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G.SKILL Exhibits Extreme Limits of DDR4 Memory on Live Demo Systems at Computex 2016

G.SKILL Exhibits Extreme Limits of DDR4 Memory on Live Demo Systems at Computex 2016 Highest Frequency, Tightest Timing & Largest Capacity Taipei, Taiwan (31 May 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to display the extreme limits of DDR4 memory on live demo systems at Computex 2016 with the latest X99 system featuring Intel Broadwell-E processors and the Z170 system featuring Intel Skylake processors, all on air cooling. The various extremes of the Trident Z series DDR4 desktop memory include the highest frequency, tightest timings, and largest kit capacity, which demonstrate the performance prowess of Samsung IC components combined with the most advanced memory development techniques of G.SKILL.     On the Z170 chipset systems, the focus is on the highest frequency and tightest timings possible. Raising the frequency bar to an unprecedented level of extremity is the 16GB (2x8GB) kit running at a blistering DDR4-4500MHz CL16-16-16-36 on the ASRock Z170M OC Formula motherboard. Featured on the GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming motherboard is the efficiently low timings of CL13-13-13-33 1.35V at DDR4-3200MHz with a fully loaded memory capacity at 64GB (4x16GB).   On the other end of the spectrum, challenging the limits of extreme massive memory capacity is the key to the X99 platforms. With a fully loaded 64GB (8x8GB) memory capacity on the ASUS X99-DE...



G.SKILL Announces New RIPJAWS KM570 MX and KM770 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboards

G.SKILL Announces New RIPJAWS KM570 MX and KM770 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboards Taipei, Taiwan (31 May 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is announcing the release of two new additions to the RIPJAWS series mechanical gaming keyboard product line with the feature-packed KM570 MX and the streamlined KM770 RGB mechanical keyboard.   RIPJAWS KM570 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard The new single-color LED lighting KM570 MX mechanical gaming keyboard is built with durability and ease-of-use in mind for daily gaming and working. Constructed with German-made Cherry MX key-switches, available in red, brown, and blue, ensures the durability of 50 million keypresses for years of comfortable typing experience. Additionally, removing the dependency on software by building the lighting customization and macro recording right into the hardware with the storage space for a complete profile, this keyboard is the ultimate keyboard to take on-the-go.   The new KM570 MX also features 7 different lighting effect presets with the ability to customize brightness and speed, the capability to easily create your own per-key lighting pattern, and all the great keyboard features that makes life easier, such as built-in media control, dedicated volume control, n-key rollover & 100% anti-ghosting, a default 1000Hz polling rate, Windows key lock, and a long 2m braided USB cable. This is t...



BitFenix at Computex 2016

In the ever evolving computer industry, new product designs are vital to cater the rapidly growing hardware demand. This year at Computex 2016, BitFenix is ready to introduce you to the newest line up of products that will quench your thirst for unique chassis. At BitFenix, we are strong believers of quality over quantity. This is why all of our new chassis use high quality glass and many aluminum parts. This year our designers have stepped out of the box to bring you a wide range of products that will make your system look unique and premium. To bring amazing products to you during this Computex, BitFenix has partnered with Avexir, Caseking, CLX, EKWB, MSI and noblechairs. Our partners will introduce their latest products and give you a chance to win some of those amazing products.   Aurora Inspired by the northern lights, BitFenix Aurora combines elegance with performance. Smoked glass on either sides let you showcase all the hardware and modding. Included with the Aurora is a RGB SSD shield which will light up your SSD in any color you want. This high end chassis supports a wide range of hardware from budget components to high end water cooled eATX hardware. This semi modular ATX chassis also features tool free HDD and SSD mechanism to help you easily organize the hardware to your pleasing.   Prodigy Cape The newest member to our prodigy line up is the new Prodigy Cape, which extends the hardware capabilities of prodigy line up to eATX water cooled systems. Manufactur...



The Hardware Hound: Welcome to “Hound” Advice

Reviews are great! Watching or reading about someone’s hard work to help you make a decision is a good way to ensure overall satisfaction in what can be pretty major investments for PC builders. We all wish we had all the time and money in the world to test everything, but many reviewers only have a limited window to squeeze things in between work and families. What happens when an experienced hardware user has some sound advice, but doesn’t have the time, samples, or official testing equipment to do a review? Welcome to Hound Advice. The Hardware Hound has taken it upon himself to begin sharing his experience with computer hardware in a straight forward and practical way. This isn’t just his experience either. He’s using the internet and the Pure OC community to try and help you answer questions that, quite frankly, can occasionally be very difficult to answer through google. In his first episode, The Hardware Hound tackles what looks like the best wireless routers for PC builders. If you’re having a hard time knowing what to look for, but already have a general idea, then Hound Advice might help you make a final decision. Check out the video, let us know what you want to know, and we hope you find our newest series to be helpful!



ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080: GPU Fan Headers Say What!?!

The GTX 1080 has been making a wave ever since it’s release last week. FinFET is finally here and the wait has been entirely too long! NVIDIA released their own Founder’s Edition that left most of us thinking that we’ll just wait until the manufacturers bring their own variants out, but sometimes it can feel like we already know what we’re going to see. However, ASUS surprised me with a feature that sounds like the perfect combo for a high end GPU with the addition of a fan header on the board. You’re probably thinking I’ve lost it at this point. “You’re seriously getting excited about a fan header!?!” Just bear with me for a sec! Admittedly, this isn’t the kind of feature the majority of users should be particularly concerned about. The ROG Strix has plenty of other things going for it anyways so I’m sure it’s going to be a much coveted card. Where this excites me is in the fact that I’ve been a SLI/Crossfire user for many years now. I understand all the impracticability of it, but what will never change is the fact that I think a computer looks 500 times better with two cards. Unfortunately, these configurations also generate a lot more heat. Under an intensive load, the GPU fans can get revved up pretty high and even though your computer can stay quiet at idle, loads can bring more fan noise than desired. Most of the time, my case fan speeds are set in stone at a level that doesn’t bot...



SAMSUNG Releases 500GB 750 Evo SSD

SAMSUNG is killing it in the SSD market. Not only did they introduce 3D NAND, but their drives have had a broad range of compatibility while being reliable. Now, SAMSUNG is trying to help the budget buyer by keeping their 750 EVO series alive. At a $150 suggested retail, the new drive looks like an attractive offer for the performance and stability. At first glance, some might thing that $150 doesn’t seem like a great deal since the 850 Evo is commonly found at the same price. However, the suggested retail on the 850 is actually $180. Considering that the 750 could go for less than the suggestion, we may see the drive sell for around $125 which would make it more compelling. This is up to retailers to decide, but with good sequential read and write speeds, the drive looks like it will be a solid budget performer. Check out the full PR below for more details! SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., an expert provider of advanced memory solutions for more than three decades, today announced worldwide availability of the 750 EVO solid state drive (SSD) in 120GB, 250GB and an all new 500GB capacity. The 750 EVO SSDs provide mainstream consumers and PC builders with an efficient migration path from hard disk drives (HDDs) or slow performing entry-level SSDs to a faster and more reliable storage solution for every day computer use. “Samsung is committed to constantly evolving and providing high-quality memory solutions that fit gene...



FNATIC Rush, Flick & Focus Review

Introduction It seems everything in the world is advertised as “Gamer” in order to attract customers. Seriously! I just read about a gamer toothbrush!!! ESports are on the rise but how much gaming hardware do we really need? Wait! You said it was designed by an actual eSports team!?! Shut up and take my money!!! Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s sift through the jargon and see exactly what FNATIC is doing with their new set of gaming peripherals. FNATIC is an eSports, League of Legends team that has also dived into a gaming keyboard, mouse and pad. The claim is that because these devices were designed by professional gamers, they will give you an edge in any competitive online play you might engage in. We’ll try to assess these claims soon, but before we do, here’s some more info on FNATIC, the company behind the Rush keyboard, Flick Mouse and Boost Pad.



STEELSERIES Releases the Rival 700, First Modular Mouse

Remember when a mouse was just a mouse? Pepperidge Farm remembers! To be far, Pepperidge farm still thinks a mouse is a furry rodent in a barn. STEELSERIES has been known for their high-end peripherals so being the first to introduce a modular mouse is no surprise. What is a surprising is how far the mouse has come from it’s humble beginnings of track and ball. With an OLED display to notify you of in-game events and a modular design that puts a new spin on customization, the Rival 700 certainly takes gaming mice to a new level. I can’t say that I would ever look at my mouse enough to see the notifications, but if I can put a fun design on that screen, that would make me pretty happy. Customization always seems like a good thing though and the RGB lighting is always welcome in my book. Take a look at the details below and check out our forums to tell us what you think of the features in the Rival 700! SteelSeries Rival 700, World’s First Modular Gaming Mouse with OLED Display and Tactile Alerts Now Available in North America  Taking Orders Exclusively on SteelSeries.com Starting Today   CHICAGO – May 24, 2016 – SteelSeries, leader and innovator in gaming peripherals, ships the Rival 700, the world’s first gaming mouse equipped with a fully customizable onboard OLED display, real-time tactile alerts, and interchangeable components. Available exclusively at SteelSeries.com to customers in North America for $99.99, gamers can now head into battle with a...



