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    HyperX Predator DDR4 Memory Review (HX430C15PBK4/16)

    Introduction The HyperX name has been part of Kingston Technologies for the last decade, but recently HyperX migrated into its own branding although still part of Kingston’s sub division. While the name or branding may be different, the company’s philosop...
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    PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014 Week 3

    Welcome to PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014! Week 3  12/21-12-26 Drawing on 12-27-14  Please Read Terms and Conditions below before entering. SHIPPING TO US ONLY. INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS WILL HAVE OPTION OF PRIZE BEING SHIPPED TO US ADDRESS.. Th...
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    SanDisk 64GB Ultra PLUS and Extreme SD Review

    Today we're looking at the SanDisk Extreme 64GB and Ultra PLUS 64GB SD cards. In a hint of what's to come during testing, the speed results were a very pleasant surprise, despite what the labels might seem to indicate in terms of speed expectations. We'll discuss th...
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    Gamdias Hermes Ultimate Keyboard Review

    Gamdias is a company that is likely not well known by many computer enthusiasts, except for perhaps some of the diehards in the crowd. In truth, Gamdias has only been around for a couple years, designing keyboards (and the company) from the ground up. The Gamdias He...
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A Season’s Thought from Pureoverclock

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The holidays have become a very controversial time in the past years. We deal with shrugging off Santa Claus because he isn’t real, we watch schisms being formed because of hotly contested religious themes and complain about how consumerism has ruined Christmas. Amidst the misery that becomes the holidays, many of us can sit around just waiting for it to be over. Maybe we would be better off without the holidays? I’ve heard a lot of negativity this time of year. Everyone seems too busy. Everyone seems to be annoyed about one thing or another being pushed down their throat. Everyone seems to be financially strapped. I look around and I have nothing but pity for those who have so many problems to go through during this time of year. I began thinking about everything I’ve ran across this season and I felt a well of depression. What happened to the days of old, when I was a child, when this time of year was happy and magical? As I thought on it more, I began to realize that the problem was not so much with the world around me, but with the heart inside of me. Since I have small spheres of influence and can only do so much as one person, I felt the least I could do is try and bring some encouragement to my friends at Pureoverclock. Why do we believe in Santa Claus? I don’t expect you to believe in a jolly fat man that lives in the North Pole, but I do believe in the ideal of bringing a better life to those unfortunate souls who can not bring one to th...


Sceptre Unveils 22-inch and 24-inch LED FHD Monitors

Sceptre Unveils 22-inch and 24-inch LED FHD Monitors Feature-rich 22-inch and 24-inch models ideal for dorm rooms, studios, offices and home office City of Industry, CA – December 22, 2014 – Sceptre, superior manufacturers of world class LED and LCD HDTVs and PC monitors, enhances its selection of LED monitors with two compact models, the 22-inch E225W-1920 and the 24-inch E248W-1920. Sceptre’s latest monitors feature FHD 1080P resolution and an incredible 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a measure of image quality and the monitor’s ability to display colors. Monitors with a higher dynamic contrast ratio are capable of producing more shades of the same color and darker blacks, which translates into lifelike images, vibrant scenes and a better viewing experience. Designed to deliver the utmost pleasure when watching videos and playing games, both the 22-inch and 24-inch LED monitors showcase a 5 millisecond response time that guarantees an almost instant image transition during frames. Both monitors are equipped with HDMI, DVI and VGA inputs to easily connect to video game consoles, computers, laptops or other devices. “Our new monitors are the ideal choices for everybody, including students, PC gamers, home office workers and businesses seeking to upgrade their existing units,” said Cathy Chou, vice president of operations of Sceptre. “The resolution and dynamic contrast ratio produce an outstanding image and the super slim, wall-mountable design allows it...


