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    Azio MGK1 Mechanical Keyboard and EXO1 Mouse Review

    We're looking at the Azio EXO1 mouse and MGK1 mechanical illuminated keyboard, two devices that seem very capable on their own. However, when used together, the matching gunmetal finish and white illumination speak volumes for sleek aesthetics. Hey, we love innovati...
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    Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler Review

    Introduction When it comes to the CPU Cooling market, we know that there are lots of choices out there. But with so many options, how do we know which one is the right one? There are many aspects to choosing the right cooler for you. First, you need to look at what&...
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    Samsung EVO+ and PRO+ Micro SD Review

    Today we're looking at the Samsung Micro SD PRO+ 64GB and EVO+ 32GB cards. They promise very different speeds for consumers and professionals alike, and we'll discuss those differences as we take a closer look at what Samsung has to offer with their latest splash int...
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    Cougar 600K and 500K Gaming Keyboard Reviews

    Introduction Pure Overclock just recently had the pleasure of reviewing Cougar’s flagship 700K Mechanical gaming keyboard. This keyboard received many accolades along with some of the highest awards from the industry for its beautiful aluminum construction and ...
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COUGAR Makes Pro Gaming Affordable with 230M and 250M

COUGAR Makes Pro Gaming Affordable with 230M and 250M July 24th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR announces today the arrival of a revolutionary pair of gaming mice to the market: 230M and 250M. These mice’s significance comes not only from their specs or appearance, but also from the idea behind them: putting pro level gaming mice within everybody’s grasp The new 230M and 250M offer a solution to every gamer, including both right and left handed users: Their ambidextrous design is highly comfortable for everybody. While their appearance and objective is similar, there are differences between both: 230M has been designed for purists who care mostly about the mouse’s quality and accuracy, while 250M adds to that a broad functionality. Both products share many features essential for gaming. Both have a 1000 Hz polling rate, which guarantees extremely low (1ms) response time, and their components are all of the highest quality, as shown for example in their OMRON Switches and gaming grade scroll wheel. Apart from that, they both sport extremely high quality sensors (3200 DPI for 230M, 4000 DPI for 250M) that allow the user to adjust the DPI levels on the fly (4 fixed levels for 230M, configurable DPI levels for 250M). 230M caters to purists who do not require any extra functionality apart from the essential DPI adjustment option. They care only about having an accurate and reliable sensor, the minimum response time and a good ergonomic design, and with 23...


Addonics Announces Rack-Mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter

Addonics Announces Rack-Mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter SAN JOSE, CA (July 23, 2015) — Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) today announced a rack-mount SATA to USB 3.1 Converter, which allows users to turn any SATA device into the latest SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 storage solution. When connected to a USB 3.1 port, the converter can deliver data throughput up to 10 Gbps. This effectively doubles the speed of USB 3.0 and is 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Since it is backward compatible with previous USB standards, any SATA hard drive, SSD (Solid State Drive), and even optical drives can easily be converted into USB 3.1 storage. It comes mounted on a SCIS-I bracket, which means it can easily be mounted onto any storage enclosure with a standard SCSI-1 (Centronic 50) cut out. It can be mounted on a standard desktop computer chassis by using an optional PCI mounting bracket. The converter comes in a choice of models. There’s also a model with a WRITE-PROTECT function that is ideal for sharing drives containing important data among different users or for forensic application. Drives connecting to this bridge appear as READ-ONLY media, similar to a CD or DVD disc. All features are identical as the standard version except the WRITE function is disabled. This unique feature ensures absolute protection on any hard drive or SSD against virus contamination or data tampering. The new products are an ideal companion to the Addonics USB 3.1 PCIe controller, which the company announ...


Futuremark Peacekeeper benchmark will no longer be supported after July 29

Peacekeeper benchmark will no longer be supported after July 29 With the public release of Windows 10 coming up next week it’s a good time for us to review our current line up. As a result, we have decided to move Peacekeeper, our browser benchmark, to our list of unsupported products. Peacekeeper is a universal browser benchmark for measuring JavaScript performance. More than seven and a half million people have tested their browsers and mobile devices with Peacekeeper since its release in 2009. But today, competition between browsers has largely shifted from speed to features. Modern browsers are typically fast enough on a wide range of hardware, and the differences in speed in everyday use are trivial. A browser’s features, extensions, and memory use are now much more likely to be the deciding factors reducing the relevance of pure JavaScript performance benchmarks. For future testing of Windows PCs, we recommend PCMark 8. And for Android smartphones and tablets, we recommend PCMark for Android. Both include tests for measuring web browsing performance based on real-world activities instead of the narrow, synthetic workloads found in JavaScript benchmarks. Even though Peacekeeper will be unsupported after July 29, you will still be able to use it and your saved results will continue to be available at http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/. Changes to the availability of other benchmarks With the launch of Windows 10 we will also be removing the Windows RT ver...


