Simplicity, ease of use, and functionality. These are just some of the things most of us are looking for when we search for computer hardware and peripherals. With today's high tech gadgets, and the complex software that comes along with it, it's sometimes nice to simplify things and go back to the basics. Today we will be taking a look at the Roccat Lua Mouse and Roccat Sense Chrome Mouse Pad. The simple, yet unique design and functionality of this particular peripheral may catch you by surprise. While we look into these products you will see why, sometimes, going back to basics can be a good thing. We too often look for the newest and greatest technology, and forget that not everyone needs all those extra bells and whistles. Rather, it's sometimes the mere thought of having the latest and best gadgets that gets the blood pumping. Today, what we have to share is simple, yet functional, but with the latest software engineering that may surprise even the most ardent "techy." What Roccat has here is also something that can fit almost anyone's budget. Before we move forward, lets talk a little about Roccat. Roccat is a leading manufacturer for many of today's peripherals, from Gaming Mice, to Mouse Pads, to Keyboards, to Gaming Headsets and the list just goes on. They have a leading team with innovative ideas that continue to advance with today's technology. Today, we will talk more about the Roccat Lua and Roccat Sense Chrome Mouse pad, and you will see how the...
The era of digital media has grown at faster rate then we might have guessed 20 years ago. The world of media streaming, sharing and Social Networking has taken a big step forward in the last few years and so has the technology behind it. Who remembers the days of sitting popping in a VHS to watch a movie on your 27" Tube TV? Obviously those days have changed. In the recent years we have seen the progression from the old school VHS, to DVD players, to Blu-ray players. Now, media players are the popular medium for entertainment. Today we have the opportunity to look at the New Pivos XIOS DS Media Player. The XIOS DS Media player combines the power of digital home theater and its powerful Android OS and aims to provide you the best overall solution. You can watch TV, stream movies (live or locally), follow your favorite social network like Facebook or even browse the internet right from your TV. All of this is without having to turn on a PC. This simple device developed almost like a "mini PC," and can be considered one of the smallest media devices available today. Can it fill nearly all of your digital entertainment needs? Let's give the Pivos XIOS DS Media Player a thorough look and find out.
Today we are going to look at a new CPU cooler by DeepCool called the Neptwin. CPU Cooler competition is fierce, and nearly every brand has some great products to offer. Of course, DeepCool's designers want to make their coolers stand out from the rest, and, while DeepCool is not a mainstream brand, they are striving hard to create a name of there own. Their unique and attractive aesthetic design does a good job of that. Of course, looks are only one part of your buying factor, and cooling performance is just as important. Can DeepCool's new Neptwin cooler match both good aesthetics and good cooling performance? We have a chance to put that to the test today.
Cooler Master is well-known for being innovative in both design and function. They seem to always look for ways to improve existing and new components, and today we will look at something a little different from them. It's great to see the creativity behind this next piece of hardware we are about to review. We are referring to the new Cooler Master HAF XB whose Chassis is designed to be both a regular PC Case and/or a Test Bench. The HAF XB is designed for those who are consistently changing out there hardware and can benefit from a test bench. As you will see shortly, we will share these details and the innovative ideas Cooler Master has put into the HAF XB. The sleek design and versatility might just leave you in awe. First, here's a little about Cooler Master.
Today we are going to be looking at a new AIO/CL CPU Liquid Cooler unit. Just in case you don't know these termes, AIO stands for "All in One" and "CL" for "Closed Loop." These conventions have become rather popular over the last few years in the PC world. With the latest technology advancements in water cooling, it has become much easier for consumers to water cool their PCs with these AIO CPU Liquid Cooling units. The design takes the guess work out. With water cooling kits in the past, it could take countless hours of planning, and assembly could become a headache for those that have no experience. However, recently we have seen a change with the new trend in water cooling. We have started to see these AIO and CL coolers show up from several manufactures. Today we are going to take a look at a new-comer in the AIO CPU Liquid Cooler field. It is a device from Cooler Master called the Seidon 120m Liquid CPU Cooler. While we have seen multiple manufactures with a similar designs, Cooler Master really stepped up to the plate in trying to provide something a little different and competitive. As we move forward in this review we will take a look at how the Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid CPU Cooler stacks ups and how Cooler Master's design sets them apart. Before we move forward let's get to know Cooler Master a little better.
