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Pure OC’s Grand Prize Giveaway

Pure OC’s Grand Prize Giveaway will run from September 29th and end at 11am EST on October 6th Our Grand Prize will go to one lucky forum member, so will our runner up prize. Notice to all new forum members entering our Grand Prize Giveaway. You have to use the ” USER CP ” located top left hand side of this page, and fill out your location and system specs, failure to do so will end in your name not being considered for the Grand Prize. Click on this link for more details. **Pure OC would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors for making our Grand Prize Giveaway possible.          



 
 
 
 
 
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XSPC H1 “Hive” Cube+ Extreme Enclosure

If you’re in the market for an enclosure to house all your water cooling gear, chances are you’ve considered the XSPC H1 Cube+. The H1 Cube+ is tailored toward the water cooling enthusiasts and modders. It has been one of the most desirable water cooling cases available. "Go big or go home" is sometimes the mentality of serious water cooling enthusiasts. The H1 Cube+ fits this description. It is a behemoth, standing 21 inches tall. It also has the hipline of 19 inches wide with an arm span of 24 inches deep. It is an enormous case, and offers plenty of real estate for radiators. The H1 Cube was introduced to the market in 2011 and it was XSPC's first journey into the PC enclosure segment. It was hit and miss for the first-born. However, a year later, their newest revision was reborn, which includes the plus (+) sign at the end of the name. It represents the new improved design of the Hive 1. The H1 Cube+ showed up at my doorstep in a box of 8 inches (20cm) tall by 67cm square. I find myself wondering how a huge case can fit into an 8 inch cardboard box. Ast it turns out the design is extremely modular and constructed from 100% aluminum. After assembly, the Cube+ can swallow whole XL-ATX motherboards and five 120mm radiators (3x Triple, 2x Dual, 1x Single) without any modding. Does that tickle your water cooling addiction? Read on to find out what the “Hive” is all about and if it improves upon the original.



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COUGAR Introduces Extremely High-efficient and ECO-friendly Power Supply, the GX-S

Many people and organizations have their computers running 24/7 whether it is for remote access or cloud-computing requirements. These always-on computers eat through a lot of energy. COUGAR is proud to address the growing need for super-efficient power supplies with the introduction of their newest ECO-friendly power supply, the COUGAR GX-S series. Coming in 3 variations, the GX-S series of computer power supply units offer an extremely high efficiency rate of up to 93%, and are compliant with the 80-PLUS® Gold efficiency requirement. They are made with a special rugged black coating with an attractive gold colored painted logo. Saving Energy, Loving Earth With the current global energy crisis, the focus is on efficiency and electronic products are facing the daunting challenge of delivering high performance, while consuming less power. The COUGAR GX-S PSU was designed from the ground up to achieve high efficiency in its power supply management. One way it achieves this is with their LLC topology design. The LLC resonant topology lowers the switching losses which boosts efficiency during power switching. The GX-S series also has the most advanced energy-saving design to fit in with the latest Eco-Friendly EuP regulation and ErP Lot6. The power consumption less than 0.9W in PC off-mode, which can save quite a bit of energy and money and of course it supports the ENERGY STAR 5.0 rating. Fully Compatible The GX-S series is fully compatible with the latest PC technologies, s...



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AMD Announces 2nd generation AMD A-Series desktop APU Set to launch

AMD is set to launch the up-coming 2nd generation AMD A-Series Desktop APU code name “Trinity”. The previous generation AMD APU “Llano” will be replaced by this new platform using the FM2 Socket and its new chipset configuration of the A55, A75 and A85x. If you are not familiar with AMD’s APU line of processors they combine the CPU and GPU performance under one chip and include its own discrete graphics with the onboard CPU. These are designed for the mainstream ultrathin notebooks, all-in-one PCs, traditional desktops, home theater PCs and embedded applications. The improvements we are looking to see from the 2nd generation’s APU that will be the most notable is: Double the performance per watt of the previous generation; The AMD HD Media Accelerator with a unique set of technologies designed to optimize video quality available with premium and Internet video content, and accelerate video file conversion; An increase in CPU performance of up to 29 percent with higher processor speeds thanks to the next-generation AMD “Piledriver” CPU core with 3rd-Generation AMD Turbo Core technology, where power is dynamically shifted between the CPU and GPU depending on application needs, effectively providing a more responsive experience that can boost CPU frequencies to up to 3.2 GHz; AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series graphics for an increase of graphics performance up to 56% over the previous generation. Combined, the CPU and GPU cores deliver ...



