lian Li PC-V33 A Small Footprint Cube Case With Room Inside Featuring Unique Flip-Open Canopy, Divided Air Compartments, And New Drive Bay Dampening System. September 2, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces the PC-V33. Available in 3 choices: brushed aluminum in silver or black, or internal black with a tempered glass side door. The PC-V33 does not restrict PSU, GPU or main board choice due to size or power consumption: it’s designed to accommodate full-sized gaming hardware in a compact form-factor. Its cube styling makes it a companion you can take with anywhere you need full-sized computing and still have room for a 240 mm water cooling radiator to be mounted inside. The most unique feature is the canopy top that opens the whole cube for easy building. Signature Lian Li Aluminum DesignT he newly designed illuminated power button is now made out of the same high grade brushed aluminum as the whole case. The pop-out side doors detach and reattach effortlessly, yet remain firmly in place. The front and top panels form a canopy as a single fold of aluminum, adding strength and beauty to the cube case. When hinged open, the case internals become accessible in the same manner as a test bench, allowing system builders to install the components and change them with ease without any walls in the way. Dual 120mm case fans or up to a 240mm water cooling radiator can fit internally on the front bracket that also holds the magnetically attac...


What if I told you an R9 290X was competing with a GTX 980 Ti?

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So, I’m browsing the internet trying to find out whether I should save some cash and go with the i5-6600K, or go all out with an i7-6700K. I already know that there won’t be much of a discernible difference with current games, but DirectX 12 games are on the horizon, I just got a beta invite to one such game, and there could be some performance to gain from the hyper-threading. I didn’t find the info I wanted, but I did find something astonishing. The GTX 980 Ti seems almost untouchable, but you can imagine my shock when I saw an R9 290X tying, and even beating the Maxwell behemoth in several benchmarks. Yesterday, I did a pretty heavy write-up on some Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks that surfaced about a week ago. It turns out, those weren’t the only ones done. Ars Technica decided to do a very comprehensive set of tests that involved comparing an old school R9 290X with a very state of the art GTX 980 Ti and pretty much showed the card matching the NVIDIA flagship on every turn. The 980 Ti still destroys AMD’s part in DirectX 11, but once we get to 12 we see a super competitive landscape. Here’s a couple patterns I noticed. The GTX card benefits slightly more from 6 cores and hyper-threading than the R9 card does at higher resolutions. The NVIDIA card also has a slight advantage with average framerates during the heavy scenes. An interesting thing that was happening was that once hyper-threading was disabled and the CPU was reduce...


Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips

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Introduction OK, let’s lay this right out there before we really get started… Here at Pure Overclock we sometimes like to create mods for our PCs that are not strictly about performance. Yes indeed, on occasion, we also mod our PCs to make them look great, or make them quieter, or to make a statement. Today’s review is about two of these: making your PC look great and making a statement. Today, we’re going to be looking at the newly released Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED-Strip lighting kits. As part of the BitFenix Premium Modding Series, the Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips are an update of the BitFenix Alchemy LED Strip line. They do have a couple of significant new features, which we’ll get to a bit later in the review. Before we get to the bright glowy things, let’s see who BitFenix is: Focused on combining superior design with the latest advances in technology, BitFenix creates state-of-the-art computer hardware and peripherals that blur the line between man and machine. Users shouldn’t have to adjust themselves to the way their hardware works. So, we strive to put the user in complete control of his hardware, so that it functions as an extension of his will, and not as another variable he has to compensate for. In the heat of battle, the user should not have to worry about the state of his equipment, which is why BitFenix products are engineered to perform under even the most extreme conditions. No matter how taxing the s...


 

Tenda Technology Inc.® Announces Open Source Tomato Compatibility for Wireless AC Routers

Tenda Technology Inc.® Announces Open Source Tomato Compatibility for Wireless AC Routers Giving the benefits of custom firmware flashing without voiding your warranty Walnut City, Calif. – August 27, 2015 – Tenda Technology Inc.®, a subsidiary of Shenzhen Tenda – an experienced, global brand of wired and wireless networking hardware – today announces open source Tomato firmware compatibility for existing W1800R and W1801R Wi-Fi routers*. Tomato is the leading Linux-based open source firmware for wireless routers and access points using Broadcom chipsets. It enhances these devices with better performance and new options. Tenda did extensive R&D to make sure Tomato works with these routers. “Networking enthusiasts know the value of Tomato firmware,” states Jeff Wang, director of global marketing for Tenda. “We paired user feedback with rigorous internal tests of Tomato on our routers and concluded it was a valuable asset; our partnership with Broadcom assures us of Tomato’s stability on our hardware.” The products covered in this announcement are the W1800R and W1801R. Please see a brief summary of their hardware below: Tenda W1801R Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Router Wireless speed up to 450 + 1300Mbps 2.4GHz: IEEE802.11b/g/n ; 5.0GHz/ac/b/g/n 3x 5dBi external detachable antennas Available now at all major retailers http://www.tendacn.com/en/product/W1801R.html http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833555051 http...