Today we will be taking a look at something new to the PC thermal world. Interestingly, for all the car enthusiasts out there, this may be something you have seen before. This is technology you likely have not seen in a computer on your desktop, but it's very possible you may have seen it in a heavily modded hot rod sitting in your driveway. We are going to be looking at a new CPU Cooler from Xigmatek. It's called the Dark Knight II - Night Hawk Edition Cooler. It uses what they call "stealth" technology which basically means the heatsink has been ceramic coated to provide additional thermal dissipation. This is first of its kind technology we have seen used on a CPU Cooler, and today we will see how it stacks up to its more traditional competitors. To talk a little more about what's in store, the Xigmatek Dark Knight II - Night Hawk Edition Cooler may look like your typical tower cooler available on the market; however, its thermal technology is a little more unique. The Ceramic coated aluminum fins along with a direct copper base design gets our imagination wondering just how well this cooler might perform. Before we move on, let's learn a little more about Xigmatek.
We have a combo review for you today. We are bringing you a full review of AMD's new FX-8350 series CPU, a.k.a. the "Vishera." In order to do that, we wanted just the right motherboard, and Asus happens to have the new Crosshair V Formula-Z ROG ready to step in. This gives us a chance to test the mettle of two top of the line products at once. Will it be a match made in heaven? We shall soon see. AMD first released its FX series chips last year with the FX "Bulldozer" series. Some of us were not too happy with the chip, because the performance did not live up to expectations. Despite (and because of) that hiccup, we are very excited to see what their "new tech" can bring to the table. Today we are going to look at the new FX-8350 series chip, code-named "Vishera," to see what it can do. AMD has reported that the new line of FX series chips will bring a 15% increase in performance from the previous series. We look forward to putting this claim to the test. The new line of FX-8350 series chip is made to compete with its rival, the Intel Core i5 3570k. Our intention is to show you how it stacks up against just that, and who is still wearing the performance crown at the end.
Xigmatek is a name well-known as a world leading innovator in PC thermal performance and peripherals. With so many advance innovations in today's tech world, we sometimes wonder, "do some of these slight changes in design from competitor to competitor really make a difference? Today we will be taking a look at Xigmatek's new line of PC fans and see if their unique designs answer that question. We are going look at 4 models, and each has its own touch of flare. We will be putting them to the test to see how they stack up to the competitors. We have the following models today: Xigmatek's XAF-F1253 (120mm Orange Blades), Xigmatek XAF-F1251 (120mm Black Blade), Xigmatek XAF-F1456 (140mm Blue Blade), and Xigmatek XAF-F1454 (140mm Smoked Blade). Before we dive into the essence of the XAF series fans, lets talk a little about Xigmatek.
When it comes to shopping for fans, there are a couple of items to account for. Sometimes you are looking at the aesthetics, while other times you're looking for the noise factor. Most of the time you are looking for thermal performance. There are hundreds of options available from today's e-tailers at your finger tips, making it that much more difficult to choose the correct fan for you needs. Today we will be taking a look at a couple of fans by Ecomaster Lepa that are trying to seperate themselves from the rest of the pack. We have the Lepa Chopper and the Lepa Casino on the bench today and we are going to find out how these stack up. Before we take a closer look at these fans, let's get to know Ecomaster Lepa a little more. Ecomaster is a leading provider of OEM PC components such as fans and power supplies. Ecomaster is also a leading provider for Enermax. Ecomaster is not as mainstream so not everyone knows the name Ecomaster or Lepa, but Enermax has been reputable for a number of years, which speaks volumes for Ecomaster. Based on our experience with passed Lepa products they are very similar to Enermax. Since Ecomaster is the OEM provider for both, we can assure you the quality is normally top notch.
As more and more CPU coolers appear in today's market, the competition is fierce and looking for the right design can pose some challenges. The various options out there can make it hard to determine which cooler is the right one for you. Though many coolers are designed to look the same, not all are made to perform with exceptional thermal cooling power. Today we will be taking a look at the Phanteks PH-TC14CS-BK cooler. If you know the name Phanteks, it goes without saying that Phanteks makes some of the top performing air coolers on the market. We have seen coolers ranging from small to large, some with exceptional thermal properties, others not so much. All of these coolers use the typical single or twin tower designs, proving that being typical isn't always the best. The Phanteks PH-TC14CS-BK is anything but your typical CPU cooler design, the unique touches made by Phanteks really makes this cooler stand out. The Phanteks PH-TC14CS is designed in a horizontal position or in a "updraft floating balance", where fans are mounted on the bottom and top of the cooler. Will this design provide better thermal performance or will this design hinder it? As we take a closer look at this cooler we will soon find out.
