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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...



Lian Li Expands Desk Lineup with DK-Q2 and DK-03 Desk Chassis

Lian Li Expands Desk Lineup with DK-Q2 and DK-03 Desk Chassis Featuring Ergonomic Design, updated Legs and a Removable Motherboard Tray June 18, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces two additions to the desk chassis lineup: the single-system DK-Q2 and the dual-system DK-03. Like the previous desk chassis, the aluminum body and tempered glass surface highlight the minimalism of this practical fusion of desk and chassis. The updates on these new models add simplicity to system building, more refined aesthetics and ergonomics. Ergonomic DesignWith g ratitude to such positive feedback, Lian Li has refreshed ergonomics in the design of the DK-Q2 and DK-03. The body depth of the desk has been reduced to give you more leg room. The 30mm of height expansion allows a larger variety of user legs to fit comfortably under the desk. Taller, stronger adjustable legs and thinner body allow a much more natural height and angle of arms for typing, the extra legroom makes a big difference. Removable Motherboard Tray The DK-Q2 and DK-03 include removable motherboard trays to make system building easier. The motherboard trays also allow system builders to route cables underneath to facilitate better airflow and cable management. The DK-Q2 supports motherboards up to ATX, while the DK-03 supports two motherboards simultaneously; one SP-ATX at 12”x10.6” for the primary side, and an additional mini-ITX motherboard on the alternative side. Water Cooling Fea...



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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mITX Chassis Review

Introduction Earlier this year we took a look at one of Phanteks Evolv mATX Chassis called the Enthoo Evolv. The Enthoo Evolv Chassis took home our Editors Choice award for its outstanding features and solid construction. Since that time, Phanteks has been hard at work developing new products and growing its already outstanding product line. Today we have a chance to take a look at a new addition to the line up. We have the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Chassis. At first glance, the Phanteks Evolv ITX Chassis mimics its bigger brother with the obvious changes in size. But with the popularity of small form factor builds, miniITX cases have become a hot commodity, so its no surprise to us that Phanteks would want to move into this arena. Will the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX meet the expectation of builders and live up the reputation of its larger sibling? Today we are going to take a closer look at the chassis and find out. But before we do that, let’s talk about who Phanteks is:   About Phanteks “Phanteks was founded from a group of engineers with a total of 20 years of international experience in thermal solutions. They paired up with a Dutch design team and established Phanteks in 2007. Phanteks venture into the CPU cooling industry with two goals in mind, high-end quality and innovative products in thermal solutions. As a relatively young company, we strive to develop top quality and superior products. Our Phanteks Design Team is situated in the Netherlands and...



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Lian Li Launches PC-O8 Dual-Compartment Chassis

Lian Li Launches PC-O8 Dual-Compartment Chassis Tempered Glass Panels and RGB Lighting Put the Spotlight on Hardware June 11, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today launches the PC-O8 dual-compartment chassis. Comprised of aluminum and tempered glass, the PC-O8 allows DIY builders to show off their high-end, intricate setups, while hiding cables and less eye catching components in the large compartment behind the motherboard tray. Two Compartments Through the front glass panel, the PC-O8 is divided into two zones. Zone 1 allows DIY enthusiasts to show off their motherboard and graphics cards through the edge-to-edge side panel windows. On the other side of the motherboard tray, Zone 2 gives plenty of room for cables and less eye-catching components such as hard drives and the power supply. Adjustable RGB Interior Lighting DIY enthusiasts can adjust the interior lighting through the included RGB lighting kit complete with LED strips, cord clip, dimmer and controller. The back mounted controller allows instant analog color selection. Tremendous Water Cooling Support With plenty of room to work with, installing elaborate water cooling setups is simplified in the PC-O8. In Zone 1 the top panel can support a 240mm radiator, while in Zone 2 the front intake can house a 360mm radiator in a push/pull configuration. Modular Hard Drive Cage The PC-O8 chassis supports up to six 3.5″ drives and two 2.5″ drives in the removable drive cage in Zone 2. This HDD...



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Best of Computex 2015

Computer hardware news is getting pretty stagnant as of late. It’s not that there isn’t new things coming out, it’s just most of the releases I’ve been seeing are hardly more that a slight revamp of what’s already out. That being said though, there are still some components that can turn heads and Computex brought us some intriguing devices that I feel are worth some honorable mentions. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 5 releases in components from Computex 2015. #5 LEPA EXllusion240 It’s going to be pretty apparent why this unit is last on the list. There isn’t very much that separates this unit from just about any other AIO on the market. The ability to add custom dye to the coolant is a neat feature, but isn’t anything revolutionary. The EXllusion240 may be expandable, but I haven’t seen anything that officially confirms that. The only thing that caught my eye is the massive 400w + TDP rating. That’s a huge thresh hold and while other coolers brag about great cooling performance, very few put a number like that on it. We’ll have to wait for some reviews to see how well LEPA lives up to it’s claims, but when all else fails, I would gladly like to break my previous records. http://www.lepatek.com/eng/newscontent/93/ #4 INTEL Z170 Motherboards For the last few generations, INTEL has been giving us minor improvements that involve fairly hefty price tags. About the only notable f...



