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New Vendor Management Change for PureOverclock.com

Hi folks! I wanted to give our amazing members a heads up that we have instituted a change to the background management of the site. Some of you might have noticed that Josh (aka @joshjaks, aka the Hardware Hound) has taken over the Vendor Management duties for Sandy (aka @Cyberburnout). Don’t worry though! Sandy is still here helping out in the background and lurking in the forums. Sandy has done a remarkable job as the Vendor Manager of PureOverclock.com for the past couple of years! His work was nothing less than phenomenal, and we attribute many of our successes to Sandy’s hard work. We are sad to see him fade into the background, but he has several very positive IRL responsibilities which are pulling him away from the time consuming Vendor Manager gig. We wish him the best of luck, and are glad he is still around to help us in the background! Josh has taken over the duties of the position for several months now, and has been doing a fantastic job. He has big shoes to fill, but he is stepping up to the plate with unbridled enthusiasm and commitment! Seriously, if we could bottle up Josh’s passion and sell it, we would transform the world! We wanted to give you folks the official word so you aren’t wondering what’s going on. We are excited about the future growth and development of PureOC under Josh’s leadership, and can’t wait to see the other exciting things he has in store for us! Please give a hearty thank you to Sandy, and ...



Time to Change Some Passwords Again: eBay Hacked

The bad guys are really becoming a “pita”! Another high profile company was just hacked, so it’s time to change your passwords again. This time eBay was the victim of the “Black Hats.” They just issued a press statement detailing their security breach. The gist of it was this, No kidding?!? Why is it becoming so difficult for these companies to keep their databases secure? Here’s a link to the rest of their statement on the matter: eBay  



AMD to Increase Global Foundries Chip Production

After Global Foundries was formed from the Advanced Micro Devices manufacturing arm, they have flourished into one of the top semiconductor foundries on the global markets. Part of their success can be contributed to their contracts with AMD to produce a portion of their processors. Recently, Global Foundries has been looking to even further increase their size by the potential acquisition of IBM’s semiconductor fabrication facilities. AMD and Global Foundries reached an agreement increasing the amount of production done by the company. With this agreement, AMD projects that they will pay Global Foundries around $1.2 billion by the end of 2014. Their production prices will be fixed for the duration of their agreement. AMD has made this decision reflecting their projections for this year, increasing production quantities of PC semiconductors and some GPU and APU products. Between the increase of production for AMD and the prospective purchase for Global Foundries, both companies seem to be in very good shape for the future. AMD is in a very good position to increase their own sales and finally stand up against the massive Intel market. In all, Global Foundries just continues to grow in success as AMD and other companies increase their demand for semiconductor products. As Originally Written by DanielB Sources: http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2014/04/04/glofo-ibm/1 http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/amd-amends-wafer-2014apr1.aspx



Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Released

Recently there has been great deal of talk about Virtual Reality in the gaming industry. Most of this talk is centered around a product which has been in development for some time. Oculus VR’s Oculus Rift made quite a splash with its announcement in 2012. Since then it has had gamers on the edge of their seats, eager to hear more about this device. With the built-in display and ability to monitor your head movements, the Rift was designed to make the user’s gaming experience seem more “real.” This technology is the next step up from what is being seen with consoles currently; the addition of cameras to bring the user into the game by making it more interactive with their bodies. Hopes for this device are high, and many are waiting anxiously for the release date. Earlier this week, Oculus VR released their Oculus Rift DK2 (Developer’s Kit 2) for developers. Priced at $350 this early version of the product boasts a resolution of 960 x 1080 for each eye, refresh rates of 75 Hz, 72 Hz, and 60 Hz, and a persistence of 2 ms, 3 ms, and full. They also have a 100 degree nominal field of view. In order for this device to work correctly, it has sensors such as a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer which update at a rate of 1000 Hz. These allow the device to correctly interpret the user’s head motions. There is also a CMOS sensor on the outside to provide for positional tracking. It is obvious that the Oculus Rift is indeed a very innovative piece o...



Support Ending for XP, Microsoft Provides Free Transfer Tool

For those of you still running Windows XP, Microsoft would like for you to think about switching over to a newer Windows operating system. I know, XP still works just fine for many things, and still exceeds for some uses. However, come April 8th, Microsoft is ending their support for this iconic operating system. Soon, Microsoft plans to notify users of the operating system by pop-up on their desktop, providing users with a link to the end-of-support page. This page gives more in-depth information about what will happen on April 8th. Microsoft says the pop-ups will keep coming up on the 8th of every month after April, unless the message is disabled by the user. What is going to happen when support is dropped? Well, you will still be able to use your operating system just as you had been before, but Microsoft will not be releasing any more patches, system updates, or security updates. In a further attempt to persuade users to migrate to newer operating systems, Microsoft will be offering a free data migration tool to make your switch to Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 much easier. In order to provide this service to the public, Microsoft has teamed up with Laplink to produce the data migration tool named PCmover Express for Windows XP. Microsoft Senior Marketing Communications Manager, Brandon LeBlanc released this blog statement, “This tool will copy your files, music, videos, email, and user profiles and settings from your old PC to your new device, transferring a...



