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Lepa NEOllusion RGB LED CPU Cooler Review

Introduction RGB LED seems to be taking over every component in the PC, so why are tower CPU coolers so far behind the curve on this one? Considering you only have to add an RGB LED fan and you’re done, it doesn’t make sense. The first image I saw of the Lepa NEOlluision looked cool, but at the time I didn’t realize it was actually RGB. They also went farther than simply adding an RGB fan to a tower. The light design on the unit looks amazing and I can already say that if you’re going to add LEDs to a cooler, then Lepa is doing it right. However, there’s more to a CPU cooler than how it looks. We’ll begin diving into that soon but first, let’s look at a statement from the company behind the NEOllusion. Whole New Vision – Beyond the Boundaries Let’s Power All ! In 2010, LEPA heralded the birth of a whole new rising star, shinning in the global computer hardware arena. LEPA was founded by a group of enthusiastic IT engineers with zeal about technological innovations. LEPA embodies the high standards of quality, performance and stability, and strives to provide consumers with more reliable, creative high-tech solutions. LEPA- The Pioneer of Spiral LED Fans With abundant research and development capabilities, LEPA introduced the spiral LED fans to the world, which has ignited the entire fan industry and sparked new lighting trends. The innovative LED fans with the multi-pattern control put fun in functionality, delivering ...



Calyos Redefines what Fanless Means: NSG S0 Phase Change Cooling Case

Phase change cooling is all the rage for people who love to drool over things they know they can never afford. Still, that doesn’t stop us from posting an awesome product that’s in the early stages of its Kickstarter campaign. Calyos is behind the design of the NSG S0, an extremely interesting case that uses phase change cooling to keep your CPU AND GPU cooled off. From the looks of it there’s also no need to insulate for condensation either. Based on the graphs, you get a fanless system that can cool on the level of upper tier liquid which is pretty incredible. The bad news is that an early bird special is still close to $600 to land one of these cases. Really, the pricing isn’t that terrible when you think about what’s being offered here. On top of that, users have the option to mount some fans at the bottom to effectively cool their system off even more. Is this the first step down a road that will offer phase change cooling to the masses? I suppose time will tell. We have a small gallery below if you’d like a closer look, but you can also follow the link to the Kickstarter page for more detailed information. If you help Calyos out and end up with one of these guys, pictures should definitely happen in the forums! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1489140137/nsg-s0-worlds-first-fanless-chassis-for-high-perfo/#General



Rosewill is Expanding Color Options on the Cullinan PC Case

The first time I saw the Cullinan, it looked like a huge win to me. The tempered glass panels and 12 LED, blue light fans looked excellent in all of the pictures I saw. I’m guessing the case has been pretty popular with consumers because Rosewill is releasing a red LED and white LED version of the design. Will the next step for the Cullinan involve RGB? One can certainly hope, but for now the extra variety is a welcomed addition to a marvelous looking case. Even though I’m completely in love with RGB everything, having blue, red and white LED options are great in my opinion. These color schemes do a good job of covering what I feel the majority of builders like to see when purchasing a case. While RGB would cover all the needs, it can also add a lot to the cost, which Rosewill likes to keep as low as possible for their consumers. While that can mean a giant ax to quality with some companies, Rosewill has done a great job, in my opinion, of keeping their products from being junky either. The Cullinan has 3 glass panels, including the side panel that covers the cable management. On one hand, you better make sure you keep those cables are clean, but on the other, it certainly makes the series look extremely professional for those who put tons of attention to the finer details of their build. It looks like Newegg already has the options for red and white Cullinan cases beside the original blue one. It also has a pretty nice sale of $130 at the time of writing this,...



AIDA64 v5.90 is Released

It should come as no surprise that Aida64 has a new release with Ryzen support. That said, there is quite a few more details to check out below as well. You can also follow the links for more information on their website. http://www.aida64.com/pr http://www.aida64.com/whatsnew New features & improvements of AIDA64 v5.90 – AVX2 and FMA accelerated 64-bit benchmarks for AMD Ryzen “Summit Ridge” processors – Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update support – Optimized 64-bit benchmarks for Intel “Apollo Lake” SoC – Improved support for Intel “Cannonlake”, “Coffee Lake”, “Denverton”, “Kaby Lake-X”, “Skylake-X” CPUs – Preliminary support for AMD Zen server processors – Preliminary support for Intel “Gemini Lake” SoC and “Knights Mill” HPC CPU – NZXT Kraken X52 sensor support – Socket AM4 motherboards support – Improved support for Intel B250, H270, Q270 and Z270 chipset based motherboards – EastRising ER-OLEDM032 (SSD1322) OLED support – SMBIOS 3.1.1 support – Crucial M600, Crucial MX300, Intel Pro 5400s, SanDisk Plus, WD Blue SSD support – Improved support for Samsung NVMe SSDs – Advanced support for HighPoint RocketRAID 27xx RAID controllers – GPU details for nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Quadro GP100, Tesla P6 What’s new since AIDA64 v5.00 – AVX and FMA accelerated FP32 ...



