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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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    MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G Review

    We're looking at the MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G, a card that boasts a custom heatsink, improved power design, and a factory overclock, all for a modest premium of only an extra $25. Sounds pretty good so far. Factor in that AMD is bringing a few new features to the market ...
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    Memory Speed vs. Latency – Clearing up the Confusion

    Introduction We love speed as much as the next performance seeker, and many of us spend great sums of money and loads of time trying to optimize our systems, find the best parts for a new build, and squeezing every bit out of components. Admittedly, some components a...
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SAMSUNG Launches 2 TB SSDs, 850 Pro and 850 Evo

Samsung Electronics, a market leader in advanced memory technology and an innovator in consumer electronics, introduced the 2-terabyte (TB) 850 PRO and 850 EVO solid state drives (SSDs). Samsung’s 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) based retail SSD lineup now features 20 different products with a wide range of capacity options from 120 gigabyte (GB) to 2TB. Available in 50 countries, the launch of the 2TB drives addresses the ever-increasing consumer demand for high-performance and high-capacity memory solutions. “Samsung experienced surge in demand for 500 gigabyte (GB) and higher capacity SSDs with the introduction of our V-NAND SSDs. The release of the 2TB SSD is a strong driver into the era of multi-terabyte SSD solutions,” said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Branded Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to expand our ultra-high performance and large density SSD product portfolio and provide a new computing experience to users around the globe.” The new 2TB 850 SSD PRO and EVO drives remain in the same 7-millimeter, 2.5-inch aluminum case as their predecessors did. Equipped with Samsung’s advanced chip solutions, including 128 individual Samsung 32-layer 128Gb 3D V-NAND flash chips, an upgraded high-performance MHX controller that supports 2TB capacity, and four 20nm-class process technology-based 4Gb LPDDR3 DRAM chips, the 2TB 850 family provides industry-leading performance and power efficiency. With added capacity, pro...


INTEL Skylake Coming on the 5th of August, Awesome New Gigabyte Boards

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Skylake’s been in the news for some time now. We’ve gotten to see some of the new features coming with the Z170 chipset, heard about INTEL aiming the high-end CPUs towards overclocking enthusiasts, and find out that everything was going to be releasing sometime towards the end of this year. Now, we have an official date for the launch of Skylake as well as some shots of some extremely impressive boards being released by GIGABYTE. August 5th is the official release date for the Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6500K. There’ll be some other SKUs that launch as well, but the K series chips are the ones with the unlocked multipliers making overclocking a breeze. These chips have an incredibly modest 95W TDP rating that hopefully translates into some huge amounts of overclocking headroom. Currently, 5 GHz is the magic number that is incredibly difficult to reach for everyday use. While silicon is ultimately the limiting factor, we can hope that with some new architecture, we might get to see some higher overclock ceilings with normal cooling setups. Time will tell, but if new motherboards have any sway in the matter, then GIGABYTE plans on destroying overclocking records if their initial features live up to their appearance. I have to say, while GIGABYTE makes some good quality products, I feel like they got a little behind in the Z97 segment of motherboards. A lot of their boards didn’t seem to rank up as high as other boards. The VRM design hardly pushed pas...


AMD’s R9 Fury and Voltage Control Coming Soon

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Many people began complaining about the overclocking headroom on the Fury X when it released. This issue seemed odd to say the least. First, Lisa Su herself said that the new cards would be great for overclocking. Second, the load temperatures for Fury X were amazing on top of having a very robust power delivery design! This normally leads to tons of overclocking headroom. It turns out, there’s a pretty good reason why voltage control for Fiji has been a slow go but it looks like we might get said voltage control about the time the Fury line up launches. Some people were getting pretty concerned that the Fury X voltage was locked which led to claims of a very disappointing launch. To be fair, if AMD had locked the voltage control, that would be an utter failure. However, a statement released by Unwinder, known for the RivaTuner overclocking software that forms the basis of most 3rd party overclocking software, explains why there’s been such a long delay. To sum it up, AMD’s voltage control hardware isn’t as easy to code as NVIDIA’s is. To make matters worse, Unwinder didn’t get a review sample at the time others did so the process was delayed even further. For more details, check out the links below but the good news is, voltage regulation might be coming with the release of the R9 Fury. The R9 Fury might be the more threatening card than the Fury X. It starts with a $549 launch price, which if it performs close to the 980 Ti, will make ...


Samsung EVO+ and PRO+ Micro SD Review

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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 into the retail market.


 

Cougar 600K and 500K Gaming Keyboard Reviews

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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 customized software. While the price tag is on the high side for the 700K model, some can justify spending that kind of money. We all know the term, “you get what you pay for,” but some of us are simply looking for the best bang for your buck. Plus, with the abundance of today’s gamers making comments like, “we don’t always use all the features” that are available on those more expensive keyboards, folks are looking for alternatives. All is not lost. With Cougar’s well received launch of its first mechanical gaming keyboards, they have set out to really expand in this arena. They came up with a wide range of options from the very affordable to the very expensive. Cougar likely aiming to reach a wider audience and we don’t blame them for doing so. In our hands today, we have their newly developed 500K and 600K gaming keyboards, both of which have been designed for gamers, typists and priced for your average joe who can’t quite justify the 700K’s price tag. So today, we get to put both these very affordable keyboards to the test to see how they match up with today’s competition and Cougar’s own 700K model.


