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Best of 2014

Best of 2014

Intro and Honorable Mentions With 2014 having come and gone, I’m sure all of us are greatly looking forward to amazing hardware coming in 2015. But one thing we get to see a lot of is the “Best of” everything that happened in 2014. So even though 2015 is looking very promising, we thought it would be great to look back through the year and do our very own “Best of 2014.” We decided on 5 news pieces, and 10 reviews that were considered to be the cream of the crop. Are you ready for the picks? Before we go into our official list, something always gets left out that just couldn’t be squeezed in with the leaders of the pack. Due to the overwhelming guilt we felt on a couple of really good articles that we just didn’t want to leave out, we decided to have some Honorable Mentions. Our first one comes from the news category, The Hardware Hound Presents: Windows 10, a Gamer’s Perspective. Honorable News http://www.pureoverclock.com/2014/10/the-hardware-hound-presents-windows-10-a-gamers-perspective/ Windows 10 made a big wave that increased the more that details about the upcoming OS were released. Windows 8 had become a pretty big disappointment and 10 was poised to fix many of those problems. Then Microsoft released the tech preview. The Hardware Hound took it upon himself to give Windows 10 a full blown try, and the results were surprisingly satisfying. Windows 10 made a good first impression and as such, Pure Overclock was ab...



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InWin D-Frame Mini mITX Case Review

Introduction Sometimes when you plan out your PC build, you want something that really stands out from the crowd. Price be damned, you want your rig to grab everyone’s attention in the extreme. To that end, there aren’t really a great deal of options out there that deviate much from the standard rectangular prism layout we’ve all come to expect. Things get even more limited when you start to discuss the prospect of an mITX system being the focus of the build; short of making something from scratch, your options get even more constricted. What’s a system builder to do?   If money is no object and you want opulence in the most functional way possible, InWin may have something that’s right up your alley. As of late they are most well known for their artful use of aluminum and tempered glass in cases like the S-Frame, the 901/904, and the D-Frame, and today I’m gonna take a look at the D-Frame’s little brother, the D-Frame Mini. Equipped with the same tubular aluminum and open-air design as its larger sibling, I’m going to see if this form factor does an mITX system any justice, and decide if the 300 dollar premium is really worth it in the end. I’d like to take a moment to share the InWin logo story straight from their website:  



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DeepCool Displays a new sense of style at CES

PENTOWER PENTOWER is constructed from trestles,panels and aluminum shell. The unprecedented pentagonal prism structure has made the case to be an artistic product on table. In order to make a neat and tidy lay out, we place the motherboard supporter at one corner, and graphic card at opposite. By using PCI-E extender, these two core components become nearly parallel rather than vertical. The remaining space is filled with 1×3.5 hard drive bay, 2×2.5 hard drive bay and one slot-load optical drive which can be changed to one 2.5 hard drive bay.     There is a cable management channel in the central of the case, components are connected as easy as in traditional cases, in fact the whole installation process could be more easier; after the shell is removed, all of the panels and trestles are exposed, users can install units directly without uninstall any other part of the case. The case adopts horizontal airflow channel, the heat ventilation performance is excellent, because of warm air rising.     Tristellar 3 independent cabins constitutes this unique and amazing case. Each cabin includes one of the most heat generating parts of a PC. Motherboard cabin supports ITX motherboard, 2×3.5 drive bays or 120mm liquid radiator/case fan (after remove the drive bays) and low profile CPU air cooler. Graphic cabin supports VGA card up to 320mm, which is connected to motherboard by PCI-E extension cable, behind the GPU, there are three tool-free 2.5 d...



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Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL

Introduction: Phanteks has moved to the top of our list as one of the premium manufacturers. Phanteks has been on the forefront as leader in the manufacturing of thermal solutions like high performance fans and air coolers. Phanteks this past year took the industry by surprise, when the company ventured into computer case manufacturing, by introducing for the very first time their award winning Phanteks Enthoo Primo full tower chassis. A chassis that was specifically designed for the computer enthusiast, and water-cooling aficionado. Today what better way than to start our New Year but to have the pleasure of reviewing the Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL and what looks to be a scaled down and smaller version of the acclaimed Enthoo Primo. The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL sports many of its distinct features and designs, which includes multiple radiator support, modular HD cages, separate PSU area, and all aluminum look. The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL is available in a satin black windowed version. Try imagining Primo, as it is anything but Mini, in a scaled down version, at a lower price. Without giving too much away the Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL features support for dual operating systems, and for its small size at 260 mm x 550 mm x 480 mm (W x H x D) 10.2in x 21.7in x 18.9in is anything but mini. In addition, these dimensions looks to be more of a mid-size form factor then a mini. The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL sports a very spacious clean interior, making it very easy to build both air an...