Samsung EVO Plus Micro SD 128GB Memory Card Review

Introduction The last time I got to review a micro SD card, I may have gotten the technical details down, but the emotional impact wasn’t as strong. Since then, I’ve built a sizable amount of video reviews that are totally dependent on the ability of my Galaxy S7 smartphone. What can I say? I’m a freelancer and as such, my budget isn’t even in the range for a lower end DSLR at the time being. On the other hand, cell phones are a great alternative to expensive cameras for those on a budget, while offering significantly better video quality than a standard webcam. The only big issue comes with eating up tons of storage space quickly when I start using high quality settings in my apps. Capacity and write performance are critical for the kind of work I’m doing. We’ll begin looking at the Evo Plus 128 GB micro SD soon, but first let’s look at a statement from the company behind some awesome storage devices. For over 70 years, Samsung has been dedicated to making a better world through diverse businesses that today span advanced technology, semiconductors, skyscraper and plant construction, petrochemicals, fashion, medicine, finance, hotels, and more. Our flagship company, Samsung Electronics, leads the global market in high-tech electronics manufacturing and digital media. Through innovative, reliable products and services, talented people, a responsible approach to business and global citizenship, and collaboration with our partners a...



Enermax Saberay and Equilence are Two Great Looking Cases

Enermax Global just blew up Twitter with a bunch of posts about their new cases. I knew about the Saberay from CES, but the Equilence is a new one for me. Both cases come with a gorgeous glass side panel, but there is so much more going on with these that I feel like you guys should be keeping an eye on them. The biggest thing both cases have is lots of options for liquid cooling. The Equilence seems like a smaller version of the Saberay, but it still packs support for up to 280 and 360mm radiators. Unfortunately, the mid tower design is only factory equipped with a red LED color scheme. That’s not a bad thing, but I am pro RGB. The Saberay on the other hand, does have an awesome RGB lighting scheme that not only covers the fans, but also two LED strips that run along the sides of the front and top panels. I do love how each fan has the circular 12 LED design which looks much nicer than the typical 4 LED fan. Both cases look like they have phenomenal support for liquid cooling or airflow, but the best feature is the design on that side panel latch. In case you forgot how easy it is to take off, I planted a GIF below for you to see. Check out the galleries below for some closer looks at the cases. I’m glad I found some extra images of the Saberay and Equilence, since we haven’t had a closer look quite like this for these guys. There’s also a couple of links to some webpages that have some more detailed information. We’ll try to keep an eye on t...



Rosewill EX-500 and EX-700 Earbuds Review

Introduction We would like welcome Mario to PureOC with his first review! Let us know what you think in the forums. In-ear headphones for me were always a necessary evil. Having decent sound that you could shove in your pocket and move around with seemed like a pipe dream. That’s not to say it didn’t exist, just that it likely cost hundreds of dollars for something I would potentially lose on the bus. Rosewill is trying to release some headphones that rival $100+ audio for half the price. We’ll soon see how they measure up, but let’s start off with a statement from the company first and offer our thanks for sending a sample for us to review. Rosewill’s mission is to consistently deliver reliable, high quality PC gaming, IT hardware and home products through leading innovation and long-lasting relationships. Rosewill Inc. was established in 2004, founded by manufacturing reliable, high-quality technology products. The first products under the Rosewill brand name included computer components such as computer cases, power supply units, keyboards, mice and cables. Over time, the product line strategically developed and entered new areas of growth, including PC gaming and home products. Under the management of experienced e-retail experts, Rosewill products can be found on all top e-commerce sites, along with product information and reviews. Today, Rosewill currently manufactures and markets an immense catalogue of inventive products among its three product ca...



