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    Sapphire Dual-X R9 285 OC Review

    Introduction The graphics card market has been getting properly shaken up since the release of the new GTX 900 series Maxwell cards, but that doesn’t mean that AMD doesn’t still have a few tricks left up their sleeves. AMD has been diligently at work refr...
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    Nexus Lan Live- Dayton Ohio Part 2

      Sorry for the delay on updating you all. I got sucked in to all of the fun at Nexus LAN, these guys know how to have a good time. No matter what flavor of game you enjoy Nexus has you covered. Tourneys for a list of games where you can win some of the sponsore...
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    be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W Review

    Looking to make further inroads into North America with the Straight Power 10 700W, European company be quiet! is targeting a fairly lucrative mid-range segment for the power supply market. The be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W features simple styling, a mostly-modula...
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    ASRock X99 WS Workstation Board – Review

    Introduction With the release of Intel’s X99 platform there has been a groundswell of new boards from every manufacturer. Most of the emphasis has been placed on boards modeled for gaming, thereby leaving boards for professionals to the wayside. Workstation boards ...
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Super Talent Announces its Second Micro-USB Interface Storage Device

Super Talent Announces its Second Micro-USB Interface Storage Device STT unveils its thumbnail sized storage device, the new Pico Motile, to the mobile telecommunications industry. San Jose, California — October 21, 2014 — Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND flash storage solutions, announces its Pico Motile USB drive. The Pico Motile is a smaller version of Super Talent’s Motile USB drive that provides users an option to transfer files on the go. One end of the Pico Motile provides a micro USB connector while the other is a traditional USB 2.0 connector. Mobile devices running the Android 4.0 platform or later that support the use of removable storage can take full advantage of the Pico Motile to share files without the need for any additional cables. Capacity Part Number 16GB (Red) STU16PICM 32GB (Blue) STU32PICM 64GB (Brown) STU64PICM The Pico Motile is smaller than the size of an average house key and available in capacities of 16, 32, and 64 GB. It comes with a red, blue, or brown colored cap for the capacity listed. “Mobile devices are found everywhere today and the Pico Motile provides a quick and easy pocket sized solution for information to be shared between multiple platforms while on the go.” –Shimon, VP of Engineering, Super Talent Technology Additional information on Super Talent’s Pico Motile can be found here. About Super Talent Technology Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, des...


In Win Launches 707 and 703 PC Chassis

In Win Launches 707 and 703 PC Chassis [Taoyuan, Taiwan, October 2014] In Win Development Inc., a leading innovator in PC design and winner of internationally renowned design awards, has today announced availability of its new 707 full-tower and 703 mid-tower, mainstream PC chassis. 707 Full Tower Available initially in Gaming Black, with Silent White following shortly after, the 707 is a full tower PC chassis with svelte, contemporary styling that blends great features and value for PC builders. Both are constructed from strong and reliable SECC steel, with the black featuring an acrylic side panel window, and the white fitted with sound damping to provide a choice of style and features. The case affords exceptional cooling capacity with support for both 360mm and 240mm water cooling radiators in the roof and bottom respectively. Up to 10 fans can be fitted (Gaming Black version), and there is 206mm in depth to the opposite side panel giving ample clearance for extra-tall coolers, while a large cut-out in the motherboard tray aids heatsink or water block installation. The three 5.25-inch bays are hidden behind a one-touch, pop-open door, and inside the eight 3.5-inch HDD bays require no screws for drive installation. Plenty of cable management and a large 20mm gap behind the motherboard tray keeps PC builds extremely neat for great looks and airflow. The 707 is the first step to a PC build you can be proud to show off through outside, in! 703 Mid Tower The 703 is ...


BIOSTAR’s iDEQ-T1 Minicomputer Ready To Subvert the Desktop PC

BIOSTAR’s iDEQ-T1 Minicomputer Ready To Subvert the Desktop PC  October 20th, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR has announced the iDEQ-T1 series mini PC, a micro-mini computer specifically designed to subvert the conventional desktop PC by being smaller, lighter and more mobile but with similar features and capabilities. At just two thirds the surface area of an A4 sized piece of paper and with a weight of only 0.8Kg, the iDEQ-T1, in conjunction with the HTPC platform, is a great solution for a variety of environments needing a small, yet fully-featured, PC. Inside the iDEQ-T1 the hardware is based on the mini-ITX form factor which allows small and energy efficient solutions because of the affordable and internet centric board design in a compact 17x17cm size. It supports 2 SO-DIMM of DDR3L 1333MHz for up to 16G of RAM capacity and will provide full Intel powered HD Graphics. It also supports BIOSTAR’s BIO-Remote 2 Technology and Charger Booster Technology. The iDEQ-T1 has some nice BIOS features such as the “RESURE BIOS”. This allows the BIOS to be automatically loaded into a hard drive. Using the UEFI BIOS design it supports a variety of graphics manipulation operations and BIOSTAR’s research team added the “Super Rescue Function” where if the iDEQ-T1 is attacked by a virus you can recover the BIOS with Super Rescue. With Intel’s Bay Trail processor you get the Intel Gen7 display chip which can pump out up to 2560×1440 resolution displays with Direct...