 
 
 
 
 
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DeepCool Gamer Storm Assassin CPU Cooler

Over the past several years we have seen some impressive air coolers. The competition is fierce, and nearly every brand has had some great products. There is always someone looking to take king of the hill in reputation. Today we will be looking at Deepcool's new Assassin Air Cooler to see if it can take that spot. The Assassin Cooler by Deepcool is designed for hardcore gamers looking for extreme performance without having to spend a huge amount of money on water cooling. The twin tower designed cooler could potentially give some of those all-in-one water cooling kits a run for their money. Today we will put it through its paces and see if that is true. At a glance, it appears that the design engineers of the Assassin really want to make this cooler one of kind. The specific design of the aluminum fins isn't something we have seen before, and it really makes an impression. They didn't stop there though, even the hardware included with the cooler was first class, right down to the fans, the nuts and the bolts. Right off we are taken with the unique design. The massive heat pipe this cooler includes is really breath taking. As we delve deeper into the Storm Assassin during this review you will see how Deepcool may have really taken the crown in the air cooler market. Before we move forward lets talk a little more about Deepcool as a company.



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TRENDnet Launches Performance Oriented Entry Level Wireless Router

TORRANCE, Calif. –September 27, 2012–TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the N150 Wireless Router, model TEW-712BR, a performance oriented entry level router with the power to easily stream HD video to your television while surfing the internet. The TEW-712BR is designed for moderate Internet users who live in an average sized home. Connect computers, NAS drives, and printers to the four Ethernet ports on the back of the router. The router supports 150 Megabit per second (Mbps) theoretical wireless speeds—the same speed as embedded wireless cards in most tablets, laptops, and smart phones. The latest encryption protocols protect your valuable wireless network. Ease of Use An intuitive guided router setup takes the work out of creating a wireless network. A convenient on/off button on the back of the router safeguards router components. LED displays on the front convey wired and wireless status. Connecting computers to the router is even easier using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Gone are the days of entering complicated encryption codes. Simply press the WPS button on the TEW-712BR, and then press the WPS button on a compatible wireless adapter. Confirm you would like to connect and the devices automatically exchange information and connect. Access Controls Users are empowered with the ability to manage connected devices, websites access, and access to file types. Parents can create a list of smar...



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ROCCAT to Unleash Gaming Titans with Launch of New Mega Mice

Famous Kone line to add two models. Lua to claim title as world’s sleekest gaming mouse Hamburg, 27 September 2012 – ROCCAT Studios, the Hamburg-based manufacturer of competition gaming peripherals, is set to expand their high-performance mouse portfolio with the upcoming debut of three new game-changing devices: the ROCCAT™ Kone XTD – Max Customization Gaming Mouse, the ROCCAT™ Kone Pure – Core Performance Gaming Mouse and the ROCCAT™ Lua – Tri-Button Gaming Mouse. ROCCAT has tapped the Kone XTD to be the successor to the legendary Kone[+] gaming mouse, packing the XTD with a hefty increase in the already formidable capabilities of the Kone[+] – while keeping the beloved Kone design completely intact. The German manufacturer also kept the legendary Kone form when designing the Kone Pure – but slimmed it down to 91% the size of the Kone[+], while also adding more competition-crushing power to the original Kone[+] performance specs. Keeping the world famous Kone design when creating the new Kone models was extremely important, says ROCCAT, because legions of Kone fans worldwide have shown such a strong devotion to it. ROCCAT engineers designed the ultra-sleek Lua, meanwhile, to deliver superb combat performance to gamers of all hand sizes. The Kone domination dynasty continues Both the Kone XTD and Kone Pure are powered by an astounding performance package loaded with the latest 8200 DPI Pro Aim R3 laser sensor, a commanding 32-bit Turbo Core 2 72MHz ARM...



