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    Transcend SSD370 128GB Review

    Today we have the Transcend SSD370 in a 128GB capacity for a closer look. That's not a terribly flashy name for a drive, but we care less about the marketing and more bang for our buck. How about $70 for this SSD, including a rather impressive accessory package? If ...
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    A New Build Log from our Review Staff is Starting! Silence Will Fall!

    Greetings Pure Overclock fans! Just wanted to stop by and let you all know that we have a new build log up being written by Mike in the forums! It’s being sponsored by none other than: www.swiftech.com As a leading provider of enthusiast-grade water cooling com...
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    Streacom FC8 EVO Fanless Chassis Review

    Introduction With the growing industry of digital media and streaming devices, the world of compact designed media players and HTPCs have grown quite a bit over the last few years. While some can suffice with a simple media device like the Roku, Western Digital Media...
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    HIS Multi View Display Adapters Review

    HIS have provided three different hardware adapters for those users who lack the ability to add additional displays to their system setup: the Multi View II, the Multi View X2, and the Multi View+Sound. Each of these offer different features, but all work on the same...
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Transcend SSD370 128GB Review

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Today we have the Transcend SSD370 in a 128GB capacity for a closer look. That's not a terribly flashy name for a drive, but we care less about the marketing and more bang for our buck. How about $70 for this SSD, including a rather impressive accessory package? If you're looking for a very affordable speed upgrade for a notebook or HTPC with a slim form factor SSD, the Transcend SSD370 128GB might be just the thing you need.


 

AMD Heading In the Right Direction, FX-8370E and Radeon R9 285

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AMD doesn’t know how to do teasers right. They make a huge campaign to get people hyped up about an APU that isn’t even a flagship part, but when they release a new flagship FX CPU as well as new GPU architecture, they simply announce a straightforward live event. That’s alright because on the bright side, it looks like AMD is heading in the right direction when competing with Blue and Green. It’s time to get hyped up with the upcoming releases of the FX-8370E and the Radeon R9 285 featuring better power efficiency with better performance. Many of us have been biting our nails in anticipation for AMD to get back in the game with high end FX CPUs. Whether you’re an AMD fan, or just wanting Intel to be challenged to do greater things, the announcement of the FX-8370E is great news. While it’s possible the entire FX line will be getting refreshes over the next year or two, the 8 core chips are the only ones getting the attention for now. The FX-8300 and 8370 are pretty straightforward. There’s some adjustments to frequencies but both are rated at the usual 125w TDP. What is interesting is the new FX “E” chips. The FX-8320E will have the same 3.5 GHz base with a 4.0 GHz turbo, the FX-8370E will slightly boost clock speeds to 4.1 GHz with a 4.3 GHz turbo, but what’s impressive is that they managed to do this at a 95W TDP for both SKUs! Not to mention, the L2/L3 Caches stayed the same while using Piledriver architecture...


CYBERPOWERPC’s New Raven X6 Notebook Has Gaming-Class Power but Sips Very Little Energy

CYBERPOWERPC’s New Raven X6 Notebook Has Gaming-Class Power but Sips Very Little Energy CITY of INDUSTRY, CA (August 21, 2014) – CyberPower Inc. www.cyberpowerpc.com, a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming laptops, and performance workstations, today unleashed its all-new Raven X6 – a powerful and stylish gaming notebook featuring NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics cards and the 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4710HQ mobile processor. By leveraging the latest processor technology from Intel and NVIDIA, the Raven X6 sips very little power from the socket until you need it. That’s when NVIDIA Optimus Technology, and Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology kick in to send your computer into overdrive to power through games and applications that require more performance. Raven X6’s gaming merit is shown on the brilliant 15.6” Full HD (1080p) IPS panel display, featuring accurate color reproduction and crisp image quality. Incredibly detailed, high-resolution frames are pushed to the display by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. The GTX 860M uses all of the great NVIDIA technologies, like TFXAA, Adaptive VSync, and PhysX to tear through the latest demanding games. Even on the road, NVIDIA Battery Boost technology will kick your GTX 860M into a reduced power mode, so you can still get your game on without instantly draining your battery. The Raven X6 is sleek and mean, but excels at other tasks to become your all-purpose notebook. A H...