ID-COOLING Releases the Hunter Duet AIO Cooling Unit with Two Integrated Pumps

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The longer AIOs stick around, it seems that companies find more ways to try and “differentiate” themselves from the competition. You’re probably thinking at first glance that two pumps in one loop is just another hype train to sell units, but once you discover that the second pump is built entirely for a GPU, then everything begins to make sense. What ID-COOLING is trying with a built in CPU and GPU pump on the Hunter Duet is a good idea, but there’s one potential issue that could arise and only time will tell. The great thing about the AIO market is it’s introducing new ideas to consumers in ways that are much easier, and more cost efficient, than custom liquid loops. With the Hunter Duet, you have a much simpler method to introduce consumers to liquid cooling a graphics cards than on a custom loop. Normally, you would have to buy a properly fitted block and fittings that can cost almost as much as the entire ID-COOLING unit. The concept is great but there could be a potential problem that I hope the design team has taken into account. In my journey with trying to make the Cooler Master Glacer 240l work for my system, I came across a design issue that stemmed from how the pump and reservoir was designed. In short, the loop wasn’t balancing out the liquid pressure on both sides of the pump properly which would cause it to burn out prematurely (usually lasting 1-2 months tops). Due to the fact that one pump will be pumping directly into ...


Giada USA Announces Affordable Micro Server for Small Businesses and Home – GT200

Giada USA Announces Affordable Micro Server for Small Businesses and Home – GT200 2-Bay Dual Core Celeron Based Server features Low Power Consumption and Active Hardware Control for Reliability July 22, 2015, Brea, California – Giada Technology, a provider of Micro Servers, Mini-PCs and embedded motherboards, announces its new GT200 Micro Server entry level server for small businesses and homes. The GT200 is powered by a high-performing Intel®1037U dual-core processor with a TDP of just 17W. With 2 hot-swappable SATA 3.0 drive bays, an mSATA bootable SSD slot, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and Giada’s own Active Hardware Control technology, the GT200 packs enterprise features into a compact tower server less than 7 inches tall. “We priced the GT20 0 within reach of small businesses and designed it to use much less power than a typical rackmount or tower server. In our tests a GT200 fully loaded with 2 SATA drives, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and an mSATA SSD consumed less than 30W at 93% CPU utilization,” said Jessica Hsu, Giada USA Sales Director. “It’s perfect for American entrepreneurs seeking to maximize work per dollar.” Dual Core Performance at 17W TDP Featuring a Intel®1037U dual-core processor running at speeds up to 1.8GHz, the GT200 is able to handle application server workloads with just 17W TDP. The Celeron-based GT200 outperforms Atom servers yet uses much less energy than Xeon or Pentium based servers. Small businesses can cut energy costs with the GT200 w...


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

Sharper, Brighter, Clearer: Display Innovations from Philips Monitors at IFA 2015 Curved displays and dazzling Quantum Dot Color lead this year’s line-up Amsterdam, 21 July 2015 – A one-stop encounter with industry-leading display innovations awaits you with MMD at the Philips stand in Hall 22 – such as panoramic curved screens and colour with unrivalled brilliance. The highlight products at IFA will be: The first curved Philips monitor brings the user to the centre of the action: This new 34-inch display wraps around the user’s line of vision to create a truly immersive, focused experience. The edge-to-edge glass and ultra-narrow border maximize the viewing area and make viewing more comfortable. The display also features CrystalClear, UltraWide Quad HD resolution (3440 x 1440) and a wide viewing angle to bring graphics and images to life. Taking colour intensity to the max, a new 27-inch IPS-ADS Adobe RGB display with Quantum Dot Color IQ™ is also premiered. Delivering over 50% more colour than traditional LEDs, this transformative technology is more affordable, costing a fraction of most colour-critical technologies. And it’s also more energy-efficient: Quantum Dot Color IQ uses 25% less energy than comparable technologies. Making its European debut appearance at IFA 2015 is the Ambiglow Plus Base. This unique feature creates a halo of light on and around the base that syncs with the display image. The light is still available even when the display is ...