BIOSTAR at COMPUTEX 2016: Let’s Race to the Future

BIOSTAR at COMPUTEX 2016: Let’s Race to the Future You are invited to the most intense and fast-paced booth at Computex May 20th, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is excited to invite everyone to their booth at COMPUTEX Taipei 2016 where BIOSTAR will exhibit its exciting lineup of products including motherboards, VGA and IPCs during May 31st (Tue) – June 4th (Sat) 2016 in Nangang Exhibition Hall (4th floor, booth number M1213a). BIOSTAR’s focus in this showcase is its latest flagship RACING series motherboards, which is their theme for this year’s design along with the slogan of LET’S RACE TO THE FUTURE to highlight the pursuit into tomorrow’s experience. BIOSTAR will be showcasing its full line-up of RACING series motherboards including the latest Intel LGA1151 motherboards. The BIOSTAR RACING series features the latest innovations and technologies from BIOSTAR and visitors can check out for themselves these exciting new features during COMPUTEX 2016. BIOSTAR VGA will also be on display demonstrating some of the excellent graphics cards to complement its motherboard lineup. BIOSTAR IPCs are also on display for specialized applications featuring excellent innovations and reliable technologies including the Smart Locker. Visitors will get to experience first-hand the thrill of BIOSTAR RACING series motherboards powered by BIOSTAR VGAs with RACING machines present at the booth to try out. Race against time and enjoy the high-speed thrill with these machines l...



G.SKILL Announces 3200MHz Breakthrough in DDR4 SO-DIMM High Capacity Memory Kits!

G.SKILL Announces 3200MHz Breakthrough in DDR4 SO-DIMM High Capacity Memory Kits! Taipei, Taiwan (19 May 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, announces an all-new high performance breakthrough in DDR4 SO-DIMM memory with an intense speed of 3200MHz CL16 in large capacity kits of 32GB (2x16GB) or 16GB (2x8GB), all at 1.35V. Built with ultra-high performance Samsung DDR4 8Gb ICs, the performance of laptops and small form factor systems will never be the same again. Tested and validated on the latest Intel platform featuring the latest 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, this new DDR4-3200MHz SO-DIMM memory kit allows you to wield the power of a desktop system in a portable laptop or mini PC, perfect for casual gaming or working on-the-go. For a screenshot of the validation, please see below: Availability & Specifications This high speed SO-DIMM memory kit model will be released under a 2x16GB configuration for a total of 32GB and a 2x8GB configuration for 16GB. With integrated XMP 2.0 support, high-performance memory can be enabled with a simple setting. The 3200MHz SO-DIMM kit will be available to authorized distribution partners in June 2016. About G.SKILL Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory, SSD products, and gaming peripherals designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technical inn...



NVIDIA Keeps saying Async Support…

“You keep using that term. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Inigo Montoya. Before anyone gets upset about my rant, I want to mention that AMD has been just as guilty of marketing hype. That’s what Pascal’s Async Support is looking like it amounts to and I’m getting tired of companies using our politician’s tactic of repeating the lie to try and convince “dumb” consumers to believe it. A.) We’re smarter than that. B.) The GTX 1080 is such a great release that it doesn’t need false hype to brag it up! Admittedly, while the technicality of the matter could actually mean the 1080 has Async support, it’s beginning to look like NVIDIA is using some marketing tricks to smokescreen what’s really going on. A benchmark came out showcasing various tests with Ashes of the Singularity and a GTX 1080. While Pascal fared better than Maxwell, the results aren’t particularly good. In some cases, we see the performance drop again from DirectX 11 and the gains that were made were practically unnoticeable. The key quote from WCCF in understanding how Pascal supports Async is here. ” Dynamic load balancing and improved pre-emption both improve the performance of async compute code considerably on Pascal compared to Maxwell. Although principally this is not exactly the same as Asynchronous Shading or Computing. Because Pascal still can’t execute async code concurrently without pre-emption. ...