ADATA Launches ISMS312 Industrial SATA III 6Gbps 7pin Disk On Module SSD

ADATA Launches ISMS312 Industrial SATA III 6Gbps 7pin Disk On Module SSD Wide Application Meets Customization Taipei, Taiwan – August 21, 2014 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the ISMS312, a high-performance industrial SATA III 6Gbps 7-pin Disk-On-Module (DOM), which is suitable for embedded storage systems, industrial computers, medical and network infrastructure devices by providing the best balance between performance and cost. It also features the industrial grade S.M.A.R.T. and capability of customization for industrial application. A+ SLC Solution for Various Upgrade Demands The ADATA ISMS312 SATA III 6Gbps 7pin DOM is a high-speed MLC NAND flash, providing excellent performance and reliability with a sequential read/write speed up to 250/40MB per second and MTBF of up to 1 million hours. In addition, the ISMS312’s low 1.15W power consumption can save power and significantly extend the lifespan of the devices it supports. And thanks to the industrial grade operable temperature range of -40°C to +85°C, the ISMS312 can work in harsh environments for long-term operation. The ISMS312 is available in both horizontal and vertical pin orientations to accommodate a wide variety of system form factors. To fulfill performance and cost-saving demands for various industrial applications, ADATA has developed the A+ SLC solution to effectively improve the SSD’s perfor...


BitFenix Releases New Prodigy M Colors

New colors and window side panel options take customization to the next level (BitFenix Design Lab, August 21, 2014) – The BitFenix Design Lab has always been listening intently to the feedback from the community, and nowhere has this been more evident than the release of the Prodigy M chassis. The micro ATX variant of the Prodigy, Prodigy M is the result of direct feedback from users who wanted the same styling and sophistication of Prodigy, but desired the capability of installing micro ATX motherboards. Today, BitFenix is announcing not one, but two releases inspired by community feedback: Prodigy M Color and Prodigy M Window Side Panels. Prodigy M Color Offered in both Midnight Black and Arctic White variants, Prodigy M made a big splash when it was introduced last August. Featuring an all-new layout, it maintained the styling and size of the original Prodigy, but added micro ATX motherboard support. Since its release, users have been wondering if it would be getting the same color options as the original Prodigy, and starting today, Prodigy M fans will finally be able to get their hands on four new vibrant colors: • Fire Red • Atomic Orange • Vivid Green • Cobalt Blue Bold yet minimalistic, the new color versions of Prodigy M are perfect for those who want the same award-winning case, but with a dash of color to light up any decor. What’s more, Prodigy M will also have window side panel models. With the new Prodigy M color options, users now have more ...


LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337 – ECS Brings Together Media Partners and Customers in Silicon Valley

LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337 ECS Brings Together Media Partners and Customers in Silicon Valley   20 August 2014, Fremont, USA – ECS has gathered its top North American media partners and local customers in California at the Aloft Hotel Silicon Valley to showcase it new product offering. In its press event named LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337, it plans to officially launch its new LIVA Mini PC Kit 64GB, its new line of Z97 motherboards and also communicate the kick off of its LIVA Design Contest for the North American market. This congregation of media and partners comes as a clear sign of the company’s intent to unveil a new ECS (a new team, new products and a new focus) and its plans to reestablish itself in the North American market.   ECS proudly introduces LIVA Mini PC Kit 64GB White Edition and Black Edition which will be available in August 2014. LIVA is derived from “Living” and “Viva (Life)”, and it is all about living a better life. As the world’s smallest Windows-Based Mini PC Kit, the new LIVA adopts a storage upgrade, eMMC 64GB, to fulfill the high storage requirement and to enjoy the quick Read/Write Speed advantage from eMMC, and still, LIVA remains to be the palm-size Mini PC. LIVA Mini PC Kit has been applied to many different territories with different applications, such as HTPC, office PC, secondary PC usage, industrial PC…etc., and with the arrival of LIVA 64GB, LIVA will bring more convenience and change the whole landscape of PC industry. ECS ...


