The company be quiet! has been a big hit recently, we had the opportunity to review our first be quiet! cooler, the Dark Rock Pro 2, and today we have a chance to take a look at another cooler called the Shadow Rock Topflow. This cooler was designed to be quite different then your typical tower cooler. We wonder if the orientation of the cooler will perform better, or hinder its performance results. Today we are going to put it to the test and find out.
be quiet!, this wasn't a popular name that we have heard of in the past, but be quiet! has start to become a popular attraction as of recent. You may ask why? While be quiet! was started in 2006, they were primarily in the Power Supply Market, but it wasn't until 2010 that they started to break out of its shell and joined in with the CPU Cooling market. Today we have the opportunity to test out one of be quiet!'s new CPU Coolers, the Dark Rock Pro 2 that has started to attract allot of attention and we are here to put this cooler to the test to see how it stacks up again the current competitors. Will this cooler work as it advertises? How is pricing? Availability? As you read on today we hope to answer some of those questions for you. So without going into much detail, lets dive in and take a good look at the be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler.
Hello fellow Pure Overclock readers! Today we have something a little special on the table. If you have previously been reading our CPU Cooler reviews you probably saw our recent review for Silverstone. We reviewed the Silverstone Heligon Series - HEO1 CPU Cooler, but after publication of the review, Silverstone noticed some discrepencies, and shared their concerns of the temperatures we had recorded. While we explained to Silverstone our process to make sure temps are recorded accurately, they wondered if they had possibly sent us a defective cooler. What Silverstone did next was beyond our expectations. They sent us a second cooler for re-testing to see if we gathered the same results or better. As you will soon see, it turns out their concerns were valid. Before we jump into things, we would like to thank Tony at Silverstone for sending us a second cooler for re-testing of the Heligon Series - HEO1.
With its 3rd Generation Intel processors now on most stores shelves, its only time that all the manufactures start to phase out the old and introduce the new. Today's we are going to look at a great budget friendly motherboard from Gigabyte the Z77-HD4 that will bring to the table the affordability along with its performance standard we have come to know. When it comes to building a PC one of the most vital parts of the system is the motherboard. So if you are building a high end gaming system to your budget friendly internet surfer or your primary work station, its important to keep in mind that you want to find the motherboard that will fit your needs. The question that most have is, how will this motherboard perform? how is the reliability? does it have what I need? how is the future proofing? but before we dive into this review and help you answer some of those questions lets start by taking a look at Gigabyte as a company.
When it comes to choosing the right CPU Cooler there are a lot of available options. With the massive amount of coolers available in today's market, how do you know how to choose the right one? Well if you are reading this review then you are on the right track by doing some research. For some, the performance of a CPU cooler is the primary deciding point, however aesthetics can be just as important. You may be looking for a cooler that matches your color theme, or something along the lines of LEDs, or maybe the ability to adjust speed and noise of the cooler. Well today we are going to a look at something that is a little different from your standard CPU Cooler. Today we have in our hands the Evercool Silent Shark CPU Cooler. It has some distinctive features that we haven't seen before. Will these features prove to be a benefit to the performance? We are going find out just that as we continue.
With the popularity of small form factor builds becoming more common place over recent years, sometimes finding the right CPU Cooler can be a challenge. With the tight spaces in small factor builds, it really takes a special cooler to do the job correctly. Today we will be looking at the Noctua NH-L9i CPU Cooler. From an aesthetics stand point, we see that Noctua remains true to its brand by sticking to its traditional colors with the tan and brown fans. While this cooler looks small compared to the traditional line up from Noctua, this small form factor CPU cooler has a unique look of its own. From a performance stand point, we are going to see if it also holds true to Noctua's past performance. While this cooler was not designed to support high overclocks, today we are still going to put it to the test and see what it can do.
Thermalright has set a foundation in the cooling world with a number of computer cooling solutions in the last decade and it comes as no surprise that they have some of the top performing CPU Coolers. Today we are going to be looking at the new Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 CPU Cooler. One thing that comes to mind first is this cooler definitely stands out with its aesthetics. While the color choice by Thermalright isn't your typical user's first choice... we found it to be quite interesting. However beyond its aesthetic appeal, we are interested in taking a closer look at the SB-E X2 cooler to find out if it will live up to its name in the thermal solution world. The twin fan single slim tower design may not look like much, but we are looking forward to finding out if it will hold up to expectations. Let's find out!
When it comes to the PC hardware Industry, many tend to choose products based on a name they already know. Consumers tend to turn to a company that holds a strong reputation. When we hear the name Silverstone, it doesn't come as surprise that they have built a solid foundation and strong reputation in this arena. Today we have the opportunity to take a look at their new CPU Cooler from the Heligon Series line, the HEO1. While we know Silverstone produces some of the finest production cases, as well as some of the top performing accessories in today's market, the CPU Cooling market is another monster altogether. With the mass variety of options that are available today, the competition can get fierce. Today, we will put the Heligon Series HEO1 cooler to the test and see if Silverstone can uphold their excellent reputation in this market as well.