CRYORIG Reveals the A Series of Hybrid Liquid Coolers, and IoT enabled PSU

CRYORIG Reveals the A Series of Hybrid Liquid Coolers, and IoT enabled PSU 02.06.15 Taipei, Taiwan – At this year’s Computex, CRYORIG is revealing the next generation of Hybrid Liquid Cooling (HLC) units and IoT enabled power supply units. CRYORIG’s new A Series A40, A40 Ultimate and A80 Hybrid Liquid Cooling units combines the strength of both Air Cooling and Liquid Cooling in an innovative package. CRYORIG’s Pi Series of Power Supply Units with IoT or Internet of Things capability, allows users to remotely control their PSU unit’s through phones apps.. CRYORIG’s A Series Hybrid Liquid Cooling (HLC) products is designed to solve one of the major problems with Closed Loop Cooling liquid units, which is the severe lack of airflow for the CPU’s surrounding components. At Computex, CRYORIG’s live thermal imaging demo shows the potential impact of how HLC can benefit the system. Heat imaging shows a drastic drop of over 10° Celsius in regions of the surrounding Voltage Regulator Modules, RAM and even the GPU card can benefit from added airflow from CRYORIG’s patent pending proprietary Airflow Circulator fan. In lowering the surrounding heat of these areas, systems may achieve benefits ranging from higher stability and component life span, and may even achieve better stable performance and overclocks for the CPU/RAM and GPU. The Airflow Circulator fan can be removed and attached in reverse along with adjusting your CPU water block allows users to choose which...



Computex2015 – G.SKILL Showcases Ripjaws Power Supply, from 750W Gold to 1250W Platinum 80 PLUS Certified

Computex 2015- G.SKILL Showcases Ripjaws Power Supply, from 750W Gold to 1250W Platinum 80 PLUS Certified Taipei, Taiwan (2 June 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, showcases its new Ripjaws series PC power supply units at Computex 2015. The G.SKILL Ripjaws series PC power supply units consists of four models ranging from 750 watts up to 1250 watts, suitable for the needs of all PC system builders whether it’s a high-end workstation or a gaming oriented system. All four Ripjaws series PSU feature a full module design that allows cleaner cable management and better case airflow. The Ripjaws PS750G/PS850G models, certified with 80 PLUS Gold and rated for 90% efficiency, along with the Ripjaws PS850P/PS1250P models, certified with 80 PLUS Platinum and rated for 92% efficiency, can lower your overall operating cost and lower internal system temperature. All Ripjaws series PSUs are made from the highest-quality materials possible, such as 100% Japanese-made capacitors, for higher reliability and longer lasting lifetime. A unique automated G.SKILL ECO Optimized (GEO) Thermal Fan Control also provides zero fan noise during low load operations. And when it does get warm, the durable double ball bearing 140mm fan cools your PC system quietly and efficiently. With Ripjaws series PC power supply units, you will have the convenience of a full modular design, superior power per...



Define R5 Blackout Edition now available

The popular Define R5 case is back in ALL black! All the great features the Define R5 offers, now available in a sleek and uniform all black finish. The Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout Edition is the next evolution in the widely popular Define Series. Packed with intelligently designed enthusiast-oriented features delivering a silent case with powerful and expansive air and liquid cooling support, presented in a stunning Scandinavian inspired construction. The Define R5 Blackout Edition case reaches the highest level of silent computing through strategically placed dense sound-absorbing material, ModuVent™ fan vent covers and finely tuned all black Dynamic Series fans. The Define R5 Blackout Edition was designed with configurability in mind, accommodating up to 8 hard drives and all modern graphics card. Should you wish to expand your system with water cooling components or more fans the layout can easily be configured to meet your demand. What makes it the ‘Blackout Edition’? Black PCI slot covers Black HDD trays and HDD tray clips Black SSD brackets White power LED All black Dynamic GP-14 fans Tinted window The case is available in two models: The Define R5 Blackout Edition, with a solid side panel which includes an additional fan mount or ModuVent option. The Define R5 Blackout Edition Window, which features a tinted window side panel to proudly show off your build.   MSRP Define R5 Blackout Edition USD $109.99 EURO €119.99 GBP £89.95 SEK 1099:- MSRP Def...