Nvidia Does it Again! GTX 1080 Ti for Ultimate Gaming Performance

People at this site might think I’m a fanboy of a certain company if they follow me long enough. While I understand that entirely, you have to realize I have a huge sense of awe in what Nvidia has done over the years. They have graphics cards that cost a bit more, but they also have performance and quality that merits it. Even the 4 GB GTX 970 controversy seemed more like one of those occasional oversights to me than a company trying to pull one over on consumers. The GTX 1080 Ti is the pinnacle of Pascal technology and if I had $700 free and clear, you know I’d own one! By now, we understand the basic concepts of Pascal. We have excellent power efficiency, great gaming power, and the same type of overclocking potential Maxwell had. A couple of standout features the 1080 Ti has is a total of 11 GB GDDR5X memory, 3584 CUDA cores and a 7 phase VRM design that I’m sure some OEMs will improve upon. It’s a beast of a card and what’s becoming a usual trend for Nvidia now, is the fact that it offers some really good value compared to its Titan predecessor. Check out Nvidia’s site at the link below for more details and remember, I’m a fanboy of great hardware first and foremost! https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/10series/geforce-gtx-1080-ti/?nvid=nv-int-g7-8270



AMD Ryzen 5 CPU Series: The Biggest Game Changer Yet!

April 11th is the official launch date of the Ryzen 5 series of processors from AMD. You’ve probably seen that we’re really happy with the Ryzen 7 release, but I think Ryzen 5 is a more disruptive force than 7 is. One slide pretty much says it all, which is why I wanted to showcase it below. We have 4 core, 8 thread and 6 core, 12 thread CPUs that range in price from $169 to $249. From what I’ve seen, a 6 core CPU is the best you can get for gaming before additional cores start going to waste. Can anyone say gamer’s choice? Below is the rest of the presentation from AMD. This will give you more details on what’s to come and help you make a final decision on if you should pick up one of these guys or not. (Hint, you probably should!) https://www.amd.com/en/ryzen



What is Xigmatek doing? (P.S. It’s good!)

Boy, howdy! I’m just catching up all the news this week aren’t I? Well, not all of it, but I do want to point out a couple of things Xigmatek is doing in the PC market. At first glance, you might think they’re just releasing basic copies of other designs, but each product I noticed had one thing that shouldn’t be overlooked. The Prospect and the Scylla have one tiny detail that I think is revolutionizing the component market. Let’s look at the Xigmatek Prospect Chassis first. The front glass panel with the circular LED front fans is showing up more and more. The glass is nice, but we begin getting that carbon copy feel when we see this. That’s why it’s important not to miss where that PSU is located. It’s standing upward in the front of the case! This is something I really want to point out because it can do wonders for PC cooling. Xigmatek shows HDDs mounted on the bottom space where the PSU usually sits. However, if you replace that with some case fans, you have DIRECT cooling going to your GPU. I want this design to start catching on more. Second, I want to readdress the Xigmatek Scylla CPU coolers. I picked up on this a while back when I saw the news drop, but I’m glad to see that it looks like an official release now. The company decided to move the integrated pump into a spot on the radiator. Let’s think about this for a second. A closer look shows that the pump is taking up an effectively dead spot in the ...



GIGABYTE Validates Quadro Support on Designer Boards

What happens when Gigabyte supports Quadro graphics design cards? They get a silver PCB of course! Outside of the Quadro support, it’s hard to say how this board differs so much from some of the Aorus Z270 gaming flavors. On the other hand, does it matter when you have a board that looks as amazing as this!?! Check out the full press release below for some more details and links to the website. GIGABYTE Creates a Solution Geared Towards Content Creators City of Industry, California, March 24th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to announce the addition of the Z270X-DESIGNARE to GIGABYTE’s 200 Series Family. The DESIGNARE motherboard, as the name implies, is geared towards the creative minds of content creators. This series of motherboards was first introduced in the Intel 100 Series Chipset to promote Nvidia Quadro graphics cards. By placing it through tried and tested benchmarks with real world environment settings, the DESIGNARE Motherboard is optimized for content creators of all levels. With the 200 series GIGABYTE has done it again and this time with a distinctive silver alloy PCB design and unique markings along the front and rear of the board. Just like its predecessor, the 200 series DESIGNARE Motherboard is fully validated and optimized for Nvidia Quadro graphics cards and high-performance graphics to ensure designers have nothing holding them back. “Content creators need a high-per...



Deepcool is About to Blow Up the Case Market! Quadstellar, Ark 90 and More

One thing I think I’ve learned in my push to build a video channel is that there are still many people who need a consistent writing channel. Video is great! If a picture tells a thousand words, I’m sure a video tells a thousand pictures. (Easy to do at 60 FPS) The problem is, not everyone has as easy access to video as they do written publications. I don’t want anyone missing out on what Deepcool has in store for builders this year! In light of that, I wanted to show off their CES 2017 press release on this post in case you missed my video coverage of it earlier. Where do I even start with this company? Nevermind. Of course I’m starting with the Quadstellar! The looks of the Tristellar are fantastic, but I want full ATX motherboard support on my builds. That’s where this new case really stands out, but it also has RGB lighting and temperature controlled panels that open up when the system reaches a certain point. Words can’t describe how awesome that is, but Deepcool was only getting started. The Ark 90 and Earlkase Liquid are beautiful looking cases that complete the finish with a tempered glass side panel. The Baronkase Liquid ads a nice budget sector case (if you plan on buying liquid cooling) that includes a pre-installed Captain CLC. In fact all three of the last, aforementioned cases have pre-installed liquid cooling. The included press release is below so you can check out everything Deepcool showed off at CES. I’ve mentio...



