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GEIL EVO X DDR4 RGB DDR4 3000 32GB Kit Overview

Introduction Where to start? I have in my grubby little paws a set of GEIL EVO X DDR4 3000 32GB (2 x 16GB) sticks of RAM. As if that isn’t fantastic enough, it’s RGB lit! High Speed RAM and Glowy Bits. What’s not to like? First things first, let me lay something out here and now. I’ve been building computers since 1993, and in all those years, I have never used a product from GEIL. Ever. This seems a bit strange to me since as it turns out, GEIL was established in the same year (1993) that I began building PC’s. To be fair, in those days just getting a PC to work was my primary concern and the concept of “Performance” and “RAM” didn’t have any meaning when associated with my 386DX/33 based system. Over the years, I’ve seen GEIL mentioned in reviews and occasionally noted them as being for sale on NewEgg or similar sites, but for some reason I’ve never picked any up. It doesn’t seem like I’m alone either. Do some searching for GEIL and you’ll find threads on many US Tech Sites that ask about who GEIL is and if they’re any good. Interestingly, the reviews I’ve read of their RAM (often by European based websites) say positive things about GEIL RAM and it’s clear that GEIL is more readily available and more heavily marketed in the Far East and Europe than we find to be the case here in the USA. To be fair to GEIL, it’s also got to be tough to compete against entren...



HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Review

Introduction The Gaming Headset. Ubiquitous and necessary to any gamers arsenal of tools. In cooperative multiplayer games, a good headset can make the difference between the glorious sound of “Head Shot!” yelled out at full volume (much to the dismay of your local Starbuck’s Barrista) and the “mumble mumble” sound of abject failure as your team gets annihilated because nobody could understand you in the TeamSpeak/Ventrilo/Discord channel. Into this very crowded market, HyperX has tossed their brand new gaming headset, the CLOUD Stinger. Before we leap into the review, let’s have a bit of back-story on just who these HyperX people are: Well. There’s a pedigree for you. Kingston Technology’s high performance product division. I guess we should expect a lot from them then! Let’s move right along and see.



EMTEC Portable SSD and SuperSpeed Flash Drive

Introduction USB storage is one of those somewhat mundane things that we use all the time without giving it much thought: Backups, sneaker-net transfers, boot devices for installing new OS’s, transportable cinema, you name it. Chances are, you have a number of these devices scattered about your desk, home or office. In all honesty, these devices have utterly revolutionized portable storage, replacing Floppy Disks of all types, Zip Drives, write-able CD’s and in many cases write-able DVD’s and Blu-Ray disks. While USB 1 and USB 2 versions of these devices may have wowed us for a brief instant in time, it wasn’t until the advent of USB 3 that external USB Storage came into its own. The theoretical transfer rates of USB 3 (5 Gb/s or 640 MB/s) coupled to NAND flash with its high read and write speeds make USB external storage as fast or faster than most spinning disks and some internal SSDs and the small size of these devices coupled with their low power requirements make them astonishingly capable. Booting from a floppy or CD/DVD is pretty painful. Booting from a USB 3 thumb drive is (in some cases) all but indistinguishable from booting from an internal HDD or SSD. So, it’s with a certain amount of excitement that I find myself in possession of not one, but two cool storage devices from EMTEC. The first is a 256 GB USB 3.0 Flash drive packaged in the traditional “Thumb Drive” format. The second is a 256 GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD. Yes, ...



AMD’s new Wraith Cooler and a SURPRISE!

Introduction It’s always nice to receive a surprise in the mail, especially the kind where you were expecting one thing, and got so much more. AMD managed to surprise me in this way this January! As it happens, Josh (in the normal course of things), throws out to the reviewer pool opportunities to review the odd piece of hardware that a vendor has offered to let us review here at PureOC. People volunteer, and through some magic, Josh picks a reviewer. In this case, the hardware in question was a low profile cooler called “The Wraith Cooler” from AMD. I suppose I should have realized that this was AMD specific hardware given the manufacturer, but I’ll be honest, I saw low-profile, nearly silent, and thought “Me! Me! Me!” and threw my proverbial hat into the review ring. Josh cast his magic spell, shook his magic 8 ball, or whatever, and I received the nod. Joy! Color me excited! I’m going to get to review a low profile cooler! My thoughts immediately shift to the planning stage, and off I go. Now, keep in mind the Northeast had been snowed in for a few days, and packages had been delayed. So this gave me plenty of time to consider my approach. I’d open up the Pandora containing my i5, remove the Noctua low profile cooler, and install the Wraith, and then do some comparatives. Easy. And the Wraith sounded kinda sexy too. I Love the Noctua, but the fans… that beige and brown theme just isn’t my favorite… So. I ...