Display Innovations from Philips Monitors at IFA 2015: Sharper, Brighter, Clearer

  Sharper, Brighter, Clearer: Display Innovations from Philips Monitors at IFA 2015 first curved Philips display • from ultrafine 5K resolution to dazzling Quantum Dot Color monitors • innovations that engage fully with how people live and work Amsterdam, August 27, 2015 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, is raising the stakes in display performance and clarity at IFA 2015. Visitors who want a one-stop encounter with display innovations for professional and leisure applications should make the Philips stand in Hall 22 a highlight on their tour of the event. IFA 2015 takes place from 4 to 9 September in Berlin. One standout highlight is the new curved monitor, a Philips display first. This 34-inch display wraps around the user’s line of vision to create a truly immersive, focused experience. By placing the user at the centre of the action, it creates more personal space and provides total focus on the task in hand. The edge-to-edge glass and ultra-narrow border enhance this seamless appearance and maximise the viewing area. Visuals are razor-sharp, thanks to the CrystalClear, UltraWide Quad HD resolution (3440 x 1440), AH-IPS LCD technology and a wide viewing angle to bring graphics and images to life. Sound quality is equally amazing. Through accurate placement of audio cues, the display’s DTS Sound technology elevates the playback quality of music, movies, streaming and games to new levels. Users enjo...


SP/ Silicon Power to Present Full Range of Storage Solutions at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany

 SP/ Silicon Power to Present Full Range of Storage Solutions at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany Taipei, Taiwan – August 26th, 2015 – SP/ Silicon Power, the world’s leading provider of memory storage solutions, today announces its participation in the IFA 2015 at Messe Berlin from September 4th to 9th, 2015. During the exhibition, SP will be showcasing its comprehensive lineup of memory storage solutions with professionals offering product demonstration and consulting services at the booth-Stand 110 in Hall 17. IFA in Berlin, one of the largest global exhibitions for consumer electronics and home appliances, presents an all-inclusive picture of the market and always draws great attention from trade visitors all over the world every year. This year SP focuses on three main topics which are Type-C interface application, Apple expansion solutions, and upgrade solutions for slim mobile devices; By attending such important trade fair SP is proud to display its complete and latest storage series: Dual USB drive for Type-C ready devices, the Apple series including Lightning dual USB flash drive, portable hard drives and expansion cards, and Ultrabook upgrade solutions with M.2/ mSATA and 2.5” solid state drives. Welcomed by consumers over 100 countries and recognized by numerous international design awards, SP will impress visitors with its excellent product designs and technology developments. SP has amazed users with extraordinary memory storage solutions in terms of loo...


TRENDnet ships AC1200 Dual Band PoE Access Point

RENDnet ships AC1200 Dual Band PoE Access Point Software controller manages multiple APs, aids WiFi network management TORRANCE, Calif. – Aug. 26, 2015 – TRENDnet® (www.TRENDnet.com), a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, announced today the availability of its AC1200 Dual Band PoE Access Point (with software controller), model TEW-821DAP. TRENDnet’s new access point offers concurrent 867 Mbps WiFi AC and 300 Mbps WiFi N coverage. The TEW-821DAP offers AP, Client, WDS, and Repeater modes to support multiple applications, and it features band steering technology, which helps to alleviate network congestion by directing devices from the 2.4 GHz band to the 5 GHz band. It also saves on remote location installation time and equipment costs with Gigabit PoE support and an included mounting plate. “Wireless AC adds to the speed and performance needed for busy business environments,” said Evan Davis, senior manager of solutions engineering at TRENDnet. “TRENDnet’s TEW-821DAP provides that extra boost that customers need for today’s demanding network applications.” The included Windows-based software controller allows for centralized management of multiple TEW-821DAPs, including changing the IP address, Wireless SSID, channel, and encryption settings. The software controller also provides IT administrators the ability to upload preconfigured settings to setup multiple devices simultaneously. TRENDnet...





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