HTC aims to cure diseases with your smartphone

Our smartphones are gaining more and more power, opening new doors to new app functionality. This is not limited to games or programs to make your life easier. HTC now is joining ranks with SETI@home and Folding@home to be able to harness that power. HTC Power To Give aims to combine the power of your android smartphones to create a network of vast computational power. To make this possible, HTC with the help of the creator of SETI@home, Dr. David Anderson, have created an app which makes it very easy to do your part. After the app is downloaded from the Google Play store, when your phone is connected to WiFi and charging, your phone will be added to a huge network of phones all aiming to solve today’s greatest problems. HTC claims if they got 1 million HTC One smartphones all working together, it could be as powerful as a one-Petaflop supercomputer.At the current time, only HTC One and Butterfly phones can be used; however, HTC plans to add more and more Android devices. What will your phone’s processing power be used for? The power harnessed by these phones will be used to aid researchers in a variety of uses. One of the main focuses is researching a cure for cancer and other diseases; this is done mainly through protein folding. When a protein in your body does not fold correctly, there is a possibility to cause one of many diseases, including cancer. Protein folding can show scientists the correct sequences so they can find ways to prevent or treat diseases...



Smaller Technology Killing the Overclock…or is it?

Let’s face it. Smaller technology sometimes scares us overclockers! I see my behemoth tower that’s as tall as my desk from the floor, and I wonder if the day will come if that tower is much smaller. The truth is, that is a very real possibility, especially with much of this mobile and small form factor technology today. The plug to overclocking is being pulled so that the consumers are stuck with exactly what they got. But have no fear, Overclockers! G.Skill has come to our rescue by showing us that smaller tech doesn’t mean smaller tweaks. Today, G.Skill just announced that its Ripjaws SO-DIMM 2133 MHz DDR3 memory was overclocked to an astounding 2600 MHz! Even if those DIMMs where full size DDR3, that would be an impressive overclock, but this is laptop memory! If that wasn’t enough, this overclock was achieved in ASRock’s barebones system, the “M8.” We’re not talking about a wind tunnel here. We’re talking about a tiny flat box that’s barely thicker than a tablet! While I might be exaggerating the size a bit, the point is well made that even if form factors permanently get smaller, overclocking isn’t going anywhere. I don’t see my giant tower going anywhere either in all reality, but as long as manufacturers are willing to give us the option, we’ll be more than willing to find the best ways to get the most out of any hardware we get our hands on. If you still don’t believe me, just do a search for a liquid cooled raspberry pi! Written by Josh...



Intel Improves Performance by 80%!!! There’s a Catch Though

In a world where every regime is trying to topple the current controlling empire, even small performance gains can become big news. Typically, a 10-15% performance gain on a new generation of CPUs is expected, but if that performance is increased by 20-25%, then excitement goes through the roof! Intel isn’t bragging about a mere 25% though. In their newest line up of Xeon processors, they are claiming up to an 80% increase in performance! At first glance, this is nothing short of astronomical, but upon further investigation, the implications of this move may not be the best thing for the PC gamer. Intel’s new family is the Xeon E7 V2. Depending on whether businesses want power or cores, they have a 6 core chip at 3.4 GHz and a 15 core chip at 2.8 GHz, as well as plenty of chips to fill in everywhere else. They also sport up to a 37.5 MB cache. Another point of interest in these specs is the die size. While the 6 core chips run a fairly standard 257mm2 die size, the 15 core chips are a massive 541mm2! To put this in perspective, an AMD FX-8350 has a die size of 315mm2. Unfortunately, this carries some of the same vibes that Haswell had when it released. While Haswell did increase performance, it felt very much like a factory overclocked Ivybridge chip. To initially sum up these new server chips, it feels like Intel simply decided that bigger is better. But what about that 80% performance increase? Here’s where In-Memory Analytics comes into play. For giant businesses ...