ADATA XPG SX930 240GB and Premier SP550 240GB SSD Review

Introduction Over the course of the last few weeks, a couple of anonymous brown boxes showed up on my doorstep. Festooned with foreign post marks, they set the household atwitter with speculation as to what might be contained within. I’m not sure the rest of the residents appreciated the contents quite as much as I, but for my part, I was ecstatic to open them and find both an XPG SX930 “Gaming SSD” and the more mainstream Premier SP550 from ADATA nestled among the packing material. Before we move on, let’s think about that a bit. Not so very long ago in late 2009, I purchased my first SSD. A 128GB Patriot Torqx SSD that I paid $369 for. Performance was rated at a paltry 260MB/s sequential read and 180MB/s sequential write. TRIM wasn’t implemented on that particular Indilinx Barefoot controller (I’m not sure it was even invented yet), and it ran on a SATA II interface (1.5GBps) of which it was at no risk of saturating. There were no categories in SSD’s. No “Gaming”, “Performance”, “Premium” or any other label. SSD was a self contained category all on its own. (For a bit of historic perspective, you can read Jake’s review of the Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD here). Today, our SATA based SSD’s saturate a 6 Gbps SATA III bus, and an ADATA Premier SP550 costs a mere $79 on Newegg for just about twice the capacity and more than double the performance of my now Vintage Torqx. In those days the d...



Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips

Introduction OK, let’s lay this right out there before we really get started… Here at Pure Overclock we sometimes like to create mods for our PCs that are not strictly about performance. Yes indeed, on occasion, we also mod our PCs to make them look great, or make them quieter, or to make a statement. Today’s review is about two of these: making your PC look great and making a statement. Today, we’re going to be looking at the newly released Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED-Strip lighting kits. As part of the BitFenix Premium Modding Series, the Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips are an update of the BitFenix Alchemy LED Strip line. They do have a couple of significant new features, which we’ll get to a bit later in the review. Before we get to the bright glowy things, let’s see who BitFenix is: Focused on combining superior design with the latest advances in technology, BitFenix creates state-of-the-art computer hardware and peripherals that blur the line between man and machine. Users shouldn’t have to adjust themselves to the way their hardware works. So, we strive to put the user in complete control of his hardware, so that it functions as an extension of his will, and not as another variable he has to compensate for. In the heat of battle, the user should not have to worry about the state of his equipment, which is why BitFenix products are engineered to perform under even the most extreme conditions. No matter how taxing the s...



Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Shock 3D 7.1 Gaming Headset

Introduction A good gaming headset is a critical weapon in the arsenal of the modern gamer. Finding the headset that suits your needs is just as important in the context of modern gaming as selecting the right mouse, keyboard or monitor. With multi-player gaming, whether Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, or even Minecraft being the dominant form of gaming, good communications is critical to successful team battles, raids or PVP. The market is full of options: corded, cordless, bluetooth, over the ear, on the ear, around the head, earbuds, a veritable myriad of choices! With that said, PureOC is here to save the day, and help you evaluate one of the many choices on the market. The headset in question is brought to you by the Tt eSPORTS division of Thermaltake. Established in 2010, Tt eSPORTS focuses on accessories like Mice, Keyboards, Headsets & Mouse Pads. Their products tend to have an enthusiast/gamer focus, and the headset we are evaluating today, the Tt eSPORTS Shock 3D 7.1 Gaming Headset is no exception. Let us see if it “brings it!” in terms of performance, comfort and solid audio. Is this headset going to give you an edge, or lead you down the road to confusion on the digital battlefield? Before we really get into this review, let’s first hear about Tt eSPORTS in Thermaltake’s own words.     About Tt eSPORTS: “Tt eSPORTS, a gaming obsessed division from Thermaltake, is uniting gamers from all over the world in a unique &...





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