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Mad Catz introduces the S.T.R.I.K.E. Mobile Keyboard

Introduction Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. announced in San Diego on October 29, 2013 the S.T.R.I.K.E. Mobile Keyboard. It is expected to ship in time for the 2013 holiday season. The S.T.R.I.K.E Mobile Keyboard features a tablet sized footprint and is ideal for mobile use and designed to interface with a wide variety of platforms and smart devices including Mad Catz forthcoming M.O.J.O. Micro-Console for Android. It will be available in three colors: Black, Red and White Features NFC technology which allows gamers to connect the keyboard by tapping it to a compatible device Integrated Bluetooth Micro P.U.L.S.E scissor keys A rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery Illuminated Back lighting Dedicated media buttons with a volume scroll wheel On board memory for macros  



TRENDnet Launches AC600 Wireless USB Adapter

Introduction TRENDnet, announced the availability of the AC600 Dual Band Wireless USB Adapter, Model TEW-804UB (Version v1.0R) . This unit offers wireless connectivity to an AC network at 433 Mbps or a Wireless N network at up to 150 Mbps .It comes with a MSRP of $39.99 Features Easy one touch connectivity Encrypted wireless support up to WPA2 Next generation Wireless AC 802.11 ac Dual band 433 Mbps wireless AC or 150 Mbps wireless N Backwards compatible with older devices Compatible with Windows and Mac Operating systems



 
 
 
 
 
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Roccat Tusko

Intro Here’s the situation: your friends just invited you to a LAN gaming session nearby, and you really want to go. Your favorite games are being played and you’ve been wanting to show off your rig for a while. You start making plans to go when it hits you: you have far too many accessories to cart around with you, not to mention you just shelled out 300+ dollars on that sweet 24″ monitor you use. Also, you certainly don’t want to be moving that around too much for fear of damaging it. *sigh* What’s a gamer to do? Roccat has been known to make rock solid accessories that cater specifically to the PC gaming enthusiast. From mice and mouse pads to headsets and keyboards, Roccat has your enthusiast needs covered. For the LAN gamer, they also offer the item we will be placing under the magnifying glass today: the Roccat Tusko. It’s a portfolio-style case for carting around your monitor and accessories all in one safe and easy-to-use package. Let’s dive right in and see if it’s got what it takes.   Here’s a word about Roccat: Founded in 2007, ROCCAT™ develops high quality and innovative accessories in Germany for ambitious computer gamers. In close collaboration with the gaming community, outstanding input devices and headsets, which excel through their first-class precision, high level of ease-of-use and unique design, are designed at ROCCAT™ Studios in Hamburg. The ROCCAT™ Kone Gaming Mouse was the first produc...



 
 
 
 
 
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NZXT H230 Silent Mid-Tower

Introduction: Today I was given the opportunity to look at and review yet another offering from NZXT. Among the many different cases they manufacture, their H series in particular has become one that has truly sparked my interest. Over the past several years, NZXT has become one of the premier manufacturers. They have been ahead of the pack with innovative designs and features while targeting both the gaming and enthusiasts’ arena. Today we will be looking at a new budget oriented Mid-Tower chassis, the H230 which is also part of their H or silent series of cases. If you’re not familiar with the NZXT H series line of cases, the NZXT H230 brings some of the same sound deadening abilities as its two predecessors, only this time it’s in a more affordable package. The new NZXT H230, a Mid Tower Chassis fits right in alongside NZXT’s award winning H2 and H630 silent series of cases. The NZXT H230 comes complete with a tool-free 5.25” latch design, removable HDD cage, seven expansion slots and USB 3.0 connectivity. Read on to see if it brings all of the essentials together for a silent, cool, hassle-free computing experience.   Our Thanks goes out to NZXT for providing us with the review sample. “NZXT, a company built upon gamer’s dreams, hopes to create products that put consumers first. With the objective of designing unique products catered for hardware enthusiasts and gamers, NZXT has grown into a globally renowned brand recognized for dedicati...



