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Archive for September, 2018

Deepcool Launches Gammaxx GT RGB Air Cooler and Earlkase RGB PC Case at Computex

Deepcool has well designed products that just look awesome! The Gammaxx GT CPU cooler not only has RGB, but a polished top that doesn't follow the trend of unfinished pipe tips. The Earlkase has an RGB variant as well, but the case also looks roomy to build in.



Swiftech Releases Bridges, 1080 Ti Blocks, and Apogee Drive II AM4

What's better than an SLI bridge for water cooling? An RGB one! Swiftech has those and new blocks for the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti. Of course they didn't stop there. They also released a pump and block combo for AMD AM4 sockets, the Apogee Drive II.



Ballistix Announces Tactical Tracer DDR4 RGB Gaming Memory Modules

Everyone is jumping on the RGB bandwagon for memory, but Ballistix added an interesting feature to their DDR4 sticks. The light bar is removable and you can 3D print your own custom design. Somebody make a dragon silhouette and slap it in their Tactical Tracer kits



Noctua Expands Their A-Series Fans, Including 200mm

Noctua really listens to their customers and works to bring requests to market. Of course, any fan or device has to meet rigorous quality standards first. They now have 200mm A-Series fans that will no doubt have silent performance.



QuadraClicks RBT (Right ‘Bove Touch) Gaming Mouse Review

Trying to understand clicking with the base of your fingers, instead of the tips is different. Once you get used to it, the RBT seems to give a genuine advantage over traditional mice. It seems to speed up reaction in competitive online gaming, and relieves tension in the wrist and forearm.



Threadripper is AMD Responding to Intel Responding to AMD

That title is fun right? Yesterday AMD had it’s Financial Analyst Day which turned out to be quite the product announcement. Zen was a pretty disruptive release and it seamed to prompt Intel to add more core options to their X299 platform releasing sometime this year. It looks like AMD doesn’t want to be outdone though, so they’re releasing a monstrous 16 core, 32 thread chip that will thoroughly compete with Intel’s enthusiast offerings, but there might be some slightly disappointing news from yesterday as well. Technical details are pretty scarce right now, but PCWorld as an excellent slide showing the major highlights of yesterdays event. We only know the core and thread count of Threadripper for the time being, but seeing as how it’s based on Zen architecture, it will most likely have super competitive TDP and multi-threading performance numbers. AMD also announced Epyc, which looks like it will have 32 cores and 64 threads. This is completely designed for the enterprise market though, since it appears to have lower clockspeeds as well. The other fun announcements were related to Vega, but gaming seems like a minor focus in comparison to the professional uses mentioned during the FAD. This where things get a bit murky. It’s looking more and more like AMD isn’t releasing a card that directly tackles the GTX 1080 Ti initially. While Vega, labeled Frontier Edition, has high levels of compute power, Raja had a straightforward menti...



Is this the most Comfy Chair Ever? Corsair Launches T1 Race Gaming Chair

In full disclosure, I did sit in the Corsair T1 Race Gaming after spending a lot of time trekking over Las Vegas for CES. On the other hand, that chair was incredibly comfortable! Not it's released at a price similar to other designs on the market.



Latest X299 Response to Ryzen Indicates AMD has a Great Release

Ryzen has been out for a bit now and it looks like Intel is scrambling to show it up. AMD jumped such a huge chasm of performance that it seems impossible that they can be competitive again. However, their latest CPU architecture performs well, and has great power efficiency.



Start Your Engines: CORSAIR Launches DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition Torque

I’m not into cars, but it seems like I run into plenty of PC builders who are. Well I have good news for you if you like your computer to look like you’re hot rod. Also, why doesn’t every hardware company have a press release page on their site that’s as great as Corsairs? I digress! Corsair has some new Dominator kits that bring some of the most unique styling I’ve seen in memory. Don’t worry though, that unique styling comes with some blistering speeds and what looks like some impressive cooling capabilities. Check out the full press release for more details and remember, these are a limited release so jump on them while you still can. FREMONT, CA — May 11th, 2017 — Corsair®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components today announced the immediate availability of its new DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition Torque DDR4 memory. Inspired by those for whom speed is an obsession, each module features a uniquely heat-treated effect top bar, combining the iconic DOMINATOR PLATINUM design with the aesthetic of high-performance engines. Completed by a brushed black aluminum heatsink, stunning built-in lighting and orange accents, each kit is individually numbered using high precision laser engraving, guaranteeing exclusivity. Available in limited quantities, DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition Torque DDR4 memory is built for speed – inside and out. Fully compatible with the latest Intel® X99 an...



Enermax’s Awesome RGB Reservoirs are Here! The NEOChanger

The NEOChanger looks great with it's RGB lighting. Not only can it be controlled separately, but it can also sync with motherboard RGB lighting. On top of that, the pump reservoir combo has several size options and the performance looks great for custom loops.