Biostar launches ‘exclusive’ A70M chipset FM2+ board

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Biostar has announced a deal with AMD to launch a new FM2+ motherboard featuring an exclusive chipset, the A70M, designed to offer competitive features to the A68H and A58 chipsets at a lower price. Available exclusively on Biostar’s latest A70MGP motherboard, the A70M chipset packs in the most commonly-required features of its more expensive equivalents. Full support for quad- and dual-core FM2+ and FM2 processors, including both the AMD A-series and E2-series accelerated processing units (APUs) is featured as well as the Athlon II X4, along with support for 32GB of DDR3 memory across two DIMM sockets, four SATA 6Gb/s ports and two USB 3.0 ports at the rear. The board itself, meanwhile, uses a compact micro-ATX form factor. Before getting too excited, be aware that the new chipset does come with a few corners cut. The internal headers are USB 2.0 only, while the board features neither a DVI nor an HDMI connector for on-chip graphics; instead, users are forced into using an analogue VGA connection or installing a dedicated graphics card on the board’s PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. Interestingly, this slot is joined by both a PCI-E 2.0 x1 slot and a legacy 32-bit PCI slot – a commitment to older peripherals which is continued with an internal RS232 serial port header and externally-accessible PS/2 port above the rear USB 2.0 ports. Pricing for the new board has yet to be confirmed, but it is expected to launch for less than its rival A68H chipset systems. Full...


BIOSTAR Introducing Built-In LAN Surge Protection For Motherboards

BIOSTAR Introducing Built-In LAN Surge Protection For Motherboards December 22nd, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is introducing a new design for the boards, whereby they are adding an integrated chip to strengthen electrical stability and prevent damage from lightning strikes and electrical surges. BIOSTAR is the first Motherboard manufacturer to offer motherboards with these features and specifications so called “SUPER LAN Surge Protection”. Going forward, all BIOSTAR series products will incorporate this technology. PC systems can be damaged or destroyed by electrical surges. These are voltages which are much greater than the normal working voltage and which appear in a system for a short period of time. BIOSTAR “SUPER LAN Surge Protection” wants to insure that the motherboards have a high degree of protection from such surges by the use of hardware devices, directly built into the motherboard, which limit surge voltages reaching protected equipment to safe levels. Look for these new boards at: http://www.biostar.com.tw About BIOSTAR MICROTECH INT’L CORP. BIOSTAR, a manufacturer dedicates in motherboards, graphics cards and industrial computing systems. Since its establishment in 1986, the BIOSTAR GROUP has become a major motherboard supplier in the PC industry. In order to pursue continuous growth, BIOSTAR has invested heavily in acquiring the physical and human resources to excel at research and development. With a constant emphasis on quality, BIOSTAR ...


HyperX Predator DDR4 Memory Review (HX430C15PBK4/16)

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Introduction The HyperX name has been part of Kingston Technologies for the last decade, but recently HyperX migrated into its own branding although still part of Kingston’s sub division. While the name or branding may be different, the company’s philosophy and product image hasn’t changed much. Today we have the chance to take a look at the HyperX Predator series DDR4 memory line. DDR4 memory launched with Intel’s recent X99 Chipset featuring lower voltage with higher native frequencies. It features a native speed of 2133MHz, which is really nothing to WOW about as we have seen these speeds with DDR3. However, with its newer JEDEC Culmination and Density, DDR4 memory components now provide better speeds and faster response while being more power efficient at the same time. The HyperX Predator memory we are going to be looking at today not only offers fast speeds of 3000MHz out of the box, but also offers the efficiency of lower voltage; we can see some great potential with additional performance once overclocked. We will be comparing results from Kingston’s (HyperX) previous line up from its DDR3 series to see if these claims line up.   Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about Kingston:   “Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston Technology now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and ...


 

PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014 Week 3

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Welcome to PureOverclock’s Annual Winter Giveaway for 2014! Week 3  12/21-12-26 Drawing on 12-27-14  Please Read Terms and Conditions below before entering. SHIPPING TO US ONLY. INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS WILL HAVE OPTION OF PRIZE BEING SHIPPED TO US ADDRESS.. Those that participated in Week 2 were showered with 21 prizes from our great sponsors Primochill, Enermax\Lepa, ThermalTake, VisionTek, Bitfenix an Sapphire Technologies. We all thank you for supporting PureOC and the community! Now on to Week 3. Should we go even bigger? DUH!! Of course we should! We want as many members as possible to take something home to rub in their friends faces for not being a part of PureOC. You tried to tell them, but they wouldn’t listen. This week we are bringing back more goodies from DeepCool, Primochill, and Gamdias. We also will have some spectacular prizes from NZXT, XSPC, Antec and Phanteks. We will be crowning 28, yes we said 28 winners in week 3! A couple of important announcements before you enter. Hope you’re reading this! 1. Be sure to actually read the rules. Many of you are missing the posting on the thread section. Don’t follow, Don’t win. Simple. 2. There will be an mega size announcement coming later this week in our first PureOverclock Newsletter. We are super excited to finally get this off the ground so what better way to let all of our followers in on what we have in store for you. Trust me you will want to read it. So make sure you registe...