With the release of AMD's Trinity APU, we are starting to see more and more manufacturers releasing this new FM2 Socket series of motherboards. If you are not familiar with AMD's APU systems, it's a processor that has an on-die graphics processing unit embedded into the CPU. AMD started its APU line just over a year ago with the Zacate series processors which carried the FM1 Socket. AMD released this as their "Fusion" technology, which is designed to combine the CPU with the raw processing power of on-die graphics at an affordable price-point. AMD recently took this "Fusion" technology a little further with its recent release of Trinity, and incorporated its new processing architecture of Piledriver to the new FM2 Socket series chips. In fact, today we will be using the AMD Trinity A10-5800k that offers this new architecture, and takes its graphics processing power to the next level with the on-die 7660D graphics. When it comes to using this new processing power, it's also important to choose the right motherboard that fits the bill. The APU line of motherboards were designed to be affordable, but also offer high performance standards. Today we are going to be looking at a new motherboard from ECS: the A85F2-A Golden Motherboard. This motherboard will follow its A85X (hudson D4) chipset. ECS doesn't call this board the "Golden" board for no reason, and, as we take a closer look, you will see why.
When it comes to headsets we have a great deal of choices that are available from a wide variety options. While we have headsets that are dedicated to gaming and others for music and movies, its always nice to see a headset with the options to do both. Today we are excited to share a new line of gaming/media headset that has recently hit store shelves. We had a chance to take a look at two models from Oblanc: the NC-2 U.F.O and NC1-1 Cobra headsets. Just from the exterior packaging of the headset when they arrived for review, we noticed the designs from Oblanc were unique to say the least. We are looking forward to seeing what this new entry into the market is all about. Before we dive in to the review, here's a little something about the company.
Azio recently started to pick up in the gaming device department, and with the popularity of gaming devices rising, they are trying to capture that audience with some very interesting devices. Today we will be taking a look at the Azio Levetron GM533U 9 button Laser Gaming Mouse to see how it stacks up against its competitors. One of the most notable features of this device is that it supposedly contains a Laser optical reader that can hit 5000 dpi. Additionally, the device's aesthetic appeal is quite unique, and is definitely worth checking out. Of course, while aesthetic appeal is a large factor in consumers' buying decisions, we also like to see products that perform to their advertised specifications. So, with some interesting design decisions and impressive hardware specs, will the Azio Levetron GM533U 9 Button Laser Gaming Mouse capture the right audience? Let's find out as we move forward.
Introduction With CES 2013 going into full swing and manufacturers showing off their new line of tech gadgets that will be released this coming year, we took a short drive out to the CES 2013 show in Las Vegas, Nevada to check out some of the exciting news. While this Massive show was impossible to fully cover with the few days we were there, we managed to catch up with a few of our sponsors and check in with them to see what we should expect for this coming season. First we would like to thank: Cooler Master, Kingston, MSI, Sapphire Tech, Zalman and Lian Li for meeting with us during the show and showing us the new gadgets for this year. While these were the manufacturers we managed to meet with, we also headed down to the massive convention hall to check out some other items by: LG, ViewSonic and nVidia. Cooler Master Let’s first thank Lulu and Nic from Cooler Master for inviting us up to the suite to check out the items we are excited to talk about. We have here the Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid Mechanical keyboards. While this keyboard already has a model release for sale we are actually looking at a different model. This is Cooler Master’s new line of the QuickFire Rapid Stealth keyboards, the keys are blacked out at the top and each letter has been moved to its front side as you can see from the picture. This is great for those that don’t really need the letter visible from the top and are really looking for that sleek look. Also this will ...
Over the years we have seen hundreds of air coolers of various models and designs. From the smaller coolers to the larger twin tower coolers, performance is always a key factor when it comes to finding the right product. Today we are going to be looking to a new unique design by Thermalright. It is called the True Spirit 120m. Does it have the right aesthetic appeal and how does it stack up with some of today's coolers in thermal performance? That is what we will attempt to answer in our review today.
Today we will be taking a looking at one of Azio's newest gaming keyboards on the market, the Azio Levetron Mech5 mechanical keyboard. The Mech5 is Azio's most innovative mainstream mechanical gaming keyboard available today. As of the last few years, mechanical keyboards have gotten really popular and we are seeing many competitors releasing their own designs in an attempt to capitalize on this new craze. Azio designed the Levetron Mech5 to be completely modular, so fit and finish will be an important aspect to keep in mind; however, let's not forget that functionality is just as important when it comes to mechanical gaming keyboards. So today we are going to put the Azio Levetron Mech5 to the test and see how it stacks up.
With the number of manufacturers designing more of today's cases with the extra "bling", we are seeing a lot of chassis with large side panel windows and fancy LED lights. It is sometimes nice to have a change of scenery by looking at something a little different. Today we have the chance to share our experience with BitFenix's new "Ghost" Chassis. The BitFenix Ghost is a chassis that was designed to be a silent computing tower but not sacrifice the cooling capabilities of modern systems and accessories. The sleek, smooth and glossy exterior finish has a simple yet elegant design that really stands out from the designs we typically see. While there are few fancy bells and whistles with the exterior aesthetics, the "Ghost" has features that will surprise even the most avid users today. As we dive into the essence of the BitFenix Ghost we will take a look at some of the special features that makes this chassis different from the rest.