Pure Overclock – Computer Hardware News, Reviews and More


Archive for December, 2019

MSI Reloads Arsenal of Gaming Laptops with Windows 8

MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, refreshes arsenal of gaming laptops with Windows 8 operating system to provide gamers with enhanced system performance and a more immersive user experience. MSI’s Windows 8 upgrade applies to upcoming laptops in the G Series, including the acclaimed GT70 and GT60 units. Armed with the latest NVIDIA Kepler GeForce video cards, Killer E2200 Game Networking, Dynaudio Speakers and Steel Series Gaming Backlit Keyboard, both the GT70 and GT60 delivers exceptional performance that shatters the expectations of even the most demanding gamers. In addition, select models of the GT70 are now available with Killer Wireless-N 1202 card, increasing networking speeds by up to five times. “MSI’s combination of superior gaming components and an upgraded operating system allows users to fully immerse in the gaming world without sacrificing affordability and performance,” said Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI US. “Windows has been a staple in the personal computing world and the new version promises to improve performance and re-engage users through a new interface.” Windows 8 operating system will also be available in the more budget-conscious GE series and the AMD processor based GX60.

Mushkin Chronos deluxe 7mm receives Editors Choice Award from HiTechLegion.com

Mushkin, Inc. an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance computer products, receives Editors Choice Award for the Chronos deluxe 7mm 120GB Solid-State Drive from HiTech Legion, one of the Internet’s premiere sources of high technology and computer hardware news and reviews. “Being the first time I have had benchmarking experience with a Mushkin drive, I wasn’t sure what to expect going in and walked away thoroughly impressed.” Said George Cella, reviewer for HiTechLegion.com “The Chronos deluxe DX7 7mm is an outstanding performer at its price point regardless of size, and should be added to the “Must Have” list of any ultrabook user who is looking for serious performance. HiTechLegion.com also benchmarked the Chronos deluxe against two other competitors, and concluded that “Read and writes were excellent across the board, with the important 4k speeds being particularly impressive and easily surpassing our comparison units.” Article Url: http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/storage/hdd/31226-mushkin-7mm-chronos-dx Video : http://youtu.be/yDGu4xmJCRg For more information, please visit http://www.mushkin.com/Digital-Storage/SSDs.aspx About Mushkin For nearly 17 years, Mushkin has been dedicated to helping overclockers, gamers, IT managers, digital artists and mobile professionals enhance their computing experience by providing reliable, high-performance products. Mushkin products include a line of Flash Memory-based products and comp...

ADATA to Launch Industry’ First Mobile Device/Memory Card Optimization Site – GoMobile

ADATA Technology is pleased to announce the launch of the industry’s first mobile device/memory card optimization site – GoMobile. With GoMobile, ADATA provides a compatibility and m-Commerce solution which allows consumers to find the most suitable memory card for use with a smartphone, tablet computer, digital camera, or camcorder. In conjunction with the launch of GoMobile, ADATA is hosting a QR Code giveaway event to promote the site nationwide. Running from October 23 to November 4, participants who scan the site’s QR code and use the memory search engine to find ADATA compatible products for their device, will have a chance to enter the event’s prize drawing. Prizes include ADATA XPG SX900 256GB solid state drives, Premier Pro microSDHC UHS-1 U1 32GB memory cards, and S102 Pro Advanced USB 3.0 32GB Flash drives. For more information about ADATA’s GoMobile site and giveaway, please visit this page.

MSI AM3+ mainboards are ready for the new AMD FX “Vishera” CPU

Get an incredible performance boost with MSI’s OC Genie (Taipei – Taiwan) The world renowned mainboard manufacturer MSI announced that once the BIOS of MSI AM3+ mainboards have been updated, they will support AMD’s newest FX “Vishera” CPU. When used with MSI’s exclusive OC Genie one-second overclock technology, the performance of the FX-8350 CPU can be easy increased. MSI’s excellent R&D skills allows users to enjoy faster performance and experience the newest technologies. This is done by simply updating the BIOS to support AMD’s new FX “Vishera” CPU without having to buy a new compatible mainboard which proves that purchasing MSI mainboards is a safe choice. For more information and to download the latest BIOS for your MSI AM3+ mainboard please go to this website; http://event.msi.com/mb/2012/vishera/