Sapphire Dual-X R9 285 OC Review

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Introduction The graphics card market has been getting properly shaken up since the release of the new GTX 900 series Maxwell cards, but that doesn’t mean that AMD doesn’t still have a few tricks left up their sleeves. AMD has been diligently at work refreshing and modernizing their GPU lineup, and their most recent efforts have produced for us the Tonga core; a more power efficient and better binned GPU core which, like AMD as a whole, is capable of more than what its specs would suggest. Think of it like this: you get the raw power and value of Tahiti, plus the features of Hawaii and beyond… I can’t really think of anything wrong with that picture if you ask me.   For this review, I’ll be taking a look at Sapphire’s take on the new core. Their Dual-X R9 285 OC comes overclocked out-of-the-box, equipped with a great cooling solution that has withstood the test of time, and utilizes a more robust, custom-designed PCB that should help us take this card to the next level. Let’s see just what this card has to offer, and see if the claims of better performance than the GTX 760 hold true for our testing.     www.sapphiretech.com SAPPHIRE Technology is well established as a leading manufacturer and world-wide supplier of innovative graphics and mainboard products for over a decade. Its AMD Radeon based products are just as well known in the mainstream PC markets as they are to the gaming and performance graphics enthusias...


 

Nexus Lan Live- Dayton Ohio Part 2

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  Sorry for the delay on updating you all. I got sucked in to all of the fun at Nexus LAN, these guys know how to have a good time. No matter what flavor of game you enjoy Nexus has you covered. Tourneys for a list of games where you can win some of the sponsored prizes. Speaking of sponsors, thanks to ThermalTake, Silverstone, Sapphire (Ed), and many more for awesome goodie bags! Take a look at some of the fun going on at Nexus LAN 2014. Ed Crisler, our buddy at Sapphire getting his game time in on his mITX AMD based system. AMD APU, SSD, memory and of course a Sapphire 285 mITX GPU inside of Core V1. Quiet but more than capable of playing everything on Eds list.   Check out the dual 760 Asus MARS in Big Spence’s rig. 3 of the GPU cores in SLI and using #4 as a dedicated PhysX processor. Nexus LAN does a great job of getting next generation female gamers to the LAN. They can play with the best so why not come and show it off. Not just card games, they all had systems and was kicking butt. I plan on bring 1 or 2 of my daughters next year. Check in when you arrive and get handed a bag-O-goodies! Can you say prizes? Everyone leaves with something! Dave AKA Renegade (bottom photo, right hand side arm on the black bag thing), the person responsible for Nexus LAN sitting at the Magic the Gather table schooling folks. Thanks Dave for having PureOC! We will back back again. You can’t come here without ordering a pizza. Great price from some really good fresh...


Nexus LAN Live- Dayton Ohio

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Ohio gets put down so often I just stopped caring. Turn on a movie to see some smart mouth have something to say about Cleveland or jokes about Columbus being a cow town. Keep on making jokes buddy, Ohio has something most of the States don’t have and may never get the chance to. No it is not the many LAN events Ohio host every year, like Nexus and LANOC, we have something much bigger. Major League Gaming has purchased and setup an arena right here in Columbus Ohio. MLG.tv Columbus Arena is a 14,000 sq. ft venue!!! Does your state have that? Nope because as of right now it is the only MLG.TV facility in the US. One is NYC is coming soon. I sit here with some of the coolest nerds, geeks, techies or whatever name you wish to give them, knowing that we are on the forefront of being a major location for Esports worldwide. Nexus is filled with people that will travel an hour to Columbus for COD tourneys. Bring it on. Thanks Nexus for hosting PureOC. Check out some of these pics as things setup to play all night. If you are within a few hours of Dayton, you should try to make it next year. Or to LanOC. Both sell out quickly. http://www.nexuslan.org/ or http://lanoc.org/lan-parties   Here is the system I put together for Nexus LAN. Computer Ed from Sapphire and I both agreed to go with smaller systems…… My idea of small is kind of different… :} Will be getting some pics of Eds rig here shortly. He ran off somewhere. I crammed a Ek 45mmx360mm rad insid...


be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W Review

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Looking to make further inroads into North America with the Straight Power 10 700W, European company be quiet! is targeting a fairly lucrative mid-range segment for the power supply market. The be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W features simple styling, a mostly-modular setup, an 80Plus Gold certification. Let's take a closer look at this power supply from be quiet! and see if it can deliver the goods to a demanding consumer base.