Introducing CableMod

Introducing CableMod Premium Cables Turn PC Systems Into Works of Art (December 19, 2014) – For years, outfitting a PC with custom cables has been a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. Modders have had to either do it themselves, spending hours upon hours sleeving their power supply cables individually, or spend hundreds of dollars on expensive cable sleeving services. Alternatively, they could choose sleeved cable extensions, but would have to put up with increased cable clutter due to physically longer cables. What if there was a better way? Introducing CableMod® – the first brand dedicated to designing and producing the very best internal PC cables on the market. Developed with input from top modders from around the world, CableMod cables bring premium quality and aesthetics to the next level. CableMod cables begin with ModFlex™, a premium cable sleeving that brings with it a slew of advantages over traditional sleeving. This sleeve is constructed with ultra-fine fibers that are many times softer than nylon sleeving, making it much easier to route behind motherboard trays and around components. The super dense weave means that wires underneath are completely invisible, making sure that ugly bare wires are hidden from sight. Best of all, this sleeve is developed to be thinner than competing cloth braiding, which makes it possible for CableMod cables to forgo the use of unsightly heatshrink all together. In fact, CableMod cables are 100% heatshrink-free,...


SanDisk 64GB Ultra PLUS and Extreme SD Review

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Today we're looking at the SanDisk Extreme 64GB and Ultra PLUS 64GB SD cards. In a hint of what's to come during testing, the speed results were a very pleasant surprise, despite what the labels might seem to indicate in terms of speed expectations. We'll discuss those differences as we take a closer look at what SanDisk has to offer with the latest high performance SD cards.


 

GPU Wars Heating Up with New Leaks

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2014 has almost passed and the year 2015 is quickly coming upon us. I used to be more excited about Christmas while dreading the new year in light of the stark reminder that gift anticipation was over and school was about to begin. Now, I’m an adult, Christmas means only one day off, and the upcoming GPU news makes 2015 a much more exciting prospect than that sock-shaped present under the tree. In recent days some performance numbers have leaked for not only the new AMD flagships, but NVIDIA has some mentions of their upcoming monster graphics cards as well which give us some gaming and power performance comparisons. Spoilers and speculation ahead! The first, and probably most, enticing info that was leaked were charts that showed the performance of the new GPUs with not only their older counterparts, but also showed tests that compared both manufacturers together. The first tests involved a compilation of 20 games followed by a single comparison of Battlefield 4. The next tests picked out several singular titles at 4k resolution. Without going into too much detail, the end result looks to have the AMD flagship card (Bermuda XT / R9 390X) taking the lead with the NVIDIA flagship (GM200 Full-fat) not far behind. This is amazing news because the green side has managed to hold on to the single GPU performance lead for some time. Red has countered with some impressive pricing structures, but with this kind of tight competition, we are bound to see some GPU wars that wil...


Lian Li Launches O Series Wall-Mountable Chassis

Lian Li Launches O Series Wall-Mountable Chassis Four Sleek Open-Air Aluminum Chassis With Large Tempered Glass Windows December 18, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today launches the O Series open-air, wall-mountable chassis: PC-O5, PC-O5S, PC-O6S and PC-O7S. Previewed to the worldwide technology community in its prototype stage, the O Series chassis final design reflect the feedback of the DIY community, and feature oversized tempered glass windows, a PCI riser cards, and sleek aluminum construction. Four Open-Air, Wall-Mountable Aluminum Chassis The new O series includes four chassis: the mini-ITX PC-O5, the mini-ITX PC-O5S, the micro-ATX PC-O6S, and the ATX PC-O7S. These aluminum constructed cases all feature a similar design and aesthetic differing in their hardware compatibility. Show Off Your Hardware in Slim Profile Chassis Through the oversized tempered glass window, onlookers can see the entire build unrestricted. Graphics cards are installed parallel to the motherboard, keeping the chassis slim, thanks to the included PCI riser card and extension. A black anodized aluminum shield covers the hard drive cage to keep a super clean look. Customizable Storage Options The O Series chassis give builders several options for storage installation. Hard drives can be mounted in the hard drive cage, hidden by an anodized aluminum shield, directly mounted on the motherboard tray, or installed on a removable bracket behind the motherboard.   Water C...





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