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Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Release and Pricing

Just yesterday, NVIDIA released the remaining details on the 780 Ti. Nothing was terribly surprising, it will be released on November 7th with a recommended e-tail price of $699. Following the release, the price of the 780 and 770 will be dropped to $499 and $329 respectively. Buyers of the 780 Ti will also get the “The Way It’s Meant to Be Played Holiday Bundle with SHIELD” which comes with three free games and $100 off the Shield gaming device. The same goes for 780, 770, 760 and 660, (although the 760 and 660 only come with two free games and only $50 off shield). Here’s the official release from Nvidia:



 
 
 
 
 
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Braven BRV-1 Speaker

Introduction Today we get the opportunity to test the Braven BRV-1 bluetooth speaker (available in blue and black). It is designed to be a durable, weather resistant, wireless speaker that’s capable of doing more than just play music. That’s right folks, this isn’t your ordinary means of entertainment away from home. Whether you’re outdoors camping, hiking or even out on the boat, the BRV-1 has you covered. Its IPX5 certified water resistant design is meant to give you the piece of mind you’ve been wanting while leading an active lifestyle. Did I mention it’s also shock absorbent and ultra-lightweight? Also, the bluetooth connectivity feature remembers the last eight devices connected to it, so there’s no need to constantly re-pair devices. That’s not all though, the BRV-1 is also designed to be a speakerphone and charger for your smartphone. These are a host of features which could help the BRV-1 really stand out. The question is, “Will the BRV-1 stand up to a gamers needs as well as take an outdoor beating?” Let’s find out, but first, let’s get to know more about the company.   BRAVEN is a portable Bluetooth speaker maker, dedicated to delivering premium audio and unparalleled design. Founded in 2011, BRAVEN is the first company to produce a portable HD speaker with speakerphone that doubles as a mobile device charger. An industry leader, BRAVEN has established its global presence with worldwid...



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Corsair Announces H75 Liquid Cooler

On October 24, 2013 in Fremont, California - Corsair announced the release of its newest cooler in it’s H series of coolers, the H75 .This cooler is designed for PC enthusiasts who want the features of the H60 but like the additional cooling offered by a dual fan setup. This unit will be released with an MSRP of $84.99 and become available in November. Here are the features and specs:   Features and Specifications 120mm aluminum radiator 120mm x 152mm x 25mm Two SP120L PWM 120mm high static pressure fans 120mm x 25mm 2000 RPM (+/- 10%) 54 CFM 31.4 dBA PWM fan control for customizable cooling Support for AMD and Intel CPUs AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2, LGA 1156, 1155, 1150, 1366, 2011 Advanced copper cold plate and manifold design Tool-free bracket for simple installation on most Intel and AMD motherboards Sealed all-in-one design, pre-filled and maintenance free 5-year limited warranty          



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Xigmatek Nebula Mini ITX Case

Xigmatek has just released a new Mini ITX case that is aimed at the Home entertainment and gaming market. It is called Nebula and they state “that it resembles something out of this world”. The top is coated with grand piano black paint and the side panels are in a jet black scratch resistant finish. It has an innovative air intake system at the base of the case, it also has an HD light on the bottom of the case. Here is quick list of features and specs:   Features - Includes pre-installed high performance silent (black with black fan blades) Xigmatek XOF fan with FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) for ultimate exhaust capabilities. - I/ O panel includes 2 x Super-Speed USB 3.0, HD Audio In/Out jacks, Power/Reset. - Capable of mounting Mini-ITX Motherboards. - Innovative 2 X 3.5” HDD can be converted to 2.5” SSD for easy mix and match. - Included 1 additional 2.5” SSD mounting holes inside chassis - All 3 side panels are tool-less and designed with quick release mechanism. - Can install full sized power supplies - Can mount up to 200mm Gaming Graphic cards Specifications Dimension L) 206x (H) 330x (W) 206mm Drive Bay 3.5″ Internal x 2 (tool-free retainers) or 2.5” Internal x 2 Expansion Slot 2 slots Motherboard Mini-ITX Power Supply Standard P/S2(ATX) or EPS Cooling System Rear fan: Preinstalled one 1200 RPM 120mm silent Xigmatek XOF black bladed fan I/O Panel USB 3.0 x 2 and HD Audio in/out jacks Max GPU Size 200mm Max CPU Cooler Hight 80mm  