Corsair One Shakes Up PC Gaming

Corsair is releasing a fully built gaming PC? Let me go over to Newegg and see how much cheaper it would be if I built it my….. Huh. Normally, we don’t cover pre-built systems because we believe in the rewarding experience of building our own. While that never changes, there are times that a fully built system can catch our eyes though. Let’s face it, occasions arrive where we need to recommend a good pre-built system, or even want something compact to use in place of carrying our main rigs to things like LAN parties. What really surprised me was the fact that I could MAYBE match the price of this Corsair One system if I built it myself. While I’ll list the full details in the press release below, I mainly want to cover the specs of the base system. The MSRP starts at $1,799.99 and here’s what you end up with. The processor is the locked version of the 7700, but it still has a 240mm Corsair cooler on it. Of course you can expect Corsair Vengeance for the RAM and a Corsair PSU, but they also include one of their Force 240 GB SSDs. There’s also a terabyte HDD for additional storage. The big bonus is the fact that this system includes a solid gaming graphics card in the form of a GTX 1070. When the marketing claims VR ready, they mean that in a solid way. At this point, when I was mirroring these components on a Newegg list, I was having a hard time matching the MSRP that Corsair is offering in the One series. When you top off the final pr...



Should you use all AMD for your Next Build?

The debate of AMD vs Intel vs Nvidia is an age old one that will probably never cease. As long as there’s innovation in the PC market, there’s bound to be a new top dog in the fight. Intel still has the IPC lead in processing and Nvidia is killing it in performance and energy efficiency with their GPUs. So why, when given a sizeable budget and asked by my friend to build a PC, would I go all out with an AMD base? Check out the video for the full answer because the Red side seems to be offering one of the best, non-compromised experiences we’ve ever seen from them. As always, remember that experiences vary and feel free to add your thoughts to the equation by heading over to the PureOC forums!



Intel’s Response to 7700K Overclocking Makes Us Laugh (and cry a little)

Oh, Intel! Couldn’t you at least PRETEND you care a little for your enthusiast customer base? It looks like complaints about the 7700K having heat issues went farther than even I knew. If reports are true, some users have tried de-lidding, running at stock, and placing their CPUs under liquid to still see spikes go up in the 90s with minor tasks. I have to say I can believe it though, but it’s Intel’s response that is almost laughable, at least until you think about the true ramifications. I finally got a hold of a 7700K so I could review a couple of Z270 boards during CES. I’ve complained a number of times about the abnormally high temps, especially since I like to test overclocking on a day-to-day use, rather than simply going for the absolute highest clockspeed possible. In my testing, I would see massive temperature swings during idle periods, but didn’t think too much of it because they weren’t quite as extreme as what other users are reporting. In short, while the cheap thermal interface material between the chip and the heat spreader is a big part of the problem, it could be something to do with the architectural design as well. Intel finally decided to give an official response to the reports and while some of this can be expected, the whole package is kind of hard to swallow. They basically say that the chip is designed to run this way, to adjust dramatic changes in fan speed by using your motherboard fan curves, and that they...



Gigabyte BRIX Gaming VR Wins d&i Award Ahead of Computex

I know pre-built systems aren’t our thing usually, but I had to post this PR because Gigabyte has an impressive little device on their hands. Honestly, if I had the spare cash, this would be my LAN party machine for game days (that I hardly ever have anymore) or my editing station for travel. Shoot, it would even sub as a great paper-weight that does so much more than holding paper. The internal heatsink in this device was fantastic, allowing high performance hardware to run cooler than most, if not all, mini-PCs can handle. Check out the info on the award below and while we won’t be able to get to Computex this year, we will be keeping an eye on the news! GIGABYTE Mini PC Recognized for Outstanding Form & Function City of Industry, California, May 2nd, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to announce that the BRIX Gaming VR has won a d&i award ahead of Computex 2017. This soon to be released Mini PC exemplifies the spirit of the d&i awards with its combination of gaming prowess and aesthetically pleasing design. Thanks to its small size of only 2.6L and powerful hardware, the BRIX Gaming VR miniature PC is perfect for use in VR setups, especially for standing and “room-scale” VR. This Mini PC packs a powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 1060 into a sleek, black, brushed aluminum chassis with orange highlights. Its subdued but sporty look can fit into any room, whether a room ...



Deepcool Captain EX RGB: My Favorite Mini Nuclear Reactor Finally has Color Choice!

From the moment I first saw the Captain series of CPU coolers from Deepcool/Gamerstorm, it’s been my favorite design for a pump and block combo. Even then, the only thing I felt the design needed was RGB lighting to be complete. It turns out dreams really do come true because the Captain EX RGB looks like it just launched with availability coming next month. Outside of the RGB changes, everything else about the EX series is staying the same. We still have 120mm and 240mm rad options, while also staying in line with previous pump and flan flow specs. However, it looks like the unit will also include a single RGB LED strip as well. This is a fun surprise for people who enjoy lighting behind their tempered glass side panel. I’m still hoping that Deepcool will add 140mm and 280mm versions to the lineup, but I can’t help but be excited for these units to become available. Each unit will cost a decent amount, with the 120EX retailing for $99.99 and the 240EX going for $129.99. These aren’t the highest prices, but if you’re simply looking for performance then there’s several units that can give the Captains a run for their money. It’s when you start looking for the RGB options that these units get pretty competitive. Honestly, these units easily top my list for coolers I’d like to use in builds that cater to performance and ease of install, but still look excellent. Check out the link below for some extra details and we’ll kee...







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