 

[UPDATE] Possible NVIDIA GTX 950 Ti on the Horizon

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UPDATE: It looks like NVIDIA is just releasing the GTX 950 in a 2 GB and 4 GB variant. Each will still have a 128-bit interface and will likely be priced to compete in the $100-150 price range. http://videocardz.com/57015/confirmed-nvidia-to-launch-geforce-gtx-950 It looks like NVIDIA isn’t willing to let the sub $150 market go without a little more competition. Even though they’ve had two Maxwell cards in this bracket for a while now with the GTX 750 Ti and 750, the new GTX 950 Ti and 950 will offer a slightly updated GPU that I’m sure will bump the performance up as well. While neither NVIDIA or AMD are willing to design much more on the 28nm manufacturing process with 16nm around the corner, this will give team Green a little more competition in the budget segment of the market. It looks like the GPU core will be based off a cut down GM206 die which is currently in use by the GTX 960. The power ratings will be just under 100W for the 950 Ti with the 950 coming in at a meager 64W. These are some impressive ratings but we’ve come to expect that out of Maxwell. Honestly, there isn’t much to see here but hopefully, we may yet see a 960 Ti that bumps the interface up from the 960 while staying in the mid $200 price range. That seems to be the sweet spot for performance to cost, but even the 950 Ti and 950 aren’t official yet. Time will tell soon enough. http://wccftech.com/nvidia-readying-geforce-gtx-950-ti-geforce-gtx-950-graphics-car...


ASUSTOR to Exhibit Professional Surveillance Solution at the Axis Solution Conference 2015

ASUSTOR to Exhibit Professional Surveillance Solution at the Axis Solution Conference 2015 ASUSTOR provides a high quality surveillance solution to the professional surveillance domain that is suitable for use in homes and small to medium commercial centers. All-new Surveillance Center functions include automated event action rules, Intelligent Video Analytics, simple and intuitive on-screen controls, configurable video stream resolutions, interactive electronic maps and 49 channels of real-time video surveillance feeds. Date: July 9, 2015 Location: Grand Ballroom, Level 1, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East Time: 10:00 – 16:30 Event Website: http://www.axis.com/events/solution-conference-hk-2015/agenda Taipei, Taiwan, June 30th, 2015 –ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, is now entering the professional surveillance arena. At the Axis Solution Conference 2015, ASUSTOR will be exhibiting a cost-effective yet high quality surveillance solution. All interest parties are welcome to attend. Surveillance Center is an add-on application developed by ASUSTOR that can be run on all ASUSTOR NAS devices. It instantly turns any ASUSTOR NAS into an NVR server that can be used on different multiple operating systems and web browsers. Users can also combine Surveillance Center with ASUSTOR NAS models supporting HDMI to enjoy the exclusive use of the local display function. Users only need to turn on their HDMI TV or monitor to view real-t...


Philips Monitor with Ultra HD Quality and 4K Resolution in New 32-inch Size

Philips Monitor with Ultra HD Quality and 4K Resolution in New 32-inch Size Super-fine UHD 4K resolution for brilliant images with flicker-free technology • 32-inch size provides richer midsized display choices with UHD 4K     Amsterdam, 30 June 2015 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces a new display with 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution. The BDM3275UP display – at 32 inches a new size for Philips Monitors with this resolution – responds to growing demand for super-fine resolutions at comparatively modest screen dimensions. Users can look forward to 4K UHD clarity for detail-rich entertainment such as movies and games, as well as for data-intensive office applications. 32 inches of brilliant performance With 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, 4K UHD resolution packs four times as many pixels per inch of screen as Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) and delivers four times the clarity. This latest Philips 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) display makes MMD’s line-up of screen sizes at the ultra-high resolution even more complete, which already features 28-inch, and 40-inch models. Like its co-members of the 4K line-up, the BDM3275UP display is configured for a stunning viewing experience. It offers rich 10-bit colour support for natural, gradation-free colour reproduction, Philips Flicker-Free technology to regulate brightness and reduce flicker, as well as an advanced IPS-AHVA panel for extra-wide viewing angles ...


R9 Fury X and 300 Series Manufacturer Comparisons

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Maybe you’re in the market for a new AMD GPU, but don’t know for sure which one you want. We can’t make the decision for you, but we can give you some side-by-side comparisons so you can easily see how each product differs. Once you find something that looks decent, we’d still recommend checking out reviews for a more in depth look into the performance of the unit, but just seeing galleries of the products can be a huge start. Also note that if you don’t see a back plate slide for a product, it’s usually because it doesn’t have one. Enjoy the slides and we hope this makes comparisons a bit easier. R9 Fury X Gigabyte   HIS   MSI   PowerColor   Sapphire   XFX  


New Platinum PSUs from EVGA and Seasonic

We have some new Platinum rated PSUs on the market and I can’t help but think this has a little to do with the new R9 Fury X. What’s interesting with the EVGA lineup is that they range from 650W to 850W, which is a great range for high-end mini-ITX systems. Seasonic is well known for high quality PSUs already, but they’ll be offering two knew models at 750W and 1050W. Check out the links below.   http://www.evga.com/articles/00943/EVGA-SuperNOVA-850-750-650-P2-Power-Supplies/   http://www.seasonicusa.com/SnowSilent%20Series.htm





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