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Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL and accessories kit launch

ENTHOO MINI XL Walnut, California, January 5th 2015 - Phanteks announce the release of the Enthoo Mini XL, a super micro ATX. The Mini XL has been redesigned with optimal cooling in mind. Resembling the Enthoo Primo, it offers extensive water-cooling possibilities.   The Enthoo Mini XL, a compact and powerful structure with a sandblasted aluminum faceplates with matte finish. The Mini XL introduces a new form factor, super micro ATX. Unlike the Enthoo Primo, the Mini XL comes with a new RGB LED light system with mulitcolor control (10 colors) and supports dual motherboard configuration with the Mini XL ITX upgrade kit (PH-ITXKT_01). With the Enthoo Mini XL, the main challenges was to make effective use of space through design. The Mini XL’s power supply location is now on the top back side of the case for optimal cooling. The Enthoo Mini XL comes with many features like dual removable hard drive cages, Drop-N- Lock SSD Brackets, quick eject dustfilters, LED control, mod friendly structure, and easy cable management. The Mini XL also offers extensive water and air cooling. Convenient pump bracket with preinstalled vibration dampeners, PWM control hub allows for up to 7 fans to be controlled by PWM, 2 reservoir mounting locations, radiator side bracket, and dual rear fan exhaust. For the one who desire even more, the Mini XL leaves options for additional upgrades. Extra upgrades like internal ambient lighting sytem (PH-LEDKT_M1/ PH-LEDKT_M2) that matches with the exterior...



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ThermalTake Core X2 Chassis Review

The new Core X series of cases looks to build on what was started in the Urban series of chassis, versatility, simplistic outward design and affordability. In this review we will see if Thermaltake continues its positive trend or stumbles as many others have during follow up launches.



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NZXT Introduces S340 Color Editions

Introducing the S340 Color Edition Los Angeles, CA – This Fall saw the S340 lead the way for NZXT in the entry-level case category, bringing premium quality and innovative design to the sub $70 space. Today we’re pleased to announce the availability of the S340 in two new stylish colors: Matte Black paneling with either Gloss Blue or Gloss Red accents. Both colors will be widely available to all NZXT sales partners.   Forged from strong, cold-rolled steel, the S340 exudes an air of confidence that only the most durable of cases is capable of exhibiting. Axing the optical bays and relocating the HDDs to a lower position opens the case up like never before, making this one of the easiest cases to build in ever. A grommet-less cable management solution, alongside over twenty zip-tie locations and plenty of space behind the motherboard tray gives you unprecedented cable management options for a mid tower case. When it comes to keeping cool, the Source 340 is no slouch. With Kraken X61 compatibility in the front intake, X31 compatibility in the rear exhaust, and a total of up to three 140mm or for 120mm fans you have plenty of Cooling options. Thick front panel cutouts allow unrestricted airflow to reach our fully filtered intake. The Source 340 comes with the standard accouterments that you would expect from a premium case, such as USB 3.0, filtered intakes, a PSU shroud, and quality materials. Easily one of the most durable cases we’ve ever made, the Source 340 boa...



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Lian Li to Showcase Open Air Chassis at CES 2015

Lian Li to Showcase Open Air Chassis at CES 2015 Desk Chassis and Latest Lineup of Brushed Aluminum Cases Also on Display December 30, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd will be at the world’s largest consumer technology trade show – CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from January 6 to 9, 2015. Lian Li invites all interested parties to visit the their booth, Westgate (formerly LVH) #50012, 50014, and 50016, and catch a glimpse of the recently released O Series open-air chassis as well as the aluminum desk chassis. Open Air Chassis Previewed to the worldwide technology community in its prototype stage, the O Series chassis, PC-O5, PC-O5S, PC-O6S and PC-O7S, reflect the feedback of the DIY community, and feature oversized tempered glass windows, a PCI riser cards, and sleek and slim aluminum construction.   Take a Seat at Our Desk Chassis Visitors to the Lian Li booth will be able to take a seat at our Desk Chassis. Constructed of aluminum and combining the symbiotic relationship of desks and computer cases, these hybrid chassis allow DIY builders to build a full computer inside a desk and show off their hardware creations through tempered glass desktops.   The Latest Aluminum Chassis Lian Li will be also be displaying its current line of mini, micro, mid, and full tower brushed aluminum chassis with the high quality build and features that are to be expected from Lian Li. Lian Li’s Booth Number: Westgate (formerly LVH) #50012, 5...



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Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Chassis Review

Introduction In the last few years, the PC chassis world has grown dramatically. With the large number of case makers jumping into the market, finding the right chassis has proven to be a tough job for some. However, while your options are pretty limitless with so many makers, sometimes it’s just about what options and quality they come with. So with that in mind, today we are going to be looking at a new chassis by reputable maker Phanteks. Phanteks has been known to produce some of today’s top performing air coolers while using some of the most unique and high quality designs. Phanteks joined the chassis market when it first announce the Phanteks Enthoo Primo. Since that case, they have quickly built a solid reputation on quality and attractive designs. Today we are going to bring you another Phanteks case with its own unique twist. Before we dive into the nitty gritty of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv, let’s talk a little about Phanteks. 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 consists of creative researchers, ...