Supercomputing Alive and Well with Nvidia Titan Black

With all the hype surrounding mobile computing and power efficiency, it’s easy for pc gamers to worry about the future of their monster rigs. NVIDIA, however, decided to remind us that supercomputing is far from over by announcing the successor to the GTX Titan, the GTX Titan Black. While the Titan Black looks to redefine high end, does this GPU change the landscape of the video card market? When NVIDIA released the 780 Ti, the original Titan had trouble keeping up in gaming performance, albeit it was still the king of compute cards. What the Titan Black does is allow the compute-at-home market to have both high end computing, as well as top of the line gaming. This card fully utilizes the GK110 implementation, giving gamers performance on par with the 780ti, while still having top compute performance. The 6GB of GDDR5 memory runs at a full 7GHz data rate just like the 780 TI and the core and boost clocks are slightly elevated as well, giving what should be somewhere around a 13.8% to 19.9% increase in compute performance. But, is the Titan Black as impressive as it sounds? Ultimately, it seems that NVIDIA is just giving a valid reason for customers to spend almost a thousand bucks again on a GPU, without feeling like they had to make any sacrifices. This is because the Titan Black improves on the performance of the 780 Ti and original Titan, the architecture here is nothing revolutionary, and quite honestly, is hardly even evolutionary. This definitely isn’t the new M...



PureOverclock Needs You! Recruiting More Volunteer Staff: News Hounds & Backup Editor

PureOverclock Needs You! PureOverclock.com is looking to recruit some additional staff! The site is growing and expanding quickly thanks to the steady leadership of Sandy and the amazing teamwork of all of our staff writers and reviewers. Because of that, we have a few roles on the site that need to be filled. We want to fill these roles with our favorite people, and that means you! Only PureOverclock.com members will do for our needs. First, we need a couple more News Hounds. Ryan has been doing a bang up job keeping up with the press releases, but we need some folks willing to do some custom content. Basically we need one or two folks with solid writing skills and the desire to share interesting news from across the web with us a few times throughout the week. It’s actually really easy if you have decent writing skills. Whenever a News Hound finds an interesting piece of news that they want to share with the rest of us, they just need to post an article with a picture and source link. We will even train them on how to use WordPress, which is also very easy. We only need 3-4 articles per week from both of them, so it should be a piece of cake! Second, we are looking for a Backup/Secondary Editor who can help edit reviews and news articles before publishing. This is obviously a bit more complicated work, and will require someone of considerable skill with grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and spelling. Your job will require finding all the errors in our review...



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 ...



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...



Intriguing Gaming/PC Desk Kickstarter Project Called ‘Paradise Desk’

  Over the years that many of us have been gaming, one of the most overlooked aspects of the experience is the desk. It’s easy to ignore it once we find a desk that is even remotely comfortable, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a better solution. Enter “Paradise Desk.” This is a new Kickstarter (crowd-funding) project we found intriguing and worth sharing. Whether you are a PC or a console gamer, or you game on both, some of us use a desk for gaming. Obviously, most console gamers will likely have their setup in the living room, so a desk is moot for them, but there are still a few out there who use a desk instead. The “Paradise Desk” could be the perfect solution for any of these needs. The folks at “Paradise Desk” aim to offer a desk that is the best of all possible worlds. It offers an attractive modern industrial design aesthetic, and melds it with the ability to utilize space more efficiently and cover up those annoying cables strewn about. Here’s a quote from the developer with a quick description of their concept, KickStarter – Paradise Desk Concept Video In the video above you get a good look at the prototype they are planning to mass-produce. What do you guys think? Could this be the gamer’s ultimate desk? Here’s a link to the Kickstarter project if you want to check out more info, or if you want to join the project. Source: Kickstarter – Paradise Desk



PureOverclock’s Annual Summer Giveaway 2013!

It’s about to get hot, hot, hot here at PureOverclock.com! Why? Because it’s our PureOC Annual Summer Giveaway, that’s why! That’s right! Our very own Stan “the man”, (aka Doctor_Death) just shared his post on the Summer Giveaway. This super contest will go on for a week and a new prize will be given away every single day of that week. A huge list of our amazing sponsors are generously donating some very cool hardware to make this year’s contest a scorcher! Be sure to check out the full details from Stan’s contest post which you can find here: PureOC’s 2013 Annual Summer Giveaway! Enjoy and good luck!  



Join Our Brand New Xbox One Dedicated Fan Website at XboxOneForums.net!

  Microsoft just announced their new sucessor to the Xbox 360, and it is not called the Xbox 720. It’s called the Xbox One and it absolutely blew us away! From the fantastic specs to the rich and amazing feature-set, this new Xbox One is poised to take the home entertainment world by storm. The Xbox One will hit retail shelves later on this year and just might transform the way we think about games, movies, music, Skype video calling and more. We are so excited we just had to start a new forum for this white hot device! We wanted to share it with you guys to give you an opportunity to join in on the discussions just begninning. Please check it out at XboxOneForums.net!







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