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Crucial m4/Micron C400 Firmware Upgrade

Micron and Crucial have released a firmware upgrade for the Micron C400/Crucial m4 and mSATA SSDs, providing multiple speed and power advancements. This upgrade is another example of the advantages of owning a Micron or Crucial SSD—end customers often benefit from the continuous improvements we roll in to win new business and meet future design requirements.   While the firmware upgrade is optional, users who elect to install this upgrade will benefit from the following enhancements:   · Faster boot-up times We improved time to ready—the sliver of time between when the power button is pressed and when the drive is ready to accept commands. · Faster TRIM We improved the efficiency of how TRIM works on the drive. · Windows 8 certification The new firmware is officially certified for the upcoming Windows 8 OS. · Better power management We increased power efficiency during standby mode, which can extend battery life significantly. The new firmware update is available now at our Firmware and Downloads section here. **UPDATE** In response to comments about systems using the new UEFI BIOS, we’d like to clarify some concerns that have been expressed by users. Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a new BIOS architecture shipping with some systems. Even though our firmware code itself is compatible with systems utilizing the UEFI BIOS, we issued our original UEFI note because we noticed instances where our update tools do not recognize the SSD with som...



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Kingston Digital Releases SDXC Class 10 Value Card for Price-Conscious Consumers

Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products, today announced a new SDXC Class 10 memory card that is ideal for price-conscious consumers. The card captures full HD videos and high-resolution photos at an affordable price that will not break the budget. Fully compliant with the latest SD Association specification, Kingston’s Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) Class 10 card operates on the exFAT file system, which is designed to handle extremely large volumes of data, such as files bigger than 4 GB. Available in 64 GB and 128 GB, these cards are an excellent choice to meet the storage demands of high-quality digital still and video cameras as well as other personal electronic devices that are SDXC compatible. Additionally, SDXC cards offer a speed “class” rating known as Class 101 that delivers a 10 MB/s minimum sustained transfer rate for optimum performance with SDXC-compatible devices. “It is important to note that although SDXC cards are identical in size to standard SD cards, they have a different design and are only recognized by SDXC host devices,” said Nathan Su, Flash Memory Sales Director, APAC Region, Kingston. “Consumers need to make sure that their camera or camcorder carries the SDXC logo to ensure compatibility and make the most of the new, huge capacity options.” For added reliability and durability, Kingston’s solid-state SDXC memory cards are built of nonvolatile memory components and have n...



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ADATA Launches World’s Thinnest External Hard Drive

Company makes its mark with visually striking expansion of the DashDrive HDD lineup Taipei, Taiwan – September 27, 2012 – ADATA™ Technology today announces the launch of the DashDrive™ Elite HE720 external hard drive, a USB 3.0 compatible device that is the thinnest of its kind on the market. Sporting a brushed stainless steel surface, and with a record-breaking slim profile of only 8.9mm thickness, the HE720 demonstrates once again the company’s consistently strong ability to combine top performance with style. The brushed metal case with protective layer provides 9H scratch resistance, which prevents damage even after long-term use. The drive features a bright blue LED indicator to indicate power and data transfer status, as well as the company’s popular “one-touch backup” feature, which automatically backs up and synchronizes data with one easy touch. The USB 3.0 interface offers transfer efficiency up to three times that of older USB 2.0 devices, but retains full backward compatibility with earlier versions. Purchasers of ADATA’s external storage devices are eligible for a free download of the latest Norton Internet Security 2012 anti-virus software (60 day trial version), and also enjoy three year warranty service, ensuring better mobility, security and convenience. Since announcing the new product family in June, ADATA has moved quickly to release products that embody the speed and portability signified by the DashDrive name. The DashDri...