ECS Reveals its First Motherboard with the Intel NM70 Express Chipset – NM70-I

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) reveals its latest mini-ITX motherboard ―NM70-I―featuring the new Intel® NM70 Express Chipset. The NM70-I is equipped with an integrated Intel Celeron® 847 or 807 processor to deliver great value and price performance options. With features like full Electrostatic Discharge Protection, Best Power Efficiency platform and full Windows® 8 support, the NM70-I is the best choice for affordable but capable small-form- factor systems. The NM70-I is ideal for desktop PCs, home theater PCs and industrial applications. Energy Efficiency Designed to save space and energy, the ECS NM70-I is the ideal solution for small-form-factor systems. With the Intel Celeron processor only consuming a maximum of 17W the ECS NM70-I is a low power solution. It features intelligent power management by turning computing functions on only when needed, reducing energy usage by operating at lower frequencies when performance is not necessary. The ECS NM70-I also has electrostatic discharge protection and 100% solid capacitor for the CPU voltage regulator module to maximize the reliability and longevity of your system. Excellent Extension Support Even with the mini-ITX size of the NM70-I, ECS has kept in mind the expansion needs of future-proof minded customers. The ECS NM70-I supports video and storage upgrades with 1x PCI-E x16 (running at x8) 2.0, 1x 6Gb/s SATA and 3x 3GB/s SATA connections. For industrial applications, the NM70-I is equipped with 2 Se...


Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard

AMD has just released their Trinity APU's. For those not familiar with an "APU", it is a processor that has an on-die graphics processing unit. AMD developed the world's first APU just over a year ago and they call it "Fusion" technology. AMD's first Fusion APU was codenamed Zecate and featured x86 technology with a dual core processor coupled with the first on die GPU. Zacate went over well in the budget notebook market with prices as low as $299. The kicker was above average graphics for a low priced lap-top. Next came Llano which shifted to a higher level. AMD used the same x86 four star cores but added an on-die 6550D graphics processing unit with even better graphics than its predecessor Zecate. Llano went over very well in the mainstream market and is a shining star for AMD. Trinity takes Fusion to the next level and incorporates AMD's new processor technology called Piledriver. This is entirely different engineering from the previous x86 four star cores. AMD put 2 x86 cores onto one module and the entire architecture changes. Piledriver spawns from AMD's Bulldozer introduced about one year ago, but it uses an entirely new instruction set. In our A10-5800K review, we saw some dramatic improvements in processing power as well as better graphics with the built-in Radeon 7660D. Gigabyte is all prepped and ready for these AMD changes and today we have their GA-F2A85X-UP4 ready to roll. The GA-F2A85X-UP4 introduces a new chipset from AMD called the A85 and it look...

Mad Catz Announces S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Professional Gaming Keyboard

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) announced today the S.T.R.I.K.E.5 Professional Gaming Keyboard for PC. Now available in limited quantities on the Mad Catz store, the S.T.R.I.K.E.5 has been designed with the competitive gamer in mind, featuring a modular design and OLED Command Module placing gamers at the heart of the experience. “Our range of S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards has captured the imagination of passionate gamers and we are pleased to expand the range with the newly announced S.T.R.I.K.E.5,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “The S.T.R.I.K.E.5 is part of our strategy to grow our market share with best in class products for all gamers.” The S.T.R.I.K.E.5 features a modular design allowing gamers to rearrange the configuration of the keyboard modules to better suit their preferred method of play. Alongside dedicated buttons for macro commands and media controls, the unique E.Y.E. OLED Command Module functions as the brains of the keyboard, allowing gamers to adjust multiple aspects of their gaming environment including speaker/microphone volume, backlighting brightness, multiple Respawn Timers and a game, website and application launcher. Additional information and purchase options are available at: http://www.cyborggaming.com/prod/strike5.htm