 
 
 
 
 
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In Win BATMAT mousepad review

Introduction When we think of mouse pads we think about square-ish floppy foam, or even thin textured plastic ones that slide around and have to be secured to the desk just to stay in one place. With earlier versions of mouse pads we were constantly making sure they were clean or overly careful of spilling something on them. Well friends, we don’t have to worry about that anymore. The In Win BATMAT mouse pad is washable, water resistant and scratch resistant because it is constructed with aluminum. That’s right folks, just throw it in the dishwasher and call it good. Personally I got tired of dealing with the older mouse pads, constantly moving, small in size and ruined if something spilt on them. I would rather use the desk surface than put up with the hassle. Is the BATMAT durable and constructed well enough to change opinions about mouse pads? Continue reading to find out! Before we begin, Let’s read about In Win… IN-WIN Development Inc., an ISO 9001 manufacturer of professional computer chassis, power supplies and digital storage devices, is the leading provider of enclosure solutions to system integrators worldwide. Founded in 1985, IN-WIN provides high quality chassis that conform to all safety regulations, as well as unsurpassed customer service.



 
 
 
 
 
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Thermaltake Commander F5 Fan Controller

Introduction   Nearly every good-looking build project has two things in common, great cable management and a good cooling solution. These cooling solutions usually involve multiple fans in multiple locations. This requires a great deal of patience to insure clean cable runs. One of the easiest ways to get this accomplished is to use a fan controller. It will help you regulate the speed of the radiator or case fans separately and limit having to use cable splitters. One of the most commonly used controller types uses sliders because of the ease of use. Thermaltake has been making fan controllers and other cooling solutions for some time now, so I am not surprised to see them with a new model. The Thermaltake Commander F5 aims to offer a cost effective flexible and easy to use fan controller for the masses. Before we go any further, we would like to thank Thermaltake for sending the F5 for review and for being a market innovator during the last 13 years!   Mission   - While still a relatively young company, established in 1999, Thermaltake is built on unwavering will and dedication to address issues and innovate at the same time for computer enthusiasts and corporate users worldwide. - With strong support of Research & Development team standing behind the brand, Thermaltake is committed to never-follow but always-lead. - In past decades, the industrial and technological advancements in different fields have shaped the world we live in today and have also ...



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VisionTek Introduces the Radeon R9 290X & Claims Fastest Graphics Card Available

The folks at VisionTek just yesterday announced their newest GPU designed to crush the competition. They introduced the Radeon R9 290X as the “fastest graphics card available.” It’s probably not an exaggeration either. The new R9 290X is packing some serious power under the hood. With a 1GHz clock speed, 2816 Stream Processors and 4GB 512bit GDDR5 RAM, it can achieve a compute performance over 5.6 TFLOPs! It’s truly amazing to see just how far graphics technology continues to evolve from AMD, and VisionTek really did a fantastic job running with AMD’s ball. Not only that, but the retail price of this product will shock you, and we don’t mean sticker shock! On the contrary, some folks were expecting a $600-700 card, but it turns out this baby is only $549! It’s hard to argue the knock-out combination of incredible performance mixed with an affordable price. Here’s the full press release below for more details,   VisionTek Radeon R9 290X Introduced As Fastest Graphics Card Available   New ultra-performance card delivering 5.6 TFLOPs, 4x higher resolution of 1080p, intelligent overclocking, and professional grade audio priced at $549 and shipping by early November   October 24, 2013, East Dundee, IL – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®) http://www.visiontek.com, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh® computers, announced today the VisionTek ...