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MSI GX60 gaming notebook with Eyefinity support

We believe gaming is for everyone Today, MSI presents the all new MSI GX60 gaming notebook. Equipped with an AMD A10 APU and the renowned AMD HD7970M graphics card, the MSI GX60 is providing the user with the best of two worlds: an affordable notebook with an extreme gaming performance. One of the greatest aspects of this notebook is the support for AMD’s Eyefinity technology, enabling the user to connect three external displays to the notebook. Like all MSI gaming notebooks, the MSI GX60 comes with a Steelseries gaming keyboard and a Full HD (1920*1080) non-glare display. The MSI GX60 will arrive in stores across Europe during the last week of September. Enabling an immersive widescreen gaming experience The MSI GX60 is equipped with the AMD A10 APU and AMD Radeon HD 7970M graphics card, supporting AMD Eyefinity technology and a superior DirectX 11 gaming performance. Via HDMI, VGA and mDisplayPort connections on the backside of the MSI GX60, the user can connect three external displays. With this, the user can surround himself with a triple display environment, enjoying the latest FPS, Racing and RPG games in the best widescreen settings. Super RAID MSI integrated MSI Super RAID technology in the MSI GX60, to maximize the read- and write speed. Two 64GB Gen3 mSATA SSD’s are working together in RAID 0 to increase the read speed to an astonishing 900MB per second. You can store all your favorite video-, audio-, and back-up files on the fast and large HDD of 750...



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Digital Storm Infographic – PC vs. Console Gaming

Some things in this world just don’t get along – oil and water, cats and dogs, PC gamers and console gamers. One can barely go on a gaming forum these days without seeing the standard animosity between the two factions repeatedly rear its ugly head. So what is the truth of the matter? Who really has the superior gaming system? A side-by-side comparison can show us a lot. A gaming PC, for example, will require a larger initial expenditure, but the level of graphics and processing power of the average gaming computer means you get a lot more for your money. While the most powerful current generation consoles only has a 550MHz video card, a well-equipped gaming computer can run upwards of 800MHz to 1GHz. Consoles will likely always rule as the most convenient gaming choice, though, because they are designed to offer a simple plug-and-play experience. You buy a game and after a minor install you’re ready to play. The PC, however, still offers a larger variety of games, has a bigger independent game scene, and is the best choice for real time strategy, first person shooters, and MMORPGs. While you can do a lot with a modern console, it just can’t stand up to the versatility of a high-end gaming PC.  



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Thermaltake Launches the Toughpower Grand Platinum Snow Edition Power Supply

Thermaltake, being the industry pioneer brand with expertise in PC chassis, power supply and thermal solution, excited to release the latest addition to our signature power supply series – the Toughpower Grand Platinum Snow Edition 700 W and 600 W. The Toughpower Grand Platinum Snow Edition is certified with 80 PLUS Platinum that grant up to 94% efficiency, featuring high current massive single +12V rail, modular cable design, patented 14 cm flower-shape fan with the integration of FanDelayCool Technology guaranteed system for a smooth and substantial operation. Green Responsibility To facilitate the idea of building a green environment, the new Toughpower Grand Platinum Snow not only has incorporated 100% Japanese made capacitors and 3oz copper PCB to lower the temperature for efficiency and reliability. It has a redesigned layout of the main circuitry, an alteration on the primary winding from Double Forward converter to LLC Resonant converter, as well as employed the active clamp ZVS to improve the efficiency rate from 80 PLUS Gold to 80 PLUS Platinum for power users to get the most out of the system while saving up to 3% of energy from before. Reputation Since the introduction of Toughpower Grand, it has been one of kind PSU on the market that succeed with numerous world prestige design awards from reddot to iF design organization and recommendations from major media around the world base on the unique design and the performance. To uphold the acknowledgements of the...



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ARCTIC launches Dual USB Car Charger

ARCTIC releases its latest in-car charger for USB devices – Dual USB Car Charger. This charger is compatible with all different Smartphones and at the same time it supports fast charge for iPad and iPhone. Just occupying the minimum space in your car, this charger can charge up to two USB devices in one go. Please refer to our Press Release for more information.  



 
 
 
 
 
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ECS GeForce GT 640

We've seen several Kepler-based graphics cards from Nvidia, and have noted their ability to provide great performance at competitive prices. And today is a bit of a continuation of that trend, as we're looking at the GeForce GT 640, a lower-end card that comes with a retail price of around $100 and targeted to consumers on a very tight budget that don't need a powerhouse gaming card. While the ECS GT 640 does target modest goals, we love great value, so the question is can this card perform reasonably well enough to earn a recommendation from us? Let's see how it shapes up. Click through for more.






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