Archive for February, 2017
Introduction We live in a new era. Some say it’s Trump’s America now, but I say that America belongs to RGB awesomeness! In fact, about the only component I can think of that doesn’t have RGB awesomeness built in is SSDs. Lighting schemes are getting better with more colors, easier integration for seamless coordination, and built into more components than ever before. NZXT has always managed to bring something great to the table and it seems like they’ve done it again with their new Aer RGB fans. These guys look great in pictures so following a quick look at the company, let’s dive right into what these bad boys (or girls if you prefer) can do. 13 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL SERVICE CORE VALUES These are the principles that inspire our creativity, drive our decision-making, and guide us in bringing you the best PC gaming products possible. PURSUE PASSION WE ARE A COMPANY OF GAMERS CREATING THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR GAMERS. REVEL IN THAT. FOSTER COMMUNITY WORK AMONG FRIENDS. LISTEN TO AND SUPPORT OUR USERS. BOTH ENSURE OUR CONTINUED SUCCESS. DEMONSTRATE COURAGE GO BEYOND WHAT’S EXPECTED. DO NOT COMPROMISE OR FEAR MAKING MISTAKES. BE HUMBLE CONFIDENCE IS VITAL, BUT THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO KNOW AND ACHIEVE. ACCEPT ACCOUNTABILITY WHAT WE THINK, SAY, AND DO MUST BE IN COMPLETE ALIGNMENT. OWN VICTORY AND DEFEAT. LOOK FURTHER GREAT IDEAS COME FROM ANYWHERE, NOT JUST OUR INDUSTRY. EXPAND WHERE YOU SEEK INSPIRATION.
I’m not an audiophile, but I’m beginning to think it’s only because I can’t afford to be one. Each time I get to hear a better quality listening experience, I’m blown away by the clarity and feel of the music I’m listening to. CES 2017 gave me one such experience while I was there and while I sort of mentioned it in the video, I wanted to point out that the HyperX Cloud Revolver S not only sounded great as expected, but I was really surprised by how well it’s 7.1 surround feature worked. Surround headsets haven’t impressed me that much until this point. They do seem to work well for games, but once you try to settle into a nice music listening session, the sound seems a bit hollow or too tinny. HyperX had a display of their Cloud Revolver S so I got to put it on, pick a song I knew and take in the experience. It blew me away! It seems that while the headset has the unique feature of being a plug-and-play Dolby 7.1 Surround unit, it’s also the feature that might be attributing to the amazing sound. The Cloud Revolver S relies on an external USB dongle that’s designed to support the surround feature, I can’t help but suspect that it’s playing a role in the general sound quality as well. Needless to say, the 50mm drivers themselves play a critical role, but the end result regardless of the causes is hard to argue with. HyperX certainly has a winner on it’s hands with this unit. Considering it was at...
It seemed like yesterday I was starting this project, but a few reviews and a CES later and I realize that this could take a bit longer than expected. That said, the ultimate case design seems to be coming along nicely. Check out the latest episode below to begin seeing how the design is starting to pull together. Stay with us here at PureOC because we have a lot of product reviews on the way, including a new Z270 platform for benching. As always, huge thanks go out to NZXT for sponsoring my project. Take a moment to visit their site! https://www.nzxt.com/ Episode 1 Intro
Introduction Fnatic was the first company I ever reviewed when it came to keyboards and mice. As such, a product can get more leeway than intended because the reviewer doesn’t have as much to compare to. Today, the Flick is still on my desk because it turns out I just really like the feel of that mouse. It comes as no surprise then, that I was more than happy to take another look at a Fnatic product, the Clutch G1 Gaming Mouse. I might have some high expectations now, but we’ll see exactly how well their ergonomic approach is in this seriously over-crowded gaming mouse market. Once again, here’s a little bit of info about who Fnatic is.
I was never a true believer in gaming chairs. Then I sat in one during CES that made every muscle in body breathe of sigh of pure ecstasy. Picking up a good gaming chair seems like an easy task, but after seeing several $300+ price tags, I began to realize that while I probably SHOULD pick up a chair that would benefit my general physical well-being, I could also choose to buy a GTX 1070 instead. Thankfully, I stumbled across a new company looking to help fill the gap between cheap throwaways and premium price tags with OPSEAT. OPSEAT might be a new name for you and it’s no surprise considering they look like they were founded in 2015. Looking through their website, they aren’t making any outstanding claim to fame, but rather telling prospective buyers about the build quality and normal features of the chair. While the Amazon review count is still fairly small, the ratings are very favorable and it seems most, if not all customers are very happy with the product. The big reason to bring it up is the $220 price tag. That’s a good price for a chair that seems to be checking the comfort box well. I’ve heard of some coupon codes that dropped that to an even $200. At that price, it’s hard to argue with what’s happening here. OPSEAT may not have a unique feature that separates it from every other gaming chair out there, but they seem to have a really good balance of cost and quality. Some of the main feature trades I noticed were a shorter w...