AMD is set to launch the up-coming 2nd generation AMD A-Series Desktop APU code name “Trinity”. The previous generation AMD APU “Llano” will be replaced by this new platform using the FM2 Socket and its new chipset configuration of the A55, A75 and A85x. If you are not familiar with AMD’s APU line of processors they combine the CPU and GPU performance under one chip and include its own discrete graphics with the onboard CPU. These are designed for the mainstream ultrathin notebooks, all-in-one PCs, traditional desktops, home theater PCs and embedded applications. The improvements we are looking to see from the 2nd generation’s APU that will be the most notable is: Double the performance per watt of the previous generation; The AMD HD Media Accelerator with a unique set of technologies designed to optimize video quality available with premium and Internet video content, and accelerate video file conversion; An increase in CPU performance of up to 29 percent with higher processor speeds thanks to the next-generation AMD “Piledriver” CPU core with 3rd-Generation AMD Turbo Core technology, where power is dynamically shifted between the CPU and GPU depending on application needs, effectively providing a more responsive experience that can boost CPU frequencies to up to 3.2 GHz; AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series graphics for an increase of graphics performance up to 56% over the previous generation. Combined, the CPU and GPU cores deliver ...
Over the past several years we have seen some impressive air coolers. The competition is fierce, and nearly every brand has had some great products. There is always someone looking to take king of the hill in reputation. Today we will be looking at Deepcool's new Assassin Air Cooler to see if it can take that spot. The Assassin Cooler by Deepcool is designed for hardcore gamers looking for extreme performance without having to spend a huge amount of money on water cooling. The twin tower designed cooler could potentially give some of those all-in-one water cooling kits a run for their money. Today we will put it through its paces and see if that is true. At a glance, it appears that the design engineers of the Assassin really want to make this cooler one of kind. The specific design of the aluminum fins isn't something we have seen before, and it really makes an impression. They didn't stop there though, even the hardware included with the cooler was first class, right down to the fans, the nuts and the bolts. Right off we are taken with the unique design. The massive heat pipe this cooler includes is really breath taking. As we delve deeper into the Storm Assassin during this review you will see how Deepcool may have really taken the crown in the air cooler market. Before we move forward lets talk a little more about Deepcool as a company.
LAN parties and mobile computing have been around for decades, but with the huge variety of hardware in the market today, choosing a chassis that can store all of your hardware and make it easier to go mobile can still be daunting. Of course, we here at PureOverclock do our best to help alleviate that problem, so today we are going to be taking a look at a chassis from Cooler Master to see if it should garner your attention. The case is the Cooler Master CM Storm Scout II, and it is designed to store full size motherboards and graphics cards, yet still provide easy mobility. We have the opportunity to look at the new release of the Cooler Master CM Storm Scout II. If you are familiar with the CM Storm Scout series you will soon see with this review that Cooler Master has made quite a few upgrades to potentially make things easier than its previous version. As we move further along into the review we will also include some comparison shots of the old and new cases. Now, let's dive in to see what this Cooler Master CM Storm Scout II has to offer.
There are several instances, especially in technology, when taking up less space is important. Finding a good low profile cooler can be challenging, especially since the more compact designs don't always have the reputation of high performance. Today we will be looking at a low profile CPU Cooler that is designed be able to keep up with some of the popular larger coolers, yet do it in a more compact size. We have a low profile CPU Cooler by Noctua on the test-bench, and this one is called the NH-L12.
Sometimes it's tough to search for that perfect chassis. Whether you are looking for design or functionality, finding the perfect case poses a number of challenges. We have the opportunity today to take a look at the new Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker Chassis to see how close it comes to that "Holy Grail" of balancing looks and usefulness. We must say, the unique touches, in both form and functionality, that Cooler Master has added into the Stryker really caught our attention. As we move further into this review you will see why. Before we delve deeper into the versatility of this chassis we will talk a little about Cooler Master's design aesthetic with the Stryker Chassis.