 

Multi-tasking for mobile users – AOC presents portable monitor

Multi-tasking for mobile users: AOC presents portable monitor Amsterdam, 16 October 2014 – More space for higher efficiency: AOC introduces an extremely versatile monitor targeted at users of netbooks, notebooks or other portable computers. With its 17.3″ (43.9 cm) screen the myConnect E1759FWU creates additional display space for increased working efficiency. The monitor’s USB 3.0 compatibility allows extra fast charging and a brilliant picture quality. Simply practical: only one USB cable handles data transfer as well as power supply. This monitor is a lightweight champion – quickly installed and easily toted along. Additional display space which can be carried around effortlessly: the AOC E1759FWU The perfect companion for business users The myConnect E1759FWU provides mobile users with a dual monitor set-up in an instant. This way, business users are able to set up a comprehensive work environment when working outside the office. The monitors light weight of only 1.28 kilos as well as its super slim design make this monitor a perfect companion on business or leisure trips. Despite its great portability, the myConnect E1759FWU impresses with a 17.3″ (43.9 cm) screen which roughly equals the size of an A4 sheet of paper. Furthermore, the monitor simplifies many business situations as users can conveniently share information with customers on the additional screen. For ease of transport and for safe keeping of this ultra-portable lightweight display, a prote...


Lian Li Announces the PC-T80 Test Bench

Lian Li Announces the PC-T80 Test Bench Brushed Aluminum Test Bench with Radiator Support and Modular Design October 16, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the brushed aluminum PC-T80 DIY Test bench. An update of the PC-T60, the PC-T80 features the same high quality, simple design that has made its predecessor a favorite across the DIY community, while adding native radiator support and a more modular design. Three Zones The PC-T80, with the dimensions of 440mm x 435mm x 335mm (17.3”x 17.1” x 13.1”) WxHxD, is separated into three zones, allowing for easy configuration and updates of hardware. Modular Design A dual functioning bracket allows for the installation of radiators up to 360mm or three 3.5′/2.5” HDDs. The HDD cage and power supply location in the lower zone can be easily exchanged, and if desired an additional HDD cage can be installed in the lower zone. The bottom zone also allows for the hard drive cage and power supply to be mounted in several different positions according to the builder’s preference. An additional HDD cage can be mounted in the middle position. Fast Access to all Components The PC-T80 is designed for easy and fast access to all components, including motherboards up to XL-ATX, expansion cards, power supplies, and DRAM modules. The tool-less mounting system of the hard drives adds even more to the hassle free installation and upgrade experience. Optional Accessories The PC-T80′s mo...


COUGAR Launches 600M Gaming Mouse

COUGAR Launches 600M Gaming Mouse October 16th 2014, Taipei –. COUGAR announces today the release of the new 600M gaming mouse. The 600M is COUGAR’s second gaming mouse after the acclaimed award-winning 700M. This mouse has been specially designed to suit gamers with a claw grip, but palm and fingertip grip users will find it very comfortable too. The COUGAR 600M has been designed with the clear objective of offering gamers a mouse that can both provide state-of-the-art technology, all the features necessary to enhance the gaming experience and an aesthetically pleasing design. Its premium components (OMRON switches, ADNS-9800 Sensor, premium quality soft touch surface) guarantee a flawless performance during gameplay, and its 32-bit ARM processor and 512KB on-board storage provide virtually instantaneous responses and the possibility, without depending on any computer or external device, of keeping up to 3 full configuration profiles stored on board. Aesthetically, this mouse is very stylish and has a unique feature in that the left mouse button is a floating key with a big LED backlight that can display up to 16.8 million colors. The 600M is also packed with a broad range of features, with 8 fully configurable buttons including a 45º sniper button designed to be pressed without affecting the mouse’s movements. If the high-precision wheel’s up and down motion are included, and taking into account that the mouse can store up to three full profiles on its internal ...





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