Kingston Digital Ships New USB Drive Certified for Windows To Go

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping the Kingston® DataTraveler® Workspace USB Flash drive. DataTraveler Workspace is certified for Windows To Go, a key feature of Windows® 81 Enterprise. DataTraveler Workspace enables enterprises to provision a corporate desktop on an external USB drive, thus allowing users to boot and operate Windows 8 from portable devices. This new drive is a unique external USB 3.0 device that is capable of SSD-like performance. Kingston releases the DataTraveler Workspace USB Flash drive containing Windows To Go for corporate customers who are users of Windows 8 Enterprise. (Photo: Business Wire) DataTraveler Workspace is made specifically for organizations that want to use the new Windows To Go feature found in Windows 8 Enterprise. The drive is designed to help IT administrators support their mobile user base — from remote employees to contractors and consultants. DataTraveler Workspace helps companies and organizations meet both bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives and disaster recovery requirements. “There’s been such a revolutionary shiftin today’s workforceand by pairing our innovations, we give customers an effective alternative to help them safely and efficiently access the corporate network regardless of where they are in the world,” said Karri Alexion-Tiernan, Director of Product Marketing, Win...

Digital Storm Unveils Bolt–World’s Thinnest Most Powerful PC

  Fremont, Calif. – (October 23, 2012) – Digital Storm, the predominant name in computer system integration and engineering, proudly introduces its slimmest custom designed gaming computer ever – Bolt. With Bolt, Digital Storm gives gamers exactly what they’ve craved: a powerful and affordable gaming PC without the need of a bulky desktop tower. When conceptualizing the Bolt, Digital Storm engineers found no chassis on the market that met their design criteria, so they designed their own brand new chassis from the ground up. Every aspect of the Bolt from: cooling, performance, and upgradability were ingeniously designed to the highest possible standards. The Bolt boasts a slim yet aggressive profile that is only 3.6” wide and 14” tall. The Bolt’s thin chassis is designed to effectively dissipate heat allowing it to house the latest and fastest components on the market, bucking the trend of sacrificing performance for a smaller footprint. No other thin form factor tower houses as much power as Bolt because no other system can handle the type of bleeding edge hardware and overclocking that Bolt does. Bolt’s high performance CPU cooling solution, with five copper heat pipes, unlocks even more gaming performance with processor overclocks of up to 4.6 GHz with Intel’s i7 3770K CPU. Bolt also supports up to 3 hard drives: 2 SSDs and 1 mechanical for incredible storage flexibility. “Gaming PCs have always been housed in massive towers, but we’ve...


Combo Review: AMD “Vishera” FX-8350 & ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z ROG

We have a combo review for you today. We are bringing you a full review of AMD's new FX-8350 series CPU, a.k.a. the "Vishera." In order to do that, we wanted just the right motherboard, and Asus happens to have the new Crosshair V Formula-Z ROG ready to step in. This gives us a chance to test the mettle of two top of the line products at once. Will it be a match made in heaven? We shall soon see. AMD first released its FX series chips last year with the FX "Bulldozer" series. Some of us were not too happy with the chip, because the performance did not live up to expectations. Despite (and because of) that hiccup, we are very excited to see what their "new tech" can bring to the table. Today we are going to look at the new FX-8350 series chip, code-named "Vishera," to see what it can do. AMD has reported that the new line of FX series chips will bring a 15% increase in performance from the previous series. We look forward to putting this claim to the test. The new line of FX-8350 series chip is made to compete with its rival, the Intel Core i5 3570k. Our intention is to show you how it stacks up against just that, and who is still wearing the performance crown at the end.

GIGABYTE Wins Tom’s Hardware High-end Z77 Roundup with Z77X-UP5 TH Motherboard

Taipei, Taiwan, October 19, 2012 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced that the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH motherboard has earned the ‘2012 Recommended Buy’ award from respected reviewers at Tom’s Hardware. The GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH motherboard claims this award due to its combination of outstanding features and excellent value for money. Comparing six high-end motherboards based on the Intel® Z77 Express Chipset from a range of tier one and tier two manufacturers, Tom’s Hardware reviewer, Thomas Soderstrom, concluded that the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH motherboard was the most attractive upper tier Z77 motherboard currently available, deeming it worthy of the highly respected Tom’s Hardware ‘2012 Recommended Buy’ award. “GIGABYTE leads that features-per-price battle without making any serious concessions in performance or overclocking, so the Z77X-UP5 TH earns its value award.” Commented Thomas Soderstrom, senior motherboard reviewer at Tom’sHardware.com You can find the full review at Toms Hardware here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77x-up5-th-z77a-gd80-z77-oc-formula,3305.html. GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH Based on the Intel® Z77 Express Chipset supporting 2nd and 3rd generation Intel® processors, the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH motherboard supports both the exclusive GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™5 technology as well as being one of the first motherboards available supporting dual Thunderbolt™ ports...


MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition

Today's review here is a look at the non-reference MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition, a model that sports a custom cooler and a factory overclock for only $10 more than the reference design. We expect some good things from this card and Nvidia has been extremely successful with the Kepler products, so will this card measure up? Can it beat the competing Radeon cards? Let's dive in and answer those questions and more. Click through for more.

Accelero Twin Turbo 690 earns high recognition from Custom PC

Congratulations to Accelero Twin Turbo 690 on receiving the “Extreme Ultra” Award in the December 2012 issue of Custom PC. The cooler is tested with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 and recorded a stunning improvement over the stock cooler by a massive 19°C drop. “THE COOLER IS INAUDIBLE, EVEN WITH THE GRAPHICS CARD UNDER LOAD. WE HAD TO CHECK THAT THE FANS WERE SPINNING”

Lian Li Announces the PC-7H Worldwide Modding Contest

Win a Lian Li Case of Your Choice, Hardware and Cash 19 October 2012, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the launch of its PC-7H Modding Contest. Beginning on October 19, 2012, Lian Li is inviting the worldwide modding community to join, and will be giving away prizes, including, Lian Li cases, motherboards, graphics cards, and cash. To register for the contest, head to Lian Li’s official forum at www.xtremesystems.org. After registering at XtremeSystems go to the Lian Li Product Support forum and start a new thread with a post of your PC-7H and hardware before you begin modding. Final submissions of the completed mods should be sent to 7hmod@mail.lian-li.com with pictures of your mod and your PC-7H modding thread link by January 18, 2013. Facebook users will then be able to pick winners on the Lian Li Facebook page by voting among the top 10 mods selected by the panel judges. To be eligible for this contest all contestants need to use the PC-7H as their modding chassis. Prizes Modding Contest 1st place: One Lian Li case of your choice, PC-7H Mod Master Aluminum Award Card, Asus Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard, Asus HD7970 graphics card, US$1200 cash 2nd place: One Lian Li case of your choice, PC-7H Mod Master Aluminum Award Card, Asus P9X79 Pro Motherboard, Asus GF GTX-650 graphics card, US$500 cash 3rd place: One Lian Li case of your choice, PC-7H Mod Master Aluminum Award Card, Asus Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard, US$300 cash Voting One...


Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 Motherboard Halloween Review

Introduction Halloween is coming soon and the eerie light of the moon shines down upon the tech-world. The sounds of howling wolves fill the air. Children dance in the pumpkin patch, and everyone is anxious to go trick or treating. Even the computer enthusiasts are hoping for a special treat. What better treat could there be than a really special motherboard? That’s exactly what we have today. Halloween is bearing down on us, and we have a special treat review in store today. Gigabyte has released their newest motherboard named the GA-Z77X-UP7, and by the look of things, they have brought some real cool Halloween colors into the mix. Is this a coincidence? Probably. However, we certainly appreciate the synergy. Regardless of the season, this new look is great, and the features of the board are massive, so let’s see what it can do!   IvyBridge is here for the interim. SandyBridge is being phased out and Haswell is due sometime next year. Those looking into new technology have a boatload of choices, and we have been seeing all motherboard manufacturers introduce some really “kick ass” product lately. Even though market conditions are still relatively slow, companies like Gigabyte have a full line of Z77 motherboards to choose from. So, which one will fit the bill for a top tier system? Perhaps Gigabyte will be able to take a nice chunk of the marketshare with products like this uniquely designed GA-Z77X-UP7. Enough with the hype. Let’s ...

Find us on Google+