Aerocool presents BattleHawk value-form-money chassis

Aerocool presents BattleHawk value-form-money chassis 12.05.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – Aerocool Advanced Technologies, one of world’s leading manufacturers of excellent gaming PC gear, introduces the new BattleHawk chassis as part of its value-for-money PGS-V (Performance Gaming System) series. The BattleHawk offers an aggressive design and a variety of features, which are otherwise known from much more expensive chassis. The list of features includes cable ducts for cable management, removable dust filter, pre-installed fans, embedded side window and the I/O panel with many extras. As usual, Aerocool gives users the choice between the black and white color versions. No compromise has to be made when it comes to choosing compatible hardware. BattleHawk offers space for ATX, microATX and miniATX mainboards as well as VGA card with a length of up to 390 mm. CPU Coolers with a total height of 155 mm fit into the chassis and even backplate-based coolers can be conveniently mounted thanks to the big opening in the mainboard tray. Aerocool equipped the new midi-tower with great cooling options. BattleHawk comes with two pre-installed 120-mm case fans, where one fan is located in the front and another one in the rear of the case. Thanks to this setup, a solid cooling solution is provided out of the box, which then can be adjusted and enhanced later on according to the user’s demand. The case fan located in the front is equipped with LEDs, which are illuminating the front panel ...



The COUGAR QBX mini-ITX Gaming case has won the COMPUTEX d&i award, organized by iF

COUGAR QBX Gaming Case Receives Prestigious Award, Settles Console vs PC Debate   6th May, 2015 Taipei, Taiwan – COUGAR, leading brand in the gaming hardware market, is proud to announce today that the new COUGAR QBX Mini-ITX Gaming case is one of the award winners of COMPUTEX d&i awards 2015, organized by iF. The award has been granted in recognition of QBX’s innovative design. Obtaining this recognition is another confirmation of QBX’s extraordinary value and revolutionary nature. Its support for high end graphics cards (up to 350mm long) and impressive amounts of memory (including several SSDs to maximize loading speed) as well as its superb cooling potential make QBX the ultimate gaming case. The idea of a powerful compact case with a competitive price has already generated huge amounts of expectation. This is because QBX directly eliminates the last advantage gaming consoles used to have over gaming PC: their compactness and stylish looks. QBX is as elegant as any new generation console, it is compact enough to be placed in the living room, and can house a gaming PC much more powerful than any console on the market. QBX’s elegance does not come only from its small size and looks, but also for its compatibility with slot loading ODD and its extremely efficient cable management. This means low space consumption, clean environment and freedom for placing it anywhere the user wants. Regarding its graphics potential, with the right components i...



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BE QUIET! Silent Base 800 Review

Introduction People often think the PSU is the most overlooked computer piece in a build, but the case is far easier to overlook than you might think. Sure, you need to have plenty of wattage to future proof upgrades, but nothing can cramp that custom loop dream quicker than a case that didn’t have quite enough room to fit the radiator above your motherboard. BE QUIET! decided it was time to try and break into the computer chassis market while staying true to their values of silent computing. While the Silent Base 800 already appears to have the proper design to help reduce noise, the real question is whether this case will be able to offer room for high end computer parts combined with advanced cooling. We’ll dive right in here in a sec, but before we do that, let’s take a closer look at the company behind the Silent Base 800.   About BE QUIET!: BE QUIET! Is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC. The Number 1 for power supplies in Germany BE QUIET! Products are convincing which is proved by reaching and defending the market leadership in PSU business in Germany since 2006 *. This is validated and accompanied by numerous awards for both power supplies and cooling solutions. Repeated winner: Manufacturer of the year BE QUIET! is awarded for eight times in a row as “Manufacturer of the Year” in the power supply category by the readers of the well-known German hardware magazine PC Games Hardware...



Aerocool presents elegant Aero-1000 Chassis as part of the new PGS-A Series

Aerocool presents elegant Aero-1000 Chassis as part of the new PGS-A Series   18.03.2015, Taipeh, Taiwan – Aerocool Advanced Technologies, one of world’s leading manufacturers of excellent gaming PC gear, presents the Aero-1000 chassis as part of its new PGS-A (Performance Gaming System) series. “A” stands for Airflow, which is one of the most important aspects, when it comes to building a PC case. All chassis from the PGS-A series stand out by extraordinary airflow capabilities, great cable management functions and much space for high-end water-cooling systems. The Aero-1000 is first to incorporate these great features in combination with an extraordinary design. Aerocool launches the Aero-1000 in two color variations. Users are able to choose between the all-black and the black-and-white model, depending on their preference. The overall design is fresh and elegant at the same time. Huge metal mesh grids in both top and front panel indicate the great cooling potential and focus of the Aero-1000. Aerocool uses very solid steel with 0,8 mm thickness for the chassis to assure great stability. Curved top panel offers extra space for latest 240 mm or 280 mm water-cooling radiators with a thickness of 35 mm. Should this not be enough, it is furthermore possible to mount radiators with 45 mm thickness in the front panel. In addition to that, another 120 mm radiator can be installed in the rear of the chassis. Aerocool ships the Aero-1000 chassis with three pre-installed...