Lian Li Launches O Series Wall-Mountable Chassis

Lian Li Launches O Series Wall-Mountable Chassis Four Sleek Open-Air Aluminum Chassis With Large Tempered Glass Windows December 18, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today launches the O Series open-air, wall-mountable chassis: PC-O5, PC-O5S, PC-O6S and PC-O7S. Previewed to the worldwide technology community in its prototype stage, the O Series chassis final design reflect the feedback of the DIY community, and feature oversized tempered glass windows, a PCI riser cards, and sleek aluminum construction. Four Open-Air, Wall-Mountable Aluminum Chassis The new O series includes four chassis: the mini-ITX PC-O5, the mini-ITX PC-O5S, the micro-ATX PC-O6S, and the ATX PC-O7S. These aluminum constructed cases all feature a similar design and aesthetic differing in their hardware compatibility. Show Off Your Hardware in Slim Profile Chassis Through the oversized tempered glass window, onlookers can see the entire build unrestricted. Graphics cards are installed parallel to the motherboard, keeping the chassis slim, thanks to the included PCI riser card and extension. A black anodized aluminum shield covers the hard drive cage to keep a super clean look. Customizable Storage Options The O Series chassis give builders several options for storage installation. Hard drives can be mounted in the hard drive cage, hidden by an anodized aluminum shield, directly mounted on the motherboard tray, or installed on a removable bracket behind the motherboard.   Water C...



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Bitfenix Pandora Small Form Factor Case Review

The Bitfenix Pandora will handle all your needs as far as hardware compatabilty, plus Its a classy features will blend in with most any enviroment. Although we love the LED screen, we would like to see Bitfenix upgrade the LCD to show system information which would be much more paractical.



Lian Li Announces Windowed Version of PC-Q33 Mini-ITX Chassis in North America

Lian Li Announces Windowed Version of PC-Q33 Mini-ITX Chassis in North America Flip-Open Design Aluminum Chassis Now with Dual Side Panel Windows November 25, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces a windowed version of the PC-Q33 Mini-ITX Chassis – PC-Q33W. The PC-Q33W features the same flip-open design and space-efficient hardware support as the original PC-Q33, while also having windows on both side panels, allowing DIY builders to show off their hardware creations. Front Hinge for Easy Access The PC-Q33W provides plenty of working space for DIY builders. Builders can swing open the top and front panel of this brushed aluminum chassis providing easy access to the internal components. Space Efficient Hardware Support At 18L, the PC-Q33W takes advantage of every available space. The chassis supports CPU coolers up to 180mm (7.0”) in height and ATX power supplies up to 200mm in length. The latest powerful low-profile graphics cards up to 220mm (8.6”) easily fit inside the chassis. Up to three 2.5” drives and two 3.5” drives are supported. Water Cooling Support The fully aluminum PC-Q33W supports 120mm radiators and AIO liquid cooling kits. Product Features of the PC-Q33W Mini-ITX chassis Flip open design for easy access to the internal components Compatible with CPU coolers up to 180mm Supports 120mm radiators Versatile hard drive support Pop-off side panels MSRP: 124.99 USD Available in North America now at Newegg Price and Ava...



Silence Redefined…The DEFINE R5 is here!

Silence Redefined…The DEFINE R5 is here! The wait is over! Fractal Design is proud to announce the next generation of the, worldwide, award winning Define series.   Fractal Design Define R5 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 case reaches the highest level of silent computing through strategically placed dense sound-absorbing material, updated ModuVent™ fan vent covers and finely tuned, new Dynamic Series fans.   The Define R5 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, now with more configuration options with simple modification opportunities. Key Features Optimally designed for silent computing with high density noise-reducing material throughout the case for maximum sound absorption, while not compromising on airflow and cooling capabilities. Extensive water cooling support for a case of this size; housing radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front. Equipped with new tool-less ModuVent™ fan slot covers allowing the user to install more fans if desired or keep fan slots covered to maximize sound a...



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Enermax Thormax Giant Full Tower ATX Case

The multiple choices in the different areas for mounting HDD’s or SSD drives is a welcome addition and makes it so much easier to configure your build for not just looks but performance and water cooling options as well. This makes it a no brainer for anyone and everyone who is looking for a top notch full tower chassis with all the bells and whistles to go with it.



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Thermaltake Core V1 mITX Case Review

  Introduction The versatility of the mITX platform continues its popularity with gamers and builders of all kinds. This is partly due to the availability of a functional chassis to create these stellar systems. No matter if you want a gaming rig or a low profile HTPC there is a case for the task at hand. Thermaltake has offered a few mITX cases in the past but with some new design directions, they are at it again with the Core V1. The Core and Urban series chassis are a large shift from the style and overall designs found in TT’s past series. With smooth, sleek , functional and simplistic designs, the Urban and Core series has captured many awards and praise. That simplistic but functional idea is carrying over to the mITX platform and may be what makes the Core v1 special. “Started from the Passion with the DIY (Do It Yourself) concepts and the desires to “Delivering the perfect user experience.” Thermaltake Technology was established in November, 1999 and has been market to the world with “Thermaltake” brand name ever since. To achieve greatness, Thermaltake has the courage to explore and experiment on new possibilities, especially with excellent technical expertise and integration skill which makes Thermaltake the authority in the market” Specs






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