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The 2014 Nascita Gaming Mouse and Dimora Mouse Pad

Feenix released its new 2014 Nascita Gaming Mouse which is designed to be completely plug and play and does not require any drivers. They also released the Dimora Mouse Pad . Judging by the specs these appear to be two solid products. With MSRP of $97 dollars for the mouse and $36 dollars for the mouse pad these products are aesthetically pleasing and well thought out and easily within the budget of most discerning users. Nascita Gaming Mouse Specs Ergonomic Feenix form factor Feenix Engineering and Workmanship 8200 dpi laser chipset and lens system Feenix in mouse LCD technology Perfectly weight distributed high grade teflon Resistant to water damage Case includes extra teflon feet and certificate Feenix braided cord with gold plating Specifications: 8200 dpi Avago 9800 laser chipset Avago lens 1 ms response time / 1000Hz Ultrapolling 12000fps 150 ips 30g acceleration 114g net weight Dimora Mouse Pad Specs Micro Textured, Low Friction Surface Feenix Engineering and Workmanship Super Reflecting Surface Technology Single-Body Construction Internal Diamond Shaped Patterning For Enhanced Durability Specifications: Length: 350 mm / 13.80″ Width: 280mm mm / 11.00″ Height: 6.0mm /0.24″    



 
 
 
 
 
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be quiet! PowerZone 1000W

be quiet! may not be a very well known name in North America, but in the European market, and particularly in Germany, it's an entirely different story; they're industry heavyweights. With an established reputation in the power supply market, the company is looking to expand further west, particularly in North America, and from what we've seen so far with their products, they appear to be on the right track. The be quiet! PowerZone 1000W features stunning styling, fully modular design, and quiet operation. Priced at $189 and 80Plus Bronze certified, can the performance measure up? Let's take a closer look at the PowerZone 1000W and see if it can meet be quiet!'s claims and our expectations.



 
 
 
 
 
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ROCCAT Raivo Gaming Mousepad

Introduction Earlier this year, we reviewed the ROCCAT Hiro mouse pad that was a good product but a bit pricey. Over-all we enjoyed that product and were grateful to ROCCAT for the chance to review it. Well, we are back again with a new ROCCAT mouse-pad, and this one is the new Raivo. The Raivo has a micro-granulated surface with a non-slip base. It is intended as a gaming mouse pad, with high velocity and precision in mind. The ROCCAT Raivo features a large 350mm x 270mm surface area giving the user plenty of room to move freely without relocating the mouse. It is designed with rounded edges and flexible construction, and is marketed as being easy to clean. Will the new Raivo be enough to impress us? Read on to find out if it meets our standards. First, here’s a quick word from ROCCAT: Founded in 2007, ROCCAT™ develops high quality and innovative accessories in Germany for ambitious computer gamers. In close collaboration with the gaming community, outstanding input devices and headsets, which excel through their first-class precision, high level of ease-of-use and unique design, are designed at ROCCAT™ Studios in Hamburg. The ROCCAT™ Kone Gaming Mouse was the first product to be launched by the Hamburg-based developer, and has played a leading role right from the outset in the world’s premiere league of gaming mice. A host of international awards confirm the first-class quality and outstanding range of functions of ROCCAT™ products.



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Newly Updated PureOC Staff List

Hello PureOC! Obviously things have been in flux lately with some staff changes behind the scenes. We wanted to let you know that everything is well in hand and our new system and new staff are already in place. In fact, we are amazed at how quickly everything has come together. All of our regular staff has really “stepped up to the plate” and helped during the process. It was because of them that everything has gone so smoothly. They deserve special thanks for their dedication and hard work. We also have a couple of new additions to the team. We have two new News Hounds who will take up the gauntlet to deliver us interesting news stories. We are confident that with our new staff and processes, things will actually be more streamlined an efficient than ever before. Here at PureOC, the future is so bright we gotta wear shades! Please give a warm welcome and round of appreciation to our new editorial staff list shown below in alphabetical order. We also want to take this quick moment to thank all of our mods for doing a bang up job as well! PureOverclock Editorial Staff – (in alphabetical order) Corey – News Hound David Storm – Editor in Chief Jake – Senior Staff Writer/Reviewer and Editor James – Staff Writer/Reviewer Joe – Staff Writer/Reviewer Kenny – Staff Writer/Reviewer Mike – Staff Writer/Reviewer Ryan – News Hound Sandy – Vendor Manager and Editor Tony – Staff Writer/Reviewer (on hiatus) Vi...






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