Let me start off by saying that a large part of the “how” is the fact that things have been quite busy as of late. That said, I still have to wonder how I missed this release!!! Intel has been upping their game in the budget sector and the Kaby Lake Pentium series are bound to open up great budget opportunities for those trying to make affordable gaming rigs. Computer Base did some pretty extensive testing of the Pentium G4560 and the results are rather impressive for a chip that is extremely cost effective. The review article isn’t in English, so I figured I should mention that you might want to use a browser that has a translation feature for the link below. That said, the graphs easily show what’s happening with this chip. While the FX-6300 has long been my favorite budget CPU, Intel really changes everything with a dual core design that can outperform a 6 core chip. When you consider that the price on this guy is $64, it’s hard to argue against recommending it, even if the 6300 can be overclocked. The hidden secret that’s giving these great performance numbers is the fact that these Pentium chips introduced hyper-threading to the dual-core design. That little bit of extra data piping adds a solid amount of extra performance, while still keeping the chip at an extremely cost effective price point. The single core performance has always been great so gaming rigs and workstations alike will see a huge benefit to using the G4560 in walle...
As promised a long time ago, AMD is keeping up with it’s continuous release of updated drivers and consistent bug fixes. Check out the notes below to see if you have a specific issue being addressed. You can download it at amd.com as soon as it’s available.
Introduction Cases intrigue me more than any PC component with the exception of cooling units. When it comes time to settle on the perfect chassis, it can take me hours and I still never seem to have 100% certainty on my selection. Because of this, I’m always happy to see numerous manufacturers bringing variety to the market. AZZA is a company I’ve seen numerous times, but this is the first time I’ve been able to get my hands on one of their cases. The other revolution we’ve been seeing in the case market is the crazy amount of tempered glass cases that are being released by almost everyone. AZZA is no exception to this and there’s good reason behind it. The glass side panel goes a long way to making the case look far cleaner than any plastic one, while also making the components inside show through a bit clearer. The end result is a PC that looks a lot nicer than the Plexiglass type panels we’ve dealt with before. We’ll begin looking into how AZZA implements their design, but first let’s look at their statement to find out the philosophy behind the company’s designs. AZZA’s Mission is simple: Your satisfaction is our success! Jumpstarted with the Vision to build a premier corporate company that consistently exceeds the managed expectations of our customers, team members and partners, AZZA is driven by the Mission to provide the highest quality products of unmatched value, along with exemplary customer support. We...
We don’t usually cover mobile devices here at PureOC. PCs are what really matter to us, but every once in a while a product solves a problem that seems like it would be really helpful to let you know about. Tunai released the Clip which looks like it’s bound to help phone users continue using their audio headsets even if their devices quit installing ports for them. The biggest issue with Bluetooth is that it compresses the audio signal, degrading the quality of the sound your headphones receive before you can even hear it. While I’m not an audio expert, Tunai seems to be doing everything they can to retain audio quality as much as possible. The Clip not only uses Bluetooth 4.0 which has higher bandwidth, but they also support several audio codecs, including AAC. These are things that will help retain as much quality as possible when going over Bluetooth, based on my limited understanding. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal but after iPhone ditched their jack in the 7 and rumors are pointing to the Samsung Galaxy S8 doing the same, it’s nice to know that there’s an option that can help prevent buyers from having to ditch their high-end analog headphones with a phone upgrade. At $60, the price is a bit high but considering AirPods are $160, I think Tunai is giving us a pretty nice alternative. Check out the link below for more info and don’t worry, PC hardware isn’t going anywhere! http://www.tunai-creative.com/clip.html
CES may have their own awards, but we had our own ideas of who deserved the best of show from our trip. As always, let us know what your favorite picks were in the forums and stay tuned for more news and reviews coming in 2017!
This is it, the last bit of our coverage of CES 2017. We’ll have one more piece that will go through our top picks, but this is the last of the show floors we were able to get to. We had a mouse that’s trying to put an end to carpal tunnel, some great storage and monitor solutions from Samsung, the HDR display I’ve been dreaming of and some better explanations of what is going on with the architecture in Kaby Lake. CES 2017 was a great show and it sets us up for a great looking year for PC hardware. As always, feel free to leave your comments about what you loved in the forums and keep checking PureOC for more upcoming news and reviews!
CES 2017 coverage marches right along with another great set of show floors from some great companies. Geil showed off some excellent peripherals, Deepcool blew our minds with awesome looking cases and fans, and MSI continues to deliver great motherboards. However, we finally got to catch up with AMD and get a solid look at what to expect with the Ryzen and Vega releases. We have a little bit longer to wait before full specs arrive, but confidence is certainly rising in what team Red is trying to deliver. As always, check out the video below for the full details and don’t forget to leave some comments in the forums!
The Hardware Hound continues his coverage of CES 2017! We’re already to the point that it isn’t quite what day it is, but how much we could fit in one episode for a given episode, so sit back, enjoy the hardware news and keep checking back because more is still coming. This time we get to see some more RGB RAM kits from HyperX, some great cases and reservoirs from Enermax, plus some excellent motherboards from Gigabyte. Does anyone smell some Z270 and X370 chipsets?
We’re bringing yet another new thing to you at PureOC this year with all new coverage of CES. Sure, we’ve covered CES before. but this time the Hardware Hound is taking the time to do full video coverage of as many stops as possible. 2017 is already beginning to look like a good year for PC builders, but check out the video below to get closer looks at hardware from Corsair, ECS, Ability 3D and ViewSonic. Keep checking back with the site for even more coverage as the week unfolds and leave your comments in the forums for anything you’re really looking forward to this year! Also, here’s a quick intro showing a bit of the trip there, as well as a quick peek at the Hardware Hound’s hotel command station…. or room if you prefer.