NVIDIA GTX 1080 Review Round Up

You might be wondering why there was so little news on the site about the upcoming Pascal GPUs from NVIDIA. That’s mostly because the info was pretty iffy most of the time. The great thing about the hardware industry is that new releases can be very exciting, but they can also be over-hyped. I sat back for some time trying to determine if and what I should be covering about this release, ultimately deciding to wait until the reviews came in. Well, they’re in, and the GTX 1080 is a monster of a GPU! Overall, NVIDIA looks like they really outdid themselves on this one, which is impressive considering how well they outdid themselves with Maxwell. The 1080 achieves performance that’s almost impossible to believe and is certainly a worthy successor to the previous 900 series architecture. The only head scratcher that has some reviewers questioning it is in the high price of the founder’s edition. Outside of that, NVIDIA has knocked it out of the park. Here’s a list of reviews that have released already so that you can easily browse through them at your leisure. GTX 1080 Reviews http://www.pcgamer.com/gtx-1080-review/ http://www.techspot.com/review/1174-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080/ http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-review,1.html http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-pascal,4572.html http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/05/nvidia-gtx-1080-review/ https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_1080...



Crucial Announces Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 SODIMMs

Crucial Announces Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 SODIMMs   New modules give gamers more speed, more performance, and better gaming   Key Messages:   Increased performance and enhanced integrated graphics frame rates with speeds starting at 2400 MT/s Easy plug-and-play installation with Intel® XMP 2.0 profiles for simple configuration Black PCB design with digital camo features and limited lifetime warranty1 Up to 16GB on a single SODIMM     Multimedia Elements: How Crucial Ballistix is Made Crucial Image Gallery Boise, ID, and Glasgow, UK, — May 17, 2016 – Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced the availability of Ballistix® Sport LT DDR4 SODIMMs. Ideal for gamers and performance enthusiasts, the new modules accelerate gaming laptops and small form factor systems by packing faster speeds into every memory slot, enabling users to run demanding games and applications with ease.   With speeds starting at 2400 MT/s, Ballistix Sport LT SODIMMs offer better latencies, reduced load times, and improved frame rates with integrated graphics. The new modules also feature a sleek black PCB and digital camo design and support Intel® XMP 2.0 profiles for easy installation.   “We’re constantly seeking ways to empower gamers with affordable, easy-to-use products that help them gain that competitive, performance edge,” explained Jeremy Mortenson, product marketing manager, Crucial. “With new platforms supporting fast...



CABLEMOD LED Strips Review

Introduction It’s time that we settle the debate once and for all. LED’s make your computer go faster. Don’t argue it. Don’t even question it. It’s just fact! The real mystery is which LED strip will make your computer the fastest. As easy as it is to convince the inexperienced of these sort of “truths,” the reality is PC builders want an LED strip that looks great while having the kind of quality that will help it last a long time. This is exactly what CABLEMOD is setting out to do with their LED Strips. With a wide variety of colors to choices between stick on or magnetic, CABLEMOD is bound to have something that will appeal to the lighting needs of your computer case. We’re going to take a look at what they have, but first, here’s a quick look at what CABLEMOD is trying to do. Cables Perfected. Made from premium materials and crafted with the utmost care, CableMod cables are engineered for more than just function; they are built to delight and inspire. By utilizing choice components, these cables are constructed without the use of unsightly heatshrink. Tweaked with input from the modding community and offered in a large selection of colors, CableMod cables can turn even the most ordinary systems into works of art. Not much about LEDs there it seems. That’s okay because I found some more quotes explaining there choice to use WideBeam, as well as other details. LED Strips Perfected. CableMod brings the same care...



Lian Li’s Two-faced PC-O9: Two Different Chassis Linked as One

Lian Li’s Two-faced PC-O9: Two Different Chassis Linked as One Latest PC Case Fits Powerful AIO/DIY Water Cooling and Highlights Attractive Components May 11, 2016, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd announces the PC -O9 chassis, the latest in its esteemed O-series open-air chassis. This new mid tower case features a distinctive dual-compartment design: one side uses all aluminum panels, the other is wreathed in beautiful tempered glass. Two Faces, Glass and Aluminum The PC-O9 is split into two sections for optimized cooling, organization, and style – it’s like two different cases fused together as conjoined twins. Similar to the PC-O8, the primary compartment uses two large tempered glass panels spanning the sides of the case to showcase the motherboard, VGA cards, and overall flashiest components. The secondary compartment houses the PSU and drive rack in a windowless aluminum exposure. Both compartments are separated by a band running down the middle of the chassis, which contains the inputs and power button. No other case lets builders isolate different components into organized compartments to this degree. Lian Li’s Best Chassis for Water Cooling The PC-O9 has the most flexible cooling layout in its series. It includes five 120mm fans – two exhaust fans behind the drive cage and three intake fans mounted between the compartments. The top panel in the glass compartment has three additional 120mm fan mounts; both top and bottom panels include r...







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