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COUGAR releases QBX, the Most Advanced Compact Gaming Case

COUGAR™ releases QBX™, the Most Advanced Compact Gaming Case on the Market Taipei, Taiwan March 16th, 2015 – COUGAR, leading brand in the gaming hardware market, announces today the arrival of COUGAR QBX™, the most advanced compact gaming case on the market. This Mini-ITX case stands above the crowd for three reasons: its compact dimensions, its expandability and the best cooling on the market for a case of its size.   The first of QBX’s virtues is self-evident. Its 178 x 260 x 368 mm make QBX a highly compact case. With it, gamers no longer need enormous desks with lots of space to install high-end gaming components in order to enjoy new generation games. Whether on a desk or near the TV, QBX will fit in any gamer’s room and leave them space for a bigger screen or whatever they want to do with it. The second of QBX’s distinguishing features is what makes it a gaming case. A compact case with very good cooling is great, but virtually all of those are limited to smaller components with limited capabilities, which makes it impossible to enjoy the most demanding games. QBX shatters that limitation, allowing the user to enjoy high end graphics cards (up to 350mm long), up to five hard disks (both HDD and SSD), Slim ODD for different media formats, USB 3.0 and much more. All this is well powered, since QBX supports PS2-ATX PSUs (up to 140mm long), which can fuel even the most demanding system and can also be easily found anywhere, in contrast ...



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Aerocool presents value for money chassis Cyclops and Cyclops Advanced

Aerocool presents value for money chassis Cyclops and Cyclops Advanced 12.03.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – Aerocool Advanced Technologies, one of world’s leading manufacturers of excellent gaming PC gear, presents new value for money chassis for the entry-level market. The Cyclops and Cyclops Advanced midi-towers are part of the PGS-V series, which combines great features with a futuristic design. At times, where the gamer’s demands are growing, Aerocool raises the bar for entry-level chassis once again by offering great amount of functions for a sweet-spot price. Aerocool designed the Cyclops chassis in a futuristic style and offers gamers the choice between a red and a black version. The case is made of steel with 0,5 mm thickness to provide decent stability. In spite of the great value-for-money ratio, many technical advantages and features have been implemented. ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX Mainboards as well as VGA cards with a length of 390 millimeters can be fitted easily. CPU coolers with a total height of 155 mm are supported as well. The mainboard-tray has been fitted with several openings, in order to allow neat cable management. In addition, a bigger opening has been prepared for easy mounting of backplate-based CPU coolers. Aerocool includes a removable dust filter for power supply units, an acrylic-window in the side-panel and a special adapter, allowing users to mount a fan or HDD into the exposed 3,5” bay. The Cyclops chassis comes with one pre-installed bl...



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Lian Li Giving a Sneak Peak of the Latest Desk and O Series Chassis at CeBIT 2015

Lian Li Giving a Sneak Peak of the Latest Desk and O Series Chassis at CeBIT 2015 Hall 17, Booth D26 12 March 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd is pleased to announce that prototypes of the latest O Series Chassis and Desk Chassis will be on display at CeBIT 2015. Lian Li invites all to get a sneak peak at its booth (Hall 17, D26) of the latest editions of the some of the most talked about chassis lines. Desk Chassis Prototype – DK-Q2 Combining the symbiotic relationship of desks and computer cases, the DK-01 and DK-02 were the first desk chassis to be brought to the mainstream market. Now, almost a year after their initial release, Lian Li will be debuting a desk chassis prototype, DK-Q2, that is a result of user feedback. Major updates include a removable motherboard tray, new leg design, and a slimmer body. Newest Addition to the O Series – PC-O8The O Series was initially launched in 2014 featuring a combination of Lian Li’s traditional high-end aluminum construction with an oversized tempered glass window, and allowed DIY builders to show off their hardware creations. The newest addition to the O Series, PC-O8, which is to be previewed at CeBIT 2015, follows the series’ philosophy, but does so in a bigger and more expansive form factor. With a history of eye-catching unveilings at CeBIT, Lian Li will once again prove itself an industry leader and innovator without sacrificing product quality. Attendees will be able to see the engi...






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