Phanteks Enthoo Elite PC Case: Baby don’t hurt me!

Remember that Haddaway song, “What is love?” The titular phrase is immediately followed by, “Baby don’t hurt me!” Why is it that the PC components we love the best hurt us at our wallets the most!?! Turns out Haddaway knew what he was talking about. Phanteks released a new case in their Enthoo line and while I’m sure you’re going to know what love is, you’ll probably be screaming ‘don’t hurt me’ as well. Tempered glass cases are really gaining traction, but the Enthoo Elite takes it to a level I’ve only seen with one, maybe two other cases. The professional, clean look of the aluminum panels are sheer joy to look at, but the hinge on that glass panel is pure genius. There are two magnets that hold the glass closed, so that you don’t need to mess with thumbscrews when opening or closing the case. The water cooling support is literally something to die for and you can be about as creative as you want positioning rads in the system. Finally, in this day and age you have to top a case of with some quality RGB lighting as well. Ready for the pain? The Enthoo Elite is listed for a hefty $899.99 on Phanteks’ site. I’m not saying it’s not worth every penny, I’m just saying the blow will be close to fatal on your bank account. The good news is if you’re looking for an option that fits in your budget and looks very nice as well, the Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass is a great one to...



EpicGear launches MORPHA X RGB Fully Modular Gaming Mouse

You guys are going to be seeing more EpicGear coverage in the future here. I’ve been rushing through reviews and sometimes, that causes me to miss the full picture at first impression. For instance, I already awarded the Defiant Keyboard an Editor’s Choice Award, but having been able to use it longer has proven that at least in my book, EpicGear has better switches than CherryMX Red, Browns or Blue. I won’t make that mistake with the MorphaX! Check out the press release for a mouse that truly defines what modular should mean and stay posted for the review coming later on. Taipei, Taiwan – March 21, 2017 – EpicGear, the leading brand in professional gaming peripherals, today announced the latest innovation the MORPHA X RGB Fully Modular Gaming Mouse. Designed and based on feedback from the gaming enthusiast and community, MORPHA X RGB Fully Modular Gaming Mouse implements MSCTM (Modular-Sensor-Cartridge) for easy switching laser and optical sensor, as well as MSSTM (Modular-Switch-Structure) which enables the swapping of switches with different click resistance. MORPHA X, the flagship RGB modular gaming mouse redefines modular gaming mouse and further expands EpicGear’s range of gaming peripherals. MSCTM (Modular-Sensor-Cartridge) and MSSTM (Modular-Switch-Structure) Designed with MSCTM (Modular-Sensor-Cartridge), MORPHA X allows easy switching between optical and laser sensors. Using the included Modular Senor Cartridges, the MORPHA X equipped with...



GIGABYTE and Corsair Partner for RGB Fusion

Well, Gigabyte is the first, but are they really the “only?” Even if they are, I’m sure that will change shortly, but Aorus motherboards certainly deserve the honor of being the first to support Corsair’s RGB RAM modules. I’m still waiting for those RGB SSDs, but I love the looks of what’s happening here. Check out the rest of the press release below! GIGABYTE Validates Corsair Memory in its RGB Fusion Compatibility Site City of Industry, California, March 22th, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to announce the introduction of RGB Fusion Ready memory from Corsair. RGB Fusion is available on many GIGABYTE and AORUS Gaming Series Motherboards. Whether you plan to use an Intel or AMD solution, RGB Fusion is the most feature packed and fully equipped lighting system on the market to date. “We are very excited to launch Vengeance RGB, a new product line that not only offers vibrant RGB lighting, but also serious performance. RGB Fusion from GIGABYTE is the first motherboard software to support lighting control for Vengeance RGB, offering another great lighting control option alongside Corsair LINK.” – Colin, Sr. Director, Corporate Marketing Only with GIGABYTE powered motherboards are users able to control their Corsair Vengeance RGB modules to illuminate in the same color and fashion as their motherboard. With many solutions out in the market, Corsair and GIGABYTE ...







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