ADATA Launches the UV140 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

ADATA Launches the UV140 USB 3.0 Flash Drive Featuring a Compact Clip for Handy Storage July 21, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the UV140 USB 3.0 USB Flash Drive. It features a unique tail wing-shaped bookmark clip and a capless, light, and compact design. Users save time on data transfers with the USB 3.0 high speed interface, while enjoying convenience, efficiency, and ease when using the drive on the go. The UV140 helps users embrace a more successful lifestyle. Unique, Compact, and Convenient Designed with a bookmark clip at its tip, the UV140 can be clipped onto folders, books or lanyards whenever necessary, making it portable and convenient to use. A capless design frees users from worrying about losing a cap. The UV140 comes with a strap mount at its tip, so buyers can get creative matching it with a strap that best suits their personal style. The matte texture material on the UV140 is scratch, smudge, and fingerprint-resistant, so it can be used worry-free in any setting or environment. USB 3.0 Speed and Efficiency The UV140 uses the USB 3.0 high speed specification which greatly enhances transfer speeds and reduces waiting times when transferring large media files and documents to boost productivity. The UV140 is available in Calming Blue and Passionate Red, and comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions for different aesthetic preferences and capacity needs. ...


INTEL Core i7-6700K Overclocked to 5.2 GHz on Air

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Monday morning brings some pretty awesome news to the world of overclocking. The Chief Reporter at HKEPC recently posted on Facebook that Skylake was much funner to overclock than Broadwell after reaching 5.2 GHz with the flagship chip. The even more impressive news is that he did this on air. There’s a couple of considerations to take in with all of this but at the moment, this looks like some incredibly exciting news for overclocking enthusiasts who are considering the upgrade. This sounds pretty huge, but we need to consider a couple of factors before we take this as a guarantee of what’s to come. First of all, while the source seems like someone who’s very trusted in the hardware industry, it’s important to note that we don’t have any word on the specific cooling used or verification of stability. While an NH-D15 is considered air cooling, it isn’t the kind of accessible solution that everyone has. Also, we all know that while you may be able to boot into the OS, it doesn’t mean you can pass a stress test or even load a reasonably heavy application. The other bit of info missing is the core temp. While the temperature is said to be within specification, that doesn’t mean we want to see our core temps raising up above the 70’s all the time. However, these are just some considerations to keep in mind and since the source seems like a credible one, let’s get back to what makes this exciting. This is a 5.2 GHz...


AMD Releases the A8-7670K APU

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AMD has a new APU for us that looks like it will fit extremely well in a low budget gaming machine. Based on the slides, if you’re one of the many that is hopping on board to the ever growing MOBA genre, or just like to kill time on Roblox, then you may have found the perfect chip that won’t break the bank. Honestly, while I know many of us are just waiting for Zen, my only true complaint is how little we see these APUs in laptops. The reason I say this is I know plenty of kids who use their parents laptops for League of Legends, Minecraft and Roblox. If AMD could market chips like this as the perfect solution for the family laptop, especially since many families use the laptop as a slightly more mobile desktop anyways, I think they would be hitting the mark perfectly. As it is, this is still a very budget friendly solution for some decent gaming so check out the press release and slides below. New AMD A-Series Desktop Processors: Smart Choice for Everyday Computing, Powerful eSports Engine and Ready for Windows® 10 — New AMD A8-7670K APU delivers an excellent experience and value for today’s modern workloads and Microsoft® Windows® 10 support — SUNNYVALE, Calif. — July 20, 2015 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD), the company whose technology helps power the Microsoft® Xbox One™ and the Sony® PlayStation 4™, today introduced the newest addition to its A-Series line of desktop processors. The A8-7670K APU provides a superb experience for Microsoft Windows 10...


COUGAR Releases 550M Gaming Mouse

COUGAR Announces New Flagship Gaming Mouse, COUGAR 550M July 16th, 2015 – Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR is proud to announce today the launch of its new flagship gaming mouse, COUGAR 550M. This device is the result of years of continuous work with a single objective: creating the most perfect gaming mouse the world has ever seen. This mouse’s claim to hegemony rests on three pillars: First, its ergonomic design, created in collaboration with several international gaming teams. This unique shape allows the user to sustain high levels of performance during long gaming sessions with the minimum amount of fatigue. Second, its high end SDNS-3988 Optical Gaming Sensor provides users with 6400 DPI precision, while its 1000 Hz Polling Rate bring the fast response they need for gaming. Third, it includes all the functionality gamers want (DPI and Polling Rate control, button function customization, etc.) and allows users to manage it easily through COUGAR UIX. COUGAR 550M stays away both from gimmicks and from other mice that hide their lack of basic functionality under claims of “purity” or “no-nonsense design”. COUGAR 550M brings you everything a pro gamer needs. Precision and speed adjustments, independent control for the 2 RGB backlight areas, up to 21 functions with 3 full configuration profiles stored on board… COUGAR hasn’t left anything out. For those who want to enjoy this design and want a quality option at a lower price, COUGAR...





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