A New Build Log from our Review Staff is Starting! Silence Will Fall!

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Greetings Pure Overclock fans! Just wanted to stop by and let you all know that we have a new build log up being written by Mike in the forums! It’s being sponsored by none other than: www.swiftech.com As a leading provider of enthusiast-grade water cooling components, their newest product line seemed the best possible fit for what we have in mind for the build (as well as some old favorites). The theme of the build is “Silence Falls,” a silence-optimized HTPC with more than just movie streaming intentions in mind, but with a bit of a twist that most of our readers wouldn’t really expect from a build of this nature. Be sure to stop by the forums to check out the build log as it progresses, and while you’re all at it be sure to check out some of the other awesome build logs we’ve got on-hand, including Project reDEFINEd by forum member humanityBG and Squircle, a scratch build by forum member glent. Both of them are turning out beautifully so far, so we have plenty of eye candy for you guys to ogle over. Here’s some links to the build logs mentioned: Silence Falls: A Thought Experiment Project “reDEFINEd” – Fractal Design DEFINE R2 XL Squircle [Scratch Build] Hope you all enjoy these builds, and stay tuned in for more projects to come!


 

Streacom FC8 EVO Fanless Chassis Review

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Introduction With the growing industry of digital media and streaming devices, the world of compact designed media players and HTPCs have grown quite a bit over the last few years. While some can suffice with a simple media device like the Roku, Western Digital Media Box and even the Chrome TV, these devices can sometimes only satisfy the basic general consumers’ needs. What about those in need of a little more power and flexibility? This is where the growing SFF (small form factor) HTPC market comes into play. Some will say you can build an HTPC with some basic PC components and drop them into a computer case and call it a day, but who wants a junky or bulky PC tower sitting in their entertainment center looking out of place. For users like us, we like our media center to be the center of attention… so you probably want something a little more aesthetically pleasing. Today, we have chance to look at a uniquely designed SFF PC chassis that can operate in complete silence. We have on our test table today the Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Chassis. Also, when we refer to it being silent, we really mean it, because the Streacom FC8 Evo case features a completely fanless design. Perhaps its sleek aesthetics will prove to be a talking point of your entertainment center. Let’s review it and find out…   Before we move forward with the exciting features, let’s first talk about who Streacom is: History Streacom was founded in 2010 by a small but experi...


 

Employee Mass BYOD Deployment On The Rise, For Enterprise and Government Sectors

Employee Mass BYOD Deployment On The Rise, For Enterprise and Government Sectors Windows To Go, a feature of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Enterprise, and Super Talent’s RC4 bond to create a new and improved solution for today’s portable work styles San Jose, California — August 18, 2014 — Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, presents its enterprise and education Windows To Go drives. Super Talent’s Windows To Go drives are widely used for bring your own device (BYOD) services. Currently the USB 3.0 Express RC4 is a very popular enterprise choice among companies who choose to implement the route of BYOD mass deployment. A USB 3.0 device, the size of car keys, is able to boot a sandboxed version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise on any computer that allows booting from a USB device. This allows for our government, education and all enterprise sector clients to significantly reduce operational TCO, while still keeping their human resources mobile. These drives are rigorously tested to pass and exceed Microsoft’s standards in order to be certified to be used with Windows To Go. With read and write speeds of up to 320/120 MB/s, these drives are quick to boot and built with high quality parts for users looking for a personalized USB workspace drive. Additional information on Super Talent’s Microsoft certified Windows To Go drives can be found here. Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB*...


HIS Multi View Display Adapters Review

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HIS have provided three different hardware adapters for those users who lack the ability to add additional displays to their system setup: the Multi View II, the Multi View X2, and the Multi View+Sound. Each of these offer different features, but all work on the same premise: a USB or DVI adapter expands your ability to add more displays to your setup in a simple manner. Let's take a look.


 



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